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SPRING issue

The JagMag takes you back... Way Back When We take you on a stroll through time

Photo Time Machine Can you guess who is who? | PAGE 32

SGA Mixes It Up Student government organizes mixer for campus leaders | PAGE 08

STC comes down with Harlem Shake fever Bio lab technician hosts dance event just before the break | PAGE 14

How much have we changed? Take a look at fashion through the decades | PAGE 18

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS ISSUE After a short hiatus, the JagMag Student Magazine returns this month with its third issue: Way Back When. In my opinion, this issue concerns all of us because we address the past and the current factors that make up the present. As we continue to move forward into an era with fancy gadgets and new ideas of lifestyles, we tend to forget where we once stood, and maybe our parents do not understand us, nor will our children, but this time is ours, right? Way Back When was developed because we believe it is important to know more about the past and realize the opportunities that we can get today that can and will influence our future. We will discuss issues of student culture, fashion, and ideas; definitely something you can share with your family and friends. It should be mentioned that the JagMag Student Magazine staff have worked continuously to provide what will undoubtedly be a transcendent edition.

Alma K. Castillo Managing Editor of the JagMag Student Magazine Issue # 3 | Way Back When


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SGA brings club leaders together with mixer Harlem Shake fever hits STC just before the break Students Dare to Wear; What Do We Have to Say? Bad Break-Ups? How can we get over it already? Local role models influence the future of society

Michael A. Ortiz, Editor-In-Chief Michael graduated from P.S.J.A. Memorial High School in May 2010. Ortiz joined The JagMag Student Magazine in Spring 2012 as the magazine’s lead designer and Editor in Chief. Michael is studying Communication: Public Relations & Advertising at South Texas College and is expected to graduate in December 2014. Michael is President of the Media Club at STC, and holds office in other campus organizations. Ortiz received an award in 2010 for Best Layout and Design and another for Best Overall Excellence for his October 2009 publications of his high school student newspaper, The Memorialist. Connect with Michael online:

Alma K. Castillo, Managing Editor Alma graduated from McAllen High School in June 2011. Castillo joined the JagMag Student Magazine as a staff writer in Fall 2012 and took on the role of Managing Editor in February 2013. Alma is studying ITP (ASL interpreting) and Visual Arts at South Texas College and is expected to graduate in May 2014. Alma is involved in the Media Club at STC as the club’s treasurer. She has interests in dancing, baking, reading, watching animated films, and jewelry-making. Connect with Alma online:

Frances Armijo, Creative Features Editor Frances graduated from Colquitt County High School in 2009. Armijo joined the JagMag Student Magazine as the Creative Features Editor in Fall 2012. Frances is studying English at South Texas College and is expected to graduate in May 2014. Armijo works as a cashier at La Quinta Estacion. Frances is involved in the Media Club at STC and Intervarsity at STC as a member. She has interests in random YouTube videos, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Tumblr, dancing and reading books. Connect with Frances online:

James M. Vela, Fashion Editor James graduated from Edcouch-Elsa High School in June 2009. Vela joined the JagMag Student Magazine in Fall 2012 as a fashion expert and took on the roll of Fashion Editor in November 2012. James is studying Computer and Information Technologies at South Texas College and is expected to graduate in May 2015. James is also a Style Guru Intern for He has interests in entomology, antiques, and traveling. Connect with James online: Instagram: Jamesmv

Veronica Mena, Staff Writer/Reporter Veronica graduated from P.S.J.A High School in May 2010. Mena joined the JagMag Student Magazine in Spring 2013 as a staff writer and reporter. Veronica is currently taking her basics at South Texas College. Veronica is also a member of the Media Club at STC and an active member of the Criminal Justice Club-Pecan Chapter. Her first assignment was the Harlem Shake event that took place at the Pecan Campus. Connect with Veronica online:

Rubi Alvarado, Staff Model

Andrick Gonzales, Staff Model

Sophomore Physical Therapist

Sophomore Drama & Psychology

Carlos Alvarez, Staff Model

Eskarleth Gonzalez, Staff Model

Freshman Graphic Arts

Junior Art & Anthropology

Harry Brown, Staff Model

Stephanie Santillana, Staff Model

Sophomore Computer Information Systems

Sophomore Nursing/RN

Alma Castillo, Staff Model

Victoria Theis, Staff Model

Sophomore Sign Language Interpreter & Art

Sophomore Communication: Public Relations & Advertising

Andrew Garcia, Staff Model

Fatima Valle, Staff Model

Sophomore Kinesiology Spring 2014

Sophomore Graphic Design

Students mix it up at inaugural SGA Club Mixer Special to the JagMag


find out the challenges that ver



and advisers representing a

they have faced during the past year.

variety of student clubs and

“We’re happy that the

organizations attended the first

mixer was a success. We had

South Texas College Student

the opportunity to share the

Government Association’s Club

purpose of Student Govern-

Mixer held on February 13, 2013

ment with everyone. In addi-


tion, all clubs in attendance






were able to share information

SGA and STC’s Student

about their upcoming events

Life Department gave student

and we all realized how in-

clubs and advisers an oppor-

volved in the community the

tunity to be heard and got val-

clubs really are,” said STC Stu-

uable feedback on how to im-

dent Activities Specialist Kim-

prove and increase student

berly Brumfield. “The discus-

involvement, the quality of the

sion also increased awareness

clubs and organizations, and

amongst the clubs, SGA, and

Joe Lopez SGA President Pecan Campus

the college, and laid the

dent clubs and organizations

foundation for improved com-

on March 6, 2013 at 4 p.m. at

munication between every-

the Pecan Campus in Building


H, room 216. All clubs, club

SGA members also had the opportunity to address the mixer’s

It was great to see we all share the same passion for our organizations. We want to




members, and advisers were invited to attend the workshop. “The




formed them on their func-

voiced by the students and

tions, current projects, and

clubs gave me the idea to host

how they can assist students

a fundraising workshop where

and the clubs.

clubs can come together and

“It was great to see we

discuss possible ideas, and re-

all share the same passion for

fresh themselves about the stu-

our organizations,” said SGA

dent organization handbook,”

Pecan President Joe Lopez.

said Brumfield.

make a differ-

“We want to make a differ-

For more information on

ence. Together

ence. Together we are strong-

how to join or start a student

we are stronger

er and can make things hap-

club or organization, or to be-


come involved with SGA, call

and can make things happen.

As one of the immediate results of the meeting, the Student Life Department held a fundraising workshop for stu-


Students Shake It U

Veronica Mena

Michael A. Ortiz

Staff Writer

Editor of the JagMag

Out there in realms of virtual videos and internet sites, we cross two paths into the world of YouTube. Though spring is a time for rest and relaxation, in the latest YouTube video sensation, the 30-second Harlem Shake video, rest and relaxation are two ideas far from its visual description. Is this video becoming an addiction or something else? Since the final weeks of January 2013 until now, the Harlem Shake is the most trending video and others are following in its shadow. This Harlem shake video is known for its unique editing of a 30-second recording starting with one subject in the video dancing alone to the beat. After about 15 seconds, the beat drops and cuts to clip of a group of random characters and individuals dressed in costumes for the remaining 15 seconds. Because of its raging online viral popularity, colleges and universities alike have joined in on the craze for recorded reputation, and South Texas College is no different.

Gilbert Hernandez, employee at STC, decided to organize the Harlem Shake event at STC, in order to make a statement, and rise above the depths university shadows. “Well I saw my first Harlem Shake video about two weeks ago and then I [thought] we need to do one here at STC. I saw one for Pan Am (UTPA); I saw a UTSA; a UT. So I was like hey, STC has to make one; we can’t fall behind,” Hernandez said. Sure enough, it did not take long for Hernandez to get a response from the student body and a sufficient amount of people interested in shooting the video. “It was spur of the moment, but then I got all my friends to help out. So we came through with it,” Hernandez said. Subsequently, the video managed to conjure up a star/starter of its own, portrayed by J.J. Lopez, ASL major. And one could agree that Lopez owned the spotlight. “I have always been the center of attention for stuff. In high school I was the star

Up at STC

Photos by: Veronica Mena

for soccer [and] having the attention again after high school, it felt great,” Lopez said. When asked if he was excited to view the video, Lopez did not hesitate to show his excitement. “Yes!” Lopez said. “I want to see how it looks edited and completed.” The latest upload of the STC Harlem Shake event can be viewed at the following link: v=HqMhjuXz4-Q Currently, the original Harlem Shake video is at over 34 million views and the student produced Harlem Shake video of STC is tallied at about 1,400 views, combined between the original version and the revised version of uploaded videos. For more information or updates on future Harlem Shake events, please visit the Facebook page: / STCPCNHRLMSHAKE. You can also stay updated with your latest on campus news at

James M. Vela Fashion Editor Looking back on the past century, every decade undoubtedly had its own distinct fashion. As years past, the progression that was experienced in the United States played a major role in how people were able




through their style. The trends that the population held on to from decade to decade is key evidence to how important fashion can be and the impact its influencers can have on the public. Each decade, with its own unique style, will definitely never be forgotten. Some favor the flapper dresses of the 1920’s, while others tend to prefer the voluminous styles from the 1950’s. Though, the changes are





trademarks from the past have trickled into the trends that are worn by today’s fashion lovers from





Whether an individual wants to stand out or blend into the crowd, it is apparent that fashion, even today, is much more than just clothes.



Fashion Corne

The multiple shades of denim layered

While most students stray away from eye

against the basic white tank top instantly

-catching ensembles, Valerie De Lara, History

stand out without much effort needed. Radi-

and Biology major, had no hesitation step-

ating a cool, laid-back vibe, the distressed

ping right into one! The layers, colors and por-

details and the mix of necklaces are a great

tions- all mixed together to create an outfit

addition to this student’s outfit. Finishing his

reminding us to take risks and not take fashion

look off with sleek studded slippers, this stu-

too seriously. Each piece worn separately can

dent was definitely not afraid to take this look

stand out on its own, effortlessly. Taking a

to the next level and ultimately make it his

sweatshirt and making it look as fashionable

own. Wearing the same shade of denim

as Lara has done is not usually accomplished

throughout an outfit can seem somewhat typ-

successfully and her horizontal striped de-

ical and flat so it was refreshing to see his take

tailed leggings sync perfectly with her watch

on a common uniform. One shouldn’t hold

and sun glasses, pulling this outfit together in

back on mixing different shades, adding jew-

a stylish and modern way.

elry or vibrant footwear to keep a denim-ondenim outfit looking unique and truly memorable. -James Vela, Fashion Editor

-James Vela, Fashion Editor



er James Vela Ricardo Reyna, interior design major,

Jennifer Hernandez, Education major,

kept his outfit clean and light with a white po-

wore this vintage inspired tunic dress with calf-

lo shirt and patterned pair of shorts. Swapping

high boots and accessories all within the

a basic backpack for a classy briefcase is a

same color story. The large-scaled print is any-

stylish substitute that Reyna surely knew how

thing but overwhelming and the proportions

to pull off. While both shorts and briefcase are

of both her dress and choice of footwear are

printed, they are subtle and neutral and with-

perfect for the weather we have been experi-

out a doubt, look great together. The ac-

encing lately. Hernandez styled her outfit the

cents of brown throughout his outfit keep

best way possible: concentrating on one

Reyna looking simple and comfortable. This is

statement piece and keeping the rest of her

an outfit that does not require much effort

accessories muted but still fashionable. With a

while allowing anyone to add their own per-

print as bold as this, it sure is hard not to stand

sonal style, whether that is a cool book bag,


watch or other accessories lying around their closet.

-James Vela, Fashion Editor

-James Vela, Fashion Editor

STFC 24 Weighs In

Mid-Valley Criminal Justice Club competes at regional annual meeting Special to the JagMag


he South Texas College

Mid-Valley Campus Criminal Justice Club placed in the “Top Five” of two academic competitions during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ), held during the fall 2012 semester at the Hilton Houston NASA at Clear Lake. STC’s



Criminal Justice Club, led by Adviser

own against upper division students from four-year universities.”

Kelly E. Peterson and Criminal Jus-

After the competitions and

tice Instructor James Blair, placed

attending several workshops, poster

second in the Second Collegiate Un-

sessions, and demonstrations from

dergraduate Team Crime Scene Inter-

the Houston Police Department,

pretation Competition and fourth in

Blair was elected Second Vice Presi-

and agencies of the criminal justice

the Undergraduate Quiz Bowl, com-

dent of the SWACJ and Peterson

system. The organization promotes a

peting against upper division students

was elected Vice President of the

high standard of education in the ad-

from four-year institutions.

Texas Association of Criminal Jus-

ministration of justice and progress in

tice Educators.

criminal justice planning and re-

“This was a great opportunity and learning experience for our stu-

The SWACJ was founded to

search. Membership comes from Ar-

dents,” said Peterson. “South Texas

provide communication among indi-

kansas, Arizona, Colorado, New

College was the only community col-

vidual members, among other organ-

Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

lege that competed in the events. Our

izations and associations of higher

students competed well and held their

education, and among components


MOVIES were classics!

MUSIC rocked houses!

Way Back When.. Frances Armijo

Alma K. Castillo

Creative Features Editor

Managing Editor

Ok admit it…. You are still jamming out to ‘NSync and Backstreet Boys on the weekends. Maybe you don’t grasp Bieber fever and can’t understand what the fascination with him is. You see, music has been rocking our lives for as long as we can remember. Essentially, like your parents and older folks, you yourself will be telling your kids about the good music you used to listen to and will frown upon their taste in music. Though music is always changing, it is always universal; however, because it is always universal, it never changes completely, and just like history, things tend to repeat themselves. So just like the 90’s whose popularity was boy bands with charming good looks, we are reliving that today with One Direction and The Wanted.

Have you ever imagined what your life would be like if virtual reality wasn’t just in the movies? Andy and Lana Wachowski make that possible! In the year 2199, our lives have been taken over by an extremely artificial intelligence system that is not only using our bodies and brains to harvest energy, but also give us a false sense of life and time. In 1999, Keeanu Reeves gave life to the character Neo, "The One," a man who can crack open the matrix and save people by bringing them back to the physical world. The Matrix is arguably one of the few movies that go down in history forever.

T.V.’s revolutionized!

GAMING launched!


Alexander Guerrero

Veronica Mena

Staff Writer

Staff writer

The first computer games appeared in the 1950s and were based around vector displays, not analog video. In 1972, Magnavox then released the first home video game console which could be connected to a TV set—the Magnavox Odyssey. The Odyssey was initially only moderately successful until Atari's arcade game Pong popularized video games. By fall of 1975 Magnavox, bowing to the popularity of Pong, cancelled the Odyssey and released a scaled down version that played only Pong and hockey, the Odyssey 100. A second, "higher end" console, the Odyssey 200, was released with the 100 and added onscreen scoring, up to four players, and a third game—Smash. Soon enough the home market was flooded with dedicated consoles that played simple pong and pong-derived games.

If you were from the decade of the millennium then you know what I am talking about. It is all about the 90’s and how, in a new Disney spinoff, we are revisited by a familiar story. If you were a fan of Boy Meets World and still watch reruns, then you will be enthusiastic for this coming year. There have been rumors surfacing about a spinoff to Boy Meets World called Girl Meets World airing on Disney Channel. The story focuses on, once again, the lives of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), but this time, with their 13year-old daughter named Riley, who is being portrayed by Rowan Blanchard (Spy Kids 4).

BAGGAGE: Why do we hold on to the past? Frances Armijo Creative Features Editor


one else. o you still

Everyone has

check your ex’s Face-

some sort of bag-



gage they carry,

haps you look through

and most every-

his/hers pictures every

one wants to, but

chance you get, or

do not know how

maybe you just cannot

to get rid of it.



find it in your heart to


let go. Your closet and

gest issue in rela-

drawers are filled with

tionships is trust.


When trust is vio-



the good and bad



times that put you in a

affected most by

state of peace. Maybe

it carries that on

it is the other way

into a potential

around; maybe there

new relationship

is that one thing that is

and because of

keeping you from hav-


ing a future with some-

may not be able to








Everyone’s past

best way to deal with it

somehow shapes and

would be to start with

influences their future,

a clean slate. Not all

whether they like it or

people are the same.

not. Such influences

Though trust is a valua-


ble moral, one should

tions with people or

not hold on to it just

observations of events

because they’ve been

that tend to put their


judgments to the test.




Ana major,


To sum up all

So is trust the real issue?



from interac-





may find comfort in an


answer like that, some



as common


“Honestly, some-


times, it just doesn’t

p e o p l e ,

work out. One factor

should never

could be that maybe


you just rushed into

selves down for

things, and well, you

what happens in the

fell in love, but when

past. The benefits of

your partner does not

life are the many op-

feel the same way, or

portunities we are

you lose connection

handed every

over the time of your

day. So a little

relationship, you might


be left with the short


end of the stick,” Mi-


chael Ortiz, Communi-

them and seize

cation major, said.

the day.



from you, waste

Starr County role models share experiences with STC students Special to the JagMag


why they can’t be successful. ormer



That is the whole intent of this

College Starr County Campus Ad-

event. From the reaction here to-

ministrator Ruben Saenz had not

day, the students were really in-

even unpacked the boxes he

terested, they listened and asked

brought home from his office after

very perceptive questions. Mis-

retiring from the college 28 days

sion accomplished.”

earlier when he found himself

Saenz served for 39 years

back on campus participating in

in the Rio Grande City Consoli-

the Third Starr County Role Mod-

dated Independent School Dis-

Health Consultants Founder and

els Get Inspired! Conference on

trict as a teacher, principal, and

CEO, Dr. Maida Mascorro.

Feb. 28 at the STC Starr County

superintendent. He helped estab-

“I always enjoy meeting stu-

Campus in Rio Grande City.

lish the STC Starr County Cam-

dents from here,” said Solis, who

“We started this event a few

pus and retired after 16 years of

has been practicing law for 11

years ago and it was to provide

service to the college on January

years. “It was a wonderful forum

students a glimpse of people in


and allowing the students some

Starr County who have been suc-

The other three panelists

time to ask questions. I wish I had

cessful in what they do, overcome

that accompanied Saenz were

something like this when I was in

odds, and are contributing mem-

Attorney Judith A. Solis, Roma


bers of the community, and some-

Independent School District Per-

During the conference, the

times beyond the community,”

forming Arts Director Ricardo

panelists shared their stories and

said Saenz. “If people like me can

Pérez, and M&M Behavioral

experiences as students and profes-

be successful, there’s no reason

sionals, and how they overcame

“Students related to them

pus Psychology Club Adviser Ale-

because they are from Starr

xandro Sarabia. “It's fantastic that

"What I liked about the role

County and they face some of the

these four distinguished people

models conference was meeting

same obstacles as the panelists,”

made a difference by sharing their

different people that have made a

concluded STC Psychology In-


difference in Starr County,” said

structor and Starr County Cam-

the challenges and obstacles they have faced over the years.

STC Starr County Campus Psychology Club Vice President Elisa Botello. “I learned and was inspired by knowing that I'm not the only one who sees obstacles as a big thing, and that what matters is overcoming



through dedication, determination, and of course, family support, as my family will help me become the great person I want to be and achieve every goal I set in life."

Contact Us Michael A. Ortiz Editor in Chief

Alma K. Castillo Managing Editor

Frances J. Armijo Creative Features Editor

James M. Vela Fashion Editor

Veronica Mena Staff Writer

Edgar Chrnko Adviser, The Media Club at STC

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