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February 15, 2017

Vandals wreaking havoc at EPCC campuses Daniel Rangel Tejano Tribune The EPCC campuses have seen a marked increase in vandalism. According to the Physical Plant Executive Director, Richard Lobato, there has been an increase in vandalism as of late at the various EPCC campuses. These acts vary from campus to campus, leaving the staff at the physical plant a long list of things to repair. According to Lobato, a hole was punched in a wall and windows were broken at the Rio Grande campus. One of those windows was broken with a bottle. At the Mission del Paso campus, a light sensor was smashed. A restroom sign was broken at the Northwest campus. “This is not just the faculty and staff’s campus. This is the students’ campus. It is my hope that they take as much pride in it as we do, and if they see people doing things of this nature, I would hope that they report it as soon as possible so we can hopefully catch these people and put a stop to it,” Lobato said. The Valle Verde campus had a broken table in the gym, a bent tennis pole, and a toilet that had to be replaced after the previous one was destroyed.

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Vandals shattered a window with a bottle at EPCC.

“You’ve got to realize, while these things may seem innocent or even amusing to some, it’s costing money to repair these things. Money and time that my department could be putting into making things better all around the campus,” Lobato said. When asked how much it has cost the college officials said the figures were not available. Vandalism is not only limited to destroying COURTESY PHYSICAL PLANT property, it also includes A tennis court net was found damaged at the Valle Verde campus. graffiti. Graffiti is a problem that can be found everywhere throughout the different campuses. It can be seen on walls, light poles in the parking lot and even in some stairwells, but there is one area of the school that is universally used as a place where some students feel the need to immortalize their thoughts and art. “I have noticed vandalism on campus, specifically in the men’s restroom stalls,” said Jeremy Caro, a student taking classes at both, COURTESY PHYSICAL PLANT the Northwest and the A campus toilet that was destroyed by vandals, will have to be replaced. Transmountain campus. Although EPCC offers Lobato and his staff at the physical plant have been several courses in art and writing, some students prefer hard at work repairing the damaged property at the leave their masterpieces on the restroom stall and on the various EPCC campuses, but this is only a temporary mirrors rather than a piece of paper or on a blank canvas. solution to an ongoing problem. “Personally, I feel that defacing school property is “Students, faculty and staff, whoever sees these childish and unfortunately gives insight on the character things. Stop it, report it, so we can get it taken care of some of the students on campus,” Caro said. of and hopefully reduce the amount that’s going on,” Aside from causing the campuses to look less Lobato said. aesthetically pleasing, vandalism can leave students and If people come across any vandalism at any of the staff feeling demoralized and can also lessen the sense EPCC campuses, call the physical plant at 831-7880. of pride that students and staff may feel for their campus. If they witness someone committing an act of Vandalism is also costing the school money and time vandalism on campus, you should call the EPCC Police to repair the various damaged property throughout the at 831-2200. campuses. Students who are interested in using their artistic and “I think the students, faculty and staff need to have writing talents in a productive manner, rather than using pride in their campus. I know it’s [Valle Verde] an old them on the restroom stalls, should visit a counselor campus, all of them are, but just because they’re old or the EPCC catalog at http://www.epcc.edu/Catalog/ doesn’t mean we have to add to the problem,” Lobato Pages/default.aspx. said.

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Teachership Academy finalist for award

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Juan Grenados Tejano Tribune The El Paso Community College’s Teachership Academy, a 10-month professional development program for faculty, was named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2017 National Bellwether Award for planning, governance and finance. The Bellwether Awards are given to colleges with outstanding and innovative programs or practices. “The college does a fantastic job supporting professional development programs,” Dr. Lydia Tena, EPCC Dean of Instructional Programs, said. Tena said the Teachership Academy’s program, “Creating Our Own Master Teachers through a Two-Phase Cohort Experience Focusing on Teaching and Learning,” was selected as a finalist and

on Jan. 29 through Jan. 31, EPCC and nine other colleges selected as finalists, gathered in Orlando, Florida to exhibit their programs in the hopes of being selected for the Bellwether Award. However, Pensacola State College was selected for the award for their “Virtual Touring Program.” Although, EPCC’s Teachership Academy program was not selected but they are no stranger to competition. Back in 2013, the EPCC was a finalist for the Bellwether Award for its work with technology and teaching techniques in its Math Emporiums, according to a written press release. Tena said that these recognitions bring light to the staff that bind the Teachership Academy’s programs together like glue. “The people recognize the work our faculty are doing to set up this academy, which is a faculty steering committee,” she

said. The Teachership Academy was launched in 2008 and has grown since. This year, 22 teachers are in line to join the 177 graduates from the program that have emerged from EPCC. Tena said the academy supports students success by providing faculty tools. Looking into the near future, the Teachership Academy hopes to introduce the “Action Research Journal,” a scholarly journal, to broaden the program beyond county lines. The journal would allow other instructors that are interested in the program to be up to date with new teaching techniques. Tena said anybody interested in the Teachership Academy can check out the virtual conferences and articles which can be found at http://www.epcc.edu/ TeachershipAcademy/Pages/default.aspx.

EPCC joins dual credit program for students Daniel Espinoza Tejano Tribune

As of Jan. 17 El Paso Community College is part of a new initiative, led by the TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Innovation Collaborative (DCIC). The partnership, launched by the University of Texas at Austin, benefits El Paso Community College, Austin Community College, Houston Community College, and Texas Tech University. The TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Innovation Collaborative’s main purpose, is to bring together educational innovators from across Texas and come up with the best practices for a dual credit

education of higher quality, that can motivate more students to reach and achieve their postsecondary goals. “The purpose of this partnership is to provide an opportunity to the students in the region to start their college education while in high school, thus saving the families in the region the cost of tuition, fees, which EPCC waives, and textbooks, which the high schools purchase,” said Tonie Badillo, Dean of Dual Credit and Early College High Schools. The efforts for Dual Credit at EPCC started in late 1999, but it wasn’t until 2001 when EPCC had 93 students enrolled for Dual Credit courses. “Today, we have an enrollment of close to 5,000 in comprehensive

high schools and 2,000 in early college high schools. We’ve gone from 93 to 7,000 in 15 years. That is a 5,126 percent increase.” Badillo said. Data shows that of EPCC’s students who earn dual credit, 58 percent continue their education in college, compared to 33 percent who are not in the Dual Credit Program. Accordign to a press release, EPCC Dual Credit students who have transferred to UTEP are 2-3 times more likely to graduate in 4 years, At EPCC, the Dual Credit program has been recognized by its increasing rate in educational attainment. “Students who take college courses for high school credit are twice as likely to graduate from college, and this will give

them an advantage over students who are not used to the rigor of a college course,” Badillo said. Most high schools around this area are working together with EPCC and making more and more students academically successful. “We have partnerships with 13 school districts, 40 high schools and 22 private schools in the region,” he said. “Data shows that EPCC’s Dual Credit program increases educational attainment for our region and we are committed to sharing our best practices and collaborating as part of TEXAS OnRamps Dual Credit Initiative Collaboration,” said Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President. The average success rate of these students is nearly at 90 percent.

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OPINION

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Voices around campus Michelle Luna Tejano Tribune

What do you think of El Paso's unpredictable weather? “You think it’s going to be hot, then it’s cold, and then it rains. I kind of like it that it changes drastically but I don’t know. Clothes wise, I could wear a dress and then it turns out to be cold but I’m always indoors so it’s fine.”

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Who should pay on the first date?

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With Valentine’s Day happening this week, I think it’s appropriate to mention some of the stigmas and stereotypes that people have with the dating scene. The expectations women and men have when it comes to dating can be very different. Men are usually expected to pay for the date, and sometimes they are fine with it, but other times they want the woman to pay for their

share. The bizarre thing about this is that sometimes men feel offended when women offer to pay for their share. It happened to me once. I was dating a guy, it was one of our first dates, I insisted on paying for my share and he just got upset. Maybe he felt emasculated, or he just wanted to show me that he could afford to take me out, either way he made me feel bad about it. There are clearly double standards still going on, including when it comes to who should ask the other person out. Some people say that they’re good with women asking men out, but when it really comes to it, I think men still have the stereotype that women should wait for men to ask

them on a date. Because then they see women as desperate or too forward, and that ruins the women’s image for them. It also depends on the culture and how they were raised, if the men’s parents taught them that they are always supposed to pay for the date, then that’s what they are going to do. I’ve noticed that women don’t mind splitting the bill, but what I’ve never considered is that they don’t usually offer to pay for the entire bill. I try to always offer to pay for my part of the bill, to at least make the effort to do so, whether he accepts it or not. I don’t do it to be more independent, I just don’t want them to always spend money when I can afford it. I guess it just depends

on the person and what they’re are used to when it comes to dating. It has also changed over the years, now people are more open about it. Now some men are more open to the idea of letting women pay, maybe not on the first dates but later into the relationship. I think the controversy is more about first dates and the awkwardness that comes with them. There are so many concerns when people go on a first date and for me one of them is the uncertainty of the men’s expectations. But like I said before, it can be different from one individual to another. I would love to hear your point of view, so feel free to send a letter to the editor at leadeditor@ tenajotribune.com

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“For me, it’s a hassle with this weather because I live on the west side. Over there it rains crazy, and I cannot see on the freeway. But once I get to campus, the sky was clear and it was just wet, there was no rain.”

Films from the perspective of a cinephile

Guest Column Juan J. Vargas

A movie is a magnificent way to tell a massive message through an audiovisual experience. Over the years, the cinematic industry has been improving in huge steps, such as ComputerGenerated Imagery. The industry has developed sophisticated software and cameras which have several features

for better quality to provide phenomenal and unique experiences to the audience. Due to that, filmmakers work very hard on planning their projects on every single stage the movie has to go through, without mentioning the thousands and millions of dollars involved. Unfortunately, most audiences do not think this way and will not give it as much importance as it should. They would rather give their opinion without watching the movie or knowing the complex process of making movies. As a filmgoer and a person who aspires to work in this industry, the

other day I was wondering what was the reason people go to the movie theater, and buy a ticket, and pop-corn to sit for an average of two hours in front of a big screen. Moreover, I came out with different possibilities. It could be that some people just want to escape from their reality, or maybe they are interested in all the controversial topics that movies bring. Perhaps, they just go because they are cinema fans, or maybe just for fun. Every time I finish watching a movie, I really like to take my time and think about what I like and what I don’t. Nonetheless, I always have considered how

difficult it is to make a movie and show the final picture on theaters. Regardless if I liked or not, I have an enormous respect for all those who finish their projects. In fact, for me, a good movie after all the effort, time and money invested should achieve its purpose, which is to convey a message or a feeling with the director’s unique way to tell the story. Obviously, many other details are meaningful; however, it is more important the impact that the movie has on me and what I believe than what the audience thinks. "Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures," Ralph Waldo Emerson said.

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“It’s crazy, one minute it's raining and then the next is sunny. Especially on the freeway, it starts raining out of nowhere and it could be very dangerous. Some people don’t go the designated speed and could cause a crash. "

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“I think the weather is kind of off in El Paso, it always goes back and forth with the cold and hot temperatures. I live down the street so, it’s great because it doesn’t affect me that much.”

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Tejanos outfielder, Bryan Nunez, awaiting the pitch against Scottsdale Community College.

Adrian Ordoñez Tejano Tribune The Tejanos lost two doubleheaders against Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Arizona on Feb. 10 and 11. The Tejanos have started their season with a 3-13 record. The Tejanos lost two games against the Vaqueros on Friday with scores of 3-2 and 15-0. They also lost both games on Saturday by scores of 4-1 and 12-2. Head coach Gabriel Saucedo talked about the level of opposition the Tejanos faced in Coolidge, pointing out that Central Arizona consistently pitched at speeds up to and in excess of 90 mph throughout the weekend. “They had NCAA Division 1 pitchers all weekend long and that made a difference for them. Like I’ve said, any time you have good pitching you’re going to have good hitting,” Saucedo said. Despite the good pitching from Central Arizona, the first games on both Friday and Saturday were close over,

EPCC allowing runs in the 6th and 7th innings to let Central Arizona back into the games. “I’ve explained to the guys that when we can let in one, two, maybe even three -sometimes (we can) still be in the game but it’s when the other team gets four or more that we lose the game.” Saucedo went on to talk more about being able to keep games close until the last three innings. He compared the games against the Vaqueros to EPCC’s opening weekend. While the road games were losses for EPCC baseball, the trip went a long way toward establishing the relationships and trust that are necesssary to develop for team synergy on the field. Saucedo added that traveling with teammates not only allows for bonding but also for a chance to “get away” and experience new things and places together. The Tejanos host Cochise College for two doubleheaders on Feb. 17 and 18 with both match days beginning at noon.

Tejanas struggle at WTC tournament

Adrian Ordoñez Tejano Tribune

The Tejanas had mixed results in Midland at the 2017 West Texas Classic Softball Tournament, winning two games while losing three. This leaves the ladies with a record of 6-10. The Tejanas beat Pratt Community College 11-2 and Northeastern Junior College 4-3. They went on to lose 1214, 1-9 and 6-17 against, Trinidad State Junior College, Otero Junior College and Seward County College, respectively. This followed an opening weekend at home on Feb. 3-4 in which the Tejanas

blew the opposition away, amassing 40 runs while only allowing 13. This sent the team to the Midland tournament with high hopes for high scoring games. While EPCC's success continued with an 11-2 win over Pratt, they dropped the rest of their games on Friday, coming close against Trinidad but letting the game get away from them against Seward, who they pummeled at home less than two weeks ago. EPCC Softball will host Colby Community College in two doubleheaders on February 17-18 at 1 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.

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FEATURE

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EPCC commemorates Black History Month with three events

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February is a month of celebrating love and friendship, but it’s also a month of celebrating diversity as a society that promotes mutual understanding and respect. Black History Month is the annual celebration of achievements and recognition to African Americans throughout U.S. history. Olga Chavez, the District Director of Diversity Programs at El Paso Community College, promotes a program that celebrates cultural awareness and unity among society. Chavez said it is important for us, as a unite society to know the culture and traditions of our community. "The thing is not to separate is to unify," she said. Officials with the Diversity Programs want to encourage people and students to know the importance of recognizing the

different cultures and educate themselves about their history and traditions. "Some people associated diversity with people and race and it has to do with the woman, gender, ages issues… all of these deal with diversity. As a program, we are trying to address these issues, their importance and the meaning of them," Chavez said. As a community, EPCC promotes the culture of diversity. Throughout February there will be three different events at the Administrative Services Center, Building A, located at 9050 Viscount Blvd. All activities are open to the public and free. The event Lift Every Voice and Sing A Gospel Music Celebration, will be on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. The event will feature Gospel music. Through harmonies and vocalist voices, a message of freedom and love will be heard. The Gospel Night Concert and Cuisine will feature Gospel Choirs and The Gospel Quartet The Divine Soul.

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Last year's presentation for the Diversity Programs' Black History Month celebration.

Far from being just a concert or presentation, this event will represent one of the important parts of the African American culture. Black History Month is a time where we celebrate being together as a diverse society. "One way of uniting is understanding people and who they are," said Chavez.

On Feb. 27 the Diversity Programs will also host Bridging Education through Jazz with Hesteriam Musicism featuring Karlton Hester, Ph.D. Hester is a composer and musician who connects the gap between music and education and is now the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Indie band from Dallas to play at Spring Arts Festival

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Black Dog Friday, an indie/southern/ rock band from Dallas TX, will make their debut in El Paso as the main performer at the 40th Annual Spring Arts Festival. EPCC Pulse Radio will sponsor the band on March 24 at the Valle Verde Campus to introduce students to their new location. “This is our first time playing at a school. We’ve been trying to get onto the college circuit for a while. El Paso is the first one to take a chance on us,” said Alex Gates, lead singer of Black Dog Friday. The club, for the very first time, is looking for musicians and bands to

perform a 30-minute show. "There are a lot of students that are in bands or they are musicians. Why not give them the opportunity to feature and perform here on campus," said Alex Hinojosa, EPCC club advisor. Bands and musicians that are interested need to submit their samples by Feb. 23 either to EPCC Pulse Radio, located in room A1427-28, or to Hinojosa’s office located at C413. She will be available on Mondays from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.; and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. “For bands that are interested, preference is going to be given to EPCC students. You can be at any campus, music has to be clean, no curse words. On the

day of the event you need to bring your own instruments and sound equipment,” Hinojosa said. Only two bands will be selected to play before Black Dog Friday. However, all the bands' music that do not get featured could be played on Pulse or Dangerous radio. If you would like to know more regarding Black Dog Friday, you can visit their website at www.blackdogfridayband. com. They also have a Twitter account (@Real_BDFBand) and an Instagram account (@blackdogfriday). “We aren’t starting a tour. We’re just looking to get out of our own town of Dallas and play in other cities," Gates said.

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"Get our music in front of as many people as we can. And doing that in person is a lot more fun than just clicking a link. They can come out to a show and hang with us. We like when people talk to us at shows.” The event is going to take place at the cafeteria annex from 4:45 p.m. to about 7 p.m. “Big thanks again to EPCC for having us come out and play. We’re so excited. We’ll also be playing in Abilene the next night if anyone wants to make the trek to see us there as well. Check out our social media, come to a show." Gates said. For more information, on music submissions contact EPCC Pulse Radio at (915) 831-2195 or (915) 831-3251.

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CAMPUS NEWS VV architecture building expected in March

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If you attend EPCC at the Valle Verde campus you have probably seen the construction going on. The building that is under construction is the new architectural building that will serve for fuuture students registered in the architecture degree program as well as others. “This project was initiated in 2011, which started via grant that was given to us by the Federal Government and was supposed to be shared between El Paso Community College and Texas Tech University. The idea was that the El Paso Community College’s Architectural program would become a feeder program to Texas Tech and their four-year degree program,” said Robert Lobato, Executive Director of the Physical Plant. Construction started about a year ago and the building is scheduled to be finished during March, Lobato said. The budget for this project was a little over $4 million. This is just one of the many projects that El Paso Community College has planned this year in order to renovate the Valle Verde campus. The building will have classrooms, offices and studios. It will also feature an open walkway between buildings that will be used for lectures, and guest speakers.

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New EPCC architecture building at the Valle Verde campus, which is schedueled to be ready by the end of March.

Some of the other features in this building are the energy saving LED lighting and roof top units. EPCC Valle Verde also has other renovations happening such as the restrooms in building A. One of the upcoming projects that

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EPCC Valle Verde has programmed is a fire lane extension in front of A building. They plan on widening the existing road to let emergency vehicles through. At the beginning of next month, faculty, staff and students will get a chance to walk through the campus at night to look for potential areas that require extra lighting.

“Pardon the mess, or the inconvenience this is just growing pains in moving forward to the next century and it’s all for the students. We are making it a better teaching environment,” said Richard Torres, Managing Director of the Physical Plant.

The Papagayo Project meets at 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., on Wednesdays at EPCC Rio Grande Campus in room A125. For more information call (915) 831- 4420. PHOTOS BY AMANDA ARNEY / TEJANO TRIBUNE

An inside view of the EPCC architecture building at the Valle Verde campus.

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After living in Dallas for around 15 years, Schwartz has come back to her home town, El Paso, Texas to follow her passion. Chef Sally Schwartz is back with a hit. If you are looking for a pastry place that encourages buying local; supports the businesses of El Paso; offers organic and vegan products while still being excellent; then look no further. Hidden among a tattoo shop, pet grooming and two stylist stands, the El Paso Cookie Inc. is a very cozy, little place with a very laid back attitude, that bakes everything in a house with local products and using local ingredients. As soon as you walk inside, you are surrounded by cookies and all kinds of pastries. There are chalkboards adorning the walls where you can find a plethora of things like macarons, sandwiches, soups, salads, and even dog and cat treats. You are also able to see the kitchen in its entirety and watch how the bakers prepare everything—almost making you feel like you are part of the process.

I started with Sally’s special of the day, a Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich on popover bread covered with chimichurri sauce. The bread tasted fresh and it was nice and flaky, the pimento cheese was smooth and savory, and the chimichurri was a nice addition to the sandwich. Accompanying the sandwich was a mushroom and sausage soup, this was a nice complement as it was chunky and flavorful. I also had their most popular item, the More than a S’more cookie that has just the perfect combination of crunchy, chocolatey, and spongy. Another item that I tried was a Vegan Chocolate Chia cookie that was small but packed a punch of flavor. Last but not least, I tried their perfect, chewy, sweet and salty brownie which was a perfect balance between saltiness and sweetness. Even though I would like to be VICTOR CARRASCO / TEJANO TRIBUNE selfish and keep El Paso Cookie Inc. all Owner and chef, Sally Schwartz, at the El Paso Cookie Inc., located on the East side of town. to myself, the talent of Schwartz is too would definitely encourage anyone to go El Paso Cookie Inc. is located at 3020 bright to stay in the shadows for long. there and enjoy the warmth of the chef Trawood Suite F El Paso, TX, 79936. I Overall, the experience of going to El and her food. give this restaurant 4.5 out of 5 stars. Paso Cookie Inc. was a great one, and I

Space Between Us was forced

The Space Between Us film made about $1.4 million on its first day.

Alyssa Estrada Tejano Tribune Space Between Us, did not live to the expectation of a romantic drama film. This movie was not interesting and quickly bored me. I walked in wanting to see a Drama/Romance, but instead I was given a silly plot with horrible acting. The movie follows the story of a boy name Gardener Elliot, played by Asa Butterfield, who is born on Mars and wants to go to Earth. He faces struggles with the Earth’s gravity but continues to fight. He longs to meet his biological father and Tulsa, a girl he loves, played by Britt Robertson. It felt that they didn’t even try to apply science into the logic of the movie and just assumed that the audience would just accept it. I felt that the movie lacked character development. I couldn’t relate to any character in the movie. I wish the characters could have been portrayed more accurately, because I felt annoyed by the main

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characters. Almost every main character acted like angsty teenagers who complain about everything and never make rational decisions. The main character was the only good thing about the movie but even the actor who played as Gardener felt un-emotional and over acted. I felt like the music didn’t fit into any scenes, but it was used just as filler. Space Between Us made me want to walk out in the middle of the movie. It felt forced, even the romance felt forced between both the main character and the girl he is with in the movie. I still enjoyed the actors of this film and have respect for their talent. The film had beautiful scenery and a few good moments where I wanted Gardner to find his father and find true happiness. However, I didn’t enjoy the movie overall and wish that they would’ve put more effort into the movie and knew their boundaries as well. I give this movie 1.5 stars out of 5.


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