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October 19, 2016

Is EPCC safe according to Annual Security Report?


The EPCC police department tries to ensure the safety of its students. More information on crime statistics and campus security can be found in the Annual Security Report.

Ricardo Resendez & Victoria Almaguer Tejano Tribune To keep threats and danger from all campuses is the goal that the El Paso Community College Police Department strives for. The Annual Security Report was released on Friday October 1 for all faculty, staff and students to be informed of crime statistics on its campuses. The Security Report is a law requirement to inform the community of the campus security policy and campus crime statistics. The Annual Security Report is to be complied with the Federal Law Clery Act and Violence Against Women Act,

which was issued in November 8, 1990 for the incident of student Jeanne Clery in Lehigh University. It was in April 5, 1986 when Jeanne Clery was found dead in her campus dormitory at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Clery’s parents strongly believed that the incident occurred because of the university’s failure to inform students about campus safety. This triggered the outcome of the Clery Act to all colleges and universities that participate in student financial aid programs to disclose information about crime near or on campuses. “We intend to keep our community updated on crime

statistics and to highlight our continued efforts in providing a safe learning environment,” said EPCC Police Department’s Capt. Joseph Barragan. “The Tejano Training will provide help, strategies, and resources in dealing with healthy relationships, consent and communication and ways to foster a positive learning environment on our campuses.” In the report, one can find the statistics of crimes committed in the past three years, as well as information about how students can enlist in the Tejano Training. Although the report is 60 pages long, primordial information can be found throughout; including ways

to avoid mishaps, important phone numbers, and program information. The Annual Security Report proves itself to be very informative and cautions students to be safe. The report can be found at no cost in the EPCC Police Department and on the college website. "It is important for EPCC to publish this report for several reasons, first to be in compliance with the Federal law (Clery Act and Violence Against Women Act), but more importantly, to inform the EPCC community – students, staff, and faculty of crime statistics, campus security, district policies related to sexual

assaults, stalking, domestic/ dating violence, and to provide information on resources available to help members of our community who may become a victim of a crime." said Barragan. The El Paso Community College Annual Security Report does not relate to the open carry law. However, on August 1, 2017, the Concealed Carry Law will take effect at EPCC. The report provides crime prevention information that is important for students, staff, and faculty to consider, for example registering for the Tejano Emergency Alert Notification System to be notified and aware of important situations that happen around all campuses. ARCHIVES:






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EPCC blood drive to continue on all campuses Mariana Gomez & Kenneth Venzor Tejano Tribune The 2016-17 at EPCC blood drive, which hosts United Blood Services, will continue on all EPCC campuses through Nov. 8. This year's goal is to exceed 2,392 of donations. Blood donations will be required from EPCC’ students, faculty and staff as previous years to continue being the region´s #1 blood donor. The United Blood Services has been a nonprofit community blood center since the year 1943.

This community not only offers blood to its patients as well as plenty hospitals, but it also provides blood products throughout the United States such as needles, syringes, pint bags, among other blood essentials. Donating blood is not only beneficial to the person who gets it but to the donor as well. Because it may help the patient´s recovery process and it helps the donors by reducing their risk of cancer and damage to their pancreas, reduce obesity, and improve their cardiovascular

health. Blood drive services will be traveling among the El Paso area making a stop at all EPCC´s campuses. The first stop was held at Mission del Paso on Oct 4 to 6. Last week on Oct 11 and 12 it was located on the Northwest Campus from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. outside the Dean´s office. Blood drive will be present at Valle Verde Campus from Oct 17 to 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. making an exception for Oct 19 and 20 staying until 7:30 p.m. outside the Cafeteria Annex.

The last EPCC campus offering these services will be Rio Grande starting Oct 25 to the 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the cafeteria. The Administative Services Center will also have the blood drive on Nov 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Board Room for all those who missed their chance to donate. Donors will be tested to prove if it is convenient for them to donate blood or if it will have repercussions to their health. Donors will receive a donor card with their blood type just in case they have an

emergency, an ID will be requested at the time of donating. A donor can save up to three lives by donating at least one pint of blood. If by any chance the donor is afraid of donating at any of these locations, United Blood Services has two locations at El Paso. 1338 North Zaragoza Rd on the East side, and 424 Mesa Hills on the West side of the county. No appointment is required. For more information contact Dr. Ron Stroud at ext. 6740 or 877-8274376.

Annual Hispanic Heritage Mentor's Dinner honors influential people Victoria Balderrama Tejano Tribune On Oct. 14 EPCC hosted its Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Mentor’s Dinner at the ASC building. The theme at this year’s dinner; “Preserving Our Legacy” brought many people together from the El Paso community to recognize exceptional people that give a meaning to what it is to be a Hispanic. As a motivational speaker, Villaseñor passionately addressed the difficulties of growing up Hispanic, bilingual and dyslexic in a white community, and how to channel personal rage into something constructive in life. The second awarded mentor was Mr. David L. Carrasco whose wife Marjorie Partin

received the Hispanic Heritage award. Carrasco who was the first Mexican- American coach of a southern university also was the director of the Job Corps beginning in 1970. Also being awarded was the Joe Mora family for their continuous support in the community. Joe B. Mora, who originally proposed the idea of Chico’s Tacos, has left his legacy behind and it has survived because of his wife Emma, his three sons and two daughters. Receiving the award was his son Joe Mora Jr. The third to be recognized at this year’s mentor’s dinner was Mr. Fred Loya Sr. who owns Loya Insurance, a multimillion dollar company that has now

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reached to 700 offices in the United States. The last mentor, Dr. Diana Natalicio, named president of UTEP in 1988, was honored with the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Award in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.EPCC Scholarship Recipients were also recognized for their achievements and struggle to winning such an

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Justin Carmona, dental student, performs exam on Carlos Martinez.

as you want and you won’t remove that and that actually contributes to gum disease which can also contribute to periodontal disease, which is bone loss and that leads to possible tooth loss,” said Justin Carmona, a student enrolled in the dental hygiene program. “So much systemic disease, a lot of people don’t realize, originates in the mouth. There’s been links between your dental health and the rate


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award. The first called to stage, Randy N. Polanco, gave a speech about how coming from the Dominican Republic he never gave up and kept working hard to become a registered nurse. The second scholarship recipient, Esmeralda Carranza, shared her story and how she was supported by her family to pursue her dreams.

EPCC dental program provides exams open to public A typical visit to the dentist’s office could cost you hundreds of dollars even with insurance depending on what you get done. However, EPCC Dental Program will only charge you $20. The students enrolled in the dental hygiene program at the Rio Grande campus are learning the trade of dental care. They perform dental exams, dental cleaning, complete x-rays, cancer screening, teeth polishing, fluoride treatment and dental sealants. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 90 percent of people aged between 20 and 64 have had at least one cavity, 27 percent of those go untreated. “Tartar doesn’t come off with tooth brushing, you can brush as hard

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of having a stroke or heart disease. Everything is linked to your mouth,” Carmona said. Oral cancer is also caused by having an unhealthy mouth. According to the CDC there were 40,000 new cases of cancer in the oral cavity and pharynx diagnosed in the United States and nearly 9,000 deaths as a result in 2012. All these oral related diseases can be prevented by visiting the dentist and

now thanks to EPCC’s dental program you can do just that at an affordable price. Not only will you walk out with a cleaner and healthier mouth but you will also help the students in the dental program to learn the tools of their trade. “I feel that getting your teeth cleaned at the school by students, some people might be a little hesitant to get their teeth cleaned with us...but I’ve been a patient there at the school and I feel like that was the best cleaning I ever had,” added Carmona. The EPCC Rio Grande Dental Hygiene Clinic is located at 1001 N. El Paso St. suite 112 and it is open to the public, ages four and up. No insurance is required for your treatment. For any further questions or to set up an appointment contact Carmona at (915) 2529690.

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Voices around campus Michelle A. Luna Tejano Tribune

What food options would you add to the cafeteria? “I’m not sure, I guess I would add Panda Express, I like it, I don’t know about everyone else, that’s just me. But that would be it, I would be very happy to have that choice during lunch.”

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On the last issue we discussed the change of janitorial companies around campus. Now that we know what has changed we can talk about it. The service that they have provided so far has been lacking. Sometimes there is no toilet paper at all, also no paper napkins, and sometimes the bathrooms are dirty to say the least.

At first only men were noticing the lack of the service, and they were obviously talking about it. I never actually paid any attention to it, but after I heard them talking about it I started to notice little things that weren’t right in the bathrooms. I’m not sure if changing the companies was a good thing, but I’m sure that they need to improve the way they are cleaning around campus. Several students have complained so far about the cleanness of the bathrooms. And to top all that, the lines at the women’s restrooms are still very long when classes finish. Since people around campus now know that the company that does the

cleaning is not the same, I think is up to them to doing their job right. I’m not saying that it is a simple job at all, but rather a job that has to be done. No one wants to go to a dirty restroom with no toilet paper. That is probably one of the worst things that could happen to anyone while on a restroom. I really hope that they improve the service that they are providing to the school, because if they don’t there wont be only a few students complaining, but also faculty and everyone that goes into a bathroom at EPCC. Imagine what a bad image EPCC can get because of this. We don’t want future students to think that the campus is

never clean or that there are better options out there. We want to give people a great image of what EPCC is really about. I’m guessing not many people want to talk about this issue, but it is important to address it in order to gain control of the situation. If we don’t talk about it, then nothing will be done to fix the problem. And if you are one of those people who has noticed the change in the service, then all you have to do is hold on and wait for the school to do something about it. After this I really hope they improve the way they are managing their cleaning process so that we get to use the facilities that we deserve.

poor loser in a world where black and white people can never coexist. The film eventually shows our main character as a hero to many southerners and rids the south of the terrible ideology of the north, the one where ‘all men are created equal’. It is a racist piece of garbage but important to understand how many southerners viewed the events of the civil war. This film went on to be the highest grossing film in America until ‘Gone With the Wind.' I sincerely request some research on this film, if this topic interests you. ‘The Birth of a Nation’(2016) is a film made by Nate Parker. This film’s only similarity

is that it bears the same name as the previous one. The story is based on Nat Turner’s rebellion in 1831, and is a polar opposite when you look into the story. It takes the older version and makes it its own and allowing itself to show a much more engaging story. It takes the racist themes of the old one and turns it on its head. The second reason being a commentary on today’s political climate, and the activism that has resurfaced. There is a message of black pride and understanding the injustice that was committed during that time throughout the film. Certain times in the film seem almost as if the characters are talking to

the audience in order to prove their point of what is happening and how it relates to our own times. Both films are different in many different ways but also very culturally significant. The 1915 version allows us to peek into the past by allowing us to see what type of ideas were allowed in theaters and what was allowed to be shown for 44 weeks during its first running. The 2016 version allows us to see an independent feature get a nationwide release and major film awards. It truly allows a way to be retrospective on America as a whole in viewing these two films 100 years apart and see the real America in all its complicated glory.

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“I like Italian, I’m into the cheesy flavors, the pastas. That’s something we don’t have here. It’s way different than the usual burger and burritos. I think people would like something out of the ordinary here at school.”

There are two ‘The Birth of a Nation’ films out in the world, right now. If you are unfamiliar with either film then allow me to explain. ‘The Birth of a Nation’ (1915) is a film made by D.W. Griffith. It’s infamous in that the hero of the story is the founding member of the Ku Klux Klan. This film paints the American south as some

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“I would like the school to bring a Pizza Hut because it’s my favorite type of food. It’s also a better choice from the ones we have now. It’s good quality Pizza.”

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“That question is kind of hard. Probably like at the mall, a Chinese place probably, I love Chinese food. I think people would eat here more often probably.”

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EPCC women tie for first at Hobbs

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EPCC runners (L-R) Demaris Jepkorir (62), Sholly Jeruto (64), Ocean Stephens (63), Kelli Kirkpatrick (60) and Shalet Mitei (61) compete at the University of the Southwest Invitational in Hobbs, N.M.

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This past Thursday the EPCC cross country team competed in the University of Southwest meet in Hobbs, N.M. The women’s team, which tied for first place, saw six runners finish in the top 15 positions. There were 32 runners in all. With more than half of the runners finishing in the top 10, the Tejanas split first place with South Plain College. The men’s team also had six runners finishing in the top 15, securing them second place. The women’s cross country team competed against five different schools, all in the same category, junior college level. Coach Felix Hinojosa recognizes that this team has a lot of room for improvement and is excited to see what they can achieve during the rest

of the season. “It has been a pretty competitive season, we’ve been getting a lot of division-1 schools and the last race was actually against some division-1 Junior colleges”, Hinojosa said. The team has a very confident stand on the upcoming races and believe they are ready to show the other teams they are ready to compete against higher level schools. “There is always room for training and improving until competition day, we are pretty extremely nervous but we are also ready at the same time to compete this season and for the upcoming races,” said Kelly, one of the cross country team members. Coach believes every team member brings different aspects to the team and that it is always a team effort. “This team like any of the other 250 teams has a good shot of being in the top 3 in the nation.

All the teams in the past have been very good, this team seems to be just as good, it is hard to compare because cross country runs different courses, it is not like track where a 400 in Dallas is the same 400 in El Paso, here depending on the course and how the course is marked it’s not a consistent 5k or 8k or 13 miles”, Hinojosa added. There is no doubt this team is proud of the achievements they have made possible throughout their season and are willing to improve. A strong showing from the cross country team in this meet, the team will hope to keep their momentum going in the upcoming meet, Let’s Run to End Alzheimer’s, in El Paso on Oct. 22. This was a strong showing from the cross country team in this meet, the team will hope to keep their momentum going in the upcoming meet, Let’s Run to End Alzheimer’s, in El Paso on Oct. 22.



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Cristina Mitchell's modern dance club, Canvas Dance, performing around VV campus on Oct. 5

(L-R) Elizabeth Colclasire, Alondra Rodriguez and Danel Garcia perform for their modern dance

Monika Sepulveda performs in the B building.

Elizabeth Colclasire performing outside the VV Student Union.

Cristina Mitchell's Modern Dance 2&4 (L-R) Alodra Rodruiguez, Junior Jaques, Monika Sepulveda, Cristina Mitchell, Daniel Garcia and Elizabeth Colclasire.

(L-R) Elizabeth Colclasire, Junior Jaques and Alondra Rodriguez.

Elizabeth Colclasire (L) and Junior Jacques, performing at EPCC VV.

Alondra Rodruiguez (L) and Daniel Garcia performing as part of their Modern Dance class.


Alodra Rodruigez (L) and Monika Jacques perform in the Cafeteria.

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FEATURE Decrease your risk at home with fire safety October 19, 2016

Celeste Monroy Tejano Tribune EPCC’s Office of Risk Management and Safety is promoting fire safety to all homes, since the National Fire Prevention Month is held on October 2016. According to El Paso’s Fire Department Tradition of Excellence 2015 Annual Report, El Paso experienced 1,321 fires. The Office of Risk Management and Safety also mentioned that three out of five homes that a fire occurred in, either didn’t have a smoke alarm or had an alarm that wasn’t working. “Most home fires do not have smoke detectors or checked batteries and what really kills you in a fire is the smoke,” said Risk Manager, Nancy Tharp. The Office of Risk Management and Safety mentioned how important it is to create and practice an evacuation plan for homes, in order to increase the chances of surviving a fire and getting out quickly. The National Fire Prevention Association suggests to install alarms on every level of a house, which includes outside and inside of rooms, and mentions how the ability to get out of a house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. An advance planning would include getting everyone together in the household, make an escape plan, look for two ways out of every room, make sure that windows and doors open easily, and plan an outside meeting place CELESTE MONROY / TEJANO TRIBUNE where everyone Lieutenant Gilbert Ramirez (holding the ax) giving instructions to EPCC students will meet once from the Fire Technology Program. everyone has

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Lieutenant Gilbert Ramirez (holding ax) giving instructions to EPCC students from the Fire Technology Program.

escaped. “The detectors are battery and hardwire operated and the smoke alarms should be checked at least every month and batteries should be changed every year,” said Tharp. Tharp mentioned that there are smoke detectors that last up to ten years, which don’t have to be checked as often as other smoke detectors, but should still be cautious. There are students and older individuals who are more exposed to fire incidents and aren’t aware of the importance of having a smoke detector updated. “I wasn’t aware of how many times batteries should be changed in a smoke detector. I think that this topic is important mostly for elderly people because many elderly people have Alzheimer or dementia, and many

times they live alone or live with a partner but forget to turn off the oven and are just more exposed to fire incidents than a younger person,” said Juan Trujillo, sophomore student at EPCC Valle Verde. Many of us might not know who is responsible for the smoke detectors in our homes, but Tharp explained that the smoke detectors can either depend on the individual or on the landlord but can ask the fire department to make sure. “We are thankful to EPCC for letting us run our National Fire Prevention Month ads,” said Tharp. For more information, visit or www. You can also contact Safety Specialist, Ivan Flores at 915-831-6381, and Risk Manager, Nancy Tharp at 915-831-6444.

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McDonald's Fair encourages young students to pursue higher education Luis Gonzalez Tejano Tribune The McDonald’s Education Fair took place on Oct. 15 at the Administrative Services Center building (ASC) on 9050 Viscount Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event consisted of a series of conferences that provided prospective students and their families with general information for college access. These conferences were presented in English and Spanish. The conferences went over three main topics: general college knowledge, financial aid and career planning. Although the event was focused on high school students, anyone interested was welcome to attend the event. McDonald’s served biscuits during the

morning for all people that registered and attended the event. “We will be showcasing key information on going to college, financing college, and career planning options. Whether you are planning to attend our local institutions or attending out of state, we are happy to provide prospective students and their families with the guidance they need,” said Marisa Pierce, Executive Director of Outreach and Transition Services. The event counted with the participation of approximately 15 represented colleges and universities such as: New Mexico State University, Sul Ross State University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University, Texas A&M, among many others.

“They start as guides to get people interested in a certain major,” said Pierce referring to the college representatives. They will help the students with any questions they might have, regarding programs available, as well as information about attending college . In addition, EPCC also had representatives of various programs such as: Pharmacy Technology, Fire Technology, Engineering, Criminal Justice, Mass Communication and Culinary Arts, as well as many others. Interested students were provided with general information about the college, such as size and location, in addition they were encouraged to fill out their financial aid applications. Said colleges were represented with people that can


Future student, Jacob De Santiago, (left) and William Kraften

help the students in their career plans as well as with information about academic plans “We know that information can sometimes be limited as well as complex to parents and

extended family members. This event is an excellent opportunity to gather important information about the college going process from experts in the field,” added Pierce.

EPCC massage-a-thon raised funds for program in October Sebastian Reyes Tejano Tribune The Massage-a-thon took place on Oct. 15 over at Rio Grande campus. Students that have already been trained provided the massages for clients. The Student Physical Therapist Assistant Club host the event twice a semester as a fundraiser. The cost for a massage ranges from $10 to $25. They want to raise money in order to improve their program a portion of that money will be destined to their graduation dinner. “Every year our Texas Physical Therapy Association has a conference in a city of Texas, this year it is in Forth Worth, we have twelve out of my fourteen students attending with me, so the money for hotel rooms, registration, this year is up to $11,000. The Massage-a-thon is one of our biggest fundraising-money events,” said Michelle H. Biernacki, Assistant Professor from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the HSC Building

in EPCC Rio Grande. She mentioned that is important for students who study Physical Therapy to assist these conferences to continue education. “The SPTA club raises a lot of money on their own, also we get some help from student government," added Biernacki. "They have been very, very generous at helping us. The students have raised $11,000 themselves towards this trip to Fort Worth. In this conference, students take courses to obtain knowledge toward their profession when they graduate. It also prepares them for their licensing board exam." This type of event promotes an excellent way to spend a weekend free of preoccupations and relaxing massages offered by the students of Physical Therapy. Clients who are interested can make an appointment at the nursing clinic every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. “They´re not massage therapists, I want to clarify that. Physical therapy

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Daisy Holguin recieving back massage by Physical Therapist Assistant Senior Student Jesse Madrid.

provides massage. In this fundraiser we´re doing massages in 15 minute increments up to one hour for the patients for general comfort," said Biernacki. "But we´re not massagers, the college has a massage therapy program. We´re going to license physical therapist assistants which is much more, more

than just massage. So, when the clients make an appointment, they walk in on the day of the event the students take them into one of the rooms behind the curtain. They (the students) focus on problem areas that the client decides on." For example, said Biernacki, there are massages available for the neck.

ENTERTAINMENT Birth of a Nation remake is an instant classic October 19 2016

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Though this movie is similar to another infamous film only by name, I will treat ‘The Birth of a Nation’ (2016) as its own entity. ‘The Birth of a Nation’ (2016) is a film written, acted, and directed by Nate Parker, and also features Armie Hammer and Colman Domingo. This film is very brutal and may not be sutiable for younger viewers. The film takes place in the slave-era south. Nat Turner(Parker) is a slave child who is believed to be marked by higher powers and should be listened to. With a growing ability to read he is taught to read the bible and begins to read passages at his slave masters church. As an adult Turner begins to preach across the country and witnesses the horror that slavery has brought upon other black men. Turner finds answers in

the bible and leads a rebellion to help the other slaves escape from their owners. ‘The Birth of a Nation’ is one of the best movies to come out this year. Shocking and brutal in its depiction of slavery, this film will stir you. ‘Birth of a Nation’ creates this very real, and lived in landscape that allows the viewer to really feel in the time period. Every aspect of the film is very well done, from the acting, to the cinematography, to the sound design. Nate Parker really brings life to the historic Nat Turner. Turner’s (Parker) scenes are grand in their performance and allow you to glimpse into the life of the man. The writing is phenomenal and the interactions with the characters are masterfully done. All motivations are set up and there is a subtle difference in the way that the slaves talk to each other and how they talk to the slave owners.


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(L-R) Nat Turner (Nate Parker) and Nancy, portrayed by Aunjanue Ellis in the remake of Birth of a Nation.

Though it is opening to a very modest release, I do believe that ‘The Birth of a Nation’ (2016) will be an instant classic. The only criticism I can really give this movie is the dream scenes which, when

faced with very real events, seem slightly out of place. These scenes eventually lead to very interesting visual symbolism that makes sense at the end of the film. Even at that, the dream

scenes do connect the real world with an artistic representation of what the character is going through. I give ‘Birth of a Nation’ 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this movie.

Professor to read her Halloween book at Valle Verde library Courtesy Donna Munoz


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English professor, Donna Munoz, brings life to a friendly zombie in her childrens' book.

Staff Report Tejano Tribune On Oct. 22, English Professor Donna Munoz, is going to present her book Harley Farley Zombie Book Series. It starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m., it’s going to be located at the Library classroom at the VV campus. This book is aimed specifically to children. “My three small sons and I write these books together and then use them for community outreach including hospitals and schools visits,” said Munoz. There will be an arts and crafts section at

the event and also a friend of Munoz is going to do zombie cross fit for the children. The book that is going to be presented at the event is “Harley Farley’s First Halloween”. Here is a preview of the book: When Eddie finds a little lost zombie in his backyard, there’s only one thing to do: Invite him into the house! Halloween will be extra special this year when Eddie and Harley the Zombie become best friends. Harley is curious, and he loves to eat. He’s the best fried chicken eater, and he really wants to be a great trick-ortreater. That’s no problem!

Eddie can teach him how. But when Eddie’s mom and dad discover a little zombie exploring their home, this special Halloween might be doomed. “Harley Farley’s First Halloween is filled with colorful pages and fun artwork that will have kids laughing and thrilled as Harley learns how to trickor-treat and make human friends. It’s a loveable Halloween zombie book for children ages 4 to 10, grades Pre-K through fifth,” said Munoz. If you want to know more about this books you can visit harleyfarleyzombiebooks. me.

When watching the Netflix original show “Luke Cage” I was very excited to see what the people that made “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil” had instore for me. Sadly, from the episodes that I’ve seen this far, it was slightly disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the show by any means, but it’s just that with the tough brooding character act that Luke Cage seems to have in this TV show, the personality of the main character is just uninteresting and just plain boring. The character of Luke Cage is just a bit of a bitter tough guy, and to be honest, it gets tiring very fast. There were only like two or three characters in the series so far that have more of a distinguished character. Though the characters are lacking in

character, the story is pretty solid for a normal Marvel show. Luke is trying his best to keep his secrets hidden but throughout the series we see him develop more and more and then he becomes the hero he was destined to be. So basically this is your typical superhero story. The story itself works decently well, but it’s certainly no “Daredevil” Or “Jessica Jones”, then again, if a Marvel fan watches it they would probably enjoy it and even the references to old “Luke Cage” comics. While I personally wasn’t that big of a fan of this TV show and the episodes I’ve watched, the story and the twists do eventually get you invested on the show. In this review of the Luke Cage Netflix original series, I would have to give it a 3.5/5 stars. It isn’t perfect, but it isn’t bad either. With a few mishaps here and there, it still can be viewed for what it is.

October 19 | Tejano Tribune  
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