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The Flare

Friday, October 19, 2012 Vol. 76 No. 6 Serving Kilgore College since 1936

Who Will

Capture the Crown? KC

royalty will help welcome home the Rangers and scores of former students during Homecoming activities Saturday. The King and Queen will be crowned during pregame ceremonies beginning 2:30 p.m. at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium. Those elected to the court are pictured below.



Na’’Keya Callaway SGA

Du’’Sharme Davis Cheerleaders

Jacquelynn Abamu Ambassadors Tori Boaze Tri-C

Morris Williams II Ambassadors

Whitney Robertson Dance Club

Jerome Carl Thomas SGA

Joshua Medlock TRiO Al Dixon Residential Life

Tony Atkins Athletic Training

HOMECOMING EVENTS 10 a.m. - Rangerettes Forever Brunch in Devall Ballroom. Reserve a spot at Noon - The Flare Reunion in The Flare Lab, CA 125. All former and current Flare members are invited. Reserve a spot by contacting 1 p.m. - Ex- Student, Teacher and Retirees Award Luncheon in Devall Ballroom. Tickets are free but reservations are required. To reserve seats, email 3 p.m. - Football versus Southeast Prep at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium 7 p.m. - Rangerettes Forever Casino Night at National Guard Armory in Kilgore. Tickets are $25 at the door. Babysitting is available at the Rangerette Gym for $10 a child. Illustrations by Kelly Gillit / THE FLARE Bre a k i n g n ews, videos an d exten ded cover age at www.thef lareonline. com



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Coy A. Lothrop When did you graduate? ...1997 What was the major/degree that you earned? ...Associates of Applied Sciences in Advertising and Graphic Design. My Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas is near completion, but I came back home from UNT when my father became ill. I plan to pursue its completion in the Spring of this year.

NOTEBOOK Oct. 19 –– Nov. 9 SATURDAY, Oct. 20 Q RANGERS VS. SOUTHEAST PREP 3 p.m., R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium Q RANGER


STUDENT DINNER 1 p.m., DSC Ballroom


Title: Unit Head for Advertising and Graphic Design


Where did that take you in your career? ...On a long, winding road of numerous jobs and great experiences. From my early beginnings, designing crochet books with kitties and babies (ugh, it’’s public now) with Annie’’s Attic; to Barron’’s in Longview as their in-house one-man art department; to designing for web start-ups under a secret arm of Cox Communications; to the high-speed advertising industry at Encore

Multimedia; to a fantastic year as a freelancer; to a long-term investment at Cypress Interactive as partner and creative director; to here, full-time at Kilgore College as the unit head for Advertising and Graphic Design. I guess you can say I’’ve come home. What was one of the highlights in your career? ...I’’ve been privileged enough to work for governors, senators, quasi-celebrities and I’’m on the short-list for designers sanctioned to work with the White House (1 of 9), but I have to say coming on full-time here at KC takes the cake. I’’ve taught for almost 13 years as an adjunct instructor and I held out all those years pining away for a full-time spot. It’’s finally come and I couldn’’t be happier to be giving the students under my charge 100 percent of my heart, mind and knowledge-base. Shelbi Crews/ THE FLARE

Fall graduation deadline extended ASHTON JOHNSON Co-Executive Editor Students who missed the Oct. 1 fall graduation deadline can still apply during the late application period, ending Nov. 30 with a $75 application fee will be charged through Oct. 31.

TUESDAY, Oct. 23 Q LIFE LINE SCREENING 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., DSC Ballroom

Any student applying between Nov. 1- Nov. 30 will be required to pay a $150 application fee. No applications will be accepted after Nov. 30. Fall graduates must have completed all required courses or be enrolled in their remaining classes. Students must visit with their

adviser or the counseling center to have a degree audit completed. Once students receive a completed degree audit, they must pay the late application fee to the cashier’’s office. Students must bring the signed degree audit and the receipt of payment to the Registrar’’s Office and

Voting ends Oct. 26 for teaching awards


WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24 Q RANGER YEARBOOK CLUB PHOTO DAY 10 a.m.–– 3 p.m., Ballroom

KELLY GILLIT Staff Writer Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring an Excellence in Teaching Awards recognition through Oct. 26. The award is meant to honor instructors who have done an outstanding job of teaching at KC and who have had a positive impact on the KC community. Each winner will receive a certificate and recognition at an upcoming faculty meeting. All instructors, excluding those who have won in the past five years, are eligible for nomination. Voting is online at www.kilgore. edu/excellenceinteaching.asp or by visiting PTK sponsors Paul Buchanan in the Canterbury Engineering-Science Building, Room 339 or Michele Daniels in the CommunicationsAutomotive Building, Room 108. When voting, students must include their name, ID number, first and last name of the instructor to be nominated as well as the reason they are voting for that instructor. For more information about the Excellence in Teaching Awards, contact Daniels at or Buchanan at pbuchanan@ Current instructors who are past winners and not eligible are as follows:


UNIVERSITY VISITING RECRUITER 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Devall Student Center

SATURDAY, Oct. 27 Q FOOTBALL VS. TJC 3 p.m., R. E. St. John Memorial Stadium Q HALL OF FAME

BANQUET 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., DSC Ballroom

MONDAY, Oct. 29 Q RANGERS BASKETBALL VS. UT TYLER 7 p.m., Tyler TUESDAY, Oct. 30 Q ADVISER MEETING 12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., DSC Ballroom WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 Q TRiO LUNCH & LEARN WORKSHOP 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., DSC Ballroom Q ADVISER MEETING

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., DSC Ballroom



Randi Vinson-Davis / THE FLARE

Two-year-old toddlers Jeran Griɉn, Nolan Mobbs and Abigail Boyd ride around campus collecting money for the St. Jude’’s Fundraiser for cancer research. The Kilgore Early Childhood Center Miracle Mile Walk on Oct. 5 raised $788.04.

Art contest added to veteran event scheduled Nov. 12

11 a.m. - noon, DSC Ballroom

BRITTANI PFAU Co-Executive Editor


The annual Veteran A p p r e c i a t i o n Celebration will be 1-3 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Devall Student Center Ballroom. An art contest for KC students and public school students has been added to the celebration to help bring awareness of the history and purpose of Veterans Day by allowing students to portray their own personal appreciation to veterans for their service through artistic pieces. All art must be submitted no later than Oct. 31. The five categories are kindergarten through second grade; third through fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade; ninth through 12th grade; and KC students. Names of winners will be given to their

MONDAY, Nov. 5 Q SPRING ADVISEMENT/ REGISTRATION CURRENT STUDENTS Starts Nov. 5 and continues through Dec. 5 THURSDAY, Nov. 8 Q KCEOPA MEETING 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., DSC Ballroom Q LADY RANGERS




complete a paper application. Students must apply to receive a degree or certificate even if not participating in the graduation ceremony. Fall graduation will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in Dodson Auditorium.

school officials and will be announced at the celebration where monetary prizes will be awarded. Acceptable art forms include posters, preprinted coloring pages (for younger children), food art, craft projects, paintings, sketches, video, sculpture or ceramic/glass/metal art. All art projects must be accompanied by an entry/release form and must be submitted to Jackie Kelley or Jayson Knapps in the Financial Aid Office in the Devall Student Center. Prizes are as follows: $50 for kindergarten through second grade, $50 for third through fifth grade, $50 for sixth through eighth grade, $75 for ninth through 12th grade and $150 for KC students. For more information, contact Jackie Kelley at 903-983-8171 or Jayson Knapps at 903-983-3733.


TRiO taking orders for shirts Orders for TRiO shirts must be placed by Monday, Oct. 22, in the TRiO Office, Student Support Building, Room 127. Shirts cost $10 and payment is due upon ordering. The shirts are safety orange with the "TRiO’’s #1" logo. The logo was designed by former student Miguel Berlanga and inspired by another former student Jermaine Washington who would always shout out ““TRiO’’s #1!”” For more information concerning TRiO, contact Bindy Tice, TRiO director, at ~Kelsey Hansen

PTK to sell T-shirts at game Phi Theta Kappa is selling T-shirts during the Homecoming football game Saturday. The shirts feature the words ““NCIS - Nerds Can Impact Society”” and will cost $15. Shirts will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. ~Kelly Gillit

2011 Q Latasha Goodwyn Q Marcia Rhodes Q Tina Rushing QShelly Wayne

2010 Q Bennie Brown Q Lucy Carroll Q Bettye Craddock Q Mary Kates Q Julie Payne (Lewis) Q Mary Weierich

2009 Q Patti Alford Q Richard Duggar Q Dean Kinney Q Lori Truman Q John Whitehead

2008 Q Steve Baldwin Q Charles Blalack Q Vicki Buchanan Q Jeanne Johnson Q Traci Thompson

2007 Q Barbara Brush Q Larry Kitchen Q Molly Reavis Q Mike Smith

3 ROUNDUP Former Flare editor finalist for national award THE FLARE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012


Kasi Dickerson in top three for Associated Collegiate Press Reporter of the Year KELSEY HANSEN Staff Writer The Associated Collegiate Press announced Kasi Dickerson, former executive editor of The Flare, as a finalist for Reporter of the Year for two-year colleges. The winner will be announced Nov. 3 in Chicago and will receive a monetary prize. ACP’’s Reporter of the Year recognizes students for outstanding writing and editorial leadership skills. The two-year category is judged by an award-winning editor from the Minnesota Associated Press. Each contestant entered three single news or feature stories published in a college newspaper during the competition year. Finalist selections are based on significance

and news worthiness of the stories, quality and depth of reporting, quotes, writing, editing and AP style usage. Dickerson submitted ““KCPD Chief remembers deadly standoff in Waco,”” an investigative news story about Chief Martin Pessink and his experience with the Branch Davidians at Mount Caramel in Waco; ““Abuse shatters family structure,”” the first part in a three -part series highlighting family dynamics; and ““English instructor lives among homeless to learn the lifestyle, how he can help,”” a news story about English instructor Gus LaFosse who chose to live among the homeless in Shreveport, La., for a month. Dickerson was The Flare’’s

executive editor from Fall 2011 to Spring 2012. She is now majoring in mass media at Stephen F. Austin State University and is the feature editor for the SFA newspaper, The Pine Log. Journalism has always been a part of her life. Her mother worked for the local newspaper in Van and currently teaches high school journalism in Van. While in high school Dickerson was more interested in video, photography and yearbook. She wrote for student publications in high school but said she didn’’t fall in love with newspapers and reporting until she came to KC. She would like to work for a newspaper, magazine or online publication when she graduates

KASI DICKERSON from SFA. Dickerson tied with Bethany Peterson from Tarrant County for the Texas Intercollegiate Press

Student publications rack up 53 awards


STRAW BALLOT The Flare is conducting a straw ballot for the upcoming presidential election. The short seven-question survey has been sent out to all KC student emails and will close midnight Wednesday, Oct. 31. The website for the survey is http://goo. gl/hxSDa or students can go to mail. and sign in to their KC email. Students can link their personal email to their KC email in order to have the survey and other KC-related email automatically forwarded. To do this, students must log on to their KC email and then click on the wheel tab in the upper right hand corner and then follow the directions under ““settings.””

The Flare’’s sweepstakes win marks 22nd in 24 years at TCCJA FROM STAFF REPORTS

~ Brittani Pfau

Shelbi Crews / THE FLARE

Inductees make a pledge as they hold candles during the Phi Theta Kappa ceremony Oct. 9 in the Devall Student Center.

’Rettes hosting Homecoming Casino Night The Rangerette Forevers will host their first-ever ““Kilgore Casino Night”” 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Kilgore National Guard Armory. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door. Tickets will include a sit-down dinner, $200 in gambling chips, door prizes and dancing. Attendees must be 21 years of age. The event will include the Mad Men Swing Band and performances by the Rangerettes and Kilgore High School Hi-Steppers. The Rangerettes will provide childcare for $10 per child from 7 p.m.midnight at the Rangerette Gym on Nolen Street across from the Rangerette Residence. All proceeds will go toward the Rangerette Scholarship program and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. For more information, contact Erin Oian, Rangerette Residence manager, at 903-983-8282. ~ Ashton Johnson

New PTK members light up their future 35 inducted into international honor society KELLY GILLIT Staff Writer


hirty-five students have joined KC’’s Gamma Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, international honor society for two-year colleges. To be eligible for membership in the PTK chapter, students must have at least 12 hours, excluding developmental courses, and no less than a 3.5 GPA. To uphold

membership, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA. PTK is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. Members are eligible for scholarships, transfer support and letters of recommendation as well as lifetime networking opportunities. New PTK members are listed as follows with hometown:

FALL 2012 INDUCTEES Denise Barnes, Henderson Kristin Bayne, Longview Shannon Bebel, Kingwood Amanda Blair, Gladewater Callie Blakeley, Longview Rebekah Bobo, Longview Randi Branson, Hallsville Giselle Cardenas, Longview Marcheal Cleaver, Kilgore

Kelli Creed, Gilmer Dee Deaver, Longview Terran Dixon, Longview Tara Dloniak, Longview Angel Fields, Longview Aston Ford, Kilgore Guadalupe Garcia, Marshall Jessica Goodwin, Longview Jeremy Haynes, Henderson Karissa Hicks,

Gilmer Kody Hughes, Gladewater Sungyeol Kim, Kilgore Amanda Lefever, Longview Stefanie Matthews, Overton Chelsea Miears, Gilmer Alisha Nix, Gladewater Krystle Paris, Longview Lauren Patterson, Linden Lesly Powell,

Corpus Christi Heather Prince, Longview Whitney Robertson, Garland Elizabeth Smith-Field, Avinger Skylar Sutton, White Oak Genaro TovarMurillo, Henderson Kimberly Wallace, Gladewater Hailey Watson, Longview

Who’s Who application deadline Tuesday, Oct. 30 Applications for Who’’s Who Among American Junior College Students are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Student Life Office in the Devall Student Center.

Association Reporter of the Year for two-year colleges in 2011. She also won a $1,000 TIPA scholarship. Dickerson said that as the Reporter of the Year for the TIPA contest was announced, she thought there was no chance for her because there were so many talented reporters present. Dickerson writes for the sake of sharing the information from her stories, not for the awards. ““I am so humbled, blessed and honored for these awards. Regardless of who wins the Reporter of the Year at ACP, to me I have already won by being a finalist,”” Dickerson said. Other finalists include Ali Hackett from Camosun College in Victoria, B.C., and Brenda Cruz from Las Positas College in Livermore, Calif.

Minimum qualifications for the recognition are: 2.5 GPA and completion of at least 30 hours prior to the Fall 2012. Applicants must also include college activities,

leadership roles, special recognitions and service to college and community. Instructors can nominate students or students can apply themselves. Applications can be

picked up from faculty or staff member and also from Ross Costanzo, director of student life, in the Devall Student Center Game Room. ~Ashley Morales

The Flare studentproduced newspaper and magazine recently received 53 state and national awards from contests in the Texas Community College Journalism Association and Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The KC newspaper won sweepstakes for the 22nd time in the last 24 years at the TCCJA convention in Dallas last week. The Flare Magazine in its third year of publication also won its third sweepstakes in TCCJA competition. The Flare received 20 awards, including first place in Newspaper Division II for overall general excellence. Newspaper contest materials were submitted from the 2011-2012 school year when Kasi Dickerson was the executive editor and Ashton Johnson was the managing editor. The Flare Magazine earned 10 awards. Magazine contest materials were submitted from the spring publication when Dickerson and Elizabeth Wisdom were co-editors. Seven students represented KC at the TCCJA convention in Dallas where they competed in live contests, including news writing, editorial writing, page design and news photography. Ashton Johnson placed first in page design and honorable mention in editorial writing. Bettye Craddock is the

adviser for The Flare and O. Rufus Lovett is the photography adviser.


Randi Vinson-Davis (Henderson) –– 1st place in magazine layout and design and 3rd place in news photo Kasi Dickerson (Van) –– 1st place in layout and design, 2nd place in in-depth/ investigative, 2nd in feature writing, 2nd in magazine journalism story, 2nd in magazine layout and design, 3rd in feature writing and honorable mention in news writing and honorable mention in layout and design Brandy Eubanks (Longview) –– 3rd place in sports action photo Betsy Foreman (Longview) –– 3rd place in advertising (single ad) Ashley Forrestier (Kilgore) –– 1st place in non-photo illustration for magazine, 2nd place in cartoon and honorable mention in nonphoto illustration for magazine Kelly Gillit (Gladewater) –– 1st place in advertising (single ad) Daniel Guy (Longview) –– 1st place in non-journalism story for magazine and honorable mention in column writing Katie Kuykendall (Tatum) –– 3rd place in feature writing Ashton Johnson (Kilgore) –– honorable mention in layout and design and journalism story for the magazine Heather Sims (Kilgore) –– 2nd place in sports action photo Jessica Stovall (Lufkin) –– 1st place and honorable mention in sports feature Elizabeth Wisdom (Van) –– 3rd place in magazine photography Flare StaɈ –– 1st place in headline writing and 2nd place in editorial writing

Flare wins 21 awards in national contest FROM STAFF REPORTS The Flare received 21 national awards from the CSPA, including a Silver Crown for The Flare’’s Website: This annual competition attracted 10,444 entries from newspapers and magazines produced by students at colleges, universities

and secondary schools throughout the United States. The Flare staff received first place in headline writing and honorable mention in single subject news. Contest materials were submitted from entries produced between June 16, 2011, and June 15, 2012.

INDIVIDUAL 2012 GOLD CIRCLE AWARDS Victoria Baker (Tatum) –– honorable mention in photo illustration Randi Vinson-Davis (Henderson) –– 3rd in photo story Kasi Dickerson (Van) –– 1st in news page design, 1st in full page photo layout; 1st in literary single spread (magazine), 3rd in personality prole, honorable mention in editorial page design and honorable mention in full page photo layout Ashley Forrestier (Kilgore) –– 1st place in literary single spread (magazine) and 3rd in editorial cartoon Kelly Gillit (Gladewater) –– honorable mention in advertising layout (single ad) Daniel Guy (Longview) ––

honorable mention in essay (magazine) Jamie Maldonado (Longview) –– 1st in single feature photograph, 1st in single sports photograph, 2nd in special/general interest magazine single page design Jonathen Ruesch (Gilmer) –– 1st in literary single spread (magazine) and 2nd place in editorial page design Taylon Sharer (Powder Springs, Ga.) –– 1st in full page photo layout and honorable mention in photo layout of two or more pages Heather Sims (Kilgore) –– honorable mention for photography portfolio of work Elizabeth Wisdom (Van) - honorable mention for photography portfolio of work








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Honored Retir ASHLEY MORALES Staff Writer



arvin “Leon� Dodgen is being recognized as this year’s Honored Retiree. From the encouragement of former KC President Randolph C. Watson, Dodgen began working at KC in 1972 and eventually had a 28-year career at the college. “He said it would be worth my while and it was,� Dodgen said. His work began at the Physical Plant. He later was named maintenance supervisor where he was in charge of physical maintenance and eventually became the director of physical plant where he was in charge of the grounds and custodial employees. The KC Board of Trustees honored Dodgen in 1997 by voting to name the new plant building in his honor. The Leon Dodgen Physical Plant Center was dedicated on Nov. 18, 1997, the same year Dodgen retired from full-time work at KC. He remained on staff as a part-time employee until 2001. Dodgen was born in Alexandria, La., to Leona Pearl and Marvin O. Dodgen. He grew up in Hot Springs, Ark., where he graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1951.

After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy so he could see the world. He attended boot camp in San Diego and was sent to Machinist Mate School at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Chicago. Dodgen was assigned to the AF-48 refrigerated supply ship based in Yokosoka, Japan, which replenished food supplies to the 7th Fleet at sea off the coast of Korea. Dodgen discharged from the Navy as 2nd rank Class Machinist Mate at Treasure Island, Calif. “I liked it the first few years, but it got old,� Dodgen said. After the Navy, he attended Southern Nazarene College in Bethany, Okla. Dodgen said the best thing that happened to him in Oklahoma was meeting his future wife, Ruby. “We just started hanging out and before you know it, we were engaged,� Dodgen said. He transferred to The University of Texas at Austin and married Ruby. When he was not in class, he worked for the Technical Products Air Conditioning Company in Austin. The company went out of business and former customers began calling Dodgen, giving him the opportunity to begin his own air conditioning business. Because of the demand for his services, he

Ex-Students of the Year WHITNEY HOWARD Staff Writer



he Merritts have been announced as this year’s ExStudents of the Year for their many contributions to the community. For the Merritt siblings, success simply runs in the family. Merita Merritt Barbee, the eldest of the Merritt siblings, graduated from Kilgore High School before attending Baylor University. In 1965, Merita married her high school sweetheart and they have two children. Merita taught at Kilgore ISD for 29 years and is now retired but still maintains close ties with education. She often volunteers at KISD by helping with testing, reading and many other school-related activities. Merita is also a lifetime member of the P.T.A, the Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames of the XVII Century. Merita enjoys spending time on their new farm and can be found watching her grandsons play baseball and soccer. A.P. Merritt Jr. attended KC after graduating from KHS. He went on to attend the University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. A.P. has been married for 45 years and they have two children and eight grandchildren. In 1967, A.P. Jr. returned to work for his family’s business, Merritt Tool Company Inc., founded by his father. He later took over the company in 1981. The company merged with Triumph Group to create Triumph Structures- East Texas, Inc. in 2009. He was recognized by the Small Business Administration as “Small Business Person of the Year� in 2008 for the Dallas/Ft. Worth 72-county district in Texas. He has served on several civic, church, bank, municipal and county

boards in the community. A.P. Jr. continues to play an important role fo company by overseeing development and custo relations. Tommy Merritt graduated from KHS and atte During his time at KC, Tommy was inducted in NJCAA Football Coaches Association Hall of F to his significant contribution to the 1966 Kilgo National Championship Football Team. Tommy later graduated from Texas Christian with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He has been married for 40 years and they ha children. Tommy served as a postal inspector from 197 1974 before returning to Kilgore to work for the business. He then founded his own company, G Industrial Insulators, Inc. in 1976. Tommy has been involved in several commun organizations, such as the East Texas Police A Junior Achievement of East Texas and Kiwani was appointed to the Sabine River Authority b Texas Gov. Bill Clements in 1990 and served un next year, he was elected to the House of Repre and served House District 7 from 1997-2011. Mike Merritt, the youngest of the family, was and raised in Kilgore. His role as a KC student, was cut short after he was drafted into the U.S. 1972 where he served for two years. In 1975, Mike married his wife and they have children. He is currently the President of Gregg Indust Insulators. One of his passions is raising cattle on the Double M farm with his family.





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left UT one semester early to run his business. In 1968, Dodgen and Ruby sold the company and moved to Kilgore where Ruby had grown up. “I bought a piece of property 25 acres across from where Ruby’s parents lived,” Dodgen said. He owned his own air conditioning business in Kilgore until 1972 when he began working for KC. Since retiring, he and Ruby have traveled most of the U.S. and parts of Canada in their RV, flying to Hawaii and cruising to Alaska twice. For their 50th wedding anniversary, their children arranged for the entire family to go on a cruise out of Galveston. Every other year for their anniversary the family travels to Gulf Shores where they rent a house on the beach. Dodgen is fully retired and enjoys making dirt bike trails for his grandchildren. One of his favorite memories at KC was when he was first employed. “KC had a small workforce, so in the summer instructors worked with maintenance, “ Dodgen said. “We had good times getting to know each other and working together.” Dodgen’s advice to current students is to “Go on to finish your degree.”

arbara Bass is this year’s Distinguished Alumna. Hailing from Longview, Bass sees KC as a critical foundation for where she is now. “I was 17 when I went there and I was very shy back then. Kilgore has opened many doors for me,” Bass said. Elected Mayor of Tyler in May 2008, Bass was the first female in Tyler’s history to hold this position. “Historically, it’s significant. I notice it meant a lot to other people. Not just women, but for other cultures as well. It was one more door opened [for Tyler] when the election was based on what the candidate had to offer,” Bass said. She recently started her third term as mayor, running unopposed for the last two terms. Mayor Bass is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 30 years of experience with a BBA in Accounting from A&M- Commerce and is a Partner with Golob Morgan Peddy PC, Certified Public Accountants. Bass has been a resident of Tyler for more than 30 years and has become very involved in the community. She is currently serving as Foundation Treasurer for Pollard United Methodist Church. In the past, Bass has served as chairman of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tyler Economic Development Council and the Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas. Bass also served as board chairman for Hospice of East Texas, which she assisted in beginning, and was treasurer of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. She also was a member of the Texas Society of CPAs, her state professional association board, for more than 20 years, including three terms on the Executive Board. Bass has received numerous awards including public service awards from the Texas Society of CPAs for her community involvement, along with many other local and state awards and recognitions. Her seemingly inexhaustible drive stems simply from her love of helping other people. “It’s knowing I can affect change by working with the community as a volunteer,” Bass said. Bass said her recognition as Distinguished Alumna was very humbling. “It’s a huge honor. I’m extremely blessed,” she said.


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arion Turner has been chosen as this year’s Ex-Teacher of the Year. Tuner graduated from Wilmer-Hutchins High School where he ran track, played football, basketball and baseball. After high school, Turner attended KC where he played football for two years. After KC, he transferred to East Texas State (now Texas A&M University–Commerce) where he played football and received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science. His first job after college was at Palestine Independent School District where he taught math and was an assistant football coach. He then moved to Garland Independent School District to continue teaching and coaching. Turner moved back to Palestine in 1972 where he served as athletic director and head football coach for Palestine High School. In 1975, Turner returned to KC as an assistant football coach for the and worked under two head coaches. Turner was head football coach for the Rangers from 1992 to 1996. He also served on the KC Board of Trustees from May of 1999 through February of 2008. Turner met his wife, Sandra Kay Sturkie, at church. “I had talked to the high school secretary about her and one day I finally called her and we started dating; then what do you know? We were engaged and married,” Turner said. They have three children: Melinda, Laura and Russell. Turner now seasonally sells student accident insurance to schools. His advice to current students is, “Study hard, work hard and pay attention to what’s going on in the world, particularly the U.S.”

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Football captain Gregory Lunceford, Groves sophomore, peps up the crowd with a motivational speech for the Homecoming Game.

Homecoming pep rally includes performances, free lunch

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The Rangerette sophomore Swingsters perform a hip-hop routine to a music mix during the Homecoming pep rally while the football players, cheerleaders and Rangerettes look on.

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The horn section of the Ranger Band plays the ďƒžght song to conclude the pep rally.

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Lacey Holland, Rowlett sophomore, pumps up the crowd with a rousing cheer.

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Caroline Roberts, Waxahachie freshman, and Meg Funderburk, Corsicana freshman, enjoy the free food after the pep rally. The barbecue meal was provided by ARAMARK and served outside by the Band Hall.

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Twirlers perform as part of the entertainment.





Rangers seek redemption JEREMY GARZA Staff Writer After traveling more than 1,600 miles over the course of three weeks, KC finally gets to stay home and cater to the fans this weekend when Southeast Prep team from Houston visits R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium for a 3 p.m. Homecoming contest on Saturday. KC is coming off its first loss of the season, falling 42-24 to Northeastern Oklahoma, and the Rangers will attempt to rebound against a Southeast Prep (0-7) team that dropped a 70-7 decision to Navarro last week. NEO 42, KC 24 MIAMI, Okla. - KC’’s dreams of an undefeated season came to an end as the Rangers finished up a three-game road trip with a 42-24 loss to Northeastern Oklahoma. KC jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter when the defense came up with an interception that eventually set up tailback Courtland Smith’’s 7-yard touchdown run. Yovany Arvizu’’s extra point gave the Rangers a 7-0 lead. NEO’’s defense capitalized

on a fumble recovery on the KC 14-yard line, using a 2-yard touchdown run to tie the score, 7-7. KC took a 17-7 lead on a touchdown run by quarterback Tanner Tausch and an Arvizu field goal, but NEO rallied to take the lead at halftime on an 11-yard touchdown run by Kameron Doolittle and a 28-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining until halftime. NEO took full control of the game in the second half, outscoring KC, 21-7. The Rangers turned the ball over five times in the game and allowed the Golden Norsemen a total of 426 rushing yards. KC 28, BLINN 27 BRENHAM - In a nailbiting, last-second finish, KC defeated the Blinn College Buccaneers, 28-27, on Oct. 6. The Rangers trailed 27-7 heading into the fourth quarter, but erased the 20-point deficit and capped it off with a touchdown in the final seconds. ““They’’ll fight the fight and believe that good things will happen if you prepare the correct way,”” head coach J.J. Eckert said. ““I believe the mood and focus was off a little going into the game.

We can’’t take anything for granted.”” With 9:37 left in the game, Blinn called a reverse that backfired when quarterback Garry Kimble fumbled the handoff and KC linebacker Charles Woods picked up the ball and ran it back for a 70-yard touchdown, making it 27-14. ““Finally after Charles scores on the 70-yard fumble return, we started to play better on offense,”” said Eckert. On the following drive, KC forced a Blinn punt from midfield. Thanks to a strong wind and a penalty, KC started its next drive at its own 49-yard line with 7:38 remaining. On a third-down play, Tausch found wide receiver Ed’’Marques Batties for a TD that cut the Blinn lead to 2721. KC forced another punt on Blinn’’s next drive, and this time the Rangers went into the two-minute mark. The Rangers eventually made their way to the 6-yard line with 10 seconds left on the clock and no time outs remaining. Both quarterbacks helped on the drive, but it was Emory Miller who kept it on the final play and scored the game-winner for a 28-27 Ranger victory.

2012 Ranger Football Schedule Date


Sept. 1

Dodge City (Kan.)

Sept. 8





W 26-15


W 38-30 W 34-16

Sept. 15

Trinity Valley


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Sept. 22



W 45-35

Cornerback James Jones clutches the ball tight as he returns a Navarro punt in the Rangers’’ 45-35 victory over the bulldogs. The Rangers (6-1) will host Southeast Prep (0-7) 3 p.m. Saturday in KC’’s Homecoming game.

Sept. 29



W 29-14

““We can’’t take anything for granted”” J.J. Eckert, head coach

Oct. 6


Oct. 13

N.E. Oklahoma A&M


W 28-27

Miami, Okla.

Oct. 20

L 42-24

Southeast Prep (Homecoming)


3 p.m.

Oct. 27

Tyler (Hall of Fame)


3 p.m. TBA

Nov. 3

First Round of Playoffs


Nov. 10

SWJCFC Championship



Dec. 1

Bowl Game



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XBOX up for grabs in cheer fundraiser

‘Little Red Riding Hood’ to take stage

The KC cheerleaders are sponsoring a raffle fundraiser. The money raised will go to a cheer spring floor, cheer mats, uniforms, etc. The prizes include a $325 Martin Gas Cajun Fryer, XBOX 360 donated by P & W Sales, up to $68.50 at Hank's Frame and Wheel Service Alignment, $50 gift certificate to Country Tavern and a $50 gift card to Outback Steakhouse. The tickets are one for $5 or five for $20. One does not have to be present to win. To purchase a ticket, contact Melissa Haden, cheerleader sponsor, at 903-983-8134 or e-mail Winners will be announced during the Homecoming football game Saturday. ~ Khandice Horn

The KC vocal majors have been practicing, preparing and will soon be performing ““Little Red Riding Hood”” at Dodson Auditorium beginning 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Transposing this fairy tale into a live children’’s opera, Seymore Barab, an American composer, first debuted this production in 1962. According to Barab’’s website (seymourbarab. com), his version of Little Red Riding Hood is the, ““most performed opera internationally.”” The target audience is typically second through fifth grade for this production, however older and younger crowds have been known to come to the opera each semester. Schools in the KC District, as well as other East Texas schools, will be formally invited, including: Kilgore ISD; West Rusk ISD; Spring Hill ISD; St. Mary’’s and Trinity. More than 1,000 children attended the first children’’s opera production in 2006 and

University hosting free Gloriana show Texas A&M University–– Texarkana will host a transfer event Saturday, Oct. 20, that will include a free Gloriana concert. Students will have the opportunity to receive packets of information concerning all aspects of the university. The transfer event will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will continue until 6 p.m. on the TAMUT campus. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the East Lawn at the University center. Parking will be $10 and admission to the concert is free. Visit to print a VIP pass to the concert. ~Ashton Johnson

1,600 expected to attend fairy tale children's opera TRAVIS HULL Staff Writer

around 1,600 are scheduled to attend this semester. ““I have always made an effort to reach area homeschool organizations, and we have several groups scheduled to attend,”” said Melanie Sullivan, opera director. KC students are encouraged to attend with their younger siblings and/or children on Tuesday night’’s premiere. KC’’s vocal majors will perform four consecutive days with six total performances. Each performance will last approximately 50 minutes. ““Opera is, to most people, a very foreign and maybe even frightening art form. By using fairy tales or folk stories and music sung in English, it becomes much more accessible to both the audience and the singers,”” Sullivan said. Every vocal major at KC will participate in the production. Since there are 12 vocal majors and only five roles cast in the opera, most parts will be doubled, so no one will be performing large roles for two consecutive performances. Sullivan believes that doubling the roles will allow ““twice as

many students to get the experience.”” The vocal department began the annual opera in the Fall of 2006 with the assistance of the Longview Opera. ““The idea was to expose young children to opera and also to give our students the opportunity to do a full production, involving blocking, costuming, etc. Very few freshman vocal majors will have the opportunity to be in a full production in their first semester of college,”” Sullivan said. Jon Vashey, photographer and media designer for the production in the past, has designed the official poster for KC’’s ““Little Red Riding Hood”” and Sullivan says he continues to be a ““big part in helping the performance come to life.”” Performances are free and open to the public, although groups of 10 or more are requested to call ahead to reserve seating. For more information or to reserve seats, contact Sullivan at msullivan@ or call her at 903988-7527.


Poster art by Jon Vashey

Q 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 Q 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 Q 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 Q 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2

CAST Little Red Riding Hood - Krystal Martinez and Kimberli Sullivan Mother - Logan Nelson and Austumn Smith Wolf - Matthew Sullivan and Emmanuel Hilburn Grandma - Holly Dorsey and Augusta Arnett Woodsman - Brandon Welborn and Richard Cantu Chorus - Delvante Fluellen and Anna Machen





Pieces of our past Students now employees reminisce by sharing fondest memories ““My favorite memory was the ““Heart of Darkness”” presentation that we did in Bennie Brown’’s class. Our group made our own videos and acted like we were a news station.”” Ronda Callaway,

e re th d e w Ree ries emo n Wally play m ld rite he favo ames w nd wou y M a ”” ““ all g nger b g You.’’ b t es o fo e Ra p Lovin nson, n resourc h t h and ’’t Sto ony Jo f huma n o T ctor ‘‘I Ca dire

““One of my fondest memories as a KC Band alumni was performing a halftime show at a Dallas Cowboys game in Texas Stadium.”” Micah Ruddell, bookstore, assistant manager

athletic insurace, administrative assistant

““Kathy Barber showing me that college could be fun and interesting in her drama appreciation class. Dr. Nina Verheyden showing me that I could do college math and even earn an A. Besides all of this, I started dating my wife here. One instructor told us we were like ‘‘Siamese twins joined at the lips.’’”” Jason Graves, assistant English department chair

nd r Ba e g an g C R d goin K e an th s g in y Reed Macy’’ n i e l he ““B r Wal for t de.”” e k d r n o u w Y ing para e N iv to nksg way,tant a Tha n u s tte Dtive assi o l r a a Ch inistr


I met my husband here in the KC band, and 39 years later, he’’s a still a keeper.”” Becky Johnson,

language development department chair


““I went to Romania and the Cotton Bowl with the Rangerettes, I went to the state convention with Phi Theta Kappa and I met my husband while a student here.”” Dayna Davidson, director, associate degree nursing

nd on a s r e s nd in He to classe d e v i us ““L the b ore!”” e d o r lg in Ki list g, ble specia here n i K y Nancunts paya

““My favorite memory is playing the viola in the string ensemble with Mrs. Latch.”” Lori Truman,

““One of my best memories would have to be Homecoming 2004 and KCTC hosted a tailgate party at the eld parking lot. It was Halloween weekend so we invited students to dress up for a costume fellow TRiO participant came as Marilyn Monroe complete with blonde wig and famous owing white halter dress (and mole!).”” Heidi Everett, administrative assistant


English instructor

““One of my favorite memories at KC was a trip the PTK took in spring of 1992 to Washington, DC. We left on a Wednesday at noon to drive straight through and we reached a small town in Virginia on Thursday morning but was freezing. We stopped at a auto dealer to see what was wrong with the heater in the KC bus we were on. We had to wait about 45 minutes for the dealer to open and they said there was a switch that needed to be turned on. What! A group of college students in the Phi Theta Kappa and we did not know how to turn on the heater. I do believe we laughed the rest of the way.”” Kathy Knighton,

as ry w ger o m an k.”” me est n the R Blaloc d n o fo ch ““My ipating for Coa c i part is Team tor truc n s n n i e T gy er, Play technolo y a R cess pro

““The Rodeo Club put on a spring rodeo and had an event called Girls’’ Steer Riding. My brothers competed in rodeos, so I decided that I wanted to enter that steer riding event and do my best to WIN...I quickly realized it wasn’’t as easy as it sounded to stay on the back of a bucking steer...I nally had to let go and hit the ground (right BEFORE the buzzer!)... No victory; just sprained wrists, torn jeans and bruised legs!”” Martha Deen, psychology instructor

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Q Friday, October 19, 2012

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Outreach outrage

Preachers forewarn students of damnation, to repent; met with counter-action JONATHEN RUESCH Web Editor


houts of anger and messages of repentance echoed through Lee Mall last week as students crowded around a group of street preachers. The tension was high as students tightly packed around the man who called for all to repent of their sins, yelling that they were going to go to hell, placing judgment by calling students homosexuals and saying that gangsters don’’t go to college. ““Many of you are in trouble with God. Many of you will party hardy on the weekend, bump and grind and dirty dance at the club,”” said Jesse Morrell, Open Air Outreach preacher. This message was one of many that did not sit well with some students. Students started to use Bible references to counter Morrell, some students getting heated as they did so. Morrell goes around the United States, usually to postsecondary schools, to preach. ““This guy goes all over the country doing this,”” said KD Chief of Police Martin Pessink. ““You can go to his website, you can Google his name, you can find pictures of him posted on several sites of university campuses throughout the U.S.”” Some students, including Aubrey Iski, Longview sophomore, took matters into their own hands and contradicted Morrell. ““God clearly says that God loves you but he doesn’’t want you to sin,”” Iski said. Other students were not as gentle about their approach, kicking over Morrell’’s sign and even one case of


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Sophomores Aubrey Iski, Longview; Allyson Clark, Kilgore; and Sharon Brown, Hallsville; launch a counter-message about how God loves everyone during Jesse Morrell’’s visit to campus. a student who made an obscene gesture at Morrell. ““We believe that all have sinned. The Bible makes it clear that sin is transgression of God’’s law. If you take a look at the Ten Commandments you can really easily see what sin is,”” said Chris, an Open Air Outreach preacher who refused to give his last name. ““So we see the signs of our world and we believe that most of the world has committed sin. The only hope for a sinner is to be born again.”” Some of the things that the street preachers were opposed to, according to a sign that Morrell was carrying, are fornicators, drunkards, sodomites, pot smokers, gangster

rappers, immodest women, Darwinists, gamblers, feminists, socialists, abortionists, pornographers, homosexuals, Jihadists, dirty dancers and hypocrites. A sign held by Open Air Outreach preacher Chris LePelley listed Muslims, thieves, liars, druggies, adulterers, unbelievers, church gossipers, atheists and whoremongers as others going to hell. Some students went to Pessink, asking if Morrell were allowed to be on KC campus in the first place. ““He knows exactly what he can say because he’’s been to jail before. He knows exactly how far he can come up on the property. This is a First Amendment freedom of

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Open Air Outreach preachers rile students up through reand-brimstone messages on Oct. 9. religion issue,”” Pessink said. Students asked why Morrell’’s message was so harsh and hateful, and Morrell said he gave them the harsh message because he loved them. With the uproar, some students asked how to keep Morrell off campus. ““They can draw a crowd.

One or two people may believe what they are buying and support what they are doing from here. But this guy will make rounds and do this stuff,”” Pessink said. ““He agitates crowds, whips them up and then he will disappear. If they would go away he (Morrell) would quit coming.””

He knows exactly what he can say because he’’s been to jail before.”” –– Martin Pessink, KCPD Chief



KCPD arrests three students for marijuana WHITNEY HOWARD Staff Writer Three complaints regarding marijuana were reported to KCPD this past month. ““Unfortunately it [marijuana] is not uncommon, but it is worrisome,”” said KC Chief Martin Pessink. Lt. Tony Means and Cpl. Charles Horton made an arrest Oct. 16 after they were alerted by the smell of marijuana coming from a vehicle parked in front of Stark Hall. Upon investigation, they recovered 10 grams of marijuana as well as a set of scales. They arrested the KC student who is facing charges of possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone. Lt. Randy Humble made an arrest on Oct. 4 in Quad 7 after someone complained they smelled marijuana coming from one of the rooms. When Humble contacted the resident of the room, he discovered the marijuana inside as well as in the resident’’s possession. The subject was arrested and is facing charges of possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone. KCPD responded Sept. 28 to a call at Parkview Apartments on Martin Street after someone had reported they suspected marijuana in the area. When Lt. Means and Officer Brant Prestidge arrived on the scene, a KC student fled. The officers were able to capture and arrest the student who was found in possession of marijuana. Pessink said the subject is facing charges for evading arrest and has received a citation for possession of marijuana.



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