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Vol. 83, No. 6 Serving Kilgore College since 1936

November 7, 2019

KC keeps the tempo

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Robbie Belk, Liberty City sophomore, and co-drum major of the Ranger Band, conducts in the stands during what turned out to be the KC Rangers’ last home football game of 2019. The Ranger Band will now shift its focus to preparing for fall performances, including a number of local holiday parades and productions.

Inside: Meet our U.S. Candidates; Cook in your Dorm; Commit to reverse climate change; Join a Campus Club and more.


Campus Calendar Nov. 2019

Friday, Nov. 8 $25 Drive-up Flu Shot Clinic 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Health Science Center For 18-year-olds and older


Monday, Nov. 18 Phi Theta Kappa Meeting - Longview Campus 6 p.m. Longview Campus Tuesday, Nov. 19 KC Chorale and KC Connection Concert 7 p.m. Van Cliburn Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 21 East Texas District Meeting 6 p.m. DSC Ballroom Thursday, Nov. 21 KC Jazz Band & Steel Drum Band Concert 7 & 7:30 p.m. Van Cliburn Auditorium

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Major: Pre-Med Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Age: 18

with anyone dead or alive, common or famous, who would it be and what would the two of you do? “Kevin Hart because we’re both funny and I’d want to laugh. We’d go to the Bahamas. I’m not even joking.”

Thursday, Nov. 14 KC Scholarship Luncheon 11:30 a.m. DSC Ballroom Contact: Amber Kinsey, ext. 7253 Friday, Nov. 15 Fall 16-Week Classes: Last Day to Drop Class or Withdraw from Enrollment with W All day


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Are you at KC for sports? If so which sport? “Yes, I’m red-shirting for football.”

What do you do to pass time? “I mostly just sleep.” If you could spend the day

What kind of music do you listen to? What is the go-to song you use when putting someone onto music you know they’ve probably never heard before? “A variety of genres. My go-to song would have to be ‘Wannabe,’ by the Internet, or ‘Heat,’ by Chris Brown and Gunna.” What are some challenges you face at KC? What are some of the easier tasks you face?

Cast with KC Bass Club during first open tourney at Lake O’Pines CHRIS PENA Staff Writer


he KC Bass Club hopes to start a tradition at KC when they cast their first open fishing tournament at Lake O’ the Pines in Marion County on Nov. 16. The entry fee for the club’s fund-raiser is $120 per team, and each team must have at least two people and their own watercraft. There is an optional $20 Big Bass Sidepot with a 90 percent payout. If a team wants to sign up for the tournament, they must do so by 4:30 a.m. at Johnson Creek Day Use Park. Only cash will be accepted, and the tournament times are set for 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The weigh-in will be at the Johnson Creek Day Use Park and

participants must be in the weigh-in line by 4:30 pm. The goal of the KC Bass Club is for the tournament to become something big for KC going forward. It was founded by Longview students Landon Kokenzie, president; and Dakota Hickman, who now serves as the vice president. Morgon Reinisch is the secretary. According to Jon Pearce, faculty sponsor and government instructor, the bass club is something KC has had in mind for a while. “We started this semester and have progressed quickly,” he said. He was first approached by Kokenzie and Reinisch. “I had a student who knew I was big into bass fishing, and he and another student

said they were putting together a club and asked me if I wanted to be a sponsor,” Pearce said. The bass club hopes that more students are encouraged to join and that the presence is felt throughout the college. “We hope that it becomes a good draw for the college,” Kokenzie said. For a student to join, they must have at least twelve hours of credit and be passing their classes. Currently, they hope to have at least 50 boats in the tournament. Bass Fishing is a sport that could draw a big audience if more people knew about the club on campus as well as the tournament. For more information contact Kokenzie at 903-738-6485 or Pearce at 940-337-4587.

“My biggest challenge is dealing with individuals. The easiest thing would be not having so many classes.” Name a weird food combination that you enjoy but may weird others out. “I like grape jelly on BBQ foods, like, on a BBQ pulled pork sandwich I will legit put jelly.” If you could change anything about KC, what would it be? “Having something fun to do on campus. And I cannot stress this enough: curfew.” -Compiled by Alaija Wilkerson

Power up: Tokusatsu Club

hard to pronounce, easy to join HUNTER MADEWELL Staff Writer For students interested in “movies & TV shows with cheesy acting, over-thetop action and character drama,” consider joining Tokusatsu Club. Seth Powers, president, created the club so that “people [could] meet together and watch a genre of movies and TV shows that aren’t generally recognized in America.” Powers went on to outline some of the films that the club will watch. The “Godzilla franchise and Power Rangers” are some notable examples, as well as series such as “Kamen Rider,”

“Ultraman,” and “Metal Heroes.” However, Powers reassures prospective members that “each [series] is pretty distinct from each other, so no real knowledge is needed to hop into any of the franchises.” Currently, Powers is the club’s only official member, but has received confirmation from a number of students that they will be joining the club during its next meeting. Meetings are held from 1 to 3 p.m every Wednesday in the library. For more information, contact Powers at poweseth7316@go.kilgore. edu.




President Woodrow Wilson proclaims November 11 as Armistice Day.

On Nov. 11, 1918, the armistice ending World War I begins at 11 a.m. source:



On November 11, the first Unknown Soldier was reburied at Arlington National Cemetery.

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On May 30, 1958, Unknown Soldiers from World War II and the Korean War are reburied next to the Unknown Soldiers from World War I.



On June 1, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signs a bill changing Armistice Day to Veteran Day to include all US Veterans.

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Congress changes Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October to give federal employees a three-day weekend, beginning in 1971.

Sunday: 5 p.m.- midnight Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-midnight Friday 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m.


On Sept. 25, 1975, President Gerald Ford changes the date of Veterans Day back to November 11, beginning in 1978.


On May 13, 1938, Armistice Day becomes a holiday.

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Find your fit with campus clubs Ambassador Consists of student leaders from varied backgrounds and academic disciplines. Contact: cblakeley@ American Society of Safety Engineers For students who are enrolled in environmental/safety courses whose purpose is to promote harmonious action in safety work and educate members in all matters relating to environmental/ safety and accident prevention. Contact: Anarchist club For more information, contact Chris Gore at Automotive Club This club strives to improve public opinion towards today’s automotive technicians and to increase the members knowledge in the industry. Contact: bbelkin@

such as Bible studies, free lunches and devotionals. Contact: Britt Davis at (903) 984-3700. Comic Book Club This group exists for all students who share a love of comic books. Contact: Computer and Information Technology Club This group fosters a culture of learning and a passion for computer technology while encouraging current and future students to seek out opportunities to expand their computer technology knowledge and skills. Contact: Delta Psi Omega The goal of this club is to provide service to the community, support KC and provide leadership in the theatre department. Contact:

Baptist Student Ministries This is a student-led organization providing students a place of involvement and development. Contact: Jaymi Blankenship at (903) 445-4218.

Diversity Alliance The purpose of this club is to bring students together to overcome prejudice and ignorance, working together to make a place where members and fellow students can find acceptance. Contact:

Bass Club This is an organization for students interested in fishing. Contact: or (903) 9838225.

Gaming Club Calling all gamers! If you like playing games and would like to meet people like you, then join us. Contact:

Biology Club This club is open to all students interested in the natural sciences and/or any of the health-related fields. Contact: dpuckett@kilgore. edu.

Golden Z Club Zonta International believes young people are critical to achieving gender equality and ending violence against women and girls around the world. Through the Golden Z Club program, Zontians work to bring Zonta International’s mission to empower women through service and advocacy to students around the world and to stimulate new and meaningful student-led service and advocacy projects. Contact:

Black Students United This club is open to all students. Its primary goal is to recognize the need for collaboration among Black/African American students. Contact: Christian Campus Center This group exists for all students to come and interact with other Christians in a safe and uplifting place. They offer various activities

International Students Club The purpose of this club is to promote an appreciation among

the college of all nationalities and to foster a spirit of internationalism throughout the campus. Contact: Latinos en Accion The club helps develop and cultivate a Latino-friendly community by sharing language, culture, unity, support and fellowship among students. Contact: Legal Assistant Association The purpose of this club is to develop and maintain a strong interest in legal assisting and to serve as a direct link between students and local and statewide organizations. Contact: Orientation Leaders The purpose of this club is to serve as peer mentors to other students, participate in service projects and fellowship with current, former and future Orientation Leaders. Contact: Phi Theta Kappa Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for two-year colleges, is centered around the four hallmarks of Service, Leadership, Fellowship and Scholarship. As a chapter, we strive to help students develop through opportunities in areas of leadership, academic, social and professional skills. In addition, Phi Theta Kappa offers one of the greatest accesses to scholarships including transfer scholarships to most four-year institutions. View the PTK at KC web page. Contact: Physical Therapy This club is open to all students interested in promoting the physical therapy profession. The club also serves as the collegiate chapter of the Longview Chapter of AMBUCS and works to create independence for persons with disabilities. Contact: kkleinig@ Rad Science This is an allied health club that promotes Radiologic Science. Participating students work

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Quinn Whitten grabs a plate of chicken enchiladas during Tuesday’s lunch at the Baptist Student Ministry, provided by Oakland Heights Baptist in Longview. Community support is crucial to the success of many organizations on the KC campus. in, on and off campus facilities performing public service at a professional level. Contact: Secret Sketchbook Society This is a club for like-minded artists, illustrators, designers, writers, and all other types of imaginers, who are interested in sharing their personal and/ or professional creative projects with the group in order to get feedback and assistance on ideation, technique, editing, and encouragement to complete the works. Contact: clothrop@kilgore. edu. Sigma Kappa Delta Upsilon Delta is the KC chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, the national English honor society for two-year colleges. Membership in Sigma Kappa Delta requires students to maintain a grade point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, to earn no grade lower that a “B” in an English class, and to complete at least one semester of college studies. Contact: slaszik@kilgore. edu. Student Government Association The main purpose of this club is to promote interest and opinions of the student body and to voice these opinions to the administration. SGA is a member of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association and is open to all Kilgore College

students. It is a service and leadership organization that bridges the gap between the students, administration and faculty. It represents the KC student body, aiming to help others so we can grow as one, and build up not only the school but the community as well through our services. Contact: amason@ Student Nurses’ Association This club is open to all nursing majors and provides an opportunity to develop the leadership qualities of a nursing student. The club participates in on and off campus professional and social activities and public service. Contact: jblundell@ Texas Management & Marketing Association This is a club open to any student interested in business and management. Club activities include a variety of guest speakers from the business community and service projects designed to promote leadership and management skills. Contact: Tokusatsu Club For students who enjoy movies and TV shows with cheesy acting, over-the-top action and character drama. For more information contact Seth Powers at

TRIO Club Membership is open to any Kilgore College student who has applied and been accepted into the TRIO Fast Track program. The purpose of this club is to create a base for current TRIO Fast Track program participants. Visit the TRIO Club webpage for more information. Visual Arts Club The purpose of this club is to help promote interest and activity in the visual arts and provide a means whereby students with an artistic commitment meet for the purpose of informal artistic exchange and creative entertainment. Contact: Wesley Foundation Every Wednesday during the school year, The Wesley Foundation at KC provides a free lunch for all KC students. Kilgore College classes in “Marriage & Family” and “Sociology of Religion” are offered at our facility. It’s a great place to relax, meet friends, hang out, find help or be of assistance to others. Enjoy a game of pool or ping pong, watch the big screen TV, surf the internet in our computer lab, kick back with cold Dr Pepper, spend quiet time in the chaple or just relax. The Wesley Foundation meets at the Wesley Foundation building for Bible Studies and devotionals. Visit Facebook page. source: campus-life/student-clubs-0




Laramie Project to honor Matthew Shepard KC Theatre shares story of young man to bring awareness to assault in light of 20-year anniversary BAILEY KERNS Staff Writer


o carry out the legacy of late 21-year-old student Matthew Shepard and bring awareness to hate crime is no small task. KC Theatre will portray “The Laramie Project,” a piece of verbatim theatre based on the true events that occurred in Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998. The show will run Nov. 14-17 in the Van Cliburn Auditorium. “It’s incredibly important to share this story because it is about a hate crime, and hate crimes happen when we fear something we don’t understand,” said director Meaghan Simpson. “We are in a particularly dangerous time in our country of fearing, and sometimes hating, that which we don’t understand,” Simpson said. “The Laramie Project reveals the empathy and grace that can occur when we ask questions and dig deeper.” In October 1998, University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence due to his sexuality. His body was not discovered until the next day, and passed away several days later in an area hospital. Venezuelan playwright Moisés Kaufman, and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project traveled to Laramie a total of six times during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard, and transformed their experiences into what is now ‘The Laramie Project.’ “In contrast to other productions, this one is very different. It’s one thing to play a character that’s from a fictional story, and play off of that character,” said Benjamin Huegel, KC Theatre sophomore. “This is a documentary, so every

character is still alive, and every word being said on stage was said 20 years ago.” According to members of the cast, the show takes no stand to either one side or the other when it comes to those who were involved in the crime. The show provides the facts of the events, and characters give their opinions within the script, but the production itself stays in a neutral stance and depicts every character as a human being. “All of the roles are important to the show because none of them are being portrayed as vicious or violent people,” Huegel said. “This show portrays the human side of people. The directors have worked extremely hard on not taking a side, sincerely playing every character no matter their views.” Directing the show alongside Micah Goodding of KC theatre are Meaghan and Matthew Simpson from the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Not only was the production of this play chosen in light of 20 years of the assault, but also in light of the 20th anniversary of Kilgore’s production of “Angels in America,” which brought controversy to the town for having openly gay characters. “The show is simply a reflection on what happened with different people’s statements and opinions about what happened,” said Evan Howell, KC Theatre freshman. “It is of course a theatrical production, so it’s not just simply a recitation of words off of a page, but each character has its own viewpoint that we, as actors, get to share with the audience. People should see this show because it is an expression of someone’s story. It’s a great piece of art with many people coming to work together to make it.” Since rehearsals began in late October, the cast comprised of

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Hannah Cleveland takes center stage to perform her monologue as Romaine Patterson in The Laramie Project. The play runs from Nov. 14-17 in the Van Cliburn Auditorium in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Center. eight actors and approximately 10-12 crew members have been preparing for opening night. General admission tickets are $10 and KC student tickets are $7. Due to adult themes, children under seven will not be admitted into the show. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. performance on Sunday. “This show is important because it speaks not just for homosexuality, but for all hate crime across the world,” said Will Finklea, KC Theatre sophomore. “It truly shows how one person can affect the lives of an entire town. People should come see the show simply for the reason that Matthew is not forgotten and still lives in our hearts even 20 years later. We can still learn to love one another like a family.”

The more you know Because of adult themes, children under the age of seven will not be admitted. Late arrivals will also not be admitted. The box office will open one hour prior to each performance.

Performance times Nov. 14-16 - 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 - 2:30 p.m.


$10 for General Admission, $7 for KC Student Discounted pricing is available for groups of 10+. Purchase tickets online at or by phone at 903-983-8126.



PTK plans ‘friends-giving,’ ‘friends-mas’ as part of community service projects HUNTER MADEWELL Staff Writer Phi Theta Kappa members are busily preparing their projects for this year’s annual Catalyst convention. Christian Monsivais, president of KC’s chapter, Gamma Omicron, outlined the purpose of the projects as well as other updates taking place within the organization. Every year, PTK works on two separate projects — the college project and the Honor in Action project. This year, for the first one, the group is planning, “both a ‘friends-giving’ and a ‘friends-mas’ for our international students, as we assess the needs of our fellow students,” Monsivais said. The latter project is an “extensive research case study where we are not only

addressing a community issue, but also conducting a service project to combat the specific issue at large in hopes of making a global impact,” Monsivais said. Monsivais predicted that the next few months will be some of their busiest as they execute projects for submission of Hallmark Awards at the annual international Catalyst. All chapters which have achieved high academic case-studies will be recognized. In other news, PTK’s induction ceremony took place on Oct.24, where Dr. Brenda Kays, KC president, Dr. Mike Jenkins, executive vice-president of student development, and PTK officers recognized the academic achievement of the newest inductees. Keynote speaker was Jacob Lambie, District III vice-president of the Texas Region.


KC Student Nurses’ Association drive hopes to help local women, children TRICIA STILL Staff Writer

The KC Student Nurses’ Association is having a donation drive to support the House of Hope. The House of Hope, led by director sister Helen Johnson, is an emergency and residential shelter in Longview, Texas for women and children. Through it, they are provided with a safe place to sleep, eat, and learn about the word of God. Similarly, they offer classes in bible study, basic life skills, money management, introduction to computers, cooking and nutrition skills, food handlers’ certification, parenting, and Celebrate Recovery. The House of Hope is a

faith-based organization and depends on donations to continue helping the women and children that come to them seeking help. “We chose this organization because we wanted to support a local organization and make an impact,” student nurse Tori Cerda said. “Most of the students in the nursing program are women, so we wanted to support other women.” The associations’ goal is to gather as many supplies as possible to bring to the House of Hope in order to help the families have a nice holiday season. The Student Nurses’ Association accepts clothes, shoes, paper towels, toilet paper, feminine products, air

mats, blankets, bath soap, shampoo, deodorant, chap stick, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bottled water, books for children and adults, can goods, gravy mix, turkeys, gift cards to purchase food, and anything that anyone is willing to donate. The donation box is located at the main entrance of the Health Science Center in the student lounge. Students will be able to donate at any time and the association will be accepting the donations until Friday, Nov. 15. If anyone is interested in getting involved by volunteering or donating directly to the House of Hope, visit the website at

Stock up for the holidays!

Help students eat by contributing to the KC Food Pantry Items needed: • Eight-pack of Pop Tarts (any flavor) Deliver non-perishable pantry items • Cereal (regular boxes or mini boxes) to Barbara Prater in the • Tuna (canned or packets) Devall Student Center, • Canned chicken Room 165. • Mac n Cheese cups Call her at 903-983-8189 • Boxed Macaroni & Cheese or email her at for • Chili (with or without beans) more info. • Canned tomatoes (regular or Rotel) • Spaghetti • Spaghetti Sauce (w/or w/o meat) • Pasta sides • Ravioli • Chunky soups • Tomato Soup • Ramen Noodles • Snack items (Rice Krispie Treats, Gummy Fruit Treats, small bags of chips, etc.)






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Dorm delights


aving to budget on groceries yet wanting to indulge in snacks is something almost

every college kid struggles with at some point or another. Here are some fall time snack and dessert ideas that are easy to create, easy on the wallet, and convenient to make within the restrictions of a dorm or apartment.

Easy microwave meals Microwave Mac and Cheese Ingredients: ½ cup macaroni shells, ½ cup water, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup milk, ¼ to ½ cup shredded cheese Directions: 1. Place pasta, water and salt in a deep microwave-safe bowl and stir to combine. 2. Microwave pasta on high for two minutes and stir. (Note: watch bowl to see if water is foaming over the side and stir earlier if needed. Use an oven mitt or towel to remove the bowl from the microwave.) 3. Continue microwaving pasta in two-minute increments until cooked, stirring in between each interval.

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(Note: if the pasta absorbs all of the water before it is fully cooked, add two tablespoons of water to the bowl.) 4. Using an oven mitt or towel, remove the bowl from the microwave and add the milk and cheese. 5. Place bowl in microwave again and microwave in 30 second intervals to melt the cheese, stirring in between intervals. Total price: about $5 Total cook time: 7 minutes

French Toast in a mug Ingredients: one to two slices of bread cubed (your choice, but it should be enough to overflow your mug a little bit), one tbls butter, one egg, 3 tbls milk, dash of cinnamon, drop of vanilla extract (optional) Directions: 1. Cube your bread into small pieces. 2. Melt one tablespoon of butter into one mug, swoosh it around. 3. Place bread into mug to where it is slightly overflowing the top of it.

4. In another mug, combine the egg, milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix it all together. 5. Pour the liquid mixture over bread, smoosh the bread down a little and allow for the liquid to soak into the bread. 6. Microwave starting with one minute, adding ten seconds at a time until it is cooked to your liking. Total price: $5 Total cook time: 5 minutes



s on a budget No bake desserts Candy popcorn Ingredients: choice of microwave popcorn, choice of candy and/or extra toppings such as caramel or chocolate syrup Directions: 1. Prepare popcorn in microwave as directions instruct. 2. Add in candy or topping of choice and toss. Total price: $6 Total cook time: 3 minutes

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of mac and cheese and french toast in a mug. proved microwave. - recipes compiled by Bailey Kerns and Hope O’Dell

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Pumpkin Pie Ingredients: milk, one package of Pumpkin Spice Jell-O instant pudding, Cool Whip, graham crackers Directions: 1. Prepare the Jell-O as directions instruct and add in one half of thawed Cool Whip. Place Jell-O in refrigerator to cool 2. While the Jell-O is cooling, place graham crackers in a ziplock bag and crush them. Sprinkle the bottom of your mug with a layer of the graham crackers. 3. Spoon the cooled pudding into your mug, leaving room at the top for a layer of Cool Whip. 4. Top off the pudding with a dollop of Cool Whip and sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over it for the finishing touch. Total price: $8 Total cook time: 10 minutes

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Softball takes a holiday spin CHRIS PENA Staff Writer


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Top: Ellanisa Ortiz (‘80s diva), Portland sophomore, spins around before taking a swing at the ball. Bottom left: Nicole King (Clark Kent), Graham sophomore, makes a beeline to escape the jaws of a hungry T-rex. Bottom right: Brooke Arnold (Sumo), Canton sophomore, lunges forward to catch the ball.

he KC Softball team enjoyed a fun Halloween exhibition game followed by a contest for best costume on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 31, in the carpeted gym of Parks Fitness Center. The game was highlighted by the players in a variety of costumes, including iconic duos Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (of SpongeBob Squarepants’ fame), Food Truck and Burger, Lois Lane and Clark Kent (DC Comics), and Cops and Robbers. Two teams of costumed warriors were pitted against each other in a mock game of softball with a twist. The batting team would spin around in circles before taking a swing at the ball and running for third base. The product was a hilarious match filled with skill and laughs. Watching the players struggle to maneuver in bulky costumes was the highlight of the afternoon. After 30 minutes of playing all the players lined up to see who would win the costume contest. Reagan Busby won first place for her portrayal of country music singer Willie Nelson. Marissa Medina (as Mermaid Man) and Leeloni Martin (Barnacle Boy) took second, and Nicole King got third as Clark Kent, AKA Superman. According to head coach, Leslie Messina (the Jedi), this was a “player-driven activity for everyone to get together and have some fun after the wrap-up of the fall season.” She said the remainder of the semester will focus on conditioning as the Rangers open its spring season at home on Jan. 31, 2020 against Grayson County College.



Rangers season ends in upset vs NMMI

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The Rangers try to stop New Mexico Military from advancing.

Earnest Crownover, Grandview freshman, carries the football during a drive. TYLER SUTTON Staff Writer


he KC Rangers saw their playoff run and season come to a shocking end on a cold Saturday afternoon as the New Mexico Military Broncos came into R.E St. John Memorial stadium and upset KC 20-10 in the first round of SWJCFC playoffs. In a game marked by Rangers mistakes (8 penalties in the first quarter), KC’s defense kept them in the game all afternoon. Both teams were scoreless in the first quarter but the scoring picked up late in the second quarter. The Broncos got on the board first on a trick play when runningback Fred Jackson connected with receiver Diego Miranda for a 26 yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 NMMI lead. The KC offense then turned

the ball over deep in Broncos territory when quarterback Jacob Frazier attempted a pass that was intercepted at the Broncos 12 yard line. But the Rangers defense answered the call when Jadrian Taylor drilled NMMI quarterback Ephriam Tuliilua from behind forcing a fumble that Kilgore recovered at the Broncos 12 yard line. Two plays later running back Melek Hamilton took it in from nine yards out to tie the score at 7. The Broncos opened up the second half with a 46 yard kickoff return to sit their offense up with great field position. The Rangers then helped out with 2 costly penalties that kept the NMMI drive going and it ended up costly as Jackson took it in from the 1 yard line to give the Broncos a 13-7 lead as the extra point was no good. The

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KC offense then stalled and turned the ball over on downs but the defense clamped down and forced a Broncos punt. The running game for the Rangers then took over once again as they took the ball from their own 30 yard line and drove into NMMI territory but had to settle for a 30 yard Luis Reyes field goal to cut the lead to 13-10. Another quick defensive stop gave the ball back to KC with less than five minutes left in the game and once again got into Broncos territory but Reyes’ 20 yard attempt this time was blocked and the ball went back over to NMMI. A quick defensive stop by KC and a Broncos punt gave the Rangers one final chance. Frazier found running back Earnest Crownover on 4th down and 13 to keep the KC drive alive. But two plays

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Kevon Latulas, Nederland sophomore, increases his post-season carries during the final game of the season. later on a Frazier run, the ball popped loose and was snatched up NMMI’s Daemahni Williams, who returned it for a 75 yard touchdown, sealing the Broncos’ victory. The Rangers rushed for 282 yards on 59 carries, led by Frazier’s 97 yards on 21 carries. Crownover also added 39 yards on the afternoon. Hamilton had 43 yards and the lone Rangers

touchdown. Kevon Latulas also added 56 yards on the ground. Coach Willie Gooden’s first season as Rangers head coach ends at 8-2 (6-1) and Kilgore’s second straight regular season conference championship. NMMI moves on to the conference championship game Saturday vs Navarro who also upset TVCC on Saturday.



Lady Rangers dominate opening Classic

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Top right: Sarah Matthews, from Atlanta, Georgia drives into the paint for a lay-up. Top left: Addie Lees, head coach, inspires the Lady Rangers with a pep talk. Bottom left: Jada Hood, Roseville, Montana freshman shoots a three point shot against Southwestern Christian College. Right: Sarah Matthews gets on a hot streak against Southwestern during the second day of their opening weekend Home Classic.

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KC finds their rhythm in home opener CHRIS PEÑA Staff Writer Second half domination gave KC the win against Louisiana Christian School in their home opener 83-56. In a game where on the first half both teams kept trading scores back and forth, the Rangers ended up getting the better end of the stick, outscoring the Disciples 54-27 in the second half. The win gives the Rangers their second win of the season as well as their second win in a row with having a 2-1 record after suffering a loss against Snow College on the road in a close one with a 72-71 final score. KC faced LCS last season at home where the Rangers also dominated the game with a final score of 10662. KC sophomore Cameron Gooden led all scorers with 21 points hitting four of five three point attempts and scoring 16 points during the second half. The Disciples struggled stopping the Rangers offense throughout the game having allowed many scoring

runs including in the second half where KC just continuing their pounce with a 19-4 run in the final six minutes of the game. KC sophomore Rodrigue Andela had a big game scoring 17 points and grabbing nine rebounds. D’Rell Roberts provided a spark off the bench for the Rangers finishing 3rd on the team in scoring with 12 points going 4/4 on field goal attempts. The Rangers had three players to finish with eight points. For the Disciples, Shetland Vinson led the team with 10 points. Although the Disciples out-rebounded the Rangers 31-30, they struggled to remain in the game due to their inconsistencies shooting the basketball. Their field goal percentage was 32.2 percent from the court and 36.4 percent from three, while KC shot 58.9 percent and shot 42.1 percent from three. LCS also committed 23 turnovers to KC’s 15. The win hopes to continue the momentum for KC moving forward for their quest of the playoffs. KC faces Hill College next Tuesday at home.

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Left: D’Rell Roberts, Dallas sophomore, goes up for a point over the Louisiana Christian Academy during the Rangers’ home opener Monday night. Top: Head coach Brian Hoberecht discusses strategy during a full time-out.

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Climate change challenges the future


limate change is inevitable, and each one of us is responsible for it. Since the 1800s, the average global temperature of the earth has increased by 1.8°F, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. This is mostly due to humans who have been burning fossil fuels since the 1950s. Although it may not sound like it is a big increase, 95 percent of vehicles burn fossil fuels, and thus, are responsible for 1/3 of all greenhouse gases worldwide. This could eventually lead to higher sealevels, shrinking of polar ice caps, and increased extreme weather like heat waves and flooding. In just two decades we’ve seen renewable technology go from a dream and being expensive to everyday use; in fact, in just ten years, the U.S. has doubled the use of renewable energy. As the planet gets warmer, we have learned ways to adapt to the changes. Lowcost solar wind, and battery technology are on profitable, exponential trajectories. If sustained, it is estimated that we will have enough to halve emissions from

electricity generation by 2030. Similarly, the average family of four creates ten metric tons of CO2 emissions each year. Therefore, we believe it is important for families to realize that some ways in which they can reduce their footprint is, for example, by hanging out the laundry on a clothing line, instead of using the dryer. Also, unplugging appliances when we’re not using them significantly helps preserve the Earth; the fact that the appliances are turned off doesn’t mean they are not consuming energy. “Phantom energy” zapped by electronics that stay plugged into an outlet around the clock can account for ten percent of electric bills. Reusing items whenever we can is another way to help the planet, for every piece of trash we toss in the garbage adds to our carbon footprint. Even though we may not be able to reduce all the damage already caused down to zero, we can still invest in nondisposable goods that can withstand a bit of wear and tear. Reusable items such as

shopping bags, food shortage containers, coffee cups and straws can replace many items that are often thrown away on a daily basis and have a negative impact on the environment. Everyone has a voice in our efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Real leadership on the climate crisis begins with each one of us on an individual level. For example, on Sept. 22, about 6,000,000 people around the world joined the global climate strike. The protests were led by younger people such as Greta Thunberg, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, from the UK to New York City to speak out about climate change at the United Nations. She got there in a zero emissions boat powered by solar panels and underwater turbines. Thunberg addressed the Swedish parliament on climate crisis, which ultimately led millions of students around the world to join the movement set on taking action against climate change.  Let’s make one thing clear: climate change is real. We may have caused the planet to become frail, but we are also part of the solution to help make it better. 


Saving The Planet Goes Viral On Oct. 25, YouTuber and philanthropist James “Jimmy” Donaldson, better known by his online alias MrBeast, posted a YouTube video of his “Biggest project ever.” The video was posted with the goal of planting 20,000,000 trees by Jan. 1. To achieve this in time, he has partnered with the largest non-profit, tree planting organization in the world: The Arbor Day Foundation. With the help of this foundation, Beast was able to create, a website for making and tracking donations. For every dollar that is donated, a tree is planted, with the highest and most recent donations being tracked on the website. In a very short time they have already reached over half the goal with the help of millions of small and large donations. Elon Musk, for example, donated $1,000,000, and the CEO of Shopify, Tobi Lutke, donated $1,000,001. — compiled by Justin Gill

State politicians stumping at Devall SC today Eight candidates looking to represent Texans at the national level will be on the KC campus today 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Devall Student Center as part of a fivestop tour of college campuses. The KC stop is being sponsored

by Diversity Alliance with the event being hosted by Build East Texas, a non-partisan organization dedicated to advocating for better education, healthcare, infrastructure and economic development in East Texas. Along

with seven U.S. Senate hopefuls, at least one candidate for East Texas’ congressional race (TX CD-1) is also slated to attend. Confirmed candidates as of press time are: Chris Bell, Michael Cooper, Sema Hernandez, Adrian

Michael Cooper

Sema Hernandez

President of the city’s NAACP chapter; officially announced his campaign for U.S. Senate.

Member of Democratic Socialists of America, former co-chair of the Texas Poor People’s Campaign; stepped down to run for U.S. Senate in 2020.



Adrian Ocegueda

Senator Royce West

Former chartered financial analyst, former policy advisor in the office of the El Paso Mayor.

Currently serves on the State Senate, represents the Dallas-based district 23.

El Paso


Ocegueda, Cristina Zintzun Ramirez, Senator Royce West, Mark Yancey. Hank Gilbert is the candidate for U.S. Representative, TX CD-1. Visit for more info, or call Brent Beal at 936-250-1475.

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez Austin

Be a part of the discussion at 4:30 p.m. in the Devall Student Center. Chris Bell Houston

Former Houston congressman, 2006 gubernatorial nominee.

Co-founded the Workers Defense Project.

Mark Yancey

Hank Gilbert

Current chairman and CEO of Attacca International, an independent and privately held mergers and acquisitions boutique firm, and currently serves on the board of Emily’s Place in Plano.

Longtime rancher and small business owner, often works with his family’s non-profit, Karla’s Joy Resale to help furnish homes for women in crisis in East Texas.






An artist’s view of climate change

Vol. 82 • No. 6 Thursday, November 7, 2019

Executive Editor Adriana Cisneros Emerson Sports Editor: Chris Peña Photo Editor: Jon Frazier Copy Editors Jon Frazier, Carrie Harris, Nadia Hill, Jennifer Ibarra Staff Writers Maria Ango Bilogo, Maya Bolden, Dominique Burnett, Jon Frazier, Justin Gill, Jennifer Ibarra, Bailey Kerns, Hunter Madewell, Chris Pena, Tricia Still, Tyler Sutton Brandt Varnell, Alaija Wilkerson, Photographers Jon Frazier, Justin Gill, Rainy Harrison, Nadia Hill, Irene Lucas, Tricia Still, Morgan Walker, Daydrian Wells Cartoonist Alexandria Wooldridge Adviser Rachel Stallard


Illustration by Alexandria Wooldridge

YOUR VIEW What issue would you want to see the presidential candidates address? Photo credits: Morgan Walker/ THE FLARE

Claudia Willoughby Overton freshman

Kyle Parkinson Dallas freshman

Busby Jones Hallsville freshman

DJ Johnson Chicago sophomore

“Medical issues and insurance.”

“South China Sea and Russian aggression against Eastern Europe.”

“To help close the pay gap between men and women along with low-income families and middle-class families.”

“College tuition getting either paid for or more jobs for college students.”

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Hyper-realistic art on display at VCA


The Power of Music  

TARA CHINN Guest Columnist

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From left: Sophomores Kellen Maples, Longview, and Lane Sullivan, Tatum, admire Michelle Taff’s exhibit, “Little Things.” It will show through Dec. 4 in the Turk Fine Arts Building.

Has Teminator met its dark fate?

CHRIS PEÑA Staff Writer “Dark Fate” shows the Terminator franchise is still standing, but for how long? “Dark Fate”, Terminator’s latest film, is the best film in the franchise since T2: Judgment Day, The film follows a trend many franchises are doing today by ignoring sequels set after a successful film that were received poorly by audiences or critics and making it a direct sequel to the last well received film. In this case, “Terminator: Dark Fate” serves as a sequel to Judgment Day. The second installment

in the franchise ignores the other films and continues the story of where the second film ended on. The film is set 25 years after the events of Judgment Day, with Linda Hamilton returning as Sarah Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning but as a different character in another T-800 that is different from the one he played in the previous installment. “Dark Fate” has a similar plot to the original Terminator film in which a terminator is sent from the future to hunt down a woman named Dani, played by Natalia Reyes, who is connected to something that is crucial in the future and, in order to prevent that, an enhanced soldier, played by Mackenzie Davis, is sent from the future to protect her and make sure she is safe. Along the way, they encounter Sarah Connor who also decides to help them due to similar encounters in her past with a T-800, a terminator from the future that decides to help after a change of heart. Strong performances from the cast, especially from Reyes,

Hamilton and Davis make “Dark Fate” a worthy entry to a franchise that seemed like it was left to die after disappointing sequels. The first half of the film had some of the highlights of the film showcasing action scenes reminiscing of the first two terminator films. Although the beginning of the film hooked me into what the rest of the film was going to look like, some of the decisions they took in the opening of the film had me disappointed as a fan of the first two installments; it felt as if they took the importance and the whole purpose of the first two films; and treated it like nothing. The second half of the film felt as if it was dragging, and it was not as strong as what the first half was. It is important to not go into the film expecting another “Judgment Day” but to hope that it is just a “good” film, which is what this film is. The fate of this franchise improves since it was on a dark path, but judging after this film, at least they finally made a decent film after T2.

When you hear your favorite song, do you get a tiny surge of happiness or maybe start tapping your foot or bobbing your head?  If so, you have experienced the power of music. Anyone who listens to music knows how important it can be to our everyday life. Numerous studies have proven the positive effects music has on the brain. I consider myself somewhat of an expert in how music can impact illness, emotion and anxiety from having worked with music therapists throughout much of my life in dealing with epilepsy.   Music has the power to elicit emotions, bring therapeutic healing, and it is also the universal language that unites us all.  Perhaps the primary reason for listening to music is the power it has to stir our emotions. When we listen to music, our whole brain lights up with a complex range of emotions. As the brain processes music, it is connecting memory, emotion and language all at once. We use those connections to tap into different emotions every day according to the music we listen to such as calming music when studying, upbeat music when exercising, sad music when we are going through a breakup or other heartache, our favorite music for social bonding, and older music to be nostalgic. There is a song for all the important moments in life that strike emotional chords in all of us.   Emotional connection is one reason music is used by marketing companies to get audiences to buy their product. If you like the song, maybe you will like their product. Then, of course, we couldn’t enjoy movies without the background music.

Films would be boring without music and would most likely leave us emotionally unattached to the movie. Scientists use their understanding of music and how it enhances our emotions to research its use in music therapy. Music therapy is used to promote mental and emotional health, as well as improve physical health problems. Music therapists are highly trained not only in music, but also cognitive neuroscience, psych disorders, chronic illness and more. Their job is to set treatment goals for patients by using music to help them cope and enhance their quality of life. Patients of all ages and in different medical settings found music therapy interventions to be helpful with anxiety, pain, mood, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and life in general. Since music releases mood enhancing chemicals into our body, the therapists can use it in the medical treatment of patients.  Using music therapy is only one example of  many showing how it can be used in a universal setting. Even with the vast number of musical genres, humankind can find common ground in how we relate to the sounds, lyrics, instruments, and each other. It doesn’t matter if a person’s favorite music is Beethoven, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, or Blake Shelton, it still triggers the same type of activity in everyone’s brain. Where a certain area of my brain would get triggered if I heard a Taylor Swift, the same spot would be triggered in someone else’s brain if they if they heard their favorite song or even a different type of  song. Whether we share the same taste in music or not, we all have the same reactions to our top picks.   The effect music has on our emotions, the way it is used in therapy, and its power to unite people show that a life without music would be very cold and silent. Music is one of the greatest creations of mankind. To quote the poet George Eliot, “There is no feeling…that does not find relief in music.”    Tara Chinn is a former COMM 1307 student from Kilgore. She is graduating in December and will pursue musical studies at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The Flare Issue 6, Nov. 7. 2019  

The Flare is the bi-weekly product of the Journalism classes at Kilgore College. All work is written, photographed and designed by students...

The Flare Issue 6, Nov. 7. 2019  

The Flare is the bi-weekly product of the Journalism classes at Kilgore College. All work is written, photographed and designed by students...