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Volume 88 Issue 3 • Sept. 27, 2013

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Heads up Need job now? Later? This college’s Career Services invites students to a job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center. Thirty-nine employers will be represented, including American Electric Power, Wal-Mart, Porsche of San Antonio, Firstmark Credit Union, Target, Lockheed Martin, Health Intel, La Fonda and Cappy’s Restaurant, Love Culture, Omni (La Mansion) Hotel, San Antonio Police Department, Childcare Careers and American Color labs. Students are encouraged to bring a résumé and dress appropriately for a job interview. Students who do not have a résumé are welcome to attend and interview as well. This job fair is an excellent opportunity for students to secure a part-time or full-time job as well as develop a working relationship with human resources hiring professionals. For more information, call Dr. Jim Lucchelli, counselor, at 210486-0864.

Universal healthcare applications begin Oct. 1 Those who don’t apply will be charged a penalty fee during tax filing. By Katherine Garcia

To help students understand policies the new health care act puts into place, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Mayor Julian Castro, state Representatives Lloyd Doggett, Pete Gallego and others answered questions Monday in a forum in the nursing complex. Beginning Tuesday, citizens without health insurance will have the opportunity to sign up for coverage as approved by the Affordable Health Care Act online by clicking on Get Insurance at

Anyone can apply from Oct. 1 through March 31, and coverage begins as soon as Jan. 1. Those with pre-existing conditions, including 17.6 million children in the U.S., can’t be denied health coverage anymore. “If you have a pre-existing condition, that’s no longer a death sentence,” Perez said. Those with individual health insurance plans not purchased through an employer are the exception. These grandfathered plans purchased on or before March 23, 2010, are exempt-

ed from covering pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Healthcare Act. People with these plans may switch to a Marketplace plan and are immediately covered for their pre-existing conditions. The 4.8 million uninsured Texans, including more than 307,000 uninsured San Antonians, will benefit, said Marjorie Petty, regional director for health and human services for the U.S. Department of Health. Perez said six out of 10 Americans who are eligible for coverage are eligible to receive it for as little as $100 a month. Perez likened this to being cheaper than a

Thomas Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, speaks about the importance of local government during the Affordable Healthcare forum Monday in nursing complex. Michael Peters monthly smart phone bill. In response to a student’s question of why insurance is necessary, Perez said, “You’re not as invincible as you think, and that’s why enrolling young, healthy people is so important.” He said young people


Participation is not mandatory but will assist in continuity, coordinator says.

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need to know that they’re one accident away from being very unhealthy. “I have a 17-year-old,” Perez said. “I would never want a situation where she even has a day where she’s

PR asks departments to register social media

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Police will ticket in campus lots Tuesday if vehicles do not have permits or are parked illegally. People who have ordered permits but have not received them before Oct. 1 may get ticketed. “If they get a ticket, they can appeal it,” district police Chief Don Adams said. He added he will check with the vendor to see if the person’s pass has been mailed. Appeals can be made by going to forms/ and clicking on Campus Citation Appeal Form. As of Thursday, 19,442 decals have been mailed at a cost of $7,807.83. This is the first year permits could be ordered online only and distributed by mail. Employees paid $50 for permits for two vehicles. It is also the first year all students have been required to pay a $25 campus access fee without regard to parking needs. They could choose between getting parking permits or a VIA bus pass. Vehicles parked in campus lots must have a parking permit. This includes the overflow parking area at the former Playland Park, 2222 N. Alamo St. Drivers parking at this location can take a shuttle to campus. Shuttles take seven minutes to get to campus and run every 15 minutes.


By Emily Rodriguez

credit courses, a teacher must have a master’s degree in the discipline they are teaching or a master’s degree with at least 18 course hours in the discipline they are teaching. The requirements are the same for full-time and adjunct faculty at this college. During spring 2013, 8,156 students were enrolled in dual credit courses with Alamo Colleges throughout the eight-county service area. Chancellor Bruce Leslie said the initiative should include strengthening and creating partnerships with high schools to expand the early college high school model. San Antonio, Comal and Judson independent school districts participate in the

The public relations department is asking departments that have a social media presence to register those sites by Nov. 1 if they want to be recognized as affiliated with this college on this college’s website. “Social media includes various different communication venues like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, any associated blogs, the list goes on, anything that is being used for social media,” Melissa Aguirre, coordinator of communications, said. The registration form, emailed to employees, asks for the name of the page, its URL, contact information and if a profile picture needs to be made for the page. Completed forms should be emailed to A hyperlinked list of registered social media will be put on a landing page, which will be a collective of all social media sites accessible by the public on the college’s website on its PR page. Aguirre said those who choose not to register will not be linked on the landing page, but there will be no effect on the department or group’s social media site. She said the office is asking for administrative access to each department’s Facebook page in case any are compromised or login information is needed by successors. “The only reason we suggest it, especially with student organizations or with departments, is people often leave


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Psychology freshman Lizette Varela sorts vegetables into paper bags for individuals lined up to receive bags from the mobile food pantry of San Antonio Food Bank truck on campus Tuesday in Lot 1. Volunteers from Phi Theta Kappa filled bags and boxes with drinks, vegetables and fruits. Then next mobile food pantry visit is tentatively Nov. 19 Casey Alcala

AC, districts focus on dual credit expansion SAISD expects to add three high schools to early college program. By Carlos Ferrand

Chancellor Bruce Leslie and the Alamo Colleges’ board of trustees played dinner host for about 25 independent school district superintendents and board chairs Wednesday in the Heritage Room at St. Philip’s College. The goal of the dinner was to select at least one primary strategy out of 10 created by district officials during a similar dinner meeting in May to determine if a committee should be formed to spearhead the initiative. “The strategies are designed to improve student success and college readiness,” Michelle Perales, director of community partner-

ships, said. The strategy selected would become an initiative that the Alamo Colleges and partnering independent school districts would focus on for the current academic year. District 1 trustee Joe Alderete Jr. said all 10 strategies were important and should be discussed. The group decided to focus on dual credit. The initiative aims to expand access to dual credit courses by providing earlier dual credit opportunities, establishing more flexible deadlines, and finding more efficient methods to certify high school teachers for the courses. Dual credit courses allow students to receive both high school and college credit for one courses. To be certified to teach dual

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June Scobee-Rodgers, founding chairman for the Challenger Center programs, alongside daughter Kathie Fulgham and President Robert Zeigler are the first to sign a painted portion of the original planetarium dome Thursday as part of a topping out ceremony for the center. The signatures will be covered in completing construction. See story online. Casey Alcala

Kinesiology freshman Raul Riojas throws the medicine ball in the air to work his abdominal and chest muscles during a core training class Wednesday in Candler. Raquel Estrada

Nursing sophomore Borgie Rivera sings “I Believe I Can Fly” by R&B singer R. Kelly during Karaoke Monday sponsored by student life in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Monica Lamadrid

Blues band Cool Cat Charlie starts off the Live in Loftin Music series as the first performance of the semester on Sept. 20. On drums is Gordon Bartling, Charlie “Cool Cat” Cruz Jr. is on guitar and vocals, and Charlie “Jester” Cruz Sr. is on bass guitar. The events are scheduled to introduce students to various musical genres. Casey Alcala

Communication design Coordinator Richard Arrendondo lectures on rediscovering religious art Sept. 19 in the nursing complex. The Hispanic Heritage Month lecture discussed the influences Europe and religions had on the indigenous people of Central America. Daniel Arguelles


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SGA hopes for districtwide voice Students question Wi-Fi availability, access to Scobee and club events. By T. L. Hupfer

Psychology sophomore Sonya Santiago asked at Monday’s Student Government Association meeting when the college planned to fix the campus Wi-Fi. Since classes began Aug. 26, the college has been experiencing problems within the Alamo Colleges Education Services. ACES is an online database the college uses to connect students with their classes, professors and personal information. President Andrew Hubbard said the Internet was a district concern and SGA is working on arranging a student district council meeting to discuss issues such as the Internet. That will give SGA a chance to take problems directly to district officials. A student district council meeting would involve student leaders at the five district colleges. Nursing sophomore Edric Filpo wanted to know when remodeling

of the Francis R. Scobee Planetarium would be finished. His concern is that students are going to leave this college without the chance to use it. The planetarium’s original completion target was by this semester. Now the completion date has moved to February. The planetarium is undergoing renovation and expansion and will be part of the Challenger Center, which is expected to open a few months after the planetarium. Filpo asked, “What is the accountability that it will be done in 2014?” Hubbard said he will speak with the college administration to gather more information. Electrical engineering sophomore Guillermo “Will” Garcia said students don’t realize the control and power they have. He also said there should be more fliers around campus for organizations and events students can get involved in. Filpo also said he liked the renovations in Moody Learning Center and he believed that the library on the second floor was a great idea.

Nursing sophomore Edric Filpo asks about the completion date for remodeling of Scobee planetarium extra space during the Student Government Association meeting Monday in the craft room of Loftin. Monica Lamadrid “I’m looking forward to seeing the new additions,” Filpo said. “I do love a lot of the new activities that SAC has provided.”

Presidents meet at Round Table By T. L. Hupfer

The presidents of student organizations at this college came together Sept. 19 in the craft room of Loftin Student Center for the first Presidents Round Table meeting of the semester. Student Life coordinators Mark Bigelow, Jacob Martinez, and Carrie Hernandez guided the meeting. These monthly meetings give each president a chance to talk about what is going on within the organization and discuss upcoming events. Thirty student organizations and clubs were represented. Each repre-

sentative was introduced, and they shared the purpose of their group. The group decided the food items groups will sell at Oktoberfest, a campuswide fundraiser at 9 a.m. Oct. 23 in the mall. A bowl went around the room with numbers so each organization had a fair chance at deciding what they would like to sell. The office of student life is allowing groups to sell food prepared off campus if the food is certified by the city health code and prepackaged. Martinez said in an interview Thursday that before this semester stu-

dents could only sell food that was prepared on campus. The city’s health code says that all foods “must be from an approved source and/or licensed facility or prepared in the temporary food establishment.” Foods like homemade cakes, cookies, beans and tacos cannot be made offsite and sold on campus. For more information on Oktoberfest, call Martinez at 210-486-0126. Information on student organizations and events can be found at orgsync. com. The next Presidents Round Table meeting is at 2 p.m. Oct. 31 in the craft room of Loftin.

By Carlos Ferrand

On Constitution Day Sept. 17, students grabbed a piece of cake, registered to vote and watched a few short videos about the U.S. Constitution in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center. At the close of the event, political science Professor Asslan Khaligh shared facts about the U.S. Constitution and encouraged students to focus on a few things: Who wrote the Constitution and when? “No country has kept (the) same constitution for more than 50 years, 60 years or 100 years. They throw it away, and they write a new one, except this country,” he said. “I don’t know if that is good or bad, but you decide.”

When students read critically, they must be able to differentiate facts and opinions, assess arguments, comprehend the main idea of works, summarize the reading and examine key issues. “Critical reading is about understanding and interpreting the text,” student development Instructor Casey Lechuga said. “It is also about analyzing and evaluating what you are reading and reading actively, not passively.” Lechuga said students should use the SQ3R method by surveying, questioning, reading, recalling and reviewing the text. He said critical reading is important for students in school and in life because it provides them with information they can use to create knowledge of a subject. “Critical reading delves deeper into a text and begs more questions,” writing center tutor Carlos Anthony Lopez said. “A great piece deserves to be read critically because it reveals so much more about a work, and it benefits the reader on an absolutely different level.” There are key strategies students can use to

The U.S. Constitution was written in 1787 in Philadelphia, and the Bill of Rights was added in 1791. The U.S. Constitution contains 4,400 words while the Texas Constitution contains more than 100,000 words. Khaligh said the U.S. Constitution was written more than 200 years ago and authored by wealthy white men who owned businesses. As a result, the Constitution was probably written to benefit those who wrote it, he said. It was four years after the Constitution was written that the Bill of Rights was added. “Is it good to preserve something that is old that (may) not be applicable, or modernize it and write a new one?” Khaligh

read critically. “Don’t just read for fact. Read for understanding,” English Adjunct Sharon Gammell said. “Slow down when reading. A lot of people read too fast because in college you’ve got a lot of reading to do. Take notes; keep a piece of paper with you when you read.” Gammell said some study tips for critical reading include eliminating distractions, seeking out a quiet spot such as the library, setting aside a certain amount of time for studying and reading, and having a piece of paper and a pencil while reading. Lopez said critical reading takes a lot of patience because the content will stick the more readers interact with the reading process. “I try to tell students to annotate and write on the text,” writing lab coordinator Frank Kavanaugh said. “Students should also use sticky notes or any kind of method to make some kind of comment or question and underline what seems to be important.” Kavanaugh said students should first find a comfortable and well-lit place, read with a pen in hand, annotate a text, and reread notes and parts of a text in some way.

asked. “Why, if the Constitution of the U.S. is so great and so good, why (have) no other nations copied us?” Criminal justice Professor Tiffany Cox said that it is dangerous to believe that the Constitution is a fixed document and should only reflect the beliefs of the founders. “As long as the (Supreme) Court considers the Constitution to be a living Constitution — that it can be changed and reflect the changing values of our community, our society and the things that we find important to protect — then I think it does not need to be changed.” The Constitution is a powerful document, but it needs to reflect modern times, Khaligh said.

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noon on Oct. 7 in the craft room of Loftin Student Center. For information, call the SGA office at 210-486-0133.

Constitution Day brings calls for modernization

Critical reading improves grades

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Fifteen students, including seven SGA members, attended Monday’s meeting. The next SGA meeting will be at

With student IDs, you can unlock loads of savings. By Bleah B. Patterson

Student IDs are good for much more than to check out library books. A student ID is a key to unlock a world of discounts and free stuff. VIA bus commuters can take their student ID to the business office in Room 202 of Fletcher Administration Center to get a sticker to put on their ID to grant access to via buses. This sticker is free. Also a student ID allows free access to any on-campus theater performance, recital, or concert. Students can go to the Alamo Draft House, where they have $7 movie tickets any night

after 6 p.m. if students bring their ID. The Raven, an Edgar Allen Poe themed hookah bar, offers students with a valid ID a 20 percent discount on Thursdays and 10 percent on the other days of the week. Students with a valid student ID can gain a 20 percent discount at Ann Taylor, 15 percent discount at J. Crew, The Limited and Banana Republic, 20 percent discount at Taco Cabana and a 10 percent discount at Steve Madden. Just show the cashier. A student ID from the Alamo Colleges grants free admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Institute of Texas Cultures, and The McNay art museum. Students who do not have an ID can obtain their free student ID in Room 200A in Fletcher. Replacement IDs cost $10. For more information, call 210-486-0015.


4 • Sept. 27, 2013 CHANCELLOR from Page 4 the early high school program. SAISD partners with this college and Judson partners with Northeast Lakeview College. Memorial High School in the Comal district buses students to St. Philip’s College. The program allows 500 students to enroll per school district, Perales said. During an interview Thursday, Perales said the college district expects to add Sam Houston, Brackenridge and Highland high schools in 2014 to the early college high school program. Harlandale and Seguin school districts and New Frontier Charter District are also planning to join the program in 2014, she said. A committee was not formed because many in

attendance questioned the amount of time public school board members and superintendents would have to serve on a committee. Mark Larson, chief executive officer of Kipp Academy, expressed concerns about creating a committee of board members and superintendents. If public school officials do not have the time to dig into this question, the impact would be minimal, he said. “I think this is an area where we need to develop expertise,” Larson said. District 6 trustee Gene Sprague said, “We are at the stage where we need to foster ideas.” He said it is important that no one is left out of the conversations. Another meeting is planned for late January. The total cost of dinner was $1,348.

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Chancellor Bruce Leslie asked trustees and independent school district officials to choose strategies during a special board meeting Wednesday. Daniel Arguelles

Health Insurance Program or reduced costs on insurance. Coverage options and cost for them are dependent on household size, current income and estimated income for 2014. The fee, or the “individual shared responsibility payment,” is $95 or 1 percent of income, which is charged when filing income taxes in 2014. The fee goes back into the Department of Treasury’s general fund. For every opportunity missed to receive health insurance, the fee will increase to as high as $695 per yearly tax filing, or 2.5 percent of income.

not enrolled because things happen that you don’t foresee.” Nursing sophomore and mother of three Jami Boatwright said she has three children on Medicaid but can’t afford insurance for herself. “I have three kids, and I’m a single mom, so even $100 a month is not in my budget,” she said. Boatwright said the penalty tax for those without insurance is a “penalization for being poor.” Petty said those who are able to afford healthcare but refuse to pay for it will be charged a penalty tax. Unemployed people can qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s

The fee for uninsured children is $47.50 per child, not to exceed $285. Those who apply for healthcare but cannot pay are exempt from the penalty tax, Petty said, adding the fee is an incentive for people to get health insurance and for businesses to offer it. Exemptions can be claimed in the Health Insurance Marketplace with 2013 tax returns or when 2014 tax returns are filed. They include hardship exemptions, such as being homeless, and another exemption if the lowpriced coverage suggested for you actually costs 8 percent more than your household income.

A complete list of exemptions is online at exemptions/. Click on the “Get Insurance” tab at and enter the home state. “Live chat” is also offered at the bottom of the screen. Spanish-speakers can go online to Applicants can call 1-800-3182596 to speak to a representative available 24/7. Rep. Doggett, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Rep. Elliot Naishat will speak on the benefits of healthcare reform at 10 a.m. today at the University Health System’s Robert B. Green Campus, 903 W. Martin St.

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and don’t give anyone else admin(istrator) access. Those pages that have been created are floating out in the social media world,” Aguirre said. “For example, we have three or four right now that I’ve seen on Facebook alone that no one responds to that is not being managed or monitored or posted on.” Aguirre said the registration process and granting administrative access is not mandatory, and a department can still register their site without giving administrative access. “This is just a request or a suggestion to help the organization stay current. Especially in student organizations, the officers change out each semester or every year, so if there’s not someone giving access to the next person, then they no longer have access to that page,” she said. “We wouldn’t be doing anything with the page, updating it or going into any settings or anything like that. We would only be using it to give access to the next group of people.” Currently, registration is only open for departments. Aguirre said before registration opens for student clubs and organizations, guidelines will likely be written. “We have not sent anything to student organizations about this. Right now, it is just departmental pages we are speaking to,” she said. “Once we create some more policies in place and rules and regulations, we would then contact the student organizations. Right now, that is not something we see as needed.” Public relations offices across the Alamo Colleges are requesting registration of social media. Training will be offered to assist in increasing the effectiveness of social media management. For more information or to sign up for training, email Aguirre at maguirre60@

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the week of Aug. 19. “The interview with the Ruth Dalrymple, vice presiscreening committee was just a dent of academic success at brief interview, but the followSt. Philip’s College, was named up with the vice chancellor and associate vice chanthe chancellor was cellor for academic a whole afternoon,” partnerships and iniDalrymple said. tiatives Sept. 17 in a The step from unanimous vote by college to district the Alamo Colleges administrator was board of trustees. not exactly day and Dalr ymple night for Dalrymple. applied in May for “I thought it the position left would be a natural Dalrymple vacant after Jo-Carol fit because all the Fabianke became academic vice presiinterim vice chancellor for acadents work with the vice chandemic success in December cellor of academic success,” she following Dr. Roberto Aguerro’s said. retirement in December 2011. “We work through the vari“I was very surprised and ous initiatives that are comvery elated,” Dalrymple said ing up, so we support the vice Wednesday. She was a full-time chancellor with those initiamath professor at St. Philip’s tives districtwide.” before she became in 2007. The close working relaShe was named interim vice tionship played a large role in president of academic success Dalrymple’s decision to apply. at St. Philip’s College in January “The first goal is to always 2009 before the post was made keep the student in mind,” permanent in September 2009. she said. “I would like to see Dalrymple has served at St. more students going through Philip’s for 10 years. the development sequence and The associate vice chancelbeing successful. I would like to lor position was advertised in see our success rates increase. May nationwide, including the “I just started this week, so Chronicle of Higher Education. right now, I’m just trying to get A screening committee the lay of the land.” reviewed 59 applicants and forMaureen Cartledge, dean of warded four to be interviewed. applied science and technolFabianke and Dr. Bruce ogy, is interim vice president of Leslie interviewed four finalists academic success at St. Philip’s.


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Adjuncts consider surveying morale Council elects new officers. By Emily Rodriguez

Members of Adjunct Faculty Council discussed conducting a survey to measure morale among adjuncts in a meeting Tuesday. “What is our morale like really? Is it just the few people that we’re around that make it look like it’s really dropped tremendously in the last year,” media communications Adjunct Jerry Townsend asked the council. He suggested a comparison to a survey conducted in the last two years. In a Wednesday interview Townsend said he has composed a draft of a survey to email to council members. The survey will be discussed in the October meeting and distributed sometime that month. Townsend said lower morale is because of lack of support for adjuncts on the board of trustees. “I believe in the last two years the adjunct faculty has lost a vast amount of administrative support,” he said. Townsend said there are two causes for the decrease in support: the retirement of Ruben Flores as dean of evening and extended services and the departure of Jessica Howard, vice president of

academic affairs, in 2012. “Dean Flores was our standard bearer among the administrators for 15 years. In the meetings of those who lead this college, he was speaking up for adjunct faculty in ways that we will never even know about,” he said. “While Jessica Howard was in that chair, she was an asset. I could go to her and things would happen.” Townsend said the council needs to find a way to overcome the lack of support for adjuncts or find a new administrator who will act in their best interests. “We have been shown in dramatic fashion that we are expendable, exposable and not important to those who lead this college,” he said. “You are disheartening us, discouraging us and making us not want to teach here anymore.” Also, the council elected a new chair, vice chair, recording secretary and parliamentarian to three-year, renewable terms. English Adjunct Amanda Martin was nominated for chair by Randi Wayland of kinesiology and Jeanette Bunch of student development. Martin was elected without opposition. Student development Adjunct Karen Tanguma nominated herself for vice chair; ESL Adjunct Jim Yates

Media communications Adjunct Jerry Townsend explains the leadership positions up for election during the Adjunct Faculty Council meeting Tuesday. Marina Garcia seconded the nomination. According to the council’s bylaws, vice chairs are responsible for presiding over meetings when the chair is absent and provides information to The Ranger, KSYM-FM 90.1 and the public relations office about council activities. Tanguma said she has experience with public relations and working with journalists and was elected without opposition. Wayland self-nominated for recording secretary and was unopposed. The job is to keep the minutes of council meetings and executive sessions, provide and post the minutes online for adjuncts, maintain a current council membership list and preserve records

and a chronological file of all minutes. Martin nominated for parliamentarian absent math Adjunct Nancy Roell. Townsend said, “That is what she likes to do. If she’s not excited or doesn’t want to do it, she can always turn us down. Then we can elect someone else. If she will do it, she’ll do a good job of it.” Roell told The Ranger Thursday that she will accept. To elect officers, the council must have a quorum of at least five members. Six of the 12 members attended. Yates is not an official member, but his attendance was not needed to vote. The next council meeting is 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Room 209 of Loftin.


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Sex-perts p A sex therapist and retired nurse must supply four episodes to review. By Neven Jones

Radio show host Cay Crow and co-host Victor Martinez discuss with KSYM disc jockey Ann Hardee the best way to approach the topic of sex in a tasteful and educational manner for a proposed new sex education show called “Night Moves.” Casey Alcala

A 30-minute weekly sex education show may be coming to the airwaves. The show likely would be called “Night Moves,” said KSYM DJ Ann ”Red Rock” Hardee, the moving force behind the show. Hardee, a retired registered nurse and radio-television-broadcasting sophomore, would host the show with certified sex therapist Cay Crow and “regular guy” Victor “Mission Man” Martinez, a math sophomore at St. Philip’s College. Hardee has been the host of “All Stars Breakfast,” which airs 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Sunday, for two years. Each week, she spins music from 1965-1975 by a single artist. Before “Night Moves” can air, the hosts are required to record four shows, which must be approved by KSYM adviser John Onderdonk, radio-television-

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College community, neighbors invited to block party Oct. 4 Free, family fun night open to the public. By Patricia McGlamory

Live entertainment, a low-rider car show, children’s activities, food booths and food trucks are some of the attractions for the Oct. 4 block party “SACtacular — a celebration of everything SAC.” The event is free and open to the public 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the mall and along the brick walkway between Nail Technical and Chance Academic centers. This is the second block party at this college. The first was in conjunction with the college’s 85th anniversary celebration in 2011 and drew an estimated crowd of 800 to 1,000. The purpose of SACtacular is really outreach, President Robert Zeigler said Wednesday. It is a “neighborhood event” to celebrate good relationships, he said. Dr. Alice Johnson, dean of learning resources, said Sept. 16 that the college is planning the event for students and the

community. “We do it for our students, and especially now that we’ve got students living in Tobin Lofts. They’ll have something to do. “It is also to invite the community, and bring them in to see what we’ve got and what we’re doing.” She said bringing people on campus may encourage them to take some classes. About 20 campus departments and student clubs will have booths to showcase their programs. The transfer center will provide a booth for academicrelated questions. Two information booths will be available for directing traffic and handing out maps of the event. EcoCentro, the sustainable lifestyle student training center and community outreach program, will demonstrate a rain-catching system, composting and vermiculture (worms). Live entertainment is by Colao, voted Best Latin Orchestra by San Antonio Current, 2012 San Antonio

Music Awards. The low-rider car show will exhibit 10-12 cars by members of First Impressions Oldies Car Club. Acadiana Café food truck, “Cajun shack,” will sell catfish, pickles, French fries and chicken and dumplings. “The Fridge” gourmet food truck will offer corndogs, nachos, fresh cut fries, chilicheese fries and spicy chicken nuggets. About 10 student clubs also will sell food and beverages. Children’s activities, including two live animal shows, balloons, face painting, crafts, an ambulance and fire truck, are in Lot 22, between Nail and Oppenheimer Academic Center. The live animal shows are by ZooMagination, which typically provides a bird, snake, sloth and porcupine. Ambulance and fire truck are provided by this college’s allied health and fire science programs. For a complete list of activities, call learning resources secretary Martha Castro at 210486-0903 or visit www.alamo. edu/sac/SACtacular/.

Civil engineering freshman Vangie Santos sits in a lowrider while a friend snaps a picture on a cellphone during the

UT-Austin art professor recounts 40 By Adriana Ruiz

Every semester, the visual arts program invites nationally known artists to speak and give students an opportunity to see art from professionals. Professor Debra Schafter, chair of the art Lecture and Film Committee, and other faculty members nominate artists for the series and those selected are invited to speak at the college. In the past, artists such as Paul Rotterdam, Christiane Paul and Keith Carter have been invited. Faculty members look for artists who have a strong academic background for nomination to

encourage students to continue their studies at four-year universities. “They are kind of like role models for our students, and we want to encourage the academic artist who has a foundation,” Schafter said. On Sept. 19, Borgdan Perzynski, art professor and cofounder of the transmedia program at the University of Texas at Austin, talked to students about his artwork and career, which spans nearly 40 years. His works have been exhibited worldwide and use media video, interactive code, computer vision and positioning, physical interaction, social interaction

and individual invention. Perzynski presented a variety of his works in a slideshow that contained videos and photographs of “Clogs,” a 1981 performance with clogs; “Skits-o-phrenia,” a 1988 installation; and “A Family and Friends Event” a five-minute video projection that showed his friends and family singing karaoke. He gave insight about his work and credits the teaching of Alicja Kepinska, Professor of Art History at Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, although she did not teach him studio art, as his greatest inspiration. “My teacher, a woman who didn’t teach me studio, but she


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Crow, who teaches human sexuality and psychology courses as an adjunct at this college, said research shows the more information given to adolescents about sex, the more responsible they will be toward sex. Martinez will provide a male’s perspective and help break up the clinical talk, Hardee said. Crow and Hardee wanted a “regular guy” to co-host with them, Hardee said. KSYM DJ James “ Hot Mustard” Velten was originally going to co-host but became too busy after taking the job of program director. Hardee took it upon herself to find a co-host. She tried the kinesiology department and the veterans affairs office where she met Martinez. Hardee approached him, introduced herself and told him about her show idea. Martinez, a KSYM listener, was comfortable with the topic. She said he once gave a speech

about how to have better sex in a speech class at St. Mary’s University. As a nurse, Hardee worked with patients who suffered from erectile dysfunction. According to the Mayo Clinic, erectile dysfunction occurs when a man can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. The doctors she worked with were uncomfortable talking to their patients about sex and left the job to Hardee. “After doing it over the years, I learned that patients will never raise their hand and ask, ‘May I ask a sex question?’ The practitioner has to bring it up,” Hardee said. “I also learned that using humor, you can talk to them about very sensitive things. If they are laughing the whole time, they don’t even realize they are getting instruction.” Email sex-related questions to the hosts of “Night Moves” at Include first name, gender and age range.

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was great to talk to and wrote a great number of books.” Perzynski said. Students got a personal view into his artwork and had the chance to build their own opinion. “It was interesting because he is a foreigner and it is interesting because he has a different perspective,” engineering sophomore David Botello said. The artist lectures are open to the public but are intended to expand this college’s students’ understanding of art outside the classroom, Schafter said. The next artist lecture will feature Richard Duardo, artist, master printer and founder of Modern Multiples Fine Art

Bogdan Perzynski, professor of art and co-founder of the transmedia program at the University of Texas at Austin, introduces his photography and short films Sept. 19 in visual arts. Casey Alcala Editions, at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 21 in the visual arts center. Duardo has created many print series, including “The Chicano Collection,” and has overseen the works of artists such as David Hockney, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Banksy,

Ron English, Blek Le Rat, Raymond Pettibon and John Van Hamersveld. The lecture is free and will include a documentary film screening followed by a screenprinting workshop at 1:40 p.m. in the visual arts center.

District 1 City Council representative Diego Bernal explains his vision for the Alamo. Bernal stressed that people should be able to approach the Alamo and spend time there so they can know the role it played. He spoke Sept. 19 at a town hall meeting at UTSA downtown. Marie Sullins

Battle for the Alamo continues Panel holds discussion about possible Alamo Plaza improvements. By Cory D. Hill

The UTSA downtown campus became a verbal battleground on Sept. 19 when a panel of five answered questions about ideas for the western edge of the historical Alamo Plaza. The San Antonio ExpressNews and the University of Texas at San Antonio organized the panel to share ideas for improving the Alamo and the developed downtown Sarah Reveley said she was expelled from Daughters of the area surrounding it. Republic of Texas for filing a complaint with the attorney general Panelists included about the neglect of the Alamo. Marie Sullins Mayor Julian Castro; Sue Pemberton, president of Independent School District, the Native Americans, the San Antonio Conservation Dr. Amy Joe Baker, said. “I Spanish Mission and cerSociety; Larry Laine, chief represent the views of school tainly about the Alamo.” clerk in the Texas General children. What people from Texas Indigenous Council Land Commission office; around the world come to representative Antonio Diaz Gary Foreman, historian; see is not the Tomb Raider.” believes the Alamo should and Davis Phillips, presiThe Tomb Raider is a commemorate more than dent and CEO of Phillips 3D interactive ride located the battle of 1836. Entertainment Inc. directly across from the “Our history goes the lonGilbert Garcia, moderaAlamo. gest,” he said. “We were the tor and San Antonio Express“They come to see the people that were indentured News columnist, foreshadAlamo,” Baker said. into the missions and built owed the tone of the evening. Historian Foreman said, those missions.” “The city has struggled to “The question really is what Concerned with focus on find an approach that simulmakes Alamo Plaza unique? only the battle and the lack taneously The issues we of “storytellers and indighonors the have today is enous historians” on the The human story that we are Alamo grounds, Diaz said history that is what people the Alamo looking at a the culture and representaare looking for represents space that is tion for those who lived and when they come while also so rich in hisare buried at the site have creating a tory.” been lost. to Alamo Plaza. vibrant conU s i n g Answering a reporter’s Gary Foreman, temporary Historian G e t t y s b u r g , question after the event, downtown Pa., as an Diaz said the council would space that e x a m p l e , be interested in sharing their makes it a place appealing Foreman explained that history with the defenders of to tourists and to residents Gettysburg was an 18th centhe Alamo. alike,” Garcia said. tury village with a history “Of course, that is our The mayor said the reaching further than the aim, to get true history out Alamo has been many things Civil War. there,” he said. to different people. “Gettysburg made a Pemberton, in her closing “It was the site of a battle, choice years ago,” Forman statement, summed up the a shrine where people pracsaid. “They said what makes meeting, “There are a lot of ticed their faith. For Native us unique, and they said it’s opinions and a lot of factions Americans, it also has sigthose three days in July.” within this audience.” nificance, and today it is the Foreman continued, “By “In a lot of ways, that’s city’s top tourist attraction.” recreating the uniqueness of what makes San Antonio San Castro said. 1863 Gettysburg, the 150th Antonio. We are not just one More than 2.5 million visanniversary of the battle saw ethnicity, one ethnic group.” itors tour the Alamo annu250,000 people, including “The challenge is the ally, according to thealamo. 15,000 re-enactors. ability to represent the layers org website. “The human story is in our history, with an overall A former director of social what people are looking for interpretation, not just indistudies and retired history when they come to Alamo vidual factions,” Pemberton teacher for the San Antonio Plaza. The human story of said.



8• Sept. 27, 2013

Biology students research mercury in dragonfly larvae By Diana M. Sanchez

Event: Ford Lucky Duck Race and Concert 3 p.m.-6 p.m. to benefit the “Hire Haven” job training at Haven for Hope. Race a rubber duck downriver for prizes. $5 to adopt a duck. Visit www.thesanantonioriverwalk. com/events/river-walk-lucky-duck-race. Oct. 7 SAC Event: Karaoke sponsored by the office of student life 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in Fiesta Room of Loftin. Call 210-486-0128. Oct 8 SAC lecture: Hot Potato on “The Effects of Legalizing Marijuana” by Dr. Sean Duffy 12:15 p.m. in Methodist Student Center. Call 210-733-1441 or visit

Biology Adjunct Holly Heckmann with the help of psychology sophomore Barbara Rosado draws names out of a bowl to select students to go to the Alpine to a dragonfly larvae field study. Monica Correa to Big Bend. It has the highest number of historic adobe structures in Texas outside of El Paso. The first night they will go on a ghost town tour in Terlingua. Saturday they are headed toward the tip of southwest Texas at Big Bend. That day, Heckmann said they will set up camp, cook out, bond and organize their dragonfly larvae expedition. “When we camp, it is going to be so dark that we are going to be able to see the Milky Way, so that’s supposed to be pretty fun, too,” Llamas said. Big Bend was recognized in 2012 as one of the only 10 places on the planet certified for dark sky stargazing.

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A biology adjunct will be leading a three-day dragonfly larvae expedition starting today and returning Sunday in which students will sample dragonfly larvae for mercury analysis at Big Bend National Park. The group is going in collation with “citizens scientist” an ongoing program of scientific work in which a network of volunteers, perform or manage research related tasks, such as observation and measurement for National Public Lands Day. Big Bend is the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert and is home to a multitude of plants, reptiles, fish, mammals, birds and insect species. Dragonfly larvae build up higher levels of mercury than any other types of water dwelling insects and are consumed by fish. Fish are then eaten by birds, mammals and humans, posing a health risk. “We are going to dedicate this trip solely to the mercury levels in the dragonfly larvae,” the adjunct, Holly Heckmann, said. “We will collect them and do research on them. We will be able to hopefully narrow that down.” Mercury is a toxic pollutant that can harm human and wildlife health. Larvae are found in remote national park environments. The dragonfly larvae expedition is sponsored by Adelante Tejas, a grant partnership with Sul Ross State University to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students. Alfredo Llamas, biology sophomore, attended STEM-ulate: Science Showcase an event at this college on Sept.18. It was organized to introduce the sciences available, clubs and organizations. Llamas spoke with Leslie Hopper, project director of the Adelante Tejas program for Sul Ross, about his interest in the dragonfly larvae expedition. After conversing with Hopper about previous

research studies, Llamas has done with Sul Ross, he was invited to the Big Bend expedition. Five students and two alternates were selected by a random drawing of students interested in joining the expedition. “I just put out the word to all of my five classes and asked if anyone was interested. I had a sign-up sheet, and I ended up with over 65 students that signed up, and were excited to join,” Heckmann, said. The students who were chosen through the drawing are sonography freshman Bianca Garza; nursing sophomores Jesse Fisher, Matilde Vela, Kandice Weighmann and Kira Amaya; physical therapy sophomore Jacob Westfall; and liberal arts sophomore David Monsivais. There was a limited amount of funding and seating for this expedition, leaving room for only 10 passengers. “Our grant does not fund student activities, student travels, and expenses. I had to ask for assistance in that area,” said Barbara Knotts, media services director and in charge of the Adelante Tejas grant, which is offered through the federal Title 5 program. A Title 5 grant only covers expenses for faculty not students. President Robert Zeigler and the college executive team agreed to fund the students’ travel. Students also will sample dragonfly larvae near the Rio Grande. The larval stage of dragonflies lives in the water. Dragonflies can spend up to five years of life in the larval form, eating and accumulating mercury. “There are a lot of free-standing areas, and people don’t realize that they can contract the poison from the air, if so we have to figure out what levels they are and where,” Heckmann said, regarding the dragonfly larvae mercury levels that are in remote areas at Big Bend. The group will spend their first night at the Hampton Inn in Alpine. Alpine is surrounded by mountains and is the region’s hub and a gateway

SAC Event: Inspirational movie 10 a.m. and 1 a.m. at Methodist Student Center. Continues Fridays. Call 210733-1441 or visit www. SAC Event: Mass and Meal sponsored by Catholic Student Association 12:15 p.m. Continues Fridays. Call 210-736-9306. SAC Event: Friday ping pong tournament 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in game room of Loftin. Continues Fridays. Call 210486-0131.

SAC Transfer: Texas A&M University-San Antonio 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in Room 107 of Moody. Continues Monday, Tuesday and Oct. 4. Call 210-486-0864. Event: Tapping Texas Culture 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Institute of Texan Cultures. Free Texas beer and hors d’oeuvre tasting. Must be 21. Visit www. Event: Manhattan Short Film Festival 8 p.m. at Urban15 Studio 2500 S. Presa. $10 and $5 military, students and seniors. Continues Monday, Oct. 4 and 5. Visit


Event: San Antonio Music Awards Showcase 9 p.m. at seven locations with 35 artists to celebrate San Antonio’s vast music scene. $5 per person for access to all venues. Visit

Exhibit: Capturing South Texas on Canvas by Porfirio Salinas at Witte Museum. Free with general admission. Visit Sunday

Event: Síclovía 10 a.m.1 p.m. downtown along streets from the Alamo to Mulberry. About 70 miles of car-free streets will be open to the public for bike riding, running and exercise classes. Visit siclovia.

SAC Transfer: Our Lady of the Lake University transfer advising 9 a.m. p.m.-noon on first floor of Chance. Call 210-486-0864. SAC Transfer: Schreiner University transfer advising 9 a.m. p.m.-noon on first floor of Loftin. Call 210-486-0864. ROOM IN LOFTIN?

SAC Transfer: University of the Incarnate Word transfer advising 9 a.m. p.m.noon in transfer center in Room 107 of Moody. Call 210-486-0864. SAC Event: Hecho A Mano Arts and Crafts Show 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Fiesta Room of Loftin. Call 210486-0128 or email

SAC Meeting: Cheshyre Cheese Club noon in writing center in Room 203 in Gonzales. Continues Tuesdays. Call 210-4860668.

Volunteer: Weed Wednesday at Hardberger Park 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Pull weeds and plant native plants. Continues Wednesdays. Call 210-201-3292.

SAC Event: Hot Potato presentation “Fired Up For Gun Control?” By Dr. Paul Wilson 12:15 p.m. in Methodist Student Center. Continues Tuesdays. Call 210-733-1441 or visit www.

SPC Event: Best Tasting Salsa Competition sponsored by tourism, hospitality and culinary arts 11:30 a.m2:30 p.m. in Heritage Room of campus center. Call 210486-2318.

SAC Meeting: CRU, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ, 1:45 p.m. in Room 004 of Chance. Continues Tuesdays. Call 210-4861233.

SAC Event: Defining Leadership 2 p.m.-3 p.m. in health promotions office of Loftin. Call 210-486-0134 or email mbigelow2@alamo. edu.

NLC Event: Leadership and Success Talk with Keven Bracy video broadcast “Chasing Greatness and Leading the Way” 5:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m. in Room 201 of student commons. Continues at 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Call 210-486-5404.

Oct. 5

SAC Meeting: Future Teachers 1 p.m.-1:50 p.m. in Room 101 of Gonzales. Call 210-486-0658.

SAC Race: Jigsaw Puzzle 1 p.m.-2 p.m. in Loftin game room. Call 210-736-9306.

SAC Event: Bible study and lunch 1:15 p.m. in Methodist Student Center. Continues Wednesdays. Visit

SAC Event: Free health screenings sponsored by Baptist Hospital 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. in mall. Call 210-486-0157.

ACCD Meetings: Audit, Budget and Finance; Building, Grounds and Sites Selections; Academic Accountability and Student Success; and Policy and Long-Range Planning committees at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Killen, 201 W. Sheridan. Call 210-485-0030. Oct. 10 SAC Event: Jazz ensemble with Andrew Gignac 2 p.m. in auditorium of McAllister. Call 210-486-0255. SAC Event: Erick Salazar and James Woodward paintings sponsored by visual arts 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m in visual arts gallery. Call 210-486-0255. Exhibit: CSI Experience at Witte Museum sponsored by Tesoro. Visit Oct. 11 SAC Event: Chalk Day sponsored by The Ranger to celebrate free speech during National Newspaper Week noon-2 p.m. in mall. Call 210-486-1776. Oct. 12 Event: Chalk it Up 10 a.m.-4 p.m. sponsored by ArtPace Houston Street between Main and Jefferson. Call 210-212-4900 or visit Oct. 14 Reminder: Columbus Day and Día de la Raza observances SAC Event: Spa Day hosted by Psychology Club 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Fiesta Room of Loftin. Massage station, paraffin waxing and ambient music. Call 210-486-0125 or email Oct. 15

SAC Deadline: Model audition for fashion show 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in Fiesta Room of Loftin. Applications due in Room 260B. Call 210-486-0125.

SAC event: Hot Potato presentations “Does Equal Really Mean Equal: GLBT Issues” by Richard Farias 12:15 p.m. in Methodist Student Center. Call 210-7331441 or visit

Event: Community conversation on making city largest no-kill city in the nation 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 303 Pearl. Free admission with online registration. Visit

Oct. 16 SAC Event: Transfer Fair 9 a.m.-noon in Fiesta Room of Loftin. Call 210-486-0864.


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Accuracy hits the mark The news media are tasked with getting information to the public as quickly as possible. While speed is important, it is even more important that the information be correct; unfortunately, this is not always the case. Journalists are only human; mistakes will be made and inacc u ra t e information will inevitably be distributed. When this happens, it is critically important that the publication post a correction as soon as possible to show a commitment to accuracy and integrity. The editing process is designed to minimize the chance of misinforming the public by ensuring multiple editors read stories before they are published. When a mistake occurs, it is

important to let the news outlet know a correction should be made as quickly as possible. Jonathan Lynn and Anthony Jay, British directors and writers, had this to say about journalistic accuracy in their book “The Complete Yes Minister”: “You’ve only got to be in public life for about a week before you start to question if the newspapers are even giving you today’s date with any accuracy!” It’s a journalist’s job to make sure this is not the public’s perception. The best way to earn the public’s trust is to report the news accurately and be accountable when mistakes are made.

If $25 buys access, why extra $1? Access to parking garage is limited for students not living in Tobin Lofts. The $25 per semester campus access fee collected from every student is supposed to grant access to the campus and all its resources to everyone. It used to be tuition that guaranteed access. Now it means everyone pays a little extra. In addition to the $25 fee, patrons of the garage will have to pay a $1 exit fee each time they park there. Tobin Lofts residents have the option to pay $200 for an overnight parking pass, with an exemption from the $1 fee. Though the plan is constantly changing, the $1 exit fee is likely to begin in the spring semester. Access to the parking garage is already limited for students who are not residents of Tobin Lofts. The latest plan calls for second floor parking to be reserved for residents while administrators have spaces reserved on the first floor. The remaining spaces in the first, third and fourth floors are open to anyone with a parking permit. Administrators have to pay $150 on top of the $50 campus access permit to use those

reserved spaces. Available spaces for students who are not residents of Tobin Lofts could dwindle further as more units are leased. The Tobin Lofts garage under construction at North Main Avenue and Evergreen Street, scheduled for completion in February, will have an estimated 950 spaces with up to 550 spaces reserved for Tobin Lofts residents. That’s almost double the number of Tobin Lofts tenants; couldn’t that space be used for more student parking spaces? Information on how the campus access fee benefits access to the campus is contradictory. Answers range from supporting online courses and the database collection of the library, to parking facilities, construction and maintenance, debt service on parking garages and possibly scholarship funds. If students must pay the $25 fee, regardless of whether they drive to campus to receive access to its resources, then why charge the extra $1 for access to the parking garage? Is the parking garage not part of the campus? The campus access fee should be enough. How exactly does the $25 fee help with campus access? Students have a right to a straight answer.

Success requires labs Proposed move of the transfer center will lead to additional chaos. In the visual arts center on Sept. 18, the Foundations of Excellence Task Force celebrated the beginning of Phase 2 of implementation of six recommendations to improve the transfer experience for students at this college. One recommendation was to redesign and relocate the transfer center, which was moved back into its newly remodeled space on the first floor of Moody Learning Center in late summer 2012. Phase 1 was a self-study to identify options for improving the transfer experience. During Phase 2, plans for each action item will be developed with a target date of Dec. 1. Why would the college recommend moving the transfer center when it has been given a brand new space in a building that has undergone renovations for more than 12 months? The students of this college have had to work with enough change in teaching style, curriculum and technology required for aca-

demics. Another recent change has been the defunding of critical labs such as English. Moving the transfer center will not improve the transfer experience if students cannot transfer because they cannot pass classes without access to tutors or labs or equipment. Without students getting grades good enough to transfer to a university, a more visible transfer center will be pointless. The college should focus on the basic services that will get students to graduation and to the university of their choice. When students are less stressed about passing classes, accessing required technology such as ACES or special labs, and finding tutors for help, thinking about transferring is easier to handle. Fund the labs. Fund the tutors. Fund the counselors. Otherwise, there may be fewer students in three to five years to enjoy the more visible transfer center.


10 • Sept. 13, 2013

Homeschooler tires of awkwardness On my first day of college, I walked onto campus with every ounce of confidence. I bought new shoes and Viewpoint by Bleah B. my very first backpack. Patterson I was 17 years old and experisac-ranger@ encing my very first day of school. Anticipation soon turned to anxiety as I stumbled from class to class. I remember the first day I learned what a syllabus was and asked my English teacher if learning MLA was hard. It was my third semester before I learned how to use PowerPoint. Still, people say the pep in my walk isn’t to the same beat as everyone else. As a homeschooled student, I spent more time in my room than most people. I touched my first textbook at 16, and it belonged to a friend. Bible history classes, etiquette class and singing on the Worship Team at church were among my electives. I still don’t know what the inside of a high school looks like. I dress a little differently from everyone. Pop culture doesn’t make much sense to me either. I’m used to being the odd one out, a little different and becoming known for being awkward or little too clingy. I’m more excited about other people’s company than most. All side effects, I believe, of a slightly more sheltered upbringing, but an upbringing I wouldn’t trade for the world. Being a homeschooler comes with its fair share of stereotypes. “Do you get to wear your pajamas all day?” and “So is your mom your teacher?” are among the most

common questions after announcing that I have been homeschooled since kindergarten. All of this aside, there is a very serious side to homeschooling and it has its problems. The transition from homeschooling to a junior college had to have been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. As I work my way through my fourth semester, I find myself just starting to get the hang of things. In the state of Texas, homeschoolers are treated as students enrolled in private school. Texas does not require the TAKS test of its homeschoolers or any other standardized test. In fact, Texas requires no proof of education until you attempt to get a driver’s license, then the state simply requires a print out of a “proof of education” sheet. Parents (or the “principal”) sign it and get it notarized. The next official document is a transcript to get into college. Transcript templates can easily be found online. Fill one out, print it, get it signed by the “principal” and get it notarized. Homeschooling is a fantastic right we are honored to have, but as a state, Texas should be investing in those students, rather than leaving them to their own devices. Students who are not prepared for college life easily can be left behind. There’s nothing worse than feeling like the stupidest person in the room. Homeschooling is not bad, and given the choice to re-do my high school years, I would choose homeschooling again in a heartbeat.

I was able to graduate a year early and invest in interests that helped me grow as a person. My intent is to shed light on pressing issues homeschooled Texan students face by sharing how ill-prepared I was for community college, more socially than academically. Homeschooling parents find sanctuary in Texas’ relaxed laws. They find freedom in the ability to set their children’s curriculum, to protect them from concepts they disagree with and cultivate beliefs and opinions that might be absent in the public (and even private) school classroom. However, as a Texas homeschooler, I tend to feel more like an alien in a crowd than someone privileged enough to have received a tailored education. My awkwardness stems from never knowing if I’m on the right track, feeling uncomfortable with tests, scantrons, professors and the mass of people in general. This lack of exposure and preparation for college life leaves

many a homeschooler feeling like a fish out of water. While I do believe that homeschools should be able to maintain the ability to tweak the average school requirements, I also believe that Texas should take great pride in its homeschoolers. To apply this, Texas should start regulating homeschoolers through exit exams before a homeschooler is allowed to advance from elementary school to middle school or from middle school to high school. Texas also should require an annual spring or fall test, such as TAKS or STARR. Ideally, Texas should set aside some sort of system to make sure young homeschoolers are adequately prepared before allowing them to be classified as graduates. That would encourage homeschooled students to stay active in co-ops and create opportunities for homeschoolers to interact with other students. As a result, homeschooled students like me would engage in college life feeling more comfortable with the environment instead of feeling like a lonely traveler in a foreign country. While these changes will not be foolproof, it would put homeschoolers on more even footing before they enter college.

Guest Viewpoint by Brian W. Robinson

it’s all about Google). All this knowledge right at your fingertips; however, some people can’t handle the idea of freely available information. They want to censor. This infringes on our right to information others have left behind. To censor work — because they think it is too profane or too sexual in content, whatever the case may be — is an act of arrogance and ignorance. We all have the right to choose whether to read

Corrections In the Sept. 13 issue of The Ranger, the article “Moody renovation improves library, labs,” should state that the reference and reserve sections of the library share the second floor.

What do you think about the $1 international education fee for study abroad? “I’m not really OK with that because what if after a while the students pay just a dollar, it turns into a snowball effect and later pay something bigger.” Ephrain Barker, elementary education freshman “I don’t agree with raising fees for a program I’m not in. Why would I pay for a student to travel to Europe, when people won’t pay for my vacation? Why not use that money to hire more teachers, not pay for a summer vacation? ” Eric Cochrane, physics sophomore “I personally would do it. If I was in a program, I would want that done for me.” Xavier Gonzalez, business administration sophomore “If it’s going to help somebody, then yes I’m OK with it. A dollar a semester is not going to hurt anybody because if they did it for the engineering program, it would be nice if people helped out.” Adrean Hawbaker, engineering sophomore “I believe that a dollar is a dollar. I personally wouldn’t mind because I give a dollar to the homeless so I think I’d be OK.” Derek Hernandez, criminal justice sophomore

Cheshyre Cheese Club: Stop censoring our books, history We all indulge in pleasures and privileges, some more than others. One particular privilege I gratefully take advantage of is reading. So many adventures taken, so many lessons learned, all from books, and all without leaving the comforts of home. I learned at a very young age: Seek and ye shall find. The first place to look is the library (although now,

Sound Off

“They already charge us fees so I believe there would be no difference if I was OK with it or not.” Katie Lahaye, occupational therapy sophomore “I think it’s OK because it’s a low cost, not a certain day or big bill or certain big sum every month so I’d be OK with just one dollar a semester.” Jesus Leija, nursing sophomore

a particular book. Censorship of books usually is not requested or (demanded) in public for all to know. Public school libraries and some public libraries (mainly in small towns) are being altered for the worse. If you agree, then you must act. There are plenty of groups out there that monitor censorship and are engaged in informing others. They have been around for quite some time now, as long as censorship has been. Members of the Cheshyre Cheese Club

encourage you to take some time and check out the multitude of sources on censorship. All this information is freely available at this college’s library, the San Antonio Public Library and the American Library Association’s website at Let’s put a stop to censorship. As Mark Twain once said, “Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” Brian W. Robinson, radio-TV-broadcasting sophomore, is president of Cheshyre Cheese Club.

In the Sept. 13 issue of The Ranger, the article “Clean teeth on sale” should state appointments are necessary for dental services at La Misíon Family Health Care during hours of operation 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 210-626-0600.

Clarification In “Tobin Lofts Open to Students” in the Sept. 13 issue, the company involved in the publicprivate partnership that built Tobin Lofts is now The NRP Group LLC.

“I’d be OK with paying. It’s not a big amount so I believe it’s a good deal to help out those students who don’t have the money to pay for the program.” Juan Leija, criminal justice sophomore “I think it would be a good option for inclusion, even though I’m not in the program, because it would help the students.” Carla Peralta, pre-med freshmen (Translated from Spanish) What do you think? Sound Off on Facebook at /readtheranger


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English sophomore Sarah Goff defends the goal against a Fury attacker Sunday during the second half of the women’s soccer game at Star Complex. Daniel Arguelles

Women’s soccer team falls to Fury The team finds the back of the net but comes up short 7-1 to Fury. By Justin Rodriguez

This college’s women’s soccer team took on the San Antonio Fury Sunday at STAR Soccer Complex. The Rangers had a strong presence in attack; however, they struggled defensively eventually falling to the Fury 7-1. The Rangers had good possession early on, but midway through the second half is where some questions might have been asked. The women were up against a well-seasoned team, Coach Roger Molina said. Molina said communication and execution were issues throughout the game. The Fury worked well on the counterattack, finishing the majority of their chances while keeping the Rangers at bay for nearly the entire match. The Rangers were forced to play and build an attack through the air instead of on the ground. They were on defense for most of the first half. Nursing sophomore Xochitl Rodriguez pulled one back for the Rangers early in the second half, making the score 4-1.

A deep shot to the back post breathed some life into the game, and for the next 20 minutes, the Rangers were more aggressive. Good team pressure led to the goal. There were a few good corners into the Fury penalty area in the second half, but the team could not find the back of the net. From there, the Fury’s counterattacks proved successful on several occasions. Though the game was physical, the number of fouls was low. A yellow card was shown to the substitute keeper midway through the second half for handling the ball outside the box. A free kick was awarded to the Fury, which was saved by the women’s keeper. Rodriguez said the Fury played and communicated well and that this is one area her team could improve on. The Rangers did well to break into the Fury’s attacking third of the field but could not finish. “(We) all had opportunities,” Molina said. Connecting passes and controlling possession were the main problems, Rodriguez said. Molina said the women need to work on “fundamentals and communication.” Rodriguez also added that her team needs to

Nursing sophomore Alexandra Marrufo struggles to gain control of the ball and the lead during the second half of the women’s game against Fury soccer team Sunday at Star Complex. Marrufo says every game is a learning experience. Daniel Arguelles be quicker on defense. Possession was fairly even throughout the game, but the Fury proved to be the stronger team. “(We) could’ve done better,” Rodriguez said. Molina said the women have experience; however, they have only been together for a few weeks, whereas the Fury have been together for much longer. Nursing sophomore Alexandra Marrufo

added that every game is a learning lesson. “Now you see where you’re at,” Maruffo said. Rodriguez and Maruffo remain positive despite the 7-1 loss. Marrufo said team chemistry and devotion [to the team] are essential to getting things done. “(We) can improve on defense and finishing … together as a team … we want to win,” Maruffo said.

Buggy Walk promotes prenatal, infant care The fitness event memorializes 122 babies who died in 2012 in San Antonio. By Lorena R. Rivera

with the release of 122 white balloons in honor of those More than 500 participants infants. piled into registration lines Groups of parents, children ready with babies and buggies and pregnant women lined up of all shapes and sizes. to start the 1-mile walk. An early Among morning cerethe supportIt was an amazing mony marked ers were the turnout for such an the first Baby mascot and important cause. Buggy Walk at cheerleaders the Southside Kelly Bellinger of the Talons, Lions Park and Healthy Families San Antonio’s Community Network coordinator A r e n a Center, 3100 Football Hiawatha St. League team. In observance of Infant All participants received a Mortality Awareness Month, Fit Passport, which included the morning kicked off with a access to health fair booths. memorial for 122 babies who The first 300 to register died in 2012. received free event T-shirts. The goal of the event, After the walk, participants sponsored by San Antonio were encouraged to visit booths Metropolitan Health District to collect information and a and Healthy Families network, stamp to show they had visited. is to inform parents about Each completed passport ways to prevent infant mortalwas entered into a drawing for ity with proper prenatal and the end of festivities. Every gift infant care. basket was filled with a collecThe ceremony closed tion of baby items.


Kelly Bellinger, Healthy Families Network coordinator, said an overwhelming number of donations overflowed bins in the community center. “It was an amazing turnout for such an important cause,” she said. For more information on Fit Passport activities through March, visit

Above: More than 500 participants walked 1 mile to raise awareness on ways to decrease infant mortality and support healthy pregnancies during the Baby Buggy Walk Saturday. Celeste Christy Left: Michael and Demetria Brown with their son Michael Jr. share their heartache over the loss of a 1-day-old infant. Celeste Christy

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Event runners raise their hands in hope of capturing free bags of powder while others toss colored powder into the air before the start of Graffiti Run in Selma. Event staff threw bags of powder from a tower onto the crowd below. Daniel Carde

Lola Pollsei crawls to the side of the yellow zone with mother, Jade Pollsei, following closely behind. Daniel Carde

Dakota Neelys, Navy corpsman in lab technician training at Fort Sam Houston, uses a broom to shake powder on runners as they pass through the end of the pink zone. First-time volunteer Neelys thought it would be interesting. Daniel Carde First-time volunteer Rachel Ross covers runners with colored powder as they pass through the green zone. Daniel Carde

Makayla Martinez, held aloft by Andrew Leal, raises her hands as colored water is sprayed on the crowd during a Night-Time Graffiti Party Saturday at Retama Park in advance of the Sunday run. Monica Lamadrid

Explosions of color A night-time color blast kicks off the second Graffiti Run. By Monica Lamadrid

Some participants passed by the color zones with barely a dusting, while other runners About 1,000 participants of the second stopped to roll on the ground, forming pseudoGraffiti Run experienced a “blast” of colors and snow angels in the colorful powder. lights at a Saturday night party at Retama Park. “It’s my wife’s birthday,” Juan Chavez, a forAbout 11,000 people registered, 2,000 more mer student at this college, said. “This is the first than a Jan. 27 event at the AT&T Center attracted. time we participated. She wanted to do this for The party was included in the run fee of $45 her birthday.” early registration or $55 at the gate. Organizers At the end of the run, participants gathered said the party on the eve of the at the stage for a closing color race was added because of the explosion. interest locally in the event. Del Rio started a countdown View Disc jockeys Enrique Del at 10, and at zero the cannons the video at Rio and DJ Nic “Diggy Dutch” blasted and participants threw Sanchez played electronic music, powder in the air. vendors sold food and drinks, When they signed up, particiand the party heated up. pants received a custom Graffiti As the crowd danced close to the stage, three Run T-shirt, a headband and a bag of cornstarch cannons fired colored cornstarch, covering parto join in the color explosion. tiers in orange, pink and green. The website for Graffiti Run San Antonio At the other end of the stage, a truck sprayed pledged a portion of proceeds to Junior pink water to cool off dancers. Achievement of South Texas, described at www. The next morning at the Graffiti Run, people as the world’s largest organization dedigathered early for a 9 a.m. start. Groups of runcated to educating students in work readiness, ners were released every 10 minutes until about entrepreneurship and financial literacy through 10:30 a.m. when all the runners had begun the experiential, hands-on programs. 5K run. Graffiti Run has operated runs in Atlanta, The track started in the park and followed Philadelphia, New Orleans, Fort Worth, St. Retama Street inside the park. Louis, College Station, Los Angeles, Houston Four zones were set up along the race where and Denver. volunteers shoveled dyed cornstarch on runRunners can check for ners or tossed handfuls into the air. the next run expected early next year.


Cannons shoot colored cornstarch at the crowd during a Night-Time Graffiti Party. Monica Lamadrid

The Ranger Sept. 27, 2013  
The Ranger Sept. 27, 2013  

The Ranger, San Antonio College student newspaper.