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The Lone Star College-Montgomery Student Newspaper
April 2011 Issue
LSCM Students Lobby Legislators The Voice staff
Is our campus safe? See Page 4
Acoustic Cafe: Jie Lie See Page 10
Phi Theta Kappa See Page 11
AUSTIN - LSCM students braved the 20 degree weather on Feb. 2 to join others from over fifty schools on the steps of the state capitol for Texas Community College Day (TCCD). The students were there to lobby the legislature for lower textbook prices, more funding for activities and curriculum as well as keeping tuition rates from increasing. The state’s multi-billion dollar deficit threatens to raise the costs of higher education, causing concern and prompting student involvement. As the state’s deficit grows, a higher demand on Texas community colleges has become evident. Texas has the second most students enrolled in community college in the country at 800,000, according to Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, Chairman of the Higher Education Committee. The LSCM delegation included nine members of student government, members from several
Campus Suspends Recycling Meg Haile
Professor Profile See Page 12
student clubs, and Student Activities Director Joseph Maurer. The group was given a tour of the building and attended discussions with members of the state legislature. Students expressed mixed feelings about the meetings with their state representatives. Some were upset about they way they were treated by Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe. “[His operations chief ] told us that Creighton might talk to us for a few minutes as he left to go to his caucus. Did he take that time? No he did not. He came out and smiled at us and walked towards the door saying, ‘I really got to go to my meeting as I am running late,’” said Angela Tallant, a student government senator. The members of the legislature who did take time to speak to students had a significant impact. Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, Chair of the House Education Committee, left the biggest impression on the delegation. The congressman voiced
Students looking to recycle their papers or aluminum cans will have trouble finding a bin on campus for now. According to the Dean of College Relations, Steve Scheffler, the recycling bins were taken away because they were attracting flies and bees. The plan was to already have new bins in place, but it has not yet
been done. Scheffler said that the new bins will be much more durable. They will be made of solid metal, with the college logo and school approved advertisements decorating them. While the exact date of their instillation is not known, Scheffler said, ”If the delay in getting the new bins in place takes an extended
FROM FRONT TO BACK: Kaitlyn Beauregard, Diana Yalinne, Alyssa Oropeza, Kelley Brown, Jamie Ayala, Amanda McCormick, Evan Quarchiono, Joseph Maurer, Angella Tallent, and J.D. Wegner Photo by Juliana Escobar
his support for all forms of higher education and encouraging students to become more involved in the budgeting process, examining the proposed state budget and telling their representatives areas where spending could be cut and instead
put into education. Joseph Maurer, who has taken students to this biannual event three times now, believes that it wasn’t just the legislators making an impression See Students Lobby on Page 2
Lone Star’s Got Some Talent Ashleigh Bloomis Staff Writer
From cowboy boots and tennis shoes to high heels and flip-flops, a diverse group of students ranging from first-time performers to skilled entertainers took the stage to perform in LSC-Montgomery’s sixth annual Lone Star’s Got Talent show that took place Feb. 24 at 7 See Recycling on Page 4 pm. The show had every genre of
music ranging from rock bands to gospel music and also included dancing and poetry. The audience was graced with the presence of the band VerseCity, who served as judges as well as performers. VerseCity officially became a full band in January of 2008 and is made up of Micah Walker, Iam Soulo, Daniel Rascoe, and Nelson Baradat. See Got Talent on Page 6
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New Renovations Include High Tech Airblade Barbara Garcia
Editor-in-Chief Kellie Pearson Associate Editors Maria A. Javaid Keatin Reagan Online Editor Ashleigh Bloomis Secretary Beth Eytcheson Sales Representative Jorge Garcia Staff Photographer Shawn Bitgood Staff Writers Violeta Ayer Meg Haile Andrew Payne Alberto Roguer-Perez Advisors Jim Fredricks Dr. Tony Fuller Sara Goff Leah Moody Jan Snyder Affirmative Action/EEO College
Contributing writer The Dyson Airblade, a new hightech, earth-friendly feature included in the LSCM campus’ new buildings, has the potential of not only helping to save the planet, but also saving the campus some green. The Airblade is a hand dryer, and 14 of them are now located inside the men and women’s washrooms in the new buildings on campus. “I think it’s cool. I want one in my house!” said Danielle Jones, a student at LSCM majoring in biology. The new product represents a cutting-edge advancement that contributes towards progressive steps being made on campus. “First it was the sensor-enabled sinks, self-flushing toilets, and motion-sensing doors, now this. What will they think of next?” said Sarah Ripple, a second year biotechnology major. Steve Scheffler, Dean of College Relations at LSCM, said the college installed one Dyson Airblade hand dryer in each of the restrooms in the three new buildings. “The cost was $1,400 for each hand dryer. We anticipate that over the life of the dryer, it will save on paper towel costs, as well as being good for the environment (less paper). For now, we continue to give people a choice in these restrooms, and we will monitor the usage of the paper towels, which we believe will go down,” Scheffler said. “We hope
… Students Lobby continued from front page on TCCD. He believes the number first. Maurer was confident that the of students who stormed the capitol made a strong impact on lawmakers. “There’s power in numbers,” said Maurer. The topics for this TCCD were different from the past because there was a stronger emphasis on state funding and the discussion of guns on campuses was an event
students learned a lot from taking a close up look at the legislative process. Delegation member Kaity Beauregard said, “If we want a change [in funding] we have to step up to the plate. The trip opened my eyes to how these types of bills and legislation get passed and the
people opt for the ‘green’ choice. We plan to install one in each of the two restrooms that are located in the older section of the Health Science Center (Building B) later this year.” Dyson Airblade is touted on the product’s Web site as using “sheets of air traveling at over 400 mph” that literally scrape water from hands “like a windshield wiper.” The Dyson Airblade was invented by James Dyson, an English industrial designer, engineer, and No. #746 of the wealthiest people alive on the 2006 Forbes’ billionaire list. He is best known for inventing a bagless brand of vacuums that cyclone dirt out of the air. Dyson did not become a success overnight though, and in a 2006 Forbes interview, he was asked if he ever wanted to give up on his way to the top. “I wanted to give up almost every day. But one of the things I did when I was young was long distance running… And I was quite good at it, not because I was physically good...I learned determination from it….The same thing happens in research and development … There’s a terrible moment when failure is staring you in the face… if you persevere a bit longer you’ll start to climb out of it.” In 2002, James Dyson set up his own foundation which according to www.jamesdysonfoundation. com, “encourages young people to think differently, make mistakes
and invent,” and offers yearly award incentives to inspire the next generation of design engineers . The way that conventional hand dryers work is “all they do is suck in filthy washroom air, heat it up, and then blow it onto your clean hands,” according to www.dyson. com. On the contrary, the Dyson Air Blade, has a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter designed to remove 99.9% of bacteria from the air used to dry hands. The Airblade is triggered by infrared sensors that start a chain of events in which atmospheric air is sucked up into the dryer through the bottom of the unit. This air then flows in, and out through the HEPA filter, moving
onward and upward passing abruptly over electrical parts cooled by the air flow, before reaching the motor which cyclones the air upwards at 81,000 revolutions per minute and sends it flowing out through .3 millimeter openings the diameter of eyelashes onto hand’s surfaces. The end result is a 12-second dry time, which uses 80 percent less energy than conventional dryers and saves on the cost of using paper towels. Other dryers can take up to 43 seconds and in the process even dry out your skin. To find out more about the technology for sustainable, hygienic, and cost-effective hand dryers, www. aecdaily.com offers a free-one hour course that qualifies for one credit hour with the American Institute of Architects. Dyson Airblade meets the guidelines of the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a global standard of excellence in the use of energy, materials, resources, sustainability, and solid waste management. With additional features such as the integration of anti-microbial additives into the product’s surface to protect consumers from the spread of germs, the Dyson Airblade has received accreditation from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF logo), the British Skin Foundation, and the HACCP International ( Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). You can find out even more at www.dysonairblade.com.
logistics of it.” Beauregard conveyed her belief that LSCM doesn’t do a good enough job communicating this responsibility to its students, leaving it up to the handful of student leaders who attend events like this one. Fellow delegation member Amanda McCormic agrees that
students have a responsibility to take action. “If you want to see changes in our government, write our representatives and get the word out, but most importantly make it personal. Most people use premade letters and those do not even get noticed because they see so many of them sent in. The personal
letters get noticed and get read,” said McCormic. The trip to Austin was funded by LSCS, who chartered a bus to take LSCM and LSC-Kingwood students to the event. Maurer indicated that he has plans to accompany to TCCD in 2013, but would like to see an even bigger group of students attend next time.
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Could it happen here? The Voice investigates campus readiness in case of shooter Mike Reagan
Associate Editor Thousands of people bustle around our campus everyday, but could there be one person, one lone shadow beneath all the hustle ready to stain the red brick walls with an altogether different shade? It is certainly possible. Sometimes people exhibit signs of being intensely troubled, such as Jared Loughner, the accused shooter in the Tucson rampage in January that left six people dead. Sometimes, an otherwise perfectly “normal” human being can become utterly unhinged after just a few bad days, as was the case when Patrick Sherrill walked into a United States Post Office one August day in 1986 and inspired the phrase “going postal.” So just how safe is this humble and open campus? Capt. Steven Phillips, the head of the LSCM Police, believes it to be as secure as he can make it. The police station located in the bottom level of the parking garage is, for the most part, sparsely occupied, with only one or two officers inside at any given time. The other half dozen or so, Capt. Phillips included, can be found out on patrol around campus, mostly keeping watch for traffic offenders or potential car burglars, their most common problems on campus. As for how safe the campus would be in the case of a lone shooter, the most common and in many ways the most dangerous of mass murderers, Capt. Phillips is confident.
“I think our preparedness is up to task,” Phillips said. “We always hope that it doesn’t occur, of course, but I believe we are prepared for it.” Students and faculty seemed reasonably confident in the campus police when asked. “It definitely makes me feel better to see them around,” said Rachel King, a student from Houston. “Anybody can walk on campus without suspicion, so it’s good to have the officers around in case something happens.” Some feel safe partially due to the student body itself. “I haven’t seen anybody I would consider a threat,” said Cheryl Ruschenberg, of Huntsville. “I’ve always felt very safe here,” said Dr. Craig Livingston, a history professor who has been at LSCM since it was founded. “But when you hear about shootings elsewhere, it does make you wonder, ‘can it happen here?’” Livingston was very supportive of the police and their abilities when asked about them. “They’ve always been very helpful and responsive. There’s not a college campus that isn’t open like we are, but at least the security presence here is always very visible.” When asked about the possible procedures for dealing with a shooter such as those at Virginia Tech or Tucson, Capt. Phillips was direct and to the point. “We want to eliminate the threat before anything else. We want to stop the violence
… Recycling continued from front page period of time, we will look for an interim solution so that on-campus recycling can begin again as soon as possible.” When students were asked about their views towards recycling, most felt it was a good thing and would recycle more if there was easier access to recycling places. Ashleigh Bloomis, a 20 year old student at LSC-Montgomery, said, “I think recycling is something that should be done, but it just seems like it is very inconvenient to actually go through the trouble to find a place to recycle.”
According to a study performed by the EPA in 2009, Americans generate 243 million tons of trash each year or 4.3 pounds per person, per day. To date, recycling has prevented an estimated 82 million tons of trash from hitting the landfills.
Have an opinion about recycling being suspended from our campus? E-mail us at TheVoice@LoneStar.edu
even before we help the injured. If we cannot do that, there’s no point to helping those already hurt because the shooter is out there causing more casualties.” To this end, the police are trained to always go to the source of the shooting while calling other agencies to help. In a situation like that of many other campus shootings, they would be our first line of defense. But what if there were another line of defense? Capt. Phillips has gone on record before that he would be opposed to allowing students or faculty with concealed carry licenses to keep their handguns on them while on campus. He says that the problem would only be made worse, not better, by armed students attempting to take on the shooter themselves. Capt. Phillips believes getting into a shootout with a clearly disturbed person who is possibly better-armed while police who are looking for an armed student are descending on the area is ill-advised at best. So what should a student do if the unthinkable does occur? Phillips recommends the simplest and most obvious solution: run. “Exit the building if you are in one, and under all circumstances just get to a safe area. Get as far away as you can.” For those unfortunate enough to be caught in the path of the shooter, he has a very different recommendation. “Be quiet. Keep a low profile. Try to stay as calm as possible, as impossible as that sounds.
Steven Phillips, Captain of LSCM Police Photo courtesy of LSCM Public Relations
If you are in a building with them, lock the door, barricade it if you have to, and turn off the lights. Above all, avoid their attention.” These procedures have been in place for some time, even if campus shootings might seem like a trend of only a decade or less. “It has been a priority of schools to be more proactive with training and preparation since Columbine (an infamous high school shooting spree in 1999), and there were procedures in place even before then,” said Capt. Phillips. He also elaborated on some of the federally funded training that will be required of LSCM officers in the coming year, including table-top “war game” exercises. Can LSCM be considered safe? There really is not a clear cut answer. Can we be prepared for something so staggeringly violent? Let us all hope we never have to find out.
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Lone Star College System Asks for Student Input Keatin Reagan
Associate Editor The Lone Star College System (LSCS) presented its strategic plan to LSC-Montgomery (LSCM) students on March 2, at an open forum that was held in building B. The Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Rand Key was on hand, as was President Austin Lane to address students’ questions and concerns as well as get feedback on the strategic plan. Only about a dozen students attended the event but many issues were presented to the vice chancellor, particularly involving the fourth goal on the strategic plan and one that Dr. Key insists is the biggest priority: ensuring student success. The greatest concern of the students was advising. Many students expressed complaints about advisors not helping them to plan for future goals, such as transferring to a four-year institution or trying to get into an internship program. Instead,
as one female student complained, advisors often only help a student plan for the immediate future over the next semester or two rather than help put together a full academic plan. Key seemed surprised by these issues and promised to look into them, and also stated that they have tested allowing faculty members to volunteer as advisers, and are considering making that permanent. Dr. Key also solicited opinions on the orientation programs for new students at LSCS schools. Feedback on this was decidedly mixed; one male student confessed to not knowing LSCM had new student orientation for over a year after he arrived, and there were several stories of having to do registration steps repeatedly. Student ideas included better coordination between academic departments during orientation, more emphasis on both the campus layout (tours were brought up at one point) and student activities and clubs available, as well as improved
MyLoneStar training. MyLoneStar, the new online portal that was adopted this year to combine many features such as email and online registration into one place, was a topic of debate as well. Many felt, that while not a bad system in and of itself, MyLoneStar is not fully utilized both by students and faculty. The reason for this, according to the pair of administrators, was simple: few people know about the system or what it precisely does. “We need to do a better job of communicating how useful and important it is,” President Lane stated. Dr. Key promised that the administration will make an effort to present the portal better. MyLoneStar was not the only technology concern brought up at the forum. The wealth of new teaching technology that has recently been added is becoming a problem, according to a pair of very vocal members of the Office of Technology Service, who are students as well. D.J. Modisett, whose main
job lately has been running from classroom to classroom to get computers and projectors up and running, said that technology training for faculty, which is currently voluntary, should be required before the beginning of a semester. “The professors are having trouble, and I feel like I have to teach them how to use [new technology],” Modisett said. Similar concerns are delaying what was to be a large new tech program, the student response systems, or “clickers.” According to Key, the clickers did not catch on with faculty who were not familiar with them as was hoped, and the program is still in the trial stage. One of the last and most pressing concerns that Key and the students discussed was the money concerns the college district is expecting to face in the near future, as major cuts to education budgets across Texas are discussed in the state legislature. “Dollars are fairly tight right now.” Key said, referring to the Lone Star System’s attempts to save money
Dr. Lane Presents Monthly Presidential Timothy Conrad
Contributing Writer In February the monthly Presidential forum was held in Building B Room 102 and was presented by Dr. Austin Lane to the faculty and the students. The meeting being held in Building B 102 expressed several ideas and proposals for the improvement of Lone Star College to be considered. Among the many ideas that were presented, perhaps the most important discussion was based on school expansion and budget cuts. Dr. Austin Lane expressed his excitement and enthusiasm for the record enrollment of over 12,000
students at LSCM. During the forum, Dr. Lane talked about the recent trend for major universities to start encouraging continuing education students to migrate into the community colleges. Therefore, more students at the community college level will result in added growth to campuses such as LSCM. However, the added challenges for meeting the demands of such a large student body are vast. To meet these challenges there have been many additions and changes to the campus. The recently added infrastructure includes a new parking garage, two new buildings, and even plans to add a café and faculty
lounge in Building E. Despite the undertaking of expansion on the campus, there were also talks of future budget cuts to alleviate the cost that are associated with the recent economy developments. A couple of the suggestions to meet such needs were decreasing the hours of operation and maybe eventually increasing tuition. Another topic that presented itself during the discussion was the graduation levels at LSCM. Responding to recent criticism that community colleges have had low graduation rates, Dr. Austin Lane took the opportunity to respond to the critique by restating Lone Star’s
mission in education. The purpose that was stated was the goal of preparing LSCM’s students to succeed at whatever they desire including attending four year universities. To this point Dr. Lane expressed his desire to build better relationships with neighboring colleges and universities to make transfers more fluent all parties involved. Finally, the topic of the employment of adjunct professors to LSCM’s campus was brought to attention. With the recent and expected future growth of LSCM, Dr. Lane discussed the plans to continue hiring these part time teachers to help with the demands
for the expected hard times. While Key insisted that teaching and technology budgets would remain intact regardless, he did present several measures already in action that, according to Dr. Key, were already effective. The new “green technologies” found in many of the new buildings on the LSCM campus, such as the motion-sensing lights and paperless hand-driers in the bathrooms, are not only good for the environment, but cut utility costs for the college. Key also announced that the system had implemented a hiring “chill,” meaning only critical hires or promotions would be allowed after a thorough review. In addition, he insisted there would be no layoffs, faculty or otherwise. Travel for administration members and expensive social events like the annual administration luncheon at the Woodlands Marriott were also to be curtailed to cut costs. Send your input to us at: TheVoice@LoneStar.edu
Forum at present. Although there were other minor topics that were discussed during the meeting, the main ideas presented at the forum were in regard to expansion and financial planning for the future. Upon conclusion, the meeting seemed to be a success among the many present and laid the groundwork for the forum in March.
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Japanime Day Andrew Payne Staff Writer Members of LSCM’s Japanese Club and the Anime Club gathered March 2 to celebrate the second annual Japanime Day event in The Commons. The event was designed to “...show the students the culture, language, and media of Japan,” according to Anime Club’s student leader Alyssa Oropeza. Japanime Day featured traditional Japanese dance, music, art, calligraphy, and clothing, as well as more modern aspects of Japanese culture such as anime, the Japanese style of animation. Enthusiasts manned booths that displayed these various facets of Japan’s cultural history. At one booth, a woman trained in Japanese script wrote visitors’ names in kanji, a hybrid of Chinese and Japanese characters. Interestingly, the term kanji actually means “Han characters” in reference to the second imperial dynasty of China.
The Japanese Society of Houston partnered with Japanese and Anime Clubs to showcase the traditional dance of Japan to celebrate Japanime Day. Photo by Shawn Bitgood
At other booths, fans of anime explained the cultural significance of anime in Japan. Anime, according to some, assumes the role in Japan of such popular American shows as “House” or “The Office.” In Japan, it has a large following similar to mainstream media in America and often deals with adult themes in drama and humor. Although there are some exceptions, such as anime targeted toward small children,
on the whole it is far from childish as many westerners assume. During Japanime Day, the Japanese Society of Houston partnered with the Japanese and Anime Clubs to showcase the traditional dance of Japan. Women from the Japanese Society performed three dances for the students that demonstrated the beauty of Japanese dance, emphasizing grace in transition and the
Annual Actor’s Workshop Par Four Provides Comedic Relief Ashleigh Bloomis Online editOr
About fifty people came out to support the actors who performed in the Annual Actor’s Workshop four ten-minute plays on February 19 in LSCM’s theatre building. The performance consisted of two twenty-minute acts without an intermission. The first act was made up of six plays and two honors performances which are performances that are required for graduation, while the second consisted of two comedies. Act one was a mixture of both comedic plays as well as some serious plays. The plays included were “She’s Fabulous” written by Jack Neary
and a little snippet from William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” “She’s Fabulous” told the tale of two jealous women played by LSCM students Laurel Johnston and Makael Dennison that were watchi ng a show with envy of the actress that golot the re they both auditioned for. The performance of “Hamlet” was a monologue for LSC-Montgomery student Scott Shettig’s honor’s performance. Act two consisted of two comedy plays titled “The Best Daddy” directed by LSCM student Taylor Romaguera,and “Wash and Dry” which was directed by LSCM student Sydney Bertrand. “The Best Daddy” was about a circle of questions with no answers,
perfection of forms much like western ballet. The event boasted 100 visitors to the morning demonstrations and displays, and 50 visitors to the evening dance party. At the dance party, students celebrated Japanese popular music such as J-rock (Japanese rock) and Japanese electronica. Many students were dressed as popular characters from Japanese culture such as the famous video game characters Mario and Luigi as well as others. Student disc jockeys provided the sound equipment. According to Oropeza, “students were so interested in learning Japanese culture, writing, and origami, that many joined the Anime Club to learn more about it. They discovered what anime is and the interest that people have behind it.” As she puts it, Japanime Day was an amazing success! The LSCM Japanese Club has about 10 members while the Anime Club has about 30. The Anime Club meets 3-8 p.m. every Friday in the General Academics Building in room G225. For information on the Japanese Club, contact their student leader Amanda McCormick at ammccormick@my.LoneStar. edu.
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Photo courtesy of LSCM theater facebook page
and “Wash and Dry” makes the audience think about ‘reading the small print.’ Over all, the performances were great for all ages and when done again next year, will definitely be a great show with a large audience.
The group originated nearby in Houston and are considered a semifamous alternative pop-rock and soul band. To open the show, VerseCity played two songs to get the audience excited about the event. Although VerseCity were professional entertainers, many of the performers were not and were just there to improve their skills. LSCM student Demetra White who sang the gospel song “The Clouds” said, “I usually sing classical music, so singing gospel tonight gives me a [new] experience.” One of the more unique acts included a poetry recital by LSCM Student Brooks Langford, who performed barefoot. When asked why he was barefoot,
he simply said, “Shoes are bad for your health. They cause some major muscle problems and I feel more connected to the earth [without them].” Another special performance was by LSCM student Sophia Chaves who surprised everyone with the beautiful playing of her ukulele. VerseCity closed the show with another performance before announcing the winners. The second place winner was LSCM student Jefferey “JJ” Baker, who sang “If I Fall” by Billy Currington and “Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band. First place went to the “Barefoot Poet,” Brooks Langford. Many students attended the show while spending the entire time cheering on the performers.
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LSCM Club Makes Way For Wizards Mariah Medus
Contributing Writer LSCM students passing through the temporary buildings on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. might soon find themselves transported into the magical Wizarding World of the Harry Potter Club. More specifically their meetings are held in conference room T112C past Building A where the trailer classrooms are, which the club likes to call their Forbidden Forest. The Harry Potter book series, written by J.K. Rowling, first launched itself into the lives of Americans on Sep. 1, 1998 with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
We help others see things from the view of fans on how you can use Harry Potter in your everyday life.”
- Amy Bise “Rowling was very inventive when creating the Wizarding World,” said 22-year-old member, Samantha French. “There are several books that have also been released by her in addition the series like ‘The Care of Magical Creatures’ and the ‘History of Quidditch.’” Rowling completed the book series with the seventh and final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” “I love the final book,” said 22-year-old sophomore member Amy Bise, “but I was sad that it had ended. I wanted to know so much more about the Wizarding World.” As the books started to be
published, the visually stunning movies soon followed after. There will be eight movies in total after making the decision to split the “Deathly Hallows” into two parts. The final installment, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” is set to be released on July 15 of this year. “I am excited and extremely, extremely sad that the final movie is being released! I am going into a depression knowing that I will not be going to another movie premiere for Harry Potter,” declares member Khai Leblanc, an 18-year-old freshman. Both the book and movie series have created a fan base that is hard to compete with, but as any members of the fan base or the Harry Potter Club will tell you there are more elements to enjoy than just the books and movies. “There is so much more beyond it, there is an entire fandom world,” states Bise. “There are wizard rock bands, musicals, the Potter Puppet Pals websites, and other books that fans have read together to enjoy also.” The LSCM Harry Potter Club first began in the spring of 2010 with its current president 21-yearold Alyssa Oropeza. “There was a Harry Potter Club at my high school and I loved the students who were involved,” said Oropeza, “I officially established the Harry Potter Club here in the Fall of 2010 in order to use the Harry Potter series in both fun and educational ways because the series has multiple references to mythology, History, English, Latin, astronomy, as well as logic.” The club’s main goal is to allow students with the common interest of Harry Potter to be able to enjoy fandom with other students. “It is usually a very relaxed environment where we do the classical activities, like reading the books or watching the movies,” said
French, “but we also listen to wizard rock, take trips together like the time the club went to go see Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy in the films and we have even camped out for two days to watch the last movie released.” Along with any student organization, there is always something to be gained by joining. Leblanc stated that, “by joining the Harry Potter Club I have learned that there are charity organizations that help people in need within the Harry Potter fan community, such as the Harry Potter Alliance.” If a student is looking for an
organization with a group of people who are nice and who also share a similar passion for Harry Potter, then look no further. “Simply put, we are awesome,” Bise expressed, “we are able to help others see things from the view of fans on how you can use Harry Potter in your everyday life.” With passion in their hearts, and
Harry on their side, the Harry Potter Club has nowhere to go but up from here. “Our club is like a family, and I’m so happy to be the leader of such a united club,” says Oropeza. For more information on how to join the Harry Potter Club visit the club’s Web site at www.lscharrypotterclub. webs.com.
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Phi Theta Kappa members group together to display their award. Photo By Violeta Ayer
Photo by Jill Hinton
Delta Psi Omega club members publicize their club to LSCM students during the Activities Fair held
Student Government Association members have some fun while running their booth during the Activities Fair held the first week of February. Photo By Shawn Bitgood
Students dance to the Cajun-infused music played at the Mardis Gras Celebration held in The
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Staff writer Meg Haile and staff photographer Shawn Bitgood run The Voiceâ€™s booth on Activities Fair day. LSCM theater students participate in the Annual Actorâ€™s Workshop on Feb. 15. Photo courtesy of LSCM theater facebook page
Members from the Anime Club help promote their club at Japanime Day on March 2.
Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers perform at the Mardis Gras Celebration on March 8. Student Activities have invited
Habitat for Humanity members spend their Saturday morning painting a house
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STUDENT LIFE Under the Spotlight: 10 Uncovered Facts about LIE JIE Michelle Castillo and Kellie Pearson
April 2011 Upcoming Events
Contributing Writer, Editor in Chief
Passing through the Commons Building on March 9 at 11AM, LSCM students’ attention was directed to the sound of blues, jazz, and rock songs sung by singer and song writer Lie Jie during last month’s Acoustic Café. This 31-year-old Chinese native, who at first glance could resemble a girl as young as a college freshman, likes to refer to her own original music made up of soulful vocals in a storyteller’s lyrical format as “I-pop”, with “I” meaning “love” in Chinese. She has performed across America, from California all the way to New York, and has even traveled to the other side of the globe to perform in China and England. In an interview with The Voice, this down to earth, always smiling performer tells a bit about herself and how music has been a part of her life since she was 8 years old, while explaining the influences that helped her become interested in music, as well as the meanings behind some of her songs. What is the origin of your name? My name is Chinese, meaning “beautiful and pure” in English. I was named by my dad. My American name is Linda, but I embrace my Chinese name, which is why I chose to stick with it.
Lie Jie sings her original song “Love Me Like a Man” at March’s Acoustic Cafe’. Photo by Michelle Castillo
Where did you grow up? I was born in Baoding, China, which is an
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“Moldable Subtractions” Exhibit @ 8:00 AM Singer and song writer Lie Jie performs her music which she likes to call “I-Pop” at this month’s Acoustic Cafe’ on Mar. 9 in The Commons. Photo by Michelle Castillo
hour away from Beijing, and I was raised in America, in Olympia, Washington. What is your musical background? I learned to play the piano when I was eight, and learned how to play guitar in college. I can also play bass and ukulele. Music school (at the Boston School of Berkeley) opened my ears to jazz and blues, and different types of world music. I left school in May to focus on writing a CD. What is your preferred instrument? Is there a single event that caused you to start creating music? I play guitar more because it’s easier to carry around. When I was a college freshman, my old roommate’s guitar was the first one I picked up-she never played it. Old Jewel was my inspiration for picking up the guitar. I took a class and then just went on from there. Do you have any other major musical influences? Coldplay, Sarah McGlackin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, John Mayer, Eric Clapton. Fiona Apple’s lyrics are out of this world-they are simple and complicated at the same time. U2 for their simple and consistent but very disciplined style. As instrumentalists, their tone quality gives something unique to the sound. What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time? Relationships, family issues, living life. No one’s perfect. We waiver from the past, but should always believe. I don’t think they will change. Humanity has written about love and
hardship since back in the day. People’s lives are very similar. Can you briefly explain your musicmaking process? Sometimes I’ll be walking or driving with a voice recorder. I keep a little notebook or just write on my arms. Then literally it is a matter of figuring out the message and the feeling I want to portray. Sometimes music comes first before the message, and vice versa. Depends on the flow. Can you explain a meaning behind one of your songs? “Love me like a man” is a song inspired by a moment in a thrift shop, when I found the phrase “don’t try to understand me, just love me” in a coloring book. I found the simplicity of it beautiful. Why not try out for American Idol? I am past the age. I did it once in Boston. My friend and her sister stuck me in. I didn’t take it seriously. I have utmost respect for Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, but I never saw it as a path to take. I have never been one to aspire that goal. I just didn’t think it was for me, different strokes-different folks. They didn’t pick me up. The audition process was crazy. My friend sang like Christina Aguilara and she still didn’t get picked. What is your ultimate direction for your music? It’s not important to me to be signed to a label. My goal is to make music that connects to people, I want to connect with the world. I’m not seeking fame or fortune-any performer like me loves just being on stage.
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Phi Theta Kappa: An Organization That Grows with its Members Violeta Ayer Staff Writer
According to LSCM’s Beta Delta Iota chapter Service Officer of Phi Theta Kappa, “being part of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) family is an advantage beyond school. In my transfer application to UT, I found a check box just for PTK members. At my job interview, the company representative said, ‘I can see you are a people person because you are involved in PTK activities.’ I had listed many other organizations on my job application, but she picked out only PTK.” In addition to recognizing the students’ academic achievements, PTK has the mission to promote the development and practice of the members’ leadership while giving service to the community as well as providing scholarship opportunities to its members. PTK recruits its members by invitation only. Membership invitation letters are sent to students whose GPA’s are 3.5 and above, placing them in the top 10% of the student body at LSCM. “When I received the PTK letter in the mail I cannot even describe how good it made me feel. It is verification to me that everything I am doing is working and it is worth it to continue
on,” mentioned one of the 60 students present at the orientation ceremony on Feb. 25th . At the orientation ceremony, PTK new members learned about personalized assistance in finding scholarships, leadership opportunities as officers, and about the local chapter’s service events. According to the national organization website, PTK has more than $37 million in transfer scholarships available exclusively to their members. As community service action, PTK members donate their time to Habitat for Humanity’s North Harris County section. On Feb. 19, fourteen PTK members helped paint the interior of an 1149 square foot home. The new house belonged to a single mother with three kids. She has a 13-year old and identical twins who are 8 years old. “I keep imagining a little boy or girl having this room for their own. It is a nice feeling knowing that I am helping and that I am part of a kid’s life even without meeting them,” said David DeBlois, an enthusiastic PTK member. In only three and a half hours the group painted seven rooms and the garage. The Habitat coordinator, Karly Grilliot, inspected the job, saying, “PTK always does a great job.” PTK members will return three more times during the semester to continue working on
On Feb. 13, 14 Phi Theta Kappa members donated their time to Habitat for Humanity’s North Harris Co. Section and helped paint a house for a single mother’s family. Photo by Violet Ayer
Phi Theta Kappa officers pose together at their leadership training at the Texas Regional Convention held during the weekend of March 4 at Round Rock. Photo By Violeta Ayer
habitat projects. In addition, PTK makes efforts to implement more service opportunities in a closer relationship with the community. For example, twice in the past month Junior Achievement offered volunteer, tutor, and mentor training to interested PTK members. These college students will tutor disadvantaged children ages 3 to 8 while encouraging them to envision a world in which they can succeed. As part of PTK’s fundraising activities, this past February, PTK members raised over $800 selling candy-cane hearts around campus to donate to The Montgomery County Women’s Shelter. As a way to encourage the continuation of leadership activities, PTK paid hotel and registration costs to send its officers to the Texas Regional Convention in Round Rock, TX the first weekend of March. More than forty PTK-Texas chapters participated. The Region’s convention offered workshop training to teach members how to research social issues as well as plan and carry out community service activities in response to their findings. “PTK tries to build their very own superhero teams to change the world,” affirmed Mike A’ali, District II Vice President from Texas Regions. In addition, the convention offered awards. The Delta Beta Iota LSCM chapter brought home two recognitions for this academic year: The Texas Region “Two Star Level” awarded for achievements, and the “Pinnacle Award” in recognition for dramatically increasing membership totals.
The convention was also about fellowship and adventure. The attendees enjoyed a Casino Night with a Roaring 20’s theme and a dance in the Ballroom of the Marriot Hotel. “It is time for us to celebrate our accomplishments for the year,” said one of the 400 members that participated in the event. As a way of recognizing the LCSM students’ success, PTK carried out the induction ceremony, on March 1 at LSCM. PTK welcomed the new members to the chapter family and awarded certificates to officers who successfully fulfilled their duties. It was followed by a banquet dinner for the PTK family and their relatives. In the immediate future, PTK will pay tickets, airfare, hotel and registration costs to send its officers to the international convention at the Washington State Convention Center the second weekend of April. Activities and accomplishments like these are probably the reason why PTK was named “The Student Organization of the Year” at LSCM for 2009-2010.
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Doctor Ron Heckleman: Student Profile: Rebecca Barber Beowulf, Banter, and Baseball Chasing Her Dreams Keatin Reagan
Deep within the offices of the new G Building, amid the work crews busily finishing minor details in the new construction, lies an island of aged refinement. It is the office of one of the longest-tenured and respected members of both LSCM’s English department and the faculty as a whole: Dr. Ron Heckleman. Hecklemen certainly looks the part, with his white beard and bushy eyebrows conjuring up images of the academics of ancient Greece. But there is one subject that Heckleman is passionate about that is obvious upon entering: baseball. “You could say I enjoy it,” the Chicago native and life-long White Sox fan says, grinning over the set of VHS tapes on baseball sitting on his desk. His passion for baseball goes beyond a mere hometown fandom; Heckleman sees the game as a metaphor for life’s journey. “In baseball, you try to leave home, and then spend the rest of the time trying to get back home. That’s kind of the journey most of us go through,” he explained. Heckleman guides students through the various methods of examining this metaphorical journey in an English 1302 course that is called “Writing About the Culture of Baseball.” He also pioneered the “thematic” English 1302 classes focused on one particular group of subjects, with his own current class on writing about baseball being a good example. His current project for the last few years has been the creation of a joint English-Art “learning community” where students are taught World Literature and Art Appreciation concurrently in team fashion by Heckleman and art professor Denise Lorenz. Both teachers remain with the class for the entire three-hour block of learning, which also features hands on art projects based on the literature being studied at the time. This idea is already beginning to spread like the thematic classes did, with similar partnerships between departments beginning to form, once again thanks to the pioneering efforts of Dr. Heckleman.
Dr. Hecklemen grins from behind his desk covered by two of his favorite things: books and baseball tapes. Photo by Keatin Reagan
Apart from his normal schedule of classes, Dr. Heckleman is also involved with the “Writing Across the Curriculum” program, a literary journal that collects and displays student-written works across virtually any subject that have been submitted by their professors. The journal released its latest annual volume this past fall, which is its sixth volume since Dr. Heckleman and fellow English professor Martina Kusi-Mensah founded it. Heckleman also was one of the founding advisers of SWIRL, the campus’ very own literary magazine. While he no longer has an active role in the magazine, he is very pleased with its continued existence. “It was very exciting to be able to do things here [like SWIRL] that are just not possible at larger institutions,” Heckleman said. The good doctor should know; he was awriting and literature teacher at University of California-Irvine and Rice before an agent from the then brand-new Montgomery College found him at a teacher’s conference. “The school was new. It seemed like an exciting opportunity.” When asked about his teaching style, Heckleman was quite adamant about his preference for an emphasis on class discussion. Dr. Heckleman uses this almost-Socratic style for a reason: his respect for his own students. “I love the variety of students here, all the different perspectives present. So many of them balance work and family and still make the effort to get an education, and I respect that very much,” said Heckleman. The drive that many students display also earns his respect: “The harder a student is working to succeed, the more I want to help them.”
When someone decides to pursue a higher education, it is because that person has made a new commitment to overcome all obstacles and has embarked on the exciting journey of making a dream come true, in an effort to gain a new purpose in their life. However, the amount of effort varies from one student to another one. Some students take their education lightly, depending on their circumstances, while others put more labor into their education to assure that they can turn their dreams into a reality. These students believe that they are the ones who create their circumstances, and no matter how heavy the work load, everything comes naturally. Indeed, they accomplish their goals in record time. That is the case of Rebbecca Barber. She is an overachiever, a dreamer, and a goal-driven person. Becca, as she is called at home, has no time to waste, with time management being her number one priority. She was home-schooled all her life along with her two sisters, and by the time she was fifteen, she enrolled at LSCM. Now at sixteen, she has almost completed her first two years of college education. Last semester, she took eight courses divided into two sections of four eight-week courses. “It’s too drowsy when you take
“‘When you are determined to do something, you will not give up until you see it is done,’ and dreams are more likely to become true sooner than later if someone sticks to that belief.” - Rebecca Barber
long semester classes. It’s way easier if you take them in eight weeks. That way, you can take eight courses per semester instead of four, or
Rebecca Barber runs the Student Ambassador’s table during the Activities Fair. Photo by Shawn Bitgood
even six”, she says. Determination is also a key ingredient to her success. She does not consider herself a gifted person, but believes that “when you are determined to do something, you will not give up until you see it is done,” and dreams are more likely to become true sooner than later if someone sticks to that belief. In fact, she is looking forward to transferring to the University of Michigan or Cornell University to major in biotechnology. Her goal is to have her PhD completed by the time she is twenty-nine. She is realistically confident that her goals are achievable, and it seems that she recognizes that right now her number one priority is earning her college degree. Thus, marriage and children will come later. So far, Becca keeps her priority scale weighing toward securing her future professional career, because life is more exiting when we make our dreams come true.
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Write Your Papers at The Write Place
Workshops and Seminars
Hosted by The Write Place, Spring 2011
Contributing Writer The best way to get the most learning accomplished is to the find the proper environment in which to study. Lone Star is a good place with diverse areas of study. A great way to enhance learning is to visit the Tutoring Center. It is located upstairs in the C Building. The Tutoring Center is open every day of the week, until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and until 8:00 p.m. every other day. There are plenty of tutors and extra books available for all subjects. Math tutoring is done daily. The director of Instructional Support Services, Rhonda Spearman states, “Tutors are fitness coaches for the mind.” She wants to supply all students with the tools to learn on their own. Students can enhance language skills by visiting the Write Place and the Language Lab (two neighboring rooms in the Tutoring Center). The Tutoring Center has resources and extra books
Using Databases to Write Effective Research Papers, led by Librarian Debbie Cox: Monday, 4/4, from 3-4 p.m. in room G110 Writing Effective Scientific Research Papers, led by Biology Professor Andy Hufford: LSCM student Violeta Ayer receives tutoring help in The Write Place. Photo by Mark Allcorn
available for all classes. For those taking anatomy, there are even bones available for study. If people need “special help”, representatives with the Tutoring Center can help by contacting the professor. Professors may offer an extension on homework or tests.
So, if you want a kick-start on learning, visit the Tutoring Center. At the end of the semester, there is a surge for the last two exams, but why wait that long? To make an appointment, call 936-273-7303, email TheWritePlace@lonestar. edu, or visit the Tutoring Center (G103).
LSCM Theater Puts on a Convincing Act David Bracewell
Contributing Writer Students from LSCM enjoyed great success at this year’s Theatre Fest/Design Fest at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Houston. The event, which took place Jan. 27 through 30, is presented annually by the Texas Educational Theatre Association, TETA, and features workshops, celebrities, scholarships, and much more for aspiring theatre students. Chase Waites, professor of theatre, and Rob Kreps, associate professor of audio video systems, accompanied nine students to the event. Waites remarked on the benefits of these kinds of trips for students, saying, “If [we] don’t take some students out of Montgomery
County, then they’d never leave Montgomery County.” The success of the students made the best case for the trip, as the six students who auditioned for schools received a combined 36 callbacks. TETA callbacks meant that if a college was interested in a student after seeing their audition, then they would sit down with them to gain further information and potentially recruit the student. One student, Laurel Johnston, also won the Founder’s Scholarship, “the penultimate award available,” according to Waites. Laurel, 20, who has been involved in many shows here at LSCM, said, “TETA was an amazing experience for me to network with colleges and connect with people who share the same passion for theatre...” Laurel alone had at least 13 colleges
expressing interest in her. Nicole Thoma, 21, won honorable mention in Design Fest for her prop design in LSCM’s production of Too Much Memory last semester as well as Excellence in Tech/Management from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. She enjoyed both the networking opportunities and the chance listen to theatre greats such as Brian Stokes Mitchell and Carol Channing share their experiences. “It was so inspiring and uplifting, especially since most of us are just beginning that journey,” Thoma said. “There aren’t many places that you can go to get that kind of experience.” Thomas believes the trip was very important and benefitted her directly. “Not only did I come away with how I can better myself and
my craft, but I also came away with the knowledge that I can realistically turn my dream into a reality. That is the best feeling in the world.” The trip was funded by LSCM, and cost roughly $400 per student. These trips benefit the campus as well. The campus had an information booth at the event which the students and Rob Kreps helped to staff. This gave the department exposure, as the event hosts nearly 800 high school and college theatre students and shows them what participating colleges have to offer. Waites takes a group of students to this event every year, and hopes to continue to do so, saying “In this age of budget crises, travel budgets may be the first to go, but these opportunities make us who we are and give students chances for success.”
Wednesday, 4/6, from 3-4 p.m. in room B112 Friday, 4/8, from 10-11 a.m. in room B112 Tuesday, 4/12, from 3-4 p.m. in room B114 Outlining for Successful Persuasive Speeches, led by Speech Professor Sara Goff: Wednesday, 4/13, from 1-2 p.m. in room G105 Essay Exams and Critical Thinking, led by John Wood: Thursday, 4/14, from 3-4 p.m. in room B112 Test Taking Without Anxiety, led by Counselor Barbara Eckenfels: Friday, 4/15, from 10-11 a.m. in room B112 Review of the Verb Tenses, led by ESOL Instructor Charles Colson: Wednesday, 4/20, from 1-2 p.m. in room G105 Writing for Work (Resumes, Letters, and Applications), led by John Wood: Monday, 4/25, from 11-12 noon in room G105
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Fantastic Pho & Royal Teahouse: A Must Try for All Maria Aimen Javaid Associate Editor
Oftentimes, newly opened restaurants take a few months or even years to establish themselves among the city and grow a loyal fan base. Fantastic Pho (pronounced “fuh”) & Royal Teahouse, located on College Park Drive across LSCM, is not among those restaurants. With a very clean, stylish eating area, a bountiful menu, and a great atmosphere, Fantastic Pho & Royal Teahouse is a must try for all. When walking into the restaurant, one is amazed by how different the place looks on the inside than it does on the outside. It truly looks like a higher end restaurant and will
have almost any college student clutching their wallets. Rest assured, fellow students, Fantastic Pho has an intensive menu with many different options and is actually priced very reasonably. I had started out with the edamame, which is an edible soybean that has a great nutty flavor to it. It is perfectly spiced and seasoned, and the quantity is actually quite large as well. Fantastic Pho provides a huge selection of different teas, juices, and shakes that no one will be able to drink in just one visit. There is also the option of having tapioca balls or jelly added into the drinks, which is a new twist on any classic drink and definitely worth trying. I tried the lychee juice with jelly, and it was one of the best lychee juices that I have ever had. The sweetness and tartness of the juice were perfectly blended, and the thick straws allow for some of the jelly to be drunk along with the juice, turning drinking into a fun experience. The juice tasted very fresh, and there were many other exotic flavors that would have anyone coming back for more.
Photo by Maria Aimen Javaid
When the main course arrived, it was a major surprise. Served in gigantic white bowls, the “small” portion was definitely not small compared to other restaurants’ small portions. My bowl was filled with the rice with shrimp and tofu, and it was simply delightful. For those that prefer subtle flavor, I recommend the basil soup which was also very appetizing. Cleanliness, a key element to any good
restaurant, was definitely displayed in their spotless bathrooms that had a small hallway leading into them, much like a classy high-end restaurant. Overall, Fantastic Pho is a place that once visited, will be visited again and again. Want a restaurent to be reviewed? Email us at TheVoice@LoneStar.edu
Attention, College Students: A New Political Cycle Has Begun! Jorge Garcia
Partisan politics will return to the national forefront as members of both the Republican and Democratic parties will soon declare candidacy for the 2012 presidential election. The country has been split in half on some of the most pressing issues today. Health care, labor issues, education, national debt and homeland security will be at the forefront during the general election. It is crucial as a college student to make a concerted effort to find out about each candidate and vote.
Decisions made from politicians at the state and national level impact our live profoundly. Budget cuts could affect tuition rates, taxes, and entitlements, leading to an increase in tuition, parking fees and a reduction in federal grants that help many students attend college in the first place. This is why it is important to research the candidates before you head to the voting booth. Though no one has officially declared, the unofficial start of the campaign season happened in early February 2011 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It pinned some of the high ranking and low profiled prospective Republican candidates in a presidential straw poll. Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty, among others represent the conventional GOP message. There was a strong push from Tea Party favorites: Michele
Bachmann, Sarah Palin and Herman Cain. However, many believe these candidates have sparked instability in the Republican Party. Even business mogul Donald Trump made an appearance in the poll. But Congressman Ron Paul from Texas, for the second year in a row, won the coveted poll. It came as a surprise to national pundits who predicted that the poll would show a clear front-runner for the Republican nomination. Paul’s win means that that the Republican field is still wide open. This could mean really good news for President Obama, who is certainly getting the Democrats’ nomination, because it gives him the opportunity to fund-raise and campaign earlier. In other words, it spells trouble for the Republican nominee who will have gone through grueling primaries to get the nomination.
The general election in 2012 is poised to be the biggest and most important election during our lifetime. Many decisions concerning different benefits we receive from the government will be in the balance. Entitlements such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security will certainly be on the chopping block. But most importantly the direction of this country is directly correlated to whoever we vote in office. It is easy to underestimate the power elective officials have over the entire country, including you. It many not seem like it directly affects you, but it does not mean someone close to you won’t be affected. That’s why I encourage researching the candidates and making a judgment on who reflects your ideology and values the best. When you become informed let your voices be heard in the Texas primaries later in the year!
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Letter From the New Editor Kellie Pearson
As March zooms past us and we enter into the second half of the semester, bluebonnets aren’t the only ones in season this spring; Lone Star College-Montgomery’s The Voice student newspaper is blossoming with all new officers, writers, and photographers.
While our past members will be greatly missed, we are excited to see what the remainder of the school year has in store for us. Our future looks bright with a fresh start and a dedicated, enthusiastic staff, and we are confident that this will be one of The Voice’s best semesters yet! We hope you enjoy our first issue and send us all your comments and opinions to TheVoice@LoneStar. edu. We welcome anyone and everyone interested in writing, photography, layout design, or market advertising; there is always room for you! Discover how much fun we are and
take advantage of the opportunity to express your voice by visiting Join. TheVoiceofLSCM.com for more information. We look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks go out to all of the wonderful Advisors as well as my personal life saver, past Editor-inChief Alexandro Jimenez, for all his guidance and technical expertise. Another shout out goes to my awesome staff that have worked so hard; I am truly proud of each and every one of you. I’d also like to thank my God, family, and friends for their continued love and support. This issue would not have been possible without any of you.
Lone Star Lacks College Atmosphere Andrew Payne Staff Writer
I’ve been at Lone Star for three semesters and I have no idea what it is. When I think about Lone Star College, I naturally try to understand it as what it claims to be, a college. But it can’t be. A college is supposed to be full of frat parties and football games at night, and hungover 8AM’s and walks-of-shame in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, the Mavericks (yes, we have a mascot) are engaging in just as much drunken revelry and casual hook-ups as any bonafide university student (look at some of the bleary and bloodshot eyes in your early morning classes), but anyone who has been to a four year university can testify that it just isn’t the same. The reason, according to some, is that
students here keep to themselves. “To me, students at Lone Star don’t interact,” says Meg, a second year pre-nursing student. “It’s like all we do is go to class and go home. We forget that there are other students even there.” Here, students don’t seem to share the enthusiasm for socializing that makes four year universities so much fun. So if Lone Star College students are partying as college students should be, they aren’t doing it together. Although kind of a bummer, that makes sense for a college with so many students who have jobs and relationships outside of school. Giovanni, a freshman radiology tech student, explains, “I party with my friends from work mostly. I spend most of my time at work so I’m closer to them.” At four year universities, a student’s whole world is on campus, at Lone Star, school is just one part of a person’s life and they often find social and recreational outlets elsewhere. Have an opinion? E-mail us at TheVoice@LoneStar.edu
LSCM Is What You Make Of It Leah Moody Advisor
Well, Andrew, I respect your opinion, but if you’re not finding other students to interact with, then you’re not looking very hard. There is a campus club for everyone. Through student activities, I found lifelong friendships with people like Kira Schwartz, who founded the campus Habitat for Humanity chapter and used to make me get up at 8AM on Saturdays to build houses. I met my best friend Marcela Medina at a PTK bake sale and our relationship developed as we spent countless hours planning events. Christina Kardatzke used to stay up with me all night putting The Voice together, and now that I’ve graduated, I still can’t live without her advice. I would argue that you attend a pretty
good school. LSC-Montgomery afforded me opportunities like having dinner with a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, meeting my congressman and my state senators, and being tutored by a scientist at the top of his field. Since classes don’t contain 60 people, my LSC-Montgomery professors knew my name and spent time helping me if I needed it. The same cannot be said for my time at Sam Houston State University where my professors would not recognize me as we passed each other in the hall. You can keep the frat parties; I’ll keep the education….and the friendships.
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