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News-Journal Trinity Valley

Volume 56 Issue 4

Serving Trinity Valley Community College since 1972

December 7, 2012

In Memoriam

In the spirit of giving: The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. Feature p. 4 Campus News p. 3

Photo Exhibit

TVCC's Communications department hosts annual photo show.

Campus News p. 3


More than 45 universities lined Cardinal Gym for yearly college fair.

Courtesy: Amy Lunceford/amylu photography Dr. Joy Richmond had been the director of TVCC's theatre program since 2009. She died Dec. 1, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer.

Richmond was loved by so many students Tasha Walker-Carroll Staff Writer

A bright star has dimmed. Dr. Joy Richmond of Houston,Texas, died Dec. 1 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 52 years old. Dr. Richmond was the director of the drama department at Trinity Valley Community College. Those who knew her loved her dearly. She was not just a teacher, but a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, student, actor, director and so much more. She will be greatly missed. She loved the theatre and her part in it very much; it was her whole life. Dr. Richmond has impacted many students' lives, including mine. I had the chance to be a student of hers a few semesters ago, and she was such

a bright, talented person that loved the theatre and all the people in it. It won't seem the same walking by the drama department without seeing her smiling face and the good advice she would give. She was a funny person, and if you ever made her mad, you better run because she would want your head on a platter. But she would love you all the same and was a very kind person with a heart of gold. Numerous people have taken to her Facebook page to show love and to express their sadness of her passing. On her Facebook page, Dr. Richmond had shared some of her favorite quotes: "'You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play'; 'Never say I can't'; 'The brick walls are there to show how badly

“She was a funny person, and if you ever made her mad, you better run because she would want your head on a platter.� -Tasha Walker-Carroll

we want something'; 'If you don't know where you're going, any road'll get you there'; and 'If we are put here to help others, what are the others here for?'" This bright star has dimmed on Earth but now she is in Heaven. And as the last tears fall, remember her and her cheery laugh. So hats off to you Dr. Richmond. This is your last call.

Feature p. 5

Cardinal Art Show

Art student showcase and auction off their work.

Opinion/Editorial New year means new resolutions 2

News-Journal  December 7, 2012

Setting a New Year’s resolutions is a great way to plan the new year, but setting resolutions is only part of it. There are quite a few people who make New Year’s resolutions every year, and resolutions are different for different people. Resolutions depend on the nature of the person, their aims, or present situation, as well as many other factors. New Year’s resolutions may be about your current health, career, job, education, marriage, etc. Most people make a resolution on Dec. 31 and only check them again the next New Year's. If people don’t make an effort toward attaining goals from the start of Jan. 1, then they’re going to be playing catching-up the reminder of the year, which is nearly impossible. A new year is about to start. This is now the time to consider your previous years. Whether you accomplished your objectives that were set from the past, you should’ve learned something from your previous attempts. It’s never too late to start again. Now you have a chance to make it work this time. As the new year approaches, think about new goals that can be achieved, and some good resolutions you can accomplish in 2013. Set smaller goals within a large, extending goal. For instance, aim for losing a pound a week, or try to score better on each test or essay than you did the

last week. People find more success and greater motivation when they accomplish smaller goals versus having to wait until the end of the year to measure their success.

This New Year’s, a good resolution to avoid would be procrastination. Why do tomorrow, what you can do today?

Lace Donaghe

With productiveness, there are a lot of things you could do. At work, be productive by finishing all tasks on time. In school, be productive by working to have better grades. This New Year’s, a good resolution to avoid would be procrastination. Why do tomorrow, what you can do today? Psychologists have said that an organized individual is a reliable person. It simply means that, to manage one’s life, one must first manage their belongings.

A good resolution this New Year’s is to start organizing your life. Start with personal things like making a room in your house or school work more presentable. Enhance your social skills by developing confidence--it's one important aspect that could be focused on this New Year’s. Believe in yourself. Your goal should be to improve your self-esteem. Gaining more knowledge would help establish stature. Have faith in the abilities that you have. A good resolution would be to help improve hidden talents. Strive to learn to survive through earning money. Dare yourself to do something new or something you love. Every day in 2013 will give you a chance to improve. Another good goal for 2013 is to find what you want to do. Loving your job is a great impact when you want to progress. Quit unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking, eating unhealthy, getting to work late, telling lies to your boss or family members, and so on. If you are able to leave, even only one such habit, you will really feel better. Be organized in each and every aspect of life, so that your life finds a certain pathway to go along. Lastly, do something new for the 2013. Don’t be afraid of what tomorrow might bring.

Man in red suit and two-headed reindeer tries to steal Christmas Tasha Walker-Carroll Staff Writer APB: A man in red suit with a belly that shakes when he laughs was spotted with a two-headed reindeer, trying to break into homes all along Tyler street last week. He has stolen Christmas. Christmas is suppose to be the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God. The man in the red suit is named Santa Claus. This myth and infamous legend flies around in the night with two-headed reindeer

leading his sleigh. If you ever have the opportunity to see him, a glimpse is all you will see because he runs and hides if he thinks you're watching him. The man we call "Santa Claus" is a wanted man by the FBI--the Flying Blue Imp. He now has taken to breaking and entering and stealing presents to make up for his greed. And he now sells his goods on eBay to support his cookie habit. This man is not to be trusted. Don't approach him if you see him out; he's armed and dangerous. This man leaves coal in your stocking if you A&E Editor Jake Yarbrough Photo Editor Lace Donaghe

Editor-in-Chief Lis Valencia Managing Editor TBA

Sports Editor TBA Web/Social Media Editor

Shayla Wright

have been naughty and is suppose to leave presents if you're nice. But this season, he has taken all the toys for himself. He is checking his list, and he checks it twice to make sure he hits up your house tonight. Kids, it doesn't matter if your naughty or nice, because Santa will rob you blind. So be warned this Christmas season: lock your house up tight because Santa will be naughty tonight!

Staff Writers Tasha Walker-Carroll, Lace Donaghe, Kazandra Gutierrez, Adrian Price, Carley Shultz and Jake Yarbrough

The TVCC News-Journal is a monthly publication and is produced by the journalism students at TVCC’s Athens campus. Views expressed in the editorial section are the opinions of the writers and do not reflect the views of the TVCC administration. The News-Journal welcomes letters and suggestions. The TVCC News-Journal reserves the right to edit letters for grammar or length. Letters to the editor can be mailed to 100 Photographers Ashton Hargrove, Lace Donaghe Cardinal Drive, Athens, TX 75751; or emailed to Student Media Adviser Deidre Jones

Memberships: TIPA, TCCJA and ACP


Campus News

December 7, 2012 



Photo students participate in annual photo exhibit News-Journal Staff

General News Photo 1st Place – Ashton Hargrove

The TVCC communications department hosted its end-of-the-semester photo exhibit Dec. 2 in the Math/Journalism Building on the Athens campus. Students in the news photography I and II and photography I and II classes submitted photos for various categories. The photos will be on display until Dec. 14. The following is a list of this year's winners.

Landscape 1st Place – Tasha Carroll 2nd Place – Rocio Garcia 3rd Place – Paulla Pinheirro Other 1st Place – Paulla Pinheirro 2nd Place – Bianca Alanis Photo Essay 1st Place – Ashton Hargrove Photo Illustration 1st Place – Lace Donaghe

Abstract 1st Place – Tasha Carroll 2nd Place – Jordan Browser 3rd Place – Stephine Arciaga

Portrait 1st Place – Chris Todd 2nd Place – Alison Owen 3rd Place – Chris Todd 4th Place – Ashton Hargrove

Advertisement 1st Place – Ashton Hargrove Action 1st Place – Paulla Pinheirro 2nd Place – Angela Hilliard 3rd Place – Jordan Jones 4th Place – Paulla Pinheirro Animals 1st Place – Rocio Garcia 2nd Place – Leanne Hitzemann 3rd Place – Tasha Carroll

News Journal Staff Students in the news photography and photography classes submitted photos for the communications department's annual photo exhibit. Floral Breaking News Photo 1st Place – Kelli Hammond 1st Place – Lace Donaghe 2nd Place – Ashley Ayala Feature Photo 3rd Place – Clayton Tomlinson 1st Place – Ashton Hargrove 4th Place – Jordan Jones

Sports 1st Place – Chalisa Madsen 2nd Place – Chalisa Madsen 3rd Place – Terrance Jackson Sports Action 1st Place – Lace Donaghe Sports Feature 1st Place – Ashton Hargrove

TVCC hosts annual college fair for students, high school seniors Lis Valencia Editor-in-Chief

Lis Valencia/News-Journal TVCC students and high school seniors attended the annual "College-Palooza."

TVCC hosted "College-Palooza" last month on the Athens campus. The event was open to all TVCC students and seniors from surrounding area high schools who are looking to transfer to a four-year college. Approximately 45 universities attended the yearly event, along with a few military representatives. Students who attended were able to ask any questions concerning their future college plans. “We have several high schools here, from Athens, Westwood, Palestine, and all over our service districts,” said TVCC counselor Melinda Berry. This event gives the students who attended a chance to meet, in person, with the representative of the college of their choice, Berry added. The universities that were present will accept credit hours from TVCC, which means students can continue their education without having to re-

take course they previously had. “It’s all in one place,” Berry said. “You [students] can ask questions, get brochures and sign up if you want to get different information from different schools.” The next event will take place in the spring for high school juniors, giving them a chance to look into different majors and careers.

Lis Valencia/News-Journal TVCC also hosted a breakout session for students about financial aid.



Feature  December 7, 2012

The Season of Giving


ith Christmas right around the corner, there are many families struggling to make ends meet this season. As a result, for these families providing a meaningful Christmas just isn't an option. However, there are many organizations and fundraisers with the specific aim to help less fortunate families enjoy the holidays. One of these philanthropic groups is the Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas campaign. According to their website, the Red Kettle campaign enables the Salvation Army to provide food, toys and clothes to more than 6 million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. But the Salvation Army is not just for the holidays, because they also help those in need across the nation. Salvation Army captain, Joseph McFee, started The Red Kettle Campaign in 1891 in San Francisco, after he encountered a lot of less fortunate people, right in his own city, who would not get to enjoy Christmas. McFee had a big idea but a small pocketbook. Specifically, he wanted to provide Christmas dinner for 1,000 financially challenged people who where living in San Francisco, but he didn't have enough money to pay for all the meals. To raise the money, McFee decided to place a kettle by a local ferry landing to collect donations from people who passed by. McFee was persistent and he collected enough money to provide Christmas dinner to the less fortunate people living in his city. In just a few years, the success of the San Francisco kettle campaign spread all over the nation and even worldwide. Today, the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is one of the most promi-

nent and well-recognized charities of our time. This holiday season, the goal is to raise $3 million. So far, the campaign has raised more than $680,000. According to their website, the Salvation Army has more than 3.4 million volunteers, and Connie Shultz is happy to be one of the organization's volunteers. "Last year was my first year to get involved and help ring the bell for the

ing able to put the kettle out simply because of the lack of workers and volunteers to run them," Shultz said. Shultz said she had always admired those people who unselfishly volunteer their time to help others. She said: "Like most people, I have seen the iconic red kettle for years and would always try to give something, but I never even thought about actually helping directly with the campaign. After ringing that bell for a few

Salvation Army," said Shultz, a local kettle volunteer. "My husband and I really had a fun time helping out." For the past few years, it has been difficult for the Salvation Army to get volunteers to work their kettles in the East Texas area. "We got involved because a family friend works at the help center in Athens, and they were desperate for volunteers," Shultz said. With the shortage in workers for the past several years, many kettles have not been running like they have been in the past. "I just hated the idea of them not be-

hours, you can believe I'll never pass by another kettle the same. If there's change in my pocket, it's going into the kettle." Over the past few years, The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign has updated to ways they can collect donations. In some states, they have kettles with credit card machines, so that people can still give even if they don't have any cash or change. "I really like the way that the campaign is moving by offering the credit card option," Shultz said. "We live in a world where everyone pays for everything with plastic, so this allows them

Carley Shultz Staff Writer

to give with it too. By having the credit card option, Shultz said she hopes people will be in the giving spirt. "Then we will not have to hear the excuse, 'I don't have any cash' anymore," she said. "I told one guy to give up his watch, but he couldn't tell if I was laughing or serious--I was only half serious." Another way the Salvation Army has expanded their operation is by running an online red kettle campaign. Now people are encouraged to create their own online kettle to share with family, friends and colleagues to collect donations for the worthy cause. Some families have even set up online kettles and teamed up against each other to see which family raises the most money by making it a contest. "The online kettle sounds like it could be a lot of fun," Shultz said. Maybe my family and I will have to give it a try this year and make it a friendly competition. Volunteering has made quite an impression on Shultz, and it doesn't sound like a one-time deal. "Ringing the bell is now something I really look forward to during the holiday season," Shultz admitted. "Hopefully, I will be able to incorporate it into our Christmas tradition for the years to come." In fact, The Salvation Army may have new spokesperson. Shultz said: "I really encourage everyone to give ringing the bell a try this Christmas season. It really is a lot of fun and a great way to spend time with your own family." For more information about The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign and other ways to give and get involved this holiday season, visit their website:

Winter Break Starts Dec. 14

December 7, 2012 


Cardinal Art Show 2012



Lis Valencia/News-Journal

Student enrolled in the art classes displayed their art work from this past semester at the annual art show. This semester, the drawing one classes did Don Stuart-type tangled cardinal, painting one classes did famous piece of artwork from many well-known artists from the past like Rembrandt and Picasso. The design classes did hand-printed collages of paper with a cardinal. All of these works of art from the students showed a cardinal in some way.

Join us for Preview Friday! Designed with you in mind, Preview Friday allows you to mingle with other transfer students and learn about: • How the transfer process works • Financial aid and scholarship opportunities • The Comet Connection tuition guarantee • Campus life You’ll also have the chance to talk one-on-one with an advisor in your major. Choose the date you’d like to attend: Oct. 19, 2012 Nov. 9, 2012 Feb. 1, 2013 Feb. 15, 2013

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News  December 7, 2012

How to make a difference this holiday season (StatePoint) Better than any toy, trinket or fruit basket, what if you could give a gift that would actually make a profound difference in someone’s life? The holidays are the perfect time to reach out to the less fortunate. Here are a few ways you can help this holiday season: Work at a Soup Kitchen Many people have made it a yearly tradition to volunteer at a soup kitchen during the holidays. You can help the homeless and hungry get a hot meal and give them the small gift of a full stomach. Contact your local soup kitchen to see how you can help. If you don’t have time to volunteer, consid-

er donating non-perishable goods, as many soup kitchens have a food pantry as well. Help a Family in a Crisis Zone A gift from the mall is nice, but donating to a philanthropic organization on behalf of a loved one is a much more meaningful way to celebrate the holidays. There are an estimated 40 million people around the world who have been uprooted from their homes by war and disaster. They live in limbo, struggle to survive and have no place to call home. By purchasing a “Rescue Gift” to honor friends and family in lieu of store-bought presents, you’ll be contributing to critical supplies and

services for vulnerable families. The International Rescue Committee’s Rescue Gifts offer a wide variety of gifts at various price points. For example, you can opt to help fund a year of school for girls in Afghanistan, contribute to gardening tools and seeds to help families in need grow food, or help train Burmese refugees, to deliver basic health care. In so doing, both you and your recipient gain a true sense of the kind of work your gift is supporting. “These gifts have a tangible impact on the lives of refugees and others who have been displaced by conflict, political upheaval and natural disaster around the world,” says Kay Bellor

of the International Rescue Committee. “They help families to survive and thrive and last a lot longer than a box of chocolates.” For more information or to give Rescue Gifts visit Donate Toys Unfortunately, there are countless children out there whose families can’t afford a gift-filled holiday that many of us take for granted. By donating unwrapped toys and books to charity, your generosity will undoubtedly brighten up a child’s season. As you enjoy the holidays, take the time to help out someone less fortunate. Just a small bit can go a long way.

How to save money this holiday shopping season

Andres Rodriguez / New technology can help you keep track of your expenses while shopping.

(StatePoint) Saving money while holiday shopping may sound impossible, but you don’t need to be a Scrooge to budget. Through smart strategizing, you can find the perfect gift for friends and family and keep your wallet intact. Here are some tips to give you a leg up on your New Year’s financial resolutions: Just Say No When it comes to purchasing warranties, there are times you can just say no. Refusing extended warranties doesn’t strip you of all protection. Reputable manufacturers will back products for three to six months and some credit cards extend or even double manufacturers’ warranties. If you do purchase a warranty, be sure the terms are worth the cost. Avoid Layaway Layaway may sound great, but without discipline, it can be costly. If you’re using a credit card to make small payments on your layaway purchase, and you don’t pay your balance in full, you may ultimately pay both a layaway fee and interest on your credit card. And if you can-

cel the purchase, you could pay an additional fee too. Stick to buying what you can afford today. Manage Your Money If you have trouble sticking to your shopping budget, consider using tools to help keep you honest. Traditional financial software programs, which help you set budgets and manage money, are now providing access from mobile devices. For example, Quicken 2013’s free iPhone, iPad and Android apps allow you to securely manage your money, view up-todate information about your accounts and check your budgets, encouraging you to make sound financial decisions in real-time. “Consumers who go into debt from holiday shopping often do so because they are unaware of what they have in their bank accounts and are spending unmindfully,” warns Aaron Patzer, VP of Innovation at Intuit. “Tracking your budgets and spending as you go will help you stay on track.” Know the Refund Policy Not all stores offer refunds for returned items. When buying gifts, make sure you know a store’s

policy before your purchase. Ask for a gift receipt so your friends and family can make exchanges or get refunds if necessary. Use Gift Cards Retailers must now honor gift cards for five years from the date of issue. So find those old gift cards, and use them toward your gift purchases, even if they have “expired.” The company can send you a new card or issue the remaining balance in cash. DIY Showing your friends and family you care about them should not put you in debt. If the holidays will cause an unreasonable financial burden, consider making presents. From baking to knitting, to writing your loved ones poems and thoughtful letters, homemade presents can be more meaningful than the store-bought variety. More money management tips for the holidays can be found at www. By planning ahead and making informed financial decisions this holiday shopping season, you can start 2013 on the right financial foot.

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