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Embrace your love for capturing moments

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Written By | CASSANDRA BRIONES |

Find your target, aim, hold steady, do not miss and fire. Perfect shot. Now for just one more picture. When you think about it, photography has a lot in common with hunting; you find a target, point your ‘weapon’ at it and ‘shoot it.’

In the Amarillo College Photography Club there is a bit more finesse to the techniques used. Anyone can pick up a camera and take a picture, and anyone can join the club. Tasha Thorn, a two-year member of the club and the current president, said, “yYou don’t have to be a photography major to join;, not a lot of people know that.”

There have been Mass media students, engineering students and a multitude of other majors who have joined the club. It is open to anyone who pleases. One of the club’s upcoming events is Worldwide Pinhole Day on . It will be held on

Sunday, April the 24th. AtIt is then an event, which is open to the public, where one can learn how to make a working pinhole camera, as well as learn how to develop the photos in a dark room.

Members of the club will be at the event to help anyone interested and to guide people throughout the process. Children six years and older are more than welcome to join in on the festivities.

Photo Club membership is open anytime. Meetings take place the second Tuesday and fourth Wednesday of each month in 314

Parcells Hall.

A Snapchat chat | AC students discuss social media obsession, importance

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Written by | MIKAELA CHAVEZ | Snapchat … is it really all that? Snapchat came out in 2011, and at first it was not very popular. Recently, however, Snapchat developers have been adding new features and updating the network, and the popularity has increased. Snapchat now is the third most popular social network. The app is doing so well that the company turned down a $3 billion buyout from Facebook last November. Many Amarillo College students say they are frequent Snapchat users. Austin Rusk, a business administration major, said he uses Snapchat every day. “I have about 60 friends that I communicate with on Snapchat,” Rusk said. “I think that the new features they are coming up with are trying to outdo Facebook, but I like them; however, people’s reliance on it as a medium for communication is weird to me because everything does disappear. Nothing myself or anyone else says or does can be proven. “I can be more ridiculous on Snapchat, and it will be OK because the stories and the snaps do not last long.” Mathew Moon, a fire technology major, also uses the app on a daily basis. “I use Snapchat every day to share what I am doing,” Moon said. “I have around 90 friends on Snapchat, and I like to look at their stories and keep up with them on there as well. I like the new update. I can easily share what I am doing, and it has a few new features that are pretty cool. It’s not too important to me — I mean I wouldn’t care if I didn’t have it, because there are other things out there like Facebook and Instagram.” Kali Miskimen, an education major, said she is on Snapchat every day but does not post that often. “I only really use Snapchat to keep up with my friends and family,” she said. “I maybe take pictures one or two times a month. I have about 40 friends that I keep up with through Snapchat because I do not get to see anyone as much. I definitely like the way of communication on it. A few features I do not like about it, Read more [...]

Making a difference | Speech instructor Marcie Robinson tells her story

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Written by | Mikaela Chavez | There is one speech communication in- structor who sticks out at Amarillo College. Marcie Robinson has been a student at AC as well as holding many jobs at the college. She has worked at AC for 16 years and started in the speech department in 2013. “I lost my vision in 2005,” she said. “I had an infection and then a retina detachment, and I was told by doctors that the question was not if I would lose my vision, because they knew I would, the question was when. I have spent my entire adult life at AC, and I have had the best experiences as a student. The people at AC are amazing.” Robinson said AC gives you a good foundation, and she is proud of that. “When my husband was driving me to the doctor’s office I couldn’t see, and I was just thinking to myself, ‘OK, this is it, this is what they told me was going to happen, and this is the time,’ but even being prepared for it to happen, I still could not overcome it. It was a very hard and trying time. I felt like I couldn’t take care of myself, and the self pity of ‘why me’ had set in. I am completely blind. “When I first lost my vision, I was frustrated and hard- headed. I didn’t want any help. I didn’t want to feel like a bur- den on anyone, and I very much wanted to be independent. I didn’t do the things I was sup- posed to at the beginning. It was a huge thing to happen in my life, and now it’s a huge part of my life and who I am.I had to learn a lot of things, not only about my disability, but about myself in the process. Change can happen at any time, and I had to learn that in order to become a better me and who I want to be. I was going to have to change and adapt to my dis- ability.” Robinson worked with her husband, Dale Robinson, at the KACV television station at AC, and they were a close pair. “My husband got sick and was diagnosed with brain cancer,” she said. “He died the summer of 2013. It was another life-changing moment Read more [...]

Passion in generosity | person profile |

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Written by | Tashana Smith | Jordan Herrera is coordinator of social services at Amarillo College. Her job is to work with students who have been referred to the social services department for assistance. "We focus on connecting them to resources that will assist them as they continue on their educational journey," Herrera said. Her office either refers student to campus resources or community resources. Herrera said she recently had a student referred to her for assistance in finding a job. Her first reaction was to refer the student to the Career Center, where employees help students build their resumes and look for jobs. While talking to the student, Herrera said, she could sense that something else was wrong. Within that conversation, she realized this student needed more assistance than just finding a job. Herrera saw it as an opportunity to help the student. She wanted to make sure she was educated about the help that was available. "We set this program up to provide any assistance for any barriers that students may be facing," Herrera said. Help is offered in any way possible. The one issue that has come up a lot has been with housing, she said. Because no campus housing is available, students in need are referred to a community partner to get help.Herrera also has taken over supervision of the AC food pantry this semester. "I feel this is a big accomplishment," she said. Because the creator of the food pantry, Lynae Jacob, will be retiring, AC administrators decided put it under a more centralized area. It had operated from Parcells Hall since it began. April 1 will be the day the social services department will be relocated to the Ware Student Commons. Also being relocated to that area will be Adult Student Services, the food pantry and the clothing closet. The social services department also provides assistance with domestic violence, foster care resources, mental health resources, suicide awareness and the poverty initiative. Herrera Read more [...]

Spring Break is finally here!

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Written by | Austen Ulen | Spring break: An American phenomenon and an academic tradition that students and faculty alike look forward to every year. It is the intermission in the two-act play we call an academic semester. Including weekends, spring break for AC is March 12 through March 20. The semester already is halfway over, and the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight. In the media, spring break is depicted as a time of debauchery and partying, but in the real world, the concept of spring break varies from person to person. For some, spring break is a time for a vacation from the grind of math homework and sitting through lectures. “I plan on going to Denver, Colorado, with a couple of friends,” said CIS programming major Aidan Garcia. “We’re just going out of town and getting a stress relief from school.” For others, it’s a time to catch up on work or continue working. While maybe not as fun as hitting the beach or sleeping in every day, this approach can reduce stress simply by allowing time to breathe a little and put everything in life back in order. Some students even sacrifice their vacation time to further progress in their chosen fields. Shelby Silvertooth, an English major, said, “I was about to go to California with a couple of friends, but I couldn’t go because I’m going to the APCA National Conference in Houston with Amarillo College. We get back home with our teams, and after that I’m just working.” Students aren’t the only ones who will be enjoying their academic leave of absence. AC faculty members also get a chance to reap the benefits of the week-long sabbatical. Even AC’s president, Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, is taking time to enjoy the break. “My wife and I got married 20 years ago on spring break, so we’re celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary,” Lowery-Hart said. “We’re going to a professional tennis tournament called Indian Wells in California. We’re both big tennis buffs, so for the Read more [...]

Students plan future with bucket lists

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Written By | SAVANNAH TARBET |

For most students, college is the beginning of their future. Many students create bucket lists, a number of experiences or achievements they would like to accomplish within their lifetime.
Britani Smith, an education major, said she does have a bucket list in the making. “Go sky diving, jump off a cliff, go scuba diving and fly out of the country are some of the things I have on my list right now,” Smith said.

A bucket list can include multiple goals that are special to the person who created it.
Shelby Hensley, a business major, said she has three goals on her bucket list. “I love animals, and one day I want to live on a wildlife reserve. I would love to help rehabilitate animals in my home,” Hensley said.
“I would also like to live in France for a long period of time and learn French. I think it would be really cool to kind of assimilate and learn about the culture.”   
Everyone has different goals; some are more common than others.

Hagen Smith, an architecture major, said he has a lot of traveling on his bucket list. “I really want to move to Colorado and live there, because I think it would be awesome,” Smith said. “Making a bucket list is fun and important because it outlines your goals.”

Haden Higgins, a physician assistant major, said, “I don’t have a physical bucket list, but I always randomly think of things I want to do before I die. A lot of them are travel-related, because there’s so many places I would love to see.”

Higgins discussed why she believes it’s important for people to create a bucket list.
“I think it’s important for people to at least try to think of things for a bucket list, because if you don’t make a list of things you want to accomplish, experience or places you want to visit, then you’re less likely to attempt them, because you haven’t thought about it or planned it,” she said.

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