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Stop and smell the new concrete

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Editorial cartoon by Mika Malone
The pungent smell of tar wafting through the air… the ear-piercing sounds of the pavement being torn up… the inconvenient detours and inaccessible routes… these familiarities are no more. The construction of the Washington Street Campus Mall and the Ware Student Commons have come to a close, bringing to an end nearly a decade of building and renovation on that campus. We, the Ranger Staff, would like to take the time to appreciate the new amenities and thank those who made them possible. What used to be dirt and ground-up pavement is now a thing of the past-- trees, benches, and fresh pavement have replaced the construction zone--making the center of campus both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The final Washington Street Campus projects were the second floor of the College Union Building, the Ware Student Commons and the Mall. Now every building on this campus (with the exception of the historic Ordway Hall) has been drastically renovated and new facilities have been built. The Ware Student Commons now houses services that offer students greater opportunities for success. Readily available on the beautifully reconstructed first floor are many conveniently located resources. From the student food pantry and clothing closet to the new tutoring center, everything has been redesigned around the goal of student success. The 2007 bond issue and a series of generous private donations have made dramatic changes possible. Now the East Campus will is getting a new aviation hangar and an addition to the Transportation Center thanks to donations from the Harrington Foundation and the AEDC. Throughout our campuses, we as students have benefited from the support our community has provided Amarillo College. In turn, we will receive the education and training we need to give back to our community. The Ware Family, the W.P. Buckthal family, the Oeschger family all made donations that transformed the heart of the Washington Street Campus and the voters that Read more [...]

Shift in currency increases equality

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Tubman Editorial Cartoon
A civil rights activist, an abolitionist, a leader, Harriet Tubman has undeniably impacted history in tremendous ways. The shift from Andrew Jackson being the face of the $20 bill to Harriet Tubman has led to varied opinions. We, the Ranger staff, are here to tell you ours — and that is Harriet Tubman soon becoming the face of the $20 bill represents great strides in social, political and gender equality. Andrew Jackson has been the face of this bill since 1928, but does that make him the right choice? Jackson is known for being a ruthless slave holder and for signing and putting the Indian removal act into effect. Those facts raise the question: Is he really the individual we want to represent the nation on our currency? No. This history undeniably calls for change, and Tubman is the perfect candidate. Harriet Tubman is known for helping countless slaves escape via the Underground Railroad, and she even altered the path to continue to help slaves when the fugitive slave law was passed. She later also worked as a nurse, cook, scout and spy for the Union Army. According to, referring to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, “Secretary Lew’s choice of the freed slave and freedom fighter Harriet Tubman to one day feature on the $20 note is an exciting one, especially given that she emerged as the choice of more than half a million voters in our online poll last Spring.” We could not agree more. Jackson is not the man we can proudly say is worthy of representation on our currency despite the fact that he has for so long. Tubman taking over is a shift we can stand behind with great pride and conviction. Not only is she an individual worthy of great respect, but Tubman will be the only woman to be on the front of U.S. currency with the short-lived exception of Martha Washington on the $1 silver certificate in the late 19th century. According to, native American Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $1 bill in the 1860s. “Women Read more [...]

Redefining the meaning of love

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Written by | MAGGIE TINOCO | Have you ever thought to wonder about the true meaning behind love and whether the significance still is the same as it was ages ago? Love is an intense feeling of deep affection for a person or thing or a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone. There are so many definitions for one simple word, but the meaning is greater. In ancient times, love was to be fought for and was very sincere – for example, the two characters in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Love is being able to do whatever it takes to be with a person and just being happy and feeling as if life has a new meaning. Nowadays, love is just a word one says when in a relationship that lasts for three days and you move on to the next one. Not only has it lost its meaning, but how people really see it is confusing. It’s now more a verb. You have to do something in order to be loved instead of having emotions showing how one really feels. If you are in a current relationship, when was the first time you told your partner you loved him but actually meant it? Love is losing power through the centuries, and in some way the form of how love is changing affects marriages today. Back in the day, it was normal for young adults to get married and actually stay together ’til death do they part, because love actually was a part of the relationship. Now couples who are married at a young age are not truly in love. Most are forced to be married because of pregnancy or just because they feel it’s a good way to escape from home. Francois de La Rochefoucauld knows exactly what I am talking about when it comes to love. “True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen,” he said. I am no love guru, but I do believe love is a huge emotion. It combines everything from fear to hate as well as happiness and sadness. That is what love is; having all those emotions throughout the journey and being able to experience them gives a Read more [...]

Men’s feminine fashion trends

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Written by | Austin Ulen | From V-necks to shawl-collars, skinny jeans to short shorts, and even men'’s leggings, modern men have had a recent touch from the feminine side in the fashion world. Thanks mostly to the high-fashion world of Europe, the metrosexual of yesterday is today'’s mass market. Some may take offense to the idea of men not wearing a traditional suit, or a tT-shirt and jeans. Some would argue that it'’s just not masculine and doesn’t represent what a man should be, but it seems inevitable. If trends continue in this direction, where does society have to draw the line with gender roles in style of clothing? The answer: nowhere. The line doesn’t need to exist. In fact, it hardly ever has. Through the 1600's, and even into the 18th and early 19th centuries, men wore some of the most decorative and flamboyant, costume-like attire of any period in history. Not only were their puffy sleeves adorned in gold trim and lace, but they almost always wore leggings or a type of hose. That’s right,men were trying to keep their legs warm with skin-tight goodness long before women. Throughout history men have even worn high-heeled shoes for both practical reasons and as a fashion statement. It wasn’t until the 1800's, and especially during the last century, that men'’s fashion began to truly separate itself from the femininity of previous norms. Men began wearing suits. The suit became the staple of a gentleman'’s wardrobe. During the first half of the 1900'’s, this trend coincided, and was cemented as a standard, due because of the societal roles of men and women during and after war times. Fast forward to the present day. Societal roles are beginning to blur, alternative lifestyles are becoming more accepted, and Jaden Smith is modeling dresses. Overall, equality is reaching a point of normalcy. Body art and modifications are becoming more accepted in the work place. Fashion choices should be no different. To judge or Read more [...]

Netflix binging leads to your grades dwindling

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You may feel lost, academically, socially, mentally, or literally. You may feel as though you are drowning in course work, scheduling, balancing a social life, and maintaining your sanity. College is inevitably is overwhelming, and it comes with many aspects that can be daunting, but we, The Ranger staff, remind are here to tell you that advisers and mentors are here to help you out of any situation you may feel lost in. If you feel unsure as to of what courses to take, or when to take them, then advisors are there to help. They are paid to help you schedule out your courses to fit your hectic schedule. Also, there are specific advisors catered to your major, so they will understand how to schedule your courses so that you can be the most successful. OK,kay great, so you straightened out what courses you will be taking and have fit them into your schedule. If you are like most students, once you are enrolled and have your schedule in order, conveniently all of your drive and motivation conveniently dwindles into thin air. You likely lie in bed 12 hours into a Netflix binge, growing paler and more antisocial by the second, but the episodes just keep rolling. Whatever are you to do? Obviously not your course work. Yes, Netflix, I am still am watching; play the next one. It is only when you catch a glimpse of your reflection in your device’s monitor and that you realize, much to your dismay, what you have become. Yes, we are talking to you. You know who you are. Turn off Netflix;, unsubscribe if you must., Amarillo College has mentors who are here to help you stay motivated and keep you from falling into a Netflix binge black hole you cannot crawl out of. AC even offers a specific club to help students stay motivated:, the Finishers club. The Finishers club began in January 2011, and was created by English Professor Dr. Mike Bellah and four students. The finishers club creates a welcome environment for students to encourage each other to stay Read more [...]

Are you hungry? Let’s ‘taco’ about it

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Written by | JOSE TORRES | Tacos are a manmade creation that in comparison to the many other things man has created, such as the wheel itself, shines brighter than all of them. The taco was made from the brightest of minds and is truly appreciated only by ones “it” finds worthiest. I mean, do not get me wrong; I know there will be skeptics out there who will disagree with me or even say tacos are so “unhealthy” because of how greasy they are. To them I say, “Who asked for your opinion?” “Tacos are a delight; I think I want one tonight. Something crunchy to eat, nothing sugary – just hamburger meat. Not just one – I want a whole bunch. For breakfast, dinner, snack and lunch. Lettuce, tomato and Mexican cheese; let’s go get one now, momma. Pretty please?” That’s a poem by Jessica K. that truly epitomizes the love one feels when dining on the soft corn tortilla or devouring the crunchy shell sent down from the gods. The word “taco” is the Mexican equivalent of the English word sandwich. The tortilla, which is made of corn or wheat, is wrapped or folded around a filling that generally is made of spiced proteins such as beef, pork or fish. Even though the taco is an equivalent by name to the American sandwich, the taco should be held with respect and dignity while being dined on, for it has defied the trends of time, religion and location. The taco first was created back in 1520 by the great Bernal Diaz del Castillo. Castillo was a Spanish soldier who came with Hernan Cortez to the New World. Tacos also have gone through changes, which is what makes them so adaptive to both religions and locations worldwide. One obvious and well-liked adaption is the fish taco, where ground beef is replaced by fish. It helps people who cannot eat ground beef either because of allergies or due to religious purposes. Another taco is the Tacos de Lechon, which is slow-roasted suckling pig, again in place of the beef. This taco is served only at Chichen Read more [...]
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