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Embracing new technology era

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Written by | Tristan Pinter | Technology is a beautiful tool but sometimes our worst enemy. We are currently in the information age. It’s an age when personal knowledge is not as useful as the ability to search through a seemingly bottomless information pit that is the Internet. Some would say the Internet is our greatest tool because it allows us to search specific topics at the click of a button. Others would say the Internet is our greatest enemy because it pressures us to be completely transparent in our social lives and persuades us to forgo our privacy in favor of more communication. That being said, the older generation has begun to resent technology while the younger generation embraces it. The older generation definitely has reason to resent technology because they have been the ones forced through the most changes at the hands of technology, which has caused a lot of adapting as well as confusion on their part. The younger generation has been much more tolerant of technology because most of it has been around long before we were born. Because of that, technology is seen as a tool to be manipulated and less of an amazing feature compared to our older counterparts. What young people want the older generation to understand is that we use technology every single day. and because of its longstanding relationship in our lives, we have incorporated it into almost every aspect of our everyday routines. Whether it is to look up a word’s definition or to settle a fight over which celebrity has died most recently, it has become a huge staple of almost every millennial’s life. It is time for the older generation to begin to understand this. It is time for us to be allowed to type notes on our phones, laptops and tablets in class. It is time for us to be able to use our technology during tests. Tests should be based on application rather than memorization. Unfortunately, the bare-minimum philosophy has infiltrated many schools across America, Read more [...]

Art matters | School of Creative Arts designation gives needed recognition

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Amarillo College’s decision to create the School of Creative Arts is music to our ears. This news may cause you to wonder: What designation were the creative arts degrees under previously? They didn’t already have their own separate division? The answer? No. AC’s School of Creative Arts is a brand new division that encompasses music, mass media, theater and visual arts. The collaboration of these programs undeniably will strengthen them and provide the students with insight into the variety of opportunities the creative arts offer. “The new School of Creative Arts not only symbolizes our continued community-wide support of the arts but also underscores our real commitment to building those programs within the college and encouraging their growth,” according to Dr. Deborah Vess, vice president of academic affairs. AC has a vast history of supporting the arts throughout our community, and the establishment of this division reinforces that. More important, the move calls attention to the significance of these programs. This distinct division provides a call for action — a call for these programs to be seen as valuable and necessary to AC, because they are. The degree programs that lead to the best job placement or highest salaries often receive the most recognition. We do not deny the need for nurses and technicians in our area or the incredible job AC does starting students toward futures in engineering and medicine, but the arts are equally important. Indeed, the programs housed in this division encompass all that makes us human. As poet and former National Endowment for the Arts Chair Dana Gioia explained, “Art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world. There are some truths about life that can be expressed only as stories, or songs or images. Art delights, instructs, consoles. It educates our emotions.” Furthermore, studying art, design, music, theater and media boosts problem-solving and communication skills and increases Read more [...]

Don’t be a chump who votes for Trump

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Written By | SAVANNAH TARBET |       The rise of Donald Trump represents how broken the Republican Party really is. The Republican Party is facing a historic unravelling that is being torn up from the inside by a name-calling reality television star. Trump has taken the 2016 political race and turned it into another one of his reality television shows. A few months ago no one took Trump seriously, but his continuous wins throughout the primary and caucus elections shed light on how dangerously powerful he is becoming. He has turned the 2016 race into political entertainment, and I’m not laughing. He brings the reality star quality to the race, and while he can be fun to watch, it’s easy to lose sight of how terrifying his rise really is. Donald Trump is a serious candidate to win the Republican nomination, and if he wins the nomination, he could win the general election and become the 44th president of the United States of America. Trump could be the next man in charge of what bills are turned into laws, what wars are fought and the representation of the American people. Trump is unapologetic in the way that reality television stars are. He has a complete lack of shame. He has the reality TV star quality of not caring how he appears on camera. It is alarming because the president is a public figure who has to be careful with each thing he does and says, because the world always is watching him. Trump is a sexist, racist bully and narcissist. He’s dangerous because he does things other politicians won’t. At his rallies, he amplifies and acknowledges the angriest voices in the room and promotes violence against protesters. A leader is supposed to be someone who, though they don’t agree with the opposing side, listens and shows respect despite the difference in opinion. Supporters hold the opinion that Trump is a “self-made man” and has built his wealth alone, that none of his companies have gone bankrupt and that Read more [...]

Friday Night Football

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Written by |Natalie Villarreal | When it comes to high school, the only thing I loved was football.Friday Night Football probably was the one thing I liked about high school. There is just something about the energetic rush you get, whether you’re in the stands as a fan, in the band playing for the team, on the sidelines waiting to play or a cheerleader encouraging the team. As far as I know, there is nothing in this world like Friday Night Football in the state of Texas. Football in our state is something different and the heart of any small town school. Friday Night Football is different from college football and definitely different from the NFL. You see teenagers out there playing their hearts out and keeping their grades up so they can star in Friday night’s game. They don’t play for the money; they play to get a scholarship in order to further their education and because they love the sport. Football is the No. 1 sport filled with heart and soul. Fridays usually start with crazy, insane, hyped-up pep rallies to get everyone in the game day spirit. From students in pre-K to students in their senior year, everyone is excited and ready for the night’s game. Then you go home, shake off a little adrenaline and get ready to go back and cheer on your favorite team and player. The crowd, band and cheerleaders are a unified front during the game. It doesn’t matter if you’re popular or if you don’t talk to anyone; on Friday nights, you are the fans of your high school football team, and you stand together. When a player falls down, the entire stadium is quiet; every single fan is worried, all standing together to support their football player. My favorite part of the night is when all the students sing their school song together, win or lose, and show the real support they have for their team. I sure do love Friday Night Football. There really is nothing like Friday Night Football in the great state of Texas with the tailgates, concession Read more [...]

Tip your server no matter the service; they work hard, too

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written by | Valeria Sandoval | We’ve all done it; be honest. We’ve all gone to a restaurant and tipped poorly – or not at all. Maybe the table after me will give them a big tip. They’ll make their money by the end of the night. They chose to work in this industry. Whatever excuse you use to justify your little-to-nothing tip, reality is that servers really do make a living off their tips. Restaurant’s normally pay less than $3 an hour when they hire a server. You’re looking at a voided check almost every payday. You are right; servers willingly walk into restaurants looking for employment. Most of them know what they are walking into. A top reason waiting tables can be so stressful is because the guests have entitled attitudes. Of course you are going to a nice restaurant for the specific reason of wanting to be served; waiters fulfill that need regardless of the customers’ attitude. Some of us go into a restaurant overlooking the simple fact that the person who comes to our table and says, “Hi! My name is, blah blah, and I will be taking care of y’all today,” are in fact people. Are we well behaved and remain respectful toward the person handling my food/putting money in my pocket? Walking into your favorite place to have a nice meal without the cleanup to worry about is not a crime, but being rude for your own reasons is just morally wrong. This is not an attempt to get you to make a down payment when you tip; just keep in mind your server may be putting herself or himself through school or providing for their family off your crappy tip. Who knows, maybe that waitress you stiffed is studying to become a great surgeon. Maybe that waiter you decided wasn’t worth 15 percent is working crazy hours to pay for his car. The waiters’ background shouldn’t really matter when waiting tables is just as honest a job as working in retail. Bad servers are easy to find; some are deserving of no tip. But think of it this way: If your doctor Read more [...]

Learning to learn or learning to memorize

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As students, we often find ourselves cramming, memorizing and doing all we can to get that A (or C—you do you.), which begs the question: When did higher education become more about getting by than gaining knowledge? How did an institution built so individuals can learn and grow become focused on quick cramming sessions that end in forgetting what’s been quickly learned directly after the test? The answer: standardized testing. First with the ACT and SAT, then the TAKS, which became the STARR, and let’s not forget the TSI… OK, enough acronyms already. The point is that the acronyms are what education systems put all their focus on as soon as a child reaches the third grade. Higher education stops being about learning and growing as an individual and becomes about memorizing what you are going to be tested over and passing and moving on. This mindset quickly has geared generations and generations to come to lose focus on what really matters in education: learning. Growing up with this mindset being drilled into our heads, it is no wonder that we have all lost track of the true beauty in knowledge. Older generations come back to school simply because they love to learn, and the younger generations look at them like … seriously … you enjoy this? And they do, because they grew up with the true value of higher education instilled in their minds. We do not have to sit back and allow the mindset standardized testing has drilled into us to take over. We too can love learning like our elders. If we decide to learn for the love of gaining knowledge and delve into our studies with passion and an open mind, the As (or Cs; we don’t judge) will follow suit. We, the Ranger staff, implore you to remember the value in learning and forget about all that cramming. OK, so go on — learn with the vigor and the childlike passion you once had. Focus on the learning, and the good (OK … better) grades will follow. It’s worth a try. After all, the cramming hasn’t Read more [...]
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