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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 [...]

Embrace diversity

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February is Black History Month — a time set aside to celebrate diversity. We should take this time to reflect on issues pertaining to social justice, multiculturalism and equality. We should take this time to recognize the important contributions of the African-American culture. We should take this time to embrace the ideals of cultural awareness and inclusion as we look back at where we have been and forward to where progress still is needed. AC has a longstanding commitment to diversity on campus. On Oct. 1, 1951, the Amarillo College board of regents voted to admit black students, according to historian Joe Taylor in his book, The AC Story: Journal of a College. The first four black students admitted were Celia Ann Bennett, Freddie Imogene Jackson, Willetta F. Jackson and Dorothy Reese. That landmark move made AC “the first, or at least among the first, of three public institutions of higher education” in Texas to admit black students, according to the book. At the time there still was a Texas law providing for segregated schools, and AC’s new policy was considered somewhat risky and progressive. Taylor writes that the community response was generally positive. In 1953, Celia Ann Bennett became the first black student to graduate from AC. Diversity is — and always has been — an important principle at Amarillo College. Faculty address openness to other cultures and viewpoints, students represent a wide variety of races, ages and backgrounds, and the college continually strives to expose students to diverse experiences and ideas. The AC Presidential Scholars’ recent trip to Lithuania and Poland is an example of the college’s commitment to diversity. Through the trip, the Scholars were exposed to a variety of ethnicities, religions and economic backgrounds. Also, the upcoming spring break trip to London and Paris will provide students with a chance to go overseas and meet people from different cultures. The opportunity undoubtedly is life-changing, Read more [...]

From cow to kitchen: Appreciate the origins of food

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Written by | Aaron Hamilton | Think of your dinner plate. What is on it? Does it have a hamburger and fries? Or is it zucchini pasta with tomato sauce? No matter what makes up your plate, agriculture and farming form the basis. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, only 2 percent of the United States population is in farming and ranching. That is roughly 6 million people, or double the size of Los Angeles. Growing up with an agriculture background, it feels like everyone you know raised some form of livestock and proudly showed them in each summer’s county fair.However, I knew this wasn’t anywhere close to what the real world is like. I was in the National Forensic League and participated in the science fair every spring. Such organizations showed me there are other ways of thinking.Today it still shocks me how some people don’t know where milk comes from or where fruit and produce is grown. For me those facts are common knowledge, but for the majority of the population, it never is brought up. Every day I hear people talk about agriculture and the harm it does. Those people don’t realize how much of their daily life is affected by the 2 percent of the population that is directly involved in agriculture. Instead, they focus on outdated practices and myths. They do not look into the facts.The agriculture industry supports many more people indirectly. Once you get away from the families and organizations that are directly involved in farming and agriculture, the number of people that are linked to agriculture is 15 percent of the U.S. population. That is close to double the size of Texas and includes everything from shipping a product to stocking it in a store. Once a product is in a store, a customer sees only the product, not the process the product went through. In essence, they see a carton of milk and not a cow or the rancher who raised the cattle. As you make your dinner plate tonight, think of everything that went into your Read more [...]
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