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‘Life of Pablo’ proves its worth

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Written by | Savannah Tarbet | Kanye West is known for being unapologetic and sometimes overly confident. His fans have waited three years for the release of his new album, The Life of Pablo. West continued to bring attention to his album by tweeting the multiple name changes. According to West’s Twitter account, he changed the album title three times before deciding on The Life of Pablo. He continued to publicize the album on social media, calling it “the greatest album of all time,” and saying, “This is not the album of the year, this is the album of the life.” To say the least, he piqued the interest of many. West debuted The Life of Pablo Feb. 11 at a listening party combined with a fashion show for his Adidas line Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden. He officially released the album Feb. 14, only available on his personal website and on Tidal, a new music streaming website. West is known for game-changing albums, and his latest is no different. Each track seems to flow effortlessly into the next, giving the feel of one long song. It includes a feature artist on every one. Being a producer first, each beat on every track of The Life of Pablo offers something different, with no two songs sounding the same. Each song brings a different energy and sound. There’s not one song on the album that I did not like. West put together a dream team of features, including Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Sia, Chris Brown, the Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and the artist we all thought we’d never hear from again: Frank Ocean. Only Kanye West could compile all those artists, and many others not listed, on one album. No one has heard or seen Ocean since the release of his first album, Channel Orange in 2012, and he has not released any new music since. The music world was losing its mind at the fact that West got Ocean on his song “Wolves.” It was a big deal, to say the least. The quality that always has made me a fan Read more [...]

Ask Agnes | ‘Because your crystal ball is broken’

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Dear Agnes: My friends all have their stuff together. They know where they’re going to transfer next year, they’ve already applied and gotten accepted, they have an apartment picked out, and I don’t even know what I’m going to wear tomorrow. Where do I even start with all of this adulting? I’m right there with you! Learning how to adult is very overwhelming at times. First off, stressing out will not get anything accomplished other than freaking you out. It doesn’t help you figure it out faster. It doesn’t narrow down your options. It doesn’t clear your schedule so you can think about it. So try your best not to spend the majority of your time stressing about your future instead of working toward it. Once you’ve somewhat lowered your heart rate, think about the big picture of what you want to do with your life. If you have an idea of what that is, then work backward from there. If you want to be a doctor, you’ll have to do clinicals at a hospital before that, you’ll go to medical school before that, you’ll have to get a bachelor’s degree before that, you’ll have to get accepted to transfer into a four-year school before that, and you’ll have to apply to a four-year school before that. I find that working backward reminds me that it’s a process, and I have to work on the next step before I do anything further out. Map out what it will take to get you where you want to be and work on that first step to get you there. I completely believe in your ability to get your stuff figured out. Dear Agnes: I failed my last test, and I am so mad at myself. I feel like I put so much effort into studying and still don’t get the grades I want. Should I just stop trying, or do you have any tips to do better that I’m missing? I once heard a friend tell me that their mother always repeated the saying, “If getting a 60 is the best you can do, then be proud of it! If you can get a 90 and you’re settling for a 60, then fix it.” I didn’t fully 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 [...]

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 [...]

Common Reader art contest winners

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Congratulations to the winners!

The winners were,
1st Place – Gladis Gallardo, $250 scholarship
2nd Place – Amy Yearwood, $150 scholarship
3rd place – Brianna Altamirano, $100 scholarship



Brianna Altamirano | Winner
Brianna Altamirano | Winner

Familiarize yourself with Campus Carry Law

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Written by | Maggie Tinoco | On Aug. 1, the Texas concealed carry law for four-year college campuses will go into effect. On Aug. 1, 2017, it will be the law for two-year colleges in Texas. The law will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry concealed handguns on campuses with the exception of areas that college administrators designate as off-limits. Robin Malone, coordinator of paralegal studies at Amarillo College, has plans to have a panel discussion about the issue and how AC will handle it. The discussion is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 22 on the Downtown Campus. “We are going to have members of law enforcement and faculty members discuss the law in general and discuss the effect of the law in Amarillo as well as here at AC,” Malone said. Some students said they feel uneasy toward the state decision and do not understand why this law passed. Adrian Moore, an animation major, said, “It makes me feel very concerned. Just having guns here in school. I personally don't like guns, and having them around is really terrifying.” Malone said the panel discussion will help students who have questions or concerns about the new law before it goes into effect. “A lot of students are going to have questions and even have a little bit of anxiety, so we are hoping that this will help educate and allay some of those feelings,” she said. Malone said there are certain requirements regarding the new law. For instance, the weapon has to be unseen and concealed, and the carrier has to have a CHL. On the East Campus, Rudy Guillen, a machining major, said protection in school no longer will exist. “You would think school would be a safe place to just learn and socialize, but now fear will be experienced, as if you are entering a bad neighborhood with violence all around,” Guillen said. “There are certain things you can do and procedures to make sure everyone is still safe,” Malone said. “In the discussion, Read more [...]
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