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ACPD offers multiple events

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Written by | Tashana Smith |     The Amarillo College Police Department will host events this semester to help give important information to AC students, faculty and staff. The first event the police department will offer will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 in the Badger Den in the College Union Building. Because April is sexual assault awareness month, event organizers hope it will bring more awareness to the college of how such violence can be avoided and how victims can be helped. A multitude of vendors and advocates will be available to help spread awareness and information on the effects of sexual assault. Free food and raffles also will be available. “My focus is that we help the students, faculty and staff know of the overall dangers of sexual assault and giving them the information they need that will help them,” Officer Stephanie Birkenfeld said. According to, 44 percent of victims are under age 18 and 80 percent are under age 30. Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted, and each year there are about 293,000 victims of sexual assault. About 68 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police, and 98 percent of rapists never will spend time in jail or prison. About four-fifths of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim, and 47 percent of rapists are friends or acquaintances. ACPD officers said they want to give out as much information as possible. “My focus is as we team up with Family Support Services to promote more awareness tips and risk reductions,” Cpl. Scott Acker said. “Our biggest thing is to get the word out there.” Read more [...]

Ask Agnes | Long distance relationships, New Year’s resolution

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Dear Agnes: I’m in a long-distance relationship, and I constantly miss my girlfriend. I don’t know what the right balance is between finding time to travel to see her/have her see me and finding time for everything else in my life. What do you think? As for everything in life, too much of anything can be bad. If you eat too many carrots, you turn orange. If you stay awake for too long, you start hallucinating. If you’re spending the majority of your time with your girlfriend, whether that be traveling or just being with her, I’d bet that other aspects of your life are being ignored. It definitely is more difficult to be with someone who isn’t close to you because of the travel, but it is not impossible. Just be realistic with it. If you have a test in a week and you really need to study for it to make a good grade, don’t spend your nights FaceTiming her or driving up to see her if she’s within driving distance. You need to ensure that you are being present in the place you live, or you may lose yourself in your relationship. In the end, finding the balance is something that you will have to figure out on your own, but as long as you are spending enough time with your loved ones, on school work and with any other major aspects of your life, I’m sure you’ll be able to figure it out. Best of luck! Dear Agnes: My New Year’s resolution to lose weight hasn’t exactly stuck. I get that spring break is only two weeks away, but I’d like to lose weight just to feel better. Do you know of any tips on how to do that? Of course! I actually hate using the word “dieting” because it’s morphed into a word that symbolizes a temporary change, and losing weight has to be long-term in order to be effective. Instead, I’ll be talking about how you can make some lifestyle changes to help you out with this. Since you’re not focused on a specific deadline, I recommend giving yourself enough grace to change things in steps. Start by drinking a lot more Read more [...]

Screen Louder episode 1.2 – “Deadpool”

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Screen Louder episode 1.1 – “Deadpool” AC Film Club

Part Two of the podcast covering the new movie “Deadpool” -Produced by the Amarillo College Film Club -Salvador Gutierrez, Nathan “Raz” Rasmussen, Austin Ulen, Christie Rankin

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Screen Louder episode 1.1 – “Deadpool” AC Film Club

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Podcast ultimately covering new movie “Deadpool” -Produced by the Amarillo College Film Club -Salvador Gutierrez, Nathan “Raz” Rasmussen, Austin Ulen, Chris Rankin

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