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Brianna Burnett, a  visiting photographer, speaks to Amarillo College faculty and students April 3 on the Washington Street Campus.

Visiting photographer inspires students to test the waters

Brianna Burnett spoke to AC faculty and students April 3 on photography, tintypes and more. More »

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‘Ocean’ mixes childhood memories, terror in slim package

After eight years between adult novels, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been much anticipated by his fans. The long-awaited book is slim, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in its dark whimsy. The novel begins when the narrator, who never is More »

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Teresa Clemons, senior grants assessment director, foreground, joins regents and others who toured the Manufacturing Education Center on the East Campus March 25, 2014.

Regents discuss new dress code, visit MEC

Amarillo College regents visited the new Manufacturing Education Center on the East Campus March 25 before getting down to business at the monthly regular meeting. More »

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OPINION: Traveling expands horizons

AC Current editor Bailie Myers shares her thoughts on the recent trip she and other members of the Global Competency Course took to Germany and the Czech Republic over spring break. More »

EDITORIAL: People are too personalized

It seems people have forgotten how to get along.  Our sensitivity to being offended has gotten to point that we now expect the whole world to adapt to our own personal idea of what’s acceptable. We are so disconnected, and our technology allows everything about our lives to be so personalized, that we expect other human beings to be just as customizable. We increasingly live in worlds entirely unto ourselves.  We put in our ear buds and tune out everything we don’t feel like dealing with. We screen our calls so we don’t have to talk to anyone we don’t want to. We personalize our television schedule, personalize our cell phone, our radio stations… We can even choose which news we are exposed to based on what we agree with. Everything is made to function exactly the way we want it to, except for other human beings. We attempt to control others through the idea of political correctness.  When someone doesn’t act the way we want them to, when they don’t feel the way we think they should, it offends us.  It frustrates us. We act like spoiled children who hear the word “no” for the first time.  Every aspect of my world can be customized to my desire, so what gives this jerk the right to disagree with me?  Doesn’t he know that bothers me? I am the most important person in my world, so why can’t I force people to say only the things I like? For some reason we feel entitled to never have to be uncomfortable. We have forgotten how to interact with one another because for the most part, we don’t have to. We spend large chunks time in our own world where everything is designed specifically to please us. This makes us highly sensitive. Like a baby that is never exposed to any germs grows up with a weak immune system, so are we made less resilient to accept other people’s diverse modes of expression. Everyone is different and that offends us. The real world is messy and difficult and sometimes careless.  As our society places more emphasis Read more [...]

Badgers get busy on campus: ‘It’s pretty great’

By Kayt Huerta Ranger  Reporter   Everyone knows the clichéd struggling college student, scraping money to get by, but Amarillo College has many opportunities for students to work on campus to make their already busy lives a little easier. Leah Foster, a social work major, works as a student assistant to Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart. This is Foster’s second semester at AC, and she has worked for Lowery-Hart since the beginning of her first semester. “They work with my schedule and it’s my first job, so it’s a good starting place for me,” she said. Foster learned about the job opportunity through AC’s Career and Employment Services, located on the first floor of Lynn Library. “I filled out an application online, sent it through, and then I had an interview,” she said. Foster said her co-workers are one of the things main things she enjoys about the job. The flexible schedule also allows her to attend club meetings and activities. “It’s pretty great,” she said. AC’s Food Pantry in 204 Parcells Hall employs Leah Vessel. Vessel, an occupational therapy major, has been at AC for two years and has been employed at the pantry for a year. “Leah helps me a lot,” said Karen Logan, an administrative clerk and pantry coordinator. “She does a lot of the stocking so I can assist other students.” Some of Vessel’s other tasks include data entry, retrieving mail, signing in students, keeping records and running errands. “I volunteered here a lot,” she said. “It was the first job opening, and Karen offered me the job.” Like Foster, Vessel said her bosses and flexible hours are two of the things she likes about her job. Peter Ohmes is a tutor at Writers’ Corner in 102 Ordway Hall, where students are provided with constructive feedback and guide students through the writing process. While helping students with their papers, Ohmes also helps maintain the relaxing Read more [...]

Hot for teacher: Students help other students by rating professors at Amarillo College online

By Allysia Fine Ranger Reporter   Every semester, Amarillo College sends out assessment forms for students to complete about their professors. Students rate professors they have strong opinions about, giving either negative or positive feedback about classes they’ve attended. Employees at AskAC, the campus information department, said there is no way for students to view evaluations of professors online or in hard copy. Dr. Daniel Ferguson, English department chairman and a professor, said there was a meeting a couple of years ago where AC staff and faculty members discussed the possibility of putting the reviews online for students to access publicly. “The assessments should be available to students online due to the Freedom of Information Act,” said Dr. Brian Farmer, a political science professor. Through the FOIA, public entities such as universities are subject to full disclosure of public information. However, the reports are not online, something Ferguson attributes to incomplete information. Ferguson said if more students were to participate in the evaluations each semester, AC might be more inclined to post the reviews online. Currently, with such a small sample size, the results would be distorted. “Our numbers for student participation in reviews are low; therefore statistically, there will be inaccurate results,” Ferguson said. Students Stephanie Thompson, an education major, and Angel Foster, a general studies major, said they aren’t sure how to access reviews AC was rumored to have available, but both said that in the past, they have used a site called “Rate My Professor” to evaluate professors. The site, ratemyprofessor.com, boasts  14 million ratings, with reviews from 7,000 schools and of 1.3 million professors. Students can search for instructors by name and school and see how others rate them and their classes. An overall rating includes how the instructor stacks up in ease, helpfulness, clarity Read more [...]

N-sanity challenges most capable in fitness

By Bailie Myers News Editor   Dozens of fitness classes can be found at the Carter Fitness Center on the Amarillo College Washington Street Campus. N-Sanity is one that many say is not quite like the others. “Even the most fit people are going to pause,” said Trent Oneal, a physical education instructor. “I’ve seen fit people go and throw up on the first day.” N-sanity, a combination of activities that use body resistance in three- to four-minute intervals with short breaks in between, is a growing trend in fitness. “There’s jumping, hopping, yoga and elements of ballet,” Oneal said. The class differs from others because it strictly uses body resistance, he said. Oneal, who has taught N-sanity at AC for six semesters, said the classes are intense but can be modified if needed. Some may recall the term, “Insanity,” coined by famous fitness instructor Shaun T. Shaun created the high-intensity workout in 2009 and sold it through infomercials. It quickly grew into a million-dollar business. The AC class offers a similar experience with a more personal touch, Oneal said. “I hear this a lot, ‘Shaun T doesn’t know my name, but you do,’” Oneal said. According to Oneal, many students enjoy the class more than the “Insanity” videos because they have others to work out with and they like the environment it creates. So what motivates students to participate in such an intense, maybe even ‘insane,” class? “A lot of it boils down to the competition,” said Anastasia Shenefelt, an education major. Shenefelt said seeing what others can do motivates her to do better herself. The workout, known for its difficulty, is not for everyone. “I can definitely see why people shy away. It’s hard, but it’s fun,” Shenefelt said. “I would definitely take it again. “Some are more sensitive than others. Some people drink too much water before working out.” She said the extra water is a Read more [...]