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Ziggy’s Virtual Viewpoint: Youtuber makes his mark

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Mark Fischbach

The time has come to spotlight another crazy, unlifelike person in the virtual universe. This week, let’s look at Markiplier, a man who has had a lot happen in his life.
Mark Edward Fischbach, known best by his online personality name, Markiplier, began his YouTube community shortly after his father died from advanced-stage cancer. Markiplier was also diagnosed with an appendicitis and a tumorous growth on his adrenal gland, which impacted his intentions to become a biomedical engineer.
Instead, he picked up a camera and started making videos of himself playing horror video games. He than began to reach out to charities, such as the Children’s Miracle Network and Extra Life, to support children in need.
Markiplier is best known for games such as 5 Nights at Freddy’s, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Happy Wheels and Surgeon Simulator 2013. He has an overactive style–often yelling, screaming curses and even crying during game play. He is also known for his vlogs, which address his supportive community and discuss inspirational topics and provide updates on his trips and conventions. where he interacts with children and fans.
Markiplier is someone who you should watch if you are seeking to figure out who you are or discover your purpose in life. Just watching his videos and learning more about his personal story shows that no matter what happens and no matter how dark it is you can always find the silver lining. So I urge everyone to take a moment and check out this YouTuber. He has many positive things to say that will make you look at your life differently and will bring you happiness.
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Recording arts class strikes a cord

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Ranger Reporter

The arts always have been and will be important at Amarillo College. The fall semester of 2016 brings a new kid to the arts neighborhood: the recording arts certificate. The new certificate falls under the mass media umbrella and covers everything from the fundamentals of cables and connections to acoustics and sound design. The curriculum also features training in the use of Avid Pro Tools, a high-end music composition and editing program.
Scott Beckett is the man behind the new certificate. He is a professor of music and the recording arts and a band director, with extensive experience in sound engineering, mixing and recording. “There are two sides to what we’re doing here,” said Beckett. “There’s a continuing education side of it, which is just Pro Tools. There’s also the academic side where we do not just Pro Tools training, but we do everything from sources, to mics, cabling, connectors, how to set up systems, how to do live sound, how to do recording, how to mix and how to edit. It’s kind of like a practical recording arts program,” he said.
The courses cover many aspects of the recording industry and offers chances to network with others in the industry, Beckett said.
The goal is that when students complete the program they will have the experience in a real world setting that allows them to be prepared for the real world of audio outside of AC’s walls.
“The fabulous thing about this is that they get to do all of that in a confined time period so that when they get out into a studio, they’re ready to go,” Beckett said.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program should contact Beckett at or speak to one of the AC counselors.
Beckett said he has high hopes and expectations for the new certificate. With the vast knowledge and tools at hand, the success of the program is simply music in the making.

June Jazz reaches overseas

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COURTESY PHOTO About 700 people attended each of the four free jazz concerts this summer. Performers included Jim Laughlin, with Austin Brazille on June 7, The Martins on June 14, Polk Street Jazz on June 21 and Patrick Swindell on June 28.
By JENNA GIBSON Ranger Reporter June Jazz has been making a name for itself for the past 21 years, but it was not until this summer that these free outdoor concerts offered every Tuesday evening in June found new audiences. The performances aired live on AC’s radio station, FM90, 89.9 FM, and at Hundreds of audience members and their pets spread across campus with lawn chairs, picnics and blankets. June Jazz was created in 1995 by music professor, Jim Laughlin. “It’s a family-dominated crowd, and we see a lot of the same faces,” said Laughlin. “I think it’s safe to say that June Jazz has a loyal following that continues to grow. We find that gratifying, indeed.” Laughlin said the Tuesday-night audiences have increased in recent years to about 700 concert-goers a night. “June Jazz this year reached a larger audience with the live FM90 broadcast. Beginning in 1996, with a dozen or so in attendance, I never imagined fans would be listening live from London,” Laughlin said. “My cousin and her friends tuned in live from a pub in England, I am so grateful to FM90 and our new School of Creative Arts for making this happen,” he added. Jill Gibson, associate dean of the School of Creative Arts, said she thinks the popularity and growth of June Jazz is a great example of the benefits the School of Creative Arts offers. The School was established in March to nurture interdisciplinary collaboration among the various arts-related programs at AC. “FM90 is a great way to share these very talented musicians with a far greater audience than can attend the Tuesday-night performances in person,” Gibson said. “It is also provides excellent opportunities for our students to help set up and broadcast live events tangible preparation for the jobs they plan to seek. We have a radio station and we have a music department, so it’s a match made in heaven,” she added. Streaming the concerts online allowed June Jazz to reach an international Read more [...]

A tradition continues

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Adviser, mentor and friend, Mike Haynes is a man whose impact on Amarillo College is undeniable. Haynes was AC’s student media adviser and instructor. He retires this month after many years of service, but his contributions to Amarillo College, the Matney Mass Media Program and journalism education will continue.
Haynes has been a remarkable student media adviser for various reasons, one being his patience and consistent passion for his students. While at AC (and Texas Tech before that), he often worked late hours to guarantee the newspaper staff made deadline–at least got close enough. Haynes always greeted students with a welcoming smile. He made it clear he wanted to know how he could best help those around him succeed. Haynes stayed calm despite the stress and conflict typical of most newsrooms. He maintained his sense of humor, dedication to the First Amendment and his love of the AP Stylebook regardless of the various pressures that arose. Calmly, Haynes guided his students toward understanding and appreciating journalism; while at the same time allowing us to make editorial decisions and learn from our mistakes.
In addition to his genuine nature, Haynes has an extensive knowledge of The Beatles–which undoubtedly adds to his wonderful authenticity. He is an honest, humble and honorable man. He may have retired, but his legacy and impact on AC will continue. We, The Ranger staff, cannot thank him enough. In the words of The Beatles, “I don’t know why you say goodbye I say hello” because Haynes’ helpful nature proves he will continue to lend a hand when needed. Thank you Mike, for everything. We love you.
–The Ranger staff

Approach conflict with love

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In favor of firearms versus against them; Trump versus Clinton; logic versus morality… we live in a society where opposition is encouraged and prevalent.
We have become caught up in making sure our beliefs on each issue are known, and there is nothing wrong with that–but as a society we have become too focused on the violence and chaos of society and the reasons behind them instead of promoting the idea of loving one another.
We recognize that life is filled with chaos and unfortunate events and these things cannot be stopped with love, but we, The Ranger staff, would like to take the time to remind you of the importance of loving one another.
Whether or not you are in support of firearms or completely against them; for Trump, Clinton or neither, it’s undeniable that we focus too much on opposing the other side, becoming consumed with hate and violence, screaming so our voices will be heard. We focus on the black and white sides of things both literally and figuratively.
South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
We live in a world that has become consumed with hate, opposing sides and the notion that this is how it should be. We are here to take a stand and change that belief. We must not sit idly and accept that our world is ruled by hate and violence. We must spread the importance of loving one another in spite of our differences.
The more we love one another and preach tolerance and acceptance, the more our environment will become a kinder place filled with less panic and anxiety, with less aggression and desire to lash out at the opposing side. We encourage you to go out and spread kindness instead of abhorrence. Spread love.

Stop and smell the new concrete

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Editorial cartoon by Mika Malone
The pungent smell of tar wafting through the air… the ear-piercing sounds of the pavement being torn up… the inconvenient detours and inaccessible routes… these familiarities are no more. The construction of the Washington Street Campus Mall and the Ware Student Commons have come to a close, bringing to an end nearly a decade of building and renovation on that campus. We, the Ranger Staff, would like to take the time to appreciate the new amenities and thank those who made them possible. What used to be dirt and ground-up pavement is now a thing of the past-- trees, benches, and fresh pavement have replaced the construction zone--making the center of campus both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The final Washington Street Campus projects were the second floor of the College Union Building, the Ware Student Commons and the Mall. Now every building on this campus (with the exception of the historic Ordway Hall) has been drastically renovated and new facilities have been built. The Ware Student Commons now houses services that offer students greater opportunities for success. Readily available on the beautifully reconstructed first floor are many conveniently located resources. From the student food pantry and clothing closet to the new tutoring center, everything has been redesigned around the goal of student success. The 2007 bond issue and a series of generous private donations have made dramatic changes possible. Now the East Campus will is getting a new aviation hangar and an addition to the Transportation Center thanks to donations from the Harrington Foundation and the AEDC. Throughout our campuses, we as students have benefited from the support our community has provided Amarillo College. In turn, we will receive the education and training we need to give back to our community. The Ware Family, the W.P. Buckthal family, the Oeschger family all made donations that transformed the heart of the Washington Street Campus and the voters that Read more [...]
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