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Panelists discuss concerns regarding open carry policy

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Written by | NATALIE VILLARREAL | Amarillo College’s Legal Society sponsored an open carry/campus carry discussion on the Downtown Campus April 22.The discussion included four panelists: Jim Bodkin, a state licensed LTC instructor; Sgt. Brent Barbee, a 37-year veteran of the Amarillo Police Department; David Kemp, first assistant county attorney for Potter County and an instructor at AC as well as at Wayland Baptist University; and Mike Warner, an attorney who has represented citizens and corporations throughout the Texas Panhandle of Texas and the city of Amarillo for the past 26 years. The discussion covered topics concerning open carry laws that have changed recently in Texas as well as concerns about campus carry regarding the new laws. Each panelist shared his thoughts concerning the new laws and discussed how things will change as well as where students might see guns on campus. With that being said, the panelists addressed their beliefs that not much will change with the new laws. Bodkin explained that in order for someone to open-carry in Texas, the person will have to obtain a CHL/TLC license. It is a license for which the state “licenses individuals to carry handguns within Texas and evaluates the eligibility of applicants through criminal history, background checks and monitors those currently licensed to ensure their continued eligibility,” according to http://txdps.state.tx.us/. Along with that, an eligible applicant would need to be at least 21 years old. All four of the panelists explained that although the state did make the legislative decision to allow open carry, it is up to the college as well as the college board to make the executive decision to allow guns on campus. Barbee and Bodkin explained that in order for the school to indicate where the guns are not permitted, signs would have to be posted correctly in accordance with the new laws. Kemp said he was upset that state officials felt they knew what is best for students Read more [...]

Mayor’s breakfast highlights day cares’ ‘No Excuses’ policy

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Written by | SAVANNAH TARBET

Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole announced Jill Goodrich, executive director of Opportunity School in Amarillo, as his Friend of the Year during a breakfast April 28 in the Oak Room of the College Union Building on the Washington Street Campus.

“Each year there is a national Young Child Week, and in honor of that we have been doing the Mayor’s Breakfast for Young Children since 1999,” said Mary Claire Munger, chairwoman of the Amarillo College child development department.

The mayor, in partnership with AC and other professional groups, chooses one person to honor each year and invites others who participate in children’s education to celebrate. Opportunity School provides part-day preschool and full-day learning to 80 children with bus transportation to low-income neighborhoods and space for 16 students to receive full-day care.

“One thing Jill discussed is the ‘No Excuses’ policy, meaning nothing should stop children from reaching their full potential,” Munger said.

“The Opportunity School is the first in the United States to practice the ‘No Excuses’ policy at a day care and pre-kindergarten level.”
Some day cares and pre-kindergarten classes have problems with overcrowding, resulting in some children lacking access to resources they need. The Opportunity School keeps classes small to accommodate each child’s needs.

“Amarillo College is the first public school that follows the ‘No Excuses’ policy, so we are proud to be honoring Jill, who follows the same policy,” Munger said.

Ask Agnes

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Dear Agnes: What do people usually wear under their graduation gowns? Does itmatter? My best friend dareme to “go commando,” but I’m not sure…? First off, I definitely have to veto your friend’s dare to “go commando”! Those graduation gowns can be fickle, and with the unpredictable wind of Amarillo, you never know who you would be flashing. As for what to wear, I think it really only matters if you plan to take photos afterward. Most girls wear a nice summer dress, something cute but comfortable. Most guys wear a button-down shirt with a tie. Wear something that you feel comfortable in, and if you’re the type to wear heels, be careful! Heels can very easily be too difficult to walk in, and you don’t want to have to worry about something like that when you’re walking across the stage. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Whatever you wear, you will look fantastic. Dear Agnes: I’m about to complete my first year at Amarillo College and I’m ready to get my own apartment instead of living with myparents, but they don’t want me to move out. In fact, they say that if I move out they won’t give me any more financial support. Even though I have a job, I really need their help to pay for books and part of my tuition, but I am tired of living under their rules and being treated like a child. What should I do? I know too many people who are in this predicament. Objectively, you need to look at whether or not you can financially support yourself without any assistance from your parents. If the answer is “no,” then I don’t think it’s the best decision to move out. If the answer is “maybe,” then you need to really sit down and look at a budget. Look at how much rent, utilities, tuition, books, car, gas, food, internet and every other bill that will show up every month are. It’s a lot, and if you cannot wholeheartedly say Read more [...]

FM90’s ‘Tejano Throwback’ show continues to entertain

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Written by | Salvador Gutierrez | Amarillo College, along with FM90, created a tradition inside and outside the Amarillo borderlines. From 8 p.m. to midnight each Saturday night,  you can listen to FM90’s “Tejano Throwback” show. The show has been cutting-edge for years and plays a wide variety of popular Tex-Mex music. The show has been around for 13 years, and former AC student Steve G., better known as “El Cap-a-tan,” started it. “Marcie Robinson was the program director of FM90,” El Cap-a-tan said. “I tell her about the idea of a Tejano show. She said she had a lot of PSAs in Spanish that she wanted to play on the radio, and so I say, ‘Let’s start a tejano music show and we can play the Spanish PSAs.’ It was a Tuesday. Marcie said yes, and she asked me when do I want to start, but she answered her own question. She said, ‘Let’s start this Saturday,’ and that’s what we did.” The “Tejano Throwback” show was named because by the time the show started, Steve G. and FM90 did not have any new releases of Tejano music and they played only oldies. One of the most relevant characteristics of the TTS is that the show is not hosted in English but neither in Spanish. Spanglish has become the official language of the show, and current host Ondamaxx explained why they took the decision of using both languages. “To me, Spanish is very important,” he said. “When I started back in the ’90s, I noticed that most radio anchors hosted only in English, and so I thought, ‘How are we gonna play music in Spanish for Spanish speakers if we talk in Englsh? How are we going to tell them about the new artists and new songs?’ That’s why Spanish is important.” Even when the anchors come and go between English and Spanish during the whole show, they never have received complaints from the audience. The show has become a tradition around the southern states of the country. Every Saturday night, the show receives plenty of calls of people Read more [...]

Netflix continues to take over

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Netflix is one of the largest online streaming services available to people, and many Amarillo College students use its services.  The average Netflix user is using Netflix for roughly an hour and 33 minutes a day.  That translates to a person watching Netflix for 568 hours a year. With daily views of Netflix pushing ever closer to two hours, that can cut into the amount of time a student has for homework and focusing on classes. The hour and 33 minutes is the average; some students watch Netflix way more.  Colton Adams, an undecided major, watches three-plus hours of Netflix a day.  “I normally watch Netflix in between classes,” Adams said. “At night I leave a couple of hours open for homework.” Adams said that next semester, he will have to tone down the amount he watches due to having a job. Adams’ longest binge record was around 15 hours over New Year’s Eve. He and a friend binge-watched an entire season of Jessica Jones and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Carly Hurley, an EMT major, watches Netflix far less. “I put Netflix on at night and fall asleep watching it,” Hurley said.  She said she normally puts documentaries on because her boyfriend, a history major at West Texas A&M University, enjoys watching them. During Hurley’s weekend, what she normally views changes. She watches more movies during the weekend when she has time off. Zack Stubbs, a biology major, said he watches roughly eight hours a week.  “I have had to cut back on the amount of Netflix I watch,” he said.  Stubbs said his longest marathon was during the summer when he watched eight hours of Netflix in one day. Morgan Harper, a pre-law major, watches Netflix with her family at night.  “My family chooses a new show to watch every time we finish one,” she said. “It allows me to unwind with my family while we eat dinner.” Harper said she normally avoids binge-watching TV or Netflix because it has affected her grades and her social life on more than one Read more [...]

‘Rebelde’ sparks interest from south of the border

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Bringing back the most poplar Hispanic  teen series — not just in Mexico — but even in the United States is Netflix with Rebelde. Though it has been on Netflix since 2015, it’s pretty amazing to see and compare how much teen series have changed. Rebelde is about a group of kids who deal with being part of a private school with the majority of the faculty being hypocrites as well as having to deal with famous, high-class parents. The great thing about the show is the music. All the music in the show is by the RBD band, which was created from the series.  The music is very pop, old-school fun and makes you want to just jump and flip your hair. Humor also is something big in this show, and teens really can relate to some of the characters. Every episode makes  you keep watching because the show doesn’t revolve only around  lovey-dovey couples and the  bad guy trying to take the girl. That is your  basic Hispanic show, which can get boring. It shows every character’s  glimpse of life and how different the characters are but also how those differences make them stronger, and they help each other out.As I said before, this series does not compare to other current teen shows. For example, The Secret Life of An American Teenager has to be the worst teen show I have ever seen. All that show really talked about was sex. Honestly, I feel that is why teen pregnancy is so high. Compared to Rebelde, The Secret Life only showed them dealing with issues related to how teens would react with that topic with friends or parents. It never showed the true side of what goes on in teenage life. Rebelde shows some types of teen issues, from some girl having low self-esteem to one falling in love for the first time, finding out the truth behind a parent and having to see what a foster teen goes through. No Hispanic series has ever been as big as this one, and it’s truly sad that shows nowadays aren’t  catching many teens’ attention anymore. To be interesting Read more [...]
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