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Former Egyptian first lady to give SGA lecture

February 29, 2012

By LINDA CORTEZ |Photo editor

Dr. Jehan Sadat, former first lady of Egypt, peace advocate and women’s rights activist, will speak at 7:30 p.m. today at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Amarillo College Student Government Association’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Tickets for the event are available to AC students for $5 and the general public for $15 and can be purchased at the Washington Street, Hereford and Moore County assistance centers. Because the event is sponsored by SGA, all profits from ticket sales go directly to student scholarships.

“Jehan Sadat is a remarkable person who has accomplished a lot in her life,” said Heather Atchley, director of student life. “She was a strong woman even before her husband’s death and since his death, she is really taking part of his strength and using that to move forward and make a difference in the lives of thousands and millions of people worldwide.”

Sadat’s husband, the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, was assassinated on Oct. 6, 1981. As first lady of Egypt and since her husband’s death, Jehan Sadat has openly fought for Muslim women’s rights.

Following her lecture, Sadat will sign copies of her best-selling autobiography, A Woman of Egypt, and  My Hope for Peace.

“Her book titled My Hope for Peacewas published after 9/11,” Atchley said. “She talks about how she was here in the States on Sept. 11, 2001, her experiences with that and how she related that to the day of her husband’s assassination.”

TJ Williams, a photography major, said he thinks Sadat is an appropriate distinguished lecturer because AC’s institutional theme for the 2011-2012 academic year is “Reconstructing 9/11.”

“This is a really good opportunity for students to see somebody who is a world-renowned leader,” Williams said.

Sadat holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Cairo University. She has been a professor since 1993 at the University of Maryland, where she teaches international studies.

Her other accomplishments include establishment of the Talla Society, which trains women in various handicrafts and pays the tuition of almost 1,000 secondary school and ‌ university students.

She also has received the Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center. In 1985, she was named honorary president of WIC. The Humanitarian and Peace, Commissioner’s and Woman of Achievement awards are among Sadat’s other achievements.

“I am eager to hear her lecture,” said Janie Galindo, a general studies major.

“I think she is a modern day Martin Luther King, holding strong to beliefs and having no fear or resentment or rejection.”

Students may submit questions to Sedat to The Ranger by contacting us via this site or on Facebook.

Project, plans underway at all six AC campuses


Ranger Reporter


Photo by Joshua Wagner | The Ranger

Construction, renovations and project planning are underway on all Amarillo College campuses this semester.

Out of a $68.3 million construction bond, AC still has about $23 million to wrap up the ongoing projects, including the soon-to-be Everett and Mabel McDougal Hinkson Memorial Campus in Hereford, which is scheduled to be complete in Hereford by spring 2014.

“The expansion of Amarillo College is vital to its continued growth,” said Donovan Cook, a psychology major.

“Not only will the renovations and additions interest prospective students, it will be a great asset to the community as a whole.”

In response to the continual growth in population and a demand for higher education, AC now has campuses in Hereford and Dumas.

“By having extension campuses, we are making the possibility of a college degree accessible to a larger population and graduates will have Amarillo College to thank for that,” said Bruce Cotgreave, physical plant director.

“AC has been a real leader and an innovator in terms of branch campuses,”said John Hicks, chairman of the board of regents.

“The renovations are intended to enrich the learning experience of Amarillo College students and will allow the college to better facilitate its growing population in Amarillo and surrounding communities in means of square footage but, most importantly, advanced equipment.”

Renovations to the allied health building on the West Campus is scheduled to be complete this month.

Hicks said the regents are excited to see the beginning of phase two of the construction projects.

“We’ve got mostly everybody moving back in the next two weeks in radiology and into a new pharmacy area,” he said. “Our projects are moving right along.”

A complete renovation of the Byrd Business Building on the Washington Street Campus is scheduled to be complete in six to eight weeks and the music building should be complete mid-May.

Renovations on buildings B and S on the East Campus are underway.

In the near future, the Polk Street Campus will undergo renovations beginning with the parking lot and landscaping. On Sept. 1, the campus will officially be renamed the “Downtown Campus.”




A holiday guide

By Linda Cortez and Vanessa Garcia

Graphic by Tanner Willis and Andrea Godoy


Celebrated: Starts 25th day of

Kislev (In 2011, Dec. 20-28)

Based in: Judaism

Began: 165 B.C.

Symbols: Menorah, Driedel, Gelt

In 165 B.C., the Jewish people removed the Syrian-Greeks from Israel and restored their holy temple; thus, Hanukkah was born. Before the victory, the Syrian-Greek Emperor Antiochus ordered everyone to worship their god, Zeus.

The traditional symbol of Hanukkah is the menorah, which holds nine candles. The middle candle, the shammash, is a servant candle used to light the other eight candles.

The menorah represents the miracle of the lamp burning for eight days on barely enough oil for one.

A traditional Hanukkah game is played with a driedel and gelt, Hanukkah money.

The driedel is a spinning top with four Hebrew letters inscribed on its sides. The letters are translated to nun, gimmel, hay and shin, which stands for the phrase, “A great miracle happened there.”

Children play the game for gelt.

Driedel was popular during the ruling of Antiochus.

Jewish people were not allowed freedom of religion. They had secret gatherings to study the Torah and brought a spinning top with them.

When soldiers would see them gathered together, the Jewish people hid the Torah and pretended to play driedel.




Graphic by Tanner Willis and Andrea Godoy

Celebrated: Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Based in: African Culture

Began: 1966


Mazao (The Crops)

Mkeka (The Mat)

Kinara (The Candle Holder)

Muhindi (The Corn)

Mishumaa Saba (The Seven Candles)

Kikombe cha Umoja (The Unity Cup)

An estimated 18 million African-Americans take part in Kwanzaa.

The celebration, which takes place Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, honors principles that are essential in building strong, fruitful families and communities in Africa.

The ritual begins with the Kinara, which is a traditional candleholder. It is placed on top of a mat, or Mkeka.

Traditionally, one black candle is placed in the middle to represent the color of the celebrants’ skin, three red candles are placed on the left and three green candles are place on the right.

The red candles represent the blood that their ancestors shed, and green represents their hope and native land.

The seven candles represent a distinct principle beginning with the unity, which is the middle candle.

The candles are lighted each day alternately from left to right.



Graphic by Tanner Willis and Andrea Godoy

Celebrated: Dec. 23

Based in: American pop culture Began: 1997

Symbols: Festivus pole, airing of grievences, feats of strength

Festivus was invented by Dan O’Keefe and was made famous by his son Daniel, a screenwriter for the TV show, Seinfeld.

In episode of Seinfeld called “The Strike,” Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller) expresses his concerns about the increase in inappropriate pressures and consumerism that tend fill the holiday season.

Costanza shares a story about shopping for a Christmas gift for his son, George Costanza (Jason Alexander), when he decided there should be a new holiday. It would be called “Festivus, for the rest of us!”

The symbol for Festivus is the Festivus pole, an unadorned aluminum pole.

Along with the Festivus pole, there is the Festivus dinner.

During the dinner, the guests raise their glasses and participate in the “airing of grievances.”

Traditionally, each person shares his or her disappointments in friends and family with everyone at the dinner.

Participants also observe “Festivus miracles,” where ordinary events are explained as miracles.

Festivus is not complete until the head of the household is wrestled to the floor by the chosen opponent, according to Costanza.



Graphic by Tanner Willis and Andrea Godoy

Celebrated: Dec. 25

Based in: Christianity

Began: 400 A.D.

Symbols: Christmas tree, manger, angel

Christmas originated in the 4th century when the Catholic Church set the birth of Jesus Christ to coincide with the Roman celebration “Dies Natalis Solis Invicti,” the birthday of the unconquered sun.

During that century, celebrating birthdays was frowned upon, but church leaders agreed to arrange a festival in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

People already were accustomed to celebrating the winter solstice, so the winter season was perfect for Christmas.

Christmas trees are a predominate part of Christmastime; however, they were not part of the Christmas holiday at first. Christmas trees became a tradition in Germany during the 16th century.


Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

$3 million donation helps fund new Hereford facility

Photo by Jacob Guerrero

By Linda Cortez

One man’s generosity is making a dream reality at the Amarillo College Hereford Campus.

William Hanshaw, 88, of Scottsdale, Ariz., donated $3 million to help fund the construction of a new facility in northwest Hereford. The Hereford Economic Development Corp. is providing a 10-acre plot of undeveloped land on 15th Street to be the future home of the Everett and Mabel McDougal Hinkson Memorial Campus, which could be open for classes as early as 2013.

“It’s very exciting,” said Daniel Esquivel, executive director of the Hereford Campus. “We have no room for any expansion at present, so soon our needs for our students will be met.”

Hanshaw’s donation was made in memory of his late wife, Mabel McDougal, and her first husband, Everett Hinkson.

Hanshaw taught chemistry in Panama for 18 years before teaching in the small community of St. Johns, Ariz., where he worked until retirement. While in St. Johns, Hanshaw became friends with McDougal and her husband, Hinkson.

Fourteen years after Hinkson died, Hanshaw and McDougal married and the couple remained together until she died in 2001.

“His goal is to make a mark that means something in dedication to his beloved wife and dear friend,” said Betty Trotter, a marketing counselor representative at Park Central, where Hanshaw lived for a short time. “Hanshaw is a fine man, very much involved in doing things to honor his wife.”

Hanshaw partnered with Hereford Mayor Bob Josserand about six months ago to find a way to make a positive change in the community.

“He told me, ‘I want to do something in Hereford to honor my wife,’” Josserand said in an announcement at the Here­ford Community Center on Oct. 19. “I can’t think of anything in my 20 years as mayor that has been more exciting.”

The Hereford Campus has been offering classes in a wing of an old elementary school since it opened its doors in 2005.

Then, about 100 students were enrolled. Today, AC has 497 students enrolled in classes in Hereford.

After discussing the need for a bigger AC facility in Hereford, Hanshaw and AC President Dr. Paul Matney worked together to develop a plan. On Sept. 22, Hanshaw gave Matney a check for $3 million.

“We will be forever grateful for Mr. Hanshaw,” Matney said. “He is a humble man and very motivational.”

Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2011

Institutional theme brings 9/11 to Amarillo

Rare photographs of Ground Zero tour U.S., stop at AMoA

By Linda Cortez

The Amarillo Museum of Art is remembering the 10th anniversary of 9/11 through photographs and special events.

Photo courtesy of Aftermath by Joel Meyerowitz

AMoA launched the exhibition, “Aftermath: Images from Ground Zero/Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz,” Oct. 28. It will run through Dec. 31.

The pictures “became property of the city museum of New York the year after the photographs toured internationally, and now on the 10-year anniversary they are touring the United States, and this will be the only Texas venue,” said Kim Mahan, AMoA deputy director.

Joel Meyerowitz’s photos are the only existing photographic record of Ground Zero immediately after 9/11. After the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the area was closed to other photographers.

Little information is available about the activities in the guarded, enclosed area that was known as “the forbidden city.”

Joel Meyerowitz became the only photographer to have access to the site. “The photographer was there for nine months and took all of these photographs,” Mahan said.

Amarillo College photography instructor Rene West will give an overview of “Meyerowitz: Behind the Lens” at noon Tuesday.

Along with the photos is a piece of steel that was recovered from the World Trade Center. The steel also will be on temporary exhibition.

“The photographs and recovered steel from 9/11 really caught my emotions,” said Allie Dakat, a tourist from Riley, Kan. “I never realized how much destruction was caused until I started seeing the details in the photos.”


Published: Wednesday, November 03, 2011

Tacos Garcia has authentic food

Review By Linda Cortez


I was starting to doubt the phrase “Authentic Mexican Food” until I joined a couple of friends at Jorge’s Tacos Garcia.

Linda Cortez - Photo by Mike Haynes

Being of Hispanic heritage and knowing what authentic Mexican food really is, I definitely am a natural-born critic of Mexican cuisine.

I saw the catch phrase of Jorge’s Tacos Garcia, “More than just Tacos” and they are not kidding.

The food is incredible and fairly priced, and the service is awesome.

The atmosphere is casual, yet with a touch of elegance. The place is inviting and clean, something unusual for a Mexican food establishment in this area.

This is a full-service restaurant, so you must wait to be seated. If you prefer, you can grab a seat at the bar with no need to be escorted by a waiter/waitress.

The menu definitely is as authentic as it can get. It is full of your regulars such as enchiladas, tacos and carne guisada.

The restaurant also offers rare items such as menudo, carnitas and barbacoa (beef cheek meat simmered until tender).

The portions are huge, and the prices are reasonable. A typical entrée ranges from around $6 to $13. If you prefer an alcoholic beverage with your meal, Tacos Garcia has a full line of American and imported beverages along with margaritas mixed to satisfy your taste buds.

The enchiladas I ordered were “Oh, so good.” The red enchilada sauce was flavorful with a great touch of spicy heat, the kind that keeps you craving more.

There was plenty of meat stuffing and just a perfect amount of cheese. The beans and rice are just that, but they were well cooked and seasoned.

I have to say the best part about the visit was our waiter. His name is David, and he’s a friendly, young Hispanic guy eager to make our dining experience as great as possible.

I like it when a waiter/waitress is knowledgeable about the menu, and David was just that type of guy.

There is no need to hunt down a waiter in this joint, however; everything you need is given to you without your having to ask. Things such as condiments, refills and to-go boxes for our leftover food were brought out.

This guy definitely got a tip, something my boyfriend usually is hesitant about, but he had no problem dishing one out for this guy.

The place accepts all types of payment (cash, credit/debit card and checks), so there’s no need to make a run to the ATM before heading over there.

All in all, this was a great dining experience and I rate it a 9 on a scale of one to 10. If you are looking for a great place to take visitors or even that first date, I recommend Tacos Garcia.

And since you’re there, go ahead and try something authentic.


Originally published: Thursday, October 20, 2011