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“Gymnastics isn’t just a sport, it’s a lifestyle,and it takes a gymnast to understand that.” AC’s gymnastic classes open to all ages, abilities

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April 19, 2012 By Madilyn Newsome | Ranger Reporter   Amarillo College offers the only all-round gymnastics program in Amarillo. Instruction varies from Mommy and Me recreational classes to Level 10 all-around USAG competitive team classes and adult power tumbling classes. AC employs 15 instructors who all are CPR, AED and first aid certified.  AC offers recreational gymnastics classes for boys and girls, competitive gymnastics Levels 3 and up and non-competitive cheerleading classes for gymnasts ages 3 and up. It also offers gymnastics for track and field (designed for pole vaulters and jumpers) and home school gymnastics classes. The Mommy and Me classes are the only classes besides the classes for gymnasts with disabilities that allow the parents to participate alongside their children. The two classes are guided by an instructor and allow small children and those with disabilities the opportunity to use every piece of equipment that advanced gymnasts use. Charlotte Modersitzski, supervisor of dance and sports programs, said, “Gymnastics is a sport that gets in your blood that makes you excited to participate in and watch.  It is amazing to see a child learn to control their mind and then control their body.  These abilities transcend from the gym to the classroom.” AC gymnastics instructors all have different strengths and personalities to meet the needs of individual children. The facility, located on AC’s West Campus, has seven balance beams, two vaults, two sets of uneven bars, parallel bars, pommel horse, rings, trampolines, tumble track, rod floor, spring-loaded competition floor, strap bar, mini-bars and lots of developmental gymnastics toys and mats. Derek Huber, an AC gymnastics instructor, said, “I love the gym for two reasons: The first is the kids that I have the opportunity to teach, and the second is the sport of gymnastics itself.  Gymnastics is the perfect combination of power, control, grace, speed Read more [...]

‘Hunger Games’ entices readers, viewers

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March 28, 2012 By Madilyn Newsome | Ranger Reporter   AFTER MONTHS of anticipation, The Hunger Games finally is upon us. Suzanne Collins, author of the best-selling novel, has been making a mark in the minds of many readers since it first was published in September 2008. The novel is expected to become the latest young adult book series-made-movie to hit it big and make a killing at box offices worldwide. The books have sold more than 23.5 million copies in the United States alone and have spent more than 160 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. The Hunger Games opened in theaters Friday. According to The Washington Post, the movie pulled in almost $155 million on opening weekend, significantly more than the $90 million experts predicted. According to Box Office Mojo, The Hunger Games had the fifth highest opening ever, falling behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two and the Twilight movies. The plot of The Hunger Games tells the classic story of good versus evil with a bit of a twist. Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who arguably is an underdog, volunteers herself to become a participant in an organized battle to the death. The event consists of 24 competitors, known as tributes. The tributes battle viciously for the amusement of the glamorous Capitol, who uses the games as a reminder to the 12 districts that the Capitol is in power. The fight is televised for the entertainment of the masses. The general audience cheers on its favored challengers while some watch their loved ones cry out in horrific pain while fighting for their lives. The strong, courageous heroine Katniss and her smart, sassy, flaming attitude quickly catch your attention. Not only does she win over readers and viewers, but also the crowd she is “performing” for in the story. Katniss has a deep and true devotion to her younger sister Primrose, which steals your heart. The story will throw your emotions and mind to places Read more [...]

Carter fitness center: get fit on campus

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February 15, 2012 By Madilyn Newsome | Ranger Reporter Are Amarillo College students as fit as they should be? “West Texas is not as fit as the rest of the nation,” said Craig Clifton, department chairman of fitness and life services. “It’s because of our culture here so, no, AC is not as fit as I think it should be. There is room for improvement.” AC offers a variety of fitness opportunities such as insanity cardio, insanity strength, body flow, body attack and yoga, but of more than 11,000 students, only 868 are enrolled in fitness courses. AC officials are trying to offer classes that are new and that will keep students interested in fitness classes. For example, a new program offers a fast-track, four-days-a-week, eight-week program.  Clifton said he thinks the program will be successful because the trend has been that when students really want to stay in the gym, they will come not only on their two-day-a-week class but will come four days a week. He said they seem to be more committed to their workouts and are seeing more results that way. Leigh Dominguez, a nursing major, is enrolled in AC’s Body Combat Insanity Cardio class this semester. “I like how challenging it is, and it’s a really fun time,” she said. Membership fees are set up differently from most other colleges and universities. There is a $30 membership fee at AC, while the fee usually is included in the price of school tuition at other institutions. Clifton said he would like to see all students charged a minimal fee so that prices do not have to go up for the students who are paying membership fees. “If we had a fee that we charged every student, we would not have to have our gym occupied by other things, and, like other colleges, this would be an athletic center 100 percent for our students,” he said. As it stands, students have to rent out courts for club events and other non-AC student events. Dominique Boehm, a general studies major, is Read more [...]

Practice healthy living for a happy life

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February 8, 2012 Opinion By Madilyn Newsome PUSH-UPS MAKE you toned. I’m of the opinion that muscle tone is superior to bones for both aesthetic reasons and for health reasons. People who exercise regularly have a healthy glow about them, likely produced by the endorphins that are released while participating in physical activities. The point I would like to make is that if you’re interested in a healthy lifestyle, make sure you’re doing it the right way according to the type of body you were born with. Starvation, diet pills, drugs and even obsessive exercise are damaging to one’s overall physical and emotional well-being. I would like to see girls embrace an exercise regime that is conducive to overall health. It might include a daily jog/walk, stretching and muscle building activities such as pushups or lighter weights, depending on your strength and abilities. I also believe that a healthy diet, which would limit carbonated beverages, alcohol and fast food, is imperative for all people. If drugs are involved, it’s nearly impossible to achieve a healthy weight or image. Although exercise may be grueling in the moment, it is well worth the energy and vivaciousness you will feel afterward. Taking care of yourself with exercise and healthy eating have long- and short-term benefits. There is a direct correlation between physical activity and happiness. The healthier you are, the happier you are, and the happier you are, the more attractive you will be to other people. I wish more girls, teens and women would start to realize the benefits of a fit body and quit obsessing over the scale. It is a better choice to try to achieve a realistic body type rather than trying to accomplish something that is not obtainable. I have watched girls try to get certain measurements by starving themselves through unnatural habits in an effort to achieve an “ideal” size. I have been “that girl,” and I realized that embracing who Read more [...]

Food pantry opening for students in need

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By Madilyn Newsome Ranger Reporter   An Amarillo College faculty member , is stepping up to help students who are struggling financially. Lynae’ Jacob, department chair of speech communications and recent recipient of the Badger of Honor award, is starting a food bank for AC students in need. The goal is to keep students in school when they are facing financial hardships, said  Karen Logan administrative clerk for the department, who is helping Jacob with the food pantry project. “When we have students that are already struggling getting to and from school, we don’t want them having to choose whether or not they use the money to eat or use that for gas for getting to school,” Logan said. She said the food pantry service will be based on an as-needed basis for each student with a maximum of two times monthly. Students, faculty or community members can donate to the cause. “Food is a good thing, everyone needs it, so of course I plan to contribute,” said Monique Dupuis, assistant professor of mathematics. “I am so excited that somebody has thought to do this. I think that it is just wonderful.” To donate money to the food pantry, checks can be written out to the Amarillo Foundation and notated that it is for the benefit of AC’s pantry. Donations to the pantry are tax deductible. The pantry also is in need of volunteers willing to shop for groceries and stock the pantry shelves. “Hopefully soon we will be scheduling times and dates for any other students who are interested in getting involved to help us out,” Logan said. Delta Psi Omega, Student Government Association and the Honors Program have committed to volunteering and helping the food pantry. “The whole point of everything is to keep our students in school,” Jacob said. “If this is something that gets someone through a hump and keeps him or her in school, then that’s our goal. Food costs money, gas costs money - AC’s pantry is offering Read more [...]
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