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Staff Editorial: Kony 2012, social activism for the Facebook generation

In just 24 hours, one video made the rounds on Facebook, Twitter and various other social media sites and isn’t slowing down. There are no cute cats or people risking life and limb for questionable reasons. This video calls for social activism, to bring down the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony. The video, created by Invisible Children, wants to make Kony famous, so that everyone in the world can recognize him and make him responsible for his crimes against humanity. In theory, IC is doing commendable work. Allowing a known criminal and violator of basic human rights to go free is unacceptable. But the way they are going about it is not. IC wants to make Kony famous, to have his face and deeds plastered across every major city in the United States so the United States will “advise” and “help” the army of Uganda. IC is directing the video at our generation, the people who can’t go a single day with-out checking their Facebook account. IC believes that by getting the video to go viral, the sheer number of people who know about its mission will cause them to succeed. The thing is, our generation is not the most socially conscious, even something as critical as children being forced into armies in Africa rates about the same to us as some guy burping Shakespeare.  Countless people watched IC’s video and immediately jumped on the “Find and stop Kony” bandwagon. Most, if not all, of them did little to no research about what actually is going on. Are we so easily swayed that all it takes is a video done by a single group with an agenda to cause us all to take to the streets and plaster a man’s face on every available surface? In no way should this be taken as a pro-Kony opinion. He is a horrible man and has committed atrocities that should not go unpunished. What people need to realize is that there always are two sides to every story and the lines between “good guys” and “bad guys” are not as clear as we’d like Read more [...]

Ladies: college fashion should be more than pajamas, hoodies

Miranda Parman 2-10-12
February 21, 2012 By Miranda Parman| Ranger reporter   “I loved your pajamas this morning in class,” said no one. Ever. As students in a fast-paced world where the job market is rocky, life is tumultuous. The wardrobes of college students should not be affected negatively by it. Demands on the average Amarillo College student’s time are high. Most work, go to school, attempt to study and attempt to maintain social lives. Many also have children and significant others to take care of. Sometimes all these demands reach up and tear sensible clothing from our backs and send someone wrapped up in pajamas and a hoodie out the door, instead. Students of AC, it is time to put the Winnie the Pooh pajamas away and put back on real clothes. Now, throw those offensive slippers to the wayside and slip into a decent pair of shoes. College kid doesn’t have to equal slob. How does one do this? Does “classy” or “appropriate” sound foreign? Let’s walk through this. 1. Ideas - Where would the world be without some inspiration? If Monet hadn’t lived by a pond he never would have painted beautiful lily pads. Some of the best places to pull outfit ideas from are other people. Thankfully, with the internet people now have the ability to post what they were on web sites.  Because of this there are quality sites filled with good ideas. The following are the best. http://www.sincerelyjules.com/ -- Julie Sarinana is a model who has rather simple, but colorful taste. She often wears pieces of clothing that are interesting shapes. http://www.thedaybookblog.com/ -- Sydney is a new mom who lives in Washington, D.C., where her husband works. She recently graduated from college, as well. She is fun, yet pulled-together in the way she dresses. Every Thursday, she has an Awesome/Awkward post about things that have been happening that week in her life, it’s entertaining. Humor and style? Let her show you the way. www.thesartorialist.com Read more [...]

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Students victims of new state law

Editorial by Ranger Staff Get ready for another obstacle to higher education. On Jan. 1, 2012, a new Texas law will take effect requiring new college students to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. In the past, the law required only students living in dorms to get the vaccination. Now it covers all new students, which means those attending a community college are the most affected. Bacterial meningitis is one of the more rare but more deadly forms of the possible types of meningitis. It is spread mostly between groups of people living in close contact with each other. So while it may be a good idea to get vaccinated, it should be a person’s choice and not a mandatory requirement forced upon us by the state. The rareness of the infection is the main reason the vaccine should not be mandatory. Bacterial meningitis affects 1,500 Americans each year. Of that, about 10 percent will die from it. So 150 people across 50 states means the disease is fatal in about three people from each state. With 25,000,000 Texans, that means the chance of dying from meningitis is 1 in 8.3 million. Bacterial meningitis also is relatively easy to avoid, because it only comes from fluid in the throat or nose. It is primarily transferred through kissing, sharing drinks and utensils or getting sneezed on. It can be avoided the same way more common infections are avoided: by washing our hands, avoiding people who are sick and not sharing drinks. Those are the things that even small children know to do. The requirement has some exemptions. It applies only to first-time students, students who are returning to school after not being enrolled for a semester and anyone transferring to another school. It is not required for students over 30 years old or for students taking only online classes. The cost of the vaccine can be between $100 and $200. To its credit, the sate has promised to pick up the bill for anyone who can’t afford it. That eliminates Read more [...]