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Upcoming Badgerama at AC

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Written By | JOSE TORRES |

Spring, is the season of simultaneous slacking and stressing over finals. Not to worry, though, Amarillo College has a way to help relieve that stress.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25, the Student Government Association (SGA) will be hosting Spring Fling for all West Campus students. Sharky’s Burrito Company will be providing food, free for all students and $7 for others who attend. The is event will also will include a live band, face painting and other fun

“Spring fling is for those big majors over ion the West Campus who never get a break because their studdingthey’re studying so much,” said Rem Malone, a graphic design major. “Not a lot of things get held at West Campus, so here is a little something for them, to help them just have fun and to celebrate new friendships formed here at AC,.” Malone added.

This is not the only spring event for AC students can take part of. Another Spring Fling will be taking place on AC’s Washington Street Campus. On Thursday, April 28, Badgerama will is taking place on AC’s the Washington Street Campus.

Badgerama This event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is for all students. The theme this year is “Bluegrass and Burlap,” a country theme. Land like Spring Fling on the West Campus, Badgerama will include a live band, and various fun activities.

“We (SGA) have set up these events to give AC students a chance to have get out there and network, socialize, and party,” said Emily Henriquez, a social work major and SGA member.“It’s going to be a lot of fun, and everyone with a chance should come and get something to eat and enjoy both Spring Fling and Badgerama,” said Stetson Smith, a mass media major.

Embrace your love for capturing moments

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Find your target, aim, hold steady, do not miss and fire. Perfect shot. Now for just one more picture. When you think about it, photography has a lot in common with hunting; you find a target, point your ‘weapon’ at it and ‘shoot it.’

In the Amarillo College Photography Club there is a bit more finesse to the techniques used. Anyone can pick up a camera and take a picture, and anyone can join the club. Tasha Thorn, a two-year member of the club and the current president, said, “yYou don’t have to be a photography major to join;, not a lot of people know that.”

There have been Mass media students, engineering students and a multitude of other majors who have joined the club. It is open to anyone who pleases. One of the club’s upcoming events is Worldwide Pinhole Day on . It will be held on

Sunday, April the 24th. AtIt is then an event, which is open to the public, where one can learn how to make a working pinhole camera, as well as learn how to develop the photos in a dark room.

Members of the club will be at the event to help anyone interested and to guide people throughout the process. Children six years and older are more than welcome to join in on the festivities.

Photo Club membership is open anytime. Meetings take place the second Tuesday and fourth Wednesday of each month in 314

Parcells Hall.

Men’s feminine fashion trends

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Written by | Austin Ulen | From V-necks to shawl-collars, skinny jeans to short shorts, and even men'’s leggings, modern men have had a recent touch from the feminine side in the fashion world. Thanks mostly to the high-fashion world of Europe, the metrosexual of yesterday is today'’s mass market. Some may take offense to the idea of men not wearing a traditional suit, or a tT-shirt and jeans. Some would argue that it'’s just not masculine and doesn’t represent what a man should be, but it seems inevitable. If trends continue in this direction, where does society have to draw the line with gender roles in style of clothing? The answer: nowhere. The line doesn’t need to exist. In fact, it hardly ever has. Through the 1600's, and even into the 18th and early 19th centuries, men wore some of the most decorative and flamboyant, costume-like attire of any period in history. Not only were their puffy sleeves adorned in gold trim and lace, but they almost always wore leggings or a type of hose. That’s right,men were trying to keep their legs warm with skin-tight goodness long before women. Throughout history men have even worn high-heeled shoes for both practical reasons and as a fashion statement. It wasn’t until the 1800's, and especially during the last century, that men'’s fashion began to truly separate itself from the femininity of previous norms. Men began wearing suits. The suit became the staple of a gentleman'’s wardrobe. During the first half of the 1900'’s, this trend coincided, and was cemented as a standard, due because of the societal roles of men and women during and after war times. Fast forward to the present day. Societal roles are beginning to blur, alternative lifestyles are becoming more accepted, and Jaden Smith is modeling dresses. Overall, equality is reaching a point of normalcy. Body art and modifications are becoming more accepted in the work place. Fashion choices should be no different. To judge or Read more [...]

Music department captures area award, commits to continue tradition of success

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Corey Cowart, left, Amarillo Symphony executive director, Steven Weber, chairman of the Amarillo College music department, and Jim Rauscher, an AC piano instructor, pose at the 34th 
annual Golden Nail awards April 7 at the Amarillo Civic Center. Weber received the award on behalf of the music department for its support of local fine arts.
Written by | Alma Bustamante | Both Amarillo College and the AC music department received the Golden Nail Award April 7 for their community partnerships and support of the fine arts in the area. During their 34th annual gala, the Golden Nail Awards recognizes individuals and businesses that have made a noticeable contribution to fine arts in this area. Michelle Fortunato, chairwoman of the board of regents, accepted the award on behalf of the school, while Steven Weber accepted the award on behalf of the music department. “It was a great honor for me to accept the award on behalf of the music department,” said Weber, chairman of the department. In his acceptance speech, Weber recognized two former department chairmen who have strengthened the fine arts not only at AC but in the community. According to Weber, Dr. Dale Roller was a visionary who implemented ideas to engage the Amarillo community with the AC music department. “There is not a person who loves Amarillo College or is more invested in Amarillo College like Dale Roller,” Weber said. Also recognized by Weber was Dr. Jim Rauscher, a piano instructor and former department chairman, for helping cultivate the ideas and making the AC music department an important part of the arts in the community. Roller’s ideas helped organizations such as the Amarillo Master Chorale, Amarillo Youth Choirs and the Suzuki program to develop and exist, Weber said. The music department is known for its high standards and high quality of teaching. “I feel like this department is a dream team department,” Weber said. Mary Jane Johnson, a voice instructor, said it is a great department where students get to experience opportunities to grow and learn. “We are very much like a small family,” Johnson said. “We are proud of what we do here.” Not only is the music department recognized locally but also nationwide, since AC also is accredited with the National Association of Schools of Music for its music Read more [...]

‘Film Riot’ does the impossible

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Written by | Austin Ulen | For those who ever have wondered how to make a crowbar out of foam or maybe how to set a car on fire without going to jail or who simply ever have seen something in a film and said, “I wish I could make something like that,” Ryan Connolly’s YouTube channel, “Film Riot,” makes it absolutely possible. Not only will the “Film Riot” crew show how it can be done, but they’ll show how to do it on a budget. Started in May 2009 as part of the “Revision3” multi-channel network, which it now no longer is a part of, “Film Riot” gives those who might not have a Hollywood budget the tools to create a film that still should be on the big screen.   The show is hosted by Connolly himself, and the channel has several different themes for its episodes. Most episodes begin with a sketch that incorporates and highlights a certain aspect of pre-production, filming or postproduction. The sketches usually are comedy-driven and cleverly written. Connolly then gives advice and walks viewers through the process of creating the effects seen in the sketch.Other episodes feature the crew reviewing a piece of equipment used in the process of filmmaking. Reviews have included cameras, lighting, rigging, sound equipment, software, online resources and more. Connolly also takes questions via Twitter, Facebook and email and answers them on episodes called “Film Riot Mondays.” They are episodes that tackle tough questions ranging from copyright issues to practical effects vs. CGI effects to how to shoot in extreme weather, all things that might not be covered in a standard episode. “Film Riot” could be called a family affair. Connolly, along with brothers Josh and Tim and sister Emily, all contribute to the channel’s success. The siblings banded together not only to create the “Film Riot” YouTube channel but also Triune Films, an independent film production company. The company has released several short films that also Read more [...]

Getting fired up with AC courses

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Written by | TASHANA SMITH | Amarillo College has a fire academy that gives individuals the opportunity to become certified firefighters anywhere in the United States. According to Dennis Eaves, the fire protection instructor, students rent their fire gear from an independent company because AC is unable to pay for it. The fire trucks and the facility that are used during training are owned by the city of Amarillo. The fire academy has an agreement with the city to use them. Along with the students, professional firefighters also can take courses and training to achieve promotions and advancements. There are classes in the daytime for those who cannot attend evening classes and evening classes for those who cannot attend day classes. Fire academy students receive more than 500 hours of training. Forty percent of that training is spent in the classroom taking tests, and the other 60 percent is spent on the field. Most of the instructors teach part-time and are firefighters from around the Texas Panhandle. The students are taught from state, national and local standards. When they train, they enter a building that is smoking but not actually burning and go searching for the dummy that was placed inside to represent a victim. They make sure everyone in the building has been evacuated. Students train using hazardous materials and also perform vehicle extractions in case there is a victim stuck in a car. When practicing, they have various groups such as Engine 2, Engine 3 and Engine 5. “We have a really good completion rate from our students,” Eaves said. “We also have had a minimal accident rate this year. In the past years, we may have had maybe one or two, but this is a better year.” Toward the end of the program, students gear up and actually go inside a burning building to see if they can find any dummies simulated as victims. During the exercise, they report back to the leader on a walkie-talkie to let the leader know the currency Read more [...]
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