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Approach conflict with love

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In favor of firearms versus against them; Trump versus Clinton; logic versus morality… we live in a society where opposition is encouraged and prevalent.
We have become caught up in making sure our beliefs on each issue are known, and there is nothing wrong with that–but as a society we have become too focused on the violence and chaos of society and the reasons behind them instead of promoting the idea of loving one another.
We recognize that life is filled with chaos and unfortunate events and these things cannot be stopped with love, but we, The Ranger staff, would like to take the time to remind you of the importance of loving one another.
Whether or not you are in support of firearms or completely against them; for Trump, Clinton or neither, it’s undeniable that we focus too much on opposing the other side, becoming consumed with hate and violence, screaming so our voices will be heard. We focus on the black and white sides of things both literally and figuratively.
South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
We live in a world that has become consumed with hate, opposing sides and the notion that this is how it should be. We are here to take a stand and change that belief. We must not sit idly and accept that our world is ruled by hate and violence. We must spread the importance of loving one another in spite of our differences.
The more we love one another and preach tolerance and acceptance, the more our environment will become a kinder place filled with less panic and anxiety, with less aggression and desire to lash out at the opposing side. We encourage you to go out and spread kindness instead of abhorrence. Spread love.

Stop and smell the new concrete

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Editorial cartoon by Mika Malone
The pungent smell of tar wafting through the air… the ear-piercing sounds of the pavement being torn up… the inconvenient detours and inaccessible routes… these familiarities are no more. The construction of the Washington Street Campus Mall and the Ware Student Commons have come to a close, bringing to an end nearly a decade of building and renovation on that campus. We, the Ranger Staff, would like to take the time to appreciate the new amenities and thank those who made them possible. What used to be dirt and ground-up pavement is now a thing of the past-- trees, benches, and fresh pavement have replaced the construction zone--making the center of campus both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The final Washington Street Campus projects were the second floor of the College Union Building, the Ware Student Commons and the Mall. Now every building on this campus (with the exception of the historic Ordway Hall) has been drastically renovated and new facilities have been built. The Ware Student Commons now houses services that offer students greater opportunities for success. Readily available on the beautifully reconstructed first floor are many conveniently located resources. From the student food pantry and clothing closet to the new tutoring center, everything has been redesigned around the goal of student success. The 2007 bond issue and a series of generous private donations have made dramatic changes possible. Now the East Campus will is getting a new aviation hangar and an addition to the Transportation Center thanks to donations from the Harrington Foundation and the AEDC. Throughout our campuses, we as students have benefited from the support our community has provided Amarillo College. In turn, we will receive the education and training we need to give back to our community. The Ware Family, the W.P. Buckthal family, the Oeschger family all made donations that transformed the heart of the Washington Street Campus and the voters that Read more [...]

Spring cleaning takes new meaning

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Empty seats, prime parking spots, undivided attention from instructors — three of the many perks the spring semester has to offer for those who still are managing to attend class regularly. Students have taken the term “spring cleaning” to a whole new level this semester by no longer showing up to class—what a novel idea. We, the students who still show up to class, would like to take a moment to thank those of you who gave up long ago for these perks. In the fall semester, classes tend to be full of students ready to learn, which makes parking difficult, seeing the whiteboard a challenge and obtaining the professor’s attention a daunting task. The spring semester not only brings warmer weather (sometimes — it is Amarillo) but an abundance of open parking spots, a perfect view of the whiteboard and one-on-one attention from professors. It’s all thanks to the students who gave into their complete lack of drive and decided, “Why even come?” We appreciate your decision that you are better off staying in bed so your head no longer blocks our view of the projector. We are grateful that you are not sleeping in class to later find you cannot learn by osmosis and not taking away the professor’s time by sharing your irrelevant opinions with the entire class. We are relieved to no longer have to scour the parking lots for an open spot and to be able to glide into nearly any spot of our liking. In deciding to stop showing up altogether, it is likely you will lose your financial aid, cause your GPA to plummet, waste money on tuition for classes you won’t get credit for and generally make your life spiral downward; but hey, we, the students who still show up, appreciate you. You know that you don’t want to complete your work or waste anyone’s time, and you decided to take the necessary actions to reflect your nonexistent drive. Congrats; you know what you want in life. We thank you for the parking, added attention and seating of our choice. Read more [...]

Who runs the world? Women.

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Editoral Cartoon by | Destiny Kranthoven
Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, Mother Teresa, Dr. Mae Jemison, Malala Yousafzai, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Michelle Obama, Ada Lovelace, Hillary Clinton, Audrey Hepburn and Maya Angelou are only 11 of the many women who have changed the world. March is Women’s History Month. Like those incredibly powerful women, it is a big (OK — immense) deal, and there are endless reasons why you should care. According to Time magazine, the first Women’s Day occurred on Feb. 28, 1909. March is a time to recognize and appreciate the countless contributions women have and continue to make in the world. It is women who fought for the right to vote, own property and to be equal with men societally. Unfortunately, despite all the bad-ass women in the world, according to American Association of University Women, women still today receive 21 percent less pay than men, regardless of their abilities. Many individuals may say, “Women have so many more rights than they used to,” and “They are seen as equal today,” but that regrettably is not the case. No matter their level of education, age or experience, women still face a pay gap in comparison to men’s wages. It is unjust and ridiculous. Women have and continue to make scientific discoveries, lead politically, fight as activists, lead organizations, create inventions, and simply: Run. The. World. The feminist movement is a fight for equality. A cry for justice. It is a movement that says women matter and deserve to be seen as equals with men. Women have made huge and substantial strides, but it is time society recognizes the advances as a whole. Actress Emma Watson is the U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador who created the “HeForShe” campaign, which is an incredibly influential campaign to end gender inequality and spread the truth about feminism. Watson and Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, Mother Teresa, Dr. Mae Jemison, Malala Yousafzai, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Michelle Obama, Ada Lovelace, Hillary Clinton, Audrey Hepburn Read more [...]

Learning to learn or learning to memorize

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Photo by | Ella Vasquez
As students, we often find ourselves cramming, memorizing and doing all we can to get that A (or C—you do you.), which begs the question: When did higher education become more about getting by than gaining knowledge? How did an institution built so individuals can learn and grow become focused on quick cramming sessions that end in forgetting what’s been quickly learned directly after the test? The answer: standardized testing. First with the ACT and SAT, then the TAKS, which became the STARR, and let’s not forget the TSI… OK, enough acronyms already. The point is that the acronyms are what education systems put all their focus on as soon as a child reaches the third grade. Higher education stops being about learning and growing as an individual and becomes about memorizing what you are going to be tested over and passing and moving on. This mindset quickly has geared generations and generations to come to lose focus on what really matters in education: learning. Growing up with this mindset being drilled into our heads, it is no wonder that we have all lost track of the true beauty in knowledge. Older generations come back to school simply because they love to learn, and the younger generations look at them like … seriously … you enjoy this? And they do, because they grew up with the true value of higher education instilled in their minds. We do not have to sit back and allow the mindset standardized testing has drilled into us to take over. We too can love learning like our elders. If we decide to learn for the love of gaining knowledge and delve into our studies with passion and an open mind, the As (or Cs; we don’t judge) will follow suit. We, the Ranger staff, implore you to remember the value in learning and forget about all that cramming. OK, so go on — learn with the vigor and the childlike passion you once had. Focus on the learning, and the good (OK … better) grades will follow. It’s worth a try. After all, the cramming hasn’t Read more [...]

With maturity comes knowledge

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Editoral Cartoon by JP Bernal
Brain drain. It’s a term we’ve been hearing a lot lately around campus. For some students, the phrase describes how they are feeling after a long semester as they head into final exams. For others, brain drain refers to a condition that could result from Amarillo College’s upcoming retirement buyout, which is leading many long-time faculty and staff members to leave the college at the same time. The fear is that the simultaneous departure of numerous experienced and knowledgeable employees could hurt the quality of education and services that the college provides. Anticipation of the results of these impending retirements is creating anxiety among some AC employees and students. Many are just panicking because it seems to be the trendy thing to do around here lately; but what comes into question is how much will this upcoming change affect the students?   In pursuit of knowledge and answers regarding the impending changes, Ranger editor Alma Bustamante and Ranger videographer/page editor Christie Rankin met with President Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart to find out exactly what will result from the approaching changes. In meeting with Lowery-Hart, Bustamante and Rankin were assured that the changes will have no negative impact on the students. Lowery-Hart noted that as of last week, 31 of the 85 eligible to retire had announced they are taking the buyout, but he assured The Ranger that student learning will not suffer despite the decrease in the overall number of employees. The goal is to eliminate duplicated roles and move employees to where they are needed most. Students will not receive education of a lesser level due to the buyout. Lowery-Hart assured Bustamante and Rankin that student success is of ultimate importance and will remain so. At The Ranger, we are pleased to hear that the college is committed to ensuring that the upcoming retirements will have no negative impact on students. We urge AC leaders to stay on top of this goal and to make sure Read more [...]
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