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EDITORIAL: Black to the drawing board

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You’ve heard the term, “the one that got away.” Well, Angel Learning seems to be that one; in its place is Blackboard. It appeared like a bat out of hell and brought with it a sense of gloom and doom, drowning students in the darkness of ignorance. Not the best way to start a semester. It began with glitches and quirks of the system still being worked out that many do not know how to resolve. Tutorials are not loading and playing correctly for users, which, for many students, is distracting and exasperating. Trying to learn a new subject, program and system all at the same time can be overwhelming for some people. Not having easy access to the knowledge to answer questions as basic as “how does one contact a teacher or classmate through Blackboard” is maddening. Although AC offered Blackboard training beginning last spring, many faculty members still do not seem to be comfortable with the system. It appears that some may not have taken advantage of the early training. Others may not have allowed themselves enough time to practice and learn the system before the fall semester began. Faculty, it might have been better for some of you if you had received your Blackboard training earlier so you would have had more time to practice and learn the system before you had so many students coming to you for assistance. We understand having a lot to do, but it is hard to teach something you do not know or understand, and it must be embarrassing to have to acknowledge unfamiliarity rather than mastery of the new system. While it is inconvenient and upsetting for new users, however, it is not the end of the world. Adapting to Blackboard will go smoothly if students and instructors take a few moments to play with the system and report issues to teachers or the technical staff. When unsure of how to do or find something, asking questions about the system is the key to understanding. Blackboard eventually may be a great tool for students and educators, Read more [...]

EDITORIAL: Freedom: Bought with blood

Illustration by Kaylie Foster | The Ranger
•  STAFF EDITORIAL •     Senate Bill 182, aka the Campus Personal Protection Act, is being re-introduced to the Texas Legislature by state Sen. Brian Birdwell. The bill would allow any concealed weapons license holder to carry a firearm on college campuses. It also would prevent any public higher learning institution from making or implementing provisionary measures, rules or other regulations that would ban license holders from bearing arms. If passed, the act would take effect Sept. 1. However, anyone knowingly carrying a knife, club, firearm or any other illegal weapon on a college campus from now until Sept. 1, 2014, still would suffer the penalty currently in effect. On one hand, people trained in the use of firearms potentially could prevent or reduce the number of fatalities if a shooter opened fire on campus. Many students would feel safer knowing that people with skill, knowledge and training in responsible firearms use were armed and willing to defend them. Mass shootings usually occur in places where guns already are prohibited, such as schools. So increasing the number of people legally bearing arms theoretically would decrease the likelihood of a gunman attempting an assault. On the other hand, individuals may feel threatened because citizens are carrying guns. The small possibilities of law enforcement officers confusing a defender with the actual shooter, an innocent bystander being shot or a responsible and legal gun operator having a mental breakdown and opening fire in class keeps some citizens in a perpetual state of anxiety which distorts their judgment. If current gun control laws were enforced, psychological evaluations imposed and more training given to potential concealed weapons buyers, then S.B. 182 could be a great idea for Texas colleges. Most violent shootings are perpetrated by criminals or individuals with psychological issues who acquired a firearm illegally. This act would put control Read more [...]

EDITORIAL: Amarillo College Bookstore: Worth the Wait?

September 12, 2012 Two weeks of the semester are already down and there is more than enough stress to be passed around. Assignments and projects are already due so let the procrastination begin. As is always the case with a new semester students also have to prepare for each class by buying the required books for those classes. If only that were as easy as it sounded. The scene at Amarillo College just a couple of weeks ago was that of hundreds of students rushing to the bookstore to get copies of the overpriced books they needed for each class. Many students are already familiar with the process and how dreadful it can be, while others are new to the process and have no idea what they are in for. As a new student one might expect friendly customer service and help in finding the materials that can be hard to locate. The reality is that too often at the AC bookstore students are left stranded with little to no help at all or may find that the materials they need are completely sold out. If that isn’t frustrating enough, customers can spend hours at a time waiting in a long line only to see the jaw dropping total and then learn that they don’t have enough financial aid to cover the cost and eventually shelling out their own precious dollars. Many times the bookstore option are outdated or short on supply leaving many students with no other options but to look outside of AC for their materials. When all is said and done at least at the end of the semester one can return those books for at least a portion of what they spent right? Well sometimes at least. Always seems to be the most expensive books are yours to keep forever unfortunately, or at least don’t seem to be worth as much after all the use you got out of it says the AC bookstore. How ironic. What happened to the old public school days of free books and no lines, and occasionally gold stars for good behavior. Well we had to grow up at some point. No worries fellow Badgers, alternatives Read more [...]

EDITORIAL: Media is any presidential nominee’s only friend

Illustration by Stephanie Perez | The Ranger
March 28, 2012 HOW BIG of a role does the media play in our presidential nominations? Did Obama win the 2008 election because of skill or the pure celebrity status he gained during his campaign? Will this year’s candidate be chosen upon influential status as well? The media litters our headlines every four years during presidential elections. And it’s no surprise that when the candidate is placed in office, the United States, as a whole, is somehow disappointed. How serious are we about making such a vital decision? Our focus seems to detour when it comes to making a presidential selection. Our economy is in the midst of recovery, we are at a constant standstill with Iran and Afghanistan and an increase in poverty are just a few issues we face, but our main concern during election time is who is best at stroking our egos. Media has the power to engulf our views and shape our opinions solely based on empty promises made by whoever’s face is shoved in the camera at that moment. How important is a candidate’s full, comprehensive biographical background? Well, sure, we obviously need to know their educational background and what type of experiences and/or jobs the candidate has under his or her belt to even qualify as president of the United States. But do we really need to know who their great-grand grandparents were? Or what type of car they drove in the year 1974? No. Media can inform, but it also can misinform and skew perceptions. With all the available information out there regarding presidential candidates, it’s easy to become concerned with the surrounding nonsense, especially when that nonsense is on constant display. Real issues like health care and economic relief are huge, lingering issues that Americans should be concerned with when it comes to electing a president. Somehow, though, those issues get overshadowed by the number of pets Mitt Romney keeps at his ranchhouse. Read more [...]