Tag Archives: Tashana Hughes

New ‘vendateria’ saves school money,angers some students

Photo by Zach Stebbins

February 15, 2012

By Tashana HughesRanger Reporter


Controversy is still  in the air when it comes to discussing the cafeteria being replaced with fast-serving vending machines.

Toward the end of the spring 2011 semester, the cafeteria, which employed Great Western Dining, was officially closed.

“We were having to pay the staff because it wasn’t bringing in much money,” said Lynn Thornton, director of administrative services and human resources.

The vending machines are provided by an outside vendor, although Amarillo College receives a percentage of the sales as commission.

“From September to December, AC is up about $4,000 in commission from vending sales,” Thornton said.

Not all students feel the changes were positive.

“Personally, I liked the cafeteria because you had more of a healthier variety, and you didn’t have to drive off campus to get an actual meal,” said Susan Hartfelder, a forensic science major. “You didn’t have to wait in a long line because there are only three vending machines to use.”

So far, AC has saved about $100,000, which is the amount it would have paid Great Western Dining for cafeteria services.

“I think they should have kept the cafeteria, because some people might want to have their lunch made hot in between classes and not just junk food,” said I.V. Shaw, a radiography major. “Us as students should have had an option.”

The cafeteria now houses a variety of machines that supply everything from tuna fish sandwiches to sodas. Each machine also is equipped with a credit card slot. Microwave ovens also are available for use.

Nursing one of many options on West Campus

Photo Courtesy of actx.edu

February 8, 2012

BY Tashana Hughes| Ranger Reporter

AMARILLO COLLEGE’S West Campus offers a variety of programs such as licensed vocational nurse, associate degree nursing, dental hygiene, emergency medical services, surgical technology and criminal justice.

The Student Nurses Association is an integral part of the AC nursing department, according to www.actx.edu. It is a program guided by faculty advisers but driven by students.

SNA is designed to provide students with an opportunity to get involved in activities that support and complement their academic experiences.

West Campus also is home to AC’s criminal justice department and police and fire academies.

Students can pursue a law enforcement certificate as well as an associate degree in law enforcement, which is designed to transfer to a four-year university, through the criminal justice program.

“We train for law enforcement for the top 26 counties in the Panhandle,” said Toni Gray, director of criminal justice programs.

Training is provided for individuals who are court-ordered to take certain classes, such as the driving while intoxicated repeat offender program, alcohol education for minors, anger management and defensive driving online or on-campus.

The programs are offered to the general public as well.

Continuing education also is offered on the West Campus.

“We register about 6,500 to 7,000 continuing education students a semester,” Gray said.

For more information about the programs and others being offered on the West Campus, call the college’s general number at 371-5000.

Gray can be reached at 354-6083 for information on the criminal justice programs.

Law changes financial aid rules, causes problems

BY TASHANA HUGHES Ranger Reporter   On July 1, 2011, new laws were passed by the federal government that changed the way a Satisfactory Academic Policy is reviewed and students who are receiving financial aid through Pell Grants, federal work study, student loans and other avenues are facing the consequences. The new law requires financial aid eligibility to consider a student’s pace, maximum timeframe/mathematically unable and cumulative grade point average. Notices were sent out to students via email with a copy of the new guidelines. Notices also were posted on the financial aid webpage at www.actx.edu. Pace is used to measure a student’s progress. There must be a 67 percent cumulative completion rate at the review period. Failure to meet that requirement could result in financial aid suspension. Maximum timeframe means a student’s hours cannot exceed 150 percent of what is required in their degree plan, or that it is mathematically impossible to complete a degree in the allotted timeframe. The cumulative GPA now is being decided by an overall average of all classes taken rather than by semester. “The new rules that were put into effect we had to implement at the end of the fall semester,” said Kay Mooney,  financial aid director. When figuring in all completed hours, remedial courses are counted as well. Any remedial course that a student has to take is also counted in those hours, and financial aid is only allowed to pay for 30 hours of remedial courses combined. When a student is placed on suspension for being mathematically unable, they are allowed to submit a suspension review request with a typed statement and an academic plan from an adviser. The board then can look at it and determine if they can continue to receive financial aid. “We work with them a lot, and we take some off, but there are some that we can’t take off due to the federal guidelines,” Mooney said. If a student is denied Read more [...]

Five ways to keep the Faith

Photo by Joshua Wagner
Opinion By Tashana Hughes tashanasmith123@yahoo.com Being a faithful Christian takes strength and courage. When you enter into the college world, you meet various types of individuals. Some may share your beliefs, and some may have a different viewpoint than you. Many people seek to gain the world's approval rather than seeking God's approval because it seems like the easy thing to do. According to crosswalk.com, in order to stand firm in your faith, you need to maintain your Christian disciplines: 1) Have daily prayer. Nothing can make you feel better than when you talk to God on a daily basis. 2) Have frequent Bible study and worship. 3) Evangelism. You never know who might be waiting on you to share your faith with them. 4) Service to others. Jesus washed his disciples' feet. That is not saying to go around washing everyone's feet. It means humble yourself to bless others in some way. 5) Remind yourself constantly of the presence of God – even in the worst situations. Just knowing that his peace rests with you can make a big difference. In order to stay spiritual and faithful in the world we live in, you have to figure out what that means to you. Not what you hear a pastor say or what someone else says, but search within yourself and find out what it means to you personally. There is a saying that goes, "No man is an island." You need to connect with like-minded people who can help you stay grounded in the Word. Not everyone believes the same thing, and not everyone can help you in your walk with God. Baptist Student Ministries at Amarillo College is here for the students. Get involved. If being in a group doesn't suit your needs, find a mentor. Whether it be a college professor, a fellow student or a roommate, it can be helpful to find a spiritually strong individual who can help you in your walk. Being a Christian is not meant to be a walk in the park. You probably will be ostracized because of Read more [...]