Page 14, TJC News Features Monday, May 1, 2006
Jobs, rising gas prices affect campus commuter students
By Katie Hall volleyball here, so I get to Even so, she said she is “I don’t get to participate really can’t afford to ask off
Staff Writer meet a lot of people through dedicated to TJC and will in many activities or events and then drive an hour to
Many TJC students com- the athletic department. It travel an extra half hour a because I don’t want to Tyler. It would be more
mute from towns surround- does affect me somewhat day if she needs to. drive so far, especially when convenient if I did live
ing Tyler, some driving academically. In the hour I “I don’t think that I’m gas is almost $3 a gallon,” around here. I would defi-
hours each day. spend driving to and from missing out on that much Ponder said. nitely become more in-
Some of these students school each day, I could be because of the travel time. Freshman Tim Carista volved with TJC,” Carista
manage to stay involved getting things done for my If there is anything impor- from Canton travels ap- said.
with TJC activities and classes,” Brooks said. tant enough for me to attend, proximately two hours a day Freshman Amanda Tho-
events, but most find it dif- Despite spending an hour I will always make the ef- to attend school. He finds mas travels a 45-minute
ficult to do so because of gas a day driving, Brooks plays fort to be there,” she said. it more difficult to be as in- drive to and from Hallsville
prices, work conflicts and on the volleyball team. She Freshman Sarah Ponder, volved with TJC as he once a week. Work conflicts
the overall hassle of having attends other sports events who also travels from would like. He prefers to often prevent her from at-
to travel such distances. to support TJC and her Lindale, feels she uses up spend most of his time in his tending TJC functions.
Sophomore Amber classmates, but she admits valuable study time when hometown where his job “Sometimes, when I want
Brooks from Lindale trav- living outside of Tyler pre- she is driving. and girlfriend are. to go to the TJC games or
els half an hour to get to TJC vents her from attending all “I spend more time driv- “I make friends here, but other activities I can’t be-
because it is cheaper and the TJC events she would ing when I could be study- because we all come from cause I am always either at
more convenient for her. like to. ing. I had to learn the hard various towns, it makes it work or just too far away,”
Driving an hour each school “If I didn’t have to drive way about studying in the difficult to hang out with Thomas said.
day affects her life. 30 minutes to get to the car on my way to school,” anyone outside of class,” The only way the long
“Socially, traveling from school, I would probably be Ponder said. Carista said. distance affects her socially
Lindale every day does not able to participate more,” The cost of gas for stu- Traveling long distances or academically is when she
affect me that much. I play Brooks said. dents who commute to TJC is not the only factor that does not wake up early
affects how much students prevents students from at- enough to make it to school
TJC student wins can be involved in campus
tending TJC events.
“I work all the time, so I
in time, Thomas said.
Miss Tyler crown
By Lady Redding
High schoolers display artwork,
Freshman communications major Mollianna Redding,
2006 Miss Tyler USA, will compete in the Miss Texas
win scholarships to attend TJC
USA competition June 25, which will be televised live By Danielle Smith Art Instructor Derrick scholarships.
Staff Writer White believes showing Mallori MorDecai of All
Redding won a $2,000 scholarship to the University Art by students in local high school students’ art is Saints, Amber Watson of
of Texas at Tyler, a competition wardrobe, Premiere Fit- high schools was displayed a good experience in many Elysian Fields, Caitlyn
ness membership and a dental package in addition to in the Art Club lobby in ways. Weedon of Rains, Johan
her crown and ring. She is one of only three competi- mid-April. “The purpose of the show Gonzalez of John Tyler and
tors to win both Miss Tyler USA and Miss Teen Tyler This show gives the high is to showcase the artists’ Taylor Bush of Robert E.
USA. school artists a chance to ability and their level of tal- Lee received $500 scholar-
Redding said she will be expected to appear at local display their work and com- ent.” White said, “It also ships.
functions such as the Rose Parade, the Azalea Trail and pete for art department allows the high school art- The $500 Art Club schol-
local ribbon cuttings. She looks forward to using her scholarships, Art Instructor ist a chance to be seen and arship went to Reagan Fair
crown to work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tyler Derrick White said. have a chance to get offered from Lee. Brad Taylor from
and the Youth Literacy program. TJC art faculty selected a scholarship to work in the Lee, Michael Sisco and
“I don't want to just move on [to Miss Texas USA] the top four works to receive finest art department in the Michael Lawrence from
after my win,” Redding said. the scholarships. Art Club nation!” Canton and Crystal Trent
She started pageantry competition because a friend members decided together Jose Dockens of Lindale from Lindale also received
in Miss Tyler Teen USA and her mom encouraged her. which students would re- and Mary Evelyn Coles of awards of recognition.
“My family is very proud of me,” she said. ceive the scholarships. Spring Hill received $1,000