EPCC introduces new microbiology lab by wanghonghx


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                                                                                                                                                                     February 18, 2010

                  El Paso            Community College                                                            ASC . Fort Bliss . Mission del Paso . Northwest . Rio Grande . Transmountain . Valle Verde

EPCC introduces new microbiology lab                                                                                                                                   College helps
Isabel A. Rodriguez                     since the room now being used                      ogy would have to go to the       tain amount of time preparing
Tejano Tribune                          for classes was previously oc-
                                        cupied for storage.
                                                                                           Rio Grande or Transmoun-
                                                                                           tain campus, or all the way to
                                                                                                                             to teach this class,” she said.
                                                                                                                                 Since the fall semester               Haitian cause
   Six years after develop-                 “The department as a                           UTEP.                             of 2004, every microbiology               Alicia Palomares
ing a microbiology course at            whole made a decision to                               Only biology, anatomy,        course that has been offered              Tejano Tribune
EPCC’s Valle Verde campus,              move the microbiology lab                          physiology ecology and zo-        has been filled completely,
the department now has a                into this room,” she said. “The                    ology courses were being of-      with some students even being                  EPCC Campus Life offices are
new and larger lab in which to          only thing we had to do was                        fered at VV.                      turned away.                              now accepting donations to benefit
work in Room A2726.                     install a new outlet. We had all                       “Students were complain-          “Enrollment is huge,” said            earthquake victims in Haiti.
   According to Erin Mc-                the equipment.”                                    ing that they didn’t have mi-     McCann. “We started out with                   Students can drop off toilet tissue,
Cann, assistant professor of                In the past, nursing stu-                      crobiology, and they started      one class in 2004 and we’ve               hand sanitizer, blankets, clean clothes
biology, finding the space for          dents at the VV campus who                         petitioning for a lab,” said      moved up to four classes in               and shoes in good condition (new or
the new lab wasn’t too hard,            wanted to take microbiol-                          McCann.                           fall.”                                    used), toiletries (soaps, toothpaste,
                                                                                               After a high demand from          The department hopes to               toothbrushes, and deodorant), baby
                                                                                           students, EPCC finally opened     add more classes in the future,           items (formula, dry cereals, diapers)
                                                                                           its microbiology lab at the VV    she said, and might apply for             and monetary donations at any Cam-
                                                                                           campus in 2004.                   grants to expand the program.             pus Life or Student Government Asso-
                                                                                               “There was a person here          The cost of the original              ciation office, or at the Administrative
                                                                                           [Guillermo Salas] who started     microbiology lab at VV was at             Services Center .
                                                                                           [the lab] at Mission del Paso     least $3,000 to $5,000.                        According to Adriana Nevarez,
                                                                                           and the original one here.            Some of these funds were              senator of SGA, not enough EPCC
                                                                                           They started in one semester      used to purchase refrigerators,           students are getting involved in Haiti
                                                                                           and then I took over.”            incubators, tests and other               relief efforts.
                                                                                               McCann added that at the      necessary equipment.                           For a college of 25,000 students,
                                                                                           time the department needed            “We have the student en-              “We haven’t gotten nearly as much of
                                                                                           someone to not only order the     rollment, and I believe we                a response as we hoped,” she said.
                                                                                           supplies for the class but also   have the money in terms of                       “The items we are asking for
                                                                                           to grow the organisms needed      tuition,” said McCann. “Our               aren’t expensive of hard to find. They
                                                                                           for the class.                    biggest problem is finding                are everyday items. All students have
                                                            Zuri Flores / Tejano Tribune       “I did some microbiology      more space for class and more             to do is donate them.”
Laila Rajabi, lab assistant, displys microbiology test plates.                             work before, but I spent a cer-   space to do labs.”                             On Jan. 12 Haiti was hit by an
                                                                                                                                                                       earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0,

Early College HS program hitting its stride
                                                                                                                                                                       which took the lives of about 230,000
                                                                                                                                                                       people and injured about 300,000.
                                                                                                                                                                            “It is kind of sad to think about all
                                                                                                                                                                       the people in Haiti suffering so we
Jasmine Aguilera                         ECHS campus.
                                                                                                                                                                       need to help them,” said Nevarez.
Tejano Tribune                               “Working        at    Valle
                                                                                                                                                                            The donation deadline is Feb. 28.
                                         Verde’s ECHS has been a
                                                                                                                                                                       For more information call 831-2712 or
    EPCC’s Early College                 learning experience,” said
High School (ECHS) program               Isabel Mora, junior dual
continues to grow since it start-        credit U.S. history teacher.
ed five years ago.                           “It’s very exciting and
    Since 2005 EPCC has                  I learn every day. I used to
worked with school districts in          teach at Ranchland Hills
El Paso to create a program in           Middle School and Bel Air
which high school students can           High School, and [this] is
attend high school and college           different because there is a
at the same time.                        smaller population. Every-
    The goal is for students to          one is heavily invested in
graduate with a high school              their progress. They care                                                               Jasmine Aguilera / Tejano Tribune
diploma and up to 60 college             about their grades.              Students at EPCC are participating in a growing program. Valle Verde ECHS
credit hours or an associate of              “Overall I believe early students line up behind the sign at the entrance of the campus.
arts degree.                             colleges are a wonderful
    Last spring Mission del              idea,” she added.                   sophomore health and well- omore world history teacher.
Paso’s ECHS said goodbye                     “It’s a great opportunity for ness.                                        “My favorite thing about
to its first graduating class,           students who have ambitions,            Northwest’s ECHS intro- teaching at Northwest’s ECHS
the first to graduate from an            and it is great for both teachers duced new faculty members is our commitment to expand-
early college high school in El          and students.”                      last fall as well.                     ing the pool of students who go
Paso’s history.                              Other new faculty mem-              Eight new members were to college and succeed,” said
    Other Early College High             bers include Laura Vela, fresh- added, more than doubling the Holzman.
School’s in El Paso are intro-           man English; Ken Porter, number of teachers.                                   “The school really is all
ducing new faculty to their              sophomore world history; Ru-            Among the new faculty is a about expanding the number
campuses.                                ben Amador, sophomore math; part-time music instructor.                    of students who get a college
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alicia Palomares
    In fall 2009, six new teach-         James Brown, junior physics;            Another new faculty mem-                                                              EPCC student Ruben Galarza donating
ers were added to Valle Verde’s          and Mike Beltran, junior and ber is Kenneth Holzman, soph-                      See ECHS on page 2                            to Haitian earthquake victims.

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Free screenings at Health fair                                                                         ECHS from page 1
Susy Castillo                         “The event is for all             Familiar la Fe, City of El
Tejano Tribune                    people,” said Marisela                Paso Department of Pub-        education, not about test   be careful not to lose        work.
                                  Cruz, Campus Life repre-              lic Health, El Paso Sleep      scores or getting kids      focus,” continued Holz-           Some students take
     EPCC students who            sentative at RG. “We want             Center, Liberty Medical,       through college faster      man.                          up to five college cours-
would like to have a blood        to have plenty of students,           Physicians Health Choice,      who would have suc-             “ECHS       programs      es a semester with only
glucose test to check for         faculty and staff attend.             Precision Prosthetics Inc.,    ceeded in higher educa-     aren’t supposed to be         two actual high school
diabetes can do so at no          There will be lots of in-             Salvation Army, Student        tion anyway.”               about taking Gifted and       classes.
cost at the Rio Grande            formation for the commu-              American Dental Assist-            Holzman previously      Talented kids who are             “Personally I think
Spring Health Fair on Feb.        nity.”                                ing Association, among         taught at Valle Verde’s     perfect angels. It’s for      the work is the hardest
22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in           Nursing students will             others.                        ECHS and also teaches       the kids who present          part,” said Alba.
the cafeteria.                    be measuring height,                       “I would like to invite   at UTEP.                    challenges, who other-            “Every day there is
     Students will need to        weight, body mass and                 the students to come be-           He said he admires      wise would be in trouble      at least one thing due.
present a current school ID       pulse oximetry.                       cause it will be very help-    the fact that there is      in a regular high school.     We can never really chill
to participate. To receive            Groups participating              ful for them,” said Cruz.      a difference between            “ECHS is a way to         for too long.”
the most accurate results it      in the RG health fair in-                  “We’re going to have      Northwest and other         take those kids and el-           However, he said,
is recommended not to eat         clude 211 TEXAS, Alpha                preventive information on      Early College High          evate their expectations      the benefits are worth
or to drink anything other        & Omega Wellness Cen-                 hand for them. We are the      Schools.                    and performance and to        the sacrifice in the long-
than water for the four           ter, Altomar Home Health              campus related to nurs-            “The school is tar-     give them life choices        run.
hours prior to the test.          Care, Inc., Centro de Salud           ing and even have a clinic     geted at the sort of ‘at    and career options they           “Valle Verde’s ECHS
                                                                              here.”                   risk’ populations that      would not have other-         opens doors for many
                                                                                  The clinic is lo-    early college was meant     wise had.                     students,” said Alba.
                                                                              cated at the RG’s H-     for, rather than being a        “Done properly, I             “Of course it can
                                                                              Building on the sec-     ‘best and brightest’ pro-   firmly believe that this is   stress out students at
                                                                              ond floor.               gram,” he said.             the future of education.”     some points but it’s all
                                                                                  Other campuses           “Our administration         Students said they        worth it isn’t it?”
                                                                              hosting health fairs     is very mindful of who      share Holzman’s senti-
                                                                              include NW on            our student body [is]       ments about ECHS.
                                                                              March 22, MdP on         supposed to be and we           “High school has
                                                                              March 29, TM on          make kids be success-       been great and it can
                                                                              April 12 and VV on       ful with high school and    be stressful, but I know
                                                                              April 26.                college, even though        that it will be good in
                                                                                  Free popcorn and     they probably wouldn’t      the end,” said Eric Alba,
                                                                              refreshments will be     have made it through a      a junior at Valle Verde’s
                                                                              available for EPCC       regular high school at      ECHS.
                                                                              students with ID.        all.”                           Students in the pro-
                                                                                  For more infor-          “I think it’s a fan-    gram go through a four-
                                                  Courtesy Ramon A. Gonzalez
                                                                              mation contact Cruz      tastic program, but the     years mixture of high
Rio Grande campus held an STD fair for student awareness.
                                                                              at 831-4041.             administrators need to      school work and college
  Tejano Tribune      February 18, 2010
                                                                 Opinion                                                                                                                                                                        3

                                                                                                                                                                               Voices around campus
                                                                                                                                                                               Compiled by Dan Calderon
                                                                                                                                                                               Tejano Tribune

                                                                                                                                                                                What do you think about Lent and what are
                                                                                                                                                                                you giving up for it this year?
                                                                                                                                                                                                           I’m from Puerta de Cielo
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Church, and we are not
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Catholics, just Christians.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           We don’t have to follow the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           whole “no meat on Fridays”

                                                                                                                                   Kira Gosnell / Special to Trejano Tribune
                                                                                                                                                                                                           thing. We are given a choice
                                                                                                                                                                                                           to follow what we think is
                                                                                                                                                                                                           right. At the church we are
                                                                                                                                                                                   Elizabeth               fasting for a big missionary
                                                                                                                                                                                    Beltran                trip coming up in March.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           I don’t follow organized

Music industry has lost its soul
                                                                                                                                                                                                           religion, but I believe my
                                                                                                                                                                                                           kids should get baptized and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           follow the teachings of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Catholic Church. They are
                                and check their singles’         ride home with my mom,          the music itself.                                                                                         attending Catechism classes
                                chart position. If I wasn’t      I remember listening to             I don’t care if Lady                                                                                  and are learning about Lent.
                                pleased about it, you can        my favorite DJ because          Gaga or Keith Urban oc-                                                                                   As a responsible parent, I
                 the            bet I’d call in my song          he would play a variety of      cupies the top spot on the                                                                                will lead my kids by example.
                 Record         requests to local radio sta-     songs and would make me         Billboard charts. What I                                                            Rojas                 This year we’re going to cut
                                tions and impatiently wait       laugh.                          find outrageous is when                                                                                   down on TV time and read
                                to hear my song as I did my          This was kind of an in-     songs are #1 because of the                                                                               more so they can appreciate
 Isabel Rodriguez/Editor        homework or surfed the In-       convenient time to listen       artists who sing them and                                                                                 the finer side of life.
                                ternet.                          to the radio because the        not the other way around.
     When I was in high             Fast-forward a couple        playlist was often too short        I hear so many talented                                                                               I’m not religious as most
school, my life revolved        of years to a time where         and interrupted not only by     artists that are being over-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           people of this town are. I do
around two things: my           I seldom hit the radio di-       commercials but by traffic      shadowed by overrated
                                                                                                                                                                                                           believe in God though. I don’t
studies (yes, even then I       als in my car and feel so        reports.                        singers such as Carrie Un-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           necessarily do the whole Lent
was a huge nerd) and mu-        frustrated with the music            I could have easily         derwood and Miley Cyrus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           thing or celebrate the com-
sic.                            industry that I don’t even       popped in a CD instead but          I’m not trying to imply
                                                                                                                                                                                                           mercial version of Easter. But
     My obsession with mu-      bother tuning in to music        I listened because of the       that these people aren’t tal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           I am giving up smoking one
sic, from the days I would      award shows anymore be-          DJ.                             ented; I’m just saying that
                                                                                                                                                                                                           day at a time. By not smok-
sing along to Britney           cause the recipients seem            Awhile back, when the       listeners should go outside
Spears’ “Baby One More          ridiculously predictable.        station underwent a change      the boombox and listen to                                                          Jesus                  ing, I am reducing the amount
Time” to the day I discov-          The departure of local       in management, my favor-        artists that aren’t so well
                                                                                                                                                                                   Morales                 of second-hand smoke.
ered Garth Brooks, went a       radio may be the stem of         ite DJ’s slot was replaced      known because they may
bit further than that of most   my frustrations with an in-      by syndicated program-          not have enough money to                                                                                  [What do] I think of Lent?
typical teenagers.              dustry I once loved.             ming.                           promote themselves.                                                                                       Not much really. I am not
     Not only could I sing          I remember on some               Now it’s rare for me            Maybe I’m the only one                                                                                Catholic. I’m Protestant.
along to every single song      weekends the country mu-         to tune in to the radio and     who feels this way about                                                                                  At the church I go to, they
on the radio or identify a      sic radio station would give     when I do, it’s never for       the industry, but until I see                                                                             teach us to do socially
song within two seconds’        listeners a chance to win        too long because I don’t        some progress I’ll continue                                                                               responsible acts throughout
play time, I could also         CDs before they even went        need to hear Taylor Swift       avoiding televised music                                                                                  the year, not just once a year
have told you every song        on sale. The first listener to   sing the same song at least     award shows and playing                                                                                   like Catholics. I’m actually
on Billboard’s top ten at       call in after hearing a song     once an hour.                   my CDs and MP3 player                                                              Maria                  fasting this month from 8
the moment.                     by the featured artist would         Media insiders have         instead of the radio, and                                                         Morales-                a.m. to 3 p.m. and doing
     I would visit my fa-       win and would usually also       become so consumed with         on the off-chance that I                                                          Lozano                  lots of praying in between my
vorite artists’ websites        be entered in a drawing for      selling the artist to the au-   do tune in, I’ll change the
                                                                                                                                                                                                           fasting each day.
daily (I may have had too       concert tickets.                 dience that I don’t think       radio when an “overrated”
much time on my hands)              After school on the          they’re even focusing on        artist comes on.

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                                                                  Feature                                                                                     Tejano Tribune      February 18, 2010

Instructor runs for office                                        Transmountain begins recycling program
Isabel A. Rodriguez             that would create direct em-                                                                                Liz Gonzalez                        “We are all very ex-
Tejano Tribune                  ployment for the people.”                                                                                   Tejano Tribune                  cited, and we actually re-
                                    He said he would work                                                                                                                   cycled 29 tons from Sep-
    EPCC economics in-          on bringing companies like                                                                                      The Recycling Pro-          tember through December
structor Dan Chavez is trying   Toyota to the El Paso area.                                                                                 gram at Valle Verde is ex-      of last year,” said Cordero.
his hand in politics.               “By bringing these                                                                                      panding its work to TM,             She said that people
    After seven failed at-      companies to El Paso, we                                                                                    helping the campus be-          have responded well to the
tempts at public office,        increase our business tax                                                                                   come more eco-friendly.         recycling program.
Chavez is now running for       base and relieve the burden                                                                                     The program Kick-Off            Eco-Club meetings are
Texas Senator Eliot Shap-       on the residential tax base,                                                                                on Jan. 27 was a success        held Thursday’s at 1 p.m.
leigh’s seat.                   bringing more disposable in-                                                                                similar to the event held           Cordero said she sees
    Although       Republican   come to families.”                                                                                          earlier this year at VV, said   the future of the recy-
candidates have often been          Chavez said he believes                                                                                 Mayra Cordero, coordina-        cling program as more
unsuccessful in these elec-     he can win the race as a Re-                                                                                tor of the EPCC recycling       interactive and educating
tions, Chavez said, he is       publican because people are                                                                                 program.                        students by making them
hopeful and optimistic about    frustrated with the effects of                                                                                  Recycling at EPCC be-       more aware about environ-
his chances of winning.         the current administration.                                                                                 gan last year at VV and at      mental issues.
    One of the topics he says       “Right now the total na-                                                                                ASC offices.                        The club’s strategy was
he will be focusing on in his   tional debt is $13.5 trillion,”                                                                                 Event organizers sup-       to first educate the janito-
platform is economics.          he said. “Approximately half                                                                                plied pizza and gave away       rial staff, then hold presen-
    “The Obama administra-      that total debt was incurred                                                                                totes to students who           tations, and then distribute
tion recently used the Fed-     under the first year of the                                                                                 brought five plastic bags       recycling bins, Cordero
eral Reserve system as a        current administration.                                                                                     to recycle.                     said.
means of growing the econ-          According to Chavez,                                                                                        A coffee mug was giv-           She said she is very ex-
omy,” he said. “They got the    owner and president of                                                                                      en to those who brought         cited about TM and hopes
US Treasury to sell bonds to    Dan Chavez Sales, El Paso                                                                                   five cans.                      to expand to other EPCC
the Federal Reserve. [This]     needs someone with back-                                                                                        Steve Smith, dean of        campuses, as well.
was used for bailing out Fan-   ground at the state level.                                                                                  math, occupational edu-             “Recycling started as a
nie Mae and Freddie Mac.”           “I’ve been a business                                                                                   cation and science at TM,       big project, and now it has
    Chavez said that the        man for 22 years,” he said.                                                                                 was very excited about the      become a big monster,”
Federal Reserve was in-         “[This] and my experience                                                                                   recycling program, Cor-         she said.
tended to create a capital-     as an economics professor                                                                                   dero said.                          Cordero feels her work
ist environment with limited    can only benefit the El Paso                                                                                    “I really appreciate        is very important for many
government interference.        area.                                                                                                       Mayra’s work and to be          reasons.
    “The government should          Early voting was set to                                                                                 part of the green move-             “We want to keep our
have invested money in proj-    begin Feb. 16. General elec-                                                Liz Gonzalez / Tejano Tribune   ment,” said Smith. “Kudos       planet clean for future
ects such as infrastructure     tions are Nov. 2.                 Mayra Cordero, coordinator of the recycling program, has                  to Mayra and her crew.          generations and for our-
                                                                  expanded her work to the Transmountain campus.                            They did very well.”            selves,” she said.
  Tejano Tribune       February 18, 2010                      The Arts                                                                                                                                   5

Culinary’s “Thirteen09” restaurant to open in March
Joann Arredondo                  serving.                          to     experi-
Tejano Tribune                       “It will be a great op-       ence differ-
                                 portunity and the restau-         ent styles of
    EPCC’s culinary arts         rant will have a pretty           cooking.
department will open its         good soft opening,” said              The culi-
new restaurant, Thirteen09       Javier I. Espino, a student       nary depart-
in mid-March.                    who will be working at            ment at ASC
    Restaurant operators         Thirteen09. Last fall, the        also has a
plan to serve lunch and          restaurant had its grand          study     area
dinner every Tuesday at          opening.                          with different
the restaurant in Building           “It will be a good ex-        cookbooks
B. The menu for the res-         perience, and we expect           donated by
taurant includes transcon-       a lot of people including         students.
tinental entrées and plated      the faculty,” said Edgar J.           The res-
desserts.                        Duran.                            taurant will
    Culinary Arts students           The restaurant’s name,        be open to
are preparing for the open-      Thirteen09, was inspired          the public,
ing by practicing the menu.      by the Transmountain’s            faculty and
    “Student’s learn a lot       only kitchen lab, Room            students, but
while having fun,” said          1309.                             reservations
Chef Richard Webb.                   The culinary arts de-         will be re-
    Culinary students will       partment moved to the             quired.
prepare the food in ad-          ASC where it has many                 “We hope                                                                                              Joann Arredondo / Tejano Tribune
vance and also work the          kitchen labs including            everyone         Chef Jesus Lugo (second to right) teaching culinary arts students baking techniques.
restaurant.                      space devoted to pastry           comes to sup-                       The seating capacity from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 10:30 p.m.
    They will also do the        cooking.                          port our students and en- for the restaurant is 58.               p.m. and dinner will be             Reservations are being
prep work the day before             There students get            joys the food,” said Webb.          Lunch will be served served from 7 p.m. to taken at 831-1309.

  EPCC to perform WWII-era drama NW library launches “Year of the Tiger”
                                 Dan Calderon                                                                                                  kins) and silver nuggets.         in which the participants
                                                                                                             Tejano Tribune                        According to Wong,            raced to pick up green
                                                                                                                                               this year’s event was very        peas covered with a strong
                                                                                                                 The Northwest campus          successful and the second         Chinese spice made of
                                                                                                             has officially kicked off         largest held at NW cam-           horseradish without drop-
                                                                                                             “The Year of the Tiger,”          pus. There were about 110         ping them.
                                                                                                             this year with a traditional      people in attendance, she             The winners received
                                                                                                             Chinese New Year’s cele-          said.                             a traditional gift of a “red
                                                                                                             bration at the Jenna Welch            Traditional dances in-        envelope” with money in-
                                                                                                             and Laura Bush Commu-             cluded the ribbon dance,          side.
                                                                                                             nity Library.                     featuring long silk ribbons           Students also had a
                                                                                                                 The Chinese New Year          using colors found in a           chance to have their name
                                                                                                             is the most important of all      rainbow, something that           written in Chinese.
                                                                                                             the Chinese holidays. It’s        signifies the coming of               On Saturday, March
                                                                                                             also the Lunar New Year,          spring, as well as a hand-        13, at 2 p.m. the library
                                                                                                             and is called the Spring          kerchief folk dance,” said        will celebrate the Persian
                                                                                                             Festival by English speak-        Wong.                             New Year, which tradi-
                                                                                                             ers.                                  There was also a              tionally begins the first
                                                                                                                 A zodiac system of            chopsticks-using contest          day of Spring.
                                                                                                             12-year periods repre-
                                                                          Joann Arredondo / Tejano Tribune   sented by different ani-
  Patrick Marshall preparing for the auditions of the play “The Subject Was Roses.”                          mals was developed by
                                                                                                             astronomers observing
                                                                                                             the path of the plan-
   Melissa Ortega                       Nettie and John don’t           On Feb. 8, auditions
                                                                                                             et Jupiter across the
   Tejano Tribune                 have a great relationship       were held for the part of
                                  anymore, and they seem to       Timmy Cleary.
                                                                                                                 The 12 animals are
      In April, the drama “The    fight over many things.              Some hopefuls showed
                                                                                                             the Rat, Ox, Rabbit,
  Subject Was Roses” will               Nettie is an overpro-     up vying for the part.
                                                                                                             Dragon, Snake, Horse,
  take center stage at the        tective mother, and John,            Patrick Marshall, who
                                                                                                             Goat, Monkey, Roost-
  EPCC Transmountain Lec-         who doesn’t have much of        has nine years of experi-
                                                                                                             er, and Tiger.
  ture Forum.                     a relationship with Timmy,      ence acting on stage, said
                                                                                                                 According to Chi-
      The drama will be di-       tries to create some sort of    his reason for trying out
                                                                                                             nese astrology, the
  rected by Cornelia Pat-         relationship.                   was to learn something
                                                                                                             zodiac has a close re-
  terson, an EPCC adjunct               Timmy has come back       new during the audition,
                                                                                                             lation with Chinese
  professor.                      home. The war has made          even if he didn’t get the
                                                                                                             philosophy (theory of
      The play will be pre-       him a man.                      part.
                                                                                                             the three harmonies,
  formed April 16, 17, 23 and           The family tries to            The casting for the
                                                                                                             heaven, earth and
  24.                             solve its problems, but that    other two roles has already
                                                                                                             water) all different
      “The Subject Was            seems to be a challenge.        been done.
                                                                                                             “principles” from the
  Roses” takes place in the             Some El Pasoans liv-           John Cleary will be
                                                                                                             western calendar, said
  Bronx, New York, in the         ing close to Fort Bliss may     played by John Biona, and
                                                                                                             Monica Wong, head
  1940s during World War II.      have insight to this story.     Nettie Cleary will be played
                                                                                                             librarian of the NW
      There are only three              They have family mem-     by Billie Brown.
  main characters in this         bers or friends who have             Patterson said all she
                                                                                                                 She said the cam-
  play: Nettie Cleary, the        served in the military, and     hopes for is a good crowd
                                                                                                             pus served traditional
  mother; John Cleary, the        chances are service mem-        and is sure the audience
                                                                                                             food steamed rice, egg
  father; and Timmy Cleary        bers came back a little bit     will enjoy the play because.
                                                                                                             rolls, spring rolls, and
  the son who has returned        different from when they        “The writing is wonderful,”                                                                                       Dan Calderon / Tejano Tribune
                                                                                                             dumplings featuring Liane Longpré, 14, practiced the ribbon dance for her performance
  home from the war.              left.                           Patterson said.
                                                                                                             golden (oriental pump- at the NW campus library’s Chinese New Year celebration.
                                                     Campus Life                                                                                                   February 18, 2010        Tejano Tribune

RadioEPCC expands its programming
Yvonne Gutierrez                    Calderon, RadioEPCC “is             parza, Robert “Random                  Johnny G. and Chrisdy-            also catch up on music re-       trying to expand into the
Tejano Tribune                      getting bigger this semes-          Rob” Barraza, Frankie                  ann.                              lated news online.               evening past 8 p.m. and
                                    ter.”                               “Figgs” Lopez, Susie Cue,                     “We are getting the            There are five differ-       possibly broadcast on Sat-
     RadioEPCC is a stu-                RadioEPCC has en-               Cindy “Lou” Martinez,                  word out,” said Calde-            ent categories under the         urdays, said Calderon.
dent-run online radio sta-          countered higher ratings            David “DJ Afterparty”                  ron. “And we are getting          music news tab. These are            To tune in go to www.
tion that delivers campus           and is striving towards             Ceravera, Venessa “Veny”               badges which differentiate        Yahoo Music, MTV, Roll-          epcc.edu/radio and click
news, national and world            improving itself daily.             Tucker and Moses “DJ                   us from regular students.”        ing Stone, VH1 and Spin.         on RadioEPCC under the
news and a variety of mu-               “RadioEPCC is the               Dialect” Alvarez.                             The college radio also         The radio station is         Campus Resources tab.
sic.                                voice of the students and               They have all contrib-             has more students coming
     This semester it has           we take that seriously,”            uted the development of                in from audio production                         $5,000.00 to Egg Donors
added a bit more structure          said Frank Lopez, chief             our online radio station.              classes.
                                                                                                                                                   for details visit our website: www.reproductiveresolutions.
than what it had in the             announcer.                              New DJs this semester                     Students that are tak-
past.                                   EPCC Radio’s DJs in-            include Space Monkey,                  ing radio and television             com or Call: 915-855-8468 Reproductive Resolutions Inc.
     According to the sta-          clude Daniel J. Calderon,           Evie, Steven, Jenn, Sayr,              production classes can
tion manager, Daniel                Denisse “DD Reeves” Es-             Lulla MC, Mary Francis,                come in to Room C103
                                                                                                                        and get hands-on
                                                                                                                        experience in a live
                                                                                                                        working audio pro-
                                                                                                                        duction lab.
                                                                                                                            “It helps to get
                                                                                                                        some experience for                H1N1 Flu is still here.
                                                                                                                        public speaking,”
                                                                                                                        said Denisse Espar-
                                                                                                                        za, program direc-          The City of El Paso Department of
                                                                                                                        tor. “You get used to
                                                                                                                        speaking on air.”
                                                                                                                                                    Public Health will bring an H1N1
                                                                                                                            Song requests           Outreach Clinic to the Valle Verde
                                                                                                                        may be submitted            Campus Cafeteria Annex on
                                                                                                                        via phone, email,
                                                                                                                        Facebook, Twitter
                                                                                                                                                    March 4, 2010, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
                                                                                                                        and online at epcc.         Vaccinations are FREE!!
                                                                                                                            RadioEPCC ac-
                                                                                                                        cepts all types of re-
                                                                                                                        quests and the music
                                                                                     Maribel Padilla / Tejano Tribune
                                                                                                                        is uncensored.
Frankie Figgs, chief announcer, and DJ Venessa Tucker are hosting their show for RadioEPCC.                                 Listeners     can
   Tejano Tribune     February 18, 2010
                                                                  Sports                     7

Tejanas continue tough road schedule
Tori Pichardo                  girls this year,” she said.    Kathryn Gutierrez, has
Tejano Tribune                 “Every girl brings some-       high hopes for the team
                               thing to the field.”           and with all of the prac-
    As Tejanas move for-           Although the first 18      tice the players are getting
ward into the season con-      games of the season are on     nationals may be within
fidence is high but support    the road, the players say      reach.
is low.                        they are enthusiastic about        “Every girl plays
    “We would like to see      the quality time together      equally well and has so
more people at our games       that traveling allows them.    much potential,” said Tor-
to cheer us on,” said Cynd-        “It brings us togeth-      res. “All of our teamwork
hol Torres, starting pitcher   er and helps clear our         brings us together as one
of the team. “It would be      minds,” said Torres.           whole unit.”
nice to see more people            The main goal of the           The Tejanas said they
on the side supporting our     team is to make it to na-      are prepared for the new
team.”                         tionals, which according       season and confident to
    Torres is a graduate       to Torres, is possible.        reach their goal but would
from Riverside High and            “We played a national      like to see more people at
is currently a sophomore       ranked team and we kept        games. They encourage all
at EPCC.                       up,” she said.                 EPCC students to attend
    “There are a lot of new        The team’s coach,          and show their support.

  Tejanos return to action after layoff
  Jonathon Kolas               You need that from time-      en short.
  Tejano Tribune               to-time.”                         “It’s a long season
                                   Though the Tejanos        and we have plenty of
      Coach Adam Gawa-         are just 1-6 in the early     time to improve before
  son used last week’s off     season, they feel the team    the league games start,
  date to work his team        is coming around slowly.      and I think we will,” Ga-
  on the things they have          “We’ve been working       wason said.
  struggled with in the ear-   harder as a team and we           EPCC returns to ac-
  ly going.                    hit better last weekend,      tion at home this week-
      “We took the oppor-      and hopefully it will be-     end with doubleheaders
  tunity of the days off to    gin to pay off,” said right   on Friday and Saturday
  go over a lot of things we   fielder Austin Voros, of      against Luna Commu-
  needed to improve on,”       Canada.                       nity College.
  said Gawason. “I gave            The Tejanos have              Both twin bills are
  the players the weekend      been in many of their         scheduled to get under-
  off to relax and recharge.   games and have just fall-     way at noon.
     8                                  Entertainment                                                                                                      February 18, 2010     Tejano Tribune

Valentine’s Day offers laughter and romance                                                                   in Los Angeles on Val-      as Ashton Kutcher, Ju-       bers giggling and whis-
                                                                                                              entine’s Day.               lia Roberts, Jessica Alba,   pering.
                                                                                                                  The movie de-           Bradley Cooper, Jennifer          Overall,   Valentine’s
                                                                                                              picts couples of all        Garner, Anne Hathaway,       Day shows that love pre-
                                                                                                              backgrounds who are         Taylor Swift, George Lo-     vails, and that liars and
                                                                                                              young, old, confused,       pez, Taylor Lautner and      cheaters never benefit
                                                                                                              cheating, interracial,      many more.                   from their actions. That
                                                                                                              straight and homosex-           Ashton Kutcher and       you should realize a good
                                                                                                              ual.                        George Lopez brought the     thing when you have it or
                                                                                                                  These couples are       house down with laughs       you might just be alone,
                                                                                                              put through a series of     every time they appeared     even on Valentine’s Day.
                                                                                                              trials because of the       on screen together.               The movie left me
                                                                                                              holiday       Valentine’s       At first, the movie      lovestruck and wanting
                                                                                                              Day.                        seemed like it might be      more. The only downside
                                                                                                                  Whether       you’re    confusing because of all     to this film was that it had
                                                                                                              married, in a relation-     the storylines, but some-    to end.
                                                                                                              ship or still looking for   how, like needle work, it         Then there was also
                                                                                                              that one special person     all came together in the     the chatty audience mem-
                                                                                                              in your life, Valentine’s   end.                         bers who would not keep
                                                                                 Courtesy Rottentomatoes.com  Day has someone that            All the characters are   their voices to a whisper
Jennifer Garder and Ashton Kutcher star in the new romantic comedy Valentine’s Day.                           everyone can identify       closely related in one way   and their phones tucked
                                                                                                              with at one point in        or another.                  away but other than that it
Melissa Ortega                   shall’s Valentine’s Day.            Valentine’s Day pre-                     their life.                     The movie looks pre-     was a great film and I give
Tejano Tribune                       The movie is a warm miered two days before                               Gary Marshall some-         dictable, but at the end,    it five stars.
                                 romantic comedy that is the actual holiday, which how directed the right                                 when you think you have           So if you are look-
     The number one date sure to please those look- made for the perfect mov- kind of mix with all the                                    everything figured out the   ing for a great date-night
movie of 2010 has to be ing for a little romance ie to go see.                                             A-list actors appearing        ending has a few surprises   movie look no further than
none other than Gary Mar- and a little laughter.                     The story takes place in the film. Such actors                       that leave audience mem-     Valentine’s Day.

Percy Jackson worthy of bronze Mardi Gras parade EPCC style
                                                                            tors make up for the bland,

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Maribel Padilla / Tejano Tribune
                                                                            stilted performances of
                                                                            its leads with consistently
                                                                            good performances. It’s a
                                                                            shame they weren’t given
                                                                            more to do.
                                                                                 While training in the
                                                                            art of swords, arrows, and
                                                                            ol’ fashion hand-to-hand
                                                                            combat, Percy is accused
                                                                            by Zeus (Sean Bean) of
                                                                            stealing his lightning bolt.
                                                                                 In order to clear his
                                                                            name, Percy leaves the
                                                                            grounds to find the bolt
                                                                            with his two new friends
                                                                            Grover the Satyr (Bran-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Maribel Padilla / Tejano Tribune

                                              Courtesy Rottentomatoes.com
                                                                            don T. Jackson) and fellow
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief makes for
an enjoyable two-hour popcorn movie and not a whole lot more.
                                                                            camper Annabeth (Alexan-
                                                                            dra Daddario).
Jaime Perez                           The movie’s young                          Along the way they
Tejano Tribune                    hero, Percy Jackson (Lo-                  meet beasts and demons
                                  gan Lerman) discovers                     like Medusa (Uma Thur-
    Like the book from            his father is the Greek god               man) and Hades (Steve
which it was adapted, Per-        Poseidon and he is a demi-                Coogan) who try to thwart
cy Jackson and the Olym-          god, meaning he has one                   their mission.
pians: The Lightning Thief        parent who is a greek god.                     Despite the series of
is a fun ride.                        Aided by his high                     obstacles in their way and
    It offers a simple plot       school teacher Mr. Brun-                  the very grown-up sub-
(unlike many other literary       ner (Peirce Brosnan) Percy                text of gods getting freaky
adaptions), action, attrac-       leaves home and attends                   with humans, the violence
tive heroes and a series of       Camp Half-Blood for the                   seemed to have been or-
villains to hate.                 children of Greek gods.                   chestrated by Disney.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tejano Tribune Staff Photo

    Unfortunately, it is dif-         If nothing else, there is                  In order for the movie
ficult not to compare Percy       something to be said about                to receive its PG rating the
Jackson with his wizard           the casting of the movie.                 movie’s thematic violence
counterpart Harry Potter.             Columbus shrewdly as-                 was watered downed.
    In fact, they both even       sembles a variety of fresh                     However, what ulti-
share Chris Columbus,             faced actors, whose young                 mately saves the movie
who directed the first two        audience will pine for,                   and sets it apart is its sim-
Harry Potter movies.              and a group of established                ple storyline.
    The comparison does           movie stars, who will raise                    The characters aren’t
not bold well for Percy           the caliber of acting.                    too complicated, the twists
Jackson.                              Lerman is not particu-                aren’t too surprising and
    The movie, though en-         larly charismatic as Percy                the message isn’t too deep.
joyable, lacks the depth          Jackson, but the audience                      Though the shallow-
and charm moviegoers are          will not notice nor care,                 ness makes it inferior to
used to with their wand-          considering his Robert                    films of the same genre, it     Various departments took part in the EPCC Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 15.
crusader. The bottom line:        Patterson-esque appeal.                   does make for an enjoyable         See more EPCC Mardi Gras parade photos at facebook.com/tejanotribune.
Percy just ain’t Harry.               The film’s older ac-                  two-hour popcorn movie.

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