Tejano Tribune 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 831-2290. 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. Check out the Tejano Tribune on the web at www.epcc.edu click “News and Events” Student News 2 Radio EPCC Radio Opinion 3 Feature 4 5 The Arts 5 Streaming Campus Life 6 to a computer Sports 7 8 8 near you Entertainment 8 Thirteen09 to open Mardi Gras Palooza Percy ain’t Harry www.epcc.edu/radio 2 Student News February 18, 2010 Tejano Tribune 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. For 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. Elizabeth 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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Jasmine Aguilera 4 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 skies. 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. campus. 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. 6 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!! edu/radio. 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.