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ECHS student wins national award                                                                                                                                           Name the EPCC
Vianey Alderete
Tejano Tribune
                                                                                                                              scores are recognized by the
                                                                                                                              National Merit Scholarship                   mascot contest
                                                                                                                              Program (NMSP).
    Last month, a Valle Verde
                                                                                                                                                                                Submissions can also be
                                                                                                                                  “I knew Levi would do
Early College High School                                                                                                     well, I am not surprised at all              made by contacting Loui
student made history in the                                                                                                   with his success,” Covey said.               Hernandez at 831-2567 or
Ysleta Independent School                                                                                                         “We have known him for                   lhern146@epcc.edu.
District by being the first stu-                                                                                              three years and knew his po-                     Submissions must be turned
dent to win the National Merit                                                                                                tential.                                     in by Dec. 10.
Commended student award.                                                                                                          “We are happy that he                        Finalists will be announced
    On Nov. 10, Levi Mor-                                                                                                     worked to his fullest ability.”              in the Tejano Tribune Feb. 3
gan was presented the award                                                                                                       Students winning this                    issue.
in front of the YISD school                                                                                                   award can be referred by the
board.                                                                                                                        NMSP to any two colleges in                     Name the mascot contest
    “Levi is the first student at                                                                                             the country they would like to                 Tejano Name:
school to win such prestigious                                                                                                attend.
award,” said Paul Covey,                                                                                                           “I am very proud to be                    Tejana Name:
VVECHS principal.                                                                                                             awarded,” Morgan said.
    “He is setting the bar                                                                                                        “I hope that this recogni-                 Your Name:
for the rest of the students                                                                                                  tion will help in my future                    Phone Number:
at VVECHS, even though                                                                                                        journey.”                                      Take survey to any Campus Life office
there were a lot of expecta-                                                                                                      Morgan also thanked the                    or Intramural Sports at the VV Gym.
tions from the superintendent                                                                                                 school, PSAT trainings and
and the school board to have                                                                                                  workshops which helped
a National Merit student at                                                                                                   make his success easier to ac-
VVECHS as leader of the dis-
trict,” Covey added.
                                                                                           Vianey Alderete / Tejano Tribune
                                                                                                                              complish.
                                                                                                                                  As for the future, Morgan
                                                                                                                                                                           EPCC instructor
                                    (L-R) Student Levi Morgan and Valle Verde ECHS Principal Paul Covey.
    “The final decision would
be based upon students’ suc-
                                                                                                                              wants to pursue a career in
                                                                                                                              computer engineering.
                                                                                                                                                                           doubles as Uncle Sam
cess and I was not worried.”           The winners of this schol-              Every year an average of                           He would also like to get                   EPCC Political Science in-
    The National Merit Schol-       arship are announced based             about 1.5 million students in                      accepted into UT Austin or                   structor Leon Blevins partici-
arship Program is an academic       on Preliminary SAT (PSAT)              the US take the PSAT.                              Southern Methodist Univer-                   pated in the El Paso Thanks-
competition for scholarships        and National Merit Qualifying              The top 50,000 students in                     sity in Dallas, with which he                giving Sun Bowl parade as
that started in 1955.               Test scores.                           the nation with the highest test                   hopes his award will help him.               Uncle Sam.


Ngetich earns third national title
                                                                                                                                                                              This year’s parade Grand
                                                                                                                                                                           Marshal was the City of El
                                                                                                                                                                           Paso which was named an All-
                                                                                                                                                                           American City.
 Samuel Horstman              in the race. It was really                                                                                                                      Blevins has appeared as
 Tejano Tribune               challenging.”                                                                                                                                Uncle Sam in other local and
                                  This is the third na-                                                                                                                    national events.
    For most EPCC stu-        tional title Ngetich has
dents, getting an AA is       won.
a big goal, but sopho-            She claimed the
more Florence Ngetich         2009      Half-Marathon
had her eyes on some-         individual competition
thing national.               and the Women’s Indi-
    On Nov. 20, EPCC          vidual Championship at
sophomore,         Flor-      the NJCAA Division I
ence Ngetich, won the         Women’s Cross Coun-
women’s 8th Annual            try Championships in
Half-Marathon       Na-       Spartanburg, S.C. on
tional Championships          Nov. 13.
in Overland Park, Kan.,           “I am so happy to
the second national title     win this last race of my
within two weeks.             Junior college career,”
    “The Half Marathon        she said. “This race was
race in Kansas was a          my seventh consecutive                                                                                        Lolo Mercado/ EPCC Counselor
                                                           EPCC’s Florence Ngetich (L) won the women’s Half-Marathon National Championship.
kind of tough race com-       win and it means a lot
pared to cross country,”      to defend my title from
Ngetich said. “It re-         last year, especially        ond woman to win Na-              last year running at                    grow as a runner.
quired a lot of endur-        breaking 3:10 off my         tional Champion two               EPCC, she gives thanks                     “This year has been
ance to overcome sev-         time.”                       years in a row.                   to her coach, Felix Hi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Courtesy Leon Blevins
                                                                                                                                                                           Political Science instructor Leon Blevins.
eral hills and down hills         Ngetich is the sec-          Because this is her           nojosa, for helping her                 See Ngetich on page 7

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                    Student News                                                                                                               December 2, 2010          Tejano Tribune


Auditions for play to be held at VV                                                         Early College High School to
                                                                                            host fundraising concert
Mayra Torres                                   son, the director of the play.
Tejano Tribune                                     “Concerns that we all share within a
                                               family and within a community are found
    The EPCC drama department is cur-          in this play as loss, anger, disappoint-
rently rehearsing for its play of the spring   ment, financial problems and controlling     Jasmine Aguilera
                                                                                            Tejano Tribune
season.                                        behavior.”
    The play titled Parallel Lives by Mo           Patterson is hoping to bring attention
Gafney and Kathy Najimsky will be per-         to the auditions for Lost in Yonkers after        Students at Valle
formed on Jan. 28 and 29 and Feb. 4 and        having only three people audition for her    Verde Early College High
5.                                             previous play.                               School (VVECHS) are
    It is being directed by Lisa McNiel.           She wants the community to be in-        planning to host a benefit
    Students who are inspired to act after     formed of the benefits one can receive       concert on Dec. 17 at the
watching the play can do so by audition-       from live theater.                           ASC building.
ing for the next play being put on by the          “The theater benefits all,” she said.         The proceeds from
department.                                    “It’s a fine art where you can reach out     the concert will go to-
    Both men and woman will be needed          and touch those actors on the stage.”        ward funding for the high
for the award-winning play Lost in Yon-            The auditions will be held on Jan.       school’s Model United
kers by Neil Simon.                            31 and Feb. 2 in room C401 at the Valle      Nations (MUN) team,
    Lost in Yonkers takes place after          Verde campus.                                particularly to help club
World War II as two boys wind up liv-              There will be cold readings from the     members pay for a trip to
ing with their formidable German grand-        script.                                      compete in Austin in Janu-
mother.                                            “This play has a lot of humor,” Pat-     ary.
    Meanwhile their father scrapes by as a     terson said.                                      “We were trying to
travelling salesman.                               “It entertains while bringing across     think of ideas for a good
    Although the content may sound out         these complex issues within the family       fundraiser during one of
dated, it is still relevant today.             dynamic.”                                    our meetings,” said Josh
    “The play deals with familial relation-        Lost in Yonkers will be performed on     Saucedo, MUN webmas-
ships, children, grandparents, parents,        April 8, 9, 15, and 16 and will be held at   ter.
uncles and aunts,” said Cornelia Patter-       the Transmountain Campus.                         “I threw it out as an
                                                                                            idea.”
                                                                                                 “At first no one really
                                $5000 PAID                                                  seemed interested,” said
                                                                                            Karla Varela, MUN club
    EGG DONORS + Exps  N/Smokers, ages 19-29
                                                                                                                                                                      Jasmine Aguilera / Tejano Tribune
                                                                                            member.                         (L-R) Valle Verde ECHS students Josh Saucedo and Karla Varela.
           SAT 1100 ACT 24 GPA 3.0                                                               “But after a meeting
                                                                                            with the treasurer and an-          The club has organized           “We are really expect-
                 Reply to:info@eggdonorcenter.com                                           other club member, we           auditions that are to be         ing this to be a success,”
                                                                                            started thinking about a        held at Saucedo’s home on        said Saucedo.
                                                                                            venue and bands and we          Dec. 4 and 5.                        “We are expecting to
                                                                                            realized that we actually           “So far, three bands         sell at least 200 tickets and
                                                                                            could do it.”                   have signed up to audi-          have a sell out.”
                                                                                                 “It was possible since     tion,” said Varela.                  “We really want to
                                                                                            we each knew a couple of            “Avondale, A Lucky           show everyone a good
                                                                                            bands that would be will-       Tragedy, and As it is Writ-      time and hope they enjoy
                                                                                            ing to perform and since        ten.”                            all the talented bands,”
                                                                                            the venue was pretty af-            In the competition held      said Varela.
                                                                                            fordable for us,” she add-      at the University of Texas           “We are expecting
                                                                                            ed.                             at Austin, the students will     mostly alternative rock
                                                                                                 The process of plan-       be debating over world is-       bands and maybe some
                                                                                            ning a concert was not          sues, just like in the actual    screamo, but we want a
                                                                                            easy, according to Sauce-       United Nations.                  wide array of bands so
                                                                                            do.                                 This team is the very        that every one can enjoy
                                                                                                 “It was tough in the be-   first MUN team from El           the show.”
                                                                                            ginning,” he said.              Paso.                                Anyone interested in
                                                                                                 “But it’s becoming             The concert is going         purchasing a ticket can
                                                                                            much easier now that we         to be called the “Border         send an email to vvechs-
                                                                                            have the full help and          City Beat-down” and tick-        mun@yahoo.com.
                                                                                            support of the rest of the      ets are expected to cost             Students can also con-
                                                                                            club.”                          around $10 to $15.               tact Saucedo at 227-4972.




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                                                     Opinion                                                                                                                                      3

                                                                                                                                Voices around campus
                                                                                                                                Compiled by Susy Castillo
                                                                                                                                Tejano Tribune

                                                                                                                                Do you feel airport security is too invasive, or a
                                                                                                                                necessity to insure the public safety?

                                                                                                                                                            If we would have had them
                                                                                                                                                            [full body scanners] in
                                                                                                                                                            New York, that [Sept. 11]
                                                                                                                                                            wouldn’t have happened.
                                                                                                                                                            Somebody had to have
                                                                                                                                                            done something wrong for
                                                                                                                                                            this to have happened. If
                                                                                                                                                            it makes my mom safer on
                                                                                                                                    Chris                   an airplane. I feel safer.
                                                                                                                                  Quintanilla




Time as editor was hard but worth it                                                                                                                        It is an invasion of privacy.
                                                                                                                                                            I’d rather get patted down.
                                                                                                                                                            Guys probably do not
                               and lows.                           I could say that I         were always the easiest to                                    care, but girls’ bodies are
                                   I have had such a great     learned that I have to keep    deal with.                                                    more secret.
                Power
                               opportunity to work with        pushing to get the story for       I learned quickly work-
                of the         so many reporters over the      the readers.                   ing at the paper that noth-
                Press          year.                               As editor, I gained        ing is ever easy. Not only
                                   In return, I have devel-    knowledge that others          do I hope the next editor is           Justyne
                               oped strong friendships         may never know.                successful, I hope that she            Gandara
Samuel A. Horstman/Editor      with several of them.               Looking back over the      is fair and balanced like
                                   I feel that my time at      year, I would have never       an editor should be.
    The end of the semes-      the Tribune was short, but      even imagined I would              I’ll be honest: leaving
ter is near, and so is my      it will not soon be forgot-     have done what I did in the    my job at the paper is one                                    It is invasion of privacy,
time as editor.                ten.                            past year.                     of hardest things I have                                      but it is necessary. It’s put
    I am saddened to tell          Working long Tuesday            Everything from em-        ever done. Things were                                        there for everyone’s safety
you that I will not return     nights and early Satur-         bedding with Fort Bliss        really tough at times, but                                    but I don’t think it makes a
next semester as editor of     day mornings, sometimes         troops and seeing Presi-       I had fun doing what I did.                                   ton of difference. If a ter-
the Tejano Tribune.            Sunday, are what I will         dent Barack Obama come         Like I said before, I had to                                  rorist wants to attack, he
    I have decided to step     miss the most.                  to El Paso to writing sto-     do what was best for me                                       is going to attack.
down, and put all my fo-           It sounds odd, but after    ries about death are just      and the paper.
cus on school.                 awhile one can get used to      a few examples of what I           This was my first job                Ron
    I love the newspaper,      it.                             have experienced.              in my professional career.              Nelson
and in order to let it be at       The funny thing is that         I would also like to       To have been editor of a
its best, I must let some-     right after you learn all the   take this opportunity to       college newspaper was
one else put their full fo-    tricks, it’s time to go.        give a big thank you to the    truly amazing. I hope to                                      I think it is fine if it’s quick
cus on it.                         Next year will be hard      facility and staff I worked    have a similar experience                                     and easy. It is like going
    As for my successor,       for me not to feel the need     with here at the Tribune.      again in the future.                                          to the doctor’s office, ev-
I would like to offer my       to rush to the newsroom.            For 15 weeks, I talked         Every week I always                                       erybody goes through it.
guidance whenever need-            I also have to get out      about issues I had strong      found it hard to close my                                     There is extra precaution
ed, as my past editors did     of the habit of answering       opinions about.                thoughts, but I believe                                       we should take being so
for me.                        phone calls like we do in           At times it was hard to    the easiest way is with a                                     close to Fort Bliss.
    I would like to thank      the newsroom.                   write. Even though I knew      quote.
those who have supported           What I learned from         what I wanted to say, I had        From the movie Annie:               Daisy
me the last two semesters.     the paper is something I        to back it up. But this last   “How lucky I am to have                Morales
    These were the people      cannot really condense          editorial, no one can fight    something that makes
that saw me at my highs        into one editorial.             me about. Weeks like this      saying goodbye so hard.”

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                                        Feature                                                                                                     Tejano Tribune   December 2, 2010




Bake Off competition satisfies taste for sweets
                                                                             Ana Deleon                         year were it was held in the
                                                                             Tejano Tribune                     hallways.

                                                                                 Creators of sugary sweet
                                                                                                                    “I wished we could have
                                                                                                                done the competition in the
                                                                                                                                                 Bake Off Winners
                                                                             delights had a chance to show      hallway of the school,” Cha-                Pie Contest
                                                                             off their sweet tooth-satisfy-     varria said. “That way the                    First Place
                                                                             ing skills last weekend.           people could walk freely                   Christopher Derik
                                                                                 On Nov. 20, the American       through the tables.”                      Cookie Contest
                                                                             Culinary Federation held its           The cookies and brown-                    First Place
                                                                             annual Bake Off at the Culi-       ies were set in one room and               Ana Dominguez
                                                                             nary Arts Complex at the Ad-       the cakes and pies in another.             Cake contest
                                                                             ministrative Services Center.      There were four to five judg-                 First Place
                                                                                 The competition was            es per room.                                Denise Hester
                                                                             opened to everyone, some               “It’s my second year en-             Brownie Contest
                                                                             even entered multiple cat-         tering the competition,” said                 First Place
                                                                             egories.                           Victor Romero, EPCC stu-                   Ana Dominguez
                                                                                 “I entered and won more        dent. “Last year, I won sec-       Non-professional Pie Contest
                                                                             than one category,” said Ana       ond place, and I’m excited                    First Place
                                                                             Dominguez, EPCC culinary           for winning first this year.”               Christian Lugo
                                                                             arts student.                          The judges tasted the pas-   Non-professional Cookie Contest
                                                                                 The event also had a           tries and also looked at the                  First Place
                                                                             section for kids to entertain      color and the shape.                        Christian Lugo
                                                                             themselves. There were cup-            “Picking a winner for         Non-Professional Cake Contest
                                                                             cakes and cookies set out for      these cakes and pies was a                    First Place
                                                                             them to decorate. The chil-        hard decision to make,” said                Victor Romero
                                                                             dren were able to cover it up      Daniel Guerra, EPCC chef           Professional Brownie Contest
                                                                             with icing and decorations.        and a judge of the Bake Off.                  First Place
                                                                                 “Even the kids were get-           After the judging was                   Manuel Blanco
                                                                             ting into the spirit of the com-   over, people at the event were      Professional Cake Contest
                                                                             petition,” said Maria Chavar-      allowed to taste the food.                    First Place
                                                                             ria, one of the people who             “The kitchens were full of              Manuel Blanco
                                                                             organized the competition.         people after the judging was              Overall Winner
                                                                                 The competition was lo-        done,” Chavarria said.                        First Place
                                                                             cated in the kitchens of the           “Everyone at the event                  Manuel Blanco
                                               Ana Deleon / Tejano Tribune
EPCC TV production technician Pedro Villagrana judging the pies.             ASC building, unlike last          had something to eat.”
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  Tejano Tribune      December 2, 2010                                                                                                                                                                      5


Fine Arts Complex fundraiser a success




                                                                                                                                                                                      Luis Hernandez / Tejano Tribune
Attendees watch a video of artist’s rendering of the Fine Arts Complex at the sold-out fundraising auction and dinner. The total estimated cost of building the complex is approximately $15 million.

Luis Hernandez                                      lar show in Albuquerque,” Roberts said.                 vases, signed by their respective artists.     pared by the culinary arts students,” said
Tejano Tribune                                      “We raised a fairly substantial amount.                     Rackocy’s piece sold for $1,500 and        EPCC Chef Richard Webb, Program Co-
                                                    All-and-all it was a marvelous success                  Peña’s for $4,000 which was won by             ordinator for Culinary Arts, “It was a real
    EPCC’s 1st annual Legacy Art El Paso            thanks to the tremendous support from                   Rhodes.                                        fun event, the students really performed
fundraiser has raised “over $50,000,” for           the art community.”                                         The event was catered by the Culinary      very well, and we are really hoping to get
the proposed Fine Arts Complex, accord-                   KCOS-TV board chairman Tanny                      Arts Program, they prepared a Steamship        the art complex up and running.”
ing to Christina Ponce, interim executive           Berg served as auctioneer. He added                     Round which sits upright in a carving sta-         The fundraiser was a success and re-
director of the college’s foundation.               commentary on every piece of art work                   tion.                                          ceived a rousing endorsement.
     Proceeds from ticket and art sales will        during the live auction and motivated the                   There was also twice-baked potato              “The event was wonderfully orga-
go directly to fund the complex which               crowed to give a little more money.                     with various vegetables, a cheese board        nized,” Roberts said “I would like to
will have an old pueblo design. The con-                  A silent auction was also held. At-               and assorted pastries.                         congratulate Christi Ponce and the entire
struction date for the 80,000-square-foot           tendees could bid on artwork donated by                     “Everything was 100 percent pre-           planning team for their hard work.”
complex has not been set.                           the community and local artists.
    “I feel very proud so many people got                 “The Student Ambassadors Organi-
involved by donating artwork, time and              zation helped by preparing the art gal-
also by attending,” said Ponce, who said            lery,” said Darcy Traffasted, an ambas-
her office is still tabulating ticket sales         sador “Then we served as ushers, we also
and auction proceeds.                               brought attention to the bidders so they
    “People are becoming more aware of              would keep on bidding.”
what we are trying to do,” Ponce said.                    Renowned artists Amado Peña Jr. and
    Dr. Ernst Roberts was the master of             Bill Rackocy received recognition for
ceremonies for the event. He introduced             their contributions to the college.
EPCC President Richard Rhodes by pok-                     Art pieces that sparked exuberant bid-
ing a little fun about the current losing           ding were from well-known artists such
streak from his alma mater UT Austin’s              as R.C. Gorman, Romy Hawkins, Racko-
football team. Rhodes took the ribbing in           cy and Peña.
stride.                                                   Peña’s piece, Cajon Drum, was a hot-
    “This art show is modeled on a simi-            ticket item. This drum is an interactive art
                                                                                  piece. The wooden
                                                                                  drum was constructed
                                                                                  by the artist named
                                                                                  Namkung and painted
                                                                                  with Peña’s tradition-
                                                                                  al Native American
                                                                                  style.
                                                                                      Peña added to the
                                                                                  excitement by offer-
                                                                                  ing to give an im-
                                                                                  promptu concert if
                                                                                  the bidding reached
                                                                                  $1,500. This caused
                                                                                  a more active pur-
                                                                                  sue from bidders.
                                                                                  When the mark was
                                                                                  met, Peña played the
                                                                                  drum. The piece sold
                                                                                  for $2,200.
                                                                                      The final two piec-
                                                                                  es were the main at-
                                                                                  traction, Salinas Corn
                                                                                  Dancer by Rackocy
                                                                                  and De Domingo by
                                                                                  Peña. Both art works
                                                  Luis Hernandez / Tejano Tribune were large scale can-
John Olan, STS member, holds up the next item up for bid.
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      Campus Life                                                                                                                         December 2, 2010       Tejano Tribune




Head Start holds grand opening at NW
Luis Hernandez                                   “We already have another center
Tejano Tribune                               close by Canutillo. It’s in modular build-
                                             ings. We are going to able to transfer 209
    Students in Northwest El Paso now        children from over there and add 180
have a new place to enroll their children    pre-school children here, plus another 60
thanks to the new Santiago Rodriguez         infants and toddlers, and also work with
Head Start Center which opened this          about 12 pregnant teen mothers,” added
week on the EPCC NW campus.                  Enriquez.
    The center was named after longtime          Dr. Dennis Brown, EPCC vice presi-
Mission del Paso Campus Dean Santiago        dent of instruction represented the col-
Rodriguez.                                   lege and expressed his ideas on the new
    Rodriguez also serves as Secretary       center. “When youngsters come in to this
to the Board of Director’s for Education     campus, they will be able to look at what
Service Center at Region 19.                 their future holds for them,” Brown said.
    “We honor an outstanding person to-          “They have Canutillo High School
day,” said Dr. James Vasquez, ESC Re-        over the horizon, our beautiful early col-
gion 19 executive director. “We are very     lege high school and El Paso Commu-
proud to have his name representing this     nity College’s North West Campus. This
center.”                                     is the future for these children,” added
    “We felt it proper that the center be    Brown.
named after not only a Latino, and edu-          Rodriguez addressed community
cator, but also one that serves both Re-     leaders, colleagues and family members,
gion 19 and the Community College,”          expressing gratitude.
said Dr. Blanca Enriquez, ESC Region             He was awarded a plaque in recogni-
19 Head Start executive director.            tion for his commitment to early child-
    The partnership between EPCC and         hood education and advocacy to Region
ESC Region 19 allows students enrolled       19 Head Start program.                                                                                               Luis Hernandez / Tejano Tribune
in the college the opportunity to enroll         “This was very emotional. I never ex-    Outgoing MdP Campus Dean Santiago Rodriguez at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Head
their children into the program.             pected something like this when I joined     Start center which was named after him.
    It will also provide students majoring   the Board,” said Rodriguez. “I always
in education, health and social services     did what I could, and never expected         velopment.                                        “We will begin a collaboration be-
an opportunity to complete internships       something in return.”                            They also provide medical screen-         tween students planning to become
for the Head Start Center.                       “It is very important for me to have     ings, immunizations, dental services, and     teachers or specialize in child services.
    “The center became a possibility         my family present, my wife, my chil-         vision and hearing exams to ensure their      They can come here and do their intern-
thanks to the American Recovery and          dren, my brother, my sister, my aunt and     healthy development.                          ship,” said Luz Melendez, Assistant Di-
Reinvestment Act,” said Enriquez. “Be-       my niece. They make it more special”             “One of the main purposes is to help      rector for Early Head Start.
cause El Paso Community College grant-       added Rodriguez.                             college students take care of their chil-         For more information regarding the
ed us the land for a dollar a year for 50        The center has multiple classrooms       dren,” said Rosario Martinez, Early           Santiago Rodriguez Head Start Center
years, the land only costs us $50.”          designed to support a child’s Pre-K de-      Head Start instructor.                        contact 791-4807.


                   SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION                                                Scholarship opportunity available
                                                                                          Monica Cortez                                  are involved in several activities around
            Two $500 scholarships will be awarded on a competitive                        Tejano Tribune                                 school or out of school to be considered
                 basis by the EPCC newspaper, Tejano Tribune.                                                                            for the scholarship.
             The scholarships are available to students of any major,                         Students who plan to transfer to a             “Part of the process is to be inter-
           however, recipients must have demonstrated a commitment                        four-year university this fall are eligible    viewed by me,” he said.
                 to assisting in the production of EPCC media,                            to be nominated for scholarships of up to          “I will nominate two to three students
                             either print or broadcast.                                   $30,000.                                       who I feel will be committed to finishing
                                                                                              “We will nominate students to move         the application to move on.”
                                                                                          forward and be considered for the Under-           There are several scholarships the
                   Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be eligible.
                                                                                          graduate Transfer Scholarship Program          foundation gives away based on the stu-
                                                                                          of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation,” said       dents application.
         Pick up applications at the Tejano Tribune office: VV A-2708.                    Nino Gonzalez, EPCC Honors Program                 The deadline to apply for the scholar-
                                                                                          coordinator.                                   ship is Dec. 10.
                      Eligible students must enroll for classes,                              The scholarship is being offered to            All students must apply through the
                 on a full-time basis, for the Spring 2011 semester.                      current EPCC students or recent gradu-         EPCC Honors Program.
                                                                                          ates who have a 3.5 GPA or higher and              “We have nominated several stu-
                                                                                          show financial need.                           dents in the past to be considered for the
                            Deadline for submissions:
                                                                                              “Honor program students will get first     scholarship but students never finish their
                                   Dec. 8, 2010.                                          consideration,” Gonzalez said.                 packet or they just give up,” Gonzalez
         Please return applications to the Americana Language Program,                        “The application for this scholarship      said.
                  Basic Skills, Communications and Performing                             is a very lengthy process that requires a          “That is why no one from EPCC has
                 Arts division office located at (portable) MV-10.                        lot from the applicants.”                      won the scholarship.”
                                                                                              According to Gonzalez, the college             For more information contact the
                        Recipients will be notified by mail                               does not award the scholarship.                EPCC Honors Program at 831-2331 or
                                                                                              Gonzalez is looking for students who       visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation at
                        During the week of Dec. 13, 2010.
                                                                                          are well rounded individuals and who           www.jkcf.org.



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Ngetich from page 1
great for me both academ-         “As time passed, I ac-
                                                              Opportunity offered to biology majors
ically and in sports,” she    cepted my situation and         Susy Castillo                                The conference helps students realize that.”
said.                         kept in mind that, ‘man         Tejano Tribune                           transfer to a university or find intern-        Lannutti said that over 300 stu-
    “Coach Hinojosa has       must live and must live                                                  ship programs.                              dents have participated in the Bridg-
done great things for my      abundantly.’”                       Students looking to get a degree         The Bridges to the Baccalaureate es program and 12 have received a
career both mentally and          The rest of the Teja-       in Biology now have more opportu-        program also provides a one-year doctorate degree.
physically. He is more        nas that raced included         nities to help them achieve it.          opportunity to three students of the            For more information about the
than a coach.                 Elizabeth Beltran (12th,            El Paso Community College            program.                                    program, students can contact Lan-
    “He makes sure my ac-     1:27.54), Sarah Colorado        students have been participating in          This component allows students nutti at 831-2214.
ademic progress and ath-      (25th, 1:34.23), Adriana        “Bridges to the Baccalaureate” for       to continue their
letics run smoothly,” she     DeLeon (27th, 1:34.31)          more than 17 years.                      research in biol-
added. “He shaped me          and Sara Mercado (28th              The program works in collabora-      ogy for ten hours
into what I am now, and I     1:34.53).                       tion with UTEP.                          a week and earn
am proud of him.”                  As a team, the Tejanas         During the summer, twelve            $10 an hour for
    Ngetich, a Poror, Ke-     finished in third place with    EPCC students participated in the        their work.
nya, native, adjusted well    36 points behind Cowley         program. Students then participate           The program           MOTORIST SAFETY
in the Sun City during her    County CC, which won            in biochemical related research at       is designed to            Be Cautious – Do not speed through intersections.
                                                              UTEP laboratories.                       increase       the        Take A Second Look – Look once for traffic and
time at EPCC after she be-    1st place, with 17 points
                                                                  This summer research program                                   take a second look for pedestrians.
came acustomed to a new       and 2nd place South Plains                                               knowledge of
culture.                      College with 17 points.         is currently directed at EPCC by Bi-     underrepresent-
                                                                                                                                 PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
    “Being away from my           Rounding out the Te-        ology Instructor, Dominic Lannutti,      ed minority stu-
                                                                                                                                 At the intersection, STOP.
country, as well as my        jano finishers were Jacob       who is a former Bridges student          dents in biomed-
                                                                                                                                 Before stepping off the curb, look left, look right,
family members, was easy      Villarreal (30th, 1:15.31),     from 1993.                               ical research.
                                                                                                                                 and look left again.
for me to adjust to,” she     Adrian      Anaya      (36th,       “It’s a big commitment on their          “Some stu-            Do not cross the street diagonally.
said.                         1:16.06), Jonathan Flores       part for sure,” he said. “Each student   dents think that          Always walk on a sidewalk. If there is no
    “But meeting new          (38th, 1:16.15) and Trevaill    works about 40 hours per week.”          the only degree           sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
people, eating different      Chacon (67th, 1:20.49).             Lannutti stated that the top five    available       to
food, adjusting to the cli-       The men finished 11th       students are invited to participate      them is nursing,
mate and different cul-       with 98 points behind 1st       in the Annual Biomedical Research        but that is not
ture became a challenge,      place Cowley County 20          Conference for Minority Students         true,”     Lanutti
especially at the first se-   points, 2nd place Johnson       (ABRCMS).                                said.
mester. “I was homesick,”     County 36 points and 3rd            This year ABRCMS was from                “There are
she added.                    place South Plains Col-         Nov. 10 to Nov. 14 and was held in       many more op-
    “But the El Paso com-     lege 42 points.                 North Carolina.                          tions for stu-
munity in general provid-         The NJCAA Half Mar-             Each student creates a poster        dents and the                      $5,000.00 to Egg Donors
ed me a warm welcome          athon had 109 men from          about his or her research and pres-      Bridges to the                         for details visit our website:
and charming people who       21 colleges and 88 women        ents it during the conference.           Baccalaureate            www.reproductiveresolutions.com or Call: 915-855-8468
made me feel comfortable      from 20 colleges that were          Faculty from around the nation       program helps
in my new home.               entered in the race.            judge each project.                      science majors                    Reproductive Resolutions Inc.
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            Entertainment                                                                                                                                        December 2, 2010          Tejano Tribune




Deathly Hallows: Best Potter film yet Call of Duty
                                                                                 Voldemort now has control                 Although the Deathly Hal-

                                                                                                                                                                 returns
                                                                                 over Hogwarts and he eventu-          lows does deal with serious
                                                                                 ally gains control over the en-       subject matter, it did have hu-
                                                                                 tire wizarding world.                 mor as well, which I think was
                                                                                      Harry, Ron and Hermione          an important element to add to
                                                                                 set out to finish Dumbledore’s
                                                                                 work and defeat the Dark Lord
                                                                                 by destroying Horcruxes, the
                                                                                                                       the film.
                                                                                                                           Honestly, this film is very
                                                                                                                       sad, and, I’ll admit it, I cried a
                                                                                                                                                                 with a bang
                                                                                 key to Voldemort’s power.             lot (Nerd Alert).                         Alex Varela
                                                                                      Along the way, the three             The ending did really up-             Tejano Tribune
                                                                                 friends stumble across the            set me. I understand that it is
                                                                                 Deathly Hallows, a key ele-           split into two parts, but the
                                                                                 ment in the story.                    film ends at the worst point                   It’s time to clean the dust off your
                                                                                      The vibe in the Deathly          possible, and I’m still thinking          systems and controllers because Call
                                                                                 Hallows is much darker and            of what is going to happen in             of Duty is back with a new game.
                                                                                 serious compared to the previ-        part two.                                      Call of Duty: Black Ops is
                                                                                 ous films.                                The anticipation is killing           the newest installment in the Call of
                                                                                      There are certain events         me.                                       Duty series.
                                                                                 that happen in this film that             As a long time Potter fan,                 The game takes place before and
                                                                                 cause Harry, Ron, and Herm-           I think Deathly Hallows has               during the Vietnam War.
                                                                                 ione to really push their friend-     to be the best movie out of the                The game starts off when the main
                                                                                 ship and each other.                  series.                                   character, Alex Mason, a member of
                                                                                      The way the film itself              Radcliffe, Grint and Wat-             the Studies and Observation Group
                                                                                 looks is very dark, grainy and        son delivered their best per-             (SOG), which was a highly secretive,
                                                            rottentomatoes.com
(L-R) Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint star in Harry Pot-          at times extremely experimen-         formances to date.                        U.S. special operation unit that was in
ter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.                                             tal, which works for the film,            I     highly    recommend             operations before and during the Viet-
                                                                                 and I think really separates it       watching the six previous                 nam War.
Lesly Limon                               Part one begins very dif-              from the other Potter films,          films beforehand just to grab                  Another member of SOG is Frank
Tejano Tribune                        ferently from the other Potter             setting the mood of fear and          the concept of the Deathly                Woods, a companion of Mason who
                                      films. The story begins with               desperation in the film.              Hallows a little bit better.              helps him during missions.
    Harry Potter and the              three friends, Harry (Dan-                      Director David Yates add-            I really enjoyed it, and I
                                                                                                                                                                      Throughout the game, Mason is
Deathly Hallows is the sev-           iel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert                ed a lot of the scenes that are       want to watch it again and
                                                                                                                                                                 recollecting every mission that led him
enth movie of the Harry Potter        Grint), and Hermione (Emma                 very intense, and they have on        again, despite the fact that it
                                                                                                                                                                 to where he is now in the game.
series. The Deathly Hallows           Watson) struggling to survive              the edge of your seat action.         was extremely sad.
film was split into two parts.                                                                                                                                        During the whole campaign, you
                                      and trying to protect Harry                     It’s a much more adult Pot-          I give Harry Potter and
The second part will be re-           from Lord Voldemort.                       ter film, no more kid stuff and       the Deathly Hallows 5 out of 5            will take control of three characters,
leased July 2011.                         With Dumbledore dead,                  happiness.                            stars. It was excellent!                  which is nothing new in Call of Duty.
                                                                                                                                                                      The three characters are Mason,


The Next Three Days drags for way too long
                                                                                                                                                                 Jason Hudson, who is with the CIA,
                                                                                                                                                                 and Viktor Reznov, a former soldier in
                                                                                                                                                                 the Red Army.
David Roman                          daily routines.                                                                                                                  The graphics in this game are as-
Tejano Tribune                           With the help of YouTube,                                                                                               tonishing.
                                     John learns some helpful                                                                                                         They make one feel like the char-
    If you want to watch an ac-      tricks to aid him in his es-                                                                                                acters are actually real people.
tion film, The Next Three Days       cape plan. John’s plans then                                                                                                     The voice acting is also very good.
may not be the film for you.         have to be rushed because he                                                                                                A few Hollywood actors voice a char-
    Directed by Paul Haggis          learns his wife will be moved                                                                                               acter in the game, such as Gary Old-
(Crash), The Next Three Days         to another prison in three days.                                                                                            man, Topher Grace and Ed Harris.
stars Russell Crowe as John          This is where the action starts                                                                                                  There is a part, however, toward
Brennan, a college teacher           to build up.                                                                                                                the very end in one particular scene
who starts walking the line of           John attempts to rob a                                                                                                  the voice of one character is a bit out
right and wrong to try to break      bank, but then decides that                                                                                                 of sync.
his wife, played by Elizabeth        robbing some petty meth deal-                                                                                                    New features have been added to
Banks, out of jail.                  ers would be better. His plan                                                                                               the multiplayer such as a free-for-all
    Lara (Banks) is arrested         goes somewhat awry when the                                                                                                 wager match.
for the murder of her boss and       robbery turns into a shootout.                                                                                                   Players can choose four different
pulled out of her home while             The final day comes as                                                                                                  types of wager matches such as sticks
her husband and son watch            John’s plan goes into action                                                                                                and stones, sharpshooter, one in the
with the power to do nothing.        and so does the movie.                                                                                                      chamber and gun game.
After three years in jail, Lara          The movie starts off very
                                                                                                                                                                      Another feature is theater mode.
attempts suicide because she         slow with no action at all. The
                                                                                                                                                                 This can help players with strategy, or
can’t wait 20 more years. That       things that kept me in my seat
                                                                                                                                                                 it can be used to show off your skill to
is when John starts to develop       were the smart remarks that
                                                                                                                                                                 the community.
his plan to break her out of         John and Lara exchange and
jail.                                Johns numerous screw ups.                                                                                                        Multiplayer is excellent, but like all
    John sells almost every-             I don’t think Neeson had                                                                                                games it’s not perfect.
thing he owns and puts all his       anything to do in this movie.                                                                                                    There are a few things throughout
money and effort into his am-        He is too well known for do-                                                                                                the game that need work, such as
bitious plan.                        ing great work to play such a                                                                                               matchmaking issues.
    He interviews a prison           small role.                                                                                                                      The multiplayer is still very play-
escapee turned book author,              The action at the end is                                                                                                able, but issues like these will make it
Damon Pennington (Liam               great and keeps you on the                                                                                                  a bit frustrating.
Neeson), to learn what it takes      edge of your seat with anxiety                                                                                                   Overall multiplayer is what makes
and how to break his wife out        and frustration.                                                                                                            this game great.
of jail.                                 The Next Three Days is an                                                                                                    Frustrated or not, you will come
    John then stalks every-          okay movie, but it shouldn’t                                                                                                back to this game.
thing and everyone that is in-       have been dragged out to more                                                                                                    I give Call of Duty Black Ops 5
volved with the prison where         than two hours. I give it 3 out                                                                        rottentomatoes.com
                                                                                                                                                                 out of 5 stars.
his wife is kept to learn their      of 5 stars.                                 Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks star in The Next Three Days.