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White House representative visits EPCC
Terese Mailhot                 tion’s leaders. The last two
Tejano Tribune                 were attended by groups
                               and individuals followed
    White House Repre-         by an open forum hosted
sentative Juan Sepúlveda       by EPCC. The forum was
wants EPCC students to         attended by numerous ed-
stay in school and voice       ucators, community mem-
their opinion on Hispanic      bers and students.
education.                         After the open forum
    Sepúlveda, director of     Sepúlveda took time out
the White House Initiative     to address EPCC students
on Educational Excellence      specifically by saying, “We
for Hispanic Americans,        need you. The one thing I
came to EPCC on July 17        want to let students know
to have a “community con-      is that I know you are go-
versation” with students       ing through student strug-
and educators alike on is-     gles on a day-to-day basis.
sues concerning Hispanic       You’re important and you
American education.            must voice your opinion                                                                                                                                  Terese Mailhot / Tejano Tribune
    “We’re so proud to         on how to improve your           White House representative, Juan Sepúlveda, is facilitating the open forum in the cafeteria annex at the VV campus.
have him here.”                education.”
       President, Richard          The open forum al-               “Children start learn-                   at NMSU, during the five        volved in education, to tell     five Texas locations host-
Rhodes. “It was an excel-      lowed the public to partic-      ing with their parents.”                     minute table discussions        him specifically what they       ing the event, three were
lent and well organized        ipate in a six-chair panel in    said Jonathan Olan, STS                      held betweent the panels.       were passionate about and        held in Community Col-
event.”                        front of the rest of the au-     Manager. “Parents need                       “I think that’s shocking        what they want to improve.       leges.Sepúlveda was eas-
    “It’s absolutely a com-    dience. People from every        to be involved. They must                    considering the population      He asked them for their          ily approachable to stu-
pliment to EPCC staff          table were asked to take         participate in their chil-                   growth since 1982. There        phone number and ad-             dents after the forum and
and students that he came      turns sitting on the chairs      dren’s future and play an                    is so much room for im-         dresses and said he wants        offered his personal cell
here.”                         and given two minutes            active role in their child’s                 provement within educa-         to, “bring people together”      phone number to students.
    Juan Sepúlveda had         each to voice their con-         education.”                                  tion and the programs be-       so they can take action.             He offers his e-mail
“community        conversa-    cerns on issues like early           “The dropout rate is                     ing offered…”                       Sepúlveda and his staff      to students to encourages
tions” in three sessions,      childhood education, high        higher among Hispanics                           After    the   forum,       have already held these          people to form education
and one open forum.            drop-out rates amongst           than it was when I was                       Sepúlveda asked one last        open forums in San Anto-         task forces. Sepúlveda can
    Session one was at-        Hispanics and financial          in high school,” said Ro-                    thing from the attendees.       nio, Brownsville, Austin         be reached by e mail at
tended by higher educa-        assistance barriers.             cio Benedicto, Instructor                    He asked people to get in-      and Houston. Out of the          juan.sepulveda@ed.gov.



NPR correspondent meets with EPCC students
Crystal Mendoza                                                                                                  Prior to visiting EPCC,         The students in the          out his assignment. In
Tejano Tribune                                                                                               Burnett said that he was in     room were asked to iden-         one such case, he recalled
                                                                                                             Juárez conducting inter-        tify the instrument playing      soldiers giving him a gun
    Electronic Media Ma-                                                                                     views about the ongoing         on an audio clip provided        while they drove through
jor, Jessica Juarez said                                                                                     narcotics war.                  by Burnett. Not one of           the streets as gunfire went
that after having National                                                                                       After several years of      them guessed it was a man        on around them.
Public Radio (NPR) corre-                                                                                    doing stories on the bor-       playing a leaf. Burnett ex-          Burnett also covered
spondent John Burnett at                                                                                     der, he said the constant       plained that while on as-        the legalization of mari-
EPCC, she will be listen-                                                                                    coverage of violence dis-       signment in Mexico City          juana. In a report released
ing to NPR more often.                                                                                       torts the image of life in      he heard this sound and          on April 20, he created a
    On July 22, NPR cor-                                                                                     the borderland.                 went and sat down with           hypothetical situation in
                                                                          Crystal Mendoza / Tejano Tribune
respondent John Burnett        NPR’s John Burnett lectures students on some of his experiences.                  Throughout his pre-         the man behind the leaf          which marijuana had been
visited EPCC to share his                                                                                    sentation, Burnett shared       named Carlos Garcia.             legal for two years. He in-
stories and experiences            Burnett is based in          tries and his reports are                    stories that he’s covered           Following Burnett’s          terviewed different people
working as a journalist.       Austin and has been work-        included in NPR’s Morn-                      throughout his career. One      coverage of the story, the       on how the legalization
    “Having him here pro-      ing with NPR since 1986.         ing Edition, All Things                      in particular was about a       Kronos Quartet did a trib-       had changed their lives.
vided students the oppor-      In his book, Uncivilized         Considered, and Weekend                      man named Victor Valdez         ute to folk music. On their      Affects included academic
tunity to interact with a      Beasts & Shameless Hel-          Edition.                                     who would stand in the          newest CD there is a track       changes in colleges, loss in
media professional.” said      lions: Travels with an               “It’s a great place to                   Rio Grande in South Texas       that sounds like Carlos          jobs, and undermining of
Ruth McDonald, mass            NPR Correspondent, Bur-          work because they give                       and sing songs in protest       Garcia playing his leaf.         cartels along the border.
communication internship       nett mentions stories that       you a very long leash as                     of closing the border.              He also spoke about              Burnett’s visit offered
coordinator. “John plans       he’s covered in his career       it were and leave us alone                       “We got to see how a        the dangers of working as        students some new views
to follow up on stories that   including those along the        to do serious journalism,                    story is put together and it    a foreign journalist in Iraq.    about journalism and
students presented so they     border.                          which is not always the                      was very informative for        He worked as an embed-           provided students with a
will get to work with him          He has covered stories       case in journalism today,”                   a student like me,” said        ded journalist there and         glimpse of how news can
one on one.”                   in more than 25 coun-            Burnett said.                                Juarez.                         lived with troops through-       affect all people.
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International teachers tweak techniques at EPCC
Crystal Mendoza                  around the country.
Tejano Tribune                       The program provides
                                 techniques for students
    Eighteen         Central     in teaching that are from
American teachers taking         Central America and the
classes at EPCC for a year       Caribbean. It is funded by
face a variety of challenges     the US Agency for Inter-
in their jobs back home.         national Development.
    The challenges range             José Reynaldo Tejeda
from lack of technology,         Salazar, a representa-
to spartan facilities in their   tive from the Dominican
rural schools.                   Republic, teaches at the
    The teachers from            biggest school in his city
Central America and the          of Tenares, which has 30
Caribbean have come to           classrooms and approxi-
EPCC for the Strengthen-         mately 1,500 students.
ing Basic Education Pro-         Salazar said that the pro-
gram, which focuses on           gram is very ambitious in
math, reading, and critical      helping student-teacher
thinking techniques for          relationships.                                                                                                                              Crystal Mendoza / Tejano Tribune
                                                                 Some of the international teachers at EPCC are (L-R) José Reynaldo Tejeda Salazar, Nubia del Carmen Perez Tinoco, José Elias
primary school teachers.             “I’ve been teaching for     Ortiz Rivera, Bertilla Antonia Ajcalon Yaxon and Eva Tomasa Arriaga Ramos.
    “I teach first and third     26 years and I now work at
grade in a rural school          a school that has 33 teach-
that has five classrooms         ers and 750 students. I ini-    have experienced by liv-         the tropical weather in          where Yaxon lives due to         difference in technology.
and three teachers, so           tially just started out as a    ing here, but according to       Honduras, the food tastes        the 22 different cultures.           “What I found most
each teacher teaches two         substitute teacher, but as      some students, there was         differently back home but            Her original language        surprising was how much
grades. It’s a good pro-         time went on I liked it, so     no language barrier due to       she got used to it here.         is Kaqchikel.                    technology is used as op-
gram, excellent,” said Eva       I went back to school and       the number of people in El           “El Paso is interest-            She learned Spanish as       posed to where I come
Tomasa Arriaga Ramos             finished in two years,” said    Paso who speak Spanish.          ing, calm, and the people        a second language and is         from, the Smart Boards
from Intibucá, Honduras.         Nubia del Carmen Perez              “The thing I felt was        are very generous.”said          now learning English as a        [Interactive White Boards]
    The Strengthening Ba-        from Nueva Segovia, Ni-         hardest to get used to was       Bertilia Antonia Ajacalon        third.                           especially,” said José Elias
sic Education Program,           caragua.                        the variation of weather,        Yaxon from Guatemala                 The program also gives       Ortiz from El Salvador.
which is part of the Co-             These 18 students ar-       since it is cold where I         City, Guatemala. “Many           students tours of schools            Ortiz said he enjoys
operative Association of         rived in January and are        live,” said Ramos.               have even invited me to          around El Paso, as exam-         the local cuisine.
States for Scholarships,         scheduled to leave in De-           Ramos’ city of Inti-         join them in church servic-      ples of what could be used           “Even though the food
is a collaboration with          cember. Shifting from cul-      bucá is among one of the         es. I don’t want to leave.”      in a classroom to help stu-      is different, I can’t help
Georgetown University,           ture to culture is what these   coldest in Honduras. She             The culture here in El       dents learn.                     but like it here, especially
and community colleges           Central American teachers       also said that because of        Paso varies greatly from             There is, however, a         Chico’s Tacos.”
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                                                                    Opinion                                                                                                                                      3


                                                                                                                                          Voices around campus
                                                                                                                                          Monica Cortez
                                                                                                                                          Tejano Tribune

                                                                                                                                          Do you think Judge Sonia Sotomayor should be
                                                                                                                                          chosen for the Sumpreme Court?

                                                                                                                                                                          I think she will be confirmed.
                                                                                                                                                                          However I think some of her con-
                                                                                                                                                                          troversial views on abortion rights
                                                                                                                                                                          and other issues are going to play
                                                                                                                                                                          a key factor on how people see
                                                                                                                                                                          her as a judge. I just feel that it’s
                                                                                                                                                                          nice to see a Hispanic woman be
                                                                                                                                                                          nominated and elected in to the
                                                                                                                                                  Paul                    Supreme Court, but I think she’s
                                                                                                                                                Reynoso                   going to become the more contro-
                                                                                                                                                                          versial Supreme Court nominee
                                                                                                                                                                          we have had in a while.



Rappers can be accountable too
                                                                                                                                                                          I think that the Sotomayor will
                                                                                                                                                                          be elected because so far all
                                                                                                                                                                          the questions she’s been asked
                                                                                                                                                                          by Congress, she has answered
                                  ity. She was a young activist     the hip-hop world account-         else, and I have a responsi-
                                                                                                                                                                          very well. I think that she will be a
                Don’t shoot       in the ‘70’s that travelled all   able for promoting hatred,         bility to never condone any-
                                  over New York to fight for                                                                                                              great help for us now that she will
                the                                                 but it did not disregard the       thing that would be a slap in
                messenger         the wrongfully imprisoned         genre as a whole.                  the face to my family or com-                                      be on the Supreme Court. I think
                                  and impoverished people. As            I didn’t like the album       munity. I believe that when                                        that it’s time that women’s voices
                                  an activist my mother encour-     Quadraphonics by Zyme              people use the word “faggot”           Guadalupe                   are heard now, and she will moti-
                                  aged me and my siblings to        One                                to describe a man in a tight            Sandoval                   vate us to participate more. I think
   Terese Mailhot/Editor          never stand for intolerance.           As a listener I found his     shirt, they are promoting gay                                      she has a lot of good ideas.
                                       We weren’t allowed to        rhyme schemes to be ele-           stereo types and language
                                  say words like “faggot” in        mentary and found his rhyme        that is simply hateful.
    Byron Hurt made a docu-       my home and in her pres-          couplets or cadence were                When I spoke to Zyme                                          It sounds like she’s probably go-
mentary called Hip-Hop:           ence. We voluntarily never        subpar. I had many reasons to      about this, he told me about                                       ing to be confirmed. The biggest
Beyond Beats and Rhymes,          listened to music around her      dislike the album and I also       how he has no problem with                                         thing I’ve read about is the case
which investigated homo-          that promoted intolerance.        had many reasons to be of-         gay people and one of his                                          with the firefighters, how she said
eroticism, homophobia and              Some of my fondest           fended by it.                      songs actually speaks on                                           they couldn’t get raises because
misogyny in the music.            memories involve long drives           I can appreciate some art-    how beautiful it is when two
                                                                                                                                                                          basically minorities wouldn’t be
    The film breaks down the      with my mom and brother           ists that make great music ac-     women kiss.
representations of manhood        while listening to new under-     companied with derogatory               I found it paradoxal that                                     open to that, and how she was not
within hip-hop culture. In the    ground hip-hop or old school      remarks. As long as that mu-       he would have the song                                             prejudiced towards the white fire-
documentary, rapper Chuck         from the late ‘70’s.              sic is performed with talent       “Shirts” on his album then                Nathan                   fighters. I think a judge should
D says, “Before anybody                As I developed into          and creativity, I will give it a   say such openminded things                Hrouda                   be fair and partial. I do like see-
says I’m a rapper, I say I’m a    youthful rebelliousness I         fair review regardless of my       over the phone. I don’t think                                      ing the different racial groups in
man.” Chuck D was referring       started listening to more of-     politcs. A review I wrote in       he’s homophobic, but I don’t                                       office. That’s what I think makes
to his social responsibility      fensive works by hip-hop          the edition of the Tejano Tri-     think he realizes the message                                      America so great.
and how he won’t condone          artists. My mother respected      bune, created a small stir on-     some of his songs carry.
anything that’s a slap in the     my choices, but she held me       line in a Myspace blog when             All people, musicians,
face to him or his constitu-      accountable for them. She         I reviewed some songs from         writers and students should                                         I think there will be a change
ency.                             was an effective activist. She    a feministic perspective.          consider the weight of their                                        having a Hispanic judge on the
    I recently wrote a review     was always able to hold me             I don’t stand for intoler-    words. I’ve said some politi-                                       Supreme Court. I am very glad
of a hip-hop album that fea-      accountable without making        ance, and I believe that if        cally incorrect things in my                                        that she has been nominated
tured misogyny, homophobia        me defensive.                     someone is promoting ho-           youthful ignorance and oc-                                          because she is going to be the
and some homoeroticism.                She passed away about        mophobia indirectly, they still    casionally I’ve indulged in
                                  six years ago, leaving me
                                                                                                                                                                           first Latin American to be on the
I’ve listened to hip-hop since                                      have to be accountable for it.     music carrying poor tact. Its
I was young. my mother was        alone to hold myself account-     When Zyme talks about men          ok to lapse in judgment but                                         Supreme Court, and I think she
an avid hip-hop fan. Both of      able for what I say and do.       wearing tight shirts and how       never forget that we are what                                       is going to be a great judge. I
my brothers still love hip-       It’s been hard to navigate as     they’re “bitches”, or calls        we do and say.                           Isabel                     am very sure that she will get
hop.                              a woman in a world that of-       a woman a “bitch,” I don’t              If we see injustice or in-         Gonzalez                    elected.
    My mother didn’t stand        ten times objectifies me and      internalize the words, but I       tolerance, we should take
for intolerance and she raised    promotes intolerance.             don’t ignore them either.          responsibility in promoting
me to be an activist for equal-        Hurt’s documentary held           I’m a woman above all         education and acceptance.



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 uine flame for writing           sues.                             sold short at their begin-         ences to “faggots” from           Layout Designer
 and interpersonal re-                Writing about abor-           ning. Zyme One is more             his collaborators.                                                               For Story Ideas
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 articles.                        start.                            in his lyrics as this nov-         doesn’t know it yet.
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Pfeiffer shines in elegant chick flick
Terese Mailhot                 carry beauty, sexuality and    women           are
Tejano Tribune                 vitality.                      lucky to play a
                                   There will always be       role that doesn’t
    Cheri is a film about      someone smarter, better        involve being a
capsized youth and the         looking or younger than        bitter divorcee.
beauty in wisdom.              the person you love.           Considering that
    It’s not often a film is       I think Cheri shows the    this film is about
made that depicts a man        audience that when a man       courtesans and
as eye candy and a woman       loves you he has to look       seduction, it’s
as the source of power and     beyond superficiality, or      expected       that
intellect.                     else he’s doing a disser-      this film is rated
    Cheri is not a typical     vice to his love’s purity.     R.
chick flick in it’s way of         If you’re someone              Two of my
challenging the stereotype     who enjoys period pieces,      favorite actress-
of the aging beauty.           you’ll probably love this      es are in this
    The film begins with       film. The costumes are         film.
the introduction of Lea de     elegant and the cultivated         Kathy Bates
Lonval (Michelle Pfeiffer).    setting is done exquisitely.   as       Charlotte
She is a famous courtesan          This film was based        Peloux is pretty
who is approaching “a          on a book by Collette,         much hilarious
certain age” where youth       the controversial French       throughout the
fades and wisdom awak-         novelist. This woman had       film. Pfeiffer is
ens.                           lesbian and straight affairs   always interest-
    Lea contemplates re-       with all sorts of perform-     ing to watch. It
tiring from the career of      ers and writers.               seems as though
seduction while becoming           She was associated         now that she’s
engaged in an affair with      with the likes of Josephine    older         she’s
her friend’s 19-year-old       Baker and created a riot       able to really
son Cheri (Rupert Friend).     after giving a woman per-      show her range
We see Cheri grow distant      former an on-stage kiss.       without being
towards his lover over         Collette’s works were          looked at for her
time until he finally ac-      scorned by literary jour-      bedroom eyes or
cepts maternal pressure to     nalists in her day. Now her    sometimes sul-
marry a younger and more       works are hailed all over      try delivery.
fertile woman.                 the world.                         I       would
    This movie is excep-           This film is relevant,     highly recom-
tional in the sense that       even though the novel it’s     mend this film
Hollywood often makes          based on was published 89      to people that
films that paint older wom-    years ago.                     enjoyed movies
en in an unflattering light.       Women are still heav-      like, Marie An-
This film proudly displays     ily judged on appearance,      toinette or The
                                                                                                                                                                                   Courtesy RottenTomatoes
how a woman over 30 can        and in Hollywood older         Duchess.              Cheri proudly displays how a woman over the age of 30 can still carry beauty, sexuality and vitality.
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                                                                       Feature                                                                                                                                5


Books and Beyond program keeps summer fun
Abraham Villalobos              mostly to pursue the re-               and to go be-
Tejano Tribune                  sources that a library can             yond       limited
                                offer during the summer,”              information as
    The activities and          said Ana Hernandez, di-                well as have fun
courses offered by the          rector of the program.                 and learn some-
Books and Beyond pro-               Hernandez also said                thing,” said Her-
gram activities have kept       that people look for pro-              nandez.
many El Paso families ac-       grams that their children                  The library
tive throughout the sum-        can benefit from both                  is in partnership
mer.                            physically and develop-                with Canutillo
    The NW Campus of-           mentally.                              High School to
fered activities and classes        She said Books and                 help facilitate
which promoted intergen-        Beyond provided positive               other programs
erational learning side by      learning activities for chil-          Books and Be-
side for people of all ages     dren and adults.                       yond offered in
in subjects such as soccer,         Some of the programs               the summer.
tennis, salsa dancing, fam-     invite the whole fam-                      “Canutillo
ily cooking art, sign lan-      ily to participate, like the           High       School
guage, martial arts, tai chi    Explore India and Latin                has facilities our
and reading.                    America events.                        campus doesn’t,
    “Books and Beyond               “What we try to do is              so there’s a
is a program that serves        make families discover the             trade-off,”
a purpose to involve the        ways of using the library              said      Hernan-
community and families          to investigate resources               dez. “The high                                                                                                 Andres Rodriguez / Tejano Tribune
                                                                       school students      EPCC chef Daniel Guerra instructs students about kitchen safety in the family cooking class.
                                                                       use our facilities
                                                                       year round so                   and tennis to be incorpo- them every day,” said tivities, invites families to
                                                                       we use their tennis courts, rated in the program.                 Hernandez. “They start at learn how to turn duct tape
                                                                       fields, and dance studios.          The only thing non- 8 a.m. and finish around into functional art.
                                                                           “It works out great EPCC students need in 10:30 a.m. Then families                                   The class is scheduled
                                                                       because the children can        order to participate in the can meet up and join in on for July 31 from 9a.m.-
                                                                       join an activity early in the program is a library card.          other activities offered at 10:50 a.m. at the library.
                                                                       morning and finish the day          “The first programs to our campus.”                                  For more information
                                                                       at the library cooling off.” sell were tennis, soccer,                The last day to partici- on the program or any
                                                                           The program’s partner- and martial arts. It keeps pate in a summer event is future Books and Beyond
                                                Courtesy Moncia Wong
Kevin Orona reading during the Migrant Worker’s Chirldren              ship also allowed classes the kids active and it keeps July 31.                                       programs, contact Ana
Education Program at the Northwest Campus                              like martial arts, soccer,      them busy and motivates               An event called duck- Hernandez at 831-8840.


Students learn how to take active role Pilates keeps
                                                                                                                                                students flexible
Terese Mailhot                      “ T h i s
Tejano Tribune                  was such a
                                beneficial
    Rio Grande Safe Com-        program,”                                                                                                       Zurisadai Flores                     and hips. She said that Pi-
munity Coalition program        said Sakinah                                                                                                    Tejano Tribune                       lates reduces stress levels
directors, along with Cam-      Thompson,                                                                                                                                            and assists in agility and
pus Life Director Arvis         business                                                                                                            Intramural Sports at             core muscle flexibility.
Jones, are working to-          management                                                                                                      EPCC offers students a                   Eddie Airajia, one of
wards getting Peer Educa-       major.                                                                                                          free full-body work out.             Moore’s students, said that
tion on campus.                     “If stu-                                                                                                        The abdominal and                he has an increased energy
    The Peer Education          dents imple-                                                                                                    Pilates workout class in-            levels after the class.
training, held on July 20       ment        the                                                                                                 structed by Karen Moore                  “I enjoy coming to this
and July 21, taught 24          ideas      and                                                                                                  will be offered free of              class because it keeps me
                                                                                                        Terese Mailhot / Tejano Tribune
students from EPCC how          training re- Cody Siewert, director of programs services for Bacchus Network, is instructing                    charge all summer Mon-               tone in preparation to my
they can be better mentors,     ceived here students how to be better mentors, educators and activists on campus.                               day to Wednesday from                modeling career,” said
educators and activists on      they     could                                                                                                  2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the           James Shumway, Pilates
campus.                         have a great                     “After this training I cation group.                                           VV gym in G-102.                     student.
    In 1975, the Bacchus        impact on EPCC student feel more empowered to                     The students in this                              Moore teaches the                    Pilates is a popular
Network began peer edu-         body.”                       help,” said Carmen Reyes, training will find out                                   Pilates exercise to about            cardio exercise on and off
cation on alcohol and sub-          The training began by social work major.                  around Aug. 5 if they                             eight to 15 students per             campus.
stance abuse awareness on       exploring what qualities          “In my life I’ve had so passed the test. After that                           class. Moore said that in                The exercise originat-
college campuses. Since         peer educators need to many problems and those it’s up to them if they want                                     the first week, her students         ed in New York by Joseph
then, they have become          represent such as beinga experiences make me want to start a group.                                             will usually see results.            Pilates, who was an ailing
the largest active student      good lisenter.               to help others.”                     The instructor of the                             She begins her classes           child that suffered from
organization in higher ed-          Videos and interactive       Reyes also says the two-day training had sev-                                  with a warm up stretch on            rickets, asthma, and rheu-
ucation with over 100,000       discussions on interven- training provided tools eral positive things to say                                    the mats and insists that            matic fever.
peer educators.                 tion made up a bulk of the needed to make a differ- about his EPCC students.                                    her students drink water                 Joseph Pilates explored
    The training was of-        training.                    ence.                                “This was such a great                        before and after the class           options to overcome these
fered to any student in-            Many students shared         “I feel more secure in group, they were so will-                               to aid lactic expulsion.             battles via bodybuilding,
terested and willing to         personal stories concern- my peer counseling abili- ing to learn and passion-                                       Moore encourages her             gymnastics, martial arts,
commit to the two-day           ing their lives and roles as ties and I think a lot of pre- ate about what they said,”                          students during the class            and diving. He created Pi-
training.                       leaders on campus.           vention work is needed on said Cody Siewert, direc-                                by saying, “You can do it”,          lates and believed that this
    Many students were              Afterward, the 24 stu- campus.”                           tor of programs services                          and, “Pedal! Pedal! Do it            was the best way to main-
recruited by Jones.             dents took the test to com-      A peer education group and Bacchus Network in-                                 like you’re in the Tour de           tain body fitness.
    The students came           plete training.              at EPCC would need com- structor.                                                  France!”                                 Pilates is now prac-
from many different back-           Several of them hope plete student initiative to              “Peer education only                              Moore used to be a bal-          ticed by celebrities like
grounds and majors.             to start a peer education    start.                           really needs one or two                           let dancer, which proved to          Gwyneth Paltrow, Madon-
    There were students         group on EPCC with the           The group can not be people to start, and moti-                                be too tough on her body.            na, Hugh Grant, Patrick
majoring in business ad-        help of Rio Grande Safe created without students’ vate others to get engaged                                        During her dancing               Swayze, Jennifer Annis-
ministration, social work       Community Coalition and passing the test and sign- in changing their campus                                     career, she experienced in-          ton, Serena Williams and
and creative writing.           Campus Life.                 ing up to start a peer edu- for the better.”                                       juries to her ankles, knees          Tiger Woods.
6   TEJANO TRIBUNE   July 30, 2009
    Tejano Tribune    July 30, 2009
                                                                     Sports                                                                                                                      7


Youngsters learn the art of self defense at EPCC
Victorira Navarrete            her grandson, Zacarias           ter are new to El
Tejano Tribune                 Velasquez, 6, to the class       Paso. When they
                               to learn discipline.             found out about
    When you think mar-             She said that this will     the programs at
tial arts, you may not nor-    give the children in the         the      Northwest
mally think of little kids.    program good behavior            campus at EPCC,
    The interesting fact is    and self-control.                they were sur-
that such training can start        Zacarias said he likes      prised.
as early as the age of 4.      martial arts. Velasquez              Kristen and
    Training could mean        said that her grandson has       Sophie Nelson’s
anything from learning         been practicing for about        friends are Amy
how to defend oneself to       two months.                      Badger and her
learning discipline, said           Elvira Navarrete en-        6-year-old daugh-
Valerie Yoon, who coach-       rolled her son Luis Na-          ter Catarina, who
es at the Hapkido Yoon         varrete, 6, to get exercise.     also enrolled.
martial arts studio.                “This is his summer             Amy brought
    “I enjoy teaching this     exercise,” she said.             Catarina to mar-
particular group of kids,”          “It’s so that he won’t be   tial arts because                                                                                     Victoria Navarrete / Tejano Tribune
she said. “They are so         sitting around just watch-       it fit in with the Young students going through martial arts classes at the EPCC’s Northwest campus.
enthusiastic and ready to      ing TV.”                         schedule of her             derful program,” said so the whole community 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
learn. I also enjoy seeing          Kristen Nelson took 4-      other children who are Badger.                                can participate in.”                It takes place at the
their expressions on their     year-old Sophie Nelson to        also participating in the       ”I have never seen this           The martial arts pro- Canutillo Dance Studio on
faces.”                        learn new things.                summer program.             before, where the Com- gram takes place on Mon- the campus of Canutillo
    Rose Velasquez took             Mother and daugh-               “I think this is a won- munity Library has events days and Wednesdays from High School.

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Bruno shocks, offends, degrades and entertains
Anoushka Valodya                  Like Borat, he trav-       warring Middle Eastern-             However,
Tejano Tribune                els to America (and other      ers or taunting a terrorist     there are a cou-
                              countries), but is on a mis-   leader so that he can be-       ple of touching
    Ultraconservatives        sion to become the “big-       come a famous hostage           moments, bring-
– beware! The comedic         gest superstar since Hit-      victim, Bruno is flirting       ing      humanity
film Bruno is replete with    ler.”                          with nearly every man he        and realism to
homosexual sex acts, ex-          Bruno embarks on           comes across, including         this zany film.
plicit images of the men’s    many trials, like interview-   former presidential candi-          I       would
genitalia and derogatory      ing Paula Abdul while          date Ron Paul.                  watch       Bruno
language.                     both sit on top of Hispanic         But beneath all the        again, knowing
    But then, hello! We’re    laborers who are on all        hoopla, lies the fundamen-      that I’ll laugh at
talking about Sacha Baron     fours because of lack of       tal truth that there are many   the flamboyance
Cohen, who played the         furniture.                     homophobic Americans            and absurdity.
notorious Borat from Ka-          Another similarity to      signaling the bleakness of          Plus, a valu-
zakhstan.                     Borat, Bruno does not          legalizing gay marriage         able lesson can
    Although Cohen femi-      contain main characters        throughout the country.         be derived from
nized himself to play a       other than Bruno and his            So, Bruno, like Borat,     this off-the-wall
19-year-old homosexual        loyal assistant. Again,        fulfills an investigative       comedy.
named Bruno, he still         Cohen’s audience follows       reporter role through the           No      matter
brings Borat’s character      the eccentric ideas of the     film by revealing the true      how much you
into play.                    protagonist, much like a       nature of people.               try to please oth-
    Bruno, an Austrian        TV host for a candid cam-           Not surprisingly, Bru-     ers by assuming
fashion critic, has a sense   era show.                      no is rated R.                  another role, you
of naivete and open-mind-         The differences is that         It’s not for everyone,     won’t be as hap-
ed curiosity that draws       Bruno attempts the impos-      including adults who do         py and success-
                                                                                                                                                                                     Courtesy Rottentomatoes.com
people in then scares or      sible. If he isn’t trying to   not wish to watch an ani-       ful until you’re                   Bruno shows off the newly adopted African-American baby he traded an
repulses them.                make peace between the         mated penis.                    true to yourself.                  iPod for in the overly-explicit comedy Bruno.




Latest Harry Potter keeps the magic going
Crystal Mendoza               that belonged to the Half-     was pretty entertaining.
Tejano Tribune                Blood Prince. Professor             While everyone is in-
                              Dumbledore helps Harry         trigued by love triangles
    Harry Potter and the      reach into Voldemort’s         and ways to defeat Volde-
Half-Blood Prince offers      past to look for ways to       mort, the audience seems
fans a new take on magic      defeat him.                    to forget about Harry’s en-
as the main characters face       Half-Blood Prince of-      emy Draco Malfoy (Tom
an ongoing war in the wiz-    fers teens lessons in ro-      Felton).
ard world along with some     mance with crushes, love            Malfoy is showed in
teenage romance.              triangles, and love potions.   glimpses throughout the
    Harry Potter (Daniel      Couples that pop up in this    movie and keeps the audi-
Radcliffe) has returned       movie are unexpected and       ence guessing as to what
to Hogwarts despite the       tensions are high with         might happen.
ongoing war with the          jealousy.                           At the end of the mov-
dark wizard Voldemort.            This is one of the         ie, after many plot twists,
Potter’s best friends Ron     darker books in the Potter     it was evident that though                                                                                              Courtesy Rottentomatoes.com
(Rupert Grint ) and Herm-     series, and the book trans-    there were minor changes,       The Half Blood Prince topped out all other movies and earned $396.7 million worldwide.
ione (Emma Watson) are        lates into one of the dark-    it followed the book close-
beside him every step of      est Potter movies. Harry       ly but is able to stand on      and play off of each other                   Dark Knight’s $18 million       for Harry Potter and the
the way in adapting to        Potter offers an extensive     its own if watched without      well. The relationship Ron                   in 2008.                        Deathly Hallows Part I
some new changes such         number of laughs through       any prior knowledge to the      and Harry have is the epit-                      During its first five-day   expected in November of
as a new teacher, Profes-     one-liners and the comedic     series.                         ome of friendship.                           release, Half-Blood Prince      2010.
sor Slughorn (Jim Broad-      styles of Ron Weasley as            After watching all the        In its U.S. midnight                      topped out all other mov-           The final installament
bent).                        Grint. In one scene, Grint     Potter movies for the past      showing,        Half-Blood                   ies and earned $396.7 mil-      of the seven-part series has
     Harry learns that he     ingests a love potion and      eight years, it is clear to     Prince set a new record                      lion worldwide.                 been split into two parts
has a knack for potions       falls in love with anything    me that the actors have         with sales reaching $22                          Harry Potter fans are       only heightening anticipa-
after discovering a book      he comes across which          grown into their characters     million, beating the The                     expected to be lining up        tion of Potter fans.




   EPCC students cool off with tasty treats
                                                                                                                                    EPCC’s Campus Life department
                                                                                                                                 handed out free rootbeer floats to visitors
                                                                                                                                 and students last week in recognition of
                                                                                                                                 National Ice Cream Day.
                                                                                                                                    Some fun facts that were learned about
                                                                                                                                 the tasty treat is that it takes an average
                                                                                                                                 of 50 licks to finish off a single-scoop ice
                                                                                                                                 cream cone. Ninty-eight percent of homes
                                                                                                                                 in the US have ice cream in the fridge.
                                                                                                                                    Also, one out of five ice cream consumers
                                                                                                                                 in the country shares it with a pet.
                                                                                              Terese Mailhot / Tejano Tribune
    Campus Life representative Michelle Ruiz (L) serves free rootbeer floats to kids on National Ice Cream Day.

				
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