Month: September 2016

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NCAA still avoiding real issues

by STEVEN GEHEGAN//Editorial Assistant

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has once again proved that it is incapable of doing what is right.

The NCAA is looking into recruiting violations that have taken place at the University of Mississippi, which are alleged to have occurred during the past several years. Several players including, Laremy Tunsil, an ex Ole Miss football player, are alleged to have received improper benefits for attending Ole Miss. What the players are accused of is against the NCAA rules, which are not as bad as what has happened at another university, one that has committed far worse crimes than students receiving gifts for going to a university. These are crimes that the NCAA seems to ignore while they chase student athletes trying to make money.

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Rio facing criticism of preparation for Olympics

by NICK ALVARADO//Sports Editor

Before the 2016 Summer Olympics began, the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was hit hard by questions that pertained to the topic of readiness for the games and the outbreak of the Zika virus.

To Rio’s credit, the security was smooth throughout the Olympiad, and no major issues were faced.

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Kaepernick should honor flag during national anthem

by DOMINICK PUENTE//Staff Writer

Colin Kaepernick has responded to the troubling times many Americans are facing by sitting down or kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.

The quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers first sat down during the national anthem during the third week of the NFL pre-season when the 49’ers played against the Green Bay Packers.

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Hobbs settles in as new assistant track coach

by DOMINICK PUENTE//Staff Writer

The South Plains College track program has brought in a new assistant men’s coach to help keep the long-standing reputation going and growing.

Justin Hobbs recently was hired to coach multiple events throughout the track season, along with cross country. Originally familiar with hurdle events, Hobbs is striving to keep the winning tradition alive for the SPC track program and continue to develop quality athletes.

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Former player returns as new assistant coach

by STEVEN GEHEGAN//Editorial Assistant

Justin Brown returns to South Plains College to help obtain the same glory that the men’s basketball team had the last time he was here.

“I take a lot of pride in being here and carrying on the tradition that was built here,” said  Brown, who is the new men’s assistance basketball coach. 

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Kimball steps into new role as assistant coach

by NICK ALVARADO//Sports Editor

After having a successful season alongside women’s head basketball coach Cayla Petree, Brock Kimball is now the lone assistant women’s basketball coach at South Plains College.

“Coming from where I came from and being able to make that move up was satisfying, especially after the year we had last year and where we were headed but very satisfying.”

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Tubb retires as athletic director after successful tenure

by NICK ALVARADO//Sports Editor

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.

Joe Tubb, who has served as the athletic director at South Plains College for 33 years, announced his retirement at the end of the spring semester, on May 31. For Tubb, it is bittersweet after the years he has put in.

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Scott’s ‘Birds in the Trap’ soars above expectations

By RILEY GOLDEN//Entertainment Editor

Travis Scott’s “Birds” have finally landed, and the masterpiece is well worth the wait.

Following almost three months’ worth of delays, Scott’s highly anticipated second studio album, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” released on Sept. 2 to an extremely eager fan base.

‘Ghostbusters’ rendition exceeds expectations

By SARA MARSHALL//Editor-in-Chief

The famously funny “Ghostbusters” set the expectations of moviegoers extremely high, so many assumed this new take on a classic would be a total and absolute fail.

I believe the original 1980s film became so popular due to an amazing cast, including Bill Murray as the lead character, Dr. Peter Venkman, and iconic monsters such as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, which will forever have a strange, happy place in our hearts.

‘Batman/TMNT’ comic melds two universes with success

By RILEY GOLDEN//Entertainment Editor

Batman has just gotten word that an army of ninjas in black and their unknown, “inhuman,” adversaries, in the form of red, blue, orange, and purple flashes, had something to do with a generator being stolen.

In “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1,” Master Splinter, his turtle-sons, and their adversaries have landed in Gotham City and it’s up to the Worlds’ Greatest Detective to find out who they are and what they’re doing in his city.

‘Suicide Squad’ falls short of hyped potential

By RILEY GOLDEN//Entertainment Editor

Task Force X.

That’s the official name given to the “Suicide Squad” by Amanda Waller, portrayed by Viola Davis, a high-ranking government official, insistent on ‘employing’ the world’s worst of the worst to defend it. They are an extremely dangerous and extremely expendable team of lowlifes.

Jepsen releases EP featuring new material from previous album

By MATT MOLINAR//Opinion Editor

Carly Rae Jepsen has fulfilled the request of her fans by putting together music that was left out of her sophomore album, “Emotion.”

Although many agree that the album was a major pop flop, Jepsen has definitely succeeded in producing beautiful, new age pop music.

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Ocean produces, new, memorable sound with ‘Blonde’

by AARON FLORES//Staff Writer

As  a  freshman in high school  in  2012,  one  of  my go-to albums  during  that  time  was “Channel Orange.”

Just  this  album  let  alone   helped  me  through  the  ups  and  downs  that  I  went  through  in  my  life  during  that  specific  time. I  strongly  related  to  Frank  Ocean’s album  when  he  told  the  public  that “Channel  Orange” was  meant  for  his  first  love  and  how  he  uses  the  method  of  synesthesia  to  represent  the  whole  album  in  one  word . For  those  who  don’t  know  what  synesthesia  is,  it’s  when  an  individual’s  perception  of  the  past  is  associated  with  the  experience  of  colors.