Month: December 2016

NFL needs to simplify officiating

by DOMINICK PUENTE//Staff Writer 

With half of the NFL season over, the officiating has not improved and rules have become unclear, just like previous seasons.

Teams, fans and critics have continuously expressed their concern regarding the rules and officiating within the NFL.

Throughout press conferences and social media, players have become vocal about these topics and have received fines from the NFL.

If the league wishes to rid those outcries, the NFL should be open to more change within the system. 

Basketball, track athletes ink with NCAA Division I programs

by SPORTS STAFF

With achieved goals, hard work and dedication come bright futures.

Twelve South Plains College track and basketball athletes recently made their commitments to four-year universities after they signed scholarships agreements on Nov. 9 and Nov. 16.

With the SPC men’s basketall team cruising through the regular season, several Texans have announced their intentions to compete for universities to continue their athletic endeavors.

Cross Country teams have solid performance at national meet

by STEVEN GEHEGAN//Editorial Assistant

The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams fared well at the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Championship.

The teams ran in the NJCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 12 at Prairie Trails Golf Course in El Dorado, Kansas.

The men’s team placed third in the overall standings in the 8K race with 112 points and two runners finishing in the top 10.

Texans finish in top five at national meet

by STEVEN GEHEGAN//Editorial Assistant

The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams performed well while running half of a marathon that took place recently.

The teams ran in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Half Marathon National Championships on Nov. 19 at Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The men’s team placed second in the overall standings with 22 points. 

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Lady Texans pick up key victories, upset Midland


by DOMINICK PUENTE//Staff Writer

With conference play beginning, the South Plains College women’s basketball team has accumulated key victories against tough opponents.

With an important victory against the number 11-ranked Midland College Lady Chaparrals, the Lady Texans began conference play 1-0 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

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Texans use offensive weapons to stretch winning streak


by NICK ALVARADO//Sports Editor

The South Plains College men’s basketball team continues to blow out opponents as conference play has officially kicked off.

With the first game of Western Junior College Athletic Conference play, the fifth-ranked Texans had yet to be tested coming into the game against Midland College.

That would soon change.

Mac Miller shows respect toward women on new album

by DOMINICK PUENTE//Staff Writer

Turning heads with different styles and versus of rap music, Mac Miller shows a deeper and affectionate point of view towards a women in his newest album.

After a short break from releasing his previous album in 2015, Miller finally put together a well produced album in mid September, “The Devine Feminine.”

During his early years in his rapping career he has released multiple mix tapes and two albums.

Trolls teaches lessons of acceptance, happiness

by VANESSA DELGADO//Staff Writer 

Trolls dolls became popular in the 1960’s. They have gone in and out of popularity through the years.

Recently, they have tried to make a comeback. After DreamWorks announced they were making a movie based on the popular dolls, they bought the company outright.

“Trolls” is an animated film directed by Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell. It is a movie full of adventure, happiness, and kooky characters. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster with a great sense of humor. 

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Best of Second City improv entertains Lubbock crowd

by KACI LIVINGSTON//Staff Writer

The Best of Second City highlights some favorite original, hilarious, frequently changing sketches from the past 52 years. It also features unscripted improvisation by the next generation of comedians.

The Second City’s Blue Co. touring comedy ensemble performed in Lubbock on Nov. 11 in conjunction with the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series at the Allen Theatre at Texas Tech University.

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Relient K features clever lyrics, flow on ‘Air for Free’

by SERGIO MADRID//Staff Writer

It’s been awhile since Relient K has made any buzz.

It has been even longer since Relient K fans had much to buzz about. But with the summer release of, “Air for Free,” all that has changed.

The heavily anticipated eighth studio album had fans guessing what side of Relient K they would see. Their last album, “Collapsible Lung,” featured an electronic-heavy sound that did not sit well with loyal fans. 

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TSO impresses with rocking Christmas performance

by MATT MOLINAR//Opinion Editor

While most people anticipate being serenaded with carols during the holiday season, those who are familiar with the Trans Siberian Orchestra are excited to be blown away by a style that meshes Christmas-style music with hard rock.

TSO brought the “Ghosts of Christmas Eve” Tour to United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock on Nov. 28.

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‘Gilmore Girls’ reunited in Netflix series

by CHANEY ARNEY//Staff Writer

Grab your coffee.  The Girls are back.

After 16 years since the first episode and nine since the TV series ended, the “Gilmore Girls” are back.  The all-star cast has reunited for a four-part Netflix original series, “A Year in the Life,” and the wait was worth it.  Amy Sherman-Palladino, the writer, creator, and producer of the show, did not disappoint. 

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Polar Express train ride not as magical as expected

by SARA MARSHALL//Editor-in-Chief

WOLFFORTH – The crisp fall air is already filled with sounds of carols and smells of wood fires as the holiday season draws near. Christmas time is undoubtedly for childlike wonder and innocence.

“The Polar Express” was written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg and published in 1985 by Houghton Mifflin. This children’s book features a mysterious journey to the North Pole aboard The Polar Express train, which is filled with children on their way to meet Santa. 

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Natatorium director encourages physical activity on campus

by BRITTNY STEGALL//Staff Writer

With a passion for people of all ages, one professor makes sure that everyone stays active, no matter their age.

Mike Harrison, director of the Natatorium and instructor in Physical Education at South Plains College, started teaching when he was 28 years old. He has now been teaching at colleges for 33 years. Harrison has taught at Frank Phillips College in Borger, Western Texas College in Snyder, and at SPC for 15 years.

“I decided to come to SPC because they had a swimming pool here,” said Harrison, “but most importantly, it got me closer to home.”

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Phillipines native turns childhood interests into future career

by IRENE RIOS//Staff Writer

From the Philippines to Texas, Arra Delos Santos carries big dreams with her no matter where she goes.

Delos Santos lives in Lubbock, but she is originally from the Philippines. When she was 9 years old, her family moved to San Diego, California and lived there for around five years before moving to Lubbock, Texas. She has been living in Lubbock for the past six years.

When Delos Santos first moved to the United States, she was so shocked by the environment that she threw a temper tantrum. 

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Adventurous alum dreams big, travels worldwide

by MATT MOLINAR//Opinion Editor

[Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing project in conjunction with the South Plains College Alumni Association. The project highlights former SPC students and their achievements.]

Lana Adcock says that no matter what the circumstances may be, anyone can do anything they dedicate themselves to.