Month: April 2019

Texans place second at Howard College Rodeo

After the dust has settled, the Texans placed second while the Lady Texans finished sixth at the Howard College Rodeo on April 13 in Big Spring.

With one rodeo remaining on the schedule and the Southwest regional title up for grabs, the Lady Texans currently sit in fourth place with 2,885 points. Tarleton State (3,330) is the front-runner, followed by Clarendon College (3,120) and Weatherford College (3,095).

The Lady Texans are in third place with 1,777 points. They sit just 50.5 points behind second-place Weatherford, which has 1827.5.Tarleton is atop the leader board with 2,621. The top two teams from the men’s and women’s region advance to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

Colton McCarley had the sole team win for the Texans. In the roping finals, he teamed with Texas Tech’s Cameron McCarley. The team ran an 8.3 in the long round and won the short round with a time of 6.1. They averaged 14.4 for the event, adding 120 points for their team.

Grandy Quam placed sixth in team roping, adding another 60 points for the Texans. He ran a 6.5 in the long round, before missing the finals. He averaged 106.3 in roping. Britton Bedke added 30 points for the Texans by running a time of 6.7 in the long run. He also failed to make the finals, but placed seventh and had an average of 106.5.

Bedke finished fourth in tiedown roping, adding 75 points. He ran a time of 10.1 in the long run and 12.7 in the short run, finishing with a 22.8 overall average.

  Logan Kenline finished fourth in steer wrestling. Kenline had times of 5.2 in long run and 8.5 in the short. Kenline had an average of 13.7, adding 90 points to the team.

  Dawson Stewart added 65 more points with a sixth-place finish in steer wrestling. Stewart ran times of 5.1 in the long run and 9.8 in the finals. He had an average 14.9.

  Kaytlyn Miller led all the SPC women with 1,087 points. She placed fifth in breakaway roping, taking 70 points after running a 2.9 in long run but missing the finals. She averaged 102.9.

  Elle Eagles made the goat tying finals after running a 9.9 in long round and 11.9 in the short round. She had an average of 21.8, giving the Lady Texans 2.5 points.

The teams conclude the regular season by competing in the Tarleton State University Rodeo, which will be held April 25- April 27 in Stephenville. Results were not available at press time.

Unleash shinobi warrior justice in ‘Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice”

A bloodied shinobi warrior is struck down, stabbed to death by a group of Ashina clan soldiers.

As the shinobi lays dead in the street, the Ashina turn their backs from the bloody mess. The shinobi rises to his feet, ready to finish his fight by executing the Ashina warriors.

“Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is FromSoftware’s new action-adventure game. It features historical parallels with a re-invented 16th-century, Sengoku-period Japan.

Sekiro_04The game’s high-skill ceiling is synonymous with FromSoftware’s other games, such as “Bloodborne” and the “Dark Souls” series, that has triggered countless controversial online discussions about difficulty in video games. Some people claim that game difficulty is an “accessibility” issue.

“Sekiro” had more than 108,000 concurrent players on the “Steam” gaming platform on release day, making it the most popular game launched between January and March 2019. Within 10 days of its release, more than 2 million copies of the game were sold Sekiro-Shadows-Die-Twice (1)world-wide.

“Sekiro” is the first game I’ve played by “FromSoftware.” The “try and try again” idea has never appealed to me until now. The difficulty of “Sekiro” is refreshing. I enjoy a challenge, and it has been a while since I have experienced one. Most games that are being released lately are impossible to lose at. “Sekiro” may not feature a “Game Over” screen, but some might say certain areas of the game are exceedingly difficult, making some players feel stuck.

The mechanics are fluid. The game emphasizes sword play that shadows every game before it that has attempted this. While playing as Wolf, a young prince’s shinobi bodyguard and the main protagonist in the story, the player is given options for how to encounter and execute every fight. Players have options to stealth, distract, flee, or fight, or even combine these tactics to make challenging encounters conquerable.

To avoid spoilers, I will not explain much of the plot. Every event for as far as I’ve gotten in the game (near the end of Ashina Castle) seems to be very significant. The basis of the story seems to revolve around the kidnapping of the young prince who Wolf is taskedDmusKlqUYAAgwoZ.0 with protecting. There are secrets about Wolf’s heritage that get uncovered later, such as why he is able to resurrect after death, and the effects that his resurrections have on his body and on others around him.

I have loved every hour I’ve spent in “Sekiro” so far. The frustrations and challenges that the game presents are not staggering enough to dissuade me from moving forward. I admit that I am tempted to look up guides every once in a while. But the temptation is often curbed when I actually find the answer to something significant on my own.

“Sekiro” is an absolute pleasure of a video game. Every respectable gamer should include “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” on their bucket list of games to beat. I give “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” a nine out of 10.

Teeters exhibit showcases mixed media sculptures

The latest exhibit in the Fine Arts Building, “Meditation & Metaphor”, features the impressive works of Steve Teeters, a local artist who attended South Plains College decades ago.

Teeters unfortunately passed away in 2014, but his wife, LaGina Fairbetter, worked with former Gallery Director Julia Whiteside to give students a chance to be inspired by a successful graduate of SPC. The gorgeous paintings that always line the walls of the art gallery struggle not to be overshadowed by Teeters’ work, which always uses three-dimensional space that helps engage the viewer.

Teeters 6Teeters uses miscellaneous found objects in his work, such as limbs of dolls, antique clocks and decades-old poster art, in his sculptures. These objects add intrigue and a sense of historical value to his work. But upon inspection, it’s clear to see the placement of these objects isn’t always just random, but thematic.

Teeters used his work to convey his thoughts regarding human nature, society and the passage of time, burying these thoughts in subtle metaphor. Whiteside, the former gallery director responsible for the exhibit, knew Teeters while he was alive, and students who are interested may request a walkthrough of the exhibit with her when she isn’t busy for some insight into his style and metaphor.

“He is one of the most creative and productive artists I’ve known,” Whiteside said.

Found objects accent the sculptures well, but the heart of Teeters’ work is the well-crafted metals he created himself. After his start as a glassblower, Teeters moved on to metalworking, where he found immense success. The horses in Lubbock’s McKenzie Park, the pieces in front of the Wells Fargo Amphitheater and the large iconic glasses outside of the Buddy Holly Center are all works by Teeters. He also helped start the FirstTeeters 5 Friday Art Trail in Lubbock, and taught art classes for many years. Comments sections of articles regarding the artist’s passing are littered with praise from his former students.

Teeters later opened up his own foundry, Texas Brass, which allowed him to manipulate metal to do exactly as he wanted. But beyond found objects, Teeters almost always incorporated a myriad of other materials into his work, pushing many of his sculptures out of the metal category and into the mixed media category. Boats supported by wheels, jars filled with pictures preserved in cottonseed oil, metal books and cast metal objects are things students can expect to see when visiting the gallery.

Some pieces have an antique feel, and some have a morbid tone. Others have a rustic mood about them, and still others even have a bit of steampunk aesthetic. Very little space is wasted on the walls and the floor, with pieces taller than some students and some small enough to be stepped on. Students need to be careful navigating past the boats and pedestals while also being respectful toward them by not touching or accidentally leaning against any of them.

The variety found in the messages, mediums, shapes and sizes of Teeters’ works makes for a gallery that is completely original and thought provoking. The use of depth and disregard for symmetry make each piece unique. Walking around one to see how perspective toys with it is fascinating.

Typically, the gallery is peaceful and quiet. Students intending to see it for themselves have a good chance of getting the whole room to themselves. I recommend students interested in the arts take a small chunk out of their day to go while it lasts. Teeters’ artistic contributions to West Texas speak for themselves, and some of that famous talent will only grace the Levelland campus for a few more months.

The “Meditation & Metaphor” exhibit will be open until August 16. Occasionally, the exhibit may be closed to protect the pieces inside when staff aren’t watching it, but it may be opened upon request. There is no charge for admissions and the limited room in the gallery makes for a quick, enlightening visit.

Green continuing basketball career at University of Pittsburgh

Sophomore Gabbie Green signed her intent to continue her basketball career at the University of Pittsburgh on April 17 during a signing ceremony held in the T-Club at Texan Dome.

“I know that what made you successful here, Coach White at Pittsburgh is going to love,” Cayla Petree, head women’s basketball coach at South Plains College, said to Green at the signing. “The same great things I see in you is what’s going to make you, and his team, very successful.”

IMG_8914The 5-foot-7 guard from Bellville, Texas, left her mark on the SPC women’s basketball team that will not soon be forgotten. Green accumulated many honors during her sophomore season, including being named the NJCAA Region V Player of the Year, the Western Junior College Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player, and WBCA First Team All-American, as well as the first Lady Texan in 10 years to receive the honor of NJCAA All-American.

“Everything I’m doing now is for my mom,” Green said. “I want her to see me do what she knows I can do. I think working hard in the summer has gotten me to where I am now.”

Green helped lead the Lady Texans to a share of the WJCAC title, as well as an appearance in the NJCAA Region V tournament and an Elite-Eight showing at the NJCAA National Championship tournament, where they were bested by Gulf Coast State College 68-66 in the quarterfinal round.

She also helped the team achieve a No. 1 national ranking for the first time in program history during the 2018-2019 season.

“I’m proud of the way we came from the bottom and made it to the top,” Green added. “It couldn’t have been done without my teammates.”

Green reminisced about some of her favorite memories at SPC.

“My best memory from SPC was our last game,” said Green. “That was the best I think everyone has ever played, and it was great competition.”

Green was a dominant force on both ends of the court, shooting 43 percent from the field in her two years at SPC. She shot 30 percent from behind the three-point line, and averaged 14.4 points per game in her sophomore season.

Green said she chose the University of Pittsburgh because it was the best choice for her to achieve the goals she wanted to achieve in her basketball career.

“Since high school, I always knew I wanted to go to the highest level,” Green continued. “Pitt is that level. I love everything about Pittsburgh, the city is big, and I will have great coaches and teammates.”

Some other universities that recruited Green were Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State IMG_9210University, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Colorado, Boise State, Illinois State, and a few NCAA Division II schools in Florida.

Green said her final two choices came down to Illinois State and the University of Pittsburgh.

Green said,“I look forward to building up the program at Pitt.”

She says that Coach Petree has toughened her up and taught her to not be comfortable.

“I learned who I am as a person first,” Green said about what she learned from Coach Petree during her time at SPC. “She taught us to always work to get better, and to never be complacent.”

At the end of the news conference, Green looked to the freshmen on the team and gave them some words of wisdom.

“Don’t be complacent,” Green told her younger teammates. “As y’all can see, this year we worked so hard, and you saw how far we got. Be leaders next year.”

Former students honored during national TRIO day reception

National TRIO Day is a day for celebration around the increased access to higher education for disadvantaged students.

Every year, high school and college students, teachers, TRIO Program staff, alumni and others turn their attention to the needs of young people and adults across the nation who are aspiring to help improve their lives.

TRIO programs were established in 1965 to help low-income Americans have an opportunity to enter college, graduate, and be successful after graduation.

The South Plains Area TRIO Programs hosted a TRIO Achiever Reception to honor selected achievers. There were six TRIO achievers honored at the event, including two former South Plains College students, held on April 18 in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building at Texas Tech University.

These programs have assisted students in overcoming many of the obstacles they face as the first in their families to attend and graduate from college. More than 10.5 million students have been benefited from these programs.

National TRIO Day is an event that is celebrated by the Upward Bound program at SPC, Learn Inc. Educational Center and Talent Search in Lubbock, Texas Tech University McNair Scholars Program and Student Support Services, and the STAR Center Program at SPC.

Each of these programs recognized two students during the event. SPC honored Diana Garza of the STAR Center and Maria Guadalupe (Lupita) Nevarez of the Upward Bound program.

Garza joined the STAR Center in the fall of 2016. While attending SPC, she was a non-traditional student who had to learn to manage her time between family, academics, and work.

Garza took advantage of the services provided by the program, serving as a tutor for the program and being involved with its student organization activities.

Garza graduated from SPC with her Associate of Science degree in May 2017. Recently, she also completed her Registered Nursing Diploma from the Covenant School of Nursing.

She was recognized for her educational and professional achievements, as well as for her professional dedication to the pursuit of a higher education.

Manuel Cedillo, academic coordinator of the Star Center, said that the STAR Center is proud of Garza for achieving her academic goals and using her nursing degree to make a difference in her patients’ lives.

Nevarez was a freshman at Whiteface High School when she joined the Upward Bound Program at SPC in 2010. After graduation, she began working at Covenant Medical Center as a Registered Nurse.

While in high school, she participated in various extracurriculars activities, including band, playing on the basketball team, and serving as a member of the Science National Honors Society, a member of student council, and WHS debate team, among other clubs and organizations.

Nevarez graduated from WHS in 2014 and transferred to SPC, where she joined Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the STAR Center. She also served as a Campus Ambassador, and as a wing advisor in the dorms. She also had the opportunity to shadow a nurse, which helped her realize her own desire to become a nurse.

After being accepted into the SPC nursing program, Nevarez completed her Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing in May 2017. She became a licensed registered nurse (RN) and began working for University Medical Center in Lubbock immediately after graduation because she is bilingual and due to her preparation in high school as a participant in Upward Bound.

Feature editor thankful for journalism experience


After 101 days writing for the Plainsman Press, I’m done.

That’s really not a long time. One semester of writing and that is it.

I’ve always been a curious person. After my last interview, which I’m currently working on, I have no excuse to interview a new professor or student and get to know their story. I can no longer be brave through the lens of a journalist.

I had no idea what I was getting into at the beginning of the semester. I soon learned that the Newsroom was a small family. We eat together, we laugh together, and we stay up until 3 a.m. together. I learned that I would get out of the Newsroom what I put into it.

From the beginning, I knew I wanted leave with a better understanding of journalism and what true objectivity looks like. On the other side of the semester, I’ve gotten that and so much more.

Being on the newspaper staff has been both fun and stressful. The nights have been long, the proofreading seemingly never ending, and new corrections ostensibly kept coming up.

As the feature editor, I interviewed professors, students, and alumni. I got to know their stories and draw inspiration from each of them. Each interview presented a unique story that I learned something from. I love that I was allowed to write what I wanted but was also pushed to expand my writing.

In the Newsroom, I was reminded of the struggle newspapers are having. The Plainsman Press is fortunate to have support from the college. I’ve delivered newspapers to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and to President Satterwhite’s office. Numerous staff, students and alumni read the paper. I’ve received emails from past faculty who read a feature on a student they had years ago. We have the support of so many people, but especially the college. So many newspapers aren’t so fortunate to have that much support.

Newspapers across the nation are starting to shut down, closing down their printing presses. If journalism dies, so do people’s stories. We need more people to be bold and ask people to sit down, maybe over coffee, maybe in an office, and tell their story. There are so many people who have an amazing story to be told, and there needs to be people there to tell those stories.

As long as the Plainsman Press and the staff are around, journalism will live on. If there are teachers and students to read the amazing work that this staff creates, journalism will have a place at this college.

I never planned on getting into journalism. I took this class to fill my degree requirements. But the paper has turned into so much more than a class to me. This experience has opened my eyes to the opportunities I have going forward. I’m so thankful for the time I’ve had working at the paper and all of the people I’ve grown closer to during the semester.



Print journalism major gains new experiences, meets lifelong friends

I’ve stared at a blank Microsoft Word doc for days now.

For someone who struggles very little with writing and putting words on a page, this particular article was difficult to start. I just did not know where to start.

I have spent so many hours in the Newsroom in the Communications Building, since fall 2018. Which stories do I tell, or which ones do I not? Not to mention the emotions that will come with writing this farewell piece.

DSC_0142I started my journey with the Plainsman Press in the fall 2018 semester. We only had six staff members, all who wrote and edited the paper. I was a determined, inspired journalist who wanted a handson experience of every part of the newspaper. Yet I had no idea of the work, time, stress, and fun that would go with it.

My first paper week was rough for several reasons. The main reason was I am not a night person, so when 11 p.m. hit, I took a nap on the floor in between the desks and the whiteboard. I got in trouble for that later. However, Kendall was nice (for once) and waited for me to wake up before getting on to me. He explained that even if you are done with your work, you help others with theirs so everyone can get done sooner.

Another reason was I had no idea what in the world I was doing. Between working with the In Design software and trying to figure out how Apple computers work, I struggled with laying out my first page. I cannot even guess the number of times I asked Autumn for help that week. Through controlled breathing and gritted teeth, she kindly helped me every time.

Now do not get me wrong; everyone loves everyone in the Newsroom. But when it’s 3 57289369_2451997331499208_8184277129916055552_na.m. and everyone is tired, hands tend to go to throats.

You will get glared at and yelled at, but I promise you will be doing just as much glaring and yelling as well.

The strangers in the class become staff members, and the staff members become family. You will find yourself coming into the Newsroom in your spare time to eat, talk, joke, play games, and work on homework with them. That is part of the reason why everyone gets on to others as much as we do, because we are family.

You will get to know people way deeper than you expected. They will share their life stories, even if you do not want them to. They will share the good, bad, funny, and sad ones, but none will be more hilariously sad than either half of Kait’s poor fish.

You will be picked on, and every one will poke you until all your buttons are pushed and you storm out of the room. However, you will never have a group of friends more loyal. If you come in talking about how someone really hurt you and messed up your week, they will come up with a plan for how to kill, who will do the killing, where to bury the 58381199_2465730280125913_8928513452423512064_nbody, and who will pay for the deed. The News crew will be more than willing to back you up, no matter what the cost, and by cost I mean prison for life. (No one was killed, or harmed, in the making of any newspaper).

The girls will have your back when you want to go walking down the haunted hallway, and the guys will do their best to scare the girls as they come back.

I wish I could tell you which part is the best and which part is the worst. However, it changes every week, and every single thing about the Plainsman Press will be your favorite/worst part.

One of my favorite parts that never changes, though, is the people. I go get my nails done with the girls in the Newsroom and go out to eat lunch with Reece, Austin, and Victoria at least once a week, if not more. And on Thursdays, Charlie takes the Newsroom to the BSM, and those who do not have class eat together. Typically, the group will walk to the BSM. That is my most favorite time on Thursdays. The walk to and from lunch consists of stories, laughter and jokes. Not to mention everyone is able to get outside for a bit and breathe in fresh air.

While being on the Plainsman Press staff, I was able to interview author Jodi Thomas, Television News Personality John Stossel, and many more awesome people. I got to write opinion columns and typically got to pick which stories I wanted to write.

Charlie, our instructor and advisor, tries his hardest to make this experience the best for the students. He listens to story ideas, and as long as they will not get the college (or him)56247840_2431591733539768_315491963803533312_n sued, you are able to write/cover it.

Charlie does a lot more than just critique your stories, though. He is also a great mentor. Charlie truly cares for each of his students and tries his best to prepare them and give them what they need in order to move forward in their career.

The Newsroom has been like a second home to me. We laugh, cry, and confide in each other. We know when someone needs a hug, and we know when someone just needs food. I cannot tell you the number of times I have gone into the Newsroom and Autumn, Victoria or someone else has looked at me, and noticed that I am in an off mood, asking “Want to go get food?”

Eventually, everyone will be able to tell when you are hiding your true feelings and will sit you down and tell you to talk.

Sometimes the talk is just about a bad day, or about troubles with a relationship. Other times, the talk requires shutting the Newsroom door (because it locks when it is shut and you cannot get in without a key). Those are the real talks. You know something is going down, typically within the Newsroom, when they get up and shut the door.

Being in the Newsroom, whether you want to be a journalist or not, is so much fun and worth the time. It is a place where you can and will belong.

There will be days when you ask yourself why you ever got into it. But when the paper comes out, you realize the worth of your work and nothing else matter. So you excitedly do it all again.

South Plains College has been a wonderful college for me. I was homeschooled my whole 55489158_2421469114552030_6289754600245297152_olife, and although I was active in sports and extra activities, transitioning from homeschooling to public school terrified me.

SPC is a great place for people who are nervous about transitioning into college. There are wonderful professors who are willing to help you when you have trouble with your assignments, and some professors try to get to know you personally as well.

Emily Brunson, who is an English instructor, would bring M&M’s in a bowl and pass it around. We could only grab one M&M, and depending on what color we got, we would have to answer a question, such as “What’s your favorite color?” Then we would be able to get more M&M’s afterword.

Dave Cleavenger, an agriculture professor, enjoyed talking with students after class. He also cared about the students’ health. Once I went into class with sunglasses on and just kept my head down because I had a really bad migraine. Cleavenger noticed me not being myself and asked if I was OK. When I told him about my migraine, he massaged a pressure point in my hands that relieves migraine pressure. Because of that, my migraine continued to get better for the next few hours. By the middle of the day, my head was fine.

SPC has been a great twoyear college for me, and I will forever be grateful for this college, the professors, and friends that I made here.

Experience provocative universes in ‘Love, Death, & Robots’

In a world where a bowl of yogurt takes control of the United States government and charges its leaders with fixing the economy via a strict, but perfect plan, the only fallacy, as it is in real life, is human greed.

“Love, Death & Robots” (or “LDR”) is a collection of animated short stories that reach into different genres such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comedy. Each episode debuts its own art style, actors, and universe, which kept me at the edge of my seat for witness2every episode.

The first episode in the Netflix series, “Sonnies Edge,” is a sci-fi, cyberpunk action episode where a female gladiatorial protagonist takes control of an alien to fight in what seems to be an underground arena for sport and money. “Sonnies Edge” is also a story about vengeance and strength. The visuals are stunning, with an incredible amount of attention to detail. Each character and monster has its own unique style that clearly sets them apart from the rest.

In the second episode, “Three Robots,” there are three sentient, deadpan robots exploring post-apocalyptic Earth trying to learn more about how the humans lived while on a vacation. Each robot has their own personality, and the humor between them is dark, unattached, and inquisitive. The truth about the end of the world is hilarious and plausible.

From the first episode, “LDR” makes it very clear that some of the episodes are going to be very risqué. The third episode, “The Witness,” is a complete mind-bender that tells the story of an exotic dancer who witnesses a murder. The entire episode is a thrilling chase through a city with lots of blood, nudity, with an intense twist at the end.

The rest of the episodes include anything from stories of Dracula, how Yogurt came to rule Earth, alternate histories where Adolph Hitler died at a younger age, mech suits, cyborgs, and an immortal robot artist searching for the most beautiful thing imaginable. By the end of the show, expect to have seen full frontal nudity of male, female, and infernal bodies alike, and copious amounts of blood, red or otherwise.

Episodes range from 6 to 17 minutes. You can watch a handful of episodes in the time it takes to watch the new “Game of Thrones” (Who wants to pay for HBOgo anyway?), and there is so much more to enjoy.


Some episodes are adaptations of popular stories such as a rendition of “127 Hours,” titled “Helping Hand.”

The show sports different directors and artists for most works, and differ greatly from one another. The two Alastair Reynolds adaptations, “Zima Blue” and “Beyond the Aquila Rift,” are both solid sci-fi stories. With good twists and beautifully-realized plots, both of these episodes rank among my favorites in the series.

“Love Death & Robots” is the quintessential series to watch in 2019. It’s raunchy, beautiful, intense, scary, and filled to the brim with strong messages that relate to the world around us.  I give “Love, Death & Robots” a nine out of 10.

Veteran develops communication skills at SPC

My time at South Plains College is coming to an end. Like many before me, I will continue on to a traditional four-year university. I came to South Plains on academic probation from Texas Tech University. Mad and fearing that I would never amount to anything, I found comfort in this college.
When I first came to South Plains, I was still determined to be a nursing major. I thought I would take a few classes in mass communications to help balance out my workload. These classes were to help me with my podcast and what I thought was just a hobby. My hobby turned out to be my passion and what I’m now pursuing my degree in, mass communications.
I cannot express the amount of gratitude that I have for the Science Department at SPC showing me that I can use my disabilities with dyslexia to level the playing field. It’s with the help of these educators that I was able to build confidence and eventually recover some of my bad grades in science courses.
  The thing I’ll take away from SPC is the mass communications program and the hands-on experience.  The instructors have worked in the field and show you what you need to do to be successful. It’s not just textbook learning, it’s real-life, real experience, everything from writing for Mrs. Kirby in TV, news and radio scripts, to meeting deadlines for Charlie each week for this newspaper. Mrs. Kirby taught me how to speak professionally. She showed me how much work goes in to a daily show and newscast. I found myself becoming a better speaker and putting out a better pod cast each week because of her classes. She also showed me, and many other students, the many aspects of communication, including the many ways people speak and how ads can be sold in different ways.  All of this is very valuable life experience.

Billy Alonzo is always a friendly face, willing to help you with audio questions or just tell you a bad joke to help brighten your day. Billy has shown me why it is important to test your equipment and do a run-through before recording. Charlie and the newsroom was the class I was most nervous about. News writing was where I think I grew the most. I was challenged to write about new things and was taught many things about writing reviews and sports stories. The Communications Building is one of the friendly and most well received places I’ve ever been. It’s because of these great teachers in this great program that I received my associate’s degree last fall, and I will have success in all my future endeavors ever because of those who helped me achieve that.

Some may look down upon South Plains. I will always be proud to be an alumni of South Plains College.


Track teams earn multiple event titles as outdoor season winds down

The South Plains College men’s and women’s track and field teams continue to rack up event titles with only two meets left in the regular season.

Elite decathlete Asani Hylton competed in the 92nd Kansas Relays, presented by RCB Bank at Roch Chalk Park, held on April 17 – April 20 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Hylton took the top spot with 6,548 points after two days of competition in the men’s decathlon. Logan Lamb of Baker University placed second with 6,078 points, and Phil Elliott of North Western Missouri placed third with 5,777 points.

In the first day of competition, Hylton placed first in shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 5.21 inches, adding 571 points. He placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.43, tacking on 767 points, and recorded a second-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 1 inch, adding 750 more points. He placed first in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 9 inches and accumulating 859 points. He placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.87, adding 687 points.   

The next day Hylton placed second in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing the line at 15.66, and tacking on 772 points. He also placed second in discus with a throw of 102 feet, tallying 486 points. In the pole vault competition, Hylton placed second after clearing the bar at 12 feet, 5.5 inches, collecting 562 points. Hylton capped off the decathlon by placing second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:06.78, racking up 521 points.

The track teams competed in the Ross Black Invitational held on April 12 and April 13 at the Ross Black Field of Champions in Hobbs, New Mexico.

The teams grabbed six event titles during the first day of the event. However, they did not compete on the second day, due to inclement weather.

Freshman Scott Frazier placed first place in the men’s pole vault, clearing the bar at 13 feet, 11.25 inches. Hylton placed second in the event after clearing of 11 feet, 11.75 inches.

In the men’s hammer throw, freshman Bryce Spencer placed second with a throw of 131 feet, 5 inches. Sophomore Riley Finnegan placed first in the men’s discus with a mark of 155 feet, 9 feet, while Spencer placed third with a throw of 148 feet, 3 inches.

Three Texans swept the top three spots in the men’s long jump. Sophomore Holland Martin recorded a personal best jump of 25 feet, 11 inches, grabbing first place. Denvaughn Whymns placed second with a mark of 23 feet, 10.75 inches, while D’Juan Martin placed third with a jump of 23 feet, 8.75 inches.

In the men’s 10,000-meters, sophomore Andrew Bosquez placed first, crossing the line at 32:34.54, while freshman Alex Kitum placed second in 33:00.76. Sophomore Filmon Beyene placed first in the men’s 5,000-meters, clocking a time of 15:51.91.

Freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed first in the women’s 10,000-meters, finishing with a time of 35:40.46. In the women’s 5,000-meters, freshman Angela Rodriguez placed fifth with a time of 19:54.75.

Sophomore Ruth Usoro placed third in the women’s long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 11 inches.

The teams also competed at the Oliver Jackson Twilight meet on the campus of Abilene Christian University, which was held on April 24. Results were not available at press time.

Anitta impresses with trilingual album

Looking to build a successful career internationally, Anitta is bringing a new trilingual album to the world.

Larissa de Macedo Machado, better known as Anitta, is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and businesswoman. After building a strong, big national career in Brazil, Anitta started promoting herself internationally in 2017. Now she is having more success in Latin America and parts of the United States as she brings an album full of diversity in rhythm and languages.“Kisses” is the newest album Anitta brings to her fans. It features all the different versions of Anitta and her different personalities. The album, released on April 5, contains 10 songs followed by 10 videos. It is a shocking marketing move by the singer. The switching of languages between Portuguese, Spanish and English during the songs definitely calls a lot of attention and teaches a couple words to those listening.

“Atención” (Attention) is the first song on the album that is in Spanish. This music brings a version of Anitta as a strong, independent woman with a lot of attitude who is not afraid to do what she wants and believes in the empowerment of women

“Banana,” the second track of the album, is a more funny and dancing song in English and Spanish, featuring Becky G. With a really playful beat, the music makes you stand up and move.

To represent her Brazilian funk roots, Anitta brings the song “Onde Different” (Differente Wave), with participation from Snoop Dogg, Ludmilla and Papatinho. The funk beat mixed with American Rap turns into a very fast dancing song with such great party vibes.


The same can be found in the song “Sin Miedo” (No fear), which features Dj Luian and Mambo. It shows a more impulsive version of Anitta, someone who is not afraid of the consequences her actions can bring.

The tracks “Poquito” (Little Bit), “Tu y Yo” (You and I), and “Rosa” (Rose) are more romantic songs. They are slow dance songs that bring a young idea of love. The Anittas in those songs are more mysterious, a woman who knows how to use her ingenuity as her invisible weapon in the seduction game.

The last song on the album is definitely one of the most interesting on the album. “Você Mentiu” (You Lied) is the representation of the MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), with the incredible voice of Caetano Veloso. The slow song talks about the disappointment of Anitta with inhuman attitudes and her hopes of living in a better world. It is definitely a very sweet melody, which makes the song an amazing way to close such a diverse album with a lot of information.

As someone who has followed Anitta’s career since the beginning, I believe this new album brings her closer to her fans, and she nails it on that.

The album leads you through happy and dancing songs to explore the seduction and corporal beauty presented in each person. It also brings more human and sentimental music that will make you remember an old story or an old love.

I give “Kisses” a 9 out of 10.

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ adds depth of minor characters

Having to choose between her two worlds, Sabrina Spellman stands her ground against the Dark Lord in the second part  of  the Netflix original “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

In part 2, Sabrina is devoting herself to her studies at the Academy of Unseen Arts, after signing her name in the Book of the Beast. Despite the dismay of Father Blackwood, played by Richard Coyle, she remains eager to do things her way. Challenging the status quo of how things are done at the Academy, or as she sees how they should be done, Sabrina is more powerful and self-assured than she has been before. So she is seen as a threat by the patriarchal forces that control her world.


The episodes pick up right where they left off at the end of Part 1, with Sabrina trying to take down the Dark Lord from inside the Church of Night. It does not go particularly well, however. Part 2 also picks up with her power and popularity increasing, while her mortal friends have really complicated, mostly negative, feelings toward her.

This season, the writers and directors have added depth to characters who were previously almost one dimensional. Cousin Ambrose, played by Chance Perdomo, benefits the most from this, getting a tragic story arc that compels him to reveal what it is that he truly wants in the process. Madame Satan, played by Michelle Gomez, Harvey, played by Ross Lynch, Roz, played by Jaz Sinclair, and Susie, played by Lachlan Watson are also granted a newfound multi-dimensionality that catapults them into the narrative spotlight and forces viewers to recalibrate their perspectives on who these individuals are.

With Sabrina’s life getting increasingly dark as she learns more about the Path of Night, she still finds time to try to be an ordinary teen. Harvey, Sabrina’s ex-boyfriend, is still reeling from finding out that not only is his girlfriend a witch, she used her abilities to resurrect her dead brother. That wasn’t outweighed by that fact the she also helped his father stop drinking via a magic potion. While he understandably needs some space, he sees a potential love interest in Roz, who is one of Sabrina’s closest friends.

Sabrina has also moved on with a warlock, Nicholas Scratch, played by Gavin Leatherwood. But can a young warlock truly be as honorable and trustworthy as Nick in a society where men worship the Father of Lies?

Sabrina learns some hard truths in part 2 of the series about who to trust and how to stand up for herself despite her worries.

Part 2 takes the good parts of part 1 and adds more depth to characters and a better story arc. The show has amazing visuals throughout both parts. It also has actors who are amazing at portraying their characters with emotional depth, which keeps viewers invested.

I give part 2 of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” a nine out of 10.

Staff writer finds outlet to share thoughts in Plainsman Press

I am very glad I got to be a part of the newspaper staff this spring semester.

This has been a great experience. I learned so much about South Plains College. The newspaper staff class is like a family, and it’s really fun to be a part of it.

The amount of work and dedication pays off for the bi-weekly paper that our class works to get published. I am amazed by how many different parts go into publishing our college newspaper.

Many times, it’s overwhelming to understand, but when the paper is published and you see your work in the paper, it is a great feeling of accomplishment. I would say that during my time in this class, my writing skills have developed and have become stronger. The type of stories that I have written for the newspaper have been about entertainment, opinion, and a couple of news stories. I really enjoyed writing the entertainment pieces and also the opinion articles because it was a chance to share my thoughts on any given topic.

My professor, Charles Ehrenfeld, runs the Newsroom in a way where students help each other and are able to communicate with each other. I really recommend students take this class. It was really fun, and I had a great semester in this class.

Being in this class will teach you how a newsroom works and what roles and jobs are involved for the newspaper staff. There are many opportunities available for students who are interested in the News Reporting class. There are important roles, such as the editor-in-chief and the rest of the editorial staff, that are very important for the newspaper to be successfully published.

This is my last semester at SPC, and I am proud to announce that I will be obtaining an Associate’s degree from South Plains College. I have had a really fun experience being a student at SPC. The teachers here are really great and I have become accustomed to SPC. I am going to miss going to school here. I am going to miss this institution so much that it makes me sad that I have to leave. But I’m happy at the same time because I am accomplishing my academic goals that I have set for myself.

I really will miss all my Professors and friends that I have met at SPC. This fall, I will transfer to Texas Tech University to earn my bachelor’s degree in Digital Media & Communication. I’m grateful that I have had such wonderful learning experiences while I have been a student at SPC that I will carry with me for the rest of my educational career. I have enjoyed my time at SPC, especially in News Reporting class, and I have learned skills that will help me in my field of study for my degree in Communications.

Sufferers of anxiety at higher risk of suicide

Anxiety plays with your thought process, leaving you feeling hopeless and depressed. Your soul empties as the stress piles up, and you start feeling alone. Your brain starts whispering, “What if I wasn’t here?” while trying to find relief from everything.

“Anxiety left untreated can lead to people feeling hopeless and having a void of hope, which is kind of the primary factor of people who actually have serious suicidal ideations,” said Lynn Gregory, a counselor at South Plains College.

“I do believe that, left untreated, anxiety plays a huge role because people feel like they just can’t go on with those kinds of emotions that the don’t know what to do with,” she added.

Richard Herbert, professor of psychology at South Plains College, said that there are six basic types of anxiety disorders: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Herbert said that all six anxiety disorders deal with the sensation of a loss of control.

“An individual no longer has ‘command of the situation’, or just a sense of overwhelming powerlessness,” he explained. “That we are at mercy of other forces than just ourselves. Causing your own death is one way to imagine taking back control. If I cannot control my life, by dying I can at least stop those other forces from remaining in control.”

Herbert mentioned an article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) that said the researchers found that “the presence of any anxiety disorder, in combination with a mood disorder, was associated with a higher likelihood of suicide attempts in comparison with a mood disorder alone.”

“The fear of dying during a panic attack is an independent risk factor for subsequent suicide attempts among individuals with depressive disorders,” added Herbert.

According to Gregory, anxiety may lead to suicidal actions because the person might get frustrated with dealing with a mountain of anxiety to the point when they feel alone and helpless, concluding that they need to end their life.

“It’s feeling like no one can help,” Gregory said. “People who are feeling suicidal are feeling hopeless. Having panic attacks or having phobias feels like the person can’t fix it, that is a false concept, because there is treatment.”

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, signs and symptoms people should be aware of in a suicidal person include changes in behavior such as increased use of alcohol or drugs, withdrawing from activities, or giving away prized possessions. Other warning signs are mentioning wanting to kill themselves, feeling hopeless, and feeling they are a burden to others. People who are considering suicide often display moods such as depression, anxiety, and agitation.

According to Herbert, poor job security or satisfaction with their job, history of being abused or witnessing continuous abuse, being socially isolated or a victim of bullying, and family history of suicide, also are possible triggers.

Gregory explained that a person might also say that they are not sleeping or eating. Also, selfharm, such as acting out against themselves and cutting themselves, can be warning signs.

Another risk factor is alcoholism and drug abuse, according to Gregory.

“Any mental health disorder increases an individual’s risk of suicide ideation and/or attempt,” Herbert said.

Gregory stated that there are different levels of suicide.

“Somebody might just have fleeting thoughts of ‘I don’t want to be here anymore, life sucks’,” she said. “The other end of this spectrum is a serious, suicidal person who has been planning suicide.”

According to Herbert anxiety and mood disorders are probably most frequently associated with suicide attempts. However, he said that depression tops that list because it is the feeling of being “trapped.

Herbert also said that panic attacks is probably the leading anxiety disorder as a factor in suicidal attempts.
“Usually, the causes of the onset of the panic attacks have to do with extremely stressful situations where we do not feel like we have any control,” Herbert said.

According to Herbert, panic attacks with physical/biological origins are different, and a person will have to see a doctor before the panic attacks subside.

Herbert said that men, people age 45 and older, and certain races, such as Caucasians, American Indians, or Alaskan Natives, have shown to be at a higher risk for suicide.

“Depressive moods are the most likely moods to indicate suicide ideation,” Herbert said. “Increases in anxiety, especially for no apparent reason, are also indicative of suicide ideation.”

Gregory said there is help available for those who are having suicidal thoughts, such as outpatient therapy.

“For somebody that’s having those feelings,” said Gregory, “I would never try to hold that inside and just feel like you can cope with this by yourself. I would at least tell a friend.”

Gregory said telling a friend is a good bystander intervention, which is like the buddy system.

“It’s making sure that you take care of your friend,” she explained. “It’s the whole array of things. You could take your friend to the emergency room. You could call the Star Care intake number. You could sit with that person and not let them be alone.”

Gregory encourages people who are having dark thoughts to tell a friend so the friend can make sure they get the help that is needed.

Herbert suggests calling prevention lifelines such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, while Gregory suggests a call to Contact Lubbock at, or text 741741. SPC students can go to the Health and Wellness Center to talk to any of the counselors at both the Levelland and Reese campuses.

“If someone is repeatedly suffering from anxiety attacks and not seeking help, the best thing to do is to get them help,” Herbert said. “If they have tried to get help but do not improve, then watch for the mood changes of anxious and frustrated to calm and serene. When someone is suffering from anxiety disorders rapidly moves from anxious and frustrated to calm and serene, it can be an indicator that they have decided upon suicide, and that they are at peace with that decision.”

Student creates own path through family legacy


For Seth Hall, South Plains College is in his blood.

Hall was born and raised in Lubbock, where he lived with his family until they moved to Dallas when he was 10. He was homeschooled, beginning in first grade and continuing until he graduated from a co-op in Plano, Texas.

After graduating, Hall decided to attend SPC. Many things affected his decision to come to SPC,  mainly his family’s relationship with the college.

Hall’s entire family—his father, mother, sister, brother-in-law, and grandparents—all attended South Plains College. Although his whole family attended the college, Hall says he felt no pressure to start his college career at SPC.

“I have always heard the normal “It’s a great school, and everyone knows you there,’” said Hall. “But this never felt as though I was being forced to choose.”

Out of everyone in his family who attended SPC, it was his sister’s experience that helped him decide.

“After seeing my older sister graduate from SPC in 2017,” explained Hall, “I could only see how much she enjoyed the journey to get to the point in her life. This was truly a tipping point in me going down the path of choosing this college.”

Although Hall’s family had a positive experience at SPC, it was the college’s true colors that pushed him to become a student.

“Besides the previous mentions of my whole family going as well,” said Hall, “there are just too many good things about the college I personally couldn’t turn down when choosing.”

Hall’s father, Russell Hall, was once the director of development for the college. That consisted of fund-raising activities and alumni relations.

“Growing up, I remember so many memories of my father working in the college, as well as many events, like the holiday lights,” said Hall.

His father’s former position played a large role in him choosing SPC.

“It was truly my father’s influence in the college that truly led me into coming,” Hall said, “his passion for the school and everyone who works in it, all for good reason. After being here a year, I am happy to say it was the best decision coming because of my father and my whole family’s history here.”

Hall remembers how active his grandparents were in the school when he was a child.

“All I can truly remember is how much they were able to donate towards scholarships for students,” recalled Hall. “In fact, they have two bricks in front of the entrance for the Student Center stating their contributions to the college.”

While at SPC, Hall is majoring in Public Relations. He plans to transfer to Texas Tech University and major in Advertising. After graduating from Texas Tech, Hall plans on moving back to Dallas, where his parents currently live, and work for an advertising team in a corporation or business.

For Hall, the relationships he has with many professors at SPC started many years ago.

“I have so many fond memories,” said Hall, “of my father working in the college with the very professors I am currently taking now.”

Outside of classes, Hall is very active in the West Texas Outlaws car club in Lubbock.

“It’s a group of guys and girls who are passionate about cars and sharing fun experiences,” said Hall. “We often host car meets, cars and coffees, as well as an occasional cruise around town or country roads.”

Besides the car club, Hall also loves to work on his car, a Ford Focus ST.

“I love to get under the hood of my car,” explained Hall, “and honestly sometimes under the car itself to work on or modify it.”

Because of his love for cars, he also pursues business ventures to reflect his love for cars.

“I also run a local high-end automotive detailing service in Lubbock,” said Hall. “Because when I owned my Mustang, it was one of my greatest joys to be able to detail it to bring out the deep impact blue color it was blessed with from Ford.”

Aside from cars, Hall also enjoys bouldering, a form of rock climbing done without a harness or rope.

“Other than the massive car world I live in daily, I enjoy bouldering, which is based on much more technical climbing that’s much harder, as well as not having a harness on,” he explained.

Hall also enjoys spending his free time with his girlfriend.

“We try to travel around and do things we haven’t done before,” he said, “basically just experience life’s moments together.”

‘La Llorona’ modern retelling of Latin folklore

A cursed family is face to face with an evil entity. A widowed mother will do anything to protect her children from this force and remove the woman from her house.

She will be faced with many obstacles as she tries to overcome this paranormal situation.

MV5BMTkxODk1MTM3Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDUxNzg0NzM@._V1_“La Llorona,” Curse of the Weeping Woman, recently was released to theatres as the latest addition to the conjuring series.

This twisted spin on an old-fashioned ghost story is made Hollywood-style.

This movie brings to life the curse of the weeping woman, an ancient Mexican ghost story.

There are many versions of “La Llorona,” but the key parts of the story are how a beautiful woman who is heartbroken by her husband after he leaves her with two children goes into a jealousy rage, wanting to take something away from the man who left her.

In her range of anger and jealousy, she drowns her two children in the nearby river. After her children are dead and her anger rage is over, she then realizes the damage she has done and is consumed with guilt. She becomes known as the weeping woman who eventually dies in the same waters as her children.

Her tortured soul wanders the rivers and different bodies of water, crying for her children and taking any children that come in her path or hear her cry.

This story has been passed down to many families and is a well-known story around the river cities of south Texas. Its purpose is to keep young children away from the river, and to make children obey their parents, or “La Llorana” is waiting around for you and will drown you.

In this movie, Linda Cardellini plays working widowed mother Anna Garcia, who has two children. She is a social worker and has been struggling with the death of her the-curse-of-la-lloronahusband as she is trying to do the best she can for her family.

The curse is introduced in the film with flashbacks about the old ghost story of the deadly weeping woman who wears a white dress. Anna is working on a case where she becomes introduced to the words she doesn’t understand but will soon become her reality.

While Anna was working on a case with a mother who has been in hiding with her children, she yells, “it’s La llorona” at Anna. At the time, she doesn’t understand what this means. But she will find out once her children become the new target of this evil spirit who drowns children. Anna will be face to face with “La llorona.”

Searching for help to get rid of this curse, she turns to Raymond Cruz, who plays a curandero, Spanish for a healer, who heals in traditional native ways, like a shaman. His decision to help this family will help Anna’s family fight against the aggressive evil woman who wants the two young children.

I actually enjoyed this movie. I’ve heard many different versions of this ghost story, and being able to see it in theaters was pretty cool. I liked the story line.  It was interesting how the old Mexican ghost story became a Hollywood movie.

I liked how this scary movie attempted to tie in Mexican traditions with the curandero. That was a nice touch. I enjoyed the jump scares and even screamed once or twice. I rate this film a 9 out of 10.

English professor impacts students with American literature, poetry

Ever since Mollie Moore was little, she loved to write, even writing her own newspapers.

Moore has been serving as an assistant professor of English a South Plains College for six years.

“I was an English major in college, and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with it other than teach,” Moore said.

Moore has a bachelor’s degree in English from Hardin Simmons University and a Master of Arts degree in American Literature from Baylor University. She explored options for going into the publishing business, until she found her calling in graduate school.

“Then when I got the opportunity to teach in grad school, I loved it so much,” Moore recalled. “So, I definitely wanted to teach from then on.”

English has been Moore’s first choice to teach throughout most of her life. Although, when she first went to college, she was interested in science fields, specifically the medical field. That was until she took her first American literature class during her first semester.

“I just loved it so much that I switched my major soon after,” Moore said.

Moore graduated with honors from Hardin Simmons and did an honors thesis in her undergrad degree program where she wrote poetry. Moore has had poems published in student magazines and won the Phoenix Poetry Prize at Baylor. She writes poetry daily, with her most common style being contemporary free verse style.

Moore’s favorite part about teaching is observing the progress in her students, and seeing the impact writing and literature have on them.

“One of my favorite parts about teaching writing is that I get to read my students’ work,” Moore said, “so I feel like I get to know them better through their writing.”

Her least favorite part is putting grades on things, especially when she knows the students worked very hard on an assignment.

Moore is working on a custom American Literature course on post 9/11 American Literature. She hopes to teach it in the near future.

“So, looking at literature how the event of 9/11 affected our society and, of course, then affected our literature,” Moore explained. “I do a little mini unit on that in my fiction class already.”

Moore’s biggest inspiration for writing and teaching is reading, along with admiring nature. She loves reading the work of others, “Whether it’s stories or academic journals talking about teaching.”

The English professor’s extracurricular activities include travelling, hiking, and more teaching. She recently took a trip to Chicago to visit friends, and she is planning on visiting Boston, and Salem, Massachusetts to visit a friend who recently moved there. Moore teaches second and third-graders at her church, and also leads a small group.

Moore spends much of her workday planning her classes and grading.

“I always have essays that I’m grading,” she said.

As a former student, and having worked with students for the past six years, Moore’s best advice for students is to learn time management. She says that she is also learning about time management for herself to grow in that area so she has more free time.

“Success is very dependent on you just managing your time well, and giving time to your classes outside of just coming to class,” she said.

For students who want to become better writers, Moore tries to emphasize the writing process, and she tries to be a guide.

“Students just need to devote more time to the writing process,” Moore said.

She tries to be the “guide on the side” as the basis for her teaching method. She prefers to simply guide students in their learning and writing process, offering advice as they progress.

The English professor wrote her master’s thesis on “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. As a result, she recommends every student read the book.

“I think his (Twain’s) writing is valuable,” Moore explained. “Even though some people don’t come from college or even high school, they tend to enjoy his work. It also has such a powerful message.”

Moore says that she loves working at SPC. She loves her students, colleagues and her subject.

“Know that most of your professors love what they are doing,” said Moore, “and they want you to come talk to them.”

Silent Wings Museum preserves memory of key role in World War II

Glider planes had an important role in the success of the Normandy Beach Invasion that ended World War II.

The Silent Wings Museum is dedicated to preserving the memory, as well as the history, of these gliders.

0Q6A1985The only museum in the world dedicated to the glider program is located near the Lubbock International Airport, on the edge of the city. In 1971, former pilots of the United States Army Air Force Glider Program formed the National World War II Glider Pilots Association. The main goal of the Glider Pilots Association was to preserve the history of the glider program.

From the inception, the Glider Pilots Association set out to collect artifacts, archival material, and personal accounts of pilots and people working in the program. The main goal the Association wanted to achieve was the procurement of a WACO CG-4A glider.

Pilots from the program in the Dallas area found out about a CG-4A glider sitting on top of a building in Fresno, California. The aircraft was being used as an advertisement for a store. The glider was purchased, and restoration efforts began. It was completed in 1979.

Once the restoration of the glider was complete, efforts began to build a museum to house the CG-4A. The first Silent Wings Museum opened its doors in November of 1984 in Terrell, Texas.

propIn 1997, the pilots who ran the museum as volunteers realized the glider needed a more permanent home. The majority of the pilots of the Glider Pilots Association trained in Lubbock, so the City of Lubbock offered to provide a site for the museum. The Terrell site was closed in 2001, and the new location in Lubbock opened in October 2002 at the former site of the South Plains Army Airfield, where the CG-4A glider sits as the centerpiece of the museum.

Sharon McCullar, curator for the Silent Wings Museum, said, “We have one of only seven fully restored CG-A4 gliders in the world.”

The U.S. Army established a large training facility in Lubbock in 1942, known as the South Plains Army Airfield, for an advanced glider program. The program trained pilots to fly unarmed gliders into enemy territory, land and unload cargo such as anti-tank guns, anti aircraft guns and small vehicles such as jeeps and light tanks.

The South Plains Army Airfield trained 6,000 to 7,000 glider pilots who earned Advanced Training in gliders and the Silver ‘G’ Wing from July 1942 to January 1945.

The glider squadrons played an important role throughout World War II, as they were silent and could fly closer to the front to unload cargo. The gliders also played an important role in the D-Day invasion, landing before dawn and helping to unload Jeeps 0Q6A1928as well as anti-tank guns, Howitzer anti-aircraft guns, and quarter-ton trailers full of ammunition and supplies.   

The Douglas C-47 Skytrain was the main tow plane used for leading the gliders into combat.

The museum is supported by the City of Lubbock for operating costs, according to McCullar. The museum is also supported through memberships. The Silent Wings Museum Foundation helps to obtain grants and get funding for exhibits and projects.

McCullar also said that the busiest time of year is around April, near the end of the school year, when there are a lot of field trips. She added that the annual visitation is around 20,000 people.

Other exhibits at the museum include information about other military training and operations in and around the Lubbock area. One of these programs was the Civilian Pilot 0Q6A1976Training Program, a nationally-sponsored program at select universities. In September 1939, Texas Technological College was accepted into the program with a quota of 40 students.

In July 1940, the Civil Aeronautics Authority designated an advanced flight training course at the college. The course began in October 1940 with an enrollment of 20 students.

In 1942, the college became the screening program for potential military pilot candidates.

The Silent Wings Museum is located at 6202 North  I-27 in Lubbock. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Sunday.

Admission prices are $8 for general admission, $6 for senior citizens 60 years of age or older, and $5 for children ages 7 to 17, while children under 6 are admitted free. They also offer free admission to museum members and Active Duty Military.

For more information about the Silent Wings Museum, call (806) 775-3049

Professor selected as new dean of health occupations

Jerry Findley is making it his goal to help students succeed in order to get closer to their career paths.

Findley, who recently was selected as the new Dean of Health Occupations, first came to South Plains College in January of 2010 to serve as the director of the Emergency Medical Service program at the Reese Center campus. He held that position for about seven years, before being appointed the chairperson of Allied Health.

He explained that becoming the Dean of Health Occupations was one of his long termplans.

“It was a little bit of a surprise,” Finley said of when the last Dean retired. “I don’t think a lot of people saw that coming.”

Findley grew up in Jacksonville, Texas, which is just south of Tyler, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration at Wayland Baptist University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Findley said he is a paramedic by trade. But when he got involved with teaching some EMS courses, he really started liking that field.

“I really loved that,” he explained. “So I kind of geared my degree towards the management and administration aspect.”

He explained why he wanted to get into the health care field, saying, “I had some family who had some medical problems, and seeing how everybody worked together. I love helping people. I love students, and this was just a natural progression for me.” 

Findley said that he has been in the health care field since 1991. Prior to working for SPC, he worked for a couple of hospitals, Saint Mary’s and Covenant in Lubbock. He also worked in the Education Department at the Health Sciences Center at Texas Tech for 10 years before coming to SPC.

“It’s a great atmosphere out here,” Findley said, explaining why he wanted to come to SPC. “It’s really family oriented and a fun place to be.”

When asked about his goals for the new position, Findley replied, “I’m just all about the students succeeding. That is why they are here, for us to educate them to be successful.”

Findley explained that all the decisions he makes revolve around the students in order to ensure that students are going to be successful in whatever they do.

“We help them along, we guide them, we mentor them, and, of course, we educate them to get them to where they want to be when they leave South Plains College,” said Findley.

He adds that the objective is to get the students from when they walk in the door to be successful for when they walk out.

With the new position, Findley decided he can no longer teach classes.

Among his job duties are to oversee the day-to-day operations of health occupations programs, the physical therapy assistant program, the Licensed vocational nursing programs, and the EMS programs at Reese Center.

“My job is more of an umbrella over all of those, and making sure that we’re all staying really studentfocused,” Findley said.

In his spare time, Findley likes to spend time with his wife and three kids and traveling.

‘Unplanned’ tackles ethical issues with true story


One of the youngest directors of Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson was a part of more than 22,000 abortions, and she counseled women on their choices.

Abby’s deep conviction for a woman’s choice led her to speak out for Planned Parenthood. She also fought for legislation for something she deeply cared about. Then one day she saw something that made her change her mind.

“My story isn’t an easy one to hear,” Johnson said at the beginning of the movie, “Unplanned.” I think I probably ought to warn you of that up front.”

It was released April 4 and sold out more than the Marvel movie.

This is a true story done in the form of a documentary showing how Abby used to be a director for Planned Parenthood for many years. This movie is not an easy one to watch. It does makes you look at views on abortion and rethink the whole thing.

This story starts out with Abby at college at Texas A&M University. She was from a little town, but that did not stop her from being a “small-town super achiever,” as Abby calls herself.

When she started college, she soon became the “party girl.” When she found herself pregnant and tells her boyfriend, he is quick to suggest that she abort it.

Abby does not want her parents to find out that she had sex and got pregnant. She quickly gets a new credit card and was able to pay the $500 for the abortion. She also decides to marry Mark.

When Mark cheats on her, Abby gets a divorce. While the divorce is going on, Abby finds out she is pregnant once again. But this time she gets the RU-486, the “morning after” pill.

When Abby is at a job fair during her junior year at college, she meets a woman who is with Planned Parenthood.

Scn-146-13-resized“It’s hard to believe that there are still people who want to tell us what we can and can’t do with our body,” Abby says in the movie.

This led the woman to ask Abby if she would like to help out by volunteering at the clinic.

“I left the campus that day as a proud champion of women in crisis,” says Abby.

Little did she know where this volunteering would lead her. At one point, Abby says, “Never trust a choice you make you don’t want your Mom to find out about.”

She was offered the directorship of Planned Parenthood, and she accepted it. Her family is not happy with her job choice, nor is her second husband, Doug.

But Abby is convicted that she is helping women who are in a crisis pregnancy. That is, until she is asked to help with an abortion. She had worked almost eight years without ever helping with one before. What she saw on the ultrasound changed her heart.

In the beginning of the movie, there is a scene with Abby, involving a question she is asked a lot. Were you really that “gullible, foolish and naïve” in reference to Planned Parenthood’s view on abortion? Her reply is a simple, “Yes.” She believed that the tiny fetus is just a blob that doesn’t feel anything.

Abby’s parents and husband are members of the Coalition for Life. They pray that Abby will change her mind. They talked to her about It, but they never push in a bad way. Patience and kindness are felt as Abby changes her mind.

“Planned Parenthood’s own statistics show that if someone’s praying out there, it (the abortion appointment no-show rate) can go as high as 75 percent,” Abby says.

As much as I would like to tell you more about the film, I hope that you will see it for yourself. I rate it a 10 out of 10.