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Clubs reach out in community

The 21st Century After-School Program has been helping Amarillo College club members mentor students at San Jacinto and Whittier elementary schools since fall 2011. The grant program was started to support the “No Excuses” philosophy.

Hilary Cordero, program coordinator, schedules the activities between clubs and schools. The goal of the program is to help motivate children to seek post-secondary education.


OPINION: Gum wrapper can be expensive

Plastic bags and Styrofoam cups adorn the fence line. Newspapers billow along the roadside. Cigarette butts are scattered across the ground like stars across the night sky. It’s a beautiful scene.

Well, OK, maybe it isn’t. In fact, it’s downright ugly.

I detest litter, especially because there is absolutely no reason for it. Tossing a soda can out of the car window is no big deal; it’s just one can – except it isn’t. There are more than 20 million drivers in the state of Texas. Just imagine if everyone tossed “just one” thing out the window every day.

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Biology instructor receives faculty award

Dalila Paredes has received an award for excellence in student completion for her foundational work to integrate the Science Enrichment Center with science courses and faculty.
Paredes, a biology instructor and the full-time supervisor of the SEC, is one of six faculty members who received an inaugural Faculty Excellence Award presented last August.
Each award was accompanied by a $500 stipend.

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‘BadgerBS’ gives voice to students

Students have a voice on campus, and it can be heard through “BadgerBS.” “The name is a play on a more commonly recognized term, but in this case it stands for “Badger Banter Session.”

Quintin Marquez, senior video reporter and online editor, is host of the video show created by the Ranger staff. Topics are selected randomly from student submissions. A new episode debuts each Tuesday at

Asia Project poetry slam to inspire students

Each month, the Student Government Association hosts an event for Amarillo College students, faculty and staff.

At noon today, the SGA will host a poetry slam featuring the Asia Project. Free lunch will be provided. The event will be in the SGA lounge in the basement of the College Union Building on the Washington Street Campus.