MC golf team finishes sixth in national tournament

Midland College finished sixth in at the NJCAA national golf tournament, which ended May 16 in Burlington, Iowa. Play took place at the  Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

The Chaps shot 308 on their  last day for a 1,228 tourney total. The tournament winner was Indian Hills Community College, which scored a tournament total of 1,190.

Coach Delnor Poss complimented his team on a hearty and competitive season.

Individually, MC freshman David Wicks finished second overall with a four-day total of 293. He follows in the footsteps of Tommy Sikes as the First-Team  All-American from MC since 2009 when Sikes won a medalist title.

MC Chaps baseball team ends season at nationals

The Midland College baseball team (42-25) finished its season in a run-rule win by the number-three ranked Iowa Western (55-11). The game ended in six innings 11-1 at JUCO World Series at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo. on May 29.

The team experienced a season raucous ride after starting with a 2-14 record and almost making it to the end of the national tournament as champions.

The Chaps also lost to Iowa Western Monday, May 26, 9-0 in seven innings in earlier play. The Chaps lost in the second round of winner’s bracket after defeating Johnson County (Kansas) Community College  in first round.

The Chaps went 40-23 after winning the Western Junior College Athletic Conference’s Region V Tournament in Lubbock. It’s the team’s second straight national tourney.


Levitt Poetry Contest attracts record entries

From left to right, Contest Judge Michael Shewmaker, Fourth Place Winner John Green ("A Man with No Name"), Second Place Winner Satina Whalen ("Sawdust"), First Place Winner John Bosworth ("The Bible") and MC English Instructor and contest coordinator Brendan Egan

From left to right, Contest Judge Michael Shewmaker, Fourth Place Winner John Green (“A Man with No Name”), Second Place Winner Satina Whalen (“Sawdust”), First Place Winner John Bosworth (“The Bible”) and MC English Instructor and contest coordinator Brendan Egan

John Bosworth took top honors in the 2014 Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest with a 1st place for his composition titled “The Bible.”

Other winners were: Satina Whalen, 2nd place for “Sawdust”; Xylon Saenz, 3nd place for “Poem”; and John Green, 4th place for “A Man with No Name”.

Honorable mention winners were: Amanda Bell, “The Prison Conundrum”; Nicholas Delao, “Body Freezes Over”; Austin Hafner, “A Poem for Class”; Ali Naqvi, “The Invisible Predator”; Oscar Romo, “D”; and David Scott, “Legend”.

Cash awards were $600 for 1st place, $400 for 2nd place, $200 for 3rd place, and $100 for 4th place. Each winner received a plaque.

The contest was judged by Michael Shewmaker, a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. The contest coordinator is MC English Instructor Brendan Egan.

The contest has been called the most prestigious such competition in the state, according to Egan. It was established in 1988 by the late Stanley Levitt to honor his wife’s memory, her love of poetry, and Midland College. She graduated with honors in journalism from Louisiana State University where she studied under Robert Warren Penn. In 1972, at age 62, Levitt renewed her writing efforts and studied creative writing at MC until her death 1986.

The contest is now underwritten by Levitt’s daughter, Carol Schwartz, who lives in Washington D.C.The contest drew a record 205 entries from 92 students, according to Dr. William Feeler, dean of the MC Fine Arts and Communications Division. “We are very proud of the student winners and the English faculty for their contributions. We especially thank Carol Schwartz for her continued support.”






MC student publications win 24 awards

Contest entry

Contest entry

Midland College Student Publications contributors won 24 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association awards, according to Bob Templeton, MC Allison Chair of Journalism.

These were presented at the organization’s convention in San Antonio earlier this month.

The top awards in the previously-published or canned-entry contests were a 1st place to Corey Wood for his poem Grand Prize, 1st place to Richard Reese for his illustration Pool Ladies, 1st place to Alayne Armstrong for her news photo of Instructor Michael Fields, 1st place to newspaper staff for an ad designed for the farmers market and an honorable mention for Overall Excellence of El Paisano, the MC student newspaper. The newspaper is now titled Midland College Press.

Other winners competed through material published in the Tableau, MC’s literary magazine, and the Chaparral, MC’s news-feature magazine.

The Overall Excellence award represents the quality of three complete issues submitted during the 2013 calendar year.

“We take home certificates each year, but I especially savored this year’s wins because of the variety of competition of our students in the canned contests,” Templeton said. “It continues to speak well for Midland College’s student publications.”

Six awards were taken by former student Troy Pardue, topping his record five awards from Texas Community College Journalism Association last fall.

Pardue earned 3rd place for his newspaper twerking cartoon that raised controversy last fall; 3rd place for a general newspaper column about thin-skinned reactions to today’s raunchy culture; 3rd place for the newspaper news story about the state eliminating MC’s nursing program; honorable mention for a sports newspaper column about a former MC coach with strange behavior; honorable mention in the general magazine category of picture story about the Texas music scene; and 3rd place for his literary magazine feature photo of dog tags.

The other newspaper awards are: 2nd place, sports action photo of women’s Chaps basketball, newspaper staff; 2nd place, headline “State scrubs MC nursing program,” newspaper staff; 2nd place, feature photos of the Nutcracker ballet practice, Mary Margaret Peterson; 2nd place, ad design for Susie’s South Forty, newspaper staff; 3rd place, news photo of student involved in a color run, Becca Byrne; honorable mention, sports action photo of men’s Chaps basketball, Alayne Armstrong; honorable mention, page one newspaper, newspaper staff; honorable mention, sports feature photo of men’s Chaps basketball, Alayne Armstrong; and honorable mention, editorial supporting gay Boy Scouts, Sarah Cotton.

The other literary magazine awards are: 2nd place for the essay titled My Scariest Moment by Ashley Pillado; 3rd place for the feature story titled Hollywood Story by Blake Rackley; honorable mention for the poem titled Drought by Kathryn Hedin; and honorable mention for the short story titled The Sound of Lungs Expanding by Corey Wood.

Attending the convention with Templeton were Student Publications/Art Lab Instructor Kristen Covington, and students Mary Margaret Peterson, Alana Edgin, Cole Hanson, Janeth Vega, Vanessa Alvarado and Tessa Atkins.

They competed in different categories among more than 30 live, on-site contests held simultaneously at the El Tropicano Hotel and in the Riverwalk area of San Antonio.

Participants also attended a plethora of professional breakout sessions and the TIPA Hall of Fame luncheon that was keynoted by Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow, one of three inductees into the hall of fame.
Coincidentally, Templeton’s grandfather David Henry Templeton was one of the nine founding student members of TIPA while he was studying at Trinity University.

He is a member of the hall of fame.

The Way I See It – Midland isn’t boring

“Ugh, there’s nothing to do in this town! I’m so bored!”

I hear it at least once a day. People complaining that Midland is such a terrible place with nothing to offer but drinking and boredom.
I feel like the people who say it are either ignorant or they are brand new to the area.

I grew up here. More specifically, I grew up out in the country south of town in a trailer park. Back then, before there was such a thing as the internet, finding something to do that didn’t involve running around in a pasture was actually difficult to do. My idea of entertainment as a kid involved running around a field with my brother and cousins while playing Ninja Turtles with weapons cobbled together from whatever we could find, usually old oilfield tools and scrap metal. In retrospect, they were probably almost as dangerous as the weapons we were pretending them to be.

Things aren’t like that anymore. Nearly everyone has the internet, and therefore a complete guide to everything going on in the Permian Basin, literally at their fingertips. There are dozens of things to do on any day of the week in Midland or Odessa. All a person needs to do is look.
Before the internet and cell phones, you had to check the newspaper, or call the theater, or check the baseball schedule, or call a friend and hope they were actually at home if you wanted any sort of entertainment that involved going anywhere. The one thing my childhood had that is no longer available was Water Wonderland, or Hero’s Water World, as it was renamed before finally closing.

I can count on one hand the number of major concerts that came to the area during my childhood and teenage years. There was no such thing as Rock the Desert and this area was definitely not on the list of stops for most popular music acts.

It was a huge deal to me and my cousin when White Zombie came to town in the mid ‘90s. It was the first major rock concert in my lifetime to come to Midland. Keep in mind that I was born in 1982. It took nearly 15 years before I even had a chance to catch a show like that without going to Dallas or Lubbock.

Today, I hear about a major show every week if not every couple of days. Between Wagner Noel, Dos Amigos, the Horseshoe, the Ector County Coliseum, Graham’s Central Station and the Far West Event Center, concerts and other live acts are a constant feature somewhere in the Basin.
When I was a kid there was only one professional sports team in the area— the Midland Angels. There were no Rockhounds, Roughnecks, Jackalopes, Drillers, Sockers or Mad Dog Rugby Club.

Now, all these teams have hugely loyal fan bases and they play at different times throughout the year. Even better than that is that the teams are actually good.

The Rockhounds are the AA Affiliate of the Oakland A’s and anyone who follows baseball knows how good they’ve been the last several years. Midland is the starting point for that success. I hate to put it like this, but the Angels were pretty terrible and their games could get frustrating to watch pretty quickly. Now, our local sports teams are more than worth the money we spend on tickets these days.

You know what else exists— at least during the summer? Summer Mummers. If you live anywhere near Midland and you’ve never been to a Mummers show, you are doing yourself and the talent that puts on these shows a disservice.

The Permian Basin also is also home to various museums, parks, golf courses, paintball arenas, and a slew of other fun things to do. It’s changed a lot in the last 20 years.

There are also numerous organizations and clubs throughout the area that are always doing something. The West Texas Astronomers Club meets a couple of times a month. Midland College is teeming with various student clubs and organizations, as well as their own sports teams. Find a class to take over an interesting subject. There is a lot to do in this big, little town.

While Midland used to be boring, it’s ignorant to claim that this is still the case. All you have to do is go outside and look around. You’ll find something to do.

If you don’t, well, as the song says, “if you’re bored, then you’re boring.”

Card fees stink

Midland College students were recently surprised when they received an email announcing a fee would be charged to their student ID card bank accounts.

The accounts have been a controversial subject since they were introduced; many students did not like being required to go through an extra account to access awards and refunds credited to them. The ID cards are mandatory for MC students and include an attached checking account, alternately direct deposit must be set up to receive credit from MC.

Herring Bank hosts the accounts for the ID cards MC students are required to have.

A dormant account fee (after 180 days of no account activity) will result in a $10 per month fee, mailed cashier’s checks are $10 each and a non-ATM cash advance is $4 per transaction.

“Ifyou have not made a transaction (deposit or withdrawal initiated by you) in the past 180 days (six months) your account is considered to be in a dormant status,”stated the email from Herring Bank. “Once your account is considered to be dormant, a fee of $10 a month will be assessed to your account, if sufficient funds are available, until one of the following occurs: you initiate a withdrawal or make a deposit to your account; or your account remains in a dormant status for a total of 365 consecutive days. If your account remains dormant for more than 365 days, no further charges will be assessed on your account. The dormant account fee will not make your account negative or result in an overdraft fee.”

If a student is aware of the fees and balance of the account, problems should be avoided. The amount of misinformation circulating after the announcement was staggering and students were concerned. The card is required for being a student at MC. Some students felt that a fee on a card linked to the account is unfair to the holders of the card and the method of handling the fee announcement was ineffective.

“The Chap Card serves as a passport to college events, Student Government entertainment, Fine Arts Series programs, dances, movies and video tape series,” according to the MC website. “It provides identification in the Murray Fasken Learning Resource Center (library) to enable students to check out materials and to use the computer labs available in the library and at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center. It is also required at the bookstore for scholarship identification.”

A $25 fee is charged for replacing a lost or stolen card. A Chap Card account or direct deposit information is required to receive refunds or monetary rewards at MC.

“Midland College and Herring Bank have teamed up to offer you a convenient, one-card solution with the Chap Card” stated “The Chap Card is a multi-functional Student ID which allows you to open an optional checking account at Herring Bank that offers free access to Herring Bank ATMs and to make no-fee purchases at merchant locations that accept MasterCard or PIN-based transactions.”

This situation is confusing and frustrating for students who was aware of the new fees and caused undue frustration among students who might be unaware of the conditions of the ID card accounts.

The fee announcement should have been more concise and clear in the first place.

Masses entertained by revenge comedy

 The other Woman was something different and exciting, especially how three woman form a friendship behind one man.

This movie took a no-good cheater to a whole other level from lies, pain, and pay back. Leslie Mann, played the wife who has no idea her husband is no good. Cameron Diazcame along and dropped the bad news, and together they find out about Kate Upton who played a young beauty.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau played the husband who not only had a wife but two girl friends on the side.

The Other Womanwas more than a chick flick; it had a kick and a splash of drama, action, comedy and originality. This movie was entertaining from binging to the end. Viewers will be impressed how the movie ends as the film leaves no unanswered questions.

Nicki Minaj played her part well, even though she didn’t have a major lead role her The senses were awesome. Her body dialog, face expressions and attitude fit her characters perfectly.

This movie would be great for any gender and any age. It was classy about sex, but it wasn`t over- the-top trashy. The film was very well-written, and all the actors  contribute something to make this movie  marvelous.

Even though the movie had some sad movements, the movie was overall worth seeing. The movie expressed how friendship can be formed anywhere from any situation. Also the movie promoted the morals of real friends.

This movie was like a great book just as the consumer can’t wait to get to the next page..The main idea of this movie is three women getting revenge with a low-down, no-good man, who believes he has everything together.

The Other Woman is rated PG-13,running 109 minutes long.

MC helps save lives

More than 200 people walked to help save a life in support of the March of Dimes annual event recently held on the Midland College campus.

MC’s Helen Greathouse Child Care Center participates every year and helps raise money.

Tanya Primera, director of the Greathouse Child Care Center, said the reason for the participation in the March of Dimes is that funds help premature babies.

“All of those premature babies become someone’s preschool child,” she said. “We feel we can help raise money  for awareness to give a better start in help for the babies.”

This year’s goal for the Helen Greathouse Child Care Center was $3,500. Various activities contributed to the goal such blue jean week, raffle baskets, bake sales and donations. The Child Care Center accomplished its goal by bringing in more than $4,800.

Paige Prather and Danica Pena are fifth graders at Caver Center Elementary. They made their own tutus to match their identical outfits for the walk. “We’re proud toshowed our support,” they said.

March of Dimes has existed for more than 75 years starting with the research and fundraising for polio and over the years things have expanded to prematurity and other conditions, according to Tracy Renton, division director of the March of Dimes.

Renton said the mission of March Dimes is to improve the health of babies eithbirth effects, prematurity and different mortality limits. “We do this through educational programs in the community that help moms and babies be healthy and born healthy.” They receive grants where they participate with other organizations to help them educate the community and distribute information.

“We also are involved in advocacy efforts to make sure babies have new-born screening at birth so they can detect early on birth effects,” Renton said. “We make sure are health insurance programs are continuing to be funded so mothers can have insurance.”

Renton said that March of Dimes walks have been going on for 25 years, with more than 10 years of walks at MC. Over the years, the community has helped the local March of Dimes raise more than $250,000.

Interim classes allow for catch-up

Interim and summer session classes are a good way to knock out degree requirements and get ahead in a college career, said Jeremy Martinez, admissions and recruitment director.

If students don’t do well in classes, they have the opportunity to take classes in the shorter semesters to stay caught up, or if they had to drop a class they can make it up, he said.

“The other reason students may take summer classes is if they want get some classes in to graduate early, and some people come home for the summer and have a chance to take required classes or take classes for a cheaper rate than at a university,” Martinez said.

MC student Jessica Bohl said that she is taking college algebra during the spring interim to get it done quickly, so she can move on to higher level math courses that she needs to complete. Michael Dixon, math instructor, recommended taking the course over spring interim, she said.

A good size for classes is about 15 to 25 students, said Connie Sanchez, developmental math instructor. Students who take interim and summer classes want to be in the classes and are well motivated to succeed.

“I really enjoy teaching the classes,” she said.

The 2014 spring interim session is almost underway. The last day to register online is May 12 and walk in is May 9. The first class day is May 12 and final exams are May 28.

Registration for summer sessions is open now through May 29 for Summer 1 and July 9 for Summer 2. Summer 1 starts June 2 and final exams are July 9. Summer 2 starts July 10 and final exams are August 15.

For more information visit or contact Jeremy Martinez at (432) 685-5523.

Mary Margaret’s Musings on the end of the semester

As the semester comes to an end, plans are made for the rest of the year. Some students will be returning to school in the fall, some will be taking classes over the summer and others will start the search for a job. The job might be for the summer only or the rest of a career. Many choices must be looked over and decided on in order to get the rest of the year in order.

Huge amounts of thought and effort go into completing a degree; finding a job in the chosen career field is a measure of success. Unfortunately, the job market can dictate a choice of what major to pursue. What I chose to major in was not my “dream” degree. Art and design is my passion, and I started my college career focusing on that. I realized quickly that an art major would not offer me the job security I wanted. I am not unhappy with communications as a major, and I will have a good chance at landing a job after graduation.

I have heard stories from acquaintances who have majored in a “safe” degree only to graduate and land a job in their dream field. Maybe I’m just pessimistic but I don’t want to take the risk of being without a steady job right out of college. Life has enough stress as is. Sometimes to reach one goal, a different goal must be sacrificed.

Returning to school in the fall is in my plans, and prep work must be done this semester for returning to school at the end of the summer. Degree plans must be checked and credit hours calculated. I will be transferring to a four-year university, and that means meeting with advisers, working out finances and praying credits will transfer. While attending a community college was less expensive than a four-year school for the core curriculum, not all classes transfer over. That is annoying, to say the least.

Taking summer classes is a way to put a college education on the fast track. Short, intense semesters go by fast but are not for the faint-hearted. Long days and tests several times a week make keeping up with the class essential. Missing one day equals missing a week in a normal class. But for those wanting to knock out as many classes per year as possible, summer classes are the way to go.

A college career requires as much work and discipline as an actual job. You must show up on time, make an effort, and stick to a schedule. The main difference is you are paying to do the work instead of the other way around. I wish I could say with certainty that my college career will be worth the time and energy put into it, but nothing in life is certain. The best I can do is work hard and hope for the best. Making the choices now is better than waiting until tomorrow. The future is not certain but planning ahead eases some of the worry.