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It is safe to say the Javelina baseball team is starting to get into form and play like the Lone Star Conference champions that they are.

With solid hitting and consistent defense, the pitching has been the key for head coach Jason Gonzales and company. Matt Terrones , Hayden James and Ryan Benitez have been nothing less than solid in their past three outings.  With their recent matchup against Cameron University, Terrones followed up last week’s win over nationally ranked West Texas A&M University with a shutout. The lefty struck out four Aggies and allowed just three hits in TAMUK’s first shutout since April 26, 2014 versus Angelo State.

Shortly after, James had another pitching performance to remember as the right-hander finished with an 11-strikeout performance against seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings.

The Aggies were only able to get one hit off the senior as James earned his first shutout as a Javelina.

So with the pitching in form and the offense clicking, Gonzales has to be pleased with the young players that are stepping up. Although the season is still young, these guys are on the right track to mirror what they did a season ago.

The Hogs will be looking to prepare for Eastern New Mexico this weekend in a four game set at Nolan Ryan Field. This will be their first matchup of the season with the Greyhounds.

  Looking at the numbers, the Greyhounds find themselves at the bottom of the LSC in fifth place above Cameron, but you won’t find any of the Javelinas taking them lightly. Look for TAMUK to take advantage of their LSC worst 7.20 ERA with 106 runs allowed.

The Javelinas find themselves at 11-7 and in second place in the LSC with their 5-2 conference record. TAMUK will look to use their .281 team batting average against Greyhound pitching. As for offense, the Greyhounds are hitting an impressive .296 against their opponents but you can bet TAMUK’S big 3 will be up for the challenge.

I look for the Javelinas to win the series 4-0 with the pitching picking up where it left off and the bats doing the same. I look for senior third baseman Cline Andrews to continue to swing the bat with this team leading with a .354 batting average to set the tone for his offense, while Javelina pitching finishes the job.

Stiller and Wilson take the runway at the Valentino show.

Blue steel is back!

For Paris Fashion Week, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson strutted the runway at the Maison Valentino show, where Ben Stiller announced the sequel of Zoolander.

Zoolander, the 2001 comedy is about Derek Zoolander, played by Ben Stiller who is VH1’s three time male model of the year. Hansel, another famous model wins the award instead. This turns Zoolander’s world around.

He retires to find himself and gets hired by an evil fashion guru, Mugatu, played by Will Ferrell. Zoolander thinks things are great working with Mugatu but finds out that he was brainwashed by the designer to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Zoolander takes on this ridiculous but very entertaining journey to stop from killing the Prime Minister.

Stiller and writers have been discussing the sequel for some time now. Due to the 14 years passing, it was hard for them to just pick up where they left off with the storyline.

However this isn’t stopping Stiller and Wilson from bringing back their infamous roles as supermodels. The movie will start as if it’s 10 years later and the models have been completely forgotten.

“In the fashion world, if you go away for a year, it’s changed it just happens so quickly. I think the idea in the beginning of the movie is that it’s 10 years later, and Derek and Hansel are literally forgotten. Nobody remembers who they are, so they have to reinvent themselves,” Stiller says in a MTV interview.

As the sequel has progressed, the writers are finding the actors to fit the roles, just last fall Penelope Cruz had joined the cast. As well as Will Ferrell who will be back with his fierce and hysterical role as designer, Mugatu.

This sequel is so exciting especially for those early 2000 movie lovers.

The late 90’s and early 2000’s were the best comedies so it’s great to see them coming back. According to a tweet from Paramount Pictures, the film will release on February 12, 2016.

Taking math courses in college is not an option but a requirement.

Even if we are not math majors, we are required to take the courses in order to graduate, and if we don’t pass the course, then we fail, can’t graduate, and have to retake the course again.

I am in that situation right now.

I’m struggling to succeed in a math course which I hardly understand and I am pretty sure there are more individuals at TAMUK who are in the same situation as I am.

When I transferred to this university I was told that I didn’t have to take any more math courses. That was one of the happiest moments of my life.

But as luck would have it, my adviser told me last semester that I had to take one more math class.

That didn’t make sense to me. Why didn’t she tell me that when I first enrolled?

Well, I had no other option than to enroll in contemporary mathematics,  which is supposed to be pretty easy, according to my adviser.

It turned out to be more complicated than other math classes I’ve taken in the past.

I have had an ugly experience trying to figure out math problems and failing.

The professor has office hours for us to go and ask for help, but unfortunately I have to work and it’s hard for me to find the time to stop by her office.

The other option was the tutoring center located at the library, which the professor encouraged us to visit.

I did visit them, but unfortunately the tutors were not able to help me with my homework.

This caused panic and concern for me. If I don’t pass this course then I will not graduate and like I mentioned before, I am not the only one with this problem, because the majority of the students in my class are struggling as well.

I really want to emphasize this:  TAMUK needs to make sure there is legitimate help being offered to students before offering a class.

I was about to give up when the light in the dark tunnel finally turned on.

After all my struggles, one of my friends offered to help me.

It took my friend a good amount of time for himself to figure out everything. But after he explained everything to me everything was easier for me.

Now thanks to my friend, there is still hope for me. I just hope that my classmates find help as well.

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March is the month we remember women’s history.

I think to myself, what I could ever do with my life that could compare to the women we remember on this month?

Ann Frank wrote a diary once.  I know I’ve attempted to write a diary, but who knows where that notebook ended up?

Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus. I never liked walking all the way to the back either.

Mother Teresa established the Missionaries of Charity through the Roman Catholic Church.  With my Christian, background I actually have been able to participate in a few missionaries myself.

Amelia Earhart was the first female to fly solo.  Well, I’ve been flying solo for a few years now and finally got somewhere, too.  No more single ladies song for me.

Gertrude Ederle, also known as the “Queen of Waves,” was the first lady to swim across the English Channel.  I once raced my younger brother across the other end of the pool. I didn’t win of course, but I got halfway through it.

Truth is at this point of my life, 23-years-old broke college student living at my parents, I still haven’t even gotten close to what can compare to the accomplishments of these women.

But what I can say as far as accomplishments for such a woman as myself?  Yes I am just like any ordinary person.

Yet, I endured the many years of bullying all through elementary and high school and even the bullies of today.

I was able to get through the struggles of being a victim of sexual abuse.

I was able to beat the odds of even being able to step foot into a college because of my learning disability.  Now, I’m going to finish my last semester in college.

I am a woman of valor.  Now I’m not someone who stands out or anything,  but I am someone who has fought the many battles of life – just like you.

Some don’t make it in life.  Fortunately, I chose to use my struggles as my strength.

I chose to use it to love others, not hate.  I chose to help others with it and not fight back.

Today I am someone who cares and loves my family deeply.

I am someone who has traveled.  I have experienced the good and the bad in life and more to come.

These women chose to make a difference in one way or another or maybe didn’t even know they would make a difference.  Regardless, it’s the choices in life that shape us to who we want to be and what we want to do with what we have, in spite of  the challenges that may come.

Head Coach Jason Gonzales argues a call in the third-inning. Photo by Fares Sabawi

With dominating pitching and the offense scoring a combined 18 runs in the first inning in each game of their three game series, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelina baseball team crushed Texas College 15-4, 12-5 and 9-2 to complete the three game sweep.
In game one with the offense clicking early, TAMUK was in control from the start behind short stop Wesley Aguilar leading the way.

“I felt good since the beginning of the game,” said Aguilar. “I just wanted to keep the ball to the right center gap and connect on line drives. It’s a long season but we just need to keep playing our Javelina baseball with pitching and defense.” Aguilar finished the night 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

For starting pitcher Ryan Benitez, it was a bounce back performance from a week ago as he finished the night with 6 strikeouts giving up only 6 hits.

“I just wanted to come out and throw strikes,” said Benitez. “We have a lot of new players but we are starting to come together as a team. We just need to continue what we did tonight and continue to hit the ball.”

Every Javelina touched base against the Steers with a season-high 15 hits in the blowout.

“It’s huge to come out and get runs early,” said head coach Jason Gonzales. “It allows our pitcher to charge and get hitters and throw strikes. When you have a lead like we did, you have to keep putting the weight on the other team and we are learning to do that. Hopefully that momentum can carry us into tomorrow’s game.”

For the Steers, their top of the lineup seemed to be the only offense for them as first baseman and number two hitter Anthony Lehman finished the night 2-4 with 2 RBI in the loss.

Second baseman Ryan Fickel for the Javelinas and Aguilar combined for 5 hits, while Hayden Vesely and Clint Wallace combined for 5 RBI.
“We just need to keep playing and keep hitting, so the bullpen can rest so we can be ready for conference,” said Aguilar.

“Our priority is to win the first game like we did and once we have done that our goal is to win the second game,” said Gonzales. “If we can do that, then we can go for the sweep having won the series. We will work hard to come out tomorrow to get the series win and hopefully have the opportunity to adjust our goals.”

The Javelinas would continue to soar in game 2 as they came out swinging early once again, this time led by Cline Andrews, who finished the night going 3-5 with 3 RBI.

After putting up 6 runs in the first, Matt Terones did the rest as he picked up his first victory of the season after striking out 5 Steers in 5.0 innings pitched. “Our starting pitcher is getting better,” said Gonzales. “Anytime those guys and go out there and give us a comfortable lead, I expect us to keep getting hits and the plate and go in with a mindset where we can finish a game.”

In the final game, starting pitcher Hayden James allowed just three hits in 5.0 innings and another big first and fourth-inning gave the Javelinas breathing room as they scored big early once again. Andrews finished off his weekend going  3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI.

“I’m proud of these guys that were able to come and win three games this weekend,” Gonzales said. “We still have a lot of work to do and teams are only going to get better here on out.”

With the three game sweep, the Javelinas find themselves at 6-4 before they begin Lone Star Conference play against West Texas A&M University this Friday for a four game series with the Buffs at Nolan Ryan Field.

“We will need to continue to work hard and get ready for those guys,” said Gonzales. They are a good team and we will need to be ready because from here on out it only gets harder but I know our guys are ready for the challenge.”

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Life is one of the most complicated things to figure out. The thing is, we all have to experience it, whether we like it or not.

I was once the “I don’t know how he does it” guy, and I single handedly burned myself to the ground in a matter of two years.

I went from being a triple-major honor student, to a guy who has had to repeat a class four times already.

I went from getting promoted at work, and demoted the following semester.

I went from being one of the best in my French horn studio, to giving a humiliating performance in front of my peers and professors on a night that was suppose to be one of the best nights of my college career.

And, I wish I could blame drugs for whatever went wrong in my life, but I am ashamed to admit I am drug-free.

There was no outside source that I could blame for my actions and results, just myself.

After everything that has happened in my life, I only have one request for the people in my life.

Do not feel sorry for me.

I am quite happy with how my life is going.

In fact, I welcome misfortune into my life because I believe those ugly moments are the things that make a person stronger.

Those moments are mine, and belong to no one else.

Of course, I am not saying you should do nothing after unwanted events happen.

The most important thing you should do is learn and reflect on them.

Learn what NOT to do. And, when you are having an average day, reflect and be thankful that you are not in an ugly place.

If your life looks the same as it looked two years ago, you are not living. Life is about growth, not comfort.

If you have failed in life, school or love, pick yourself back up and keep on trying.

As for me, I am doing okay. I may not be as close to perfection as I was two years ago, but I am sure stronger than I was before.

“A flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”

They say you should use your time wisely. Who are ‘they’ anyway? They advise this and that.

Were ‘they’ really college students like us? Doubtful. After this semester has progressed I think I may have underestimated how much time I really have.

Having more than forty hours of schoolwork, job duties, organization planning and just making time to have a social life, I’ve realized I don’t make time to sleep.

I’m on my last semester of TAMUK and ready to graduate and instead of planning for post graduation, I’m planning for tomorrow’s full schedule.

I’m constantly stressing over time. A friend of mine always says, “If only we could function without sleep.” Thinking of that would be great, you could get so much more done, but that’s probably just me being a nerd.

It gets you thinking, how do adults do it? Not that we aren’t adults but we pretty much are still children.

I see my mom stress out working 60-plus hours a week, which is physically impossible sometimes, and at the end of the day she talks about how much more she needs to do.

I don’t know if life will get easier or worse in the real world. Is it just as bad? I hate to be a negative Nancy but I’ve really come to realize how precious time is.

This is why ‘they’ advise you time manage…schedules, to do list, etc. College is supposed to be your stepping-stones to the real world. The more you take, the more you learn.

The moral of the story is, we are only college students, young professionals and time is precious.

You should be professional about school but also remember that it’s college. Have fun and take time for yourself because in the end this could be the best four years of your life, or the worst.

It really just depends on how you use your time. Just keep it light, get stuff done, and breathe in and out. That’s what ‘they’ said we should do.

The men and women’s basketball teams are both coming off losses to West Texas A&M University on Saturday, with just one month until the Lone Star Conference basketball tournament in Allen, Texas. 

For the lady Javelinas, an 81-57 loss to the number one team in the LSC, proved to be one of their toughest losses of the season. The Javelina women’s basketball team has struggled overall this season under first year head coach Wade Scott, however the potential to win is there.

Although the team is off to a school worse 0-20 record this season, six of the games have been decided in the final two minutes, where TAMUK has lost by 10 or less. The ability to finish games and come out on top has been the issue for the Javelinas.

Although this season has been rough, the talent on the roster makes the future bright and coach Scott is just getting started. With players like Lauren Jay, Ruby Robertson, who comes off the bench and brings a spark to the offense and sophomore Micah Weaver who leads the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game, the Javelinas are well on their way to finish the season with more than a few wins.

Lets face the facts; the Lone Star Conference is not a push over conference. It is loaded with talent and every team that comes to play is ready, including TAMUK. For the women’s team, whether it is making free throws to close out a game or making better decisions in the final minutes, a team win takes time and a young team takes time to gel.

That time may not be now, but the time is close. As for the men’s basketball team who is playing under another first year coach in Johnny Estelle, playing with the best in the LSC has been something these Javelinas have done all season long, despite their 7-14 record. Looking back at an 85-67 loss to the No. 8 ranked team in the nation Angelo State University, the Javelinas went to the locker room at half-time trailing by 4-points.

The Rams were carrying a 10-game winning streak and had come into the matchup with only one loss. The ball movement and the chemistry that the Javelinas showed in that game was on par with the best team in the LSC.

Team chemistry has shined all season long  for these guys and despite the record, every game has been competitive in the first-half. Sometimes you just have to give credit to the LSC and its competition. Like the women’s team, it is just a matter of time before this team breaks out.

The talent is there and these players know that. Four of the Javelinas  seven wins have come at home and coach Estelle knows what a home court advantage can do for a team. “Javelina Nation needs to pack the house and support us,” Estelle said. “We need their energy and I guarantee if we can pack the house and get loud, we will compete and come out with a win.”

Well you heard it there hog nation, these guys need your support and the girls do as well. Your chants of defense and your explosiveness after a Duan Wright dunk really do fire up your Javelinas.

Whether its body paint with your teams colors or just holding a sign, it truly does make a difference

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I’ve never been the type of person to do anything crazy.

If I were to describe myself to you, I’d be the first to admit how dull I am. I’ve never liked standing out from the crowd, and I’ve always been the person to follow rather than lead.

The great thing about life, though, is that we’re always due for a paradigm shift, even in the most ridiculous of places.

As editor, I like to check in with my coworkers from time to time, make sure everything’s okay, ask if they need help…you know, the thing a boss is supposed to do and all.

It was never my intention to get into that snow pit during Fun in the Snow –  you’d know that because I was wearing gym shorts –  but my friend and coworker, Dante, insisted on it.

So reluctantly, I enter the snowball arena with him, and at first, we’re just messing around, throwing a few at each other, and then we see this guy, covered from head to toe in black, with a small camera protected by a cover attached to his chest. We’ll call him the Phantom Snowman.

We continue minding our own business, eventually noticing that the phantom is riling everyone up, throwing snowballs at random people. We quickly pick a side and start throwing snowballs in defense.

At some point, this phantom decides to stand in the center of the area and proclaim, “Who wants to build a snowman?” at the top of his lungs.

The response was a few snowballs thrown at him. Undeterred, he set to work on a snowman. Captivated by his recklessness, Dante and I stared for a few minutes before he finally said, “Dude, let’s go help him build that snowman.”

I dismissed the notion immediately, saying that was crazy and certain death by snowball. The poor phantom kept getting hit, as if to illustrate my point.

Dante shrugged, then said, “A crazy leader needs crazy followers.”

I had no response to that, so I agreed. We strode into the center, and I was certain people were looking at us like we were insane. “We’re here to help,” we said.

I don’t want to claim that what we did started something, but at the time, it seemed like it. Not too long after we got down to help, others came too.  Eventually, after multiple snowballs to the back and neck, the snowman was complete, small carrot and all.

I was left with a wonderful memory of the event, but more importantly, it got me thinking about how this reflected reality.

If nobody is brave enough to take a step forward, can change truly happen? We talk all the time about how things should be better, but what do we ourselves do about it?

Our generation is faced with many problems, globally and internally. Society needs its leaders, those “crazy followers.” It needs people that are brave enough to be apathetic to what others think.

Will you be that one person standing in the crowd, content to watch from afar? Or will you take that crazy step forward, willing to sacrifice what it takes?

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It’s really easy to get caught up while you’re telling a story.

The first time you tell it, the events are the freshest in your memory, so you recall the story accurately. The second time you tell it, you decide to add a little more color, embellishing parts of the story to make it more memorable. Over time, the story takes on a life of its own and bears little to no resemblance of the events that actually took place.

This common occurrence happens to most of us without any consequence, but NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams is finding out the hard way that these lies can come back to haunt you.

The award-winning journalist claimed that while covering the Iraq War in 2003, the helicopter he was in was shot at with an RPG missile before the pilot was able to safely land the aircraft.

Williams has retold the story several times since the original report broke 12 years ago, each time with a few different details, making the story something of legend.

As more and more people began to see the inconsistencies, Williams apologized to the American public for what he described as a “terrible mistake.”

Williams admitted it was not the helicopter he was traveling in, but the one in front of him that suffered damage from an RPG.

It turns out the only fire Williams came under is the metaphorical type from the public since he issued the apology.

In retrospect, it’s a small lie. The events he recounted happened in his proximity, even if they didn’t happen to him. When put in context, it pales in comparison to the inaccuracies spread by our own government to get the United States involved in Iraq in the first place.

But was the embellishment really worth it?

Since Williams’ apology, his reporting on every other topic has been called into question, especially during Hurricane Katrina. A shadow of doubt has been cast over Williams so strong that he is now taking a hiatus from his desk at Nightly News.

Whether his lie is a by-product of an environment that prefers ratings over truth or just an example of a story that got out of hand, one thing is certain: maybe it’s best if journalists stick to the facts, even when they aren’t as sensational as we’d like them to be.