The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 95, No. 2, Ed. 1, Wednesday, September 20, 2006 Page: 2 of 4
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News Briefs: Here and There
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by Gideon Hill
Around The Key City
Abilene: The City Council is
looking at lowering the speed limit
on the north side of Judge Ely
Blvd near the Abilene Christian
Abilene: The city council has
introduced a proposal that would
increase next year's tax rate by
Abilene: The Horse Hollow
Wind Energy Center in Taylor
county is now the largest wind
turbine in the world.
Abilene: The YWCA in Abilene
has decided to drop the national
affiliation with YWCA.
Across The State
Brownwood: The city council is
looking to implement a landscap-
ing ordinance similar to the ordi-
nance that the city of Abilene has
Fort Worth: A crowd of stu-
dents outside Southern Hills High
School attacked a monitor and a
police officer. A police officer shot
a student. The monitor was try-
ing to arrest one student when he
was attacked. Four people were
arrested and were charged with
engaging in organized crime and
Galveston: The USS Texas was
commissioned by First Lady Laura
Roscoe: The town of Roscoe will
get a new waste water treatment
facility in the coming months.
The new facility will be paid for
through grants that totaled one
San Antonio: The minutemen
in Texas have decided that they
will launch a two month campaign
along the border with Mexico to
help control the illegal immigra-
tion into the United States.
Snyder: Scurry County and the
City of Snyder have announced
that they will give Scurry County
graduates free tuition to Western
Texas College starting in Fall
Waco: The two US Texas
Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson
and John Cornyn have asked the
department of interior to make the
mammoth collection in Waco part
of the National Park Service.
by Christa Cantu-Harrison
Television viewers have likely heard
of the popular NBC reality show Tlie
Apprentice starring Donald Trump.
The show focuses on 18 eager young
men and women who take on a series
of business projects and ultimately
strive for a position in the Trump
Two years ago Dr. Coleman
Patterson professor of management
and director of leadership studies
decided to duplicate the show through
his leadership class Creating Profit
and Nonprofit Ventures (LDSP 3320).
The idea was successful and the course
was offered again this fall.
"It's a basic entrepreneurship class
for non business majors focusing not
only on profit businesses but non
profit as well" Dr. Patterson said. "The
students learn about some of the issues
involved in starting and running an
The components of the course
include lectures a taxtbook and hands-
on experience. Like the television
show die students work for real life
businesses and organizations in order
to utilize their newly learned skills
through marketing and advertising.
This year the students were divided
into three groups of four.
"Well do 4 group projects through-
out the semester" Barrett Abernethy
From Left: Barrett Abernethy Julie
Tcague Jenni Bundick Jenny Bell
senior and History major said. "The
projects are formatted after the NBC
show Tlie Apprentice. All the groups
do the same project and compete to
be the best but no one gets fired obvi-
ously. Business owners will judge our
project presentations and choose the
one they want."
The first apprentice project was to
create a Christmas lights display for a
holiday event featuring various lighted
models sponsored by area businesses.
The arrangement was for Team Chip
Tae-Kwon-Do a martial arts school
located on South 14th.
"Every year the Abilene state school
has Christmas Lane" said JulieTeague
a senior and PR and Advertising major.
"We went around the city of Abilene
to get ideas to do a display for Team
Chip that would represent their com-
pany. Christmas Lane is basically free
advertising so our job was to create a
display and create a budget for all die
supplies that we would need to build it.
We had two weeks to complete it."
Each member of the group will
serve as group leader for one of die
projects in order to experience die
added responsibility. The students will
receive a group grade based on their
performance and product.
"I want each one of them to have
the blessing of waking up in the middle
of the night worried about the project
tiiat they're in charge of" Dr. Patterson
said. "Through tiiese projects tiieir
practicing leadership team work
problem solving and communication.
They are also introduced to issues and
problems that real life organizations
are encountering and need help with."
The 12 students enrolled in the
course have varied backgrounds and
academic pursuits so some were ini-
tially more business savvy tiian others.
However according to Dr. Patterson
their "guidance does not go beyond the
"If s totally left up to the students"
said Jordan Daniel a senior and
sports fitness major. "Thaf s where Dr.
Patterson really excels he doesn't say
you're confined to this or force you to
think inside the box. He allows us to be
a group of individuals. Everybody has
certain strengths and some are not
as conventional as others. You get the
best results when you have different
kinds of people."
Yourself or Someone Like You
by Lee Ramse
As college begins again
anew and students fall back
into the daily routines and
monotonies of scheduled
life the summer's influences
and freedoms slowly fade
away. It is in this time when
life peers teachers parents
jobs and other factors begin
to mold and shape us into
who we will be in the future.
Though change is good in
fact necessary it can also be
detrimental to growth and
ultimately to the decisions
made in a life.
With all the outwardly
collegiate influence bom-
barding us it is sometimes
hard to remember or see
the line between who we are
and the projections others
place on us. I encourage us
all therefore to hold onto
at least a part of who we are.
Even though change is the
means to our metamorpho-
sis it is also imperative not
to lose sight of who we are.
Many things we do are
the product of what oth
ers want for and from us. In
this we run the risk of los-
ing sight of who we are and
what we have and had. New
majors and interests replace
old ones new friends and
social groups form and
reform adding and dropping
new members new and dif-
ferent dramas consume our
lives. Again there is noth-
ing to be feared from the new
and the change occurring.
There is merely the possibil-
ity of losing one's self in the
vast "sea" of changes that lap
at the shore of the college
Therefore I suggest cau-
tion in dealings with others
and even with yourself. Make
decisions for you because
you want them not because
others believe you would be
happier with their decisions.
That is not to say that others
are necessarily wrong. After
all there is something to be
said for wise council. Just
make sure to seek wise coun-
cil. If you are a freshman
take heed and know that you
are you; if you are a returning
student remember the same.
Remember that though you
are in essence the sum of the
circumstances through which
you've come you can always
control how you respond
to them. This is one of the
greatest lessons of life.
So I encourage you as
changes impact and influ-
ence your life to keep an eye
on who you are and be true
to that being and that vision.
Be true to what God wants
for you. Help others to stay
true to themselves and their
convictions. The only thing
worse than allowing your-
self to be influenced and
changed negatively is nega-
tively influencing change in
others. So be responsible for
your actions towards others.
It is all of our responsibility
to keep ourselves truly our-
selves and it is further a sort
of duty to help who we can to
do the same.
Perhaps we should all
take the advice of the band
Audio Slave: "Be yourself it's
all that you can do." With this
simplistic phrase I believe we
can better our lives and keep
them more purely ours.
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