Shyamalan Returns with Horror- Comedy “The Visit”

Story by Ryan Fontenette-Mitchell, reporter

In a surprising twist, M. Night Shyamalan’s new horror-comedy “The Visit,” ends with — a plot twist.

Most people recognize the name M. Night Shyamalan as the director of the movies “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs.” After those two outstanding films, Shyamalan’s track record went down from there having made one poorly reviewed film after another. However, “The Visit” is a step toward his former glory.

The background is set as two siblings go to their grandparents’ house for a week while their mom and her boyfriend go on a cruise. The grandchildren are excited to finally meet and spend time with their grandparents. However, within a couple of days, the siblings realize that their grandparents are acting out of the norm, starting with a strict 9:00 p.m. curfew where the kids were told to not leave their bedrooms. Before the week comes to a close, everything around the house unravels with the grandparents acting more bizarre and the kids lives at stake. The kids uncover a secret that will throw the audience for a loop.

Will the children make it out of the house safely? What is this secret that their grandparents are hiding, and will the little ones be rescued? Well … you will just have to watch the movie and find out.

A Shyamalan film wouldn’t be right if it didn’t have intense, graphic scenes to make people jump out of their seats, and that’s exactly what’s packed into this movie. However, the film is filled with comedy that helps release some tension.

The grandchildren, played by Ed Oxenbould and Olivia Dejonge, performed their roles with excellence. The thrill, horror, suspense and comedy are all there.

I score this movie 6.5 out of 10. Still, with it receiving a 58 percent from Internet review site Rotten Tomatoes, I recommend at least seeing it at the dollar theater or waiting until it comes out on DVD.

Concealed Carry, Open Controversy

Story by Christian Santiago, reporter

This past summer, the Texas legislature passed S.B. 11. The republican sponsored bill allows those with a concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a concealed handgun on universities and community college campuses throughout the state. The issue of firearm possession is debated across the U.S., and some states have been cracking down on laws regarding firearms.

New Jersey does not allow handgun possession without a license and California requires the purchase of firearms from licensed dealers. Texas, however, is moving in the opposite direction with the passage of the new campus-carry law which takes effect in August 2016 for universities, and August 2017 for community colleges.

In an email from ACC’s Office of Public Information and College Marketing, Antonio Lujan said that ACC takes the issue of guns on campus seriously.

“We will work together with various key individuals including the ACC Police Department to abide by the new law, while protecting the rights of our staff, students and community.”

Lujan said that ACC will look to how the University of Texas will enact their policy since community colleges have more time to construct theirs.

“The goal is to ensure the safety and security of everyone at the college’s facilities.”

Christian Rap Gets Students to Clap

Story by Ryan Fontenette-Mitchell, reporter

A lifetime of passionate lip syncing in the shower may have been the ticket to winning big at Student Life’s Riverbat Bash.

The fifth annual Riverbat Bash on Sept. 17, welcomed students and the community with free food, family activities and chances to win Austin City Limits passes. More than 500 attended the event at the Highland Campus.

ACC’s mascot R.B. did the R.B. step, which is ACC’s official dance, with students. But the main crowd pleaser was the lip sync battle which offered two one-day ACL passes to the first place winner. The contest filled up quickly as students tried to win the passes. The second-place prize included two tickets to a John Fullbright concert and a $30 gift card to Los Palmas restaurant and third place was two tickets to see John Fullbright at the Paramount Theater. The competition was intense with Wini Evans taking first place. She impressed the crowd by performing a Christian Rap song by Lecrae titled “Round of Applause.” Evans hyped up the crowd by giving high-fives and dancing with audience members.

“I felt great about my performance,” Evans said. “The lip sync battle wasn’t about winning or losing for me, it was about empowering students through a song I felt had a meaningful message.”

Zach Bryant-Amos, who finished second in the lip sync contest,talked about how much he enjoyed his time at the Riverbat Bash. “It was fun,” he said. The vendors were helpful in helping me obtain some much needed school supplies.

Student Debt, Student Threat

Story by Noor Alahmadi, reporter

Student debt is a looming black cloud affecting many students in America. According to the U.S. Department of Education, student loan interest rates have gone down about one-third of a percent in the last year from 4.66% to 4.29%, which according to Blake Ellis with CNN Money Investigations, is still crippling forty million Americans.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett attended a student press conference at the Highland Campus Sept. 4, to speak about H.R. 1260, The American Opportunity Tax Credit Act of 2015, a bill which he is both the author and sponsor.

“It’s a $2,500 tax credit,” Doggett said. “If you do not have that much in taxes, you will get $1,000 refund.”

The main goal of this act is to allow students to receive a college diploma without being accompanied with a mountain of debt. Debt restricts students’ choices and Doggett believes that it ought to be possible for people to renegotiate their interest rates just like on other kinds of loans and prevent debt from piling up.
With the upcoming primaries and ultimately the Presidential election, candidates have been offering up their own solutions to the rise in student debt. Hillary Clinton’s approach mirrors Doggett’s when it comes to thesoftening of student debt.

“For those who already have student debt, my plan will give you the chance to refinance at lower interest rates,” Clinton said.

Doggett said he would like to do more, but must be practical.

“I have mixed feelings about providing free college to every- one as our first priority. I would like everybody to be able to get all the education they want, but knowing how limited our resources are, I want to see it focused on those with the biggest obstacles.”

Doggett said there will be another attempt at perfecting this bill in 2017, should he be re-elected.

Dancing for Independence

Story and photo by Stefani Ventura, Reporter

It had just stopped raining before the music of Mariachi Estrella was heard around the Riverside Campus. ACC staff and students gathered to witness the eighth annual Diez y Seis event.

“It’s a long standing event. We co-host it with former Texas State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos for about eight years,” Keisha Gray, coordinator of the Center for

Public Policy & Political Studies, said. An event many Tejanos and Mexican-Americans are proud to take part in, Diez y Seis, which translates to sixteen, was not just an ordinary day in September 1810. It’s the most celebrated day in Mexico, the beginning of the Mexican War of independence.

“Libertad! Viva!” said former State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos. “When I was a little boy, four or five years old, I wondered what they were saying. I came to find out later that it was a cry for independence, a cry for liberty and more of what we ought to have in the world.”

“El Grito de Dolores” (Cry of Dolores), is affectionately known for the memorable cry of Miguel Hidalgo, priest and leader of the decade-long war which resulted in victory for Mexico.

As the event takes place during Hispanic Heritage Month, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos encouraged the importance of voting as Hispanics are the nation’s largest ethnic minority.

“As the Hispanic community takes pride in their heritage, it’s also very important to make a difference and have an opinion of what the future will hold as fellow Texans,” Cascos said. “Everybody hears how the Hispanic population continues to grow in Texas. But what difference does it make how fast this population is growing if we don’t exercise that right to vote?”

With minutes left, the dancers of Ballet Folklorico took over the stage in bright, traditional dresses and Johnny Degolladoy Su Conjunto, one of the most prolific songwriting groups in conjunto music, closed Diez y Seis with “Party Time Polka.”

Behind The News

Story and photo by Anthony DeVera, Reporter and Editor in Chief

ACC journalism professor Paul Brown anchors Capitol Tonight, a local political talk show on Time Warner Cable. A typical day includes meetings, follow-up phone calls on leads and editing video packages.

QUIET MOMENT — Looking out from the studio’s balcony, Brown takes some time to enjoy peanut M&M’s.
MASTER CONTROL — The technical director monitors taping from multiple camera angles in the control room.
CASUAL CONVERSATION — Brown and Capitol Tonight guest Harold Cook share a moment of casual conversation between takes while recording the show.
BETWEEN TAKES — Sitting at his anchor desk in studio B, Brown checks his phone while waiting to continue recording footage for the evening’s broadcast.
PRESHOW STRATEGY — Frequent guests of the show, (from left to right) conservative commentator Ted Delisi and liberal commentator Harold Cook sit at a conference table with Paul Brown to go over the topics to be discussed during that evening’s episode.
QUICK UPDATE — Journalist Paul Brown (left) momentarily interrupts a rundown meeting taking place in a conference room to clarify details with his producer Ryan Catanese (right).
NEWSROOM OVERVIEW — The Capitol Tonight team shares the newsroom with the rest of the broadcast anchors, producers and reporters on the second floor of the Time Warner Cable News building in downtown Austin.
STAYING CONNECTED — Brown checks his cell phone for emails and text messages outside of the control room for Studio B at the Time Warner Cable News station in Austin, Texas.

On the Record: Ben Mathey

Interview and photo done by Shaina Kambo

Eastview Campus Manager Ben Mathey, has worked for ACC since 1999. He started in student services and gained experience as a center supervisor and adjunct professor. Mathey received a bachelor’s degree in history from Southwestern University and a master’s degree in history from Texas State University.

ACCENT: Can you describe a typical day on the job?

MATHEY: My job on a typical day is to help people on the campus who are experiencing any issues in regards to the facilities at the Eastview Campus. Even more simply, my job is to try and make things better. Fortunately for me, I have a team of great individuals that make everything run so smoothly.

ACCENT: What challenges did you have to overcome in life in order to achieve your current success?

MATHEY: I have dyslexia, but I would not consider that a challenge. When I was 12 years old, I had a doctor tell me that in two-weeks time there was a 50% chance I would be completely healed and a 50% chance I would be dead. Fortunately, I went for the first option.

ACCENT: Was there anyone who motivated you to take the career path that you did?

MATHEY: There is no one individual but a multitude who [have] inspired me to have a career in education. I believe higher education is one of the greatest gifts of civilization, and I relish that idea everyday. Education is a gift that is continually giving and the ability to be a part of that on a professional level is a privilege.

ACCENT: As a former student, what advice can you provide for the ACC student who may feel a little overwhelmed with college life?

MATHEY: You the student, are the most important factor in your education. Everyone you see, everyone you encounter, has the same fears and trepidations. What you need to know is that everyone is here to help. All you have to do is ask. Learn to ask for help. Learn to ask for guidance. Learn to ask, no matter what your problem is.

ACCENT: What makes Eastview Campus stand out from other campuses at ACC?

MATHEY: I know every campus says this, but it really is the people. Eastview is home to some of the most passionate faculty and staff I have encountered. People attend ACC as part of a transformational experience: they come here to change their lives. East Austin is also in a moment of transition. I believe that more than any other campus, Eastview has the potential to play an incredible role in connecting the economic opportunities occurring in Austin to the residents of the surrounding community.

ACCENT: What’s the most interesting experience you have had on campus?

MATHEY: Technically this was not on a campus but at the San Marcos Goodnight Center. At one point we were sharing a building with the high school agriculture program. One day I heard a commotion in the hallway and when I investigated, I found that two goats had escaped from the agriculture program into the halls. I can now say that working at ACC has helped me develop my goat-wrangling skills.

Editor’s Note: This interview has been condensed and edited

What Is Your Favorite Quote And Who Said It?

Story by, Stefani Ventura, Reporter


Kendal Travis• Forget what hurt you in the past, but never forget what it taught you. — Shannon L. Alder


Miguel Barvosa-Martinez• Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear. — Albert Camus
Rachel Egan• In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tyreese Brown• Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase. — Martin Luther King Jr.


Margarita Triana• Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. — Arnold H. Glasow
Yvonne Naziraje• The best way to lose yourself is to find yourself in the service of others. — Mahatma Gandhi





Letter From the Editor

By Anthony DeVera, Editor in Chief

The first day of school is like New Year’s Day for scholastic institutions. Many ponder the potential academic new year’s resolutions and events posed by the upcoming school year.

For the administration, it’s the challenge of improving operations and maintenance. For teachers, it’s the challenge of translating and communicating knowledge and information to a new set of students.

For students, the considerations are as different and varied as the population itself. Some are fresh from high school, others come from the workforce and haven’t gone to school for a while. Regardless, students involved in classes at Austin Community College make an unspoken statement: “I’m here to improve myself.”

Just like students, the Accent is taking advantage of this time to develop a strong foundation. We apply our efforts to the best of our abilities, learning lessons along the way, and figure out what works and what doesn’t.

We report on the news and current events that effect ACC. We publish stories and content following concise guidelines: Is this information the student body needs to know? Is it being presented in the best form possible? Is it in context? Are all the sides of the discussion covered?

Our goal is to provide the student body with the information they need and want so they may be able to develop and form their own well-informed, educated decisions or opinions.

We at the Accent are just like you, students who are doing our best to balance the different aspects of our lives while pursuing our goals. We are a growing organization full of likable individuals, curious of the little world we have here at ACC.

If you should meet one of us covering a school event, or walking about one of the campuses, give us a tip on what you think the student body should know about. We may ask you a few questions, maybe even take a picture or two of you. We see how beautiful our community is, and we want to provide a way for you to see that too.

Anyone who chooses to further their education makes a wise investment in their future. I believe ACC truly stands by it’s motto “Start here. Get there.” I believe that ACC can help you pursue your goal of becoming the person you want to be.

So, on behalf of Accent News, I bid you welcome! I am excited to see what the future has in store for all of us.

All the best wishes,

HLC Gets Wet Lab Funding

Story by Jessica Youssefi, Reporter
Joseph Lee, Photo Editor

Austin Community College is the first two-year institution to receive funding from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. The $485 million fund was created by the Texas Legislature in 2005.

The Highland Campus will receive $4.9 million to build an 8,400-square- foot, advanced biotechnology research lab.

Funding for the project will give ACC the means to offer students a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the necessary tools for testing products and furthering their studies in science, biology and medicine.

The Lab will also provide opportunities for jobs, and the space for future companies to conduct research.

ACC President and CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes said “ACC has a long history of providing Central Texas industries the workforce and tools they need to prosper. This lab will take that commitment to a new level.”