Campus Viewpoint: What is Your Reaction to the Umpqua Community College Shooting in Oregon?

Story by Ryan Fontenette-Mitchell, reporter

Photo by Joseph Lee, photographer

Abby Castner (1)
Abby Castner – I think it’s a systemic sign of a larger problem within our society and how we deal with a lot of things from mental illness all the way down to isolation.
Fasih Hashmi (1)
Fasih Hashmi – It’s surprising and terrible because sometimes you never know how people can become dangerous about using guns at school. They can just shoot at each other. It’s not very safe to have guns at schools.
Brooklyn Terlinde
Brooklyn Terlinde – There is always a possibility of something bad happening anywhere. People would be more secure if they were taught the behaviors of people that may do that.


Joshua Valdez (1)
Joshua Valdez – The name of the shooter should be kept private. They shouldn’t get the publicity for what they’ve done. We know what happened in the shootings, but putting their name out there is unnecessary.



Hien Li (1)
Hien Li – I don’t think its appropriate to have gun with you in school someone can get angry and start shooting. Its not a need, because we have cops around to protect us.


Alec Rakoff
Alec Rakoff – There’s been suggestions, arming teachers, lettings students carry (guns) although that can lead to more shootings. All of those can be good ideas, but they’re all have consequences of their own.








On the Record: Mike Scannell

Story by Jessica Youssefi, Reporter
Joseph Lee, Photo Editor

Mike Scannell, editor and co producer of the award-winning documentary “Six Man, Texas,” has been with Austin Community College for more than 20 years. Scannell started with ACC as a student and is now a professor in the Radio, Television, Film department. Recently, one of his scripts was purchased by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. Scannell spoke to Accent about his experience as a filmmaker.

ACCENT: Is Texas a good place to make films?

SCANNELL: It’s great, especially for independent filmmakers because you can make films here for practically nothing. You have access to permits, people and a low-budget crew. A lot of bigger-budget Hollywood films don’t shoot here because the tax incentives are not there. They go to Louisiana, Canada or New Mexico. That’s part of why I transitioned to screenwriting, so I could tell a bigger story, but didn’t have to come up with a bunch of money.

ACCENT: “Six Man, Texas,” which you edited and co produced, won at the 2008 Santa Fe Film Festival. Tell us about the film.

SCANNELL: A guy gave me a box of tapes with these small-town football games and said, “Hey can we make a movie out of this?” I took it on because I thought it might help me with my screenwriting — trying to find a structure for a story out of all these pieces. I loved doing it, but I don’t think I will ever do it again. At least as far as editing. It took three years of time and was frustrating. (laughing)

ACCENT: What advice do you have for students trying to make a name for themselves in the film industry?

SCANNELL: Figure out where your talent lies and what you like. Whether it’s directing, writing, camera or sound, focus on honing that craft. Do as much work as possible.

ACCENT: Tell us about your project which was picked up by Sony.

SCANNELL: It’s a horror film called “Scarecrow.” We took a very high concept idea that’s very clean and straightforward — being terrorized out in the middle of nowhere and you can’t get away — but then twisted it and made it fresh.

ACCENT: What is the next step with the film?

SCANNELL: Sony hired me to do a polish on the script and now they are talking about shooting at the end of summer.

ACCENT: When did you realize film was a passion of yours?

SCANNELL: Film has always been a passion of mine, even as a little kid. My friends would come over and we would watch all kinds of movies. I never really knew it was an option as a career until I got to ACC.

ACCENT:What movies have influenced your filmmaking?

SCANNELL: My main influence would probably be films of the 60s and 70s and some from the 80s. My favorite movie is “Taxi Driver.” Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, those types of directors were a big influence on me. But I get inspired by going to film festivals, short films and student projects.

TIPA 2015

Six members of Accent’s student staff attended the 2015 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference April 9-11 in San Antonio.
Congratulations to Accent Editor in Chief Noor Alahmadi who was elected Secretary of the 2016 TIPA student executive committee.
Congratulations to the following Accent students for being recognized in five categories including two First Place awards:
  • First Place Critical Review – Joseph Van Vranken, Multimedia Editor
  • First Place Picture Story – Dave Creaney, Photographer and Preston Bezant, Layout/Design Editor
  • Honorable Mention News story – Manal El-Haj, Reporter
  • Honorable Mention Feature Page Design – Preston Bezant, Layout/Design Editor
  • Honorable Mention Illustration (Non-photo) – Daniel Groh, contributor
TIPA was established in 1909 at Baylor University and is the oldest collegiate press association in the nation.
This year 442 students and 76 advisers attended the convention from 62 member colleges and universities. The convention hosted journalism contests ranging from TV News Broadcasting to Newspaper Headline Writing. Professional journalists and journalism professors held workshops on networking, resume writing, and various aspects of journalism.
“The contests were very competitive and drove me to put my best foot forward,” Ryan Fontenette-Mitchell, Accent reporter and business clerk said. “The workshops were detail oriented and gave me a lot of information that I can apply in my career.”
Accent Staff
Accent’s spring 2015 staff members complete registration at their first Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference April 9 at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio. This was the time attending the convention for (left to right) Ryan Fontenette-Mitchell, Chloe Kwak, Noor Alahmadi, Gaius Straka, Joseph Lee and Shannon Mullery.

Student Voice- Community College

Joseph Lee, Photographer 

How has community college changed your life?


Shikha J
Shikha Johnson — Community College is less stressful in that the classes are easier. However, it is a lot smaller and is hard to be socially involved.
Long H
Long Ho — Classrooms are small. It’s easier for me to pay attention, which is good because I gained from it. It’s easy to make friends.
Jay P
Jay Patel — College has helped me movie forward in my career by teaching different skill sets in order to get a better job.
Corinne M
Corinne Medford — Helped me realize the importance of education as well as gaining an interest in receiving one.