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Strategize now to make your seat in summer school classes a little more bearable (and successful).

How to survive summer school

Hevar Barzenji, Staff Writer | May 22, 2024
Summer is just around the corner and while many students are planning their next vacation or applying for jobs, others plan to stay behind the desk and attend summer classes. This may sound like a boring way to spend the summer or a nightmare situation to those who don’t know what summer classes are for college students. During the high school days, the thought of having to go to school during the summer would sink most people’s hearts. Dreams of going outside with friends, spending time at the local pool, playing video games or...
Hip-hop, round 2: You die, you lose

Hip-hop, round 2: You die, you lose

Benjamin LeBlanc, Staff Writer | May 20, 2024
Welcome to the world of hip-hop, where emcees battle for a large fan base and to stay relevant for a chance to become a billionaire. As times change, the strategies of positioning to survive the chaos of the music industry changes as well. Whether you are mainstream or underground, the fruits of hip-hop can be in abundance. Musicians should be mindful of the old saying, “Everything glitter ain’t gold.” A true lifestyle of being health conscious might allow someone to taste their sweet victory longer as a...
Reflections on earning an All-USA award

Reflections on earning an All-USA award

Arianna Villarreal, Staff Writer | May 16, 2024
Receiving that email on Feb. 26 informing me that I was among the mere 0.9% of nominated students selected for the 2024 All-USA Academic Team, was nothing short of a shock. I mean, being recognized as one of the Top 20 community college students nationwide? It was pretty unexpected. Let me give you some context about this prestigious award. The All-USA Academic Team is an annual recognition sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Cengage Group. It all starts with students applying...
No shortage of beef in this rap

No shortage of beef in this rap

Malak Elkady, Editor-at-Large | April 25, 2024
In a move that has sent shockwaves through the rap world, Kendrick Lamar has resurfaced with a diss track aimed at Drake and J. Cole. Lamar’s verse on Metro Boomin and Future’s “Like That” has reignited the age-old tradition of rap beefs, and started stirring debates about legacy, clout and the essence of hip-hop culture. Lamar’s verse on “Like That” makes it clear that he’s not here to play games. Addressing the notion of a “big three” in rap, which includes himself, Drake and J. Cole, Lamar...
COMMENTARY: Hip-Hop, Round II, pt. 2

COMMENTARY: Hip-Hop, Round II, pt. 2

Benjamin LeBlanc, Staff Writer | April 23, 2024
Imagine this; you are a musician and finally get a shot at the big leagues. Someone in Artists and Repertoire (A&R) sets you up for a meeting, and for a finder’s fee, you to get a multi-million-dollar deal. The chance of a lifetime is waiting if you accept. You’ve been putting in the all the hard work and you deserve it. This is life changing money that you can’t make as a working individual… From the life of an entry level fry guy at McDonald’s to a life of the rich and famous. The ethics and morals of today’s...
Victor Montalvo breakdances in New York City in 2021.

COMMENTARY: The next 50 years of hip-hop

Benjamin LeBlanc, Staff Writer | March 30, 2024
Oddly, as 2023 was set as the landmark of hip-hop reaching its 50th anniversary, the culture comes out of celebrating to face the next 50 years of trials and tribulations. Can hip-hop make someone a billionaire or even a simple millionaire? Does hip-hop have any goals for a set mission? Where does hip-hop start to clean up the culture? Is this a true sustainable career? What is the evolution of hip-hop culture? Where does DFW stand on hip-hop and the whole rap culture? How can Dallas College and...
Women hold up green bandanas, a symbol of abortion rights in Latin America, during International Women’s Day march in Buenos Aires on March 8.

COMMENTARY: Women breaking barriers

Key West, Staff Writer | March 28, 2024
Women’s History Month, which began March 1 and concludes March 31, was marked by Dallas College Richland Campus hosting the 2024 Women’s Empowerment Leadership Conference. The conference, a pivotal part of Dallas College’s celebration and tribute to women, served as a platform to showcase the remarkable achievements of women who have been game changers in our society and economy. The event featured workshops with established women who owned their own companies, became a...
VIEWPOINTS: Tax season

VIEWPOINTS: Tax season

Chronicle Staff | March 23, 2024
Van Bui: “I don’t really know much about taxes; I just pay my taxes. I’m not really good with numbers so trying to figure out my own taxes it’s kind of a little daunting. I did eventually figure it out, but the process was kind of annoying trying to figure out how much I owed in taxes.” Sunisa Saeli: “I came here about four months ago. I think that taxes take time. It’s a big state and a lot of population, and it takes a long time to learn. I know you have to have an SSN number to work, but then there's all of the taxes...
Refugees of Rafah in Gaza try to confort each other after a series of bombings by Israel.

A question of safety

Hevar Barzenji, Staff Writer | March 21, 2024
Israel’s planned assault on the city of Rafah in southern Gaza will happen despite warnings from President Joe Biden and other U.S. officials. When that assault will happen is unknown. Currently talks are underway for another cease-fire and the release of more hostages. If a deal is not reached by March 10, the first day of the Muslim holy month known as Ramadan, the assault will take place very soon. If a deal is reached by the start of Ramadan, then the assault will be postponed for several weeks. A...
ChatGPT’s Dall-E text-to-image model can create pictures, and now Sora can create videos.

OPINION: Don’t fear the Sora

Fredrick Nwaobilor, Staff Writer | March 20, 2024
On Feb. 15, OpenAI introduced the world to Sora, a new AI model that can generate more than a minute long video from a text prompt. According to OpenAI and with some examples, we were able to see the capacity of this innovative technology and it is more than impressive. All the user has to do is type out exactly what he or she wants and the AI model generates it. Computer-generated videos are not new to the public. We have seen cases of deep fakes, but these videos are created by teaching an AI to...
Dallas is America’s new soccer capital

Dallas is America’s new soccer capital

Xavier Villarreal, Sports Editor | March 3, 2024
It is no secret that Texas teams are always in the conversation when it comes to championship contention. Whether it be in football, basketball, hockey or even baseball, you can never count teams out, especially Dallas. But what about soccer? As we know, the current NJCAA Div III reigning soccer champs for the past six years are located in Dallas on the Richland campus of Dallas College (go Thunderducks!), as well as one of the NCAA Div I powerhouses located closer to downtown in...
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