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Students to be taught how to handle crises

South Campus students and faculty can learn how to recognize and respond to emergency situations on TCC campuses at the Lunch and Learn session 12:30–1:30 p.m. April 24 in the SSTU Forum Room.

South health services director Tina Ingram will prepare attendees for identifying and reacting to life-and-death incidents like active shooters, natural disasters and fire. She will also discuss health-related concerns such as breathing difficulties, heart attacks and strokes.

“Learn how to take charge in emergencies at Tarrant County College,” she said.

The event will end with a question-and-answer session.

To attend the speech and luncheon, participants need to RSVP by calling 817-515-4531.

—Ali Sabir

Workshop to discuss controlling emotionsSE Campus students will learn about EQ vs. IQ: Perceiving, Controlling, and Evaluating Emotions at an April 23 workshop.

The presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the North Ballroom will cover emotional intelligence and how it helps build strong relationships, fosters success at work and aids in achievement of goals.

The event is free and open to the public.

More information is available from SE special services coordinator Renetta Wright at 817-515-3468 or by email at

—David Reid

SE Socio-Psych Club to host competitionThe Psychology Championships are coming to SE Campus April 27.

This event, sponsored by the Socio-Psych Club, tests students on their knowledge of general psychology and abstract reasoning skills.

The contestants will have one hour to complete a test that consists of multiple choice, true/false, short answer and essay questions. The top 16 contestants from these categories will move on to the championship round.

The preliminary round will begin at 1 p.m., and the championship round will begin at 3 p.m.

First place wins $400 in cash. Prizes will also be given throughout the day to the audience members.

To enter the Psychology Championships, participants must be currently enrolled on any TCC campus. Although students do not have to be in a psychology class to compete, registration preference will be given to currently enrolled psychology students.

To register to compete in this event, go to

—Sam Brouse

NE students learn to interpret poetry When it comes to poetry, most people never get past “Green Eggs and Ham,” but a NE Campus English associate professor showed the way toward a better understanding of poetry.

“Sometimes, we feel like poems are there to make us feel stupid. They’re not,” Rebecca Balcarcel said during her Read a Poem Like a Pro presentation April 11.

Balcarcel led students through her nine-step plan on how to attack a poem head-on, read between the lines and arrive at the meaning.

She used the poem “Anthem of Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen to lead the audience through her plan using nine students, one for each step.

Her first step is to read aloud.

“Reading out loud makes you read every word,” she said.

The next steps are to determine the setting, the speaker and the action.

Balcarcel explained how “living the image” is important and advised students to try to visualize, hear, taste and sense what the poet is writing.

Her next steps are finding the tone of the poem and finding special effects through repeated words.

The next step, she said, is to look up any words not understood.

Finally, she said, students should try to see how the character or object of the poem relates to others or to the world.

—Hector Luna

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