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2016 Rivercity Rumble

2016 Rivercity Rumble

October 29 was a great closing day to the 2016 Rivercity Rumble Debate Tournament. Following the Lincoln Douglas Value Debate Finals round was quite the experience. Watching the fierce competition between both finalists made the results all the more exciting. STOA students from all across the state came to compete. St. Mary’s was generous enough to offer their facilities and had a great turnout of students and faculty to judge.

Following the event as a reporter made it more interesting by having to find interesting angles and get involved in the event. It’s a little stressful having to try to get everything you need when the clocks ticking. You’re trying to write about what they were speaking about five minutes ago while also paying attention to whats happening now. I would have liked to cover more of the event then just the finals round to get a lot more action shots and showing what happens during all the downtime. Doing projects like these teaches you how capture whats important during an event and spread that message with others.


Gumbo by Julie Dahlquist

Julie Dahlquist a professor at Texas Christian University and St. Mary’s alumna shows us how to make Gumbo. She learned this recipe growing up in South Louisiana where cajun cooking was part of every family meal.


* 1 Cup Flour
* 1 cup oil
* 1 gallon water
* 1 cup chopped onion
* 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
* 1/4 cup chopped celery
* 1 pound sausage
*1/4 cup onion tops

Start by making your rue by cooking flour and oil at a low heat then add chopped vegetables and sausage. After cooking serve over hot rice. You can add salt, pepper, or tabasco sauce for seasoning.

Our Media Production Class


This is a photo of our media production class.

Bottom row, left to right: Sydnee S. HodgeCarmen R. Morales-EscuederoHolly S. BasalduAlexis I. ZepedaChao Lan WuYe Lu (Paris) Xu,and Isabel Vera.

Top row, left to right: Sara Y. Jauregui, Steal L. AdcockTroy A. GrohmanLeslie OrtizDaniela GonzalezClaudia J. Arredondo, and Joseph R. Dahlquist-Bauer.