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New parking lot construction continues

New parking lot construction continues

Photo by Amaelle Caron. A pair of mixer trucks pour tons of concrete slurry on Oct. 21 as workers use tools to spread out and smooth the mix into the new HCC parking lot at 13th and Plum. The new project produced a parking area about the size of two basketball courts, with 56... [Read more...]

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National tournament felt in HCC parking lots

National tournament felt in HCC parking lots

By DaKota Hilburn (Photo by Loribeth Reynolds) At the Sports Arena west lot, Anthony Vieyra, Hutchinson, collects money while Tyrone Clark, Cimarron, helps direct traffic as people come to watch the tournament. It’s that time of year again, the NJCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. We... [Read more...]

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No.1 HCC Lady Dragons head to NJCAA Nationals!

No.1 HCC Lady Dragons head to NJCAA Nationals!

Photo by Richard Steckly — Story by HCC Sports Information — The No. 1-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team begins its run in the 2015 NJCAA Women’s Division I National Tournament on Tuesday against South Georgia Tech. The second-round matchup... [Read more...]

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Cattle drive a chance to recall cowboys’ heyday

Cattle drive a chance to recall cowboys’ heyday

Volunteer cowboys and cowgirls help a Rice County rancher move 74 head of Angus cows 12 miles across country to their winter quarters. See story, in today’s Features Section.  Read More →

Featured #5

With Ouija board, Collegian staff hunts ghosts on campus

With Ouija board, Collegian staff hunts ghosts on campus

Are their ghosts at HCC, such as in the laundry room at Kent Hall? Photo and story by Shelby Horton — Despite “Ouija” meaning good luck in Egyptian, it strikes fear into the heart of many — but also sparks curiosity, with which the Collegian staff has been infected. Ouija... [Read more...]

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High school students meet with HCC leadership groups

High school students meet with HCC leadership groups

Story and photo by Paige Brier. The Heart of Leadership Day was a success, with a surprising turn out on Sept. 24. Students in the leadership program in surrounding high schools joined Hutchinson Community College Student Government members and HCC Ambassadors at the Sports... [Read more...]

News

Bill would lower gun-carry age to 18

A bill introduced in recent days in the Kansas Legislature would, if passed, lower the age for legally carrying a concealed weapon to 18.

State Rep. John Rubin, R-Shawnee, said he requested House Bill 2538 to give people old enough to enlist in the military the right to carry a concealed handgun, provided they obtain a license.

Such licenses require an eight-hour handgun safety and training course.

Society has determined that at age 18, an individual is old enough to enlist in the military, receive weapons training and to go overseas and defend the country, Rubin said.

Last year, when Gov. Sam Brownback signed a relaxed concealed-carry bill into law, then-Kansas State Rifle Association President Patricia Stoneking said she regretted the legislation had not also lowered the age from 21 to 18.

The Kansas Board of Regents recently amended policies governing the Regents’ six universities to align with state law.

Beginning July 1, 2017, any individual age 21 or older who can legally carry a concealed handgun may do so on regents campuses, except in buildings with security measures to detect weapons.

—The Hutchinson News

January 31, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Dragon Zone: ‘There is an app for that’

By Ethan Ball

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Student accounts are now mobile. The Dragon Zone  App is now available through iTunes and Google Play.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Student accounts are now mobile. The Dragon Zone App is now available through iTunes and Google Play.

Our generation of students are engulfed in technology. From walking down the halls with our eyes glued to the screen to lying in bed for hours on your cell phone, it’s no secret that these devices have a prominent role in our lives.

As of this month, Apple has approved Hutchinson Community Colleges’ application to put DragonZone on the App Store.

“We published the Android app last August to the Google Play Store,” said Loren Morris, chief information officer at HCC.

“We had the app written at the same time, and we started publishing to the stores at the same time; it just took several months longer to do on the Apple Store.

“We had to go through several legal steps in order to get the app where Apple would even look at it, for security purposes,” Morris said.
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Help make history at a presidential caucus

By Lauren Rust

On March 5, students have a chance to be part of Kansas history, by joining in the Kansas caucus events for the two major parties.

A caucus, as defined by the council of foreign relations, is a “party meeting by precinct, district, or county, where registered party members gather to discuss the candidates and to select delegates to the next round of party conventions.”

In Kansas, it takes the place of a primary election. It takes the place of casting paper or electronic ballots.
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Dillon Lecture

Beck Weathers

Title: Pathologist and mountaineer

Lecture date: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Sports Arena

Mt. Everest, which is 29,029 feet tall, has taken the lives of 275 people.

One of the deadliest times in Mount Everest’s history was May 10 and 11, 1996, when eight people lost their lives on the mountain.

From that deadly tragedy emerged a miraculous story of a survivor: Dr. Beck Weathers.

Now 20 years after the disaster, Weathers will be speaking at HCC.

In 1996, Weathers was part of a group of climbers who attempted to climb Everest.  On their way down, a blizzard hit and they were trapped near the top.

After being temporarily blinded by the high altitude and falling into a hypothermic coma, Weathers’ fellow climbers left him, thinking he was too far gone.

Weathers spent 15 hours exposed in the blizzard. Somehow, the next day, he awoke and managed to get to an upper camp by himself.

He later had part of his frostbitten right arm amputated, as well some fingers, parts of his feet and his nose.

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Hoverboards disappearing from campus after crackdown

By Ethan Ball

A sleek, battery-powered Wheelie Board. I will not call them Hoverboards, they dont hover....

A sleek, battery-powered Wheelie Board. I will not call them Hoverboards, they dont hover....

Warning: Using a hoverboard or skateboard in any Hutchinson Community College building will result in an immediate $50 fine and disciplinary action.

“If you’re caught violating the rule, you will be placed on community service as disciplinary action,” said Steve Dunmire, lead security officer at HCC.

Various staff and faculty members were annoyed with the issue of hoverboards in campus buildings and are pleased with the recent ban.

“I think they’re potential for real hazard, said Jackie Long, career development coordinator. “We have pathways used through parking lots. The potential for a collision is increased.”
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Martin Luther King’s message lives on

By Loribeth Reynolds

It was dreary and cold outside on Jan. 17, but nothing could put a damper on the souls who came to hear a message about how they can keep Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message alive.

About 70 people gathered at the Second Missionary Baptist Church to make the symbolic march over to HCC’s Stringer Fine Arts Center in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Amidst blowing snow and bone chilling temperatures, the group had smiling faces and warm hearts as they marched down 11th street to the tune of “When the Saints go Marching In” played by the HCC Jazz Band.
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New parking reduces stress

By Branson Strasner

Over winter break, Hutchinson Community College opened a new segment of the 12th Street parking lot, hoping to solve the lack of available parking for students.

The college has had problems with parking for a while now, with both the 12th Street and 14th Street parking lots being full nearly all the time.

Branson Strasner/Collegian - Hutchinson Community College has opened a new parking lot at Plum and 12th, adding 56 new spaces. Students are urged to use Sports Arena parking when other lots are full, saving them needless circling.

Branson Strasner/Collegian - Hutchinson Community College has opened a new parking lot at Plum and 12th, adding 56 new spaces. Students are urged to use Sports Arena parking when other lots are full, saving them needless circling.

Previously, some students had to park in either nearby residential areas or the parking lot for the Stringer Fine Arts building, which is further away from Lockman Hall, Parker Student Union, and the Shears Technology Center, where many classes are held.
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HCC merges with Sidney’s Hairdressing College

By Taryn Gillespie

Hutchinson Community College is planning to merge with Sidney’s Hairdressing College to create more options for students who want a cosmetology degree.

According to Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, they plan to have this transition made by the end of this school year.

“Hutchinson Community College is merging with Sidney’s Hairdressing college which means that by June 1st, our target date to takeover all operations and start a class,” File said.
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Daniel Seddiqui thrives on workplace rejection

By Angela Lingg

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Daniel Seddiqui speaks at the Sports Arena as part of the Dillion Lecture Series about adaptability and learning to accept rejection in the workplace.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Daniel Seddiqui speaks at the Sports Arena as part of the Dillion Lecture Series about adaptability and learning to accept rejection in the workplace.

Tall, handsome, with dark hair and a warm personality, Daniel Seddiqui looks like a man of success. Yet, he has been named by USA Today as the most rejected person in the world. After failing more than 40 consecutive job interviews, Seddiqui decided to chart his own course.

On Nov. 17, Seddiqui spoke at the Sports Arena as part of the Dillon Lecture Series. He recounted to the audience his experience of failing to find a job after he graduated college with a degree in economics.

“Those rejections that I faced after graduating college were a blessing in disguise,” Seddiqui said. “Failing 40 job interviews at the time was very tough emotionally.”

Through his failures, Seddiqui learned to accept rejection and not let it discourage him.
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Students share plans for their Thanksgiving holiday

By Rachel Swafford

Some students here at HCC will be going home and spending Thanksgiving with their families. Others, such as certain groups of athletes, will stay here for the holiday.

Several local churches here in Hutchinson will be opening their doors for people who don’t have anywhere to go or anything to do for the holiday. They plan to serve people in the community a free, homemade, traditional Thanksgiving meal.

“This year Thanksgiving is going to be a little different,” said Connor Ledy, Wichita.
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Earthquake rattles college residence halls and campus

By Shelby Horton

At 1:40 a.m. on Nov. 18, an earthquake made Hutchinson Community College tremble. Students in the residence halls awoke to their beds rocking, and feeling a like their rooms were swaying side to side.

“I was sleeping when it started and I woke up because my entire bed was shaking,” said Mariana Parsons, Hutchinson. “I was really scared. I had never felt an earthquake before.”

The quake was centered about eight miles southwest of Cherokee, Oklahoma. Measuring at a 4.7 on the Richter scale, two aftershocks followed hours later, measuring at a 3.1 and 3.7.
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Features

Bill would lower gun-carry age to 18

A bill introduced in recent days in the Kansas Legislature would, if passed, lower the age for legally carrying a concealed weapon to 18.

State Rep. John Rubin, R-Shawnee, said he requested House Bill 2538 to give people old enough to enlist in the military the right to carry a concealed handgun, provided they obtain a license.

Such licenses require an eight-hour handgun safety and training course.

Society has determined that at age 18, an individual is old enough to enlist in the military, receive weapons training and to go overseas and defend the country, Rubin said.

Last year, when Gov. Sam Brownback signed a relaxed concealed-carry bill into law, then-Kansas State Rifle Association President Patricia Stoneking said she regretted the legislation had not also lowered the age from 21 to 18.

The Kansas Board of Regents recently amended policies governing the Regents’ six universities to align with state law.

Beginning July 1, 2017, any individual age 21 or older who can legally carry a concealed handgun may do so on regents campuses, except in buildings with security measures to detect weapons.

—The Hutchinson News

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Dragon Zone: ‘There is an app for that’

By Ethan Ball

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Student accounts are now mobile. The Dragon Zone  App is now available through iTunes and Google Play.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Student accounts are now mobile. The Dragon Zone App is now available through iTunes and Google Play.

Our generation of students are engulfed in technology. From walking down the halls with our eyes glued to the screen to lying in bed for hours on your cell phone, it’s no secret that these devices have a prominent role in our lives.

As of this month, Apple has approved Hutchinson Community Colleges’ application to put DragonZone on the App Store.

“We published the Android app last August to the Google Play Store,” said Loren Morris, chief information officer at HCC.

“We had the app written at the same time, and we started publishing to the stores at the same time; it just took several months longer to do on the Apple Store.

“We had to go through several legal steps in order to get the app where Apple would even look at it, for security purposes,” Morris said.
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Johannsen affected by 9/11

By Angela Lingg

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Frances Johannsen, English Composition II instructor, talks with her students.

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Frances Johannsen, English Composition II instructor, talks with her students.

In New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, the day dawned clear and sunny.

Frances Johannsen rode a train to Grand Central Station from her home in the suburbs.

She walked her usual route from the station to her work place on Broadway. But during that walk, her life changed forever.

Johannsen is an English teacher at Hutchinson Community College.

However, her life began thousands of miles away in Japan. Johannsen’s parents met while her father was stationed by the U.S. Navy in Sasebo, Japan. Johannsen’s mother is Japanese.

With her father being in the military, Johannsen moved back and forth from Japan to the United States, several times.
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Lockman tile roof gets an overhaul

By Shelby Horton

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Workers for Wray and Sons Roofing Co.   prepare to lay clay tile over the old auditorium section of the Lockman Hall roof.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Workers for Wray and Sons Roofing Co. prepare to lay clay tile over the old auditorium section of the Lockman Hall roof.

The makeover for Lockman Hall has extended to its weathered, clay tile roof.

On Jan. 12, Wray and Sons Roofing Co. began the roofing project.

It was built in 1938, which makes the tile on the roof 78 years old. The tiles display a range of fall colors, in shades of red, orange and brown, with patches of green lichens.

Most of the heavy tile can be re-used. Some are being replaced with tile imported from South America.

The roof on the south end of the building is being reconditioned, while other sections will be done later.
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Military-age students old enough for a beer

By Hannah Wallace

Dear Hannah, What are your predictions for the Super Bowl?

Dear sports fan,

I have to say that I think the Denver Broncos are going to win because they seem to have the stronger offense.

I really don’t follow the NFL very closely but if I had to choose I would choose Denver.

I only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and go to the parties for the food and drink.

I view the Super Bowl weekend as one more weekend in which I don’t have to pay for my own meals because I party-surf from party to party until I’m full.
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Writers, artists wanted by Tulgey Wood

By Shelby Horton

The Tulgey Wood, Hutchinson Community College’s literary publi-cation, is looking for submissions to add into this year’s issue.

Creative works that can be submitted may include poetry, fiction and nonfiction stories, photography, drawings and originally composed music.

All creative work should be submitted to Melinda Dome, editor, by March 15. Submissions for cover art must be submitted by March 10.
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Several states, survey, ponder gun laws

By Loribeth Reynolds

The clock is ticking away. Only 18 months until 21-year-old students will be allowed to carry concealed firearms on Kansas college campuses, including Hutchinson Community College.

Texas has adopted a similar law, effective Aug. 1. As the deadline approaches, Texas lawmakers have been confronted with confusion on how to implement the law. Kansas could be facing the same uncertainties.

Brett Bright, HCC vice president of student services, said Texas could be a model for how Kansas campuses deal with the new gun law.
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Lockman artworks are stored for time being

By Lariena Nokes

Lariena Nokes/Collegian - A Lockman Hall corridor, prior to recent remodeling.

Lariena Nokes/Collegian - A Lockman Hall corridor, prior to recent remodeling.

Redecorating Lockman Hall involves new paint, updated colors, and fresh warm neutral colors on the walls.

The process of updating Lockman included taking down the collection of framed art works and commerative prints from past events.

Don Rose, director of facilities at Hutchinson Community College is one of the many officials with a hand in making this project happen.

The contractors took all the art down, but it is not gone forever.

“They are right here in my office,” Rose said.
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Work becomes stand-up job

By Lauren Rust

Lauren Rust/Collegian - Glen Acheson, assistant director of Internet Technology Services for HCC, stands at his elevated desk.

Lauren Rust/Collegian - Glen Acheson, assistant director of Internet Technology Services for HCC, stands at his elevated desk.

Standing around at work has taken on a new meaning to faculty and staff at Hutchinson Community College.

These employees have new “stand-up” desks, otherwise known as standing workstations.

These desks follow the rules of ergonomics, which studies how individuals work with the most efficiency. According to Cornell University Ergonomics, extensive sitting leads to fat build-up and may relate to heart disease risks.

Sitting also uses less energy than standing, which is why ergonomists recommend standing. Experts say it can “burn about 20% more calories.”

They also recommend alternating between standing and sitting at these desks. The cycle for sitting, standing, and possibly walking can be different for each individual.
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Sports Arena work starts next month

By Angela Lingg

Walkers are glad to hear that the all-weather exercise course, including ramps to the second level, will be kept at the Sports Arena, as other aspects of the fieldhouse are added.

Walkers are glad to hear that the all-weather exercise course, including ramps to the second level, will be kept at the Sports Arena, as other aspects of the fieldhouse are added.

Renovations on the Sports Arena are scheduled to begin sometime next month according to Dr. Carter File, HCC president.

All the plans for the arena are going ahead as scheduled.

However, there has been an addition of a third gym on the north side of the arena, which was not in the original plan.

“We believe we will be able to get a third gym in there, and that is in the plans moving forward,” File said.

There had been discussions of installing a suspended indoor running track around the three gyms, but the running track was never a part of the original plan for the renovation of the Sports Arena. After consideration, the committee decided it was too costly to install.
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Students get career boost

By Casey Jones

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Jackie Long, HCC career development and placement coordinator, explains the creation of ‘Careerzone,’ now available for students to use.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Jackie Long, HCC career development and placement coordinator, explains the creation of ‘Careerzone,’ now available for students to use.

HCC has introduced a new web-service tool available to all current students and recent alumni.

The service, Career Zone, is meant to connect students with employers using the quickest means possible.

“The hopes of the software is to provide a connection between our area employers and our students and graduates,” said Jackie Long, the HCC career development and placement coordinator.

All HCC students are already signed up; all that needs to be done is to go to the HCC website, click on the Student Success Center link, open the Career Zone tab, and click on the College Central Network graphic.
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Fun in Hutchinson, politics, engage writer

By Hannah Wallace

Dear Hannah, What are some of the tools here on campus I can use to help me study better?

Dear student,

There are many studying tools that are available here on campus; for example, there is a math lab in the library that is open all day and is also free. If you need tutoring help in other subjects there are tutors available who will work with your schedule.

Dear Hannah, Why do guys flock outside of the student union to catcall girls?
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Ultimate Frisbee League seeking players

By Ethan Ball

The Hutchinson Recreational Commission is looking for 28 or more people, a total of four teams allowing seven to ten players each, to start its first Ultimate Frisbee League.

Starting Feb. 12, given that enough players register, the Hutch Rec Adult Ultimate Frisbee League will offer a competitive opportunity to those 16 years of age and older wanting to play Ultimate Frisbee.
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Sports

Women win 10 straight

By Bailey Terry

Hannah Wallace/Collegian -  Kyla Williams, New Orleans, Louisiana, concentrates on the basket while preparing to shoot a free throw against Seward County on Jan. 20.

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Kyla Williams, New Orleans, Louisiana, concentrates on the basket while preparing to shoot a free throw against Seward County on Jan. 20.

The Blue Dragon women’s basketball team took on Cloud County on Jan. 30 and won 62-51.

This was Hutch’s 20th win of the season, advancing their record to 20-1 overall and 10-1 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

The leading scorer for the Dragons was Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, with 18 points and 9 assists.

Daisha Terry, Macon, Georgia, scored 14 points for Hutch, while Lakin Preisner, Americus, scored 13 points and seven rebounds.

Hutch barely outrebounded their opponents, 40-39.

The Dragons weren’t able to score until about the six-minute mark in the first quarter.

With three minutes remaining, Cloud County held the lead 12-6 as Hutch ended the quarter on a 7-1 run to tie the game 13-13.
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Track and field standouts break two more records

By Angela Lingg

HCC Sports Information - Paige Houston, Midwest City, Oklahoma, throws the 20-pound weight during the Johnson County meet on Jan. 22. Houston threw 51’8”, which broke a previous HCC record; the throw helped her win the event.

HCC Sports Information - Paige Houston, Midwest City, Oklahoma, throws the 20-pound weight during the Johnson County meet on Jan. 22. Houston threw 51’8”, which broke a previous HCC record; the throw helped her win the event.

Karis Parker, Wichita, broke the HCC women’s 60-meter hurdle record for the second week in a row.

The HCC track team competed at Johnson County Community College, in Overland Park on Jan. 22.

Parker broke her own school record from the previous week with a hurdle time of 9.05 seconds.

Her time also won her the race.

Parker wasn’t the only athlete knocking down records at the meet.

Paige Houston, Midwest City, Oklahoma also broke the HCC indoor record in weight throw, with a throw of 51 feet 8 inches.

Her throw was good enough for first place.

Both Parker and Houston had already qualified for nationals.
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Dragons hold off T-birds

By Bailey Terry

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Samajae Haynes-Jones, Wichita, surveys the floor as he waits for a teammate to be open to pass the ball, while playing Seward County.

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Samajae Haynes-Jones, Wichita, surveys the floor as he waits for a teammate to be open to pass the ball, while playing Seward County.

The Blue Dragon men’s basketball team traveled to Cloud County on Jan 23 and won 70-60.

The Dragons’ record advances to 19-3 overall and 8-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

The leading scorer for Hutch was Bashir Ahmed, Bronx, New York, with 20 points.

Ahmed also added 11 rebounds and he was one of three Dragons to post double-doubles.

The other two Dragon players were Shakur Juiston, Paterson, New Jersey, with 10 points and 13 rebounds and Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
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Dragons snap streak

By Bailey Terry

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Bashir Ahmed, Bronx, New York, looks around a Seward defender while waiting for a teammate to break to the basket during a home game on Jan. 20.

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Bashir Ahmed, Bronx, New York, looks around a Seward defender while waiting for a teammate to break to the basket during a home game on Jan. 20.

Throughout the first weeks of January, the Blue Dragon men’s basketball team won two games and lost three, which were their only losses of the season.

One of their losses was a triple-overtime game against Cowley College, where they lost by just two-points on Jan. 6. That started a three-game losing streak.

Over the course of a week, the Dragons lost to Cowley, Butler by one point, and Dodge City by six points.

The Dragons beat Colby 96-69 at Colby on Jan. 16.

Their record is now 17-3 overall and 6-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Five Dragons scored double figures, but the top two were Samajae Haynes-Jones, Wichita, and Bashir Ahmed, Bronx, New York.
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Track opens season in Overland Park 

By Angela Lingg

HCC Sports Information -  Nacier Jaishawn Thompson, Fountain, Colorado, holds off a defender in the 200-meter dash during the Johnson County meet on Jan. 15.

HCC Sports Information - Nacier Jaishawn Thompson, Fountain, Colorado, holds off a defender in the 200-meter dash during the Johnson County meet on Jan. 15.

The HCC track team opened up their indoor season on Jan. 15 at Johnson County Community College.

Karis Parker, Wichita, broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles as well as qualifying for nationals with a time of 9.14 seconds.

Seven HCC women qualified for nationals.

Alex Keller, Buhler, won the women’s triple jump and also qualified for nationals.

Paige Houston, Midwest City, Oklahoma, won both the weight throw and the shot put and posted qualifying marks in both events.
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Women keep on winning

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, dribbles the ball while looking for a teammate to pass to during a home game against Dodge City on Jan. 13. The Dragons won the game 90-48. Butina added 14 points, eight assists, and three rebounds.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, dribbles the ball while looking for a teammate to pass to during a home game against Dodge City on Jan. 13. The Dragons won the game 90-48. Butina added 14 points, eight assists, and three rebounds.

The Blue Dragon women’s basketball team hasn’t lost since Dec. 2 in a game against Coffeyville.

During the month of January, the Dragons have beaten Pratt, Cowley College by four-points, Butler by 15 points, and Dodge City by 52 points.

The Dragons beat Colby by 31 points in Colby on Jan. 16.

The score was 85-54.

Leading the Dragons to the win was leading scorer Taylor Stahly, Newton, with 22 points.

Behind Stahly was Kyla Williams, New Orleans, Louisiana, with 14 points and 11 rebounds, accomplishing her first career double-double.

Lakin Preisner, Americus, also posted her first career double-double with 14 points and a season high of 10 rebounds.

Preisner added six assists and three steals.
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Sprinter balances work ethic with college and life

By Shelby Horton

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Ready to power out of the starting blocks, Na’uier Jaishawn Thompson eyes the track during practice .

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Ready to power out of the starting blocks, Na’uier Jaishawn Thompson eyes the track during practice .

Gowans Stadium casts a long shadow on the track field as track athletes practice intensely to improve their skills.

Na’uier Jaishawn Thompson, 20, explodes out of the starting blocks, pushing himself to his limits as coach Pat Becher looks on, evaluating his technique. If you blink, you could miss Thompson as he shoots past.

Born in Colon, Panama, Thompson moved with his family to Bridgetown, Barbados, at the age of six. His family is involved in the military.

Currently, he resides in New York City, after moving to the U.S. about six years ago.
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Dragons push past Prep

By Bailey Terry

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, prepares to shoot a free throw during a home game against On-Point Prep on Nov 14. Hoffman scored a career-high of 25 points to aid the Dragons in their win over On-Point Prep. Hutch won with a score of 89-61.

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, prepares to shoot a free throw during a home game against On-Point Prep on Nov 14. Hoffman scored a career-high of 25 points to aid the Dragons in their win over On-Point Prep. Hutch won with a score of 89-61.

The Blue Dragon men’s basketball team played at home in the Hutch Pawn and Jewelry Classic on Nov. 13 and 14.

Within the last two games, the Dragon’s opponents scored 28 3-pointers, but they were still able to win both games.

Head Coach Steven Eck talked about the long shots.

“Their stats didn’t show they shoot well from the three, so we just stopped their lay-ups and free throws at the beginning,” Coach Eck said.

“We changed up our game to stop them from shooting more threes.”

The Dragons played On-Point Prep Nov. 14 and won 89-61.

Prep made seven of their first 10 threes.

On the seventh three, Prep had their biggest lead of the game, which was nine points.

The score was 16-25, with Hutch behind and eight minutes remaining in the half.
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Women keep rolling, 6-0

By Lariena Nokes

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Ralena Phillips, Las Vegas, Nevada, dribbles the ball down the court during a home game against Murray State on Nov. 13. The Dragons won the game 72-67.

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Ralena Phillips, Las Vegas, Nevada, dribbles the ball down the court during a home game against Murray State on Nov. 13. The Dragons won the game 72-67.

When you are on a roll, the momentum fuels success.

The No. 3 ranked Blue Dragon women’s basketball team is sitting comfortably with six wins for six games played this season under the leadership of Coach John Ontjes.

On Nov. 13, our opponent was Murray State at the Sports Arena.

“The Murray State game was another game where we were able to dig ourselves out of a big hole,” Ontjes said.

With a comeback of 13 points, the team looked cohesive and strong.

“In the third and fourth quarter we managed to play better ball and win our game.,” Ontjes said.

Posting her second double-double of the season by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds, freshman Kira Rogers added a season-high five assists and season-high-tying three steals.
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Men compete at Nationals

By Angela Lingg

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Hunter Nance, Wichita, running during the Cowboy Jamboree meet earlier in the season on Sept. 26. Nance placed 66th with a time of 29 minutes and three seconds to help the Dragons to 7th place.

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Hunter Nance, Wichita, running during the Cowboy Jamboree meet earlier in the season on Sept. 26. Nance placed 66th with a time of 29 minutes and three seconds to help the Dragons to 7th place.

The NJCAA National Cross Country meet is often a major shock for new runners.

With a starting line packed with around 300 runners, the race is all about getting out well and beating as many people as you can.

The HCC men’s cross country team competed in the NJCAA Nationals in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on Nov. 14.

They finished in 25th place.

They were led for the first time by freshman Mark Meyer, Wichita.

Meyer finished in 80th- place with an 8k time of 27:32.

Forrest Dreyer, Salina, finished second for the men’s team with a time of 28:30.
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Volleyball to take on Iowa Western

By Jessie Burtnett

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Aubrey Wilson, Bennington, sets the ball to a teammate during a home game against Garden City in the Region VI tournament opening round on Nov. 3.

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Aubrey Wilson, Bennington, sets the ball to a teammate during a home game against Garden City in the Region VI tournament opening round on Nov. 3.

The Blue Dragon volleyball team, who are the four-time defending Jayhawk conference, and Region VI Champions, will take on Iowa Western in the first round of the NJCAA Division I National Volleyball Tournament on Nov. 19, in Casper, Wyoming.

The Dragons are the 13th seed in the tournament with their 31-8 record, even though they posted more wins than several other teams.

The Iowa Western Reivers, as the fourth seed, go into the tournament with a 39-7 record.

The Dragons were scheduled to play Iowa Western earlier in the season at the Blue Dragon Volleyball Classic in Sept., but after another team dropped out of the tournament, so the Dragons were forced to cancel their match up with the Reivers .
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Volleyball takes fourth straight Region VI title

By Bailey Terry

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Marija Martinovic, Belgrade, Serbia, and Johanna Voss, Sundern, Germany, jump up for a team block against their opponents during the Region VI tournament championship game against Seward County on Nov. 8.

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Marija Martinovic, Belgrade, Serbia, and Johanna Voss, Sundern, Germany, jump up for a team block against their opponents during the Region VI tournament championship game against Seward County on Nov. 8.

The Blue Dragon Volleyball team took the championship game in the Region VI tournament on Nov. 8 and is headed to Nationals.

This was Hutch’s fourth-consecutive Region VI title, which was the first time in school history that it ever happened.

In the championship game, Hutch played Seward County on Nov. 8 and won in three sets.

The Dragons go into the NJCAA tournament with 31 wins and only eight losses.

The scores were 27-25, 25-17, and 25-17.

From the start of the first set to the last few points, Hutch and Seward were point for point with 17 ties and five lead changes.

The Dragons were finally able to pull two-points ahead to take the first set, 27-25.
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Entertainment

Learn to love yourself as you lose weight

Just
between
us

By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

I am overweight, and I think my weight is affecting my ability to be attractive to men. I’ve tried losing weight, but it’s not working fast enough and I feel ugly because of it. What should I do?

Dear feeling “fat,”

Being a girl who is bigger, or “fat” doesn’t mean that you’re unattractive. Those are just some insecurities that have been planted in your head. I’m a bigger girl myself, and changing the way you think about yourself can really affect your self-image. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re losing weight to improve your health, that’s great, but if you’re just losing weight to make other people like you, be sure you really want this.

This is what I recom-mend; take a look at yourself in the mirror and make a list of what you love about the way you look. This way, you know that you do have some very attractive features.

Wear clothes that make you feel beautiful when you go out. Use makeup that makes you feel confident.
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Tarantino is back

By Branson Strasner

Tarantino’s latest film packs gun fights and other mayhem into a snow-bound cabin.

Tarantino’s latest film packs gun fights and other mayhem into a snow-bound cabin.

“The Hateful Eight” is the aptly named eighth film by writer and director Quentin Tarantino.

With a star-studded cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hateful Eight sets itself up as a classic western film with a whodunit twist.

One of the most noticeable things about the film is how it shifts tone near the halfway point of the story.

It begins as a standard western, then it becomes exactly what Tarantino fans love: raunchy, violent, and full of twists.

The film is three hours long, which is above average compared to other recent releases, but it never really drags.
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Polyamorous or cheating? You decide.

Just
between
us

By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

My boyfriend recently told me that he is “polyamorous” and would like to make our relationship an open one. What is the difference between being polyamorous in an open relationship and cheating?

Dear concerned monogamous,

A person who identifies as polyamorous is someone who participates in a non-possessive practice of loving multiple people simultaneously.

Having an open relationship would allow not only your partner to have multiple partners including you, but also allow you to have multiple sets of partners. The difference between cheating and having an open relationship with someone who is polyamorous is communication and honesty. When someone is cheating on their partner they are keeping secrets, hiding, and having the relationship without their partner’s knowledge nor consent.

When two adults choose to have a polyamory relationship, each partner must agree to the added partner.
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‘Revenant’ brings about a chilling revenge story for Leonardo DiCaprio

By Troy Daughtery

You'll get an Oscar, some day...

You'll get an Oscar some day Leo...

At its most basic core, “The Revenant” is a tale of revenge, but it manages to be much more.

The story follows Hugh Glass, a trapper frontiersman who is in charge of leading a group to safety by avoiding the Native Americans and finding the best possible paths to get back to their larger trade post.

His journey becomes complicated when Glass is attacked by a bear and nearly killed, left for dead by his comrade John Fitzgerald.
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Bowie writes a farewell to the world

By Loribeth Reynolds

David Bowie released his 25th album, “Blackstar” Jan. 8, 2016, just two days before he died of cancer.

The album has already hit the top of the charts, making this Bowie’s first number one album. He left a seven-song masterpiece of expression; after all he is the master of expression himself.

“Blackstar” is an ambiguous album, full of hidden meaning that fans will be busy decoding for a while. This is truly a compelling composition of Bowie’s death. Hopefully inspiring today’s dead popular music culture, to become alive again, with substance.

With its electronic pulse, “Blackstar” is chock-full of somber saxophone solos, flickering flutes, and marching drums.
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Fallout 4: Gamer’s heaven

By Casey Jones

Above is a picture of Spud. He is an Emperor Scorpion and is one of the main faces of the Fallout. video games.

Above is a picture of Spud. He is an Emperor Scorpion and is one of the main faces of the Fallout. video games.

“War. War never changes.”

Most gamers know this phrase as part of the opening cutscene for each of the installments in the Fallout franchise, currently being produced by Bethesda Game Studios.

The latest installment, Fallout 4, was released on Nov. 10 of this year and has been claimed by many as the most anticipated game of the year, for good reason.

When Fallout 3 came out in 2008, it was considered a major breakthrough in gaming due to the incorporation of first-person action with the depth of a role-playing game (RPG).

Many of the game mechanics remain the same, with some minor tweaks and a new crafting system that improves immersion into the game, along with a new perk system that allows you to increase certain abilities with every level up.
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Clock ticks for play creation

By Shelby Horton

On Dec. 5, Hutchinson Community College Theatre presents the 24 hour play festival, at the BJ Warner Recital Hall.

This play festival is a show that will have been written, directed, and rehearsed only a day before the show is to be performed in front of a live audience.

There were 24 actors, six playwrights, six technicians, and six directors will be participating in the festival. The goal is to create six 10-minute plays for a single evening.
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‘Hello’ hits the pop music charts and hearts

By Amaelle Caron

A massively talented singer and songwriter, Adele.

A massively talented singer and songwriter, Adele.

After a three-year break, Adele made a huge comeback in the music world on Oct. 23 with her new single “Hello,” from her new album, “25.”

Adele is a British singer and songwriter who became famous in 2008 with her album “19.”

Her inspirations are Ella Fitzgerald and Amy Winehouse. However, it was early in the year 2011 that Adele really took over the music world with her album “21.”

In 2012, Adele wrote and performed the song “Skyfall” for the James Bond movie with the same name.

She has won many awards for her songs.
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College 101: Dealing with noisy neighbors

By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

How do I tell my neighbor that I can hear them having sex loudly?

Dear Unfortunate Audience,

There are two ways you could deal with this. First, approach your neighbor and discuss your displeasure over being forced to hear their intimate moments.

You may discover that it was unintentional and later come to an agreement so neither party has to go through the embarrassment of this situation again.

If you’re willing to approach them, come to them in a non-threatening way and just tell them in a calm and relaxed way.
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Children’s artwork on display

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Art work from USD 308 elementary schools is displayed in Stringer Fine Arts Center. The works, filled with bright, fun, and exotic images will be inside the lobby from Nov. 14 to Dec. 5.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Art work from USD 308 elementary schools is displayed in Stringer Fine Arts Center. The works, filled with bright, fun, and exotic images will be inside the lobby from Nov. 14 to Dec. 5.

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All jazzed up

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Nick Schroeder directs the Hutchinson Community College Jazz Band on the evening of Friday, Nov. 13.  The Jazz Band was accompainied by the Jazz Choir for their annual fall showcase held at B.J. Warner Recital Hall in the Stringer Fine Arts Center.

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Nick Schroeder directs the Hutchinson Community College Jazz Band on the evening of Friday, Nov. 13. The Jazz Band was accompainied by the Jazz Choir for their annual fall showcase held at B.J. Warner Recital Hall in the Stringer Fine Arts Center.

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Bedroom adventures get spicy

By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

When in a long term relationship and things begin to get dull, what are some things you can do to spice it up in the bedroom?

Dear slowing down,

It’s common for couples to slow down as their relationship moves out of the honeymoon phase. When that new romance vibe begins to wear off things start to feel dull.

But don’t despair; moving into the next phase can be just as great too. If things get a slow in the bedroom, go on a romantic date and learn about each other.

Find out about interest, go on an adventure, or start to read a book together. You’ll begin to care more for your partner, or find new excitement in your relationship, which will eventually transfer over into the bedroom.

But if you’re looking for strictly sexual aspects, sit down with your partner and have an open conversation about what else you would like to experience in the bedroom.

Dear Shelby,

I got this girl’s number but I have no clue on what an appropriate first text should be?

Dear Nervous texter,

If you’re nervous about sending out the first text, understand the girl is probably just as nervous about the first text as well.

If you’re really worried, maybe think up a date, and text her if she’s free to go out. Or that you were just thinking about her.

Be confident and take a risk. The worst thing that could happen is she doesn’t respond.

Dear Shelby,

Should I be ashamed when I masturbate?

Dear worried,

Masturbation is a taboo subject among many people, and it depends on how you were raised.

It’s a personal choice if you want to do it or not

According to an Indiana University national study, 7.3 percent of women between the ages of 18 to 24 masturbate two to three times per week, compared to 20.8 percent of men. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/04/women-masturbation-statistics-fivethirtyeight_n_5445530.html

It is believed that masturbating is helpful in relieving stress, and with some minor types of pain.

However, you don’t need to do this to survive and it’s up to you if you want to do it.

This is your business and yours alone. Don’t be ashamed of your decision.

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Students frolic at Pumpkin Patch

By Taryn Gillespie

Homecoming week is full of fun activities to get the students involved and pumped for Homecoming.

While the campus activities board plans all these activities they also have the chance to be involved and have fun, too.

On Oct. 27 the activities board set up a night at Sweet’s Pumpkin Patch for the students.

The students loaded onto busses from the college at 8:15 p.m. and headed out, about eight miles north of town to the patch.
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‘Collegian Movie Night’ series launched with scary selection

By Amaelle Caron
 The Collegian staff and friends enjoy their scary movie night.
The Collegian staff enjoyed a scary movie night in the newspaper classroom on Oct. 22.

Alan Montgomery, newspaper advisor, organized the event. The room recently was equipped with a 70-inch flatscreen and an impressive sound system.

Eleven students came to the screening and enjoyed free popcorn and good company, as well as a few screams and jumps.
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