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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...]

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Former CIA ‘extraction’ expert talks on campus

Former CIA ‘extraction’ expert talks on campus

By Carolyn Durbin Ashlyn King/Collegian - Tony Mendez at the Feb. 11 Dillon Lecture. Both retired CIA officers, Tony Mendez and his wife, Jonna Goeser, look back on their clandestine careers with great pride and patriotism. Mendez and his wife spoke at the Feb. 11 Dillon Lecture,... [Read more...]

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Governor attends Peel Center dedication

Governor attends Peel Center dedication

By Michael Durbin Michael Durbin/Collegian - Gov. Sam Brownback spoke at the event. After 10 months of renovation, at a cost of $1.7 million, the former Quest Center has completed its transformation into Hutchinson Community College’s “Bob and Lou Peel Allied Health Center,”... [Read more...]

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City takes action after crosswalk accidents

City takes action after crosswalk accidents

By Colum Myers — Two serious car-pedestrian accidents occurred at this 11th Avenue crosswalk near the Kansas Cosmosphere and Gowans Stadium this year. There are plans to improve the crosswalk, adding overhead red traffic lights, for safety. In the wake of two pedestrian accidents... [Read more...]

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Fire Science move  possible

Fire Science move possible

Story by Carolyn Durbin There is a possibility that the Fire Science Program may be moving from the South Campus to a new facility on East 4th, near the airport and next to the training center for the Hutchinson Fire Department, according to Fire Science Program Coordinator Bob... [Read more...]

News

Crosswalk accident victim still unable to attend classes

By Michael Durbin

An HCC student who was struck by a minivan Oct. 13 in a crosswalk next to campus is still at home recovering.

Ian Miller, 28, has suffered pain from com-pression fractures in his lower back.

“I can get around a little bit better now but I still have not returned to school,” Miller said, on Oct. 23.

The crosswalk where Miller was hit, at 13th and Plum, was marked with signs, but didn’t have crossing lights.

Kansas law requires motorists to be alert for crosswalk signs and to watch carefully for pedestrians in crosswalks.

The hit-and-run driver who hit Miller is awaiting court action on six charges, including leaving the scene of an injury accident and failure to yield.

October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HCC students step in to give kids memorable Halloween experience

By Kara Gale

This coming Halloween, Hutchinson Community College’s Future Teachers group is sponsoring the 4th annual Howl-O-Palooza.

This event will be held at the Stringer Fine Arts Building’s north parking lot.

This is an event for parents who want to take their kids to a safe place for Halloween, instead of going on the common trick-or-treating throughout the neighborhood.

The event is going to be the first major community-giving event that the Future Teachers group does this school year.
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October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Ghost sightings reported in two campus buildings in recent years

By Loribeth Reynolds

It was a normal summer afternoon at Rimmer.

Staff illustration/Collegian - For years there have been reports of a ghost lurking amid the stacks in the JFK Library, sometimes seen reaching for a book.

Staff illustration/Collegian - For years there have been reports of a ghost lurking amid the stacks in the JFK Library, sometimes seen reaching for a book.

Cheryl Warkentin, Access and Technical Services Librarian, was talking with a man at the library counter, in the basement.

The two of them were the only beings in the building at that time, or so they thought. That’s when Warkentin saw it, near some book stacks.

HCC has a long-standing history in our community. The college originally was opened at 7th and Walnut, 86 years ago. Lockman Hall was built in 1938. The library was added just 39 years ago, with major renovations in 2006.

Imagine all the young people who once walked these halls — but are now gone from our world.

“A dark, shadowy figure was standing at the bookcase, with its hands reaching up,” Warkentin said.
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October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Groupwise said to be better than Google’s gmail service

By Mitchell Garrett

Email is an integral part of college.

Students use it to communicate with instructors, get assignments, and collaborate with other students. Teachers and staff use it to communicate with each other and with other institutions.

There are many options for students for their own personal emails, but one that is most popular is Gmail. This was part of the reason gmail was chosen as the official DragonZone email carrier for students.
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October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Scary tales and funny costumes help set mood in campus events

By Shelby Horton

Courtesy photo - The HCC Public Relations staff (in photo, in nerd outfits) is challenging all instructors and staff to wear “school-appropriate” costumes (no hookers, please) to school on Halloween, Friday, Oct 31. This photo was shot in the HCC portrait photo studio, in Lockman Hall.

Courtesy photo - The HCC Public Relations staff (in photo, in nerd outfits) is challenging all instructors and staff to wear “school-appropriate” costumes (no hookers, please) to school on Halloween, Friday, Oct 31. This photo was shot in the HCC portrait photo studio, in Lockman Hall.

Halloween is upon us, and Kathy Mendenhall, a public speaking teacher at Hutchinson Community College, is ready with scary stories for all.

For 10 years Mendenhall has been hosting days where her classes come together and recite scary stories.

Hosted on Oct. 30 and 31, it is a sure way to get students into the Halloween spirit.

The event will be in LH218. The room creates the perfect setting, according to Mendenhall. It is dimly lit, and candles are lit to provide light while also creating an ominous, creepy atmosphere.

Students sit in a circle and share their stories, surrounded by darkness, with only small, flickering lights for comfort.

Students who are not actually enrolled in the class are encouraged to come and enjoy the stories.
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October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Crosswalk victim recalls impact from minivan

By Alexus Sandoval

An HCC student struck by minivan is at home, recovering.

Ian Miller, 28, was struck by a minivan at 7:39 a.m. Oct. 13 on the crosswalk by Hutchinson Community College at the intersection of North Plum Street and East 13th Avenue, said Hutchinson Police Officer Matthew Rucker.

Miller was transported by EMS to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

DragonZone update brings new features and accessibility to students and staff

By Joseph Griffin

In January 2014, an idea began to come to life in the basement of Lockman Hall.

Through countless keystrokes, frustration, trial and error, successful additions and finally its official release, the new DragonZone is now near its complete form.

As students and faculty prepared themselves for homecoming weekend, Loren Morris, Information Technology Services Director, Glenn Acheson, Assistant Director, and countless other ITS members were preparing for a full release to the public on Friday, Oct. 10.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Homecoming events begin

By Paige Brier

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Students get ready to catch t-shirts at the football homecoming assembly at Gowans Stadium on Oct. 8.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Students get ready to catch t-shirts at the football homecoming assembly at Gowans Stadium on Oct. 8.

Homecoming events have already begun. Many students have participated in a series of activities organized throughout the week.

The first activity, a skating party, was held at Skateland on Oct. 6. Students were able to show their school I.D. and get in for free. Student Victoria Briley, Wichita, said the turnout was huge. “It was fun and definitely crazy. There were a lot of people falling. I will most definitely go again next year.”

The second homecoming festivity was the glow run, which was held Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. at the Parker Student Union. Students gathered around to receive free glow accessories before heading out on the course.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Police lab examines ‘bomb’ found near HCC Newton campus building

By Michael Durban

An artist's conception of the HCC Newton campus main building

An artist's conception of the HCC Newton campus main building

Hutchinson Community College had to shut down some of its classes at its Newton campus shortly after 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 29 during a bomb scare.

An unidentified man had called 911 to report a bomb outside the Harvey County Community Corrections Center on 6th Street, near the HCC classroom center there.

The Wichita bomb squad and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were called in to deal with the suspected bomb.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Faculty, staff explore ways to improve HCC during annual convocation event

By Kara Gale

It was a busy time on Oct. 2, which was the day for this year’s All-Employee Convocation at Hutchinson Community College.

Convocation is a yearly event that brings together all HCC faculty, administration and staff members from the main campus in Hutchinson, and all its other campuses, such as McPherson, Yoder and Newton.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Sea captain recalls ordeal of pirates, AK-47s and SEALS

By Alexus Sandoval

Phillips

Phillips

Recalling days when he faced a life and death struggle at sea, Captain Rich Phillips captivated a huge crowd at the Dillon Lecture on Sept. 23.

Phillips had just become captain of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship when the piracy took place in April 2009, in the Indian Ocean.

Soon after becoming captain of the 17,000-ton ship, he had required his crew to undergo anti-piracy training, due to the increase in pirate attacks.

Phillips always chose to plan for the worst and hope for the best — a trait that played a significant role in his survival against the Somali pirates.

Phillips was the first American sea captain in 200 years to be attacked by pirates.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Features

Fall brings flowers, BBQ and spooky decor

Shelby Horton /Collegian - The Prairie Garden along the west shore of the campus pond is awash with color as the flowers enjoy the cool, fall weather, sprinklers and occasional rains.

Shelby Horton /Collegian - The Prairie Garden along the west shore of the campus pond is awash with color as the flowers enjoy the cool, fall weather, sprinklers and occasional rains.

Mike Durbin/Collegian - The Gridiron Club and other groups had tailgate parties before the Highland game on Oct. 18.

Mike Durbin/Collegian - The Gridiron Club and other groups had tailgate parties before the Highland game on Oct. 18.

October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HCC chorus brings in new season with a sound of fall

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Neal Allsup (center), leads his vocal group during  their Autumn Choral Showcase.  Allsup has taught choral music at HCC for 28 years.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Neal Allsup (center), leads his vocal group during their Autumn Choral Showcase. Allsup has taught choral music at HCC for 28 years.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Dr. Matthew Cash intently focuses during his playing of “Un Sospiro.” Cash, a keyboard instructor for HCC, was a special guest pianist in the Autumn Choral Showcase.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Dr. Matthew Cash intently focuses during his playing of “Un Sospiro.” Cash, a keyboard instructor for HCC, was a special guest pianist in the Autumn Choral Showcase.

October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HCC Future Teachers attend KNEA conference in Topeka

By Kara Gale

The HCC Future Teachers recently took five students to a KNEA conference in Topeka. The conference was September 19-20.

At this leadership conference, the students learned about issues related to teaching.

It was also a means to get new ideas and a great learning opportunity, including a mock debate.

Hutchinson Community College was one of only a few community colleges represented.

However, HCC is held in a high regard there and is even looked to as an example for leadership from other universities.

Christina Caudillo, Cuerro, Tex., was one of the students who went.

“I had a lot of fun. We got to connect with people from other universities. It’s a good way to make connections,” she said.
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October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

College has plan for the specter of ebola virus

By Michael Durbin

Students at Hutchinson Community College come from towns across Kansas and from across the U.S.

With people traveling on weekends and during holidays, there is a slight chance of exposure to viruses like Ebola.

At HCC, administrators have thought about it. What if a student here was diagnosed with Ebola?

Randy Myers, vice president for student services, said there is a plan in place for any type of outbreak.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Problems in Kent Hall leave students cold and agitated

By Shelby Horton

Kent Hall has had its share of problems this semester; several were caused by students goofing around.

Kent Hall has had its share of problems this semester; several were caused by students goofing around.

From fire alarms during the night to a lack of water on some days, Kent Residence Hall has had more than its fair share of problems recently.

The incidents started on Aug. 8, with a fire alarm on moving-in day for many Hutchinson Community College residents.

Within two weeks, the next issue arose, which students have nicknamed the “psychotic toilet.”

A toilet on the second floor of South Kent, was reported to overflow if an adjacent toilet was flushed, then continue to overflow until another toilet was flushed again.

Then on Sept. 13, another fire alarm was activated due to an incident when a student tried to microwave ramen noodles without water.

The very next day another fire alarm went off due to the second reported case of burnt popcorn.

Michaela Golliher, an resident advisor at Kent South said, “I’ve come to expect this of Kent Hall.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Horse classes to return

A horsemanship class is being offered again, starting Oct. 21, for beginner and advanced riders. The non-credit class will meet on Tuesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m., for four consecutive weeks, at the Horse Exhibition Center at the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Cost is $150 if you have a horse; $200 if you do not have one. For more information, contact the instructor, Karen Baehler, at baehlerk@hutchcc.edu, or call at 620-665-3475. To enroll,call 620-727-2791.

A horsemanship class is being offered again, starting Oct. 21, for beginner and advanced riders. The non-credit class will meet on Tuesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m., for four consecutive weeks, at the Horse Exhibition Center at the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Cost is $150 if you have a horse; $200 if you do not have one. For more information, contact the instructor, Karen Baehler, at baehlerk@hutchcc.edu, or call at 620-665-3475. To enroll,call 620-727-2791.

October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dance club busts moves in union

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Members of the Dance Club have fun with a country line dance at their Oct. 14 meeting in the basement of Parker Student Union.Photos by Michael Durbin/Collegian -

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Members of the Dance Club have fun with a country line dance at their Oct. 14 meeting in the basement of Parker Student Union.Photos by Michael Durbin/Collegian -

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Ben Cress, Wichita, and Katie Ellegood, Hutchinson,  dance to a 1960s rock song.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Ben Cress, Wichita, and Katie Ellegood, Hutchinson, dance to a 1960s rock song.

October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

DragonLAN isn’t just for the I.T. crowd

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Wesley Chaney  focuses intently on his game. Chaney is one of approximately 50 people that attended the LAN party on Oct. 10. DragonLAN holds these events monthly and the next event is at 5 p.m. Nov. 14.  It will be in the STC Justice Theatre.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Wesley Chaney focuses intently on his game. Chaney is one of approximately 50 people that attended the LAN party on Oct. 10. DragonLAN holds these events monthly and the next event is at 5 p.m. Nov. 14. It will be in the STC Justice Theatre.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian -Charlie Winters,  Salina, uses an Oculus Rift to fly through a level on the game  “Radial-G.” The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality device currently in development, is highly touted by gaming enthusiasts.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian -Charlie Winters, Salina, uses an Oculus Rift to fly through a level on the game “Radial-G.” The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality device currently in development, is highly touted by gaming enthusiasts.

October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Internet shortage frustrates students; fix may be in sight

By Mitchell Garrett

No matter what your major is, no matter what classes you are taking, chances are you will need Internet access at some point.

Many students use Internet access simply for social media, keeping entertained, and passing the time.

A lot of students also have their own laptops. Of course, almost every student has a phone, and a majority of those phones use WiFi as well.

The network here at HCC is prioritized for wired access first. This means that all of the computer labs get the fastest speeds, and even the labs can feel slow at times.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HCC Jazz features sax player Adam Larson

Joseph Griffin/Collegian -  Nick Shroeder(right), HCC Director of Jazz Studies, directs his band during a performance on Oct. 10. Students Zane Richter (left), McPherson, and Maria Panek (center), Pretty Prairie, perform in front of an audience at the B.J. Warner Auditorium.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Nick Shroeder(right), HCC Director of Jazz Studies, directs his band during a performance on Oct. 10. Students Zane Richter (left), McPherson, and Maria Panek (center), Pretty Prairie, perform in front of an audience at the B.J. Warner Auditorium.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - The concert also featured strong performances by students who are brass and string musicians.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - The concert also featured strong performances by students who are brass and string musicians.

October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Geology class explores ‘wild’ caves

By Loribeth Reynolds

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Instructor Brian Bird (far right, with yellow helmet) and his geology students emerge from a low-roofed cave passage near Freedom, Okla., while on a caving field trip.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Instructor Brian Bird (far right, with yellow helmet) and his geology students emerge from a low-roofed cave passage near Freedom, Okla., while on a caving field trip.

Just before dawn on Sept. 27, four HCC geology students met with their instructor Brian Bird, and began a journey to Freedom, Okla.

They were going “spelunking,” or caving, to study rock formations.

Joshua Popchoke, Hutchinson, Jacob Williams, Herndon, and Andrew Bird, Hutchinson, were the students who came on the adventure.

The journey lasted a little over three hours, passing beautiful rock formations along the Cimarron River.

One more bend in the highway and they arrived at Alabaster State Caverns, a camp site for nature lovers and thrill seekers.

The group checked into the main office of the state park to acquire a permit to go caving for the day.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Pro-cannibas group brings rally to Hutch

By Loribeth Reynolds

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A representative of the “End Kansas Prohibition on Cannibas Now” group talks with visitors at a display for the group in Avenue A Park, on Oct. 4, during the Rod Run custom car show in downtown Hutchinson.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A representative of the “End Kansas Prohibition on Cannibas Now” group talks with visitors at a display for the group in Avenue A Park, on Oct. 4, during the Rod Run custom car show in downtown Hutchinson.

End Kansas Prohibition on Cannabis Now, a Hutchinson group aimed at changing marijuana laws, held an event in Avenue A Park, Saturday, Oct. 4, during the Rod Run Car Show in downtown Hutchinson.

At 3 p.m., about 20 people came to the table to either show support, receive voter registration forms, or to be informed of the benefits of cannabis for Kansas.

In that time, the group handed out 15 voter registration forms.

Joni Tucker, Nickerson, and David Mulford, Hutchinson, were the organizers.

“My thinking is that one person can equal up to three, with their support and word of mouth,” Tucker said
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Health Center open to students, close by

By Zeke Willcox

The Health Center is located on 14th Street, just across from the Lockman Hall parking lot

The Health Center is located on 14th Street, just across from the Lockman Hall parking lot

The Hutchinson Area Student Health Service is open and available to all Hutchinson Community College students. This non-profit organization has provided health services for HCC students for over 20 years.

Located at 516 E. 14th, north of the Parker Student Union parking lot, the small clinic offers a variety of services.

These include ill visits, family planning, and blood draws. Allergies, treatment of cuts and abrasions, ear, eye, or skin infections, and suturing of minor lacerations are more such commonly treated ailments.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Sports

Blue Dragons win Jayhawk West Conference

Joseph Griffin /Collegian - Dalton Demos, St. Louis, Mo., throws a pass to Anthony Autry (not pictured) in the third quarter. The pass was completed for a short gain. His offensive line and running backs sealed off the defense, giving Demos time to pick his target.

Joseph Griffin /Collegian - Dalton Demos, St. Louis, Mo., throws a pass to Anthony Autry (not pictured) in the third quarter. The pass was completed for a short gain. His offensive line and running backs sealed off the defense, giving Demos time to pick his target.

By Joseph Griffin

It’s been a season of accomplishment for the No. 4 ranked Hutchinson Community College football team.

The Blue Dragons have won, at least a share of, their first KJCCC top honor since 1995. They took down conference-rival Butler for the first time since 1997. In week six they seized an astonishing win over conference foe, Coffeyville, in the final moments of the game.

Their climb to the top wasn’t pretty, but it surely is doing the job required.

On Oct. 18., in the Blue Dragons 58-35 win over Highland, the job required wasn’t quite what we expected when it comes to the home dominance that has shined through this season.

But, a second half resurgence surely put some of Hutch’s players on the hot seat as Highland scored 22 straight points in the third and fourth quarter to put a damper on what was surely going to finish as a blowout, after a first half lead of 39 was cut to 17.

Dalton Demos, St. Louis, Mo. and fellow quarterback Kylen Binn, Columbia, S.C., put up big numbers as they dominated the first half with four touchdowns and two touchdowns, respectively.

Alvin Kamara, Norcross, Ga., also pocketed some of the scoring action with a touchdown reception and rushing touchdown. Putting him at 20 touchdowns for the year and is now sitting in third place on HCC’s single-season scoring record list with 120 points.

The second half was filled with small mistakes and missed opportunities as Hutch second-string players took the field for most of the half. A decision that may lead some to believe Head Coach Rion Rhoades was resting his starters for a tough road matchup this coming weekend.

Nevertheless, the decision left much to be desired from fans as an entertaining first half left many asking what happened in the locker room during the half time break.

As the game went on, fans left empty seats behind as Highland slowly closed the gap on the Blue Dragons. Before the end of the second half, Tory Smith, Wichita, scored his first collegiate touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The night came to a close with a score of 58-35.

Hutchinson travels to Council Bluffs, Iowa on Oct. 25., to face the No. 2 Iowa Western Community College in a 1 p.m. showdown of two Top-5 teams.

October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Volleyball clinches rugged bid for conference crown

By Bailey Terry

Andy Carpenter / HCC Sports Information

Andy Carpenter / HCC Sports Information

The Lady Dragons volleyball team beat Pratt to remain perfect in conference play on Oct. 22. The set scores were 25-18, 25-22, and 25-13. The Dragons record is 21-9 overall and 14-0 in conference play.

Jai Chapman, Liberal, had match-high of 12 kills to lead the Lady Dragons. She also added a solo block and one service ace.

Nicole Kisner, Hugoton, had nine kills for the Dragons, plus four block assists. As Petra Silic, Zagreb, Croatia, gained seven kills in this match, she also had one solo block and two block assists.

HCC had a total of eight blocks and three service aces against the Beavers.
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October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Soccer squad beats Butler

By Joseph Griffin

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Tyler Young, Wichita, keeps the ball from her opponent during a recent home game that the Dragons had won.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Tyler Young, Wichita, keeps the ball from her opponent during a recent home game that the Dragons had won.

A fantastic trend is starting in all Hutchinson Community college team sports: defeating conference foe Butler Community College on their home turf.

The second seeded Lady Dragons soccer squad traveled to El Dorado on Oct. 17, to face off with third-seeded Butler Grizzlies in what would solidify the top of the conference standings for the remainder of the schedule.

As the 7 p.m. kickoff came, just after sunset on a beautiful Friday night, hearts were pounding as our Lady Dragons launched into the matchup of the week.

Hutch got off to a quick start with two shots on goal in the first five minutes. A rapid succession of shots got Hutch off on the right foot, like in the 17th minute, as Renee Gillespie, Wichita, took her first shot at the Butler goalie and it soared in to knotch a 1-nil lead.
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October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Golf team looking ‘fore’ good times in spring

By Joseph Griffin

A solid fall season has the Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team looking positively towards the conference schedule slated to start in March of next year.

Sophomore, Dominick Lara, El Dorado, has shot soundly this past fall season. He’s finished Top-10, threes times and once outside the Top-10 with an 11th place finish in four tournaments.

A 5th place finish for Dax Shaw, Arkansas City, in the South Central Kansas Fall Invitational, provides a great outlook for the team as conference play next semester will surely benefit from the solid play the team has had so far.
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October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dragons cross country squads run hard at Agusta

By Bailey Terry

Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information - The Lady Dragons, in their distinctive  cross country attire, carve out some running room during the mass start of the “Romp at the Ridge” meet at the Westar Prairie Ridge Park, at the northeast corner of Hutchinson, on Sept. 13.

Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information - The Lady Dragons, in their distinctive cross country attire, carve out some running room during the mass start of the “Romp at the Ridge” meet at the Westar Prairie Ridge Park, at the northeast corner of Hutchinson, on Sept. 13.

For the first meet of the season, the Dragon cross-country teams ended the night pretty well. The Lady Dragons achieved 4th place as a team and boys’ team got 5th place in the JK Gold Classic in Augusta at the Raft Golf course on Sept. 6.

For the women’s team, Angela Lingg, Goddard, was the 3rd runner to finish for a junior college. She placed 41st overall.

She was also the first HCC runner to finish the race.

Also for the men’s cross country team, Forrest Dreyer, Salina, was the 6th fastest junior college runner. He placed 43rd overall. He finished first out of the HCC men’s team.

HCC’s only home meet of the season was on Sept. 13. They ran at the Westar Prairie Ridge Park.

The Lady Dragons once again finished strong with Lingg once again finishing first for the team, but placed 18th overall.
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October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dragons stay at No. 5

By Bailey Terry

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Alvin Kamara,breaks a Broncbuster’s tackle. He then sprinted downfield to score a touchdown in the Oct. 11 Homecoming game against Garden City.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Alvin Kamara,breaks a Broncbuster’s tackle. He then sprinted downfield to score a touchdown in the Oct. 11 Homecoming game against Garden City.

The Blue Dragon football team continued its streak by beating Garden City on Oct. 11.

The final score was 44-14. The Dragons are now 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference. This keeps them ranked at No. 5.

This is the Dragons’ first time starting the season off at 7-0 since 2010, and only the fifth time in HCC history.

The Dragons’ offense had the ball fewer minutes than Garden City, but still ended up with 457 total yards on offense.

HCC continued to keep their opponents under 100 yards rushing, this is the fifth consecutive game they accomplished it.

The Dragons forced six turnovers, three fumbles and three interceptions, plus a season-high six quarterback sacks and 16 defensive tackles that caused a loss in yards for the Broncbusters.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dragon volleyball finds tough teams in Missouri

By Bailey Terry

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Libero, McKenzie Steele digs a ball up for the Lady Dragons during the West Plains Mo. tournament.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Libero, McKenzie Steele digs a ball up for the Lady Dragons during the West Plains Mo. tournament.

The Lady Dragons went to the West Plains Volleyball Tournament in Missouri during the weekend of the 10 and 11. Over the span of two days, the Lady Dragons lost three of four of the games they played.

On the last game of the tournament the Lady Dragons lost to Miami-Dade on Oct. 11. The set scores were 19-25, 23-25, and 13-25, with the Dragons losing that match.

Nicole Kisner, Hugoton, had just six kills, which was uncharacteristic of her since she usually has at least 10 in every match.

The Dragons who contributed to this game, besides Kisner were Jai Chapman, Liberal, who had four kills, while Aubrey Wilson, Bennington, added three kills. Those who contributed through assisting their teammates were Wilson, who had eight assists and Tarynn Stueder, Great Bend, who had six assists.

Petra Silic, Zagreb, Croatia, assisted on three blocks and Chapman added two aces.

The Dragons altogether had 10 team blocks.

The Lady Dragons started off the tournament against Wallace State on Oct. 10. They were unable to pull out a win, even after Kisner and the rest of the team’s efforts. The set scores were 19-25, 28-30, 25-18, and 19-25.

Kisner easily achieved a career-high 21 kills against Wallace State and also a team high of six blocks.

Other Dragons who added kills were Lauren Darby, Olathe, who had 10 kills, Chapman with nine, Wilson with seven and Silic with six. Silic and Chapman each had two service aces.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragon soccer with 10 wins

By Joseph Griffin

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Karrie McNutt attempts to steal the ball from her opponent during the Oct. 12 game against Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Karrie McNutt attempts to steal the ball from her opponent during the Oct. 12 game against Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.

It’s a milestone for Lady Dragons soccer: 10 wins or more for the 10th year in a row.

In collegiate soccer, the wins are what matter and the Lady Dragons keep piling them up.

It’s no wonder that the 16th ranked Lady Dragons (10-1-1) repeatedly punish their opponents, as a diverse attack continually puts goals on the board.

On Oct. 12, their relentless play was showcased in a 5-1 whipping of Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa. Crisp winds propelled the Lady Dragons to four first half goals on 14 shots. The first came off of a Jen Rogers, Liverpool, England, blast as she squeezed through three defenders and placed a precision goal on target to take a 1-nil lead with just over four minutes off the game clock.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragon volleyball gains 7th victory in a row

By Bailey Terry

Rachel Griffitt, Wamego, dives to dig out a shot during the Lady Dragons' victory over Colby on Oct. 8.

Rachel Griffitt, Wamego, dives to dig out a shot during the Lady Dragons

The Lady Dragon volleyball team achieved their 7th victory in a row against Colby on Oct. 8. HCC beat the Trojans 25-16, 21-25, 25-17, and 25-14.

Nicole Kisner, Hugoton, achieved 15 kills, one block, and one block assist. Jai Chapman, Liberal, had 14 kills and one service ace.

Lauren Darby, Olathe, had 10 kills while Aubrey Wilson, Bennington, gained six kills. Also adding to scoring through kills were Anna Proffitt, Sterling, and Skye Calvert, Moura, Australia, with four kills each
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Soccer rolls over Hesston, by six

By Bailey Terry

HCC Sports Information - Jennifer Currie, Edinburgh, Scotland, gains control of the ball and kicks it towards her goal.

HCC Sports Information - Jennifer Currie, Edinburgh, Scotland, gains control of the ball and kicks it towards her goal.

The Lady Dragons soccer team dominated Hesston with a score of 6-0 on Oct. 6. It was making their record 9-1-1 overall and 8-0-1 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Making it their fifth consecutive victory and also their fifth shutout.

This was the Lady Dragon’s third-straight game of scoring within the first three minutes.

Aleise Williams, Manhattan, and Karrie McNutt, Winfield, both scored two goals. This was McNutt’s first career game with more than one goal. Monica Lewis, Wichita, ended the game with one goal with an assist from Claire Taylor, Portadown, Ireland, and Lewis also had one assist.

The Dragons outshot them 41-2 with just 17 shots on goal for the Lady Dragons
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dragons win nail-biter

By Joseph Griffin

Joseph Griffin /Collegian - Alvin Kamara, Norcross, Georgia, tries run the ball into the endzone to score a touchdown for the Dragons.

Joseph Griffin /Collegian - Alvin Kamara, Norcross, Georgia, tries run the ball into the endzone to score a touchdown for the Dragons.

The final minute was quickly eroding from the clock and Hutchinson needed at least a field goal. The clocked stood still at 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Hutch looked to Alvin Kamara to put them in a good position for a final breath at a field goal and victory.

With so little time remaining on the clock and the score tied, Kamara, Norcross, Ga., took the hand-off and looked to his right, the line broke open a gaping hole in the defense and he waltzed into the end-zone.

The touchdown was his fourth of the day and sealed the deal for the No. 5 Blue Dragons (6-0).

Hutchinson Community College football traveled to Coffeyville, Kan., on Oct. 6., to face a boisterous No. 14 Coffeyville in what was due to be a heated conference clash that was gripping until the very end.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HCC football smashes Tritons at Gowans

By Joseph Griffin

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Jarrod Sanders, Flomation, Ala., grabs an Iowa Central player on Sept. 20.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Jarrod Sanders, Flomation, Ala., grabs an Iowa Central player on Sept. 20.

Hutchinson Community College handed Iowa Central its second loss of the season as what thought to be a tough game for the Dragons turned out to be a drubbing of the visiting Tritons.

As the fourth quarter came to a close, the score of 42-14 sat perched on the scoreboard as time slowly ran out in the late summer heat.

The Blue Dragons (4-0), led by a stifling defense and a prominent rushing attack, dictated the Tritons early in the second half as clear blue skies and a heavy breeze swept over Gowans Stadium.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

About $14,000 raised in ‘gooey’ United Way event

By Shelby Horton

Some students fantasize about throwing something at a teacher. On Oct. 2, that became a reality for some lucky individuals.

An old-fashioned “pie throw” was held to raise extra money for United Way, a community group that raises money for deserving causes in Hutchinson.

There were 22 HCC faculty and staff members who became willing sacrifices in the name of The United Way.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Rango a role model

By Hannah Wallace

Leading a life with lies and no friends, Rango finds himself sinking deeper in his own deception.

This in a story of a lizard that has set out on a quest to find water. Little does he know, in order to find water he must find dirt.

When Rango first arrives to the town of Dirt he does not fit in and realizes that in order to make a statement he must make a name for himself.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Good and evil collide in Blizzard’s blockbuster RPG

By Michael Durbin

Blizzard Entertainment released the second edition of their popular role-playing game “Diablo III.” Players can  join friends online to fight evil and protect heaven from being taken over by Diablo and his minions.

Blizzard Entertainment released the second edition of their popular role-playing game “Diablo III.” Players can join friends online to fight evil and protect heaven from being taken over by Diablo and his minions.

From the creators of “World of Warcraft,” and “Starcraft,” Blizzard Entertainment presents “Diablo III Reaper of Souls.”

This violent game is an expansion from the original “Diablo III.”

The first Diablo was only for the computer and the controls of the game were somewhat difficult to navigate.

Reaper of souls was released not only on the PC but also added an Ultimate Evil edition for PlayStation 3 and 4, as well as Xbox One and Xbox 360.

The expansion keeps the same storyline as in the previous versions but expands the story by adding a new main bad guy.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Movie shot in the Arctic brings its viewers onto the ice

By Hannah Wallace

In the frozen Arctic, temperatures are said to drop to at least 50 below 0.

This makes living in the Arctic hazardous for humans.

The movie “Wonders of the Arctic” shows the animals that live in the Arctic and how they have adapted over thousands of years.

Most if not all the animals that call the Arctic their home would not be able to live anywhere else on the planet because they have adapted to life in the frigid conditions of the north.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Photo club has meeting

The first Photo Contest was won by former Collegian Staff member Matt Blake

The first Photo Contest was won by former Collegian Staff member Matt Blake

By Michael Durbin

The Hutchinson Community College photography club, The Snap Dragons, met for the first time this semester on Oct. 7 in Room 30 of Lockman Hall.

Officers for this semester were elected. They included: Shelby Horton, vice president; DaKota Hilburn, secretary, and Amber Richardson, treasurer.

Plans were made for a photographic nature walk to be held on Friday, October 17, at Dillon Nature Center.

The club will meet in LH30 at 3:30 p.m. and take the short trip to Dillons Nature Center, where the members will take fall- themed photos around the area in a variety of settings and lighting conditions.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Sims 4 revamps core, still a lot of fun

By Joseph Griffin

The game, released on Sept. 2., is available for purchase on PC only.

The game, released on Sept. 2., is available for purchase on PC only.

I was only cooking some eggs, but I noticed a slight smell coming from my stove. Unfortunately, I didn’t pause time fast enough to keep the stove from going up in flames.

I never would have thought I would catch my entire kitchen, and myself, on fire within the first five minutes of living in my new house.

Nor did I foresee keeling over and dying the next evening. Asking Mila Kunis for her hand in marriage on our first date was not a good idea.

But I guess you can’t really predict life, or you can, if you play your Sims right.

The new life simulator from Electronic Arts, The Sims 4, was released on PC on Sept. 2. I’ve been living two lives ever since.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Black Keys 2010 album a must listen for alt fans

By Mitchell Garrett

For anyone who likes alternative music, you might want to listen to Brothers, by the Black Keys.

It was released May 18th, in 2010. The band was relatively unknown before this album but has gained a lot of popularity since then.

They have released 2 new albums, both with less but still notable commercial success.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Sharks face turmoil as humans distort habitat

By Hannah Wallace

The movie “Sharks,” now playing at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, addresses new problems that our oceans and its creatures are facing.

For centuries, sharks have been feared by man; but they also have been hunted and killed for sport and food.

But one country is helping our oceans by protecting great white sharks. Africa has made it illegal for humans to hunt these predators or harm them in any way.

Humans fear the unknown, and many of them know very little about sharks.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Fair attracts young and old

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - A youngster shows his Hereford steer in competition with others.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - A youngster shows his Hereford steer in competition with others.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Passersby talk with the owner of a vintage Allis-Chalmers at the antique tractor show near the Pride of Kansas Building.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Passersby talk with the owner of a vintage Allis-Chalmers at the antique tractor show near the Pride of Kansas Building.

September 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HP engineers leap ahead in solving computer problems

By Dweezle Moon Unit

Hewlett-Packard engineers have designed a new-generation computer prototype that, once it gets into production, could revolutionize the way we work with computers and greatly shorten the time it takes to use them.

Hewlett-Packard engineers have designed a new-generation computer prototype that, once it gets into production, could revolutionize the way we work with computers and greatly shorten the time it takes to use them.

Computers always get better. They always are becoming faster, smaller, lighter, or “easier to use.”

Of course, many people may disagree with that last one.

But no matter how much progress we make, computers now work the same way they always have. They have the same problems, the same limitations.

Hewlett-Packard may have found a way to circumvent these problems and bring about a new generation of computers, which are cheaper, more powerful, and far more flexible.

It could be quite an advancement. Today, if the power goes off or your computer crashes, you lose whatever you were working on.
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September 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Fun at the Fair

 Aaron Tippen talks with the crowd during his concert at the Kansas State Fair. Crowds at the fair have been topping attendance records compared to recent years. Mild weather, with forecasts of even cooler days inspired many people to get out and explore the thousands of sights and sounds on the fairgrounds.

Aaron Tippen talks with the crowd during his concert at the Kansas State Fair. Crowds at the fair have been topping attendance records compared to recent years. Mild weather, with forecasts of even cooler days inspired many people to get out and explore the thousands of sights and sounds on the fairgrounds.

 A one-man band stops some foot traffic on the busy midway on Sept. 8 at the Kansas State Fair.

A one-man band stops some foot traffic on the busy midway on Sept. 8 at the Kansas State Fair.

September 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Viewers can relate to Mitty

By Autumn Gray

Ben Stiller plays a day-dreaming  Walter Mitty in a fast-moving movie about how he spends much of his life in the background, but then sets out for adventure.

Ben Stiller plays a day-dreaming Walter Mitty in a fast-moving movie about how he spends much of his life in the background, but then sets out for adventure.

The movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” really amazed me.

What I love about it is it makes me want to get up and go on a journey.

The storyline follows Mitty, played by Ben Stiller.

In the beginning of the film, you realize this man has never done anything worth mentioning in his life.

He works with film negatives at Life Magazine, starting in the days of black-and-white film, so he sees the work of a popular extreme photographer every day through those images.

Finally, an announcement is made that Life Magazine would be closing.
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April 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment

New ideas jazz up students’ Ramen noodles

By Sabrina Muth

Ramen noodles are cheap and are easy for students to make in a microwave  and enjoy.

Ramen noodles are cheap and are easy for students to make in a microwave and enjoy.

Students who live in residence halls are rather limited on what they can have in regards to food.

Even if they get meals at the cafeteria, they are still up the creek without a paddle if they miss the serving times.

That is why Ramen noodles are so amazing.

Coffee is another staple of college students, and you can’t have coffee without a coffee maker. Ramen noodles can easily be made in a coffee maker - simply put the dry noodles in the pot, add the water to the maker, and put nothing in the coffee dispenser. The maker heats the water and drips it onto the noodles, which cooks it right in the pot.
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April 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Zumba fever

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Kaylah Romine (in orange),  Pratt, and Kristian Lee (gray tank top), Kansas City, dance the day away as the first day of Spring Fling.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Kaylah Romine (in orange), Pratt, and Kristian Lee (gray tank top), Kansas City, dance the day away as the first day of Spring Fling.

April 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment