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Sports Arena issue approved by Hutch voters

Sports Arena issue approved by Hutch voters

Photo by Shelby Horton. HCC President Carter File takes a look at the front page of The Hutchinson News, which has a large headline saying, ” A slam dunk for Sports Arena.” (Story by Shelby Horton) One day soon, the Hutchinson Sports Arena will be “born again,”... [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 →

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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...]

News

Images link student to his ancestor in WWII Europe

Glass plate negatives hold key to producing portraits

By Shelby Horton

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Patrick McIntyre holds up the first portraits he had ever seen of his great-grandfather, Eugene Patt (in inset), after the prints were made.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Patrick McIntyre holds up the first portraits he had ever seen of his great-grandfather, Eugene Patt (in inset), after the prints were made.

Patrick McIntyre, a Hutchinson Community College student, watched anxiously over the shoulder of the HCC basic photography instructor Alan Montgomery, as the teacher brought Patrick’s great-grandfather to life.

McIntyre had joined the photo class in their darkroom on April 20.

He gazed happily as a sharp image of Eugene Patt, a sergeant in the German army in World War II, appeared on photo paper in the developing solution.

The only other likenesses of Patt were on some three-inch square group pictures, in an old album, in which his face was so tiny it was difficult to see him.

But there were two glass plate negatives, found amid his possessions, which showed what Patt looked like early in the war and after the war.
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Cultural Fair invites HCC students to eat, learn and enjoy different cultures

By Lariena Nokes

Lariena Nokes/Collegian - HCC counselor Carolyn Parson looks over the food offered by one of the booths at the Cultural Fair.

Lariena Nokes/Collegian - HCC counselor Carolyn Parson looks over the food offered by one of the booths at the Cultural Fair.

America is truly a melting pot, with our culture defined by our differences. The HCC Cultural Fair and Forum was eye-opening as well as entertaining.

The Parker Student Union hosted the cultural fair in the main lobby, with 14 booths showcasing world traditions.

The Cultural Forum was held in the Blue Dragon room, with many people attending and speaking.

“If people could look beyond our faces and learn that we all have so much in common. We work play and learn together, we have to know each other,” said Chris Palacio, HCC’s HALO group sponsor.
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

FBI photographer frames discussion for students

By Loribeth Reynolds

Conner

Conner

Steven Conner, Portland, Oregon, has had a long lasting successful career, and it all started at Hutchinson Community College.

Conner began college in1968, and finished in 1975. Shortly after his first year at HCC, he was called to serve in the Navy for four years. When he returned he was interested in finishing his education. When he re-enrolled in 1974, he joined Dragon’s Tale and the campus newspaper, The Collegian.

“On the first floor of Lockman in the business offices, above a bookshelf, is a framed photo of five photographers on a jungle gym. That was us,” Conner said. “We took about 75 percent of the yearbook and Collegian photos that year.”
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

New bowling alley to open in Hutchinson soon

By James Teeter

James Teeter/Collegian - The new bowling alley on 23rd street in expected to be completed sometime during the month of May

James Teeter/Collegian - The new bowling alley on 23rd street in expected to be completed sometime during the month of May

With the new bowling alley near completion, many residents of Hutchinson are wondering when it will be done and what all will be inside of “The Alley.”

There has been a lot of talk of what might be in the new complex and when it will open.

“We think that The Alley will be done by some time in May,” said a Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce spokesman, on April 22.

The facility will have 20 lanes for leagues and eight additional lanes for individuals and couples.

Hutchinson Community College is planning to bring back bowling classes in the fall, for students to take.
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Fire Science manages fire

By Lariena Nokes

A group of HCC fire science students had a chance to experience excitement and adventure during Spring Break, without having to leave Reno County.

“Today was the first full day of hard, hot work for Fire Science students,” Kansas Forest Service Incident commander Erick Ward said, on March 23.

Fire science students, with their Kansas Forest Service Red Card certifications for prescribed fire, were invited to participate in the 2015 Kansas Forest Service Mitigation Project.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sports Arena vote coming

By Shelby Horton

Staff photo/Collegian - A concrete arch at the Sports Arena has began to crumble, revealing cement-coated aggregate rock and rusted steel rebar in a foot-long opening.

Staff photo/Collegian - A concrete arch at the Sports Arena has began to crumble, revealing cement-coated aggregate rock and rusted steel rebar in a foot-long opening.

Hutchinson voters, on Tuesday, April 7, will decide the fate of the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Voters will decide if the Sports Arena will be updated or the project will be scuttled and the NJCAA tournament will be moved to another location.

The “HutchWins!” campaign has been urging voters to “Vote Yes,” and allow the Sports Arena to be updated. The group believes that updating the Sports Arena will pay off. The arena has generates up to $400,000 yearly from the 3A basketball tournament, and $1.3 million from the national tourney, according to Hutchinson Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘HutchWins!’ booster Naccarato: Why we should ‘Say yes’ for Arena project

By Shelby Horton

Business instructor Dan Naccarato is one of many people encouraging Hutchinson residents to vote for the sales tax measure for expansion and upgrades at the Sports Arena.

Naccarato answered some questions about the project.

Q: How will you be voting on Tuesday, April 7, and why?

Naccarato: HCC Student Government and Business Club made arrangements with the Reno County Elections Office to set up on-campus advance voting on March 19 — so I already voted Yes! (116 voters cast ballots here on campus on March 19.)

Q: How do you encourage people to vote yes?
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

National tournament felt in HCC parking lots

By DaKota Hilburn

Anthony Vieyra, Hutchinson, collects money while Tyrone Clark, Cimarron, helps direct traffic as people come to watch the tournament.

(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 all know what that means; less parking spaces for students and teachers.

Students, faculty and staff who usually park in the Sports Arena lot on weekdays now find it blocked off for tournament parking, causing that overflow of cars to look for spots elsewhere on campus.

Even the satellite parking lots north of the student union and those west of Plum Street are packed.

“The tournament takes over the whole area for parking,” said Steve Dunmire, director of security at Hutchinson Community College.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Cops react to law that would end concealed gun permits, training

By Loribeth Reynolds

Police officers consulted for this story don’t mind if you have a concealed weapon — as long as you have had training, acquired a permit for it, and are legal.

But now they are getting nervous.

A proposed Kansas law could soon eliminate the requirement for having training and permits for carrying concealed handguns.

Authored by Sen. Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, the bill recently sailed through the Senate with 31-7 vote.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

New law would halt punitive lawsuits

By Kara Gale

A new law has been reintroduced to the Kansas legislature to combat harassing lawsuits.

It is called an anti-SLAPP law, with the SLAPP standing for “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.”

These are lawsuits that corporations file against people who are exercising their First Amendment rights to protest something.

Rep. Jan Long, R-Hutchinson, is supporting that proposed law.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Group working to help ‘uncork’ Kansas

By DaKota Hilburn

Booze, hooch, liquor, fire water, brew, the hard stuff. Whatever you want to call it, alcohol has been a subject that is argued about time and again.

Alcohol sales have been disputed since the early 1880’s.

From 1920 to 1933, there was a national ban on the sale of alcohol, but now we have liquor stores from coast to coast.

But why should we only let the government decide where we buy our booze?

It’s about choice and it’s about convenience, according to Uncork Kansas, a group that is all about making liquor more readily available for Kansas consumers.
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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Features

Images link student to his ancestor in WWII Europe

Glass plate negatives hold key to producing portraits

By Shelby Horton

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Patrick McIntyre holds up the first portraits he had ever seen of his great-grandfather, Eugene Patt (in inset), after the prints were made.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Patrick McIntyre holds up the first portraits he had ever seen of his great-grandfather, Eugene Patt (in inset), after the prints were made.

Patrick McIntyre, a Hutchinson Community College student, watched anxiously over the shoulder of the HCC basic photography instructor Alan Montgomery, as the teacher brought Patrick’s great-grandfather to life.

McIntyre had joined the photo class in their darkroom on April 20.

He gazed happily as a sharp image of Eugene Patt, a sergeant in the German army in World War II, appeared on photo paper in the developing solution.

The only other likenesses of Patt were on some three-inch square group pictures, in an old album, in which his face was so tiny it was difficult to see him.

But there were two glass plate negatives, found amid his possessions, which showed what Patt looked like early in the war and after the war.
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Riding class progresses smoothly

By Dakota Hilburn

Dakota Hilburn/Collegian - Assistant instructors Morgan Estep, Hesston (left), and Dawn Hartung, Hutchinson, enjoy the evening air.

Dakota Hilburn/Collegian - Assistant instructors Morgan Estep, Hesston (left), and Dawn Hartung, Hutchinson, enjoy the evening air.

A group of horse-loving students gathered at the Kansas State Fairgrounds for a horsemanship class April 7.

As the class started up, some participants rode around the arena to get their horses warmed up. As they rode, other students in the class finished getting their horses brushed, saddled and ready to go.

The classes were held in the open-sided arena in the Horse Exhibition Center.

Karen Baehler, the instructor for horsemanship and also economics, gave advice and tips to those in the class and to a visiting reporter.

“We have a few different horses here,” Baehler said.
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Art show

Davey Smith/Collegian - The dramatic photograph “Fear,” by art student Casey Bailey, is among the art works currently on display by students, faculty and staff in the lobby of Stringer Fine Arts Center. The show includes acrylics in vibrant colors, of real and abstract scenes.

Davey Smith/Collegian - The dramatic photograph “Fear,” by art student Casey Bailey, is among the art works currently on display by students, faculty and staff in the lobby of Stringer Fine Arts Center. The show includes acrylics in vibrant colors, of real and abstract scenes.

May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragon’s Tale, Collegian win awards at KCM Conference

By Shelby Horton

Bailey Terry and DaKota Hilburn look at the list of of break-out sessions offered at the Kansas Collegiate Media Awards Conference in Wichita

Bailey Terry and DaKota Hilburn look at the list of of break-out sessions offered at the Kansas Collegiate Media Awards Conference in Wichita

Dragon’s Tale magazine and Collegian newspaper staff members left Wichita’s Drury Plaza Hotel on April 13, with a variety of awards from the annual Kansas Collegiate Media Spring Conference.

Both of Hutchinson Community College student publications staff attended the event on April 12 and 13.

The students were able to attend different workshops and learn about different aspects of journalism.

Workshops featured speaker such as Brett Akaagi, who spoke to groups about “What’s wrong with the news media today,” a popular workshop among the Collegian staff members.
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Group hopes to ‘SPARK’ new fellowship on campus

By Zeke Willcox

It all began with two fish and five loaves.

Hutchinson Community College is soon have a new evangelical Christian outreach organization, called SPARK, to join the campus.

SPARK’s mission is to disciple and aid college students, and others in the neighboring community, to become followers of Christ, for the purpose of expanding God’s kingdom, discipleship and planting churches.
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Hunger games

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Braxton Jones, Wichita, nabs balls in the Spring Fling Hungry Hippo game on the dorms’ basketball court on April 21. In the team event, students were launched on roller carts, then reeled back in with ropes.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Braxton Jones, Wichita, nabs balls in the Spring Fling Hungry Hippo game on the dorms’ basketball court on April 21. In the team event, students were launched on roller carts, then reeled back in with ropes.

May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

WWII chess set links player to great-granddad

By Kara Gale

Kara Gale/Collegian - Patrick McIntyre, Hutchinson, displays a chess set that his late great-grandfather made while being held in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp in Europe.  McIntyre also has war medals and other artifacts that his great-grandfather, a soldier in the German army, brought back from the war. McIntyre recently brought the family artifacts to a meeting of the HCC Chess Club.

Kara Gale/Collegian - Patrick McIntyre, Hutchinson, displays a chess set that his late great-grandfather made while being held in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp in Europe. McIntyre also has war medals and other artifacts that his great-grandfather, a soldier in the German army, brought back from the war. McIntyre recently brought the family artifacts to a meeting of the HCC Chess Club.

Chess sets can be bought in any number of places, but none are quite like the one Patrick McIntyre, Hutchinson, has in his family.

The HCC student has a set of chess pieces that were handmade by his great-grandfather while in a prisoner of war camp in during WWII.

McIntyre’s great-grandfather was drafted into the German military in 1942.

He was deployed to the eastern front, in Russia, where he was wounded by artillery shrapnel in his chest and back.

After eight months of recovery time in a German hospital, he was redeployed to the western front, in defensive positions in Normandy.

On D-Day, he was captured by the Allies and spent time in two prisoner- of-war camps, one Russian and the other operated by a Scottish unit.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Emporia State author helps HCC students

By Mitchell Garrett

Webb

Webb

Writing students gathered in Bill Sheldon’s classroom April 9 to hear Amy Sage Webb, director of the writing program at Emporia State University, talk about her craft.

The students were quiet at first, but Webb immediately started giving them writing prompts and got them thinking.

The exercise started with imagining a scene where a character is serving or being served by someone else. Everyone started writing small paragraphs, and she started asking them to add to story, with different writing techniques.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Forensics scores at nationals

By Mitchell Garett

Last weekend the Forensics team competed in a tough competition at the American Forensics Association Individual Events Tournament in Portland, Oregon.

There were over 250 individuals in each competition.

The Hutchinson Community College forensics team placed 3rd nationally in the community college division.

This was also the first time Hutchinson Community College ever qualified the entire team for nationals.

The team did not break any competitors to quarterfinals, but did have a lot of places within the top 100.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sports Arena project boosters pleased

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Business instructor Dan Naccarato, an arena project booster, was glad Hutchinson voters came out to support the Sports Arena project.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Business instructor Dan Naccarato, an arena project booster, was glad Hutchinson voters came out to support the Sports Arena project.

April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Wide-spread fame

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian -  (Top row, L-R)  Cast members Leah Towle, Hutchinson; Hollee Mitzner, Abbyville; and Rachel Hein, Andale, and (bottom row) Amanda Moore, Sara Wilder, and Alicia Monceaux, all of Hutchinson, rehearse on April 8.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - (Top row, L-R) Cast members Leah Towle, Hutchinson; Hollee Mitzner, Abbyville; and Rachel Hein, Andale, and (bottom row) Amanda Moore, Sara Wilder, and Alicia Monceaux, all of Hutchinson, rehearse on April 8.

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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Spring has blossomed on HCC’s main campus

By Loribeth Reynolds

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Hyacinths add exquisite , lavish splashes of color to an elevated flower bed near Shears Technology Center.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Hyacinths add exquisite , lavish splashes of color to an elevated flower bed near Shears Technology Center.

The smell of spring is in the air on the HCC campus.

The Bradford Pear trees have burst open with blossoms that fill the air with a sweet scent.

Manny Hernandez, Las Vegas, Nevada, said spring in Kansas is unlike anything he’s ever experienced.

“I’ve never seen a white tree until I came to Kansas,” Hernandez said. “These trees smell amazing. I’m not sure what they smell like, but it smells like some kind of food.”

Growing up in Nevada, Hernandez had never witnessed such drastic seasonal changes.

“Winter is depressing in Kansas, and cold,” Hernandez said. “At least in Nevada, you can snowboard during winter, and it’s not as cold.”
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Donut disciples

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Rachel Stucky, Hutchinson, receives a crisp, Daylight donut March 31 at the  Parker Student Union from Dylan Christner, a volunteer for Crosspoint Church. Christner was inviting students to the church’s “Challenge” Bible study group.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Rachel Stucky, Hutchinson, receives a crisp, Daylight donut March 31 at the Parker Student Union from Dylan Christner, a volunteer for Crosspoint Church. Christner was inviting students to the church’s “Challenge” Bible study group.

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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Sports

Dragon baseball splits double header with Dodge City CC

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Zach Litchen, Denton, Texas, pitches the ball for the Dragons against Dodge City at home. The Dragons split the double header with their opponents.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Zach Litchen, Denton, Texas, pitches the ball for the Dragons against Dodge City at home. The Dragons split the double header with their opponents.

As the season nears its end, the Blue Dragon baseball team played Dodge City at home on the Hobart-Detter field on April 20.

Hutch split the double-header by winning the first game 4-1 and losing the second game 2-3.

The Dragons record is now 30-18.

As the first game started, the Dragons took the lead in the second inning 2-1.

As the fourth inning went on, Hutch was able to score once again, making it 3-1.

During the fifth inning, D.J. Gasso, Norman, Oklahoma, hit the ball and was able to bring a runner home to score the final run of the game.

The Dragons beat their opponents 4-1.

As the second game went on, Hutch was down late in the game, 0-3 after a fast three runs were scored by their opponent in the top of the fourth.
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Softball splits twin bill

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kelcee Thompson, Springdale, Arkansas, prepares to throw the ball to her  teammate during a recent home game on April 7. The Lady Dragons beat their  opponents in both games of the double header.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kelcee Thompson, Springdale, Arkansas, prepares to throw the ball to her teammate during a recent home game on April 7. The Lady Dragons beat their opponents in both games of the double header.

The Lady Dragon softball team has won seven of their last eight games.

Fans are expecting good things for the remainder of the season.

The Dragons played the Brown Mackie College Lions at home on April 14.

The Lady Dragons were able to split the double-header.

Hutch lost the first one 6-4, but were able to win the second one 12-3.

The Dragons’ record is now 26-15 after a split double header against the Friends University’s JV on April 16.

In the first game, the Dragons held the lead with 4-3 at the top of the sixth inning.

The Lions weren’t giving up just yet.

As the Lions went up to bat, they were able to score a run against Hutch to take the lead of 5-4.

At the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lions scored once again winning the first of two against Hutch, 6-4.

In the second game, the Dragons finished the game in just five innings due to the mercy rule.

The mercy rule is when the game ends due to at least a 10-run lead.

Hutch was able to keep hold of the lead early in the game with two runs in the first inning.

As the game went on, the Dragons in just four innings scored seven runs.

The Lions were only able to score one more run in the fifth inning, but that wasn’t enough to close the lead against Hutch.

Hutch beat their opponents 12-3.

The Dragons are scheduled to play the Bethany College JV at home at the Fun Valley field at 4 p.m on April 23.

They are also scheduled to play in the Region VI opening round against Fort Scott at home as well on April 25.

May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragon track and field has some qualifiers for nationals

By Davey Smith

Davey Smith/Collegian - Manny Hernandez, Las Vegas, Nevada, runs during Emporia State midweek invitational meet. Hernandez qualified for nationals in the 800-meter.

Davey Smith/Collegian - Manny Hernandez, Las Vegas, Nevada, runs during Emporia State midweek invitational meet. Hernandez qualified for nationals in the 800-meter.

In a very competitive meet on Wednesday April 24, the Blue Dragons track and field team performed well against such schools as Wichita State, Fort Hays, and Emporia State.

Ashley Claxton took first in the women’s steeplechase, the first running event of the day, after taking an early lead and setting the pace.

After the meet, coach Pat Becher said the team did well, with several athletes now qualified for nationals and many more extremely close to qualifying.

Manny Hernandez qualified for nationals in the men’s 800 meter, with a time of 1:55.12.

Also, as part of two relays, the men’s 4×800 meter and 4×400 meter, Hernandez is now qualified in three events.
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lightning strikes twice as Dragons take double header

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kyle Cantu, Lantana, Texas, pitches for the Dragons during a home game against Butler on April 2. The Dragons won the game 11-1.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kyle Cantu, Lantana, Texas, pitches for the Dragons during a home game against Butler on April 2. The Dragons won the game 11-1.

The Blue Dragons won both games of a double header at home against the Hesston Larks on April 8.

In the first game, Hutch won 13-1 and the second they won 9-6.

The Dragons’ record is now 26-13.

At the start of the first game, the Dragons were tied 1-1 at the bottom of the second, until Hutch was able to bring a runner home.

Jordan Harris, Tulsa, Oklahoma, was able to help the Dragons to a win during the first game by having three hits and scored to runs for Hutch.

The first game ended at five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule, the Dragons winning 13-1.

The second game started with a struggle for the Dragons as the pitcher, Will Ervin, Junction City, wasn’t able to find a rhythm.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragon softball beats Independence at home

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Brittany Olender, Victoria, British Columbia, prepares to pitch the ball during the Independence game, where the Dragons won both games of the double header.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Brittany Olender, Victoria, British Columbia, prepares to pitch the ball during the Independence game, where the Dragons won both games of the double header.

The Lady Dragon softball team played at home against Independence on April 7.

The Dragons won both games of the double header, the first game 3-1 and the second 6-5.

The Dragons’ record is now 21-12 overall and 10-8 in the Jayhawk East.

During the first game, both teams were scoreless up until the fourth inning.

Laura Phillips, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, scored the first run for Dragons as she hit the ball into right field to finish with a homerun; the Dragons up 1-0.

Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, hit a homerun with one person on base, the Dragons were ahead 3-0, at the bottom on the fourth inning.

The Dragons won the first game 3-1.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragons’ run ends in NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals

By Bailey Terry

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., takes the ball to the basket as he is guarded by an opponent, while playing Georgia Highlands in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA tournament on March 19. The Blue Dragons lost the game 59-64.

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., takes the ball to the basket as he is guarded by an opponent, while playing Georgia Highlands in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA tournament on March 19. The Blue Dragons lost the game 59-64.

The Blue Dragons basketball team played Georgia Highlands in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA at the Sports Arena on March 19 and lost 59-64. Their season ended with a record of 29-7.

DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., in his final game in his HCC career, had a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., scored 14 points and pulled down five rebounds.

Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., scored nine points, while Austin Budke, Beloit, scored six points.

The first six possessions the Dragons held, they turned the ball over.

Starting off with six turnovers caused Hutch to have to pick up the pace.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons fall in NJCAA championship game in Salina

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, takes a shot around her opponent in the championship game of the NJCAA tournament on March 21 in Salina.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, takes a shot around her opponent in the championship game of the NJCAA tournament on March 21 in Salina.

The Lady Dragon basketball team traveled to Salina for the NJCAA tournament championship game on March 21 and played Chipola, who was ranked No. two in the tournament, and lost 46-54.

The Dragons ended their season with a record of 36-1 and they were runner-up at Nationals for the second year in a row.

Five of the Dragon players are graduating and ending their careers with a record of 71-2, only losing in the championship game of the NJCAA tournament.

Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, finished her Dragon career with 14 points.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, scored 11 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks.

With those three blocks, Purcell broke another record, having the most blocks in career with 94.

Purcell and Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, both made the All-Tournament team.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragon softball splits a double header while playing in Coffeyville

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kailey Jenkins, Wellington, stands on the base and waits for an opportunity to run to the next base on March 10 during the home game.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kailey Jenkins, Wellington, stands on the base and waits for an opportunity to run to the next base on March 10 during the home game.

The Lady Dragons softball team traveled to Coffeyville on March 27 to play the Red Ravens.

The Dragons lost the first game of the double header 7-4 and won the second game 1-0.

In the first game, Hutch struggled until the bottom of the seventh inning when they scored three runs, but were unable to catch back up, since the Red Ravens scored seven runs in the game.

As the second game began, neither team was able to score even after Coffeyville had the bases loaded without a single out at the top of the fourth inning.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons advance to quarterfinals in NJCAA

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly/Collegian - DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., swats the ball from an opponent, he then stole the ball and assisted a dunk for the Dragons to score against Trinity Valley on  March 18, during the  NJCAA tournament second round.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., swats the ball from an opponent, he then stole the ball and assisted a dunk for the Dragons to score against Trinity Valley on March 18, during the NJCAA tournament second round.

The Blue Dragons advanced on to the NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals after beating the Trinity Valley Cardinals 73-61, on March 18 bringing their record is now 29-6. This win makes nine consecutive wins for the Dragons.

The leading scorer for the Dragons was DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., and he had a double-double with 24 points and pulled down 10 boards.

Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, scored 14 points, three assists, two blocks and had a career-high of 15 rebounds.

Austin Budke, Beloit, added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., score 10 points, all of them in the second half.

As the game began, the Dragons built a 10-4 lead with 14 minutes remaining.
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Lady Dragons on to semifinals in National Tourney in Salina

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, shoots a three-pointer for the Lady Dragons during the quarterfinals in the NJCAA on March 19 against Northwest Florida State College.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, shoots a three-pointer for the Lady Dragons during the quarterfinals in the NJCAA on March 19 against Northwest Florida State College.

Taking a step closer to a possible national title, the Lady Dragons defeated Northwest Florida State in Salina on March 19, and moved on to the NJCAA semifinals.

HCC won 68-54 and will now play in the semifinals. Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, led the Dragon with 17 points and 19 rebounds, while Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, wasn’t far behind with 14 points.

As halftime hit, the Dragons led the game 32-18.

Late in the second half, Northwest Florida State came back and tied the game at 43, but the Dragons weren’t going down without a fight. Hutch scored 15 consecutive points taking the lead, 58-43.

The Dragons kept their lead the rest of the game and won 68-54.
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Dragon softball on a roll, tallies four wins in double-headers

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Holly Kelley, Cypress, Texas, preps to pitch the ball on March 10, during a game against Cloud County.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Holly Kelley, Cypress, Texas, preps to pitch the ball on March 10, during a game against Cloud County.

As of March 19, the Lady Dragon softball team had won seven of their last 10 games.

Hutch beat Cloud County, Kansas City, and Pratt, split one against Highland, and lost the double header against Dodge City.

The Dragons played Cloud County on March 10 and won both of the games of the double header.

The scores of the games were 4-2 and 12-4.

Throughout the first four and 1/2 innings the score was tied 1-1, but then Ally Rains, Round Rock, Texas, sent the ball over the fence to score her first homerun.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons make NJCAA Tournament

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Blue Dragons guard Che Bob gets some hang time Feb. 25, as he beats Seward County defenders in a Feb. 25 game in the Sports Arena. The Dragons won, 88-62. They won the Region VI Tournament on March 7 and are going to nationals.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Blue Dragons guard Che Bob gets some hang time Feb. 25, as he beats Seward County defenders in a Feb. 25 game in the Sports Arena. The Dragons won, 88-62. They won the Region VI Tournament on March 7 and are going to nationals.

The Blue Dragon basketball team traveled to Wichita on March 7, to the Koch Arena to face the Dodge City Conquistadors in the championship game of the Region VI tournament. The Dragons won 76-60. The Dragons will enter the NJCAA Tournament with a record of 26-8.

This is the 18th recorded time that the Dragon men’s basketball team made it to the NJCAA tournament.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., Austin Budke, Beloit, and Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., all made the All-tournament team.

DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., was named the MVP of the Region VI tournament.

Freeman had his third double-double of the tournament scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds and also added five assists. He went six for 14 overall shooting and five for nine from the free throw line.
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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

‘Diablo 3’ sells most copies in franchise

By James Teeter

Blizzard has done it once again with yet another great game from the Diablo franchise. The game has history in its franchise.

Let’s go all the way back to 1996 when this first game came out, December 31st, 1996.

The second game came out June 30th, 2000 called Diablo 2, they later came out with the first expansion pack for the games franchise call Lord of Destruction in early 2001.

The fans of this game waited a long 11 years for Diablo 3. Diablo 3 was announced to the world in 2008 but didn’t come out until 2012.
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May 3, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘NoSleep’ podcast gives horror fans an online fix

By Kara Gale

Lovers of the horror genre are everywhere and sometimes it can be hard to find the time to “get your fix.”

There are some great movies and books out there, but another medium of entertainment is listening to podcasts.

There are many great horror podcasts out there, one of them being the NoSleep Podcast.

This podcast takes short stories published on the reddit.com’s NoSleep forum and narrates them.

There are stories that range from physical horrors such as intruders in the night to psychological ones, to emotional ones.
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Literary giant to visit Sheldon’s creative writing class on campus

Albert Goldbarth, one of the best known American poets writing today, will present a talk during the Introduction to Creative Writing class on Thursday, April 30 at 1:10 in the Science Hall, room 102.

Goldbarth

Goldbarth

Goldbarth, the author of nearly 40 books (poetry, essays, and a novel), is the only author to win the National Book Critics Circle Award twice.

His poetry appears regularly in national journals, magazines and anthologies, including Oxford Press’s Contemporary American Poetry.

Goldbarth will read from his newest collection, “Selfish,” that night at 7 p.m. at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington. The reading is free and open to the public.

If anyone wishes to attend the 1:10 p.m. presentation on campus, they should contact Bill Sheldon at 665-3445 or at sheldonb@hutchcc.edu.
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Concert Chorale, Vocal Jazz salute Beatles, Sondheim, in spring event

Described as a “light, spring like concert,” the HCC Concert Chorale and the Vocal Jazz Ensembles worked their magic April 22 in the Stringer Fine Arts Center.

One song was a beauti-ful work for women’s voices, piano, and french horn on the poem “Barter” by Sara Teasdale.

The singers took a cruise to the Caribbean in a piece called “Jamaican Market Place.”

There were some beautifully re-harmonized works based on the Beatles tunes “Blackbird” and “In My Life.”

The men of the Chorale   presented a memorable arrangement of Sting’s “Fragile.”

Director Neal Allsup said his favorite piece was a lush arrangement of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send In The Clowns.”

“I think the students’ favorite had to be the romping gospel piece ‘I Sing Because I’m Happy!’” Allsup said.

Both vocal jazz ensembles presented several works each “to once again demonstrate why the HCC Vocal Jazz program is so highly regarded around the nation,” the director said.

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Students list their favorite TV shows

By Darriell Rhodes

No matter where you grew up, or what culture you have embraced, it is likely that you can name favorite television shows that you enjoyed as a child.

Some HCC students were asked to name their favorite shows, from back in the day, and why.

Alohondro Custis-El , Philadelphia, said his favorite was “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” starring a young, fresh-faced Will Smith who had cool clothes and a fine haircut.

“I grew up watching Will Smith do stand-up comedy,” Custis-El said. “I also grew up watching him in high school basketball.”
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Treasure-hunting kids take you on high adventure in ‘Goonies’

By Hannah Wallace

The Goonies was shown in theaters in 1985. It was an American hit and brought in over $61 million.

This movie is about a group of kids who are good friends and call themselves the “Goonies.”

The group consists of Brandon, Mikey, Mouth, Chunk, and Data. They are being forced to move out of their homes because a group of builders want to replace their neighborhood with a golf course.
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Car show and ‘The Ziggowatts’ entertain visitors to fairgrounds

By Loribeth Reynolds

Rows of classic and custom cars lined up inside the Meadowlark building at The Kansas State Fairgrounds, all in an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence on April 4.

Once inside, smiling patrons paid their way in, with proceeds going to the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center.

Crowds of wide-eyed people peered at custom interiors, leaned under hoods and pointed out nice paint jobs.

At the back of the building was a red, 1992 Mazda convertible, adorned with Hutchinson Community College memorabilia.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Birdman’ abnormal superhero

Birdman,  played by Michael Keaton, stands in the streets of New York.

Birdman, played by Michael Keaton, stands in the streets of New York.

By Zeke Willcox

We all fear, in some way, that we don’t matter. We fear that the world has forgotten us, that we haven’t left a memorable mark.

Riggan Thompson is no exception.

“Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” is a comedy drama film, directed by Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emma Stone star in this tale set in 21st century New York depicting the life of washed-up actor, Riggan Thompson, portrayed by Keaton, trying to make a comeback through Broadway production.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Tattoo sun screen helps avoid body ink fading

By Dakota Hilburn

People with tattoos are told by their artists time and again to avoid exposing new tattoos to the sun — and always wear sunscreen if they expose their older tattoos to sunlight.

If your tattoo gets sunburned, its colors can fade, and that means another trip into the shop to get it touched up.

But how can you avoid this? Coppertone has an answer.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Author to visit writing class

Amy Sage Webb will be on the Hutchinson Community College campus on Thursday, April 9, to work with the Introduction to Creative Writing class from 1:10-2:40 in LH 210.

Webb

Webb

Webb is the author of “Save Your Own Life,” a collection of short stories.

She the recipient of the Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor award at Emporia State University, where she teaches English and is co-director of the Creative Writing Program there.

Other students or faculty who are interested in sitting in on Webb’s presentation on Thursday should contact Bill Sheldon at sheldonb@hutchcc.edu or at 665-3445.

Webb also will give a reading from her book that night at 7 p.m. at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Apple Watch does more than most

By Mitchell Garrett

Apple is the company that always tries to find the next gadget craze. Recently, the trend has been using the phrase, “make it wearable,” where gadgets become hands-free parts of our daily lives.

Google’s growing popularity with “Google Glass,” an augmented reality headwear, shows this trend in action. Several other companies are also working on “smart bands” which are bracelets that have various functions.. Some of them store data like flash drives, monitor your health in various ways, or can even work as a credit card, wirelessly using RFID to connect to things like Google Wallet.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Second-hand Lions’ a family-oriented story

By Hannah Wallace

In 2003 New Line Cinema released a phenomenal film by the name of “Second Hand Lions.”

On its opening weekend in the U.S. the film brought in an estimated $12 million. It eventually made $48 million worldwide.
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De Becker gives ‘The Gift of Fear’ to readers

By Lariena Nokes

Sometimes in the course of daily life, well-meaning people confuse confidence with foolishness.

They misread a potentially dangerous situation, or trust a person who then turns on them.

Every day, intelligent adults end up in situations that challenge them and, on rare occasions, those situations put their lives in danger.

Gavin De Becker’s, book, “The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence,” teaches people to trust their own personal intuition.

I recommend picking up this self-help page-turner and learn that you were smarter than you think you are.
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SGA event to help smokers kick habit

By Zeke Wilcox

Hutchinson Community College student government association is to host its second annual “Kick Butts Day,” an anti-tobacco campaign on campus Wednesday, March 18.

Kick Butts Day is a national organization, based in Washington, D.C., that promotes a stand of eliminating or controlling tobacco use. It’s website is kickbuttsday.org.

This is HCC’s second annual Kick Butts Day.
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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment