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Flying camera used in broadcast program

Flying camera used in broadcast program

Photo by Shelby Horton — Story by Mitchell Garrett — Hutchinson Community College makes sure to always stay ahead of the curve. Because of this, our school invested in an “unmanned aerial vehicle” to help our broadcasting department and Media Production students... [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...]

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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...]

News

Foul weather may bring ‘snow days’ to campus

By Shelby Horton

Weather forecasts for this coming weekend include heavy snow and ice.

Those are just the ingredients needed to shut down the campus — if things get bad enough.

Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, was cautious on Feb. 26, when asked about the possibility of calling off school for Monday, March 1.

“If it’s icy on the roads with snow on top, and we are unable to have people clear the roads and sidewalks, a snow day may occur,” File said.

Students would be notified via emergency text system.

February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Campus Web down for work

By Mitchell Garrett

We live in a world where Internet access was recently declared as a human right.

On college campuses, students would likely notice their Internet going out before they would notice if it started to rain.

When it was announced there would be an Internet service disruption on Thursday, February 26th, students and faculty wondered if it was really necessary to change IP addresses.

IP addresses are a critical part of Internet access which few people really even know what they do, or sometimes that they even exist.

To connect to the Internet, a computer (or any other device) must have a public IP address.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Phi Theta Kappa inductees welcomed at event

By Shelby Horton

DaKota Hilburn/Collegian - Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, was among the speakers who addressed the Phi Theta Kappa inductees on Feb. 22.

DaKota Hilburn/Collegian - Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, was among the speakers who addressed the Phi Theta Kappa inductees on Feb. 22.

The 21 Hutchinson Community College students stood together, on the stage at the Stringer Fine Arts Center, holding dimly lit white candles, with satisfied smiles on their faces.

Phi Theta Kappa Gamma Chapter, an International honor society for two-year colleges, was induction their new members on Feb 22.

One by one students approached center stage, where they signed their name in a book where members of past and present have signed their names.

After confirming their induction, they shook the hand of Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College , then signed the “Promise to Graduate” banner at the edge of the stage.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Crew makes progress on Gowans’ turf

By Darriell Rhodes

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - Technicians peel clear plastic from long strips of material that held bands of industrial, heat -activated glue. The Astroturf is then folded onto the strips and a scorching heat blower is used to melt the glue and seal it.

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - Technicians peel clear plastic from long strips of material that held bands of industrial, heat -activated glue. The Astroturf is then folded onto the strips and a scorching heat blower is used to melt the glue and seal it.

In only two weeks, 95 percent of Hutchinson Community College’s football field has been re-vamped.

First it was stripped of its old synthetic turf, which was rolled up and shipped off to be cleaned, reconditioned and then sold to another stadium.

The field in Gowans then received a new drainage system and its white rock sub-base was examined, packed and leveled.

About that time, the new Astroturf arrived, in big rolls, in white plastic bags nearly as big as four-door sedans.

Crews with special machines and lifts began transporting the new turf to the stadium and rolling it out, in five-yard-wide strips, the width of the field.

The crews were hampered, at times, by the fast-changing weather, ranging from shirtsleeve temperatures and robin-egg-blue skies, to skin-freezing, raw, gusting north winds and blowing snow.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Wind snaps traffic signal pole

By Paige Brier

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - Wooden poles have been installed, with cables between them supporting the traffic lights at Main and 30th Avenue, after a steel traffic pole snapped off.

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - Wooden poles have been installed, with cables between them supporting the traffic lights at Main and 30th Avenue, after a steel traffic pole snapped off.

City officials planned a temporary fix after a traffic light pole at 30th Avenue and Main collapsed on Feb. 21.

The foot-thick, galvanized steel pole snapped off near its base at about 5 a.m. Sunday. Crews installed temporary wooden poles, then hung traffic signals from cables stretched between them.

The intersection was closed through Sunday and part of Monday.

Three westbound motorists seeing barricades at Main tried to turn north onto Farmington early Sunday, on snow-packed, icy 30th Avenue and lost control, ending up in a three-car, non-injury fender-bender. One car was shoved up onto a lawn.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Bright ideas arriving with new VP

By DaKota Hilburn

Bright

Bright

There was a hole left at Hutchinson Community College when Vice President Randy Myers retired in December 2014.

A new vice president had to be hired.

Brett Bright, Longview, Texas, will be joining HCC as the new vice president for student services.

Bright is currently employed at Texas State Technical College where he is the associate vice chancellor for student development.

He was also the vice-president at Texas State for two years, vice-president at Connors State College for three years, and the dean of students and athletic director at Neosho County Community College for three years.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dillon speaker recalls his quest in Europe to research art saviors

By Lariena Nokes

Edsel

Edsel

In his Feb. 1 Dillon Lecture, Robert Edsel presented an informative speech about rescuing, preserving and returning the great art of the world to its rightful owners.

Edsel told story of the original “monuments men” of World War II, then followed up with information about soldiers currently serving as monuments officers in the American military.

“Is art worth dying for?” Edsel asked.

This thought-provoking question was the focal point of the author’s presentation.

When the timeless value of art is compared to human lives during a war, some chose to risk their lives to save the art.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Governor cuts education money, forces ‘rebalancing’

By Davey Smith

Gov. Sam Brownback recently announced a two percent cut to state funding for higher education.

This cut will cost HCC about $185,000 of already received aid, according to Julie Blanton, vice-president of financial affairs.

State funding accounts for approximately 28 percent of HCC’s revenue, making this cut about 0.5 percent of the money HCC receives.

Now the big question is, “How much will be cut next year?” Blanton said.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

HCC Royalty

Homecoming Queen McKenzie Gardner waves at the crowd Wednesday night at the Sports Arena. The King, Mataza Aly, was with his basketball team, so Duke the Dragon escorted Ms. Gardner.

Homecoming Queen McKenzie Gardner waves at the crowd Wednesday night at the Sports Arena. The King, Mataza Aly, was with his basketball team, so Duke the Dragon escorted Ms. Gardner.

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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dillon Lecture

Robert Edsel, an author, will be speaking about his experiences documenting the rescue of historic treasures from the Nazis’ secret underground warehouses.

Robert Edsel Title: American businessman and author Lecture date: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena

Robert Edsel

Edsel is known for his book, “The Monuments Men” which was turned into a 2014 motion picture.

Edsel was inspired to write the book while living in Europe. He had developed an appreciation for art and architecture there. He wondered how the great works of art were saved from the theft and devastation of World War II.

It took him 12 years to research the U.S. Army’s “monuments men,” the heroes who went into combat zones to save and preserve these cultural works, for the benefit of the world.

Robert Edsel

Title: American businessman and author

Lecture date: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10

Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena

February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Proposed statute would permit concealed guns with no license

By Kara Gale

A group of lawmakers in the Kansas Senate, including Hutchinson area Sen. Terry Bruce, have introduced a bill that would allow any Kansan who can legally own a gun to carry it concealed in public.

The bill would do away with the need to acquire a concealed-carry permit.

Bruce, the bill’s primary sponsor, said Senate Bill 45 is merely an expansion of Kansas citizen’s Second Amendment rights and it should not lead to more shootings. “Most incidents, I believe, they resolve themselves with the gun being brandished,” he said.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Features

Valentine’s Day: A time for rituals

By James Teeter

Looking back, some would say love was in the air on Valentine’s Day. For others, not so much.

Many people say they spent the day with their significant other.

Cydney Stephan, Hutchinson, said her day was rather low key.

“ I spent the whole day with my boyfriend and with my family just hanging out,” Stephan said.

There are also the people who are indifferent about it, like Caleb Werk, Hutchinson.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Hutchwins!’ promotes Sports Arena project

By Loribeth Reynolds

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Hutchinson city officials attended the “Hutchwins!” event at the Sports Arena on Feb. 23. It was a promotion for the sales tax proposal to update the arena.

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Hutchinson city officials attended the “Hutchwins!” event at the Sports Arena on Feb. 23. It was a promotion for the sales tax proposal to update the arena.

Between basketball and volleyball practices, the group “HutchWins!” hosted a community briefing and tour at the Sports Arena on Feb. 23, to inform the public about plans and hopes for the facility.

The Hutchinson Sports Arena was built in 1952. The last renovation was over 30 years ago.

A big concern at the meeting was parking. City Manager John Deardoff attended to answer some questions from the public. When asked about any updates to 11th Avenue, he said there is not a plan yet.

“No plans to upgrade 11th Street as of right now,” Deardoff said.

Some community members were concerned about lost parking spaces, due to the tree-lined plazas shown in the architect’s plans for the parking lot.

As of right now, the parking lot has 1,311 stalls. With the purposed design, the lot would lose 240-250 stalls, leaving 917 stalls for parking.

Another concern surrounding updates to the arena is the need to make the facility more accessible to the disabled.

Currently the Sports Arena is not up to date with “ADA” (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations.

“There is a cost to doing nothing,” Dr. Carter File, president of HCC, said.

Some issues that the HutchWins! group would like to fix is the elevator that doesn’t work properly, a closet being used as a women’s volleyball locker room, and ramps to the restrooms that do not meet ADA regulations.

These are among the many reasons some think it is time for an upgrade —and the HutchWins! group has decided to step in and take action.

February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Slip and slide

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - At about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, three westbound vehicles slid and crashed together at 30th and Farmington, as they tried to turn north onto Farmington to avoid barricades erected on 30th. A galvanized steel traffic light pole at Main and 30th had snapped off in the wind, requiring street department workers  to move it away and set up barricades. In the three-car wreck, there were no injuries, but one car (at left in photo) was forced over the curb and into a small park area’s lawn, just a half-block east of where the light pole had fallen.

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - At about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, three westbound vehicles slid and crashed together at 30th and Farmington, as they tried to turn north onto Farmington to avoid barricades erected on 30th. A galvanized steel traffic light pole at Main and 30th had snapped off in the wind, requiring street department workers to move it away and set up barricades. In the three-car wreck, there were no injuries, but one car (at left in photo) was forced over the curb and into a small park area’s lawn, just a half-block east of where the light pole had fallen.

February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Chili with friends

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Dr. and Mrs. Carter File were among the basketball fans who enjoyed the “Chili and Ice Cream Feed” on Feb. 22 at the little gym in the Sports Arena, before and during the Lady Dragons basketball game. File is president of Hutchinson Community College. The 5 p.m. event raised money for athletic scholarships.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Dr. and Mrs. Carter File were among the basketball fans who enjoyed the “Chili and Ice Cream Feed” on Feb. 22 at the little gym in the Sports Arena, before and during the Lady Dragons basketball game. File is president of Hutchinson Community College. The 5 p.m. event raised money for athletic scholarships.

February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

By Mitchell Garrett

Andrew Tash flies the vehicle in the green screen room at the college's Channel 12 Building

Andrew Tash flies the vehicle in the green screen room at the college

Hutchinson Community College makes sure to always stay ahead of the curve. Because of this, our school invested in an “unmanned aerial vehicle” to help our broadcasting department and Media Production students take film things they otherwise wouldn’t be able to shoot.
The one we have cost the school around three thousand dollars, and the cost was worth every penny. According to Andrew Tash, head of Media Communication and Production, “Our vehicle can be piloted from a mile, or 1370 meters away.”
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Ag Student winds national ‘Earth Team’ award

By Shelby Horton

Ag student Lody Black has received the National Earth Team Award for Individual Volunteer for 2015.

Black received this award because of his volunteer work at the National Resources Conservation Service, where he compiled 262.5 hours. Black joined during high school at Clay Center, as a work-study class for an hour and half of class credit in the fall, and three hours of credit in the spring. He worked as an Earth Teams volunteer at NRCS.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Controversial house bill targets college educators, threatens press freedoms

By Loribeth Reynolds

Kansas educators — and press freedoms — have been targeted by a bill that has been introduced into the legislature.

If passed, House Bill 2234 would prohibit college educators from using their official titles when writing newspaper opinion pieces.

The bill disturbs Alan Montgomery, a journalism instructor at Hutchinson Community College.

“It’s troubling,” Montgomery said, “This bill stomps right in the middle of the First Amendment.”
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sexual harassment, assault addressed in Title IX rules

By Zeke Willcox

A change is coming to Hutchinson Community College regarding its prevention and response to sexual assault.

Students and faculty will be introduced to the new Title IX policies, which includes training about prevention of sexual assaults.

Recently, 11 staff members attended a two-day conference in Atlanta, about prevention of sexual assaults.

The new policies are strict. An incident, such as an unwarranted sexual slur, could result in serious consequences.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Rally time

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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Cold, snowy blast

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Students and  teachers battled the harsh weather conditions as snow and frigid temperatures blew across campus on Feb. 4.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Students and teachers battled the harsh weather conditions as snow and frigid temperatures blew across campus on Feb. 4.

February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Students respond to sexual assault survey for HCC campus

By Zeke Willcox

Vanderbilt University is among the colleges across the nation being scrutinized for their handling of sexual assaults on their campuses.

Vanderbilt University is among the colleges across the nation being scrutinized for their handling of sexual assaults on their campuses.

While colleges across America are paying closer attention to reports of sexual assault on their campuses, a recent survey indicated that such crimes may be relatively rare at Hutchinson Community College.

When asked if they had known of a female who had been raped on a college campus with the past two years, 72 HCC students answered, almost unanimously, they had not.

Of those 72 responses, three female and two males answered yes, they each knew of a female who had experienced such an attack, (not naming the college).
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

SGA hosts Blood drive

By DaKota Hilburn

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A Red Cross nurse prepares to collect a unit of blood on a new-model, padded cot now used in the blood drives.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A Red Cross nurse prepares to collect a unit of blood on a new-model, padded cot now used in the blood drives.

Students gathered in the basement of the Student Union to help save lives by donating blood on Feb. 2.

The American Red Cross and the Student Government Association hosted this blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Caleb Dietz, Hutchinson, was one of many students who donated.

“I donate whenever I can,” Dietz said. The Red Cross gave Dietz lifeguard training, so he donates blood to pay it forward.

After people go through the screening process and have their blood tested for iron content, it takes about 15 minutes for the process to be over.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

New business club pledges to promote Sports Arena project

By Lariena Nokes

There is a new opportunity for students who are business majors.

Matt Smith, business teacher, has founded and is sponsoring the HCC Business Club.

“I am excited about the experiences and possibilities Business Club will provide for students who participate,” Smith said. “The possibility to take lessons out of the classroom and out into the real world is awesome.”

The club had its first meeting on Feb. 4 in the Justice Theater in the Shears Technology Center.

It was casual and friendly; it featured pizza and soda pop.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Sports

Lady Dragons 5th-straight conference title

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, attempts to block her opponent as they shot during the Seward County game on Feb. 25. The Lady Dragons record is now 30-0 overall and 16-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, attempts to block her opponent as they shot during the Seward County game on Feb. 25. The Lady Dragons record is now 30-0 overall and 16-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

The Lady Dragon basketball team played their last regular season game on Feb. 25 against the Saints of Seward County and won 73-51.

They will enter the Region VI tournament with a record of 30-0 overall and 16-0 in the Jayhawk West.

This win continues the Dragons 117-game win streak at the Sports Arena.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, led the Dragons with 19 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.

Shakira Harding, Houma, Fla., had eight points, while Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, scored eight.

Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, scored 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, scored 10 points.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons end regular season with a win

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Austin Budke, Beloit, dribbles the ball down the court as he looks for a teammate to pass to during the Seward County game. The Dragons won the game 88-82.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Austin Budke, Beloit, dribbles the ball down the court as he looks for a teammate to pass to during the Seward County game. The Dragons won the game 88-82.

For the Blue Dragon basketball team’s last game of the regular season, they hosted the Seward County Saints on Feb. 25 and won 88-82.

Their record is now 24-6 overall and 11-5 in the Jayhawk West.

DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., finished the game with the most points for the Dragons with 28.

He also pulled down nine rebounds.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., had 17 points for the Dragons.

During the first half the Dragons stayed ahead the entire game.

The score at halftime was 41-35 with the Dragons barely ahead.

As the second half opened, the Dragons built their lead with a 23-10 run; the Dragons ahead, 64-48 with just 10 minutes to go.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragon baseball wins double header

By Bailey Terry

LoriBeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kyle Cantu, Lantana, Texas, pitched for the Blue Dragons against the Fort Scott Greyhounds. The Dragons won both games of the double header.

LoriBeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kyle Cantu, Lantana, Texas, pitched for the Blue Dragons against the Fort Scott Greyhounds. The Dragons won both games of the double header.

The Blue Dragons baseball team played the Fort Scott Greyhounds on Feb. 20 in Hutch at Hobart-Detter Field and won both games of the double header. In the first game, the Dragons won 10-6. Then they won 5-4.

Over the beginning of the season the Dragons are 2-1 against Coffeeville, 1-2 against Rose State College, and 2-0 against Fort Scott.

Overall the Dragons are 5-3. They started the season on Feb. 7.

The first game against Fort Scott, the Dragons built a lead of 3-1, through four innings. The Greyhounds responded with a five-run inning, putting them ahead 6-3.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragon track and field national qualifiers

By Alan Montgomery

Bailey Terry/Collegian - On Feb. 26, the Gowans all weather track was still unusable for the track team because of ongoing operations for installing new Astroturf in the stadium.

Bailey Terry/Collegian - On Feb. 26, the Gowans all weather track was still unusable for the track team because of ongoing operations for installing new Astroturf in the stadium.

Blue Dragons track coach Pat Becher is ready to saddle up and bring his energetic gang of 19 young men and women to the NJCAA National Indoor shootout in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 5-7.

They are coming off of a campaign of indoor meets where many of the newbies were able to develop and shine.

“We are doing well,” Becher said. “We have a real young group here. We have 40-some freshmen, so indoor was something very new to them.”

The indoor tracks are much smaller, at 200 meters, he said.

“This means there have to be a lot of different strategies; it’s a lot tighter to run in. It’s noisy, everything is going on at the same time, like a three-ring circus, with people jumping and running everywhere. It is organized chaos.”
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons remain undefeated

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly /Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, dribbles the ball down the court after she stole the ball from her opponents on Feb. 18 against the Pratt Beavers.

Richard Steckly /Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, dribbles the ball down the court after she stole the ball from her opponents on Feb. 18 against the Pratt Beavers.

The Lady Dragon basketball team traveled to Colby on Feb. 15 and won, 86-47. The Dragons are now 27-0 overall and 13-0 in the Jayhawk West.

They have played and beat Butler, Barton, Colby, and Pratt over the last two weeks.

They made nine three-pointers against Colby, a season high for the team.

Five of the Dragons scored in double figures.

They include, the leader for scoring, Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, who scored 15 points, Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds and achieved her 13th double-double of the season, Shakira Harding, Houma, Fla., Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, and Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, all had 10 points each.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Update on Blue Dragon Track and Field

By Darriell Rhodes

HCC Sports Information

HCC Sports Information

Pat Becher, head coach of HCC men and women track team, is having a successful run so far in the indoor track season.

“Four indoor meets and two to go,” he said, in a recent interview.

With four indoor track meets completed, the veteran coach has 12 athletes qualified to attend Nationals. But the number just gets bigger with every meet they attend.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons beat Beavers

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, jumps up to jam the ball in to the basket to score for the Dragons on Feb. 18 against the Pratt Beavers. The Dragons won, 75-71.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, jumps up to jam the ball in to the basket to score for the Dragons on Feb. 18 against the Pratt Beavers. The Dragons won, 75-71.

The Blue Dragon basketball team traveled to Colby on Feb. 15 and won 74-70.

The Dragons record is now 21-6 overall and 8-5 in the Jayhawk West.

Over the past two weeks, the Dragons have played Butler, Barton, Colby, and Pratt.

The Dragons have dropped in ranking, from No. 17 to No. 21, due to losing two more games.

The Dragons lost to rivals Butler in overtime, barely pulled out a win against Barton, beat Colby, and beat Pratt over the past two weeks.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., was the leading scorer for Hutch with 19 points. Ahmed also had six rebounds and four assists.

Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., and Austin Budke, Beloit, scored nearly all of their points in the second half.

Hoffman scored 14 points total and 11 points in the second half, while Budke score 12 points in the second half and 18 in total.

The Dragons went 5 for 17 from 3-point range and went 21 for 31 from the free throw line.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons still undefeated

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Sydney Benoit, Smith Center, keeps the ball away from her opponents as she looks for a teammate to pass. The Lady Dragons beat Garden City, 67-39.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Sydney Benoit, Smith Center, keeps the ball away from her opponents as she looks for a teammate to pass. The Lady Dragons beat Garden City, 67-39.

The Lady Dragons basketball team faced the Broncbusters of Garden City on February 4 at home and won, 67-39. The Lady Dragons improved their record to 24-0 overall and 10-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference and remain at No. 1.

The Dragons also hold the title of having the best defense in the Jayhawk West.

This game marks the 114th consecutive victory in the Sports Arena for the Lady Dragons.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, broke the record for the most rebounds in Lady Dragon history with 639. Playing her 60th game at HCC, she played 10 fewer games than the previous record holder to achieve this astounding record.

Purcell and Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, combined, scored 40 of the 67 points and 30 of the 44 rebounds.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons move up in rank to No. 17

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, just came down with a defensive rebound and looks for a guard to take the ball down the court. The Blue Dragons played at home against Garden City and won 80-68 on Feb. 4.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, just came down with a defensive rebound and looks for a guard to take the ball down the court. The Blue Dragons played at home against Garden City and won 80-68 on Feb. 4.

The Blue Dragon basketball team played at home against the Garden City Broncbusters and won 80-68. The Dragons record is now 20-4 overall and 7-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., was the leading scorer with 21 points. Ahmed hit 14 of 15 free throws.

DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., ended the game with 19 points, eight rebounds, and made 11-14 free throws.

Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, made 90% of the free throws he shot, he ended the game with 14 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and had two blocked shots.

Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., had 12 points, while Che Bob, Charlotte, N.C., had 11 points.

The Dragons only lead during the opening half was at the very beginning when the score was 4-3.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons ranked No. 1

By Bailey Terry

 Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information - Kalani Purcell puts pressure on a Cloud County player on Jan. 24. Purcell came through in the clutch on Jan. 29, icing two free throws to beat Seward County.

Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information - Kalani Purcell puts pressure on a Cloud County player on Jan. 24. Purcell came through in the clutch on Jan. 29, icing two free throws to beat Seward County.

Protecting their No. 1 ranking, the Lady Dragons squeaked out a win Jan. 28 against Seward County.

They won at the buzzer, 62-61, as a Seward player drove to the basket and put up a shot that rimmed out.

It was their 21st win for the season. Days earlier, they won their 20th game, for the ninth consecutive season and for the 25th time in HCC women’s basketball history.

They played the Pratt Beavers on Jan 21., and won 85-34, making their record 20-0 overall and 6-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, scored 23 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, completing her 31st double-double on her career.

She had five assists, three steals, and two blocked shots. During the game, Purcell passed a former HCC player into second place in the record books with 591 total rebounds for her career here at HCC.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragons back on a roll

By Bailey Terry

 Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information - Austin Budke, Beloit, takes it through defenders to attempt a layup during the Cloud County game on Jan. 24. The Blue Dragons prevailed in that game, by a score of 77-74.

Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information - Austin Budke, Beloit, takes it through defenders to attempt a layup during the Cloud County game on Jan. 24. The Blue Dragons prevailed in that game, by a score of 77-74.

The Blue Dragon basketball team traveled to Pratt on Jan. 21 and beat the Beavers 103-90. It made their record 16-4 overall and 3-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., had a career-high of 36 points and 12 rebounds, scoring his sixth double-double of the season.

Ahmed made 13 of 20 field goal attempts, along with four three-point goals. In just four games he has score 110 points.

Four of the Blue Dragons scored in double figures against Pratt. Austin Budke, Beloit, scored 16 points, he went six for six from the free throw line, and went five for seven for field goals.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragons break 3-game losing streak

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes /Collegian - Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y. gets the offensive rebound to then put up a shot to help HCC beat Colby Community College on Jan. 17.

Darriell Rhodes /Collegian - Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y. gets the offensive rebound to then put up a shot to help HCC beat Colby Community College on Jan. 17.

After three straight losses, two at home and one on the road, the Blue Dragons have broken their losing streak. They beat the Colby Trojans on Jan. 17, at home, 101-70,

making the Dragons’ record 15-4 overall and 2-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Two players on the Dragon team had at least 20 points. Those players were Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., and DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C.

This was Ahmed’s third straight 20 point game; he had a total of 23 points and a season-high of 15 rebounds, giving him his fifth double-double of the season. Ahmed scored 17 of his points in the first half. He tied his season-high of four steals.
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February 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

Fans meet authors, enjoy sweets, buy books at Mac event

By Shelby Horton

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Three science fiction novels, “Empty Space,” “Second Signal,” and “End Transmission” at the book show.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Three science fiction novels, “Empty Space,” “Second Signal,” and “End Transmission” at the book show.

Talk Nerdy to Me was an event held in McPherson on Feb. 21 at The Bookshelf and Hidden Closet bookstore.

It allowed patrons to come and meet some local sci-fi and fantasy authors. Patrons bustled through to meet authors, buy books, and have their personal copies signed by the writers.

The authors that were featured included Audra Trosper; author of “The Dragon Call” series, Susanne Lambdin, author of “The Dead Hearts” novels and Tracy Dunn, author of “Alex and the Immortals.”

The authors were excited to be there as they happily signed books, and explained thier plot lines to newcomers, who found themselves interested in the books.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Terraria’ a creative ride

By Mitchell Garrett

I have always been a fan of RPGs, or “role playing games,” in video games.

“Minecraft” has been a popular game in recent years, because it gives you nearly total creative freedom.

But I feel there is a lot missing from the block-building game.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lanterns make a come-back?

By Shelby Horton

The Green Lanterns Corps is one of the most well-known superhero leagues that maintain divine order in the DC universe, however the Black Lanterns create divine chaos.

“Blackest Night: Volume One” is a great introduction to the Black Lantern Corps.

Unlike the rings of the Green Lanterns that are powered by willpower, a black ring is powered through death.

The comic introduces a world where Bruce Wayne is dead. Deceased. Gone to his maker.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Duty, horrors of war intersect in ‘Sniper’

By Zeke Willcox

Bradley Cooper (at right) plays U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the 2014 movie, “American Sniper.”  The $60 million film has already grossed nearly $200 million.

Bradley Cooper (at right) plays U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the 2014 movie, “American Sniper.” The $60 million film has already grossed nearly $200 million.

Never have I been in a room so quiet.

American Sniper opens with an attention grabbing and intense sequence, as Chris Kyle hesitates, finger on the trigger. There is a child visible in his scope, grenade in hand. Will Kyle take the shot? We see the conflict in his eyes. There are consequences of letting the child live. What will he do?

The film depicts the tale of a rough and tough rodeo cowboy, Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper). However, Chris’ life changes forever after witnessing footage of the U.S. Embassy bombings in 1998. He soon enlists in navy as a U.S. Navy Seal Sniper.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

New Batman comic is here

By Shelby Horton

Comic book readers, rejoice!

The Batman comic series has been beloved by fans for generations. The Dark Knight’s legacy continues in the latest installment “Death of a family.”

It follows the story of Batman and his extended family, which includes the four generations of Robins, Batgirl, Alfred and the Dark Knight.

But what really sets apart this comic from the other new versions of Batman, has to be the reinvented Joker.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Kiss Kill Vanish’ keeps you edgy

By Paige Brier

Martinez

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“Kiss Kill Vanish,” by Jessica Martinez, is a must read for 2015. It is about a girl named Valentina Cruz who witnesses her boyfriend kill someone.

Under distress, she changes her name to Jane and choses to shed her life of privilege and leave the glittery parties behind.

Being only 17 years old, Cruz’s decision to run away from her life becomes difficult. Independence doesn’t come easily.

While working as a muse for a prestigious painter, she makes her money slowly but steadily.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Monty Python troop slays them in ‘Grail’

By Hannah Wallace

King Arthur stands with Sir Bedevere the Wise in a scene from ‘Holy Grail.”

King Arthur stands with Sir Bedevere the Wise in a scene from ‘Holy Grail.”

Produced in 1975, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was never quite finished, but it won great acclaim, anyway.

Over the years, this zany movie has received many great reviews, as well as some hideous thrashings.

It stars the ingenious cast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, including Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Drama showcase a celebration of skits

By Shelby Horton

On Jan. 15, at Hutchinson Community College’s Stringer Fine Arts Center, strange sounds could be heard coming from backstage.

Actors shouted, made other loud sounds, repeated rhythmic rhymes and sang soft melodies, getting loose as their audience slowly filed into the compact Gallery Theatre.

The stage was dimly lit.The only items on stage were a small couch and a tiny dresser with a matching stool.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sony Motion Pictures presents ‘The Interview’

By Paige Brier

Even after Sony was hacked, the movie  “The Interview”  is now playing in a limited release, in theaters all over the world, as well as in pirated copies on the Web.

Even after Sony was hacked, the movie “The Interview” is now playing in a limited release, in theaters all over the world, as well as in pirated copies on the Web.

Despite all the hype and speculation about Sony Pictures’ “The Interview,” it was a little bit of a disappointment.

The Interview is about two men, Dave Skylark and Aaron Rapoport, who run a celebrity show called “Skylark Tonight.” They end up obtaining an agreement for an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Then the CIA recruits the team to assassinate the dictator.

If you’re in the mood for slapstick comedy with very little thought, it’s a pretty good movie.

Giving the political backlash and the threatened bombings of any theater showing the film, the movie’s hype left big shoes to fill.
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February 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment

The Pokemon gets a remake

By Mitchell Garett

The pokemon Groudon is seen in “Omega Ruby,” while Kygore is in “Alpha Sapphire” as one of the most powerful pokemon in the game. They are affiliated with the villains of the game team Magma and team Aqua.

The pokemon Groudon is seen in “Omega Ruby,” while Kygore is in “Alpha Sapphire” as one of the most powerful pokemon in the game. They are affiliated with the villains of the game team Magma and team Aqua.

Many college students both here in Hutchinson and across the world have grown up playing Pokémon. Many stopped in middle school, a few more in high school, and some have picked it back up again.

Both in Japan and in the United States, the majority of players who bought a copy of one of the most recent Pokémon games were college students. It seems like many Pokémon players grew up with the games.

One of the most popular eras of Pokémon was ‘Generation 3,” which takes place in a place called Hoenn.
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February 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Christmas a time for traditional and unusual foods

By Michael Durbin

A Christmas feast  brings a festive mood to many people during the holiday season, whether it contains turkey and dressing or tacos and burritos.

A Christmas feast brings a festive mood to many people during the holiday season, whether it contains turkey and dressing or tacos and burritos.

Throughout the years many people have had their own ideas on what a traditional Christmas dinner should be.

Everyone seems to have certain foods they love to eat for the holidays.

Sometimes families will have the same things they had at Thanksgiving. Some of these foods, such as ham, turkey, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes are among the dishes you see at both holidays.

Besides spending time with family and friends, Christmas dinner is a regular tradition in most families.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

‘Grinch” a classic

By Hannah Wallace
This is a still image from the 2000 version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring a heavily made-up Jim Carrey.  Many people prefer the original, animated version, produced in 1966 by the author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as “Dr. Suess” in his many books.
In 1966, Dr. Seuss produced a Christmas movie that would capture the hearts of millions around the world.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” became one of America’s favorite Christmas movies of all time.

Almost 50 years later, the Grinch is still an American tradition.

The 26-minute film is about an old, grumpy, green monster “Who” that lives on top of Who Mountain with his dog Max.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

With creativity, Christmas can fit into students’ tight budgets

By Mitchell Garrett

Christmas starts off as a beautiful time of year, when children are more excited than ever. Growing up, they might stop believing in Santa, but they still get just as excited.

That excitement changes when they go to college.

Suddenly, they find that they have no money, and a huge list of family and friends that they want to get gifts for. It can be completely overwhelming.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Horror film uses Ouija board as plot device

By Shelby Horton

The new horror movie “Ouija,” centers on the character Laine, who is trying to cope with her best friend’s death.

In order to gain answers, Laine decides to use a Ouija board to get in contact with her friend.

Enlisting the help of her younger sister and their group of friends, they begin to search for their answers, ultimately beginning a fight for their lives.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment