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New parking lot construction continues

New parking lot construction continues

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

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National tournament felt in HCC parking lots

National tournament felt in HCC parking lots

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

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No.1 HCC Lady Dragons head to NJCAA Nationals!

No.1 HCC Lady Dragons head to NJCAA Nationals!

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

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Cattle drive a chance to recall cowboys’ heyday

Cattle drive a chance to recall cowboys’ heyday

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

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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

Sports Arena keeps NJCAA Tourney

By Ethan Ball

Ethan Ball/Collegian - The Hutchinson Sports Arena on Feb. 23 looks much the same as it has for decades. It soon will undergo a $29 million renovation, with the addition of two more gyms, air conditioning and many other features.

Ethan Ball/Collegian - The Hutchinson Sports Arena on Feb. 23 looks much the same as it has for decades. It soon will undergo a $29 million renovation, with the addition of two more gyms, air conditioning and many other features.

It’s the time of year for Hutchinson’s own March Madness with the NJCAA Men’s National Division I basketball tournament right around the corner.

The movement for the NJCAA began in 1937 when track and field coaches gathered in California to make plans. The NJCAA was created a year later.

It’s exciting history continues to unfold.
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Career Fair links employers, students

By Casey Jones

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian  - Coletta Betzen, Collwich, and Afton Ellington, Hutchinson, talk to a representative from Wesley Towers retirement center regarding career paths that the center offers.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Coletta Betzen, Collwich, and Afton Ellington, Hutchinson, talk to a representative from Wesley Towers retirement center regarding career paths that the center offers.

On Feb. 24, HCC hosted its first Career Connections Job Fair at the sports arena, with a large turnout from the student body and surrounding employers.

Of the employers, a total of 53 signed up to have a booth there, with only one dropping because of a previous commitment.

These employers ranged from a wide variety of fields, from industrial, manufacturing, and engineering to education, child care, and social services.

Many of the students had to come because of certain classes, but still seemed to believe it was a great opportunity.

“I’m in a career decision class and had to come,” Mollie Panek, Cunningham, said.
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

David Dillon to speak

By Angela Lingg

David Dillon, former CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Kroger.

David Dillon, former CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Kroger.

David Dillon has been influenced by business since he was young.

As the great-grandson of J.S. Dillon, the founder of Dillon Stores, David Dillon belongs to a history of successful business men and women.

He will be a speaker for the Hutchinson Community College Entrepreneurs’ Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle. Admission is free.

The forum is put on by business instructor Dan “Coach Nac” Naccarato.

“Speakers talk about their own life history, experiences, observations, insights, and suggestions,” Naccarato said, about the forum. “They are always willing to answer questions.”

While Dillon was the great-grandson of a successful businessman, he made his own mark on the business world.
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Homecoming events fun

Lauren Rust /Collegian - Hunter Nance, Wichita (in white shirt), rollerskates at the Skateland Family Fun Center located just west of Lorraine St.

Lauren Rust /Collegian - Hunter Nance, Wichita (in white shirt), rollerskates at the Skateland Family Fun Center located just west of Lorraine St.

March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Weathers recalls near-death on Everest

By Angela Lingg

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Mitch Boss, Newton, talks with Weathers, who lost his nose, right hand and most of his fingers on Mt.  Everest.

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Mitch Boss, Newton, talks with Weathers, who lost his nose, right hand and most of his fingers on Mt. Everest.

Moving across the stage, waving his ravaged left hand and one mechanical hand, Dr. Beck Weathers shared his story of survival with the audience at the Sports Arena.
At times, he whispered, and at other times he shouted. His voice shook with emotion as he told of the miracles that unfolded on that tragic day on Mount Everest.
Dennis Stoecklein was impressed with Weathers’ deliverance of the lecture. “He spoke for about an hour and five minutes with no notes and was very passionate about his message,” Stoecklein said.
On Feb. 16, Weathers was the first speaker in the 2016 Dillon Lecture Series. Weathers survived the shocking 1996 Everest disaster in which eight climbers lost their lives.
Twenty years ago this month, Weathers was training to climb the last of the seven summits — Mount Everest. On May 10, 1996, sometime around midnight, Weathers’ team began the final ascent to the summit. As the day went on, Weathers temporarily lost his eyesight, due to a prior, radial keratotomy eye surgery and the high altitude.
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Web shuts down

By Troy Daughtery

Troy Daughtery/Collegian - Yellow ethernet cables lead in and out of a server unit that helps provide web links to the campus.

Troy Daughtery/Collegian - Yellow ethernet cables lead in and out of a server unit that helps provide web links to the campus.

Most students probably noticed that the Internet was down for several hours on Feb.10, causing problems turning in assignments on time and checking Facebook every six seconds.
It was down for much of the day, but eventually it came back up. So what caused the outage?
That was exactly what some of the technical staff was wondering as well.
They found out at about 7:30 a.m. that it was down, while many of them were still on their way to the campus.

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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Jobs outlook bright in robotics field

By Ethan Ball

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Colten Tipton, Hutchinson, explains how a robot works in an robotics class in Shears Technology Center.

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Colten Tipton, Hutchinson, explains how a robot works in an robotics class in Shears Technology Center.

Imagine a world where employees work constant 24-hour shifts and never miss a single second, never call in sick, and never strike due to a decrease in wages.

This world became reality in 1954 when George Devo designed the first industrial robot.

Capable of transferring objects from one point to another within a distance of 12 feet, this new invention would soon come to be one of the most productive technological advancements of the 20th century.

Robotics is a field where the person is taken out of the job, replaced by a machine, and is given a new job interpreting data and sharing it with the machines.
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February 16, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Campus reacts to ‘latest’ gun bill

By Loribeth Reynolds

Amaelle Caron/Collegian - Ethan Ball, Albany, Oregon, browses 9mm pistols at a Hutchinson gun shop Jan. 28.

Amaelle Caron/Collegian - Ethan Ball, Albany, Oregon, browses 9mm pistols at a Hutchinson gun shop Jan. 28.

Kansas house bill 2538, introduced at the end of January by Sen. John Rubin, R-Shawnee, could lower the age of legally carrying a concealed handgun to 18.

If passed, this would mean that every college-aged student could potentially be allowed to carry concealed firearms onto Kansas campuses beginning July 1, 2017.

Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, isn’t very optimistic about the bill.
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February 16, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Dance, skate, vote and eat during Homey Week

By Lauren Rust

The college will “be there for you” during Homecoming Week, Feb. 8 to Feb. 13.

The activities for the week will be based on the TV show “Friends,” a young-adult sitcom that had a 10-year run, ending in 2004. It remains popular in reruns.

The week begins with prelim voting on Monday located on Dragonzone under Campus Life.

This event will be followed by a “Friends” selfie contest that lasts through noon on Friday.

The next activity, “We Were on a Break” skate night, is on Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 8:30 to10:30 p.m. at Skateland Skate Center, just north of Kmart.
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February 16, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Bill would lower gun-carry age to 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—The Hutchinson News

January 31, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Dragon Zone: ‘There is an app for that’

By Ethan Ball

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We had to go through several legal steps in order to get the app where Apple would even look at it, for security purposes,” Morris said.
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January 31, 2016 | Leave a Comment


Features

Aggieville’s ‘Fake Patty’s Day’ a boisterous event

By Taryn Gillepsie
Fake Patty’s Day is a holiday to many Kansas college students, as a town usually cloaked in purple turns green for a day — at least in Aggieville.
It all started in Manhattan in 2007, because some students wanted to celebrate the traditional Saint Patrick’s Day holiday, that happens to land during the college’s Spring Break.
The students started celebrating the holiday on the Saturday before Saint Patrick’s Day. They called it “Fake Patty’s Day.”
The participants hung out in the Aggieville district in town, drank green beer, played yard games and dressed festively for the event.
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March 19, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Faulty toilets can lead to health issues

By Branson Strasner

Loriena Nokes/Collegian - Branson Strasner, Collegian reporter,  holds a sheet of newsprint covered with droplets of water that erupted from a flushing toilet in Lockman Hall.

Loriena Nokes/Collegian - Branson Strasner, Collegian reporter, holds a sheet of newsprint covered with droplets of water that erupted from a flushing toilet in Lockman Hall.

Anyone who has used a bathroom on campus has had to deal with the sometimes frustrating and disgusting automatic-flush toilets.

There are some issues with these motion-detector toilets, including water droplets being sprayed into the air during each flush — or water wasted each time the flush sensor repeatedly goes off as a person moves in a bathroom stall.

After a few tests by the Collegian staff, several toilets in Lockman Hall were shown, during flushing, to spray droplets of toilet water into the air, landing anywhere between waist and forehead high.
Exposure to these droplets can be a health hazard, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The CDC said droplets from toilets can spread the sewage bacterium “clostridium difficile,” known as C. difficile, which can cause both vomiting and diarrhea that can last several days.
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March 19, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Far from home, learning new culture

By Shelby Horton

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Originally from Kanagawa, Japan, Juya Ishii moved to the United States to go to college.  Although he misses  his home, he is focused on getting an education and experiencing college life in the United States. He hopes one day to teach children in less fortunate countries.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Originally from Kanagawa, Japan, Juya Ishii moved to the United States to go to college. Although he misses his home, he is focused on getting an education and experiencing college life in the United States. He hopes one day to teach children in less fortunate countries.

Any student who hopes to go to college understands that a few risks must be taken, such as taking out student loans or moving in with a roommate you hardly know.

But Junya Ishii, a sophomore at Hutchinson Community College, took a bigger risk than most students.

A year and a half ago, Ishii made the move from Kanagawa, Japan, to Kansas.

Ishii describes taking exams to be allowed to come to school in the United States, but still feeling very unsure about making the commitment to moving so far away for school.

“I wanted to come to the United States, but I knew it was going to be a lot of work and very difficult,” Ishii said.

“Fortunately, I passed, considering I only studied the night before. It was out of pure luck.”

At the time, Ishii recalls, his mother and he were not getting along, so when he passed the test, there was little resistance to him leaving home.
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Photography studio gets a face lift with white paint; models are needed

By Shelby Horton

The Advanced Photography class is getting a fresh look in its photography studio.

The class, taught in Lockman Hall, has been around for about 10 years.

It was organized by Alan Montgomery, journalism and photography instructor.

When Montgomery was researching ways to set up the studio, he sought advice from local photographers, including Dwight Ferguson.
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Poet laureate of Kansas talks to writing students

By Lariena Nokes

Lariena Nokes/Collegian - Eric McHenry, Kansas poet laurette, talks with Bill Sheldon’s  creative writing class on  Feb.16.

Lariena Nokes/Collegian - Eric McHenry, Kansas poet laurette, talks with Bill Sheldon’s creative writing class on Feb.16.

Eric McHenry, Poet Laureate of Kansas, spoke on our campus on Feb. 16.

He encouraged students to be aware.

To notice sunlight dancing through a window on the hallway floor.

Feel the wind brush past your shoulders outside between classes.

Relate an image to a memory.
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Cheap fuel compared with 60’s and 70’s

By Lauren Rust

With gas prices dipping below $1.50, it is time to look back to when gas was this cheap.

Records show gas prices have not been this low since 2003.

Bill Sheldon, English professor, looks back to his youth and the gas prices at that time — as low as 38 cents per gallon. Sheldon said when gas was cheap, teens would cruise his town’s main drag all night long.
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Spreading warmth, one hat at a time

By Loribeth Reynolds

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Knitted hats are stacked across from Sharon Eisler, Hutchinson, who looks over a toddler hat before it goes onto the donation pile, at the Elmdale Senior Center.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Knitted hats are stacked across from Sharon Eisler, Hutchinson, who looks over a toddler hat before it goes onto the donation pile, at the Elmdale Senior Center.

Inside the Parker Student Union, just behind the information desk, various hand-made hats are displayed with a sign that reads, “Free to Students.”

These hats are made with care for Hutchinson Community College students who need to keep warm on cold Kansas days.

Every Wednesday afternoon, a group of about 10 women come together at the Elmdale Senior Center in an effort to spread their warmth.

These women crochet hats, scarves, and afghans to donate to those in need.

Carolyn Parson, an academic advisor for Hutchinson Community College, is a part of this group of women. They are appropriately called, “The Crochet Angels.”
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Caucus: Born in Colonial taverns

By Shelby Horton

The illustration above depicts colonial patriots who would  gather in taverns to discuss politics.

The illustration above depicts colonial patriots who would gather in taverns to discuss politics.

The 2016 presidential race resulted in record-setting turnouts in the highly watched Iowa Caucus.

However, many Americans don’t understand what a caucus is, or even the origin of the word.

A modern definition of caucus is: A meeting of members of a particular political party to select candidates or decide policy.

The U.S. tradition began with the Boston Caucus Club. Formed in 1719, it was an informal political organization that had a strong influence in Boston at the time. The Latin word “caucus” means “drinking vessel.” Alrighty, then.

These meetings, which were usually held in places like the Salutation Tavern, are believed to be linked to robust plans for the Boston Tea Party raid, and later for America’s independence movement.
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Boudoir: Capturing passion and creating artistic images

By Taylor Dahlberg

Taylor Dahlberg/Collegian -  This model used her photography session as a saucy Valentine’s gift for her boyfriend.

Taylor Dahlberg/Collegian - This model used her photography session as a saucy Valentine’s gift for her boyfriend.

Boudoir photography — which basically means taking pictures of women in lingerie or as they are “suggestively covered” — has become more popular over the past couple years.

In Kansas, some photographers are catching on.

My passion with boudoir began a few months ago when I saw an ad from a woman who was looking for that kind of photography. She had trouble finding a photographer to provide that service.

I agreed to provide my services, but had to draw some lines first as to what each of us was comfortable with.

After this shoot, I realized that boudoir is not simply taking pictures of women in lingerie. It is helping women feel empowered about their bodies in a new and innovative way.

Recently, a friend and I team-shot a boudoir session for three women.
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February 16, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Livestock team practices events at fairgrounds

By Loribeth Reynolds

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A cow stands tethered to a gate, as Ben Williams, livestock judging coach, discusses the features of the cow with his team. Students are trained to look for certain attributes when judging livestock, like muscle mass.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A cow stands tethered to a gate, as Ben Williams, livestock judging coach, discusses the features of the cow with his team. Students are trained to look for certain attributes when judging livestock, like muscle mass.

A chorus of “Moos” bellowed throughout the Prairie Pavilion at the Kansas State Fairgrounds on Jan. 23 as the Hutchinson Community College Livestock Judging team prepared to practice judging cattle.

Instructor Ben Williams, the livestock judging coach, explained that the students on the team are dedicated and they devote a lot of time to develop this skill.

“These students here spend most weekends and after school hours practicing and competing,” Williams said.

“This is what we do: Four head of cattle are shown for about 15 minutes at a time in the ring, then we will judge them, have a discussion, and then rank them.”

Wyatt Dursty, Morrowville, said he doesn’t mind putting in time on the weekends with the team because it helps him improve his skills.
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February 16, 2016 | Leave a Comment

No more bulls for dad; hangs up spurs

Just Ask

Hannah

By Hannah Wallace

Are you in a relationship?

Dear about to be shocked,

As a matter of fact I am. I am with my high school sweetheart of six years.

We have been dating for a little over a year now and I have to say it’s been the best year of my life.

We have decided to put our education first so it makes seeing each other a little difficult sometimes.

Our relationship is about to be tested hard core as I am moving to Hawaii in just a few short months.

We have decided to put it in God’s hands but if it all works out we plan to stay together.

Dear Hannah,

What is your favorite sport?

Dear fan,

I would have to say that my favorite sport is rodeo. I grew up participating in rodeo and loved every minute of it.

I have a lot of respect for rodeo because it is one of the only sports that opens with not only a prayer but a tribute to our U.S. troops.

My dad was a professional at bareback and bulls for a while; he actually made it to the NFR (National Finals Rodeo) back in the 80’s.

My dad is now 50 years old and decided to hang up his spurs last summer.

Yes, he rode his last bull at the age of 50.

I’m starting to think I get my bad-assery from my dad.

Dear Hannah,

I want to lose my virginity. What should I do?

Dear despite,

Let’s remember one important thing: Once you lose your virginity, you can never get it back.

I am still a virgin myself and the one thing that keeps me from losing it is this thought: When I hear people talk about his or her sex life I can’t help but think to myself, “Wow, if somebody like you, looking like you do, can lose their virginity, then I must be OK in life.”

The only difference between me and those people is I won’t have to lose my virginity to the first person that offers, because let’s face it, I’m better than everyone else.

Also remember, there is no cure for AIDS, so please be careful.

Dear Hannah,

Do you have friends?

Dear creeper,

Surprisingly enough I do. Only a select few are bold enough to withstand my cockiness and high ego.

I like to think that I humble myself to hang out with the peasants on a daily basis, and only a few are good enough to grovel in my presence.

I do have a best friend, whose name is Claire. She is about as good as they come, so therefore I claim her as my one and only best friend.

February 16, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Easier now to report harassment, racism

By Lariena Nokes

Sitting in a class with a disruptive student, being inappropriately touched by anyone on campus, or being left out because of your gender, race, or faith can make college a miserable place to be.

The option to report has always been open to anyone, but now the Threat Assessment, Incident Management and Prevention Services, or “TIPS” makes reporting complaints with anonymity possible.

Here at HCC, Jacob Gunden, coordinator of equity and compliance, is in charge of campus Title IX issues.
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February 16, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Improv show planned as high-spirited event

By Taryn Gillepsie

An evening of “improv” is a night for the theater students to have fun with their audience.

The HCC Drama program is putting on a improv event Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Gallery Theater.

HCC students and staff get in free, as they do at all theater events. Adults are $10, seniors $8, and non- HCC students are $5.

The theater students plan to make it fun for the audience and to give some a chance to get involved.
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February 16, 2016 | Leave a Comment


Sports

Men onto Region VI championship

By Bailey Terry

HCC Sports Information - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, shoots the ball over two defenders during the semifinal game.

HCC Sports Information - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, shoots the ball over two defenders during the semifinal game.

The Blue Dragon men’s basketball team obtained the No. 1 seed in the Region VI tournament, so they had a bye in the first round of the tournament.
After beating Garden City, the Dragons played Cowley in Park City in the semifinals of the Region VI tournament on March 2 and won 91-87.
Hutch’s record is now 29-3.
The leading scorer for the Dragons was Samajae Haynes-Jones, Wichita, with 26 points.
Behind Haynes-Jones was Shakur Juiston with 16 points.
Hutch was barely out-rebounded, 50-51.
The Dragons built an early lead and their lead continued to grow.
Hutch took their first run minutes into the game to build their lead to 27-9.
During their 15-0 lead, the Dragons held their opponents scoreless for seven minutes.
With four minutes left in the first half, the Dragons held the lead 38-18.
Cowley then went on an 11-3 run to cut down the Hutch lead, 43-34 to end the first half.
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March 19, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Women fall in the semifinal game

By Bailey Terry

HCC Sports Information - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives to the basket past a defender during the semifinal game of the Region VI tournament in Park City on March 2.

HCC Sports Information - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives to the basket past a defender during the semifinal game of the Region VI tournament in Park City on March 2.

The Blue Dragon women’s basketball team played Seward County in the semifinals of the Region VI tournament on March 2.
Hutch lost the game 72-65 against a tough Seward opponent.
The Dragon’s record is now 29-4.
Two Hutch players scored 17 points in the semifinal game: They were Taylor Stahly, Newton, and Kirea Rogers, Wichita.
Amazingly, 15 of Stahly’s points were threes.
She also became the second Dragon player in history to reach 100 three-pointers in a season.
Overall, the Dragons were barely out-rebounded, 26-27.
The Dragons enjoyed a 20-9 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter.
At the end of the first quarter, the Dragons held the lead 20-13.
In the second quarter, Seward was able to catch up and tie the game at 24 with six minutes to play in the half.
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March 19, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Softball wins doubleheader sweep against Oklahoma

By Bailey Terry

Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Info - Tori Cauthers, Lampasas, Texas, connects with the ball during the Feb. 18 game against the Friends JV.

Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Info - Tori Cauthers, Lampasas, Texas, connects with the ball during the Feb. 18 game against the Friends JV.

The Blue Dragon softball team played a doubleheader against Oklahoma Wesleyan JV in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, on March 2 and won, big time.
The scores were 15-1 and 8-0, which advances their record to 6-2.
The Dragons run-ruled their opponents in both games; each game was just five innings long.
During the first game, Sami Loo, Udall, went three for three with three runs scored.
Three other Hutch players had two hits apiece: They were Hannah Danielson, Edmond, Oklahoma, Ally Raines, Round Rock, Texas, and Nicole Pendelton, Edmond, Oklahoma.
Danielson scored two runs and Raines scored three.
Danielson and Kendall Blanco each stole two bases.
The dragon pitcher, Holly Kelley, Cypress, Texas, struck out six and walked one.
Kelly only allowed four hits over the five-inning game.
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March 19, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Baseball completes three game sweep of Rose State

By Bailey Terry

Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Info - Jake Bublitz, Denver, Colorado, hits the ball during ahome game against Brown Mackie on Feb. 24 at Hobart Detter.

Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Info - Jake Bublitz, Denver, Colorado, hits the ball during ahome game against Brown Mackie on Feb. 24 at Hobart Detter.

The Blue Dragon baseball team played a three-game series over three days, Feb. 26, 27, and 28 against Rose State in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
The Dragons won all three games, 16-10, 10-0, and 6-1.
Hutch’s record is now 10-1.
Overall, Hutch out-scored their opponents 32-11 in the series
The Dragons were five for five on stolen bases
In the third game, the game was tied 1-1 until the 10th inning when the Dragons scored five runs.
Shane Cooper, O’Fallon, Missouri, hit a solo home run at the top of the first inning to score the first run for Hutch.
Blue Dragon pitcher, Bobby Milacki, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, pitched nine innings during the third game and he only allowed two hits and just one earned run.
Milacki also struck out seven and walked one.
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March 19, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Men clinch first Jayhawk Conference title since 2004

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, shielding the ball from his opponent during the game on Feb. 20 at home in the Sports Arena against Barton. Hoffman aided the Dragons in their win by scoring 20 points and stealing the ball three times.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, shielding the ball from his opponent during the game on Feb. 20 at home in the Sports Arena against Barton. Hoffman aided the Dragons in their win by scoring 20 points and stealing the ball three times.

Closing the regular season, the No. 7-ranked Blue Dragon men’s basketball team played the Garden City Broncbusters at their place on Feb. 22.

Hutch won their 11th game in a row.

The score was 93-84.

That brings the Dragons’ record to 27-3 overall and 16-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

This win gives the Dragons possession of their first conference title since 2004.

Since the Dragons hold the title of the Jayhawk West Conference, they qualified for the NJCAA tournament come March.

The leading scorer for the Dragons was Bashir Ahmed, Bronx, New York, with 26 points.

Ahmed also added 12 rebounds, 2 steals.
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March 1, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Track on to Nationals

By Angela Lingg

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Orser Rodriguez, Harlingen, Texas, running the 1000-meter run during the Crete, Nebraska meet on Feb. 6.

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Orser Rodriguez, Harlingen, Texas, running the 1000-meter run during the Crete, Nebraska meet on Feb. 6.

The HCC track team competed at the Region VI Track Meet at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, on Feb. 18-20.

The men’s team finished sixth in the region, with 54 points. Junior Joseph, Wichita, broke HCC’s men’s weight throw record with a throw of 58 feet, 5 inches.

Joseph is already qualified for nationals and is currently ranked sixth in the nation.

He finished second in the Region.

The men qualified three more runners for nationals.

Stein Desir, Palm Beach, Florida, qualified in the 600 meters with a time of one minute 22 seconds.

He finished in third and also ran the third-fastest time in HCC history.

Forest Dreyer, Salina, qualified for nationals in the 5000 meters with a time of 16 minutes five seconds.
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Women: 6th straight Region VI title

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, goes past a few defenders and gets fouled in the process during a recent home game.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, goes past a few defenders and gets fouled in the process during a recent home game.

For the final, regular season game, the Blue Dragon women’s basketball team played the Garden City Broncbusters in Garden City on Feb. 22 and won.

The score was, 62-52.

The Dragons record is now 26-3 overall and 16-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

This win helped Hutch take their 6th consecutive conference title.

The leading scorer for the Dragons was Kirea Rogers, Wichita, with 19 points.

Rogers added 12 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season.
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Baseball scores 25 on Brown Mackie

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HCC Sports Information - Caden Doga, Rusten, Louisiana, runs the bases during a recent home game.

HCC Sports Information - Caden Doga, Rusten, Louisiana, runs the bases during a recent home game.

It was a record-making home opener for the Blue Dragons baseball team’s game on Feb. 24 at Hobart-Detter Field, as they stunned the Brown Mackie College Lions by a score of 25-3.

It was the most runs the Dragons had ever scored on an NJCAA baseball team.

For the first time in two years, the Blue Dragons scored over 20 points, stampeding on to win the 24-hit game in a seven-inning, run-rule victory.

The last time they scored 20 was two years ago, when they were sizzling against Rose State.

The Blue Dragons had three huge offensive innings against the Lions, batting around in all three innings.

Hutch sent 11 batters to the plate in an eight-run second inning.
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Softball with 4-2 start

By Bailey Terry

Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Info - Holly Kelley, Cypress, Texas, pitches the ball during a home game at Fun Valley  against Friends JV on Feb 18.

Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Info - Holly Kelley, Cypress, Texas, pitches the ball during a home game at Fun Valley against Friends JV on Feb 18.

The Blue Dragon softball team’s season started on Feb. 11 when they faced Pratt at home and won both games.

Since then, the Dragons have lost to Dodge City in a double-header and swept Friends JV in the double-header.

The Dragons played the Friends JV on Feb. 18 and won. The scores were 12-5 and 9-6.

The first game only lasted five innings due to the run-rule.

Holly Kelley, Cypress, Texas, struck out eight batters and only allowed three hits and walked one.

Kelley threw four shutout innings before her opponents were able to get a hit off.

Hutch averaged two runs per inning besides a five-run third inning.

The Dragons won the game 12-5.
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Men win nine straight

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian -  Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, breaks past a defender and drives to the basket during a home game against Cloud County on Feb. 13.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, breaks past a defender and drives to the basket during a home game against Cloud County on Feb. 13.

The Blue Dragon men’s basketball team played Cloud County at home on Feb. 13 for the homecoming game.

The Dragons won, 79-45, which brought their record to 25-3 overall and 14-3 in the Jayhawk West conference.

It was Hutch’s ninth win in a row.

The leading scorer for Hutch was Akbar Hoffman, Newark, New Jersey, with 21 points and he also added five rebounds.

Just behind Hoffman was Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, New York, with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

This was Ahmed 10th double-double of the season.

Overall the team had 47 rebounds, 21 assists, and 10 steals.

Over the first nine minutes of the game, the Dragons held Cloud County to only three points, while Hutch scored 22.
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Women fall two in a row

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives to the basket as she tries to break past a defender during a home game against Cloud County on Feb. 13. Rogers added 10 points and five steals.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kirea Rogers, Wichita, drives to the basket as she tries to break past a defender during a home game against Cloud County on Feb. 13. Rogers added 10 points and five steals.

After an impressive 132-game win streak in the Sports Arena for the Blue Dragon women’s basketball, the streak has ended with a loss to Cloud County.

Hutch played Cloud County on Feb. 13 and lost 57-67 after Hutch committed 22 turnovers.

Cloud County was the first opponent to come into the Sports Arena and win a game against the women since 2009.

Their record is now 24-3 overall and 14-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Over the last two weeks, the Dragons beat Dodge City and Colby, but had their second and third losses of the season against Seward County and Cloud County.

The top scorer for the Dragons was Inja Butina, Zagreb, Croatia, with 11 points.

Butina also added 5 assists.
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Track picks up 6 qualifiers

By Angela Lingg

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Shaqurella Collins, Houston, Texas, nails a landing in long jump during a meet on Feb. 2 in Crete, Nebraska.

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Shaqurella Collins, Houston, Texas, nails a landing in long jump during a meet on Feb. 2 in Crete, Nebraska.

The Hutchinson Community College track team competed at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska on Feb. 6.

The men and women’s team picked up six more qualifiers for Nationals.

In the second running event of the day, the Lady Dragons won the women’s 4×800 meters and also qualified for nationals with a time of 10 minutes and 15 seconds.

The team consisted of Leah Nelson, Wellington, Madison Pollock, Winfield, Katy Spencer, Andale, and Keagan Davis, Wichita.

Danielle Johnson, Buhler, was the only other qualifier for the women, and she qualified in the weight throw with a toss of 14.21 meters.

Her throw is the third best in HCC indoor track history.
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Entertainment

Simple concept spawns real-world woodsy story

By Troy Daughtery

Firewatch is a perfect example of a simple concept elevated by masterful execution.
Firewatch is a first-person adventure video game, developed by Campo Santo studio.
This is also the first game that has been developed through this studio.
It takes place in the aftermath of the Yellowstone fires of 1998.
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Admitting fault can solve petty fights

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By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,
Is taking pictures of my boyfriend and me important during intimate parts of our relationship? I’ve seen some really intimate photos on Facebook, but now people are taking pictures of themselves during sex.

Dear Photographed,
Having your relationship documented on social media can be like trying to pour gasoline onto a fire.
Granted, many people are encouraged to share their happy moments with loved ones, such as maybe having a lovely day at an amusement park together.
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Plus-size model inspires positive body image

Just Ask Hannah

By Hannah Wallace


Dear Hannah, What are your thoughts on people being allowed to carry guns on campus?
Dear concerned, I know that the right to bear arms is a Constitutional right, but that does not mean I have to trust all people with that particular right.
There are some people on this campus that I wouldn’t even trust with a peashooter, let alone an actual gun.
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Troye Sivan, You-Tube personality, releases EP and new album

By Amaelle Caron

English speaking artists are brought to us from all around the globe, and the easiest way to find those artists, is the Internet.
Troye Sivan is a singer, songwriter, actor and YouTube personality.
He is 20 years old and was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but he moved away from the city with his parents when he was two years old due to the rise in crime.
Raised in a Jewish family the tension in Africa was too much for them. They ended up in Perth, Australia, where he grew up and developed his love for arts.
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‘Deadpool’ breaks fourth wall and record

By Branson Strasner

The new  anti-hero action movie ‘Deadpool’ appeals to a different kind of audience, introducing new fans to a  facet of Marvel Comics with which few are familiar.

The new anti-hero action movie ‘Deadpool’ appeals to a different kind of audience, introducing new fans to a facet of Marvel Comics with which few are familiar.

In recent years, super hero movies have seen a giant increase in popularity.

Franchises such as Iron Man, X-Men, and the Avengers have become annual blockbusters for their respective studios.

Twenty First Century Fox, which has produced numerous X-Men films, recently released Deadpool, a breakoff from the super hero movie formula.

On it’s opening night the film broke the record for highest grossing opening for an R-rated film.

Deadpool follows the story of ex-Special Forces operative Wade Wilson, who undergoes an experimental treatment to cure his terminal cancer.
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Your first time won’t be like the movies

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By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

What causes a girl to be seen as a whore? Is it sleeping around too much, or can it also be because a girl dates too much?

Dear Concerned,

The definition of whore is a person who works as a prostitute.
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Gangsta rap achieves one of 2016’s best rappers, Kevin Gates

By Ethan Ball

Kevin Gates has recently emerged as one of 2016’s best rappers with his debut album, which was released January 29th.

Not only was it the number one rap album in the country, but the number three album overall behind Rihanna’s ANTI and Adele’s 25.

There’s no doubt that this album gained him the bragging rights all rappers dream of.

The album is titled “Islah,” which is also the name of his daughter.
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Hutchinson Mall 8 theaters get recliners, stylish decor

By Amaelle Caron

Rainbow Hilton/Collegian - At left, the old, well-worn seats at the Mall 8 theaters; at right, the new, spiffy recliners that are now being installed. Completion date is March 24.

Rainbow Hilton/Collegian - At left, the old, well-worn seats at the Mall 8 theaters; at right, the new, spiffy recliners that are now being installed. Completion date is March 24.

The Hutchinson movie theaters are getting a new look.

On Jan. 27, the theater owners announced an extensive remodeling of the B&B Hutchinson Mall 8 Cinema.

The building, with its eight screens, is located in the Hutchinson Mall on East 11th Avenue.

B&B is a family owned cinema chain founded in 1924 that currently operates 414 screens.

It is the 9th largest theater chain in the U.S. They try to improve their theaters to give the customers a good experience.

Ethan Hood, Winfield, knew about the construction project long before the theater made the announcement public,
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‘Grease’ gets a twist

By Amaelle Caron

Grease Live! takes an old classic and transforms it into a high-intensity live show.

Grease Live! takes an old classic and transforms it into a high-intensity live show.

Greasers were reborn for a live performance of “Grease: The Musical” on FOX TV on Jan 31.

The show was live on national TV and watched by more than 12 million people.

The famous couple Danny Zuko and Sandy were portrayed by Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough.

The dramatic Rizzo was played by Vanessa Hudgens, who gave an amazing performance for the song “There are Worse Things I Could Do.”
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Pillow mints can cure your Dragon breath

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By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

What are some ways to make my boyfriend last longer in bed?

Dear Over Eight Seconds,
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Fast thinking, over-the-top skits rule stage during night of improv

By Shelby Horton

Hutchinson Community College presented “An Evening of Improv” on Feb. 12 and 13 in the Stringer Fine Arts Center Gallery Theatre.

The performance was filled with eight types of improv games and two rehearsed sketches.

The evening started off a little rough as the audience’s first impression of the actors was watching them warm up through a game called “Pass the Energy.”
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Career Fair coming on Feb. 24

By Casey Jones

Hutchinson Community College will be hosting a job fair Wednesday, Feb. 24, in collaboration with the new website that is available to students — CareerZone.

The career fair will be at 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

There will be a crowd of area employers looking for prospective employees, both while in college and for when the students graduate.
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Couples butt heads over gamer lifestyle

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By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

My neighbors enjoy having loud sex-noise contests at the most random times at night, and will not stop. Their voices are piercing. I understand having a good time but seriously how can I get them to understand making sex noises to annoy people at the dorms isn’t funny?

Dear noise canceler,

What these women are doing is extremely immature; unfortunately for them this isn’t freshmen year of high school anymore.

That kind of humor was funny when we were all immature teenagers with our hormones out of control, but now it’s just plain dumb.
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February 16, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Panic! creates a new sound

By Amaelle Caron

“Panic! At the Disco” is an American rock band that has been around for more than 10 years.

The band was created in 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The band signed on to the Fueled by Ramen record label.

Their music is defined as rock; although they experimented with other styles over the years such as pop, alternative, and baroque pop.

They split up many times through the years, replaced musicians, and dealt with members leaving.

Their first album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” came out in 2005 and their first single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” was a huge success at its release.
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