Featured #1

Laura Ling talks about her experience in journalism

Laura Ling talks about her experience in journalism

By Carolyn Durbin, Hutchinson Collegian reporter. It was  a tale of terror. And it was true. On April 1, Laura Ling, an American journalist, spoke at the Dillon Lecture about how she and another journalist were detained in North Korea in 2009 and sentenced to 12 years of hard... [Read more...]

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Former CIA ‘extraction’ expert talks on campus

Former CIA ‘extraction’ expert talks on campus

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

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Governor attends Peel Center dedication

Governor attends Peel Center dedication

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

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City takes action after crosswalk accidents

City takes action after crosswalk accidents

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

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Fire Science move  possible

Fire Science move possible

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

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Smoke, darkness keys in rescue event

Smoke, darkness keys in rescue event

Photo by Carolyn Durbin — Participants in the HCC Mine Safety Academy underwent training in simulated mine emergency conditions, including darkness, smoke and fire, at South Campus on Oct. 16-18. Story by Ashlyn King — HCC’s Mine Safety Academy held a mine rescue training... [Read more...]

News

New Fire Science facility nearly complete

By Paige Brier

Paige Brier/Collegian - A construction worker walks out of the new HCC Fire Science training building on East 4th Avenue. In the distance, the beige and brick building is the existing Hutchinson Fire Department training center.

Paige Brier/Collegian - A construction worker walks out of the new HCC Fire Science training building on East 4th Avenue. In the distance, the beige and brick building is the existing Hutchinson Fire Department training center.

Construction is well underway for the new HCC Fire Science Program training facility, at 3201 East Fourth Avenue.

The $2 million building’s walls, roof and interior support walls are complete and and its interior is being finished.

The 20,000-square-foot building should be complete by late October. A&A Builders of Hutchinson is the building contractor for the project.

Originally, the building was scheduled to be completed in Summer 2014, but there were delays due to the cold winter and unexpectedly wet summer.
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September 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Legendary astronaut among those at Cosmosphere event

By Shelby Horton

Apollo astronaut Charlie Duke, the tenth man to walk on the moon, posed with a fan, Melinda Dome, left, and Collegian reporter Shelby Horton, at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center on Aug. 23.

Apollo astronaut Charlie Duke, the tenth man to walk on the moon, posed with a fan, Melinda Dome, left, and Collegian reporter Shelby Horton, at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center on Aug. 23.

Inside the Cosmosphere and Space Center, moonwalkers walked down the red carpet and greeted space-lovers from all over.

Astronauts were arriving at the Cosmosphere to participate in reflection panels and signings at the recent “Fly around, Dine around” event.

The parking lot was filled with license plates from Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and many other states across the country.

They all came to meet with the men who had walked on the moon.
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Gov. Brownback visits HCC welding center

By Loribeth Reynolds

Gov. Sam Brownback came to Hutchinson Community College on Aug. 27 to tour the welding facilities in the Ade-Wifco Reno County Industrial Center, meet with students and staff and promote state-supported technical training.

The governor arrived in an SUV with darkly tinted windows, along with several of his staff members and a security detail. He was first greeted by newly appointed HCC President Carter File and by USD 308 Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger.
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Miss Kansas talks to students about empowerment

By Allison Saffle

Allison Saffle/Collegian - Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, sits at a table with students and enjoys her homemade lunch before she begins her speech on April 16 in the Parker Student Union.

Allison Saffle/Collegian - Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, sits at a table with students and enjoys her homemade lunch before she begins her speech on April 16 in the Parker Student Union.

Sgt. Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas 2013, grew up in Leavenworth, and has attended classes at Kansas State University, but is currently taking some time off to do her Miss Kansas duties.

The 23-year-old Kansas Army National Guard soldier is majoring in chemistry and Chinese, with plans to obtain a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She intends to become a dentist for the Army.

At a recent Red Flag Week event at HCC, Vail was a speaker.

She walked into the Blue Dragon Room at 11:30 a.m., where tables were full of students ready to hear what she had to say.

Vail started by telling the group that “Miss Kansas eats,” and she was going to sit and have lunch before she started her talk.

She sat with some guys and shared the shrimp, from a plastic container, that she cooked herself, joking that she can be domestic, too.

As she got up to begin her speech, she teased Elliott Leonard, Harpenden, England, in a fake British accent from the podium.
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Campus buildings’ fire alarms do not always connect to fire stations

By Michael Durbin

Students were enjoying brunch on April 12, when their meal was interrupted.

The power in Parker Student Union went out and a few seconds later came back on. When the power was restored Hutchinson Community College students and staff of the cafeteria had to be evacuated due to fire alarms sounding.

After waiting out in the parking lot for 30 minutes a cafeteria employee called the cafeteria assistant manager Leah Robinson. She was able to contact someone from maintenance who after 45 minutes finally arrived to shut the alarm off.
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‘C. Fann’ retires from criminal justice program after teaching 24 years

By Andrew Collins

In 1990, Chuck Fann retired from his work as an Army criminal investigator.

He came to HCC to provide criminal justice students with experienced, professional training.

Now, after 24 years and many success stories from former students, Fann is ready to retire from HCC.

He grew up in Crocker, Mo., and graduated from high school there in 1967.

His first exposure to the field of criminal justice came when he attended Central Missouri University in Fall 1967 with intentions of being a police patrolman, but was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 during the Vietnam War.
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Cultural fair

Michael Durbin/Collegian - High school students Paige Garten and Emma Clark, Topeka, visit the HCC Cultural Diversity Fair. They learned about the Muslim culture from Susie Murawski, a nursing program student, at left.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - High school students Paige Garten and Emma Clark, Topeka, visit the HCC Cultural Diversity Fair. They learned about the Muslim culture from Susie Murawski, a nursing program student, at left.

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Vince Puyear retires after 35 years in education

By Mitchell Garrett

Even students outside of our campus are familiar with the name Vince Puyear.

The Animation and Game Design instructor has taught and inspired many students in technology, as well as brought our school into the SkillsUSA competition organization.

Most importantly, he has done a lot to help his students succeed.

His career approach can be summed up with a few sentences.

“My philosophy of teaching is to embrace change, never stop learning and have a passion for teaching.

I really enjoy working with students, and being involved with SkillsUSA. Seeing our students compete and win at the highest levels is something I really enjoy being a part of.”

He has served over 35 years in education, and enjoyed just about every moment of it.

However, all good things have to come to an end.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Kim Stafford comes to campus to talk about his father’s works

By Kara Gale

Kim Stafford and his father, William Stafford.

Kim Stafford and his father, William Stafford.

On Jan. 17, local poets marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of William Stafford, a famous poet from Hutchinson.

To celebrate the centennial of his father’s birth, Stafford’s son Kim Stafford is traveling around the country speaking about his father’s legacy.

Kim Stafford was at HCC on April 2.
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Safety first when it comes to campus tornado shelters

By Paige Brier

Tornado season is in full swing, and you’re going to want to be prepared.

There are a number of tornado shelters on campus.

The buildings that have basement storm shelters include Davis Hall, Stringer Fine Arts Center, Student Health Center, Lockman Hall and Rimmer Learning Resource Center.

Both Kent and Elland residence halls have basements storm shelters.

If the tornado sirens sound and you are in the Office Technology Building or Shears Technology Center, use the Lockman Hall basement storm shelter.

If you are in the Smith Science Center, go to the Rimmer basement.
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HCC students checkmate during chess tournament

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Michael Simpson, Lindsborg, wins a chess game against Chris Reger, Hutchinson, in an April 7 campus chess tournament organized by Workkeys and ethics instructor Duane Schmidt, in the Parker Student Union.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Michael Simpson, Lindsborg, wins a chess game against Chris Reger, Hutchinson, in an April 7 campus chess tournament organized by Workkeys and ethics instructor Duane Schmidt, in the Parker Student Union.

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Features

New management, ideas, at cafeteria

By Michael Durbin

Students move through the new “fourth entree” bar on Sept. 11, to get some chicken snack wraps.

Students move through the new “fourth entree” bar on Sept. 11, to get some chicken snack wraps.

The Hutchinson Community College cafeteria has a new director.

Nathan Bush has been in the food industry for many years and has been with Great Western Dining for five years.

Heather Robinson, a dishwasher, thinks that the changes will be good. “He hasn’t really bothered us too much and he seems like an OK guy,” Robinson said.

Daniel Goheen, who also is a dishwasher, said he gets along well with Bush.
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Activities Fair draws crowds to the Union

Shelby Horton and Paige Brier/Collegian - Students sign up at the Future Teachers display.

Shelby Horton and Paige Brier/Collegian - Students sign up at the Future Teachers display.

September 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Realism key in EMS Field Ops

Carolyn Durbin/Collegian - A “victim” with a simulated compound fracture of the lower left leg is prepared for transport to a hospital. The HCC Emergency Medical Sciences Program conducted the all-day event, the ninth annual field ops hosted by the program.  It is a chance for paramedic students from Kansas to work with agencies from across Kansas and neighboring states. It typically draws about 55 professionals and over 80 students for the realistic disaster training.

Carolyn Durbin/Collegian - A “victim” with a simulated compound fracture of the lower left leg is prepared for transport to a hospital. The HCC Emergency Medical Sciences Program conducted the all-day event, the ninth annual field ops hosted by the program. It is a chance for paramedic students from Kansas to work with agencies from across Kansas and neighboring states. It typically draws about 55 professionals and over 80 students for the realistic disaster training.

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Private donations financed new addition

By Alexus Sandoval

Joseph Griffin/Collegian -  The construction site, viewed from the southeast, shows the interior supports for the roof. It will be finished in time for the 2015 football season.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - The construction site, viewed from the southeast, shows the interior supports for the roof. It will be finished in time for the 2015 football season.

The new Hutchinson Community College Athletics training facility is scheduled to be dedicated on the day of the HCC football Homecoming game, Oct. 11.

Although progress has slowed due to all the rain, Blue Dragon Football Coach Rion Rhoades believes that they are starting to get caught back up after being nearly a month behind schedule.

The complex comes at quite an expense, but not to the college.

Julie Blanton, Vice President of Finance and Operation, said that the funding, coming mostly in the form of private donors, was estimated to be between $500,000 and $800,000.
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Student parking frustrates many, pleases few

By Loribeth Reynolds

Coming to college can be a stressful time for many. A parking ticket can make it a little more stressful.

Many students are unclear on the regulations for parking on campus during the new school year.

We all have seen campus security cruising around in a red pick-up with yellow lights on top, checking to see if everyone is parked safely and correctly. After all, there are five parking lots and a little over 2,600 parking spaces available for students.
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September 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Screenings a lesson for nurses

By Kara Gale

HCC nursing student  Charlsie Heinz, Kinsley, checks the blood sugar of a patient receiving one of the many free screenings given that day.

HCC nursing student Charlsie Heinz, Kinsley, checks the blood sugar of a patient receiving one of the many free screenings given that day.

All week at the Kansas State Fair, the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation has been doing hearing, vision, glucose, and blood pressure screenings.

Every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., there have been nursing students from Hutchinson Community College, Newman University, and Salina Tech administering these screenings for free.

This is an opportunity for nursing students to get clinical experience.
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Newspaper, magazine students win awards

By Carolyn Durbin

Hutchinson Community College journalism students attended the Kansas Collegiate Media Conference on April 13 and 14 at the Broadview Convention Center in downtown Wichita.

The students competed against two-year colleges from across the state.

The Hutchinson Collegian and the Dragon’s Tale magazine announced the following winners from this year’s two-year newspaper and magazine categories:

In the overall category, the magazine won All-Kansas, the top award in the magazine division. The Collegian won a Silver Medalist Award for excellence in journalism.

The Hutchinson Collegian newspaper staff’s awards included:

KCM 2014 Journalist of the Year, First Runner Up, Michael Durbin
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April 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Abusive conduct flagged in event

By Autumn Gray

Collegian Staff/Collegian - The lawns between the Parker Student Union and Lockman Hall were bristling with red flags on April 10 through April 13, as the Student Government Association organized a series of events to recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Week.

Collegian Staff/Collegian - The lawns between the Parker Student Union and Lockman Hall were bristling with red flags on April 10 through April 13, as the Student Government Association organized a series of events to recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Week.

Anyone walking around Hutchinson Community College April 10 through 13 may have been wondering why there were hundreds of small red flags stuck in the ground.

The flags represented “red flags” you may see in dating situations.

The Red Flags Campaign tries to bring different signs of abusive relationships to students attention, such as jealousy, isolation, coercion, physical and sexual abuse, and stalking.

Christina Long, Sponsor of the Student Government Association, which organized the campus Red Flag event, takes the subject seriously.
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Governor signs ‘midnight’ law, chops K-12 teachers’ due process

By Andrew Collins

On April 21, an education bill was passed by Gov. Sam Brownback that will send millions of dollars to schools and end mandatory due process hearings before experienced teachers can be fired.

The bill also will give tax breaks to corporations that donate to private school scholarship funds and allow school districts to hire unlicensed teachers for certain subjects

The bill has been the subject of controversy from teachers, who say that the bill puts good teachers at risk for losing their jobs, with no recourse.

Many fear the bill allows teachers to be unfairly targeted for bringing up concerns about school safety, lobbying for costly special education services for students, or teaching topics a parent dislikes.

Bill Sheldon, an English instructor at HCC, shares these concerns. He feels that the bill is a mistake.
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Third Thursday event attracts crowds

By Ashlyn King

Ashlyn King/Collegian - Alex Mathais (on guitar) and his brother Eric (on drums) make up the band AEM Metal. They played in DCI Park, near City Hall, on Third Thursday, April 17.

Ashlyn King/Collegian - Alex Mathais (on guitar) and his brother Eric (on drums) make up the band AEM Metal. They played in DCI Park, near City Hall, on Third Thursday, April 17.

Third Thursday is an even that takes place downtown every third Thursday of every month and takes place from 5 p.m. to about 9 p.m.

These events are dedicated to featuring art and live music downtown, in stores and on sidewalks and streets.
Visitors will see bands and other entertainers, vendors and art displays at locations along Main Street from 3rd Street on down to Avenue B Street.
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Forensics team goes to nationals on Amtrak

By Kara Gale

On April 2, the Hutchinson Community College forensics team got on an Amtrak train in Hutchinson and headed to Arizona for a national competition.

They returned on April 9.

The team took the Amtrak to Flagstaff, Ariz. Both the students and the coach, Travis Roberts, said that they enjoyed the train ride.

“It was so much better than driving for 24 hours,” said Sarah Wagler, Hutchinson.

Arizona State University, in Phoenix, hosted the competition this year.
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De-trayed! Cafeteria shifts gears

By Michael Durbin

Corey Turner, Coffeyville, gets ice for his drink while holding his dish of chicken nuggets at the HCC cafeteria. Turner said he misses the cafeteria trays, but he still manages to eat as much food as he did before.

Corey Turner, Coffeyville, gets ice for his drink while holding his dish of chicken nuggets at the HCC cafeteria. Turner said he misses the cafeteria trays, but he still manages to eat as much food as he did before.

The Hutchinson Community College cafeteria is making an effort to save money and become more environmentally friendly by removing this use of trays.

HCC is among several colleges and universities that are taking up the tray-less system, which some other schools started six years ago.

About half the colleges and universities in the United States have stopped using trays. Others have experimented with the idea by removing them one day a week, calling it “Trayless Tuesday.”

Some of the benefits of removing trays are less food waste, lowered cost of water and electricity and lowered risk of the dreaded “Freshman 15.”
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Fire Science students work during Spring Break outing

Courtesy photos by Angela Frierson - Student firefighters set controlled fires to clear a fire break. About 30 HCC Fire Science students attended the 7-day event at the lake and at Jackman Demonstration Forest, near Leon. Wildland firefighters from 19 agencies from across Kansas participated in the “live fire” training event.

Courtesy photos by Angela Frierson - Student firefighters set controlled fires to clear a fire break. About 30 HCC Fire Science students attended the 7-day event at the lake and at Jackman Demonstration Forest, near Leon. Wildland firefighters from 19 agencies from across Kansas participated in the “live fire” training event.

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Sports

Lady Dragon soccer roams to Texas, finds tough going in Paris

By Joey Griffin

HCC Sports Information -  Freshman Claire Taylor scored a hat trick to lead the No. 16-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team to a 6-3 Jayhawk Conference road victory over Dodge City on Sept. 10 at a blustery Memorial Stadium.

HCC Sports Information - Freshman Claire Taylor scored a hat trick to lead the No. 16-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team to a 6-3 Jayhawk Conference road victory over Dodge City on Sept. 10 at a blustery Memorial Stadium.

The Lady Blue Dragons (2-1-0) tied the match late, but failed to take momentum Sept. 3 as they collected their first loss of the season. The loss came during their first voyage into the state of Texas on a warm afternoon in Paris.

A scoreless first half was quickly turned into a one goal lead as Paris Junior College put itself in the advantage with a 45th minute goal.

The Paris squad maneuvered its way past a dizzied Hutchinson defense just 26 seconds into the second half and gave up an opportunity to Caitlin Kennard, Paris JC, and she made good use of it as she put one between the sticks to take the one goal lead.

Paris JC held this position until a 88th minute strike from Courtney Boswell, Wichita, put the score even as regular time came close to an end.
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Blue Dragon volleyball gets home, nails Grizzlies

By Steve Carpenter

HCC Sports Information - After many days on the road, the Lady Dragons returned to the Sports Arena in style on Sept. 10, using the occasion to hammer the Butler County Grizzlies.

HCC Sports Information - After many days on the road, the Lady Dragons returned to the Sports Arena in style on Sept. 10, using the occasion to hammer the Butler County Grizzlies.

Finally playing at home after the first nine matches of the season on the road, the No. 18-ranked Hutchinson Community College volleyball team used its block once again to earn a Jayhawk West sweep of Butler on Wednesday night at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson out-blocked Butler 13-5 and defeated the Grizzlies 25-18, 25-22, 25-20 to move to 2-0 in the Jayhawk West.

HCC (5-5) overall didn’t need a big block early as it raced out to leads as large as eight points in the opening set.
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Dragons shear Greyhounds, 55-10

By Bailey Terry

Derrick Yehle/Collegian  - Blue Dragon running back Alvin Kamara, of Norcross, Ga., goes airborne to make it through a tangle of Bethany Swedes defenders who had just been smacked by the Blue Dragon offensive line on Aug. 28 at Gowans Stadium.

Derrick Yehle/Collegian - Blue Dragon running back Alvin Kamara, of Norcross, Ga., goes airborne to make it through a tangle of Bethany Swedes defenders who had just been smacked by the Blue Dragon offensive line on Aug. 28 at Gowans Stadium.

The Dragons came out victorious at Gowan’s Stadium on Sept. 6, winning by a score of 55-10 against the Fort Scott Greyhounds.

The win made the Dragons 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Jayhawk Conference play. They also stayed 11th in the NJCAA poll.

Hutch had six penalties resulting in a loss of 40 yards. The Dragons had 29 first downs, 14 from rushing and 15 from passing.

They also had 368 rushing yards in total with 49 rushing attempts and an average of 6.9 years per rush; while rushing the received 5 touchdowns and only lost 29 yards while rushing.

The Dragons passing yards were just as high with 319 yards.

The two quarterbacks were Dalton Demos and Kylen Binn. Together they threw 41 times and completed 25 and neither of them caused a turnover through an interception.
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Simonds rules the diamond

Blue Dragon pitcher matches single-season best start, lead HCC to a victory over Barton to remain first in conference

Jessica Green/Collegian - Kyle Simonds, Grand Island, Neb., pitches in a nine-inning game against Butler on April 11. In the series-opening game against Butler, Simonds only allowed four hits and struck out 10 batters. As of April 18, after a four-game conference series against Barton, Simonds has a 2.00 ERA and averages 9.62 strikeouts per game.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Kyle Simonds, Grand Island, Neb., pitches in a nine-inning game against Butler on April 11. In the series-opening game against Butler, Simonds only allowed four hits and struck out 10 batters. As of April 18, after a four-game conference series against Barton, Simonds has a 2.00 ERA and averages 9.62 strikeouts per game.

By Jessica Green

Blue Dragon pitcher Kyle Simonds, Grand Island, Neb., is no stranger to the game of baseball.

“I started when I was four,” he said. “My grandpa and dad really encouraged me and were both pitchers when they played, so it was meant to be.”

In high school, Simonds was unable to play baseball in the spring because of golf. However, that wasn’t going to stop him from playing Legion summer baseball all through high school.
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May 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Softball falls to Independence

Lady Dragon softball suffers loss in final conference matchup

Jessica Green/Collegian - Brittany Olender, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, pitched six innings against Independence on April 15. She only walked one batter and struck out five.
Jessica Green/Collegian - Brittany Olender, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, pitched six innings against Independence on April 15. She only walked one batter and struck out five.

By Jessica Green

The Lady Dragons fell to Independence in a doubleheader on April 15.

HCC vs. Indy: L
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Allen ready for the University of Arizona

Arizona signee makes final impact at HCC with two Player of the Year Awards, sets records through season

Jessica Green/Collegian - Kadeem Allen, Wilmington, N.C., works on ball protection through Barton defense on Feb. 22. Allen scored 23 points, but HCC fell 87-82.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Kadeem Allen, Wilmington, N.C., works on ball protection through Barton defense on Feb. 22. Allen scored 23 points, but HCC fell 87-82.

By Jessica Green

When Kadeem Allen, Wilmington, N.C., started playing basketball at New Hanover High School, his hopes of playing college basketball were alive and well.

And while his performance in high school was impressive enough to land him at HCC, he has made greater strides since then.

As a sophomore at HCC, Allen has had a very successful career:
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Track dominates Top 20 at Tabor Invitational

 Jessica Green/Collegian - Nicole Farthing, Madison, Kan., prepares to release the hammer during the Hutch Night Relays on April 5. Farthing finshed seventh overall with a distance of 102 feet and seven inches.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Nicole Farthing, Madison, Kan., prepares to release the hammer during the Hutch Night Relays on April 5. Farthing finshed seventh overall with a distance of 102 feet and seven inches.

Blue Dragon track makes their way through the season, prepare for Region VI and Outdoor Championships later in May

By Jessica Green

The Blue Dragon track team recently competed at the Tabor College Invitational on April 16 and dominated the Top 20:

Women’s Results

- Kristian Lee, Kansas City, Kan., second; 100- and 200-meter dash

- Kylie Williams, Wichita, 17th; 100-meter dash

- Baaijah Loggins, Wichita, sixth; 200-meter dash

- Lauren Jacobs, Hutchinson, 20th; 200-meter dash

- Sadie Corwin, Quinter, 13th; 400-meter dash
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Blue Dragon track dominates Top 3 at annual Night Relays

By Jessica Green

Jessica Green/Collegian - Ashlynn Lambert, Concordia, runs out of a water barrier during her 3,000-meter steeplechase race on April 5

Jessica Green/Collegian - Ashlynn Lambert, Concordia, runs out of a water barrier during her 3,000-meter steeplechase race on April 5

The annual Hutch Night Relays seemed to show some major improvement for the Blue Dragon track team.

There were multiple athletes that finished in the Top 3:

First Place

- Ashlynn Lambert, Concordia, first; 3,000-meter steeplechase

- Men/women’s 4X100-meter relay

- Women’s 4X100-meter weight relay

- Men/women’s 4X200-meter relay

- Women’s 800 sprint medley

- Kanedra Lee, Birmingham, Ala., first; long jump, second; triple jump

- Alec Melvin, Norton, first; discus, second; shot put, fifth; hammer throw
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Lady Dragon softball takes out Pratt in makeup game

In a rained-out makeup game, Lady Dragons pull ahead early to eliminate Pratt, next game against Johnson County

Jessica Green/Collegian - Natalie Johnson, Fort Worth, Texas, hit a home run during game two against Pratt on April7 to bring the score up to 10 - 0 after just one inning. HCC defeated Pratt 9 - 1 and 12 - 4

Jessica Green/Collegian - Natalie Johnson, Fort Worth, Texas, hit a home run during game two against Pratt on April7 to bring the score up to 10 - 0 after just one inning. HCC defeated Pratt 9 - 1 and 12 - 4

By Jessica Green

The Lady Dragon softball team is 13-19 after defeating Pratt in just 12 innings on April 7.

HCC vs. Pratt: W

A doubleheader victory over Pratt showed major offensive improvement on the Lady Dragons part.

In game one, HCC pulled ahead early to come out with the 9-1 victory.

Game two went the same way for the Lady Dragons with a score of 10-0 after just one inning. But, after five innings, HCC won the second game against Pratt 12-4.
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No place like home

Dragons demolish Thunderbirds with nine home runs

Jessica Green/Collegian - Matt Jones, Gretna, Neb., hits his third home run, for a season total of five, against Cloud County on April 6. The Blue Dragons won the four-game conference series 3-1.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Matt Jones, Gretna, Neb., hits his third home run, for a season total of five, against Cloud County on April 6. The Blue Dragons won the four-game conference series 3-1.

By Jessica Green

Nine home runs in a four-game series has been almost unheard of for the Blue Dragons, however, that all changed after this weekend against Cloud County.

Over the four-game series, multiple team members hit home runs to bring HCC out on top.

Matt Jones, Gretna, Neb., led off the weekend against Cloud for HCC with three home runs for a season total of five.
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Lady Dragon basketball finishes second in the nation

By Jessica Green

Jessica Green/Collegian - Lady Dragon team members celebrate with the trophy and bracket of the Region VI Tournament after defeating Butler by two points during final seconds on March 8.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Lady Dragon team members celebrate with the trophy and bracket of the Region VI Tournament after defeating Butler by two points during final seconds on March 8.

The Lady Dragon basketball team has definitely had their time in the lime light.

They won the conference championship, the Region VI championship, traveled to Nationals and placed second after facing Trinity Valley who were National champions in 2012, 2013 and now 2014.

Entering the National Championship game, the Lady Dragons were 35-0 and No. 3 in the nation.

However, the loss to Trinity, to take second in the nation, was their only loss of the season.

The season as a whole was a success for HCC. They defeated other ranked teams, won multiple regular-season tournaments and never let themselves down.

HCC students, staff and fans sincerely congradulate the Lady Dragons with their successes and triumphs.

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Dragon softball 10-16 after Cowley

Lady Dragon softball suffers loss, looks forward to next two home games

Jessica Green/Collegian - Makenzi Shackley, Olathe, hits a ground ball against Tabor JV March 27. Shackley had seven at-bats, four hits and three RBIs. HCC won the doubleheader 9-6 and 10-1.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Makenzi Shackley, Olathe, hits a ground ball against Tabor JV March 27. Shackley had seven at-bats, four hits and three RBIs. HCC won the doubleheader 9-6 and 10-1.

By Jessica Green

The Lady Dragon softball team has had a rough start to their season.

There have been multiple cancellations, rescheduled games and other mishaps along the way, however, a recent loss to Cowley hasn’t sparked any kind of fire in the record for the HCC Lady Dragons.

A doubleheader loss to Cowley College on April 1 set the Lady Dragons back to a record of 10-16.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

HP engineers leap ahead in solving computer problems

By Dweezle Moon Unit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun at the Fair

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

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

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

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

September 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Viewers can relate to Mitty

By Autumn Gray

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

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

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

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

The storyline follows Mitty, played by Ben Stiller.

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

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

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

New ideas jazz up students’ Ramen noodles

By Sabrina Muth

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

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

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

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

That is why Ramen noodles are so amazing.

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

Zumba fever

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

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

April 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dodgeball, hog roast tops Spring Fling event

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Students compete in an intense game of dodgeball, including some up-close shooting .

By Michael Durbin

Hutchinson Community College held a hog roast in the Crimson Courtyard on April 24.

Besides the hog, the school cafeteria served hamburgers and deserts. Many seemed to have loved the taste of the hog. Dalton Demos, St. Louis, said, “I liked the hog roast; it was a great social event!”

Alexandra Keller, Aeschi Bei, Switzerland, said, “It is a great event, and it is great to have everyone together for it.”
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April 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Speaker helps doomsday planners build bunkers

By Mitchell Garrett

We have all seen science fiction movies where some spy went down into a secret chamber, and had his irises scanned, or had lasers run across his palms.

We all know about high-tech security entrance systems, but most of us never think they could actually be used at home

Perry George actually makes his living by being a “prepper.”

His job is to prepare people for, well, anything. This usually means that he goes around installing high-tech security systems for people’s doomsday bunkers and safe-houses.
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April 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Captain America sequel has thrills and chills

By Allison Saffle

Captain America stands ready for battle, protecting the world from enamy forces, a true hero for America and  for the secret agency  known as S.H.I.E.L.D.

Captain America stands ready for battle, protecting the world from enamy forces, a true hero for America and for the secret agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D.

If you want to see the best movie ever then you should go see “Captain America: Winter Solider.” I went to go see the new movie on April 4, the night it came out, and we watched it in 3D, which was totally awesome.

The movie starts with Steve Rogers better known as Captain America, played by Chris Evans, in Washington D.C. This is where the Captain has lived for the last two years after the events in “The Avengers” occurred.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Heads roll as Danny Trejo romps in ‘Machete’

By Andrew Collins

From director Robert Rodriguez, who also directed “Sin City”, “Grindhouse” and “Planet Terror” comes the ultimate compilation of revenge, border wars, vigilantes, politics and murder in “Machete.”

The movie begins when a Mexican federale, nick named “Machete” for his weapon of choice in battle, is nearly killed by a Mexican drug lord named “Torrez” in Mexico, who kills his wife and daughter in front of him.

Three years later, Machete finds himself in Texas working illegally and being tracked by a customs agent named Sartana, who wants to turn in Machete and send him back to Mexico.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Misfit salesmen get second chance at American Dream

By Ashlyn King

The dynamic duo is at it again. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are back together staring in the recent film “The Internship.”

Vaughn plays Billy McMahon, and Wilson plays Nick Campbell, who are both salesmen who have lost their jobs to technology.

Billy keeps trying to find an easy job to get himself by while Nick takes a job selling mattresses.

This is when Billy gets the idea to intern for Google, but they are not guaranteed a job.
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By Ashlyn King

From the producers of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, “Oblivion” is action-science fiction movie starring Tom Cruise.

Cruise plays Jack Harper, a drone security repairman that is stationed on an evacuated Earth. This movie takes place 60 years after a war involving “aliens” which would be the year 2077. These “aliens” are called scavengers.

This war has left Earth unrecognizable and completely destroyed, and Jack is basically the cleanup crew.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Father of 522 becomes a guardian angel for his kids

By Allison Saffle

533. A number that most of us wouldn’t take the time to count to, is a number that David Wozniak, played by Vince Vaughn, is forced to think of when he finds out that his sperm donation has turned into 533 biological kids.

David donated sperm under the name Starbuck 693 times. Out of the 533 kids, 142 join in a class action to have his identity revealed. The kids put together a file of self-profiles explaining who they are and what they do.

David is instructed by his lawyer not to open the envelope, but he cannot refrain. He gets involved with his kids as sort of a guardian angel. He helps one get an acting part, saves one from an overdose, visits one in a mental hospital, and helps one carry groceries to some ones car.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Spider-man re-write to follow storyline of the comic books

By Michael Durbin

The Amazing Spiderman 2 is coming to theaters May 2, and features some of the same content as the comic books did. The new actor Andrew Garfield plays a differant role as what Tobey Maguire did as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man

The Amazing Spiderman 2 is coming to theaters May 2, and features some of the same content as the comic books did. The new actor Andrew Garfield plays a differant role as what Tobey Maguire did as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man

From both Columbia pictures and Marvel Studios comes an amazing tail of Peter Parker, the boy who was transformed turned into a vigilante hero, known as Spider-Man.

There has been four movies related to Spider-Man, but the first three movies didn’t follow the storyline of the comic books.

Another problem the first three movies had was the difficulty in contract negotiations with the movies star Tobey Maguire. After every movie produced Maguire demanded more money to appear in the next movie. He made $4 million of the first movie and $26 million off the next two. After demanding yet another pay increase the producers decided to do a recast for the Amazing Spider-Man.
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Loved ones return from the dead in new TV series

By Paige Brier

The dead rise again in the new TV series "Resurrection" playing weekly on ABC.

The dead rise again in the new TV series

What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if nothing has happened?

If you are a fan of the Sundance motion picture “The Returned,” you will be pleased that ABC has come out with a soon-to-be cult classic called “Resurrection.”

The show first aired March 9, 2014.
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March 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment