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Blue Dragon football looking to bounce back this season

Blue Dragon football looking to bounce back this season

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Blue Dragon volleyball opens season in New Mexico

Blue Dragon volleyball opens season in New Mexico

Page Hiebert is one of the top returning players for Hutchinson Community College. Photo courtesy Hutchinson Community College Sports Information. By Cassidy Crites The Hutchinson Collegian The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team is gearing up for the 2017 season. After... [Read more...]

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Scenes from Friday’s vigil in downtown Hutchinson

Scenes from Friday’s vigil in downtown Hutchinson

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Welcome to the new Hutchinson Collegian

Welcome to the new Hutchinson Collegian

By Brad Hallier One of my favorite movies of all time is “The Breakfast Club,” the 1980s comedy-drama about five suburban high-school students who spend a Saturday morning in detention. What makes this movie a classic is it will never be cliche or outdated. It was... [Read more...]

Featured #5

Avoid using credit cards as a quick fix

Avoid using credit cards as a quick fix

By Ethan Ball In college, credit cards can be a dangerous solution to fix a financial problem. You go to your nearest McDonalds, spend $6 on a meal, and flush it down with a $5 drink from Starbucks. You don’t even exchange money; just swipe your plastic card. [Read more...]  Read More →

Featured #6

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...]

News

Student hit in Plum Street crosswalk

On Aug. 23 at the intersection of 13th and Plum Street, Ashley Griffith, HCC student, was hit by a car.
Hutchinson Police report that Griffith was sitting on the curb when the EMS arrived. She then was taken to the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment. The accident happened on Plum Street, which separates the campus and the new parking lot. There are two points to cross from that lot, across Plum to campus.
One is at 12th Street and the other one at 13th Street. The 12th Street crosswalk has yellow lights that flash when students are crossing, as well as warning signs. The crosswalk at 13th Street has signs, but no flashing lights. Steve Dunmire, head of security on campus, heard the police dispatch on his radio and got to the scene right away.
“She was in pain,” Dunmire said. “She had an abrasion on the head and the EMS immobilized her right arm.”
Despite some rumors around campus, it was not a hit and run. The driver stayed there and showed concern for the young lady. Valery Avery, 47,  was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian and inattentive driving, according to the police report.

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Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, talked  about the accident.
“I was concerned about the young lady, of course; it’s a terrible thing to happen to anyone,” File said. “I am feeling sympathy for her.”
When the parking lot on Plum street was planned to be built, the college had the intention to get signal lights on the crosswalk.
“We asked the city to approve a crosswalk light several months ago,” File said. The city still hasn’t given the approval.
On the day of the accident File again called the city to ask about  crosswalk lights. “They were understanding and concerned about what had happened,” he said. Once the city approves the light, the college will have to fund it, he said.

There may be concerns by the city that Plum would have too many stops for motorists. When asked if he worried about public opinion about another crossing light, File’s answer was straight forward. “Not a bit. It is not a matter of public opinion; it is about the safety of the students and faculty.”

There may be concerns by the city that Plum would have too many stops for motorists.

When asked if he was worried about the public opinion about another crossing light, File’s answer was straight forward. “Not a bit. It is not a matter of public opinion; it is about the safety of the students and faculty.”

They are hoping to get the approval for the crosswalk light before the end of this fall semester.

It is important to be reminded that even if cars are required to stop for pedestrian anywhere and at anytime, it is better be safe than getting hurt.

It is the driver’s fault in any accident on a cross-walk, but stop before stepping out. Be careful and watch for cars that might come speeding through just as you are crossing.

September 22, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Fire Science’s Westfahl to retire

By Shelby Horton

Hutchinson Community College will be saying goodbye to one of their most treasured employees.

Margy Westfahl, Fire Science Program secretary, has spent 34 and half years in service to HCC.

Making the choice to retire was not an easy one for Westfahl, as she reflected on the years she has spent here.

“The hardest part was deciding to leave,” she said. “It’s like moving into a different phase of life. I’ll miss all of the faculty, staff and students here.”
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Kroll plan at HCC does not monitor tax fraud

By Shelby Horton

Since the data breach on March 24, Hutchinson Community College employees have been concerned about being targeted by the attackers.

One of the first attacks happened to sociology instructor Kimberly Newberry and her husband when criminals attempted to file fraudulent taxes in their name.

Then another HCC staff member was hit as someone filed fraudulent taxes in her name. However, this staff member had been signed up with Kroll for over a week but was never notified when she was compromised. Instead she had to be notified by the IRS. She later reported the issue to HCC administrators, but continued to feel HCC was not doing enough to deal with the March 24 security breach.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Kroll clout panned

On April 19, Judy Archer, business and computer adjunct instructor at HCC, received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service.

The letter said her Social Security number had been compromised and someone had filed her taxes, than collected on it.

Archer had been signed up with Kroll for over a week and yet had not received any type of notification that she had been breached.

After receiving the letter, Archer went to check her status on Kroll’s website.

“When I checked my status it said that everything was still fine and it had nothing to report. That concerned me,” Archer said.

May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Skills USA event draws hundreds

By Troy Daugherty

SkillsUSA is a program that seeks to better those that compete in the events by building on their leadership, technical, and professional skills. They have competitions in a large variety of fields, such as welding, design, robotics, photography, and even mechanical work.

It is an annual competition that host high schools and colleges from all over Kansas. This year, the event was held in Hutchinson for the first time. Usually, the event moves from one location to another yearly, but the people in charge wanted to make it more centralized so for now on the event will be held in Hutchinson every year.

According to Jillene Cunningham, who is one of the people in charge of the SkillsUSA at HCC, “The events usually vary a lot, but the students usually have some kind of written exam, then a skills-based project to complete.”
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Phishing email had Groupwise appearance

By Shelby Horton

On March 24, an HCC employee was able to see two email addresses in the fake, “phishing” email that resulted in the huge data breach of 1,327 employee W-2 files.

The “From:” address on the fake email was a clone of Hutchinson Community College’s Groupwise email style — it read “Carter File

The “Reply To:” address on the email read filec@email.com.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Flames rise; students keep cool

By Shelby Horton

Smoke came over Hutchinson like a dark cloud, nearly blocking the sun, and residents looked at sky curiously as the smoke spread over most of southern Kansas.

On March 22, a wildfire began in Woods County, Oklahoma, and spread into Kansas, burning over 400,000 acres.

Hutchinson Community College Fire Science students received the call and about 15 of them soon set out to help fight the fire.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Master artist paints, thrills

By Angela Lingg

With up-paced music blaring and paint flying, David Garibaldi created four paintings within the space of on an hour at the Dillon Lecture Series at the Sports Arena on April 4.

Garibaldi is a performance artist and the second presenter in the Dillon Lecture Series for 2016. Throughout his performance he paused and spoke to the audience about his journey as an artist.

His painting career began as a rebellious teenage graffiti artist. One night while fleeing from the cops, he realized that he was wasting his potential and hanging with the wrong crowd.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Red Flag Week reaches students

By Amaelle Caron

Red Flag Week is dedicated to prevent abusive relationship and harassment on campus. The week took place from April. 4th to 8th.

You have seen the little red flag around campus while walking to class. Red flags are the actions that are consider as harassment or abusive. It could be with a couple you know, at a party, on campus in the hallways, or anywhere around you.

The Red Flag campaign’s goal was to sensitize the students and advisors to look out for these “red flags.”
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Phishing email trail points to France

By Shelby Horton

On March 24, a “phishing” email was sent to an HCC employee, claiming to be from Carter File, the college’s president.

It said:

“Hi, I just got a memo from the Internal Revenue Service asking us to verify our employees W-2s we have with them.

“You need to email me an updated list of individual W-2 copies of all employees wages and income tax statements for 2015 tax year in (PDF) file format for a quick review. Prepare the list and send it as an attachment to me ASAP. Regards,

Carter File

President

Sent from my iPad”
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Buried in beans: Student has close call

By Taryn Gillepsie

HCC student Thomas Berntsen, Conway Springs, was caught in a deadly situation on March 20.

During Spring Break, Berntsen was working for the co-op in Conway Springs, located 30 miles southwest of Wichita.

He has worked for the co-op for four years and plans to start full-time upon graduation from Hutchinson Community College.

He had been asked to unclog a chute in the bottom of a soy bean bin.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment


Features

Scenes from Friday’s vigil in downtown Hutchinson

Photos by Merissa Anderson.

August 21, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Drugs seen by the school counselors

By Loribeth Reynolds

College can be full of tough decisions, like whether to wear pajamas to class, choosing homework over Netflix, or sleeping instead of partying. The time spent in college is easily some of the best times of a person’s life. However, some students have a different experience.

Many students have a hard time making these tough decisions and go down the wrong path. According to addictioncenter.com, no one is “immune” to drug or alcohol abuse. The site attributes social pressure, availability to drugs, and alcohol use. They suggest that students seek counseling if they find themselves on this path.

Hutchinson Community College students have access to free counseling services inside Parker Student Union. The sign on the door reads, “Student Success Center,” and all counselors are willing to help.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Hannah headed for the ocean

By Hannah Wallace

Dear Hannah, Are you sad that this is the last HCC newspaper you will be writing in?

Dear wondering, it is for sure a bittersweet moment for me.

I have enjoyed my time on the news staff but also know that there are bigger fish for me to fry out there in the world.

I am happy to say that me being on the staff has taught me a lot of life lessons that I will never forget.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

HCC students went for the gold

By Angela Lingg

Hutchinson Community College hosted a Skills USA competition on April 19. Hutchinson High School collaborated with HCC to host the competition.

The competitions were held on HCC’s campus, at Hutchinson High School, at the State Fairgrounds and Atrium Convention Center.

According to Janet Hamilton, Department 2 Co-chair, HCC will be hosting the Skills USA competition in the foreseeable future. In an effort to try and consolidate the competition into fewer locations, HCC will be hosting most of the Kansas Skills USA competitions.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Drugs found in student dorm room

By Ethan Ball

On April 19, a security employee of Hutchinson Community College reported finding drugs in a residence hall, according to Hutchinson Police Department records.

The resulting scene took place under the eyes of students and staff members.

However, the identification of the student involved cannot be revealed at the moment; the case is still under investigation.

The ongoing probe is active and Hutchinson police are in cooperation with HCC.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Dressing with real modesty, respect.

Just
Ask
Hannah

By Hannah Wallace

Dear Hannah, Are you going to continue journalism in Hawaii?

Dear curious, no I don’t think that I will continue journalism while in Hawaii. As much as I like writing I don’t think that it’s the career for me. Journalism wasn’t even what I intended to do here while at HCC. Enrolling in the class was just something I did to get enough hours to live in the dorms. When the class seemed to be a good fit for me I decided to take it again just because I enjoyed it. I never knew I was good at writing but it seemed to be one of those hidden talents. I would only continue writing and doing journalism if offered a job through the DOD, “Department of Defense.”
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Faith in humanity lives on during fires

By Amaelle Caron

In the past few days, when you turn on the news you see what people can do to others or for others.

There is Brussels and the terrorist attacks on March 22. Suicide bombings, nails bombing, and mass murder was the plan of the terrorists, and they succeeded.

Thirty-two people were killed and 316 injured, in which 62 were critical.

This is a reality. People hurt other people for reasons that go beyond common sense.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

K-State Collegian supports UDK in lawsuit

By Jon Parton

The cornerstones of any great democracy are the rights to speak freely and of the press to hold government accountable to the people.

The capstone that marks these rights in this country is found in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

A few weeks ago, the former and current editors-in-chief of the University Daily Kansan sued top administrators at the University of Kansas after KU’s Student Senate voted to reduce the newspaper’s funding.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Finding passion in a career, it can be difficult

By Ethan Ball

According to a November 2013 study by CareerBuilder, nearly one-third, or 31 percent of college-educated American workers ages 35 and older are never employed within their degree field.

Tens of thousands of dollars later, multiple hours of devotion, countless hours of sitting in a classroom and you’re finally in the workforce with no passion or no future in the career you just obtained a degree in.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Far from home, learning new culture

By Shelby Horton

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.
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May 17, 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.

At the time, Ferguson had a large studio in downtown Hutchinson. He recommended “Alien Bees” studio strobe lights. The lights are high quality, adjustable, and durable.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Due process threatened; profs worried

By Troy Daugherty

A proposed elimination of due process for Kansas community colleges could have serious, unforeseen consequences, according to several HCC faculty members.

“Teachers will be overly cautious in what they say to administrators and when they are in administrative meetings,” said Kathy Mendenhall, speech professor.

“People won’t be as brave or bold in their classrooms.”

Dr. Karen Baehler, economics teacher, had similar thoughts.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

If she doesn’t like you, don’t push it

Just
Ask
Hannah

By Hannah Wallace

Dear Hannah what are your thoughts on the trees and flowers that are blooming around campus?

Dear student, I think the flowers and trees that are blooming around campus are beautiful and look very nice.

However, the trees that have the white flowers on them, like the one in between Lockman Hall and the Parker Student Union seem to smell like dead fish, in my opinion.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment


Sports

Blue Dragon soccer looks for another strong season

Sheena Nicol, left, is one of the top players in the NJCAA and for the Hutchinson Community College soccer team. Photo courtesy Hutchinson Community College sports information.

Sheena Nicol, left, is one of the top players in the NJCAA and for the Hutchinson Community College soccer team. Photo courtesy Hutchinson Community College sports information.

By The Collegian staff

All the Hutchinson Community College soccer team lost from last season was this - goal-scoring machine Jordan Downing, who notched a school-record 44 goals last year, and Jazmin Hartshorn, who was a rare 20-20 player with 20 goals and 22 assists.

Is a rebuilding year inevitable. Don’t bet on it.

The Blue Dragons, 17-2 last season, open their season at 5 p.m. Friday at home, and they should have plenty of firepower, new and returning.

Start with sophomore midfielder Sheena Nicol. The Scotland native plays with the strength of a cement truck and the finesse of a ballerina. She had a sensational freshman year with 29 goals and 14 assists.

Irish defender Chloe Flynn also returns, as does midfielders Emilee Kreibiel and Jayde Miyamoto, defender Kaitlyn Moore and goalkeeper Ashley Main.

A promising freshman class joins them, led by local product Brailey Moeder. Defender Kaelee Kimmel is a Wichita South product who won a state wrestling title last winter.

Coach Sammy Lane, the only coach in team history, has never had a losing record, has won at least 10 games every season and has five losses in a season just twice, which both came in the first three seasons of the program’s existence.

August 25, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragon football looking to bounce back this season

By Lucas Barlow
The Hutchinson Collegian

This season marks coach Rion Rhoades’ 11th season for the Hutchinson Community College football team. A former Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year, Rhoades has built an impressive 73-40 overall record and six Salt City bowl wins over his career.

However, after back to back 5-6 seasons, the Blue Dragons will look to bounce back this season. Although picked fourth in the preseason conference poll, Rhoades has high expectations for his team this year

“I expect us to compete for a conference championship,” Rhoades said.

The Blue Dragons are no stranger to conference champs, as they achieved the honor back in 2014, their first conference title since 1995.

The team returns multiple starters, but the defensive secondary will return most of the experience.

When asked who the key playmakers on the team are, Rhoades replied, “Not really one person. It will take an outstanding team effort to be successful.”

Saturday marks the season opener for the Blue Dragons, as they take on Coffeyville at Gowans Stadium. Kickoff is at noon. On September 16th, the Blue Dragons travel to Garden City, where they will play the Broncbusters, the defending national champions. Then on September 28th, they play Independence Community College, led by Malik Henry, a former Florida State player and former No. 2 high-school QB in the nation.

However, when Rhoades was asked which certain games were the most important, he simply replied, “The next one.”

August 25, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragon volleyball opens season in New Mexico

Page Hiebert is one of the top returning players for Hutchinson Community College. Photo courtesy Hutchinson Community College Sports Information.

By Cassidy Crites
The Hutchinson Collegian

The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team is gearing up for the 2017 season.

After posting a 25-12 record and sharing the Jayhawk West title in 2016, the Blue Dragons were picked atop of the KJCCC’s Jayhawk West preseason coaches poll for this season. The Blue Dragons have won the conference five straight times, including the share last year.

Returning five players and adding two transfers, the team is positive on the outlook of the season.

“I’m super excited because we have a lot of potential this year,” sophomore Page Hiebert said. “Our schedule is going to be really competitive so we’ll have a bunch of fun games this season.”

Sophomore returnees include outside hitter Hiebert, middle hitter Patricia Joseph, right side hitter Nina Pevic, setter Katie Jorn and defensive specialist Kelsey Mulligan.

Outside hitter McKenna Sullivan and middle hitter Tatyanna Ndekwe joined the team during the spring.

Hiebert was named first-team All-Jayhawk West/Region 6 and was the conference Freshman of the Year last season.

With an abundance of talent back, Hutchinson coach Patrick Hall expects everyone to play a role.

“Though it’s common for sports writers to always want to single out players, I’m not fond of the practice in a team sport,” Hall said “So I’ll just say that we expect significant contributions from all of our sophomores, including our transfers.”

The Blue Dragons also welcomed to the team six freshman recruits, creating an even balance on the court.

“Likewise, since we have one of the most balanced teams we’ve had in years, I expect all six freshmen to play important roles for us this season.  Our 13 players will allow us to explore a number of different options on any given night,” Hall said.

The Blue Dragons travel to Roswell, New Mexico to play in the New Mexico Military Institute Classic, Friday and Saturday. They open conference play at home August 30 against Garden City.

August 25, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Track tallies eight firsts

By Angela Lingg

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Morgan Ash, White City, throws the javelin during a meet at Tabor College on April 23. Ash placed second with a throw of 124 feet and 10 inches.

Angela Lingg/Collegian - Morgan Ash, White City, throws the javelin during a meet at Tabor College on April 23. Ash placed second with a throw of 124 feet and 10 inches.

The HCC track team competed at the Tabor Invitational in Hillsboro, Kansas on April 23.

Nacier Thompson, Fountain, Colorado, won the men’s 100 meters with a time of 10.49 seconds.

He also took second in the 200 meters with a time of 21.49 seconds.

Orser Rodriguez, Harlingen, Texas, took first in the 1500 meters with a time of 4 minutes 4 seconds.

HCC swept the 400-meter hurdles with Stein Desir, Palm Beach, Florida, in first, Matt Willis, Newton, in second, and Weston Riner, Pratt, in third.

The 4×100 meter team consisting of Desir, Thompson, Christ Stoppel, McPherson, and Wes Chaney, Hutchinson, took first with a time of 41.65 seconds.

The men’s 4×800 meter team also took first with a time of 8 minutes 8 seconds.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Softball wins both in twin bill against Cowley

By Bailey Terry

Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information - Kendall Blanco, Ottawa, connects with the ball during  a recent home game against the Tabor JV on April 27 at Fun Valley field. Blanco tallied six hits for Hutch.

Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information - Kendall Blanco, Ottawa, connects with the ball during a recent home game against the Tabor JV on April 27 at Fun Valley field. Blanco tallied six hits for Hutch.

The Blue Dragon softball team played a doubleheader against Cowley on April 21 and won.

The scores were 10-3 and 8-7.

Hutch’s record is now 34-6 overall and 18-4 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

In the first game, the Dragons remained scoreless until the fourth inning when they scored a single run, but Cowley was able to score three runs in previous innings.

The score was 3-1 with the Dragons behind.

Hutch answered back with a six-run fifth inning to take the lead 7-3.

In the sixth inning, the Dragons scored the final three runs in the game before a scoreless seventh inning.

After starting off slow, the Dragons came back to win the game, 10-3.

In the 10-3 win, there were four Dragon players that scored two runs

They were Holly Kelley, Cypress, Texas, Tori Cauthers, Lampasas, Texas, Sami Loos, Udall, and Alexa Eisenbart, Wichita.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Baseball splits four-game series with Garden city

By Bailey Terry

Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information - Bobby Milacki, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, runs through the bases in attempt to score a run during a home game against Garden City on April 23.

Maddi Cumpston/HCC Sports Information - Bobby Milacki, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, runs through the bases in attempt to score a run during a home game against Garden City on April 23.

The Blue Dragon baseball team played a series of four games against Garden City at the Hobart-Detter field on April 23 and 24.

The scores were 4-2 L, 11-5 W, 10-8 W, and 10-8 L.

The split brings their record to 34-15 overall and 22-10 in the Jayhawk West conference.

The Dragons lost the first game of the series 4-2.

Hutch easily won the second game after going scoreless into the fourth inning to scoring nine runs to Garden City’s two runs in the fifth inning.

The score was 9-2

After another scoreless inning, the Dragons scored their final two runs in the seventh after Garden City scored two more runs.

The score was 11-4.

The Dragons remained scoreless for the last two innings, but still won the game 11-5.

For Hutch, Mack Gowing, Wichita, scored three runs in the win.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Golf wins the Jayhawk West title

By Taryn Gillespie

Taryn Gillespie/Collegian - Lewis Schenk, Canberra, Australia, swings the club to hit the ball during practice on April 13.

Taryn Gillespie/Collegian - Lewis Schenk, Canberra, Australia, swings the club to hit the ball during practice on April 13.

The HCC golf team is going into Regionals next week with a conference championship.

They are in first place in the Jayhawk West conference and are working towards qualifying for the national conference in Melbourne, Florida, May 17-20.

“If we play well enough in this next tournament we will qualify for nationals for the 16th year in a row,” Chris Young said.

“In the past 16 years we have come out of nationals with the best finish being 6th place. Last year we placed 9th in the national tournament.

During the conference tournament April 18 and 19 the team took a second place win following another second place and a first place win to come out conference champions.

HCC student Lewis Schenk, Canberra, Australia placed first in this tournament to help the team gain the win.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Baseball wins three of four games against Dodge City

By Bailey Terry

The Blue Dragon baseball team played Dodge City in Dodge City on April 14 and 15.

Hutch won three of four games in the series.

The Dragons lost the first game 4-3 and won the last three, 12-7, 9-3, and 6-2.

The first game wasn’t very exciting as Hutch scored two in the first and Dodge City scored three in the second, and neither team scored from the third inning until the seventh and final inning.

Both team scored one run in the final inning, but the Dragons lost the game 4-3.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Track races to Tabor College

By Angela Lingg

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Lloyd Chin, Palm Beach, Florida, scopes out a landing during the steeplechase run on April 2 in Gowans.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Lloyd Chin, Palm Beach, Florida, scopes out a landing during the steeplechase run on April 2 in Gowans.

The Hutchinson track team competed at Pittsburg State University in the 8th Annual David Suenram Gorilla Classic on April 16.

On the men’s side, Orser Rodriguez, Harlingen, Texas, finished in fourth place in the 1500 meters with a time of 4 minutes 6 seconds.

In the 400 meter-hurdles, Matt Willis, Newton, finished in fourth with a time of 55.55 seconds and Weston Riner, Pratt, finished in fifth with a time of 55.63 seconds.

Forrest Dreyer, Salina, finished in fifth in the 3000 meter-steeplechase and qualified for Nationals.

Anthony Cisneros, Gardner, finished in fourth in the javelin with a throw of 190 feet and 7 inches.

On the women’s side, Keagan Davis, Wichita, finished in fifth in the 1500 meters with a time of 5 minutes 10 seconds.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Softball beat Fort Scott in both games of the twin bill

By Bailey Terry

Taryn Gillespie/Collegian - Sami Loos, Udall, makes connection with the ball as she swings during a home game on Fun Valley field on April 8 against Coffeyville. Loos scored three runs.

Taryn Gillespie/Collegian - Sami Loos, Udall, makes connection with the ball as she swings during a home game on Fun Valley field on April 8 against Coffeyville. Loos scored three runs.

The Blue Dragon softball team took on Fort Scott on April 16 and won both games.

The scores were 7-0 and 3-1, bringing their record to 32-6 overall and 16-4 in the Jayhawk West conference.

In the first game, Hutch started off fast scoring two runs in the first inning.

After a scoreless second inning, Hutch scored three more runs in the third inning.

The score was 5-0.

The fourth inning went as the first inning did, with the Dragons scoring two runs.
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May 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Track finishes 2nd and 3rd

By Angela Lingg and Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Wes Chaney, Hutchinson, flies through the air in the long jump field event during the Hutch Night Relays on April 2. Chaney placed third in the long jump with a jump of 23 feet two inches.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Wes Chaney, Hutchinson, flies through the air in the long jump field event during the Hutch Night Relays on April 2. Chaney placed third in the long jump with a jump of 23 feet two inches.

The HCC track team competed at the Friends University Invitational in Wichita.

The men’s team finished second with 120 points.

The women finished in third with 121.5 points.

Stein Desir, Palm Beach, Florida, finished in first-place in the 400 meters with a time of 49 seconds.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Matt Willis, Newton, and Weston Riner, Pratt, took first and second respectively.

Wes Chaney, Hutchinson, finished in second in the long jump with a jump of 21 feet nine inches.

Dallas Thompson, Madison, finished in second in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 159 feet 8 inches.
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Athletic director thanks students

Two full weeks have passed and the sting of the loss in the National Championship game has faded at least a little.

What is etched in my mind is the outpouring of support that our student section provided for our NJCAA championship run.

From the opening tip on Wednesday afternoon to the last seconds of Saturday’s title game, the chants and cheers kept the Sports Arena buzzing.

The energy the student section brought to the games was as great as I have seen anywhere.

From all of us in the Blue Dragon athletic department, thank you!

Go Blue Dragons!

Sincerely,

Josh Gooch

HCC Athletic Director

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Entertainment

Scenes from Friday’s vigil in downtown Hutchinson

Photos by Merissa Anderson.

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‘Vendetta’ has sinister storyline

By Amaelle Caron

“V for Vendetta” is a movie inspired by the graphic novel by the same name.

The story takes place in the United Kingdom in a post-apocalyptic world, where war and dictatorship rule everything.

The main character, V (Hugo Weaving) is a revolutionary who wants to free the English people from their corrupt police state government.
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Is the “g-spot” real? Harder to find than Bigfoot

Dear Shelby,

I love my partner but sometimes he messes up. How do I correct him without making him feel like he’s stupid?

Dear Delicate correction,

No one ever wants to feel dumb or stupid when he or she makes a mistake and has to be corrected or taught differently.

So when you have to attempt to correct your partner, you want to be as calm and understanding of the situation.
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Oliver’s a treat in many ways

By Lariena Nokes

Breaking away from campus for a nice lunch is a fine way to reward yourself for jobs well done.

Hutchinson has a wonderful new restaurant well suited for just such outings. Oliver’s Beef & Brew at 925 East 30th is open for business and serving amazing food.

Dropping in for a late lunch, I was greeted by a friendly hostess who seated me quickly.

If you are familiar with Oliver’s from their previous bistros, then you know you can expect quality.

I had a cafe-style table in the poolroom and an attentive waiter who always had a smile.
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Reboot for classic

By Troy Daugherty

Ratchet and Clank is a great new addition to the original video game series, and acts as a wonderful reboot to the franchise.

It’s easy for new players, like myself, to pick up and have a huge amount of fun.

In the game, you play as Ratchet, a talking animal with attitude to spare.

Ratchet, a mechanic, is sitting on a pole when he sees a spaceship fall from the sky and goes to investigate.
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Friendship over crush

Just
Between
Us

By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

I have a crush on my best friend and really want to pursue a relationship, but she is straight where as I’m a lesbian. Should I risk our friendship?

Dear Friendly crush,
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McCarthy hits a downfall in movie “The Boss”

By Branson Strasner

At its best, Melissa McCarthy’s newest film “The Boss” is mediocre.

At its worst, it’s utter garbage.

Personally, I’m a fan of Melissa McCarthy, she was hilarious in “Bridesmaids” and alright in “The Heat”, but this movie is a stain on her reputation.
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‘Wolf’ kids charm fans

By Lariena Nokes

The imaginations of creative people can run wild.

The 2012 anime feature film “Wolf Children” takes the concept of form-shifting that does not exist in Japanese mythology and creates a modern day fairytale around the idea.

The Honshu wolf was forced into extinction in 1905; these two ideas are merged into Honshu werewolves.
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Helping anxious love

Just
Between
Us

By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

What are your qualifications to be giving advice out to the student body about sex?

Dear skeptical,

Though I am no doctor, therapist, or a researcher on sex, I am a student who is or has gone through some of the same things as what the other students are asking questions on.

If I do not know an answer to a question, I do what any person should do.

I conduct research and I ask more questions, I use scientific research, respected journals, and I even go as far as to ask doctors.

As a reporter I use those skills of investigation to get the best, unbiased answers I can give to my audience.

My main qualification is that I am a student who wants answers and has the experience to investigate in order to get the best attainable truth and facts.

Dear Shelby,

I work at a fast food restaurant and two of my co-workers have started a relationship. At first it was okay, but now it’s getting to be a problem. They flirt during the work day, they’re kissing when they think nobody’s looking, and if they’re having drama and they bring it to work, making all of the other workers uncomfortable. What do I do?

Dear drive-thru romance,

Co-workers dating can become a serious problem in the workplace because it’s bringing the personal life into a place of work.

When the situation gets to the point where the couple begins to make other coworkers uncomfortable, first attempt to talk to them in private and ask if they could tone it down while at work.

However, if they decide to ignore you and your co-workers’ pleas, go talk to your boss or manager about the situation and let them handle it accordingly.

Dear Shelby,

My girlfriend has a serious anxiety disorder and when she gets overstressed, I don’t how to help calm her down. I want to be a good boyfriend, so how can I help her out?

Dear concerned boyfriend,

I would recommend looking at http://www.adaa.org/finding-help/helping-others/spouse-or-partner.

This site gives some helpful advice on how to be a supportive partner to your girlfriend when she is dealing with anxiety.

The first step you should take in being a helpful partner is to learn about anxiety disorders so you can understand your partner better.

Also, never assume you know what your partner needs; ask how you can help.

Be a good listener so you have a proper understanding of what they need and the emotions they are going through.

Most importantly, understand that knowing when to be patient and when to push your partner can be challenging.

Having the proper balance will involve a lot of trial and errors.

Dear Shelby,

The school year is coming to an end, and I will be transferring to a different school than my boyfriend that I met here at HCC. Should I end the relationship or try to continue it even though we’re going to two different schools?

Dear Worried lover,

The choice will be yours in the end on what you feel that you can handle; long distant relationships are not for everyone.

If you choose to end the relationship because you don’t feel that you’re ready to handle a long distance relationship that is perfectly all right.

However, if you choose to stay with your current boyfriend, that is okay too.

It will be difficult, but if it makes you happy then go for it. In the end, do what makes you happy.

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Justice dawns on two premier superheroes

By Troy Daugherty

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a flawed, but enjoyable movie overall.

As made obvious by the name, the story revolves around Batman and Superman’s quarrel with one another.

The movie is less of a straight-up fight and more of a battle of philosophies.
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Sex should be an open topic in education

Just

Between

Us

By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

My roommates and I are together a lot. We see each other every waking moment so I don’t have much privacy.

But I’m starting to get annoyed because I have sexual needs that cannot be fulfilled if they are with me every day. How do I tell them that I need some private time, and they need to leave me alone?

Dear desperate to be alone,
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Franco’s performance on point in ‘11.22.63’

By Amaëlle Caron

Hulu has launched a brand new TV series named “11-22-63.”

It is a cinematographic edition of the book, by the same name, from the famous thriller writer Stephen King.

The book was published in November 2011 and was nominated for several literacy awards.

King tells the story of a time traveler who is going to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The title of the novel and show is the date of the assassination of JFK.
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Robin Hood: Netflix classic

By Hannah Wallace

Disney’s Robin Hood is a classic children’s movie that was produced in 1973.

This G-rated film is great for the whole family.

This movie can be found on Netflix and still seems to be a popular pick among children today and many other age groups to this day.
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Spring break hook-ups demand consent

Just
Between
Us

By Shelby Horton

Dear Shelby,

How do I get men to understand that I’m unavailable and not looking for a hook-up?

Dear Unavailable,

If I guy is showing signs of being attracted to you, or is very direct about it, be blunt and ask him if he is looking for something more than being friends.

If he is, tell him that you’re unavailable, and nothing will change your mind about that.

If he is not okay with that, then it’s time to tell him goodbye, because you don’t need someone like that.
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