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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

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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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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One major offense can be hard for one to overcome

By Paige Brier

Arrest records are affecting a growing percentage of young adults in the U.S.

Between 1997-2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics collected data; that showed 22% of the youth between the ages of eight and 23 have a criminal record that will follow them forever. The data excluded only minor traffic offenses; however, it did include truancy, vandalism, shoplifting, and underage drinking.
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City of Hutchinson seeks public comment on new bike lanes

By Andrew Collins

The City of Hutchinson is conducting a survey in order to get thoughts from residents and visitors about developing a biking master plan to help make the city safer for them.

The city held its first public open house on the issue on April 1 at Carey Park and received input on areas where they could add bike lanes.

During the meeting, city officials looked at the best candidates for streets based on width, speed, and traffic.
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President, dignitaries break ground for sports complex

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Breaking ground for the new extension to the football athletic building, those wielding shovels on March 21 included Dr. Ed Berger (at left), president of Hutchinson Community College, and board of trustees members David Marshall (center), Board Chairperson Marla Eriksen and Darrell Pankratz.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Breaking ground for the new extension to the football athletic building, those wielding shovels on March 21 included Dr. Ed Berger (at left), president of Hutchinson Community College, and board of trustees members David Marshall (center), Board Chairperson Marla Eriksen and Darrell Pankratz.

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Features

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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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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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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Square deal

By Carolyn Durbin

Carolyn Durbin/Collegian - Dan Naccarato talks with one of the students involved in the exercise. Everyone appeared to have a good time at the event.

Carolyn Durbin/Collegian - Dan Naccarato talks with one of the students involved in the exercise. Everyone appeared to have a good time at the event.

What at first looked like a hostage situation on April 8 turned out to be Dan Naccarato’s presidential leadership class in a “delegation and empowerment” exercise. Students all held onto a rope while blindfolded and, during much discussion, figured out how to form the group into a square, without letting go of the rope or peeking.

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Football training facility to grow a wing

 Michael Durbin/Collegian - Hutchinson Community College President Dr. Ed Berger points out where the new weight room will be placed in a drawing of the future Jack Mull Family Football Complex.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Hutchinson Community College President Dr. Ed Berger points out where the new weight room will be placed in a drawing of the future Jack Mull Family Football Complex.

By Michael Durbin

Hutchinson Community College football soon will have an expanded training complex to be named the Jack Mull Family Football Complex.

At the recent ground-breaking, Hutchinson Com-munity College President Ed Berger and Blue Dragon football coach Rion Rhoades welcomed Jack and Jeanette Mull and their family, as well as Bob Peel Sr., and Bob Peel, Jr, who donated to build the Bob and Lou Peel Weight Room.

“We had a vision and we identified needs for our program,” Rhoades said.
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Student suffers from rare disease, hopes for a cure

Schrag

Schrag

By Carolyn Durbin

For decades, HCC student Shirley Schrag, Buhler, has coped with what she refers to as her “rare disease.”

She falls back on that general description, because most people have never heard of her illness, known as “porphyria.”

The term porphyria is derived from the Greek, porphyra, meaning “purple pigment.”

The name is likely to have been a reference to the purple discoloration of feces and urine, in patients when they are having a flare-up of the disorder.
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Presidential search nearing the end with campus interviews

By Autumn Gray

The “final four” HCC presidential candidates are coming to our campus.

The Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees has set the dates for the four presidential finalists, for on-campus interviews, for Monday, April 28; Tuesday, April 29; Friday, May 2 and Monday, May 5.

A full day of interviews are lined up for each candidate, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with groups including the President’s Council, Dr. Ed Berger, students and faculty, the Endowment Association Board, faculty senate, the presidential search committee, community members and the HCC Board of Trustees.
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Student savings plan can add up quickly

By Autumn Gray

Interfaith housing Services has a program that likely would be of intrest for students interested in lowering their college debt.

The program is called CASH, for “Creating Assets, Savings and Hope.”

The program is a matched Individual Development Account that matches your money 2:1.

A example, if you save $3,000, they will match the money with $6,000, bringing your money to $9,000.

Sounds too good to be true, some say.
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Cafeteria upgraded with chilled salad bar

By Michael Durbin

Michael Durbin /Collegian - Samantha Lackey,  San Antonio, Texas, and Kawehi Kapualani Granita-Wallace, Kilo, Hawaii, load up on nutritious food at the new, refrigerated salad bar in the  HCC Cafeteria. The new bar is closer to the food line and keeps the ingredients chilled better than the old one, which had ice inside it.

Michael Durbin /Collegian - Samantha Lackey, San Antonio, Texas, and Kawehi Kapualani Granita-Wallace, Kilo, Hawaii, load up on nutritious food at the new, refrigerated salad bar in the HCC Cafeteria. The new bar is closer to the food line and keeps the ingredients chilled better than the old one, which had ice inside it.

The Hutchinson Community College Cafeteria has made a few changes during Spring break.

None of the changes bigger then the new salad bar installed directly in front of the serving line.

The new salad bar has a refrigerator unite built inside the unit where the old salad bar didn’t.

Leah Robinson Assistant manager of the Cafeteria stated the new salad bar would keep the food fresher.

“The old salad bar was probably double the age of most of our students,” she said.

“The new salad bar keeps food at a more consistent temperature since the old one used ice to keep the food cool and this one doesn’t,” said Brad Lewis, cafeteria manager.
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Sports

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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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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Finally Ranked

Blue Dragon baseball back on track with No. 8 National ranking, split with Seminole State

Jessica Green/Collegian - Zach Wilson, Denton, Texas, pitches against Seminole State during the second game on April 1. Wilson had the save and aided HCC in their 9-8 victory. Above: Jake Ek, Lincoln, Neb., is welcomed into the dugout after scoring during the fifth inning in the second game against Seminole.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Zach Wilson, Denton, Texas, pitches against Seminole State during the second game on April 1. Wilson had the save and aided HCC in their 9-8 victory. Above: Jake Ek, Lincoln, Neb., is welcomed into the dugout after scoring during the fifth inning in the second game against Seminole.

By Jessica Green

The Blue Dragon baseball team has completely turned themselves around this season.

As of April 1, the Dragons are 25-8 overall and 13-3 in the Jayhawk West after a split with Seminole State.

They are also ranked No. 8 in the nation.

Last season was one of ups and downs for HCC — they finished the season with a losing and unranked in the nation.

On paper, it seems as if you’re looking at a completely different team.

“Everyone gets along so much better this year,” said Jake Ek, Columbus, Neb. “We have really good team chemistry.” And with their team chemistry, Ek says they all have a common goal to travel to Grand Junction, Colo., for the NJCAA World Series scheduled for May 24-31.
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Dragon softball splits with Hesston

Lady Dragon softball takes out Hesston 10-0 in game one, catch up but fall in game two by one run; ready for next matchup

By Jessica Green

Jessica Green/Collegian - Sarah Rothe, Hutchinson, hits a softball out of the park during her third homerun of the night against Hesston on March 18. HCC and Hesston split the doubleheader.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Sarah Rothe, Hutchinson, hits a softball out of the park during her third homerun of the night against Hesston on March 18. HCC and Hesston split the doubleheader.

A recent split against Hesston has left the Lady Dragons with a record of 5-11 overall as of March 18.

HCC vs. Hesston: S

Game one seemed to go as planned for the Lady Dragons after winning 10-0 in just five short innings.

However, game two didn’t go as smoothly – HCC fell 7-6.

Overall, Sarah Rothe, Hutchinson, led HCC with six at-bats, four hits and six RBIs.

Her three home runs in game two against Hesston on March 18 also set a team record.
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Blue Dragon baseball dominates Hesston, defeats Pratt

The Blue Dragon baseball team took out Hesston in a nine-inning game, beat Pratt 3-1 in weekend series

By Jessica Green

Jessica Green/Collegian - Jacob Schleppenbach, Lincoln, Neb., attempts a hit during game three against Pratt on March 15. He led the Dragons in hitting with two homeruns  and seven RBIs.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Jacob Schleppenbach, Lincoln, Neb., attempts a hit during game three against Pratt on March 15. He led the Dragons in hitting with two homeruns and seven RBIs.

Compared to last season, the Blue Dragon baseball team has completely turned things around.

As of March 19, the Dragons have a winning record of 17-5 overall and are currently sitting in the No. 17 spot in the nation.

HCC vs. Hesston: W

The Blue Dragon baseball team recently defeated Hesston College 4-2 in a nine-inning game on March 19.

Jacob Bublitz, Thornton, Colo., seemed to be the shining star for HCC in their nine-inning game against Hesston.
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March 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

‘Divergent’ a must-read

By Autumn Gray

A new triology could soon be making its way to the big screen. Fans of other hit trilogies like “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” could be in for a different approach, as “Divergent” could fight for big-screen supremacy.

A new triology could soon be making its way to the big screen. Fans of other hit trilogies like “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” could be in for a different approach, as “Divergent” could fight for big-screen supremacy.

The first book in a trilogy, “Divergent” kept me reading until the very end.

Veronica Roth wrote the book which follows the life of a teenage girl after she makes a choice about her life that changes everything.

In the post apocalyptic setting there are five factions that divide a community based on the traits they live by.

“Abnegation,” who live by selflessness.

They fill their days with community service, wear modest clothing, and avoid anything that might seem vain.

“Dauntless,” who live by fearlessness.
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Hitman confuses police by freezing his victims

By Andrew Collins

The iceman story features a notorious hitman in the United States — Richard Kuklinski. He was believed to have killed 250 men and was given the name “The  Iceman” for freezing the bodies, to confuse police about the the time of death.

The iceman story features a notorious hitman in the United States — Richard Kuklinski. He was believed to have killed 250 men and was given the name “The Iceman” for freezing the bodies, to confuse police about the the time of death.

From director Ariel Vromen comes “The Iceman.”

The film is based on a true story of one of the most notorious contract killers in American history, Richard Kuklinski.

It surrounds Kuklinski’s life as a Polish mafia hit man who is also a devoted family man with a wife and two daughters.

The film begins in Kuklinski’s early days in the mob and documents his double life as both a family man, who was never suspected of any wrongdoing by his family and a ruthless killer, who was suspected of killing over 100 men.

The film stars Michael Shannon as the killer and devoted family man Richard Kuklinski. Shannon plays this role to perfection, Winona Ryder plays very well as Kuklinski’s wife and mother of his daughters, who suspects nothing about her husband’s real profession.

Chris Evans plays Mr. Freezy, Kuklinski’s ruthless partner in crime, who along with being a hit man himself is also a family man and an ice cream man in a local neighborhood.
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March 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment