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Sports Arena issue approved by Hutch voters

Sports Arena issue approved by Hutch voters

Photo by Shelby Horton. HCC President Carter File takes a look at the front page of The Hutchinson News, which has a large headline saying, ” A slam dunk for Sports Arena.” (Story by Shelby Horton) One day soon, the Hutchinson Sports Arena will be “born again,”... [Read more...]

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National tournament felt in HCC parking lots

National tournament felt in HCC parking lots

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

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No.1 HCC Lady Dragons head to NJCAA Nationals!

No.1 HCC Lady Dragons head to NJCAA Nationals!

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

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Cattle drive a chance to recall cowboys’ heyday

Cattle drive a chance to recall cowboys’ heyday

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

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With Ouija board, Collegian staff hunts ghosts on campus

With Ouija board, Collegian staff hunts ghosts on campus

Are their ghosts at HCC, such as in the laundry room at Kent Hall? Photo and story by Shelby Horton — Despite “Ouija” meaning good luck in Egyptian, it strikes fear into the heart of many — but also sparks curiosity, with which the Collegian staff has been infected. Ouija... [Read more...]

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High school students meet with HCC leadership groups

High school students meet with HCC leadership groups

Story and photo by Paige Brier. The Heart of Leadership Day was a success, with a surprising turn out on Sept. 24. Students in the leadership program in surrounding high schools joined Hutchinson Community College Student Government members and HCC Ambassadors at the Sports... [Read more...]

News

Fire Science manages fire

By Lariena Nokes

A group of HCC fire science students had a chance to experience excitement and adventure during Spring Break, without having to leave Reno County.

“Today was the first full day of hard, hot work for Fire Science students,” Kansas Forest Service Incident commander Erick Ward said, on March 23.

Fire science students, with their Kansas Forest Service Red Card certifications for prescribed fire, were invited to participate in the 2015 Kansas Forest Service Mitigation Project.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sports Arena vote coming

By Shelby Horton

Staff photo/Collegian - A concrete arch at the Sports Arena has began to crumble, revealing cement-coated aggregate rock and rusted steel rebar in a foot-long opening.

Staff photo/Collegian - A concrete arch at the Sports Arena has began to crumble, revealing cement-coated aggregate rock and rusted steel rebar in a foot-long opening.

Hutchinson voters, on Tuesday, April 7, will decide the fate of the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Voters will decide if the Sports Arena will be updated or the project will be scuttled and the NJCAA tournament will be moved to another location.

The “HutchWins!” campaign has been urging voters to “Vote Yes,” and allow the Sports Arena to be updated. The group believes that updating the Sports Arena will pay off. The arena has generates up to $400,000 yearly from the 3A basketball tournament, and $1.3 million from the national tourney, according to Hutchinson Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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‘HutchWins!’ booster Naccarato: Why we should ‘Say yes’ for Arena project

By Shelby Horton

Business instructor Dan Naccarato is one of many people encouraging Hutchinson residents to vote for the sales tax measure for expansion and upgrades at the Sports Arena.

Naccarato answered some questions about the project.

Q: How will you be voting on Tuesday, April 7, and why?

Naccarato: HCC Student Government and Business Club made arrangements with the Reno County Elections Office to set up on-campus advance voting on March 19 — so I already voted Yes! (116 voters cast ballots here on campus on March 19.)

Q: How do you encourage people to vote yes?
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

National tournament felt in HCC parking lots

By DaKota Hilburn

Anthony Vieyra, Hutchinson, collects money while Tyrone Clark, Cimarron, helps direct traffic as people come to watch the tournament.

(Photo by Loribeth Reynolds) At the Sports Arena west lot, Anthony Vieyra, Hutchinson, collects money while Tyrone Clark, Cimarron, helps direct traffic as people come to watch the tournament.

It’s that time of year again, the NJCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.

We all know what that means; less parking spaces for students and teachers.

Students, faculty and staff who usually park in the Sports Arena lot on weekdays now find it blocked off for tournament parking, causing that overflow of cars to look for spots elsewhere on campus.

Even the satellite parking lots north of the student union and those west of Plum Street are packed.

“The tournament takes over the whole area for parking,” said Steve Dunmire, director of security at Hutchinson Community College.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Cops react to law that would end concealed gun permits, training

By Loribeth Reynolds

Police officers consulted for this story don’t mind if you have a concealed weapon — as long as you have had training, acquired a permit for it, and are legal.

But now they are getting nervous.

A proposed Kansas law could soon eliminate the requirement for having training and permits for carrying concealed handguns.

Authored by Sen. Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, the bill recently sailed through the Senate with 31-7 vote.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

New law would halt punitive lawsuits

By Kara Gale

A new law has been reintroduced to the Kansas legislature to combat harassing lawsuits.

It is called an anti-SLAPP law, with the SLAPP standing for “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.”

These are lawsuits that corporations file against people who are exercising their First Amendment rights to protest something.

Rep. Jan Long, R-Hutchinson, is supporting that proposed law.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Group working to help ‘uncork’ Kansas

By DaKota Hilburn

Booze, hooch, liquor, fire water, brew, the hard stuff. Whatever you want to call it, alcohol has been a subject that is argued about time and again.

Alcohol sales have been disputed since the early 1880’s.

From 1920 to 1933, there was a national ban on the sale of alcohol, but now we have liquor stores from coast to coast.

But why should we only let the government decide where we buy our booze?

It’s about choice and it’s about convenience, according to Uncork Kansas, a group that is all about making liquor more readily available for Kansas consumers.
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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Brown’s show a hit

By Lariena Nokes

 Lariena Nokes/Collegian - A Hutchinson resident  examines an art piece created by Brown. The artist also displays his work in his art classrooms at HCC.

Lariena Nokes/Collegian - A Hutchinson resident examines an art piece created by Brown. The artist also displays his work in his art classrooms at HCC.

Those who like abstract art were treated to vivid primary colors and bold shapes on March 6, at the Hutchinson Art Center, during a show by Scott Brown, an HCC art instructor.

“There is a mystery and a reason for the names of each painting,” Brown said. “I want people to figure it out.”

On the opposite side of the gallery, Brown’s digital prints sported names such as Spanky, Porky, Stymie, Wheezer, Alfalfa, Petey, Buckwheat, Breezy, Chubby, Froggy, Butch and Waldo.

“I am impressed. I am seeing a lot of things I did not know he made,” said Brown’s mother, Marty Devaul. “My son has always been an artist, since he was a little boy.”

The mystery theme was fun, having a great deal of youth and movement to it.
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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Not long ago

Claire Worcester/Collegian -At Carey Park ducks and geese enjoyed a few open pools on the frozen ponds, as water flowed from a city faucet into a curving, shallow canal that fed the lagoons. The frosty day was quite a contrast to the sunny, warm days now being experienced in the Sunflower State.

Claire Worcester/Collegian -At Carey Park ducks and geese enjoyed a few open pools on the frozen ponds, as water flowed from a city faucet into a curving, shallow canal that fed the lagoons. The frosty day was quite a contrast to the sunny, warm days now being experienced in the Sunflower State.

March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Stange accepts new athletic post in sprawling Missouri school district

By James Teeter

Stange

Stange

As Randy Stange leaves Hutchison Community College this summer and moves on into the next phase of his career, he will be leaving behind a proud legacy at HCC.

Randy has done a lot while being here at HCC.

For the last 18 years Stange has brought HCC sports programs to high levels of success, both in developing the characters of the young athletes and also in building winning dynasties in a number of sports.

This has occurred in both men’s and women’s programs.

Now he looks ahead, to his athletic director’s post for a large school district in Springfield, Missouri.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Bright starts his new VP job

By Kara Gale

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - Brett Bright was in his office March 5, getting to know the routine and taking time to meet people and begin the process of memorizing names, titles and jobs.

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - Brett Bright was in his office March 5, getting to know the routine and taking time to meet people and begin the process of memorizing names, titles and jobs.

This past Monday, March 2, a new vice president of student services arrived on campus at Hutchinson Community College.

Brett Bright has had a busy few first days but is already enjoying being here.

He came from a similar job at a technical college in Texas and has been working in student services for over 15 years.

Bright has a wife and two kids, ages four and six. They will be staying in Texas until the end of the school year and will be coming to Kansas at the beginning of the summer.

The snow of the past week hasn’t bothered him too much, yet, although the temperatures have been frigid and some streets have been icy.

“Snow is OK as long as it comes in short bursts,” he said.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Features

WWII chess set links player to great-granddad

By Kara Gale

Kara Gale/Collegian - Patrick McIntyre, Hutchinson, displays a chess set that his late great-grandfather made while being held in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp in Europe.  McIntyre also has war medals and other artifacts that his great-grandfather, a soldier in the German army, brought back from the war. McIntyre recently brought the family artifacts to a meeting of the HCC Chess Club.

Kara Gale/Collegian - Patrick McIntyre, Hutchinson, displays a chess set that his late great-grandfather made while being held in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp in Europe. McIntyre also has war medals and other artifacts that his great-grandfather, a soldier in the German army, brought back from the war. McIntyre recently brought the family artifacts to a meeting of the HCC Chess Club.

Chess sets can be bought in any number of places, but none are quite like the one Patrick McIntyre, Hutchinson, has in his family.

The HCC student has a set of chess pieces that were handmade by his great-grandfather while in a prisoner of war camp in during WWII.

McIntyre’s great-grandfather was drafted into the German military in 1942.

He was deployed to the eastern front, in Russia, where he was wounded by artillery shrapnel in his chest and back.

After eight months of recovery time in a German hospital, he was redeployed to the western front, in defensive positions in Normandy.

On D-Day, he was captured by the Allies and spent time in two prisoner- of-war camps, one Russian and the other operated by a Scottish unit.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Emporia State author helps HCC students

By Mitchell Garrett

Webb

Webb

Writing students gathered in Bill Sheldon’s classroom April 9 to hear Amy Sage Webb, director of the writing program at Emporia State University, talk about her craft.

The students were quiet at first, but Webb immediately started giving them writing prompts and got them thinking.

The exercise started with imagining a scene where a character is serving or being served by someone else. Everyone started writing small paragraphs, and she started asking them to add to story, with different writing techniques.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Forensics scores at nationals

By Mitchell Garett

Last weekend the Forensics team competed in a tough competition at the American Forensics Association Individual Events Tournament in Portland, Oregon.

There were over 250 individuals in each competition.

The Hutchinson Community College forensics team placed 3rd nationally in the community college division.

This was also the first time Hutchinson Community College ever qualified the entire team for nationals.

The team did not break any competitors to quarterfinals, but did have a lot of places within the top 100.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sports Arena project boosters pleased

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Business instructor Dan Naccarato, an arena project booster, was glad Hutchinson voters came out to support the Sports Arena project.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Business instructor Dan Naccarato, an arena project booster, was glad Hutchinson voters came out to support the Sports Arena project.

April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Wide-spread fame

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian -  (Top row, L-R)  Cast members Leah Towle, Hutchinson; Hollee Mitzner, Abbyville; and Rachel Hein, Andale, and (bottom row) Amanda Moore, Sara Wilder, and Alicia Monceaux, all of Hutchinson, rehearse on April 8.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - (Top row, L-R) Cast members Leah Towle, Hutchinson; Hollee Mitzner, Abbyville; and Rachel Hein, Andale, and (bottom row) Amanda Moore, Sara Wilder, and Alicia Monceaux, all of Hutchinson, rehearse on April 8.

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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Spring has blossomed on HCC’s main campus

By Loribeth Reynolds

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Hyacinths add exquisite , lavish splashes of color to an elevated flower bed near Shears Technology Center.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Hyacinths add exquisite , lavish splashes of color to an elevated flower bed near Shears Technology Center.

The smell of spring is in the air on the HCC campus.

The Bradford Pear trees have burst open with blossoms that fill the air with a sweet scent.

Manny Hernandez, Las Vegas, Nevada, said spring in Kansas is unlike anything he’s ever experienced.

“I’ve never seen a white tree until I came to Kansas,” Hernandez said. “These trees smell amazing. I’m not sure what they smell like, but it smells like some kind of food.”

Growing up in Nevada, Hernandez had never witnessed such drastic seasonal changes.

“Winter is depressing in Kansas, and cold,” Hernandez said. “At least in Nevada, you can snowboard during winter, and it’s not as cold.”
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Donut disciples

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Rachel Stucky, Hutchinson, receives a crisp, Daylight donut March 31 at the  Parker Student Union from Dylan Christner, a volunteer for Crosspoint Church. Christner was inviting students to the church’s “Challenge” Bible study group.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Rachel Stucky, Hutchinson, receives a crisp, Daylight donut March 31 at the Parker Student Union from Dylan Christner, a volunteer for Crosspoint Church. Christner was inviting students to the church’s “Challenge” Bible study group.

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Field of dreams

Tiara Brown/Collegian - Blue Dragon football players engage in drills on the soft, newly installed field turf at Gowans Stadium on April 1 as track athletes work out on the all-weather track.

Tiara Brown/Collegian - Blue Dragon football players engage in drills on the soft, newly installed field turf at Gowans Stadium on April 1 as track athletes work out on the all-weather track.

April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

HCC debate team travels to compete in nationals

By Mitchell Garett

Debate and forensics is an extremely good class to take during college. It teaches you confidence, the ability to speak fluently, and speak under pressure.

Many consider debate and forensics to be the most important class to take for getting a job, because it helps in the interviewing process.

The debate team at Hutchinson Community College has been doing well recently, brining attention to both our school and our students.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Butts’ event draws crowds to displays, hotdog roast at Parker Student Union

By Zeke Willcox

James Teeter/Collegian - Visitors to Kick Butts Day discuss anti-smoking materials at one of the information tables.

James Teeter/Collegian - Visitors to Kick Butts Day discuss anti-smoking materials at one of the information tables.

The Hutchinson Community College student government association hosted its second annual “Kick Butts Day” with interactive and informational table displays in the foyer of the Parker Student Union on March 18.

Attendees were attracted to various displays that were set up around the foyer, as well as by the music being played by a local DJ.

About 12 table displays were placed about the union.

The purpose of the displays were to warn students about the hazards of tobacco, as well as other useful information regarding the college’s smoking policy and the locations and uses of the smoking shelters on campus
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dance Club provides fun, exercise, social life

By Zeke Willcox

Zeke Willcox/Collegian - Josh Richards, Inman, dips Kayla Berrey, Buhler, during a waltz. John Allen (in light green shirt), Hutchinson, and Ashley Harrod, Howard, continued to move to the music.

Zeke Willcox/Collegian - Josh Richards, Inman, dips Kayla Berrey, Buhler, during a waltz. John Allen (in light green shirt), Hutchinson, and Ashley Harrod, Howard, continued to move to the music.

Laughter and jokes fill the air. The raucous is soon swallowed by another sound, Kenny Loggins’ 1992 hit “Footloose.” Immediately, several HCC student form in rows. As one, the dancers stepped to the right and began the dance.

For the first time ever, Hutchinson Community College has a social dance club on campus.

Josh Richards, president of the dance club, said he wanted to create the club to share his interest and passion for dancing, as well as to have a chance to make friends in a fun and relaxed environment.

“The social aspect is what I look forward to,” Richards said. “It was a stress reliever for me.”
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

HCC Ag team comes out victorious at competition

By Paige Brier

Milo is among the crops grown by HCC ag students at the farm near Yoder.

Milo is among the crops grown by HCC ag students at the farm near Yoder.

The Hutchinson Community College Crops Team competed at Kansas State University on March 13. The team placed first in the two-year division and also had individuals place in various events.

The Crops Team had 13 students participate in the competition.

The competition is held in four parts. The first part of the event is plant identification. Students had to identify 150 plants and various stages of growth.

The second part is agronomic math. Students have to solve agronomic mathematic problems involving crops and soil. The third part is the agronomic quiz. This is like a final exam to test the student’s knowledge in agriculture.

The final part is the “Lab practical.”
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Carp’ wears several hats in his day-to-day duties

By James Teter

Carpenter

Carpenter

Steve Carpenter has been the sports information director at Hutchinson Community College for the past 11 years.

He is a man of many words, jobs and responsibilities.

He keeps game stats for varsity sports and has them ready for the professional press seconds after games are over. He updates the massive HCC Athletics website daily with new game stories and photos.

He emails game stories and stats to news entities who are on a request list.

He can be found announcing varsity sports on PA systems. He produces game programs and HCC sports guides.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Sports

Lightning strikes twice as Dragons take double header

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kyle Cantu, Lantana, Texas, pitches for the Dragons during a home game against Butler on April 2. The Dragons won the game 11-1.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kyle Cantu, Lantana, Texas, pitches for the Dragons during a home game against Butler on April 2. The Dragons won the game 11-1.

The Blue Dragons won both games of a double header at home against the Hesston Larks on April 8.

In the first game, Hutch won 13-1 and the second they won 9-6.

The Dragons’ record is now 26-13.

At the start of the first game, the Dragons were tied 1-1 at the bottom of the second, until Hutch was able to bring a runner home.

Jordan Harris, Tulsa, Oklahoma, was able to help the Dragons to a win during the first game by having three hits and scored to runs for Hutch.

The first game ended at five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule, the Dragons winning 13-1.

The second game started with a struggle for the Dragons as the pitcher, Will Ervin, Junction City, wasn’t able to find a rhythm.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragon softball beats Independence at home

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Brittany Olender, Victoria, British Columbia, prepares to pitch the ball during the Independence game, where the Dragons won both games of the double header.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Brittany Olender, Victoria, British Columbia, prepares to pitch the ball during the Independence game, where the Dragons won both games of the double header.

The Lady Dragon softball team played at home against Independence on April 7.

The Dragons won both games of the double header, the first game 3-1 and the second 6-5.

The Dragons’ record is now 21-12 overall and 10-8 in the Jayhawk East.

During the first game, both teams were scoreless up until the fourth inning.

Laura Phillips, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, scored the first run for Dragons as she hit the ball into right field to finish with a homerun; the Dragons up 1-0.

Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, hit a homerun with one person on base, the Dragons were ahead 3-0, at the bottom on the fourth inning.

The Dragons won the first game 3-1.
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April 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragons’ run ends in NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals

By Bailey Terry

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., takes the ball to the basket as he is guarded by an opponent, while playing Georgia Highlands in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA tournament on March 19. The Blue Dragons lost the game 59-64.

Bailey Terry/Collegian - Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., takes the ball to the basket as he is guarded by an opponent, while playing Georgia Highlands in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA tournament on March 19. The Blue Dragons lost the game 59-64.

The Blue Dragons basketball team played Georgia Highlands in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA at the Sports Arena on March 19 and lost 59-64. Their season ended with a record of 29-7.

DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., in his final game in his HCC career, had a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., scored 14 points and pulled down five rebounds.

Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., scored nine points, while Austin Budke, Beloit, scored six points.

The first six possessions the Dragons held, they turned the ball over.

Starting off with six turnovers caused Hutch to have to pick up the pace.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons fall in NJCAA championship game in Salina

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, takes a shot around her opponent in the championship game of the NJCAA tournament on March 21 in Salina.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, takes a shot around her opponent in the championship game of the NJCAA tournament on March 21 in Salina.

The Lady Dragon basketball team traveled to Salina for the NJCAA tournament championship game on March 21 and played Chipola, who was ranked No. two in the tournament, and lost 46-54.

The Dragons ended their season with a record of 36-1 and they were runner-up at Nationals for the second year in a row.

Five of the Dragon players are graduating and ending their careers with a record of 71-2, only losing in the championship game of the NJCAA tournament.

Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, finished her Dragon career with 14 points.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, scored 11 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, and three blocks.

With those three blocks, Purcell broke another record, having the most blocks in career with 94.

Purcell and Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, both made the All-Tournament team.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragon softball splits a double header while playing in Coffeyville

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kailey Jenkins, Wellington, stands on the base and waits for an opportunity to run to the next base on March 10 during the home game.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kailey Jenkins, Wellington, stands on the base and waits for an opportunity to run to the next base on March 10 during the home game.

The Lady Dragons softball team traveled to Coffeyville on March 27 to play the Red Ravens.

The Dragons lost the first game of the double header 7-4 and won the second game 1-0.

In the first game, Hutch struggled until the bottom of the seventh inning when they scored three runs, but were unable to catch back up, since the Red Ravens scored seven runs in the game.

As the second game began, neither team was able to score even after Coffeyville had the bases loaded without a single out at the top of the fourth inning.
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April 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons advance to quarterfinals in NJCAA

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly/Collegian - DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., swats the ball from an opponent, he then stole the ball and assisted a dunk for the Dragons to score against Trinity Valley on  March 18, during the  NJCAA tournament second round.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., swats the ball from an opponent, he then stole the ball and assisted a dunk for the Dragons to score against Trinity Valley on March 18, during the NJCAA tournament second round.

The Blue Dragons advanced on to the NJCAA Tournament quarterfinals after beating the Trinity Valley Cardinals 73-61, on March 18 bringing their record is now 29-6. This win makes nine consecutive wins for the Dragons.

The leading scorer for the Dragons was DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., and he had a double-double with 24 points and pulled down 10 boards.

Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, scored 14 points, three assists, two blocks and had a career-high of 15 rebounds.

Austin Budke, Beloit, added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., score 10 points, all of them in the second half.

As the game began, the Dragons built a 10-4 lead with 14 minutes remaining.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons on to semifinals in National Tourney in Salina

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, shoots a three-pointer for the Lady Dragons during the quarterfinals in the NJCAA on March 19 against Northwest Florida State College.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, shoots a three-pointer for the Lady Dragons during the quarterfinals in the NJCAA on March 19 against Northwest Florida State College.

Taking a step closer to a possible national title, the Lady Dragons defeated Northwest Florida State in Salina on March 19, and moved on to the NJCAA semifinals.

HCC won 68-54 and will now play in the semifinals. Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, led the Dragon with 17 points and 19 rebounds, while Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, wasn’t far behind with 14 points.

As halftime hit, the Dragons led the game 32-18.

Late in the second half, Northwest Florida State came back and tied the game at 43, but the Dragons weren’t going down without a fight. Hutch scored 15 consecutive points taking the lead, 58-43.

The Dragons kept their lead the rest of the game and won 68-54.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragon softball on a roll, tallies four wins in double-headers

By Bailey Terry

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Holly Kelley, Cypress, Texas, preps to pitch the ball on March 10, during a game against Cloud County.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Holly Kelley, Cypress, Texas, preps to pitch the ball on March 10, during a game against Cloud County.

As of March 19, the Lady Dragon softball team had won seven of their last 10 games.

Hutch beat Cloud County, Kansas City, and Pratt, split one against Highland, and lost the double header against Dodge City.

The Dragons played Cloud County on March 10 and won both of the games of the double header.

The scores of the games were 4-2 and 12-4.

Throughout the first four and 1/2 innings the score was tied 1-1, but then Ally Rains, Round Rock, Texas, sent the ball over the fence to score her first homerun.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons make NJCAA Tournament

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Blue Dragons guard Che Bob gets some hang time Feb. 25, as he beats Seward County defenders in a Feb. 25 game in the Sports Arena. The Dragons won, 88-62. They won the Region VI Tournament on March 7 and are going to nationals.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Blue Dragons guard Che Bob gets some hang time Feb. 25, as he beats Seward County defenders in a Feb. 25 game in the Sports Arena. The Dragons won, 88-62. They won the Region VI Tournament on March 7 and are going to nationals.

The Blue Dragon basketball team traveled to Wichita on March 7, to the Koch Arena to face the Dodge City Conquistadors in the championship game of the Region VI tournament. The Dragons won 76-60. The Dragons will enter the NJCAA Tournament with a record of 26-8.

This is the 18th recorded time that the Dragon men’s basketball team made it to the NJCAA tournament.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., Austin Budke, Beloit, and Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., all made the All-tournament team.

DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., was named the MVP of the Region VI tournament.

Freeman had his third double-double of the tournament scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds and also added five assists. He went six for 14 overall shooting and five for nine from the free throw line.
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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons win 4th straight Region VI tournament title

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, concentrates on defense during the Feb. 18 game with the Pratt Beavers at the Sports Arena. The No. 1 Lady Dragons on March 7 won the Region VI Championship and are headed for the nationals.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, concentrates on defense during the Feb. 18 game with the Pratt Beavers at the Sports Arena. The No. 1 Lady Dragons on March 7 won the Region VI Championship and are headed for the nationals.

The Lady Dragon basketball team traveled to Wichita on March 7, to the Koch Arena to face the Jayhawk East champions, the Coffeyville Ravens, in the championship game of the Region VI tournament. The Dragons won 66-58.

This was the sixth Region VI tournament win in HCC women’s basketball history and also the fourth consecutive win for the Dragons. The Dragons are entering the NJCAA tournament with a record of 33-0.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, is now the leading scoring in HCC history for women’s basketball with 1,102 points. Purcell also is the leader for the most rebounds in a single season with 380.

She was named the Region VI tournament’s most valuable player.

Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, Shakira Harding, Houma, Fla., Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, and Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, all made it on the All-Tournament team.

Purcell was able to get her 42nd career double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
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Blue Dragon track shines bright at nationals

By Steve Carpenter

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Blue Dragon track athletes Stein Desir and Renistin St. Louis (in white shirt), stretch after practice on March 11, while getting ready for the outdoor track season.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Blue Dragon track athletes Stein Desir and Renistin St. Louis (in white shirt), stretch after practice on March 11, while getting ready for the outdoor track season.

The Hutchinson Community College men’s 4×800 meter relay produced the top single-event finish for the Blue Dragons at the 2015 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Both Hutchinson men’s and women’s teams each finished 24th in the overall team standings.

The Blue Dragon men scored five team points and the HCC women scored 1.5 points.

The 4×800 relay of Eric Jones, Stein Desir, Renistin St. Louis and Ridge Williams finished sixth overall with a time of 7 minutes, 56.94 seconds.

That was the second-fastest time in the Blue Dragons’ heat.
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Blue Dragons advance in tournament

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., dribbles the ball down the court and looks for a teammate to help them to win over Seward County on Feb. 25.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., dribbles the ball down the court and looks for a teammate to help them to win over Seward County on Feb. 25.

The Blue Dragon basketball team played the Broncbusters of Garden City at home for the opening round of the Region VI tournament on Feb. 28.

They won 70-68 and will advance on in the tournament. The Dragons’ record is now 25-6 overall.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., had his eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Ahmed was 8 for 9 from the free throw line.

DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., had his thirteenth double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Austin Budke, Beloit, scored 14 points, while Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., scored 12 points.

Hutch shot 38% overall, 4 for 14 from beyond the arc, and 22 for 32 from the foul line.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

Students list their favorite TV shows

By Darriell Rhodes

No matter where you grew up, or what culture you have embraced, it is likely that you can name favorite television shows that you enjoyed as a child.

Some HCC students were asked to name their favorite shows, from back in the day, and why.

Alohondro Custis-El , Philadelphia, said his favorite was “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” starring a young, fresh-faced Will Smith who had cool clothes and a fine haircut.

“I grew up watching Will Smith do stand-up comedy,” Custis-El said. “I also grew up watching him in high school basketball.”
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Treasure-hunting kids take you on high adventure in ‘Goonies’

By Hannah Wallace

The Goonies was shown in theaters in 1985. It was an American hit and brought in over $61 million.

This movie is about a group of kids who are good friends and call themselves the “Goonies.”

The group consists of Brandon, Mikey, Mouth, Chunk, and Data. They are being forced to move out of their homes because a group of builders want to replace their neighborhood with a golf course.
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Car show and ‘The Ziggowatts’ entertain visitors to fairgrounds

By Loribeth Reynolds

Rows of classic and custom cars lined up inside the Meadowlark building at The Kansas State Fairgrounds, all in an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence on April 4.

Once inside, smiling patrons paid their way in, with proceeds going to the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center.

Crowds of wide-eyed people peered at custom interiors, leaned under hoods and pointed out nice paint jobs.

At the back of the building was a red, 1992 Mazda convertible, adorned with Hutchinson Community College memorabilia.
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‘Birdman’ abnormal superhero

Birdman,  played by Michael Keaton, stands in the streets of New York.

Birdman, played by Michael Keaton, stands in the streets of New York.

By Zeke Willcox

We all fear, in some way, that we don’t matter. We fear that the world has forgotten us, that we haven’t left a memorable mark.

Riggan Thompson is no exception.

“Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” is a comedy drama film, directed by Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emma Stone star in this tale set in 21st century New York depicting the life of washed-up actor, Riggan Thompson, portrayed by Keaton, trying to make a comeback through Broadway production.
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Tattoo sun screen helps avoid body ink fading

By Dakota Hilburn

People with tattoos are told by their artists time and again to avoid exposing new tattoos to the sun — and always wear sunscreen if they expose their older tattoos to sunlight.

If your tattoo gets sunburned, its colors can fade, and that means another trip into the shop to get it touched up.

But how can you avoid this? Coppertone has an answer.
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Author to visit writing class

Amy Sage Webb will be on the Hutchinson Community College campus on Thursday, April 9, to work with the Introduction to Creative Writing class from 1:10-2:40 in LH 210.

Webb

Webb

Webb is the author of “Save Your Own Life,” a collection of short stories.

She the recipient of the Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor award at Emporia State University, where she teaches English and is co-director of the Creative Writing Program there.

Other students or faculty who are interested in sitting in on Webb’s presentation on Thursday should contact Bill Sheldon at sheldonb@hutchcc.edu or at 665-3445.

Webb also will give a reading from her book that night at 7 p.m. at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington.
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Apple Watch does more than most

By Mitchell Garrett

Apple is the company that always tries to find the next gadget craze. Recently, the trend has been using the phrase, “make it wearable,” where gadgets become hands-free parts of our daily lives.

Google’s growing popularity with “Google Glass,” an augmented reality headwear, shows this trend in action. Several other companies are also working on “smart bands” which are bracelets that have various functions.. Some of them store data like flash drives, monitor your health in various ways, or can even work as a credit card, wirelessly using RFID to connect to things like Google Wallet.
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March 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Second-hand Lions’ a family-oriented story

By Hannah Wallace

In 2003 New Line Cinema released a phenomenal film by the name of “Second Hand Lions.”

On its opening weekend in the U.S. the film brought in an estimated $12 million. It eventually made $48 million worldwide.
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De Becker gives ‘The Gift of Fear’ to readers

By Lariena Nokes

Sometimes in the course of daily life, well-meaning people confuse confidence with foolishness.

They misread a potentially dangerous situation, or trust a person who then turns on them.

Every day, intelligent adults end up in situations that challenge them and, on rare occasions, those situations put their lives in danger.

Gavin De Becker’s, book, “The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence,” teaches people to trust their own personal intuition.

I recommend picking up this self-help page-turner and learn that you were smarter than you think you are.
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SGA event to help smokers kick habit

By Zeke Wilcox

Hutchinson Community College student government association is to host its second annual “Kick Butts Day,” an anti-tobacco campaign on campus Wednesday, March 18.

Kick Butts Day is a national organization, based in Washington, D.C., that promotes a stand of eliminating or controlling tobacco use. It’s website is kickbuttsday.org.

This is HCC’s second annual Kick Butts Day.
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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Third release of ‘Five nights’ reveals murdererous origins

By Shelby Horton

The “Five Nights at Freddy’s” series has taken online gaming by storm, as one of the most popular horror games. With its third release the game reveals answers to its origins.

The plotline revolves around a haunted family pizzeria that has had mysterious murders and incidents due to the animatronics “being a little quirky” at night.
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Welcome to Night Vale; hope you’re listening

By Kara Gale

Anyone into things that have a twist of the abnormal and downright strange should check out the podcast, “Welcome to Night Vale.”

The podcast is set as a news station in a little desert community called Night Vale.

The newscaster, Cecil, faithfully informs the citizens of Night Vale of the strange happenings throughout the town each day.

In the first episode, Cecil tells of a new dog park in town with an announcement from the city council.
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Players in ‘Destiny’ busy killing aliens

By James Teeter

Destiny Titan

Destiny Titan

“Destiny,” the game, has changed the way we play a game.

Just be aware: Unlike many games, to play this one you must have an Internet access, to tie into the Xbox Live server.

There is so much that this game has to offer between characterization and picking what type of class of guardian.

There are three classes in this game: You have the Titan, Warlock and the Hunter. As you go into creating your guardian, you have three ways of making your person: You have humans, the Awoken, and the “Exo.”
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Book takes reader into the world of racism, up close

By Hannah Wallace

The book “Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin, is an educational and interesting read.

This book is about a white man who takes pigment pills, in 1959, to change the color of his skin from white to black so he can experience the trials and challenges of an African American — for six weeks.

Griffin walked the same streets of New Orleans as he did when he was white, but noticed that he was treated differently, by both races.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment