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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...]

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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

Crosswalk victim recalls impact from minivan

By Alexus Sandoval

An HCC student struck by minivan is at home, recovering.

Ian Miller, 28, was struck by a minivan at 7:39 a.m. Oct. 13 on the crosswalk by Hutchinson Community College at the intersection of North Plum Street and East 13th Avenue, said Hutchinson Police Officer Matthew Rucker.

Miller was transported by EMS to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for treatment.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

DragonZone update brings new features and accessibility to students and staff

By Joseph Griffin

In January 2014, an idea began to come to life in the basement of Lockman Hall.

Through countless keystrokes, frustration, trial and error, successful additions and finally its official release, the new DragonZone is now near its complete form.

As students and faculty prepared themselves for homecoming weekend, Loren Morris, Information Technology Services Director, Glenn Acheson, Assistant Director, and countless other ITS members were preparing for a full release to the public on Friday, Oct. 10.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Homecoming events begin

By Paige Brier

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Students get ready to catch t-shirts at the football homecoming assembly at Gowans Stadium on Oct. 8.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Students get ready to catch t-shirts at the football homecoming assembly at Gowans Stadium on Oct. 8.

Homecoming events have already begun. Many students have participated in a series of activities organized throughout the week.

The first activity, a skating party, was held at Skateland on Oct. 6. Students were able to show their school I.D. and get in for free. Student Victoria Briley, Wichita, said the turnout was huge. “It was fun and definitely crazy. There were a lot of people falling. I will most definitely go again next year.”

The second homecoming festivity was the glow run, which was held Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. at the Parker Student Union. Students gathered around to receive free glow accessories before heading out on the course.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Police lab examines ‘bomb’ found near HCC Newton campus building

By Michael Durban

An artist's conception of the HCC Newton campus main building

An artist's conception of the HCC Newton campus main building

Hutchinson Community College had to shut down some of its classes at its Newton campus shortly after 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 29 during a bomb scare.

An unidentified man had called 911 to report a bomb outside the Harvey County Community Corrections Center on 6th Street, near the HCC classroom center there.

The Wichita bomb squad and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were called in to deal with the suspected bomb.
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Faculty, staff explore ways to improve HCC during annual convocation event

By Kara Gale

It was a busy time on Oct. 2, which was the day for this year’s All-Employee Convocation at Hutchinson Community College.

Convocation is a yearly event that brings together all HCC faculty, administration and staff members from the main campus in Hutchinson, and all its other campuses, such as McPherson, Yoder and Newton.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Sea captain recalls ordeal of pirates, AK-47s and SEALS

By Alexus Sandoval

Phillips

Phillips

Recalling days when he faced a life and death struggle at sea, Captain Rich Phillips captivated a huge crowd at the Dillon Lecture on Sept. 23.

Phillips had just become captain of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship when the piracy took place in April 2009, in the Indian Ocean.

Soon after becoming captain of the 17,000-ton ship, he had required his crew to undergo anti-piracy training, due to the increase in pirate attacks.

Phillips always chose to plan for the worst and hope for the best — a trait that played a significant role in his survival against the Somali pirates.

Phillips was the first American sea captain in 200 years to be attacked by pirates.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Hand-washing said to help prevent enterovirus, cold and flu infections

By Paige Brier

The Enterovirus D68 has made its way to Kansas, although the extent of its spread is hard to gauge.

A Kansas City hospital said it receives 30 children a day and 15% of them are placed in intensive care.

The virus is a respiratory illness that at first mimics the common cold, and causes breathing problems. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is asking physicians to keep a lookout for these symptoms.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Grissom praises Constitution, aspires to follow example of Atticus Finch

By Shelby Horton

Grissom

Grissom

When Barry R. Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, enters a room, he commands attention.

On Sept 17, Grissom entered a room full of Hutchinson Community College and Trinity Catholic High School students — and all talking ceased. All attention was on the speaker.

With coffee in hand, and a confident smile, Grissom greeted the students and staff as if they were old friends.

Grissom was speaking at HCC for Constitution Day. He focused on the importance of the Constitution and its history.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

False alarms create ‘burning sensation’ in dorms

By Shelby Horton

In the early hours of Sept. 13, Kent Hall dormitory residents were jolted awake by screeching fire alarms that filled the night.

The dormitory residents filed outside, most clothed only in their pajamas. Many were barefoot, standing on the cold, wet concrete sidewalks and parking lots. Many could be heard grumbling, as they stood shivering, waiting for the sign they could go back to their warm beds.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

How Sweet it is!

Blue Dragons run roughshod over Grizzlies 35-26

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Defensive back Brandon Davis, Jonesboro, Ga., responds to the cheering crowd as the Blue Dragons run out the last few moments on the clock. The Dragons won, 35-26, over the Butler Grizzlies. For the HCC team, it was the first victory over Butler since 1997.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Defensive back Brandon Davis, Jonesboro, Ga., responds to the cheering crowd as the Blue Dragons run out the last few moments on the clock. The Dragons won, 35-26, over the Butler Grizzlies. For the HCC team, it was the first victory over Butler since 1997.

By Joseph Griffin

As the moments ticked from the clock, Coach Rion Rhoades watched as his players stormed the field around him.

When the clock struck zero, it sealed his first victory as Head Coach against archrival Butler Community College. Now, Rhoades could breathe a sigh of relief.

Their time had finally come.

Rhoades and company pulled out all the stops as his Blue Dragons bulled their way into victory on Sept. 13. The 35-26 victory, their first win against the Butler Grizzlies in the last 24 matchups, was worth the wait.

As kickoff approached, the stands filled with eager fans, restless kids and rowdy students coming from all over central Kansas to El Dorado, hoping to witness a sight unseen for many years.
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September 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

New HCC president happy with new position, duties

By Alexus Sandoval

Students won’t be seeing Dr. Carter File in the business office anymore, but they will be seeing him around in the President’s office. That’s right, File is the new president for Hutchinson Community College.

File was born and raised in Beloit, where he graduated from high school in 1978.

In 1984, File enrolled at Kansas State University, where he received his bachelor of science degree in business administration.
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September 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Features

College has plan for the specter of ebola virus

By Michael Durbin

Students at Hutchinson Community College come from towns across Kansas and from across the U.S.

With people traveling on weekends and during holidays, there is a slight chance of exposure to viruses like Ebola.

At HCC, administrators have thought about it. What if a student here was diagnosed with Ebola?

Randy Myers, vice president for student services, said there is a plan in place for any type of outbreak.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Problems in Kent Hall leave students cold and agitated

By Shelby Horton

Kent Hall has had its share of problems this semester; several were caused by students goofing around.

Kent Hall has had its share of problems this semester; several were caused by students goofing around.

From fire alarms during the night to a lack of water on some days, Kent Residence Hall has had more than its fair share of problems recently.

The incidents started on Aug. 8, with a fire alarm on moving-in day for many Hutchinson Community College residents.

Within two weeks, the next issue arose, which students have nicknamed the “psychotic toilet.”

A toilet on the second floor of South Kent, was reported to overflow if an adjacent toilet was flushed, then continue to overflow until another toilet was flushed again.

Then on Sept. 13, another fire alarm was activated due to an incident when a student tried to microwave ramen noodles without water.

The very next day another fire alarm went off due to the second reported case of burnt popcorn.

Michaela Golliher, an resident advisor at Kent South said, “I’ve come to expect this of Kent Hall.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Horse classes to return

A horsemanship class is being offered again, starting Oct. 21, for beginner and advanced riders. The non-credit class will meet on Tuesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m., for four consecutive weeks, at the Horse Exhibition Center at the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Cost is $150 if you have a horse; $200 if you do not have one. For more information, contact the instructor, Karen Baehler, at baehlerk@hutchcc.edu, or call at 620-665-3475. To enroll,call 620-727-2791.

A horsemanship class is being offered again, starting Oct. 21, for beginner and advanced riders. The non-credit class will meet on Tuesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m., for four consecutive weeks, at the Horse Exhibition Center at the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Cost is $150 if you have a horse; $200 if you do not have one. For more information, contact the instructor, Karen Baehler, at baehlerk@hutchcc.edu, or call at 620-665-3475. To enroll,call 620-727-2791.

October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dance club busts moves in union

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Members of the Dance Club have fun with a country line dance at their Oct. 14 meeting in the basement of Parker Student Union.Photos by Michael Durbin/Collegian -

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Members of the Dance Club have fun with a country line dance at their Oct. 14 meeting in the basement of Parker Student Union.Photos by Michael Durbin/Collegian -

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Ben Cress, Wichita, and Katie Ellegood, Hutchinson,  dance to a 1960s rock song.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Ben Cress, Wichita, and Katie Ellegood, Hutchinson, dance to a 1960s rock song.

October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

DragonLAN isn’t just for the I.T. crowd

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Wesley Chaney  focuses intently on his game. Chaney is one of approximately 50 people that attended the LAN party on Oct. 10. DragonLAN holds these events monthly and the next event is at 5 p.m. Nov. 14.  It will be in the STC Justice Theatre.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Wesley Chaney focuses intently on his game. Chaney is one of approximately 50 people that attended the LAN party on Oct. 10. DragonLAN holds these events monthly and the next event is at 5 p.m. Nov. 14. It will be in the STC Justice Theatre.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian -Charlie Winters,  Salina, uses an Oculus Rift to fly through a level on the game  “Radial-G.” The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality device currently in development, is highly touted by gaming enthusiasts.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian -Charlie Winters, Salina, uses an Oculus Rift to fly through a level on the game “Radial-G.” The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality device currently in development, is highly touted by gaming enthusiasts.

October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Internet shortage frustrates students; fix may be in sight

By Mitchell Garrett

No matter what your major is, no matter what classes you are taking, chances are you will need Internet access at some point.

Many students use Internet access simply for social media, keeping entertained, and passing the time.

A lot of students also have their own laptops. Of course, almost every student has a phone, and a majority of those phones use WiFi as well.

The network here at HCC is prioritized for wired access first. This means that all of the computer labs get the fastest speeds, and even the labs can feel slow at times.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HCC Jazz features sax player Adam Larson

Joseph Griffin/Collegian -  Nick Shroeder(right), HCC Director of Jazz Studies, directs his band during a performance on Oct. 10. Students Zane Richter (left), McPherson, and Maria Panek (center), Pretty Prairie, perform in front of an audience at the B.J. Warner Auditorium.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Nick Shroeder(right), HCC Director of Jazz Studies, directs his band during a performance on Oct. 10. Students Zane Richter (left), McPherson, and Maria Panek (center), Pretty Prairie, perform in front of an audience at the B.J. Warner Auditorium.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - The concert also featured strong performances by students who are brass and string musicians.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - The concert also featured strong performances by students who are brass and string musicians.

October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Geology class explores ‘wild’ caves

By Loribeth Reynolds

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Instructor Brian Bird (far right, with yellow helmet) and his geology students emerge from a low-roofed cave passage near Freedom, Okla., while on a caving field trip.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Instructor Brian Bird (far right, with yellow helmet) and his geology students emerge from a low-roofed cave passage near Freedom, Okla., while on a caving field trip.

Just before dawn on Sept. 27, four HCC geology students met with their instructor Brian Bird, and began a journey to Freedom, Okla.

They were going “spelunking,” or caving, to study rock formations.

Joshua Popchoke, Hutchinson, Jacob Williams, Herndon, and Andrew Bird, Hutchinson, were the students who came on the adventure.

The journey lasted a little over three hours, passing beautiful rock formations along the Cimarron River.

One more bend in the highway and they arrived at Alabaster State Caverns, a camp site for nature lovers and thrill seekers.

The group checked into the main office of the state park to acquire a permit to go caving for the day.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Pro-cannibas group brings rally to Hutch

By Loribeth Reynolds

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A representative of the “End Kansas Prohibition on Cannibas Now” group talks with visitors at a display for the group in Avenue A Park, on Oct. 4, during the Rod Run custom car show in downtown Hutchinson.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A representative of the “End Kansas Prohibition on Cannibas Now” group talks with visitors at a display for the group in Avenue A Park, on Oct. 4, during the Rod Run custom car show in downtown Hutchinson.

End Kansas Prohibition on Cannabis Now, a Hutchinson group aimed at changing marijuana laws, held an event in Avenue A Park, Saturday, Oct. 4, during the Rod Run Car Show in downtown Hutchinson.

At 3 p.m., about 20 people came to the table to either show support, receive voter registration forms, or to be informed of the benefits of cannabis for Kansas.

In that time, the group handed out 15 voter registration forms.

Joni Tucker, Nickerson, and David Mulford, Hutchinson, were the organizers.

“My thinking is that one person can equal up to three, with their support and word of mouth,” Tucker said
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Health Center open to students, close by

By Zeke Willcox

The Health Center is located on 14th Street, just across from the Lockman Hall parking lot

The Health Center is located on 14th Street, just across from the Lockman Hall parking lot

The Hutchinson Area Student Health Service is open and available to all Hutchinson Community College students. This non-profit organization has provided health services for HCC students for over 20 years.

Located at 516 E. 14th, north of the Parker Student Union parking lot, the small clinic offers a variety of services.

These include ill visits, family planning, and blood draws. Allergies, treatment of cuts and abrasions, ear, eye, or skin infections, and suturing of minor lacerations are more such commonly treated ailments.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Blackout darkens halls at HCC

By Shelby Horton

Shelby Horton/Collegian - A student stands near an emergency hallway light in a residence hall during the blackout on Sept. 28.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - A student stands near an emergency hallway light in a residence hall during the blackout on Sept. 28.

Hutchinson Community College was having a pleasant Sunday afternoon on Sept. 28 until suddenly everything plunged into darkness.

At 3:48 p.m., students filled the hallways of their dormitories, concerned, trying to see how far the darkness extended.

The power outage stretched from Hutchinson Community College to 18th Avenue, and west to Main Street, causing thousands of residents to lose power.

“Westar Energy had a substation fail, which caused the power outage across campus,” said Gregory Brewer, an HCC custodian, after speaking to Westar Energy over the phone.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Finally, a rainy day

Michael Durbin/Collegian - After weeks of dry weather, the rain squalls on Sept. 24 came as somewhat of a relief, although it meant a wet walk between buildings for Michaela Golliher, Meade

Michael Durbin/Collegian - After weeks of dry weather, the rain squalls on Sept. 24 came as somewhat of a relief, although it meant a wet walk between buildings for Michaela Golliher, Meade

September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Underage drinking spawns big problems

By Loribeth Reynolds

Not only is alcohol available to college students, some students view it as a part of their college experience. It’s highly promoted in our culture.

After all, with homework, tests and peer pressure, a few drinks could seem like an easy way to drown those stressors.

However, there are many things you may want to consider, before one night of good times turns into many sleepless nights of regret.

About 11% of alcohol use is consumed by underage college students, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Not to mention, young adults between ages 18 and 29 are more susceptible to drinking problems.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Sports

Dragons stay at No. 5

By Bailey Terry

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Alvin Kamara,breaks a Broncbuster’s tackle. He then sprinted downfield to score a touchdown in the Oct. 11 Homecoming game against Garden City.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Alvin Kamara,breaks a Broncbuster’s tackle. He then sprinted downfield to score a touchdown in the Oct. 11 Homecoming game against Garden City.

The Blue Dragon football team continued its streak by beating Garden City on Oct. 11.

The final score was 44-14. The Dragons are now 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference. This keeps them ranked at No. 5.

This is the Dragons’ first time starting the season off at 7-0 since 2010, and only the fifth time in HCC history.

The Dragons’ offense had the ball fewer minutes than Garden City, but still ended up with 457 total yards on offense.

HCC continued to keep their opponents under 100 yards rushing, this is the fifth consecutive game they accomplished it.

The Dragons forced six turnovers, three fumbles and three interceptions, plus a season-high six quarterback sacks and 16 defensive tackles that caused a loss in yards for the Broncbusters.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dragon volleyball finds tough teams in Missouri

By Bailey Terry

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Libero, McKenzie Steele digs a ball up for the Lady Dragons during the West Plains Mo. tournament.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Libero, McKenzie Steele digs a ball up for the Lady Dragons during the West Plains Mo. tournament.

The Lady Dragons went to the West Plains Volleyball Tournament in Missouri during the weekend of the 10 and 11. Over the span of two days, the Lady Dragons lost three of four of the games they played.

On the last game of the tournament the Lady Dragons lost to Miami-Dade on Oct. 11. The set scores were 19-25, 23-25, and 13-25, with the Dragons losing that match.

Nicole Kisner, Hugoton, had just six kills, which was uncharacteristic of her since she usually has at least 10 in every match.

The Dragons who contributed to this game, besides Kisner were Jai Chapman, Liberal, who had four kills, while Aubrey Wilson, Bennington, added three kills. Those who contributed through assisting their teammates were Wilson, who had eight assists and Tarynn Stueder, Great Bend, who had six assists.

Petra Silic, Zagreb, Croatia, assisted on three blocks and Chapman added two aces.

The Dragons altogether had 10 team blocks.

The Lady Dragons started off the tournament against Wallace State on Oct. 10. They were unable to pull out a win, even after Kisner and the rest of the team’s efforts. The set scores were 19-25, 28-30, 25-18, and 19-25.

Kisner easily achieved a career-high 21 kills against Wallace State and also a team high of six blocks.

Other Dragons who added kills were Lauren Darby, Olathe, who had 10 kills, Chapman with nine, Wilson with seven and Silic with six. Silic and Chapman each had two service aces.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragon soccer with 10 wins

By Joseph Griffin

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Karrie McNutt attempts to steal the ball from her opponent during the Oct. 12 game against Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Karrie McNutt attempts to steal the ball from her opponent during the Oct. 12 game against Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa.

It’s a milestone for Lady Dragons soccer: 10 wins or more for the 10th year in a row.

In collegiate soccer, the wins are what matter and the Lady Dragons keep piling them up.

It’s no wonder that the 16th ranked Lady Dragons (10-1-1) repeatedly punish their opponents, as a diverse attack continually puts goals on the board.

On Oct. 12, their relentless play was showcased in a 5-1 whipping of Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa. Crisp winds propelled the Lady Dragons to four first half goals on 14 shots. The first came off of a Jen Rogers, Liverpool, England, blast as she squeezed through three defenders and placed a precision goal on target to take a 1-nil lead with just over four minutes off the game clock.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragon volleyball gains 7th victory in a row

By Bailey Terry

Rachel Griffitt, Wamego, dives to dig out a shot during the Lady Dragons' victory over Colby on Oct. 8.

Rachel Griffitt, Wamego, dives to dig out a shot during the Lady Dragons

The Lady Dragon volleyball team achieved their 7th victory in a row against Colby on Oct. 8. HCC beat the Trojans 25-16, 21-25, 25-17, and 25-14.

Nicole Kisner, Hugoton, achieved 15 kills, one block, and one block assist. Jai Chapman, Liberal, had 14 kills and one service ace.

Lauren Darby, Olathe, had 10 kills while Aubrey Wilson, Bennington, gained six kills. Also adding to scoring through kills were Anna Proffitt, Sterling, and Skye Calvert, Moura, Australia, with four kills each
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Soccer rolls over Hesston, by six

By Bailey Terry

HCC Sports Information - Jennifer Currie, Edinburgh, Scotland, gains control of the ball and kicks it towards her goal.

HCC Sports Information - Jennifer Currie, Edinburgh, Scotland, gains control of the ball and kicks it towards her goal.

The Lady Dragons soccer team dominated Hesston with a score of 6-0 on Oct. 6. It was making their record 9-1-1 overall and 8-0-1 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Making it their fifth consecutive victory and also their fifth shutout.

This was the Lady Dragon’s third-straight game of scoring within the first three minutes.

Aleise Williams, Manhattan, and Karrie McNutt, Winfield, both scored two goals. This was McNutt’s first career game with more than one goal. Monica Lewis, Wichita, ended the game with one goal with an assist from Claire Taylor, Portadown, Ireland, and Lewis also had one assist.

The Dragons outshot them 41-2 with just 17 shots on goal for the Lady Dragons
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dragons win nail-biter

By Joseph Griffin

Joseph Griffin /Collegian - Alvin Kamara, Norcross, Georgia, tries run the ball into the endzone to score a touchdown for the Dragons.

Joseph Griffin /Collegian - Alvin Kamara, Norcross, Georgia, tries run the ball into the endzone to score a touchdown for the Dragons.

The final minute was quickly eroding from the clock and Hutchinson needed at least a field goal. The clocked stood still at 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Hutch looked to Alvin Kamara to put them in a good position for a final breath at a field goal and victory.

With so little time remaining on the clock and the score tied, Kamara, Norcross, Ga., took the hand-off and looked to his right, the line broke open a gaping hole in the defense and he waltzed into the end-zone.

The touchdown was his fourth of the day and sealed the deal for the No. 5 Blue Dragons (6-0).

Hutchinson Community College football traveled to Coffeyville, Kan., on Oct. 6., to face a boisterous No. 14 Coffeyville in what was due to be a heated conference clash that was gripping until the very end.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HCC football smashes Tritons at Gowans

By Joseph Griffin

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Jarrod Sanders, Flomation, Ala., grabs an Iowa Central player on Sept. 20.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Jarrod Sanders, Flomation, Ala., grabs an Iowa Central player on Sept. 20.

Hutchinson Community College handed Iowa Central its second loss of the season as what thought to be a tough game for the Dragons turned out to be a drubbing of the visiting Tritons.

As the fourth quarter came to a close, the score of 42-14 sat perched on the scoreboard as time slowly ran out in the late summer heat.

The Blue Dragons (4-0), led by a stifling defense and a prominent rushing attack, dictated the Tritons early in the second half as clear blue skies and a heavy breeze swept over Gowans Stadium.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragon volleyball battles, knotchs seven wins

By Bailey Terry

HCC Sports Information - Lauren Darby, Olathe, taps the ball over the net during the Sept. 24 match with Pratt. The Lady Dragons won the match, securing the first place position in the Jayhawk West Conference.

HCC Sports Information - Lauren Darby, Olathe, taps the ball over the net during the Sept. 24 match with Pratt. The Lady Dragons won the match, securing the first place position in the Jayhawk West Conference.

The Lady Dragons volleyball team went to Pratt to fight for the #1 spot in Jayhawk West Conference on Sept. 24 with scores of22-25, 25-13, 25-16, and 25-23; the Lady Dragons won this match, taking the first place spot in the Jayhawk West Conference. HCC’s record is now 11-6 overall and 5-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

The Lady Dragons first set ended with barely any notable stats. HCC started off on a terrible first set with just two kills in the first 35 points.

Then Lauren Darby, Olathe, added four kills to help Hutch to come back from a seven-point deficit. Darby’s efforts helped set the mood for the rest of the match. She ended the match with 12 kills.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons beat Cavaliers

By Bailey Terry

Joseph Griffin /Collegian - Claire Taylor, Portadown, Ireland, works to keep the ball away from her opponent while she drives it towards the Johnson County goal on Sept. 24.

Joseph Griffin /Collegian - Claire Taylor, Portadown, Ireland, works to keep the ball away from her opponent while she drives it towards the Johnson County goal on Sept. 24.

The Lady Dragons tallied an exciting, 2-1 soccer win against the Johnson County Cavaliers on Sept. 24. This changed HCC’s record to 5-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Both goals, for the Dragons, were scored in the first half.

Goalie, Jennifer Currie, Edinburg, Scotland, had six first half saves. Three key saves occurred within a two-minute period in the first half.

Claire Taylor, Portadown, Ireland, scored a point for the Lady Dragons from the right side of the goal.

For the third time this season, Jen Rodgers, Liverpool, England, delivered a perfect shot from the corner to get the ball to Karrie McNutt, Winfield, KS, who booted the ball past the Cavaliers goalie.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dragons shine in Dodge City

By Bailey Terry

With a long week ahead for the HCC volleyball team, it started off with ease as they dominated against the Dodge City Conquistadors on Sept. 15.

With the wins, their record improves to 6-5 overall and 3-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

The Lady Dragons came away with this win with little struggle from their opponents.

The three matches showed the Conquistadors a resounding fearlessness as the Dragons breathed fire early.
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September 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Late McNair goal seals soccer win Dragons

By Bailey Terry

The Blue Dragon women’s soccer team added another check to the win column after a tense game that left many wondering who would come out on top Sept. 14.

The match, against Coffeyville Community College, came to end with the Dragons leading 2-1. The win gives the Dragons (4-1) a 3-0 conference record heading into a tough game with Allen Community College next week.
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September 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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

By Joey Griffin

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

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

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

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

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

Paris JC held this position until a 88th minute strike from Courtney Boswell, Wichita, put the score even as regular time came close to an end.
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September 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

About $14,000 raised in ‘gooey’ United Way event

By Shelby Horton

Some students fantasize about throwing something at a teacher. On Oct. 2, that became a reality for some lucky individuals.

An old-fashioned “pie throw” was held to raise extra money for United Way, a community group that raises money for deserving causes in Hutchinson.

There were 22 HCC faculty and staff members who became willing sacrifices in the name of The United Way.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Rango a role model

By Hannah Wallace

Leading a life with lies and no friends, Rango finds himself sinking deeper in his own deception.

This in a story of a lizard that has set out on a quest to find water. Little does he know, in order to find water he must find dirt.

When Rango first arrives to the town of Dirt he does not fit in and realizes that in order to make a statement he must make a name for himself.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Good and evil collide in Blizzard’s blockbuster RPG

By Michael Durbin

Blizzard Entertainment released the second edition of their popular role-playing game “Diablo III.” Players can  join friends online to fight evil and protect heaven from being taken over by Diablo and his minions.

Blizzard Entertainment released the second edition of their popular role-playing game “Diablo III.” Players can join friends online to fight evil and protect heaven from being taken over by Diablo and his minions.

From the creators of “World of Warcraft,” and “Starcraft,” Blizzard Entertainment presents “Diablo III Reaper of Souls.”

This violent game is an expansion from the original “Diablo III.”

The first Diablo was only for the computer and the controls of the game were somewhat difficult to navigate.

Reaper of souls was released not only on the PC but also added an Ultimate Evil edition for PlayStation 3 and 4, as well as Xbox One and Xbox 360.

The expansion keeps the same storyline as in the previous versions but expands the story by adding a new main bad guy.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Movie shot in the Arctic brings its viewers onto the ice

By Hannah Wallace

In the frozen Arctic, temperatures are said to drop to at least 50 below 0.

This makes living in the Arctic hazardous for humans.

The movie “Wonders of the Arctic” shows the animals that live in the Arctic and how they have adapted over thousands of years.

Most if not all the animals that call the Arctic their home would not be able to live anywhere else on the planet because they have adapted to life in the frigid conditions of the north.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Photo club has meeting

The first Photo Contest was won by former Collegian Staff member Matt Blake

The first Photo Contest was won by former Collegian Staff member Matt Blake

By Michael Durbin

The Hutchinson Community College photography club, The Snap Dragons, met for the first time this semester on Oct. 7 in Room 30 of Lockman Hall.

Officers for this semester were elected. They included: Shelby Horton, vice president; DaKota Hilburn, secretary, and Amber Richardson, treasurer.

Plans were made for a photographic nature walk to be held on Friday, October 17, at Dillon Nature Center.

The club will meet in LH30 at 3:30 p.m. and take the short trip to Dillons Nature Center, where the members will take fall- themed photos around the area in a variety of settings and lighting conditions.
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October 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Sims 4 revamps core, still a lot of fun

By Joseph Griffin

The game, released on Sept. 2., is available for purchase on PC only.

The game, released on Sept. 2., is available for purchase on PC only.

I was only cooking some eggs, but I noticed a slight smell coming from my stove. Unfortunately, I didn’t pause time fast enough to keep the stove from going up in flames.

I never would have thought I would catch my entire kitchen, and myself, on fire within the first five minutes of living in my new house.

Nor did I foresee keeling over and dying the next evening. Asking Mila Kunis for her hand in marriage on our first date was not a good idea.

But I guess you can’t really predict life, or you can, if you play your Sims right.

The new life simulator from Electronic Arts, The Sims 4, was released on PC on Sept. 2. I’ve been living two lives ever since.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Black Keys 2010 album a must listen for alt fans

By Mitchell Garrett

For anyone who likes alternative music, you might want to listen to Brothers, by the Black Keys.

It was released May 18th, in 2010. The band was relatively unknown before this album but has gained a lot of popularity since then.

They have released 2 new albums, both with less but still notable commercial success.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Sharks face turmoil as humans distort habitat

By Hannah Wallace

The movie “Sharks,” now playing at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, addresses new problems that our oceans and its creatures are facing.

For centuries, sharks have been feared by man; but they also have been hunted and killed for sport and food.

But one country is helping our oceans by protecting great white sharks. Africa has made it illegal for humans to hunt these predators or harm them in any way.

Humans fear the unknown, and many of them know very little about sharks.
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September 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Fair attracts young and old

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - A youngster shows his Hereford steer in competition with others.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - A youngster shows his Hereford steer in competition with others.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Passersby talk with the owner of a vintage Allis-Chalmers at the antique tractor show near the Pride of Kansas Building.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Passersby talk with the owner of a vintage Allis-Chalmers at the antique tractor show near the Pride of Kansas Building.

September 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HP engineers leap ahead in solving computer problems

By Dweezle Moon Unit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun at the Fair

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

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

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

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

September 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Viewers can relate to Mitty

By Autumn Gray

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

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

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

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

The storyline follows Mitty, played by Ben Stiller.

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

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

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

New ideas jazz up students’ Ramen noodles

By Sabrina Muth

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

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

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

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

That is why Ramen noodles are so amazing.

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

Zumba fever

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

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

April 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment