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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...]

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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...]

News

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

Rafael Cruz rips Obama at Tea Party event

By Shelby Horton

Alan Montgomery/Collegian -  The Rev. Rafael Cruz speaks to the conservative Tea Party, about his opinions on the Obama administration and protecting the United States Constitution.

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - The Rev. Rafael Cruz speaks to the conservative Tea Party, about his opinions on the Obama administration and protecting the United States Constitution.

About 500 members of the conservative Tea Party movement gathered at Hutchinson’s Atrium Convention Center on March 3 to listen to Rafael Cruz speak about protecting our Constitution and saving our nation.

Cruz was born in Cuba, and fought against Batista’s regime as a teenager. After being imprisoned and tortured for a year, he came to the U.S., to Houston, on a student visa. Starting as a dishwasher in Houston, he learned English at a local college. He later found work in Canada, in the oil industry, for eight years.

Cruz’s son, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, is a potential candidate for president of the United States.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Legislators grilled by voters during lively forum at Wesley Towers

By Loribeth Reynolds

With temperatures well below freezing and snow falling, dozens braved the weather to attend the legislative forum that was held Feb. 28 at Wesley Towers, in Evans Chapel. Few chairs were empty.

As the public filed in, hanging their coats, many headed straight for the coffee. Others had questions on their minds, so they jotted them down on the three by five note cards provided.

Rep. Jan Pauls and Rep.Steve Becker attended, along with Sen. Terry Bruce.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Foul weather may bring ‘snow days’ to campus

By Shelby Horton

Weather forecasts for this coming weekend include heavy snow and ice.

Those are just the ingredients needed to shut down the campus — if things get bad enough.

Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, was cautious on Feb. 26, when asked about the possibility of calling off school for Monday, March 1.

“If it’s icy on the roads with snow on top, and we are unable to have people clear the roads and sidewalks, a snow day may occur,” File said.

Students would be notified via emergency text system.

February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Campus Web down for work

By Mitchell Garrett

We live in a world where Internet access was recently declared as a human right.

On college campuses, students would likely notice their Internet going out before they would notice if it started to rain.

When it was announced there would be an Internet service disruption on Thursday, February 26th, students and faculty wondered if it was really necessary to change IP addresses.

IP addresses are a critical part of Internet access which few people really even know what they do, or sometimes that they even exist.

To connect to the Internet, a computer (or any other device) must have a public IP address.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Phi Theta Kappa inductees welcomed at event

By Shelby Horton

DaKota Hilburn/Collegian - Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, was among the speakers who addressed the Phi Theta Kappa inductees on Feb. 22.

DaKota Hilburn/Collegian - Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, was among the speakers who addressed the Phi Theta Kappa inductees on Feb. 22.

The 21 Hutchinson Community College students stood together, on the stage at the Stringer Fine Arts Center, holding dimly lit white candles, with satisfied smiles on their faces.

Phi Theta Kappa Gamma Chapter, an International honor society for two-year colleges, was induction their new members on Feb 22.

One by one students approached center stage, where they signed their name in a book where members of past and present have signed their names.

After confirming their induction, they shook the hand of Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College , then signed the “Promise to Graduate” banner at the edge of the stage.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Crew makes progress on Gowans’ turf

By Darriell Rhodes

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - Technicians peel clear plastic from long strips of material that held bands of industrial, heat -activated glue. The Astroturf is then folded onto the strips and a scorching heat blower is used to melt the glue and seal it.

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - Technicians peel clear plastic from long strips of material that held bands of industrial, heat -activated glue. The Astroturf is then folded onto the strips and a scorching heat blower is used to melt the glue and seal it.

In only two weeks, 95 percent of Hutchinson Community College’s football field has been re-vamped.

First it was stripped of its old synthetic turf, which was rolled up and shipped off to be cleaned, reconditioned and then sold to another stadium.

The field in Gowans then received a new drainage system and its white rock sub-base was examined, packed and leveled.

About that time, the new Astroturf arrived, in big rolls, in white plastic bags nearly as big as four-door sedans.

Crews with special machines and lifts began transporting the new turf to the stadium and rolling it out, in five-yard-wide strips, the width of the field.

The crews were hampered, at times, by the fast-changing weather, ranging from shirtsleeve temperatures and robin-egg-blue skies, to skin-freezing, raw, gusting north winds and blowing snow.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Features

KSU experts present milo seminar

By Lariena Knokes

File photo/Collegian - Milo grows in a field owned by Hutchinson Community College in the October 2013. Students at HCC used a combine to harvest the crop. They also learned more about how it is marketed and used.

File photo/Collegian - Milo grows in a field owned by Hutchinson Community College in the October 2013. Students at HCC used a combine to harvest the crop. They also learned more about how it is marketed and used.

A “Sorghum School” was presented by Kansas State University at the Shears Technology Center on Feb. 12.

Farmers and ranchers were instructed in crop production practices, weed control strategies, insect management, sorghum markets and profitability prospects, nutrient fertilizer management, and Kansas online mesonet weather resources.

Dry land and irrigated grain farmers learned how to properly manage sorghum efficiently with the growing conditions in Kansas.

American farmers produce the food, fuel, feed and fibers that make our style of living possible. American farmers also feed, cloth, and supply much of the rest of the worlds needs.

Ignaciao Ciampitti, assistant professor at Kansas State University, presented crop production practices. Grain sorghum also know as “milo” is a starch-based grain crop used for cattle feed, processed at ethanol plants.
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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Baseball star Bob Brower shares life lessons

By Davey Smith

Former Major League Baseball player Bob Brower, now of Hutchinson, spoke at the Spring Entrepreneurs Forum here on the HCC campus on Feb. 26.

He shared lessons he has learned both on and off the ball diamond.

Some tips from Brower included:
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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Chess tourney draws crowds at Student Union

By Mitchell Garrett

Mitchell Garrett/Collegian - Tables lined the walkways in the foyer of the Parker Student Union where aproximately 30 students gathered to participate in a chess tournament on March 11.

Mitchell Garrett/Collegian - Tables lined the walkways in the foyer of the Parker Student Union where aproximately 30 students gathered to participate in a chess tournament on March 11.

On March 11, the “Experience Chess” chess tournament was a resounding success.

The chess club had worked hard to get the word out about the club, but they were not expecting near as many players as actually showed up.

“I have been playing for quite a long time, probably about 10 years. Though I haven’t played seriously for all of those 10 years,” Ryan Scherich said. “I started playing chess because my father could teach me how to play.”

He was excited about starting the rounds and getting to play in the tournament.
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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Window broken at union

By James Teter

Claire Worcester/Collegian - En route to class, D.J. Smalls, Columbia, South Carolina, walks past the boarded window (at right in photo) outside the entrance to the Parker Student Union cafeteria.  A new window was installed a day later, on March 10.

Claire Worcester/Collegian - En route to class, D.J. Smalls, Columbia, South Carolina, walks past the boarded window (at right in photo) outside the entrance to the Parker Student Union cafeteria. A new window was installed a day later, on March 10.

A large window at Parker Student Union was broken on March 8 after a few students were rough-housing in front of the cafeteria near a Hutchinson News newspaper rack.

One of the students fell against the newsstand, knocking it backwards into the window.

The heavy window shattered from top to bottom.

Rattled by the mag-nitude of the event, the young men involved took off running, but they were identified from security camera video and later received reprimands from a school official.

The window was boarded up and the news stand was moved to a spot next to a brick wall.

A few days later, a crew removed the plywood and installed a new plate glass window in the frame.

March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Smoking shelters to get welcome update

By Zeke Wilcox

DaKota Hilburn/Collegian - Smoking shelters on campus currently have no seating; there are plans for fold-down seats to be installed.

DaKota Hilburn/Collegian - Smoking shelters on campus currently have no seating; there are plans for fold-down seats to be installed.

Hutchinson Community College is soon to add three more smoking shelters to its campus.

Don Rose, director of facilities, said the new shelters would be placed at various locations around campus.

One is to be placed for easy access for students and faculty in the Industrial Center, Ade-Wifco Welding Center, and Shears Technology Center.

Christina Long, registrar, said they will be finished before March 18.

Another shelter is to be placed in the northeast corner of the new Fire Science building parking lot, on East 4th Street.

The last one is to be placed near the Davis Hall and the Peel Center off of Walnut near Main Street.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

New Senate bill may send teachers to jail

By Shelby Horton

Senate Bill No. 56 has been passed by the Kansas Senate and is now in the House of Representatives, leaving many teachers fearing for their jobs.

The bill has caused concern for teachers, in classes from kindergarten through high school, because it would criminalize certain aspects of education.

The purpose of this bill is to monitor and punish teachers who promote or provide “harmful” materials to minors.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Rowdy students topple union table, shatter red plastic top

By Shelby Horton

Cell phone image by Markayla Malone - Some horsing around in the Parker Student Union resulted in the demise of a soda-shop-style table near the Campus Store.

Cell phone image by Markayla Malone - Some horsing around in the Parker Student Union resulted in the demise of a soda-shop-style table near the Campus Store.

A loud crash rang out in the Parker Student Union at Hutchinson Community College on Feb. 26.

Red shards scattered on the floor, like chunks of cinnamon Christmas candy.

Those scarlet pieces were all that remained of the table top that had been mounted on a taller-than-average, shiny column, with a round, weighted base, like tables sometimes found in traditional malt shops.

It had stood a few steps from the HCC Campus Store, near the TV lounge beside the basement-level stairwell.

The incident that resulted in the breakage started simply, when a wadded-up candy wrapper was picked up and tossed.

A few students were sitting around the red table, when one playfully hurled a paperwad at another.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Chess tournament coming

By Mitchell Garrett

HCC’s Chess club started out small and has been growing each semester.

Duane Schmidt, a trainer from our school’s Business and Industry Department, started it.

Some may not be interested by the idea of a chess club, thinking it is boring, or too difficult.

According to Jackie Long, another faculty member involved with the club, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Cold-hearted

Shelby Horton/Collegian - On Feb. 28, the Hutchinson Community College campus was covered in snow, allowing students to get creative and carve frozen designs.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - On Feb. 28, the Hutchinson Community College campus was covered in snow, allowing students to get creative and carve frozen designs.

March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Valentine’s Day: A time for rituals

By James Teeter

Looking back, some would say love was in the air on Valentine’s Day. For others, not so much.

Many people say they spent the day with their significant other.

Cydney Stephan, Hutchinson, said her day was rather low key.

“ I spent the whole day with my boyfriend and with my family just hanging out,” Stephan said.

There are also the people who are indifferent about it, like Caleb Werk, Hutchinson.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Hutchwins!’ promotes Sports Arena project

By Loribeth Reynolds

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Hutchinson city officials attended the “Hutchwins!” event at the Sports Arena on Feb. 23. It was a promotion for the sales tax proposal to update the arena.

Hannah Wallace/Collegian - Hutchinson city officials attended the “Hutchwins!” event at the Sports Arena on Feb. 23. It was a promotion for the sales tax proposal to update the arena.

Between basketball and volleyball practices, the group “HutchWins!” hosted a community briefing and tour at the Sports Arena on Feb. 23, to inform the public about plans and hopes for the facility.

The Hutchinson Sports Arena was built in 1952. The last renovation was over 30 years ago.

A big concern at the meeting was parking. City Manager John Deardoff attended to answer some questions from the public. When asked about any updates to 11th Avenue, he said there is not a plan yet.

“No plans to upgrade 11th Street as of right now,” Deardoff said.

Some community members were concerned about lost parking spaces, due to the tree-lined plazas shown in the architect’s plans for the parking lot.

As of right now, the parking lot has 1,311 stalls. With the purposed design, the lot would lose 240-250 stalls, leaving 917 stalls for parking.

Another concern surrounding updates to the arena is the need to make the facility more accessible to the disabled.

Currently the Sports Arena is not up to date with “ADA” (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations.

“There is a cost to doing nothing,” Dr. Carter File, president of HCC, said.

Some issues that the HutchWins! group would like to fix is the elevator that doesn’t work properly, a closet being used as a women’s volleyball locker room, and ramps to the restrooms that do not meet ADA regulations.

These are among the many reasons some think it is time for an upgrade —and the HutchWins! group has decided to step in and take action.

February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Slip and slide

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - At about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, three westbound vehicles slid and crashed together at 30th and Farmington, as they tried to turn north onto Farmington to avoid barricades erected on 30th. A galvanized steel traffic light pole at Main and 30th had snapped off in the wind, requiring street department workers  to move it away and set up barricades. In the three-car wreck, there were no injuries, but one car (at left in photo) was forced over the curb and into a small park area’s lawn, just a half-block east of where the light pole had fallen.

Alan Montgomery/Collegian - At about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, three westbound vehicles slid and crashed together at 30th and Farmington, as they tried to turn north onto Farmington to avoid barricades erected on 30th. A galvanized steel traffic light pole at Main and 30th had snapped off in the wind, requiring street department workers to move it away and set up barricades. In the three-car wreck, there were no injuries, but one car (at left in photo) was forced over the curb and into a small park area’s lawn, just a half-block east of where the light pole had fallen.

February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Chili with friends

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Dr. and Mrs. Carter File were among the basketball fans who enjoyed the “Chili and Ice Cream Feed” on Feb. 22 at the little gym in the Sports Arena, before and during the Lady Dragons basketball game. File is president of Hutchinson Community College. The 5 p.m. event raised money for athletic scholarships.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Dr. and Mrs. Carter File were among the basketball fans who enjoyed the “Chili and Ice Cream Feed” on Feb. 22 at the little gym in the Sports Arena, before and during the Lady Dragons basketball game. File is president of Hutchinson Community College. The 5 p.m. event raised money for athletic scholarships.

February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Sports

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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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

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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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

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

Lady Dragons on to semifinals in Region VI tournament

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, rebounds the ball and dribbles down the court during the Region VI quarter finals.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, rebounds the ball and dribbles down the court during the Region VI quarter finals.

The Lady Dragon basketball team traveled to the Charles Koch Arena in Wichita on March 4 to face the Pratt Beavers.

The Dragons won 82-57; their record is now 31-0.

Hutch out-scored Pratt in the final minutes of the second half, 23-7.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, posted her 40th double-double of her career with Hutch. Purcell score 21 points and added 13 rebounds.

She had five assists and three steals. She was nine for 14 on shooting overall.

Purcell is now the leader at HCC with the most career field goals with 426.
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragon softball splits double header

By Bailey Terry

Andy Carpenter/Sports Information -  Sophomore Brittany Olender tossed a two-hit shutout at Garden City in her only action of the week for the Blue Dragon softball team last week. She was named the Jayhawk East’s Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday morning

Andy Carpenter/Sports Information - Sophomore Brittany Olender tossed a two-hit shutout at Garden City in her only action of the week for the Blue Dragon softball team last week. She was named the Jayhawk East’s Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday morning

The Lady Dragon softball team played Garden City on Feb. 25 in Hutch at the Fun Valley field.

Each team won a game. In the first game the Dragons lost 2-1. Then they won 4-0. Hutch’s record is now 5-2.

The Lady Dragons’ season started on Feb 20.

At the start of the season, the Dragons won their first four games.

They beat Western Oklahoma, Vernon College, Ranger College, and North Central Texas.

Their first loss occurred against NOC-Tonkawa.

During the first game, Hutch scored their first and only run early in the game.

In the second inning, Garden City answered with two runs.

At the end of the first game, the Dragons lost 2-1.

The Dragons outhit Garden City 7-4
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March 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons 5th-straight conference title

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, attempts to block her opponent as they shot during the Seward County game on Feb. 25. The Lady Dragons record is now 30-0 overall and 16-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Richard Steckly/Collegian - Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, attempts to block her opponent as they shot during the Seward County game on Feb. 25. The Lady Dragons record is now 30-0 overall and 16-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

The Lady Dragon basketball team played their last regular season game on Feb. 25 against the Saints of Seward County and won 73-51.

They will enter the Region VI tournament with a record of 30-0 overall and 16-0 in the Jayhawk West.

This win continues the Dragons 117-game win streak at the Sports Arena.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, led the Dragons with 19 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.

Shakira Harding, Houma, Fla., had eight points, while Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, scored eight.

Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, scored 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, scored 10 points.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons end regular season with a win

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Austin Budke, Beloit, dribbles the ball down the court as he looks for a teammate to pass to during the Seward County game. The Dragons won the game 88-82.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Austin Budke, Beloit, dribbles the ball down the court as he looks for a teammate to pass to during the Seward County game. The Dragons won the game 88-82.

For the Blue Dragon basketball team’s last game of the regular season, they hosted the Seward County Saints on Feb. 25 and won 88-82.

Their record is now 24-6 overall and 11-5 in the Jayhawk West.

DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., finished the game with the most points for the Dragons with 28.

He also pulled down nine rebounds.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., had 17 points for the Dragons.

During the first half the Dragons stayed ahead the entire game.

The score at halftime was 41-35 with the Dragons barely ahead.

As the second half opened, the Dragons built their lead with a 23-10 run; the Dragons ahead, 64-48 with just 10 minutes to go.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragon baseball wins double header

By Bailey Terry

LoriBeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kyle Cantu, Lantana, Texas, pitched for the Blue Dragons against the Fort Scott Greyhounds. The Dragons won both games of the double header.

LoriBeth Reynolds/Collegian - Kyle Cantu, Lantana, Texas, pitched for the Blue Dragons against the Fort Scott Greyhounds. The Dragons won both games of the double header.

The Blue Dragons baseball team played the Fort Scott Greyhounds on Feb. 20 in Hutch at Hobart-Detter Field and won both games of the double header. In the first game, the Dragons won 10-6. Then they won 5-4.

Over the beginning of the season the Dragons are 2-1 against Coffeeville, 1-2 against Rose State College, and 2-0 against Fort Scott.

Overall the Dragons are 5-3. They started the season on Feb. 7.

The first game against Fort Scott, the Dragons built a lead of 3-1, through four innings. The Greyhounds responded with a five-run inning, putting them ahead 6-3.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragon track and field national qualifiers

By Alan Montgomery

Bailey Terry/Collegian - On Feb. 26, the Gowans all weather track was still unusable for the track team because of ongoing operations for installing new Astroturf in the stadium.

Bailey Terry/Collegian - On Feb. 26, the Gowans all weather track was still unusable for the track team because of ongoing operations for installing new Astroturf in the stadium.

Blue Dragons track coach Pat Becher is ready to saddle up and bring his energetic gang of 19 young men and women to the NJCAA National Indoor shootout in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 5-7.

They are coming off of a campaign of indoor meets where many of the newbies were able to develop and shine.

“We are doing well,” Becher said. “We have a real young group here. We have 40-some freshmen, so indoor was something very new to them.”

The indoor tracks are much smaller, at 200 meters, he said.

“This means there have to be a lot of different strategies; it’s a lot tighter to run in. It’s noisy, everything is going on at the same time, like a three-ring circus, with people jumping and running everywhere. It is organized chaos.”
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons remain undefeated

By Bailey Terry

Richard Steckly /Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, dribbles the ball down the court after she stole the ball from her opponents on Feb. 18 against the Pratt Beavers.

Richard Steckly /Collegian - Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, dribbles the ball down the court after she stole the ball from her opponents on Feb. 18 against the Pratt Beavers.

The Lady Dragon basketball team traveled to Colby on Feb. 15 and won, 86-47. The Dragons are now 27-0 overall and 13-0 in the Jayhawk West.

They have played and beat Butler, Barton, Colby, and Pratt over the last two weeks.

They made nine three-pointers against Colby, a season high for the team.

Five of the Dragons scored in double figures.

They include, the leader for scoring, Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, who scored 15 points, Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds and achieved her 13th double-double of the season, Shakira Harding, Houma, Fla., Alyx Bloom, Clay Center, and Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, all had 10 points each.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Update on Blue Dragon Track and Field

By Darriell Rhodes

HCC Sports Information

HCC Sports Information

Pat Becher, head coach of HCC men and women track team, is having a successful run so far in the indoor track season.

“Four indoor meets and two to go,” he said, in a recent interview.

With four indoor track meets completed, the veteran coach has 12 athletes qualified to attend Nationals. But the number just gets bigger with every meet they attend.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

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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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

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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March 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment

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

Fans meet authors, enjoy sweets, buy books at Mac event

By Shelby Horton

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Three science fiction novels, “Empty Space,” “Second Signal,” and “End Transmission” at the book show.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Three science fiction novels, “Empty Space,” “Second Signal,” and “End Transmission” at the book show.

Talk Nerdy to Me was an event held in McPherson on Feb. 21 at The Bookshelf and Hidden Closet bookstore.

It allowed patrons to come and meet some local sci-fi and fantasy authors. Patrons bustled through to meet authors, buy books, and have their personal copies signed by the writers.

The authors that were featured included Audra Trosper; author of “The Dragon Call” series, Susanne Lambdin, author of “The Dead Hearts” novels and Tracy Dunn, author of “Alex and the Immortals.”

The authors were excited to be there as they happily signed books, and explained thier plot lines to newcomers, who found themselves interested in the books.
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February 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Terraria’ a creative ride

By Mitchell Garrett

I have always been a fan of RPGs, or “role playing games,” in video games.

“Minecraft” has been a popular game in recent years, because it gives you nearly total creative freedom.

But I feel there is a lot missing from the block-building game.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lanterns make a come-back?

By Shelby Horton

The Green Lanterns Corps is one of the most well-known superhero leagues that maintain divine order in the DC universe, however the Black Lanterns create divine chaos.

“Blackest Night: Volume One” is a great introduction to the Black Lantern Corps.

Unlike the rings of the Green Lanterns that are powered by willpower, a black ring is powered through death.

The comic introduces a world where Bruce Wayne is dead. Deceased. Gone to his maker.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Duty, horrors of war intersect in ‘Sniper’

By Zeke Willcox

Bradley Cooper (at right) plays U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the 2014 movie, “American Sniper.”  The $60 million film has already grossed nearly $200 million.

Bradley Cooper (at right) plays U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in the 2014 movie, “American Sniper.” The $60 million film has already grossed nearly $200 million.

Never have I been in a room so quiet.

American Sniper opens with an attention grabbing and intense sequence, as Chris Kyle hesitates, finger on the trigger. There is a child visible in his scope, grenade in hand. Will Kyle take the shot? We see the conflict in his eyes. There are consequences of letting the child live. What will he do?

The film depicts the tale of a rough and tough rodeo cowboy, Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper). However, Chris’ life changes forever after witnessing footage of the U.S. Embassy bombings in 1998. He soon enlists in navy as a U.S. Navy Seal Sniper.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

New Batman comic is here

By Shelby Horton

Comic book readers, rejoice!

The Batman comic series has been beloved by fans for generations. The Dark Knight’s legacy continues in the latest installment “Death of a family.”

It follows the story of Batman and his extended family, which includes the four generations of Robins, Batgirl, Alfred and the Dark Knight.

But what really sets apart this comic from the other new versions of Batman, has to be the reinvented Joker.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

‘Kiss Kill Vanish’ keeps you edgy

By Paige Brier

Martinez

Martinez

“Kiss Kill Vanish,” by Jessica Martinez, is a must read for 2015. It is about a girl named Valentina Cruz who witnesses her boyfriend kill someone.

Under distress, she changes her name to Jane and choses to shed her life of privilege and leave the glittery parties behind.

Being only 17 years old, Cruz’s decision to run away from her life becomes difficult. Independence doesn’t come easily.

While working as a muse for a prestigious painter, she makes her money slowly but steadily.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Monty Python troop slays them in ‘Grail’

By Hannah Wallace

King Arthur stands with Sir Bedevere the Wise in a scene from ‘Holy Grail.”

King Arthur stands with Sir Bedevere the Wise in a scene from ‘Holy Grail.”

Produced in 1975, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was never quite finished, but it won great acclaim, anyway.

Over the years, this zany movie has received many great reviews, as well as some hideous thrashings.

It stars the ingenious cast of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, including Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Drama showcase a celebration of skits

By Shelby Horton

On Jan. 15, at Hutchinson Community College’s Stringer Fine Arts Center, strange sounds could be heard coming from backstage.

Actors shouted, made other loud sounds, repeated rhythmic rhymes and sang soft melodies, getting loose as their audience slowly filed into the compact Gallery Theatre.

The stage was dimly lit.The only items on stage were a small couch and a tiny dresser with a matching stool.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sony Motion Pictures presents ‘The Interview’

By Paige Brier

Even after Sony was hacked, the movie  “The Interview”  is now playing in a limited release, in theaters all over the world, as well as in pirated copies on the Web.

Even after Sony was hacked, the movie “The Interview” is now playing in a limited release, in theaters all over the world, as well as in pirated copies on the Web.

Despite all the hype and speculation about Sony Pictures’ “The Interview,” it was a little bit of a disappointment.

The Interview is about two men, Dave Skylark and Aaron Rapoport, who run a celebrity show called “Skylark Tonight.” They end up obtaining an agreement for an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Then the CIA recruits the team to assassinate the dictator.

If you’re in the mood for slapstick comedy with very little thought, it’s a pretty good movie.

Giving the political backlash and the threatened bombings of any theater showing the film, the movie’s hype left big shoes to fill.
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February 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment