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Flying camera used in broadcast program

Flying camera used in broadcast program

Photo by Shelby Horton — Story by Mitchell Garrett — Hutchinson Community College makes sure to always stay ahead of the curve. Because of this, our school invested in an “unmanned aerial vehicle” to help our broadcasting department and Media Production students... [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

Bright ideas arriving with new VP

By DaKota Hilburn

Bright

Bright

There was a hole left at Hutchinson Community College when Vice President Randy Myers retired in December 2014.

A new vice president had to be hired.

Brett Bright, Longview, Texas, will be joining HCC as the new vice president for student services.

Bright is currently employed at Texas State Technical College where he is the associate vice chancellor for student development.

He was also the vice-president at Texas State for two years, vice-president at Connors State College for three years, and the dean of students and athletic director at Neosho County Community College for three years.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dillon speaker recalls his quest in Europe to research art saviors

By Lariena Nokes

Edsel

Edsel

In his Feb. 1 Dillon Lecture, Robert Edsel presented an informative speech about rescuing, preserving and returning the great art of the world to its rightful owners.

Edsel told story of the original “monuments men” of World War II, then followed up with information about soldiers currently serving as monuments officers in the American military.

“Is art worth dying for?” Edsel asked.

This thought-provoking question was the focal point of the author’s presentation.

When the timeless value of art is compared to human lives during a war, some chose to risk their lives to save the art.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Governor cuts education money, forces ‘rebalancing’

By Davey Smith

Gov. Sam Brownback recently announced a two percent cut to state funding for higher education.

This cut will cost HCC about $185,000 of already received aid, according to Julie Blanton, vice-president of financial affairs.

State funding accounts for approximately 28 percent of HCC’s revenue, making this cut about 0.5 percent of the money HCC receives.

Now the big question is, “How much will be cut next year?” Blanton said.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

HCC Royalty

Homecoming Queen McKenzie Gardner waves at the crowd Wednesday night at the Sports Arena. The King, Mataza Aly, was with his basketball team, so Duke the Dragon escorted Ms. Gardner.

Homecoming Queen McKenzie Gardner waves at the crowd Wednesday night at the Sports Arena. The King, Mataza Aly, was with his basketball team, so Duke the Dragon escorted Ms. Gardner.

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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dillon Lecture

Robert Edsel, an author, will be speaking about his experiences documenting the rescue of historic treasures from the Nazis’ secret underground warehouses.

Robert Edsel Title: American businessman and author Lecture date: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena

Robert Edsel

Edsel is known for his book, “The Monuments Men” which was turned into a 2014 motion picture.

Edsel was inspired to write the book while living in Europe. He had developed an appreciation for art and architecture there. He wondered how the great works of art were saved from the theft and devastation of World War II.

It took him 12 years to research the U.S. Army’s “monuments men,” the heroes who went into combat zones to save and preserve these cultural works, for the benefit of the world.

Robert Edsel

Title: American businessman and author

Lecture date: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10

Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena

February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Proposed statute would permit concealed guns with no license

By Kara Gale

A group of lawmakers in the Kansas Senate, including Hutchinson area Sen. Terry Bruce, have introduced a bill that would allow any Kansan who can legally own a gun to carry it concealed in public.

The bill would do away with the need to acquire a concealed-carry permit.

Bruce, the bill’s primary sponsor, said Senate Bill 45 is merely an expansion of Kansas citizen’s Second Amendment rights and it should not lead to more shootings. “Most incidents, I believe, they resolve themselves with the gun being brandished,” he said.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

HCC gets new sign after wreck

By James Teeter

Shelby Horton/Collegian - The new HCC sign, at 14th and Plum, was being installed on a sunny morning, on Jan. 29, while the older, damaged sign, on a trailer in the background, was waiting to be hauled away.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - The new HCC sign, at 14th and Plum, was being installed on a sunny morning, on Jan. 29, while the older, damaged sign, on a trailer in the background, was waiting to be hauled away.

It was an accident that would not seem to be too spectacular — during the first second.

But it triggered a chain reaction that became quite scary and expensive.

At the corner of 14th and Plum, in July, a truck was southbound on Plum, coming up on a red light as an HCC custodian in a college car preceded west, on 14th, through a green light.

For some reason, the person in the truck drove through the red light and smashed in to the HCC vehicle, a Ford Taurus, and caused enough damage to total it.

But there was more.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Low gasoline prices may last a while

By Davey Smith

Today’s gasoline prices are extremely low, lower on average than they have been since early 2009.

This is due to the recent plunge that oil prices have taken, dropping from over $100 a barrel to well under $60 in just a few months, following increased production.

With the advent of hydraulic fracturing technology, an already controversial topic because of its potential impact on our environment, oil production in the U.S. has soared to heights not seen in over 20 years.

This lowered imports and decreased oil prices by approximately 40 percent over three months.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

British ruler’s quest to outlaw encryption is a waste of time

By Mitchell Garrett

Encryption is everywhere.

It’s the only thing preventing our Facebook messages from being as public as our status posts.

Our bank accounts use it so we can do online banking from anywhere, checking our balance or making payments from our phones.

Of course, the downside with privacy is that either everyone has it, or no one does.

In a world where terror attacks become increasingly more common, government officials across the world are concerned that without the option to access private chat messages, it could become a channel for organizing future attacks.

The recent Charlie Hebdo related shootings in Paris, France, sparked the debate on what actions need to be taken to keep us safe. Communications was the primary focus.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Hanks credits community college with his success

By Shelby Horton

Hanks

Hanks

Tom Hanks recently wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times, entitled, “I owe It All to Community College,” describing his experiences as a college student in the 1970s.

In the wake of President Obama’s recent proposal for free community college, Hanks’ piece helped spur discussion on the topic.

The Academy Award-winning actor described his time at Chabot Community College in Hayward, Calif.

Starting as an underachieving student with low SAT scores, he had applied to two upscale universities and was denied.

Hanks entered Chabot, where he expanded his horizons and began to find his way in life.

“I made Chabot’s dean’s list taking classes I loved, classes I loathed, classes I aced and classes I dropped within the first hour,” Hanks said. “Classes I took at Chabot have rippled through my professional pond.”

Hanks said community college can be for everyone, not just new high school graduates, but for veterans, mothers, and people looking to improve their lives through a quality education.

Dr. Carter File, president of Hutchinson Community College, describes a community college as a servant of the community. It provides the resources and education to help better the individual and the community as a whole, he said.

“Community colleges are sometimes looked down upon because they’re not a big university,” said Debra Pitzer, HCC nursing program coordinator.

“To know someone like Tom Hanks benefited from community college is exciting news,” she said.

The staff at HCC passed around Hanks’ article on Jan. 14 via email. File had received several emails that spread like a viral video, containing the article’s URL, before he even had time to read them.

The HCC staff is divided on the proposal, though some agree with the idea, but with caution.

“The proposal is bold, ambitious and worth pursuing,” said David Planthold, HCC social media coordinator. “Our education system is in a crisis, with a 30% dropout in high school. Funding this program provides hope that an investment in time will lead to a fulfilling career.”

Hanks has shown his support for the free community college proposal, by telling of his own experiences in a two-year school.

“I hope the idea of free college sticks,” he said.

As Hanks ended his New York Times guest column, he reminisced about how community college had played a key role in his life.

“That place made me what I am today,” he said.

February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Students react to Obama’s plan for paying for college

By Davey Smith

President Obama

President Obama

President Barack Obama made a nearly unprecedented proposal recently, stating that teens just graduating from high school should not have to pay for community college.

Obama proposed a plan to allow students two free years of college at a community college, such as HCC.

This proposal has evoked mixed reactions, for good reason.

The plan would cost an estimated $60 billion, a quite substantial amount, reportedly to be raised by taxing the rich.

Regardless of who pays for it, college students would seem to be the ones who would favor this the most.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Features

By Mitchell Garrett

Andrew Tash flies the vehicle in the green screen room at the college's Channel 12 Building

Andrew Tash flies the vehicle in the green screen room at the college

Hutchinson Community College makes sure to always stay ahead of the curve. Because of this, our school invested in an “unmanned aerial vehicle” to help our broadcasting department and Media Production students take film things they otherwise wouldn’t be able to shoot.
The one we have cost the school around three thousand dollars, and the cost was worth every penny. According to Andrew Tash, head of Media Communication and Production, “Our vehicle can be piloted from a mile, or 1370 meters away.”
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Ag Student winds national ‘Earth Team’ award

By Shelby Horton

Ag student Lody Black has received the National Earth Team Award for Individual Volunteer for 2015.

Black received this award because of his volunteer work at the National Resources Conservation Service, where he compiled 262.5 hours. Black joined during high school at Clay Center, as a work-study class for an hour and half of class credit in the fall, and three hours of credit in the spring. He worked as an Earth Teams volunteer at NRCS.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Controversial house bill targets college educators, threatens press freedoms

By Loribeth Reynolds

Kansas educators — and press freedoms — have been targeted by a bill that has been introduced into the legislature.

If passed, House Bill 2234 would prohibit college educators from using their official titles when writing newspaper opinion pieces.

The bill disturbs Alan Montgomery, a journalism instructor at Hutchinson Community College.

“It’s troubling,” Montgomery said, “This bill stomps right in the middle of the First Amendment.”
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sexual harassment, assault addressed in Title IX rules

By Zeke Willcox

A change is coming to Hutchinson Community College regarding its prevention and response to sexual assault.

Students and faculty will be introduced to the new Title IX policies, which includes training about prevention of sexual assaults.

Recently, 11 staff members attended a two-day conference in Atlanta, about prevention of sexual assaults.

The new policies are strict. An incident, such as an unwarranted sexual slur, could result in serious consequences.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Rally time

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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Cold, snowy blast

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Students and  teachers battled the harsh weather conditions as snow and frigid temperatures blew across campus on Feb. 4.

Shelby Horton/Collegian - Students and teachers battled the harsh weather conditions as snow and frigid temperatures blew across campus on Feb. 4.

February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Students respond to sexual assault survey for HCC campus

By Zeke Willcox

Vanderbilt University is among the colleges across the nation being scrutinized for their handling of sexual assaults on their campuses.

Vanderbilt University is among the colleges across the nation being scrutinized for their handling of sexual assaults on their campuses.

While colleges across America are paying closer attention to reports of sexual assault on their campuses, a recent survey indicated that such crimes may be relatively rare at Hutchinson Community College.

When asked if they had known of a female who had been raped on a college campus with the past two years, 72 HCC students answered, almost unanimously, they had not.

Of those 72 responses, three female and two males answered yes, they each knew of a female who had experienced such an attack, (not naming the college).
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

SGA hosts Blood drive

By DaKota Hilburn

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A Red Cross nurse prepares to collect a unit of blood on a new-model, padded cot now used in the blood drives.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A Red Cross nurse prepares to collect a unit of blood on a new-model, padded cot now used in the blood drives.

Students gathered in the basement of the Student Union to help save lives by donating blood on Feb. 2.

The American Red Cross and the Student Government Association hosted this blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Caleb Dietz, Hutchinson, was one of many students who donated.

“I donate whenever I can,” Dietz said. The Red Cross gave Dietz lifeguard training, so he donates blood to pay it forward.

After people go through the screening process and have their blood tested for iron content, it takes about 15 minutes for the process to be over.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

New business club pledges to promote Sports Arena project

By Lariena Nokes

There is a new opportunity for students who are business majors.

Matt Smith, business teacher, has founded and is sponsoring the HCC Business Club.

“I am excited about the experiences and possibilities Business Club will provide for students who participate,” Smith said. “The possibility to take lessons out of the classroom and out into the real world is awesome.”

The club had its first meeting on Feb. 4 in the Justice Theater in the Shears Technology Center.

It was casual and friendly; it featured pizza and soda pop.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Rodeo Club to be born again

By Lariena Nokes
The first HCC Rodeo team is pictured in this 1979 photo, with club sponsor Steve Sears at far left,  front row.  Sears said the club members participated in a variety of  rough stock and riding events at rodeos around the region.
Rodeo Club has a long, proud history here at the Hutchinson Community College — and now it’s on the comeback trail.

From 1979 to 1985, Steve Sears was the faculty sponsor for the Rodeo Club and the Rodeo Team.

At that time it was the “Rodeo and 4H Club.” The club had a reputation on campus for being a great social group and an effective fundraiser.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Hutch voters to chart Sports Arena future

By Kara Gale

An artist’s conception of the expanded Sports Arena, showing the new south entrance.

An artist’s conception of the expanded Sports Arena, showing the new south entrance.

The Hutchinson Sports Arena has been around for 63 years, and it is finally time for some major renovations.

The city of Hutchinson is considering a $29 million project to get this done.

For residents of the city, that means an increase in sales tax.

This increase in tax will be put to vote, possibly on the ballot during the April municipal elections.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Plans being made to brighten up, redecorate good old Lockman Hall

The word is out: The time-worn, conservative interior of Lockman Hall will be getting a new look — at least a cosmetic makeover.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - The quaint, framed art posters adorning the first level of Lockman Hall may eventually be replaced by trendier, more impressive art in the near future.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - The quaint, framed art posters adorning the first level of Lockman Hall may eventually be replaced by trendier, more impressive art in the near future.

There are plans to examine its interior art works, including the old, framed art posters brought back from conferences in Boston and other places, as well as its wall paint, its lighting and maybe even the old lockers that adorn the walls on its second floor.

Julie Blanton, vice president for finance and facilities, will be meeting soon with an architect to see what kind of ideas he is drawing up for the time-honored structure.

The plans are to begin on the second floor, where staff and faculty have noticed for some time that the hallways seem to be rather drab and under-lit in places, especially the western portion, where the east-west hallway takes a turn to the south.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Stand-out players

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Soloists were able to exhibit their skills during times that their bands performed on Jan. 29, during the first day of the two-day HCC Winter Jazz Festival, at the Stringer Fine Arts Center.  The festival is to be renamed in honor of the late Bryce Luty, renowned jazz instructor and performer. On the evening of Jan. 29, the festival was to produce the 40th Anniversary Winter Jazz Festival Concert, featuring the Bryce Luty All-Star Alumni Big Band, which would include a number of Luty’s past students and co-workers.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Soloists were able to exhibit their skills during times that their bands performed on Jan. 29, during the first day of the two-day HCC Winter Jazz Festival, at the Stringer Fine Arts Center. The festival is to be renamed in honor of the late Bryce Luty, renowned jazz instructor and performer. On the evening of Jan. 29, the festival was to produce the 40th Anniversary Winter Jazz Festival Concert, featuring the Bryce Luty All-Star Alumni Big Band, which would include a number of Luty’s past students and co-workers.

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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment


Sports

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

Blue Dragons beat Beavers

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, jumps up to jam the ball in to the basket to score for the Dragons on Feb. 18 against the Pratt Beavers. The Dragons won, 75-71.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, jumps up to jam the ball in to the basket to score for the Dragons on Feb. 18 against the Pratt Beavers. The Dragons won, 75-71.

The Blue Dragon basketball team traveled to Colby on Feb. 15 and won 74-70.

The Dragons record is now 21-6 overall and 8-5 in the Jayhawk West.

Over the past two weeks, the Dragons have played Butler, Barton, Colby, and Pratt.

The Dragons have dropped in ranking, from No. 17 to No. 21, due to losing two more games.

The Dragons lost to rivals Butler in overtime, barely pulled out a win against Barton, beat Colby, and beat Pratt over the past two weeks.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., was the leading scorer for Hutch with 19 points. Ahmed also had six rebounds and four assists.

Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., and Austin Budke, Beloit, scored nearly all of their points in the second half.

Hoffman scored 14 points total and 11 points in the second half, while Budke score 12 points in the second half and 18 in total.

The Dragons went 5 for 17 from 3-point range and went 21 for 31 from the free throw line.
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February 24, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons still undefeated

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Sydney Benoit, Smith Center, keeps the ball away from her opponents as she looks for a teammate to pass. The Lady Dragons beat Garden City, 67-39.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Sydney Benoit, Smith Center, keeps the ball away from her opponents as she looks for a teammate to pass. The Lady Dragons beat Garden City, 67-39.

The Lady Dragons basketball team faced the Broncbusters of Garden City on February 4 at home and won, 67-39. The Lady Dragons improved their record to 24-0 overall and 10-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference and remain at No. 1.

The Dragons also hold the title of having the best defense in the Jayhawk West.

This game marks the 114th consecutive victory in the Sports Arena for the Lady Dragons.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, broke the record for the most rebounds in Lady Dragon history with 639. Playing her 60th game at HCC, she played 10 fewer games than the previous record holder to achieve this astounding record.

Purcell and Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, combined, scored 40 of the 67 points and 30 of the 44 rebounds.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons move up in rank to No. 17

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, just came down with a defensive rebound and looks for a guard to take the ball down the court. The Blue Dragons played at home against Garden City and won 80-68 on Feb. 4.

Darriell Rhodes/Collegian - Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, just came down with a defensive rebound and looks for a guard to take the ball down the court. The Blue Dragons played at home against Garden City and won 80-68 on Feb. 4.

The Blue Dragon basketball team played at home against the Garden City Broncbusters and won 80-68. The Dragons record is now 20-4 overall and 7-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., was the leading scorer with 21 points. Ahmed hit 14 of 15 free throws.

DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., ended the game with 19 points, eight rebounds, and made 11-14 free throws.

Keanu Pinder, Perth, Australia, made 90% of the free throws he shot, he ended the game with 14 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and had two blocked shots.

Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., had 12 points, while Che Bob, Charlotte, N.C., had 11 points.

The Dragons only lead during the opening half was at the very beginning when the score was 4-3.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons ranked No. 1

By Bailey Terry

 Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information - Kalani Purcell puts pressure on a Cloud County player on Jan. 24. Purcell came through in the clutch on Jan. 29, icing two free throws to beat Seward County.

Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information - Kalani Purcell puts pressure on a Cloud County player on Jan. 24. Purcell came through in the clutch on Jan. 29, icing two free throws to beat Seward County.

Protecting their No. 1 ranking, the Lady Dragons squeaked out a win Jan. 28 against Seward County.

They won at the buzzer, 62-61, as a Seward player drove to the basket and put up a shot that rimmed out.

It was their 21st win for the season. Days earlier, they won their 20th game, for the ninth consecutive season and for the 25th time in HCC women’s basketball history.

They played the Pratt Beavers on Jan 21., and won 85-34, making their record 20-0 overall and 6-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, scored 23 points and pulled down 18 rebounds, completing her 31st double-double on her career.

She had five assists, three steals, and two blocked shots. During the game, Purcell passed a former HCC player into second place in the record books with 591 total rebounds for her career here at HCC.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragons back on a roll

By Bailey Terry

 Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information - Austin Budke, Beloit, takes it through defenders to attempt a layup during the Cloud County game on Jan. 24. The Blue Dragons prevailed in that game, by a score of 77-74.

Jessica Green/HCC Sports Information - Austin Budke, Beloit, takes it through defenders to attempt a layup during the Cloud County game on Jan. 24. The Blue Dragons prevailed in that game, by a score of 77-74.

The Blue Dragon basketball team traveled to Pratt on Jan. 21 and beat the Beavers 103-90. It made their record 16-4 overall and 3-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., had a career-high of 36 points and 12 rebounds, scoring his sixth double-double of the season.

Ahmed made 13 of 20 field goal attempts, along with four three-point goals. In just four games he has score 110 points.

Four of the Blue Dragons scored in double figures against Pratt. Austin Budke, Beloit, scored 16 points, he went six for six from the free throw line, and went five for seven for field goals.
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February 8, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Dragons break 3-game losing streak

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes /Collegian - Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y. gets the offensive rebound to then put up a shot to help HCC beat Colby Community College on Jan. 17.

Darriell Rhodes /Collegian - Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y. gets the offensive rebound to then put up a shot to help HCC beat Colby Community College on Jan. 17.

After three straight losses, two at home and one on the road, the Blue Dragons have broken their losing streak. They beat the Colby Trojans on Jan. 17, at home, 101-70,

making the Dragons’ record 15-4 overall and 2-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Two players on the Dragon team had at least 20 points. Those players were Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., and DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C.

This was Ahmed’s third straight 20 point game; he had a total of 23 points and a season-high of 15 rebounds, giving him his fifth double-double of the season. Ahmed scored 17 of his points in the first half. He tied his season-high of four steals.
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February 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons still undefeated, 19-0

By Bailey Terry

Darriell Rhodes /Collegian - Morgan Godinet, Manhattan, boxes out her opponents after a shot to get the rebound against the Colby Trojans.

Darriell Rhodes /Collegian - Morgan Godinet, Manhattan, boxes out her opponents after a shot to get the rebound against the Colby Trojans.

Our No. 2 ranked Lady Dragons demolished the Colby Trojans, 91-31, at home on Jan. 17.

The victory continued the Lady Dragons’ winning streak to 19-0 overall and 5-0 in the Jayhawk West.

It also extended their winning streak in the sports arena to 112 consecutive wins.

Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, scored the most for the Lady Dragons on Jan. 17, with 22 points, shooting 9-12 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line.

She also tied her season-high of five assists and two blocked shots.
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February 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons still undefeated

By Bailey Terry

Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information - Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, goes after the ball during the Nov. 29 game with Kansas City, during the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic.

Steve Carpenter/HCC Sports Information - Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, goes after the ball during the Nov. 29 game with Kansas City, during the Atrium Thanksgiving Classic.

The 2nd ranked Lady Dragons basketball team played at home in the Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 28 and 29.

The first team they played was the Kansas City Blue Devils. The Dragons came out on top, 83-55.

HCC outscored their opponents 43-24 in the final half and out-rebounded them by 49-26 for the game.

Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand, and Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, had 19 points each.

Purcell made nine of 12 shots, while LeFebvre made four of six field goals, all shots from three-point range, and eight for eight for free throws. Purcell also had nine rebounds.

Cynthia Petke, Yaounde, Cameroon, had her third double-double for the season with 14 points and tied the season-high of 15 rebounds. Petke was also named Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons on a win streak

By Joseph Griffin

Stephanie Carpenter/HCC Sports Information - Austin Budke, Beloit, takes the ball to the hoop on Nov. 29, during the Blue Dragons win over El Centro College at the Sports Arena.

Stephanie Carpenter/HCC Sports Information - Austin Budke, Beloit, takes the ball to the hoop on Nov. 29, during the Blue Dragons win over El Centro College at the Sports Arena.

It was the season of giving thanks this past week and the Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team is surely thankful for their past performances in the Thanksgiving Classic.

HCC faced El Centro College in their first matchup on Nov. 29, easily handling them in a 96-77 win.

The team was lead by DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., who scored 24 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished three assists and came away with a couple steals.

Following up the scoring was Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., with 18 points; Che Bob, Charlotte, N.C., with 16 points; Akbar Hoffman, Newark, N.J., chipped in 13 points.

The game started off rough for the Dragons, who couldn’t keep Chaparral player Ricky Horn from contributing to his game high 34 points.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Volleyball wins sets at Nationals, but falls short

By Bailey Terry

Andrew Carpenter /HCC Sports Information - Nicole Kisner, Hugoton, and Lauren Darby, Olathe, go up for a double block against the Blinn College at the NJCAA National Tournament on Nov. 20.

Andrew Carpenter /HCC Sports Information - Nicole Kisner, Hugoton, and Lauren Darby, Olathe, go up for a double block against the Blinn College at the NJCAA National Tournament on Nov. 20.

The Lady Dragon volleyball team traveled to Casper, Wyo., for the NJCAA tournament on Nov. 20 and 21.

The Dragons played the champions of the tournament last year, Blinn College on Nov. 20. Since the Dragons were ranked 15th, they played the 2nd-ranked team.

The set scores were 11-25, 15-25, and 11-25. The Dragons could not pull anything off against the reigning champs.

HCC had a season-low of kills with just 19. 16 of that came from just two players, Nicole Kisner, Hugoton, and Petra Silic, Zagreb, Croatia. Kisner had 11 kills and Silic had 5.

Skye Calvert, Moura, Australia, had two kills and Aubrey Wilson, Bennington, had the last remaining kill of the match.

Tarynn Stueder, Great Bend, had 13 set assists and McKenzie Steele, Pomona, had seven digs.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

‘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

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“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

The Pokemon gets a remake

By Mitchell Garett

The pokemon Groudon is seen in “Omega Ruby,” while Kygore is in “Alpha Sapphire” as one of the most powerful pokemon in the game. They are affiliated with the villains of the game team Magma and team Aqua.

The pokemon Groudon is seen in “Omega Ruby,” while Kygore is in “Alpha Sapphire” as one of the most powerful pokemon in the game. They are affiliated with the villains of the game team Magma and team Aqua.

Many college students both here in Hutchinson and across the world have grown up playing Pokémon. Many stopped in middle school, a few more in high school, and some have picked it back up again.

Both in Japan and in the United States, the majority of players who bought a copy of one of the most recent Pokémon games were college students. It seems like many Pokémon players grew up with the games.

One of the most popular eras of Pokémon was ‘Generation 3,” which takes place in a place called Hoenn.
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February 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Christmas a time for traditional and unusual foods

By Michael Durbin

A Christmas feast  brings a festive mood to many people during the holiday season, whether it contains turkey and dressing or tacos and burritos.

A Christmas feast brings a festive mood to many people during the holiday season, whether it contains turkey and dressing or tacos and burritos.

Throughout the years many people have had their own ideas on what a traditional Christmas dinner should be.

Everyone seems to have certain foods they love to eat for the holidays.

Sometimes families will have the same things they had at Thanksgiving. Some of these foods, such as ham, turkey, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes are among the dishes you see at both holidays.

Besides spending time with family and friends, Christmas dinner is a regular tradition in most families.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

‘Grinch” a classic

By Hannah Wallace
This is a still image from the 2000 version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring a heavily made-up Jim Carrey.  Many people prefer the original, animated version, produced in 1966 by the author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as “Dr. Suess” in his many books.
In 1966, Dr. Seuss produced a Christmas movie that would capture the hearts of millions around the world.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” became one of America’s favorite Christmas movies of all time.

Almost 50 years later, the Grinch is still an American tradition.

The 26-minute film is about an old, grumpy, green monster “Who” that lives on top of Who Mountain with his dog Max.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

With creativity, Christmas can fit into students’ tight budgets

By Mitchell Garrett

Christmas starts off as a beautiful time of year, when children are more excited than ever. Growing up, they might stop believing in Santa, but they still get just as excited.

That excitement changes when they go to college.

Suddenly, they find that they have no money, and a huge list of family and friends that they want to get gifts for. It can be completely overwhelming.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Horror film uses Ouija board as plot device

By Shelby Horton

The new horror movie “Ouija,” centers on the character Laine, who is trying to cope with her best friend’s death.

In order to gain answers, Laine decides to use a Ouija board to get in contact with her friend.

Enlisting the help of her younger sister and their group of friends, they begin to search for their answers, ultimately beginning a fight for their lives.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Interview with a ghost

By Shelby Horton

A Collegian staff member tries to contact a ghost.

A Collegian staff member tries to contact a ghost.

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 boards have been used since the 1800s. They now have a movie based around their controversial workings.

They date back to the Sung Dynasty in China, although it was seen as merely a game that could be even sold to children until World War I.

American spiritualists have long said this mere toy could help the living speak to the dead — which led many to believe that the Ouija board could bring the dead back to the living, for good or evil.

A Ouija board was brought in and tested by Collegian staff at different locations on campus, in hopes of contacting spirits rumored to haunt some of its buildings.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment