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Dillon Lecture

Dillon Lecture

Laura Ling American journalist and writer, captured by North Korean soldiers while filming refugees near North Korean border. Lecture date: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 1 Where: Hutchinson Sports Arena Admission: $10, students and faculty, free. [Read more...]  Read More →

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Former CIA ‘extraction’ expert talks on campus

Former CIA ‘extraction’ expert talks on campus

By Carolyn Durbin Ashlyn King/Collegian - Tony Mendez at the Feb. 11 Dillon Lecture. Both retired CIA officers, Tony Mendez and his wife, Jonna Goeser, look back on their clandestine careers with great pride and patriotism. Mendez and his wife spoke at the Feb. 11 Dillon Lecture,... [Read more...]

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Governor attends Peel Center dedication

Governor attends Peel Center dedication

By Michael Durbin Michael Durbin/Collegian - Gov. Sam Brownback spoke at the event. After 10 months of renovation, at a cost of $1.7 million, the former Quest Center has completed its transformation into Hutchinson Community College’s “Bob and Lou Peel Allied Health Center,”... [Read more...]

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City takes action after crosswalk accidents

City takes action after crosswalk accidents

By Colum Myers — Two serious car-pedestrian accidents occurred at this 11th Avenue crosswalk near the Kansas Cosmosphere and Gowans Stadium this year. There are plans to improve the crosswalk, adding overhead red traffic lights, for safety. In the wake of two pedestrian accidents... [Read more...]

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Fire Science move  possible

Fire Science move possible

Story by Carolyn Durbin There is a possibility that the Fire Science Program may be moving from the South Campus to a new facility on East 4th, near the airport and next to the training center for the Hutchinson Fire Department, according to Fire Science Program Coordinator Bob... [Read more...]

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Smoke, darkness keys in rescue event

Smoke, darkness keys in rescue event

Photo by Carolyn Durbin — Participants in the HCC Mine Safety Academy underwent training in simulated mine emergency conditions, including darkness, smoke and fire, at South Campus on Oct. 16-18. Story by Ashlyn King — HCC’s Mine Safety Academy held a mine rescue training... [Read more...]

News

Vince Puyear retires after 35 years in education

By Mitchell Garrett

Even students outside of our campus are familiar with the name Vince Puyear.

The Animation and Game Design instructor has taught and inspired many students in technology, as well as brought our school into the SkillsUSA competition organization.

Most importantly, he has done a lot to help his students succeed.

His career approach can be summed up with a few sentences.

“My philosophy of teaching is to embrace change, never stop learning and have a passion for teaching.

I really enjoy working with students, and being involved with SkillsUSA. Seeing our students compete and win at the highest levels is something I really enjoy being a part of.”

He has served over 35 years in education, and enjoyed just about every moment of it.

However, all good things have to come to an end.
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Kim Stafford comes to campus to talk about his father’s works

By Kara Gale

Kim Stafford and his father, William Stafford.

Kim Stafford and his father, William Stafford.

On Jan. 17, local poets marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of William Stafford, a famous poet from Hutchinson.

To celebrate the centennial of his father’s birth, Stafford’s son Kim Stafford is traveling around the country speaking about his father’s legacy.

Kim Stafford was at HCC on April 2.
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Safety first when it comes to campus tornado shelters

By Paige Brier

Tornado season is in full swing, and you’re going to want to be prepared.

There are a number of tornado shelters on campus.

The buildings that have basement storm shelters include Davis Hall, Stringer Fine Arts Center, Student Health Center, Lockman Hall and Rimmer Learning Resource Center.

Both Kent and Elland residence halls have basements storm shelters.

If the tornado sirens sound and you are in the Office Technology Building or Shears Technology Center, use the Lockman Hall basement storm shelter.

If you are in the Smith Science Center, go to the Rimmer basement.
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HCC students checkmate during chess tournament

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Michael Simpson, Lindsborg, wins a chess game against Chris Reger, Hutchinson, in an April 7 campus chess tournament organized by Workkeys and ethics instructor Duane Schmidt, in the Parker Student Union.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Michael Simpson, Lindsborg, wins a chess game against Chris Reger, Hutchinson, in an April 7 campus chess tournament organized by Workkeys and ethics instructor Duane Schmidt, in the Parker Student Union.

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One major offense can be hard for one to overcome

By Paige Brier

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

Between 1997-2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics collected data; that showed 22% of the youth between the ages of eight and 23 have a criminal record that will follow them forever. The data excluded only minor traffic offenses; however, it did include truancy, vandalism, shoplifting, and underage drinking.
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Laura Ling talks about her experience in journalism

By Carolyn Durbin

Carolyn Durbin/Collegian - Laura Ling, an E Network journalist, talks at a Dillon Lecture press conference held at the Sports Arena before her address to the audience.

Carolyn Durbin/Collegian - Laura Ling, an E Network journalist, talks at a Dillon Lecture press conference held at the Sports Arena before her address to the audience.

Laura Ling, an American journalist, spoke at the April 1 Dillon Lecture about how she and another journalist were detained in North Korea in 2009 and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for “illegal entry.”

She and Euna Lee were jumped by North Korean soldiers on the border that China shares with the country; they were dragged across a frozen river and into North Korea.

The journalists were there to document refugees fleeing from North Korea.

Now back in the U.S., Ling said she had not had an overseas assignment since her ordeal.
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City of Hutchinson seeks public comment on new bike lanes

By Andrew Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Berger joins HCC group as honorary member

By Kara Gale

 Carolyn Durbin/Collegian - LeAnn Bravi, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, and Evan Wondra, Hutchinson, give Berger his sash and pin while inducting him into the group.

Carolyn Durbin/Collegian - LeAnn Bravi, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, and Evan Wondra, Hutchinson, give Berger his sash and pin while inducting him into the group.

Recently, there was a new inductee to Phi Theta Kappa.

On March 16, HCC President Dr. Ed Berger was inducted as an honorary member to Phi Theta Kappa.

Dr. Berger said that this is a great honor to him, because “Phi Theta Kappa represents both scholarship and service.”

He said he greatly appreciates the recognition.

Dr. Berger is the administrative sponsor for this chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and supports the organization in a variety of ways, such as attending inductions and meeting monthly with the officer team.
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Candidate field narrows in HCC president search

By Autumn Gray

Hutchinson Community College plans to welcome its new college president by July 1.

What many people do not see is what is happening behind the scenes, where many people have been working, as members of the Presidential Search Committee, to decide who that person will be.

HCC board of trustees chairwomen Marla Eriksen explained some of the steps to finding a new president.

“We originally started out with 27 applications,” Eriksen said. “That’s about an average number.”

They used the consulting firm R.H. Perry and Associates Search Counsel to Higher Education to search out potential candidates.

The job is being promoted as a seven- to 10-year position, but Eriksen says she would really like to see someone come in who is planning to stay for a long-term commitment.
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Army brings in educational trailer, talks about bullying

By Michael Durbin

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Army Sgt. Stephen Navarro talks with a group of Hutchinson High School students on March 19.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Army Sgt. Stephen Navarro talks with a group of Hutchinson High School students on March 19.

Well, it wasn’t quite what had been promoted, but it still carried a resounding message.

Army recruiters had said that they were bringing in an “American Soldier Adventure Semi,” loaded with authentic combat simulation machines for students to try out.

Sgt. Joshua Eubanks said the semi and its game-filled trailer would be parked near the “T Building” beside the high school.

That building is the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, at 800 15th Circle.
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Features

De-trayed! Cafeteria shifts gears

By Michael Durbin

Corey Turner, Coffeyville, gets ice for his drink while holding his dish of chicken nuggets at the HCC cafeteria. Turner said he misses the cafeteria trays, but he still manages to eat as much food as he did before.

Corey Turner, Coffeyville, gets ice for his drink while holding his dish of chicken nuggets at the HCC cafeteria. Turner said he misses the cafeteria trays, but he still manages to eat as much food as he did before.

The Hutchinson Community College cafeteria is making an effort to save money and become more environmentally friendly by removing this use of trays.

HCC is among several colleges and universities that are taking up the tray-less system, which some other schools started six years ago.

About half the colleges and universities in the United States have stopped using trays. Others have experimented with the idea by removing them one day a week, calling it “Trayless Tuesday.”

Some of the benefits of removing trays are less food waste, lowered cost of water and electricity and lowered risk of the dreaded “Freshman 15.”
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Fire Science students work during Spring Break outing

Courtesy photos by Angela Frierson - Student firefighters set controlled fires to clear a fire break. About 30 HCC Fire Science students attended the 7-day event at the lake and at Jackman Demonstration Forest, near Leon. Wildland firefighters from 19 agencies from across Kansas participated in the “live fire” training event.

Courtesy photos by Angela Frierson - Student firefighters set controlled fires to clear a fire break. About 30 HCC Fire Science students attended the 7-day event at the lake and at Jackman Demonstration Forest, near Leon. Wildland firefighters from 19 agencies from across Kansas participated in the “live fire” training event.

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Square deal

By Carolyn Durbin

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

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

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

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Football training facility to grow a wing

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

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

By Michael Durbin

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

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

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

Schrag

Schrag

By Carolyn Durbin

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

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

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

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

By Autumn Gray

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

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

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

By Autumn Gray

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

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

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

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

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

By Michael Durbin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mitchell Garrett

As a student, you spend a lot of time online. Whether you are shopping for books online, or logging in to your Dragon Zone account, you put a lot of information about yourself on your computer.

What a lot of people don’t know is just how easy it is for that information to slip into the wrong hands.

They can infect a computer from advertisements, emails, toolbars, or even security exploits in your operating system or Internet browser.
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Students take Amtrak to Chicago for Spring Break

By Mitchell Garrett

Mitchell Garrett/Collegian - An elevated train zooms through Chicago.

Mitchell Garrett/Collegian - An elevated train zooms through Chicago.

This Spring Break, a couple of other students and I decided to take a spur of the moment trip to Chicago, IL.

We were in our art class talking about what we were going to do with our Spring Breaks.

Our teacher, Scott Brown, suggested that the art students all go to Chicago.

He said that if you don’t go out and explore when you’re younger, you will regret it later.

After a month of planning, and lots of saving, spring break began.

We took the Amtrak Superliner, which was pretty reasonably priced. The train comes through Hutchinson at around 2:30 a.m.
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Dinner for the Soul

Michael Durbin/Collegian - One of the HCC Jazz Band groups provided live music in the college cafeteria on April 2, as they set up in the southern wing of the lunchrooom. The performance included a trumpet solo.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - One of the HCC Jazz Band groups provided live music in the college cafeteria on April 2, as they set up in the southern wing of the lunchrooom. The performance included a trumpet solo.

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Piano teacher retires after 21 years

By Paige Brier

Hearn

Hearn

Piano instructor Pricilla Hearn is retiring after 21 years of teaching at HCC.

Hearn has been playing piano for 54 years.

She grew up on a farm near Kinsley, with five older sisters. Her whole family played the piano and other instruments.

In the third grade she convinced her parents to let her take piano lessons, and at that point her future started.

She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Music, specializing in piano performance.
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Presidential search at final four

By Autumn Gray

The search for a new president for Hutchinson Community College has reached another milestone.

The presidential search committee was in Wichita, at the Doubletree Hotel at Midcontinent Airport, on March 29 and 30 to meet with seven semi-finalist candidates.

The committee interviewed four of the candidates on the first day and three on the second. Those candidates had been selected from 27 individuals who had submitted lengthy applications and resumes to the college in response to a national search.

By the end of the weekend, the committee had narrowed the field to four candidates.
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Sports

Blue Dragon track dominates Top 3 at annual Night Relays

By Jessica Green

Jessica Green/Collegian - Ashlynn Lambert, Concordia, runs out of a water barrier during her 3,000-meter steeplechase race on April 5

Jessica Green/Collegian - Ashlynn Lambert, Concordia, runs out of a water barrier during her 3,000-meter steeplechase race on April 5

The annual Hutch Night Relays seemed to show some major improvement for the Blue Dragon track team.

There were multiple athletes that finished in the Top 3:

First Place

- Ashlynn Lambert, Concordia, first; 3,000-meter steeplechase

- Men/women’s 4X100-meter relay

- Women’s 4X100-meter weight relay

- Men/women’s 4X200-meter relay

- Women’s 800 sprint medley

- Kanedra Lee, Birmingham, Ala., first; long jump, second; triple jump

- Alec Melvin, Norton, first; discus, second; shot put, fifth; hammer throw
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Lady Dragon softball takes out Pratt in makeup game

In a rained-out makeup game, Lady Dragons pull ahead early to eliminate Pratt, next game against Johnson County

Jessica Green/Collegian - Natalie Johnson, Fort Worth, Texas, hit a home run during game two against Pratt on April7 to bring the score up to 10 - 0 after just one inning. HCC defeated Pratt 9 - 1 and 12 - 4

Jessica Green/Collegian - Natalie Johnson, Fort Worth, Texas, hit a home run during game two against Pratt on April7 to bring the score up to 10 - 0 after just one inning. HCC defeated Pratt 9 - 1 and 12 - 4

By Jessica Green

The Lady Dragon softball team is 13-19 after defeating Pratt in just 12 innings on April 7.

HCC vs. Pratt: W

A doubleheader victory over Pratt showed major offensive improvement on the Lady Dragons part.

In game one, HCC pulled ahead early to come out with the 9-1 victory.

Game two went the same way for the Lady Dragons with a score of 10-0 after just one inning. But, after five innings, HCC won the second game against Pratt 12-4.
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No place like home

Dragons demolish Thunderbirds with nine home runs

Jessica Green/Collegian - Matt Jones, Gretna, Neb., hits his third home run, for a season total of five, against Cloud County on April 6. The Blue Dragons won the four-game conference series 3-1.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Matt Jones, Gretna, Neb., hits his third home run, for a season total of five, against Cloud County on April 6. The Blue Dragons won the four-game conference series 3-1.

By Jessica Green

Nine home runs in a four-game series has been almost unheard of for the Blue Dragons, however, that all changed after this weekend against Cloud County.

Over the four-game series, multiple team members hit home runs to bring HCC out on top.

Matt Jones, Gretna, Neb., led off the weekend against Cloud for HCC with three home runs for a season total of five.
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Lady Dragon basketball finishes second in the nation

By Jessica Green

Jessica Green/Collegian - Lady Dragon team members celebrate with the trophy and bracket of the Region VI Tournament after defeating Butler by two points during final seconds on March 8.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Lady Dragon team members celebrate with the trophy and bracket of the Region VI Tournament after defeating Butler by two points during final seconds on March 8.

The Lady Dragon basketball team has definitely had their time in the lime light.

They won the conference championship, the Region VI championship, traveled to Nationals and placed second after facing Trinity Valley who were National champions in 2012, 2013 and now 2014.

Entering the National Championship game, the Lady Dragons were 35-0 and No. 3 in the nation.

However, the loss to Trinity, to take second in the nation, was their only loss of the season.

The season as a whole was a success for HCC. They defeated other ranked teams, won multiple regular-season tournaments and never let themselves down.

HCC students, staff and fans sincerely congradulate the Lady Dragons with their successes and triumphs.

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Dragon softball 10-16 after Cowley

Lady Dragon softball suffers loss, looks forward to next two home games

Jessica Green/Collegian - Makenzi Shackley, Olathe, hits a ground ball against Tabor JV March 27. Shackley had seven at-bats, four hits and three RBIs. HCC won the doubleheader 9-6 and 10-1.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Makenzi Shackley, Olathe, hits a ground ball against Tabor JV March 27. Shackley had seven at-bats, four hits and three RBIs. HCC won the doubleheader 9-6 and 10-1.

By Jessica Green

The Lady Dragon softball team has had a rough start to their season.

There have been multiple cancellations, rescheduled games and other mishaps along the way, however, a recent loss to Cowley hasn’t sparked any kind of fire in the record for the HCC Lady Dragons.

A doubleheader loss to Cowley College on April 1 set the Lady Dragons back to a record of 10-16.
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Finally Ranked

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

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

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

By Jessica Green

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

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

They are also ranked No. 8 in the nation.

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

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

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

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

By Jessica Green

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

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

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

HCC vs. Hesston: S

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

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

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

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

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

By Jessica Green

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

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

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

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

HCC vs. Hesston: W

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

Jacob Bublitz, Thornton, Colo., seemed to be the shining star for HCC in their nine-inning game against Hesston.
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Nationally Known

No. 3 Lady Dragons 77, NOC-Enid 68

Lady Dragons take out NOC-Enid during second round of NJCAA National play, quarterfinal matchup against No. 11 Tyler Junior College

Jessica Green/Collegian - Region VI MVP Jen’Von’Ta Hill, St. Paul, Minn., takes a shot in the lane through Cloud defense on Jan. 22. Hill scored 18 points to aid HCC in their 81-58 victory early in the season. Hill has become one of HCC’s most dominant players.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Region VI MVP Jen’Von’Ta Hill, St. Paul, Minn., takes a shot in the lane through Cloud defense on Jan. 22. Hill scored 18 points to aid HCC in their 81-58 victory early in the season. Hill has become one of HCC’s most dominant players.

By Jessica Green

A season full of victories and excitement wouldn’t end so quickly for the Lady Dragons.

An overtime victory over Northern Oklahoma College-Enid in the second round of the National tournament on March 19 proved so.

Women’s Results

The first round of the NJCAA tournament seemed to fly by for the Lady Dragons as they entered the tournament with a bye game.

But, the second round would hold big surprises from unseen competition for HCC.
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Softball splits with Brown Mackie, Cloud

After a season full of cancelations, rescheduled games Lady Dragons come out with splits over Cloud and Brown Mackie; plan for postponed home opener on March 14

By Jessica Green

The Lady Dragon softball team is currently sitting on a 3-7 overall record after splitting with Cloud County on March 11 and Brown Mackie on March 9.

HCC vs. Cloud: S

The first game against Cloud was a downer for the Lady Dragons after falling behind 8-0.

However, the second game was a pick-me-up after winning by one run 4-3.
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Baseball dominates NOC-Tonkawa, split with Longview

Blue Dragon baseball takes down NOC-Tonkawa, split with Longview and prepare for series against Pratt

Jessica Green/Collegian - Kyle Simonds, Grand Island, Neb., pitches against Garden City Feb. 27. Simonds was the winning pitcher after eight innings and 10 strikeouts. HCC won the series 3-1.

Jessica Green/Collegian - Kyle Simonds, Grand Island, Neb., pitches against Garden City Feb. 27. Simonds was the winning pitcher after eight innings and 10 strikeouts. HCC won the series 3-1.

By Jessica Green

The Blue Dragon baseball team currently has a record of 13-4 overall and 3-1 in the Jayhawk West as of March 11 after their victory over NOC-Tonkawa.

HCC vs. NOC: W

After three days and six games, the Dragons are still coming out on top against NOC-Tonkawa on March 11.

Games one and two went as planned for the Blue Dragons after a 11-4 and 12-2 victory.

The three batting leaders for the Blue Dragons were Jake Ek, Lincoln, Neb., Jordan Schroer, Lincoln, Neb., and Gabe Wurth, Valley, Neb.
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Bye, Bye Butler

No. 3 Lady Dragons 54, No. 6 Butler 52

Stephanie Carpenter/Sports Information - Shakira Harding, Houma, La. (4), Sydney Benoit, Smith Center (21), Briana Starks, Hutchinson (12), Jamie Patrick, Hutchinson (11) and Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand (32), celebrate after taking out No. 6 Butler during the Region VI Championship game. This was the fourth-straight Region VI title for the Lady Dragons.
Stephanie Carpenter/Sports Information - Shakira Harding, Houma, La. (4), Sydney Benoit, Smith Center (21), Briana Starks, Hutchinson (12), Jamie Patrick, Hutchinson (11) and Kalani Purcell, Hamilton, New Zealand (32), celebrate after taking out No. 6 Butler during the Region VI Championship game. This was the fourth-straight Region VI title for the Lady Dragons.

Lady Dragons take out rival Butler in final minutes, advance to National Tournament scheduled for March 17-22

By Jessica Green

The Lady Dragon basketball team has officially done it.

They are 32-0.

They are four-time conference champions.

They are regional champions.

And, to top it all off, they are headed to Nationals once again.
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March 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment


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Captain America sequel has thrills and chills

By Allison Saffle

Captain America stands ready for battle, protecting the world from enamy forces, a true hero for America and  for the secret agency  known as S.H.I.E.L.D.

Captain America stands ready for battle, protecting the world from enamy forces, a true hero for America and for the secret agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D.

If you want to see the best movie ever then you should go see “Captain America: Winter Solider.” I went to go see the new movie on April 4, the night it came out, and we watched it in 3D, which was totally awesome.

The movie starts with Steve Rogers better known as Captain America, played by Chris Evans, in Washington D.C. This is where the Captain has lived for the last two years after the events in “The Avengers” occurred.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Heads roll as Danny Trejo romps in ‘Machete’

By Andrew Collins

From director Robert Rodriguez, who also directed “Sin City”, “Grindhouse” and “Planet Terror” comes the ultimate compilation of revenge, border wars, vigilantes, politics and murder in “Machete.”

The movie begins when a Mexican federale, nick named “Machete” for his weapon of choice in battle, is nearly killed by a Mexican drug lord named “Torrez” in Mexico, who kills his wife and daughter in front of him.

Three years later, Machete finds himself in Texas working illegally and being tracked by a customs agent named Sartana, who wants to turn in Machete and send him back to Mexico.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Misfit salesmen get second chance at American Dream

By Ashlyn King

The dynamic duo is at it again. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are back together staring in the recent film “The Internship.”

Vaughn plays Billy McMahon, and Wilson plays Nick Campbell, who are both salesmen who have lost their jobs to technology.

Billy keeps trying to find an easy job to get himself by while Nick takes a job selling mattresses.

This is when Billy gets the idea to intern for Google, but they are not guaranteed a job.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

By Ashlyn King

From the producers of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, “Oblivion” is action-science fiction movie starring Tom Cruise.

Cruise plays Jack Harper, a drone security repairman that is stationed on an evacuated Earth. This movie takes place 60 years after a war involving “aliens” which would be the year 2077. These “aliens” are called scavengers.

This war has left Earth unrecognizable and completely destroyed, and Jack is basically the cleanup crew.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Father of 522 becomes a guardian angel for his kids

By Allison Saffle

533. A number that most of us wouldn’t take the time to count to, is a number that David Wozniak, played by Vince Vaughn, is forced to think of when he finds out that his sperm donation has turned into 533 biological kids.

David donated sperm under the name Starbuck 693 times. Out of the 533 kids, 142 join in a class action to have his identity revealed. The kids put together a file of self-profiles explaining who they are and what they do.

David is instructed by his lawyer not to open the envelope, but he cannot refrain. He gets involved with his kids as sort of a guardian angel. He helps one get an acting part, saves one from an overdose, visits one in a mental hospital, and helps one carry groceries to some ones car.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Spider-man re-write to follow storyline of the comic books

By Michael Durbin

The Amazing Spiderman 2 is coming to theaters May 2, and features some of the same content as the comic books did. The new actor Andrew Garfield plays a differant role as what Tobey Maguire did as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man

The Amazing Spiderman 2 is coming to theaters May 2, and features some of the same content as the comic books did. The new actor Andrew Garfield plays a differant role as what Tobey Maguire did as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man

From both Columbia pictures and Marvel Studios comes an amazing tail of Peter Parker, the boy who was transformed turned into a vigilante hero, known as Spider-Man.

There has been four movies related to Spider-Man, but the first three movies didn’t follow the storyline of the comic books.

Another problem the first three movies had was the difficulty in contract negotiations with the movies star Tobey Maguire. After every movie produced Maguire demanded more money to appear in the next movie. He made $4 million of the first movie and $26 million off the next two. After demanding yet another pay increase the producers decided to do a recast for the Amazing Spider-Man.
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April 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Loved ones return from the dead in new TV series

By Paige Brier

The dead rise again in the new TV series "Resurrection" playing weekly on ABC.

The dead rise again in the new TV series

What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if nothing has happened?

If you are a fan of the Sundance motion picture “The Returned,” you will be pleased that ABC has come out with a soon-to-be cult classic called “Resurrection.”

The show first aired March 9, 2014.
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March 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment

‘Divergent’ a must-read

By Autumn Gray

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

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

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

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

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

“Abnegation,” who live by selflessness.

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

“Dauntless,” who live by fearlessness.
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March 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Hitman confuses police by freezing his victims

By Andrew Collins

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

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

From director Ariel Vromen comes “The Iceman.”

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

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

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

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

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

Musical comedy features non-stop laughter for its audience

By Sabrina Muth

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American music  film written and produced by Judd Apatow

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American music film written and produced by Judd Apatow

John C. Reilly is infamous for such films as “Wreck-it Ralph,” “Stepbrothers,” and “Cirque du Freak.”

However, I recently watched one of his less well known films, and I was once again blown away by his versatility.

“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”, released in 2007, is the life of fictitious singer, Dewey Cox. In 1936, he leaves Springberry with his twelve-year-old girlfriend, Edith after his first performance at a talent show.

He replaces the injured star singer of a nightclub at the last minute, and Jewish record executives immediately drag him to a local studio.
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March 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

TV series based off 1960s horror film ‘Psycho’

By Ashlyn King

Norman Bates, with his psychotic disorder, misbehaves at the creepy, run-down Bates Motel. The results are fatal.

Norman Bates, with his psychotic disorder, misbehaves at the creepy, run-down Bates Motel. The results are fatal.

The producers of “Friday Night Lights” and “Lost” have taken a different approach to the classic horror film and book, “Psycho.”

They have taken the 60’s classic story of Norman Bates and created a prequel into the A&E television series “Bates Motel”. This year is the second season for the series and the new episodes air every Monday night at 8 p.m., Two episodes have aired so far this season.
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March 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

‘Thrones’ shocks, awes

By Allison Saffle

The third season of the TV series “Game of Thrones” came out on DVD and Blu Ray on Feb. 18.

The series is also available on Netflix.

This is not a show for the weak of heart, or stomach.

Games of Thrones (GOT) is a show full of murder, sex, lies, religious struggle, and more murder.
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March 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Gatsby movie ruined by hip-hop music, poor attention to detail, 1920s lifestyle

By Andrew Collins

“Great Gatsby” details the lifestyles of rich people in the 1920s, but it is flawed.

“Great Gatsby” details the lifestyles of rich people in the 1920s, but it is flawed.

Director Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” film is one that underachieves in both creativity and realism. Based on the 1922 book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the film follows the life of Nick Caraway, a Midwesterner who moves to New York City to chase the American dream.

He lives across the bay from his wealthy cousin Daisy and her cold-blooded, short-tempered husband Tom Buchanan. Nick also lives next door to a mysterious, party throwing millionaire, Jay Gatsby.
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March 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Depp ‘juiced’ for ghost movie sequel

In this photo from the 1988 movie “Beetlejuice,” Michael Keaton is shown in his lead role as a loud-mouthed ghost who instructs a recently deceased couple in the lifestyles of the  dearly departed.

In this photo from the 1988 movie “Beetlejuice,” Michael Keaton is shown in his lead role as a loud-mouthed ghost who instructs a recently deceased couple in the lifestyles of the dearly departed.

By Carolyn Durbin

When Beetlejuice debuted in 1988, it didn’t take long for it to become a legitimate cultural sensation spawning a cartoon series, toys, video games, and almost immediate proposals for a sequel. Though much work was put into producing the dire-sounding Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, said sequel never materialized.

Tim Burton, who made the movie, and Michael Keaton, who played Beetlejuice in the first one, are talking about making a sequel and having Keaton play Beetlejuice, yet again Winona Ryder, play Lydia Deetz, and Jonny Depp is talking about playing in the sequel.
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March 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment