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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...]

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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...]

News

Yuletide treats

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Students stock up on tasty holiday treats in Parker Student Union on Dec. 3, as staff and faculty provided Student Treat Day for them.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Students stock up on tasty holiday treats in Parker Student Union on Dec. 3, as staff and faculty provided Student Treat Day for them.

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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Americans forced to face the fog of insurance regs

By Loribeth Reynolds

The atmosphere for American health insurance is like a thick, billowing fog, as the second open enrollment period for government-regulated health insurance began on Nov. 15.

Many Kansans are trying to see through the fog, wondering how the Affordable Care Act will affect their health insurance.

Every American, with some exceptions, is required to have a health insurance plan in 2015 or pay a penalty, according to the individual mandate.

The penalty could cost $85 to $325 per adult and up to $975 per family.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Randy Myers: ‘It’s been a great joy’

By Michael Durbin

Randy Myers, vice president of student services, and Dr. Ed Berger, then president of HCC, enjoy a campus event in October 2013.

Randy Myers, vice president of student services, and Dr. Ed Berger, then president of HCC, enjoy a campus event in October 2013.

After 35 years at Hutchinson Community College, Vice President of Student Services Randy Myers has announced his retirement. At the end of this semester, Dec. 13 will be his last day.

He plans to spend more time with his wife and family after he retires.

“My wife is a teacher and is also retiring, in May,” he said. “It will be nice to spend time with her and my grandkids.”

Myers graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1969. He attended and graduated from HCC, receiving his associates degree before moving on to get a bachelors at Emporia State University. He then moved to Kansas City to accept a teaching job at a high school.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

New insurance plan jars HCC employees

By Kara Gale

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Community College faculty and staff will be facing high health insurance deductibles 2015. One hospital stay could be overwhelming for some.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Community College faculty and staff will be facing high health insurance deductibles 2015. One hospital stay could be overwhelming for some.

A radical change in medical insurance is coming soon for all employees of Hutchinson Community College.

In the current plan, there are four options, with different deductibles, and each employee can have a single plan, or include their spouse, children, or whole family.

Each employee receives a special, $452 allowance to be applied to the group health insurance premium.

Each employee is required to have a health insurance policy through the school.

They currently can choose deductibles ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

The plan includes a health savings account, to allow each employee to set aside pre-tax money to pay for deductibles.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Europeans land probe on comet

By Shelby Horton

Philae Lander

Philae Lander

On Nov. 12, scientists and technicians at the European Space Agency waited nervously as the probe Philae landed on the surface of a comet, 315 million miles from Earth.

The confirmation of touchdown arrived at mission control center in Darmstadt, Germany, just after 10 a.m. CST.

Philae had spent ten years attached to the Rosetta space craft, traveling across the solar system, to land on the surface of “Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko,” which is traveling through space at 83,000 miles per hour.

The lander Philae had no steering rockets and relied on Rosetta to get it in the right position to land.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Top NASA engineer tells Dillon crowd about Mars landing plan

By Mitchell Garrett

Steltzner

Steltzner

The last Dillon Lecture of the semester, on Nov. 4, was a really enjoyable experience. The speaker, Dr. Adam Steltzner, gave us insight into his life leading up to and during the Mars Science Laboratory project and the Mars Curiosity Rover landing.

He gave hope to those who struggle to find jobs in science-related industries.

As a teenager, Steltzner cut classes and barely graduated high school. Yearning to be a rock star, he played in a garage band in San Francisco.

One night, he became curious about the changing location of a starry constellation. He later enrolled in Marin Community College, in an astromony course.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Former HCC student dies in auto accident

Flores

By Hannah Wallace

A former Hutchinson Community College student, Tanner Flores, 24, died Oct. 24 after being in a one-car accident on K-96 in Sedgwick County, about three miles east of Mt. Hope.

The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated the accident.

It appeared that for some reason, Flores’ car left the roadway at about 10 p.m. and then hit a tree, authorities said.

Flores was born on June 23, 1990, in Hutchinson. He was the son of Tony and Kelly Flores.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Welding program ready for influx of students after Mervis announcement

By Loribeth Reynolds

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Thomas Oberney, a welding student at HCC’s Ade-Wifco Center, works on a project on Nov. 6.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Thomas Oberney, a welding student at HCC’s Ade-Wifco Center, works on a project on Nov. 6.

Welding jobs are coming to Hutchinson; the announcement came Thursday, Oct. 30.

Mervis Railcar plans to open a rail car refurbishing plant, operational in the spring of 2016.

Mervis Industries has decided to locate a plant in Hutchinson, at the Enterprise Park site, south of Siemens Wind Power. Four buildings will be built to accommodate work, and 6 miles of railroad track will be laid, to receive and service rail cars.

Strong work force training programs provided by HCC and Hutchinson High School were among some of the reasons Mervis Industries chose to locate in Hutchinson.

“Hutchinson had the critical components that we needed: excellent rail connections, an available workforce, and a high quality educational system focused on providing the training necessary for the skilled industrial jobs that we will need to fill,” said Adam Mervis, CEO of Mervis Industries, in a statement to the Kansas Department of Transportation.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dillon Lecture to feature NASA’s lead engineer for Mars landing

By Mitchell Garrett

Hutchinson Community College’s Dillon Lecture Series events are always interesting. The next speech, at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Sports Arena, is by Dr. Adam Steltzner.

Steltzner was the lead landing engineer for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Project.

His speech will be over how his team managed to pull off an incredibly complex and risky landing, where everything had to go perfectly. If even one thing had gone wrong, a $2.5 billion mission would be in jeopardy.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Students ask why there are no cameras in parking lots

By Michael Durbin

Leif Ernst, Hutchinson, was allegedly shoved around in the parking lot in front of Parker Student Union on Oct. 9 at about 1:30 p.m.

When Hutchinson police arrived, they could not arrest the suspected assailant because it was his word versus Ernst’s word.

When Ernst asked about security cameras that may have recorded the incident, he was told that there were none. Ernst is not alone in wishing there were cameras.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Childcare Center has its annual Halloween Parades

After touring the Parker Student Union on Oct. 27 and going trick-or-treating in the offices there, children from the HCC Childcare Center crowded onto an ornamental stone bench in the square in front of the Union. Julie Wisbey, coordinator of the childcare center, walks behind them.

After touring the Parker Student Union on Oct. 27 and going trick-or-treating in the offices there, children from the HCC Childcare Center crowded onto an ornamental stone bench in the square in front of the Union. Julie Wisbey, coordinator of the childcare center, walks behind them.

Kyson James, in his green dinosaur costume, works the trick-or-treat circuit in the HCC Business Office. At left, with a bag of treats to give away, is Beth Oliver. The kids went on parade both Oct. 27 and 28 to allow the maximum number of people to enjoy their costumes

Kyson James, in his green dinosaur costume, works the trick-or-treat circuit in the HCC Business Office. At left, with a bag of treats to give away, is Beth Oliver. The kids went on parade both Oct. 27 and 28 to allow the maximum number of people to enjoy their costumes

November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Features

For Odeh, Bethlehem means homeland

By Loribeth Reynolds

Odeh

Odeh

For Mo Odeh, pictures of a Biblical Bethlehem can bring feelings of sadness.

Odeh, the technical support manager for Hutchinson Community College, misses his family there.

He is from the West Bank of the River Jordan, next to Israel. He and his family know first-hand about the struggle to be a Palestinian living there.

Odeh can still remember when he first came to the United States.

It was Aug. 27, 1987. His father had saved money for Odeh and his brother to come to America so they could receive an education.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Last look at fall foliage

Michael Durbin/Collegian - During a late October trip to Dillon Nature Center,  visitors could enjoy leaves of many colors adorning the trees along the center’s trails and walkways.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - During a late October trip to Dillon Nature Center, visitors could enjoy leaves of many colors adorning the trees along the center’s trails and walkways.

December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Burn victim improving

By Zeke Willcox

Zach Short, a former Hutchinson Community College student injured in an Oct. 25 accident, is currently in a hospital St. Louis, Mo., having been awakened from his medically induced coma.

According to the family, in late November, Short had stayed awake for several days, talking with family and friends a large portion of that time.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Jazz and BBQ puts on a saucy event

 A jazz group performs at the event.

A jazz group performs at the event.

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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Students try ‘hookah’ as a smoky past-time

By Shelby Horton

A group of Hutchinson Community College students sit around a round table on the back patio of Elland Hall.

Laughter fills the air, along with smoke.

In the center of the table sits a delicate yet colorful “hookah.”

The students pass the mouthpiece attached to the hose, inhaling smoke from the flavored tobacco. Some of the more experienced smokers create smoky “O” letters in the air as they exhale, while the inexperienced smokers cough harshly.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Cue it up in the PSU

By Kara Gale

Kara Gale/Collegian - Lewis Schenk, Canberra, Australia, lines up a shot on Dec. 3. Schenk played with friends in the basement of the Parker Student Union, a regular spot for players to cue it up.

Kara Gale/Collegian - Lewis Schenk, Canberra, Australia, lines up a shot on Dec. 3. Schenk played with friends in the basement of the Parker Student Union, a regular spot for players to cue it up.

Every day in the basement of the Parker Student Union, there are several games of pool and ping pong going on.

Some students play every day, while others just stop to play a game or two occasionally.

Chase Coble, Olpe, plays pretty often. He will play whoever else is down there, but often he will go up against Lewis Schenk, Canberra, Australia.

Another regular is Brennan Berger.
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December 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Cattle drive a chance to recall cowboys’ heyday

By Alan Montgomery

At least 10 riders were needed to help keep the cattle herd out of fields of ripe milo along the 12-mile route to the rancher’s home feedyard, near Little River, on Nov. 8.

At least 10 riders were needed to help keep the cattle herd out of fields of ripe milo along the 12-mile route to the rancher’s home feedyard, near Little River, on Nov. 8.

There was nothing to stop the 39-degree wind as it whistled across thousands of acres of native prairie in the rolling hills of northeastern Rice County.

Ten riders moved out at a trot, fanning out in Kendall Hodgson’s 640-acre pasture to find a herd of 74 cattle that were to be moved 12 miles that morning to a feeding enclosure south of Little River.

The horse I was riding, a 12-year-old palomino quarter-horse named “Jake,” was about to get his first, close-up look at cattle — a herd of really large, dark, ominous Simmental-Angus crossbred cows who had been contentedly munching prairie grasses in the massive tract during the spring, summer and fall.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

DragonLAN looks at bright future, pride in active past

By Joseph Griffin

The last ten years at Hutchinson Community College have been great in many regards.

Sports programs have had great success in building programs that have gained national attention.

But an often forgotten club is also celebrating their existence at HCC.

The student club, DragonLAN, is in its tenth year.

It was originally put together by a group of students, along with instructors Matt Malone and Jillene Cunningham in 2004, and it still thrives.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Kent Hall ‘crazies’ at it again

By Shelby Horton

At Hutchinson Community College, Kent Hall dormitory is known for its outrageous events.

In the past, Kent has had issues with fire alarms, psychotic toilets and loud door alarms.

But Kent Hall is still experiencing some mayhem and mishaps.

Most recently, correspondents among its residents report some odd and fascinating sights that they’ve seen or been a part of. For example: The is “the case of the showboat lovers.”
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Food Drive in gear for a December run

By Zeke Willcox

The Honors Student Council is hosting the Hutchinson Community College Food Drive, held on Dec. 3-5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Parker Student Union.

Students will be collecting food items that will be donated to the Reno County Food Bank.

All students and faculty members are encouraged to participate.

According to honors student and food drive organizer Zach Martin, the goal is 3,000 pounds of food products.

He said there are certain food products that the food bank needs.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Mini marketing

Daycare kids host bake sale

Dalton McCroy, 4, gives change to a customer — his grandmother, Marie McCroy — at the HCC Daycare Center’s bake sale Nov. 11 at the Parker Student Union.

Dalton McCroy, 4, gives change to a customer — his grandmother, Marie McCroy — at the HCC Daycare Center’s bake sale Nov. 11 at the Parker Student Union.

Alli Wing, 4, and Jace Horning, 4, man their table, which was loaded with pastries and adorned with a “Cookie Sale” banner. They were helped at the sale by Monica Sturgeon, a child care assistant.

Alli Wing, 4, and Jace Horning, 4, man their table, which was loaded with pastries and adorned with a “Cookie Sale” banner. They were helped at the sale by Monica Sturgeon, a child care assistant.

November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Hispanic student leaders raise cash for Chicago trip

By Michael Durbin

The Hispanic American Leadership Organization at Hutchinson Community College is hosting an Enchilada Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 16.

The dinner will be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Madonna Hall, 612 S. Maple Street in South Hutchinson.

The dinner is a free-will donation and open to the public.

All proceeds from the dinner will go to help HCC students attend a Hispanic leadership conference in Chicago. The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference will be Feb. 12-15.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Honors Council gets ready for food drive

By Zeke Willcox

Hutchinson Community College Honors Student Council is teaming with and sponsoring the Food Bank of Reno County Food Drive, taking place on Dec. 3-5.

The Council is planning on raising awareness of needs for food in Reno County.

According to Honors Coordinator Ryan Diehl, students will be creating posters and participating in a word-of-mouth campaign.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Sports

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

Lady Dragon volleyball prepares for Nationals

Editor’s note: At press time Thursday, results had not yet arrived from the NJCAA Volleyball National Tournament in Casper, Wyo.

Andrew Carpenter /Sports Information - Head Coach Patrick Hall talks with his team as they prepared for their opponents in the NJCAA National Tournament.

Andrew Carpenter /Sports Information - Head Coach Patrick Hall talks with his team as they prepared for their opponents in the NJCAA National Tournament.

By Steve Carpenter

The Region VI and Jayhawk West champion Hutchinson Community College volleyball team will open the 2014 NJCAA Division I Women’s National Volleyball Tournament with the team that won it all one year ago.

Drawing the No. 15 seed for the tournament, the Blue Dragons (27-12) will take on defending national champion and 2014 No. 2 seed Blinn College (36-1) in the opening round next Thursday at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.

Hutchinson’s opening-round match is set for 11 a.m. MDT (Noon Hutchinson time) on Court 2 next Thursday.

The Blue Dragons and Buccaneers will have No. 7-seed Western Nebraska – last season’s opening-round national opponent for HCC – No. 10-seed Arizona Western College in their quarter-bracket.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons beat Hesston again

By Joseph Griffin

Andrew Carpenter/Sports Information - DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., dribbles the ball towards the goal. He later made the basket, during the Hesston game on Nov. 14.

Andrew Carpenter/Sports Information - DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., dribbles the ball towards the goal. He later made the basket, during the Hesston game on Nov. 14.

A late blossom helped propel the Blue Dragons (4-1) over the Lark’s on Saturday, Nov. 15. Hutchinson Community College trailed by seven at one point in the game. But a strong second half from DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., and Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y. pushed the team to a 79-73 victory in Hesston.

Play started off slow for the Dragons, as they faced their first deficit of the season at halftime, 34-36. A poor shooting percentage (37.5%) plagued the first half for the Dragons, while Hesston was hot from the three as over 55 percent of their shots beyond the arc hit their mark.

As the second half went underway, Hutch gained momentum as they held a 48-43 lead. With 14 minutes remaining, Hesston continued to battle and over the course of the next 3 minutes, they put on a 14-2 run with the help of three three-pointers from Peyton Thompson to take a 57-50 lead.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons continue winning streak

By Bailey Terry

Andrew Carpenter/Sports Information - Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, high-fives her teammates as her name is announced at the beginning of the game.

Andrew Carpenter/Sports Information - Clemence LeFebvre, St. Martin, France, high-fives her teammates as her name is announced at the beginning of the game.

The Lady Dragons basketball team has played four games so far this season. They have continued to beat all opponents by at least 25 points.

During the Lady Dragon Classic at home, HCC beat Labette 84-46 and Hesston College 102-53, making their record 2-0 over the weekend of Nov. 7 and 8.

During the following weekend, Nov. 14 and 15, the Dragons traveled to Liberal to play in the Billy’s/Days Inn Classic.

To start off the weekend, the Dragons played the Midland College Chaparrals. The ending score was 76-50; the closest a team has come to beating them.

As the first half started, HCC only allowed Midland to score two points for the first 10 minutes; the score was 23-2. But the Dragons who played in the paint got into foul trouble; allowing the Chaparrals to close the gap to just nine points, 29-20 with just four minutes left in the half.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons Soccer team Region VI runner-up

By Bailey Terry

Andrew Carpenter /Sports Information - Renee Gillespie, Wichita, fights for the ball against the Butler Grizzles’ goalkeeper. Butler finally prevailed in the championship game, 3-1.

Andrew Carpenter /Sports Information - Renee Gillespie, Wichita, fights for the ball against the Butler Grizzles’ goalkeeper. Butler finally prevailed in the championship game, 3-1.

The ninth ranked Lady Dragons soccer team made it to the Region VI finals on Nov. 7. Their 14-game winning streak was broken as the Dragons played the thirteenth ranked Butler Grizzlies, but could not pull off the win. The ending score was 3-1.

Making the Lady Dragons record 15-1-2 with just two losses all season.

The Dragons started the game off early; just six minutes into the game Courtney Boswell, Wichita, scored the first and only goal on a header from a Jen Rodgers’, Liverpool, England, corner.

The Dragons proceeded to score a second goal a few minutes later from Karrie McNutt, Winfield, hit the ball high off her head, but the officials didn’t count the goal because there was contact between McNutt and a Butler player.

In the thirteenth minute Butler tied the game, 1-1.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons beat Independence 24 to 6

By Michael Durbin

Michael Durbin /Collegian - The Hutchinson Community College football coaching staff holds the plaques after leading their team to win the Region VI championship.

Michael Durbin /Collegian - The Hutchinson Community College football coaching staff holds the plaques after leading their team to win the Region VI championship.

The Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragon football team capped off an amazing season with a 24-6 win over Independence on Nov, 8 at Gowans Stadium. The win clinched the Region VI Championship for the first time since 1995 when they shared the title with Garden city. Claiming sole possession of the Region VI Championship for the first time since 1969; that the Blue Dragons accomplished that feat. The Dragons finish the season 10-1 and will host the Salt City Bowl on Dec. 6.

On the opening drive of the Independence game, the Dragons marched the ball 79 yards in 13 plays ended in a touchdown. Quarterback, Dalton Demos, St. Louis, Mo., finished the drive with a six yard run for a touchdown, but was injured and taken out of the game and didn’t return.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons volleyball wins region

Andy Carpenter/ HCC Sports Information - The Hutchinson Community College Lady Dragons volleyball team stands triumphant after winning the  Region VI Championship. The HCC Lady Dragons finished the season with a perfect record of 16-0, winning the region championship for the third consecutive season.

Andy Carpenter/ HCC Sports Information - The Hutchinson Community College Lady Dragons volleyball team stands triumphant after winning the Region VI Championship. The HCC Lady Dragons finished the season with a perfect record of 16-0, winning the region championship for the third consecutive season.

Team of destiny

By Bailey Terry

The Lady Dragon volleyball team has become the region VI champions with a win over Colby on the final day of the tournament, Nov. 10.

The tournament was over two days, Nov. 9 and 10. The Lady Dragons record going into the NJCAA tournament is 27-12.

On the first day of the tournament, Nov. 9, the Dragons played the 8th ranked team, the Garden City Broncbusters and won all three sets. The set scores were 25-14, 25-18, and 25-13.

The Dragons who had the most kills were Nicole Kisner, Hugoton, with 11, Petra Silic, Zagreb, Croatia, and Jai Chapman, Liberal, with nine apiece, and Lauren Darby, Olathe, with seven.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Blue Dragons trim Trinidad at Arena

By Joseph Griffin

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Jaylan Robertson, Clinton, N.C., goes up hard for an acrobatic layup as a Labette defender finds himself unable to block the shot.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Jaylan Robertson, Clinton, N.C., goes up hard for an acrobatic layup as a Labette defender finds himself unable to block the shot.

The Head Coach of Labette College thanked fans for their congratulations as he walked off the Sam Butterfield court at the Sports Arena.

The few fans who followed the team from Parsons on Nov. 1 had just witnessed the first victory over Hutchinson Community College in 13 matchups, and the first since 1990.

The victory, an 87-77 shootout, came down to a low-key defensive effort from Hutch, which had to come up with new modes of offense as their leading scorer — DeShawn Freeman, Rocky Mount, N.C., was out with an injury sustained in the previous night’s game. His absence was felt quickly as Labette started the game hot from downtown, dropping in six three-pointers in the first half.

Tevin Foster led Labette with 35 points on 8-14 shooting, 5 of 8 from long-range, as Austin Budke, Beloit, led the Blue Dragons with 23 points, eight rebounds and shot effortlessly at the line, going 10 for11 on his free throws. Bashier Ahmed, Bronx, N.Y., posted his second double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dragons pound Panthers on their field

By Bailey Terry

Travis Custis, Hampton, Ga., scores against Garden City on Oct. 11.

Travis Custis, Hampton, Ga., scores against Garden City on Oct. 11.

The Blue Dragon football team beat the Ellsworth Panthers on Nov. 1 on the Panthers’ field. The final score was 38-7.

For the first part of the first quarter, both teams remained scoreless until Travis Custis, Hampton, Ga., ran down the middle of the field for a 58-yard run for a touchdown. The score was 7-0 for the Dragons.

After a fumble recovery by Lakel Bass, St. Louis, Mo., the Dragons were on the move again.

Later, the Dragons’ quarterback, Dalton Demos, St. Louis, Mo., threw a nine yard pass, which was caught by Bryce Harvey, Wichita, who ran it in for a score, making the score 14-0.

The Panthers once again turned the ball over. Demos later threw a pass to Anthony Autry, Norcross, Ga., for a 19-yard touchdown to give the Dragons a 21-0 lead.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Soccer demolishes Hesston Larks, 11-0

By Joseph Griffin

Joey Griffin /Collegian - Aleise Williams,  Manhattan, attempts to kick the ball away from her opponent during the first round of Region VI  play against Hesston.

Joey Griffin /Collegian - Aleise Williams, Manhattan, attempts to kick the ball away from her opponent during the first round of Region VI play against Hesston.

A cold wind blew in from the south, as Hutchinson Community College took on Hesston College in the first round of Region VI play on Saturday, Nov. 1. The wind proved to freeze all scoring chances for the Swathers couldn’t even put a dent in the 11-0 victory that the Lady Dragons posted after 90 minutes.

It took only six minutes for Hutch to get on the board in their matchup against Hesston, though no one is attributed for the goal. An own-goal gave Hutch a 1-0 lead, which would not be squandered as the Lady Dragons seemingly breathed fire upon the Swathers as they could not match anything they swung at them.

Only a minute came off the clock when Renee Gillespie, Wichita, assisted an Aleise Williams, Manhattan, goal, doubling their lead to 2-0. Two minutes later, Gillespie was paid back with a goal of her won as Williams assisted the third goal of the game in the first ten minutes, giving HCC a 3-0 lead.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

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

Halloween a good night for a scary movie

By Shelby Horton

If you love a good scare Annabelle is a movie you should add to your Halloween  scary movie list.The haunted doll will give you chills with its demented voice and appearance.

If you love a good scare Annabelle is a movie you should add to your Halloween scary movie list.The haunted doll will give you chills with its demented voice and appearance.

After a long night of trick or treating, it’s time to curl up with a bowl of your sugary loot and watch some classic Halloween horror films.

Horror movies come in many different styles, ranging from gory, to suspenseful, to just plain creepy.

In order to start off your horror movie marathon, the following movies will be essential to lift your Halloween spirit:

Start off with a supernatural found-footage movie called “Grave Encounters.”

The movie follows a crew filming an episode for their ghost-hunting TV series, as they travel to a haunted asylum.

Soon the crew is trapped within the asylum, facing horrors that are unimaginable.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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

By Shelby Horton

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

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

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

Rango a role model

By Hannah Wallace

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

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

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

Good and evil collide in Blizzard’s blockbuster RPG

By Michael Durbin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Movie shot in the Arctic brings its viewers onto the ice

By Hannah Wallace

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

This makes living in the Arctic hazardous for humans.

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

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

Photo club has meeting

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

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

By Michael Durbin

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

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

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

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

Sims 4 revamps core, still a lot of fun

By Joseph Griffin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black Keys 2010 album a must listen for alt fans

By Mitchell Garrett

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

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

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

Sharks face turmoil as humans distort habitat

By Hannah Wallace

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

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

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

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