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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...]

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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...]

News

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

Crosswalk accident victim still unable to attend classes

By Michael Durbin

An HCC student who was struck by a minivan Oct. 13 in a crosswalk next to campus is still at home recovering.

Ian Miller, 28, has suffered pain from com-pression fractures in his lower back.

“I can get around a little bit better now but I still have not returned to school,” Miller said, on Oct. 23.

The crosswalk where Miller was hit, at 13th and Plum, was marked with signs, but didn’t have crossing lights.

Kansas law requires motorists to be alert for crosswalk signs and to watch carefully for pedestrians in crosswalks.

The hit-and-run driver who hit Miller is awaiting court action on six charges, including leaving the scene of an injury accident and failure to yield.

October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HCC students step in to give kids memorable Halloween experience

By Kara Gale

This coming Halloween, Hutchinson Community College’s Future Teachers group is sponsoring the 4th annual Howl-O-Palooza.

This event will be held at the Stringer Fine Arts Building’s north parking lot.

This is an event for parents who want to take their kids to a safe place for Halloween, instead of going on the common trick-or-treating throughout the neighborhood.

The event is going to be the first major community-giving event that the Future Teachers group does this school year.
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October 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Features

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

Attention shoppers: Artists’ work for sale

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A ceramic plate, by Hall, bearing the image of a lady is priced at $50.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - A ceramic plate, by Hall, bearing the image of a lady is priced at $50.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Ande Hall paintings of birds, some as low as $55, adorn the wall of the Stringer lobby.

Loribeth Reynolds/Collegian - Ande Hall paintings of birds, some as low as $55, adorn the wall of the Stringer lobby.

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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

A star returns

HCC sports fans were thrilled on Nov. 8 when Cordarrelle Patterson came to the Blue Dragons-Independence football game, to take part in a historic ceremony. His HCC jersey number 84 was being retired, in honor of his accomplishments during his two  years of play for the Blue Dragons.

HCC sports fans were thrilled on Nov. 8 when Cordarrelle Patterson came to the Blue Dragons-Independence football game, to take part in a historic ceremony. His HCC jersey number 84 was being retired, in honor of his accomplishments during his two years of play for the Blue Dragons.

Now a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, Patterson was Rookie of the Year during his first year in the NFL and set an league record for the longest kickoff return for touchdown ever recorded.

Now a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, Patterson was Rookie of the Year during his first year in the NFL and set an league record for the longest kickoff return for touchdown ever recorded.

November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

As cold winds blow, Pohl breathes in, exhales poetry

By Zeke Willcox

As the cold front made its way across Kansas, the windows and panes of Dan Pohl’s house rattled and clattered, shaking in the frigid Kansas wind. An idea was born.

“While the wind was blowing,” Pohl said, “I got an idea to write about the wind and the cold.”

Pohl’s mind is a continuous swirl of ideas and creativity.

As a writing instructor at Hutchinson Community College, Dan Pohl is on a tight schedule.

However, this doesn’t stop him from doing the activity he loves — writing poetry.

About 10 years ago, Bill Sheldon, another writing instructor from HCC, assembled a group that got together to share and read poetry.

Pohl attended the meetings and discovered that he wasn’t bad at writing poetry. What was more, he enjoyed it, too.

Today, writing poetry is one of Pohl’s favorite pastimes.

“It’s gotten in my blood,” he said. “I miss it when I’m not writing.”

On and off, over the course of the last three years, Pohl began to write and compile poems for a book. His poetry reflected the personality and beauty of Kansas.

He wrote and brought to life animals, nature, prairies and other Kansas landscapes.

While piecing it together, Pohl asked his daughter, Jessie, an art student at Bethel College, to illustrate the book. Enthusiastically, she agreed.

His book was published earlier this year.

In October 2014, Pohl attended the Kansas Author’s Club Convention held at the Altruist Convention Center in Hutchinson.

He had participated in the event for the past several years as a judge. However, this was the first year in which he had submitted published work.

His work, “Autochthonous” received the Nelson Poetry Award at the Kansas Author’s Club convention.

Excited, yet humble, Pohl was highly appreciative of the award.

“It was weird because I was a judge last year, and then I entered my book this year and won.”

His daughter also received an award for her illustrations.

The name “Autochthonous” came from the geological term which essentially means “found only in one place.”

To Pohl, this seemed like the best title for his complied works.

He is preparing for the future.

“I’ve already finished my second book,” he said. “I’m just waiting to hear back from my illustrator. I’ve almost half-way finished my third book.”

Kansans can expect the release of “Anarchy and Pancake” soon.

Pohl encourages others to use their creativity.

“Anyone can write,” he said. “You just have to give yourself permission.

November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Former HCC student regains consciousness

By Shelby Horton

Zach Short, 24, a former student at Hutchinson Community College continues to battle for recovery after suffering severe burns from a power line in a farming accident of Oct 25.

He is being treated in the burn unit at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.

Short regained consciousness on Nov. 12, for the first time since his accident.
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November 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Dorm food innovation: Orange Twinkies!

By Shelby Horton

For years the Twinkie has been a popular sweet from Hostess Cakes, since the tasty pastries returned to the market, but now it may have some competition.

In early October, Hostess released a new kind of Twinkie.

Taking a spin off the original, they developed the “Orange S’cream Filling.”

Unlike the original Twinkie with its yellow sponge and white cream filling, this new version has a golden brown cake with orange filling inside of it.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Weighty project

Michael Durbin/Collegian

Michael Durbin/Collegian

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Free weights and other equipment are being moved into the Jack Mull Family Football Complex, at Gowan Stadium.

Michael Durbin/Collegian - Free weights and other equipment are being moved into the Jack Mull Family Football Complex, at Gowan Stadium.

November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Sports

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

All-American to retire #84

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Cordarrella Patterson, Rock Hill, South Carolina, stiff-arms an Highland defender Sept. 17, 2011, on his way to a 60-yard touchdown reception. Patterson had three receptions in the game, all of them for touchdowns.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Cordarrella Patterson, Rock Hill, South Carolina, stiff-arms an Highland defender Sept. 17, 2011, on his way to a 60-yard touchdown reception. Patterson had three receptions in the game, all of them for touchdowns.

By Joseph Griffin

As I bore witness to history in the making, I couldn’t have even imagined the heights that he could reach, some times at speeds that could not be contained.

Cordarrelle Patterson returns to Hutchinson Community College on Saturday, Nov. 8, to receive the honor of his beloved “84” being retired at half time of the Blue Dragon-Independence game, which starts at 1 p.m.

Patterson, a two-time All-American for the Blue Dragons in 2010-2011, is now a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings and has broken records at each stage of his career.

When Patterson attended HCC, he was coached by current head coach Rion Rhoades, who has helped put numerous players in position to continue their careers at Div. 1 schools and beyond.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Soccer clinches Jayhawk West, becomes third HCC team to win title in 2014

By Joseph Griffin

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Melissa Vega, Topeka, takes the ball from her opponent in the Neosha County game on Oct. 29.

Joseph Griffin/Collegian - Melissa Vega, Topeka, takes the ball from her opponent in the Neosha County game on Oct. 29.

The Hutchinson Community College Lady Dragons soccer team defeated Neosho County Panthers by a score of 3-2 on Oct. 29, while also clinching sole possession of the Jayhawk West Conference regular season championship.

Starting the first half for the Lady Dragons was Karrie McNutt, Winfield, who was fed a clean assist from Siobhon Wilson, London, England, in the 11th minute. Wilson, who would score again in the 32nd minute with a beautiful strike on goal, ended the game with one goal and two assists.

As the first half ended with the Lady Dragons leading the Panthers by two, the second half began on the right foot for the Lady Dragons, but a cooperative south wind would give Neosho opportunities.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lady Dragons still perfect in conference play

By Bailey Terry

Michael Durbin /Collegian - Tarynn Stueder, Great Bend, sets the ball to one of her teammates during the Cloud County game. The Dragons remained undefeated in the Jayhawk West Conference.

Michael Durbin /Collegian - Tarynn Stueder, Great Bend, sets the ball to one of her teammates during the Cloud County game. The Dragons remained undefeated in the Jayhawk West Conference.

The Lady Dragon volleyball team with a victory over Cloud County on Oct. 28. The set scores were 25-18, 25-19, and 25-18. Their record now is 23-12 overall and 15-0 in the Jayhawk West.

Lauren Darby, Olathe, was easily the top player of this game. She brought in 16 kills without a single attack error.

Nicole Kisner, Hugoton, had her 25th match in double digit kills, with 10.

Petra Silic, Zagreb, Croatia, added eight kills while Aubrey Wilson, Bennington, had five.

Lexi Turner, Kaysville, Utah, tied with Kisner who each had three blocks, while Wilson and Silic each had two.

Wilson also added 18 set assists plus two service aces. Tarynn Stueder, Great Bend, added 17 more assists, while the libero, McKenzie Steele, Pomona, had 16 digs to end the night.

The Lady Dragons out-hit the Thunderbirds 46-26 and also had a team total of six blocks.
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November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment


Entertainment

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

Fair attracts young and old

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

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

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

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

September 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

HP engineers leap ahead in solving computer problems

By Dweezle Moon Unit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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