Archive for October, 2017

Campus tennis courts at stand still, hardly used

Monday, October 30th, 2017

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

Whether you’re walking through campus, on your way to the Sports Arena, or taking the scenic route by the pond and fountain area, you surely pass by the tennis courts. A lot of students even walk through the tennis courts as a short cut to get to the parking lot, or their next class.

In the third edition of this year’s The Hutchinson Collegian, there was a “Campus Beat” asking Hutchinson Community College students whether they should take out the tennis courts or restore them to a better playing condition. Most answered, “remove the courts” versus restore them, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people on the other side who would like the courts restored to their original form.

Don Rose, HutchCC’s Director of Faculties, explained how the courts had to be reduced to make room for the water fountain to the south and the garden to the west. He said that since the water is in constant movement and never runs out, there is higher maintenance in that area and less focus on the tennis courts.

When HutchCC had men’s and women’s tennis, the courts were being continuously repaired, but the expenses of restoring the courts are high.

“If I were to spend some money to get cracks filled and fix the courts up to a better condition, it would cost about $5,000 per court,” Rose said.

According to, there were a total of ten tennis courts in 2010. Now the courts have dropped to five in the last seven years. There is currently not a tennis team at HutchCC, but that doesn’t make this area completely useless.

Rose gave some examples of uses for the courts today. Every year or so, there is a dodgeball competition on one of the courts, where they take down one of the nets and let them play on that court, and afterwards they put the net back.

“The baseball team also uses the tennis courts for throwing,” Rose said.

HutchCC President Carter File is also in charge of this decision regarding the courts and said, “As of now, there are no concrete plans for the tennis courts.”

Athlete of the week: Tatyana Ndekwe

Monday, October 30th, 2017

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Tatyana Ndekwe, volleyball

The week: Ndekwe, one of the top middle threats for the Blue Dragons, had three solid performances in three victories. She had 14 kills to just two errors against Dodge City, five kills against Colby, and eight against Pratt. In the three matches, Ndekwe never had a worse hitting percentage than .333. She also had a hand in five blocks against both Dodge City and Colby.

The season: Ndekwe is third on the team with 210 kills, and she’s the team leader with 129 blocks, or more than half the team total.

Sports roundup: Soccer to host Coffeyville in Region 6

Friday, October 27th, 2017

By The Collegian staff
The Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team will open the Region 6 Tournament on Saturday at the Salthawk Sports Complex, as the Blue Dragons will take on Coffeyville Community College at 2 p.m.

The Blue Dragons finished second in the Jayhawk West after losing back-to-back one-goal games to Cloud County. Monday’s 2-1 loss in Concordia gave the title to Cloud County.

Should Hutchinson win, it would play Thursday in Topeka against either Barton Community College or Johnson County Community College.

The Blue Dragons wrapped up regular-season play with a 13-3-1 record. Coffeyville is 12-5.

Volleyball – Hutchinson will end the regular season Saturday with a trip to Liberal to take on Seward County Community College.

The Blue Dragons are 24-11 overall and receiving votes in the NJCAA poll. They are 12-3 in Jayhawk West play.

Saturday’s match comes against one of the nation’s best teams. Seward County, ranked No. 4, is 30-1 overall and 15-0 in the conference.

Hutchinson will then open the Region 6 Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Dodge City at the Sports Arena.

Men’s golf – The Blue Dragons finished tied for 10th at the MSSU Men’s Fall Invitational, which ended Tuesday in Monkey Island, Oklahoma.

Playing against four-year schools, the Blue Dragons finished the three-round event with a score of 930, tying with Southern Nazarene and just four strokes behind sixth place Missouri Southern State.
Sophomore Cole Gritton had back-to-back 72s and finished tied for seventh, the highest-placing Blue Dragon.

The Blue Dragons will wrap up their fall schedule Tuesday in Texas.

Men return some talented players in effort to defend title

Friday, October 27th, 2017

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

Only eight months ago, the Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team won a national championship, just the third in school history.

The team accumulated a near-perfect 35-2 record, led by NJCAA Player of the Year, Shakur Juiston. The Blue Dragons beat St. Petersburg, Odessa and Northwest Florida State to advance to the finals. They then handled Eastern Florida State 84-58 en route to a championship.

This season marks Steve Eck’s ninth as coach, and he looks to improve his younger players.

“Our goal is to practice hard, get better everyday, and become as good as we can be,” Eck said.
Eck’s team returns six players in all, but only one starter. He believes returning players, J.J. Rhymes (16 ppg.) and Devonte Bandoo (13.5 ppg.), will be a couple players to lead the Blue Dragon squad.

As practices have been underway for just about a month, Eck looks to build his team in time for the first game.

“We’ll need to establish a good defense, and build an offensive that encourages teamwork,” Eck said. “Forming chemistry and getting the team to play as hard as they can is the most important.”

As defending national champions and back-to-back conference champs, the Blue Dragons are favorites to win the conference for a third time in a row, according to the Jayhawk Conference preseason coaches poll.

“Every team wants to beat us,” Eck said. “We are a rival to everyone and we have a big target on our chest. Each game is important and it’s going to be tough.”

The Blue Dragons open regular-season play as they host Friends University JV on Nov. 1. They begin conference play on Nov.11, when they take on Seward County Community College.

Student firefighters crowned homecoming royalty

Friday, October 27th, 2017

By Merissa Anderson

Collegian Editor

The 2017 Hutchinson Community College homecoming king and queen were officially selected at the football game on Saturday night.

Cole Hiatt and Montana Thompson, Vice President and Secretary of the Student Fire Fighter Association, otherwise known as SFFA, spent the days between their nomination and their crowning encouraging their classmates and other SFFA members to cast their vote.

“We have a very active student organization that helped us campaign throughout the fire science related classes and main campus,” Hiatt said. “The club is all about fire science students doing better in the classroom and the community. The group that we have right now is really driving this mission forward.”

In addition to spreading the word class-to-class. Hiatt and Thompson also designed some fliers that they handed out to peers and posted around the Fire Building.

“I think the fliers helped,” Thompson said. “I talked to some people and they said that they hadn’t seen any others besides ours, so it made them feel like we were trying and cared. Plus the fliers reminded people to go vote.”

Amy Weeks, Career Development Coordinator and SFFA sponsor, loves the way that SFFA has evolved over the years.

“When was a student in the Fire Science program, we didn’t have anything like SFFA,” Weeks said. “It’s a true testament to our students to create and sustain such a positive group while they are in school, and I couldn’t be more proud of them and all they’ve accomplished.”

Jacob Minson, President of SFFA, explained why the club supported their candidates so well.

“Cole and Montana were nominated because we believe they represent the program well and hold our title high,” Minson said. “We are very proud of them, it’s great to have the homecoming crown back in the Fire Science building.”

SFFA, being one of the largest clubs on campus next to student government, has been highly active within the college and community this semester.

“We have done numerous volunteer events, such as state fair parking, showing up to home football and volleyball games, and helping with Community Day,” Hiatt said. “We are going to be attending both the South Hutchinson and the Hutchinson Trunk-or-Treats, and in the future, we plan to keep going with events like this because they are fun for the students and allow us to get involved with the community.”

School is out Friday for Senior Day

Friday, October 27th, 2017

By Amanda Carney
Online Editor

Friday, no classes.

That’s for all Hutchinson Community College students here, but there is a reason for no classes – Senior Day. This is a day specifically set aside for high school senior students to come and visit HutchCC.

“The day gives potential students the opportunity to come and see more parts of the college and receive more information about the college, clubs and organizations,” said HutchCC Admissions Director Corbin Strobel.

Senior Day is specifically set aside for any high school seniors. Students come from all over just to see what HutchCC has to offer.

Students meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Sports Arena, where they check in. At this time, seniors can also can walk around and view clubs and organizations HutchCC offers. Seniors are also entered into drawings to win prizes.

After this, the seniors get a welcome from some of the HutchCC staff and administrators. Seniors then have group tours around the campus, where the students then get to witness the atmosphere that HutchCC has.

The seniors then finish with lunch around 1 p.m., with more optional available tours after.

The tours offer seniors a chance to meet new people and experience a college atmosphere.
On average HutchCC expects anywhere from 200 to 400 high school seniors and their parents.

Editorial: Student section spirit in the slumps

Friday, October 27th, 2017

HutchCC, as amazing as this school and its athletics are, has a student spirit problem.

It’s been mentioned around campus and pointed out by various visitors that drop by games expect more hype from the student section.

When asking various students for their input for the campus beat, several students, not included in this week’s edition, had absolutely no clue that HutchCC even had a homecoming.

At games, the pep band does a great job with cheering, screaming and supporting the team, but the student section lacks that same school spirit.

Maybe if the pep band was moved closer to the students and was no longer outcasted to the very outskirts of the bleachers. That way, peppiness would spread to the rest of the students in attendance.

A large portion of HutchCC’s students aren’t even on campus to share in the school spirit, but that doesn’t leave those who do show up to games with an excuse to not make the bleachers shake beneath their feet with chants and cheers.
What happened to the pep sections seen at high school games? Did that spirit die when everyone left and came to college? Are students scared to show rowdiness amongst their peers now?

On a flip side of the coin, the cheerleaders and Dragon Dolls have amazing school spirit. Those gals and guys spend game after game cheering to the crowd and team all while facing the cold that is inevitable with games continuing later into the year.

Hopefully students start getting more pride for HutchCC during basketball season, because the volleyball players have been a bit disappointed in the turnout of their recent home games. When they hear cheering of the crowd it motivates them, so it’s important to show team spirit.

Women’s basketball is back

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

By Cassidy Crites
Staff writer
For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team was picked atop of the Jayhawk Conference for the 2017-2018 season. The Blue Dragons have won at least a share of the conference championship every season but one since 2011.
After returning only three players from last year’s team, the 2017-2018 Blue Dragons feature new faces but still look to reload into another successful season.
In 2016-2017, Hutchinson posted a 33-2 record. The team shared the Jayhawk Conference title, but won Region 6, competing at the NJCAA Women’s Division I National Tournament, playing in the second round.
Sophomore guard Alicia Brown is the only player back who played in all 35 games last season. Brown averaged 7.1 points and 4.7 rebounds.
Other returnees include sophomore guard Brianna Bradshaw and sophomore forward Kayla Barber. Bradshaw averaged 1.7 points on nine minutes per game, competing in 27 games last season. Barber played in 28 games averaging 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds.
“We have a fairly new team with three returners and nine new kids. It will take us awhile to gain some chemistry,” said Hutchinson coach John Ontjes.
Of the nine new players, the three newcomers to watch are freshman guard Tia Bradshaw and freshmen forwards Jada Mickens and Dejanae Roebuck.
“Those are three newcomers that could be major contributors,” said Ontjes.
Other new faces include freshmen guards Allissia Green, Coretta Hopkins, Kelsey Brett and Sara Cramer. Redshirt sophomore Tijuana Kimbro is at center, alongside freshman Fama Gueye, and rounding out the Blue Dragons is freshman forward Vivian Chigbu.
Beginning his 11th season, Ontjes has become the program leader in coaching victories, assembling a record of 287-62 with a percentage of .822.
Hutchinson opens up regular season play on Wednesday against the Bethany College junior varsity at the Sports Arena, with tipoff at 5:30.

Fulfill your need for fright at haunted houses

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Brenna Eller
Opinion page editor

Halloween is right around the corner and with that in mind, it’s time to start thinking about places to go and get spooked.

Around Hutchinson, there are a few well populated “haunted houses” such as; Field of Screams located in Maize, the Haunted Cannery in El Dorado, and Forest of Fear in Udall.


Field of Screams is set up in a cornfield where surprises lurk around every cornstalk. During the wait to enter this spooky maze, there are actors dressed in scary costumes standing around making people jump by getting as close as a half of an inch from their face. There is also a video with horror-movie themes that plays before you go in making the environment much creepier. As if it wasn’t scary enough, they have a Clown Town in the middle of the field where clowns jump out when least expected.

The Haunted Cannery is a ride of terror set in Walter’s Pumpkin Patch. There is a hay-ride that brings people around a cornfield, and leads to an abandoned grain elevator, once they stop, passengers get off and explore the 4-story elevator, filled with surprises and jump-scares at every turn. Here’s another interesting fact about the Haunted Cannery is that some of the dressed up volunteers helping run the event are Bishop Carroll students.

If you are wanting an authentic paranormal experience, the Forest of Fear in Udall has actual documentation of supernatural events. During the wait, there is an outdoor scary movie, a campfire, people telling ghost stories, and a snack area. To make the landscape spookier, the creatures heard aren’t all man made.

There are plenty other haunted houses in the area, so check a few out if you are a thrill seeker.

The Entertainment Pulse: Jack Greenwood’s five must-watch Halloween movies

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

By Jack Greenwood

Staff writer

5. Halloween (1978)
In what would become an instant classic among horror fans, this 1978 cult hit launched the career of Jamie Lee Curtis and gave new meaning to the term “slasher film.” Michael Meyers is a mentally unstable child who is locked away after murdering his sister. Years later he returns to Haddonfield, Illinois and begins stalking and killing a group of high school students.

Why you need to watch: There is no denying that Jamie Lee Curtis is the ultimate “Scream Queen.” If you want a true classic slasher to watch, this film has a ton of jump scares, a classic killer, and that familiar Michael Meyers suspense music that will make your heart stop every time you hear it.

4. Halloweentown (1998)
Three children, Marnie, Dylan and Sophie, are never allowed to celebrate Halloween. Except, when their magical Grandma (who is actually a witch) visits them on Halloween night. The film is a Disney Channel classic that takes us on an adventure to save the fictional place known as “Halloweentown” a place where the creatures of Halloween live in harmony.

Why you need to watch: This film truly gives us back that magical feeling we had on Halloween as kids. You see all of the classic monsters that plagued your nightmares as kids, come back in a movie for the whole family. The late great Debbie Reynolds dazzles as the spellcasting Grandma Aggie, one of her most fun performances to watch. Overall, this film may not scare you, but it gives you back the Halloween you dreamt of as a child.

3. The Addams Family (1991)
The wonderfully spooky family everyone knows in some form or another, returns to us in a full-length feature film that delights. Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday and Pugsley welcome back Uncle Fester into their lives after his long disappearance. But is it really him?

Why you need to watch: Quite simply, they are the Halloween family. The creepiness of their house and interests is met with a humorous charm that is intoxicating for all audiences. Anjelica Huston is perfect in her role as Morticia Addams and the rest of the cast delivers memorable performances sure to leave you in the spooky mood.

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Many have asked the question “Is this movie a Halloween or Christmas movie?” Personally, I see no problem watching Jack Skellington all year round. But, for arguments sake, I say this is a Halloween movie. It brings us into another “Halloweentown”, this time darker, and at times, more disturbing. Watch the PuTg mpkin King as he attempts to take over Christmas and redefine Santa Claus.

Why you need to watch: First of all, this is Tim Burton’s best movie. Period. The man is a genius, but it would be hard to find more beloved characters or more enchanting songs about frights and fear. On top of that, the world of Halloween is brought to love in a beautiful animated stop-motion format that is simply haunting. This film brings all the thrills of a scary movie, while bringing the music and charm of a family movie.

1. Hocus Pocus (1993)
This movie is the most iconic Halloween movie of all time, and I will argue that until I die. Three witches, The Sanderson Sisters, are accidentally brought back from the dead and in an attempt to stay young forever, begin to steal the souls of the children of Salem. Max, Allison, Dani and Binx attempt to fight off their wicked curses and spells, all while the witches bicker and argue their way through a world full of surprises.

Why you need to watch: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy give us the gift of the Sanderson Sisters. These three witches, give us iconic comedy roles all while making us fear lighting another black flame candle. This film has gone on to become a cult classic, and gives us iconic lines “Another glorious morning… makes me sick!” and a song number by Midler (I put a spell on you) that is simply… to die for. This movie is Halloween, scary and frightful yet full of magic. But remember, it’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus.