Archive for February, 2018

Rules of the road for dummies: no-passing zones, yield signs, and speed limits

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Believe it or not, No Passing Zone signs aren’t just reading material for when you’re on the road.

Nothing grinds my gears more than people dumb enough to pass in a no passing zone. A couple weeks ago, my brother and I were headed home, and we had just gotten onto Highway 14. A guy in a brand-new car thought it was smart to go around us in a no-passing zone that was also a curve. Me, being the person I am, said some choice words that can’t be published.

Another sign that isn’t just reading material for the road are the yield signs. It’s not a stop sign or a sign telling you to barrel through the intersection. A yield sign means, slow your roll and then accelerate when there are no vehicles coming to cross the road. And if there is neither a yield nor a stop sign on any side of the intersection, you should automatically yield to be on the safe side, because you never know how fast someone could be flying down the road.

Last, and certainly not least, are the infamous speed limit signs. I swear, some days it seems pointless to have speed limit signs because people just make up their own speeds and end up going either way too fast or way too slow. I’m sorry, but if you are going 90 mph in a 65 then you my friend deserve to get pulled over and get that huge fine.

You are not giving yourself enough time to slow down if someone else is slowing down to turn. If there is something in the road that causes you to slam on your breaks, you will screw up your brakes and possibly rear-end the person in front of you.

If you are one of those people who drive 20 mph under on a 65 mph road when it is the most beautiful day of the year, you, my friend, are an idiot and shouldn’t be driving on any highway, or you just shouldn’t be driving at all.

I don’t mind slow drivers when the elements of nature are awful. I go slow and play it safe then too. But then again, you have those idiots who drive like a bat out of hell and cause accidents or wind up in ditches. So to that I say, read the darn road signs you idiots.

SGA travels to Capitol

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By: Pablo Sanchez
Staff Writer

On Feb. 13, the Hutchinson Community College Student Government Association took a trip to Topeka to visit the State Capitol and to watch the process behind how the House of Representative passes bills.

Lane Wiens, sophomore at Hutchinson Community College and President of the Student Government Association, is involved in many clubs in addition to SGA, such as chess and Collegiate 4-H.

“SGA is kind of the go-between between faculty and staff and students,” Wiens said.

SGA members act as the mouthpiece to the student population for many of the college administrators and leaders Wiens said.

“We also work with different organizations on campus each campus has come to us some point in their time has an organization and had been sanctioned and charted by the college and it’s a big thing we do and we process budget and funding request for the organization for the events”

has come to HutchCC waiting to be sanctioned and charted,” Wiens said.

“There’s an organization for everybody here on campus.”

The SGA has a big list of organizations on Dragon Zone to help students out, and draw them toward it and have it matched, with their major of what they are interested in.

“Every year, two sports sponsorships – one in the spring and one in the fall – they hand out Blue Dragon apparel to students who come out and support the sports team,” Wiens said. “Last semester, they sponsored a volleyball game and gave out flip-flops, and this spring they plan on sponsoring a baseball game and plan on giving out hats.”

SGA has an annual blood drive, and it was right at the end of January,­­­­­­­­­ ­­­­­­and two other organizations which are on campus that had their other blood drives as well.

It was Wiens’ second time going to Topeka, and he said it was really eye opening, even though SGA went last year.

“It’s crazy to think that … each county and district in Kansas elected those people and they have the job of representing their constituents’ county and district,” Wiens said.

It’s more of an idea on how they can be better voices for SGA, and how they represent at HutchCC for the faculty and staff.

“When we got there, it was about 10 o’clock, I believe that was the House of Representatives just getting started, stayed in there, watched a little bit of their business processing bills, things like that,” Wiens said “And we met with State Senator Ed Berger who is the senator from the Reno County district, Kingman County I believe, and asked him questions on what his job is and how he got from being the president of (HutchCC) to being a senator.”

Wiens got in on some action on a bill that was being processed. They had private sessions as well as Caucasus of what bill they were processing.

Wiens is a biology major, and once he graduates this spring, he plans on going up to Kansas State and majoring in Horticulture Science.

“Hutch is great place to start your education, great place to meet friends, get involved on campus, there are organizations for everybody, it’s just taking the time and finding it and work forth it,” Wiens said.

The Unfortunate Events of Brenna: My Flu Experience

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

On Feb. 14, most people were out enjoying the warm and welcoming Valentine’s Day weather. After all of my classes were over by 3:40 p.m., I had all intentions of being outside and enjoying the heat as well. That all ended once I took a 20-minute nap waiting for my dad to show up and give me a sheet of paper I forgot at home.

When I got up from the nap, I had a horrible headache and felt like I had to have been traveling through time, missing the wonderful day outside. When I met my dad and sister, we got pizza at Little Caesars. I took some home and got ready for bed. I started coughing trying to get the tickle out of my throat.

That didn’t work because when I woke up the next morning, I was burning up and it felt like the end of the world going on in my head. I texted my mom, asking what I should do. She told me to go to the doctor right away and take medicine.

I then smacked my head remembering that my car had been taken that morning to be worked on and wasn’t going to be returned until Friday morning. Not knowing what to do, I decided to head over to the Student Health Center. I was sweating really bad already and knew I had to have the flu. I just needed another opinion that was free.

Turns out I definitely had symptoms of the flu. So the nurse gave me a mask so I could tell my teachers I was sick and get what I needed done for the day.

I went back to the dorms and waited while watching comfort movies for my dad to get off work and buy my medicine. I then waited until he was really finished with work.

When he finally got there, I stripped my bed to get everything washed and started disinfecting the room. I let my roommate know that I was sick, so that she was aware of the germs in the room. She offered to drive me home, but my dad got there first.

So I spent Friday at home in Little River, during its Homecoming, being sick and miserable. My family was also a little sick, but not as bad as me I guess. I didn’t feel back to normal until Tuesday. I guess the flu is supposed to last a week.

On the bright side, I spent the weekend rewatching “The Vampire Diaries” and being fed home-cooked meals.

Brenna Eller is a Little River freshmen in Journalism.

Bible class comes to campus in March

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Staff writer

Hutchinson Community College will be hosting a class entitiled “The Grand Story of the Bible”.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to know the Bible a little better. “The Grand Story of the Bible” will be having three sessions on March 1, 8 and 15 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., in the Justice Theater of the Shears Technology Center.

This course will be taught by a local pastor, and lecturer Ted Wise. The cost is $45 per person, and anyone is welcome.

Q: What is The Grand Story of the Bible?

A: The Bible’s grand story is about what the Judeo-Christian God is doing in the world.

Q: What is the purpose of the Grand Story of the Bible?

A: Everyone loves stories. We share them face-to-face with friends, create them on social media, and watch them on Netflix. But few of us know the “secret sauce” that makes stories so memorable and persuasive. Our seminar will lift the hood on how stories work and then we’ll apply that knowledge to the Bible. While we know Hollywood is quite skilled at telling a great story, I would contend the Bible tells a pretty dramatic story itself. Everyone ought to hear and contemplate it.

Q: Who is this event for?

A: Anyone who is curious about the Bible or those who are familiar with it, yet want to see it from a new perspective.

Q: What should someone hope to get out of this class?

A: The Bible is a unique book, because it presents itself as God’s story, but also sometimes a confusing book, because it is long narrative made up of 66 books that covers hundreds of years. For this reason, it’s easy to get lost in the forest. What we’ll do is get in an airplane and look at the Bible’s big picture. Attendees will leave knowing the Bible’s one, big, overarching story.

Men’s basketball suffers tough loss, while women win third in a row

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By The Collegian staff

The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team suffered a crippling loss Wednesday, falling to Allen Community College 87-86 in Iola.

The loss pushing the Blue Dragons out of first place in the Jayhawk Conference and into third, a half game behind Coffeyville Community College and a game behind Barton Community College.

With just two games left in the regular season for the Blue Dragons, they’ll need some help to at least share the conference title. The good news is, Barton and Coffeyville play each other Saturday.

The Blue Dragons did not score in the final two minutes and had just four points in the final 4:05.

While Hutchinson’s record is still an impressive 23-5 overall and 19-5 in the conference, three of their losses have been to Dodge City Community College, Allen and Cloud County Community College. Those three teams are the bottom three teams in the conference. The Blue Dragons have also lost to Coffeyville and fourth-place Cowley Community College.

Blue Dragon women get easy road win – The HutchCC women’s basketball team has bounced back nicely from an early-February mini-swoon, as the Blue Dragons clobbered Allen 82-48 Wednesday in Iola.

That was the Blue Dragons’ third win, all by at least 18 points.

HutchCC led 36-26 at halftime, but then outscored the Red Devils 46-22 in the second half.

The win kept Hutchinson firmly in third place and a half-game behind second place Independence. The Blue Dragons and Pirates play Saturday, and the Blue Dragons have already beaten Independence this season.

Mickens was ready for this

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team is once again a top-tier

team in the country, as the Blue Dragons are ranked No. 23. They are currently 22-5

overall and 18-5 in the Jayhawk Conference.

Head coach John Ontjes has put together another solid team by bringing in some quality freshmen – four of whom are from Kansas, including three from small western Kansas communities.

Jada Mickens, who is a great all-round player that can light-up the stat column, is one of those stand-out freshmen from Kansas.

Mickens grew up in Liberal, which is about three hours southwest of Hutchinson, on the Oklahoma doorstep.

She followed the footsteps of her family by playing multiple sports, splitting her time between

volleyball and basketball. As a volleyball player, she received many awards including all-

tournament team recognition, most improved player, and most valuable player. However, after

HutchCC contacted Mickens, her interest in collegiate basketball spiked.

“I didn’t realize how good the school was at basketball, so it was perfect that I had an offer,” Mickens said. “I didn’t have that many other offers, but Hutchinson has been a great blessing, and I’m happy this is the route I chose.”

Playing in the Western Athletic Conference during high school was a challenge for

Mickens, as it featured some of the best teams in Kansas. Although it helped make the

transition into college basketball easier, it didn’t prepare her for the height of the other players.

“In high school, I was taller than a majority of the teams we played against, but playing at the

college level is a whole new world, and I’m small in this one,” Mickens said.

Mickens also stated the speed of the game was faster, and the addition of a shot clock made things different. However, Mickens seems to have adapted fairly well to the college speed as she currently leads the Blue Dragons in multiple stats, including points per game (14.2), field goal percentage (50.7), and minutes per game (30.8) are all held by her.

Mickens also attributes her smooth transition to her fellow Kansas teammates, some of which she knows well.

“Playing next to some Kansas players has actually made this whole experience a lot easier to handle,” Mickens said. “Sara Cramer (Dighton), Tia Bradshaw (Dodge City), and Briana

Bradshaw (Dodge City), are three girls that I had played with on a traveling team, so we know each other pretty well. Also the Bradshaw sisters played at Dodge City High School, which was in the Western Athletic Conference, so we’ve played against each other before.”

For the Blue Dragons, the regular season is just about over and Mickens hopes to end on a high note.

“We have potential to do something great and I know we can do it,” Mickens said. “We have to bring it more than ever now than at the beginning of the season, it matters a lot more now and we can do it. Stay tuned to the Lady Dragons because we’re onto something big.”

‘The Tulgey Wood’ editor has passion for photography

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

Allison Schweizer became editor of “The Tulgey Wood” last year as a Hutchinson Community College freshmen. “The Tulgey Wood” is HutchCC’s literary magazine used to display student photography, poems, fiction/ non-fiction work, and art. Someone suggested her to be editor to her English teacher, Dan Pohl. He saw her talent and hard work, and selected her to be editor.

Schweizer, a Sterling native, stayed as editor again this year, but got to choose a freshmen co-editor, Hannah Knoche, Abbeyville, to train.

“I have had fun reading and looking through the submissions and getting to pick and choose what is best to include in ‘The Tulgey Wood’,” Schweizer.said.

When she isn’t going through submissions, Schweizer is hanging up posters, reminding English teachers, and spreading the word about “The Tulgey Wood”.

A lot of work is put into this magazine, and it is time consuming right before the deadline, according to Schweizer.

“I don’t have hardly any submissions in yet so please send stuff my way,” she said.

Schweizer also mentioned that once she gets submissions, her job is fairly easy. She then just has to lay out the picks and design for print.

Aside from the annual magazine, Schweizer is on “Dragon’s Tale”, the college magazine, takes pictures for HutchCC Sports Information, and has her own photography business – Allison Schweizer Photography – four years running.

“My favorite is senior photography, however I also do family, engagement, wedding and more,” Schweizer said. “When I am not working, I am usually out taking pictures for fun.”

On “Dragon’s Tale”, she writes, takes photos and designs which takes up hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some of her sports pictures are even used in The Collegian. She is also taking 19 credit hours this semester.

When asked about her busy schedule, Schweizer said, “I have a lot on my plate and it definitely keeps me on my toes, however, I think I am able to manage everything because I love what I do. I love photography and being able to work for the “Dragons Tale”, help out with The Collegian, and take pictures for Sports Information.”


Decision not to cancel class proves to be icy verdict

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

On Thursday, Hutchinson Community College maintained its previously scheduled class periods despite the cancellation of the Career Connections Job Fair and other nearby school districts due to ice on roadways.

“It’s not a decision I take lightly,” HutchCC president Carter File said. “We never want anyone to travel if they don’t feel safe. We have a lot of students, and the bulk of our enrollment is within a few miles of campus. What I weighed is whether we leave the college open for the majority, or call it off for the minority of students who may have to travel a distance.”

By keeping open communication with many people on campus including Don Rose, Director of Grounds and Maintenance, Brett Bright, Vice President of Student Services, and Julie Blanton, Vice President of Finance and Operations, File can make the best decision possible for the campus community.

“It was slick, but if you know how to drive and drive a reasonable speed in town then I didn’t think it was bad,” File said. “It was worse on Tuesday and we didn’t call school off then.”

Despite the efforts that File and others go through to make what they believe to be the best choice for the college, not all students were happy with the decision.

The HutchCC Facebook page became a breeding ground for many comments of differing opinions about whether or not to cancel classes.

Casey Freeman, a nursing student, was upset that the school decided to cancel the career fair as opposed to classes.

“The job fair being cancelled over school is kind of horse s— to me,” Freeman said. “So they value the safety of vendors over the safety of student and faculty? I just feel that they should’ve put the safety of students and faculty first.”

In the nursing program, attendance is highly valued due to the limited amount of class time.

“I just don’t think it’s fair to put (attendance) back on us,” Freeman said. “The nursing program has to be strict to keep up with accreditation, so I totally get it, but I do think that there should be exceptions when safety is at stake.”

In regards to student attendance, the HutchCC Facebook page replied to Erin Hysong, who expressed concern about commuting from Wichita on the ice.

“If classes are held, we encourage you to use your best judgment in determining what’s best for you,” HutchCC Facebook said.

Hysong, who had a microbiology exam, was forced to consider the dangerous road conditions, compared to the cost of missing a vital test.

“I think their usage of ‘best judgment’ allows them to direct all the responsibility for choosing to commute on the the student,” Hysong said.

Despite these arguments voiced by many students on the HutchCC Facebook page, there was one man who wasn’t afraid to voice his more unique opinion.

“Suck it up,” he said. “Leave early drive safe. Life and weather does not stop.”

Denny Stoecklein, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, encourages people to investigate Facebook comments further than the comment itself.

“A lot of the comments were about local schools being closed, but they were already closed for parent-teacher conferences,” Stoecklein said. “We try not to post things until we know something more definitive we want to be careful about (what we post).”

Student opinions and Facebook comments are always noted by HutchCC and will be taken into consideration for the future.

“If you don’t feel safe, whether you’re a faculty member, staff member, or student, don’t travel,” File said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. Look out for your own safety. We decided to go ahead and hold class because we felt that, for the majority of people getting here, the roads were passable.”


[Office1]Let’s call it by its official name.
[Office2]HutchCC president Carter File.

Rules of the road for dummies: Dangers of texting and driving

Monday, February 19th, 2018

By Emma Cox

Texting and driving, you are immediately classified as an idiot if you do this.

You must lack even the slightest ounce of common sense if you think it’s a good idea to pull out your cell phone and respond to a text or Snapchat while operating a moving vehicle. It just irritates me how stupid people can be to do this. Not only are you risking your own life, but you are also risking the lives of others. Do you really want to be responsible for causing a fatal accident and potentially going to jail for vehicular homicide?

It is not worth it. Put your phone down. They didn’t make a law to not text and drive for no reason.

I get it has been a huge controversy since smart phones came about, but people need to take it seriously and wait to get on their phone. If it is super important, then pull to the side of the road or in a parking lot. No text, Snapchat, phone call, or video chat is worth taking someone’s life.

Which brings me to the two almost-incidents that I have had where the other driver was too busy on their phone and not watching the road.

The first almost-wreck occurred when I was with my best friend, headed to her house. There is a dirt road by the country club that curves around really tight, and I kid you not, this girl coming from the opposite direction of us was obviously looking down at her phone and merged onto our side of the road.  If my friend didn’t blare her horn, we would have been hit head on.  I certainly hope that girl learned her lesson.

Another time was a Sunday morning when I was headed to work around 10 a.m. I was taking what we call a “back road,” because it is a straight path from my house to work. I am about two minutes away, and there is a spot on the side of the road on the left hand side where a truck was parked in the small drive they had made to feed cattle.  There was a girl driving the opposite of me once again and can you guess what she was doing?

That’s right, she was on her phone.

The road we were on has a small hill and because she wasn’t paying attention, and on her side of the road, she was coming down the hill and almost hit me head on. I slammed on my horn as soon as I saw her, and she quickly turned her wheel and threw her hands up at me as if I was in the wrong.

The people in the truck I had mentioned earlier looked over at the lady when I honked my horn and their jaws just dropped because they knew what could have potentially happened.
I hope she learned her lesson too.

So to that I say, put down your phone, you idiot!

HutchCC sees tuition increase for 18-19

Monday, February 19th, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian editor

The 2018-2019 school year at Hutchinson Community College will see an increase in tuition prices for all in-state, out-of-state, international and special classification students, as well as an increase in hourly fees for most technical career classes, as decided by the Board of Trustees on Feb. 8.

For legal residents in Kansas, tuition costs per credit hour are making a $2 increase from $87 to $89, while student fees per credit hour will increase from $19 to $21 for both regular and out-of-state students. This trend follows other students as well with the tuition-per-credit-hour cost for legal out-of-state residents increasing from $118 to $120 and, for international students, from $127 to $129.

Many technical career field classes are making price hops with increases in special course fees, many of which require special supplies or food for students. AC/DC Circuits is first on the list with an increase from $130 to $315 in order to fund a tool kit and bag required for wiring classes and labs. By adding this to the class cost, students will then have the tools required when they move into their career.

The course required in order to earn a Commercial Driver’s License will make a $150 increase from $625 last year to $775.

Many classes within the fire Sscience program will have increased costs due to an increased cost of materials, such as wrecked cars used during Fire Science Basic Vehicle Extrication, where the price is increasing from $40 to $60 per student per credit hour. Additional increases in other fire classes are due to various materials and to cover the cost of necessary consumables.

The nursing program will also see a slight increase in class costs, particularly in the Nursing A.D.N Transition Lab, in which the required IV supplies have dramatically increased in price.

“IV supplies have increased considerably,” according to the document provided from the meeting. “Mainly because of the disaster in Puerto Rico where the majority of the supplies are made.”

However, nursing students taking Health Maintenance Promotion and Restoration Practicum will see a $25 decrease in their course fee, due to their supplies being sourced from a different company.

The next program with the most increases in course cost is the welding program, also due to an increase in the cost of materials needed and how many materials are needed for welding, such as stainless steel, aluminum, gas, consumables and updating machinery and other equipment.

Most cost increases for welding are comparatively low with the largest increase being in welding courses raising from $20 to $50.