Archive for April, 2018

The Entertainment Pulse: The top three young adult novels that need a film adaption

Friday, April 27th, 2018

By Jack Greenwood
Columnist

There was a time when young-adult novels were box-office titans.
From “Harry Potter” to “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games”, these movies all dominated the film industry. Yet, the trend seems to be slowing down as young-adult novels have generated less and less revenue.
This week, I’ve chosen three young-adult novels that have yet to become big screen films, but might save the young-adult genre.
3. “The 39 Clues”
If you ever went to a book fair in elementary school, there’s a good chance you know this book series. Written by a different author with each book, the series follows a young sibling duo of Amy and Dan Cahill as they race around the world, solving puzzles and unlocking mysteries regarding their family’s secret history. Their entire family is divided into four separate houses, all competing against one another to find the treasure at the end of the mystery. Along the way, murder, stealing and heists, all make this series exciting to an audience of all ages.
2. “Among the Hidden”
What if it was illegal just to be alive? In this series, author Margaret Peterson Haddix creates a dystopian world showing us a drought and food crisis. As a result, a government illegalizes having more than two children, forcing kids like Luke Garner, into hiding and being referred to as a “shadow child.” This series of seven books seems like it could be a box office win (or a smash Netflix series) and fits right in with its dystopian themes.
1. “The Bar Code Tattoo”
“The bar code tattoo. Everybody’s getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity.” Perhaps giving us a look into the not so distant future, author Suzanne Weyn paints the story of a bar code tattoo, a marking on your skin that allows you to purchase things, and get access to certain places. But what happens if you say no? Is it just a form of control? What else does the bar code tattoo do? These are the questions that lead Kayla’s mindset in the novel as she escapes her home to avoid the tattoo. This series is full of suspense and fear and should fill any movie theater with a huge audience.

Who’s who recognize hard working students

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

The Who’s Who Among Students national organization is conducting a strategic review, and the organization did not accept nominations this year. This could be a reason why some colleges have stopped supporting this program or have not recognized their students.

However, Hutchinson Community College continues to have this program, led by Academic Affairs and Curriculum/Program Improvement Coordinator Ryan Diehl.

“We wanted to find a way to continue to recognize our students, which led to the decision to create Who’s Who among Students at Hutchinson Community College,” Diehl said.

Wednesday, the Who’s Who among Students at Hutchinson Community College ceremony was at the Stringer Fine Arts Gallery Theatre.

Diehl has been the organizer for Who’s Who among Students at Hutchinson Community College since 2009, with other co-chairs.

Each year, Diehl and other faculty members recognize a variety of students that achieve academic excellence.

According to Diehl, these students need to meet particular criteria to be considered as a candidate.

“My involvement started somewhat by accident,” Diehl said.

Before, the coordinators for the event were Ila Stone and Pat Bryant. When Stone retired in 2008, Bryant was searching for another helper. Diehl happened to be in the office next to Bryant, and the rest fell into place.

Since then, she retired and others have continued to help Diehl keep the tradition going.

“During my undergraduate years, I coordinated the event for several years thanks to an organization on campus in which I was I was involved overseeing it,” Diehl said. “Pat’s invitation to take part was a way to continue that work.”

Diehl also said why he enjoys his involvement with the Who’s Who ceremony.

“It’s a great way to recognize many amazing students who have accomplished great things while here at HutchCC,” Diehl said. “I thoroughly enjoy getting to learn about the students when I am crafting the mini-biographies that are read about each of the recipients, as well as meet them at the event.”

Katie Reisinger, Havensville freshman, was one of 34 honorees for this ceremony.

“When I got the email that I was nominated, I was really surprised, especially when I saw the list of people nominated along with me,” Reisinger said. “I was thinking I must have done something really good to be a part of this.”

At the ceremony, Reisinger said that she heard about other students and their involvement on and off campus. “There was a short biography read for each of the honorees by faculty members,” Reisinger said. “A faculty member nominates a student they see as an academic leader.”

That was how Reisinger found out she was nominated. One of her teachers saw her around the community and knew she had already been on a leadership scholarship. Reisinger also filled up her community service hours before she came to the college and still joined Circle K, the community service club on campus.

According to the faculty member, Reisinger also showed hard workmanship and dedication in her studies, and in Symphonic and Pep Band.

Another student picked for the Who’s Who was Nathan Light, Wichita sophomore.

“The ceremony was very exciting, and I felt very grateful to have the pleasure to attend,” Light said. “I felt very honored once I found out I was nominated, and have always been told that my hard work would pay off eventually.”

Light is a member of the sports video team and the budget coordinator for the A/V Club.

When asked why it is important that the college continues the Who’s Who event, Light said, “To help give exposure and recognize the most hard working people here at HCC.”

To make the event better in the future, Light suggests getting the word out more.

“I think we deserve to have asterisks by our name at graduation or be able to wear something there that recognizes who we are and what the program is,” Light said.

The students can be nominated by either faculty or advisors. Then all nominations were reviewed by the Who’s Who Selection Committee

  1. Student must be full time (carrying 12 credit hours or more) and be of sophomore standing (have accumulated 27 or more credit hours).
  2. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. Student must be active in at least one campus or
    community activity.

This Year’s Students Being Honored:

Rachel Adamyk
Ian Allen
Merissa Anderson
Devonte Bandoo
Kayla Barber
McKenzey Bell
Antwan Benjamin
Andrew Bleything
Sophia Bowman
Brianna Bradshaw
Victoria Coopman
Alexis Cruz
Matthew Denholm
Austin Engler
Kayli Esser
Joshua Freeman
Patricia Garcia
Kody Herrman
Isaac Hubbell
Storey Jackson
Abigail Jackson
Tyler Korb
Sarah Lewis
Mckenzie Lewis
Nathan Light
Megan Maness
Jayde Miyamoto
John (Thomas) Nelson
Yadira Nunez
Benjamin Pankratz
Tyler Pauly
Kameron Pope
Katelyn Reisinger
Jeffrey “JJ” Rhymes
Hannah Schriner
Allison Schweizer
Peyton Strobel
Megan Tammen
Trey Teeter
Lane Wiens

 

 

Golf team heading back to national tournament

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By The Collegian staff

The Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team did it again.

For the 18th straight year, the Blue Dragons have qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament. They made it after finishing fourth in a rugged District 3 Championship Monday and Tuesday at Sand Creek Station in Newton.

The top four teams qualified, and District 3 is often one of the nation’s toughest. This year was no exception, as top-ranked Indian Hills, Iowa won the district title with a 39-under-par 825. Finishing second was seventh-ranked Dodge City, 27 stokes back. In third was fifth-ranked Iowa Western with an 861. Ninth-ranked Hutchinson was isolated in fourth, 11 shots behind Iowa Western but 19 ahead of fifth-place and 14th-ranked Barton.

HutchCC sophomore Doug Rios-Ceballos was seventh overall with a 2-under 214. He finished third among the Region 6 teams.

The national tournament will be May 15-18 in Lubbock, Texas.

EMS teacher retires and gives insight on his teaching in the field

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Dan Jones is a Hutchinson Community College Emergency Medical Service advisor and has been helping out

Jones has worked at the college for more than 20 years, teaching even as he continued to work in hospitals and with patients.

“I was ready for a change in that point in my life, and so I become a clinical coordinator, and so I would go around Wichita, Salina and Hutch and take students to their clinical settings in the hospital, because that was my area of expertise,” Jones said. “Then I got interested in the classroom, I got my instructor license, in the state to teach in. I got that in 1986, and so I kind of liked going in the classroom, and that was around 2000.

Jones said he worked in the Emergency Medical Technician field, and EMS was the embodiment of medical.

“Doing it on the wing and a prayer, and you don’t have the doctors and the people in the field to help you, and I thought it was interesting,” Jones said. “EMS is more of a specialty area, a jack-of-all-trades. They were the specialty in the crisis situation, so I was always thought that was interesting within EMS.

Jones said he had a lot of students through the years, and he had to change his approach on how kids learned. He said it was a challenge at times, that’s one reason why he wanted to retire.

“It’s getting harder, all the changes, one thing in especially in EMS and medicine and education is that there’s change, and it’s getting a bit harder on the change. I still go with the flow, but it’s been an interesting 23 years at the college. I’ve had different roles, but my favorite would be the classroom.”

Not to say the classroom was easy, but Jones said it was rewarding.

“I’ve had kids with challenges, and they overcome the challenges to get through, and you knew that they wouldn’t be a paramedic. They knew their spot, and would be a good EMT. With specific ones – there have been too many to pick out – but I had one and you could tell she was smart, and it went in the classroom socially inept, and through the class, she really came a long way, and I’ve helped her along the way with that. She’s a paramedic now, and there was a time where I thought I don’t know if she was going to make it or not. But if it’s something I learned, it’s not to give up too early.”

Baseball keeps up offensive tear; softball finishes regular season with easy sweep

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College baseball team won its ninth-straight game, after the Blue Dragons easily handled Pratt Community College in two games last Sunday.

The Blue Dragons outscored the Beavers 38-12, as they won 18-8 in game one, and 20-4 in game two. That’s also Hutchinson’s 18th-straight win over Pratt, dating back to the 2014 season.

Freshman Dylan Nedved tied two Blue Dragon single-game records that day. He tied the school record for total bases in a single game with 12. Nedved also scored four runs in game two, which ties the single-game school record.

Sophomore Julian Rip also had himself a day, as he cranked three doubles in game one. That also ties a Blue Dragon single-game record.

This is now the fifth-straight season that the Blue Dragons have reached 30 wins, and is the 25th time in program history.

Hutchinson is now 31-17 overall and 17-11 in the Jayhawk West conference. The Blue Dragons are only one game behind Butler Community College for second place.

Softball – The Blue Dragons sophomores finished the regular season in style, pounding the Bethany junior varsity 21-0 and 14-0 on Tuesday at Fun Valley Sports Complex.

Sophomore Raven Bass belted three home runs in the first game, as HutchCC set a single-game record with seven home runs.

The Blue Dragons smashed three more home runs in the second game, with Natalie Semmel smacked two more home runs, including a grand slam.

The sophomore class have won 71 percent of their games so far, going into this weekend’s Region 6 first-round best-of-three series against Hesston at Fun Valley. They also combined for a 3.54 GPA.

Badinage vocal jazz earns international award

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

Badinage, the prestigious vocal jazz group of Hutchinson Community College, has wrapped up their year with international recognition after being awarded the Downbeat 41st Annual Student Music Award for large group vocal jazz ensemble.

Downbeat Magazine has covered only the best jazz performers since its beginning in 1934. The award, though well-deserved, came as a pleasant surprise to Director Neal Allsup, who decided to submit the group’s work for the first time this year.

“Badinage has not missed a man-hour of rehearsal in 23 years,” Allsup said. “If they’re ill, they still want to come in and sit in the corner and rehearse. That’s how dedicated they are to their craft and to be able to produce a product that is worthy of a Downbeat award. We’ve had seven Carnegie Hall performances and we’ve been to JEN in the past. It’s not like we’ve all of a sudden made it. The awards we’ve got this year really are on the backs of all those wonderful, incredible students I’ve had over the last 20, 30 years.”

Each member of Badinage will receive a certificate to recognize their accomplishments. The group will also be featured in the June edition of the magazine, alongside several of the top jazz schools in the world.

“This award really is about the program,” Allsup said. “We’ve been doing this for over 20 years. It’s just that this year there has been a lot of opportunity and a lot of things that have come our way.”

In the future, Allsup plans to enter the group for more Downbeat categories including small group and ensembles.

However, Allsup emphasizes that it’s not just this year’s group that should be proud of the award. He believes that each group’s talent continues to shine through year-to-year.

“These vocal jazz singers, especially Badinage, they’ve been cranking it out like this for more than 20 years,” Allsup said. “This year we had a vocal jazz reunion inviting back students from the last thirty years to come to campus and we spent a whole weekend just remembering and rehearsing for a concert.”

Allsup said he hopes to host another vocal jazz reunion in another five years.

Badinage was also invited to perform at the most important international conference, The Jazz Educators Network, in Dallas, where only six schools are chosen to perform.

Only a few high schools in Kansas offer vocal jazz classes, so for most students, HutchCC is their first experience with the genre.

Next year, every member of Badinage is expected to return along with any incoming freshmen who make the cut.

“We may have to start a third group,” Allsup said. “My job is to go out and find outstanding musicianship.”

Students interested in joining are encouraged to audition, where, if they make the cut, will then be placed in either Badinage, or Allsup’s other equally-talented group, Sonance.

The group performs two major concerts at the college each semester, in addition to smaller performances at nursing homes and hospitals in the community.

“Next week we will go to a dementia and Alzheimer’s unit, and we’ll sit in a great big circle with them to sing,” Allsup said. “It’s one of the most touching and memorable performances.”

Badinage also travels to one conference each year, although they are often invited to perform at many other places across nation and world.

“We’ve had invitations to sing at festivals in Monteux, Switzerland, Cuba, Brazil, Japan,” Allsup said. “It’s amazing the kind of invitations we receive.”

Many of those invitations must be turned down but, with the new international recognition from Downbeat, the group will likely be flooded with additional attention.

The group’s work doesn’t end there. They also open for professional groups at the local Fox Theatre.

“Badinage came back early from Spring Break to open for ten-time Grammy winning group, Manhattan Transfer,” Allsup said.

Manhattan Transfer, the multi-Grammy winning jazz group that has been performing since 1969, was in awe of HutchCC’s badinage group, Allsup said.

The group also recently released a new song which, although the sheet music will not likely be available for several years, Badinage students worked hard to transcribe the song for their own performance.

“We’re the best kept secret in the town,” Allsup said.

For anyone interested in donating to the group or receiving an album of some of Badinage’s work, they can contact Neal Allsup in Stringer Fine Art’s Center.

Looking to transfer? Lau knows how

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Staff writer

The sun is finally out, the weather is getting warmer, and that can only mean one thing. Summer.

But, there are some things to be accomplished before summer officially begins. For many Hutchinson Community College students that means preparing for their next journey – transferring to another college.

Many students are already stressed with finals around the corner that transferring is on the back burner. Transferring can be stressful, because potential transfers may not know where to start. Not to worry. HutchCC’s very own coordinator of advising, Christopher Lau, answered some questions that students might have.

Q: What should HutchCC students planning to transfer this fall get done now? By May? By June?

A: At this point, there are several things that a transfer student would have already completed – visiting the transfer school, applying for admission and being accepted, completing the FAFSA and any scholarship applications, etc. So, at this point, the transfer student would need to finish strong and do well on his or her classes for the remainder of this semester. After graduation, the student will want to send an official transcript with all courses completed to the transfer school through the National Student Clearinghouse.

There is a link available to do this through DragonZone. For more information, students can visit http://www.hutchcc.edu/administration/records/transcript-request.

Next, during the summer, the student may be required to attend an orientation or transition event at the university.

Q: What should students who want to transfer this fall but aren’t sure where to transfer know?

A: Get in contact with your advisor now. While it may not be too late to transfer to a university, some universities have already awarded transfer scholarships and there may not be scholarship funding available.

Q: What resources are available at HutchCC to figure out the right school to transfer to?

A: If a student is undecided, he or she can talk with his or her advisor about colleges and universities in Kansas, the difference between private and public universities, which transfer schools offer the program a student is interested in, etc.

The Student Success Center in the Parker Student Union maintains a small transfer resource area with information from various transfer schools. Finally, many colleges and universities set up tables in high-traffic buildings on campus where students can ask questions of admissions representatives.

In addition to applying, being accepted, completing your FAFSA, and keeping up your current grades there is still more to be done. Students want to make sure that school they are transferring is the right school for them. One way to do this to go on a campus visit.

Chad Steinkamp, assistant Director of Admissions at Wichita State University said, “A campus visit can be a huge determining factor on where a student goes to school. It really can make or break your decision. Also, it is a great way to get additional information about campus that you might not already know.”

Moving to a new city, or even state can be intimidating. Especially coming for a community college, moving to a state college might me a big change for some students.

“When transferring to a state college there will be a few more people around and, in your classes, compared to community college but there are also many opportunities to get involved and meet new people,” Steinkamp said. “The last two or three years of college is really the time where you make the big decisions on what your career goals are, and WSU and other state schools can help you with that.”

However, there is one last thing to consider when transferring schools, and that is how do your classes transfer? The last thing anyone wants at this point is to have paid for classes that do not transfer the way you want them to.

For those students transferring to Wichita State University, they have a new transfer portal.

“The portal is called the transfer gateway and students can get to it by going to www.wichita.edu/transfergateway,” Steinkamp said. “Transfer students can put in all their classes they have taken at Hutch CC or about to take and the gateway will show them how it will transfer to us and how many credits they have left to get their degree with us.”

Students who are unable to decided were to transfer from should explore all their options.

Morgensen has been driving force

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

This is “The Bus”, Bobby Morgensen.

This is a bus.

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

During his first year at Hutchinson Community College, Bobby Morgensen quickly became one of the best baseball players in the conference.

He helped the Blue Dragons get deep into the Region 6 Tournament, until they lost to Neosho County Community College in the semifinals.

He had a great season. But Morgensen did have one mistake that landed him his lasting nickname, “The Bus.”

“Last year, we had a road series at Seward and I accidently missed the bus early in the

morning,” Morgensen said. “I ended up having to drive and catch the bus. Fortunately, I was

allowed to get on. I did get a one-game suspension, but all was forgiven after that.”

As the school year comes to a close at HutchCC, so does the baseball season. But before that, the Blue Dragons have postseason play.

This year’s Blue Dragon squad is once again a top team in the conference as they currently sit third. They’ve also compiled a 32-17 overall record going to the weekend four-game series against Seward County.

With the Region 6 Tournament starting next week, Hutchinson will not only be playing for a

regional championship, but also for a chance to secure a spot in the NJCAA World Series.

With the addition of some solid freshmen this year, the Blue Dragons look dangerous heading into the competition, but experience is a big part of playing well in tournament games, and that’s where Morgensen comes in.

Morgensen grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where he graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 2016. He committed to Hutchinson to play baseball because he loved the coaching staff, and Hobart-Detter Field was “just beautiful.”

After his outstanding first year, Morgensen was named Jayhawk West freshman of the year, along with All-Region 6 first team. This year is no different, as he is once again playing at a high level. Morgensen currently has the second most runs (56), second most home runs (9), third most RBIs (44) and third most hits (57) on the team. He leads all other sophomores in those categories.

With the most important part of the season on the near horizon, “The Bus” is tuned-up, locked in and ready to go.

“My only goals for the rest of the year are to win Region VI and to advance to NJCAA

World Series in Colorado,” Morgensen said.

If the Blue Dragons can accomplish this feat, it would be the third time in program history,

and the first since 2010.

The talented left fielder has also committed to Florida Atlantic University to further his baseball career. There he can continue to grow and improve himself as a player, because he has potential to be playing the sport he loves for a long time.

Trash game

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

“Fortnite”, when it first came out last July, used to be a really fun and free game before all of the updates made it trash.

Similar to “Minecraft”, but with guns, the objective in “Fortnite” is to be the last one alive and to kill other players.

I am a day-one player, and I have been playing “Fortnite” since it came out. Since then, Epic Games has made tons of changes, and a lot of them are garbage.

Possibly the only good thing that they did change was the map, but the thing that really has ruined the game is the number of micro-transactions.

It’s a free game, and I understand that people can spend their money however they want, but it’s ridiculous that so many people have been spending their money on “Fortnite cosmetics”, like character skins, just to look cool.

It is a waste of money and you should invest in a better game called “Rainbow Six Siege”, but that is another column for another day.

If you have wasted money on “Fortnite” I feel sorry for you. You should just delete the game and try to invest it into something that is worth your money.

Another horrible thing that is more of a glitch is called “double pump” it’s a glitch where you take your shotgun out and shoot and then switch back to your pickaxe immediately and then back to your shotgun and fire.

You do that back and forth and it’s basically cheating because you are shooting faster than any other player that is trying to kill you.

One last finally thing I would like to add is that there are colleges offering kids scholarships to play “Fornite” and it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

I don’t know why anyone would want to play this game or even support it. Just go play “Minecraft” and have fun with the screaming 12-year olds there.

The Unfortunate Events of Brenna: My near-death-by-choking experience

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Ever since I was little, I have had a problem with chewing on things that are not edible. In my life so far, I have swallowed two quarters, a heart-shaped locket, and a hard-boiled egg.

First, I will explain that I had no intention of swallowing any of these, only the hard-boiled egg that only went halfway down my throat because my mom had to dig the rest out. Talk about seeing your life flash before your eyes. I think I was seeing white light along with tears from crying. I was only seven or eight-years old at that time.

The other incidents were more of an accident. The first quarter I had swallowed was when I was with a friend, and her mom driving to the pool. I had candy in one hand and change in the other. Without looking I threw what I thought was my candy into my mouth and instead of tasting it, I just immediately gulped it down. It actually went down easily unlike the second quarter.

So this was a very stupid reasoning for swallowing the second quarter, because I was trying to show my friend how I had swallowed the first one by accident. So as I was showing her, I started laughing and threw the quarter in my mouth not meaning to swallow it. This time, the quarter wasn’t going down. I went into panic mode.

I didn’t have a drink with me so she asked her mom and I tried to force the quarter down with Sonic drink. It’s not as easy as it seems to sip out of a straw while choking on a quarter. I finally swallowed the quarter that felt more like a rock and took deep breaths.

The last near-death by choking incident was on a bus in elementary school. I was sitting next to another friend and we were talking about my necklace. It was a heart locket, and I was borrowing it from my sister. I was trying to open the clasp to see if there was a miniature picture inside, but it wouldn’t budge.

Then came the brilliant idea to open it up with my teeth. Just as I was opening it, the bus hit a huge bump, and down went the locket. You might be thinking there was a chain or something holding the locket, but I took it off to open the locket, so all hopes of getting it back were gone. And no, I did not find any of my swallowed objects.

On the bright side, I have come a long way since I was a kid and choke on foods less often, although I still seem to subconsciously stick things in my mouth. I will be drinking pop out of a can and before I know it, I’ve pulled the tab off and it’s in my mouth. That also happens with bottle rings. Sometimes I catch myself and think how stupid I was to do that and other times, my friends have to tell me what I just did.