Archive for September 28th, 2018

Oh, and remember … next Friday is Hawaiian shirt day!

Friday, September 28th, 2018

By Emily Fehrman
Social Media Editor

For those who are unaware, for the last four weeks, there has been a few students at Hutchinson Community College who partake in coordinating outfits.

Every Friday, a handful of Dan Smith’s engineering physics students collectively wear Hawaiian shirts.

What a way to make classes interesting.

Wyatt Krehbiel, Pretty Prairie sophomore, explained how this movement originally came about.

Krehbiel said that it had originally started off as a joke, but that it just escalated quickly. Soon the students had even got Smith to join in on the fun.

He then goes on to explain why they wear them: “A – Hawaiian shirts are awesome. B – We gotta start celebrating the weekend early,” he said.

As the weeks go by, they try to tell random people they meet around campus that every Friday is “Hawaiian Shirt Friday”, and that they need to partake. Krehbiel also jokes that it happens to be his “charismatic nature” that helps get more people to join.

One has to ask, does this have anything to do with Bill Lumbergh and the movie “Office Space”? Or just something they came up with on a whim? Krehbiel said that he gets asked that a lot, but he has never even seen the movie. They plan to continue wearing the shirts for the remainder of the first semester and possibly into the second.

When asked how he would feel if more people around campus started wearing Hawaiian shirts, Krehbiel said, “It would be absolutely awesome. I would love to be able to unite an entire college in the most ridiculous way possible.”

So dig out that old typical Hawaiian tourist shirt from high school spirit week, and dust that bad boy off before this next Friday so you too can enjoy the ridiculous fun these guys have.

Life in the fast Lane: HutchCC soccer coach reaches milestone win

Friday, September 28th, 2018

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

Hutchinson Community College head soccer coach Sammy Lane recently reached a milestone in his career.

Lane and the HutchCC women’s soccer team defeated Pratt Community College on Saturday 2-0, earning Lane his 200th win as Blue Dragons coach. Lane, the only coach in team history, has worked hard over the years to create a name for the women’s soccer team, and his hard work is paying off.

For Lane, the best thing about reaching 200 wins was the messages he received.

“The wins mean an awful lot, but to get the messages from some of the girls was really touching,” Lane said. Here’s a sampling of what former players had to say to Lane after Saturday’s win, via social media or text messaging.

“Congrats on the 200th win Sammy! So thankful I could be a part of your success at Hutch! Thanks for teaching me everything you know! Miss playing for you” – Jordan Downing, HutchCC, 2015-2016, text message

“Thanks for always believing in me and having my back!! Happy to be playing and doing well but always a Blue Drag at heart!!” – Dayna Johnson, 2015-2016, text message

“I wouldn’t have got to where I am today without you” – Ashley Burnett, 2009-2010, and current PrattCC coach, text message

“He is one of a kind, the kind that always teaches us life is n’t always easy but we’re going to have to face it anyway. This coach helped me succeed in many ways, on and off the field. Congrats on your 200 wins, nobody deserves it more!” – Chloe Flynn, 2016- 2017, Twitter

“Huge congrats on 200 wins!! Thanks for pushing me to my absolute limits and making me a better person on and off the field. Never thought I would say I miss you yelling at me for laughing all the time :/ You deserve this !” – Meagan Grantham, 2016-2017, Twitter

“Best coach I’ve ever had. Hands down. Taught me a lot of valuable lessons.” – Adriene (Similton) Engstrom, 2005-2006, Facebook

“Congrats! I can still remember you yelling down the sideline ‘come on you old Pollock.’” – Jenny Mossman, 2005-2006, Facebook

All-Time Blue Dragon Coaches 200-Win Club
Jaime Rose, softball, 413
Ronda Shirley, volleyball, 347
John Ontjes, women’s basketball, 314
John Burgi, baseball, 314
Kyle Crookes, baseball, 292
Steve Eck, men’s basketball, 260
Charles Sesher, men’s basketball, 259
Becky Endicott, volleyball, 237
Becky Endicott, softball, 236
Ryan Schmidt, baseball, 221
Sammy Lane, soccer, 200

The Women’s Corner: #WhyIDidntReport needs to be heard

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Tabitha Barr

This week, I was having a hard time deciding what my topic should be. Every idea that I had was bland.

But lo and behold, that a topic should fall in my lap from someone who’s supposed to set a good example.

The President of the United States tweeted out an angering tweet about sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. To sum up his tweet, it stated that if the accuser, Christine Ford, was really telling the truth, and that the situation was as bad as she said, that it would have been reported immediately.

This triggered a hashtag that brings the hard core reality to the surface. #WhyIDidntReport is where women are sharing their saddening stories of why they didn’t report their situations of sexual assault. I started reading threads after threads of women’s experiences, and I was heartbroken and angry. Multiple people are coming out with why they didn’t report it to the police, and why they shouldn’t be ridiculed for fear of coming forward.

One tweet stated, “It took me 40yrs to understand that I wasn’t at fault.” Another went on to say, “I’d been conditioned to believe I had asked for it, and that a man’s pleasure is more important than my right to say no.” These reports are so saddening to see because no woman should live in fear of rape, let alone be afraid of coming forward and telling the truth of what really happened.

It’s crazy to me that we live in a society that ignores the pleas of tragedy. I can’t wrap my head around it, because why would it be instinct for humans to think that a person is lying when they say they’ve been sexually assaulted? The big question is why is someone, who is supposed to be a good example and an inspiration to the people, dismissing something he knows nothing about?

As president, the person who holds this position, is there to better our country and help people. However, it doesn’t seem like he cares one bit about women’s rights and the experiences we have to share. But this movement is another way for women and future generations to see what one person’s story can unlock. For all of those who have been wronged, I want to let you know that you are not alone. Women all around the globe are coming forward with their stories and they are making headway in putting those wrongdoers away.

I hope this movement keeps helping those who were too afraid to speak up. Victims deserve to be heard and are gaining headway day-byday. “The Women’s March” on Twitter tweeted, “#WhyIDidntReport • There are too many of these stories. • Too many of us have these stories. • Too many of us have never felt safe to share them. And men like @realDonaldTrump are why.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. The #WhyIDidntReport is making an impact on a global scale. And hopefully one day, with strong and empowering women behind it, this hashtag won’t relate to as many as it does.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying Media Communications and Production.

Wouldn’t it be nice to meet The Beach Boys

Friday, September 28th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Editor-In-Chief

The Kansas State Fair had quite the variety of bands this year.

One such band was The Beach Boys, who recently began their 2018 Now and Then tour in June and came to  Hutchinson on Sept. 15.

Some of the Hutchinson Community College cheerleaders were called on stage to perform with the group to the song, “True to Your School” and had “Fun Fun Fun” doing it.

Lauren Musick, a HutchCC cheerleader from Hutchinson, was one of the girls who went up on stage.

“I was super excited to perform with the band, but the nerves got to me when I saw how big thecrowd was,” said Musick.

Despite her nerves, Musick said, “The experience itself was one I will always remember.”

A Leavenworth native, Brooke Holcomb, was another cheerleader who appeared on stage with The Beach Boys. Holcomb was awestruck upon being onstage with the group.

“It felt like a dream, because they are super famous, and I am a Beach Boys fan,” Holcomb said.

Out of all of the cheerleaders, Holcomb had the closest encounter with Bruce Johnston.

“The lead guitarist put his guitar on me and reached around and started playing while I had it on,” Holcomb said.

Not only did these girls meet them, but they also got to go backstage with The Beach Boys.

“Being backstage, they treated you like royalty,” Holcomb said.

Hannah Moore, McPherson, also enjoyed the encounter with The Beach Boys.

“I was super excited, and you actually couldn’t see many fans because of how bright the lights were, so I feel like that took away a lot of the nervousness,” Moore said.

Moore said that there were about 10 HutchCC cheerleaders invited on stage. When asked about whether or not she was a fan of The Beach Boys, Moore said, “I had heard of them and recognized a lot of their songs.”

Next Friday (and every Friday) is Hawaiian shirt day.

Friday, September 28th, 2018

By Emily Fehrman
Social Media Editor

For those who are unaware, for the last four weeks, there has been a few students at Hutchinson Community College that partake in coordinating outfits.

Every Friday, a handful of Dan Smith’s engineering physics students collectively wear Hawaiian shirts.

What a way to make classes interesting.

Wyatt Krehbiel, Pretty Prairie sophomore, explained how this movement originally came about.

Krehbiel said that it had originally started off as a joke, but that it just escalated quickly. Soon the students had even got Smith to join in on the fun. He then goes on to explain why they wear them:

“A – Hawaiian shirts are awesome. B – We gotta start celebrating the weekend early,” he said.

As the weeks go by, they try to tell random people they meet around campus that every Friday is “Hawaiian Shirt Friday”, and that they need to partake. Krehbiel also jokes that it happens to be his “charismatic nature” that helps get more people to join.

One has to ask, does this have anything to do with Bill Lumbergh and the movie “Office Space”? Or just something they came up with on a whim?

Krehbiel said that he gets asked that a lot, but he has never even seen the movie.

They plan to continue wearing the shirts for the remainder of the first semester and possibly into the second.

When asked how he would feel if more people around campus started wearing Hawaiian shirts, Krehbiel said, “It would be absolutely awesome. I would love to be able to unite an entire college in the most ridiculous way possible.”

So dig out that old typical Hawaiian tourist shirt from high school spirit week, and dust that bad boy off before this next Friday so you too can enjoy the ridiculous fun these guys have.

Quit this Fortnite garbage; try Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Friday, September 28th, 2018

“Fortnite Battle Royale” has drawn a lot of attention over the past year, but there is a game that has many gamers excited.

The name of this game is called “Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4”. There is a game mode in “Black Ops” called “Blackout.” It is similar to “Fortnite” without the building. “Black Ops” recently had a private beta, and in order for you to play it you need to buy the game, which costs $60. I think it’s stupid that you have to pay that much when they should just make it open for other players.

Blackout has a total of 100 players, but the company who made the game is called treyarch.

Treyarch is wanting to increase the player count to at least 115 players, while “Fortnite” has 100. “Blackout” has all the famous weapons, even back from “Black Ops” 1, 2 and 3 and fans are happy as ever.

If you played either of the games I had mentioned, treyarch has taken the chance to put the maps that fans love into “Blackout” from firing range, Nuketown, and others as well. They even put the mystery box in from zombies, which will attract the undead, so not only are you fighting other players, you are also fighting off the horde.

That being said, there are vehicles in the game that you can drive, such as quads, helicopter, boats, and many more. Blackout has three different levels of armor. Level 1, level 2 and level 3, is really rare to find, and if you have it, then you’re a god and you can tank bullets. “Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4” is set to release in Oct. 12, and if you enjoyed the series, then this game is for you, instead of playing “Fortnite”, which is for 12-year olds.

Pablo Sanchez is a Hutchinson freshman studying psychology. He loathes Fortnite.