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Student aids in campus rescues

Friday, November 10th, 2017

By Amanda Carney
Online Editor

As a society, we often rely on the kindness of people’s hearts to make it through our day-to-day routines. Whether this is letting someone in 5 o’clock traffic, just giving someone a smile to brighten their day, or even giving someone the Heimlich maneuver.

This is exactly what Hutchinson Community College student, Colten Liby did. Not only did Liby save someone from choking by giving them the Heimlich maneuver, he also helped someone who was hit by car on Plum Street.

One night, Liby was headed to the gym, when he saw a girl in the fetal position next to car with the door open. He was quick to park his car and go over and help. Liby immediately called 911, and told the girl not to move. Liby then waited for emergency teams to respond.

“I was afraid to move the girl in case of any internal injuries. I told her stay where she was and wait,” Liby said.

On another occasion, Liby was eating dinner at the HutchCC dining hall when Liby’s friend started hitting him and pointed to his neck. Liby realized that his friend was choking on a piece of food. He was the quick one to respond once again. Liby jumped behind his friend and started doing the Heimlich, saving his friend’s life.

“I’m here to become a firefighter, I feel called to help and you just gotta be able to get the job done as fast as you can,” Liby said. “If you don’t react quickly, you lose valuable time.”

Liby is a sophomore at HutchCC but from Abilene. He is in the fire science program, and he has known how to do CPR since his freshman year in high school, but has never had to use CPR before. Liby learned the Heimlich maneuver from boy scouts.

These events definitely seem out of the norm for an everyday college student, but Liby doesn’t feel the need to draw any attention to these events.

“These events could happen to anyone at any time,” he said. “But, I know that these events are definitely not ordinary.”

Olympian, Shawn Johnson, visits Hutch for Dillon Lecture Series

Friday, November 10th, 2017

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

From Scooby-Doo shorts and baggy t-shirts to a US leotard, Shawn Johnson East overcame her shyness and bullies at the age of 12 when she was handpicked to go to a 2004 international gymnastics event in Belgium. In 2008, at 16-years old she made her way to the Beijing Olympics. She was an Olympic gold medalist, “Dancing With the Stars” winner, and is now a YouTube sensation.

On Tuesday, Johnson was the speaker at the Dillon Lecture Series located in the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

Johnson has had several accomplishments in her life, the most well-known accomplishment being the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. She won the silver in the all-around competition and earned a gold medal for the balance beam.

Growing up, Johnson had a fairly normal childhood. She is from Des Moines, Iowa and like many kids, she just wanted to fit in. At the beginning of her speech, Johnson gave examples of bullies and challenges she faced growing up, including – girls not wanting her to join the “cool” group, wearing her favorite Scooby-Doo shorts and T-shirt, and having the first name “Shawn”.

Before her lecture, Johnson was asked about speaking in the Midwest rather than in a big city/state. She said, “I feel so much more relaxed and at home here, I love to speak in the Midwest.”

Another question asked was, “What advice would you like to leave high school and college students today?” She said, “This society makes it hard to have a passion in something without people assuming you will stick with that your whole life.”

She also explained how one might love to play the violin, but that doesn’t mean they have to become a musician.

She was also asked about President Trump, since she was on “Celebrity Apprentice”, her response was, “Aside from the politics, the man and family I met were very nice.”

In her speech, Johnson told about her experience at Beijing when she was representing the United States as the captain of her team for the first time as a 16-year old. She was signed by eight different companies for endorsements. She felt like everyone was expecting her to bring home gold medals. She ended up getting second in the All-Around and first 1st place in beam.

Nastia Liukin, who was also representing the US, and close friend of Shawn’s beat her in the All-Around.
“My heart absolutely shattered,” Johnson said.

She devoted her entire life to this moment and she didn’t get her gold medal. She got silver, and when approached by reporters, she assumed they would give congratulations, but instead was asked, “How does it feel to lose?”

At that point, Johnson had already felt angry so she snapped back with, “I didn’t lose, I won a silver medal for my country.”

When she won the gold for the beam, she thought she didn’t do her best.

“I didn’t deserve it,” she said.

She felt like the all-around was much better because she wanted it more. Her coach agreed with her and said, “Better next time.”

Another accomplishment Johnson is known for is winning the eighth season of “Dancing With the Stars” as a 17-year old in 2009. She shared that she wasn’t comfortable with the outfits at first and dancing with someone she didn’t know. Eventually she overcame her fears and ended up winning the competition.

Recently, Johnson was introduced to charity work. There is an organization called Hope Sports that provides athletes who have retired or quit an opportunity to help the less fortunate. Shawn went with a group of athletes to Tijuana, Mexico. They have built over 4,000 houses for people in need. She found the experience very rewarding and even met her husband through that organization. She also coaches, mentors, and raises money for other charities.

Her speech ended with some advice to high school and college students. She said, “Society puts so much pressure on us anymore.” She led into a rant about how people expect too much of young kids nowadays and how kids should just do what they love and not worry about making a career of it. They can love to draw, but that doesn’t mean they have to become an artist. Johnson also left students with the idea that sharing her life on social media is like “living in a fishbowl.” She also said to be smart on social media, because anyone can see what you post.

Johnson’s latest adventure has been documenting her life on YouTube. Recently she has shared her experience of finding out she was pregnant and her reactions to the doctor breaking the news that she was miscarrying. Although, saddening to Johnson and her husband, she wanted mothers in her position to know she understood and that they aren’t alone.

For DragonLAN, it’s all fun and games

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

By Emma Cox
Campus Editor

If you are a gamer and enjoy being a part of online gaming parties, you will definitely enjoy the DragonLAN parties.
Instructor of computer, programming and website classes, Matt Magee has been the head of the club since 2011. The club was started 11 years ago to emphasize the computer rigs and the students taking the A+ classes were building. As these students learned to build computers they started doing it on their own systems at home and building big gaming rigs that they wanted to show off.

“In those days, LANs were a huge event,” Magee said. If people wanted to play the same game together they all had to tie into the same server. To do this with the student built gaming rigs it seemed like a great way to show off what the students were doing here at Hutchinson Community College in the A+ classes.

The name of the club has a specific meaning. LAN stands for Local Area Network – this is what LAN parties are.

“When the students had to all tie together and of course since we are the Blue Dragons here at HutchCC the DragonLAN name was born.” Magee said.

The DragonLAN officers meet every month to help decide what games will be played at the parties and what charity events the club will be associated with but the events themselves take place twice a semester with one coming up on Friday.

“This club gives students the means of sharing what they have built as well as a place to come together, have fun with other students interested in the same types of things and enjoying a gaming environment here on campus that will help build social skills,” Magee said.

A lot of the DragonLAN alumni still show up to their events, which helps crate a networking opportunity for the students.

If you want to get involved with the club you are welcome to show up to an event and sign up for a membership at that time or just go to a party without becoming a member at all. There is a small fee to be part of an event which is only $5. A membership is $20 for the whole school year which gets you into all events and a t-shirt as well as some other elite inside membership perks.

Late rally falls short for football

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

By Cassidy Crites

Staff writer

The Hutchinson Community College football team fell to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Jayhawk Conference after losing to Fort Scott on Saturday.

Trying to overcome a 19-point deficit with 10:34 to go in the game, the Blue Dragons scored two quick touchdowns to cut the difference. Hutch had one more attempt at a game winning drive, but were unable to get the first down. Fort Scott went on to upset the No. 20 Blue Dragons 29-24 at Gowans Stadium.

The Blue Dragons fall for the third straight conference game, while Fort Scott improves to 4-5 on the season and 2-4 in the conference.

The Blue Dragon offense finally started to come alive after Fort Scott took a 29-10 lead with 10:34 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Marcus Edwards returned a kickoff 31 yards to the Hutch 47. From there Hutchinson tallied six more points on eight plays including a 4-yard touchdown pass from Eric Forrest to Jaylen Erwin. Kicking in the extra point pulled the Blue Dragons within twelve points at the 6:47 minute mark to play.

The Greyhounds next drive ended shortly, finding themselves at a 41-yard field goal attempt. Blue Dragon Quen Head blocked the field goal and Jerry Jacobs returned the ball to the Fort Scott 21. The next play resulted in six more points for the Blue Dragons when Forrest found Tavian Allen for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 29-24 with 3:09 to go.

Needing a defensive stop, the Blue Dragons came through, getting the ball at their own 13 with 1:41 left to play. However, the Blue Dragons were unable to get the first down.

In hopes of a comeback, Hutch needed a big fourth quarter after allowing the Greyhounds to overcome the halftime deficit scoring 15 points in the third quarter.

A bad snap recovered by Forrest in the end zone resulted in a Greyhound safety, leaving Hutch’s lead to only 10-9. Fort Scott took the free kick and scored in two plays for 57 yards. Missing the two-point conversion, the Greyhounds took the lead at 15-10 with 10:27 left in the third quarter.

Fort Scott expanded the lead after scoring off of an interception with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

One more interception lead to another Greyhound touchdown, leaving the score 29-10 before the Blue Dragons went on their fourth quarter rally.

The Blue Dragons had 218 passing yards and only 82 rushing yards. Fort Scott totaled 276 passing yards and 26 rushing yards.

The Blue Dragons wrap up regular season at Dodge City next Saturday to face the Conquistadors at 1 p.m.

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Student Health Services not serving students

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

By Emma Cox
Campus Editor

As a part of enrollment fees, Hutchinson Community College students have access to the Hutchinson Area Student Health Services, located north of campus at 516 E. 14th Street.
The student health center is there to provide services for students who fall ill or have minor injuries.  They prefer that students call in and make appointments instead of just walking in. Jessika Ratzloff is the admin for the student health center, and said that the student health services prefer appointments to be made to better serve their patients. “If a person walks in, we do our best to see them, but if other appointments are scheduled, then the walk in will be scheduled to come back for an appointment.” Ratzloff said.
It’s understandable that they can’t do certain things such as surgeries and prescribe medications to care for HutchCC students but it has been noticed by some students that they could do more for them.
Due to provider availability, the hours of the health center have temporarily changed to Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 8:30 to noon. These hours are posted at the college information desk in Parker Student Union.
But even with these new hours, several students including a few of The Collegian staff members, have been having a difficult time communicating with health center
Sophomore Jack Greenwood, a Collegian staff writer, had a first-hand experience at this a few weeks ago when he got the flu.
“I was feeling bad enough that I couldn’t walk straight, so my roommate was with me.”  Greenwood said.  “We called the health center during their hours but they didn’t answer.”
Greenwood left a message and his number in hopes that someone would call him back as soon as possible.
Greenwood and his roommate ended up going over to the Parker Student Union, and Greenwood said his roommate asked the receptionist if they would be back, and they were told if they weren’t there by now they wouldn’t be open, and that the health enter hasn’t been sticking with their regular hours so they should check back to see if someone was there every so often.
A similar incident was experienced when The Collegian attempted to reach out to them for comment. After calling several times between their posted hours of 8:30-noon, The Collegian was directed to voicemail which said to call back during business hours – which we were.

Soccer team falls in Region 6 Tournament

Monday, November 6th, 2017

By Cassidy Crites
Staff writer

The Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team’s fell short at an attempt at a first-round Region 6 Tournament win on Saturday, as the Coffeyville Red Ravens knocked off the Blue Dragons 2-1.

The opening round game of the Tournament was hosted at the Salthawk Sports Complex.
Coffeyville scored the first two goals of the match, leaving Hutch down 2-0 with 30minutes, 10 seconds left in regulation. With 15:54 remaining in the game, freshman Avery McCarter scored, only putting the Blue Dragons down one.

With four seconds left in regulation, Hutch had one final attempt at a shot from the corner. Not being able to complete the shot, the Red Ravens claimed victory.

The Blue Dragons outshot Coffeyville 20-14. Coffeyville’s goalkeeper Brylee Brasher made eight saves. Blue Dragon’s goalie Clara Bergmuller made two saves.

For the first in program history, the Blue Dragons will not reach the semifinals. Hutch completes their season 13-4-1.

Next Dillon Lecture Series speaker is an Olympic gold medalist

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

On Tuesday, Olympic gold medalist, Shawn Johnson East will be speaking on behalf of the Dillon Lecture Series at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

According to the Administrative Assistant to the President and Dillon Lecture Series Coordinator, Robin Woodworth, the lecture begins at 10:30 a.m. and the doors will open at 9:45. HutchCC students are admitted for free with a student I.D.

Shawn Johnson, 25, is a four-time Olympic medalist and was the “Dancing with the Stars” winner in 2009.

She has gone through many hurdles in her life and hasn’t always gotten what she wanted. In Beijing, she lost the dream she had worked for several years, finishing second place in the all-around Olympics. On the other hand, she did win the individual gold medal for the balance beam.

Later on, Shawn went through a painful knee injury due to a skiing accident and had to rethink her life and choices.

Keppler Speakers, a privately held speakers bureau, stated that she ended up retiring from gymnastics, and in 2012 published a book “Winning Balance”. In 2014, Shawn appeared on the hit show Celebrity Apprentice.

She is majorly involved in cancer and animal charities.

Keppler also said, “Celebrity speaker Shawn Johnson truly loves big and lives big.”

The lecture is expected to be mainly about faith and motivation, and Shawn Johnson has so many experiences to share.

Welding technology program stays active

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

The Hutchinson Community College Welding Technology Program is making strides to provide students with the best welding education possible to prepare them for their careers in an ever-growing industry.

The program, either a one-year or two-year depending on a student’s preference, is coordinated and instructed by Greg Siepert, who is in his ninth year of teaching at HutchCC.

Welding Processes

“If a student chooses a one-year certificate, then they may start with no or little background so from day one they come in a they work through the processes,” Siepert said. “They will spend eight weeks in gas-metal-arc welding, eight weeks in gas-tungsten-arc welding, and eight weeks in shielded arc welding, and then they spend eight weeks in what we call cutting processes.”

During their time in the program, as they learn the different types of welds, the students will create their welds and then test the strength and quality by the ‘bend’ test.

The bend test uses a high power machine to subject the welded metal to a set amount of pressure that the weld must stand up to.

These four sections of the first-year welding program will allow the student to graduate their Cert A, which is the first round of certification for being a welder but is not an associate’s degree.

In order to receive an Associate in Applied Sciences with Welding Technology, the student must take a second year of classes, as explained by second year welding student, Ty Stallbaumer.

Finding a Career

“I graduated in May of 2017 with my Cert A in Welding Technology, so 24 credit hours,” Stallbaumer said. “If you come to Hutch and get the associate, then more than likely you’re going to get promoted over the other guy. Hutch is set up to where you can do one year and be out if you want, but I recommend the two-year program.”

Stallbaumer’s interest in welding began in high school when he would repair the welds on chairs and desks that would break throughout the school year. He later got a job with a commercial mechanical company where he did smaller welding projects before he was fully certified.

“All the people I know are going for bachelor’s degrees, and there’s no jobs for them but there’s jobs for us,” Stallbaumer said.

Additionally, over the summer before entering his second year of the welding program he worked with Tulsa Oilery, where he worked 60 hours a week with 20 hours overtime and hopes to land a future career with them.

“My friends seeking bachelor degrees say it’s not fair but the tides have turned,” Stallbaumer said. “Everybody used to go to school and get a degree and now everybody is so educated that they don’t have the jobs for them and they need technical programs like ours.”

Siepert also mentioned how every welding program in Kansas is constantly searching for more students interested in welding due the need for welders in the industry.

“The welding industry as a whole is growing big time,” Siepert said. “There are a lot of careers available in welding, because there are a lot of manufacturing that is happening. Any of the skill trades, not just welding, are running out of people to fill the jobs because the baby boomer population is retiring.”

If the students are willing to move for the career, then they are almost certain to find a well-paying welding job after graduation.

“Every student that I had that graduated last May left with a job,” Siepert said.

Its own little island

The welding building, although located on main campus, is sometimes overlooked by those not familiar with the program which is situated between Shears Technology Center and the Dragon’s Landing Apartments.

Although the welding building is only a few feet from STC, Siepert encourages students to look into a few welding classes.

Although there is not a hobby welding class yet, there are several evening classes available to those not necessarily seeking a full welding degree but would like to learn a certain welding process.

In the future, Siepert would like to see more emphasis on specific types of welding in addition to the comprehensive program that is now being used.

“We pride ourselves in being a comprehensive program because a student graduating from here can be successful in multiple facets of the welding industry,” Siepert said. “Some schools have a focus in maybe pipe welding or other specialized welds but we can’t teach it all or else the program would be ten years long.”

Although the program may not be able to focus on every type of specific welding career option, Siepert makes an effort to ensure that his students have the opportunity to still learn about the different facets though former student guest speakers.

Guest Speaker

“Russell Starks is a previous student of mine and he graduated in 2013,” Siepert said. “He benefited the students by demonstrating propane tank welding. It’s a little bit of a niche market and it was a good exposure to show students another process that uses shielded metal arc welding.”

Starks walked the students through the whole 10-hour process last Wednesday and showed them the need for being a quality operator when using a cutting torch, and introduced them to an inspection process to analyze the quality of welds.

“It gave them a different perspective and it really benefited the students,” Siepert said.
Even if not interested in a full welding certificate or degree, Siepert encourages people to get involved with the program.

“Come in and learn more,” Siepert said. “Everything we do affects everything in the whole world truthfully, from bridges to ag equipment to to the machinery that makes plastic bottles, it’s all affected by welding.”

The Unfortunate Events of Brenna: My Health Experiences

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Aside from the tailbone incidents, I have had my fair share of health issues and doctor appointments thus far in my life.
I can peg it down to the age of 2, because that’s when I had a seizure caused from too much heat. It was also discovered then that I had asthma. Since then, I have had a few asthma attacks, in which one was on a school bus in grade school. I scared my friends and bus driver, but it all worked out in the end. So there I was, doing breathing treatments every night until I slowly started getting better.
In fifth grade, I woke up one morning and thought it was just a normal Thursday. Boy, was I wrong. I felt a bit odd, like I was under water or in a tunnel so I went to go tell my mom. As I got to the room that she was in, I immediately blacked out, falling and banging my head against the wall on the way down.
After that, I had several doctor appointments to try and figure out what was happening to me. I had a heart test, where I got to keep a framed sonogram of my heart, an EKG for my brain in which I had to pull an all-nighter so that I could sleep in the doctor’s office, and even a diabetes test where I had my blood drawn in little vials six times (one per hour) without food. None of those tests had any of the answers my parents were searching for, so the doctors had me do a tilt-table test where they stuck an IV in my left arm right on the inside of my wrist. I was lying straight on my back and the table slowly rose to where I stood up straight and they timed me while I passed out. It was definitely not fun feeling fuzzy and hearing absolutely nothing but buzzing noises.
Then they finally diagnosed me with vasio-syncopy which is a fancy term for: passing out due to blood vessels not contracting and constricting correctly. Apparently my blood doesn’t circulate as well as it should. Sometimes the blood supply from my heart to my brain doesn’t work fast enough and when I stand up fast or exercise too much, I get dizzy and see black spots, or just have really bad migraine headaches.
I know this column isn’t the happiest, but it is in fact unfortunate. From fifth grade up until last year, I had to see a neurologist in Wichita every six months for a regular check-up, which made me feel dumb. I had to do memory tests, which I absolutely suck at, math tests and reading/english related tests. The best part about it? Skipping school and eating out with my mom or dad because I got to choose the restaurant.
I was also told that there are “triggers” for my migraine headaches. My neurologist said they were: caffeine, cheddar cheese, processed meat, and chocolate. It just so happened that the day I was told this, I had eaten a slim jim, a cheesestick, a Kit-Kat, and for my drink, Dr Pepper of course. I glanced at my dad and I knew he was thinking the same thing, that I could never give up my favorite foods and drink. So, I have limited myself a bit. Sometimes I have white cheese and I don’t eat too much chocolate because it does give me a headache after a while. As for the caffeine… Let’s just say it’s a work in progress.
On the bright side, I haven’t had an episode in two years because I can usually detect when I am going to pass out before it happens, so I sit or lay down as soon as I hear ringing in my ears or when my eyesight goes black. Also, I can always get out of a sticky situation by standing up straight, locking my knees and counting to a minute and a half. I’ll just need someone to take me away from any danger around the area.

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.”