Posts Tagged ‘HutchCC’

Rhymes adds another honor as NJCAA names basketball star All American

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

On Tuesday, Hutchinson Community College sophomore guard J.J. Rhymes was named first-team NJCAA All-American. His honor marks the third-year-straight that the HutchCC men’s basketball team has had a player in the first-team NJCAA All-American.

Rhymes played as a freshman and contributed to win a national championship in 2017, and this year carried the Blue Dragons to the NJCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship again.

Rhymes hit his career-high of 41 points December 6, against Butler 82-80. Rhymes hit the game-winning shot with a 3-pointer as the buzzer went off.

In addition to his career-high, Rhymes became 11th in Blue Dragon history to score 700 points in a season with 704 total points. He also made the career Top 10 scoring list, placing with 1,295 points.

Rhymes is one of two Jayhawk Conference players to have earned a spot in the All-American this 2018 season. The second being Coffeyville guard Travis Washington. Rhymes also was named Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year and was a first-team Region 6 selection.

HutchCC, Gowans will be site of 2020 national track championship

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

By The Collegian staff

Hutchinson Community College will be the host school for the 2020 NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the NJCAA announced on Tuesday.

Gowans Stadium will be where the events will take place May 14-16 2020, except for the throwing events. The discus and shot put will be on the grass field northeast of Gowans, the javelin at Don Michael Field, and the hammer throw will be Fairgrounds Park.

Hutchinson also was the championship host in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Hutchinson has become something of a hub for the NJCAA to stage national championships. The men’s basketball championship has been in Hutchinson since 1949. The Division 1 Volleyball Championship was at the Sports Arena last November and will be there the next two Novembers.

The Salt City Bowl football game has been in Hutchinson since 2009

The importance of college newspapers

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Across the nation, many believe the popularity of physical newspapers to be decreasing and use this as a reason to cut funds to local and students newspapers alike.

The Wichita State University student newspaper, The Sunflower, is currently facing massive budget cuts, nearly a 50% decrease in funding which threatens the award-winning and widely-read publication featuring their student voices.

Student newspapers are a vital part of campus life and should always work to provide insight to the day-to-day student activities while also reporting on the extraordinary events across the college as well.

The Sunflower deserves to have the funding necessary to continue to keep their campus well-connected through the use of the hopefully never-fading physical newspaper.

An online presence, while beneficial for any newspaper organization, fails to connect with its audience the way that a good old fashioned, hard copy news does.

Printed papers, which continue to exist through adequate funding, immerse the readers away from the constant storm of news that bombards the rest of their social media feed.

The readers can pick up a copy from any of the racks across campus or from a staff member handing them out in the student union and connect with the stories in a way that isn’t possible online.

For over two centuries physical newspapers have dominated the new sphere and today, even if many get most of their news online, it is important for journalists to continue to push for print media.

In addition to benefiting readers, at a collegiate level, knowing the basics of designing and laying-out a physical newspaper is essential to pursuing a job in journalism. Student newspapers exist for more than just campus pleasure, they are a vital learning experience for the students working behind the pages.

Astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly in Hutch on April 17

Friday, April 6th, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

Navy Capt. Scott Kelly, an astronaut best known for his year-long voyage on the International Space Station, will be visiting Hutchinson Community College for what should be an awe-inspiring speech April 17 through the Dillon Lecture Series and Cosmosphere.

According to Kelly’s web site, scottkelly.com, he is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. He is a veteran of four space flights, and Kelly commanded the International Space Station on three expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS. In Oct. 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longest space mission by an American astronaut.

Kelly resides in Houston.

Robin Woodworth, HutchCC Administrative Assistant to the President and Dillon Lecture Series Coordinator, said she believes that Kelly’s speech on will be important for the community and campus.

“He encourages people to dream and keep persevering and, as he says, ‘The sky is not the limit’,” Woodworth said. “I hope students will take advantage of this, because it’s an opportunity that a lot of people won’t have. I just hope that they would attend all of the Dillon Lectures, because even though they may not know the person or recognize the name, they certainly have something we feel would be a good message for this.”

Sam Wilson, a HutchCC sophomore and box office associate at the Cosmosphere, said he has been looking forward to Kelly’s lecture for months.

“When I first heard that Scott Kelly was coming to Hutchinson, I was ecstatic,” Wilson said. “Being able to hear first-hand accounts of monumental accomplishments, such as living through a long-duration space flight, is exhilarating. It definitely gives me hope for the future of space flight.”

On average, a Dillon Lecture will draw in a crowd of 1,500 people to 1,800, according to Woodworth. But, because of the attention that Kelly’s inspiring adventure has drawn, upwards of 2,300 people are expected to attend.

“I think this will probably be the largest and most-attended lecture,” Woodworth said. “The Cosmosphere spoke to us when we were selecting speakers for the 2018 lectures and suggested that we partner up with Capt. Scott Kelly. They certainly had followed his year in space and thought that he would be a good speaker. It’s a win-win situation for us.

Admittance into the lecture is free for HutchCC students, faculty and staff with an ID. For anyone else interested in attending Kelly’s lecture, tickets are $10.

“From what I can tell, he’s going to tie in his life experiences and struggles from when he was younger,” Woodworth said. “He’ll also talk about how he has endured obstacles and how he never would have imagined he would make history.”

 

Athlete of the week: men’s golfer Matt Percy

Friday, April 6th, 2018

The week: Percy had a solid day at the first of three Jayhawk Conference tournaments, this one at Colbert Hills in Manhattan. Percy finished in fourth place, three strokes out of first by carding a two-round, 5-over-par 149. He was one of three Blue Dragons in the top eight, leading them to a third-place finish.

The season: Percy, a sophomore from Ottawa, has two other top-20 finishes this season, including a sixth-place finish at the Newman Fall Invitational.

Rhymes lauded as best in conference, region

Friday, April 6th, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

Now that the basketball season is over for this year, the end-of-season awards are being announced.

Hutchinnson Community College sophomore J.J. Rhymes was named the 2018 Jayhawk Conference and Region 6 Player of the Year, some of the highest honors a Blue Dragon can win. His co-star Devonte Bandoo, along with Sal Nuhu, also achieved post-season conference and region honors.

Rhymes was Hutchinson’s leading scorer, as well as the conference’s, with 19.6 points per game. He almost shot 50 percent on the season, coming in at 47 percent. He finished in the Blue Dragon Top 10 scoring list, with 1,295 career points. Rhymes had 18 games of 20-plus points, six of which were 30 or more. He also scored a game-winning buzzer-beater against Butler on Dec. 6, to give the Blue Dragons an 82-80 victory. He tallied a career-high 41 points that night.

Bandoo was the other major offensive threat, as he became one of the most dangerous 3-point shooters in the conference. The sophomore averaged 16.7 points per game, which was third-best in the conference. He shot 49.3 percent on the season, and 43 percent from 3-point range, fourth best in single-season history. He also ranks 15th on the Blue Dragon career scoring list, with 1,079 points.

Like Rhymes, Bandoo was awarded first-team all-Jayhawk Conference and all-Region 6.

Nuhu is the last Blue Dragon to receive postseason recognition. He was awarded honorable mention all-Jayhawk Conference selection. Nuhu was a great defender for Hutchinson, as he blocked a team-high 56 shots this season, which was fifth in the conference.

He blocked five shots in a single game on Nov. 2 against Garden City. He also averaged 5.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, shooting 48.1 percent on the season.

Josh Gooch gives input on recent football accusations

Friday, April 6th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

Hutchinson Community College Athletic Director Josh Gooch said that he was aware of the recent news stories regarding accusations that football coach Rion Rhoades allegedly displayed racism towards black players, and Gooch said he met with some football players and coaches to discuss the allegations.

Gooch, in an email response, said he could not comment on the meeting because it was a “personnel-related matter.”

The Collegian has contacted some HutchCC football players about the accusations, but none have been willing to provide on-the-record comments.

The Collegian’s policy is not to use anonymous sources unless a person’s physical safety is at risk. The Collegian uses only named sources otherwise, for credible and ethical purposes.

“Hutchinson Community College will not tolerate any form of discrimination. We have a robust nondiscrimination environment,” Gooch said.

He also pointed out that there is a “Notice of Nondiscrimination” at the bottom of the college’s main web page, HutchCC.edu.

Rhoades has been the Blue Dragons’ coach since Dec. 2006. Gooch came with Rhoades as an assistant and left in 2010 to become the head football coach at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa. Gooch returned a year later as an assistant coach and became an AD on July 1, 2015.

Gooch was asked if anyone had lodged a formal complaint against Rhoades – or any football coach – regarding conduct toward players or assistants of any race. He said he could not comment again because it is a personnel-related matter.

Gooch said that if a player or athlete at HutchCC feels he or she has been subjected to racism by a coach or teammate, there are options to take.

“Jake Gunden is the College Equity and Compliance officer,” Gooch said. “Any individual who feels they have suffered discriminatory incidents should contact Mr. Gunden, and he will provide the appropriate guidance on how the individual should proceed and will be the college’s contact.”

A look at every current athletic roster at the college indicates that all 12 teams are multi-racial.

“Athletics enriches and enhances this diversity and our college community,” Gooch said. “This diversity was recently highlighted in a University Business article in which Hutchinson Community College was featured. Our coaches recruit, train, and mentor all of our athletes no matter their ethnicity, religion, or country of origin. HutchCC athletics adds depth and richness to the diversity tapestry of Hutchinson Community College.”

RASK inspires weekly amigurumi scavenger hunt

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

Following the recent involvement of the RASK Force (Random Acts of Selfless Kindness) on campus, Leanna Coon, Writing Paraprofessional at Rimmer Learning and Resource Center, along with Desiree Coon, IT Support Analyst, have worked together to hand crochet and hide tiny stuffed animals known as amigurumi.

Since the idea came about in February, the pair has hidden five amigurumi and hope to continue the event weekly.

“Desiree had the idea to put out little critters for RASK because it would be a way to cheer people up, and market Rimmer by tying it to Facebook.” Leanna Coon said. “We have clues posted before we hide each amigurumi with a note that has the website address so that people can post their photos and share them with us online.”

One such found amigurumi was a cat that was picked up by an anonymous passerby and then passed around campus before coming back into the hands of Hannah Gomez, a front desk writing tutor at RLRC.

“It wasn’t originally found by me, but it was passed around to me after traveling campus,” Gomez said. “It was so squishy, and it brought me a lot of joy to look at how cute it was.”

Included on the amigurumi is a note with a happy quote and instructions on how to post their find on the the Rimmer Facebook page, Hutch CC Rimmer Services.

A faculty member’s young daughter, upon hearing about the amigurumi scavenger hunt, used the posted clues to seek out a crocheted Ariel hiding in the ocean section of the library.

Shortly after, her smiling face was posted and the amigurumi’s purpose was fulfilled.

“I think (the amigurumis) and RASK is a good idea to make people more mindful of others’ feelings, and just make their day a little better.” Leanna Coon said. “I like knowing that it’s going to cheer somebody up and having a little project that I can complete relatively quickly.”

Depending on the size of the amigurumi, it can take between a few hours to several days to complete one for the scavenger hunt that is free and available to all students on Wednesdays.

Mourning about morning people

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I am the type of person who does not like being bothered first thing in the morning.

I will never understand those people who wake up in the morning so chipper and happy. It takes me about an hour and a cup of coffee to be fully aware of what I need to do. Sometimes, I’m still too tired to function so I’m just dragging myself around and nodding off in class.

I beg of you, if you see me walking around campus in the morning, don’t talk to me because I will either ignore you of flat out be rude.

Another thing that I can’t wrap my head around is how there are some people in this world who only need one alarm set in the morning to get up. I didn’t’ know that was possible. I have to have at least five, at most eight, alarms set so I will hear at least one of them and get up. They start at 5:20 a.m. and go on to about 7:05. Sometimes, I’m lucky if I actually get up to those.

I guess what I am getting at is that I love my sleep and I am grumpy in morning. I purposely stay up until about 2 a.m. when I don’t have classes, so I can sleep most of the day since I don’t have to work until the evening. There are some nights that I just can’t get sleep at all, and the coffee just won’t help.

My case Wednesday wasn’t very good though. I didn’t sleep well at all. I got up at 6:30 a.m., I made a cup of coffee, but of course I couldn’t enjoy it because, me being me, got perfume in it. Yes, you read that right. I got perfume in my coffee. So, here’s to hoping Friday morning will go smoothly and I can enjoy my spring break.

End of the road for Blue Dragons

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

The dream is finally over for the Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team.

The daunting challenge of winning back-to- back national championships proved too difficult for

the Blue Dragons as they exited the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in the second round Wednesday night at the Sports Arena, falling to Florida SouthWestern State 80-65.

“They’re a good team,” Blue Dragons coach Steve Eck said. “We got their best shot tonight, and it showed.”

Many would say this is one of the more “rollercoaster-esque” seasons in recent years, as Hutchinson

experienced many highs and lows throughout the past six months. They also graduate one of

the most dynamic duos in sophomores J.J. Rhymes and Devonte Bandoo. However, the Blue

Dragons have nothing to be disappointed in, as they finish another great season with a, overall

29-7 record and fourth straight appearance at the national tournament.

The Sports Arena was the place to be Wednesday night, as the 11th-seeded Blue Dragons took on the sixth-seeded Buccaneers from Florida SouthWestern State in a highly-anticipated second-round game. Right from the beginning, it was apparent that the Buccaneers were hungry to knock off the defending national champions on their home court. The game was tight for a majority of the first half, with the Blue Dragons staying within 10 points, but after a

media timeout late in the half, things started to get ugly for Hutchinson.

Up 37-29 at the half, the Buccaneers did not slow their scoring in the second half, as they repeatedly knocked down

shots. Florida SouthWestern used its quick transition game and lethal scoring ability to put the

game to rest early.

After the first media timeout of the half, the Buccaneers were up almost by 20, and the Blue Dragons didn’t have enough firepower to get back in it. Hutchinson’s season was over 14 minutes later.

The Buccaneers shot an impressive 52.5 percent, while the Blue Dragons were held to 38.9 percent.
“Florida SouthWestern is well rounded, they run good offense, they play tough defense and it was tough to score out there,” Eck said.

Eck also stated that the height mismatch was difference maker and that the Buccaneers were no doubt the best team they’ve played all year.

The Blue Dragons graduate six sophomores this year- each of them playing vital parts on this year’s squad. However, Bandoo and Rhymes will go down as two of the best players in Hutchinson history. Rhymes finishes seventh in Blue Dragon leading scorers (1,295 points), while Bandoo finishes 15th (1,072 points). “I wouldn’t want to go out with any other group of guys,” Rhymes said in an emotional post-game interview. “We had our ups and downs, but their family that I wouldn’t want to trade for anything else, and I thank them for

that.

“I also want to thank God for giving me this opportunity, and I can’t wait to see what he

has for me in the future.”

All of the sophomores leave will leave HutchCC with 64 total wins, a conference championship and of course, the 2017 national championship.