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HutchCC theatre students headed to Iowa for competition

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Jack Greenwood
Staff writer

Winter break is coming up, which means most students will use that time to detox from the stresses of the semester and spend time with family. However, a handful of students from Hutchinson Community College’s theatre department will be finding scripts, rehearsing scenes, preparing portfolios and presentations and perfecting performance pieces.

In January, four students will be competing for the prestigious Irene Ryan Scholarship at the region give American College Theatre Festival. The festival is an opportunity for theatre majors to be submerged in their craft and work on improving through workshops and competitions.

To compete for the scholarship, the productions that HutchCC put on had to be entered and judged. A judge would then choose two of the actors to compete, whom he felt exceeded performance quality. For their performances in the September’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” students Jack Greenwood, Valley Center, and Gabby Hernandez, Hutchinson, will compete. They are joined by nominees from the November production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” Jocelyn Reed, Hutchinson, and Isaac Glover, Hutchinson.

In addition to acting, students also can also explore stage makeup, costumes, playwriting, directing, stage managing, set design, dance, lighting and sound design.

Greenwood will be competing in the acting competition but has also written a 10-minute play that has been submitted for consideration for scholarship, and will possibly receive a staged concert reading.

Reed will be competing in acting and stage managing.

“It’s an honor to be representing a college that really values the success of its students and understands the importance of live theatre,” Reed said. “Theatre can expose people to different walks of life and social issues. It teaches us how to be empathetic to the plights of those different from us.”

Each acting nominee will take a partner to act with them in the competition. Partners include Dylan Kramer, McPherson, who will be Greenwood’s partner, Hannah Gomez, Hutchinson, who will be Glover’s partner, Lauren Couchman, Newton, who will be Reed’s partner and Alex Acosta, Hutchinson, who will be Hernandez’s partner.

“It’s an exciting to have this opportunity, I’m thankful,” Acosta said.

“I’m excited to get to do the workshops and to make connections,” Couchman said. “I’m also really excited to compete with Jocelyn in the Irene Ryan competition, it will be interesting to see how far we get.”

The festival also an opportunity to make professional and school connections. HutchCC students fall into region five, which consists of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Most four-year colleges will be represented at the festival and have recruitment opportunities for students.
The festival also attracts theatre professionals from across the country, including Broadway. This year, famed playwright Neil Labute will be a part of the festival.

Some schools also enter their shows to be transferred to festival and will be performed again in Des Moines.

“Last year, the festival gave me the opportunity to bond with the people who are now my best friends, so I’m excited to see how the new students enjoy it,” Hernandez said. “It also helped me realize that I want to be involved in theatre for the rest of my life.”

Spreading kindness around campus

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Emma Cox
Campus Editor

The simplest things in life can make someone’s horrible day into an amazing day.

There has been a ‘Kindness Card’ making its way around the Hutchinson Community College campus, lifting students and faculty spirits.

Sophomore Alicia Snyder came across this card in Stringer Fine Arts Center on a seating bench. “I had saw the card and wondered who had left something behind, or whose it was, so I looked at it and I saw it said ‘To whoever picks this up’ so I took it,'” Snyder said. “It made my day so much, and not only that, but it made me want to do something like it as well.”

The contents of the card are not to be revealed unless you find the card yourself, but Snyder loves the idea of it.

“The idea of kindness is something I try to stick to,” Snyder said. “If you do something nice it makes others want to do something nice as well. Just like the pay it forward movement.”

It’s not hard to be a kind person and make someone’s day. Simply giving someone a compliment like, ‘You look nice today.’ or even holding the door open for someone, can put a smile on their face.

“Kindness is something everyone should practice. Kindness is infectious and we should spread it.” Snyder said.

Whenever you get the chance, spread your kindness in any way possible to make someone’s and possibly your own.

Alumnus of HutchCC now in Kansas House of Representatives

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Amanda Carney
Online Editor

It all started in early June when Patsy Terrell died. Kansas District 102 in the House of Representatives no longer had a representative. Jason Probst then stepped up and took on a whole new role. Probst became the new representative of the Kansas District 102 in the House of Representatives in June.

Probst had a lot to learn before the legislative session began.

A Reno County native, Probst attended Nickerson High School and later attended Hutchinson Community College.

“HCC provided me with a better education than any other school I have attended,” Probst said. “I had professors who believed in me, invested time and energy in me and made me feel like I had something valuable to contribute to the world,”

At age 19 he was expecting his first kid, a daughter, Erica. He later had a son, Mitchell, who is a current HutchCC student. Probst knows all about hard work and providing for a family.
Probst was long-time journalist and opinion writer at The Hutchinson News before becoming a politician.

Amanda Carney: How do you get more you people interested in voting, especially in non-presidential elections?

Jason Probst: This has been a difficult challenge. Voters seem to get excited about presidential campaigns, when in truth those local elections – city council, school board, state representatives – have a much more direct affect on voters’ lives. My approach is to help people understand how important these elections are to them, and how much more weight their vote carries in local elections. There have been elections here in Hutchinson that have been decided by fewer than a dozen votes.

AC: What can improve the relationship between politicians and the media?

JP: I think there needs to be some effort on both ends to make the relationship less adversarial. The relationship between the media and politicians is like any relationship – it needs to be fair and mutually respectful, and it requires nurturing from both sides. In this position, I will make mistakes. I am certain I’ll do something, or support something, unpopular. I’d hope that’s not the only time I hear from the media, because I feel like I’m doing a lot of positive work as well – much of which will likely go unreported. On the other side of things, politicians need to fairly recognize that journalists have a duty to keep the public informed, and that they’re simply doing their job, which is also very important to a free society.

AC: How important is it to fund public education?

JP: It’s vitally important to fund education. If we don’t properly educate and invest in the next generation of producers, business owners, leaders, caregivers and workers, we are asking for trouble in the future. We need to have honest, and difficult, conversations about what that education looks like going forward and how to balance those costs with all the other demands on taxpayers, but there should never be any question that education is an investment in the sort of future we hope to see – and we’ll most likely get what we pay for.

AC: What challenges do you you face being a rookie politician?

JP: There is a steep learning curve, that reaches into a variety of areas. I’ve had to consume a great deal of information from a number of people who have expertise in different professions. I’ve had to learn how to manage a very intense schedule – one that includes attending public events, reaching out to constituents, meeting with people who work in state government, and other community leaders who can talk to me about what’s going on in our community. Also, since being a legislator is considered a part time gig, and the pay matches, I’ve had to put a lot of effort into finding various contract jobs to provide some income to pay my bills. But I never expected it would be easy, particularly if it’s to be done the way I think it ought to be done.

AC: What shaped your political views?

JP: My life. I grew up relatively poor. Neither of my parents graduated high school, so the idea of going to college was a foreign idea in our household. By 19, I was about to be a father. I worked in a restaurant and made very little money.

I didn’t have health insurance. I worked like crazy to make enough money for my young family, and we often didn’t have enough. I worked jobs I didn’t like. I sometimes worked two jobs I didn’t like.

In those early days, we relied on public assistance to get by, to provide food and health care for my child. But over time, things got better. I attended college in the evenings, and worked my way into a better career.
Over the years, I feel I’ve more than repaid the help I received early on – and that early investment in my family likely changed the course of my life, and the lives of my children in a positive way. All of those experiences shaped the way I see the world.

I know firsthand how difficult it can be to keep your head above water, and I know how hopeless it can feel when year after year all you’re doing is working to survive. I’d like to help people have better opportunities to thrive, and create ways for more people to find more wealth.

This, I think, is what creates a more robust economy in which we all can participate and prosper.

Women spend more on shoes? Times have changed

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Brenna Eller

Opinion Page Editor

The myth that women buy more shoes than men is out the window now.

Since Michael Jordan’s sneakers, Air Jordans, it seems that guys are inclined to buy more athletic shoes than women are to buying high heels. In fact, the thought of women purchasing pumps is inaccurate in today’s society as well. Many women pay for comfort over fashion now.

A student at Hutchinson Community College is one of many guys that own several pairs of athletic shoes. His name is Taylor James, from Jetmore.

“I started buying shoes senior year of high school,” James said.

He is now up to about 20 pairs. Athletic shoes have also become very expensive lately.

“My favorite brand is Nike,” James said.

Stated on, in an article titled: The World’s Most Valuable Sports Brands, Nike shoes are one of the highest athletic brand names, and range from $80 and higher if they are brand new. James bought a pair of Gold Jordan 11’s/ retro shoes for $200. It may sound like a lot, but there is much higher than that, price wise.

Ever seen or heard a guy freak out about his new shoes getting dirty or wet? It is common with high school and college males to get upset when they have a spot of dirt on their brand new Jordans. With shoes being so expensive, it is no wonder men feel the need to take care of them like they are their pride and joy.

However, this isn’t directed to all males in this age range. There are also guys who couldn’t care less and have about two or three decent pair of shoes and for cheap prices.

Another HutchCC student, Dusty Page from Little River, shared his views on buying shoes. Unlike James, he prefers purchasing his shoes via thrift stores and second-hand stores.

“When I buy shoes, I think about the price and don’t normally spend over $50 because I like bargains from Goodwill or discount racks in any shoe store,” Page said.

Women still tend to purchase a large sum of shoes, but not as much as they used to according to

The web site states, “Women’s sales are shrinking as men’s continue to rise, in both revenue and number of pairs sold.”

When there are so many new athletic shoes being made, it is hard for some to resist the temptation of buying the newest, coolest thing. Catalogs, magazines, and commercials make new shoes harder to stay away from. There are several categories that shoes fall under, that being said, it is common to have shoes for any kind of sporting event or outdoors activity.

Whether you are the male who pays a good sum of money for a pair of brand new Nike’s and cleans their shoes often, or are the one that has only a few pairs of shoes, but pays less than half of what the other does, shoes are shoes, it just depends on the person wearing the shoes.

Cheating on finals: a widespread problem

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Merissa Anderson

Collegian Editor

Winter break is less than a week away and while most students would rather be celebrating the end of the first semester of this school year, many are instead busy hitting the books before the college hell week packed full with finals for every class.

Of course, as many students and teachers would agree, the undeniably best way to confidently pass your finals is to review past exams, show up to class throughout the semester and to thoroughly study notes before the final exam.

Despite these option, cheating is still extremely prevalent in today’s college sphere with nearly 75 percent of college students admitting to cheating according to a study by The Boston Globe.

Student Perspective

Hutchinson Community College student and football player, Ta’Juan Williams of Daytona Beach, Florida, has seen the creative ways that students cheat on homework and tests in college.

“I’ve seen some crazy stuff,” Williams said.  “I’ve seen teachers look straight at a person while the person is throwing up the answers with their hands from across the room and then look straight at the teacher and the teachers aren’t even paying attention.”

Williams doesn’t support cheating but sympathizes with those who are cornered into doing so.

“People cheat for their grade,” Williams said. “Not everybody is that same and not everybody has the mentality to sit in a classroom and learn like everybody else does.”

Despite understanding students’ reasoning behind cheating, Williams in no way encourages it.

“I’m not saying it’s a good thing to cheat, but say you don’t know nothing at all, you’re not very talented in the classroom, then what’s your options?” Williams said. “You can either bomb the test or try to pass it by cheating.”

Williams also warns students of the repercussions that come along with cheating on college work.

“Getting kicked out of college for cheating isn’t anybody’s fault but yours,” Williams said. “If you don’t get caught, you’re going to feel very guilty about that but suck it up and say ‘hey, I got away with it this time but maybe next time I won’t have to do it and maybe next time there won’t be a next time.'”

Ultimately, Williams recommends that students simply buckle down and study so they won’t have to spend winter break regretting their decision to cheat.

“Just study,” Williams said. “Study hard and put the electronics down and get into your books. It’s finals week and you get to go home for a whole month and there ain’t no sense in reminiscing a whole month about what you coulda, woulda, shoulda did. If you want to cheat, don’t cheat – study. It’s the hardest thing to do but you’ve got to have that attention span to pass.”

Staff perspective

If studying isn’t making the class material easier to understand, then the free tutoring services in the Rimmer Learning and Resource Center may be able to assist with understanding what will be on the finals.
Kimberly Shea is a HutchCC paraprofessional and part-time math instructor and oversees the math tutoring lab.

Apart from the usual cellphones used for cheating, Shea has also witnessed a variety of creative ways that students have tried to get away with cheating.

“We’ve had a student come in with problems written on pieces of paper and we asked them what they were and he said that they were problems that he made up and he just wanted to see if he could work through them but they were actually from a take-home test,” Shea said.

“We’ve had students that would try to write on their arms or write in on their caps and act like they’re thinking and flip the cap over or slip their sleeve up.”

With the amount of work that it takes to cheat, Shea recommends simply studying.

“First of all, cheating takes a lot of effort because you have to be very creative and you spend a lot of time doing that,” Shea said. “I would just recommend, rather than cheating, spend time going back through all of the old homework assignments and exams and coming to our math lab and getting some help.”

If a student does choose to cheat during finals or any other time during the school year and gets caught, punishment could range from a zero on the assignment to being expelled from college.

“Students can get an automatic zero on exams and really it’s up to the teacher’s digression,” Shea said.
“If you take it over to the president they could be removed from the college and expelled which means they would lose their scholarships and be kicked out of the dorms in a worst case scenario.”

Athlete of the week, Nov. 19-25

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Jada Mickens, women’s basketball

The week: Mickens had quite the week in leading the Blue Dragons to a pair of Jayhawk Conference victories. The Liberal freshman first had eight points, five assists and 20 rebounds in a 63-53 win against Coffeyville, and then she had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-62 win against Neosho County.

The season: Mickens is averaging 12.4 points and 11.4 rebounds a game.

It’s time for students to return or sell back textbooks

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

By Emma Cox

Campus Editor

As the semester come to a close, it’s time for students to return textbooks to the Hutchinson Community College bookstore.

Main campus buyback hours: Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no buyback available to students on Friday.

McPherson Buyback hours: December 6th 2 pm – 6 pm.

Newton buyback hours: December 7th 2 pm – 6 pm.

The students that will be attending buyback and wish to sell their books to Nebraska Book Company for cash will need a photo ID.

If you are a distance student who would like to sell your books back to the company, you are required to send an e-mail to with the title, author, edition, and ISBN number of the books you are interested in selling back as well as your name and student ID number.

If you are on a book scholarship, you are required to return your books to the HutchCC Main Campus Bookstore by 4 p.m. on Friday December 8th as stated in your Book Rental Contract. If they are not returned by this time, you will be charged the full purchase price of the books. Your book scholarship paperwork (contract and receipts) and student ID are also required. Scholarship students cannot sell their books to Nebraska Book Company.

If you are a book-rental student, you are required to return your books to the HutchCC main campus bookstore by 4 p.m. on Dec. 8. You can turn your books in as late as Dec. 15, but you will be charged an additional $50 late fee.

Book rental students cannot sell their books back to Nebraska Book Company.

Busy bees: Resident Assistants on the go at HutchCC

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

By Brenna Eller

Opinion Page Editor

On visitations and check in days for Hutchinson Community College, the Resident Assistants usually help show future students around campus and help them get their rooms situated. But that’s not all the RA’s do.

They are also very involved in the activities on campus and often run certain clubs.

There are currently 22 RA’s at HutchCC and each is assigned a resident hall to watch over. You know when the popcorn burns and residents are supposed to evacuate the dorms? Well the RA’s get to report it and make sure everyone is out of the building.

Resident Assistants are sophomores who characterize a responsible, achieving student and are the “role models” on campus.

Both Elland Hall and Kent Hall have RA’s living in the buildings. The Resident Assistants are to make sure that the rules of the dorms are kept and are being followed.

Another task RA’s do is help residents get back into their rooms if they get locked out. The numbers for the Resident Assistants are shared in your dorms in case you need to call the RA on duty. Or they usually have an RA sticker on their dorm doors.

Lane Wiens is an RA for Kent Hall. He is also the president of the Student Government Association on campus.

“As an RA, we are responsible for all of the residents on our floor and we also encourage our residents to go to the different activities that the Campus Activities Board and the dorms promote, such as bowling at The Alley, Homecoming activities, and a variety of others.”

With such a busy schedule, one might think Resident Assistants are overloaded with tasks. Lane Wiens said,”No, it’s really not too bad. Sometimes it may seem like a lot to do, but it really isn’t.”

As mentioned earlier, the RA’s deal with fire alarms quite often. Some caused by burnt foods, candles, and other hazardous items. Wiens gave his input on what his job is during those fire alarm drills.

“When the fire alarms go off, it is our job to try and get everyone out of the building as quickly as possible and keep them out of the building until the fire department or the adult on duty says we can go back in,” Wiens said.

There is a lot of responsibility held on the RA’s shoulders, so they deserve some appreciation from time to time.

Athlete of the week: Jerry Jacobs

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Athlete of the week, for Nov. 5-11

Jerry Jacobs, football

The week: Jacobs helped the Blue Dragons finish the regular season in a positive way, as he had five tackles, an interception and a pass broken up in Hutchinson’s 27-6 win at Dodge City. Jacobs also returned a blocked field goal 86 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Jacobs has 33 tackles this season for the 7-4 Blue Dragons, who finish the season Dec. 2 in the Salt City Bowl against Eastern Arizona.

Campus bookstore offering donuts, coffee rest of semester

Friday, November 17th, 2017

By Jack Greenwood
Staff writer

To college students, time and food are perhaps the most valuable things in life.

Now, students have access to a quick, easy and delicious breakfast. In the campus bookstore, Daylight Donuts and coffee are now available for students until Dec. 6.

“We saw a need for students to grab something quick on their way to classes,” said bookstore staff member Jacqueline Eaton. “So far, we’ve sold 100 percent of the donuts we provide, and about 70 percent of the coffee. It’s been so popular, we are discussing bringing it back next semester.”

Currently, only students who are on a meal plan and live on campus have access to a breakfast provided by the college in the dining hall. A few years ago, there used to be a café inside the library that sold coffee, smoothies and baked goods, but it has since gone under.

However, students seem to be pleased with the donuts and coffee provided in the union.

“I think it’s a good thing for students that need a quick boost in the morning” said HutchCC student Dylan Kramer, McPherson. “I haven’t been down there yet, but I’m excited to try it.”

Should the donuts and coffee prove popular, more options could be on the horizon.

“The campus store staff had discussed offering frozen breakfast sandwiches, cereal, milk and a whole number of things but finally settled on coffee and donuts because of the cost to our students,” Eaton said. “As long as there is an interest in this by both students and staff, we would love to expand this. Into what yet, we are not quite sure.”