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Are 8 a.m. classes too early?

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Justin Harris tries to stay in a group discussion during his 8 a.m. class, but he’s not a fan of the early start time.

By Brenna Eller
Editor-In-Chief

Early classes aren’t uncommon at Hutchinson Community College. Many students have had, or will possibly attend, an 8 a.m. class at some point if they haven’t already. Some may be dreading it, while others are used to waking up early.

Some colleges have already made it so that classes start later in the morning because the instructors worry about their students not making it to their class and were concerned with the lack of sleep they were getting.

Colleges that disagree with that idea believe early classes help students with time management and prepare them for future careers where they will have to get up early in the morning.

Simon Gadberry, a HutchCC freshman from Little River, described how he felt towards 8 a.m. classes.

“I like the class,” Gadberry said. “It’s a little early, but if you take something easy, that class gets you ready to take on the day.”

It is sometimes assumed that students who would rather have a later class instead of an 8 a.m. tend to slack off a bit more at their first class of the day and pay less attention.

Gadberry agrees to this statement saying, “Yeah they do, you can tell there is always that one person that walks in late and doesn’t put any effort into their work.”

However, there are also students who believe 8 a.m. classes are too early and shouldn’t be allowed due to being involved in sports and other activities on campus.

HutchCC student/athlete, Justin Harris, a sophomore from Louisiana, plays football for the Blue Dragons and admits that it is challenging waking up for his 8 a.m. class.

Harris said that this is his first 8 a.m. in college after transferring from Baylor, so he said  that he has a tough time staying awake in the class, even if he enjoys the material being taught.

When describing his feelings toward 8 a.m. classes, Harris said, “Words can’t even explain, they just suck.”

Consequently, Harris doesn’t think he performs as well as he would’ve if the class was later in the day.

“If I had to choose a good time to start class, my ideal time would be 10 a.m.,” Harris said.

New Hiebert in town

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

It was only last year when Page Hiebert was at Hutchinson Community College, playing volleyball under head coach Patrick Hall. Now, kid sister Eden Hiebert is at HutchCC, also playing volleyball for the Blue Dragons.

Growing up, the Hiebert girls often played on the same team under the same coaches, edging on their competitiveness on the court and against each other.

Although Eden was following in her sister’s footsteps, she had her own worries.

“One of my main concerns coming here was being compared to her as a player,” Eden said when asked about coming to HutchCC.

Eden and Hall discussed the situation before Eden even decided where she would play college volleyball.

“Coach Hall and I made a deal before I committed to play here, that he wouldn’t compare the two of us,” Eden Hiebert said. “He has kept his word, and I appreciate that so much.”

Coach has managed to keep Page’s name out of practice, focusing on the athlete he currently has on the court.

Eden has also felt the pressure of living up to her sister’s success. Page was just the 11th HutchCC volleyball All American in history, and seventh American-born All American.

So far, Eden is starting to make a name for herself. In seven matches played, Eden leads the Blue Dragons with 57 kills. She also has 41 digs and 10 blocks.

Eden also faced the challenge of moving from a small-town school, to HutchCC. Coming from Goessel High School, Eden was worried about the challenges she would face during the game. Moving from high school volleyball to college volleyball presented a change. Not only would the pace of the game change, but the hits would get harder and serves would get more challenging.

Growing up with an older sister close in age has not always been easy, but Eden has learned that there are worse things in life than being compared to an older sister.

“Page is an amazing athlete, and I think that I have actually benefited from being so close in age,” Eden said. “She is one of my biggest role models and I love her to death.”

There is not much stronger than a sister’s bond.

Activities plentiful for students on campus

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

By Jared Shuff
Staff writer

College activities let students interact and make connections with people they may not see on a daily basis. These connections could be vital in the future, or just be the start of an amazing friendship. Either way, these activities are experiences students will only have once.

The only problem – many students at Hutchinson Community College don’t even know these activities are going on. Students need to know how to stay updated on activities around campus and why they should be involved in them.

“College activities allow students to really build a connection with the staff, their peers, and the entire community,” said Ryan Diehl, HutchCC curriculum/program improvement coordinator. “There is much to be learned from being involved.”

Diehl is also head of the honors program.

Michelle Wortham from the Student Success Center also had some reasons as to why college activities are so important.

“They are a great way to develop interpersonal skills,” Wortham said. “Kids need time to expel energy in a positive way.”

However, the only way to reap the rewards of these activities is to actually go. Many students don’t know what activities are going on, let alone when they take place.

“We are relying mainly on emails and posters to spread the word,” Diehl said.

He said he believes that social media, especially Twitter, is the best place to start sharing activity information.

Signs for activities can be found across campus, and certain television screens also share information on upcoming events. Students can also keep track of their DragonZone accounts for additional information.

“We would be happy to hear other ways to keep students informed,” Wortham said.

One activity coming up is “Wellness Rocks!”, an 80’s/90’s themed Health and Wellness Fair on Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Reno County Heart Walk is also coming up on Sept. 29, where they will have a one-mile and a three-mile walk, a kid’s zone, snacks, free blood pressure tests, and even Zumba.

Students can visit Jolene Williamson in Human Resources to purchase raffle tickets for the heart walk. Tickets are a dollar each, or five for three dollars. Students have a chance to win a fire pit or a $50 gift card to a Hutchinson restaurant of their choice.

“We want students involved,” Williamson said. “The more we can do to involve students the better”

Later activities include Homecoming, a Halloween dance, Student Treat Day, and a Tacky Sweater 5K in December.

Collegian staff member auditions for ‘American Idol’

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Collegian staff writer Kat Collins auditioned for “American Idol” in Kansas City, Mo. Here, she poses for a picture with some new friends from St. Louis.

By Kat Collins
Staff writer

This past Sunday, “American Idol” came to Kansas City, Missouri, and hundreds of people came to audition.

I went to this event with big dreams, mainly being the childhood dream of making it big one day, and so did many more who came. My father and I drove about four hours to get to Kansas City and stayed at a hotel for three days.

On Saturday morning I packed my things and left town. Once we got to our destination, we checked into our hotel, put our luggage in our room, and left the hotel to go see Barney Allis Plaza. After 10 minutes of driving around looking for a parking spot, we went outside to check out our surroundings.

On one of the corners of the plaza there are some stairs that go up into a higher area in the park, but halfway up the stairs my dad realized that there was a wedding about start. So instead of checking out the place, familiarize my surroundings, we just left.

That night I woke up about 15 times to my father snoring, annoyingly loud. So, each time I waited about five to 10 minutes before waking him up to politely tell him to stop snoring so loud. Sadly, I didn’t get much sleep that night.

The next morning, I got up around 5:30 to 6, and got ready for the day. We headed out to the plaza. When we got there around 7, the line was halfway around the block.

While I was in line, I met a 16-year-old girl named Julia from, St. Louis. She was with her mom for the audition, and they were both very nice. Most people in line were very nice.  The only thing that bothered me was when I was in the four-lined group audition line, the people who were still in line for the security check started singing loudly a bunch of Katy Perry songs repeatedly. Which was disrupting, and distracting to the people who were auditioning.

Once I was in front of the audition line there was a lady guiding us to where we were going and to help calm the nerves. She pointed us to where we had to go, we sang our songs in front of an Australian producer. We all got a no, but he said to come back next year because we could all sing, but the competition is really hard this year.

I had a great time and I would definitely go back again if I had the chance.

Save money with ‘Honey’ app

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Campus Editor Pablo Sanchez will periodically write about money-saving apps that college students might find of use. This week, he writes about “Honey”.

There’s been a lot of talk about an app that is on the Google extension library only called “Honey”.

With “Honey”, you can get free coupons that will help with saving and is 100 percent safe, and will not slow down your computer.

“Honey” will tell you how long ago a coupon code was used, will scan through all the codes on the website that you intend to use, and will pick out the best one that is good for you.

Some websites may not have codes, so you can request it by the team who works for “Honey” and they’ll look into it.

“Honey” does not generate a code for you if one is already applied. “Honey” takes security seriously, and the only information they need is your name and email. You can link your social media information if you wish, if a code doesn’t work out it will be sent out to “Honey” to have it removed.

This app will turn orange in the top right corner when a code is eligible for use, and after going to check out on the website that is able to be used. It will show what codes are good and there is a search bar for this app to help find other places that do these.

“Honey” benefits everyone from college students, parents, and anyone else looking to save on money. “Honey” had a recent update that works with hotels, so instead of looking through expensive ones, the app will find the cheapest hotel.

Although there is a twist to this.

In order for you to use the hotel search, you have to buy something from the stores that they provide to you and they will give you anywhere from $2-$50 and you’ll get an exclusive key to use to find cheap hotels.

Overall if you are looking to find a fast and easy way to find coupons and want to save money and acquire more money in return, “Honey” is for you baby.

Q&A: Catching up with Badinage

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Neal Allsup

By Emily Fehrman
Social Media Editor

Hutchinson Community Colleges jazz group Badinage is a group of students lead by director Neal Allsup, the director of choral activities at HutchCC. After sitting down with him and a couple students to see what the Badinage is all about here’s what was found.

Neal Allsup

EF: How long have you been a jazz instructor?

NA: This is my 31st year.

EF: What kind of awards?

NA: The Downbeat Award is the biggest one yet. We have some pretty impressive credentials. Opened for Tyranny Sutton, for a lot of Grammy winners, like New York Voices, Manhattan Transfer, Take Six.

EF: What do they go through at these festivals?

NA: It’s like a mega classroom. I require them to go to workshops and classes. Getting instruction from professionals, Grammy winners and Grammy nominees. You could never have that type of intensity in a classroom. It gives confirmation that what they’re doing is awesome and at an extremely high level.

EF: What is the largest place you have performed?

NA: Carnegie Hall seven times, or maybe eight, I can’t remember anymore. Eight State of Kansas Music Conventions. These are things you have to submit audition tapes to. We have submitted stuff to the Jazz Entertainment Network conference, JEN.

EF: What kind of performances do you guys have this school year?

NA: Three or four each semester just here in Hutchinson alone. We’re singing with the Hutch Symphony in December. There’s no telling how many performances we’ll have because we get invitations all the time. However, we have too many limitations to do all of them. Limitations like travel funds and time.

EF: How hard is it to do this?

NA: This is the most challenging music; as a singing musician they will perform in their lives. Most of our “heroes” on the radio could never sing this stuff. Doesn’t mean that it’s better, it just means that stuff is basic, and this certainly isn’t. I believe that every music, no matter what, it’s about where it is serves it purpose to express what it means to be human.

EF: If you could say anything to those out there thinking about joining the group, what would it be?

NA: It would be a wonderful challenge. They aren’t going to have muscles that are sore, but it works their brain. It will work their character. Expect that, if you don’t dig that? It probably will be a chore to you. If you really dig a challenge and you’re not a quitter, that you have substance within you that says “I will persevere” then that’s a place for you.

Sara Schlicklau, Pretty Prairie Sophomore

EF: How long have you been in it?

SS: This sophomore year.

EF: How long have you been singing?

SS: Since I was little bitty, first time I remember performing was in 4th grade.

EF: How did you join?

SS: Emailed Neal for about a year, saw the group perform and decided I had to be apart of the group.

EF: How would you get the word out you guys exist?

SS: Have more of a social media presence.

Bailey Graber, Pretty Prairie Sophomore

EF: How long have you been in it?

SS: This is my second year.

EF: How long have you been singing?

SS: I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I grew up singing with my parents in church and fell in love with it.

EF: How did you join?

SS: I first heard about the jazz groups because my older brother was a part of it. I knew it was something I wanted to do after hearing them the first time. I contacted Neal and set up a time to meet with him and have an audition of sorts.

EF: How would you get the word out you guys exist?

SS: We try to hang up posters around school and places in Hutch to get the word out. It’s sad how many people, on campus even, haven’t heard of us, especially considering all the accomplishments these jazz groups have made through the years.

EF: How many times a week do you guys meet? How long?

SS: We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour and a half, which really isn’t a ton of time together, so we do a lot of practicing on our own outside of class time.

EF: How many performances this year?

SS: We have a few concerts that we do in the BJ Warner performance hall which are free to students if they bring their ID.   We’d love to have people come to these, and the others around the community!

EF: What do you need to do to join Badinage?

SS: To be in a jazz group, you have to first be in choir. There are choir scholarships available and so if you are in jazz you may just get a bit more money in your choir scholarship, and that counts for jazz. It’s just not separate. If there is anyone out who is interested, don’t hesitate to pursue it. It’s been an amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

D.C. – A trip of a lifetime

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Kat Collins
Staff writer

Coming in June, 2019 is a trip of a lifetime for Hutchinson Community College students to Washington. Students will visit famous buildings, monuments, memorials and museums in our nation’s capital for five days.

Some of the stops will be the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, and The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier. Plus, students will get the chance to tour Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon and Gettysburg.

Students will be traveling with Hutchinson Community College’s travel partner, EF Explore America. On this trip, students get round trip air travel from Wichita to Washington, breakfast every morning and two upscale group dinners. There will be a round-the-clock tour director, who meet the students who will enroll at the airport. There will be licensed Tour Guides for all your stops, A charter bus and driver, tips & gratuities, admission to attractions, dedicated security while you’re at the hotel, illness and accident insurance, 24-hour emergency assistance, and experienced tour leadership.

The college has limited the amount of the travelers to 42, and as of now there are 22 travelers set to go on this trip so far. The cost for this trip depends on how many people enroll for this trip. So, if the number of travelers going rises to 25, 30, or 35 people the price gets lowered.

This past May, Kristen Pearce, Logan Porter and Ben Hiebert had traveled with HutchCC to Barcelona, Spain, and are planning to go on this trip to Washington DC also.

As said by HutchCC business instructor Dan Naccarato ,“Travel is not only fun, it is the best way to learn and build self-confidence. The places we visit become part of who we are. They stay with us forever, whatever we do.”  This should be a great trip!

For all details and to enroll, simply visit our HutchCC Explore America group website, efexploreamerica.com/2152102DP

EF Explore America Travel Support Team phone number is (888)-333-9756

This app can net you Qapital gains

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Pablo Sanchez
Campus Editor

Editor’s note – Campus Editor Pablo Sanchez will periodically take a look at and review money-saving apps that could be of use to students.

There are tons of money saving apps out there, whether it’s using McDonalds, Subway, Sonic or financial aid.

At the Google Play Store, there is an app called Qapital, and the most important thing is that the app is free, doesn’t require a credit card and will keep track of your credit score.

Qapital will help you and give tips on how that works as well. Qapital keeps track of your spending and upcoming bills which will allow you to choose how you want to spend your money whether it’s going out to eat or traveling.

Qapital also has a desktop version as well, in which banking information is still saved and you’re able to print out spreadsheets, Qapital breaks down your spending for you and gives tips on how to learn to spend money wisely.

If there is a problem, customer support is quick and helpful. For college students it will make things easier, the process is simple and all you need to do is link your bank information and debit card.

The app will allow you to make plans to reach your goal, whether it’s going out to eat, traveling, getting out of student-load debt, or something else.

Setting limits to spend is always important as a student, and at the end of the week it will tell you how much money you’ve saved. Invite friends and get $5 for free. Overall, the app has weekly updates. The app can assist in direct deposit, too, so if you’re looking to save money, set goals and get good credit, Qapital is for you

High school vs. college security

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Jared Shuff
Staff writer

In today’s climate, it is nearly impossible to enter a high school without following the proper protocols. The doors remain locked, visitors must sign in and anything suspicious is immediately reported.

After experiencing these levels of security, students may be shocked by how open Hutchinson Community College seems to be. With the current rise of active shootes, students need to stay aware of safety protocols on campus. How do they compare with high school protocols?

Katherine Sheldon, a freshman from Hutchinson, had this to say about her high school security. “I mean, we would lock doors, and only have one entrance where you could actually get in. We didn’t really have any security guards, we just had the local police.”

The school would have drills every so often where the doors would be locked, lights turned off, and all the students would hide so they were not visible through the window on the door.

When asked about the comparison between HutchCC and her high school, she began to notice some possible issues.

“I mean, the doors aren’t locked, like, at all,” Sheldon said. “It’s easier to get into buildings and the teachers haven’t told us safety protocols for a situation like that.”

She said she assumes that students would follow the same protocols at a high school – lock the doors and hide. She doesn’t know for sure though, and that has her worried. She had a few ideas that she believes would make the campus safer.

“I mean, I don’t know if they have video cameras or anything like that in the hallways, but that would help,” Sheldon said. “Maybe make it more difficult for people to get into the buildings.”

Steve Dunmire, Lead Security Officer, shared some of his knowledge on the protocols here, as well as possible security measures that could be added.

“It can get sort of complicated since the students are adults and we can’t force a decision on how to act,” Dunmire said, describing the difficulties of an active shooter situation.

He has the ability to send alerts over the phone, but that can take a few minutes to reach everyone. According to him, the best way to respond is the “run, hide, or fight” response.

If you can escape campus, do so quickly. If not, find a room to hide in and barricade the door. You can kick out a window if the room has one and escape through it. As a last resort, improvise a weapon and fight your way out of the situation.

“Chairs and tables can make good makeshift weapons. Women’s purses can actually be a good source for improvised weapons. They are usually filled with all sorts of sharp objects,” Dunmire said.

Dunmire has his own ideas on how the campus could be made safer for situations like this.

“I’ve talked about having a campus police department, as well as adding more security cameras,” Dunmire said. “However, it all comes down to money.”

There is still a suggested safety protocol to follow in an active shooter situation, and all the information can be found on DragonZone.

“Of course, if they pick up a paper and read this article, that would definitely help,” Dunmire said.

Bringing comfort to campus: students need a special taste of home when moving to Hutchinson

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Editor-In-Chief

Any college can be intimidating or uncomfortable the first week or two. Going to a new school, city, state, or even country, adapting can be challenging to some who have troubles getting used to a new environment.

Each Hutchinson Community College student has his or her own way of coping and getting accustomed to campus.

For some, it could be bringing a favorite blanket, picture of a loved one, or even a stuffed animal that has gotten them through many of life’s difficulties. There are also students who are well-adapted to their surroundings and don’t necessarily need an object to ease them into a new atmosphere.

Rachel Lyons, a Newton freshman, has two items she brings with her when she travels.

“I bring my bear and sometimes my Winnie the Pooh blanket whenever I go to a new place” Lyons said. “I’ve had both for many years, the blanket ever since I was in preschool and the bear since I was 1-year-old.”

She said that they are both items she has had forever, so they make her feel more at-home.

Another female student living in the dorms who brings valuable items with her when she settles in a new place is Shaylei Davis, a Jetmore freshman.

“I brought a ton of pictures of my family and friends and a stuffed dog I’ve had literally my whole life,” Davis said.

Along with the pictures and stuffed animal, Davis shared that she brought a figurine given to her by her grandma that reminds her of her dog at home.

“It’s what I’m used to,” Davis said. “All the little decorations I have hold a reason behind, so they are special to me.”

Not only females take belongings from home with them to college, but male students do as well, although they seem to hide it better.

Justin McMurry, a Halstead sophomore, shared the memento he brings from home – a World War II blanket given to him by his uncle when he was 15.

“It’s nice, heavy, and makes me feel safe when I sleep,” McMurry said.

When asked why he is so fond of the blanket, McMurry said, “The reason I cherish it so much is because my uncle means a lot to me, and he originally gave the blanket to my dad, who then gave it to me.”

McMurry agreed that when it comes to being sentimental, men tend not to admit feelings of an item, whereas women generally don’t mind.

“Girls would rather have pictures, stuffed animals, and pillows, whereas guys normally have video games and trinkets they don’t like to talk about,” McMurry said.

Whether or not students bring items symbolizing home to the dorms, the point is to be comfortable. There are students who just need companionship or a daily routine to feel more at ease.

Others like these three students, like to bring mementos from home to feel like wherever they go, will become another home.