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Let’s get political: 2018 midterms

Friday, October 5th, 2018

By Jared Shuff
Staff writer

With midterm elections coming up on Nov. 6, it’s more important than ever to make your voice heard.

There are so many reasons why it’s important to vote, especially as a college student. This generation has the ability to shift the political balance, either way, if they would go to the polls.

Many students are disengaged from political issues, usually because of a distrust in the government or the feeling that their vote doesn’t really matter.

The votes of students are incredibly important. This generation will be the ones to live with whatever changes are made in our government. So, in an attempt to gain some interest before the registration deadline on Oct. 16th, here is a brief summarization of what a few candidates, who will be on the local ballots, stand for.

Kris Kobach (Republican Gubernatorial Candidate):

Education
Direct more money into teacher pay, book, etc.
Develop partnerships with trade schools

Welfare Reform
Provide hand up to less fortunate, not handouts
End welfare fraud and abuse
Create economic environment with high-paying jobs

Government
Enact term limits
Capping property tax appraisals
Low-tax and low regulation policies

Illegal Immigration
End in-state tuition for illegal immigrants
Stop providing welfare for illegal immigrants

Life
Protect, preserve, ensure culture of life in Kansas
Safeguard human life from conception to natural death

2nd Amendment
Safeguard right to bear arms
Preserve concealed carry

Laura Kelly (Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate):

Education
Invest in higher education, technical schools and job training programs
Fund K-12 Schools
Improve Student Mental Health

Economics
Support new industry that leverages our state’s strengths
Encourage rural growth and prosperity
Prioritize investment in Infrastructure

Government
Restore public confidence in Kansas government
Reinstating the Equal Protection for State Workers
Reversing the Adoption Discrimination Bill

Healthcare
Expand Medicaid
Reform KanCare (People over Profit)
Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights

Public Safety
Passing common sense gun legislation
Funding Public Safety

Paul Waggoner (Republican Representative of 104th District):

Education
Bring school financing to the vote of the people
More school choices for underprivileged students

Economics
Remove unnecessary regulations
Make Kansas a desirable place to start a business

Government
Reformation of Kansas Supreme Court Judge selection
Push for governmental transparency

Healthcare
Against Medicaid Expansion
Sanctity of Life and protection of the unborn

Civil Freedoms
Freedom of religious liberty and conscious rights
Freedom of self-defense/right to bear arms

Jason Probst (Democratic Representative of 102nd District and Hutchinson Community College alumus):

Economics
Create good climate for established local business
Find innovative ways to create jobs for neighborhoods
Make Hutchinson a great place to live, work, and start a business

Education
Adequately and equitably fund children’s education
Explore new teaching ideas that benefit students
Work with urban, suburban, and rural districts

Government
Elected Officials must listen to residents
tax policy must be fair and widely spread across the state’s residents
Redistricting must be handled by bipartisan committee

Healthcare
Medicaid expansion would have provided healthcare to 150,000 Kansans
Veto of the bill was “morally repugnant”
Expand Medicaid for families who can’t afford/employer doesn’t cover

Protecting Children
Programs designed to give children safe and stable environment
Investments will produce the next generation of Kansans
Take time now to help children so they prepared for the future

Students: register to vote

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Kat Collins
Staff writer

It’s that time of year for the elections, and this year, it’s the midterms.

The Kansas governor race is expected to be close between Republican Kris Kobach and Democrat Laura Kelly. Independent Greg Orman is running as a third candidate.

In the “KLC Journal” it was said “That the number of Kansans not voting could fill Kaufman Stadium 18 times.”

Midterms are generally not a popular time to vote. The amount of people not voting would be about Seven-Thousand  people if it was to fit the Stadium 18 times.  It was also said in the KLC Journal, “That about 45 percent of voters fail to show polls for general elections in Kansas.

Denny Stoecklein, director of marketing for Hutchinson Community College, was asked if the college was doing something to help students get registered, and he said, “This is something that has happened in the past and were checking with folks who were involved then to see what the process was. The opportunity to educate students on voter registration and providing the opportunity for them to do so is something the College would welcome and support.”

The college is willing to help students get what they need to know about the elections coming up in the future, and ot’s pretty much better to vote instead of not. So, if you want to vote go to the courthouse and get registered by Oct. 16, and then vote on Nov. 6.

SkillsUSA helping students for their future

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

By Tabitha Barr
Opinion Page Editor

Skills USA is an organization that started in 1965 to help students better prepare them for their future jobs.

Hutchinson Community college partners with Business and Industry to further the options students can pick from. Through meetings, meeting new people, and competitions, students can gain knowledge and learn what they want to do in their future.

There are more than 100 areas that students can compete in, giving a chance to any student who wants to participate. Their goal is to grant students the opportunity of new knowledge to become “world-class workers, leaders and responsible American Citizens.”

Students who join will get hands-on experience in an area they want to pursue. There are meetings with the whole team, or just a one-on-one meetings with John Pendergrass, who is the sponsor for Hutchinson Community College. These meetings consist giving the students their plan for the year to get them ready for the competition.

This school year’s competition is in April at surrounding Hutchinson areas, mainly the college campus.

During this, students will compete in what area they have chosen, whether that be culinary arts, welding and more. At competition, competitors show up, are given a name tag, locate the designated area based on what the competitor came prepared for, then take a written test to see what they know.

Afterwards, the student will then have to prove they know the material and can do it as well in hands on work.

“It’s not just a written test that you walk away from, you do the written test, and then you go out . . . and perform the task,” Pendergrass said.

The main reason this is important is because at these competitions, a student is most likely being judged by those who can hire them.

These people oversee students who are working hard and proving they can learn and become well knowledgeable in a field they would like to pursue. This is not only just a competition, but a chance to find a job.

If any student would like to join, the team is still open for recruits.

“It’s an ongoing thing,” Pendergrass said.

A student does not have to attend every meeting, but they do need to be a member. These meetings are good for information purposes.

Elections for positions will be held in the next coming months for students who want coordinate and help out the team. The membership does cost a one-time $7 payment before December.

Any student can join the Skills USA team, and it is not limited to certain majors. If a student has the drive to learn more about a specific field, they can do so through this club.

If a student would like to join, contact John Pendergrass to to become a Skills USA team member at pendergrassj@hutchcc.edu or (620)694-2443.

Wouldn’t it be nice to meet The Beach Boys

Friday, September 28th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Editor-In-Chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleep-deprived studentzzzz

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

By Jared Shuff
Staff writer

The lack of sleep affects not only educational success, but physical safety as well. Without the right amount of rest, people are at risk of multiple health issues. Exhaustion can even lead to dangerous situations if not dealt with proactively.

Many students are quickly nearing a downhill slide toward poor health and physical harm. It’s time for them to take an active role in their own sleep habits.

Students don’t always make the best decisions when it comes to their sleep habits. Late night studying, among other things, is one of the biggest factors in these habits. Some students don’t even get to bed until early morning.

Jon Reed, a HutchCC freshman from Hutchinson, says he usually doesn’t get to bed until 2 a.m., and wakes up around 6 a.m. That’s only four hours of sleep.

“I feel like s— when I wake up. Usually have to drink enormous amounts of coffee to get through the day,” Reed said.

Bralen Martin, a Hutchinson sophomore, follows a somewhat similar routine. Usually he’s in bed around 3 a.m. in the morning and up by 9 a.m.

While that’s a bit better, six hours is still not nearly enough to function properly throughout the day. Does he really feel like he is getting enough sleep?

“Sort of. I feel tired in the mornings, but usually wake up as the day goes by,” Martin said.

While “sort of” is better than not, it still goes to show that students aren’t getting enough rest. This can lead to some pretty scary incidents.

“One time I almost fell asleep while driving,” Reed said. “I started to swerve, but caught myself just in time.”

Falling asleep at the wheel is a serious problem, not just for the driver, but for anyone else on the road.

Sleep deprivation can cause lasting health issues as well, both mentally and physically.

Students who get less than seven hours of sleep are more susceptible to anxiety and depression. They are also at risk of weight gain or weight loss, increased blood pressure, and extreme irritability

Lasting effects include hypertension, diabetes and heart problems.

Students should work on prioritizing work and play, as well as designating a specific sleep schedule to keep them on track. It only takes a few weeks to set an internal clock.

Sleep is a necessity for everyone, especially young students. Sleep deprivation won’t just affect grades, but cause lasting health concerns.

Career Zone there to help HutchCC students find work

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

When going to college full time, some find it a tad difficult to find a job best suited for them. Or maybe they do not know the correct way to make a resume.

Some are coming into this having had a job in high school, and some are looking for a job for the first time ever. They might have had a different focus at the time. Either way, there are systems put in place to help achieve whatever goal students are trying to accomplish through Hutchinson Community College.

HutchCC has a service on the main website called Career Zone. It has helped so many students find jobs in the area that are perfect for them. The service helps students search and apply to local and national full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and internship opportunities. It also helps create and upload resume and career portfolio to make available for employers. Students can access event announcements, career advice documents, podcasts, videos and articles. HutchCC also has a work study program if someone is looking to get a job on campus.

When discussing the issue that is getting a decent job and going to school full time with student Brianna MacLean, a Belleville sophomore, she said that if you are wanting to work at a specific place, or have something in mind that is not restaurant or retail related, good luck.

After asking how difficult is it to snag a job while in school, MacLean said that it probably is not that hard, and that you could easily get a job at Walmart, or somewhere like that.

Trying to keep her grades up while working is always a struggle for her. MacLean also said how stressful it is trying to find a place to work in Hutchinson once the school year has already begun. MacLean said good places to apply would be hotels or any retail store. After August rolls around, all the decent jobs are taken, and you are forced to apply at fast food places.

“And no one has a good time doing either of those … ever,” MacLean said.

After asking if she had heard of Career Zone and what help it could be to the students of HutchCC, MacLean was shocked that she had never heard a thing about it.

 

Eight Tips from HutchCC counselor Debra Graber

1. Sometimes you just need a job to give you job experience. Someone to vouch that you are a capable human, other than your parents, teachers or coaches.
2. Find a part-time job, an internship that’s in an area of interest.
3. Apply at as many places as possible.
4. Develop a good resume.
5. Even if you haven’t had a job before you can put what experiences you’ve had, what things are you good at. You can have a resume without having previous job experience.
6. Don’t be picky!
7. Ideally if you could find a job that’s going to match up with some things you’ve done in the past then it’ll be more enjoyable to go to work.
8. Networking, ask instructors, friends, family members. A large percentage of jobs aren’t advertised! It’s word of mouth or recommendations.

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.

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.

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

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.