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Letter from the Editor to our Readers: Thank you

Monday, May 7th, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

The Hutchinson Collegian, over the course of the last two years that I have served on the staff, has changed massively, but not without the help and encouragement from our readers like you.

Coming into this new school year, The Collegian staff was, except for me, entirely new. Over the summer, I was so, so afraid that our newspaper would cease to exist without a staff or advisor but, not only did we survive, we thrived with our new brand new staff, most straight out of high school and our amazing advisor, Brad Hallier.

We want to thank our readers for picking up our papers, for the encouraging comments and for working with us when we pursue a story. Producing a weekly paper with a largely volunteer staff has not always been easy, but it always got done, and we have been continually proud of what we call our ‘weekly miracle’.

Next year, in a more fortunate turn of events for her, Brenna Eller will become editor of The Collegian, and many more current members of our staff will be returning, along with the many new students who have enrolled so far.

In addition to being a campus newspaper, we are a class. Behind these pages are students working to deliver what we believe to be important campus information and learning, sometimes for the first time, how to produce a proper story and design a page.

But our staff certainly did something right with our new education, collectively we brought home multiple awards of which we couldn’t be prouder.

But, without our paper boxes emptying out week after week, truly the newspaper would cease to exist.

So continue reading your college newspaper, tell our new staffers next year how well they’re doing, and feel free to provide recommendations and story ideas, of any kind. Encourage your fellow students or staff members to become a regular reader, and follow The Collegian social media.

The continued support of our readers means that some new journalism student will perhaps gain a larger passion for the career and continue to pursue journalism for a lifetime.

 

Thank you HutchCC: it’s time for me to move on

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The spring semester is coming to a close at last. This past year that I have spent at Hutchinson Community College has brought me a lot of tears, laughter and friends. The tears being from the huge amounts of stress that I am sure we all experience, and the laughter from all the wonderful moments I got to share with my friends, most of them being from The Collegian.
This will not be in any order, just the order that the names come to mind. Pablo Sanchez, the newest member on the staff, I don’t even know where to begin. He never fails to make my day and put a smile on my face. He is like the sunshine on a rainy day, cheesy I know. He has brought out a whole new bubbly side to my personality. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much in my entire life.
Also, It’s not Seth Roger, Pablo.
Amanda Carney, let me tell you, if you have not met her you need too. She is such a wonderful person, I know I can always count her to be there, just like she could count on me, especially when it came to me reminding her about homework and vice versa.
We all know about Brenna Eller and her misfortunes, but if you look past those not so great happenings, she is a wonderful person. She also has funny stories to tell us and some of them seem down right impossible, but the phrase “If there is a will, there is a way” fits perfectly because if there is a chance something wild will happen to her, it will. We also have the same taste in music, so that made last semester’s lab become our personal jam sessions.
Merissa, the jack-of-all-trades. She is the busiest person I have ever met. She could have a plate overflowing of things she needs to get done, and one way or another, she accomplishes it all. Merissa is an inspiring person, and she will do great things when she is off at Kansas State University. It will be different not having her on the paper next semester, but I know they will still produce amazing editions.
I am excited to see what the future holds for each one of us because I know we will all go on to do wonderful things. This may seem like a goodbye, and that’s because it is. I couldn’t think of a better way to do this so here goes. This will be my last semester at HutchCC, sadly to say. I have decided that I want more from life than just going to school, because well, school just isn’t for me. I have decided to pursue a different kind of dream, one that you don’t get staying in one place. I have decided that my time will be better spent in the U.S. Army. It took a lot of thinking to figure out what path I wanted to take, and I have made my final decision. I had a wonderful time working with such wonderful people on The Collegian staff. I have made some unforgettable memories that I will hold near and dear to my heart.

Emma Cox

 

 

Pocket struggle is real

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Do you ever regret wearing a certain pair of jeans because of the pockets? Whether it be from having the wrong size of pocket to having no pockets, only lines that should open as pockets, you surely have gotten frustrated from pockets at some point.

Pockets have been getting smaller and smaller. Some pockets aren’t even pockets, just lines that indicate where a pocket should be. What is the point of that?

Who thought, “Hey I have a great idea… fake pockets!”? Someone else had to have thought, “Brilliant!” Thus, the abomination on pockets was born.

Girls’ pockets are awful. If you don’t think so, you’re lying. Year after year, girls’ clothing like jeans, and shorts get worse in the design of pockets. This is because designers care more about looks than infrastructure.

Mens’ pockets are pretty great. They serve a purpose. To hold things like a phone, wallet, keys, and whatever else they want. With smart phones getting longer, it’s hard to have the perfect pocket, but at least they have decent sized pockets.

Girl pockets are like two inches in running/athletic shorts. What are you supposed to put in those? Chapstick doesn’t even fit in those pockets.

Some men’s pockets are strange and on the side of the pants, but at least they aren’t fake.

Whoever’s idea to put pockets on dresses is a genius. Not only do women not need to carry a purse with them everywhere, but now they have extra space in the dress to put a cell phone in or lip gloss.

So let’s stop talking about equality of rights, instead we should be discussing equality of pocket sizes. That is the real issue taking place.

 

Rainbow Six Siege

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

In my recent article, I wrote about “Fortnite” I mentioned a game called “Rainbow Six Siege”, and I am here to persuade you to buy or rent the game.

R6 is a game where your objective is simply to win and it’s a 5 vs 5 shootout game with 40 operates. Operates are characters in the game with an ability allowing you to use in R6. The game was made by Ubisoft, a company who makes tons of other games, such as “Assassin’s Creed”, “Watch Dogs” and “Tom Clancy’s The Division”.

R6 came out in 2015, but I got the game in 2016 and have been playing it ever since and I would like to add that there is a game mode called “Ranked’ to see how good you are or how trash you are.

There are several different placements in R6 and it goes from copper (being the worst) and I refuse to play with anyone who is copper because it means you are trash.

The highest placement is diamond and I’ve only achieved platinum 2 because the season was going to end and I didn’t even bother trying to reach it.

And of course “Ranked” isn’t for everybody and there is another game mode called “Casual” which basically is where you are put in a match with people who are either ranked or not ranked and you don’t have to worry about your rank dropping. There are, however, 3 different types of game modes and those are: “Hostage”, “Team Death Match Bomb”, and “Secure the Area”.

I prefer to play, “TDM Bomb” and “Secure Area”, because I know what I am doing.

In conclusion, R6 is a very fun and strategically set game that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Pablo

The Unfortunate Events of Brenna- My post-grad spontaneous Texas experience

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

For my final unfortunate-events story of the semester, I have decided to share an experience that only my best friend Rachel and I would have ever experienced in the history of the world.

It was our spontaneous trip right after of high school graduation. We saved up enough money so that we could drive to the Gulf of Mexico.

It was two days after graduation. We had just gotten extra money from friends and relatives. Thank you to my family members for all of the gift cards!

The only things that Rachel and I decided upon before the trip were to go to Texas and through Waco. We also wanted to go to the beach because I had never been and on the way back, the plan was to see some of my family members in Texas and go to the Dr Pepper factory. Yes, I love Dr Pepper that much.

My mom once lived in Corpus Christi when my grandpa was in the navy. She loved it there and shared stories that made me want to go there.

Rachel and I left around 10 a.m. for Texas. She drove while I navigated. We went from Wichita through Oklahoma City and then Fort Worth and Dallas. When we finally got to Corpus Christi, it was 4 a.m. We didn’t want to waste money, so we decided not to stop earlier.

The only hotel that would accept 18-year olds was a Motel 6, so that’s where we stayed. That night, there was a rain storm, which we documented.

In the morning, we decided it would be fun to find a beach and go swim. It was still pretty cloudy and gloomy out from the storm, and when we found a beach area, it wasn’t really what I expected. It was kind of trashy and there weren’t many people there. It didn’t take us very long to realize we were at an unpopular beach, possibly not a beach at all.

We decided to swim anyways.

Oh and I should probably mention that I forgot to bring a swimsuit on this trip. I know … classic Brenna! Any way, I figured it all out and we went to the salty water that didn’t produce very big waves. It was just an off day.

The next thing that happened will forever scar Rachel and I. We were just swimming in the ocean, minding our own business, when out of nowhere we were hit with a wave. This was no ordinary wave. No siree, this wave was stinging the ever living crap out of us. We thought it was rocks and at first in so much shock that we didn’t even move. When it sunk in that in fact, some sea creatures were stinging us, we freaked out and sprinted, as fast as you can in the water, to the shore.

I looked down at my legs and arms being pinched all over and there were these tiny, clear, blobs. They started dying being out of the water and I started feeling short relief, but they were everywhere, and I do mean everywhere.

I drove us back to the hotel where we washed the gross things off of us. Turns out they were baby jellyfish. I went in thinking I might get attacked and eaten by a shark and ended up getting shocked by jellyfish. Perfect …

On the bright side, Rachel and I still had a good time despite the many incidents that happened on the trip that would take more than a single column to write about and gave us a great story to tell our families.

Brenna

The Entertainment Pulse: The top three young adult novels that need a film adaption

Friday, April 27th, 2018

By Jack Greenwood
Columnist

There was a time when young-adult novels were box-office titans.
From “Harry Potter” to “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games”, these movies all dominated the film industry. Yet, the trend seems to be slowing down as young-adult novels have generated less and less revenue.
This week, I’ve chosen three young-adult novels that have yet to become big screen films, but might save the young-adult genre.
3. “The 39 Clues”
If you ever went to a book fair in elementary school, there’s a good chance you know this book series. Written by a different author with each book, the series follows a young sibling duo of Amy and Dan Cahill as they race around the world, solving puzzles and unlocking mysteries regarding their family’s secret history. Their entire family is divided into four separate houses, all competing against one another to find the treasure at the end of the mystery. Along the way, murder, stealing and heists, all make this series exciting to an audience of all ages.
2. “Among the Hidden”
What if it was illegal just to be alive? In this series, author Margaret Peterson Haddix creates a dystopian world showing us a drought and food crisis. As a result, a government illegalizes having more than two children, forcing kids like Luke Garner, into hiding and being referred to as a “shadow child.” This series of seven books seems like it could be a box office win (or a smash Netflix series) and fits right in with its dystopian themes.
1. “The Bar Code Tattoo”
“The bar code tattoo. Everybody’s getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity.” Perhaps giving us a look into the not so distant future, author Suzanne Weyn paints the story of a bar code tattoo, a marking on your skin that allows you to purchase things, and get access to certain places. But what happens if you say no? Is it just a form of control? What else does the bar code tattoo do? These are the questions that lead Kayla’s mindset in the novel as she escapes her home to avoid the tattoo. This series is full of suspense and fear and should fill any movie theater with a huge audience.

Trash game

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

“Fortnite”, when it first came out last July, used to be a really fun and free game before all of the updates made it trash.

Similar to “Minecraft”, but with guns, the objective in “Fortnite” is to be the last one alive and to kill other players.

I am a day-one player, and I have been playing “Fortnite” since it came out. Since then, Epic Games has made tons of changes, and a lot of them are garbage.

Possibly the only good thing that they did change was the map, but the thing that really has ruined the game is the number of micro-transactions.

It’s a free game, and I understand that people can spend their money however they want, but it’s ridiculous that so many people have been spending their money on “Fortnite cosmetics”, like character skins, just to look cool.

It is a waste of money and you should invest in a better game called “Rainbow Six Siege”, but that is another column for another day.

If you have wasted money on “Fortnite” I feel sorry for you. You should just delete the game and try to invest it into something that is worth your money.

Another horrible thing that is more of a glitch is called “double pump” it’s a glitch where you take your shotgun out and shoot and then switch back to your pickaxe immediately and then back to your shotgun and fire.

You do that back and forth and it’s basically cheating because you are shooting faster than any other player that is trying to kill you.

One last finally thing I would like to add is that there are colleges offering kids scholarships to play “Fornite” and it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

I don’t know why anyone would want to play this game or even support it. Just go play “Minecraft” and have fun with the screaming 12-year olds there.

The Unfortunate Events of Brenna: My near-death-by-choking experience

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Ever since I was little, I have had a problem with chewing on things that are not edible. In my life so far, I have swallowed two quarters, a heart-shaped locket, and a hard-boiled egg.

First, I will explain that I had no intention of swallowing any of these, only the hard-boiled egg that only went halfway down my throat because my mom had to dig the rest out. Talk about seeing your life flash before your eyes. I think I was seeing white light along with tears from crying. I was only seven or eight-years old at that time.

The other incidents were more of an accident. The first quarter I had swallowed was when I was with a friend, and her mom driving to the pool. I had candy in one hand and change in the other. Without looking I threw what I thought was my candy into my mouth and instead of tasting it, I just immediately gulped it down. It actually went down easily unlike the second quarter.

So this was a very stupid reasoning for swallowing the second quarter, because I was trying to show my friend how I had swallowed the first one by accident. So as I was showing her, I started laughing and threw the quarter in my mouth not meaning to swallow it. This time, the quarter wasn’t going down. I went into panic mode.

I didn’t have a drink with me so she asked her mom and I tried to force the quarter down with Sonic drink. It’s not as easy as it seems to sip out of a straw while choking on a quarter. I finally swallowed the quarter that felt more like a rock and took deep breaths.

The last near-death by choking incident was on a bus in elementary school. I was sitting next to another friend and we were talking about my necklace. It was a heart locket, and I was borrowing it from my sister. I was trying to open the clasp to see if there was a miniature picture inside, but it wouldn’t budge.

Then came the brilliant idea to open it up with my teeth. Just as I was opening it, the bus hit a huge bump, and down went the locket. You might be thinking there was a chain or something holding the locket, but I took it off to open the locket, so all hopes of getting it back were gone. And no, I did not find any of my swallowed objects.

On the bright side, I have come a long way since I was a kid and choke on foods less often, although I still seem to subconsciously stick things in my mouth. I will be drinking pop out of a can and before I know it, I’ve pulled the tab off and it’s in my mouth. That also happens with bottle rings. Sometimes I catch myself and think how stupid I was to do that and other times, my friends have to tell me what I just did.

Editorial: There should be age, term limits for those in Congress

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Social media and the many qualms that surround it has recently come into a blinding legal spotlight focusing on the possibility of users’ personal data being shared or sold to third party companies and advertisers.

Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook, then testified before Congress to address the issue of data breaches and, although the time could have been beneficial for the intently listening public, Zuckerberg was instead pelted with off-base, ill-informed questions from many elderly and middle-aged Congress members who clearly had no idea how Facebook or other social media platforms function.

This begs the question; at what point is Congress, of which the average age is nearly 60, out of touch with the younger generations whose futures they are shaping?

Plenty of video compilations of the ridiculous questions, and memes about Zuckerberg’s confusion have been created and shared across, you guessed it, social media. But one thing Congress didn’t seem to understand is that data that Facebook stores, is all willingly given by those who willingly join the platform.

Just as teachers and real-estate agents have to continually build knowledge and stay updated on the current events, why are members of Congress not held to the same standards?

There are plenty of issues that could and should be addressed about social media platform but unfortunately, these people were in no way qualified to ask such complex questions about a subject that they seemingly did not comprehend.

How do we fix this? There’s not one simple answer. Many have suggested age or term limits for members of Congress. But then where would be the cut-off be for discriminating on age in other careers?

Others have suggested passing a test on current events and trends every year. This is perhaps more plausible and non-discriminatory. The fact is, that a Congress more than 40 years older than the incoming adults, cannot make the best decisions for those who are the future of America. But, maybe no age limits or tests should be put in place. Perhaps the younger generations who are annoyed the with competency of Congress should instead take action and elect younger officials who better understand current technology and who can make better decisions and ask better questions about their future.

Broken-down cars, expenses and finals makes week sressful

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

This week has been absolute hell when it comes to dealing with my car.
They say “three times a charm”, and in my case, that is false in a way because my second car is still running, but it has major issues.
Before we get into what is wrong with car No. 3, let’s look back to my first pride and joy, my Ford Escort.
The Ford Escort was the first car I ever owned, and I was so proud when I got it because I used my own money that I worked hard to earn. Elwin (the car’s name), lasted a whole summer before it had enough of me. One day my sister, our cousin and I were doing what teens did in Kingman, driving around town blaring music way too loud and having a good time.
We got down to the park to a random intersection that I had to stop at to let another car go by and that was a mistake. I hit the gas to go and Elwin said, “No.” At first, I thought it was my battery, but I realized that it wasn’t the battery because all the lights still came on.
The three of us pushed Elwin out of the roadway and got ahold of my parents. My parents pushed my car to the shop, only to find out the timing belt broke and the repair would cost almost $800 to fix. I didn’t have that kind of cash, so we just handed my car off to one of my co-workers, so they could fix it up and do with it what they wanted to.
Car No. 2. Surprisingly it is still running. That poor thing has more than enough issues and it is still hanging in there.  The shocks need replaced, the transmission is starting to go, the engine light will not go away no matter all the repairs, the battery was giving us hell but with a replacement it is working just fine now. The sunroof broke and won’t open anymore, the radio eats CDs every so often but thankfully it spits them out. The oil leaks bad and that has been fixed once before. And don’t get me started on the awful gas mileage.
All-around, this car has had it rough but I know its there if I need it.
My sweet, sweet Kia Optima came into my life about a month ago. Not only was I blessed with a car, but in purchasing the Kia, I helped the previous owner pay for his college diploma that he hasn’t been able to get his hands on for almost a year since he graduated.
Needless to say, it made me feel good about getting the car.
When I first got it, the alignment wasn’t, and still isn’t, the best. It pulls to right badly.
On Tuesday, I took it to an alignment shop in Hutchinson, and I get a call from the guy who looked at my car and he said that I need to get both of my struts replaced, and both of my front tires replaced before I can get the alignment.  All together costs, $688.
I do not have that kind of cash to spend, with the tag due at the end of the month. My stress has increased so much with finals just around the corner and adding the car expensive on top of it all has in fact made this hell week and hell week is going to turn in to hell month real fast.

Emma Cox