Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Our view: Crazy Hutch Drivers

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

As the Kansas State Fair continues, you expect the busy streets, crazy drivers and inconveniently closed off areas to come along with it right?

What about when the fair is over?

Then we will go back to the drivers who never use their blinkers or don’t watch out for pedestrians as often as they should.

Granted, there are many students who feel it would be fine to be hit as long as they get their tuition paid for. You know who you are.

Well, how about if you get seriously injured because someone really wasn’t paying attention on Plum Street or at the crosswalks from the dorms to campus? You wouldn’t be too happy then.

Something has to be said about the crazy drivers here in Hutchinson. It’s ridiculous sometimes.

There are even drag races, which take place at night where people love showing off their fancy cars that go super fast and almost get them totaled in the process. What common sense is that?

Have you noticed how many people don’t use their blinkers in this town, well it’s quite a few.

Whatever happened to the common courtesy of letting the person behind you know what you are doing?

Not to mention, signaling people in the other lanes that had no clue you were going to swap into their lane all of a sudden.

Another trait of the average crazy Hutch driver is that they seem to think they can beat you when a two-lane road turns into a one lane.

Come on, just wait a second instead of passing to speed up then switching lanes right when the road cuts off making the person directly behind them slam on their breaks.

So for every Hutchinson driver reading this, please, for everyone’s safety and sanity, please use good driving etiquette! We understand you might be in a hurry, but you will arrive at your destination faster if we don’t get into a wreck.

Unpopular opinion: the great Nike ad debate

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Rachel Lyons

When Nike announced its newest advertisement, which aired on September 6, featuring a Colin Kaepernick voice over, the public went crazy. Many were not happy that Kaepernick, who started the trend of athletes kneeling during the national anthem, was being given a public platform to speak, and possibly promote his actions. The naysayers are, however, forgetting a few key factors as to why Nike would pursue this advertisement.

The biggest factor is Nike’s sense of social responsibility, which is not well developed. In simple terms, social responsibility is like a code of conduct between an individual and society that tells how the person believes that one should act as a unit of the society it contributes to.

Nike has refused to uphold those standards with their influencers. That’s where I draw the line. “Business Insider” writer Max Nilsen summarized my opinion on this situation in his 2013 article “How Nike Solved its Sweatshop Problem”.

“Transparency doesn’t change ongoing reports of abuses, still-low wages, or tragedies like the one in Bangladesh.” This situation may not be related to sweatshops, but no matter how transparent a company is with the public, there is no way to change reports of unattended issues. Nike has faced issues like this since 1996’s Eric Cantona situation, yet they kept him on board.

For these reasons my “unpopular” opinion is that Nike needs to put more effort into social responsibility and ethics. As a Business major, I find it to be irritating when mainstream brands fail to uphold the values of the consumers, even if this failure draws more customers to small businesses.

I understand that a veteran wrote a letter to Kaepernick suggesting that he kneel during the national anthem, as opposed to sitting on the bench, I understand that he feels that the American flag oppresses the minority that he belongs to, but I don’t think that Nike should be utilizing Kaepernick as an influencer.

I was struggling to understand why many of the people I follow on various social media platforms had chosen to convert to only fair-trade fashion. I get it now, there aren’t issues like this with those brands, in fact, many employ women who are survivors of horrible incidents. Nike is wagering on the younger demographics of the country purchasing its products and the truth may be that those younger demographics do continue to purchase those products, not because they choose to go against social responsibility and ethical behaviors, but because they are unaware of the importance of being an educated consumer.

Overall, I believe that we need to push brands to uphold socially responsible and ethical values.

I think that it’s time we put a bit more of a good faith effort into supporting small businesses and show big name brands that we, as consumers, will stand for what we believe in. It’s also time that we educate our children and grandchildren about the importance of being an educated consumer and knowing the importance of social responsibility and ethics. If we don’t educate about these key factors, we risk having more scandals in the future.

Rachel Lyons is a Newton freshman studying business administration

The Women’s Corner: Kickbutt female characters that inspire me

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Growing up, everyone finds a person to look up to. For most up us, it’s our parents, grandparents or friends. But the physical people in our lives aren’t the only inspiration that influence our personality. There are tons of movie and TV characters of empowering women who can brave the big bad world. They have especially influenced me and my view upon how to handle myself. Here are my top three favorite movies/shows with kickbutt women that inspire me.

“Charmed”

The first is a show that I used to watch as a little girl with my mom. She would watch it in the early mornings before school and would sometimes let me watch along with her. It is a show about three sisters who find out they’re witches, and end up saving the world on multiple occasions.

Yes, it is a fictional story about witches, but they go through life’s struggles like any of us ‘normal’ humans do. I personally related more to the character Piper because she was the quieter one of the sisters, but always had an important story to tell. Piper fights so hard for a life where things don’t get in the way of her happiness, but through that journey she learns that life has many roadblocks, but if you fight like hell, you can power through.

That for me, was everything growing up because even through the trials you fight through, can be overcome with hardwork and perseverance. Piper taught me to never stop fighting, because it pays off.

Marvel

The next group of female characters that have given me the power to keep fighting are actually apart of a huge company all together.

Marvel has given life to many female characters that can definitely hold their own like Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and all of the women in Wakanda. If the word “kickbutt” was to describe anyone, these are the ladies that conquer it with a day’s work.

These women are everything I wish I could be – mentally and physically strong, decisive, quick-witted, smart and courageous. Their pasts aren’t all rainbows, but from that, they have pushed past feeling sorry for themselves and made their own path in history. I don’t have words for how amazing they are.

Whenever something has gone wrong, or tragedy has struck, I picture them and how they would handle the situation. It may sound stupid, but it works.

“The Bold Type”

My final set of characters that push me to be my best self are from the “The Bold Type”. This is a present day show that follows three best friends, and their paths through life and their jobs working at a famous magazine company.

Not only does this show have empowering women, but they have empowering careers that are soaring.

If I was to recommend a show to watch with your BFF, this is the show that can make you laugh, cry and become closer. It showcases life’s struggles for women, but gives ways for pushing through. After I watch an episode, I truly feel like I can fight anything the world throws at me. I am a huge believer that movies and TV shows impact how you act and the paths you take through life. These characters are very special to me because they have all become apart of me.

I hope that sharing my story can lead others to their inspirations of empowering women. We can all have, and be them.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying Media Communication and Production

Column: The Women’s Corner: How I stay safe on campus

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Tabitha Barr, columnist

As a first time freshman here at Hutchinson Community College, there’s a lot that I had to do to prepare. But there was one basic principle that I completely ignored and is vitally important. As a female in a new environment, I need to be more aware of my surroundings, especially in a setting that is predominately male.

Where I park on campus is a bigger deal than most people think. Most of the time, the student union parking lot is completely full. The next place people usually head to is the parking lots on Plum. Even then, the parking lots provided can be crowded to the brim. This happened to me my third day on campus and I was freaking out to say the least. At that moment the only thing on my mind was finding a parking spot and not be late to class. I ended up parking on a side street and hurriedly fast walked to my class. However, as a female, I forgot to take in my surroundings and prepare myself for the three-minute walk. On my way to class, I passed around 15 other students, most being male. In this time, I was sized up and down, cat-called, and in too close proximity for my liking. This is an important example of how women, especially on campus, need to be aware and ready to defend.

The most common and easily accessible protection that can be bought is mace. Many females on campus already own a mace pack and have it on hand at all times. These are usually stored on keychains or backpacks and are easy to get to.

Another method of protection requires nothing but what most already have on them. A simple car or house key can be the ticket to on hand protection. To have the most successful defense tool, put the key between your pointer and middle finger as close to your knuckle as possible. Have the key part sticking out away from your body and it gives you a security of defense. This is a good method to use at all times of the day no matter where you are.

Finally, the most critical way to stay safe is to watch your surroundings and always have an escape strategy. I have become so paranoid that everywhere I go I have a mental plan on what to do and where to go if something goes wrong. When walking to classes, I make sure to stay where other students and staff can clearly see me. This way if any male was to come and use their dominance against me, others are there to keep me safer. An escape plan is essential to staying safe. Always know where the most populated places are or where a locked place is that is safe to escape to. Women in this day and age are in dangerous areas everyday, but if these methods of protection are followed, we have a better chance of staying safe and protected.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying Media Communication and Production

Column: The Unfortunate Events of Brenna: My summer experience

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Ahh summer, the time to relax and have fun with friends and family. Don’t you just wish you could go back to it?

I’m sure any normal college student would love to. Well, not me.

Like most college students, summer for me was mostly spent working and binge-watching Netflix.

That wasn’t too bad, despite getting up early every week day. I will say that it helped me with time management though.

So one day, in June, my best friend, Rachel Wright, asked me if I wanted to go to McPherson to eat.

I said “Yes,” and decided to take my “trusty” green machine – a Montero Sport Mitsubishi – named Reid after Spencer Reid from “Criminal Minds” of course.

As we were leaving my hometown of Little River, I started bragging on my car saying that nothing bad has happened with it in a while and that I was so proud of it.

You know, when they say that karma is a b-word, they really mean it.

Once we got to McPherson, we decided to go to Walmart first, which is across town from where we wanted to eat. I pulled up to the parking lot and could smell burning rubber and assumed that it was a truck in front of me, but then I noticed that puffs of white smoke were coming from the hood of my car. Of course it was my car.

Naturally I freaked out because I know absolutely zilch about cars and called my dad. He told me to wait for him, so Rachel and I decided to go back to the restaurant and eat since it would be a while.

When my dad finally got to the restaurant, he had my sister Kylie with him. Dad opened the hood, and checked out my car and figured out the problem like most dads do.

I, on the other hand, still have no clue to this day what the issue was, even though he explained it to me several times. I also had to wait a whopping two months to drive my car, but it is going all right now (fingers crossed).

On the bright side, besides car troubles, falling down the stairs once, (I didn’t drop the movie I had in my hand by the way), and some other normal Brenna-esque mishaps, I had a decent summer.

I swam a bunch, because we got a pool for the first time in about 10 years, and visited family a lot.

My nephew is super adorable, by the way, and I have been trying to get him to think of me as the cool or funny aunt.

Brenna Eller is a Little River sophomore in journalism.

 

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