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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.

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.

Students share thoughts on cafeteria food

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Emily Fehrman
Social Media Editor

When you think about cafeteria food often times nothing good comes to mind.

You think back to high school and how terrible the food could be. For some it doesn’t get any better in college.

Cafeterias can be known for the lack of options and lack of healthy food. Three Hutchinson Community College students who live in the dorms were asked what they thought about the food that HutchCC is serving its students and staff.

DJ Mitchell, a sophomore from Washington was asked how many times he eats at the cafeteria compared to fast food. Mitchell said he eats the cafeteria food for almost every meal but that he does eat fast food roughly once a week.

He also has a lot of microwavable food back at his dorm that he eats for meals also. After asking if he actually enjoyed the food served at HutchCC, Mitchell said, “Not really, but I suck it up and eat it.”

The second student was Hannah Hoheisel, a freshman from Garden Plain. Hoheisel splits her time at the cafeteria with how much she eats out, roughly three times a week at both. She said that she would eat there more if there were more options for healthier foods. Hoheisel then said “there needs to be more vegetable options, more fresh fruit. The food makes me feel gross.”

She also said eating at the cafeteria feels awkward when she is alone, and that is why she prefers to eat downstairs in the Parker Student Union at the Blue Dragons Grill. The one good thing about the cafeteria Hoheisel said is that you can eat as much of it as you want.

The last student was Chiani Pearce, Atwood freshman. Pearce eats the cafeteria food five times a week, twice a day. But she also eats out five times a week, mainly because there are not any fast food places back home for her to eat at.

Pearce does buy a lot of groceries at Aldi, she said “Everybody goes to Aldi because it’s so cheap.”

Pearce then goes on to say, “It has nothing to do with the cafeteria, I like that there is so many options.”

However, she said she would not complain if there was more fruits and vegetables available.

The conscious seems to be that the cafeteria food is not terrible but that it has a lot of improvements to be made.

Have a great summer!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The Collegian does not publish during the summer months. We will get back at reporting the news at Hutchinson Community College again when the fall semester resumes on Aug. 15.

Have a great summer.

Baseball team ready for some ‘clubhouse jacks’

Monday, May 7th, 2018

A look inside the current clubhouse and locker room at Hobart-Detter Field.

A broken window and peeling paint are prominent at the current clubhouse and locker room at Hobart-Detter Field.

A wind gust blew off a set of lights near right field at Hobart-Detter Field, damaging a bathroom.

The light pole that lost the lights during a wind storm.

A look at the current clubhouse being built beyond the left-field wall.

By Brenna Eller
Opinion Page Editor

The Hutchinson Community College baseball team is expecting a new clubhouse soon. It has been long overdue for this installment at Hobart-Detter Field.

The new amenities featured in the clubhouse, which will be located about 50 feet behind the left-field fence, include – a new maintenance facility for half of the building, and the other half will be used as a locker room, laundry area, bathroom, coaches’ office and umpire locker room.

The clubhouse will also be used by the Hutchinson Monarchs, a summer collegiate wood-bat baseball team.

“The city is funding the building,” said HutchCC baseball coach Ryan Schmidt. “We are extremely excited about the building.”

Schmidt also said that the new building will help compete against others in the Blue Dragons’ conference – the Jayhawk West – that have modern clubhouses and enhance help in recruiting.

“We can’t thank the City of Hutchinson enough for seeing this project through and giving our players a great space to call home,” Schmidt said.

The old clubhouse with its busted windows and chipped paint looks just as bad on the inside as it does on the outside. In addition to chipped paint and broken windows is a foul odor wafting inside the clubhouse.

The team is looking forward to having a location for private meetings and more room for equipment.

HutchCC freshman, Dylan Nedved said, “I’m so excited for it, we’re going to hit a lot of clubhouse jacks. We’re going to put some holes in that roof.”

Nedved said the phrase, “clubhouse jacks” is an inside joke and another way of saying hitting home runs that hit the roof of the clubhouse.

Another freshman, Cameron Crandall, shared his excitement for the new clubhouse.

“I think everyone will realize how much space we have now instead of being crowded in our old one,” Crandall said.

Along with the new clubhouse being built, new light fixtures are expected to be put on the field within a year. Damage from the wind April 18 caused one set of lights to fall on the first-base-side restroom building at the baseball field. Only about one-third of the roof was damaged.

 

 

Student provides insight on North Korean peace

Monday, May 7th, 2018

History has been shifting the last few weeks with the news that North Korea has finally agreed to offer peace to South Korea and the United States.

In general, western news outlets have praised North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for this action, and many comments on articles are in support of the historic decision.

A Hutchinson Community College student with strong interest in international affairs has been approached by peers for comment on the peace offering and, although he said he is required to remain anonymous, has agreed to an interview with The Hutchinson Collegian.

The Western Media

Perhaps his biggest concern is the glorification of the deal by Western media.

“What I’m seeing right now is a gross manifestation of the South Korean liberal government apologetic movement that embraces North Korea very blindly,” he said. “When I see news comments that people leave on Facebook, they’re all for it and they don’t seem to cast a shadow of doubt in this current state of affairs where (the South Korean and American) government seems to make a peace accord with North Korea without any predisposition whatsoever against North Korea.

“American news outlets are handling the situation absolutely horribly. The thing about the U.S and South Korean media is that they beautify and they benevolize the North Korean authorities in the grossest manner. For example, in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, the North Korean invoice visited South Korea, and I came across a few CNN articles, and I was absolutely aghast because the headlines were ‘Look at how Kim Jong-un’s sister handles herself in such a graceful manner.’ ‘Look at her fashion.’ ‘Look at how she gracefully does whatever.’ Do they have any idea what is going on in North Korea?”

The largest player in creating a false narrative of true peace, according to the student, is the news that is wrapped up in embracing, without doubt, the peace deal.

“The thing about the media today is they’re incredibly selective, and you should be equally selective to counter that effect,” he said. “You should be very critical to begin with, and especially if they start reporting their own opinions mixed in with the agendas that they are trying to push. People have been flooded with the one-sided information of North Korea, and you should start being skeptical and looking at the facts.”

The Hidden Horrors

The peace agreement, though not malicious on the surface, has been a cause of concern for many who know what happens behind North Korea’s borders.

“Everyone thinks of North Korea as some sort of joke but it is a very, very dangerous atmosphere there,” he said.

Although the historic event is newsworthy, there is yet to be proof that North Korea is willing to change.

“As far as I’m concerned, they have not displayed a single shred of evidence of commitment towards peace or the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” he said. “North Korea is the most violent, most radical state actor that practices Marxist-Leninism in the most pathological fashion.”

After recent events, the source had been approached by several curious peers seeking insight from their politically-inclined friend.

“When people ask me how I would describe North Korea in a very simple fashion, I tell them that North Korea is like a pressure cooker ready to blow,” he said. “The level of deceit among the commoners in North Korea is beyond your imagination. People are dying of starvation every day and people try to defect from North Korea, even though it means certain death for them and their family, if they get caught. They’re defecting at a rate that has been unprecedented before, so that should speak some volumes about what the state of of North Korea is like.”

The student doubts North Korea’s willingness to denuclearize due to their dependence on the alternative weapons.

“What North Korea has done is a very dangerous move,” he said. “Both nations supposedly agreed to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, which made me giggle quite hard because North Korea has not shown a shred of evidence towards denuclearization. They changed their entire rhetoric three months ago when before that they had constantly said, consistently, that they were going to pursue the nuclear weapons program.”

Without their nuclear weapons, he said he believes North Korea would fall to South Korea.

“North Korea’s entire regime hinges upon the asymmetrical and unconventional warfare capabilities that are in the form of nuclear weapons,” he said. “It transcends any other countries dependence on such program because North Korea has the largest military, in terms of sheer number. Every citizen is mandated to serve for at least a decade. But without nuclear weapons or CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense) capabilities, South Korea alone, without even U.S support, could crush North Korea.”

Assuming that South Korea, the United States and North Korea can come to a mutual agreement, the student believes there should be strict stipulations.

America’s Involvement

“The U.S will undoubtedly play a major role in this situation, because the U.S is South Korea’s closest ally,” He said. “I have no doubt that President Trump will pursue a goal that will be in America’s best interests, but a real danger that I see is a parallel to Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal. The false narrative Obama propagated throughout the media was that it was a win, when it was clearly not. It’s still being bashed from the whole political spectrum, because it granted Iran the right to pursue their own nuclear interest. The false narrative in which leaders create to show themselves as a winner is the same risk that I see Trump repeating for himself.”

Perhaps more worrying for the student is the number of American protesters supporting the same ideology that dictates North Korea.

“The fundamental tenets of the political left and communism are very similar in nature,” He said. “They call out for equality of outcome and they importance of group identity trumping individual characteristics and violence if they don’t agree with you. The reason I say communism is a murderous ideology, and I say that for a very good reason, is that just take a look at history. People have forgotten the simple truth of life that grass is green, the sky is blue, and communists cannot be trusted.”

The student said that he believes that many people waving the communist flag, whether they do so ironically or not, are oblivious to the horrors that exist within communist North Korea.

“Imagine someone doing that with a Nazi flag – you have an immediate response to that because Nazis have committed horrible atrocities in the 20th century,” he said. “The communist flag represents the same. They are completely oblivious to the havoc that these communist and Marxist ideologies have wrought upon the world.”

Retiring EMS advisor reflects on teaching career

Monday, May 7th, 2018

By Pablo Sanchez
Online Editor

Dan Jones is a Hutchinson Community College Emergency Medical Service advisor and has been helping out students and helping them make their dreams come true.
Jones has worked at the college for more than 20 years, teaching even as he continued to work in hospitals and with patients.
“I was ready for a change in that point in my life, and so I become a clinical coordinator, and so I would go around Wichita, Salina and Hutch and take students to their clinical settings in the hospital, because that was my area of expertise,” Jones said. “Then I got interested in the classroom, I got my instructor license, in the state to teach in. I got that in 1986, and so I kind of liked going in the classroom, and that was around 2000.
Jones said he worked in the Emergency Medical Technician field, and EMS was the embodiment of medical.
“Doing it on the wing and a prayer, and you don’t have the doctors and the people in the field to help you, and I thought it was interesting,” Jones said. “EMS is more of a specialty area, a jack-of-all-trades. They were the specialty in the crisis situation, so I was always thought that was interesting within EMS.
Jones said he had a lot of students through the years, and he had to change his approach on how kids learned. He said it was a challenge at times, that’s one reason why he wanted to retire.
“It’s getting harder, all the changes, one thing in especially in EMS and medicine and education is that there’s change, and it’s getting a bit harder on the change. I still go with the flow, but it’s been an interesting 23 years at the college. I’ve had different roles, but my favorite would be the classroom.”
Not to say the classroom was easy, but Jones said it was rewarding.
“I’ve had kids with challenges, and they overcome the challenges to get through, and you knew that they wouldn’t be a paramedic. They knew their spot, and would be a good EMT. With specific ones – there have been too many to pick out – but I had one and you could tell she was smart, and it went in the classroom socially inept, and through the class, she really came a long way, and I’ve helped her along the way with that. She’s a paramedic now, and there was a time where I thought I don’t know if she was going to make it or not. But if it’s something I learned, it’s not to give up too early.”

Student Government encourages campus involvement

Monday, May 7th, 2018

By Pablo Sanchez
Online Editor

Seth Yenni and Cade Lohrding are Hutchinson Community College students who are trying to get students involved with Student Government Association.
Lohrding is next year’s SGA president. A Lindsborg native, his major is computer science, while Yenni – next year’s vice president – is from Coldwater, and his major is political science. Both students are freshmen.
Here are Yenni’s and Lohrding’s thoughts on SGA and what they hope to accomplish during their tenure.
What made you guys want to run for SGA?
Lohrding – I would say part of it was being a part of it this year, and watching our president this year, Lane Wiens, he did great a job during SGA this year, and he’s done a lot of good for the group, for the college, and I just wanted to be a part of it and keep the good going.
Yenni – The new stuff with RASK, if you’ve heard about that, bringing positive and good stuff around campus, and those things we started and just keeping it going.
Lohrding – To try and keep what Lane is doing, he’s doing a really good job. Everyone is going to make changes, and I feel like we are going to bring positive changes, but for the most part it’s going to be a  good year, next year.
What do you plan on accomplishing in the next year?
Yenni – We actually had talked about this in our last meeting, and I was reading out of The Collegian, and how it’s talking about the Blue Dragons sporting events, and people basically don’t know about them, or the Spring Fling last week. One thing that we’ve wanted to accomplish is, next year, communication between the college and the students. We talk to a lot of students, and things like that and they don’t know what things are going on. What’s the best way social media? You know, do students even check their email? That’s one issue we want to tackle, to see how can we get better communication between a faculty and students for events, especially things that students are interested in.
Cade – After reading through the constitution a couple times, I defiantly want to make some changes in that, like Seth said, try to communicate with students better, so we can have more students participate.
What have you guys been involved in with SGA?
Cade – We help the honors kids, we help clean up around campus, this week we’re helping the Red Flag Campaign, and just yesterday we went and did arts and crafts with the kids at the daycare.
Seth – Working with other groups, governing groups, and sanctioned two new groups, Self-Sufficient and Cosmetology Club, and working with funding for those groups and other groups that need funding, especially a group who has a great community service project. SGA, we would want to help them. And if we can be a part of it too, then it’s all the better. That’s what SGA is here for, to help out with anything on campus.
Do you guys want a bigger presence here on campus?
Cade – More people involved in SGA. As soon as we had elections, there was only like six people on there, and we can have up to 22, but we only have like 10 or 12 people on SGA.
Seth – We would want more to participate. It’s not a huge time commitment.
Cade – It’s about an hour a week.
Seth – We have our meetings 4:30 (p.m.) on Tuesday, which is open to all students. You don’t have to be a part of SGA to come. If anyone is interested in running for a certain position, talk to anyone in SGA, either Kade or I. We can definitely answer any questions that you might have.
Cade – You also get a book scholarship too. It gives back if you give back.

Seth – It’s not a very difficult election process, especially in the fall, and you write a paragraph that goes on Dragon Zone.
Cade – As long as there is one person.
Seth – As long as you vote for yourself, you’ll make it.
What made you guys run for SGA?
Kade – To make a difference.
Seth – Last year, when Wiens … I’ve know him previous years before HutchCC and he had talked to me and told me about it, and I was interested in it, and I enjoyed it a lot. Lane did a lot of recruiting, and I hope next year I can do the same.

Postseason looms for baseball

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

By Lucas Barlow
Sports Editor

The four-game series against Seward County Community College wrapped up the Hutchinson Community College baseball team’s regular season.

Each team won both of their games at home, splitting the series.

Hutchinson started the series poorly in Liberal, only managing to score two runs. The Blue Dragons could only get three hits off compared to Seward County’s 11. Game one finished 8-2 in favor of the Saints.

The next game of the day was much more exciting. Both teams batted pretty well, as they each achieved double digit hits. However, it was Seward County that came out on top again, 13-10.

The next day, the teams met again, this time at Hobart-Detter Field. The Blue Dragons won an exciting first game that went into extra innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, a Seward County player committed a crucial error at third base, which led to the Blue Dragons scoring the game-winning run. With game one ending 6-5, Hutchinson used that momentum to put away Seward County in the final game of the series.

Tied after two innings, the Blue Dragons used the next five innings to bury the Saints, outscoring them 5-1.

The Blue Dragons ended the regular season at 34-19 overall and will begin postseason play today.

They face Coffeyville Community College at 2 p.m. for the opening round of the Region 6 Tournament. The best-of-three series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hobart-Detter Field, and if the first games are split, the decisive game will be at 1 p.m. Sunday. The series winner advances to the double-elimination part of the tournament, which will be next week at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

Lucas

Badinage vocal jazz earns international award

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

Badinage, the prestigious vocal jazz group of Hutchinson Community College, has wrapped up their year with international recognition after being awarded the Downbeat 41st Annual Student Music Award for large group vocal jazz ensemble.

Downbeat Magazine has covered only the best jazz performers since its beginning in 1934. The award, though well-deserved, came as a pleasant surprise to Director Neal Allsup, who decided to submit the group’s work for the first time this year.

“Badinage has not missed a man-hour of rehearsal in 23 years,” Allsup said. “If they’re ill, they still want to come in and sit in the corner and rehearse. That’s how dedicated they are to their craft and to be able to produce a product that is worthy of a Downbeat award. We’ve had seven Carnegie Hall performances and we’ve been to JEN in the past. It’s not like we’ve all of a sudden made it. The awards we’ve got this year really are on the backs of all those wonderful, incredible students I’ve had over the last 20, 30 years.”

Each member of Badinage will receive a certificate to recognize their accomplishments. The group will also be featured in the June edition of the magazine, alongside several of the top jazz schools in the world.

“This award really is about the program,” Allsup said. “We’ve been doing this for over 20 years. It’s just that this year there has been a lot of opportunity and a lot of things that have come our way.”

In the future, Allsup plans to enter the group for more Downbeat categories including small group and ensembles.

However, Allsup emphasizes that it’s not just this year’s group that should be proud of the award. He believes that each group’s talent continues to shine through year-to-year.

“These vocal jazz singers, especially Badinage, they’ve been cranking it out like this for more than 20 years,” Allsup said. “This year we had a vocal jazz reunion inviting back students from the last thirty years to come to campus and we spent a whole weekend just remembering and rehearsing for a concert.”

Allsup said he hopes to host another vocal jazz reunion in another five years.

Badinage was also invited to perform at the most important international conference, The Jazz Educators Network, in Dallas, where only six schools are chosen to perform.

Only a few high schools in Kansas offer vocal jazz classes, so for most students, HutchCC is their first experience with the genre.

Next year, every member of Badinage is expected to return along with any incoming freshmen who make the cut.

“We may have to start a third group,” Allsup said. “My job is to go out and find outstanding musicianship.”

Students interested in joining are encouraged to audition, where, if they make the cut, will then be placed in either Badinage, or Allsup’s other equally-talented group, Sonance.

The group performs two major concerts at the college each semester, in addition to smaller performances at nursing homes and hospitals in the community.

“Next week we will go to a dementia and Alzheimer’s unit, and we’ll sit in a great big circle with them to sing,” Allsup said. “It’s one of the most touching and memorable performances.”

Badinage also travels to one conference each year, although they are often invited to perform at many other places across nation and world.

“We’ve had invitations to sing at festivals in Monteux, Switzerland, Cuba, Brazil, Japan,” Allsup said. “It’s amazing the kind of invitations we receive.”

Many of those invitations must be turned down but, with the new international recognition from Downbeat, the group will likely be flooded with additional attention.

The group’s work doesn’t end there. They also open for professional groups at the local Fox Theatre.

“Badinage came back early from Spring Break to open for ten-time Grammy winning group, Manhattan Transfer,” Allsup said.

Manhattan Transfer, the multi-Grammy winning jazz group that has been performing since 1969, was in awe of HutchCC’s badinage group, Allsup said.

The group also recently released a new song which, although the sheet music will not likely be available for several years, Badinage students worked hard to transcribe the song for their own performance.

“We’re the best kept secret in the town,” Allsup said.

For anyone interested in donating to the group or receiving an album of some of Badinage’s work, they can contact Neal Allsup in Stringer Fine Art’s Center.