Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi: Battle of the brands

November 30th, 2018

By Brenna Eller
Editor-In-Chief

For over a century, two sodas, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, have been rivals in the soft drink industry. Each brand owns several other companies and has held competitions against the other.

For instance, in 1975, there was a Pepsi Challenge which led to the New Coke, a drink that failed so bad that people weren’t buying any and the company had to return to its old recipe.

After that, commercials were made against each other, and both brands adopted new slogans every now, and then to persuade people to buy their products. A couple of taglines that have resonated with audiences were, “Have a Coke and a smile” and “Pepsi, the choice of a new generation”.

People tend to drink whatever is in their household, so growing up drinking a certain type of pop might have influence on what someone prefers to drink, or whether they like a certain brand over another.

Ask anyone if they prefer Coke or Pepsi, and they will most likely answer right away, because it is that provoking of a topic. Coke and Pepsi are soda companies that have distributed to countries world wide, so they are always in competition against one another.

Hutchinson Community College has a contract with Pepsi that gives Pepsi exclusive rights to sell its products on campus.

Those who are more inclined to drink Coke aren’t agreeable about this decision. Some may not mind either way or choose to drink water.

Luke Nachtigal, a HutchCC student, prefers Coke.

“Coke is better in my own opinion, especially as they sell the California Raspberry flavor in glass bottles at our local Dillon’s Marketplace,” Nachtigal said.

Even though he favors Coke, Nachtigal’s grandfather would strongly disagree.

“He likes to reminisce about when Pepsi only cost a nickel in the 50s,” Nachtigal said, “I have an empty glass Pepsi bottle from that era sitting as a decoration on my shelf, and I must say, it serves as cool vintage decor.”

When referring to the contract, Nachtigal had some thoughts as to why Pepsi could be beneficial for the college.

“Pepsi seems to be more popular among especially those who don’t care enough to only want the best pop from out of glass bottles,” Nachtigal said, “I have heard many people say that they think Pepsi is better than Coke as well.”

Another HutchCC student who chooses Coke over Pepsi is Danielle Nading.

“I enjoy Coke products more, I think they are higher quality and have a better taste than Pepsi,” Nading said.

When asked if she was aware of the school being Pepsi-based, Nading said, “I was not aware that it was a Pepsi school, because I just assumed that most people drank Coke nowadays.”

Nading also mentioned that she thought Pepsi to be “an older product that is outdated”.

HutchCC student Laynee Barlow, prefers Pepsi to Coke.

“I’m not a huge pop drinker and Pepsi doesn’t have much carbonation, and is sweeter tasting than other pops,” Barlow said, “I don’t like the carbonation in pop, so that’s why I prefer Pepsi.”

Cheating on the minds of students as finals near

November 30th, 2018

By Tabitha Barr
Opinion Page Editor

With final examinations just a couple days away, the clock is ticking for students to crack down on studying while sleep becomes obsolete.

Students are either freaking out and trying to study a semester’s worth in the nights before, or they have given up hope and accepting whatever comes their way. Those who are struggling with course material may be thinking of ways to help them test easier.

Cheating on finals has become a compelling grade booster over the years for students. Students know cheating is wrong and can have extreme consequences, but for some, it’s a pathway out of failing.

According to Hutchinson Community College’s academic honesty policy, if a student is caught cheating, he/she is subject to expulsion from the class or even the institution. Giving in to cheating on a final is risking a lot for a student as in they could get kicked out of the college. Yet, students are still compelled to divulge in this wrongdoing. Why is that?

Students, and college students especially, are subjected to many stressors in day-to-day life. They have school, work, homework, a social life, and they have to account for everything else that the body needs in order to live and thrive. With multiple tests coming their way, all of which determine their final grade, their workloads get a whole lot heavier.

The prospect of cheating is presented to those who are worried that they don’t know the material as well as they should, those who have intense test anxiety, or those who are just too lazy to actually try and study. Cheating becomes the cushion that students think they need in order to achieve a good grade. But it is actually hurting them, rather that helping them.

Kelly Clasen, an English instructor at HutchCC, knows how hard it can be, but wants students to be honest with themselves.

“I do understand that students panic and get overwhelmed, and I sympathize with students who experience test anxiety,” Clasen said. “However, I don’t feel like a potentially higher score on a final exam is ever worth compromising one’s integrity.”

In college, the classes students are taking are those that are important to their future. Cheating in these courses can hurt a student in their future work while also hurting their morals. Once a person cheats, the brain then starts to back up why it was OK to do it, and does the same for future situations?

But for students, the only thing in their minds is how to not fail their class. According to a student of HutchCC who will remain under anonymity, the reason they have cheated on tests in the past is because they need a good grade and it’s actually “an adrenaline rush.” They know that it was wrong, but they needed a good grade to do well in their future endeavors.

Overall, cheating on finals is not worth the physical or mental consequence that can occur. For students struggling with the prospect of cheating, Clasen said to avoid the temptation to cheat during exams, they should be “sitting off by themselves and keeping cellphones out of reach. (She) also recommends that students avoid the need to cheat the old-school way: by studying.”

Cheating is not the way to go. A class grade doesn’t determine an entire future. It just shows people what they can do with how much effort they exert. To all HutchCC students, good luck on your finals and don’t have the temptation to cheat. Just study and do your best, and everything will work itself out.

This app is simply Cash

November 16th, 2018

By Pablo Sanchez
Campus Editor

Cash (me) outside how outside how bout dat?

Cash is an app in the Google Play store you can download, and after you download it you can invite your friends, and you and your friend will receive $5.

The app only needs your phone number or your email, which ever students prefer is best. Students will then make a username, this will be your $cashtag, followed by your name that you want it to be.

Once students or adults have completed those steps, the first thing that will pop out is a green screen, with a big $0, along with digits at the bottom, as if you are about to call someone. Students can request up to $99,000, but that’s up to whoever is willing to spend that much, and if that’s the case please hit me up.

However, adults or students can pay for dinner, rent, etc. Sometimes, students may not even want to receive cash anymore, and to have this happen simply tap the left corner, and scroll all the way down and tap privacy, and then switch it off not to receive cash.

Cash will give you a free debit card, and students or adults can customize however they like with limitations, but before making one it will give you an option to “boost” your card.

There are nine different places students can choose from, and from those different places, it will tell that it will only work every 30 minutes. It will allow you to use 10 percent off on the item, and at no extra cost using a boost card.

Whether students or adults are going out to eat, and don’t have money on them, anyone can send money over to them by simply finding their $cashtag and sending them any amount of money.

I highly recommend only sending money to friends who will pay back, and those who will not.

New art class allows students to figure out drawing

November 16th, 2018

Art work

By Jared Shuff
Staff Writer

If you’ve been to Stringer Fine Arts Center anytime recently, you may have noticed some unique artwork posted on one of the walls.

Two stunning charcoal nude drawings are on display in order to advertise a particular art class focusing on human anatomy.

This class, AR112 Figure Drawing, is taught by Scott Brown, the Fine Arts Instructor at Hutchinson Community College. The two paintings were drawn by him back in graduate school.

It helps give a better understanding of the human form and structure. According to Brown, it is a must-have for people interested in the visual arts, architecture, or any student thinking of being a fine arts major.

“It’s great for anybody interested in taking a relaxing art class,” Brown said.

Along with the understanding of human form in art, a student will also learn different techniques with multiple types of drawing materials.

Brown used a technique known as reductive charcoal drawing. In this process, the artist darkens a sheet of paper with charcoal, then blends it to an even grey. After this, the artist uses an eraser to create shapes and images.

Each drawing took about two hours. When asked if he had any difficulties creating them, he had a surprising response.

“For me, they’re mindless,” Brown said. “It’s the one activity I don’t have to think a lot about.”

As for the class, Brown is hoping the artwork will increase enrollment. The class has been offered since 2005, but has normally been taught during the summer. It can get pretty hot in the art studio during these months.

“We figured we’d try it in the spring,” Brown said.

He said he hopes that the artwork along with the semester change in “draw” more people to the class.

If any students are interested in enrolling, there is still time to meet with an advisor to add this class to your schedule.

Editorial: A farewell to Stan Lee

November 15th, 2018

For a lot of people, the world of Marvel became an escape from reality. Superheroes and existed and gave people a sense of hope that good is in this world.

Stan Lee gave the world many universes full of inspiring people doing amazing things. Sadly, the legend himself passed away Monday and the hearts of many have shattered.

Lee was the co-creator of so many heroes in the Marvel universe and gave people from all over a new world to live in.

His passing was a shock to many and sent waves of hurt through fans everywhere.

Stan started his business in 1939 and started creating many characters that have become favorites in today’s society. Some of these characters include Hulk, Black Panther, Iron Man and Spiderman.

He brought a whole new life to comics by not only focusing on the super aspect, but on the human behind the mask.

That’s what made his characters so loving because they portrayed their human side to the public and showed that superhumans have regular problems too.

His works have given life to so many jobs in the industry through comic books and the movies.

People have gained so much by just having Lee in their lives. His creations made people fascinated about the fight between good and evil.

We will miss him greatly and honor him by watching and reading his works and remembering how great of a man he was.

Rest in peace Stan Lee. Your legacy will live on forever.

Sports roundup: HutchCC women start strong

November 15th, 2018

Tia Bradshaw against Bethany JV.

By Rebecca Carney
Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team earned its first win over a nationally-ranked team this season on Saturday at the Best Western/Cougar Booster Club Classic at Barton Community College.

Three players scored in double figures and HutchCC shot better than 50 percent for a third straight game. The Blue Dragons move to 3-0 overall.

Freshman Makayla Vannet hit a season high of five 3-pointers, going 5 of 10 from distance to lead the team in scoring.

Sophomore Dejanae Roebuck had a good weekend as well, finishing with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the team’s first double-double of the season. Roebuck was 6 of 6 from the line.

Sophomore Tia Bradshaw was 4 of 5 shooting and finished with 11 points and three assists. Abby Ogle, Tijuana Kimbro, Keeley Tini and Jada Mickens all added six points as well.

HutchCC hit 29 of 55 total shots, shooting 52.7 percent.

Men’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team surpassed the 100-point mark for the third-straight game and closed out its stay at the Best Western/Cougar Booster Club Classic with a pair of wins.

James Rojas and D.J. Mitchell both had career highs as the No. 9 Blue Dragons raced past the Redland Cougars 117-85. The Blue Dragons move to 5-0, going 3-0 on a current five-game road trip.

Rojas scored 28 points on 10 of 14 shooting and seven of eight from the foul line. Mitchell had a second-straight big game with 25 points on four of seven from 3-point range.

Five Dragons scored in double figures. Chris Giles added 13 points, while Fred Odhiambo and Josh Perkins added 10 each.

The Blue Dragons will play Murray State and Labette next weekend in El Dorado.

Football: The Blue Dragons dropped their 2018 regular-season finale 54-16 on a frigid Saturday at Gowans Stadium to the Iowa Central Tritons.

The No. 8 Blue Dragons completed the regular season 8-3 and lost to Iowa Central for the first time in six games.

The lone offensive bright spot for Hutchinson Community College was receiver-turned-quarterback Khalil McClain, who rushed nine times for 95 yards and touchdowns of one and 12 yards. He also had one punt return for 33 yards and one kickoff return of 25 yards.

HutchCC suffered its worst defensive game of the season as Iowa Central quarterback Blake Dever threw five touchdown passes and 237 yards on 17 of 28 passing.

The Dragons had two early chances to score with interceptions from De’Mareyae Givens and Latayveon Beaton but were unable to score off either one.

Despite the loss, the Blue Dragons are still bowl eligible. The Salt City Bowl will be played Saturday, December 1 at Gowans Stadium.

‘Home Improvement” needed a remodel

November 15th, 2018

Tabitha Barr

Have you ever been to someone’s home and they only have the basic 30 channels? This becomes boring because you can either watch old shows or sit there and twiddle your thumbs. I just so happened to be in that situation and I tuned into the TV instead of being bored out of my mind. I flip through channel after channel but settle on “Home Improvement”.

My family used to watch that show all the time. I just remember it being one of those TV shows that made people laugh. But after rewatching it with an adult brain, I realized “Home Improvement” is actually extremely sexist.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Tim Allen. He’s very funny and voices a beloved Disney character. However, that show is the voice of every manly man’s ego. If you’re not familiar with the show, it pretty much follows the life of Tim and his family. Tim is the stereotypical American male in that he’s very passionate about his tools, his handy work, and especially his ego. He is very adamant about showing off his manhood and taking care of everything a man should.

Every episode, and I mean every single one, Tim is doing things that belittle women, especially his wife. According to Complex Media, the first episode has Tim mocking his wife for wanting them to go the opera, dismisses her attempts to help him build a birdhouse, and claims that women shouldn’t be working on cars because men don’t work on washing machines.

What kind of humor is this?

You can definitely tell that the target audience for this show was middle aged white men who like to show that they are truly men. It’s actually atrocious and disgusting.

Each episode’s plot line is like a plea from every man saying, “I’m a man, you better believe it.” The male characters have to have a tool in their hand at least once a day and they have to make some comment about how they do man’s work while their wives are off taking care of the house and children.

This is not the olden days. This was only written in the 90’s. Women were oppressed in TV shows even just years ago. And of course, it’s still happening, but due to female activists, these kinds of shows are being put to a stop.

It’s insane to think that the humor of degrading women and putting men on a pedestal was seen as normal. And to think that I kind of grew up on that show disgusts me. But thanks to the changing world where women are charging towards equality, I know that this show is not worth my time, nor my laughs.

And to those who say it’s just comedy and that I just don’t understand the humor, you are proving my point exactly. If the world gives that sexist humor a platform, it will become a norm and be seen as acceptable.

But it’s not. Degrading females for being women is wrong in every way and it shouldn’t be made into a joke. A man can show of their manliness by doing what makes them happy, but in that process, they don’t need to put women down.

We can all live in a world where women can do the handy work and men can do the dishes and everyone’s ego can still be intact.

Tabitha Barr is a Nickerson freshman studying Media Communications and Production.

Guess that’s why they call it the blues: Mid-semester blues, instructor edition

November 15th, 2018

Dr. Amanda Smith

Jessica Niblack

By Brenna Eller
Editor In Chief

From planning classes to grading homework and tests multiple times a week, many of the instructors at Hutchinson Community College experience the same mid-semester burnout similar to that of their students.

Teachers are responsible for the education of particular subjects and normally put on a “performance” to help the students learn, and simultaneously make them interested in the subject matter. The job of the student is to sit and comprehend the teachers and if the teacher doesn’t get through to their students, it may affect how the student does in the class. With that stress, it isn’t difficult to imagine instructors going through the mid-semester slump.

Sociology instructor Jessica Niblack gave insight on how she views the mid-semester burnout.

“I feel like the longer we go in a semester without a break, the harder it is to stay focused,” Niblack said, “In the fall semester, we start to burn out right before Fall Break, but many are able to get that second wind that takes them to Thanksgiving break. After that it’s smooth sailing.”

To Niblack, the spring semester is worse in burning out because of the long periods of breaks.

“After Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we don’t get a break until Spring Break, which is almost the end of March,” Niblack said.

When it comes to engaging her students with a positive attitude, Niblack feels that the more interesting topics are later covered in the semester. The start of the semester is geared more towards terminology and research whereas at this time in the semester, students are more interested in the content. “As we move through the semester we touch on culture, race, gender, social class, media, which many students can relate to in some way which in turn makes it more interesting to them,” Niblack said.

When the students are engaging more, Niblack gets excited and the process keeps her positive.

“Also, I can always see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Niblack said.

When it gets to be the end of the semester, Niblack gives her students pep talks of perseverance and reminds them the feeling when semester is over.

For instructors or students experiencing burn out, Niblack would advise them to stay positive no matter what.

“As an instructor, our attitude can be contagious, and if we are whining and complaining, then our students will do the same.”

Regarding burn-outs, Niblack said, “Students need to understand that this is the final step into the adult world. Now is the time for them to learn to adapt and become able to meet the expectations or they will have a harder time finding success. They need to also understand they they will get burnt out at their jobs, they may not like their boss, or the people they work with, but learning to deal with these obstacles are all part of life.”

Another instructor at HutchCC is Amanda Smith, who teaches psychology. When it comes to burning out mid-semester, she said she understands how the students may feel.

“I was a college student for many years, and I can empathize with this feeling,” Smith said, “Coursework is demanding, but students also manage other stressors throughout the semester – jobs, sports and other campus activities, relationships, paying bills, health, family, etc.”

Smith also recognizes the stress for students that come with finals and projects being put off to the last minute.

“Even though students are typically made aware of end-of-semester deadlines at the beginning of the semester, it is easy to ignore them until all are simultaneously looming in the near future (only a few weeks away),” Smith said “Now, more than ever, it is important to be intentional in how you use your time and stress does not come from the events, but from how you perceive these events.”

Keeping a positive mindset is how Smith believes students should perceive the mid-semester stress.

“If you perceive the events as temporary, and that you will soon be done, this can help you feel more optimistic,” Smith said.

Smith also likes to remind students that a break is right around the corner. When asked if she experiences the mid-semester burnout, Smith said, “Oh, my yes. For every hour I spend in front of the class, I need roughly 3-4 hours in preparation.”

Dr. Smith also spends 6-8 hours a week grading homework or tests.

Even though she gets stressed at this time of the semester, Dr. Smith is still positive.

“I love what I do and I love my students, so even when I’m exhausted, it never feels burdensome,” Smith said.

In order to fight off stress or exhaustion, Dr. Smith makes sure she is in good health. Sleeping is a very important aspect for Smith and she believes getting the right amount can help immeasurably. “Even though you do not feel as if you have enough time, make time for sleep, exercise, and short breaks, all of which can help with focusing attention, learning and memory,” Smith said.

Smith also makes sure she has quality family time as well as prioritizes her exercising and work schedule. “There are only 24 hours in a day, which unfortunately is not going to change. Mindfully managing that time, working smarter and more efficiently, is vital to decreasing stress,” Smith said.

When it comes to keeping positivity Smith and her coworkers try to help each other out as much as possible. “I often talk with other instructors; we have a wonderful camaraderie and encourage one another. And if all else fails, I keep a stash of chocolate in my desk drawer!,” Smith said.

For students managing time and stress, Dr. Smith advises a decreased amount of time on cell phones.

“Put your mobile devices away while you try to study, as these are only going to distract you! Instead stay connected by getting some coffee or lunch with members of your support system (friends, family),” Smith said.

In it to win it: Kibet wins national championship

November 15th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

As Andrew Kibet crossed the finish line on Saturday at Garden City’s Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, he made history.

Kibet became the first Hutchinson Community College men’s cross-country runner to become a national champion.

Toward the end of the race, Kibet didn’t even know he was going to hold the title of national champion.

“To be honest, I didn’t know I was going to win that race because I gave it my best,” Kibet said. “Let me go to the finish line, whoever will come pass me it is OK, but I will just try to go ahead of pace.”

Kibet came from Kenya, originally playing volleyball and running middle-distance races, to becoming a cross country national champion.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Kibet said. “From being a 1500-meter runner to a cross country champion that was a big achievement.”

Throughout the entire hilly course, Kibet managed to have the right mindset, despite his one loss being a hilly course.

“In cross country it’s about mentality,” Kibet said “So, you need to plan before you cross the finish line. Some people have a finishing kick. In order to avoid that you need to set a pace, so they won’t have the energy at the end of the race.”

The Garden City course was like no other course the Blue Dragon men and women’s cross-country teams had seen before.

“There’s this giant hill that’s almost torture to make them run up,” Hutchinson coach Justin Riggs said.

“It’s like climbing Everest, and the guys had to do this twice.”

Kibet was challenged throughout the race by Cloud County’s Dennis Kiptoo and Colby’s Nehemiah.

He was also challenged by Iowa Central runner Ezekiel Kipchirchir. By mile four, ir was Kiptoo and Kibet.

Kibet then pulled away for the win with a time of 25 minutes, 25.3 seconds. Riggs had only good things to say about the last meet for the season.

“For him to come out on top in that field and those conditions says a lot about him and strength as a runner,” Riggs said.

This is only the start for Kibet. Not only is he a freshman, but he still has track season to come.

The women’s cross-country team also had a memorable season, finishing 12th on Saturday 2018 NJCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships at Buffalo Dunes Gold Club in Garden City.

This is the Blue Dragons best finish since 2004, when they placed ninth. Now it is official time to switch gears and get ready for indoor track season.

“I’m just really proud of (Kibet) and all of our guys,” Riggs said.

“Now it’s time to switch over and start working on track things, which pretty much means focusing more on speed.”

Roundup: Busters steal late win vs. Blue Dragons

November 9th, 2018

By Amanda Carney
Co-Sports Editor

With 18 seconds left Saturday in the biggest game in the season for Hutchinson Community College football team, jaws were dropped.

The Blue Dragons had a chance to win a Jayhawk Conference championship on its home field, Gowans Stadium, against No. 2 Garden City. But Garden City’s Charles West’s 6-yard reception with put Garden City up 24-21, leading the Busters to a victory over No. 4 Hutchinson. The Blue Dragons fell to 6-2 and 6-1 in the Jayhawk Conference.

Sophomore running back Dezmon Jackson had an outstanding performance, breaking the school record for the longest run from scrimmage with a 97-yard touchdown run, giving the Dragons a 14-7 lead early in the third quarter.

Jackson becomes the first Blue Dragon to rush for 1,000 yards since 2012 when Terrell Lane did. Jackson currently has 1,050 yards. Jackson also has had two runs for more than 90 yards, four runs better than and 80 yards and 11 runs better than 20 yards all this season.

Jackson’s 18-yard touchdown gave the Blue Dragons lead 21-17 with 9:30 left to play.

Hutchison’s Clarence Hicks then had a quarterback sack with 6:24 left to play, but Garden City had the ball with 4:11 left.

The Blue Dragons held Garden City’s nation-leading rushing offense to 150 yards.

HutchCC quarterback Mason Schucker completed 12 of 21 passes for 158 yards. Jaylen Erwin had four catches, a season high with 109 yards.

Linebacker Money Montgomery had the third most tackles by a Blue Dragon in one game with 21 tackles, with one forced fumble. Jahmard Morgan had 13 tackles and Jamykal Neal had a career-high 10 tackles.

The Blue Dragon with end their regular season at home on Saturday against Iowa Central, kickoff at noon.

Volleyball – The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team pulled off a win in the semifinals of the Region 6 Tournament in Liberal, a four-set 15-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-20 win over Colby on Sunday at the Green House in Liberal.

In the championship match the Blue Dragons were defeated by top seed Seward County 25-19, 25-22, 25-22, ending the Blue Dragons’ season. The Saints will advance to the NJCAA Division 1 National Championship later this month in Hutchinson.

Colby dominated the first set in game one 25-15. The Blue Dragons followed with 25-21 lead, winning the last three matches.

Seward County won all three matches in game two for the Blue Dragons, finishing their season.

Women’s basketball – The No. 13-ranked Hutchinson Community College women’s basketball team opened the season by crushing its opponent, the Bethany College junior varsity, 107-32 on Thursday at the Sports Arena.

The Blue Dragons shot almost 54 percent overall and managed 26 steals.

Freshman Milan Schimmel had a 19 points,  four rebounds, two assists and two steals.  Sophomore Jada Mickens had 17 points. Sophomore Dejanae Roebuck had 14 points and four steals.

Freshman Abby Ogle had 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals. Sophomore Tia Bradshaw had nine points, four steals and three assists. Tijuana Kimbro and freshman Makayla Vannet, had eight points.

Men’s basketball –  James Rojas scored 22 points, and Fred Odihiambo added 13 points and nine rebounds as the Blue Dragons pounded Northern Oklahoma College-Enid 109-68 on Tuesday in Enid, Oklahoma.

Chris Giles addd 16 points, while DJ Mitchell scored 19 points off the bench. The Blue Dragons improved to 3-0 with the win.