Trash game

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

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.

Scenes from Monday’s Spring Fling

April 24th, 2018

Photos by Brenna Eller

The fellas claimed to be the winners. Checking to confirm.

The “winners” celebrate their victory. They claimed victory, at least. Checking to confirm …

Action packed race! Much like the Daytona 500!

Student publications rake in awards after hard year’s work

April 20th, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

The Hutchinson Community College publications, the Dragon’s Tale magazine and The Hutchinson Collegian has made its mark on Kansas journalism after receiving multiple high awards at the April 8-9 Kansas Collegiate Media conference.

The Hutchinson Collegian and Dragon’s Tale Magazine rallied their staff members to attend the conference during a two day stay at the Drury Inn in Wichita.

In addition to several staff awards, many individual staff members received recognition for their hard work throughout the school year.

College newspapers, yearbooks, and magazines throughout Kansas submit their top works, ranging from news stories to web design, in hopes of being selected as the top entry in each category.

All two year colleges compete against one another, while four year colleges and four year private colleges have their own separate divisions. However, several overall awards were also given which allow schools of all sizes to compete against one another.

In addition to the awards ceremonies, which took place over the course of dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday, students were encouraged to mingle with other student journalists from across the state and attend different lectures from local professional journalists.

AWARDS WON

Two-Year College Division Journalist of the Year

Winner – Merissa Anderson

Runner-up – Allie Schweizer

All School Individual Awards

Honorable Mention in Ad Design – Monica Pulliam (Dragon’s Tale)

Honorable Mention in Illustration & Infographics – Kourtney Sweet (Collegian)

Honorable Mention in Printed Photo Essay – Allie Schweizer (Dragon’s Tale)

Two-Year College Division

2nd Place in Copy Editing – Merissa Anderson (Collegian)

Two-Year Newspaper

2nd Place in Column Writing – Merissa Anderson

2nd Place in Feature Writing – Merissa Anderson

2nd Place in News Writing & Reporting – Merissa Anderson

1st Place in News Writing & Reporting – Merissa Anderson

2nd Place in Page Design – Brenna Eller

Honorable Mention in Special Sections – Collegian Staff

3rd Place in Sports Feature Writing – Lucas Barlow

1st Place in Sports Feature Writing – Lucas Barlow

Honorable Mention in Sports/Action Photography – Allie Schweizer

Honorable Mention in Sports/Action Photography – Allie Schweizer

2nd Place in Sports/Action Photography – Merissa Anderson

1st Place in Sports/Action Photography – Allie Schweizer

The Hutchinson Collegian newspaper

Overall Silver Medalist in the two-year newspaper division

Yearbook & Magazine

Honorable Mention in Feature Photography – Taryn Gillespie

Honorable Mention in Headlines – Dustin Curiel

Honorable Mention in News & Event Writing – Megan Ryan

Honorable Mention in News/Event Photography – Allie Schweizer

3rd Place in News/Event Photography – Allie Schweizer

3rd Place in Table of Contents – Dustin Curiel

2nd Place in Table of Contents – Dustin Curiel

Honorable Mention in Sports/Action Photography – Allie Schweizer

3rd Place in Sports/Action Photography – Allie Schweizer

 

Dragon’s Tale magazine

Overall Gold Medalist & All-Kansas Award in the magazine division

What are the HutchCC Honors Projects? The students share their ideas

April 20th, 2018

Student: Garrett Allee’
Hometown: Viola
Major: Engineering
Honors project: Designing an auto-cap program and 3D printing for an iPhone 7 case.
Project explanation: Garret ale- I am designing an auto cap program and 3D printing for an IPhone 7 cases, in high school my engineering teacher actually decided to 3D print phone cases with the school logo and I wanted to try for myself and it just sparked it for me as well. Mine is more physical meaning I have all my past prints like physical done and I can show people them and show what went wrong and what I needed to change and I can also show pictures of my auto cap program. after I am done with Hutchinson I plan on transferring to K-state once I get there hopefully I’ll make a choice because at hutch they only have pre-engineering and as far as KSU has classes that offer that degree and so that’s what I hope to experience when I go to KSU

Student: Bianca Gutierrez
Hometown: Halstead
Major: Pre-Nursing
Honors project: Researching immunotherapy.
Project explanation: I have a partner and we are researching immunotherapy we are interviewing an oncologist and putting that in our paper so we get someone in the medical field perspective on that. Immunotherapy is the treatment of cancer cells using one’s own immune system cells and normally It’s your own body’s cell that go rouge and it’s injecting the body with a certain disease that the immune system, can recognize and you use to attack the cancer cells. immunotherapy did spark our interested because it’s not something that is being used, not widely and It’s being improved and so we are doing the research on how it works, and why it works and it can impact cancer patients in the future.

Student: Alex Ratzlaff
Hometown: Hutchinson
Major: Computer Science
Honors project: Exploring the relationship between news-media choice and your response to the news being reported on.
Project explanation: Mine is about the relationship between your choice of news media and your response to the news being reported on, for example if you were like you were responding to a post to the Washington post about the walk out, you would be more likely to be supportive for them, than you were on fox news.

Student: Bret Sauvage
Hometown: Falun
Major: Pre-Radiology
Honors project: Research on epigenetics and anxiety, and how epigenetics could be used to mediate or eliminate the effects of anxiety.
Project explanation: Brett Sauvage-  I am doing a research paper that as to be 10-15 pages on epigenetics and anxiety, and how the use of epigenetics could be able to mediate or eliminate it entire the effects of anxiety on people, or anxiety disorders for that matter.

Student: Lilly Ward
Hometown: Wichita
Major: History
Honors project: A cultural analysis over the Greek gods Poseidon and Athena.
Project explanation: “The two and how they been portrayed throughout the centuries, how each cultural there portray has been conflicted of the cultural. I love history and especially mythology and ancient history of geek. Basically anything geek or roman, it just fascinates me. And so that’s why I decided to choose mine and make it history related said Ward for mine I have to write a 15 page over it.

Student: Rachel Wright
Hometown: Little River
Major: Accounting
Honors Project: Crocheting, making a corner-to-corner throw, and benefiting the community.
Project Explanation: For the project, I had to write a research paper on crocheting and how it could be beneficial to individuals and their community. I have spent a lot of hours working on this, 50 at least. It seems like I’m finishing a lot, then I look at what I did and it doesn’t seem like much compared to all of the work I’ve put in. I don’t know what made me want to crochet when I was little, but it’s a great and kind of unique skill to have.

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

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.

Honors program students thrive with leadership from Ryan Diehl

April 20th, 2018

By Pablo Sanchez
Online Editor

The Hutchinson Community College Honor’s Project is still going strong, nearly 25 years after its birth.

Ryan Diehl, HutchCC Curriculum and Program Improvement Coordinator, is the Honor’s Project Coordinator.

“The Honor’s Project dates back to the inception of the honor’s program, back in 1993 and 1994, and some of the students talked about how it’s a requirement of their scholarship,” Diehl said. “It’s tied to the Presidential, Presidential Gold and the Honors Merriment Scholarship.”

Diehl said a lot of the students are in the ED15H honors success seminar, and during the fall semester, students brainstorm different topics, and some students have majors that they want to go into.

Other students explore different fields, and Diehl’s role is to help them find a faculty mentor.

“They get together and start working in the spring, and what happens in the spring time, their very first assignment is to complete a proposal agreement with their faculty mentor,” Diehl said. “Then the honors sub committee reviews all the proposals, and then we offer feedback. We either approve them or approve them with some changes that need to be made, or we say ‘you need to come up with a better topic.’

“A majority of the time, it’s either approved or approved with a few changes. The only ones we rejected are projects they aren’t complicated. We try to look for creativity or some contributions to the field. It’s not something you go about and read a Wikipedia entry.”

Athlete of the week: softball player Izzy Godinez

April 20th, 2018

The week: Godinez, a sophomore from Hutchinson, had a good week in leading the Blue Dragons to five key wins in six Region 6 games. The shortstop had 11 hits in 26 at-bats, and she had two doubles, a triple and a pair of home runs. She also scored six runs.

The season: Godinez is having a strong season, leading a powerful Blue Dragon offense with a .438 batting average. She has four home runs, 27 RBIs, and a team-best 56 hits and team-best 38 runs scored.

Astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly inspires crowd

April 20th, 2018

By Merissa Anderson
Collegian Editor

On April 17, one of the largest crowds the Dillon Lecture Series has ever seen, more than 4,000 people, gathered to listen to astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly, as he inspired the crowd with his speech and reminded them that “the sky is not the limit”.

From the second Kelly stepped on stage to a standing ovation, he told the story of how he transformed himself from class-skipping college student to a beloved and historic astronaut with nearly six million current twitter followers.

“When I was a kid growing up, I was a really, really bad student,” Kelly said, speaking to the hundreds of elementary to high school students from surrounding school districts. “I wanted to do anything else besides be a student.”

Kelly told of his difficulties with ADD and ADHD throughout his primary schooling before explaining that these issues continued to plague him in his first years of college.

“I was still struggling,” Kelly said. “I couldn’t pay attention. I couldn’t study. Eventually, I’m not even going to class anymore.”

But one book from his campus bookstore transformed his life.

“One day, I’m wandering across campus and happen to go into the bookstore to buy gum or something, and I see this book on the shelf,” Kelly said. “I was interested enough that I took my gum money, purchased the book, went back to my dorm room and laid there for the next three days on my unmade dorm room bed and read the stories.”

The book was “The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolfe which told of how astronauts during earlier space travel reached their success.

“If I could just become a better student, maybe I could one day become an astronaut,” Kelly said.

And he did.

The rest of Kelly’s speech followed his adventures and mishaps that he experienced during his more than 500 days in space, while the crowd, packed shoulder-to-shoulder, listened intently on.

Although a career as an astronaut requires intense focus and drive to study, Kelly certainly kept his humor throughout his travels, and he sprinkled his speech with plenty of jokes to keep the crowd entertained and smiling.

“If we can dream it, we can do it,” Kelly said.

“If we have a plan, if we’re willing to take the the risks and make mistakes, if we focus on the things we can control and ignore what we can’t, if we test the status-quo and if we work as a team, because teamwork makes the dream work, and if we do that, then the sky is definitely not the limit.”

Rhymes, Mickens earn All-American status

April 19th, 2018

On Tuesday, Hutchinson Community College sophomore guard, J.J. Rhymes was named first-team NJCAA All-American along with Jayhawk Conference Player of the year. His honor marks the third-year-straight that the HutchCC men’s basketball team has had a player in the first-team NJCAA All-American.

Rhymes played as a freshman and contributed to win a national championship in 2017, and this year carried the Blue Dragons to the NJCAA National Tournament again.

Rhymes hit his career-high of 41 points December 6, against Butler 82-80. Rhymes hit the game-winning shot with a 3-pointer as the buzzer went off.

In addition to his career-high, Rhymes became number 11 in Blue Dragon history to score 700 points in a season with 704 total points. He also made the career Top 10 scoring list, placing with 1,295 points.

Rhymes is one of two Jayhawk Conference players to have earned a spot in the All-American this 2018 season. The second being Coffeyville guard Travis Washington.