Posts Tagged ‘Opinion’

The Unfortunate Events of Brenna: My Flu Experience

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

On Feb. 14, most people were out enjoying the warm and welcoming Valentine’s Day weather. After all of my classes were over by 3:40 p.m., I had all intentions of being outside and enjoying the heat as well. That all ended once I took a 20-minute nap waiting for my dad to show up and give me a sheet of paper I forgot at home.

When I got up from the nap, I had a horrible headache and felt like I had to have been traveling through time, missing the wonderful day outside. When I met my dad and sister, we got pizza at Little Caesars. I took some home and got ready for bed. I started coughing trying to get the tickle out of my throat.

That didn’t work because when I woke up the next morning, I was burning up and it felt like the end of the world going on in my head. I texted my mom, asking what I should do. She told me to go to the doctor right away and take medicine.

I then smacked my head remembering that my car had been taken that morning to be worked on and wasn’t going to be returned until Friday morning. Not knowing what to do, I decided to head over to the Student Health Center. I was sweating really bad already and knew I had to have the flu. I just needed another opinion that was free.

Turns out I definitely had symptoms of the flu. So the nurse gave me a mask so I could tell my teachers I was sick and get what I needed done for the day.

I went back to the dorms and waited while watching comfort movies for my dad to get off work and buy my medicine. I then waited until he was really finished with work.

When he finally got there, I stripped my bed to get everything washed and started disinfecting the room. I let my roommate know that I was sick, so that she was aware of the germs in the room. She offered to drive me home, but my dad got there first.

So I spent Friday at home in Little River, during its Homecoming, being sick and miserable. My family was also a little sick, but not as bad as me I guess. I didn’t feel back to normal until Tuesday. I guess the flu is supposed to last a week.

On the bright side, I spent the weekend rewatching “The Vampire Diaries” and being fed home-cooked meals.

Brenna Eller is a Little River freshmen in Journalism.

A new beginning for The Collegian

Friday, December 1st, 2017

By Brad Hallier
Collegian Advisor

I’ve never been an educator before this semester started. All I’ve ever known in the professional world was being a sports journalist.

When my time as a newspaper guy ended on May 31st of this year, my future was as uncertain as a typical college student’s. Fortunately, some outstanding people at Hutchinson Community College recommended that I become the new journalism instructor and adviser to The Hutchinson Collegian.

I love journalism. After my family and soccer, journalism is my true love. Having the opportunity to teach college students journalism was intriguing and exciting. Really, all I wanted to do this semester was pass on my love of journalism.

I don’t know whether I succeeded in that or not. But here’s what I do know – the seven students who were on staff this semester worked their baguettes off to make The Collegian the source to read news about HutchCC.

While I have never been an educator before, I didn’t come into this semester naïve. I’m well aware of what had happened with The Collegian the last few years and that there were some bridges burned. But I wasn’t concerned with any of that. One of the first days of class, I let my students know what our goal was for this semester – to have people read our product.

I wanted to see students looking at our newspaper. I wanted to see faculty and staff reading it. I wanted an increased web presence and improved social media. I wanted to see people sharing stories on Facebook and retweeting stories on Twitter.

Again, I don’t know how well we succeeded at that, but the results were encouraging. Several times this semester, the student-publications box in Lockman Hall was empty. Small newspaper stacks in Shears Technology Center, Lockman, Parker Student Union and the Sports Arena were often gone, or, at least, had been shifted around.

The students have done some outstanding work. From the Halloween edition to problems with Student Health Services to the best sports features on Blue Dragon athletes seen in this publication maybe ever, I can’t say enough about how well Merissa Anderson, Emma Cox, “Unfortunate” Brenna Eller, Amanda Carney, Lucas Barlow, Jack Greenwood and Cassidy Crites have done this semester.

I’ve never been in journalism for myself. Compliments, while appreciated, often embarrass me. And rest assured, I’ve heard a ton of compliments this semester, often geared toward me.

I appreciate it. I really do. But The Collegian is not about me. I never want to see my name in this publication again. This publication is by the students, and for the students and entire HutchCC community.

We’re living in interesting times, especially when it comes to journalism. When practiced properly and ethically, it’s one of the most rewarding and noble professions in the world. My hope is to guide students who take my class, and help them practice journalism the right way.

To the students of HutchCC, keep reading the newspaper. Take a journalism class (we have tacos and pizza!). And to the faculty and staff, thank you for welcoming me to your world. I hope you’re as happy with The Collegian as I have been. And please, if you have one of my students in class and you’ve liked what you’ve read and seen, pay them a compliment. They’re the ones who deserve it.

From online high school in Kingman, Kansas to Hutch CC

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

By Emma Cox

Campus Editor

When I first tell people that I did three years of high school online, they are shocked and tell me that they would have never guessed that about me because I don’t act shy at all.

In reality, I was terrified when I first started my college career. I had no idea what it was going to be like walking into a classroom again after three years of being an online student.

Doing online schooling had its benefits. I was able to be home with my family, and I was also able to work a full-time job that I had for over two years before I moved into the dorms. I learned a lot of self-discipline and self-motivation. I didn’t have a teacher reminding me about assignments and I didn’t have books for classes or physical homework.

Online schooling also had its downfalls for me. I lost a lot of ‘friends’ when I left Kingman High School. I quickly learned that they weren’t even my real friends. I wasn’t able to participate in many of the school activities with the few friends that did stick around because I wasn’t considered a Kingman High student, but at the same time I was. That didn’t make sense at all. I had to skip out on my senior prom, which wasn’t much of a loss to me considering I had no real interest in going.

When I decided that I was going to attend Hutchinson Community College, I didn’t know what to expect. I was going to be roommates with a complete stranger and didn’t know a lot of people.

When I went to my first class I was a little nervous, but luckily I had my brother in that class, so I had someone to talk to and I wouldn’t be sitting there all awkward like I normally would. When it came to us introducing myself to the class, I was like a deer in the headlights and quickly said what I had to say. I ran into the same situation with my other classes but I made it through.

Sometimes, I find it hard to go places on my own, even if it is just to go to Rimmer Learning Center to print something off, but I manage to convince myself to go.

As the semester is coming to a close, I managed to make some good friends and get to know my surroundings more. I speak out more in class, and I’ve gotten more comfortable talking with new people.
So far I have had an amazing experience and hopefully it continues on.

Bernie Sanders wins at promoting his ideas

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Troy Daugherty

At this point Bernie Sanders is most likely not going to be the Democratic nominee.

After this Tuesday’s primaries, in which Clinton won four out of the five states, he is behind over 300 pledged delegates. That number rises to over 800 when super-delegates, which are stupid, are calculated in as well.

That means that he would have to win around 80% of the remaining delegates to get the nomination.
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Thirteen ways to avoid pesky click-bait media

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Casey Jones

Almost every college student has a social network account, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

However, many users have probably noticed that over the course of the past year or so that many posts have turned from a standard status, tweet, or text post to a seemingly never-ending stream of links to “news” articles that dance around whatever topic was mentioned in the headline.

So, here are my 13 amazing ways to avoid click-bait media! You won’t believe number 6.

One: Avoid any links that start with a number followed by “ways to…” or anything of the sort. This is the key giveaway to basically any “Buzzfeed” style news article.
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Transgenderism of children is just child abuse

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Angela Lingg

Child abuse—those two words can make anyone’s blood boil with anger and their heart break with sadness. The smallest most innocent member of our societies are to be protected and nurtured.

The College of Pediatricians recently published a controversial statement, written by several medical doctors, to educators and legislators to “reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex.”
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Psychedelic mushrooms: Cheap, fun and illegal

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Ethan Ball

Psilocybin mushrooms, otherwise known by their street names of psychedelic mushrooms or “boomers,” are nothing new to humans.

Historians believe that hallucinogens may have been used as far back as 9000 BCE in North Africa.

There are collectively more than 200 species of psilocybin mushrooms, ranging from the psilocybe azurescens, aka “Flying Saucer Mushrooms,” to psilocybe cubensis, aka “Shrooms.”
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Stereotypes feed the fire of overt racism

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Casey Jones

In modern society, many people believe racism to be a thing of the past.

However, with the rise of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign, it is clear that this is not the case. In fact, a world that is free of racism may never come to be.

There have been societal problems between different ethnic groups throughout the course of history, but why is that?
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Clinton’s lead is not quite what it seems

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Troy Daugherty

If you have been keeping up with the Democratic Primary, then you have probably noticed that Hillary Clinton has compiled a huge lead.

Or, at least, it looks like a huge lead, looking just at the graphs.

However, a lot of these graphs are misleading because they include super-delegates into the delegate counts for each candidate.
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Cursing is a hard habit to break, but it’s worth it

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Taryn Gillespie

Growing up, cursing was a big no-no.

Whether you got soap, lemon juice, hot sauce of something else in the mouth, it was a reminder to not say it again.

Saying a curse word at school was an even bigger mistake.

First you have to visit the principal’s office, then punishment from your parents when you got home.
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