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The International Pancake Day race was March 8. Seward students were involved in events from the International Race to the Miss Liberal Pageant. Seward Student Alex Richards represented Olney, England, this year. — Pages 2B-3B

The 83rd annual Academy Awards were Feb. 28. Awards were given to this year’s best films. — Page 4B

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News notes • SPRING BREAK is March 13-20. There will be no classes at SCCC/ATS, but campus offices will be open regular hours. • TIME SPRINGS FORWARD March 13 when daylight saving time begins. Set clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. Safety professionals also suggest using daylight saving time as a reminder to change batteries in all home smoke alarms. • SCHOLARSHIP applications for the fall semester of 2011 are due in the Office of Student Financial Aid by April 1 for priority deadline. • LIBRARY EXHIBIT on William Allen White: Sage of Emporia, is a traveling exhibit open to the public at the Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School library. For more information, contact the library at (620) 417-1160. • XTREME CHALLENGE will be March 30, with area high school students on campus for academic challenges, tours and a chance to win prizes. High school students can register for the event through March 21. For information, go to, click on More Events and then on Xtreme Challenge. • THE PHONATHON to raise money for SCCC/ATS scholarships will be April 5-7, 9-10. The goal for the phonathon is $33,000. Students will be calling alumni, friends, family and members of the local community. Anyone wishing to make a pledge in advance should call the SCCC/ATS Foundation office at 417-1131 or go to to donate online by credit card. • CUSTOM CAR SHOW with proceeds for student scholarships will be April 10 at the tech school, 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal. Entries can start setting up cars at 9 a.m., and the public is invited from 1-5 p.m., to see the show, hear the Sound Off event, and vote for the People’s Choice Awards to be awarded at 4 p.m. A $20 registration to enter a vehicle includes two lunch tickets. Classes are pickups, motorcycles, classic cars, muscle cars, street rods, imports, tractors, low riders and stock cars. For information, call (620) 417-1154. • TELOLITH SUBMISSION deadline is March 11. Poems, short fiction, and personal essays must be submitted to Bill McGlothing who can be contacted at (620) 417-1457 or at Drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, or two- or threedimensional art can be submitted to Susan Copas who can be contacted at (620) 417-1453 or at

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Erika Nelson visited the Seward campus and talked about experiences as a traveling artist. — Page 1B

Mad for Chad World-record-holding juggler, Mad Chad Taylor, performed at Seward on March 2. — Page 1B

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Nguyen receives U.S. citizenship Li zul y Monarrez Crusader Staff Ann Nguyen — a cheerleader, a dancer, a pre-med student, and, as of this year, a U.S. citizen. Seward student Ann Nguyen, along with her dad Binh Nguyen and brother Thanh Nguyen, recently completed the final steps to a lengthy citizenship process and now each can proudly say, “I am an American!” Nguyen first came to the United States from Vietnam with her parents in 2002. Nguyen and her family arrived in Arlington, Texas, where she started the fifth grade, and completed her junior high education. Her family then moved to Liberal in 2006 where she began her freshman year at Liberal High School. The period of time to become a U.S. citizen, between sending in the completed application and the interview, can vary from five months to more than two years. For Nguyen, though, the period of time waiting for her next appointment was more anguishing than studying for it. “It’s actually not that hard. I had government in high school, so basically I learned everything already. I just reviewed a little bit. The hardest part was the process. It takes forever! I started way back last year. I had to take several trips to Wichita. First it was for the fingerprints, then to get an interview, then for the final oath.” Nguyen enjoys cheerleading, dancing and her nursing classes, while still finding time for her family and friends. Jennyfer Thach, a good friend and supporter of Nguyen, admires all she has done. “I want to congratulate her on getting her citizenship. Now she feels more comfortable fitting in and isn’t categorized as not being considered an American.” Nguyen has been determined and has conquered the obstacles from not speaking any

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English to fluently mastering the language. “She’s come a long way. When I first met her, you could tell she had just come from Vietnam, and now she fits in so well: the way she speaks, dresses, acts—she’s just so Americanized. And she’s doing great in cheerleading and dancing. I’m really proud of her,” Thach added. Nancy Bansemer, Nguyen’s instructor at Allied Health, along with Nguyen’s peers, surprised Nguyen with a surprise party when she got back from taking her citizenship oath last semester. “Ann told us she was going to be absent one day to take her test for citizenship, and that was all she said about it. A couple of weeks later she informed me she had to go back to take the oath. Whenever she was gone for it, we decided we would have a surprise party for her, Nguyen and we had balloons, cake and decorations in red, white and blue.”   Bansemer admires Nguyen’s tenacity and her devotion to the program. “She’s a very strong student. She’s very devoted, and how she manages to be on the cheer team, the dance team, plus making excellent grades in nursing, which is a full-time plus program, is beyond us. We don’t know how she manages, but she does a great job.” Nguyen’s enthusiasm for school and extracurricular activities has taken her a long way, and with her recent naturalization, she can only foreshadow all of the future success that is hoped for her. Ann addresses her desire to become an American. “I’ve lived in America, so I always wanted to be an American, and now I am an American!”

Abbie Dowell looks over science fair displays with her mom Tanya Dowell at the Southwest Regional Science Fair on March 5 at Seward County Community College. Seventyone exhibits were presented at the science fair. Chemistry and physics instructor William Bryan is a coordinator for the regional science fair. • For more, see story on Page 2.

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In order to celebrate the sesquicentennial, or 150th birthday, of Kansas, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is promoting Saints in Service during the last week of March. Saints in Service would consist of campus club members volunteering to help in the community. The goal is to reach 150 hours of community service; however, there is no limit to the number of hours Saints can volunteer. “We want to give back to the community, since throughout the Foundation the community helps the college,” Wade Lyon, director of student activities, said. A way to implement the celebration of 150 years since the birth of Kansas was to tie it with the Saints in Service, Lyon said. “Afterward, we could give back to the community every year.” Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, and Lyon are working towards incorporating campus clubs with the community. SCCC/ATS clubs and organizations will be asked for their support in helping with the celebration of the sesquicentennial of Kansas.

Activities that students may be performing during Saints In Service include, but are not limited to, painting, raking, reading, moving items and even building a garden for the Mosaic center. Donovan said those who would like to be considered for a Saints In Service project or activity should contact Lyon at 417-1064 by March 16. Lyon said projects are open to help not only the organizations, but also the community in general. The community service will be distributed based on club interests. “For example, the criminal justice club wants to clear up graffiti,” Donovan said. If a club shows interests, they can request volunteer work in that area. Even the city of Liberal was named after a liberal and generous man, Mr. S.S. Rogers, who gave water out freely to travellers. “You have a lot of determination in Kansas, the Dust Bowl affected the land, but farmers did not leave," Emery Swagerty, librarian technician, said. “The determination of the pioneers of Kansas is still with us, Greensburg was destroyed by a tornado, but now it is being rebuilt. Saints helped the community, and now they are doing it again.”

Kansas House says no to in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants Li zul y Monnarez Crusader staff A bill that would repeal a law passed by the Kansas legislature in 2004 granting in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrant students cleared the Kansas House of Representatives in late February. The House voted 6949 to approve the bill, which is now pending action in the state Senate. The current law grants in-state tuition to illegal immigrants who have graduated from a Kansas high school or received a GED, lived in Kansas at least three years, and pledged to become citizens. Last fall, 413 Kansas university and college students — including more than 60 at Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School — received this benefit. Unsuccessful attempts to repeal the law have been launched previously, but with different representatives sitting in this session of the state legislature, the effort to repeal the bill has gained more attention. Seward President Dr. Duane Dunn suggests why. “The repeal was unsuccessful, probably because of the people that were in the legislature at the time,” Dunn said. “I think this year there’s more emotional passion about illegal immigration.” Supporters of the law argue that the current law costs the state about $1 million a year. Some also believe that these students are eligible for state and federal assistance for tuition. Dunn emphasized that is not true because the students do not qualify for those benefits.

“They don’t get state or federal assistance, and I don’t think some people understand that. I think they believe these students get Pell grants, federal loans or whatever, but they are not eligible for that,” Dunn said. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he has no current position on the in-state tuition issue, but believes that immigration issues should be handled at the federal level, not by states. “The legislature is wrestling with the issue of whether or not to grant in-state tuition rates to somebody that is here illegally although they went to school here in a legal fashion, and I’m watching the process to see what the legislature resolves to do with it,” Brownback said. “I do believe that immigration should be handled at a federal level, not at a state level.” Supporters of the in-state tuition bill say the current law gives an advantage to the students of undocumented immigrants over students in Kansas legally, but opponents suggest that the bill would penalize students who had no choice in following their parents to the United States. They also argue that it would discourage students from continuing their college education after the state invested in their public elementary and high school educations. If the bill passes in the Senate, it would remove in-state tuition rates for students who are not here legally. Students who would not qualify for in-state tuition could still attend regents colleges in Kansas but pay the international tuition rates.

Kappa Beta Delta inducts 13 members at spring ceremony Dei si Barboza Online editor

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Kappa Beta Delta members stand together after the induction ceremony. Thirteen members, majoring in business, were inducted into the organization.

Thirteen Seward County Community College students were inducted during the spring induction ceremony of Kappa Beta Delta. Those 13 new inductees are Rafael Raw, Cristiano Mendes, Yaneth Mendoza, Irma Ortega, Mitchell Foster, Adriana Vazquez, Blake Bradley, Adam Regier, Antoine Freitas Jr., Lucas Izkovitz, Raphael Machado, Jaime Maldonado and Felipe Cruz. In order to become members of Kappa Beta Delta, students must have declared business as their major, already completed 15 hours of college credit, six hours of business classes and have a 3.25 GPA. Those who qualify accept the invite. “I feel very honored to be in Kappa Beta Delta,” said inductee Adriana Vazquez. The ceremony was led by current member Ro-

gelio Alvarez. Alvarez had the task of reading the names of all the inductees. “It wasn’t my first time (speaking to a crowd). It was a little challenging to pronounce all the names but I’m proud to have this experience,” Alvarez said. Alvarez also had some advice to give to other students at Seward. “I do recommend to everyone who has the chance to join because it’s internationally recognized and there’s opportunities for scholarships,” Alvarez said. During the ceremony, an honorary membership award was presented to Rozelle Webb. “I’m honored that they thought of me,” Webb said. Webb has worked with SIFE in the past with their job fairs. Kappa Beta Delta sponsor Tanya Dowell has several activities planned for Kappa Beta Delta. Dowell’s main goal is to have the members socialize with local business members.




Southwest Kansas Regional Science Fair draws 120 students to present 71 exhibits The Southwest Kansas Regional Science Fair on the Seward campus hosted competitors from six area towns March 5 and advanced 35 winners to the state level. The Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair will be April 12 at the Exploration Place in Wichita. Fourth-graders through seniors from Liberal, Rolla, Elkhart, Ulysses and Garden City who were top scorers in their local science fairs were the ones who qualified to compete in the regional science fair in Liberal Saturday, according to SCCC/ATS chemistry and physics instructor William Bryan. Bryan served as coordinator for the Southwest Kansas Regional Science Fair, which encompasses 17 counties in the southwest corner of Kansas. “We had 76 exhibits pre-entered with 71 actually presenting on Saturday. This involved the 120 student participants as well as

their parents, grandparents and teachers who came onto the SCCC/ATS campus to support them,” Bryan said. Bryan explained that the regional science fair is an opportunity for students to participate in a scientific investigative research project. The students choose a topic to test, they propose a variable to investigate and design the procedure in order to test their hypothesis. For example, Bryan said, this year's winning project in the senior category used the Gulf oil spill for an idea and decided to test different types of materials that could be used to clean up oil from saltwater. They designed their experiment to test three different substances for effectiveness: straw, hay, and magic sand (originally designed to clean up oil). The intermediate category winner tested the effect of drinking water and physical activity on a human's electrical charge and the junior category winner tested how distance traveled was effected when using a heated, room temperature and frozen

baseball. In addition to the science fair projects that started the day and the awards ceremony that ended the day, Saturday afternoon activities for the entrants were set up in the Hobble Academic Building. The science faculty and staff at the college, along with second year chemistry students and student ambassadors designed and supervised the activities, Bryan said. Activities included best paper airplanes, racing balloons, observing chromatography separation of black ink, testing strength of potential building materials, and creating paper designs with UV light. Seward County Community College has hosted the regional science fair for three years. “It is good to see the growth,” Bryan said. “The first year we had 13 exhibits, last year we increased to 42 exhibits. This was the third year of hosting the event, and we increased to 71 exhibits competing. I have no doubt we will top 100 next year.”

Instructor travels to Zimbabwe on a mission Dei si Barboza Online editor Business instructor Kim Thomas spent a week in Zimbabwe Feb. 24-March 2 for a mission trip through the Methodist church. “I thought it would be perfect as an economy instructor to see another economy, especially a third world country,” Thomas said. This was not Thomas’s first time abroad. “I find traveling abroad interesting and it helps me understand different better economies.” Thomas said. The trip to Zimbabwe started with driving to the airport in Wichita, flying to Chicago, Washington D.C., Johannesburg, Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, and then a three-hour drive to

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Kim Thomas with her husband and the superintendent of the school she helped at during her Africa trip. Mutare. The flight in total was 24 hours. Once in Mutare, the group Thomas traveled with worked on sending school supplies to local schools and birthing kits to hospitals. “They were very appreciated,” Thomas said.

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During the trip, Thomas stayed with a host family to get a better view of life in Mutare. “The thing I noticed the most was that the people were so kind. They don’t have the luxuries we have but they were willing to give up anything to help one another,” Thomas said. Thomas wishes to be able to go back to Mutare, as a school called Workforce Skills School is currently being built. “If we get to go back I want to help teach,” Thomas said. Thomas noted the school will offer various classes such as beekeeping and music. Computer skills and business is also planned to be offered and that is what Thomas is interested in teaching. Thomas hopes to return to Mutare next summer.

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Hei dy Mol i na Crusader staff The Leadership conference in Chicago left six Hispanic American Leadership Organization members with a different view of what they can accomplish when one gets actively involved instead of hiding in the background waiting for things to happen. Elizabeth Medina, Marycarmen Perez, Nakita Martinez and Erika Pacheco were the four members that attended the conference this year. “I decided to go on the trip because I thought it would be a great experience to meet new people and learn more about HALO and how people had become a success in life,” freshman Nakita Martinez said. The Leadership conference occurs every year, but this is only the sixth year that HALO has attended. In order for the students to attend the conference, they have to raise funds and participate in a volunteer activity. Students have the opportunity to volunteer at the Baker Arts Center for their French market to meet the required volunteer activity. The conference follows the

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same format every year. “They have workshops, meetings, different speakers at breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Frances Brown, HALO sponsor, said. Even though the set up of the conference is the same, they never have the same speakers or the same workshops from the previous year. The conference is set up to revolves around issues that are occurring mostly recently in the world. Some of the people that spoke at the conference were Sen. Dick Durbin from Illinois and the man that protected U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gifford from an assassination attempt on Jan. 8, Daniel Hernandez, and former NASA astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez. Brown enjoyed Dr. Jose Hernandez and his whole message about the diversity of thought. The conference doesn’t only inform students about issues going on today, but it also tries to show the hardships many hispanics have tried to overcome. According to Brown, the conference is about honoring hispanic heroes, their works and how hard hispanics have worked to get to where they are today. “It was just really neat having a small group of girls to go and they got to interact with stu-

dents from other places and different speakers,” Brown said. The group thought that they were the only people from the midwest region of the country, but there was a group there from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Topics discussed made an impact on some of the girls. “Everything discussed at the meetings made me realize that just because we’re hispanics doesn't mean we can’t own a company, that we can’t be our own boss, or that we can’t be the president some day,” Pacheco said. “We’re making a difference in this world and people don't realize it.” The experience allowed Martinez to reflect on the impact that she can make within the community and she hopes to attend again next year. “I would love to go to Chicago again next year and experience something new again just like I did this year,” Martinez said. “It influenced me into wanting to become something in life and be proud of my heritage. I learned that any hispanic can make a difference in our community by stepping up and standing up for his or her rights.”

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SC student reflects on his 140-pound weight loss journey Jose Rodri guez Crusader staff

exercise plan in check. I would go running daily, but only at night because I did not want people to see I’ll never forget the me running, or attempting to run joke my government back then. teacher made about me. I enrolled in a personal wellness He was talking about class because I needed my physical the voting process and education credit, but I was so embarhow tiny the booths are; rassed to go to the gym. Everyone he gave the example would think I was stupid because I “fitting into one of didn’t know how to use the mathose booths is like Jose chines. I tried to make up so many trying to fit into that excuses until I finally forced myself desk.” I laughed along to go — and I loved it. with the rest of the I’m proud to say I’ve become class, but it hurt. quite the gym rat as I try to go at I remember having least three times a week, and I’m not weight problems since even enrolled in a PE class this sethe fourth grade when I mester. I can run in front of people had to start wearing size now without feeling embarrassed or husky jeans. It never re- THIS PICTURE was the wake-up call for SC student Jose Rodriguez, who THE RESULT was a slimmer Rodriguez, who lost 140 pounds in one year. ashamed. If they stare, let them. It’s ally bothered me be- began his weight loss journey last spring. Rodriguez was 414 pounds and Rodriguez continues to eat healthier and exercise regularly by running all for me. cause it was always two points away from being diabetic at the time, according to his doctor. and visiting the Wellness Center. My favorite thing about the someone else’s problem weight loss is that I can shop in with my weight. Usualtrendier stores. I don’t have to shop ly my father’s problem, or the person who threw I was really looking at myself. I stared at the pic- diet of foods high in sodium and fat. I was so shak- in the older gentlemen’s section, and stores will some fat jokes my way. I lost weight a couple ture on my computer screen in awe, was I really en after the appointment. I knew I had done this to more than likely carry my size. times before, usually in the summer, or when I had that big? I stared at the picture for 5 minutes before myself. Diabetes runs in my family, so I knew my A couple years ago I bought a plaid pea coat that to go visit my father because he made me stay ac- I closed out of it, but I could not stop thinking risks would be greater. Sager put me on Phenter- did not fit me. I bought it because I wanted to motive. However, I always ended up gaining it back. I about it. I was huge; I looked like one of those peo- mine to help suppress my appetite, and Metaformin tivate myself to fit into it; I always had the habit to help me with my blood sugar. stayed around the same weight in high school but ple they do television specials on. of buying clothes that did not fit me but I never atMy feet always hurt so much, my left leg had Something changed in me after that visit; I was tempted to fit into them. When I cleaned out my it wasn’t until I got to college that I felt like I spiswollen abnormally to the point where I could not not going to become another statistic to the grow- closet in the fall, I found it stashed away in the raled out of control. I was not prepared to start college so I coped by even wear jeans anymore because it constrained the ing obesity epidemic. Weight loss became my No. back. I tried it on and it fit like a glove. eating, a lot. I would eat fast food every day. My leg. I broke chairs in the Crusader office. I finally 1 priority. I’m so thankful my mother and friends were so The next day I literally woke up and changed my supportive of me. The day after the doctor’s apfriend and I would get out of class and decide on a had a look at myself and had enough. I made an apfast food restaurant for that day. Sometimes I would pointment with Dr. Bob Sager, who was renowned eating habits, I ate breakfast. I started off small, but pointment, my mother started buying special food for his treatment of obesity, and sat in the waiting I started changing how and what I ate, and I lost 30 items to help me with my diet and trying too cook eat fast food three times a day. pounds in the first month. Sager told me it was one more food at home so I would not eat out as much. From the fall of 2008 to the winter of 2010 I room uncertain of what was to come. He asked me what I was there for, and I wasn’t of the best starts he had seen in years. I stayed on moved up four jean sizes, and went from a XXL to I look through my pictures on Facebook and I a 4XL. Yet, it didn’t bother me. Random people sure, honestly. The other thing I was dreading about the pills and saw excellent results. just wonder, how did I let myself get so big? I’m Everything was smooth until I found out Sager tempted to untag and delete everything, but I can’t always asked me if I was interested in buying their the doctor’s visit was weighing myself. I don’t weight loss products, but I shrugged it off. Why did think I had weighed myself for three or four years. committed suicide that summer. I had only been pretend it never happened. I find it hard to believe I When I saw the number on the scale, I was really seeing him for a few months then, but his death af- lost 140 pounds in the last year. they care what I looked like? fected me because the person who was supposed to Until one night when one of the Crusader staff taken aback. I weighed 414 pounds. It was all a part of my life. Although I had some I didn’t feel like someone who weighed that be guiding me was feeling so unwell that he took great times when I was morbidly obese, now it is photographers took a picture of me working at a computer in the student newsroom. It was then that much. He took my blood sugar and told me I was his own life. It was a bump in the road, but I did time to start a new chapter in a slimmer volume of I had an out-of-body experience. It was the first time two points away from being diabetic. He said I was not let it stop me. my life. so lucky I wasn’t already diabetic, considering my I started seeing a new doctor and kept my diet and lost






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Kansas tuition law wrong plan for illegal college students The Kansas House of Representatives recently voted 69-49 to approve a bill that would repeal a law passed in 2004 granting in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrant students who meet certain requirements. Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has the second highest number of illegal immigrant students receiving in state-tuition at more than 60 students, from a total of 413 students in the state. Johnson County Community College has the most with 84 students. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he currently does not have a position on this issue but believes that immigration issues should be handled at a federal, not a state level. “The legislature is wrestling with the issue of whether or not to grant in-state tuition rates to somebody that is here illegally although they went to school here in a legal fashion, and I’m watching the process to see what the legislature resolves to do with it. I’m going to see what they end up deciding to do with it,” Brownback said. “I do believe that immigration should be handled at a federal level, not at a state level.” Under the current law passed in 2004, Kansas students, whether here legally or not, are eligible for in-state tuition rates if they met a set of requirements that include having graduated from a Kansas high school or receiving a GED, lived in Kansas for at least three years and have pledged to become United States citizens. Seward County Community College President Dr. Duane Dunn said he believes that the current law is fair, because it provides towards a better educated population in the state of Kansas. “My perspective is an educated populace is a better populace, and another thing is they are on a path towards citizenship, so they’ve already made that commitment to become a citizen,” Dunn said. “It’s not like they don’t want to become citizens. It’s not like they don’t want to be educated. They’ve already made that commitment, so I think overall it’s a fair law.” Supporters of having the law repealed argue that the current law costs about $1 million a year for the state. However, many supporters of the current law counter that by saying the amount lost if students choose to continue their education outside of the state could

cost the state losses of about $900,000. “Whether it’s better not only because of the economic benefits— an educated person tends to have a better job, attract more employers that want to hire them at a higher wage, so there’s an economic aspect—but it’s somewhat of a civic improvement, too, because those students interact with people. They have to think about decisions they’re making, justify their decisions, think through them, or meet other people in order to become a better person by being more educated,” Dunn said. “So, even if it’s a million dollars I think the benefits of having a better educated populace offsets that million dollars.” Gov. Brownback believes that, at this point, an incentive to repeal the law isn’t about money issues, it’s about frustration around illegal immigration that hasn’t been controlled by the federal government. “It will make it more expensive for them because they’ll have to pay out-of-state instead of in-state rates and that will have that impact on them,” said Brownback. “I think it’s more about immigration than it is about anything else, and the country is very frustrated that we haven’t resolved our illegal immigration problem and that’s what this issue is far more about.” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who also helped draft Arizona law SB 1070, has been a key player in the attempt to repeal the law passed in 2004. Kobach was in Liberal as part of a legislative forum to discuss many issues, including immigration. He spoke of his disapproval of the DREAM Act, and also of his disapproval for the law granting in-state tuition rates for illegal Kansas residents. “In 2004, a coalition of should I say, liberals and moderates in the Kansas legislature have passed that law. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was pushing for it as well and signed it into effect, and Kansas is now one of the states breaking federal law and the DREAM Act would actually basically take those 10 states off the hook,” Kobach said. Kobach believes that under this situation, students who are over the age of 18 and were brought here as children by their parents have the responsibility to their “home country.” “Once you turn 18 you are gaining what is called “unlawful presence” under the federal law and you have the obligation to go back to your home country,” Kobach said.

It’s not like they don’t want to become citizens. It’s not like they don’t want to be educated. They’ve already made that commitment, so I think overall it’s a fair law.


Do you believe illegal immigrants in Kansas should qualify for in-state tuition?

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However, having these students return to their “home country” even after receiving a K-12 public education doesn’t seem like it would be a reasonable solution, according to Dunn. “No, I don’t think it’s a realistic thing. They’re not going to go back home. They’re residents here, and, again, it goes back to them to wanting to become citizens,” Dunn said. “They’re doing what is available to them to become citizens, and I think that’s one of the things I really like about the law is that we’ll give you in-state tuition, we’ll give you this benefit, but you as the student have the responsibility to also be a good student, you have the responsibility to pay your fees. It’s just a tuition rate, it’s not like it’s free education, and you have the responsibility to become a citizen. It’s not just everything’s free to you and you have no responsibility. There is another side to it as well.” Topeka was the site of the 1954 landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education that called for the end of segregation of blacks and whites in public schools. This landmark case showed that Kansas was willing to set a precedent on equality based on merit, and not racial background. Fast forward to 2011 where Topeka is now the site of the Kansas Senate voting on a repeal of the state law passed in 2004 that allows in state-tuition rates for illegal immigrants who have met a set of requirements and hope to become United States citizens someday. The Crusader staff believes that cost issues should not be touted as the problem in this issue, because it all goes towards making our society a better place in the future. If states are frustrated with immigration problems they should work together to get the issue resolved, not all come up with a quilt of different immigration law patches they want to sew together in order to fix the problem. Making it more difficult for hardworking students who want to receive an education and hope to become citizens in the future seems like the wrong approach to fixing such a large scale problem, and in the end all the government is doing is making society a worse, less educated place. These students have already received a K-12 public education, why would lawmakers want to set up barriers for them to put that education to use instead of letting these students give back to society? Students who believe the repealing of this law is unfair can contact Gov. Brownback at or Kansas Sen. Garrett Love on Facebook at or Twitter at “Some of them didn’t even have the choice to come to the United States, and if they have been here for a long time already and have helped the community then they should deserve to have the chance to become citizens and get an education. ”

“I agree with them graduating because they will show the hard work they have put in to furthering their education.”

Michael Mages


Day dreamer finds new hopes, goals after education at Seward Joseph Hoffman Crusader Staff

As the winter months come to a close, the sun begins to shine a little

longer, and the grass becomes a bit greener, many of us are reminded that our Seward County days are coming to an end. The end of the junior college era may pose different ideas for each individual waiting for the day of graduation. Some giddy with joy to finally be able to escape the binds of Liberal, Kan. Others are excited that they have accomplished their first two years of college and can’t wait to complete the next step towards a successful life. Then there are probably the students who are still sitting in the dorms or their apartment wondering what they should do next, not having that sense of closure that everyone else may seem to have. Two categories may come from this group.

One may be afraid what life has in store for them, clinging on to what they know and hold dear, which by no means is wrong. The other group may feel like there is nothing for them after this, they have reached their prime, therefore concluding they will never be able to accomplish anything greater then what they have. For the latter crowd there is still hope. Just because life isn’t planned out step by step does not mean it will not be a grand adventure. The means of finding this grand ambition is by first finding what drives you. Your hopes and dreams, your ambition. Life without ambition is like having a brand new car with no gasoline it. For the longest time I personally felt

this was the stage of my life that I should have every little detail figured out. From being with my peers, I saw that they had everything together and I was just the kid who missed his chance. I would sit and daydream of all the things that could have been, if only I would have done something in my past a certain way. This type of vain dreaming is the trap that many fall into. “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” T.E. Watson’s quote says it best. For if we do not put actions behind

our dreams, they are meaningless. For we all have potential to become someone great, to change the world in a way people may have never thought possible. But first we must find what drives us, our passions, and act on them. Do not be afraid to be dreamers, to be the ones that people fear because of your youth and spontaneity. Once you realize who you are as a person and know what to do with your qualities, you will be able to make great things happen. n Joseph Hoffman, who dreams by night and wakes up to make his dreams come true by morning, can be reached at


Abuse statistics help student see relationships in a new light Heidy Molina Crusader Staff

Every day as I walk around campus, I notice many couples holding hands and

giving the impression that they are just the luckiest people on the planet. With some it maybe so, but with others it is the complete opposite. Many relationships are plagued by the abusive partner. Abuse is abuse. I don’t care if it is emotional, mental or physical. It makes me wonder how much women and men alike are willing to go through just to be with the person that they “love.” I wouldn’t be willing give up my life in order to have a relationship. Many people don’t know how to leave the abusive partner. Some say it is because they love them, others because they are scared. Well, as I learned in psychology, it is because of learned helplessness. After being beat on for a period of time a person can just give up all sense of wanting to help herself.

What shocked me the most while going through this in class is that, according to instructor Katy Redd, one out of four women/teenagers will experience abuse. Statistics show that during economic hardships like the one we are experiencing now, the rate increases to one out of every three. That means that we all know at least one person that is being abused. It is a very frightening thought. What is more shocking is that one out of 14 teens will experience an abusive relationship. Some of these girls think that if they continue with the relationship they can save their partner. My question to them is, save them from what? They don’t need to be saved. What the abuser needs is some mental help. When a woman in an abusive relation-

ship finally gets the chance to escape she will often go back to the person that abused her. This is likely to happen five times before a woman realizes that enough is enough. This can take time. Family and friends will become frustrated because of all the failed attempts. As a matter of fact, many even become so angry that they choose not to help the person anymore. If you are a family member who is trying to help out the victim, keep in mind that all you can do is be there and encourage the person. You don't want to be the one saying “if only I had helped one more time.” It's not only women who suffer abuse, but men can, too. The only difference is that a man is too into the whole “I'm a man; I don't get abused.” A man is to afraid of what his buddies are

going to say if he reports the abuse. It shouldn’t be that way. We are not only man or woman, we are human as well. We are not animals. As a matter of fact animals don’t fight unless it is necessary. Abusive behavior is a vicious cycle. It can’t be broken unless the person gets help. If they fail to do so, they will fall back into the same behavior. We as a society have to learn that we are worth more than what we like to think. Violence is not the key. If you are in an abusive relationship seek help with family, friends, even teachers. You can survive; you just have to learn to do so. n Heidy Molina,who believes that love should come without consequences or abuse, can be reached at


Thursday, March 10, 2011


Saints fall in regional finals match Jose Vazquez Crusader staff The Coffeyville Red Ravens, placed No. 6, won the Championship game March 6 in Wichita against the No. 17 Seward County Saints, sending the Ravens to the NJCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournament. Seward started off great as they built a solid lead through most of the early going of the game. They were leading 20-12 with 11 minutes left in the half. The Saints would score four points and Coffeyville would chip away the lead and going into the half Coffeyville was leading 25-24. The second half started and the Saints came out strong to have a lead of 47-37 at the midway point of the second half. Then Coffeyville went on a 18-4 run over the next 3 minutes to lead the game by four with the score 55-51 with 6 minutes remaining. The Saints would come back on some free throws to tie the game. But at the Red

Ravens next possession they hit a threepointer to lead the game by three with the score 58-55 with 1:30 left in the game. So now the Saints were not only fighting the defect but also the clock. The Saints started to foul the Red Ravens hoping they would miss, but the Red Ravens were shooting 82 percent from the charity stripe that night. With the Ravens’ hold on a strong lead, the Saint Jeremy Jones tried to keep the Saints in the game by hitting back to back three. The Red Ravens still wouldn’t miss from the line. Coffeyville won the game 73-69. Coffeyville hit 11 three-pointers on the night. While the Saints were just 1 for 11 before Jones hit the two late to finish Seward at three for 13 from beyond the arc in the game. Jones would finish the game with 17 points and four assists for the Saints while Daveon Boardingham had his third straight game with 17 points and seven rebounds. Marky Nolen finished his Seward career with a 12 point, 12 rebound double-double while Marquez Patterson wrapped up his stay with

the Saints with six points and six big rebounds. The Saints finished the year 27-7 the second most wins for a Seward team the past nine seasons.At the end of the tournament, three saints players were named to the AllRegion Team with Jeremy making the AllRegion First team. Marky Nolen named at the All-Region Second team. Rafriel Guthrie was name to the All-Region Honorable Mention. Jeremy had averaged 22 points and three assists per game durning the tournament as for Daveon Boardingham averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds in their three games in Wichita. Seward had three playoff games before they reached the Finals vs Coffeyville. They had victories over Labette in the Saints home playoff game. Saints won 9963. After that game they headed to Wichita and there first opponent was Kansas City Kansas the Saints won 83-67. Their final opponent before the Final was Cowley the Saints also won the game 71-67.

Lady Saints season ends with loss to Cowley in Region VI playoffs Meagan Kerns Crusader staff

Lady Saints honored with end of year awards Roy Al l en Sports Information Two Seward County freshman forwards have received Jayhawk West All-Conference honors. Ashlynn Knoll was a FirstTeam All West performer after finishing the conference season averaging 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds in conference play. Four times Knoll scored more than 20 points in a game. In the Lady Saints loss to No.5 Hutchinson at home, Knoll scored a career high 23 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds and followed that up just four days later with another career high, this time with 27 points and 11 rebounds in a win on the road at Colby. Her best game of the season came in a three-point win for Seward late in the season against Garden City when she became the only Jayhawk West women’s player to score 30 points in a conference game this season. Knoll scored 32 points and had eight rebounds in the must-win

game for the Lady Saints. Mari ah Lee was named an Honorable Mention AllConference pick after a rookie season in which she put up 11 points and averaged five rebounds per Jayhawk West game. Five times the freshman forward scored more than 15 points in a game, including a 19 point, 11 rebound effort against Cloud County and a 20-point game early in the year against Pratt where she finished seven for nine shooting from the floor in a Seward win. The conference champs from Hutchinson received conference awards with coach Jon Ontjes named Coach of the Year, while freshman Jackie Patterson collected both the Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year awards. Coach Todd Clark of the Lady Saints Region VI Tournament quarterfinal opponent Cowley received Jayhawk East Coach of the Year and Cowley point guard Ariani Silva garnered East Player of the Year.

The Lady Saints 2011 season ended with a loss to the Jayhawk East Champion Cowley Tigers 55-51 on Friday at the Region VI tournament in Wichita. The Saints managed to hold a lead for most of the first half after falling behind 5-0 at the beginning of the game. The Tigers had only a 22-20 advantage by the end of the first half, despite 17 turnovers by the Lady Saints in the first half of play. Cowley would build on their lead in the second half and got up by as many as eight points before Mattie Yanke and Autumn Miller had a hot streak of shooting. Then, Kayla Thomas tied the game with a jumper with just two minutes remaining. However, with 27 Seward turnovers, even the 21 points off the bench from Yanke and Miller wasn’t enough. Cowley’s Ariana Silva lived up to her Jayhawk East MVP title. Cowley collected 18 offensive rebounds on the night and scored to finish out the game and advance to the tournament semifinals. Freshman Kelsey Wilson said the team was disappointed. “We made it that far, but that’s not where we wanted to stop.” The Lady Saints had won their play in game 64-41 against Fort Scott’s Lady Greyhounds on March 1 to advance them to the Region VI game against Cowley.

Against Fort Scott, the Lady Saints started the scoring with No. 34 Mariah Lee scoring first in the game. They kept the Lady Greyhounds scoreless until eight minutes into the game when they got on the board at 17-2. By the end of the first half they Saint led the game with 29-10. “We started off with a really good lead,” Jones said. In the second half of the game, the Lady Greyhounds added two shots before Lady Saint Ashlynn Knoll managed to get the ball in and the Lady Saints were back on a roll. The Lady Greyhounds stayed about 20 points behind the Lady Saints for the rest of the game, ending with a score of 64-41. “We came out really well,” Jones said of the team’s second half performance. Assistant coach Penny Jones had said the Lady Saints would have to play with the same intensity in the Cowley game as they did in the Fort Scott game if they wanted to go on. However, Cowley proved too much for the Seward squad. The Lady Saints finished the season with a 21-11 overall record. “In the begining we were struggling with each other and what coach was telling us to do,” Wilson said. “We got to a point where everything fit together and we became close. We grew up.” — Game info provided by Roy Allen

Saints Jones Jayhawk West Player of Year Roy Al l en Sports information Seward County Saints point guard Jeremy Jones has been named the Jayhawk West Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches. He led the Saints to the first Jayhawk West Championship in three seasons by leading the league in scoring at nearly 20 points per conference contest and finishing fourth in the conference at more than 4.5 assists per ball-

game. The Seward sophomore never scored less than 13 points in any Saints game and was over the 20 point mark in eight of Seward’s 16 conference matchups. Jones’ durability was also proven throughout the conference schedule as he did not get one minute of rest in a six game stretch for the Saints late in the season, playing all 40 minutes of each game while pushing Seward closer and closer to the conference crown.

Seward’s Bryan Zollinger named Jayhawk West coach of the year Roy Al l en Sports information Bryan Zollinger was named the Jayhawk West’s Coach of the Year for the second time after leading his Saints to their second conference title in his four seasons at the helm for Seward County. The Saints finished two games up on the competition this year in the Jayhawk West standings and have wins this season over the current No.1 team in the country in Missouri State-West Plains as well as former No.1 Hutchinson. The Jayhawk Conference has also released its 2011 All-Conference teams. Jeremy Jones heads the Jayhawk West first-team All-Conference squad after a season in which he led the league in scoring in conference games. The sophomore from Chicago seemed an easy choice after he finished in the top five of three different statistical categories while helping the Saints to the 2011 Jayhawk West Conference Crown. Jones finished fourth in the league in assists at more than 4.5 per game while taking high percentage shots throughout the season, shooting under 40 percent in a game just twice in 16 conference games. Marky Nolen was the top choice on the secondteam All-Conference list after putting together eight straight double-doubles in a 7-1 stretch through the middle part of the conference schedule. He posted double digit rebounds in 10 of Seward’s 16 conference games while doing the dirty work down low for the Saints at just 6-2. Nolen was the only player in the Jayhawk West this season to average a doubledouble in conference games and was one of only three players in the region to boast that, along with 6-7 Dennis Tinnon of KCK and 6-8 Titus Rubles of Independence.




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Saints start off season with a record of 10-8 Joseph Hoffman Crusader staff The Seward County Saints baseball is off to a 10-8 start while splitting conference play 2-2. The Saints have had some big wins so far beating No. 10 Iowa Western, beating conference rivals Colby, however the Saints have proven to be somewhat inconsistent at the start of 2011 season by splitting many of the series they have played. “We've come off to a bumpy start splitting most of the series we have played but we have been working hard every day at practice so I am looking for to the upcoming game," Fresh-

man Saint Ethan Adams said. Saints have a great group of players this year including two NCJAA players of the week Jordan Dallalio and Willy Gustin, who stepped up big in games that counted. "They competed hard and helped our team get an important win in extra innings, if our team competes like Willy did, we will be unstoppable this year." Adams said. Saints have also faced diversity this year with weather issues and having to reschedule games. Seward was suppose to play against Cloud County in Concordia last Saturday, however, it was postponed to this weekend.

Saints Record Date Feb. 12 Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 13 Feb. 14 Feb. 14 Feb. 19 Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 21

Opponent Northeastern Northeastern Northeastern Northeastern Iowa Western Iowa Western Odessa Odessa Odessa Odessa Midland Ranger

Location Liberal, Kan Liberal, Kan Liberal, Kan Liberal, Kan Liberal, Kan Liberal, Kan Odessa, Tx Odessa, Tx Odessa, Tx Odessa, Tx Midland, Tx Midland, Tx

Overall 0-1 1-1 2-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 4-3 5-3 5-4 6-4 6-5 7-5

Updated games Sat. Feb. 26 *Colby CC Liberal, Kan 8-5 Sat. Feb. 26 *Colby CC Liberal, Kan 8-6 Sun. Feb. 27 *Colby CC Liberal, Kan 8-7 Sun. Feb. 27 *Colby CC Liberal, Kan 9-7 Wed. Mar. 2 Lamar CC Lamar, Colo 10-7 Wed. Mar. 2 Lamar CC Lamar, Colo 10-8 Sat. Mar. 11 *Cloud County CC Concordia, Kan 1:00 Sat. Mar. 11 *Cloud County CC Concordia, Kan 3:30 Sun. Mar. 12 *Cloud County CC Concordia, Kan 1:00 Sun. Mar. 12 *Cloud County CC Concordia, Kan 3:30 Sun. Mar. 13 Rose State College Midwest City, Okla 3:00 Mon. Mar. 14 Rose State College Midwest City, Okla 1:00 Tue. Mar. 15 Des Moines Area CC Enid, Okla 12:00 Tue. Mar. 15 Redlands CC Enid, Okla

Lady Saints players recognized Lady Saints log 3-0 weekend Ivan Gaytan Sports editor Lady Saints won the Pratt tournament three straight seasons in a row. In the first round they got to go against Northern Oklahoma’s Lady Mavs. Brianna Diaz started the game with a double by Jil Grounds and scored 1-0. Later on in the game, things started to heat up but Sydney cooled it down as she got two strikeouts. As the mavs step up for their final turn on bats they lead off with a double leaving the game at 5-2. In the semifinals the Lady Saints went against the Lady Beavers, a team the Lady Saints had knocked out twice this season at home. As the first three scoreless innings went by, Michelle Duford changed the fourth inning with a double and

a ground out by Monique Lopez to make it a 2-1. After a while, the Saints ended up with 7-2 thanks to Sitter and Sullivin while Adame and Taylor followed their foot-steps. Later that day, the Lady Saints and the Beavers met up again to go for another round. With a great start, Ashley Sullivin and Bianca Adame make a 2-0 run. Sydney Cicchetti continues with her domination as she strikes out her eighth hitter throughout the first three innings and later on in the day leading to a 10+ strikeout. Lady Saints end up with the score of 9-1 and the record of 13-2. As the Lady Saints easily go through the Pratt tournament and had a 3-0 weekend, they go to El Dorado on March 10 at 2 p.m. • Information provided by Roy Allen, sports information

Michelle and Sydney get a KJCC award after proving themselves in the outfield Roy Allen Sports Information Off to a 13-2 start to the 2011 season, the Seward County Lady Saints have been piling up awards from the KJCC in the early going and after sweeping the weekly conference awards for the second time in three weeks again this week, they have now claimed five of the six total awards so far this season. Michelle Duford was named the conference’s Player of the Week this week after hitting .571 in five Lady Saints games. She was three for four in Seward’s opener against Trinidad on Monday and followed that up by scoring four runs in the second game of the double header against the Lady Trojans. On Sunday the Lady Saints freshman would lead them to the Pratt Tournament Champi-

onship as she went two for three with a pair of doubles and two RBI’s in Seward’s semifinal win before extending her hitting streak to a team high seven games in the title game win. Sydney Cicchetti picks up her third straight Pitcher of the Week award after continuing to pile up the numbers on a sophomore season that has seen her get out to a 7-1 start. On Saturday against Northern Oklahoma Cicchetti threw all seven innings of the Lady Saints win over the Mavs while allowing just four hits and no earned runs while striking out six. Her best game came Sunday when she struck out a career high 14 while allowing four hits and one run in the Lady Saints Pratt Championship Tournament Game win over the host Lady Beavers.

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Miss Liberal Sheniece Morton, Miss Liberal 2010 and former SCCC/ATS student, gives an award to the Miss Liberal 2011 winner, Kaela Krueger. Krueger is a senior at Liberal High School and will represent Liberal in the Miss Kansas pageant in Pratt in June. Miss Liberal participants, from left, are Karina Rios, Makaytlen Plunk, Kelsi Oyler, Megan Parmenter, Giovanna Baca and SCCC/ATS student Kelsi Moree. The pageant was Saturday, Feb. 5. Finalists were Parmenter, Miss Congeniality, Private Interview Award, and Third Runner-up $800; Giovanna Baca, Second Runner-up $900, and Kelsi Moree, First Runner-up $1,300, SCCC/ATS Scholarship in the amount of $200. SCCC/ATS advising coordinator Patsy Fischer serves on the Miss Liberal pageant board of directors. Crusader photo/ Raul Lemus

Chainsaw juggler rips it up at SC show Al fredo Anaya Editor SCCC/ATS students and teachers gaze at the incredible “Art Car” vehicle owned by artist and educator, Erika Nelson. She had a presentation about her personal experiences with art and life on the road. She also emceed the Pancake Day Talent Show. The Art Car also had a miniaturized version of it made by Nelson, on its dashboard. Along with a Branchiosaurus and a gas pump. Surprisingly, the art car does abide by road regulations, being approved by highway patrolmen wherever Nelson travels. Crusader Photos/ Alfredo Anaya

Traveling Artist comes to Liberal Contributed to Crusader Artist and educator Erika Nelson, who emceed the Pancake Day Talent Show Monday night, came to the Seward campus Wednesday to present a slide lecture. Nelson spoke about her art and experiences as curator of “The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of The World’s Largest Things.” The vehicle was on display Wednesday afternoon in front of the Shank Humanities Building. Nelson travels across the U.S many times a year, searching for structures claiming to be “The World’s Largest.” She has visited many places more than once and has even contributed by making some of “The World’s Largest” items. Nelson describes herself as a visionary artist and educator, exploring contemporary art forms in the public realm. She is the creator and curator of a traveling roadside attraction and museum featuring “The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things,” and director of World’s Largest Things, Inc., dedicated to the preservation of Roadside Vernacular Architecture known as World’s Largest Things. As an artist, she explores a multitude

of art forms including video, installation, and assemblages. She earned her master’s of fine arts from the University of Kansas with a thesis exhibition “Domesticated,” an expansive installation environment exploring concepts of the American Dream. Nelson maintains an active exhibition record, while traveling to communities as a lecturer and consultant to Chambers of Commerce and arts organizations seeking to create their own “World’s Largest Thing,” roadside attraction, or interactive arts event to increase tourism and economic development. Her public art works include murals and bright graphic installations utilizing uncommon materials in a pictorial format. She also drives the “Art Car,” which is basically a moving work of art. The vehicle had many dinosaurs pasted onto it, which were being sucked into a processor for fuel. The Art Car is an example of how the entire world is burning up precious fossil fuels, which cannot be reused. Nelson’s art and exhibitions have gained her nationwide recognition. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and she has even had a guest appearance on Late Night with Conan O’ Brien.

There’s wood dust, loud chainsaws, smoke and laughs. But, no, it’s not a carpenter’s shed; it was the scene on March 2 when chainsaw juggler Mad Chad Taylor performed in the Showcase Theater. Taylor’s show consisted of several juggling tricks and he juggled things from laptops to stunt guns. Although the show had only about 60 students, their energy was what made the show exciting, according to Taylor. “The audience was great. It helps when they’re loud because when you have a room that’s not so full it just feels empty if you don’t have a good audience,” Taylor said. Taylor got the audience’s attention from the beginning by telling them that he was filming them for one of his DVDs and he even handed them out a sign that said “We ™ Mad Chad.” He went on to show off some of his juggling techniques by juggling five tennis balls at one time, juggling breast implants, doing an audience challenge where he would juggle anything the audience thought of, juggling stun guns and of course juggling three chainsaws at once. The audience challenge was a new experience for him, because it was a toss up between a knife and a Mac laptop, and the audience picked the Mac laptop. “No way. I was not prepared for that. Usually if somebody holds up something expensive they’re kidding, but this was an expensive laptop,” Taylor said. “I could have handled the knife, even if I did drop it I would only have gotten a cut but the crowd probably thought that was too easy.” Taylor went on to get help from two audience members to get on a unicycle and help from another to give him two knives once he was on the unicycle. “It was cool when he was on the unicycle but it was scary when he wanted me to give him the knives,” Seward student Blaire Taylor said. One of the students who got to help him on the unicycle thought it was funny experience because he rubbed the other audience member’s head. “My favorite part of the show was hands down when I got to help on the unicycle, when he rubbed Jordan’s head, that was a classic,” Seward student Victor Rodriguez said. The main event of the show was when Taylor juggled three chainsaws at once. Although, he did drop one because of a technical problem, but he knew how to deal with that in order to not get injured. “I was surprised that it got jammed because you have to catch it at a specific area in order to juggle it. Years ago I was injured because something similar like this happened, but I just let it drop now, “ said Taylor.

Students Victor Rodriguez and Jordan Jones help Mad Chad Taylor onto his unicycle to perform of one the most dangers tricks throughout the night. The event was being filmed for a future Mad Chad Taylor DVD release. Free signs saying “We ™ Mad Chad.” were also given out that night. The show consisted of many juggling tricks.

Crusader photo/ Alfedo Anaya

Mad Chad rides his unicycle onstage and performs another risky trick out of many throughout the on-campus show. Crusader photos/ Alfredo Anaya



International Pancake Day 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011


English instructor Janice Northerns, who is also the publicity chairperson for Pancake Day, interviews International Race winner Nicole Schowengerdt and her husband, Daniel, after the Shriving Service. Tuesday’s weather was snowy and freezing, causing the children’s races to be postponed to March 26 and the parade to be cancelled. Parade entries can still be entered in the contest by submitting a photo of the float. Call JoAnn Combs for more information at 620-624-6423. Crusader photo/Jeanette Contreras

McPherson Pipe and Drum bagpipers play at the Shriving Service which was at the First United Methodist Church following the International Race.

Crusader photo/ Alfredo Anaya

Alex Richards and Paul Clayton use their last bit of energy as they near the finish line of the Men’s Pacer Race. Richards, a student and tennis player at SCCC/ATS from Cornwall, England, also represented Olney, England this year since the mayor of Olney was unable to attend. His other duties as England’s representative included giving a short speech at the pancake breakfast and participating in the live web chat with Olney after the races to discuss how they went. Winners of the Men’s Pacer were Sheldon White in first, John Vaught in second, and Brent Evans in third. SCCC/ATS students Eusebio Lopez Jr. and Benito Rivera also competed in the race.

Erick Rodriguez and Esteban Martinez sing and play guitar for the Talent Show Monday evening at the Liberal High School Auditorium. Martinez was the only SCCC/ATS student who participated in the Talent Show. From Liberal, Tiny Tot division winners were Jensen Mettlen, doing a jazz dance to “Baby” in first and Emma Evans, dancing to “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.” Jordan Urban won second in the Intermediate division, singing “Popular.” Yoko Rader won first in the Senior division, doing a lyrical dance to “The Call.” Miguel Rodriquez placed third in the same division, singing “Grenade.”

Crusader photo/ Alfredo Anaya

Crusader photo/ Alfredo Anaya

Crusader photo/Alfredo Anaya

Quick eaters compete in the Division III pancake-eating contest Saturday morning at the Seward County Event Center. The winner was decided by who could finish five 5-inch pancakes in the shortest amount of time. Kelsey Childress, far left, was the winner with a time of 54 seconds. The cooking/recipe contest was also on Saturday. Mike Bailey, fiscal officer/administration assistant at SCCC/ATS, won second place with his “Pancake Salad.”

Crusader photo/Alfredo Anaya

Rebecca Rees and SCCC/ATS student Mikayla Knudsen finished in second and third places, respectively, in the International Pancake Race. Rees ran the race in England while studying in London in 2008. This is her first time to run the race in Liberal. This is Knudsen’s fourth Pancake Day Race. Last year, she placed second. SCCC/ATS agriculture instructor Brett Crow’s wife Karen also competed in the race. Food service director Jerry Odle’s mother, Linda, ran in the Last Chance Race, the division for women age 50 or older.

Crusader photo/Alfredo Anaya

International Pancake Race winner Nicole Schowengerdt receives the “kiss of peace” from England’s representative Alex Richards, a Seward tennis player from England who replaced Olney’s mayor who was unable to attend this year. Schowengerdt beat Olney with a time of 1:03.41. The all-time record was set in 2009 by Tasha Gallegos with a time of 57.5. The overall score is now 36 wins for Liberal and 25 for Olney. In 1980 the score didn't count, because a media truck blocked the finish line in Olney. Racers must still wear a head scarf and apron and the runner must flip her pancake at the starting signal, and again after crossing the finish line to prove she still has her pancake.

Page by Dana Loewen, editor

Thursday, March 10, 2011



The 83rd Annual Academy Awards Review | Octavio Rodriguez

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards Show was presented at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 27, and basically handed all the awards to “The King’s Speech.” James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the event. To be honest, the show was a complete bore this year. Hathaway seemed overenthusiastic about every single thing going on, and Franco, who was most likely stoned out of his mind, seemed as though he drank an entire bottle of Nyquil before the show. Another problem was that the awards show kept aiming at a younger, teenage demographic continually. First by hiring Franco and Hathaway, who are famous, but not yet famous enough to host an awards show such as this. The auto-tune segment was also total cheese. Seems as though they need to hire someone younger next time if they target the same demographic again. There were a few highlights, most towards the beginning of the show though. Kirk Douglas, who presented the award for Best Supporiting Actress, was thoroughly enjoyable and amusing. The opening intro was actually watchable. Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman’s cameos were hilarious. Baldwin’s line “A dream inside two other dreams. You just got Inception’d!” was personally my favorite moment throughout the show besides Kirk Douglas hitting on Hathaway. “The King’s Speech” winning Best Picture was a surprise to no one, though I truly believe that “Black Swan” or “Inception” were more deserving of the prestigious award. “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech” seem overrated. The plots aren’t completely original or as intriguing when compared to the other two films in my opinion. “True Grit” shouldn’t have even been considered for Best Picture, and “Tron: Legacy” not being even nominated for Best Visual Effects was almost blasphemous. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” also took no awards home, missing out on one of the film franchise’s last chance to win an Academy Award. “The King’s Speech” also took Best Original Screenplay, which I believe should have gone to “Inception”. Best Actress went to the all deserving Natalie Portman for Black Swan. Best Actor went to Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech,” though Franco, considered a jack-ofall-trades, should have won for “127 Hours.” I would have even been happy with Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network.” “The King’s Speech” was nominated for 12 awards altogether that night, totally snubbing some of the years best, but hey, they’re British. Classy, real classy.

Best Picture The King’s Speech

Art Direction Alice In Wonderland

Best Lead Actor Colin Firth

Cinematography Inception

Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale

Best Lead Actress Natalie Portman Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo

Animated Feature Film Toy Story 3

Documentary (Short Subject) Strangers No More Foreign Language Film In a Better World Animated Short Film The Lost Thing

Music | Joseph Hoffman

Florida band takes listeners down lucky street in debut LP Tallahassee native band Go Radio’s first full-length album, “Lucky Street” is a perfect follow up from the 2009 EP, “Do overs and second chances.” Starting with a bomb siren blast and police car sirens blaring, it gives you the feeling of being on the street of which the album is named as it takes you on a roller coaster of a journey from start to finish. The album is filled with poppy riffs mixed with some heavy styled bass and palm muting in any other heart and strength to say. “Fight, Fight (Reach for the Sky)” starts with a mariachi trumpet blast and has a salsa rhythm. As it pushes on, it seems to take a softer yet deeper tone as front man, and former Mayday Parade singer/guitarist Jason Lancaster’s lyrics once again paint vivid pictures of love gained and lost through timely piano pieces. “Why I’m Home,” “Forever My Father and the acoustic “House of Hallways” allow you to take a glimpse into Lancaster’s soul. The song that impressed me most, and was a spectacular finish to the album, was “The Truth Is.” Beginning with the sounds of someone calling their voicemail and fading into a piano solo that turns into Lancaster’s dreamy voice painting a picture of flying to the moon and creating and maintaining the perfect love and doing everything he can to please her. “And the truth is I’ll be shameless and I’d be grateful for this one chance for a first dance.” Everyone should give Lucky Street a chance, and many might be surprised what they find as they listen.

Costume Design

Alice In Wonderland Best Director Tom Hooper Documentary Inside Job

Film Editing The Social Network

Makeup The Wolfman Music The Social Network Original Song Toy Story 3 Short Film God of Love Sound Editing Inception Sound Mixing Inception Visual Effects Inception

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) The Social Network Writing (Original Screenplay) The King’s Speech

Website | Raul Lemus

News website confuses, amuses readers Out of the millions of websites that have sprung since the birth of the World Wide Web, one stands out from the rest: Visitors to the satirical The Onion Network, may be left with watery eyes as they start to peel off the layers of the onion, and be left with laughter that may last for days. According to the website, they represent “America’s Finest News Source.” The expertise of the news presenters leaves the audience waiting for more. Headlines such as “Ear Of Genetically Modified Corn Begs For Death” and “Apple Fans Chopping Off Hands In Anticipation Of New iHand,” are a common sight in America’s Finest News Source: The Onion Network. Their news outlet has a wide coverage, ranging from TV, politics, sports and economy; The Onion Network can function as a one stop source to a necessary laughter on a boring or stressful day.

The video section of The Onion Network dazzles visitors with a background of bright lamps on a cloudy and eerie night. As the news begin, this background is swiftly overtaken by a futuristic high tech camera lens. The perceptive sophistication of the website speaks volumes; however, the content does not. Visitors need to be aware that the news presented is satirical. Fictional news stories are presented with a humorous twist; the flawless edition, effort, and environment in which the news is presented make them believable. But the reliability of the

sources and the content leaves visitors and viewers alike doubtful. The Onion started as a local newspaper company in 1998 created by University of WisconsinMadison students Tim Keck and Christopher Johnson. The name was derived due to the low budget Keck and Johnson had back in the early days of the newspaper; in an interview by David Shankbone, from WikiNews, with Keck the idea of naming the newspaper company after a vegetable came from his uncle. Chet Clem, editorial manager, stated that their “food budget was so low when they started the

paper they were down to white bread and onions.” According to Marco R. della Cava, from USAToday, the company had a shaky start and was dangerously close to filing bankruptcy; however. by 2007 the launching of The Onion News Network brought it into the national spotlight. Currently, The Onion has become a satirical news empire with a print edition, podcasts, a 24 hour news network, published books, and other franchises. The Onion Network website entertains millions of visitors per month. Because of the content on The Onion Network, some politicians, artists, and public figures may be left perplexed with the headlines and news stories reported by this satirical source. While viewers no doubt will be left with watery eyes of laughter from watching The Onion news cast on their website.

March 10 2010  

The March 10, 2010 issue of the Crusader.

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