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News Briefs ‘Assassins’ Musical April 12-13 “Assassins” will be presented in the Showcase Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the center section and $8 for the side sections. Tickets are free for students. Call 620-417-1451 to reserve tickets or stop by the humanities office.
Walking with dinosaurs — Page 8 Courtesy photo
While serving for NASA, Col. Williams was a NASA space station science officer and flight engineer, and was in space 3 times.
April 13 The annual car show will take place at the technical school from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People who would like to enter a car in the car show can call 620-417-1065. The fee is $20 to enter in advance or $25 that day. The event is open to the public and will include a sound competition.
Blood Drive April 16 The Hispanic American Leadership Organization will sponsor a blood drive at 10 a.m. in the Union.
Bugging out with Kylix — Page 6
Astronaut lands on campus Matthew Adkins News editor
Presidential role playing — Page 7
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Col. Jeffrey Williams taking pictures of the Earth from a window in the Zvezda Service Module of the Inter- Williams’ book, titled “The Work of His Hands,” shows his photos national Space Station. Williams has taken more pictures of the Earth from space than anyone else. of Earth from space.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in space? Perhaps you would like to know what exactly goes on in the International Space Station but don’t have the free time to join the military, spend 10 years applying, undergo astronaut training, learn Russian and spend six months in space. Luckily for all of us, astronaut Jeffrey Williams took the time to do all this is now touring the country to tell audiences about his experiences. Williams visited Liberal April 3 with the goal of informing people about what exactly NASA is with the ISS. Williams presented the story of his mission aboard the ISS to schools in Liberal, including Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School. Williams began his presentation by detailing the United States relationship with Russia, the owner of the ISS, and the other countries involved in the program. Astronauts from the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada and Europe work and live aboard the ISS and have been doing so continuously for 10 years. Williams has gone to the ISS twice, each time for six months. Williams was launched to space from a Russian Soyuz in Kazakhstan with two other astronauts. The date of launch was planned many months in advance because it takes a lot of time to prepare for the trip. Conditions must be perfect for the launch and just ready-
ing the Russian Soyuz for launch takes several days. “It really is rocket science,” Williams joked when describing the scenario of the spacecraft docking with the ISS. Once they arrived at the ISS, they met the crew on board and replaced three of the members of the crew. Although this is not the only time during the six month flight that ISS crew members get visitors, the visit is very exciting for them.
“It really is rocket science.” -Col. Jeffrey Williams While aboard the ISS, Williams and his crew members are extremely busy. Workers at mission control in Houston, Texas, are constantly monitoring the systems aboard the ISS and plan the astronauts’ busy workdays. The main activity taking up the astronauts’ schedules is experiments. Scientific experiments aboard the space station come from nearly all the fields of science. Most notable are the experiments involving bone and muscle loss in space. Muscle and bone loss can be a major problem for the crew aboard the ISS, so they have exercise machines that they use often. Improved technology from the knowledge gained from experiments aboard the ISS have decreased the overall bone and muscle loss for crew members and the same experiments may also be used in treating osteoporosis. Every few weeks, supplies were delivered
to the space station and the crew got a chance to socialize with people who brought the supplies. Williams said these meetings were just like family get togethers. “Everyone is excited when they first arrive, and then they’re just as excited when it’s time to leave.” After six months of work and experimenting, three astronauts come to the ISS to replace Williams and his original two companions. The return trip is done in a special container that has a heat shield to protect Williams and the crew from the extreme heat upon reentry to Earth’s atmosphere. After reaching a certain altitude, parachutes are deployed from the container and the crew drift towards the drop zone to await the arrival of the search and rescue team. Although different people on the ISS leave, the work continues non-stop. Although the current state of NASA and the United States space program might seem grim, Williams assures people everywhere he goes that the future of the space program is optimistic and is constantly being decided by the leaders of the country. He claims that the original mission of the space program involved setting up a space station, going to the moon and eventually continuing onwards to Mars. Although the country skipped a step by going to the moon in ’69 for political reasons, William said, the space program is back on track with its current involvement in the ISS.
Left: Col. Jeffrey Williams talks with audience members after his presentation on April 3. Williams visited with all Liberal schools and Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School.
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Right: Williams presents on his time as a NASA astronaut on the International Space Station. Crusader photos/ Jose Medrano
Athletic Banquet April 19 The 26th annual athletic banquet will be hosted by the athletic department at 6 p.m. in the Green House. The second class of the Saints Hall of Fame will be inducted. Those who received invitations must have their paid reservations submitted by April 15.
Sunday Brunch April 21 A Sunday Brunch will be hosted in the Union. Entertainment will take place during the brunch. The cost of the brunch is $7.
Spring Fiesta April 21 Spring Fiesta will take place at 1 p.m. in the courtyard on the main campus. The clubs and organizations on campus will be hosting games in which people can win prizes. The event is open to the public and community.
Poetry House April 18 at 7 p.m. the SCCC/ATS Poetry Coffee House will be set up in Room H148 in the humanities building. Poetry contests for college students and faculty were added to the high school poetry contest with entrants vying for cash and prizes. Winning poems will be read at the Poetry Coffee House.
Simulators at Seward show dangers of texting while driving Dawn Shouse Crusader staff
Hitting the record books — Page 5
Seward County Community College / Area Technical School students had an opportunity to see firsthand how difficult it is to control a car and text at the same time. The “Save a Life” tour brought two driving simulators to the student union building for students to safely try their luck texting and driving. Many students found the task to be nearly impossible. “I have friends that have hurt themselves texting and driving. Thankfully, the accident wasn’t fatal. It could have been a lot worse,” said Oscar DonJuan,
SCCC/ATS sophomore. Brianna Fernandez, SCCC/ATS freshman from Perryton, Texas, said that she received her license just one year ago. “We have a big problem texting in Perryton. One of my very close friends died two years ago because of texting and driving,” Fernandez said. In spite of the recent deaths involving texting and driving, the message that texting and driving kills seems slow to sink in with some students. Garret Smith, SCCC/ATS sophomore, Crusader photo/Dawn Shouse said “It’s very frustrating. I see all my Seward student Brianna Fernandez demonstrates texting while using a driving simulator. friends texting and driving and I say, ‘Get The ‘Save a Life’ tour brought two simulators located in the Union on April 3. off the phone and keep driving.’”
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Dean candidates on campus Candidates for career and technical education dean position tour campus Jose Medrano Editor The final candidates for the career and technical education dean position at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be on campus this week touring the facilities, being interviewed and meeting with staff and students. The candidates are Dr. Cathy Anderson from Rapid City S.D., Therese Harper from Big Rapids Mich. and Dr. Janese Thatcher from InverGrove Minn. Anderson was on campus Wednesday for her visit. Harper will be on campus today while Thatcher will visit Monday. Currently Kevin Brunghardt is the interim dean for the position. Brunghardt was appointed to
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Dr. Cathy Anderson talks to faculty during a meet and greet in the library Wednesday. Anderson toured the campus, meet with students and faculty and was interviewed for the career and technical dean position.
the position last semester. He will be vacating the position at the end of the semester. The position consists of administrative duties over allied health, the vocational programs, the business and industry divisions of the college. Anderson was the first of the three candidates to visit SCCC/ATS. Wednesday afternoon Anderson met with some faculty in the library. “It was fun, I enjoyed it,” Anderson said about her visit to the campus to instructors at the meet and greet. Anderson has worked as a vice president for Western Dakota Technical Institute, an academic coordinator for the South Dakota Board of Regents, an assistant dean of students for Northern Wyoming Community College
and has her Ph.D. in business. Harper has worked as a medical and health faculty member and administrator at Ferris State University. She also has a Master of Science in career and technical education and a bachelors of science in nursing. Thatcher has work as an ag instructor and a professor of aviation at Northland Community College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Thatcher has a Ph.D. in educational leadership, a Master of Science in plant pathology and a Master of Science in horticulture. All three candidates will be interviewed during their times on campus; they will also be visiting the community of Liberal.
Security Report Feb. 1 at 9:31 p.m. –– A report was taken in reference to someone suspected of smoking cigarettes due to the odor in the student living center. The suspect(s) were located and fines and disciplinary action was taken. Feb. 22 at 9:05 a.m. –– A report was taken for aggravated assault at the technical school. Suspect threatened others with bodily harm if he did not get his way. Suspect was removed from campus without incident and issued a trespass warning. Feb. 17 at 4:15 p.m. –– A report was taken for an accident in the Student Living Center parking lot. Unknown persons struck a student’s car legally parked in the east parking lot and then drove off without reporting the accident. Investigation still pending. No suspect(s) at this time. Feb. 27 at 12:40 a.m. –– A report was taken for curfew violation in the Student Living Center. Person(s) were asked to leave and complied without incident. Violation reported to SLC manager. March 1 at 3:00 a.m. –– A report was taken for curfew violation in the Student Living Center. Person(s) were asked to leave and complied without incident. Violation reported to SLC manager. March 2 at 2:01 a.m. –– A report was taken for damage to property. Suspect(s) caught on camera footage urinating in the pool table located in Student Living
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school. Subject reports suspect(s) threatened him verbally with bodily harm while holding a tool in their hand during the threat. Suspect(s) was removed from campus without incident. March 22 at 1:45 a.m. –– A report was taken for battery at the Student Living Center. Subject reports another person pushed him. Victim refused to testify on injuries. April 3 at 11:47 p.m. –– A report was taken for curfew violation. Unknown off campus person was reported spending the night in the Student Living Center after hours. Subject was given verbal warning not to let this continue. April 4 at 4:25 p.m. –– A report was taken for and injury accident on campus for a subject whom fainted. EMS notified and subject was transported to Southwest Medical Center. April 5 at 3:30 p.m. –– A report was taken for a hit and run accident in the north parking lot of campus. Unknown person struck and destroyed the stop sign and a fence post leading into campus and left without reporting the accident. Investigation still ongoing.
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Center. Suspect(s) pending fines and disciplinary action. March 14 at 12:20 a.m. –– An accident report was taken on the north access road on campus. Suspect was driving eastbound when suspect collide with the brick and wrought iron fence destroying it and totaling the vehicle being driven. Case was turned over to Liberal Police Department due to the severity of the accident and suspect was taken into custody for the suspicion of drunk driving. March 14 at 10:00 a.m. –– A medical report was taken at the technical school. Reporting party called stating subject complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath. EMS notified and subject transported to Southwest Medical Center. March 19 at 12:04 a.m. –– A report was taken for curfew violation in the Student Living Center. Person(s) were asked to leave and complied without incident. Violation reported to SLC manager. March 19 at 12:30 a.m. –– A report was taken for trespass violation in the Student Living Center. Security reports a subject(s) was asked to leave and not return to the premises at the request of a student that did not want to be in contact with them. Subject did not live in the dorms. Subject left without incident. March 19 at 2:31 p.m. –– A report was taken for aggravated assault at the area technical
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Brown ready for change of pace Jose Medrano Editor In today’s modern workforce it can be difficult to find someone who has only had two jobs in 35 years. For 18 years out of those 35 years Automotive Business Management Instructor Jim Brown has been teaching at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. “It has been really rewarding training students and preparing them for their jobs in the automotive field,” Brown said. Three name changes, a merger
and countless students are just some of the things that Brown has experienced during his time with the technical school. He announced his retirement earlier this school year. “I’ve taught for 18 years now, and it just feels like I need a change of pace,” said Brown on what prompted him to retire. According to Brown the hardest thing about retiring from the college will be leaving the people that he works with and the students he teaches. Currently Brown teaches students in automotive business management through hands on
training. “The college has been good in providing the technology and equipment needed for the education of the students in the automotive classes,” said Brown. During his time at SCCC/ATS Brown has seen many students graduate from the automotive program. Brown lives in Meade with his wife and commutes to Liberal every school day. He wakes ups at five in the morning in order to get to the college. Brown will begin his retirement at the end of this semester. Before working at the technical school Brown worked as a
GM parts manager. He worked at that job for 17 years before taking his instructors position at Seward Brown never planned on becoming a teacher, but a job opening in 1993 led him to his job at the college. “It’s been challenging but very rewarding,” said Brown about his experience as an instructor for the automotive business management program. Although he does not have any solid plans yet Brown hopes to find something that he will enjoy doing after leaving Seward.
Dorman retires after 15 years at Seward Giseelle Arredondo Crusader staff
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Neva Dorman has been interacting and working with students for 45 years. She is retiring at the end of the year after 15 years at Seward.
After 45 years of interacting and caring for students, Neva Dorman, developmental education instructor at Seward County Community College, will officially retire to spend more time with her husband, who has health issues. Her background in teaching began at Oklahoma State University, where she attained her bachelor’s degree. She majored in speech and drama and minored in English. She then achieved her master’s degree in secondary special education from Kansas State University. She went on to teach in Sublette for two years; Turpin, Okla, for 28 years, Beaver, Okla, for five years part-time in Alternative Education; and SCCC/ATS for 15 years as assistant director of the Academic Achievement Center and as a developmental education instructor. “The years have passed so fast, and I am fortunate to have so many great memories. My
mother, Florence Bass, liked to use the following illustration about enjoying life. She said that she ‘liked to divide each memory into three parts.’ The first part was ‘the anticipation of looking forward to the special event.’ The second part was ‘the actual event,’ and the last part was ‘all the memories of looking back and rethinking everything that happened.’ Now, that I am finding myself looking back more each day, I am appreciating this advice more and more,” Dorman said. She will miss the association with students and helping them to be successful in English Composition. “Throughout my 45 years of teaching, I have always tried to help each individual student. I have tried to find the basic level of each student and go from there with his or her basic educational program. I feel that’s so important because you have to find where the student is to actually be able to help them.” “I’m glad I have taught my classes the order they have been;
junior high, high school, and then college. I have been able to follow students through their different phases of learning.” Dorman said she will miss her students, but she feels she will see them from time to time. “I’m sure I’ll be able to keep up with them.” I still see former students from Sublette and Turpin and touch base on how they’re doing and their families.” Frances Brown, assistant director of the Academic Achievement Center, has worked seven years part-time and eight years full-time with Dorman. “She’s really good with the students, and she’s so caring about them learning and so she doesn’t just forget about them,” Brown said. “She can connect with students because she knows their parents from the rural community. I hope we fill her position with someone who cares about students as much as she does. I’m going to miss her, but it’s good for her family. I’m happy for her.” Dorman is looking forward to relaxing and enjoying her fami-
ly. “We’re staying here. We’re staying on the farm. We want to travel some. I want to go to Nashville and see our son that is up there. I want to take another cruise and go to Australia. For our 35th wedding anniversary, we went to Alaska, and it was awesome. I enjoy meeting people all over the country or world. I could get used to the life of being on a cruise.” “In the past I have been active in our Turpin Baptist Church by teaching and playing the organ or piano. I would like to become active again in these activities,” Dorman said. Dorman also wants to be of help to her son who has come home to manage their farm and ranch. “I have been so blessed to have a wonderful family,” Dorman said. “My husband Richard has provided our family with a great life. Our two sons have grown into such nice young men who are carrying on our family’s traditions of farming, ranching, and music.”
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Plagiarism a hinderance on higher education Plagiarism is considered to be one of the worst crimes a student can commit academically, but it is not limited to only students. Photographs, artwork, poems, stories, essays or anything else that is tangible and is used without citation or permission and claimed as one’s own is considered plagiarism. As technology advances, plagiarism becomes more and more prevalent. It is a simple copy and paste. “What is plagiarism?” is a question that sometimes can be difficult to describe since schools have different guidelines, but for
most colleges it is quite simply taking another’s work without consent or proper recognition. It is an action of theft, and most professionals in the academic, artistic and journalistic fields scorn it. Although it is not punishable by law in most states, colleges and universities in the United States treat it as a crime in their institutions. With the rise of the Internet, plagiarism has begun to run rampant in the last two decades. Easy grades, laziness, procrastination and anxiety typically lead to students plagiarizing.
With online services like paper mills, where students can buy essays, research papers and other pieces of work, it has become easier to plagiarize. The most common form of plagiarism is copying another student’s or author’s work word for word. Students in past scandals have been expelled, had credits revoked and have been banned from colleges and universities. Under Seward County Community College/Area Technical School’s Academic Honor Code students “can face disciplinary actions, suspension or expulsion
from the college.” Instructors at Seward County should report any plagiarisms to deans and department heads, who should decide on punishment for those students. However, no one seems completely protected from plagiarism. Student work from the Crusader has even been plagiarized by people who should know better. Plagiarism is prevalent in college more than people may think. Between 2002-2005, Rutgers University conducted a series of surveys on more than 60,000 of its students with 7 percent of un-
dergraduate students “turning in work that was created by another person.” That is more than 4,200 students in a three-year period. Three percent of those surveyed stated that they had obtained a paper from a paper mill. Those numbers will clearly be up with the increased availability of the Internet and other resources that allow students to plagiarize with ease. Since there are so many pieces of writing and work there are times when a student may accidentally find himself or herself to be committing plagiarism. It can be difficult to create new ideas
Celebrating 75 years of March Madness Jeremiah Wilson Crusader staff Wilson@crusadernews.com
Perhaps there is nothing in all of sports that is more unpredictable than the NCAA basketball tournament. It’s only fitting that the entire tournament season would be given the name March Madness. It seems as though every single game is neck and neck, right down to the final buzzer. This year’s tournament marked the 75th Anniversary of the event and this tournament was about as unpredictable as any in recent memory. How many people actually thought that Florida Gulf Coast University in only its 16th year of existence would find its way into the Sweet 16? Who actually predicted that Wichita State University would be playing in the Final Four? Absolute madness I tell you, madness. And we love it. In 1939 Oregon defeated Ohio State 46-33 to win the first ever NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament. Back then, the tournament was comprised of only eight teams, as opposed to the 68 teams that make up the tournament today. Over the past 75 years, 35 different schools have cut down the nets and held the title of national champion. UCLA has won the tournament more times than any other school with 11 national championships. That includes an impressive 10 titles between 1964 and 1975. Strangely
enough, Oregon has not won a single national championship since that inaugural tournament. Not only has the NCAA tournament provided us with memorable teams such as the dynasty that was UCLA and the ultimate underdog Texas Western, but there have also been many thrilling individual performances and thrilling buzzer-beaters. Buzzer-beaters such as Duke’s Christian Laettner hitting a turnaround jumper from the charity stripe over a Kentucky defender as time expired in the 1992 east regional final. Or UCLA burying Missouri by driving down the court with less than five seconds remaining and laying it up to push the Bruins into the next round in 1995. Then there was the classic match-up of Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird in the 1979 national championship game as Michigan State took on Indiana State. So many memorable moments that will not soon, if ever, be forgotten. So what feeds this madness and our inability to get enough of it? Is it the countless buzzerbeaters that send one team flying into the next round and the other team packing their bags and having to wait until next season? Could it be the Cinderella teams that knock off a top seed and shock the world? Maybe it’s the thrill of filling out a tournament bracket and vying for bragging rights in your office pool. All of these things more than likely play a part in the madness. Regardless of what it is, there is no more exciting time in all of sports than March madness.
The stressful routine of athletes Cinthia Serna Online editor Serna@crusadernews.com
You wake up sore from two-aday practice the day before. You wake up, eat breakfast if you’re lucky, rush to your very first class of the long day of school ahead of you. Your day is not over after class, though, you have to rush to the locker room change in be ready for practice, which last for at least three hours. You then eat dinner and head to your dorm after all your activities are done. You find yourself starting your homework late at night. You’re just tired and want to get to bed, but you know you have to get your homework done first. This is a typical day for most student-athletes in college. Sports have become such a major part in schools and of course in students lives that no matter what sport they play, student-athletes are sort of something like mini-superheroes. In order to be able to get through college with passing grades these student-athletes need to know how to prioritize, manage time and make their energy last form morning till midnight. If these student-athletes don’t learn how to manage school along with their sports, it can cause many problems to their education. Not only does practice get involved with their school time but also game days. Many students at SCCC/ATS are involved in sports and find themselves sometimes missing more than one day a week of class. Sports are a great way to add entertainment to colleges and have students shine through their abilities in games. It is important, though, that student-athletes not only think about their sport but also about their education. In order to keep their head straight on and off the field, court, course, etc. they can use some helpful tips that they can use in everyday life to improve their game, grades and life.
• Being a student-athlete usually comes along with a daily routine. It can tend to get boring, but having a routine can be a very good thing. Being organized and having a to-do-list can be very helpful. That way you can stay on task and now how much time you can have for yourself. If you stay on schedule. • Sleep, sleep, sleep is a very important part of being a student-athlete. During season when you are playing your sport, you tend to have practice six times a week and sometimes even a game. Not having enough sleep will show in your practice and in your school work. Eight hours of sleep may seem like a lot to some student-athletes but if you keep yourself on schedule it should be a piece of cake. • Some student-athletes at SCCC/ATS admit to having been scared of their coaches but you can’t go all 2/4 years without building a relationship with them. Don’t be scared of your coaches. It’s their job to be your mentors and help you in any problems you are having in school. It doesn’t mean become best friends with your coach, but talk to them. • Make sure to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is important to feed your body due to long practices making your body burn all the energy you get from your food. Set up meal times with your friends, that way not only are you having meal time but also getting to spend time with your friends. • Talk to your teachers. Let them know if you’re going to be gone for a game. Yes, they receive emails informing them about your absence but it is your responsibility to let them know that way they can give you the assignments you may be missing that day. Being organized and informing yourself in college can really make a positive change in college. Student-athletes get to enjoy their sport and have time for school work. It just takes a few steps to get it right and are set for success. Of course by following a good routine of their own.
because of the massive amounts of material that is found online. The solutions are not simple, but plagiarism-detecting programs like TurnItIn help instructors alleviate the problem by catching students and deterring them from plagiarizing. New online imaging searches make it easier for art and photography instructors to screen for plagiarism. Also by upholding guidelines and rules, institutions can help stop plagiarism. We know from experience that having work stolen is frustrating. Truly, no one should plagiarize. If it isn’t your work, don’t claim that it is.
Humility a lost trait Julia Frey Crusader staff Frey@crusadernews.com
A student’s insight on North Korea Tonya Loewen Editor Loewen@crusadernews.com
With nearly every news station talking about the impending issue of North Korea and nuclear missiles, many may attempt to figure out what really is going on in North Korea. In a vastly unforgotten country, the ones in power have everything while everyone else is suffering and dying. The country is so shut off to outsiders that information is limited, but information is being released – both horrifying and ridiculous. What most people call “North Korea” is officially named the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” or DPRK. The capital is Pyongyang, and the estimated total population is around 24 million people. North Korea was liberated on August 15, 1945, and formally declared a nation on September 9, 1948. The government is a dictatorship under the “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un, the Korean Worker’s Party, and the Korean People’s Army. Although thought of as a Communist country, North Korea is actually a democracy, as stated in the official name, though limited. Citizens are allowed to vote, but only for one candidate. If they write another name on the ballot, they would be seen as an enemy of the state and put into a concentration camp. The current leader is Kim Jong-un, who is approximately 29 years old, and is the current youngest head of state in the world. Kim’s father, Kim Jongil, and grandfather, Kim ilSung, are much more famous and have been known for very great accomplishes. Kim il-Sung is the incumbent president of North Korea and assumed the office of the Eternal presidency in 1994, despite his death 18 years ago. This makes North Korea the world’s only necrocracy, a government that still runs under a dead leader. Kim Jong-il is famous for many things among North Koreans, such as inventing the hamburger and his miraculous birth. According to reports, when Kim Jong-il was born, a
bright star lit the sky, the seasons changed and double rainbows appeared throughout the country. Kim Jong-il’s official biography states that he never needed to use the restroom, unlike all other human beings. He also reportedly is the greatest golf player ever, when he shot 38 under par on an 18hole golf course, which would be 11 holes in one. After this great achievement, he immediately retired from golf. You may know that North Korea is very sheltered and cut off from the rest of the world, but they have their own Internet – sort of. Kwangmyong is the name of the North Korean intranet, comprised of Kim fan pages by the North Korean people, email, news, and an electronic library. Kwangmyong is not connected to the Internet, but has all of the sugarcoated information on the dictators that anyone would want. Speaking of sugar, the soft drink Coca Cola is sold in “over 200 countries around the world.” The only countries in the world that don’t sell Coca Cola are North Korea and Cuba, so if you somehow made it into the country, don’t expect an ice cold Coke waiting for you. Kim Jong-un wasn’t originally supposed to be the leader after his father died; Kim Jongnam, the eldest son, was in line for succession, but fell out of will after being arrested in Tokyo in 2001 while trying to travel to Disneyland with a forged passport. The middle son, Kim Jong-chul, is a leader in the military, but was not chosen to succeed either because he was too “feminine to run such a masculine country as North Korea.” North Korea may have many outrageous and funny facts, but they also have horrifying and sad facts, and was recently named as the world’s most corrupt country. While concentration camps in most of the world were closed down after World War II, North Korea is still in use of the slave labor camps. These camps are commonly located near nuclear bomb testing facilities, and include torture, executions, starvation, disease, and infanticide. Not only are people thought to be enemies of the state held in these camps, but also those whose parents or
even grandparents were enemies of the state, even from the Korean War. The faults of a family are carried down through the generations, never to be released. The citizens have no freedom of speech, no religious freedom, no freedom of movement, subject to five political prison camps, collective punishment, public executions and more. The people also suffer from chronic food shortages, dismal public health, sex trafficking, and home to thousands of stateless children. There is an information blockade, and the citizens are similar to a cult. Not because they chose to, but because North Korea is all they’ve ever known and their entire world. It may be difficult and unimaginable to how this could change, but it is changing. Grassroots changes starting in the late 1990s are leading to a potential transformed North Korea. Until then, the people are changing the economy, society and information from the inside out. When the citizens see their country for the corrupt and horrifying country that it is, they attempt to leave. Ever since the drastic food shortage started, those willing to risk their life in fleeing have been doing so, no matter the cost. Over 24,000 North Korean refugees are in South Korea, and around 30,000 to 50,000 are in China. But it’s not over once they leave, they need help to become part of society and find safety. To me, this information makes me want to find a way to help in some way. Liberty in North Korea, known as LiNK, is the only full-time grassroots organization in North America with the sole purpose of helping North Koreans. They aid and rescue refugees to reach freedom along with promoting strategies to potentially change North Korea. Their grassroots movement is to “redefine public perception on North Korea, shifting attention away from the politics and onto the people, and provides a way for concerned citizens to come alongside the North Korean people and help bring about positive change.”
It is bizarre to see that society is changing in a wrong direction. Everybody is greedy, wants always the best and the most that they can get. When was the last time you felt grateful for being alive or being healthy, or that we have everyday enough to eat and a place to sleep? There a few people who are grateful, but many people in our world are not. What is in our minds is a great successful career? A huge nice house and money. But big wishes and expectations can make us unhappy because it is the basic things that really counts rather than the huge things. Nowadays nobody is satisfied with that what they have and even if we get new things the happiness is just a short time period and we want something different again. One of the main reasons why human are never really happy with their lives is because they compare themselves to other people. We’re always looking up to other people who have more than we have. A nicer house, more friends, a better job or beauty that we don’t have. Furthermore, what is with our freedom? It is almost sad that everybody sees it as so normal. In the past, millions of people dreamt about a life in freedom. They had to fight hard to achieve their freedom and numerous people died in battles or wars. Before the Declaration of Independence in the United States or the French Revolution in France could occur. Today there are countries still exist in which the population is not free. A dictator has the power over them like in Russia or North Korea. A voyage there would open the eyes for many of us and change our minds. People do not appreciate or value their freedom. Here in the United States people have countless different opportunities. So why do people not appreciate them or are grateful for them? Because we are blind, spoiled and greedy. It is smarter and healthier for our sense of self-worth if we would rather appreciate what we already have in our lives. That could be a great relationship with a friend or family member or opportunities to learn new things. Studies show that gratefulness protects our psyche from depressions. Surprisingly, there have been never so many depressive people like today in our society. People became workaholic monsters and fall into deep burnouts. In addition, studies also sho that the people in the cities are more unhappy than some primitive natives in Africa or Brazil. We are just changed into a to materialistic society. There are so many reasons to be happy. The message is it is never too late to change a viewpoint and become happy. Writing a list with all the positive things in our lives and read this list every day one time could be the first step in the right direction. It is possible to be very happy and balanced without the last iphone version or designer clothes. Real happiness begins in our minds.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Stephanie leaves her Mark
Mark reaches 100 RBIs this season Celestina Padilla Crusader staff Seward County sophomore and first baseman Stephanie “Steph” Mark has received recognition yet again for her accomplishments. She has successfully made 100 career RBIs, which is something only she and four other Seward players have done. She also went 4-4 in the second game of the twin bill and helped the Lady Saints win their match against Lamar. The Utah native has also recently received Player of the Week, which she describes as a bonus, “Records are just a bonus. I judge my playing on helping Crusader photo/Jose Medrano my team, and doing my part to stay foLady Saint Stephanie Mark stands at first base waiting for a hit during the Jayhawk cused.” West conference opener against Butler on March 6 at home.
Mark has been playing softball for 13 years. She first began playing at the age of 7. She was a part of an all boys T-Ball team. She loved the game, and says that her love for it has not faded. “I love it, it’s what I do, and it’s what I succeed most at.” Her biggest inspiration and her role model is her father. They are a family of two and she has a close bond with him. He too played baseball but then had to quit due to an injury. He got her into the sport; bought her a pitching machine, took her to practices, and has been her support system all her life. She describes her team as her other family. “I have the best team, the best coaches, and the best teammates. My team is my family. It’s been a roller-
coaster this season but we have the potential to go to nationals and I’m glad that I’m here and am thankful for the opportunity I have been given. The program is phenomenal.” Her experiences at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School have been great also. Her favorite courses include psychology, history, ethics and ceramics. She likes to listen to ’60s, ’70s and ’80s rock, “Walk this Way,” by Aerosmith is her signature tune that gets her pumped before a game. She has enjoyed her experience here and grown accustomed to the smaller atmosphere. She plans to pursue softball and see where it takes her from here.
Saints look to finish the 2012-2013 season strong
Saints and Lady Saints tennis teams face tough matches against four-year colleges Jose Medrano Editor The Saints faced a rough set of matches against two four-year colleges, Bethany and Ottawa, last weekend in Salina. The Saints lost to Bethany 7-2 and to Ottawa 9-0. The two points against Bethany came from single match wins from Justin Pena and Daniel Alonte. Alonte won his match 62, 6-1, while Pena won 2-6, 6-4 and 10-6. The Saints tennis team meet against No. 7 Bethany was a blow out 9-0, with no matches won by the Saints. “The reason we planned the
match against Bethany was because their team is a powerhouse, and it gives our players good experience for regionals and other matches,” said Jerry Thor, head tennis coach for the Saints and Lady Saints. The Saints are now 5-6 for the season and will face Hesston today, and Johnson County tomorrow. “We know that the matches will be tough, but we’ll make them earn it,” Thor said about the Saints and Lady Saints matches against Hesston and Johnson County. The Lady Saints faired much better than the Saints did in their matches against Bethany and Ot-
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tawa. The Lady Saints beat Ottawa 6-3, with two of their points coming from double matches and four from singles. Only one of Ottawa’s points came from an actual match. The Lady Saints had to give two default points because of the number of players. Leticia Monteiro, Kurstie Zepeda, Kathryn Roohan and Katiuska Adarmes were all able to win their matches giving the Lady Saints four points to end the match 6-3. The Lady Saints lost against Bethany 5-4 in what was a close match-up. The Lady Saints took a 2-1 lead after winning two doubles matches and giving a default
point. Bethany won three of the six singles matches and a default points while the Lady Saints were only able to win two, making the score 5-4. Adarmes and Roohan were the two Lady Saints that won their matches. “The doubles team did very well and that’s what contributed to the win against Ottawa and a close game against Bethany,” Thor said about the Lady Saints’ performance last weekend. The Lady Saints are now 3-6 in the season. The Lady Saints will travel with the Saints to face Hesston and Johnson County.
a record of 8-2 and an ERA of 2.81, Wiedenfeld has baffled opposing hitters. This is most obvious when you look at his 4 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio with 44 strikeouts and only 11 walks. The Saints have also gotten some strong outings from freshman Hayden Howard and Austin King. Howard has a miniscule ERA of 2.14 while holding opposing hitters to a batting average against of .245. King has shown he definitely can leave hitters standing stupefied at the plate with 43 strikeouts in only 52 innings pitched. Regardless of how young of a team the Saints put on the field they have an experienced hall of fame manager in coach McSpadden who has obviously prepared this young team well for the challenges they would face. With 12 games remaining in the season McSpadden will look to guide this Saints team to a strong finish and hopefully into the NJCAA World Series. Crusader photo/Jose Medrano
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Troy Owen gets ready to bat during the conference opening match against Butler on March 6.
This has been a season of peaks and valleys for Saints baseball. Right now the Saints seem to be reaching another one of those peaks. Having won nine out of their last 12 games, the Saints sit atop of the Jayhawk West conference with a record of 16-8 in conference play. The Saints bats have scorched opposing pitching for 91 runs over the last 12 games while the pitching staff has only given up 50 runs to opposing hitters in that span. This current stretch of dominance certainly resembles the hot start the Saints had to open the season. The Saints began the season winning five of their first six games and optimism was high. Then things began to go downhill as they lost nine of their next 10 games. The pitching staff was allowing runs in bunches and the bats were not producing enough runs to keep pace with their opponents. But every team will experience such
highs and lows and eventually the Saints were able to find some balance and would win five of their next six. This Saints team is a young one which can make it hard to really find that balance. With only nine sophomores and 16 freshman this year they really have been rather resilient. When a young team such as the Saints hits those low points, it can be hard for them to dig themselves out of the hole. This young team managed to find a way and are now looking as strong as any team in the Jayhawk West conference. Freshman utility man Bryson Allen has lit up opposing pitching this year batting a ridiculous .377 with 2 home runs, 23 RBIs, 6 stolen bases and 41 runs. Equally dominant with the bat this season has been sophomore catcher Troy Owen. Owen currently sports a .375 batting average with 2 home runs while also leading the teams with 29 RBIs and 14 doubles. Anchoring the team on the mound has been sophomore Tyler Wiedenfeld. With
Sophomore Justin Pena returns a ball during the Saints Tennis practice.
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Friday, April 12, 2013
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Jacob Sautter plays with a wacky critter creation that he made during Kylix’s Children’s Art Day Saturday.
Art day draws creative spirits wacky critters, board games and kites. The children were spilt into four large groups who would rotate to each of the stations. Kites were flown outside when children were done crafting their kites. Members of Kylix supervised and helped children making different the crafts. Glue, paint and googly eyes were all items that children used to make their art. The event was planned as a
Jose Medrano Editor Kylix hosted its spring semester Children’s Art Day Saturday in the Shank Humanities Building. More than 25 children attended Children’s Art Day with the cost of attendance at $15 per Crusader photo/Jose Medrano child. Children paint a still life painting during Children’s Art Day hosted by Kylix that took place in the humanities The children displayed their building Saturday. The event was planned a fundraiser for Kylix’s trip to Denver at the end of the semester. creativity by painting, sculpting and flying their creations. Children made still life paintings,
fundraiser by Kylix the art club at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for a trip to Denver in May. The trip is planned for May 21-24 and the club will visit museums and galleries in Denver, according to sponsor and art instructor Susan Copas. Pictures from Children’s Art can be viewed on the Crusader’s Facebook, Facebook.com/crusadernews.
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Graduating Seward students can make hand-painted and personalized tiles to leave on the ampitheater wall.
Students ‘leave their mark’ Dawn Shouse Crusader staff All graduating Seward County Community College /Area Technical School students are invited to participate in the “Leave your Mark” project that will eventually cover the wall in front of the ampitheater with individually
hand-painted tiles. “Any student that will be graduating or receiving a certificate of completion can paint a tile and have it included on the wall.” said Andy Yoxall public information director SCCC/ATS. Students are encouraged to look for the craft tables set up in front of the library April 22-25
between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., outside the cafeteria on April 2324 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., or in the Area Technical School lobby April 29-30 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For information contact Yoxall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 620-417-1125.
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‘Assassins’ looks and sounds sharp Friday, April 12, 2013
Morgan Riley Entertainment editor
“Assassins” is a mature and entertaining musical directed by Alison Bridget Chambers this week at the Showcase Theater. The play opened Thursday and will also show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The characters are very likeable and funny at times throughout the play. The musical has bits of great, historical information and unique point of views from the assassins themselves. At times, the actors can be difficult to understand and are sort of covered up by the orchestra. Some of the props were cheesy, but overall it was not a big distraction. It was fun and entertaining. The content of the musical was mature, comedic and edgy, making it different and fun to watch. The music was classic and playful and great for the settings of the play. Magda Silva was the music
director. Darin Workman directed the orchestra and made everything flow evenly, which made the play sound sharp. I know on opening nights everyone can be a little shaky; in this case there were a few parts where a few of the actors were shaky. Near the end, I noticed the character, John Wilkes Booth (Francisco Morales) was supposed to be singing during one part, but he must have forgotten the words so he paused for a long time. No one really noticed until he came back in. One of the best parts to watch for in the play would probably be when the two women, Sarah (Stephanie Drymalski) and “Squeaky” Fromme (Tarin Kirk), talk about Charlie Manson. Overall, “Assassins” is a great play and everyone should go see Crusader photo/Jakub Stepanovic it. Be warned though, take your Stephanie Drymalski as Sarah Jane Moore, Sheldon Padilla as Charles Guiteau, Fancisco Morales as John Wilkes Booth and Lewis D. Mize as friends and family, but not your Leon Czolgosz fire their prop guns into the air during “The Gun Song” sequence. children.
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Francisco Morales as John Wilkes Booth draws to an end of “The Ballad of Booth.”
Student takes part in ‘Assassins’ orchestra All the assassins attempt to convince Michael A. Ask as Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate John F. Kennedy.
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Tarin Kirk and Sara Jane Moore play the attempted assassins of Gerald Ford.
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others in the pit played treble clef instruments. Not only were the notes different, the entire focus of the music was towards the people on stage. In the past when I played, it was all about the people with instruments. In the musical I am merely a supporting sound. This is a good and a bad thing. It’s good because I can make mistakes and no one will notice, but bad because people in the pit usually don’t get very much recognition. I have always enjoyed musicals throughout my life and being a part of one makes me appreciate the kind of work that goes into it, even though I only know of what I endured as a part of the pit orchestra. The hardest part of the musical was that the music followed the singers rather than the director. If singers get behind, the entire band has to backtrack to stay with them. Being in the musical was an interesting experience, and I think I’ll remember it for a long time. I’d like to continue to play the euphonium even though I’m not majoring in music and perhaps one day I’ll be in another musical production.
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Darin Workman director Alisa Henderson piano Lydia Augustine flute Allen Semisch clarinet Scott Henderson saxophone Elida Escarcega trumpet Matthew Adkins euphonium Daniel Navarrete guitar David Kerrwood percussion
My involvement in the musical “Assassins” was a little bit different than most others’ as it started before it was even decided that was going to be a musical. I figured there would be a musical since there seems to be one every year, so I asked the band director, Darin Workman, if there was a spot for me in the orchestra. The instrument I play is the euphonium. It’s not a very well known instrument, and it is hardly used in anything besides a standard symphonic band that you might find in a high school band. So it was already pretty unlikely that there would be spot for me. But my vigilance paid off and eventually I was told that I might have the chance to play a
valve trombone in the band. A valve trombone sounds and looks almost the same as a normal trombone, but it has valves, or buttons, like a euphonium so I could play it without learning a new instrument. It turned out that the music for the spring musical actually called for a euphonium. Despite the bad odds, I ended up playing in the Seward County production of “Assassins.” Although the actors, choir and tech people started months before with their auditions, I started about two weeks before when I was handed all the music I needed to learn. The reason musicians in the pit can get away with so little preparation is that they don’t dance or memorize lines and all they really need as a few days to prepare with the ensemble to get timings right. I figured I was a pretty good musician so I didn’t expect the music to be very hard, but it turned out that singers generally play in a different key than what is mostly played in a symphonic or marching band. My part was probably the most difficult to learn because of this because the euphonium is a bass clef instrument and all the
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Dinosaurs invade Mid-America Air Museum
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Mid-America Air Museum 2000 W. Second St. $10 per person. Mon.- Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat. 10 - 5, Sun. 1- 5. Includes dinosaur and airplane exhibits.
Triceratops One of the most famous dinosaurs, the triceratops, is named after the three horns on its head. It existed at the same time as the tyrannosaurus rex and scientists have yet to prove that they had epic battles. A fully grown triceratops can reach up to 30 feet in length
Parasaurolophus These baby dinosaurs are only a small fraction of the size that they will become. The parasaurolophus is a bipedal herbivore from the late cretaceous period. It got its name from the semi-crescent shaped bone on its skull.
This imposing specimen is a carnivore from the early Cretaceous period. It is closely related to the dilophosaurus and Trex. Many fossils of the acrocanthosaurus have been found in Midwestern states like Texas and Oklahoma. Its long tail helps it keep its balance on its two legs. The acrocanthosaurus gets its name from its very large spinal bones that likely helped to support its back muscles. The function of the arms is hypothesized to be used to hold onto prey while biting it.
Baryonyx The baryonyx is one of the few known fish eating dinosaurs. Itâ€™s named after its large claws on its front arms and seemed to be very well adapted for hunting fish. Nearly all baryonyx fossils were found in western Europe. The first remains found of the baryonyx was in Dorking, England. The long snout and diet of fish suggest a relationship between baryonyx and crocodiles.
A new dinosaur exhibit featuring several realistically sized robotic dinosaurs is now open at the Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal. Visitors to the museum can tour the exhibit and take in the sights and sounds of pre-historic creatures and learn interesting facts about each of the dinosaurs featured. Information about the dinosaurs can be found on plaques near each dinosaur and even more information can be found by dialing the numbers found on the plaques. This gives each visitor a personal pre-recorded tour guide via cellphone. Visitors may also find information about the many theories of the origin of dinosaurs and the universe. Entrance to the airplane and dinosaur exhibits are included in admission costs, so visitors can explore the worlds of both airplanes and dinosaurs. The dinosaur exhibit will be open until May 5. Cost for admission is $10 and the museum is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. No new admissions are allowed in after 4 p.m.
Dilophosaurus The dilophosaurus is a carnivorous dinosaur in the same genus as the tyrannosaurus rex and walked the earth during the Jurassic period.The first dilophosaurus fossils were found in Arizona in 1942. It was previously called megalosaurus. In the 1993 film â€œJurassic Parkâ€?, the dilophosaurus was featured as small acid spitting dinosaur. In reality, the dilophosaurus did not spit acid and were nearly 23 feet long.