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The Saints basketball team cheers after watching one of their teammates successfully dunk during the dunk contest on Tuesday at Basketball Preview Night . Basketball Preview Night featured dance-offs, scrimmages and a 3 point shoot out between the Saints and Lady Saints basketball teams. Fans and coaches also participated in competitions and events.

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Sigma Chi Chi showcases their awards from a competition that they attended Friday, Oct. 19. The organization brought home 4 awards.

Sigma Chi Chi captures awards at competition

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The members of Sigma Chi Chi, a sub chapter of Lambda SCCC/ATS student Daylyn Young helps Knights of Columbus Sergio Padilla make sure the firemen don’t run Alpha Epsilon, competed at the out of beef. The cook-out was hosted by students for the Liberal Firemen Oct. 11 at the North Fire Station American Criminal Justice Association, Region 3 Friday, Oct. 19 in Warrensburg, Mo. Sigma Chi Chi won a second place and two third places at the competition. There are 16 students in Sigma Chi Chi at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, but only 12 participated in competition. The majority of the participants were freshmen. Only four of the members are sophomores. Tom Nelson, Tara Murray and Blake Rogers competed in the professional division for crime scene and got second place. Jose Pando, Francisco Rendon and Angel Corral competed in the lower division for crime scene and placed third. Pando competed Crusader photos/ Dawn Shouse in the obstacle course for males SCCC/ATS students Diana Frausto and Kara Stump (above) serve the 24 and younger and placed third. fixings for the firemen feast. More than 75 firemen attended the event. Dennis Mulanax competed for Bentlee Betts (right) age two waits to be served a hot dog, his father a team from Garden City and Jim Betts is a volunteer fireman for Seward County. placed second for firearms at the professional division. Dennis Mulanax went on the trip as a bus driver for Sigma Chi Chi. Garden City needed another person on their team, and he joined them. “It was a good chance for the Dawn S house group helped feed the homeless and the fix up the students to compete against each other from different schools. Crusader Staff homeless shelter. “We never thought it would be this big,” stu- There were around 200 students in attendance. We competed in Students from a Seward County Community dent Diana Frausto said. “It was stressful, but fun College/ Area Technical School sociology class putting everything together.” The students served used a class project to show appreciation to more the firefighters and their families a meal of hot than 75 Liberal and Seward County Fire Depart- dogs, hamburgers, potato and macaroni salads as ment firemen, and members of their families, at a well as desserts donated from businesses and peocookout at the North Fire Station in Liberal Oct. ple from the community. 11. Kara Stump was another SCCC/ATS student Planning for the appreciation dinner began dur- who helped coordinate the event ”We would like ing the Sept. 11 anniversary and culminated with to thank all the people of our community whose the meal served during the department’s quarterly generous donations made our event possible,” meeting. Stump said. “You can tell by the huge turnout this was realAccording to the group, donations were received ly unique,” City of Liberal Deputy Fire Chief from Larry Romey, owner, Lonestar Services; the Skeety Poulton said. “They even brought the Lib- Liberal High School Jazz Band; Janie Kitch; eral High School jazz band for entertainment. We Knights of Columbus, Sergio Padilla; Anita Reed; just weren’t expecting such a big deal.” Dave and Jeri Rice; Pizza Hut; Terri Barnes; and Freshmen sociology students Diana Frausto, Tabby Young. Daylyn Young, Kara Stump, and Dawn Shouse or“The weather was great,” firefighter Tyson Rice ganized the event as part of their community ser- said. “These girls from the sociology class did an Crusader photo/ Jose Medrano vice project for the class. outstanding job. We give them many thanks. Leo Wang and Donnersson Penna sign committent certificates. PTK SCCC/ATS instructor Debbie Stafford has been Thank you, thank you, thank you.” hosted an event for students who commit to graduate from college. introducing community The firemen appreciaprojects as part of her tion dinner was planned sociology courses for as an outdoor event, but several years. cloudy skies and the fore“It’s a great opportucast of rain threatened the Jose Medrano monies took place. nity for students to give picnic. Fortunately, the Editor The C4 Ceremony was hosted back to our communiclouds held off and so did in order to motivate students to ty,” Stafford said. The Seward County Commu- complete community college. the emergency calls until According to Stafford, literally seconds after the nity College/Area Technical The four C’s in C4 stand for some of last year’s proSchool chapter of Phi Theta Commitment to Complete last chair had been put jects included; a health away. Kappa collected more than 350 Community College. Officers of fair for the Mexican According to the stu- signatures during their C4 cere- PTK and SCCC/ATS President American Ministries, a dents involved, what monies, Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Dr. Duane Dunn, spoke to a silent auction for artstarted out as a goal for a Phi Theta Kappa hosted a C4 group of Liberal seniors in the work to fund scholargood grade ended up be- Ceremony for students to com- James Maskus auditorium. TopCrusader photo/ Dawn Shouse ships for the local high coming something so mit to the completion of com- ics of completing high school school, the creation of a Hamburgers and hot dogs were main courses at the much more. munity college. Liberal High and college were presented by the safe park for the Head firemen cookout, potato and macaroni salads were School and the Student Union speakers. Continued on page 3... start program and one also available. were the sites were the cereCrusader photo/ Dawn Shouse

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Seward students grill up some grub to honor local firefighters Crusader Seminar — Page 3

firearms, crime scene investigation, and physical agility. The obstacle course was really fun. I’m still sore,” said Ricardo Mendoza, sophomore and president of Sigma Chi Chi. Tom Nelson, one of the members that attended, stated, “We competed in zombie laser tag and placed second. It was the most enjoyable part of the deal.” Nelson is a freshman at SCCC/ATS and an Army retired veteran. “It was a really good experience. Next time we will know exactly what to expect,” said Nelson. “I was really impressed with the students. This was the first time that we took home trophies. Five trophies. Pando got two. We have a lot of freshman. It was a learning experience for them,” said Cristy Mulanax, sponsor of Sigma Chi Chi. Cristy Mulanax competed in the physical agility competition for women 36 and older and placed first. “We did pretty good. Everybody liked it we had fun. It was what were working for the whole semester,” said Mulanax. Jose Pando, vice president of Sigma Chi Chi stated that his favorite part of the trip was the crime scene investigation. “We try to have fun and get serious and focus on what we are supposed to be doing,” said Pando.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

SCCC/ATS recognizes veterans College ranked in top 15 percent of military friendly schools Jose Medrano Editor

Crusader photo/ Jakub Stepanovic

SCCC/ATS freshman Juan Carlos Contreras receives a non-permanent airbrush tattoo from Totally Tattoos Oct. 22. Students could pick the tattoo designs that they would like to be airbrushed on to them.

As Veterans Day turns attention towards America’s veterans and armed forces service members, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School establishes a connection with veterans through military friendly courses offerings, a visit to Fort Riley and a planned ceremonial lunch to recognize veterans. Several veterans and armed forces service members are taking courses at Seward. “G.I. Jobs” a military magazine and Military Friendly Schools a website, recently recognized SCCC/ATS in the top 15 percent of military friendly schools. Crusader photo/ Jose Medrano With programs that can be finA plague showcases the recognition that Seward County Community ished in about year, SCCC/ATS has many veterans who are en- College/Area Technical School received from “G.I. Jobs” magazine. rolled in vocational and college J.R. Doney, director of market- members about the programs courses. Corrosion tech., ma- ing at SCCC/ATS. On Nov. 13, that are available at Seward. chine tool tech., and sustainable the day after Veterans Day, “Having access to the GI Bill agriculture are some of the pro- Doney and representatives from and other things like it, really atgrams that interest veterans. the admissions department will tracts veterans,” said Doney. “Community colleges in gen- be visiting Fort Riley in north- Currently SCCC/ATS has less eral are careers paths with quick eastern Kansas, to talk to service than a dozen veterans and service programs that pay well,” said

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PUMPKIN carving contest will take place Oct. 30 in the Student Union between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to win cash prizes. First place will receive 75 dollars, second will receive 50 dollars and third will receive 25 dollars. The pumpkins will be judged by faculty members of SCCC/ATS. PRESIDENTAL SCHOLARS Can Collection Competition is taking place until Nov. 20. Clubs and organizations can participate by bringing in canned food objects. The group with the most cans wins. The top three clubs will receive cash prizes of 100, 75 and 25 dollars. Clubs can take their cans to Wade Lyon in the Student Union who will keep track. DORM DOOR decorating contest is occurring the Student

Living Center. Residents who decorate their doors with a Halloween theme can participate. The top five doors will receive prizes, judging of the doors will take place Halloween morning. Dorm residents have until that time to decorate. For more info contact Jacy Sautter in the SLC. CRUSADER SCAVENGER HUNT has been extended until Nov. 12. Participates must take photographs of each object and turn them into the Crusader office. The list can be found on page 4B of issue Year 44 No. 3. The prizes awarded include movie rickets, a moose and a limited edition “We Have Issues” Crusader shirt. SCHOOL DONATIONS are still available at Ruano’s. Ten percent of the purchase price of Halloween costumes may be given to the school of the

Corrections PIPELINES miles found under Seward County are 9 thousand. 90 thousand miles

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co-editor Tonya Loewen co-editor Jose Medrano news editor Matthew Adki ns entertainment editor Morgan Ri l ey online editor Ci nthi a S erna


•10/26 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Crime Lab Concert at the amphitheater. •10/28 6:30 p.m. International Student Organization meeting •10/30 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Pumpkin carving contest in the Union •10/30 6:30 p.m. Volleyball vs. Dodge City, Region VI Tournament 4:00 p.m. Kylix meeting •10/31 6:00 p.m. Trick-or-Treat Street •11/1 Phi Theta Kappa meeting •11/2 12:15 p.m. Lunch & Learn; Increasing memory 6:00 p.m. Pepsi Classic Basketball Tournament •11/3 6:00 p.m. Pepsi Classic Basketball Tournament •11/5 Enrollment for 2013 spring semester begins •11/7 HALO meeting •11/9 Saints Have Talent Contest •11/12 Crusader Scavenger Hunt ends •11/17 Billy’s/Days Inn Classic •11/21-11/25 Thanksgiving Holiday Break

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members attending courses. Doney will talk to the service members at Fort Riley about the counseling and other services that are available at SCCC/ATS recognition that The SCCC/ATS received from Military Friendly Schools was based on how the college appeals to veterans. Programs, degrees, certificates, transfer credits, accreditation, course flexibility and financial benefits were all factors in the recognition. Although there are 14 other community colleges in Kansas who made the list, SCCC/ATS is in the top 15 percent of military friendly schools nationwide. Also on Nov. 13, a ceremony will take place on campus for veterans. The event is open to all veterans of the community and their spouses, according to Chris Hickman, HVAC instructor at SCCC/ATS. Hickman is aiding the preparations of the event; it will feature guest speakers, a performance by the choir and other presentations. For more information about the event, people can contact Hickman at 620-4171679.


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buyer’s choice when costumes are bought at Ruano’s, according to owner Frank Ruano. SCCC/ATS is one of the schools eligible for donations.

FACULTY ASSESSMENT, an inservice on Thurs. Nov. 8 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. will mean that no classes will take place during those times.

HIP HOP CONCERT will be this Friday Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., at the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School amphitheater. The concert will feature SCCC/ATS students, Crime Lab. The concert is free and open to the public.

SOUL HUNTERS book signing will take place in the Saints Bookstore featuring SCCC/ATS student and author Zach Carpenter on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

TRICK-OR-TREAT Street will be on Halloween from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Trick-or-Treat Street is open to children of the Liberal community and surrounding areas, they are invited to attend with their families. Clubs and organizations that are participating in Trick-or-Treat Street are reminded to have their forms to participate in to Wade Lyon by Friday Oct. 26.

SPRING SEMESTER enrollment begins Nov. 5. Students are urged to talk and plan meetings with their advisers before spring semester courses begin to fill. TALENT CONTEST is being hosted by the Drama Club Nov. 9. Students who would like to particate in the Saints Have Talent Contest can contact Allison Chambers at 620-417-1460 or

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Thursday, October 25, 2012


Publications Seminar initiated Former Crusader editor and guest speaker Cayla Thomlinson works with Liberal High School student Efren Rivero during a caption writing exercise at a Publications Seminar Oct. 17 on campus. Also working on the project are LHS students Tanner Urban, left, and Bradley Benson, right. The Publications Seminar, hosted by the Crusader student newspaper staff and the SCCC/ATS journalism department, was attended by 42 students and six advisers from four area high schools. Liberal, Moscow, Rolla, and Hugoton high schools participated. Crusader photo/ Jose Medrano

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Moscow High School student Jaron Thompson looks through an Associated Crusader editor Jose Medrano leads a story ideas round Press photography book during the first-ever SCCC/ATS Publications table discussion for area high school students at the Publications Seminar Oct. 17. Seminar, which covered such topics as photography and news writing.

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Phi Theta Kappa President Alan Grajeda gives a slice of pizza to Alexis Lavielle for signing the C4 commitment certificate and banner. C4: Continued from page 1 “I was surprised how the students participated,” said PTK President Alan Grajeda. “I didn’t think that so many would sign.” Grajeda is a graduate of Liberal High School and discussed with the students the importance of graduating. “There were people at the high school that waited in line and missed part of their lunch,” said Beth Beard, PTK public relations officer. Beard agreed with Grajeda about how impressive it was to see the amount of signatures that were collected. Students from the high school and college, signed certificates and a banner at the C4 ceremonies to commit to the completion of community col-

lege. Pizza was provided by Pizza Hut and refreshments were provided by Walgreens and Pepsi, they were given to SCCC/ATS students who signed the commitment certificate. About 250 signatures were collected from Liberal High School, and more than 100 signatures were collected from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School on Wednesday. The banner on which SCCC/ATS signed their names will be placed on campus for students to view, and it will be moved weekly according to PTK. PTK hosted another C4 ceremony on campus Thursday for students who did not have the opportunity to commit earlier.

SCCC/ATS English instructor relates experiences Jose Medrano Editor The smell of coffee fills the room, books line the shelves and a stack of bluebooks lay on a desk. The room is not a library or a study, but the office of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School English instructor Bill McGlothing. McGlothing began teaching at SCCC/ATS 15 years ago. Although he is an English instructor, he enjoys long distance bike rides, poetry and is intrigued by snakes. English Composition I and II, creative writing and introduction to literature are some of the courses that

McGlothing teaches. English and writing courses. “I don’t have a favorite, because of “Writing is hard, but the rewards the different levels that I teach,” are rich.” said McGlothing. He has been teaching Although he may not for more than 30 years have a favorite class, “ I will offer to put on now, and started his McGlothing finds his on Navajo a clown nose, if it will get teaching creative writing class reservations. The to be “fun and reacthem to my office to talk first time he ever tive.” taught English on about their writing.” McGlothing grew one of the reservain up northern Illinois tions, McGlothing —Bill McGlothing and has lived in many arrived in a small different locations: Seattle, Cessna aircraft. Albuquerque, Chicago, and Fifteen years ago, he met from Iowa and Oregon to Western then Seward English instructors Texas and places in between. Dale Doll and Ann Judd at a convenMcGlothing enjoys teaching tion. They helped him earn a posi-

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tion as an instructor at SCCC/ATS. Overall McGlothing stated that he enjoys teaching at SCCC/ATS because of freedom that is given to instructors to let them do their jobs here. McGlothing would like his students to communicate more. “I will offer to put on a clown nose, if it will get them to my office to talk about their writing,” he said. McGlothing taught at Western Texas College before coming to Seward. McGlothing is married to fellow English instructor Janice Northerns.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012


Electoral college brings questions to voters Citizens, representatives, senators, members of the Electoral College. Whose vote has the final say; whose vote is most powerful? The United States is known for being a representative democracy, so oftentimes the way people interpret it can be unclear. The question is inevitable: Does my vote matter? That is a fair question to ask. It is not as if a singe vote could alter an entire presidential election, although the film industry toyed with the concept in “Swing Vote.” What is truly important are votes made by the Electoral College. The Electoral College basically has the final say in who wins the election by majority vote.

The electoral college has more of a say because, in simple words, we vote for who will vote for the president. We, as in citizens, choose who our electors are. The Electoral College is made up of 435 members of House of Representatives, 100 senators, two per state, and three representatives of the District of Columbia. These 538 electors have the job of electing and deciding upon who will win the presidency and vice presidency. First off, voters have to select members of the Electoral College and this is scheduled to happen on Nov. 6 of this year. On this election day voters decide who will represent them, and the States then issue seven original “Certificates of Ascertainment,” these include the names of the electors, number of votes they received, and the names of other candidates and number of votes they attained also. These documents are sent to the Archivist of the United States.

The next time the College meets up is Dec. 17; federal law says the meeting must take place on this day. The College meets in each state and then selects the President and Vice President of the United States. The deadline for the electoral votes is on Dec. 26. By this date the President of the Senate, the Archivist of the U.S. and other designated federal and state officials must have the electoral votes. The next important date for the College is Jan. 6, 2013. The counting of the College’s votes takes place. The Congress meets in joint session do this. This system is organized and seen as fair for the country as a whole. With the Electoral College system, it is thought to be a fair vote inclusive of “small states” in this way small towns have a say, too. In contrast to this is the fact that the College distorts popular choice, furthermore it alters what could be the popular vote by the people to distortion in our two political sides. However, the College does have much controversy. Though millions vote, in a

way this system discourages some voters, for example, why would a Republican vote in an all Democrat state? The College is said to really suppress voter turn out. Also, the electoral college system heavily promotes the two party system, this in turn makes including a third party very difficult. Though this system creates political stability, it has the scary side of going against the majority of the people. The important thing is to vote. Accept your responsibility as an adult citizen of a representative democracy and make your voice heard at the polls, even if you’re voting blue in a red state.

Electoral College Key Strong for Obama Leaning towards Obama Undecided Strong for Romney

Crusader illustration/ Tonya Loewen

Lunch choices make the day for hungry students College grades become a Fabi Peña Crusader staff

Lunch, a student’s favorite part of the day. What is it about lunch that most college students enjoy? The variety of places where you can choose to eat are numerous. For the most part, my favorite place to have a nice lunch would have to be at the SCCC/ATS cafeteria. The food is well prepared, with a wide variety, and, of course, it is to your own limit how much food you choose to have. The cafeteria has many food choices. The salad bar has all the vegetables, the soups are great,

and there are different kinds of side dishes to add on. The main course is always the one that catches my eye — Paul’s sloppy joes, fish fillets, Philly cheese steak, enchiladas, and so much more. Although, when there is a main course that you are not a fan of, you can always choose hamburgers with fries or pizza everyday on the menu. As a college student, you need to have your daily lunch in order to be energized to make it through the day. Not only do you have the cafeteria, but eating off campus is a choice as well. Fast food joints are another choice to have lunch. Although, we all know that fast food is not the healthiest out there. In fact, the cafeteria food is far healthier than fast food places.

Coming out of high school into college life has a different perspective. College is where your future as an adult begins. Being healthy is an important part of life. I thought I would never have time to eat. In fact, I eat lunch at the SCCC/ATS cafeteria about three times a week. My other two days I go home and have something healthy. Staying healthy for me is important and a big part of my life. As a college student I have far more advantages than I did as a Liberal High School student. High school lunch runs a lot differently than Great Western Dining at SCCC/ATS. The variety is limited for those high school kids. The salad bar is still a second choice to the student, but the

variety on it is much more limited. LHS does not allow for students to go off campus and have lunch anywhere else. College students have more freedom to enjoy lunch somewhere else. The important thing is that every student gets the nutrition they need to make it through the day. Learning to manage your time can be hard and stressful, but it is possible to do. Always make sure to leave some time for lunch. Lunch is not the only important meal of the day, but breakfast is important also. Breakfast is what will give us the boost to get out there and get each day started. Eat to become healthy, and everything will fall in place just like you planned.

What you eat affects happiness, ability to handle stress Julia Frey Crusader staff

Everybody knows it, how it feels to have a lot of stress. Your body feels weak and you have no energy, your eyes close all the time, and the only thing what you want is to sleep. Luckily, there are many opportunities to improve this situation. One of these is to eat the right products. Your nutrition has a bigger influence on your mood than you might think. Because the right food can do a lot of more for you than just make you full. It can make you powerful and even happy. Of course the life as a college student changes. There are not

the daily luxurious foods that your mum made for you. You have to decide on your own what you want to eat. Luckily the cafeteria in our college offers a big diversity of good and healthy products. In fact, one of these products is chocolate, because it has brisk substances like caffeine and theo bromine. Furthermore the cacao butter in chocolate is responsible for the production of the happiness hormone, endorphin. Logically you feel happier after eating chocolate. So it is no wonder that so many people love all kinds of chocolate: cookies, cakes, pudding or just pure chocolate. Unfortunately the effect of chocolate is not really long, but don’t worry; there are a lot of other products that make you energetic for a longer time period.

For example, potatoes, which have complex carbohydrates, that keeps you sated for a long time. The same effect can be reached with rice and all whole grain products. In addition, eggs also include theo bromine. This substance stays in the blood and goes straight to the brain. There it changes into the hormone serotonin. Theo bromine is also included in cheese, curds and other milk products. Vitamin D is also an important source for your welfare. Especially in the winter season your body needs this vitamin. You can find it in milk. Moreover, don’t forget to eat enough fruits and vegetables. These are some of the healthiest products that exist. One good thing is that the diversity of these kinds is very huge. Every-

body can find at least one product that he or she will like. They include many required vitamins and mineral substances like, for example, magnesium and Vitamin C. It is recommended to eat three portions of fruits and two portions of vegetables every day. Nuts also have great effects. They include Vitamin B and they promote a better concentration and strong nerves. They are easy to transport, you can take little portions of them with you everywhere and eat them when you feel weak or unable to concentrate. Now you know what great effects you can reach with just eating the right products. Be a good friend to your body and eat smartly. Remember, that you have just this one body. And you are what you eat.

big part of students’ lives Cami Stahly Crusader staff

College, so far, has opened my eyes to how great it can actually be. When I first started at here at SCCC/ATS, I thought that the classes were going to be super tough and the teachers were going to crack down hard. However, everybody I’ve met at SCCC/ATS is as easy going as my own mom. Some of my friends have postponed homework until the night before, because they think they have time for it in the end. I often wonder how much nervous and stressful pressure they can handle. As for me, since I do not cope with stress nearly as well as they do, I prefer to get my school work done as soon as possible and maybe do some in advance. Interestingly enough, grades are an important part of all our lives. Some would call college the “big load”, and others would call it an “easy A.” It’s a learning experience over what we can and

cannot handle along with being responsible. Students have a job to do, not just a regular work job, but one that their future relies on the choices they make. As freshmen grow, they will most likely decide what is right or wrong and how far they will push themselves to fulfill their dreams on whatever they want to become. The sad and sometimes stressful part is that we, as students, don’t have much personal time as we used to. Of course the little kid days are over, but sometimes I wish I had maybe just another few hours to workout, run, or, to put it plainly, hang out with friends. Some of us are close to family and friends for support, while other students from different countries attend SCCC/ATS and start college pretty much on their own. They are here to get a good career start in sports, and they are really good at what they do. Student-athletes also have to maintain their grades to keep doing what they love. Grades and keeping on top of schoolwork are two things on top of several that need to catch students’ attention when talking about going to SCCC/ATS.

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right to edit for length. The staff also reserves the right to publish any letters. Letters that the staff deems as inappropriate or offensive will not be printed. Letters may be dropped off at the Crusader office, Room A131 or sent by email to

Election 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Governor Mitt Romney vs. President Barack Obama A country decides Every four years Americans are allowed to exercise one their strongest rights, the right to vote, on a national level. Whether a person supports the Democratic, Republican or third party candidates it is crucial to vote. If you are 18, a United States citizen and do not have a serious criminal record you can most likely vote, but the voting registration deadline for the national election in the state of Kansas has passed. Nov. 6, is election day and polling stations across the nation will only be open during certain times. In Seward County and across Kansas those who are planning on voting will require an identification in order to vote. The default polling place in Liberal for the elections held on Nov. 6 is the Seward

County Activity Center. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day. For those students and faculty who have registered to vote and are undecided the Crusader has created this page to help inform and bring a different view into the election. Mitt Romney and his vicepresidental pick Paul Ryan were nominated by the Republican party with plans of reclaiming the White House. President Democratic Barack Obama and VicePresident Joe Biden have been in office for four years and hope to remain in office. Even if the electoral college or other factors say otherwise every votes counts. Whether you support Romney or Obama, your vote matters.

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+ Running for president under - 34% approval rating as governor of Massachusetts the Republican party - Changed his opinion on + Experience as Governor of abortion and other issues Massachusetts - Has not gone into the details + Will repeal Obamacare of his tax plan + Plans to reduce national debt - Supports Citizens United + Former CEO of Bain capital court decision

+ Current President and member of Democratic Party + Already has 4 years of experience as president + Favors clean and renewable energy sources + Claims to be concerned about middle class families

- Has not reduced the deficit, it has increased - Tensions have heightened in the Middle East - The country is not noticeably better off than in 2008 - Obamacare has a number of unfavorable aspects

Businessman has the answers President prioritizes the future Dawn­ S house Crusader staff Four years ago I lived in Arizona and was convinced then that Sen. John McCain would have been a better choice for President of the United States of America than Barack Obama. But after Obama was elected, I bought into the glamorous words of change and listened to my peers who swore that with Barack Obama as president things would get better. He was the president, after all, and we needed to unite and stand behind him. But now after four years of deception and division, I realize that everyone was being fooled by yet another lying politician. Now, as Obama keeps reminding us, we Americans have a choice. We can choose his vision of America, or we can choose that of Gov. Mitt Romney. I support Romney because I believe that his credentials as a businessman far outweigh that of Obama in making the American economy better. I would rather have a businessman in the White House than a lawyer. When I hear President Obama speak, his words are captivating, but they contain no substance, and this is not what I am looking for in a president. Obama is consistent with misleading tones that imply equality of outcome. Romney, on the other hand, speaks more on equality of opportunity, which is how this country came to greatness. There are several reasons why I am voting for Romney. Gov. Romney is for limited government. He is more likely to reduce taxes for small businesses and corporations. We have the highest corporate tax rate of any developed nation in the world under President Obama, and we need a reduced tax rate for these groups to help stimulate job growth. Also, Romney wants decreased regulations to give confidence back to businesses to hire again. He would also like to decrease spending across the

board to reduce the ever growing national debt which is now $16 trillion and rising. Gov. Romney has said that he wants to decrease the power of the federal government, and allow states to make their own decisions on topics that are state decisions and not the federal governments. Moreover, Romney would like to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed pipeline that goes from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, which Obama opposes. The development of the pipeline would create numerous jobs and greatly increase our domestic energy production. Romney would like to expand our reach in the areas of natural gas, coal and nuclear energy that are desperately needed because solar and windmill energy are far too expensive and are rapidly becoming obsolete. I see Romney as being a better president simply because he is a lifelong businessman. On the other hand, Obama is a lifelong politician. Although Obama was a community organizer, a lawyer, a professor and ultimately a senator, his background doesn’t make him a suitable president as he has had no executive experience before entering office, unlike Gov. Romney who has held the office of Governor of Massachusetts, during which he helped develop and enacted into law the Massachusetts health care reform legislation. The law was first of its kind in the nation, which provided health insurance access through statelevel subsidies and individual mandates to purchase insurance. He also presided over the elimination of a projected $1.5 billion deficit through a combination of spending cuts, increased fees, and the closure of corporate tax loopholes. I will not be swayed again by fancy, flowery words of change. Gov. Romney is my choice because it seems to me that he can back up his statements, and if he can’t, then why not let someone new lie to us for awhile. If Romney doesn’t keep his promises any better than Obama did, we can just elect another liar in four more years.

­M atthew­Adki ns News editor Choosing the next leader of the country is a big deal, and I try not to take it lightly. There’s a lot of mud flinging that is inherent in big elections and I’ve tried my hardest to sift through to the facts before making a decision. I always leaned towards voting for Obama, mostly because he is already the president and he hasn’t done anything bad enough to warrant changes now. I have taken in the positives and the negatives of Romney and Obama and I can now back up my vote with legitimate reasons for voting for Obama. It seems to me that Romney and Obama are actually very similar. After seeing the debates the presidents have very different platforms when it comes to the economic plan and lowering the national debt, but Romney only plans on making very minor changes to policies that were already enacted by Obama. Not being an economist myself, I did not want to make my decision based on something few people can claim to really understand. Both candidates claim to be pro-small business but there might be some disagreement over what a small business is, and I just have to take their word that helping small businesses will help the economy. Obama wants to encourage companies to keep jobs in America by changing the tax code which sounds good to me, but I am unable to decipher the tax codes by myself so it seems unreasonable to base my vote on it. My decision ended up being based on my own value systems, but my major concern for the country is how it will be in the long term. Lowering gas prices is extremely low on my list of priorities. In fact, any act that would lower the gas prices would most likely have a negative effect on the environment which is also important to me. The Obama administration spent about 90 billion dollars researching and investing in alternative

fuel sources. Some would call that extreme or a waste, but to me it sounds just about right. Not just the country, but the entire world needs to be free from using fossil fuels like gasoline and coal, that cause global warming and pollute the atmosphere. This is why it doesn’t upset me that the coal industry in America is down-sizing while natural gas, which is actually clean, becomes more and more prevalent. It’s just a matter of accepting change and being willing to sacrifice in the present for a better future. Gas prices are going to go up for now, but one day everyone could be using a fuel like hydrogen which is renewable so the prices will be low and stable. Obama’s policies on renewable resources alone are almost enough to vote for him, but it’s not the sole reason. I grew up in the lower class and I definitely would not be attending college right now if I didn’t get help from the government. I’m not the only one in this boat either. There are many college students all over the country that are in part dependent on the government. It’s not always as simple as borrowing money for school and Obama policies reflect that. The president has shown a clear interest in education and in people like me who need help in order to attend school. This comes back to my concern for the future and I think it’s a smart move to invest in the future by helping people go to school and get useful jobs. I’m not particularly into nationalism, but having a country full of scientists and engineers could make America into the strongest country. For the longest time it was really easy for me to just vote against Romney rather than for Obama, but now I’m self-assured in my reasons. My choice to vote for Obama isn’t based on personal dilemmas involving civil rights and it’s definitely not based on the illusion that Romney is an aristocrat that only cares about rich people. Both candidates have valid positions and I have reached a logical conclusion based on my own beliefs and the current state of the presidency.


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Simple, DIY costume ideas

Clubs host night of spooky fun

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Simple Tools: Nerdy glasses; your choice of shirt; high waisted pants; suspenders; and your choice of shoes

Marty McFly Simple Tools: Old jeans; Blue denim jacket; plaid shirt; red, puffy vest; and Nike sneakers

Smarty Pants Simple Tools: Your choice of shirt and pants; tape Smarties all over the pants


Every year on Halloween eve, masses of children in costumes swarm the hallways of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School to participate in Trick-or-Treat Street. Students, organizations, athletic teams, faculty and clubs all take part in the event. Clubs and organizations set-up booths where children can play games and receive candy. Students run the booths and interact with the children. Trick-or-Treat Street will take place Oct. 31 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p. m., and is open to the community’s children and their families for free. “Its great seeing how students get involved with the kids,” said Wade Lyon SGA sponsor, who has been involved with Trick-or-Treat Street for several years now. According to Lyon typically in between 800-1000 children and their families from the community attend the event, Lyon expects more children to attend this year. “Parents can have fun with their kids in a safe setting,” SGA President Oscar DonJuan said.Trick-orTreat Street is viewed by some at the college as a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. SGA Vice-President Nathan Ingram agreed with DonJuan “I’m excited about all the kids that come here, and that they are safe and having fun.” SGA decorates the Student Union, provides candy and looks over Trick-or-Treat Street. Trick-or-Treat Street takes place in the Student Union, the hallways near the Wellness Center and the Student Living Center. Children and their families enter through the doors near the cafeteria, where booths are step up. The hallways in and around the Union are also filled with booths that clubs and organizations have set up.

About half clubs and organizations on campus are involved with Trick-or-Treat Street according to DonJuan. Students and faculty dress up and prepare booths that are themed for the children participating in Trick-or-Treat Street. The Trick-or-Treat Street booths consists of games, candy and activities for children. In the SLC students living in the dorms decorate their hallways and give candy to children during Trick-or-Treat Street. Currently a contest concerning Trick-or-Treat Street is being hosted in the SLC, dorm rooms must decorate their doors with a Halloween based theme, the top five dorm rooms will receive prizes. Jacy Sautter Director of the Student Living Center expects that a third of the dorms residents will participate in the contest. Residents should “have fun and be creative” said Sautter. Residents have until the morning of Halloween to prepare for the contest. Another contest will also take place concerning Halloween, SGA will host a pumpkin carving competition next week in the Student Union. On Tuesday Oct. 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. pumpkins and carving tools will be available to students who would like to participate. In order to receive a pumpkin, participants must talk to Lyon in his office, located in the Student Union. The winners of the pumpkin carving competition will receive cash prizes. First place will receive $75, second will receive $50 and third will receive $25. Pumpkins will be judge by the SCCC/ATS faculty. Clubs and organizations that are participating in Trick-or-Street are reminded to have their forms to participate in to Wade Lyon before Friday Oct. 26.

SLC Dorm Door Decorating Contest • Dorm doors that are decorated can win prizes • Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 doors • Judging will take place Halloween morning

Pumpkin Carving Contest • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. •Tuesday Oct. 30 •Will be held in the Student Union •Winners will receive cash prizes (Carving tools provided; must talk to Wade Lyon to receive a pumpkin)

Crusader photo/ Morgan Riley

A rubber rat hangs with Halloween decorations in the Student Union.

Cake decorating class Students improving skills and having fun Marti n Pi non Crusader staff A cake decorating class at Seward Community College/Area Technical School is getting some attention from students who enroll, either to improve cake decorating skills or just for fun. “It’s a really fun class to be,” said Haley Navarrete, a student in the cake décor class. Navarrete also stated “I hope to learn basic cake decorating skills.” Instructor Renee Clodfelter, Crusader photo/ Martin Pinon commented that her students Auditions for the fall play “A Christmas Carol” were held Tuesday evening this semester have a lot of potential. “They have a lot of unin the theater. “A Christmas Carol” will take place later in the semester.

derstanding of it, they have a lot of potential, and they are catching up quickly.” Clodfelter also said that she learns something every day from her students “I learned from my students as much they learn from me.” Sara Loya, a student in the cake decorating class said, “I have done cake decoration before, and I enjoy doing cakes.” Trista McCann is another student that is taking this class. “I hope to do better at my icing technique.” This seven week course is offered every semester at SCCC/ATS. The class meets on Monday evenings on campus.

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Haley Navarrete practices her icing technique during cake decoration class.


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Brazilian phenom Silva spikes the competition Lady Saint receives 3 KJCCC awards and an NJCAA award Jeremi ah Wi l son Crusader staff The halls of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School have seen many great athletes pass through them. Cory Patton, Kim Ortega, Martin Lewis and Melvin Sanders are just a few of the many. The SCCC/ATS athletic department is constantly producing elite talent in a wide-range of sports. This year’s volleyball team has found itself a rising-star with almost unlimited potential on the court. Brazilian freshman Thayna Silva has been a more than adequate addition to this year’s squad. Silva has aided the Lady Saints volleyball team get to a 10-3 record in the Jayhawk West, while winning three KJCCC Player of the Week award and an NJCAA Player of the Week award. “She is our number one hitter on the team,” said Head Volleyball Coach Bert Luallen. The Saints outside hitter stands at only 5-foot-9-inches but once she takes the court, she seems to tower over her opponents. It

probably doesn’t hurt to have an insane vertical leap such as hers. Silva came to SCCC/ATS from Suzono, Sao Paulo, Brazil and stated that volleyball there is so competitive that she doesn’t even consider herself to be one of the top players back home. Having come from an ultra-competitive environment seems to have helped prepare her for the challenges she would face on the court here in America. To contrast the two environments she said, “I have rivalries back home, but here I get along with the girls on the team.” She has been playing for seven years now and loves it. Teammate Morgan Riley describes her by saying, “she is just a really good player overall.” Away from the nets, Silva is a member of the International Student Organization at SCCC/ATS and is majoring in business. She says that once she is done with school she plans on staying here in the states. Before coming here Silva had never been to the U.S. and she didn’t know anybody once she did get here. She arrived in Liberal two weeks after school

had started and a month after volleyball practices had started. As if that was not hard enough for her, there was also a more challenging issue. When she arrived in the U.S. she didn’t speak English, only Portuguese. The language barrier has been a challenge for her, but she is learning quickly. “Communication is hard, but I try to talk with people as well as I can”, said Silva about how she deals with the challenge of the language barrier. Silva has already had to face a myriad of challenges since arriving, and she seems well on her way to conquering them. Does the future look bright for this talented young freshman? Certainly. Can she out-jump you? Probably. Will she join the list of elite athletes that this school will always remember? Possibly, only time will tell. Fans who would like to view Silva and the rest of the Lady Saints volleyball team can watch them in action Dodge City in the Green House Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The match will be a Region VI Tournament play-in match.

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Freshman volleyball player Thayna Silva serves for the Lady Saints during a match against Colby’s Lady Trojans Sept. 5 in the Green House, the Lady Saints defeated Colby 3-0. Over the course of the last two months Silva has earned 3 KJCCC Player of Week awards and a coveted NJCAA player of week award.

Lady Saints: Lakeria Eatmon, Morgan Riley, Annelise Sanchez, Thayna Silva, Alyssa Olson and Bailey McFerren pose for a shot during Sophomore Recognition Night Oct 18. The Lady Saints defeated Dodge City in 3-0. The volleyball team will face Dodge City again Tuesday Oct. 30 in a Region VI Tournament match. More photos of Sophomore Rec. Night can be viewed on the Crusader’s Facebook page, facebook/crusadersnews.



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Thursday, October 25, 2012


Basketball Preview Night 2012

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SCCC/ATS adjunct instructor Chris Perkins and Saints announcer Delvin Kinser talk to the crowd at Basketball Preview Night about successfully taping biology instructor Don Hayes to the wall. Duct taping Hayes was part of a fundraiser that Phi Theta Kappa sponsored during Basketball Preview Night at the Green House. For more photos, see

Saints cheerleader Blanca Richard performs a stunt at Basketball Preview Night during the Saints Cheer squad performance. Saints cheerleaders sported new uniforms and the Saintsations dance team performed as well.

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SCCC/ATS President Dr. Duane Dunn jokes with men’s basketball player Edson Avila. Dunn participated in a shooting contest against former Lady Saints player Cheryl Jackson, who returned to Seward for the preview event. Jackson had help in her winning effort from her children.


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Kelsey Blair goes into a packed Green House crowd along with her teammates to perform a dance during the dance-off compeititon between the women’s and men’s basketball teams. The Lady Saints beat the Saints at the three-point shooting contest and at the dance-off contest.


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Year 44 Issue 4  

This is the Crusaders fourth issue of the 2012-2013 school.

Year 44 Issue 4  

This is the Crusaders fourth issue of the 2012-2013 school.