Page 1

February 14 2013


Year 44, No. 7

Presorted Standard US Postage PAID Liberal, KS Permit NO.114

Liberal, Kansas

Giovanna Baca: Miss Liberal 2013 Seward County student crowned Miss Liberal Fabi Peña Crusader staff

Valentines’ Day — Page 4B

Blanca Richard

Nicole Kirk

Demarest Wins — Page 5

Tabitha Barnett

Driver Urges No Drinking — Page 6

Kaylonni Williams

Isabella Martinez

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School student Giovanna Baca was crowned Miss Liberal at the annual pageant at the Liberal High School Maskus Auditorium Sunday. Six contestants vied for the Miss Liberal Pageant title with performances in evening wear, swimwear, talent and on-stage questions. Other SCCC/ATS students besides Baca who competed in the pageant were Blanca Richard, Nicole Kirk, Isabella Martinez and Tabitha Barnett. The other contestant, Kaylonni Williams, is an SCCC/ATS graduate who now attends Kansas State University. The judges for the pageant were Mary Crissup, Joe Dunnagan, Alicia Pitts, Leslie Hofferber and Ashlee Smart, and they had the decision of deciding who would take the crown. When awards were announced for the categories, Baca won the private interview award, the physical fitness and swimwear award, the evening wear award and the quality of life award. The artistic expression in talent award went to Barnett, and the SCCC/ATS Development Foundation awards to Barnett and Martinez. The first runner-up was Barnett and the second runner-up was Martinez. For the remaining contestants, Richard, Kirk and Williams each received a $400 scholarship for participating in the pageant. A group of audience members had Team Baca cards to wave in support of the candidate. Since Baca was a Liberal Coronado Museum Dorothy, other girls who have been Dorothys plus museum staff joined family and friends in applauding Baca’s win. Baca was no stranger to the Miss Liberal Pageant. This was her third year in the pageant. Her first year, she was second runnerup, her second year, she was first runner-up, and this year she accomplished her goal of winning the title. Baca will have the opportunity to compete in the Miss Kansas 2013 pageant in Pratt this June. The Miss Kansas pageant is associated with the Miss America pageant, and the winner for Miss Kansas will continue on to compete for the Miss America crown. The Miss Liberal pageant had special guests, such as Miss Liberal 2012, Lauren Sarchet, and Miss Kansas, Sloane Lewis, who were both present for the evening. The pageant opened with a group dance. Following the dance was the swimwear competition. In-between the contestants

clothing changes from swimwear to talent competition, there was dancing and singing by Miss Liberal 2012 Lauren Sarchet, and Dance Images’ “Tiny Troops.” During the talent portion of the pageant, Richard sang “I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore”, by Carrie Underwood. Kirk performed “I Can Only Imagine” in sign language. Williams sang “Daddy’s Hand.” “This song was played at my father’s funeral, and it always reminds me of him,” Williams mentioned. Martinez played a piano piece titled” Over the Rainbow.” Barnett sang “Mirror,” and Baca performed a tap dance. Following the talent competition, the Sunflower Princesses were introduced and each given a sash, put on by Miss Liberal and Miss Kansas. These Sunflower Princesses are from ages 5-12. They learn about leadership, citizenship, volunteerism, and shows them to have interest in the Miss Kansas programs in the future. “You have to put everything in the competition, and be as confident as you can be,” said Baca. The pageant gives women the opportunity to show their talents, build confidence and accept the responsibility to take on the role of Miss Liberal, according to Baca. During the on-stage interviews, Miss Liberal 2012, Lauren Sarchet, and Miss Kansas asked questions to the contestants such as, “What is your favorite sports team and why?” or “What is your favorite kind of cake?” After the on-stage questionnaire, Miss Kansas performed a piano piece. During the evening wear portion one-by-one the contestants were called to walk through the stage and show the judges and audience their evening gowns. Many future plans were mentioned as the women made their walks through stage. Richard plans to become a child psychiatrist. Kirk is studying to become an elementary teacher. Williams is an SCCC/ATS graduate, and plans to further her education for her Master’s degree in Food Science. Martinez plans on becoming a physical therapist. Barnett plans to obtain her Master’s in business management and marketing. Baca plans to continue her studies to obtain a medical degree to become and OB/GYN physician. This pageant consists of awards of scholarships totaling $7,000. These scholarships will help them to pursue their education. For more pictures of Miss Liberal check out the Crusader’s Facebook at • Photos by Jakub Stepanovic

All-Kansas Academic Team

Edson Avila Dominates — Page 8

Two Seward nursing students selected Matthew Adkins News editor

Spring Fashion — Page 1B

Crusader photo/ Matthew Adkins

Courtesy photo

Liberty Brown is one of the AllKansas Academic Team. She is a nursing student, a mother and Phi Theta Kappa member.

Marivell Mendoza is one of the All Kansas Academic Team. Mendoza is involved with SNA and is president of Pathways.

Two Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students will be honored in Topeka today with college students from other Kansas community colleges as part of the All-Kansas Academic Team. Marivell Mendoza and Liberty Brown were chosen to attend the ceremony in Topeka based on their high academic achievement and their involvement in numerous student organizations. Both achieve near perfect grades and are both in the nursing program at SCCC/ATS. Besides Mendoza and Brown, students from 18 other community colleges in Kansas have been named to the 2013 All-

Kansas Academic Team. All of these students, including Mendoza and Brown, are eligible to be part of the 2013 All-USA Academic Team. Three national teams and more than 500 community college students will compete for places on one of the teams. Those that get a spot in the first team will receive $2,500 stipends. All members of each of the three teams will be featured in USA Today. Brown and Mendoza were both somewhat surprised to be chosen to represent SCCC/ATS. “Honestly, it’s kind of surreal. I don’t think that what I did was that big of a deal. I can’t believe it’s happening. I am very honored,” Brown said. In addition to being a student, Brown is also a mother, a Phi

Theta Kappa member and works as a CNA/CMA. She says she wants to further her career and is considering becoming a nursing practitioner. Mendoza is the president of Pathways and the treasurer of Student Nurses Association. She lives out of town and commutes to school every day and says that it’s one of the reasons why she is surprised to be honored. “I’ve always worked hard at everything I do. I try to participate in as much as I can but because I live out of town I may not participate in activities like fundraisers very much. But I try to participate in as many activities as I can,” Mendoza said. Mendoza and Brown will both graduate in the May with degrees in nursing.



Thursday, February 14, 2013

TWO SELECTED FOR NISOD HONORS Jose Medrano/Tonya Loewen Editors

Gary Damron Social Science instructor

Mike “Beetle” Bailey is fiscal officer and administration assistant who is a recipient of the 2013 National Institute for Staff and Organization Development Excellence Award. Bailey and instructor Gary Damron were both selected by NISOD to receive the award. “I’m just tickled that they would select me for such an award,” Bailey said. Bailey has been at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for nine years. NISOD is a group of more than 700 community colleges and universities world wide, and recognizes a select few every year for its awards. “It was surprising to find out that I had won they typically pick administrators or instructors for the award,” Bailey said. Bailey and Damron will travel to Austin, Texas, in late May to a convention to receive the award. Gary Damron, a Social Science instructor at Seward

County Community College/ Area Technical School, was recently selected to receive the 2013 National Institute for Staff and Organization Development Excellence Award along with fellow SCCC/ATS colleague Mike Bailey. “I was surprised when I found out I won the award; I didn’t even know I had been nominated,” Damron said. Candidates are nominated by peers and then reviewed by the Dean of Academic Affairs, Cynthia Rapp, before being sent to NISOD. Only faculty, staff, and administrators at community colleges are eligible for the Excellence Award. “It’s nice to get recognized, especially with so many people doing excellent jobs here,” Damron said. Damron was also awarded 2 years ago with a student nominated Teacher of the Year award. Damron is looking forward to attending the NISOD convention in Austin, Texas with Bailey later this year to receive the award, but also for the experience. “It’s a very nice award, but what you learn at the conference makes it even better.”

Doney announces resignation

Staff Retirements approved by Board In the most recent Board of Trustees meetings, several staff retirements were approved by the Board. Among the retirees are Troy Bowles, mathematics instructor; Jim Brown, Automotive Business Management Instructor; Neva Dorman, Development Instructor; Donetta Dreitz, registrar; Marcia Hatcher, Business Division chair and Business Management/Marketing instructor; Catherine McGhee, custodian and Janice Williams, Computer information Systems Instructor.

Mike Bailey Fiscal officer

Celestina Padilla Ad manager JR Doney, director of marketing, is resigning after four years of service to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Doney is well known throughout the campus: he works out at the Wellness Center, gets his hair cut at the Cosmo salon, helps out with athletic events and is the “go-to” guy for advertisement, admissions and assistance with online content. Doney took the position as director of marketing in March of 2009, and moved to Southwest Kansas with his family from Omaha, Neb. The initial goal when he began his job at Seward was to increase enrollments 3% in 3 years. This is his fourth year at Seward and since 2009 enrollments have increased by approximately 30%. “It takes a lot of people to do

Troy Bowles Mathematics instructor

JR Doney that-I feel good that I might have played a role in it”, Doney stated over the large increase in enrollments. Throughout his time here Doney has helped to create processes and procedures for admissions, sought to improve communication, update social media and market SCCC/ATS. He has helped with the PA system at games, judged dunk contests, organized events, worked with several people in admis-

sions ranging from staff to student ambassadors and can be thought to be a type of catalyst in starting ideas and leading them in the right direction. All these components and updates subsequently package ino showing what the institution has to offer. Doney reflected on his time at Seward and how he was a part of it. “There are a lot of people I have learned from. They mean alot to me. Anytime you can work somewhere and develop those kinds of relationships-it’s pretty special.” Doney will continue to stay busy. He will continue with his BBQ, catering and jerky products at Smoke Hoss in Meade, Kans. and work with his wife in remodeling spaces, and interior design. He will also raise cattle, help with his family’s farm and focus on being a dad for his three daughters.

Brungardt takes job as temporary dean Jose Medrano Editor

Neva Dorman Developmental instructor

Marcia Hatcher Business Division chair

Catherine McGhee Custodian

CRUSADER 2008 - CMA Best of Show, Newspaper, 1st/ Special Section, 3rd 2003-2004, 2010-2011 - Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist - ACP 2008 First Place Certificate - ASPA 2011-2012 - Silver Medal Overall - KACP

Phone: 620.417.1459

Fax: 620.417.1169 2003, 2004 - National Online Pacemaker Award 2008 - National Online Pacemaker Finalist - ACP

Donetta Dreitz Registrar

Janice Williams CIS instructor

Kevin Brungardt is a new career and technical interim dean at Seward County Community College/Area Technical. Dean Brungardt will only be at the college until May 14 while the search for a permanent administrative dean to fill the position will take place throughout the spring semester. “I’ve known Kevin for a long time, and he will be a great addition,” said SCCC/ATS president Dr. Duane Dunn late last semester. Dean Brungardt has previously worked with SCCC/ATS administrators on different projects such as eduKan and collegiate academic affairs. Previously dean Brungardt worked as an administrator and an instructor at Garden City Community College, and came out of retirement to take the position of interim dean.

co-editor Jose Medrano co-editor Tonya Loewen news editor Matthew Adkins entertainment editor Morgan Riley online editor Cinthia Serna sports editor Sandy Alfaro ad manager Celestina Padilla

Crusader photo/Jose Medrano

Kevin Brungardt came out of retirement to fill the position of career and technical interim dean at SCCC/ATS until a permanent replacement is found. Brungardt lives in Sublette and makes the commute to Liberal everyday. “I love talking to students and working with them,” Brungardt said. He has been involved in education for more than 27 years, and has taught high school and college level courses as well as being an administrator. For 17 years Brungardt was in-

Kansas Associated Collegiate Press


Jim Brown Automotive Business Management instructor

Giseelle Arredondo Julia Frey Jordan Long Fabi Peña Dawn Shouse Jakub Stepanovic Cheree Turey Jeremiah Wilson

The official student newspaper of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is published bi-monthly and as special editions by journalism students during the regular college year, except on school holidays and during examination periods. One copy of each issue is distributed free to each student, faculty and staff member, with subsequent copies available for purchase in the Crusader office at 50 cents each. Letters to the editor will be considered for publication if they are signed and the authenticity of the writer’s signature is verified. The staff reserves the right to edit for length. Opinions voiced in letters and editorials are not necessarily those of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School or the Crusader. Advertising is accepted. Rates are $4 per column inch or $4.80 pci for color ads. Insert rates are $50 per thousand. Classified ads are free to SCCC students, faculty and staff; classified rates for all others are $4 per ad, limit of 20 words. The Crusader staff reserves the right to refuse advertising. Mail to: Crusader, Box 1137, Liberal, KS 67905, or

For all SCCC Up-to-date coverage on News, Sports, & Events

Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. 10-3 202 N.Kansas Avenue

volved Garden City’s college as a faculty member and dean. “There were 3 president in the state that I really wanted to work for and Dr. Dunn was one of them. When I heard about opening I saw a great opportunity,” Brungardt said. Dean Brungardt overlooks allied health, vocational, business and industry divisions of the college. He works other administrators and faculty members with programs and their reviews as well as other projects that benefit the college. Although he is only on campus for a few hours a week dean Brungardt has enjoyed the time that he spent at Seward during the last month and a half. “The folks here have a pretty special place,” Brungardt said about the campus. Dean Brungardt can be contacted in the administrative offices on the main campus in office A113.

• Look in the Leader & Times • Look us up at • Download our Leader & Times App

LEADER&TIMES 16 S. Kansas • Liberal

Your daily news & views for 126 years


Thursday, February 14, 2013


Behind the scenes of campus systems

Heat is provided by the campus heating plant, which is located between the gym and baseball field. Pictured here are part of the pipes which come from the boiler for the campus hot water supply.

More pictures can be found on the Crusader’s Facebook page:

Network around campus is divided among about 700 computers, 500 for students and 200 for staff, then daily 400 devices are connected through Wi-Fi. The college has its own servers, hosted at the domain; however is hosted in Cleveland, Ohio. Email for students is provided by Google, which has its headquarters in California, but also more than 70 offices in more than 40 countries around the world, so it is hard to say where the student gmail accounts are located.

In the Student Activities Building and Hobble Academic Building are several storage spaces for unused equipment such as furniture, files or even electronic devices. In this picture is a corridor, under the Wellness Center, which can also be used as a tornado shelter.

Crusader photos Jakub Stepanovic

Friendship Fridays 3:30-7:00 p.m. Fridays We have half priced drinks!

Gregory J. Bird

LIBERAL’S BEST COFFEE&SANDWICHES 7 Village Plaza, Liberal, Kansas (620)626-5556




Pregnant? Thinking abortion?

FREE Pregnancy Test • Confidential • 2nd & Clay • Liberal, KS



Treat yourself to sound financial assistance -Income/Estate Taxes -Financial Planning -Auditing -Small Business -Accounting

21 Plaza Drive • Liberal, KS 620-624-8471

Mortgages Unlimited SERVING THE SOUTHWEST SINCE 1941


Home to Liberal High School & SCCC Sports T DARN “IT’S THE BES EVER.” W O H SPORTS S

(620) 624-2559

24 W. 2nd St. Liberal



Thursday, February 14, 2012

Crusader photo/Jose Medrano

Pancake Day race winners SCCC/ATS student Kaela Kruger finished in third, Lady Saints assistant coach Caitlin Demarest placed first and SCCC/ATS student René Boaldin came in second. Standing behind the Liberal runnners is International Pancake Day Chairman Gary Claussen. Demarest won the race Liberal Pancake Day race with a time of 64.3 seconds, but Onley won the international race with a time of 56 seconds.

College runnners sweep in Liberal Pancake Day Race Jose Medrano Editor Wet snow and a cold February day were not enough to deter the Pancake Day Races and festivities. The winner’s podium was a sweep of runners from Seward County College/Area Technical School with Lady Saints assistant basketball coach Caitlin Demarest winning first place, René Boaldin placing second and last year’s winner Kaela

Kruger finishing in third. Pancakes, skillets and runners unite once a year for the International Pancake Day Race in Liberal and Olney, England, as part of a 63-year-old competition between the sister cities. Demarest won the Liberal race with a time of 64.3 seconds, but Olney won the international race with a time of 56 seconds run by Devon Byrne. Byrne has now won the race back-to-back and set a new record time beating the previous

time by 1.5 seconds set in 2009 by Liberal’s Tasha Gallegos. Contestants in the race must flip the pancake once at the starting line and again right before crossing the finish line. The runners also must wear a headscarf and an apron according to Pancake Day guidelines. “It was a great experience. I’ve never done really anything quiet like this, and it just feels great,” Demarest said about her first time running in the Pancake Day Race. She is also a first year as-

sistant coach for the Lady Saints basketball team. Some of the Lady Saints and head coach Toby Wynn were cheering her on during the race. “I was joking with some friends before about running in the race, but I did treat it like a competition and I ran on the treadmills to prepare,” Demarest said. In the men’s race, Seward student Alejandro Avila won first, Tyson McGuire placed second and Seward student Pedro

Marquez finished third. “The weather really wasn't a problem. It was a little slick on the turns from the melted snow but that's about it. I didn't even feel cold while I was running,” Marquez said. He was a first time runner in the race and was inspired to run to lose weight. There were also youth races in which children competed. Other runners who are related to college were Tabitha Barnett, Kristen Sadler and Giovanna Baca. The winners of race re-

ceived trophies and prizes with Demarest receiving the Kiss of Peace. Although Olney has won both races in the last two years, Liberal still leads with total race wins, 36-27. Next year’s races will be hosted March 4, 2014. For more pictures of the Pancake Day Races visit the Crusader’s Facebook page at

Crusader photo/Matthew Adkins

Runners No. 9 Jennifer Taduran, No. 1 Heather Olmstead and No. 2 Kristen Sadler run on the turn before the home stretch of the women’s race.

Crusader photo/Celestina Padilla

Crusader photo/Cheree Turley

Liberal DJ Joe Denoyer runs through a light snowfall during the men’s race. Crews were on the race track early clearing ice from the raceway.

The winners of the men’s race were 2012 winner Alejandro Avila in first place, 2012 second place Tyson McGuire in second and Seward County student and first-time runner Pedro Marquez finished third. A total of seven men ran in the race and 13 women in the women’s race.

Thursday, February 14, 2013



Crusader photo/Jakub Stepanovic

Six SCCC/ATS students and an alumni competed in the Miss Liberal pageant Sunday. The candidates were Blanca Richard, Nicole Kirk, Tabitha Barnett, Kaylonni Williams, Giovanna Baca and Isabella Martinez. The contestants performed routines and competed in swimwear and evening wear. Baca won the pagent in her third year of participation in Miss Liberal. More photos can be found at

Crusader photo/Morgan Riley

Student Selene Perez helps prepare pancakes during the Kiwanis Pancake Day breakfast in the activity center Tuesday morning. Perez volunteered as part of a sociology class community project.

Visit for more photos of Miss Liberal

Crusader Photo/Jakub Stepanovic

Giovanna Baca was crowned Miss Liberal on Sunday. She also ran in the Pancake Day Race and was involved in the talent show. She will go on to compete in the Miss Kansas pageant in June.

Scan this QR code for a Pancake Day video featuring 2012 and 2013 race winners Kaela Kruger and Caitlin Demarest.



Thursday, February 14, 2013

• 27 people die as a result of drunk driving every day. • The estimated cost of drunk driving in the United States is $132 billion a year.

Crusader Photo / Dawn Shouse

Rene Boaldin poses with international student Julia Frey at the International Race.

Courtesy photo/Gayle Green

• 50 – 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license. • Over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for impaired driving

Just one picture of the Ford Taurus that was totalled during an alcohol related accident.

Experienced injured party urges drinkers to avoid the 34 percent Cheree Turley Crusader staff

• One-third of all drivers who were arrested or convicted of driving while intoxicated are repeat offenders. • In 2010, 16 percent of fatal crashes during the week were drunk driving crashes. Statistics from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving website at

I turned 21 in the spring. Three months later, I flipped my car while drinking and driving. That was almost 25 years ago and to this day, I still wonder how anyone could be so stupid. And this is why I am telling my story in hopes that it will make people think before they make the same mistake I did. I had been at a party and was so drunk that I don’t remember leaving. Initially, I was headed to the store to get some coffee to sober up but I noticed that my ex-boyfriend and his friend were following me so I sped up and tried to lose them. I ended up on a road that I didn’t know. There were a couple of curves and then a straight away then I hit gravel, pushed in the clutch and slammed on the brakes causing me to lose control. I hit a land leveler, a piece of

farm equipment, with the right side of my car and moved it 150 feet into a barbed wire fence. My car flipped into the air and rolled twice in the air before landing hard enough to flatten all four tires and knocking the ball bearings out of the transmission. As for me, I hit my head on the windshield, bent the steering wheel into the steering column, shattered the driver’s side window with my left ear, tore ligaments, tendons and muscles in my right leg from my knee to my toes, had a hairline fracture on the lower left side of my skull, tore my gums from my teeth to my cheek bones and bruised my left lung. The Jaws of Life had to cut my face out of the glove compartment and I had to have blood transfusions to get me to Amarillo. The doctors said I might not make it through the night. After 24 hours, the doctors said I might have a lot of problems from the head injury. After three days in intensive care and three days in a private room, they sent me home to recover.

I had to learn to brush my teeth, tie my shoes, comb my hair and basically learn to take care of myself again. My mom stayed with me for almost two months to help me take care of myself. It has been almost 25 years since that night and I still have some problems. Even with those problems, I have been able to have a good life. I have had a child and have been able to watch her grow up the past 14 years. I have been able to go back to school and become a junior in college. But for some, drinking and driving ends in death. The statistics for fatalities while drinking and driving have lessened in the past 25 years, but they are still high. The CDC, MADD and the Century Council websites have shown that accidents related to alcohol are about 32 to 34 percent of all accidents in the United States for drivers ages 21to 25. If I could spread one message for what I have learned in life, it would be to not drink and drive because they don’t mix.

Internet piracy brings unexpected consequences —OUR VIEW There is crime running rampant in the United States today in the form of the illegal use or distribution of copyrighted material, or simply pirating. More specifically, internet piracy. The internet makes it extremely easy for a person to steal copies of music CD’s, DVD’s, books, video games and computer software. Although some sources like the Recording Industry Association of America estimates that the cost of piracy is in billions of dollars range, in reality there is no real way to tell how much money is lost from piracy. One possible reason why piracy is so common is how easy it is to simply download something on the internet. There are also plenty of excuses that people give in order to justify downloading something. Like, “The artists already have so much money, they won’t be hurt by me stealing a $10 CD” or “I wouldn’t buy it if the only way to get it was to pay so no one really loses anything.” However, the stark reality is that it actually does have consequences. It is true that huge

artists like Justin Bieber or authors like J.K. Rowling aren’t affected very much by piracy, but small groups and companies actually are affected by it. There are the obvious consequences of piracy: no one gets paid for work done, so they have to do something else. But some less obvious consequences actually hurt the consumer more. The fact that superhero movies getting reboots every 10 years can be attributed to piracy. Rather than take any big risks, movie production companies can almost be guaranteed to make money off of huge blockbusters like Spiderman. Whereas Spiderman is a safe bet that will make a lot of money in theaters despite piracy, an indie movie or a small production would not draw enough attention and is more likely to lose money despite not even costing very much to make. This can lead to the watering down of entertainment and not just for movies. This happens a lot in the video game world too. Even though an up to date PC is likely to be a better gaming console than an Xbox 360 or PS3 at least in terms of processing power and graphics, companies don’t want to make PC exclusive

video games because of how easy it is to pirate PC games. A person could argue that information and media should be made free, but the bottom line is that piracy is against the law. It is stealing intellectual rights from people that put work into a product. Just because piracy is easy and difficult to trace doesn’t make it okay. It seems like an easy problem to solve. Just enforce copyright laws better. However, copyright law, especially regarding internet content, is extremely lucrative and has to be updated every few years with the changes in technology. In late 2011 the Stop Online Piracy Act was proposed in the House of Representatives. SOPA is the most recent attempt to enforce copyright laws on the internet. It seemed like a step forward at first, but it had many major flaws. It suggested completely blocking any website that hosted any copyrighted material illegally. This included websites that had user driven content like YouTube. It also had provisions to publish any company that advertised on sites that infringed copyright laws. This means that anyone

even remotely associated with copyright infringement could see severe penalties. SOPA is still under debate in Congress and hasn’t even been fully drafted. The main problem with copyright laws being proposed is that the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Violating copyright laws can result in either an exorbitant fine or five to 10 years in jail. This is for any form of copyright infringement. However, normally only people who attempt to distribute large quantities of copyrighted material are punished. So there really isn’t any enforcement on a micro scale. The teenager on the family computer can still download 10,000 songs and get away with despite it being extremely illegal. There is no clear cut solution to enforcing copyright law but it needs to be done. People who do work should get paid if somebody wants to enjoy that work. The first step to enforcing the law is setting up a plan to do so and the plan cannot be as invasive as SOPA. If the right people are punished in a way that fits their crime the world could see at least some decrease in the amount of piracy.

‘Valentine Virus’ infects campus Celestina Padilla Ad manager

Walking around campus at SCCC/ATS, you cannot help but notice more and more people sneezing and coughing. Could it be the weather? Perhaps. Could it be a bug going around? Most likely. This bug is the buggiest bug of a bug-a-boo bugging bug that can be attained. This mind boggling phenomena is the Valentine Virus.

It is immensely important to know if you too have been infected with this hazardous virus. Some key symptoms are blinking, breathing, having a heartbeat, eating, sleeping, and yes-coughing and sneezing. However, these are just beginning symptoms of phase one of the virus. The grand majority of people have these symptoms of the virus and do not move on to phase two, but read on and beware of the next symptoms to see if you may have caught this virus. Secondary symptoms includebut are not limited to: smiling, giggling, flirting, hugs, kisses, loving embraces, caresses…you

get the picture. These types of symptoms can therefore result in the purchases of teddy bears and other stuffed animals, chocolates and sweet treats, engagement and promise rings, and the mass production of babies. Shocking, yes I know. The effects of the Valentine Virus can subsequently cause affection. So beware of anyone telling you they love you, asking you to date them or worse the proposal of holy matrimony. GAME OVER. Few can avoid this hazardous virus, but I have cleverly developed strategies to avoid the bug. It takes an immense amount of dedication. If you can master the

art of sarcasm, skepticism, and don’tcareitis then you too can avoid the harmful effects of this dreadful day. On the other side, if you catch this bug and are okay with the symptoms it causes, well, good for you. The most poisonous of bugs can have a tender side. More importantly than that, this inexplicable phenomenon can either last just until the rest of the week, or the rest of your life. Take caution friends, and if all else fails, know that many get infected and so nearly everyone can have a Valentine to go with their virus.

Pancake Day attracts a new fan from Germany Julia Frey Crusader staff

When I first heard about Pancake Day, I simply thought that was a joke. An international day because of pancakes? That seemed kind of crazy to me. In my home country Germany, we don’t have a free day from school because of pancakes. But then I heard that Seward County Community College will be closed this day and there will be several attractions in the whole town and I became curious about it. Pancake Day is a famous tradition in Liberal that has existed more than 60 years already. Furthermore, this day is unique. The international Pancake Day Race exists only in Liberal and in Olney, England. Unfortunately, the weather predicted for this year event was bad. It was supposed to be cold and snow a lot. And they were right; when I woke up Tuesday, I looked out of the window and saw snow. On the one hand, I was happy; because I love snow and the fun I can have with it, like building snowmen or having snow fights. But on the other hand, I was scared that the race would be cancelled. Luckily they didn’t cancel it. I went to the race with my lovely new host family the Mills, who I have stayed since some days. It was entertaining to see the women running. They wear colorful clothes including

headscarves and aprons and each of them had a frying pan in her hand. For a second, I regretted it that I was not one of them, because I also wanted to run in the race. But the race was not the only attraction this day. There have been some actions like the Pancake Breakfast, International Race, Pancake Day Parade and of course you could eat some delicious pancakes. In addition, in the Pancake House Restaurant in Liberal offered some special pancakes with different fixings. In Germany, we have different events like the wine festivals. In the summertime almost each city or town have events like that. We like to sit together on nice days and have some good food and drinks. Mostly the food is in combination with bread, beer and wine, because these are the best German specialties. But when I compare the German events with the American ones like the Pancake Day I recognized that it have the same purpose: To entertain people and bring them together on a free day. In our current society, people get busier and busier and it become harder to find time which you can spend with your family and friends. So, I am glad we have free days like the Pancake Day. It doesn’t matter in which country you are enjoying international days, the purpose is everywhere the same: to bring people together. I am happy that I could make the experience to celebrate my first Pancake Day, around my friends and family.

Spring procrastination kills students’ grades Jose Medrano Editor

It’s 3 a.m. somewhere and a student is feverously writing an essay, finishing an assignment and studying for a test. The cycle of procrastination never ends for some college students. Everyone procrastinates in his or her own way. Like most of my peers I’m guilty of procrastination. Some students waste time on video games, movies or friends. Others do laundry, other homework or wash dishes. It is estimated that up to 95% of college students procrastinate frequently. Cramming, all nighters and last minute work sessions are all examples of what plagues college students. There is no simple “cure” for procrastination that is for sure, but there are ways to stop it from time to time. Chunking is a technique that is very effective that I personally use. Start off by breaking down any assignment, workout, and essay or study session in 15minute intervals. Once you have finished reward yourself with a small five-minute break, but make sure you get back to work or else all the momentum you’ve build up will disappear. Also don’t look at the big picture. I’ll keep using the essay as an example lets say it has to be 500 words long. Chunk the work don’t do it all at once, but take breaks. If you can write 100 words than you can write another 100 words and so forth. The Zeigarnik effect is another tool that can be used to start something that you do not want to do, just start your project it is

as simple as that. It is based on the psychological experience that a person has when they start something and it remains unfinished. If a person doesn’t finish something typically they feel like a failure or incomplete, that is the Zeigarnik effect at work. People tend to finish what they have started and it helps stop procrastination. This does not mean a person should start on all their projects expecting them to finish them all, but starting on that research essay due three weeks from now will help a student complete it sooner. Turn off everything laptops, phones, televisions, tablets and anything else that can be distracting. Technology has made it easier for people to procrastinate so remove any distractions and get to work. Measure how much time you spend on Facebook, Twitter or whatever people spend mindless minutes on and think about how that time can be used for other things. Carve a slice of your day specifically for whatever you need to get done. Make sure that the time is always consistent; once a person builds a pattern it is hard to stop. Find a quite spot were people and objects won’t disturb you if that is what works best for you. Make it difficult for procrastination to take effect. Motivating yourself is hard, but do you really want to stay up all night doing an essay that you could have was assigned three weeks ago? I don’t think so. Listen to music while you work, have a pep talk with yourself or zone everything else out. Procrastination it’s a monster, but once you defeat it college suddenly gets a lot easier. But you don’t have to beat it today you can start tomorrow… maybe.


Thursday, February 14, 2012


Crusader photo/Jakub Stepanovic

Women’s Assistant basketball coach, Caitlin Demarest won first place in the International Pancake Day Race on Tuesday. The women’s basketball team was there to support her and their head coach Toby Wynns daughter Janaya, who also won first place in the childrens race.

Crusader photo/Jose Medrano

Saints Sophomore player Edson Avila was named KJCCA Player of the Week in late January. The Saints have now earned the award 6 times throughout the 2012-2013 basketball season.

“The Beast from the East” Saints continue receiving KJCCA Player of the Week Honors Sandy Alfaro Sports editor Sophomore, Edson Avila was honored to receive the KJCCC Player of the Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 3. Avila had 20 points and eight rebounds against Hutch on Jan. 30 and 18 points with five rebounds against Barton County, Feb. 2. Avila had a rough beginning in the 2012-2013 season but becoming KJCCC Player of the Week never left his thoughts. He played through the beginning of the season with a nose injury and later had a leg injury. Avila felt that he was beginning to let his team down. He was determined to pick the pace up for himself and the team. He put in extra hours in the gym and pushed himself harder during practice. He has learned to develop leadership skills in and outside the court. Being more vocal on the court has been of great help

for him. Avila likes to be the guy who boosts his teammates energy during games. He referred to himself as the “team clown.” Avila said that being an athlete and a student is not all that easy. Traveling, practice, and homework can become overwhelming. Time management has become Avila’s key to balancing it all out. His improvement and the teams have definitely come through. The Saints are currently 19-7 for the overall season and 10-2 in the Jayhawk West Conference. “When I shine, my team shines” Avila said. Avila has not been the only Saint to receive these honors. Kaheem Ransom and Jabari Peters have also been named KJCCC Player of Week this season. “Work hard; Good things happen,” Avila said about his and his teams success. Avila says to be very proud of himself. He expects bigger and


"$ % "

Jose Medrano Editor The Lady Saints faced Cloud County in the Green House Monday night. The Lady Saints defeated Cloud County 54-57, and are 9-3 in the Jayhawk West and 18-7 in the season. The win over Cloud allowed the Lady Saints to be tied with Garden City’s Lady Broncobusters. Madison McLain led with 15 points and 6 steals.

The match against Cloud began with a quick lead by the Lady Saints, and they lead the first three minutes of the match. Halfway through the first half Cloud was able to catch up to the Lady Saints and tie the match, 13-13, but the Lady Saints pushed ahead once again. In the last five minutes of the first half shooting problems by part on the Lady Saints allowed Cloud to catch up. The score at the half was 25-21 with the Lady Saints leading.

In the second half the Lady Saints surged early on and kept a lead over Cloud throughout the second half. Although the match did reach points where Cloud County was only a few points away. The Lady Saints defense end helped keep them ahead throughout the match. The Lady Saints shot 24% from the three point line, while cloud only shot 29% overall. Saturday night the Lady Saints will be back on the court at Dodge City.

Cloud County comes to suffer in the Green House Sandy Alfaro Sports editor Coming back from defeating the Pratt Beavers, 71-59, Friday night the Saints dominated over Cloud County at the Green House Monday. The Saints had a big win of 68-39. The Saints played the toughest defense yet. Cloud had a hard time getting any points on the scoreboard up until the sixminute marker. The Saints defense manage to stop Cloud from scoring and by forcing turnovers the Saints were able to control Cloud for a majority of the match. Jabari Peters and Kaheem

Ransom shot three-pointers back and forth throughout the first half, finishing the half with a solid lead of 36-18. The Thunderbirds had 11 turnovers in the first half, due to the pressure that the Saints were putting on them defensively. Going into the second half Brian Bridgeforth and Leslee Smith put in buckets to give the Saints a rally to victory. Cloud was never able to recover in the second half as the Saints forced another 11 turnovers. Ransom was the lead scorer for the Saints with 16 points. Pressure from Seward held Cloud at a thirty percent shooting for the overall game. They

also doubled their turnovers by the end of the game. After the 29-point game win Seward is now 10-2 in the Jayhawk West Conference and are 19-7 for the season. They are now tied in the conference with Hutch who suffered a loss against Barton County Wednesday night. Ransom was recently awarded his second KJCCC Player of The Week this season. His performance last week against Colby and Pratt allowed him to once again earn the award. The Saints will face the Dodge City Conquistadors this Saturday at Dodge City at 8 p.m.


! #" !

better things. “I daydream about my team winning the conference, regional’s, and even nationals.” Avila worries about keeping the Saints fans satisfied. He says the fans are a big part of their game “but we got the best crowd, hands down”, Avila said. He makes sure that his hard work is always shining through “because you never know who is out in crowd watching” he said. Aside have athletic goals, Avila also has goals of becoming a basketball coach and or a gym teacher. He’d like to go back home to the Bronx, New York to follow through with his goals and be able to show his hometown that anything is possible. Avilas number one focus is winning the Jayhawk Conference, “I know we can win, we’re a very well coached team.” The Saints next opponents are the Dodge City Conquistadors. They will play this Saturday, Feb. 16 in Dodge City at 8 p.m.

Lady Saints hold back Cloud County

" #


" "!

A bank committed to service, customers, and community.

Internet banking available.

$5.99 H-N-R Hot and Ready carry out only

Ask about The Community Student checking account.


Present your student ID and receive one Crazy Bread FREE. ONE Crazy Bread per purchase/sauce extra $.89

Phone: 620-626-6990

Location: 733 N. Kansas Ave • Sun.-Thur. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. •Fri.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

2320 N. Kansas in Liberal

Come by Carroll Auto Glass at 2240 N. Kansas in Liberal or call for mobile service.



$ & #

$ #! !!




" %




" ! !#

! "





Thursday, February 14, 2013

Saints Baseball


Nelsons join forces for Seward Giseelle Arredondo Crusader staff Deven Nelson, 21, and Jorden Nelson, 19, are brothers from New Mexico who are playing on the Seward County Community College Saints baseball team. Deven, a red shirt sophomore, had been pretty set on going to Midland or Odessa, Texas but he “fell in love with the program” that SCCC had to offer. “I liked it so much. I thought it would be the best place for me to come.” Deven had recommended the program to his younger brother, Jorden, and so he also wanted to attend SCCC. “I liked this program. It’s a good program,” Jorden said. He was invited to tryout for the baseball team last April, and before he left tryouts he to pick out his number. Deven Nelson gotThe brothers have been playing baseball “since they were toddlers,” said Rhonda Nelson, mom of Deven and Jorden, who was at the opening game of the Saints baseball team Saturday. Rhonda remembers seeing them play baseball in the back yard and thinking about how they were going to be baseball players one day. Jorden Nelson The boys started with T-ball when they were 5 years old. Gary Nelson, proud dad of Deven and Jorden, recalls, “The first time that Deven had to step out onto the field, he clung onto my leg. He didn’t want to go out there, but afterwards he didn’t want to come off the field.” The boys’ activities then followed with Little League when they were, approximately, 6 years old to when they were 13 years of age during the summers. The boys did travel ball, which is also known as USSSA or United States Specialty Sports Association, for the rest of the year. Both Deven and Jorden played varsity high school baseball from their freshman to senior year.

“When Jorden was a freshman in high school, we were playing our main rival, Carlsbad, and Jorden was brought in to pitch for few innings an held them scoreless to win game and big brother, Deven, was playing third base and was first to the pitcher’s mound, grinning from ear to ear to hug his little brother.” The whole team dog piled him on the mound when they beat Carlsbad. Every year the Nelson brothers played in high school, they won district and played in state playoffs. Because of the two-year age difference, high school was the first time that the boys had the chance to play together on the same team. At the time Deven was a senior and Jorden was a sophomore. “It was a delight to have them both play together. We thought it was a once in a lifetime thing, and now here we are at Seward and they both play. It’s such an honor. Not every parent gets to do this. It’s a blessing,” Rhonda said. The brothers also played in a summer league called Connie Mack while they were in high school. “There was never a time they didn’t play baseball,” Rhonda said. “They did play football in high school, but any free time was devoted to baseball. They would play football in the mornings and baseball in the afternoons. Deven played quarterback in football and Jorden played receiver, so big brother threw a few passes to little brother. We thought that was neat. We come from a football town, but baseball has always been their love,” Rhonda said. For the Nelsons, “baseball runs in the family,” Deven said. The brothers father and uncle both played baseball. Gary Nelson played baseball one year in college for Arizona. The brothers were coached all throughout their high school years by their uncle, Martin Green, since he was assistant head coach. “That was a dream come true for him and them,” Rhonda said, “He always coached first base, so if they had a bad at bat and made it safe to first base, he always had something to say to them. Even if they had a good at bat he still told them what to do to get better after that famous grin and the slap on the butt.” Deven plans on going to a four-year and then play professionally. He wants to teach coaching and physical education. Jorden wants to do the same. He plans on going to a four-year school and play pro ball if he gets drafted. He then wants to work towards being a sports trainer.

Saints Athletics/Roy Allen

Deven Nelson lays a tag at first base in a game last season. Nelson and his brother Jorden are both on the Saints baseball team. The team began its regular season this month on Feb, 2. Their next home games will be on Wednesday, Feb. 27 versus Lamar and Saturday, March 2 and 3 versus Butler.

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo/Rhonda Nelson

Jorden Nelson, at 8 years old, pitching for the Giants against The Nelsons pose for a photo after the games in Midland, Texas, last season. the Rockies in Little League. Jorden was still a senior in high school.

Baseball: Johnny Griffith’s first love Saints player is driven by many passions Jeremiah Wilson Crusader staff Saints baseball player Johnny Griffith loves the game of baseball. To give an idea of just how much he loves the game, the first word he ever spoke was “ball.” Not mom, not dad, but ball. He first started playing the game at 3½ years old. Griffith’s parents said the he was throwing things before he could walk. That’s 16 and a half years of playing baseball for a guy who just turned 20. In his time at Seward County, he has been versatile, playing third base and being closer for the pitching staff. Griffith grew up in Parker, Colo., and attended Regis Jesuit High School in the Denver area. He always looked up to his

mother for inspiration. He said she was loving, caring and always worked hard to raise her family. Griffith is a middle child with three sisters and one brother. Griffith is close to his family, which has always been important to him. His parents said that when Griffith was 6, he asked Santa for a Winnebago for Christmas so that he could take his family on vacation. His senior year at Regis Jesuit, he led the baseball team to a 5A state championship and was named the tournament MVP after hitting eight homeruns. In the dugout, it is important to Griffith to try and set a good example for his teammates. He is a focused individual and during games will get intense, almost to

Crusader photo/Jose Medrano

Johnny Griffith keeps his eyes on the ball during a match against McCook.

•211 S. Washington Ave. • Liberal, Kansas •624-3859



Shop the beautiful home furnishings and decor at Scantlin’s Furniture

the point that one might think he is angry. Those are a couple of qualities that could be used to describe a team leader. Griffith’s versatility goes beyond the baseball field, though. He not only loves the game of baseball, but he also loves music. Not just listening to music, but playing it as well. Griffith said he loves to play the guitar, as well as the piano. When he is listening to music, he prefers country, rap or Chris Brown. He also enjoys art and working out. His parents said he has always loved animals, especially his chocolate Labrador “Dutch,” which sadly passed away in November. Griffith is a laid back and carefree individual, but still takes school seriously.

His quest for success expands beyond the baseball diamond and does not end at Seward County. When he leaves Seward County, he will be headed for The United States Military Academy at West Point to play baseball. His career goals are to either play baseball the in the major leagues, or to pursue a career in the military. His drive to be successful is influenced by the desire to provide for his future family. Johnny Griffith is a man driven to be successful, whether it’s on the field or off of it. If he is playing in the majors one day, or defending the country, one thing is for certain. Griffith is a leader, and there is no denying his passion for baseball.



Section B • Page 1

Lifestyle Thursday, February 14, 2013


Fas hion

Photos and stories by Morgan Riley

Bright Bags

& Accessories Bold

Campus Style

Annelise Sanchez


Kourtney Moreland goes to her classes in style. She turned simple pieces into a statement. Start spring off with brighter colors to an outfit. Just add a pop of color to any neutral outfit and you’re set.

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” -Dr. Seuss Go all out with colors this spring. Put together colors and patterns you wouldn’t even think go together. A lot of accessories can make you stand out even more. Annelise Sanchez shows off her edgy side wearing neon shorts, an emerald top, biker boots, and a leather vest.

‘Edgy’ play set for April College president to portray President Ford Julia Frey Crusader staff

Crusader photo/Cinthia Serna

Hooping it up at the Talent Show, Mariah Rome performs a hula hoop dance. Rome won second in the senior division for ages 14-18.


Talent Show brings evening of entertainment Cinthia Serna Online editor A talent show which is part of the International Pancake Day celebration produced a night of entertainment Monday night in the James Maskus Auditorium. Many people participated in this event making the night entertaining for the audience. The show ranged from different age groups to make the competitions fair. The age categories were tiny tot, junior, adult, and the senior category. Judges for the night were Ruben Ramos from Liberal, Robba Moran from Manhattan, and Sloane Lewis Miss Kansas 2012 from Norwich. The night started with special entertainment by Kandee Marchel. The crowd cheered loudly after her amazing performance and they were ready to start the night. Marchel and Gary Glassen introduced the performances throughout the night. The talent show had a total of 22 performances planned for the night. Unfortunately Sydney Mathews, one of the participants, was unable to perform due to a family tragedy. The judges had a tough decision to make due to all the talented performances there were that night. As it came close to an end, not only did the judges have a decision to make but the audience did also. United Wireless not only were sponsors of the talent show but also hosted a People’s Choice Award. The audience had to text United Wireless with the number of their favorite participant of the night and were allowed one vote per phone. As all the performances were done, the participants and audience awaited the judge’s decisions on the winners. As the judges came to

a decision, the audience got a special performance from Sloane Lewis, Miss Kansas 2012, when she performed a beautiful song on the piano. Also, Giovanna Baca, Miss Liberal 2013, performed an entertaining tap dance, and Marchel sang a final time. Finally, the judges announced the winners of the 2013 Pancake Day Talent Show. In the Tiny Tot Division (ages 4-8) taking first place was Ashlynn Brady with a vocal solo “I Just Want to Be a Star,” second place was Faith Beesley with a vocal solo “Oh My Goodness,” and tied for third place was Cianna Rogers with a piano and vocal solo “Patriotic Medley” and Sayler Stapleton with a dance “Hakuna Matata.” In the Junior Division (ages 9-13) first place went to Gatlin Clawson with a vocal solo “How Do You Milk a Cow,” second place went to Walker Clawson with a piano solo “Le Petit Negre,” third place went to Sydney Beesley with a vocal solo “I Just Want to Be a Star.” In the Senior Division (ages 14-18), first place went to Dance Images Dance Troupe dancing to “Na Na Na,” second place went to Mariah Rome, Hula Hoop dancing to “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and third went to Sydney Mathews with a vocal solo “I Know You Won’t.” In the Adult Division (ages 19 and older), first place went to David Kerwood with a guitar and vocal solo “It’s All About You” dedicated to his wife, second place went to Everyday Sunday Vocal group performing “Diamonds,” and third place went to Katelynn Draper, vocal solo “Make You Feel My Love.” United Wireless also presented the People’s Choice Award that went to Draper. The final award was to the person who sold the most tickets, which was also earned by Draper. The contestants of that night were awarded trophies and cash prizes totaling more than $2,000.

This spring a musical called “Assassins” will be on stage on April 11, 12 and 13 at Seward County Community College. The director Alison Bridget Chambers, who had the idea to stage this show, described the new musical as “very edgy and hard.” “Assassins” tells the stories of several presidential assassins and what happened in these times. Furthermore, Chambers added that the musical “will make you re-examine American history.” This play will appeal to audiences interested in historic pieces. In addition, the musical will makes the audience think about the American dream and what is the right definition of it and what is not. The musical also tries to inspire the audience and make them think about some questions like: “When a dream didn’t come true, whose fault was it?” The main characters will be President Gerald Ford and President James Garfield, the assassins, and the ensemble. One of the highlights about the

musical is that the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School President Dr. Duane Dunn will play President Ford. Moreover, Dunn and the other actors face the challenges of representing people who really existed. Thus, they have to be historians and artists at the same time and recreate true happenings. We have a lot of reasons to be curious about their performances. Chambers expects her actors to be good in strong speaking and singing. In auditions, she was looking for passionate and talented singers. Auditions for the potential actors were Feb. 5 and 6. She says she is excited and motivated to work with the actors who were cast. Two of these are Tarin Kirk and Julio Garcia. Kirk is a 20year-old freshman at SCCC. This is her first time as part of a musical. She sees it as a new great challenge and experience. Garcia, a 21-year-old sophomore at SCCC, has two years of acting experience already and is always happy to try out new characters. Acting, playing basketball and boxing include his favorite hobbies. A lot of practices are ahead for the cast in order to prepare for the musical. Chambers said they will practice several times a week.

Crusader photo/ Jose Medrano

Julio Garcia and Sheldon Padilla audition for parts in the “Assassins” musical set for April 11, 12 and 13 at the college.



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jakub steps up

This photo taken by Jakub Stepanovic, now a freshman at SCCC/ATS, shows the cooling towers of the power plant with the biggest chimney in mid-Europe at 1,000 feet 7 inches. Stepanovic enjoys the hobby of industry chimney climbing, which he started in his home country of Czech Republic, where members of the chimney climbing hobbyist group number about 900. Involvement becomes part of a lifetstye for the climbers, who also study chimneys and document facts about the 8,354 industrial chimneys in the club’s database, a number that increases at least weekly.

International artist views world through camera lens Jose Medrano Editor Hundreds of meters above the ground a lone cameraman sits atop an old, soot stained chimney. The ground below him looks minuscule from his position, as his camera gazes at the world around him. Click, click, click, Every shot reaches for the horizon capturing a scene that very few have seen. Jakub Stepanovic is a 20-year-old chimney climber, an artist, a master photographer, an international student and a journalism major. Stepanovic arrived in Liberal from his home in the Czech Republic in August of 2012. With developing knowledge of the English language, he began his studies at

This painting by Jakub Stepanovic is of a city landscape and placed 10th in a contest with about 500 entries in Czech Republic. The artist shows just one man inside a huge city and is an analogy of how a person can feel or be alone even in the center of a big city. The art piece is done in acrylic on canvas.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. He was raised in the town of Liberec in the Czech Republic. Before moving to the United States, Stepanovic attended a liberal arts high school in the Czech Republic that allowed him to learn different art forms. From 3D art to metal working, Stepanovic has crafted many projects that he is fond of. Chimney climbingis Stepanovic’s favorite pastime. He has climbed more than 200 chimneys, some more than 1,000 feet high, with just a camera and his gear. “I like the way it feels. It is really exciting just to be able to climb up so high,” Stepanovic said. “My first time climbing a chimney was like, ‘whoa.’ It was late and everyone was

This art piece in plaster of Paris was created by Stepanovic in his free time. He used a unique form technique in its creation and sees the piece as raising of energy.

asleep. I had injured my shoulder and I had nothing to climb with, so I used a lighting rod to climb to the top,” Stepanovic said. “I’ve climbed chimneys in Slovakia, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.” The highest chimney that he has climbed is exactly 1,000 feet and 7 inches high, a place he describes as being “above all the problems.” Stepanovic is also a photographer and has his own professional website at, where he displays his photos. England, France, Germany and the U.S. are all countries in which he has traveled. His photographs tell of places and heights few have ever seen in their lifetimes. “Timers and ISO settings were some of

The piece of art won a symposium of the art schools in Czech Republic. It is a stylization of flame done in forged medal. It is displayed in North Bohemian museum.

the first things that I taught myself about cameras,” Stepanovic said. Some of his favorite photographs combine both his photographic talent and his chimney climbing skills. He has received awards for his photography. Stepanovic specialize in pictures of civilization, nature and industrial settings. Currently, he works at the college with the maintenance department, and shoots photos for the Crusader student newspaper. His older brother George Stepanovic graduated from SCCC/ATS two years ago, and his time here is one of the reason why Jakub is now attending Seward. Although schoolwork weighs him down from time to time, Stephanovic has stepped up to the challenges and says he likes being at the college.

This piece was part of Stepanovic’s graduation work from his liberal arts high school in Czech Republic, where he majored in 2D metalworks and learned to make metal engraving reliefs from forms, pressed with hydrolic presses. This was made as a medal for the person from union of the chimney climbers who climbed the highest cumulative meters per year.

Jakub Stepanovic took this self-portrait on one of his favorite chimneys.

This photo by Jakub Steponovic was taken from a chimney and shows a common European landscape in North Czech Republic. Stepanovic watched the sunset from the perch atop the chimney.

All photos and artwork by Jakub Stepanovic

Stepanovic likes to play with photo lighting and longer time exposure with creative photography. He was pleased with this photo of the public transport tram which was taken on a tripod with longer shutter speed to capture the light and motion results he wanted.

During Stepanovic’s travels, he likes to explore old factories. This abandoned glassworks factory gave an opportunity for a unique photo of this doorway. The light is from the late afternoon sun casting a glow through a colored glass window left over from when the glassworks factory was in operation.

Thursday, February 14, 2013



Black History Month Celebrating and remembering the history, accomplishments and triumphs of Black American culture

Barack Obama - the first black American man to become president of the USA.

Henry T. Sampson, Jr. - was awarded a patent for the “gamma-electric cell” that paved the way for the cellular phone.

Wilma Rudolph - the first American to win three gold medals in the Olympics . (1960 track)

Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950) The black American physician, surgeon and medical researcher in the field of blood transfusions and who developed techniques in blood storage. Drew developed large scale blood banks. His research and discoveries have saved millions of lives to date. He died from injuries sustained in a car accident and was rumored to have been denied treatment from the hospital because of the color of his skin, however those rumors are false according to the three other people also involved in the accident with Drew.

Benjamin Banneker - was instrumental in designing the layout of the Nation’s capitol and its historical buildings.

Rosa Parks - the first black American to stand up for her rights to be treated equal.

Elijah McCoy - invented a way to automatically lubricate steam engines that earned the term “The Real McCoy”.

Bessie Coleman - the first black American female pilot.

Matthew Henson- the first black American man to successfully complete an expedition to the North Pole.

Mae Jemison - the first black American woman to travel in space.

Black History Month Events in Liberal

Bill Cosby - accomplished and renowned actor, author and human rights activists.

Fashion and Talent Show SCCC/ATS Showcase Theater 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 Tyra Banks - the first black American woman to be featured on the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated magazines.

Dr. George Franklin Grant invented the world’s first golf tee.

William “Cozy” Cole - the first black American drummer musician to sell more than 1 million records.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson the second black American man to receive a degree from Harvard University. designated February as Black History Month.

Rosa Parks Scholarship Banquet SCCC/ATS Student Union 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 Gospel Concert Black History Community Choir BiblewayChurch of God in Christ 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24

Aretha Franklin - the most honored artists in Grammy Award history, with 20 wins to date.

All retail is 10 percent off!


s l a i c e p S s ’ e n i t alen i/Pedi an M a Sp $30

Seward County Community College/ATS

Cosmetology 1801 N. Kansas Liberal, Kansas Mon.- Tues.-Wed. & Fri. 8 am - 4 pm Thursdays Noon -8 pm For an appointment or information,

With t he p urc h S a you r pa mani se of the /p ec OPI eive a fre edi, Sh e • Wh atter na bottle of il ile su pplie polish! s last •

call 620-417-1361.





Thursday, February 14, 2013

Va l e n t i n e Rachael and Carlos Carlos: After getting to know Rachael I learned that she was a nice, good girl who respected herself, we shared similar values, we worked together really well, and I felt like we could have a good future together. Q: How long have you been together? Rachael/Carlos: A little over 10 months. Q: What was your first thought of Rachael when you first saw her? Carlos: My first impression of her personality wasn't that good. At first I thought she was mean because she didn't talk much, but after getting to know her I realized she was just shy. My first physical impression was positive. I thought she was good looking. I liked her green eyes, her light skin, and blonde hair. I always dreamed to have a blonde girlfriend.

Q: How did you two meet? Rachael: The first time we met was when he came into my room with some of my old teammates. I was a freshman and he was a sophomore at SUCO. He was friends with my old teammates and so they introduced us. Q: When did you officially start dating? Rachael/Carlos: We officially started dating on April 2, 2012. Q: How did he/she ask you out? Rachael/Carlos: Before we actually started dating we were really good friends. We had known each other about 6 months before we dated. We had been "talking" for about a month and we both knew we liked each other, so one day we just decided to make it official. Q: What made you decide to ask him/her out?

Q: What was your first thought of Carlos when you first saw him? Rachael: My first impression of Carlos was pretty much all physical because I was to shy to talk. The first thing I noticed were his black eyes and his brown skin. Physically I was impressed. He was a baseball player and I liked that, and once I heard his accent, I was hooked.

l a i c e Sp

A Valentine’s day look inside the love life of three college couples

Fun Fact About 15% of women of buy themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Bailey and Austin

Q: What would you say to people that say, “long distance relationships don’t work?” Rachael/Carlos: We hear that long distance relationships don't work a lot, and for most people they don't. We work really hard at keeping our relationship good. Sometimes we have to go more than a month without seeing each other but right now we are only 4 hours apart and thats nothing for us. For 2 months in the summer he was in Colombia and I was in Utah, if we can make it through that then we can make it through any distance. We try to build our relationship everyday by e-mails, texts, calls, letters, etc. So when people tell me that long distance relationships don't work I usually reply by saying "distance doesn't ruin relationships, people do."

Annelise and Justin Q: How did you two meet?

Q: How did you two meet? Bailey: We’ve know each other since seventh grade but we never dated until Senior year of high school.

Annelise: I was studying with my friends, Kourtney and Tyson, then Justin walked in.

Austin: We met through high school sports and we saw each other at games.

Justin: I came in to see Tyson and he introduced me to Annelise and Kourtney.

Q: When did you officially start dating?

Q: When did you officially start dating?

Q: How did he/she ask you out?

Bailey/Austin: March 12, 2011

Annelise/Justin: October 10, 2012

Bailey: Later after my state basketball game he spontaneously asked me out.

Q: How did he/she ask you out?

Austin: I randomly brought it up during a conversation and asked her out in a sweet way. Q: What made you decide to ask him/her out?

Annelise: I walked in my dorm room and when I came into my room there were balloons everywhere along with my favorite type of cookies, a love letter, and a note written on balloons saying, ‘Will you be mine? Yes, or yes?’ and I said yes.

Austin: I thought she was good looking, athletic, and had beautiful eyes. Q: How long have you been together? Bailey/Austin: 23 months, almost two years Q: What was your first thought of Austin when you first saw him?

Q: What made you decide to ask him/her out?

Bailey: I thought he was a snobby, cocky, spoiled brat that just wanted attention.

Justin: We had been talking and hanging out for about a month and within that month, I knew she was the girl for me.

Q: What was your first thought of Bailey when you first saw him? Austin: I thought she was judgmental and smart aleck, but as I got to know her, I noticed she was becoming a fine young lady.

Q: How long have you been together? Annelise/Justin: Four months Q: What was your first thought of Justin when you first saw him?

Q: What was your first thought of Annelise when you first saw him?

Justin: The first time I saw her was when she was playing volleyball and I thought she looked like she was Annelise: I first saw him at the Ice cream Social a lot older than she really was, like 22 years old. She was on campus. I thought he was very handsome and felt like beautiful, genuine and she looked like the type of girl I would date. he was someone I really wanted to get to know.

Photos and interviews by Morgan Riley

Year 44 Issue 7  

This is the 7th issue of the Crusader newspaper for the 2012-2013 year.