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The Seward cheer squad performed at the scholarship auction fundraiser on Saturday. — Page 3


Dunk like a duck Lady Saints play basketball with children at the Chamber duck race on Saturday. — Page 2

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SGA sponsors free movie poster day SGA is hosting a “posterize yourself” day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 8 at the Student Union. Students can chose a scene from their favorite movie and have their faces printed on an 11by-17 inch poster for free.

SNA sponsors fall jacket drive Student Nurses Association is sponsoring a jacket collection drive through Nov. 8. Boxes for donations will be placed on the main campus, at the technical school and the Epworth Allied Health building. Items from jackets to sweaters will be accepted. The donated items will be distributed to the Stepping Stone homeless shelter and to schools in the Liberal area.

Saints Booster sells briskets The Saints Booster Club is selling four-pound briskets for $35 each as a fundraiser. The briskets will be smoked by Billy’s BBQ and will be ready by Oct. 26. Bristkets may be picked up at the Basketball Preview Night in the gym. Those interested can contact Galen McSpadden at (620) 4171550.

Trick-or-Treat Street Oct. 28 Trick-or-Treat Street is sponsored by SGA every year by the clubs at Seward. The event is for families from the area to come to campus for a fun, safe night and will be Thursday, Oct. 28. Club deadlines to participate are a week prior to the actual date. Clubs have the opportunity to set up a booths and give out candy, or have games and fun activities for people to join. This year SGA may sponsor a scary tunnel. Last year Trick-orTreat Street had around 850 people attend, but the Halloween event traditionally has had up to 1,000 people attend.

KU, KSU trip for Seward transfers A trip is being offered Nov. 4 and 5 by Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for students who would like transfer to the University of Kansas and Kansas State University after graduation. The group will leave Seward at 5:30 a.m. Nov. 4 and be back by 10 p.m. on Nov. 5. Students will visit KU on Nov. 4 and KState on Nov 5. A $20 deposit is required to be applied toward the hotel room cost. Registration will be accepted through Oct. 15. Any student interested should call 620-417-1106, or see Debbie Stafford in Room A151. Interested TRiO students should notify the TRiO department.

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Klaus Adamaschek, a recording artist who performs under the stage name of Shire Green, will be on the Seward campus for music workshops and a stage show Oct. 5.

Shire Green brings act from Germany to Seward County Reanna Tul i nson Crusader Staff Shire Green will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 in the Seward County Community College Showcase Theater. Shire Green is Klaus Adamaschek’s stage name, and while he normally performs with a band, he will be by himself for this upcoming performance. Adamaschek plays the guitar and the harp and will be using both at the concert. When he performs with his band he also has electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and piano backing him up. Adamaschek is from Germany and is staying Moscow, Kan., with a group of foreign exchange students from Germany. Adamaschek is the principal of Environmental Education Centre Licherode, a partner school with the high school in Moscow. What this means is that every year a group of German students come to Moscow and a group from Moscow students go to Germany. Adamaschek is currently staying with Patty Lahey from Moscow. He got the idea to perform at SCCC/ATS because some of the Moscow students come to Liberal for college visits. After spending time talking to Darin Workman, instrumental music instructor, by phone and e-mail, it was decided that Shire Green would perform at Seward. While at Seward, Adamaschek will talk to any music majors who would like to talk to him. “I will surely have time to talk them. There will hopefully be some interesting contacts,” Adamaschek said. Now 53, Adamschek has been playing music since he was a child and wrote his first song when he was 15. He has four albums out in English and a fifth will come out in November. His song “Freedom Writer” won the worldwide songwriter contest composers in 2008. Adamschek is inspired by his language and by old record players and musicians such as Kris Kristofferson, Jim Croce and Neil Young. Adamaschek's hometown is Rotenburg, Germany. He attended college in Aachen, Germany, and majored in teaching German language and physical education. “After teaching for two years I decided to quit my job and start my own school,” Adamaschek said. In 1985, Adamaschek took a 20-year music break and simply taught. He started writing again in 2005. Adamaschek has played in Berlin, Kassel and other clubs and theaters in Germany. Adamaschek's decision to start playing in the United States was an experiment. He first played in Stockbridge, Mass., and playing in Liberal will be his second performance in the USA. “It was a fine success so we decided to try again,” Adamaschek said. Next year he will be taking a six-month tour from April through Sept. 2011 all around the United States in an RV. Those interested in listening to songs or learning more about Adamschek can go or

During a cold winter a few years ago, a 14-yearold David Linares sat in his room watching a cartoon. A piano piece began playing and sprouted the seed of inspiration in an unusual fashion inside the mind of a young David. “I was watching a cartoon, and I really enjoyed the piano piece they were playing, so I started (to learn) because I wanted to play like that.” Now an aspiring music major with a laid back and humorous personality, Linares spends most of his time in the Shank Building Humanities music department. He is a talented piano player and learns classical pieces by ear; he also likes to skate in his spare time. His favorite type of music is classical piano music, and his favorite composer is Franz Schubert, a music writer from the Romantic era of music who unfortunately wasn’t very recognized until after his death. “Franz Schubert is my favorite because of the way in which he writes. I try to imitate his style which is extremely difficult because he was an extremely

virtuoso,” talented Linares said. The piano is Linares’ favorite instrument, not only because of how it sounds, but the ways it can be used. “I love the piano because it is unlike other instruments,” Linares said. “You don’t need a whole band to accompany you as you play. I can play through the songs without needing the help of others.” While it sounds cocky, it doesn’t seem like he needs anyone else’s help. During the interview, he started playing the piano nearest to him. He soared through his songs, eclectic and varying in their nature. It’s hard to believe that he has only been playing since he was 14 and because of a cartoon show. But his piano skills didn’t come easily. “I started practicing two to three hours a day, usually totalling around 12 to 14 hours of practice a week. I also practice a lot during the winter because I can’t really get out of the house due to the cold weather.” Linares plays with a level beyond most of his peers and can usually be seen practic-

ing in the music department or in the student union. He also played two pieces of music as part of the music department’s entertainment at the college scholarship auction Saturday. Aside from piano, Linares also loves skating, not only as a hobby, but as a passion. During the summer he can often be seen at Liberal’s skate park. He spends more time skating than anything else in the summer. “I didn’t practice much throughout the summer because I skate most of the time, but I start practicing again once school comes along.” Linares plans on graduating as a music major and working with music in the future, not just the piano in particular, he wants to expand his knowledge in the music field as a whole. He hasn’t started writing his own pieces of music. “I don’t write my own music yet, but I do have a lot of ideas. Nothing official, but just in my thoughts.” Linares’ thoughts seem to be filled with music. He has an ear for classical music, and it all of started simply from watching a cartoon as a 1 4 - y e a rold.

Pianist David Linares poses by the music department’s grand piano. The talented performer who can play classical music by ear entertained for the Scholarship Auction on Saturday.

SkillsUSA elects seven district officers Jonathan Yowel l Crusader staff Seven Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students were elected to district offices at the SkillsUSA Southwest District fall leadership conference on campus Tuesday. Students from Ashland High School joined the SkillsUSA members from Seward to participate in a morning of leadership training and to meet with SkillsUSA Kansas state director Ann Wick. Wick works for the Kansas State Department of Education in Topeka and has been the Kansas State director of the SkillsUSA organization for many years. During her keynote address, she spoke of the importance of building leadership skills among the future workforce in America. She also spoke of the importance of the local officer team in home chapters, and how much of a difference that each member could make

in his or her life by being active members in the organization. Once the leadership training was over, students stepped up to the microphone to show skills as leaders. Seven SkillsUSA members from Seward applied to run for a district officer position. They took turns giving short campaign speeches to the members present and then were all elected into the seven district officer positions. Officers elected were Jonathan Yowell, president; David Winkler, vice-president; Dustin Rakestraw, secretary; Jeremy Mendenhall, treasurer; Caleb Crawford, reporter; Dallas Smith, parliamentarian and Brandon Bruner, historian. In order to fulfil duties as the Southwest District officers, they will travel to Hesston on Oct. 12-13 to assist in the process of electing the SkillsUSA officers for Kansas. “This is a great opportunity for us to serve the members of SkillsUSA Kansas by

working with the state officer candidates to determine who would be best suited to serve as the SkillsUSA Kansas State officers,” vice-president David Winkler said. The officers and the advisers who attend the conference in Hesston will have the opportunity to further leadership training. Sessions will be offered to train members on how to make home chapter more successful, professional development among members and how to become more involved in community service. “This is a great opportunity to go and represent the views and also the skills of the members from here at Seward at the state level,” historian Brandon Bruner said. “I’m glad that we are able to participate in such Crusader photo/Jonathan Yowell an important event.” SkillsUSA State Director Ann Wick conducts leadership training at the Conference attendees will also have the Southwest District fall conference held at Seward Tuesday. opportunity to compete in mock contests that closely represent some of the leadership • For more pictures of officers visit under multimedia. contests at the state level in April.



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Phi Theta Kappa sponsors book drive

Play-A-Saint Photos By Alfredo Anaya

Lady Saints basketball women play with community children at the annual Chamber of Commerce Duck Race. Many booths were set up at the event and Seward had the lady saints play from noon to 2 p.m.

Phi Theta Kappa is collecting “gently used” children’s books, according to sponsor Debbie Stafford. The books are to be donated to Stepping Stone Shelter and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Liberal. PTK collected 487 books last year. For those who would like to donate used books, a collection box will be outside of the library through Oct. 8. To have books picked up, contact Stafford at 620417-1106. “Thank you in advance for your assistance with this project,” Stafford said. “It was such a rewarding experience to observe the recipients of the collection from last year. They genuinely enjoyed the gift of reading materials.”

Lady Saint Hannah Rotolo guards Israel Galindo from scoring against her team.

B&I offers Concealed Carry class

Lady Saint basketball player Autumn Miller tries to get the ball from Edgar Castro. The Lady Saints played against local children from noon to 2 p.m. during the annual Chamber Duck Race.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Concealed Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 in SW229C, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. The cost is $100 per class and is the mandatory training that is required to carry a concealed handgun. Students must bring their driver’s license to class. Lunch is not included. Students interested can enroll in advance only by calling 620-4171170 or by e-mailing

Lady Saints Hannah Bognar and Kelsey Willson try to stop a player from scoring a point against their team.

SYATP unites students, faculty A small college worship service was the scene in the early morning hours on campus Sept. 22. Seward students and faculty members gathered around the flagpole on campus for See You at the Pole. Students sang songs, prayed for the school, faculty, the nation and its leaders at 7 a.m. last Wednesday. The ceremony began with the singing of worship songs, prayer and then concluded with a quick breakfast of doughnuts and orange juice. “The thing I liked the most about it was listening to the different students pray for the nation, other students and faculty,” Student Support Services director Rhonda Kinser said. “It

meant so much that the students would pray for us as their leaders.” A SYATP participant from the event phoned into KJIL radio in Meade, with a head count of about 20 students and staff. “In a nation where people can gather to worship freely without fear of persecution, imprisonment or death, many tend to take that freedom for granted,” CMC leader Nathan Engleman said. Engleman has participated at SYATP for eight years. “The freedom to be able to gather out in the open and do that is such an amazing thing and it often goes unused in this nation,” Engleman said. “I know the running joke is that most college students don’t know what time it is until noon, but it was really cool to see that many students sacrifice their morning of sleep to come out and pray.”


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SYATP is a global event. In 2009 the SYATP Web site received confirmation from 27 countries who participated, among such countries being Canada and Australia. SYATP takes place in May over in Australia because their school year is set up different than in the U.S. The SYATP theme this year is called Reveal, taken from the passage of scripture Matthew 6:9-13 in the Message Bible, which reads, “With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what's best—as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You're in charge! You can do anything you want! You're ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.”

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SC students and faculty members gathered around the campus flagpole last Wednesday at 7 a.m. for See You at the Pole on Sept. 22. Participants prayed for students, faculty and their country and sang songs.


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Scholarship Auction 2010

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Mike Gatlin was the caller for the auction this year.

Circus themed auction raises scholarship money Hei dy Mol i na Crusader staff “Going, going, gone — to the lady in the green shirt.” The auctioneer made the call at the scholarship auction Saturday at the Seward County Event Center. The annual party auction is a way that Seward County Community College/Area Technical School raises money for the students attending Seward each year. A silent auction was the first event of the evening among others like the 50/50 and the lucky drawing. The live auction was the final event. Students from Seward were in attendance to help with the auction. Some students were involved with the entertainment, others helped by serving food, others helped by displaying items or handing out the numbers to the people arriving. The Event Center was decorated with different colors and cutout figures of trapeze acrobats, giving the illusion of a colorful circus, in keeping with

the theme of Cirque d’Etoiles. The tables were also decorated with colorful table covers with strands of stars. The center piece for each table was a picture of a student who attends Seward. The people attending the party auction had one thing on their mind during the night: they wanted to help raise money for the students. Kae Kruger, along with her daughter Kayla Kruger, were at the auction for the first time. “My boss Al Shank encouraged us to come,” Kruger said. “It’s been a great experience and the food is good.” People feel that the auction is a good way to help the students at Seward get one step closer to their goal. “It’s a good cause,” Kruger said. Tammy Doll, director of development, was pleased with the attendance of the auction this year. “The turn out was a lot better than last year,” Doll said. The final numbers for the auction will not be finalized until later on this week.

The Super Saxophone Bros. performed during the silent auction to lighten the mood. From left, Luis Puayac, Bryan Murillo, Ethan Myers, and Frank Ruano II. The Super Saxophone Bros., along with other SCCC/ATS students, provided the entertainment for the evening.

This motor scooter donated by Chrysler Corner was one of many items being auctioned off.

Presidential Scholar Jesse Pereda and 2010 SCCC/ATS alumnus Stephanie Boaldin hold a quilt, the first item to be presented during the live auction at the 2010 scholarship auction Saturday.

Terri Barnes, humanities secretary, supervises the lucky draw table. Barnes, dressed in the role of a fortune teller to go along with the circus theme, drew many looks with her fake tattoos.

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Fat food the new skinny in France Dana Loewen Editor

Pledging never to text while driving flies as a super safe idea for all ages Texting is an integral part of most of our daily lives. For some, it’s a primary form of communication. We sneak a text or two in class, text as we walk down the hall, watch TV, eat dinner and just about any other semi-menial task. But what about driving? It’s usually not very exciting and is almost instinctive. It follows that many adults would carry their texting-infused habits into the vehicle. However, we’ve all been warned of the dangers of texting while driving. Obviously, looking down at your phone, or anywhere for that matter, takes your eyes off the road, which means you aren’t paying attention to your driving. Remembering to glance every couple of seconds doesn’t help much, as a lot can happen in even a fraction of a second while driving. Furthermore, it’s not only the act of looking down or away that makes texting dangerous.

On the Discovery Channel TV show “Mythbusters,” tests were done comparing driving skills in an obstacle course while talking on the phone to driving while drunk. First, the two drivers completed the course normally to create the control. During the phone test, drivers had to answer a series of questions on the phone while completing the driving course. For the driving while drunk test, the drivers got their blood-alcohol level to between 0.07 and 0.08, which was the legal limit in their state. Both drivers, who passed the controlled test, failed both the phone test and drunk driving test. Their final conclusion was that using the phone while driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk, although they did point out that you can put down the phone, while you can’t become sober at will. Those results mean that even


What is your opinion on texting and driving? How do you feel about the 2010 Kansas law prohibiting texting and driving?

Rogelio A. Alvarez

Texting and driving? It’s a bad habit. The current Kansas law making texting while driving illegal? It’s going to be good for everybody, but it’s going to be hard to enforce.

Megan Scheurer

though they were looking up while on the phone, it still hindered them enough to fail the driving test. Looking down to text just makes matters that much worse. In fact, about 22 times worse according to a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportations Institute. We suggest making a pledge to not text while driving. If someone is texting and driving while you’re a passenger, ask the driver to wait or let someone else text for him or her. As tempting as it is to text while you drive, there are things you can do instead. You can easily wait for a stoplight to read and send a quick text, or pull over to the side of the road if you’re on the highway or in the country. Ask yourself if what your texting is really worth risking your life and others lives for. Chances are good that it’s not.

Texting and driving? It’s dangerous and shouldn’t be done, but people still do it. The law making texting while driving illegal? It should be done because it will make the roads safer.

Texting and driving? Really dangerous and drivers shouldn’t be texting and driving, yet we still do it. The law making texting while driving illegal? Daisy Tapia It should be done, and it will be much safer to drive.

Adriana Vazquez

Texting and driving? Bad! The current Kansas law making texting while driving illegal? I think it’s good, and hope it happens!

Metamorphing freshmen arrive with full speed ahead I am currently a freshman at Seward. Besides financial and food woes, which really suck if you’re broke and jobless, I have learned a great deal of things within my first month of attendance. First, there will always be that teacher that cannot pronounce your name, usually male. This teacher will hardly notice that you make it to every single class and barely acknowledge your existence. Also, there will be words spoken by your teacher you will hardly understand. Words such as “eCollege”, “Edukan” and “Early Alert.” Should I have known what these words meant by the first day? There’s a possibility, but I’m a freshman. The college dictionary is still a world of mystery to me, and it seems as though I learn a new one every single day. There is also the matter of friends. In total, I only have about three friends that attend college at Seward that I hang out with regularly outside of school, so a lot of my time is spent alone. Is it a bad thing? Not exactly, I have more time to focus on my hobbies and it keeps me out

of trouble, but loneliness can drive one to insanity. I confronted by my brother about being friendless, something I should have thought over more because he only has three friends he hangs out with regularly.

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But his advice was to talk to people, and that we are no longer in high school so people are more accepting. Besides all of that, there is also the matter of class attendance. As a freshman, I was still accustomed to some public school rules, such as not being able to skip class. I quickly got over that after the first few days of college. Skipping class is a

joyous and wonderful thing, whether you’re catching up on sleep, eating, or entertaining yourself. It’s all great until you check out your grades and notice how poor they have gotten due to your numerous absences. I learned that the hard way unfortunately. Skipping is addictive, and it leads to all-nighters. All nighters are fierce beasts that you do not want to go up against. The aftermath you feel after you defeat it is worse than the battle itself. All nighters consist of doing massive amounts of homework, wasting valuable time on facebook, wondering why you didn’t just go to class and get your things turned in on time and pondering life’s greatest questions. These are usually the things freshman students go through and will struggle with their first year. A great man (Mr. Eli Svaty, my high school english teacher) once told me that the first year out of high school is the year that you change more than you have throughout your entire life, and I keep finding it to be more and more true with these experiences in college.

“French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano, is a very interesting book, although I haven’t read it. I have, however, explored the website, and have decided it’s probably the best diet out there. The idea is that French women eat rich foods, drink wine with their meals, and enjoy decadent desserts, yet aren’t fat or unhealthy. The secret is that they eat small portions, eat slowly, and have other healthy habits. Now, I suppose I must say that I’m one of those lucky people who have a very high metabolism and don’t fluxuate much in weight regardless of my diet. I also keep my stomach small by not over-eating and by stopping when I’m full. Regardless, I really like Guiliano’s ideas, and the website and book contain advice not just on food, but also excercise, fashion, and more. First, “French women don’t eat ‘fat-free,’ ‘sugar-free,’ or anything artificially stripped of natural flavor. They go for the real thing in moderation.” Which

goes against everything we American’s have been taught. However, it sounds a lot better to me. I’d rather eat and drink things that actually taste good and only eat a small portion, than eat a lot of something that tastes bad. “French women drink water all day long.” A glass of water first thing in the morning jump-starts your metabolism, and drinking lots of water can make your skin and hair healthier, not to mention help you lose weight. It’s surprisingly easy to do as long as you always have access to it. Just carry a water bottle everywhere and you’ll be surprised how many times you empty it. “French women don’t watch much TV.” Also, they enjoy their food instead of just mindlessly eating in front of the television. Eating is a verb in itself. Try sitting down to a meal just to eat instead of eating while watching TV or doing any other kind of multitasking. This is all easier said than done of course, but the point is that it’s a way of life not a diet. Because our culture, especially in college, makes it difficult and maybe impossible to really follow all of Guiliano’s guidelines. There are some small changes, however, that we can make in our lives. Regardless of what you think of the French, there is a lot we can learn from them about health.

Half-desk better than no desk at all Alfredo Anaya Editor

Like most students, I have a hard time getting to class directly on time. I occasionally tend to show up a few minutes late, and have to take whatever empty desk there is. This of course leads me to end up with the infamous half-desk. This underdeveloped version of a regular desk would be great if I happened to be 12 years old or one of the seven dwarves. I’m clearly not the only person who has a problem with the halfdesk, as I have taken notice that a few of my peers also tend to move desks around in order to not end up with the half-desk. Ending up with the half-desk instantly guarantees that my day in the class will be a hassle. This halfdesk has exactly enough room for one notebook and enough hand space to take notes, but it does turn into a pain when I’m trying to use a notebook, have my book open and still have sufficient hand space for note taking.

Although this whole desk dilemma is annoying, I can’t help but also connect this situation with a bigger picture. As members of society today we are quick to point out flaws in things we find that don’t make us comfortable, but fail to take the time out to be thankful for the things we do have. This desk may not be as comfortable as we would hope, but we should be thankful that we at least have enough desks and proper facilties to learn in. There are thousands of students around the world who are willing to walk several miles and sit on dirt floors just to be able to receive an education and better themselves in life. I’m not saying that we should never complain about anything and always settle, but sometimes we get too focused on pointing out things that don’t live up to our standards. We are more accustomed to doing that rather than taking into consideration just how blessed we are to have what we have. So from now on, when I get to class a few minutes late and end up with the half-desk I’m going to be a little uncomfortable, but I’m going to be thankful that I at least ended up in a place that is able to provide desks for their students.

College suite life brings new outlook Jessica Williams Crusader staff

What can I say about the students who attend Seward, besides that all of them are different in their own way. We each carry our own special trait. Within the time I have been here, I've met some very interesting people. From athletes to exchange students, we all have unique qualities. When I look around, I see all kinds of people. Sometimes I can't help to think, why are they like that? Then I realize, that's just who they are, no point in judging someone before you get to know them. You would rather get to know someone's true side rathar than their false side. I like the fact that people can be different. That shows they don’t care what people have to say about them and thats a great quality to carry in life. “It’s a fun and positive environment," Lady Saints basketball player Autumn Miller said. College life isn’t like middle

school or high school. Don’t get me wrong you still have your cliques and you always will. You'll still have those students who think they run everything, but in reality they are just like the ones they don’t like. But you learn to get over all of that. Now’s the time to find out who you are and be yourself. I would say there is a pretty good percentage of students who have found themselves, and a percentage of them who haven’t. “I enjoy the sweet life of college, being out on your own feels great," student Deveon Boardinham said. My opinion on dorm life is that, it’s a great experience to live through. Me and my friends are always hanging out outside, or trying to find a way to prank the guys. I would recommend dorm life. Not only do you meet new people and create a bond, but it also gives you that first chance to show off your "being on your own" skills. Enjoy every moment of college, because when its gone, then it's usually gone. You can always get it back, but it's not the same. This is the time to have fun with your friends, meet new people and try new things. But it's also the time to find a balance and stay focused on what you came to do.


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p ll fa r fo d e p m a ts e g r Theate Jos e Rodri gue z Entertainment editor Ask a group of students to take pictures around the campus and more than one of them will likely come back with pictures of the ampitheater. After years of being unused, the SCC C/ ATS ampitheater will be used for the fall play, “Romeo and Juliet.” The ampitheater was a part of the original building plans, but is not used for its purpose. “Most ampitheaters are more extensive and will have walls built up, control booths and sound systems. Ours is very

minimal; as basic as an ampitheater can get, ” drama director Alison Chambers said. When Chambers saw the theater, she immediately thought of Romeo and Juliet. “It has a second level. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ must have two levels because the balcony scene is the most iconic,” Chambers said. This show will differ from Chambers’ previous shows as it will not rely heavily on props. “We only have a dozen props and two set changes, ” Chambers said. “With Shakespeare, the language is the prop.” As different as an outside play sounds, there are many chal-

lenges. “On a regular stage you can hide on the sides but out there you have to be very careful because people can see you and they know you are coming, ” said Yahaida Zubia, who plays Abraham in the show. The success of the show will also rely heavily on the weather. “The wind is horrible, we have had to rehearse in the rain, it starts to get dark sooner, noise from other students, traffic sirens. You name it, we deal with it,” Chambers said. The actors also find it hard to concentrate with all the distrac-

tions. “It’s hard to concentrate when trash is flying right by you,” Zubia said. Tickets are available now, but while most plays get 1,200 seats in the theater and three nights, this production will only be able to seat 200 people in just two nights. “We will have metal chairs available. I strongly recommend you bring a lawn chair,” Chambers said. “The metal chairs are very uncomfortable.” If all goes well, the theater may get put to more use in the future if the first run is successful.


Nikita Martinez “No. I thought they were just stairs.”

Megan Kearns “Yes, I do know actually. I went to a ‘Passion’ play in Arkansas, and they had a bigger version of it, so I figured this was a mini version.”

Yubia Carrizales “I had no idea. I thought it was just stairs with lights in them.”

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Romeo the cat was ahead of his time, living in the ampitheater back in 2006 when the Crusader shot these pictures of Romeo and a group of student photographers at the ampitheater.

Movie Review | Zach Carpenter

Library presents riveting program

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Film keeps true to original video game Milla Jovavich and Ali Larter impact the viewers once again in “Resident Evil: Afterlife.” Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, “Resident Evil: Afterlife” in 3D is the most explosive of the films. In the film, Alice the zombie killing heroine has exacted her revenge on Umbrella, the corporation responsible for ravaging the world with the TVirus. Flesh eating zombie hordes stalk the streets as what few survivors remain take all measures to stay alive. Set in an undead infested Los Angeles, Alice, along with Claire Redfield, and a dwindling group of survivors, set out to find a safe haven from the undead in Alaska, but their journey leads them into a barrage of nightmarish discoveries. This film, aside from being

the most epic, is sure to please fans of the game with appearances from Resident Evil 5’s famous boss the Executioner Majini and zombies that are derived from the Majini in the game. Chris Redfield, played amazingly by Wentworth Miller joins the crew in this thrill-a-minute action/horror flick. Boris Koedoes (The Gospel, Undercovers) appears

in the film as well. Watching it in 3D was also an amazing experience, as this is the first “Resident Evil” film to be shown on the big screen in 3D. When Alice throws her empty magnum pistols behind her back as she is escaping a zombie horde, I literally reached my hands out toward the screen as it felt like I could catch the guns as they flew to-

The college library will be presenting “Gladys the Riveter” as a part of the Lunch in the Library series. The program will star historian Teresa Bachman as Gladys Haines. Haines understands the pressures and roles of women during World War II, among them balancing her duties at home and those at work in the Boeing factory. The library will provide drinks and cookies. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Those in attendance will have a chance to win a framed “Rosie the Riveter” poster. This event is the start to the Lunch in the Library series this year. “Gladys the Riveter” will be at noon Oct. 4 in the SCCC/ ATS library. For more information, those interested may contact Matthew Pannkuk at 620-417-1161.

wards the foreground. The same happened when the Executioner Majini hurled his axhammer at Alice and Claire. You got this internal feeling like the weapon’s serrated edge was coming for your neck as it rotated through the air. This film is rated R for violence and language. There is no nudity in the film like in the previous films, and this also plays to the movie’s favor. If audiences are looking for a high octane action movie with thousands of blood thirsty zombies, a huge axeman, and lots and lots of guns, then “Resident Evil: Afterlife” should be viewers’ top choice. This movie is, hands down, one of the best films of the year.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sports Column | Ivan Gaytan


behind a net

My first experience with college volleyball was to take close up shots of the Lady Saints game as a photographer for the Crusader. I have been to volleyball games before, in fact my sister plays. The junior high and high school level of play didn’t prepare me for Ivan what I was about to expeGaytan rience at the college level in the Green House. I wasn’t expecting a very competitive and fierce team. The Lady Saints look like a group of nice women of average size. But as soon as they get behind that net, they turn into gladiators. I was terrified. Some of my friends thought I was over reacting, so I took them to one of the games and then they believed me. As soon as that ball was served over the net, the game, or should I say battle, began. The ball was roaring around the gym due to how hard the ball was being hit. Then I saw one of the scariest things in my life. I saw a spike - from up close.


I know it sounds crazy, but this girl, gladiator, warrior, Lady Saint named Courtney Geesing jumped three feet high and hit the ball with all her might. The thunderous ball hit hard. I was shocked it didn’t make a crater in the floor. The ball looked like it was shot from a cannon. I wasn’t the only one scared during the game. I also saw many of the players from the opposing team flinch and dodge out of the way. The rival coach kept yelling, “Come on, put your hands up!” or, “It’s not going to take your head off; it’s just going to make it hurt!” The outbursts of the coach were really funny. Bert Luallen and former Lady Saint Allison Owens coach the Lady Saints and teach them about the game. The Lady Saints are ranked 19th in Division 1 in the nation, according to NJCAA. I would strongly suggest you go watch the Lady Saints games for yourself. It’s worth the time and also exciting. So come support the Lady Saints in the Green House. I would like to officially welcome you to a nationally ranked college atmosphere. I also recommend that you don’t sit in the front row, unless you are braver than I am.

Crusader photo by Ivan Gaytan

Daiane Souza and Shelly Malouff play the net while Courtney Geesing and Maddy Taylor back them up during a defensive play at the Green House Monday night. The Lady Saints played the Colby Trojans and lost 22-25, 17-25, 24-26. After an upcoming road trip, the next time the Lady Saints will be back in the Green House will be Oct. 8 for the Ozfest Invitational Tournament.

No. 19 ranked Lady Saints struggle mid-season Joseph Hoffman Sports editor After suffering seven losses the past eight games, three of which were against top 10 ranked teams, the Lady Saints suited up to play against the Colby Trojans in the Greenhouse Monday night. However, injuries of key players left the Lady Saints and some team members playing out of their normal positions, leaving the usually fierce looking team off-tempo and out of their comfort zone as some of them were trying to adjust to unfamiliar positions. “We just had a lack of energy tonight, and sometimes trying new things just doesn’t work the way you want it to,” assis-

tant volleyball coach and former Lady Saint Allison Owens said. The Lady Saints travel to Hutchinson on the first of a three-game road trip to play the Lady Blue Dragons for the second time this season on Wednesday. “Sometimes it takes a loss to wake a team up, and help them realize and focus on the ultimate goal of winning the conference and division,” coach Owens said, “We just need to put this loss behind us and focus on the game against Hutchinson on Wednesday.” The next time the Lady Saints will be back in the Green House will be Oct. 8 for the Ozfest Invitational Tournament.

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Skateboards, guitars, bats and Bibles Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Saints freshman fine tunes baseball, his passions and faith

Joseph Hoffman Sports editor Being able to grow up and play a college sport, or be able to pick up a six-string and play in front of people might inhabit the dreams of many a youngster. As people grow older some of those ambitions change with age; however, freshman Ethan Adams has held onto his dreams of playing college baseball and is on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Saints as a pitcher. He also plays a big role in the Campus Messengers for Christ as he plays guitar and leads worship before each lesson on Tuesday nights. Not only did Adams want to play college baseball, he also had a passion for skateboarding which he picked up when he was 9 years old. Adams reminisced the first time he started skateboarding. “There were some kids in the neighborhood that would usually skate by my house, and I just fell in love with it,” Adams said. “It took a long time to master some of the basics but afterwards, we would skate nearly four hours a day.” At 14, Adams had a chance to skate professionally and was offered a sponsorship by a Dallas/Fort Worth skatepark. After he broke his wrist and ankle in the same week, his father told him he needed to decide whether he wanted to continue skating, or play football and baseball since he kept getting injured. Adams chose playing baseball and football due to the fact that it would provide him with a solid future rather then the uncertain and dangerous world of skateboarding. His senior year he played as wide receiver for Keller High School which went on to play in the newly built Texas Stadium

for the playoffs. “It was a pretty awesome experience,” Adams said. When people are around Adams for very long, they start to see leadership skills and a positive attitude. Campus Messengers for Christ leaders Nathan Engelman, Betty Glenn, and Miles Boucher all agree that Adams has been a very favorable impact on the group, and that he is a natural leader, willing to do anything that needs to get done for the benefit of the group. “He is a great kid, he has a heart for the Lord, and I certainly enjoy having him around,” Nathan Engelman said. More evidence of his good character was seen as he helped protect children and shagged balls for them during the Alumni Homerun Derby, and he is going to be a big brother in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters programs according to head baseball coach Galen McSpadden. “He has a very good humility about him and wants to do things for others rather then himself. He is representing himself and his family in a very positive method.” Adams heard about the great baseball program and came to Seward County determined to be on the team this year as a freshman, and even started to pitch in submarine style rather than his usual overhand to help develop his own style. “He is learning how to work hard everyday and wants to improve every time, he is very serious about the game,” McSpadden said. Adams himself is humble but offers advice by saying , “ If you set your mind on a goal and work at it every day you can make anything happen.” As of what the future has in store for him Adams is unsure. “I’m just gonna see what God has in store for me in the future. I would love to play professional baseball.”

Crusader photo/Alfredo Anaya

Seward student Ethan Adams combines a love of baseball and a love of music as he plays his guitar in the Brent Gould Field dug out this week. Adams is a member of the Saints baseball team and also plays guitar for praise and worship at Campus Messenger for Christ meetings.

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Undefeated weekend gives Saints tennis players confidence for regional tourney Dei si Barboza Online editor



Dariya Lobo Kauna Nathan Crusader photos/Alfredo Anaya, Illustration/Deisi Barboza

The top eight Saints tennis players will compete in the ITA Central Region Tournament in Oklahoma City during Oct. 1 to 3. The winner of each bracket will compete in the national tournament in November.

Traveling to two colleges in one weekend may have seemed hectic, but for the Saints and Lady Saints tennis teams it was easy, according to Saints tennis coach Darin Workman. On Sept. 24, the teams headed to McPherson College in a duel and the next day to Hesson College for another duel. The teams were undefeated in both duels. “They were pretty weak teams compared to us,” Workman said. Although Workman said it was an easy weekend, the players didn’t take the duels lightly. “We didn’t lose one game. We handled it and took care of it. We didn’t mess around,” Lady Saints tennis player Salitza Abrantes said. Abrantes also noted that McPherson was more challenging than Hesson. The ITA Central Region Tournament will be Oct. 1 through 3 in Oklahoma City. Only four players from each team will be attending. Players entering the tournament will be Fanny Benincasa,

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Kauna Goncalves, Dariya Dashutina, and Salitza Abrantes on the women’s side and Laercio Lobo, Nathan Nelmes, Felipe Cruz and Raphael Machado from the men’s team. “It’s a tough tournament and not everyone gets to go,” Workman said. The tournament features top tennis players in the nation, Workman added. The two women’s double teams are Benincasa and Dashutina and Goncalves and Abrantes. Lobo and Nelmes and Cruz and Machado are the men’s doubles teams. The winner of each bracket will compete in the national tournament in November. The women’s nationals will be in Florida while the men’s will be in Alabama. According to Cruz going undefeated in the two duels last weekend gives him confidence for the regional tournament. This is the second time Benincasa has been to this tournament. Benincasa placed second last year. “I did really good last year so people expect a lot,” Benincasa said.

For the other seven players, it is their first time going to this tournament. “I’m a little nervous but excited about this opportunity,” Nelmes said. “We have been training hard both mentality and physically for this weekend,” Nelmes added. According to Lobo, this tournament has the best competition. “Everyone has been waiting for this tournament and it’s the hardest tournament it means the most,” Lobo said. Lobo isn’t the only one that sees the significance in this tournament. “In the upcoming tournament we have to bring it because it will be the best teams and there will be a lot of competition,” Abrantes said. After the regional tournament in Oklahoma City the women’s and men’s teams will travel to Wichita for their last duel of the season against Friends University on Oct. 8. According to assistant coach Kelly Cook both teams will go to off season condition after that and will likely have their first tournament of the spring season in the first weekend of March.

Softball strives for improvement Megan Kearns Crusader staff The Lady Saints softball team traveled to Lamar, Colo., on Saturday morning, Sept. 25. They won their games against Lamar and Colby community colleges, but lost against Luna Community College. The following day on Sept. 26, they won against Oklahoma Panhandle State University and tied with Adams State. Coach Andrea Gustafson said the fall goal was to “improve each and every time we play.”

The players seem to be buying into that goal. “We’re improving a lot,” Lady Saint player Daniela Catano said, looking forward to the Lady Saints next game Friday, Oct. 1 at Pratt. “Just have to do good in practice this week and focus.” Her teammate Bianca Adame agrees. “We have a lot more confidence coming off this weekend,” Adame said. “I think if we keep playing like this we’ll be unstoppable.”

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Celebrities, talk show hosts and phone companies have all taken a stand against texting while driving. Here’s what they have to say: Myth Confirmed: Using a phone while driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving.

Think you have the texting and driving thing down? You do not.

No text is worth dying over. TXTING & DRIVNG... IT CAN WAIT

TWD- Texting While Driving - Not cool. No text is worth being distracted and putting lives at risk.

You smoke a joint and drive, your control of your vehicle goes down 35 percent. You text and drive, it goes down 95 percent.


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Mythbusters A cop texting & driving in the car next to us! This disturbs me! What do u guys think?

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driving By Dana Loewen

Photo Illustration/Alfredo Anaya

Kansas makes texting while driving illegal In May of this year, it became illegal in Kansas to text while driving. Right now, it will only get texters a warning, but after Jan. 1, 2011, there will be a fine of $60. In the law, texting is defined as using a wireless communication device to write, send, or read a written communication. The purpose of the new law is to make the roads safer. Texting while driving is as dangerous as it is a distraction for drivers. It takes drivers’ eyes off the road and takes their attention away from driving, making it a lot more dangerous than talking on the phone. The law’s enforcement is classified as primary, which means police officers can pull over and cite drivers even if they aren’t breaking any other laws. One of the objections some have is that there are many different types of distracted dri-

ving, like putting on make-up or eating. The U.S. Department of Transporation’s website,, says there are three types of distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distraction is when the driver takes his or her eyes off the road, manual is when they take their hands off the wheel and cognitive is when they take their mind off what they’re doing. Texting while driving is such a threat to road safety because it usually involves all three of these types of distractions. A person who is texting looks down at their phone, takes at least one hand off the wheel, and is focusing their mind on what they are texting, not driving. As says, “Distracted driving is any nondriving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the

primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction.” Although using your cell phone at all while driving is a risk, Kansas does not have a ban against all use of cell phones, unlike nine states. However, there is such a ban for young drivers, including all learner’s permit and intermediate license holders. Responsible drivers can wait to text until they aren’t driving. If needed, drivers can pull over to the side of the road or wait until they have stopped driving before reading or sending messages. In order to stay safe while riding as a passenger, ask the driver to put away his or her phone if you notice them using it, or ask if you can read or send a message for them.

Texting Bans by State

Distracted Driving Statistics *data collected from a survey of teenagers by the American Automobile Association and information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

+50% have used a cell phone while driving 7 out of 10 admit to texting while driving 86% have driven distracted 84% know it’s dangerous No.1 killer of teens is car crashes 6,000 teens died in 2008 in car wrecks .5 million teens were injured in car wrecks 41% do it because they think it will only take a second 35% do it because they think they won’t get hurt 34% do it because they are used to multitasking 38% have been afraid as passenger of a distracted driver 36% were in a near accident because of distracted driving 23 texts on average were sent while driving in a month 2 sec. of taking eyes off road doubles risk of accident

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The September 28, 2010 issue of the Crusader features many musicians both professional and students and texting and driving.