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Dignitaries gather at a 40th Anniversary hamburger cook out to recreate the opening of the college on Sept. 2 of 1969.


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Guitarist brings classical string venue to campus performance

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Student worker Angie Saythany displays a few of the items donated by companies and employees supporting the college and student scholarships.

Scholarship Auction to mirror past 40 years Morgan Al l aman Editor in Chief

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The classical guitarist’s concert will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Showcase Theater. Admission is free but free-will donations are encouraged and will go toward the Development Foundation for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School scholarships. Jankovic’s concert will center around Spanish music, which he says is one of his favorites and he is excited to play at the college. “I’ve never been there, but I have played shows in Oklahoma before,” Jankovic said of his upcoming trip to Liberal, which will present him approximately 15 hours of driving from Indiana. “Sometimes I choose to drive because it’s easier and you’re touring, so you have to be on the road and I can enjoy all the scenery.” Jankovic is originally from Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia), and he began his music career early. “I started when I was 7 years old. We start music education the same time as elementary school,” Jankovic said. “Then I went on to college.” Jankovic earned his master’s degree at Indiana University in the Jacobs School of Music and was offered a teaching position after finishing grad school. “This is one of the top places in music, there are probably others on the East Coast or New York but it’s the place you want to be, one of the top places in classical music,” Jankovic said. Jankovic was brought to the SCCC/ATS by the music department along with the help of student services.

“It’s important to not only bring culture to the campus but anytime you can get a professional to come to Liberal is a great thing,” music instructor Darin Workman said. “I’m very excited because, coming from a college town to southwest Kansas, I started to miss watching pros live. Here you have to go to Dallas and Denver to see something like this,” Workman said. Jankovic will also host a Guitar Master Class at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 in Room H148. Jankovic, who still teaches at Indiana University, finds great joy in both performing and teaching. “These two things feed one another and both are equally important,” Jankovic said. “You need two different approaches, teaching is verbalizing, explaining, and it helps me because when I verbalize something it helps me better understand. But performing helps me teach my students, they are both integral.” Those interested can find more information on Jankovic online at w w w. p e t a r Story by Jose Rodriguez

SCCC Development Foundation will host the 15th annual Scholarship Auction at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Seward County Event Center located at the fairgrounds. “Reflections of the past” is the theme, in honor of the college and the foundations 40th anniversary. Director of Development Tammy Doll sets the standards high for this year’s auction. “We always try to do better than we did the year before, and last year was our best ever. We had almost 500 people in attendance and we raised over $40,000,” Doll said. “I would love it if we could surpass those totals because that means that we have more money for student scholarships.” The presidential scholars, one group of students out of the many students who receive scholarships earned from the auction, will be helping with the event. “We have to dress according to the theme so we will be dressing up like we’re from the past,” presidential scholar Will Rector said. The Scholarship Auction will be divided into two parts. The first part of the night will consist of the silent auction, dinner, entertainment and a chance to enter the Lucky Draw and 50/50 drawings. The live auction, called by former Liberal native Mike Gatlin, will take up the second part of the night. With a $1 donation, a ticket can be bought for the 50/50 drawing. At the end of the evening, a winner will be drawn and the total money earned during the 50/50 drawing will be split with the winner. Doll has seen the gratitude the 50/50 drawing can bring. “Last year, the person who won the 50/50 drawing was so excited because she said that meant that they could go on a honeymoon,” Doll said. “I don’t remember the exact amount but it was a good pot.” The Lucky Draw places 10-12 items on a table. People can give $5 donations for a ticket and then put their ticket in the jar of an object they are interested in and a ticket will be drawn for each item at the end of the night to determine a winner. A new addition to the live auction is a PowerPoint provided by the college’s multimedia director Doug Browne that will be displayed on two different screens showing a picture of the item being auctioned. Hillary Anderson, a former Seward County choir student and a current employee in the admissions office, is coordinating a group of choir members who have attended the college in the past and will provide the evening’s entertainment to go along with the theme. The menu will consist of beef brisket by National Beef, pulled pork sandwiches donated by Seaboard, shrimp and dessert bar with chocolate fountain. Great Western Dining will cook everything. Doll believes raising more money is crucial with the increase in enrollment. “The more we raise the more we give, and we have increased enrollment at the college this year, so we have a greater need for student scholarships,” Doll said. “We’ve got to raise more money to help more students.” Tickets will be sold up until the Thursday before the auction and must be purchased in advance.

Petar Jankovic is a professional classical guitarist who will perform a concert Sept. 21 at SCCC/ATS.

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Enrollment sees 35 percent increase Rusti n Watt Sports editor

As of Sept. 9, last year, the total number of students attending Seward County Community College and Area Technical School was 1,384 students. The number has increased in one year by 35 percent, with the total student count now at 1,864. The number is liable to fluctuate slightly with the college not quite at the certification date yet. With the number of students up 35 percent, the total number of credit hours currently taken at SCCC/ATS has increased by 30 percent. Dean of Student Services Celeste Donovan believes the economy has something to do with an increase in enrollment. “Part, I believe, is do to the current economy situation,” Donovan said. “Our campaign “Go Green

Save Green” showed the comparison of costs between Seward and other four-year universities and the amount of money one could save by attending SCCC/ATS was a big contribution as well.” The marketing department at Seward County played a role in delivering the Go Green Save Green campaign to prospective students. “It’s an exciting time,” Donovan said. “We sent out a lot of marketing from admissions, and we are seeing all the hard work pay off.” The costs are definitely lower attending two-year college compared to a four-year university across the board, but Seward County presents a lot more opportunities to its student compared to most community colleges in the state. Of the 1,864 students at Seward, 58 percent are women and 42 percent are men. Nearly 85 percent of the students are from Kansas, with 34 interna-

tional students. The rest are out-ofstate students and many athletes from out-of-state. Forty-three percent of the total number of students are between the ages of 18 and 23. According to Donovan, about 95 percent of the freshman who gave their reason for attending Seward County indicated one of three categories. Students attended SCCC/ATS because it is more affordable, in close proximity to home, and had career programs many were aiming for. These were the three key themes for new incumbents to Seward County. The 35 percent increase in a single year will be something to keep an eye on in the continuing development of SCCC/ATS. “Recruiting was done by the school as a whole with everyone doing their part, and now everyone can take a share in the success,” Donovan said.



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Admissions coordinator hired Wi l l Rector News editor

New college admissions coordinator Morgan Richmeier is in her office advising students, getting ready for recruiting road trips and looking forward to sports at Seward. She began her job on July 31 and replaced Jess Murphy, who resigned to be a paraprofessional for the Plains school district. Molly Belt also resigned to be a paraprofessional for MacArthur Elementary School, and the department has a freeze on hiring and her position has yet to be filled. Both are working to earn their teaching certificate’s through the Newman program. People at the college played a role in Richmeier’s decision to

accept the admissions coordinator job. “A big reason why I decided to apply for the job is because of the people,” Richmeier said. “They were all so nice to me and made me feel welcome. I have also wanted to be around college students, and I was excited when Alli and Wade Lyon told me about the opening.” Richmeier has shown to be a good fit in the office. “I’ve been most impressed with Morgan’s ability to really listen to each individual she advises,” J.R. Doney, Director of Marketing, said. “She goes above and beyond to meet the students’ needs and she brings a great attitude and initiative to the Admissions Office.” Hillary Anderson, admissions office secretary, adds, “She is

very upbeat, and is eager to recruit new students to the college.” Although Richmeier has not gotten to experience much f o SCCC/ATS life yet, she is looking forward to it. “I’m really looking forward to Richmeier being able to go to all the games for the sports teams, and to be around the atmosphere that comes with college life again,” Richmeier said.

Program developer resigns HALO club for job in western Colorado to host voter

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The Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School board of trustees accepted the resignation of Mike Paden, SCCC/ ATS Natural Gas Technology Instructor, Tuesday at its regular meeting. Paden was hired in July to help develop the natural gas program recently added by the college. The board will look to replace

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Chris Perez goes through the food line to pick up some pizza and hot wings at a TRiO meet and greet for college students. TRiO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to be successful in higher education. The meet and greet luncheon was to inform students of services available this semester.

Paden starting next week. Until a new instructor is hired, the program’s advisory board will continue with the development of the natural gas program. “The job is fine. I just don’t like the area,” Paden commented on his resignation. “I was offered a chance to move to western Colorado where I will be doing what I’ve done my whole life.” Paden’s resignation will be effective Sept. 16.


HALO members will have a voter registration table in the A Hallway by the Student Success Center on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Any U.S. citizen 18 or older is encouraged to stop and register to be able to vote.

Board of trustees meets to discuss EduKan program The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Tuesday to discuss enrollment, the foundation auction and online learning. The college learned that enrollment is up 35 percent and that the number of students taking online classes through EduKan has also doubled. Dr. Mark Sarver, the new director of EduKan, told the board how “absolutely visionary” they were when they agreed to move forward with EduKan. Many of the SCCC/ATS board members were on the board when the six western Kansas community colleges decided to form EduKan, an online community that offers general education courses and degrees online. “Ten years ago we were cutting edge,” he said.

“Now there are many institutions doing what we are doing. We need to figure out now how to be cutting edge again.” EduKan has moved off the Barton County Community College campus, Sarver said. The consortium is in the process of designing a new logo and website. “It really is a very unique situation working with a consortium,” Sarver said. “One of the largest increases on campus this fall is through EduKan classes,” Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, said. “That’s a sign of the times and it’s important that we continue to be strong in those areas.” The college presented the board with a new calendar, outlining program reviews for both academic and non-academic areas. Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, told the board we need


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to look at all areas of campus to see how the college can be improved. Future program reviews for academic programs will include enrollment trends, transfer requirements and expectations of career and technical education programs. The board accepted the program review for the Business Administrative Technology Program with the next formal review schedule in five years. The college has already combined the courses and competencies from the technical school with the curriculum offered in office occupations at the college and changed the name. The faculty will develop a plan for tracking program graduates and collecting data, improve marketing of the pro-

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gram, and develop relationships with area school counselors, business teachers, and administrators using venues like Xtreme Challenge. Gina Palmgren, business administrative technology program instructor who was previously employed by Southwest Kansas Technical School, told the board that it has been great for the students in her program to be a part of the community college. Students have far more advantages, especially if they want to transfer to a fouryear college or university. The college continues to use the state post-secondary education improvement bond fund (PEI) for deferred maintenance projects on campus. The board directed the administration to so-


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licit bids to make improvements to the parking lots at the area technical school. The concrete parking lots will include drainage and fire lanes. Board chair Jo Ann Sharp commented on the 40th anniversary kick-off activities and expressed appreciation to those who attended. Trustee Marvin Chance Jr., provided a report on the upcoming KACCT meeting. The agenda will include developing legislative proposals for the 2010 legislative session and addressing the budgetary reductions in state aid. In other action, the board • Accepted the resignation of Mike Paden, natural gas technology instructor, effective Sept. 16; • Recognized the team of Evan Winchester, Shelia Scheib, Suzanne Campbell and Denice Paden as the members of the Pro-

fessional Welfare Committee of the SCCC/ATS Professional Employees Association; • Approved the modification to Policy 101 Mission, Philosophy, Purpose and to Policy 106 Public Records; • Accepted for first reading an identity theft policy, and • Selected Sharon Hobble as the voting delegate at the upcoming Association of Community College Trustees Annual Community College Leadership Congress and Dustin Ormiston, as alternate. The college will hold a come and go brunch on Sunday, Sept. 13 in the student union/cafeteria with student performances and a buffet menu. The next board meeting is Oct. 5 in the board room.

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A new sheriff is in town. Or at least a new technical school director. After Ed Poley retired last year as technical school director, Dr. Bud Smithson has stepped in as new SCCC/ Area Te c h n i c a l School director. “I think its a great opportunity,” Smithson said of his new role. “ T h e y merged the Smithson community college and the tech school a couple years ago, and that’s just like the best of both worlds. You got the technical side of people who can build things, and then you got the college side of people who are able to help the people build.”

Smithson is passionate about serving the needs of the community, seeing the school succeed, growing and building new programs, and drawing companies and start-up-businesses into Liberal’s economic base. As director of the SCCC/ Area Technical School, Smithson’s main focus and duty is to maintain good classes for students by staying current with information on available jobs, helping students over the hurdles of admissions, studies, testing and curriculum challenges, while helping manage the business of the school itself. He is currently residing in the dorms at Hale Court as a dorm parent. One of his goals is helping the students at Hale Court and the Student Living Center, as well as the commuting students, in making the transitions they need to for adjusting to college life. Smithson is interacting with students not only in the academic field, but also in extra-curricular activities with the drama department. Smithson has been cast in the role of the Cowardly Lion in the college’s upcoming play, the “Wizard of Oz”.

Alison Chambers, who is the drama director and speech instructor at SCCC, has enjoyed working with Smithson. “Bud is a blast! He’s so much fun. He always has a really great attitude, and he’s setting the example for how the students should behave in rehearsal.” She said Smithson is always there to step in when a need is present. He has a passion for the community of Liberal and he goes about it all with a great sense of humor. Smithson was born into a military family overseas in Germany, where his father was serving in the Navy. He and his family did not come to the United States until Smithson and his siblings were almost out of high school. He graduated from high school in Oklahoma, and from there went on to Oklahoma State University. After completing his education at OSU proceeded into the administrative field for 25 years. Smithson is not married, and he has two children. His daughter is attending Wichita State University and his son is a drafter in Tulsa, Okla.



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Adventure Bay heros and Wellness Center employees Sayde McVey and Cassandra Tuls stand in front of the college pool where both students were taught the lifeguarding techniques they used to save a young girl’s life this summer.

Seward students summer heros Morgan Allaman Editor in Chief

In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the college, which opened for classes in 1969, and the start of the Crusader the same year, current editors and staff have taken up the task of recreating photos from the past 40 years. Here, photographer Logan Green recreates a current photo of a student sleeping in the library using a 1980s photo as the model.

Kylix art club member Karem Gallo paints sunflowers for the set of the “Wizard of Oz” production in the Showcase Theater. The “Wizard of Oz” will open on Oct. 7, 8 and 9. The Kylix art club is painting the sets and backdrops for the upcoming play. The “Wizard of Oz” will be the first campus production under drama director Alison Chambers. Crusader photo/ Cherisse Overton

During their first day on the job as lifeguards at Adventure Bay, longtime Seward County Wellness Center employees and current students, Cassandra Tuls and Sayde McVey saved a little girl’s life. A 6-year-old girl was floating on her back in the 3-foot deep swimming area at the newly opened Adventure Bay water park when Tuls noticed water brushing over the girl’s face and immediately jumped in to save her. As the young swimmer was pulled out of the pool she went unconscious. Tuls then called McVey over and together the college students gave the young girl twoperson CPR. After a total of four breaths and 60 compressions, the girl coughed up water. The scene was tense as onlookers watched their every move. “Her Grandpa was standing right behind us when we were doing chest compressions and I kept telling her to wake up, wake up, wake up,” McVey said. “I was just hoping everything turned out alright because he was right behind us watching.” Tuls had mixed feelings over being a hero. “I was scared at first and really happy and glad that I was able to be there and

Sayde was able to help me, but I feel good,” Tuls said. “I’m blessed to have been able to have been there and have saved her.” McVey remains modest about the situation. “I don’t really consider myself a hero,” McVey said. “I was just doing what I was supposed to do.” Both Tuls and McVey were trained by the college’s Director of Aquatics and Wellness Kelly Cook and were required to take a 32-hour certification program. The program requires everything from endurance swimming to actually having to save people. Cook is glad he trained students who took their line of duty seriously. “In this business, it’s hard, especially here at the college, to take this job seriously. We save people every semester, but we’ve never had a near drowning,” Cook said. “I’ve worked here for nine years and I always tell them just because you came in today doesn’t mean that something’s not going to happen.” Cook also believes that employees like Tuls and McVey are helping to change the stereotype set for lifeguards. “A lot of people have misconceptions that lifeguards are just there to get tan instead of do their job, but we take it pretty seriously,” Cook said.

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Safe driving should come first in modern world of technology

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Traveling is a requirement for most Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School students . Some students have traveled across the country to attend Seward. Some have traveled across the state. Others travel everyday to Liberal for class. For most of us, college travel means hours of driving. Long, boring trips on straight, flat pavement. What do you do to pass the time? In 2007, the top contributing factor of traffic accidents in Kansas were caused due to drivers who failed to give their full attention to the road, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. The majority of these accidents occurred during the daylight hours, in good weather conditions and where the road is straight and level. So what are Kansas drivers doing while driving? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a study in 2006 on cell phone use while driving. According to the study, cell phone use is the number one distraction to drivers on the road today. The study also found that drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 are four times more likely to have a crash due to cell phone use. In Kansas the only legislation on cell phones is for novice drivers. All other drivers are free to chat, text, check the weather, send pictures, etc., while driving with their cells. Safe driving is important. As students, sometimes we are less than attentive when driving. Between texting our friends and changing the tunes on our MP3, we seem to be too involved in the world off the road. Each time you put yourself behind the wheel of a vehicle, you are putting yourself in a position of responsibility. The lives of everyone on or near a road are now in your hands. The Crusader staff wants to remind students that even the smallest distractions while driving can lead to serious accidents. Put your cell phone away, turn the radio down and remind your friends to buckle up!


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“Dancing and singing along with the music.”

“Texting and talking to passengers.”

“Listening to music really loud.”

“Texting and driving with my knees.”

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CD collection accumulated through smart online purchases

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I admit I have a problem. I’m addicted to buying CDs. Now, it’s not a “bad” addiction, but believe me, I get a certain sense of happiness that downloading an album just doesn’t give me. I spend nearly an hour looking though the clearance bin at Hastings to find my favorites and new

artists and search dozens of websites for hard to find albums. Then once I find that special CD it’s like Christmas, unwrapping the plastic and finally having a physical copy of that album I’ve been looking for. Of course I take good care of my collection. A couple of weeks ago my collection wasn’t as organized as it should be, so I pulled all my CDs out and I was overwhelmed by how many CDs I have. I didn’t know where to start, but once I was finished I had one thing on my mind. I have to buy more. I do also admit I’m quite impulsive when I’m at the store. I mean I know it was 97 cents but did I really have to buy an S Club 7 CD? Online is a different story. I do my research before making a purchase. I search on Google shopping and read re-

views on sites to make sure I’m not only getting a good deal but also know that the site is trusted and safe. EBay is another great place to shop. You can get better deals on there than most other sites. Plus, I like to talk to the seller before buying the items so I know if I will get a good deal. Once I wanted to buy two CDs and a perfume that one seller had up for auction. The price was fair, but the shipping was too much for me. I asked the seller if he would send the items together to cut down on the shipping, but he re-

“Now, it’s not a ‘bad’ addiction, but believe me, I get a certain sense of happiness that downloading an album just doesn’t give me. ”

fused to. Luckily, I found someone else selling the same CDs I wanted and that seller was a lot nicer. She offered me free shipping if I bought six CDs, so then I got more CDs for nearly the same price. The perfume however I didn’t care much for anymore. Other great things to look at is when the seller makes a mistake. Instead of being upset when the seller messes up my order, I look at the benefits. Inform the seller about the mix up and, most of the time, they not only correct the error, they may send you something extra to make up for it. That’s how I managed to get a free single. After all, eBay is like a marketplace you hunt to hunt for the best deal and negotiate with the seller.

Managing time becomes tougher challenge in college years

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Making attempts to be organized doesn’t always mean people are going to stay on track with daily schedules. Just because I have most of my daily routines programmed on my ever-ready blackberry phone, from when I can fit in study time to when I have to

work, doesn’t mean that schedule always gets followed. Procrastination and distractions, such as reading about recent Chupacabra sightings on the internet, sometimes interfere with things I know I need to be doing instead of things I want to be doing. College is a time for fun, socializing, and enjoying the time without the parents around, but that also makes it difficult because your time is all left up for you to plan out.

“Procrastination and distractions... sometimes interfere with things I know I need to be doing instead of things I want to be doing”

Nobody is going around constantly nagging you to do your homework, get up for class or clean your room. It’s finally all up to you. This is a tough transition for many who are living away from home for the first time in their lives. Trying to find a good balance between school, work and a social life may seem frustrating at times, especially when you get distracted by random little things; however, with proper self-discipline and good time management, balancing your daily tasks will become easier. Thinking about how things will affect you later instead of what you will gain from doing something now is a hard thing to do. I admit that I would rather sit around being lazy watching TV on a weekend like most normal folks, but I also

have to realize that can’t become a usual routine; especially when I have homework due within the next couple of weeks and a pile of laundry to wash. Ultimately, we can’t always say that our lives are going to be dictated by the plans we make and the schedules we would like to adhere to because we’re all human and things don’t always end up happening like we hope they do. But one thing we can do is make things easier for ourselves by working on that paper or that math assignment and just stay away from that oh-so-enticing story about our favorite mythical creature and save that for later when we know we actually have time to do the things we want to be doing.

Schools should require economics Feelin’ the ice cream blues

James McEl vani a Crusader staff

I don't understand a lot of things. How to manage my money is one of those things, and from the look of things, hey, neither does our country. So why is it then that there is never really any sound economic advice that is presented to everyone at some point in their lives? I've lived in Liberal all of my life, so I've had pretty much the same school standards for the last 19 years. I have to take so many hours of english, so many hours of science, and so many hours of math. Why? I don't want to be a scientist. I'm not going to give lectures or teach English. And a career in math? Be serious. I do, however, plan on having money at some point in my life. So how about a class that can teach me ways to handle it better? For instance, everyone that is going to or went to Liberal High School was required to take a government class their senior year. So how about a class on the economy and how it works? The best part of this idea is that it benefits everybody, or at least everybody that is willing to pay attention in the class instead of doing any of the numerous distracting activities that a student can engage in while in class. Let's be honest, if students were told that they were going to have to take a class that would ex-

“For instance, everyone that is going or went to Liberal High School was required to take a government class senior year. So how about a class on the economy and how it works?”

plain to them the basic principles of the economy and ways that they can manage their money and assets, who would say no to that? If there already is a class like this, then either I simply have not heard about it, or it is being kept secret for some unknown reason. If there isn't, however, then I think it is in the best interest of the students that there be a class that fulfills these rolls. One has to wonder, if a class like this were required in schools across the country, would we as a nation be in less of a financial crisis than we currently are? Would we still have people maxing out credit cards to pay off their other credit cards? Would people still be spending money that they

can't afford to spend? It could honestly be argued either way, but I like to think that people would wise up to the way that the system works if they were required to study it before they were out making large financial decisions on their own. Or maybe I'm just sour that I can't hold on to my money for the life of me.

Dana Loewen Crusader staff

So, you’re chillin’ at home one evening and you suddenly realize you are in desperate need of Blue Bunny ice cream. What do you do? You make a Wal-Mart run. When you arrive, you are delighted to find a parking spot close to the doors. You spend a few minutes test-running carts to find one that doesn’t veer sharply to the left or squeak or bump. Finally you settle for the cart that only turns right. (You figure you can just do a 360 when you need to go left.) First, you see the card aisle and remember your parents’ anniversary is coming up and you should get them a card while you’re thinking about it. After listening to about 20 music cards you buy the stupidest one you can find and move on. Some comfy looking pants catch your eye, so a pair or two enter your cart, followed by a box of Lucky Charms, paper towels (on sale), and chips. That should do it for now. Just before you get in line, you remember you are almost out of shaving cream. You run back to the Health and Beauty section to grab it, while picking up some toothpaste on the way.

You get back to the check-out lines and realize there’s only one “You line open. It has two wait people with three carts patiently full in it. That’s OK; brave the self behind the you’ll check-out line. You wait patiently woman behind the woman who who feeds feeds dollar bills one by dollar bills one into the machine to for her $20 purone by one pay chase. She finally gets done, so you scan in into the your items, only getting machine yelled at by the mato pay for chine three times, pay and grab your bags. her $20 You walk across the purchase.” store to the doors you came in, only to realize they are now locked. Now you have to walk back across to the other doors. The old lady at the door says, “Have a nice day!” and you walk out. You are only disoriented for a few seconds before you remember you parked your car by the other doors. You find your car, put your bags in, leave your shopping cart in someone’s parking space. (You hate that, but everybody does it and you figure it is your way of retribution for the self check-out lines.) You put your stuff away when you get back home, collapse on the couch, and turn on the TV. You give off a relieving sigh, then realize you never got your ice cream.


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Fuentes crafts life to his mold Wendy Hernandez Crusader staff

From the delicateness of making pottery to the roughness of working on the farm, Isaac Fuentes loves to work with his hands, has many talents and possesses a love for school. Fuentes first came to the college in 2006, but left in 2007 to pursue career in massage therapy at the Body and Soul Therapeutic School of Massage. He has worked on the farm, as a construction worker, in the oilfield, now does massage therapy, and still loves to make pottery and sculptures. Now Fuentes is pursuing a career in education, one of his many passions, and says he can’t get enough of school and loves to teach others. He is on his way a double major in ESL and education, and is going to transfer to Kansas State University, after he gets his associates degree at Seward County. After graduating there, he would like to move to Chicago and pursue his career there as an art instructor. Fuentes has a major role as the Tin Man in the “Wizard of Oz” production to be performed on campus Oct. 6-9. He is excited knowing that this is going to be the first time for Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School to ever feature this production.

He believes that he has to do a good job, considering this is the Land of Oz. Even though he took over the role from an understudy position, Fuentes said he has already learned the dance moves he has to perform and all the songs he will sing, but is nervous about his lines. Fuentes said he loves to act, with the opportunity get on stage and be someone else. “You forget about all your cares and worries in this world,” Fuentes said. “You get to be a different person and just act the part.” He also likes to read because he can play the perfect role in his mind and make everything perfect in contrast to movies, because movies are not always what is expected or a role might not be well played. His favorite books are fantasy and horror. Fuentes also likes to restore cars. He has a current project working on an “oldie” in his garage. Isaac is part of the Kylix Art Club. He also volunteers for AWANA, a church program to help kids find God. “I’m a big man of faith,” Fuentes said. In some ways, he needs to be a man of faith, seeing as how one of his pastimes is cliff diving at Two Buttes, Colo. He enjoys camping, playing the guitar and having cookouts.

‘Wizard of Oz’ comes back home to Liberal

Dana Loewen Crusader staff

“The Wizard of Oz” will show Oct. 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Showcase Theater as part of Liberal’s Oz-Fest weekend. This is the first time for the college to perform the “Wizard.” “It’s a celebration of the first great American fairy tale, right here in beautiful Kansas.” said Bud Smithson, the Cowardly Lion. “It’s going to make history,” said Isaac Fuentes, the Tin Man. “Everyone has fun and laughs together. I love performing!” Logan Green is The Scarecrow. “People should come to the play because we have a good mix of people with a lot of flavor, talent, and personality,” Green said. “At first I was reluctant to try out, but it will be well worth it.” Tiffany Prater has the lead role of Dorothy. “When I tried out I didn’t expect to get Dorothy. I thought I’d

be a munchkin because I’m short,” Prater said with a laugh. “It was a big shocker when I found out. This is way out of my comfort zone.” “My favorite song is ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ because it tells her (Dorothy’s) story so well. It’s simple, yet it tells so much. Her world had no color; the most exciting thing in her life was a rainbow,” Prater added. Technical school director Smithson has his favorite parts, too. “My favorite scene is the end, when you realize you have everything you need. The courage, heart, and hope is already inside of you. What you need is within you,” Smithson said. “The most exciting part of being in the play is everyone working together. We’re all different from each other but it takes all of us.” “Everyone has worked really hard. It’s going to be great,” said Prater.

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Tiffany Prater, Logan Green, Bud Smithson and Issac Fuentes rehearse for the upcoming “Wizard of Oz” musical. Prater will play Dorothy, Green will play the Scarecrow, Smithson will play the Cowardly Lion, and Fuentes will play the role of the Tin Man. One of the performances directed by Alison Chambers will have a special visitor, one of the original Munchkins from the Hollywood movie.

People select favorite art pieces Logan Green Crusader staff

Seward County Community College Area Technical School has enjoyed many years of the college art People’s Choice Awards. The People’s Choice Awards allow people from the community to come and vote on their favorite piece of artwork in three categories: 3-dimensional design, 2-dimensional design and photography. This spring, Raegan Broadie won with an ink drawing, Morgan Allaman won with two photographs tied for first and T.J. Ratzlaff won with a 3-D representation of a guitar. Ratzlaff’s piece is composed of walnut wood, copper and brass, and was designed to be a guitar pick box. One of Allaman’s pieces was taken in New York City from the Empire State Building, and the second was a black and white still life photo. Brodie’s winning piece was created with a technique known as ink blotting. Ratzlaff takes continuing education classes from SCCC/ATS.

Raegan Broadie

T.J Ratzlaff

Allaman is a full time student and is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Crusader. Broadie is currently attending Concordia University. Art instructor Susan Copas, who manages the People’s Choice Awards, was pleased with the turn out to the reception, “There were a good number of people who voted this year.” One thing that stood out to Copas was the comments she got from people. “People that came to the exhibit told me that they had a particularly hard time choosing just one art work to vote for,” Copas said. Bill McGlothing, an English instructor at SCCC/ATS, added, “My favorite part is seeing the amazing colors, as well as the variety, individuality and the personality that’s expressed in all the art works on the walls.” The event usually has a good turn out, and people enjoy seeing the beauty and decoration that the People’s Choice Awards bring to the halls of the Shank Humanities Building. T.J. Ratzlaff won first place in the 3-D division of the People’s Choice Awards, Reagan Broadie was first in the 2-D division and Morgan Allaman placed first in the photography division. Allaman had two photos that tied for first. Her other piece was a photo of New York City from the Empire State Building.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Miller time at the Green House Anti goné Lowery Crusader staff

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Lindsey Miller goes airborne to put one over the net in the Lady Saints scrimmage with OPSU Aug. 26.

Coming from Dumas, Texas, to Liberal as a freshman in 2008, sophomore Lindsey Miller has become an asset to the Lady Saints volleyball team. As a freshman, Miller finished third out of the team with 347 kills on the floor, fourth with 410 digs and 25 aces and second overall with a .938 passing percentage. Miller described her freshman year as "an emotional rollercoaster," but was able to get through it with the help and support of head coach Bret Laullen and assistant coach Alana Rowland. "Moving away from home was a big step for me, as it is for most, but it was also very exciting,” Miller said. “Coach Luallen and Coach Rowland taught me to be who I am and helped me to open up and mature as a player, and as a person. Most importantly, they helped me with the transition by making me feel at home here." Having learned a lot during her freshman year, Miller is still working hard as a sophomore in order to end her career at Seward County on a good note. "My sophomore year is full of goals as a team, and as a person,” Miller said. “As a team, I would like for us to win conference, region and a trip to Nationals in Iowa. As an individual being a Sophomore, I want to be a positive role model for the new players, and help them with the transition also. I want to continue to be a leader and most of all be a good captain to them." As the team captain, Miller also credits her teammates for her success. "On and off the court our team this year is very close knit and gets along great," Miller said.

Miller and the Lady Saint's volleyball team continue to work hard on the court and are currently 10-1 after their loss to Pratt Aug. 29. Their next home match will be Sep.16 in the Greenhouse. Miller has many off the field interests her biggest being the great outdoors. Miller is a rare woman that enjoys riding fourwheelers and dirtbikes. She credits this to most of her friends being guys when she was in Dumas. Her love of sports doesn’t end at volleyball and motorcross. Miller loves to to watch sports like football and basketball as well. Moving away from home was an obstacle for Miller to overcome but she is glad she chose Seward County. “The successful volleyball team, nice people, smaller town it just seemed the perfect fit,” Miller said. Amanda Savage, Miller’s teammate and roommate had many things to say about Miller. “She can make any situation a funny one,” Savage said. “She is really easy going on and off the court. If someone is having a tough time she’s always there to pick them up. She doesn’t let little things get to her either.” Miller shares many similar enjoyment as many women do off the court. She enjoys watching Tree Hill and Army Wives. As far as her future goes she seems unsure on the continuation of her volleyball career. “If I do decide to continue on in volleyball I think I would like to transfer to Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Savage had one more thing to say about her roommate, Miller, “She’s messy I’m not going to lie.” Miller quickly countered, “She is too.” — Rustin Watt contributed to this story.

Lady Saints begin conference play

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The Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball team opened up their conference schedule against Garden City. Similar to how they began last season’s conference play they quickly disposed of the Busters in straight sets to move to 11-1 on the season. Seward got off to somewhat of a slow start in the match falling behind 5-1 but bounced back thanks in part to Diana Castrillon’s serving mastery to take a 13-9 lead. The Seward sophomore dished up 4 straight aces and 7 straight points to give Seward a lead they would not give up for the rest of the night. When Castrillon wasn’t on the serving line chalking up points for the green and white, she was at the net where she recorded 11 kills on the night. Seward took game one 25-16 and after a lengthy stay for Lindsey Miller with the ball in her hand serving and a pair of Stacie Carver blocks, the Lady Saints led 13-1 early in game number two. The two teams would trade points the rest of the way but Seward’s sizeable lead allowed prevented Garden form closing any gap as the Lady Saints cruised home with a 25-12 win. A trio of Kelen Ricardo kills early in the third game pushed Seward County out to an 8-3 lead. Castrillon stepped back to serve, Garden City

leaned back on their heels as her powerful serves propelled Seward to six straight points to give them an 13-4 lead. As the Lady Saints emptied their bench Garden would get within breathing room at 19-12 but would got no closer as the match ended on a Castrillon ace at 25-14. In the victory Castrillon ended up with 8 aces to go along with her 11 kills while Ricardo finished with 7 kills, 5 digs, and a pair of blocks on the evening. Lindsey Miller and Amanda Savage again headed the Lady Saints defensive attack as Miller ended with 12 digs and Savage 9. Stacie Carver drew the start in the middle for Seward and responded well with a team high 4 blocks on the night. Maddy Taylor and Taryn Westerman continued to play well at the setter position and dished out 19 and 6 assists respectively. The win moves Seward County to 11-1 overall on the season going into Saturday’s big Jayhawk West Conference matchup with Hutchinson in the Sports Arena. The Blue Dragons were ranked 13th in the latest NJCAA poll but despite a hot start and 4 wins over top 25 opponents Seward is nowhere to be found. They will have a chance to make some noise in the next 7 days however as after their date with #13 Hutchinson they will return home to face #11 Pratt for the second time this year.

Lady Saints Sophomore LaKendra Sanders goes up to put one down against OPSU during the scrimmage on Aug. 26. The Saints are currently coming off big wins over Garden City in their conference opener. Crusader photo/ Chris Flowers

Saints Baseball begins fall ball Wi l l Rector News editor

The Saints baseball team has started its preparations for the spring season and a run at the Jayhawk Conference Championship as well as the Region VI Championship by beginning their fall baseball season. Fall baseball is mostly used to build team chemistry and prepare for the spring season, but it is also used as a chance for walk-on players to make the team. The Saints have played scrimmages against Dodge City Community College, Lamar Community College, and Garden City Community College already this fall. The baseball team returns 11 players from last year and have brought in two transfer sophomores. Former Liberal Redskin, Layne Greeson, is also trying to make a comeback to the diamond this year and walk-on as a sophomore. Coach Galen McSpadden has brought in 13 freshmen to aid the team for the upcoming season. The Saints went 37-22 last season with an 18-14 record in the Jayhawk West. They made it to the Region VI championship game against the Cowley Community College Tigers and lost two really close games ending their season. The Saints will be in action again this weekend here in Liberal with Luna Community College coming on Saturday, and Clarendon College on Sunday. Both scrimmages will be at Brent Gould Field.


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Lack of commitment leads to familiar, continuting failure Rusti n Watt Sports editor

The key to success in athletics comes down to commitment and determination. When an athlete commits they have to commit themselves in the broad spectrum not just in an athletic sense. On the field and court lies hand-in-hand with off the court involving school and community. Most, not all, athletes at twoyear colleges could not meet academic requirements to go on to a Division I school and receive a scholarship or were overlooked and feel they have to work themselves up the ladder. I know, having been a juco athlete myself. An athlete can have all the talent in the world, but if they’re stuck in a junior college because they can’t get over a 2.0 GPA, they’re not going to move on, period. These athletes need to concentrate on academics. Why would players who were recruited by a D-I school, but had to go the juco route because they didn’t meet academic requirements, not work to better their situation? Why let it come to that? Why not do assignments, why not study, with mandatory study halls and such a small student to teacher ratio, there is no excuse for failure. The two-year college route gives an aspiring athlete every opportunity to get straight. Where I played, football coaches patrolled the hallways while we were in classes. If a player was wearing a hat, sleeping or not following the coach’s acronym S.L.A.N.T. ,which our head coach instilled in us in our own private orientation for football players, they would be

taken out in the hallway to do updowns, floorwaxers, ripped or any form of punishment they saw fit for the day. The acronym stood for the proper way to be a student in the classroom. S-sit up, L-lean forward, A-ask questions, Nnod your head and T-track your teacher. Punishment came but also rewards to those who excelled in the classroom. If players weren’t taking care of their business by not going to their tutors and began to fail classes, they were sent home. A running back who I played with prior to coming to Seward, backed up Mike Hart from Michigan University. He lost his D1 scholarship because he did not meet academic requirements. He transferred down and then was kicked out at our junior college summer camp because he was late to class three times. Opportunity lost. Students who had difficulties in class were asked to meet with their instructor once a week to get help or one-on-onehelp from other sources. I’m sure things are similar for athletes here. They are given every opportunity to succeed, but why do some seem to choose failure? Many student athletes aspire to move on to a higher level. Instead they squander their chance at becoming a better student and athlete for night after night of partying. You want to move on but you’re going to get drunk four nights a week, not do your homework, not pay attention in class, get in off the field trouble and argue with teachers that you’ll lose a scholarship if you don’t meet the junior college academic requirements when you should strive to meet those higher level requirements.

If you’re given every opportunity for success, why blow it? I’ve seen it, here and where I played before returning here due to an injury, all the talent in the world gone to waste because getting effed up becomes priority No. 1—before school and athletics. Doing those things is easy, anyone can do that, the opportunities are everywhere, there’s always a party in the dorms or someone’s garage. Why go and punish yourself, not just your body, but your opportunity. I saw a running back who transferred in from Florida State University, phenomenal athlete, got sent home during our summer camp for selling drugs and thinking he was better than everyone else. I’ve seen around Seward, athletes smoking outside, alcohol confiscated. Not only that but students are careless enough to put their partying pictures on Facebook. Yet, many times these things aren’t even looked at as a big deal. I’ve heard of student athletes arguing with their teachers, when they are the problem, doing extra curriculars that kept them from success before and think that they can get a different result now. The worst thing is for an instructor to give in to these demands to allow them to get special privileges, I’ve seen this happen too. Failure is the best tool for learning. 'I’m gonna get mine' is the mentality a student athlete should have. Schoolwork may not be fun, but it’s going to get you where you want to be. Those who come and do their work on and off the field, they are usually the ones to move on to the big show. They see the big picture, they come in determined and commit themselves.


Kansas will win the Big 12 north in ’09 gridiron season Wi l l Rector News editor

I’m predicting it right now. Some people may call me crazy because Kansas has the toughest conference schedule, with having to face Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Texas in the same season. The Jayhawks will breeze through their nonconference schedule with the same ease that they displayed in beating Northern Colorado 49-3 in their season opener. Once the non-conference schedule is over, Kansas will have to face Iowa State in their conference opener, and Colorado the following week. These two teams should not show much more competition than the non-conference teams due to the fact that Iowa State and Colorado are predicted to be at the bottom of the Big 12 North standings. Kansas will then have to play Oklahoma on Oct. 24, but the Jayhawks should be undefeated when the Sooners roll into Lawrence. The Sooners, who lost to BYU in their first game of the season, have lost their star tight end Jermaine Gresham for the season, and Sam Bradford is nursing a shoulder injury that will not be something that he can recover from quickly. Kansas should beat Oklahoma due to the injuries, but also this year’s Oklahoma team does not look anything like the dominating team that they were last season. After defeating Oklahoma, Kansas will have to travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face a Texas Tech team that has lost Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree to the professional football ranks. Tech’s defense will not be able to stop the powerful offense that Kansas brings. The Jayhawks will leave Lubbock with a convincing victory. 1. TEXAS 2. KANSAS 3. OKLAHOMA STATE 4. NEBRASKA







Left, Christian Romanzini ,a member of the men’s tennis team at Seward County, works to return a ball at practice. Right, Antigoné Lowery, women’s tennis star at Seward County, works to send a ball back across her body at practice. Both men’s and women’s teams are at Wichita State University currently for an invitational tournament they will compete in throughout the weekend.

Sept. 12

• Softball at Dodge City Tournament. • Baseball vs. Luna • Volleyball at Hutchinson

Sept. 13

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Kansas will then travel to Manhattan for the Sunflower Showdown rivalry game with the Kansas State Wildcats. Although there is much buzz in the Little Apple about Coach Bill Snyder being back in control of the Wildcats, this season will be much of the same as the last few for the Wildcats. Kansas will win the Governor’s Cup and will head back to Lawrence to prepare for their toughest Big 12 North test, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Nebraska has been predicted to be the champions of the north, and they are looking to be tough in Head Coach Bo Pelini’s second year. The Jayhawks will battle with the Cornhuskers, but will come out victorious by a fourth quarter touchdown pass from Todd Reesing to Dezmon Briscoe. Kansas will then travel to Austin, Texas to battle the Texas Longhorns and Colt McCoy. This is the only game on their schedule that I think they will lose. Texas looks too solid across the board, but Kansas will not just lay down. They will put up at least 30 points on the scoreboard and give a respectable showing against the tough Longhorns. After losing to the Longhorns, the Jayhawks will wrap up their Big 12 conference schedule and their regular season by putting a beating on the Missouri Tigers in the Border War. The Tigers are not close to the same team that they have been the last two seasons by losing Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin, but quarterback Blaine Gabbert has shown some promise. The Jayhawks will have a rematch with Texas in the Big 12 Championship game, win or lose, Kansas will be playing in a BCS Bowl in January.

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Sept. 19

• Volleyball at Northeastern Tournament • Baseball at UNM Tournament •Softball at OPSU Tournament

Sept. 19

• Baseball at UNM Tournament • Softball vs. Canyon Heat

Sept. 22

• Volleyball at Colby

Sept. 23

• Baseball at Garden City



Friday, September 11, 2009

Wade Lyon, director of student activities, and Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, cook hamburgers and hot dogs for those at the 40th celebration barbecue.

A group at the 40th anniversary celebration looks through a 1969 copy of the Southwest Daily Times announcing the birth of a new junior college. From left, former faculty member Vern Jantz, who taught math to the first class of students; Laverne (Patterson) Ashlock, a student who was in the first class in 1969 and now lives in Yukon, Okla.; Paul Boles, who was a member of the first board of trustees; and Charles Brownlee, a math and physics instructor when the college opened its doors. Brownlee would later become division chair and even serve as athletic director for a time. Left, Lila Hagaman sits at a table during the cookout. She was employed as the first secretary in 1967 two years before the college opened. Behind her is Reba Smothermon, the daughter of Al Shank Sr. Shank served on the USD 480 board that started the plans for SCCJC and pushed the state for approval.

40th Anniversary Celebration BBQ Sept. 2, 1969-Sept. 2, 2009

Sharing a laugh during 40th anniversary reunion visits are Tammy Doll, director of development; Gerald Harris, former dean of student services; Board of Trustees member Jo Ann Sharp, and Steve Hecox, director of nursing. Approximately 100 people attended 40th anniversary committee event outside Epworth Allied Heath, where classes were taught in 1969.

College president Duane Dunn speaks about changes and the role of the college in the community throughout the last 40 years. He was joined by and longtime college supporter Paul Boles. Jo Ann Sharp and Donna Shank also spoke about the college and its place in the community and the state.

The 40th anniversary cookout took place on Sept. 2 at the Epworth Building, where classes began Sept. 2, 1969. A ribbon cutting ceremony at what is now the Epworth Allied Health building revisited the opening day of the college. Several students from that first class were in attendance.

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