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Christine Bates, Rachel Willbanks, Tyler Montandon, Kyle Severin, Brooke Frazier, Garrett Teegerstrom Advisor: Amber Brawner

The Dragon Tale is published two times a year by the Magazine class of Hutchinson Community College, 1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501. When compiled, the two issues serve as an overview of the activities and the people of HCC during the school year.

Fall 2010 Volume 21: Issue 1

What’s Inside Children’s Literature 2 Balancing School and Work 4 Video Broadcasting 6 Dorm Life 8 Students and Religion 12 Online Textbooks 14 Book Receipts 16 Enjoyable Class 18 Fire Science 20 Road Trips 22 Dragon Dolls 24 Soccer 26 Football 28 Cross Country 30 Volleyball 32 Dragon’s Tale

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Why Children’s Literature matters to more than just kids, and what can be learned in the course.

Which book is the most read as a child?

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o you like green eggs and ham?” This famous line from Dr. Seuss’ popular children’s book “Green Eggs and Ham” is a story that most have either read or heard at some point. What most people don’t realize is, children’s literature goes beyond just childhood and benefits adult lives in many ways. Amy Manley is the Children’s Literature instructor. She explained why the class is beneficial to more than just parents. Children’s literature is, at the very least, something most people have fond memories about, but there are many other reasons to take the class. The course offers a creative outlet for both writers and artists, while at the same time providing an interesting look into the history and future of the genre. “Anyone can reminisce about their favorite childhood books, but the class is also beneficial to future teachers, parents or those thinking of becoming parents in the future, as well as art majors,”

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Pointing to a picture, Sheila Hewitt, Conway Springs, explains why she likes the book. Elements such as texture and color were disscussed in detail during the picutre book section of the course.


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Manley said. Some books that may spark fond childhood memories might include “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Where The Wild Things Are,” or “The Little Engine That Could.” These and other classic stories are anaylized in Children’s Literature from many angles. Other categories of children’s literature that are explored include fairy tales, folk tales, picture books and prereader books. Some students enjoyed exploring the different sub-genres of children’s literature in the classroom, such as stories that originated from oral folk tales. “I liked learning about how children’s literature evolved out of oral stories, like the Brothers Grimm tales,” Brandi Marr, Hutchinson, said. Other students have a more general appreciation for the class. “I liked learning where the stories came from, and how the books are made,” Angi Pabon, South Hutchinson, said.

Children’s literature is a genre generally defined as literature for ages 14 years or younger, and must have appropriate vocabulary to match the specified age group. “It should have some value, whether it’s a moral or teaching cognitive development, and it should be entertaining,” Manley said. Some examples of morals found in children’s books include playing well with others, helping others and liking ones’ self. Morals

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Amy Manley, children’s literature instructor, shows the class a couple of picture books by Peggy Rathmann. She explained that the techniques used make the illustrations come to life for young readers.

do not have to be present, though, as long as the book teaches the child something like counting, spelling or shapes. Another important aspect of children’s literature is the illustrations that accompany many of the stories. There is a whole category within the genre that is dedicated to the excellence of illustrations and their role in portraying a story. “Especially with picture books, the child should be able to follow the story without the text. The

story should be conveyed through the illustrations and spark as well as hold the interest of the child,” Manley said. This aspect of children’s litetature has been popular with some of Manley’s current students. “The different methods of doing art in the books is really interesting. This class has gotten me to look at the pictures more,” Taylor Adkins, Hutchinson, said. Others also agree that the art aspect is interesting.

“I like learning about all the types of mediums used to make the pictures,” Madeline Shroyer, Buhler, said. Illustrations are important because picture books are often aimed at children who cannot yet read or are still learning and the pictures enable the child to understand the story without being able to read the text. Illustrations are also regarded as their own art form and have their own medal awarded every year for the best illustrations in a children’s book. The Caldecott Medal is a prestigious award for such excellence, and is sought after by many artists. Art majors might be interested in taking this class just as an outlet for their creative talents. Creativity is not the only requirement for this class. There is only one class that is a prerequisite for Children’s Literature, and that is English Composition 1. Other classes are not required but could prove useful, such as Creative Writing or Psychology. The class also recognizes the influence that technology has on the genre, including computer technology.Things like CDs, DVDs and toys now accompany many children’s books, and movies based on classic children’s stories continue to rise in popularity. “The use of computer technology in creating illustrations and the recent revival of children’s literature in movies can be seen in the genre. For example, ‘Where The Wild Things Are,’ and ‘The Tale of Desperaux’ are both movies

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that recently came out based on children’s books,” Manley said. Despite the genre’s current popularity in cinema, there are some challenges if you want to make it a career. Some of the difficulty can lie in collaboration with editors and illustrators, and marketing your idea. Unless the author of the book is also the illustrator, most writers do not know what the illustrations will look like until the book is published, which can be a challenge for many. “It is also difficult to produce a quality children’s book that is original AND fun,” Manley said. Students who take the class have an opportunity to find out just how hard or easy it is to create a children’s book as the course allows students to make their very own book. Although the project may vary from class to class, the basic idea is to write, illustrate, or combine both, and create a hardback book that students keep. There are other reasons to take the class even if you don’t want to become a professional in the world of children’s literature. Certain majors like elementary education require the class for graduation. No matter what the reason, Children’s Literature is one way to learn about the history and future of the genre. The class offers students a way to discover just why books like Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” is just as good as an adult, if not better.

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School. It is an important word to some people but to others it is considered a waste of time and money. School is an important factor in where students want to go in life, or who they want to become. Going to school is not the only important decision students make, along with how much time they want to work. Whether they choose to work full-time and go to school part-time or they choose to be a full-time student with a part-time job, knowing how to manage time can make a huge impact. Doing both school and work is never an easy task and some can find the pressure to be too much. Connor Bomgardner, Hutchinson,

works a part-time job while attending classes everyday. “I like my job, some days, it is difficult to go to school and then work, knowing I will have to do my homework when I get home. It is just part of life,” Bomgardner said. Though most college students would prefer not to work and go to school, the factors in life such as car payments, rent, utilities and other bills make having a job an essential part of living. One of the downfalls of working a job is the consumption of your time, which could possibly be used to study for classes. “Working takes study time away from school but then it gives you money to pay stuff off like phone

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bills, cable bills, any apartment bills, and pay for food,” James Vieyra, Hutchinson, said. Learning to use time appropriately and avoid simple distractions such as television, Facebook, computer games and other video games is the key to managing life. “I could always manage my time better. Sometimes it does get really tough to stay focused when I am at home, but when I go to the library, I can manage my time much better with fewer distractions,” Bomgardner said. One common denominator between school and work is money. The choice is whether a student works to make money for the moment or chooses to continue their education to get a more qualified job and make more money in the long run. School is a choice after all, but which comes first school or work? “I’d choose school because once I’m done with school I could look for a good job,” Vieyra said. There are many different ways of balancing and managing your time between school and work, such as weekly planners, calendars, phones and some people are able

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kyle severin Working at Central Bank and Trust on 30th street, Laurell Mailloux, Hutchinson, talks to a customer before sending out the receipt. She worked as an office aid for the football team. James Vieyra, Hutchinson, stocks food in the freezer section at Dillions on Main Street in Hutchinson for his part-time job. He worked 20-30 hours a week during the semester.

to remember everything in their head. “I go off my weekly schedule with school and football office schedule and put study time in where I can,” Laurell Mailloux, Hutchinson, said. Mailloux works for the HCC football team in the office as well as working part-time at the bank. No matter the person, nobody manages their time the exact same way. “I use my phone, I like using this compared to an agenda, because I will always have my phone with me and can keep all my quizzes

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and test organized in my phone’s calendar,” Bomgardner said. Keeping organized and managing time is one factor, however, the choice of job and how well that employer wants to work with students and their schedules can make a major difference. “My employer is awesome when it comes to my classes and working. A benefit that I have is that I have worked at this job for the past three years and they have allowed me to make my own schedule,” Bomgardner said. “I myself like to work around 15 hours, I have heard of people working full time and coming to school, although it is not recommended.” Working and going to school can be accomplished if done right by students who manage their time wisely. It requires talking with employers about the number of hours available to work during week days and weekends. Students need to understand that working and going to school takes dedication and requires a full commitment to be successful.

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John Harvey, Hutchinson, explains how to use the tricasters in the control room. Laurie Moody, broadcast and media technology instructor, selected Final Cut Pro as the editing software of choice. In video productions II, Brandon Brewer, Hutchinson, films a live production. Students in the broadcasting program filmed on new HD cameras with SB cards.


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Tyson Davis, McPherson, celebrates with Robert Klein, Sterling, after a successful film of the HCC news show. It required teamwork for a production to properly come together.

Lights, Camera, Action Alan Benander, Hutchinson; Randy Goertz, South Hutchinson; and Josh Burnett, Scott City, joke together to calm their nerves before shooting the HCC news show. Students involved with the show did not have a practice session before they filmed the real deal.

From the press box to the sidelines and stands, the Media and Broadcasting program is hard at work in the studio as well as during every home football game. Laurie Moody, broadcast technology coordinator, has her own play-by-play crew made entirely of students. They set up, run the electronic video board at Gowans Stadium, broadcast game commentary via radio, and capture all the action on the field. Aside from videotaping sports events, students in the program work on many productions throughout the year. “We do weekly shows. We produce the HCC News Show and The HCC Experience, which is the interview show with Dr. Berger. This year we have also worked on a live streaming preshow project at the Kansas State Fair,” Moody said. Students obtain skills needed to produce shows through a number of courses the program offers. Video productions I and II covers all the basics from camera operations, to lighting, to audio, and studio productions. In the script writing class, students learn how to write scripts for commercials, documentaries, and even short screenplays. The program offers three lab classes including the broadcast news lab, broadcast

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practicum lab, and the radio lab where students work on shows. “Every year we pick a nonprofit agency and produce a video for them. This year we have done one for Interfaith Housing and Big Brothers/Big Sisters,” Moody said. Another aspect of the program is that students get to learn all positions in the newsroom. They have tryouts to pick the news anchors and then they take turns each week being the producer, technical director, camera operators, and co-directors. This rotation demonstrates how vital good communication skills are on and off the camera. "My favorite position is the producer because I like getting to put everything together and assigning the things to do," John Harvey, Hutchinson, said. "Our program is not just for radio and TV," said Moody. "Corporations and businesses need media people also. A lot of our students get to go work for advertising agencies and video production companies." Students in this program get the opportunity to influence other people with their ideas and creative skills. The exposure from a traditional newsroom to the football sidelines prepares students for what they will face in their future career.

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earning to ive

Dorms students learn how to make it work with roommates, how to remain safe on campus, and make the space their own

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Safety on Campus Students reveal how safe they feel living in the dorms and on campus

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Only one third of the dorm students know who they would like to live with before they arrive to school. “When two people are best friends come to me and want to

It was completely nerve racking. We had totally different backgrounds,

live together we encourage them not to and offer to put them on the same hall or make them neighbors,” Dana Hinshaw, director of residence life and student activities, said. Even though it is not encouraged, several friends make it work and are able to keep their friendships intact.

Do you feel comfortable walking alone in the dark?


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oving away from home and into the dorms is a huge adjustment for most students. Going from a household of four or five to a building with 516 others is a giant change. “Having to supply my own food, fending for myself mainly on everything and not having anyone there to help me,” Dustin Lies, Andale, said. Not only do students have to adjust to sharing space with a huge number of other students but also living in a small room with another person. For two thirds of students that person is a complete stranger. “It was completely nerve racking. We had totally different backgrounds,” Jerrica Fitzgerald, Ellsworth, said.




On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) how safe do you feel on campus?

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“It’s great, we don’t have any problems and we have been friends since we were little so it just works,” Du’Von Millsap, Atlanta, Ga., said. Not only do friends request to live together but so do some siblings. Brandon and Garret Douglas, Wichita, are one set of twins living in the dorms. “We shared a room at home so it is not that different. The major difference than a random person is that we are the best of roommates. It helps that we are twins and know each other’s moods and when to stop pushing each others buttons,” Garret Douglas said. Students go on a journey to find themselves and figure out who they are going to be. Leaving the nest made students face adjustments and learn to live.

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Tad Ramage, Little River, hangs out with Du’Von Millsap, Alanta, Ga., in the Kent South lobby. Many students relax, hang out, and watch TV in the many lobbies.

Keeping the Peace

Pointers from students who adjusted to living with a roommate


aving to share a small space with a stranger can be a tough adjustment and roommate troubles only make it harder for both people. Learning another personality and how they live is all part of

Henry Schmedemann, Hutchinson, plays ping pong in the lobby of Kent South. At almost any time of the day students are always playing ping pong.

“Put your own needs aside, its hard if you haven’t lived with someone previously, it is a give and take relationship, if you befriend them make sure you have separation time,” - Jerrica Fitzgerald

Mad Libs Dorm Edition The perfect roommate would be a person who is out going, who is a morning person, keeps their side of the room lived in, listens to country music, and is a movie


1• outgoing 83.8%4 • rap/ hip hop 22.5% • loaner 10.8% • jazz 6.1% • party animal 4.9% • show tones 3.0% • not answered 0.5% • alternative 28.8% • country 37.5% 2 • morning person 41.5%

• night owl 26.2% • both 4.9% • not answered .05%

3 • spotless 27.2%

• lived in 71.4% • messy 0.9% • not answered 2.1%

making the most out of living together. “It is a huge respect thing and being willing to compromise with each other,” Rekeisha Cushinberry, Hutchinson, said. Around seven groups of people have had a roommate change during the course of the semester as of November. Being able to make changes to one’s lifestyle to create a positive atmosphere is extremely important and is part of being a good roommate.


“When you know their mad keep your distance and if you’re having problems just get to know your roommate,”

- Qua Shawn Simpson Kansas City

• not answered 2.1%

5 • movie fanatic 36.1% • huge sports fan 34.0% • artist 12.4% • musician 12.9% • theater participant 2.8%

“Staying open minded, just being able to celebrate who that person is,”

- Dana Hinshaw

Director of residence life and student activities

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Typically around eighty sophomores apply for the Resident Assistant position and out of those only twenty-five students are chosen. With the perk of a free room and half a meal plan paid for comes much responsibility. • Supervise hall • Conduct hall meetings • Plan activities such as the room mate game and dances • On weekend duty once a week • Supervise front desk • Weekly group meetings • Dealing with roommate issues in the hall

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Overflowing dorms creates challenge for the college


ver the last two years a great rise in the number of students wanting to reside in the dorms has caused the need for more living space. Ken t an d Eland Hall hold a total of 456 students and still need more space. The college made an arrangement with the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center to create space for 60 more students. Each room in the hotel held three students and was accommodated with a microwave and mini-fridge, TV and three twin size beds as well as a full bathroom. Dana Hinshaw, director of residence life and student activities, relates the decline in the economy to more students picking the community college route as a more cost efficient choice compared to a four year institution. When the dorms filled up students were given the option to find an apartment or live in the hotel. “For those students who wanted to live in the resident hall we tried to find the next closest thing which was the hotel that gives them some sense of community

like they would get in the dorms,” Hinshaw said. Students who lived in the hotel were still responsible for meeting all of the requirements and followed the rules of any other regular dorm student. “I think it feels like a real dorm with all of the people,” Joe Gingraux, Wichita, said. Being offcampus caused these students to find a way to campus everyday for meals and class. “I love it, I get to drive my car but when winter comes it might be a hassle,” Desmond Crawford, Ala., said. As the semester continued and there were openings in the dorms, 39 students out of the original 60 were moved over to a traditional dorm room as of November 23. “Major differences are that the hotel has the pool, rooms came with TV and own bathroom. But if I had to pick, over here (dorms) is better because of all the people and all the things going on,” Airies Browning, Moore, Okla., said.

we tried to find the next closest thing which was the hotel that gives them some since of community,

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I think it feels like a real dorm with all of the people,

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“My favorite part of being a R.A. is meeting all of the new people. I was really excited when my hall won the roommate game,”

Garrett Haney, Salina, watches football in his room. Haney and his roommate shared his large TV.

Makingit your Own Moving away from home and transitioning into the college life can be easy to do. A cement block room can be made into a home with a touch of colorful bedding and rugs that make all the difference. Many students decorated with pictures, found organizers, and crafty ways to create more space.

Charlotte Coggins, Greensberg, built a set of cabinets to create more space in her small room. Coggins lived in one of the single rooms.

Nicole Appel, Rose Hill, shows off her room. Over the course of the first semester Appel and her roommate Christina Meyer, Rose Hill, rearranged their room six times.

Airies Browning, Moore, Okla., hangs up his hats in his room with tacks. Browning originally lived in the hotel and has since then been moved over.

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Students pose outside Venue 301 after playing an intense game at MANNA. Students who participated in MANNA didn’t have to be members of Venue 301. Photo courtesy of Venue 301 Staff

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What Religions Make Up Hutchinson Community College Students? 10 20 30 40 427




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Participants visit and have fellowship at MANNA. Venue 301 held MANNA ever y Monday night. Photo courtesy of Venue 301 Staff

Jonathan Schmucker, Hutchinson; Terrasel Yoder, Haven; and Garret Todd, youth pastor, enjoy some food. Club Dragon provided food, games and entertainment for college students to gather for fellowship. Photo by Rachel Willbanks

Schmucker tickles Taia Baker, Hutchinson, during a movie at Club Dragon. Eastwood Church of Christ held Club Dragon every Monday night. Photo by Rachel Willbanks

Religion is a subject that people talk about around the world. College students relate and come together. There were several opportunities that local churches around town had to offer to students. “Club Dragon is every Monday night and we just watch movies and play games and eat junk food,” Terrasel Yoder, Haven, said. Club Dragon started at 8 p.m. on Monday nights, following the Dragon Feed at 6 p.m. at the Eastwood Church of Christ. It’s an opportunity for college students to get together and do homework, hangout, and have fellowship. Another place where students could get together was MANNA at the Venue 301. MANNA met every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. so students could play games, sing praise and it also provided a place for fellowship. The Dragon’s Tale staff conducted an online survey in the fall semester with 427 students responding. Twenty five percent of students also attended church regularly on Sundays. “I just attend like other people do during the week or on Sundays,” Jake Durham, Sterling, said. Fifty one percent of students had other obligations that kept them from making it to church. “I try every Sunday, but now that I work, I don’t always get every Sunday off,” Ethan Dowell, Dighton, said.

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Dowell attended a church in his hometown. “I haven’t been to church in years,” Kat Saunders, Hutchinson, said. “I used to go to St.Teresa’s, and I also used to go to the Kingdom Hall thing because my grandma is a Jehovah’s Witness.” Thirty five percent of students didn’t make an effort to attend at all. “I’m not affiliated with any religion, and I don’t attend church. The only time I go is to see my high school music teacher preach,” Shannon Nye, Stafford, said. A lot of students that previously attended church didn’t take the time anymore. “I never go anymore, but I used to,” Caleb Miller, Nickerson, said. Even though many students didn’t attend they still discussed religion with family and friends. “My parents go most Sundays. Me and some friends will discuss things from the bible every once in a while, mostly about revelations,” Miller said. Some students that didn’t attend church still prayed on a daily basis. “I pray every night and during the day in times that I really need to just talk to God about whatever, whether it be encouragement, safety, for someone else, or anything like that,” Dowell said. Even though not all students can make it to church, there are several local opportunities for students to keep the faith.

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Online Books v.s. Hardcopy Books


Books lay around and may become lost while students are overwhelmed with homework from different classes. Some may also become damaged.


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tudents carry an average of three books around per day. Books become a hassle to some as they can become overwhelming according to many current students. “With online textbooks you don’t have to worry about carrying around three or four books, just a laptop or text reader,” Larry Young, Hutchinson, said. Most textbooks weigh two to seven pounds, therefore, the average book bag weighs approximately fourteen pounds, not including notebooks, pencils, and other supplies. Fourteen pounds does not sound like a lot but when it is unnecessary people consider the alternative. The alternative is carrying around one laptop or text reader, it is lighter weight, and is multiple textbooks all in one. There are both advantages and disadvantages with online textbooks. “Personally, I would like to have a hard copy of my books so I wouldn’t have to worry about

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my computer getting broke,” Jake Reffner, Hutchinson, said. Though book bags made specifically for laptops reduce the chances of a broken laptop, they do not fully protect them. “I kind of like the idea of online textbooks for the fact that you can’t rip out the pages or damage the book, and be held liable,” Mason Story, Hutchinson, said. The safety of the books or laptop is the owner’s responsibility. With the current technology, online textbooks will help bring the instructor’s strategies of teaching more up-to-date with their students. As teaching is progressively becoming more technology-based, with the use of computers, clickers, PowerPoints, and online schooling and testing, online textbooks would be the next step toward advancement. The cost of books per semester per student is usually anywhere from $150-400. For those who do not own a laptop, nor can afford

One simple laptop open is about as tall as a student’s books stacked. This portrayed the difference between the two.

Q: Do you think online textbooks would be a good or bad idea? Jake Reffner, Hutchinson, favors traditional textbooks. He researched eReaders to review their capabilities.

one, there are alternatives. Most schools don’t provide laptops for the students, but there are other devices made for text reading. These products include PDA’s, Netbooks, or the favored Kindle, depending on what the student prefers, these can cost less than the books, possibly half the price. Instead of book scholarships, schools could possibly offer text readers such as the Kindle, or offer the books free, via online. With online textbooks, they would still have to purchase but at a much lower price. “I still have my book receipt but I don’t like having to keep track of it because if I were to accidentally lose it, I would then have to purchase all of my books regardless,” James Vieyra, Hutchinson, said. With online textbooks, receipts would be recorded online and students wouldn’t have to worry about keeping track of them.

A: Good 29.7%

B: Bad 22%

C: Both 47.3%

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The amount of students who keep their books after school is a low percentage. Most who do keep their books are those who lost their receipt. “ I haven’t decided if I am going to keep any of my books or not, if I do, I would probably only keep my A&P book and my medical terminology book,” Story said. Everyone has a different learning style, which lends to different sources of the same information through traditional textbooks or the latest technology.

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Book Reciepts:

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To Cash Back For Books

What’s new with HCC’s book buyback policy, and why that little yellow reciept is your ticket to the most cash back for your used books. Cash back! Students looking for extra money can get more cash back for their books by having their receipt handy when they return them to the bookstore. Anita Lawrenz, campus store manager, explained book buyback policies and how book receipts are important if students want to get the most cash back. “We have been using this type of refund/return policy for years. It is updated on a yearly basis, the last update was done on July 2010,” Lawrenz said. “The only difference this year is the buyback policy. With our receipt your refund will be higher.” It’s always been a good idea to have a receipt when returning books, but this year the buyback price will be higher, which means more cash back when returning books with a receipt. There are some other ways, however, to maximize your return.

“If your book is clean, not a lot of highlighting, no missing pages, and no water damage, the higher the buyback price, only if the book is being used again,” Lawrenz said. Other tips include making sure all components accompany the books, like any CDs DVDs or workbooks that came with the textbook. These tips can help students’ chances of getting the most cash back, but nothing is ever a sure deal, and book returns are no exception. “There is no guarantee that we will buyback all of the books that have been sold…sometimes we have an abundance of books already on hand, we have gone to a new updated edition of a book,” Lawrenz said.

Looking at accounting books Chelcee Owens, Plevna, anticipates her spring courses. Ownes recieved a book scholarship that paid for her semester books. Photo by Staff


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It may be easy to be discouraged by this, but showing up at the beginning of the buyback week as opposed to the end can make the chance of getting cash back for books even better. These same rules and tips also apply to online and distance education students. “The students have received the refund/return policy just like everyone else. Many of the online and distance education students have purchased their books by calling and ordering [them]. A receipt would have accompanied the order,” Lawrenz said. Book scholarships are the only exception to the buyback policy. These students do not own their books, and therefore cannot sell them at buyback time. However,

Where is The Cheaper Place to Buy Books?

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Somewhere else


Amber Crick, Medicin e Lodge, talks to Anita Lawrenz, bookstore manager, about the supply of books on the shelves. Bookstore staff stocked shelves multiple times throughout the year. Photo by Chris Bates

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this does not bother some students on scholarships, and they are just glad to be getting books at no cost to them. “The reciept policy does not really effect me much. I just put the reciept in a safe place,” Adam Potter, Hutchinson, said. Potter had no problem keeping his reciept, and thinks it is an understandable rule. “The policy seems completly reasonable to me,” Potter said. Book scholarship students like Potter follow the reciept policy, but also follow slightly different rules when it comes to returning books.

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“The scholarship students should not be getting any cash back for any of the books that went on their scholarship, these books are the property of the campus store and have been loaned to the student for the semester,” Lawrenz said. There is one thing all students need to remember before heading to the bookstore; nothing is ever set in stone, and the policy is no exception. “The campus store reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary,”Lawrenz said.

Researching items at the bookstore,Adam Potter, Hutchinson, talks to the store clerk. Potter checked for the best prices before he purchased them. Photo by Staff

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Fun or school, the decision may have an effect on grades or a student’s overall mood for a class. Choose fun and have a better chance of experiencing the full potential of college activities. Choose school and a student will focus on studies to earn a degree. Could both fun and school ever coexist, or will they always be complete opposites of each other? “I think school and fun can work together, but the teachers have to know how to keep everyone in the class interested in what they are teaching, not just talk the whole

class,” Kristen Vieyra, Buhler, said. Many students will decide whether they like a certain course in the first couple of classes usually by simple factors, such as their friends being in the class with them, the scheduled class time and the course instructor for the class. All of these factors can be the difference between a class being perceived as fun and enjoyable, rather than a class of textbooks, readings and long lectures that sets the scene for a long semester of class. “A class is enjoyable if I find the

homework and reading personally intriguing, also if I learn interesting facts I didn’t know before,” Matt Klenda, Hutchinson, said. The way an instructor decides to teach class can also have a major impact on the learning ability of the student. Since each student is different and needs to learn in their own special way, there are multiple ways of teaching that makes a class more likely to have students retain the information from what’s being taught. These teaching strategies can also help the class become more enjoyable

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from the students view. “Personally I prefer the teacher use group discussions and group activities to teach the class, rather than quizzes, and a teacher just lecturing,” Vieyra said. Common teaching styles consist of teachers using a combination of PowerPoint, lectures, group assignments, discussion, and some are resorting to online homework. The main reason for combining all the many features is to try to connect with students better. “I think combining teaching ways helps me learn in more ways than a monotone teacher just lecturing,” Connor Bomgardner, Hutchinson, said. Many students decide to take a class to try and learn something about their career choice or field. However, every student will have to take a certain number of general electives that are not always the fun classes, but there are alternatives and more fun classes. One of these classes is Scott Brown’s typography class. The class is scheduled on Monday,

Erin Cota ,Nickerson; Charitey Stuart,Hutchinson; Terrasel Yoder, Haven; Scott Brown, art instructor; Charolette Coggins, Greensburg; and Ashley Wood,Hutchinson, gather around the computer to critique a project for typography class. The students created their own typeface during the semester.

Wednesday, and Friday every week and is a two-hour class. The class taught students how to use type to convey an overall theme or message. One of the many types of teaching strategies used in the class is a group critique. The class moved from computer to computer and critiqued each student’s work on what sticks out or doesn’t look right, what could be done to make the project better and what looks good about the project. Overall, the decision of whether or not a class will be fun is ultimately up to the student and the attitude of the student for the class. Eric Leonard, Hutchinson, texts his answer to the daily text poll in Kathy Decker’s small business management class. The class participated in discussions using this technology.

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Fire science instructor, Brian Finan’s firefighter II class takes a break from training. Fire stations hired in groups, which demanded teamwork as a big part of being a firefighter.

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All Geared Up Personal integrity, honesty, good work ethic, fitness, desire to help. These are a few qualities that come to mind when thinking of the American firefighter. These are also the qualities that are being trained in the young firefighters at the college’s south campus fire academy. The students go through a number of strenuous training procedures to get them prepared to save peoples lives as a career. Some of the training they are required to master includes ladder usage, hose and nozzles, water stream patterns, fire behavior, forcible entry, vehicle excavation, hazardous materials, and search and rescue. “I love it all, but my favorite is the 60 second drill where we have to change from our street clothes to our bunker gear in less than a minute. It helps me get used to how fast you have to do it for a real fire,” Cody Harbert, Larned, said. The firefighter’s bunker gear consists of a helmet, hood, insulated coat and pants, boots, and gloves. The full bunker gear for one firefighter costs around $4,000, with the insulated coat and pants costing about $1,000 alone. Being so expensive, the academy provides equipment to the full-time degree-seeking students. The students are required to buy


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their own hood and gloves for sanitary reasons. Students in the fire program also practice special training for forest fires. “We are the only college in the state that is federally allowed to teach the wildland fire safety course. If students take that course and pass the fitness test, then they are eligible to apply for their Red Card, which is their license to operate on a team,” Bobby White, fire science coordinator, said. Students can then apply for federal agencies that respond to forest fires. The fire science program also requires students to be trained and pass the EMT certification course to earn their degree. “It’s a tough course but very rewarding since nearly every fire station already requires it for hire,” Kody Greathouse, Garfield, said. CPR and first aid is also a requirement to be certified at the firefighter I level. With about 80 new freshmen, 140 full-time students, and 20 faculty members, the fire science program is among the best. Even after putting their own life own the line to rescue other people, firefighters do not consider themselves heroes, they simply see it as just their duty.

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After draining the water, Corey Lies, Mount Hope, carries a fire hose. Proper hose maintenance was one duty students performed in preparation to operate a smooth fire station.

In full bunker gear, Kody Greathouse, Garfield, demonstrates how to properly use a fire extinguisher. A normal firefighter weekend course used about 80,000 gallons of water. Andrew Pauly, Viola, inserts his oxygen tank into his SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus). Most oxygen tanks provided a firefighter with only around 20-35 minutes to be inside a burning building.

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hile attractions are limited in Kansas, most students want to get away and go on vacation. Most college students do not have a lot of money to spend freely, but road trips are a possibility. The Dragon’s Tale staff conducted an online survey in the fall semester with 427 students responding. Summer was the most popular time for a vacation, with over 65 percent of students stating that they go on vacation during the summer whenever possible. “My friends and I go on road trips whenever we can, and as much as we can,” Christy Reese, Hutchinson, said. Road trips with friends seem to be the popular choice to get away and have fun and experience new things. On a road trip many things Jake Reffner, Hutchinson, packs for a trip with friends to Texas. With a full car, they planned on a weekend of fun.

that can happen, things that normally would not occur. “Probably the most weird thing I saw while on a road trip was in California when a homeless man dug out and began eating the rest of my meal that I had thrown in the garbage,” Reese said. Fifty-four percent of students prefer to travel by car. “I like to travel by car because it can be really fun, rather than on a plane where you have to stay seated and be quiet,” Adam Chastain, Hutchinson, said. “There are two must-haves on a road trip though, that being food, and music, especially music.” While students have busy lives most go on vacation during the weekend and stay at the location about three to four days. On a day-to-day basis, students manage school, work, family life, and their future. A road trip is one way to help lower stress levels. “I choose to go on road trips and vacation to have fun and experi-

Students see nothing but the open road ahead as they take a road trip to get away.


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Mason Story, Hutchinson, and his brother carry their bags to their vehicle. They prepared to drive to Colorado forThanksgiving break to visit family.

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ence new things,� Chastain said. Colorado was voted to be the most desired place to visit, with California being second within the United States. Outside of the United States, Europe was the most desired destination for students. Road trips are also a good way to meet new people, as well as experience new things. Hutchinson, Kan., has a limited amount of sights and entertainment. Road trips give students a way to get away and have fun and experience life. When going on road trips, it is important to make sure plenty of money is at hand, a trust-worthy vehicle, possibly a medical kit, food, and a plan. Many students recommend road trips. “They just let you get away from stress, have fun and do something crazy,� Reese said.

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Half-time shows, homecoming rallies and tournaments brought 19 faces together. The 19 students make up the Dragon Dolls, the college’s dance team. “The Dragon Dolls dance seven hours a week,” Bonnie Neville, Dragon Dolls coach, said. The dancers practiced every Tuesday and Thursday morning and had to be in practice uniform. They also practiced every Tuesday night and performed at home games. “The dance team qualifies as a class by tryout,” Neville said. Students who made the team earned credits and a grade. Cheerleading, on the other hand, was not a class so students didn’t earn either one. The road to becoming a Dragon Doll starts with an audition. Dancers made up their own


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A team picture of the Dragon Dolls in 1984. The dance team grew to have 40 dancers at one time about 15 years ago. Photo courtesy of Dragon Dolls

routine or tried out as a group in the spring. Tryouts required a lot of skill. “They have to be able to catch on fast and most of the girls have background in dance, and some just have natural talent,” Neville said. One-third of the girls on the team were studio dancers, meaning that they have been practicing dance for years in a studio setting. One-third of the Dragon Dolls had experience from their high school dance team or cheer squad. The remaining were just naturally talented in dance. The studio dancers were higher-caliber dancers, so when choreographing the dances, the Dragon Dolls included counts where the more skilled dancers could showcase their ability. Not only did the Dragon Dolls work hard during season, they also

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A team picture of the Dragon Dolls in 2010. The dance team now has 19 dancers because scholarships only allowed for so many. Photo courtesy of Dragon Dolls

participate in collegiate camps during the summer, including Universal Dance Association in Springfield, Mo. “The Dragon Dolls have to work to pay for camp and part of their uniforms,” Neville said. They worked the Sprint tent during the Kansas State Fair and sold cookie dough to raise funds. The dancers were not able to keep their uniforms, pom pons, and bags because they are considered school property. They did get to keep the practice uniforms they bought. Using materials from camp, the captains, lieutenants, or anyone

Now on the team choreographed the dances for each game. “They have 15 performances to choreograph and sometimes previous Dragon Dolls will come in and work a dance,” Neville said. Dragon Dolls performed sidelines for basketball games. During their spring semester, they ended their performances at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournaments, and worked to improve their skill to finish the semester out. “I’m really very pleased with their performances so far,” Neville said.

Lara Lusk, team captain from Derby, discusses a portion o f the dance that needs improvement. Dragon Dolls learned each dance within a week. Photo by Rachel Willbanks Dancers practice routines on the basketball court. The Dragon Dolls performed a total of 15 dances throughout the year. Photo by Rachel Willbanks

The team practices a move called the ripple If one dancer was out of line it threw off the whole ripple. Photo by Rachel Willbanks

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Champions and broken records, share it with everybody, to see all the undefeated 2010 Lady Dragon of the joy that we all have together soccer team finished with a final and seeing how much it means to everyone. Its about winning it record of 21-1. “All of the hard work pays off. for each other not winning it for We are one of the fittest teams in yourself,” Lane said. Staying motivated was not a the conference if not the fittest,” Finola Corley, Telford, England, problem for the team. Keeping focused and pushing each other said. is what kept the team The team was going. known to have one It’s about “Watching the of toughest prac- winning it for each tices on campus. other not wining it players develop as human beings and Sammy Lane, head for yourself, then having the succoach, pushes the girls and expects them to give 100 cess makes it all worth while,” Lane said. percent all the time. After all of the wins and hours “In high school it was more of a social thing for a lot of the of practice the team grew very girls but here it’s your life and close throughout the semester. “Being together 24-7, living in like your job,” Stephanie Franz, the dorms, eating together brought Buhler, said. The hard work at practices lead us all close. Sammy does a great the team to success as the brought job of recruiting not only good players but good people and that home the Region IV title. “It’s more of a relief than makes us want to win even more excitement. When we won region- for each other,” Corley said. Next year Lane expects another als there was a change in the feeling but we could actually enjoy it. It great season. “I expect us to be better again, was very overwhelming,” Corley, the freshman already have a head said. “The winning it (regionals) as a start with a record of 21-1 and team. You put so much time and every year we push to be better effort into it and then getting to than the year before,” Lane said.



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Neosho County 15-0

Dodge City 7-0

Allen County 5-0

Western Nebraska 5-2

There are good and teams great teams but its all about just the enjoyment of being together, the enjoyment of spending all that time together tears of joy tears of sorrow just enjoy it,

Cloud County 1-0

Independence 16-0

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The most memorable moment of the season was... Hesston College 17-0

Northern Oklahoma Tonkawa 8-0

Coffeyville 9-0



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Sammy Lane, head coach, holds up the plaque while celebrating winning regionals. The final score was 1-0 in over time.

This was a new record set for colleges soccer team. “It does not seem like it was that many games as we were in season but now thinking about it just doesn’t seem like it should be over,” Coney said. All four of the girls plan on continuing to play soccer as they move on to other schools. “The education will be harder, soccer just as demanding, and just another place, people, and new adventure,” Corley said. With the last two seasons so strong these sophomores leave a legacy behind for the future teams to follow.

“Breaking the school record in number of goals scored,” Coney said

“Scoring the winning goal against Johnson County,” Randall said.

In the last two seasons the sophomore class has left behind a legacy. The two seasons combined ended with a record of 37-2-1. “When reflecting back there is so much good and then some bad. We did so much but there is still disappointment in that we could have done more,” Franz said. Franz, Caityln Coney, Arlington, Texas, and Nicole Randall, Wichita, all played forty career games during their two seasons.

“The Wyoming trip was so much fun and their was so much bonding that I will never be able to forget it,” Franz said.

Pratt 10-0

Graden City 4-1

Maple Woods 5-0

“Not being able to play the last three games after getting hurt,” Corley said.

Butler 4-2

Northern Oklahoma Tonkawa 8-0

Barton 1-0

Johnson County 1-0

Region VI Games Butler 1-0 (OT)

Garden City 5-1

Cowly 3-1

Barton 4-0

Laramie County 0-1

Western Nebraska 3-1

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2010 SCHEDULE AUGUST 28 Kilgore College (W) 41-10

SEPTEMBER 4 Independence (W) 55-26 11 Air Force Prep (W) 45-3 18 Highland (W) 49-16 25 Bye Week

he Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragons had a record year as they finished 9-2, excluding bowl games. Every player contributed to the season’s success on and off the field. Their success was just as important as their actions and how they represented the team, helmet on or off. To most players, it is more than a game, their life revolved around football even during the offseason. “It’s tough but everybody finds their own way to find balance between football and their personal lives,” Jamal Womble, Sierra Vista, Ariz., said. Between practice, film and weightlifting, players were constantly busy but seemed to pull through, driven by passion for the game.

Angelo Pease, Cairo, Ga.,Rion Rhoades, Heach Coach, Oscar Rodriguez, Associate Head Coach, celebrate after winning Region VI Semifinals game.


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(W) 35-10 (W) 63-0 (W) 27-3 (L) 0-28 (W) 41-0

NOVEMBER 7 Region VI Semifinals Independence (W) 24-17 14 Region VI Championship Butler (L) 0-48


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Darren Myles, New Orleans, La.; Drew Thornton, Overland Park; Anthony Mendoza, Hutchinson; Markus Golden, St. Louis, Mo., celebrate after stopping Independence on a fourth down. The team won the regional game with a score of 24-17.

“I love the game, you make friends and meet people who influence your life more than you could ever know,” Womble said. To the players, the memories and the experiences were almost unforgettable. “My most memorable moment of the season was my 76-yard touchdown against Air Force,” Jake Reffner, Hutchinson, said. For some players their most memorable moment was milestones, for others, team goals. “My most memorable moment was beating Fort Scott because they were the team that knocked us out last year,” Brad Wimer, Hutchinson, said. Players have their own stories, memories and influences. The transition from high school to college proved to be challenging, as there were options and choices that had to be made. “College football is kind of like I thought it would be, there are some things you can’t prepare for

but I have made the adjustment,” Womble said. Many players in any sport rely on superstitions for goodluck. Some of these included listening to a certain artist or band, wearing the same clothes, or what they eat before a game. “I always have to listen to Lyfe Jennings,” Womble said. Many players plan to play at the next level, some do not, and some are in between. “If the option is there to ‘playon’ then I will, but I am just going to wait and see,” Wimer said. Football is a game to some, but for the players, football can change their lives and can turn out to be much more than just a game.

Elliot Alford, Bennettesville, S.C., throws a pass to wide reciever Cordarrelle Patterson, Rock Hill, S.C. The team won against Independence.

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Ben Hensen, Norwich, leads at the sound of the gun in the McPherson Open. Hensen placed 23rd overall with a time of 29:24. Running in the first event of the season, Annelle Chestnut, Clay Center, and Meghan Navarro, Burrton, compete at the WSU Gold Classic. Chestnut ended the race in 43rd place out of 107 runners, with a time of 16:01.


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Nov. 1

2010 Region VI West Cross Country Championship Team Results HCC Men Individual Results Skylar Gutierrez Nic Rogers Blake Stoppel Brandon Massey Ben Henson Kyle Sooter Julio Martinez Bryce Hasenauer James Vieyra Team Results HCC Women Individual Results Annelle Chestnut Susan Brock Julia Rosales Jami Dyer Meghan Navarro Tamara Ketterl Anna Mailloux Schuyler Meitner Alexys Davis Callie Ellwood

5th Place 27 Place 30th Place 32 Place 34 Place 37th Place 39th Place 45th Place 46th Place 47th Place 3rd Place 5th Place 15th Place 16th Place 17th Place 20th Place 21th Place 22nd Place 24th Place 28th Place 29th Place

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2010 NJCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships Team Results HCC Women Individual Results Annelle Chestnut Susan Brock Anne Mailloux Tamara Ketterl Julia Rosales Megan Navarro Jamie Dyer

Jessica Smith, Larned, runs in the Tabor Invitational at Hillsboro. The girls team took 5th place in the meet out of 11 teams with an average time of 24:24. Side-by-side, Brandon Massey, Wichita, and Blake Stoppel, Osage, keep in stride. The boys team took 3rd place at the Friends University Invitational with an average time of 29:10.

29th Place 76th Place 102nd Place 154th Place 157th Place 177th Place 179th Place 206th Place

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The team huddles before a game to rally and support each other. The girls kept a positive attitude throughout the season.

The HCC volleyball coach and sophomore players talk about the game and their lives, and how they handle both.


in or lose, the volleyball team is a group of girls who give their all to the sport and their personal lives. Sarah Myers, head volleyball coach, and the team’s sophomore players discuss volleyball, their goals, and their mottos for success in the game and life. The team’s overall season was full of bumps along the way but they learned a lot and are preparing for a new start next season. Despite the numerous difficulties, they made great strides from the start to the finish of the season. “We’ve come a long way from



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the first game of the year, and we ended the season on a high note,” Myers said. The team came a long way in their skills and abilities with regard to the game, and with each other as well. The team is a tight-knit group of girls that include freshmen and sophomores, and they help each other out both on and off the court. The sophomores especially try to lead the younger players to success and help them feel welcome on the team. “The sophomores have a great relationship with the freshman,” Myers said.

The younger players may look up to the sophomores, but they all look up to the coach, who has some advice for the girls as they look to the future and ponder their roles in the sport as well as life. “I tell my girls all the time, ‘Be the change you wish to see.’ This is a great piece of advice for both life and the game,” Myers said. The sophomore players will have plenty of time to put this motto into practice as they think about and pursue their lives outside the sport. The girls have a wide variety of career goals and interests as they look beyond college and decide what they will do after graduation. Stephanie

Zubek, Hutchinson, is looking to major in Business Administration; Lindsay Dusin, Phillipsburg, will be continuing her education in the field of Pharmacology, and Haley LeBlanc is hoping to attend Washburn University when she graduates. This only goes to show that volleyball players are not just interested in the sport, but also have outside goals just like everyone else.They also have hobbies outside of practice and games, with just as wide a variety as their majors. “I like to eat a lot. It’s one of our favorite things to do,” Whitney Miller, Hutchinson, said. Besides eating, they also enjoy

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Sarah Myers, head coach, talks to the players about the game. The team lost the match but worked hard to improve their game.

each other’s company. “We hang out with each other a lot outside of practice,” Dusin said. When they’re not hanging out or practicing for games, they’re just trying to live their lives and plan for the future like anyone else. And just like their coach, they too, have some advice that can be applied to more than just the game. “Work hard and stay focused, no matter what,” LeBlanc said. Dusin has another piece of advice. “Always at least try to be a good leader,” Dusin said. Advice to play by on the court, and live by off the court.

Preparing to dig the ball, Whitney Miller, Hutchinson, covers her teammates. Miller was one of four sophomore players on the team this season.

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Fall 2010 Dragon's Tale Magazine  

Hutchinson Community College's student magazine published in Fall 2010.

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