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200,000 students began to flock to the Daytona scene year after year… Today, spring break has migrated to several destinations across the United States and even south of the border. But Florida still stands out as the number one place to travel to – specifically Panama City Beach, which has become widely regarded as the spring break capital of the world. Hosting more than half a million students each year, this world famous beach destination has been the king of spring break for over 15 years now. Reality check. Most students don’t have the kind of money it takes to go on vacations because not only are there

expenses in terms of flights, hotels, food and shopping, but there is also the added expenses associated with resorts. Sophomore Sandra Contreras said, “During my spring break, I will be babysitting my little brother and sister since they will be on spring break too. I wish I was going on vacation. It is too expensive to travel though.” Also, many people opt to stay at home, be lazy, enjoy time with family and friends, and catch up on things that they haven’t been able to do because of school, such as sleep. There is also work, which can hinder travel plans. see SPRING BREAK pg. 5

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Bob Larson, GCCC Director of Athletics, doesn’t really care for the spotlight. He prefers to reflect it onto others. “The reason they put those shiny things around lights is so they reflect that light. So you reflect that light that comes to you and it makes everybody look better... because if you absorb all the light, what’s the point,” he said. “And get it away from me, because it’s not me. I’m just blessed to be in a good spot.” While he was also both pleasantly surprised and humbled, this was Larson’s response to getting inducted into the inaugural class of the Pratt Community College Hall of Fame on Saturday. Larson graduated from Wichita West High School and went onto attend Pratt Community College where he participated in football and wrestling. After attending Colorado State University, he began coaching football at Banner County High School in Harrisburg, Nebr. and then served as a graduate assistant at Western Illinois University. Larson eventually returned to Pratt Community College to serve on the football staff. Since that time, he has coached at many different community colleges, Idaho State University before landing in Garden City.

Pell grants used by one-third of GCCC students EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a two part series covering the college’s reaction to President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget, which will pump an estimated $8 billion into community college education.

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Spring break is a great time to get away from it all. Students are nearly done with the school year and it is time to take a break from all the hard work. Many plan trips to the beach or the big city, however, that costs money and if the dough is not rolling in, a vacation is out of the question. When kids are young, parents try to find fun and exciting trips to take as a family, but as one’s age upsurges, priorities change. According to springbreakguide.com, for over 75 years, the college Spring Break getaway has been an American tradition. In 1936, Fort Lauderdale, Florida became the first spring break sun and fun go-to destination, and remained as such for 50 years. When MTV decided to break the mold and film their first spring break special from Daytona Beach in 1986, a new hot spot was established, and up to

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“I hope the Lord takes me before it can be said that I’ve coached at every junior college in the state of Kansas,” he said. “We thought we’d b e h e re a couple of years and then move on and that was 18 years ago.” In 2007, Larson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame as a fooball coach. He is the all time most winning coach at GCCC, taking the 2000 team all the way to the national championship, the Valley of the Sun Bowl, where the Busters lost to Glendale, Ariz. Despite the success of having a runner JESUS LOZOYA | SILHOUETTE up team at nationals, GCCC Athletic Director Bob Larson, at a spring 2010 Board of Trustees Larson refuses to meeting. take all of the credit. “It wasn’t me. For now is at Baylor. Jeff Leiker...went onto crying out loud, we had six coaches that have a great career himself at Coffeyville worked their asses off. We had a great staff and now he’s the athletic director at there. and very good players. I mean look at it. Brian Hill who’s at the high school doing a You got Frank Bean, who’s still here… great job. It would be pretty hard to look James Shibest who left here and went to bad with those kind of people around you. Arkansas and Ole Miss, Jim Gush who left here and went to KSU and SMU and see LARSON pg. 2

Pell grants provide the opportunity for approximately one-third of GCCC students to attend. Services provided by the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), a program which for some, can mean the difference between succeeding or dropping out of college, are utilized by approximately 200 GCCC students. Together, Pell grants and SSS services currently support close to 1,500 students, including 630 sixth- through 12thgraders who participate in SSS’ Educational Talent Search (ETS) program, 200 GCCC students who participate in TRIO and 745 unduplicated GCCC students who receive Pell grants. President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget, which he submitted to Congress on Feb. 13, aims to increase the Pell grant by $85 per year and to maintain level funding for TRIO and Gear-Up Programs. 905 (one-third) of GCCC students utilized Pell grants during the 2010-2011 academic year and so far, 745 students are utilizing the grants for the 2011-2012 academic year. Obama’s budget aims to increase those grants from the current 5,550 to $5,635. GCCC’s Director of Financial Aid Kathy Blau said that every little bit helps. “Raising the Pell grant is going to help everybody because things are going up. Room, board, gas, tuition, fees - everything is going up. Even if it’s only $85 because it will actually help us more here relative to a university because it will go further here,” Blau said. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, a Federal Pell grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid and the amount awarded depends on financial need, costs to attend college, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend college for a full academic year or less. Blau said recent limits placed on the grant, in terms of student eligibility, have drastically affected the number of recipients receiving the full Pell grant. Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which determines how much a particular student is responsible for see PELL pg. 2

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Washington, D.C. Involvement: Basketball Hobbies: Reading, Listening to Music Food: Spaghetti Movie: “Through the Fire” Color: Purple Song: House Party by Neekmillz Subject: Social Studies & History Book: Two Can Play the Game Interesting fact: I want to be a ballerina. Instructor: Eugenia Eberhart Something no one knows: I am very fright of peas. Do you know someone you think everyone else should know? Email your recommendation to silhouette@gcccks. edu and watch for that person to be featured.


2 | NEWS SAVE THE DATE Today, Mar 8: 11:35 a.m. We Can Make You Laugh Comedy Show (Cafeteria) Mar 9: Rodeo at Ft. Scott CC Mar 10: Rodeo at Ft. Scott CC Mar 11: Rodeo at Ft. Scott CC Mar 12: Spring Break begins- No Classes Mar 13-18: Spring Break- No Classes Mar 19: Classes Resume Mar 22: 7:30 p.m. Student Activities Call of Duty Tournament (BTSC) Mar 27: Student Activities Air Hockey Tournament (BTSC) Mar 29: 11:30-4:30 p.m. SGA Free T-Shirt Show (BTSC) Apr 1: 6:30 p.m. Student Activities Egg Decorating Contest (BTSC Portico) Apr 3: 7:30 p.m. Student Activities Ping Pong Tournament (BTSC) Apr 6-9: Easter Break- No Classes Apr 10: Classes Resume Apr 12: Rodeo at Southwestern Oklahoma State 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m.- SGA BowlMania at Hard Rock lanes Apr 13: Rodeo at Southwestern Oklahoma State 6 p.m. 34th Annual GCCC Endowment Association Scholarhip Auction Apr 14: Rodeo at Southwestern Oklahoma State Apr 19: 11-2 p.m. SGA Earth Day Celebration & Tobacco Free Campus Event 4 p.m. Intramural 3-0n-3 Basketball Tourney (BTSC) Apr 20: Rodeo at Ft. Hayes State Apr 21: Rodeo at Ft. Hayes State Apr 22: Rodeo at Ft. Hayes State Apr 23: Fall Enrollment begins Apr 24: 7:30 p.m. Student Activities Pool Tournament (BTSC) Apr 26: Rodeo at Panhandle State 7:30 p.m. “Man of La Mancha” (JOYC Auditorium)

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To the untrained ear, the Kenneth Henderson jazz band’s rendition of The Pink Panther sounded flawless, especially considering the band members’ ages. However, as with anything, there is always room for improvement. Wichita State University Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz, Robert Young, helped jazz students from Garden City High School, Kenneth Henderson and Abe Hubert middle schools on Monday, in the auditorium of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts building. Young, who is a saxophone player, is the guest artist at this year’s jazz festival, hosted by GCCC and the Garden City Telegram. In past years, guest artists have included trumpeter Alan Blaylock and the late Frank Mantooth, a Grammy-nominated Chicago pianist and composer who spent the last years of his life in Garden City. Young is schooled in both chamber music and jazz. He has won several awards and in 2009, he became a semi-finalist in the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York, in which over 500 other musicians, worldwide, compete. As Young went over a portion of The Pink Panther song with the KH students, he asked them to sing the notes rather than play them. “I don’t care about the notes that you sing. I just care about the attitude,” he said. Joseph Lowry, Band Director at Kenneth Henderson, observed as Young gave the students

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Robert Young, award-winning saxophone player and Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz at Wichita State University, helps the Kenneth Henderson jazz band give their rendition of ‘The Pink Panther’ some attitude, Monday in the auditorium of the fine arts building. Young was the guest artist for this year’s jazz festival.

pointers. “I think once they got used to the environment... they settled in and trusted him to help them make those changes to make it more stylistically appropriate,” he said. After the all-day clinics for the students, Young played the alto saxophone on Monday evening with the Garden City All-Star Band.

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The Lord gives us all talents. He gives us all opportunities and if we try to hone in and find what those talents are.” Larson says that he has been blessed by being surrounded by good people and that being inducted into either hall of fame is humbling. “If there would have been a ‘hall of just okay,’ I felt I could have qualified for that,” he said. Larson was selected as one of 22 members of the inaugural class at Pratt and said. One of the other members was Brison Manor, who played from 1977 to 1984 for the Denver Broncos. “He was a defensive tackle who was a freshman when I was a sophomore. He played with the Denver Broncos

when they won the Super Bowl and it was good to see Brison - it’s really humbling to go through something like that.” Larson is like a doting father when talking about the football hallway in the Dennis Perryman Complex, in which he pointed out that the program has had at least one Athletic All American every year since 1959. “That’s kind of a freaky thing. Sometimes it’s only been one but one will work,” he said. Touring the main gym, Larson again beamed with pride at the women’s basketball team. “We have a big game here tomorrow night. Our women’s team is second in the west and it’s the first round of

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within their family, in combination with income- levels have changed and are the main factors in determining a student’s eligibility for the grant. “Last year, the income level to get the full Pell grant was $31,000, they [government] were thinking of raising it to $32,000 and instead they lowered it to $23,000,” she said. Because of this change she said some students who qualified for full Pell grants, will now only be eligible to receive partial Pell grants. This year, the 745 non-duplicated recipients, those students who are taking anywhere from one course to a full-time load and students who may have attended only one semester of the year, received a full or partial Pell grant to assist them. As for the level funding Obama has proposed for the TRIO program and Gear-Up college-preparation courses, GCCC’s Student Support Services and TRIO Director Martha Lisk said she has learned over the years not to read too much into anything that is still in the proposal stage. “Oftentimes, the proposal and what’s actually

appropriated vary, so it may be that the TRIO and Gear-Up programs are level funded, increased, or decreased,” she said. The two TRIO programs at GCCC, both of which are financed through the U.S. Department of Education are SSS, directed by Lisk and ETS, directed by Steven Jones. ETS serves sixth- through 12thgraders, some of which choose to continue their post-secondary education at GCCC, while SSS provides services such as tutoring, study skills, assistance in obtaining financial aid, personal, academic and career counseling to qualifying GCCC students. To qualify for TRIO services a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident; belong either to a family in which they are the first generation to attend college; belong to a family whose annual income is below a certain amount. According to the U.S. Department of Education website, the annual income limits in every state except Hawaii and Alaska, are $16,755 per year for a one-person

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region six, so if we win that game, we go to the regional championship in Wichita and if we win that, we go to nationals,” he said. At that point, Alaura Sharp, women’s basketball coach was making herself some coffee, and Larson said, “We’re pushing a white out. We want everyone to come [to the game] in white shirts and yell and scream.” As Sharp and Larson discussed freshman forward,Tamara Jones, Larson again beamed with pride. “She was national player of the week. Whoo! That’s pretty impressive because there are alot of junior colleges that play basketball,” he said.

household. As the number of people in the household goes up, the annual income levels increase by increments of $5,940. Students with documented disabilities can also qualify. “They can have any documented disability that has an impact on their ability to do well in school, so whether they use a wheelchair, have diabetes, seizures, are hearing or vision impaired or even have mental health issues anything that has an impact on their ability to do well in school,” Lisk said. She said she hopes that Obama and Congress will recognize how critical programs such as TRIO are. “First of all this bill needs to be passed and then it will need to go to the House and Senate appropriations. I’m hoping the Obama administration, the Senate and the House will understand that these programs are critical to help low-income and first generation students be successful in college and if we’re going to put more money toward people being in college, then we also need to provide them the support.”

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GCCC hosts the jazz festival each year as a way of exposing Southwest Kansas instrumental music students to top jazz figures and offering live performances to the public. “It’s not like you can go into a club here and hear live jazz....it’s really to help the directors and to keep the kids going in jazz,” McAllister said.

HOROSCOPES Aries (March 21- April 19) Looking back on the past will help determine what road you should take this week. Aries, you will have a good week as long as you have friends on your side. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Friends will push you through hardships you will encounter this week. Homework will be piled up to your neck and you will accomplish all of it. Celebrate any way you would like in order to end the week on a good note. Gemini (May 21- June 21) Many ideas will be running through your head this week. Capture a couple and they will go far and help many people. Gemini, your week will be a successful one. Cancer (June 22- July 22) Many things may go wrong this week, Cancer. Keep your head up. Some obstacles you face may have to be dealt with on your own. Leo (July 23- Aug. 22) Emotional situations may get the best of you this week, Leo. To beat these situations, look to peers or family members. Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22) Work may overload you this week but with help, you will complete it. Family and friends will help you celebrate the hard work you did on projects you were assigned. Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) This week will be a good week, Libra. Family and friends will be by your side throughout the week, which will maintain your high spirits.. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Many bad situations will be thrown at you this week, Scorpio, some of which you will fail. Even if you try your hardest, nothing you try will work. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) A gift will be unsuspected but will be the best thing that happens to you this week. Embrace the love that you are given. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Many childhood memories will flood your heart and head this week. Many of the memories will make you nostalgic and wish you could re-live them. Aquarius (Jan. 20 -Feb. 18) A special occasion is coming up and you may wish that you could have someone to celebrate it with, but it will be better if you celebrate on your own. After the lonely celebration, will be the right time to share it with someone you care about. Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 10) You may have plans but have to cancel them. Do not get mad. This cancellation will save you from something bad.


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BUSTER BRIEFS Kansas college reading instructors converging soon at GCCC Collegiate reading instructors and information technology professionals from across Kansas will be converging at GCCC March 9.The conference is being held to launch a new statewide educational organization, Kansas Association of Developmental Reading Instructors(KADRI). Development of the new KADRI organization evolved from discussions initiated last year among academic deans and developmental reading instructors from a number of the 19 Kansas community colleges, according to Kevin Brungardt, GCCC dean of academics. “Until now, there has been no professional organization for reading instructors at the community college level in Kansas,” Brungardt said. “In the discussions that have taken place since the idea of an association first surfaced, we have discovered an overwhelming need, so the meeting that we’re hosting here will literally be the birth of KADRI.” So far, deans or reading instructors who have made reservations include; Allen County, Barton County, Butler, Colby, Fort Scott, Hutchinson, Johnson County, Labette and Pratt Community Colleges, as well as GCCC. Participants from most of the other Kansas community colleges are also expected. “They’re all really looking to GCCC to lead the charge on this, so we’re facilitating the inaugural session here in Garden City,” Brungardt said. Others involved at the local level include GCCC Reading Instructors Michelle Branton and Jan Bitikofer. Centered at the Endowment Room of the BTSC, the conference agenda includes the drafting of bylaws and the election of the first set of officers for the organization. Other objectives to be addressed include setting up committees, establishing a shared website and creating professional development opportunities. As KADRI continues, the organizers also expect to focus on developing statewide collegiate reading standards and competencies, student assessment, textbooks, online reading instruction and common goals. Reading instruction is important at the collegiate level because of the need for students to adequately understand and comprehend textbooks and other materials. problems and solutions. This will be the first time one of the gatherings has taken place in Garden City. The meeting of KADRI will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9 in the BTSC.

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Jesus Landeros is showing juniors and seniors from Garden City, Holcomb, Lakin and Stanton County high schools how to make a bowl on a pottery wheel in the art studio during Fine Arts Day on March 1. The event was held for students interested in visual arts, performing arts, music and communication media.

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Rachel Swank demonstrates how to use the computer to play a few notes and then try to play the same notes on the music keyboard to twin sisters, Ada and Ruth Herrera, seniors at GCHS.

Breeden splashes new color, shapes at Mercer Gallery

Painter and Sculptor, Jacob Breeden, has brought his abstract, colorful style to the Mercer gallery. The Jacob Breeden exhibit runs through March 24 and is composed of more than 20 of his paintings and sculptures. Breeden is a painter, sculptor and muralist whose vivid abstract work is well known in his Texas community of Amarillo, as well as in locations from Lubbock to Dallas. The Mercer Gallery is located in the Pauline Joyce Fine art Art Building and is open Mon.Fri. 11a.m.-4p.m. and Sat. 10a.m.-2p.m. Visit the Mercer Art Gallery page on Facebook. For more info visit gc3media.com

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Musicians from Southwest Kansas communities performed in the college band concert, conducted by Jim McAllister, GCCC director of bands on March 1. The students presented a series of classic and contemporary selections. The public concert concluded GCCC’s Fine Arts Day in which high school students explored fine arts.


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Bad joke of the day A horse walks into a bar. The bar tender says, “Hey.” The horse says, “Sure.”

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Gossip can make or break you

Rumor has it that most of the news heard around the block is more commonly known as gossip among friends and colleagues. The rumor mill, in many cases, tarnishes a person’s reputation. “People will gossip about someone just to make themselves feel better,” Freshmen Leeana Guerrero said. Gossip is a dangerous game and can quickly be blown out of proportion and taken out of context, because generally speaking gossip and rumors are not founded on truth. Sometimes a rumor may begin as being truthful, but as it is repeated, people can unknowingly add or leave out important details. “I figure if people are dumb enough to believe stuff about me, then they don’t know the real me, and that doesn’t hurt me one bit because I know who my real friends are,” Guerrero said. Guerrero was an athlete in high school and was often teased by her peers because of her athletic ability. She said that guys started calling her The Beast out of respect for her abilities, such as benching 145. High school girls didn’t interpret the nickname in as kindly of a fashion as the boys did. Guerrero said the girls turned up their noses at the nickname, saying stuff like ‘oh, she’s trying to be one of the guys.’

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Despite this, Guerrero used the nickname to her advantage. “It was a neat nickname and I think people wanted to make me feel inferior by referring to me as The Beast, but I kicked butt and smiled everyday when I heard it,” she said. “To be honest, if people didn’t say a single word about it, I wouldn’t have cared either, but the fact that people cared so much to have me in their thoughts, made me realize that people are always watching.” From her experience, Guerrero says just be yourself and if people can’t accept you for who and what you are, then they are not worth the time and effort. “I have great friends and family who see me for me and I couldn’t ask for anything more because I don’t have to hide myself,” said Guerrero. Gossip is nasty business, but with support

>> YOUR VIEW

Should high school students get iPads? “No, they might get more distracted, unless they have restricted access, but it would be cool.” Cristy Figueroa Garden City

“ I don’t know it might be a good idea.” Quyen Hoang Garden City

“Yes, it would be easier than having books and also have access to the internet.” Mike Melvin Columbus, Ga.

“If they have the budget, yes. The only problem is being able to keep up with the technology. This is also good for those who can’t afford them.” Manuela Vigil SSS data coordinator

“From personal experience, electronic books are difficult to study, going back and forth is not the same experience.“ Rosio Vaeza Ulysses, Kan

“I have an iPad and I think to use it in school they need a lot of accessories, and I can see a lot of problems rising.” Katelyn Symmonds Holcomb, Kan.

Your View Policy Your View gives readers the opportunity to voice their opinions on issues concerning Garden City Community College. The opinions within do not necessarily reflect the attitudes of the Silhouette or Garden City Community College faculty, staff or administration. If you have an opinion to share, contact the Silhouette at 620-275-3228 or silhouette@gcccks.edu. Comments that are libelous or obscene in nature will not be printed.

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from true friends and family, gossip should just be viewed as one of the speed bumps you will encounter on the road of life. If you have been gossiped about, like Guerrero, take here example rise above it and use it to motivate you. On the flip side, remember the harm that a rumor can cause to someone’s reputation. Even though most rumors are untrue, they have long-lasting effects and can tarnish someone’s reputation. Most people who gossip do so out of their own insecurities, in hopes that by bringing another person down, it will make them look better.

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iPad, great power

On Monday the School Board of USD 457 discussed providing Garden City High School students with iPads. One of the first thoughts that came to mind to the Silhouette staff is, what benefits and disadvantages are associated with having this technology available to these young adults. One benefit is that they will have access to a vast amount of knowledge that students even five years ago did not have. Applications, ‘apps,’ are in the core of the iPad; which can do everything from organizing homework assignments to experiencing the anatomy of any living thing in 3-D - this can help boost students’ learning. Another thing that iPad might help students with is the ability to share their experiences. For example, many parents are not able to afford this technology or might be reluctant to buy it, but if the student has access to the technology and is able to share it with their siblings and parents, it will make the whole family tech-savvy. There are also disdavantages. Students might get distracted with all the things there are to explore on the device. Even flipping the pages of a virtual book on the iPad screen can be distracting, because it just looks cooler on a screen. Overall, the iPad is a great and powerful tool that acts as an extension of one’s imagination. As Voltaire once said, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

An app that helps students get organized

Where is that note with the assignment? Do we have anything due for class? Were Columnist we supposed to read JESUS LOZOYA that chapter? College jlozoy1340@student. gcccks.edu students are basically known to have organization problems, but no worry, there is an app for that. Columnist ‘myHomework’ is an KELSEY app for both Android KEOSENGPHET and Apple IOS which is kelsey.keosengphet@ free. This app will help student.gcccks.edu students to save and organize their classes’ assignments. The simple notebook-like interface is intuitive and really easy to use. This app will give you control over your schedule and assignments. The assignment categories include; read, quiz, study, paper among many more that will help with the organization of the whole system. ‘myHomework’ is very responsive and quick to keep the user updated with what assignment is due and for what class. It also lets the user know what type of assignment is due. For example, a paper for English, or a worksheet for Science. Students with a busy schedule can definitely organize their schedules in correspondence with this app. The current version of ‘myHomework’ has a rating of 4.5 stars on the iTunes App store and a 4.1 rating on the Android app store. Download ‘myhomework’ as soon as possible, because it is free and a useful tool to anyone’s college endeavor.

In the classes screen you are able to input all of your classes and this will be available to match with assignments

This is the home screen where you are able to access all the functions of the app.

This are the notifications that the app gives to remind you of assignments or classes APPLICATION SCREEN SHOTS COURTESY OF ‘MYHOMEWORK APP & APPLE ITUNES STORE

The homework screen is really useful when you want to see all the homework at once and gives you due dates If you rather go day by day you can also do that with the calendar screen


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Leah Staats is a senior at GCHS who is currently enrolled at GCCC. She is also an employee of Patrick Dugan’s Coffee House and said that she has to work everyday in order to cover for other people who are going out of town. “Other than that I will just be getting things ready for prom,” she said. Because of these realities, spring break is not a fun-filled vacation for everyone For others, who cannot afford to do anything, spring break is just like any other weekend in which they eat, sleep, watch TV or hang out with friends or family. “The only exciting thing I’m doing is getting a tattoo, but other than that I am not doing anything—just relaxing and enjoying my break,” Freshman Kayla Pena said. The reality is, most people use spring break to get caught up on things or to simply rest and no matter how old a person gets, he or she is going to have to deal with responsibilities of family and work, while accepting that he or she cannot always afford a vacation. This does not mean that spring break can’t be filled with fun though. Even though vacation plans are sometimes out of the question, there are plenty of other options for people in terms of entertainment. (See infographic)

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!"#$%&'(#)*+ t Go to the movies t Get a massage or go to the spa t Have a friend’s night out t Have a movie marathon night t Volunteer for an organization t Go on a walk or run (it’s good for you) t Have a picnic with family or friends t Give the bedroom a makeover (or clean it for once) t Catch up on reading—books, magazines, etc. t Spend $20 on items at the Dollar Store. Twenty new items = hours of fun t Try a fitness class t Work on your cooking skills t Go camping or set up a tent in your backyard and pretend you are “camping” t Take a day road trip somewhere close to home to a museum, gallery, or even a lake (don’t forget your camera) t Have a paint fight outside t Fill up water balloons and surpriseattack your friend or family members when they arrive at your house t Take a workshop of some kind; sewing, wood-shop or photo t Go to the zoo t Make some arts and crafts t Catch up on sleep t Enjoy the outdoors as much as you can (go swimming, biking, hiking— don’t stay indoors all break)

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Academic Excellence Challenge team members: Daniel Quach, Bryan Lunzmann, Brandon Salter, Tillie Hall, and Hunter Rowland. The team competed in nationals in Panama City, Fla., Feb. 24-25, and placed 16th in the nation.

AEC Team places 16th in nation

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The Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) team of GCCC returned from the national tournament hosted in Panama City, Fla. Going into the competition, the team was seeded 24th but were able to finish the competition 16th in the nation, eight places higher than expected. “The students represented GCCC well,” Kay Davis, GCCC Math and Science Division Director and AEC coach, said. “It’s a big accomplishment for our team. This is my 12th year as coach and second time the team has made it to nationals, so there is a real sense of accomplishment.” AEC members who competed at the national competition were Tillie Hall, Bryan Lunzmann, Daniel Quach, and Hunter Rowland and Brandon Slater. “We work really well as a team. We came together and did very well. I’m really excited about that,” Freshman Tillie Hall said. The competition took place on Feb. 24 and 25 at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City. The AEC team qualified for nationals on Jan. 21, at the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) sectional championship, held at Cloud Community College in Concordia. This was only the second time in school history that the team has gone to nationals. “We placed among the top 10 teams three years ago and became the highest-placing team ever in Kansas,” Davis said. “Nationals has changed my perspective of coaching an academic challenge team. I think it has made me more aware of subjects that we need to be focusing on and the kinds of things

I need to really the push the kids to try and study.” Being on the AEC team is no easy task. The team has practice twice a week. They play practice rounds where they time it, score it and play the same rules that a competition has. “Personally, I study quite a bit outside of practice because I have so much to study… I do most of my research on the Internet, but I also studied out of books. It is a lot of studying,” Hall said. “My specialties are literature, opera, composers, poetry; it’s a ridiculous amount of information to learn. The cool thing about our team is that we have our own strengths and weaknesses and they all compliment each other... We have a geography person, a history person, a science person…If one of us had to play a whole round we would not do good, but all of us together can do pretty well.” Davis said the broad knowledge base is definitely the team’s biggest strength “We don’t have one really, really strong player; we are pretty balanced so that is always a good strong team when you have that balance. If you just count on one person all the time then sometimes that doesn’t work out very well,” Davis said. The national tournament consists of teams from all over that come together to challenge their knowledge. They have to answer fast-paced questions that are separated into different academic topics and general knowledge. The NAQT rules state that if the moderator is reading the question and someone buzzes in before the moderator finishes reading the question and that person misses the question, then five points are taken away. If someone buzzes in early, before a certain point in the question, and that person gets the question right then the team receives a power, which is five points. So, the team could receive a power five or a

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Freshman guard Jasmine Christmas bringing the ball up the court against Pratt Community College.

Lady Busters open Region VI Tournament

Lady Busters stay hot  heading in to post  season JACLYN ANNIS jaclyn.annis@student.gcccks.edu

The Lady Buster Basketball team finished in second place in the Jayhawk West with an overall record of 19-11 and 11-5 in conference play Coach Alaura Sharp was looking forward to the region VI game against Kansas City Kansas Community College last night. “We’re 19 amd 11, hoping to get 20 wins is a big milestone in basketball coaching, so it would b great if we could win tomorrow and

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tackle the 20 wins. I’ve never hjad 20 wins since I’ve been here.” GCCC did just that., defeating the KCK team by a score of 71-47. They will now move onto Wichita and if they win there, the Lady Busters will play in the nationals in Salina, Kan. “We will play the winner of Coffey ville or Butler in Wichita,” Sharp said. Nationals are being held in Salina this year. Against Dodge on Feb. 29, GCCC started out rough letting DCCC jump out to a 11-5 lead eight minutes in to the game. At that point, the Lady Busters put together at 43 to 5 run to pounce on top of DCCC, winning 75-36.

Freshman forward Nicole Young led the way scoring 12 while Jacobs dropped 10 points and went 5-5 from the line. Jones led GCCC with eight rebounds while Christmas dished out a team high of four assists. Last night the Lady Busters hosted the opening round of the Region VI Tournament against Kansas City Kansas Community College. “I’m a little nervous but really excited and the team feels good and confidenr,” reshman forward Tamara Jones said Wednesday. On Feb. 25 GCCC defeated Seward County Community College with a final score of 88-68 and with the win against Dodge City Community College the week before, rounded out their regular season.

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At the end of the regular season, the Broncbuster men’s basketball team is 18-12 overall, 6-10 in conference play and currently sitting in seventh place in the Jayhawk West. The Busters have dropped the last five games in the regular season. The Busters struggled as they lost to Seward County last Saturday with a final score of 55-75. Sophomore forward Silas Mills Jr. had six early points in the first half but that would be the only positive thing for GCCC Sophomore guard Chauncy Williams led the team scoring 23 points on the night while Mills chipped in 12 of his own. Sophomore guard Xavier Carter was the only other Buster to put up double digits with 10. Williams also led GCCC in rebounds with seven

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Sophomore guard Chauncy Williams looking to pass the ball in the game against Pratt Community College on Feb. 18.

on the night. Last Wednesday the Busters ended the regular season suffering a loss to Dodge City with a final score of 7371. The first half was relatively low in scoring but they managed to hold DCCC down as they went in to the locker room down 32-30. In the second half, sophomore forward Jarwand Rheubottom led

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GCCC was scheduled to host Dodge City Community College today at 2 p.m. but due to weather conditions, the game was canceled. As of Wednesday, according to Coach Trina Moquett, it was uncertain whether it will be rescheduled or not. On Tuesday, the team got their conference schedule off to a good start, defeating Colby Community College 13 to 7 and 17 to 15 in their double header at the Tangeman Sports Complex. In game one, the Busters used a strong offensive performance to overcome an impressive performance by the Trojans at the plate. After the top of the fourth, Colby pulled even with GCCC. Garden pulled away, getting seven runs in their next two at bats, while Colby only came up with one. Haley Wink led the way for GCCC, as she went 2 for 4 on the day and scored four runs. Melissa Marshall and Emily Hurlburt both came through with home runs at critical times for the Busters. Hurlburt threw five innings on the day to pick up the win, and Kallie Hoover threw two innings of scoreless relief for Garden. Game two was a nail-biter for GCCC, as they fell behind the Trojans early and trailed most of the game. Gradually, the Busters chipped away at the lead. In the sixth inning, the Busters were down 15 to 8, but they plated nine runs in their half of the sixth to take a 17 to 15 lead. Jaclyn Annis, Garden’s fourth pitcher of the game, came in to hold Colby scoreless in the seventh to pick up a save and give Garden the win. At the plate, Marshall and Hurlburt each went deep again. The Busters travelled to Borger, Texas to face Frank Phillips College on Friday. The game started off a little rough for GCCC, but the Busters were able to come away with the win, by a score of 9 to 8. The final score of the second game was 14-6, GCCC. On Feb. 29, the Busters hosted McCook Community College, defeating them by a score of 18-5 in the first game and 13-1 in the scecond game. The Busters will travel to Broken Arrow, Okla. to compete in the Midwest JUCO Classic March 10 and 11, in which twenty different colleges will be participating. “We are not doing anything out of the norm to prepare for the games in Broken Arrow, Okla. Keeping with the practices and making sure the pitchers are ready to go, as well as the other players,” Moquett said.


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Hildreth recovering from injuries

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GCCC student rodeo athlete, Jace Hildreth, Gunnison, Colo., is recouping from injuries received during the Kansas State University Intercollegiate Rodeo, Feb. 17-19. “He was thrown into the fence during his performance in saddle bronc riding, which basically the back of his head and shoulders blades hit the fence,” GCCC Rodeo Coach Jim Boy Hash said. On Sunday, Hildreth said that he is a little sore but doing much better. “I’m mainly working on some stretches to get my back where it needs it to be,” he said. The GCCC rodeo team was observing Hildreth’s performance when he was thrown into the fence. “It looked like he was hurt pretty bad. I was surprised he got up as fast as he did,” Kristi Breickler, Greeley, Colo., said. Hash said Hildreth was unconscious for a brief time, but by the time he walked over to where Hildreth was, he was starting to come around. Hildreth had only about 20 minutes to recover before his next event, which was team roping with his younger brother, Coy Hildreth, also from Gunnison, Colo. “When Jace came walking back into the building to get on his horse to team rope, he wasn’t walking very good, much less able to get on a horse and ride very well,” Hash said. The Hildreth brothers competed in the team-roping event, but the steer ducked his head, causing Coy, who is the header, to miss. Jace said that Coy, who doesn’t miss very often, was probably preoccupied with his injuries. “Since he missed I really didn’t have to do anything,” Jace said. Hash said the incident also took away Hildreth’s ability to ride aggressively like he needed to. The Hildreth brothers have been a team since they were kids. “We have worked together our whole lives,” Hildreth said. His family has owned a horse ranch for generations. Jace was fourth in the Central Plains Region, but due to his injuries, he was bumped to sixth in the region. The Hildreth brothers’ performance in team-roping has not made it in the top ten of the region. Hash said that Jace has to be in the top three to make the finals and it might be more difficult for him now.

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Last weekend, the GCCC Rodeo team hosted the 45th Annual Home Rodeo, where the women claimed the first place title.

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The Garden City Community College rodeo teams only get one chance a year to show off their skills in front of the home crowd, this year the women’s team made it count. The Broncbuster women’s team won their home rodeo outdistancing second place Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Emily Miller continued her outstanding performance on the year by winning the barrel racing as well as the all-around cowgirl for the rodeo. Her performance alone would have been enough for Garden to win their home rodeo, but Shelby Leonhard went ahead and added some points of her own. Miller dominated the barrel racing by putting up the two best times of the weekend on her two runs. She won the long go with a run of 13.24 seconds, then returned

for the short go and improved her time to a 13.15 second run. With her effort she won both rounds as well as the average for the rodeo. Miller also kicked in with points in the long go of the goat tying with a 6.2 second run to win, then she had a 7.3 in the short go which was good for eighth place. That placed her fourth in the average. Leonhard had a very solid round in the long go of the breakaway roping, but missed in the short go. She placed SYNTHIA PRESTON | SILHOUETTE seventh overall in the Emily Miller earned both the all around championship and average. barrel racing championship last weekend. On the men’s side Garden had three riding, but got bucked off in the short different cowboys make it to the go and did not place. short go, but failed to score any team The Busters will now travel to points. Jace and Coy Hildreth placed Ft. Scott Community College this seventh in the long go of the team weekend for their next competition. roping, but missed in the short go so The Broncbuster women’s team is did not place. Levi Nicholson placed currently second in the Central Plains ninth in the long go of the bareback Region.

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Governor Sam Brownback greets Michael SanJuan, HALO vice president, after shaking hands with every HALO member. The governor congratulated the students for their interest and active role in school, and for making the long trip from Southwestern Kansas to the Capitol.

HALO returns to the capitol

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Larry Wallace , a capitol tourist guide, gives a tour to participants of Hispanic Day on the Hill. The tour ended in the House of Representatives room, but the participants were welcome to stay on the balcony. While in session, Rep. Luis Ruiz announced the day’s activities and that GCCC HALO was in attendance.

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Gov. Brownback starts off the day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a short speech about the youth of the future at Dillon’s House, where the ‘Hispanic Day on the Hill’ event was hosted.

HALO members take pictures with Rep. Luis Ruiz in the House of Representatives room after the session. Of the 75 attendees of the event, 11 were HALO members.

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