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Making a run at nationals pg. 3 Cheer, dance earn high marks in regional competition pg. 8

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With a song in his heart Student uses social media to build fan base, share music

Josh Harbour Ever since he was little and began singing in the mirrors of his mother’s room back in Mexico, Esteban Gonzalez has dreamt of becoming a musical icon. But it wasn’t until his freshman year of college that he decided to pursue that dream. “Ever since I was little, I always had the dream of becoming an artist,” Gonzalez said. “I would always go to my mom’s room where she had a big mirror and I would always pretend I was performing in a concert. In high school, I was scared because of my accent. I knew for me to get into choir it would require me to sing in English and at the time I wasn’t confident enough to sing in English.” Now, in his second semester at GCCC, Gonzalez continues to pave his path to musical stardom. “My first semester of college I went to Dodge City for soccer,” Gonzalez said. “I was going to become a soccer star, but then later on knew that music was for me. I think I like music better than soccer. ” What began as just playing the guitar soon included singing for Gonzalez as he began to take vocal lessons last year. “I started learning to play the guitar when I was 13. My mom got me a guitar for Christmas and that’s when I started learning,” Gonzalez said. “Ever since I was little I would sing. People used to

tell me I knew how to sing a little bit. Deep inside I knew it wasn’t true. I started taking vocal lessons. My vocal teacher tells me I’m more confident with my singing. I think my voice got way better than what it used to be.” In the past year, Gonzalez has built a fanbase with his YouTube channel and Facebook page as he posts videos of himself playing the guitar and singing regularly. Along with the video postings, Gonzalez sings and plays for St. Mary’s Catholic church. “I started when I was 13. I didn’t know how to sing back then. I could see my videos and could be like ‘oh my gosh what did I do?’ but I love music so I would also post the videos. I used to have a MySpace back when MySpace was famous and used to post them on there. Then I stopped for awhile so I could be dedicated to soccer,” Gonzalez said. “Then just last year I wanted to start this music stuff up again. That’s when I started posting the videos on Facebook and YouTube again. I think within the year it got pretty good. I’ve got a lot of subscribers on YouTube and likes on Facebook. The most views I’ve gotten on a video is around 6,000.” For one of Gonzalez’s fans, her day was made when Gonzalez was asked to perform for her on Valentine’s Day. Garden City resident Diana Ortiz had contacted Gonzalez for a surprise performance for her 14-year-old

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Esteban Gonzalez, Garden City, Kan., performs at Baskin Robbins on Valentine’s Day. The song is an original composition titled “Hard to Love”. Along with his own songs, Gonzalez performs covers of English and Spanish songs.

Bryant update: Off ventilator, in rehabilitation Josh Harbour


During the Nov. 14, 2007, naming ceremony, then Dean of Student Services Beth Tedrow congratulates Gary E. Jarmer, Ph.D., just after he had been presented an American flag by Sen. Sam Brownback’s field represenative Dennis Mesa. The flag had been flown over the Washington D.C. capitol. Jarmer, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Springfield, Mo.

Carrying ‘a great man’ in their hearts Family, colleagues honor memory of former dean of technical education

kadijah brown Family, friends and former colleagues celebrated the legacy of a mentor whose positive attitude and approachable nature will forever be a part of who each of them is today. Gary E. Jarmer, Ph.D., former GCCC dean of technical education, died Feb. 18, 2014, at the age of 72, in Springfield, Mo. Jarmer’s life was celebrated during a vigil rosary Monday, Feb. 24 followed by a funeral mass Tuesday, Feb. 25. Jarmer served on the college board of trustees from 1983-1987 before joining the staff as the dean of technical education from from 1988-1998. Those who worked with Jarmer reflected on the man each of them knew. “He had a positive outlook and was always moving forward and never looking back,” said Linda Morgan, director of GCCC’s department of public service. Morgan, who worked with Jarmer during his tenure said his creative skills rubbed off on others. “He had a love of education, a love for the students. He had a great sense of humor and was an awesome boss.” Morgan said that something Jarmer left with her with was knowing how to pick your battles, and how to decide when

Moved by the words others shared about him during the Nov. 14, 2007, technical annex building naming ceremony, Gary E. Jarmer, served as dean of technical education from 1988-98.

some things matter more than others. While not technically her supervisor, Laura York Guy, communication instructor, said a love for words and golf sparked her friendship with Jarmer. “We worked in the same building,” Guy said. “He loved to write poetry and we would discuss his ‘chicken scratch’. He wanted to learn more about literature and from our conversations, a genuine friendship was born.” Although their official status as co-workers lasted only a few years, Guy said she and Jarmer remained close up until his death. “There are very few people, that during your lifetime, you work with who transcend a work relationship and become a close friend, confidant and even a close member of your

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Valleys and peaks best describe Garrett Bryant’s days and nights according to his mother, Sandie, as Garrett continues to progress after a fall down a flight of stairs Jan. 26 left him in a medical BRYANT coma. Br yant’s progress FT. COLLINS COLO. can be followed through where his mother has been giving regular updates. On Thursday Feb. 20, Bryant was to be taken out of ICU and was moved to Craig Rehab where he would spend six to eight weeks according to his mother on a post dated Feb. 18. The Buster baseball team will be selling T-shirts with “Play for Garrett” and “22” on the back in honor of Bryant for $15 . All proceeds will go to the family of Bryant. T-shirts can be purchased by contacting head coach Chris Finnegan at chris.

Trustees vote to increase tuition, fees effective fall 2014 semester Brett Cady GCCC’s tuition cost per credit hour and fees will increase starting in the Fall 2014 semester. The recommendation was unanimously approved by the college’s Board of Trustee during their regular monthly meeting held Feb. 11. Tuition is set to increase $2-per-credit-hour and fees will increase $3-per-credit-hour. This spike in tuition will mark the third increase in tuition since 2012. College officials cited increases in utility costs, general operating costs, and new campus technology as reasons for the increase. GCCC President Herbert Swender, Ph.D. said the rise in utilities is simply a prediction from the trend of past years. “Everything that we’re taking in on the increase side is really just adjusting to the increases we’re incurring,” Swender said. “...utilities are a big line item in the budget. The $2 tuition went just to increase in utilities. Gone.” Though the cost of utilities cannot be perfectly predicted due to many factors, Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations Dee Wigner said the college does its best to predict increases.

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A reasonable KS gun law

A good gun law should keep guns out of the hands of people who will keep will use them to harm others or themselves while allowing lawabiding citizens to keep them, free of persecution. Can this be done? Yes, but not perfectly. Not in anything other than a homogenous, utopian state could a gun law be passed that allowed 100 percent freedom for its gunbearing citizens while abolishing crime. Accept it. There will always be guns, and there will always be laws regulating them. Now, that may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised by the irrational ideas that come from both sides of this topic. Amidst the unfortunate and horrific occurrences of school shootings in January — 11 to be exact — that are still fresh on the minds of the US, Kansas is preparing a bill, HB 2473, that is well-suited for both sides of gun control. HB 2473 protects the rights of gun owners and helps to keep guns out of the wrong hands. If this bill passes, some of the noticeable changes will be: it will be legal to have a transport a gun in a vehicle without having a concealed carry license, no individual will be allowed to be intoxicated while handling a weapon, no one is allowed to sell a weapon to an addict of a known illegal substance, and if you have a concealed carry license, then you may “pack heat” almost anywhere that you wish. The exception to the last change is public schools. Even if you have a license, only law enforcement officers may have guns on school

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property. REVIEW Right now Brett Cady you may brett.cady be saying, “Whoa, Brett! Who needs their gun in places like government buildings?” Hell if I know. What I do know, is if you have your carry concealed license, then you have permission from our government to have a gun — the same government who would now trust you to have that firearm in its building. My logic for why this is reasonable works like this: the carry concealed license is a permit that says that you are responsible with a gun, making it a crime to have these guns in municipal areas is slightly demeaning and hypocritical. It is as if the government says, “I trust you with that gun in public, but not really!” Felons will still be barred from their right to own weapons — good. Personally, my favorite change in the laws

Advice column seeks relationship questions Feeling lonely. Are you confused and lost, but can’t seem to find the right answers? As teenagers and young adults, we endure many new college experiences. Things like new friends, homework, money and most importantly: relationships. With these changes going on with our lives, we often forget how to listen to ourselves. With the utmost freedom that we are given when hitting a certain age, can we be sure that we are capable of making adult decisions on our own? As a young adult, it is difficult to turn to someone and look for guidance when we feel the expectation to be completely independent. Instead of looking for multiple distractions or trapping feelings inside, which negatively affects you, it is helpful to look to others for advice. This should be a time to enjoy your life instead of stressing on the what and “what if’s” to figure out what kind of person you chose to be. For the first time, GC3 media would like to offer a relationship column where students can discuss problems regarding the challenges they face. We will accept any kind of subject, whether it be a heart-felt struggle or light-hearted matter. Once a message is received, the staff will discuss the issues and locate reliable, relevant suggestions to be printed in the next issue.

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March 6 by 4 p.m is the deadline to submit questions, which will be addressed in the March13 Silhouette. Submissions can be emailed to gc3media@ or directly to fabiola.sierra@ Letters can be mailed to the Silhouette, 801 Campus Drive, Garden City, KS 67846 or dropped off in the GC3 Media Newsroom, located in the John Collins Technical Bldg. We will not print the identity of those who submit questions. However, if you would like to receive a response, you can leave a name, phone number or email so we can send you resources. Please note that this column is not meant to serve as a substitute for professional counseling, but rather a public forum where issues can be discussed. We will consult area counselors and other professionals on your behalf in offering solutions. So, what issues are troubling you? Difficulty with a roommate? Problems with your parents? Frustrated with your boyfriend’s obsession with videogames? Whatever the issue, we can and will relate.

is that blowing a .08 blood alcohol level on a breathalyzer would become prima facie evidence for a misdemeanor. The bill would also standardize the now very confusing gun laws across the state of Kansas. The law concerning guns in each city have gotten to the point that law enforcement officers even in Garden City contradict each other as to what the actual rules and ordinances actually are. Now, all that needs to be looked at now is keeping guns from those that are mentally ill or have been diagnosed with chronic depression. Mental illness is not taken as seriously as it should be and is a problem all in its own. An addendum to HB 2473 barring gun ownership from those who have need for medical help for their mental health or who may be suicidal would keep everyone a little bit safer. That being said, HB 2473 is a solid bill that coincides with Kansas’ rather lax gun laws and allows the citizens of Kansas to be free of persecution.

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Arizona senate supports religious freedom over homosexual rights

Oh, Arizona, why do you do the things you do? Arizona is back in the political spotlight after their Senate passed a bill that would supposedly expand the rights of people to assert their religious beliefs by refusing service to gays. Opposition to the bill says that this would lead to blatant profiling. Meanwhile, supporters cite a court case in which a gay couple was allowed to sue a photographer who refused to take pictures at their wedding. The difference between what is happening and that court case is a matter of this bill not exclusively applying to private enterprises. While most of the media attention is focused on the gays and lesbians protesting the bill, should not we also be concerned with the fact stores could take this as far as division of Catholics and Protestants? What about every dark complected person with a beard? Will they be turned away for being “Muslim?” Technically, all of these people believe something or another that is contradictory to each others religion. It would be pretty bad if McDonald’s all of the sudden started to refuse service to Protestants. But how would they do it? Therein lies the point. How can you take two people and solidly decide that one is homosexual and the other is not without actually asking them first. You PROFILE them based on their actions and behaviors and then pass judgment. The fact that someone could be kicked out of, say, a supermarket for “acting gay” is ridiculous. Not only is this type of bill enabling profiling, but any person of Christian denomination knows that it is not very Christian to treat people poorly. Is it not God’s responsibility to pass judgment on people? If looked at from a religious standpoint, this bill is still not justified.



THURSDAY Feb. 27, 2014

THE VOICE: Who’s HOT & who’s not


YouTube sensation Christina Grimmie got all four chairs to turn right off the bat with her with cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”. She was easily persuaded to pick Adam Levine as her coach

Christina Grimmie

The grit in her voice would make you think this 17-year-old has been singing for decades. Bria Kelly’s version of “Steamroller Blues” will leave you wanting to hear more. Kelly surprised all the coaches by picking Team Usher.

Bria Kelly

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Located at 118 W. Kansas Ave., Brown Sugar’s Family Restaurant and Bakery boasts a variety of cuisine including Mexican and Italian dishes.

Local eatery making sweet meals in unconventional space Verdict: Review Harley Torres Located at 118 W. Kansas Ave sits a gem of a restaurant. Brown Sugars, a bakery and restaurant is nestled in the heart of the city, takes the cake as one the best kept secrets of Garden. Let’s get down to the point and state the obvious: The restaurant is small. Really small. But true to the old adage, it’s not the size that counts, it’s what you do with it. The pint-sized dining room is dwarfed by the flat out enormous taste of the food. When I went, I got the buffet and while most buffet experiences are not the most flattering food experiences, this was different. When I started to chow down, I tasted some of the best hand-tossed pizza, ravioli, and soups that I’ve had in a restaurant setting for less than $10. The pricing is also very reasonable with all of the items on the menu under the dreaded $10 spending limit for college students. Also in favor of students, Brown Sugars delivers! While that sounds like a small win, it is a diamond in the rough when the only other delivery options in town are all pizza and Jimmy Johns. The atmosphere in the eatery is very quaint, reminding me of my childhood when my family gets together for dinner. Everyone is talking, laughing, and the smell of good food wafts throughout the area. Let’s shift gears and talk about the bakery section. While I have tasted only two of the items on the bakery shelves, the taste was equaled by my own mother’s cookies. If you are in the need for the taste of home, look no further. Verdict: Great home-cooked taste served in a cozy, quaint space. Bonus points for delivery.

He went from not getting a single chair turned in season 5 to getting 3 chairs to turn. Jake Worthington has a true country music sound, but will it be enough to make it to the top. Obviously he’s on Team Blake Shelton.

Jake Worthington

surprised his coach when he chose Jeremy Briggs He to be on her team. Jeremy Briggs

represents Team Shakira now. His take on “Bad Company” leaves you wondering what he will do this season.

A chair-turning TV show worth watching NBC’s ‘The Voice’ returns for season six; Usher, Shakira back for more Monday and Tuesday nights got even more exciting with the Feb. 24 premiere of NBC’s “The Voice.” In its sixth season, the show kicked-off with a two-night premiere featuring the return of season four coaches: the one and only Usher and international superstar Shakira. Usher and Shakira missed season five as they alternate seasons between powerhouse singer Christina Aguilera and “Forget you” singer Ceelo Green. Other coaches included Maroon 5 front man, Adam Levine and country singer Blake Shelton. Carson Daly returned as host of the show. Blind auditions kick-off the show to determine teams. The blind auditions are where the four coaches have their backs to the performers and if a coach likes what he or she hears, he or she presses a button to offer that artist a spot on their respective teams. If more than one coach presses the button, then the performer gets to choose which team they want to be on. If the artist does not get a chair turned, then they do not make it to the next round. Eight aspiring artists performed on Monday night’s episode and got chairs to turn to make it on to one of the four respective teams. Tuesday night featured five artists who made it to a team. As of now, Team Adam and Team Usher each have four members. Blake scored two for his

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team and Shakira has three. The blind auditions continue until each team has 12 members. Out of the five previous seasons, Levine won season one with R&B singer Javier Colon and won last season with Jamaican powerhouse Tessanne Chinn. Shelton won seasons two through four with former Alicia Keys backup singer Jermaine Paul, former ‘Hey Monday’ lead singer Cassadee Pope and 16-year-old country singer Danielle Bradberry respectively. ‘The Voice’ is easily the best singing reality competition show on television. The show goes above and beyond the cliché of having a judging panel and has “coaches”. Each coach works with his or her team members every week to make the best team possible. The show also has its contestants perform various songs and not just the clichés like Phil Collins’ “Against all odds” or anything by Adele. The songs range from today’s hits to the music your grandma listened to when she was cleaning the house. Anyone who enjoys various types of music and competition style shows should tune into NBC Monday and Tuesday nights at 7 p.m.


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Courtesy Photo | Dale Hirschman

Cody Fordyce during last year’s rodeo. GCCC has been hosting the rodeo for 47 years, making it the longest, continuously running college rodeo in the central plains region.

Busters to host rodeo Feb. 28-March 2 Silhouette News Those with a valid GCCC id as well as kids ages five and under can take in threedays of collegiate rodeo for free. The 47th Annual GCCC Rodeo is set for Feb. 28 through March 2 at the Finney County Fairgrounds indoor arena/horse palace. The event is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with 1:30 p.m. start time on Sunday. Regular admission for adults is $8 with children entry ages 6-12 $4. The 2013-2014 rodeo team, coached by Jim Boy Hash and Brock Baker, includes Cory Assarsson, Valentine, Neb.; Hunter

Bayse, Arlington, Kan.; Cayden Chumley Hesperus, Colo.; Cody Fordyce Kiowa, Colo.; Chase Gibbs, Olsburg, Kan.; Evan Golliday, Lexington, Ill.; Rae Lyn Harper, Garden City.; Zach Leininger, La Junta, Colo.; Jacey Mahin, Motezuma, Kan.; J.W. Meiers, Mills, Wyo.; Logan Patterson, Kim, Colo.; Morgan Shepard, Hoxie, Kan. Talon Shipman, Lamar, Colo.; Salvador Torres, Garden City.; Jackson Turner, Holcomb, Kan.; Trenton Turner, Springfield, Colo.; Logan Vick, Byers, Colo.; M’Lynn Bitner, Elkart, Kan.; Kendra Howland, Garden City, and Eli Mangels, Holcomb, Kan.

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Rae Alva in last years rodeo. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a Championship “Short- Go” Round on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

GCCC hosts area high school FFA contests GCCC hosted 14 area high schools for their Southwest District FFA contests. The high school students participated in various events including Ag sales, job application and extemporaneous speech. The participants can participate in individual and group events. The winner in each category qualifies for a state-wide competition in Manhattan, Kan.

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Skyler Glenn greets Holcomb High School’s Maggie Roth during the Ag sales pitch competition. Along with the pitch, other FFA events included job application and extemporaneous speech.

GCCC graduate Marcy Ven John, helped judge the Ag sales competition, which lets high school students give a presentation attempting to convince a buyer to invest in their product.

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On the road to Miss Kansas


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Miss Garden City Madison Miller gives an autograph to a patron during the Feb. 22 home basketball games. Miller signed autographs and campaigned to bring attention to stray animals and animal shelters. Miller and Western Motors partnered with the Finney County Humane Society for a fundraiser. For the whole month of March, Western Motors will donate $5-10 to the Humane Society for every Buick vehicle test driven.


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family...for me, Gary Jarmer was that,” Guy said. “It’s not really what he said that sticks with me, rather it is the sincerity, passion and sentiment with which he said things. Gary built people up and he made each one of us who worked with him feel good about ourselves.” Jarmer’s love for life and desire to help others is evident in through the stories and memories faculty and former students shared. Jarmer was the beloved husband of Sharon Jarmer for 47 years and father of two sons Mark and Travis Jarmer. “Gary was a great husband who inspired me the most to do a lot of things that I never thought I could do,” Sharon Jarmer said. She also said Gary had an big impact on her life as well as their children who were always proud of their dad and thankful that he was a great supporter and strong motivator. “I was always very appreciative and thankful for my dad and for the foundation that he built for our family,” Mark Jarmer said. Sharon Jarmer said Gary Jarmer loved to write and that he always wrote spiritual and motivational poems and quotes for the people he cared about. Another of Jarmer’s favorite hobbies was golf. He and some of his buddies that used to play golf together hosted a golf tournament to raise money for cancer that went on from dusk to dawn. Sharon Jarmer said neighbor told her that one day she was taking out the trash when she looked over and saw Gary piling a bunch of leaves up and jumping into them. She said she went over and asked him what he was doing and Gary responded as if he was a little kid; “I always wanted to jump in a pile of leaves, but I never got the chance to so I’m doing it now!” Sharon Jarmer said her husband always came home from work, went in the house and changed his clothes before he would go work on the farm. She said that was his routine and something he did everyday. In 1996, Gary Jarmer told a Breakaway reporter that the technical annex was built to provide space for the college’s expanding technical programs. “One of the main reasons we needed a new building

Leaf Heaven Have you ever heard the leaves fall, As they sift through the tree and fall down; It’s funny how they seem to chuckle, Heh, Heh, as they fall, all the way, to the ground. They seem to say… Oh yeah; I made it, I have passed to the other side; Now I’m on my way to Leaf Heaven, That’s where I intend to reside… I did it all as expected, Gave my shade to the weary, and tired; I was true to the task that God gave me, Like the oak, from which i was sired. Well, I might have failed, just a time or two, Like the time i spilled juice on the car; But the cleansing rain came washing me clean, You could see my clean flash from quite far.

GCCC hosted the Western Regional Academic Excellence C h a l l e n g e To u r n a m e n t Saturday, Feb. 22. Five teams from three community colleges competed. GCCC captured both first and second place. In addition, Gary O’Neal and Alonso Barragan placed in the top five buzzers with Barragan taking first. Members of the GCCC AEC team include: Alonso Barragan, Garden City; Noelle Doty, Garden City; Gary O’Neal, Satanta; Tristan Lindo, Garden City; Hector Prieto, Holcomb; and Kalen Savoy, Holcomb. AEC’s next tournament will be the state tournament in Salina, April 3-4.

Former dean of technical education Gary Jarmer, Ph.D., was quoted in a 1997 issue of Breakaway magazine as saying, “I really enjoy fishing, and I’m going to enjoy that a great deal whenever I can quit working. I’ve got a lot of plans for retirement. I want to fish, I want to play golf, I want to grow a garden and I want to continue writing.” Jarmer died Feb. 18 in Springfield, Mo.

So now it is time; my job’s done on earth, to flutter me down to rest; I’m proud of the fact that I did OK, For sure, I did my best. Gary E. Jarmer March 20, 2002

was to separate different programs,” Jarmer said. “This will provide an opportunity for people to learn. There’s clearly more space and additional equipment.” On Sept.12, 2007, the college’s board of trustees voted unanimously to rename the Technical Annex the Gary E. Jarmer Technical Annex in honor of his commitment, service, and leadership to GCCC. On Nov.14, 2007, a ceremony was held in the Technical Annex classroom to honor Gary E. Jarmer for serving as one of the college’s visionary leaders.

Campus Happenings Academic team nabs top two regional spots

GCCC goes camo for 36th annual scholarship auction “All Ducked Out” will be the theme when more than 100 volunteers stage the 36th Annual Garden City Community College Endowment Association Scholarship Auction, on Friday, April 4 at the Finney County Exhibition Building. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., the doors will open at 6 p.m., and admission requires an advanced purchase wristband. The auction usually attracts more than 1,000 people for an evening of entertainment and competitive bidding. The 35th annual event in 2013 grossed over $173,000 to fund GCCC student scholarships and academic projects. Admission will again be by wristband and the cost will be $25 per person. Wristbands won’t be sold at the door and admission must be purchased in advance. The doors will open to wristband wearers at 6 p.m. the evening of the sale, with the silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the big item main event live auction, conducted by Scott Auction of Garden City, getting underway at 7:30 p.m. The admission wristbands are now on sale at the Endowment Association office in the GCCC Student and Community Services Center. Association board members and key local businesses also have tickets available, including Western Honda, 309 E. Fulton Street, Keller Leopold Insurance, 302 Fleming; Kinney Glass, 415 N. Eighth; Garnand Fine Furniture, 1401 E. Kansas Avenue; and Skeeter’s Body Shop, 3104 W. Jones.


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“We’re sitting here in February, our budget year starts in July,” Wigner said. “We won’t even know what our budget from the state is going to be until August. We’ve been told it’s going to be cut 1.5 percent. So, no new money, but we’re taking money away. So, somehow we need to make up that loss in revenue. Unfortunately, we have to live in projections.” From the fall semester of 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013 to the fall semester of 2013 through Jan. 31, 2014, the cost of utilities on campus has increased by $113,927.20. The 2012 fall semester utilities cost $298,981.57 and in the 2013 fall semester they cost $412,908.77. “If you really want to get apples-to-apples, I think you’d have to find out really find out how many gallons of water were used, how many kilowatt hours were used,” Swender said. “Because that’s where your increase is going to show. By showing conservation, we still may have an increase in utilities because the rate went up.” Also adding to the tentative expenses for the college is a new portal for the college website. A new portal would alleviate some of the trouble that students have with multiple passwords and accounts that are used to access to GCCC’s many online tools. If purchased this year, a new portal could potentially cost upwards of $80,000, but according to Wigner, may end up costing more. “To be able to say that $80,000 is going to go to the portal, I can’t even say that,” Wigner said. “In the technology environment we get rate increases every six months. By the time next year’s budget rolls around and we begin to implement, we may find out we didn’t raise it enough and we’ve got to wait another year to do it.” After the $5-per-credit-hour total increase, the average student who takes 15 credit hours will find themselves paying $75 dollars more per semester than they do this academic year. “It will cost the student a little more, but the Pell Grant is going up,” Financial Aid Director Kathy Blau said. “The minimum EFC Pell Grant last year was $5,645. Next year that is going up $85. So, it’s not going to completely cover the increase, but, you know, it will help a little bit. So, next year the kid with the minimum EFC will get $5,730 for the year.” EFC stands for “Estimated Family Contribution” and is a calculated measurement of a family’s financial strength. It is used by FAGSA to determine whether a student is eligible for federal grant and aid. The lowest EFC is zero, which is also the level that receives the highest amount of aid. Recently, GCCC was reported to have a default rate on student loans of 7.9 percent. Having a higher default can penalize an institution, making it harder for students there to receive loans. Blau said that she believes this default rate will remain the same despite the increase in tuition and fees. “Most of the time, students who are going to pay are going to pay,” Blau said, “They’re responsible borrows, they are people who are going to persist; they’re people who got value here.” Last year, GCCC was ranked 24th in the nation among for number of students who went on to receive a higher education. Swender is confident that GCCC’s placement among the most affordable and successful community colleges in the country will remain unaffected. Rather than deterring students from choosing to attend GCCC, Swender said he believes that the raise in tuition will have the opposite effect. “I think we’ll have an increase [in attendance] because we’re so affordable and accessible,” Swender said. “It just gets the message out again, ‘Even with our increase, look at how much more affordable we are than some of our neighboring universities.’” Currently, GCCC has the fourth lowest tuition in the state of Kansas.


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Dominique Sauls, right, makes his way over a hurdle in the men’s 1600 m. race with fellow teammate Collin Widder, left, closely behind during Feb. 13 home meet at GCCC’s multi-sports complex.

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MAKING A RUN AT NATIONALS Track, field qualifies 12 for National NJCAA Indoor meet

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At the Region VI Indoor Track and Field Championships last Friday and Saturday, the Busters brought their A-game just at the right moment. After two days of event-packed competition, the Busters came home with fourth place on the men’s side and tenth place on the women’s side. Along with placing well as a team, the Busters also had many first place winners individually and will be sending two more athletes to the National NJCAA Indoor Meet in New York City. First place finishers include Kadijah Brown in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet 7.25 inches, and Alfredo Lebron in the 1000 meter run and the 800 meter run with times of 4:23.22 and 1:56.44, respectively. Newly qualified for the New York meet are Tyler Eddings and Jose Zavala as a part of the 4x800 meter

relay. Also on the 4x8 team were Alfredo Lebron and Blake McKinzie. Worth noting are the performances coming from Aaron Vazquez and Dominique Sauls in the heptathlon. Vazquez and Sauls scored totals of 4042 points for third place and 3999 for fourth place, respectively. The two both scored high in the long jump, 60-meter hurdles, and pole vault, which Sauls had no experience in at the start of the season. Garden City qualified twelve athletes in total for the national meet. They are: Tyler Eddings (4x800 meter), Jose Zavala (4x800 meter), Alfredo Lebron (4x800 meter, 600, 800, 1,000, 3,000), Blake McKinzie (4x800 meter, 600), Kadijah Brown (high jump, long jump), Aaron Vazquez (multis), Dominique Sauls (multis), Edward Simmons (60m, 200), Jermaine Arthorlee (60m), Qhyle Elijah (200m, 400, 600), Odion Agbi (triple jump), and Kiera Walton (high jump).

Men’s Basketball 21-8 going into last night’s game against Barton Community College

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Kadijah Brown lunges for the sand pit during the women’s long jump during the Feb. 13 home meet.

Softball set to play Clarendon this weekend

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Feb. 26—Barton County The Buster men played the Barton County Cougars in Great Bend, Kansas. The Buster men fell to the Cougars in the first matchup, 64-65. The final score was not available at time of publication. Feb. 22—Dodge The Buster men played the Dodge City Conquistadors, 83-71, with the help of D’Shon Taylor who led the team with 22 points. Conquistadors’ EJ Erives led all scorers with 26 points. Jeremy Wilson and June Johnson added 15 and 11 points, respectively, for the Busters. Feb. 19—Pratt The Buster men won a close matchup with the Pratt Community College Beavers, 62-61, the win snapped a two game losing skid for the Busters. Rueben King coming off the bench led the Busters in scoring with 13 points. Jalen Variste and D’Shon Taylor were the only other Buster players in double digit scoring and they both added 11 points. Feb. 15—Cloud County Josh Harbour| GC3 Media The Busters fell to the Cloud County Thunderbirds, Jeremy Wilson puts up a shot over Dodge City Community 51-56, as Lorenzo Dillard and Marvin Smith led the College’s Larry Beckett during Feb. 22 home game. charge for the Thunderbirds with 13 points each. Jeremy Wilson scored the most points for the Busters and in the game overall with 16 while teammate Jade STARTERS MIN FTM-A REB PTS Cathey added in another 10 points off of the bench. Wilson 23 6-7 6 15 Taylor 29 9-10 4 22 Feb. 12—Seward Banks 9 0-0 2 0 The Busters fell to the Seward Saints, 60-69, in Bell 13 0-0 3 6 Liberal, Kansas. The Buster men saw themselves variste 26 6-10 5 8 down by 18, 27-9, at the end of the first half but were able to score over 50 points in the second half to make the game more competitive. The Busters overall output of Niem Stevenson from Seward who had three players in double digit scoring with June had a game high 36 points. Johnson, D’Shon Taylor, and Jalen Variste adding 13, 12, and 11 points respectively. The total scoring from the Busters top three scorers was enough to match the

Feb. 25—Frank Phillips The Lady Busters won their first game 13-0 against the Lady Plainsmen and lost their second game 9-10. The Lady Busters now sit with a record of 5-6 and 0-0 in conference play. The Lady Busters are set to play Clarendon at home Feb. 28. Feb. 22—North Central College The Garden City Lady Busters got prepared for the remainder of the Cowtown Classic and in their first game they faced off against the North Central, Ill., College Lady Cardinals. The Lady Busters fell in a close game, 4-7, to the Lady Cardinals. In their second game the Lady Busters got ready to hopefully rack up a win, this time against the Northern Oklahoma Lady Mavericks. The Lady Busters scored as much as they ahd in the previous game, but they still would fall to the Lady Mavericks, 4-12. Feb. 21—Seminole State, WOSU, Ranger The Lady Busters prepared for the first day of the Cowtown Classic. The Lady Busters had a triple header, with the first game against the Seminole State, Okla., Lady Trojans. The Lady Busters fell 2-10 to the Lady Trojans. The Lady Busters had the lead at the top of the second, 2-0, with Danielle Aronoff and Alex Barleen scoring, but from then on it would be all Lady Trojans. The Lady Busters prepared for their second game of the day, this time against the Western Oklahoma State Lady Pioneers. The Lady Busters scored 14 runs, but would still fall to the Lady Pioneers, 14-16. In the last game the Lady Busters faced off against Ranger Community College Lady Rangers. The Lady Busters won their final game of the day, 19-15. Feb. 19—Hutchinson The Lady Busters faced off against the Hutchinson Lady Blue Dragons in a double header. The Lady Busters lost the first matchup 8-10, but came back strong in the second game, winning 14-4.

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Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Frank Phillips College Yesterday, the Busters played the Frank Phillips College Plainsmen once again. The game started at 2 p.m. and results were unavailable at the time of publication. Saturday, Feb. 22 - Rose State At Midwest City, Okla., the Broncbuster baseball team defeated the Rose State College Raiders back-toback with a score of 11-0 in each game. These two wins mark the fifth and sixth wins for the Busters. With the two wins, the Busters are now 7-2 for regular play this season. The pitchers for the Busters’ scoreless games were JJ Benes who struck out nine and only allowed four hits after his six innings of play, and Chris Bonk who kept the Raiders scoreless for five innings. Runs for the Busters were completed by Nolan Barrientos, Kadin Hydrick, and Cale Dineen.


W e d n e s day, F e b. 19 - F r a n k Phillips College Against the Frank Phillips College Plainsmen, the Busters celebrated their fourth straight win in a game that ended with the Buster touting seven runs to the Plainsmen’s two. ALITZ Throughout the course of the game, the Busters utilized three of their pitchers. Dalton Shalberg pitched for five innings before being switched for Brooks Trujillo for three, and then Anthony Kaasch finished up the final inning. Shalberg and Trujillo each kept the Plainsmen scoreless. Tyler Alitz stood out in last Wednesday’s game after he ran scored twice as a product of a triple, a double, and three bases stolen. The Busters kept the Plainsmen from reaching the home plate until the final inning where they were shut down by Kaasch after they ran in two successful runs.

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DOWN TO THE WIRE Falling from No. 3 in conference a week ago to No. 6, Busters’ need win to make post-season Brett Cady

ABOVE: Tori Spunn tries to keep the ball in her control after a rebound during the second half of the Feb. 22 home game against Dodge City Community College. RIGHT: Shauqunna Collins comforts fellow teammate Jasmine Christmas during the last few seconds of the Feb. 22 69-61 loss to Dodge City. Josh Harbour | GC3 Media

Feb. 26 - Barton County The Lady Busters traveled to Great Bend to take on Barton County Community College at 6 p.m. last night. The game decided whether or not the Buster’s earn a playoff game. At the time of publication results were not available. Log onto for results. Feb. 22 - Dodge city After a rocky start in the first few minutes of the game, the Lady Busters slowly started to climb toward on the Dodge City Community College Lady Conquistadors, just to fall back down the mountain. In a game that was crucial for the Busters, the Conqs reigned supreme with a score of 69-61. In the first two minutes of the game, DCCC drained threes as if their lives depended on it. Soon, GCCC found themselves down 18-9. With 12:36 left in the first half, DCCC’s Ronesha Hall drove in and slammed Jasmine Christmas to the floor on a layup. This set the tone for the rest of the game. Coming into the second half, Garden City was down by three points, 32-29. “I think we ran out of time,” Head Coach Nick Salazar said. “You can only sustain that level for so long and I thought we had to go to it so early to try and get ourselves back in the game. Sometimes you don’t have enough to finish the game.” Dodge City was able to increase the distance between themselves and Garden City steadily, and the Busters lost their hold of the game. Feb. 19 - Pratt At Pratt, the Lady Busters were painfully defeated by the Pratt Community College Beavers, 72-49. Before the Busters could put points on the board, the Beavers had already scored 17 points. At the half, the Beavers were up 37-15. Feb. 15 - Cloud County At home, the Lady Busters defended the court against the Cloud County Community College Lady T-Birds and came out with a close win, 67-63. The Busters were a close 3-points away from the T-Birds at halftime with a score of 28-25 in favor of the Busters. Garden City managed to hold on to their slim lead in the second half by scoring 39 points to Cloud County’s 28.

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Winter Olympics garners local support

FABIOLA SIERRA 2014 Winter Olympic was held in Sochi Olympic park in Russia, which was Feb. 7 through the 23. This was the first time that the Russian Federation hosted the Winter Games. The host city Sochi has a population of 400,00 people and was located in Krasnodar, which is the third largest region in Russia. As the events ended on Sunday, the U.S was left in fourth place with 12 bronze, 7 silver and 9 gold medals. The Winter Olympics focus around ice events such as skiing, bobsleigh, ice hockey, curling, figure skating, and much more. Snowboarding was one of the events that the US Olympians earn the most medals in, 3 gold and 2 bronze. Many of GCCC’s students are from different parts of the world and bring lots of diversity to this campus. Some international students did tune in Winter Olympics to root on for their country.


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Most international students still watched even when their country did not receive a great amount of medals. Most of those students still support their own country’s even when placing low. “Brazil is not big on competition because we don’t have winter or snow. Therefore we don’t even have a place to practice,” said Vanessa Manai from Mogiguacu, Brazil. Likewise, Mark Crossan who is from Warton England mentions the conditions of the Olympic athletes. “We don’t really have a lot of competitors in England compared to America or Canada, but we don’t really have the weather so they can practice,” Crossan said.

Esteban Gonzalez walk around the ice cream counter with a vase a flowers and balloons towards her. “I thought it was very sweet, it was incredible. I was very surprised. His songs are very touching and he has a good voice. He’s one of the best singers here, I’m definitely a fan,” Jasmine Ortiz said. Diana said she could agree that her daughter was surprised. “She was definitely surprised. I think she loved it,” Diana Ortiz said. As for Gonzalez, he says he appreciated the gesture of being contacted for a performance and enjoyed making someone’s day. Gonzalez says his two biggest influences are Mexican music group Reik and John Mayer. “On the latin side, my influence is a band called ‘Reik’. They’re actually the

“It makes me wanna snowboard cause I like to do it. It’s a bit inspirational.”

Triffon Tatarin, Alberta, Canada

Mark Crossan, Warton, England

“I’ll always be proud of my country.”

“It shows that my country is healthy compared to the others. “

Vanessa Manai, Mogiguacu, Brazil

Emilie Lalieerte, Gramby, Canada

continued from page 1 ones who really inspired me to play guitar with their song ‘Yo Quisria’. The song starts off with a guitar and since I heard it I wanted to play guitar so I could learn that song,” Gonzalez said. “On the American side I guess you could say an influence is John Mayer. He’s a great inspiration for me. I want to become like him, he’s not the greatest singer but he’s listenable and people like his music.” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez says he has thought about auditioning for a reality singing show competition but would rather make it big himself without the help of television. “I have thought about it [auditioning for a singing competition] but I like to do my own stuff,” Gonzalez said. “Help is always good, but I want to be that guy that whenever he makes it big he can say he did it on his own without any help.”

Cheer and Dance teams of GCCC gain high marks at inaugural Region VI championships

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Front: Pamela Hernandez, Alyssa Cedilla, Nicole Engelbrecht, Kacey Smith, Karen Rodriguez Back: Morgan Walz, Maggie McCombs, Danielle Petts, Tori Fairbank, Kaity Schwabenlander, Tessa Rindels, Kevin Arguetta

Silhouette News The GCCC Cheer and Dance team went to Hutchinson Community College for the Region VI Cheer and Dance Championship and came back with a second place trophy in the Game Day (restricted skills) division. Kansas Junior Community College Conference coaches met in the fall to discuss the very first Region VI Cheer and Dance Championship. Coaches did this to get cheerleading recognized as a sport. One of the first proposals was to invite KJCCC schools for a annual competition. Hutchinson CC vounteered to host the first event, inviting GCCC, Dodge City, Barton County, Pratt, Johnson County, Allen County, and Butler. GCCC competed in three of several divisions of competition; Game Day, Stunt, and one dance solo. The Region VI Cheer and Dance Championship marks the first time GCCC

“Canada was expected to do pretty well, especially in hockey.”

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has participated in a dance and cheer competition. The teams’ highest scores were in the ‘Crowd Engagement’ section of the score sheet and they purportedly received many compliments on hitting clean, solid stunts. “I was really proud of our team, we put a lot of hard work into it,” said Nicole Engelbrecht, member of the cheer team, who was base in most all of the stunts. While the location for next years competition is yet to be announced, GCCC is planning to attend and hope to compete in both the Game Day and Full Routine divisions.

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Esteban Gonzalez serenades Jasmine Ortiz with a cover of “you & me” by Lifehouse on Valentine’s Day at Baskin Robbins.

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