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The Student Newspaper of Cowley College


s that a Cyclops? No, that single lens is the camera of the new campus photographer. Derby High School graduate,


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mom, who happens to be a cosmetologist. Arnce said, “This is once in a lifetime, and cosmetology will always be there, and my parents

supported my decision 100 percent.”

Morgan Arnce, had originally planned on majoring in cosmetology, but applied for the campus photographer during Fine Arts Day last spring. After completing the interviewing process, Arnce was offered the position. It was a tough choice and one she did not rush into, instead she talked to her

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web services] she’s my director.” She said she checks the photo assignments, divided up between Dicken, Janet Kennedy, assistant web master and Rama Peroo, director of institutional communications and public relations, “and the ones that have my name, I have to go to shoot them,” Arnce said. “I am looking forward to working with Morgan as having a campus photographer helps alleviate fin some of my





The campus photographer, scholarship will cover her books, tuition, and dorm plan. “I take photos of all the intramurals, all the sports, everything that goes on, all the dances, and all the drama performances and everything,” said Arnce., ”And I get a full scholarship for everything that I do here.” Part of the job is providing photos for the college Website. “I just turn my pictures in to Diana Dicken,[director of

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In high school, Arnce took several semesters of photography. While she was studying how to use the camera, she also took a class on how to use Photoshop. Photography is not just point-andshoot, knowing which settings to use on the camera, how to edit photos, and how to take enticing, interesting photos are important abilities. Arnce credits her high school teacher with expanding her ability both in the digital darkroom and behind the lense. Arnce said, “My photography teacher, Craig Goddard, I took his class for three years and he taught me everything I know about photography. I did on-the-side stuff when I pho was younger, and I took tog his class and started with rap analog and got to digital her and I just really loved it.”




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workload,” said Peroo. “Oftentimes we have more than one event at the college going on at the same time, so having Morgan be able to take pictures helps a great deal. I have heard great things about Morgan’s photography work and we are glad to have her at Cowley.”


Morgan Arnce, top left, will be the new campus photographer, starting this semester. Arnce has a passion for photography and is very excited to have this opportunity. (photo by Rhiannon Rosas)

Taking a new approach to orientation BY MATTHEW FOX Staff writer

A room filled with 40 unfamiliar faces, their hands shaking slightly and the odor of a nervous sweat fills the air. The room is filled with all sorts of emotions excitement, joy, fear and maybe even some boredom. The experience is freshman orientation and it is slightly nerve wracking for some, but this rite of passage is more pleasant than in years past. Under the supervision of Kristi Shaw, director of student life, Charlee Wilson, coordinator of tutoring and Heather Allen, director of organizational learning and advising; orientation was lead in a different direction this year. Instead of the usual one day event with 450 students the orientation process was split into 20 separate groups and a two day event. “In the past it hasn’t been very effective to do it with 400 students on campus at one time, so the changes were to have more one-on-one time with the students on the computer.” said Shaw. Fewer students meant longer turns during the self introduction process and each individual could feel

focused and laid back environment where everyone can be a little more comfortable and accomplish more. With the nation’s economic state cost efficient is more important than ever. At first glance most would agree having a one day session with all the incoming students would be Freshmen Alec Lawlis and Cory Dreiling wait in the cheaper than 20 half admissions office during Dorm Storm. Checking in and day sessions and a getting all of your information for the year was a big half day session with part of the day. (photo by Rhiannon Rosas) everyone. more comfortable with fewer eyes on Wilson disagreed, “One thing you them. have to think about is how it was done With the reduced numbers each in the past, where everyone went over person could set up their passwords and to the Brown Center a group of 400 in accounts for school instead of just being the morning and we just went over the shown on the projector like in years computer information on the screen.” past. Wilson pointed out that after Students don’t always have the the initial training, “hundreds and greatest attention span especially when hundreds of students either came in they are surrounded by a few hundred here to the library or called the hotline peers. Now the students are in a more to ask about changing passwords. I


feel now how they are getting hands on experience that the number of the students that have to take time away from the library and the help desk for people who really have technical problems will go down dramatically… It probably balances itself out.” With the separate sessions all the advisors aren’t needed for the entire day, but only half a day during the advisor session. Advisors can also stay focused on answering advising questions, because the half-day workshops have already answered a lot of the general questions. Students and faculty have already provided good feedback. The general questions such as “how do I log in check my email or grades?” have not only been answered, but the students have had firsthand experience from the workshops. The positive remarks have the team considering the same approach for next year. Allen stated that next year the breakout sessions will most likely be used again and that the only real changes that need to be made are details such as students coming on the correct day.

Changes over the summer at Cowley BY ANNE SANCHEZ Opinions Editor

Change can come in many forms. Fall is all about change between incoming freshman, returning students and the hustle and bustle of the new semester some of the changes might go unnoticed. Though that’s hard to imagine with the huge new high definition (HD) TVs in the Interactive Distance Learning Course (IDL) classrooms. “IDL classrooms now have HD big screens so it’ll be better for instructors and students,” said, vice president of acadimic affairs Slade Griffiths, “communication should be better.” It is not just the HD big screens that is new at Cowley there are several new instructors, Abby Stevens, Tim Walton, and Dennis Rogosch. “Abby Stevens she’s the early childhood instructor. We’ve had that degree forever and we just really needed to have one full time person,” said Griffiths, “I read something the other day that early childhood educators outside of kindergarten are needed over the next 10 years.”

New faces include: Dennis Rogosch, teaching mechatronics, which is a combination of mechanical, electronic and software engineering. Teaching automotive at the Mulvane campus is Tim Walter. “We have to change all our automotive curriculum to a statewide curriculum within a year,” said Griffiths. “He will be very busy this year.” The big screens and new instructors are a good start to a new semester but the other change might not be as noticeable yet, the library has been remodeled. I have had students come in and look around like they are trying to figure out what is different but shrug it off, said Rhoda Maclaughin, library director. “The library rework was done primarily as a utility saving venture,” said Tony Crouch, executive vice president of business services. “Most of the campus has had the lights changed out, incorporating new lighting technology that is about 40 percent more efficient. The problem in the library was that the old ceiling grid was a non-standard size.  With that, we couldn’t get new lights to fit the

grid. The simplest, most effective way to put in the new lights was to change the entire grid. In doing that, we also had the opportunity to encase some electrical conduit at the pillars making it look better and put in some ceiling tile that has a bit of personality.” “We’re most Over the summer the library had new ceiling tiles put in excited about the to make room for more energy efficent lights. Enjoying a brightness of it, the brighter library, Rhoda MacLaughlin rearranges books on lighting is much a shelf. (photo by Rhiannon Rosas) better especially our maintenance staff did the demo in the corners,” said Maclaughlin. work and helped with installation of the “Everything is so well lit now it’ll be lighting, the final cost was $23,670.10.  good for studying.” The library staff At that, the payback for the work, based is also awaiting new furniture and on electricity savings is approximately computers. 4 years. After that, this project begins to “We had been wanting to make this pay the college back.” shift for several years, but the decision Summer is coming to an end, the was made to go forward when we changes are in place, and the fall received some ARRA (Federal Stimulus) semester has begun. funds last year,” said Crouch. “Because

Cowley changing Code of Conduct Policies course, or an XF grade, which indicates that the student had failed the course after violating academic integrity. With the revision, the disciplinary measures have been standardized to escalate gradually. That means a student committing their first infraction will receive a 0 on their assignment, whereas a student who is breaking this code of conduct for the third time will be faced with a one-year suspension from Cowley. This procedure will be applied the same way for all homework, exams, and quizzes. For more detailed information, find the policy on Cowley’s website at studenthandbook or in the Cowley College agenda. Griffiths said this policy was first developed 4 or 5 years ago by members of the Student Government Association (now the Student Senate). It went through Academic Affairs and became Board Policy. He said the policy is “not intended as a punitive thing”, but instead is supposed to teach students the

BY WILL AUSTIN Staff writer Over the summer, the Board of Trustees approved a revision of the academic integrity policy, which most students will find in their agendas or online find as the Academic Code of Conduct. This code first gives a list with definitions of different terms such as “Plagiarism” which are considered to be activities that violate “academic honesty” (see policy and procedures). The purpose of this section is to give students a clear idea of what will be unacceptable in their college-level work. As vice president of Academic Affairs, Slade Griffiths put it, it “defines what cheating is” for those who are unsure. The part of this policy that changed over the summer is the second half, which covers the disciplinary measures any student will face if they disregard the information from the first section. According to Griffiths, the earlier

Slade Griffiths “ Academic integrity goes along with integrity in general.” (photo by Samantha Francis) version of the procedure wasn’t very consistent. In responding to an infraction, a faculty member could choose between three different grades, each one more severe than the other, for grading the student’s work. So for a first violation of the Academic Code of Conduct, the student could receive a 0 for the assignment, an F for the whole


standards for academic, and eventually professional, work. Many students will need frequent clarification for these issues, Griffiths said it’s best to go to an instructor for help to avoid committing infractions. Just like academic integrity, the student/instructor relationship is highly valued at Cowley. The new revision in the policy favors that relationship by standardizing disciplinary measures and placing their application at the level of the vice president, avoiding the difficult situation where an instructor would have to respond alone to a student’s infraction. Julie Kratt, humanities instructor, said she and many of her colleagues “are very excited about the new policy” because of the way it will deal with offenses. It relieves instructors of some pressure, while effectively discouraging academic dishonesty among students. “It’s a win-win for both students and faculty.” It seems like we can expect some good results from the new policy.


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Doing the up do in the cosmetology department BY ANDREW S. MARYMEE Staff writer

education. Soon she was an apprentice and from there, a student instructor. Morgan here is a new face in the cosmesaid she found she really took to it. “I tology program; Becky Morgan, decided that it was something I really Cowley College alum, is bringenjoyed doing, seeing the girls come in ing her schooling having no idea of I decided that it was the concept, then and ideas into her teaching. She grew seeing the light something I really up in a small town bulbs go off, and enjoyed doing, see- then get it and see in Illinois where her mother worked in passion for it.” ing the girls come in hav- their and owned a hair After teaching at ing no idea of the consalon Morgan was B Street School of born. Though she is she said she cept then seeing the light Design far from home, Mordecided it was time gan said her mother, bulbs go off, and to work where she Eunice, always had gotten the best then get it and see has time to answer education; Cowquestions and share their passion for it. ley, so she in turn ideas. would be able to After graduatgive a great educa~ Becky Morgan tion. Morgan said ing from Cowley, in 2005, she went to she has some plans work at the local hair salon “Cutting up for the new cosmetology students this the Town”. “She was really talented,” fall. They will get an up close look at a said Tracy Pingry Co-Owner of “Cutting science experiment called, “what hapup the Town.” With a year of experipens when you neglect the proper care ence under her belt Morgan moved to and cleaning of your tools”. Students Wichita and bought her own salon. She will see first hand what, other than has owned “47th Street Hair Studio” for hair, can grow in a salon. Morgan will four years. have students get a true visualization Within a few years Morgan said she by checking out the growth under a mistarted looking into cosmetology educacroscope. “They will be able to see how tion and found Kansas had very few fast bacteria can grow,” said Morgan, educational opportunities for aspiring and even some things that can be seen cosmetologists and those who wanted to without a microscope. continue their education. Morgan said Styling hair is in her blood, and with she decided to go back and advance her a history of owning and working in


Pat Mauzey Cosmetology Instructor (right) welcoming Becky Morgan Cosmetology Lab Assistant (left) to the cosmetology program. Morgan is replacing retired cosmetology instructor Val Rodrick and will be teaching classes this year. (photo by Haley Rouleau) salons since graduating, Morgan brings real life experience to the cosmetology program. “She will be a huge asset,”

said Pingry. Mauzy said of Morgan“I’m going to miss Val, she was my right hand but Becky will fill her shoes.”

Cowley College Calendar


August 19 First Day of Classes Hypnotist Joshua Seth, Brown Center, 7 p.m. Club Fair Ice Cream Social Following Hypnotist, 8:15 p.m. August 20 Free Late Movie Night, Cowley Cinema, Midnight August 21 Free Swim for Cowley Students at Sun-N-Fun The Cowley Press is a public August 22 Foster Parent forum produced bi-weekly by the newspaper production Program Social, Wright Room, class. The paper is distributed 6 p.m. free in single copies on campus. Free Cowley Employee/Student Extra copies are $1 each. Student editors make all content Swim Night, Ark City Pool, decisions without censorship or 7-8:30 p.m. advance approval. Editorials, August 25 CC Singers Audition, columns and letters reflect the opinions of the writers. The staff 2:15 p.m. reserves the right to edit letters August 26 Auditions for Fall for taste and length. Letters must Play 2/6p.m. Back to School be signed by the author. Bash, McAtee Dining Center, Editorial Team: 9 p.m. Sports Editor - Ben Donals August 30 Drop in and Play, Scene Editor - Alison Jamerson Opinion Editor - Anne Sanchez Cowley Recreation Building, Staff Members - Andrew Marymee, Will 6 p.m. Austin, Katie Arnett, Haley Rouleau, Rhiannon Rosas, Brittany Thiesing, Matthew August 31 Drop in and Play, Fox, Samantha Francis and Victor Others Cowley Recreation Building, Faculty Advisor - Meg Smith 6 p.m.




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