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Issue 2 The Student Newspaper of Cowley College


Arkansas City, Kan.

September 20, 2007


owley is ‘NSync with lip sync

BY COURTNEY CRAIN Assistant Editor


ith the brand new backdrop commemorating Cowley’s 85th Anniversary now hanging in the Robert Brown Theatre, many gathered to watch twelve brave groups take the stage. The 18th Annual Puttin’ On the Hits Lip Sync Contest featured groups and individuals performing numbers ranging from Shirley Temple’s “Good Ship Lollipop” to Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy.” Humanities instructor Dejon Ewing came up with the idea for the contest in the late 1980s. It began in Galle-Johnson theatre and has grown to fill the Brown theatre. Contestants were given a three-minute time limit in which they did their best to entertain the crowd and the judges. The responsibility of deciding the lip sync champions fell to City Attorney Tamara Niles, and KSOK Radio’s Marty Mutti and Shawn “Rhino” Wheat.

Student groups competed for cash prizes, while staff and faculty competed for the envied traveling trophy. In the large group category, the Act One Drama Club won the $50 first place prize for their mix of 1990s pop bands, and the North Campus Student Ambassadors won the $20 second place prize for their Elvis routine. In the small group category, sophomore Kate Kearns won first place with her performance of “Rollin’ on the River,” and the Rocker Hippies took home second place. In the faculty and staff category, the Book Ladies and Charlie’s Chain Gang were awarded the traveling trophy for their version of “Do Your Ears Hang Low.” Social Science instructor Frank Arnold won second place performing “Good Ship Lollipop” as a slightly older and less mobile Shirley Temple. The contest served as a fundraiser for the Act One Drama Club.

The Act One Drama Club men performed part of ‘NSync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye.”

Parking Stickers to Extended Hours Security Looks After the Campus BY CHRIS ROBINETTE Staff Writer A new security team this year consists of Matt Stone, Mark Bazil, and Leon Washington with Director of Security Eddie Santiago. They are planning to have close to constant coverage of the Arkansas City campus while also providing security services to other campuses if needed. All of the officers have previous experience in either law enforcement or security. Santiago has 30 years of experience in law enforcement and Bazil has five. All officers are certified in basic CPR, one officer is a certified EMT and Bazil is a certified first responder.

Safety Information Online As part of the ongoing effort to ensure the safety of students and staff, the officers are working with the Ark City Police Department on training for various emergencies as well as increasing communication between Cowley Security and the ACPD. The security officers’ cell phone numbers and photos are on the security website as well as Crisis Management Plans for various emergencies from natural disasters to bomb threats, medical emergencies, and demonstrations. This information can be found on the Security portion of www.cow-

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9 under Campus Security by the individual campuses. “I highly recommend anyone and everyone to use the site,” Stone said Online forms for reporting crimes, campus safety issues, complaints against officers and campus crime statistics are also available.

Protectors Not Parents According to Stone, the security team wants to “be the good guys as much as the bad guys.” “We want to ensure a secure campus environment without encroaching upon the freedoms of students,” he said. A committee consisting of faculty from all campuses and departments is now in place to design the new security policy. In this way, Stone said, the team “wants to baby step in” to new policies. To help make the campus more secure the team plans to communicate with the ACPD on a regular basis. Communication was an issue in both the Virginia Tech shooting and the Jodi Sanderholm case, said Stone. Some clues were visible, but because of the lack of communication, some weren’t recognized, he said. Stone said he would like to “create a red flag system” to keep track of repeat incidents by individuals in and around

The Humanities Trio of Jacque Ramirez, Tom Mason, and Marlys Cervantes placed third with their version of Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy.”

Members of Charlie’s Chain Gang receive their bling during “Chain Hang Low.”

Photos by Jolene Pierson and Jackie Hutchinson

campus. This system would help the ACPD and Campus Security spot trends faster. The team is also utilizing the security cameras.

Parking Stickers The new parking sticker program was instituted this year. The stickers are designed to allow security officials to notify students in the event they are illegally parked. This gives security an opportunity to contact the student before issuing a citation. The system also allows an officer to warn a student if cars lights are left on, a car is involved in an accident, or any other

Crain picked as student of the month Full schedule earns her the honor. Story on page 3

number of problems that might arise. The stickers allow security to track down a student on campus. “The program is purely for the students’ benefit,” said Stone. “There is no consequence for not putting a sticker on a car.” “The stickers are free and are available at the admissions office,” said Stone. “And while it is strongly recommended students obtain one it is not required and will not result in a student’s car being towed.” Anyone who notices a car with lights left on, a flat tire, or another issue can get the sticker number, turn it into any faculty member and the owner will be notified.

Cowley Volleyball undefeated Lady Tigers ranked third in the country. Story on page 10



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Sept. 20, 2007

Communications project guides students’ future BY COURTNEY CRAIN Assistant Editor

Jancye Sturd’s dream job is to be the director of operations for a women’s basketball program. (Photo by Callie Jo Maxwell)

Another class, another grade: a step to success? Sophomore Jancye Sturd found that something as ordinary as completing a class project can be the first step to opening doors in the future, not just another letter grade. Humanities instructor Dejon Ewing teaches an Interpersonal Personal Communications course. In her class, one of the significant required projects deals with experiencing the interview process. The project involves choosing a person who is currently working in the student’s field of study. The assignment is to set up an interview in the workplace in order to see what the job entails. The project also helps students decide if the field is one worth pursuing. The project focuses on applying different communication skills that have been taught in classroom. Sturd’s major is sports management. “I decided to aim high with the project,” she

said. She succeeded in setting up an interview with Senior Women’s Administrator and Director of Compliance Candice Storey at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. “I could have interviewed the male directors at K-State or KU, but I wanted to interview a female. I wanted to get a woman’s point of view about working in a male-dominated field,” Sturd said. Storey gave her several ideas on how

to excel in the field and also told her to apply for a position at Vanderbilt after she graduates. In collegiate athletics, women make up only nine percent of sports information directors, 25 percent of all head athletic trainers, 34 percent of athletic administrators, two percent of male team coaches and 46 percent of female team coaches, according to Carpenter/Acosta, Dept of Physical Education and Exercise Science at Brooklyn see Project, page 8

Secure or overprotected? BY AMY CASNER Staff Writer Freshman Lucia Cizmarova from Slovakia, sophomore Lilian Rezende from Brazil, and freshman Elizabeth Galindo from Colombia show where they are from. They are all members of SHADE, a student group that encourages learning about other cultures. (Photo by Alex Skov)

It’s something every student knows by heart: 2 a.m. on the weekends, midnight on the weekdays. Dorm curfew. Some like it, others hate it, but everyone has to deal with it at some point. Whether it’s falling asleep in Kirke Dale after a Wii bowling tournament or a late night study session in Docking, many students cross its path one way or another. The question is: does a dorm curfew reflect the lifestyle of a college student? Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, said she thinks that the weeknight curfew is reasonable. “We have the focus of a learning institution,” said Saia, “many students have early morning classes.” She reasons that academics should be the primary focus of students during the week. But as more students are working late jobs, time for studies and friends is limited. Skyla Griffis, a sophomore who lives in Docking, said that the curfew occasionally interferes with her job. “Sometimes I don’t get home [from work] until twelve. I wouldn’t have time to see anybody,” Griffis said. Another Docking resident, freshman Sonja Smart said, “My boyfriend lives in Winfield and when he comes over after I get done working he can only stay for an hour.” When it comes to residents returning to dorms, administration is lenient. Vicki Crouch, the dorm manager for Kimmell, said that she understands that some of the students have jobs. She said that she allows her residents to “come and go as they want” as long as they are following the rules. see Curfew, page 8

A rose by any other name... BY CHARISSE ARCHER Scene Editor

Once called the International Student Club, this rose has grown a new name. S.H.A.D.E.: Students Honoring All Diverse Ethnicities aims to celebrate and promote the various ethnicities of the students here at Cowley. But don’t be mistaken, SHADE is not limited to international students; anyone possessing an interest in learning about other cultures is welcome to join, said Ben Schears, club sponsor. “All students are welcome to join SHADE, said Schears, director of admissions. “I’d like to challenge our students to think about the ways in which they are culturally and ethnically diverse. American students in particular have a tendency to think they lack diversity when in actuality we all bring something to the table.” An initial meeting date has not yet been set for the club. Future once a month meetings will be forums for planning

What do you miss most about home? “I miss the hills. Everything [here] is flat.”

Photo Illustration by Amy Casner Freshmen (from the top) Emily Champagne, Tara Balsters, Jillian Tatum, and Kathy Moon demonstrate what many students do to avoid getting caught in the dorms after curfew.

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various on-campus events to promote SHADE’s diversity. Schears added, “a few of the events we’re looking to host are a Salsa Dance night, [and] food nights in the Dining Center, where native dishes are served.” Cowley does not compare with larger colleges in the number of international students on campus, international students make up slightly less than 1 percent of the general population, but with students hailing from Jamaica, Canada, Vietnam and Slovakia, to name a few, Cowley is becoming quite the international melting pot for cultural diversity. “I was raised on a small farm in the Flint hills and come from a long line of German, Native American, French and Dutch ancestors. These are diverse traits that helped shape my world view and each of us has them,” Schears added. Those interested in joining SHADE can e-mail Schears at or drop by his office located in Galle-Johnson.

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with Student of the Month Courtney Crain BY JACKIE HUTCHINSON Photo Editor


er favorite color is pink. She has a separate closet for the 70 pairs of shoes she currently owns, and her celebrity crush is country music artist Chris Cagle. Courtney Crain, or better known as Courtney Bre to her family and close friends, said she is honored to be named September’s Student of the Month. “I am completely surprised and genuinely honored. I was extremely excited when I found out that I had been chosen. It’s definitely encouraging to see hard work pay off,” she said. Crain, a native of Arkansas City, is a 2007 graduate of Ark City Christian Academy. She is the daughter of Kent and Pam Crain, and the granddaughter of Elmo and Barbara Crain and Bob and Pat Brown, all of Arkansas City. Crain serves as the Assistant Editor of the Cowley Press, the President of Tyger Tawk. She is also Co-Vice President of Fellowship for Phi Theta Kappa, a Student Ambassador, and an active member of Campus Christian Fellowship, Concert Choir, the Journalism Club and the Math and Science Club. Crain will also be seen in the upcoming fall musical, “Crazy For You”. But her work does not stop there. She is not only a full time student, but also serves as a work-study for the Humanities department. “She is so fun to be around, willing to go the extra mile, all of the instructors love her,” secretary of the Humanities Jacque

Student of the Month of is nominated by faculty/staff and selected by the Student Affairs Committee. (Photo by Jackie Hutchinson) Ramirez said. Crain attends First American Baptist Church, where she serves as a small group leader for Wednesday night church, and sings in the youth praise band. Music is a

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passion that is close to her heart, which is why she became a member of concert choir. “I have always loved to sing. In the shower, in the car: you name it. When the opportunity to join concert choir arose, I jumped on it. I look forward to going to the class. There are so many people who are just fun to be around. Plus, Connie [Donatelli] is an awesome director from who I have learned so much.”

CP: Look back on your days as a freshman. If you could give advice to first time students here at Cowley, what would you tell them? CC: I would tell them to never be afraid to ask questions. The faculty and staff on this campus are pretty much the best ever. I have not had a teacher yet that has not opened their office to me for any reason. If you don’t ask, you don’t learn.

Cowley Press: Who is your role model and why? Courtney Crain: My role model would definitely have to be my mom. She is the person that I turn to for advice. She has always taught me to work hard, never give up, and to always do my best.

CP: When you are having a bad day, what makes you feel better? CC: I have always had a strong belief in the power of prayer. Whenever I am having a bad day or feel myself slipping into a bad mood, I try to just stop and say a quick prayer to help me refocus on the big picture.

CP: Where do you see yourself in five years? : CC: In five years, I hope to have completed college and have the beginnings of a successful career. Of course, I would like to get married and start a family one day, but maybe not in the next five years. CP: What, so far, has been your favorite experience at Cowley? CC: I have had so many great experiences at Cowley. The best one would probably have to be getting to be part of the Cowley Press. I have learned so much and met a lot of awesome people through my involvement with the paper.

CP: Tell us about your role in “Crazy For You.” Are you like your character? CC: My character is a dance director from New York, which is ironic because I have never danced in my entire life. This is definitely a huge learning experience for me. My character tends to be the leader, so in that sense I am somewhat like her. CP: One last question: what is the secret of life? CC: Laughter. Nothing feels better than to just sit around either with a group of people or with a good movie and just laugh.

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Handling Stress in a Healthy Manner


student encounters countless problems throughout his college career; small problems like studying for the big psychology exam, writing term papers, and completing every assignment for each class. Over time, these small problems can grow into larger, more severe problems. At the core is stress. Stress manifests itself in various ways and its effects vary from person to person. Some common effects are insomnia, mood

Josh Patton Perspectives

swings, headaches, stomach ulcers, and physical tension. A long-term effect is that stress has been known to activate more severe dormant chronic diseases and disorders. When stress levels grow too high it can become dangerous. The end result could lead to job loss, dropped classes, or, in the worst cases, it can drive one to commit suicide. Today’s college student is usually juggling a job while managing to attend class. Layering a job, the second leading cause of stress, on top of class can often spread a student too thin and may cause them to buckle under the pressure. Not only can a job cause a student a great deal of stress, but being an active participant in campus sports or activities can cause pressure to build up as well. Much like a job, the student is fully devoting his already tight schedule to accommodate times for the activity. Other common stress factors are

financial and relationship complications. Not to be restricted to boyfriend/girlfriend trouble, but also issues in the living situation with other family members or roommates. According to a self-report of college students done by the American College Health Association, the number one impediment to college students is stress, with nearly one third of students reporting experiencing it either on a regular basis or at specific times. When stress reaches this elevated level it may feel like there is no hope of recovery. Like most things though, stress can be remedied. One of the easiest ways to ease stress is to find a hobby. Things to distract the mind and sooth the nerves such as puzzles, reading, gardening, building models

or organizing a collection are relaxing and stress reducing. It is important to relax and if necessary take some time off for self-care. Remember to keep a positive attitude and focus on living a healthy lifestyle; get regular exercise, drink plenty of water and eat right. There are also some crucial things to avoid when stressed: caffeine, alcohol and ignoring personal needs such as sleep, food and friends. Friends play a big role in keeping stress levels balanced. They help avoid isolation and worry. If one feels the need for professional assistance in dealing with this matter: on this campus, Student Life Counselor Roy Reynolds would be good start. His sessions are totally confidential and he specializes in techniques for handling stress.

Stress Test How Stressed are you? Answer these 20 questions: Yes or No

Do you frequently: 1. Neglect your diet? 2. Try to do everything yourself? 3. Blow up easily? 4. Seek unrealistic goals? 5. Fail to see humor in funny situations?   6. Get easily irritated? 7. Make a “big deal” of everything? 8. Complain that you are disorganized? 9. Keep everything inside? 10. Neglect exercise?   11.  Have few supportive relationships?   12.  Get too little rest? 13.  Get angry when kept waiting? 14.  Ignore stress symptoms? 15.  Put things off until later? 16.  Think there is only one right way? 17. Fail to build relaxation into the day?

Freshman Kendra Gonzales demonstrates how simple it is to be overwhelmed by school life. (Photo Illustration by Amy Casner)

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QuickQuotes What do you find stressful and how do you cope? “Getting all of my work done for my different classes. I deal by taking naps and calling my grandma.” Kayla Compton Freshman “Guys are stressful. I cope with it by planning things to do for myself, like taking a girls’ trip to the casino.” Jessica Soto Freshman “Not understanding homework and living far away from my family. I hang with friends and listen to music constantly.“ Tawnee Coleman Freshman “The combination of school and work. I deal by setting aside time for homework and making sure I have enough hours to pay my bills. It’s time management.” Richard Sprinkle Freshman

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2004, 2005, 2006 All Kansas Award winner Kansas Associated Collegiate Press The Cowley Press is a public forum produced bi-weekly by the Newspaper Production students. The newspaper is distributed free in single copies on campus. Extra copies are $1 each. Student editors make all content decisions without censorship or advance approval. Editorials, columns and letters reflect the opinions of the writers. The staff reserves the right to edit letters for taste and length. Letters must be signed by the author.

Managing Editor - Alex Skov Assistant Editor - Courtney Crain Opinions Editor - Josh Patton Sports Editor - Jacob Earls The Scene Editor - Charisse Archer Special Section Editor - Amy Casner Photo Editor - Jackie Hutchinson Assistant Photo Editor - Jolene Pierson Advertising - Jackie Hutchinson Online Editor - Ben Whitener Staff Members - Holly Bascombe, Megan Cummings, Joel DeNicolo, Krista Horton, Sierra Keplar, Callie Maxwell, Andrea Paddock, Liz Potter, Chris Robinette, Tiffany Zavala Faculty Adviser - Meg Smith



Sept. 20, 2007

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Revealing the Truth about Recycling


ecycling may be the most wasteful activity in modern America: a waste of time and money, a waste of human and natural resources” – John Tierney, The New York Times It’s been argued that recycling saves trees, money, and most natural resources, but that’s all about to be debunked. People will tell you that the more paper you recycle, the more trees you save, but that’s simply not true. Tree farmers make their living off of cutting down and selling their trees to make paper, and they always grow more trees to make more

Petition for Campus Childcare BY HOLLY BASCOMBE Staff Writer As the rate adults are returning to school to earn more education increases the question of day care in the college setting arises. Non-traditional students, classified as any student who is no longer a teen or is not entering college directly following high school, are often adults who have been down-sized, are looking for a second career or to advance in the one they are currently pursuing. For a great many it has been years since graduating high school. And several of them are parents. In Kansas eight community colleges, including Butler County Community College and Hutchinson Community College, have child care centers for students, faculty, and the people in their community. Several of the child care centers are used as lab settings for students in the Early Education degree field. So the question arises, why not Cowley College? Having child care at Cowley College is not a new topic. According to Sue Saia, vice president of student affairs, about seven years ago there was a push to add child care. Grants were formed but they did not cover enough to start the program, and finding someone willing to manage the facility was difficult, she said. The number of students asking about child care at the college is not large; most students who have child care concerns have had a child care situation fall through, said Saia. There is no argument that having childcare on campus would be beneficial to the students with children. Students interviewed commented on saving time and gas by having childcare on campus. “The possibility of having the childcare added to the total bill for college would be a nice bonus”, said Laurel Johnson, sophomore. According to Saia, Cowley is not opposed to having childcare facilities on campus. The college is concerned with the needs of the students and student initiative plays a factor in many of the college’s decisions. “Students who have concerns or would like to make a change at Cowley should start a petition about his/her cause and have as many students as possible sign”, suggested Saia. Doing this will bring the college’s attention to the need of the cause and start the process of bringing change to the school. To start a petition a student would need to type the petition, by typing out a short summary about your cause, being sure it describes the situation, suggests what is needed and explains why it is needed; and then show it to Sue Saia to look over and initial. Afterwards, go around the campuses and ask other students to sign the petition, and return it to Saia. If any student is in need of child care he/she can contact Sue Saia at 620-4415274 or Caroline Bruce, Cowley County Head Start 600 S B St, Arkansas City, Kansas, 67005, 620-441-2075

paper. It’s ridiculous to think that we’ll run out of trees from using so much paper, just as it’s ridiculous to think that we’ll run out of potatoes if we keep eating French fries. If people stopped buying trees, then people would stop growing them, therefore lowering their population. While recycling organizations may be profitable, the only reason they are so prof-

itable is because we have to pay to use their services. Of course they’re going to make more money than garbage men, because they’re funded by the people and not the government, making Errol Laurie the recycling indusLetter to the Editor try a business rather than a non-profit organization. What about landfill space? It’s believed that we’re not only running out of space to put our trash, but also that the

places we do put our trash are filthy, ugly, and [filled] sky-high. That’s not true either. The largest landfill in America takes up around 20 miles of space and all landfills must follow certain health regulations, and some of them even become parks when they are too full to use any more. There are some pretty cool things that you can turn a Coke bottle into, but the truth is that you can have cheaper, better quality products by just making them from scratch.

Video Game Addiction

Halo: The New Heroin? as many as 15 percent - about 5 million kids -- may be “addicted.” Terrifying stories of 17-year-olds throwing fits have surfaced from parents. Life has many struggles and triFor example, a woman from Frisco, umphs, but what happens when life becomes role-playing? Struggles are bosses Texas said that her son Michael was an adand triumphs are leveling up? In the world dict. She said that he had been transformed from a social and intelligent young man of gaming, that’ll do. But what about in into a reclusive flunkreal life? out due to the World of Holing away from Warcraft. She compared society, ignoring basic knew Michael’s symptoms of functions and acting agaggression and problems gressively when separated that with that of her father’s from Half-Life 2? Some getalcoholism. scientists and parents are The ease of use of saying maybe this conditing over the Internet and its online tion should be put in the this addicgaming community bring DSM tion was about a contradiction in The DSM is Diagnosbehaviors for example: tic and Statistical Manual the hardOnline Gamers’ Anonyof Mental Disorders, the est thing I’d mous, where a 13-yearbible for psychological old boy finds his addicdisorders. Conditions like ever have tion and assistance in his bipolar disorder, obsesto do, but recovery. sive-compulsive disorder World infamous Amand schizophrenia are with the sterdam, Netherlands has described by listing traits help of my plans to open a detoxifiin order to give a correct cation clinic -- for video and formal diagnosis of wonderful game addicts. Doctors in the patient. parents, I the AMA are saying that • Computer or video got through these games can be just game use is characterized as addictive as heroin or by: it.” ~ whitecocaine. • Intense feelings of tiger34 Recently, a study by pleasure and guilt two Psychology profes• Increasing the hours sors at Minnesota Univerplaying video games sity revealed that the av• Seriously disrupting erage playing time for addicted individuals family, social or work life is 21 hours and are twice as likely as those • Lying about computer or video game non-addicted to get into altercations with use friends, family members and even teachers. • Experiencing feelings of withdrawal, An Online-Gamers Anonymous memanger or depression when not involved ber, known only as whitetiger34 stated, “I with the game knew that getting over this addiction was the hardest thing I’d ever have to do, but with the help of my wonderful parents, I Is video game addiction really an got through it. After my mother got rid of addiction? The American Medical Asthe account, and threw away the game, at sociation (AMA) found that 90 percent of first I thought I was going to die.” American children play video games and On the other hand, many scientists, BY LIZ POTTER Staff Writer


psychologists and sociologists are completely dismissing the idea. “There is nothing here to suggest that this is a complex physiological disease state akin to alcoholism or substance abuse disorders, and it doesn’t get to have the word addiction attached to it,” said Dr. Stuart Gitlow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. And the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia found that these so-called addictions last only a few months or just weeks. So whether or not the compulsion to pick up the controller or log on is an addiction, doesn’t matter. The affect it has on today’s youth is staggering enough to be considered a disorder. Currently, the debate rages on about the dependence of games like World of Warcraft all the way to Super Smash Bros. Hopefully, the boss level of the controversy isn’t too difficult, because there isn’t a cheat code.

Glossary of Terms Leveling up -

A representation of a character’s advancement and improvement in skills in role-playing games.

Half-Life 2 -

Science fiction first-person shootergame that is the sequel to HalfLife. Game is known for zombies and high gore.

World of Warcraft -

Massive multi-player online role-play game. It is Blizzard Entertainment’s fourth game set in the fantasy Warcraft Universe.

Online Gamers Anonymous -

Twelve-step, self-help organization and web site dedicated to helping those addicted to computer/video/ console/on-line games.

Super Smash Bros. -

A crossover fight game published by Nintendo.

Cheat Codes -

Codes that can be entered into a game to change the game’s behavior, alter characters’ looks and abilities, skip levels, or access other hidden features.

Addiction Freshmen Allison Mitchell and Rolando Vasquez demonstrate video game addiction through both game system and computer. (Photo by Amy Casner)

A recurring compulsive by an individual to engage in some specific activity.

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Sept. 20, 2007

BY ALEX SKOV AND CHRIS ROBINETTE Managing Editor & Staff Writer


very year thousands of people descend upon the Cowley County Fairgrounds to celebrate a shared passion: music. The Walnut Valley Festival, commonly known as Bluegrass, kicked off on Sept. 12. Camping ticket holders took over the fairgrounds on Sept. 6 during the Land Rush. Armed with guitars, banjos, and mandolins, among other instruments, they set up tents and parked RV’s in what would be their homes for the next 11 days, until the festival ended on Sept. 16. Four main stages and several unofficial stages set up by campers kept the music flowing well into the early morning hours. Globally revered guitarist Tommy Emmanuel performed four times over three days before lighting

up Stage 1 with his final show on Saturday night. A Bluegrass staple and fan favorite, the grandstands filled to watch his feedback tricks, skillful fingerpicking, and sheer musical talent. Other featured performers included multiinstrumentalist John McCutcheon and Cadillac Sky. The Pecan Grove campgrounds held just as much music as the main stages. Three unofficial stages showcased bands not invited to play on the main stages, such as Fast Food Junkies and Split Lip Rayfield. Group jam sessions scattered throughout the grove were also alive and well for wandering musicians. Walking through Pecan Grove, a person could hear everything from traditional bluegrass songs to covers of ‘80’s pop hits and The Beatles. A wide range of vendors were also present with

Red Lefty plays on Stage 5 at the 36th annual Walnut Valley Festival. Stage 5 is an unofficial stage set up by Bluegrass attendees for 21 years. (Photo by Alex Skov) their wares, ranging from pottery and leather guitar straps to specialty foods. Next year the Walnut

Valley Festival will take place from Sept. 18 to Sept. 21. With numerous acts sure to return, and oth-

ers learning to play music everyday, Bluegrass will be as big as ever.

Queen Alalah 2007 candidate list announced The student body, faculty, staff, and administration at Cowley College will select the five (5) finalists for Queen Alalah by online election Monday, Sept. 24 – Thursday, Sept. 27. The candidates must be a fulltime student of sophomore status, have never been married, have no children, have a Cowley cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and have not previously been selected as a finalist. If you feel a name has been inadvertently omitted from this list, please contact Shannon O’Toole in the Bookstore, (620) 441-5590, otooles@ Ake Kelly Leann, Alexander Arthia Lerona, Allen Stefani J, Arrasmith Care De’nay, Auchterlonie Amanda C, Aylward Ashley C, Babcock Liberty Pearl, Bailey Rachel N, Bates Veronica L, Bauman Lacey Eden, Bay Katherine A, Bazil Sarah D, Bevilacqua Kathryn L, Biby Heather Ann, Binford Lindsey Anne, Bloyer Rachele E, Boots Amanda Janell, Branine Brianna Blair, Breer Andrea Dawn, Brook Katie Elizabeth, Brooks Keisha Q, Buchanan Holly M, Buller Christina R, Burns Lisa Marie, Burr Hannah Mariah, Carroll Mallory M, Carter Michelle Kathleen, Chambers Nahanna L, Cherono Jeniffer J, Chisom

Nancy Gayle, Cochran Ashley, Cody Cortney C, Cole Jennifer L, Corby Rosemarie A, Cox Molly Nicole, Cox Tiffany S, Crain Courtney Breann, Crisler Jennifer Marie, Cronin Ashley Dawn, Daniel Jane D, Davidson Sarah Beth, Davis Heather C, Dawson Carrie D, Dehler Jamie M, Detar Colleen Sharron, Diehl Lauren A, Dien Thao N, Dixon Heather Leanne, Dlouhy Nicole Lea, Doffing Samantha K, Douangphila Emily Joy, Dow Bethany Lynn, Draganic Natasa, Dunagan Kendra Elise, Edgerton Helen Kay, Edwards Rochelle L, Ford Jessica Renee, Forest Lashelle M, Foust Whitney Shae, France Patricia M, Gaines Robyn M, Gale Lori A, Glenn Tiffany Rose, Gluesing Rachel M, Goatley Stefanie K, Goddard Rachel N, Goepfert Elizabeth K, Gonzalez Sheryl Ann, Grace Heidi Jo, Gray Carolyn Jo, Green Elizabeth A, Gripp Barbara Diane, Guinn Rhiannon R, Gulick Tasha Lea, Hacker Tiffany Marie, Hadley Jessica J, Harmon Lori A, Harms Angeline E, Hart Colby Rae, Hartley Christy, Hatfield Lindsay Nelle, Heffington Monica D, Heincker Samantha Jo, Hiatt Brogan Jania, Hills Nicole Ranee, Hobaugh Audrey S, Hubbard Felicia Earline, Huffman Crystal

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Musician Barb Ryman will perform at Brown’s at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. Ryman, whose musical career took flight in 1995 with the album Lay Me Open, is a singer/guitarist who blends folk, country blues, and Celtic inspirations into her music. Her performance is part of the Caffe Acoustic concert series. The 32nd annual Last Run Car Show will be held Sept. 21-22 in Paris Park. The two day show will feature show cars from around the region. Last Run will also put on a street dance to the tune of ‘50’s and ‘60’s hits at West Central at Summit from 8 - 11 p.m. on Sept. 22. The cost? Just $2. Xit-Rite Records will present a Battle of the Bands at Wilson Park from 2 - 11 p.m. on Sept. 29. Families displaced by the tornado that struck Greensburg on May 4 will receive all profits from the event.

New Releases Resident Evil: Extinction Alice (Milla Jovovich) is still on the run from the diabolical Umbrella Corporation. In the third and final entry of the horror franchise, the super-human fighting machine is hiding in the Nevada desert. To get rid of the nasty virus that’s turning the entire population into zombies, Alice teams up with a bunch of outcasts. Opens Sept. 21. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford After chasing his cowboy idol, Jesse James (Brad Pitt), Robert Ford (Casey Affleck) joins his gang of outlaws only to become resentful of James’ fame and plot his death. In theaters Sept. 21.



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Shanks Family/Jodi Scholarship Awarded BY COURTNEY CRAIN Assistant Editor

The scholarship fund was established in February in memory of Jodi Sanderholm. Sanderholm was also a member of the Tigerette Danceline and a pre-pharmacy major. Donations to the fund have reached approximately $39,000.


igerette Danceline member Ashley Cochran was chosen as the first recipient of the Shanks Family/Jodi Scholarship on Thursday, September 6. “I feel privileged to be the first one because she was a very good friend,” Cochran said. Cochran is a sophomore pre-dentistry major and is also a tutor on campus. Cochran received $1,200 in scholarship money. After Cowley, Cochran said she hopes to transfer to WSU. She said she plans to put the scholarship money towards dental school expenses next year. “I was very excited when I found out that I had been chosen for the scholarship. I feel very honored. I’ve known Jodi since pre-school. We grew up together and danced together,” Cochran said.


continued from page 2 Dorm residents themselves, according to the rules, have the freedom to enter and exit their own dorm whenever they please. It’s their visitors that must be out before curfew. On the weekends, Saia admits that 24/7 visitation would be more reflective of a college student’s life. “Logistically, it’s difficult to implement in a dorm setting,” she said. “Security and safety is the main concern.” Without a system in place for visitors, such as a check-in desk, like some larger colleges have, it would be difficult to regulate the students’ visitors. “We can’t have just anyone walking around the halls [of our dorms],” said Crouch. That same issue is brought up when residents prop the door open for visitors. “Anyone could just walk in,” she said. “It’s easier for the students, but there could be people roaming around who shouldn’t be here.” For safety, security cameras are installed in the main hallways in each dorm. These, however, are not used for active surveillance. To enforce the curfew, dorm managers do walk-throughs, RAs report

Pictured: Ashley Cochran receives a check from Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee on Thursday. Those pictured are, from left, Cowley College coordinator of alumni and development Shannon Massey, Dr. McAtee, Brian Sanderholm, Ashley Cochran, and Cindy Sanderholm. (File photo)

problems, and campus security is readily available. “[The cameras] are used more for specific instances,” said Saia, such as excessive complaints about disturbances and late activity. But despite all the precautions, students still find ways around the rules. “They always say we should be adults, but adults don’t have curfews,” said Dwight Jenkins, a freshman who lives in Kirke Dale. “It’s like they’re treating us like we’re in high school. We are in college, we shouldn’t have to have a curfew,” said Smart. Others said they feel the rules are limiting for those who would not abuse the freedom of a 24-hour visitation policy. Justin Viewins, a freshman who lives in Kirke Dale, said that he “understands that people need to sleep,” but also feels that if they aren’t being loud or disturbing anyone, visitors should be allowed to stay. “Some people here are 21 or even 25 and they deserve to be treated their age,” said freshman Brandy Fultz. “They shouldn’t feel like they live with their parents.” One student looked at the situation from a legal perspective. “I think it’s probably better for the students to be protected, but then again



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continued from page 2 Sturd said she acquired many skills through taking the IPC class. “I think the class should be a required credit. You develop skills that you can really use and need to know.” Sturd said she plans to transfer to Wichita State University next fall, where

she will continue studying sports management. WSU’s program is closely linked to Vanderbilt’s program. “I would love to work under Candice some day,” Sturd said. “My dream job is working as a director of women’s basketball operations.” In the spring of 2006, Stephanie Davidson enrolled in Ewing’s IPC class. When the project was first assigned, she said she did not really take it into much consideration. She said she had considered the field of nursing and proceeded to interview a paramedic. “He was really passionate about his job. That project led me in a direction that I really needed to go. It came at the perfect time in my life,” Davidson said. “Interviewing is the one activity that everyone goes through. Every job requires some sort of interview,” Ewing said. “There are going to be many times when everyone who is applying for the same job has the same level of skills. The person who will get the job is the one who can sell themselves. The person who has interpersonal skills will have the edge.” It’s no wonder that within the first few lines of most job listings are the words interpersonal skills required. Ewing encourages students to enroll in an IPC class. She said, “It is the type of skills that will take you places in life. Everybody needs it.”


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Lady Tigers overwhelm competition Now ranked 3rd in the nation and undefeated BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor


fter convincing opening wins over Johnson County and Kansas City, the Lady Tiger volleyball team picked up four more wins at their home tournament and two more wins at Allen County and Coffeyville. The Lady Tigers jumped nine spots in the NJCAA Division II rankings to third and justified their position by beating number 14 ranked Coffeyville 30-16, 30-23, 28-30, 40-38 on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Lady Tigers entered the match at 7-0 and had a hard fought match to get to 8-0 on the season. The Lady Tigers were behind early in the match, but went on a 22-6 run to win the first game. In the second game, the Lady Tigers fell behind early before coming back to win. In the third game, Coffeyville came

out with the win after the Lady Tigers lineup change and held on to another early lead. That was the Lady Tigers’ first single game loss all season. “I decided to change the line-up and it changed how the game was going,” head coach Joanna Pryor said. “I wanted to see some other involvement.” In the fourth game, the Lady Tigers traded points with the Lady Ravens until gaining control and winning the match. Freshman Crystal Garman led the Lady Tigers with 17 kills in the win, while sophomore Lilian Rezende also had a solid performance with 15 kills, eight digs, and three aces. Freshman Victoria Green finished with 12 kills and nine blocks. “Coffeyville gave us a run for our money,” assistant coach Brylee Sturd said. “We actually got to play, but we kept it together.” During their home tournament on

Sept. 7-8, the Lady Tigers went 4-0 as they beat Northern Oklahoma College, Seminole State College, Garden City, and Pratt. On Friday, Sept. 7, the Lady Tigers opened against Northern Oklahoma and beat them 30-17, 30-9, 30-25. They then beat Seminole State 30-20, 30-20, 30-27. On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Lady Tigers came back and defeated Garden City 30-14, 30-27, 30-22 and Pratt 30-15, 30-14, 30-20. “We had a good weekend and gained a lot of confidence,” Pryor said. “Garden was tough and we did well. Its always fun playing at home because we have great crowds.” The Lady Tigers are scheduled to play Wednesday, Sept. 19, against Labette and on Sept. 21-22 at the Barton County Tournament. The Lady Tigers then travel to Highland on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

What high school/ city are you from? Stafford High School in Stafford, KS. It’s just west of Hutchinson. It’s about two and a half hours from Arkansas City. Did you play any other sports in high school? Yes. I ran track and was in power lifting.

How did you end up coming to Cowley? I was on a very successful high school team and wanted to continue playing on a successful collegiate team. On my visit I really liked the school, and Coach Jo [Joanna Pryor] was really cool and down to earth.

Far Right: Freshman Lucia Cizmarova, outside hitter/middle hitter for the Lady Tigers, spikes the ball over the net against Coffeyville. (Photo by Jackie Hutchinson)

What has been your most memorable moment? In the semi-finals at State my junior year. We were beaten in an upset. Our team did not play like we always did during the season. How did you start playing volleyball? I started in fifth grade with my classmates in recreation ball and liked it ever since.

Student turned staff serves as Lady Tiger assistant coach BY ALEX SKOV Managing Editor Rarely is a newly graduated student offered a job at a college. Even less often do students begin working at a college when they are just juniors. Brylee Sturd can claim both. After graduating from Cowley with an Associate’s Degree in May, Sturd was offered a position as an assistant volleyball coach. Despite her youth, she is well versed in volleyball knowledge and experience. While attending Arkansas City High

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What accolades have you won? I was First Team All-League [during] tenth through twelfth grade. I was All-State my junior year. I was also fourth at State in the Pole Vault, and was third at All-State in the power lift.

Right: Freshman Jessica Fiscus digs for the ball against Coffeyville as sophomore Crystal Garman backs her up. Fiscus plays the position of libero for the Lady Tigers. (Photo by Jackie Hutchinson)

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School, she played on the volleyball team. During her two years as a Tiger, Sturd served as a student assistant to head coach Joanna Pryor. “She [Pryor] just asked if I’d stay around and I said sure,” Sturd said. As an assistant coach, Sturd helps supervise practices and keeps track of statistics during games. A self-described “cheerleader,” she also encourages the team when competition gets tough. “I’m all about unity with the girls,” she said. The burgeoning opportunity has not

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derailed Sturd’s education, however. She is currently taking classes at Southwestern College in Winfield and working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. As far as her coaching future is concerned, Sturd says that she is likely to stay on “if Jo wants me back.” Last season, the Lady Tigers went 23-8 during the regular season and battled their way to a third place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Championships.

What has been your most embarrassing moment in sports? I played basketball my ninth grade year, but never made it through an entire game without fouling out. I guess I was too aggressive for them. What does your position, the libero, do? It specializes in passing only. I cannot play in the front row. I can run in and out as I please at any dead ball. I usually go in for middles or anyone in the back row. Who is your role model? Definitely my grandma. She passed away six years ago. She is the strongest person I ever have known. She was very skinny but never backed down to anyone or anything. What are your plans after Cowley? After the fall semester next year I plan on transferring to KU for med school.

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Tigers place first at Friends Invitational

Freshman get taste of first college distance running BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor


inishing with six runners in the top eight, the men’s cross country team were two points away from a perfect score. The women’s team also performed well while competing at the Friends University Invite at Lake Afton on Friday, Sept. 7. The Tiger men finished with a team score of 17, a perfect score being 15, and the women’s team finished second overall behind only Oklahoma State University. This was the cross country team’s first normal race of the 2007 season. The normal college distances of 8,000 meters and 5,000 meters were used. “I thought we ran well even with the humidity,” assistant coach Vince DeGrado said. “This was the ‘welcome to college running’ race for our freshmen and we were excited to run with the four year schools.” The Tiger men came into the race ranked fifth in the NJCAA Division I rankings and dominated the field of competition. Now the Tigers are ranked third in the nation with Butler Community College. Sophomore Daniel Maina, competing in his first race of the year, finished in first place with a time of 25:10. Also finishing in the top eight were sophomores Stanley Mugo and Brett Koehn, and freshmen Jonathan Cherono, John Purvis, and Mauricio

Tiger Results

1. Daniel Maina 25:10 2. Stanley Mugo 25:38 3. Jonathan Cherono 26:20 4. John Purvis 26:34 7. Brett Koehn 26:56 8. Mauricio Morales 27:03 20. Gilbert Manzanares 27:52 23. Justin Cacaro 28:46

Morales. Koehn had an impressive performance as he ran one minute faster than his previous time on the same course with a 26:56. Purvis stood out once again as he finished behind only international runners once again, and this time the international runners were his teammates. Purvis was awarded KJCCC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for his performance. This was the second straight meet in which Purvis finished as the top overall American runner. His first 8k time was 26:34. “We were excited to see him finish well again,” DeGrado said. “He really is one of the top American runners. He runs by himself a lot so we are very pleased with his results.” Sophomore Irene Kosgei led the Lady Tigers, ranked fifth, as she placed second overall with a time of 19:32. Freshman Jessica McCleod and sophomore Ashley Cronin also ran well as they placed eighth and ninth, respectively. “We were pleased with Jessica’s performance because she is considered a mid-distance runner and has made a good adjustment to start the season,” DeGrado said. Both teams are scheduled to compete on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational in Shawnee, Okla. “OBU is a fast course and the competition will be tougher than at Friends,” DeGrado said.

Top: Sophomore Ashley Cronin distances herself from the pack. Far Left: Sophomores Brett Koehn and Mauricio Morales pace each other. Left: Freshman John Purvis runs toward his 4th place finish. (Photos by Vince DeGrado)

Lady Tiger Results

2. Irene Kosgei 19:32 8. Jessica McLeod 20:28 9. Ashley Cronin 20:31 22. Christy Buller 22:22 36. Bethany Schmidt 22:33 55. Janee’ Gabbard 22:38 56. Kari Rinehart 23:49 61. Hannah Burr 23:55

Louderback leaving to coach at WSU BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor

Brad Louderback, back left, is pictured with the men’s tennis team. Louderback coached eight All-Americans in his two years coaching for the Tigers. (File photo)

Three intramurals start in September Co-ed beach volleyball’s pre-season started on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Results from the matches on Sept. 11 and Sept. 18 were not available at press time. Co-ed softball games will be played every Tuesday starting Sept. 25 and ending Oct. 23. Teams will consist of five males and five females.

Six-on-six intramural flag football play will also be staring up at the end of this month. It will be played every Thursday, starting Sept. 27 and ending Oct. 25. The teams need six players and one substitute. Team rosters can consist of any combination of guys and girls. All games will be played on the new football field at the Cowley Track and Field Facilities.

After two years of coaching the men’s and women’s tennis teams, Brad Louderback recently accepted the men’s tennis coaching position at Wichita State University. “I wasn’t pursuing another position at all,” Louderback said. “Wichita State contacted me and I thought about it, then I felt it was an excellent opportunity to further my career.” While coaching the Tigers, Louderback coached eight All-Americans, four national champions, the number one ranked singles player, sophomore Kasia Siwosz, and the number one ranked doubles team, Siwosz/ sophomore Karolina Porizkova. “Coach [Louderback] replaced Larry Grose and took the program to another level,” Athletic Director Tom Saia said. “He continued the success and had some outstanding coaching moments. Great coaches get taken away all the time.” Last year, Louderback coached his team to a historical feat in regional competition. At regionals, the Lady Tigers went undefeated in singles and doubles play. They scored the maximum amount of points possible and captured the regional championship. The men’s team was one point away from winning the regional championship. At the NJCAA National Tennis Chamionships, the men’s team received a difficult draw and placed seventh overall while the women’s team placed fourth and brought home the number one singles and doubles championship. Before coaching the Tigers, Louderback had success at NCAA Division I level. Louderback led Oklahoma State University’s women’s team to four straight Big Eight

tournament titles from 1985-1989. In Big Eight team matches, he led his team to a 280 record. His overall record was 304-14 and the Cowgirls finished in the top 15 nationally all four years. Louderback also coached the University of Illinois men’s tennis team from 1981-1985. While at Illinois, he coached his team to a Big Ten championship in 1984 and a co-championship in 1983. The 19831984 Illinois squads finished in the top 25 nationally. Louderback began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Clemson University prior to becoming a head coach. He was also the captain and coach of the USTA National Junior Team, which was made up of the top 12 nationally ranked juniors in the United States. As a player, Louderback participated in tennis at Arkansas City High School and went on to compete on an athletic scholarship at OSU. While at OSU, Louderback was captain during three consecutive Big Eight conference titles and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Louderback has helped the Tigers make the transition to a new coach, as the Tigers named Josh Cobble the head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams. The official announcement will be made on Monday, Sept. 24. “Dr. Pat McAtee and Tom [Saia] have always been very supportive and have done a lot for me while coaching here,” Louderback said. “I feel I am leaving two very strong teams and enjoyed my time building a premier tennis program for the Tigers. I have handed over my recruiting information to Coach Cobble and already started recruiting for WSU. The Tigers and WSU have worked well in the transition.”

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