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Issue 3 The Student Newspaper of Cowley College


Arkansas City, Kan.

October 4, 2007

One big drop, from the basement to the stage ad space for $500. The drop will be used as the main curtain all year. Acn order to celebrate cording to MacLaughlin, Cowley College’s 85th an estimated 10,000 people anniversary, Technical attend events held in the Director Jamison Rhoads Robert Brown Theatre formulated the idea to each year and will see the recreate an advertising drop. backdrop similar to what “We really made it was used in theatres worth their advertising during the time the college dollar,” MacLaughlin said. was founded in 1922. The money generated In the 1920’s, one form from the drop will be apof revenue for theatres was plied to the Act One Theto sell advertising space atre Club’s trip to London on a main backdrop, a in May 2008. painted cloth that hung on At least 30 people a stage set. The ads were were involved in the projclustered together much ect, totaling 400 hours. like the classifieds in a “It was a great oppornewspaper. tunity for students to learn The focal point on the how to do a professional drop is Ireland Hall, one job in the theatre setting,” of the oldest buildings MacLaughlin said. on campus. The college “It was a huge group originally started in the effort,” Rhoads said. “I basement of the building, think it really shows what earning the nickname we at Cowley can accomBasement University. At This curtain was designed to imitate backdrops used in the 1920’s. It was a joint effort from many individuals. (Photo plish when we set our one time, Ireland Hall by Jolene Pierson) minds to it.” served as Arkansas City’s The department high school. said. Sophomore Brandon Cheney was one hopes the drop can be Humanities instructor Mark Flickinger There are 14 downtown business ads of the many helping hands in creating the refurbished throughout the years to comled the mission of drawing and painting on the drop. drop. memorate future anniversaries. Ireland Hall. He and several students used “We really wanted to support local “It was a collaborative effort from According to MacLaughlin, the ad a grid technique to transfer a small picture businesses, those people who live next door members of many different departments. drop will not be used every year. of the building to a much larger scale. to us,” Director of Theater and TheatriWe wanted to establish a sense of commu“We don’t want to wear it out, so we “I thought it was a great idea to use cal Services Scott MacLaughlin said. “We nity for the 85th anniversary,” Cheney said. might bring it back and re-sell the ads evIreland Hall because it is somewhat of a wanted to promote hometown business From The Brown Store to Ark City ery five years,” MacLaughlin said. signature building on campus,” Flickinger and create a sense of unified downtown.” Dance Studio, business owners purchased BY COURTNEY CRAIN Assistant Editor


Kimmell residents awaiting test results on ‘substance’ in dorm to find a solution, students are frustrated with the pace of the progress. “I’m just tired of being lied to,” freshIt all started when students returned man Kathy Moon said. “First it was mold, from summer vacation, way before anynow it’s dust. The story keeps changing.” body had their belongings packed for the An e-mail from Tony Crouch, execuschool year ahead. In late July, the fire tive vice president of business services, to alarms went off in Kimmell, causing all the Saia stated, “It appears from the prelimiair vents to close. When the alarm quieted, nary tests that the ‘mold/mildew’ is really the vents did not reset themselves, trapping just condensation with dust in it. We are air from the air conditioning unit in the air pursuing a company to clean the ducts ducts. This led to regardless of the a buildup of confinal determinadensation within tion.” the ventilation According system. to custodian Fast forward Martha Schartz, to now, and dorm custodians residents living cleaned all the in Kimmell are vents in Kimdiscovering the mell, starting on ventilation sysSept 25., to intem is transportsure none of the ing a substance substance was into the rooms. At remaining in the first, the specularooms or lobbies. tion was that the Custodians used substance was peroxide to enmold or mildew. sure a thorough The questionable matter from one of the vents in cleaning. Because Now, after preliminary testing, Kimmell Dorm. (Photo by Jolene Pierson) the substance was the substance is once wet, it stuck still unknown, said Sue Saia, Vice President to the ceiling and required scrubbing rather of Student Affairs. As college officials work than simple brushing. BY JOSHUA PATTON Opinions Editor

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On Monday, Oct. 1, the air inside the ventilation system was air quality tested to make sure the students are not at risk. The results will be express ordered and will be returned Wednesday, Oct. 3. “If they are going to test it again then why are they cleaning it up?” said freshman art major Meghan Wiebe. “And if there isn’t a hazard, why are they reimbursing us?” Wiebe’s comment echoed other residents’ confusion, questioning the purpose of the reimbursement, and the results of the testing. Previously the ventilation system malfunctioned because a pipe was not the proper size, said Saia, which meant the air was not being delivered properly. Each Kimmell resident is being refunded $100 for pain and suffering. “The students have lived in conditions that were hot and humid because of technical difficulties on our part,” said Saia, “these technical difficulties should be taken care of now, as of last Thursday.” Residents are still skeptical. Student leader, sophomore Katie Bevilacqua said when she arrived on campus early to move in and unpack she noticed the mattress and carpet were damp. Bevilacqua reported her concerns to Dorm Manager Vickie Crouch, who informed her the moisture was caused by open doors during the moving in process.

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When the situation did not improve Bevilacqua said she visited Crouch again. According to Bevilacqua, Crouch told her she needed to be sure all the vents in the room were open to allow proper airflow. Bevilacqua said later she was informed by maintenance the moisture was caused

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by open windows. Bevilacqua said she felt, at the time, that the information was flawed because students are discouraged from opening windows. Still, Bevilacqua said, no progress was made. Out of frustration she sought Saia, an SGA sponsor. Soon after her meeting with Saia, SGA had a meeting with President Pat McAtee, said Bevilacqua. At the meeting Bevilacqua said McAtee insured the stusee Mold, page 4

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Oct. 4, 2007

Campus connection BY AMY CASNER Special Section Editor


ne of the most common college necessities is the computer. According to a study conducted by the EduCause Center for Applied Research in spring of this year, 98.4 percent of college students own a computer; 73.7 percent own laptops. With advances in technology and an increase in computer usage, students have become dependent on the web. The study found that students, on average, spend 18 hours online per week. Without Internet access, however, that is not possible. Having access to a wireless network is the simplest, most convenient way to connect. The campus gets its Internet from Kansas Research and Education Network or Kanren, the company that most colleges, high schools and libraries in Kansas use for Internet access. Cox Communications provides the Internet for the dorms. The college provides 400-500 student available computers throughout the campus, but with such an increase in laptop use, a wireless solution would open doors for students and teachers. Last semester, the idea of campus wireless was addressed. Clinton Marlow, Director of Computer Services for all campuses, has begun the process of investigating wireless options.

Two weeks ago, a technician from Alexander Open Systems did a wireless site survey at the college. “They tell us where they believe would be the best spots to put access points,” said Marlow. The company will present a review of their survey, advising the college on a technology update — wired and wireless. “The overall goal would be to have campus-wide wireless,” said Marlow. But initially, the goal is giving dorm residents wireless access. Currently, each room has its own connection separate from the college network. “Our big problem we are facing is security,” said sophomore, Andy Ebert, a work-study in the computer technology department. “We are essentially putting the college at risk.” For instance, illegal downloads can be traced back to Cowley access points and makes the college vulnerable. Also, creating a system that is resistant to hackers is a main concern. “We don’t want just anybody sitting outside and tapping into our wireless,” said Marlow. Getting equipment that will be user-friendly is also important to the college. Ebert conducted interviews with representatives from Wichita State University and Emporia State University, who have both gone wireless. Emporia State said that some older wireless cards would not work with

the newer technology. Marlow said that the college is looking at running it’s wireless on 2.4 GHz, the frequency that most cordless phones and microwaves run on. They are planning to do a survey to test any interference those devices would have on the Internet connection. Without money, however, none of the improvements can be made. “The next step is figuring out who will pay for what [AOS] tells us,” said Marlow. He is not sure if the switch will be a long-term savings Freshman Allison Mitchell (File photo) or an expense. “Installation making the switch would be a of the network positive change. Freshman Ryan hardware alone is going to cost Morgan said, “For doing homemoney,” Marlow said, “An work, being able to use a laptop authentication server is on top of [on campus] would be much that.” easier.” An authentication server “Being able to take my laptop is something that would have to class and get online to see the to be added eventually. Starting outline for the notes would make out, Marlow said, there would be things so much easier,” said fresha guest account set up that any men Andrea Yunker. student could use to access the In Ebert’s interview with network. Emporia State, the representa Students agree that

tive expressed that the wireless Internet has created a dramatic student reaction. Their library is flooded with students using the wireless. Results from the wireless site survey are expected sometime this week. With those results, the college can decide on a plan for updating campus Internet technology.

Final five Queen Alalah candidates announced The annual Arkalalah festivities flaunt specialized foods and carnival rides, but for some the pre-celebration traditions are just as exciting. The students, faculty, staff and administration of Cowley

College narrowed the field of Queen Alalah candidates down to five last week. Over the four days of voting, 358 votes were cast to determine the top five nominees. Queen Alalah finalists are Katie Bevilacqua, Wichita; Ashley

Cochran, Arkansas City; Courtney Crain, Arkansas City; Jancye Sturd, Arkansas City; and Elisha Swope, Arkansas City. The annual Queen Alalah coronation ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26, in Robert

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Beginning in October, Cowley will be implementing a Student Appreciation drawing. Students can register once a month in Sue Saia’s office located in Galle-Johnson. Stop by and register to win prizes today. The Alpha Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Cowley College recently received special commendation during the Kansas Regional Convention. Cowley’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter fulfilled all requirements to the distinction of being named

a “2 Star Chapter.” The commendation recognizes Cowley’s PTK’s successful attainment of goals as presented in the Society’s Five Star Chapter Development Program. In addition to the regional recognition, Cowley’s PTK will also receive international recognition. Cowley’s PTK achievements will be cited on the Phi Theta Kappa Society website at, and in the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Progress Report mailed to all college presidents in the summer. They will also be recognized at the Society’s International Convention.

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Rape: The fastest growing crime in the country BY TIFFANY ZAVALA Staff Writer


ape can happen anywhere, anytime; after drugs and alcohol or completely sober, it can happen between strangers or best friends. “Rape is the fastest growing crime in the country and the most seriously under reported,” according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. “As many as ten rapes occur for every one reported.” In 2006, there were seventeen reported rapes in Ark City according to Beth Leach, Records/Communications Supervisor of the Ark City Police Department. So far in 2007, there have been thirteen reported rapes. Police Corporal Jeremy Newman said a date rape drug being used more frequently in Ark City is gamma hydroxybutyric

acid (GHB). The drug GHB comes in either the form of a clear liquid or a white powder according to the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The liquid form is more common because it is easier to disguise as well as to slip into a drink. Some people use drugs such as GHB for recreational purposes. One side effect includes the desire to socialize. While others might see this as a way to open up around people if they are generally quiet or shy. Other effects are relaxation and loss of coordination. While these do not seem dangerous, the bad effects definitely do outnumber the good. These include amnesia, vomiting, seizures, confusion, loss of consciousness and death. GHB usually lasts around four to five hours. In this amount of time many things can happen that the victim might never know happened when -- and if -- they wake up. They could not only be taken advantage of, but even more horrific things could happen for example being killed or dying of an overdose. Ark City Police Captain Tom Scott said the best way to avoid being slipped a drug is simple, “Don’t go to parties, bottom line.” But if your wild side comes up and you ate at a party Newman advises all to be aware. “Be careful. Know people and use the

buddy system. Know what you are putting into your body and don’t take anything from people you don’t know,” said Newman. Newman said most date rape drugs are mixed with alcohol which makes the effects much worse and speeds the process up by three times. “Alcohol renders the person drinking unconscious to the point where they can’t consent,” said Scott Ecstasy, more commonly known as “X,” is another commonly used date rape drug. It usually comes as a round pill that looks similar in size and shape to Tylenol; however, it can also come as powder inside a capsule. This drug not only causes short-term effects, but also leaves lasting ones. Some negative short-term effects are dehydration, seizures, increase in heart rate and blood pressure, hypothermia, increase in body temperature, blurred vision and anxiety. Long lasting effects include memory problems, muscle breakdown, heart, liver and kidney failure and death. The effects of ecstasy can last anywhere from three to ten hours depending on the person, the pill, and how many they take. Sophomore Allison Enderud uses the buddy system when going places that she knows a lot of people will be gathered. “When I go out, I am always with

friends that I know well and trust. You should never be alone with someone you don’t know,” said Enderud. If a person has been raped or think they have been slipped a drug of some kind, the best thing to do is to get out of the environment as quickly as possible and contact authorities. The after effects of rape can be deeply traumatic on the victim. It needs to be understood that there are people willing to help if the victim opens up and chooses to ask for help. Student Life Counselor Roy Reynolds’ office is located in the Jungle if anyone needs someone to talk to or advice on what to do. “Overall, just watch out for yourself and know what you are putting in your body,” said Newman. “Anyone is vulner-

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Roommate etiquette:

Common interests, common ground and common courtesy BY CHARISSE ARCHER AND CHRIS ROBINETTE Scene Editor and Staff Writer Walking in the door of a dorm and meeting a new roommate may be a lifedefining moment for some. There are positive experiences that lead to life-long relationships and negative experiences that lead to a life-long dislike of shared-living situations. A new student has to learn how to deal with a roommate in a way that ensures both people get the most out of college life while also being able to have the time needed to tend to studies. This can make for quite a bit of compromise on both sides, but fortunately it can be done. “[At the] beginning of the year we set some rules: always ask to borrow your roommates’ stuff,” said sophomore Sarah Davidson, a resident assistant at Kimmell Dorms. A good relationship with one’s roommate is much easier when the two have common interests. This is why it is important to be honest when completing the offered form that asks questions about sleeping and study habits, music preferences and other personal routines. These are used to match up roommates. Dorm staff try to place residents together based on similar preferences. Like any relationship it takes work to get along with a roommate. In many cases it turns out to be well worth the effort as

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Avoiding oil and water situations, night owls and day birds, in the dorms or in offcampus residential situations is a step in the direction toward roommate bliss. (Photo by Jackie Hutchinson) close friendships are formed. It helps to start off by setting some basic ground rules. An example might be deciding upon a day to clean the room. “My roommate was the worst about cleaning her hair out of the drain,” said sophomore Beth Pinard. Communication is tantamount to a good relationship. Talk to a roommate

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and attitude will be appreciated and reciprocated in most cases. Not all roommates are best friend material. Sometimes it is best to keep the living arrangements on the level of a business-type relationship. This means while there is little common ground in regards to beliefs, attitudes or values, there is still a level of respect for each other, and personal space and property. While this is by no means the most desirable type of relationship, it does not have to make for a poor living experience. Sophomore Ugo Onyirioha has been fortunate enough to room with someone he already knew. “I’ve known my roommate [for] about a year,” Onyirioha said. “We get along because we went to school somewhere else.” In irreconcilable situations, there is always the option of contacting a dorm manager and discussing a roommate change. It might be a good idea to attempt to find a good candidate for a roommate beforehand. This will allow for a smooth transition making it easier on all parties involved. The bottom line is: be courteous. Whether it is something as simple as asking before borrowing personal belongings or turning the lights out a little earlier than normal, establishing a common respect between roommates is vital for successful cohabitation.

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Spotlight on diversity T

oo many times I have experienced not having the right spot to mark myself in the race/ethnic surveys. I am Hispanic, but not from Latin America where they mostly identify. I speak Spanish, Castilian, where the Spanish language began, but I am not Hispanic to the point of being from Latin America. My skin tone is white and I come from a European country, so I could be White or Caucasian easily, but I am not… what am I? What should I answer? I am citizen of the World. In my blood and my heart I feel Hispanic and Latina. My culture, my attitude, my vision and my actions reflect a Latino Woman with influence and experience from many other cultures that I had the opportunity to learn and to share about. I have been lucky enough to meet people all around the world. The center of my “our” Latino Culture is the family and the feeling of belonging to a group. We, me, do things in groups and

it’s difficult to take individual steps in life, especially if those steps are not supported by family and friends. Because of this sense of family belonging, we are loud, we speak fast, and adorned our language with animated gestures and body language to express and get the best of ourselves. But talking about Hispanic Culture is different, we have some common characteristics, but it’s important to remember that there are more than 21 countries that speak Spanish as a first language, and each one of them has its unique characteristics that make it special and full of knowledge and culture. Spain is a country of sun, the sunniest country in Europe, loud, full of music, beaches and history. But the “Fiesta” or celebration plays an important role in the culture of Spanish and Hispanics. Most of us are Catholics, and even from the most religious celebrations we make a party of it. And of course, all our celebrations

require food and alcohol. I have visited several parts of the world, and I wish I would have more time and money to visit the countries I haven’t visited yet. I have been in most of the Hispanic countries, Argentina, Paraguay, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, … Middle East, and several European Countries. When you learn about other cultures and you travel, there is not room in your life for words like racism, xenophile or ethnocentrism. Editor’s Note: Marta Fernandez was born in Valladolid, Spain, and educated in Europe and North America. Fernandez has been working for Cowley for nearly six years. She first served as a part-time English as a Second Language instructor on the main campus in Arkansas City, but has been an adjunct instructor on the Southside campus for the past two and a half years. She is also an enrollment specialist.

Chess Club keeps making moves BY ALEX SKOV Managing Editor “Protect the king” and “rally the knights.” One would expect to hear these phrases in a movie theater while watching an epic about the Middle Ages, but they are just as likely to be heard coming from Galle-Johnson Room 206, where Chess Club meets from 4:30-6 on the first Thursday of every month. “One time, I was walking in the Jungle and some students had a pocket chess set,” physics instructor and Chess Club sponsor Jafar Hashemi said. “I asked if it would be a good idea to start the club and they showed…a real interest.” With the wheels in motion, the 20032004 school term became Chess Club’s inaugural year. Hashemi serves as an exceedingly

knowledgeable sponsor for the club, having learned how to play the game as a child “My older brother taught me…when I was six years old, but I wasn’t very good until I was 20,” Hashemi said. “I read lots of books and practiced.” Those who think that chess is just an upscale game of checkers have much to discover. There are still kings, but there are also queens and knights, and movements that vary from piece to piece, making “Play, Learn, and Meet New People” an accommodating slogan for the club. Although Chess Club is all about fun, there is also a fair amount of competition thanks to the club’s annual tournaments. First, second and third place winners all receive cash prizes. Chess Club will hold its first meeting in GJ206 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. There is no fee to join, and students and

Photo illustration by Jackie Hutchinson community members alike are welcome to attend.

Looking toward the future:

The changing face of technology Classes will be canceled on Friday, Oct. 12 for a luncheon being held for local education leaders by Ray McNulty. McNulty will be giving a presentation at Cowley’s All College In-Service on Friday at 8:30 to 11 a.m.. McNulty will also be speaking on the 10, both at noon in the Wright Room. His presentation is about globalization and its effects on the rural economy. The night session, held at 7 p.m. is titled “The Future is Here” and will be held on the Wright Room, focusing on rapidly changing technology and its effects. Anyone wishing to attend is invited Ray McNulty (File Photo)



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and a Cowley student will receive a $100 gift card. The session will also be viewable at Cowley’s Southside Education Center. Those wanting to attend the noon session should contact Cowley Director of Business and Industry Lisa Roberts at 620441-5581. McNulty has been an educator since 1973, serving at Vermont’s education commissioner from 2001 to 2003; he has been renowned for his efforts in early childhood education. He has given presentations ranging from state to international levels.

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continued from page 1 -dents the situation was his top priority. “Since then things have been getting done,” said Bevilacqua. If one is having problems in a dorm, it is necessary to seek out Dorm Manager Vickie Crouch or Saia. Also, every dorm resident needs to fill out maintenance requests. When maintenance pulls up their work orders each morning students have first priority. “Right now this is all speculation,” stated Saia, “If there were (a) known cause for alarm more action would be taken immediately. If we knew it was mold, the girls would not be in here.” The IMS Laboratory’s website explains mold sensitivities the typical symptoms are nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, and skin irritation. If one is actually allergic to mold then the case may be quite different. The effects can be severe and one may experience fever, breathing complications, and could possibly develop a mold infection in the lungs. Allergic reactions to dust and pollen actually mimic these symptoms. Common reactions to these allergies are sneezing, itchy nose, and throat, as well as inflamed and watery eyes. According to Scott Layton, an instructor in the natural science department. There are roughly 400,000 known molds and of those only about 80 are pathogenic, or capable of producing disease. “Also,” said Layton, “College students commonly have lower immune systems due to stress levels and are more likely to develop a sickness.” If one is experiencing these symptoms, she first needs to seek out the campus nurse or consult her family health care provider. From there, she may be referred to a pulmonary physician if further action is necessary.



Oct. 4, 2007

Scholarships: Board, but not broke

Photo by Jolene Pierson BY COURTNEY CRAIN Assistant Editor Billions of dollars, 6.6 to be exact, is enough to pay for 352,941 four-year degrees. According to a 2-year study by the National Commission on Student Financial Assistance and the House Subcommittee on Post-Secondary Education, $6.6 billion of financial aid from private sectors goes unclaimed each year. Every year, millions of dollars in scholarships are unused simply because people do not apply. Aside from the independently wealthy, students rely on scholarships to complete an education. Although it is only October, many graduating sophomores are beginning to plan for next year. Choosing a school, researching programs and finding funds are at the top of a future graduate’s to do list.

look for that specific kind of thing,” Saia said. Sophomore Bethany Schmidt said, “I am graduating this spring from Cowley and this board will be a tremendous resource for me. I can use all the financial help I can get in continuing my education.” According to Saia, over half of the scholarship offers are for any school, anywhere. Regardless of where one plans to transfer, money to assist the transition is readily available. Scholarship criteria are based on a wide variety of qualities. The most common characteristics are need-based academic scholarships and athletic abilities. (See box) The goal of the bulletin board is to inform and empower transferring students about opportunities for free, unused scholarship money. Any questions about application processes can be directed to the Scholarship Coordinator Lisa Grose. Her office is located in the admissions office. Free scholarship money is available to everyone. All that is required is a few minutes to apply. “I would encourage any student who is looking for any sort of money to go look. You never know what is out there,” Saia said.

Several questions are posed to transferring students, but perhaps none as challenging as how will it be paid for? That’s where the new scholarship bulletin board comes in handy. The college receives information regarding scholarships for transferring students on a daily basis. Vice President of Student Affairs Sue Saia said, “We receive scholarship offers constantly, and we wanted a good, Scholarship Criteria up to date way to keep information in student’s There is a wide array of scholarships available, but hands.” knowing how to get them is key. The following is a parThe board will be tial list of what should be considered when applying for located in the lobby area of a scholarship. Kerr Technology Building. Good Citizen Native American Ethnicity It has been designed to aid Good Student Birthplace existing students in finding High GPA Foster Care and applying scholarships Parent Military Adoption to his/her next school. “We Background wanted to have an area African American Ethnicity where students know to

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Exotic cars and Tumbleweeds BY CHRIS ROBINETTE Staff Writer The 32nd annual Last Run car show was held on September 21 – 23 at Paris Park. Car owners from all around showed up to showcase their projects and hard work. There was a grand total of 828 participants. There were different types of cars that were on display at the show ranging from 1930’s classics, muscle cars and even a couple of exotic cars like a Lamborghini. The entrance fee was two dollars per person for all day access to the show. The car show started in 1976 with the Ark City Tumbleweeds car club with the first Last Run show occurring later that year. The show was scheduled in September due to most shows occurring in spring and summer, thus avoiding competition with the other shows. Since the show is the last “rod run” of the season it was called the “Last Run” show. Membership has grown since the first show, which had 75 entries, peaking on the 25th anniversary at 1,365 entries. Historically the Last Run begins on Friday evening with a casino night, going on to Saturday where the entries are judged along with many other events. The show continues on until Sunday morning. At about 7 p.m., police blocked off Summit at the intersections of Madison and Kansas, and only cars with blue stickers from the show were allowed on. Anyone was allowed to enter a car and spectators got to see a wide variety of cars on the road, ranging from a Honda Hoopty to three Dodge Vipers. A burnout contest also took place at the local drag strip off of Highway 77 as well as a contest at the car show itself in Paris Park

Got the jitters? You may be addicted Manual of Mental Disorders. Intoxication though, does not usually last beyond 12 hours and seems to have no long lasting It’s cheap and it’s found about anyeffects. where. It is also the most commonly used Because the risks of caffeine are not mood-altering drug on the planet. This yet fully known, people with known anxidrug is overlooked and causes damage to ety and panic disorders, insomnia, and the body like any other drug. This drug is astroesophageal reflux are often asked to caffeine. limit or eliminate caffeine use. Women who The effects of caffeine on the body are are pregnant are also asked to follow this not widely known. Caffeine has the repuinstruction due to studies that show caftation as the ultimate additive for energy feine may contribute to delayed conception boosts. By stimulating the central and low birth weight. nervous system, caffeine also causes The Nemours Foundation states other mood altering effects such as: cutting back on caffeine is probably increased well-being, happiness, enera good path for everyone to follow. gy, alertness, and sociability. It is suggested that people consume According to Johns Hopkins no more than 100 mg daily, which is Bayview Medial Center, the typical a far cry from the near 300 mg they American intakes 280 milligrams of do consume. If one is to substitute caffeine daily. At 30 mg daily, studdrinks with no caffeine for caffeinies show that caffeine can begin to ated ones it makes the transition alter mood. At 100 mg daily, less than more simple. half the average daily consumption, Water, most green or clear sodas, physical dependence begins to set in. and decaf tea and coffee are easy With dependence, comes withdrawal starts, even though most decaf beverwhen the intake is removed. ages still contain very small traces If this is the case, a person may of caffeine. In addition, green and experience effects such as: headaches, white tea have very small traces of fatigue, lack of concentration, irritacaffeine and work well as substitutes. bility, depression, flu-like symptoms, Postum, a caffeine free healthy substiand anxiety, which could lead to tute for coffee is also available from panic attacks. During withdrawal it is Kraft Foods. Always, it is important often documented that interruptions to reduce use gradually rather than occur in daily functioning, but these quitting all at once, this reduces risk Soda, candy and coffee can help a person perk up are rarely dangerous impairments. for withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal most often begins rough- thanks to the caffeine they contain. However, caffeine can also cause headaches, fatigue and irritaly 12 to 24 hours after termination of bility. (Photo by Jackie Hutchinson) caffeine use, and can last from 2 to 9 BY JOSH PATTON Opinions Editor

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days, varying upon each personal level of dependency. Beyond caffeine withdrawal, caffeine intoxication can also occur. When this occurs, one may experience severe levels of anxiety, restlessness, excitement, insomnia, rambling thought and speech, tremors, sensory disturbance, and headaches. According to Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology at Johns Hopkins, in these rare cases people begin to be classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical



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How well do you know the one you love? ove doesn’t come in a fist-shaped package. No kind of admiration can be shown by abusing someone. Abuse is not always physical. Abusive relationships can be defined by extreme jealousy, emotional withholding, lack of intimacy, uncontrollable rage, sexual intimidation, infidelity, verbal threats, lies, broken promises, physical power plays and control games. Abuse is everywhere. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. After spending time with another person, to the point of thinking it is love, it’s comfortable and you begin thinking you know them. What happens if you don’t? There are a lot of excuses behind relationship abuse, though none of them are legitimate. According to Sergeant Rick Potter of the Arkansas City Police Department, sex, money and alcohol are the most common aggravators for relationship violence. The statistics that the ACPD have on abuse and domestic violence are disturbing. Out of 25,185 incidents reported in the state of Kansas in 2005, 5,037 were between married couples, and 9,455 took place between couples that were dating at the time, or had dated previously.

Women are not the only victims. The common stereotype that they are is just that, a stereotype. The ACPD deals with cases where women are the abusers. There are nonviolent instances of abuse where a woman completely controls the relationship; every aspect and decision is made by them However, there are circumstances that involve one party being unfaithful, and in return the emotionally hurt person turns to violence. There was a recent case filed at the ACPD involving a petite woman who physically abused her brawny boyfriend There are also relationships that don’t show signs of abuse until the end. “A lot of problems can arise when one person wants to end the relationship,” Potter said. “Sometimes the other person just doesn’t get it, and it turns into stalking.” He also said that the police have had to step in and contact the person that is doing the stalking, at the stalked party’s request. However, they will not step in without it being requested, or if the request is not legitimate. It is impossible to comprehend the victim’s perspective. It’s easy for a person that’s never had to deal with abuse to judge and say they would leave no matter what. It is not that easy. All cases are different, and all relationships have history.

Personality Traits of an Abuser

Personality Traits of a Victim



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Uncontrolled temper Extreme jealousy Fear of abandonment A background of abuse Unrealistic relationship expectations Isolation Recklessness Not accepting responsibility Children/animal cruelty Threats of violence Low self-esteem Codependent personality Drug/alcohol dependence Need for power Bipolar disorder

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Need for love/affection Low self-esteem Drug/alcohol dependence A background with abuse Child of alcoholics Enforced isolation Belief that a relationship validates them Gains a sense of worth by taking care of the abuser Cannot set personal boundaries Difficulty expressing anger Loyalty over safety Believing “it will change” Returning to the abuser Clinical depression

QuickQuotes How would you handle an abusive relationship? “I would leave and seek counseling as soon as possible.” Courtney Mason Sophomore “I would talk to my friends and try to get out of it in the safest way possible for the both of us.” Kayla Misasi Freshman “The best defense is a good offense. I like to get to know someone before I go out with them.“ Ryan Morgan Freshman “Seek help from a domestic violence help place. Once you decide to leave, don’t call and stay away.” Tim Barnhill Freshman

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Disagreements within relationships are normal and even expected, but if it turns violent, ask for help. (Photo illustration by Jolene Pierson)


Contact Information: Safe Homes Inc. Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-794-7672 1-800-799-SAFE 620-221-HELP Arkansas City Police Department Cowley County Sheriff 620-441-4444 620-441-4555

Maybe it only happened once. No big deal, right? Wrong. No one has the right to lay their hand on another individual in a harmful or demeaning way. If a relationship turns violent you should remove yourself from it as quickly as possible. According to, a website that is based on recovering from addictions and trauma, abusive relationships do not change without sustained therapy. It won’t heal itself. With the fear of the other person, how do you escape? Women and men alike worry about not having a place to go after they’ve reached the point of being strong enough to leave. Safe houses are everywhere so people can get out, and not be lost. The houses are confidential, so the other person cannot find you. October is Domestic Violence Month, if you would like to help the safe houses there will be a box outside of the Upward Bound office below the library. The box will be for donating clothes, shoes, household items, etc. This will aid people that have had the strength to leave return to normalcy. Abuse happens everywhere; why not help out those that are suffering? If you or someone you know is being abused then get help. No one should have to deal with that alone, and no one should put up with it.

Please keep the friends

and family of freshman Eli Hildebrand in your thoughts

Roy Reynolds Student Life Counselor 620-441-5228

and prayers during this time of loss. Eli was killed in an apartment fire near campus early in the morning of Tuesday, October 2.

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Life with needles and barbells


hey once adorned the bodies of ancients such as Egyptians, Romans, Mayans and Aztecs. They were used as symbols of strength, beauty, wealth and social stature. Tattoos and piercings have come a long way since then.

I’ve been through a lot in my life,” McCarty said. “Every time something gets me down, I look at my tats. They’re my inspiration.” McCarty has ten tattoos in total, but isn’t stopping there. “I want about six more,” he said. But tattoos and piercings don’t come cheap. Prices can range anywhere from $40

the environment when getting a tattoo or piercing. Is it clean? Is the artist wearing gloves? Blood borne diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis can be transmitted if the artist is using the needle of an infected person. If a person is unsure about the procedure, he should speak up, because he is

Jeremy McCarty’s tat reminds him of his Grandma, who believed in his ability to reach the NBA. (Photo by Charisse Archer) Now worn by any and everyone be it as fashion statements or as reminders of distant memories, tattoos and piercings mean different things to different people. Sophomore Ashley Suter, an accounting major, has seventeen piercings and one tattoo. “Personally, I like pain,” Suter said. “[Piercings] were my way of expressing myself without saying anything.” “Some people like the artwork,” said tattoo artist and piercer Detroit George. “For others there is a significant memory.” George has been a tattoo artist for over 30 years and works at Cutting Edge Studio in Arkansas City. With only his ears pierced, George himself has about 30 or 40 tattoos on his arms, legs and down his sides. For Jeremy McCarty, a freshman from Houston, Texas, tattoos go beyond the surface to the heart of his experiences. “Every tat I have means something.

to well into the hundreds. Why, then, do people continually get them? Like drugs or alcohol, piercings and tattoos can be addictive. The body’s natural painkillers, endorphins, are released during the piercing/tattooing process. Endorphins are responsible for the feeling of elation one gets after a good laugh or after a run. It is this “good” feeling that keeps people coming back time and time again. Serious thought should be put into getting either a tattoo or a piercing, and it should never be done on a whim. Though piercings are temporary, one should think strategically about its locale. Many employers have strict rules prohibiting conspicuous piercings such as face piercings. The same applies to tattoos, but unlike piercings, they are not temporary. Removal of a tattoo can sometimes cost more than the tattoo itself. Particular attention should be paid to

the one that is going to have to bear the consequences. Tattoos and piercings also require a lot of care before and after. Piercings should be cleaned regularly to prevent the build up of dirt and bacteria, which can lead to odor and infection. When spending time in the sun on a regular basis, tattoos should be protected by using sun block to prevent the ink from fading. Tattoos and piercings have begun breaking away from what was once considered to be the norm. No longer are eyebrow or labret [chin] piercings as shocking as they used to be. The bar has been pushed into the realm of skull implants and corset piercings. “I definitely want to get a corset piercing,” said Suter. “I may get it done down my sides rather than my back. I can’t wait!”

The Kingdom in middle of the road BY ALEX SKOV Managing Editor Love of money is said to be the root of all evil. So what does that make love of oil? The root of radical terrorism, if one is to believe the opening credits of The Kingdom, which attempt to explain this by way of a timeline of United States-Saudi Arabian relations during the past 75 years. The short primer serves as a set up to an attack on American expatriates in Saudi Arabia, and in turn prompts FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury, played by Jamie Foxx, to set his mind on an investigation. Dodging anti-Western sentiments for the most part, Fleury quickly arranges a fiveday trip to the site of the attack. Along with Fleury is a group of fellow agents that includes Jennifer Garner’s character, Janet

The Kingdom Drama/Thriller Rated R out of 4 Mayes, and Adam Leavitt, played by Jason Bateman. After the group touches foreign soil, what follows is fairly generic. When the team is not being discriminated against, they find an unlikely ally in Saudi Colonel Faris Al-Ghazi and begin an in-depth investigation on the attack. One particularly ill-planned moment comes when Al-Ghazi shouts, “We must party,” and the camera cuts to a shot of a camel’s behind.

The script does try to justify its own missteps, though, touching the we’re-notso-different-after-all base and highlighting the importance of having deep convictions. On the other hand, acting is not a problem in The Kingdom. Foxx is comfortable in the pseudo-military role, having been in movies like Stealth and Jarhead. Ashraf Barhoum rivals Foxx in intensity, and is a stand out as Al-Ghazi. Director Peter Berg brings creativity to the production, creating a look that is highly effective with clean visuals and shots from hand-held cameras. The only major problem with The Kingdom is the mediocre script, because the acting and directing is certainly not lacking. What the audience gets is a film with slick visuals and good acting, but little more.

Coming Attractions

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Tyger Tawk will host Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Brown’s. Students and community members are welcome to participate or attend. Brown’s is located at 225 S. Summit. Sign up with Marlys Cervantes. Journalism Club will show “Shattered Glass” at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in Kerr Technology Building room 102. The film stars Hayden Christensen as a young journalist who falls from fame amid accusations of false reporting. Members of Students Honoring All Diverse Ethnicities will give salsa dancing lessons every Wednesday in October. Lessons will take place from 5-6 p.m. in the Wright Room. Tim Durham will be the next featured performer at Caffé Acoustic as he will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Brown’s. Durham’s repertoire consists of funky classics, blues tunes, Irish folk songs, country crooners, jazz standards, and some original soon-to-be hits. Caffé Acoustic is a community project, and Corner Bank, Home National Bank and Union State Bank help fund the concert series. The fall musical “Crazy For You” will open at 7:30 on Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Robert brown Theatre. The tap dancing-filled musical was written by Ken Ludwig and features the music of George and Ira Gershwin. “Crazy For You” is largely based on the Gershwins’ 1930 musical “Girl Crazy.” Shows on Oct. 19 and 20 will also be at 7:30. A matinee will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. The cost is $4 with a student ID and $8 general admission.

New Releases The Heartbreak Kid Eddie (Ben Stiller) begins having second thoughts about his new bride as they honeymoon in Mexico, and he falls in love with a woman other than his wife in this remake of the 1972 comedy of the same name. Opens Oct. 5. Alter Bridge Blackbird Alter Bridge returns with their sophomore effort, after their first album, One Day Remains, reached number 5 on the billboard charts. Features the single “Rise Today.”


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Tiger men finish first at OBU Invitational

Kosgei wins back to back womens individual championships BY JOEL DeNICOLO Sports Writer

Cross Country Runner John Purvis


he Cowley Tiger Cross Country team continued their prevailing season these past two weeks with dominant performances both for the men and women’s team at their recent competitions at the OBU Invitational and the Oklahoma State Jamboree. The Tiger Men dominated the 5.1 mile run competition at the Oklahoma Baptist Invite on Sept. 22, sweeping the top four spots. Cowley’s Daniel Mania (24:29) won the men’s 5.1 mile race, while Jonathon Cherono (25:00), Stanley Mugo (25:01) and Johnny Purvis (26:00) finished second through fourth respectively. Cowley finished with 21 points and easily out-distanced second place East Central (Okla.) University (56 points). Irene Kosgei, who was in competition against over 50+ runners, came away with the women’s individual championship for the 3.1 mile race at the OBU Invitation with a time of 18:29. The Tiger Women’s team (54 points) finished just two points behind meet champion, the University of Central Oklahoma. At one of the biggest meets of the year, the Oklahoma State Jamboree, the Cowley Men showed they are of the best. Similar to their OBU meet, the Tigers had three of the top four finishers, including the individual champ Daniel Maina who finished first out of 232 runners, with a time of 24:36.

BY JOEL DeNICOLO Sports Writer Tiger athlete John Purvis is a freshman for the men’s cross country team. The KJCCC named him runner of the week in week number 3 after his first two collegiate races because Purvis finished as the top American runner overall.

A group of cross country runners gather before the race at Oklahoma Baptist University. The team finished second in the meet. (Photo by Vince DeGrado) The Tiger won this meet with a score of 53 points, runner-up Butler Community College finished with 117 points. For the second time in a row, Irene Kosgei (18:41) was the Individual Champion for the women, this time amongst a field of 207 runners. Against

a tough field of 21 teams, the lady Tigers (187) placed sixth. Butler Community College (111) won the team Championship. The next scheduled meet for the Tigers will be on Oct. 12, which is the Cowley Tiger Duals, which also is the Tigers first home meet.

Intramural football kicks off and volleyball finishes up BY JOEL DeNICOLO Sports Writer Intramural football began this past Thursday, with three games on the schedule. Team Superbad beat the Rolling Keystones 34-26, the Sea Turtles edged out the Nads 28-20, and the Track Team embarrassed the Red Zoners 68-20. All games are played on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Cowley track. The teams that will advance to the championship on October 23 are

determined by the best percentage of wins or most overall points. On October 4, the heavily favored Track Team will face the Nads at 5:30 p.m., the Rolling Keystones play the Red Zoners at 6:20 p.m., and Team Superbad will go against the Sea Turtles at 7:05 p.m. On October 11, Team Superbad will play the Red Zoners at 5:30 p.m.; the Track team faces the Sea Turtles at 6:20 p.m., and the Rolling Keystones against the Nads at 7:05 will finish the night off.

Intramural Football Standings

Track Team Superbad Sea Turtles The Nads Rolling Keystones The Red Zone

1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1

68pts 34pts 28pts 20pts 26pts 20pts

What city/high school are you from? Jasper High School in Jasper, Arkansas. It’s a Class A school, I graduated with about 50 people. What has been your fastest time running the 5k and 8k? My fastest time in the 5k is 15:12, which I ran my senior year. 8k is 26:00 flat which I ran this year at the OBU Invitation. Who has helped you the most so far in your track career? My dad. He has always supported me, took me to races, and always spoke to me positively about my races. What achievements/awards have you won? My biggest award so far has been that I won the KJCCC Runner of the Week award for my times at Allen County and for the Friends Invite. Allen was my first collegiate race, in which I finished 6th, and finished 4th at the Friends Invite. What has been the most memorable meet you’ve participated in? At a meet my senior year, I was 1st in the indoor mile, 2 mile, and was MVP of the meet. What does a normal practice for your team consist of? We practice 7 days a week, but 3 of those are especially tough in which we run 8-11 miles a day. How did you end up coming to Cowley? Coach Turner recruited me in high school. I wanted to run for a good team and a strong program. How did you get into this sport? My brother was always running in marathons, and I wanted to do that too. What do you enjoy about running? The Pain. It’s a type a pain you’ll never feel in any other sport How would you say you’ve competed so far this year? Pretty descent. I’m happy with where I’m at right now but still have a long ways to go.

Left: Freshman Myka Wiebe returns the volleyball during a game behind Kimmell Dorm. Below: Sophomore Larry Hill and freshman Dwight Jenkins, members of the Track Team, chase after sophomore Aaron Clark, a member of the Red Zone, in an intramural football game. (Photos by Jolene Pierson)

What’s the biggest change/adjustment between high school and college? You have to train a lot more, the races are longer, and the competition is tougher. What are your plans after leaving Cowley? I want to run for the University of Arkansas.


SPORTS Lady Tigers struggle at Barton, end winning streak

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BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor


fter a tough match against 11th ranked Longview Community College on Friday, Sept 28, and a pair of matches at the Seminole Triangular on Saturday, Sept 29, the Lady Tiger volleyball team came out winning all three matches and improving as team. The Lady Tigers have had some recent struggles with sluggish first games and inconsistent passing, but showed many signs of improvement as the Lady Tigers easily defeated Richland Community College 306, 30-15, 30-7 and Seminole State College 30-16, 30-16, 30-25 at the Triangular. Head Coach JoAnna Pryor used the Triangular to mix up the lineup and get everyone valuable playing time. In the two matches, freshman Victoria Green excelled on offense as she finished with 21 kills, while sophomore Lilian Rezende collected 20 kills and 20 digs in her first week back to the court from a recent injury. Freshman Crystal Garman and Lucia Cizmarova also contributed 12 kills each. “We didn’t mess around at the Triangular,” Pryor said. “It always feels good to go in and take care of business.” Against Longview, the Lady Tigers showed one of the team’s recent struggles. Starting the first game slow continued to plague the Lady Tigers in the second meeting between the two ranked teams. The Lady Tigers began the match losing the first game, 30-32, but finally settled in and had many players contribute to scoring. Green led the way once again with 18 kills, while Cizmarova and Garman added 16 and 15 kills, respectively. “Victoria (Green) has done a great job for us offensively,” Pryor said. “And Crystal (Garman) has been performing well on defense on back row along with her offensive skills. Overall though, we had some bad passing but the match and win was good.” Needing to win to stay ahead of Johnson County and out in front of Jayhawk East standings, the Lady Tigers defeated Highland on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 31-29, 30-24, 30-19. Pryor saw improvement game by game but still wants more consistency to start the match. “I expect them to come out do good all the time, especially in a conference match,” Pryor said. “Everyone will gives us their best shot and we have to be ready at all times” At the Highland Hotel Invitational at Barton County on Sept. 20-21, the Lady Tigers suffered their first two losses of the

Freshmen Crystal Garman digs for the ball against Longview Community College while freshmen Jacey Sechrest guards. The Lady Tigers came back after losing the first game to beat Longview for the second time this season. (Photo by Jolene Pierson) season. The Lady Tigers lost their first match of the tournament against 15th ranked Hutchinson 26-30, 30-25, 21-30, 23-30. After the loss, the Lady Tigers came back to beat William Woods College 30-20, 30-20, 30-14. On the second day of the tournament, the Lady Tigers faced 10th ranked Barton County. Once again, the Lady Tigers came out sluggish in the first game losing 1730. In the second game, the Lady Tigers bounced back with a 30-27 win to tie the match. During the third game, Barton County took advantage of a few contro-

versial calls and gained confidence by the winning 30-28. The Lady Tigers couldn’t recover as they lost the fourth 16-30, which also gave the Lady Tigers its second loss of season. “We needed to regroup but those calls hurt us bad,” Pryor said. The Lady Tigers defeated Labette 3013, 30-18, 30-19 to end the tournament. Rezende and Cizmarova were named to the All-Tournament Team. Rezende finished the tournament with 27 kills, 16 digs, and eight blocks, while Cizmarova finished with 37 kills, 15 digs, and nine

blocks. “Lilian is getting better coming off her injury,” Pryor said. “Lucia played very consistent and always performs well offensively.” The Lady Tigers are now 16-2 on the season and ranked second in the nation. The Lady Tigers are scheduled to travel to Independence on Wednesday, Oct. 3, for a conference match-up. Then on Wednesday, Oct. 10, two of the top teams in the Jayhawk East will compete against each other as the Lady Tigers are scheduled to take on Johnson County.

Former Tiger athlete named head coach of tennis program BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor With Brad Louderback recently leaving, the Tiger tennis program were quick to fill the head coach position with a former Tiger athlete. Josh Cobble was introduced as the Tiger tennis teams’ new head coach on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Cobble played tennis for the Tigers during the 2002-2003 seasons and has watched his brothers, Darren and Sean, play for the Tigers also. Cobble came to coach from Duncan High School. While at Duncan, Cobble coached the boy’s team to a state title and the girl’s team to a runner-up finish at the state tournament in 2007. Former head coach Louderback took the men’s head coaching position at Wichita State University officially on Oct. 1 and Athletic Director Tom Saia had already found his new head coach. If Saia had not been able to hire a coach qualified for the position, then he came to the decision to coach the tennis team’s himself in the fall. “Our tennis program has been competing well at the national level and we can’t

lose that,” Saia said. Saia was excited to land Cobble as the head coach as Cobble “bleeds Cowley colors.” “Josh will help us compete for the conference and region championship,” Saia said. “He was a great student-athlete in which former Tiger coach Larry Grose mentioned for the coaching position.” Cobble, who advanced to the finals of the national tournament at number 6 singles for Tigers while competing here, is also excited to be back. Last year, the Tiger women captured the Region VI championship and placed fourth at the NJCAA National Championship, while the men’s team, also garnering a Region VI championship, had a difficult draw but still placed seventh at National Head Coach Josh Cobble Championship.

“We have great players here already, so I’m looking forward to a good preseason to start off,” Cobble said. After a few days in the position, Cobble has already experienced success with his players. At Junior College Division/Wilson/ITA Central Region Championships held at Johnson County on Sept. 20-21, Tiger sophomores Richard Filkuka and Kasia Siwosz won the men and women’s singles championship. Filkuka faced fellow sophomore Diego Motivar in the finals. After Filkuka won the first set, Motivar had to retire from the match due to an arm injury. Filkuka and Motivar also advanced to the finals in men’s doubles before losing to Johnson County’s Dylan Gatton and Taj Harrison 3-6, 4-6. After winning the women’s singles championship, Siwosz teamed up with Karolina Porizkova to win the women’s doubles title. Siwosz, Porizkova, and Filkuka all qualified to compete at the Small College Nationals held on Oct. 11-14 in Mobile, Ala. “Cowley is a great school and I’m having a lot of fun,” Cobble said. “Coach Saia was here when I was and it is an honor to come back here and work with Tom and Dr. Pat (McAtee).” Photo by Jackie Hutchinson



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New look, new faces, new coaches...


BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor


ith cheering, dance routines, dance offs, and the first look at Tiger basketball, W.S. Scott Auditorium was full of energy during Monday Night Madness on Oct. 1. The night started off at 5:45 p.m. when students, athletes, and community members could show up and have supreme nachos and pop, while waiting for the “madness” to begin. At 7 p.m., Student Life Coordinator Kristi Shaw, the organizer of Monday Night Madness, and Marshall Ice, the general manager of KACY radio, introduced this years Cowley Crazies. The Crazies are the college’s volunteer spirit group. After the introduction, sophomore Alexie Smith, a member of the Crazies, surprised the crowd with a challenge to the Tigerette Danceline in a dance off. There was no official winner. Members of the Danceline and Cowley Cheer Squad were introduced and then put on a performance for the crowd. Anyone from the crowd was then invited to come down to the court and participate in the half-court shot contest. Jordan Fields, an Ark City High School student, was one of the last people to attempt the shot and made it, winning $50.


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Not only were fans introduced to basketball players at Monday Night Madness, but they also had a chance to see the athletes exhibit their skills. Three members of the men’s basketball team faced three members of the women’s team in a 3-point shoot-out. Freshmen Darren Miller and Kenny Bates, along with sophomore Chris Rhymes, took on freshmen Noelle Jackson, Neasha Haynes, and Elena Yanakova. The men’s team won 9-8 over the women. The dunk contest was cancelled due to player injury. With all the hype building since new men’s head basketball coach Steve Eck arrived, Tiger fans received their first look at a whole men’s team this year during their scrimmage. The men used their new jerseys during the scrimmage as they were separated into 3 different teams. The black team, orange team, and white team scrimmaged each other for 3 minutes. “I thought the community support was fantastic,” Eck said. “The dance and cheer squads were really good and I hope we work hard enough to be as good as the squads. It was good for the guys to get out in front of the crowd and play.” The Lady Tiger basketball team, which won 20 games and finished second

in the Jayhawk East last season, ended the night with their final scrimmage. “I thought it was pretty cool because it allows the players see the student and

community support,” head coach Todd Clark said. “Also, Kristi (Shaw) did a good job organizing the event and making it a good time for a the kids.” Above: Members of the Tigerette Danceline get set up to begin their routine. Afterwards, each member introduced by saying their name and where they are from. (Photo by Alex Skov) Left: Freshman redshirt Marcus Butler sets up for a jump shot during the men’s basketball scimmage. Coach Eck was the official for the game. (Photo by Alex Skov)

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