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The Student Newspaper of Cowley College Issue 2 October 20, 2011

For more on the Queen Alalah candidates go to page 3

The Cowley Press Campus Chatter Flu shots Students interested in flu vaccinations can see Nurse Denise Wallace located in the Nelson Student Center. Call Denise at 441-5236 to make an appointment. She is available from 8 a.m. until noon everyday. Shots are $10 and given on a first-come-first-served basis. The Big Read Cowley is participating in The Big Read-Wichita. This program is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts along with Arts Midwest. Free copies of the novel, “The Things They Carried” are available to students and employees for a limited time. Those who wish to take part in The Big Read may contact the library director, Rhoda McLaughlin, for placement on a list. Competition for I-Pad Students can compete in a video competition for an I-Pad. The deadline for entries is Nov. 1. The video on “why your college is the best place to attend” in Kansas needs to be one to three minutes long and saved as wmv, avi, or mov. The KACCT website, has a video outlining content specs. “Click for rules and entry info” link below the video. The rules can be found at the website. Completion Corps Phi Theta Kappa is committed to encouraging the completion of college credentials among community college students. PTK is sponsoring a project called “Community College Completion Corps” or C4 the week of Nov. 7–12 Many activities will be ongoing throughout the week including a possible guest speaker. SWIPE Cowley took part in a state wide packaging event, Swipe Out Hunger with Numana, Inc. on Oct. 16. The event was held in Cowley’s Rec. Building packaging food for starving people in the Horn of Africa. 131 volunteers gathered around tables putting together packages of rice, soy, freeze-dried beans, and a vitamin blend that feeds six people. 324,000 meals were packaged state wide 37,800 meals came from Cowley students.

There are plenty of things to get involved in on campus, such as, foam parties to bongo ball mania. Students on campus always have something to participate in. Most event are made free to the student body. Many of events are organized by the Kristi Shaw, Director of Student Life. (photos by: Samantha Francis and Brandon Hanchett)

Behind the scenes of student life

A day in the life of Kristi Shaw


e’ve all seen, heard of, or attended one, if not all of the campus events since starting college here at Cowley. From the Hypnotist to kick off the fall semester, to the Sex Signals speakers,

from lip-syncing to foam dancing; and from sign making to pumpkin painting. These events don’t just happen. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes that the average student doesn’t see.

The woman responsible for bringing on the entertainment is Kristi Shaw, Director of Student Life. “I receive a magazine on the top events and activities across the United States,” said Shaw. Not only does Shaw organize events for students, she is also in close contact with booking agents from across the United States to determine what entertainers are playing within a 6-12 hour radius of the campus. “I usually try to piggyback with other schools and around area to get a cheaper price if I can,” said Shaw. She determines what

events she will put on around the college by May of the previous school year, that way the events are on the master calendar for the upcoming school year. “I like to pick the hottest groups out there at any given time to bring in to the college,” Shaw said. After an event has been chosen, “I start by finding a facility to have the event. Then I buy the all the supplies I need, usually around two months in advance of the event.” Shaw said she then advertises the events by putting up flyers around the college, posters in the dorms and

word of mouth. Of course Shaw is only human, and these events are a big undertaking for just one person. Student Senate officers Katelyn Edwards, and Charley Garrison help Shaw along with activity “helpers” Katie Huggler and Brittney Swopes. They organize and put together the events. “We meet with the student ambassadors on a monthly basis so they can take the events back to their clubs and get the word out to everyone,” Shaw said. For a complete list of the upcoming events go to the campus website and click on Student Life.

GSA Headline

Walking through the hallways of school thinking there is a giant sign on your forehead that says “faggot”, “dyke”, “lesbo”. Words hurt even when they are not stamped on a forehead. Putting labels on people reduces them to a

concept and removes that person’s potential. Upon meeting someone who is openly gay, there is a tendency to open the box and put him in it. He is in the “gay guy” box. From the moment you meet someone who is jump to page 6

GSA is the symbol for every type of relationship. Wether it be a man and man, man and woman, or woman and woman. Gay straight alliance has come together as a support group for gay and straight students to come together. (photo taken by Shelby Welch)

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Oct. 20, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

Anti-sellouts taking large donations

Occupy Wall Street wasn’t laughable at the beginning. It wasn’t even on most people’s radar. With nearly a thousand people who represent the group arrested so far they are either doing something right or something very wrong. OWS had a very simple start-up goal that Adbusters set for the occupation: DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY, meaning if enough people demand something so simple for long enough, President Obama will “be forced to choose publicly between the will of the people and the lucre of the corporations,” According to the website. OWS is growing in numbers every day; growing in participants, and monetarily. Growing so fast that even the NYC police can’t seem to pepper-spray and arrest

them fast enough. With $300,000 in a bank account they ought to just buy off the police who are harassing them. Though there was a definite goal before the occupation started, no one participating seems to be able to agree on what it is. Far from having a rallying point for the entire movement a substantial amount of protesters want to stay goalless. Protesters seem to enjoy this little break from the real world. They don’t want a goal, because with either success or failure there would finally be punctuation to the run-on sentence that is OWS. It seems as if they have passed the need for a theme as they already have a large storage of food, toiletries, medical supplies, and over a quarter-million in the bank at their disposal. This is not

just an NYC phenomenon either, this is happening in 100 cities as of Oct. 17, and there is no sign of decreased interest. It just gets under my skin that people who are so vehemently against people speaking for an idea after receiving other people’s money should so widely accept money to proliferOccupy Wall Street is a movement mainly ate their protesting the power of major corporations common ideals. On ness of a good old-fashioned that note, if they have such boycott. a problem with the people One thing is for sure: this who are behind the larger movement is poised for corporations that are hoarda massive swing against ing money they shouldn’t whomever they decide they be using their products to hate the most, first. spread their message. This generation has forgotten the meaning and effective-

Letting it all hang out

Halloween costumes or lack thereof


t is the one day a year, when it seems every girl over the age of 12 dresses as if she is trying to be a porn star. What does candy, costumes, ghosts, and fake blood do to girls to make them bust out of there debutante shells? Even the most conservative girl turns into an up and coming star of Girls Gone Wild, and the not so conservative girl, into a wannabe Playboy bunny when she receives her invitation to the Halloween costume party. Is it for the attention? To smoosh? Satisfaction? Just for the hell of it? Everyone is different so it is hard to tell, but it is definitely not for the candy. One thing is for sure, society has put a new twist on the phrase trick or treat. Halloween is just another in the long list of holidays that have evolved into something it is not for the pleasure of society. Just like Easter, which has nothing to do with hiding eggs and bunnies. Halloween is the

holiday of exposed booties and unclothed hooties. Children look at Halloween as a means to get free candy and dress up as their favorite princess, hero, villain, or monster. While, any girl who is old enough to spell sex dresses up as a dirty or sexy cop, school girl, referee, taxi driver, or nurse. People say it is the only day of the year where someone can dress however, they want, like a themed prostitute, and not be judged for it. It seems as if Halloween has become a day where it’s okay for everyone to dress with 97 percent of their body exposed. Anyone ranging from someone’s 13 year old daughter, the student of the month, the power lifter, the girl on the corner, to even someone’s chemistry teacher at the faculty Halloween party. It is possible for someone to dress like a cop or a nurse and not have the entire pumpkin patch exposed. Girls these day are so obsessed with trying to get

(file photo) attention, they don’t care if it is good or bad. The excuse

some people do it so they can feel sexy and look good

without being judged or stereotyped as a slut is nothing more than that; an excuse. It is more than possible to look sexy without having your gluteus maximus exposed to the world. Besides, most guys say when they see a girl who is making herself look easy, then that is all they see them as, an easy hookup. To some it may seem nearly impossible, but with a little

more material they can have a really cute costume that is appealing to all.

Quick Quotes Why do some girls dress slutty for Halloween? “They dress to impress because they don’t give a dang about what anyone thinks.”

“Its the only day they can dress and not get judged.”

Hannah Mclure Sophomore

Jordan Bellin Freshman

“So they won’t get judged because it’s Halloween.”

Brandi Regier Freshman

Oct. 20, 2011

News Competing for Alalah Royalty

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Name: Karlye Sturd From: Arkansas City Major: Speech Pathology Plans after Cowley: Go to Wichita State University to major in speech pathology. Activities/involvement: “I support Cowley athletes and go to a lot of the Cowley activities, and I work for Student Services.” If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it? “I would buy a new pair of shoes, a new phone because those are always fun to get. I would put some of it in savings for my future kid’s education, and give some to my parents.”

Name: Jordan McDowell From: Arkansas City Major: Pre Law Plans after Cowley: Attend Washburn University to get a Bachelor of Arts in legal studies, then get accepted into Washburn University to get a doctorate in family court. Activities/involvement: CAAT, Captain of FCA, Chi Alpha, Student Life Activities, Film Club, Intramural Sports Team. If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it? “Divide it up between charities, between Judes Children Fund, United Way, and Big Brother Big Sisters.”

Name: Devin Dice From: Arkansas City Major: Mass Communications Plans after Cowley: Major in Journalism at The University of Kansas, and going on to make documentaries for 60 Minutes. Activities/involvement: Campus Editor of Cowley Press, Field Reporter for Cowley College Television, Student Ambassador, Phi Theta Kappa, Choir, CC Singers, Media Club CoPresident. If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it? “I would buy world peace.”

Name: Rosemary Simmons From: Arkansas City Major: Undecided Plans after Cowley: Attend either The University of Kansas, Newman, Wichita State University, or Kansas State University. Activities/involvement: CAAT, Ambassador FCA, Chi Alpha. If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it? “Pay all the things that need to be paid like college, car stuff, housing stuff, everything that need to be paid for, and with what’s ever left I would travel to Europe.”

S t u d e n t o f t h e m o n t h

Queen Alalah is a tradition that has been going on for 81 years. Every year a group of five sophomore candidates are selected from Cowley College. This years queen candidates are (Back) Karlye Sturd, Jordan McDowell, Samantha Nolting, (Front) Devin Dice, and Rosemary Simmons are shown wearing formal wear above. The surrounding photos are shown of the girls wearing their 80’s theme attire. (photos by Samantha Francis)

Name: Samantha Nolting From: Wichita Major: Currently business administration, with a hope to minor in leadership Plans after Cowley: Either going to Wichita State or Emporia State, and continuing her major in business administration and minor in leadership and maybe getting a Ph.D. or MBA. Activities/involvement: CAAT, Phi Beta Lambda, Chi Alpha, Student Ambassador, Student Senate, Summer Jumpstart Resident Attendant. If you had a million dollars, how would you spend it? “Make sure I saved enough to pay off college and a new car probably, and pay off my parents.”

Q: What is your major? A: I’m a chemistry major and I would like to work with medicine when I get further along the line. I plan to transfer to Kansas State University.


Q: What kind of work do you want to do? A: I’d like to work in a lab working with chemicals. I’d also like to find a cure, or help find a cure for breast cancer it took the life of my grandmother.

Q: What do you like about Cowley? A: I like the faculty and staff, they treat you as family, they work with you one on one and you’re not just another number. Q: If you could make a movie, what would it be about? A: I think I would make a move over one of my favorite books that I read when I was little and I’d try and keep it as accurate to the book as possible.

Q: Where are you from? A: Kingman, KS

Q: What is your favorite color? A: Blue

Q: What’s an unusual job you think you would enjoy? A: I guess it would be fishing or paintball. Those are some of my favorite hobbies.

Q: Who’s in your family? A: My immediate family consists of my father Steve, my mother Laurie. I have two younger brothers, one’s a senior, Scott, and I have another brother, he’s a junior in high school, Nicolas.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time? A: I really like doing stuff that I’ve never done before, especially outdoors.

Q: Do you have a job? A: I work for the school. I’m a tutor and an ambassador.


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Q: How did you find Cowley? A: I went to Dillons and then I ran into Dr. Tom and told me she was the local piano teacher and gave me a business card for Cowley. Few months later when I was looking at colleges and visited Cowley and really liked the atmosphere.

Q: What’s your major? A: My major is PreLaw.


Q: What are you involved in on campus? A: I am involved in Phi Theta Kappa and Creative Claws.

Q: Where are you planning to transfer after Cowley? A: I am thinking about Penn State, University of Arkansas, or Oklahoma State University. Q: How many pets do you have? A: I have six hens, one horse, one dog.

Q: If you could transfer to any college, where would you go? A: I would transfer either to Harvard or Yale.

Q: Who is your favorite instructor? A: I like all my instructors.

Q: Where are you from? A: I am originally from Indiana and I went to high school at Christian Liberty High.

Q: Who is your role model? A: My role model is my dad.

The “Union Jack” is the United Kingdom’s official flag. (photo courtesy of

s you probably know, the English recently had some issues with riots. As of Oct. 18, more than 1,500 people have gone to court in connection with the riots, the youngest being 11 years old, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC]. What you may or may not know is the rioters are the British version of us, the young adults known as Generation Y, and like us, they are a product of a spoiled nation. When Gordon Brown resigned as Prime Minister of England in May 2010, the balance of power swayed from the British liberals to the conservatives, not unlike the shifting of powers after the our midterm elections. Conservative leader David Cameron was appointed Prime Minister after the general elections, in which the conservatives gained control, but were 20 seats short of a majority. What resulted was Cameron calling for a coalition government. The foremost issue in

Q: What is your favorite thing about Cowley? A: My favorite thing about Cowley is the instructors.

Q: What do you like to do for fun? A: I like to play the piano for fun.

All about Rage

BY ETHAN GOODWIN Contributing writer

Oct. 20, 2011

England at the time was their $252 billion deficit, and the newly formed coalition knew they had to make cuts. On May 24, 2010, the newly formed coalition unveiled cuts amounting to a staggering $10 billion. Among these were $1.08 million to education, $1.9 million to government and communities. The young adults of Britain have rioted because they lost much of what they saw as rightfully theirs to the budget cuts. The rioters were stealing from stores, picking them apart like vultures and leaving the bones picked clean. Some attributed the riots to bad policing. I feel it is because the rioters do not know how to respond to the word “No.” It is important to note that the deficit Britain was facing was $252 billion; that is nine zeros. The deficit we are facing is $14.8 trillion as of Oct. 18. Trillion has 12 zeros. It is a big number. The U.S. recently lost its AAA credit rating, which has never happened before. Something has to happen here, whether by government regulations, or by social consequence. The deficit cannot, and it will not, be

ignored. However, there is a very important question on the table. What will we do, and how will we react when these big changes come? Will we be ready? Watch interviews with the rioters. They do not know how to effectively communicate their thoughts and feelings, leaving them to act out in violence; it is the only way they know how to get their point across. We, the United States, are already viewed by the world as the Ugly Americans. Sure, many of us are. However, the reality is cuts there are going to be cuts. People are going to be mad. We must do whatever we need to in order to keep ourselves under control. Defaulting to anarchy is not the correct, or most effective, way to deal with our feelings. What does rioting do for us? What did–or does– throwing a temper tantrum in the middle of a store do for you? Most likely, nothing positive. Bottom line: we have to show we are able to communicate. We have rights we can exercise. We can protest, and we can peacefully assemble. We have freedom of speech. Media is a massive influence on our society. We can write, we can blog, and we can get on youtube and vlog. Whatever we do, we can do it in a calm and organized manner. Otherwise, everyone who sees it or hears it will think we are a bunch of buffoons. We have an opportunity to show the world that we can be civilized and mature. All we have to do is prepare.

Movie madness

(photo courtesy of BY LEE LYON Contributing writer It’s nothing revolutionary to say that a well crafted film is a perfect reflection of its director. The Ides of March is a perfect example of this. You will leave this film and you will know four things.: One- George Clooney is a liberal. Two- George Clooney has great taste in movies. Three- George Clooney is a cool freaking guy. If you haven’t put it together yet, March is the fourth directorial effort from Academy Award Winner (Syriana) George Clooney. The story focuses on an idealistic campaign media, Ryan Gosling, director who reveals darker shades of himself after discovering he has been used as a pawn in a nasty political game. The script is adapted from the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon, who coadapted the script for film with Clooney and Grant Heslov. The play itself is loosely

inspired by the 2004 political meltdown of Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean. Gosling is having a great year. This performance combined with his fantastic turn in Drive earlier this summer is probably going to be enough to grab him a Best Supporting Actor nod. (The nomination will be for March but Drive is going to net Gosling a whole Donkey Kong barrel full of cool points with other Academy members.) The ensemble in March is another big draw here. Aside from Clooney and Gosling, you’ll also get to watch as Paul Giamatti and Phillip Seymour Hoffman have a contest to see who is the portly Oscar caliber actor who can say the best “F” word. Come to your own conclusions on this. It’s a subjective contest. The dialogue in March is fantastic. It is hard and it is adult and it will punch you in the face with its energy. Try and leave this movie and not want to cuss somebody

out as articulately as possible. My only beef with March is the performance of Evan Rachel Wood, who seemed to confuse this Academy Award destined movie with a high school production of Hamlet. She was Gertrude. The veterans in the film bring a calm confidence that I think must come with age and wisdom. It’s clear that Wood, and sometimes even Gosling, are intimidated by the daunting task of holding their own against a combined two Academy Awards, six Academy nominations, five Golden Globes and ten Globe nominations. Swallow hard young bucks and move forward. Overall March is a great early entry into Oscar season. Look for at least one actor nomination and a screenplay nomination come February. If the rest of the fall movies underwhelm it could even scoop up a Best Picture and Best Director nomination. In Cloondog we trust.


Oct. 20, 2011

Interactive living

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Students on campus save big W

ith the economy in such a downward trend, the prospect and benefits of living at home with parents can be tempting for college students.

Regardless of where students live, the room needs cleaned, the toilets scrubbed, the laundry does not do itself, and someone will be complaining if the shower is not clean.

However, the students on Cowley Campus receive many free amenities that make living away from parents easier. Cowley College’s housing director, Landon West, is in charge of most things dormrelated. The list of situations and paperwork West handles is extensive. He reviews housing contracts, early-bird applications, handbooks, procedures, and policies. He also aids students in moving in, moving out, and organizing Dorm Storm each year. West counsels students who are having difficulty with their roommates and works with countless people to ensure life in the dorms goes smoothly. West has been the housing director for three and a half years and explains that he “enjoys the interactions with the students, otherwise [he] wouldn’t be here.” The benefits of campus living at Cowley include: free laundry, wireless Internet with a modem, maintenance, membership to the wellness center, computer labs, printing, security, and locksmith services. In addition to all of these free services, if students maintain a 3.5 GPA they receive a $500 check at the end of each semester. Cowley provides all of

these services to benefit the students and make life easier. Dorm fees are one set price, which includes utilities and a meal plan. Just as living with parents can interfere with students’ freedom, the dorm curfew can interfere with students night life as well. Student opinions vary on the campus curfew, which is midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends. Out of ten students, only one expressed the desire for an earlier curfew. Ashley Cornett said, the visitors’ curfew “gives her a reason to kick [people] out of [her] room.” The other nine explained that while they don’t always agree with the curfew, they do understand the quiet hours. Quiet hours in the dorms begin at 10 p.m. Students do not have to be in their rooms, but they do have to be quiet and respectful of others who may be studying or trying to rest. There are many reasons

for the curfew, but the main concerns regard the respect for others and the safety of all students living in the dorms. West conducts surveys throughout the year to get a feel for students’ opinions. West said he wants all students to be satisfied and “hopes that [the students] are aware of why we do it”. West and campus security enforce the curfew with vio-

The Cowley criminal justice program is now rolling in style with a recently purchased police cruiser. When former Winfield Police Lieutenant, Frank Owens took the reins as Cowley’s criminal justice instructor, he said he looking to upgrading areas of his department. One of the first ugrades

was a 2010 Dodge Charger. “We wanted a more dependable patrol vehicle and one that would instill pride in our students,” said Owens. The Charger was purchased from the Kansas Highway Patrol, and before the vehicle was purchased by the college, the cruiser was used as a KHP. The vehicle was recently put in use after having it painted by Rob Carroll Sandblasting and Painting in Arkansas City.

“It’s a awesome tool, it really makes patrolling the campus and the city easier,” said Tyler Gurnee, a criminal justice major. Along with patrolling Cowley’s main campus in Ark City, the criminal justice students also help the Ark City Police Department check for “Open or Unlocked Doors” after-hours for downtown businesses in Ark City. “We think the vehicle will be good advertising for the

lators subject to fines. Director of Security, Matt Stone, said security does “physical patrol, makes rounds, and walks around the dorms.” The security team uses cameras in addition to the patrols. The services that Cowley campus provide ensure that students can live away from home, virtually on their own, with little worry about additional expenses. Vice President of Student Affairs, Sue Saia, stated that parents “appreciate [visiting hours] from a safety standpoint.” Saia said the quiet hours also help reassure parents.

Cowley College charged for a Charger college and help in areas of recruitment,” Owens said. In the process of updating areas of the criminal justice department, Owens has equipped students in the program with new cameras, new firearms and duty gear. He has also implemented safety-minded changes and added some new things in the classroom.


The new Cowley College student patrol car, a 2010 Dodge Charger, is used to patrol the city and campus. The vehicle is a point of pride in the criminal justice program. The patrol car is a snazzy addition to the safety-minded changes put in place by Criminal Justice Instructor Frank Owens (photo by Samantha Francis)

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Oct. 20, 2011

Challenges made easier through the help of others


lasses can evoke confusion, agony, and pain for students when they are struggling. At Cowley there is help just around the corner. Tutors can help explain, teach, and make learning a lot easier for students. Tutors are people who are readily available to help students learn, and achieve many different things. At Cowley, tutoring services are made available to all students. If there is a class a student needs help in, there is most likely a tutor for it. The tutoring service is

free to all students. There is no appointment needed, so students can walk in at any time to get help. The tutoring services are located in the Renn Memorial Library. Whether a student is having a difficult time understanding a subject, falling behind, or just needs someone to help in the subject, the tutors are available to assist. Tutoring services are open during the afternoon and evening. “Typically most of the students here on Ark City campus take classes during the mornings, and if they are

athletes, they have practice in the early afternoon. So we set up our tutoring schedule so it’s available during the afternoon, and evenings,” says Charlee Wilson, Director of Tutoring and Retention Services. Every year more than 200 students use and benefit from the tutoring services. Students find the tutoring services to be very helpful and beneficial. “I think the tutoring service is worth it, they help quite a bit. If you have any issues, they help you very well and they are very nice,” says freshman Austin Pike. Not only do students benefit from tutoring, but the six tutors that are on the Ark City campus benefit as well. For the tutor, many different challenges can come up while trying to help a student. Sometimes these challenges can lead to a great reward, and an interesting story. “Last week I worked with a guy, and he is not from America originally, and so getting to cross that language barrier, and then trying to teach him something, that was really interesting,” said freshman Micah Fry. “But then we’d do it a couple times and

he’d be like ‘let me try, let me try,’ then he did and he was super excited.” For more information on the tutoring services, call Charlee Wilson at (620) 4115312.

Applying skills to help other students is Tsz Kit Wong. He is a sophomore at Cowley and tutors students who need help with algebra, business calculus, calculus, economics, accounting, and computer apps. Breanna Fisher is also a tutor who helps students with algebra, psychology, accounting, elementary stats, english, computer applications, and speech. (photos by Samantha Francis)

Got pride symbolizes the gay and lesbian community. It asks a simple question with one solid answer. To have pride in the people around you who are brave enough to be original. (photo by Shelby Welch) Cont. Page 1 Obviously gay, you brand them as “that gay guy,” and that should not be the case. GSA stands for Gay Straight Alliance. It is a club and support group for not only gay and lesbians, but everything in between. Everyone is invited to join GSA. The fact that you don’t have to be gay to be in the club is so that not only will the club help people figure out their sexuality, but it will also give a sense of comfort for the people who just want to learn more about what GSA stands for. We have just began the building blocks for adding a GSA to the campus. There has never been a GSA at the college until now. Students are hoping the new club being put together will give the campus another edge from other community colleges. The first two years of college can be an adjustment, and GSA is here to help students adjust. By adding a more diverse club to the campus, it shows that Cowley, even though being in the Midwest, is open to several diverse groups, which is what colleges are suppose to bring to the table. The club will do it’s best to educate students on the different definitions of gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, and so on. It will also show the other side of the spectrum, such as being straight and having gay friends or siblings.

Just to see a smile

Cowley student Ben Stranghoner focuses on the bright side of life

Ben Stranghoner lives to see others smile. He doesn’t just want to see the smile though, he said he wants to cause the smile. “I want to make people happy in any way, shape or form, to the best of my abilities,” he said. “I’m very passionate about being eccentric, being myself, as you can tell.” He was wearing a bright orange body suit. “That’s just my goal: if I’m making someone smile, then that’s good.” Stranghoner puts his outgoing attitude to use as an avid participant in the arts. He sings in choir as well as the campus show choir, CC Singers, and acted in the recent Cowley theater production Our Town. This love for being onstage was nurtured by his parents, who are actors and musicians themselves. “I’ve been in theater for

nine or 10 years. My dad is an opera guy and a director at Douglass High School, and my mom is in music,” said Stranghoner. “That’s why I love theater, I think.” Again, Stranghoner cites his knack for making people smile as his reason for performing. “Entertaining people is what I do. I like being onstage, I’ve played my guitars onstage, I’ve sang onstage multiple times, and I’ve performed onstage. It’s hearing that child’s laughter, making that old woman cry– she deserved it, just kidding– those kind of things drive me. That’s what I do.” Where did all of this energy come from? His family. “My sister was the golden child. The people in my family were always focusing on my sister,” he explained. “I kind of defined myself as the mascot of the family, to bring up the emotions in every

situation.” That commitment to bring up emotions even comes out when dealing with what would usually be sore subjects, like family disagreements: “I want to get a tattoo on my arm that says, ‘Grandpa won’t let me work,’ because he always says, ‘You get a tattoo and you’re not working on my farm.’” As is expected in any given life, Ben sometimes experiences his own blues. This, he said, usually happens when he is unable to do something he’s planned on, like seeing someone he cares about. College life provides him with a schedule busy enough to keep his mind off of sad things, though. Stranghoner describes himself as a person who will lend a hand, give a smile, share a laugh, and be the shoulder to cry on. “I will go out of my way to see that people have a shinier day. I’m literally the one that people go to. I’ll walk through a park with them and even give them a piggy back ride. Unless I’m feeling tired, then I’ll probably just hold hands with them. If you don’t see me at any point in the day just look up on the roof and I’ll be blowing bubbles,” he said. “It’s kind of like that.”

Freshman Ben Stranghoner says his drive is making people smile. Stranghoner used that drive to feed his passion for musical theater. (photos by Devin Dice)


Oct. 20, 2011

“The world is your stag e and everyday is a fashion s how.” -sophomore Lyzeth Muri llo

... about swag “Fashion is setter.” r own trend u o y e m o c be Kam Belin -sophomore

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“Be creative,have imagination.” -freshman Jasm in Brown

Story by : Ve’Rona Sims Photos By: Brittany Thiesing and Lauren Sullivan

Fall into the New Trends Women: Fall Fashion


he season is changing and so is fashion as the summer transforms into fall. No need to leave those bright, vibrant summer tanks in the closet, fall fashion is all about incorporating pieces, and offering versatility to your summer attire with warmer and darker colors. Layering summer pieces makes a great autumn blend. Fall is full of different options; it can be sophisticated, fun, or edgy. The versatility of autumn brings multiple fashion-forward looks. Fall means throwing a cardigan or a fitted blazer over a flowing summer tank, a graphic t-shirt, or a form fitting dress. What about those cotton summer shorts? Try adding a pair of lace tights, a ruffled shirt and a pair of tall boots to walk into the classroom feeling confident and totally made over. Women get confidence and

versatility from fashion. Confidence and versatility allows women to represent selfexpression through appearance. Fashion gives women femininity, and motivation to inspire others to be creative and set trends. “Be who you are, be comfortable in your own fashion, set trends don’t follow,” said sophomore Lyzeth Murillo. Fashion doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive. Goodwill and thrift stores are great for shopping for current and vintage clothing. Recycling clothes helps save money and create new looks. Most people are surprised at what they find at Goodwill; but little do they know, under-the-radar stores have the best fashion. “We have thrift stores for a reason...Take advantage of them,” said Murillo. What about that 80’s vintage leather jacket, or those oversized baggy hammer pants that were seen in the September issue of Vogue? Those fashionable pieces can

be found at a local thrift store for an extremely low price. Don’t forget those playful and vibrant accessories. Accessories can complete an autumn look. Vintage jewelry can be a trendsetting mark in a fall piece. There is a wide range of accessories, and just like clothes they can layer well. A great layering technique for accessories is laying bangles on top of each other, wearing multiple scarves, wearing leg warmers with a pair of boots, or simply wearing two different earrings. “Be creative, have imagination,” said freshman Jasmin Brown. These are all great options to complete an autumn look, and set trends while doing it. The two biggest accessories that are used during the season of autumn are scarves and hats. Scarves come in many lengths and patterns. This is why this piece is a trendsetting object. An olive green scarf, cream-colored cardi-

gan, leg warmers and dark brown boots, are the perfect fall ensemble for a typical day of class. Like scarves, hats are another great add-on accessory. During the 1950’s hats were considered to be a men’s fashion, today hats are a must-have for both genders. “Fashion changes with time integrate your style,” said Jasmin Brown. Women have twisted the traditional style of wearing a men’s hat with typical coat or blazer, to setting a fashion statement with femininity by wearing high-heels, skirts, and dresses.

Men: Fall Fashion:

Boys, don’t get left behind in autumn fashion. Incorporate your summer attire into the season. Grab a denim jacket, snap-back hat, light weight hoodie, favorite jeans and get layered up for the perfect college boy look. Pairing a simple v-neck t-shirt with

a classic blazer over faded jeans gives a fully fashionable male without emptying the pockets. Don’t break the bank buying the most expensive pieces. Fashion is not about quantity, it’s about quality. Like women, Goodwill and thrift stores offer great fashion to men. How about that vintage varsity jacket, and fashionable electric blue cardigan that was seen on style icon Kanye West? The Tweed suit with dark brown elbow patches that was seen in GQ men’s fashion magazine? These items can also be found at a neighborhood Goodwill. Current and vintage trends will always be fashionable; rather it’s a street style or sophisticated look, shopping at thrift stores gives more bang for the buck. Another great fashionable piece that can be added to the closet is snap-back hats. Grab a retro sweatshirt, a pair of straight leg jeans, a vintage snap-back hat, and walk to campus feeling

fashionable, and re-invented with a trendsetting style. “Fashion is about swag… become your own trendsetter,” said sophomore Kam Belin Male fashion is about simplicity and versatility. Versatility separates ordinary from extraordinary fashion. Accessories such as scarves and hats are two common fall accessories that add versatility to a basic outfit. “Don’t care what others think, you create yourself,” said Belin. How about adding an oversized scarf to a plaid button up and vest, or perhaps draping a burnt orange colored scarf, over a warm colored blazer and simple t-shirt? Accessories brighten fashionable pieces, and reinvent personal styles. Fashion inspires both genders to become daring, tougher, and more creative. For some, Fashion Week happens once a year, but for others it happens every day. “The world is your stage and everyday is a fashion show,” said Murillo.

Fashion is different for everyone. The ones that make it their own stand out from the crowd. From left to right: Jasmin Brown (freshman), Kam Belin, sophomore, Lyzeth Murillo sophomore. Photos By: Brittany Thiesing and Lauren Sullivan

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Brunch and brushes

Life long student of art Jean Stockton featured in campus gallery


ean Stockon is an art student who attends Cowley College. She arrives to class on time, just like your average student, but Stockon is anything but ordinary. She has been taking at least one art class per year under art instructor Mark Flickinger since 1993. A gallery showcasing Stockon’s artwork opened in the Brown Center this October. “She had so many paintings, I thought we ought to show them and she’s not really had a major show ever. She’s shown with other people but just a show of her work only; it just hasn’t been done for a long time, if ever. It just sort of shows her broad interests as an artist and her appetite for new subjects,” Flickinger said. “She’s sort of fearless. Whatever it is that she wants to do, she’ll do it and make it work and works on it and keeps doing it until it’s the way she wants it to be.” The paintings featured in the gallery date back as early as the 1970s. The art shown in the gallery is very diverse, varying from portraits to scenery, watercolors to oils. One painting in particular took Stockon two years to complete and is her largest

piece to date. Apparently, Stockon has also had an impact on some of the students who share classes with her. “She’s pretty much an inspiration to all of us in here, for sure. ‘Cause it’s always

table in the studio to watch Stockton demonstrate. “You’ve got to keep the end of your brush pointed toward the sky,” Stockon said as she made a smooth stroke across the paper. Judging by the numerous watercolor paintings that cover her walls, you would assume she had done this before. Some of these paintings may be viewed this month in the gallery on campus. These pieces of art were not painted overnight. They took time. They took practice. This gallery does not only showcase Stockton’s talent, but also her perseverance and love for art. With her artwork, she teaches a lesson to artists, both young and old: There is always something new to learn.

Jean Stockton spends Thursday mornings teaching a group of women about the art of painting. The artist spent the last 40 years perfecting a series of paintings to be displayed in a gallery in the Wright Room. (photos by Shelby Welch)

Jean Stockton uses light brush strokes across saturated paper to create a background for her future landscape. She demonstrated her technique to students in her studio.

“She’s sort of fearless. Whatever it is that she wants to do, she’ll do it and make it work and works on it and keeps doing it until it’s the way she wants it to be.” -Mark Flickinger like anytime we want to stop, we look over there and little ol’ Jean is still painting away. It’s like, how can I quit when she’s still working?” said Abby Showalter, sophomore. Although Stockon has been taking classes from Cowley for quite some time, outside of class she also plays the role of teacher. Once a week for the past several years, Stockon has been giving painting lessons to four other women. Each Thursday morning, they all meet out at her house, eager to chat with one another over brunch before heading out to Stockon’s studio to paint. Last Thursday’s project: watercolors. The women all crowded around a small

Stockton uses a wide variety of mediums. She began her passion using only water colors, but later took up acrylic and oil painting.

Arkalalah what you need to know

So, you’re a Freshman living in the dorms, and people keep talking about some “Arkalalah” thing. So, “What the heck is this?” Having lived in Ark City all my life, Arkalalah is something I look forward to every year. Arkalalah is an annual fall festival held in Ark City on the last week of October. It could even win you $500 bucks! First of all here’s the history behind Arkalalah. It all began in 1928. The big depression was on the way and everyone was blue and discouraged. One day, some Ark City residents were sitting around the lunch table at Peterson’s Drug Store. They decided something new was needed for the town, maybe a fall festival of some kind to help the morale of the people. Mrs. J.W. Moore wrote “Arkalalah” on a strip of paper. Ark, for the town and alalah, the Indian word for good time. Mrs. Moore received the honor of naming the annual fall festival. The 80th annual Arkalalah festival will be Oct. 22-29. In

respect to the 80th anniversary of the festival this year’s

theme is “Totally 80’s”. The annual Medallion Hunt kicks off the festivities on Sunday the 22nd. Clues to the whereabouts will appear at on the Ark City Traveler newspaper, from Oct. 22 - 29. The clues will appear daily until the Medallion is found. Decipher the clues, recover the Medallion and claim the $500.00 prize. Now what most Ark City residents call the “meat and potatoes” of the Festival.

Starting Oct. 26 the majority of Arkalalah festivities begin. They mostly take place downtown. Where food trucks line the streets of downtown. From Funnel Cakes, Turkey Legs, and Corn on the Cob are available. Local organizations and groups sell local favorites from Pork Burgers, Chicken N’ Noodles, Polish Sausage, and a jumbo corn dog called the “Jeffy Pup” just to name a few.

Also opening Wednesday, the Carnival. Rides from the Ferris Wheel to the “Fireball” and an Ark City favorite the “Kamikaze” are set-up in the W.S. Scott Auditorium Parking Lot and on First street. Which means the parking around the Cowley College Campus and most of downtown for that week will be “slim to none” all week. After the sun goes down Wednesday the first of three parades gets underway, the “Parade of Lights” strolls down Summit Street. Floats are lit with lights and marching bands dress up in glowin-the-dark attire. The second of three parades starts Friday afternoon at 3. The “Kiddie” parade is the smallest of the three parades during the festival. The parade is for children to dress up in their Halloween costumes and march down Summit Street. Following the parade Friday night, the crowning of Queen Alalah 80. Finally, the largest of the seven-day festival, Festivities kick off well before sunrise with the annual Kiwanis Pancake feed which opens at 5:30 a.m. in the Union State Bank Parking Garage south of the Police Dept. In addition Saturday morning, offers

Ark City Firefighter Mike Evenger drives Former Mayor Patrick McDonald (Top Right) and friends in the “Big Parade.” (file photo)

street games, a 2-Mile run and Kid’s fun run on Summit Street. Now for what Arkalalah is most known for, The “Big Parade.” The 11-block parade starts at 2 p.m. and goes from Maple Ave. to Jefferson Ave. on Summit Street. 85-100 parade entries. Those entries range from floats by Churches, local organizations, businesses, and marching bands from all across the state of Kansas. The two and a half hour parade is televised on local television. But don’t let that fool you. Tens of thousands of people line the sides of Summit Street to view the parade. In the evenings’ nightcap, and the official end of the seven days of Arkalalah festivities throughout the city; The Arkansas City High School marching band hosts their annual “light show” at Bulldog Stadium. The stadium lights shut off and the Marching band students are dressed in “Glow in the dark” apparel. Not only do they put on a spectacular show with their lights, they also show off their amazing talent playing their instruments. A Firework show follows after the show and the finale of the festival. For a full schedule of events, you can visit www. and “LIKE” Arkalalah on Facebook.


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Our Town small stage, big success


ctober 4-9 the Brown Theatre donned the style of the early 20th century to give the audience a Wilder opportunity. The theater students came together and presented a fun, but very philosophical, play intended to make the viewer think about how spe-

cial and meaningful everyday life can be. Our Town, written by Thornton Wilder, presented in three acts. The first act, set in 1901, showed the audience the daily life of the Gibbs’ and the Webbs’; two families living in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. The

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bands Close to home texas in july of mice and men miss may i we came as romans

second act continued to express the human experience by describing life and marriage. Finally, the third part moved on to a much darker subject. All of these experiences came together and were explained through the Stage Manager, sophomore Lane Russell, a conduit through the fourth wall of entertainment. The first act began with the Stage Manager’s description of the town of Grover’s Corners. In fact, the first act set the scene. It explained the town itself, where the churches were, the local drug store and the town’s population, plus or minus a set of twins. The town’s historian covered geography and the civil war, a nervous man/woman with a set of note cards and a sweet spot for fun facts. The role of the town historian, played by three different college professors from Cowley; Humanities Instructors, Mark Flickinger and Marlys Cervantes and Social Science Instructor Toddy Shepard. These explanations were especially useful in Our Town because, traditionally, the play uses no scenery. The set contains chairs and tables. Other than that, the actors go through the play performing actions without objects. Thanks to the excellent acting, the audience knew when Mrs. Gibbs was opening the stove or gardening, forcing the audience to focus on the narration and acting and not the scenery. “For years we have relied on elaborate sets and lighting, so this is a nice change,” said Director of Theater Scott MacLaughlin. “I have always wanted to do this play. The theme is capturing the spe-

cial moments we have while we are here on earth. It is a sentimental play that places a high value on life and not taking things for granted.” As far as the story, act one once again refused to conform to the usual rules. The actual plot of the story did not present itself until the end of the act, allowing more room for character progression at the beginning rather than later in act two. The first act successfully constructed a foundation for the real content of the play. If act one was the foundation, act two was certainly the pillar. While act one showed the daily life of two average families, act two narrows it’s narrative to two people on a very special occasion; effectively presenting two situations opposite of each other that the audience could relate to. In addition, the detailed presentation of the characters in act one supported the story of act two. Set three years later, the act involved a wedding that the audience is truly

emotional about. The foundation was set; the pillar was constructed, next came act three, the pedestal. Act three effectively used all the comedy and general happiness of the two previous acts to pick at the audiences’ brain. The act asked questions that would usually be uncomfortable to ask, but the conflict that presented itself immediately in act three allowed to audience to comfortably ponder these questions. The play even presented the questions from a unique perspective. Lastly came the speaker who stood on the pedestal, the Stage Manager. The Stage Manager drove home all the points the play tried to make. He was the constant companion of the audience, even the one who

asked, and answered, all of the questions the play presented. The Stage Manager was an odd character, as his main role in the story was to break the fourth wall. He engaged the audience and brought them into the story. Without a doubt, Wilder did something special and original with Our Town. The performers involved achieved something special. With no scenery and a slow story, the actors made the play fun to watch from beginning to end, maybe not funny, necessarily, but certainly entertaining. Our Town was an interesting package. The play used nontraditional methods to ask some very unconventional questions wrapped in a pleasant story and memorable characters.

Top right: George Gibbs (Freshman Alex Rowe) future marriage to long time neighbor Emily Webb (Sophomore Rebecca Munoz) over a strawberry soda at Morgans drug store. Bottom left: Stage manager (Sophomore Lane Russell) officiates at nuptials of Emily and George. In a town made up of 85% Protestant 12% Catholic the rest indifferent. Photos by Shelby Welch

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Take a venue, add about 200 crazed fans, plus ear- busting music and about three death walls and it is a recipe for an epic concert. A concert that includes bands like Of Mice and Men, Miss May I, and We Came As Romans is bound to spew awesomness all over the crowd. They definitely did that and then some. Starting off the night was up and coming band Close To Home. This hardcore, pop punk, screamo band had a lot to show Wichita. With their heavy vocals and hard hitting sound, they proved what a small band from Cincinnati could do. They got the crowd pumped and ready to throw down. This band is definitely one to check out. Next up was Texas In July, from small town living to big city dreams; this band is conquering every object in their path. Having already played with bands like The Devil Wears Prada and August Burns Red all before the entire band graduated high school. They put on a great show and I’m definitely going to buy their CD. They won me over with their lyrics and overall performance, always having the crowd engaged and in their control. They are one of the bands I didn’t think much of before the concert, but after hearing them, I want more. I’d rec-

ommend them to anyone. Austin Carlile, lead vocalist of Of Mice and Men, got the crowd pumped and had big energy the whole time he was on stage. Always getting us involved, whether it was having us sing or starting a circle pit, it was constant energy and constant mayhem. If you’re into post hardcore/metalcore and bands like Woe, Is Me and Attack! Attack! I would recommend checking out Of Mice and Men. Next up was metal core/ thrash/metal band Miss May I. These guys hit hard and the Cotillion broke into chaos. Although some reviewers of previous shows said they thought Miss May I was “too metal” for this tour, we thought differently. The moment they hit the stage the crowd didn’t rest a beat. Ending the night was headliner We Came As Romans, not only my favorite band of the night, but also my favorite performance of the night. They knew how to work the audience and they loved every bit of it. If you’re into bands like The Devil Wears Prada and

Blessthefall, you should check out We Came As Romans. Since the show, I’ve bought music from almost every artist, the only band I don’t own a lot of music for is Close To Home. They are a good band, but I’m not a fan of what is out now. They do put on a good performance. I did, however, fall in love with the other bands. Their lyrics were captivating and their sound was fantastic. I would suggest listening to all of the bands if you’re into screamo/hardcore music. Each band has their own sound, so you may not like one band, but you may like another. All in all the concert was a great experience. Great people, great venue and a great atmosphere.

Kyle Pavone, lead vocals of We Came As Romans, kept the crowd going jumping around on stage and getting close to the crowd. We Came As Romans will be near us again on Nov. 5 in Kansas City, MO at the Uptown Theater. Austin Carlile, lead vocals of Of Mice and Men, got wild and crazy at The Cotillion. Of Mice and Men will be back on Dec. 8 in Kansas City, MO at the Beaumont Club. photos by Rhiannon Rosas


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Scratching the creative itch

Creative ambition on display from students past and present

Loud music resonated in Wilson Park at last Saturday’s “Halloween Pre-Game Extravaganza,” a concert that featured local bands playing their music for free. Sophomores Phil Gehring and Travis Duckett are among many students who have seriously invested in doing what they love. Left: Excellence of Execution frontman and Cowley Sophomore Travis Duckett screams a lyric to his audience during the concert. Right: Arrowmont, a metal band from Sycamore, KS, was among six acts that performed.

It starts like this


ophomore Clareasa Johnson used to slam in the subway. She grew up in New York city, immersed in slam poetry. Now she is among a group of students doing what they love, in Kansas. Friday, Oct. 21, Johnson and her fellow, “broke” college student, Chris Bales will hold a slam-poetry competition, “Poetry in the Park,” in Wilson park. Slam is the art of reading or reciting a poem in front of an audience, usually in a lively way. “[You can] be you on a piece of paper, and bring the piece of paper to life, and be you on stage,” explained Johnson. From 5 to 8 p.m.,

participants will read their original works. It was expected to be a small event, but to Johnson and Bales’ surprise, there have been a lot of submissions. People from Cowley College, WSU, Southwestern College, Lawrence and Arkansas City High School have signed up to read. The first-time event coordinators say they hope many people will come to listen. The idea for a slam competition began late in September when Bales was impressed by Johnson reading some of her poems at Writer’s Corner, an event organized by Creative Claws where students read poetry, short stories, and even sing songs. Bales began to look deeper into the world of slam and

was excited by what he found. “Slam poetry is like the perfect combination of intense raw emotion ... and just the writing,” Bales said. Johnson, for her part, missed being surrounded by poetry in New York city after she came to Cowley. Though she quickly realized writers aren’t the missing piece. Like many mid-western states, Kansas doesn’t have its own slam team. Public performance of written works is still relatively uncommon; Bales and Johnson want to change that. “We play our cards right and eventually it will get bigger than any of us imagined.” Johnson said.

The show must go on For the past year, this approach has proven effective for Phil Gehring, sophomore, and his band, the Excellence of Execution. The band formed at Gehring’s high-school in Oxford a few months before he graduated, and stayed fairly small and inactive like

most other local bands, until last spring. After recruiting a new lead vocalist, they became a little more serious and started playing shows in Wichita and the surrounding area. Last spring is when they also began organizing free concerts in Ark City’s Wilson Park. They invite a handful of local bands to come play until late into the evening. With every show, the crowd has grown a little bigger, and they sometimes highlight a special event. In May they held a benefit concert to raise money for a friend. In August, they celebrated someone’s birthday. At their latest event, “The Halloween Pre-Game Extravaganza,” which took place last Saturday, they invited everyone to dress in costumes to celebrate the approach of Halloween. A prize was given to the person with the best outfit. Gehring and his band mates have learned it takes a lot of effort to do what they love successfully, and they have seen the benefits. They’re currently in the

middle of recording their first full-length album. On the event page for their most recent show, the Excellence of Execution wrote, “We’re trying to build a scene down here as well, and we need all the support we can get.” Bales’ and Johnson’s slam contest is in the same situation.

Making it last Kris Ripley, a 25-year-old artist and musician, is happy with the place he’s in. His work as Cowley’s graphic designer recently won him awards at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, and he has played shows at the Cotillion in Wichita. He began as a student at Cowley, majoring in graphic design, and was a work study for the college’s previous designer. His band, “Unheard Apology,” which he started in high-school, performed at the Creative Claws talent shows. He knew he eventually wanted to turn his love for music and visual art

into more than an interest. After finishing his degree at Cowley, he landed a full-time position at the College where he could make a living off graphic design. “The cool thing about working here is I don’t just do one thing, I do everything. One day I’m designing a water bottle label, next day I’m designing chap stick, next day I’m designing a billboard,” said Ripley. His job also left him with enough time and means to keep investing in his band and grow it into an act more and more people want to see and hear. He recognized his steady job as a key ingredient to making his creative ambitions a reality. But it takes extra work and inventiveness on top of financial stability to stick out. “Don’t be afraid to push the envelope. I like to try to do ... edgier stuff than a lot of colleges,” said Ripley of his design work. As for the band he started, “I worked really hard,” explained the professional artist.


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Perfecting the Pitch the ball is out of his hands and comes in contact with the bat, the game is out of his hands as well. If someone was to sit in on a baseball practice, he or she may not think highly of the pitchers. To the untrained eye it appears the pitchers’ job is pretty easy compared with the rest of the team. Stretch, run, and then throw a few pitches, nothing too tiring. But in reality that is all the need to do. To really witness a pitcher at work, one must observe them in their natural habitat; the bull pen, before they step to the mound. The movement and complete focus a pitcher has the very

moments before he releases the ball is awe-inspiring. Witnessing a pitcher’s dedication on the mound is like watching a ballerina at her finest while she gracefully grand jete’ across the stage. If a pitcher was to pitch the whole practice his arm would be nothing more than his opponents’ walking machine. The physical requirement of the arm is left leg hiked when his innings are over he while pitching is baffling. up with his right sits down for the remainder “A pitcher is under extreme arm cocked back, of the game. physical stress at all times. then one exaggerated deep In baseball, one person can When it comes to any breath. The next second his determine the outcome of movement of his dominant body was thrust forward in the game; the pitcher. If he arm,” said Black Smith one smooth motion of pure can strike everyone one out freshman student athletic momentum and power. Then that is the game, but once trainer for the Cowley baseball team. “Because a pitcher is continuously repeating the same arm movement with extreme force, there are very vulnerable to injury. The slightest tweak to his arm can be the determining factor to his career.” Baseball is centered around the mound. When a position can influence the outcome of a game as much as the pitchers do it is crucial for the players to perfect their skills. “The hardest part about being a pitcher is keeping up your composure and stamina,” said freshman Bryan McCellan. “There is no time for error, if you are on the mound with the bases loaded and two outs, all eyes are on you. It is the pitchers job to get them out.” The pitcher plays Brent Burroughs, freshman, warms up in the bull pen just moments before he joins his team in a huge role in the the next inning. Burroughs’ nearly perfect pitches help the Tigers beat Rose State. game of baseball. He


has to be physically and mentally prepared all the time. “The pressure of being a pitcher is like being the kicker in football when it is the fourth quarter and all you need is a field goal to win, but it is much worse, and we are better looking,” said sophomore Ty


Growing like a hurricane The No. 1 ranked Cowley volleyball team continue picking up win after win and holding onto its top ranked position. The team continues wreaking havoc without mercy on its opponents. The ladies have a confidence that seems almost infectious, and the spectators are amazed by the way they play. The Central Nebraska tournament held on Oct. 7-8 in Columbus, Neb, was an opportunity for the team to show why they are the top team in the nation as they faced three of the top 10 teams in the national rankings, and one non-ranked team Cowley didn’t back down going 4-0 at the tournament.

“Nebraska tournament is the toughest tournament and there we’ve had the toughest matches of the season “, said Cowley head coach Jenifer Bahner. “It was good for us to go and competing against teams that we believe down the line we will see in the national tournament,” added Bahner. In the first match on Friday, the Tigers defeated the only non-ranked opponent, North Platte, Neb, with a 2517, 26-24, 25-18 final result. Later in the day Cowley beat NJCAA Division I No. 7-ranked Iowa Western pulling out a tougher 25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 25-23 win. On Saturday, the Lady Tigers faced the tournament host and no. 8-ranked Cen-

tral Nebraska, almost losing the first game 27-25. But they didn’t have much of a problem winning the remaining games, 25-14, 25-15. The last match of Lady Tigers, against Iowa Lakes, started promising as they earned the first game, 25-14. The Lakers made it more difficult for the Tigers by winning the next two games, 25-15, 25-19, completely changing the story of the match. Cowley once again stepped up, showing that the team performs under pressure, finally winning the other two games by scores of 25-12, and a thrilling 15-13. “Overall it definitely was a tough weekend and I was very proud of our girls. We had some matches where we were challenged and we had to come from behind some times,” pointed out Bahner. “In some of those games, we didn’t give up against the competitive teams. We also saw our team really work together as a unit, supporting one another and being excited for one another in the victories that we had,” concluded the head

Georgina Perez, freshman, spikes the ball in the faces of the Fort Scott Greyhounds on Sept. 21st. The Lady Tiger volleyball team won the game in three matches, the scores were 25-19, 25-12, 25-15. (photo by Autumn Mumford)

Shanna Seyfarth, sophomore, serves her duty as libero by being the first to return a Fort Scott spike. With their win over Fort Scott, the Tigers advanced to 17 and 2 over all. (photo by Autumn Mumford)

coach. A key aspect of the team is the power of the group. There is definitely unity among the players. “The chemistry off the court is great and I think that it really helps us on the court to come

together and play as a team” , said sophomore Shanna Seyfarth, “We are really supportive of each other,” added Seyfarth. The Lady Tigers are working hard to maintain the high level they have demonstrat-

ed on this season, and all the players are committed with the team. “We are still getting better and improving on lots of aspects,” said freshman Bridget Paulk, “We trust each other and everyone is reliable to make a point.”


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Teammates running after greatness I

t is normal to experience hardships when an athlete moves from the high school athletic scene to a college program. Each must deal with changes in class schedules, training facilities and coaching personnel. This year new and returning athletes to Cowley men and women’s cross country team met the new assistant coach and learned they would have the opportunity to participate in building up the cross country program. While last year men’s team numbered twelve on the roster, this year the team lacks depth, with only five athletes. “It’s definitively not a great thing having only five runners on the roster because it’s harder to score points in the competitions,” said Head Coach Mark Phillips. “We’ve had physical problems and this makes it more difficult for us.“ Sophomore Victor Others, for instance, suffered a cramp while competing at the 75th annual Oklahoma State University Cowboy Jamboree on Oct. 1 in Stillwater, OK.

different approach than the former assistant coach. “I love working with coach Kevin, first because of his background, and second our philosophies are similar, so it helps us to achieve our goals with the runners,” said Phillips. McDougal, who was a second-team All-American

as a sophomore member of the Tiger cross country team during the 2002 season, returned to Cowley as the assistant cross country and track coach this year. On one hand, it may work to his advantage that he is already familiar with Cowley’s environment, which could accelerate the bonding time

with athletes. “Coach McDougal is pretty cool and really laid back,” said freshman Kelly Roberts. “He definitively knows what he’s doing, and also tells us a lot of stories of his career.” On the other hand, it may be tough for returning athletes to absorb a completely

new concept of approaches, and practices. ”Sometimes it’s hard to learn new methods when you were taught something different before, and getting used to it takes a little bit of time,” said sophomore Trenda McClaughry. “But it’s not been a problem for me and Coach McDougal is really good.”

Coach Phillips said he is satisfied with the team’s progress this season, but it is important to work hard and stay healthy in order to compete at high levels. “I am very pleased with what I have seen so far coming from the team,” said Phillips. “They have been performing very well and I am proud of them.” The team has to work through the intricacies of reduced numbers, occasional injuries and a new assistant coach, Kevin From left to right, top row: Konnie Zuniga, Julia Stafford, Maria Schmidt, Linsday Johnson. Middle row: Head Coach Mark Phillips, McDougal. Manager Courtney Gougler, Jessalyn Lanoy, Kelly Roberts, Trenda McClaughry, Valerie Nielson, Katilyn Dispensa, Ass. Coach Kevin He has a McDougal. Bottom row: Andrew Means, Cody Drake, Jack Taylor, Joe Springer, Victor Others (file photo)



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