The Student Newspaper of Cowley College Issue 10 February 28, 2013
The Cowley Press
Fresh out the runway:
Loy takes fashion to the next level
Short Film Contest
Mile Marker Review is having a low/no-budget short film contest, running from March 13 – March 24. There are two categories for submissions: group and individual. Contact Ryan Doom if you have any questions at doomr@ cowley.edu.
Trevor Reichle Campus editor
n the vast world of art, one of the quickest-evolving landscapes is the realm of fashion. Every season comes with a new set of looks and individual pieces that captures the public’s eye and sways them to stampede to their favorite stores in hopes of staying on top of the trends. Fashion is ever-present and ever-changing, which makes it an exciting field to be a part of. Freshman Emily Loy has been interested in fashion since she was young, beginning with simple sewing. “My mom always told me – she started me off when I was a kid sewing fabric and pillows and stuff - it’s a cheap, easy way to make gifts, and you never know if you’ll have money or not, so it’s a skill you need to learn. And I can’t cook at all, so it’s a good thing I have one skill,” said Loy with a laugh. Loy entered and won a contest from radio station Channel 96.3 in Wichita in which the contestants had to make a Lady GaGa-inspired dress. As a prize, Loy received two tickets to GaGa’s ‘Born This Way Ball’ concert in Kansas City on Feb. 4. “I did not even know the contest existed until my mom called me in the middle of an
Big Brother & Big Sister Bowl
All clubs and activities on campus are invited to participate in Cowley’s Big Brother & Big Sister Bowl on March 12th at 10 PM at Hillcrest Bowling Lanes. There are 111 kids in need of a Big Brother or Big Sister in Cowley County alone. Pizza and soda will be provided. Pledge sheets are available in James Fry’s office.
Interested in being a tutor? Pick up an application packet from Charlee Wilson’s office in Room 103 on the lower level of Galle-Johnson. Application packets are due by March 29th.
The Haunted Windchimes concert will be in the Robert Brown Theatre at 7 p.m. on March 14. Be sure to bring your friends and enjoy the music.
C.A.A.T. Mental Health Awareness
C.A.A.T. will be conducting a mental health awareness event on March 14 in the Wright Room.
Film Club will be showing “Skyfall” on March 7 and “Wreck it Ralph” on March 21. All showings are at 7 p.m. in the Wright Room.
Prodigy Art Awards and Creative Writing Prodigy Awards will be handed out on March 15 to all highschool students who won.
All college campuses will be closed March 18-24 due to spring break.
art class and was like, ‘Hey, Channel 96.3 is doing this competition. You should, I don’t know, do it and win it.’ Okay, let me get right on that!” laughed Loy. The process of putting together the GaGa-inspired gown was a task in itself, even without the obvious fact that GaGa is not known for a simplistic fashion sense. Loy designed the dress on her body, but had her roommate, freshman Bri Moore, put it on her body. The dress, which was made of household items such as saran wrap, duct tape, tablecloths, and paper towels, proved to be a great task for the duo. “We decided she would basically be the engineer and I was the construction worker,” said Moore, who is majoring in social work. “It was very meticulous, because we wanted to make it different than what other people had posted.” Moore said she benefited from having seen Loy make previous dresses in the past, and that making the dress served as a good bonding experience for the two. While the GaGa dress was a big accomplishment, Loy has also been commissioned to design a $2,000 wedding dress, after someone saw her work at Final Friday in Wichita last semester. “I’ve wanted to do the
wedding industry really bad, because fashion should be something that makes you feel beautiful and what could make a girl feel more beautiful than a wedding dress on her wedding day?” said Loy. Loy has two big pieces of advice for anyone wishing to improve their style. When shopping, Loy says bring someone who knows their stuff. “I would bring one confidante, that no matter how annoyed they get with you, they will always be onehundred percent honest with you. Like, ‘Honey, that is not okay to wear.’” Her next big piece of advice? Be patient. “Go through every rack, because you could get frustrated and miss a rack and your piece could be right there,” said Loy. No matter what direction fashion chooses to go next, one thing is certain: Loy is a force to be reckoned with in up-andcoming fashion design.
Loy models a dress she made for a Channel 96.3 contest in which contestants had to design a Lady GaGainspired dress. Loy won the contest and received tickets to her ‘Born This Way Ball’ concert in Kansas City, one of her last concerts before canceling the tour due to health problems. (courtesy photo)
Exciting additions in store for outdoor sports teams Alison Jamerson Ad Manager Cowley’s athletic facilities are well-designed and aesthetically pleasing, even gaining recognition for the contractors. Students can now keep an eye out for new facilities south of the Travis Hafner Training Center, located off of Summit. The property was owned by the city until the college obtained it. “We actually didn’t buy it. We negotiated with the city; that property had been designated as a native prairie restoration area, so we worked with the city to move the native prairie restoration area to other land that the city already owned out on the bypass so that they could give us the property. So they basically gifted us about 18 acres down there that we ended up with,” said interim president Tony Crouch. At first, that sounds almost too good to be true. However, Crouch went on to detail what the negotiation entailed for the college. “In exchange for that we’re
What has been the best part about Cowley’s snow break?
buying and planting the seed out on the new acreage and we’re tearing down the buildings on the property,” he said. “So, while we didn’t buy the property there is going to be expense related to the property.” Due to the location of the land, in close proximity to the Hafner Center, it’s safe to assume the new land will be utilized for sports activity. The overall plan includes softball facilities and a practice field for soccer. Crouch said, “I think the long term plan is that we’ll move softball down there and have a new softball field complex down with baseball and track, and put all of our outdoor sports down there together. We’ll use part of that land to get a practice area for soccer; soccer does not have a place to practice. They do, but it’s like a fourth of the regular size field so this will give them a full sized field to practice on, kind of expand what we’ve got going down there.” This is great news for the soccer and softball teams,
Alfred Peterson Jr. Freshman
“Hanging out with Rachel and run TMC.”
Their work on the Hafner Center earned Conco Construction an Award of Honor at the recent Associated General Contractors of Kansas annual ceremony. The bids for construction on the new property have not been awarded yet, but the college is currently working on removal of the old buildings on the neighboring land and will then begin the process of selecting contractors for the construction of the new facilities. (file photo) although the land has much work in store for it before the teams can begin to use it. There are still structures on the property to be removed.
Ella Riddle Freshman
“Sleep, lots and lots and lots of sleep.”
“There is a part of the old packing plant, actually two parts of the old packing plant,” said Crouch.
Jack Busby Sophomore
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Jessica McDowell Sophomore
“Just getting a break from my classes.”
february 28, 2013
Not just about the fun
College is the time expand your brain and attend class Tera Mills Editor-in-chief
h man, Friday mornings are the worst. After a night of drinking and dancing in Wichita, on top of that killer hour drive back to campus. Heck, some of us did not even get to bed until 6 a.m. Then having to turn around and attempt to go to class at 10 a.m. is the definition of, “the struggle”. Well for those who choose the Thursday night of fun and miss their quiz in Frank Arnolds class, tough luck. The truth of it is, when many of us first enter college, we are on our own for the first time. There are no parents to tell us what to do and how to do stuff. There is nobody watching our every single move and making sure, we are making the best decisions. College is the time where we as young adults get the first taste of freedom. The truth of the matter is you’re in college. If you miss class, it’s your fault. Instructors in college are nothing like your high school
teachers. They don’t have to give you a freebie when you miss turning in an assignment or give you a make-up test. The thing is in college, your actions on yourself. If you’re instructor tells you tough luck, that’s what it is. You can’t call your mommy to back you up and make it so you can get your grade up. Now don’t get me wrong, as humans we are going to make mistakes and dumb decisions. We all deserve a night to go out and have some fun sometimes; I mean we are only young once. But, as a college student you are not in college to have fun, you are here to get an education. Save the partying for a night, when you don’t have to get up at 8 a.m. the next day. The sad part is even though a major of us are ‘classified’ as adults, many of us are unable to handle that kind of responsibility. Now yes, that may be an assumption, but looking through my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram it does not take much for me to come to that conclusion, or your
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Being aware is different than being active Every month is something brand new for the public to be ‘aware’ of. It’s never just one thing either: during March we should be aware that caffeine exists and that we should prevent people from accidentally poisoning themselves. Did I also mention that in March, we should be aware of listening, honor societies, and chronic fatigue syndrome? What is the point in all of this? As a people, we spend so much time and energy into promoting the ‘awareness’ months that mean the most to us. We want people to know that a problem exists, but do we really do anything about it? When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, October, or “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, took on a whole new
meaning for me. I now had a personal connection with it that I did not have before. Nonetheless, aren’t we all aware that breast cancer exists? Sure, it is an awful thing we all wish would never exist. While my mother is now a proud survivor, I would still rather have someone donate some money to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research than tell me how they are ‘aware’ that breast cancer still affects many women today. There are many different stories as to how and when awareness months and wearing awareness ribbons started, but the most widely recognized
comes from the 1970’s, when families of soldiers would tie yellow ribbons around trees until the soldier returned home. Awareness months also
Editor-in-Chief Tera Mills Campus Editor Trevor Reichle
instructors. (They can see the stuff your post; you would be surprised at how many students don’t know how to secure their social media accounts.) Now yes, sometimes those photos of people wearing ridiculous clothing are funny. Yet, those photos showing you or a friend passed out on the ground, duck facing with a beer in hand while in the dorms, or even the occasional tit shot is not helping to prove you are an adult. So do yourself a favor, go to class and get that education you are paying for and if you’re on scholarship don’t waste the ability for someone who actually wants to get an education. Also, keep the nights out for when you don’t have class the next day. Last and probably the most important stop taking pictures of your stupidity, trust me in 10 years that photo of you pretending to get it on with another girl while drunk will not make you proud.
Awareness is simply ‘lazy activism’ Trevor Reichle Campus editor
started developing along with AIDS awareness in the 80’s. No matter what issues speak to you most prominently, promoting an
‘awareness’ month will really do you know good, unless it truly is for something that nobody is aware of in the first place. Get active rather than telling someone about a problem and saying, “Yeah.. so that’s bad.” We should be focusing more time and energy on volunteering our time, donating money to organizations, and being a support system for those who have been affected by bullying, diseases, or any other negative curveball life chooses to throw. There are tons of ways to help out and be an example to those who need it, even locally. All it takes a quick Google search and whatever
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cause speaks to you will have plenty of opportunities for those who want to make a difference. Remember, actions speak louder than words. Actions also speak volumes louder than any awareness ribbon ever could. When you see a problem, do your best to solve it in any way you can. Sometimes all it takes is one person to change the face of history.
All that glitters is not free:
FCC proposes an opening up of airspace for unlicensed use Alison Jamerson Ad Manager
The FCC’s proposal to open up airspace for unlicensed use would make more space for the signals we use every day that are not tied to cell or internet services such as garage door openers. The proposal also suggests that some of the space be auctioned off to cell service companies, making 4G usage more efficient and readily available. (photo illustration by Tera Mills)
The Washington Post recently ran an article on the front page, covering a proposal by the FCC to free up some of the white space in the TV spectrum, and implying that the aim of this proposal was to provide—or make possible—free WiFi signal to people across the country. Upon further investigation, it appears that the FCC was primarily aiming to open up the white space available by encouraging TV stations to sell off their chunks of spectrum, partly to cell service providers and partly to remain unlicensed, which would improve the efficiency and speed of internet signals and radio signals, including small things such as garage-door openers and remote controls. This proposal has been supported by companies such as Google and Microsoft because they believe it will provide opportunities for more technological advancement. AT&T and other cell phone companies have lobbied against it, wanting the space to be auctioned off to cell services
and restrict the amount of unlicensed space. On the one hand, the first reaction from the Post article was to the idea of “free” WiFi. If the FCC’s proposal goes into effect, it is possible to use the space for such an idea, but is that a good idea? Think about what you get for free… It’s crap. Another down side would be the incredible undertaking of trying to make a service nation-wide; this is a huge country, both geographically and by population. Personally, the biggest drawback is that a person should have something to work for. If the government keeps handing things out, what is left to encourage us to work? The UN recently declared internet freedom a basic human right. Now, a basic human right is usually seen as something like clean water. Clean food. Shelter. Internet? The UN explained that they believed internet rights were parallel to regular rights, in that freedom of speech and expression should be of the same quality online as they are in the rest of the world,
and that termination of services should not be used in retaliation. Still, the idea of something like free internet or internet being something you have the right to is something that raise feathers on both sides of the argument. On the one hand, why does one person deserve them any less? On the other hand, some of us worked for those things. Fortunately, the FCC proposal is nowhere near the realm of possible free internet service. The primary focus is to free up cluttered airspace that is not being utilized as much as it could be, potentially providing more efficient signals. Better signals for the services we already use, pay for, and rely on? That’s an idea I can support.
February 28, 2013
Humanizing our idols
Understanding that people may fail us, but God never will
Autumn Mumford Photo editor
ivestrong: to dope up, cheat, and lie your way into seven Tour de France titles. That’s not exactly the definition it used to be. There is a new stigma attached to the name ‘Armstrong’. It was once symbolic, embodying the very essence of overcoming great odds. Now, it stands for dishonesty, cheating, and lies. Lance Armstrong, in the eyes of the people who once admired him the most, has systematically made himself into a zero. A man that I once I idolized and thought a hero, has been brought off of his pedestal, kicking and screaming. When I heard the news, I was devastated. I wanted to throw out my yellow band, my ‘Livestrong’ hoodie and matching running shorts. I was so hurt. How could he do this us? Oh, that’s right. He’s human. It never occurs to us that
our heroes are actual people, composed of flesh and bone and imperfections. So when they do mess up, it’s suddenly the end of the world. This kind of incident has happened to me a number of times. The very people I looked up to the most seemed to be the ones who were the most eager to rip out my heart. Once, this even happened to me inside of the church. I had a rough upbringing, and I grew up walking the poverty tightrope. I was always looked down upon by the children at my school and the people in my community. However, it was all different when I was at church. There, people really loved and accepted me for who I was. That is, until they found out who my parents had become. This was a real game changer. Suddenly, I was the same girl I had always been- a loner, a loser, a statistic. The members of the church abandoned my family in one of our most dire times of need. My family was infuriated over this incident. They began to lash out at God, and we no longer attended church- not at the specific church, not anywhere. From there, things only escalated and got worse at home. I began to wonder, ‘why had God let me down’? At a quick glance, this seemed to be the reality. Looking back on it now, I see how grossly misguided
their anger was. They were angry at God, because ‘He had failed us’, when in reality, it was the members of the church who had failed us. Their reaction was one of the flesh, and not of the spirit.
Instead of forgiveness, they chose judgment. And by they, I mean both parties: my parents and the church members.
This verse says all it really needs to say. The Lord never fails us. Not even once. As humans, we can only see the
Titanic. It’s always easier to blame what we think we see, but these notions are misguided.
Mass shootings targeting kids and young adults have graced the media outlets for months now. It’s getting to the point where it seems that we are going from one horrible ordeal to the next, and we wonder when it is going to stop! We ask God why he lets these things happen, but we never stop and think about why these things happened in the first place. Let me first state that I have no political affiliation, and I am leaving politics strictly out of this. I’m telling you the cause of these attacks is not that a kid had a gun, it’s not because teachers didn’t have guns, and it’s not because we all need to pack our 9mm’s to go watch a movie in peace. The reason that these acts of violence are occurring is that we as a nation have lost our morality. I’m not saying this nation has lost its morality, I am saying you and I have lost our morality. We worship idols like money, fame, and power. What is the American dream? Go to school to get a good job, climb the ranks until we make enough money to retire, and sit back on the porch with a glass of lemonade and watch
the sun go down every night until we die. What a shallow, immoral dream. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your strength, and all of your mind, and your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). It’s funny how the nation founded on Christian values suddenly dreams of only themselves, putting their feet on the heads of their neighbor as they climb their way up to trying to be God. We actually publish magazines about invading the lives of people we deem “celebrities.” We want to be beautiful, talented, rich, and just like them. Then, we turn the page and read which ones checked themselves into rehab this week, which ones are in jail, and which ones are dead. If true happiness were in money, in fame, or in beauty, celebrities wouldn’t need drug dealers. Do you see what I am saying? I hate all of this negativity, but we have to open our eyes and see what is really going on. We are worshipping people, we are
worshipping money, we are worshipping ourselves, and we cannot figure out why God is shaking this nation! He is the only One worthy to be worshipped! “Then Jesus said to him [Satan], “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’” -Matthew 4:10. Don’t get me wrong: God doesn’t do these horrific things to us. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” -James 1:17 No darkness comes from the Father, who is light, but from Satan. After the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, the world fell into sin and all who are born in the world are born into sin. Satan has a hold on this nation by the throat and is doing everything in his power to keep his reign. When Moses was born, in order to weaken the Israelites, Pharaoh ordered that every male child of the Israelites was to be killed. When Jesus was born, Herod had all of the male children born in Bethlehem killed who were approximately the same age as Jesus. Satan has tried to stop God’s promises from unfolding, but he didn’t kill Moses, and he didn’t kill Jesus. Moses freed the Israelites from Egypt, and Jesus freed them from the chains of this world! The “Israel of God,” as
Paul said in Galatians 6, is the Church. And Satan fears the Church greatly because God is using the Church to restore the earth, Revelations 12, Ephesians 3:10. Satan so has the heart of this nation that for 40 years we have been killing a generation of people through abortions. I said I wasn’t getting political, and I mean it. This is not about politics but about morality. If you look at history, Satan kills children in a generation to stop the usurpation of his power. This is a generation that is going to stand up and take this earth back, and he knows it! That’s why the most horrific attacks in the past two decades have been against the people in this generation. We have to wake up and see what is really going on here. God does not cause bad things to happen, but in order to let his children have free will, he has given Satan the means to enact horrible things. “The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” -1 John 3:8 You see, Satan uses us to do his evil. But God is greater than any evil that the devil can enact, and the horrible things that Satan does, God turns ultimately for good. You ask, “How can God let these things happen?” I tell you, friends, He is calling for us to wake up! To get our hearts back to the source of life and away
What is the moral of this story? God never fails, people do. On a daily basis, people fail us. I fail people. I fail God. Yet God never fails me. “He never fails.” -Zephaniah 3:5
When we make idols of humans, we forget that they’re just that-- humans. We would rather react out of anger, and cut ties to them all together, like with the case of Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal. But it boils down to this: people fail us, but God never will, so don’t put your faith in mere men. (photo by Autumn Mumford)
A generation in need of revival Dusty Kelly Contributing writer
Dusty Kelly graduated from Dexter High School in 2007. He then graduated from Cowley College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts in Agriculture. From there, he transferred to Oklahoma State University, where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science while getting his ministry credentials through the Oklahoma Assemblies of God. After college, Dusty moved back home to help run the family ranch, and remains actively involved with the Dexter Outreach Church. At the end of the day, he’s just a guy who loves to play the guitar and worship God! I have heard this question many times recently: “How could God allow something like this to happen?” This is a hard question for any person to answer, especially in the face of whatever horrific circumstance invoked the question. The frequency in which I have heard this question lately comes as no surprise since terrible things have been happening on this earth.
tippy top of the iceberg. We assume that God is failing us, and that little top of the iceberg is the culprit. When in reality, it was the massive continent below the water’s surface that has sunk our
“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.” -Psalm 146:3 People can’t save us. We can’t save ourselves. Only God can save, so he is the only one we should put our complete trust in. Yes, trust your loved ones: your mom, your dad, your brother, your spouse. But understand that along the way, they will fail us, as we will fail them. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” -Exodus 20:4 One of the biggest things that we need to understand is this: we can look up to people, admire them, and aspire to be like them, but we should not make idols out of them. We should not worship them, think them higher than God, or that their abilities are something that they came up with on their own accord. And while they are talented, they are not perfect. Lance Armstrong did overcome cancer, and he did do a great thing through his foundation by raising funds for cancer research. Despite this, he failed us. We should accept the fact that he’s human, understand that we all make mistakes, and move on from there.
from the evil that Satan has for us! God is calling His children to stand and fight against the darkness that plagues this nation, but first we have to fight the darkness in our own hearts. So turn off the TV, find a quiet place, and just ask God to open your eyes to see Him and what He wants for your life. God is calling us back to our first love: Him. When we start loving him, He will give us the ability to love others like we never dreamed possible. I dream of the day where kids don’t walk into schools with guns because when they were sitting in the corner of the classroom letting Satan fill them with hate, a kid walking in the Spirit sat down next to them, got to know them, and showed them God’s love. God has a plan for this Earth and you are a bigger part of it than you know! We cannot comprehend the glory that God will show us, the glory that we were intended to be from the beginning. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” -John 3:16. “Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” -John 11:40. I love you all and I pray God opens the eyes of this generation, that they will seek Him and be empowered to stand up and reclaim this nation!
february 28, 2013
A haunted treat for the average week Sam Robinson Staff reporter
t’s a typical Thursday evening – people being loud past quiet hour in the dorms and mounds of homework to do without a single speck of entertainment flickering across the pages. However, if this boredom by chance sets in on March 14 then students are truly in for a surprise. A dreary night in at the dorms can turn in to an exhilarating night out on the campus to go see “The Haunted Windchimes”. Starting at 7 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre, and with tickets being only $5 for Cowley students, The Haunted Windchimes performance is a show worthy of putting entertainment into the pages of our homework hours past the end of their music. Since 2006, they have brought in folk music mixed
with American roots style and added their own unique twist to their music that truly makes them a band to remember. The band consists of five members: Chela Lujan (banjo), Desirae Garcia (ukulele), Inaiah Lujan (guitar), Mike Clark (harmonica, guitar and mandolin), and Sean Fanning (bass). They started up in Pueblo, Colorado and the bands popularity quickly gained the more their style was truly listened to. They currently have three albums out. Their debut EP is titled “Verse/Visa”, an instant hit and a great cause for their sudden popularity. Next they released “Honey Moonshine” in 2010. Finally, they released a new album last May titled “Live at the Western Jubilee” to showcase their career thus far. The Haunted Windchimes are a well-rounded band, with intense vocal harmonies, a unique sound and a drive to share their passionate and
thriving work for everyone to enjoy. Tickets for this amazing show will go on sale thru the Cowley Box Office starting Feb. 15. Tickets are $10 for adults/ non-students and are half the cost for students. To contact the Box Office and purchase a ticket, call 620-441-5570. Go buy a ticket now for a chance to see a musical group that shows variety, traditional roots and a strong desire for music all at the same time – and the concert gets us out of a dorm room listening to people yell down the halls, trying to find some inspiration in homework, and shows us what true inspiration is about; possibly inspiring us to do great things, even If that is simply finishing that research paper we have all been procrastinating on.
With midterms dead ahead studying can get tiresome. On March 14 The Haunted Windchimes will take over the Brown Center Theatre with intense vocal harmonies and passion. (courtesy photo from hauntedwindchimes.com)
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One last show to go
Night of Scenes auditions are soon Minelli Valencia Staff reporter
A Night of Scenes is short one act plays performed by the One Act Drama Club. These scenes are student written and student directed. “Typically we’ll get three or four, maybe five, short scenes that we bring to life,” said Director, Theater and Theatrical Services, Scott MacLaughlin. The last time this show was put on was in 2010. “We’re not really out to make any money, what we are out to do is give kids an opportunity to perform and do what they like to do,” MacLaughlin said. Most of the times, the plays have been free to the audience. The audience will be closer to the actors than other plays. Chairs are placed on the stage so you can get a better feel of the scenes. In 2010, the student directors were Travis Spangler, Peter Onelio, Rachel Curtiss, and William Wegele. Onelio and Curtiss wrote
their own scenes along with Katie Henry and Jonathon Rand. The student directors pick the acts and the cast. Most is student driven, but “if I were to totally stand back, it probably wouldn’t happen,” said MacLaughlin. “I take more of a producer role.” Since the scenes are student written, they will most likely be geared towards adults and college students. These plays hadn’t been put on for a couple of years because the spring musical, spring break and Cinderfella were all very close together and there wasn’t enough time. It is possible this year because of how early this spring’s play is. Also, because the club’s Chicago trip was moved to the end of the year instead of during spring break. Auditions are March 13 and the plays are to be put on May 2 in the Robert Brown Theatre. Sometimes,
(Courtesy photos from sweetclipart.com)
the students will look through other one act plays that they might like, that aren’t necessarily student written. MacLaughlin tries to keep the acts to no more than two hours long. A Night of Scenes gives students a chance to get a feel for what it is like to direct a show, and a chance to perform in one more play. The scenes will range from comedy to drama. “It’s just a fun night of theatre,” MacLaughlin said.
February 28, 2012
The devil’s music made me do it
Stan Smith: a nontraditional student with a nontraditional life
For some music is just something listen to using their phone, for others like Sophomore Stan Smith (left) music is life. Smith has learned to juggle both school and his rising music career while being a student at Cowley. (courtesy photo)
Stan Smith Contributing reporter
do not go to classes. I’ve never met my professors. My classmates have no idea who I am. I’m a nontraditional student,
in the most literal sense of the word. Last semester, I was just like you. I had to sit through boring lectures, get annoyed
by the same obnoxious students week after week, and I watched the clock as it seemingly slowed down time during class periods. Not anymore, and never again. Last semester, I was a staff reporter for this very newspaper. I enjoyed writing music reviews and covering events at the Mulvane Campus. On an off chance, I met and interviewed a guy starting a record label in Wichita. He was searching for college-aged musicians to sign. That guy is now my boss, and because of him, I do a large chunk of my homework at truck stops. My band, Untapped Market, signed to Indie Rex Records in October of 2012. We’re a death metal band, and I’m proud to say that since signing, we’ve played in Kansas a whole 6 times. The label likes to keep us on the road, even if we’re shooting off to Texas for a couple of shows on a weekend. That’s hard on a student that is just a few credits short of graduating.
A few years ago, I would have had to choose to between pursuing this dream and attending college. Instead, I got to start this semester in Dallas, TX. I turned in my first assignment while sitting in a roach infested apartment that belonged to some guy we met at our show the night before, stealing WiFi while my band mates slept away their hangovers. I would not have it any other way. Cowley’s online courses not only allow me to work my way towards my Associates of Arts degree on my own time, but it also allows me to be one of those stereotypical whiskey drinking metal-head jerk-bag band dudes. My main job is to play bass, meet weirdos in new towns, drink all their booze, trash their houses, and all for just a little gas money to get to the next town. I get to do all that dumb stuff and still earn my degree. That’s rad. As I type this, the band is preparing to head back out for few days. We will be
visiting the always wonderful Lubbock, TX the same day that I have an important Cultural Anthropology test due. I believe that is also the same day that this story will be hitting the newsstands. Keep that in mind as you debate between wearing sweat pants and dirty sweat pants to class, if you even go at all. I am the guy that plays and promotes hateful music, but I did my homework, and I’m hundreds of miles from campus. I even wrote a story for the newspaper, and I’m not even in that class. ]I probably won’t have had a shower in days, along with the 4 other guys that share a van as living quarters, but all my assignments will be turned in. So, what’s my point? Well, Spring Break is coming up fast, and most are coasting until we get a break from classes. Just remember my story. I bust my butt because I want to make it as a musician, and I need a degree in case/when it doesn’t work out. Imagine what you could do if you just tried a little harder.
Snowed in means schools out 1. Winter weather is a great start for a snow battle. In the midst of a snowball fight freshman Kenny Adams was nailed in the back of the head by freshman Dominic Smalls. 2. Nothing like sibling love to help fuel some friendly snow fun. Sophomore Manuel Raga drops a snow chunk onto the head of his sister sophomore Arianna Raga during the snow days. 3. With snowstorm after snowstorm pounding Cowley County a ‘Snow Break’ irrupted into our academic calendar leaving time for fun and for snowmen to pop up all around campus. (photos by Tera Mills)
Student of the Month: February Caroline Strickland Hometown: Tulsa, Okla. Year: sophomore Major: Radiology Activities: F.C.A., Track, P.T.K., Math and Science Club, Zumba and Intermurals. Photo by: Brittany Collins
Why did you choose Cowley? I chose Cowley mostly for track, I am a pole vaulter on Cowley’s track team. I was also really impressed with the dorms and how spacious they were. Favorite quote? “We can either complain that rose bushes have thorns or rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.” -Abraham Lincoln
ROYALT Y Gary Fizer III
How did you feel when they called your name for homecoming king? A feeling that could be compared to a seizure, plus heart attack.
What is your definition of a winner?
To be a winner is not always to win; but to learn!
What was your favorite event of homecoming?
Dodgeball! I was a green monster; along side of my super cool pink monster.
What is your favorite candy? Any candy that is sour.
What is your major, and why did you choose it?
I am a bit unsure about my major, but I think it will be psychology. I enjoy communicating to help others.
Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you could be anyone, alive or dead who would you be?
Because of his motivation, his ‘never give up’ spirt, I would be Naruto.
Future plans/what are you doing after Cowley?
I plan to go to a four year and continue my pursuit of happiness. And to become a provider. I don’t really have it mapped out but I want to be able to take care of my family.
Kaitlin McDonough How did you feel when they called your name for homecoming queen?
So nervous! My hands were shaky! I was really surprised they even called my name.
What is your definition of a winner?
I don’t really think it matters if you win or lose, just as long as you are true to yourself. There is always a lesson to come from winning or losing.
What was your favorite event of homecoming?
The dodgeball tournament, because I got to wear an awesome pink monster costume.
What is your favorite candy? SweeTarts.
What is your major, and why did you choose it?
Children’s theatre, because I think it is amazing to change a kids perspective on theatre. Just to see their faces after a show and hear their gasps from out in the audience makes me feel like a rockstar.
Let your heart guide you, it whispers so, listen carefully - Land Before Time
If you could be anyone, alive or dead who would you be? Definitely Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
Future plans/what are you doing after Cowley?
Ruy Vaz & Brittany Swopes
Alex Alvarez & Micah Fry
My future plans are to graduate from the University of Kansas with a theatre degree. Then maybe get involved with a Children’s Theatre Company. But my all time dream is to work at Disney! My goal in life is to love my job so much that I never work a day in my life.
King & Queen
& Gary Fizer III
Gary Fizer III & Tiffany Stuhlsatz
Craig Cropek & Kassy Ptacek
Dylan Berry & KaitlinMcDonough (photos by Tera Mills and Autumn Mumford)
February 28, 2013
Spring Break made easy: Affordable and invigorating destinations for all
s March rolls around, college students everywhere light up when they here these two beautiful words – Spring Break. Rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it? There are a variety of inexpensive, electrifying places where any weary student can kick back
and relax, however. With everything from thrilling theme parks and crazy nightlife to relaxing beaches and fine dining, here are some of the best affordable spring break destinations for this year:
Trevor Reichle Campus editor
Remember – no matter where you choose to go during Spring Break this year, stay safe and have the time of your life. . . and definitely do not forget the sunscreen.
South Padre Island, TX
In recent years, the popularity of this Texas city as a travel destination has soared, quickly giving it a reputation as a perfect spring break getaway. South Padre has loads of stellar nightclubs, not to mention a myriad of other ways to keep yourself occupied throughout the day, including Isla Blanca Park, Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and the Museums of Port Isabel.
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This one is pretty much a no-brainer. Cancun has long been considered the ultimate Spring Break location, and with good reason: it’s affordable, and there is so much to do. While you’re there, be sure to kick it at Coco Bongo, a nightclub that features non-stop performances from musicians, gymnasts, and dancers. If clubbing isn’t your thing, don’t worry – Cancun has endless beaches and several historic landmarks, including Chichen Itza, a huge Mayan archaeological structure.
Surprisingly enough, the Bahamas is considered to be one of the cheapest but best destinations in the Caribbean. With that said, why wouldn’t you want to go? The Bahamas’ Cable Beach is close to a myriad of restaurants, casinos, and golf courses, while Port Lucaya Marketplace features shops of all kinds, if you’re up to spend a little of that hard-earned money. Amen to that.
Ocean City, Md.
If you want a fantastic getaway but are held back by the restraints of a budget, this Maryland city just might be the place for you. Ocean City has amusement parks, golf courses, tons of shopping, and the Ocean City Boardwalk, which has every type of attraction you could possible utilize to pass the time. Best of all, travel and accommodations are cheap, making it the perfect location for students who don’t have a high amount to spend on a vacation.
Known primarily for Daytona Beach and the Daytona International Speedway, even non-racing fans can enjoy this city for all it has to offer. Not only does Daytona have affordable hotels and dining, it also has a variety of museums, shopping, and nightlife. Don’t miss the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum and the beautiful Daytona Lagoon while you’re washing away your worries in the sun in this amazing Florida city.
Make some ‘Noise’: Spring play hits the stage Trevor Reichle Campus editor Act One always brings great shows to the Brown Center stage, and the spring play for this semester is no different. ‘Noises Off’ will be shown on Feb. 28 – March 2nd, and ticket prices are $8 for regular tickets,$ 5 for students, and $20 for the Saturday dinner and performance. ‘Noises Off’ is a 1982 play written by Michael Frayn. The farce follows a group of actors
as they attempt to put together their own play performance while trying to maintain their composure despite the chaos that ensues. Sophomore Dylan Berry, who plays Garry Lejune, described his character as a professional actor who “kind of takes everything seriously, and he gets a little upset when everybody doesn’t know what their lines are.” Berry said the most difficult part of rehearsing the show was the aspect that it is a play-
within-a-play. “For me, sometimes it’s a little hard to keep the characters separate. They kind of blend together sometimes,” said Berry. “It’s important to keep them separate because they are two completely different people.” Berry’s favorite part of the play is the physicality of it. “I like that it’s really physical and every time you come out on stage you really need to bring a lot of energy. You have
to play off everybody else,” said Berry. Sophomore Rose Hooley, who plays experienced actress Dotty Otley, said her character has been fun to play. “She thinks highly of herself. She really throws herself into her roles and everything and she loves theatre,” said Hooley. She described the play as “silly, it’s very physical comedy… everything is sort of going out of control and everyone is kind of trying to salvage what is left of this
poor little play.” Hooley said the fact that the play is physical is something she enjoys about it. “You really have to be so totally focused on everything and it really makes you stay in character,” said Hooley. She said that unlike the characters in the play, all of the cast here gets along well. “We’re a small cast. We’re all pretty close and everyone really likes each other,” said Hooley. “We all know each other
kind of well and we don’t really have any issues with one another.” Unfortunately, with the characters they play, it’s a slightly different story. Despite all of the chaos that the show brings with it, both Hooley and Berry said they feel that everything will go smoothly on opening night. Or at least better than the play their characters are in.
1. During a play performance gone wrong, Belinda Blair, played by sophomore Kaitlin McDonough, comforts Garry Lejune, played by sophomore Dylan Berry, after he fell down a flight of stairs. 2. Mistaking Frederick Fellowes, played by freshman JP Eichelberger, for an imposter, Belinda Blair, played by sophomore Kaitlin McDonough, prepares to hit her partner over the head with a vase. 3. During the dress rehearsal of the play, Brooke Ashton, played by high school senior Kristin Boxman goes over her final lines of the scene with irritable director Lloyd Dallas, played by sophomore Tim Kennedy. 4. During the opening scene, sophomore Rose Hooley, playing housekeeper Dotty Otley, tries to keep up with everyone running around the house when all she wants to do it put her feet up with a plate of sardines. (photos by Brittany Collins)
february 28, 2013
Taking it to the hoop
alling behind 7-4 early in its game vs. Allen County Saturday inside W.S. Scott Auditorium, the Cowley College women’s basketball team proceeded to score 29 of the game’s next 32 points and cruised to a 81-54 win. The victory was Cowley’s fourth in a row and 12th in its last 13 games as they improved to 24-4 overall and 14-2 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. The Lady Tigers remain one game behind conference leading Johnson County with two games to play. Allen County is now 1415 overall and 7-10 in the conference. Cowley had five players finish in double figures. Freshman Emilie Gronas led
Running its home-court its lead to 46-31 following win-streak to seven in a row, a basket by McKoy with 13:47 remaining. However, the Cowley College men’s Allen County rattled off nine basketball team defeated Allen County by a score of straight points, pulling within 71-61 on Saturday night. With 46-40 on a basket by Tray Fountain with 11:16 left to the win, the Tigers locked up play. second place in the Jayhawk Following a timeout by Conference Eastern Division. Tiger head coach Tommy Cowley, winners of five games in a row, is now 18DeSalme, the Tigers answered with an 11-0 run as they 10 overall and 13-3 in the maintained a double digit lead conference. The loss dropped the rest of the contest. last place Allen County McKoy led the Tigers with to 6-23 overall and 2-15 in 16 points and 18 rebounds, conference play. On Saturday, sophomore while Ben Vozzola added 15 points. Rayshaun McGrew Dominique McKoy notched chipped in with 12 points his 11th double-double in and eight rebounds in only 17 has past 12 games. This time, minutes of action, and James McKoy achieved the feat in the first half as he recorded Milliken contributed 12 points 10 points and 12 rebounds by and six boards. Allen County was led in halftime. Cowley led 31-23 at the end scoring by Bryce Schippers 14 points. of the first half and increased Right: Lady tigers played against Kansas City on Feb. 3. Dribbling the ball to their side of the court sophomore Megan Honas number 10 makes a score. (photo by Wendy Brigido) Bottom Center: Even through a foul, sophomore forward Brittany Bush manages to make a goal for the team. The Lady Tigers went on to beat Labette in a huge 77-37 win. (photo by Autumn Mumford)
all scorers with 18 points as she made 4-of-5 threepoint attempts and finished 6-of-7 from the from floor. Sophomore Montia Johnson added another double-double and finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds. While Tonisha Walker contributed 15 points, and Megan Honas and Yvonna Dunkley finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Brittney Redmond led Allen County with 14 points in the defeat. The Lady Tigers made an incredible 10-of-16 threepoint attempts and out-shot Allen County 49 percent to 34 percent from the floor, while turning the ball over 15 fewer times (21-6) than the Lady Red Devils.
Left: Powering past Highland defenders, sophomore forward Dominique McKoy brings the ball in for a layup. With their win over Highland, the Tiger increased their record to 15-10. Their current record is 18-10. Top Center: During the homecoming game against Highland, Adrian Goodlow, a freshman guard, fights past a Scotties defender. The Tigers beat Highland 70-49. (photos by Autumn Mumford)
HAFNER continues from PAGE 1 “One is at the very northwest corner of the property right on Summit, a large concrete building, and towards the south end down closer to the levy there’s a white metal building and that’s also storage for the packing plant, and those are the two buildings we’ll be tearing down.” The plans for the softball facility are still in the embryonic stages, being discussed with an architect and after that, awaiting board approval for construction. Work on the soccer field will be less complex, involving laying sod
and piping water over from an existing well on the track area. According to Crouch, the cross country team will also be utilizing the size of the land, having mapped out a course. There will not, however, be any track expansions or indoor track facilities made on the new purchase, as there is only so much room. “Cross country has mapped out a course down there, so they’ll utilize it as well. But right now I think the vision is softball. Softball will actually have a facility down there and then we’ll have a place for soccer to practice,” he said. The negotiations with the
city and working on the land have been in progress for several months at this time. The city signed over the land on Jan. 14. When asked about the time it took to nail down a deal, Crouch said, “We’ve been working with the city for, it’s probably been nine or ten months we’ve been trying to work this deal out… The seed and the planting of the seed, the bill for that was $4200 I think, and the building is going to be substantially more and that, we’re still looking on that, so I don’t know what that number is going to be but, at the end of the day we got almost 18 acres of land.”
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Off to nationals Coming off a very successful Indoor Region VI / Jayhawk Conference Championship meet both squads are in pretty good shape going into Nationals. The Women’s team has several individuals that if they perform as they have will help get the team into the top 10 again and the same holds true with the men. Several individuals on both squads are ranked in the top 10 in their respective events going into the meet. Niki Andrews in both Pole Vault and High Jump, Jamesia Milton in both Shot Put and Weight Throw, Rachel Cuffy 60m, and both Women’s 4 x 880m and Distance Medley Relays. On the Men’s side Darryl Brown 60m dash, Rodgerick Woods Heptathlon, Stefan Johnson High Jump, Hosea Bottley Shot Put and Tony Branscum in Pole Vault (who probably won’t get to compete because of an injury in practice last week).
Mark Phillips Contributing reporter
The Following are the Cowley Track & Field team members that have qualified to compete in the NJCAA National Indoor Championships at Texas Tech University this Friday and Saturday Women Niki Andrews Sophomore – High Jump, Pole Vault Morgan Brant Sophomore – High Jump Rachel Cuffy Freshman – 60m dash, 200m dash, 4 x 400m Relay Alt. Jamesia Milton Freshman – Weight Throw, Shot Put Kia Montgomery Freshman - 4 x 400m Relay, Distance Medley Relay Alt Sandra Morgan Freshman – Shot Put Valerie Nielson Sophomore – 800m, 4 x 800m Relay, Distance Medley Relay Kelly Roberts Sophomore – 1000m, 4 x 800m Relay, Distance Medley Relay Vanessa Rodriguez Sophomore - 4 x 800m Relay, Distance Medley Relay Julia Roberts Sophomore 3000m, 1 mile run, Distance Medley Relay Danielle St. Clair Freshman - 4 x 400m Relay, 4 x 800m Relay, Distance Medley Relay Rakiyah Taylor Freshman – 4 x 400m Relay Lacey Tipton Sophomore – Weight Throw Men Kenny Adams Freshman – Weight Throw Hosea Bottley Freshman – Shot Put Tony Branscum Sophomore – Pole Vault Willie Bromell Sophomore – High Jump, 4 x 400m Relay Darryl Brown Sophomore – Long Jump, 60m dash, 200m dash, 4 x 400m Relay Alt Tucker Davis Freshman – 60m dash, 4 x 400m Relay Eric Gibson Freshman – 4 x 400m Relay Stefan Johnson Freshman – High Jump Fabien Murray Sophomore – Weight Throw Darragh Rennicks Freshman – 3000m run, 1 mile run Rodgerick Woods Sophomore – Heptathlon, 60m Hurdles, 4 x 400m Relay Tim Young Sophomore – 60m dash, 4 x 400m Relay Alt With Nationals just around the Tiger track and field team proved their skills. During a home track event Stefan Johnson, freshman competes in the high jump. (photo by Wendy Brigido)
Sports Throwing everyone a curve-ball, sliding to victory february 28, 2013
Softball continues to dominate the diamond Sam Robinson Staff reporter
strong hit, a fast run, and a vicious slide to home plate are what the
softball team achieves daily. They swing at the ball with might, run the diamond with passion, and slide to bases with intensity to bring the team to victory. This season has been a difficult start for the softball team. In previous years, they have been known for their pitching. However, this season left the Lady Tigers with no returning pitchers. Being new to something leads to uncertainty, and making the new players have a drive to dominate the field was difficult. However, the new pitchers haven’t let anyone down and have helped aide the team to the solid record they now hold of 10-3. In the past few weeks, the team has helped solidify that record with sturdy plays and concentrated actions As the team traveled to Fort Worth, Texas to take part in the Cowtown Classic from Feb. 8-9, spirits were low. The classic is tough, competing against schools all across Texas and Oklahoma, and takes place very early on in the season. Although it is a competitive scene, it was a challenge the team was looking forward to. Not surprisingly, the softball girls worked
themselves to success, even though the last four games were played without three starters due to injuries. The softball girls finished the classic with an impressive 5-1 record, which is the highest record that Cowley has ever taken away from the Fort Worth Classic. One week later the Lady Tigers travelled to Poteau, Okla. to partake in the Carl Albert JUCO Festival. The team fought hard, but left with a 1-2 record and an overwhelming loss against Paris, TX Junior College. Starting with an 8-0 lead, the tigers ended the game with a 10-8 loss after giving Paris 10 unanswered runs. Jordan Haya, Freshman, states “The JUCO festival wasn’t our best day. We made mistakes but we still fought and never gave up. I feel like our team meshes really well on the field. We are a great hitting team, [and] I expect our team to have a great season.” While the defeat at Poteau may have been devastating, the team came back and worked together to earn a sweep during their doubleheader against Maple Woods on Feb. 19. Keelyn Bonar, a pitcher and first base player, struck out five members of the opposing team and allowed no walks with a pitch-perfect performance. “We started out with strong defense but our offense was a bit behind till the 6th inning of the first game. The second game we came out with strong bats and good defense to put up 19 runs and hold them to
Top: During a home game, sophomore Laura Seemann sends the ball across the field. (photo by Autumn Mumford) Left: Playing outfield during a home game, freshman Rondeci Oliver catches the ball and prepares to send it back to the bases. (photo by Brittany Collins) 4,” she stated. “Overall I think we did great, but I think we need to work on being consistent by having our defense and offense together in the same game.” “Obviously by our record we have done well, [being] 10-3 with the quality of teams
that we have competed against is pretty good in my eyes,” stated Ed Hargrove, the coach of the softball team, “This is one of the better offensive teams that we have had, and we have 21 players [that] I believe could win this conference with any 9 or 10 players that
I started at one time. We’re a solid team, and I’m proud of that. “ It’s no doubt that the lady tigers will continue their impressive runs, and surpass their number three ranking with ease – all the way to the top, and slide to victory.
Playing positively: Tiger baseball team aims for a winning season
Top: Pitching at a home game against Bulter County Community College, freshman Tanner Armfield sends the ball towards his opponent. Bottom: During their home game against Butler County Community College in the fall pitcher freshman catcher Dylan Delso throws the ball back to the pitcher. (photos by Brittany Collins)
Brooke Benge Staff reporter After the start of the season the Cowley baseball team is 4-3 and ready to get some more games under their belts. “Season has started out well,” said freshman pitcher Levi Skinner. “We have early mistakes that we will clean up and when we do we should be pretty good.” The Tigers started off their season at home with a loss against Redlands, and then came back the next day with a win against Redlands in El Reno, Okla. Then the next weekend they traveled to Paris, Texas and had a three games sweep of North Central. On Feb. 22 and 23 the Tigers played in Wilburton, Okla. against Eastern Oklahoma State College and the defending champs, Iowa Western. “We didn’t do a good job of controlling our emotions,” said head coach Dave Burroughs. “We played two really good teams and lost.” The Tigers
lost to Eastern 3-2 and Iowa 2-1. “We need to be more consistent,” said Burroughs. “We show signs of doing everything good, just not on a consistent basis.” The Tigers are looking at the positive side of things. “There have been some bright spots,” said Burroughs. “But there are a lot of things we still have to work on” “I think we have let a few games slip away so far,” said sophomore catcher Tyler Munger. “We know what we are capable of, we just need to play like that.” There have been some canceled games because of the weather in the past few weeks. “I feel like the canceled games haven’t affected us too much, it does somewhat kill the momentum,” said Skinner. “But I feel we have the ability to overcome that and still win.” But practicing on the turf inside is not the same as practicing on the field. “I think a diamond sport is a repetition sport,” said Burroughs.
“But it is what it is and we will just have to make the best of it.” In practice between game days, there has been time to focus on what needs to improve for the next game. “So far we have pitched pretty well and we have swung pretty well,” said Burroughs. “Our mental prep and mental focus are the things we need to work on the most.” On March 2 and 3 the Tigers are scheduled to host Labette, weather permitting. “If we do get to play, I hope we go out and compete,” said Burroughs. “Control our emotions and play.” This weekend will be the second time to play at home this year. “We love playing at home, it feels good not to have to travel, plus playing on our home field to open up conference is a good way to start our schedule.” There is a lot of confidence going into the games against Labette. “I feel we have a good chance of winning all four games,” said Skinner.
Q A Q A Q A
Why did you start playing tennis? I started playing with a friend in 6th grade.
Major: Accounting Hometown: Grand Forks, N.D. Sport: Tennis
What is your favorite hobby? Any sports or video games.
Who is your role model and why? Probably Andre Agassi. His dedication to tennis, how hard he’s fought, and how his ups and downs have allowed him to play longer.
How did it feel to go to fall nationals?
How do you feel about the season so far?
It was a great accomplishment, I enjoyed it a lot. It was a good stepping stone, a real break into college tennis to see how it is. I think I’m ready for spring nationals.
We’re playing pretty good, everyone’s beating each other and I have a good hope for us.
What do you think about Cowley compared to home?
What made you choose Cowley? They have a very good tennis history and my main goal for tennis it to try to win a team national or regional. Cowley has done the regional before and I want to be a part of the first team to win nationals.
I’ve met a lot of new people and I’ve seen a lot of new things, and I like that.
Do you have any pre-game rituals? Just listen to music and focus on what I should do before I play.
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One of the many groups that played in the homecoming dodgeball tournament on Feb. 11 was the volleyball team. Trying to avoid being hit by the ball, sophomore, Katelynn Slade jumps to evade the ball. The averages Joe’s were the winners of the tourney. (photo by Wendy Brigido)
After the homecoming game, the dance was held in the Wright Room, Feb. 13. The DJ came all the way from Cali. to spin at Cowley. Dancing in the middle of a circle of boys, freshman Danielle St. Clair laughs the night away. (photo by Wendy Brigido)
During the homecoming ‘Candy Buffet’, an endless array of candy, and cupcakes were offered in the Wright room on Feb. 10. After the ‘sweet medley’ students stuck around to watch the original 1971 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder. (photo by Wendy Brigido)
‘Love Bingo’ gave students the opportunity to win a variety of prizes. Haley Rogers, sophomore, picked out a sweet treat after her card was called. The event, held in the Patrick J. McAtee Dining Center, was Feb. 11. (photo by Autumn Mumford)
During the homecoming dodgeball tournament students filled the auditorium with screams and laughter while teams competed for the traveling trophy. Sophomore Lamont Agee, and Freshmen Steph Platek, Sydney Denney, and Dhanielle Revely enjoyed the action and antics on and off the court. (photo by Wendy Brigido)
Representing the diverse tigers club, freshman Tatiana Thompson competes in the spirit competition. The group danced to Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. The winner of the spirit competition was media club. (photo by Wendy Brigido)