Student Publication of Cowley College
Feb 24, 2005
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=Failing with dishonor New grading system in the works Photo Illustration by James Kasparek
RHONDA ROSS Staff Writer
heaters beware! The Student Government Association is currently working on implementing an XF grading system. The F stands for fail; the X indicates to anyone who views the student’s record that the student cheated. Several colleges nationwide have adopted the XF policy. Barton County Community College added it last year. Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Sheree Utash has been working with the faculty for the past two years to incorporate the new Academic Integrity Student Code of Conduct at Cowley. SGA proposed the XF grade as an addition to the current policy. Utash said SGA officers Andrea Iman and Brice Harader-Pate approached her recently with the XF proposal and she suggested they present it to the Academic Affairs Committee, which they did. “I applaud the students in SGA for their work on this proposal and think it speaks very highly of our students that they are concerned with the issue of plagiarism and want to hold students accountable for their actions,” Utash said. Harader-Pate said that she and Iman were, at first, a little concerned about how students would react after they presented the XF proposal to SGA members and later to the administration. “But we came to the conclusion that the only students who will get mad about this policy are the ones who cheat or who get caught cheating,” she said. The XF grade can be attached to a transcript permanently and follow a student forever. Or not. There is a planned conditional release. For example, a student may have the X dropped from his/her grade if he/ she performs 20 hours of community service and successfully completes a course on academic honesty. In that case, the Instructional Office will have internal records proving that the student received an XF grade that was later converted to an “F”. The “F” would stay on the student’s transcript. Even though it’s in the beginning stages, Utash believes SGA has come up with a working proposal that, with the help of the faculty, can be sent to Administrative Council for review. Both Harader-Pate and Utash agree that future revisions may be added if they are deemed necessary.
According to a proposal being made by the Student Government Association, the following procedure will be in place if an instructor believes a student merits an XF grade: Under the SGA proposal, a course grade of XF will be given to: • Students who are guilty of academic misconduct on tests or major assignments. • Students who knowingly facilitate classmates in academic misconduct on tests or major assignments. • Students who commit repeat violations of the Student Code of Conduct on any class assignments. Note: The Student Code of Conduct will be used to define academic misconduct.
1. The instructor should meet with the student and follow Instructional Office policy to ensure that the student has an initial opportunity to respond. 2. If the instructor still believes the student should receive an XF grade, the instructor will notify the Instructional Office and complete an XF form. 3. The student will then be notified of his/her right to appeal before the Student Affairs Committee during that committee’s next monthly meeting. 4. If the student chooses to appeal the X portion of the grade, the Student Affairs Committee (which includes students, faculty, and staff) will have final authority. 5. The student will have the opportunity to remain in the class until the appeal process has been completed. Formal withdrawal from the class will not prevent the student from receiving a grade of XF. 6. A student may not withdraw from a class after receiving a grade of XF. Note: To have the first XF grade removed from his/her transcript, the student must perform 20 hours of community service and successfully complete a short course on academic honesty by the end of the following semester. If a student receives an XF grade for a second time, that grade will remain on his/her transcript with NO opportunity for removal.
The Cowley Press
Feb. 24, 2005
with Student of the Month Bronze Hill
BY JARED MCGUIRE Staff Writer
ronze Hill, a sophomore from Dexter, has been chosen as Cowley’s Student of the Month for February. Though he is a sophomore, this is Hill’s first year to attend Cowley. Last year, he attended Barton County Community College. Hill feels he was “spiritually led” to come to Cowley and has made the most of it while here. He is involved in a variety of activities across campus, including Act One, CC Singers, Concert Choir and IMPACT. Additionally, he is on the cheerleading squad and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Here at Cowley on a theatre scholarship, Hill played Finch in the fall musical, How to Succeed in Business, and will be seen as Charlie in the upcoming play, The Foreigner. Hill says Concert Choir has been his favorite course because he loves to sing, but cannot choose among Connie Donatelli, Scott MacLaughlin and Dejon Ewing as his favorite instructor.
CP: What drew you to theatre? BH: Well, ever since I was little I would always play-act and do different voices. I was always in the plays in elementary school. In high school, I was in all four productions that we did every year. I love it. CP: What hobbies do you have? BH: Tumbling, cheerleading, reading ... every now and then I like to write, and anything to do with computers. CP: What is your favorite genre of books? BH: Fantasy. I like reading the Dragon Riders of Pern by [Anne] McCaffrey. CP: What is your favorite movie? BH: I would have to say Get Over It. CP: Does working in a movie theater discourage you from acting because you’re around movies so much? BH: No. It makes me want to do it even more. I know how some actors treat their audience, and I don’t want to be like that. I want to show them that actors can truly be liked.
CP: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? BH: I hope to have a few films under my belt, and hopefully doing something on Broadway. Maybe even teaching theatre. CP: If for some reason Broadway didn’t work out what would be an ideal position for you? BH: Digital graphics. CP: How do you define success? BH: Success is succeeding with me. It’s getting what I want done, not necessarily what someone else wants. CP: What’s your favorite thing about Cowley. BH: The camaraderie and the friendships I’ve made. CP: If you could meet the 10-year-old version of yourself, what advice would you give him? BH: Don’t give up and push for what you want. The Student of the Month is nominated by faculty/staff and selected by the Student Affairs Committee.
Recruiting race is on with two special events BY SARAH LAVALLEE Staff Writer Junior Day and Scholarship Blitz Day are the Admissions office’s latest promotions to draw surrounding high school juniors and seniors to campus. The first-ever Scholarship Blitz Day is for area high school seniors to “audition for several scholarships and make
one trip,” Admissions Representative Pamela Hann said. Seniors are encouraged to go to the Cowley website to download scholarship information, forms and requirements, then come to campus on March 2 to apply. Junior Day has been designed to encourage juniors to think about college sooner. Registration begins at 11 a.m. in the Brown Center lobby. Besides campus
ampus Lineup WHAT?
Thu. Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
American Red Cross Jammin’ in the Jungle
Thu. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Nelson Student Center
Fri. Feb. 25, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 27, 2 p.m.
City Ball Park
Tue. March 1, 2 p.m.
City Ball Park
Tue. March 1, 2 p.m.
Lady Tiger Field
vs. Barton County Baseball vs. Connors State Softball vs. Northern Oklahoma Scholarship Blitz
Wed. March 2
Wed. March 2, 6/8 p.m.
vs. Allen County Spring play
Campus wide W.S. Scott Auditorium Dan Kahler Court
Thu. March 3,4,5, 7:30 p.m.
Brown Center Theatre
“The Foreigner” Baseball
Sat. March 5, 2 p.m.
City Ball Park
vs. Iowa Western Women/Men Basketball
Sat. March 5, 6/8 p.m.
W.S. Scott Auditorium
vs. Independence Baseball
Sun. March 6, noon
City Ball Park
Tue. March 8, 2 p.m.
Lady Tiger Field
vs. Iowa Western Softball vs. Independence
tours, this year’s attractions will include a cookout followed by a Tiger baseball game. Junior Day will be held March 9. The website advertises both of these activities along with other new information about programs and scholarships. All the help in creating the website makes Hann “very proud of all the participation.” She said the website has also proven helpful in promoting Cowley
College to surrounding schools and communities and in drawing potential students. Information regarding these events has been sent to many high school counselors and between 10 and 15 schools are expected to attend. For more information, contact the Admissions office at 800-593-2222 or register online at www.cowley.edu by March 2.
New nursing program to be offered in Winfield BY JENNY SARCHET Staff Writer Beginning in fall 2005, Pratt Community College will offer a registered nursing program at the Cowley College Winfield campus. Currently Cowley College is offering nursing classes in conjunction with Wichita Area Technical School. “The instructors in Wichita have done an outstanding job and the graduates have done well,” said Slade Griffiths, Cowley College EMS Education Program Director. “Cowley needed an RN program and Pratt College has it. This is the reason for the move.” The nursing program with Pratt was approved unanimously by the Kansas State Board of Nursing Feb. 15. Cowley received 78 applications and administrators are already thinking about increasing the class size in 2006. The first deadline for applications was Feb. 14. “The idea behind adding this program is to offer our students and the community a two-year program,” said Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs Sheree Utash. “We wanted to create opportunities for our students in this community and surrounding communities.” The program will take 20 students at a time. To be considered for admission,
a student must complete an application form and submit original transcripts from high school and all college courses taken. Applicants will also need to take the Nursing Examination Test with a score of 64 percent or better. Applicants will get one chance for a retake. The Nursing Examination Test will be taken at Pratt Community College, but eventually students will be able to take the test at Cowley College. The applicant must have a GPA of 2.0 or better in courses required for the nursing program, including Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Chemistry, and College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra. The selection criteria for admission is based on a point system. Whoever has the most points will be entered into the program first. After acceptance into the nursing program, students will be required to pay a fee of $150 to secure a slot. The student will also need documentation of current certification in CPR. Tuition and fees for Kansas residents and non-residents is $64 per credit hour. Nursing textbooks cost $800. While applicants are taking classes at Cowley, the degree they obtain will be from Pratt. For more information visit
The Cowley Press
Feb. 24, 2005
WITH A KICK
Tae Kwon Do offered
BY TRACI HOLZEM Staff Writer Instead of sweating on a treadmill for 25 hours per semester to earn a credit in a physical conditioning class, Cowley students now have another option. They can take a class in Defense Tactics/Tae Kwon Do. The class was offered for the first time last semester; however, due to low enrollment, the class was cancelled. With a strong enrollment this semester, though, the class is in full swing. Freshman Melissa Wheeler is typical of those who have enrolled. She said she thought it would be fun and something out of the ordinary to try. The class is still worth one credit hour and there is no prerequisite. Students are not required to buy the traditional uniform; they can wear comfortable workout clothes. Classes meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Arkansas City Recreation Center located at 225 E. Fifth Avenue. Master Primo Venegas and Assistant Master Shawna Hernandez-Larson teach the class. Combined, the two of them have over 50 years of experience. Hernandez-Larson is not only an assistant to Venegas, she has also been a student of his since she was 9 years old. With his training, she was chosen for the Olympic team when she was just 16 years old. She went on to the Olympic games and now as an adult she is back with her first teacher helping him teach a new generation.
Arms straight, shoulders square, lots of power – Tae Kwon Do students work on perfecting their proper punching form.
The deadline for declaring candidacy in the spring Student Government Association election is March 1. Offices to be elected are president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Candidate declaration forms are available in the Student Life Office or from Dave Bostwick in the basement of Galle-Johnson Hall. Forms must be completed and turned in by March 1.
Student Government Association will meet Tuesday, March 1, at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. Candidates and plans for the spring election will be announced. All campus organizations are encouraged to send a representative. For students who are not on a meal plan, a free meal will be provided. The International Association of Administrative Professionals Minisa Chapter is offering a $750 scholarship for the fall 2005 semester. Application deadline is Wednesday, March 30. Applicants must submit an official high school or equivalent college transcript, a copy of a letter of acceptance from the school to be attended, a letter of recommendation from a non-family member and a complete application. Applicants are required to have a diploma or GED and must have applied and been accepted, or be currently attending an accredited university, college, community college, or technical/ vocational school. Application forms are available from Scholarship Coordinator Lisa Grose in Galle-Johnson Hall.
Venegas talked passionately about teaching Tae Kwon Do. He said, “This is one contribution I hope I can leave to Ark City.” On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday they teach additional classes that are open to the public for a monthly fee. But the Tuesday and Thursday classes are only for the Cowley students enrolled in the class. These students can attend the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes at no extra charge, meaning they can actually get a Tae Kwon Do workout five days a week if they want. After the first day of class, sophomore Tiffanie Spencer said, “I was sore. It’s a huge workout. It’s fun and it doesn’t feel like a workout, though.” Classmate Alysa Snyder agrees, “It’s a stress reliever.” Tae Kwon Do is a sport that was founded in Korea. It is one of the most popular modern martial arts today. It is characterized by its fast, high and spinning kicks. Tae Kwon Do translated means: • Tae - to strike or block with the foot or to kick; it also means jump • K’won - Fist, or to strike or block with the hand • Do - The art of Tae Kwon Do students can improve Photo by Morgan Williams themselves physically and mentally by trainHoward Nelson shows off his inside-outside kick which will ing. Practicing gives enable him to go up one side of a would-be attacker’s face to students more selfmake contact on the way down. confidence. The final goal is to achieve harEven though the class sounds fun, it is still a graded mony with nature and oneself. class. Students are given daily points for attendance Venegas and Hernandezand effort. They could come to class, give little or no Larson have one rule that they effort, and receive a zero for the day. There will also be will not allow to be broken. a final students have to take. It will consist of students Nobody is allowed to say the demonstrating their knowledge on basic skills they have word “can’t.” One day Snyder learned. made the mistake of saying With most colleges offering this new alternative the “C” word and in return, to the sweaty gym, Master Venegas is hoping that this the whole class had to do class will become a permanent fixture for Cowley stupush-ups. dents.
A quick look at what’s happening on campus
The Kansas County Clerks and Election Officials will be awarding scholarships in the amount of $500 to students majoring in journalism, political science or communications. The scholarships are available for high school seniors or college freshmen and sophomores. Application forms are available at the county clerk’s office or from the school counselors from each school district. Applications must be returned to the local county clerk before April, 1 or mailed to Marilyn Horn, Decatur County Clerk, PO Box 28, Oberlin, KS 67749. The Math and Science Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 28, in Galle-Johnson room 201. The Jed Foundation, the organization behind Ulifeline, the college’s online mental health resource, ranks Cowley College number 10 out of 451 institutions in the country for Ulifeline usage since Jan. 1, 2005. As of Wednesday, Feb. 16, Cowley College has had 465 users in 2005. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is Feb. 27-March 5. Cowley College offers its students free and confidential service for eating disorders and other personal issues. The office of Student Life Counselor Roy Reynolds is room 204 of the Nelson Student Center. Reynolds can be reached at 620-4415228 Bites compiled Simbi Munjoma firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Life Services has positive solutions to life’s problems Help for marriages and individuals Free pregnancy testing Healthy Beginnings & prenatal programs Licensed adoption services Free maternity and infant clothes and supplies 305 South Summit Arkansas City (620) 442-1688 1-800-922-7874
The Cowley Press
Feb. 24, 2005
Photos by Tim Badley and Morgan Williams
Right: Freshmen Addie Snyder and Alex Walker show why they won the most creative fan contest with a reference to the movie “Napoleon Dynamite.” With plenty of fan support, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams had Homecoming wins against Johnson County Feb. 16. Below: Tank the Tiger gives Adrianna Davis a high-five.
Homecoming week allows students to dance, yell and do cartwheels
Above: Megan Schoenfeld and Marina Caran shout for joy when fellow basketball teammate Kara Pridey is crowned Homecoming queen. Right: Sophomore Whitney Jones shows off her gymnastic abilities during the obstacle course, which featured bat-spinning, cartwheels and blindfolded basketball shooting. Danceline members Tiffany Miley and Katie Williams won the competition.
Above: In an obstacle course held during halftime of the women’s game, sophomore Megan Pittman, representing the cheer squad, waves to the crowd. Above left: Bustin’ a move for love, students strut their stuff during the Homecoming dance held in the cafeteria on Valentine’s night. Left: Sophomores Bronze Hill and Kara Pridey were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.
The Cowley Press
Feb. 24, 2005
Got post-Valentine disorder? the
Love Doctor is in
f all the times to be single, this Dana is the worst. Valentine’s Day seemed Dinkel to spark romance in Perspectives everyone else’s lives, but not yours. You anyway, sicko. You’re failed your biology test, wrecked your only going to find a brand new car, got pneumonia, chipped a sophisticated lady in tooth, and worst of all you got dumped. respectable places. You really thought the three-week-love You should visit would have lasted longer, but you were the library and spout wrong. I really thought she liked you after off a few lines of poetall those hours you spent together in the “I ry, followed by a brief love Tetris” chat room. chuckle and a sigh. If This is your lucky day, friend, because that doesn’t work, go the Love Doctor is here to share with you to your local fitness a few tips that will guarantee success. I’m facility. The babes are not talking about your usual fling. Oh no, sure to swoon when this is going to be the real deal. Just take they see you benching my advice and you’re sure to have a real 125 pounds of pure girlfriend before you know it. steel. You tiger you! Now, you’ve got STEP UNO: Looking good yourself a lover… what’s next? Let’s face it, nobody’s going to want you if you smell like cats and look like STEP TRES: Sasquatch’s cousin. All you have to do is Sweep her off bathe, cut your hair, make sure you have her feet two eyebrows (not one) and replace your retro rags with some real clothes. You Invite her over might have thought those stares you were for an evening of attracting with that Hawaiian shirt were a romance. Dim the good thing, but trust me, they weren’t. So lights and set the you’re finally looking good, but now what? mood with some slow jams. Cook some TV dinners in the microSTEP DOS: Knowing where to wave, and transfer them to plates. She’ll hunt your prey never know. When your special someone arrives, tell her you’ve slaved over the I don’t know what kind of ladies you stove for hours on dinner, and she’s sure to thought you were going to find at bingo be impressed. During the meal, stare deep night, but you shouldn’t have been there into her eyes and say “Me llamo es mante-
quilla, y mi amor es en mi pantelones.” Even if you’re really saying, “My name is butter, and my love is in my pants,” she won’t be able to resist you and is sure to fall for your act. Well, my work is done here. It’s hard being the love doctor, but someone’s got to do it for the sake of those unfortunate
souls around the globe. Sure, I’m just working locally right now, but I’m going worldwide soon. Anywho, sorry to cut you short, but I’ve got to run. I’ve got an emergency across town. Apparently someone thought I was being serious when I told them to chug the love potion. Ha … amateur.
Black Student Union invites all students to join Letter to the Editor
Of course, we know that American History is not just for Americans, just as we know that enrollment in African American Literature is not restricted to people of African ancestry or Ancient World History limited to ancient people. So, why label history or any other educational experience by ethnicity or geography? Unfortunately, we may, at times, wrongfully read exclusive membership or focus in the title of organizations. Such is the case with the Black Student Union, which is in its inaugural year on the Cowley Campus in Arkansas City. The leaders and members of the BSU want to convey that group membership and attendance at their meetings
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is open to any full-time student on campus. Organizational titles, like college course titles, do reflect a focus or theme. Certainly, the BSU has a focus of afro-centric cultural issues including heritage, promotion of positive images for ethnic students and fostering a sense of pride and inclusion in an increasingly diverse campus community, as well as in society. The Cowley College BSU considers its existence as an enhancement to the campus educational experience. The diverse BSU membership adds to the beauty and dynamic of the Arkansas City campus. While its focus is guided toward better understanding of the complex issues of an American population whose en masse migration was not voluntary, the scope of the
Managing Editor - Tara Vanderpool Copy Editor - Britnee Leighton Photo Editor - Morgan Williams Sports Editor - Steven Schoon Campus Editor - Danielle Craig The Scene Editor - Candice McGowan Special Section Editor -Amy Anstaett Advertisements- Andrea Iman Online Editor - Ashleigh Ragan Staff Members - Ashley Colburn, Dana Dinkel, Sarah Donnelly, James Kasparek, Jared McGuire, Tim Badley, Andrew Castaneda, Sarah Lavallee, Keith Henry, Tim Sigle, Traci Holzem, Jenny Sarchet, Matt Mendoza, Rhonda Ross, Melanie Zade, Mason Aves, Nicole Webster, Stacia Whittecar, Simbirai Munjoma, and Paul Westerman. Faculty Adviser - Dave Bostwick
organization is much broader and promotes cross cultural learning and networking. Some may ask, “Why have a Black Student Union? ”While the temptation for some may be to try and answer this question in a conversation, the better answer is this: join the group for a meeting or event and learn for yourself. At worst, you will decide that there is nothing you can learn through participation. At best, you will experience a cultural learning and build or strengthen relationships from your Cowley College experience. Bruce Watson BSU Sponsor
QuickQuotes Quick Quotes Besides Martin Luther King Jr., who do you think is the most influential African American in history? “Tupac Shakur, and it goes beyond hip hop. Even his mom was a Black Panther.” -- Michael Simpson “Malcolm X, because he showed that there was a different way to fight for civil rights, even though it meant violence.” -- Scott Dorl “Rosa Parks – she refused to give up her seat on the bus.” -- Connie Bonfy, Director of Institutional Grants “Harriet Tubman – she worked with the Underground Railroad.” -- Roxanna James, Admissions Receptionist
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SUPPORT ART WITH EATING March 5, the Winfield Arts Council will be hosting “An Evening for the Arts,” a dinner-auction. Dinner coupons for various local restaurants will be auctioned. The event is free to the public, but reservations must be made by calling 620-221-2161.
Photos by Morgan Williams
Above: Catherine (sophomore Elisa Stites), Charlie (sophomore Bronze Hill) and Betty (freshman Kelly Hedges) discuss Charlie’s “limited” grasp of English. Right: Owen (sophomore Neal Crouch) attempts to intimidate Charlie.
Comedy promises to provide audience with lots of laughs BY SARAH DONNELLY Staff Writer
or this year’s spring play, Act One theater club will present the comedy The Foreigner, written by Larry Shue, on March 3-5. “The audience can look forward to tons of laughs,” cast member Elisa Stites said. The setting is a fishing lodge in a rural Georgia town that is home to many colorful characters. The two main characters are Froggy LeSeuer (Blake Chamberlain), a British demolition expert who will be doing some training near the fishing lodge, and his friend Charlie Baker (Bronze Hill), who accompanies him to Georgia. Charlie is a shy young man who is overcome with fear at the mere thought of talking to someone. So Froggy tells the town that Charlie is from a foreign country and speaks no English.
Because everyone thinks Charlie does not understand English, he hears more of the townspeople’s conversations than he should, setting the tone of the play. The audience can also look forward to performances by Kelly Hedges, who plays Betty, the owner of the fishing lodge; Ian Rethmeier, who plays Reverend David; Stites, who plays Catherine, the reverend’s fiancée; Neal Crouch, who plays Owen, the town bully; and Jaden Hedge, who plays Ellard, Catherine’s younger naive brother. Technical Director Jamison Rhoads and his students have built a detailed set to make the audience members feel like they are visiting a rural Georgia town. “The audience can look forward to seeing a great story that offers funny moments, wonderful characters, rich details, and a super cast,” Theater Director Scott MacLaughlin said.
WHO: Silpknot, Lamb of God, Devil Driver and Shadows Fall WHAT: Concert WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 7 p.m. WHERE: Kansas Coliseum, Wichita TICKETS: can be ordered by calling 316-755-SEAT(7328) and are $35 in advance.
Cowley and Act One present
Feb. 24, 2005
The Winfield Regional Symphony along with Heartland Arts at Cowley present “Remembering ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’” Guests will include actors from the original film. Those included are Brock Peters (Tom Robinson), Mary Badham (Scout), and Phillip Alford (Jem). The program will be Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Brown Center Theater. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. The tickets can be purchased or reserved at the Cowley College Bookstore or by calling 620-4415277. There will also be a special screening of the movie Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the Brown Center Theater. Admission is free and open to the public. Jammin’ in the Jungle is set to continue this month with the band Test Pilot Casualty on Feb. 24. The Thursday evening concerts are held in the Jungle at 7 p.m. and are free. The third annual Cowley Idol is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the Brown Center Theater. However, if the men’s or women’s basketball teams reach the final game of the regional tournaments, it will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 30. Students who are interested in performing will need to sign up in the Student Life Office by Monday, March 14. The field is limited to the first 20 individuals who sign up.
New Releases Ticket Info n The show will be held March 3-5 in the Brown Center Theater at 7:30 p.m. n There will be a dinner included with the show on Friday and Saturday night only. n Tickets for only the show are $7. Tickets for the dinner and show are $17. n All full-time students receive one free ticket and all full-time staff and faculty receive two. n The tickets may be purchased in the Brown Center box office from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Norma Jean O God, the Aftermath On March 1, the Christian hardcore band’s sophomore album will hit stores. This album will definitely turn some heads.
Diary of a Mad Black Woman Kimberly Elise stars in this heart-filled dramatic comedy about a couple that announces their divorce on their 18th anniversary. Diary... is rated PG-13 and debuts Feb. 25.
The Cowley Press
Feb. 24, 2005
Volunteers to paint enormous mural
BY SARAH LAVALLEE Staff Writer
Photo by Morgan Williams
Sophomore Amy Parsons paints on one of the panels for the mural that is included in the paint by number project. Each panel is 4 feet by 5 feet, and all 60 panels will be put together to form the mural for the corner of Summit and Jefferson.
he corner of Summit and Jefferson will soon have a new lease on life. Area residents, in particular Cowley students, have been working on 60 panels that will combine to make a mural. Cowley College, Arkansas City High School, and area middle schools have all participated in this project. This paint by number mural was designed to “promote community spirit, and also to beautify the downtown area,” Graphic Art Instructor Denise Irwin said. Over 100 people thus far have helped to paint. Irwin hopes over 1,000 will eventually participate. No art expertise is necessary, just the ability to stay within the lines. Sophomore Amy Parsons said, “I think it helps to emphasize community and involvement.” The finished mural will represent the “community’s connection with food production from the beginning of our existence,” according to Irwin. It spans the
time from buffalo hunting to the current farm and art market. Each of the 60 panels of the mural is 4 feet by 5 feet in size. Holding a basket of vegetables is Robert Ramirez, whose wife is Humanities office secretary Jacque Ramirez. Also, Stacey Bowman, whose daughters attend Cowley College, and Gary Gackstatter, the college instrumental music director, can be identified in the mural. The painting is scheduled to be completed by June 30. Volunteers can talk to Denise Irwin in the basement of GalleJohnson Hall or call 620-441-5561. Groups interested in painting should contact Shannon Gackstatter at 620-442-6877. In addition to the work at Summit and Jefferson, Irwin and her students were recently recognized for an earlier project. During its Feb. 15 meeting, the City Commission of Arkansas City presented the January 2005 Good Neighbor Recognition Award to Irwin and the college’s Art Club for their efforts in painting and decorating the Chestnut Avenue underpass.
Tyger Tawk’s second Talent/No Talent Show scheduled BY SIMBIRAI MUNJOMA Staff Writer Students are encouraged to show off their talent, or lack of it, at Tyger Tawk’s Talent/ No Talent Show. The communications club is organizing the show, which will be held Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the Brown Center Theater. Prizes for the show will include cash and gift certificates. Admission is $2 or $1 with a non-perishable food item. Alana Cervantes, the president of Tyger Tawk, says, “We want students to bring it on, even if it’s not a lot.” “We’re hoping to have as good a turn out as last semester,” Cervantes said, “Last semester was really surprising.”
In the fall semester, the club organized a similar talent show. Tom Mason, the sponsor for Tyger Tawk, estimates 200 students attended the 15-act show. However, unlike the fall production, this time bands will not be able to take part. Also the organizers are hoping for performers who will do variety shows such as skits and stand-up comedy as well as music. Performers who do non-musical acts will compete in a separate category from musicians To steer away from having too many musical performances, the club is planning a separate show specifically for bands, the Battle of the Bands, to be held on April 7. Some bands have already signed up, much to the relief of the club’s president. “I was afraid we would only have about two
BY JARED MCGUIRE Staff Writer Most true cinephiles blanche whenever Keanu Reeves’ name is mentioned. This apparent beach-bum-turned-actor has a reputation for being one of the most dull, almost lackluster actors in history. However, for one reason or another, he is consistently cast as the “one” who is capable of saving the day. In Speed, he was the one person who could stop the bus and rescue Sandra Bullock. In The Matrix and its offspring, he is the “one” who can stop the enslavement of humanity. Yet again, in the latest Warner Brothers Pictures release Constantine, Reeves plays the part of
bands competing,” Cervantes said. For the Talent/No Talent Show, students willing to perform solos, duets or variety acts must sign up before Thursday, March 3, at 4 p.m. Entry forms are available in the Humanities office. All performers will be required to attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday, March 3, at 4 p.m. to sign up for screening, which will take place at the second mandatory meeting on Tuesday, March 8. Food collected from the show will be sent to a local church and the Family Life Center to be distributed to families in the community. The money collected will be used to organize future events such as the Battle of the Bands and field trips to radio stations in Oklahoma City and Wichita. “It has been a learning process for
the students,” Mason says. “We just want people to come and have fun.” The show has been scheduled for March 10, corresponding with the free bowling night. It will last for two hours so students can go straight from the show to the bowling alley. Scholarships are available for communication majors for next semester. To find out how to apply for a scholarship, students may see Mason in the Humanities office. Returning students will need to apply before March 1. Mason encourages students to contact him soon, as the scholarships are limited. For more information on the show or to find out more about Tyger Tawk, visit Mason in the Humanities Office or call (620) 441-5278.
title: Constantine starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz ~ Movie ~ the rating: A-
humanity’s only hope, this time from the very forces of Hell. Based on “Hellblazer,” the long-running DC/Vertigo comic book, Constantine tells the story of a man capable of seeing what most can’t: angels, demons and the supernatural. John Constantine, part exorcist and part wayfaring stranger, has quite literally been to hell and back. He teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson to crack the apparent suicide of her twin sister Isabella. In a series of fantastic events, the two must battle the forces of evil threatening not only the world, but themselves. The acting is exceptional and beyond what is normally expected from an earlyseason action release. Arguably, Reeves is
the perfect actor to play a man somewhat detached from reality. However, he seems to be made for this angst-ridden character and pulls it off very well. Rachel Weisz (Tania Chernova from Enemy at the Gates and Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell from The Mummy) provides a good balance for Reeves' character as the skeptical, yet driven, detective Angela Dodson. Shia LaBeouf (Louis Anthony Stevens from the popular television series Even Stevens) plays the sometimes comical, sometimes poignant sidekick Chas Chandler, although it may be just his boyish charm that allows him to pull this off successfully. Djimon Hounsou (Juba from the beautiful epic, Gladiator) does not disappoint and gives his usual above-cali-
ber performance. Tilda Swinton (Rebecca Dearborn from Vanilla Sky and Valerie Thomas from Adaption) lends a beautiful, edgy character to the vengeful Archangel Gabriel. The effects in this movie are both fluid and stunning. Unlike most action movies, the story line and the effects go hand in hand, rather than one overshadowing the other. Constantine may have intended to save humanity from evil, but it may have actually saved Keanu Reeves’ acting career from popular opinion. Reeves may have truly redeemed himself. Constantine is currently showing at Cowley Cinema 8. Show times are available from www.cowleycinema8.com.
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Lady Tigers rustle up wins in Texas to start season 9-3 to work on. “We had several bunt opportunities where we didn’t get the bunt down After going 1-5 at last year’s Cowtown and then something negative happened,” Classic in Fort Worth, the Cowley softball Hargrove said. “Then we had several team was looking for a better outcome scoring opportunities with a runner on than the previous season. With a 4-2 record third with less than two outs and the batfrom the Texas tournament Feb. 18-19, the ter would strike out or pop up. But I don’t Lady Tigers got exactly what they wanted. want the negative to outweigh the positive. Cowley is now 9-3 overall. It was a very positive weekend.” “A major step up from last year’s outSome positive aspects of the weekend come,” sophomore Ashley Dunkelberger were that the Tigers had two come from said. behind wins. “Right now I feel the girls believe what “One strength is not giving up when I tell them, and how good they can be,” we get down, and pulling it out in the end,” head coach Ed Hargrove said. freshman Mandy Huffman said. While the Tigers are playing good soft“The team played to its best potential ball coming out of the Texas trip, there are this early in the season,” sophomore Jamie still many areas of improvement they need Amerine said. While the Tigers were winning games, there were two different faces compiling wins, whereas the Tigers relied heavily on one pitcher last season. Freshmen Ashly Bright and Karli Hoffman each brought back identical 3-1 records from the Texas trip. “Having two pitchers that you feel can each win makes mine and (assistant coach) Suzanne Kerr’s job much easier,” Hargrove said. Prior to the Cowtown Classic, the Lady Tigers put up two home victories against Maple Woods Community College. Both games were won by the score of 5-0. After the Texas trip, Cowley split with Carl Albert College, bringing their record to 9-3 overall. The Tigers will take that record to the diamond when they next Photo by Ashley Colburn play on March 1 at home against Freshman Courtney Chanell squares up to throw Northern Oklahoma College. out a Maple Woods runner in Cowley’s home opener. BY STACIA WHITTECAR Staff Writer
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‘Basic girl’ leads Lady Tigers Turner and Tigers have commanding lead in Jayhawk East BY KEITH HENRY Staff Writer ome sports fans believe that most female athletes have no feminine side, even when they’re not competing. However, world-class sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner once said, “I don’t think being an athlete is unfeminine. I think it’s a kind of grace.” West Memphis, Ark., native Tamala Turner would agree with that statement. Turner is the Lady Tigers’ starting center and also one of the most dominant players in the country. She ranks in the top 10 for scoring and rebounds while leading the NJCAA’s 12th-ranked team to the top of the Jayhawk East standings. Turner’s accomplishments are impressive. She was a McDonald’s All American selection her senior year at West Memphis High, district and 5A player of the year, and led her team to an Arkansas state championship. She was recruited by top schools such Tamala Turner as Arkansas, Memphis, and some Big 12 Conference schools. Tamala (better known as TiTi) says, “I’m just a basic girl. Just because I’m always in basketball gear, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to do certain things.” Those certain things are definitely feminine. “Every time I get a chance to dress up and shop, trust me, I take full advantage of it,” Turner said. She also thinks about more than her sport. “Basketball doesn’t come first to me – God does. Basketball is just my ultimate high.”
UPDATE The Lady Tigers were 12-0 in conference and 23-1 overall entering Wednesday night’s game at Highland. They held a two-game lead over Labette and a threegame lead over Coffeyville in the Jayhawk East standings. The Lady Tigers are set for a rematch at division rival Coffeyville Saturday. If the Lady Tigers finish first in the Jayhawk East, they will host the lowest seeded team from the West in the first round of the Region VI Tournament. They have two more home games against Allen County on March 2 and Independence on March 5. They are coming off of a 55 –40 home victory over Neosho. “We didn’t play very well on offense but we were excellent on defense,” freshman Lacey Rowe said.
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Marina Caran feeds a pass to Sharee Hurt during the Lady Tiger’s game against Jayhawk East opponent Johnson County. Cowley defeated Johnson County 76-54 and then went on to beat Neosho County 55-40 and stay on top of the Jayhawk East standings.
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Two big home victories have Tigers in the mix for conference crown BY STACIA WHITTECAR Staff Writer After suffering their first home loss of the season to Fort Scott in overtime, the Cowley men’s basketball team has responded with crucial home victories over Johnson
County and Neosho County, avenging two previous road losses. The game against Johnson saw the Tigers down 36-29 at halftime. However, Cowley drained eight three-pointers in the second half, including five from Julio Anthony who led the team with 21 points. The Tigers, who also played better defense in the second half and forced the Cavaliers into 24 turnovers for the game, got the victory 70-63. Against Neosho, Cowley was led by Damien Lolar who led all scorers with 26 points. Despite getting outrebounded 50-30, the Tigers went on for a 80-69 win. “They (wins over Johnson and Neosho) were pretty big to get us going again because we lost our confidence against Fort Scott,” freshman James Franklin said. “Big confidence against Neosho because they were conference leaders, so we still have a chance to tie or win conference.” The Tigers put themselves back in the hunt for the Jayhawk East title by beating Johnson and Neosho. Cowley was 17-9 overall and 9-5 in the Jayhawk Conference Photo by Morgan Williams
Marcus Watts defends against a Johnson County guard.
East Division entering Wednesday night’s game at Highland. Their next game at rival Coffeyville on Saturday will be tough as the Ravens will be looking for revenge after losing to Cowley by one point nearly a month ago. Entering Wednesday’s games, the Tigers were two games behind Coffeyville and Independence and one game behind Neosho in the Jayhawk East standings. “The race for the conference title is so close, so it is going to be a big game,” Franklin said. Freshman Julio Anthony added, “We play at their house, so we’re going to have to bring our game. We can’t slack off.” Even as the conference title race becomes closer, the Tigers have even bigger games to worry about as the Region VI tournament looms ahead. “I think this young team can compete anywhere, anyplace. It just comes down to inconsistency,” assistant coach Brian Jackson said. “If we can play for three or four games straight, we have as good a chance as anyone to win Region.” After Saturday’s game at Coffeyville, the Tigers finish the regular season by hosting Allen County on March 2 and Independence on March 5.
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Damien Lolar goes in for the layup during Cowley’s win over Johnson County.
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Men win conference championship Teams prepare to perform at peak levels for national indoor meet in Illinois March 4-5 believe that our team goal here will always include a conference championship and any season we don’t win will seem unfuled by several outstanding perforfilled.” mances, the men’s indoor track In addition to the five individual conteam will be riding high going into ference titles, Cowley also had two athletes national competition on the weekend of who were named Region VI champions March 4 after easily winning a conference in their events. Jermaine Meyers won the championship. The men beat Johnson 1,000 meters with a time of 2:33.92. Meyers County by 98 points and brought home is second in the NJCAA rankings. The other Region VI champion was Brian Baker in shot put, with a throw of 54-6. Baker is third in the NJCAA rankings. Along with Meyers and Baker, oth er Jayhawk East champions are Ollie Levine in the long jump and Tim Marshall in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. Levine also set a new school record with a jump of 23-2. Another school record was broken when Dan Steers threw 44-10 in the weight throw. Despite getting first in conference, the men finished fourth in Region VI with 75 points. Barton County won the meet with a score of 207 points, followed by Butler County (125.5) and Hutchinson (100.5). The women, held back due to injuries and lack of depth, placed fourth in conference behind champion Johnson County. The 4x400 meter relay team of Emily Hunsberger, Lauren Kirsch, LeShea Jenkins, and La-Nation McCray were conference champions with a school record-breaking time of 4:15.74. Leslie Priskey competed in the high jump for the first time this year and broke Photo by Steven Schoon Cameron Traxson attempts to clear the pole vault bar. Traxson placed third in conference with the school record, with a jump of 5-0, landing her third place. The a vault of 13 feet, 1 inch, and also placed second in the pentathlon. TARA VANDERPOOL Managing Editor
five individual conference titles from last weekend’s meet in Manhattan. Head coach Mark Phillips, now in his second year at Cowley, has won a men’s conference championship in cross-country, indoor and outdoor track. The win at conference was made even sweeter because Phillips left Johnson County to come to Cowley. “It is a tremendous feeling,” he said. “I
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Freshman Jace Darnell runs the 600 meters run at the Jayhawk Conference/ Region VI meet. Darnell placed seventh in conference with a time of 1:29.64.
women placed 10th in the region while Barton County won the meet. After the last chance qualifier on Friday, Feb. 25, at Butler, the teams will travel to Charleston, Ill., for the national indoor meet. The men expect to do well. “With a good effort we should be in the top 10,” Phillips said. “And with some outstanding performances we could be in the top five, but it would take everyone hitting their best performances.” Phillips said that individually Baker and Meyers have a shot at winning their events. With fewer qualifiers the women’s team has a different mission. “We are so thin that we are looking to gain some valuable experience from this national meet, to build on in the future,” Phillips said.
New staff writer attempts his escape from ‘Alcatraz’ BY TIM BADLEY Staff Writer As the newest sports writer on The Cowley Press staff, sophomore Keith Henry chases after the stories that break in women’s basketball. As a member of the track team, Henry sprints into national status; however, Henry considers running more important than just national ratings. It is a means to escape a neighborhood from streets lined with crack houses and people that will shoot you for wearing the wrong colors. Before every race, Henry routinely kicks his shoes back and wipes them with his hands. He does this to acknowledge the important people in his life back in Galveston, Texas: his mother, his brother and his homeboys. “They are all I’ve got,” Henry says.
“Together we’ve been through everything from Sunday dinners to people breaking into our house.” According to Henry, in his section of Galveston, nicknamed “Alcatraz” by residents, armed theft is a problem. On these streets, his best friend was robbed at gunpoint for his Air-Jordan sneakers after he had taken them out of the box only a day before. In his neighborhood, Henry would practice for track. While running along his neighborhood streets, Henry would be stopped by drug dealers. “They would offer me as much as 3 bills ($300) to keep running,” Henry says. “They would say to me, ‘Stay off the streets because this ain’t the life you want to live.” According to Henry, this was sound advice since many times, his peers would resort to selling drugs for quick money
rather than pursuing an education. Violence also made its way into the school setting. He says that in addition to fire drills, grade school included “drive-by” drills. A drive-by is Keith Henry a random shooting performed from a moving vehicle. During these drills, supervisors would sound a bullhorn, which prompted students to get on the ground. After the situation cleared, the supervisors instructed the students to get up. Henry had to perform this once on the playground during an actual shooting. While in Kansas, Henry does not have to worry about random drive-bys. He
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focuses himself in a role as a student athlete. In track, Henry runs the 200 meters in 21.3 seconds, which places him among the top 25 of junior college runners and top 100 of D-1 runners. While in academics, Henry has achieved his initial goal of making it past his freshman year. Henry follows the positive lead of his uncle, Otis “Butch” Perry. As a former resident of Henry’s neighborhood, Perry chose a college education over the street life. After earning a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, Perry demonstrated that someone from “Alcatraz” can make a legitimate salary. Henry hopes to get a bachelor’s degree in English. He would like to continue with education and become an English teacher. He continues to chase after his goals and will not be satisfied until he has “an $80,000 job and [is] living in the suburbs.”
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Ultimate goal: Grand Junction BY STEVEN SCHOON Sports Editor
fter finishing last season with a record of 43-19, the No. 8-ranked Tiger baseball team will look to build on last year’s success. They will also keep their number one goal in mind, to get back to the World Series after missing the trip the last three years. If Cowley wants to get back to Grand Junction Colo., it will take a complete team effort and more games like the season opener against No. 2-ranked Seminole State College, which saw the Tigers defeat the Trojans 4-3. “It was good beating the second ranked team in the nation,” said sophomore Chad Ogden. “It just felt good to prove ourselves early. Hopefully we can build off that for the rest of the season.” In that game, Brett Amyx came up big in his first at bat for the Tigers, hitting a two-run home run in the first inning. In the eighth inning, Amyx drove in the winning run to seal the victory. Amyx is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, who transferred at semester. He should be able to provide steady offense in the middle of the lineup and will play first base. Amyx made a last minute decision to come to Cowley to play ball after already signing with a school in Texas.
“I was signed up to go to a school (Grayson Community College) that was ranked [fourth] in the nation right now,” Amyx said, “then three days before we were supposed to show up after Christmas break I decided to come to Cowley.” Amyx also likes the idea of possibly making it to the World Series. “My chances here of going to the World Series are going to be a lot better and the program’s a lot stronger.” So strong that the Tigers have loaded up a competitive non-conference schedule which has the club facing five teams ranked in the NJCAA pre-season top 20. Besides Seminole Brett Amyx and No. 20-ranked Maple Woods, who the Tigers defeated 3-1 and 10-4 in a doubleheader, Cowley will face No. 18-ranked Connors State College and No. 14-ranked Iowa Western Community College. The Jayhawk Conference has only one other ranked team with Seward County Community College at No. 12. However, Neosho County Community College is receiving votes. “It’s going to test us a lot,” Ogden said. “We’ve already met one test (Seminole) so
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Disrespecting intramurals Opinion: BY TARA VANDERPOOL & ANDY CASTENADA Managing Editor/Staff Writer Errol Lowery is not a happy intramural director. There are two reasons that Lowery is upset. First is the lack of sportsmanship that has been shown at the intramural sport activities. Second is that a shot put was thrown through one of the backboards in the college recreation building. The lack of sportsmanship has been present since the start of the school year. However, the most recent incident came two weeks ago during an intramural basketball game. Team NYC was kicked out of the league while playing against team Hasbeens. Lowery said that there were excessive amounts of foul language and poor sportsmanship. To make matters worse family members of team Hasbeens were there, including young children. So not only was team NYC being disrespectful of the game, they were doing it in a way that submitted children to bad influences. There is no reason for this to be a problem. Team members should not have
to worry about who they bring to watch games. What should have been a fun night out for some families was ruined by the immaturity and rudeness of a couple of college students. However, intramural basketball is not the first sport that has had trouble with sportsmanship. There has been trouble with language in football and dodgeball. “Intramurals are provided for the students as a fun activity,” Lowery said. He also said that the number of cases of poor sportsmanship such as foul language and even a few extreme cases of threats being made to opposing team members is ruining the fun for others. “There is a spirit of the games that must be positive and healthy. Unsportsmanshiplike conduct will not be tolerated in intramurals,” Lowery said. Lowery wants to ensure that the atmosphere at the intramural events is of fun competition. “All participants must remember that they are representing their school when involved in intramurals and they have to hold themselves to a higher standard,” Lowery said. “Also, they have to be more accountable for their actions and behaviors.”
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hopefully we can build off that.” The Tigers will use an experienced starting lineup of five sophomores. Ogden plays his role from last year at second base, Daryl Graham is at third base, Matt Webb will start in center field, Brandon Harrigan at catcher, and Deik Scram moves from shortstop to right field. Scram’s move in the field opens the shortstop position to freshman Brad Miller. Freshman Cole Grinnell will split time with Amyx at first base and also be used as a designated hitter. The left field position is up for grabs among sophomore Joe Capra and freshmen Kyle Dotson and Ryan Engel. The Tigers’ ultimate goal this year is just like any other – to win the Jayhawk Conference East Division, Region VI title and get back to the World Series. Last season Cowley won the Jayhawk East for the ninth time out of 10 years and surged to the Region VI title game before losing to Seward County. However head coach Don Burroughs says his team is not thinking about last year’s loss but instead what this season holds. “It’s about developing a team right now and about trying to get our concept down,” Burroughs said. “Maybe come playoff time it might come up, but not now.” However, Ogden says they will use last year’s loss as motivation. “We all know
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Returning sophomore Chad Ogden batted over .300 last year as a freshman second baseman.
we choked. We should have been in Grand Junction easy,” he said. Even though Burroughs wants to concentrate on the games played now, Graham can’t help but keep his eyes on the ultimate prize. “I want a ring,” Graham said. Cowley will now play at Butler County on Feb. 26 before starting the longest home stand of the season with a battle with Barton County Feb. 27 at the City Ballpark.
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Tennis teams face variety of opponents The Tiger men’s and women’s tennis teams both split their matches in Topeka against Washburn University and Graceland University Feb. 19. The No. 11-ranked men’s team lost 7-2 to NCAA Division II Washburn University, but gained the first win of the season after beating Graceland University 6-3. After losing to NCAA Division I Wichita State, NCAA Division II Cameron University and Tyler Junior College as part of a hard nonconference schedule, the team is now 1-4. Head men’s coach Larry Grose said, “We tend to build a schedule around the premise that we want to play the best people we can find.” Against Washburn, the No. 1 doubles team of Tin Hinst and Julian Rios defeated their opponents 8-5. In No. 2 singles Julian Rios won 6-4, 6-4. In their win against Graceland, all three doubles teams earned wins. In No. 1 doubles, Hinst and Rios defeated Sipaon Oueller and Izo Zudic 8-4. The No. 2 team of Nathan Mai and Ilyar Khammadov defeated their opponent 8-6 as did the No. 3 tandem of Marijn Bal and Brent Mettling. In singles, the Tigers had wins from No. 1 Hinst, No. 2 Rios and No. 4 Mai. Grose was not overly disappointed at
the losses and remains optimistic about the remainder of the season. “The whole idea of building up a schedule like we do is that you’re not really concerned about losses at this stage of the game,” said Grose. Tiger women’s tennis lost 7-2 to Washburn, improving significantly over last season’s 9-0 defeat against the same team. In No. 1 doubles against Washburn, Marjorie Ceppo and Iveta Spalenkova won 8-4. Marjorie Ceppo also won 6-4, 6-1 in No. 1 singles. The team dominated Graceland in a 90 match. Against Graceland in No. 1 doubles Marjorie Ceppo and Iveta Spalenkova won 8-0. No. 2 doubles Molly Bowman and Stacia Whittecar and No. 3 doubles Jenny Crank and Gina Pendrak both won 8-1. In singles, the ladies got wins from No. 1 Marjorie Ceppo, No. 2 Iveta Spalenkova, No. 3 Jenny Crank, No. 4 Stacia Whittecar, No. 5 Molly Bowman and No. 6 Gina Pendrak. Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams’ first home meet is March 8 against Seminole State College. A full preview for men and women’s tennis will appear in the next issue.
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Climbing to the top Dance & cheer squads ‘bring it’ to competition in Minnesota
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The Cheer Squad performs during halftime of a basketball game. The squad will get a chance to show off their talents at a national competition in Minnesota Feb. 24-28.
BY MATT MENDOZA Staff Writer
s if balancing sports and school wasn’t hard enough, try throwing competition into the mix and producing results at a national event. The Cheer Squad and Danceline are up to the challenge. Today, members of the Cheer Squad and Danceline will begin their four-day national competition in Minnesota. In this competition, colleges nationwide will be competing for the various titles being awarded. Both have been holding extra practices to prepare, and sometimes that is not enough. “There’s a lot of things we still need to work on,” cheerleading coach Kristi Shaw said. Danceline coach Lindsay Sanderholm agreed, saying, “It’s tough balancing school and dance, then missing school for the competition.” The Cheer Squad will perform a special routine that has been performed only once for the public. This routine will be choreographed, including stunts and pyramids that will total 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Danceline will perform in several different competitions including Collegiate Jazz, Collegiate Open and Individual Dance. The Individual Dance category is divided into three different sections: All-American, Performer of the Year and Superstar. The All-American is the most extensive individual category because it requires a resume, essay, transcript, questionnaire and interview before the dancers are even able to perform their routines. The competition is organized by the Americup Championship and is held Feb. 24-28. Results from the competition will be included in a follow-up article next issue.
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