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Issue 10 The Student Newspaper of Cowley College


Arkansas City, Kan.

March 27, 2008

Weapons for well-being: guns and tazors BY ALEX SKOV Managing Editor


irginia Tech is known for its football program; Cowley is not. VT is also known for a mass shooting that occurred in April 2007. Again, Cowley is not, and that is how campus security wants to keep it. On the evening of March 17, while classes were out of session for spring break, Director of Security Eddie Santiago and security officers Mark Bazil, Matt Stone and Leon Washington presented the Board of Trustees with the proposition of carrying guns and Tasers. Though it only recently came to public attention, the idea of armed security on campus has been around for quite a while longer. Initially, security officers were only considering carrying the stun guns, but were then faced with the suggestion of carrying live firearms. “As far as where we stand, this has been a long time coming,” Stone said. “We created the security advisory team in February 2007, and that was when the idea [of carrying firearms] was first presented from the team. It’s been about a year that we’ve been working on this, but a lot of research, a lot of Q&A…whether it be [from] students, different committees [or] organizations that we’ve talked to.” Among the groups that were consulted was the Arkansas City Police Department. “The police department…[has] had a big role in it [as far as] working and training with them, and then gaining their support, as well,” Stone said. “They’ve had meetings with our administration as to whether or not they were in favor of it, and

right now, it’s good. Everybody seems to be fully supportive of it.” Before going to the Board of Trustees, Stone and Bazil attended the Student Government Association meeting on March 11 to get feedback from students. During this

leges in Kansas and eight universities, and four junior colleges in Oklahoma. Of these, only 11 had an armed security presence on campus, and one more was going to arm officers this month. “Kansas is still a little behind the ball

Photo Illustration by Lee Lyons preliminary presentation, the two officers provided attendees with statistics regarding college security on college campuses in Kansas and Oklahoma. In his research, Stone contacted the 19 community col-

on it,” Stone explained at the meeting, after he noted only 50 percent of colleges in Kansas employ armed security, while that same statistic is at 81 percent for universities across the United States, many with “full

blown police departments on campus.” According to the statistic sheet, none of the armed campuses reported having any record of an accidental discharge of a firearm, including Kansas City Community College, whose security has been armed since the 1970s. “I don’t have a problem with the idea,” sophomore pre-engineering major Chris Potter said. “Most students on campus aren’t 21, but those who are 21 can carry guns with a conceal and carry license. It wouldn’t make sense for them to be able to carry guns and for security not to.” Though Potter was not present at the SGA meeting, most students who were agreed that security should be armed for ensured safety. Stone also reminded those in attendance to keep in mind that the guns and Tasers would be for use against “outside intruders” and not students or college employees, and that the arming does not necessarily mean a massive crack-down. “Even if we go to these levels of force at Cowley,” Stone said, “we’re still utilizing one officer on duty [at a time]. Some of them [armed colleges], Johnson County [Community College] for example, they’ve got 25 security officers. They usually run three on duty at any given time for officer safety.” Stone said that increased staffing is another issue that has been discussed. Though it would mean an increased security presence, it would also mean increased safety for any individual officer in the case of an incident. “I don’t want to carry a gun,” Santiago said to board members. “I’ve carried a gun for all of my adult life. It doesn’t give me See Weapons, page 5

One Acts: The final curtain call

A Great Motivation to Further Education



Kerns is directing a play she wrote herself. The point of One Acts is to show students how much work goes into a producSeveral years ago, they did it. Now, Act tion. It also provides students with more One is being revived for yet another chance acting chances outside of class, especially to create stars. those who haven’t been in any of the major It was past Cowley student, Scott fall or spring productions. One Acts also MacLaughlin, that started One Acts. A progives students the opportunity to try directduction that features four student directed ing. plays. Advisors Scott McLaughlin and JamiOn April 8, four student directors will son Rhodes are offering advice and help, present their one act plays for the college. but overall, the students are in charge of Freshmen Thomas Govert, Zach Winter and their plays. sophomores Rachele Bloyer and Kate Kerns “Someday, I would love to direct all chose plays to be performed, held audishows. This is good experience and will tions and chose students to be in the cast. give me one more perspective on the direct ing side of theater, which is incredibly different from the acting side,” said Bloyer. The students essentially have threeand-a-half weeks to put together their plays (spring break included). Auditions were held on March 12 and March 13, students learned their lines over spring break. For the Students read lines for auditions of upcoming one act plays. next two weeks, stuAuditions were held March 12 and 13. (Photo by Lee Lyons) dents will be working

A couple of weeks ago many students were probably wondering why the campus was crawling with high school students; Fine Arts Day attracted many from near and far. Fine Arts Day was held on March 5. Several high schools were represented, with a large number of students from each school. Fine Arts Day is a time for students and their parents to come to Cowley and tour the campus. It is also a good time for them to really get a feel for what the college is all about. Many teachers around campus were involved in Fine Arts Day, including Creative Claws sponsor Marlys Cervantes. It was the first year that creative writing was a part of Fine Arts Day. “We interviewed prospective students for the 10 creative writing scholarships that are now available,” Cervantes said, “Many portfolios were on display in the Wright room.” The day is filled with tours, lunch, time for students to do some exploring of their own, and an awards ceremony. Art Instructor Mike Fell said, “It included: Visual Arts, music, dance, theater,

See One Act, page 5

Campus News




The Scene




Aubrey Denney auditioned for fine arts day. Denney is from Newton high school. (Photo by Lee Lyons) and creative writing.” Fine Arts Day was sponsored by the Humanities Department. Students that were interested in theater participated in theater and choir auditions in the Brown Theater, while visual art students displayed their pieces in the Wright room. See Fine Arts Day, page 5

Student of the month

Mens Basketball

Story on page 2

Story on page 12

Manny Thompson boxes inside the ring and out.

sets school record for wins in a single season.



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he name Manny Thompson is synonymous around campus with hard work, dedication and intelligence. He is extremely well liked in and out of the classroom by fellow students and educators. With these qualities it is no wonder that the student of the month for March is Manny Thompson. Thompson is a freshman from Wichita with a major in Sports Medicine. Thompson is exceedingly active on campus with Student Government, Multicultural Scholars Program, Black Student Union, IMPACT, Cowley Crazies, Paws and Student Athletic Training for the Tiger men’s basketball team. As if these activities were not enough, he is currently enrolled in 25 credit hours this semester. Thompson is also an accomplished boxer, winning numerous titles, including regional and state titles in Silver Gloves and a state title in Golden Gloves. Thompson also qualified for nationals twice in the Junior Olympics after winning regional and state titles in that event. He attributes his success to his mother, Brenda Thompson, who kept he and his two brothers off the streets. “She was always there for us,” Thompson said. “She is my biggest motivation.” CP: What activities do you do outside of Cowley? MT: I am a boxer. I actually had a fight last weekend at the Hutchinson Invitational. CP: Where do you plan to go after Cowley? MT: I want to go to either WSU or K-State. CP: What type of profession would you like to pursue? MT: I want to go into the medical profession and boxing. CP: What made you decide to come to Cowley? MT: I came to Cowley because of the scholarships and all of the activities.

March 27, 2008

with March Student of the Month Manny Thompson

CP: What is your favorite subject? MT: My favorite subject is biology. CP: What do you do to prepare for a big fight? MT: I listen to really loud music. It helps relieve stress. CP: What “noise” have you found at Cowley? MT: My major really definitely helps me as a boxer, because I learned so much about the human anatomy and how we think. I wish I had known this earlier in my career. CP: How do you balance school and boxing? MT: I like to stay busy all of the time. I have to have every minute of my day planned. If I’m not boxing I’m involved in one of my clubs or doing homework. CP: If you had the chance to box a legendary boxer, who would it be and why? MT: I would box Joe Frazier, because he is my all time favorite boxer. CP: What is your favorite movie? MT: My favorite movie is Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe, because it parallels my life story and what I want to do. Right: Manny Thompson wins a boxing match in Dodge City at 15 years old. (File photo)

Student of the month is nominated by faculty/staff and selected by the student affairs committee. (Photo by Lee Lyons)

Clubbin’ BY HOLLY BASCOMB Staff Writer

Graduating in May? Don’t forget about your CAAP assessment!! The last day for CAAP enrollment is March 28, 2008 Ark City CAAP Dates Saturday, April 5th, 2008 - 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 7th,

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There is a new face in the Cowley Club line up. Creative Claws is a club for those interested in writing and have a desire to share their works. Club sponsor, Marlys Cervantes, and Club President, Kimberly Bryant, freshman and first recipient of the creative writing scholarship, sat down to answer a few questions.



Where did the idea for Creative Claws come from? Actually, the need for the club and open mic nights came after realizing that all other areas of the arts have a way that student talents are showcased during the year (concerts, plays, art shows/receptions). We needed an avenue to showcase our writers. To be an approved club at Cowley, there has to be enough interested students. The first year we were part of Tyger Tawk to make sure there was enough interest. There is, and so here we are.



Do you have events planned? Marlys: We still have one more Open Mic night on April 10, 7pm at (the Brown Center). We’ll have several of our regular presenters who will graduate this year, so it’ll be the last time for us to hear them. Also, we are co-sponsoring, with Tyger Tawk, a stand-up comedy competition on April 17. There’ll be more out about that soon, but students who are interested should begin writing their routines!   How can students get involved? Kimbery: If other students are interested in joining the club I encourage them to come to our club meetings once a month or get in contact with Mrs. Cervantes or myself ( through




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email. This would be a great opportunity for them to get involved on campus if they are not, or to get more involved if they already are. We interact with other clubs on campus, so we meet a lot of different people. The meetings are the last Thursday of each month at Noon in the deli area of the Jungle



What is your favorite thing about Creative Claws? Kimberly: I love the creative environment you are around. Most of the time there are talents on campuses and there are clubs for them. However before creative claws there wasn’t really anything for the creative mind in writing. So it brings a bunch of students together with different backgrounds. All of us have writing in common. I simply just love being able to write and have a place where others can read it as well as myself reading other types of works.  



What do you have to say to those interested in the Scholarship? Kimberly: If you have a creative mind and are interested in the Creative Writing Scholarship please contact Cervantes as she will further inform you on what you need to have for the scholarship. Students need to start looking into those scholarships for fall class as its right around the corner.   Anything else you’d like to add? Kimberly: Students (should) not be afraid to come check our club out. This is an opportunity for you to be active in the things we do as well as reading works you have written at our Open Mic Night. You could be a writer waiting to be discovered!   For more information on Creative Claws or the Creative Writing Scholarship contact Marlys Cervantes (





Mar. 27, 2008

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Meet the candidates for SGA 2008-2009 I

t is time for students to exercise their democratic right to vote. While it will not affect terrorism or the war overseas, it will affect the coming year’s Student Government Association. Six students are running for offices and only four are available. Online voting is to take place March 26 through 28 on Campus Connect. A meet and greet was held in the McAttee Dining Center on March 13 so students could have the chance to get to know the candidates better. On March 26, a roundtable debate took place in the Jungle and students were able to ask the candidates questions. Candidates provided the following information about themselves and their activities.

President Meghan Wiebe Wichita

How have you been involved in SGA this year? I have attended most of the meetings this year. After each dance I have helped with the SGA clean up crew.

John Windle Garnett City

How have you been involved in SGA this year? Attended a few meetings as a rep of TNT. What are other activities in which you participate? • TNT • Cowley Crazies What improvements do you propose for SGA and/or for Cowley College? An extension of the weekend curfew, use of the amphitheatre for bi-monthly movie night and open mic nights Institute a recycling program. What else would you like students to know about you? I am a good ol’ boy from a small town. I hold morals and values in high regard along with academics. I hope to make SGA a concrete and progressive organization on campus.

Kayla Compton Cheney

What are other activities in which you participate? • TNT – Key leader • Act One • Art Club • Young Republicans Club • SGA • Cowley Crazies • Part time RA • CCF • Intramurals • Community Service What improvements do you propose for SGA and/or Cowley College? I would like to have more recycle bins here on campus. I would also like to see the school recycle paper. I want to see more students get involved with the school activities, games, intramurals, incoming speakers, etc. I would also like to see healthier changes in the cafeteria. Last but not least I would like to make more activities over the weekend. What else would you like students to know about you?

I am very involved in most of the activities here at Cowley. I’m really involved in TNT so I attend all the home games. I’m very committed to students and their thoughts about hte school. I am also very outgoing and get along with pretty much anyone.

How have you been involved in SGA this year? I’ve been to almost all the meetings. What are other activities in which you participate? • TNT • Community service What improvements do you propose for SGA and/or Cowley College? Recycle bins in the dorms and giving students a voice.

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How have you been involved in SGA this year? I’ve attended a couple of meetings and been involved in many activities sponsored by SGA. What are other activities in which you participate? • CCF • ACES • PAWS • Intramurals • Track What improvements do you propose for SGA and/or Cowley College? More weekend activities, beautifying the campus, and more parking. What else would you like students to know about you? I love to have fun and will do my best to meet the needs of all Cowley students!

Secretary Lynlea Barlett Arkansas City

How have you been involved in SGA this year? I have been to many activities sponsored by SGA. What are other activities in which you participate? • Act One • Young College Republicans • Central Christian Church What improvements do you propose for SGA and/or Cowley College? More weekend activities Beautifying the campus. More parking spaces. What else would you like students to know about you? I am an energetic person ready to make a difference. I work hard and get things done, but can have fun and make you laugh. I have a background of being a born leader. I also love frogs and watching movies.


Richard Gould Douglass

How have you been involved in SGA this year? I am a representative of CCF. What are other activities in which you participate? • Concert Band • Jazz Band • Pep Band • NOOMA • AEC What improvements do you propose for SGA and/or Cowley College? More diverse clubs like technology. Change of how technology is used in classrooms. What else would you like students to know about you? I play paintball and air soft on weekends with my friends. I enjoy the outdoors at my house. I am a Christian and go to church at Spirit One Christian Center. 305 South Summit Arkansas City

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Fine Arts Day

Continued from page 1 The awards varied between the different categories though they all presented Prodigy Awards. The first, second and third place winners of the Prodigy award in visual arts were awarded medals and sometimes offered scholarships. The visual arts also had a Best of Show in both 2D and 3D art; the top senior and underclassman were awarded a trophy and $150. Creative writing also held a Best in Show that awarded a trophy and $150. The theater department awarded scholarships to the winners of the Prodigy Award. “It was a fun-filled, very spastic day,” said Joey Lawson, a senior from Salina Central

Above: Admissions Representative Shayla McDonald helps visiting high school students sign up for auditions. (Photo by Lee Lyons) To the right:Cowley County Choir performes three songs for the visiting high school students. Students from all around Kan. traveled to Cowley’s campus to addition for vocal music scolarships during fine arts day. (Photo by Josh Patton)

One Act

Continued from page 1 on blocking, sets and final touches for their plays. “It’s a really great experience,” McLaughlin said. “This is a more intimate setting and it’s providing more chances and opportunities for the actors . . . Not everyone gets a chance to be in a big production. It also provides appreciation on both sides of theatre production for the directors. They

have mine and Jamison [Rhodes]’s full support.” Instead of having a fee to see the shows, directors have asked that students bring canned food items as donations. “It’s fun. I get to know my cast and . . . let them sort of make this show their own, running with their idea other than my own,” said Bloyer. “ On the other hand, it’s hard to step back and let them do what they want because that doesn’t always fit the image in my head.”


Continued from page 1 pleasure.” Santiago also ran through his credentials, which span over 35 years in law enforcement and security, and include graduating from the school of narcotics investigation of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The other security officers mentioned their individual histories in law enforcement and security, and have a combined total of over 900 hours of training in police road patrol, inmate transportation and other fields. The option to arm security was coinci-

High School, “I came to check out the theater department.” CJ Marsh, a student from Derby High School, said, “I’m enjoying Fine Arts Day. look forward to possibly going here.” He didn’t attend for theater though, “I just draw,” he said. Samantha Yeary attends Winfield High School. “It was pretty fun,” Yeary said. “I like walking around looking at other schools’ art.” Students were not the only ones enjoying Fine Arts Day. Georgia Gregory is an art teacher at Derby High School. She brought nine students with her; for her second year of attendance. “I think it’s wonderful. It’s a great opportunity to not just see the visual arts, but all the arts,” Gregory said, “It’s a great motivation for students to further their education. We really appreciate Cowley for sponsoring this event.” By the end of the day students could be seen carrying packets of information and papers to fill out for enrollment and scholarships. For more information on Fine Arts Day or competition winners please visit: html dentally timely. Not only are feelings about the VT shooting still lingering, but thoughts of more recent shootings, including those at Northern Illinois University and a Louisiana technical college, are still fresh in the public mind. “We’ve all been around long enough to know that it happens,” Santiago said. “It happens everyday.” The Board of Trustees is expected to have given thought to the proposition by the next meeting on April 21. “We’re not looking to do this,” Executive Vice President of Business Services Tony Crouch said. “We’re asking, with all the stuff going on in the world today, if [the campus community] wants us to. It’s not a John Wayne thing.”

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March 27, 2008

Move over athletes and bookworms: Creativity on the rise


rom the beginning of my school life I’ve only seen two definitions of success. You are an amazing athlete or the top-notch student in your class. This standard however, is changing. Students are finding that slowly but surely their artistic abilities are becoming their road to the future, and finally we are all going to have our equal chance.

Josh Patton Perspectives

“We give all these scholarships in various areas of athletics. Really though, there will be a lot more people going into areas involving arts,” said Marlys Cervantes, humanities instructor. “Cowley is definitely seeing this, they are starting to see that art is just as much a ticket as being able to play ball.” Cowley, like colleges everywhere, is starting to broaden its horizons. We’re gaining new programs and scholarships and giving a whole new breed of students a chance to get out in the world.

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“We now have ten new scholarships for creative writing specifically,” said Cervantes. “During fine arts day I had around five really good portfolios come in, and beyond that I had that many specifically tell me they wanted to send me their work because they had no idea creative writing was a scholarship.” This is where Cowley is going to help students succeed. Here we have the ability to explore numerous fields, no matter why we are here. We can earn a scholarship through our art, singing or writing and actually be here majoring in business or science. It doesn’t matter what you want to do, as long as you are capable in the field of arts. Beyond Cowley, there is still an entire other world where arts can pave your way. Both four-year universities and many careers are now seeking people that have abilities in the arts. “Something that is often overlooked is that universities and businesses are looking for people that don’t necessarily look at arts as their career,” said Cervantes. “They want people with abilities and interests that have diversity in their skills. They want to know that you can juggle things.” This ‘artistic’ skill is now becoming a requirement for success. You can be the best employee a company has ever seen,

Importance of art in education

Brain research confirms that Arts education strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement, school success, and preparation for the work world. Art classes provide students a chance to develop cognitive and creative skills, and to develop their imaginations. For some students art is their motivation for coming to school in an area where they can excel, which will provide an important balance in their total educational experience. The arts teach our students to be more tolerant and open-minded through multicultural and historical perspectives as well as their involvement in the creative process itself. Due to the collaborative nature of art, students develop crucial skills in cooperative decision-making, leadership, clear communication, and complex problem solving. Regular participation in the arts develops self-confidence, self-discipline, persistence, and the knowledge of how to create high quality work. The skills and experience that students develop by learning to perform, create, and respond to works of art provide a foundation for the kinds of literacy students must have to communicate and work successfully in our ever-changing media, technology, and information age. Art Education supports not only the adolescent’s intellectual and educational development but also their personal and social development. Arts education helps develop a positive work ethic, flexibility, and pride in a job well done.


Does art have an influence on your life? In what ways? “Yes, it does. I like to write short stories and I’m really into diverse types of music. It’s my every day way of life.” Janee Gabbard Freshman

“Oh, yes, I’m athletically challenged. Singing runs my life and I’ve also dabbled in violin, piano and guitar. Then I like to write and draw in my spare time, rare as it may be. ” Sarah Richardson Sophomore “Yes, art brightens my day. I like music and love Jim Warren’s art. It’s colorful and illusionist art stands out to me.” Stephanie Cornstubble Sophomore

“Yes, I always listen to music, especially during study time; it’s always around. I used to be in choir and now I’m in band.” Shawn Coleman Freshman

but if you lack the skills to be creative you will not make it anywhere. “It used to be companies wanted to hire someone who was married to their job, but now they know those people are going to be the ones to crash and burn,” said Cervantes. “They still want you to give 110 percent when you’re there, but now they want you to have this other side to you. They aren’t going to hire you or bring you in if they think you will fail, they don’t want you to.” Not only are the normal career fields looking for people with creative abilities, fields based on creative thought are beginning to expand. “With the way it used to be authors would have to have other jobs on the side just so they can pay the bills,” said Cervantes. “Now what we are finding is that there are 30 percent more authors that are making money through their writing and actually being able to live through it.” With new ideas coming through like this it is an entirely new way of thinking. So many people can’t stand what they do with their lives. It’s and everyday clock-in clock-out matter. Often, even people who make really good livings don’t necessarily like their jobs; to them it’s just what they do. With this advancement however, we are starting to change that. “When people are going into a field that applies to them we are going to find more and more people that are passionate

about their job,” said Cervantes. “It really makes a huge difference to love what you do.” Today the world is constantly changing. People always have to find new reasons to reach out and be heard. We all have a focus on what we want and think and are getting harder and harder to have our attention caught. We have to speak not only to the people around us, but also to the general public. Things are not as easy as they used to be and we have to adapt to our everchanging surroundings. Via computer, people are getting things out there that nobody has ever had a chance to. People who never would have made it years ago are front-runners in the race to success and discovery. The importance of art now goes beyond the typical reasons to involve yourself in it. By all means art helps to challenge your brain, make you a fuller person, relieve stress and develop thinking skills you wouldn’t develop otherwise, but that is not what’s important here. Whether you write, paint, sculpt, sing, compose music or dance, these people are the people who are going to be leading the rest of us. It’s a dog eat dog world, and if you don’t get out there somebody else will. It is vital to explore your abilities and find your own capabilities. Your future may depend on it.

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Czech it out: a new point of view


amily is to the Czech Republic what friendship is to Argentina. This is an important staple in the building blocks of life for Czechs.

Like us, the Czech Republic greatly enjoys sports, and considers it to be a somewhat patriotic sign. Their most popular sports include ice hockey, a sport that is slowly working its population into the U.S, and again, soccer, called football in Europe. Ashlie L’Homme These two sports manage to pull much of the media and attention. The The Philosophy of Czech students of our own school play on Culture tennis, another well-known sport in the Czech Republic. Another way the Czech Republic differs from us greatly is in religion. The tiny country once known as The majority of the United States Czechoslovakia broke up in 1992, forming believes in religion of some kind, with 78 two countries of Slovakia and the Czech percent of citizens belonging to the ChrisRepublic. tian faith. The Czech Republic has had its fair The Czech Republic, however, has number of changes. They range from gainone of the world’s highest non-theistic, ing independence from Austria-Hungary, that is, non-spiritual believers, of the to the dissolving of Czechoslovakia, to world. losing the Communism to get to where it Agnostics, atheists, and non-believers is today. make up this figure. A smaller, rough perThe Czech Republic is different from cent of 26 percent are Roman Catholic and us, yet still it remains similar on many a little over 2 are Protestants. levels. Having little religion does not take Unlike the open lives of Americans, away from holidays in the country. Like Czechs are very private people. They much of the world they celebrate religion remain formal and reserved, whereas inspired holidays like Easter and Christwe tend to be open and chatty and very mas. informal. Naturally, they also have their own Even after the establishment of a holidays as well. New Year’s Day is relationship, first name basis is reserved celebrated, as well as an Independence for close families and they tend to remain Day, in celebration of the dissolution of rather polite and more formal than we Czechoslovakia. The end of World War II is with our own friends. celebrated on May 8. Czechs live similar to Americans in Jan Hus Day is celebrated on July 6, big cities, they do not often acknowledge the day that Jan Hus, who was a religious random people they do not know. reformer, was burned at the stake in 1415. Though religion is not an important asset of this country, Jan Hus is, nonetheless, a national hero of sorts. Religion and holidays bring around the topic of food. Much emphasis of Czech dishes lies with meat, especially pork, though beef Richard Filkuka is from the Czech Republic. He plays on the and chicken have Cowley tennis team. (Photo by Lee Lyons)

Getting by in the Czech Republic (without getting lost) • Initial greetings are formal and reserved. Often, they include handshakes, direct eye contact, and the appropriate greeting for the time of day. • Because they are a sign of friendship, you should wait to be asked to use first names and informal greetings. • The offer to move to the informal generally comes from the woman, the older person, or the person of the highest status. • By moving to the informal without being asked, it may be seen as an attempt to humiliate and is seen as an insult. • Many people over the age of 35 see flowers as a romantic gift. • When giving flowers, they should be in an odd number, save for 13 which is viewed unlucky. • The oldest woman or honored guest is typically served first. • Refuse second helpings the first time offered. Do not accept until the hostess insists. • During formal meals, napkins remain folded beside the plate. Informal meals have the napkin unfolded and placed in the lap. • Do not mix business and personal lives as Czech’s prefer not to mix them together. popularity. Other meats, such as duck, goose, and other wild game are served, as well. Fish is low on popularity though, and is often seen little. One of the more popular side dishes that is often served is Knedlíky, or boiled dumplings. Typically, Knedlíky are large and sliced up, based from potato or wheat. The most popular dish roast pork with dumplings and cabbage. Essentially, the dish is as the name implies – roast pork dumplings prepared with cabbage. Another popular dish is svíčková na smetaně or simply svíčková (marinated beef sirloin). This is larded roast beef served with a carrot, parsley root, celery root and cream sauce. Even Czech sweets keep up with the popularity of dumplings. Fruit dumplings, called ovocné knedlíky are made from sugar plums coated in potato dough and boiled. After, they are served with butter and sugar. Other varieties include strawberry, cherry, peach, and bilberry. They are served as a main dish. Instead of being eaten as after meal desserts, most sweets are served in the late afternoon, with coffee. Speaking of drinks, beer happens to be a large part of Czech life. The Czechs also brew two unique wines, Fernet Stock and Becherovka. Another unique drink that is similar in taste and color to our Coca-Cola, is Kofola, a Czech soft drink. Like many other countries, the Czech Republic has its own unique culture; differing lifestyles offer us a view separate from our own. The Czech Republic reminds us that the basics of our life are universal. Family, sweets, and soft drinks: Some things never change.

The Basics of Czech (and how to say it) Yes Ano (ah-no) No Ne (nay) Hello dobrý den (dob-ree den) Goodbye na shledanou (nas-hled-anow) Please Prosím (pro-seem) Thanks Deukuji (dyek-oo-yee) Do you speak English, please? mluvite anglicky prosím (mloo-vee-tay anglitsky proseem) Entrance Vchod (f-chod) Exit Východ (východ) Gents Muzui (moozhee) Ladies Zueny (zhenny)

Bringing more to the table than just a casserole BY MEGAN CUMMINGS Staff Writer Women have been fighting an uphill battle for a very long time, but in the last few decades they have finally reached to the top. Women were never really looked at as strong individuals before the 1970s. They used to just stay at home and work, but were not actually employed. Women stayed home to keep the house, the children and the meals in order. No one ever really took the time to notice what women did, and many men didn’t think women could do anything substantial. Well, they were wrong. For the last 50 years, at least, women have been going against the grain, trying to gain respect and attention for what they can bring to the table. If you ask me, they have succeeded. For anyone that doesn’t already know, March is women’s history month. So what

kind of history is there behind all of those females around you? In the 1700’s Abigail Smith Adams, the wife of President John Adams wife, took a stand for all women and wrote that all women, “will not hold ourselves bound by any laws which we have no voice.” Also, Hannah Adams was the first American woman to support herself through writing. In the 1800’s the first public high schools for girls opened in New York and Boston. Oberlin College in Ohio followed and became the first co-ed college in the United States. Years later the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in New York and the following year women doctors were finally permitted to legally practice medicine. More recently in the 1900’s, the women’s rights movement brought 5,000 to Washington D.C. to march for voting rights. Gaining the vote was definitely a huge step in the right direction for women. The 19th amendment was just a boost of energy

pushing women to fight for their beliefs. 50,000 people marched through New York City for the first women’s strike for Equality. The two years following, the Supreme Court ruled to end sex discrimination during hiring and the Equal Employment Opportunity Act went into effect. Eventually, Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court and Madeleine K. Albright was the first to the Secretary of state. Maybe this doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, but you might want to review the facts. The next time you go to the doctor, notice just how many women there are in there helping to get you back into top notch condition. Next time you go shopping or go out to eat, notice all of the women there doing their job to better your shopping or dining experience. Better yet when you go to class, who is teaching you? There are so many women on staff at Cowley, just look around and appreciate the history that enables them to be here helping you to further

your education. Going beyond the typically feminine rolls, Arkansas City’s city attorney as well as mayor are female. Kathleen Sebelius, governor of Kan. is another leading female. Furthermore, Hilary Clinton is one of the top runners of the national presidential election. All of these jobs, all jobs of authority, are no longer reserved for men as they always have been. Just think, without at least one woman you wouldn’t even have life. Be thankful for her, and for the history of women giving her so much opportunity to truly live her life. Women have come so far, and can only keep going. With so much opportunity I think that young women should take a chance and put their opinions out there, get the jobs that they want (‘manly’ or not), and not settle for just being a housewife (unless of course that is what they wish to do). The choice is up to you, we can all make history.

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Frenchman and the Priest a Hit: Audience Drinks the Water years. Govert said he tackled the eastern European accent by watching James Bond movies, mixed in with a little bit of the Count from Sesame Street.

Throwing a family of tourists, a “holy Houdini” priest, and a French chef into an American Embassy with an incompetent leader usually leads to disaster. Fortunately, Don’t Drink The Water, was no different; but the constant laughter from the audience proved that disaster has a habit of being outright hilarious.

Overall, the play and its humor were well received by the audience. MacLauglin said that little had to be done to “update” the play, which was written during the Cold War, for a modern audience.

According to Director Scott MacLaughlin, around 1000 people attended the show’s three performances.

“It adapted itself,” said MacLaughlin. “The play was very timeless in the way it was written.”

“I’m really happy with the turnout,” he said.

After each performance, the cast went over MacLaughlin was happy to Mozitti’s to celebrate and with the production, “I think it unwind. went great,” he said. “(We) have a really nice Freshman Zach Winter’s Freshman Zack Winter plays as the French Chef (Photo By Lee Lyons) place to go unwind after the character, the chef, was a crowd show,” said MacLaughlin. Freshman Thomas Govert was another favorite. Winter worked with crowd favorite with the priest-turnedthe role, it was his decision to make the As if to sum the play up, Govert magician, Father Drobney. He is a priest chef French. Winters’ said he got the idea smiled and said, “Mishaps and all, we had that had taken asylum in the embassy, livfrom the chef on The Little Mermaid. a good time – the audience and the actors ing in a small room in the upstairs for six and that’s what it’s all about.”

Riot grrrrrl!: revolutionary women in music

BY LIZ POTTER Scene Editor

Ladytron “Destroy Everything You Touch” Named after a Velvet Underground B-side, Ladytron is an electropop band from Liverpool, England that features Helen Marnie, a woman with a chilling croon stretched across a haunting synth.

Tegan and Sara “Walking with a Ghost” Canadian singer-songwriters/identical twins Tegan and Sara produce catchy singalong indie folk rock. Not to mention, it looks pretty good when The White Stripes cover your songs.

Tori Amos “Siren” Sexuality, religion and tragedy are common to this incredible woman’s legacy of songwriting. After nine albums she continues to offer new ideas and innovations.

Princess Superstar “Famous” This trip-hop, technolicious woman has worked with The Prodigy, Moby and Mason. Largely popuar in the UK, her bratty style of delivery in her rhymes are nothing less than super. Birthday Massacre “Play Dead” Known as Chibi, the sexy goth vocalist of The Birthday Massacre is something to be reckoned with: her looks, her sultry voice, her stinging scream all draped against a rich background of booming guitars and thick piano melodies. Porcelain and the Tramps “King of the World” This band name is misleading: there’s only one member and she goes by Porcelain. Currently in the studio working with John 5, more commonly known as Rob Zombie’s guitarist, the new album promises sugary sweet singing and grungey lyrics.

Fiona Apple “Criminal” Grammy award-winning Fiona Apple is famous for her pain-filled piano rock and infamous for her loudmouth when she ranted after receiving her Grammy. Although she’s questionable, her music is undeniable.

Left: Fiona Apple

Top: Tegean and Sara

Alice in Videoland “Lay me Down” If you mated The Sounds with a scifi novel, you would get electroclash band Alice in Videoland. Stomping basslines and cocky female vocals remind the listener that dance-punk is not an oxymoron.

The Kills “Cheap and Cheerful” Much like the Raveonettes, this sleaze-pop band is a male-female duo that leave in their wake beautiful distortion and dirty sheets. With lyrics like, “I want you to be crazy/‘Cause you’re stupid baby when you’re sane,” what’s not to like about being so mean? Garbage “I Think I’m Paranoid” Scottish-born Shirley Manson fronts this alternative rock band. With her thick, sultry and sexual vocals, the songs are memorable. Jack Off Jill “Strawberry Gashes” Goth rock puts on a new shade of black with a dash of riot grrrrl and falsely innocent child-like female vocals. If Marilyn Manson fornicated with Bikini Kill, this would be the creepy child.

Coming Attractions


Creative Claws will meet at the Jungle May 25, 2008 at noon. Baseball will play against Independence at 2 p.m. on the 27th. Students can get their skate on at College Skate Night at Interskate 77 on Main Street in Winfield from 9 to 11 P.M. tonight. Softball will play the Kansas State University club team at 1 p.m on Saturday, March 29. Cowley track and field teams will host the Tiger Invite Cowley baseball plays against Coffeyville in Coffeyville on March 31 at 2 p.m. Baseball plays Johnson County at Cowley at 1 p.m. on April 3. First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World, National Geographic, NPR’sNeil Conan, Ensemble Galilei April 4 at 7:30 P.M. April 7-9 is Senior Enrollment Week. Students can see their peers showcase their acting talents at Night of One Acts, at the Brown Theatre on April 8 at 7 p.m. Act One meets at the Brown Theatre on April 9 at 2 p.m.

New Releases Run, Fat Boy, Run The overweight Dennis competes in a marathon in order to win back the heart of a woman he left at the alter in this film directed by former Friends cast member David Schwimmer. Simon Pegg, of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame, stars as Dennis, and also cowrote the film with comedian Michael Ian Black. Run, Fat Boy, Run, also stars Hank Azaria and Thandie Newton, who plays Libby, the object of Dennis’ affection. Will be in theaters March 28. Panic at the Disco Pretty Odd released on March 25, Pretty Odd shows audiences a Panic at the Disco with less guyliner and down one exclamation point, replacing their former musical tendencies with a Beatlesinfluenced pop/classic rock sound. The album’s first single, “Nine in the Afternoon,” displays the band’s new direction and reflects what Panic members have said to the press: that Pretty. Odd is not A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out part 2.



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A Pie in the Face Worth Two Coins in the Jar BY COURTNEY CRAIN Assistant Editor

How better to celebrate Pi Day than to pie one of the faculty and staff in face? During the week of March 6- 13, students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to vote for whom they wished to see receive a pie in the face. In the math and science world, Pi signifies the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Although Pi is a number that repeats indefinitely, it is generally calculated as 3.14. Therefore, Pi Day was celebrated on March 14 (3/14). Coincidentally, March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. In years past, Pi Day has been celebrated with a day of academic contests for local high school students. However, due to communications problems, the contests were cancelled this year. The contestants this year were Vince DeGrado, Steve Eck, Cathy Hendricks, Shayla McDonald, Jason O’Toole, Sue Saia and Todd Shepherd. Votes were placed by dropping money into each of the contestant’s jars. Coin counted as positive votes, while paper counted as negative votes. Mu Alpha Sigma Chi raised a total of $180 at this annual event. Admissions Representative Shayla McDonald was in the lead for the majority of the week. Sophomore Kayla Strickland was hoping to see McDonald receive a pie. “I voted for Shayla because she always gives me a hard time when I’m in the admissions office.” The day before the contest was over, Vice President of Student Affairs Sue Saia was in the lead. “I had to go vote against myself and for my fellow contestants,” Saia said. “I’ve never been in the lead before, so I’m kinda nervous.” The winner, Director of Student Support Services, Jason O’Toole had his pie delivered by Jonnie Donohue, member of the IMPACT program. “I knew I had a good chance of being pied because of Libby Palmer. She rallied my wife and their friends into making sure that I had the most votes,” said O’Toole. “They had been taunting me for days. I definitely owe them.” Cathy Hendricks, social science instructor, creamed-pied “arch-rival” and runner up, Todd Shepherd, chair of the social science department on March 14 at 11:50 a.m. at the Calder Bonfy Amphitheatre.

Left: Todd Shepherd receives a pie from Cathy Hendricks. Below: Jason O’Toole gets pied by Sophomore Jonnie Donohue. (Photos by Lee Lyons)

Left: Shepherd and O’tool pose after “winning” a pie in the face. (Photo by Lee Lyons)

Music of the world’s edge BY MATT NELSON Staff Writer

Proudly Prude Reports of intercourse in classrooms, oral sex on school buses, and multiple one-night stands are staggering. Forget the sexual revolution, this is a cultural and sexual nightmare!

Liz Potter The good, the bad, and the ugly

Hypersexualization is everywhere. Sex sells faster than any drug in history as demonstrated by the saturation from television, movies and music to household items. Surprisingly, when scholars criticize society for this phenomenon it is not taken seriously. However in Prude: How the SexObsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!), author Carol Platt Liebau calls everyone to action: whether a parent, a student, a male and most importantly young women to understand their sexuality. This book is filled with interesting research from anecdotes, to statistics, to demographics that are all too real.

One example in the book is that the average 12 year-old girl believes sex to be nothing more than recreation. This frightening reality isn’t presented in a way to scare you into believing Liebau, rather to inform. Liebau hypothesizes, “Girls are being led to believe they are in control when it comes to sexual relationships but they’re actually living in a profoundly anti-feminist landscape where girls compete for attention on the basis of how much they are sexually willing to do for boys.” This new female imperative Liebau conveys in her work deconstructs and enlightens the audience to the harsh reality of the young woman’s world. Although this idea is nothing revolutionary, this book is not only a good read, but educational and socially critical. This combination creates Prude’s appeal: the interesting facts and anecdotes mixed with creative ideas to solve the problem. While the world believes that the female accolade is sexiness, diminishing intelligence, character and morality, Liebau believes in the change that needs to take place. This satisfying and refreshing book is the prescription what we so badly need right now: the truth.

On Friday, Apr. 4 Cowley will host First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World series, which features evocative music and readings written by and about famous explorers and images from National Geographic. The event is a partnership between National Geographic, National Public Radio’s Neal Conan, and Ensemble Galilei, a group of five string musicians specializing in Celtic style music. The members of Ensemble Galilei are as follows: Hanneke Cassel on fiddle, Allison Edberg on Baroque violin, Sue Richards on Celtic harp, and Carolyn Anderson Surrick on viola da gamba. Kathryn Montoya adds texture to the group with her recorder, whistle, and oboe. On percussion the group has Danny Mallon

and Jackie Moran. Neal Conan has been reading stories and poetry for the ensemble since 2000 and is the host for NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” Conan will narrate excerpts from journals of great explorers such as Jacques Cousteau, George Mallory and Charles Darwin. Conan will also create a sense of the human spirit of discovery by reciting works of people such as Mary Oliver, Constantine Cavafy and Jim Harrison. Ensemble Galilea will also help set the mood with selections from Bach, traditional Scottish fiddle music, and original compositions just for the event. The readings and musical selections will be illustrated with artwork, maps and pictures from the Geographic’s Image Collection. The event will be held in the Brown Center auditorium at 7:30.

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Tiger’s start conference play strong

Currently at top of Jayhawk East conference standings BY JOEL DeNICOLO Sports Writer

Pole Vaulter David Starnes


he Tiger baseball team began the month with a 2-8 record but started conference play strong and now has a 12-10 (10-2) record and is in first place in the Jayhawk East. The Tigers began conference play with a pair of wins on the road against Fort Scott on March 8. The Tigers took the first game 3-1 and then dominated the nightcap with a 17-1 dismantling of the Greyhounds. The Tigers led 7-0 after five innings and in the sixth inning sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs in the sixth inning to run-rule the Greyhounds. Tyson Parks and freshman Heath Wall both went 3-for-5 at the plate, while Colt Loehrs also played well as he went 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored. The Tigers returned home in another doubleheader against the Highland Scotties on March 11. The Tigers found themselves down 3-5 headed into the fifth inning but pounded out a 10 run inning, highlighted by an Andy Petz three-run triple. Petz was a huge contributor in the 15-5 win in the first game, going 3-for-3 with four RBI’s and two runs scored. In the nightcap, the Tigers kept on hitting, scoring two or more runs in the first three innings and also three more in the fifth. In that same time Chase Roten only allowed one hit and one run and gave the

BY JOEL DeNICOLO Sports Writer What city/high school are you from? Duncan, OK. Empire High School.

Sophomore Chris O’Brien pitches against Rose State. O’Brien came in to close the game after freshmen Luke Zeller started and Jared Shelton came in for relief. (Photo by Lee Lyons)

Tigers an 11-1 victory and gave Roten his first win of the season. The Tigers played a doubleheader at second place Johnson County. John Chaisson began the game with a solo homerun. Roten added a huge two-run single to put the Tigers up 5-2 in the sixth. Michael Flanigan came into the game in a potential dangerous situation but ended up picking up the save in the 5-2 victory. The Tigers only got four hits in their first conference loss in the nightcap game as they fell 0-3 to the Cavaliers. The Tigers bounced back to defeat the Labette Cardinals on the road twice by a score of 5-2 both games. In the first game the Tigers scored twice in the fourth inning much to do with Labette also committing three errors in that same inning. First Basemen Andy Petz stretches out to make the catch. Kohlscheen The Tigers defeated Rose State 15-9 at home. (Photo by Lee picked up the win as Lyons) he only gave up one

run in five innings pitched. In game two, the Cardinals had two runs in the first inning but never scored again as Calvin Drinnen struck out 12 batters in 6 1/3 innings. In the first of two games at Allen County, the Tigers were edged 3-4. The Tigers were able to avenge the loss earlier in the day as they defeated Allen County 7-2 in the second game. The Tigers once again took advantage of an opponent’s errors as they scored three runs off three errors commited by the Red Devils in the first inning. Over spring break, Coffeyville came to town. The Tigers won the first game against the Red Ravens 8-1. Curt Simpson pitched five innings while only giving up two hits and one run. Wall also was able to hit two home runs in the win. The Tigers did not let up at all in the second game, sending Coffeyville home with 14-4 loss. The Tigers started getting in a groove at the plate in the fourth inning as the Tigers scored nine runs to give them the lead for good as they were down one run heading into the inning. The Tigers had seven players get at least two hits in the game. The Tigers are scheduled to play 13 of the next 15 games at home. Fort Scott comes to town on Saturday, March 29.

BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor

Less than a week after nationals, the Tigers took a partial track and field squad to compete at the Southwestern Invite in Winfield. Starnes, Pote and freshman Willy Lucero places in the top three in the pole vault. Starnes vaulted 15 feet to meet the national qualifying mark. Pote and Lucero each vaulted 14 feet. Sophomore Adam Wolkins qualified for nationals winning in the javelin with a throw of 203-feet-5 inches. Freshman Nate Newland finished first in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:06.36. Sophomore Larry Hill finished runnerup in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:56.70. For the Lady Tigers, Poljansek broke the meet record and tied the school record with a 154-feet-2 inch throw in the discus. She also qualified for nationals in the shot put at 46-feet-6 inch throw. Sophomore Bethany Schmidt and Brianna Byers placed second and third in the 800 meter run. The Tiger track and field squads are scheduled to host the Tiger Invite on March 29.

Indoor teams finish eighth at NJCAA Indoor Championship With sophomore Kelsey Poljansek and David Starnes capturing national titles and, both men and women’s indoor track and field teams placed eighth at the NJCAA Indoor Championships on March 7-8. The Tigers broke many school records at the national meet. Freshman John Kenney broke the 60 meter dash record at 6.99 seconds placing him at 19th. Sophomore Jonathan Cherono broke the school record in the 5,000 meter run (14:45.85), while the 4x800 relay team ran a 7:52.62 with gave them the school record. Members of the relay team were freshman Harrison Philp along with sophomores Larry Hill, Matt Silvosky and Dakota Price. They finished fourth overall. Cherono also finished third in the 3,000 meter run with an 8:36.54. Starnes, after injuring a hamstring shortly after the first meet of the season, competed in only two meets this season. He still qualified for the national meet at KU Invite and Adidas Classic in the pole vault.

Clearing a height of 15-feet-.75 inches, Starnes out jumped his struggling competitors on his way to becoming a first-team All-American. Fellow teammate, sophomore Jordan Pote, finished fourth. The Lady Tigers, led by Poljansek, broke school records at the national meet. Freshman Jessica McLeod ran a 3:05.59 in the 1,000 meter run to break a record, while the women’s 4x800 meter relay team ran a 9:54.76 for their record and placed third. Dominating in the shot put all season, Poljansek won another national title and made first-team All-American, throwing a 47-.25. During the season, Poljansek won in the shot put at four meets and never placed lower than sixth. She also won the Jayhawk Conference and Region VI titles last month in Manhattan. Sophomore Jennifer Cherono finished fifth in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:41.86. The distance medley relay team consisting of freshman Janee Gabbard, Anna German, McLeod and sophomore Christy Buller, finished in fifth place with a time of 13:21.85.

What other sports did you participate in high school besides track? Basketball and Football for my senior year. Who has helped you the most so far in your track career? My Dad got me started. He bought all my poles so I could compete, my school did not even have a track. What has been your most memorable track moment? It would have to be winning Nationals for pole vault this year in the indoor season. What has been your most embarrassing track moment? Falling down in the hurdles. How did you end up coming to Cowley? I got really lucky, a former vaulter of coach Philips knew my coach and he called me. How did you get into track? My sister was a pole-vaulter and I wanted to do it too. What do you enjoy about track? You get to meet a lot of new people. What do you feel is your greatest strength on the field? Definitely the pole-vault. Do you have any rituals or superstitions before a meet? I just try to stay really relaxed I always tell every one good luck I feel it makes me perform better. What’s the biggest difference between high school and college track? Definitely the work outs and the competition is harder. Who is someone you look up to and why? My dad, he has really good work ethics. What has been your worst injury you’ve ever had? I hurt my ankle long jumping and it took over half a year. Name something about yourself that few or no people know about you? I’m from a big family. What achievements/awards have you won? Two state titles in high school and pole vault 1st and 1st place all American in indoor pole-vault. What’s the biggest difference between your hometown and Ark City? Nothing really they both are small. What are your plans after Cowley? Make it to a university.



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Lady Tigers lose at regionals to the Lady Thunderbirds 56-55 BY JOEL DeNICOLO Sports Writer

game but then turned it on and outscored Garden City 22-4 to close out the first half and took a 28-15 lead into the locker room. he Lady Tigers hosted the first round Freshman Gabby Curtis made sure of the playoffs for the fourth time in they did not let up in the second half as she a row under head coach Todd Clark. finished with a game-high 21 points and Hosting the twelfth-seeded Garden City seven steals. Bebe Holloway chipped in 12 Lady Broncbusters (11-20) on March 5, the points and a game high 14 rebounds. Lady Tigers wanted to make sure they left The Lady Tigers then traveled to W.S. Scott Auditorium for the final time Wichita State’s Koch Arena for a second this season on a winning note, especially round match up against the defending sophomore Lauren Cherry. Jayhawk Champion, Seward County Lady Cherry scored a career high 19 points Saints (23-9). The Lady Saints are led by on 8-of-13 shooting and collected 13 All-American, Tegan Cunningham, who is rebounds, also a career high, in the 72-50 their all-time leading scorer and rebounder, victory over Garden City. last season’s Freshman of the Year, and the The Lady Tigers found themselves Conference’s MVP. down by five points eight minutes into the Freshman Elena Yankova gave the Lady Tigers a quick 5-0 lead scoring on the first two possessions of the game. The Lady Tigers then went up 11-2 four minutes into the game after a Whitney Williams shot from the block. Even though the Lady Saints only had three players score, they closed out the first half on a 12-5 run to only trail by four points at the half. The Lady Tigers went on a huge 14-0 run over a six minute stretch late in the game that put the Lady Saints away for good. The Lady Tigers held a lead the entire game and advanced to the semifinals. The Lady Saints were held way below their season average of 70 points per game as they were beaten Freshman Elena Yankova looks for an open teammate 67-52. The Lady Tigers held against Cloud County at the Region VI Tournament. the Lady Saints to a seasonThe Tigers lost in a close game by one point. low 31 percent shooting. (Courtesy Photo) Holloway (17 rebs.), Cherry


(12 rebs.), and Curtis (7 rebs.) together outrebounded the entire Lady Saints team who were beaten 51-34 overall on the boards. “We played very well that game and played with a lot of energy,” head coach Todd Clark said. “We defended well and did a lot of things well versus Seward.” The Lady Tigers got two days off before playing in the semifinals against, the second highest scoring team in the conference, the eighth–seeded Cloud County Lady Thunderbirds (25-6) on March 10. Once the Lady T-Birds got a 5-4 lead about four minutes into the game they did not give it back until very late in the game. With three starters on the bench, the Lady Tigers saw themselves trailing by 11 with 6:26 left in the first half. Freshman Noelle Jackson stepped up and helped lead a 14-3 rally that would have the Lady Tiger tie the game up right before a score by, first-team all-region player, Kenya Doss giving the Lady T-Birds a 27-25 lead at the half. The Lady Tigers saw themselves trail again by eleven, 48-27 in the second half. The Lady Tigers kept after it, slowly chipping the lead down and after Curtis made one of two free throws with 1:46 on the clock, and the Tigers capped off a 11-1 run and had their first lead since very early in the game. Cloud regained the lead after two free throws with 1:05 remaining. Williams got the lead right back at 55-54 after hitting a 15-foot jumper with 42 seconds to play. The Lady T-Birds scored a basket with 11 seconds to go and Yankova’s shot attempt to win the game was off the mark as the Lady Tigers were defeated 56-55. The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Curtis who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Williams and Jackson added 12 points each. “Of course we’re disappointed we lost but we fought hard to come back,” Clark

Young trying for set home run record early in season BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor Behind the great hitting of freshman Kashilia Young, the #8 Lady Tiger softball team went 5-1 at the Mid-West JUCO Classic in Broken Arrow, Okla., to improve to 15-4 on the season. Young was one home run away to tying the single-season school record after she added four more home runs at the Classic, increasing her total to 13 on the season. Lacey Pendrey has the single-season school record with 14 in the 2005-2006 season. The Lady Tigers are less than halfway through the season, Young has a chance to break the career record of 25 set by Ashly Bright. The Lady Tigers defeated Barton Country 10-1, Rose State 5-1, Allen County 8-1, Hutchinson 9-1 and Fort Scott 13-1. Iowa Western ended the Lady Tigers perfect weekend at the Classic, as the Lady Reevers won 8-4. Against Barton County, Young hit two home runs in the Classic opener. In the third inning, sophomore Dan-

ielle Saylor-Perkins put the Lady Tigers up 2-0 on a two-base error. Young hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Young hit another homer, this time a tworun home run to the Lady Tigers up 8-0. The Lady Tigers had a total of 14 hits in the win, while sophomore Heather Davis allowed only one hit and struck out 12. Juden allowed four hits and one run to Rose State to gain another win on the season. On the final game Saturday, Davis suffered her first loss of the season allowing five runs and eight hits in the Lady Tigers 8-4 loss to Iowa Western’s powerful line-up. After freshman Jacey Juden gave the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first, the Lady Reevers answered with two runs in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth. The next day, Davis allowed only one run and six hits against Allen County and Fort Scott. She threw a perfect five-inning game against Allen County in the Lady Tiger’s run-rule win. All six hits given up were against Fort Scott. The Lady Tigers offense contributed



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as well as Young hit a grand-slam in the second inning. Freshmen Jessica Sanchez and Emily Zimmerman recorded runscoring hits in the second. Juden gave up three hits and one run in the 13-1 win over Hutchinson on Sunday. After starting the season 0-2, she has improved her record to 6-3 after the Classic. On Monday, March 11, the Lady Tigers improved their conference record and swept Fort Scott on the road. Sophomore Colby Hart led the Lady Tiger offense as she went 3-for-5 at the plate. The Lady Tigers opened up conference play against Coffeyville at home on March 4 with two run-rule victories. Davis struck out 10 in a 9-1 game one win, and Juden allowed just one hit in an 11-0, five-inning win in game two. The Lady Tigers are scheduled to play Kansas State club team on March 29 and then Kansas City on April 1 at home. Results against Friends University on Monday, March 24, were not available at press time.

said. “The opportunity to win was there, we were just one or two possessions away.” The Lady Tigers will be losing sophomores Lauren Cherry, Natasha Draganic, Caitlin Spencer, and Alexis Wright upon graduation. “They were a real important part of this team,” Clark said. “We are going to miss all four sophomores very much, they contributed a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.” “One thing unique about this team was they genuinely cared about one another.” Clark said. “Us coaches noticed even when we were down in the first semester, they talked about getting better and sure enough we did.” The Lady Tigers finished with a 21-12 record. “We got better throughout the year and were playing fairly well basketball at the end of the year, that’s usually your goal.” Clark said. FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Elena Yankova, Cowley College ALL CONFERENCE TEAM Dana Olsen, Labette; Meghan Waggner, Johnson County; Jolene Tamboue, Independence; Elena Yankova, Cowley; Ashley Gladden, Independence; Brittany Brown, Labette; Lacie Ward, Coffeyville. SECOND TEAM ALL CONFERENCE Taja Green, Coffeyville; Leondra Doomes-Stephens, Fort Scott; Brittney Slifer, Johnson County; VaShunta Johnston, Kansas City; Brittany Graham, Kansas City; Brittany Johnson, Allen County. HONORABLE MENTION ALL CONFERENCE Gabbie Curtis, Cowley; Michaela Berg, Highland; Amy Baley, Highland; Shirolacille (Bebe) Holloway, Cowley; Fila Smith, Neosho; Anne Borgertpoepping, Kansas City.

Former Lady Tigers competed in NIT Former Lady Tiger basketball players Ashley Cole, Brittany Wilson and Crysta Glenn, had the opportunity to play in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Ashley Cole and Brittany Wilson play for Texas State (20-10), and Crysta Glenn is a member of the Southeast Missouri State Lady Redhawks’ (23-8) basketball team. Both Texas State and Southeast Missouri State made their first ever appearance at the WNIT. Texas State won its first game of the tournament, but lost in the second round to Texas Tech. Southeast Missouri State lost in the opening round to Evansville. Cole averaged 11.5 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Lady Bobcats, which won the Southland Conference title. Wilson came off the bench to average 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds for the Lady Bobcats. Glenn lead Southeast Missouri State in field goal percentage (43.6 percent) and is second in rebounding (5.9 rebounds), while averaging 6.3 points per game. The Lady Redhawks captured the regular season title in the Ohio Valley Conference.


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SPORTS Tiger basketball has historic season come to an end

March 27, 2008

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Rhymes, leading scorer, injured before championship game BY JACOB EARLS Sports Writer


ne of the most successful seasons in Tiger basketball history came to end in the Region VI title game against Seward County at Wichita’s Koch Arena with a 71-61 loss. After being down the majority of the game, the Tigers tied the game at 61 with one minute left. Bruno Mendes made his only basket of the game on the next possession to give Seward a 63-61 lead. The Tigers would turn the ball over three times over the next 55 seconds and the Saints hit all eight free throws to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson. The Saint would go on to finish third in the nation. Sophomore Chris Rhymes injured his knee in the win over Coffeyville and was unable to play. “We were one injury away from winning a national championship. Chris Rhymes is the one we needed to play the zone,” head coach Steve Eck said. “If he wasn’t hurt it wouldn’t have been tied at 61 with one minute left.” Trailing by as many as 14 points (3622) in the first half and scored the final six points of the half to trail 36-28 at halftime. During the second half, the Tigers came within two points on four occasions, but were unsuccessful in gaining the lead. The Tigers struggled from the free throw line, making only 14-of-28 attempts. “We missed way to many free throws,” Eck said. Sophomores Preston Brown and Reggie Cook led the Tigers with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Sophomores Montrell McDonald and

Eric McKinney contributed nine and eight points. The Tigers finished the year with its best overall record in school history at 31-3.

per game, 80.2 to 61.0. Brown, Cook, McDonald, McKinney and Rhymes all played huge roles in the Tigers winning their first outright Jayhawk

Sophomore Preston Brown goes up strong against Barton County during the Region VI Tournament in Wichita’s Koch Arena. Brown was named to the Region VI All-Tournament team. (Photo by Charisse Archer) Along with the record for wins, they also broke the school record for largest average margin of victory in a season at 19.2 points

East title since 1990-91 season. Eck was named Jayhawk East Coach of the Year and almost had the Tigers back at

the National Tournament for the first time in 51 years. “Its actually an award for the players,“ Eck said. “There’s a false name for it.” McDonald was the lone Tiger to make the All-Conference team. Rhymes and Cook were voted to the second team AllConference. McKinney received honorable mention all-conference honors. Brown was the only starter not recognized for his play during the season as he averaged 10 points and 6.3 rebounds, while leading the league in charges taken. “I felt we should have two on the allconference. If you have one loss in conference play then we deserve two I think,” Eck said. “Preston [Brown] made All-Region team and very deserving to be honored. We had a lot of balance, five players scored in double-figures, so other coaches thought it was hard to choose.” Players were nominated by their coaches and then voted on by opposing coaches, who could not vote for their own players. “Towards the end of the season, we played some of the better defense I have ever had before,” Eck said. “Everyone supporting us all season was very fun.” EAST COACH OF THE YEAR Steve Eck, Cowley College ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM Antonio Hanson, Independence; Montrell McDonald, Cowley; Parrish Petty, Allen County; Daniel Payne, Coffeyville; Arsenio Williams, Fort Scott. SECOND TEAM ALL CONFERENCE Chris Rhymes, Cowley; DeWayne Wright, Highland; Christopher Mekaile Reed, Labette; James Bush, Independence; Reggie Cook, Cowley; Nafis Ricks, Johnson County.

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