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The Student Newspaper of Cowley College Issue 11 March 14, 2013

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Campus Chatter Live Band Karaoke

Willow Fashion will be hosting live karaoke Thursday March 28 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Come out for a night full of friends, fun, and singing.

Senior Enrollment Begins

Starting April 1-5, Cowley will be having their senior enrollment week for all incoming freshman this fall.


The blood drive will be Friday March 29 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This drive will still be held in the Wright Room. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Tabitha Farley at (620) 4415236

Tutors Wanted

Interested in being a tutor? Pick up an application packet from Charlee Wilson’s office in Room 103 on the lower level of Galle-Johnson. Application packets are due by March 29th.

Phi Theta Kappa

Leadership, professionalism, and the drive to succeed are all things that Phi Theta Kappa looks for in its members. Do you think this fits you? If so, speak with a chapter advisor today for the chance to be a part of something great.

C.A.A.TS In a Box

Cowley Activity Awareness Team will be hosting an event to help raise awareness of hunger and poverty beginning at 3 p.m. on the 29 and ending at 3 p.m. on the 30. Visit the C.A.A.T.’s in a box to make a donation, or join them in their fight for hunger by bringing your own box to spend the night.

Short Film Festival

Mile Marker Review is hosting a low budget short film competition beginning March 13 and ending on March 26. The best films entered will be showcased in the Wright Room at 7 p.m. on April 4.

Brittany Collins Assitant photo editor


fter the Brown Center was built in 1994, the first play performed was “Noises Off” in the Fall of 1995. More than 18 years later, the theater re-produced the play to commemorate the college’s 90th anniversary. “The fact that we did the first play that Mrs. [Dejon] Ewing did in the Brown Center was kinda touching,” freshman Corey Rothwell said. “We were part of this grand nostalgia not only for the college but for Mrs. Ewing. It put a little bit of pressure on us to make it so that we

did the best that we could do but it was also ultimately rewarding.” This play within a play, which begins in Des Moines, Iowa, sees the actors and crew during their final dress rehearsal for the play before opening night. Tension is high as the cast tries to get the play together in time. In this act you get to see the play through the eyes of the audience, with the original script. “Of course, the director is stressed because his name is on the line and all of the cast are being themselves,” Rothwell said. “They are all thinking its a

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tech rehearsal but it sets up the rest of the play.” In act two, set in Pittsburgh, Pa., the show has been traveling for awhile and the stress is higher than ever. The entire set is spun around and the play is performed as usual, so you can see the play you saw in the previous act through the windows of the set and are opened up to the mischief going on back stage. The set is once again spun around to the front for Act Three, which is set in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Top: Right outside the Brown Center Theatre the sign promoting the spring play “Noises Off” was illuminated by flashing lights weeks before the show even opened. Left: Residents of the house, Fredrick Fellows and Belinda Blair, played by freshman John Paul Eichelberger and sophomore Kaitlin McDonough, stand in shock as they watch the intruders in their home. Right: Trying to juggle all of the people running around the house not wanting to be seen, Dotty Otley, played by sophomore Rose Hooley, is just looking for some time to relax. (photos by Tera Mills and Brittany Collins)

school affected by severe weather

Trevor Reichle Campus editor

In recent weeks, students have had a number of days off from school due to severe snowstorms and icy roads. While this was a relief to many students who were feeling weary from schoolwork, why do administrators decide to close down school? How do they determine closings beforehand, even when there is no bad weather? What happens when school gets closes for severe weather,

If you were president what would be the first thing you would do?

and then no severe weather occurs? Director of Public Relations Rama Peroo said it can be a difficult task sometimes to tell whether or not school actually needs canceled. “A lot of times we just have to take our best guess based off of what the weather projections are for that day on whether or not we should have school that day,” said Peroo. “So I guess basically we do

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Brandon Stane Freshmen “Get rid of ban of gun control because it goes against the constitution. I’m an avid hunter and the guns I use, they are trying to get rid of. I would also tackle immigration problems.”

On Feb. 20 the college closed at noon due to snow. Then the 21 and 22 the school canceled classes completey. On Feb. 25 and 26, another snow storm moved in, causing campus to be closed again. The area recieved around 12 inches between both storms. (photo by Tera Mills)

Anne Dennett Freshmen

“Abolish the law against gay marriage.”

Emily Barres Sophomore

“Make it where if you want to live in the U.S but don’t want to take the test, join the military for two years.”

Corey Rothwell Freshmen

“Make it so that citizens would be able to marry whoever they wanted and that women would have control over their own bodies. Oh, and cake for everybody.”


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That will give you cancer:

A review of our over-awareness regarding possible carcinogenics Alison Jamerson Ad manager


hat’s your morning routine? Jump out of bed 20 minutes after your alarm went off, shower, slap on some deodorant and spray on some smell-good before you hit the door? Or maybe you get up early, drink some coffee, eat breakfast and catch the news. Maybe you’re a night-shifter, and you get up as the daylight wanes, run some errands and then start your “day.” No matter what your routine is, the chances are pretty good that by the time you get to work or school, you’ve already ingested or applied at least three suspected carcinogens. In our safety-conscious world, it seems that every time we turn around today we will hear about another substance or product that is going to give us cancer. Of course, it’s not just the stuff we can live without, that’d be too easy. It’s the lip-balm, the bottled water, the fumes from traffic, the preservatives in food, the chemicals in artificial sweeteners used to avoid the weight gain associated with the real ones. When did everything become a tumor waiting to happen? Studies that are still widely spoken of today on products we still see as dangerous date all the way back to the 1970s, in some

Household items people use everyday without a thought could actually be harmful. Items as simple as bottled water and lip balm have been associated with cancer, but is the problem real, or just a fabrication of our society? (photo illustration by Brittany Collins) cases. Things like cell-phone radiation and negative health effects of microwave ovens have been studied for over a decade, yet we still go back and forth on whether or not the radiation levels are high enough to cause damage. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified cell-phone radiation as a “Group 2B,” meaning that it is possibly carcinogenic. What most people who are

scared by these sorts of studies and reports don’t take into account is that everyone has slightly differing immune systems and organs, meaning that people will not react the same way to the same exposures. Also something to consider is the amount of “possible carcinogens” one is consuming. The guy that drinks a six-pack of Diet Dr Pepper a day and spends half his night streaming videos

on his iPad while it sits on his lap has exposed himself to a lot more of the potential cancer-causing agents than the guy that doesn’t drink pop very often and mostly uses his electronics for texting or Facebooks on his desktop. In Wichita last year, voters rejected fluoridated water, which they also rejected in 1964 and in 1978, according to The Wichita Eagle. This is another fine example of the alleged toxins of the


past circling back around to the limelight. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a group of 1930s dental scientists showed that instances of tooth decay severity and overall occurrence was lower in communities that drank water with higher sources of natural fluoride. Recent rebuttals include the concept that ingestion of fluoride does not assist in dental health, but rather the application of it. However, when a person drinks fluoridated water, the chemical hangs around in the plaque and saliva in their mouth, thereby being applied—albeit in small amounts—on the teeth by the drinking of the water. The main argument against it is the possible negative effects, regardless of the statement by the CDC in its Fact Sheet on the subject that “research findings do not support an association between water fluoridation and negative health effects on plants and animals.” Is ours a society that seeks these “problems” out? If so, why? With so many other things to be cautious of and to discuss and try to study, why are we using valuable time and money to go over studies that have already been concluded, only to come out with answers that are inconclusive?

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Every mile we travel is another memory made Break free of the ‘Hometown Box’: see the world Trevor Reichle Campus Editor

Wherever we end up in life, one place always sticks with us wherever we go: our hometown. That place’s name is with us no matter what we choose to do in life or where we end up after we are eighteen years old, prepared to take on the world with eager claws. But another thing is certain as well: that same hometown that we love gets drab once we finish high school, and we are ready to move on. Spending so much time in

one place can lay heavy on anyone’s soul. Even a place that is beautiful and filled with things to do gets to be boring after a while, and we crave something different. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either; it’s human nature to want to explore and experience the world with our own eyes, hands, and feet. We want to taste foreign cuisine, see oceans we have never seen before, and immerse ourselves in cultures far different than our own. One thing that really angers me to hear is, “Oh, going to that place would be scary.

I don’t want to go there.” Why? Because you’ve trapped yourself in a box that you are perfectly free to get out of at any time? Forget your anxiety. Forget your worries. Forget your fear of getting on a perfectly manufactured airplane with a highly trained pilot at the controls. Traveling is good for the soul through and through, and shame on you for wanting to limit yourself to the same dreary life you’ve become accustomed to simply because you’re afraid. When we get excited, scared, or nervous, our bodies

release massive amounts of endorphins and adrenaline to help us cope during these times. Embrace that feeling - don’t chase it away. Excitement is a good thing. It’s what gives life its flavor, and God knows our lives could use a little salt every now and then. I have been to many places across the United States, and would love to visit other countries as well. I love the bustle in the streets of Chicago, the ocean-filled scent of the beach in San Diego, and the smell of true country cooking in Texas. Sure, I love

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, because it is where I was born, and I love Arkansas City because I’ve grown up here. They both have qualities that I adore, and I’m proud of where I’ve come from. Nonetheless, all of the experiences I’ve had traveling across the country have enriched my life and taught me so much. Traveling allows you to meet tons of interesting people, like the old-souled hippie woman I met on a plane from Houston to Bakersfield, or the truly hilarious man from New Jersey I met in Chicago.

Traveling lets you see many historical and beautiful places from all over, and gives you refreshing new ideas and perspectives on life, along with an array of interesting stories to tell for years to come. Don’t be afraid to get out there and experience the world for all it has to offer. It really isn’t such a bad place when you refuse to let it be.

Staying ahead of the game:

Keeping on top of everything life has to offer can be beneficial Tera Mills Editor-in-chief

With the snow break behind us and spring following its path, it created the perfect disaster to lose concentration. Along with the natural hustle and bustle it can be hard to get everything done in the time you have. However, that is part of life. Meeting deadlines and being on time is important. As a college student, parent, or worker, you have to realize and know how to manage your time in the best way possible. Just as Rome was not built in a day, not everything in life can be packed into a simple 24 hours. So where do you begin? Well it’s not always as simple as juggling everything that life has to offer. Start by buying a planner that you can keep with you. For the mass majority with smart phones, this is a great way to utilize the technology in hand. Start by looking ahead in your classes. Check out the syllabus and mark down the important dates such as when assignments are due, tests, papers, and possible excursions.

Once you have all your classes organized, go ahead and go through the college’s master calendar and mark down important events. This will help keep you ahead of the game. For those in sports, be sure to keep track of practices and games, and for those who work, be sure mark down the times you work so you can project when the best time is to do homework. Do not forget if you have the opportunity to get ahead in online/hybrid classes; do not just put the work off until the last minute - go ahead. We all have those moments when there is nothing to do, so go ahead and do the work. That way when there is something going on you do not have to say, “I can’t, I’ve got an assignment due.” Not only is a planner a great start, but buying new binders, notebooks, and folders is great way to help promote organization. Being mentally organized is only half the battle; keeping your surroundings and school/work items organized can truly help keep you ahead of the game.

Creating a schedule can help to relieve many of life’s busy moments. It can not only help you get everything done but it can also help to find you extra time to do the small things that you may not be able to accomplish. It does not matter if the planner is on your phone, bought at a local store, or even made online. Not only does scheduling your day help to keep you less stressed but keeping your area clean and organized also helps to provide a focused mind. (photo courtesy of

Cleaning up after yourself, doing your laundry, and just keeping your surroundings orderly can really help. It not only helps keep your area be clean but it can

help keep your head clear. Not only that, but remove all distractions: log off Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Open up a music list on iTunes, Spotify, or Pandora if

you need some background noise to help you focus. Do not just put yourself on cruise control allowing you to barely get by - stay focused, organized, and

planned out and do yourself justice by taking advantage of everything life has to offer.


A God-shaped hole

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The only relationship that will fill it is one with God

Autumn Mumford Photo editor


ed Mosby’s number one goal in life is to find himself a wife. His life, according to him, will then be complete. If only he had a wife, then every hole would be filled, every question answered and every problem fixed. Yes, if you’ve ever seen an episode of the popular CBS sitcom ‘How I Met Your

Mother’, you would know this to be true. The majority of the plotlines are based around Ted trying to find the perfect woman for him. And as we all know, the thing about sitcoms that make them so funny is that they are relatable. We’ve all seen a real-life Ted Mosby, who expects someone else to fill a very large and very vacant hole in their hearts. But what these individuals don’t understand is this: a significant other can’t fill a God shaped hole, and it’s unfair to even ask. When we have a void in our life, it is human nature to try to fill it with things of this world, whether it is food, drugs, alcohol, or the love of another human being. But what we have to understand that is no matter how hard we try, and how much we try to cram into this hole, nothing

will ever fill it. So consuming ourselves in the things of this world won’t help. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Matthew 6:21 God is our treasure. He should always be our first and most important treasure, so when we look for our hearts, we will find only him. If we put anything above him, we sin against him. This includes putting the love of someone else above our love of God. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” -Proverbs 139:14 We have to love ourselves! We are fearfully and wonderfully made by the hand of the Lord, who knit us together in our mother’s womb. What’s not to love? Just because we may not

perfectly resemble the world’s idea of ‘beauty’, that doesn’t make us ugly. As long as God is our treasure, we are truly beautiful, because we are walking in his will and his discernment. What we should be concerning ourselves with at this time is not finding the perfect partner, instead, being the perfect partner. Not that we as humans can achieve perfection, because only God can. But if we find ourselves, and our lives, surrounded by our heavenly father, we therefore will have found perfection in a sense. We must be diligently searching within ourselves to find the very characteristics we desire out of a significant other. For me, these include godliness, righteousness, and a desperation to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. But

before I can find these traits in a husband, I must first find them within myself. “God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” -Hebrews 11:40 We can do nothing without God. That’s where this ‘God-shaped hole’ comes from. We can move around mechanically, day in and day out, seeking comfort from worldly things that only leave us wanting more. Trying to fit a square peg in a round hole won’t work, and filling a God-shaped hole with nonsense won’t work, either. The Ted Mosbys of this world won’t find true happiness in the faces of many different women. They will keep them preoccupied for a time, but no one, not even their own personal Robin, will

be able to cater to their need for the Lord. The reason why most of these relationships fall apart is because no one is able to live up to the expectations. As it turns out, a human makes a poor replacement for God. Humans were made in God’s image, however, we are not God. His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8), and therefore, a human cannot substitute God. His love, his thoughts, his ways are all above us. So, no matter how long we look, or how hard we try to get that square peg in that round hole, we will never be successful. If we’re patient, and work on ourselves and living in God’s will, he will provide the right person for us-- on his watch, and not a single second sooner.

Turn to the last page: why knowing the ending makes the middle a little less scary Micah Fry Contributing writer

Micah Fry is currently a sophomore at Cowley College, where she double majors in graphic design and mass communications. She graduated from Ark City Christian Academy, and is also a youth sponsor at River of Life Christian Center. She attends church with her family at the First Assembly of God in Ark City. Her hobbies include swing dancing, videography, reading and drinking red diamond sweet tea. Next year, she plans on attending Southeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. I have always loved to read, but on one class trip to the library in middle school I found myself at a loss. I had chosen too many books and couldn’t decide which ones to keep. In an attempt to help me narrow down my selection, a friend informed me that he always reads the last page of the book first. I didn’t find this advice helpful at all because why in the world would I

want to ruin a story before it had even begun? He assured me it wouldn’t ruin the story, and I have been reading the last page first ever since. Many years have passed

since middle school, but I am just now beginning to understand why reading the last page doesn’t ruin the story. Reading the last page of a book first gives us hope.

It may sounds silly, but go with me on this. When I read a book, I become invested in it. I am rooting for characters, mourning with them, and caring entirely too much about

how everything turns out. Reading the last page gives me a hope that everything will work itself out before the book‘s end. Everything is going to be all right because

Pepper Hot Artichoke Dip—a word of advice—do NOT substitute light Miracle Whip for real authentic mayonnaise. The result is not as perfect and an imitation of the high quality result that comes from using real mayonnaise. When you decide to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a child—a word of advice: do NOT substitute mashed peanuts, or your own homemade peanut butter, for real authentic Skippy or Jif or name-brand peanut butter. The result when my dad attempted to make his own Peanut butter for me as a school age child was NOT good. There is no substitute, no imitation, for the real thing: peanut butter from a jar. Another piece of advice about PB & J sandwiches: when you make them for a child do NOT under any circumstances attempt to substitute raisin bread with real white bread. When I was a child and my mom did this, it was not good. There is no substitute or imitation for the real thing: PB & J on white bread! You and I have a natural aversion to imitation. Don’t we? Think for a minute about all of the things that you purchase or buy where you immediately decide that imitation is simply not good enough? Imitation cheese in a spray can, imitation

powdered milk, imitation Girl Scout thin mints marketed at a discount store, imitation crab, just to name a few. Consider for a minute some of the behaviors that you notice in yourself or others wherein you immediately decide—that pretending to be, imitating someone else, striving to behave like something you are not—simply is not good enough? Imitation versus individuality. Our American culture rallies for individuality over imitation. When I asked someone this week who they imitate—they said incredulously no one: I’m my own original man. When we hear the Bible words from Paul’s encouraging letter to the Philippians Chapter 3, “Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us” we might naturally ‘bristle’ at the thought of imitation. Imitation feels like a substitution. It might feel funny for us to think about a process of spirituality and holiness that can be obtained from imitation. Similar to the feeling I have when I drink a knock-off bottle of frappuccino and remember the feeling of the smooth yummy glass jar with real Starbucks—when we hear the Bible inviting us to imitate— we might get a bad taste in our

mouths immediately. Paul set a good example for the struggling early Christians by imitating Christ. It is not out of arrogance that he tells the Philippians to imitate him, it is rather, out of his understanding that Christ comes through him when he mimics and imitates Christ’s behavior. “According to God’s word, being truly unique isn’t even a possibility. Individuality is a myth. We are to mimic Christ. You and I are creatures of conformity—we are inherently imitators of the world around us.” (Homiletics Magazine, February 2010, page 70). One theologian says…Why do you think so many older married couples look like twins? How can we understand imitation in a positive sense that doesn’t mess with our American pursuit to be an individual? The Greeks had a very high regard for imitation. Greek philosophers Aristotle and Plato were students of mimesis (mimicking, following). Aristotle taught the concept well when after writing a tragedy he said that the audience might say ‘Thanks be to God! It is not me!” Art that imitates life allowed for the audience to have a very real catharsis as a result of the mimesis. When we read a compelling book that touches us and helps us better

understand our own life—we have had an experience of mimicking. The catharsis that comes when we see a beautiful painting or a lifelike structure/statue that helps us capture our own emotion: these are imitations that help us grow. When Paul uses the Greek word—he is using this: mimetes, which means to imitate, to follow examples, to literally mimic the good Christian examples for your life. Imitation as artful spirituality. If your life is a tapestry, a mosaic, who do you most resemble in your Christian living? Do you resemble your mom, dad, spouse, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, boss, co-worker, teacher, mentor, friend? Take a minute to name that person that you most resemble in your living. Who do you most resemble in your thinking? Does your thinking remind you of your father, mother, spouse, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, friend? Take a minute to name that person that you most resemble in your living and thinking. The common truth is that we do imitate our peers. We do imitate our mentors. We do imitate our teachers. We do imitate our spouses, our parents. We do imitate our best friends. For Paul,

on that last page, usually everything is all right. What do my reading quirks have to do with my spiritual life? Well, I need to let you in on a not-so-well kept secret called the New Testament. Go ahead, crack it open sometime. That is my glimpse at the last page of the book that is my life story. Romans 6:19 says, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil…” (NASB) Throughout the entire New Testament, one theme is brought up countless times. Stories and letters point to one undeniable fact. In the end, everything will work out because good will triumph and God will win! There is a place at the table of the marriage supper of the Lamb of God with my name on it. All of the details between now and then, pale in comparison to that one fact. That last page gives me hope to get through all of the chapters in between. (photo illustration by Autumn Mumford)

Imitating the Lord: being a mime of Christ Angela Madden Contributing writer

Rev. Angela D. Madden is a native Kansan, born and raised in Wichita. Upon graduation from Wichita State University with (B.A.) degrees in International Studies of Western Europe and French, she served as a National Mission Volunteer through the Presbyterian Church USA. Rev. Angela then attended and graduated from Washburn Law School (J.D.). Her Masters of Divinity Degree (M.Div) was earned at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. An ordained minister for more than 7 years, she has served the greater church as an Associate for Ecumenical and Mission Partnerships--traveling extensively and preaching on behalf of the Worldwide Mission in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. While serving as the Pastor Head of Staff for Pratt Presbyterian, Rev. Angela was elected in 2009 as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Southern Kansas (66 churches). God called her family back to Winfield in 2012 for Rev. Angela to serve as Pastor/Head of Staff for the innovative and growing faith family at First Presbyterian Winfield. You can listen to Pastor Angela each Sunday on FM 95.9. When you open a cookbook and decide to make Red

imitation is essential. The truth comes from whether or not we recognize that which we imitate as pointing us deeper in our relationship with Christ. Mimetes, Christian mimetes/mimicking behavior points us towards knowing Christ and hence ourselves more fully. Every pattern or behavior that we have has been learned or taught to us along the way. How you treat your spouse was learned from someone along the way. Our work ethic or lack thereof was learned from someone else. In the sixth grade I was a mime for Halloween. My face was painted half-white and half black and my mom made a darling mime outfit. Throughout the day I never spoke and tried to really ‘mimic’ others. At the end of the day I had a tremendous headache—I still really remember it—although it was probably from the face paint, perhaps it was also because mimicking is hard work. It feels unnatural and exhausting and we would just as soon give up and wash that paint away—probably as easily as the Philippians wanted to give up. To imitate well is no easy task. Mimicking Christ is tough work. Paul says to us: Don’t give up! Press on!


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Oz: The Great and Powerful The prequel puts a new twist on the beloved classic Autumn Mumford Photo editor


he Land of Oz is a place that has always held a certain nostalgia for me. I remember it fondly as the place where the lion found his courage, the scarecrow found his brain, and the tin man got his heart. And of course, who else wasn’t deeply moved when a sepia toned Dorothy sang ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in my native Kansas? These images from my childhood are ones that I will fondly remember. In the new movie ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’, we find out how the ‘man behind the curtain’ came to be the Great Wizard of Oz. Oscar “Oz” Diggs, (James Franco, of ‘Spider-Man’ fame), is a magician who travels around from town to town with a circus, performing magic shows with the aid of his assistant, Frank (Zach Braff, well known for his role of JD on NBC’s ‘Scrubs’). During his performances, Oz tricks people with his illusions and sleight of hand, telling them if they just believe, the magic would be real. However, he tries to ‘make magic’ with too many of the wrong people’s girlfriends, which lands him in a hot air balloon in a desperate escape from one of the circus’s mustachioed strong men. Though Oz gets more than he bargained for when

NOISES OFF continues from PAGE 1 This time, even though the play is following the same script, it is a completely different experience because of the drama coming from backstage. The drama the audience saw in Act Two is now affecting the performance. It is a play that goes through the relationships and hard work of putting on a performance. “This has truly been a great show to work on,” said theater director Scott MacLaughlin in an article on “This cast and crew have been extremely dedicated, even through several snow days. I am very proud of their hard work.”

his balloon gets caught in a Kansas twister, sending him spiraling out of control and into the Land of Oz. There he meets the strikingly beautiful Theodora (Mila Kunis, who is known for playing Jackie on ‘That 70’s Show’, and more recently in ‘Ted’, alongside Mark Wahlberg) who reveals to him the prophecy that

to agree that he is in fact the great and powerful wizard, and will save the land, though apprehensive of it’s truth. The pair follow the yellow brick road, and along the way, they meet up with a flying monkey, Finley (also voiced by Zack Braff), Theodora’s sister, Evanora (played by the Brit Rachel Weisz as seen in

Williams, who was critically acclaimed for her part of Marilyn Monroe in ‘My Week with Marilyn’). Together, they try to figure out who the real wicked witch is, and how to defeat her. If in 1939 they had the same technology we do today, I believe that the Land of Oz is exactly how the directors

exactly why it’s a technicolor triumph. Director Sam Raimi (who has made the transition from horror-comedies such the original ‘Evil Dead’ and ‘Army of Darkness’, to the ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy, and now to Disney films) has truly created a wonderful world that reflects and exaggerates the original.

Oz, (James Franco) and his new friends Finley (Zach Braff) and China Girl (Joey King), catch sight of the wicked witch in the Dark Forest. They come up with a plan to break her wand and defeat her for good so Oz can be king. (courtesy photo) states that a ‘man carrying the same name as the land will arrive to kill the evil witch and claim his throne as king’. Oz, overtaken by Theodora’s beauty, is eager

‘The Mummy’ series and ‘The Lovely Bones’), a China doll (voiced by Joey King, who played Beezus in ‘Ramona and Beezus’) and Glinda the Good (portrayed by Michelle

would have wanted. The film showcases how far we’ve come with CGI today, painting the place in a truly magical scenery, bathing it in color and mystery, reminding us

However, if anyone knows the original tale, they will find this movie painfully predictable. But how could they not? Disney is popularly known for the theme of good

conquering evil in the end. And due to some legal copyright issues thanks to Metro-Goldwin Meyer, we missed out of some of the classic character mentions of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. The Munchkins do make an appearance and sing a short song, but it’s not near as memorable as the original. Which is disappointing, considering the music is done by Danny Elfman (who has done the soundtrack to almost every Tim Burton film, as well as making the famous ‘The Simpsons’ theme song), and that musicals are making a comeback (‘Glee’, ‘Pitch Perfect’, ‘Les Mis’…hello?). Other than that, the cast did an excellent job filling some pretty big shoes (no ruby slippers, though) and the visuals of the film could not be surpassed. I recommend this film for anyone who ever loved the original. It kept that same feel good ending, with the message that we can accomplish anything we put our minds to, and perhaps we ‘had it in us all along’. While the story could have made a smooth transition from ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ directly into ‘The Wizard of Oz’, in an interview E! News had with Mila Kunis, she stated that the whole cast had signed on with Disney for a sequel.

Left:Comforting stage manager Poppy Norton Taylor, played by sophomore Haley Rogers, after the show starts to go south, the drunken character Selsdon Mowbray, played by freshman Corey Rothwell, brings his humor to the stage. Right: After sneaking into the house, Garry Lejune, played by sophomore Dylan Berry, tries to trick Brooke Ashton, played by Kristin Boxman, that he belongs in the house. (photos by Brittany Collins)

The concert choirs sings alongside Emporia State

(Above:) Right before stepping onto the stage, freshman Roy Tannehill, sophomores Abby Crow, Megan Hamlett, Cathleen Call, Rose Hooley, Kaile Shrode, freshmen Kristi Skinner and Corey Rothwell take a brief moment to show off their choir attire. The concert choir performed four pieces, two from their fall concert and two from their upcoming spring concert, which will be April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Brown Theater. (Right:) Director of Vocal Music, Connie Donatelli, gives a pep talk to one of the choir members before they performed. She took her choir to Emporia State University on March 7 to attend a workshop and get their pieces critiqued by Emporia’s choir director. The choir performed during Emporia’s concert, alongside Emporia Middle School as well as a small private women’s choir. (photos by Autumn Mumford)


AEC brings knowledge to the scoreboards

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e all know that being full of knowledge is a good thing – especially when competing against others. On March 9, the Cowley AEC, or Academic Excellence Challenge team, competed at Allen for the AEC Eastern Regional. Neosho took home the gold, as they won all five of their games. Johnson and KCKCC followed, with a 4-1 result. AEC sponsor Dianne Flickinger recalled one hilarious moment when sophomore Savannah Hardister accidentally got an answer right. “The Cowley One team only had ten seconds to answer a difficult math problem. In practice, Savannah would always give the answer of seven when no one knew the answer. Her opportunity to answer seven came up in the competition, only this time, the answer really was seven! She was so delighted!” said Flickinger. Cowley’s top scorer was Robin Greenup, who scored a total of 140 points. Dylan Bristor and Mason Warren were the second-highest scorers, each scoring 100 total points. Flickinger said while the team has come to know what to expect against some of their competitors, competitions can still be a challenge. “We are up against some tough competition,” said Flickinger. The individual

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strengths of members on the team help them in scoring in tougher areas. “Each student has a strength. Our group right now is strong in literature, mythology, English, science, astronomy, history, geography, film, and French,” said Flickinger. Nonetheless, the team could use new members for the coming year, as many sophomores are graduating. “We could really use some students who are strong in art, math, business, and economics,” said Flickinger. “We will be graduating students who have been strong in literature and science that we will need to find students next year who are strong in these areas.” The team could always use new members with different areas of knowledge to bring to the table. If any student is interested, they can find Flickinger’s office in Underground 106. The team will be having a laser tag fundraiser soon, also – an opportunity that is not only beneficial to the team, but fun for anyone who participates as well. The fundraiser is still in the works. Cowley’s AEC will be competing next at the AEC State Competition at KSU’s Salina campus on April 5-6. Trevor Reichle Campus editor

Members of the Academic Excellence Challenge freshman Mason Warren, sophomores Robin Greenup and Savannah Hardister and freshman Ron Slaton await their first real competition of the season. The team prepared by meeting throughout the last few weeks and answering questions in a variety of categories from music and arts to history, biology and computer sciences. (courtesy photo)

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What are some things you would like to see changed this year? Pep rally’s, student involvement Do you have any ideas for getting more school spirit on our campus? News broadcast video, advertising more, sidewalk chalk What else would you like students to know about you? Very outgoing and motivated to get any tasks done. What improvements do you propose for Student Senate or for College College? Student involvement in activities and participation in events. News broadcast. What are other activities in which you participate? Intramurals.


What are some things you would like to see changed this year? Student involvement, school spirit; pep rally’s text alerts Do you have any ideas for getting more school spirit on our campus? Public access channel What else would you like students to know about you? Outgoing, focused, hard working, fun, great ideas. What improvements do you propose for Student Senate or for College College? Open cowley rec center for people wanting to play basketball. What are other activities in which you participate? Regular at basketball, track, volleyball games.

Honored at a luncheon in Topeka for being named the Kansas All-State Academic Team were, Jennifer Mendez, Jill Kanning, and Michael Christian Decker. The award ceremony included Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Cowley interim president Tony Crouch, Board of Trustee Ron Godsey, and Ben Schears vice president of student affairs, and Slade Griffiths vice president of student affairs. (courtesy photo)

PTK inducts new members Tera Mills Editor-in-chief


hi Theta Kappa is a collegiate honor society. The organization offers scholarships to over 700 different college and universities nationwide. Each year PTK inducts members based on academic performance. PTK recently had its induction ceremony

on Feb. 24. The ceremony took place right in the middle of the winter snow break. PTK now has 98 new members. Sophomores Cathleen Call, Jill Kanning, Jaci Hall, and Maria Hernandez conducted the ceremony and the guest speaker was Ben Schears. The ceremony concluded with freshman Arleta Colvin giving the chaplin’s address. PTK also recently held a

fundraiser, the group sold tickets for the chance to win a Cowley Couple Basket. The drawing for the basket took place on March 2. The winner of the basket was Dian Shafer. PTK is also having a Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction which will showcase student talents. The event will be held on April 12 at 6 p.m. Be on the lookout for tickets

Massie. Current students can simply log on to Campus Connect and follow the instructions given. Students can also contact their advisor and enroll with their help. “[The enrollment representatives] look at what [the student’s] goals are and go from there,” said enrollment services representative, Hannah Andrews. It is best to enroll early to accommodate to a busy schedule and get the classes with times that best work for you. “Students can come in and be helped by any enrollment

representative,” said director of enrollment management, Heather Allen. Advisors know what career path a student is trying to achieve, so they are there to let students know what classes are best to take. But, the final decisions are up to student. “I would encourage students to see their advisors,” said Allen. It is important to request accommodations for classes due to learning or physical disabilities through the disability services program prior to going through the assessment and enrollment steps.

As the year ends, freshman Kelsea Barr and Karli Metcalf campaign around the main campus to become Student Senate President and Vice President. (photo by Brittany Collins)

StudentS can Start Voting on campuS connect on march 12

Cowley students attended the State PBL Leadership Conference in Emporia. Back row: Karina Lowden, Jill Kanning, Alex Hanna, Jolie Butler, Beth Walker, Mika Kaylor and Sarah Mathews. Front Row: Paige Karnes, Kristi Bailey, Jessica Holdt, Chelsea Blasi and Shannon Mahon. (courtesy photo)

8 students qualify for the National PBL Leadership Conference Tera Mills Editor-in-chief Phi Beta Lambda is an organization for students that have an interest in business. PBL offers a many things to students from leaderships skills and business contacts to new friends. The PBL Motto as posted on the is “Service Serve community and anyone

necessary in order to become productive member of our society. Education - Be the most educated person we can be in order to become effective leaders in our futures; Progress - Be all we can be and make the most out of it in our lives. 11 of Cowley’s PBL members attended the 62nd State Leadership conference in Emporia. Eight of the 11

students qualified to attend the National PBL Conference in Anaheim, Cali. from June 22 – 27. If interested in joining PBL contact Mathews at

Enrollment starts March 26 for summer and fall classes Minelli Valencia Staff reporter

The end of the spring semester is right around the corner, and unless graduating in May, students might need to enroll for the summer or fall 2013 semester. Starting this week, students can log on to campus connect and take a look at the schedules. But, students will not be able to enroll until March 26. Students can enroll online, or with the help of an enrollment representative, whichever fits their schedule best. “I plan on going to my advisor to pre-pick my classes,” said freshman Anna

If you’re not too sure what the next step of your life is going to be, fall enrollment

is open until the first day of classes in August.

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From the classroom to the garage: Cowley college

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Getting the right tools for a career in automotive technology Alison Jamerson Ad Manager


ver at the bottom of the hill, in Walker Tech, is the Automotive Technology garage. Averaging 15-18 students per class in two classes per day, the students learn hands-on how to diagnose and work on the cars virtually everybody uses to get around. In an ever-changing industry, the knowledge gained in the automotive program is essential to landing a better job, sooner after graduation. “It’s a two year program, and we offer a certificate and also an associate’s degree,” said automotive instructor Jim Ailey. “You can do it all in two years but you have to take about five extra classes to get the associates.” Five extra classes will bump you from a certificate to a degree? In our education-obsessed job market, that may be worth the bit of extra work and money involved in five more classes. Required for the certificate

program, along with the technical classes, are technical math and applied economics. Ailey said, “For the associate’s degree, we have the option of interpersonal communications or composition one, ethics, general psychology, introduction to leadership, and computer applications on top of their technical classes.” In this program, students will learn basically only the things they will need to know to do the job they hope to obtain after finishing. Even in the degree program, where things like psychology are required, such classes can be beneficial in learning about customer service and communication with the people a mechanic would be working on, who—let’s face it—are sometimes pretty disgruntled that the machine they depend so heavily on is not working. No lab sciences such as biology or chemistry are required for graduation from either the certification or the degree. Courses in the curriculum include classes on engine repair and performance,

manual and automatic transmissions, brakes, steering and suspension, heating and air-conditioning. This summer will see the first hybrid course as well, in regards to hybrid cars rather than hybrid learning environment. The students work on real cars with real problems, and if a fellow student or a faculty member were to bring in their car to be serviced and the class was currently working on that kind of problem, they do work on those vehicles. With four years of teaching experience and 30 years in the business, Ailey is well qualified and well versed in automotive technology. Having spent so much time working on cars, Ailey knows first-hand how much has changed about them over time. Advances in technology have made the industry a whole different ball game, as Ailey said, “That doesn’t mean they can stop learning right then because this business changes every day. It’s just like with cell phones, if you look over the last 10 years,

it’s incredible how much it’s changed, and cars have

changed like that for the last 30 years. Almost everything is computer related on the car so they do have to have a good solid background in electrical, and electronics and be able to run scan tools.” As with any career path, this course requires commitment. Students spend several hours

a day in the building, either four or five days a week. Ailey described the split of book learning and experience learning by stating that students spend “about an hour in the class a day and about two hours in the shop a day.”

Top: Fully equipped with professional lifts and tools, the shop at Walker Tech covers all aspects of every-day automotive repair. The students will learn about engine performance and repair, transmissions and drivetrains, brakes, and steering and suspension, among other things. The only summer class typically offered is on airconditioning. This summer will be the first time the campus offers a hybrid-car class, providing a real opportunity for a leg-up in the job market. (File photo) Left: Jim Ailey, program instructor, in his natural environment the garage. Ailey has 30 years experience in working on cars and four years of teaching experience. When asked about what potential students might need to know coming in, Ailey assured that a background in cars is not necessary to begin the program; they will go over everything you need to know in the classes. Logging about two hours per day in the shop per class, students get plenty of hands-on learning time. (File photo)

KSWX continues from PAGE 1 the best with the information we have at the time the decisions need to be made.” Making the decision the day before the weather is due to occur is perhaps the most daunting task of all. When school is canceled for bad weather, and there is not a single flake of snow or drop of rain in sight, administrators are not pleased. “What makes it tough is with the timelines we’re working on, making the decision, you know, we just have to do the best we can with what we have,” said Peroo. “Obviously sometimes the weather doesn’t always go the way the weatherman’s gonna predict it.” Having a variety of different

locations also makes the process difficult. “For each location, we could make a different determination for what we will do with our other centers in Wichita and Mulvane if the weather is looking worse out that way than it is here,” said Peroo. Every factor is considered by administrators when making the decision on whether or not to close school. Since Cowley has many non-traditional students, especially those with children, administrators must be extra cautious when inclement weather is imminent. “We also look based off of what you’re gonna see from other schools and what they’re doing in terms of shutting down, because a lot of individuals going to our school are non-traditional students. They might have kids, too, and their schools

might be closing down, so we have to take that into consideration as well,” said Peroo. Many different sources are monitored, including weather from various local news and radio stations, as well as postings from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). Peroo stated that all students, no matter of the age or location, are taken into consideration during rough weather. Kansas weather is a little wild and unpredictable sometimes – this is a fact that we have all come to accept. So when the weather gets bad, a little break from school is a good thing, right?

Student of the Month: March Piper McCord Hometown: Arkansas City Year: sophomore Major: Accounting High school: Arkansas City High School

Photo by: Autumn Mumford

What does being a Cowley Tiger mean to you? Knowing I am getting a quality education in a family-like environment surrounded by amazing staff.

Some areas of the state got as much as 17 inches of snow in one storm alone. Other areas got as little as four. School closed for a total of 4 days, giving students the chance to relax and catch up on homework. But what factors play into canceling school due to inclement weather? (photo illustration by Autumn Mumford)

Who is your role model? My mom because she has always been there for me through the ups and downs and without her I wouldn’t be half the person that I am today.


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Lady Tigers finish the season 29-5 Cowley college

After an impressive season the women’s basketball team falls to Hutchinson 70-46 Minelli Valencia Staff reporter


he Lady Tigers finished their regular season beating Neosho County 70-44 with an overall record of 16-2. They earned the Jayhawk East No. 1-seed in the Region VI playoffs. During the game against the Neosho, Cowley’s seven sophomores combined to score 66 of the total 70 points. Coming off the bench, sophomore Megan Honas scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the first half. Cowley had a 40-13 lead at halftime. Head Women’s Basketball Coach Todd Clark said “[The team] is playing well.” To Clark, the team only has to do little things to improve their game. The Lady Tigers out-scored Neosho County 29-9 from the free-throw line and 27-7 on points off turnovers. Montia Johnson notched her 15 double-double of the season

Slam dunk to the end

and finished with 11 rebounds and 14 points. “I love the nonstop action, it’s the most exciting sport to watch and play,” said sophomore guard, Tonisha Walker. The Lady Tigers hosted Dodge City in the first-round Region playoffs on March 2, beating them 85-54. This win was Cowley’s seventh win in a row and it improved their record to 27-4. During the game, Montia Johnson scored 17 points and 14 rebounds in the first half and finished the game with 21 points. The Lady Tigers took a half time lead of 47-21. The start of the second half lead grew to 57-21 with a three-point cap 10-0 by Emilie Gronas. Cowley out-rebounded Dodge City 47-27. Johnson is now averaging 12.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game on the season with double-doubles in each of the last five games. Kassy Ptacek added 12 points and three steals, as

well as ten points and eight rebounds added by Brittany Bush. Ptacek has averaged 12 points per game over the past two and 16-of-20 from the free throw line. The Dodge City Lady Conquistadors finished their season with a 9-22 record. The Second Round of the Region VI playoffs was played March 5 with the Lady Tigers hosting Cloud County. Cloud County was led by freshman Alexander with an average of 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. The game was won with a score of 68-53, improving their overall record to 24-8. Brittany Bush set the tone for Tuesday’s game. Bush finished the game with 15 points and 13 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shot. Bush is averaging 11.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Cowley had a halftime lead of 38-20 and out-shot Cloud County 46.67 percent to 22.2 percent. Cloud County was led by freshman Alexander

with an average of 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Johnson finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while Walker finished with a gamehigh of 21 points. This game advanced Cowley to the Region VI semifinals where the Lady Tigers beat Garden City 68-52. After the game against Garden City, the women took on Hutchinson for the Region VI title. Cowley came in second with a 70-46 loss. The season was finished with a 29-5 record. “Even though our last game didn’t turn out how we wanted it to, I’m proud of the team and will not forget any of the memories we made this year,” said Ptacek.

Keeping the intensity of the game high sophomore Kassy Ptacek scores, contributing to the win. Cowley’s final record was 29-5 for the season. (photo by Autumn Mumford)

Devastating loss but will shoot to stride for the best next season Shooting 62.5 percent from the floor in the second half of Tuesday’s Second-Round Region VI Playoff game inside W.S. Scott Auditorium, the No. 24-ranked Barton County Cougars rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat the Cowley College men’s basketball team by a score of 75-68. Barton County advances to play Seward County (25-7) Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Park City’s Hartman Arena. While, the Tigers’ season comes to an end with a record of 21-11. Cowley entered the game winners of eight in a row and appeared to be the aggressor from the start as they led 14-2 following a three-point play by sophomore Dominique McKoy four minutes into the game. The Tigers’ lead would grow to 21-7 on a three-pointer by James Milliken, and Cowley would maintain a double digit lead (37-26) at the end of the first half. However, Barton County began to chip away at the lead in the second half and grabbed its first lead of the game at 5049 on a three-pointer by Turon Parker with 10:55 left to play. The game would be tied three times down the stretch, but each time Cowley would get close it seemed that Barton County freshman Trey Unrau would hit a big three-pointer. Averaging only 5.1 points per game, Unrau had the game of his life on Tuesday as he came off the bench to go

7-of-11 from three-point range and score a season-high 21 points. Trailing 69-66 with just over a minute left to play, Cowley missed four shot attempts on one possession. After Barton County finally corralled the rebound, the Cougars got a back-breaking basket by Andell Cumberbatch with 54.6 seconds remaining to lead 71-66. Cowley sophomore Ben Vozzola missed a three-point attempt on the Tigers’ next possession and Barton County would hold on for the sevenpoint win. “They made good adjustments at halftime and started making shots in the second half,” Cowley head coach Tommy DeSalme said. Barton County had five players score in double figures. Sophomore Algie Key finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, while Raheem Johnson added 14 points and 12 boards. Milliken led all scorers with 30 points in the defeat. The sophomore added six rebounds and five assists in his final game in a Tiger uniform. Milliken’s 1,150 career points are the sixth most in the history of the program. “He is as good a basketball player as I have coached and his best basketball is ahead of him,” DeSalme said. Sophomore Dominique McKoy recorded his 22nd double-double of the season

During Round I of the play off games, sophomore Brittany Bush fights her way around a Dodge City opponent. The Lady Tigers defeated Dodge City, the final score being 8554. (photo by Autunm Mumford)

as he finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. McKoy, who transferred to Cowley from the University of Rhode Island, had a tremendous one season at the school as he averaged 14.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. “I wish I had two years with him,” DeSalme said. “He had a great ability to come to work everyday and understand team basketball.” Fellow sophomore Ben Vozzola added 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. Vozzola scored in double figures in each of the last seven games and averaged 14.1 points during that span. “I am real proud of where Ben came from to where he finished,” DeSalme said. “He was really special these last seven games. I wish I had another year with him.” Curtis Evans added five points and two blocks in his final game. Evans finished with 489 points and 360 rebounds in his career. “Curt did a lot of the little things that don’t show up in the stat sheet and is just a great kid,” DeSalme said. After shooting 48.3 percent in the first half of Tuesday’s game, Cowley shot only 31.3 percent in the second half. “I am proud of our team,” DeSalme said. “We played our best basketball late in the season, we just didn’t make enough shots.”

On a break-away steal, sophomore guard James Miliken brings the ball in for an easy lay up. The Tigers beat Pratt in Round I of the Conference playoffs by winning 67-49. (photo by Autumn Mumford)

During the first round region VI playoffs Tonisha Walker, sophomore is surrounded by opponents, and manages to push through and shot the ball into the basketball. The cowley lady tigers win 85-54. (photo by Wendy Brigido)

While playing Pratt, forward Dominique Mckey scored a three-pointer. With their win over the Beavers. Cowley went on to Round II, where they lost, ending their season. (photo by Autunm Mumford)

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Baseball makes all the right his Cowley hosts Northern Oklahoma College-Enid


Pitching during a game against Pratt Community College, sophomore Keelyn Bonar warms up before staring an inning. (photo by Brittany Collins)

inning a pair of run-rule games and a couple one-run games, the Cowley College baseball team swept a four-game series vs. Highland Community College played Friday and Saturday in Arkansas City. Cowley got home runs from sophomores Ethan Elroy and Mike Parker as they opened the series with a 14-4 sixinning run-rule win. Mark Meadors allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched as he improved his record to 2-1 on the season. The Tigers then had Levi Skinner and Ty Rowe (2-0) combine on a four-hit shutout as they won the second game of Friday’s doubleheader by a score of 1-0. Jon Davis singled home Cory Linn in the bottom of the sixth inning with what turned out to be the game-winning run and Rowe allowed only two base runners in three scoreless innings of relief.

On Saturday, sophomore outfielder Tyler Rolland had his second six RBI game of the season in a 13-3 win. Bryan McClellan pitched all six innings for the Tigers and is now 3-1 on the season. McClellan struck out nine and walked none, while scattering five hits. In the final game of the series, Cowley trailed by scores of 3-0 and 7-4 before rallying to win 8-7. The Tigers scored four runs without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the sixth inning as Highland pitchers combined to walk five batters and hit two more in the inning. Zach Cantwell started on the mound for Cowley and allowed four earned runs in three innings pitched. Tiger reliever Tyler Day allowed an unearned run over 2 1/3 innings pitched and Seth Holman earned the win in relief by closing out the game with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Tiger freshman Matt

Anderson went 1-for-4 with three RBIs in the win, while first baseman Mike Parker went 2-for-2 with a RBI. Parker went 5-for-12 with six RBIs in the four-game series. Sophomore third baseman Ethan Elroy also had a big weekend as he went 6-for-13 with three RBIs. The home runs by Parker and Elroy in the opener were the first of the season for both players. Cowley is now 13-3 overall and 8-0 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division, while Highland drops to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in conference play. For the second straight weekend, Cowley used only eight pitchers in a four-game series. The Tigers out-scored Highland 36-14 in the series and out-hit the Scotties 34-20. Cowley will return to action today when they host Northern Oklahoma CollegeEnid at 3 p.m. in a nine-inning game.

During a double header against Labette Community College, outfielder, freshman A.J. Shaw, steps up to the plate. (photo by Brittany Collins) Striking out her opponent, sophomore Jessica Seay pitches in a match on March 7. The Tigers hosted a double header against Pratt Community College and won both games. (photo by Brittany Collins)

Softball hits the field hard Women continue to win games, move forward Trevor Reichle Campus editor

During a double header against Labette, freshman Ryan Jenkins stops his opponent from stealing 2nd base. The men’s team won both of the games. (photo by Brittany Collins)

On March 5, the Cowley softball team beat Dodge City in two games, winning 11-0 in the first game and 7-3 the second game. Throughout the course of the two games, the ladies kept the momentum going with a string of crucial hits, pitches, and runs that led them ultimately to victory. Sophomore outfielder Laura Seemann said she was incredibly pleased with how the games went. “Our pitching was top notch, and we had some great plays on the field,” said Seemann. “We chained a lot key hits together at the plate to keep our momentum going.” She also expressed how pleased she is with the season as whole, as the team has continued to maintain their reputation as winners. “The season has been exceptionally well for us. We have the chance to go back to nationals and have a very successful season if we keep playing hard and keep up our team chemistry.” Sophomore third baseman and catcher Austen Hilt said while the games proved to be a challenge, she was happy with the end results. “We hit pretty consistent, we all strung hits together. We didn’t hit as well the second game, but we still hit well enough to win,” said Hilt. The season so far has gone well, she said, and

the rest of the season looks to be filled with more wins. “I think we’re doing pretty good for having so many freshmen. We’re doing well meshing on the field and hitting. When other people are down, other people are picking them up.” Hilt said the amount of freshmen this year provides a new dynamic that the team wasn’t faced with last year. “Individually we have more talent, but last year we had a lot of sophomores, so there was more experience,” said Hilt. Freshman shortstop and third baseman Caitlyn Cosme said the team’s coach, Ed Hargrove, prepares the freshman to enter the spring season with good performances. “[Coach Hargrove said] the fall season is for the freshmen to become sophomores, and the sophomores to become juniors, so by the time we’re at spring ball, we’re all ready to go.” Playing two games in a row was a definite challenge for the team. “The last inning is always the hardest for us – getting that third out, I feel like – because that’s when they scored on us,” said Cosme. “We do this thing where we get a lead, and then we’re done, and then they come back,” added Hilt. “We’re doing a lot better at getting

a lead and [we] just keep drilling them.” A positive attitude is also necessary to keep the energy going, said Cosme. “You have to laugh, you have to have fun,” said Cosme. “It’s boring if you’re just out there going through the motions. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. It’s not about an individual, it’s about the team.” When the wins keep coming for the team, it shouldn’t prove to be too difficult to maintain a good attitude. The girls all agreed that going to nationals seems like a huge possibility, and all share the desire to maintain the winning reputation the team as garnered over the years.


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Taking on the challenge, tennis breaks the competition


earing up for its conference/region opener on Tuesday, the Cowley College men and women’s tennis teams battled NCAA Division II opponents over the weekend. The Tiger men opened with a 5-4 loss at Washburn University on Friday, while both teams faced talented Drury

University squads Saturday in Springfield, Mo. The Tiger men fell to Drury by a score of 8-1, while the Lady Tigers lost 7-2. Against Washburn on Friday, the Tiger men got wins from its top-two doubles teams as Jack Busby and

University’s Bea Juan 6-2, 6-3. Ruzir also teamed with Lexi Maytubby to win 8-6 at No. 1 doubles. “It makes such a difference having Ana at the top of our lineup,” Cobble said. The Tiger tennis teams will open conference and region play Tuesday when they face Barton County Community College at 11 a.m. in Hesston. “We need to come out and play well,” Cobble said. “It will be nice to face another two-year school after playing all these four-year programs.”

Edgardo Tapia were a part of winning doubles teams and also earned wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. “The guys played their best match of the year and were in the mix to win,” Cowley head coach Josh Cobble said. Against Drury, Tapia earned the lone win for the men’s team at No. 2 singles. On the women’s side, freshman Ana Ruzir improved her record to 2-0 at No. 1 singles as she defeated Drury

Top: Focusing on the oncoming ball, freshman Sarah Giraldo hits it flying back to her opponent during practice. Left: Preparing for a tournament against Barton County Community College, freshman Carlos Rodriguez practices with his teammates before the meet the next day in Hesston, Kan. Middle: Reaching to hit the ball, freshman Cameron Roberts serves during a practice at Wilson Park. Right: Laughing with her opponent, freshman Ana Ruzir plays matches against her teammates to prepare for an upcoming meet. (photos by Brittany Collins)

Indoor season wraps up, with many broken personal records On March 1 and 2 the Cowley track teams headed to Lubbock, Texas, for the NJCAA National Indoor Championship. The men’s team placed 14th at nationals while the women’s team took seventh overall. With both teams having very qualified athletes, there were no doubts that a few would earn recognition and place rather well. Overall, the teams performed pretty well at nationals. “It went well for the ladies. The men’s team was hurt by the injuries to Rodgerick Woods and Tony Branscum but those that were


able to compete did very well,” said head track coach Mark Phillips. “I think it [nationals] went pretty good,” said freshman Jamesia Milton. “I think I did awesome as a freshman, like coming into the meet I wasn’t nervous at all, I was excited and ready to get it over with.” Milton who placed second in shot-put and third in weight throw was also named NJCAA All-American in the shot put and Coaches Association All-American in the weight throw. Sophomore Vanessa Rodriquez was very pleased with the results. “I felt great. I felt awesome. I felt like our team did good,” said Rodriquez.

With indoor season wrapped up, the Tiger track teams are now gearing up for their outdoor season. “We are very ready for the outdoor season. There are several outdoor events that are not contested indoors that should be a strength for us,” said Phillips. Not only are the coaches looking forward to outdoor season, but so are the athletes. “I feel as though we can place top three at nationals, if everybody gets healthy and does what they are supposed to do,” said sophomore Tim Young. The Tiger track season opener is March 14 in Winfield for the Southwestern College Invite. The meet starts at 11 a.m.

MEN 55-meter dash — Darryl Brown, 6.49, seventh, Coaches Association All-American. 200-meter dash — Brown, 21.32, fourth, Coaches Association All-American. 3,000-meter run — Rennicks, 8:42.57, fifth. Mile run — Darragh Rennicks, 4:24.21, ninth. 4x400-meter relay — Cowley “A” (Eric Gibson, Willie Bromell, Tim Young, Isaac Dyer), 3:23.73, 18th. High jump — Stefan Johnson, 6-8 ¾, sixth, Coaches Association All-American; Willie Bromell, 6-8 ¾, seventh, Coaches Association All-American. Long jump — Brown, 22-11 ¾, sixth, Coaches Association All-American. Shot put — Hosea Bottley, 47-3, 16th. Weight throw — Kenny Adams, 47-9 ¼, 14th; Fabien Murray, 46-6 ¼, 15th. WOMEN 55-meter dash — Rachel Cuffy, 7.06, 10th *800-meter run — Valerie Nielson, 2:24.81, ninth. 200-meter dash — Cuffy, 25.08, 13th. 1,000-meter run — Kelly Roberts, 3:12.51, 14th. Mile run — Julia Stafford, 5:39.66, 10th. 3,000-meter run — Stafford, 11:41.35, 14th. 4x400 meter relay — Cowley “A” (Earriel Willis, Rakiyah Taylor, St. Clair, Dakia Montgomery), 4:11.35, 10th. 4x800-meter relay — Cowley “A” (Nielson, Roberts, Vanessa Rodriguez, Dani St. Clair), 9:48.82, fourth. Distance Medley Relay — Cowley “A” (Roberts, St. Clair, Nielson, Stafford), 12:59.58, eighth. High jump — Niki Andrews, 5-5 ¼, fourth, Coaches Association All-American; Morgan Brant, 5-1 ¼, 15th. Pole vault — Andrews, no height; Caroline Strickland, no height. Shot put — Jamesia Milton, 46-1 ½, second, NJCAA All-American; Sandra Morgan, 36-2, 16th. Weight throw — Milton, 54-5 ¼, third, Coaches Association All-American; Lacey Tipton, 50-0 ¾, fifth.

Darryl Brown

Tera Mills Editor-in-chief

Athlete Spotlight Year: Sophomore Major: Physical Education Hometown: Miami, Fla. Sport: Track and Field

(photos by Brittany Collins)

Brittany Collins Assistant photo editor



What got you interested in track? I have been doing track since I was 8. My dad put me in there because I played football at first and I used to be out running all the little kids so he put me in track and it turned out pretty good. What are your plans after Cowley? Hopefully go back home to Florida to a school, I haven’t picked a school yet.



Who is your role model? Why? I would say my dad because he is always there, always pushing me to be better. He always supports me. He came up here from Miami to come to the track meet. What is your favorite hobby? Playing video games.

What events are you involved in? 100 Meter, 200 Meter, Long Jump and 400 Relay


How did you do in the national competition recently?


I got 4th in 200, 6th in long jump, 6 in 55. It didn’t feel good at all, I know I could have done better. Texas Tech


How do you feel about the season so far?


Indoor I did pretty good, I could have done better. Outdoor, I am kinda looking forward to it.

Issue 11 2013  

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