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The Student Newspaper of Cowley College Commencement Issue May 3, 2012

The Cowley Press

Campus Chatter

Looking towards a brighter future



The commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on May 5 in W.S. Scott Auditorium. The seating is first come first serve. The doors will open to the public at 8:30 a.m. and all guests should be seated by 9:50 a.m.

Finals Kit

For $15, students can purchase finals survival kits from Phi Beta Lambda. The kits will include snacks such as peanuts, crackers, granola bars, fruit juices, candy bars, gum, popcorn and pop. Plus there will also be pencils, pens, highlighters, note pads, and a fun gadget or two. You can purchase kit between May 5-11.


The city of Arkansas City will be offering an internship to two students, one in high school and one in college for fall of 2012. It is an unpaid internship that will last for eight weeks. The students must be interested in business or municipal management. The successful completion of the internship will result in a $1,000 scholarship for the high school participant and $1,500 scholarship for the college participant. To be considered for this opportunity, please submit an essay no longer than two pages, explaining why you are interested in participating as well as your educational and career goals to: City of Arkansas City Attn. Marla McFarland Human Resource Manager 118 West Central PO Box 778 Arkansas City, KS 67005 Submissions will be accepted no later than May 15.


The Temporal Mechanics Union will be holding a concert on May 10 in the Brown Theater. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Brittany Thiesing Staff photographer


nother commandshift will be in order this fall for the graphic design program. On June 17, 2009, the graphic design program was reinstated to Cowley College when it was announced that Sunni Goentzle, graphic design instructor, was to be hired. Unfortunately, Sunni’s teaching contract has not been renewed for this summer and the following semesters. Sunni began her collegiate career taking classes at Cowley College. She spent more than seven years working as a graphic designer at Southwestern College and has ten years of professional experience as a freelance designer. When she was hired for the graphic design program at Cowley, she redesigned the curriculum and as handled the teaching and recruiting duties for the program. The graphic design program at Cowley College focuses on the basics of good design through the iterative design process: problem definition, problem analysis, idea exploration, idea development, focus,

Students who are taking graphic design will experience some changes next fall, such as having the program housed in the Humanities department. (photo by Brittany Thiesing) refinement, and production. “We have no intention to discontinue the program,” said vice president of academics affairs, Slade Griffiths. The only change that has been made so far is moving the program to the humanities department, beginning with the 2012 fall semester. “This is still in discussion

stages right now,” said Marlys Cervantes, humanities department chair. “We just want to serve our students as fully as we can.” Until now, the graphic design program has been part of the business department. “Graphic design has connection to both the business and the art department,” explained Beverly Grunder, the

department chair and director of business and industry training. “It was decided to move the program to the humanities department because of the close connection to the arts, communications, and journalism programs.” Cervantes said it had been housed in the business department because the

emphasis was on marketing. “Graphic design is one of those programs, like many, that fall into overlapping areas,” said Cervantes. With the graphic design program moving to a different department, the courses will take place in the computer lab in Kerr Technology.

Work study allocation reflects Cowley’s athletic bias

Ethan Goodwin Staff reporter “In the Jayhawk Conference, we are in competition with 18 other colleges for athletes,” said Cowley College President Patrick McAtee. As colleges look for ways to stand out, the number of championships and the quality of the programs goes a long way, but usually money talks too. One of the policies set down by the Jayhawk Conference is that no member can give full ride

Why did you decide to go to college?

scholarships to athletes. That leaves the 19 member colleges to try to offer better deals to recruits. Cowley College has resolved to be competitive in the area of attracting top tier athletes. In this economy, little draws the attention of a high school graduate more than the allure of money. Recruits may have the added incentive of a guaranteed work study position. According to the Federal work study website, work study provides funds for part-time employment to help needy students to finance the costs of postsecondary education. Students can receive FWS funds at approximately 3,400 participating postsecondary institutions. It is to be available to all students who qualify. There are two types of work study. Federal work study [FWS] is money from the government for students who qualify. The government provides

Rosi Simmons Sophomore “I wanted the potential and education to achieve my goals.”

Work Study Allocations 2011-2012

Danceline Nurse Spirit Squad Activities Art Athletic Office Cosmet-Cr. Justice Employee Services Theatre BCIT Humanities Social Science Music-Insrumental Communications Cosmetology Housing Mail Music-Vocal NC Mulvane Registrar Student Services Admissions Endowment Food Service Grounds Journalism Mailroom Natural Science M/Soccer Theatre Tech Buisness Office Bookstore Volleyball Enrollment services Switchboard Custodial Tennis M/ Track&Field W/Track&Field Softball Library Tutoring Wellness Center baseball Tiger Deli W/Basketball M/Basketball

The Social Science office along with Cathy Hendricks is still taking donations to help Kristen Maurer, a Cowley student with brain cancer. The canister is located on Heather Barker’s desk. It will be available during the hours of 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. until May 11.

75 percent and the college contributes 25 percent. Institutional work study is funded strictly by the college, and there are no set qualifications needed. The college can hire students that need work study but don’t

Zsofia Biro Sophomore “I wanted to go to college to play tennis plus study at the same time.”

qualify for FWS. Cowley College allocates 35,768 hours of work study. Educational departments have 3,060 hours. Tutoring 2,000. General work study is set at 15,228. Cowley sports have an

Jordan Hill Sophomore “I thought it was the right life decision personally and professionally.”

additional 15,480 hours to use as needed, according to documentation provided by Sue Saia, vice president of student life. To break that

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Nei Dos Santos Sophomore “To have a good education to get a good job.”


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Parting advice from a“been there, done that” sophomore

Ethan Goodwin Staff reporter


was sitting at my desk at home, trying to think of something to fill up this space, a space I know will be overlooked in this issue. I want to make sure this space counts for something. I thought about many things, many political issues in the news right now, and the dysfunction our society is going through. But I realized that in this last issue, this is my last

political piece for Cowley Press. So, in the spirit of the Sophomore Issue, I would like to use this space to lend some advice to my fellow students- some political, some personal. Politics is a messy game. It is important, it does play a huge role in or lives, but it shouldn’t get in our way of one another. We sometimes forget that the people are people. For all I disagree on with Barack Obama, he is a man that loves his family. He is just a man. I think we elevate these people in our minds to a status that allows us to forget who they are. We tell ourselves that we can hate. We tell ourselves we can pick apart the personal lives of the people who lead us. We just need to remember to

stay true to who we are, and follow what we believe. Our views will not necessarily be the view held by our parents. After all, we have different experiences, and grew up in a different time. What we think is right may not always match up with what they think is right, and that’s okay. Don’t do anything halfway, this is it! I lived the last half of this semester with that theme in my head. I wrote it in my folder with my trumpet music for band. I thought about it quite a bit, and while I didn’t always live it out, it was still there. I had several opportunities this last semester that I felt I didn’t capitalize on. There is

a feeling you get when you accomplish what you have prepared for so long. I got a feeling after a jazz concert of failure. It sat like a pit in my stomach for a long time. It is not a good feeling. I don’t have a lot of feelings of regret, but the ones I do I want desperately to go back and do over. You don’t want that. Make sure what you do is worthwhile, and that it is done well.

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e just need to remember to stay true to who we are, and follow what we believe. Our views will not necessarily be the view held by our parents. ~Ethan Goodwin

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During this politically volatile season, it is best to remember the campaigns will pass and the issues will either be resolved or shelved until the next election. (photo illustration by Samantha Francis)

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Graduating for God’s glory

Charlie Garrison Degree: Associate of Science

Q: What is your next step? A: I plan on attending The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Mesa Arizona

Q: What was your favorite class and why? A: My favorite class would have to be Interpersonal Communication because of the things that we learn in the classroom can be applied to real life. Q: What was your favorite Cowley memory? A: My favorite memory would have to be when I got elected as the Vice President of Student Senate. Q: What are your summer plans? A: I plan on working and then moving out to Arizona in July.

Moving on is not scary with God’s guidance

Q: How did you leave your mark on Cowley College? A: I don’t know if I left a mark on Cowley, but I definitely know Cowley left a mark on me. It’s been a great ride Q: Who was your favorite Cowley teacher/advisor/sponsor? A: It would have to be Mrs. Ewing because she always comes into the classroom with a smile and she wants what is best for the student. She had really food stories that relate back to what we are talking about in the book which helps bring meaning and understanding to what we are learning.

Autumn Mumford Staff reporter Packing up and moving on can be both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Graduation is a time where so many doors are open, but it may become difficult to choose which one to walk through. Whether you are going right into your field of work, transferring to a university, joining the military,

or just have another plan, what lies ahead of you has the potential to be frightening. But do not be afraid, for as long as you are faithful and following the will of God, your plans are guided by the Lord. You must have faith that you are doing the right thing and it is God’s work. “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water... its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” -Jeremiah 17:7-8 Trusting in God is one of the most important pieces to the puzzle. It directly affects your future. If you don’t have faith in God, then you will be deaf to his word and will, and therefore you will

become like a lost sheep. But if you do have faith, you will prosper in a spiritual sense. You will be guided in the right direction; you will blossom and reach your full potential- but only with the aid of the Lord. “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” -Psalm 119:105 Listening to what God has to say though is the most important thing to do. Once, when I was faced with a very hard decision, and I knew in my heart that ‘the easy way out’ was not God’s will. I chose the harder path. While at first the road seemed more difficult, my life has been infinitely blessed because of it. Also, God’s word is written in our most precious tool – the Bi-

ble. If ever you are in doubt, remember there are only two things you can truly do: pray and read the Holy Word. God wants you to succeed, he wants you to have a fruitful, fulfilling life; one filled with joy, peace, love and kindness. He also wants to give you the true, Godly desires of your heart. By spending time with the Lord, and discovering his wants and desires for you, they will in turn become your wants and desires. Your want will be to do his will. So whether you are on the right path and going exactly where you need to be, or God has a different plan for you, you will be happy. “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:4

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Student Year

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While at Cowley I have learned several lessons; of them the most important being this: There may be a list of priorities in your life from friends, to school, to work. But above all, put the priorities of your family before anything else. What activities have you been involved in at Cowley? I have been involved in: movie club, CAAT, ambassadors, tutors, FCA, Chi alpha, CPC, intramurals as well as, math and science club.

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Clinton Meyer

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What important lesson did you learn here at Cowley?

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What will you miss about Cowley? I will miss most the faculty and Staff at Cowley who have provided immense support for the success of their students. The care and attention the Cowley administration provides is unmatched to other surrounding colleges and universities.


What does the award mean to you?


Where are you going next year, and why?

This award means, as much to me as it does the school. Cowley gives such a prestigious award to a student who they believe is the image of their school. It is a great honor, but also a great responsibility to uphold this image as the face of Cowley.

Next year I will be attending the University of Kansas State to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. I am a Chemistry major and feel that KSU is the right fit for the job, as their facilities are superior for education in this field.



What’s your Favorite Cowley Memory? My favorite memory at Cowley was my 20th birthday. Class was cancelled; I student taught for Sue Saia, ate dinner with the family, and played bongoball in the courtyard.

During the CAAT in a Box, Meyer took a break from activism to play catch with some fellow CAAT members. (photo by Autumn Mumford)

Why did you choose Cowley? Cowley was chosen over other college options due to several reasons. Location, price, and staff attitude toward my first visit of the college helped me choose Cowley over others while shopping for colleges.

In his dodgeball uniform, Meyer shows students around campus on Junior Day. (photo by Sam Francis)

As a member of the CAAT team Meyer in events such as “CAAT in the Box” where he helped raise awareness for homelessness in Ark City. (photo by Autumn Mumford)

Upper left: Clint Meyer was selected as one of the Homecoming king candidates this year. He escorted Rosi Simmons, who won Queen. (photo by Autumn Mumford)

down, $24,480 is set aside for educational departments, $18,000 is for tutoring, $121,824 is for general workstudy, and $123,840 goes to athletes. That’s a total of $288,144 for work study with a total budget of $263,747, Federal and Institutional work study combined. The allotted funds run over the budget by $24,397. Just to sample the distribution of hours given to athletics, men’s and women’s basketball each have 3,000 hours. Baseball 2,100. Track and field gets a combined 2,400 hours. Departments other than athletics have asked in the past for more hours, said Sue Saia. She noted she has a

hard time finding extra hours to move around. “When that many hours are allotted elsewhere, it’s hard to maneuver,” said Sue Saia. According to Mark Krug, NJCAA assistant executive director, “NJCAA student athletes are permitted to participate in a work study program, but they should not receive preferential treatment to the selection of work study opportunities.” “Athletics is a huge part of Cowley College. Our college has made a commitment to the athletic programs here and to the students in those programs,” said Sue Saia. “Our president has stated this before in our employee meetings and our institution stands by this commitment.”

Athletic Director Tom Saia said what Cowley is doing with work study is not wrong. “That’s why we are one of the tops,” said Tom Saia. Tom Saia made it clear that Cowley is competing for athletes against schools that offer full ride scholarships. “Myself and the coaches, we don’t want work study. We want full scholarships,” said Tom Saia. Cowley doesn’t offer full rides, and athletes are left to pay dormitory and incidental fees out of their pocket. “This work study is for athletics,” said Tom Saia. “It’s not about what’s fair or right.” Barton County Community College found itself under investigation in

2005 when its work study numbers seemed out of proportion. Coaches were convicted of forging athlete’s signatures on time cards and paying them for not working. The Topeka CapitalJournal covered the incident in an article on August 16, 2006. “The attitude is that if the feds come in and start investigating other schools, it will change. Right now everybody has the attitude it is just Barton and nobody is going to come after them,” said [Barton] athletic director Kurt Kohler. “The entire conference needs to wake up and make some changes so that the entire conference is clean.” But some Jayhawk schools are not worrying about it

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“until it ends up knocking on their front door,” Kohler said. Other colleges that also had some work-study payments of more than $4,000 per student annually included Barton County Community College, Cloud County Community College and Cowley College. George Knox, president of Labette Community College, reviewed the work-study reports coming in from the 19 colleges in the conference. He disputed allegations that abuse of work-study was widespread in the conference. “In my opinion it is not league-wide. I can’t tell you of a president in our Jayhawk conference that would stand for it,” he said. McAtee disagrees with

the Jayhawk Conference in regards to scholarships. “It would be better to give full rides. We’ve talked about this. We’ve gone around it a million times.” The disbursement of work study hours is not a surprise to those in charge. McAtee is very aware of the situation with the allocation of work study. He also plans on addressing it in the future. “You’re going to see a scaling back,” said McAtee. “It’s too high.” But right now, and as in many years past, athletes continue to hold the majority of the work study pie. “It’s the nature of the beast,” said McAtee. “We’ve chosen to be competitive.”

Jackson Curtright Degree: Theatre

Q: What is your next step? A: Going to Missouri Southern State University.

Q: What are your summer plans? A: I’m going to be a paperman.

Q: What was your favorite class and why? A: Frank Arnold’s classes because if his “colorful phrases”.

Q: How did you leave your mark on Cowley College? A: I peed on the Brown Center one time... (joke).

Q: What was your favorite Cowley memory? A: Going to Long Beach.

Q: Who was your favorite Cowley teacher/advisor/ sponsor? A: Frank Arnold.

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Cowley College Commencement Ceremony May 5th @ 10AM W. S. Scott Auditorium

Chris Romero Degree: Associate of Accounting

Erica Parent Degree: Creative Writing

Q: What is your next step? A: School is undecided, possibly a few more online classes through Cowley. Q: What was your favorite class and why? A: All writing classes, helped me develop my skills. But I loved being in Art and Photography.

Q: What was your favorite Cowley memory? A: Winning second in Puttin’ on the Hits with my wonderful Creative Claws club!

Q: What are your summer plans? A: I plan on moving to Wichita, transfer to a Walmart there, or find an intership on Photo Journalism. Q: How did you leave your mark on Cowley College? A: By being involved with the Creative Claws and the Art Club. Q: Who was your favorite Cowley teacher/advisor/sponsor? A: My favorites(s) would have to be Marlys Cervantes, Ryan Doom, Meg Smith, Mark Flickinger and Mike Fell. They are all awesome!

Q: What is your next step? A: I’m planning on more school at Newman University. I’m planning on getting my bachelors in business managment while going on a bowling scholarship with them. I also work at the Wichita Country Club. So I’ll either be at school, work or on the bowling lanes. Q: What was your favorite class and why? A: My favorite class would have to be public speaking. It has helped me with my communication skills and I hope to take what I have learned and apply it to the future. Q: What was your favorite Cowley memory? A: My favorite Cowley memory is getting recognized for being Co-President in Phi Theta Kappa at my chapter and becoming a Student Ambassador. I love doing the projects Phi Theta Kappa at and Student Ambassador do!

Q: What are your summer plans? A:My summer plans are being a fulltime student to finish. Doing Phi Theta Kappa fundraisers so keep an eye on that! Also working and practice my bowling so I can be ready when I go to Newman! Q: How did you leave your mark on Cowley College? A: Completing my associates and being so involved with Cowley in Phi Theta Kappa and Student Ambassador. I have enjoyed my time here and I have made some lifetime friends while here! Q: Who was your favorite Cowley teacher/advisor/ sponsor? A: My favorite Cowley advisor was my Phi Theta Kappa advisor Mrs. Nancy Ayers. She has always been with me ever sinced I first steppedinto Cowley to talk to her about joining Phi Theta Kappa.

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Sprucing up the lawn at Travis Hafner training center From Ben Schears


y sincere thanks to all who gave their time, and a lot of energy, to laying the sod out at the Hafner Training Center this past Thursday and Friday. You may recall from late this past year, all of the landscaping was donated by Alex Gottlob, alumnus and owner of Gottlob Lawn and Landscaping. This was the final stage of his gift - 4 semi-truck loads full of bermuda sod. It was quite an undertaking, and we were truly blessed to have as much help as we did. Huge thanks to the grounds, physical plant, and

maintenance guys, because without their help and hard work we would have been sunk. Another huge thank you for the coaches and athletes in Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, and several track students. You guys came through at exactly the times when we needed the most help, provided a lot of willing and able hands, and I can’t tell you what a difference it made. A big thank you to the faculty, staff, and administrators who came down to lend a hand as well. There were also several

Front row: left to right, Richard Seymour, Somsy Sengvixay, Sue Saia, Dane Straight. Back row: left to right, Alex Gottlob, Connie Gottlob, Josh Sprague, Tony Harris, Jerry Kennolley (behind Sengvixay), Todd Ray, Ben Schears, Carl Garison, Roberto Dos Santos, Jackie Bernett, Brittany Estrada, And Kelsey Eddinger. Below: Volunteers helping lay out sod in front of the Travis Hafner Training Center. This was the finishing touch on the new facility. (photos courtesy of Ben Schears)

students whose time was spent fulfilling hours for the social science classes, ACES, and CAAT. Thank you for keeping volunteerism as part of the classroom and your programs. Over 60 students and employees from across the college came out and worked over the two days. On a personal note, it was really great to be a part of something where so many people from roles all across this college came together, shared a common goal, and worked hard to achieve it. It is this kind of energy and dynamic that makes this a great place to be.

Preparing for graduation

These are a few of the many individuals who have a part in preparing the graduation ceremony. Above: Ben Schears, director of institutional advancement.

Jamison Rhaods, technical director of theater

Kenelley Criss, groundskeeper

Janet Kennedy, assistant web master.

Kaylee Jackson Lisa Jackson Momodou Jallow Colgan James Goda Jankauskaite Mark Janzen Juan Jimenez Clareasa Johnson John Judd Fredrick Kamaru Chelsea Kelly Jacob Kennedy Timothy Kennedy Matthew Kernell Janell Kiewel Dawn Kimber Christopher Knapp Jacob Korte Katherine Krepel Jonathan Krusemark Anna Lakin Amy Lamson Ashley Lauer Julia Law Jessica Lawrie Sein Lengeju Ariel Lies Cheri Liggett Tiffany Linares Amy Lindsay

Stephanie Littlejohn Bethany Livengood Jenae Llamas Krista Logan Brian Lowe Sierra Lowry Delia Lujan Shopintoine Luna Shane Lundquist Kelly Macormac Danika Maggard Judson Maier Ashley Manly Jimmy Mann Caitlyn Mapel Joseph Marks Jacob Marney Mario Martinez Spencer Martinez Bailey Martinson Chris Mathews Mary Eva Matlock Michael Mavec Rachel Maxton Stephen Maxwell Artemius May Zane May Jamie Mayfield Laurie Mayfield Terry McClure

Lauren McDonald Mary McDonald Jordan McDowell Jace McIntire Joshua McKown Jessica McMillan Katrina McNeal Shelbie Mellington Jodi Melton Damon Mendoza Kammie Mercer Dana Merrifield Lauren Miller Barbara Milligan Troy Mirt Adrienne Molina Laura Monsanto Melissa Montiel Marina Moon Cameron Moore Jesse Morris Jacob Moss Michael Muller Alisa Mulryan Brandon Murray Symone Murray Harlee Musselman Ian Mutio Gabrielle Myers Sabrina Myers

Tera Mills Campus editor With every commencement, there is a group effort put forth by the Cowley staff to ensure that commencement is prepared and done as best as possible. From the technical side to the reading of graduate names, staff and faculty are arms deep in work. Preparations start months in advance for just one day of celebration and recognition. Executive Vice President of Business Services Tony Crouch oversees the entire grounds preparation. The grounds crew start fixing and preparing as early as possible to shape, plant, and transform the campus into an agricultural masterpiece. Not only are the grounds spruced up but so are the buildings. Technical Director of Theater, Jamison Rhoads sets up the technical side of things so the speakers can be heard throughout the audience.

Kelsea Naegele Travis Naegele Cody Neal Jamila Neal Ethan Neises Shannon Nelson Zachary Nelson Kathryn Newell Jody Newman Chi Fung Ng Gedraph Ngugi Kent Nguyen Tu Vy Nguyen Brian Niles Francis Njoroge Simon Njoroge Leland Noble Richard Noel Raymond Nolla Samantha Nolting Elizabeth Norton Austin Nuse Krystina Olinger Manuel Olivas Donna Osborn Dakota Osborne Aaron Palsmeier Duffy Parker Cody Parris-Miller Brandon Patterson

In addition to all the basic things needed for the day of graduation, there are also many faculty members who help with anything from preparing the diploma covers, like Vice President of Institutional Advancement Ben Schears, to preparing the academic information about students, like Vice President of Academic Affairs Slade Griffiths.

Not only do the faculty prepare, but Assistant Web Master Janet Kennedy and Director of Web Services Diana Dickens help prepare the website as well as post pictures of the ceremony.

Jason Bowker

Degree: Associates of Applied Science Mobile Intensive Care Technician

Q: What is your next step? A: I’m now working full time as a firefighter in Wichita, and part time as a paramedic in Mulvane. I also am a swat medic part time in Wichita. I plan on taking more classes to get a degree in nursing.

Q: What are your summer plans? A: My summer plans include working my jobs and going to my daughters t-ball games. There will probably be a significant amount of fishing going on too!

Q: What was your favorite class and why? A: My favorite class was cardiology. I really enjoyed learning how to read electrocardiograms and how to treat dangerous heart rhythms.

Q: How did you leave your mark on Cowley College? A: I am trying to leave my mark on Cowley College by helping out with all of the EMT and Paramedic classes that are currently going on as well as those in the future.

Q: What was your favorite Cowley memory? A: My favorite memories at Cowley are all of my friends I made. We all went through the same classes together for our degree and we really became a big family. It was almost depressing when I graduated and didn’t get to see everyone on a regular basis anymore.

Q: Who was your favorite Cowley teacher/advisor/sponsor? A: My favorite teacher is definitely Deryk Ruddle. His medical knowledge goes so far beyond what is required to be a great paramedic instructor and he constantly challenges all of his students to go above and beyond the requirements as well. This is one of the many reasons that I believe Cowley College has the best paramedic program in the nation.

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Getting prepared

Tera Mills Campus editor


t is the hottest day of the year and the hottest stars in the music industry are in the next town over. With summer concerts like Warped Tour, Mayhem Fest, Country Stampeded, and many more occurring during the dead heat it is fun to just be sporadic of summer it is best to prepare beforehand. but when it comes to having the best time possible being prepared is key. There are many ways to get prepared. “Just get tickets online… talk to my friends about it, plan what we are going to do before, like meet up at someone’s house and then see who can drive there and back,” said freshman Josh Golding as he talked about how he prepares for a concert. The first priority is to get tickets. Buying tickets is generally the only way to able to attend a concert, with the exception of being that one lucky fool who dials a radio station at just the right time. When the

Rhiannon Rosas Design editor If you’re into screamo, metal, pop punk, alternative music or anything in between, you should definitely check out Vans Warped Tour this summer.

After you go through the longest line in the history of forever, you will go through the big pearly gates and straight to the blow-up set list to see who is playing, when, and where. This is where you might make your first purchase of the

day, because for about five dollars you can buy a map of the venue which includes the bands and the time they are playing along with some headliners who will be signing. At Vans Warped Tour you will see over 100 bands at one venue for an entire day. Nothing but rocking out and pitting out. This year bands like Of Mice and Men, Anti Flag, and Mayday Parade will be performing along with big name bands Taking Back Sunday, Rise Against, and The Used, just to name a few. If you visit band merchandise booths, most will have a time set when they will be signing. This is always a fun experience to meet some great artists.

As if all these bands weren’t enough entertainment for you, Vans Warped Tour also invites skateboarders and BMX riders to come and impress the crowd. Along with the band booths, there are about 25 non-profit organization booths. Klean Kanteen has a big green flag by theirs for easy finding. You’ll want to find them because they provide free filtered water for everyone who visits their booth. Another organization that is there each year is Keep A Breast. They sell “I love Boobies” bracelets and shirts along with many other items and provide information on their mission. Sprinkled throughout the grounds beside non-profits and bands are about 55 sponsors. One popular booth sponsor is Trojan. They don’t just hand out information and free condoms, their booth is a walk through blow-up tent that is air conditioned. While you cool off, why not learn about STD’s? Another popular booth is Truth. They always have

time comes to buy tickets, make sure to go through a verified ticketing source to avoid scams. Generally major bands and tours have a link from their website to help make ordering tickets easy. Other ways to get tickets are through the box office located at the concert venue. It is crucial to never buy tickets in the parking lot from some random stranger that only has one goal, to rip someone off, and rip them off good. The next step is to set up travel plans if necessary.

“Be sure to take water with you because you get hot and dehydrated.” ~Shelby Bowman Lodging can sometimes be a pain to find. It is best to have verified lodging plans at least two weeks in advance. Check with friends who live in the area to see if there is there room to crash with them, otherwise make hotel arrangements as early as possible. This way there is a guarantee of not having to sleep in a cramped car in some abandoned parking lot. Preparing for the day of the concert is just as important, if not more so, than most of these tips Always bring back up money for any emergency of necessities, and to score band merchandise at booths at major concerts. Tour merchandise tends to run cheaper than buying them at stores or online.

Being healthy is important, especially if it is an all day concert which just happens to have one of your favorite bands playing–then you find out they are the last show of the night. Be sure to heat a large and nutritious meal because venue food can cost up to $10 for just two hotdogs. “Be sure to take water with you because you get hot and dehydrated,” said freshman Shelby Bowman. When taking water some venues do not allow opened containers, so be sure to keep it sealed until inside the venue. Many all day concerts have water refill stations throughout the vicinity. If the concert is outside be sure to wear clothes that fit the forecasted weather. If it is planned to be a sunny and warm day be sure to wear light clothing. Shorts and a light colored band tee is one of the more common concert clothing selections. If there is sun, even partly sunny, it is best to pack some sun screen. Also being aware of the surroundings is best. Be sure to keep an eye on any possessions because it is easy to lose items while being in a large crowd. “Be careful to watch their pockets or bags because other people can steal their stuff,” said sophomore Diana Davitaia. Concerts are a great way to make friends, experience live artists and create a memory that will last a lifetime. So get out there mingle with the crowd, score some swag, and have fun.

fun games and contests going on where you can win free t-shirts and skateboard decks. Monster Energy Drinks is a featured sponsor, they bring their Monster girls and hand out free Monster all day. If this article doesn’t get you interested in going to Vans Warped Tour, with the free condoms, meeting awesome bands, and the Monster girls, I don’t know what 3OH!3 front men Sean Foreman and will. Nathaniel Motte. Jordan Witzigreute of The Ready Set. (photos by Rhiannon Rosas)

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stivals e f c si

Summer festival season officially kicks off in May. Luckily for people in the south central Kansas region, many great music festivals are taking place in

our backyard. The more adventurous festival-goers have the option of traveling a few hours for a couple days of musical bliss.

Mitch-A-Palooza Fest

Stan Smith Staff reporter When I was a professional skateboarder, I was invited to participate on the Vans Warped Tour in 2003. I have thousands of stories from the experience, but my favorite involves Coheed and Cambria front man, Claudio Sanchez. I was hanging out with

Fans of the movie Old School are familiar with Mitch-A-Palooza. Drawing inspiration from the film, this festival started as a lake party with only a few bands playing. Over the last few years, the summer concert outgrew the Lake Afton pavilions, and will be held

this year at The Scene-Ary in Wichita. Mitch-A-Palooza Fest is a cross-genre mixer that features the Wichita area’s favorite local bands. This year’s line-up includes 15 bands, with Ark City’s own Untapped Market headlining, and Cowley County locals The Excellence

of Execution will provide support. Other bands include Conflicts (of Kansas City), In The Trenches (of Hutchinson), Call Your Own (of Salina), as well as many others. The event will be located at 600 S. Tyler and the music starts at 6pm.

Vans warped tour memory Rick Thorne, a professional BMX rider, before a performance when we saw a large man was pushing his way through a sea of kids and jump the barrier into the off limits “back stage” area. Rick said “I don’t think that guy should be back here.” I hollered “Hey yo,

this place is off limits to fans.” He smiled and said, “I’m the singer for Coheed and Cambria.” I wasn’t incredibly familiar with the band at the time, but I had heard a few songs. I looked at Rick, who was snickering, and I said “Really? I’m pretty sure a

chick sings for that band.” Rick busted out laughing, while Claudio politely introduced himself. Claudio stuck out his hand and said “Looks like Rick got you. Welcome to the Warped family.”

shows this summer Kansas

Sunflower Music Festival June 8-16 in Topeka, KS A free, annual series of orchestra concerts, chamber music evenings, educational projects and other artistic events of the highest level. Held at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus. Country Stampede June 21-24 in Manhattan, KS A huge celebration of today’s top country artists. Passes for all four days are $105. This year’s lineup includes: Like Bryan, Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, The Cleverlys, and Brantley Gilbert. Mitch-a-Palooza Fest Aug 4 in Wichita, KS 15 of the area’s best metal bands, headlined by Untapped Market. Tickets are $8. Walnut Valley Festival Sept 14-18 in Winfield, KS A full festival pass costs $85. Performers include: 3 Trails West, Bill Barwick, Stephen Bennet, and many more.


Vans Warped Tour Bonner Springs, KS Jul 9 New Found Glory, Rise Against, The Used, The Ghost Inside, many more. Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival Bonner Springs, KS Jul 17 Slayer, Anthrax, Motörhead, Slipknot


Arcadia Valley Mountain Music Spring Festival May 18-20 in Ironton, MO A great family friendly bluegrass festival is the state’s longest running festival. Rockfest May 12 in Kansas City, MO Rock’s top acts, including HellYeah, Chevelle, Trivium, Shinedown, and Five Finger Death Punch Bloom Heavy’s River Romp June 28-30 in Grassy, MO Acts include The Hillbenders, Split Lip Rayfield, Dirtfoot, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy. Three-day passes are $70. Loufest Aug 25-26 in St. Louis, MO $70 for two days. Acts include Dinosaur Jr, Cults, The Flaming Lips, Phantogram, The Flaming Lips. Family friendly.


Neon Desert May 26 in El Paso, TX $55 gets you into a huge cross-genre alternative music festival, with headliners Sparta and Ghostland Observatory. Many of the best local artists will be playing. Chaos in Tejas May 31-June 3 in Austin, TX A festival celebrating punk, hardcore, metal, hip hop, garage rock, indie rock, and all genres in between. Four day passes are $150. Headliners include The Abused, Municipal Waste, Ringworm, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, and Gas Chamber. Free Press Summer Fest June 2-3 in Houston, TX This is the best festival a $45 two day pass can buy. Acts include: Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, The Flaming Lips, Portugal. The Man, Descendents, Morris Day and the Time, and DJ Ebonix.

Nebraska MAHA Festival August 11 in Omaha, NE A large indie music event featuring the best local and national acts. Bands TBA


Bixby BBQ-n-Music Festival May 4-5 in Bixby, OK This festival is one of Oklahoma’s largest BBQ competitions, and is officially sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. 100 *barbecue teams will compete for the top prize and enjoy free music by local bands. Music Festival and Motorcycle Show May 4-5 in Poteau, OK The annual festival will feature live local music. A cruise will be held on Friday night and a classic car show held Saturday. The motorcycle show is Saturday afternoon. Free to enter. Arts for All Festival May 11-13 in Lawton, OK Oklahoma’s largest free juried art festival. 90 bands will be playing on two stages. Arbuckle Mountain Spring Blues Jam May 13-19 in Davis, OK Info- A large, family friendly bluegrass and country music jam based festival.

Davey Hoogerwerf, bassist and vocalist for Freshman 15. (photo by Rhiannon Rosas)


Telluride Bluegrass Festival June 21-24 in Telluride, CO Sold out. One of the most popular bluegrass festivals in the country. Performers include Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Della Mae, and The Devil Makes Three

Sonic Bloom June 21-24 in Georgetown, CO A festival focusing on electronic music. Acts include Tripper, Emancipator, Eskmo, and Zilla. 3 day passes are $175. Westword Music Showcase June 23 in Denver, CO Info- This festival is celebrates music and beer, so it is 21+. Tickets are $20. Performers include Girl Talk, Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis Battles.

Wanderlust July 5-8 in Copper Mountain, CO A music festival with a twist. In addition to musical acts, *Wanderlust also brings in top yoga teachers, chefs, guest speakers, and wine makers. Full four day passes are $475, and acts include Ziggy Marley, Gramatik, MC Yogi, and Elephant Revival. Country Jam Colorado June 21-24 in Grand Junction, CO A festival including some of country music’s biggest names. Luke Bryant, The Charlie Daniels Band, Trace Adkins, and Blake Shelton. Four day passes are $129.

Tulsa International Mayfest May 17-20 in Tulsa, OK A family-oriented event created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious and casual art lovers. Mayfest is nationally renowned for presenting the very best in arts and entertainment. Free to all. Backwoods Music Bash and Camping Festival May 25-28 in Prue, OK Four days of camping and good music. This year’s headliners are Split Lip Rayfield, The Werks, and The Gourds. Rocklahoma May 25-27 in Pryor, OK Over 70 bands including: Creed, Chevelle, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Theory of a Deadman, The Darkness, Trivium, Queensryche, Puddle of Mudd, HellYeah, Black Stone Cherry, The Art of Dying, and Slash. Edmond Jazz and Blues Festival May 26-27 in Edmond, OK A Memorial Day celebration with free admission featuring the area’s top artists and bands.

Bryce Sund Degree: Music

Q: What is your next step? A: Wichita State University

Q: What was your favorite class and why? A: My favorite class has always been choir because of the amount of dedication everyone contributes. It makes for a very special learning experience. Q: What was your favorite Cowley memory? A: My favorite Cowley memory is going to Colorado to perform at UNC Jazz Festival. It was the most important performance to me personally and we rocked!

Q: What are your summer plans? A: My summer plans include continuing to practice my craft (music) and make a little money on the side! Q: How did you leave your mark on Cowley College? A: I left my mark on Cowley College by hopefully encouraging others in the choir and in my section to always keep raising the bar and strive to be better than the last. Q: Who was your favorite Cowley teacher/advisor/sponsor? A: Connie Donnatelli

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Drawing crowds at Final Friday

Adding live music to the show, TMU drummed beats at the gallery’s entrance. (photo by Wil Austin) The most intriguing installation in the Final Friday gallery, a papier-mache horse full of empty beer cans created by Kat Low, freshman, lay on its side at the back of the room. (photo by Brandon Hanchett)

Wil Austin Editor-in-chief


t was finally Friday and the lights were lit, images hung and the piñata on the floor spilling its contents of hard candies, gum and, of course, light beer. Art students from Cowley College rented a space on Commerce Street in Wichita to display art for Final Friday on April 27; it was a success. “I really hope that we can do this a lot more often,

because this was a great way to get our names out there,” said sophomore Marc Hunt. “I mean, this is a really big step for us.” The theme for the gallery was ‘found spaces’ and the venue fit the artwork and the theme perfectly. The students displayed drawings, paintings, sculpture, and pottery in an unfinished studio space. The bare brick walls served as a natural frame for the two-dimensional artwork. Pottery and sculpture sat on pedestals on the raw cement floors. Rather than leaving the display silent, Cowley’s percussion group, Temporal Mechanics Union, set up at the entrance and performed interactive songs.

Their most popular piece “fortune-cookie jam” was complimented with actual readings from the sweet confections. Art Instructor, Mike Fell said he overheard several people comment on the uniqueness and feel of the lighting. The old warehouse building is in the middle of construction and is without electricity. The art department improvised and pulled in a local resource; Jamison Rhoads, technical theater director installed white Christmas lights on the walls to illuminate the student works. Final Friday is Wichita’s art walk along the edge of Old Town off Waterman. The old warehouses house galleries, lofts and some

funky little shops. The scene was set for the eclectic array of mediums on display. In all, seven student artists sold work, earning a combined $2,625. “This was very motivational for a lot of

art students,” said Fell. He said it gave students a goal to work towards, and it prompted some of them to finish projects left unfinished for a semester or more. The gallery received plenty of foot traffic. Art instructor Mark Flickinger estimated at least 1,000 people strolled through the exhibition. According to Flickinger two other Old Town venues offered display space upon seeing the quality of the art department’s work on Final Friday. Fell said one of those locations has been involved in Final Friday since the beginning. Fell said there are plans are to display student art The show’s theme, “undiscovered space,” tapped into people’s desires to find undiscovered artists. (photo by Wil Austin)

for Final Friday at the end of every semester as a final big show for students to look towards. Hunt, who had several pieces in the exposition, said he welcomes another chance. He said felt as though next time, the art club as a whole could represent themselves better. “To be honest some of the work in there I thought was a little sub-par compared to our normal work.” His art, for instance, drew a lot of eyes, but no buyers. “I just didn’t hit that sweet spot of just ideas and putting it on the canvas,” said Hunt. To learn what needs improvement, he said he wants to get more feedback from viewers. A few more events like Final Friday in Old Town, Wichita, should do the trick.

Wrapping up the season with a final round of ping pong

As one last event Matt Soule, Director of Intramurals/ Central Dorm Manager had one final Ping Pong tournament. Not many students showed up but the one’s who did enjoyed themselves and had a blast. Matt Soule has been doing a great job at getting the student body involved with the intramurals this semester and we are all excited to see what he has in store for the next school year.

Trishia Cook Degree: Associate of Art

Q: What is your next step? A: I plan on transferring to Southwestern and I should be done with school in two years. Q: What was your favorite class and why? A: My favorite class would be my field experience class because I love going to the Francis Willard three days a week and observing and helping Mrs. Gregory’s 2nd grade class.

Q: What was your favorite Cowley memory? A: I have a lot of memories, all the athletic events, Puttin’ on the Hits, making videos in the jungle, all the dances and of course cheering here.

Q: What are your summer plans? A: My plans for the summer are to work a lot and save up money for next year. Q: How did you leave your mark on Cowley College? A: I think I left my mark by having lots of fun with all my friends I have made here at Cowley. Q: Who was your favorite Cowley teacher/advisor/ sponsor? A: Rikki Hettenbach was by far my favorite sponsor, she was a good role model. She was always there for me when I needed anything and I also loved having her as my cheer coach. She made my experience at Cowley very memorable.

Far left: Ben Vozzola, freshman. (photo by Brandon Hanchett) Above: Jack Busby, freshman. (photo by Jordan Bellin)

Travis Garcia, sophomore. (photo by Jordan Bellin)

Jamilla Neal, sophomore. (photo by Jordan Bellin)

Matt Soule, director of Intramurals/Central Dorm Manager and Jack Busby, freshman. (photo by Brandon Hanchett)

Jessica Penrose Robert Pepper Suvanah Perdue Jordan Perry Timmy Phanthavong Linda Phanvongkham Bobbie Phillips Joshua Phillips Michael Phillips Nina Phillips Sheyne Pickard Dalton Piecukonis Jonathan Piper Jordan Pohl Indigo Pohlman Lana Pohlman Joni Powers-Pauly Kameron Ptacek Michelle Pudden Jacob Pulliam Krissa Pulliam Charles Queen Beth Raines Katrina Rains Chynnablaire Ramelb Bryanna Ramsey Courtney Rash Drew Ratzlaff Abram Ray Sarah Ray

Whitney Rusk Lane Russell Terri Sanders Carol Satterlee Alyssa Saunders JonGabriel Savala Samuel Sawyer Molley Scanlon Hilary Schafer Maria Schmidt Jasmine Scott Tori Scott Abbigail Sevier Shanna Seyfarth Devon Shivers Angela Shockey Christie Shook Stephanie Short Abby Showalter Emily Sickele Haleigh Sills Kristin Silvers Crystal Simmons Rosemary Simmons Amarjot Singh Lindsay Slater Caitlin Smith Chanda Smith Jennifer Smith Melissa Snider

Tammy Ray Heidi Reed Melissa Reynolds Nicholas Reynolds Precious Richard Kristin Richardson Warner Richardson April Richardson Mastin Katy Richerson Sheryl Ricken Jessica Rickman Melissa Riddle Nichole Riojas Andrew Ritthaler Samuel Roark Clark Roberts Teresa Robinson Haley Rodman Nitasha Rodriguez Christopher Romero Rhiannon Rosas Miriam Rose Traci Rosendale Chamay Ross John Ross Rachael Rossiter-Warwick Cody Rosson Haley Rouleau Christopher Rounds Alysha Rozell

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Colorado Jazz Wil Austin Editor-in-chief

This year, Steffanie Fleig came to the festival with her husband, Josh Fleig, director of instrumental music. (photo by Wil Austin)


At Fort Scott High School, freshman Rachel McAfee, right, and Rebecca Munoz, sophomore, center, wait for their cue to sing while listening to Lane Russell, sophomore, deliver a heartfelt solo. (photo by Wil Austin) On their day off, sophomore Mollie Talbert and freshman Blake Gillman play tag under a rotunda in the park with other members of Jazz Band. Later they joined up with Singers for an afternoon in the Rockies. (photo by Wil Austin)

Directing the CC Singers in front of lunch-eating high school students, Connie Donatelli’s positive energy remained a thing of legend. She has often credited music for keeping her so young and alive. (photo by Wil Austin)

Taking a moment on the morning of their performance, sophomore Mariah Schmidt silently warms up her trumpet. (photo by Lane Russell)

Cancilla Triplett Brandi Turner Christopher Turner Imo Udoudo Mingma Ukyab Brandon Underwood Amanda Upton Ronald Upton Cody Urban Misty Utsler Nicholas Utt Rick Valcin Lyndsie Valle Michelle Vaught Kali Vickery Maricarmen Visoso Tabatha Waldroupe Johnetta Walker Velma Walker Monica Wallin John Ward Molly Warren Timothy Washburn Desiree Weakly Chance Weathers Charlotte Webb Alicia Weber Jon Wedel Bradley Weir Ethan Welch

or a few minutes, the mountains were alive with the sound of music. Saxophone in hand, Cooper Bruhn stood over Bear Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo., playing the first thing that came to mind. From April 18 to 21, The Jazz Band and CC Singers attended a jazz festival in Greeley, Colo., hosted by the University of Northern Colorado. On Wednesday 18, the group stopped in Fort Scott to perform in the lunch hall at a high school. They seized the chance to grab some cafeteria food before trekking on towards Greeley. At the festival, the CC Singers were first to perform, on Thursday. One of their two adjudicators, Jennifer Barnes, had worked with them before at the Friends University jazz festival in February. That night they attended a powerful concert headlined by Swedish vocal quintet, The Real Group. They were talented and entertaining, ending their show on a devastatingly beautiful song, called “Gota.” Friday was their “fun” day. The Jazz Band listened to a few combos in the morning, then joined up with the Singers for an afternoon in the mountains, where Bruhn found time to pull out his sax. Jazz Band performed Saturday, a few hours before they left for Ark City. The band’s adjudicator, George Stone, is also the composer of one of the songs the group performed, and a song dear to director Josh Fleig’s heart, “Where or When.” Spirits soared, and naps grew long, on the bus drive home. Bad or good, all things come to pass, and the musicians arrived at Cowley College in time for one last concert.

Jerry Wells Amanda Westerman Megan Whaley Anthony White Danielle White Matthew White Christinia Whitsett Carlin Whitten Amber Wiley Docia Williams Holly Williams Marie Williams Stacey Williams Lisa Willson Ashley Wilson Brandi Wilson Melissa Wilson Morgan Wilson Roger Wilson Tyla Winkler Sherrie Winslow Mark Winter Rosheena Winzer Anna Witherspoon Joseph Wittmann Holly Wolf Tsz Kit Wong Katie Woolley Tia Ybarra Larry Young

Tuning up for their big performance, guitarist Cameron Crabtree, freshman, waits to warm up with the rest of Jazz Band. (photo by Lane Russell) At a Q&A session with the members of The Real Group, freshmen Jason Williams, right, and Rebeka Anliker, left, listen to the tenor’s interesting yet humorous answers. The Real Group put on an impressive show later that night. (photo by Wil Austin)

Janice Neagle Retiring from Human Resources Q: What do you plan to do once you retire? A: I am going to move back home to Derby and move in with my 90-year-old mother and take care of her; take yoga; work on my genealogy research; and spend time with friends and family. Q: What is your fondest memory of your time at Cowley? A: I can’t really give you just one specific time. My fondest memories will be how supportive people have been when I have really needed it. Q: How does grandmahood suit you? A: I love it! I have a 14-yearold grandson and he has an 8-month-old brother, and they are both wonderful! It is so much better being a grandmother than being a parent. Q: Will you have more time to spend with family? A: Definitely. My primary time will be with my mother. I will be much closer to my only son and his family, so I plan to pester them a lot.

Q: In your time here, wo have you hired that you feel was the perfect fit with the Cowley family? A: I have hired way too many people to answer that question. There are so many employees that are the perfect fit with the Cowley family that I couldn’t begin to name them. Q: How did you leave your mark on Cowley? A: I was the first human resource person the college ever had, so I think my mark would have to be the policies and procedures I have been responsible for initiating, and trying to keep everything in employment legal. Q: Name three things on your bucket list. A: I really have thought of having a bucket list. I think three of the things that I hope to accomplish are to get my genealogy research organized (which is a very big deal); to meet in person some of the “family” I have met online while doing my research; and to travel some in the states.

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Wrapping up but not throwing out

Ruy Vaz Contributing writer


veryone fears a tiger. This feline, capable of petrifying any animal with only its presence, possesses attributes that justify such reverence. When tigers chase prey, it is hard not to be impressed by their speed, strength, agility, accuracy, and most importantly, their persistence. Tigers almost never give up. The mascot assigned to Cowley College Athletics fits so perfectly that, whether in the field or on the court, it seems we are watching tigers instead of humans. The 2011-2012 season was proof that at Cowley, athletes are not common players. Travis Hafner Center Widely viewed as one of the best community college athletic programs in the country, Cowley College showed why once more in 2011. The opening of the multi-million dollar Travis Hafner Training Center last November showed how strong of a commitment

Cowley College has towards sports. The new facility provides student athletes with the necessary infrastructure to improve their physical condition as well as their skills. The Travis Hafner Center benefits all 15 of Cowley’s athletic teams and is considered to be one of the top junior college indoor training centers in the nation.


Every time the volleyball team danced before a game to the Brazilian song “Elas estão descontroladas“, which means “the girls are out of control,” the opposing team shook as well, but with fear. The Lady Tigers showed up on the court only to win. During the season, each victory increased the Ladies’ confidence that only the sky is the limit.

All the hard work allowed the Ladies to fly higher than any other college in the nation as they brought Cowley their first-ever national championship title in volleyball. Head Coach Jenifer Bahner was named the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) TwoYear College Midwest Region Coach of the Year.


Every year, as November approaches, students get more excited at the prospect of watching a thrilling basketball game at W.S. Scott Auditorium. Besides admiring the versatile and well trained players from both the men an women’s teams, going to a basketball game at Cowley means enjoying the entertaining environment. While some have fun observing Head Coach Tommy DeSalme’s peculiar ability to yell instructions and never spit out his eternal chewing gum, others cannot wait for the moment when the tigerettes step onto the court. In spite of not winning any titles, it was a very interesting season for Cowley basketball. The men’s team, though tripping over their own feet on some occasions, are proving to be a potential candidate for conference champion next season as they are loaded with promising freshmen. The Ladies had a similar

performance to that of the men’s team as they impressed in many games, but failed in some important matches after which the players certainly left the court thinking: : “How come we lost this game?” Nevertheless it was a satisfactory season. The men’s team finished the season with a 24-10 record, while the women had a record of 22-10. Both male and female student athlete

of the year are basketball players. Sophomores Gavin Brown, and Emily Barto.


Cowley College Soccer confirmed its ascension in the last season as the men’s team established itself among the best programs in the Jayhawk Conference. Every year, talented players are recruited, thus giving Head Coach Roberto do Santos many possibilities to develop a great things. The Ladies showed determination, and the outlook for the upcoming season is positive. Coach Dane Straight must be looking forward to starting off a new season, as he is always willing to bring something new to his squad. The men’s team finished the 2011 season with a 13-3-2 record, the best in four years, while the women finished the year with a record of 7-10-1.


Coach Josh Cobble must be very proud of his players; the numbers speak for themselves in 2011-2012. Both the men and women’s teams represented Cowley in the National Small College Championships in Alabama last November with four All Americans. The team went undefeated and captured its second straight Region VI title at the tournament on April 21 and 22. The freshmen have shown solid game and the sophomores have confirmed to be in better shape than ever. On May 13, both teams will head up to the NJCAA Nationals on may and, needless to say, there are great expectations for both teams.

National Indoor meet, where sophomore Charles Ross stood out by becoming Cowley College’s first-ever national champion in the 600-meter run. The Tiger men’s track and field team placed 14th out of 34 teams. The NJCAA National Outdoor meet will be held on may 15, 16, and 17 in Levelland, TX, where a contingent of Tigers will battle hard to place among the best athletes in the country.


The baseball team is currently second in the Jayhawk conference and goes 27-21 on the season. The Tigers are expected to improve even more since they have one of the best baseball facilities in the nation.


It has been a historic year for the Softball team as Ed Hargrove has attended his 27th season as the head coach of the Lady Tigers. Most impressive, however, is his achievement of joining a select group of coaches with 1,000 career wins. In 2007, he was already put into intercollegiate sports history when he was inducted into the NJCAA Softball Hall of Fame. The Ladies have moved up to No. 4 in the latest NJCAA Division II softball rankings. They are heading to Region VI playoffs May 4 through 6, and the Lady Tigers, along with their successful head coach, want their place in history.

Track and Field/ Cross Country

With a successful season, the Cowley Track and Field and Cross Country teams have kept their tradition of forming outstanding athletes. The Tigers have obtained good results part in 20 track meets including the NJCAA

Top Left: Winding back for the throw, sophomore Garrett Bane pitches in a scrimmage against Tonkawa. (photo by Brandon Hanchett) Middle Left: Junior Velasquez sophomore, goes after the ball against apposing team. (photo by Sam Francis) Bottom Left: Ludmila Duarte Elias, a freshmen, gets ready to pass the ball to a teammate. (photo by Autumn Mumford) Top Right: Taylor Parson sophomore is pitcher for the softball team the Lady Tiger have 43 wins and 6 loses. Middle Right: Point guard Ryan Devers, a freshman, take the ball down the court. (photo by: Autumn Mumford) Bottom Right: Sophomore Cathy Hafenstine runs to cover her teammates serve against Allen County. (photo by Brandon Hanchett)

Retiring after all these years Wil Austin Editor-in-chief When speaking about the competitiveness of this school’s athletic program, and how much it has grown in the past 17 years, there is one man to whom many give credit. That man is retiring at the end of June. Tom Saia has been Cowley’s athletic director since 1995. During his time here, the athletic department has seen many significant improvements in its program that have placed it among the top athletic programs in the nation. Saia did not want to be interviewed about his departure and said he preferred instead to let his colleagues do the talking for him. The most veteran coach at Cowley, Ed Hargrove, head coach of the softball team, said he remembers first meeting Saia at a region VI basketball conference before he was hired by Cowley College. Hargrove’s first impression of Saia, who was a football coach at the time, was that the man was very friendly and outgoing. “He acts like everybody’s his best friend,” Hargrove said. The softball coach has worked with four different Athletic Directors at the college, and he said Saia stands out for his open-door policy. Every athlete and member of coaching staff knew they could find him

This spring, Athletic Director Tom Saia was inducted into the Hall of Fame. After 17 years, he is retiring from his position. (courtesy photo)

in his office and talk to him without having to set up an appointment. Pat McAtee, the president of the college, echoed how important it has been that Saia cares about the athletes. “I don’t know how many kids he’s been able to keep here simply because he’s spent time with them and talked to them,” said McAtee. Rama Peroo, director of public relations, has known Saia for nearly nine years, ever since he was hired as a sports information coordinator at Cowley. “I worked primarily for Tom in the athletic department,” Peroo said. Something that jumped out at Peroo was Saia’s ability to recruit good coaches in every sport, much the same way a coach would recruit good athletes.

For example, he hired Jennifer Bahner as the head volleyball coach in 2009, and she has since has led the Lady Tigers to 104 wins, 11 losses, and a 2011 national championship title in the fall. Cowley has seen many stories of coaches hired under Saia achieving great things very quickly. A reason for that, according to Peroo and Hargrove, is the freedom Saia leaves coaches to run their programs without distractions. Hargrove said he used to be divided among several different responsibilities, and ever since Saia came, he has been able to focus strictly on coaching. Saia also avoids playing the role of the coach, and leaves that to the person he hired. “He doesn’t dabble with his fingers in everybody’s jobs,” said Hargrove. What he does instead is stress the importance of winning. Saia has a strong sense of competition. Peroo said, “he can not stand to lose.” According to McAtee, a competitive spirit fits right in with Cowley’s vision for all of its programs. Whether in athletics, theatre, or science, the president said the college wants to provide its students with the best. “If we’re going to be in it, we have got to be the best,” said McAtee. In the past five years, Cowley’s athletics program has been ranked the top junior college athletic program in the state

of Kansas four times. Now that the highly successful 17-year run with Saia is coming to an end, many are apprehensive about hiring a new athletic director. Hargrove said after coaching at Cowley for 28 year, he has becoming comfortable with Saia. “And I’m sure the new AD (athletic director) won’t do things exactly like Tom does them so it’s a little scary,” he added. McAtee also recognized that it will be difficult, just like with any other transition, but he also expects to see everyone pulling together to make it work. “We’re going to need everybody that’s on board to stay hooked up and give whoever this new person is a real chance,” said McAtee. As for Saia, his colleagues are unsure about where he’ll go and what he’ll do next. He could move to Florida, or return to coaching –McAtee called it “his first love.” His next move might be surprising. He once said he would ride a motorcycle across New Zealand if the end of the world was in 2012. Regardless of what path he takes, his colleagues will be sad to see him go. They said he became a friend just as much as he was an athletic director. “Tom’s gonna be sorely missed here,” said Peroo.

Danika Maggard Degree: Mass Communications

Q: What is your next step? A: I’m going to USC Aiken in South Carolina in the fall to continue playing.

Q: What was your favorite class and why? A: My favorite class was Introduction to Media because we had a fun class. Q: What was your favorite Cowley memory? A: Favorite Cowley memory would be winning nationals!

Q: What are your summer plans? A: My summer plans are to hang out with my friends and family as much as possible and go see my best friends Molley, Shanna and Emily. Q: How did you leave your mark on Cowley College? A: I hope I left a mark on the freshman here at Cowley to continue a great tradition. Q: Who was your favorite Cowley teacher/advisor/sponsor? A: Favorite Cowley teacher would be Meg Smith.

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Sophomore Spotlight

May 3, 2012

Transferring tips for today’s sophomores

Transferring to a four-year college can be hard at times, but keeping track of everything that has been turned in and paid for before hand. Sophomore Dakota Grote finished his transfer to Fort Hays State University with much stress behind it all. (photo by Brittany Thiesing) ring from Cowley College should be planned ahead of When applying to transfer Brittany Thiesing Staff photographer


he end has finally come, and sophomores are transfer-

to the college of their choice. Most students choose to transfer to a four-year college, but the process to get it done is a lot of work. A lot goes into transferring and

time, like getting accepted. “It is important to gain admittance to those colleges and universities at least six months ahead,” said Bev Manuszak, impact counselor.


to another school, it is a good idea to get it done early because the scholarship forms are usually due by February 1, a whole semester before you intend to enroll.

Be sure to visit every college that interests you. When students tour the campuses, it gives them a feel for the atmosphere of the facilities and the personality of the student body. Students should also remember to send their transcripts in early and be sure to meet admission’s deadlines so they can get accepted early. Advisers, enrollment services, and Impact can help students with all their transferring needs, “any student can attend transfer visits with the Impact program,” said Manuszak. “I try to help students enroll in the classes that will meet the requirements for their degree at Cowley and the school they want to transfer to,” said director of enrollment management, Heather Allen. Student Services has a transfer tool that helps them see what the major universities in Kansas and Oklahoma will accept. “To help students transfer I have them first select their college and get a list of course requirements for their Bachelor’s degree,” said enrollment services representative, Hannah Andrews. “Then I check into the school to make sure all their courses will transfer. It is up to the transferring college whether

“There are so many memories, playing football after my workouts, and meeting new people while I worked at the Tiger Deli.” ~Cameron Moore

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“Next year I’m going to Friends University, it’s bitter sweet leaving Cowley, I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.” ~Raven Ortiz

Amber Browlow Major: Cosmetology Q. What is your next step? More

school or work? A. I have considered going back to schooling in the future but right now I’m focusing on passing state boards and finding a salon to work at where I can continue my career.

Q. What was your favorite class?

Why? A. I have taken a wide variety of classes at Cowley, but I think my favorite would have to be the health classes, I took the first year I was at Cowley or the cosmetology courses I am taking now. I like cosmetology because it is very hands on, the other students in the class are great to be around and I’m learning a lot of new things.

Q. Who was your favorite cowley

Cowley teacher/advisor/sponsor? A. I like a lot of the staff at Cowley, they are all so friendly. I learned a lot about health from Mrs. Nittler she was such a nice person always helping students. I have also learned a lot from Ms. Becky, the advisor in the cosmetology department. Ms. Miquee, the lab instructor in the cosmetology department is very helpful when it

comes to questions about what to do for the clients. She also helped me with my sisters hair for prom which turned out really great.

Q. What is your favorite Cowley

memory? A. My favorite Cowley memory would have to be all the preparation for “Puttin’ on the Hits” and the performance. I had so much fun with all of the cosmetology students getting ready for the big event. Mostly the costumes and makeup, I’m not the best dancer, but it still was a great time and a great memory.

Q. How did you leave your mark

on Cowley College? A. I’m not sure how I left a mark on Cowley College, maybe by being in the cosmetology department and talking to many new people. Mostly I think Cowley College has let a mark on me by giving me the schooling I need to succeed.

Q. What are your summer plans? A. My summer plans are to move to a new town and find a job to start my career.

or not to accept courses,” said Andrews. Over the course of a year, In the Impact program schedules transfer visits to all the major universities in Kansas and Oklahoma, whether mid-size colleges, major universities, or private colleges. “Students will sometimes complain that their credits were not accepted at the next level,” said Manuszak. “Students will find out which courses are transferable, students can do that online anytime.” One of the biggest issues that students encounter is their credits not transferring as they should. Some students have encountered other issues. The biggest issue I have dealt with is saving my spot at the University of Kansas by paying a $300 new student fee before a certain date, and that is keeping me from being able to finish all of my requirements to transfer there. Talking to students that are dealing with transferring now is a good way to get some tips; another good thing would be to talk to your advisor or enrollment services. The Cowley website offers answers to what students ask most about transferring.

“My favorite memory was all of the friends I made at Cowley.” ~Josh Crenshaw

Raven Ortiz, Angela Shockey and Katie Arnett pose for a shoot on their way home after class. Otriz, Shokey and Arnett left choir after preparing for a concert. (photo by Samantha Francis) Jilysa Daniels and Jordan Hill get together to catch up and get together with other friends. Daniel and Hill have worked in theater productions together during their time at Cowley. (photo by Samantha Francis) Josh Crenshaw also joins Cameron Moore several times a week to play football. Josh has been involved in campus working at the Wellness Center and the Tiger Deli, Josh has met and made a lot of friends during his time at Cowley. (photo by Brittany Thiesing)

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