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Issue 14


Student Publication of Cowley College


April 14, 2005


Arkansas City, Kan.

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New building to alleviate lack of classroom space



ith the outer construction work almost complete, Cowley instructors eagerly await the completion of the WebbBrown Building. The two-story building is located on the south side of the Brown Center and is scheduled to open for the fall classes of 2005. The Webb-Brown Building will be used for the Business and Service Technology Center, which will include an updated computer lab and technology center for the faculty to use. The second floor will be used for general education classrooms, like Psychology, Sociology, or Composition I and II, because of their high enrollment rate. Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs Sheree Utash said, “The classrooms will have more room and be much more comfortable for students.” Once the Business and Service Technology Department moves into the building, journalism, art, and computer graphics art will move to the Kerr Technology Building, where the Business and Service Technology Department is currently housed. Business and Technology instructor JoLynne Oleson said, “I am very excited about the move, and I am looking forward to working in such a beautiful building.” The construction expenses for the Webb-Brown Building were included in the 2004-2005 budget, and the final cost of the construction should come in on budget, at a little under $2.7 million. The center is named after the late Daisy E. (Webb) and Paul H. Brown, who were both long time Arkansas City citizens. Cowley has also received numerous donations and pledges to help fund the construction, with the Webb-Brown family donating $350,000, one of the largest donations in Cowley College’s history. Conco Construction of Wichita is completing the Webb-Brown project and after completion will start on the remodeling of GalleJohnson Hall. Vice President of Business Services Tony Crouch said, “I am excited for the completion of the Webb-Brown building. It is going to be awesome.”

Clockwise from top left: An interior shot of the Webb-Brown Building’s front entrance corner. The main staircase of the Webb-Brown Building. An exterior shot of the front entrance corner of the Webb-Brown Building. This corner faces to the southeast and has architectural details similar to those of the Brown Center. (Photos by Morgan Williams)

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Campus with Student of the Month Whitney Smith



hitney Smith, sophomore from Mulvane has been chosen as Cowley’s Student of the Month for April. Smith is a pre-nursing major and plans on transferring to Wichita State University to major in nursing. She is involved in many activities across campus including Act One, Concert Choir, CC Singers and Student Ambassadors. Smith was featured last fall as Rosemary in “How to Succeed…” and served as the stage manager for the spring play “The Foreigner.” Last fall, Smith was a finalist for Queen Alalah. Additionally, Smith serves as a resident assistant in Oscar Kimmell Dormitory and is listed on the National Dean’s List. When not involved with school, Smith competes in horse shows. She has trained her horse for several years and competes with him by performing specific pattern routines. Cowley Press: What drew you to nursing?

Whitney Smith: My family has a history of health problems and I had health problems in high school. I wanted to be a nurse so that I could relate to sick people and help take care of them.

CP: What do you do in your spare time? WS: When I have spare time, I like to read, ride my horse and hang out with friends. I like to watch movies a lot.

CP: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? WS: I see myself hopefully married, living in Washington, D.C., and being a nurse.

CP: What is your favorite book? WS: The Harry Potter series.

CP: What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment? WS: Everything I’ve done at Cowley... I’ve done so many things that I didn’t think were possible.

CP: What do you feel is your greatest asset? WS: I care a lot for people and want the best for them.

CP: How do you define success? WS: Success is being happy with how you’ve achieved your goals and just knowing that you’re where you want to be in your life right now. CP: If you could meet the 10-year-old version of yourself, what advice would you give her? WS: Stay away from boys. [laughs] Just enjoy life and don’t grow up too fast because pretty soon you’re going to be old.

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CP: What is your favorite movie? WS: Probably The Little Mermaid.

CP: What makes you unique? WS: I try to just be who I am and enjoy life. I like pink a lot and I wear pink all the time and I don’t think a lot of people do that. CP: What advice would you give to someone interested in attending Cowley? WS: Get involved in everything that you’re interested in ... Enjoy it while you have it because pretty soon it’s going to be gone.

The Student of the Month is nominated by faculty/staff and chosen by the Student Affairs Committee.

The Cowley Press receives All-Kansas Award BY SARAH LAVALLEE Staff Writer The Cowley Press won the AllKansas Award at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press Conference at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Wichita April 1011. This award goes to the best collegiate newspaper among two-year colleges in Kansas for the 2004-2005 school year. “I’m very pleased with our performance at competition,” Tara Vanderpool,

Cowley Press managing editor, said. “We had a young staff this year and so this is quite an accomplishment.” Vanderpool received second place and $100 for Journalist of the Year for two-year schools. Vanderpool also took first place in news writing and second place for front-page design. Cowley competed against nine twoyear colleges that had entries in the contests. In addition to Vanderpool’s success, Ashleigh Ragan won first place in

ad design, Tim Badley took second place in the multimedia storytelling division and Sarah Donnelly and Nicole Webster took third place in series writing. The Cowley Press also received 17 honorable mention certificates for a variety of categories for photogrpahy, design and writing. While attending the conference, members of the staff were given the opportunity to go to break-out sessions, where they could learn about a variety of

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topics related to journalism. There was also time for one-on-one critiques. During this time an advisor from another school would review the good qualities and point out weak spots in the newspaper’s layout and writing. This critique session was especially helpful for next year’s staff members and new managing editor Jared McGuire. The Cowley Press also won the AllKansas Award at the 2004 KACP spring conference.

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Psychology students test kids’ development

Let the children play lot of students don’t realize what exactly little kids are capable of.” Library Director Rhoda MacLaughlin’s son owley College’s Developmental Britton, age 3, participated in the experiment day Psychology classes have recently completwith Knoles’ class. She said he apparently told his ed projects that test children’s skills. For friends at daycare that he was not going to school, these projects, instructors Michelle but that he was going to college. Knoles and Jan Allison each had According to MacLaughlin, “All their students design different turned out really well. We were types of toys or experiments for glad to be a part of it.” kids ages 3 to 6 years old. Jan Allison had her students Knoles’ class designed certain prepare toys for the children to experiments that determined chilplay with, rather than experidren’s social, fine motor and gross ments. Allison has had her class motor skills. Some of the experimake toys for the past couple of ments assessed volume. For examyears. “You can see as children ple, children were shown different play at what stage of developsizes of beakers full of water and ment they are in.” For Allison’s were asked to determine which class, students not only design beaker was more full. The beakers their toys, but they also make were not of the same size; children them. Their assignment was to compared tall and skinny beakers Sophomore Courtney Pike make a toy that incorporates all with short and wide beakers. skills people use. encourages 18 month-old Motor skills are motions According to sophomores Zoie Holmes to throw the involving the brain, nervous sys- ball into the bucket. Zoie is Melissa Emerson and Heather tem, and muscles working togeth- the daughter of Sophomore Irving, these toys help with develer. Fine motor skills are small opmental skills. The toys that they Florence Holmes. movements and gross motor skills (Photo by Tim Badley) make help the children find relaare bigger movements. tionships between objects. Knoles had her students ask the children Allison’s students made games and toys such fun questions, such as “Why do birds fly?” These as a fishing game, a Velcro alphabet game, and a questions helped students determine how youngpuzzle. er children think. “It was a blast,” said Knoles. “A BY NICOLE WEBSTER Staff Writer


Far right: Four year-old, Colton Carroll, nephew to Chalynia Carroll, performs a jump shot to put a big rubber ball into a box. Though the larger boxes were meant for the younger children, most of the kids tried all of the games. (Photo by Dana Dinkel)

Right: As 5-year-old Emma Knoles listens, sophomore Jenny Crank reads “If You Give a Pig a Pancake” by Laura Numeroff. Instructor Michelle Knoles, Emma’s mother, led the child development study. (Photo by Nicole Webster)


Dorm contracts for the 2005-2006 are in. The Student Life offices are preparing a mailing list. Dorms operate on a first-come, first-served basis. If any current students would like a dorm room, they can pick up dorm contract in the Student Life offices. There is a $100 down payment due at the time the contract is turned in. Friday, April 15, is the last day to drop a 16-week class with a grade of W. Tuesday, May 3, is the last day for students to drop a second 8-week class with a W. Forms are available in the registrar’s office. Students should see their academic advisor before dropping a class. Cowley College organizations raised $2,270 for Big Brothers and Big Sisters on the Bowling for Kids’ Sake night. This was the most raised by a Cowley Bowl in recent memory, according to ACES counselor James Fry. Michelle Knoles, ACES coordinator, expressed her special thanks to the Student Ambassadors, who had five teams. SGA will meet again on Tuesday, May 3, at 5 p.m. in the Cafeteria. The meeting is open to all students.

A quick look at what’s happening on campus

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 7 percent of students have an anxiety disorder. Cowley College offers its students free and confidential services for this and other personal issues. The office of Student Life Counselor Roy Reynolds is in room 204 of the Nelson Student Center. Reynolds can be reached at (620) 441-5228. Campus Christian Fellowship meetings are held every Monday at 8 p.m. in room 134 of the Brown Center. The meetings are about an hour long and involve Bible study, praise and worship. The meeting is open to the public. Amanda Hadicke, Whitney Jones and Lory Turney were named as Cowley’s three finalists at the Arkansas City Outstanding Student Reception on Monday. Three students were also picked from both the middle school and high school for their leadership abilities. Next Monday, the finalists will attend a dinner where the Outstanding Student of Arkansas City will be named. Bites compiled by Simbi Munjoma

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New representatives chosen


Leading the way BY SARAH LAVALLEE Staff Writer Seventy-two Cowley students were nominated for next year’s Student Ambassador positions. Of those, 15 were chosen based on GPA, extracurricular activities, and the number of nominations they received. Student Ambassadors are mainly in charge of giving campus tours; however, they are expected to represent Cowley College on and off campus and provide lots of help in the Admissions office. When she was a student at Cowley, Admissions Representative Pamela Hann was a Student Ambassador and now she works with them. She said being a Student Ambassador “gave me a chance to express my pride in the college. The tours were my favorite so everyone could see how awesome our campus is.” To become an Ambassador, students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and be nominated by a current Student Ambassador, staff, or faculty member. Next a letter is sent out congratulating the potential Ambassadors and the final step

Student Ambassadors Ashley Bland Brandon Burke Sheila Chitwood Danielle Craig Joey Glenn Kelly Hedges Candace Hunt Sharee Hurt

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Ashley Jefferies Brandon May Chrissy Mauzey Adrian Snyder Riley Stegman Cameron Traxson Rusty Wallace

They will be sworn in April 20

in the process is an interview. Student Ambassadors are expected to participate in school functions, attend their meetings, training day, and other various jobs to promote Cowley College. Sophomore Michael Hietsman, a current Student Ambassador, enjoys “meeting new people and finding out where they’re from,” which makes giving the campus tours his favorite part of being an Ambassador. Future Student Ambassador Candace Hunt said being an Ambassador will allow her to “help others by being a positive role model” and put into action the quote “keep on keeping on,” which to her means, “keep on succeeding and don’t give up.”

Bugs, guts and other challenges for money BY SIMBI MUNJOMA Staff Writer With less than a week until Cowley Fear Factor, which will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m., preparations are almost complete and the participants have been named. The 14 people scheduled to take part take part in SGA’s Cowley Fear Factor challenge are Floyd Abang, Andy Castaneda, Brandon Delano, Jacob Gould, Tom Mason, Abby McHugh, Cole Mills, Mariah Pappan, Cassie Potter, Riley Stegman, Sheree Utash, AJ Ybarra and Cindy Young. Forty applicants signed up, but only 14 were chosen. Brice Harader-Pate, the coordinator of the event, said she had initially planned on having 20 participants but having fewer participants was more of a relief than a disappointment. HaraderPate explained that the participants were chosen because they displayed their commitment by attending the mandatory meeting on April 4. The commitment of the participants is important to the organizers because they will be required to sign a waiver.

Each round will have separate rules for the event. However, vomiting in any round will result in the automatic disqualification of the participant. “I hope I don’t throw up. I understand they might have us eat cow eyeballs,” Mills said. He says that he has already gotten himself a bucket, since contestants should bring their own. At the end of the first round three participants will be eliminated. After that, the two contestants with the highest overall time will be eliminated in each round. Admission for the show is free and open to the public in the Brown Center Theatre. While Harader-Pate is putting the final touches on the show and rounding up helpers, some participants have thought out strategies they hope will work. “I am preparing to face that which I know will be a matter of mind over body,” Abang said. “I am familiarizing myself with things that I guess will be used on the show.” The organizers of the event are sure the audience will enjoy laughter, excitement and gut-wrenching activities. They are hoping for a good turnout.

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IMPACTing campus for five more years BY RHONDA ROSS Staff Writer

Heather Allen, director of IMPACT student support services, was recently notified that the program’s grant has been re-funded for five more years. The program qualifies for federal funding through a point system with pre-set guidelines that must be met. According to Allen, only the top 15 percent of grants with the highest number of points are awarded five years; the other grants only receive four years. “We had to submit our proposal in August,” Allen said. “Connie Bonfy (director of Institutional Grants) did a great job with our re-write.” IMPACT, along with PEAKS and

Upward Bound, is part of TRIO, a national program established in 1964 targeting first-generation college students. IMPACT received its first grant at Cowley in 1997. The program offers English and math classes as well as tutoring, transfer visits, career and personal counseling. These and other services are offered free of charge to qualified students. Bev Nittler, IMPACT counselor and coordinator, says that the program is a “safety net” for students who may fall through the cracks. She believes that for those who may face obstacles to graduation, IMPACT can make all the difference. Sophomore IMPACT student AJ Ybarra says the program definitely made things easier for him. “The biggest help by far

Sweet tooth & letters

Instructors Michelle Knoles and Cathy Hendricks pack jelly beans to send to U.S. troops overseas. Besides the 50 pounds of donated jelly beans, the troops will receive a total of 195 letters from the Cowley community. (Photo by Morgan Williams)

was the free one-on-one tutoring,” he said. Ybarra has been accepted to Oklahoma University to study Meteorological Science. “Heather (Allen) helped me along with my applications and also with some scholarships,” said Ybarra. “In a way it’s like having five moms, in how they (the IMPACT

staff) are always there if you need help with something.” Allen feels like a proud parent when her students succeed. “It’s the best job in the world to watch students obtain something that they felt was out of their reach and impossible,” she said.

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Parking maladies

Writer petitions for fairness in dorm parking lots


really didn’t think that when I came to college I would have to worry about fighting for a parking spot all of the time. It seems like once you move your car, 10 minutes later your parking space is gone. It wouldn’t upset me that much if the person were from my dormitory, but people from the other dormitories have been using our parking spots. Docking Dormitory’s parking lot is not that big, so we need all the parking spaces we have. When I see other students from different dorms park in the parking lot of Docking Dormitory, it makes me mad because we have limited spaces and the rest of the dorms have a lot more parking available. I know that some of the residents of Docking are tired of walking from places like the back corner of Kimmell’s parking lot or in front of the Jungle. We should still be able to park where we live.

Andy Castenada Perspectives

There should be a change in parking at Cowley College. Each dorm should have a parking tag or sticker to identify residents from that particular dorm so that students that are not living at that dorm won’t be able to park there. If I started a petition and got my fellow students to sign it, it could be taken to the Student Life Office. Having a tag to put on a rear view mirror or a sticker to put on a windshield would make life a little bit easier for a lot of people. If you are interested in making this idea a reality, you can sign a petition that will be posted soon. Contact me at anytime after noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or after 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Possible plagiarism glitch causes distress Is a glitch in the system possible? The campus’s system for checking students’ English composition papers for plagiarism is new this year. Instructors hope to ensure academic integrity by simply asking students to provide a copy of each major composition on a disk or by e-mail. The instructor then adds the paper to a nationwide database. In approximately one day, the results will come back and let instructors know whether or not the paper is authentic or plagiarized. If there are sections of the paper that seem suspicious, they are highlighted and a link is made available to view where the student may have attained the information. When the instructor receives a paper that comes back marked as plagiarized, he


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or she must then give the student a zero for the assignment as well as turn in a report to the college. It may not concern some students to receive a zero for a paper they cheated on, even if there may possibly be a permanent XF on their transcript sometime in the future. Students may not realize it, but from that day on the student is marked as a cheater for instructors, other colleges and possibly even potential employers to see. If you look at it that way, it follows you


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the rest of your life. I, for one, would never want to be in that situation, and honestly never thought I would be. I have always been a reliable, hard-working student and have had no past of cheating or plagiarism in all my years of schooling. However, upon attending my last Composition II class, I was dealt a harsh blow. One of my essays sent through this new anti-plagiarism system had come up as plagiarized. Not only had I supposedly cheated, but I was accused of purchasing my paper off of the Internet. I couldn’t believe it. Me, a journalism major who writes for the newspaper, had been accused of buying a two-page paper off the Internet and calling it my own? Why would I do that if I am possibly plan-

ning to build a career off of my writing skills? All I could do was plead my case to my instructor and to administrators. I felt like a wrongly accused criminal. It is just upsetting when you take the time to do your own work and you don’t get credit for it. In my case, I wasn’t allowed to see the paper from which I had supposedly plagiarized. There should be a new system devised for these English composition classes so there is an opportunity for the student to not only view the material he or she is suspected to have cheated from, but also the right to appeal the accusation. Until my situation is resolved, I will not be 100 percent in support of Cowley’s current program to ensure academic integrity.

QuickQuotes Quick Quotes Is Cowley’s anti-plagiarism software effective and worthwhile? “I think it’s very effective in finding papers that are purposely downloaded from the web sites and accidental incidents of plagiarism as well.” --Julie Kratt, Comp. Instructor “I think so, but the only problem is in an extreme case when someone has the exact same wording as me on the Internet, which I think could happen.” -- Chris Swanson “If a computer can go through and check how many phrases match in a matter of seconds, I would think so. If it took a lot longer it wouldn’t be useful, but if it can do it in minutes, or even an hour, it’s worth it.” -- Amanda Hadicke

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THE SUN COMES OUT APRIL 22-23: The Winfield Community Theater will perform the hit musical Annie. This famous play is about a little orphan girl and her new “family.” Show times are 8 p.m both days at Meyer Hall, Baden Square, Winfield. Tickets are $7 at the door.








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Cinderelli, Cinderfelli?

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Arts a la Carte will begin on Friday, April 22. The first performance of the year features Cowley Idol winners Meagan Martinson, Tiffanie Spencer and Emily Hunsberger. Arts a la Carte is from 12:20 to 12:50 at the Calder Bonfy Ampitheatre Stage. Students are encouraged to bring picnic lunches and blankets or lawn chairs. In case of wind or rain, Arts a la Carte will be moved into the Jungle in the Nelson Student Center. The Caffe Acoustic concert series will continue Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. with TR Ritchie. The concerts are held at Brown’s, located at 225 S. Summit, and are open and free to the public.

Miss Kansas 2004 Megan Bushell

Mr. Cinderfella Emcee

Hometown: Wichita Education: Wichita State University Major: Entrepreneurship and Music

Business Status: Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum Laude, May 2004 Career Ambition: To work as a performer, recording artist and business woman in the music industry Platform: “Breaking the Silence Around Domestic Violence” Website: Devin Woods gives Mark Gubichuk a big hug after being announced as Mr. Cinderfella during last year’s pageant. Woods will return April 28 to crown this year’s Cinderfella, while Gubichuk will return to compete in the pageant. (Photo by Tara Vanderpool)

Male contestants will compete in Mr. Cinderfella pageant BY JENNY SARCHET Staff Writer


ighteen brave young men will be competing in Mr. Cinderfella April 28, at 7:30 p.m. Each contestant competes in three categories: beach/ leisure wear, talent and evening wear. The show began in 1989 and has been going strong ever since. “Mr. Cinderfella is very well established,” Dejon Ewing, who helps organize the event, said. “We keep it clean and family friendly.” Miss Kansas, Megan Bushell, will be the emcee for the show. Bushell’s platform is “Breaking the Silence Around Domestic Violence.” She helped raise over $6,000 for the Harbor House, where she is a trained volunteer. She has also helped raise $10,000 for St. Jude Children’s

Research Hospital through volunteer efforts with Delta, Delta, Delta. “Miss Kansas has always been the emcee for the show,” said Ewing. “They’ve always enjoyed and have had a great time.” Last year’s Mr. Cinderfella, Devin Woods, will be back to relinquish his crown. The show will have an opening number choreographed by Sarah Bryant, a former Cowley student. The judges for the event are chosen by Ewing. They are female and are community members or former students. “I don’t choose any instructors because I don’t want a contestant to have a head start if they are in the teacher’s class,” Ewing said. Tickets are $2 and are available in the Humanities office downstairs in the Brown Center.

Probable Candidates Ely Behrhorst Stacy Bias Logan Blackburn Caleb Brown Blake Chamberlain Kyle Chamberland James Franklin Mark Gubichuk Jaden Hedge Bronze Hill Chris McGrew Jared McGuire Cole Mills Scott Olson Ian Rethmeier Ty Richardson Cameron Traxson Marcus Watts

Over 1,000 high school musicians from the area are on campus today (April 14) for the annual State Music Festival for Choirs, Orchestras and Concert Bands. Each group will perform for a panel of adjudicators who will then in turn give the groups critiques and ratings. Class A through Class 5A schools are represented, including Ark City, Winfield, El Dorado and Wellington. Orchestras and Bands will begin in the Brown Center Theatre at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day until 5 p.m. Choirs begin at 8 a.m. in the Galle-Johnson Little Theatre and finish at noon. Gary Gackstatter, head of Instrumental Music at Cowley is festival chairman. The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call 620.441.5275

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the scene

TNL hits stage with a lot of corn CC Singers and Act One presented a night of laughter with the second annual Thursday Night Live on March 31. CC Singers performed their country medley, with various skits and jokes that went along with the theme of the old hit show “HeeHaw.” Clockwise from top left: Singing the Hee Haw favorite, “Where, Oh, Where Are You Tonight,” Steve Butler and Connie Donatelli discuss lovers who ran off with others. Thursday Night Live used many of Hee Haw’s corny skits to entertain the audience. “You’ve got to woo her in ‘I’talian,” says Ned, played by Mark Flickinger. Ned’s brother Jed, played by Scott MacLaughlin, wants to learn how to attract his half sister, Aunt Ruby Lou, played by Rhoda MacLaughlin. “Yeah, probably complaining cause she ain’t got nothing to wear,” Jaden Hedge responds when Whitney Jones says that behind every successful man is a woman. Jones responds with the corny, “Gaw.” (Photos by Tim Badley)

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the scene

Making musical rounds Jazz Band and choir set out on end-of-year tours Jazz Band

Geoff Abegg takes a ride on the keyboard while the trumpet section plays the chart. (Photo by Tim Badley)

the Review BY AMY LYNN ANSTAETT Special Sections Editor An action-packed adventure filled with guns, fighting, and romance ... how could anyone go wrong? Sahara, directed by Breck Eisner stars Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz and Steve Zahn in an adventurous tale about a young treasure hunter who is trailed by danger at every turn while he attempts to save the girl and get the gold. This action flick exploded into theaters April 8 and is rated PG-13. Treasure hunter Dirk Pitt, played by McConaughey, goes from one mishap to another throughout the movie. Whether it’s a boat attack or a daring rescue, Pitt is

Instructor Gary Gackstatter started Cowley’s Jazz Band practice by telling them to kick his butt. When he finished the song, he approved of the effort and started the next song saying, “I don’t think you understand the nastiness of this song. Remember to play this one nasty.” The Jazz Band is preparing for its upcoming concert with area jazz bands on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Brown Center Theater. The Jazz Band songs include fun titles like “Funky Cha-Cha” and “Jumpin’ on the Woodside.” As well, the Jazz Band will play “What a Wonderful World” featuring sophomore JeAnna Watson singing. These songs and others will also be featured in their upcoming tour of cities near Hutchinson and Salina as well as northern Oklahoma. According

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always on the run. Cruz plays Eva Rojas, the beautiful young doctor who is saved by Pitt. Rojas is a world-renowned doctor trying to save Africa from an unknown plague, but little does she know about the plans other people have in store for her. Her help is not wanted because her research could uncover a huge secret that is being kept from the citizens of the continent. Anyone can tell that Pitt is falling for Rojas from the beginning of the movie. The romance has to be put on hold, however, if they expect to live to see the next day. Steve Zahn is also thrown into the mix as Pitt's quirky sidekick who is trying to help him find the long lost Civil War ship

to Gackstatter, it is a recruiting trip for high school students. “It shows students that if they stay in school, they can play horn to get a scholarship at Cowley,” Gackstatter said. Gackstatter also digs the opportunity it gives Cowley Jazz Band to perform. When alto saxophonist Phillip Vinson performs in front of groups, he loves to improvise. “I enjoy taking a song, tearing it up and opening people’s minds,” Finson said.

Choir April has been a busy month for Connie Donatelli and vocal music members. On Wednesday, April 20, Cowley’s Concert Choir will perform at Kansas State University. The event takes place at the All Faiths Chapel

on KSU’s campus. The choir has been invited as a Kansas Choral Guest. After an overnight stay, the Concert Choir will next appear at Manhattan High School on Thursday April 21 at 1:00 pm. Another performance in Junction City is in the works but not definite. The Concert Choir tour comes after Donatelli and the CC Singers had completed a tour focusing on Western Kansas. The tour was recruitmentbased and had a Country Showcase theme. The tour started in Holcomb High School on April 7, continued on April 8 through Scott City and ended that evening at a customer appreciation banquet for a local ag business in Lincoln, Kan. According to Donatelli, it was a lot of work. She wanted to thank Codirector Steve Butler, sound engineer Jamison Rhoads, and bus driver Tom McClaflin for their help.

the show: Sahara the rating: A-

for which they have been searching for years. He adds a little bit of a comical flare to a serious plot line. Sahara has an engrossing plot that anyone could follow with little confusion. The actors seemed to become their character instead of the character becoming them. However, there was one mysterious character who was not explained in the movie. All the viewers learn about him is that he is trying to kill Rojas. The special effects in this movie were not quite as adventurous as the movie itself. They were your “everyday actionmovie” type of gunfire and exploding car effects. The way that this movie came together was outstanding. The characters all com-

plemented each other. The plot was easy to follow and the desert scenery caught and kept the viewers’ attention. This movie brings together two strangers with different goals and makes them work together and stay alive for the achievement of their own goals. It is a movie fit for most audiences because it combines action, romance and comedy. I would definitely recommend Sahara.

WRS premieres new work featuring local artist and instructor Combining the artwork of painter Mark Flickinger and the music of composer/conductor Gary Gackstatter, Winfield Regional Symphony will premiere a new multi-media work on May 2 entitled, “The Grouse Creek Symphony.” The performance is at 7:30 p.m. in the Brown Center Theater and is free to the public. Artist Flickinger, who teaches at Cowley College, is a nationally-known painter of landscapes and his works are highly sought after, usually selling within

days of being finished at several galleries that feature his works. Although he has done shows in Arkansas City and Winfield, many of his paintings have not been displayed here, and featuring his paintings is one of the goals of Gackstatter’s new symphony. Over twenty paintings will be photographed and projected onto screens as the symphony plays. The “Grouse Creek Symphony” is divided into four movements: “The Land”, “The Trees”, “The Water” and “The

People”, each owing its inspiration to the subjects in the paintings. “The music is very programmatic and designed to give the audience a chance to deepen their appreciation of the artwork,” Gackstatter said. “Instead of walking through an art gallery, the audience will sit and have the art gallery brought to them.” This is the fourth symphony that Gackstatter has written in as many years, each combining music with various forms of art and literature.

Another goal of the new symphony is to draw attention to Grouse Creek, which has been the subject of much controversy in the last two years since outside forces have proposed making the Grouse Creek Valley into a resort lake. “We always take for granted what is right in our own backyard, until someone tries to take it away. This land, its history and people are very valuable to us. Mark and I hope to pay tribute to this value,” Gackstatter said.

Percussion ensemble welcomes composer to Cowley On Saturday, April 9, the Temporal Mechanics Union (TMU) welcomed Minnesota-based composer Todd Harper to Cowley College. The composer and the percussion ensemble spent the day in rehearsals and workshop sessions for Harper’s new composition, commissioned by the TMU. The ensemble will debut the piece at their concert on Dec. 8. The commission is a programmatic work entitled Migrations. “Todd has said that it’s about the spiral of our lives, the way in which we return to things, even as we are growing and maturing and having new experiences,” TMU musical director Chris Mayer said. The performance will call for the percussionists to move through a number

of “stations,” where they will play different instruments and manipulate various materials to create musical effects. From St. Paul, Minn., Harper has always been interested in exploring Chris Mayer unusual combinations and aesthetics, and much of his writing has been for improvisers. Harper began as an improviser/performer, but in

the past four years has redefined himself as a composer “who still enjoys performing.” Migrations will also feature marimba soloist Garrett Ward. Based in New Jersey, Ward performs with several orchestras and ensembles on the East Coast. He also teaches music in the Bayonne, New Jersey parochial school system. The collaboration of Harper, Ward and the Temporal Mechanics Union is the result of “an unusual history,” Mayer said. “Garrett and I were students together, in the percussion department at Wichita State University. Todd responded to a call for new works that I put on a composers’ association web site.” That resulted in Bass Drum Dance, a piece Harper composed for the TMU that

premiered at their concert in April of 2004. “When I started to think about doing a large-scale work, something unique, it just seemed natural to bring Todd and Garrett into the mix,” Mayer said. Harper, Ward and Mayer met in Lawrence, Kansas, last December to brainstorm on ideas and lay the foundation for the collaboration. Harper’s visit on April 9th “is the second step in this creative process,” according to Mayer. “The next step comes in August, when both Todd and Garrett will spend a few days with the ensemble at Cowley.” Several rehearsal sessions, workshops, public presentations and a concert are planned for that residency August 25-27.

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Home meet leads to high standards

Four more Cowley athletes qualify for national outdoor meet


he Cowley track team and field team hosted the second annual Tiger Invitational on April 2. The men’s team hit two national qualifying marks with Tim Marshall’s performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Brian Baker in the shot put. The women’s team also had strong performers with Shonda Kelley and Lauren Kirsch qualifying for nationals in the javelin and pole vault, respectively.

During the meet that Cowley hosted April 4, Lauren Kirsch qualified for nationals in the pole vault. (Photo by Morgan Williams)

COWLEY MEN’S RESULTS 100-meters — Corey McCoy, 11.47, 18th; Daniel Chambers, 11.66, 22nd. 200-meters — Keith Henry, 21.90, sixth; Sam Vogele, 22.39, ninth; Stewart Hypolite, 24.17, 25th. 400-meters — Austin Hamilton, 50.35, fifth; Julius Times, 51.57, ninth; Wayne Trimmel, 51.80, 11th; Deairrington Lockhart, 52.51, 13th; Jace Darnall, 52.73, 14th. 800-meters — Ryan Stittiams, 2:02.29, ninth. 3,000-meter steeplechase — Tim Marshall, 9: 44.19, second, national qualifier. 5,000-meters — Marshall, 15:43.29, fourth; Steven Schoon, 16:28.99, ninth; Scott Olson, 16:37.03, 11th; Eric Johnston, 16:53.41, 12th. Shot put — Brian Baker, 51-9 1/4, first, national qualifier; Dan Stiers, 39-6 1/2, 12th; Howard Nelson, 36-10 1/2, 14th. Discus — Baker, 149-4, second; Stiers, 126-10, fifth; Sam Souther, 86-6, 19th. Hammer throw — Stiers, 145-2, third; Nelson, 98-2, 15th. Javelin — Dane Stember, 184-9, second; Cameron Traxson, 183-4, third; Adam Schuetz, 130-6, 20th. High jump — Traxson, 6-0 1/2, fifth; Schuetz, 5-8 1/2, ninth. Pole vault — Traxson, 13-6 1/2, third; Chris Hough, 12-0 3/4, seventh; Schuetz, 11-1, 10th. Long jump — McCoy, 21-11 3/4, sixth; Chambers, 21-8, eighth; Hough, 20-6 1/4, 15th. Triple jump — McCoy, 47-4 1/4, first. 4x100-meter relay — Cowley “A”, 43.20, third. 4x400-meter relay — Cowley “A”, 3:19.95, third.

COWLEY WOMEN’S RESULTS 100-meters — Evelise Gomez, 12.92, ninth. 400-meters — La-Nation McCray, 1:01.59, fourth; LeShea Jenkins, 1:02.81, sixth. 800-meters — Leslie Priskey, 2:41.24, 10th. *3,000-meter steeplechase — Priskey, 13: 59.86, third. Shot put — Veronica Anderson, 35-9 1/2, third. Discus — Darcy Hahnkamp, 93-9, seventh. Hammer — Anderson, 119-4, second; Shonda Kelley, 100-5, sixth; Hahnkamp, 88-9, ninth. Javelin — Kelley, 124-7, fourth, national qualifier; Stacey Rosebrock, 77-10, 12th. High jump — Priskey, 4-11 3/4, fourth. Pole vault — Lauren Kirsch, 10-0, second, national qualifier. Long jump — Emily Hunsberger, 16-5, fourth. Triple jump — Hunsberger, 31-0 1/2, 10th. 4x100-meter relay — Cowley “A”, 50.36, fourth.

Stacey Rosebrock throws the javelin at the Tiger Invitational. Rosebrock placed 12th with a throw of 77-10 while recovering from an injury. (Photo by Morgan Williams)

Record-setter Josphat Boit running for 2008 Olympics BY STEVEN SCHOON Sports Editor Although he has been at the University of Arkansas for not even a year, former Cowley cross country and track and field standout Josphat Boit already has a long list of accomplishments. They include running some of the fastest times in the nation. After graduating from Cowley in May of 2004, the Eldoret, Kenya, native is fitting in well with the prestigious Razorback program. However, he said he still misses some of what Cowley had to offer. “I miss the people,” Boit said. “People are nice up there, not that they aren’t nice here. I miss my teachers too.” In his 2004 cross country season he was named Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Week three times. He excelled at the SEC Championship meet, running a first-place time of 23:09 for the 8,000meter race, which was a career best, a course record, and the fastest time in the United States this year. At the NCAA Championship meet, Boit finished third and lost to the champion

by three seconds, but still achieved All-American status while helping his team to a third-place finish. Overall, he finished in first place in five of the six races he ran. During the indoor track season, Boit, a criminal justice major, continued his success from the cross country season. At the SEC Championship meet, despite being sick, he still ran 7:58 for the 3,000-meter race and 14: 01 for the 5,000-meter race to get second and fourth, respectively. Still sick, Boit ran 13:47 for the 5K at the NCAA Championship meet to finish fifth and become an All-American for the second time. In his first race for the outdoor season, Boit won the 10,000-meter race at the Stanford Invitational. He ran a time of 28:07, which is the fastest time in the world this year for the 10K. He was also named United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) Athlete of the Week. For the NCAA meet coming up in May, Boit will plan on running the 10K and the 5K and will look to win both for Arkansas, the No.1-ranked men’s team in the nation. “It’s going to be tough,” Boit said. “Every time I go out there, I

run to win.” Part of the reason Boit is running so well is the weight he has lost since being at Arkansas. On his 5 foot, 7 inch frame, he weighs a lean 126 pounds. Cowley head cross country/ track and field coach Mark Phillips credits Boit’s weight control to proper dieting. “There is a lack of structure in diet at our cafeteria,” Phillips said, referring to the Great Western Dining food service at Cowley. “At the University of Arkansas they are able to control what they (athletes) eat.” Another reason for Boit’s improvement over a year ago has been his teammates. “Day in and day out he’s training with world class athletes,” Phillips said. On the horizon for Boit are the 2008 Olympic Games. Even though it is three years away, he says it is still in his plans. Phillips says his chances are good, but it will take some work. “The thing about Boit is that he’s from Kenya,” he said. “Distance is to Kenya what sprints are to the United States. He has the right training and coaching, but he also needs a little bit of luck to avoid injury.”

Photo by Sara Rosenkrance

Josphat Boit, shown here running last year at a cross country meet hosted by Cowley, is now an NCAA AllAmerican.

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Women’s and men’s tennis

Seeking consistency on the court BY JARED MCGUIRE Staff Writer


Julian Rios has been playing no. 1 singles as well as teaming with Tim Hinst at no. 1 doubles. Rios will compete in the Region VI tournament on April 22-23. (Photo by Tara Vanderpool)

he Lady Tigers’ tennis team has finally been able to play a fairly consistent schedule within the past few weeks. Several matches were postponed or cancelled early in the season, preventing the team from being able to play much. Women’s tennis coach Rebecca Meyer does not believe that the team will be disadvantaged in any way, and remains confident of their skills. “I think it all comes down to Region tournament anyway, which is in two weeks,” Meyer said. “If we’re getting all these matches in, we’re going to be able to be consistent. We’re having consistent play later in the season and I think that’s going to help us at Regional.” The Lady Tigers split four matches on April 1 and 2, winning 5-1 against Southeast Oklahoma State University and 5-4 against Collin County but losing to East Central University 1-5 and North Central Texas 4-5. On April 8, the team won against Benedictine University 8-1, Johnson County 6-3 and Baker University 6-3. Meyer is happy with the team’s progress and stresses that they are ready for tournament play. “’I think we’re really prepared, especially since our win this weekend against Johnson County, our big rivals that we were worried about,”

said Meyer. The team played a match on April 12 against Oklahoma Baptist University and April 13 against Independence Community College that will be covered in the next edition. The team’s next matches will be April 16 against Seward County and Bethel College. Region VI tournament play will be April 22-23 in Wichita.

MEN’S TENNIS UPDATE The men’s tennis team is looking forward to Region VI Tournament play. They still have several matches against Seward County, Bethel College and Barton County. Coach Larry Grose is confident of the team’s ability and skill against these opponents. “Every one of those matches is within our reach,” Grose said. Barton is the favorite in Region VI and may prove a challenge for the Tigers. However, Grose remains hopeful. “I told the team that we’re peaking at the right time. We should be able to be playing our best over the next two or three weeks of play,” he said. On April 1, the team defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State University 7-2. They lost both of their matches on April 2, 0-9 against Collin County and 16 against East Central. They also lost on April 9 to Benedictine College 2-7 and Johnson County Community College 45, but won against Baker University 5-4.

Tennis Tailgate First annual Tennis Tailgate will be Saturday between morning and afternoon matches. Free food and pop will be served.

Date: Saturday, April 16 Time: Noon Location: Wilson Park “They’re eager and ready and thought we should have walked away with a win at Johnson,” Grose said. “We had it right there in our hand and let it slip away from us. They’ve proven to themselves they have the skills to play with these teams.” The team played April 13 against Independence Community College and the results will be covered in the next addition. Their next matches will be April 16 against Seward and Bethel College. Region VI Tournament play will begin April 22-23.

Jackson promoted to new men’s basketball coach BY STACIA WHITTECAR Staff Writer After Randy Smithson resigned in March, Cowley found its new head coach in the man that stood behind him the past four seasons – Brian Jackson. Jackson has been the assistant men’s basketball coach here at Cowley for the past five years, and now he has the opportunity to lead the Tigers in 2005-06 season. “I was excited about the whole opportunity to keep my family and continue coaching here at Cowley,” Jackson said. “Every time you go through a new coach,

you go through a new program, so I was happy about it (the coaching change),” freshman James Franklin said. While this is the first chance Jackson has had as a head coach, he has turned down other coaching offers. “I’ve had several opportunities the last six years to move up the ladder, but I didn’t want to move just for moving’s sake,” Jackson said. Like his predecessor, Jackson has played basketball at the junior college level (at Butler County) and at the Division I level (at Evansville), which could benefit the Tigers. “I think it’s a tremendous advantage for me and my players because I know what it’s like to

lace up kicks…And I think that will help my players. Because I played juco and D1, I know what it takes not only at this level but at the next level,” Jackson said. One goal would be to win a Region VI championship, which has eluded the Tigers for several years. Jackson knows that this may take more than one year, but he is positive about the Tigers raising a banner in the future. “A championship is attainable if we can come together and do what we’re taught every day in practice. It is very difficult to win one in your first year trying to implement your philosophy,” Jackson said.

Intramural Update


Gooooaaaalll! The world’s most popular sport is coming. Intramural soccer will be played at Carver Park on April 20 and April 27 from 2-4 p.m. Because of past problems with scheduling, the setup for intramural soccer will be a “drop-in” setup. Instead of prearranged teams, players will be split into coed teams as they arrive. Depending on the turnout at this year’s events, there is a chance that a league could be added next year. Besides soccer, volleyball finals will be on April 27 at W.S. Scott Auditorium. Semifinals are at 7 and 7:35 p.m., and the championship match will be at 8:15.

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Tigers slide up in the polls With a 16-game winning streak, Cowley moves to fifth in the NJCAA rankings BY STEVEN SCHOON Sports Editor


he baseball team is on a hot streak that has improved the Tigers’ ranking to fifth in the latest NJCAA poll. Through Monday, April 11, they had won 14 consecutive games and 18 of their last 19. The top ranked team for this week’s poll is Connors State College, a team that the Tigers defeated 2-0 back on March 1. On April 2, Cowley picked up two big wins against No. 18-ranked Kansas City Kansas Community College, the only other team in the Jayhawk Conference to be ranked this week. The first game of the doubleheader saw a pitching dual between KCK’s Darren Mathis and Cowley’s Jared Swart. Both pitchers took a scoreless game into the seventh inning, but a Brandon Harrigan single in the bottom of the inning scored Matt Webb from second to win the game 1-0 and give Swart the win. Game two went just the opposite of the previous game. This slugfest saw KCK punch out 16 hits and Cowley 14. Despite being out hit, the Tigers used a three run sixth inning to come out on top 13-11. The day after two important victories over KCK, the Tigers had no problem disposing of the Fort Scott Greyhounds 13-3 and 7-4 on April 3 to win four games in two days. On April 5, the Tigers kept their potent offense going at Coffeyville by scoring nine runs in the first three innings of game one, en route to a 13-8 win. Cowley was led by sophomore Deik Scram, who went 4-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in. During the second game, the Tigers

jumped on the Coffeyville pitching to take an early 11-0 lead before the Red Ravens picked up three runs in the fourth inning. Cowley put the run-rule into effect as the game ended in the fifth inning with a Tiger victory 13-3. Altogether, Cowley had 34 hits in 12 combined innings of play. On April 7, the Tigers had little trouble defeating the Highland Scotties 3-1 and 11-1. Then the Tigers took on Allen County on April 9 and continued to dominate the Jayhawk Conference East Division, sweeping the doubleheader 10-2 and 4-3. Freshman Brad Miller got the win in game one to improve his record to 7-1. Miller got plenty of run support as the Tigers pounded out 12 hits in the win. In the nightcap, Cowley overcame three errors to get the victory on the arm of freshman Kyle Dotson. Dotson improved his record to 7-0. On April 10, the Tigers added two more wins to the tally by defeating Independence 10-1 and 9-5. The winning pitchers were Jeremy Sheehan and Jordan Garner. Another key players was Scram, who batted 4-for-4 with four runs batted in and hit his sixth home run of the season. Miller also had a good game going 3-for4 with two runs batted in and belting his third home run of the year. The Tigers’ record through April 11 was 31-5 overall and 20-2 in conference play. They were scheduled to play at Johnson County on April 12. Cowley plays at home today (April 14) against Neosho County at 2 p.m. Then they travel to Fort Scott on April 16 before coming back home to face Independence on April 19 at City Ballpark.

Outfielder Joe Capra slides into third base during the April 2 game against Kansas City Kansas. Cowley won the doubleheader 1-0 and 13-11. (Photo by Morgan Williams)

Softball team enjoys highest ranking ever, but hopes for more BY STACIA WHITTECAR Staff Writer

Ashly Bright has a pitching record of 19-3 and has won 14 straight starts. (Photo by Ashley Colburn)

The Lady Tigers have begun April the way they ended March, by winning – all the time. The Lady Tigers are ranked second in the nation behind only Phoenix College while riding a 24-game winning streak. The highest the Tigers have been ranked previously was fourth in 1984 and fifth in 2003. Several players believe the reason they have such a high ranking is simple. “The whole lineup is good – 1-9 is good, our pitching is good, and our defense is good,” freshman Lacey Pendry said. “Everyone in the lineup contributes to our offensive game,” sophomore Ashley Dunkelberger added. As the Lady Tigers have amassed a 34-6 record, the team has been able to make up for deficiencies. “We don’t have a lot of team speed, but our defense is good, our offense is outstanding, and players have learned to accept their roles,” head coach Ed Hargrove said. Cowley is 12-0 in the Jayhawk Conference East Division, but some players think being unbeaten in conference is partly because of weaker opponents. “We really haven’t had that good of competition yet,” freshman Mandy Huffman said. “The best is coming up. We just got done with Highland, who was

ranked second in conference, and that was one of our tougher games.” With the harder conference competition ahead, the Lady Tigers have a national ranking attached to them wherever they go, and opinions differ on how that will affect them the rest of the season. “I don’t think it (being nationally ranked) will be a disadvantage. It’s going to make us work harder,” Dunkelberger said. Pendry added, “I think it’s an honor. I want teams to be scared of us. I know teams are out to get us, but I know we want to win as much as the other teams do.” While the high ranking is impressive, making it to nationals at the end of the season would be even more impressive. “The ranking is nice, but our goal is to be at nationals in May,” Hargrove said. “Ranked or unranked, that’s where we want to be.” The softball team was on the road today (April 14) against KCK, and will have their last home game this Saturday versus Carl Albert at 1 p.m., when they will honor the sophomores: Jamie Amerine, Jennifer Bauer, Dunkelberger, Amy Howard, Angela Meeker, Danielle Phillips, and Calli Simnitt. With 24 consecutive wins, the Lady Tigers are only six wins shy of tying the school record. The record was set in 2001 when the Lady Tigers won 30 games in a row.

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