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Issue 14 The Student Newspaper of Cowley College

THE COWLEY PRESS

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Arkansas City, Kan.

April 12, 2007

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NO SWEAT?

BY CHANSI LONG Online editor

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s the end of the semester draws closer, some students may want to pitch tents and bring cots with them when they work out at the Wellness Center. According to Director Gina McKown, many students will soon start to spend inordinate amounts of time there. “During the last week there will be students living in here,” McKown said. “They try to get all of their minutes at once.” Like an English or Algebra class, all students seeking an associate degree must take at least a one credit hour health/fitness class before graduating. Many students choose the Physical Conditioning class for its flexible schedule. The class requires students to work out for 1,500 minutes at the Wellness Center. However, the requirement has left some, like freshman Josh Gerstenkorn, struggling to complete his minutes. Gerstenkorn has a hard time, but he says it’s not because he’s inactive. “I live a fit and healthy lifestyle,” Gerstenkorn said. “But whenever I’m in there with people that are physically fit, it makes me feel out of place.” In order to receive an A, students must work out for 1,500 minutes by the semester’s end. This leaves them a number of ways to get their minutes. Students can work out for 15 minutes every day, or for about 30 minutes per day five times a week. However, many students tend to spend most of the semester sedentary, then they suddenly try to attain all of their Physical Conditioning class minutes in a

sudden energetic burst at the end of the semester. Freshman Courtney Mason has chosen the latter as her method. Mason doesn’t enjoy the class because she finds it hard to implement it into her daily routine. She wishes that either the class were not required at all, or that it were more structured. “The way it is, I just don’t have the motivation to go,” Mason said. According to McKown, about one third of students will either a.) drop the course; b.) be dropped by McKown for not having enough minutes; or c.) fail. To get a base of roughly how many students are currently failing the class, McKown looked at one page of 30 students enrolled in the class. Among the 30 students, 10 of them had an F. However, Pictured above, many students freshman Rashad don’t have a Parker uses the problem with the weight machine class at all. known as the “Most “butterfly press” students (that stay to strengthen his in the course) get pectoral muscles. an A,” McKown said Sophomore Shirley Leftwich is already over the top on her minutes. She goes about

Striding for the “A” To receive an A, students must attain at least 1,500 minutes before 10 p.m. on May 9. Below are a variety of calculations that could serve as an aid in completing minutes.

15 minutes per day for 15 weeks 20 minutes five times a week for 15 weeks 35 minutes three times a week for 15 weeks 16 hours one day; nine hours the following day Campus News

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Sports

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The Scene

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Above: Choosing to multitask, sophomore Julie Thimesch studies her homework while walking on the treadmill. Top left: During an evening visit to the Wellness Center, freshman Jessie Seacat lifts weights as a part of her workout. (photos by Jolene Pierson and Jackie Hutchinson) five times a week, sometimes two or three times a day. “I really don’t have a problem,” Leftwich said. “I just fit it into my routine. McKown said that most students start out on the program well, but end up taking too many days off. “They get into the ‘I’ll do it later’ mentality,” McKown said. “And it snowballs.” On average, the class requires two to three hours per week, which correlates with the surgeon general’s recommendation (30 minutes five times a week) for a healthy lifestyle. “The ones that put time in here are the ones that will seek a healthy lifestyle when they leave,” McKown said. Getting fit is the major incentive for Leftwich. “I go partly for fun, partly because I have to, but mainly to be healthy,” Leftwich said. For students who aren’t doing so well in the class, the last day to drop it is April 16. “It’s important to pick up the pace,”

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McKown said. The deadline for recording minutes is May 9 at 10 p.m. McKown said that many students expect to be able to get their minutes up until the last day school is in session because they will still be able to sign in. However, any minutes students put in after May 9 will not count toward their grade. The early cut-off has caused some students to fail the class. Sophomore Matt Bohn was a few minutes shy of a C. Distracted with other classes, Bohn resolved to get in those last few minutes during the last week of school. However, his efforts were in vain. “This year I’m definitely more aware of the deadline,” Bohn said. “The class is easy, but if you put it off it can cost you.” Meanwhile, McKown anticipates students staking out a place in the Wellness Center and remaining there until the semester’s end. “They will spend so much time in here, we’ll be able to become life-long buds,” she joked.

Abusing the bottle Female binge drinking hits an all-time high in America. Story on page 3


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NEWS

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with Student of the Month Alexis Johnson BY VICTORIA UKAOMA Editor

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onored and surprised were two of sophomore Alexis Johnson’s selfdescribed feelings after receiving the news that she was April’s Student of the Month. The nursing major with a 3.5 GPA has attended Cowley on scholarship for the past two years. “It’s close to home and I enjoy the family like atmosphere,” she said. Johnson’s natural leadership skills are evident in her strong campus involvement. She serves as the Phi Theta Kappa Chapter president, secretary for Black Student Union, and a tutor for the Underground and Impact. She is also a Student Ambassador and a member of the Math and Science Club. A member of the Who’s Who Among American Junior College students, Johnson’s academic excellence has also gained her a spot on the National Dean’s List. In addition to attending school full-time, she also holds a job at Presbyterian Manor as an activities assistant and nurse’s aide. Johnson has been working at the facility since her junior year of high school. After graduating from Cowley College in May, she plans to transfer to the University of Kansas and continue her studies in their nursing program. “I love helping and caring for people. Luckily, I found that out at a young age when I volunteered at a nursing home that my mother worked at,” Johnson said.

Cowley Press: What do you do to motivate yourself toward success? Alexis Johnson: I think about what it would be like to fail or the consequences of not succeeding. CP: Who is your favorite instructor AJ: I really don’t have an absolute favorite, but maybe Pam Smith, Melinda Neal or Steve O’Hair ... I like all of my instructors. CP: How do you feel about getting in the KU nursing program? AJ: Excited and apprehensive. I have never lived three hours away from my parents, so it will be a huge challenge, but I am excited about the new experiences and opportunities it will bring. Johnson stands outside of Presbyterian Manor, where she works as an activities assistant and CP: Where would you most like to nurse’s aide. “I’ve wanted to be a nurse ever since I was real young, so I thought working there travel in the future? would prepare me for that.” (photo by Jackie Hutchinson) AJ: Anywhere and everywhere, but mostly to somewhere like the CP: Where is your favorite place to shop? CP: What, in your opinion, is the best activity Caribbean, Tokyo or Rome ... just as long as I AJ: I love to shop everywhere and for a rainy day? could have a translator with me! anywhere, but I especially enjoy Forever AJ: SLEEPING and eating some potato soup. 21 or Wet Seal because they always have CP: Who do you admire the most in your life? different items. I also enjoy shoe stores CP: What is your favorite movie? AJ: My grandma, she has always been there because I love shoes. AJ: Love and Basketball or Sweet Home Alabama. for me through everything, and I know I can I’m a sucker for happy endings. always count on her. CP: What is something unique about yourself that most people do not already know? CP: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? CP: Do you have a favorite quote? AJ: I tend to be pessimistic ... I always think AJ: Hopefully I will be a registered nurse AJ: Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with of the worst possible situations that could finishing up my traveling and meeting Mr. all your heart, And lean not on your own arise. And although I always tell someone Right. Maybe I’ll even be married to him. understanding; In all your ways acknowledge how it is, I am extremely emotional. Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

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The Online Instructor of the Month is Linda Grossman. Grossman currently teaches General Chemistry. She designs lab projects, instructor notes, instructional content modules, and module checklists for her online students. Grossman is known for her trademark module icons featuring Muppets – Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and lab assistant Beaker.

At the Board of Trustees Meeting on March 19, the board approved a $2 increase in tuition and a $1 increase in fees for all students next year. April is Stress Awareness Month. Cowley College offers its students free and confidential services for stress management and other personal issues. The office of Student Life Counselor Roy Reynolds is room 204 of the Nelson Student Center. Reynolds can be reached at 620-441-5228.

A quick look at what’s happening on campus

The first Early Bird Transfer Day for K-State at Salina is April 17. During orientation and enrollment, transfer students will get their K-State ID picture taken, enroll in classes, meet with an academic advisor, talk to current K-State students at Salina, learn about on-campus jobs, learn about student-services, and tour the campus. Orientation dates include Tuesday, April 17; Thursday, June 14; Friday, June 15; Monday, June 18; and Tuesday, June 19. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Transfer students must be admitted to KState before attending this orientation and enrollment program. A confirmation letter, campus map, temporary parking permit, and schedule will be sent once the registration is received. Go to www.salina.k-state. edu/elite to download application or for more information contact Dr. Raju Dandu at 785-826-2629 or rdandu@k-state.edu. -Send information to editor@cowley.edu

Campus Lineup

WHAT?

Open Mic Night

WHEN?

WHERE?

Thurs. April 12, 7 p.m.

Brown’s 225 S. Summit

Thurs. April 12, 8 p.m.

Robert Brown Theatre

Sponsored by Tyger Tawk Deal or No Deal SGA sponsors new event Track and Field

April 12-13

Track Complex

Cowley Tiger Decathlon/Heptathlon Tennis

Mon. April 16, 1 p.m.

Wilson Park

vs. Barton PTK Meeting

Mon. April 16, 4:30 p.m.

GJH Room 212

Board of Trustees Meeting

Mon. April 16, 6 p.m.

GJH Board Room

Baseball

Tues. April 17, 1 p.m.

City Ballpark

Tues. April 17, 2 p.m.

Wilson Park

vs. Highland Tennis vs. Seward Honors and Awards Banquet Tues. April 17, 6:30 p.m.

Wright Room

Baseball

City Ballpark

Thurs. April 19, 1 p.m.

vs. KCK Southside Honors Banquet

Thurs. April 19, 6:30 p.m.

Softball

Sat. April 21, 2 p.m.

Southside Center Lady Tiger Field

vs. Highland Baseball

Mon. April 23, 6 p.m.

City Ballpark

Tues. April 24, 3 p.m.

Lady Tiger Field

Jazz Band Concert

Tues. April 24, 7 p.m.

Robert Brown Theatre

Cinderfella

Thurs. April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Robert Brown Theatre

vs. NOC-Tonkawa Softball vs. Independence

Male beauty pageant Tennis Triangular

Fri. April 27, TBA

Shakespearean play

April 27-29

Wilson Park Robert Brown Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing Baseball vs. Seminole State

Sun. April 29, 1 p.m.

City Ballpark


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NEWS

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High heels and highballs

National survey reports women binge drinking on the rise The Cowley women interviewed for this article discussed binge drinking. Because they are underage, names have been changed to protect them.

BY AMANDA PRATT Opinions Editor

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ne of the last things Jenny remembers about that night was laying in her own vomit and blood. She woke up in the detox ward at a mental hospital the next day, undergoing treatment for alcohol poisoning after engaging in binge drinking. Drinking isn’t a man’s activity anymore. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia

University, binge drinking among college women has increased 22 percent between 1993 and 2005. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five consecutive drinks for a man, four for a woman. A 12-ounce beer, a 10-ounce wine cooler, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 ounce hard liquor is considered one drink. Naida admits that in the past, she drank six drinks in an hour. Eight mixed drinks is the most Jenny consecutively drank. Some college women drink far more than that. “A friend and I drank a liter of vodka in half an hour one time,” Rylee said. “Binge drinking is a dangerous practice for men and women,” Director of Health Services Tisha Catlin said. “Women tend to be smaller. When keeping up with

a male, they are more likely to get alcohol poisoning.” In addition to size, women are more adversely affected by alcohol due to higher concentrations of body fat, which causes alcohol to become less diluted when it enters the bloodstream. “It happens on accident; my ‘hey, you’re drunk’ switch doesn’t flip until I’m past drunk,” Jenny said about her binge drinking experiences. “Past drunk” rarely ends well. A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .20 or higher severely impairs motor and mental functions and can causes extreme emotional outbursts. At this point, most people pass out; others, however, can slip into a coma or even die. But lower BAC’s are equally damaging. Suffering from impaired judgment, many college women engage in risky behaviors while under the influence of alcohol. “We had two 40 ouncers and two six-packs of beer. We drove to Wellington and back,” Rylee said. Rylee and her friend Chloe drank while driving to and from Wellington. They also drank when they arrived at a party. “I don’t remember most of the trip back,” Rylee said. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), of the 428 traffic fatalities Kansas law officials reported in 2005, 32 percent of them were alcohol related. Staying at a party can also be dangerous for women who

become intoxicated. Due to decreased judgment, many intoxicated college women have engaged in unprotected sex. This practice can lead to STI’s, such as AIDS and chlamydia, or unwanted pregnancy. An estimated 70,000 college students are sexually assaulted each year because of binge drinking, according to the Binge Drinking Information Guide health pamphlet. A majority of these students are female. “When I was a freshman in high school, I made plenty of bad decisions while drinking. It’s probably one of the main reasons I don’t do it now,” Naida said. Many experts agree that the earlier a person begins drinking alcohol, the more likely she is to suffer from adverse health effects. The long-term health effects of alcohol are more damaging to women than men. According to the Indiana University Health Center, women may be more susceptible to high blood pressure, diseases of the pancreas, liver damage, and brain damage with habitual alcohol abuse. To reverse the trend of binge drinking on college campuses, Student Life Counselor Roy Reynolds wants to change the college culture and misperceptions about campus life. “College students have certain expectations, and the assumption is that all college students drink,” Reynolds said. “But as we know, that is not the case.”

AEC meets the challenge BY COURTNEY CRAIN Staff Writer Cowley College’s Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) team had an excellent weekend at the regional meet in Chanute on March 31. They went undefeated for a record of five wins and zero losses. The team, which consists of sophomores Derek Bowman, Brett Albright, Steven Arebalo, Matt Beach and Chansi Long, averaged 190 points per round. Individually, the team members scored well with Beach taking second, Long placing third, and Arebalo coming in sixth.

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AEC defeated Highland, Kansas City, Pratt, Neosho County and Allen County at the regional meet and also holds a record of 10 wins and zero losses in the preliminary and the regional meets. The team will attend the state tournament on April 28. Natural Science Instructor Greg Nichols said that the team will face some tough competitors, but he believes they are in a good position overall. “We have well-rounded competitors on the team, and I think they are pretty confident going into the state tournament,” he said. AEC, which will play one of the lower-seeded teams in the first round, has earned an automatic bye into the finals.


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Building a case County Attorney discusses the future of the Sanderholm case BY CHANSI LONG Online Editor

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t the end of last month, Judge Jim Pringle ordered that the prosecution can use all of the DNA evidence accumulated in the investigation of the murder of sophomore Jodi Sanderholm. Justin Thurber has been charged with Sanderholm’s murder, as well as aggravated kidnapping, rape and sodomy. Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith, who along with Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison will prosecute the case, said that usually there is a large amount of DNA evidence, allowing the defense a chance to inspect it. “We only have a small amount,” Smith said. “So we will combine all the DNA evidence and look for a sample.” Thurber’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 30 at the Cowley County Courthouse in Winfield. “It’s what we call a show hearing, or a probable cause hearing,” Smith said. “We will present evidence that shows all the crimes that we have alleged have occurred and that Justin

Thurber committed these crimes.” behalf. Smith said that after the prosecuThis is also usually when the prostion presents witnesses, the defense has ecutors state which punishment they the opportunity to cross-examine them. will seek. Prosecutors have up to five However, according to Smith, this usudays from the arraignment to say if they ally doesn’t happen since the standard will seek the death penalty. is so low in a probable cause hearing. After the arraignment, the Sixth “This isn’t Amendment, which reasonable guarantees the right doubt,” Smith to a speedy trial, said. “For the kicks in. case to receive “For the case to receive a jury “Barring any a jury trial, the continuance on betrial, the scales just have to be half of the defense, scales just have to be ever-sothe state has 90 days ever-so-slightly tipped in our slightly tipped to bring the case to in our favor.” favor.” trial,” Smith said. At the end The first thing of the prelimiCowley County Attorney to happen is jury nary hearing, Chris Smith selection, in what the judge will Smith called the make a ruling, “voir dire” period. and the defenThe selection is a dant will be collaborated effort bound over for a jury if there is enough on behalf of the judge, state, and deevidence. fense. After the jury has been selected, Then the arraignment takes place. and the trial begins, the prosecution This is when the defendant makes one will make its opening statement. of three pleas: guilty, not guilty, or no “The state reserves the first openplea. If a defendant stands silent, the ing statement,” Smith said. “After that, judge will enter a not guilty plea on his the state will show its evidence and

witnesses, giving the defense a chance to cross-examine them.” Smith said this part of the trial is called “our case and chief.” When the prosecution rests its case, the defense may or may not present its case. “The defense doesn’t have to do anything,” Smith said. “The burden of proof lies on the state.” Finally, each is given the opportunity to make a closing statement, which is usually one hour in length. Smith said that because the state has the burden of proof, “we get the first word and the last word.” This means that the prosecution can split the amount of time that the judge allows for closing arguments in order to sandwich the defense. For instance, if the judge gives one hour for closing arguments, the prosecution can use 20 minutes before the defense’s closing argument and 40 minutes after. Finally, the jury will deliberate over the evidence that has been presented. If a jury cannot arrive at a consensus verdict, a mistrial, sometimes called a hung jury, is declared. If this occurs, the case can be retried, generally at the discretion of the prosecution.


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THE NEW CREW New SGA officers take their oath

On April 3, Student Government Association officers for the 2007-08 school year were sworn into office during the SGA meeting at the cafeteria. Pictured from left to right, Activity Liaison Abby Cantrell, Secretary Jolene Pierson, President Katie Bevilacqua, Vice President Will Brantley and Treasurer Shawn Ming. The first major task for the officers will be planning and organizing the end of the year bash which is scheduled to take place in May. (photo by Marcia Russell)

Celebration of Appreciation Employees recognized for years of service and dedication

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wenty Cowley College employees were honored at a recognition ceremony on Wednesday, March 28. Employees were honored in five-year increments. This year’s award recipients are as follows:

20 Years: Martha Schartz

15 Years: Janice Stover

5 Years:

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OPINIONS

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Biceps for brains

BY JOSH PATTON Staff Writer

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ome people are born into brains, and others brawn. What happens, though, when one’s brawn is the ticket to brains? As a freshman in college, I was excited to leave high school and the world of treating athletes like they were superior. To my disappointment, there seems to be an abundance of athletic favoritism on this campus – the same favoritism I experienced in high school. Through experiences of my own, as well as others on campus, I have found several examples of athletic favoritism. In one of my classes, an athlete received full credit for an assignment that was only one-fifth completed, while the rest of the class handed in thoroughly completed work. Similarly, many non-athletes I spoke with thought extra credit was sometimes given to athletes to help them make the grade required so they could continue playing without suspension. The same extra-credit opportunities are not always given to others.

In addition, several students said that they believe instructors are more lenient on athletes in terms of attendance and tardy policies. However, some athletes have different opinions. One athlete said that she doesn’t believe that athletes are favored at all. She said that they may get extensions on assignments, but as far as she knows,

extensions are possible for any student. Another athlete said that it all depends on the instructor but acknowledged that some athletes and athletic teams are favored more than others. I understand that athletes are busy. They work constantly to perfect their craft at practices and athletic training. They also spend nights playing and traveling to

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games or matches. However, other students are equally busy. Many balance schoolwork, extracurricular activities and jobs, some of which are full-time positions. I don’t believe that these students experience the same leniency that athletes do. It would be ridiculous if an instructor saw a student working at a full time job and decided to lessen his or her work, or assign less work to a mother with three young kids. But for some reason, instructors see a student throw a ball and decide to alter the academic playing field. Instructors seem to alter their course requirements and lower their standards in order to ensure that athletes succeed academically. The entire situation isn’t fair to any student, not just non-athletes. The athletes who constantly take advantage of unethical treatment aren‘t receiving the full education they deserve. If they don’t have to think for themselves, what will become of them? I do realize, though, that not every Cowley instructor is guilty of athletic favoritism, and not every athlete gets special treatment.

Meet me at the club What do most college towns have that Arkansas City lacks? A lively off campus atmosphere that only a night club could bring. To me, Ark City does not resemble anything of a normal college environment and this is very disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, Cowley is definitely a good place to concentrate on your school work, but when the homework is done, some of us just want something else to do. I have visited several different colleges this year. From Hutchinson Community College to Kansas Wesleyan University, the dorm halls roared with students chattering about upcoming night club specials. Now that I have seen a different type of off-campus experience, I often do not

Nicole Costello Perspectives

stay here over the weekend, opting to go to livelier places such as Wichita. Even though club admission varies up to $15, it is well worth the drive. If some type of night-time entertainment existed, maybe students wouldn’t have to rely on alcohol to have fun. Recently, many Cowley students have been caught drinking underage.

QuickQuotes Do you think faculty members favor athletes? “Teachers don’t always follow the correct academic procedures and are more lenient with athletes. Some athletes continue to play with poor grades.” Adam Wiley Sophomore “No they don’t. We practice for two or three hours then we have to study like everyone else. It’s fair treatment.” Keith Henry Sophomore “Yes. For instance when they’re caught with alcohol they’re punished by their coaches rather than law enforcement.” Amanda Watson Freshman “In a lot of ways no, because we work hard at our sport. With teachers maybe. If we’re gone for something they’ll help us make it up.” Alexis Wright Freshman

Staggering amounts of beer were recovered from many of these students. Night clubs aren’t for everyone, but the majority of people I know and, even the ones I don’t, drive elsewhere to go clubbing. When many students are looking for a college, they don’t just look at the criteria, they also look at the popularity, the environment and the entertainment options available. If a college doesn’t seem like a fun and invigorating place, many students will not attend. We need a place to go and have fun. Innocent fun. There are still speculations that having a night club would increase crime, but the students here, including myself, don’t want to create problems; we just want to be able to make plans

for a Friday night that don’t consist of a road trip. Not only could a club be profitable for a local business person bold enough to create one, it would help our students start to unite more as a college and not as the teams and clubs that we are in. I’m sure not all would agree to the thought of having a night club in Cowley County, but the good news would be for the ones, like myself, who would benefit. If a night club was created in Ark City it would help students release the pent-up stress caused by an overload of schoolwork. Dancing is something that many enjoy doing, and I think a night club would be a great way for us to have some fun.

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Managing Editor - Victoria Ukaoma Opinions Editor - Amanda Pratt Sports Section - Brady Brewer, Jacob Earls and Alex Skov The Scene Editor - Jessi Hadley Special Section Editor - Annastasia Arnett Photo Editor- Rae Hunter and Jackie Hutchinson Advertising - Annastasia Arnett Online Editor - Chansi Long Staff Members - Charisse Archer, Nicole Costello, Courtney Crain, Megan Cummings, Stephanie Ferguson, Chet Hunt, Jackie Hutchinson, Sierra Keplar, Joe Lauer, Andrea Paddock, Joshua Patton, Jolene Pierson, Marcia Russell, Tiffany Zavala Faculty Adviser - Dave Bostwick


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Tennis Player Juliana Franco Juliana Franco is a freshman singles/doubles player for Lady Tiger tennis. She is from Bogota, Columbia. She competed in many national tournaments and national games while in Columbia. She was one of the top-ranked under-21 tennis players in Columbia. In recent action, Franco was the only Lady Tiger that went undefeated against Northwest Missouri State and Drury University. Freshman Karolina Porizkova returns the ball against her Bethany opponent. Porizkova won 6-1,6-1. (Photo by Alex Skov)

Tennis prepares for Region VI tournament BY JACOB EARLS Sports Writer

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ith the weather canceling matches two weeks from regionals, the Tigers finally hit the tennis courts on April 9 against Bethany College. “We were happy to get matches in,” head coach Brad Louderback said. “But I think all spring sports are happy when weather doesn’t affect the schedule.” Cowley freshman Kasia Siwosz, the nation’s number 1 ranked junior college tennis player, proved to be too powerful for her Bethany opponent and controlled the majority of her match. Freshman Karolina Porizkova and sophomore Hanane Toumi showed they are recovering from injury and illness by defeating their opponents quickly. Porizkova won 6-1,6-1 and Toumi won 6-0, 6-0. “Karolina and Hanane did well. I was happy with their performances,” Louderback said. But in number 5 and 6 singles, the Lady Tigers ran into some trouble. Freshman Monica Medina lost to Killian in the tie-

Freshman Clay Cypert returns the ball in doubles. Sophomore Lukas Hyl was his partner. (Photo by Alex Skov)

breaker 10-4 to lose the match. Sophomore Ashley Arnold was defeated 6-2, 6-1. In number 1 doubles, Siwosz/ Porizkova took care of Everhart/Cavit in convincing fashion by a score of 8-0. Toumi and Juliana Franco then defeated Morgan/ Hinman 8-2. The Lady Tigers beat the Swedes by a score of 6-3 and are now 7-2 on the season. On the men’s side, the Tigers beat the Swedes, 8-1 by sweeping the singles competition. Sophomore Lukas Hyl started the Tigers singles sweep in the number 1 spot by defeating his Bethany opponent 6-3,61. Freshmen Diego Motivar and Richard Filkuka both defeated their respective opponents 6-1, 6-0. In number 1 doubles, Hyl and Clay Cypert were tested by Bietau/Welsh but came out with an 8-5 win. The duo of Torrence/Linditus of Bethany upset Motivar/Filkuka 9-8 (7-5). Filkuka could not find his rhythm in the match and Bethany capitalized. On March 31, both men’s and women’s tennis played Collin County and East Central Oklahoma in Ada, Okla. The Lady Tigers defeated Collin County 6-3, and lost to East Central Oklahoma 4-5. Porizkova and Toumi were not at full strength and lost their matches against ECU. As a team, the Lady Tigers struggled in singles, losing four of the six matches. Siwosz picked up a 6-1, 6-0 singles win over against Collin County and a hardfought 6-4,6-3 win over ECU’s Segunchuck. “Kasia played well and took care of business,” Louderback said. Franco lost 7-5,6-2 in her singles match against ECU but bounced back for a win against Collin County 6-3, 6-0. In doubles action, sophomore Katie McKee and freshman Monica Medina lost

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their first match against Butler/Flores of Collin County 9-7. McKee/Medina then came back to defeat Christensen/Miller of ECU 8-1. The men had their problems against Collin County and ECU. Freshman Diego Motivar had trouble breathing and did not compete against ECU. Motivar plays number 2 singles and number 1 doubles. At number 1 and 2 singles the Tigers came out with wins against ECU. Hyl won 6-4, 7-6 (10-7) while Filkuka won 6-4,3-6 (10-7). After the first two, ECU won the reminder of the singles matches. At number 1 doubles, Cypert/Hyl defeated Nunez/Munoz 9-8 (7-5) in an exciting match. With Motivar out, Filkuka paired with freshman Jim Blacketer and defeated Kriel/Rios of ECU 8-3. ECU defeated the Tigers 5-4. “That’s what happens in college tennis. When a player gets injured you’ve got to adjust and fill in their spot,” Louderback said. Against Collin County, the Tigers struggled in both singles and doubles and lost 7-2. The Tigers only won in number 2 doubles and number 2 singles. At number 2 singles, Motivar won 6-1,6-2 and at number 2 doubles, Hyl/Cypert won 8-5. The Tigers’ top two singles players went 3-1, while the bottom four lost all eight of their matches. “We will be fine,” Louderback said. Both teams have a busy schedule ahead as both teams play at Baker on Friday, April 13, then at home on Saturday, April 14, against Johnson County. The match against Independence on Wednesday, April 11 was cancelled due to lack of players for the Independence teams. The match against Barton County has been rescheduled to Monday, April 16. The Region VI tournament is April 21-22.

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Baseball team takes lead-off in conference play

With 12 games left in the conference, the Tigers stay ahead of Coffeyville, Kansas City and Fort Scott BY BRADY BREWER Staff Writer

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f the six doubleheaders the Tigers have played over these past two weeks, three of them have been split, and the home-field winning streak has been broken. But what was the second place team in the conference is now the first with an overall record of 26-13 and a conference record of 18-8. “The games that have really killed us are the second games of our doubleheaders,” head coach Dave Burroughs said. “We just need to get stronger with our mental game and to better from the mound in order to win.” In a swept doubleheader on the road against Highland, the Tigers rallied for the 7-5 win of game one and finished with a 17-13 victory of game two. Cowley found an early lead of eight runs tied by the bottom of the third inning, and then regained the lead 10-8 only to have it taken away to make it 11-10 at the end of the fourth. Then, the Tigers hit in seven at the top of the fifth and held on to the 17-13 win. The next day, March 29, the Tigers continued on the road with a split doubleheader against Kansas City. They won the first game 7-0 and lost the second 9-8. In game one Lance Hoge highlighted from

Sophomore Cole Waddell runs the bases.

the mound by allowing just six hits, striking out nine, and walking none. John Chaisson hit his first home run of the season and Tom O’Gorman hit his sixth, each scoring three runs. “As a pitcher, it helps having a good offensive game to back me up,” said Hoge. “It lightens it up without losing focus.” On April 1 against Fort Scott, the Tigers’ home winning streak pushed forth with an 11-4 win of game one, but was broken with a loss of 14-9 in game two. Cole Waddell hit his second home run to score a pair of runs, and Ryan McMillan, leading Cowley with a .468 batting average, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in. Drew Graham picked up the win in relieving pitchers Justin Otto and Connor Farris in game two. “Our pitchers are doing all right, but we really need to find somebody to pitch some innings,” Burroughs said. “We’re going through the pitchers too fast.” At Allen County on April 3, the Tigers found themselves in another split situation as they won the first game of the doubleheader 4-1 and lost the second game 4-0. Hoge pitched game one and, once again, has proven himself a worthy pitcher as he improved his record to 6-2 for the season, pitching his fifth full game. “The second game was going smooth until the third inning,” pitcher Kent Williamson said. “We just can’t be making errors in these second games.” Williamson kept up with the Allen County pitcher as each one was Sophomore pitcher Lance Hoge lunges for the plate. In seven games Hoge struck out 48 throwing zeroes across the board for batters and walked just four. (photo by Jackie Hutchinson) the first three innings of play. Then, Allen County reached second base off the season and went 3-for-3 with four runs held off against the Tigers in the bottom of of a dropped pop-up in the infield and it batted in. Hoge pitched his seventh game the inning to win 9-8. In game two Cowley went downhill from there. allowing just two hits in the 10-0 five-indidn’t have much help from the bats and In winning the doubleheader against ning run-rule over Independence. lost 5-3. Johnson County on April 5, the Tigers are “Those were a real good couple of days The Tigers were scheduled to play sevnow in the lead in the Jayhawk Conference for us,” Burroughs said. “But we knew eral more games this week with the results Eastern Division. Cowley was in a race Coffeyville would pose some competition unavailable at press time. Also, they are with Fort Scott, which had lost three of its and it showed over the weekend.” scheduled to play upcoming home games past four games. By taking the doubleOver the weekend Cowley hosted against Highland on April 17 starting at 1 header against Johnson County 6-2 and 5-4, Coffeyville for what would be the end of p.m. and against Kansas City on April 19 at and then continuing their victory streak their four-game winning streak. In game 1 p.m. They are both doubleheaders. They against Independence, 10-0 and 6-5, the one the Tigers trailed 8-2 into the bottom are also scheduled to play NOC Tonkawa at Tigers were four games ahead of Fort Scott of the sixth and rallied to tie the game 8-8 home April 23 starting at 6 p.m., which will with 12 games to go in the conference. going into the seventh. In the top of the not be a doubleheader. O’Gorman hit his seventh homer of seventh the Red Ravens scored one and

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Lady Tigers play below standards, still win BY ALEX SKOV Sports Writer

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he young Lady Tigers team has put together a successful season, although it is dotted with losses. At home against Fort Scott on Monday, April 9, the Lady Tigers nearly let another game slip into the loss column. “I told the players that we weren’t real sharp today,” head coach Ed Hargrove said following the doubleheader. The first game against Fort Scott was a breeze for the Lady Tigers. Freshman pitcher Heather Davis led the team to an 8-0 victory in five innings, despite having an injured leg. Davis is currently the national leader in strikeouts per inning. With 185 strikeouts on the year, Davis also leads the team in the category. Freshman Ashton Kistler opened the second game as the pitcher for the Lady Tigers and held her own. Late in the game, however, her performance began to falter. The rest of the team momentarily followed suit. While Kistler gave up three straight hits and one run, an error was committed on a throw to first base and the Lady Tigers revealed a weak spot in left field, which Fort Scott exploited as much as possible. After two more runs for the opposing team, Kistler was pulled from the mound, only to be replaced by Davis, who closed out the 9-4 win. “Five of the last seven batters got hits on her [Kistler],” Hargrove said. “I just wanted to bring Heather in before it was too close.” No matter what troubles the Lady Tigers had in the field, their batting rotation kept them in the lead. In the first three innings of the second game, the Lady Tigers had posted four runs on the scoreboard. In the fifth inning an infield fly-out advanced runners and earned the team another run. Then, Kaci Haney picked up two RBIs on a double. Freshman pitcher Heather Davis winds up during a home game against Haney leads the team in RBIs with 33. Hesston on Wednesday, April 4. At press time, Davis had a record of The most unusual feat at the plate be17-3 on the mound and led the nation in strikeouts per inning. (photo by longed to freshman Whitney Foust, who broke Jackie Hutchinson) a bat during a powerful base hit. “I was happy with the two wins, but not how we played,” Hargrove said. At press time, the Lady Tigers had an overall record of 28-6 and a conference record of 7-1. On Wednesday, April 4, in what can only be

Sophomore Jenanne Wilson bats against Fort Scott on Monday, April 9. The Lady Tigers swept the doubleheader 8-0 and 9-4. (photo by Alex Skov) properly described as sheer dominance, the Lady Tigers swept a doubleheader with scores of 20-0 and 11-0 when they hosted Hesston. Out-batting the Lady Larks, every Lady Tiger who got time on the field added at least one hit to her statistics. Davis and Kistler each gained a win, with Davis allowing only a third-inning single in game one. A fielding error in the third inning of the second game was the only flaw in an otherwise perfect game for Kistler. The Lady Tigers went 4-1 at the Johnson County Spring Round Robin, held March 31 and April 1. The team flexed its collective muscle with wins over Brown Mackie, Colby, Kirkwood and a 21-2 demolition of Kansas City. Prior to the round robin, the Lady Tigers split a doubleheader with Labette on March 28. The first game ended 1-0 in favor of the Lady Tigers, but they took their first conference loss of the season when Labette got a 4-3 win in the heated second game. The Lady Tigers were scheduled to play against Neosho in Chanute on Tuesday, April 10. Results were not available at press time. The Lady Tigers’ next home game is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, against Highland. “All [of our upcoming games] are gonna be tougher than today,” Hargrove said. “If we play like this we’re gonna be scrambling for our lives.”

Tigerettes end season in style BY CHARISSE ARCHER Staff Writer

The Tigerettes recently returned home from the COA 2007 Lone Star Open National Championship in Dallas with a championship trophy and banner for placing first in the collegiate variety division. Their routine incorporated jazz, hip-hop, and pom dance styles. “The team and I were very happy with their performance,” said Coach Lindsey Sanderholm. Two Tigerettes competed in the collegiate solo division. Sophomore Brandy Hallacy, the team captain, placed first and freshman Brianna Branine placed second. Each was awarded an individual trophy. The girls dedicated their victory to former Tigerette, Jodi Sanderholm, who died in January.

“Competition was good,” Hallacy said. “Everyone worked really hard. I think all those long night practices paid off.” The team celebrated the victory by visiting the Palace of Wax and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, followed by a trip to the mall. “The wax museum was a lot fun, but it was scary ay the same time. It was a cool way to commemorate our win,” said Tigerette Erin McElgunn. “This competition completes our performance season,” Sanderholm said. “The team will have an end of the year party/lunch to celebrate.” Pictured at right are Raven McFall, Lori Legleiter, Kacie Schlegel, Ashley Cochran, McElgunn, Hallacy and Branine.

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Cowley Invitational is toughest yet Especially when competition includes 470 athletes and bad weather BY BRADY BREWER Staff Writer The Cowley Tiger Outdoor Track and Field teams hosted the fourth annual Tiger Invitational on Saturday, April 7, and it turned out to be one of the toughest meets they’ve had yet with 14 teams and 470 athletes. “Despite the wet/windy conditions we had on Saturday, we ran a pretty decent meet,” head coach Mark Phillips said, “although, a lot of records would have been broken otherwise.” The Lady Tigers were led by Kelsey Poljansek as she won the shot put (45-4 ¼) and discus (149-4), setting a meet/ complex record in the discus. Some more Lady Tiger winners were Jackline Kipwambok in the 5,000-meter run (17:58.84), Angela Welch in the pole vault (11-3), and Rachelle Pauly in the javelin (119-7). Kipwambok and Welch each hit national qualifying marks and

Adam Wolkins prepares his running start to launch the javelin. He threw it 194-11 for first place and was a national qualifier for that event. (photo by Jolene Pierson)

broke school records in their events. “The throwers have all been throwing some good stuff,” Poljansek said. “But everybody is doing their job and putting marks up on the board.” Other girls to reach national qualifying marks were Tamara McMillan (hammer throw), Ashley Cronin (3,000-meter steeplechase), and the 4x100-meter relay team of Amelia Lewis, Neisha Peterson, Jessica Johnson and Aubree Dorsey. Cody Tabor led the men by hitting national qualifying marks in the hammer throw (159-10) and the shot put (49-11), finishing second and third, respectively. Daniel Maina won the 5,000-meter run with a meet/complex record time of 14:34.18, and Jackie Reese won the long jump with a school-record mark of 22 feet, 10 inches. “Jackie is really coming along, and our throwers all had a good meet,” Phillips said.

Ashley Cronin (left) took fourth and hit a national qualifying mark of 12:40.62 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Jonathan Cherono (right) took third place in the men’s steeplechase with a time of 10:05.44. (photos by Jolene Pierson)

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ormal gowns, bathing suits and beautiful women are all components that make up the Miss America beauty pageant. Cowley College has a slightly different version of the contest. Instead of beautiful women competing for a crown, several of Cowley’s finest men will do their best to charm their way to being crowned Mr. Cinderfella 2007. The contestants will be judged in beach/leisure wear, talent and evening wear. If the creativity that has been displayed in past years is any indication of what is to come this year, then there will definitely be no lack of entertainment when the men take the stage. The winners of the contest will receive an assortment of prizes from fast food coupons to Cowley apparel. The contestant that wins it all will be given a Mr. Cinderfella 2007 trophy and ball cap, as well as bragging rights. Cinderfella is traditionally hosted by the reigning Miss Kansas. This year, the current Miss Kansas Michelle Walthers

Current sophomore Alexie Smith was a contestant in Mr. Cinderfella 2006 and plans to compete again this year.

will visit Cowley. Walthers attended Butler Community College, where she majored in graphic design. Her platform issue is working to strengthen the American family. Her talents include playing the piano, flute and piccolo. Walthers has also written and illustrated a children’s book. The contestants are chosen through student and faculty recommendation. Humanities instructor and Cinderfella creator Dejon Ewing said, “We look for young men who possess the ability to have fun in this setting. I want to make sure that they do not embarrass the college or Miss Kansas. This is a family-friendly evening.” Ewing emphasized the importance that she places on the appropriateness of the content. “I have to be sure I can trust the guys when they are on stage,” she said. The contest will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre. Tickets are available in the Humanities office located on the lower level of the Brown Center. They will also be available at the door on April 26. Tickets are $2, and proceeds are used as a fundraiser for Act One theater club.

The Reaping bleeds... a river of disappointment BY JOSH PATTON Staff Writer What happens when you mix a river of blood, a psychotic pre-teen, and Academy Award winner Hilary Swank? The psychological thriller The Reaping, which opened in theaters nationwide April 5. The film is rated R for violence, disturbing images, and some sexuality, with a runtime of 96 minutes. Hilary Swank plays the lead as Katherine Winter, a professor at Louisiana State University. Winter is a former Christian missionary who lost her faith after the brutal death of her own family in the name of God. After her loss, she becomes focused on disproving religious phenomena. When Doug Blackwell (David Morrissey) asks for her help investigating a river that has turned blood red, she naturally accepts. Katherine travels to the small, overly religious town of Haven with her partner Ben (Idris Elba). The townspeople believe that they are suffering from the 10 biblical plagues, but Katherine is determined to prove otherwise. Immediately, she explains to the townspeople that there is a scientific explanation for what has happened to the river. As time passes, though, her belief in science begins to waver as the other

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plagues begin to terrorize the town. The townspeople are quick to blame 12-year-old Loren McConnell (Anna Sophia Robb), a mysterious girl blamed for the death of her brother and assumed to be the reborn antichrist. Soon, the story turns into a tug-ofwar between scientific fact and faith. The movie effectively grabs attention from the beginning. In the middle, the pace seems to slow down, but picks up near the end. As a thriller, some viewers may expect to be scared by the film, but they will be disappointed. The movie was not scary, but had more of an eerie tone, with minimal jumps spaced throughout. The special effects of the film provide a mix-match of feelings. Different scenes prove to be quite stunning, while other scenes fail to deliver any kind of shock value. The ending brings the film to a proper conclusion. However, it is a little

choppy and doesn’t fully explain why things happened the way they did. Hilary Swank’s talent as an actress in this movie was wasted. Expected better, but as it is, it is surely one of the more original, if not scary, horror flicks in a long time.

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Act One’s Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing will be performed April 27, 28, and 29. It will be held in the Robert Brown Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in the Humanities office in the Brown Center and cost $4 each. Cowley’s Film Club plans to hold a Film Festival and Costume Ball on May 1. The Film Festival will begin at 6 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre. There will be a Costume Ball in the Wright Room following the Film Festival. Tickets to attend the Film Festival or Costume Ball will be $3, or $5 to attend both events. The final Open Mic Night will be held tonight (April 12), at 7 p.m. at Brown’s on Summit Street. If you would like to present your own work, contact Marlys Cervantes and drop off a copy of your piece to her office, in the Humanities office of the Brown Center, or email them to her at cervantes@cowley.edu. Open Mic Night is open to the public and free. The coffee bar will be open to purchase drinks during this event.

New Releases Disturbia After being sentenced to house arrest, Kale (Shia LaBeouf) finds his interests turned toward the suburban home of one neighbors. After a few days, Kale begins to suspect that his neighbor is a serial killer. Disturbia will be in theatres April 13 and is rated PG-13. EverQuest: The Anniversary Edition Making it the largest compilation of MMO expansions ever, the EverQuest Anniversary Edition encompasses eight years of content in this online RPG. Release date is set for April 23.


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No candy, just cash, from the Easter bunny

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he popular holiday icon known for his big floppy ears and happy hippity hop visited campus a few days early this year. On April 4, over 100 Cowley students eagerly searched all around the Brown Center for glow-in-the-dark rubber eggs to earn money. Participants were rewarded a dollar for each egg they turned in. The Student Life office provided over $200 for the hunt. Freshman Dakota Price found the most eggs, with a total of 16.

Freshman Rachelle Pauly picks up an egg at the Easter egg hunt held on April 4. (photo by Luke Houser)

Jazz Band tunes up for spring concert BY JOE LAUER Staff Writer

The Cowley College Jazz Band, fresh off of a five-school tour with the CC Singers, will be bringing their music back to campus. The spring concert will be Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Brown Center Theater. The Jazz Band will be performing songs from their tour repertoire, including “R U Chicken?” which features many soloists. The band, under the direction of Josh Fleig, is comprised of 14 students along with piano instructor Steve Butler. “The music we’re performing is a variety of swing, ballad, and funk pieces,” Fleig said, “including music from Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane.”

While on tour April 4 and 5, the Jazz Band performed at Mulvane, Circle, Chase County, Emporia, and Tonganoxie high schools. Most of these were schools where the Jazz Band had never performed. “My favorite part about the tour was the bonding between the singers and the instrumentalists,” sophomore Kelley Reynolds said. “Chase County was my favorite venue, because it was one of our best performances and best crowds.” The Jazz Band continues to strive for bigger and better things. “I’m pushing the students to work on improvisation. We’ve started a jazz improv class to develop that skill that meets once a week,” Fleig said. “I also want to implement a jazz combo. Developing a combo introduces a new element

Avalon fans brave weather to enjoy gospel concert BY CHARISSE ARCHER Staff Writer The torrential rains on the evening of Friday, March 30, failed to stop avid fans of the contemporary gospel group Avalon from flocking to the Robert Brown Theatre for the concert performance. Scheduled to start at 7 p.m., the theater was packed long before with faces ranging from the very young to the tastefully mature, all a bit wet but eager nonetheless. One determined young lady, Kayla Baker, came all the way from Park Hills, Mo., for the concert. “This was the first time I have ever seen them in concert, it was awesome and completely worth the trip!” said Baker. Prior to the show, there was a dinner held in the Wright Room, for those that wished to grab a bite to eat. Dinner guests had the advantage of reserved seating to the concert. The worship leaders of Ark City’s very own First Baptist Church, the Butler Brothers, were the opening act for the award winning quartet comprised of Janna and Greg Long, Melissa Greene and Jody McBrayer. As the evening wore on, Avalon had a request-a-song period in which audience members were given a chance to request their favorites. Concerned with the growing AIDS

epidemic in Africa, Avalon also presented a brief slide show which gave insight to the seriousness of the problem. They then encouraged the audience to adopt a child via donations. Director of Admissions Ben Schears, was in attendance that evening. “The concert was great. I really liked it when they spotlighted the AIDS crisis in Africa. That really touched me.” Schears also added that he was taken aback when one of the concert sponsors called and said that they were donating a portion of the proceeds to Campus Christian Fellowship. “It was truly a blessing,” he said. Freshman Ludovic Dovonou, an international student from Cameroon, Africa, agreed with Schears, “Coming from Africa, I can relate to what Avalon was trying to do with the kids. It felt good to see them trying to educate people about the situation.” Fans may wonder how Avalon has managed to survive after 12 years. “It’s really quite simple: this, (the concert), the energy from the crowd, what God does in our lives. That’s what keeps us going,” said group member Jody McBrayer. “Everything is good with us so far. We aren’t really on tour, but we have sporadic travel dates, we do go on tour in October though, but we wish every night would be as great as this one!”

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Sophomore Phillip Vinson blows the crowd away with his jazzy solo. (photo by Joe Lauer)

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Beadalicious Bubblegum beads still have flavor BY COURTNEY CRAIN Staff Writer

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ig sunglasses, miniskirts and Converse shoes are only a few of the fashion items that were made popular in the

1980s. Now adding its name to the list of ‘80sinspired articles is beaded necklaces. Named after a candy favorite, bubble gum beads are becoming must-have items in many wardrobes. From the classic pearl necklace to the flashy Mardi Gras beads, it seems as though beaded necklaces have always been around. The beads that are sometimes referred to as bubble gum beads, however, were first introduced during the awesome ‘80s. These beads can be large or small, and are usually plastic and multi-colored. They are very versatile and can go with many different outfits. Beaded bracelets that match the necklaces are also popular accessories. They are similar to the necklaces, only smaller to fit the wrist. The jewelry can be purchased at virtually any fashion retail store. The prices range from approximately as low as $5 up to $18, depending on

the store. Freshman DaNae Williams said, “I like to wear them because they are fun, and I like the bright colors that they come in. It’s something different to wear.” Fun, versatile and fairly inexpensive: all qualities that bubble gum bead jewelry possess. With all of these characteristics, it seems like the perfect reason to have some in every color.


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Two groups in harmony

CC Singers strike a pose at the completion of their performance. (photos by Marcia Russell)

The K-State Singers opened for Cowley’s own CC Singers at joint concert Thursday, March 29, in the Robert Brown Theatre. KState Singers ate dinner with the CC Singers before the show. The CC Singers performed their entire show, including two solos by sophomores Joey Glenn and Amanda Marie Black.

Above: Sophomore Amanda Marie Black shows off her feather boa while singing “Lady Marmalade.” Left: Cowley alum Ely Behrhorst, who was a member of the CC Singers from 2004-2006, gave the KState Singers some tropical flavor.

Above and right: The K-State Singers perform March 22 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Above: Sophomore Joey Glenn and freshman Jenny Doyle of CC Singers Right: Sophomores Aubrey Slief and Kyle Chamberland of CC Singers


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