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Issue 1 The Student Newspaper of Cowley College


Arkansas City, Kan.

September 6, 2007

My Space or Yours?

Online behavior could have long-term consequences BY COURTNEY CRAIN Assistant Editor Susie seemed like the perfect applicant for the secretary position available at the local law firm. She was intelligent, friendly, and qualified. However, when her

Attorney C.L. Lindsay spoke at Cowley College Orientation about online dangers. (Courtesy of prospective employer found her personal web page on MySpace what he saw was unprofessional. The pictures posted implied that she was not someone he wanted representing his firm. Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are becoming increasingly popular among college

students. A survey showed that over 85 percent of college students have a Facebook account and 60 percent of those users log on daily. This year’s orientation speaker, C.L. Lindsay, briefly enlightened incoming freshman about the dangers of sharing too much information online. Lindsay is an attorney for a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting students with legal issues. He mentioned that more and more companies are using these sites to screen potential employees. He warned of the possible consequences of their online actions. From underage party pictures posted on the web to personal comments posted about teachers, college students across the country are finding their personal web pages are open to public viewing. Humanities instructor Dejon Ewing said she always includes a project that focuses on credibility in the workplace in her interpersonal communications class. “I do plan to discuss the effects that these sites could have on future employers. It is a direct window into a person’s character and values,” Ewing said. This practice could possibly affect future on-campus jobs at Cowley. Director of Admissions Ben Shears plays a large role in selecting the student ambassadors each year. “I am considering using it [social networking sites] to screen future student ambassadors.” Vice President of Student Affairs Sue Saia also has had experience with social sites in selecting resident assistants for the dorms. During the interviewing process, Saia said she heard one of the applicants had offensive material posted on her web page. When the suspicion turned out to be true, Saia said it did affect her decision

about the job. “I would caution students to think about what they’re doing online. You never know who will see it,” Saia said. Not only could online material affect the workplace, it could also affect involvement in school. Two years ago, Scott MacLaughlin, director of theater and theatrical services,

While the students were allowed to keep their scholarships, not all colleges are not that lenient. In 2006, a Millersville University student was denied her degree and teaching certificate after offensive material surfaced on her MySpace page. Teachers advise students when it comes to posting material of any kind on the Internet, use caution. Just ask the fictional

discovered material posted by two theater scholarship students. It contained offensive material and threats directed toward the theater department and its staff. One student was an officer in Act One, and the other had a role in the play. MacLaughlin confronted the students and requested that they step down from their positions of leadership within the theater.

Susie: who thought it was fun to post crude comments and questionable pictures, she found out those actions had consequences. Posted material is available for the whole world to see, including Grandma and future employers. Evaluate the possible consequences before posting any material remember once material is on the Internet, it is difficult to remove completely.

Using technology engaging student learning BY CHRIS ROBINETTE Staff Writer Cowley has adopted a new technology at the automotive program. It’s called CDX e-textbooks and focuses on in-classroom instruction with an emphasis on a virtual hands-on experience that allows students to see the subject matter in action before they are required to demonstrate their knowledge in the shop. Students buy a login at the Cowley Bookstore that is active for one calendar year. It features quizzes, demonstration videos and in-depth text explaining car operation and workplace procedures such as common shop safety regulations. James Banon, sophomore, in the automotive program said he preferred the new hands on technology due to its advanced instructional ability as opposed to the old text books. The benefits of using this program include easy access from any computer with an internet connection, thus students are able to access the material as much as needed to guarantee full comprehension.

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The savings associated with this program for both the students and the college, is around $125 per student for the entire two year program. Instead of requiring students to purchase eight text books, the class can simply print out worksheets as needed. The logins for the students are sold with a small markup to cover the expense of the teachers’ logins. The program saves the college money in equipment by allowing the student to test on certain activities, such as connecting a voltmeter, a piece of equipment designed to measure the difference in volts between two points to test a circuit The program has in-depth interactive tests in subjects which give a student almost all the variables they might encounter in the shop. For example if done incorrectly the test ‘breaks’ the voltmeter and allows the student to try again. The student is allowed to break the voltmeter as many times as needed as opposed to one in the shop which can range from $25 to $300 depending on the type of damage caused. Automotive instructor Mark Grant

stated that the CDX e-textbook greatly enhances a teacher’s ability to monitor the progress of their students through the programs advanced statistics feature. The program shows a breakdown of each question within a quiz and the answers chosen. This allows a teacher to see how well the material was received by each class. Sheree Utash, Vice President of Academic Affairs said the program is “a great way to engage students” and that the idea was gladly embraced when it was presented by the automotive department. The publishing industry has just now started to experiment and develop the concept of e-textbooks, the idea is starting to take hold as many other instructors at Cowley are exploring the idea of implementing more hands on

Cowley Welcomes Back Students Plenty of options for fun times. Photos on page 4-5

technology into their curriculums. Utash said the technical fields will be some of the first to incorporate these, as well as some of the science lab classes. In the coming years she said she expects to see more of this technology in the classroom. Mark Grant helps Blake Andrews and Kyle Tatro use the new Automotive program, CDX, to test a voltage meter (Photo By Callie Jo Maxwell)

Recycling: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle PTK leads the charge to green Cowley. Story on page 6



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Update on the Jodi Sanderholm tragedy BY ALEX SKOV Managing Editor


hen 19-year-old Jodi Sanderholm went missing on Jan. 5, Ark City and Cowley County held a collective breath. Her friends and family were steadfastly faithful, holding onto what hope they could, as the rest of the community banded together to provide an extended support system. Four days later, on Jan. 9, Sanderholm’s body was discovered under a brush pile at the Cowley County State Fishing Lake. As evidence was collected, a suspect emerged, and Ark City resident Justin Thurber was taken into custody on previous charges. A $23,000 bond was set, and official charges of aggravated kidnapping, murder, and rape were brought against Thurber on Jan. 17. Since the Cowley Press last reported on the ongoing investigation and trial of Thurber in April, a number of noteworthy occurrences have taken place. A preliminary hearing opened at the Cowley County Courthouse in Winfield on May 30. During the two-day hearing, the

prosecution called followed to work by over 20 of the 37 Thurber’s Cadillac potential witnesses three days prior to while trying to Sanderholm’s disappiece together the pearance. events of Jan. 5 and On May 31, implicate Thurber. residing judge Jim Witness Pringle made the testimony linked decision that there Thurber not only to was probable cause Sanderholm’s black to take Thurber to Dodge Stratus, trial for the kidnapbut also put him ping and murder. in the driver’s July 9 was set as the seat on roads near arraignment date the fishing lake. for Thurber to enter Sanderholm was a plea. reportedly in the “We stand passenger’s seat. silent,” were the Two of the words spoken witnesses called by Tim Frieden, Jodi Sanderholm (file photo) to the stand were Thurber’s attorney, members of the when July 9 came. A Tigerette Danceline with Sanderholm. “not guilty” plea was automatically entered Sophomores Lori Legleiter and Elizabeth by the judge for Thurber, which is comRush told the court that they had each seen monplace when a defendant stands silent. Thurber’s blue Cadillac in the parking lot Before the arraignment, Thurber and of W.S. Scott Auditorium on the morning his defense handed in a document to Judge of Jan. 5. Legleiter also described being Pringle. With the document, read aloud in

court, Thurber waived his right to a speedy trial within 90 days of the arraignment. Pringle set dates for two pretrial motion hearings on Nov. 7 and Jan. 30. The trial is set for June 28, 2008. Outside of legal matters, Sanderholm’s life is still being commemorated. T-shirts, wristbands, and car stickers are omnipresent reminders of the young dancer. In June, a sculpture of a dancer and a plaque at Ark City Dance Studio were dedicated to her memory. Sanderholm was an instructor at the studio, which became an unofficial meeting place during the period when she was missing. In May, Cowley named a science lab in the Galle-Johnson building after Sanderholm, who was a pre-pharmacy major with a 4.0 grade point average. The Shanks Family/Jodi Sanderholm Scholarship was established in February with Cowley, and was met with immediate response. Shortly after being announced, the scholarship received over $26,000 in contributions. The recipient of the scholarship must be a full-time student taking 12 or more hours; maintain a minimum 2.5 gpa; and be enrolled in a science curriculum.

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Text message system spells safety for students BY ALEX SKOV Managing Editor Everyday hundreds, if not thousands of text messages are sent on campus. When winter hits, there will surely be more. Instead of walking all the way to a classroom in the elements only to find a pink piece of paper on the door, students

can now get text messages informing them of class cancellations due to weather. “What really triggered this is what happened at Virginia Tech. [University],” Vice President of Research and Technology Charles McKown said. “If there was an emergency, or, more likely here, a weather cancellation, a message would be sent out.” In the case of the Virginia Tech. shoot-

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ings, the school endured some backlash for what some saw as an inadequate alert system. E-mails were sent out to students and staff with a notification about an on-campus shooting, telling them to “be cautious.” The flaw is that not everyone checks their e-mail regularly, let alone daily. Sending out text messages ensures a nearly instant alert to those with cell phones.


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Entertainment at Brown’s. September 20 Barb Ryman will be performing. It will be free and open to public. The concert will began at 7:30 p.m.


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“Essentially, [phone service] providers allow us to send e-mail through their network,” McKown said. According to McKown, numerous schools are implementing similar systems in hopes of improving safety. Students can log on to Campus Connect and choose Text Message Alerts under Account Maintenance to sign up.


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Spotlight on diversity H

ow would you define your cultural identity and what role has it played in your life? I think that I would best describe myself as a cultural “mutt.” I was of course strongly influenced by my upbringing in the Wagner-City of Bayreuth, Germany, in Upper Franconia. Bayreuth is a place where the “Ride of the Valkyries” and “The Flying Dutchman’s Overture” are heard in harmony with beerfest tubas and rock & roll. Growing up in a mid-size German town instilled in me the importance of family ties, as well as the desire for exploration. I believe that the stability of my German roots has enabled me to make myself at home anywhere. The next great cultural influence in my life would have been the many years I have spent in the U.S. south of the Mason-Dixon line. The time I spent there is probably largely responsible for my (as my wife calls it) obsession with the smoking of large quantities of meat on weekends. This hobby has also taught me that patience is a virtue

Name: Uwe Conrad Position at Cowley: Math Instructor Years with Cowley: 6 which can eliminate a lot of stress in one’s life. I now have spent about twelve years in Kansas and I hope that some of the Kansas way has become part of my cultural identity, as well. I am always striving to look beyond the horizon anticipating what great things might lay ahead. What cultures have you studied or visited, and what cultures are you particularly interested in studying or learning more about? One of the great benefits of being a teacher is the interaction with faculty and students from many other counties. I have traveled quite a bit in Europe (I loved Venice), but I would really like to learn more about the Far Eastern cultures like those from India, China and Japan. I think that the interaction with people from other cultural backgrounds has been one of the most influential forces on my personality. As I was growing up there was an apartment building for Turkish factory workers across the street from my parents home, it took no time at all for me to make friends with the new arrivals (for children language is no barrier). It might have been the encounters with other cultures

Staff Photo One of Cowley College’s initiatives this year is to promote cultural diversity. Each issue of the Cowley Press student newspaper will feature a staff or faculty member, or a student in the Spotlight on Diversity section. which eventually led me to immigrate to the U.S.

Back to School Fun

Photos by Jackie Hutchinson and Jolene Pierson

Back to school meant back to a full schedule of activities this semester. On Wednesday, August 15, the events started with freshmen orientation and a speech from C.L. Lindsay, followed by a performance by Mentalist Chris Carter on Thursday. Many students attended the Club Fair and Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 19. Most of the on-campus clubs had representatives who were recruiting students for club membership.

For Everyone

Photos Jackie Hutchinson, Jolene Pierson and Callie Maxwell

The street dance was held in Downtown Ark City on Thursday, August 23. The dance was an opportunity for students to celebrate a new school year and to meet new people. Jace Kennedy was the dee-jay. The Ark City public pool opened its doors for Cowley students to swim on Sunday, August 25. Students were admitted for free after showing a Cowley ID. Tiger Tug-of-War took place behind Kimmell Dorm on Thursday, August 30. All students and faculty were welcome to participate.


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Three R’s to a Greener Campus: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle 10 Recycling Facts Everyone Should Know 1. Paper products make up 40 percent of all trash. That can all be recycled. 2. The highest point in Ohio is a literally a garbage dump that is now called Mount Rumpke. 3. 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water can be saved by recycling 1 ton of paper. 4. Eighty percent of papermakers in America use at least some form of recycled materials to create new paper. 5. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. 6. Recycled plastic is can be made into polyester carpets, plastic lumber, clothing, flower pots, insulation for sleeping bags and ski jackets, car bumpers and other products. 7. Cell phones, computers, and other technology release toxins into the environment when they are thrown away. The only way to stop the pollution is to recycle them. 8. Although 75 percent of our trash can be recycled, the EPA set a national goal of 25 percent for 1992. 9. One-third of the water used in most homes is flushed down the toilet. 10. A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.


What kind of an impact do you think a recycling program would have on campus? “I don’t think it would impact. It’s a good program, but I don’t feel that people would care enough to participate.” Kendra Gonzales Sophomore “I think it would have a massive impact if people would do it. Just the computer lab alone throws away tons of paper everyday.” Jasmine Baker Sophomore “I don’t think it would have that big of an impact, it’s not like I see any litter around here.” Justin Smith Freshman “Recycling is a good thing; it could save money and Earth. Because of our rush though, I don’t know if people would participate, it depends on time and dedication.”

BY JOSH PATTON Staff writer It seems today that people are becoming more and more “green.” Individuals, companies, and even entire cities are implementing recycling programs, whether daily or once a week.

In 2000, Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts alone recovered 22.55 tons of recyclable material. By doing so, they saved 383 trees, 157,850 gallons of water, 451 barrels of oil, and 94,710 kilowatts of electricity; together saving 67 cubic yards of landfill space. Other colleges in Kansas such

Here on Campus we do not have any sort of a recycling program. When our campus does receive a large shipment of furniture or office equipment, a recycling company is called to take care of the sizeable amount of cardboard rather than disposing of it other ways. This means that we are already using recycling in some situations when it is most convenient for us. It should not be difficult to slowly transition the entire campus into a full out recycling program. Phi Theta Kappa is attempting to bring this program to campus this year. Elisha Swope, the chairperson for the program, is making plans to attend elementary schools to teach them easy ways to recycle. In addition, she said she wants recycling bins set up around campus, or possibly even a central campus recycling center. There are several negative opinions about recycling though. The biggest problem we will face on this campus is most likely student apathy. Recycling is not difficult; it just takes a little extra time. What we need to do is set up several bins around campus so that students find them when they need them. Probably the most common argument against recycling is that it is expensive. In all actuality though, according to the National Recycling Coalition recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales, and $37 billion in annual payrolls; all more than what is provided in the garbage industry. People also argue that recycling has no effect on the environment.

as KU, KSU, ESU, and Johnson County Community College are setting off successful recycling programs. If they can manage, then so can we with a little work. Even if our program consisted of only recycling paper, it is making an effort. When someone gets an infection they don’t just cover it up and forget about it. Why should we infect the earth with poisons just the same? All we need to do is work together to achieve a common goal; it will benefit everyone in the end.

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THE COWLEY PRESS The Student Newspaper of Cowley College 125 S. Second Street Arkansas City, KS 67005 (620) 441-5555

2004, 2005, 2006 All Kansas Award winner Kansas Associated Collegiate Press The Cowley Press is a public forum produced bi-weekly by the Newspaper Production students. The newspaper is distributed free in single copies on campus. Extra copies are $1 each. Student editors make all content decisions without censorship or advance approval. Editorials, columns and letters reflect the opinions of the writers. The staff reserves the right to edit letters for taste and length. Letters must be signed by the author.

Managing Editor - Alex Skov Assistant Editor - Courtney Crain Opinions Editor - Josh Patton Sports Editor - Jacob Earls The Scene Editor - Charisse Archer Special Section Editor - Amy Casner Photo Editor - Jackie Hutchinson Advertising - Jackie Hutchinson Online Editor - Ben Whitener Staff Members - Megan Cummings, Joel DeNicolo, Krista Horton, Sierra Keplar, Callie Maxwell, Andrea Paddock, Jolene Pierson, Liz Potter, Chris Robinette, Tiffany Zavala Faculty Adviser - Meg Smith

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Voices raise for fall auditions BY COURTNEY CRAIN Assistant Editor


he Vocal and Music Department did not waste any time in beginning new projects this semester. Auditions for the Cowley College Singers were held on Wednesday, August 22. Fourteen students were selected to be a part of the elite group. In order to audition, a student must have first been a member of the Concert Choir. The Singers perform many times throughout the year, both on and off campus. They also plan a tour each spring. Tryouts for the fall musical “Crazy for You” were held on August 23 and 24. Director of Vocal Music Connie Donatelli said she was very pleased with the number was students who auditioned. “The musical has several tap dance numbers, and many students are getting to learn for the first time. We are very excited,” Donatelli said. The musical will take place on October 18-21 at the Robert Brown Theater.

Play Cast

Bobby Child - Joe Lauer Bela Zanglaer - Trevor Whitsitt Lank Hawkins - Nick Hammel Everette Baker - Kevin Cox Eugene Fodor - Zach Winter

Polly Baker - Rachele Bloyer Irene Roft - Bethany Schmidt Mrs. Lottie Child - Lynlea Bartlett Patricia Fodor - Sarah Davidson

Men’s Chorus/Dancers Chris Loftin Sean Rethmeier Cody Borror Thomas Govert Wes McDonough Brady Flock Jarrod Alley Billy Elliot Alexie Smith Jesse Davis Nick Weber

Women’s Chorus/ Dancers Courtney Crain Dori Stevens Brianna Branine Anna Stevens Chelsea Sona Kelsey Ford Amanda Watson Kacie Schlegel Erin McElgunn Blythe Colquhoun Lauren McGuigan Jade Sparks Hannah Langley Alyson Walker Page Givens

Right: Freshman Samantha Hunt prepares her voice before a CC Singers audition. Choir hopefuls practiced in the hall before showcasing their abilities. (Photos by Callie Maxwell)

Left: Sophomore Shawn Ming dances during his audition for CC Singers. Ming is one of seven male vocalists in the group.

Top row from left to right: Chelsea Zimmerman, Elisha Swope, Shawn Ming, Brady Flock, Trevor Whitsitt, Kathy Moon, Will Brantley, Candace Scott and Sarah Richardson. Bottom row Zach Winter, Amanda Watson, Chesea Sona, Chris Loftin and Joe Lauer.

Bacon fizzles on Death row BY ALEX SKOV Managing Editor Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is like a map of Hollywood, with the Footloose actor in the middle of the neighborhood and Rob Zombie two houses down the block. Long before his directorial debut, Zombie was in Airheads with Michelle Hurst, who went on to act in In The Cut with…Kevin Bacon. No matter how many degrees it takes to connect Zombie to Bacon, one thing is certain: the musician/moviemaker’s “reimagining” of Halloween tossed Death Sentence to the sharks when they opened on Aug. 31, bringing in almost six times the profit. Still, a movie can only go so far on a beat-up mask and suspenseful music. Not that Death Sentence provides much more.

Death Sentence

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Bacon stars as Nick Hume, an allaround family man with a successful job. After witnessing his son get murdered during a gang initiation, Hume grabs at revenge by instigating a war with said gang. While casting Bacon as a vigilante on a rampage easily sets off the “huh?” meter, he is not the only actor that may seem out of place. John Goodman’s turn as a gun dealer named Bones is a far cry from

his sitcom days. Garrett Hedlund, once the skinny rock star wannabe in Four Brothers, portrays Billy Darley, the tattooed, drugpeddling antagonist. As unusual as the casting may seem, the characters work. Although director James Wan of the Saw franchise brings little to the table, the true weak link for Death Sentence is the script. Very loosely based on a novel by Brian Garfield, the silver screen translation is light on subtlety and heavy on blatant foreshadowing. The shoot now, shoot some more later attitude that Hume takes up leaves the plot lost, and the audience without a foothold. Blood, gore, and severed limbs keep the action going, but what Death Sentence ultimately proves is that no one can make sitting in a mid-size sedan more intimidating than Kevin Bacon.

Coming Attractions


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Lipsynchers will battle it out for the top spot at Puttin’ On The Hits. The annual contest will be held in the Brown Center Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13. Students will compete against one another for cash prizes, while the best of the staff, faculty, and administration will receive trophies. Deadline for entry applications is Sept. 10 at 3:00 p.m. Xit-Rite Records will present a Battle of the Bands at Wilson Park on Sept. 29. A minimum $10 donation, and all other profits raised, will be donated to families displaced by the tornado that struck Greensburg. Sponsors include local radio stations T-95 and 102.5 KACY. The Walnut Valley Festival will take place at the Fairgrounds in Winfield on Sept. 12-16. The Festival, commonly known as Bluegrass, is an annual international gathering of acoustic performers. Festival-goers flock to the locally famous Stage 5 to see renowned performers. Performers this year include Tommy Emmanuel and John McCutcheon. Ticket prices range from $15 (Sunday only) to $90 (a five-day pass).

New Releases Kanye West Graduation Riding the buzz of “Stronger”, which samples French electronica duo Daft Punk, West’s third album is primed for a Sept. 11 release date. Collaborators include T-Pain and Chris Martin of Coldplay. The Brothers Solomon Saturday Night Live cast member Will Forte and Arrested Development alum Will Arnett play Dean and John Solomon, homeschooled brothers trying to fulfill their ailing father’s wish of living to see his first grandchild. Opens to wide release on Sept. 7.



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The selection:

Messenger? Clinch? Gym? laptop? Right bag for the job BY AMY CASNER Staff Writer


magine a universal, all-in-one backpack that meets the needs of any and every college student. Newsflash: it doesn’t exist. Few students will share exactly the same needs when it comes to storing and carrying their school necessities. Technology geeks, athletes, and art majors have individual needs that their backpack must meet. Much of the tech geek’s schoolwork requires a computer. Having a place to keep that laptop protected is crucial. Many backpacks on the market today include special places to store and protect laptop computers. Other computer accessories, such as jump drives, compact disks, wires,

and gadgets will also need a secure place to be kept. Now for the athlete, it’s all on-the-go: running from practice to class to lunch and back to class, possibly squeezing in a shower here and there. This student will need something well equipped for his or her fast paced schedule. Having multiple compartments for book storage, as well as a place for a pair of gym shorts and some deodorant is ideal. Art students lug around sketchbooks, pencils, paints, brushes, and other tools. Not only this, but they must keep their work flat and protected. A messenger bag, that is easy to take things in and out of, would be a great solution for this student. Not only will it keep artwork nice, most bags come equipped with pockets to store other art supplies. So the tech geek, the athlete, and the

art student obviously have different needs when it comes to backpacks. When shopping for a backpack, any college student must assess his or her basic needs. However, it’s not all about the essentials. Color, style, and a distinctive flare add personality to any student’s bag. For students who love jamming to music between classes, an mp3 player pouch is perfect. For those who can’t live without a cell

phone, new backpacks accommodate any model and many are even equipped with the additional safety precaution of a handsfree device. Many backpacks also include a special place to hold a beverage for the students who need hydration in class. For the crafty coed, buttons, ribbons, Sharpies, pins, glitter and iron-ons can add sparkle and individuality to a plain, old bag. Often times, however, a needle and thread is more appropriate. (Speaking to those who claim their piece of vintage cloth keeps their books our of harms way.) And although most male students hate to admit it, the man purse is an entertaining way to get stuff from home to school to work. Whether tattered and torn or pretty and pink, any backpack is better than carrying books around in a Wal-Mart sack.

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Out with old, in with the new Tigers add many new coaches to athletic department Cowley made the biggest hire this past off-season when they signed new men’s basketball head coach Steve Eck to contract. Eck began his stint as head coach this past March after Brian

Jackson resigned. Eck comes from Redlands Community College, which is located in El Reno, OK. He immediately turned that program into a national powerhouse. In his first season at Redlands, at the time a D-II junior college, the Cougars won a National Championship, so the next season they moved up to D-I. He spent six seasons there from 2001-07, compiling an amazing 182-22 record, one National Championship, three Regional Championships, and four Bi-State Championships. Prior to Redlands, Eck was the associate head coach at the NCAA D-I University of Missouri-Kansas City for one season where he helped orchestrate one of the biggest turnarounds in recent history. Prior to Eck’s arrival UMKC was 8-22; the year Eck was there they finished 16-12. One of Eck’s most amazing feats still is how he completely ruled high school basketball in Wichita from 1986-96. In the 10 seasons he spent at Wichita South he compiled a staggering record of 227-15. Wichita South still holds a city-league record of 51 consecutive wins in league play. Eck is still listed as the highest winning percentage coach of all high school coaches in the country with at least 200 wins. Every senior player received a college scholarship. Lance Madison is beginning his first year as a men’s basketball assistant coach. Madison also served as assistant coach under first year Tiger head basketball coach Steve Eck from 2002-05 at Redlands Community College in El Reno, OK. At Redlands he was on the staff that helped lead the Cougars to an outstanding 94-9 record in his three seasons with the program, which also included a runner-up at the NJCAA Division I National Championship game in 2004. That season, Redlands ended the season ranked first in the nation after finishing third in the country the previous season. Most recently, Coach Madison was as-

sistant coach at the NCAA D-I level for the past two years at the University of Texas Pan-American for the 2006-07 season, and in 2005-06 he served as assistant coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Of course then was his three-year tenure at Redlands. Before Redlands, Madison spent five seasons as assistant coach at Olney Central College in Olney, IL, from 1996-02. Madison began his coaching career in 1992, at the very familiar surroundings of Vincennes University, a junior college in Indiana where he also played his first two years of basketball and helped lead his squad to an appearance at the NJCAA National Tournament during his sophomore year. The last two years of his collegiate basketball career were spent at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, also known as IUPUI. He served as team captain his senior year. Yaphett King begins his first season as a men’s basketball assistant coach. King also served as an assistant coach under first year Tiger head basketball coach Steve Eck last season at Redlands Community College. At Redlands, he helped lead the Cougars to a record of 31-2 last season. King played high school basketball at Lakewood High School in Florida where he was an All-State performer; King then played his first two collegiate years of basketball at Redlands Community College under Eck. While at Redlands, his team won a National Championship in 2002 and King was named an All-American his freshman year. During his sophomore campaign his team won a Bi-State Championship and a Region 2 Championship and participated in the National Tournament once again. Both years he was an All-Conference and All-Region selection. His efforts at Redlands landed him an NCAA D-I scholarship to California StateFullerton. In 2005, his senior year in college, he was a big part of the team that had the second best record in school history. That same year he earned Second-Team Big-West All-Conference honors and reached the Sweet 16 round at the NIT Tournament. King served as team captain all four years in college. He played one year of professional basketball overseas in Vienna, Austria. During that season he helped Basket Clubs of Vienna win the Middle Division Playoffs. King has been coaching since 2006.

Vince DeGrado begins his first year at Cowley as the assistant track/cross country coach. Head Coach Mark Phillips added the former Allen County Community College head coach to his staff after Ryan Turner left to become head coach of cross country at the University of Houston. DeGrado helped lead Allen County to a pair of third place finishes during the 2006 cross country season and 2007 outdoor track season. DeGrado is certified as a Level I and Level II coach on the USATF levels. In college, DeGrado ran for Coffeyville Community College’s track and cross country teams. At Coffeyville, he qualified for nationals in both sports, and was an Academic All-American. After Coffeyville, DeGrado ran at Southwestern College in Winfield. At Southwestern, he was a two-time track AllAmerican and four-time All-Conference selection. After graduating from Southwestern, DeGrado became assistant track and cross country coach for a year and a half at Coffeyville. He then left Coffeyville to become head coach of track and cross country at Allen County. Brylee Sturd begins her first year as assistant coach for the volleyball team. Sturd graduated from Cowley this past year. For the two years that

she attended Cowley, she also served as a student helper under coach Joanna Pryor. Coach Pryor felt Sturd had the capabilities to become an assistant coach, so Sturd was promoted to the position this season. She helps out in various ways in practice and also helps out with game-time decisions. Coach Sturd is glad to be part of the “official” staff and is very grateful for the “wonderful” experience to be a coach under Pryor. “I am learning from a great coach and a great person,” Sturd said. Before coming to Cowley, Sturd attended Arkansas City High School where she excelled in the class and on the volleyball team. “We’re a pretty good team this season and we’re learning more and more about each other as the season goes on,” Sturd said. She feels that a major field that this year’s team excels in is its team unity. Rikki Hettenbach has become the new cheer coach for the 2007-08 school year. She takes over for former cheer coach Kristi Shaw, who has now taken the Director of Student Life and the Intramural Coordinator positions. Hettenbach graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2001 where she cheered for three years. She then attended Cowley. Hettenbach cheered at Cowley from 2001-03 under Shaw. While at Cowley, she was an All-American Cheerleader through UPA and helped lead her team at Nationals to a second place finish. She was voted Best Flyer and her team won the Sportsmanshp Award. She has been coaching cheer since 2003 with her free time while also working fulltime at the Wal-Mart pharmacy. She is currently married to her loving husband Jedd Hettenbach and they have one son, Ashton, who is three years old.

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Cronin, Mugo open season with first place finishes at Allen County BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor


he Tiger cross country team started their season on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Allen County Invitational and finished with both individual championships. The Lady Tigers competed without returning All-American’s Irene Kosgei and Jennifer Cherono. The men’s team ran without the services of 13 time NJCAA AllAmerican Daniel Maina. Both Tiger teams finished second in the overall results to Butler Community College at the meet. The Lady Tigers were led by sophomore Ashley Cronin’s run of 12:46, which was good enough to be named women’s individual champion. Sophomore Stanley Mugo led the men as he defended his individual championship from last years race. “Ashley ran good,” head coach Mark Phillips said, “We were very pleased with her progress and a nice start for her season.” Freshman John Purvis was the top finishing American runner at the meet. Purvis placed sixth in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16:12. Purvis was a three-time state champion from Arkansas that highlights the freshman recruiting class. Sophomores Brett Koehn and Mauricio Morales placed eighth and 10th respectively.

Sophomore Gilbert Manzanares was close behind finishing 11th. “We knew John had good ability from recruiting,” Phillips said, “He did a great job as well.” For the Lady Tigers, sophomore Christy Buller finished 12th with a time of 13:54. “Christy is coming off of an injury from last year so we are excited she’s at so far,” Phillips said, “We just need to get our freshmen girls adjusted to college running.” Freshmen Jamie Sherwood and Janee’ Gabbard finished 14th and 15th in the two mile race. Sherwood and Gabbard both ran the course in under 15 minutes. “I have been excited about the incoming group and they did well in their first meet,” Phillips said. Both Tiger cross country teams are scheduled to compete at the Friends University Invitational at Lake Afton on Friday, Sept. 7. The traditional college distances of 3.1 miles and 5 miles will make the meet more competitive. The Tigers are defending champions at the Friends Invite and plan on being at full strength for the meet. “Daniel will suit up and so will a few others that didn’t run last meet,” Phillips said, “A few people are injured and we don’t need anyone else getting injured early in the season.” Men’s Results: Butler 26, Cowley 36, Allen 65, Coffeyville 87, Highland 111, Neosho 0. Women’s Results: Butler 20, Cowley 39, Allen 60, Coffeyville 0, Highland 0, Neosho 0.

Tiger Results

1. Stanley Mugo 15:20 6. John Purvis 16:12 8. Brett Koehn 16:23 10. Mauricio Morales 16:25 11. Gilbert Manzanares 16:37 14. Justin Cacaro 16:59 20. Rolando Vasquez 17:16 24. Dakota Price 17:32 27. Tristan Wall 17:52

Tiger Results

1. Ashley Cronin 12:46 12. Christy Buller 13:54 14. Jamie Sherwood 14:21 15. Janee’ Gabbard 14:28 17. Bethany Schmidt 14:38 22. Hannah Burr 15:33 23. Kari Rinehart 15:44

Cross Country Runner Christy Buller BY JOEL DENICOLO Staff Writer What city/high school are you from? I am from Goultry, OK, which is about 45 minutes NW of Enid, OK. I graduated in 2006 from Timberlake High School, which is Class A. Did you come here with anyone you knew from high school? Yes and no. I already knew [sophomore] Bethany Schmidt for about 2-3 years but that was from competing against her high school, Kremlin-Hillsdale.

Softball Preseason

What accolades have you won? In high school I was on All-State my junior and senior year for crosscountry and was a State Qualifier in the 2-mile relay.


What was your most embarrassing moment in a meet? I attempted the steeplechase in track for the first time, which is 3000 meters long with barriers to jump over, well I fell over one of the barriers and if you touch it you are disqualified, and I accidentally did.

Campus Sports Schedule Sept. 6- Sept. 8- Sept. 13- Sept. 15-

Coffeyville @ Dodge City Round-Robin @ Hutchinson @ Emporia State Round-Robin

Sept. 5- Sept. 7/8- Sept. 12- Sept. 14- Sept. 19-

@ Allen County Cowley Volleyball Tournament Coffeyville @ Longview Labette

Who has helped you the most so far in your track career? Definitely my parents. They always are encouraging me and keeping me motivated.

Cross Country Sept. 7-


Megan Wiebe, John David McDonald, Katie Bevilaqua, and Shawn Ming compete in the Tug of War tournament for the Gold team. They lost to the Blue team in the first round of the tournament. (Photo by Jolene Pierson)

Track team runs over competition BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor On Thursday, Aug. 30, intramural activities started for the year with Tug-of-War. Along with mud, sand, and water pit, Tug of War consisted of 11 teams battling it out for the chance to be called champions of the tournament. Each team had to have 3 boys and 3 girls in order to compete so there would be no controversy on strength. In the first round, the track team led by sophomore Kelsey Poljansek, the Faculty/ staff team, the baseball/softball team, and the cheerleaders, the tennis team, and the orange team/Whitney Kessler advanced. In the semi-finals, track defeated the orange team to move on to the finals. Softball/baseball joined them in the finals by defeating the tennis. In the finals, the track team and the softball/baseball team were very competi-

tive with each other. The rope remained in the middle during the majority of the match. With all of the tension on the rope, many were surprised the rope did not break. The track team finally overcame the softball/baseball team to become the first intramural champions of the year. Members of the track team were: Kelsey Poljansek, Sasha Oliver, Bridgette Nash, Adam Wolkins, Alonzo Colbert, and Dejon Ruble. “The tournament went awesome,” intramural coordinator Kristi Shaw said, “I though it was a lot of fun even though a team didn’t show up.” Co-ed beach volleyball is scheduled to be the next intramural activity on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Deadline for registration is on Sept. 6 and the schedule will be posted on the intramural board on Sept. 10.

Sept. 10- Sept. 12- Sept. 18- Sept. 19-

What has been the most memorable meet you’ve participated in? My junior year in high school at the Activities State Track Meet. In the 1 mile run I set Chess Tournament Preseason Volleyball my personal best record which is 5:38, my dad was so excited for me, he gave Tournament me this big speech afterwards, it was Timeout Tuesday- great!

Friends Invitational

Beach Volleyball Walk-It-Out Wednesday

Choreography Camp BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor On Sept. 15-16, the cheerleaders will be participating in choreography camp. This camp is designed to help the cheerleaders learn their new routine for competitions. Aaron Crouse will be travelling from Texas to help the cheerleaders with their routine. Crouse has been providing routines to professional cheer squads and school squads across the country for the last 7 years. The cheerleaders do not compete until after basketball season. But, they will be present when the 3rd annual Midnight Madness takes place. Some of the cheerleaders recently made an appearance with the Tigerette Danceline at the Tiger Booster Golf Tourney.

How did you end up at Cowley? Coach Ryan Turner recruited me my senior year and watched me at the Enid meet, and I knew I wanted to run in college. I was pleased with what they said and how they ran their team. How did you get into this sport? My two older sisters ran in school and I wanted to do what they did, so I did, and I started becoming successful at it so I just kept on with it. What do you enjoy about running? I enjoy how running gives me time to spend to myself and with God. Do you have best friend on the team that you would like to mention? No. I am close to all my teammates. We all get along very well. What are your plans for next year? One of my options is going to a radiology school in Stillwater, OK but I probably won’t run anymore.



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Sept. 6, 2007

Lady Tigers destroy the Lady Blue Devils Talented freshman class showcase skills in first home match BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor


laying in its first home game and in front of a loud group of Cowley Crazies, the Lady Tigers volleyball team easily defeated Kansas City Community College 30-10, 30-18, 30-20 on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The Lady Tigers came out and won the first game quickly. In game two, Kansas City found itself ahead of the Lady Tigers 16-14. The Lady Tigers ended the game scoring 16 of the 18 points. Kansas City tried to claw its way back into the match by hanging with the Lady Tigers in game three. Kansas City tied up the Lady Tigers 14-14 but the Lady Tigers went on a 7-1 run and eventually put away the Lady Blue Devils to win the match. “The other team (Kansas City) started blocking our shots and playing,” head coach Joanna Pryor said. “We finally adjusted and placed the ball. We didn’t use power all the time.” Outstanding performances by freshmen Kasha Kelley and Victoria Green helped the Lady Tigers win. Kelley had a team-high 13 kills while Green had 9 blocks. Sophomore Lilian Rezende made impressive serves during crucial points in the match. “Kasha did an awesome job because she is left-handed and hard to read,” Pryor said. “Many aren’t used to seeing left-handed hitters.” The Lady Tigers have started off the season with confidence, as they are now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Jayhawk East. In their season opener at Johnson

County on Aug. 26, the Lady Tigers picked up an impressive win. The match featured two of the best NJCAA Division II volleyball teams in the nation. In 2006, both teams finished in the top 10 on the national level and competed well at the National Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Lady Tigers silenced most of the hype at the beginning of the match by winning the first game 30-16. The Lady Tigers then picked up hard fought wins in both game two and three by the score of 30-26, 30-27. “I think I was the nervous one because I didn’t know where we stood,” Pryor said. “Our girls came out and handled the pressure. They focused on what they were suppose to do and played relaxed.” Rezende led the Lady Tigers in the opening match. Rezende finished with 14 kills, nine digs, and five blocks. Freshmen Lucia Cizmarova and Green also ended the match with solid performances in the middle hitter/outside hitter positions. “Victoria played strong,” Pryor said. “When she has a single block, she’s going to put the ball down.” The Lady Tigers look to improve and gain experience with their talented freshman class. The Lady Tigers also are scheduled to host a pair of matches at its home tournament on Sept. 7-8. “We are going into each game with the mentality that our opponent is the best,” Pryor said, “We have no idea what to expect because every year there’s a new team on the court. We just have to remember to take care of business.”

2007-2008 Lady Tiger Volleyball roster #1 Lilian Rezende #2 Kasha Kelly #3 Courtney Shanklin #5 Andrea Mitchell #7 Crystal Garman #8 Jacey Sechrest

So. Fr. So. So. Fr. Fr.

#10 Valerie Cox So. #11 Jessica Fiscus Fr. #12 Victoria Green Fr. #15 Kendra Miller Fr. #19 Lucia Cizmarova Fr. Head Coach- Joanna Pryor

Top left: Sophomore Lilian Rezende serves the ball during second game. Rezende scored many crucial points for the Lady Tigers as the Lady Blue Devils tried to make a comeback. Top right: Sophomore Courtney Shanklin and Freshman Lucia Cizmarova attempt to block a shot by Kansas City. Bottom: Lady Tiger team members watch their teammates during the third game. (Photos by Jolene Pierson)

Siwosz honored as one of the top-ranked collegiate tennis players The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) honored Lady Tiger tennis sophomore Kasia Siwosz in New York on Saturday, Aug. 25 for her accomplishments last season. Siwosz finished her freshman season capturing the NJCAA national championship in number 1 singles and number 1 doubles. Siwosz did not a drop a set in singles at the national tournament and only lost one set in doubles play with sophomore Karolina Porizkova. Siwosz was ranked number 1 in the nation all of last season. She was also named a NJCAA Division 1 first-team All-American for both singles and doubles. Currently, Siwosz is being heavily

recruited by some of the best NCAA Division I programs in the country. She has recruiting visits scheduled at University of Georgia, the University of California at Los Angeles, and Baylor University. She has also visited Oklahoma State University. “Over the summer I received a tremendous amount of calls from all over the country wanting to talk about Kasia,” head coach Brad Louderback said. “She is narrowing down schools she is interested in based on education, location, and their tennis team. She has the opportunity to be a little bit selective in her choice.” This was the 24th edition of the ITA Collegiate All-Star Team. The nations topranked men’s and women’s tennis players from tennis rankings at the NCAA Division I, II, and III, NAIA and NJCAA levels, as

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well as from the ITA Indoor Championships. This year’s ITA/Ashe Award winners were a diversified and dynamic group that included 4.0 students, nationally ranked players, two-sport athletes, and conference champions, all of whom were active in their community. While attending, the student-athletes were recognized during a luncheon. The all-stars also received a tour of the U.S. open facilities as well as a private reception in New York City that evening. Siwosz joined other women from schools such as North Carolina, DePaul, Texas Christian (TCU), Miami, LSU, William and Mary, USC, Pacific, and Armstrong Atlantic State.

Sophomore Kasia Siwosz

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