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Issue 2 The Student Newspaper of Cowley College


Sept. 7, 2006

Arkansas City, Kan.

Several students enjoy the song “It’s Goin’ Down” by Young Jock at the annual street dance, which is held to welcome new and returning students. (photo by Jackie Hutchinson)

The Lady Tigers’ softball team, along with other students, participated in a dance off on the DJ booth. (photo by Marcia Russell)

The “Cha-Cha Slide,” which appeared to be a crowd favorite, was one of the many line dances played at the street dance that approximately 300 students attended. Moreover, the dance was extended until midnight instead of 11 p.m. to accommodate students that arrived late. (photo by Jackie Hutchinson)

Gettin’ Down

Students enjoy second annual street dance BY JACKIE HUTCHINSON Staff Writer Freshman Michelle Coward and sophomore Megan Merchant receive free samples from Brown’s while attending the street dance. (photo by Jackie Hutchinson)

A representative from Woods Chiropractic gives freshman Sage Swaney a spiral scan. (photo by Marcia Russell)

Campus News




The Scene





more Andy Atterberry said. “It’s like a sign of what’s to come, just a big fun party.” Thirteen local merchants welcomed new and returning students by handing out prizes and coupons from their businesses. Free tans from Sun Seekers, Jones soda from The Brown Store, and free spinal scans from Woods Chiropractic were among the many prizes given away. Sophomore Ashley Poage said the drawing for Arbonne makeup was her favorite give-away. Union State bank also gave away a tool kit and tote bag to two

early 300 Cowley students celebrated the new school year by attending the back to school street dance, held on Fifth Avenue in downtown Arkansas City on Aug. 24. The dance was held from 9 p.m. to midnight, instead of 11 p.m. The hours were extended because “most kids don’t show ‘til 10,” Director of Activities Kristi Shaw said. Although this decision allowed students more time to dance, a few Arkansas City residents that live nearby complain about the noise level at the late hour, Shaw said, and generally feel the dance should end “by 8 p.m.” Student Government Association (SGA) officers Lexie Smith Throughout the night disc jockey and Aaron Loehr enjoy the street dance sponsored by local Jace Kennedy played a variety of popumerchants and SGA (photo by Marcia Russell) lar music. Students danced to a mixture of songs such as the “Cha-Cha slide” and “It’s Goin’ Down.” one was dancing with everybody. There Sophomore Jessemine Baker liked of the students. were no cliques. It’s not like high school... the variety of songs Kennedy played and Freshman Jolene Pierson said, “ I and there were no fi ghts,” said freshman thought many different types of music Tawsha Henderson. liked the idea of getting free stuff, but I were represented. Some students, includShaw said, “The purpose of the street also love to dance.” ing members of the softball team, jumped This was the second annual street dance is to get the students aware of the onto the DJ booth to participate in a dance area stores and what they have to offer, dance hosted by SGA and the Arkansas off. While listening and dancing to music, plus have a great time and meet some new City Chamber of Commerce. “The street many students were able to make some faces.” dance was a great success; next year, I new friends. “There were a lot of people,” sophoknow, will be just as great,” Shaw said. “I got there at the tail-end and every-

Invincible NFL player at Cowley Vince Papale stopped by campus on Aug. 30 to give a speech while promoting Disney’s latest movie. Story on page 3

Puttin’ on the Hits The deadline for entering Cowley’s annual lip-sync contest is Sept. 18. Students compete for cash prizes. Story on page 5



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Smith wins Stirnaman Award Social Science instructor receives excellence award after 10 years



Natural Science Instructor Pam Smith assists sophomore Brooke Gibbs. Smith recieved the Paul Stirnaman Teaching Excellence Award. Smith said she modeled some of her techniques after Stirnaman. (photo by Lindsay Hickenbottom)

he fifth Paul Stirnaman Award for Teaching Excellence was presented to a former student of Stirnaman’s. Natural Science Department Instructor Pam Smith received the award during the All-College Convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 16, in the Robert Brown Theatre “I liked his teaching style,” Smith said. The College Education Association (CEA), Cowley’s professional teacher organization, sponsors the award. The Stirnaman Award is voted on by Cowley instructors and rewards excellence in the classroom. The award is named after Paul Stirnaman, a long-time social science instructor and a strong supporter of CEA, who died June 16, 2000.

Smith modeled some of her teaching techniques from Stirnaman. She said that she tries to be interactive with her students and to have high expectations. Smith has an associate of arts degree from Cowley, and a bachelor of science from Wichita State University in biochemistry. She also had four years of doctoral studies in protein chemistry from WSU. Smith has taught at Cowley for 10 years. “We get to know the students well and help them achieve, and the administration at Cowley supports us in our efforts to serve the students,” said Smith. Among many other awards, Smith received Cowley’s Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning Award in 2004. Sophomore Marsya Putter said, “Pam (Smith) is very deserving of the Stirnaman Award.”

Southside instructor cooks it up for Rachael Ray BY ANDREA PADDOCK Staff Writer Cynthia Wesson, Southside Humanities instuctor, recently appeared in a commercial for the Rachael Ray cooking program, one of the top shows on Food Network. Naturally, students and staff want to know how she made it onto a Rachael Ray cooking commercial. Well, Wesson is not a famous celebrity we have never heard of; she was just in the right place at the right time. Wesson took a trip to San Diego, Calif., to visit her daughter. One day they took a ride and “passed a group of people with all

kinds of cameras and sound equipment.” They decided to stop and take pictures. The flashes caught an older gentleman’s attention and he asked her to stop because it was interfering with their cameras. Wesson apologized, and he asked her if she knew of the Rachael Ray program and whether she would be interested in appearing in a commercial for the show. “Of course!” Wesson said. He immediately took her over and said she would a part of the promotion. “I was a bit nervous at first, but just thought about the onlookers as students in my classes and settled down,” Wesson said. “My only regret was that I did not wear my orange Cowley T-shirt.”



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Cynthia Wesson plays her role in a commercial for the Food Network’s Rachael Ray. (courtesy photo)

Campus Lineup

WHAT? Volleyball

WHEN? Sept. 8-9


W.S. Scott Auditorium

Cowley hosts tournament Intramural softball begins

Tues. Sept. 12


Mon. Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m.

Lady Tiger Field W.S. Scott Auditorium

vs. Butler County Compass Luncheons

Fri. Sept. 15 and Sept. 22, noon

Wright Room

Follow-ups for Freshman Orientation Comedy Show

Fri. Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Robert Brown Theatre

Second City Comedy Troupe performs Board of Trustees Meeting

Mon. Sept. 18, 6 p.m.

SGA Meeting

Tues. Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.

Board Conference Room Cafeteria

All campus organizations and activities should send a representative Volleyball

Wed. Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.

W.S. Scott Auditorium

Thu. Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Robert Brown Theatre

vs. Highland Puttin’ on the Hits Annual lip-sync contest Game Room Challenge Night Tues. Sept. 26, 8 p.m. Volleyball


Wed. Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m.

W.S. Scott Auditorium

Thurs. Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.

W.S. Scott Auditorium

vs. Independence Volleyball vs. Fort Smith Midnight Madness

Sat. Sept. 30, 9 to midnight W.S. Scott Auditorium

Tigers and Lady Tigers celebrate start of basketball practices Volleyball

Mon. Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m.

W.S. Scott Auditorium



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In’Vince’ible Papale inspires audience “You wouldn’t go into a game without a plan. Why go into life without one?” he asks BY NICOLE COSTELLO Staff Writer


ince Papale, oldest rookie in NFL history, gave a speech on Aug. 30 about his life and the recently released movie Invincible. “How do I look? This is my Wal-Mart special, baby” were his first words. Because of travel delays, including luggage problems, Papale’s speech began at noon instead of the scheduled 9 a.m. Papale, standing tall at the age of 60, showed the crowd even at his age you can still have a great sense of humor. “I love me,” Papale said. After the one-hour speech, Papale took time during the reception in the Wright Room to sign autographs for students and community members. “He has truly inspired me to become a greater athlete,” sophomore Nicole Reuter said. Papale, at a very young age, had to deal with a mother who, during her career as a professional softball player, became involved with drugs and alcohol. Papale’s father, who was a farmer, would be infuriated every time he would come home and see his wife drugged up or drunk. Even with the rough situation Papale was in, he prevailed. In high school he was too small for football, so he dedicated himself to track. Receiving track scholarships he went on to run in college. After college Papale became a teacher until he was fired six years later. He then became a substitute teacher and as a side job he was a bartender. Making ends meet with an income of roughly $12,000 a year, an opportunity of a lifetime came forth for Papale. In 1976 Philadelphia Eagles’ new head coach Dick Vermeil announced at a press conference that they were going to hold open tryouts for the upcoming NFL season. Papale, knowing the odds were against him, decided to try out. During the workout Papale ran an impressive 40-yard dash with the time of 4.5. As a result he was offered a contract on the spot and eventually earned a spot on the team’s roster. He played in the NFL for four years and was voted Man of the Year in 1978 by the Eagles. Papale was also team captain during his NFL career, and at the same time the Eagles turned into a Super Bowl team.


Student Government Association (SGA) will hold its second meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. All clubs and organizations should send a representative. A meal will be provided for all Adam Wiley representatives who are not dorm residents. At the first SGA meeting held Aug. 28, Adam Wiley was elected treasurer. SGA is in the process of forming two committees: one to advocate wireless internet access on campus and one to develop guidelines for social networking on sites such as Facebook and MySpace. The Chess Club will hold meetings every Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in GalleJohnson Hall room 206. Meetings are open to beginners, intermediate, advanced, masters, or those who simply want to learn how to play. Officers are President Andy Atterberry, Vice President Jessica Tibbot and Secretary Ramone Ortega. For more information contact sponsor Jafar Hashemi at 620-441-5329.

College Republicans will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in Brown Center room 132. Officers are President Jessica Tibbot and Vice President Krista Dopfel. For more information contact sponsor Jacque Ramirez at 620-441-5252.

Vince Papale signed autographs at the recepetion held after his motivational speech in the Brown Center on Aug. 30. Papale signs 7-year-old Riley Thom’s t-shirt. (photo by Jackie Hutchinson) Papale spoke a lot about opportunities and potential during his presentation. He said there are three things you need to have to fulfill your potential: a game plan, knowledge of your opponent, and the willingness to try your hardest. “You wouldn’t go into a game without a plan,” Papale said. “Why go into life without one?” After his NFL career Papale became a radio and televi-

sion broadcaster for eight years. Only five years ago Papale was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. During the presentation, Papale proudly announced he is a cancer survivor. Now he is teaming up with Lance Armstrong to become a national spokesperson for cancer prevention. “Treat every day as if it is the most important day, because it might be your last,” Papale said.

A quick look at what’s happening on campus

Mu Alpha Sigma Chi (Math and Science Club) will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Galle-Johnson Hall room 203. Officers are President Laken Mapel, Vice President Tyler Wilson, Secretary Tory Kill and Historian Alex Valley. There is a one-time club fee of $20, which includes a club T-shirt. For more information contact sponsor April Nittler at 620-441-5208. Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) will hold its next meeting on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Webb-Brown Academic Center in room 103. For more information contact sponsor Beverly Grunder at 620-441-5267. Phi Theta Kappa will meet in the Galle-Johnson room 212 on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 5:30-6:30 p.m. For more information contact sponsor Melinda Neal at 620-4415562.

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tanning and nail salon

According to a survey by the American College Health Association, college students consider stress to be the most common impediment to academic performance. Cowley College offers its students free and confidential services for this 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. Compiled by Lindsay Hickenbottom

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Wi-fi...why not? W

By Dwight Bergley

No strings attached with wireless Internet

e live in one of the richest countries in the world and our consumers’ ability to access the latest technology is quite impressive. We are truly a blessed nation in a blessed time. We have laptops, mp3 players, pocket computers, instant messengers, modems, cameras; cell phones that can function as mp3 players, take pictures and type, and even phones to actually call someone. Today’s college students are becoming increasingly tech-savvy and some are majoring in fields that require them to be on the cutting edge of technology. Wouldn’t it make sense for colleges to provide their students with an environment that incorporates as much technology as they can afford? Cowley College is one of the most technically superior community colleges in the state. We have smart boards in half of our classrooms, computers in every classroom and computer labs in almost every building. Is it too much to ask that we add public access wireless Internet to Cowley’s impressive list of technological accomplishments? The number of students with wireless capable devices, specifically lap-

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tops, increases each year. Thus the need for wireless Internet increases. Most students opt for laptops due to their ease of use and portability. However, if our college does not have a wireless network, then it is not allowing our technology to work at its full potential. Campuses across the nation have heard their students’ cries and have decided to cover, fully or partially, their campus with public access wireless internet. Many local colleges, such as Southwestern in Winfield and Oklahoma State University, have wireless Internet. Kansas State University has begun a multi-million dollar plan that will be completed in 2009. Their plan will increase its current shoddy coverage in the dorms and cafeteria to high-speed coverage all over campus. Some would argue that adding wireless internet to our campus would

be a security risk not worth taking. This argument, although not completely unfounded, can be addressed easily with increased computer security. Various cunning tactics are implemented by technology specialists to foil malicious users who plan on stealing information from other users, such as bank and Social Security numbers. But quite frankly, other local campuses are now covered by wireless completely despite the argument of security. There is, however, a Renaissance at the end of this Medieval Era. Our Student Government Association has addressed our outcries and now has a committee devoted to the cause. The committee will begin meeting soon and one faculty member has even volunteered to join the good fight. Not much has been done so far; however, they have asked that students fill out a short survey that wants to know how students feel about wireless. This survey can be found online: For now we must wait, but until the day Cowley becomes wireless, don’t let attachment issues get you down.

Black Student Union for everyone To the Editor: We know that American History is not just for Americans, just as we know that enrollment in African American Literature is not restricted to people of African ancestry. So why label history or any other educational experience by ethnicity or geography? Unfortunately we may wrongfully read exclusive membership or focus in the title of organizations. Such is the case with the Black Student Union, which is in its third year on the Cowley Campus in Arkansas City. Certainly, the BSU has a focus of

Afrocentric cultural issues including heritage, promotion of positive images for ethnic students and fostering a sense of pride and inclusion in an increasingly diverse campus community, as well as society. While its focus is guided toward better understanding of the complex issues of an American population whose en masse migration was not voluntary, the scope of


Should Cowley install campus-wide wireless Internet service? “Yes. People could be taking online classes in the Jungle.” Daniel Brooks Sophomore “We should because I have a laptop I would like to use.”

“Yes, because it’s really great and convenient.” Hanna King Sophomore “Probably not for this school because of the low-cost appeal of this school.”

BSU membership adds to the beauty and dynamic of the Arkansas City campus. Some may ask, “Why have a Black Student Union?” While the temptation for some may be to try and answer this question in a conversation, the better answer is this: join the group for a meeting or event and learn for yourself. At worst, you will decide that there is nothing you can learn through participation. At best, you will experience a cultural learning and build or strengthen relationships from your Cowley College experience. Bruce Watson BSU Sponsor

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the organization is much broader and promotes cross cultural learning and networking. The leaders and members of the BSU want to convey that group membership and attendance at their meetings is open to any full-time student on campus. The Cowley College BSU considers its existence as an enhancement to the campus educational experience. The diverse

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Popular lip-sync contest to take place on Sept. 21 BY TIFFANY ZAVALA Staff Writer


very year, numerous Cowley College students and personnel take the stage during the popular lip-sync competition, “Puttin’ on the Hits.” Humanities instructor Dejon Ewing helps organize the event and advises anyone interested to take part. “Not everybody has the nerve to sing on stage but everybody can lip sync,” Ewing said. Sophomore Joey Glenn and last year’s Student Ambassadors performed “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On” by Neal McCoy. “I thought it was a great experience and ‘Puttin’ on the Hits’ is a good way to get involved and enjoy college life,” Glenn said.

Not only do participants get to show off their talent, but the winners receive prizes as well. Students who place first get $50, second is $30, third, $20 and fourth is $10. Winning faculty/staff entries receive “spray painted Barbie dolls and bragging rights” Ewing said. Last year’s first place winner in the student division was Act One. The Book Ladies (Melissa Hollister, Rhoda MacLaughlin and Shannon O’Toole), were the winners in the faculty/staff division. “I liked last years ‘Puttin’ on the Hits’ because Shannon O’Toole was pregnant and the librarians cornrowed their hair and did the song ‘Push It’ by Salt n Pepa,” sophomore Amanda Black said. This year’s show will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Brown Center

Got Lip-sync Talent? Students interested in being a part of Puttin’ On the Hits can pick up an application in the Humanities Office, the information desk in Galle-Johnson or online at Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and costs $2 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance in the Humanities office of the Brown Center or at the bookstore. “Students get to laugh, play Name That Tune and, part of what makes it so special, is that at the evenings end there is a certain element of cohesion that pulls the Cowley family together,” Ewing said.

Cowley President Dr. Pat McAtee shows off his feminine side for the opening of last year’s Puttin’ On The Hits. McAtee portrayed Jessica Simpson from the Dukes of Hazaard while performing to the song “These Boots Were Made for Walking.” (photo by Jessica Demel)

Annual Fall Musical: Les Miserables BY AMANDA PRATT Opinions Editor The Cowley College Fine Arts department is preparing for the annual fall musical. Les Miserables, based on the novel written by Victor Hugo, is set during the French Revolution. It is a serious piece containing few spoken lines. Theater Director Scott MacLaughlin guarantees audience members will hear “wonderful, widely recognized music” in the

Jean Valjean.........……..Trevor Whitsitt Fantine……….…........……Aubrey Slief Javert……..........................Logan Geist Eponine….…...….Amanda-Marie Black Thenardier………........…...Brady Flock Madame Thenardier..Megan Merchant Marius………....…..........Ty Hilderbrand Cosette……...…........Sarah Richardson Enjolrahs...........................Will Brantley

upcoming production. With the universal storyline, MacLaughlin said, “it’s a wonderful show about personal moral conflicts with themes of love, death, and battles of good versus evil.” Technical Theatre Director Jamison Rhoads’ main goal when designing the set is to capture “the symbolism of France in this era.” Rhoads believes the scenery will be a challenge due to lots of scene changes, but he is “real excited” about constructing the sets.

Cast List Men’s Chorus Nick Hammel Nathan Holcomb Joe Lauer Aaron Loehr Shawn Ming Ivan Newport Paul Paxson Tyler Robbins

“People are going to be blown out of the water,” Music Director Connie Donatelli said. Donatelli is coordinating the vocal and instrumental musical scores and believes that Les Miserables will “take Cowley fine arts to the next level.” Les Miserables will be performed in the Brown Center Theater on Oct. 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm and Oct 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be $8 and $4 for students. There will be a dinner prior to the show on Oct. 20 and 21. The cost for the dinner and musical is $18.

Women’s Chorus Heather Bailes Rachele Bloyer Jennifer Doyle Kendra Dunagan Laura Durham Sarah Farmer Ashley Poage Candace Scott Ashley Stone Elisha Swope Amanda Watson

Coming Attractions

Puttin’ On The Hits

The Walnut Valley Festival will be held in Winfield Sept. 13-17. The cost for admission is $85 for a 5-day pass, $65 for a Friday/Saturday pass, $55 for a Saturday/Sunday pass, $35 for a single day admission on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, or $18 for Sunday only. The festival has been an annual event since 1972. The festival will feature many bluegrass bands including Bill Barwick, Byron Berline Band, Marley’s Ghost, and making their first appearance in the Walnut Valley Festival, Cadillac Sky. The festival is also host to the 35th annual National Flat Pick Guitar Championships. There is a Shorn concert at College Hill Coffee in Winfield on Sept. 18. It is a free concert and open to the public. It will start at 8 p.m. Shorn is a heavy guitar rock band, and they play music that is appealing to all ages. College Hill Coffee is located at 403 Soward in Winfield. The Kansas State Fair will take place Sept. 8 - 17. Not only will there be rides, contests and tons of food, but there will also be several chances to see a variety of grandstand concert line-ups including artists such as Carrie Underwood, Raven Symone and the Steve Miller Band. Tickets for the concerts are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at the Kansas State Fair Ticket Office by calling 1-800-3623247 or 620-699-3618. They can also be purchased online at www. or at any select-aseat outlet. For more information about these concerts check the Kansas State Fair Grandstand Entertainment page at entertainment.

New Releases The Covenant This thrilling movie tells the story of five families in Ipswich Colony who were banished for having power and passing it to their descendents, four students at the elite Spencer Academy. The Covenant will come to select theaters Sept. 8. Audioslave Relevations, released Sept. 5, contains songs like “One And The Same” and “Until We Fall.” This album may be picked up at most local music stores.



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New CC Singers Chosen New CC Singers Heather Bailes Amanda-Marie Black William Brantley Kyle Chamberland Laura Durham Jennifer Doyle Kendra Dunagan Brady Flock Joey Glenn Ty Hilderbrand Nathan Holcomb Joe Lauer Sarah Richardson Candace Scott Aubrey Slief Trevor Whitsitt photo by Sarah Lavallee

CC Singers prepare for camp and new season BY ANDREA PADDOCK Staff Writer


he new Cowley County Singers have been chosen for this year. Cowley County Singers is a show choir that performs songs with dance routines. There are five returning members and 11 new ones. “One of the things I like most about it is that you’re not just having to think about

Second City Ticket information: Adults $12 Seniors 10 Students 6 Available in the bookstore call Director of Bookstore Operations Shannon O’Toole at 441-5277

the notes and words. You have to dance on top of that, which totally adds to the challenges. And I always love a challenge, so it really works out,” returning member Joey Glenn said. Students interested in auditioning for CC singers must already be a member of Concert Choir and must sign a contract that they will stay at Cowley the whole year. The audition requires a solo piece, a dance movement, and singing a prepared

four-part arrangement. Every year the singers take a fall retreat to learn all the routines that they will be performing for the year. “The retreat is two full days of hard work,” director Connie Donatelli said. It will be held Sept. 8 - 9 at Camp Wood in Elmdale, Kan., where Lana Sleeper will teach the singers the dance movement for the show. This year’s theme is A “Funk”tastic

Soul Celebration, featuring music from Stevie Wonder; Earth, Wind and Fire and many others. A new addition to the group will be an instrumental combo put together by music instructor Josh Fleig. Co-director Steve Butler will be playing the piano. CC Singers will be having their first performance on campus Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Brown Center. It will include performances from the Concert Choir and CC Singers.

Second City to visit campus on Sept. 15 BY SARAH LAVALLEE Managing Editor The Second City, a comedy troupe that gave rise to such stars as Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Tina Fey and Mike Meyers, will be performing at Cowley on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The Second City, based out of Chicago, travels around the nation performing origi-

nal acts written by the performers. Saturday Night Live is also known to look for aspiring comedians from The Second City. This will be the second time for The Second City to perform at Cowley. The last time they were here, roughly four years ago, the show was not publicized well, Theater Director Scott MacLaughlin said. Despite this, “everyone had a great time and it was really funny.”

Two workshops, one for 15 Cowley students only and the other for 15 local high school students, may be offered MacLaughlin said. The workshops would be one and one-half hour and would cost, tentatively, between $20 and $30. Theater majors are encouraged to attend the workshop partly because, “it would look great on a résumé,” MacLaughlin said.

Retro Clothing Comes Back in Style BY TIFFANY ZAVALA Staff Writer It seems like everywhere we look styles that were popular when our parents were younger can be spotted. Clothing inspired from the ‘60s, ‘70s and even ‘80s can be found in just about everyone’s closet. Bell Bottoms Bell bottoms, or “flares”, were popular mainly throughout the ‘70s and then the trend began to die down by the mid ‘80s. However, they were back about 10 years later and it looks as if they will stick around for a while. “They make my short legs look longer,” freshman Elisha Swope said. Leggings Leggings were seen in the ‘80s worn under long, sheer skirts as well as in some main-

stream movies, and worn by stars such as Madonna and Janet Jackson. In 2005 they returned, mainly under short skirts. “I like my leggings because I’m an ‘80s baby all the way!” sophomore Amanda-Marie Black said. Big Sunglasses Young girls began following Jackie Kennedy’s trend of wearing big sunglasses in the ‘60s. The style came back in 2000 and is still going strong with women of all ages. “I like them because they fit with my big hair,” freshman Chenee Pfingsten said.

Left: Sophomore Amanda-Marie Black struts her stuff with a pair of leggings. Center: Freshman Chenee Pfingsten shows off her big sunglasses. Right: Freshman Elisha Swope sports her pair of 70’s style bell bottoms. (photos by Jackie Hutchinson)



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TMU provides creative express outlet

BY VICTORIA UKAOMA Assistant Editor ed by musical director Chris Mayer, the Temporal Mechanics Union has been presenting concerts since the spring of 2002. Known as TMU for short, the open, community-based percussion ensemble performs music that is both traditional and experimental. Mayer said the Temporal Mechanics Union was formed partly to improve retention and increase student involvement. “In getting people involved and doing something new, it provides a creative express outlet,” Mayer said. This semester’s concert will be a musical score to the silent animated feature The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Lotte Reiniger created the film in Germany in 1929. Reiniger used a stop-motion technique to animate the stories from the Arabian Nights with articulated cutout figures. Roughly 200,000 shots were made, of which 98,000 were used in the final film. Color was then added by hand-tinting the film stock. Over the summer, the group traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., to headline the “Art of Sweat Rhythm” festival, which


was produced by composer Todd Harper. Harper has written for TMU on several occasions and is preparing another major work for the ensemble’s spring concert in May 2007. The festival appearance broke attendance records for the venue in Minneapolis. The event was supported in part by national organizations such as The American Composers Forum and Meet the Composer Foundation. The Percussive Arts Society also publicized the festival. The Temporal Mechanics Union meets every Tuesday in the Galle-Johnson band room from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mayer encourages all who are interested in the TMU to join whether they are staff, student or faculty. No experience is necessary and there are no auditions for the ensemble. New members may join through Sept. 12 for this semester. “One of the things that I know is that I like to do what we do in this group because it’s also a personal outlet for me,” Mayer said. “It doesn’t matter your age, or where you’re from. It’s the diversity that makes this group unique.” For further information contact Chris Mayer at or

From left to right, Mike Fell, Bryan McChesney, and Mark Jarvis perform at their spring 2006 concert. Over the summer, TMU headlined the “Art of Sweat Rhythm” festival in Minneapolis, Minn. The event was supported in part by several national organizations. (photo by Sarah Lavallee)

Reviewer says Harper is ‘better when experienced live’ BY CHANSI LONG Campus Editor Most of the time, a thunderstorm and an outdoor musical event signify disaster. However, that wasn’t the case with Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals’ recent concert at Starlight Theater in Kansas City, Mo. Harper and the Criminals haven’t made it to Kansas, or surrounding areas, in years. It was no surprise that the theater was filled. Many fans arrived several hours before the concert was scheduled to start. All tickets were general admission, so people were eager to get a good seat. Many picked a seat far before the concert began and guarded it closely. Some reserved entire rows for friends and family. The box-seats filled up instantly and the audience entertained themselves with concession stands- mainly buying T-shirts and beer- until Damien Marley Jr. opened up the show. Bob Marley’s youngest son Damien is a Rastafarian, like his father, and his music echoes that. Most of Marley’s songs feature DJing, a Jamaican rap style. The fast beat, coupled with Marley’s thick Jamaican accent, can make it difficult for some to recognize the words. For instance, Marley asked the audience to sing along with him several times during his performance. There was one time when

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most audience members were clearly chanting “no more babies,” instead of “no more troubles.” The crowd was particularly passive when Marley was on stage, and only became active when he broke out the family heritage. Marley played songs like “Could You Be Loved,” and “Three Little Birds,” which emulated what you might have heard his father play 30 years ago. After an hour and a half Marley’s show was over. It was dark by this time (9:30) and everyone seemed to be excited to have Marley off the stage- not because he performed badly, but because he was delaying Harper’s show. As the crowd waited for Harper to take the stage, storm clouds, which had been forming during Marley’s half, started to darken. It was just a matter of time before it would rain. Harper came out onto the stage and opened with “Faded,” a hit from his 1997 album “Will to Live.” At the same time, everyone in the venue seemed to simultaneously go insane. They were no longer just passively flailing their arms around and lazily chanting Marley’s lyrics- they were screaming and yelling.

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Harper played primarily from his latest album, “Both Sides of the Gun,” for the first 45 minutes. The songs he played included “Black Rain,” “Get It Like You Like It,” “Waiting for You,” “Morning Yearning,” and “Better Way.” In his absence, Harper has definitely polished his sound. Both Sides of the Gun is a great album that features two distinct sounds; however, considering this is Harper’s first appearance in Kansas within the past four years, I wanted to hear his older stuff more. But what can ya do? While I waited to satisfy my musical pallet, I happily clicked away at my digital camera, trying to take as many pictures as I could. Surprisingly, security was super cool about picture taking. They were even allowing fans to move up to the first two rows in order to get a better shot. As predicted, it started to rain. It wasn’t just a gentle sprinkle either. Within minutes, we were all soaking wet. But the rain didn’t seem to sour the crowd’s mood. In fact, it seemed to strike an emotional chord with the audience, making everything even better. Lightning struck in the sky above us, while the band played on. Harper continued to touch on his other albums, going from latest to earliest. The crowd seemed extremely pleased with songs from “Diamonds on the Inside.”

Bass player Juan Nelson was a definite crowd favorite. He kept the crowd’s attention with a relatively long bass solo and entertained everyone when he sang along with Harper in “Steal My Kisses.” Harper also demonstrated his vocals. When he sang “Walk Away,” the crowd seemed to morph into a church assembly listening to a passionate sermon. Things like “Amen,” and “Yes brother,” were intermittently shouted out. Actually, that seemed to be the case with many of his songs. Harper also riveted the crowd during “A Better Way,” when he screamed at the top of his lungs while stooping and laying down on the stage. However, when Harper wasn’t singing he was almost silent. He rarely spoke to the crowd, except to say thank you. But Harper really didn’t have to say anything. His lyrics did all the talking. Finally, Harper announced that the concert would have to end due to the weather. Harper only managed to play for an hour and a half, leaving many unsatisfied with the quantity, but not the quality of the performance. Sometimes when you see a band live, their sound doesn’t accurately reflect the studio generated album. But that’s not the case with Harper. His music is definitely better when experienced live.

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Cross country teams comfortable with second BY JACOB EARLS Staff Writer


Sophomore Stanley Mugo placed first in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16:07. (photo courtesy of Ryan Turner)

he cross country teams placed second to open the 2006 season on Aug. 26 at the Allen County Invitational. Both teams ran against Jayhawk East schools in addition to Butler from the Jayhawk West. “It’s not a big deal, really. Only two meets matter and that’s the conference meet and national meet,” assistant coach Ryan Turner said. “We don’t have to worry about a win-loss record like other sports.” For the men, sophomore Stanley Mugo, from Nairobi, Kenya, placed first in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16:07. Freshmen Mauricio Morales and Brett Kohen placed in the top 10 in their first collegiate race. Morales finished with a time of 17:11 and Kohen finished with a time of 17:25, placing them at fifth and seventh, respectively. The men performed well without sixtime track national champion Daniel Maina and returning Jayhawk East cross country individual champion Dustin Garcia. Freshman Gilbert Manzanares, another expected contributor to the team, was also held out of the meet. “There are no injuries,” Turner said. “We are not going to show all of our cards at once.”

For the women, freshman Jennifer Cherono, from Iten, Kenya, placed third in her first collegiate race; she ran a time of 12:27 in the two-mile race. Freshman Ashley Cronin ran the course in 12:43, which was good enough for fourth, Sophomore Patricia Dailey, the only returning Lady Tiger, ran a 13:19 and placed ninth. Irene Kosgei, a standout from the track team and one of the Lady Tigers’ top runners, did not compete in this meet. “We are taking our time, making sure everyone is improving and prepared for the bigger meets ahead,” Turner said. Both the Butler men and women took first place at Allen County. Next up for the Tiger cross country teams will be the Friends University Invitational at Lake Afton on Sept. 8. TEAM STANDINGS Men (1) Butler, 30; (2) Cowley, 44; (3) Allen County, 52; (4) Neosho County, 109; (5) Coffeyville, 145; (6) Highland, no team score. Women (1) Butler, 21; (2) Cowley, 38; (3) Coffeyville, no team score; (4) Allen County, no team score; (5) Highland, no team score.

Men’s Results 1) - Stanley Mugo  5) - Mauricio Morales  7) - Brett Kohen  13) - Ferrien Harris  18) - Dakota Price  33) - Dustin Pempsell

Women’s Results 3) - Jennifer Cherono  4) - Ashley Cronin  9) - Patricia Dailey  13) - Bethany Schmidt  14) - Dawn Zimmerman  15) - Brenna Martinez 19) - Christy Buller 20) - Ali Jorgensen 21) - Hannah Burr 22) - Kim Bryant

‘Has Beens’ still have it Seven teams competed in the event, which was held at the recreation center. Originally, the tournament was scheduled to be held on the beach volleyball court behind the Kimmel Dorm. Rain earlier in the week had made the sand virtually unusable, prompting the location change. Hot dogs, chips, cookies, and soda were made available to competitors. The Has Beens were also the champions of the intramural volleyball tournament held last spring. The next sport on the intramural schedule is co-ed slow pitch softball. Although the registration deadline was Aug. 31, intramural coordinator Lindsey Davis will accept late registration until 5 p.m. on Sept. 9. The first games will be played on Tuesday, Sept. 12.


On Aug. 29, the Has Beens won the 4-on-4 intramural volleyball tournament. The team, comprised of Cowley staff members, went undefeated in four rounds to become the first intramural champions of the year. During the championship match against Tyler’s Team, who the Has Beens also played in the second round, a ball hit by Has Beens member Jason O’Toole tore the net down. After a temporary repair of the net with bungee cords, the Has Beens continued their domination. The Has Been’s defeated Tyler’s Team 15-8 and 15-10 in the first two games in a best of three series. Clay Cypert

Tyler Blevins serves to the Has Beens in the final game. (photo by Chet Hunt)

Heidi Grace returns the ball to the opposing team as Mark Chaney backs her up. (photo by Chet Hunt)

The Has Beens, plus family, hold up the bracket after sweeping all the other teams in the co-ed volleyball tournament held in the recreation center Aug. 29. Pictured are Rich Hollister, Courtney Saia, Sue Saia, Emily Hollister, Melissa Hollister, and Jason O’Toole. (photo by Chet Hunt)



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Lady Tigers building on



n their home opener against Allen County on Aug. 30, the Lady Tigers took an easy victory of 30-13, 30-22, and 30-19. There are more home matches on the way. On Sept. 8 and 9 the Lady Tigers will be hosting a tournament featuring Pratt, Dodge City, Labette, and Garden City. “It feels good to have a home game under our belts, and the fact that we won makes it that much better,” Head Coach Joanna Pryor said. “We did lots of good things, but there are also still a lot of things to fix.” Since the Allen County match, the women have been practicing fundamentals such as communication, serving, passing, and defense to minimize errors. At the moment, Eliane “Lily” Domingos might be the driving force behind the Lady Tigers. Leadership begins with Domingos. With nine kills, four aces, six blocks, and a dig she is part of what makes this team versatile. “She communicates well, covers the fl oor, and when she is set in the middle Sophomore Stephanie Walcher serves against it’s all about the kill, “ said Pryor. Allen County during a win on Aug. 30. The Lady With a massive 12 kills, three aces, Tigers have been focusing on serves during recent practices. (photo by Chet Hunt)

Tournament Weekend On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9, the Lady Tigers will be hosting their first home tournament. The Lady Tigers’ schedule goes as follows: Friday Sept. 8 Pratt - 12:30 p. m. Dodge City – 6:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 9 Labette – 10:30 a.m Garden City – 4:30 p.m. and a block, freshman Lilian Rezende played a huge role, as well as sophomore Kelsey Talbott with four kills, one ace, five blocks, and two digs, and sophomore Renee Breckenridge with five kills, one ace, six blocks, and one dig. On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Lady Tigers were scheduled to play at Coffeyville. “The main thing to focus on against Coffeyville is just playing our game. If we can do that than it should go well,” Pryor said.

With a good pass and set, sophomore Eliane “Lily” Domingos is killer in the middle. So far, Domingos leads the team with 38 kills for the season. (photo by Chet Hunt)

PAWS sponsors walking contest Peers Advocating Wellness for Students (P.A.W.S.) is sponsoring “Walk Across America” to promote wellness. The walking contest is open to staff and students and will last through the month of September. Contest calendars must be turned in by Friday, Oct. 6. Practice time for all athletes does not count. You must walk at least 10 consecutive minutes to count. “This is a very easy contest. You just walk whenever and however, such as using a treadmill, stepclimber, jogging or walking,” said Director of Health Services Tisha Catlin. If you have any questions or would like to enter, come by Health Services or call 620-441-5236. PAWS will meet in the Jungle on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. To participate in “Walk Across America,” follow these steps: Step 1. Pick up a contest calendar from Health Services Step 2. Log time spend walking in 10 minute increments on the calendar. Step 3. Turn in contest calendar for a chance to win $20 in Cowley Bucks.


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