Issue 4 The Student Newspaper of Cowley College
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Oct. 5, 2006
Cole Mills got a brand new girlfriend and $50 cash at
Puttin’ on the Hits BY NICOLE COSTELLO Staff Writer
Puttin’ in the Hits winner Cole Mills got “A Brand New Girlfriend” and $50 that he shared with co-performer Valerie Strickland.
The Social Science Department, the only entry in the faculty and staff division, won the traveling trophy for the first time ever.
The Student Ambassadors from the north campus worked out to “Let’s Get Physical.”
ith his blow-up doll lover under his arm, Cole Mills pranced across the stage, singing in his swim trunks as his “jealous ex” threw objects at Mills in anger. It was this that won the judges over. The 17th annual “Puttin’ on the Hits,” hosted by the Humanities Department, had a full house and raised over $800 for the Act One Theater Club. The audience was entertained by a variety of acts, including sophomore Andy Ebert in a “censored” box running through the crowd as part of the Campus Christian Fellowship’s rendition of “The Streak” by Ray Stevens, and the Cowley mascot getting “physical” with the Ambassadors from the north campus. “I thought it was awesome, first time I’ve ever seen it,” freshman Jonathan Niebaum said. There were a total of 11 acts and each one had a variety of different flavors to add to the show. Last years’ winner was Act One performing Barry Manilow’s “Coco Cabana.” This year they performed “Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and went home with third place. The first place winners, who received $50 in cash, were Cole Mills and Valerie Strickland. The duo performed “Got a Brand New Girlfriend” and included such
props as Mills’ “brand new girlfriend” who was in fact a blow up doll dressed in a tank top, skirt, and wig. At the end of the act Strickland, who was playing his ex-girlfriend, pulled off the doll’s wig to expose that his “brand new girlfriend” was actually a man. In between breaks in the show, the audience was able to interact and play “Name That Tune” for a chance to win some money. Various winners went home with anything from a one dollar bill to $10 in cash. “It was fun to hear the whole community out there [in the audience]. It really got your adrenaline running,” Abby Cantrella, a freshman who performed with the women’s basketball team, said. “Cole was hilarious; however, it might have been too much because it was a family function. Even though the kids wouldn’t have gotten the jokes [in Mills’ and Strickland’s performance], they were still there,” sophomore Nikki Watkins said. All of the acts were pre-approved before being allowed to be performed at “Puttin’ on the Hits.” The first-place winner of the faculty/staff division came from the Social Science Department. They won by default because they were the only department to
The Cowley Crazies performed “Shout!” by Otis and the Knights from the movie Animal House.
Les Miserables This semester’s theater production will be the classic musical Les Miserables. The show will run Oct. 19-22. Story on page 8
Andy Ebert enter. In years past, they had often fallen in last place, but this year they got the honor of bragging rights and a trophy to be placed in their office for the rest of the year. “The show was better than last year because there was more student involvement and thought put into it [the acts],” Watkins said. Photos by Jackie Hutchinson
Sophomore Aaron Loehr got second place with his rendition of “Tutti Fruitti” by Little Richard.
It all begins at midnight Contests and a scrimmage marked the start of the basketball season. Story on page 12
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Gearing up for a new year
Automotive Department receives national certification BY JOE LAUER Staff Writer s the automobile industry evolves, so does the technology that is behind it, including computers and alternative fuels. To keep up with the changing times, the college’s Automotive Department has become certified by both the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) last year. “Half the reason I came to Cowley was the certification,” freshman Brandon Klick said. “It’ll get me a higher paying job right out of college with the same education.” To become certified, the automotive program had to meet the program standards, which are over 100 pages containing policies, procedures, standards, task lists, and tools and equipment lists. After getting familiar with the standards, there was a preliminary survey, which showed how the college’s current program compared to NATEF standards. It’s a sort of pretest.
After that, a group of Evaluation Team Leaders (ETLs) came in. ETLs are NATEF certified and come from parts stores or auto shops to examine shops seeking NATEF certification. ETLs check the equipment, cars, and facilities to ensure they are all up to date. Next, a representative from OSHA conducts safety checks. Sophomores Milton Squires and Justin Crandall work in a team in the Automotive Department, which The Automotive Department is now certified by both NATEF and ASE. The certification may allow automotive students better opporrevised the ways that it disposes tunities, such as higher pay, after graduation. (photo by Joe Lauer) of oil, antifreeze, and oil filters. This not only made a safer work accreditation at shops and dealplace, but a better environment. erships.” The future plans for the shop The department already has Monday, Oct. 16, and Tuesday, Oct. 17 include equipping it with more the ability to use a computer for tools, improving special equipdiagnostics. The department’s 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ment, repainting it, replacing future plans reflect its up-to-date Walker Technology Building lights, and resurfacing the floors. status. Grant said that a student To maintain certification, the project he has planned includes Mechatronics is a program that applies electrical, Automotive Department must trying to come up with alternaundergo an evaluation by a team tive fuels, evaluating the posimechanical, and computer skills to automated to check instruction, facility, tools tives and negatives of each, and systems. The program emphasizes areas in and student assessment methods then writing a paper over it. The maintenance and plastics technology. every five years. department is also bringing in a “I feel that students that go hybrid car. through our certified program “I love it, because we actuThe Mechatronics program would be offered at will have greater opportunities ally get to do live work,” sophoboth the main campus and the Mulvane Industrial for a better position when they more Nick Wright said. “It’s graduate,” automotive instructor realistic and hands on, not just a Technology Center. Equipment manufacturers will be Mark Grant said. “The students simulator. You really get a good at the open house to give demonstrations. will be able to build off of their feeling when you’re done.”
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Wiki-truth BY MATT MENDOZA Online Editor
o I browse on over to www.wikipedia.org and enter the name of one of my favorite bands, Dog Fashion Disco, into the English search bar of the site. Not surprisingly, it leads me to the entry for the Baltimore jazz-metal ensemble and I start perusing the entry to learn more. They have five members, changed their name early on, performed a song with Serj Tankian from System of a Down, and are currently on Rotten records… but wait! This entry says they are from Washington, D.C. I hastily begin scouring their official page and sure enough, I’m right, they are from Baltimore. I click edit and soon the entry is fixed. In this situation, truth overcame, but that’s not how it always happens on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that allows everyone to edit the content. It was co-founded in 2001 by Jerry Wales in an effort to create a free, high-quality encyclopedia. Wikipedia is different than other encyclopedias because all people are allowed to contribute, not just experts. Some praise it for its up-to-date content, but others criticize it for not being credible. Many students utilize search engines to find sources for their papers. Yahoo.com, Ask.com and Google.com are three of the most popular. These sites list results according to their popularity, so Wikipedia entries are usually within the top 10 results. This leads many students to confuse these entries for credible sources that would be found through databases such as EBSCO. Freshman Josh Gerstenkorn said, “A lot of people don’t know that it can be altered [by users]. They try to use it as a source in their papers and their professors discredit them for that.” In a recent survey taken by Design News, many engineering students admitted that they preferred using Wikipedia for research because its articles provide general information about a subject, as well as links within the articles that lead to better sources and more credible information. Library Services Coordinator Rhoda Maclaughlin says that although she does not teach Wikipedia in her orientation courses, she does teach proper encyclopedia use. “I’ve used Wikipedia before and I have found that is a fairly credible and accurate starting point.” She admits that it is a great source when accompanied with other sources, but it is better found on a works referenced page rather than a works cited page. What do professors at four-year colleges think about
BITES The five students selected for Queen Alalah LXXV were selected from 390 online ballots. The finalists include Sarah Aldrich, Lamont, Okla.; Patricia Dailey, Seminole, Okla.; Tamara McMillan, Pensacola, Fla.; Jayme Shriver, Arkansas City; and Brylee Sturd, Arkansas City. The coronation will take place in the Robert Brown Theatre on Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. Persons attending the queen’s coronation will vote to determine the next Queen Alalah. Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) will hold its next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. Members will be working on a service project, planting a flower bed in front of GalleJohnson Hall. For more information contact sponsor Beverly Grunder at 620-441-5267. Phi Theta Kappa will meet in the Galle-Johnson room 212 on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. For more information contact sponsor Melinda Neal at 620-4415562. Student Government Association (SGA) will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. All clubs and organizations should send a representative. A meal will be provided for all representatives who are not dorm residents. The Chess Club’s next meetings are on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 18, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Galle-Johnson room 206. For more information contact sponsor Jafar Hashemi at 620-441-5252.
Wikipedia? Michelle Boucher, an English professor at Southwestern College in Winfield, said, “I use Wikipedia myself when I am curious about something, and I tell students it’s an interesting ‘first stop’ and often has (more legitimate) links for topics, but it has no validity as a source in and of itself.” Some corporations abuse Wikipedia because their company’s information can be changed so easily. This leads many to unofficially alter their information in order to improve their image in the eyes of consumers. McDonald’s and Wal-Mart are just two of the many different Wikipedia battlegrounds where truth-seekers fight to keep corporate Wikipedia abuse at bay. According to a recent article in Forbes magazine titled “Shillipedia”:
A Wiki-war is being fought online. Whose side are you on?
A number of mysterious changes have popped up in the Wikipedia article devoted to McDonald’s Corp. One anonymous contributor removed a link to Eric Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation,” a muckraking critique of McDonald’s food supply and labor practices. He or she replaced it with a link to “McDonald’s: Behind the Arches,” a more obscure tome that covers the company’s history in an unemotional fashion…Who made the edit? The user’s I.P. address belonged to McDonald’s…indicating the editor was a company employee…McDonald’s says it has no policy on Wikipedia. According to the same article, Wal-Mart’s offense was spinning a factual piece of information about the wages their employees make compared to the wages of their competitors. Users should also be careful when using Wikipedia to look up information on political candidates. The candidates’ vital information is usually safe, but when it comes to the issues, users may need to look elsewhere. Some candidates even edit information about their opponents to gain an edge. There are, however, many times that Wikipedia can be especially helpful when researching—compared to more traditional encyclopedias. Wikipedia can be great for current events and popular culture because it can be edited at any time, allowing topics to be updated as soon as news breaks.
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A Friends University transfer visit will be held on Monday, Oct. 16, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event will be held in the lower level of the Brown Center. Peers Advocating Wellness for Students (PAWS) will hold a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. For more information contact Director of Health Services Tisha Catlin at 620-441-5236. As a follow-up to National Depression Screening Day, Cowley College is offering current students and employees an opportunity to win a valuable prize by taking a brief online mental health quiz. A description of the prize and a link to the quiz can be found on the cowley.edu home page from Oct. 5 through Oct. 15. Contact Student Life Counselor Roy Reynolds at 620-441-5228 for more information. The Tiger Deli is now open from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Tiger Deli will be closed on nights of home basketball games. Campus Christian Fellowship will meet on Monday, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, in the Webb-Brown Academic Center room 208 at 8 p.m. All students are welcome to attend. For more information contact sponsor Ben Schears in the Admissions office, or at 620441-5245. Compiled by Lindsay Hickenbottom email@example.com
Sophomore Wayne Farley said, “It has a lot of goofball idiots that submit information, but it’s still a useful tool. I used it for ethics and it had the best information.” Boucher admits that it’s a great source for information pertaining to slang, games, movies, or television but warns that even for those subjects the information can also be incorrect or one-sided. Some Wikipedia zealots could argue that Wikipedia is just as citable as its main competitor, Encyclopedia Britannica. However, research paper writers should remember that Britannica is written by experts and professionals as opposed to Wikipedia, which is written by anybody with a computer and an opinion. A recent study by Nature magazine compared Wikipedia to Britannica. The study found, by comparing articles from one to the other, that Wikipedia averaged about four errors per article compared to Britannica’s three; however, the errors varied in severity. When asked what he thought of Wikipedia’s role in the world of internet research, sophomore Andy Atterberry said,“I think it’s pretty sweet. You can find information you couldn’t find elsewhere. The stuff might be illegitimate, but because it’s open to the public other people can correct the wrong information.”
ng... i k n i r age D alties? n Under e P e re th What a BY MEGAN CUMMINGS College students and underage drinking go hand-in-hand. Most students think “Oh I won’t get caught, there’s no way.” Based on information from Arkansas City Chief of Police Daniel Givens, those thoughts may change. The police “crash” around 10 parties a month. That’s two and a half per weekend, and the odds of you being at one of those two and a half parties aren’t as slim as some may think. If you do get caught at one such party, the penalties aren’t light. If you think paying for college is a pain, try getting a minor in possession (MIP), it’ll cost you $200 on your first offense, and
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you’ll have to add in another $80 for the mandatory court fee. If that doesn’t seem that bad, on your second offense, the fine is $300, plus the court fee. If you don’t learn your lesson after the second time around, you will be looking at paying a $400 fine, and you will have to add in the court fee. Still thinking you’re not going to get caught? Givens said that on average, in one year, between 200 and 250 people are issued MIP’s – that’s between three and five people per week! For those that are legally able to purchase and drink alcohol, you could face penalties as well. Furnishing alcohol to minors will have you facing the same fines as an MIP, which might not seem like a big deal, but hosting a party will more than likely break your bank. Having people underage and drinking at your party will end you with a $1,000 fine, and you can’t forget about the court fee. If these penalties still seem minor, just remember it will be on your record for-ev-er.
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Groups of students gather down by the stage to worship and sing along with the band that played prior to speaker Aaron Davis. More middle school and high school students attended the rally than did college students.
Rally for Youth
Aaron Davis, a former Nebraska football player turned motivational speaker, spoke to the audience about the kinds of temptations that students face in life and the importance of forming a relationship with God.
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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Campus Christian Fellowship youth rally held on Sept. 20 in the Robert Brown theatre attracted approximately 350 students. “It’s good to know that younger people are passionate about God,” sophomore Jayme Shriver said.
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Registrar Forest Smith to retire BY EVERETT HARBISON Staff Writer When the new year comes, a familiar face will be retiring. The man who maintains academic records while bringing a smile to many people’s faces will complete his 31st year at Cowley College. Forest Smith has worked in the registrar’s office for the past 18 years and will retire on Jan. 1. The registrar’s office is located in Galle-Johnson Hall. Smith’s letter of retirement was presented at the Sept. 19 Board of Trustees meeting. Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Business Services Jody Arnett said, “Forest is like an institution of his own.” Smith’s primary duties are maintaining student records for transcripts and enrollment. During his time on campus, Smith said, “I’ve met a lot of new people over the years. I’ve also met other registrars across the state.” Smith started his career in the Admissions office in 1975 and worked there until the summer of 1988. During his tenure, there have been
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Work-study hours change for some sports
Changing the ground rules Commisioner Bryce Roderick, similar changes are taking place at in a two part traightening up and balancing out. other schools within the That’s how Athletic Director Tom Jayhawk Conference. Saia described recent changes to the “All of our colleges have looked at how Athletic Department’s work-study program. they administer their work-study,” Roderick The Athletic Department, which accounts said. “They felt it was important to tighten for 33 percent of the college’s work-study controls. We need to make sure our internal money, has made some alterations to its mechanisms are in place.” hours. Some sports experienced significant Some of the changes may have been cuts in allotted hours, while others received triggered by the 2005 federal investigation increases. concerning Barton Community College payWomen’s head basketball coach Todd ing athletes for their performance on the Clark was elated when he found out his court and not the work they performed. Six work-study program would receive 20 addi- of Barton’s coaches were convicted for mail tional hours, increasing from 80 hours per fraud, conspiracy, theft of federal funds, week to 100. embezzlement of student aid money, and “To be honest, it just kind of fell into falsifying student records. my lap,” Clark said. “I didn’t position for “We don’t have anything to hide,” Saia the hours, they were just given to me.” said. “Everyone has to be accountable.” According to Jayhawk Conference While women’s basketball saw an increase in hours, men’s basketball has seen a decrease. In the 2004-2005 school year, men’s basketball received 160 hours, or 11 percent of the total campus work-study money. However, men’s basketball now receives 100 hours, or 7.6 percent. Men’s basketball workstudy Larry Cox likes the workstudy program, including this year’s pay increase to $8 an hour. “We get good pay and decent hours,” Cox said. “Plus it’s nice to not have to go off campus to get a job. There’s less distractions this way.” Some jobs for athletic workstudies include laundry detail, monitoring study hall, completing clerical work, line judging at volleyball matches, and working admission gates at sporting events. Allotted hours for some sports have not changed. For example, cheer squad and dance line are still given five hours each per week. Athletic Director Tom Saia Sophomore Kent Williamson, a baseball worksaid the basketball teams get study, hoses down the field. BY CHANSI LONG Staff Writer
more work study hours because basketball generates more revseries enue. Also, according to Saia, basketball coaches are faced with more competition than other sports, due to limitations. As a rule, schools within the Jawhawk Conference can only provide tuition and books scholarships, while other schools are able to offer scholarships that cover housing costs. The NJCAA categorizes scholarships as Division I, which includes tuition, books, and housing costs, or Division II, which only includes tuition and books. Cowley men’s basketball team plays in Division I, but only offers Division II scholarships. In addition to scholarship stipulations, there are also regulations on the number of athletes that can be recruited outside of Kansas.
Men’s Basketball Spring 2005
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Above are some of the major changes made within the Athletic Department. The hours are on a weekly basis.
Freshman Ludovic Dovonou, a basketball work-study, judges the lines at a home volleyball match. “We’re only allowed six out-of-staters,” Saia said. “We have to depend more on Kansas kids.” Saia said when recruiting athletes, the choice often comes down to “who can give them more work-study.” However, Clark does not think workstudy hours are a major component for recruiting players. He cites things like location, campus life, and whether an athlete has friends at the college, as more significant factors. Since the change, Clark has seen no real improvement to recruiting. Men’s basketball coach Brian Jackson also believes work-study is not a major contributing factor in recruiting. Despite the 37 percent decrease in men’s basketball work-study hours, Jackson says he still has enough resources to maintain recruiting success.
“We all want to do things the right way,” Jackson said. “This means following the rules and regs.” Jackson believes his team’s reduction in hours was a safety measure intended to diminish any “red flags” or “eye brow raisers” regarding unfair practices. Along with all campus work-study programs, most Athletic Department workstudies are now subject to an electronic sign-in and employee evaluations, though, Jackson and Clark have never experienced a problem with athletes not doing their job. “We have quite a bit of control over them,” Clark said. “We always follow up and check on them to make sure they’re doing their work. We more or less trail them.” Factors that encourage coaches in choosing a work-study vary. A combination of academic achievement, athletic performance, and job skill come into play. Cox said coach Jackson requires his work-studies to uphold a 2.0 GPA or above to be eligible for hours. Cox’s job involves cleaning the gym and locker room three days a week. Jackson said that it’s hard for an athlete to find time for an off-campus job and tries to give all of his athletes an opportunity to earn work-study money. Sophomore Patricia Dailey, a member of the track team and a work-study tutor for the Underground, is grateful for both the raise and the work-study program in general because she also doesn’t have time to have an off-campus job. “The little work study hours we do get help us out a lot, and therefore raising the pay makes it more convenient for us,” she said.
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his being my sophomore and final year at Cowley College, I was relatively excited about being a candidate for the 75th annual Queen Alalah competition. Although my chances of making it to the top five were slim, I looked forward to seeing my name on the initial list of potential nominees. To some, that desire might seem trivial, but to me and to other college girls affected, it was quite important. Upon realizing that my name was nowhere to be found, I was certain that someone had made a simple mistake. Yet after I approached College Arkalalah Committee Chair Shannon O’ Toole, she told me that because I only had 30 credit hours I was technically still classified as a freshman. Financial aid will accept 30 completed credit hours as sophomore qualification. According to the registrar and the Queen Alalah guidelines, however, to be of sophomore status, one must have 31 credit hours. This all meant that I was exactly one credit short of being a candidate. The fact that this was the only reason I didn’t qualify really angered me. I wondered how many other girls were in a similar situation for various reasons. I thought about all the dedication and hard work I put into being involved as a student. Not only am I a resident assistant in the Oscar Kimmell dorms, I am also a Student Ambassador. Ironically, both of these leadership roles require sophomore status in order to be recommended for the position. I couldn’t believe that my lack of one credit hour determined my overall standing.
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The battle over whether or not the Queen Alalah qualifications are outdated has been going on for years at Cowley College. Whereas tradition might seem like the key to the success of this local pageant, it might also be stifling a much-needed update. I cringe at the thought of the “stereotypical queen” being a valid representation of the average, modern day college girl. There is so much more to young women today than the ability to be beautiful, popular, single without a child, and capable of achieving minimum grades. My main frustration is the number of girls that get swept under the rug because they don’t fit the set qualifications. Even if they do fit the criteria, they fall between the cracks if they aren’t well known or exceptionally good looking. I don’t think that the current guidelines do nearly enough in terms of finding a girl that’s uniquely deserving of being crowned. As a college, we’ve worked so hard to change our slogan (“Find the Noise”) to one that glorifies individualism. Yet our Queen Alalah qualifications date back to the ideals of 1928. They do nothing to cater to the diverse population of students here
which includes a large number of non-traditional students. This is why I believe that the competition’s standards need some revamping. A self-nomination process was the most effective idea that I came up with. Participants could submit a resume along with a one page letter describing why they should be the next queen. Then all submissions would be read thoroughly by the committee, who will choose 50 of the original candidates. Then those 50 candidates would be presented online and voted on by the student and faculty to determine the top five. Not only would it weed out the females who want nothing to do with being a queen, it would also give some females who would otherwise be turned away because they don’t fit the criteria, a chance to participate. Most importantly it would add a diverse range of beauty, talent and involvement – a true representation of the everyday young woman. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against this year’s top five candidates. I think they are all definitely deserving of
BY AMANDA PRATT for the Editorial Board Opinions Editor
“I’m so bored! There is nothing to do!” Many students are often heard expressing this sentiment. What can be done to cure the boredom blues? Joining one of over 20 student organizations Cowley has to offer could be the perfect antidote. Club membership provides something to do and has a vari-
ety of other perks. There are new people to meet when you are involved in a club. Talking to other members at meetings will allow you to get to know them outside the classroom. Friendships are likely to occur, due to common experiences and shared interests. Clubs may help you find your passions. Joining the Chess Club may foster a love for the strategic game. Being involved in College Republicans may
QuickQuotes Do you think the selection of Queen Alalah candidates is fair? “Yes, because they have good qualifications. A queen needs to a role model for the community.” Holly Lear Freshman “It doesn’t seem too bad, unless you are married, then it’s unfair.” Kaeleigh Stokes Freshman
Mark Chaney Freshman “It doesn’t represent the average female college student, especially for this college because there is a diverse population of students here.” Tabitha Farley Sophomore
such a special achievement. I’m merely expressing the importance that I see in changing the outdated criteria of Queen Alalah to something that portrays a more adequate image of college girls today. There are educated and upstanding young mothers and wives who still exuberant youth. They are so worthy of being honored for their hard work rather than excluded because of their personal choices that are, quite frankly, none of our business in the first place. I will never get the chance to participate in this experience. That’s probably what disappoints me the most. But I will cross my fingers in the hopes that in the future, girls like me will get the chance to prove themselves as fabulous Queen Alalah candidates, ready to offer a modern twist.
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promote a love for American politics. Attending a Christian Campus Fellowship meeting may strengthen religious ties. Many campus organizations help members with career goals. Several organizations, including the National Education Association and the business club Phi Beta Lambda, are designed to provide students information about their major and career choice. All clubs provide skills, such as communicating, planning, and getting along
with others, which is needed in most job settings. For those students who plan to transfer to a four year university, listing a few campus organizations they participated in looks impressive to college administrators and scholarship officials. Instead of complaining about boredom, take action and get involved. Extracurricular clubs not only provide entertainment, they make college life much more enjoyable.
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The Winfield Regional Symphony (WRS) will make their debut performance of the 2006-2007 season in the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita, Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. “Face: The Music, A Symphony of Masks” will feature over 20 masked characters that Canadian mask-maker Rob Faust has created along with music composed for the symphony by Gary Gackstatter. Ranging from animals to humanoid creatures, the show is unpredictable and fun for the whole family. Tickets are $10 at Select-ASeat outlets or at the door. The Orpheum Theatre is located at 200 N. Broadway in Wichita.
Members of the cast toast to Master Thenardier, played by freshman Brady Flock (far left). The cast practices three hours every night. (photo by Dwight Bergley)
Art Instructor Mark Flickinger will be on Wichita State University’s radio station KMUW 89.1 from 8-9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 20, and 4-5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25. Flickinger donated a painting for the station’s fall fundraiser. The painting will be printed on mugs and t-shirts.
Theater department prepares for fall musical BY SARAH LAVALLEE Managing Editor The music and theater departments are presenting Les Misérables for their fall musical. “I first saw it in Toronto and was blown away. The music was so powerful it drew me in. This musical was my first impression of what professional theater is,” Theater Director Scott MacLaughlin said. The cast will be comprised entirely of students as part of a Musical Theater International (MTI) regulation. In the past, Cowley instructors could be given roles or appear in cameos, which gave the shows “a strong community feeling,” MacLaughlin said. According to MTI regulations, only middle school and high school students are allowed to perform the musical. The reason for this mandate is so that college productions of Les Misérables don’t compete with professional productions. But Cowley College was recently granted special rights to perform the musical. MacLaughlin thought this fall would be the time to perform Les Misérables, because both the music and theater departments are “very strong vocally this year.” The writers’ original inspiration for Les Misérables came from Oliver!, which was performed last spring. Les Misérables is set in the mid-1800’s after the French Revolustion and as “society seemed to be crumbling apart,” MacLaughlin said. He added that technical director Jamison Rhoads “tried to emulate that in the set. Everything is crumbling
with society.” The musical tells the story of Jean Valjean, who is paroled from prison after serving 19 years on a chain gang for stealing food. In addition to the usual Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night show times, this year there will be a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. “My goal is to provide a really good theatrical show for everyone,” MacLaughlin said.
New Releases Employee of the Month Two employees at a superstore (played by Dax Shepard and Dane Cook) want to catch the attention of co-worker (Jessica Simpson) by trying to win the Employee of the Month award. Employee of the Month hits theaters Oct. 6.
Les Misérables Ticket Information The performances will be Thursday, Oct. 19 through Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. Dinner and the show, offered Friday and Saturday only, begins at 6:15 p.m. in the Wright Room and costs $18. Reservations for the dinner will be taken until Wednesday, Oct. 18. Tickets for the show only are $4 for students and $8 for adults and are available in the Cowley box office. For more information call 620-441-5570.
Caffé Acoustic will feature Buddy Mondlock performing at The Brown Store Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Mondlock is a country singer from Nashville, Tenn. The concert is free to all. The Brown Store is located at 225 S. Summit.
Les Misérables director Scott MacLaughlin (right) works with freshman Ty Hilderbrand, who portrays Marius, on a scene. (photo by Joe Lauer)
“Weird Al” Yankovic Straight Outta Lynwood Beginning with “White and Nerdy,” which parodies Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’,” Weird Al makes one of his greatest albums. It ends with a plea to all music buyers: “Don’t Download This Song.” Ironically, you can download it for free on his Myspace: www.myspace.com/weirdal.
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Oct. 5, 2006
The Sound of Music
and the Smell of Coffee on the stage of Caffé Acoustic
BY JACKIE HUTCHINSON Staff Writer
his fall, live music will again return to the stage of Caffé Acoustic. Cowley College, along with Corner Bank, Home National Bank, and Union State Bank, will sponsor monthly concerts performed by a variety of musicians. The concerts are held from September to April (with a short break in December) at The Brown Store, 225 S. Summit. Most concerts are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and The Brown Store is within walking distance of the main campus. “The concerts are a lot of fun,” says The Brown Store’s owner Kim Ebert. “We have held the concert series here every fall for the past six years, and have always had a great response.” Ebert said that Caffé Acoustic not only showcases local talent, but also brings in artists from around the country. In the past Caffé Acoustic has brought in artists from North Carolina, New York, and Ireland.
“All the artists have a different sound and feel,” Ebert said, “and we have been very grateful to have them here.” Ebert started the concert series in 2000. “It was really Kim’s brainchild. She wanted to jump-start the Thursday evening business downtown,” said Dean of Development and College Relations Terri Morrow. “The concerts were designed to give the community an event that would provide them a taste of the arts.” Morrow has recently taken over the job of finding artists to play for Caffé Acoustic. Morrow said she finds the artist by first contacting local talent and then moving on to new artists as well. The majority of the artists that perform are from an acoustic or folk type genre. But there have been some jazz and bluegrass too. Piper Leigh, a native singer/songwriter to Arkansas City, kicked off this year’s series of concerts by performing on Tuesday, Sept. 26. “I love the atmosphere, how intimate it is,” Leigh said. “I’m able to look over
Tim Durham and Piper Leigh performed the first of this year’s series of concerts at Caffé Acoustic on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Other artists scheduled to play at Caffé Acoustic include Terry Quiett and The Butler Brothers. (photo by Marcia Russell) and see people singing along with my songs. It’s a great feeling.” Leigh is no stranger to the Caffé’s stage; this was her third time. She said she loves playing for her hometown. “My songs have a very down home feel. I think that’s because I live in a small town,” she said. Nearly 40 people showed up for this year’s first concert. The concerts are in a comfortable setting with low lighting, they are free, and Brown’s makes an assortment of coffees and desserts available for purchase. During the week of the concert,
Brown’s also passes out free-drink coupons for instructors to give to their students. Morrow said the lineup for this year includes new and returning artists, such as Terry Quiett from Winfield and The Butler Brothers from Arkansas City. The next artist will be new to The Brown Store stage. Buddy Mondlock from Nashville will perform Thursday, Oct. 12. Mondlock has collaborated with artists like Art Garfunkel and Maia Sharp. “We look forward to seeing him,” Ebert said. “I’m sure the community will love him.”
Layering for the fall season BY ANDREA PADDOCK Staff Writer
Steven Liggins and Stephanie Slaughter are wearing T-shirts, jackets, pants, and hats to add a little something to their outfits. (photo by Andrea Paddock)
It is almost time to put away shorts and sandals and pull out sweats and warm shoes. The time of the year for fall fashions will soon arrive. “My favorite trend this year is the layered look. I think it looks really cute,” Jenn Huffman said. Layers are everywhere this season, the more the better. Knit booties are a great women’s shoe that work very well with the layers and they add the look of comfort and still keep you warm. “Some people think it is expensive for the layered look but it is really not,” freshman Lacey Chance said. “All I do is get some really cheap long sleeve shirts
and I cut them up and wear some tank top with it and it dresses it up. Then they are perfect for football games.” It gets cold for many college students who have to walk back and forth from their classes, so break out the sweaters and long sleeved shirts. It is fashionable to look comfortable. In fall it is always good to wear darker colors. “I think the colors this year are dark purple, dark green and browns,” Chance said.
Right: Freshman Alina Buffington has a great fall style. Her long-sleeved shirt comes out of the bottom of her jean jacket and ends lower on her wrists. (photo by Andrea Paddock)
Scoundrels aim for college audience BY ALEXANDER SKOV Staff Writer The list of people involved in making School for Scoundrels is a notable one, with Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder being the most prominent. Director Todd Phillips, who is also a producer and screenwriter on the project, helms the movie, his first after making the wildly popular Old School. New York City meter maid Roger is the typical Heder role. A loser with no luck in love, he is constantly mocked by
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for the cost of $5,000. Thornton fills his niche as the often foul-mouthed Dr. P, the program’s instructor. With the help of his right-hand man Lesher, played by Michael Clark Duncan, Dr. P “teaches” the class of pathetic underachievers, one of whom is Saturday Night Live alumnus Horatio Sanz, how to be men. As the film continues, Roger becomes Dr. P’s star pupil. When a rivalry between the two begins over a woman, Roger decides to enlist the help of one of Dr. P’s former students, played by Ben Stiller. Stiller’s bit part is unfortunately
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one of the best scenes of what could have been a better movie. Todd Phillips begins to turn School for Scoundrels into a textbook cheesy romance. Some scenes, one with supporting cast member and comic Sarah Silverman in particular, were obviously funnier on paper. Roger’s retaliation to an antagonist in another scene ends unresolved with an awkward silence. All the while the film is riddled with lowbrow humor. For what it’s worth, School for Scoundrels does have its shining moments, but dull scenes and the director’s indecisiveness outweigh them.
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Badger Creek Bridge mural finished Instructor Mark Flickinger and sophomore Jeff Holmes put the finishing touches on a mural depicting Badger Creek Bridge. The mural was painted by Instrumental Music Director Gary Gackstatter on 40 panels and installed by the Art Club under the direction of Flickinger. The mural is located a half block east of the Wellness Center on Fifth Avenue. (photo by Jamie Fiechtl)
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Oct. 5, 2006
Cross country runners put their names
in the record books
BY JACOB EARLS Sports Editor
unning in two competitive Oklahoma meets, the cross country men placed third in both while the women placed third and fifth, respectively. As the only junior college at the Oklahoma Baptist University Bison Invitational on Sept. 23, the Tiger men placed behind two nationally ranked fouryear schools and beat ranked Oklahoma Baptist. Freshman Daniel Maina finished first with a time of 23:53, the fastest time in school history. “Daniel proves to us every week how focused he is,” head coach Mark Phillips said. “He had nobody to push him once again so he pushed himself.” Maina now has the second-fastest time in junior college competition this year. Fellow Kenyan freshman Stanley Mugo finished sixth with a time of 25:05. He became the third fastest runner in school history behind Maina and former Tiger alum Josephat Boit. Sophomore Dustin Garcia ran a 26:20, good enough for 12th place, and sophomore Ferrein Harris ran a 27:06 and finished 30th. “Dustin and Ferrein have improved tremendously. Both of them ran personal bests,” assistant coach Ryan Turner said. The Lady Tigers finished behind nationally ranked Oklahoma Baptist University, an NAIA school, and Central Oklahoma, a NCAA Division II school. Freshman Jennifer Cherono finished first with a time of 18:30. Her time in the 5K tied Linet Birir’s school-record set last season. Freshman Irene Kosgei of Kenya ran her first race of the season and finished fourth with a time of 19:00. She became the third fastest female runner in school history.
“It’s exciting to see her run again.” Phillips said. “We need her to stay healthy.” Freshman Ashley Cronin set the school record for the fastest American runner in school history. She ran a 19:11, which replaces Patricia Dailey’s time of 19:56. On Sept. 30, at the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Jamboree, the Tigers finished third and the Lady Tigers finished fifth. Running in one of the toughest courses in the Midwest, Maina finished first with a time of 24:46. Mugo finished fourth in 25:45. Freshman Mauricio Morales ran a time of 27:35 and finished 38th place. He had been injured the previous week with a slight calfstrain. For the women, Cherono finished third with a time of 18:58, while Kosgei finished fifth in 19:10 in her second race of the season. “Both teams competed well. Our kids work hard enough and it will hopefully show at nationals later on,” Phillips said. Cowley’s next scheduled meet is the Ollie Isom Invitational in El Dorado on Oct. 13. The meet scheduled for October at Camp Quaker Haven has been canceled.
Freshmen Daniel Mania and Stanley Mugo break away from the competition at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree. (photo by Jackie Hutchinson)
OSU Jamboree Results Cowley men’s results: (1) Daniel Maina, 24:46; (4) Stanley Mugo, 25:45; (27) Dustin Garcia, 27:10; (38) Mauricio Morales, 27:35; (49) Ferrien Harris, 27:59; (53) Brett Koehn, 28:03; (83) Dakota Price, 29:06; (95) Alex Werner, 29:21; (140) Dustin Pempsell, 30:45; (155) Justin DeClerck, 31:40.
Cowley women’s results: (3) Jeniffer Cherono, 18:58; (5) Irene Kosgei, 19:10; (28) Ashley Cronin, 19:56; (67) Patricia Dailey, 20:56; (75) Brenna Martinez, 21:04; (98) Christy Buller, 21:40; (124) Dawn Zimmerman, 22:31; (166) Hannah Burr, 24:27; (176) Kim Bryant, 25:36.
Volleyball team facing tougher competition
Sophomore Stephanie Walcher goes for a kill against Highland on the way to an easy conference victory. (photo by Joe Lauer)
BY BRADY BREWER Sports Editor
The Lady Tiger volleyball team is number one in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division with a 5-0 record, but the Lady Tigers are finding that, with a 16-7 record as of Tuesday, Oct. 3, they can be beaten. They prefer to think that not every loss is a bad loss. “We are losing, but we are losing to good teams,” head coach Joanna Pryor said. “We have been playing better teams that are making us better and it gives us confidence.” On Wednesday, Sept. 20, the Lady Tigers easily beat Highland Community College in three games (30-20, 30-22, 30-28) for their fourth conference win this season.
Two tennis players qualify for small college championship
Tennis players Kasia Siwosz and Hanane Toumi recently met each other in the singles championship of the Wilson/ITA Region Tennis Championships at the Riverside Tennis Center in Wichita. Siwosz defeated Toumi 6-1, 6-1 in the final match. Siwosz and Toumi later teamed to win the doubles championship. They faced Tiger teammates Juliana Franco and Katie Mckee and defeated them 6-4, 6-0. Siwosz and Toumi have
now qualified to compete in the ITA Small College National Championships in Fort Meyers, Fla., Oct. 12-15. Monica Medina also participated and defeated Barton County’s number two singles player. Freshmen Richard Filkuka and Diego Motivar performed well on the men’s side. Filkuka advanced to the final match but had to withdraw due to a hand injury. Filkuka and Motivar teamed up to make it to semifinals in doubles.
Through the following weekend of Sept. 22-23, the ladies played at the Barton County Tournament and finished the weekend with two wins and two losses. They beat Alvin Community College (30-25, 30-27, 30-22) and lost to Midland College (30-18, 29-31, 23-30, 23-30) on Friday, and they beat Trinidad State Junior College (30-20, 30-13, 30-18) and lost to Barton County Community College (26-30, 19-30, 27-30) on Saturday. “We beat good teams, and good teams beat us,” Pryor said. On Monday, Sept. 25, they lost to the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith in four games (28-30, 30-28, 20-30, 2630) on the road. Then, Independence came to Cowley Sept. 27 and the Lady Tigers took a three-game victory (30-14, 30-16, 30-17) in confer-
ence play. To bring the week to a close, they had a home rematch with Arkansas-Fort Smith and lost in the same four-game fashion (27-30, 30-23, 25-30, 27–30). “We have gained a lot of confidence, and we only want to work harder to keep going,” sophomore Marina Tosi said. On Monday night, Cowley hosted Northeastern Oklahoma College and started the week off with a victory (30-20, 30-18, 30-18). They visited Johnson County Wednesday night and are looking forward to the Cowley Quad this weekend. On Friday the Lady Tigers will play Dodge City at 6 p.m. On Saturday, they will play Newman JV at 11 a.m., and Dodge City will play Neosho at 1 p.m.
Intramural Update Competition is high as intramural softball winds down. The remainder of the intramural softball schedule at Lady Tiger Field is as follows: Oct. 5, 5 p.m. – Holes & Poles vs. Tyler’s Team 6 p.m. – Track Stars vs. Has Beens Oct. 9, 5 p.m. – Holes & Poles vs. BA’s Oct. 10 5 p.m. – Championship Game Sophomore Tyler Vanscoy watches his pitch float toward the batter during a recent game (photo by Matt Mendoza)
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Above: The women’s basketball team dances to the song “Chain Hang Low” while being introduced at Midnight Madness. They also did this dance at Puttin’ on the Hits. Left: Sophomore Joe Harvey jumps over two members of the Tigerette Danceline while dunking. Harvey won the dunk contest for the men’s team. (photos by Chet Hunt)
It all begins at midnight BY ALEXANDER SKOV Staff Writer
scrimmage featuring the men’s basketball team marked the beginning of the season last Sunday at 12:01 a.m. Several other activities led up to the scrimmage at Midnight Madness. Members of Spirit Squad and the Tigerette Danceline were introduced and performed several routines. A three-point shootout and dunk contests for players and crowd members also kept the audience entertained. By the crowd’s decision, sophomore
guard Joe Harvey claimed victory in the dunk contest early in the night, earning bragging rights among the men’s players. Later, the fan dunk contest had nine participants. Some of the contestants had trouble finishing dunks, while others would have been happy just to reach the rim. Sophomore yell leader Daniel Brooks managed to dunk by vaulting off two of his friends’ arms. In the end, Arkansas City resident Jordan Fields took home first place and a Cowley t-shirt. Fields won the crowd over when he pulled off a successful onehanded dunk after having a friend bounce the ball off the backboard.
The three-point shootout pitted members of the men’s basketball team against members of the women’s team. After multiple rounds, sophomore point guard James Loe hit 17 shots against sophomore Brittany Wilson, who made eight baskets. Before the scrimmage, members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams were announced, as were managers and coaches. “They’re a very young basketball team and they have really been working hard,” head coach Brian Jackson said of the men’s team as they prepared to take the court. Then at 12:01 a.m., when the teams could officially start practicing with their
coaches, the scrimmage began. Split into black jerseys and white jerseys, the men’s team played for 15 minutes. The outcome of the scrimmage was 39-38, with both squads showing their prowess. Basketball season will tip off on Nov. 1 in W.S. Scott Auditorium against Southwestern College. The women’s games will begin at 5 p.m. this year, and the men at 7 p.m. In the meantime, the men’s team will be holding two scrimmages here. The Northwestern Oklahoma University scrimmage will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18. A scrimmage against Kansas Wesleyan will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.
SGA hosts Game Room Challenges Students competed for prizes, including Tiger Deli gift certificates, during the Game Room Challenge Nights held Sept. 25-28. Student Government Association officers will organize the games each month in the game room next to the Jungle. Signup sheets will be posted in the Jungle. The following competitors were the winners of the first competition: Poker – Matt Mendoza Foosball – Davin Blizard Pool – Steven Walker Pingpong doubles – Team CB Air hockey – Sage Swaney Pinball – Zach Blanchard Halo – Dakota Price Pingpong singles – Craig Schmeissner
Above: Sophomore Leo Blasi plays foosball at the Game Room Challenge. Left: Sophomore Ashley Arnold prepares to serve in pingpong as her partner, sophomore Hanane Toumi, looks on. (photos by Kyle Chamberland)
First baseball reunion to honor coaches BY ALEXANDER SKOV Staff Writer The first annual Cowley College baseball alumni reunion will be held Oct. 21 at the Arkansas City Country Club. The event will include a round of golf at noon, a dinner banquet at 5 p.m. and a social hour at 7 p.m. “It’s hard to have reunions,” former Tiger Jason O’Toole said. “This is long overdue.” O’Toole, a coordinator of the event,
played for the Tigers in the 1993 and 1994 seasons under head coach Dave Burroughs. The third head baseball coach in Cowley history, Burroughs began his tenure in 1988. Burroughs will be honored during the dinner banquet, as will his predecessors Rick Holman and the late Ben Cleveland. Over the years, the baseball program has achieved numerous accomplishments. The Tigers have won the NJCAA World Series title twice, the Region VI championship five times, and the Jayhawk Confer-
ence Eastern Division title 11 times. Also, the baseball program currently has had 18 consecutive winning seasons. Much of this success can be attributed to Burroughs. He led the Tigers to the NJCAA World Series four times, including both national championship years. Those years also garnered Burroughs attention, as he won NJCAA Coach of the Year both times. Ten of the baseball program’s conference titles were won under Burroughs in just 11 seasons.
“Dave Burroughs has been here for 18 years and has built a premier program,” O’Toole said. Over 400 invitations were sent out for the occasion. Although RSVPs are still coming in, O’Toole is hoping for a big turnout. “Optimistically speaking, if it’s bigger, it will be more formal,” O’Toole said. Depending on the number of alumni who attend, a slide show and speeches may be planned for the banquet. The public will also be invited in the evening.