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Issue 6 The Student Newspaper of Cowley College


Nov. 2, 2006

Arkansas City, Kan.

Above: Little Cosette, portrayed by Lindzey Butler, takes a rest from sweeping while singing “Castle on a Cloud.” Left: Members of the cast sing at the end of Act I in “One Day More.” The song represented how the characters’ lives were about to change.

Revolutionaries demand rights in fall musical Les Misérables

A story of revolution and romance, law and love BY SARAH LAVALLEE Managing Editor


Left: Madame Thenardier (sophomore Megan Merchant) complains about her husband in “Master of the House.” Right: Master Thenardier (freshman Brady Flock) insists that when inspector Javert catches Valjean, he should get a reward during “The Beggars.”

Marius (freshman Ty Hilderbrand) and Cosette (freshman Sarah Richardson) sing “A Heart Full of Love” while Eponine (sophomore Amanda Marie Black) watches.

ean Valjean, portrayed by freshman Trevor Whitsitt, is sentenced to 19 years on a chain gang after stealing a loaf of bread. Valjean escapes and soon Javert, an overly law abiding police inspector portrayed by Logan Geist, attempts to catch him over the course of several years. The fall musical, Les Misérables, was performed Oct. 19-22 in the Robert Brown Theatre. The cast had 28 members, not including the choir, which sang the epilogue at the end of the performance when the citizens were declaring their rights. Les Misérables is a story of revolution and romance, law and love. Technical Director Jamison Rhoads’ interpretation of the era , the early to mid-1800’s in France, depicted the set crumbling along with society. Sophomore Nathan Holcomb had his first stage appearance as a member of the men’s

Master Thenardier (freshman Brady Flock) and Jean Valjean (freshman Trevor Whitsitt) had a confrontation during “The Beggars.” In the same scene, Cosette (freshman Sarah Richardson, at far right) first appeared on stage as an adult and met her true love Marius (freshman Ty Hilderbrand) after she gave him an apple.

Campus News






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9 Students now have their own campus e-mail accounts. Story on page 3

chorus. “I was thrilled to be in Les Misérables,” Holcomb said. “To be in Les Misérables was an honor.” The musical attracted roughly 2,000 viewers, many of whom returned for more performances, according to Director Scott MacLaughlin. “The second half rocked. Trevor [portraying Jean Valjean] can really sing,” sophomore Cole Mills said. Besides Trevor Whitsitt’s performance, Mills said, “I liked the prostitutes.” A representative from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), who is a production manager at the University of Nebraska, critiqued the show. “Overall he was very impressed,” MacLaughlin said. “He was quite astounded with what this little community college had produced.” A celebration for faculty and staff to honor the cast of Les Misérables is scheduled to be held in the Wright Room on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m.

Gavrosh (Henry Flickinger) mocks the police inspector atop the barricade after the song “Stars.” Photos by Dwight Bergley

Did you miss Arkalalah? See photos from all the events, contests and coronation. Photos on page 14



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And to your left...

Student Ambassadors prepare for Senior Day BY ANDREA PADDOCK Staff Writer


tudent Ambassadors are currently preparing for the annual Senior Day on Thursday, Nov. 16. Senior Day is intended for high school seniors who are interested in attending Cowley in the fall after their graduation. The day includes various activities and entertainment. There are an estimated 350 seniors expected from all over Kansas and Oklahoma. Seniors will be able to hear about the admission process and have questions answered about attending Cowley. The seniors will see videos and have the opportunity to win prizes.

The 2006-2007 Student Ambassadors Brett Albright, Winfield Kim Bacastow, Arkansas City Heather Bailes, Holcomb (Garden City) Jessica Ball, Chaparral (Anthony)

The Jazz Band, CC Singers, Danceline and Spirit Squad will perform. For lunch guests will be served Gambino’s Pizza. The Student Ambassadors will be in the spotlight for the day. They will individually introduce themselves to the seniors. The ambassadors will be responsible for handing out information and directing potential students on campus tours. To qualify as an ambassador, students must be full-time Cowley sophomores with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. To become a Student Ambassador, a student must be nominated by a faculty or staff member. Next the nominee goes through a series of interviews. If chosen, students must complete several days of

training in August. Ambassadors are required to work two hours per week in the Admissions Office by giving campus tours, doing paperwork, filing, stamping, or making photocopies. “We cannot live without out them. This is one of the best groups we have worked with,” Admissions Coordinator Ben Schears said. Ambassadors are also required to work large events such as New Student Orientation, Senior Day, Phone-A-Thon, and Principal-Counselor Day. “My favorite part about being a Student Ambassador is being involved and helping with all the activities,” sophomore Kacie Laha said. “It is a lot of fun.”

Andy Bohn, Arkansas City Andy Ebert, Arkansas City Alex Gottlob, Winfield Ashleigh Hurt, Circle (Towanda) Alexis Johnson, Arkansas City Kacie Laha, Clearwater Tamara McMillan, Pensacola, Fla.

Elizabeth Muntz, Dexter Jayme Shriver, Arkansas City Valerie Strickland, South Haven Brylee Sturd, Arkansas City Kristine Thompson, Arkansas City Jessica Tibbott, Valley Center Victoria Ukaoma, Maize (Wichita)

Sophomore Alexis Johnson gives potential Cowley student Lindsey Dewey a campus tour. Johnson guides campus tours as part of her responsibilities as a Student Ambassador. (photo by Chet Hunt)

Journalism Club hosts annual turkey bowling event

Butterball bowling What do frozen turkeys and bowling have in common? A frozen turkey, much like a bowling ball, is incredibly hard and easily flung at bowling pins; also, it is the Journalism Club’s annual event. The Journalism Club will sponsor a Turkey Bowling competition on Monday, Nov. 20, at 8:30 p.m. It will follow the Lady Tigers’ basketball game against Bethel JV. Frozen turkeys, donated by Country Mart, are provided for all competi-

tors who then fling them at bowling pins from the half-court line. If the competitor crosses the line, he/she will be penalized with a “fowl.” The team with the highest score, meaning most pins knocked over, wins. The event is open to all Cowley students, faculty and staff. Last year’s winners were the Has Beens, whose team was comprised of Theater Director Scott MacLaughlin, PEAKS Program Director Jason O’Toole, Dirk Foust, and Larry Grose.

WHAT: Turkey Bowling sponsored by the Journalism Club

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 20, at 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Cowley Recreation Building HOW: Make a team of four bowlers and call 620-441-5555 to reserve a turkey. The event is free.

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District Volleyball Tourney

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Choir and CC Singers Concert Thurs. Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.


Robert Brown Theatre

W. S. Scott Auditorium

College Planning Conference Mon. Nov. 6, 1 p.m.

Brown Center

Pass the Cat

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Nov. 6-10

Participants in this SGA activity will go on a mystery trip later this semester College Republican Meeting Tues. Nov. 7, 4:30 p.m.

Brown Center Room 132 W.S. Scott Auditorium

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Men’s & Women’s Basketball Wed. Nov. 8, 5 & 7 p.m.

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Campus Lineup

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PAWS meeting

Thurs. Nov. 9, 6 p.m.

Rockapella Concert

Thurs. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Robert Brown Theatre


Men’s & Women’s Basketball Sat. Nov. 11, 5 & 7 p.m.

W.S. Scott Auditorium

vs. Seminole State Fall Band Concert

Sun. Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

Robert Brown Theatre

Men’s Basketball

Mon. Nov. 13, 7 p.m.

W.S. Scott Auditorium

vs. Friends JV PTK Meeting

Tues. Nov 14, 5:30 p.m.

SGA meeting

Tues. Nov 14, 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

Tues. Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Galle-Johnson Room 212 Cafeteria W.S. Scott Auditorium

vs. Barton County Senior Day

Thurs. Nov. 16, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Free Movie Night

Thurs. Nov. 16

Main Campus Cowley 8 Cinema

Get more information at the Student Life Office Women’s Basketball

Mon. Nov. 20, 7 p.m.

W.S. Scott Auditorium

vs. Bethel JV Turkey Bowling

Mon. Nov 20, 8:30 p.m.

Cowley Rec Center



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Campus Connect gets a new look... Step 1. Go to Click on the link at the top of the Cowley homepage. It will say “Student e-mail.”


Log on to Campus Connect, click on the “Access Cowley E-mail” option and then “Submit.”

Step 2. An Outlook Express Web e-mail window will appear. Enter your username and password

A. The username will be your last name,

first initial, and last six digits of your student ID number. For example: John Smith, whose student ID number is 999-123-456, would input: SmithJ123456 The text “” shoul be automatically added.

B. Your password will be the password

you currently use to log on to the college’s

student network, meaning the password many students use in the library or Computer Applications classes.

Step 3. Once logged in, you must change your password.

A. On the left side of the screen click on

“Options” B. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Change Password” button. The password must be at least seven characters, contain a number, a capital letter, and a lower case letter. C. A window will appear to change the password. The following information must be entered to do so: 1. Domain: ccstudents 2. Account : your username 3. Old password: type in old password 4. New password: enter new password 5. Confirm password: retype new password 6. Click “OK” to confirm new password

Fall and spring enrollment has begun Students can now enroll for spring and summer 2007 classes. Class schedules are available at under the academics menu. Printed schedules are also available at the information window in Galle-Johnson Hall and at various offices on campus. Students should schedule a meeting with their academic adviser as soon as possible. Students who do not have an adviser or who do not know who their adviser

is should go to the Admissions office in Galle-Johnson Hall or call Admissions at 620-441-5303. For part-time students in evening classes, Rita Thurber will be available for advising help in the Underground. She will have office hours from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the following dates: Nov. 7, Nov. 15, Nov. 27, Dec. 5, and Dec. 13. On other days she will have regular office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The last day to withdraw from a 16 week class is Thursday, Nov. 16.

Campus Christian Fellowship will meet on Monday, Nov. 6 and 13, in the Webb-Brown Academic Center room 208 at 8 p.m. On Nov. 6, the Visual Word Mine Team will be the feature of the night. All students are welcome. For more information contact sponsor Ben Schears in the Admissions Office, or at 620-441-5245. Peers Advocating Wellness for Students (PAWS) will hold a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Jungle. For more information contact Director of Health Services Tisha Catlin at 620-4415236. Phi Theta Kappa will meet in GalleJohnson room 212 on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact sponsor Melinda Neal at 620-441-5562. College Republicans will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in Brown Center room 132. For more information, contact Jacque Ramirez at 620-441-5252. A Southwestern College Transfer visit will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. The event will be held in the lower level of the Brown Center. There are four more college transfer visits planned. A Benedictine College transfer visit will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in the Brown Center.

A quick look at what’s happening on campus

A Friends University transfer visit will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Brown Center. A Wichita State University transfer visit will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Webb-Brown Academic Center. Student Government Association will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 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. Cowley is offering a new scholarship for part-time evening students starting this spring. The deadline for spring consideration is Friday, Dec. 1 The scholarship will pay for six to nine credit hours for classes that begin at or after 4 p.m. on the Arkansas City campus and will be renewable if a 3.0 GPA is maintained. For more information contact Pam Doyle at 620-4415289. The Great American Smokeout, a nationwide stop-smoking day sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is coming up on Nov. 16. It is important to plan ahead for this event. Cowley College offers its students free and confidential services for smoking cessation and other personal issues. The office of Student Life Counselor Roy Reynolds is room 204 in the Nelson Student Center or at 620-441-5228. Compiled by Lindsay Hickenbottom

All students now have campus e-mail accounts Several updates have been made to the Cowley webpage and Campus Connect. These include an e-mail feature, more user options, and extra security measures. There are two ways to access the link to the student e-mails. The Cowley homepage will now feature a link that says “Student E-mail,” and there will be a link on Campus Connect. The e-mails will allow students to send messages to each other, faculty and staff members. Students will be able to check their messages off-campus; however, e-mails will not be sent to or received from any e-mail address not ending in or @student. According to Director of Computer Services Clinton Marlow, the e-mail accounts were created as a way for students to keep in touch with each other and their instructors. Also, it will ensure that every student has a valid e-mail account. The student e-mail accounts should be ready for students to use as of today, Thursday, Nov. 2, Marlow said. Several changes have also been made to Campus Connect. According to Dean of Research and Technology Charles McKown, Campus Connect will offer the same features but will provide more options for users. An example of the extra options is in the add/drop function for online enrollment. Instead of just searching for a course

by name, students will be able to search by time or location. Also, students will be able to add or drop courses up until the day a class begins. Another change to Campus Connect is the security. According to McKown, Campus Connect will now use the same security as banks and credit cards. All students’ personal information will be encrypted. This adds an extra measure of security for students by adding more protection to their Social Security numbers and financial information. As part of the added security measures, students will also be automatically prompted to change their pin numbers, McKown said. For the future of Campus Connect, McKown said a lot more will be added. For example he is working on incorporating SGA elections and other voting into the Campus Connect system.

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BY MEGAN CUMMINGS These days it seems you can’t flip through a magazine or watch television without seeing sex in the content or in the advertising. You put a half naked woman on something, and it’s going to sell. Manufacturers know that they can sell consumers products using psychological methods, and they definitely never fail to use them. Manufacturers look at their product the way they assume the consumers

The Coca-Cola machine in the Brown Center may be an example of subliminal sexual appeal to sell a product. Do you see the figure of a woman lying on her side on top of the can?

would. When consumers see an ad, they don’t see the product, they see what the product can do for them. When consumers look at razors, they don’t see the razor blades, they see the closeness of the shave. Social Science Instructor Cathy Hendricks said, ”Sex is a central part of many people’s lives, and for some an enjoyable one. So for companies to attach their products to something that appeals to people makes sense.” Manufacturers target the unconscious part of our brain because it is always working. Appealing to that half of our brain gets the conscious half thinking that we need whatever it is they are selling. In this month’s issue of Seventeen, a magazine targeted for teenage girls, there are articles on “sexy hair guys can’t resist” and “Hookup stories: What he’s thinking while you’re making out.” A magazine for teens! Sex sells because we keep buying the product even if the advertising and the content is tasteless.



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Freedom of expression online

MySpace or Yours? agree with him but “one comment was deemed threatening.” He believes the Internet is a public space and the blog issue is not one of free speech, oes free speech extend beyond facebut what is moral and right. to-face communication to encompass “It’s integral to society to voice opinions, even the Internet? Should students face if they differ,” MacLaughlin said. ”There’s not an consequences for online postings? These instructor here who doesn’t want students to be questions are becoming increasingly debated due able to say what they want. It’s a knock to society to the increase in students who post online blogs. to have to set moral and ethical guidelines.” There is an irony however. MySpace has over These guides are already in place, according 1 million registered users worldwide, many of to MacLaughlin. “It used to be the Ten Commandwhom are U.S. students, but half of nearly 100,000 ments, but we’ve gotten away from those. If you American high school students polled in 2004 go by love your neighbor as yourself everything thought the government should be allowed to else falls into place,” he said. censor the Internet. Only 69 percent thought muHowever, Social Science Instructor Chris sicians should be allowed to sing lyrics that others Mayer said the integration of the Internet into may find offensive. American society is creating a “new social orga“A lot of today’s students don’t mind a nization,” which in turn creates conflict. “Tension government- approved version of reality, as long arises from old ways of thinking being applied to as their favorite musicians or their MySpace blogs new social institutions,” he said. aren’t censored,” Mass Media Instructor Dave Mayer believes the Internet blogs are a Bostwick said. private space that students use to communicate These issues regarding free speech online with friends they otherwise speak to in person. have not escaped our campus. “I reject the During the production of last argument that it’s semester’s Twelfth Night, The“I reject the argument that more public online. ater Director Scott MacLaughlin Most people in it’s more public online. Most found two students’ blogs that networks are people were critical of him, the theater they see every day,” people in networks are people department and the theater club Mayer said. members. Both students faced they see everyday.” The standard, disciplinary action for their comaccording to Mayer, ments and the issue soon turned Social Science Instructor should be “an to a question of the limitations of Chris Mayer emotional outburst free speech and privacy. versus threat” or A problem schools face, whether the person according to attorney Mike Unruh of Wichita, is was speaking out of malice to deliberately attack balancing two competing rights, which are the another individual, or if he/she was just venting right to protect themselves as institutions versus to friends. Either way “college educators should the students’ right to privacy. What typically hapbe able to handle some of that,” Mayer said. “Colpens is that “privacy gives way to public safety,” lege instructors are public figures and not everyUnruh said. body is going to love you every second of every MacLaughlin felt justified in making the deci- day. They need to be bigger than the criticism that sion with Vice President of Student and Academic might be an emotional outburst.” Affairs Sheree Utash and Technical Director Unless a law is broken, students should Jamison Rhoads because he has a mandatory have the right to say what they will. “I care more contract students sign before accepting a scholarthat students have the right to say ‘your class ship or lead role in a show. The contract states sucks,’” Mayer said. “Who’s going to get the that students will be “a positive image both on job of surfing the web to make sure no one says and off stage and can be released at any time.” anything bad about me? It’s ridiculous. I have MacLaughlin said students should feel free to dis- better things to do.”

Part two in a three-part series on student rights



Where the First Amendment ends Student Government Association’s proposed Student Freedom of Expression policy includes some legal concepts that students may need to be familiar with. LIBEL is often defined as a false statement that is intended to defame a person’s reputation. Words, pictures or cartoons that expose a person to public hatred, disgrace, ridicule or induce an ill opinion of a person are often considered libelous. Public figures such as politicians, entertainers and others in high-profile positions sacrifice much of their privacy because their actions are more likely to be deemed newsworthy. They must prove actual malice to win a libel suit. INVASION OF PRIVACY is another limitation on freedom of expression. Courts have recognized that certain intimate details about people, even though true, may be off limits to the press and public. For example, publishing detailed information about a private person’s sexual conduct, medical condition or educational records may be considered invasion of privacy. Invasion of privacy can be divided into the following sub-categories: (1) Trespassing or publishing names or pictures of people in personal situations, (2) Misappropriation: using a person’s name or likeness to promote a product or event without his or her permission, (3) False light: presenting a misleading representation that places a person in a false light that would be highly offensive to a reasonable person.

Guidelines for student expression By Joe Lauer Staff Writer

Student Government Association has been writing a new Student Freedom of Expression Policy. The proposed policy, which will eventually be given to administrators, is a way to protect students and their First Amendment Rights. It will be discussed and possibly voted on at the Nov. 14 SGA meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to give their opinions on what they think of the policy and what they think should be changed. “We’re publishing it in the paper so that the students have input and can see what’s going on. If they have any ideas or suggestions, they can bring them to us or write letters to the editor in The Cowley Press,” SGA President Krista Dopfel said. Dopfel thinks it is important to have the student input, because “it will affect every student. The idea for this policy is to protect students’ freedom of expression and also protect others’ privacy.” SGA offices are located in the game room and the officers’ hours are posted on the Internet at http://www.cowley. edu/student/sga/officers.html.

Proposed Student Freedom of Expression Policy I. Introduction Students at Cowley College are fully protected by their First Amendment Rights pertaining to freedom of speech. However, students must also take personal responsibility for what they choose to express on social networking Internet sites (such as Facebook and MySpace) and through other media.

II. Valid Criticism Students are protected when writing and expressing valid criticism of individuals and departments at the college. The college will not punish or penalize students for legally protected expressions made outside of the classroom. III. Limitations A. Students will not be protected if they choose to make harassing or threatening statements or statements that encourage vandalism.

B. Students will not be protected if they post information that places others in obvious physical danger. C. Student-generated content in any media should not include invasion of privacy, libel (false, malicious statements), or endorsement of illegal or harmful products. D. Students may not be protected if they post pictures that promote obvious violations of federal and state laws or college policies. Examples could include pictures of alcohol usage in dorms or students committing acts of vandalism. IV. Committee Evaluation Any violations of this policy will be referred to the Dean of Student Life. If a violation is not resolved, then an appointed committee will evaluate the situation to decide if/how further action should be taken. The committee will include a faculty member selected by SGA, two SGA officers, and a staff member designated by the Dean of Student Life.



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Ignorance is not strength BY CHANSI LONG Online Editor


hen I first considered going to college, I never thought that it would take me more than two years to complete my two-year degree. But it did take me longer than expected, and according to, I’m not the only one. Statistics cite that it now takes the average university student more than six years to graduate. Why do students need more time to graduate? One reason is that students need more remedial courses than in the past. Remedial courses are the stuff we By Dwight Bergley should have

learned in high school: the basics. These courses do not count toward a college degree. According to Time magazine, almost half of all students who enter college test into remedial courses in English, reading and mathematics. Over 800 Cowley students, out of the 3,904 total, are enrolled in remedial courses. That’s roughly 20 percent. Although those numbers are lower than the national average, they are still significant. Elementary and secondary education institutions evidently do not promote retention because they aren’t generating students who are prepared for college. Instead, they’re producing students who think they’re ready for college. Some teachers pass students because they don’t want to do the work that the last teacher didn’t. Some do it because of the demand for every student to succeed. The No Child Left Behind Act, implemented in 2002, is a contributing factor to this phenomenon. Because of federal regulation, teachers must enable their students to pass institutionalized exams, or they risk losing funding. As a result, many teachers teach to the

test, which doesn’t encourage long-term retention. It seems many people responsible for delivering students an education simply don’t care about education. Students aren’t being equipped with critical thinking or mathematical reasoning skills. Instead, they are pushed and prodded through the educational system, and then branded with a diploma. Because of this, getting into college is no longer an achievement. Anyone can do it. To take a phrase from comedian George Carlin, “Soon the only requirement will be a pencil.” However, graduating and retaining the knowledge is an accomplishment. According to Time magazine, approximately half of undergraduates across the nation never even receive degrees. We’ve been mindlessly ushered through the system thus far. Why not stop the social conditioning and actually learn the information? As college students, we cannot blame our intellectual inadequacies on our teachers or our parents. Our education is in our hands now. Let’s make the most of it.

No need for Pagan Alliance Should the Pagan Alliance have the opportunity to become a Cowley College club? Students would agree that the club has a legal basis to form. Should anyone join the club, if it forms? Probably not. Our Founding Fathers were Christian, and America was set up as a Christian nation. Look at any U.S. Currency and you will find “IN GOD WE TRUST.” In addition, the Ten Commandments are framed in the U.S. Supreme Court Building. Christianity is the dominating religion in the United States; I can even go as far as saying Kansas is in the Bible Belt. As a follower of Christ, I understand that God gave us free will. It is a choice to follow Him. He does not force anyone. Since we are given the privilege to choose whether or not to follow God, I would hope that each person would endeavor to make a well informed decision. If you consider choosing paganism, then also consider true Christianity as well. There are several varying definitions of “pagan.” According to the American Heritage Dictionary, pagan is one who is not Christian, Muslim, or Jew, especially a worshiper of a polytheistic religion. A second definition is that a

Lindsay Hickenbottom Perspectives

pagan is one who has no religion. The first definition can include, but is not limited to, Wicca, Hindu, Buddhist, or Shinto. The second definition, on the other hand, says that pagan is not a religion. With this definition the college would not be discriminatory based on religious right if the pagan club is not allowed, as it isn’t a religion at all. In an effort to gain knowledge about the Cowley County Pagan Alliance, I e-mailed Father Alan Monarch asking questions about his pagan beliefs. He declined to comment and suggested I do my own research. So I researched books, talked to community members, and surfed the web about pagan beliefs. If pagan, Wicca, Buddhist, Hindu, Bahai, or any other religious affiliation would like to learn more of Christianity and God, I would be willing to sit down and personally discuss


Do you think your high school prepared you for college? “I think it did. At my high school they offered college courses.” Tawsha Henderson Freshman “No, because it’s just too easy compared to college classes.”

“My high school did a decent job.” Jason Fuller Sophomore

Stephanie Slaughter Freshman

After reading so many well-written articles, I must confess to feeling great disappointment after finishing your article, “Vote: It’s Multiple Choice.” Upon seeing the title of the piece, I was pleased to see the Cowley Press covering an issue that is so prevalent right now. However, upon further reading, I felt cheated. Although the second paragraph asked, “What issues do the candidates stand for?” the article showed bias, mentioning only one issue for Barnett and several for our current governor. Also, the piece had faulty research and poor credibility. Although the article states that “she (current governor) has focused on creating job growth...” private job growth has dwindled so that Kansas is number 50 in the nation in terms of increase in people working for privately owned business. Similarly, the information used to promote credibility of certain candidates for other positions is weak. Why do your readers need to know that Bonnie Sharp served five terms in the House of Representatives? If previously held political positions are important to this article, shouldn’t you tell the student body that Jim Barnett is a state senator? On the same line of reasoning, why should your readers care about Lynn Jenkins being a certified public accountant for about 20 years, Tiahrt’s position as deputy majority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, and that Garth McGinn is a senior systems engineer? Do these positions have an effect on their job/position? I hope that future articles cover the issues surrounding elections in an unbiased, credible manner. Thank you. Renee Johnson

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Christian beliefs with them. I am openly willing to discuss my beliefs with others and publicly use my name, although it appears Monarch is not. In a recent article in The Cowley Press, Social Science Instructor Chris Mayer was quoted as saying, “I am amazed how many staunch Christians are filled with so much hate for their neighbor.” I have yet to see a true Christian who shows hatred. Someone who does show hatred is only proclaiming to be a Christian. Paganism is not something to be taken lightly. It is a serious decision about your eternity. College is a time when many want to try new things and question their beliefs. Do not join the pagan club for rebellion or to cause controversy. Don’t expect the pagan club to give you advice on your eternal decision. I do not believe that there is a need for a pagan club on campus, especially since Cowley is a junior college, and students are just out of high school and are confronted with many changes. Many students try new things without taking time to think through the consequences.

To the Editor:

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

Managing Editor - Sarah Lavallee Assistant Editor - Victoria Ukaoma Opinions Editor - Amanda Pratt Sports Section - Brady Brewer, Jacob Earls and Alex Skov The Scene Editor - Jessi Hadley Special Section Editor - Annastasia Arnett Photo Editor- Rae Hunter Advertising - Annastasia Arnett Online Editors - Chansi Long and Matt Mendoza Staff Members - Dwight Bergley, Kyle Chamberland, Nicole Costello, Megan Cummings, Stephanie Ferguson, Jamie Fiechtl, Everett Harbison, Lindsay Hickenbottom, Nick Hinton, Chet Hunt, Jackie Hutchinson, Joe Lauer, Rob Narron, Andrea Paddock, Marcia Russell, Tiffany Zavala Faculty Adviser - Dave Bostwick


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Two-time conference champs

Lady Tigers start playoffs with a win and prepare to host District M Tourney BY BRADY BREWER Sports Writer


he Lady Tigers are now twotime Jayhawk East champions with an 8-1 conference record and have advanced in the District M Tournament that will conclude at W. S. Scott Auditorium this weekend. “It feels great to win consecutive conference championships,” head coach Joanna Pryor said. “Our hard work has paid off, and now it’s time to worry about playoffs.” On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Lady Tigers played their final conference match at Kansas City and came out victorious (30-18, 30-14, 30-26). “It is amazing to hold a conference title two years in a row,” sophomore Eliane Domingos said. “But we still have to move forward in the playoffs.” Domingos had 10 kills, four aces, and a block. Sophomore Kelsey Talbott finished big with 15 kills and an ace. Sophomore Renee Breckenridge contributed seven kills, three aces and four blocks. On Monday, Oct. 30, the Lady

To pump themselves up, the Lady Tigers perform a pregame chant. (Photo by Chet Hunt)

Freshman Tyler Vanscoy of Tyler’s Team swings at an incoming pitch during the intramural softball championship loss to the Has Beens. The Has Beens also beat Tyler’s Team in the intramural volleyball championship earlier this year. (Photo by Chet Hunt)

Tigers easily defeated Dodge City in the opening match of the district playoffs (30-16, 30-18, 30-15). Lilian Rezende finished with 12 kills, three blocks, and two digs. Domingos led the team with 15 kills to go with two aces and eight blocks. Sophomore setter Marina Tosi set 40 times for her teammates and also finished with three aces. “It is very good to start playoffs with a win,” Tosi said. “We are confident, and excited for the tournament this weekend.” The Lady Tigers will be hosting the double-elimination District M Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Neosho will play the winner of the Hesston/Butler match at noon. At 2 p.m., Cowley will play the winner of the Coffeyville/Pratt match. The losers’ bracket match will be played at 4 p.m., while the winners will move on to play at 6 p.m. Saturday. Three remaining teams will battle for the championship beginning at noon on Sunday. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Lady Tigers overcame Fort Scott with a three-game victory (30-17, 30-9, 3014), and regained first place in the Jayhawk East. With their serving at its peak of the season, the Lady Tigers finished the match with 28 aces and just three service errors. “Serving has been a focus in practice, and it comes to show that practice really does pay off,” said Talbott, who had nine aces, six kills, and four blocks. Domingos also had nine aces, as well as five kills, three blocks, and two digs. Rezende finished with eight kills and three digs, and libero Ashleigh Hurt had three digs to chip in for the win. The Lady Tigers had improved their season record to 24-8 as of Monday, Oct. 30.

Marina Tosi (#7) and Eliane Domingos ( #12) work together on a big defensive play against the Dodge City Conqs. The Lady Tigers will move on to the second round in the District M Tournament. (Photo by Chet Hunt)

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took advantage of the staff team’s errors, which allowed two doubles and two runs. However, any hope that Tyler’s Team had remaining was lost in the third inning. An RBI boosted the Has Beens’ score to seven. Then, with the bases loaded, a grand slam virtually ended the game. Each team scored one more run, but the scoring gap was large enough to call the match after the fifth inning. The Has Beens also defeated Tyler’s Team earlier this year in the intramural volleyball championship. Six-on-six, co-ed flag football is the next intramural activity. The first game will be played on Monday, Nov. 6.



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Running away with victory Men win individual and team championships in Jayhawk East BY JACOB EARLS Sports Writer


he men’s cross country team won the Jayhawk Conference East Division title on Oct. 23 at the Region VI/ Jayhawk Conference Championship Meet in Overland Park. The women’s team finished as the conference runner-up. The Lady Tigers were three points behind conference champion Johnson County. “We are very pleased with winning men’s conference championship,“ head coach Mark Phillips said. ”But we would have liked to have the women win, also.” On their way to the men’s title, the Tigers were led by freshman Daniel Maina’s first-place finish. Maina became conference and Region VI champion as he ran a 25:14 in the 8,000-meter race. Maina was also named to the all-conference team. With Maina finishing first, a Tiger runner has now won the conference championship for six consecutive years. “Daniel did exactly what we wanted him to do. He ran slower at the start to help the team,” Phillips said. ”Also, I think it is pretty cool that we have had the conference champion here, but no one else pays attention to it.” The Tiger men placed second overall in Region VI behind Butler. Freshman Stanley Mugo finished with a time of 25:48. Mugo placed second in the conference behind Maina and fourth in the region. Sophomore Dustin Garcia ran a time of 26:26 and finished fourth in the conference and 11th in the region. Freshman Mauricio Morales ran a 26:55 and finished sixth in the conference and 17th in the

region. Garcia and Morales both received all-conference honors, while Garcia also received all-region honors. “It is really funny that Dustin ran a minute and a half faster than last year’s championship run and set a personal time but finished three spots lower,” Phillips said. ”That shows how much tougher this year’s region/conference meet was compared to last year.” The Lady Tigers, who finished second in the conference and third in the region, were led by freshman Irene Kosgei’s firstplace finish in the women’s 5000-meter race. Kosgei earned all-region honors by placing third in the region with a time of 18:47. Freshman Jennifer Cherono ran an 18:56 and finished second in the conference behind her teammate. Cherono also placed fourth in the region. Freshman Ashley Cronin finished fifth in the conference and eighth in the region. Both Cherono and Cronin received all-conference and all-region honors. “Irene, Jennifer, and Ashley ran really well,” Phillips said. ”We were satisfied with how the team did.” Both men’s and women’s teams will be traveling to El Paso, Texas, on Nov. 4 for the NJCAA National Division I championships. Both teams are ranked fifth nationally and hope to place in the top five. “We have accomplished most of our goals this year. This year’s teams are the most successful cross country teams in school history,” Phillips said. “We are excited to race the top teams in the nation. It will be really tough. There are six teams that could finish first or second.”

Region VI Men 1. Butler 49 2. Cowley 59 (first in Jayhawk East) 3. Johnson County 84 4. Garden City 89 5. Cloud 143 6. Colby 169 7. Allen County 188 8. Hutchinson 201 9. Pratt 252 10. Neosho 274 11. Highland 304 (Coffeyville did not figure into team scores)

Region VI Women 1. Butler 47 2. Johnson County 57 (first in Jayhawk East) 3. Cowley 62 (second in Jayhwawk East) 4. Garden City 99 5 (tie) Colby 149 Cloud 149 7. Hutchinson 180 8. Allen County 202 (Highland and Fort Scott did not figure into the team scores)

cross country runner Daniel Maina BY JACOB EARLS Sports Writer Daniel Maina recently won the regional and conference championship. He set the record for the fastest 8000-meter time in school history, which is 23:53, at the Bison Invitational. Maina, who is from Kenya, is also a six-time national indoor and outdoor track champion. Why did you choose Cowley, and are you having fun? It’s a good program. Stanley (Mugo) committed two weeks before I did, then I decided to sign. Yes, I am having lots of fun here at Cowley. How do you push yourself when nobody is running with you? I watch my time on my watch that my family made for me, but I also love to win.

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Are you on a diet during cross country season? No not really. I watch what I eat around races but I love food.

NJCAA Women’s Rankings 1 Butler 2 South Plains 3 Johnson County 4 Central Arizona 5 Cowley County

What do you think of Coach Phillips and Coach Turner? They are very qualified coaches. How do you feel when you see yourself in the newspaper? It’s fun to see people appreciate what I am doing. Are you here by yourself? I am by myself, but I do miss my family.

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t was almost three years ago while watching the Macy’s Parade on Thanksgiving that Dean of Development and College Relations Sheree Utash heard Rockapella perform. Her attention was immediately seized. “At that time, I had no idea who they were,” Utash said. “But they were riveting, and I knew they had to come to Cowley.” Because she was then the chair of the Arts at Cowley Committee, Utash sought out the group and began negotiating to bring them to Arkansas City. But it was not until the fall of 2005 that a contract was completed for Rockapella to perform in 2006. On Nov. 9, these five men will bring their music to the Robert Brown Theatre. Tickets for the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., can be purchased at the Cowley College Bookstore. They will be priced at $7 for Cowley students, K-12 and senior citizens. Tickets for adults will be $15. Known worldwide for their raw talent, Rockapella approaches the realm of music with a distinct amount of hip creativity. Their voices are the key instrument, as all of their musical works are performed a cappella. One of the men even uniquely serves as the “vocal percussionist,” creating exploding accompanying beats with his voice and mouth. “They have a beautiful blend,” said

Utash. “I think they’ll be a fun group for all ages because their high energy and stage personality is contagious.” Vocal Music Director Connie Donatelli plans to have the CC Singers open up the evening with several contemporary arrangements along with jazz-oriented a cappella. Donatelli sees opening for Rockapella as a great opportunity. “It gives the singers a chance to experience what it’s like to work with a professional music group,” she said. The group’s first brush with fame came in the early ‘90s after performing on a then PBS special, Do It A Cappella, hosted by the well-known filmmaker Spike Lee. They were instantly pursued by PBS not only to write and perform a theme song for the then hit television show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, but also to star as the in-house band. To this day, at each of their many concerts, the five men are met with screams of encouragement to perform the wellknown theme song from the show. Rockapella went on to take part in HBO’s family series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child along with Whoopi Goldberg and Denzel Washington. Their appearances on HBO and PBS launched a firestorm of popularity, landing them among the best on television. They’ve performed on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and traveled throughout the

Who: Rockapella Where: Robert Brown Theatre When: Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information: Tickets can be purchased at the Cowley Bookstore: $7 for Cowley Students, K-12 and senior citizens and $15 for adults. Call 620-441-5277.

United States, Japan, Asia and Europe to share their music with many. Their distinguished background experience ranges from Broadway to Berklee College of Music. High tenor Scott Leonard is the producer, writer and arranger of all the group’s songs and sound. Much of his inspiration stems from Motown legends, particularly Stevie Wonder. Their most recent album, released in 2003, is simply titled Smilin’. The album includes covers such as “Here Comes the Sun” and “Shambala.” It also features six original songs. Donatelli believes that by students taking time to attend a performance such as this, it increases their exposure to musical culture. “There’s no doubt in my mind that when the quality of arts are in a place, it enhances the quality of life. I think that’s something that Cowley does really well,” she said.

Fleig prepares band for concert BY EVERETT HARBISON Staff Writer

Band members rehearse for the upcoming concert scheduled for Nov. 12. in the Robert Brown Theatre. (photo by Chet Hunt)

A new instructor, Josh Fleig, will lead the student-musicians in the fall band concert on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre. The concert will feature approximately 35 band members performing four musical pieces. Admission is free. Fleig expects the students to perform well and the audience to enjoy the concert. “I think every performance should be an emotional, entertaining, and educational experience,” Fleig said. Fleig is filling in for Gary Gackstatter, the college’s director of instrumental music. Gackstatter is taking this semester off. Currently Fleig directs the Concert

Band and the Jazz Band and teaches Music Appreciation. He also gives private lessons. Fleig is a graduate of Wichita State University with a masters degree in music education. Before coming here, he taught part-time at WSU. Fleig said, “I enjoy it [teaching] very much. It is challenging, but very rewarding. I count it as an honor and blessing.” Fleig was a Cowley student from 1997 until 1999. Part of his decision to return as a teacher is his familiarity with the campus. “I had other job offers,” Fleig said, but he chose Cowley because “it’s a great place to be.” Other upcoming concerts include the Jazz Band on Nov. 30 and a Senior Day performance on Nov. 16. For more information contact Fleig at 620-441-5317 or by e-mail at

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Free Movie Night for Cowley students is Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Cowley Cinema 8. For more information, go to the Student Life office in the Jungle. The CC Singers and Concert Choir will perform their fall program for the first all choral concert on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the Robert Brown Theatre under the direction of Connie Donatelli. Admission is free, and attendance is appreciated. Caffé Acoustic presents Ann Zimmerman performing on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and both drinks and treats are available. The concert will be held at Brown’s, located at 225 S. Summit in Arkansas City. Central Christian Church will be holding its annual Bazaar on Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Bazaar will feature a soup and dessert meal for only $5, and all proceeds will benefit various local needs. The Central Christian Church is located at 206 W. Central. Meals will be served in Turner Hall at the north end of the facility. College Hill Coffee in Winfield will be hosting Quiett and Walker on Friday Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The music act will be free and a wide selection of pastries, sandwiches, and drinks will be available. College Hill Coffee is located at 403 Soward in Winfield.

New Releases Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Starring British comedian Baron Cohen, Borat is a mockumentary-style comedy that chronicles Borat’s mischievous travels. This movie drops into theaters Nov. 2. Aiden Rain In Hell EP/DVD Aiden’s third release will not be a full-length release. Instead this CD/DVD combo will split the conventional idea of a 12-song CD release into a six-song EP, five-song DVD release. Aiden’s DVD will feature both live footage and music videos.



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E X P L I C I T Does anyone give a sh**? BY KYLE CHAMBERLAND Staff Writer “Give me an ‘S’. Give me an ‘E’. Give me an ‘X’. What’s that spell? Sex! What are we going to do? SCORE! SCORE! SCORE!” This is only one of the chants the Crazies here at Cowley yell during volleyball and basketball games. This as well as other instances around campus has brought up

the question, “Has obscenity and profanity become acceptable on campus?” “More within a circle of friends than in a classroom environment,” says Aaron Loehr, “You really should try not to swear during class, unless of course you’re trying to prove a point. But going on a swearing rampage is unacceptable.” As a kid, when I swore my mother would put a drop of Tabasco sauce on my tongue and I would have to keep it there a whole minute without getting a drink to wash it off. Needless to say, I swore very rarely around my house. Today I would say that I am about your average curser. I use the ‘F’ word here or the ‘S’ word there, although I have been somewhat offended by people’s language on occasion. Usually while surfing the net at the computer lounge in the Jungle, I “overhear” the HALO-holics. There is sh**, mother f***er, and god ****it, as well as many others being thrown around every 5 seconds. But why is this

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more offensive to me than just using a few curse words in a conversation. Is not my “casual” swearing the same as their swearing? I believe that it is not the same. With me I am with people who I know are OK with that sort of language as well as use it themselves. On the other hand though, the HALO-holics scream and yell their obscenities loud enough that most of the Jungle can hear them, allowing people who do not wish to hear that kind of language to be offended. This brings me to another area in which people can be offended by others’ outbursts: sports, one of the most offensive (and defensive) public arenas. This year the Cowley Crazies have added a few new cheers to their repertoire. Like the S-E-X cheer as well as the B-R-A cheer, which goes like this: “Give me a ‘B.’ Give me an ‘R.’ Give me an ‘A.’ What’s that spell? Bra! What are we going to do? HOLD ‘EM! HOLD ‘EM! HOLD ‘EM!” Also this year one intramural softball team has chosen to call themselves “Holes and Poles,” with the females being the “Holes” and the males the “Poles.” Now to some, these instances may be offensive, but to the students it is

all in good fun. Not good clean fun just good fun. Alexi Smith, unofficial leader of the Cowley Crazies, had this to say about their cheers, “We could be a lot worse. We could be cussing up a storm at the games, but I think we do a good job of keeping it pretty tame so that no one will get too offended.” So have we become more accepting of swearing around campus? I don’t f***ing know. But I do think we should cut down on using curse words so often and reserve them for when it really means something or when needed to grab someone’s attention. Also there are alternatives to cussing. Try to be creative with curse words by making up your own like “Great gooka mooka!” Or instead of saying, “Go f*** yourself!” say “May you suffer a severe groin injury not covered in your workman’s comp!” You can also use Monty Python as your guide for substitute insults with beauties such as, “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries!” Now, wouldn’t it be more fun to do things like that instead of swearing like a sailor? Anyway, with the way the world is right now with TV and movies allowing more and more graphic material, don’t you think we should help out by being more decent to each other? Or should I just shut the f*** up and get the H-E- Double hockey sticks out of here? You be the one to decide. If you have any comments, please contact me at


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Spooktacular Events

Top: Freshman Stephanie Smeltzer paints the face of a trick-or-treater in the Jungle. ACES Volunteer Club sponsored the face painting during Trick-orTreat in the Dorms on Oct. 30. Far left: Freshman Joe Lauer hands out candy during the Trick-or-Treat in the Dorms. Over 180 kids participated in the events of the night. Left: Freshman Lacey Chance passes out candy for Trick-or-Treat in the Dorms. All four dorms were involved. (photos by Marcia Russell)

Right: Ben Shears kisses Benny Goat for the “Kiss The Goat” contest held on Halloween and sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa honor society. A total of $118.93 was raised for the Salvation Army and will go to buying turkeys this Thanksgiving. (photo by Dwight Bergley)

Above: Clark Rothgeb assists Hadley Shaw in carving her pumpkin during the annual pumpkin carving hosted by the Student Government Association in the Jungle on Halloween Night. (photo by Chet Hunt) Left: Adam Wiley concentrates on laying out his design on the pumpkin. (photos by Chet Hunt)

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Abra cadabra I go America The plot of The Prestige is hard to follow but it may be worth the effort BY NICK HINTON Staff Writer


rom the start of the movie everything seemed set just right, lighting to the camera angles, The Prestige seemed to have it down perfect. With only one thing missing: actual magic. The previews lead you to believe this movie will contain mystery, drama, romance, tragedy, and some kind of a plot twist that involves someone actually doing real magic. The Prestige follows through on all of the aforementioned wonderfully with the exception of any kind of actual magic. It instead replaces this with trickery and technology. The Prestige focuses on two magicians, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale), and their rivalry. The rivalry starts when the two magicians, as understudies, take part in a magic trick that goes terribly wrong. Angier’s wife is killed in the act and Borden is exiled. This tragic accident will be the basis of a rivalry that will ruin many lives. There are many plot turns in The Prestige, including everything from fingers getting shot off to a much more sinister fate for all involved at the end. Some of

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The Prestige Drama Rated PG-13 out of 4 these can be hard to follow, and at times you feel as if you should be taking notes. The only other downside to The Prestige would be its vast number of timeline jumps. Having to cover a span of something like ten years in two hours can be a daunting task, especially when you can’t just remove large gaps of time. The Prestige does this, but not without frequent and often sudden jumps that can leave you lost if you’re not paying close attention. Bathroom breaks should definitely be kept to a minimum during this movie. All in all The Prestige had a wonderful story line, great acting and directing, but lacks a little in development because it’s hard to follow the constant timeline jumps. The Prestige, however, does do a terrific job at keeping you on the edge of your seat with your eyes glued to the screen until the twisted end. In the end The Prestige, which is in theatres now, is well worth your time and money.

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orat Sagdiyev, a news anchor from Kazakhstan, originally came to America to create a documentary about our country. Then he became infatuated with a blonde bombshell with fake breasts. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a satirical mockumentary. The plot revolves around Borat’s cross country trip from New York to “Pamela’s Village,” where he hopes to meet and marry Pamela Anderson. During his journey, Borat, portrayed by British comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, learns that certain Kazakh cultural norms, such as greeting other men with kisses, is just not acceptable in the good old “U.S. and A.” Anti-Semitic farce litters this movie. The beginning scene displays the annual Kazakhstan event “running of the Jew.” Two people of supposed Jewish descent roam the streets. Suddenly, the woman lays a “Jewish egg,” which prompts the children of the village to smash it into oblivion. When Borat arrives to America, he realizes that our country is filled with Jews and buys a bear to protect himself


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out of 4 from the threat. Although these jokes are intended to highlight the ignorance of prejudice, many will be offended at the humor. Several sexual gags can also be found. In his native home, Borat enjoys wearing a lime green swimsuit that doesn’t cover much of his anatomy. In Washington, D.C., a confused Borat befriends several members of the gay pride parade and he joins them in a hotel room. However, there are other scenes that contain lighter humor. On a New York subway, his suitcase flies open and his chicken escapes. A desperate pursuit to capture his pet follows. Before driving cross country, he goes to a car dealership in search of an automobile to attract ladies. He leaves in an ice cream truck. Borat, which will be in theaters Nov. 3, is filled with unique. original British humor. As an added bonus, the ending includes a moral: there is more to beauty than plastic. As Borat would say, “Very nice!”



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Top it off with a hat BY MEGAN CUMMINGS AND TIFFANY ZAVALA Staff Writers


ats: accessory or necessity? Maybe you wear hats to top off your outfit or maybe it’s required by a job. Lucky for you they are something you can wear year ‘round. You can find a hat to match just about any outfit. Freshman Elizabeth Botello said, “Hats are a wonderful accessory. I own 23!� In the colder months, you can find a larger selection and wider variety than just baseball caps, including cowboy hats, sports team memorabilia, ordinary stocking caps, and stocking caps with bills. You can find the perfect hat for you anywhere from your local Wal-Mart to Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.

There are so many ways to wear a hat: the standard bill to the front, bill to the back, bill to the side, and the bill slightly off center. The bill on the hat could be flat, barely curved, or even bent around your face. Look at celebrities. Have you ever seen Kenny Chesney without a hat? He’s always wearing something, whether it be a cowboy hat or just a baseball cap. Would the Marlboro Man have the same appeal without his cowboy hat? Of course not. It makes him appear rugged; it gives him his attitude. So we ask, does the hat make the man, or the man make the hat?

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Arkalalah 2006

A week in reflection

Nov. 2, 2006

Above: Dorothy Moore, crowned as the first Arkalalah queen in 1928, attended the 75th Arkalalah coronation on Oct. 27. Left: At the annual coronation on Oct. 27, sophomore Brylee Sturd was crowned the 75th Queen Alalah. Sturd’s grandmother, mother and aunt had all been selected as past Alalah candidates.

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he annual Arkalalah celebration took place Oct. 21 through Oct. 28 in Arkansas City. This year’s theme was “Diamond Reflections” to honor the 75th anniversary of the celebration. The festival included a variety of activities, ranging from the Chili Round-Up to the Arkalalah 2-mile run, along with the two featured parades. Sophomore Brylee Sturd was crowned the 75th Arkalalah Queen at the coronation held on Oct. 27 at the Robert Brown Theatre.

Above: The carousel was a popular spot for many younger Arkalalah visitors. Left: Participants in the Stuff and Strut contest, sponsored by KSOK and the Arkalalah Executive Committee, attempted to eat their way to victory through various Arkalalah cuisine.

Left: The Arkansas City High School Band performs at the Parade of Lights. The band also performed at the annual Light Show, which took place at Curry Field on Oct. 28. Below: The Tigerette Danceline waves to the crowd during the Parade of Lights. The annual parade was an opportunity for schools, churches and organizations to construct floats covered in lights and compete for cash prizes.

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