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The Student Newspaper of Cowley College Issue 8 January 31, 2013

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Campus Chatter Phi Beta Lambda Valentine’s Candy

Phi Beta Lambda will be selling Valentine Candy Grams February 1 through February 11. The candy will be available for delivery or pickup on Thursday, February 14. Items available will include candy bars, granola bars, Crush pops, and balloons for $1 each, or any combination. To place your orders, contact a PBL member or PBL advisor Sarah Mathews.

Homecoming Royalty Voting Voting for homecoming king and queen will take place Feb. 4-11 On Campus Connect The announcement of homecoming king and queen will take place at during halftime of the Men’s basketball game against Highland on Feb. 13.

CC Singers Singing Valen-Grams It’s that time of year again to send Singing ValenGrams to your loved ones. For the price of $20, you can purchase one song, one carnation, and one homemade valentine’s card. For $25 you can add an extra song. Deliveries will be made Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call the Humanities office at 620-441-5252 for more information.

Compatibility Quiz

Could your life-long love be here at Cowley? Or possibly a new close friend? Take a few moments and hop onto Campus Connect and take the compatibility quiz starting Feb. 1. Find out who you are most compatible with at Cowley.

Don’t Ever Give Up Shirts

The Lady Tiger Basketball team is selling shirts to fight against cancer. T-shirts come in both adult and youth sizes as well as short sleeved and long sleeved. All proceeds from the sales go to Relay for Life. Orders need to be placed by Feb. 9. Contact Jancye Sturd at 620-441-6503.

Williams and Biltz leave their legacies behind

Autumn Mumford Photo editor

Losing them together was a significant blow to the heart for anyone who knew them, and especially to the department. Their presence would be sorely missed not only in the program, or the classroom, but just in life in general. “For a lot of the Cowley writers, anyone who has recently been in the program, this is just a tough sad time,” s said Marlys Cervantes, creative writing instructor and co-sponsor of Creative Claws. “You have to tune in from two different age spectrums, but they just both really inspired people. It was a tough beginning to a semester for people. But I think they both left a lot for people to be proud of and would enjoy.” Recently, the creative writing program lost two of its most valued treasures: Grant Williams, 69, of Arkansas City, passed away on Jan. 3 and Raphael Biltz, 23, of Mulvane, passed away on Jan. 4. “We lost Grant and another student Raphael Biltz at the same time,” said Doom. “Grant was a massive supporter of the creative writing program and Rafe was one of our first creative writing graduates. We’ll miss both of them.” Williams was an active part of the college, he attended Writer’s Corner, reading his works of creative writing. He acted as a mentor to many of the other students in the program.

“Grant brought so much to the club, he was a very active member here at Cowley and always wrote a couple of books filled with poems, sonnets, haikus, and such,” said Erica Parent, a former member of Creative Claws. “That was something he taught a lot of us members in the writing club - different techniques and styles on how to write. But most

Wave of change

importantly, he taught us to put our full soul into writing.” “[Grant] brought a lot of passion and immediately was coming to all of the activities on campus. He worked at other jobs until he retired, but his passion was writing,” said

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After the retirement of former Cowley College President Patrick J. McAtee, Vice President of Business Services Tony Crouch was named Interim President of Cowley College. (Photo by Autumn Mumford) Starting in January, much of the Cowley administration began its dual-title and dualjob positions; with even a few members of the administration carrying on their dualtitles from the fall. With the retirements of former Cowley College President Patrick J. McAtee, former Department Secretary for Business, Computers, and Information Technology Marvis Gaddy, and former Department Chair of Business, Computer, and Information Technology and Director of Business and Industry Bev Grunder; it set forth a wave of position changes. While the college does not have a current ‘set’ president, it does have an interim president. The interim Cowley College President is Tony Crouch. This is not the first time Crouch has held a dual position. Last fall, Crouch served as both his regular position of executive Vice President of Business Services and interim Athletic Director. Not only is Crouch serving as an interim but so are many of the other administration members. Vice President of Academic Affairs Slade Griffiths is serving as interim Director of Business and Industry. Associate Dean of Instruction Greg Nichols is serving as interim Business, Computer, and Information Technology Department Chair.

Tera Mills Editor-in-chief

Though older than his peers, Grant Williams always fit right in at Writer’s Corner. He gave advice and offered insight to anyone’s work, as well as sharing his own. (courtesy photo).

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ATM – A Tremendous Modification

College takes a new direction for financial aid Sam Robinson Staff reporter

We live in a technologydriven society. It changes each and every day, and we are constantly chasing after the newest products. No matter where we are, we see the impact that technology has on the world – even on a college campus. This semester, Cowley has made the decision to disperse all refunds, financial aid, book buybacks and eventually work study through a debit card rather than through the traditional paper checks. “We’ve been looking into this for about 3 years or so. And the first company that we talked to sounded really good and we were all ready to go through them but when we talked to some of their customers they weren’t quite as satisfied so we backed out,” said Tony Crouch, the interim president of the college. “With us, a big factor in choosing who to go to had to

You might be a Cowley student if. . .

deal with making sure we felt comfortable and sitting down to talk through what to expect with changing our system.” After a lengthy process, the college decided to go through Central National Bank based in Enid, Okla. that backs a program called Acceluraide that disperses Discover cards to students with the funds

preloaded onto it. Each student will get one card for the time they spend at Cowley, but if the card is lost it is possible to contact Central National Bank and follow the standard process for a replacement card. The college is also bringing an ATM on campus, which will be located in the Nelson

Rather than a traditional paper check Cowley decided it was time to go plastic with a preloaded debut card loaded with finanical aid, book buyback, and eventually work study. As well as refunds. (photo courtesy of

Tacherie Copeland Freshman

“ wear a lot of Cowley clothes.”

Kenny Adams Freshman

“...Wal-mart is your mall.”

student center. “We think this is [going to] serve really well, primarily because with it being a prepaid debit card the students don’t have to worry about the overdrafts and it’s convenient and flexible for them to use,” said Ben Schears, the vice president for institutional advancement and student life. “The funds will be deposited right in time for the financial aid disbursement this semester which will be on Feb. 15. It helps because they don’t have to worry about whether or not the check got delayed in the mail or those kinds of things.” However, with change also comes a new responsibility. The main thing that Schears would like to warn students about is that it is not a credit card that Cowley is offering. It is a debit card with students’ funds preloaded onto it, so it is very important that when students get it in

Caroline Rae Strickland Sophomore

“’ve heard about Todd Shepard’s goats.”

the mail they don’t throw it away. Also, if students don’t have a bank account and don’t use the ATM that will be placed on campus there will be a charge; and that charge rate depends on the bank they choose to go to in order to withdrawal money. Also, it is a good idea for students to keep track of their receipts and create a ledger; or even just a spreadsheet on Excel, to help keep track of their purchases and see where their money went. Students can expect to see and hear a lot of information over the next few weeks over Angel, C-Mail accounts, text message alerts, and letters to their local addresses – including dorms. Students will be receiving their cards toward the end of January, and they need to go online to Acceluraide to register their card in order for their funds to be accessible on Feb. 15.

Brad Perkins Sophomore

“’re stuck playing Call of Duty on the weekends.”


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New semester, new roommates, new problems: the pros and cons of living with someone Sam Robinson Staff reporter


ll of our high school careers, we were told college is important. We prepared ourselves for years, studying to get good grades, retaking the ACT over and over again to improve our scores, and doing everything in our powers to get good scholarships to make our dreams a closer reality. However, one thing we weren’t warned about is something we run into right away – roommates. Living with one person at the start of college, just to find myself suddenly living with three others, certainly threw me a curveball. At the time of moving in, none of us knew the others very well, and we were going with the flow to make things work as best as we could. We constantly offered to do the dishes, take out the trash, cook dinner and clean the apartment when in reality, all we wanted to do was lounge around and make one another do the chores. Living with someone can

be complicated. Roommates can be anything from a working, contributing friend to being a mooching, partying bum. They can split groceries

nine times out of ten, we are stuck with our roommates no matter how much we wish otherwise. Living off campus has made it easier to cope with

Roommates can be complete opposites, making a living together a difficult task and a stressful enviornment to be in. (illustration by Marc Tyler Hunt) in half, or lay around and eat everything hard-earned money has bought; but the worst part of it all is that

having roommates because apartments have much more space in comparison to Cowley’s dorms.

A quick guide on keeping your nose, and your transcript, clean Alison Jamerson Ad manager A corner office. Your own studio. An assistant. The latest technology. A classroom full of people. One of those desk-sized basketball goals. No matter what it is you want out of your career, you have to take the right steps to get to those things. Some of those steps will be easy; some of the people you meet along the way will give you a leg-up, or point you in the right direction. On the contrary, some of those steps are going to look like mountains from the bottom, and some of those people are going to steer you wrong just to watch you walk in circles. How do you know which things are progressive and which are holding you back? How do you go from being a student to working in the professional world? For some people, an early start is the best way to go. With high schools everywhere offering more and more college level or dual credit classes, it is possible- and increasingly easier- to get a head-start on your education. Since I didn’t take advantage of those opportunities, I want to stress to the next generation of students how helpful it can be. I did get to take an Advanced Placement English class when I was a senior in high-school, the first AP class my high school offered. Since English was my strong suit and I always did like a challenge in that area, I went ahead and enrolled. Looking back, I’m glad I had that chance, because the material we went over was very much the things we needed to know or were going to do in Comp I. One great thing I’ve found about AP classes is that many of the people who teach them have taught the college-level version of

Let’s face it- not getting along with someone in a room that is smaller than an average home’s living room can be disastrous. Having no separation from

that high school class, so they know what you need to learn to do well in the college course. Having a class of just 10 people with a teacher who really knew her stuff and knew what would be on the assessment made it much easier to get used to the different way we were supposed to be reading and analyzing things. At the end of the class, we took the exam and,

depending on the way our grade came out, we could end up with college credits. I got enough to skip Comp

I, and the things I learned in AP English helped me understand what my instructor was looking for in Comp II. Once you have a foundation beneath you, one of the next most vital things is having and making the right human connections. Knowing the right people will help get a foot in the door in many walks of life. As a college student, you have the opportunity to practice building those kinds of relationships with people who will both understand that you are new at it, and put you in touch with the next set of people you need to know. “Take the opportunity when you are a student to get to know as many people as you can that are in the professional world. When I was at Emporia State, I would have never had the opportunities here at Cowley that I’ve had, had it not been for the relationships I built when I was a student here,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Student Life Ben Schears, “Who you know will get you in the door, and what you know will keep you there.”

One of the basic steps to getting the job of your dreams is to dress the part. Don’t show up to an important interview wearing sweatpants. Put your best face, and outfit, forward. Don’t dress like a college student-- dress like the professional you desire to be! (photo illustration by Brittany Collins)

one another can cause lots of problems; whether it be keeping one another up all night when exams are taking

place the next day, or leaving the room so messy it’s unbearable for one to live in. Regardless of whether we move in with someone we have known since kindergarten, or someone we met twice before, living with someone is never easy. Disagreements will form; fights will break out and in some cases a friend could be lost. However, if people put forth their best effort to work things out, in most cases a strong friendship can be achieved and living conditions will be made easier. Roommates are a tricky business, but the truth is, there is no need to be nervous. Having a roommate can be an amazing bond, and they could become a friend that is cherished for the rest of our lives. They are someone that a majority of our time will be spent with, and it can be trying at times; but always remember, when a problem occurs a solution is right around the corner – we just have to hunt it down.

Avoiding the flu like the plague

1. Scrub those grubby

Tabitha Farley Contributing writer

paws!! a. Whether you use an alcohol based sanitizer, or soap and water, it is important to rub the hands together for AT LEAST 20 seconds. Make sure you clean between your fingers and under your fingernails! b. Do not use hand sanitizer more than 3 times in a row without washing the ‘old fashioned way’ with soap and water. After the third time- there is so much invisible residue from the hand sanitizer that you’re actually going to HARBOR or encourage growth of microorganisms like bacteria or cold/flu viruses. Just say “no” to four in a row! 2. No spit swapping, drink sharing, or passing around of the chap stick- even if your lips are ‘real dry’… a. We’ve had an especially high incidence of strep throat this year and this is caused by the above actions. Strep throat is highly contagious and painful and you could avoid it by steering clear of these activities!

3. Exercise!

a. Even something as simple as walking briskly for 30 minutes three times a week has been shown to increase your likelihood of avoiding cold and flu viruses. Don’t forget our Wellness Centergo log those minutes! 4. Drink water (only your own!!!!!) a. Think of water as an inside out body shower. Would bathing in Dr. Pepper be very effective at washing the sweat, dirt, and nastiness off of your body? No, you’d be a hot mess. The same concept goes with drinking soda all the time. Drinking other beverages in moderation is okay- but it’s important that the majority of what you drink be water. b. A good rule of thumb for normal activity is eight- 8oz glasses of fluid intake every day.

5. Sleep, but not in class! a. If you find yourself sleeping two or more extra hours on weekends, you probably are not getting enough sleep during the week. b. Too little sleep can lead to decreased GPA, poor muscle coordination, and irritability. 6. Get a flu shot! a. This will not prevent ALL illness, but this year it is very effective at preventing influenza which can be very severe, even life threatening. b. Flu shots are available in Student Health Services for $10 per student/staff/family of staff. Must be age 18 or over. Cash or checks are accepted. 7. Mental health! a. Stress and depression greatly increase your chances of other physical illnesses. If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, depressed, or you just need someone to listen, our counselor, Roy Reynolds, Student Life Counselor, is available to all students on any campus at no charge. He is located in the Nelson Student Center room 204. b. If you notice a personality change in a friend and think they may be struggling with stress or depression, please encourage them to seek help. Roy can give you tips on how to best approach a friend in this situation.

8. Eat!

a. Healthy eating is difficult in college. Not only is it important what you eat, but also when. Eating at regular intervals can help maintain your regulatory body systems that are crucial to maintaining a healthy immune system. b. If you don’t eat a wellbalanced diet, something as simple as eating a piece of fruit with lunch every day would be beneficial. 9. Signs you may have influenza: a. Usually a fever above 102F is not normal. b. Severe body aches- many people say “I feel like I got hit by a truck” or “every hair on my body hurts”.

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c. Deep ‘chest’ cough that does not usually produce mucous. d. Headache. e. Severe fatigue- you feel like maybe you just ran a marathon, but really you just walked to the fridge for some Gatorade. f. Influenza is typically NOT associated with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea; there are very few exceptions to this. g. It is important to visit Student Health Services, or your primary doctor, if you have some or all of these symptoms. Influenza is very contagious, and can become life threatening. 10. If you’re already sick: a. Go to Student Health Services located in the Nelson Student Center room 207. Monday-Friday 8am-3pm. Health services can provide over the counter medications and treatment of minor illnesses or injuries. For any prescription needs: students can make an appointment with a PA any Wednesday between 12-1pm. b. Rest! c. Eat Chicken Soup! A new scientific study has indicated that chicken soup really does help lessen the duration of the common cold. Grandma was right! The University of Nebraska has published clinical evidence that this age old remedy works by destroying the virus’ ability to move, if it can’t move; it can’t replicate and spread throughout your body, eventually they all are killed by your immune system. d. Force yourself to drink non-caffeinated fluids.

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Don’t question the expert

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The world will try to deceive us, but don’t buy in

Autumn Mumford Photo editor


f you’re reading this, it means the Mayan calendar was wrong… and the world did not end. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype, to believe something that is presented to us, especially a lie so universally acknowledged. The world presents us with ‘truth’, backed by ‘evidence’, and all it really creates is unrest, panic, and chaos. In my very first ‘Cross Reference’ last February, I looked at the upcoming ‘end-of-days’ and examined it with references in the Bible, specifically in the book of Matthew, where Jesus addressed the true end-ofdays. Jesus told his disciples, on the top of the Mount of

Olives, the truth about the real end of the world. “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” –Matthew 24:36 This column isn’t about the end of the world. That issue has been resolved and the enemy has shot himself in the foot. All he’s done is prove God’s word correct, which is the real topic here. God’s word is true; yesterday, today, and forever. When God says

something, especially through scripture or the very teachings of his Son, it’s true and He means it. There’s no ‘justkiddings’ or ‘well, maybes’ when it comes to the Father and His Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” –John 1:1 These scriptures are from the mouth of the Lord, and are put before us to direct

and guide us. God’s spoken word is not a matter to take lightly or glance over, it means serious business. God isn’t known for running his mouth or playing

what he was talking about? If Adele were to give you voice lessons, would you question the way she carries a tune? Or if Michael Jordan came to your basketball practice,


do not be deceived by the world. It, working hand-inhand with the enemy, will be cunning. They will present what appears to be evidence to mislead you and weaken your faith. Trust in God’s word, and his authority. Take comfort in knowing that his promises are true, and that even when everything else fades, His Word remains.

God’s word is capable of debunking many of the world’s (and the enemy’s) common scare tactics. The Mayan ‘apocalypse’ was just one of them. (photo illustration by Autumn Mumford and Brittany Collins)

games. He’s known for his exactness, his punctuality, and his promises. Why wouldn’t the Creator of all life on earth know

would you question the way he did a layup? Same concept applies here- if the maker of all says something, it has no other option but to be true. “Jesus Christ is the same

Pinpointing the purpose of prayer

confession, supplication, or thanksgiving. Jon Haley In the Gospel of Luke, the Contributing writer disciples of Jesus ask him an important question- they Jon Haley has been the Pastor asked Jesus to teach them of Northside Baptist Church for to pray. “It happened that since November of 2010. Jon while Jesus was praying in grew up in Arkansas City from a certain place, after He had age 1 to 15. finished one of his disciples He moved to Texas and had said to Him, Lord, teach not been back until 2010. He us to pray just as John also has been married to Joy Haley taught His disciples.” The of Texas for 19 years. They disciples knew how to pray, have two children. Blake is a but they wanted to pray like sophomore at ACHS and Blaire Jesus prayed. is a 7th grader at ACMS. They wanted life changing Jon graduated from Baptist prayer, not their ritualistic Bible College with is Bachelors prayers that had little, if degree in Theology in 1995. any, meaning. I am no an He earned his masters degree expert on this subject and in Leadership from Liberty that is precisely why I am University in 2009. compelled to write about it. Prayer is important, I am sure that it would prayer is powerful, prayer be hard to find someone in is life changing, prayer is America who has not heard necessary, but what is the the word ‘prayer’. I am point of it? also convinced that most Jesus said in the book of everyone would have an idea Matthew “But you, when of what prayer is. However, you pray, go into your room, I believe that many people and when you have shut don’t really understand the your door; pray to your point of prayer. Father who is in the secret Many place; and your ne of the most primary Father who people view purposes of prayer prayer as sees in secret is to spend time in cona way to will reward versation with our Father. simply give you openly.” And when this is our goal, God their The point of we can pray at all times request. prayer is not to guaranteed that it will be People give God our rewarded. treat prayer wish list. ~Ken Hemphill as their The point of Christmas prayer is not to wish list to tell Jesus about the Santa Clause of Heaven. our needs. Jesus tells us in Others treat prayer as an the book of Matthew “the opportunity to inform God Father knows the things you of their needs, as if God have need of before you ask didn’t know. Prayer is often Him.” We can easily point used as a way to let God in out what prayer is not but on all the latest gossip. we have yet to answer the Wikipedia describes question, what is the point of prayer as an invocation or prayer? act that seeks to activate Jesus told the disciples a rapport with a deity, that if they were genuine an object of worship, or in their prayer time with a spiritual entity through the Lord then they would deliberate communication. receive the reward. That is John Piper describes significant. Jesus told them prayer as intentionally that if they pray genuinely conveying a message to God. they would receive the Webster’s online dictionary reward. Therefore, could we defines prayer as addressing conclude that the point of God or a god with adoration, prayer is REWARD?

yesterday, today, and forever.” –Hebrews 13:8 What Jesus said atop that mountain didn’t just apply to his disciples then. It wasn’t just to bring comfort for those who walked the earth the same time he did. Jesus Christ truly is the same for always. The Word of God was spoken to be lasting, through now and even beyond. When we’re gone, his Word will still be true and everlasting. “I, the LORD, do not change...” –Malachi 3:6 The bottom line is this:

This sounds more and more interesting. Jesus said if I pray I will receive a reward. However, this begs the question, what is the reward? The reward is that we will have a deeper understanding and a deeper relationship with our Creator. Ken Hemphill, in his book, The Prayer of Jesus, says, “one of the most primary purposes of prayer is to spend time in conversation with our Father. And when this is our goal, we can pray at all times guaranteed that it will be rewarded.” We have the amazing opportunity to talk to our Creator. We have the privilege of conversing with the Creator of all living things. We are blessed with this unbelievable gift called prayer. Recently, as all of us have heard, an all-American linebacker for the Notre Dame Fighting Iris, was the victim of a hoax. I don’t want to get into the details and the particulars of the entire story. However, I do want to think about one aspect of this amazing story. The news is reporting that he spent thousands of hours on the phone with someone who was not who he thought they were. Amazing that he could spend that much time talking with someone he had never personally met. The point of me referencing this story is not to judge him, but to make me realize that I have the opportunity to speak every day with my Creator and yet I am guessing the football player spend more time on the phone then I did in prayer. OUCH. How about you? I challenge you as you read this examine your life of prayer. “Prayer is a wartime walkie talkie not a domestic intercom for ringing up the butler to change the thermostat.” –John Piper “Having our request

granted is not the primary goal of prayer. Prayer is not simply giving God our wish list.” -Ken Hemphill “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer it is unoffered prayer.” –F.B. Meyer “I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.” – Ravi Zacharias “Prayer requires more of the heart that the tongue.” – Adam Clarke “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me was insufficient for that day.” -Abraham Lincoln “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” –Corrie Ten Boom

The tension of two worlds Gina Anderson Contributing writer

After 14 years spent torturing and tormenting middle and high school students, Gina Anderson now serves as an adjunct instructor for both Cowley College and Southwestern College Professional Studies. She attended Cowley before either personal computers or the Internet were invented, but writes a blog in spite of that. See more at http:// We walk a tightrope of balance between the spiritual and natural worlds. On one side is the ardent pursuit of God, whose company and attention are vastly preferable to the imperfections and dysfunctions of the messy humans on the other. I cannot shut myself away in a monastery for quiet contemplation of Him alone, for then the weighing of my life as depicted in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 25) will fall short. Neither can I plunge into the continuous care of mankind, for then the secret place of the Most High and

the solitary places that even Jesus Himself sought will be neglected. Between two worlds, then, we stand suspended, on a delicate tightwire of tension. The tension is the key. Some cannot seem to find the balance, while others choose not to walk the high wire at all, because for them tension has never stretched their lives. They have not had the twin companions of sorrow and suffering to stretch their lives into extremity and thus hold the wire taut. They cannot balance on the wire because it is not suspended highly or tightly enough. Do not envy those whose lives have not been touched by sorrow. Pity them, for they do not know the joy of a life stretched to extremity upon which they must then balance, holding the Cross as a steadying pole and with eyes fixed Jesus as a reference point. These unfortunate ones still live on the ground: safe, secure, steady. The earth beneath their feet is firm and fixed. But, oh, the view we have who live on high.


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Student of the Month: December Brandi Regier

Student of the Month: January Lindsay Handlin

Hometown: Newton

Hometown: Burden

Year: Sophomore

Year: Sophomore

Major: Dental Hygiene

Major: Business Administration

Activities: PTK, Honor Roll, Athletic Ambassadors.

Activities: PTK, Honor Roll, Student Ambassadors.

Photo by: Wendy Brigido

Photo by: Brittany Collins

What Hobbies Do you have?

What is your favorite show/Movie?

What made you decide on Cowley?

What made you decide on Cowley?

I played piano previously, and I have a guitar, and that’s one of my New Year’s resolutions, to learn to play guitar. I had no idea where I wanted to go and I tried out for dance team here and I didn’t make it but then she offered me a scholarship for athletic ambassador.

My favorite TV Show is How I Met Your Mother. Favorite movie is The Dark Knight. I came to Cowley because it was close to my hometown. My sister, Jandi, was already going there too, so I knew it would be fun to join her.

KSBDC helps small businesses make a big impact Trevor Reichle Campus editor


Other than his instructing duties at the college, Jason Cole also acts as a consultant for the Cowely County Small Business Development Center that’s now located on campus. (photo by Autumn Mumford)

ust like many smaller communities, Arkansas City, Winfield, and the surrounding areas rely on small business to help their economies thrive when many corporations are struggling to stay afloat in a tough economy. Recently, the Kansas Small Business Development Center, or KSBDC for short, has moved its Cowley office from its previous location in Strother Field to right here on campus in the Webb-Brown Center. The goal of the KSBDC is to aid in the growth of small businesses in the area and increase their potential for success through funding and aiding businesses in securing loans.

While the KSBDC has been around for several years, the move provides a big opportunity for the center to be right where the action is. Tony Crouch, Interim President, said it was a simple move for the center. “From our perspective, they called us and said they were looking for some space on campus and wanted to know if we had any… that was about the extent of the conversation,” said Crouch. “I think it was always their intent that it would be on campus from the beginning of the concept, it just hadn’t worked out in the past.” Crouch also said that the school has been a partner in the center from the beginning, as well as many other partners in other counties that provide funding.

Showcasing knowledge Minelli Valencia Staff reporter The AEC (Academic Excellence Challenge) is an activity where students get to showcase their knowledge in certain subjects. History and Political Science Instructor Frank Arnold and Trio Student Support Services and IMPACT English Specialist Dianne Flickinger are the co-sponsors of the twelve member group. On Dec. 1, fifteen groups participated in the December Snow Bowl Competition. Two of those groups were from Cowley. There were a total of ten community colleges, eight from Kansas and two from Oklahoma. The event was hosted by Cowley for the first time, and both sponsors feel good about their placements. Team A came in at 11, and Team B in 15. Both teams were made up of 5 participating students each. Savannah Hardister, Dylan Bristor, Luke Austin,

Mason Warren, and Robin Greenup made up one team. Brad Luthe, Van Anh Ngyuen, Shannon Mahon, Chris Cardone, and Micheal

experience for her. “I’m excited about doing something different with the students,” said Flickinger. Throughout the year, the

Be a part of the AEC Requirements: Currently enrolled in at least six credit hours Carry a 2.0 Grade Point Average Seeking an associate’s degree Lacy made up another team. “I’m really proud of how we all did,” said Hardister. Taking retired Department Chair & Director of Business & Industry Training, Beverly Gruder’s place this semester as co-sponsor, is Flickinger. Flickinger is in charge of the IMPACT newsletter, and helps students with organizing and editing their essays, so this will be a new

AEC has five competitions; a Fall Preliminary Competition, a December Snow Bowl, a National Academic Quiz Tournament, a Kansas Community College Spring Regional, and the State Finals in April. The team traveled to Cloud County to compete in the National Academic Quiz Tournament on Jan. 26. Team A and Team B came in

5th. This time around Team A was composed of Dylan Burroughs, Robin Greenup, Savannah Hardister and Mason Warren. While team B was composed of Luke Austin, Dylan Bristor, Chris Cardone and Brad Luthe. The competitions cover art, literature, science, math, history, geography, and current events. During their practices, that are held every Monday afternoon, the students go over some questions that might be asked during the real competition. They must compete in teams because no single student is an expert on all the subjects, although they each excel in a certain areas. “I hope we can do better at our next meet, if not, we still get McDonald’s,” said Bristor.

Jason Cole, who works for the KSBDC, said the center provides almost any service that small businesses need, with the exception of accounting and legal services. While he could not disclose any specific names of businesses that the center has aided, he said they cover grocery stores, small hotel chains, restaurants, ‘momand-pop’ businesses, and essentially anything that can be classified as a small business by the Kansas Small Business Administration. The move from Strother to Cowley was a smart decision, according to Cole. “We’ve grown to the fact that being on campus gives us a strategic foothold in the county by being able to use the college’s resources, whether it’s building resources, faculty

resources, [or] the ability to put on larger workshops,” said Cole. Greg Nichols, Associate Dean of Instruction, said the association is an excellent source of education for potential and current small business owners. “The educational focus that they have fits exactly with what [Cowley]’s mission is,” said Nichols. He also emphasized what an asset the KSBDC is to the college, as it adds to the long list of services available at Cowley. “If they know they’re housed and affiliated with Cowley College in some way, that can send our name out a little further in the marketplace to students,” said Nichols.

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Head Baseball Coach Dave Burroughs is serving as interim of Athletic

Director. As well as Vice President of Student Affairs Ben Schears is interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “Obviously there’s a little more weight . . . I try to look at every side of what we’re doing and make the decisions accordingly. We’re trying to work as a team as we always have,” said Crouch. With all these changes apprehension is bound to be in the air; however, the administration and faculty are prepared and confident that Cowley will continue down the right path. With the administration and faculty coming back a few weeks before students resumed classes it gave the college some time to adjust to its new positions. “It’s actually gone very well, Tony Crouch is actually extremely capable, and understands the college. We’re moving forward on something we wanted to work on and we’re not going to just remain status quo, the college does move on,” said Griffiths. On Jan. 15 the college hosted a pair of open forums in the Wright Room. The forums where conducted by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the college. The public forums allowed for people to give their input on qualifications they would like to see in the new president. “I’m confident that the board is going to get the right person to take the job and we will continue on the path that we’ve been on, that we will continue to be a great institution and continue to our great history,” said Crouch. Whether or not the students have seen or felt the changes varies, for Schears the changes have felt smooth. “I think it’s been a rather smooth transition, from a student perspective I hope they find it to have been a smooth transition,” said Schears.


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Dancing, stunts, and cheering Through adjustments and changes the spirit has stayed high Anna Massie Staff reporter



heer has had a few changes and improvements with the new semester. For one thing, there are more boys on the team this semester. “We actually have five new boys signed to the team that joined for the semester. And we actually came back before school and started in January so we could start working as a team with the new members,” said Lindsay Sanderholm, head coach. Having more guys on the team will be a major benefit to the cheer team. “For cheer it’s a lot better; you can do a lot more stunts and pyramids. So that way we can be demonstrating more stuff for our crowd,” said Sanderholm. “And the guys help with it, just being louder and having more people out there to get the crowd involved in the games.” Getting onto the cheer or dance team takes a lot of work. “Basically, we have a

tryout process. And the try outs are different as far as it’s tailored to each squad. For dance you have to be able to do a dance routine and [have] the dance technical skills, different skills that are required to be on the team,” said Sanderholm. “And then cheer; there is different stuff that goes into cheer. You have to be able to cheer and know how to stunt. So it’s just different things tailored to each team.” Dance and cheer might have something new up their sleeves for this new semester. “Cheer and dance did a Halloween routine together in the fall so we might plan on doing on some type of routine together in the spring for fun,” said Sanderholm. Look out for the new and exciting things with the cheer squad in the upcoming months.

more than just dance skills, but also other skills as well that they may use outside of the team. “You have to learn quick thinking. It teaches you responsibility, that’s for sure, and time management, team work and self-improvement,” said Chelsea Boslaugh, freshman on the dance team, the Tigerettes. There are two different types of teams. There is the regular dance team and then there is the competition team. “The dance team is just a big group and we do games, so it doesn’t have to be as structured. Then with the competition team, you have to work so much harder and be really on it

because everyone is going to see you and you’re going to compete against other people who do it all the time, and it takes a lot more work,” said Boslaugh. Dance is a lot of work and takes a great deal of dedication. “[Dance is] a lot more complicated than people realize. That’s the number one thing I tell people,” said Brittany Anguiano, intern and senior at Southwestern. But if dancing or cheering is a passion, hard work is worth it in the end.


Being on the dance team can give a person

Lifting both athletes and spirts, the cheer squad performs a stunt to pump up the crowd. The dance team also performed a routine to ‘Eye of the Tiger’. (Left) Sophomore base SkyLeigh Bingham, Freshmen flyers Haley Bates and Kelsey Steiner show off their perfect formation. (Above) Sophomore dancers Abigail Thurston and Amber Leist perform during a home basketball game. (photo by Wendy Brigido)

All Tank-ed Up Refreshed and ready to go Alison Jamerson Ad Manager If you’ve been to home games at Cowley, or walked past GalleyJohnson ever, you’re familiar with Tank, the school mascot. For those who haven’t been to a game in the spring semester so far, Tank has a new look. Over winter break, Tank really bulked up and is looking fresh-faced and ready to pump everybody up. “My favorite part would be the free floor seats to all the games,” joked Tank, “Sometimes I feel like I’m in the game since I’m so close. The cheerleading team is probably my closest family here. Least favorite part is bad fans. Respect the game and everyone in it, it doesn’t mean you’ve got to like the opposing team, just be courteous.” “Cowley’s forte is everything. The girls’ volleyball team went undefeated until the championship game, and then the track team, they’re already breaking records in the off season,” Tank said. “Girls’ basketball team is doing really well. Men’s basketball is what I was really pumped for, that’s my favorite.” Tank wants to encourage any students that can attend to come to the games: “I like going to the student section and saying ‘what’s up,’ letting them know I like it

when the students show up. I like to see a packed student section; the more students the better. Usually they’re not too full but I hope to see that change. If you want to feel like a part of Cowley come out and enjoy yourself; you’re not gonna have a bad time coming to the basketball game.” “By definition a mascot is a person, animal, or object believed to bring good luck,” Lindsay Sanderholm, Head Coach for the Danceline said. “I feel it is very important for a college to have a great mascot to represent the school.” The mascot’s job is, in large part, to get the crowd excited about the game, to walk around greeting sports fans and cheering on the team. Tank expressed that while the mascot gets a lot of attention and brings the morale up, having people come to the games is also a huge part of encouraging the teams. He said, “Students have to want to be there even with the team’s not doing so well. It all makes an effect on the players, the more people there cheering for them can make a difference.” It’s often said that you have to love what you do to be happy, and things are no different for Tank, who couldn’t be happier in his work. “It’s a lot more work than my last job, which was being a model for a big shampoo company,” Tank explained, “but I love the students and being Showing off his new uniform, Tank the a mascot is much more Tiger flaunts his stripes and jersey. Tank fun than that shampoo! can often be seen cheering on his friends Even if it did make my at games or greeting people at fundraisers. (photo by Autumn Mumford) fur lustrous.”




Dylan Berry



13 0 2

Alex Alvarez

Ruy Vaz

Craig Cropek

4 Craig is the son of William Cropek and Vicki

Knight. He is from Winfield and is majoring in art and chemistry. He is involved in Chi Alpha, FCA, Boxman Bible study, Art Club, A.C.E.S. and Student Senate. Craig has gotten awards from Mu Apoha Theta, Phi Theta Kappa and the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. After Cowley, he plans to attend Fort Hays State University, learn how to combine his passions and to overall see where God takes him.


Gary Fizer III

5 Gary is the son of Lisa Chatman and

Gary Fizer, Jr. He is from Wichita and is a liberal arts major. He is involved in theater, impact, FCA, Act One, intermural sports, and is a student ambassador and a youth football announcer. Gary won the “I wanna take him home” award at Cinderfella. After Cowley, he would like to get a theater scholarship and continue to move forward.

3 Alex is the son of Brandi Alvarez. He

is from Haysville and is a pre-med major. He is involved in Film Club and is a student ambassador. After Cowley he plans to finish his bachelors degree at Wichita State University then proceed to apply to their physician’s assistant program.

2 Ruy is the son of Ruy Ramalho Vaz and Silvania

Ramalho Vaz. He is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and is a mass communications major. Ruy is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Cowley Television, Cowley Press, men’s soccer team and is a student ambassador. He received Student Athlete of the Month award for January and September 2012, KJCCC Offensive Player of the Year 2011 and 2012 for soccer, First Team All American 2011 and 2012, All-Academic American 2011 and 2012 and the NSCAA Scholar Player of the Year 2012 for Soccer. After Cowley, Ruy is going to follow his dreams.

1 Dylan is the son of Joel Berry

and Lori Slater. He is from South Haven and is a graphic design major. Dylan is involved in choir, CC Singers and theater. After Cowley, he is unsure what he wants to do, but he plans to continue his education.



Kaitlin McDonough



Micah Fry

Tiffany Stuhlsatz


Kassy Ptacek


Brittany Swopes

(photos by Wendy Brigido, Brittany Collins and Autumn Mumford)

2 Tiffany is the daughter of Daniel and

Lila Stuhlsatz. She is from Conway Springs and is a early childhood education major. She is involved in KNEA and ACES. After Cowley, Tiffany plans to attend Fort Hays State University to finish her degree and hopefully teach in her hometown. She wants to eventually get married and have two children.

4 Kassy is the daughter of Moe and Shelly

Ptacek. She is from Minneola and is majoring in elementary education. She is involved in women’s basketball and is a student ambassador and a student campus RA. Kassy received awards such as the KJCCC Athletic Academic Team and the dean’s honor roll. She plans on playing basketball at a 4-year university while also furthering her career in elementary education.

Micah is the daughter of James and Debra Fry. She is from Arkansas City and is a graphic design and mass communications major. She is involved in Phi Theta Kappa, Cowley Television, Media Club, Act 1 Drama Club, ACES and she is a student ambassador and Cowley tutor. Micah was selected as September Student of the Month, finalist for Queen Alalah LXXXI and served as a student representative on graphic design advising board as a freshman.


5 Brittany is the daughter of Kim Coury-

3 Kaitlin is the daughter of Dera and

Kenny McNown and Sean and Susie McDonough. She is from Sedan and is a music major. Kaitlin is involved in choir, Act One Drama Club and theater. After Cowley, Kaitlin is transferring to the University of Kansas to major in theater.

Swopes and Darren and Sarah Swopes. She is from Newkirk, Okla. and is majoring in athletic training. She is involved in the student athletic training program and is the VicePresident of the Student Senate. Brittany received a special achievement for Student Senate. She plans to transfer to Oklahoma State University to get her bachelor’s in health education and promotion and then go on to get her master’s in athletic training.


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The team takes it one game at a time Lady Tigers give it all as they reach the middle of their season Brooke Benge Staff reporter The Cowley Women’s Basketball team came back to the second half of their season feeling pretty good. “I am very satisfied with the way the season is going. Walking into this season, we had a big target on our back,” says sophomore guard Kassy Ptacek. “I think we are handling the situation pretty well. I just hope we can keep it up.” Sophomore forward Brittany Bush agrees. “The season is going better then expected, we have a lot of good players this year,” said Bush. Unfortunately no one can ever really say how the season is going to end, but the Lady Tigers have high hopes for playoff time. “Looking forward to playoff time, I think we have a pretty good chance of making playoffs this year,” says Ptacek. “I think our team has a lot of heart and determination to play and succeed this year, and I think it’s gonna take us far.” As the season keeps going, the main concern for Women’s Head Basketball Coach Todd Clark is being healthy. “Getting injured always creates major issues, so hopefully we can stay healthy.” With Homecoming coming up, Clark is focusing on taking it one game at a time. “Even though the girls won against Highland, it is still going to be a tough game because they are a tough team,” says Clark. “But we have a long way to go before that game.” The Lady Tigers beat Highland 61-53. ”Against Highland I feel that we came out

strong and played good together as a team to the last minutes,” says freshman guard Emilie Gronas. And the players are really pumped to get to play Highland again at home. “I can’t wait for our game against Highland at home,” says Ptacek. “It was a great win the first time but we are going to have to work even harder to get them again. Plus, it’s homecoming, which means we will have an even bigger crowd to create a loud environment for us.” The girls have been working really hard in practice to improve their game says sophomore guard Tonisha Walker. “I’ve been working on making shots, driving to the goal and playing hard on defense.” But there has really been a team effort this year for the Lady Tigers. “A lot of people have stepped up to become leading scorer, rebounder, or just playing with great effort,” says Clark. ”It’s just really a team effort.” Almost every team has a pre-game ritual that they do before the game together that really gets them pumped up and ready to play. “As a team, before we leave the locker room for the last time, we do take a moment of silence and pray,” says Ptacek. “Then right before we take the court for warm-up, we have a few girls start a beat. Everyone starts yelling and getting into the rhythm, then we have a girl freestyle. It creates so much energy and momentum for us before the game.”

Top: Playing against Carl Albert, freshman Yvonna Dunkley jumps for the goal. The Lady Tigers won 80-43. (photo by Brittany Collins) Left: Making her way down the court, freshman Ester Micheva searches for open teammates. (photo by Brittany Collins) Right: Running to find an open pass, sophomore Megan Honas takes and protects the ball against their opponent Coffeeville. (photo by Wendy Brigido) Bottom: Protecting the ball from a Coffeeville defender, sophomore Devery Alexander fights her way down the court (photo by Wendy Brigido)

Returning to the court with confidence The team is looking for more home crowd support Brooke Benge Staff reporter

The men’s basketball team comes back for the second half of their season feeling very confident. “I feel that every team has their good stretches and bad. Now that our bad times are coming to an end, we should and will have a great end with a regional championship,” says freshman Rayshaun MaGrew. “Some may say we are not close on the court, but we are like one 99% of the time and it makes me really excited about the future.” Men’s Head Basketball Coach Tommy DeSalme has high expectations for late February as well. “They are playing better now than in the first semester and are playing better team basketball,” says DeSalme. As the season progresses there are a few concerns. “Staying healthy, like with every sport when it gets to the end of the season, is a concern,” says DeSalme. “But also to keep getting better everyday. I am a strong believer that if you’re not getting b e t t e r you’re getting worse, so we need to keep moving forward.” Continuing to keep

getting better should not be difficult for the Tigers with the tough practices DeSalme runs. “Everyday coach pushes us,” says sophomore

Curtis Evans. “And the guys on the team love going at each other so it’s going to make us better.” The sophomores have really stepped up and become some of the key players on the court this year. “Curtis Evans has been a quiet leader and is a very talented player, but he also has the highest basketball IQ I have ever coached,” says DeSalme. “James Milliken is the lead scorer and is off to a great start in the second half of the season and Dominique McKoy is the energy leader who, when he is high and doing good, the team will follow.” With only two home games in January, the team has had to travel a lot. But with the homecoming game against Highland coming up on February 13, that might not be such a bad thing according to DeSalme. “So far the team has struggled when it came to

home games, but has been doing well on the road.” The Tigers beat Highland on the road 67-55, but it will still be a tough game because of the past home game struggles. “I feel like if we play our game, it would be a hard match up for any team,” says Evans. “And every time we step on the court we should play as if we are the underdogs.” With a home record of 2-6 and seven home games coming up in February, including the homecoming game against Highland, these away games are hopefully going to get the guys rolling. “I would love for more fans to come out. It would give the home court more energy,” says MaGrew. “We really need that home

court advantage with a large student section and loud fans,” says DeSalme. “Student involvement is very important. It really gives that fun, pumped up atmosphere that we need for a home court advantage. If we could get all the students out and all the athletic teams to come support us, we could be sure to return the favor when their season comes around.” Be sure to get out and support the basketball teams as more home games approach.

Top: Driving past a Coffeeville player, sophomore James Milliken brings the ball in for an easy two points. The Tigers lost 74-51. (photo by Wendy Brigido) Left: Before hitting the court, the players hype each other up with a team chant. Their current record is 11-9. (photo by Wendy Brigido)


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Movies Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters

Jan. Feb. March

Coming to a theatre near you

Warm Bodies

Jan. 25

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OZ: The Great and Powerful

Safe Haven

Feb. 1

Feb. 14

March 8

G.I. Joe Retaliation

March 29

Rated: R

Rated: PG - 13

Rated: NYR

Rated: NYR

Rated: NYR

A twist on the classic Hansel and Gretel story. Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes. However in this tale the once two once young children are now trained witch hunters.

A zombie by the name of “R” (Nicholas Hoult) finds himself entering into a strange relationship with Julie (Teresa Plamer). As the unlikely pair begins to come closer a series of events are set in place that the has potential to save the world.

Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough) a young woman with a mysterious past ends up in a town in North Carolina. She finds herself falling in love with Alex Wheatley (Josh Duhamel). Will this be her safe haven from her haunted past?

Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is whisked away from Kansas into the Land of Oz. After meeting three witches, Oscar has to use his wits to help the Land of Oz before it is too late and evil takes over.

The G.I. Joe team are up against Zartan and his minions after being targeted for termination via presidential order. The team once against must face their enemy or face their extinction.

Music Tegan & Sara

Tim McGraw

Jan. 29

Feb. 5

Coming to a shelf near you

Feb. 5

Two Lane of Freedom


Tegan and Sara are a sister duo that broke into the music scene in 1998. The two were born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Heartthrob will be the duos 8th album.

Tim McGraw was born in Delhi, La. He made his big debut in the early 90’s. With many awards and multiplatinum albums later McGraw is still filling the airwaves.

The Misfits which originally formed in 1977 then disbanded in 1983 made its comeback in 1995. Since reforming the band has released many new albums.

Feb. 12

The Aftermath: Descension Coheed and Cambria took off in 2001, even though the band originally formed in 1995. This CD is the second part to the bands album The Aftermath: Ascension.

Authentic Hip Hop L.L. Cool J who broke into the hip hop music scene in 1985 has since made a name for himself. After many hit songs and a dozen albums L.L. Cool J has proven he’s not done making music yet.

Coming to a console near you

The Sims 3: 70’s, 80’s, & 90’s Stuff Pack

Jan. 22

L.L. Cool J

Feb. 5



Coheed & Cambria


Dead Space 3

BioShock Infinite

Platform: Download and PC

Platform: XBox 360, PlayStation 3, PC

Platform: XBox 360, PlayStation 3, PC

Rated: T

Rated: M

Rated: M

This expansion pack features all the hip decor of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. From Groovy to Grunge fashions it allows you to mix and match the styles of a variety of decades. This pack will be one for any Sims addict.

The game which will feature both single-player and multiplayer is the third in the Dead Space series. The game follows character Isaac Clarke; who travels through treacherous environments in this action game.

This is the newest game in the Bioshock series. The game which is set in 1912. The game follows a former private detective. Whose goal is to find a missing woman. The one big problem is this woman disappeared into the clouds.

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Crossword Clues: American Literature

ACROSS 1. Sweeney Todd’s weapon 6. *Recluse from “To Kill a Mockingbird” 9. Dumbfounded 13. *”Fear of Flying” author Jong 14. Unit of electrical resistance 15. Groom, to a bird 16. Brightest star in Cygnus 17. Anonymous John 18. Shadow 19. Covered with scabs 21. *F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mysterious millionaire 23. Nada 24. Circle overhead? 25. Douglas ___ 28. Lowest brass 30. Catch in a net 35. Bad day for Caesar 37. Grey, of tea fame 39. Spanish saint 40. Church section 41. *Poe’s talking bird 43. Bucolic poem 44. Chirp, as in bird 46. *”Twilight” series, e.g. 47. “The farmer in the ____” 48. Bonnie and Clyde’s doing 50. Mythical bird, pl. 52. Without professional help, acr. 53. Sound of impact 55. Tint 57. *T. Williams’ fading Southern belle 60. *J.D. Salinger’s young cynic 63. Pilaff or plov 64. ET carrier 66. Unbroken 68. Dadaist Max _____ 69. Rip off 70. Savory taste sensation 71. Kind of moss 72. Affirmative English rock band 73. Torn down

The Bob Chronicles

DOWN 1. *Like Stephen Crane’s Badge of Courage 2. Mars, to the Greeks 3. Brass component 4. Home to largest mammal 5. *John Updike’s “______, Run” 6. *Stephen King novella “The ____,” adapted into “Stand by Me” film 7. Exclamation of surprise 8. The end 9. They’re missing from Venus de Milo 10. He played Sergeant Joe Friday 11. Suggestive of supernatural 12. Piece of evidence 15. Capers or charades 20. Gloomier 22. Brewpub offering 24. *John Updike’s alma mater 25. *Harper Lee’s Atticus _____ 26. Gem State 27. Live it up 29. Bleats 31. *Occupation featured in “The Help” 32. Terminated 33. They’re found at checkout 34. *Truman Capote’s party girl 36. Garden starter 38. Toy block 42. Jack Black’s “_____ Libre” 45. Blow out the candle, e.g. 49. Sigma ___ Epsilon 51. S 54. Shylock’s practice 56. Swelling 57. ____ Straits 58. Arm bone 59. Cat-headed Egyptian goddess 60. Gremlins 61. Timeline divisions

62. What one goes by 63. ___ rally 65. *Wicked Witch of the West to Dorothy Gale 67. Jack-in-the-box part

by Luke Austin

Bookstore adapts to the surge of online shopping Anna Massie Staff reporter


new year, new semester, and a new system is just a little bit that is going on this semester. The new system for the bookstore will help all around. “It’s basically just a more up to date model; there are lots of different inventory systems out there on the market. This one is geared specifically towards the college bookstore

industry,” said Shannon O’Toole, director of the bookstore. “What we did use worked fine, it did great, it did everything we needed it to do, but it was holding us back from doing online sales and rentals and online buybacks.” O’Toole paid attention to the students to better the system. “We knew what the students were wanting... So last February, I approached the administration about upgrading basically, it’s

a totally different system so I shouldn’t really say upgrading because we switched everything, but just about moving to a new system that would allow us to provide services for the students that they want,” said O’Toole. It took a lot of work and training to get a computer system. “September and October, we got a lot of training and found out what we needed to do. In November

it went live,” said O’Toole. Another cool aspect this semester is the website for the bookstore. “In November it went live. Basically, it took our inventory from the past and put it online. We started all over,” said O’Toole. “We started from scratch with sales. We were hoping we could do sales on the textbook system.” They are up to 153 online sales since January 4th. This is especially surprising

since the website has not been advertised at all. The bookstore plans on taking this spring to get everything in order. “It was four weeks ago today and we haven’t even advertised… Most of them found out by clicking through the schedules. Give it a try, place your order online. This spring our focus would be to add more to the web because we get lots of you know sports team parents,”

Cowley Art and Design Club Exhibiting work of club members and students from Feb. 1-28 at the Baden Square Community Center in Winfield. A reception for the show will be held at 3 p.m. on Feb 9.

said O’Toole. “This spring, once everyone gets settled in on classes and we get caught up on our paperwork, Heather’s focus would be to add clothing items on the web.”With all the new changes going around things are bound to get interesting here at Cowley.


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As winter turns to spring

Campus welcomes the new semester as they say goodbye to 2012


3 1. During the Art Club Chili Bowl Feed, held in the Wright Room, Mike Fell serves homemade chili to the attendees. (photo by Brittany Collins) 2. To help the students relax before finals, the college brought in Aqua Massages. They were free, and offered a great break from studying. (photo by Autumn Mumford) 3. During Life through Lens, sophomore Lauren Llanes and sophomore Maru Hernandez take a laugh while watching a short film provided by Cowley television. (photo by Wendy Brigido) 4. Students gathered to read poetry, short stories and other pieces of writing for the Creative Claws Writer’s Corner. Kaylene Humphreys reads her poem to her audience at Willow Fashion. 5. To celebrate the beginning of the spring semester, Hillcrest Lanes hosted a free bowling night for Cowley students. Sophomores and play a game of pool at the full bowling ally. (photos by Brittany Collins)




Head start: Track teams begin with a bang Men and women take off on the right foot as new season unfolds Women’s

The women’s track team is off to a great start this season, competing at Texas Tech in the 2013 NJCAA National Indoor Track & Field Championships, where nine team members hit the national qualifying mark. Freshman Rachel Cuffy also broke a school record in the 200m dash, coming in with a time of 25.44 seconds. Sophomore Niki Andrews, who qualified in the high jump, said she is looking forward to the season ahead. “I think we seem pretty well prepared,” said Andrews. “Our freshman are really stepping up and working hard alongside our sophomores.” Andrews said she expects to improve throughout the season, and ultimately get a scholarship to move on to the next level. Sophomore Kira Vega also believes the team is well prepared for the season. “I think we are very prepared [for the season] because we worked hard in the first semester by being in the weight room every day and working on our events to prepare ourselves in indoor and outdoor season,” said Vega. She said her goal for the season is to do better in the javelin event, which she placed in 6th in nationals last year. Assistant track coach Courtney Gougler said, “We’ve started off really well. We’ve had some pretty good performances for some or all of our athletes, freshmen and sophomores alike. As far as past seasons, this is probably one of the best season’s we’ve had.” She said the team shows definite improvement from last year. “We went to work pretty hard this summer and last year recruiting athletes that can get the job done. So far they have, hopefully they’ll keep that up.” Gougler noted that the sprinters

and the throwers are very strong this year compared to previous seasons. Freshman Rakiyah Taylor also has high goals for the season. “I just would like to improve my times and see change at the end of the season,” said Taylor, adding that she also wants to qualify for nationals in one of her events. “We worked hard during the off season and we are still working hard now that we are in season, so we will be able to compete to our full capabilities,” added Taylor. The team continues to work hard towards their goals, and competed at the Kansas University Jayhawk Classic on Jan. 25, doing well there also. Men’s The men’s track team is looking forward to a fantastic season, with plenty of fresh blood in the team and tons of high hopes in store. The team is already doing well; at the 2013 NJCAA National Indoor Track & Field

Championships at Texas Tech, two runners qualified for nationals. Sophomore Darryl Brown qualified in the 55 meter and 200 meter events, while freshman Darragh Rennicks qualified in the 3000 meter run. The team is prepared to soar to even greater heights throughout the season. Freshman Tucker Davis said, “I am excited to see the potential of everybody on the team. Over the fall there were a lot of people that worked extremely hard at not only getting ready to compete, but wanting to excel.” Davis said the encouragement and drive of the coaches helped improve the team as well, saying, “When coach Phillips says ‘no days off’ there is a reason. The coaches’ wisdom continues to help my teammates, as well as myself, strive for perfection.” Davis said his ultimate goal is to qualify for nationals and garner points for the team, but also said, “Overall I want to give God the glory on and off the track no matter what happens during the season.”

school and vaulting for them to the best of his abilities next year. The team has shown improvement from this year to last year, with

Sophomore Tony Branscum said the anticipation of the season has been going for a long time. “I believe we have been waiting for the season to come all year,” said Branscum. “So I believe we are all more than ready.” He said he plans on beating the school record in indoor this year, as well as moving on to a new

Listening to music gets me focused to play.

Running drills during practice, sophomore Tony Branscum prepares for his meet at Texas Tech the following day. The team practice on the track and also inside the Travis Hafner center during the weather pending months of their season. (photo by Brittany Collins)

many freshman coming in to support the returning sophomores, giving the team a new edge that it hadn’t had before. The men’s team

also competed at the Kansas University Jayhawk Classic on Jan. 25.

Athlete Spotlight Monitia Johnson

Trevor Reichle Campus editor

Year: Sophomore Major: Early Childhood Education Hometown: Springfield, MO Sport: Basketball Number: 32 Position: Forward

(photos by Brittany Collins)


Do you have any pre-game rituals?

What is your favorite hobby? Sleeping.

What is your favorite food? Pizza puffs.


Why did you choose Cowley?

What is your favorite movie?

A good basketball and school program.


Who is your role model?


Myself because the potential I see myself having.

How old were you when you started playing?


10 years old. My father got me started because he played sports and I was into a lot of sports already.

What are your future plans? Play over-seas and have a family.

Love and Basketball because it is just a good movie.


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January 31, 2012

Preparing paramedics to protect and save

Tera Mills Editor-in-chief


magine it’s just a typical day cruising down Summit with a group of friends; this can be just one of the highlights of a nice, sunny day. However that fun time in the sunshine can change in the blink of the eye when another driver runs a red light and T-bones the car. This now dark and mangled moment has become life threatening. Yet, a moment of hope shines through the darkness as a bystander has called 9-1-1. As the emergency crews arrive on scene, there is a good chance that one of

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the paramedics is a local Cowley College Paramedic graduate. The Cowley College Emergency Medical Education program is one of the top-rated programs in not only the state, but the country. The paramedic program is located in Winfield at the Allied Health Building just off Eighth Street. The paramedic program was started at Cowley in 1996 after Southwestern College decided to drop it from their curriculum. On Jan. 8 Cowley held a graduation for the 2012 paramedic class. There were total of 16 graduates. This was the 19th graduating

paramedic class out of Cowley’s program. On average, a Cowley paramedic graduate is typically employed before they graduate from the program. Before a student can take the paramedic class, they first must take pre-requisites classes as well as the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program. The EMT program is a semester long, 12 credit hour class; while the paramedic program runs for either 12 months or 16 months depending on which one the student picks. The paramedic program is not only a class but also a full-time commitment. Before

discussion, [or] they’ll do a case study.” After all the in-class projects and work, they are then in hospitals and on the field until they are fully trained to graduate. “It’s a phenomenal career [Paramedic]; it prepares you for everything,” said Slade Griffiths, vice president of academic affairs. Griffiths was first hired at Cowley to help create the paramedic program, and as time went on, he helped to establish the Allied Health Department and Center in Winfield. Being a paramedic takes time, dedication, and organization - all of which can help benefit a person for a lifetime.

Left: While in class, paramedic students Wade Schmidt and Chad Francisco work on their projects and notes together. Center: CPR dummies are lined up in the classroom. These dummies help train the students in how to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Right: Constructing a heart a simulation, paramedic students Shelby Durler and Shantel Pankey work together to build their model. (photos by Wendy Brigido and Tera Mills)

Taking shots to improve your health

Williams & Biltz continues from PAGE 1 Cervantes. “He’s the example of [how] it’s never too late to follow your passion.” Though there was an age difference between Williams and his peers, he had no problem connecting with them. They all looked up to his leadership, and found inspiration in his life, his work, and his drive. “With Grant, I think people kind of looked at him like their grandpa,” said Cervantes, as she looked back at his life. “He was that friendly, and that nice, and they could kind of open up to him.” “Grant was always great to have around,” stated Ryan Doom, co-sponsor of Creative Claws. “He would often attend our Writer’s Corner events to not only share his work, but help give advice and support to students. Last semester he took introduction to screenwriting with me, and it was great having in him class. More than just having an ‘older’ opinion than the other students, he loved being able to learn something new and create along with fellow writers. It was great to see.” Parent recalled her memories of Williams. “One thing to know about Grant is that he had a big heart. He cared about Cowley and everyone here so much and it showed by all the help and work he has done here. [His] legacy will continue forever. He impacted so many people of all ages. Grant will never be forgotten and his memory will be always remembered. His teachings will always be taught.” Though Biltz died at the young age of 23, the way others spoke about made him seem like he was years older. “If there was one thing you should know about Raphael is that he was strong,” recalled Parent. “He was a very strong man! Going through so much in his life in such little time, yet accomplishing so many dreams of his, it’s miraculous.” “He was very witty, and had a fun sarcastic wit and was quick,” said Cervantes through a laugh, as she remembered the very first graduate of her creative writing program. “However, he was very religious and very solid in his faith. He had an old soul, because he was a strong, strict Catholic in his upbringing, in his faith, in his religion and yet there was absolutely no one

the program begins, students, their families, and their friends are sat down with an instructor and are told about the time commitment as well as the amount of work it takes to complete the program. The in-class work is far different from a typical classroom. “We have kind of a novel approach . . . we’ve adopted what’s called a flipped classroom,” says Chris Cannon, department chair and director of EMD education. “We don’t believe in lecture in the classroom . . . so the students will watch a video online, and then they’ll come into class and either do a project, they’ll do a

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During his time at Cowley, Rafe was a member of Creative Claws and attended Writer’s Corner frequently. There, he shared his poetry and other creative works. (courtesy photo) who didn’t know that but didn’t feel accepted by him whether they had a different religion, or were atheist. He could be so compassionate and loving and accepting to people who were completely different from him, and in such an easy way. I don’t even think that others in the class ever even just realized just how [easy it was]. Others live years and years and aren’t able to do that, and the fact that here he is, just this young man, who was able to do that, and I think that’s really inspiring. I think it say so much about his character that he could be that fun and that fun loving that compassionate and reach out to others and everybody loved him and he loved them right back, regardless of the things that separate us in our personal lives. I just think that’s huge.” Though Biltz knew about his illness, and he knew his time would come when he was young, he never let that hold him back from achiev-

ing his dreams, or becoming educated. “He always knew his time would be short, he had cystic fibrosis, and it’s usually 20s, and they haven’t found anything that can lengthen life with that yet. He knew his time was short, and I think that he was very much at peace with that in ways that his family and friends weren’t because they weren’t ready for that,” said Cervantes. “There wasn’t anything dark to it, or anything depressing. It was just a fact. “ “When I heard the news, I was devastated,” stated Parent. “The first thing I could do was cry, it was shocking. It’s not easy losing someone so young, at only 23. We have our whole lives to live and some people are so unfortunate. But Rafe knew it was God’s call and he was ready for him. And I believe that Rafe was ready as well.”

Did you get your flu shot? Every year, the flu virus changes, and every year, it is important to get the immunization made to protect against the strain of flu projected to be the most prevalent. Since the current vaccine became available in Sept. 2012, over 129 million doses have been administered in the US, out of an estimated 145 million produced. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40 states are reporting high instances of “Influenza-like illness” as of Jan. 12, including Kansas and Oklahoma. 48 states have reported widespread influenza activity, as opposed to regional or local. Tabitha Farley, Director of Health Services, took over her new position at approximately the same time flu season begins each year, in late November. This year, however, flu season has been reported to have hit early. In many areas of healthcare, one finds that the best offense is a good defense. When asked about flu prevention, Farley said, “Hand washing is the number one thing. We always say hand washing, hand washing, hand washing; and then we have these alcohol based rubs, and they’re fine if you use them like you’re washing your hands, but people put them on, rub their hands together a few times, and pick something else up.” She went on to explain, “You have to let the alcohol based sanitizer, number one, get all over the surface of your hands, and use that friction like you do when you’re actually washing your hands and number two, you have to let whatever you use, whether it’s a gel or a foam or a cream, you have to let it dry. It’s formulated to stay

wet as long as it takes to kill the bacteria so you have to let it dry before you start doing something else.” According to dorm protocols, students with confirmed cases of influenza would be asked to go home to their families if possible, to avoid spreading the virus. Farley, however, reports that there have not been any confirmed cases of true flu in the dorms this season. “Really what I’ve seen personally, more than anything right now, which is a little bit surprising to me is strep throat,” she said. “Do not share chap-stick, water, anything with anybody.” Farley stressed the importance of hygiene during flu season heavily, reminding us that, “the third thing is that with alcohol based sanitizers you cannot use them more than three times in a row without washing your hands

with soap and water, because they can’t just use alcohol in those, alcohol is what kills the bacteria, but you have to put it in some sort of a medium. Whether it’s the gel or the foam or the lotion, that isn’t antibacterial and so it builds up a residue on your hands so after the third time it is actually serving as a reservoir to harbor more bacteria. So it’s not only not killing bacteria but it is actually growing bacteria.” Especially in conjunction with vaccination, which is available in the nurse’s office in the Nelson Student Center for ten dollars, staying hydrated and using proper precaution will go a long ways towards keeping the cooties at bay.

Flu season is rearing its ugly head all around us. Students can still get the flu shot for this flu season. Freshman Eddie Mutchler receives a shot from the Director of Health Services Tabitha Farley. Other than the flu shot students can protect themselves from the flu by washing their hands and being sure to keep their surroundings clean. (photo illustration by Tera Mills)

Issue 8 2013  

Williams and Biltz, December Student of the Month, January Student of the Month, Homcoming Royalty.