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The Student Newspaper of Cowley College Issue 3 November 3, 2011

Pages 8 and 9 Pull out the special section for use at home basketball games

The Cowley Press Campus Chatter

Dressing needs

•Clothing Drive Things to bring - Children’s clothing - Shoes - Coats - Boys’ pants •Fall back Set your clocks back an hour this Sunday for daylight savings. • Students expecting packages should be checking C-Mail. Landon West notifies students through email when their package has arrived. •Flee the flu Winter season is upon us. Make sure to be disinfecting everything possible since flu seasons is also coming up. Make sure to be taking measures for self care. •Free nurse If a student needs to go visit the campus nurse, her office is located in the Jungle area, all the way to the north side. Services are free to students, so if a student is getting sick make sure to go visit her as needed. •Go to class Students need to make sure they are keeping themselves healthy, and going to class. Class is an important part of students’ everyday lives. •Housing questions If a student living in campus housing has questions, they need to make sure to contact their managers or the housing director Landon West at •Checking out early If a student is not planning to return to campus housing, they need to let Landon West know by Dec. 1. Whether the student is leaving for any reason graduating, transferring, or just moving out they need to notify Landon. That way he can have verification from the student that they are leaving.

Too many clothes are the bane of dressers and closets. Not enough clothes are the bane of winter. Every fall, education majors and Director of Education Julie Rhoads, attempt to address the community’s need for clothing with a free, no questions asked clothing drive and exchange held in

the Wright Room Nov. 12. Rhoads said they are “in desperate need of clothing.” Working on no budget, Rhoads and her students get people from around the area to donate old or unused clothing that they will redistribute to the families of USD 470 later in the semester. “The more basic needs

munity on Oct. 22 but Rhoads said they felt they hadn’t collected enough clothing, so they pushed the deadline back to Nov. 12. Cowley Education’s first clothing drive was three years ago. It has been a simple and successful project, with Sophomore Beth Pudden sorts clothes last year’s drive (photo by Brandon Hanchett) bringing in over kids have fulfilled in their lives, then the more opportu- five thousand articles of clothing. Rhoads said the nities they have for learngoal is to surpass that numing and being successful in ber this year. school,” explained Rhoads. Last year’s event also They had planned on displayed evidence of the opening the doors of the need in the community for Wright Room to the com-

warm clothes. “Last year we opened our doors at 10, and we had families standing in line at 8:30 waiting to get in,” Rhoads said. Students can earn an hour of service learning for bringing the equivalent of two large trash bags of clothing to the Social Sciences department downstairs in the Brown Center. Additional service learning hours can be earned by volunteering to assist the department in sorting through the clothes they have received. Nov. 11, the donated clothes will be brought to the Wright Room in the Brown Center and student volunteers will sort the clothing one last time before doors open the following morning. Until then, education majors are taking donations.

Monster in the Closet Drama students prepare for children’s show to debut Nov. 21


idden under the sheets, flashlight in hand. Remember being afraid of the monsters that may have lurked on the other side of the closet door? We all had the right to be afraid didn’t we? After all we had been given proof of their existence from our older siblings. These monsters are back in “Monster in the Closet” by Angela D. Stewart, but they are nothing to fear. “We’ve done a lot of the old Brothers Grimm stories, so this year I really wanted to do something different, something that’s unique, something that we’ve never done before,” said Theater Director Scott MacLaughlin. Members of the cast described the play as being similar to Monsters Inc., by

•Mark your calendars Thursday, Nov. 3: Women/Men’s Basketball Hosts Seminole, 6/8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4: “A Night at the Opera” featuring Dominique Moralez, Brown Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: “Look: A Characteristic of Visual Examination” Opening Reception, Wright Room, 5:30 p.m. Jazz Band/CC Singers Concert, Brown Theatre, 7 p.m.

Pixar Animation Studios. The monsters in the play are viewed as guardians, watching over children while they sleep. “It’s kind of about one monster who is a little bit too ambitious and he kind of gets caught. He gets seen by the children,” said sophomore Lane Russell, stage manager. “And it starts this whole fiasco with the kids trying to catch the monster and the Dream King is mad at the monster. It’s just a big fiasco between everybody and it builds to a forte in the end I guess.” This monster, Murray, is played by Ben Stranghoner, freshman. “Murray is like Dopey from Snow White, but with the best intentions for the child he was assigned to. He is cuddly and I am not saying that because hugs are amazing,” said Stranghoner Rehearsals are always entertaining. Jackson Curtright, sophomore, will play Nathan, a basketball player (courtesy of Lane Russell)

There are several female parts. Left to right: Lyzeth Murillo and Hayley Rogers will respectively play Megan and Mary, two close friends of the female lead, Emily. (courtesy photo) Although MacLaughlin takes. What a great opporinteresting experience,” said oversees this particular tunity for her to actually Munoz. “Definitely showing production, student director come to a place that is totally me what it’s like on the other Rebecca Munoz and stage behind her and gives her the side of the stage.” manager Russell are the ones reins. She’s really risen to the Although the play is calling the shots. occasion and had wonderful geared toward a much “They’ve really done direction on it.” younger audience, it does a great job so far and I’m This is Munoz’s first time not mean older folks will not excited for them to have the working as a director, and be able to enjoy it as well. opportunity to really feel like she said she is thrilled to “It was clearly written for they’re making a big contrihave the chance to direct her children, that’s just the way bution,” said MacLaughlin. peers and have creative conthe script is,” said Russell. “Rebecca has done a lot of trol over the production. “But if people are interested, theater. She knows what it “This is definitely an it’s fun to watch. It’s for children, but it’s just a fun show.” The show is scheduled to open Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. One of the main characters, Murray, is a lovable monster who makes mistakes. Ben Stranghoner, freshman, auditioned for the part and was selected to interpret the comical character. (courtesy photo)

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GOP scaring no one


Nov. 3, 2011


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The contenders who want to take down Obama next year. Top row: Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Herman Cain. Bottom row: Michelle Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney. (photo banner by Brandon Hanchet)


ith just about 12 months until a possibly new family steps into the white house, Barack Obama is as cool as the first black man in the White House ought to be. To be competing against people like Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul “defender of the constitution”– and apparently the only surviving author–, and Michelle Bachmann, there is no reason to stress. There is no reason why even I couldn’t win a debate against the obviously weak and ever-changing series of lame duck front-runners that the Republican Party seems to have no limit of producing. The only real person that even stands a chance at giving Obama a run for his presidential money is retired

Godfather’s Pizza president and CEO, Herman Cain: quickest-thinking person seeking the GOP nomination. Bachmann said during a CNN sponsored debate in May that “this election will be about economics” without even stopping to think she was within 20 feet from the one man running for president that Republicans of all denominations can agree is a piston in the engine known as the private sector. In his own words during that same debate Cain claims, “I am NOT a politician. I am a businessman.” Cain would be a decisive force if he were to get the whole of the republican force behind him. Not only is he the only person who has focus enough to properly debate within the time limits im-

posed of every debate, he is a quick thinker as well. Though not as eloquent as a politician, he is the only republican presidential hopeful who seems to be able to make a bare-bones argument on nearly every issue. Cain believes his strong suit to be solving financial problems. On the topic of financial problems, it isn’t exactly honest to propose a 9 percent tax flatly for three major sources of taxation and present it as the only taxes American people are going to have to pay. Nine percent tax on businesses, 9 percent on individual income, and a 9 percent tax on sales that will be paid to the federal government. What happened after he put this tax reform scheme under the limelight was that even his fellow republicans couldn’t accept such a blatant lie. The 9 percent tax on sales especially is touted on as a replacement tax, but during the CNN hosted presidential candidate debates on Oct. 18 Romney forced Cain to admit state sales tax will not go away if 9-9-9 is signed into law, making the third 9 standing for a federal sales

tax effectively being defined as an add-on tax instead of a replacement tax as he claims. Herman Cain is the frontrunner of the Republican party in the most recent polls, but Romney has stayed at the top and managed to keep a fairly static level of acceptance. I honestly thought Cain was going to have a good chance until this argument came up, but the polls show this as the turning point of his soaring popularity. Cain asks over and over for the American people to do the arithmetic themselves to get the answer if 9-9-9 will reduce the total amount of taxation they pay under his proposal which begs the question in a skeptical mind if he has even done the arithmetic himself! If a republican doesn’t think raising some kind of tax on middle class Americans is praiseworthy, then there is definitely something wrong with it. During the Las Vegas debate on Oct. 18 he was immediately confronted about the 9-9-9 tax code that has appropriately earned the nickname ‘nein, nein, nein’. See “GOP” on page 11

Inking and piercing

Views on body modifications such as tattooing and piercing are still mixed. (photo courtesy of It might be just another needle through the skin, but for better or worse, body modifications can leave holes, and scars for life. These are not your grandparent’s body modifications, Navy tattoo, or pierced ears. Body modification can be anything from pierced ears to subdermal implants. The arguments and counterarguments vary on the acceptance of these alterations. Piercings, tattoos, or any other body modification really should not be used to describe a person. The reasons people modify their bodies come from many different places. Some people use modifications as a form of self-expression. They

should not be judged for looking a bit different. We grew up being taught not to judge somebody based on appearance, from skin color to the way a person dresses. Travis Barker, the drummer for Blink 182, knew why he wanted tattoos. Barker, quoted in drumlessons. com, said he decided to be tatted up because he wanted to commit to living out his dream as a drummer. The last thing he wanted to do was work a 9 to 5 job. Not everyone decides to modify his or her body for that reason. Some decide to do it as a symbol of who they are, what they believe it, or even what they have

overcome. When I decided to modify my body, it was not because everyone else was doing it. I decided to get my piercing to prove to myself that I can slowly, but surely overcome my medically- diagnosed anxiety. Some people get tattoos in memorial of a person who they sincerely care about or someone important to them that passed. In some workplaces, body modifications are unprofessional. One would think a work place would rather have the best minds for the job as opposed to the least number of modifications to the bodies. I think an employer should look past skin deep. They

should find out a person’s ability to handle the job. Some schools do the same; they take away a student’s individuality by not allowing visible body modification. In North Carolina, a female student went to school wearing a nose ring, which she wears as a religious symbol, as she is a member of the newly started Church of Body Modification. The student was suspended from school, even with a written exemption for religious reasons. The principal researched the family’s religion and did not believe the girl’s nose stud to be necessary. The school district was then taken to court. See “Ink” on page 11



The Cowley Press is a public forum produced biweekly by the newspaper production class. The paper is distributed free in single copies on campus. Extra copies are $1 each. Student editors make all content decisions without censorship or advance approval. Editorials, columns and letters reflect the opinions of the writers. The staff reserves the right to edit letters for taste and length. Letters must be signed by the author.

Editor-in-Chief Wil Austin Campus Editor Devin Dice Design Editor Rhiannon Rosas Co-Photo Editors Katie Arnett Samantha Francis Online Editor Jacob Korte Ad Manager Shelby Welch Video Editor Dylan Berry Distribution Manager Aleisha Bryan Staff Members Brittany Thiesing Will Stigers Tera Mills Lauren Llanes Lara Schmidt Ruy Vaz Brandon Hanchett Zach Legleiter Autumn Mumford Levi Gowdy Heather Huff Lateria Sims Contributing Writer Ethan Goodwin Contributing Photographer Lauren Sullivan Faculty Advisor Meg Smith

Quick Quotes Where do you draw the line on body modification? It’s your body, do what you want. I have piercings.

Tayler Akin Freshman

At the point where you are harming yourself.

If you want it to be seen, that’s fine. But it should be covered up.

Bevin Swope Freshman

Griffith Roark Sophomore


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Scorching summer signals super snows


here is no question the The average June through summer of 2011 was a August 2011 high temseason for the record perature recorded at Midbooks. From tornadoes leavContinent Airport was 98.3 ing cities like Tuscaloosa, degrees. This makes it the and Birmingham, Alabama, hottest summer on record Joplin, Missouri, El Reno when averaging just the and Guthrie, Oklahoma in daily high temperatures. shambles, with 568 deaths For the second winter in this year, as compared to a row, the phenomenon La 45 deaths in 2010 and 21 in Niña will influence weather 2009. patterns A across the record country. But There is a wild card, six EF5 as usual, it’s though. The erratic rated not the only Arctic Oscillation can tornaclimate facgenerate strong shifts does tor at play. in the climate patterns were “The that could overwhelm recorded evolving La or amplify La Niña’s in a two Niña will typical impacts. ~Mike Halpert, deputy month shape this director of NOAA Climate span this winter,” Prediction Center. summer. said Mike Only 4 Halpert, EF5 tordeputy nadoes director of were recorded in the last NOAA’s Climate Prediction decade (2000-2010); making Center. 2011 the single deadliest year “There is a wild card, for tornadoes ever. though. The erratic Arctic Do not also forget the Oscillation can generate historic flooding in June strong shifts in the climate leaving the lower Mississippi patterns that could overValley underwater for weeks, whelm or amplify La Niña’s resulting in four billion doltypical impacts.” lars in damage. According to the NaWith a drought that is still tional Weather Service, with getting worse, does a hot La Niña in place in Texas, dry summer mean a warmer Oklahoma, New Mexico and than average winter? By the Southern parts of Kansas numbers it does. and Colorado, this area of The average temperature the country is unlikely to get from June through August enough rain to alleviate the 2011, recorded at Wichita ongoing drought. Mid-Continent Airport was Texas, the epicenter of 85.2 degrees. This is just the drought, experienced its one-tenth of a degree below driest 12-month period on the all-time record of 85.3 record from October 2010 degrees set in 1936. through September 2011. While 2011 will not go So, get ready for winter. If down as the hottest summer, you’re looking for snow you it was very close. Averaging better move to the mountains the daily maximum tempera- of Colorado. Winter around tures for June-August yields here looks like it’s going to even warmer results. be a warm and dry one.

Crime rates falling while enrollment is rising

With enrollment at Cowley on the rise, one would think crime rates would rise too. Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, colleges and universities are required under federal law to disclose certain timely and annual information about crime and security policies. Cowley’s annual security report includes statistics for the previous five years. The crimes reported occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the college; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. In addition, the Clery Act requires that all current and

prospective students and employees be given the necessary instructions to locate the following pertinent information: a daily crime log that is updated regularly. Those interested may view the report anytime at the Campus Security and Public Safety Office, or contact the department to obtain a paper copy. “Cowley had three incidents of major crime events that were reportable under the Clery Reporting Act,” said Matt Stone, Director of Public Safety and Security. “This is a relatively low number when compared to the number of opportunities that could arise given the number of days of operation and people that are present at Cowley.”

Despite the tremendous growth Cowley is experiencing, the crime statistics have not followed for major incidents. Cowley’s three reportable major crime events in 2010 are low in comparison to five in both 2008 and 2009. To view the Crime Report go to the Cowley website.

The report includes: campus security enforcement authority of campus security and its working relationship with state and local police access to campus facilities college policies concerning alcohol, drugs and weapons, crime prevention, the prompt reporting of crimes, sexual assault description of prevention and awareness programs other safety and security matters.

Cowley College Security releases crime statistics for the campus and surrounding area in an annual report. The data can be found on the Cowley website and includes information on all crimes from property theft to underage drinking. (file photo)


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Had a wild eye for a wicked shot Upward Bound Director, Liz Shepard displays creative photography in Wright Room, November 8-December 7


iz Shepard describes herself as “not your average gal.” Her photography exhibition, opening Nov. 8, portrays her as just that. The ‘shindig,’ as she likes to call it, is titled “Look: A Characteristic of Visual Examination.” “I went to and typed in ‘look’ and it gave me ‘a characteristic.’ Then to look at something is a ‘visual examination,’” explained Shepard. “Well, that’s exactly what they’re going to be doing. They’re going to be visually examining the characteristic of my photograph. ”Shepard, currently the director of Upward Bound, said she has always enjoyed taking photographs, even when she “didn’t have a clue what [she] was doing.” It was during a photography class on campus taught by Meg Smith that she said everything made sense. She combined that knowledge with her unique eye for photos and was able to take what she had been doing to the next level. To edit, Shepard said she

uses Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and the online editing service Picnik. When Shepard was a student at Cowley, she participated in


ust go with the flow. Don’t put that square peg in a round hole. I’m not your average gal. Never have been, never will be. I’m just me” -Liz Shepard

student journalism. Photography had not yet made the change to digital. “I like digital for the editing purposes, but sometimes I like that old school photography just to get the rawness and simpleness. One of my things is ‘simple yet elegant’ and you can get some beautiful shots just with an old camera and some good 35-millimeter film. “Just go play.” Shepard’s photography and design business, Had a Wild Hair Photography and Design, is characteristic of her wild-at-

heart ways. “I’m a very fly-by-theseat-of-my-pants kind of gal. Change in schedule, change in plans, I just kind of go with it,” she said. “Just go with the flow. Don’t put that square peg in a round hole. I’m not your average gal. Never have been, never will be. I’m just me.” Bringing about emotion is what drives Shepard’s photography. She recalled an experience five or six years ago, during a Broadway performance of “Wicked” on a trip to New York City: “I’m sitting there loving it, thoroughly engrossed in it. All of a sudden, Elfeba started singing, and I start bawling. I was looking around thinking, ‘why am I bawling?’ And I realized, it was the musicality. Her voice, the notes, and the music, everything came together in such a perfect way that it touched my soul and I had no other option but to cry.” As for her own exhibition, Shepard’s goal is to have the same reaction from viewers. “Are my pictures going to touch someone’s soul? Probably not, but I don’t know. It might. Someone might walk in and think ‘oh my gosh, I’ve been there,’ and it brings back an entire flood of wonderful memories, even bad memories. If I can evoke some sort of emotion, I’ve done my job.” In addition, Shepard said she wants people to know Upward Bound director and photography enthusiast Liz Shepard is having a showing of her work in the Wright room. The opening reception is scheduled for Nov. 8. (photo by Wil Austin)

that they too can have an exhibition of their own. “My main goal is for people to walk in and think ‘hey I take pictures,’ or, ‘hey, I do graphic design,’ or needlepoint, or something. I want them to think ‘hey I could do this too. I could paint. My paintings are good; I could put them up in here.’

Absolutely you could. You can do anything you put your mind to. I want this to be an inspiration for others.”The Gallery, titled “Look: A Characteristic of Visual Examination,” opens in the Wright Room Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m., and will be accompanied by a reception.

Top right: Liz Shepard has had many opportunities to travel. On one of her trips to Washington, KC, she was able to capture this picture of one of her favorite presidents and monument. Bottom Right: This chair was the muse for Liz Shepards show. It was the first picture that she knew would be in the show. (photos courtesy of Liz Shepard)

Cancer Getting it off your chest Symptoms of breast cancer: The month of October was breast cancer awareness month. Far from being a death sentence, breast cancer is treatable in several ways, and those who are diagnosed are gaining more support from non-profit organizations every day. Susan G. Komen’s ‘For the Cure’ is most notably the largest and is represented by the pink ribbon that has become the standard symbol for promoting breast cancer awareness. Though not necessarily exclusive to women, women are approximately 100 times more likely to be affected by the disease than men of any age or race. Invasive breast cancer is where real worry comes into play. With the ability to spread randomly to any of other part of the body, there needs to be haste made with regards to treatment. Invasive cancer can be

preceeded by noninvasive breast cancer which is why regular checkups are highly important. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website,, is a great resource explaining the mechanics of the disease. Noninvasive breast cancer is caused by the role progesterone, and especially estrogen, play in the “lobules” or milk producing areas of the breast. According to the Centers for Disease Control, breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women yearly. With nearly 121 women out of every thousand women in our country developing either an invasive or a noninvasive form every year there is no excuse for women to neglect regularly scheduled mammograms and watch for symptoms in their everyday lives.

Around 40 photos that Shepard has taken in the past four to five years will be featured. Each one is for sale, and the exhibition is on display through early December. To purchase a piece of artwork, contact Shepard at 441-5392.

Any new, hard lump or thickening in any part of the breast Change in breast size or shape Dimpling or puckering of the skin Swelling, redness or warmth that does not go away Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle Pulling in of the nipple Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and appears only in one breast An itchy, sore or scaling area on one nipple

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Mythical causes of Breast Cancer: Hair-dye Breast implants Microwave ovens Use of aspirin Fertility drugs Bras Plastics Trauma to the breast

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Arkalalah Again


nother Arkalalah has come and gone. From Oct. 26 to 29, Arkansas City’s population of 12,000 jumped to 60,000. Sophomore Jordan McDowell was named Queen Alalah LXXX at last Friday’s ceremony (above right). McDowell’s predecessor and Cowley graduate, Jordan Williams, gave her the regalia and a long hug. Arkalalah’s first queen, Dorothy Moore Harbaugh, came at the ripe age of 100 to be a part of the ceremony. Top left: McDowell and Williams in the foreground and Dorothy Harbaugh holding flowers in the background. Outdoors, food and rides remained popular attractions day and night. Many towering rides such as the Ferris Wheel (middle left) offered a rare

aerial view of Ark City. The Fl ying Chairs (bottom center) provided the thrill of speed. Food is the staple of Arkalalah; stands were on every corner of every street in the downtown area. On the West side of Fifth Avenue and Summit, a stand selling chicken noodle soup (bottom right) got a warm welcome from Arkalalah-goers, especially in the evenings when temperatures had a tendency to go down with the sun. Parades punctuated Arkalalah with free candy, eighties music and costumes. The Children’s Parade had parents and friends melting over their miniature Buzz Lightyears and Ninjas (bottom right) and holding up the procession to get pictures. Saturday, the two-hour “Arkalalah

Big Parade” draws the largest crowd of the four-day festival. Floats and marching bands represented everything from Ark City High School to the Midian Shrine. Ark City youth football players (middle left) showed off their muscles to the audience. Cowley students Luke Austin, freshman, Brad Luthe, sophomore, and Brian Lowe, sophomore bowed to the Queen float as it passed carrying the new Queen Alalah and her court. Arkalalah ended right as Halloween was about to begin. Spooky costumes like a screaming scarecrow (right) eased the transition between the two major events of October. Photo essay by Wil Austin


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Checking off squeaky clean rooms Dorm managers conduct dorm checks

The transition from tidy to messy rooms is only a step away. Cleanliness is a responsibility to whichall campus students at Cowley are held accountable. (photo illustration by Brandon Hanchett)

Walking through the halls of Cowley Campus dormitories, the buildings appear clean. The walls are bright; the floors vacuumed and swept; the ceilings clear of cobwebs. Behind the doors, however, the picture can be very different. Each student is responsible for some aspect of the cleanliness of their dorm room. To ensure the health and safety of everyone residing in the dorms, dorm managers, personnel and the dorm director check the dorms monthly. The guidelines for the dorms can be found in the Housing Handbook, online,

and students were made aware of the guidelines in dorm meetings. Guidelines include rules concerning cleanliness, pets, and weapons. The housing personnel and the student senate in previous years set up the guidelines. Vice President of Student Affairs, Sue Saia, said if the room is not up to par, students have 24 hours to clean it. “On a rare occasion I have had to hire a professional company to come in and clean the room, and then I bill the student for that charge,” Saia explained.

However, students do have advance warning before dorm checks to give them a chance to clean up the room. Dorm Manager, Tanner Littrell, conducts dorm checks every semester. He said he only runs into problems regarding the dorm checks when rules are being broken. However, most of the dorm checks revolve around cleanliness. Littrell has a checklist of what needs to be clean in each room. Things such as the sink, shower, toilet and carpet are on that list. In reference to the bathroom sink, Littrell said “that’s just gross,” when the sink is not clean. His perspective on the dorm rooms being clean is “if you walk into a room and it’s dirty, you automatically have a bad vibe.” So many students are already stressed with college that a dirty living space doesn’t help. Students don’t think much of dorm checks. Freshman Allison Roberts said the dorm checks weren’t

a big deal. She said she “was sure [dorm checks] were necessary for people who haven’t cleaned their rooms during the two months we’ve been here.” The dorm managers, on the other hand, see big benefits for students. Dorm checks help prepare students for the real world by helping them keep track of managing their own space. “[Cowley] isn’t just a stepping stone for school, but for life,” Littrell said.

How to Resolve Cleaning Issues with Roommates: Make and use a list of who prefers what chore Play a round of rock, paper, scissors Create a fun chore chart Alternate chores

Useful Cleaning Supplies: Windex Disinfectant Wipes Mr. Clean Magic Erasers Broom Dust Pan Febreeze Toilet Cleaner 409 Mop Vacuum

How to keep a room clean after inspections: Clean a little each day Set aside a time once a week for cleaning bathrooms Share responsibilities with roommates Do laundry before the basket is full Vacuum once a week

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Special Section

Nov. 3, 2011


A new year for cheer


ith the new basketball season already up and running, the cheer team would like to keep the Cowley spirit strong going into the basketball season. “We are looking forward to help promote Cowley Athletics and good sportsmanship, having our team show good attitudes, keep our team in a positive state of mind during games,” said danceline coach Lindsay Sanderholm.

Cowley Athletics are currently in transition of finding a coach for the 2011-2012 seasons and currently Sanderholm is acting as administrator for the Cowley Spirit Team. With Sanderholm assisting the cheer team, they are planning to change a few things for the upcoming season. “I hope to improve our skills from last season,” said freshman Jordan Bellin. There are skills that are

always available for changing and improving. Having those improved skills can change up stunts and enhance other chants that the cheer team is able revamp. “We have about 11 stunts for the basketball season. We plan to use our new stunts and reinvent some of our old stunts to show something a little different for this season,” said sophomore Jessica Kurth.

The cheer team strives to promote Cowley Athletics and to change up their routine once in a while to put on a good show for the crowd. Vamping up the crowd is very rewarding and pumps up the players which can pump up their performance. (photo by Brittany Thiesing)

Cowley Tigers womens basketball 1 Devery Alexander 5-4 Freshman Guard Coldwater, KS Led South Central High School to the state tournament for the first time in the program’s history. She is the daughter of Wynn and Kim Alexander and is majoring in physical therapy.

12 Chynna Ramelb 5-5 Sophomore Guard Maui, HI Came on strong the second half of her freshman season and finished the year averaging 8.1 points and 3.2 rebounds. The daughter of Rodel and Cecilia Ramelb, Chynna is majoring in athletic training.

24 Tonisha Walker 5-7 Freshman Guard Gardner, KS Honorable mention basketball player for Gardner Edgerton High School and head coach Scott Schaefer. She is the daughter of Tony and Anita Walker and is majoring in pre-medicine.

2 Breanna Bryant 5-5 Sophomore Guard South Haven, KS Was named Second-Team allconference as a freshman after averaging 11.5 points and 3.2 steals per game. The physical therapy major is one of 13 kids to Charles and Rita Bryant.

13 Symone Murray 5-10 Sophomore Forward Toronto, Canada Coming off a solid freshman season in which she averaged 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, and shot a team-high 44 percent from the floor. The secondary education major is the daughter of Sherette Murray.

32 Montia Johnson 6-1 Freshman Center Springfield, MO Earned all-conference honors while playing at Central High School in Springfield, MO. The early childhood education major is the daughter of Lamonte Johnson and Mary Toman.

3 Emily Mauk 5-5 Freshman Guard Lima, OH Playing basketball for her father Greg Mauk at Bath High School in Lima, Ohio, Mauk helped lead the team to the final four of the state tournament. She is one of four children to Greg and Kim Mauk and is majoring in athletic training.

14 T’ondria Nolen 5-10 Freshman Guard Wichita, KS Helped Wichita Northwest High School achieve the program’s first winning season in more than a decade. The pre-medicine major has enjoyed her teammates and the wonderful people at Cowley. She is the daughter of Teddie and LaTanya Nolen.

34 Olivia Wilkerson 5-6 Freshman Guard Junction City, KS Solid defensive player, which led Junction City High School in steals as a senior. She is the daughter of Novie and Deborah Wilkerson and is undecided on a major.

4 Vanessa Rodriguez 5-5 Freshman Guard Ulysses, KS Scored 16 points during a substate game for Ulysses High School as a senior. The daughter of Manuel Joe Alejos and Rose Mary Rios, she has enjoyed making several new friends at Cowley. She is majoring in premedicine.

15 Skylar Cooper 5-10 Freshman Forward Heavener, OK All-State selection at Heavener (OK) High School where she played for Jeff Walker. The dental hygiene major is the daughter of Jeff and Holly Cooper.

41 Nicole Nelson 5-10 Freshman Guard Blanchard, OK Named the Most Valuable Player of her high school team, she helped Blanchard (OK) beat Tuttle High School in the regional tournament with a shot at the buzzer. The athletic training major is the daughter of Vernon and Vickie Nelson.

5 Emily Barto 5-11 Sophomore Forward Frontenac, KS Joined last year’s team after a successful stint with the Lady Tiger volleyball team. Strong player that averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The sports management/sports administration major is the daughter of Doug and Barbara Barto.

20 Jasmine Scott 5-10 Sophomore Forward Gwinnett, GA Sophomore transfer that was the Most Valuable Player of her conference, while playing high school basketball in Georgia. Scored 27 points, with 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots against rival school Parkview as a senior. The daughter of Tamara Thompson, she is majoring in elementary education.

42 Ashley Lauer 5-10 Sophomore Forward Clearwater, KS Appeared in 15 games as a freshman and will bring leadership to the team. The accounting major is the daughter of Dan Lauer and Carrie Bush.

10 Megan Honas 5-11 Freshman Forward Medicine Lodge, KS Had a successful career at Medicine Lodge High School, where she was named a First-Team Central Plains League performer as a senior. She is majoring in pre-dentistry. Parents are Darryl and Vicki Honas.

22 Kylie Patterson 5-8 Freshman Guard Cheney, KS Played a vital role in Cheney High School’s 52-game winning streak and 2010 Class 4A state championship. Patterson is the daughter of Kelly and Linda. She is majoring in biology.

55 Clarissa Cannon 6-0 Sophomore Forward Las Vegas, Nevada Providing the team with a solid low post presence, Cannon averaged 5.1 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game as a freshman. Cannon is the daughter of James and Tamika Thomas. She is majoring in pre-law.

11 Kassy Ptacek 5-7 Freshman Guard Minneola, KS An All-State First-Team selection as a senior, she helped Minneola High School qualify for the state tournament for the first time in the school’s history. The elementary education major is the daughter of Moe and Shelly Ptacek. Is the sister of Kameron Ptacek, who is a member of the Tiger men’s basketball team.

23 Brittany Bush 6-0 Freshman Forward Moline, IL Playing basketball for Steve Ford at Moline High School, Bush helped the squad achieve a top10 ranking in the state. The psychology major is the daughter of Jodi Fuller. She enjoys all the fun activities at Cowley.

Upcoming home games Nov. 3 vs Seminole at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 vs. Garden City at 6 p.m.

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Dancing into a new season


he Tigerettes are getting dolled up for this year’s season. With their first basketball performance at the scrimmage on Monday, they’re ready to show Cowley what they’ve got. With seven returning sophomores and 13 new faces on the squad, the team is ready to go. “I was really nervous before our first performance,” said Ale Eggers,

The Tigerettes perform during halftime of women and mens basketball games. To see the girls work the court attend the next game on Nov. 3. (photo by Lauren Sullivan) freshman, “but it was really fun during it.” This year you may have seen the Tigerettes dancing at volleyball games. “I have always wanted for dance to perform at volleyball,” said danceline coach Lindsay Sanderholm. “They added a 10 minute halftime so that allows us a time to perform during their matches.” The team performs a variety of different dance styles

including jazz, hip hop, and pom. The girls are working hard on perfecting their skills as well, showing their agility with turning discs and center leaps to more focused skills like turns in a second. On Nov. 9, nine members of the team will be dancing in Wichita at the North High Dance Show which showcases teams in the area from high school to college. The girls will be performing a

mix routine choreographed by sophomore members Krista Logan, Gabi Griffin, and Rhiannon Rosas. The danceline helps to promote Cowley spirit with the cheer squad at every home game. To see the teams rock the house, attend a Cowley basketball game. The next game is Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.

Cowley Tigers mens basketball 2 Kameron Ptacek 5-10 Freshman Guard Minneola, KS Good athlete that plays hard and will be in the hunt for playing time at one of the guard positions.

20 Maurice Williams 6-4 Freshman Guard Fayetteville, GA Hybrid type player that helped lead his high school team to a record of 30-3 overall and a trip to the Class 4A Final Four. Was named an Honorable Mention All-Metro Atlanta performer and a Second-Team All-Conference selection.

32 Kamren Belin 6-7 Freshman Forward Atlanta, GA The Tigers top returning scorer (6.9 points) and rebounder (5.9 rebounds), Belin will be counted on for big things during the 2011-2012 season. Shot 51 percent from the floor as a freshman and has worked hard to develop a strong inside/outside game.

10 James Milliken 6-2 Freshman Guard Siler City, N.C. Two-time conference Player of the Year while playing at Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City, N.C. Averaged 29 points per game as a junior and 27 points as a senior. Was a North Carolina Second-Team All-State selection as a senior. Smart player that has a chance to make an immediate impact.

21 Adonis Bailey 6-4 Freshman Guard Chicago, IL Redshirt freshman that has the ability to get to the rim and finish. Was an honorable-mention all-state selection at Richards High School in Chicago, IL.

33 Curtis Evans 6-6 Freshman Forward Springdale, AR While at Springdale High School, Evans was a First-Team Class 7A selection and was selected to play in the AHSCA All-Star game. Left-handed player that can play inside or on the perimeter.

11 EJ Dobbins 5-8 Freshman Guard Wichita, KS Good ball handler that was the starting point guard for back-toback Class 6A state champion Wichita Heights High School. Was a Second-Team All-City League selection and was named honorable mention Class 6A.

22 James Fleming 6-1 Sophomore Guard Chicago, IL Transfer from Parkland (IL) Community College that averaged 6.1 points per game as a freshman at the school. Was an honorable mention All-State player as a senior at Glenbard North High School in Chicago as he averaged 20 points per game.

35 Dominique Smith 6-2 Freshman Guard Junction City, KS Former teammate of Gavin Brown at Junction City High School. Uses his long arms to his benefit and is working hard to find his role on the team.

12 Zach Nelson 6-1 Freshman Guard Manhattan, KS Solid shooter that gained valuable experience as a freshman. Will provide leadership and play significant minutes for the team.

24 Jason Armstead 6-0 Freshman Guard Mt. Pleasant, Texas Redshirt freshman that is a tough competitor and was well coached in high school. Was named a first-team all-district performer at Mt. Pleasant High School and will be in the hunt for playing time at the guard position.

40 JC Williams 6-8 Freshman Forward Kansas City, MO Redshirt freshman that led Park Hill South High School to a 24-9 record and a trip to the Missouri Class 5 semifinals. Has great feet, which allows him to be a solid shot blocker and rebounder.

14 Ryan Devers 5-8 Freshman Guard Tulsa, OK Combo guard that led his high school team to the Class 5A state quarterfinals and was named to the OBCA Big Class All-State team. Also played in the OBCA All-State game. Has the ability to control the game on offense and defense.

25 Tajh Downs 6-4 Freshman Guard Kansas City, KS Played at Wyandotte High School. Athletic player that has loads of potential. He is working on his consistency in order to be in the mix for playing time at the forward position.

42 Rayshaun McGrew 6-6 Freshman Forward Chicago, IL Strong low block scorer that was a First-Team All-Conference and Third-Team All-City player, while playing high school basketball in Chicago, IL. Tough rebounder that is working on developing his outside game.

15 Anthony White 6-4 Freshman Forward Kansas City, KS Saw more playing time late in his freshman season and is expected to make big strides as a sophomore. Has a chance to be one of the better rebounders in the conference.

30 Prince Gray 6-2 Freshman Guard Brooklyn, NY Long, athletic player from Brooklyn, N.Y. Strong defender that has also proven to be a good scorer off the dribble.

50 Gavin Brown 6-5 Freshman Forward Junction City, KS Started several games down the stretch of last season due to his high basketball IQ. Brown gives the Tigers a solid low post presence and worked hard on his conditioning in the off-season. Shot 52 percent from the floor as a freshman.

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Mulvane PTK finding the cure for commitment phobia International honors society promotes college completion at north campus


veryone sees those students around campus with the “Phi Theta Kappa” shirts, what is it? Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an International honor society for two year colleges, and “Alpha Gamma Upsilon” is the Cowley chapter of the organization. The Mulvane campus is hosting the “Commit to Complete” signing. This mass pledge signing is for students to agree to complete their degrees and certifications before leaving community college to transfer or enter the job market. “With Cowley College’s current focus on retention and improving graduation rates,” said Nancy Ayers, math instructor and PTK sponsor for the Mulvane

campus. “I felt that this was the perfect college project for our Phi Theta Kappa chapter.” This signing is part of a national community college movement. For the week of Nov. 7-12, in the main lobby of the Mulvane campus, students will be able to sign the completion banner. Signing the banner shows their commitment to fulfilling the completion of their degrees. The first 500 students to sign will get an “I’M COMMITTED!” bracelet. Members of PTK, including Chris Romero, will be in charge of the table in the lobby, talking to their fellow classmates about the importance of completing their degree and finding help for

students who are struggling with this completion. Romero talked to a Composition II class in Mulvane one night about the event and gave a few interesting facts that helped prompt the program. “Only 28 percent of all first-time students finish within three years. These statistics are even worse for part-time students, and by the year 2020, 60 percent of jobs will require a college credential.” That same week, PTK will also be holding a bake sale, and all proceeds will go to the newly added PTK Membership Scholarship to be offered at Cowley. The Ark City campus will be holding the same type of event “next fall when the students first arrive to school when they are excited to start classes to help them see the importance of completing their two year degree,” said Ryan Doom, Humanities Instructor and PTK sponsor. Questions about the organization or the “Commit to Complete” signing, can be directed to Nancy Ayers at or (316)-777-3052.

Showing the talent at hand Cowley College’s talent show

Readings include poetry, prose, short stories, and songs. Marlys Cervantes, humanities chair, hosts the event and awards her students with extra credit for attending and reading at the events.

C4 project committee members, left to right: Amber Coffman, Lisa Rubert, Christian Decker, Ashley McKnight. (courtesy photo)


The court ruled in favor of the girl. She was allowed to return to school with her

nose piercing according to Whatever the body modifcation, it, is not a cause for discrimination. Allowing judgment over body modifi-

What students should know Federal guidelines for grades

GOP It is that time of year again, time for talent to be unmasked and put on display. The Creative Claws are once again hosting their annual talent show. The event is open to student participation and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. Admission costs $3, or $2 and one nonperishable food item. The food collected will be donated to various food banks before the holiday season. There is no entry fee for performers; the only requirement is to sign up in the humanities office or with Kristi Shaw. There is a limited amount of space available so be sure to turn in a form as

soon as possible. Acts should be no longer than three and a half minutes. Judges will discern winners who will be rewarded with prizes. Acts can consist of anything from music, art, and poetry, to juggling, comedy, and skits. Students can perform in groups, or individually. Students are strongly encouraged to enter and show off their talent. In addition to the talent show, Creative Claws sponsors the Writer’s Corner. There will be a Writer’s Corner on November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wright Room. The Writer’s Corner is a place where students can read the pieces they write.

Cain told the other debaters they were, “Mixing apples and oranges.” To which Romney rebutts, “Fine. And I’m going to be getting a bushel basket that has apples and oranges in it because I’ve got to pay both taxes.” This statement drew one of the largest rounds of applause the whole evening. So make sure you get your bushel of apples, and if you are willing to pay for oranges at the same time then go vote Cain next November. Just don’t be surprised if sometime between now and then tomatoes, or toe-mahtoes as Cain will be pronouncing them, have their own tax and have made the whole bushel rotten when you get it.

cations is a step backwards for making everyone equal. Just because a person opts not to look like everyone else does not mean they are any less of a person.

Everyone knows when it comes to grades, some students do not do as well as others. Grades can affect many things for a student. If a student is on financial aid, there are requirements they have to meet with their grades to be able to keep their aid. Federal guidelines say a student has to have at least a 1.75 GPA for the semester to keep their aid. Not only does the GPA matter, a student must also pass two-thirds of the classes that they started with at the begging of the semester. Therefore, if a student drops many classes or has too low of a GPA it can put them into a warning semester. A warning semester is where a student has one

more chance to qualify for aid by meeting the federal guidelines. If the student does not qualify their aid will be completely taken away. This is a newer federal law, in the past a student did not receive a warning semester. This gives students another chance. This also helps students who struggled getting used to college life. Sue Saia, Vice president of student affairs states, “We have a lot of students who jump into college without being fully prepared for what it all involves so they kind of struggle that first semester.” Not only do some employees and instructors think that a semester warning is a good idea, but so do students. Sophomore Tiffany

Clock says, “I think that it’s a better idea that they just don’t give up on them; drop them. Now at least they have something to try for.” Not only do grades play a big part in financial aid, but financials can allow parents to access a student’s grades. When a student begins a school year some parents have their students sign a waiver that allows their grades to be released to them. This does not necessarily mean that a parent cannot obtain the student’s grades. In the state of Kansas, if a student’s parents claim them as a dependent on their taxes, a parent can get a hold of the school and submit documentation, which allows the school to release the grades to a parent. Some students may find this unfair and an abuse of their privacy. Others find it okay. “I want them to see how I am doing in school, because they kind of help me here,” said freshman Jordan Fletcher. “So they see that I’m actually making progress.”

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e’ve all heard them. “Don’t wear open toe heels during the winter.” “ Patterned pieces can only be worn with solids,” and the most common myth: don’t wear white after labor day. Are fashion myths limit-



ing your creativity and individuality? Some believe rules and regulations do not set trends, while others believe that following fashion rules keeps you trendy and knowledgeable in the fashion industry. Which myths do you believe?


Tall women can’t wear heels

Story by Ve’Rona Sims


FALSE: High heels add not only inches but also poise by making women stand straighter, giving them more confidence. Long legs represent the power in your stride Fashion guru and writer Ve’Rona Sims, was busy checking, rechecking and then taking it to next level to bust the myths that keep students from expressing themselves through fashion. Sims took on age-old fashion myths to see which ones would stand up to standards of today. Read her article to find out what stands up and what falls flat. (photo by Shelby Welch)

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Designer clothes are better quality

TRUE: Designer items offer better quality than off-brand clothes. Designer pieces offer better material, and can last for years. For example, a Louis Vuitton handbag is more expensive than a handbag from Forever 21. The Louis Vuitton bag is leather with a pattern and design that can never be copied. The Forever 21 bag might be fashionable, but is made from plastic materials with knock-off designs similar to ones found on runways. Myth:

Don’t mix bright colors


FALSE: Mixing bright colors can be fashionable if mixed together the right way. For example mixing an Electric Blue skirt and Mustard yellow top creates an edgy, bold, and fashionable mix. Keep in mind not all colors work well together; limit yourself to two or three colors. The color wheel from grade school is a great way to see which colors complement each other. Myth:

Don’t Mix Patterns


FALSE: Mixing patterns are a fashion MUST when it comes to Runway Fashion but can also be a fashion TRAGEDY if not pulled off correctly. Mixing Patterns can be pulled off by following these simple tips: Different patterns should be on different scales. For example, a floral print skirt should be worn with a smaller print top like small dots or thin strips. * The winter and fall season is the perfect time to become daring and playful with patterns. Try experimenting with scarves, handbags, leg warmers, and tights to see how daring you want to be.


Don’t wear white after Labor Day NEUTRAL: We’ve all heard the saying “Don’t wear white after Labor Day.” Where did this saying come from and why do people buy it? It is believed to have started during the 19th century when it was known that white clothes aren’t good protection during the fall and winter seasons. The question is should you wear white after Labor Day? All white typically looks better during the summer season, but splashes of white during the fall and winter seasons can make you look fashionable and daring. For example if you want to wear white skinny jeans, pair them with brown boots, a long sleeve tan slouchy sweater, an oversized grey wool cardigan topped off with vintage accessories. It’s comfortable and stylish. As long as the look works, I say “Go for it!” Myth:

Your shoes, belt, and handbag should match


FALSE: Fashion is not known to be “matchy-matchy.” It is versatile and stylish. The fun is to have accessories complement each other, not match. If you’re wearing a bold leopard print belt, keep your hand bag and shoes neutral so your belt stands out.


Open Toe heels should not be worn during the winter NEUTRAL: This myth is about texture and fabric choice. Black suede open-toe booties look fantastic paired with lace or colored tights during the winter season. Unless you are planning on walking long distance in the freezing cold open toe heels can be worn during the winter.

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Black goes with everything

cTRUE: Black is a universal shade and can be used to balance any fashionable piece. Even though it is a

dark shade, it does not only have to be worn with dark neutral colors. Whether you desire to be edgy with silver and metal accessories, or create a sophisticated look with lace or pink accessories, the shade of black can complete the look your fashion soul yearns for.


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The Bob Chronicles by Luke Austin


Turkey Bowling and Pop Pong Thursday, November 17 8:30 Contact: Wil Austin or Devin Dice at 441-5555 Or at editor Lots of FUN Prizes to give away Win Concert Tickets for any concert between now and May 2012 at the Cotillion in Wichita Plus T-shirts, Toilet Paper, and Toys for the Dorms! Sponsered by Cowley College Media Club Defending Champions Charlee Wilson and the CAAT club are taking on all challengers Sign up you team today! (5 players per team)

1. Widest key on keyboard 6. Sold at the pump 9. Roman public space, pl. 13. A Hawkeye 14. Female reproductive cells 15. Los ____, CA 16. Fork tooth 17. In king and queen sizes 18. *It kept the corral closed? 19. *Gateway to the West 21. *Calamity Jane’s partner 23. Old age, archaic 24. EU money 25. French lake 28. Show off, as in muscles 30. Moral principals 35. “____-steven” 37. *Chuckwagon 101: “No one ____ until Cookie calls” 39. Symbol of a clan, especially American Indians 40. ____ receiver 41. What dryer does 43. East of Java 44. Offered by Abraham as sacrifice to God in Old Testament 46. ____ pea 47. Incision

48. Kinda 50. She starred in last “Pirates of the Caribbean” 52. Affirmative response in some northern states 53. W on a light bulb 55. *Bola, e.g. 57. African quarter in which the citadel is located 60. *Oklahoma was famous for this 64. Alfred Hitchcock in his own movie, e.g 65. Judge at Simpson trial 67. Sheep’s clothing to wolf 68. Oneness 69. ___ de toilette 70. Ceremonial elegance and splendor 71. Warren Beatty’s Oscarwinner 72. *Type of trader 73. They can be dangerous for boats DOWN 1. Small drinks 2. Rotterdam or Singapore, e.g. 3. Absent soldier 4. *Water carrier 5. Completely cover 6. Loads

7. “___ Maria” 8. Hindu holy man 9. “Don’t give me any ____!” 10. Bismarck or Hahn, e.g. 11. “Big ____ Candy Mountain” 12. Left after fire 15. Novelist Louisa May ______ 20. Moved lazily 22. Wrath 24. Gone the way of the dodo 25. *Meriwether 26. An advice or dispatch boat 27. Mothball substitute 29. Van Gogh started with two of these 31. Gremlins 32. Mediterranean boot 33. Similar to Cecilia 34. *Trailblazer Jedediah _____ 36. *How cowboys preferred whiskey? 38. Singe, as in ahi tuna 42. Phlegms 45. *One is harder to find to these days 49. Flight boss 51. Caustic remark


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Please don’t stop the music Band and choir come together for a trip around the world


n the evening of Oct. 25, staff, students, and community members gathered to listen to Cowley College’s concert choir and concert band take

them around the world. With the clanging of cymbals, melodious flutes, and beating of drums the audience was part of an adventure that did not require

Making beautiful sounds with his saxophone, sophomore Octavio Matamoros helps start off the concert. The concert band performed songs from the United States and the British Isles (photo by Shelby Welch)

plane tickets or luggage. types of instruments. This The name of the show was is Fleig’s sixth year and he “Musical Journey around said he feels the band is at the World” and featured a “higher level than they’ve music from various parts of been in the past.” the world. Director of Vocal He shows his dedication Music, Connie Donatelli, said to the band with his careful she was excited about the selection of music. He keeps show and the students’ prep- his students focused with his aration for the concert since organization, vision, and diday one. To ready themrection. His focus rubs off on selves, students rehearsed the students and keeps them and learned techniques dedicated. The concert band through the rehearses music. Do- “I’m the luckiest person twice a natelli said week for an in the world to get to she was hour and particu[make music] every day.” twenty minlarly excited utes. In adabout the dition, each group’s -Connie Donatelli, Direc- student has ability to an applied tor of Choir Music sight-read. private “This fall I’ve been really lesson for half an hour every pushing the sight reading week. element…this choir, this The concert choir peryear, is probably the finest formed songs from Kenya, sight readers I’ve ever had,” Latin-America, Japan, Donatelli said. The musical France, and the United director added that she was States. The music was sung especially impressed since in a way that made it easy they only rehearsed three to see the places where the hours a week. Donatelli said choir took the audience. The she feels the whole choir is music painted a picture of stronger this year due to her each region’s culture in the dedicated group. audience’s mind. PerfectNot only does the choir ing any musical piece is a have dedicated students, but difficult job. Add to that the the director is also dedicated. many languages the choir Donatelli spends a great deal sang in and the show was of time and thought on the doubly entertaining. musical pieces. She “wants CC Singer and freshman every piece of music to be Anthony Caldera is attendspecial” for her singers. She ing Cowley on a vocal scholsaid her favorite part of arship. He explained that he working with the choir and loves to sing because “music CC Singers is the actual craft can reach everybody in some of making music as well as way, shape, or form. Music is working with the students. so universal and there are so Band Director Josh Fleig, many different kinds, I love also starts preparing his being a part of something so students on the first day of big.” class. The first obstacle was Donatelli was entertaincreating a unified sound in ing to watch as she added a a band comprised of forty little bit of Salsa into the mix students from a multitude of during the Latin number. places and sixteen different She has an obvious passion

Filling the auditorium with palpable energy, Donatelli and her choir led the audience around the world in one powerful performance after another of songs from Kenya to Japan and back to the USA. (photo by Shelby Welch) for what she does. It is also obvious the choir’s inspiration comes from the front of the stage. While addressing the audience, Donatelli said, “I’m the luckiest person in the world to get to [make music] every day.” The band’s portion of the evening began with an explosion of music from the brass section. The concert band performed songs from the United States and the British Isles. The soft, fluid sound of flutes joined expertly with the clang of cymbals in the background. The absolute co-

Big voice in a small town

hesion of all the instruments made for a beautiful sound. Fleig animatedly conducted the band with certain finesse. While Fleig had the band in the palm of his hand during the last song, the choir brought the entire show to a perfect end with “He’s got the Whole World in His Hands.” The show received a well-deserved standing ovation and one member of the audience, Maribel Ramirez, sophomore, commented, “It was captivating [to watch].”

Internationally known opera singer to perform locally

Music affects us on three distinct, yet integrated levels: emotional-making us feel; educationalmaking us think, and entertainment-bringing us joy. One of the major English Romantic poets, Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote, “Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory.“ Cowley College will have the privilege of hosting a singer that will leave the audience with songs vibrating in their ears. Internationally renowned operatic singer, Dominique Moralez, will perform at Robert Brown Theatre on Friday, Nov. 4 as a part of Family Wealth Management and KSOK Radio’s “A Night at the Opera.” Cowley College Concert Choir Conductor Connie Donatelli, Daniel Stevens from Southwestern College, an internationally recognized pianist, and Elvia Pucinelli, Associate Professor of Music at University of North Texas College of

Music will join the internationally acclaimed tenor on this special evening. It will be a great opportunity for the Cowley Concert Choir to perform with this experienced professional singer. He has appeared in venues such as Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong, Beijing, Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, New York City, Chicago, and Miami, to mention only a few premiere locations. Cowley Concert Choir singers are thrilled to be a part of this amazing concert. “I expect this concert to be phenomenal, not only from the performers we’re opening for, but also for us,” said Anthony Caldera, a CC singer and membert of Cowley Concert Choir. “Our choir has been under a lot of pressure to get things right, and I think singing for an audience paying $40 a ticket and coming to hear singers like them will really put things in perspective for us,” added Caldera.

Dominique Moralez is an internationally known tenor opera singer. Moralez and his wife made a visit to Cowley on Oct 21 to meet the Cowley College Concert Choir, who will be opening the opera for him. The talented singer said half the money raised will go to the Cowley Concert Choir and the other half to South Western Choir. (courtesy photo)

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t is something everyone strives to be, but only one can achieve. Volleyball has earned it. There is no

denying the Tigers’ hard work and dedication on the court. The women are no. 1, and not only in the hearts

of Cowley fans, but in the whole of the nation. If an outstanding season record of 32-2 wasn’t enough, the Tigers also placed first in the Jayhawk Conference, with an undefeated record and they are ranked number one in the nation. Getting to be number one wasn’t a walk around the court. The team has been improving every time they step on a court and pushing each other everyday. “It is rewarding for the players to see their hard work in practice pay off in the matches,” said Head Coach Jenifer Bahner. The teams’ improvement showed immensely in the Johnson County game. The game was an important victory for the Tigers since both teams went into the matches undefeated in the conference. Like always, the team played smart with a strong offense. “We served aggressively and we ran our offense well,” said Bahner. “I feel like those two factors took Johnson County out of the game plan and allowed us to have such a decisive win.” The team continuously improved on their skills, chemistry and worked with the raw talent on the court. “I feel like our greatest strength right now is that we continue to improve,” said Bahner. “I feel like we have played some of our best volleyball in our past two matches.” Now that the team has some killer first place titles under their spandex, it is time for them to put all their focus on Districts, which are Nov. 5. For the Tigers to Hard hitting sophomore Emily Barto serves up a mean dish of Tiger power. Her serves gave Johnson County some competition, which helped the Tigers win the game. (photo by Brittany Thiesing)

do great at Districts, they need to focus on minimizing errors and not beating themselves down. “This week we are going to be working really hard preparing for districts on Saturday,” said sophomore Emily Barto. If the team

wins both of its matches at districts they will get a bid to the National Tournament in Toledo, Ohio. “We have to focus this week on Districts. All of our success so far means nothing if we do not perform at Districts and win,” said Bahner.

The night of Dig Pink the team showcased all sophomores and their families. Each one received a goodie bag from the players to commend them for their time spent with the Tigers this season. (photo by Brittany Theising)

With the Lady Tiger’s strong serves, blocks, and kills pulled them through a good game against Johnson County. In the end the team won the Jayhawk Conference and they all went home with their accomplished goal in their hands. (photo by Brittany Theising)

Training Tigers to defend the den After many months of hard work the new training center is finally finished being built. The new building is located at the Cowley Sports Complex. (file photo).

A home away from home, a turf away from the track, or a mound away from the field; no matter how it is put, it all means the same thing. The new training center construction and furnishing is coming to an end and its grand opening is about to come to a full blown sprint. In October 2010, the board of trustees approved the Travis Hafner training facility that was lead by a generous donation from 1997 Cowley graduate and current Major League Baseball player for the Indians. The center has come together fairly quickly, all the way from structure, electrical and roofing to the final touches. The center is located at 155 E. Pierce by the school’s baseball field and west of the track. The indoor practice facility is valued at $3.27 million dollars, making Hafner’s lead donation of $500,000 the largest in Cowley’s history. In addition to Hafner’s donation, the school is fundraising the remainder of the cost. Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Ben Schears, said “the fundraising for the new training center is coming along well. We have raised around $170,000 to date and have about $80,000 to go to reach our goal.” After a year of construction, the Travis Hafner training center will be opening on its newly pushed forward

date, Nov. 19. Rama Peroo, director of public relations, said “It has been incredible to watch the work being done on the Travis Hafner Training Center. To see construction on the massive facility begin in January and already be complete is amazing.” The center will hold an open house on that date from 1-4 p.m. that Saturday. Also, there will be an opportunity to meet the major leaguer and see how the center will benefit the athletes. The center contains an athletic training room, conference rooms, locker rooms and restrooms, multi-purpose rooms, batting cages, a weight facility, and coaches’ offices. Vice President of Business, Tony Crouch, said “the building itself should be a very functional design that will stand the test of time… as always, [the contractors] have done a first class job and have been a pleasure to work with.” The training center revolves around athletics and was desperately needed for the department. The teams needed another facility to practice in once they took on the addition of track and field and cross country. With Cowley’s excellence in sports this is a great addition to the athletic department. Also it will be a great year-round scouting tool.

Cowley’s newest building is the Travis Hafner training center located by the baseball field. The project began in the middle of October 2010 and all that is left are the finishing touches. The training center will be available for all athletes to use as an extra practice facility. (photo by Samantha Francis)


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Nov. 3, 2011

TAKING on A CHALLENGE Cowley tennis doubles attempt to take championship


eeking improvement through tough matches, Cowley men and women’s tennis team took part in the USTA/ ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala. Facing some of the best junior college players of the nation, sophomores, Nei dos Santos and Zack Evenden represented the men’s team while sophomores, Diana Davitaia and Zsofia Biro took the court for the women.

Cowley’s tennis team demonstrated its ability to compete at high levels, although the results did not reflect the performance of both doubles teams. Lady Tiger sophomores Davitaia and Biro made it to the double final after defeating the duo Dahbi/Amen of Georgia Perimeter College and Logan/Thornsburg of Cypress College. In the final, the Tigers lost to Kerrie Cartwright and Audrey Leitz of

Representing the women at the small college championships in Mobile, Ala. Sophomore Zsofia Biro and her partner Diana Davitaia made it to the double final. Biro shown here warming up at a spring match at Wilson Park in Ark City. (file photo)

Demostrating a form that keeps him ranked high on the tennis team Connor Tebow (file photo)

Tyler Junior College 4-6, 5-7. The second set was tied 5-5 before the team from Tyler closed the match by winning the last two games. Despite the duo’s loss in the final, Davitaia said she is pleased with the performance of the duo “My doubles partner Biro Laura Zsofia and I played very well. We got in the final but we had an unlucky match,” said Davitaia. “ We tried our best, we were so close to win the nationals but

it is okay, we learned a lot of things for the future tournaments” The duo of Nei and Zack didn’t have the same strong performance as the Ladies, since they went 1-2 in double plays at the Championship. In the first match, against Fresno City College, after losing the first set 5-7 the duo was able to beat the opponent 6-3, 11-9. The remaining matches did not go as expected when the Tigers lost to the doubles teams from Collin

County and Los Angeles Pierce College, thus placing fourth at the tourney. One of the reasons the men’s team was not able to perform their best was due to Nei’s injuries “I was injured, and I could not play my best,” said dos Santos, “Now I am treating and looking forward, practicing hard for the season. I will focus on my fitness, working hard to be stronger and stay away from injuries.” Head Coach Josh Cobble

said he is pleased about the way the players played in the championship. “Overall it was a good tournament, they played very well. I definitely saw some improvement,” said Cobble, “We are doing the right things and we need just to keep pushing forward.”

team has had an impressive season, and broken many personal records this year. Maybe they will snag a posi-

tion in the national tournament, breaking another Cowley record. “Overall it was a great season for us,”

said Vaz. “I’m proud to have been a part of the team,” Vaz said.

Another game another record Cowley soccer team defeats Kansas City Blue Devils 4-0

What is special about this year’s soccer team? Throughout the year, the team has conquered multiple personal records and, in their most recent game, the team won their first playoff game ever and will advance in the Region IV playoffs; standing off against Coffeyville on Saturday. The team was led by Ruy Vaz, freshman, with three goals and another impressive shot by Sax Adams, sophomore, bringing the winning score to four points. The Tiger offense prowled the field, refusing to let the Blue Devil’s defense have any respite through the entire game. Showing excellent teamwork, and footwork, the Tigers passed the ball to each other often during the entire game; rarely giving the Blue Devils a chance to attempt to score. The Cowley team forced Kansas City on the defense and did not let up. Adams scored the first goal after receiving the ball from Juan Delgado, sophomore, fifteen minutes into the first half. Then, not five minutes later, Vaz scored the second goal of the night, only to score another goal four minutes later. The last goal of the night came six minutes into the second half, once again by Vaz. Vaz said “it was amazing because it was the first time the Tiger soccer team went to regional playoffs in Topeka.” Cowley’s defense was also impressive, only faltering at the end of the second half.

Even then, after an exhausting ninety minutes, the Devils still had nothing to show for against the defensive skill of the Cowley Tigers. Ian Mutio, sophomore goalie from England, successfully defended against the seven attempts to score by the Devils. The Tiger defense quickly got the ball out of their field and to their offensive players every time the Devils took the ball on the offense.

“The sophomores united the team, but the freshman were strong. When we started the season we didn’t know what we could do, but we improved and got better as the season went on,” said Antonio Ayres, a sophomore from Brazil. The second round of playoffs is coming quickly. Both Cowley and Coffeyville are boasting impressive records. Cowley with a record of 132-2, and Coffeyville with 141-2, the two teams will play against each other in Topeka on Saturday. After the liberal helping of second-string players on the field Tuesday, the Tigers should be well rested for the game. Cowley, and three other teams, are still contenders for the conference title; something that the team has not achieved in the past. The

After swiping the ball from the Kansas City Blue Devils, freshman Israel Chalupe makes his way down the side of the field. Cowley won 4-0. (photo by Brandon Hanchett)

Issue 3 2011  

online edition

Issue 3 2011  

online edition