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Campus clubs get involved and interact with future students at HutchCC’s Community Day and Fire Science Field Day

Volleyball is victorious against Colby Wednesday and is second in Jayhawk West

The student voice of Hutchinson Community College

October 20, 2017

Vol. 59 Issue 6

Students investigate the S U P E R N A T U R A L By Merissa Anderson Collegian Editor

October is prime time for an onslaught of various ghosts and ghouls and Montana Thompson and Trae Jackson have taken it upon themselves to investigate some of the places rumored to be the most haunted in Kansas. Jackson attended Hutchinson Community College last semester before transferring to K-State but still returns to HutchCC often to hangout with her

Merissa Anderson/Editor Montana Thompson, left and Trae Jackson, right, spend their free time investigating places rumored to be the most haunted in Kansas and search for ghosts.

Students deck the dorms with spooky apparel

By Jack Greenwood Staff Writer

Halloween is right around the corner. But oh no, your dorm isn’t near spooky enough! Where can a college student on a budget find all the proper scary materials they need for Halloween? Finding cheap, but quality, decorations is simple. Dollar Tree can be your best friend during the holidays while on a budget. They have all sorts of wall hangs, table decorations, door decorations and, of course, candy. And all of it is only for one dollar, a deal that can’t be beat. Target also has a nice selection of discount decorations. One can find a cozy table cloth, small ghost garland or a stylized “Hocus Pocus” bowl. Skull cups and elixir bottles are also a great choice. It also never hurts to

Jack Greenwood/Staff Writer ask family and friends for Outdoor lights can any small decorations they also be strung around the may not use anymore. All top of the wall by using the items from both places small push pins or thumbhold up nicely and are easy tacks. to find space for in a dorm If you’re feeling exroom. tremely adventurous, one When decorating the can also find a door cling room, space can sometimes to cover the outside part be an issue. However, many of your door. Your dorm places offer good homes neighbors will know you for decorations even when mean spooky business. it seems they may not. For Being away from home example, a scary skeleton can be stressful and somecan be hung on the inside times depressing. But that of your door and a witch’s doesn’t mean anyone has to hat can be stuck to the wall miss out on some good old with some scotch tape. Halloween decorations.

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close friend, Thompson, who is currently a second year Fire Science student here at HutchCC. The pair begin their adventures by looking online for places that are said to be haunted. For their first adventure, they chose a children’s cemetery just outside of Burlington. “There was a bus crash with kids and a man and they all died,” Jackson said. “You can’t have any electronics and you sit there at night and wait a few minutes and rumors say that man will thump on your car to get you to leave and you’ll see the hand prints of the children on your car.” Thompson then jumped

in to finish the story of their paranormal experience. “We didn’t listen when he thumped on the car,” Thompson said. “30 seconds it was like a tree smashed on top of our car so we got out of there and when we got back into town and there were fingerprints on car everywhere.” Despite the warnings to not use electronics in the cemetery, they took their chances and posted their ordeal on snapchat as it happened. They saved the videos but were deleted from their camera roll the next day. Although their first haunted experience was frightening for them, they continued their search through the state. “We went to the Devil’s Church which is a stone building that burned down with a pentagram on the floor when you walk in,” Thompson said. “We walk up there in the middle of the day and it was creepy and weird but we didn’t hear anything while we were recording but it felt like someone was following you,” Jackson said. “We went back through the video and something says ‘children’

and it’s a devilish, weird voice. I won’t go back.” In addition to the ghostly voice found in their recording of the church, they also called a friend while investigating the area. A few days after the phone call

with their friend, he came to them claiming the he too was hearing a disembodied laughter seemingly from a child in his kitchen. “Since he was on the phone with us while we were hunting ghosts, they went to him too,” Thompson said. Despite their frightening experiences, Thompson and Jackson aren’t afraid of any harm that may come from their ghost hunting. “We don’t mess with them super crazy and we’re friendly and hang out with them,” Thompson said. The two encourage students to also pursue ghost hunting for fun. “We just go to be scared out of our pants,” Jackson said. “Yeah, we go for the experience and then we run away,” Thompson said. Their next adventure will be the Hutchinson Public Library where the ghost of Ida Day, a librarian back in 1901, still haunts the basement to this day.

Merissa Anderson/Collegian Neal Allsup, Music Appreciation instructor and Badinage Director, poses with his friend, Rick R. Mortise. The skeleton has ridden shotgun in Allsup’s vehicle for several years and waves to those walking by in the parking lot at Stringer.


Have you ever experienced anything supernatural in your life?

Oct. 20 — Caramel Apple Bar in PSU, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Oct. 20 — Symphonic band “Autumn Colors” in Stringer Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21—Home Football and Homecoming vs Butler, noon at Gowan’s stadium Oct. 27 — No Classes, Recruitment Day

“No I haven’t, but it would be cool if I did have a supernatural experience.” — Abagale Brown, Hutchinson

“I lived in a house built on a cemetery and it sounded like someone was walking up the stairs and nobody was there.” — Emily Buckland Junction City

“No I can’t think of anything, probably because I don’t believe in ghosts.” — Tyler Wheat, McPherson

“ My house that was built by a freed slave after the Civil War and is 100 years old makes creaking sounds when no one is around.” — Sarah Loomis, Council Grove

“I don’t like ghosts or scary movies and don’t even go to haunted houses so I haven’t had anything happen.” — Natalie Graves, Topeka


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Trick-or-treating Blues Think they’re too old to trick-or-treat? Our view A popular issue that has never been resolved is the controversy surrounding the proper trick-or-treating age. It is common that adults turn away most teenagers and adults when they come to their door on Halloween night asking for candy. How old is too old though? If teenagers are asking for candy rather than drinking, smoking, or doing other criminal activities, then shouldn’t adults encourage them to go trick-or-treating? There are also some exceptions for teenagers and adults going door-todoor asking for candy. What if the teenager or adult is mentally handicapped and wants to enjoy the holiday? What if a foreign exchange student has a once in a lifetime opportunity to partake in the thrilling American tradition?

If your issue is about running out of candy, then the teenager would most likely understand that the children could receive the candy instead. It is the owner’s right to give to whoever they want, so the trick-or-treater should also respect the wishes of the candy giver. There are always more houses to go to. An understandable reason for not dishing out the treats would be if there are teenagers or adults approaching your door with nothing but a plastic bag and a snarky attitude. The candy should be a reward for a neat costume. Halloween is supposed to be fun and exciting and judgment has no place in this spooky, fall holiday. It should be about the experiences, not the personal issues. You could make an older kid’s day by giving them a smile and piece of candy in their bag. It’s not a matter of life or death and you’ll making great Halloween memories for someone.

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The unfortunate events of Brenna When I was 3-years old, I had an imaginary friend. Or so I thought. His name was Jacob. According to my sisters and parents, I talked to him, laughed with him, and made my mom pour drinks for him. I did this so often my sisters asked me where he was so they didn’t have to sit near him. If he wasn’t there, I would simply just tell them he wasn’t with me at the time. I was 3, so of course I’m basing this off of what my sisters and parents have told me. Apparently it scared them the most because I was so serious about it. I would yell at my mom if she didn’t make something for Jacob and tell her to get him some juice. On road trips my sisters would ask if Jacob came with us, every time

My paranormal experience

I would say, “He stayed at the barn house.” When we moved from that country house, I was especially sad because I had to leave my best friend behind. Now, imagine hearing this story for the first time as an 8-year old at your grandparents’ house right before going to sleep. All of my cousins and I would gather in the living room and tell scary stories, and my cousins were fortunate enough to be able to sleep after telling stories. I, however, was not so lucky. I would either have to sleep in my parents’ room or I would stay up all night terrified of everything. So, when my sister Leisha informed me that I used to have a ghost-friend named Jacob, I was already doomed to have a sleepless night and still scared myself years after that picturing

what he might have looked like.


Brenna Eller I asked my mom about the house we used to live in and she told me about all of the crazy unexplainable things that happened there. My dad claimed to see an older woman walking around the house all the time, he thought it was my sisters, but checked and

everyone was in bed. There was an older man that I claimed to see along with Jacob. One day, my mom was in the basement folding laundry and my little sister and I were with her. All of a sudden I erupted with laughter. She asked me what was wrong, and I said, “He’s teasing me Mommy.” She stopped what she was doing and looked around for someone, no one else was there and she said, “Who’s teasing you?” I pointed right above me and said, “That man right there.” She dropped everything and took my sister and I both upstairs. When my mom went to ask about the history of that house, she went to our neighbor who used to live in the house growing up. He told her about the deaths that happened there.

One boy was out in a pasture when a stampede trampled him to death, we figure that one to be Jacob, but aren’t exactly sure. The older man was our neighbor’s dad. He told my mom that his dad loved kids and loved to “tease” them. When she heard, “tease” she knew that was the man that I saw. What three-year old says, “tease”? The lady was his step-mother. She was apparently abusive and would wear strong perfume, which my mom could smell in the bathroom. She said it would give her a headache because of how strong the odor was. I remember believing Jacob was my guardian angel protecting me from all of the bad things in the house. I also recall telling my siblings that Jacob didn’t come with me any-

where and when we moved, I told them that he wanted to stay at his home, which was the barn house. Now I like to tell the story for fun and freak people out. It’s also fun to scare my sisters. Sometimes if a door makes a creaking sound or if the wind blows something really hard, I say, “Oh don’t worry, it was just Jacob.” They always get mad and yell at me that, “It’s not funny!” I enjoy “teasing” them whenever I can. On the bright side, if there really is one from this story, I don’t see ghosts anymore. I used to try to look for ghosts and wanted to be a ghost hunter, but since I haven’t seen anything supernatural after that experience. I think I can handle not being the next Melinda Gordan, A.K.A, “Ghost Whisperer”.

Why Halloween is my favorite holiday

It’s that time of year again - a time where witches, vampires, werewolves and zombies roam the streets. A time to get lost in a corn maze, make jack-o’lanterns and watch “Hocus Pocus”. It’s a time to be free. Which is why I am here to say that Halloween is the best holiday. I’m sure there are many Christmas and Thanksgiving enthusiasts out there who would be appalled to hear that line. But hear me out. I have several reasons Halloween is the best. First of all, as I said,

it’s a time to be free. People can dress as their favorite heroes or monsters and be as daring as they want. There is no pressure to look or act a certain way. Wear as crazy of a costume as you want. For me, that freedom also means getting to be someone else. When I was younger, I remember dressing up as Superman and feeling like I could conquer the world. It’s a day when people don’t have to be themselves, and be someone that makes them feel invincible. Second, Halloween has no obligations. During Thanksgiving and Christ-

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lieve you’re living the life you need just because you listen to Lady Gaga instead of Frank Sinatra, or (heaven forbid) politics get brought up, and your elderly family wants to know who you voted for and why. But Halloween isn’t like that. Halloween is a celebration based on the old pagan holiday, All Hallows Eve, when the dead can revisit the living world. But let’s face it, Halloween is a lot of fun. All the fun haunted houses, monster makeup, and “thriller” flash mobs make this holiday one of the most diverse in terms


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of traditions and one of the most enjoyable. It’s hard not to find something you love in terms of the fall and Halloween atmosphere. Finally, the spooky atmosphere is addicting. Who doesn’t get goose bumps when seeing velvet spider decorations or hear the howl of a wolf-man? Who doesn’t get excited at the thought of walking through a tall corn maze, or an elaborate haunted house? All these and so many more give me a real adrenaline high and excitement that makes the 364-day wait well worth it.

The idea that ghosts will be wandering our streets or witches flying through our skies gives me the best kind of shivers. In conclusion, Halloween is about so much more than the pumpkin spice latte or the buckets full of candy (although I love both of those things). Halloween gives freedom for all and a spooky sensation that just can’t be matched. So you can keep your Christmas trees and Thanksgiving turkeys. I’ll be more than happy with everything that makes Halloween my favorite holiday.

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The top five movies you need to watch before Halloween 1. Hocus Pocus (1993)

This movie is the most iconic Halloween movie of all time, and I will argue that until I die. Three witches, The Sanderson Sisters, are accidentally brought back from the dead and in an attempt to stay young forever, begin to steal the souls of the children of Salem. Max, Allison, Dani and Binx attempt to fight off their wicked curses and spells, all while the witches bicker and argue their way through a world full of suprises.

By Jack Greenwood Staff Writer

Why you need to watch: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy give us the gift of the Sanderson Sisters. These three witches, give us iconic comedy roles all while making us fear lighting another black flame candle. This film has gone on to become a cult classic, and gives us iconic lines “Another glorious morning… makes me sick!” and a song number by Midler (I put a spell on you) that is simply… to die for. This movie is Halloween, scary and frightful yet full of magic. But just remember... it’s just hocus pocus!

3. The Addams Family (1991) The wonderfully spooky family everyone knows in some form or another, returns to us in a full-length feature film that delights. Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday and Pugsley welcome back Uncle Fester into their lives after his long disappearance. But is it really him? Why you need to watch: Quite simply, they are the Halloween family. The creepiness of their house and interests is met with a humorous charm that is intoxicating for all audiences. Anjelica Huston is perfect in her role as Morticia Addams and the rest of the cast delivers memorable performances sure to leave you in the spooky mood.

2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Many have asked the question “Is this movie a Halloween or Christmas movie?” Personally, I see no problem watching Jack Skellington all year round. But, for arguments sake, I say this is a Halloween movie. It brings us into another “Halloweentown”, this time darker, and at times, more disturbing. Watch the PuTg mpkin King as he attempts to take over Christmas and redefine Santa Claus. Why you need to watch: First of all, this is Tim Burton’s best movie. Period. The man is a genius, but it would be hard to find more beloved characters or more enchanting songs about frights and fear. On top of that, the world of Halloween is brought to love in a beautiful animated stop-motion format that is simply haunting. This film brings all the thrills of a scary movie, while bringing the music and charm of a family movie.

4. Halloweentown (1998)

5. Halloween (1978)

Three children, Marnie, Dylan and Sophie, are never allowed to celebrate Halloween. Except, when their magical Grandma (who is actually a witch) visits them on Halloween night. The film is a Disney Channel classic that takes us on an adventure to save the fictional place known as “Halloweentown” a place where the creatures of Halloween live in harmony.

In what would become an instant classic among horror fans, this 1978 cult hit launched the career of Jamie Lee Curtis and gave new meaning to the term “slasher film.” Michael Meyers is a mentally unstable child who is locked away after murdering his sister. Years later he returns to Haddonfield, Illinois and begins stalking and killing a group of high school students.

Why you need to watch: This film truly gives back that magical feeling we had on Halloween as kids. You see all of the classic monsters that plagued your nightmares as kids, come back in a movie for the whole family. The late great Debbie Reynolds dazzles as the spellcasting Grandma Aggie, one of her most fun performances to watch. Overall, this film may not scare you, but it gives you back the Halloween you dreamt of as a child.

Why you need to watch: There is no denying that Jamie Lee Curtis is the ultimate “Scream Queen.” If you want a true classic slasher to watch, this film has a ton of jump scares, a classic killer, and that familiar Michael Meyers suspense music that will make your heart stop every time you hear it.

Fulfill your need for fright at haunted houses By Brenna Eller Opinion Page Editor

Halloween is in just a few more short weeks and with that in mind, it’s time to start thinking about places to go to get spooked.


Around Hutchinson, there are a few well populated “haunted houses” such

as, Field of Screams located in Maize, the Haunted Cannery in El Dorado and Forest of Fear in Udall. Field of Screams is set up in a cornfield where surprises lurk around every cornstalk. During the wait to enter this spooky maze, there are actors dressed in scary costumes standing around making people jump by getting as close as a half of an inch from their face. There is also a video with horror-movie themes that plays before you go in making the environment much creepier. As if it wasn’t scary enough, they have a Clown Town in the middle of the field where clowns jump out when least expected. The Haunted Cannery is a ride of terror set in Walter’s Pumpkin Patch. There is a hay-ride that brings

people around a cornfield, and leads to an abandoned grain elevator. Once they stop, passengers get off and explore the 4-story elevator, filled with surprises and jump-scares at every turn.

Get Scared!

Field of Screams Gates open at 7, field opens at dark: 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 The Haunted Cannery Open Friday and Saturday until the end of October: 20, 21, 27, 28 Forest of Fear Open from dark to 12 AM 20, 21, 27, 28 and open from dark to 11 PM 22, 26, 29, 31

Another interesting fact about the Haunted Cannery is that some of the dressed up volunteers helping run the event are Bishop Carol students.

Pumpkin treats for your holiday sweet-tooth

By Amanda Carney Online Editor

It’s finally fall, and that means one thing – it’s officially pumpkin season and that means carving pumpkins, eating pumpkin foods and drinking pumpkin drinks. One of my favorite parts of fall is baking anything with pumpkin in it. My top three pumpkin recipes are pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake roll, and pumpkin bread. Pumpkin cookies are my number one fall recipe. This recipe is extremely easy to follow and nontime consuming. I often

Pumpkin Cookies 2 Cups Flour 1 ¼ teaspoons Baking Power 1 teaspoon Baking Soda 1 ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Spice ½ teaspoon Salt 2 Eggs 1 ¼ Cups Brown Sugar ½ Cup Canola Oil 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1 Cup Pumpkin Bake at 375 degrees for 1012 minutes. Fill free to add cream cheese frosting for extra flavor.

add cream cheese once the cookies are done cooling to add extra flavor.

The pumpkin Cake Roll is my second favorite fall thing to bake. I love baking this because it is a recipe me and my mom have been following for years. We found this recipe from Taste of Home online. If you want to bake this, I suggest having ample time to bake before starting this recipe. I had to add the classic pumpkin bread to my top three favorite fall foods to bake. This is one of my favorites to bake because it is an easy to follow precipice, you can even turn the bread into muffins. I often bake this the night before a busy day and grab a slice to go.

Cookies/ The receipe is extremely easy to follow and can be finished in no time at all. After cooled you can add cream cheese frosting to to complete your sweet treat.

If you are wanting an authentic paranormal experience, the Forest of Fear in Udall has actual documentation of supernatural events. During the wait, there is an outdoor scary movie, a campfire, people telling ghost stories, and a snack area. To make the landscape spookier, the creatures heard aren’t all man made. If you’re willing to travel a few extra miles for your thrill and to support a good cause, then head to the Haunted Trail in Lindsborg. The event is hosted by the Salemsborg Church Youth Group and all proceeds from the free-will donations benefit their group. More info can be found on their Facebook page. There are plenty other haunted houses in the area, so check a few out if you are a thrill seeker.

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From Ireland to America: The History of Halloween By Emma Cox Campus Editor

Halloween wasn’t always in America. It is thought to be originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The ‘Celts’ who live 2,000 years ago in the area that is now known as Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on Nov. 1 so Oct. 31 became their celebration day. Samhain is an Irish/ Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or what is known as the

“darker half” of the year. Traditionally it is celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, as the Celtic day begins at sunrise and as it ends at sunset. People would light bonfires and dress up in costumes to ward off ghosts. In the 18th century, Pope Gregory III designated Nov. 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs. All Saints’ Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as “All Hallows Eve” and later became “Halloween.” Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular community-based event char-

acterized by child-friendly activities such as “Trick-orTreat”. It was a while before Halloween came about in the United States. In the 19th century, America was flooded with new immigrants, mostly Irish fleeing the potato famine in 1846, which helped popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began dressing up in costumes and went house to house, asking for food or money which eventually became today’s “Trick-orTreat” tradition.

Samhain Festival/ Samhain is an Irish/Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or better known as the ‘darker’ half of the year.


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Community Day October 7

Photos by Merissa Anderson/Editor

The campus bookstore sells discounted T-Shirts and other goodies that help advertise for the college. The Day gets local citizens involved with HutchCC.

Duke the Dragon plays a life-sized game of Hungry Hippos. The game was a hit with kids in attendance and was a great way to get them involved in the day.

The HutchCC Badinage and jazz band fills the day with music and keeps the crowd entertained. Speakers allowed them to be heard throughout the event.

The Student Fire Fighter Association allows the eager children to spray the low pressure hose at plastic fire signs and wear the specialized coat and helmet.

Fire Science Field Day

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HutchCC Fire Science hosts their annual Field Day and invites high schoolers interested in joining the program. Some even got to gear up for the first time.


• Continued from Page 6 placed in the Top 20 with an 18th-place finish. The Blue Dragons averaged a time of 27:55.58, scored 117 total points and finished 5th overall. Cloud County placed first in the standings, followed by

Cowley County Community College, Bacone, Butler Community College and then Hutchinson. Men’s golf - The No. 6 golf team traveled almost 500 miles as they competed in the NJCAA National Preview in Lubbock, Texas. Australian-born Douglas Rios-Ceballos shot a 69 and finished 15th overall during

The biology club educates kids with various pig lungs to demonstrate the effects of smoking on the body. They also brought pig hearts for kids to see as well.

Photos by Merissa Anderson/Editor

Sophomore students demonstrate how to extinguish a car fire to the crowd of students watching them. HutchCC has one of the top fire programs in the nation. Tuesday’s round. Andrew Rios-Ceballos and Cole Gritton shot a 71 each to tie for the 23rd place. As a team, the Blue Dragons placed eighth in the 15team field. Out of 54 holes, the team shot 883. The next competition for the team is at Sangri La country Club in Monkey Island, Oklahoma.

The star event of the show was when sophomore fire students and an instructor worked to extinguish a demonstration fire inside of their metal burn building. The Field Day is a great recruitment tool for the program.

Wednesday was a busy day as several homecoming nominees attended both events such as Montana Thompson, SFFA nominee and featured on Page 1.

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Volleyball sweeps aside Colby, moves into second place ‘Check’ out

the HutchCC chess club Cassidy Crites Staff writer

Photos by Allie Schweizer/HutchCC Sports Information Hutchinson Community College’s Patricia Joseph (15) and Leonie Wienkaemper jump to block an attack by Colby’s Karissa Winkel (1) during a Wednesday match at the Sports Arena. Hutchinson won the match 25-21, 25-20, 25-13.

HutchCC’s Nina Pevic tips the ball over Colby’s Marija Mamic (7) and Julie Archer (8), who attempt to block.

HutchCC’s Cassidy Crites sets the ball for a teammate during Wednesday’s match at the Sports Arena.

HutchCC jazz band ready to fire up sweet sounds By Amanda Carney Online Editor

Get your jazz hands ready and go support Hutchinson Community College’s very own jazz band. Concert jazz band, vocal jazz group and badinage have their first concert in November. If you want to see the band before, be sure and keep an eye out for jazz combo gigs at Metropolitan Coffee. No date had been determined yet. When asked what jazz is, Nick Schroder, jazz band director and teacher said, “It’s music with improvisation in it, it has expressive blues affects and advanced harmony rhythm.” In order to join jazz band, you must have musical experience. Auditions are held at the beginning of each year to see what band you will be placed in. Another option for people interested in joining a band, without music experience, is jazz combo. You can have lots of experience or no

experience at all to join this club. “You are always more than welcome to come and listen if you do not feel like playing,” said Allison Ediger, jazz member band and HutchCC

sophomore. Jazz combo teaches jazz standards and the basics of improvisation. When asked what her favorite part about jazz band Ediger said, “The feeling of unity/ togetherness we all feel.

We’ve got a fantastic music faculty and they make sure that we’re working in a nonjudgmental environment where everyone feels like they belong/ play a major role in our success.” When asked how

much is required to practice, Ediger said, “I practice whenever I’ve got the time. “Everyone has heard that practice makes perfect. It’s just as true for music as it for anything else.”

Six years ago, Hutchinson Community College’s Duane Schmidt first introduced chess in one of his work ethics classes. “Chess teaches things like like decisions and consequences, and planning your strategy, thinking ahead, and it’s good for your brain,” Schmidt said. “And work ethics is a lot like that. It’s making good decisions and keeping track of stuff.” For three semesters, it stayed in the classroom until a student suggested they make it a club. The club worked well, gaining support from the administration. From there, the Schmidt club filtered into five local schools, starting with Hutchinson High School, then Allen Elementary, Holy Cross Elementary, Hutchinson Middle School 7 and Nickerson High School. On Saturday, the Hutchinson Community College Chess in the Schools program and the Hutchinson Community Foundation hosted a chess tournament provided by a Make It Greater Grant from the Fund for Hutchinson of the Hutchinson Community Foundation. The tournament was open to kids from all over ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. While no members from the college chess team competed, some helped out. The club features 20 members, which is a lower number, for this year. However, on the chess club is Gabe Purdy. Purdy has been named Kansas Champion five times, but his talents don’t stop there. Purdy can play the game blindfolded and has once played 33 different people at one time, winning 28 of those games. For now, the chess club has not competed in any tournaments. However, there is an upcoming tournament for any HutchCC students. The date has not been set yet, but chess sets and money will be awarded to the winners. The club meets Monday’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday’s from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is always looking for new members to join. “Anyone is welcome to join, regardless of the amount of knowledge towards the game. We teach people how to play all the time,” Schmidt said. While the main focus of the club is chess, Schmidt said he felt there is more to it than the game. “It’s not just chess. The least important thing about chess club is chess. It’s about friendships,” Schmidt said.

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Athlete of the week

Courtesy photo/HutchCC Sports Information Hutchinson Community College soccer player Jayde Miyamoto (19) has been playing with a heavy heart this season. Her younger sister, Mia, a former high school soccer teammate of Jayde’s, died earlier this year after a two-year bout with cancer.

HutchCC sophomore suffered death of sister during the spring By Lucas Barlow Sports Editor Hutchinson Community College sophomore Jayde Miyamoto spends most of her waking hours practicing or competing for the Blue Dragons’ soccer team. Although Miyamoto is busy juggling classes and practice, she has to be enjoying herself at the moment – her team is currently 12-1-1, and sit second place in the conference. However, Miyamoto can remember a time when life wasn’t so joyful and exciting. In 2015 Miyamoto was in her last semester of high school. She was also finishing up her last year on the Topeka Hayden’s soccer team, a team that made three state-tournament appearances in her four years. Miyamoto was also in the hospital with her sister and teammate, 15 year-old Mia Miyamoto who tore her ACL during a practice session. A few weeks later, Mia

was in the hospital again, this time for chest pains. After a series of tests, the doctor announced some of the worsts words a family could hear – Mia had terminal cancer. She was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. The family was in shock. “We just didn’t believe it,” Miyamoto said. The doctor told Miyamoto Mia she only had a short time to live and did not recommend chemotherapy. Ignoring that recommendation, Mia decided to undergo chemo straight away, telling the world that she was a fighter and she wasn’t giving up easily. Seasons changed, and Miyamoto moved to Hutchinson in the fall to begin her freshman year of

college. Mia continued the therapy into 2016 and had well outlived the initial three months the doctors gave her. Only weeks into the second semester, Miyamoto decided to move back to her hometown to be with her mother and sister and support them. She enrolled in online classes through HutchCC in order to keep her scholarship. In March, Mia had her last treatment – almost one year after being diagnosed. For almost seven months, the cancer was in remission. But grief struck once again in October when Mia found a lump on her body. Another one was found in November. Surgery was used to remove it. On Christmas Eve, a third was discovered. Afterward, Mia announced she didn’t wish to continue treatment. On Jan. 25, Mia Miyamoto died. She had battled cancer for nearly two years.

“I’ve always looked up to her even though she was my younger sister,” Miyamoto said. “Mia was fun, smart, and honestly one of the strongest people I’ve ever met.” Sharing the playing field with Mia was one of Miyamoto’s favorite experiences with her sister. “Being her teammate and being able to play with her and teach her new things meant a lot to me,” Miyamoto said. This fall, Jayde returned to HutchCC to start her sophomore year on the team. As she plays her final season, she wants to continue her soccer career, and attend the University of Kansas to further her business major. Although her sister is gone, Miyamoto still thinks about Mia all the time. “I know she’s up there looking after me, so it’s nice having her to think about during every game,” Miyamoto said. “She really encourages me to do my best.”

Blue Dragon football moves up to No. 9 after road win By Lucas Barlow Sports Editor

It’s official. The ninth-ranked Hutchinson Community College football team is now eligible for a bowl game.

The Blue Dragons haven’t been eligible since the 2014 season, as had back-to-back 5-6 seasons in 2015 and 2016. However, most notably, they have already exceeded the amount of wins of the past two seasons with a current 6-1 record. This past Saturday, Hutchinson traveled to Iowa Falls, Iowa to take on Ellsworth Community College. Coming fresh off of a bye week, the Blue Dragons cruised

past the Panthers, never behind at any point in the game. After the game was delayed because of potential severe weather, the game got rolling at 3 p.m., but the persistent showers left the grass field wet and muddy. Hutchinson went with a run-heavy approach, as they rushed for 307 yards, and passed for only 30. Sophomore Otis Williams led the charge on the ground as he picked up 122 rushing yards, a season high for him. B.J. Emmons and Dezmon Jackson both picked up 70-plus yards a piece, with 70 and 73 respectively. Quarterback

Cam Jones scored two of the three Blue Dragon touchdowns with a pair of 1-yard quarterback sneaks. Luke Niemeyer became Hutchinson’s all-time leader in field goals when he kicked a 22-yarder in the second quarter. The Blue Dragons won their fifth straight as the game ended 25-13. Saturday’s game will end homecoming week at Hutchinson as the Blue Dragons take on Butler Community College (52, 3-2 conf.). The Blue Dragons haven’t beat the Grizzlies since 2014. The game is scheduled for a noon kickoff.

NJCAA Top 20 poll

First-place votes in parentheses. Jayhawk Conference teams in bold 1. Iowa Western (6) 6-1 2. Arizona Western (2) 5-0 3. Trinity Valley (1) 6-1 4. Hinds 6-0 5. Blinn 6-1 6. Northwest Mississippi 5-1 7. East Mississippi 6-1 8. Independence 6-1 9. Hutchinson 6-1 10. Jones County 6-1 11. Snow 6-1 12. Scottsdale 6-1 13. Georgia Military 5-1 14. Tyler 5-2 15. Mississippi Gulf Coast 5-2 16. Butler 5-2 17. Lackawanna 5-1 18. NE Oklahoma A&M 5-2 19. Louisburg 5-0 20. Navarro 4-3 Others Receiving Votes: Monroe College (6-1); Itawamba (4-3); Garden City (4-3); Holmes (5-2); ASA New York (51); Central Lakes (6-1). 

(Oct. 8-14) Otis Williams, football The week: Williams, a sophomore RB from Tampa, Florida, had a breakout game Williams Saturday at Ellsworth, Iowa. After mustering just 178 yards in the first six games of the seaosn, Williams rushed for 122 yards on 12 carries in helping Hutchinson beat Ellsworth 25-13. Although he didn’t score a touchdown, those 122 yards amounted to more than a third of Hutchinson’s offense. The season: Williams has rushed for 300 yards and two touchdowns. He has also caught three passes this season for the 6-1 Blue Dragons.

Cross country teams wrap up regular season By Lucas Barlow Sports Editor

El Dorado was the spot of the fifth and final regular season meet for the Hutchinson Community College cross country team. The No. 13-ranked women’s team was led by freshman Sarah Patterson as she crossed the finish line 16th overall with a time of 20 minutes, 19.81 second. She joins teammates Maggie Lambert and and Aileen Gomez as top finishers this year. The Blue Dragons scored 136 points and finished fourth out of the eight teams participating. Cowley Community College dominated the race with its top six runners all placing in the top 10. Butler Community College and Allen County Community College placed second and third respectively. Men’s Cross Country - Monday’s Ollie Isom Invitational was the last chance for the men to run before the Region 6 Championship on Oct. 30 in Garden City. Freshman Connor Kaufman once again led the men’s team as he finished his eight-kilometer race in 14th place with a time of 27:17.4. Jared Stark also See Roundup, Page 4

Blue Dragon sports schedules, results. All home games, events in caps.

Cross country

Sept. 1, MASTERSON TWILIGHT CLASSIC, men 4th, women 3rd Sept. 16, at Missouri Southern State, men 9th, women 10th Sept. 30, at OSU Cowboy Jamboree, men 5th, women 7th Oct. 7, at FHSU Tiger Open, men 6th, women 6th Oct. 16, at Ollie Isom Invitational, men 5th, women 4th


Aug. 28, COFFEYVILLE, W 50-42 Sept. 2, at Iowa Western, L 27-21 Sept. 9, REZOLUTION PREP, W 91-0 Sept. 16, at Garden City, W 31-28 Sept. 23, HIGHLAND, W 13-10 2OT

Sept. 30, IOWA CENTRAL, W 42-14 Oct. 14, at Ellsworth, W 25-13 Oct. 21, BUTLER, noon Oct. 27, at Independence, 6 p.m. Nov. 4, FORT SCOTT, noon Nov. 11, at Dodge City, 1 p.m.


Oct. 2-3, at Newman invitational, 6th Oct. 9-10, at Iowa Western, 4th Oct. 15-16, at NJCAA Preview Oct. 23-24, at Missouri Southern Invitational Oct. 30-31, at Dr Pepper Invitational

Men’s basketball (nonconference)

Nov. 1, FRIENDS JV, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, NORTH LAKE, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 4, NEO, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, at Tabor JV, 7:30 p.m.


Aug. 25, NORTHEAST NEBRASKA, W 3-0 Aug. 27, TRINIDAD STATE, W 6-0 Aug. 31, ROSE STATE, W 1-0 Sept. 6, HESSTON, W 4-0 Sept. 9, BARTON, W 6-0 Sept. 13, at Pratt, W 6-0 Sept. 16, at NW Kansas Tech, W 2-1 Sept. 20, DODGE CITY, W 8-0 Sept. 23, at Garden City, W 6-0 Sept. 30, at Hesston, W 4-0 Oct. 4, at Barton, T 1-1 Oct. 6, PRATT, W 4-0 Oct. 11, NW KANSAS TECH, L 4-0 Oct. 14, GARDEN CITY, W 14-0

Oct. 18, at Dodge City, 8-0 Oct. 21, CLOUD COUNTY, 2 p.m. Oct. 23, at Cloud County, 1 p.m.


Aug. 25-26, at New Mexico Military tournament, 2-2 Aug. 30, GARDEN CITY, W 3-0 Sept. 1, at Cloud County, W 3-0 Sept. 6, DODGE CITY, W 3-0 Sept. 8-9, at Southern Idaho tournament, 2-2 Sept. 13, BUTLER, W 3-1 Sept. 16, at Colby, L 3-1 Sept. 18, at Barton, W 3-0 Sept. 20, at Pratt, W 3-0 Sept. 22-23, Blue Dragon Classic, 3-1 Sept. 25, at Garden City, W 3-0 Sept. 27, at Seward County, L 3-1

Sept. 29-30, at Tyler Invitational, 2-2 Oct. 4, CLOUD COUNTY, W 3-0 Oct. 9, at Butler, W 3-1 Oct. 11, BARTON, W 3-1 Oct. 13-14, at West Plains Classic, 2-2 Oct. 16, at Dodge City, W 3-0 Oct. 18, COLBY, W 3-0 Oct. 20, PRATT, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, at Seward County, 6:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball (nonconference)

Nov. 1, BETHANY JV, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7, LAMAR, 6 p.m. Dec. 29, Santa Fe, at Bradenton, Florida, noon Dec. 30, at Florida Southwestern, 2 p.m.

Oct 20, 2017 Hutchinson Collegian  
Oct 20, 2017 Hutchinson Collegian