Nov. 22, 2019 Hutchinson Collegian

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Remembering JFK

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HutchCC sophomore Singleton off to a great start

The 56th anniversary of his assassination The student voice of Hutchinson Community College

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Vol. 61 Issue 9

Missing out on the feast By Samarah Bailey Staff Writer

Imagine being a college student, waking up in your own bed, refreshed from a good night’s rest, to the smell of a warm Thanksgiving meal being prepared in your home. You’ve spent months living in the dorms, and you can already feel your stomach begging for a good, home-cooked meal with family. Thousands of students, all across the country, are anxiously waiting for that day to come. However, for some students at Hutchinson Community College, this simply isn’t the reality this Thanksgiving season. Many students who aren’t from Kansas are

choosing to stay in the area for Thanksgiving break for a variety of reasons. Malasian freshman Zhi Chen says she’s never celebrated Thanksgiving before, as “It’s not a special event in Asia so we didn’t celebrate. Instead, we celebrated a religious festival in Malaysia.” Also from Malaysia, sophomore Rex Teh, said it’s only his second time celebrating the holiday and he’s not sure what his plans are yet. “My friend is trying to invite me to (their) house, but because I think it’s kinda awkward,” Teh said, and I feel bad for interrupting their family. I may just stay in the dorms or I may go with them.” For students staying in the dorms, the cafeteria will be closed over break, and they will be charged nine dollars per day. All dorms will be closed starting Nov 26 at 2 pm and will reopen Dec 1 at 1 pm. So what do students do if they

Photo Illustration by Emily Branson/Collegian

don’t want to travel all the way back home but they also don’t want to stay in the dorms? “Me and a bunch of football players are going to a lady’s house we know in the community, and we will be staying the week with her,” said freshman football player Gereme Spraggins, who still has the Salt City Bowl on Dec. 7.

“I’m staying here because there’s no point in me going, I’m from Baltimore. That’s 19 hours away, so there’s no point in me going home for … three to four days, then come back up for a week, just to book another flight to go home for Christmas break.” With Christmas seemingly right around the corner, some students

have appeared to have skipped over Thanksgiving all together and are looking forward to the Christmas season. When asked what he thinks of the holiday, Teh said, “I think it’s a good way to express your thankfulness, and I think it’s a good thing too, because we have more time for studying for finals, and if you go home to

celebrate with your family, you have good food.” Spraggins also commented on his enjoyment of the holiday by saying, “It’s a free day of soul food. Of just food made from the soul, with seasoning and love. You’re (also) around family and cousins that you like.” Students who do stay at the dorms over break will not completely miss out on the traditional food. There will be a Thanksgiving meal provided by the cafeteria Nov 26 for lunch. This is free for any dorm students. There are also multiple local churches that will be providing Thanksgiving dinners for anyone who wants to take part in the festivities. Even though some students at HutchCC aren’t able to go home over Thanksgiving break, many of them have found ways to still be around people they care about and give thanks for everything they are given.

Jason Probst visits HutchCC for Town Hall

By Aaron Strain Web Master

Representative Jason Probst hosted the second of two town hall meetings sponsored by Hutchinson Community College’s Student Publications on Tuesday in Shears Technology Center. Probst represents Kansas’ 102nd House District, which includes southern Hutchinson. He spoke about his work in the legislature, and what he hopes to accomplish in the upcoming legislative year.


Like many Hutchinson residents on a certain August morning, Probst thought a truck hit his home when his computer monitor suddenly started shaking, followed by the rest of his house. The Kansas and US Geological Surveys suspect that those 4.0-plus-magnitude earthquakes resulted from oil and gas wastewa-

ter injection. As fluid pressure from injection wells in southern Kansas crept northward, faults surrounding Hutchinson became more prone to quakes. Currently, the KGS studies all of Kansas’ seismic activity with two permanent and several temporary monitoring wells. Earlier this year, Probst proposed drilling 10 additional monitoring wells across the state for use by the KGS. A onetime fee on disposal well drilling permits would fund these monitors. At the previous town hall, Rep. Paul Waggoner, R-Hutchinson, said this plan “could be overkill.” Probst said, “I don’t think it’s overkill. Ten wells is a start and financially doable.” Probst also said the state needs more detailed geological maps. “We sometimes don’t know there is a fault until there is an earthquake,”

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he said. After further research and mapping, Probst said an injection limit should be put in place in the area. In 2015, after reporting high fluid pressure and earthquake rates in Harper and Sumner Counties, the state imposed a limit on injection in those counties and quakes became less frequent.

Student loan debt

Probst said reductions in state support of public institutions and the privatization of student loans cause several economic problems students face. Historically, students could easily work their way through college, but that has changed. “The state hasn’t supported public institutions the way they used to … If you go back 30 years, you see a steady decline in the amount of tuition that is supported by state dollars,” Probst

The happenings around campus Friday — High: 36 Low: 24

Nov. 27 — Basketball vs. Coffeyville 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday — High: 50 Low: 29

Nov. 28 — Free Thanksgiving lunch @ Emanuel Lutheran Church 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

also believes that students should not be punished for wanting a continued education. “Traditional college is not a fit for everybody … but (trade school) is not a fit for everybody either,” Probst said.

Sunday — High: 60 Low: 35

Government and media relations

Before taking office, Probst was a reporter and editorial writer for The Hutchinson News. See Probst, Page 5

Courtesy Photo Jason Probst speaks to the community about his ideals.

Blue Dragons weekend forecast

Nov. 22-23 — A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 27-29 — Thanksgiving Break ~ Gobble Gobble

said. “The state has lowered its share of the cost, and so that gets spread somewhere else, often to higher tuition and higher fees that are (placed) on students. “(Loans) have become finance instruments. Instead of being a way to get through school with a reasonably priced loan that you could afford to pay, we’ve let big banks get into the business and make money off of it. We’re sending people out into the workforce with an enormous amount of debt which they can’t get out from under. It’s one of two debts that you can’t get rid of through bankruptcy – taxes and student loan debt. This was very well-crafted legislation for banks, and they did a good job of getting that through.” Probst said he supports students gaining a technical degree if they believe they are well-suited to a career in that field. He

Inside Scoop

Opinion: Page 2 - Emily Fehrman and Caleb Spencer write about their perspectives on bathroom etiquette Campus: Page 3 - What do students claim is the best Thanksgiving food? Campus: Page 4 - “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Preview


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The Hutchinson Collegian

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Editor In Chief Tabitha Barr Campus editor Jared Shuff Opinion page editor Emily Fehrman Sports editors Adam Kolb and Bailey Pennycuff Digital Content Coordinator Cody Schroeder Social Media Coordinator Shealynn Hubbs Online Content Editor Bailey Young Online Web Master Aaron Strain Editorial cartoonist Kristin Anguiano Staff members Samarah Bailey, Emily Branson, Jake Brown, Rachel Lyons, Bre Rogers, KJ Ryan, Caleb Spencer, Laci Sutton Adviser Brad Hallier

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The Hutchinson Collegian Friday, November 22 , 2019

Letter to the Editor Student voices campus security concerns Dear Editor: I have read what President Dr. Carter File said about campus security. I believe Hutchinson Community College needs campus security at all times. It would make people feel safe on campus at night. There are nights that I’ve noticed religious recruiters trying to pressure others, including me, into joining them. Levels of discomfort depend on the person. I am not scared of them, but others might be. There are incidents that have happened at the football games that have carried over to the campus. If we had better security, then some of these situations could be resolved. There are many problems that go unheard and unreported. The campus can be dangerous when HutchCC football players have altercations. The more unreported incidents, the less people are going to know about the dangers we face on campus everyday. The campus needs to upgrade security so these situations can be prevented before they are blown out of proportion. Sincerely, RJ Evans Hanceville, Ala., freshman

Men’s Bathrooms


No one likes to use a public bathroom. If you’re the one person that enjoys public bathrooms, I’m sorry to say it, but you’re probably a psychopath. I don’t make the rules; I just enforce them. With the mutual understanding of public bathrooms being an absolute cesspool out of the way, I don’t understand how people can live with themselves in making public bathrooms worse than they are in the first place. Can someone explain how dry Ramen noodles end up in the bathroom sinks in the dorms? Why are you making Ramen in the bathroom? That’s the last place any food should be prepared. Fun fact of the day- bathrooms are not kitchens, and you shouldn’t think they’re remotely the same thing. It shouldn’t have to be said, but don’t have food out in the open in the bathroom. The worst case of this was when I found a granola


Caleb Spencer Caleb Spencer is an Andale freshman studying Media Communications

bar wrapper in the shower. I don’t even want to know whose idea that was. That’s not even the worst part of the dorm bathrooms, though. There’s one problem that completely baffles me as to how it even happens. How on Earth do the toilets not get flushed? They’re literally automatic toilets. You practically have to try and not have the toilets flush. Even if it doesn’t flush automatically, you can press a button to have it flush. Do you just leave without thinking about it? How do you sleep at night knowing what you’ve done? Guys, at least clean up after yourself. You’re giving men a worse image than we already have. We need all the help we can get here, and this honestly feels like self-sabotage. Bathroom etiquette is possibly the easiest thing you can do in the dorms. All you have to do is not be an absolute slob and think about the dozens of other people in your wing for less than half a second. I know I don’t like to be in there longer than I have to, but I try to make sure the place isn’t a reeking pile of crap when I’m done. Sometimes I feel like that’s some people’s main goal when they use the restroom.

Women’s Bathrooms

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OK ladies and gents, let’s talk bathrooms. Here at Hutchinson Community College, they seem to be the worst. Well OK, I don’t live in the dorms so I don’t really know about those. Except the one time I was ...which wasn’t a great experience. How hard is it to dispose of your feminine products? Trick question, it’s not hard. Something that just makes me cringe is that we are all (assuming) over the age of 18, we are in COLLEGE y’all, and yet we still need to have those signs in the bathroom asking (more like begging us) to properly throw away used products. The amount of unneccesary access hair that lays around the floor? Awful, please stop brushing your hair at school ... save that for home, I beg you. The last thing I want to do is go into the bathroom and walk out with a layer of hair that isn’t mine. It’s disgusting, truthfully. Bathroom etiquette is something I think a few have yet to understand. Please, please, please stop taking naked pictures of yourself in a public bathroom. I have walked in on three people taking them, and a few of my classmates were telling me they’ve been having the

same run in. No one (other than the person you plan to send that to) wants to walk in unsuspecting and see that. I hate it when I go into the bathrooms and there are a million girls in there. If they were, I don’t know, actually using the toilets, it would be different. But no, they’re just standing around talking. Which wouldn’t bother me, talk all you want I don’t care. It’s when they won’t even acknowledge that I’m there asking them if they’re in line or not. It’s not even a bathroom thing that’s just a mean girl thing. Please, for the love of all that is pure and holy, just flush the toilet after you’re done using it. Sometimes, you’ll walk in and every toilet has yet to be flushed. Is it because they just don’t want to look at it or deal with it? Now the rest of us are stuck with it. Things would just be easier if people were more considerate of each other.


Emily Fehrman Emily Fehrman is a Pretty Prairie sophomore studying Journalism

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Foodies fight, families unite: A discussion on the best Thanksgiving foods Tabitha Barr Collegian Editor

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the relationships they have. It’s a time for family to reconnect and friends to share their stories. But it’s also about the food and the joy it brings for everyone. It’s the first thing that people think of when they hear Thanksgiving, and it’s what many are looking forward to the most. There is an annual debate on what Thanksgiving food the best. Twitter has people talking about it and actually throwing some shade. An account named JustF4bled said, “Pumpkin pie. Literally the best food you could have on Thanksgiving. If you think otherwise you hit your ankle with a scooter.” It’s pretty clear people get defensive when talking about what the best Thanksgiving food is. Chase Palacios, a Nickerson freshman, argues that the best Thanksgiving food is dinner rolls. It’s a no brainer as they can be “easily tossed to each other, and there’s no hassle to make them.”

It’s the ease of how versatile they are that makes Palacios love them so much. Specifically, he favors his grandmother’s dinner rolls because she is the head baker for Thanksgiving Day. A close second for Palacios is ham, but his heart is usually dead set on the dinner rolls when it comes to the feast. For Tyler Korb, Hutchinson Community College’s Content Creator, his favorite is mashed potatoes and gravy because “you can literally dip anything in it.” This is a massive hit among people as it is a staple for most Thanksgiving dinners. You can have mashed potatoes and gravy with bread, turkey, ham, beef, green beans, and noodles It seems it’s just a natural-born food for Thanksgiving. Korb is enthusiastic when it comes to mashed potatoes and gravy because his mom makes it for their “medium feast” they have at his mom’s. His second favorite food is turkey, and he’s happy to put the two together. Steven Danner, a Nickerson freshman, says his favorite is the classic turkey meal. His reason for liking it so much is that his family smokes it to get the taste exactly how they want. His foster dad and foster grandpa usually prepare it while Danner watches and helps with the other food dishes. Most likely, pumpkin pie is his second favorite.

Pies are a top hit in the categories of best Thanksgiving foods because there are so many kinds and so many ways to make them that range from super easy to expert. His family goes all out on the holiday at his foster grandparents’ house because, according to Danner, his “family is German, so it’s go big or go home,” which is common for people with families passionate about Thanksgiving. The only thing he doesn’t like about Thanksgiving is how it makes him feel terrible the day after, from all of the food he consumed. But he knows it’s worth the hurt to enjoy the delicious spread. No matter the size of the feast or the gobbling of the favorite food, Palacios said he knew that “Thanksgiving isn’t about the food. It’s about being able to actually enjoy sitting down and just taking a break with the ones you love.”


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Students honored with prison visit By Laci Sutton Staff Writer

It’s not very often that college students get to go on field trips, but students from the Hutchinson Community College Honors Sociology class is one exception. On Friday, the Honors Sociology class, taught by Kim Newberry, and a few other honors students will be taking a trip to the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. HCF is the second-largest facility for adult male inmates in Kansas, and houses four different custody levels maximum, special-management, medium, and minimum. The honors students will be touring the maximum-security-level prison. This is a unique opportunity for the students to see what they’re studying in class, come to life throughout the tour. Newberry has been teaching for 17 years and teaches sociology for HutchCC. “Really, it’s to get

an inside look at our correctional facility,” Newberry said. “It’s fascinating, it’s frightening, and it’s very unique. It’s a world inside of a world.” Carrie Lyne, Ellsworth freshman, is also in the sociology class. “We just finished a chapter on crime and understanding why people commit crimes, so with the new understanding of that, I think I will be more empathetic towards those who are in the prison,” Lyne said. On their tour, the students will be walking through with the general population of the prison, guided by at least one correctional officer. They will be able to not only see the life happening behind the wall but hear interesting stories from within the prison as well. “I’m very nervous,” Lyne said. “I have so many ideas on what it might be like inside, so I’m very curious to see how it actually is. I expect the inmates to be yelling and kind

of intrigued by us just because we’re from the outside, and some haven’t been out in years.” HCF has many different programs and opportunities for the inmates to participate in while incarcerated. The number of available opportunities for an inmate depends on factors such as their custody level and behavior. Some of these opportunities include education programs, reentry programs, wild-horse training, service and obedience dog training, recycling, and The Print Shop. “It gives them a skill so that when they get out of prison, they can get a job and become active members in society,” Newberry said. This is the second year Newberry has taken students to tour HCF. For many classes, students aren’t able to experience their courses curriculum face-to-face or apply the concepts first hand. This is a unique educational opportunity for everyone involved.

Thanksgiving for the thankful By Tabitha Barr Editor in Chief

On Thanksgiving Day, Emanuel Lutheran Church will be holding a free Thanksgiving day lunch to anyone in the area from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The food will include all of the normal Thanksgiving staples and is open to all. The Reno County Authority Transit is providing transportation for the general public at the following areas: ● 10:30 a.m. - South Hutch

High Rise ● 11:00 a.m. - Soup Kitchen (301 E 3rd Avenue) ● 11:30 a.m. - Salvation Army (700 N Walnut Street) ● 11:45 a.m. - Sports Arena West Entrance Emanuel Lutheran Church is located at 140 E 30th Avenue in Hutchinson. The doors will be open at the entrance off of 30th Street. Call the church office at 620-6628622 for a reservation or with questions.

The Hutchinson Collegian Friday, November 22, 2019

Shakespeare arrives in Hutchinson

By Emily Branson Staff Writer

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Being a part of a play is something that means a lot to many students. It helps their creative abilities, allows bonds to form, and also allows them to feel like they are a part of something bigger than themselves. When it is all over with and the curtain drops, the audience is left with emotions and the students feel ecstatic that their work is paying off. This weekend, Hutchinson Community College Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Deidre Mattox, director and sound designer for the play, first fell in love with Midsummer Night’s Dream when she was in college 29 years ago. “I acted in a (Kansas State University) production of Midsummer,” Mattox said. “I remember that experience fond-

my students.” This play shows a couple on the way to the altar, but are being faced with a handful of hardships. “Like most, if not all of Shakespeare’s comedies,” Mattox said. “Midsummer is about courtship, love, marriage, and the myriad obstacles a couple might face. These obstacles include both outside forces, like meddling parents and social constraints, and inner struggles like unrealistic expectations of perfect love and reluctance to choose and commit.” With Mattox’s pas-

Friday: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Stringer Fine Arts Center Saturday: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Stringer Fine Arts Center HutchCC students free w/ ID

sion for the play and the students’ hard work, they have been rehearsing for eight weeks, five days a week, for three hours each night. The production is made up of 22 students, three of which are student designers. “Dafne Oliva, who plays Helena, is also our Makeup Designer; Alex Miller, our Stage Manager, is also our Lighting Designer; and Roni Ratzloff, who plays Hermia, is also our Costume Designer,” Mattox said. Overall, creating a play that is cohesive and can grab the audience’s attention is much more than just performing on a stage. There is so much more that goes on behind the scenes. This can range from designing each costume to managing the stage and order of events. This gives the play a professional tone, which helps keep the audience engaged.


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Courtesy Photo Today marks the 56th anniversery of President John F. Kennedy’s assasination.

Remembering JFK By Rachel Lyons Staff Writer

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States of America, is known for saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” as he said in his January 20, 1961, inaugural address. He worked hard to make good on that until November 22, 1963. 1963 marked the third year of Kennedy’s four-year term, and as he was seeking reelection began campaigning again. Through those three years, he had built a reputation for working long hours, often 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. or later, and working to make the right, informed decisions. Between establishing the Peace Corps, ending school segregation, and working toward legislation for civil rights in 1963 came the campaigning, and it was a campaign event brought JFK to Dallas on November 21, 1963. On November 22, the


In Dallas For more information on the Life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy visit The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website at For more information on The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the assassination of JFK please visit the Museum website at president found himself unassumingly passing through Dealey Plaza, directly in front of the Texas School Book Depository. Lee Harvey Oswald was allegedly in the building where he worked, and at 12:30 p.m., he allegedly fired shots from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Half an hour after Oswald allegedly fired his shots, and 20 minutes after the first public announcement, doctors at Parkland Hospital pronounced JFK dead.

Paula Freeman, Rimmer Learning Resource Center Evening Supervisor, remembers the day well. “I remember I was in second grade… and the teacher started writing on the board in cursive, and we hadn’t started cursive yet,” Freeman said. “She wrote in that President John F. Kennedy has been assassinated, and all of us were just trying to figure out what she had written, and then she wrote that he had been shot and killed. And then someone asked her, ‘are you saying that our president got killed’ and she said yes. Then she said, ‘everybody just put your head down on the desk.’” That fateful day changed the attitude and atmosphere of America for some time after. Just two days after the assassination, Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby prior to his trial. Sixty-three years later, America may have moved on from that day, but the impact from November 22, and JFK as a president, continue to this day.

two weeks ago was low. Probst said that city council incumbents lost in • Continued from Page 1 recent elections mainly over housing policy. People in his district He is one of the few journalwho would most benefit from rental ists-turned-politicians in state history. licensing and property improvement Probst said being in government policies, including a relatively high “(obligates him) to be thoughtful and mindful about competing ideas” to rep- number in poverty, did not vote. The resent his constituency, unlike when his people who did vote, however, were “people who do not want any interjob was to give his opinion every day. ference in how they run their properProbst said the relationship between ties,” and they supported opposition media and government has eroded. candidates. “The relationship should be adver“Things don’t change until enough sarial in the same sense that defense people who care vote to put people attorneys and prosecutors have an in office who will do the things that adversarial relationship,” Probst said. “In a perfect world, they both serve the represent what they want. You can not same purpose – the pursuit of justice. care, and you can not vote. But, there’s The media and government should another group of people that do care, also serve the same purpose: truth and and they’re making sure that they’re information.” voting.” He said that government officials tend Probst said he understands why to lack respect for journalists in their people feel apathetic towards a system role in that “shared goal.” they believe has not worked for them. However, “it definitely doesn’t work Political engagement if people who could change it don’t Turnout for local elections held participate in it.”

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of 23 total Hutchinson players to earn postseason notoriety. Bankston had a season-high 13 to-

tal tackles and four quarterback sacks in a narrow loss to Garden City, and had eight tackles and two sacks in a win at No. 2 Iowa Western, to go along with seven tackles


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Dragons with 20 points, including one 3-pointer. She also added seven

and two sacks in a victory over No.2 Butler. The Blue Dragons finished the regular season at 9-2 and ranked No. 3 in the regular season NJCAA National Rankings.

assists, three rebounds and two steals. Sophomore center Brooklyn Betham earned her first double-double as a Blue Dragon with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Women’s basketball rolling undefeated

Above: Tor’e Alford takes a shot during a game against Hesston during a game Nov. 12 at the Sports Arena. Right: Presley Barton surveys the Hesston defense during the Blue Dragons’ 127-37 win on Nov. 12 at the Sports Arena. Left: Nafatoumata Haidara steals the ball and starts a fastbreak during the Blue Dragons’ win against Hesston at the Sports Arena.

Photos by Bre Rogers/Collegian


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The Hutchinson Collegian Friday, November 22, 2019

Have you seen him before?

Athlete of the week

(Nov. 10-16) Tyler Brown, Men’s basketball

HutchCC’s Singleton stands out for game, striking resemblance to movie star By Adam Kolb Co-Sports Editor

Saquan Singleton has had an amazing start to his sophomore season for the Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team. Singleton has been averaging 10.6 points Washington per game, 6.4 assists per game, and 8.3 rebounds per game. Not only Singleton that, he recorded a triple-double against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M on Nov. 12 at the Sports Arena, where he put up 14 points, 11 assists, and 13 rebounds. That wasn’t the only good game Singleton had, as he put up a double-double in the Blue Dragon’s win over Murray State College, scoring 16 points, and grabbing 11 rebounds. Singleton’s versatility is one reason why he is playing so well this season, and why he was just named the KJCCC Player of the Week on Tuesday. “We have him guard the power forward or the point guard,” Blue Dragons coach Steve Eck said. “On offense, he can play inside and outside. It’s nice to have that.” While Singleton himself is having a great

The week: Brown had a great week in three Blue Dragon victories. He scored 50 total points, Brown including 26 against Monroe during a 114-91 victory. He added four assists and two steals in that win. He sank 8 of 18 3-pointers in the three victories and was 16 of 20 from the free-throw line. The season: Brown, who graduated from Derby, is off to a strong start for the 8-0 Blue Dragons, averaging 14.9 points a game, 2.8 assists and 2.4 rebouds a game.

Photo by Nathan Addis/HutchCC Sports Information Hutchinson Community College’s sophomore Saquan Singleton brings the ball down the court during a game against NEO Saturday at the Sports Arena.

year, all of his goals are for the team, rather than individual glory. This shows that his unselfishness is benefitting the team as well. “I really like passing

more,” Singleton said, and this is evident in his 6.4 assists per game. Singleton is making his name on the basketball court, but students around campus are attrib-

uting Singleton with another name, completely unrelated to basketball. When asked about his striking resemblance to Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washing-

ton, Singleton couldn’t help but smile. “It’s funny,” he said. “The Blue Dragon Twitter account posted it (and that’s how it started).”

Roundup: Men’s basketball makes a comeback By Bailey Pennycuff Co-Sports Editor

The Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team faced Iowa Western in Great Bend on Saturday, and for the first time this season, was losing at halftime. However, the Blue Dragons improved in the second half by shooting 57.1 percent (20 for 35) and ended up beating the Reivers 91-70 to close out the Cougar Booster Club Classic at the Barton gymnasium. Hutch led for most of the first half and, at one point, had accumulated a nine-point lead. With less than three minutes to play in the first half, Iowa Western went on a 10-3 run to end the half at 40-38. Within the last 20 minutes of the game, the

Blue Dragons outscored the Reivers 53-30. Sophomore guard Saquan Singleton had a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 13 assists. Six different Blue Dragons scored in double digits - led by freshman guard Josh Baker and freshman forward Majok Kuath, both with 16 points for the night. On Tuesday, the Blue Dragons faced Hesston College at the Sports Arena. At halftime, the Blue Dragons grasped a commanding 42-25 lead over the Larks. The final score was 87-53, putting the Blue Dragons at 8-0 overall and will play Coffeyville Community College Wednesday, Nov. 27 at the Sports Arena. Women’s Basketball

Photo by Bre Rogers/Collegian Sophomore guard Lauryn Mapusua drives to the basket during a game against Hesston College Nov. 12 at the Sports Arena.

- The Blue Dragons faced Jefferson College on Saturday in Great Bend during the Cougar Booster Club Classic at Barton. Hutch hit 14 3-pointers, including four in a 24-point run to help the

Blue Dragons defeat Jefferson 90-55. Sophomore guard Makayla Vannett and and freshman guard Tor’e Alford hit the first four 3-pointers with two each, as the team’s defense

also comes in clutch to leave Jefferson scoreless for the first 24 Blue Dragon points. Sophomore guard Abby Ogle led the Blue See Sports, Page 5

Bankston named player of the year By Adam Kolb Co-Sports Editor

Hutchinson Community College sophomore defensive end Latrell Bankston was named the 2019 Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Bankston Thursday, as the all-KJCCC teams were announced. Bankston, a 6-foot-1, 299-pound defensive tackle from Woodstock, Georgia, is the second straight Blue Dragons to win the league’s top defensive honor, joining Monty Montgomery, the 2018 winner. This season, Bankston has been a dominant force on a dominant defense, which was No. 1 in the KJCCC in scoring defense (14.3 ppg), No 1 in total defense (215 ypg), No. 1 in pass defense (170.5 ypg), and No. 2 in rush defense (86.4 ypg). Bankston was one of 10 Blue Dragons to earn first-team honors and one See Bankston, Page 5

Blue Dragon sports schedules, results. All home games, events in caps. Basketball, men Non-conference

Nov. 1, vs. Eastern Oklahoma St., at Liberal, W 93-74 Nov. 2, vs. Midland at Liberal, W 79-59 Nov 8, MURRAY ST., W 92-64 Nov. 9, LABETTE, W 100-54 Nov. 11, NE OKLAHOMA A&M, W 86-65 Nov. 15, vs. Monroe, at Great Bend, 3 p.m. Nov. 16, vs.Iowa Western at Great Bend, 3 p.m. Nov. 19, HESSTON, W 87-53

Basketball, women Non-conference

Nov. 2, WASHBURN JV, W 65-34 Nov. 8, WESTERN NEBRASKA, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9, NE OKLAHOMA A&M, W 74-46 Nov. 12, HESSTON, 6 p.m. Nov. 15, vs. Labette at Great Bend, 1 p.m. Nov. 16, vs. Jefferson, Mo., at Great Bend, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21, vs. New Mexico JC at

Council Bluffs, Iowa, 5 p.m. Nov. 23, at Iowa Western, 5 p.m.


Aug, 22, at Ellsworth, W 41-16 Aug. 31, INDEPENDENCE, W 31-21 Sept. 7, at Iowa Western, W 34-27 Sept. 14, at Fort Scott, W 27-7 Sept. 28, BUTLER, W 35-27 Oct. 5, at Highland, L 29-27 Oct. 12, COFFEYVILLE, W 49-7 Oct. 19, DODGE CITY, W 85-3 Oct. 24, RPA, W 89-0 Nov. 2, at Garden City, L 20-19

Nov. 9, at Iowa Central, W 56-0 Dec. 7, SALT CITY BOWL, vs. MONROE, 1 p.m.,


Sept. 25, at Independence, W 3-0 Sept. 27, vs. Missouri State-West Plains, W 3-0 Sept. 27, at Tyler, Texas, L 3-0 Sept. 28, vs. Panola, Texas, L 3-0 Oct. 1, at Dodge City, W 3-0 Oct. 7, PRATT, W 3-1 Oct. 9, at Seward County, L 3-1

Oct. 11, vs. Jefferson, L 3-2 Oct. 11, vs. Tyler, L 3-0 Oct. 12, vs. Indian Hills, L 3-0 Oct. 12, at Missouri State-West Plains, L 3-1 Oct. 16, COLBY, L 3-2 Oct. 19, at Garden City, W 3-0 Oct. 23, BUTLER, W 3-0 Oct. 26, INDEPENDENCE, W 3-0 Oct. 28, at Barton, L 3-2 Nov. 5, BUTLER*, W 3-1 Nov. 10, at Seward County*, L 3-0 * - Region 6 Tournament