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COVID-19 leaves SCCC students unemployed

COVID-19 leaves SCCC students unemployed

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

April 3, 2020

The gyms are empty. The restaurants are empty. The streets are empty ... and wallets are empty. A global pandemic has caused a crisis in the personal lives of students in Liberal as some lose their job due to the COVID-19 outbreak. COVID-19 has caused many businesses to adapt to the Center for Disease...

Autism Awareness Month: Cal Times editor-in-chief shares personal story of living with autism

Autism Awareness Month: Cal Times editor-in-chief shares personal story of living with autism

By Tom Caton, California University of Pennsylvania

April 3, 2020

What exactly is autism? Some people are aware of this mental disorder while many others do not understand and often, make fun of an individual who has autism. This mental disorder hits very close to home because I myself have been diagnosed with autism for over a decade now. Autism affects 1 in 100...

Students and faculty react to campus shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic

Students and faculty react to campus shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic

By Hannah Wyman, California University of Pennsylvania

April 2, 2020

On March 16,  President Geraldine M. Jones announced that Cal U would be finishing the remainder of the spring semester online and through distance learning due to the spread of COVID-19, a potentially serious respiratory disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This...

W.Va. health facility horror stories: “It feels like my safety doesn’t come first.”

W.Va. health facility horror stories: “It feels like my safety doesn’t come first.”

By Douglas Harding, Marshall University

April 1, 2020

Editor’s note: Some sources in this story agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity out of fear of repercussions regarding their employment. Amid the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, healthcare facilities across West Virginia are experiencing shortages of necessary masks and other essential...

Ballroom dancing waltzes into SCCC

Ballroom dancing waltzes into SCCC

By Rebecca Irby, Denise Perez, and Calen Moore

April 1, 2020

Editor’s note: This story was produced by our staff before spring break. While this class no longer meets due to the statewide coronavirus “stay-at-home” order, we thought you’d enjoy it. When thinking of the student union, a pool table, cafeteria or the gym might come to mind. The sounds...

International students feel the pandemic

International students feel the pandemic

By Victoria Martins, Seward County Community College

March 30, 2020

The past weeks haven’t been easy for anyone. So many decisions have been made in the middle of chaos. This COVID-19 pandemic has a different effect on everyone. As an international student from Brazil, all of this hit me a little differently. With so many unanswered questions, there’s a river of...

Students witness panic during Coronavirus pandemic

Students witness panic during Coronavirus pandemic

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

March 24, 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) panic has moved from big cities to even small communities in Southwest Kansas. Everyone has been advised to stay home and practice “social distancing” or staying far away from people. Students at Seward County Community College are moving to online classes and have been...

Students react to taking classes online

Students react to taking classes online

By Preston Burrows, Rebecca Irby, and Denise Perez

March 24, 2020

The phone buzzed in most students' pockets at exactly 10:23 a.m. Tuesday. For some, the message brought stress with the new wave of changes announced. While others were grateful the right decisions were made.  This email changed the course of the 2020 college school year.  With an extended spring break due to COVID-19, K...

NJCAA cancels spring sports, SCCC athletics supports decision

NJCAA cancels spring sports, SCCC athletics supports decision

By Amberley Vervalin, Seward County Community College

March 20, 2020

The National Junior College Association made the difficult decision to cancel all spring athletics, along with the upcoming national tournaments due to Covid-19, the Coronavirus. The March 16 decision was the last athletic association to cancel after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

SCCC moves to online classes March 23

SCCC moves to online classes March 23

By Annette Meza and Elvis Polvon

March 18, 2020

In response to current conditions surrounding the Coronavirus disease, the Seward County Community College executive team decided to move classes online beginning March 23. Students are responsible to contact their instructors directly to obtain their coursework. Administration advises students to check...

Chapman University: Are students safe?

By Rodolfo Pinedo, Rio Hondo College

March 17, 2020

This story was originally published on El Paisano on February 25, 2020.

UA Suspends All Instruction Through March 29 in Response to Coronavirus

UA Suspends All Instruction Through March 29 in Response to Coronavirus

By Megan Parker and Kaitee Horstmann

March 12, 2020

In response to recommendations from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, The University of Akron Present Gary L. Miller announced that all face-to-face instruction has been suspended and will begin again in an online format on March 30. Several Ohio universities have started transitioning to full online instruc...

COVID-19: What does it mean for NVU?

COVID-19: What does it mean for NVU?

By Rebecca Flieder, Northern Vermont University - Johnson

March 12, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is a rapidly developing story. Please head to BasementMedicine.org/Coronavirus for the latest information from us, as well as NorthernVermont.edu/Coronavirus and healthvermont.gov. COVID-19, the novel coronavirus disease, has been rapidly spreading across the planet in what ...

Tarleton’s Tobacco-free policy promotes healthy living

Tarleton’s Tobacco-free policy promotes healthy living

By Francisco Castro, Tarleton State University

March 9, 2020

From Stephenville, to Fort Worth, to Waco, Midlothian, and RELLIS – Bryan campuses, all forms of Tobacco have been banned from all Tarleton campuses. This ban began in Jan. 2020 and includes all forms of cigarettes, cigars, vapes, e-cigarettes, and various forms of chewing tobacco. Following the...

Twitter highlights of Super Tuesday

Twitter highlights of Super Tuesday

By Preston Burrows, Seward County Community College

March 9, 2020

It was down to three. Two opponents were neck and neck and one is not going down without a fight. With twists and turns and the plot thickening, some would consider this a drama series, but in fact this is the 2020 United States democratic presidential primary election. This week started off with...

Coronavirus: what is it and what’s happening?

Coronavirus: what is it and what’s happening?

By Rebecca Irby, Seward County Community College

March 9, 2020

As some students prepare to travel during spring break, ticket prices or itinerary plans aren’t the only things causing worry.  As of March 3, a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China, has now been detected in 70 international locations. Constant media coverage and the number ...

Sexual assault can happen anywhere

Sexual assault can happen anywhere

By Denise Perez and Maggie Ibarra

February 25, 2020

"Knowing who he was, being my father’s best friend…It’s crazy how you grow up around a person and you think that you could trust that person and then one night when you’re spending the night they say 'let's do this' and you say 'no.'" Kenneth Holmes, a sophomore criminal justice major from Turp...

Photo Essay: Sundays are busy work day for local pastor

Photo Essay: Sundays are busy work day for local pastor

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

February 21, 2020

Sunday mornings can be relaxing or hectic depending on your family or vocation. For Mark Cress, a pastor at First Southern Baptist Church in Liberal,  Sunday mornings get very busy. It involves meetings — both planned and unplanned — plenty of studying, counseling and preaching. First Southern Baptist wen...

Twisted Origins

Twisted Origins

By Anthony Erickson, Anoka-Ramsey Community College - Coon Rapids

February 20, 2020

From outside the shop, it doesn't carry the looks of an ordinary business. However, for a tattoo shop that prides itself on only custom work, who wants anything ordinary?  As one steps passed the rabbit-hole threshold, a shop bell sounds signaling the arrival of the day's first client. She's...

Photo Essay: Colvin makes language learning fun

Photo Essay: Colvin makes language learning fun

By Photography 2 Class, Seward County Community College

February 14, 2020

Sitting slightly off Kansas Avenue in Liberal, the Colvin Adult Learning Center is easy to miss. The plain white building has no distinguishing features to draw the attention of those passing by. It doesn’t need it though, the magic happens inside. Students come from Liberal and surrounding communities...

Their Story

Their Story

By Hannah Wyman, California University of Pennsylvania

February 14, 2020

Sitting in a neon orange hoodie with their small, dark hands folded on top of the synthetic wood tabletop, Blaine Hill-Banks looked like someone who was sure of themselves. Hair cut within an inch of itself and loose, baggy clothes shaping their small frame, Hill-Banks is definitely an androgynous character,...

It’s all about love! Cal U couples tell surprise engagement stories and share V-Day plans

It’s all about love! Cal U couples tell surprise engagement stories and share V-Day plans

By Hannah Wyman, California University of Pennsylvania

February 14, 2020

One day, Nick Bishop walked McKenna Ferris to her class in Morgan Hall from Duda Hall. The same thing happened the following day. And the day after. And the day after that until it became an essential part of both of their weeks. Three years later, amid Cal U’s annual Homecoming parade, Bishop got...

Turning Point USA Brings Political Dialogue to UM-Flint

Turning Point USA Brings Political Dialogue to UM-Flint

By Santiago Ochoa and Ryan Lanxton

February 12, 2020

Turning Point USA, a controversial student-led political organization, has taken root at the UM-Flint campus. Led by its president, UM-Flint biology major Gabrielle Stephens, the group is looking to bring political dialogue to the school. “Our goal is to basically bring conversation and be a place...

Dorm fines cause mixed emotions among students

Dorm fines cause mixed emotions among students

By Annette Meza and Preston Burrows

February 10, 2020

A car pulls up to the Seward County Community College Student Living Center containing three students. They’re arriving back from a weekend trip to Wichita where they visited family. The three girls walked into the building, up the stairs and into a single room. The time was approximately 40 to...

New graduate application process stirs faculty concern

New graduate application process stirs faculty concern

By Aimee Ryan, New Mexico State University

February 10, 2020

Department heads and program coordinators of several graduate programs at New Mexico State University have made complaints about SLATE, a system adopted by NMSU’s graduate school last academic year. The program serves as a portal for prospective graduate students to apply to programs and for faculty...

Alumnus Matthew Cherry Discusses ‘Hair Love’ Short Film, Book Award Nominations, UA Impact

Alumnus Matthew Cherry Discusses ‘Hair Love’ Short Film, Book Award Nominations, UA Impact

By Megan Parker, University of Akron

February 5, 2020

When he learned his seven-minute short film “Hair Love” was one of the five nominees for the Best Animated Short Film Academy Award, UA alumnus Matthew A. Cherry (2000-03) was filled with joy. “We actually took a video of it,” Cherry said. “Everybody came over to the house and it was really cool...

When in doubt, lift it out

When in doubt, lift it out

By James Rudolph, California University of Pennsylvania

February 5, 2020

Ever since his father died in the fifth grade, Nick Reyes was an angry kid. He began exhibiting anger problems throughout middle-school and frequently got into trouble. Now, at age 21 and a senior at California University of Pennsylvania, Reyes’ anger has subsided, and he attributes that to his outlet...

18-year-old freshman fills big shoes

18-year-old freshman fills big shoes

By Matt Churella, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

February 3, 2020

Freshman Hannah Ribblett seems committed to her future. She spends her weekday mornings driving a vanload of students to Conemaugh Valley School District before commuting to Pitt-Johnstown to study social studies secondary education. The 18-year-old student is also a Conemaugh Valley School Board...

Refuse to Lose

Refuse to Lose

By Amberley Vervalin, Seward County Community College

February 3, 2020

The Lady Saints are in the midst of an incredible win streak at home. They remain undefeated in the last 61 games in the Greenhouse. The streak will be put to the test tonight against arch rival, Hutchinson Community College. To be honest, no one is surprised that the women’s basketball team is...

Students feel the impact of current state of government

Students feel the impact of current state of government

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

January 23, 2020

It is a day that will live in hyperbole. Students in southwest Kansas can feel the impact of the impeachment process taking place currently in Washington, D.C. concerning the future of  President Donald Trump. The first day of the Senate trial began on Tuesday. The day was spent with opposing side...

UM-Flint Student Sets Eyes on Lansing

UM-Flint Student Sets Eyes on Lansing

By Ryan Lanxton and Santiago Ochoa

January 22, 2020

UM-Flint Senior Santino Guerra is eyeing next year’s state representative seat for the 34th District. After almost two years on the Flint City Council, he says he has what it takes to win. Guerra became the youngest person to ever serve on the Flint City Council at the age of 19 when he was elected...

UM-Flint’s Chemistry Club sets out to Educate the Youth and Push their own Boundaries

UM-Flint’s Chemistry Club sets out to Educate the Youth and Push their own Boundaries

By Bella Biafore, University of Michigan - Flint

January 21, 2020

From breaking a world record to visiting a multitude of classrooms across Michigan, UM-Flint’s Chemistry Club is making chemistry fun and easy for young students. With 24 dedicated members, the Chemistry Club is expanding their knowledge to all ages of students in the hopes of encouraging an interest...

Between the pipes: Why be a lacrosse goalie?

Between the pipes: Why be a lacrosse goalie?

By Alex Jensen, Linfield College

January 10, 2020

A defender screaming “cutter!” whizzes past. A frantic instant later, an opponent follows, her colors speeding by an almost unrecognizable blur. Suddenly, the fray is marked by the sound of a clasped catch and release. Three feet in front of you, the ball is coming your way. It's going here....

Students question handling of RAVE alerts

Students question handling of RAVE alerts

By Jasmine Martinez, Cerritos College

January 9, 2020

Cerritos College officials are on defense as student complaints and questions are on the rise following the handling of an unsubstantiated and non-credible bomb threat reported on Dec. 4 at approximately 6:25 p.m. A campus-wide notification was sent out via Rave Alert, an emergency messaging system...

The struggle home

The struggle home

By Preston Burrows, Seward County Community College

December 11, 2019

Editor’s note: This story deals with adult situations and themes. The viewing of this story may not be suited for everyone. The hum of the gray Dodge Avenger sits outside on the dirt driveway, cold from the November morning. The sight of the dirt calls for a cold winter, unforgiving in other words. A...

Nursing student walks down path of self-discovery

Nursing student walks down path of self-discovery

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

December 10, 2019

Editor's note: This story references self-harm, depression and has some adult language. The viewing of this story may not be suited for everyone. Jackie Garcia, 23, sat in an oversized chair shifting her position trying to see what was most comfortable. She was small enough that she could sit with he...

Ortiz plays in Oracle ITA Fall Championships

Ortiz plays in Oracle ITA Fall Championships

By Kris Liggett, Monica Gonzalez, and Calen Moore

December 9, 2019

Saints tennis player Gabe Ortiz represents Seward County Community College at a unique tournament this week. The freshman from Argentina won the national NJCAA singles title last month and was invited to play in the Oracle ITA Fall championships in Newport Beach, California.  Ortiz plays his first...

Trucking isn’t easy

Trucking isn’t easy

By Annette Meza, Seward County Community College

December 9, 2019

Freedom. It’s almost tangible when you’re driving 60 miles per hour in a 53-foot 18-wheeler down the interstate. You can feel it around you as the windows are rolled down with the music on blast, marching to the beat of your own drum. Or in this case, driving. You might make a stop at noon for...

Mark Medoff’s daughter opens up about final production ‘Time and Chance’

Mark Medoff’s daughter opens up about final production ‘Time and Chance’

By Jensen Stell, New Mexico State University

December 6, 2019

The late Mark Medoff’s final play,Time and Chance,will be performedfor the first timeat the Rio Grande Theatre this weekend. Starring Medoff’s daughter, Jessica, and Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Quinlan, the play is being co-produced by the Medoff family and The Rio Grande Theatre. Time and Chanc...

SCCC responds to two alleged sexual assaults on campus

SCCC responds to two alleged sexual assaults on campus

By Crusader Staff, Seward County Community College

December 6, 2019

Two Seward County Community College students were accused of seperate incidents of sexual assault on campus recently. The first incident occurred on November 10 and was logged into the SCCC crime report as “sexual misconduct.” The second, recorded as a “sexual assault,” happened on November 22. ...

‘Walking dynamite’ lights up community

‘Walking dynamite’ lights up community

By Cheyenne Miller, Seward County Community College

December 5, 2019

On a chilly November morning, a tiny black woman, bundled up tight in a blue and black winter coat and shielded from the sun by a blue bucket hat, follows the sidewalk alongside 15th Street just like she’s done hundreds of times before with a smile on her face and an undeniable pep in her step. If...

Diversity rises, but gender stigmas remain

Diversity rises, but gender stigmas remain

By Rebecca Irby, Seward County Community College

December 3, 2019

When jobs are gender biased, men and women are limited to the occupational options specific to their sex. But the gender lines are beginning to blur. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and...

Heavy rain and cold temperatures impact homeless residents

Heavy rain and cold temperatures impact homeless residents

By Jose Tobar, Juan Miranda, and Cameron Woods

November 27, 2019

Following record heat conditions in California, the homeless residents of the Dominguez Channel are expected to face a storm during Thanksgiving weekend, along with temperatures that are expected to drop into the 40s and 50s, according to the National Weather Service. This comes after the first wave...

A professor’s role in the movement that made surfing California’s official sport

A professor’s role in the movement that made surfing California’s official sport

By Jose Tobar, El Camino College

November 21, 2019

The half-mile stretch of beach bordered by the El Segundo Chevron oil refinery looms against the northern sky, extending out to the southern pier. Silhouetted figures of surfers scattered outside the beach break can be observed sitting atop their surfboards since the crack of dawn, idling over the...

Introverts: Is it environmental or biological?

Introverts: Is it environmental or biological?

By Josh Swanson, Seward County Community College

November 20, 2019

When mathematics major Jonathan Flores clocks out of his work-study tutoring job in the MRC for the day, he heads back home to the small town of Hugoton, instead of making plans with any of his friends for the evening. He asks his parents if any chores need to be done around the house. When they say...

Yvette Nicole Brown Inspires Communication, Media Students Before Receiving UA Alumni Honor Award

Yvette Nicole Brown Inspires Communication, Media Students Before Receiving UA Alumni Honor Award

By Megan Parker and Kaitee Horstmann

November 20, 2019

Cleveland native Yvette Nicole Brown is well-known for her role as Helen in the hit series “Drake & Josh” and her role as Shirley Bennett on NBC’s comedy series “Community.” One thing people may not know about Brown is that she graduated from The University of Akron in 1994 with a degree ...

Commodore Brunch Week Eleven: Rock Bottom

Commodore Brunch Week Eleven: Rock Bottom

By Simon Gibbs, Vanderbilt University

November 19, 2019

What is rock bottom? Is it a 24 point loss to the UNLV Rebels, a team that proceeded to lose to Fresno State, San Diego State, Colorado State and Hawaii in succession? Somehow, someway, that's not it. What about that poor performance against South Carolina, during which the Commodores mustered...

ASNMSU passes resolution addressing lack of resources available for Spanish-speakers

ASNMSU passes resolution addressing lack of resources available for Spanish-speakers

By Marianne Salas, New Mexico State University

November 14, 2019

The 63rd Senate of the Association Students of New Mexico State University passed a resolution Nov. 7 concerning the lack of accessibility to administration offices and resources for Spanish-speaking students and parents. Resolution 22 urges the NMSU administration to look into creating a Department...

“Ok boomer” meme reveals generational divides

“Ok boomer” meme reveals generational divides

By Cheyenne Miller, Seward County Community College

November 13, 2019

It’s on hoodies, in the news and on every social media site known to the Internet; it even has its own song. The “Ok boomer” meme is the latest joke to become massively popular online--but not everyone thinks it’s funny.  “Ok boomer” is a dismissive phrase that Generation Z kids and Generation...

What Used To Be A Man’s World

What Used To Be A Man’s World

By Anthony Erickson, Anoka-Ramsey Community College

November 5, 2019

Great individuals are only recognized as such when another person accounts for their actions. When we think of great women in our history, we often think of poets and writers like Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (A.K.A Mary Shelley); civil rights activists like Rosa Parks and actress Katherine Hepburn; scientists...

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