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Breighanna Medina poses with her flame macaw. She considers this bird her therapy pet. It helps to soothe and calm her down. Medina has many pet birds that she cares for with her family.

The Bird Whisperer

William Swanson, reporter
September 10, 2020

When most people think of household pets, dogs and cats are common pets that come to mind, but most people wouldn’t think of birds as pets. That’s...

Sophomore Shaina Ruff has taken the “teacher” role during these hard times. She continues teaching not only herself, but also her 11-year-old son, Mekhia.

It’s a “Ruff” life

Denise Perez, Reporter
April 8, 2020

Online schooling has been difficult for many college students. Whether that be struggling with zoom calls, bad internet connection or just no motivation....

Instructor Mike Hale is showing high school students what to do when his oxygen tank runs out of oxygen. As students are practicing underwater, Hale turns off a student’s tank to give a step-by-step safety process.

SCCC students dive deep

Amberley Vervalin, Club Reporter
April 7, 2020

Students at Seward County Community College are getting an education underwater in Mike Hale’s scuba diving course. Whether one wants to become a Police...

Ballroom dancing waltzes into SCCC

Rebecca Irby and Denise Perez
March 31, 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”...

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic church is one of the many churches SCCC students attend in Liberal. Sophomore Destiny Duran attends this church and plans to give up spending so much money during lent.

Students ‘give up’ things for Lent

Elvis Polvon, Reporter
March 26, 2020

Every year residents of Liberal ring in Lent with Shrove Tuesday, or better known to us as “Pancake Day,” with a big celebration. Then, many quickly...

The SCCC campus has cleared out after President Ken Trzaskas announcement to switch to online classes starting Monday. Some staff and faculty are still on campus working but students are supposed to stay home.

Students react to taking classes online

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....

Cats on campus

Annette Meza and Preston Burrows
March 4, 2020

At the student living center, there's more than just students. Cats live there too! Since the beginning of the year, kittens and cats have roamed around...

In the computer room, Chris Hickman helps a student with an assignment, explaining the process and answering questions. The new dean makes sure each one of his students gets the help they need.

Hickman appointed dean of technical school

Annette Meza, Managing Editor
February 28, 2020

U.S. Navy veteran, Chris Hickman, grew up in the small town of Wauchula, Florida. Somehow, after many years of running from his confined hometown and living...

Sexual assault isn’t just about nonconsensual intercourse. It can also be non-consented contact whether it’s unnecessary touching or aggressive choking.

Sexual assault can happen anywhere

Denise Perez and Maggie Ibarra
February 24, 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...

Another one of the students found in the music cave is James Daniel Rodriguez a.k.a stalagmite, as he is commonly found in his spot on the couch. Maggie Ibarra gave him a rude awakening as a joking payback to a prank he pulled on her earlier this school year.

Photo Essay: Music cave becomes second home for music majors

A.J. Gomez, Photography II student
February 19, 2020

Deep in the bowels of the Seward County Community College Shank Humanities building, a room can be found where people scarcely tread, mainly due to the...

Kristian Laurens, who had never been away from his family for more than a week, made a decision to run away. He has no clue if it will last an hour or his entire life, but he took the chance for who he and his life in America. With an uneasy stomach, Laurens steps on the bus to Denver and rewrites his future.

The struggle home

Preston Burrows , Reporter
December 10, 2019

Editor’s note: This story deals with adult situations and themes. The viewing of this story may not be suited for everyone. T he hum of the gray Dodge...

Jackie Garcia has shed her past pessimism and now lives life with a smile most of the time. A new lifestyle has changed her, as she remains an aspiring nursing student.

Nursing student walks down path of self-discovery

Calen Moore, Co-Editor
December 9, 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...

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