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Crusader News

The student news site of Seward County Community College

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Amberley Taylor

Amberley Taylor, Editor

Amberley Taylor loves to design and be creative. Whether it's a graphic or a webpage, she wants the reader to be pulled into the story. Taylor graduated from Satanta High School and plans to attend nursing school after SCCC.

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The Crusader staff Fall 2019: Monica Gonzalez, Rebecca Irby and Maggie Ibarra. (back row) Calen Moore, Preston Burrows, Cheyenne Miller and Josh Swanson.

All-Kansas, journalist of the year

April 15, 2020

Despite not being able to attend the State Conference in person, the Crusader News team conquered the Kansas Collegiate Media contest, coming home with...

Evan Truelson, North Riddgeville, Ohio, winds up before releasing a pitch in a March 7 game against Cloud County Community College. The redshirt freshman pitched in 11 games before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He split time between pitching and playing first base before all activities at Seward County Community College were canceled.

NJCAA cancels spring sports, SCCC athletics supports decision

March 19, 2020

The National Junior College Association made the difficult decision to cancel all spring athletics, along with the upcoming national tournaments due to...

Ulysses High School came to support the Lady Saints in the Greenhouse. They made posters to show support for the women’s team and their hometown player, Gina Ballesteros. One aspect of the “Greenhouse magic” is the fan base comes from area towns as well as Liberal.

Refuse to Lose

February 1, 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...

Satanta High School Junior and SCCC Welding student, Eddie Cabrera, enjoys a good ole fashioned snow ball fight with one of his closest friends. After the snowball fight, Cabrera and his friends warmed up with some pancakes!

[Photo] 15 inches of snow blankets Liberal

January 29, 2020

Satanta High School Junior and SCCC Welding student, Eddie Cabrera, enjoys a good ole fashioned snow ball fight with one of his closest friends. After...

STDs are becoming more common each year. It is important to get tested to make sure you are in good health!

[Photo] Have you been tested?

September 18, 2018

STDs are becoming more common each year. It is important to get tested to make sure you are in good health!

Jackie Villa, sophomore history major, says that she is excited for the opportunities to come after graduation. She will walk across the stage to receive her diploma May 5.

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May 3, 2018

Jackie Villa, sophomore history major, says that she is excited for the opportunities to come after graduation. She will walk across the stage to receive...

Dean of Allied Health, Suzanne Campbell explains to the audience the benefits of the new facilities to the students planning to pursue a career in the medical field. Campbell stated that the facilities are expected to be done by next fall.

[Photo] SCCC breaks ground for new building

December 5, 2018

Dean of Allied Health, Suzanne Campbell explains to the audience the benefits of the new facilities to the students planning to pursue a career in the...

Most tacos have onion and cilantro to top it off. This plate of tacos was $6.25 along with six salsas and two limes. For the tortillas, instead of putting butter they put lard to make the tortillas softer and lard gives the tortilla a pork taste.

Azteca and Chilangolandia

December 3, 2018

We went to Azteca Taco truck which is located at 55-99 W 7th St, Liberal, KS 67901. The truck is a warm orange color with a colorful menu. We ordered a...

Montrevion Flowers swings in under the basket  and manages to get a shot off against two Cloud County defenders. The sophomore guard tallied 19 points for the night during his 36 minutes of play. The Saints came away with the win.

Saints fly past Cloud County

December 3, 2018

The Seward County Saints are now 1-1 in conference play and 6-2 overall after defeating Cloud County on Saturday night. The Saints had a slow start,...

SCCC Advisor/Transfer Coordinator, Janeth Vasquez inform students on how to make the transferring process as easy as possible.

[Photo] Have you thought about transferring?

November 28, 2018

SCCC Advisor/Transfer Coordinator, Janeth Vasquez inform students on how to make the transferring process as easy as possible.

SCCC Advisor/Transfer Coordinator, Janeth Vasquez shares advice on transferring to a four-year university. Vasquez had a power point with helpful links and information on the transferring process.

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November 28, 2018

SCCC Advisor/Transfer Coordinator, Janeth Vasquez shares advice on transferring to a four-year university. Vasquez had a power point with helpful links...

Estala (Zuli Lujan) is frightened by Alicia (Kambrian R Acevedo) when Alicia is rehearsing on how to confront her coach about hurting a boy on the other team in the Novio Boy play on Nov. 16-18. Michele Van Hessen (Communications and Theatre Instructor) managed the play and was the director behind this play. The drama department decided to portray this play because everyone is able to relate to their first awkward date.

Novio Boy Steals Hearts

November 19, 2018

As the stage lights dimmed, signaling the end of the scene, the giggles coming from the audience never stopped in the Seward County Community College’s...

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Volleyball finishes fourth at Nationals

November 19, 2018

The Lady Saints volleyball team earned the best finish in program history after finishing in fourth place during the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson....

Sophomore guard, Isiah Small jumps for the ball during the tip-off of a game.

Saints blow teams out of the water

November 19, 2018

The Saints basketball team made program history during the Dodge City Classic over the weekend. The 124-41 win against Hesston College marks the most points...

Sophomore guard, Lexi Hernandez dribbles past a Lady Plainsmen.

Lady Saints win two of three

November 19, 2018

The no. 10 Lady Saints had a successful weekend after defeating two of three opponents during the Midlant WNIT. Seward County Community College Women’s...

Seward County advances to the semifinals of the NJCAA National Tournament after defeating Snow College and Polk State College. Seward will play the College of Southern Idaho tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Lady Saints prepare for National semifinals

November 16, 2018

The No. 6 Lady Saints will advance to the semifinals in the NJCAA National tournament after defeating two tough opponents, Snow College and Polk State...

Gissella Garcia, a freshman education major from Liberal. Garcia believes that they key to happiness is just doing something you enjoy!

Gissella Garcia

November 16, 2018

Why did you choose your major? “I have always liked being around kids and interacting with them.” What grade would you like to teach? “I think...

[Video] Traditional Thanksgiving means different foods for different people

November 14, 2018

Thanksgiving just isn't the same without food. Seward County Community College makes sure students and the community get their fair share every year....

Fernando Nunez as Alex, Osvaldo Morales as Rudy and Joe Denoyer as Nicolás rehearse for their upcoming performance in Novio Boy.

Novio Boy comes to SCCC

November 13, 2018

Sets are being finished and lines are being memorized as the Seward County Community College Showcase theater prepares for their fall performance, Novio...

Oct. 13 – Oct. 29, 2018

November 13, 2018

The October Seward County Community College incident report is prepared by the campus security office. The reported incidents include: October 13: Possession...

Lady Saints stay undefeated

November 12, 2018

After beating No. 15 South Plains, The Seward County Lady Saints beat Frank Phillips College with the help of each player on the team. Both teams struggled...

Saints put away Western Oklahoma State

November 12, 2018

Saints basketball advances to 3-1 for the season after defeated Western Oklahoma State College 76-54. The Oklahoma team previously scored 100 points against...

Four members of the SCCC choir attended he National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions at the University of Nebraska.

[Photo] Choir competes in annual auditions

November 9, 2018

Four members of the SCCC choir attended he National Association of Teachers of Singing student auditions at the University of Nebraska.

Six Lady Saints earned All-Conference awards, along with their Head Coach, Tony Trfonov who earne Coach of the Year in the Jayhawk Conference.

Lady Saints score six All-Conference awards

November 9, 2018

After defeating Hutchinson and winning the Region VI Championships, The Seward County Community College Lady Saints were awarded six different All-Conference...

Sophomore Nicolas Rousset is competing in the ITA Oracle Fall Champions in Surprise, Arizona from Nov. 7-11.

Roussett competes in Oracle ITA Fall Championships

November 7, 2018

After finishing 13-2 in regular season and winning a national title, sophomore tennis star Nicolas Rousset looks to successfully conclude his fall...

After defeating the Barton Cougars and the Hutchinson Blue Dragons, the Lady Saints claimed the Region VI Championship title. They will travel to Hutchinson to play in the NJCAA DI National Tournament from Nov. 15-17.

Lady Saints head to Nationals

November 5, 2018

With the help of their rowdy student crowd, No. 6 Seward County Community College Volleyball  will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament for the second...

The Lady Saints defeated the No. 10 Western Nebraska Cougars on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Greenhouse. Seward finished with a win, 74-64 .

Lady Saints start successful in Pizza-Hut classic

November 5, 2018

The Seward County Lady Saints dominated over the weekend, beating the Western Nebraska Cougars on Friday and the Bethany College Junior Varsity on Saturday,...

Toad, also known as Andres Dominguez, poses for a quick shot in his race car. Toad is character from Super Mario Brothers.

[Photo] SCCC hosts Halloween Trick or Treat Street

November 1, 2018

Toad, also known as Andres Dominguez, poses for a quick shot in his race car. Toad is character from Super Mario Brothers.

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Lady Saints to compete in Region VI Semifinals

November 1, 2018

The Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball team defeated No. 8 Dodge City Community College in three short matches during a match in the Greenhouse on halloween...

Statistics show that if voters between the ages of 18 and 24 would go out and vote, they may be able to swing the midterm elections.

[Photo] Will SCCC students vote in midterms?

October 30, 2018

Statistics show that if voters between the ages of 18 and 24 would go out and vote, they may be able to swing the midterm elections.

The Saints and Lady Saints basketball teams held their Preview Night in the Greenhouse on Wednesday. There were many fun events for the players and audience members throughout the night.

Saints Showcase 2018 Preview Night

October 26, 2018

On Wednesday, Saints, Lady Saints and their fans gathered in the Greenhouse to celebrate the annual Saints/Lady Saints Basketball Preview Night. The night...

A Liberal native, majoring in Nursing

[Photo] Freddie Sandoval

October 26, 2018

A Liberal native, majoring in Nursing

The Clery Act was passed in 1990 and requires colleges to publicize their crime records.

[Photo] Clery Act protects students

October 25, 2018

The Clery Act was passed in 1990 and requires colleges to publicize their crime records.

[Video] Trail of terror leaves you screaming on your knees

October 22, 2018

Area residents had a chance to be scared along a haunted trail Oct. 18-20 in Arkalon Park, Liberal. The Shop With a Cop fund hosted the annual Halloween...

(Left to right) Sophomore Gabriel Nery and freshman Sander Jans won the ITA Doubles National Championship Title and sophomore Nicolas Rousset won the TA Singles National Championship Title.

Men’s Tennis makes program history

October 19, 2018

The Seward County Community College Men’s Tennis team made history after claiming two National Titles during the Intercollegiate Tennis Association cup...

Humanities Kansas and Seward County Community College are hosting a writing workshop to give immigrants the opportunity to tell their story.

SCCC and HK give immigrants an opportunity to tell their story

October 18, 2018

Every immigrant has a story. A story of their migration, why they chose a small town in rural America, even of their home country. Everyone has a story,...

Sophomore middle, Luz Sierra and freshman setter, Laura De Pra block a hit against Colby. (File Photo)

Lady Saints remain undefeated in conference

October 18, 2018

Seward County Community College Lady Saints Volleyball defeated the Pratt Beavers on Thursday, Oct. 17 in Pratt. The win means that the Lady Saints remain...

Freshman outside hitter, Djuly Schmorantz and Sophomore middle hitter, Luz Sierra block a Lady Cougar Hit. (File Photo)

Lady Saints beat Barton in rematch

October 16, 2018

The Seward County Community College Lady Saints Volleyball team defeated the Barton Community College Cougars for the second time this season on Monday,...

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Saints Tennis thrives at ITA National Fall Championship

October 15, 2018

The Seward County Community College Men’s Tennis team earned another two national titles during the ITA National Champion, sweeping doubles and singles...

The Midterm Elections will be held in November. Register to vote today to be apart of your city, state and countrys decisions.

MidTerm Elections are right around the corner

October 15, 2018

The 2018 Midterm Elections are right around the corner  on Nov. 6. United States citizens can have a say in the present and future of our cities, states...

Heather Moree is a freshman Computer Science major from Liberal. Moree is involved in band and choir and enjoys drawing.

Heather Moree

October 12, 2018

Why did you choose to major in Computer Science? "I wanted to try something different." What is your greatest strength? "My greatest strength is drawing,...

Freshman Setter, Laura De Pra saves the ball after a long volley with the Lady Cougars. The Lady Saints had multiple terrific saves throughout the night.

[Photo] Lady Saints defeat Barton Community College quickly

October 11, 2018

Freshman Setter, Laura De Pra saves the ball after a long volley with the Lady Cougars. The Lady Saints had multiple terrific saves throughout the night.

Foundation Auction raises over $48,000

Foundation Auction raises over $48,000

October 3, 2018

The Seward County Community College’s Foundation Auction was a huge success this year, raising over $10,000 more ($48,298.10) and having 150 more attendees...

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Lady Saints lose three

October 1, 2018

The Seward County Community College Lady Saints Volleyball team lost their winning streak after losing three out of four games over the weekend. The Lady...

Raul Camacho, sophomore engineering major, finishes his college algebra homework in the TRIO Computer lab. The TRIO lab is open for TRIO members to come and work on homework and even get tutoring.

[Photo] TRIO brings opportunity to students

September 28, 2018

Raul Camacho, sophomore engineering major, finishes his college algebra homework in the TRIO Computer lab. The TRIO lab is open for TRIO members to come...

Valles is a veteran of the National Guard and is the only student in the National Security Studies program.

Nohemy Valles

September 27, 2018

What made you choose to go into National Security? "I served 11 years in the National Guard." When did you join the National Guard? "I joined right...

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Butler proves no match for Lady Saints

September 27, 2018

Seward County Community College Volleyball effortlessly swept Butler Community College in El Dorado on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The Lady Saints are now ranked...

During his presentation, Dixon mentions players that might be unknown, like Wilber “Bullet” Rogan and Norman Thomas Turkey Stearnes who played for the Monarchs. Many people don’t know that Jackie Robinson also played for the Monarchs before playing in the major leagues.

[Photo] Kansas City Monarchs history comes to SCCC

September 27, 2018

During his presentation, Dixon mentions players that might be unknown, like Wilber “Bullet” Rogan and Norman Thomas "Turkey" Stearnes who played for...

Dixon writes books about the players that were in the Negro baseball league. Some of these players even had better stats than the most known baseball Hall of famers. To end his presentation, Dixon recited a poem about the players called, “The Stars That Did Not Shine.”

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September 27, 2018

Dixon writes books about the players that were in the Negro baseball league. Some of these players even had better stats than the most known baseball Hall...

Dixon has been always been interested in baseball. As a kid, he enjoyed collecting baseball cards. Now, Dixon is a baseball historian, author about the negro baseball league and a high school baseball coach.

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September 27, 2018

Dixon has been always been interested in baseball. As a kid, he enjoyed collecting baseball cards. Now, Dixon is a baseball historian, author about the...

Phil S. Dixon, Negro League author and baseball historian, came to the SCCC library to share the history of the negro baseball league.

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September 27, 2018

Phil S. Dixon, Negro League author and baseball historian, came to the SCCC library to share the history of the negro baseball league.

Dixon presents wearing his Kansas City Monarchs jersey and hat. The Kansas City Monarchs were the longest-running franchise in the history of baseballs Negro Leagues.

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September 27, 2018

Dixon presents wearing his Kansas City Monarchs jersey and hat. The Kansas City Monarchs were the longest-running franchise in the history of baseball's...

Dixon had his new book, signed photos and baseball cards for sell after his presentation.

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September 27, 2018

Dixon had his new book, signed photos and baseball cards for sell after his presentation.

During his presentation, Dixon mentions players that might be unknown, like Wilber “Bullet” Rogan and Norman Thomas Turkey Stearnes who played for the Monarchs. Many people don’t know that Jackie Robinson also played for the Monarchs before playing in the major leagues.

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September 27, 2018

During his presentation, Dixon mentions players that might be unknown, like Wilber “Bullet” Rogan and Norman Thomas "Turkey" Stearnes who played for...

Phil S. Dixon writes multiple books about the negro league and about the players who are mentioned in the Hall of Fame and at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

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September 27, 2018

Phil S. Dixon writes multiple books about the negro league and about the players who are mentioned in the Hall of Fame and at the Negro Leagues Baseball...

SCCC students, staff and members of the community came to the SCCC library to hear Phil S. Dixon talk about the history of negro baseball. Dixon travels the country telling people about the history of the negro baseball league.

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September 27, 2018

SCCC students, staff and members of the community came to the SCCC library to hear Phil S. Dixon talk about the history of negro baseball. Dixon travels...

[Video] Face lift is face let down

September 25, 2018

We slobbered and choked as the Crusader News staff tried the facial slimmer. We decided to try this product to find a way to slim the face in an easier...

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Lady Saints Dominate in Blue Dragon Classic

September 24, 2018

The Seward County Lady Saints volleyball team dominated in the Blue Dragon Classic over the weekend, defeating all four of their opponents, breaking offensive...

Each ice cream bar costs $1. This specific customer asked for one mango ice cream bar, but paid $5 and told the paletero, Francisco Solis, to “keep the change.”

[Photo] Paletero trae clásicos del verano Mexicano a los barrios de Liberal

September 21, 2018

Each ice cream bar costs $1. This specific customer asked for one mango ice cream bar, but paid $5 and told the paletero, Francisco Solis, to “keep the...

Freshman, Laura De Pra, serves to the Pratt Lady Beavers. De Pra helped the team on offense by contributing 30 assists.

Lady Saints win 11 in a row

September 20, 2018

The Seward County Lady Saints defeated the Pratt Community College in just three short matches in the Greenhouse on Wednesday, Sept. 19. This is the eighth...

Francisco Solis spends the whole day in the heat, with only an occasional break, consisting of leaning up against the cart in the shade. Each paletero spends the whole work day on their feet. (Photo from Paletero Brings Mexican Summer Classic to Liberal Neighborhoods)

[Photo] Humanities Kansas partners with SCCC to showcase SWKS Culture.

September 19, 2018

Francisco Solis spends the whole day in the heat, with only an occasional break, consisting of leaning up against the cart in the shade. Each paletero...

SCCC organiza un panel de periodismo Latino

SCCC organiza un panel de periodismo Latino

September 17, 2018

Seward County Community College se está asociando con Topeka-Humanities Kansas para presentar un panel de periodismo el miércoles 19 de septiembre a...

SCCC hosts Hispanic journalist panel

SCCC hosts Hispanic journalist panel

September 17, 2018

Seward County Community College is partnering with Topeka-Humanities Kansas to present a journalism panel on Wed Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the SCCC Showcase...

Liberal is a town with a strong Hispanic influence. This influence brought to town the ice cream shop industry.

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September 17, 2018

Liberal is a town with a strong Hispanic influence. This influence brought to town the ice cream shop industry.

A paleteros hands are never far from the bells that call out to customers. Liberal has a long tradition with selling Mexican ice cream from a push cart, just like in Mexico.

[Photo] Paletero brings Mexican summer classic to Liberal neighborhoods

September 21, 2018

A paletero's hands are never far from the bells that call out to customers. Liberal has a long tradition with selling Mexican ice cream from a push cart,...

Liberal paleteros makes approximately $200 every two weeks. Their earnings are based off of what they sell.

[Photo] ‘A Good Day’

September 23, 2018

Liberal paleteros makes approximately $200 every two weeks. Their earnings are based off of what they sell.

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