The student news site of Seward County Community College

Crusader News

The student news site of Seward County Community College

Crusader News

The student news site of Seward County Community College

Crusader News

Annette Meza, Liberal sophomore, is the managing editor.

Annette Meza, Managing Editor

Annette Meza is a sophomore journalism major. She is 19 years old and was born and raised in Liberal. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, study astrology, write, read, scroll on social media and watch her favorite shows. She plans to transfer to the University of Kansas to earn her bachelor’s in journalism and work at a newspaper or magazine one day.

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The Crusader News staff from the spring semester left to right: Elvis Polvon, Denise Perez, Annette Meza, Preston Burrows, Rebecca Irby and Maggie Ibarra.

Editorial: A goodbye from the editors

May 7, 2020

As the year comes to an end, we would like to reflect on Seward County Community College as a collective. Although many students’ first or last year...

Seward County Community College will be using the 72 open rooms excluding the Student Living Center for families who need to be quarantined. They will only be available for residents of Liberal.

SCCC steps up to quarantine families in need

April 28, 2020

Seward County Community College stepped up to serve the Liberal community by providing shelter for those who need to be quarantined after being exposed...

Employees at National Beef in Liberal feel safer and more protected now that cubicles of plexi glass have been placed around the plant.

Industrial Tech helps make National Beef a safer place

April 23, 2020

As the number of cases rise in Liberal, now up to 195, places of work try to make their environments as safe as they can for employees. National Beef,...

Hands-on classes became hands-off after the Kansas governors stay-at-home order. Students now do most of their labs as simulations. (file photo)

[Photo] Refund for classes handled case-by-case

April 22, 2020

Hands-on classes became "hands-off" after the Kansas governor's stay-at-home order. Students now do most of their labs as simulations. (file photo)

Thrifting is an effective and affordable way to spice up your closet with a flannel, a jacket or a patterned shirt. Buying recycled clothing also helps lower the consumption and production of fast fashion clothing, which affects the environment negatively.

Thrifting: save your wallet, closet and the planet

April 20, 2020

Editors note: This article was written before the COVID-19 stay at home orders. Going out in public is not advised right now, however thrifting is still...

Community members help neighbors and friends by sewing masks due to a nationwide shortage. The CDC has recommended that everyone wear masks for the protection of others and your own well being.

Liberal community comes together to provide masks

April 17, 2020

A shortage of protective masks during the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired citizens of Liberal to come together at a distance to make reusable masks for...

Tired of being stuck in your room and in self-isolation? Pull up Crusaders Spotify playlist and laugh yourself silly with these relevant song selections.

Quarantunes: Songs you need during self-isolation

April 13, 2020

Sleep, eat, do school work, rinse and repeat. During this self- isolation, it’s most likely that you’ll be bored after days and nights of staying home...

Satanta teachers worked hard to put student’s supplies in brown paper bags while wearing personal protective equipment to keep the community safe. This system was set up as a drive-thru so students could get their supplies quickly so the next could do the same.

Teachers against COVID-19

April 9, 2020

Notebooks, textbooks, and left over items from students are stuffed into a black trash bag and set out on the school curb. Lesson plans disappear while...

Phi Beta Lambda attended the state leadership conference on March 7. From left to right: Joel Obando, Pilar Cazares, Mariah Behrns KS PBL Vice-President, Lisa Kennedy PBL advisor and Cody Bradley SCCC PBL President. Not pictured is Jessica Schupman who received 1st in Local Chapter Annual Business Report.

PBL qualifies to go to nationals

April 2, 2020

Phi Beta Lambda traveled to Emporia for the 2020 Kansas PBL State Leadership Conference before spring break and the Coronavirus outbreak in Kansas. The...

Since switching to online classes, students and staff have shown us what their new normal looks like on social media.

Students, staff show their ‘new normal’

April 1, 2020

Long-distance learning and working has taken the universe by storm. Crusader News asked the Seward County Community College community on Facebook and Twitter...

SCCC will be closed from now on, following Gov. Kellys executive stay at home order beginning March 30.

Campus closes following stay-at-home order

March 30, 2020

As of today, the state of Kansas has reported to have 368 cases of Coronavirus. A stay-at-home order has been issued for the whole state of Kansas by Gov....

The extended COVID-19 spring break has many students feeling bored because they cant go out and do much.

10 things to keep you busy during ‘self-quarantine’

March 18, 2020

By now, the extended spring break due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is probably driving you insane from boredom. Health officials and news reports...

All SCCC classes will be moving to an online format beginning March 23. For more information, visit scccnews.com.

[Photo] SCCC moves to online classes March 23

March 17, 2020

All SCCC classes will be moving to an online format beginning March 23. For more information, visit scccnews.com.

Due to the Corona virus disease, SCCC president Ken Trzaska has decided to keep students up to date via email. Cancellation of classes has not occurred and classes will resume March 16.

SCCC scheduled to resume classes as normal March 16, updates to come

March 12, 2020

Updated 5:05 PM CST March 12, 2020 The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is making an impact globally and Seward County Community College is keeping a close eye...

[Video] Cats on campus

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...

HALO students attended the 38th USHLI conference from Feb. 20- Feb. 23.  HALO students left to right back row: Sammir Martinez, Alondra Sanchez, Frances Brown, Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., President of United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, Patsy Fischer, Miguel Perez, Ana Herrera and Luis Jimenez. Left to right front row: Alizae Salinas and Maria Herrera.

HALO attends 38th annual USHLI conference

March 2, 2020

Seward County Community College’s Hispanic American Leadership Organization attended the 38th annual United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference....

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

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 Statistics (1)

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February 28, 2020

Sexual Assault Statistics

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February 28, 2020

The Colvin Family Allied Health building officially opened in October.

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February 28, 2020

The Colvin Family Allied Health building officially opened in October.

 Basketball players Karolina Szydłowska and Wiktoria Kazimierowicz hand out a Valentine to a Brookdale resident. This is the second time the library has sponsored this event.

SCCC students spread love to nursing residents

February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day is all about spreading love, and that's exactly what Seward County Community College students did today. The SCCC Lady Saints volleyball...

Valentines Day romance is the in the air. Make it a red rose, dinner and a movie night. Crusader has picked some classic romantic movies to get you started.

10 best romance movies to cry to on Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2020

Romance movies. You either love them or you hate them, but there's no doubt that they make people cry, especially when someone dies or the couple encounters...

Spring semester has brought in new classes, snow and what the SCCC students are mostly confused about: Dorm fines.

Dorm fines cause mixed emotions among students

February 7, 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...

Taste of Kansas took place on Jan. 29 in the SCCC library. The event was held to show the many cultures and foods that make up Kansas. About 50 plates of food were brought for the potluck and over 200 people attended.

Taste of Kansas brings variety and diversity to SCCC

January 30, 2020

The second annual campus wide potluck, Taste of Kansas, was a way for students, staff and community members to share their favorite traditional plates...

Sophomore journalism major Annette Meza decided to help and shovel the snow off her driveway. She said it was very tiring but building the snow man afterwards was fun!

15 inches of snow blankets Liberal

January 29, 2020

Throwing snowballs, binging Netflix original series or sleeping in are three of many ways Seward County Community College students spent their time on...

Amberley Taylor is working on a certificate from the school of cosmetology.

[Photo] Amberley Vervalin

January 18, 2018

Amberley Taylor is working on a certificate from the school of cosmetology.

Jade Harper is a freshman from Oklahoma.

[Photo] Jade Harper

January 27, 2020

Jade Harper is a freshman from Oklahoma.

Tuition will be raised by $4 and $2 for student fees. There is a six dollar difference in total.

Tuition raises at SCCC

January 24, 2020

A recent tuition raise for the 2020-2021 school year was approved by the Board Of Trustees on Jan. 13. Vice President of Finance and Operations Dennis...

Victoria Martins, freshman from Brazil, is learning photography.

[Photo] Victoria Martins

January 16, 2020

Victoria Martins, freshman from Brazil, is learning photography.

Elvis Polvon, Liberal freshman, is a writer and fashion guru.

[Photo] Elvis Polvon

August 30, 2019

Elvis Polvon, Liberal freshman, is a writer and fashion guru.

Denise Perez, Liberal sophomore, is a writer.

[Photo] Denise Perez

January 16, 2020

Denise Perez, Liberal sophomore, is a writer.

Rebecca Irby, Liberal freshman, is the master of graphics.

[Photo] Rebecca Irby

August 28, 2019

Rebecca Irby, Liberal freshman, is the master of graphics.

Maggie Ibarra, sophomore from Garden City, is the do-it-all person on staff.

[Photo] Maggie Ibarra

August 28, 2019

Maggie Ibarra, sophomore from Garden City, is the "do-it-all" person on staff.

Preston Burrows, sophomore from Rolla, is the features editor for Crusader News.

[Photo] Preston Burrows

August 28, 2019

Preston Burrows, sophomore from Rolla, is the features editor for Crusader News.

TikToks to help you glide through finals

December 6, 2019

As the semester is ending, Crusader put together a compilation of original TikTok's to help you get through these last few days with a laugh! Find Crusader...

Phillip Jacobs, trucker for OGrady Trucking, spends most of his life on the road. He has been in the profession for about 40 years now. His favorite part of the job is traveling and meeting new people, which seems to be common among other truckers as well.

Trucking isn’t easy

December 6, 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...

TikTok has become the new popular social media on campus lately and around the world. Students on campus spend their free time making TikToks or watching them with friends.

[Photo] TikTok becomes newest trend on campus

December 3, 2019

TikTok has become the new popular social media on campus lately and around the world. Students on campus spend their free time making TikToks or watching...

Freshly sliced ham and turkey were served during the free Thanksgiving lunch. Sides were also served such as mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and bread rolls.

Thanksgiving came early for SCCC students

November 26, 2019

It was that time of the year again, where students and community members gathered and lined up outside of the Seward County Community College cafeteria...

The Crusader News staff took a tour of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. During their tour, they got to see a live meeting of the senate court.

Crusader News wins first place in best two year website category

November 11, 2019

It was a surprise to the young journalists of the Crusader News Staff to hear that they had won first place in the Two Year Website of the Year category...

The Student Government Association on campus serves as the voice for students. Sponsor of the club Wade Lyon hopes to have more participation from students of various other clubs on campus. Lyon said that having a diverse staff would help SGA make more decisions of what they would like to see on campus and what theyd like to change.

SGA welcomes students to join board

November 6, 2019

The Student Government Association strives to be Seward County Community College’s voice. Recently, director of student life and leadership Wade Lyon...

The Allied health center is now open for use and has been since Oct. 14. Here, surgical technology, nursing, respiratory therapy and medical laboratory technology students are taught. Originally, the programs were held at the Epsworth center across town. The building was less spacious and was also getting too much to maintain at a economical level.

[Photo] Medical students settle into new Allied Health building

October 30, 2019

The Allied health center is now open for use and has been since Oct. 14. Here, surgical technology, nursing, respiratory therapy and medical laboratory...

The Allied health center is now open for use and has been since Oct. 14. Here, surgically technology, nursing, respiratory therapy and medical laboratory technology students are taught. Originally, the programs were held at the Epsworth center across town. The building was less spacious and was also getting too much to maintain at a economical level.

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October 30, 2019

The Allied health center is now open for use and has been since Oct. 14. Here, surgically technology, nursing, respiratory therapy and medical laboratory...

Garden Of Eatin’ (Southwest Medical Center cafeteria)

October 29, 2019

Garden Of Eatin’ is the cafeteria at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. Anybody is welcome to eat for a small price. During lunch and dinner...

Educating students about suicide awareness during September helps students understand suicide and how to recognize the signs that someone is struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Suicide rates are high among college students

October 22, 2019

Suicide is currently the second most common death among young adults ages 15-24. The rate has tripled since the 1950’s, increasing by 200%, according...

Las Culturas de los países centroamericaos Difieren el uno del otro

Las Culturas de los países centroamericaos Difieren el uno del otro

October 11, 2019

En Liberal, aproximadamente 61.2 por ciento de la población está conquests de residentes hispanos o latinos. Los residentes no solo vienen de México...

The lunch time entertainment was put on by a sorority on campus and a live band. The dancers were Jarabe dancers, which is the national dance of Mexico.

HALO attends annual midwest encuentro

October 11, 2019

Empowerment is one word that Miguel Perez, President of Seward County Community College’s Hispanic American Leadership association (HALO), used to describe...

Many different hispanic and latino cultures reside in the Southwest Kansas area, such as Honduran, Mexican and Guatemalan cultures. The unique cultural mix makes Liberal in particular, what it is today.

Culture of Central American countries differ from one another

October 4, 2019

In Liberal, about 61.2% of the population is made up of Hispanic or Latino residents. These residents are not just from Mexico, but from Central American...

An essential oils class was held at the SCCC industrial tech on Sept. 24. Essential oils enthusiast, Debbie Scroggs, taught the class and brought her own samples for the students to try. These are the main oils you should want to own first if you are new to essential oils, Sroggs said.

Scroggs shares passion and knowledge for essential oils

October 1, 2019

The aroma of lavender filled the room of the business meeting room at Seward County Community College’s Industrial Technical School. Essential oil guide...

Ty Hughbbanks has taught at SCCC for four years now, though this is his second stent. Hughbanks has traveled to many countries and says that being selfish before you can settle down is important.

[Photo] Hughbanks imparts wisdom in Q&A

September 26, 2019

Ty Hughbbanks has taught at SCCC for four years now, though this is his second stent. Hughbanks has traveled to many countries and says that being selfish...

During her free time, Muntz says she is currently trying to unpack, as shes only been in Liberal a little over a month. She also enjoys bird watching and gardening.

Muntz starts first year in English department

September 24, 2019

From growing up in a small town in Iowa, to previously teaching in Bloomington Normal, Illinois, Lori Muntz has made it her next step in life to teach...

The SCCC cafeteria and Louies Place will have a new rule for students who have a 19 meal plan. Students will now be able to eat at Louies Place for breakfast, lunch and dinner if they please and that one meal will be counted towards the meal plan.

Louie’s Place set to gain meal equivalency rule for SCCC students with meal plan

September 23, 2019

A recent delay occurred at Louie’s Place, the grab and go food service at Seward County Community College’s Industrial Technology campus. Unlike last...

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