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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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Nayeli Guitierrez

Nayeli Guitierrez

September 17, 2019

What are your hobbies? "I like to hang out with friends and I just work. I work at Dillons, its okay sometimes, it can be boring. I work as a cashier." What’s...

On Monday, the Ag department discovered most of their peaches had been picked. The department was disappointed because they intended to sell the peaches for a fundraiser.

Missing peaches spark confusion

September 10, 2019

 The sun rose over the Agriculture department Monday morning on campus to reveal that a large portion of the department’s peaches were missing.  “I...

Marian Long, SCCC alumnus, brought a few memorable pieces along with her to the college's 50th anniversary celebration, Aug. 31. The 83-year-old was a member of the first class, therefore, she was involved in the very first Phi Theta Kappa club.

The big 5-0h

September 3, 2019

Seward County Community College held the first-ever Hall of Saints Alumni Induction and Gala ceremony at the Fairfield Inn Convention Center on Aug. 31.  The...

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September 3, 2019

Extra tip: Night classes start on Aug. 19 — not Aug. 20 when day classes start. Who knows why SCCC does this but take heed so you don't get an absence before you even really start.

10 things you need to know as a SCCC freshman

August 19, 2019

Classes are back in session at Seward County Community College, and if you want to start your year off on the right foot here at SCCC, there are ten things...

Myron Perry plans to forward from SCCC in the year 2020 to pursue a job in for several biofuel processes from biogas to another confidential processes.

Perry moves on from SCCC

May 7, 2019

During Myron Perry’s free time between classes, he walks down the hall in a chipper mood, greeting everyone passing by or sitting down. Perry is the...

Seward County Community College had Its 48th annual commencement of 2019.  It was held in the SCCC gymnasium Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m.

Farewell to the class of 2019

May 6, 2019

“The only constant in this world is change, so embrace it and aim for solution,” Seward County Community College president Ken Trzaska said as he began...

Seward County Community College will hold the 48th annual commencement ceremony on May 4 at 10 a.m. in the Greenhouse. Special guest, senior branch manager at Sunflower Bank of Liberal, Jonny Vergara, will be giving a speech as SCCC president Ken Trzaska asked him to do so.

[Photo] Commencement speaker challenges status quo

May 3, 2019

Seward County Community College will hold the 48th annual commencement ceremony on May 4 at 10 a.m. in the Greenhouse. Special guest, senior branch manager...

Biviana Rodriguez

Biviana Rodriguez

May 2, 2019

What are your goals and ambitions? “My goal is are to work in low-income communities and work with everybody there but I will always have a special...

Thomas prefers to show rather than tell

May 1, 2019

You may have seen her video played at the Seward County Community College men’s basketball games or the one for sexual assault awareness month, “It’s...

Cruz Shope stands up to the plate for the pitch. The sophomore outfielder is counted on to get runs across whether its from runs batted in or scoring himself. Shope hit five home runs during the regular season but crossed home plate himself, 46 times.(file photo)

[Photo] Saints split with Beaver to end the season

April 29, 2019

Cruz Shope stands up to the plate for the pitch. The sophomore outfielder is counted on to get runs across whether its from runs batted in or scoring himself....

It’s On Us to stop sexual assault from happening on campus

April 25, 2019

“An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure,” Annette Hackbarth-Onson, dean of students, said. April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and there’s...

[Video] Sri Lanka tragedy ‘hits close to home’ for SCCC economics instructor

April 24, 2019

Sri Lanka was at peace until Easter Sunday. Over the weekend, Sri Lanka suffered a severe tragedy, as bombs went off around Catholic churches and international...

Two international students participated in the spring musical. Rosa Strydom (far left) is from South Africa while Alisa Handrugan is from Belgium. They played the part of Ariel's sisters.

[Photo] International students

April 23, 2019

Two international students participated in the spring musical. Rosa Strydom (far left) is from South Africa while Alisa Handrugan is from Belgium. They...

Sophomore biology major Madison Hall and freshman behavioral sciences major Molleigh McCormack attended the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Student Judging Contest at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. The Agriculture department has competed in NACTA every spring semester.

Agriculture department takes on Kentucky and competes nationally

April 23, 2019

A team of two from Seward County Community College competed against other college students in the nation in the North American Colleges and Teachers of...

The Saints won Against Frank Phillips 13-12 in a close game. Freshman pitcher Steven Craddock came in for three innings against the visitors. The left-hander struck out two and walked two.

[Photo] Saints win in walk-off

April 17, 2019

The Saints won Against Frank Phillips 13-12 in a close game. Freshman pitcher Steven Craddock came in for three innings against the visitors. The left-hander...

Nati da Rocha gets excited about winning the giant chocolate bunny. The Easter egg she found in the bookstore matched up to this prize. More than 300 eggs were hidden but not all offered prizes.

Egg-cellent dash

April 16, 2019

A sea of excited students waited with bated breath outside of the Seward County Community College bookstore. Everyone chatted nervously with their friends,...

[Video] SCCC hosts annual Poetry Coffeehouse

April 15, 2019

On Friday evening, an audience of fellow poetry lovers and peers sat amongst each other, ate horderves and sipped on water or lemonade in the Seward County...

The Lady Saints won two games to Garden City Community College and lost two to Dodge over this weekend, putting them at 12-25 overall but 8-8 in conference play.

Saints win two, lose two over the weekend

April 15, 2019

Over the weekend, the Lady Saints played four games. They came away with two wins and two losses. On April 13, they played a doubleheader against Garden...

Alizé Garcia

Alizé Garcia

April 12, 2019

What are your ambitions or goals in life? "I want to do some ministry stuff with music later in life, I'm debating whether I want to move out to  El...

Sophomores Huy Cam and Karlo Flores have been conducting research over anti-biotic properties of plants. Flores and Cam take plants from the greenhouse and test the properties with a bacteria called Mersa to see if it is treatable or resistant to the anti-biotic.

[Photo] SCCC students get accepted into pharmacy school

April 16, 2019

Sophomores Huy Cam and Karlo Flores have been conducting research over anti-biotic properties of plants. Flores and Cam take plants from the greenhouse...

The Crusader staff won a total of 33 awards including the All-Kansas award for best website in the state. The last time Crusader won such award it was 2014.

Crusader News wins All-Kansas, gains insight

April 10, 2019

The Seward County Community College Crusader news staff ventured out to Wichita on an overnight trip on April 7-8 for the Kansas Collegiate Media Conference....

SCCC brought the musical adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” to the showcase theatre on dates April 5, 6, and 7.

Review: SCCC’s “The Little Mermaid”

April 8, 2019

Chatter and laughter filled the Seward County Community College showcase theater, as grade school students sat next to their parents anxiously waiting...

Jaci Oakley, freshman infielder, pops a shallow fly ball between third and left field for her first hit of the game April 3, against Otero Junior College. The Lady Saints split the doubleheader losing the first game, 3-7, but won the second, 10-5.

The Lady Saints play double header against Otero

April 4, 2019

The Lady Saints played against Otero Junior College on April 3. The Lady saints played a double header, losing the first, 3-7, and winning the second,...

The Seward Saints played against Claredon Community College on April 2. The saints dropped down to 16-17 overall with this loss, losing 11-3.

[Photo] Saints take a loss against Clarendon College

April 3, 2019

The Seward Saints played against Claredon Community College on April 2. The saints dropped down to 16-17 overall with this loss, losing 11-3.

Sophomore psychology major, Moises Alvarez, will be playing Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid.” “Fathoms Below” will be a song performed by the male cast members Alvarez, Adan Monarrez, and Jeffrey Hannold whom play Prince Eric, King Triton, Grimsby, and Chef Louis.

[Photo] Reclaim your childhood, enchant your adulthood

April 2, 2019

Sophomore psychology major, Moises Alvarez, will be playing Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid.” “Fathoms Below” will be a song performed by the...

Cayde Ward, sophomore from Fort Worth, Texas, hits a foul ball. The Saints’ first baseman makes his presence known at the plate in most games.

[Photo] Saints fall to Barton Community College

April 1, 2019

Cayde Ward, sophomore from Fort Worth, Texas, hits a foul ball. The Saints’ first baseman makes his presence known at the plate in most games.

Seward County Community College is a diverse campus at first glance. Statistics show that the overall student population is 48.62 percent white, 37.02 percent Hispanic and 11.05 percent other/unknown. (Photo Illustration)

SCCC sees two sides to privilege

March 28, 2019

Seward County Community College isn’t a place where you see too much of one race or ethnicity - it’s a diverse campus, much like the surrounding community....

CJ Fernelius dodges an inside pitch and barely misses getting hit.  The sophomore catcher has hit five times for the whole season. His batting average for the season is .263.

[Photo] Saints fall to Lamar

March 27, 2019

CJ Fernelius dodges an inside pitch and barely misses getting hit. The sophomore catcher has hit five times for the whole season. His batting average...

SCCC Library hosts lunch where Matthew Sanderson talks about immigration in Kansas. Although the subject is not new the way we choose to see it is.

Guest speaker confirms immigration is not a new thing

March 26, 2019

“Humans make the lines when in reality there are no lines,” Matthew Sanderson, professor of sociology at Kansas State University said as he closed...

The Humanities department of Seward County Community College hosted Lucy Tan and Yunjung's first night of their tour,

Review: SCCC brings A Night in Paris to campus

March 19, 2019

The beautiful melodies and chords of the piano and violin blended together wonderfully in the band room of the Shank Humanities building. If I had not...

The Lady Saints basketball team has traveled to Lubbock, Texas for the NJCAA tournament. The Lady Saints have earned a seventh seed in the tournament and are scheduled to play on Wednesday, March 20 at 12 p.m. at Lubbock Christian College.

Lady Saints are to play in NJCAA tourney

March 18, 2019

Blood, sweat and tears this basketball season was all worth it for the Lady Saints, as they've earned the chance to attend the NJCAA tournament in Lubbock,...

The SCCC women's tennis team is No. 5 in the nation. The Lady Saints are 5-3 and went 2-2 at the tournament. (File Photo)

Lady Saints win Pensacola Invitational to ABAC

March 18, 2019

The No. 5 Seward County Community College women's tennis team finished the Pensacola Invitational on a winning note with a 7-2 win to No. 14 Abraham Baldwin...

The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team celebrates after winning the Region VI championship against Hutchinson. This was just the sixth time in program history for the men to win. They will automatically advance to the national tournament in Hutchinson on March 18-23.

Saints capture Region VI title, head to NJCAA tourney

March 7, 2019

The Seward Saints captured the Region VI title on March 6 against Hutchinson Community College with a score of 81-76. This makes the Saints sixth regional...

On March 6, the Lady Saints played against the Barton Grizzlies in the Regional VI Championships. The Lady Saints took a loss with a score of 62-54. The Lady Saints will wait to hear if they got a bid which will be announced on Monday.

Seward falls to the Lady Grizzlies at regional championship

March 7, 2019

The Lady Saints lost to Butler Community College on March 6, competing for the Regional VI title with a score of 62-54, losing their streak of 24 games....

The Seward Saints played against Clarendon Community College on March 5, taking a 14-10 loss. The Saints are now 7-7  overall.

Saints take a fall to Clarendon

March 6, 2019

The Seward Saints played and lost to Clarendon Community College on March 5, with a 14-10 score. The Saints, who played a single, nine-inning game, dropped...

The Seward County Community College softball team played two matches against Pratt Community College on March 1, winning both. The Lady Saints are currently 2-9 overall but 2-0 in conference play.

Lady Saints sweep two wins over Pratt

March 4, 2019

The Lady Saints softball team played two matches against Pratt Community College on March 1, winning both. The Lady Saints are currently 2-9 overall but...

The Seward Saints played against Independence Community College on March 3. They won with a 83-60 victory. The Saints will be playing in the Region VI Semi-Finals March 4.

Saints beat Independence, head to Region VI semis

March 4, 2019

The No. 13 Seward Saints earned a 83-60 victory over  Independence Community College on March 3.  The Saints advanced to the semifinals of the Region...

Earning a college degree is more than just studying and passing classes. It's about time and effort, but only you can decide your future career path. (Photo illustration)

[Photo] Is a college degree worth it?

March 1, 2019

Earning a college degree is more than just studying and passing classes. It's about time and effort, but only you can decide your future career path. (Photo...

Lois Magner, photography I student, took and submitted this photo of a flower on crystals for Telolith. Telolith is a contemporary art and literature magazine that is published annually by the humanities department. It allows students of Seward County Community College to submit their own artwork such as poems, short creative stories, digital photography, visual art and more. The deadline to submit any artwork is March 8.

SCCC shows gems of creativity through Telolith

February 26, 2019

Since 1972, Seward County Community College has been publishing students’ works of art in their very own published magazine titled “Telolith: Student...

The Seward County Community College mens basketball team are ranked No. 13 in the nation. The Saints improved to 18-3 in conference play and 25-5 overall. The 25 wins are the team’s most since the 2012-13 season when Seward went 25-8.

Seward saints head to region VI tourney

February 25, 2019

The No. 13 Seward Saints earned a 94-75 victory over the Hutchinson Blue Dragons on Feb. 24. The Saints improved to 18-3 in conference play and 25-5 overall....

SCCC offers students a chance to transfer to larger universities, many of these that are in Kansas. These pamphlets can be found in front of the student success center.

[Photo] Community college vs. university

February 22, 2019

SCCC offers students a chance to transfer to larger universities, many of these that are in Kansas. These pamphlets can be found in front of the student...

The Lady Saints are now No. 2 in the nation with 19-1 in conference play and 27-2 overall. (file photo)

Lady Saints take 21st win against the Mavericks

February 21, 2019

The Lady Saints won to the Northwest Tech Mavericks with a 108-63 win on Feb. 20 in the greenhouse, making their winning streak 21. The Lady Saints improved...

The Seward Saints are No. 13 in the nation with a  record of 24-5 overall but 17-3 in the Jayhawk conference. (file photo)

Saints claim Jayhawk West Title in the greenhouse

February 21, 2019

The no. 13 Seward Saints claimed the Jayhawk West Title on Feb. 20 with a 79-53 win in the greenhouse. This is Seward's first conference championship since...

The No. 17 Seward Saints earned a spot for the Jayhawk West Conference title on Feb. 16. The Saints won 84-80 in the greenhouse, making it their sixth win in a row.

Saints solidify spot in Jayhawk West Conference title

February 18, 2019

The No. 17 Seward Saints won for the sixth time in a row on Feb. 16 with a an 84-80 victory over the No. 18 Barton College Cougars on Saturday. The...

The Lady Saints are ranked No. 6 in the nation and are 26-2 overall but 18-1 in the Jayhawk conference. (file photo)

No. 6 Lady Saints earn 20th win in a row

February 18, 2019

The No. 6 Lady Saints got their 20th win in a row, overcoming a 17 pt. deficit against Barton Community College with an 81-80 win on Feb. 16.  The...

Students created homemade valentine's cards and then delivered them to area nursing homes. The Lady Saints Volleyball team were among those who visited with residents.

SCCC students spread love to senior citizens on Valentine’s Day

February 15, 2019

Valentines Day can be a day where we can show love and appreciation for significant others, friends or even family. On Feb. 14 students of Seward County...

Sudden changes happened in the cafeteria on Feb. 12 due to personnel issues. Along with personnel changes, there will be many new amenities added for students.

Sudden changes affect cafeteria

February 13, 2019

New changes were implemented regarding the Seward County Community College cafeteria staff immediately on Feb. 12. Three members of the cafeteria staff...

SCCC glassblowing instructor Matthew Williams works with molten glass to create a new piece of art during his class Feb. 4 at Liberal High School. Williams got his own start in this class years ago and now teaches SCCC students and community members to shape their own glass art.

Flaming art

February 12, 2019

An intense heat emanates from the glowing furnace inside the glass blowing shed behind the annex building of Liberal High School. It bounces off of ones...

Sophomore guard Devin Bethely tries to get past Pratt Community Colleges' Drew Honas on Feb 9. in the greenhouse.

Saints win their 20th game of season

February 11, 2019

The Seward Saints had their 20th victory this season on Feb. 9 in the greenhouse against the Pratt Beavers with a score of 73-53. The Seward Saints are...

Freshman gaurd Aquila Mucubaquire goes up to make a shot against the Pratt Lady Beavers on Feb. 9 in the greenhouse.

Lady Saints 17 win in a row

February 11, 2019

The Lady Saints win again against Pratt Community College on Saturday Feb. 9th. This is the Lady Saints 17th win in a row with a 66-59 victory. They are...

Freshman education major Gissella Garcia takes a quick look at activism posters hung up in the SCCC library.

[Photo] Activism: Post-Millennials vs. Baby Boomers

February 8, 2019

Freshman education major Gissella Garcia takes a quick look at activism posters hung up in the SCCC library.

Adan Gonzalez is working as a volunteer at the blood drive. Jonathan Ibarra  is signing in to donate blood and save lives.

SCCC hosts yearly blood drive

February 8, 2019

The American Red Cross hosted their yearly blood drive on Feb. 7 here at Seward County Community at the student union. Students, staff and residents...

The SCCC 2019 homecoming king and queen candidates are Moises Alvarez, Miguel Perez, Brian Martinez, Ana Herrera, Alba Torres, Kaitlyn Van Vleet, Rodrigo Sanches. Not pictured: Cole Evans, Veronica Paul and Esmadar Tavares.

Homecoming candidates announced

February 6, 2019

The homecoming king and queen for Seward County Community College will be crowned on Feb. 9 between the men's and women 's basketball game. The women's...

This years Super Bowl game, which took place in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3 was unimpressive among SCCC students.

[Photo] The Super Bowl was a flop for SCCC students

February 4, 2019

This years Super Bowl game, which took place in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3 was unimpressive among SCCC students.

The No. 8 Lady Saints basketball team have a 20-2 record overall but 12-1 in the Jayhawk conference.

Lady Saints dominate with threes

January 31, 2019

The No. 8 Lady Saints basketball team won to the Northwest Mavericks on Jan. 30, making it their 14th win in a row with a score of 93-77. The win pushed...

The Seward Saints are No. 13 in the nation with a  record of 24-5 overall but 17-3 in the Jayhawk conference. (file photo)

Saints take a loss to the Northwest Mavericks

January 31, 2019

The No. 15 Seward County Saints lost to the Southwest Tech Mavericks on Jan. 30 with a score of 80-78 with a last second shot. The Saints played slow...

Choosing your major is a difficult thing to do when there's so many to choose from. Don't feel frustrated because you're not alone. (photo illustration)

Should you be worried about a major?

January 31, 2019

Some students have their whole life figured out before they even step foot on a college campus while some students are still exploring. They often don't...

Jason Sautter has been suspended on paid leave starting on Jan. 28 for one week. Sautter has lead the mens basketball team to a record of 17-4 overall but 10-2 in the Jaykawk conference.

Coach Sautter benched for the week

January 30, 2019

Tonight the Saints men’s basketball team will take the court without their head coach. Jason Sautter has been suspended for one week, with pay, due to...

On Jan. 29, Taste of Kansas was hosted in the SCCC library in order to celebrate Kansas' birthday. There were over 50 dishes varying from over 10 countries.

Students taste the world at Kansas day celebration

January 29, 2019

As you walked into the Hobble Academic building, the smell of food instantly hit. People smiled and followed the smell to the library where there were...

The Seward Saints mens basketball team are ranked No. 13 in the nation with a 16-4 overall record but 9-2 in the jayhawk conference. (file photo)

Saints fall to the trojans

January 24, 2019

The No. 13 Seward Saints fall to the Colby Trojans with a score of 77-72 on Jan 23. This game broke a nine-game conference win streak, which leaves the...

Lady Saints scare crowd with a close win

Lady Saints scare crowd with a close win

January 24, 2019

The Lady Saints took another win on Jan. 23 against the Colby Trojans, winning 62-52, making it their 12th win in a row. The Lady Saints move to 18-2 overall...

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