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The student news site of Seward County Community College

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Calen Moore

Calen Moore, Club Multi-Media Reporter

Calen Moore is a sophomore at SCCC and is from Liberal. He discovered his love for writing through writing for Crusader News. He spends his free time facing the harsh reality that he is mediocre. His other hobbies include trying to convince adults that being a journalism major is a good idea and listening to music. His favorite genre is jazz inspired hip-hop.

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A protesters holds their signs while marching peacefully down Kansas Ave. The March was done in order to support the Black Lives Matter Movement that was sparked after the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.

[Photo] Black History Month sparks conversations about advocacy, BLM

February 25, 2021

A protesters holds their signs while marching peacefully down Kansas Ave. The March was done in order to support the Black Lives Matter Movement that was...

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.

[Photo] SCCC steps up to quarantine families in need

April 28, 2020

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...

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)

Refund for classes handled case-by-case

April 22, 2020

A nursing student gets ready for their clinicals and puts on their scrubs, goes to the hospital and spends hours shadowing a nurse and even more hours...

 Local family owned coffee shop The Hustle posts a sign on their door announcing they are closed until further notice due to COVID-19. The shop employed a SCCC student Mario Loredo. They were forced to close due to lack of supplies and groceries.

COVID-19 leaves SCCC students unemployed

April 2, 2020

T he 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...

[Video] Ballroom dancing waltzes into SCCC

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”...

Jonathan Jacquez, Walmart employee and high schooler, tries to stock chemical cleaning products in an aisle half empty due to customers panic buying.

Students witness panic during Coronavirus pandemic

March 23, 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...

SCCC student Sierra Washmon packs up her car to move out of the dorms. Multiple students are leaving campus due to the COVID-19 panic and the choice given to move out.

[Photo] Students react to taking classes online

March 20, 2020

SCCC student Sierra Washmon packs up her car to move out of the dorms. Multiple students are leaving campus due to the COVID-19 panic and the choice given...

When class is over, students weave their way through the small building to exit. The walls of Colvin are decorated with projects by students. This one features short poems and serves as a reminder of one of the learning center’s goals — to help adults continue on with college level courses at the main SCCC campus.

[Photo] Photo Essay: Colvin makes language learning fun

February 14, 2020

When class is over, students weave their way through the small building to exit. The walls of Colvin are decorated with projects by students. This one...

President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for his 2020 presidential campaign rally on October 10, 2019. Trump continues to campaign despite the impeachment process beginning. The Senate began hearing testimonies this week.

Students feel the impact of current state of government

January 22, 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,...

Looking out the window of the tour bus, Preston Burrows oohs and aaahs over the sites in Washington DC. The Crusader staff attended a national collegiate media convention in the capitol. They took time to see the sites, even though it was raining.

[Photo] Crusader 2019-20 staff

October 22, 2019

Looking out the window of the tour bus, Preston Burrows "oohs and aaahs" over the sites in Washington DC. The Crusader staff attended a national collegiate...

[Video] Parody: Do you want to pass your finals?

December 9, 2019

Happy finals week! Crusader brings you their annual parody to close out the semester and get finals started with a laugh.

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

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...

Two alleged sexual assaults have been reported in a month on the Seward County Community College Campus.

[Photo] SCCC responds to two alleged sexual assaults on campus

December 5, 2019

Two alleged sexual assaults have been reported in a month on the Seward County Community College Campus.

Saints Stories talks to Gabe Ortiz about his recent NJCAA national tennis title and the next tournament. He will face off against D-1 schools as the lone NJCAA player left in the nation.

Ortiz plays in Oracle ITA Fall Championships

November 6, 2019

Saints tennis player Gabe Ortiz represents Seward County Community College at a unique tournament this week. The freshman from Argentina won the national...

Wendy’s

October 29, 2019

We went to Wendy’s with only $5 to see what we could buy. When we walked in, we noticed that the restaurant itself was very nice and clean. The employee’s...

[Video] What can you buy on a $5 budget?

October 29, 2019

Being a college student can mean that your already tight budget can be spread pretty thin. After burning cash on books, classes, car payments and, of course,...

The first episode of Saints Stories features freshman Dulce Perez reading an essay about her first love.

Saints Stories: First podcast features an ode to a first love

October 22, 2019

 Podcast transcript: Kris Liggett: Hey listeners, I'm Kris Liggett and you're listening to Saints Stories brought to you by Crusader News. This...

Talking to someone about how you feel can be the first step one can take if they feel suicidal or depressed. Psychologists recommend people experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek professional help in some form.

[Photo] Suicide rates are high among college students

October 22, 2019

Talking to someone about how you feel can be the first step one can take if they feel suicidal or depressed. Psychologists recommend people experiencing...

Books line the walls of the SCCC library. Every year, hundreds of books come up for discussion on whether it should be banned or not.

[Photo] Opinion: Banning books limits exploration

October 16, 2019

Books line the walls of the SCCC library. Every year, hundreds of books come up for discussion on whether it should be banned or not.

Los estudiantes pioneros leen a diario y se llevan a casa algunos libros para leerles a sus familias. Como parte del programa de dos idiomas de la escuela primaria Prairie View, los estudiantes pueden leer en inglés o español.

La escuala primaria de liberal anima el estudiante bilingüe por medio de su programa de lenguaje dual

October 11, 2019

Los estudiantes llenen sus asientos y oyen “class take out your pencils.” El día siguiente oyen “clase saca tus lápices.” La escuela Prairie...

Pioneers students read daily and take home some books home to read to their families. As part of the Prairie View Elementary School dual-language program, students may read in English or Spanish.

Liberal elementary school encourages bilingualism through dual language program

October 11, 2019

Students spill into their seats and hear “class take out your pencils.” The next day they hear “clase saquen sus lapices.” Prairie View Elementary...

Mario Kart took the Seward County Community College campus by storm when the game dropped in the app store. Students played it before class, in between classes and sometimes even during class. Most said the game for their phones gave them reminded them of childhood, playing the game on a Wii.

[Photo] Students weigh in on new Mario Kart game

October 10, 2019

Mario Kart took the Seward County Community College campus by storm when the game dropped in the app store. Students played it before class, in between...

As a vapor cloud rises in the air, an American flag hangs proudly behind it. With 47 states already having restrictions such as no indoor vaping, people are showing initiative to make a change in the nation. Massachusetts has even took steps further and banned the sale of all vaping products for four months.

SCCC students speak up about future of vaping

October 2, 2019

A puff of steam escaped Hailey Logarth’s mouth and filled the room. The air smelled like strawberry, mint, watermelon and tasted like candy. However,...

Q Olanlege likes to design vivid images on his computer, then he sends them to his friend, who prints shirts. The Brooklyn, New York sophomore wears his clothes and sells them for $50.

Basketball doesn’t define Olanlege

September 27, 2019

One thing that stands out about Qaiyoom “Q” Olanlege when you see him, is not just his height or athletic ability, but his sense of style. The Seward...

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[Photo] Luis Martinez

September 20, 2019

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...

Community member Diego Olivas entered his color changing car in the show.

[Photo] College celebrates 50 years over Labor Day weekend

September 3, 2019

Community member Diego Olivas entered his color changing car in the show.

Ken Trzaska, SCCC president, urges new students to be give 100% in everything they do. Saints Welcome Day was in the Greenhouse on Aug. 19.

[Video] SCCC welcomes incoming freshmen at playfair

August 20, 2019

The nervous, excited chatter of a fresh new batch of college freshmen filled the hot air in the Seward County Community College gym as President Ken Trzaska...

[Video] Saints ‘Welcome Parody’ tours campus

August 19, 2019

Take a satirical tour around the Seward County Community College campus. Returning students bring dry-humor to the normal tour and tips. This video parody...

Dignitaries break the ground for the Sharp Champions Center. Construction should start late in May 2019.

Ground broken for Sharp Champions Center

April 25, 2019

Plans for the new athletic building all started with a drawing on a napkin. Those simple plans are coming to life after years of planning. On April 25,...

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...

Edwin Yemoh comes from Ghana. The super sophomore plans to major in engineer once he gets a four year university.

International students adjust to America

April 24, 2019

Being a new student can feel stressful and cause anxiety being in a completely new place surrounded by new people, new classes, new everything. But now...

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How much do we know about Easter?

April 18, 2019

Easter, a traditional holiday celebrated in America by Christians, is just around the corner. When Easter comes to mind, one can imagine eggs of all different...

[Video] Unsung champions

April 17, 2019

They are the unsung champions of the SCCC sports world - men's and women's tennis. They are consistently ranked in the nation. The fall season had three...

Donors can now donate money through the crowdfunding website. This website allows you to track the progress the school makes. Students can make plea videos telling their stories and asking for family and friends to donate to the fund.

SCCC hosts its annual Phonathon

April 3, 2019

The room was completely still, as a young college student reached for their phone. She picked it up and dialed a number. She sat awkwardly as she stumbled...

Lee* learns English at the Seward County Community College Colvin Center. Attending class and learning from Sonia Hernandez and other Colvin instructors helps the Guatemalan work toward her goal of an education.

Separated at the Border

March 26, 2019

The impoverished neighborhood in Guatemala didn’t offer a lot for Lee's* family. It was common for people to struggle financially. Many could only sell...

Meadowlark Elementary welcomes SCCC freshmen Aiden Gomez and Cassandra Arredondo to read a Dr. Seuss book to fourth and fifth grade students for Dr. Seuss week. Dr. Seuss week celebrates Seuss birthday and also encourages students to read more while participating in the daily themes/events.

Hooray for Dr. Seuss day

February 28, 2019

Imagination is the sky and the books are the wings. Elementary kids gathered around,and listened carefully to the beautiful sound of college kids reading...

Drugs are among one of the violations that occur on campus. Students have concluded that drugs are not a major problem, but they are becoming normalized. Violations that happen on campus are addressed with fines, community service and more.  (Photo Illustration)

Students contemplate the normalization of drugs

February 28, 2019

Drugs are not a foreign thing for college students nor members of the community, especially in the southwest Kansas area. Consequences of illegal drug...

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.

Community college vs. university

February 22, 2019

Attending college can be great step to further education. But, what’s the best avenue to take—community college or a university? Before becoming beleaguered...

Archery is one of the various fun classes offered at Seward County Community College. It meets during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The practice range is on the top level of the Greenhouse.

Peculiar classes offered at SCCC

February 15, 2019

Seward County Community College not only offers classes that are traditional but also offers classes out of the ordinary. One might consider this, classes...

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

Activism: Post-Millennials vs. Baby Boomers

February 8, 2019

To be an activist one must be aware of the political and social climate one lives in. It is clear that today in America the tension between sides or parties...

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...

Hegel Augustin is from Queens, New York. His dream has always been to play in the NBA.

Hegel Augustin

January 25, 2019

What is your name? "Hegel Augustine." Where are you from? "Queens, New York." What is your major? "Sports medicine." What year in college...

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