This week Darren Porche breaks down the Week 5 NFL matchups in Episode 01 of Weekend Sports with Porche.
By Anna Adamyk Sterling, KS May 15th, 2018 3:00 P.M.
Summer is finally in the air! Student’s minds are on finals and finishing up papers and projects, but now is the time to think about where to travel this summer. Most students don’t have money to throw out the window, but it doesn’t mean we should be cooped up in one city all summer. Save a paycheck or two from your summer job and take a few days to experience a new place.
Make a friend trip out of it and split the cost of gas or a hotel. Or find out where your friends will be over the summer and see if you can visit them. There are students who will be in California to Massachusetts this summer.
Here are three ideas of places to go and things to do this summer:
Colorado’s Hot Springs: (gas + entry fee = $120)
Colorado is close and home to many attractions. It’s typically thought of as a place for outdoorsy people ready to hike, but it’s also a great place to not do anything and relax for a few days. Check out the hot springs in Colorado. There are numerous locations to enjoy the crystal-clear water that is amazing for your skin.
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort – Glenwood Springs, CO
A 9-hour drive from Sterling ($100 in gas roundtrip)
$15 to swim after 9 p.m. during the week ($20 after 6 p.m.; $24 anytime during the day)
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Iron Mountain Hot Springs – Glenwood Springs, CO
9-hour drive from Sterling ($100 in gas roundtrip)
$25 to swim anytime from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
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Mount Princeton – Nathrop, CO
An 8-hour drive from Sterling ($90 in gas roundtrip)
$20 to swim anytime from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday
$25 to swim anytime from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday
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Glenwood Springs is a tourist friendly location with lots to do and many restaurants. Check out their restaurants that offer traditional American food to Thai or Indian food. Click here to explore the wide variety of food options.
Nathrop, on the other hand, is much more rural and found in a more mountainous location. It’s not a long drive from Colorado Springs where you’ll find all the restaurants and activities perfect for a short vacation with friends.
Orlando, Florida: (plane tickets + overnight stay for 3 nights = $250)
Did you know that traveling to Orlando, Florida, is really budget friendly? Some flights this summer drop as low as $160 roundtrip. You can also find private rooms through Airbnb.com as low as $30 a night (The hosts are rated by previous guests, so you don’t need to worry about getting stuck with a scary host during your stay in Orlando, just read the ratings.)
1-hour from Orlando
Tourist friendly beach with tons of restaurants and activities.
Lots of authentic seafood places.
Lake Eola – free movies in the park, farmer’s market on Sunday mornings, paddle boat rentals and more. Learn more here.
Art galleries, infinite food options, nightly events.
Click here to see all the possibilities.
Kansas City, Missouri: (gas + Royals ticket = $50)
Take a short trip to Kansas City for a weekend. It’s personally my favorite place to take a short vacation. There are so many things to do and it’s fun to experience a “small big city.” My favorite things to do while in Kansas City is to try new restaurants, go to the City Market farmer’s market, and watch Royals games.
3½-hour drive from Sterling ($40 for gas roundtrip)
City Market Farmer’s Market: Lots of vendors gather on Saturday (from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) during the summer. They sell a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices. There are little restaurants surrounding the vendors too. Click here for more information.
Nelson Atkins Museum: This museum is free everyday (some special exhibits will charge to get in, but it’s not many). They’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. They have a variety of art that is always there, but they also feature a new exhibit every few months. Check out their calendar of events before you make your trip and see what they’re up to.
Bar-B-Que: Kansas City is known for its amazing BBQ. Kansas City native, Elissa Freemire gave her top 3: Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, JackStack and Q39. According to Elissa “Joe’s and Q39 are comparable and JackStack is expensive but to die for.” Kansas City Royals baseball: They’re season isn’t going too well, so tickets will be cheap this summer. Click here to buy tickets.
By Darren Porche Sterling, KS May 8, 2018 3:00 P.M.
On Friday, April 20, 2018, at Honors Convocation, Preston Patton, from Augusta, Kansas, a football player from Sterling College, received two scholarship awards: The Maxine Robinson Endowed Scholarship & The Kenneth and Virginia Fischer Memorial Scholarship. One of the scholarships he applied for online and was expecting to receive it, but the other he was not anticipating.
Patton stated, “I only had to apply for one, but I don’t know where the other one came from, but I’m not complaining. I’m not complaining, I’ll take it!” Preston was selected from many students in the education department.
During the event, Patton said he was not really expected to win those scholarships because he’d already filled out so many scholarship forms online and had never gotten one before. When they called his name out has the recipient of those two awards, he lit up like a Christmas tree
“When I heard my name called,” explained Patton, “I was just like, oh my God, I was in shock.” He also said it wasn’t luck that won him the awards, but he put in a lot of hard work in order to receive the awards.
Patton said, “I had received an email to fill out an application and then turned that in to the education department.”
One of the questions on the application asked about his work ethic, and his plans for the future.
The application was not difficult according to Patton, “it was just simple questions I had to answer.”
The scholarships are not ones he gets to keep throughout the four years of college, but he has to apply for them again after the next year.
By Jase Brandt
Sterling College senior Kaitlynn Little will be taking an internship with New Beginnings Language Training Center in southeast Asia this summer. She will be teaching English to students in middle school. More details can be found in the interview below.
Kaitlynn is currently raising funds for her trip. At the time the interview was recorded, Kaitlynn’s cost for her trip was $3,500, but recent changes in flight scheduling has since raised her costs to $4,500. So far, she has raised $1,280 of the $4,500 total and is accepting donations until May 19thand will begin her trip the following day. If you can, please consider supporting Kaitlynn by donating to either her GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/teaching-english-in-southeast-asia or sending money to her home church at the address below:
First Baptist Church
404 Juniper Dr.
Holton, KS 66436
Kaitlynn is deeply grateful for the support she has received from her friends and family. If you would like more information, you can contact Kaitlynn by emailing her at email@example.com. More information regarding New Beginnings Language Training Center can be found at http://www.nbcenglish.org/.
By Darren Porche (Photo courtesy of Startup Stock Photos from Pexels) Sterling, Kansas — May 7, 2018, 10:00 A.M.
It’s that time of the year when all homework is over, all quizzes are finished and all tests are done as well, but that means it is finals week. This is the week all college students dread mostly because they’re looking forward to the week’s end when they all can leave and go home. College students shut everything down for finals week and bury themselves in studying and trying to get that last grade to help them out for the semester. Now studying for finals isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes studying too hard can get stressful. To get over that stress I have some stress relief tips during finals week:
- GET SOME SLEEP! – During finals week, students tend to stay up most of the night studying like crazy trying to “cram” before that exam. Staying up all night studying for the exam is not the best way to go because you’ll be way too tired to be focus on the test. I say “get you some sleep” every day leading up to the test that way you’ll be fully rested and ready to go.
- Take Breaks – While studying, people like to keep going nonstop without taking a break. The brain of a college student isn’t meant to constantly be on one subject for long periods of time. While you’re studying you should take some breaks to get your mind off studying for a good minute or two.
- Listen to Music – Find yourself a couple songs that you can listen to and go away into and be by yourself. When you’re listening to your song you can be calm and relaxed.
- Hang out with friends – To get your mind off the long nights studying and relax, you can go the simple route and hang out with friends. You guys can go out, watch movies or do nothing together and have some laughs.
- Just Stop!—Just stop the long nights, stop working yourself so hard you can’t sleep and just stop overwhelming yourself. No matter how much you overwork yourself it’ll hurt you most of the time and almost ruin your chances on that exam. If you just relax and trust your brain knowledge with the fact that you got this! Trust that you have what you need to pass that final and get this semester over with!!!!
By William Dutton Sterling, KS – May 3, 2018 8:20 P.M.
College coaches have to deal with it every year. So, do minor league baseball teams. What exactly are they dealing with? Turnover. New players from season to season.
As the school year winds down here at Sterling, turnover has already begun. Graduating seniors, no doubt will have an effect on our football, basketball, and baseball programs for the future. Let’s take this analogy from the sports world to the SC campus. That’s about it, right? Wait a minute, what about the new campus activity board, or CAB as most people know it as.
This group quietly does its job each semester without a plethora of praise, and this organization will be dealing with huge changes for the next school year.
In fact, only two returners will return in the form of Sophomores Brianna Chastain and Saige Beidenbender. But, before turning to next year, let’s look at CAB for this year.
The current president believes this year was a success for CAB.
“This year, the CAB team really clicked,” said Junior CAB president Elissa Freemire. “We all became really close which allowed for us to speak without fear. This allows for us to throw out ideas and shut down ideas when it comes to planning events. I also think that the events have been able to run really smooth because of this; if something goes wrong, we fix it. CAB is always evolving and seeking to find new events the students will enjoy,” she said.
How many events is CAB responsible for?
“CAB is responsible for putting together 10 events each semester,” Freemire said. “This equals out to the team putting on an event about every other week. There are a few events, per tradition, CAB is responsible for organizing. Those consist of BINGO, Halloween Bash, Skate Night, Monte Carlo Night, Formal and Last Blast, as well as one worship night per semester and Pan Bread during Study Snacks. The rest of the events are at the team’s disposal. If there is an event that works really well, we keep it and if there is an event we feel is lacking, we replace it with something else,” she commented.
For people who may be wondering, the process for filling the new CAB team wasn’t as simple as one may think.
“How the process went was if you were interested in being on CAB then we had an informational meeting in cornerstone,” said Beidenbender. “From there you sent the president your resume and application. Then, we set up interview times. Finally, we sat down and looked over qualifications for each person and decided on the new team. It was a busy week, but I am looking forward to the 2018-2019 CAB team,” she declared.
Who are these new team members?
Brianna Chastain will take the presidential reins from Freemire. Beidenbender will stay on the board as the publicist while fresh blood joins with freshman Patty Davilla (Event coordinator), sophomore Marshall Williford (Treasurer), and junior Leye Oyatayo (Vice president).
Oyatayo, the new vice president of CAB, is excited for the opportunity.
“I decided to run for CAB because I always enjoyed going to CAB events,” Oyatayo said. “With my senior year coming up, I want to find more ways to be involved on campus. I’m looking forward to having a great turnout at all of our events and the events being the big talk around campus.”
Once the new team was official, ways for improvement for next year were already being suggested.
“Next year I am hoping to have at least two sport related activities to reach more of the SC population,” Beidenbender said. “I’m thinking either Bubble Soccer or Bongo Ball.”
With Chastain leading the way, Freemire has no worries for the near future of CAB.
“Bri [Chastain] has done a great job with each responsibility we have given her,” Freemire said. “She is personable, and she is not afraid to put herself out there. I have no doubt that Bri will do any less than an amazing job as the new CAB President.”
Chastain is eager for even more involvement from her fellow students.
“Students should participate at CAB events because it’s a fun time to be involved on campus. It helps the atmosphere and brings a sense of community,” she said. “Plus, our events are free to students and there is always food and fun activities! I enjoy every member of the team. We have some great skill sets with each team member that will help strengthen our events and add improvements to our past events as well,” she proclaimed.
Turnover for CAB? Sure, that’s life. If Freemire’s confidence means anything though, the 2018-2109 CAB will be just fine.
“CAB is always evolving and seeking to find new events the students will enjoy,” Freemire said. So, while I would like to believe this year’s CAB team was the GOAT CAB team, I know next year’s will top our events.”
By Emma Birky Sterling, KS — May 3, 2018, 2:00 P.M.
When we started going to school as children it was drilled into our little heads the importance of communicating what you are feeling, whether it’s asking another student to share the jump rope or talking to teachers about assignments. Since the very beginning, we were taught how to socialize with other students and with our teachers.
But it appears all those skills we learned back in grade school have been thrown out the window once we get to college.
Communication is one of the first things we learn as human beings. I am not talking about just speaking words or having a conversation, communication is also about being clear and concise.
I myself am a Communication major and when people ask what my major is I usually get a small chuckle, or they will ask me what “Communication” even means. Even at Sterling College people have referenced it as the easiest major on campus. I didn’t pick Communication because it was easy, because believe me, it isn’t.
I picked Communication because it is a skill that everyone needs to master, and it is field of study that will be relevant for as long as humanity exists (sorry science majors it looks like I’ll be the one with a job when yours is entirely taken over by machines).
If communication was easy I wouldn’t be writing this editorial. The fact is communicating is not as easy as people think. The dictionary defines communication as “the imparting or exchanging of information or news.” Communication takes two people, one giving the information or news and the other one receiving. It is important that everyone who needs to know the information is included.
Being a good communicator takes a lot of different characteristics.Communication takes patience and kindness, and it requires selflessness and humility.
Patience is important when communicating with others because the message being sent might not be one that is enjoyable or fun but that is life.
That is “adulting.”
It can often be frustrating working with many different people especially at a place like Sterling College where we have many different departments using the same space, and it can be easy to get frustrated. It would make a world of difference if people were patient with one another and realize that we are still a part of the same school and same family.
People at Sterling College tend to worry too much about what people might think or worry too much about how someone might respond so we tiptoe around each other to avoid hurting feelings, but that can be easily misinterpreted as passive aggressiveness.
The Lord calls us to be open and honest with each other especially to those who are believers. It is okay, in fact encouraged, to communicate and share our frustrations as Colossians 3:13 says, “bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you also must forgive” (English Standard Version).
On the Sterling College campus one of the first things you hear is “servant leadership.”
This idea of servant leadership is seen all over campus especially through the statue of Jesus washing Peter’s feet. This statue is a reminder to strive to be Christ-like, placing others before us and acting in humility.
On a small campus like Sterling College, we cannot be wasting our time with pettiness and arguments. Open communication expressed with selflessness and humility will be more accepted than just “beating around the bush.”
As Matthew 7:12 says “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law of the Prophets.”
Our campus is too small to allow these arguments and issues to keep happening.
And for Pete’s sake, we are all adults.
We are taught how to share our feelings in grade school, so why is it so difficult for us now to communicate with other adults.
Have we really lost so much of our communicating skills through technology? I think not!
We need to keep each other informed and when miscommunication happens, because it will happen, then we can address those issues with patience and humility.
By Jase Brandt Sterling, KS – April 29, 2018, 2:54 P.M.
On Friday night, April 27, the Sterling College Communication & Media Arts department put on their annual Warriors Film Festival in Culbertson Auditorium. Twenty-two submissions were made by both college and high school students alike in four categories: Under 3 Minutes, Under 5 Minutes, Noir, and Made With Cellphone.
The event started at 7 and was hosted by sophomore Theseus Anderson and freshman Briseyda Ponce. Outside of emceeing for the event, both them participated in the productions in some of the presented films.
The selections for the best films in each of their respective categories were determined by those who attended the film festival through a series of online surveys. For each category, there were three awards: Best Film, 1st-Runnerup and 2nd-Runnerup as well as the Best Overall film spanning all four categories.
Sterling College senior Andrew Stansbury won Best Film in the Under 3 Minutes category for his film What You Can’t See, saying, “the craziest thing about this, is the film that I made…[the] entire thing in a single day…[and] it was all [done by myself.] It was spring break and I was like, ‘OK. I haven’t done any filming all semester. Let’s do something.’…It’s still kind of crazy…that I won.”
Isabella Footh won the 1st-Runnerup Award for her film The Stool, saying, “I did not expect that at all… I was literally like… ‘There’s a stool. Let’s use that…’ and so I decided to do that…[It] was fun.”
List of entries:
(Entries that are underlined denote that it won Best Film in their respective category.)
Under 3 Minutes
Blade of Dishonor by Andrew Stansbury
Enigma by Katie O’Brien
Kindness is Key by Daisy Raburn
Sticky Notes by Emma Reif & Sage Martinez
The Stool by Isabelle Footh
Wasted Time by Keyshawn McMahon
What You Can’t See by Andrew Stansbury
Under 5 Minutes
Alone by John Leslie & Summer Snow
Every Last Drop by Aaron Crawford, Dylan Carrier, & Payton Steiner
Funk Fuzz: The Reprise by Aaron Crawford & Peyton Steiner
A Squirrely First Date by Hannah Abbate
Trial by Fire by Bryson Brownlee
Black & White by Brent Riffel & Sarah Walker
Burbank Street Clothes by Payron Steiner
Made With Cellphone
Blanket Monsters Have Dinner by Landon Rhoadarmer
BMOC by Luke Harding & Zoe Miller
Both Sides by Darren Porche & Kwame Sexton
The Last at Bat by Hannah Abbate
Late by Isabelle Footh
Little Did You Know by Briseyda Ponce & Jordan Dye
McCreepy by Patti Delgadillo
-2+1 by Katie O’Brien
The Sterling College Communication & Media Arts department would like to thank all those who participated in the event and came out to support it and the individuals involved.
By Darren Porche Sterling, KS — April 28, 2018, 1:26 P.M.
The Outstanding First-Year Student Award is an award presented to a first-year student who has been praised by nearly all of his or her professors, professors who have not taught him or her, as well as coaching staff and the administration. It goes to someone who, in their eyes, has been the most outstanding freshman and the one who has been working hard to be the best they can be. The award doesn’t come with scholarships attached to it; it’s an award that one freshman wins every year to honor their work.
This year the Outstanding First-Year Student award was presented to Beaux Biggers during Convocation, Friday, April 20. Beaux is a football player on a football scholarship from Enid, Oklahoma, out of Chisholm High School. I caught up with Beaux and he had a lot to say on how much he appreciated getting this award and on his reaction upon receiving the award.
“I was little surprised to be receiving the award,” Beaux said, “I thought I was going to be getting some participation or attendance award that some high school student would get, the athletic award for participating or something like that, but I got something that’s kind of prestigious in a way.”
Beaux was told that he got the award because a collective group of professors, some of his own and some that hadn’t taught him, had nothing but good things to say about him. Apparently, he left his mark on them all, and he also had some of his coaches say that he was a great student-athlete; as well as give him some handshakes and hugs as he accepted the award before walking to receive his award.
It’s not just his teachers and coaches who think of Beaux as someone who is worthy of this award. His peers and friends have said he’s hardworking and deserving of this award. His roommate Zack Bromlow said, “he’s always doing work, doing something good, and he’s always having a good time.” Beaux has left a lasting impression on his peers as someone who’s going to keep working and work even harder until he’s successful.
Beaux said that he won’t let this moment and this award get to his head. He currently as a 3.68 GPA and told me that he will try his best to continue on this path and assured me that there will be good things to come.