Not Going Hungry

The food pantry helps provide meals for Butler students

by Allison Simon | assistant editor

The choice between buying food and being able to afford to pay and come to class was a choice some students had to make. With the help of the food pantry, this burden has been lifted off of some students’ shoulders.

“It was set up for students that need food but may have to choose between making a school payment and eating,” Student Government President Sierra Cargill says.

The food pantry was created three years ago in the library by Butler Librarian Teresa Mayginnes.

“After a world hunger conference in Kansas City that helped students understand that hunger is an issue around the world and some of our own students were facing this problem,” Andrea Weiss, the Student Government Association advisor, says.

“They can come up to three times a month and receive a plastic bag of food that has fruit, vegetables, grain and protein,” Cargill says.

The food pantry is now set up in the Student Government room in the student union because there was not enough storage space in the library due to all of the food donations. It is open from 2-5 p.m. Monday through Friday for any student with a Butler ID. Andover also has their own food pantry on campus in their Student Government office.

“We haven’t had any students come in without an ID but if someone did and we had enough food to give, I would give them a bag, because no student should have to suffer,” says Weiss.

The food pantry is an opportunity for students to get help without having to speak up and being afraid others will judge or make fun of them.

“When students come in we write down their ID number and hand them a bag full of food. No questions asked,” Cargill says.

The food pantry is always willing to accept donations, such as canned and boxed food — rice and macaroni and cheese, for example. If someone wants to donate, it can be taken to the SGA room in the student union. Some teachers, such as Biology Professor Melissa Elliott, offer extra credit towards the end of the semester when you bring food to donate.

“All the food we have for this semester was all donations from students to earn extra credit in their classes during finals week from the fall semester,” says Weiss.

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Caring Grizzlies

Grizzly Give Back day took a cold turn but people were still willing to work outside

by Nadine Armstrong | photo editor

Waking up early on a weekend is hard, especially when it is 37 degrees outside and windy. This did not stop the people that filled the Clifford Stone room in the Hubbard Welcome Center on Saturday, April 14, for the ninth annual Grizzlies Give Back Day.

Andrea Weiss, the Student Government Association advisor, thanked everyone for coming and volunteering. She also said how one of the goals of Grizzlies Give Back Day was to change the way people view community service by making it fun while also helping the community.

“I like that [Grizzlies Give Back Day] just gives you the opportunity to get involved with the community,” SGA vice president Vanessa Norwood says. “A lot of us kids are worried [about] classes and part-time jobs. It’s just a good time to think about others.”

Volunteers were able to help clean EduCare, fill activity boxes for Ronald McDonald House Charities, do maintenance work at Play Park Point playground in Augusta, do activities with residents at Golden Living Nursing Home and Lake Point Nursing Home, re-mulch the playground and do some cleaning around the YMCA, help clean the Butler Homeless Initiative shelter, clean up campus, pick up trash on the disc golf course and make blankets for the Via Christi pediatric patients.

One thing that made working in the cold weather a more fun experience was volunteering with friends.  

“It’s a lot of fun if you get a group of friends together,” sophomore Nathan Keck says. “It’s fun just working with friends because you hang out with friends a lot. For Emily [Flickinger], Remington [Putter] and I, we work in Headliners together and that is a different type of work. But giving back, your’e not getting paid for it, you are volunteering to do it so you know your friends want to be there because they are there by choice and so you get to work in a different atmosphere. We get to be more loose than we would be if we were in a classroom setting.”

People can learn things they normally do not in their everyday life by volunteering in their community.

“I learned that doing the smallest things can really help somebody,” freshmen Aubrie Harris says. “That it doesn’t take long. Just taking one or two hours out of your day and that can make a difference.”

Working two hours does make a difference for others. Especially when you help at a place like the YMCA.

“[Grizzlies Give Back Day] always helps us every year,” YMCA Senior Program Director John Grundy says. “The volunteers that come out help mulch our trees and keep up our landscaping and they help us get to some of those projects we can not get to on a daily basis and having those extra hands is awesome.”

The YMCA is not just a place people go to work out. They hold events like Parents Night Out that Harris volunteers for when she is able to.

“What I like about [volunteering] is that I’m able to provide for people who do not have as much and it also feels good for me to do something that helps other people,” freshmen Lauren Reischmann says. “Giving back and giving a little bit of my time isn’t as bad as you really think it  is.”

Saving your own Life

Butler Police Chief Jason Kenney shares how to stay safe around an active shooter

by Mia Rodriguez | reporter

As of April 6, 2018 there have been 58 mass shootings, according to gunviolencearchive.org, with a total of 79 dead and over 200 injured. The largest so far happened in Parkland, Florida with 17 killed and 15 injured. There have been a total of 10 mass school shootings in 2018 so far. Seeing these mass shootings on the news worries some students on staying safe while getting an education.

At Butler Community College, students that are 21 or older can carry, but the gun must not be in sight. Students being scared just to come to school is terrible; no one should wake up being scared to go to school. Some students at Butler are wondering what to do if they come face- to-face, or even in the same building as a school shooter. Butler has many campuses all over Kansas with the main campus in El Dorado, three in Andover, one connected to the high school and two stand-alone buildings and another campus in Rose Hill. 

With the many different campuses, they all follow the same procedure, A.L.I.C.E. Butler adopted A.L.I.C.E for a mass shooter training. It is like Run, Hide, and Fight. While with Run, Hide, Fight you only get the three options, A.L.I.C.E gives the user more options in case of emergency. A.L.I.C.E stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. These are many different options so students can get out alive.

Even thinking of being in the same building as an active shooter is a scary thought for many students, but using A.L.I.C.E will help them attempt to get out alive. If students have time and are in the same building, but do not see the shooter around, they are encouraged to evacuate.

If a student does not have the opportunity to get out, it is time to use L for Lockdown. Lock the room door you are in, turn off the lights and barricade it with all of the tables and chairs.

“Typically we want to create as many speed bumps as we can between the active killer and us,” Butler Police Chief Jason Kenney says. “If they do get the door open when it is locked, with all the stuff that is barricaded in front of it will give them a harder time to get through.” 

Every campus has a designated area to meet after getting out.

“Once you get away the whole campus is going to be a crime scene; it will be locked down. This is why we tell people don’t plan on using your car,” Kenney says.

Each area for triage must be large enough to be able to hold a lot of people, to land a helicopter in the area in case of emergency medical needs, and media set up. For the main campus in El Dorado, the meeting spot is at the stadium. The Fire Science building on Sixth Street of El Dorado goes to the fire tower. The Agriculture building would head out to the field.

“Those are the threads of the assessment because the main campus, it would be the number one target,” Kenney says.

In Andover, the 5000 and 6000 buildings would go to the sports park because it is big enough for all of the people and it can handle helicopter landings. The 900 and 100 building will go to the hospital on 21st Street. In Rose Hill they follow what the Rose Hill school does, heading to the service center on Rock Road. This is an important part of A.L.I.C.E, so people know where they need to go.

“Every Butler campus is offered A.L.I.C.E training. If they want the class we will come out, set it up and teach it to students, staff, faculty or whoever wants it,” Kenney says.

The A.L.I.C.E course is two hours long with an hour and a half of class work with slides, principles as well as more information on A.L.I.C.E. There is also 30 minutes, or as long as they need for a threat assessment of their area, for example, to show teachers or anyone what options they have in their office or classroom to help them. For example, people think that with an office, one door and no windows that there are no options, but grabbing things off of the desk could be used as a weapon, along with securing the door and hiding under the desk.

Butler Police is trying daily to come up with ways to alert the students on campus and are not in the same building as the active shooter so they can get out safely.

“We [have] a new capital improvement project coming on to help us out with our technology so we can communicate with everyone…What if we have a deaf student that isn’t going to hear an alarm going off so we want to have signage or something to they can read it? [We’re] thinking of putting phones with screens in every classroom so we can make it say ‘Active shooter in 600 building. Initiate A.L.I.C.E….’ We are working on an app and it will show all types of emergencies and just click on which one is happening and it will give you directions on what to do, even a button that will automatically call 911 on it as well. Even a video on the section that you pick and it will show you what to do. This has the potential to put it in every student’s hand so they can be safe through any emergency. The app will even give out an alert through B.E.A.R.S with what is happening,” Kenney says.

For those wanting a chance to learn how to act and be safe during any mass shooting, whether that be in a school, restaurant, store or any other place, A.L.I.C.E will help and keep you safe. If you want to learn A.L.I.C.E, it is a free training. All you have to do is call Kenney or his deputy officer and they will be glad to set up a class for students.

“We want as many people to learn this so we can go in and handle this situation. We don’t want a lot of people running at us freaked out; we just want to see you with your hands up and fingers apart so we can see there is nothing in your hands,” Kenney says.

Alternate Plans

Former Butler students talk about what it is like being a college dropout

by Tatum Sturdivant | editor-in-chief

Although getting a college education is typically in many people’s plans for their future, that does not mean that it is something that everyone completes.

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, in 2018 15 percent of students who started attending a two-year institution obtained their degree from a four-year.

Four major reasons that students wind up dropping out of college is because of the lack of guidance from a higher authority figure, inability to balance work, social life and school, having to take a remedial course, and finances.

For former Butler student, Keeana Frost, freedom became her main focus, which led to her dropping out her freshman year.

“I was doing really good in [my] English and speech class,” Frost says. “But I was not at the best part of my life. Just getting out of high school and having all that freedom, I had no one to tell me to go to math class. It was my choice so I stopped going but still went to English and speech. Then I realized that I needed to take the math but I was too scared. I stopped going altogether.”

When Frost told her family that she was dropping out, she recalls them being disappointed and angry.

“[They thought] I was throwing my whole life away,” Frost says. “They did so much for me to throw it back in their face.”

When thinking back on it, Frost has a different perspective on her decisions.

“I wasn’t really thinking back then; I was being selfish,” Frost says. “I came from a very strict home and all I saw was ‘freedom.’ I saw I could do what I wanted when I should have been thinking I am so thankful for the wonderful parents God gave me.”

Frost does plan on going back to school, but since dropping out she has had a daughter, Isabelle. She plans on waiting until Isabelle is older before going back.

While Frost does not regret having her daughter, she does regret not taking school more serious. If Frost was able to go back in time she claims she would go back to her senior year of high school.

“If I did not have Isabelle I would go back to my senior year of high school and take it more seriously,” Frost says. “Get into a college like K-State, stay in the dorms, party and go to college for four years, but I went on a different path that led me to drop out and having Isabelle.”

Frost is one of many students to struggle with the reality of college. Former Butler student,  Jessica Bailey, has also faced dropping out of college.

Bailey claims that she made the decision to drop out after dealing with personal issues that she needed to handle.

“It was [a] very hard [decision],” Bailey says. “It was a day full of stress, tears and phone calls back and forth with my mom trying to decide if it was the right decision.”

While Frost gave her family the opportunity to provide feedback, Bailey only allowed her mother to voice her opinion.

“My mom at first did not agree with [my decision],” she says. “She was very adamant about me finishing out and getting my degree. After I explained the things I had been dealing with and we talked, she told me she would support me no matter what. The rest of my family I did not give room to comment. I knew they would not support it and I did not need any negative comments in my life at that point, so I made a post on Facebook explaining my decision and said that I will not tolerate any negative energy or comments.”

After dropping out, Bailey’s life has bettered by spending time concentrating on herself.

“I have taken the last few months to focus on me and my happiness,” she says. “I have also had the opportunity to start a career working at Cox Communications. It is a great company that has provided me with so many benefits and opportunities.”

At this point in time, Bailey has not put any thought on returning to school, but if she decides to return she claims that Cox will pay her tuition.

“[If I could go back in time] I would not change anything. The things that happened sucked and were hard to deal with but if they would never have happened then I would not be where I am today or have this good of a job at my age.”

One thing that Bailey believes is that the negative stereotype tied to college dropouts is completely ridiculous.

“[I believe] you do not need a college degree to be successful,” Bailey says. “Having a college degree is awesome and congrat[ulations] to everyone who gets one, but that does not mean someone who drops out or does not go will not be successful.”

Clouded Judgement

Misinformation on new way to smoke leads to uneducated decisions

by Noah Merrell | design director

E-cigarettes or “Vape” have been growing increasingly more popular over the past years. Vape started as an alternative to cigarettes to help users gradually get off their addiction by using less nicotine over periods of time.

With recent decisions to target a younger generation, E-cigarettes have many different flavorings ranging from strawberry to Mountain Dew. Because of these flavors, vape has quickly become more popular than its competitors. According to National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), in 2013 nearly three times as many U.S. high school kids used electronic cigarettes.

Some people believe it’s grown so much in popularity because of how much attention they get on social media platforms.

“We all know that one vine where that girl is vaping and that guy says ‘Wow’,” Wichita State University freshman Annette Tillotson says.

Some people just think that it looked cool when other people did it.

“It’s kind of like when someone wants to start smoking they see people doing it and decide that they want to try it,” freshman Austin Antoldi says.

With the outreach to young adults and teens, vape also started targeting as a healthier option to replace cigarettes and many vape shops even give special discounts for customers if they turn in a box of cigarettes when they buy their vape. The shop Antoldi originally got his pen from sold it to him for $7 if he turned in a pack of cigarettes.

“I originally did not smoke so I had to go buy a pack of cigarettes,” Antoldi says.

He believes that he has done enough research and thinks that everything in vapes is safe.

“With vape, you are only putting four things in your body: Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), flavorings and Nicotine,” he says, “with cigarettes you are putting thousands of chemicals in your body.”

Although those are the names used for the only four ingredients, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, E-cigarettes have chemicals in them that are carcinogenic (cancer causing).

He says he has also seen improvements with some of his friends who have stopped smoking and picked up vaping.

“I know a lot of people who have stopped smoking and started vaping who have lost their smoker’s cough,” he says.

The results from a study on adolescents and E-cigarettes done by the American Academy of Pediatrics also found that flavoring used in vape has higher concentrations of carcinogenic chemicals.

When it comes down to it, E-cigarettes are a much better option than old-fashioned paper cigarettes, but they are not healthy and expose users to almost just as many cancer-causing chemicals.

 

Vape Facts:

-Tweens and teens who reported having seen ads for E-cigarettes were more likely to have tried vaping.

-Many E-liquid containers, even small ones have enough nicotine to kill an adult.

-Each E-cig trade group promised its members they would not sell vape supplies to minors. Yet 58 of the 60 companies belonging to those groups did.

-Most vape liquids contain nicotine.