Day: September 15, 2017

Cowley College cosmetology student Morgan McClellan wins contest

Cowley College cosmetology student Morgan McClellan was the winner of the up-do competition Sept. 15 at the McAtee Dining Center. Individuals had an opportunity vote for their favorite style. “The girls have been learning and working on up-dos this past week,” said cosmetology instructor Paige Winslow. “They had to choose an up-do (and) perfect it, then they got three hours this morning to create it.” The cosmetology department is located in the lower level of Ireland Hall and is open for client services from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Walk-ins are welcome, or call (620) 441-5284 to make an appointment. This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Arkansas City native Chris Salcedo prepares for first MMA fight

An Arkansas City man is set to make his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut later this month. Rumble Between the Rivers, an MMA event in Arkansas City, will be Chris Salcedo’s entry into the sport. The 28-year-old has been preparing for the event since he signed up for the fight more than a month ago. “Since then, if I’m not physically practicing, I’m watching films or videos,” Salcedo said. His preparation did not begin at that point, though. Salcedo has been training for more than a decade. “My training started when I was about 12, when I got into wrestling,” he said. “I’ve wrestled since then and got into boxing in high school.” His father, Luis, influenced his desire to become involved in boxing and other fighting sports. “He grew up doing it and enjoyed everything about the sport,” said Chris Salcedo. “Being my biggest influence/role model, (I) slowly got into it, wanting to make him proud.” While Salcedo has not yet been in a formal match, he has been training with other MMA fighters who are competing. Rumble Between the Rivers will take place on Sept. 30. Salcedo is only one of several fighters who will be featured that night. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. “I’m a little anxious, a little nervous, and just ready to get...

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Kilpack brings Harriet Beecher Stowe to life in All That Makes Life Bright

I’ve long known of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s seminal novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and even read it many years ago. I never gave much thought to her, though, outside of the fact that she wrote a classic novel that gave scathing insight into American slavery before it was culturally acceptable to do so at all — much less as a woman. When All That Makes Life Bright came to my attention, I was immediately intrigued. What was life like for Stowe, and what kind of man was her husband that he allowed it at a time when men literally could cast their wives out and no one would blink an eye? Josi S. Kilpack has done a masterful job bringing these people to life. While it would have been easy to vilify Calvin Stowe from a modern standpoint for having expectations of what his wife was to do, Kilpack instead masterfully balances that with the kindness and love Stowe he has for his wife. Harriet is not presented as flawless, but rather as a real human being learning how to balance her independence and her relationship with her husband and child. One of the thing that I love about Kilpack’s work — I am familiar with the author, having read and reviewed her previous novel, The Vicar’s Daughter — is how immersed she makes you feel in the times and places...

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