BPU looks at effects of deregulation

by William Crum

Deregulation and how it could affect the Board of Public Utilities was one of the topics discussed at tonight’s Board of Public Utilities meeting.

Ingrid Setzler, director of environmental services, presented information about the Senate Utilities Committee and the effect of possible deregulation.

While there is talk at the national level about deregulation, officials are not sure yet what effect it would have locally.

BPU board member David Alvey was not present at the short board meeting tonight.

KCKCC gets first Jayhawk softball win, but loses 11-10 thriller

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College got its first Jayhawk Conference softball win in three starts Tuesday but couldn’t make a 10-8 lead hold up in an 11-10 nightcap loss at Fort Scott.

The split left the Lady Blue Devils 9-7 heading into a non-conference doubleheader against Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., today before returning home for back-to-back Jayhawk twin bills against Cowley College Friday (2-4 p.m.) and Independence Saturday (12-2 p.m.).

Megan Sumonja pitched the Blue Devils to a 7-5 win in the opener at Fort Scott, allowing four hits and five runs although only two of the runs were earned. Sumonja struck out eight and walked seven as she stranded nine Greyhounds on the base paths including the tying runs in the seventh. Leading 7-2 in the seventh, Sumonja walked two and then gave up back-to-back singles to make it 7-5 before leaving the tying runs on first and third.

The Blue Devils backed Sumonja with 15 hits including a double and two singles by Katherina Stringer, a double and single each by Amy-Grace Wilson, Allison Kasick, Mikaela Hoffart and Sumonja and two singles by Taylor Hall.

The Blue Devils bunched four doubles to take a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Kasick and Hoffart started it with back-to-back two baggers for one run and after two were out, Stringer and Sumonja doubled in runs. Another 3-run rally in the sixth made it 7-2. After a double by Wilson and a single by Stringer started the inning, Hannah Bishop singled in a pair of runs and after a bunt single by Kaylynn Stratton, Kasick singled in the final run.

Three pitchers went to the mound in an effort to stop the Greyhounds in the nightcap. Fort Scott overcame an early 4-0 deficit in the nightcap as the Greyhounds got a 3-run homer in the third and scored four more runs in the fourth for a 7-4 lead against starter Shannon Green.

Cheyenne Owens came on in the fifth after KCKCC had taken an 8-7 lead and gave up the tying run in the fifth but took a 10-8 lead into the seventh. With one out and one on in the seventh, Fort Scott got a single, walk and game-tying double off Megan Mason before an infield error scored the winning run.

Allison Kasick led a 15-hit attack with a grand slam home run, two singles and five RBI while Taylor Hall, Katherina Stringer and Candice Jennings also had three hits each.

A triple by Bishop, hit batsman and Hall’s bunt single loaded the bases for Kasick’s grand slam and a 4-0 lead in the third. After Fort Scott went ahead 7-5, KCKCC scored three times in the fifth. Singles by Hall, Kasick and Stringer scored one run and Jennings singled in two more.

Jennings also doubled in a run after a single by Stringer in the fourth. Tied 8-8 in the sixth, KCKCC went ahead 9-8 on a walk and singles by Hall and Kasick and then made it 10-8 on a two-out Stringer single. Unfortunately, it would not be enough.

Ancel to speak at KCKCC for Women’s History Month

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Judy Ancel is the featured speaker at Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Women’s History Month program.

“Dangerous and Unladylike: The Women Who Made History” is from noon to 1 p.m. March 23 in Room 2325 on the KCKCC Main Campus, 7250 State Ave. The hosts for the event, which is free and open to the public, are Women and Gender Advocacy Services of the KCKCC Counseling and Advocacy Center, the KCKCC Intercultural Center, the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Division and the American Association of University Women.

During the program, attendees will learn about seven women who made history, yet are likely not found in any history books.

Ancel is the director of worker education and labor studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she works to provide training and educational opportunities for union members as well as the public. In addition, she has taught history and politics at the post-secondary level and has been a union activist and organizer in both the American Federation of Teachers and the United Steelworkers. Currently, she coordinates The Heartland Labor Forum, a weekly radio show on KKFI-90.1 FM in Kansas City. It is the only program in the metropolitan area dedicated to the work place and serves to educate the community about labor struggles, organizing and the economy.

Ancel is also the founder and organizing co-chair of Kansas City Jobs with Justice, is president of the board of directors of the Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity and is active in the United Association of Labor Education.

For more information about the program, contact Jennifer Gieschen, coordinator of Women and Gender Advocacy, at 913-288-7193.