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INSIDE: WHAT’S ON YOUR I-POD - PAGE 8 • PASTOR SHEDS POUNDS - PAGE 3 T HE C OLLEGIAN CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY • FAYETTE, MO. Vol. 140 • No. 5 • Friday, November 18, 2011 • KC tour brings reality check for CMU students By MEGAN BARTON COLLEGIAN CO-EDITOR Last Thursday (Nov. 10) more than 30 students were given the opportunity to travel to Kansas City for the day. Up and at ‘em bright and early, the charter bus departed CMU at 7:30 a.m. First stop on the tour was the federal court house. Greeted by Chief Deputy U.S. Marshall Anthony Gasaway and escorted through the security gate, the students traveled up to the eighth floor to see a federal court room. Gasaway explained the inter working of a federal court room and outlined the differences in state and federal courts, and the policies and procedures of both. Students were then able to visit the prisoner holding cells off of the court room. Many students were hesitant to step behind bars for fear Prof. Haack would seize the opportunity to take their phone and lock them up. The few that did choose to step into the cell were quickly disturbed by the cold, bare feeling, but mostly because none of the cells did not have toilet paper. Gasaway then talked to students about the purpose and need for this particular branch of law enforcement. Those present enjoyed seeing the various law enforcement materials, such as the U.S. Marshall’s plated vest and asp that were passed around. The second speaker was FBI Special Agent Joe Sealer. His presentation was focused on the ideal candidate for an FBI applicant. Sealer sits on the hiring committee and had a number of good tips for students interested in jobs and internships. With presentations to the point and informative, students were a captivated audience. After the federal courthouse tour, the students ate a quick sack lunch ad then hopped aboard the bus and headed to the Kansas City Police Academy. The group was greeted upon entering the building by two uniformed officers and escorted to an auditorium. There was a brief presentation from each officer. The officers told of their lives and careers, and also offered advice about the profession. Students then split into two groups in order to tour the building more efficiently. Both groups toured both facilities of the police academy, including the shooting range. Equipped with ear and eye protection, the visitors watched an officer in training during target practice. Students also had the oppor- PHOTOS ON PAGE 2 tunity to participate in a virtual reality game which allows the participant to practice real life situations, such as pulling over a suspicious character. The program allows the operator to review his or her performance and evaluate shot placement. Students found this field trip beneficial for networking and provided a much needed reality check for many. Nearly 70 students note interest in trip By BRITTANEE JACOBS COLLEGIAN CO-EDITOR As of now, 68 students and faculty have expressed interest in taking part the mission trip to Arecibo, Puerto Rico, over spring break. Cost per person is $350, which is only just a little more than half of the total trip cost. Fund-raising efforts, along with some help from SGA and the Campus Ministry budget, will cover the remainder of the cost. So, if 68 people take part, the entire trip will come in at around $42,500. This is where the need for fund-raising comes in. After several meetings, there were 10 fund-raising options considered. CMU Chaplain Lucas Endicott sent out a questionnaire with these options to those who had expressed interest in the trip. Ideas include: selling candles (At Home America) for 50 percent profit, $5 per candle; Avon for 40 percent profit; a bake sale at games, church events, etc.; a pasta dinner; an auction for desserts or work/services; asking home churches for donations; a potato bar or an all-you-can-eat pancake event; luminaries for the Christmas season for 99 percent profit; and a parents night out event during the holiday season. The most popular ideas are the bake sale, pasta dinner, and potato/pancake event. Because of the number of people interested, several of these fundraising projects might take pace during the next couple of months. A $150 deposit for the mission trip is due Jan. 24. The remaining individual fee will be due in February. If anyone is interested in donating to the mission trip (even if you cannot attend), contact Lucas Endicott via e-mail ( or by phone (660-248-6222). Linn Tech, CMU ink agreement Waning days of fall A ginkgo tree adjacent to T. Berry Smith Hall shows its brilliant autumn foliage. CMU biology professor Dan Elliott notes that the tree is one of only three known to exist in this county. (JIM STEELE PHOTO) CMU and Linn State Technical College signed a formal agreement Tuesday designed to ensure that qualified LSTC students may continue their educational goals with a smooth transition. The signing took place at the LSTC Information Technology Center. Students who have earned an associate of applied science degree at LSTC will have the opportunity to complete a bachelor of applied science in management or a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies-entrepreneurship emphasis from CMU on LSTC’s main campus in Linn. Both institutions note a shared commitment to increasing opportunities for access to higher education. Linn President Donald Claycomb said that LSTC has done an outstanding job of preparing technicians and this partnership will allow the development of its graduates in the areas of management and/or entrepreneurship. “Linn State Technical College represents a significant benefit to this state,” said CMU President Marianne Inman. “We are proud to be a partner with LSTC to offer this additional (Continued on Page 2)

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