Central Methodist University• Fayette, Mo.
Vol. 141 • No. 16
April 30, 2014
r e m m u S e l Eag n o i t i d E f f O d n e S
Softball takes HAAC championship for 4th time
A year in review- senior send off
Check out this year’s Inscape winners and contributors
President Drake talks CMU
What makes CMU a good fit?
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CMU students are honored for work in business, accounting and economics CMU’s Division of Business, Accounting and Economics honored 16 students during an awards ceremony April 22. Those honored have demonstrated outstanding work in the fields of accounting, finance, business management, international business, marketing and advertising, entrepreneurship, and leadership, according to Julie Bennett, chair of the Division of Business, Accounting and Economics and associate professor of business.
Carlos Ribera, Fayette, received the Estill Entrepreneurship Award. Erwin Sanchez, Fayette, received the International Business Excellence Award. Joseph Jefferies, Fayette, received the Marketing and Advertising Excellence Award. Melanie Wilmsmeyer, Franklin, received the Outstanding Senior in Accounting, Business & Economic Award. Julie Ramiso, a Fayette, received the ENACTUS Leadership Award.
Linn Memorial refurbishment will begin in mid-May
The sanctuary of CMU’s historic Paul H. Linn Memorial United Methodist Church, one of the school’s most iconic and beloved structures, will sport a new look for returning students next fall. The aim is to both modernize the steel-and-limestone structure to improve its utility for both CMU and the congregation. Work will commence in mid-May, with completion anticipated by late August. Driven in part by the United Methodist Church’s Healthy Church Initiative, pioneered by the Missouri UMC Conference, CMU officials and Linn UMC congregation representatives have been discussing the project for over a year. Various needs and wishes were identified by both groups, who then came together to chart a mutually beneficial strategy. “Much thought and consideration have gone into the planning of this renovation,” CMU President Roger Drake said. “Linn is truly sacred space, in the most literal interpretation of the word sacred. “While it’s important to meet the needs of the conference, the congregation, CMU performing arts, and campus ministry, all proposed changes had to be tempered with the preservation of the historic beauty of the space,” Drake said. “I think we’ve done that.” An artist’s rendition of a renovated sanctuary of Linn Memorial CMU owns and maintains the structure, United Methodist Church. with the Linn congregation paying a usage fee. the area, and the dark ceiling panels will be repainted in a lighter The sanctuary will maintain most of its “feel” and shade. A rest-room will be added on the west side of the main floor. classic look, but several changes will enable greatAt this time, the project does not affect the Assembly Hall er use by all entities. The university is incurring all costs. beneath the sanctuary, nor the adjacent Parish House and Wooden pews on the main level will be replaced by individ- Swinney Conservatory. During construction, Sunday worual seats, allowing for adjustments to seating capacity based on ship services will be conducted in the Kountz Recital Hall. need. The choir loft will be removed from the chancel area and Completed in 1931, the church was dedicated in 1946 to the that space opened up. The pews will be retained in the balcony memory of Dr. Paul H. Linn, an 1894 graduate of Central who and only cosmetic improvements made to that area of the church. became president of his alma mater in 1913. He led the college Carpet down the center aisle will be replaced, the wooden through World War I and its resultant drop in enrollment; he floor refinished and flooring tiles replaced, lighting/sound/media guided it through its merger with the former Howard-Payne Colwill be improved, handicapped accessibility will be improved, lege in 1922; and he is credited with increasing enrollment and glass doors will be installed in the interior foyer to brighten up building up the Central faculty, among other accomplishments.
Former CMU student charged in lock-down incident A former CMU student has been charged in connection with the April 3 emergency which resulted in a full campus lock-down. On April 9 the Fayette Police Department arrested Brian M. Baxter, 21, of Fayette for making a terrorist threat with reckless disregard for consequences, a Class D Felony. Howard County Prosecutor Deborah Riekhof had filed a warrant for Baxter’s arrest the previous day, April 8. He was jailed under a $20,000 cash-only bond April 9 and bonded out the same day. Police officers from Fayette, Glasgow, New Franklin, the Howard County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol had responded to a 10:03 p.m. anonymous phone call on Thursday, April 3, claiming that a white male with a gun was on campus.
The call came from a cell Street. It did not have a SIM phone that was either out of card or battery. But because minutes or did not have an ac- of the closeness to CMU and tive plan. The caller stated that the lock-down incident, the the gunman was recovered cell phone heading toward was immediately seen Burford Hall. as possibly being inIt was claimed volved in the crime. that the man Fayette Police was wearing a Chief Jeff Oswald white, hoodtook the phone to a ed sweatshirt. store in Boonville All student and was able to get housing was a battery installed. placed in lockThe charged phone down status unthen showed a contact til dormitories list. Oswald called a Brian Baxter were clear of saved number listed any threat. The as “Mom.” A lady ancampus was considered safe swered and told Oswald that by 12:45 a.m. Friday, April 4, her son’s name is Thomas and the lock-down was lifted. Backues and went on to proThe following Monday, vide the son’s cell number. April 7, a cell phone was Oswald then called Thomas turned into law enforcement Backhues, a CMU student, who that had been found on the cor- informed the police chief that ner of Linn Avenue and Cribb he’d given the phone to a fresh-
man friend earlier this semester. Later that day, Prosecuting Attorney Reikhof called Oswald and told him that Thomas Backhues and his father were in her office. Thomas explained to Oswald that he’d given the phone to Baxter a few days before the incident. Backhues also stated that he and Baxter had visited about the threat. Baxter also told Backhues that he was the person who called in the threat at CMU. Baxter is a former student at CMU, not currently enrolled. Reikhof said that Baxter’s preliminary hearing has been set for June 24 in the Howard County Courthouse before Associate Circuit Judge Mason Gebhardt. Baxter is being represented by Fayette attorney Greg Robinson. Jim Steele
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gian is Missouri’s oldest college newspaper. It is published by the Central Methodist student government and the university’s communications department in concert with the Fayette Advertiser and Deocrat-Leader. It is published every other Wednesday. Additional staff persons are needed in various capacities including news reporting, sports, special columns, and photography. Contact the editor or advisors. The Collegian welcomes your comments and letters to the editor.
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New trustee will focus on strategic planning
CMU to inaugurate President Roger Drake
CMU will celebrate the formal inauguration of President Roger D. Drake during ceremonies on the campus Saturday, May 3. The event will begin at 2 p.m. edu in the Paul H. Linn Memorial r United Methodist Church. The public is invited to attend; seating is on a first-come first-served basis. A reception for Drake and his wife, Judy, will follow at approximately 4 p.m. in Classic Hall. Drake joined CMU as its 26th president this past July. He spent the previous nine years as vice president of administration and finance at Lindsey Wilson College or in Columbia, Ky. Drake attended Lees Junior m sor College in Jackson, Ky., and earned a bachelor of business adevery ended ministration degree in accounting ed on from Eastern Kentucky University (pref- in Richmond, Ky. He holds a master of business administration/executive MBA ssues 2013- from Vanderbilt University in on the Nashville and the doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree, also from Vanderbilt. The ceremony will also be livestreamed via CMU’s website for those unable to attend. The livestream can be accessed by clicking on the Inauguration tab at the bottom of the CMU website, www.centralmethodist.edu.
Dave Bandy, a retired businessman living in suburban Kansas City, is CMU’s newest member of the Board of Trustees. A 1966 alumnus, he will attend his first meeting May 2. He will step away from two other important CMU boards — the President’s Council and the CMU Alumni Association — to join its governing board. “Dave Bandy is a tremendous addition to our board, President Roger Drake said. “He loves this university and has demonstrated that commitment through his service on the President’s Advisory Council, the CMU Alumni Board, and through his generous financial support. His
business experiouterwear for the proence and knowlmotional products inedge will prove dustry. invaluable as he During his days as contributes to a student, Bandy was a Central’s strategy residence hall counseldevelopment as or, involved in Greek we move forward life, and worked in the as an institution.” college dining hall. He A native of Feralso worked at the forguson, Bandy and mer Keller Memorial his wife Nancy Hospital in Fayette to live in Leawood, help with expenses. Kan. During his He and Nancy marcareer he worked ried prior to graduation Dave Bandy for seven national and lived in an apartfirms, and retired ment downtown on the after 18 years as senior vice courthouse square. president of sales for DunAs a trustee, Bandy plans brooke Sportswear, a national to focus on strategic planning firm that markets imprinted and effective communication
initiatives for CMU. He is well aware of the important role board members play in the health and vitality of an institution like Central. “Economics for a private church-related college in competition with state-supported institutions create financial challenges for many small universities,” Bandy said. “I’ve always believed alums should be financially supportive of the university,” he added. “I now have time and the skills to devote to the board and believe my past management experience will support CMU in formulating objectives and achieving results.”
Chapter of international honor society of psychology is established at CMU CMU has announced the establishment of a campus chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. It was installed on April 22. The faculty advisors are Drs. Elizabeth Gold and Jacqueline Anson, assistant professors of psychology. Charter members include Dr. Anson; Heather Bernat (junior, psychology major, Montgomery City), Shawnie Jones (junior, psychology major, Chula), Briana Kirkland (senior, criminal justice major, Bullard, Texas), Haylee Paull (senior, criminal justice major, Russellville), Heather Schmucker (senior, psychology major, Baxter Springs, Kan.), Rebecca Vollmer (senior, psychology major, Boonville), Victoria Warren (junior, psychology major, Fayette), Sarah White (junior, computer science major, Knoxville, Tenn.), and Kyra Williams (junior, psychology major, Knob Noster).
Chapter officers also were elected. They include President, Shawnie Jones; Vice President, Ali Schmucker; Secretary, Sarah White; and Treasurer, Kyra Williams. Psi Chi was founded in 1929 at Yale University. Its purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. Many of the society’s members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Society (APS). Psi Chi has grown over the past 83 years into one of the largest honor societies with 1,120 chapters throughout the world. The society offers research awards, sponsors programs at convention, and publishes the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.
KCMU Eagle Radio wins five MSTA 2014 Education Media Awards By Kaitlyn Klapperich, Collegian Reporter The Missouri State Teach- are judged on originality, imers Association today an- pact, objectivity, timeliness, nounced the winners of its appeal and contribution to annual Media Awards compe- education. Awards will be pretition. The association’s state- sented to winners at the MSTA wide Communication Awards regional meetings in the fall. MSTA is Missouri’s leadCommittee met April 12th in Columbia to judge nomina- ing education association, tions from around the state. with more than 44,000 memCentral’s Eagle Radio bers. It has been serving Miswon every radio category souri educators for 158 years. Congratulations to the they entered: Editorials, Central stuEducational Service An- following nouncement, Features, Gen- dents on their first place projects: eral Coverage, and Series. award-winning The competition recognizes outstanding coverage of edu- Editorial: “Religion in cation and education issues Schools”- Max Holmes, Anby the Missouri media. In die Borchardt, Molly Bryant, addition, MSTA recognizes Brandon Justin school district communication achievements. Nominations
Educational Service Announcement: “Stress: Suggestions for Parents”- Jordan Ayers, Micah Jeffries, Thomas Gilson, Nicholas Gardner Features: “Tips for College Preparation”-Miranda Herod
General Coverage: “Exercise in Schools”-Todd King, Skyler Jameson, Kristopher Kuoppamaki, Darragh McCrudden Series: “Bullying”- Brandon Jansen, Nick Ruffy, Christopher Bantz, Stephen Surrell
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CMU NEWS IN BRIEF
Eagle News in Brief
CMU SOPHOMORE KEELY ZIMMERMAN, is being honored with the annual Newman Civic Fellows Award, one of 195 students nationwide to receive this honor. Recipients are selected by Campus Compact, a national non-profit organization that promotes leadership and service among college students. Zimmerman was nominated by Professor Julie Bennett. The nomination was approved by CMU President Roger Drake, and submitted by Professor Kevin Carnahan, chair of the campus service-learning committee. The award honors students who overcome challenges within their communities and campuses through service and leadership.
Zimmerman is currently a residence hall assistant for Holt Hall and has held several offices in campus organizations including social, professional, and missionary organizations. A native of O’Fallon, Ill., she is treasurer for Alpha Gamma Psi.Zimmerman is also the project manager for two different projects through Enactus, an international organization for business leaders, including Green Shoes and Imagine No Malaria. The Green Shoes project provides refurbished shoes to people in other countries. She is a member of the CMU Sustainability Committee and is an Academic Affairs minister in the campus Student Government Association cabinet.
DR. BARBARA ANDERSON, CMU associate dean of academics, is one of 18 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2014 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers.The seminar is designed “to foster the perspectives and skills that can lead CAOs to succeed in unpredictable times,” according to the CIC. Anderson has been with Central since 1997 and was promoted to her current
position two years ago. Individuals chosen for the program are chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom. Anderson came to CMU as a member of its music faculty. Her doctoral degree is from the University of Missouri, her master’s is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her bachelor’s is from Dana College.
CMU’S STEPHENS MUSEUM, located in historic T. Berry Smith Hall, has received a Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) grant from Heritage Preservation to participate in its 2014 museum assessment project. CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation and preservation specialists to survey and identify the conservation needs of their collections and recommend ways to correctly improve collections conditions. Dr. Dana Morris is museum curator. A professional conservator will spend two days surveying the collections and three days preparing a comprehensive report to identify conservation priorities. By participating in the assessment project, the Stephens Museum expects to develop a long-range preservation plan for collections, as well as further develop
collections as learning tools. The Stephens Museum is the only museum of natural history in this area. It houses collections of butterflies, insects, reptiles, birds, and bird eggs. Within the more than 250 bird species preserved through taxidermy are the Passenger Pigeon and Carolina Parakeet, both extinct since around 1914. The museum began as a small collection of biological materials, rocks, and minerals used by professors in their classes. A gift to Central in 1885 from Curator Lon V. Stephens (Missouri Governor, 1897-1901) was used to refurbish and equip the “Stephens Hall of Science.” Stephen’s Hall, CMU’s first facility dedicated to the teaching of the sciences, became the home of the museum. It is the third oldest museum in Missouri.
PROF. BARBARA THURMAN will the annual United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award for Central Methodist University. It will be presented to Thurmon who has been with CMU since 2008 as an assistant professor of education. Criteria for the Exemplary Teacher Award includes teaching excellence, civility and concern for students and colleagues. Other factors are a commitment to a value-centered education, and service to students, CMU, the community or the
church. The recipient is chosen by the CMU faculty. Thurmon is the faculty advisor for more than 50 students of education. She also represents three different student organizations as the faculty advisor including Sigma Pi Alpha social organization, Student Missouri State Teachers Association, and the National Educators Association. Thurmon also serves on the Education Preparation Assessment committee. She will officially receive the award at the opening convocation next August.
BETA MU CHAPTER of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA) presented its top award to Fayette resident and CMU staff member Ruth Spayde the weekend of March 22 in a special alumni gathering in Fayette. The Orpheus Award, named for the Greek hero Orpheus, who was known for his power of music, is the highest award a PMA chapter may designate. Created in 1973, the national award may be given by a chapter to a person who has “significantly and lastingly contributed to the cause of music in America, either as a composer, performer, educator, entrepreneur, legislator, or patron of the arts.” Spayde has taught piano for more than 30 years. She began work for the Swinney Conservatory of Music in 2005 and is currently the administrative assistant for “The Con” as well as staff and student accompanist on piano.
She also coordinates the Conservatory’s Music Festival, held every year in March. She created and runs the yearly CMU Piano Camp for students of varying ages that is held each summer. For 20 years, Spayde served as music and choir director at Linn Memorial United Methodist Church in Fayette; and she has been the church’s organist for 30 years. She has performed on organ and in musical ensembles, along with husband Ted Spayde, throughout the region. Spayde graduated as Ruth Cheffey from Central Methodist in 1970 with a bachelor of music degree. She immediately married Ted, the only son of Dean Luther T. Spayde, organist and legendary director of the A Cappella Choir at Central from its founding in 1932 until his death in 1972.
MARK STONE, currently assistant dean of student activities, will become assistant dean for athletics and student activities effective July 1. The appointment essentially means that Stone, a Central alumnus (Class of 2005), will keep doing everything he was doing in student activities – and adding responsibilities with the Eagle athletic department. The position involves a restructuring of administrative duties at CMU. Principal new responsibilities Stone will face include management of the Philips-Robb Recreation Center, management of CMU athletics facilities, event management, and budget oversight. He will supervise the student work-study employment program for CMU athletics, and help coordinate scheduling of athletics and practice facilities.
Stone will continue his student activities duties, including coordination of CMU new student orientation programs, advisement of the Student Government Association, and intramurals and recreational sports. One task Stone will surrender will be his job as resident director for McMurry Hall. He and his wife Amanda, who recently celebrated the birth of their first child Matthew, will move out of the hall at the close of the current school year. Stone obtained his bachelor’s degree from CMU in 2005, majoring in communications and minoring in business. A native of Cape Girardeau, he obtained his master’s degree from Central in 2006. He joined CMU in August 2007 after working for a year as a residential coordinator for Endless Options, a local nonprofit in Fayette.
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Alumni to be honored for outstanding service Central Methodist University will present awards to seven special alumni and friends at its 68th annual Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, May 2. The event begins at 6 p.m. in on the fourth floor of the Inman Student & Community Center. Award recipients include: Joe Geist, University Service Award Only 24 individuals in the nearly 160-year history of Central have been given the University Service Award. Dr. Geist, who continues to work tirelessly on behalf of CMU, more than meets the award criteria: it must be bestowed “only upon persons whose service is extensive and extraordinary.” Geist began teaching at CMU in 1972 with a specialty in American literature. He chaired the Humanities division for 15 years, and retired from CMU in 1998. Geist was instrumental in the founding of The Ashby-Hodge Gallery in 1993, and served as its curator for many years. Today the Fayette resident serves as supervisor of its collection of works. Dr. John Hutcherson, Distinguished Alumni Award When he graduated from thenCentral College in 1956, John Hutcherson already had a long list of accomplishments and involvements. The Palmyra, Mo., native never slowed down after he collected his diploma. He held an academic appointments at the University of Colorado Medical Center starting in 1966. Hutcherson was director of the coronary care unit for Swedish Hospital in Englewood, Colo., where he resides, from 1970-74. Hutcherson later spent 11 years with a private cardiology firm until he started up his own practice in 1984, which he maintains to this day. He served for 12 years on the CMU Trustees until his latest term concluded in 2012. Earl Bates, Distinguished Alumni Award Earl Bates has gone far, literally and figuratively, since he graduated from then-Central College in 1961. But the bonds of this Bigfork, Mont. resident to his alma mater remain strong to this day.
He took a job with Mallinckrodt Chemical in St. Louis after graduation, later working out of its San Francisco office before leaving in 1967 to start his own firm. Bates headed American Scientific and Chemical from its Portland, Ore., headquarters. He then devoted his energies to commercial real estate and cattle ranching interests in Wash-
specialized in commercial roofing and architectural sheet metal. He spent 22 years with its Louisville, Ky. operation, later returning to his native St. Louis to assist The Young Group’s president on day-to-day operations of the firm. A place nearby with a special place in his heart was the Bethel United Methodist Church, built in 1869. The Knigg-
ington and central and eastern Oregon. An eight-year term on the Central governing board ended in 2004, but his interest in the university continues to this day in a very tangible fashion. In 2000, Bates and his wife Sunny purchased the more than 130-year-old Coleman Hall in Fayette, long a home to Central College presidents. They allow CMU to use the beautiful facility for guest accommodations, meetings, receptions and other social activities. Ronald F. Knigge, Distinguished Alumni Award When he graduated from Central in 1965, Ron Knigge took a full-time job with The Young Group LTD, a business for which he had worked part-time for six summers. The Young Group was the only firm from which he drew a paycheck, retiring in 2006 as its executive vice president. The company is a conglomerate of specialty contractors with 16 divisions in the Midwest and Southeast; Knigge
es spearheaded a project to restore the little country church, and later its adjacent Fellowship Hall. The church reopened in time for Christmas 2007, and a few months later the restored structures were rededicated – with Central Methodist University music students performing at Knigge’s invitation. Kylar Broadus, Distinguished Alumni Award Kylar Broadus has spent much of his life dedicated to serving and supporting others, most recently as senior policy council and director of the Transgender Civil Rights Project at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C. He also maintained a law practice in Columbia for 16 years before moving to Washington D.C. in 2013 to champion the cause of transgender citizens. Broadus was the first transgender American to testify before the U.S. Senate in 2012, on behalf of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
CMU Service Day recap By Kaitlyn Klapperich, Collegian Reporter
Once again, CMU’s Service Day proved to be a huge success. Compared to last year, roughly 100 more students, faculty and staff participated in this years’ event, totaling over 725 volunteers. Additionally, participants logged in more than 2,300 community service hours—300 more hours than last year. Over 25 community service projects took place within the Howard and Boone County districts. Volunteers traveled to Glasgow, Booneville, Harrisburg, Columbia, as well as staying in Central’s own Fayette community, to serve and
In 2010 Broadus founded the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), the only national civil rights organization dedicated to the needs of Trans People of Color. A year later he was awarded the Sue J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the Pioneer Award at the Transfaith of Color Conference presented by the Freedom Center of Social Justice. Dr. Richard Wilson, Distinguished Alumni Award Dr. Wilson, a 1986 Central graduate residing near Oak Grove, Mo., now heads up AdvancedEyecare, P.C. But it was hardly a straight line for the Lee’s Summit native. In addition to teaching, he served in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm before graduating from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry 11 years after leaving Central. Wilson also serves as an adjunct (part-time) clinical professor for the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, helping educate and prepare the next generation of optometrists. He and his wife Janie also are developing a Christmas tree and energy farm near Oak Grove. Shawn Griggs, Young Alumni Award This year’s Young Alumni Award recipient is Shawn Griggs, a Jefferson City resident and native and 2004 CMU graduate. He is coordinator of the East Central Drug Task Force for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He joined the patrol months after leaving CMU with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Griggs’ current assignment began in September 2012. The Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional effort coordinated by the state patrol and encompasses nine different law enforcement agencies in the counties of Audrain, Montgomery, Warren, and Pike. The former CMU football player and assistant coach has returned to campus on several occasions to speak to Eagle student-athletes about topics such as drinking and driving, and seat belt use.
lend helping hands. Mark Stone, Assistant Dean for Athletics and Student Activities, stated his appreciation in an email to CMU students, faculty and staff by saying, “It was wonderful to hear all the positive comments from the local communities that we helped and the words of encouragement received in appreciation for CMU’s role in sponsoring today’s event. You truly make CMU a special place! Once again, thank you!”
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CMU Athletics Men’s golf looks to repeat as HAAC Champs Men’s Track and Field: 17th MARSHALL, Mo. - Central Methodist, in 4/23 power rankings which won its first Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) championship last season, looks to repeat as play gets under way for the 2014 tournament Monday at Indian Hills Golf Course at 9 a.m. CT. Competing for Central Methodist will be Trevor Cooley, Ty Lieberman, Austin Rapp, Brendan Ross, Ryan Rost and Travis Tompson. The Eagles have played two tournaments, both hosted by Missouri Valley, this season at the course. Central Methodist finished second in the Fall Invitational on October 8, 2013, and sixth in the Spring Invitational April 8. Brendan Ross is one of six players that will compete for CMU in the HAAC Championship. No live scoring will be available for the two-day HAAC Championship. Men’s Golf National Championship May 13The winner of the event secures the league’s 16 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, automatic berth into the 63rd Annual NAIA Fla.
NEW ORLEANS - Central Methodist fell three spots to No. 17 in the third U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field National Team Computer Rankings released last Wednesday. Mark Nelson’s squad totaled 131.80 points. The power rankings use a formula based on how many student-athletes teams have on the 2014 national descending order list for individual and relay events and
HAAC Supremacy: CMU softball headed back to NC FAYETTE, Mo. - No. 16 Central Methodist’s record-breaking season continues to deliver new milestones, as Bri Ford’s seventh strikeout Friday completed a doubleheader sweep of Missouri Valley by scores of 14-0 in five innings and 5-0. The final win clinched the Eagles’ fourth-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) championship and thirdstraight berth in the NAIA National Championship. The four-straight HAAC titles are the most in league history since Evangel (Mo.) won six straight from 2004-09. Central Methodist (35-6, 151) has posted its best record in school history through 41 games and is 64-8 in the last four seasons against HAAC opponents, including 48-4 in the last three. Eagles’ coach Pat Reardon, in his 22nd season at the helm, is five wins shy of 600 for his career. Friday’s doubleheader, originally scheduled to be played at Missouri Valley (5-27, 1-17) on Thursday, was moved to Cox Softball Complex due to poor field conditions after two days of rain at Indian Foothills Park, and Central Methodist took advantage of its home field early and often
to the tune of 26 hits in two games to all points of the field. Michele Rupard’s leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning of game one was the first of four Eagle dingers in the contest. The junior catcher went deep again in the fourth
score 5-0. Geringer’s homer was her team-leading ninth of 2014 and 22nd in her twoyear career, a program record. A Boatwright two-run double in the third gave the home team a seven-run advantage. Lindie Adair’s two-run single
The Eagles totaled 20 hits in game one, with Geringer, Ford and Wilmes each connecting on a game-high three. Geringer and Rupard each had three RBIs. Rupard scored three times. Four Vikings each had one hit.
inning for the fourth time this season, giving the Green and Black an 11-0 cushion. Lauren Geringer and Jessica Wilmes had RBI hits in the first and second inning, respectively, to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead before Geringer went yard on a two-run shot in the second to make the
in the fourth plated two before Rupard and Ford each belted two-run home runs in the frame to raise the difference to 13-0. A Nicole Beck RBI double three batters later ended the scoring output, as the Eagles pounded out seven runs on eight hits and sent 13 batter to the plate in the fourth inning.
Aubrey Utley (20-1) went the distance and tossed a fourhit shutout with four strikeouts for the win in the circle. The Trenton, Mo., native has won 20 or more games in three (2011, 2012, 2014) of her four seasons in Fayette and totaled 526 career strikeouts, 25 shy of breaking Chelsea Fuem-
how highly they are ranked. The highest-ranked individuals or relay teams for each event are assigned the most points, and the point values decrease further down the descending order list. Team scores are equal to the sum of all the point-earning student-athletes’ scores across all events for a given team.
meler’s school record of 550. Melissa Spanton (3-14) pitched a complete game but took the loss, allowing 14 earned runs on 20 hits with one strikeout and three walks. Adair broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning of game two with a RBI single, the first of three Eagle runs in the frame. Megan Robbins touched home on a basesloaded walk before Adair scored on a Boatwright sacrifice fly to make the score 3-0. Boatwright delivered her sixth long ball, a tworun bomb in the sixth, of the season for the final tally. Wilmes and Boatwright each led the team in the nightcap with two hits. Boatwright also had three RBIs. Rupard and Geringer combined for five of the team’s eight walks in game two. Five Eagles scored one time. Kayla Mochizuki and Chelsey Bowman each had two hits in the loss. Ford (13-2) went the distance in the circle for the triumph, pitching a fivehitter with fanning seven. Pitcher Ashley Cobern (213) was tagged with the defeat in the complete-game effort, surrendering five earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts. She issued eight free passes.
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CMU Softball: Seniors break career wins mark Saturday
FAYETTE, Mo. - Another two-time defending champion. Afterday, another record for the Cen- wards, the Eagles await the unveiltral Methodist softball team. ing on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. CT After clinching its fourth-straight of the 2014 National Championship Heart of America Athletic Conference Opening Round pairings on NAIA.org. championship Friday, a program first, Ford delivered a two-run double in the the senior class for the 16th-ranked bottom of the first inning of game one Eagles reached a new milestone after to break a scoreless tie. A Townley RBI Saturday’s Heart of America Athletic single in the fourth made the score 3-0. Conference doubleheader sweep of Mary Jo Peter got the Ravens on Benedictine (Kan.): becoming the all-time winningest group in program history with 154 wins, and ked. counting. The group of Megan Robvidu- bins, Bri Ford, Aubrey Utley, Bri each Kirkland, Melanie Wilmsmeyer and most Mary Kate Townley celebrated Sealues nior Day on Saturday and surpassed the the previous four-year mark of 153 Team set by the 2012 class which insum cluded Kayla Yount, who also went stu- through festivities at Cox Softball cross Complex on Saturday as she is in eam. her final year as a graduate assistant. Alumni from previous Eagle teams, including the last three senior classes who were invited back to campus via letters by the group of six, were on hand to witness the milestone win. The Central Methodist 2014 senior class is not the only one mak- Senior Megan Robbins at the plate. ing headlines in the wins depart550. ment. Eagles’ coach Pat Reardon is the board with a solo homer to cen-14) now three shy of 600 for his career. ter with two outs in the top of the but Central Methodist (37-6, 17-1) dis- seventh, but a groundout to Utley 14 patched Benedictine (15-20, 8-8) by ended the visitor’s comeback attempt. Ford recorded two hits and two with scores of 3-1 and 8-6 and enters the HAAC Tournament May 1-3 in OverRBIs. Lauren Geringer scored twice. alks. land Park, Kan., as the top seed and Peter and Sierra Esau each collected s tie
one hit, but Utley (21-1) held the Ravens in check all afternoon with a complete game in the circle, allowing one earned run on two hits with eight strikeouts. Katelyn Nill (8-8) went the distance in the circle but took the loss, giving up three earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks. After a Megan Eldredge solo homer in the top of the first of game two, the Eagles countered with three runs in the bottom of the frame. A Robbins’ RBI single was followed by a Wilmsmeyer two-run single. Robbins went deep for the first of two two-run dingers in Sophomore Lauren Geringer swings game two in the third inning. and adds another hit to her record. A Lindie Adair RBI double in the frame made the score 6-1. Robbins ended the game with three Lindsey Profitt hit the first of hits, five RBIs and two runs scored. two solo home runs to center in Townley and Wilmsmeyer each had the game in the top of the fourth two hits. Wilmsmeyer drove in two, to cut Benedictine’s deficit to while Alyssa Lilly scored three times. 6-2, but Robbins connected on Eldredge and Profitt each had her sixth blast this season in the two hits and two runs scored. home half of the inning to stretch The duo combined for five RBIs. the margin back to six runs. Ford (14-2) pitched a comProfitt’s second homer was part of a plete game for the win, allowtwo-run sixth inning for the Ravens. ing six earned runs on seven hits Hannah Maher scored on a wild with six strikeouts and three walks. pitch to trim the difference in half. Katie Ricklefs (7-10) also went Eldredge hit her second home the distance in the circle but was run of the game to center, a two-run tagged with the defeat, surrendershot in the seventh, to bring her team ing eight runs, five earned, on 10 hits within two runs of the Eagles. The with one strikeout and five walks. Ravens brought the tying run to the Each team commitplate with one out in the seventh in- ted two errors in game two. ning, but two groundouts preserved the triumph for the Green and Black.
Eagle basbeall splits doubleheader with Wildcats Saturday
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found its offense, scoring nine straight runs. The Wildcats tallied three in the bottom of the seventh before falling by two. Brock Kartheiser hurled a two-hit shutout as the Wildcats defeated the Eagles in the curtain-raiser. He pitched 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball before allowing back-to-back hits in the sixth inning. Kartheiser pitched a perfect seventh inning to improve his record to 6-0 this season. He
walked one and struck out five. The Wildcats would get all the runs needed in the third inning of game one, plating three runs with the benefit of just one hit. Mike Wagner and Neil Hansen each had one hit in the loss. In the nightcap, CulverStockton opened the game with a four-run first inning. The Eagles plated two runs in the second inning before their offense finally came alive with six runs on five hits in the fifth
to grab their first lead at 8-4. Central Methodist would tack on one more in the sixth inning before the Wildcats attempted a comeback. However, a 4-63 double play ended the game, the third double play the Wildcats hit into in the game. Wagner had three hits in the win. Jesse Zellner and Kyle Poynter each had two hits. Poynter drove in four runs, and Hayden McMillon scored twice.
The conference tournament, which begins Thursday, May 1, in Joplin, Mo., bracket will be released Sunday. Central Methodist is the defending tournament champion.
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CMU Students Publish Magazine Of The Arts
Inscape features works of 28 CMU, three high school students Fayette, Mo. – The 39th edition of Inscape, Central Methodist University’s magazine of the arts, has been released. The magazine features creative works such as poetry, fiction, non-fiction, plays, paintings, drawings, and photography from over 30 different students. The members of CMU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, as well as the faculty members of the English department voted on the best pieces within each category to be honored with the annual Inscape awards. The Gordon Hadfield Award for Poetry was awarded to Danielle Franklin for her poem titled Where I am From. Franklin is a freshman English major from Odessa. The Kilgore Trout Award for Fiction was given to Maggie Moore for her short story ti-
tled Pigment of the Imagination. Moore is a sophomore communication studies major from Columbia. Kate Kellner was awarded the Thomas F. Dillingham Award for Nonfiction Prose for her piece titled Stuck. Kellner is a senior English and theatre major from Strafford. The Byrd Cooper Kirby Award was given to Amanda Cauley for her photograph titled Gerlanda is Always the First One in Front of the Camera!. Cauley is a sophomore pre-nursing student from Fayette. The Elizabeth Stapleton Award in Art Education went to Jessica Travlos for her photograph titled The Lone Fisherman. Travlos is a senior English and communication major from Ashland. In all, there were 31 students whose creative works were published, adding up to 49 different
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pieces between all of the categories. Due to the increased interest in Inscape, the magazine was published with 88 pages, 20 pages more than in 2013. Jane Gonzalez-Meyer and Jessica Travlos were the editors of the 2014 edition of Inscape. Gonzalez-Meyer is a senior from Mexico and she is studying English. The winners from the first annual CMU Young Writers Day for high school students were also included in the magazine. These students were Kenzie Smentkowski from Fayette; Noah Heaton from Boonville; and Stevie Hart from Boonville. Copies of Inscape are available in Smiley Library on the Fayette campus of Central Methodist University. It can also be accessed online at: www. centralmethodist.edu/academics/english/inscape
CMU & the Arts a closer look at Inscape & the Humanities Conference
A Successful Year for the Humanities Conference By Jane Gonzalez-Meyer, Collegian reporter
On Wednesday, April 23rd, the fourth annual Humanities Conference was held on the fourth floor of the student center. This conference showcases the talents of students’ works within the Foreign Language, English, Religion, and Philosophy department of the humanities division. There were five panels that day, including: Applications of Power & Social Change, Graphic Novels in the College Classroom: A Roundtable Discussion, Humanity in Literature & Psychology, Imaginative Writing, and Getting Medieval in Modern Gaming. Poster sessions were held between each panel by students in Dr. Jeremy Reed’s EN222: Introduction to Literature course. A few changes were made this year, like the inclusion of a fifth panel at 9:00 am, as opposed to only four panels the previous years. The division also invited William Woods University to bring students to present at the conference. Dr. Jeremy Reed, Assistant Professor of English, commented on the visit of these students, stating, “Their presence helped remind our students that their work doesn’t exist in a vacuum, but it is designed to be discussed and shared. That has always been
the primary goal of the conference.” According to Dr. Kavita Hatwalkar, Assistant Professor of English and monitor of one panels, the division hopes to expand this project over the next few years to include students from more local universities and colleges. In order to improve the conference every year, surveys were handed out after each panel, asking students to provide feedback on the success of each panel discussion as well as what they would be interested in seeing in future conferences. Overall, the conference was very successful this year. Dr. Kevin Carnahan, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, said, “The conference highlighted that what we study can be fun and engaging.” Dr. Roger Drake, President of Central Methodist University and attendee of two panels, also had praises for the conference. “I was fascinated by the discussion and thrilled that it was obviously a meaningful learning process for the students.” He went on to say, “The Humanities faculty are to be applauded for their willingness to host the Humanities Conference and for providing these incredible learning opportunities for our students.”
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President Drake talks CMU By Jamie Gisburne, Collegian Reporter As we approach next Saturday, the day President Roger Drake will be inaugurated as president of Central Methodist University, the new chief executive took time to discuss CMU and why he enjoys his job. “I find a great amount of joy from being around kids at such an exciting time of their lives,” he said. When most people envision a university president, they think about someone who of high power and thus wouldn’t be able to relate to students, but that’s the complete opposite of President Drake. “The thing I want students to know is the way I was both blessed and challenged as a kid,” he notes. “I grew up in a time when my home county was actually the poorest in the United States.” Drake grew up in Eastern Kentucky and had many of the same experiences most of today’s students have when they go off to college. “I think it’s helpful to know that when people are making decisions that affect other people’s lives that they have experienced the same thing,” he said. Although it’s Drake’s first year at CMU, he already raves about what he describes as an incredible university. “I truly think Central is a great school; any university might rise up to the level of its faculty, but they can’t go above it,” Drake said. “I feel that we’re different in that and we have such caring and talented faculty and that is really what higher edu-
cation is all about. It’s hard to talk about a school without talking about its faculty and I think Central Methodist has a lot to talk about,” he stated. As the new president, Drake has many jobs and one of those is how to make CMU a better university. “I
think that while we’re an incredible institution, the best days are ahead of us,” he explains. “I would like to see increased opportunities for students both inside and outside the classroom, and more opportunities for involvement and engagement on campus. I would like to see more majors offered so students have more to choose from when it comes to preparing for a career.”
Although he has many goals, he has learned that progress takes time and everything can’t be accomplished overnight. “I’ve learned to prioritize. Being a new president and seeing things you want to do, you have to prioritize and think about the changes which should be taken on in the beginning, and not attempting to do too much,” Drake said. “I’m pleased with the progress made in the last nine months and thrilled to see what lies ahead.” While the new chief executive has only been here for a short period of time, he feels the students and faculty are the most important part of the university. “The two things I would share to convince someone to come to Central would be the ability to have it all, and the second is the student and faculty engagement,” Drake said. “At Central, a student doesn’t have to pick just one thing to be involved in, and the small class size makes it possible for faculty members to demonstrate they really care about the students who are in their classes,” he adds. President Drake wants the CMU community to know that he has many dreams and goals for the future. He also wants everyone to understand that he remembers his humble roots and tries to lead from his past. “I would love for folks to know I wasn’t born a university president and I have been through the same troubles they have been through,” he concluded.
Eating Green- Fresh Ideas joined campus Earth Week Activities.
As food service provider for Central Methodist University, Fresh Ideas partnered with campus sustainability committee’s 2014 Earth Week initiatives. As a company, Fresh Ideas strives to balance environmentally and socially responsible practices with fiscal sensibility, crafting sustainability programs which can meet the needs and goals of its diverse cliental. And this has been a milestone year for sustainability at Fresh Ideas, with their dining program at Maryville University receiving a 4-star certification from the Green Dining Alliance
- the first university dining hall in the greater St. Louis area to achieve this status. “Our aim is to provide a variety of sustainable options for our customers, so they can pick and choose what works best for them,” says Pat Holmes, Fresh Ideas Corporate Dietitian and Director of Sustainability. “Ultimately, we would love to see all of our dining halls certified green”. A few of the sustainable options currently being promoted by the food service company include comprehensive recycling, composting/food repurposing, campus gardens, and farm to table menu spe-
cials featuring local produce. An additional push for 2014 is the conversion of disposable Styrofoam to-go containers to plant-based, compostable or reusable containers. Here at CMU, Fresh Ideas recently introduced the reusable to-go container in the Eyrie Cafe. CMU students, faculty and staff may purchase these containers for $5.00. Students may use their flex dollars on these items. The to-go containers may be exchanged for a clean and sanitized box before each use or a keychain, which can be redeemed for another to-go container in the future. “Currently, we go through up
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to 1,800 Styrofoam containers a week. By using the reusable containers we can drastically reduce this waste that is harmful to the environment,” says Cravens, “Becoming sustainable is really about adjusting our habits. Just think how hard it was at first to remember your reusable grocery bags but now its second nature. I expect the same will be true with the reusable to-go containers!” “We’re looking forward to working with the group in the future as our campus sustainability program grows,” stated CMU Director of Dining Service, Sharon Cravens.
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C&R has it!
Intrigued by Nicholas Gardner’s April 9 opinion piece espousing the culinary joys of the Japanese-made Tonkatsu sauce, an elderly Collegian reader sped off to the local C&R supermarket to try some. Alas, the manager said he’d never heard of it but offered to check with the store’s supplier which specializes in such items. Indeed, there it was listed and — of last Friday — it’s on the C&R shelf with other Asian sauces and delicacies. Who said newspapers don’t get results! JHS
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Security Cameras at CMU: Too Many or Too Few? By Jamie Gisburne, Collegian Reporter
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Big Brother is watching you. Although CMU’s security system is not as intense as it in the George Orwell novel “1984,” it still brings about debate on whether or not cameras in various parts of the campus are beneficial to students or an invasion of privacy. “The university makes sure there are cameras in the common areas of residence halls and in academic centers to make it possible to capture incidents on tape if anything happens,” Assistant Dean of Student Development Salum Stutzer said. “If something happens we can just get the tape and review the footage for whatever the circumstance might be.” Cameras in the various common areas are mainly used simply as a precaution in case something wrong does happen. They are not necessarily being viewed all the time, but in case of an incident they can be used to help solve the problem. “We check and monitor the cameras about once a month to make sure they are working properly and, whenever there are issues, we tap into the systems
to see what kind of evidence there may be,” said Stutzer. While there are cameras in the interior parts of campus and residence halls, there are currently none around the campus exterior. Although there are emergency phones across the campus, some students may question their safety relative to incidents which could take place in parking lots or just walking around campus. “I feel pretty safe on campus, even walking around at night,” said junior Kaitlyn Loeffler. “I feel like things here are close enough together that if something were to happen, people would be around to help.” Even though the cameras are not checked constantly, they been used to solve problems in the past and have served a good purpose in being present. “The cameras have proved useful over the years and they have been successful in solving some student issues,” Stutzer notes. Although students may think the cameras are an invasion of their privacy, the devices nonetheless are there to make sure that — in case something does
happen — there’s evidence to back it up. “In my opinion, the systems we have are not invasive and by looking at different areas that we monitor, the cameras serve the safety and security of our students,” said Stutzer. “There are no cameras in the hallways of the residence halls and it has been discussed on whether or not to change that, but it was decided not to put cameras in the hallways for various reasons — including the fact that it’s not needed at this point, and for the privacy of our students.”
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Central admissions focuses on the “right fit” Long-time CMU admissions rep, Braxton Rethwisch, discusses student success, ethical practice, and the changing dynamics of college admissions. By Kaitlyn Klapperich, Collegian Reporter One Central Methodist employee is practice of the NACAC when workapproaching a career milestone. Brax- ing with CMU prospective students. ton Rethwisch has worked for CMU For Rethwisch, the admissions profor nearly 50 years. A 1964 Central cess is all about students. When asked graduate, Rethwisch started working if he ever had to tell a student that he or for this institution after graduation she didn’t belong at CMU, he replied, and continues to serve the university “I love every kid I get the opportunity in the admissions office as regional di- to meet, I love knowing we can change rector of admissions for the St. Louis their lives, but I also area. Initially, he was an administra- realize that I have a tive assistant to (then) Central Presi- professional respondent Ralph L. Woodward. Two years sibility to be aware later he began work in admissions and of the future wellhas continued in the field ever since. being of students. If While his tenure in admissions and that means advising recruitment is impressive, Rethwisch a potential student would say that what is more impor- to reconsider attendtant than length of time on the job is ing CMU because how well you serve your customers I know it may not and how ethically you do your job. be the best fit, then Rethwisch has been a national lead- I have an obligaer in the admissions field for much of tion to say that.” his career. He served as president of Rethwisch bethe Missouri Association for College lieves being a good Admission Counseling and as vice fit is what it comes president for Special Services for the down in regards to student success. “It National Association of College Ad- has to be a good fit, hands down,” he mission Counseling. The NACAC notes. “If it’s not a good fit for the stufocuses on ethical practices in the col- dent, then he or she will find it much lege admission process. Additionally, harder to succeed. It’s not just about Rethwisch has published articles on education either, but also an issue of legal and ethical issues which are in- value and the value of that student’s volved in the college admissions pro- experience while at college,” he adds. cess. He applies his own beliefs about What does Rethwisch consider the this process and the principles of good best part of his job? “When you have
someone that just needs a chance or an opportunity, that’s where I come in. Knowing those success stories is what makes my job here at CMU so special,” Rethwisch explains. “It comes back to people — people believing in you and giving you a chance. I couldn’t think of anything more rewarding or gratifying than when you see success built upon giving someone a chance.” When Rethwisch compares past admissions practices to the present, he doesn’t see much difference with the students, but he does see a difference in how the process works. “Although kids are kids, and have the same desires, concerns, and questions, such as ‘Will I fit in socially? and ‘Will I succeed academically?’, it’s nonetheless a fact that the game is different. The competitive nature of the business has drawn in consultants who are nibbling around the edges, but we rarely ask ourselves ‘How do we improve our service?’ It’s all about service.” Finally, when asked what makes CMU students special, Rethwisch stated: “The kids that are here looking for an opportunity, not necessarily
guarantees, but a chance to succeed in something they may not be able to do elsewhere. It’s about giving the person with a tough mind the opportunity to succeed.” Through the years, it’s safe to say that this veteran admissions counselor has had a major role in providing opportunities to students and during that time has experienced many success stories — all while doing it right. In addition to his degree from Central, Rethwisch holds a master of arts from St. Louis University and is ABD (all but dissertation) in a Ph.D. program in higher education administration and finance from St. Louis University. Even though he covers eastern Missouri (including the Bootheel) for CMU and has a home in Fenton in St. Louis County, he and his wife Judy (CMU ‘65) also maintain a residence in Fayette known as The Elms. The historic Victorian structure at Spring and Vine was Braxton’s boyhood home while growing up in Fayette. The couple has done extensive renovation to the residence in recent years and often use it for CMU functions. Judy Rethwisch is a well-known theater arts teacher in the Affton School District and currently serves as president of the CMU Alumni Association. She and Braxton have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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Why CMU is the right place for me By Brandon Justin, Collegian Reporter As a transfer student in my first semester at CMU, I didn’t know what to expect. But as the weeks went by I became more confident that I had made the right choice in where to continue my education and athletic career. Here at CMU we have some elements of campus life which many other colleges cannot or do not offer, such as a tight-knit atmosphere where everybody knows and respects each other. The small class sizes also help students who may be struggling to catch up and thus are able to get individual attention to ensure their success. The school I attended before didn’t have this aspect. It was easy to fall behind and the teacher might not even know who you are in order to help get you back on track. The faculty and staff here are amazing and I’ve never felt more comfortable coming into a brand new school, especially in a another state that I’d never been to before. Coming from California I knew it was going to be a big adjustment. But I love it so far because of the people
who genially care about your success. As for football, the coaches are great, the players have become a second family, and there’s just overall good vibes surrounding the entire program. The head coach, Jody Ford, is a great mentor and motivator. There were numerous days I can remember not feeling my best or being a little home sick, He made sure to take time out his day to check on his players, especially the new transfers who are a long way from home. At this point in my life I feel that I’m exactly where I need to be to continue pursuing my goals, and this school is a big reason why I feel this way. The football team this year is much improved and if you couldn’t make it to the spring game last Saturday, you missed a great event. Come support our Eagles next semester and our home games as the team has their eyes set on the playoffs and a conference championship — something that hasn’t happened here in a while. GO EAGLES!!!
THIS SCENE FROM A COLOR SLIDE taken during World War II highlights two elements of Central history. The U.S. Naval cadets marching off the football field were part of the Navy’s V-12 program which trained Navy men on campus from 1943 to 1945. The men were housed in McMurry Hall which actually was considered a commissioned ship. The presence of the V-!2 program helped what was then Central College survive the lean war years. The word “Methodist” was added as part of the institution’s name in 1961 and later Central was officially designated a university beginning in 2005. The iconic arch seen here marked the entrance to Davis Field and was extant from sometime in the 1920s until about 10 or 11 years ago when it was quietly razed after an inspection determined the structure was unsafe. Jim Steele
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Fayette’s Pitbull Ban-- Good or Bad? By Sabrina Severson, Collegian Reporter
Fayette is your typical small town with plenty of Midwest charm. There’s definitely that quaint, everyone knows everyone atmosphere. This is a town where people may wish to live because it’s safe. In an effort to maintain that safe feeling, Fayette not long ago enacted a ban on Pit Bulls within the city limits. Clearly, such a ban stems from the fact that some citizens do not feel safe from dog attacks. Let’s take a moment to define the Pit Bull term, examine the ordinance, and review its effects. Pit Bull is actually slang for any dog with even a small mix of certain breeds. If a dog has any American Staffordshire terrier or American Pit Bull terrier, then it is a “Pit Bull.” Many people claim Pit Bulls are dangerous, painting a picture of man-eating monsters. Others love Pit Bulls and stand up for their pets just as they would for their own children. So what’s the truth? Are Pit Bulls inherently vicious, or are they just another member of the family? The answer given by Pit Bull advocates is that these dogs are whatever they’re raised to be. If raised with love, they can be the most loving dogs imaginable, but if brought up to be violent, they will be violent. In this respect, a Pit Bull is no different than any other breed. No stereotype fits all dogs. The breed selective ordinance in Fayette is specific to Pit Bulls. Basically, it is not legal for a resident within the city limits of Fayette to own a dog with any Pit Bull in its genes. Passed Feb. 17, 2009, the ban has been in effect for more than five years. At the time, the town was struggling with an issue of dogs running at large, but there were no recorded bites from Pit Bulls. Nonetheless, Fayette banned a breed that was not causing a problem; however, dog bites have actually tripled since passing the ban. So, is the ban really working? Has the ban has made a difference? Many Fayette citizens say yes, but not for the reason one may think. Many residents are angry because the ordinance turned their lives upside down. Pit Bull owners were, and still are, being told they must find a new home for their pet or else the animal will have to be euthanized. These dogs are often like members of the family, but now that member is considered a criminal by birth. There are exceptions to the rule because a Pit Bull owner can keep their pet and “grandfather” them in by purchasing insurance.
It costs about $800 a year for insurance on a Pit Bull. For most citizens of this town, where the average income is about $28,000 a year, it’s impossible to pay this charge. (An interesting aside is that insurance companies are supporters of breed selective ordinances.) In response to the ban, a new Pit Bull rescue effort was born. This not for profit organization known as ARFFMO would not exist if the ban had not been passed into law. Standing for Animal Responsibility for Fayette, Mo., the group is largely educational in its purpose. AARFFMO’s main goal is to promote public safety through education about responsible pet care as an alternative to banning breeds of dogs. It is when dog owners are not being responsible with their pets that most bites happen. If a dog is allowed to wander loose, and such a dog gets into trouble, then it’s the owner’s fault. If a dog is accustomed to being chained, it never learns how to interact with people and often then manages to escape and bite someone. Since it was established in 2009, about 110 Pit Bulls have come to the ARFFMO rescue site, and mostly there have been success stories. Countless families have stepped-up to adopt these unwelcome and often misunderstood dogs. The woman responsible for creating and running the rescue effort is Kathryn Ward, who lives just outside the Fayette city limits. Ward describes herself as a registered pediat-
ric nurse and proud Pit Bull owner. But for all the happy endings at the rescue, there also are dogs which were abused to the point of rejecting certain humans. A scared dog can be a dangerous dog. As such, there have been instances where a dog is unable to be adopted. Unfortunately, dogs who are aggressive toward people must be euthanized because they are considered beyond rehabilitation. In those cases Ward does what she can to bring comfort to them in their final days. As of this writing, ARFFMO is fostering four pit bulls which is the maximum capacity. Yet each Pit Bull story is as unique as the dogs themselves — dogs simply waiting for someone to come along and want them and to be just as worthy of love as any other dog. Ward testifies to the sadness that comes with families having to get rid of a beloved family pet because elected officials decided to buy into Pit Bull stereotypes. ARFFMO is often a last hope. “Grown men have called me, crying, because they had to have their dog put down,” notes Ward. Yes, the Pit Bull ban is meant for the good of the Fayette community, but many argue it is not. The ban was meant to reduce violent attacks. Because of harmful stereotypes, people treat these dogs as criminals and fail to place t h e
Ay Bart Som aske blame on the people who raised theafter dogs to be aggressive. Experts note thatstart there are alternatives to banning a spe-ing f cific breed of dog. It all starts with edu-spen cation. If people are not aware of whatques a Pit Bull is really like, they will beRega more likely to believe the stereotypes.man For those who wish to adopt a Pit Bull,seme the s they must be aware of any special care Th that’s specific for any breed. Pit bullsabou are people dependent, so they don’twhe thrive on their own. When adopting, it’sshou your responsibility to learn as much asthesi you can about what the breed requires.a pe No one would be allowed to just ran-to co domly adopt a human baby withoutmuc demonstrating some knowledge on how to properly care for the child. Adopting a dog should be no different. For now, Pit Bulls are banned in Fayette, but people are working to change the law. With enough education and awareness about the real culprits — irresponsible pet owners — the law may be changed. Changing the law may also require citizens who will run for city council. But for as long as the ban is in effect, rescues like ARFFMO will be around to take in dogs not allowed. When asked about how she would describe her experience the with rescue effort so far, Ward was most positive. “The best part is how grateful the rescues are. You really can tell, she said. As has been noted here, the term Pit Bull is not clear. Many dogs may look like what people think to be Pit Bulls, but they are not. Others may have the genetic blood line of a Pit Bull, but people don’t recognize them as such. Should genetic testing of dogs be forced upon citizens by the city? Should citizens be forced to buy liability insurance for their dogs when there is no clear evidence of a given dog being violent? Should one breed be banned when the issue the city seeks to resolve is dog bites? Are other types of dogs capable of biting? Are there alternatives to the dog breed ban? All of these questions remain open for debate. What do you think? For more information or to get involved, contact ARFFMO at their website www.arffmo.org or call 660-248-ARFF (2733). “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes necessary.” –Thomas Jefferson
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Not another “goodbye” column By Angelica Randall A year ago I sat in the library reading Meghan Barton’s farewell “That’s what she said” article. Something about the article stuck with me: being asked THE question: “What are you going to do after graduation?” Maybe it was all the classmates I started college with graduating while I was preparing for my “victory lap,” or the realization that I’d spend the next 12 months answering the dreaded question that ingrained her article in my brain. Regardless of the reason, my thoughts returned to it many times while working on my senior thesis this semester because my thesis topic came to me around the same time I read her article last spring. The problem with THE question is that college is about much more than having a good answer to it when you graduate. The real question, or maybe I should say MY question, is “was it worth it?” My thesis looked at this issue from the beginning, when a person is trying to decide whether or not going to college is worth it. Yet, here as a senior, I spent much of this year asking myself if it was worth it.
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I know I’m not the first person to ask this question. Meghan’s article dismissed the underclassmen on the basis it’s very hard to understand how deep the feelings run when someone asks you what you are doing after graduation, but her point to “do it with passion” no matter if it’s a job or not is relevant to everyone. For everyone in college or getting ready to graduate, sometimes we have to make college worth it for ourselves. We’re already here and despite any student loans or lack of remembering what you learned in your first semester general education courses, it is our responsibility to be able to answer with a solid “Yes!” when asked if college was worth it. Sure, I could have two brand new Toyotas for the amount of debt I’m in now and I’m walking away instead with a piece of paper, For me, my diploma isn’t just a piece of paper. It’s five years of my life, of growing up, of overcoming every obstacle, of picking certain classes based on the awesome professor teaching it. Even if I never use my degree for
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a career, what I learned in Dr. Cherry’s Interpersonal Communication class, the many classes taught by English faculty, and others helped me grow as a person. Even the fact that I changed my major late in the game was a learning moment for me. I realized sometimes we need to be flexible and adjust to our circumstances in order to move forward. Now it’s your turn to find whatever makes college worth it for you. Underclassmen, you are at a huge advantage here. Start taking advantage of every - and I do mean EVERY - resource offered by this campus. Get your money’s worth because it’s more than attending class and pulling all-nighters. The library, career development center, cardio room, tutors, candy dishes in professor’s offices that come with life advice attached, and so much more is waiting here for you to access. You need to realize this and do whatever it takes to make sure your answer to my question is “Yes!”
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As the semester comes to an end, I can’t help but think of the past four years I have spent here at CMU. It seems like yesterday I was a freshman moving into Holt hall, so nervous and excited to start college. I really do not understand how time could travel this fast, how can I already be a senior in college getting ready to graduate? This is a feeling of fear and excitement that I have never experienced before. How can my college career already be over? Although I am ready to be done with school, I am not ready to give up college. The ability to walk down the hall and go into a friends room, being able to walk into Puckett and run the track or watch intramural basketball games, and I must say I will miss having all my meals prepared for me. When people told me that college would fly by, I didn’t take them seriously, but now I’m thinking that this can’t be possible, I can’t be done. CMU has been the best thing to happen to me, the friends I’ve met here will forever
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have an impact on me and the experiences I have had here I will reminisce for many years to come. While attending CMU I have done many things, but there are also things I regret not doing. And as I am getting ready to graduate, I hate feeling regret towards things I should have done. My advice to those who aren’t graduating is to just go out and do it, live in the moment because you will never get these years back. I am someone who took my grades very serious and was always making sure my friends and I didn’t get in trouble. Yet, I somewhat regret not doing anything crazy or radical while in school. Do not be the person, like me, who is two weeks from graduating and is sitting and thinking of all the things I wish I should had done. Take these years you have left as an opportunity to explore and experiment, it’s the only time you can be self-ish and do what you want to do. I must admit it is hard to think that school will be starting without me in the fall, but I guess that is an analogy for life. No matter what, life keeps going and it’s up to us to move forward with it. This has been the best chapter of my life thus far and it is definitely hard to let it go. But then I remember the purpose of college is for this
to happen, to prepare us to go off in the world and make a life for ourselves. I hope all of you will cherish your time spent here and the times to come. Life passes us by way too fast, enjoy every moment, yes school is important but so is having fun and enjoying your life, so do it! If there’s anything I wanted to convey through writing my fashion and lifestyle columns these past four years, it would be that to matter what always be yourself, you write your own story and your own ending. Seize every moment, and live life to the fullest. It’s been one heck of a ride, and I can’t wait to see how each and every one of you succeed here at CMU and out in the real world. Well, ya’ll, thanks for all the memories; it has truly been the most wild, hectic, stressful, fun, and most enjoyable experience. For the last time, XOXO, Sophie Wilensky “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
Had a great trip Recognizing Students and Arguing for Parity in Scholarships By Professor Brink, Department of Communications
As another year comes to close, it is time to reflect on what I learned and can take away from this year. Yes, learning is a life-long process so faculty and staff learn new things each year just as students do. One thing I learned this year, and will be part of the focus of this article, is the commitment of certain students to the task for which they signed up to do, without compensation; and their dedication to see their task through to the end. In this case, I am talking about students who put together The Collegian, Inscape, and CMU’s yearbook, The Ragout (Ragu). The second part of this article is what I think CMU could do when it comes to scholarships for students like the ones I mention here and for potential students. I know change is coming so I hope some of this is taken into consideration. As faculty advisor, I am most familiar with the work of the newspaper staff. I see the work they put in because I am often here on weekends helping bring it all together. I also saw the amount of work and time alumnus and Editorial Advisor Jim Steele put into producing the newspaper. Producing the paper takes a lot of work and time which most of the CMU community will never realize. This semester, the students took on more and more of our work, so the paper became almost completely student produced. Some of these students received between 1 and 3 credit hours for writing on the newspaper, but some received nothing for the work they did, other than the satisfaction of seeing their completed work. I am thankful for the entire staff of the newspaper but there are three students who did what they did for no credit and without compensation: Bailey Brown, Kaitlyn Klapperich, and Sophie Wilensky. First, Sophie Wilensky has faithfully produced a column for the newspaper for three years without receiving credit or compensation. She wrote because she enjoyed it and she asked for nothing in return. Unfortunately for us, Sophie’s last column is in the issue because she graduates and moves on to a new life in Boise, Idaho. Congratulations Sophie! Second, Bailey Brown came on board this semester and has put in numerous hours doing layout and design work for the paper. She received no credit and no compensation for all of her hours. I think she may have found a new calling by doing what she has done for us. That may be a positive for her but it would have been nice if she got more than career awareness. Finally, Kaitlyn Klapperich has served as Editorin-Chief this year without receiving credit or compensation. She couldn’t receive credit because she carried 18 hours each semester. What most people don’t know is she was supposed to receive scholarship money for her work. This issue was discussed by the committee that oversees the newspaper last year and we determined scholarship money should
be provided to the editor. Kaitlyn took the position because I promised her, based on the discussion in the committee, that scholarship money was available. Unfortunately, the scholarship didn’t materialize because I dropped the ball by not being in Fayette all summer bugging the administration until I knew for sure the scholarship would be there, but Kaitlyn pressed forward anyway. She could have easily walked away from her commitment at the beginning of the fall semester because CMU didn’t live up to our end of the bargain, but she didn’t. It is this type of commitment I saw in other students this year. Jane Gonzales-Meyer and Jessica Travlos served as editors of Inscape this year. Inscape is a publication of poetry, short stories, art, and photography published by the English program each year. This year, Jane and Jessica were editors for one of the largest Inscapes ever produced, 88 pages. Though not as familiar with Inscape as I am with the Collegian, I did witness Jane and Jessica putting in long hours because they often shared space with the newspaper staff, or they would hunker down in the basement of Cupples and edit away. Numerous hours were put in by these two students producing something which benefits the entire CMU community and they received no credit and no compensation for the work they did. As Faculty Advisor Kavita Hatwalkar said at the Inscape release party, “It would be nice if we could give them more than a pat on the back and an applause, but let’s at least give them that.” I agree. Yes, they received a pat on the back, an applause, and the satisfaction of seeing the publication in print but it would be nice if they could receive more. The last two students I want to recognize are Alice Hartley and Kaitlynn Troxel because they have been working on the revival of the CMU yearbook. The yearbook was not completed last year and these two students stepped up to work with Joy Flanders in getting it produced this year. I know this because a group of us from the newspaper staff helped take photos for the yearbook last semester. Alice and Kaitlynn have put in many hours gathering and uploading photos from campus organizations in an attempt to create a nice memory book for the entire CMU community. I know many of you don’t know or care if we have a CMU yearbook, but I think maybe you should. You can learn from the yearbook. I imagine some of you may pick it up and, for the first time, realize what organizations are on campus. Am I right? The point here is that Kaitlynn and Alice put in a lot of work on the yearbook and received no credit or compensation for doing so. In addition to recognizing these students, I also want to discuss the inequity of our scholarship system. None of the students I honored here can receive scholarships for their activities because the
scholarships do not exist. Students may, however, receive scholarships for taking part in sports, band, choir, and theater. Why? Why can’t students receive scholarship money for activities involving media, expanding tutoring, or working within the program of their major? For example, a biology student wants to work in the biology lab as an aide and receive a scholarship for doing so. Maybe they have that program in the sciences and I don’t know about it. If so, then great. Why can’t all the program have that option for some of their students? I know this sounds like work-study, and in a way it is, because I am advocating for students to do specific tasks within programs in order to receive scholarship money. Let’s be honest, most of what we call scholarships are not scholarships in the sense there is a large pot of money from which we replace that lost tuition money. It’s a discount. Why can’t we offer the discount in exchange for program specific work? Maybe there is a law against doing so. I don’t know. I am an attorney but I am not versed in Federal financial aid laws and regulations. The idea sounds like a good one and I want to know if it is possible. In addition to the unfunded opportunities we already have on campus, what about new opportunities like funding a debate and mock trial team. Adjunct professor Greg Owen has been trying to start a debate team, but there are no scholarships and no credit available for students wishing to take part in debate. Good luck trying to get modern students involved in an intensive program like a debate or mock trial team without offering credit or scholarship money. Columbia College has one or two mock trial teams which go to regional and national competitions to compete against large and prestigious universities. Each team consists of 7 to 8 members, so it is feasible we could have 20 students make up two mock trial teams and several debate teams if we are willing to put the money behind them. This is one option I am familiar with because I have judged mock trial competitions. I am sure faculty from other divisions have ideas which will aid in recruitment and retention of students. Please speak up. We wonder why retention numbers are low but we have failed to reward students we already have for the work they do. Yes, these students are already at CMU and likely won’t leave because they are juniors or seniors, but what about next year and the years beyond. Will Joy, Kavita, or I be as lucky to find students willing to put in the uncompensated time to produce what these students produced this year? It’s possible but I’d rather have the ability to offer more to students willing to do this type of work. Athletics and other programs have it. Why not all?
See you next fall!