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A new campus organization hopes to graduate more African-American males and redefine the word “gentleman.”

Senior softball players prepare for life after graduation at Western as they enter into the working world.

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Women’s Western invests in future of residence halls; Volleyball coach resigns Occupancy housing rate takes slight dip sign up at Kelly's Pub or contact Kathy kelly

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Albert Shelby | Asst. News Editor ashelby1@missouriwestern.edu Western’s on-campus housing will see a few more neighbors next year. For fall of 2011, housing numbers were up to 1,268 housing assignments. In fall of 2012, that number took a minor dip to 1,221 but an enrollment increase is anticipated. Director of Residential Life Mark Stier believes that those numbers will only increase and he believes it’ll be sooner than you think. “We anticipate that within the next two to three years that our housing numbers will climb steadily,” Stier said. “We are happy to report that the student satisfaction level of our residential students is at an all time high. This includes programming, professional staff interaction and overall community satisfaction, just to name a few areas of interest.” Stier said that he was pleased that students where noticing the changes and improvements that residential halls and organizations have been making for student life. “Each year we survey all

Housing Occupancy rate difference from fall 2012 to spring 2013

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The Faculty Senate has proposed a 3.7 percent across-the-board salary increase and separate increases to instructor salaries and adjunct pay rates. Their proposal comes in three different parts. The first is for fulltime faculty. The proposal asks for the CPI plus 2% for these fulltime faculty members over the next three years. Traditionally, raise proposals follow the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as a guideline to what would be an appropriate amount. Faculty Senate President

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residential students utilizing the Educational Benchmark Inventory which is a nationally recognized survey tool in higher education,” Stier said. “This has been standard practice for the last 6 years. We were extremely excited that our students recognize all the positive things occurring within student affairs and residential life and that we are making a positive impact on our residential com-

Faculty Senate proposes 3.7 percent pay increase Andy Garrison | Opinions Editor agarrison@missouriwestern.edu

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Robert Bergland, explains why CPI is used as well as one reason that we fell so far behind in our pay-rates at Western over the past couple of years. “CPI is largely cost-ofliving,” Bergland said. “It’s fairly similar, a little bit less generous, but what we are asking for is CPI plus 2% to make up for the losses; especially over the previous three years, 2009 through 2012, that we fell behind.” Susie Hennessy, former Faculty Senate president, is also in favor of the proposal for much of the same reasons.

munity.” As expected, housing went from nearly being full to taking a minor dip for the spring semester. Vice President of Student Affairs Shana Meyers said that drops like these are common during a school year due to various reasons. “I know that for fall of 2012, we were 93 percent full and for spring of 2013, we were 80 percent full,” Meyers said. “Typically, you will

jstevenson1@missouriwestern.edu Ever wanted an opportunity to ask St. Joseph Mayor Bill Faulkner questions? That opportunity presented itself Thursday afternoon in the Fulkerson Center when he held a question and answer session open to the public. Mayor Faulkner started the presentation by telling attendee’s what he and the

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Kyle Inman | Sports Editor kinman@missouriwestern.edu Volleyball coach Cory Frederick resigned his position Monday after four seasons at Western. “It was a surprise,” Athletic Director Kurt McGuffin said. “It was a family move. His wife is a pharmacist and she got offered a job she couldn’t turn down. It was a financial thing; he has two little kids. He wanted to spend more time with his family.”

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Krista Hague | Staff Writer khague@missouriwestern.edu

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city council have been working on to improve tourism and business locally. Among things mentioned were improvements to Hyde and Krug Parks, the proposed smoking ban, and the job market. “We need to work on jobs for people like you, but they are hard to get because everyone is after them,” Faulkner said. “Unless we get fresh ideas from the youth we will go down the wrong path.”

He served on the city council before running for mayor in 2010. He plans to run for re-election to see what he has started reach completion. He credits his hard work ethic to his father who formed a plumbing company in 1964. He worked with his father until 1988 when he took over the family business which he still operates today. “Everybody is just like you and me, we’re all the same, “Faulkner said. “Work hard

Western students will have the opportunity to purchase student artwork on April 16 and 27 in Potter Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. *Submitted Photo

displayed include pottery, paintings, drawings, graphics, print making and more. Each student prices their own artwork individually. Prices will possibly range from a minimum of 3 dollars to a maximum of around 100 dollars. Only 10 percent of the art proceeds will go to the Amy Singletons Scholarship Fund.

Mayor visits Western to discuss city plans Joyce Stevenson | Staff Writer

increases that we see through inflation. At this time, I am not expecting a major decrease in our occupancy for the fall.” “I know that there are dollars going towards some auxiliary upgrades for the residence halls,” Meyers said. “So we can continue to look for some of those things in the future.” Mark Stier confirmed that halls like Logan, Vaselaskos, Leaverton, Scanlon and Griffon Hall will see some improvements. Logan’s changes will be similar to the ones made to Beshears. “The exterior of Logan will be done to match what was done last summer to Beshear,” Stier said. “The interior bathrooms of Leaverton and Vaselaskos will have new counter tops replaced in the bathrooms. Scanlon Hall will have new carpeting and paint in the hallways.” Griffon Hall will receive some upgraded tools for their fitness room, while Scanlon will also have a new addition for students to work out in for next year. Stier said that these improvements would be made to improve student life.

Creative artwork for sale by student artists Tables are filled with student created sculptures, and the walls are adorned with covered canvases. Student artist await the purchases of their art at the annual art sale. Missouri Western students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to purchase student art work on April 26 and 27. The Griffon Art Alliance is a student group on campus who comes together and shares their talents with fellow students at Missouri Western and their community. The Griffon Art Alliance art sale is a free event that is held to support fellow student artists enrolled in art classes. The event will take place in the Potterhall hallway next to room 101 starting from 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. both days. Missouri Western art students who want or have made something in an art class have the opportunity to sell any of their art pieces at the Griffon Art Alliance event. Artworks that will be

What we are asking for is CPI plus 2% to make up for the losses especially over the previous three years, 2009 through 2012, that we fell behind. - Robert Bergland Faculty Senate President

see that at most college campuses. Students come in the fall and then they realize that perhaps the resident hall life is not for them, and they end up moving out. Typically, you will see a decrease in numbers from fall to spring. Meyers also noted that Scanlon Hall took the biggest hit this year out of all the residence buildings at Western and she said that this was also expected. Stier chimed in on his thoughts of the typical drop from fall to spring as well. “Yes, housing numbers are always lower in the spring for almost all colleges and universities,” Stier said. “Some reasons include: transferring, academic issues and disciplinary reasons, just to name a few.” A fee increase is expected for the upcoming year but Meyers is still confident that numbers will continue to increase instead of decrease. She also said she expects some new renovations to take place in some of the residence halls for next year. “I believe there has been a fee increase for this next year,” Meyers said, “basically covering the cost of living

Amy Singleton was the secretary of the Art Department who passed away a few years ago and a scholarship was started in her remembrance. The Scholarship is for art majors on campus and all portions of sales at the Griffon Art Alliance event will be put into that fund. Ceramics instructor and Assistant Professor of Art,

David Harris believes the Griffon Art Alliance event sale will have a great turnout this semester. “The art sales we have at end of fall and spring semesters always goes well and I hope this one goes wonderfully,” Harris said.

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and put time and effort into it.” Travis Hart, president of College Republicans, hosted the presentation. He asked the Mayor what he would credit his leadership style to. Faulkner said that when he was on the city council he watched as the Mayor and City Planner argued daily in city hall.

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St. Joseph Mayor Bill Faulkner visited Western recently to discuss future concerns and city plans. Gilbert Imbiri | Asst. Photo Editor


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McGuffin discusses Frederick’s resignation Proposal includes salary increases for

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MWSU Ambassadors hosts Night at the Ritz Join us for the 2013 Night at the Ritz - Ritz Around the World, an evening of great entertainment, a served dinner, a silent auction and raffle! All proceeds benefit the Nontraditional Student Scholarship Fund. The event will be on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:30p.m. at the St. Joseph Country Club.

Athletics Honors Banquet set for April 29 Missouri Western State University will be hosting their annual Athletics Banquet for the end of the school year. This years event will be placed on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fulkerson Center. Contact the Athletic Department for more information.

MWSU, SJSD Partnership Earns Environmental Award A partnership between the Kit Bond Science and Technology Incubator at Missouri Western State University and the Gifted and Talented Education program of the St. Joseph School District has been awarded the 2012 Community-Based Environmental Education Service Award by the Missouri Environmental Education Association.

Missouri Western Student Selected for Professional Opera Roles Missouri Western State University music major Donovan Jones will spend his summer performing professional opera with Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, Eureka Springs, Ark.

FREDERICK CONTINUED FROM FRONT The move comes very late in the year and leaves McGuffin less than ideal time to find a replacement as jobs for fall coaching positions are usually filled in the early winter months. Despite the timing, McGuffin doesn’t want to rush a new hire. He plans to meet with the players individually this week and come to a resolution of whether to look internally or search for new candidates from outside of Western. Frederick compiled a 3772 record at Western after taking over a team that won only four games in the season before he took over the head coaching position. The Griffons showed gradual improvement each season under Frederick and went 16-16 last season in one of the most competitive volleyball conferences in Division II. “He did a good job of progressing each year and this fifth year I was getting ready

to see good things,” McGuffin said. “They basically have the whole group back so I think they are going to be pretty good.” Although he would have liked to know sooner, McGuffin still feels he can find the right candidate to replace Frederick and has already begun receiving phone calls from coaches inquiring about the position. “I think our jobs are pretty well sought after,” he said. The players usually sign their scholarships before going home for the summer, which is another reason why the late timing presents a challenge for McGuffin to find the replacement. Frederick came to Western after winning a men’s national championship at Park University in 2008. He coached nine All-MIAA selections in his tenure with Western including Stephanie Hattey who has been an all conference team selection in each of her three seasons including winning the Freshman of the Year award in 2010.

Faulkner plans to improve tourism, local businesses MAYOR CONTINUED FROM FRONT “Newspapers call me a boring mayor,” Faulkner said. “It comes back to partnerships.” Faulkner said that he enjoys working with other groups and holding responsibility together. He said that his biggest frustration when first taking office was how long it took to get something done. Awuol Makof agreed with Faulkner’s ideas of working together. “It is very important to have unity. Many people come here to work and enjoy the school,” Makof said. “We need to learn how to work together in unity.” When asked what he is doing to increase Western’s presence in St. Joseph, Faulkner said that he is working to increase community engagement with the school. He said that he is encouraging businesses and residents to participate in campus activities and show their support. “I would love to see more people flying banners on game day all over town,” Faulkner said.

Dheru Atem, junior computer science major, asked the mayor about the city’s crime rate. “I am the acting South Sudanese Chairman in St. Joseph and a student,” Atem said. “Would you say the crime rate has gone up or down during your term?” Faulkner said that it varies but there has been an increase in gang presence in the city. He said that he is working to increase police and fire personnel. He is also working to improve their relationship with the community. Kendra Greer, sophomore public relations major, asked when a decision would be made on the smoking ban in St. Joseph. Faulkner said that the city council is working on a comprehensive ban and after another review and public comment session, a decision will be made. Faulkner also listed several things in the works for the Downtown/Riverfront Revitalization projects. These included parking lot and building improvements, the relocation of the Riverboat, a possible riverfront amusement park, and the proposal of a riverfront RV park.

INCREASE CONTINUED FROM FRONT “I am in favor of the proposal,” Hennessy said. “Primarily because, until this year when we had a very small increase, we had not had any raises even though the cost of living had continued to grow.” The second proposal addresses instructor salaries. According to the proposal, Western ranks in the 12th percentile among similar institutions for what it pays instructors on average. For example, one instructor who has been at Missouri Western for over a decade is only making about $35,000; a teacher with the same education and experience in the St. Joseph School district would be making over $44,000. Kylee Strough, chair of Board of Governors, hopes instructors don’t leave the campus if they don’t receive a pay raise in the near future. She hopes the faculty will see the value in the university in which they are employed and much of a part in. “I hope they do stay,” Strough said. “I can’t promise it’s going to get better, but total package, Missouri Western is a good place to work and call home.” The adjunct instructors fall under a second part of the proposal that would raise their dollar amount per credit hour taught from $600 (for

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Bob Bergland Faculty Senate President adjuncts with a bachelor’s degree), $800 (master’s) and $1,000 (doctorate) by a total of $200 over two years. In the past, Western has had to hire in more and more adjunct faculty to compensate for increase in students. Bergland explains why it’s important to keep our rates competitive for them. Bergland said, “In order to handle the growth, to a large degree, we hired more adjuncts; we are relying pretty heavily on adjuncts and our pay is more than some, but less than a lot of others. If we want to retain some of the best adjuncts, we need to compensate them fairly.” The administration will look at these two parts separately and could approve, modify or reject any of the proposals. Any proposals they modify or approve would be forwarded to the Board of Governors as part of a total budget package, most likely in May or June.

Student produced ceramic artwork will be sold and available for purchase. *Submitted Photo

Ceramic student, Patrick Larsen feels students should come to the Griffon Art Alliance sale and support the art students as much as they can. “They should come to support fellow students and acknowledge all of the hard work that the artists on campus put into their artwork,” Larsen said. Jane Travis, art student plans on selling around 100 pieces of her ceramic artwork and feels that students who come to the art sale will be huge support. “Seeing fellow students come support the artists who work hard and sell their artwork would be really nice and they can also buy some really nice artwork at a reasonable price,” Travis said.

CAMPUS INFORMATION CAMPUS CRIME REPORTS

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Friday, April 26: MWSU Ambassadors Night at the Ritz at 6:30p.m. at St. Joe Country Club

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Monday, April 29: Last Day of Classes Athletics Honor Banquet at 6:30 p.m. in Fulkerson Center

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Tuesday, April 30: Study Day ‘Black Holes’ Planetarium Show at 7:00 p.m.

1. Stealing- Theft from Building 8:00 p.m., Thursday April 4, Potter Hall 2. Stealing- Theft from Building 8:03 p.m, Tuesday April 9, Baker Fitness Center 3. Vandalism Intentionally Damage Personel 3:27 p.m., Wednesday April 10, Lot Q

Wenesday, May 1: Final Exams Begin

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SGA prepares to pass on the torch

Sisco inaugurated, aims to boost communication President Scott leaves SGA legacy on a highnote Daniel Cobb | Staff Writer dcobb3@missouriwestern.edu

Matthew Hunt | News Editor mhunt8@missouriwestern.edu

Katy Sisco and Dillon Williams step in as the new president and vice president of Missouri Western’s Student Government Association. On April 19, the SGA held a banquet to honor the various organizations on campus for their service to the university and the community. Different awards were given out to those within the SGA as well and to those who have helped it grow under Jacob Scott’s presidency. Scott gave his farewell address early in the banquet. “We always should be mindful of doing what we can with what we have wherever we are,” Scott said of his time as the SGA president. “If we follow that simple advice, we can do no wrong in the eyes of our fellow students.” Scott claimed that he had learned so much from his time in the SGA, and told students at the banquet that he is proud of the work that he and other members of the student government have accomplished. “Our campus is full of opportunities. It’s full of growth. It’s full of potential,” Scott said. After Scott left the podium, the organizational awards were handed out to many of the fraternities, sororities and organizations that make up Missouri Western. Many awards were given out such as the academic organization of the year award which

Stepping up one office at a time then dealing with one situation after another. That’s what Student Government Association President Jacob Scott dealt with during his time in SGA. In the fall of 2009, Scott entered the halls of Missouri Western with no intention of being part of the SGA. He didn’t know much about Western when he started out as a freshman. That shortly changed and he became a senator. Entering his sophomore year of college he decided to take a chance and apply for the director of communications which he didn’t receive. I was pretty upset that I didn’t receive the position,” Scott said. “I thought I was going to quit SGA, but I spoke to SGA President Josh Todd and he told me one day I would become President.” Since that discussion, Scott has been building his resume having served as Parlamentarian, Vice President, currently serving as the President of SGA. Scott believes that during his time in Student Government he has done everything possible to ensure that the student voice was heard to hall branches on Western’s campus. He believes his biggest achievement came when he focused on growing the SGA. “We have seen a huge growth in Student Government,” Scott said. “We used to have 5 to 6 senators and

SGA President Katy Sisco gives her inauguration speech at the SGA Awards Banquet. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor

went to the association of information technology professionals, and the most outstanding special interest organization was awarded to the student chapter of the wildlife society. The most outstanding sorority and fraternity of the year awards were given to Sigma Sigma Sigma and Phi Delta Theta respectively. Sigma Sigma Sigma also walked away with the award for most active overall organization at Missouri Western from 2012-2013. Yet it was the inauguration of Sisco and Williams into their respective roles as president and vice president of the SGA that prompted a standing ovation. Dr. Robert Vartebedian was called to the podium to swear in the new officers, but not before giving a speech to Scott and those student leaders who made real change in Mis-

souri Western. “We greatly appreciate all that you do,” Vartebedian said of the student leaders. After being inaugurated, Sisco gave her speech to the members of the SGA and all of those attending the banquet. “Dillon and I plan to work on improving communication throughout the SGA,” Sisco said. “We also want to focus on the population, such as what the students want, what their concerns are and what they need.” Williams ended the banquet with a short speech. “It’s an honor to be able to work with students in this way, and I look forward to serving as the SGA’s vice president,” Williams said. “I am very thankful for all that Missouri Western has done for me and hope to give back to the university in any way that I can.”

Putting off the green Local bars host minigolf event to fund raise for autism Grab your putters! Daniel Cobb | Staff Writer The Autism Alliance of dcobb3@missouriwestern.edu Northwestern Missouri, partnered by Miller Lite, is hosting their fourth annual Putt Putt Pub Crawl for Autism Awareness on April 27. Thirteen bars across Saint Joseph will be participating in the Putt Putt Pub Crawl in order to help raise money for resources for those with autism. This same event was held in Maryville last weekend, with around 71 teams of four taking part in the fundraiser. “It’s a Saturday afternoon that everybody benefits from,” Jamie Bachman, a member of the Autism Alliance of NWMO said. A variety of different bars are involved in the event. Kelly’s Pub, Cafe Acoustic, Uncle D’s, Legends and Muny Inn are a few that are hoping to see many of their customers coming in with putters in hand. For $40, a team of four can be signed up for the event. The teams will choose nine bars out of the thirteen that are participating in the Northwest Mis-

souri Putt Putt Pub Crawl, and will try to conquer each pub’s own putting green. “Each bar is able to build their own putting green,” Bachman said. “This allows them to get creative with how they want it to be designed.” The lowest scoring team will be the winner. However, you don’t necessarily need to be a talented minigolf player to win at this event. People can donate more money to buy their scores down, “so we have a few teams that are well into the negative by the end of the night,” Bachman said. Volunteers at each bar will help keep track of each team’s score while accepting these donations. Kathy Kelly, volunteer for the Putt Putt Pub Crawl, is excited for the event and believes that any students who are of the appropriate age should definitely take notice of the fundraiser. “It’s a cool event that some college students could take part in, and it’s for a great cause,” Kelly said. Missouri Western student, Kayte Fisette, agrees that the Putt Putt Pub Crawl is a fantastic way to raise money and help the community. “It’s just great for people our age to show support and raise money for autism,” Fisette said. The Putt Putt Pub Crawl will take place on April 27, and will begin at noon at any one of the thirteen bars involved in the event. Students can go to the Autism Alliance of Northwestern Missouri’s Facebook page for more information on the event and how they may be able to help out.

now we have almost a full senate.” Mary Beth Rosenauer, senator of SGA, said Scott is your average Joe and has shown that anything is possible for anyone at Missouri Western. She said his concern for students on campus is his legacy. “I went to high school with Jacob, so I’ve always been a fan of Jacob’s leadership,” Rosenauer said. “Honestly, Jacob was a punk in high school, so he has come a long way and is a great role model.” Leadership comes with a price and Scott has dealt with numerous issues that left students faced with new fees and budget cuts. Scott said his toughest challenge came in November when the first student fee advisory committee came together and found that the student fee money for the student success act was going to the areas it was supposed to. However, when they dug deeper they found the money that the university originally used to put toward those areas in previous budgets were pulled to fund other university challenges. “That was my hardest day as president, I had to refocus and figure out how I can explain to students that their money was being spent properly,” Scott said. “Their money was being spent properly, but the university took away their previous commitment.” Judith Grimes, interim vice president of Student Affairs, said that Scott believed in trying to do some extraordi-

nary things for the campus and students. She said, “I think he saw this as an opportunity to use the leadership skills he had already demonstrated to enhance those leadership skills.” Scott said he would not bend for the administration. He felt that when the student interest was in conflict with the administrations interest he always stood up for the students. “I couldn’t tell you how exciting it is to go to work every day in a job whose purpose is try to make the campus better,” Scott said. “It’s a really awarding experience; I’ve grown a lot over my time in SGA.”

Former SGA President Jacob Scott claims his award at the SGA Awards Banquet. Tevin Harris | Photo Editor

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University first-lady authors play, directed by President Joyce Stevenson | Staff Writer jstevenson@missouriwestern.edu With central themes of hope and determination, Dr. Laurel Vartabedian says “American Story” is a tale of immigrants, unions and the power of the press. Presented in a concertized form at Missouri Western, the unusual play scored high reviews. “American Story” is based on the true story of a 1913 coal mining strike in Trinidad, Colorado. Immigrant miners were facing off against the wealthy Rockefeller empire. The strike eventually led to the Ludlow Massacre, in which company guards opened fire on the workers and their families living in a tent city, leading to over 20 deaths. The strike, and the congressional report of 1915, was crucial in creating child labor laws and an eight hour work day. Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Western President and husband of Laurel, directed the pro-

duction that was performed twice on April 21st in Kemper Recital Hall. Vartabedian has a special interest as his grandparents came from Lebanon and Armenia and were part of the immigrants that built early 20th century America. The Vartabedians enjoyed working together on the play and sharing the experience with Western students. It was artfully staged as a “reader’s theater” and the actors had scripts in front of them. They quietly changed characters by changing accessories such as hats, scarves and jackets. The stage was minimally set so that your imagination was triggered by the script and the original photos by Lou Dolds that were projected as the backdrop. “I think he (Robert) did a really good job directing. I enjoy seeing how busy the students are. They are truly amazing,” Laural Vartabedian said. “Some of the magic of “reader’s theater” is mov-

ing in and out of characters.” Two actresses stole the show. The narrator and massacre survivor, Old Mary Thomas, was portrayed by community actress Dee Dee Squires. Thomas tells her

in the strike and surviving the frightening massacre. Squires has experience in other community theaters and says she hopes to continue participate in local productions.

Photos outside of Kemper Recital Hall provide the audience with a glimpse of life during the early 1900s. Joyce Stevenson | Staff Photographer

life story from immigrating to America to participating

“I am very impressed with the school and the spirit of

the performers,” Squires said. “We are grateful to the Vartabedians for everything they have done for us.” The 1913-14 union hell raiser, 87 year Old Mother Jones, was played by Sarah Waters, freshman music major. Waters’ incredible voice held the audience’s attention and created an electrical vibe throughout the performance hall. Mother Jones was integral in the coal miners’ attempts to form a union. The other eight actors included Morgan Breckenridge, Daniel Brooks, Kaitlyn Christian, Adrienne Collins, Thomas Delgado, Ian Fast, Jeremy Howe, Donovan Jones and a children’s choir of 12. Many of the actors will be traveling to Colorado to perform on May 10 at the Performing Arts Center in Trinidad. Laurel Vartabedian has been working with the historical society there to arrange the trip. Money from the performance will help to defray the travel expense.

Dr. Susan Carter, Western vocal coach, was the musical director of “American Story.” Under her talented guidance, the story was told with graceful elegance. “I first met Dee Dee at the ‘King and I’ performance in Rockport (MO),” Carter said. “When Laurel and I first discussed the role of Old Mother Jones, I thought she would be perfect.” Carter artfully directed the vocalists and pianist Jee Young Kim, senior music major, throughout the performance. Kim’s incredible talent was showcased as she performed Bill Evans’ original score. Evans is a composer from West Texas A&M. Ten scenes were capped by a moving epilogue featuring all of the cast members singing “In My Own Land/Land of Dreams.”


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Harmonious Husband, wife form Duo: local alt-folk band As Saint JoJason Ruckman | Staff Writer seph grows, so jruckman@missouriwestern.edu does one local band’s popularity, a folky group of musicians that was formed by a former Western student and her husband. Austin and Dansare Marks formed their band Eyelit in 2008 and have been playing music together ever since. Even before the formation of their band, the Marks’ were drawn together through art. The Marks’ met in a high school theatre arts class in 2005 when Austin was a senior and Dansare was a sophomore. Now, the two spend their lives, and their stage time, together. “Performing with my wife is always fun. She has a beautiful voice and she’s pretty to look at,” Austin said. “Working together on the writing process has been a good bonding experience. I used to do a lot more of the songwriting. Now that it’s a collaboration, we’re both benefiting creatively. Our relationship has grown in many ways. Who knows if being in a band has contributed to that, but it’s great to be on the journey with her.” Dansare said she had wanted to sing with Austin for a long time and that it took a while to convince him that it would be fun to perform together. “Once he agreed, things started flowing naturally,” she said. Now five years later, they have played all over the local area and as far away as Austin, Texas. When asked to describe their music, Dansare said, “We call our music Alternative Folk, for lack of a better term. It is always hard to categorize our music.” With a band that has recently grown from two members to four or five at any given show, Eyelit is now boasting a bigger, more engaging stage presence, and it’s one that Austin says took a while to bring into fruition. “The band has expanded in the last 6 months. We were really wanting to improve on our live performance,” Austin said. “Our

music is great to listen to in solitude or in a car, but just two of us on stage doesn’t really draw a crowd, especially in bars. With more going on instrumentally, it’s much more entertaining. It’s also just great to collaborate with these musicians and tweak our sound.” One of these added musicians is Ryan Johnson, who plays banjo and glockenspiel for the band. He has been playing with Eyelit since September of 2012 and he is grateful for the opportunity to practice and perform with two talented singer/songwriters. He loves that the writing process with the Marks’ is as freeform as it is, stating that he loves “the choices they make with what they write and how accepting they are of other people’s input and perspective. They encourage the band to write our own songs along with parts to whatever they have written.” “I loved the music they were writing and wanted to start something similar so when they finally wanted to put a full band together, I jumped at the chance,” Johnson said. “I had talked to them a few times before about playing banjo for them but it never really came to anything. When they put out a Facebook update about collecting musicians for a full band, I messaged them right away. I went over to their house and jammed with them a little and got a message back from them to start practicing every week.” Dansare went to Missouri Western from 2007 to 2010 to study photography and graphic design. When she left college, she was able to use her graphic design skills for side jobs while Austin traveled with a musical comedy group his father is a part of. Now that the two are performing together as often as they can, these side jobs and road trips are fewer and farther between. The couple’s schedule grew a bit more congested a couple years ago when they had their son, a little boy who Dansare describes as “very lively.” The group has been very active lately with the release of their new album, “The Woe Dies,” an album that the band wrote, recorded and designed the artwork for themselves.

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Established in 2008, Eyelit was started by husband and wife Austin and Dansare Marks. *Submitted Photo

“We played the Midcoast Takeover showcase in Austin, Texas at SXSW this year,” Dansare said. “We hope to play again next year and maybe even get an official showcase. We also played a show at the Czar Bar recently, opening for Lucy Rose, which was a phenomenal show.” Even though the husband and wife team, who make up the foundation of Eyelit, have

a lot on their plates right now, they have still been able to grow their music, and their band, from within the town it was founded in. “I would just like to ride the waves of opportunities that come up and see where it goes,” Austin said. “Ultra fame is not a goal of mine. I just hope we can continue to evolve and make good music that people enjoy. If we find a morsel of success along the way, great.”

How to: Be a fashionista Eboni Lacey | Editor-in-Chief elacey@missouriwestern.edu Picture yourself as a blank canvas. You’re bare, naked and plain. Yet the minute a piece of cloth touches your skin is just like the first mark an artist makes of his painting; it signifies how the rest of the piece will come together. Then, the more cloth you continue to assemble is what makes you come alive and ultimately builds a masterpiece. This, my friends, is the basic meaning of fashion. “It expresses your personality without you having to talk,” St. Louis fashionista and Missouri Western model Jerrica Brown said. “You can tell how a person is by the way they dress.” It’s simple! Fashion is a form of expression and a basic way of representation. But for those interested in fashion that admire fashionistas and want to simply enhance their looks, a simple wardrobe change is not hard at all. These five steps will help put you in the right direction.

Tip 1: Less is best

There are amazing fabrics, patterns, designs and colors that can be worn out there. But according to Kansas City and Missouri Western model Caresse Owens, who is also a fellow fashionista, it’s better to pull back than try to do too much. “Being simple is good,” Owens said. “Some people are too put together and that’s not always a good thing because sometimes you do look like a clown,” Owens said. “Sometimes I’ll see people go overboard to try to be different when in all actuality all you have to do is be simple and add something.” One simple look worn by many celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Courtney Cox and Heidi Klum, is the basic boyfriend blazer with jeans and a tank top. Throw on a pair of heels and you can wear this look almost Eboni Lacey and Tevin Harris | Editor-in-Chief and Photo Editor

anywhere.

starting something new.”

We all have beautiful bodies, from the skinny model type that can only fit in a size 0 to the voluptuous woman that carries curves of every kind. The key is to know what works for your size. You must also know what works for your height and what makes you feel comfortable in your own body. “It’s such a waste of money to buy into trends that don’t work for your body type,” Lauren Pfingstag, media and fashion director for Phoenix Fashion week, said. “You maybe wear it once or twice and it’s left hanging in your closet because it just isn’t the right cut for you. One of the best ways to look good in your clothes is to feel good. Confidence is key.”

A pop of color goes a long way. Just something as simple as a cute little black dress with a bright colorful pair of heels will turn an average outfit into an extraordinary one. “Color blocking [is my favorite],” Brown said. “You can pair red shoes, orange pants, yellow top; just different colors and it still looks really cute. It’s the cutest and the loudest.” Brown explains that the key to color blocking is using solid colors. Spring colors like bright pinks, yellows and greens are all currently in. Light blues and greens like mint and sea foam colors are also in for the season.

Tip 2: Know what works for your body

Tip 3: Keep updated on new trends

With social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as a smart phone and Wifi, keeping up with new trends is pretty easy, as long as you know where to look. Browsing through a few websites and magazines like Vogue, Elle, InStyle and Cosmopolitan are good first steps. You can also look on T.V., especially on Bravo on Wednesday nights, which is deemed as fashion night. The Style Network is also a great channel. If you are really interested, you can always attend an annual fashion week, such as LA Fashion Week, NY Fashion Week, or even KC Fashion Week, just an hour away in Kansas City. “Keeping up with trends is as easy as pulling up some fashion articles online or flipping through a magazine,” WAC Vice President Lauren Dillon, who puts together the annual WAC Fashion Show every year ,said. “However what’s important is not always following the trend but either making it your own or

Tip 4: Use Color in every way possible

Tip 5: Accessories: Use Them!

A really quick, inexpensive and simple way to change an outfit is to simply change your accessories. Wear heals instead of sandals, throw on some big earrings or add a scarf or belt. A new trend for the spring, according to Elle Magazine, is big, bright accessories. Big earrings, big bold colors and bright jewelry are seen everywhere – on the runway, on celebs and all over the stores. Animal print, floral colors and polka dots are also a good trend in not only accessories, but stockings, pants, tops and dresses. “I find the easiest way to change up your wardrobe without spending a lot of money or time is accessorizing,” Pfingstag said. “Most girls have a LBD (little black dress) in their closet. Dress it up with a neon statement necklace for a pop of color. Accessorize a basic tunic with a printed oversized scarf. Adding an accessory to any outfit adds another element of style and color without looking like you took forever to get ready.


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Finals and Flower Arrangements

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Two Western students prepare to walk down the aisle one week after the spring semester ends their upcoming wedding. Jourdan Ryan | Features Editor jhuffman10@missouriwestern.edu The two are tying the knot The end of the semester is approaching. Most students are preparing for finals, finishing up some last minute projects, and daydreaming about their summer vacations. Two Western students have something else on their minds though. Seniors Dalton Liu and Katelyn Glasco are performing the ultimate balancing act, juggling school stresses and planning

on May 19th of this year, so as soon as school is out, their life together begins. And they are so excited for that to happen. “I am looking forward to the part when our pastor says, ‘You may now kiss your bride,’” Glasco said. “I just can’t wait to be Dalton Liu’s wife. I never wanted to be married when I was young, but after meeting someone like Dalton, I just knew.”

The couple is getting hitched in May, just a week and a half after finals conclude. Kinsi Walker | Photo Contributor

For Glasco, the end of her collegiate career will come a bit later than her future husband’s. Liu is set to graduate in December of 2013 and Glasco won’t wear her cap and gown until the spring of 2014. She has one semester left, as well as her final stretch of student teaching next spring. “The hardest part will be being away from each other when someone is at school and the other is at work or whatever, but we do that now so I think it will be just fine,” Glasco said. “I’m not worried in the slightest.” As far as wedding planning goes, the process hasn’t been as stressful as the two anticipated. They have been engaged for over a year, so they’ve had plenty of time to get organized and make a plan. Liu has learned that if he responds calmly to wedding stresses, his fiance will do the same. “If I am less stressed out, then she usually is too, so I’ve been trying not to stress out,” Liu said. “There really hasn’t been too much stress anyway. After all, we’ve been engaged for about 17 months and we started planning early. I’m looking forward to sharing the day with my friends and family, and finally getting to live with my best friend.” Still, no wedding is stress free. There are a ton of tiny decisions to make, like the

Dalton Liu and Katelyn Glasco have been together for over two years and they can’t wait to tie the knot this May. Kinsi Walker | Photo Contributor

cake flavor, the colors, or what types of flowers ought to be used in the bride’s bouquet. The future Lius have had a hard time squeezing in meetings with wedding vendors between classes and homework. It’s these small things that Glasco has found herself stressing about, but in the end, she knows the end will justify the tedious, annoying means. “We have quite a few little things to do, but my procrastination has come out swinging,” Glasco said. “I

really haven’t had any major freakouts yet, but ask me again in about 2 weeks. I just keep telling myself that everything will get done.” For this couple, the most stressful thing has been the fact that Glasco is already living in the couple’s future apartment in Kansas City, Mo while Liu still lives in Saint Joseph. Trying to make time to plan for the wedding, get schoolwork done, and hang out with each other has been tough, but Glasco knows she and her future

hubby can make it through. “We are always getting closer, I think,” Glasco said. “That is what has gotten me through this hellacious semester of school, the winter that seems like it will never end, and the countless miles and minutes spent driving back and forth between KC and St. Joe. I have never wanted something so much in my whole life. I want to be Mrs. Liu more than anything.” The couple is walking down the aisle on May 19th.

New organization redefines the word gentlemen

JQ Dever | Staff Writer jdever@missouriwestern.edu

Rodney Roberts, President of the Gentlemen of Color Association, actually came Some say true gentlemen up with this idea through are like needles in a hay his mentorship with Isaiah stack, they are just hard to Collier, director of Greek find. Well, not anymore. A Life at Missouri Western. Isanew organization called the iah kind of pointed him in Gentlemen of Color Asso- this direction by telling him ciation is finally at Missouri Western really needed leadWestern. ership initiative, especially for males on campus. Roberts began building this organization the first week of school and started spreading the word around campus. “I started this so black men could get more involved on campus, to just all around better themselves. You see so many guys acting out on campus. We’re not President Rodney Roberts (left) and Vice saying ‘Don’t President Mark Bush (right) of the Gentlemen have fun,’ but of Color Association pose during an event. we want to *Submitted Photo help them un-

derstand that you are now in a collegiate environment so you kind of need to behave as such,” Roberts said. This is the first semester for the GCA. Roberts said they are focused on building up the members; They began by giving men on campus the information for upcoming financial seminars and professionalism seminars. The group meets on Thursdays at 8:30. “We have five freshman members and our main goal was to prep them into becoming leaders, not only for themselves but for the campus,” Roberts said. “Next semester we are going to actually bring those five freshmen to different schools to mentor but we first want to build them up into becoming a mentor, teach them what they need to know to be good leaders.” In order to be a part of the Gentlemen of Color Association, you have to attend two consecutive meetings and be voted in by the rest of the members. The GCA also has a strict dress code, as members have to dress professionally. When they attend

the meetings, members are encouraged to bring paper and a pen and be prepared to take down any information given to them. They do a lot of hands on work and are very supportive with each other. They make sure they are there for each other, ready to chip in and help. Dillon Williams also helps Rodney and he’s involved in with a lot of campus activities already. “I think being involved with different things on campus helps the young men in the GCA just have a look at what it looks like to help and be an asset on campus,” Williams said. Roberts said that the meetings are going extremely well, and that he’s seeing a lot of progress through our men. The GCA has five active members, Donovan Gilliam, Jared Potter, Creshawn Mcgridder, Cameron Michaels and Jordan Fitzgerald. “They are just teaching us how to become gentlemen and how to take care of business. This has helped me a lot as a man. It helped me the most with being in order, just

With that being said, this movie was long overdue. We’re talking about easily one of the top five most important people during the civil rights movement, while being an athlete that was the biggest story in sports. On the other hand, the long wait for the story to be told on the big screen paid off. Harrison Ford would have been too young to play the great Branch Rickey if this movie had been done much earlier. Ford’s performance as Rickey was legendary. Ford, who played two of the coolest characters in movie history (Han Solo and Indiana Jones), showed an acting job that no one has seen him play yet. a rickety old man. Aside from the great acting, he didn’t steal the show from the man who played Robinson.

Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson) put us in the perspective of Robinson as well as anybody could have. You know that awkward moment when you’re the only black athlete in America and no one will talk to you

unless they’re saying something racist? Well, no I don’t know what that would be like in real life, but Boseman definitely made me feel like I lived a part of it. It’s not crazy to say that this movie fits right in with

Members of the Gentlemen of Color Association socialize during an event for the organization. *Submitted Photo

being able to be organized with things better,” Gilliam said. Gilliam has performed many concerts in the past and he actually just performed at the WAC Fashion Show. Mcgridder has landed his first job in St. Joseph and will be staying over the summer to work. Michaels actually won Mr. Black Student Union. Gilliam, Potter and

Michaels actually started the Lacrosse Club, the first one Western has had in over 10 years. “We really pushed them to actually follow through with what they want to do, not just say they want to do something, but to actually go and do it,” Roberts said. “We are just proud of our young men.”

some of the greatest sports movies of all time. I immediately thought of it as a cross between “Remember the Titans” and “The Natural.” You’re able to see that golden age of baseball where people played for the love of the game instead of the money, and get the emotions that come with breaking through segregation by playing a game. 42 lets people see the touchy subject of racism and enjoy the outcome without starting a debate about right or wrong. We’re able to look into a deep, serious issue and see how a simple game, mixed with a person who has a good heart, changed the way people look at life. There is no spoiler alert, because most of us are aware of the basic things about Jackie Robinson’s story, but I

will touch on one important part of the movie. There is a scene where a young white boy is at his first baseball game with his dad. He was happy and smiling until Jackie Robinson came out of the dugout and his dad yelled, “Get off the field, nigger!” The boy repeated his father because he thought it was the normal thing to do. Then a white Brooklyn Dodger player put his arm over Jackie Robinson’s shoulder. You could tell in the boy’s face that that one act of kindness changed the way he looked at people. The Dodger player went on to tell Robinson arguably the best quote of the movie, “Maybe tomorrow we’ll all wear number 42 so they won’t be able to tell us apart.”

Baseball legend on film: Christian Mengel | Asst. Sports Editor

cmengel@missouriwestern.edu

It’s impossible to portray the things Jackie Robinson had to live with, in just 128 minutes. It’s equally impossible to show the hatred and evil he lived with, in a PG-13 movie. Despite those barriers, 42 successfully showed the world why Jackie Robinson is undoubtedly the most important athlete of all time. I say important because of the impact he had on people. There is a great quote that says, “Babe Ruth changed baseball, but Jackie Robinson changed America.” This is true in the fact that Babe Ruth was the first big celebrity athlete. He was the best. Jackie Robinson wasn’t the best, but sports today would not be the same if it had not been for Jackie Robinson.

42 tells the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player. Photo Courtesy of imdb.com

The Jackie Robinson story


OPINIONS

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Editorial: Fair is fair Our instructors and professors, both adjunct as well as full-time, have put up with quite a bit the past four years and we want to commend them for sticking with us; we also want to show our support for the Consumer Price Index plus 2% raise that the Faculty Senate has proposed. What we are referring to is that salary freeze that was imposed on faculty from 09 through 2011. The cost-ofliving never stopped rising but their money did and they stuck it out with us anyway; we feel that shows an admirable level of commitment to Western and us as students. The 2% plus CPI raise is only designed to last three years and it is just proposed to catch up their pay with where it should be in accordance with the cost-of-living that rose when they were not getting raises like they usually would. We feel that is fair. The dichotomy that exists between some of our instructors and some teachers in the St. Joseph school district is another point of contention that makes us believe this proposal is justified. A teacher with a master’s degree that came to Western would start out at just $35,000.00 a year versus the exact same teacher with the exact same credentials would start at a St. Joseph

We sure could use this raise!

CAMPUS  

VOICE

What was your reaction to the Boston bombing at the marathon? Arturo Cossyleon Sophomore

MOWO Professor

“Why would they? People are already scared enough. You can’t take your shoe off without people thinking it’s a bomb.” Joe Snapp | Graphics Editor

school at around $44,000.00 a year. That is unacceptable and is another credit to the teachers that continue to work here with us. Some of them could

literally go a couple of miles down the road and make five to ten thousand dollars more. They do a lot for us at about a 25% discount and

want to let them know that we appreciate it and as far as this proposal goes we got their backs. We realize not all of you are going to like every single

teacher you will have but fair is fair. Teachers need to be paid right for their services.

Swan Holt Junior

Bombs over Boston

w/ Andy Garrison

While we all have gotten the story from main stream media the how gets more and more interesting. From a journalistic point of view the evolution as it happened was pretty fascinating. This isn’t to downplay the event in any way, it’s just an opportunity to see how journalism works as an entity. We expect in times of crisis for news agencies to at least get their facts right and at the very least be humble enough to admit when they

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are wrong especially when it comes to something like a body-count. The New York Post, as one example, reported 12 dead long after it was widely known that only three had died. Being inaccurate is one thing, being full of yourself is another. I say that because not only did they miss the mark initially, they continued reporting that figure long after the actual count was known. They even came up with creative ways to slip their figure into releases the

next day. It is obvious that reporting is weighed by both time and accuracy, and there is something to be said for both. As coverage began most outlets were met with a choice, do we post easily gotten, fast-breaking information from possibly questionable sources? Or do we wait? Surprisingly a large number of what would have been considered credible news sources got that one way wrong. The biggest offender was the AP itself.

This caused a ripple effect of wrong information involving the arrest of a suspect throughout many of the large news entities like CNN and FOX. There is value in both scenarios, the question is where do you fall. If you are going to be first, you need to be first consistently. Otherwise it isn’t worth it to be sometimes inaccurate. You need to have the resources available to produce. The Cameron Observer will never be able to compete

the team's running scheme, compiling over 600 yards and making him the team’s second lead rusher of the season. Touchdown machine Reggie Jordan will of course be one of Partridge's main targets returning from last year. Jordan led all receivers with 11 touchdowns last year and has really developed into a weapon for this offense. Wide out Tyron Crockom will be returning for one last year and should be another weapon that Partridge is familiar with. Crockom was tied for number one in receptions on the team with 44. He also turned in 7 touchdowns on the season. Raphael Spencer could be the breakout player of the year this go around with him

more than likely taking over the number one spot at the tailback position. Spencer showed flashes of greatness when Hill was sent to the sideline to catch a breather. His package of speed and strength will help carry an offense that has been one of the MIAA’s most electrifying offenses for the past 3 years. One of the main reasons the Griffons look like they might be in good shape this year is because of the returning and new players that will form a defense that lost their QB stuffer David Bass on the defensive line. The most notable returner will be last year's freshman of the year Mike Jordan at cornerback. Mike Jordan proved to be a shutdown corner most of the

with The New York Times. That being said, even if you are first consistently, be first and accurate. Confirm info from multiple sources before rushing to release. Don’t get too big for your britches, play to the public that you fall in. Wait and localize if you work for a smaller medium, wait until you have the facts right. Be first if it’s in your back yard, otherwise, just wait and fully develop the story.

“It was hard to believe. I didn’t want to believe it until I saw pictures of it.”

Clay Linebach Junior

Western favorite to win MIAA and National Championships With spring ball kicking off here at Western, I am pumped and anticipating this year's football team. The 2012 MIAA Champions have laced up their cleats and are preparing to defend their title in the upcoming 2013 football season. Although the Griffons have lost some veteran leaders, including Western’s alltime leading rusher Mike Hill and Sack sensation David Bass, the Griffons are still poised to take the MIAA crown again. And it does not stop there either. I think that this year’s team could also make a legitimate run at the national championship as well. The team will be returning their 1st team all-MIAA QB Travis Partridge who has proven to be a winning

Albert Shelby | Asst. News Editor ashelby1@missouriwestern.edu quarterback and maybe the emotional leader of the team. Partridge totaled nearly 3,000 yards in passing last year with 30 thrown touchdown passes. He was also effective in

The Griffon News Staff Katelyn Canon Joe Snapp Matthew Hunt Albert Shelby Tevin Harris Gilbert Imbiri Kyle Inman Christian Mengel Jourdan Ryan Andy Garrison Brian Duskey Lauren Dillon Mika Cummins Dave Hon Bob Bergland

Eboni Lacey Editor-in-Chief

Managing Editor Graphics Editor News & Online Editor Assistant News Editor Photo Editor Assistant Photo Editor Sports Editor Assistant Sports Editor Features Editor Opinions Editor Multimedia Editor Design Artist Ad Manager Senior Editor Faculty Advisor

year and sometimes quarterbacks did not even bother to look his way. The 6’0 cornerback also developed into a play-maker for the defense last year as he led the team in interceptions with 4 while returning two back for touchdowns. With the dynamic play of Mike Jordan and the well anticipated return of relentless linebacker Yomi Ali, on paper, the Griffons' defense has what it takes to have a highly-ranked defensive season. I think this year will have a lot of promise and surprises, from players that we have grown used to seeing, but also with players still waiting to break out and show what they can do.

“Honestly, I had an uncle and a family friend in it. I was just praying they weren’t hurt.”

Rhett Eisenberg Freshman

“More concerned with how the news media covered it really.”

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Hill will test merit of draft scouts MWSU wins three games against Kansas For a draft scout, selecting a player in the later rounds that turns into a success means job security. Inversely, drafting a player early who busts in the big leagues can get them fired. That’s why they have a reputation of leaving no stone unturned – thorough interviews, personality tests, talking to childhood friends and even hiring private investigators to follow players in extreme cases. Former Western runningback Michael Hill will put the process to test because if teams were really dilligent in scouting him, there’s no way he isn’t selected in the seven-round draft that begins Thursday. Hill was the leading rusher in the entire country, at any level. His 2,168 yards and 16 touchdowns while anchoring the Griffons to a deep playoff run was good enough to get runner-up for the Harlon Hill Triopy, the DII version of the Heisman. The reason why he isn’t considered a sure-fire pick is because of average size and questionable speed on top of the fact that he played in DII, which means he played against lesser competition than the majority of prospects. Hill’s size is deceiving – standing 5-11 while weighing in at 210 pounds -- but his great strength should be evident to anyone watching game film. He constantly shed defenders, leaving them laid out with a stiff arm or just simply trucking right through them en route to the endzone. He is a far more powerful athlete than his measurements suggest. The 40-yard dash can influence a player’s draft stock in a big way. Hill ran just under the 4.6 range, which

Gary Smith | Staff Writer gsmith16@missouriwestern.edu Western softball took three games in their state of Kansas battle. On Friday, in the first matchup, Western scored 24 runs in the sweep against Washburn. Both of the games ended in the fifth inning due to the run rule. The standout player was Maegan Roemmich, going 5-5 in the two games and slamming two homers and seven runs batted in. In game one on Friday, all nine of the Griffon starters got a hit while Jackie Bishop pitched a three-hit shutout, guiding the Griffons to a 10-0 victory. The game only lasted five innings due to the Griffons run ruling Washburn. Bishop struckout ten batters to improve her record to 17-4 with the victory. In game two, the big bats came out to play slamming four runs and using a 10 run third inning to pull away with a 14-5 victory using only five innings to do it. Janie Smith picked up the victory going four innings giving up only six hits and three earned runs. With the victory Smith’s record improved to 14-5 and Emily Moe relieved Smith with a scoreless fifth inning while striking out the final batter. In Saturdays matchup the Griffons split their double header with Emporia State winning their first game 3-1 and losing in their second 4-0. In game one Jackie Bishop tore up the mound going all seven innings only giving up four hits and one earned run. Bishop struck out nine batters and gave her win No. 19 of the season. Michelle Stevenson hit her third homer of the season in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 3-1 and give the Griffons a little more breathing room. “We knew it was going to be a dog fight today and we know now that we just got to keep on fighting,” Michelle Stevenson said. Game two was a different story with the Hornets jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. Jackie Bishop was taken out after giving up eight hits and three earned runs. Janie Smith pitched 2.2 innings, giving up three hits while striking out two. With the loss, Bishop fell to 18-5

Taylor Anding catches a deep hit.

on the season. “We knew we had to be on our game today playing a good team like this,” Coach Jen Bagley said. “We really wanted to sweep today but Emporia is a really evenly matched team with us. We let up a little bit with our offense and with momentum being such a big deal had we got some run support we could of battled through those tough times.” The Griffons honored five senior athletes on Saturday as they played in their final weekend games at the Grif-

Tevin Harris | Photo Editor

fon Softball Field. The seniors were Emily Moe, Kendall Sorensen, Sarah Elliott, Maegan Roemmich and Keri Lorbert. “Right now we are just trying to play every game like it’s our last because we know every game counts,” Jackie Bishop said. The Griffons return to action on Wednesday, April 24 when they host the Lincoln Tigers in a double header. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. at the MWSU Softball Field.

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maturity. Hill is the opposite as he’s widely considered a stand-up guy. He came off as extremely humble, always crediting his teammates and coaches every time he broke one of many school records. To understand what his work ethic is like, all you have to know is he was completely unrecruited out of high school by anyone other than Western and now is gearing up for the NFL draft. Only around four percent of high school football players Kyle Inman | Sports Editor get an opportunity to play kinman@missouriwestern.edu in college and less than five percent of those make it to is fairly slow for a featured the NFL. back. However, the name of Even if Hill isn’t selected the game is football and not in the draft, it’s almost a certrack. The 40 time doesn’t tainty that he will get a trytell the story of his incredible out at an NFL camp as an instincts, cutting ability or undrafted free agent. There how explosive an athlete he have been plenty of success really is. He broke off plenty stories of undrafted playof long-distance touchdown ers including all-pro players runs in his career at Western. Arian Foster of Texas and Then there Tony Romo of are the compethe Cowboys. tition concerns A player like of playing in Hill, who’s DII, which are had a chip on legit. Defenses his shoulder at this level since high don’t have school and the size that worked for the DI schools every inch have. But it’s of success, hard to hold should feel that against right at home Mike Hill Hill because competing for he never had an opportunity a roster spot. to compete at that level. The Watching Hill dominate one time he was on the same week in and week out at playing field as the DI pros- Western and seeing first pects, he was dominant as hand how he works, I have usual in winning the MVP at no doubts that he will imthe Raycom College Football pact an NFL team next seaAll-Star Classic. son and for several years to As far as character goes, come. The lucky scout that scouts have no concerns and decided to advise a team to probably were elated after take a chance on him will be talking to Hill. Late round known for finding diamonds picks are often filled with in the rough and coveted for guys who have the talent, it in the future. but have red flags in terms of


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Simmons breaks all-time MIAA wins record

Western pitcher Brandon Simmons became the alltime career wins leader in MIAA conference history after going the full game in the Griffons win against Central Missouri. His 33 victories passes the old record which was set in 2000 by Josh Reynolds of Central Missouri. Simmons win/loss record stands at a perfect 9-0 so far in his senior season. “That’s something that probably won’t be broken for a while,” Coach Buzz Verduzco said. “You have to be a pretty accomplished pitcher as a freshman. It’s pretty unbelievable what he’s been able to do.” Last season as a junior, Simmons led the MIAA and the nation in wins.

Brandon Simmons

Brandon Simmons throws a hard pitch in hopes of another strike-out. His 33 wins are the most in MIAA history.

Jason Brown | Photo Contributor

Seniors prepare for real world

Maegan Roemmich lays down a bunt to advance the runner.

Jason Brown | Photo Contributor

Keri Lorbert looks to connect with a pitch for another homerun.

Jason Brown | Photo Contributor

Roemmich plans to coach softball Lorbert ready to start new career Christian Mengel | Asst. Sports Editor

cmengel@missouriwestern.edu

Western’s senior leader may be close to ending her playing days, but she is not ready to give up being involved with softball. She’ll be staying with it as she gets into her profession. Maegan Roemmich will soon be graduation with a degree in Elementary Education. She’s planning on moving to Des Moines, Iowa to teach after she gets married this summer to her longtime boyfriend, Tyler Engelhart. She is moving on from being an athlete, but is going to use her teaching skills and knowledge of the game to get into coaching softball. Western’s coach Jen Bagley feels that Roemmich is a very determined person who has the work ethic to succeed as a player, and soon to be

teacher and coach. “Maegan is everything you want in a player,” Bagley said. “She is very critical of herself and is a perfectionist with both softball and school. She’s a model for how people should approach the game and understands how to set the bar.” R o e m mich’s teaching career is getting closer and closer to reality, as her interviews are just now starting to get going. While she waits to see where she will be teaching, she’ll already have a gig coaching softball for this summer. Iowa high school softball takes place during the summer. Lucky for Roemmich, this has allowed her to get a head start in what it’s like coaching by helping out her old high school team for the last four years. This year she will be an assistant coach, and is hoping to get to help

“Maegan is everything you want in a player. She is very critical of herself and is a perfectionist with both softball and school.” -Jennifer Bagley Head Softball coach

with a softball program in the school district she will be teaching in. Roemmich will get to see the coaching side of hitting, now that she has the experience. Roemmich definitely knows how to hit, as she has led the Griffons in batting average pretty much all season at .373, and has knocked out eight home runs to go with it. Roemmich feels the team’s offensive power going up since last year has been helped by the bad weather. “We worked a lot on our swings,” Roemmich said. “With the weather this spring we’ve been inside a lot, and there’s only so much you can work on inside besides hitting. So we’ve gotten a lot of good hitting practice in.” Roemmich’s roommate and teammate, Keri Lorbert, has seen how hard Roemmich works towards what she cares about, and sees how her style could carry over into her life someday as a coach and a teacher. “Maegan is one of the hardest working people I know,” Lorbert said. “She is 100 percent dedicated, she’s reliable and she may not be a verbal leader but her skills, her effort and her dedication radiates through the whole team.”

Christian Mengel | Asst. Sports Editor

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One Griffon is coming close to ending her softball career, and ready to start a career elsewhere following graduation. Softball has been Keri Lorbert’s life since she was just six-years-old. It has been all she has ever done and loved, and she’s now ready to dive right into a life of nursing. “I actually have a job lined up already,” Lorbert said. “I’m going to start working at North Kansas City Hospital.” Lorbert is fully ready to embrace a day-to-day life that’s much different than the game she has always known. This will be the first time since she was a little girl that she will be a fan of the game instead of part of it. “I’ll just be a fan for awhile,” Lorbert said. “My dad is a high school coach and I’ll stay and watch some of his high school stuff and help with camps there. But for now I’m just going to be a fan and enjoy my new step into life as a career person.” Her dad has been a coach since before she can remember. She always wanted to grow up and be like one of his players. Lorbert chose to venture into life as a catcher

because her favorite player on her dad’s team at the time she was getting started in softball was a catcher. Lorbert’s roommate of four years and teammate, Maegan Roemmich, see’s how perfect Lorbert is for the catcher role. “She’s really dedicated,” Roemmich said. “She’s the catcher, so she has to be the loudest and during situations she tells everybody where to go and she does a great job at it.” It’s often thought of that catchers are more one-dimensional players, because their fielding abilities are so important to the success of a team’s defense. Because of how much wear and tear catchers have to go through, with the pain of squatting and standing, diving, sliding, scrapping while calling pitches, it’s often the norm to see catchers slump a little when it comes to batting. Lorbert does not fit that stereotype. Lorbert is not only leading the team in home runs with 11 on the season, she has the fourth most home runs in all of the MIAA. She is also batting a .298 average with 34 RBI’s. This is her second year in a row leading the team with

home runs. She already passed last year’s eight total. It seems that Lorbert’s power numbers going up has been contagious. Last year the team put together 29 home runs, which was a respectable average. Power hitting definitely wasn’t their best characteristic. This year Lorbert has led the power charge to a team total of 46 home runs. That’s enough to be second in the MIAA, and just two behind Central Oklahoma. We s t e r n ’ s coach Jen Bagley is proud to point out when one of her four year players can be a huge asset to the team and be such a successful student in the classroom at the same time. “Not only does she have to work hard with softball, she has to work hard with being a student in nursing,” Bagley said. “I think it shows a lot about her character when you see how much effort she puts into both softball and school. Her schedule is ridiculous and it’s amazing how she can put in the work needed for softball while being an honor student in the nursing program.”

“I’ll just be a fan for awhile,” -Keri Lorbert


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