NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE
PERMIT NO. 32 St. JOSEPH, MO
2013 The Northwest Missouri Autism Alliance will get together with local bars to host a golf event for Autism awareness. Page 3
Vol 95 | Issue 23
facts April 27 @ noon 13 bars lowest scoring team wins $40 per team of four
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.
April 25, 2012
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
p u t t p u t t p u b c r aw l
Albert Shelby | Asst. News Editor email@example.com 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
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
spring Joe Snapp | Graphics Editor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
email@example.com 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
Cory Frederick Women’s Volleyball Coach
Kyle Inman | Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
SEE FREDERICK PAGE 2
Krista Hague | Staff Writer email@example.com
SEE INCREASE PAGE 2
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.
SEE ART SALE PAGE 2
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.
SEE MAYOR PAGE 2
St. Joseph Mayor Bill Faulkner visited Western recently to discuss future concerns and city plans. Gilbert Imbiri | Asst. Photo Editor
The Griffon News
April 25, 2012
McGuffin discusses Frederick’s resignation Proposal includes salary increases for
Art sale to begin April 26, 27 in Potter Hall
full-time, part-time faculty, adjuncts