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PROMOTION/TENURE TIMETABLE Oct. 15 - Department Chairperson

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

“Up or Out” policy affects many faculty

Oct. 17 - Department Committee

Nov. 10 - Department Chairperson

Dec. 1 - Dean Jan. 18 - Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Jan. 20 - Senate Promotion & Tenure Committee April 4 - Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

May 5 - President Board of Governors


Kyle Inman News Writer This is the sixth year since Western adopted the “up or out” tenure policy, leading to a large amount of teachers currently up for tenure review. “There are four times as many up for review this year,” Dr. Ali Kamali, Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee, said. “In a normal year there would be six or seven.” Faculty members hired on a tenure track position are required to have a tenure review after the sixth year of service. The majority up for tenure will also be up for promotion from assistant to associate professor or from associate to professor. “Up or out” means that if someone is not granted tenure then they will receive a one year terminal contract

for the following year. According to Michael Cadden, Chair of the English, Foreign Language and Journalism Department, the year they receive is due to the unique job cycle in higher education. “It’s more about recognizing that academic hiring is a different process than other jobs,” Cadden said. Each teacher up for review will submit an evaluation package that has relevant information that supports the candidate being tenured. They also turn in a binder full of student evaluations. One way to help try to keep a professor that had an impact on you is to write a letter. “We take unsolicited letters from students very seriously,” Kamali said. The review starts with the department chairperson and ends with the

Board of Governors. Promotion includes a raise of $2,000 for assistant professor, $5,000 for associate professor and $7,000 for a promotion to professor. Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Murray Nabors said that the committees don’t consider the financial ramifications of the raises when it comes to tenure, even with the abnormally large amount of teachers up for review. “Financial effect is never considered when someone is up for tenure review,” Nabors said. “The process is not linked to the economy.” Every instructor is given an annual review and after three years they are given a mid-term review to help the candidate prepare and get evaluated similar to how they will be when they are up for tenure review. “There should be no sur-

prises regarding the progress someone is making towards tenure because there is a review each year,” Nabors said. Being granted tenure basically means that after six years the university is willing to invest in a teacher. According to Cadden, a common misconception is that once someone receives tenure then that person has complete job security. “It clearly states in the policy guide that there are reasons to be dismissed people have been fired who had tenure,” Cadden said. In anticipation of the big number up for tenure review, the time frame for the departments has been shifted. Each department has had to get materials to the next level of review sooner this year.

Admission requirements adjusted Christmas Austin Jacobs News Writer

Missouri Western has made changes to its Griffon Gateway program, renaming it Admission With Conditions and instituting new ACT and GPA guidelines for high-risk incoming students. The changes will go into effect for the spring semester. The Griffon Gateway program was designed to help incoming students manage their course load and had been in effect since 2005. Now with the Admission

With Conditions program admissions officials hope that the new guidelines will be more direct and effective. Director of Admissions Howard McCauley says that the changes are designed to keep high-risk incoming students from taking on too many courses and overwhelming themselves their freshman year. “We’re finding that if we can work with them from the beginning to get them in their proper classes, they have a chance to be successful,” McCauley said. “If not, data shows that they’re

not going to be.” High risk students will be determined by evaluating their high school GPA and ACT scores, said Tyson Schank, associate director of admissions. Any incoming student with both a high school GPA below 3.5 and an ACT score below 21 will be subject to a sliding scale to determine the level of their admission conditions. This will include an 11 credit hour cap on enrollment, required admission in certain freshman-level classes like Griffon Edge and possible mentoring and

tutoring. McCauley says that these should not be seen as restrictions on enrollment, but aid to help make incoming students’ college careers more successful and increase retention rates. “Really, we’re looking out for the interest of the student,” McCauley said. “That’s what this is all about.” After the first semester, students will be reevaluated and the conditions may be lifted.

Universities nationwide have started becoming tobacco-free in order to provide a healthier environment for their students and employees. Neighboring university Northwest Missouri State has recently gone tobacco-free and that has added to the discussion at Western. The main complaint about tobacco on campus has been cigarette smoke. Many non-smoking stu-

dents are upset with people smoking in front of building entrances. Non-smoking students have every right to be upset. Secondhand smoke is the cause of thousands of deaths each year. Secondhand smoke is also attributed to several health problems, ranging from heart disease to bronchitis. Chris Bond, chair of the tobacco-free subcommittee, wants students and faculty

to know that the committee was formed for the purpose of gathering and concentrating information so that everyone is accurately informed. “Groups on campus have had a lot of complaints and information was coming from all different areas,” Bond said. “We wanted one committee that represented all this areas.”

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The holiday spirit has arrived at Western. As students prepare for the conclusion of the fall semester, it is evident that the winter season is here.

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New committee discusses tobacco policy on campus

Jesse Bilderback News Writer A tobacco-free subcommittee has been formed at Missouri Western in order to help students and faculty address the current issue of tobacco use on campus. For quite some time, there has been the controversial question of whether or not Western should follow the trend of becoming a tobacco-free campus.

Max the Griffon stands at attention outside of the student union, while adorned in his holiday best.

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Special Section

Features Get to know student leader

Dillon Harp

, President of the SGA

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The “Light Up Western” ceremony was held on Dec. 6. The brass section of the Missouri Western band performed.

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People You Should Know:

SGA President Dillon Harp Story by Clay Rains Features Writer Photos by Brooke Carter Photo & Graphic Editor

Senior Dillon Harp has been the SGA president since the beginning of the fall semester. He plans to graduate this spring and attend graduate school at University of Nebraska.

Senior and President of Western’s Student Government Association Dillon Harp came to Western as a criminal justice major in the fall of 2006 with the goal of becoming a highway patrolman. Although he’s now a history major, he said that being president of SGA was what actually influenced his future career plans. “Now I’m looking for a graduate school in student affairs,” Harp said. Junior Weston Baker is a criminal justice major that has known Harp since high school back in their hometown of Chillicothe, Mo. Baker said Harp is the kind of person that can always be counted on to step up. “He would always tell me about his ideas to get students excited,” Baker said. “He wants to start new traditions and is not afraid to step outside of the box.” Harp came up with plenty of ideas for SGA before he even ran, according to his friend Lauren Dillon. Dillon has worked with Harp in her role as the Western Activities Council’s Major Attractions director. As outgoing as Harp is in his position, she says his personality can come off as being reserved at times. “That’s not the case when he is with our group of friends, though,” Dillon said, “We’re all quite loud and sometimes obnoxious and I think we rub off on him.” Harp said seeing the campus’s growth since he came to Western in the fall of 2006 is one of the coolest aspects of his time here. “The growth of this campus has been awesome for students,” Dillon said. “It’s kind of weird being here for nearly five years and to realize how this place has really grown from then to now.” Remington Hall, the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex and the science and technology incubator are just a few of those changes since Harp’s freshman year. Harp says the other thing he likes about Western is that the faces haven’t changed as much.

“Students are really excited to see that they’ll have some of the same professors and not have 200 to 300 students in each class,” Harp said. “I’ve really enjoyed being able to work with the administration too.” Junior convergent media major Alison Norris, who serves as SGA communications director, said Harp had a lot to do with recruiting her into student affairs. Norris said Harp is an innovative SGA president. “I think he has a lot of great ideas,” Norris said. “He really wants to get students involved, and get their voices heard.” Harp said that he enjoyed being president of SGA so much that he’s going one semester longer than he has to before transferring. After graduating this spring, Harp plans to go on to grad school at the University of Nebraska. “I’ve really enjoy what I’m doing now,” Harp said. “This year, I started thinking that I ought to just find a way to make it happen.” Harp said that he’d like to eventually land a student affairs-related position at a college somewhere in the area. So, who knows? Some day in the future, Western may just see Dillon Harp again.


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“Pie An Alpha” fund raiser a success

Diane Holtz/Guest Photgrapher

In this photo Alpha Phi Alpha member Brandon Griffon poses with the Alpha Phi Alpha advisor Kathy Kelly after both taking pies to the face in a campus fund raising event. The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity held a fund raising event called “Pie An Alpha” in an attempt to gain attention and bring a fun experience to campus. Alpha Participants Brandon Griffon, Jamal Ahmed and Brian Smith requested that people pie them in the face for any simple donation. This fund raising event gained money towards their organization along with much used whipped cream and many participants on the giving and receiving side of the pieing. Alpha members Ernest Chamblee, Jamal Ahmed, Brandon Griffon, Brian Smith, Harvey Jackson and Michael Bennett got together to think of campus events to host that would be very interesting and exciting. Other activities to come are the Alpha’s annual Step Show, Alpha week and the “Why Go to College” event where the Alphas attend high schools to promote a college education. Look next semester for these events and more to come.

Student group aims to change Campus change: March of Dimes perspectives through events ready to raise money Jessica Criss Guest Writer

America’s nickname is the “melting pot” and that idea is exactly what the Center for Multicultural Education is trying to achieve by putting on the “What it Means…” series adapted from CNN’s “What it Means to Be Black in America.” CNN visited Historically Black Colleges for the documentary for the “What it Means to Be Black in America” series, where students offered insight on being black in America. Many described it as “a struggle” others said it’s an exciting time to be black. A student from U.S. Hampton University stated that, “It means being able to overcome adversity.” “What it Means To Be” is a series of programs designed to give Missouri Western students and St. Joseph community members an opportunity to explore their social identity as well as share their experiences, triumphs and struggles with others. The CME decided to have eight different segments of the series: -Latino in America -Gay in America -Black in America -A Man/Woman in America -International in America -Native American in America -Multiracial in America -Religious/Spiritual/ Other in America The segment “Gay in America” had a total of six panelists. The panelists were a mix of students and faculty, men and women all among different races. Resident Hall Director Brad Dixon was happy to be able to share his experience with Missouri Western. “I enjoyed the opportu-

nity to share my story and experiences of a gay male staff member at Western,” Dixon said. “I feel that often people only see me as a staff member and don’t realize that I have a story to share that exceeds conventional stereotypes of the GLBT American population.” There were 75 students, faculty and administrators at this event including speakers. “I’m very pleased with how our program turned out tonight,” Taye Triggs, coordinator of the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) said. “That’s amazing that we had so many people at this event. Seventy-five people at an event we didn’t charge for, imagine if we would have,” Triggs said. Next in the series was “Black in America.” For this segment, again the panelists were an array of students, coaches, faculty and community members. Leah Hayes, intern for the CME was in charge of this segment and took careful planning in selecting these specific panelists. Following this segment

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DEBO’RA BASKIN/ Photos Intern for CME, Leah Hayes, who helped put on this event poses by the “What does it mean to be black” poster.

was “Man in America” and “Woman in America.” This program was presented a bit differently. The divider was opened to separate Spratt 214-216. On one side was strictly for women while the other side was strictly for men. Such topics as relationships, growth, support, dating, marriage

“What it means to be” events: -Black in America -A Man/Woman in America -International in America -Native American in America -Multiracial in America -Religious/Spiritual/Other in America

and stereotypes where discussed within gender. All participants were brought together at the end to discuss and review as a group. At the “International in America” segment, student Gilbertrethson Imbiri discussed his life as being a international student from Indonesia. Imbiri moved to the U.S. his sophomore year of high school and has been here ever since. “I think the event went good,” Imbiri said. “I love to share about my culture.” In the other events, students were able to gain a Among all events, students were able to gain a different perspective, and actually understand how life is for someone who is different then the average person. The last segment is “What does it mean to be “Religious/Spiritual/Other in America.” The event occurs on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 Spratt 214.

“Twelve dollars, twelve dollars, do I hear thirteen?” “Thirteen!” “Thirteen in the back, can I get fourteen, fourteen dollars.” “Fourteen!” “Fifteen!” “Fifteen! Sixteen, sixteen, can I get a sixteen. Fifteen going once, fifteen going twice… Sold! To the man in the back. Now come claim your prize.” Instead of prizes, however, Missouri Western students were bidding for dates with other students at the Delta Sigma Theta Date Auction, which took place last Thursday night. The auction raised $172.50 for the March of Dimes Foundation (some of the profit being solely from donations). The point of the March of Dimes Foundation, according to their stated purpose, is to “improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality” (to learn more, volunteer, and/or donate money, check out their website at The conference room in Spratt hall was almost totally filled, and Missouri Western students, like sophomore Shanice Williams, were eager to watch the date auction. “I heard it was going to be a good turnout, and I wanted to see how many people would get auctioned off,” Williams said. Williams was able to

see many volunteered students be auctioned off, and other students, like sophomore Gerard Harris, attended the event for a good laugh. However, he didn’t think the audience would be as lively as they were. “I didn’t think anybody would bid because we are all broke college students,” Harris joked. On the contrary, the students did bid and the auction raised over $170, and Western sophomore Todd Edwin helped the cause by bidding for- and winning- dates with five different women. “For me, I just get laughs for buying girls,” Edwin said. “But buying dates with girls was not my main motive. To me, it’s all about the charityI just wanted to help.” While Edwin was in the crowd shouting out dollar amounts, members of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, like senior Jamal Ahmed, were helping the Deltas’ auction by volunteering to be on stage- and showing off their “Jersey Shore ‘Situation’” absduring their moment in the spotlight. “The dollar amounts did seem to increase when there was stripping involved,” Ahmed said. “But that’s just more money we helped raise to go toward a good cause.” Overall the Deltas, like member Jessica Criss, were pleased with their very first auction. “I’m glad that the campus came out and supported us,” Criss said. “I feel like there were some true love connections made.”

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Western goes Strollin’

BROOKE CARTER/ Photo and Graphics Editor

Organizations come to life

Members of Black Sista’s United, a non-greek strolling team, who are defending champions of last year’s stroll-off, practice their routine.

Eboni Lacey Features/ A&E Editor Participants line up directly behind each other preparing themselves for an extreme phenomenon. As the first person in line begins stepping, dancing and moving his arms to the beat, the people behind him follow his moves and the line continues around the gym. Everyone in line is so in sync that it looks like just one person is moving. At the Third-Annual Stroll Off, put on by the Zeta Phi Beta sorority, participants will gather in the small gym on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:20 p.m. to show off their skills. Missouri Western greek organizations define strolling as an eight count dance in movement that performs in a line that moves in a counter clockwise circle. Both greek and nongreek organizations will have the opportunity to put their creativity to the test. This event will include five organizations. There are some strict

rules accompanying the show. No organization can go over the time limit and nothing offensive should be shown. President of Zeta Phi Beta Danyale Pace explains the purpose of the stroll off. “Both greeks and nongreek organizations will be placed in one category,� Pace said. “This way anyone can win. Each group has three different routines. We will calculate each score after each routine. At the end, a winner will be assigned.� Pace feels that this year’s event will be better than all the others because of the time taken to put it together. “A lot of groups are going to bring it,� Pace said. “We just want it to be an event that you go home and still talk about it later.� Last year’s stroll off gained great attention with seats full on almost both sides of the small gym. Many non-greek organizations showed unique talent, matching costumes and very interesting moves. Krystea

Taylor, team captain of the returning champions “Black Sista’s United,� explains her excitement for the event. “We have been recruiting members since October,� Taylor said. “We’ve had a lot of changes and ups and downs, but I’m very glad to be on this team. I’m confident we will do good.� Taylor also feels that the stroll-off is a great opportunity for students to come out, have fun and support Missouri Western. “We are in it to have fun and are looking to see other teams out there to have fun,� Taylor said. “We want people to come out and support Missouri Western. Being on a team is the best part about it.� Western student Tj Brooks, whose group won second place in the competition last year, feels students should come out and experience something that is not often seen. “I�It’s a good activity to see the culture of sororities and fraternities,� Brooks said.�





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President and student Brandon Paxton, Professor and Advisor Eric Fuson and

member and Professor Dave Harris of Griffon Art Society pose with the bowls Harris threw on the wheel for the chili feed, which is a fundraiser the society plans to do next semester.

Robyn Patti A & E Writer Don Willis knows there is difficulty bringing an organization to life on campus. There are small details that sometimes get in the way of making an organization happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more organizations we would have and the different options students have at this university is to their advantage,â&#x20AC;? Willis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are students out there with all kinds of interests and priorities, and we all have things we like to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If that comes to be, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the benefits of the students. We do all we can to help them.â&#x20AC;? There are some new organizations that have surpassed the difficult steps and will be on campus for the spring semester. These include the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Nurses Christian Fellowship, Griffon V.E.T.S., which stands for Veteran Education Transition Support, Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta. Delta Sigma Theta Presi-

dent, Tara Dugger, is doing what she can to bring a positive influence to Western. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to impact the community and to inspire students to reach their goals,â&#x20AC;? Dugger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community service is one of our main goals here.â&#x20AC;? Freshman Josh Blake helped start Griffon V.E.T.S He and other active duty military members realized the need for such an organization and have worked to put it in place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There needed to be an organization that recognized veterans and helped with their education,â&#x20AC;? Blake said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;V.E.T.S. is here to help veterans transition from military life to civilian life and to get back in college. We are there to let them know about the benefits that they may not be aware of.â&#x20AC;? Junior Alison Norris helps bring these organizations to life by participating in the SGA voting process to recognize new organizations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have quite a few new organizations coming on campus,â&#x20AC;? Norris said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

always good to have that variety.â&#x20AC;? Having all of these groups on campus is a great tool to help students make friends and get involved in campus life. To help student navigate through these social waters, there will be a handy tool called GriffBook available to all students February 2011. Junior Amanda Ready and senior Lolita Murphy have been working on this student-accessible website for organizations to help ease students into getting involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This portal makes it a lot easier for students to have access to the available groups here at Western,â&#x20AC;? Ready said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;GriffBook is set up in a similar style to Facebook, with profiles, group information pages and a feed for members to post on.â&#x20AC;? With so many interesting organizations here at Western, and a new tool to learn about them all, there is no excuse for not getting involved on campus.

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Jazz Concert Gives Western New Rhythm

Trumpet Player Aidan Simmons gives a solo at the annual fall Jazz Concert which occurred Nov. 16 in the Potter Hall Theater and featured The Lab Band under the direction of Steve Molloy. Vocal Jazz, under the direction of Kathleen Holeman and the Jazz Emsemble, under the direction of Bob Long were also featured.

Courtney Brown A&E Writer The Missouri Western jazz program presented “Nostalgia in Kansas City” recently, which provided a throwback to jazz and a swingin’ good time. The evening kicked off with a performance by The Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Molloy. This group was fun, entertaining and at times interactive, as Molloy danced along to bass lines and called out “Bless you” to a sneezing audience member. The Lab Band displayed their developing talents by playing songs that varied from quick and groovy, to cool and relaxed. This kind of exhibition is exactly what concerts such as “Nostalgia in Kansas City” are all about according to Bob Long, director of jazz studies. “Concerts serve as a way to apply what students are learning to a performance and professional setting. It

gives the students a chance to showcase their talents to the public,” Long said. The vocal jazz ensemble took the stage next and sang soulful tunes under the direction of Kathleen Holeman. With the final song, Rebecca Colley certainly showcased her talents by blowing the audience away with a powerful solo during the song “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” She received a well-deserved standing ovation, and was the highlight of the night for spectators like student Stephanie Philbrook. “That solo was incredible,” Philbrook said. “Her voice was so powerful, and it shot the energy of the crowd through the roof.” The energy of the crowd remained high as the jazz ensemble finished off the night, under the direction of Bob Long. This group of musicians displayed their superior talents by performing vibrant numbers accompanied by impressive saxophone solos. They opened their set with a smooth, sexy mambo and ended the night with a soft, sul-

Syfy channel show is a classic gem Dave Hon Editor-In-Chief Rarely do sci-fi series ever win Emmys, but Battle Star Galactica isn’t your typical Sci-fi show. The creator of BSG was invited to the United Nations to discuss his show. Now I’ve peaked you interest. If you’re thinking, “This show must be good if our world leaders are watching it,” then you’re right. Battle Star Galactica is without a doubt the most successful, dramatic, and relevant scifi show in the past three decades. The show wasn’t just designed for science nerds and trekkies. Every facet of the show touches on current social issues, ranging from racism, genocide and abortion. Even certain political scenarios reflect historical context o current tides that nations are forced to navigate through. A major theme of the show is the constant power struggle between the civilian governing body and the military leadership. In a universe where only 40.000+ humans survived a nuclear holocaust out of 12 inhabited planets, this line becomes blurred. To add to the equation, their enemy is sentient robots, some who even look and feel like humans from the inside out. Colonial President

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Caprica---January 2011 Sanctuary-----Tuesday, Dec. 17 Stargate Universe-----January 2011 and former Secretary of Agriculture Laura Roselin (Mary McDonnell) struggles to keep the fleet under civilian sovereign. Admiral William Adama (Edward James Olmos), on the other hand, uses military might to control the fleet. The Admiral even goes as far as creating a semi-fake goal of finding the mythical planet Earth. Throughout the first part of the series, Roselin and Admiral Adama fight over control, but eventually the two leaders meet in the middle. After seeing how brutal military rule can tear civilization apart and rip the humanity from the surviving members of a dying race, the two understand the need for balance. The show isn’t all politics and social mumbojumbo, though. Kara Thrace (Katte Sackoff), whose fighter pilot callsign is Starbuck, adds a very personal human element to the long list of complex characters. Starbuck, a rugged ‘get-out-of-myfrakking-face’ officer, constalty defines orders and moves off the beaten path. No doubt her

skills as a viper pilot are unmatched but punching superior officers and stealing experimental jets doesn’t exactly ode well in the depths of space. My one criticism of the entire series only lies in consistency and logistics. Through the entire show. the crew of the massive inter-stellar battleship always seems to have a fresh and ever-lasting supply of liquor. You’d think after being in space for years on end, the fleet wouldn’t waste resources on such nonsense. Considering that during several episodes the civilians and Colonial fleet members rush around to find food on desolate planets, they would save the brewing for a later day. Overall this series surprises viewers and keeps them on the edge of their seat. It is able to satisfy both the long term and short-term viewers. By having episode story arcs and season story arcs, each episode wraps up while still leaving a decent cliff hanger at the end of each 50 minute segment: what will happen to the surviving humans next?

try jam. Long gave the crowd some backstory in between songs on the literature that’s tied to the jazz history of Kansas City. This information seemed to resonate with audience members like Aaron Coker. “It was really cool to hear about the connections Kansas City has with jazz,” Coker said. “It brought the music close to home. With the deep roots that jazz has planted in America, bringing the music home seemed to be the theme of the night, and these student performers certainly pulled it off in a lively fashion. “Jazz is a unique American art form that encompasses many influences of American society, and it’s important for the public to understand the creative and emotional quality of this music. Through these concerts we hope that the public can expand their knowledge of the great performers past and present, and develop a greater appreciation of this music,” Long said.

Judy Fields, Institutional Research Analyst

Courtney Brown A&E Writer For some, narrowing a career down and deciding on a major is no easy task. However, it’s important to have many options to choose from. One of Missouri Western’s goals is to keep up with occupation trends and provide majors that coincide with new technology. Staying current with job demands is important for both the school’s and the students’ success. For students like Samantha Kendricks, choosing a major can be a slippery slope. “It’s difficult because you want to do something you love and that you’re good at, but you also want to pick a career that will have plenty of job openings in this economy,” Kendricks said. Getting a master’s degree seems to be a smart option these days to help solidify job security. Graduate programs are the most recent programs that have been added to Western’s catalogue. A

post bachelorette certificate in forensic investigations was created this past April, along with a bachelor of Fine Arts in digital animation and health emphatics. Over the last few years Western has also added majors for convergent media and early childhood education. MWSU has a system for new major development, and according to George Yang, a professor and chair for the department of engineering technology, this administration is very supportive of faculty members proposing new programs. The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee is the organization that helps with the new program development while maintaining checks and balances for all the factors involved. Yang believes an ongoing system such as this must be in place in order to secure the best outcome for everyone at the institution. “Keeping majors current is vital for a school’s growth. It is a way for a school to deliver the cutting-edge knowledge and up-to-date information to students. Students can also keep abreast with the technology development in new majors,” Yang said. Judy Fields, the institutional research analyst, thinks it’s important for the school to keep programs up so they have good market value. There are plenty of options for learning more about the majors offered here, such as checking out the list of programs on the school’s

website. Fields suggests students take a more hands-on approach to getting the necessary information. After all, declaring a major and choosing a career path is a big decision that can impact the rest of your life. “If you’re interested in a specific major you can look up their program inventory,” Fields said. “You can go to that department and ask questions.”

New Majors Here at Western: Digital Animation Post Bachelorette Certificate in Forensic Investigations Health Emphatics Convergent Media Early Childhood Education

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    Buck Night is back for MWSU students on Sundays! Every Sunday from 7-11 p.m. you get $1 games, $1 shoe rental and $1 specials on all your favorite snack bar items. ABC’s Extreme Makeover and Desparate Housewives are only so interesting before they get old. Try something different on a Sunday night!  

$3 Taco Bar

Our world-famous Taco Bar will be open during the Monday night game every week until the seasons over. Come see us this week as the New York Jets go on the road to take on the New England Patriots. The taco bar opens at 7p.m.


Grand Opening scheduled for Griffon’s Nest Remodel under way now on old Tuck’s Biker Bar You’ve been hearing about it for weeks and now the details are set: The Griffon’s Nest will be opening in The Belt Sports Complex with a week’s worth of grand opening parties on Sunday, January 16 (just in time for when you get back for 2nd semester!). When it was decided to open a bar targeted with university students in mind, we asked you what you wanted. You said you wanted music and dancing, open mic. nights, some karaoke, live bands

and the chance for you to hang with your friends who might not be 21 yet. The Griffon’s Nest will deliver! Some of the re-model work will be going on in the next few weeks (the Nest will be taking the space used by Tuck’s), but that’s not stopping us from starting the fun right away. Wednesday nights are tied into The Playa’s Club bowling, and everyone 18 and up are allowed in. Thursday is going to be a dance night with your favorite music. New

Coming Soon.....

to dance clubs in our area, will be music videos that you’ll be able to dance along to. Not yet mentioned are the drink specials. Yes, there will be plenty of them, with different specials every night of the week. It starts out Sunday nights with “Crappy Beer Night” featuring some “underappreciated brands” at a price that can’t be beat. Thursday nights will be a dance night for everyone 18 and over. The fun goes on and on

Under appreciated brands at appreciated prices

Crappy Beer Night Playa’s Club Tops 300, grows to Legend’s Loft Because of the popularity of our Wednesday night Playa’s Club, we’re running out of space. So, we’re opening up the Legends Loft to Playa’s Club members and adding another bartender for the loft. Also, the Sound Ninja, Nick Niemeier will be playing for those who might not want to bowl. For those who haven’t been to a Playa’s Club, you’re missing out. Every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., you get to bowl all you want and drink all you want (drafts and wells for those 21 and up) for one special low price! 



Playa’s Club Wednesday Nights

$1 Bowling $1 Shoes $1 Snack Bar 7 pm - 11 pm

• Every Game, Every Team on one of our 25 TV’s • Free WiFi to keep up with your fantasy team • $3 Monday Night Football Taco Bar



Also, because of the colder weather, we’ve found a warmer place for you to be in line while you’re waiting to come in. Starting next week, the Playa’s Club entrance will NOT be the doors to the bowling alley. Please enter through the double doors on the north side of the building (the side with the bigger parking lot. Once you enter and check in, you can either go into the Loft, Sharky’s, The Belt Bowl or Tuck’s and be eligible for all your Playa’s Club benefits.

ALL YOU CAN BOWL! ALL YOU CAN DRINK! Lights! Music! Videos! Fun! The Belt Bowl 210 N Belt Hwy., 233-1054 Part of The Belt Sports Complex

Your HQ for the KC Chiefs and the rest of the NFL

This Week at the Complex Thu Bowl 3 games w/ shoes $5 Belt Bowl 9:30-Close Sound Ninja in the Griffon’s Nest 9p.m. - Close ($5)



Rock & Bowl 9:30 – 2 Rock & Bowl ($12) a.m. ($12) 9:30 – 2 a.m.

Sun NFL Sunday Ticket (FREE) Legends – Every NFL Game on the Big Screens

College Game DayWatch your favorite Texas Hold ‘Em Poker team at Legends ($10) Legends – 7 p.m.

Bowling/Pizza/Pop ($10)

Mon Monday Night Football Taco Bar! ($3) Legends – 7 p.m.

Tue Beat the Genius NTN Poker (FREE) Legends – 7 p.m.

Wed Playa’s Club ($10) 10 p.m. – Mid. All you can bowl and drink

Q’s Weekly B-Day Beer Pong Party ($10 all you Tournament ($10) can drink) - 9 p.m.- 8 p.m. – Sharky’s close MWSU Intramural Bowling- 7 p.m.

Hip-Hop Free Zone 70’s and 80’s music in the Loft with Larry G 8p.m. - close


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3-D class designs golf course Lauren Burbach News Editor lburbach@missouriwestern. edu As a challenging few months that included creating flotation devices, boats and houses, Mr. Neil Lawley’s 3-Dimensional Design class is wrapping up the semester by making a miniature golf course. The class was divided into five groups and assigned the project a few weeks ago. Each group is designing a hole to be played. However, putters won’t simply tap the golf ball into the hole. The real challenge of the project is that the ball must be mechanically moved at least once. Lawley wants the class’s creations to be similar to Rube Goldberg machines - contraptions that have several steps to finish a task. He compared the project to the game Mouse Trap. “The basis of a Rube Goldberg machine is this man who created all these fantastic machines that had these very complicated processes to complete a

very simple task,” Lawley said. “They still have competitions today. Maybe one year it’s to peel an orange – who can do it in the most steps. The students just need to have a mechanical means to move the ball at least once.” Each group has their own unique process and style of creating their project. Chad Hammontree, a student in Lawley’s class, described how his group’s machine works. “We’re doing a New Year’s theme, so it’s going to be party-game based,” Hammontree said. “So you’re going to hit the ball and it’s going to go up a little elevator. Then it’s going to trigger a Rube Goldberg contraption, with bobbles and tracks and all that fun stuff. It’s going to be short and simple. “The last thing it’s going to trigger is this,” Hammontree said, pointing to a catapult device his group had fashioned out of wood. “There’s going to be a set of beer pong cups at the end. So the trigger will hit this and then lob it into the cups. It’s kind of a game of

chance I guess.” Lawley mentioned what he thought were some of the biggest challenges that the project presented. “Probably a lot of it would be the physics of it,” Lawley said. “A lot of that can just be figured out by experimentation. Throughout the semester we’ve done lots of planning for all of their projects, and if they do a good job planning at the beginning and work through their plans and adjust as needed, fixing any miscalculations, it will work out fine.” Liesl Poet, another of Lawley’s students, agreed that the project was challenging. “We’re not really supposed to buy anything,” Poet said. “It’s not easy at all. We all come up with our own solutions and hopefully they will all work.” The miniature golf project is the 3D-Design class’s last big assignment of the semester. “I wanted it to be sort of a culmination of all the things they’ve learned and done throughout the semester,” Lawley said. “But also a fun

Brooke Carter/ Photo & Graphics Editor 3-D Design students Alesha Johnson and Kristin Nelson work on their projects during class.

project and a project that everyone on campus can get involved in.” The students’ work will be displayed in the Fulkerson Center on Friday, Dec. 17 from 10:00 - noon. Any

students who come by can see the projects and also get the chance to play five holes of very unique miniature golf. “I want this to really be something for them to be

proud of,” Lawley said. “I want everyone on campus to see what they’ve been doing, because I just think they’ve done an excellent job.”

Theater department working on new production Sarah White News Editor

Brooke Carter/ Photo & Graphics Editor Dr. Susan Carter is the Artistic Director of “Phantom,” the new play that the theater is putting on.

Missouri Western’s Theater and Music departments will be joining together to put on a production of “Phantom” in March 2011. The musical will be held in Potter Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 3, 4 and 5, 2011 and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2011. “Phantom” will be the first musical as a joint production with the music and theater departments. It is hoped that more will follow. The music department

will continue holding their own departmental productions as well. Dr. Susan Carter, the Artistic Director for “Phantom”, says that they wanted to put on something big that had not been done in this area recently. “[I asked] What hasn’t been done that would excite our students and community that would take advantage of our talent?” Carter said. “There was really only one and that’s why I pushed so hard for this.” There were many spots that had to be filled for the cast of “Phantom.” The musical has 12 principle roles.

It also has around 25 people for ensembles. Carter said that the cast is very talented. “We’re looking for pieces that show off our student’s talents that we can take out and bring more talented people here,” Carter said. “I think we have a real opportunity to grow our stage music productions.” Freshman Adrienne Collins will be playing Christine in the “Phantom” production. Collins said she is very excited for her part in “Phantom”. “I am excited and thrilled,” Collins said. “It’s a very good

opportunity.” In order to get the part, Collins had to audition in front of the directors. She sang a song from the show. Collins has participated in other productions throughout her musical career. She said she knows what it is like to feel the weight of the show on her shoulders. Collins and the rest of the cast will have their music and lines to take with them over the winter break. They are expected to have everything memorized when they return so rehearsals can start. Some rehearsals with the principle roles have

already begun. Freshman Blake Ingwerson says that after hearing about “Phantom”, she would like to see the show. “I’ve seen ‘Phantom of the Opera’,” Ingwerson said. “I’d like to see this one too and see what’s different.” Sets and costumes for the musical have already been decided on. Carter says “Phantom” is a wonderful opportunity for people to see something they can’t see anywhere else. There will be a lot of action and drama in the show, as well as some intense and suspenseful scenes.

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Student loans becoming increasingly common Amber Hess Guest Writer

STOCK PHOTO Students who will face the financial burden of college began the process during the first day of the 2010-2011 school year.

Money burning a hole in your pocket? Not college students. More and more of them are having to take out loans to pay for school. The number of college students who take out loans to pay for school has steadily increased in the past six years. Missouri Western, however, is well below the national average. At Missouri Western, 56.42 percent of students have loans, with an average amount per person of $6,535, as of the 2010 school year. The total amount of loan money taken out by Western students is $21,782,317. National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), a nationwide study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education every four years that determines how college students pay for school reported that “at public universities, (such as Missouri Western) average [student] debt was $20,200” in 2008, which is much higher than Western itself. The most common student loans, federal loans require no co-signer. They do not require a good credit score either. Federal loans have a grace period of six months after the borrower’s date of graduation or six month after they drop

below the status of a parttime student. Twelve credit hours is the lowest amount of hours a student can take to be considered a fulltime student. Alternative types of student loans are private student loans. Private student loans have a higher interest rate than federal loans. According to, these types of loans have become increasingly popular. They reported that “last year, students borrowed $18.5 billion from private lenders, up 6 percent from the 20052006 school year, and now equal to 25 percent of all student loans in America.” The terms of student loans can be found under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Concerning the payments of loans and defaulting on loans, the website reported that “[Title IV guaranteed] repayment to the lender if a student defaults. Because the loans are guaranteed by the US Government, they are offered at a lower interest rate than the borrower would otherwise be able to get for a private loan.” The two different types of federal loans are subsidized and unsubsidized. While the borrower is in school, the government pays all of the interest on unsubsidized loans, making them the better of the two choices if one must take out a loan to pay for school.

There are many ways to avoid student debt, or at least lessen it, if one learns to manage their money wisely. According to George Mannes’ article “Earning a Degree in Debt,” when it comes to student loans, the borrower should set limits on the amount they take out and when it comes time to pay the money back, make payments early and make them often. advises taking out no more than what is needed to pay for school when taking out a loan, take out federal loans before private loans, choose to attend a less expensive school, cut unnecessary costs, work a part-time job, talk to your financial aid department and consider saving for college by investing in the 529 College Savings Plans. Concerning taking out loans and paying for school, one business major wishes she would have done things differently. “If I had it to do all over again, I would not have taken out student loans no matter what,” said sophomore Lisa Clifford. She advised that students find their books as cheap as possible to help save money. “I would have bought my books online from the beginning, instead of at Missouri Western’s bookstore,” said Clifford.

Numbers of students commuting to Western on the rise Kayla Roumas Guest Writer

If you think driving an average of 1,000 miles a month for school sounds crazy, then you have not met some of the 6,000 students at Missouri Western State University. With everything from SGA to volleyball games and opportunities for greek life, there are plenty of things to get involved in at Missouri Western State University, but what about those students who do not live on campus? Commuting to school is an everyday reality for many students at Missouri Western. According to the Student Organization handbook, almost 80 percent of students live off campus. This not only leads to the widely criticized lack of parking at the University, but also leads one to wonder how involved these students are. There are nearly 100 student clubs and organizations on campus, but many of the students involved in these organizations live on campus, and are involved in more than one thing. Tahani Atieh, a junior at Missouri Western lives on campus, and is involved in the university band, Tri-Beta, National Residence Hall Honorary and many other things. Atieh says living on campus makes being involved much easier. “Most of the meetings are at night so I don’t have to drive home and come back. I can just walk to the meeting,” Atieh said. “It’s much easier to be informed because you are there all the time. I mean, you eat and sleep here, so if it is going on, you are going to hear about it.” However, getting involved is not as easy for those students who live off campus. Rachel Puett, a freshman commuter says that with living off campus there is no spare time for her to get involved. “I’m not that involved; I don’t really have time.” Puett said. With some commuters, like Junior Stephanie Farr, who drives an average of 50 miles every day, thinks the com-

mute is worth it. “The commute does bother me sometimes, but with the money that it saves me, it is worth it most of the time,” Farr said. So with only about 20 percent of students living on campus and getting involved, what does this mean for the university’s organizations? The lack of involvement shows up in organizations like the Student Government Association which has not filled up its Senate in the past couple of years. The lack of involvement also shows up in many sporting events, where filling up the stands almost never happens. With many students commuting, driving back to cam-

pus for a sporting event is not something most students can afford to do. “I’m not really that involved in that[sporting events]. I can’t afford to drive back and forth more than once a day and I’m really trying to focus on school right now.” Farr said. With the amount of students at the University who live off campus, finding ways to get these commuters more involved might need to be at the forefront of things that the University considers when it comes to increasing student involvement for both students who live on and off campus.

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The search has begun for a new career services director. The position, formerly titled director of career development, has been vacant for over a month following Linda Garlinger’s retirement Oct. 29. Whoever is hired for the position will be responsible for making contacts with companies in the state and region and for aiding and counseling students in the job-finding process. The career services director is a position that President Vartabedian says is an important bridge to the world from Missouri Western. “The job is out there right now; I imagine we’ll have a lot of applicants due to the economy,” Vartabedian said. Director of Human Resources Sally Sanders, the person in charge of overseeing the policy, hiring procedure and legal

procedure says that the job listing will be posted both on the university website and externally on job sites. The posting calls for “an organized, self-motivated individual with excellent communication skills to fill the position of career services director.” The job requirements listed include a master’s degree in career counseling or related field and five years of career services and supervisory experience. Sanders will be a part of a search committee that will review and interview applicants and make suggestions for employment to Vice President for Student Affairs Esther Peralez and Tay Triggs, associate dean of student development, who will be responsible for the final hiring decision. To be considered for the job, Triggs expects candidates to be able to aid students in opportunities like job shadowing, helping them to set long and short-term goals, and build-

ing relationships with surrounding businesses that will benefit students. “I am also looking for someone who is a team player and able to work with a variety of students:,especially first, second year and undecided students,” Triggs said. “Moreover, it is my duty to keep student needs first as we review candidates.” Triggs says that the final candidates will be taking questions from students at open interviews. “I really urge students to attend these open sessions so that they are part of the process of hiring a great leader for this important area of student affairs,” Triggs said. The search committee in charge of hiring will begin to narrow down applicants soon, and Triggs hopes to have someone in the position sometime during spring 2011. There has already been a large amount of applicants for the position.

News NEWS NOTES Christmas Choir at the St. Joseph Cathedral The St. Joseph Community Chorus will presents its annual ‘’Christmas at the Cathedral’’ concerts at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12 and 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13, at the St. Joseph Cathedral, located at 519 N. 10th Street.

 The theme of this year’s ‘’Christmas at the Cathedral’’ concert is ‘’Celebrating Children.’’ Special guests for the concert are the Griffon Junior Singers, Karen Heyde-Lipanovich, director; Erin Wood, harpist of Lawrence, Kansas; and Meribeth Risebig, oboist of Kansas City. The Griffon Junior Singers will join the ladies of the St. Joseph Community Chorus to present Benjamin Brittens well-known Christmas work, ‘’The Ceremony of Carols,’’ which was written for childrens chorus with harp.

Faculty member elected Missouri HPER president A faculty member at Missouri Western State University was elected president of the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD) during the organizations state convention Nov. 12-14 in Lake Ozark, Mo.Dr. William Russell, assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation, will serve as president-elect of MOAHPERD for the next year. In that office, he will act in the absence of the president, serve as a delegate to regional and national meetings of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, serve as a liaison to district representatives and plan next fall’s convention.

 Dr. Russell has been at Western since 2005. He has a doctorate in health and exercise science from the University of MissouriColumbia.

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Gun concealment bill dead, discussion alive Jennifer Griffin Guest Writer

You’re sitting in class one day, look over at the student next you and see a gun in his inside jacket pocket. Is that a reality today? No, but it may be someday and that someday may be sooner than later. In April of 2009, the Missouri House of Representatives passed an amendment to the conceal—and—carry bill. HB668 would allow people who have conceal—and-carry permits to carry their guns on campus. House bill HB668 passed in the house. The conceal—and— carry bill was never voted on in the senate, so the bill died. The bill has not been brought back up, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be. If you look around Missouri Western’s cam-


pus you don’t see any signs posted no guns allowed like you do at other sate institutions. Chief of Police Jon Kelley said, “The existing Missouri Law on carry concealed prohibits concealed carry on campus whether there are signs in place or not.” Kelley is not the only chief of police faced with these problems. There are 26 states that have it written that a person cannot conceal carry on a college campus. The other states leave it up to the individual higher learning institutions to decide. Missouri is not the only state in the union to try passing laws like this. There are several others, none have passed yet. HB668 also lowers the age for a conceal and carry permit from 23 to 21 years old. May 11, 2009, was the last

time any action was taken on HB668. Kenny Jones sponsored the bill. Jones said, “The ability to conceal and carry on institutions for higher education was an amendment to my bill.” The now retired senator said, “It was not my idea.” Don Wells, cosponsor of the bill, was not available for comment. If a bill like the one Jones sponsored passes in Missouri, Missouri Western State University will have to decide whether its students can conceal and carry. Norma Garlington, a Western student said, “I don’t think conceal and carry at Missouri Western is a good idea.” Garlington, an avid gun owner said, “The crime rate here is high enough. We don’t need to throw guns in the mix.”

The bills to conceal and carry on campus are being met with fierce opposition. Candy Banta a parent of a college student said, “College students already have too much to worry about. They shouldn’t have to worry about guns on camps.” Trevor Wilson a member of our armed forces said, “It’s not the legal guns we have to worry about it’s the illegal ones and that is what we worry about now.” “If everybody had to wonder who had a gun maybe they would think twice before using one,” Wilson said. If a bill like the one Kelley sponsored passes in Missouri, Missouri Western State University will have to decide whether its’ students can conceal and carry.

rent and future students to know that these changes are not to restrict who can enroll at Western, but to make sure its students are successful. “We’re not changing our designation as an openenrollment university,” Vartabedian said. “We’re using data…to better shape the early experience of our incoming college students.”

Vartabedian says that the new conditions are not only in place to make students more successful in their classes, but to keep them from taking on too much financial aid debt their freshman year. “What we’re trying to do is give them a more realistic expectation for their first two years in college,” Vartabedian said.

The Admissions Department thinks that there will be positive results with the program starting next semester, and that both the university and its students will benefit from higher retention rates and more successful students. “We want them to persist. We want them to graduate, and that’s what our plan is,” McCauley said.

were asked by SGA to help them with the issues on the faculty and staff side. “The SGA asked us for help with the components of this type of process that they were not aware of,” Bergman said. “We want to make sure that all procedures are correctly followed.” Bill Russell, assistant professor of physical education, is also on the tobacco-

free subcommittee. Russell wants students to know that the outcome of this issue is totally up to them. “We want everyone to know that this is a student driven issue,” Russell said “This issue affects everyone who comes on campus.” Bond is also a member of Western based organization Clean Air St. Joseph. The mission of the group is to educate St. Joseph

and the surrounding areas about the need to protect health from the  dangerous exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and to promote the benefits of quitting smoking. Students that have any questions, concerns or comments can contact Chris Bond or Randy Bergman via email.

continued from front “If a student comes in and they have satisfactorily completed all of the their course work with at least a 2.0 GPA, then those conditions are removed and they’re able to move on and enroll in any course that they have prerequisites for,” said Schank. Admissions officials and President Robert Vartabedian want cur-


continued from front Bond stated that the committee is student-based and is in place to support and inform the Student Government Association. The committee is also tasked with making sure that the process of becoming a tobacco-free campus or not is completed correctly. Randy Bergman, co-chair of Western’s wellness committee, says he and Bond

DE’BORA BASKIN/Staff Photographer Fitness Center Coordinator, Amy Foley, Business Department Professor, Dan Eckhoff, and student, Peter Gregory are all on the tobacco free subcommittee.

Student drinking increases during study abroad Boston University via UWIRE Students who go abroad absorb every part of their adopted country’s culture, including its alcohol. A recent study conducted by researchers at University of Washington revealed college students significantly increase their alcohol consumption while abroad. The study, which was published in the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors journal on Monday, examined the drinking habits of 177 UW students before and after they studied abroad. UW researchers found that students reported drinking more because they observed other students in their study abroad program drinking more, and followed suit. Students considered drinking abroad an important aspect of cultural immersion. Students who participated in the survey said they drank over twice as much than they normally did at home while abroad, which amounted to about 10 drinks per week, according to the study. After returning home, they said they resumed their normal drinking habits of three to five drinks per week. While the average student increased his or her alcohol consumption by 105 percent, students under the age of 21 increased their drinking by 170 percent, the study said. Joseph Finkhouse, the director of institutional relations for Boston U’s study abroad programs, said “students’ behavior abroad generally reflects students’ behavior at home.” “Our policy is that students are bound by the laws of the country that they’re in,” Finkhouse said. “We’re not going to tell them that they can’t drink, but we like to emphasize that drinking isn’t necessarily part of the culture.” Alice Boudes, a senior in the College of Communication who studied in Paris last Spring, said that there was no pressure to drink more alcohol because alcohol was readily available everywhere. “I guess I did drink more because I could actually go out to the bars and the program would provide alcohol at events as well,” she said.

Campus Information

campus crime report

Calendar of Events Thursday. December 9

• Low Brass Concert, Potter Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

• Youth Adult Soccer League, GISC, 8 p.m.

Friday, December 10

• Night Out on the Griffs, GISC, 6 p.m.

1. Damaged Property

November 14, 2010, 9:42 p.m., Parking Lot O

2. Larceny Theft

November 15, 2010, 11:55 a.m., Spratt Hall

3. Disorderly Conduct

November 15, 2010, 4:52 p.m., Blum Union

4. Burglary

November 16, 2010, 8:00 p.m., Beshears Hall

5. Drug Abuse Violation

November 20, 2010, 2:40 p.m., Beshears Hall

6. Stealing

November 29, 2010, 10:40 p.m., Looney Complex

7. Vandalism

November 30, 2010, 6:08 p.m., Parking Lot G

8. Disturbance

December 2, 2010, 10:45 p.m., Blum Union

Saturday, December 11 Start of Final Exams

Women’s Basketball vs Fort Hays State University, Looney Arena, 1:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs Fort Hays State University, Looney Arena, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, December 13 St. Joe Christian Choir/Band Performance, Potter Theatre, 7p.m. Friday, December 17

• End of Final Exams

Sunday, December 19

• Women’s Basketball vs

Washburn University, Looney Arena, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, January 2

• Men’s Basketball vs

Nebraska-Omaha University, Looney Arena, 1:30 p.m.

• Women’s Basketball

vs Nebraska-Omaha University, Looney Arena, 3:30 p.m.

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Griffon Gateway expansion may cause problems Missouri Western has prided itself as being an open admission school. Some may even call it a selling point. Other Universities in Missouri Letter to the Editor have the same shtick. Truman is known as the highly selective liberal arts school and Missouri Southern is known for its large international population. Western’s Griffon Gateway program has helped students integrate into the university courses. Students who had struggled before and would have been turned away at other institutions are given a chance through the Griffon Gateway program.

Now this program is expanding. This expansion now includes more students and is changing the name of the program. Any student without a high school GPA of 3.5 or and ACT score of 21 will be placed in the new Admissions with Conditions program. These conditions include only being allowed to take 11 credit hours and student are required to take Griffon Edge. This program only applies to first semester incoming freshman though. Considering a 21 ACT is a cutoff point for various universities, this number spears to be very high. It is also out of proportion to the even higher 3.5 GPA. Any student with a GPA that high would surely be able to score above a 21 ACT score. Both of these

numbers lack any sort of logic as far as requirements. Also, up to 11 credit hours is a difficult number to achieve when enrolling, especially when one credit hour must be toward the Griffon Edge course. Trying to fill 10 credit hours means taking only 3-4 real classes. This number could also affect the amount of financial aid these students will be able to receive. The majority of federal and state aid requires the students to take at least 12 hours to qualify for their aid. Without this aid, new students may seriously consider the alternative, Community College. A community college would allow the

student to take more credit hours and take more relevant classes. The student can transfer in with those hours and circumvent the requirements. The changes to Griffon Gateway will indeed help students achieve if they even decide to enroll at Missouri Western. Because of this, the new program may harm Western’s enrollment figures and thus hurt the amount of financial aid the university receives. No doubt, this program was designed to help students but the goal of the program isn’t the problem. The logistics of program may cause Western to lose students and eventually lose touch with its mission of being an open admissions school.

Vartabedian hopeful about Western’s future

Robert Vartabedian President of Missouri Western State University Vartabedian has been at Western since 2008. He previously worked at Eastern New Mexico where he was Vice President for Academic Affairs. Eastern New Mexico.

As this semester is winding to a close, I have been asked to reflect on the future of Missouri Westernparticularly in light of the budgetary challenges that we face. Until the state budget is finalized in the spring of 2011, we will not know the true extent of our budgetary challenges. All indications are that we will receive a fairly substantial cut in our state allocation. I have heard speculation that such cuts could be anywhere from 8 percent to 25 percent. Obviously, we are hoping to be at the lowest possible end of this range. Furthermore, we have tried to educate the commissioner of higher education and the Department of Higher Education about the unique financial circumstances and recent, rather remark-

able accomplishments of Western. Lastly, we are making similar efforts with Governor Nixon and our legislators. My sense is that our message is getting through. In addition to our efforts to educate the public and the decision-makers about Western’s financial picture and accomplishments, we have taken other measures. We have done a significant amount of belt tightening, and we are planning for even more. You are probably well aware of some of these measures, which include frozen salaries and wages for the past two years, a 20 percent cut in operating budgets, and a suspension of or a major cut in a number of university’s initiatives-just to name a few actions that have been taken. As such, I think that

we are doing just about as much as we can to prepare for the financial uncertainties ahead of us. With all of this said, Western has an impressive list of extremely positive indicators for the future: We have experienced six consecutive years of record enrollment. We now have 6,134 students, which are 400 more students than just a year ago. According to the Governor’s office, we are currently the fastest growing regional university in the state. We have a noteworthy 72 percent retention rate. This is virtually unheard of for an open enrollment university as the national average for open enrollment universities is 55 percent. Also, it represents a 15 percent increase in our freshman to sophomore retention

rate in a mere four-year period. I believe that our enrollment increases and our current retention rate represent a very tangible “vote of approval” from our students. We have some very impressive new or newly renovated facilities on campus, in particular, AgensteinRemington Halls, new Athletic Facilities, and the new Residence Hall. Our accreditation outcomes have been universally positive, most recently including prestigious AACSB International accreditation for the Craig School of Business.   On a daily basis, I am made aware of meaningful student, faculty, and staff accomplishments. Moreover, the testimonials that I hear from people who hire our students make me

very proud. Finally, our community is tremendously supportive of this university. I cannot tell you how many people from this community make a concerted effort to tell me that Western is a huge, transformational factor in this community. In closing, no doubt we face some financial challenges. However, we need to continue to build on our considerable strengths, our important goal of educational access without compromising academic excellence and our unique mission of applied learning. If we continue to do this, I am convinced that we will transcend our hopefully temporary financial difficulties and have a very bright future.

Student responds to previous editorial

This is my response to the editorial in the Nov. 18 Griffon News. As a student who has been an associate senator and a senator of SGA, when you have a complaint about SGA, you should talk to a senator or any one of the executive board members or come to a senate meeting, which is open to all students to attend. The senate meeting is at 5 p.m. Monday night on the second floor of Blum. The only way to get correct facts about what is going on with SGA is by attending a senate meeting or talking to a member of SGA. There has been a lot of talk about the administrative assistant for SGA that has been in the paper and other people talking about it, but they are giving out the wrong facts about this position that Kathy Kelly will be filling. Kelly’s position is not really new, it’s mainly just a change in title and moving her office within the SGA office since she will be doing the same job that she has

been doing for years with SGA. Kelly has been helping everyone in SGA for years with training all the officers in the responsibility of all the executive officers and senators, For instance, the director of finance who runs the FOC committee where the clubs and organizations apply for funding for their club events or conferences that the clubs are attending. Once FOC approves their requests, then Kelly sends the money to the clubs account or pays electronically for the tickets, hotel expenses or whatever the approved funding is for. Since the director of finance cannot send the money himself, Kelly will not be taking over responsibilities of any of the executive officers with her new position. SGA decided to this, since we hired a new vice president of student affairs. Kelly’s responsibilities have doubled compared to our last advisor for SGA, who was an associate dean of student affairs, who has less responsibil-

SGA values your opinion

Allison Norris Student Government Association Director of Communications Allison Norris is a Convergent Media major. She formerly served on The Griffon News as Editor-inChief and Lifestyles Editor.

Student Government Association is here to be an advocate for the student body, by listening to the students SGA is an outlet for their voices. We value your opinions and what you have to say. We have recently purchased 11 SGA suggestion boxes that will be placed in all academic buildings, so that SGA may better serve the students. This will allow students to communicate in a confidential manner and give a more convenient outlet for student expression. Work is also underway for an online suggestion box that will be located on the SGA website by the beginning of next semester. All suggestions will be welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member of the

main voting branch of SGA, the student senate body must vote you in. Currently, senator numbers have risen to 16, but we still have four spots available for voting

members as well as openings for associate senators. To be voted in as a senator you must attend three SGA meetings and maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA. The gallery is always

open for anyone to sit-in on our meetings. Also, it is the misconception that you have to be a senator to write a bill. You do not have to be in SGA to author a bill, anyone can write a bill as long as a SGA senator introduces it in the meeting. SGA’s Western Activities Council and SGA’s Residence Council meetings are also open for students to attend and will always welcome student opinions. Whatever you do, whether you join SGA, an organization on campus or simply give us suggestions, we just ask for you to get involved and make a difference. Every voice is important so please don’t waste yours.

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ity than a vice president of student affairs? Dr. Esther Peralez who is the new VP of student affairs and our new advisor for SGA agreed with SGA wanting to make Kelly the administrative assistant for SGA, with this change we will continue to have consistency from year to year within SGA. Having Peralez as the advisor for SGA is a good thing for student government since Peralez is for the students and encourages more students to get involve with student government, and her being a vice president can also help with getting student’s voice with top administration. Sincerely, Dan Drope

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Men secretly living on the down low

I was watching a tearful drama involving numerous women being hurt by men in ways I couldn’t even imagine. One woman was arguing with her husband because she knew in her heart that he was cheating on her. In my mind I thought “Oh, great another cheating husband.” When she accuses him of his infidelity he replies saying the usual: “Baby, I promise you that since I met you I’ve never been with another woman.” Then she says “What about a man? I see the way you look at them.” After denying it for five minutes he then breaks down and explains to her that even though he loves her, he enjoys having sex with other men. She yells, “How could you be married to a woman and let a man bend you over at night?” Then I began wondering

how this type of infidelity paired with homosexuality is created. Where does it come from? And an even better question is what happens to the family after this type of betrayal takes place? Oprah has done numerous shows involving men on the down low (dl). Two of her shows include video content. In these videos men state that their reasons for being with other men are just for pleasure with no strings attached. Because of this reason, all these men consider themselves “straight.” One man declared “If I was gay, I’d want to date gay men. I don’t want anything but sex. It’s about gratification not orientation.” Yet, how can this theory be deemed as correct? In my mind sexual orientation is very simple. Heterosexuals desire an opposite

Ellis Cross Guest Writer

Missouri Western will soon be a smoke free campus. If you support this idea then begin supporting it. If it angers you then begin your fight because it is coming. It may not be today or even the near future, but soon. How do I know? I know because I have lived through a change in the smoking policy on this campus before. I see familiar trends. Not long ago I remember going through the halls of smoke while finding my way to the next class. Yes, smoking in the halls used to be commonplace at Western. Students enjoyed the freedom to fill their lungs with either first or second hand smoke. It was

thirty years ago when most of the administration and faculty smoked, and most students reading this article were not even born. America was beginning to be informed of the hazards, but no one knew exactly what to do, but things slowly began to change. The transformation didn’t come with wide sweeping policy changes; It began the same way as most unpopular changes do. Someone somewhere mentions the change among others who also know how everyone ought to act, but that group wants to impose an attitude on those-who they are convinced-are less intelligent and less matured, therefore hurting themselves. It is the same guise as the ones used to justify such bans as drinking on campus or

Former Director of Non Traditional Student Services, Ellen Kisker, has done an excellent job going beyond her call of duty serving the non traditional students. I think it is absolutely ridiculous how non trad students have acted over the semester after it was announced that she was leaving. I heard comments being made about how life as a non trad was going to be difficult without her. People were whining about how much she directed them, kept them informed and in touch with all the means to survive as a student. Although it is true that she did just that, it is ridiculous how we are talking about adult students here. Do you really need mommy Ellen to hold your hand and wipe your nose when it runs? Traditional students handle their responsibilities better than

adults do. Considering most of these students are away from home for the first time in their lives learning to manage bills, jobs, school and personal issues, they do it with little to no guidance whatsoever, and they do it like champions not chumps. Very little has been heard from the Non Traditional Student Association this semester other than the sniffling. What have they done significant for themselves or anyone else around here besides making a big stink about their mommy? I remember a strong NTSA led by Amanda Daly that made strides for the campus and the non trad students. Many of those accomplishments by the NTSAled by Daly- made the news and stood out as examples for traditional students, but the current process seems to be running slower than molasses down a tree in January.


ences. They then ignore their distorted perception of heterosexuality and date and even marry women. Yet, because of their gay preferences, they cheat and eventually must expose their dirty secrets. HOW SELFISH! What gives anyone the right to make a commitment to someone and then break that commitment because of uncontrollable selfish desires and a lack of self identity? How could a man sleep with his wife at night knowing that deep down all they desires is the man he’s been sleeping with on the side? This down low theory also makes a mockery of the gay community. It’s not easy for homosexuals to have to reject society’s norm about sexuality for what their hearts and minds truly want. It’s not an easy task to

stand up in our culture and say “I’m gay.” Yet, when you’re on the down low you don’t have to make a stand. All you do is attempt to blend into a false orientation and hope that nobody can see through your lies and falsehoods. A down low man has not come to terms with himself nor realized who he is as a man and want he wants as a man. He must first be honest with himself before being with anyone, regardless if it’s a one night stand or a lifetime commitment. Author James Louis King, who was the first man to publically expose himself as being on the down low said, “Once you accept who you are, you are no longer lying and hiding who you are. I want Brothers to know they don’t have to continue to hurt and to hurt others.”

rampant teenage sex. Others who know better must control some people’s behavior. It is better for “them” this way. The changes begin with a rumor of sorts. After the idea is introduced, those who started the rumor begin to take notes about who will support the change and who will not. Lines are drawn between people. The notion of “us and them” is introduced. People begin to weigh in on their favorite side of the argument and give supporting evidence and documents. Don’t forget those menacing comparisons. “After all, Heartland Hospital and American Family are smoke free.” That is where we are in this process. It’s just a rumor for now, so we just do the things mentioned

in the last paragraph and wait. We are waiting for the members of the “us” team to make a move against the “them” team. Then discussions will become heated and emotional where cooler heads will have to make the decisions. That decision will more than certain favor a non-smoking campus. The last time the smoking policy was changed it banned smoking inside the buildings. Others and myself were not happy with this change. We obtained a copy of all of the designated smoking areas on campus. When we viewed the list we found only one place left to smoke indoors. It was President Janet Murphy’s office. We went there to smoke, but found the “us” team wasn’t sharing with the “them” team.

Western’s administration might also consider another fact, without state revenue from tobacco we would all be standing in a very large pasture. Truth is, tobacco played a large part in the building of this campus and other state institutions. Considering this fact, administration appears to be biting the hand that feeds it. Not allowing cigarettes to be smoked on campus will reduce the tax revenue for the state. The state will have less money to support the campus. This tax revenue helps support our school and other important institutions. The ban is coming, so is higher tuition. It is better for “them” this way, not “us.”


self-serving leadership that has done nothing but bicker about the negative instead of creating positive outcomes. Quick to gossip about others and start mayhem, slow to produce effective results in any matter is what inspires this opinion. I’m aware that non trad students have certain special needs, but not to the extent of a bottle and blanket. I have been a strong supporter of the non trad students and the NTSA in the past, but after being filled to the gills with back biting, back stabbing and all the childish, embarrassing behavior, enough. Doing away with the non trad lounge was a great idea. Most people didn’t want to be there anyway because of the drama. The only ones who frequented the lounge were the culprits themselves. Not all non trad students are bad and that’s not what I’m try-

ing to say. What I will say is that some think they are better than others, and those people thinking that way are the ones who need mommy Ellen the most. How foolish, what a terrible example you have made of the non trad students. Grow up and empty your bucket of tears. Be an adult and worry about yourselves, not about other people’s criminal record and such. Stop making a mockery out of this beloved institution. I’m far from perfect, but my heart is in the right place. I believe in understanding both sides of an issue, not promoting my own for me, myself and I. There were plenty of opportunities for someone representing the NTSA to speak, but they had nothing to say. I bet if I asked them to speak about someone else and their problems I would get 1,000 words with a drop down menu.

sex, homosexuals desire the same sex and bisexuals desire both. So, how could a man desire another man and not consider himself a homosexual? Ultimately, I view the down low terminology as a cop out; a way for men to deny their lifestyles and excuse their prefer-

Student speaks out on possible smoking ban

Non traditional students missing their mommy

Recently the NTSA hired me to DJ their Halloween party, which I was unable to do. However, I did find a replacement for them through one of my DJ friends. My friend did the show and was suppose to be paid the following Friday. After paperwork being mishandled and irresponsible behavior, he finally got paid almost a month and a half later. This is an example of faulty

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Senior leadership key to 2011 success Thomas Huitt-Johnson Guest Writer Missouri Western volleyball team’s season can be summed up in one word: rebuild. That is what was preached to the team this season by second year coach Cory Frederick. When Frederick was named head volleyball coach, he took over a team that was 4-32. Frederick had goals for this team goals that he thought they had made and are making to this point. “We’re going the direction we wanted,” Frederick said. “We wanted to get to the middle of the conference.” That is what the team had done. This year, the team finished 12-17 overall and 8-12 in the MIAA. That was good for a tie at sixth place out of 11 teams. The MIAA is one of the toughest divisions in Division II volleyball, with four of the teams nationally ranked and seven teams with a winning record. Western was able to hang in the conference and beat some of the teams ahead of them, defeating both Northwest Missouri (15-14, 11-9) and Missouri Southern (18-14, 8-12) this year. With help from a strong recruiting class, Frederick believes this team can be really good in the future. “We’re trying to bring in six or seven players,” Frederick said. “Players with good values, good morals.” According to Frederick, in a tough conference like


12-17 (8-12 MIAA) the MIAA, competitiveness with your team must come first. So if he can get to around 17 players in practice, he and his team should be more competitive. Still, this team will be losing star power. Kelli Sicner, leader in points and kills, is a senior and will be leaving the team. So will the team’s leader in digs, Meghan Voelz. Both players will be missed by Frederick and the rest of Western’s team. Lauren Burbach is another senior who has played her last game in a Griffon’s uniform. “I’ll miss my teammates,” Burbach said. She still wishes she could play on the team, and knows they missed out on some opportunities this year. “There were a lot of games we should have won,” Burbach said. That will be the key to Western’s return next season Frederick said, as they have to be able to not turn the ball back to the other team, and score when they get the chance. Western was not able to capitalize this year, but in the future, with the experience of this year behind the team, they should be able to.

“Two years from now they are going to be awesome,” Sicner said. “We have the toughest volleyball conference in the nation.” But they still played teams tough. The team could not reach .500 this year, but started out looking to do so. But after losing five out of their last six games, the season ended in another losing season. Losing his three seniors will be tough, Frederick says, but they were very helpful in the progress they are trying to make. “I wish they were juniors,” Frederick said. “I feel like they’ve learned a lot. They’re all very mature.” Frederick seems to have the team moving in the right direction. They have increased wins each year he has been here, and the team believes they will continue doing that. “He’s fun to be around and he’s fun to listen to,” Sicner said. So with a good coach, hopefully a talented freshman class and a strong team which will be led by soon to be sophomore Stephanie Hattey (leader in assists) and winner of MIAA freshman of the year award, junior Justine Buskirk and Alexandra Behnke, one of six seniors next year. What should Frederick look to for next year’s team success? He knows where to start. “Mental toughness,” Frederick said. “Mental toughness is huge.”

BROOKE CARTER/Photo & Graphics Editor Coach Frederick talks things over with Kelli Sicner and Tahler Johnston during a game this season. Sicner was a senior this season and her graduation will leave big shoes to fill.

Soccer looks to future for success Robby Malone Guest Writer The Griffon soccer team  had high hopes for season as they started the year, after finishing last year with an 8 – 10 record. “Turning those wins before into more wins this season would have been great,” head coach Jeff Hansen said.   They started the year with three losses until they played Northwest Missouri State on Sept. 11 where they tied 1 – 1. With two ties and four losses, the Griffons stepped up and won against  the University of NebraskaOmaha with a 2 -1 victory.   Heather Schmiemeier was the leading scorer of that game with one unassisted kick and scoring off of a cross kick. “The UNO game was the best game because we have never beaten them, the win was amazing,”Schmiemeier, a forward, said. Jenna Weis, goal keeper

JASON BROWN/ Staff Photographer Members of the Griffon soccer team wait for a game to start during the 2010 season. The team only won two games this year and will look for more next year.

for the Griffons, took 15 shots to her but UNO only scored one. With two losses, the Griffons finally won an away game against Washburn University 2 -1.

The first goal that was scored by the Griffons was by Schmiemeier which was assisted by Mary Ohm. The second goal was scored by Audrey Henderson and assisted by Ashley Grunder.

“I had a pretty good senior season and I don’t have any regrets,” Weis said, who finished the season with 103 saves. The Griffons ended the season with two losses and

two ties. Their record overall is 2-10-6 and MIAA play is 2-8-6. That put the Griffons second to last in the MIAA, beating out Emporia state. Weis said she thought they had a good season but didn’t show up like everyone thought they would. Hansen said the Griffons were losing nine players, but they have good solid returners. In the offseason, they need to recruit and train the returning players to be able to compete better. Some noteworthy performers are  Jessica Martin, who led in the category of shots on goal. Jeanna Ross led in the category of shot on goal percentage and Ohm led in assists. Henderson led in shot percentage. Schmiemeier lead in categories such as points, goals, game winning goals and shots.  Hansen and the returning players hope to achieve more goals for the 2011 season as well as more wins.

Senior enjoys four years on soccer team

Jesse Bilderback News Writer Senior soccer forward Heather Schmiemeier has enjoyed her experience attending Missouri Western State University both on and off the field. Schmiemeier has been attending Western on a soccer scholarship since 2006. She attended high school at Rockwood-Summit in Fenton, Mo. During her high school soccer career, Schmiemeier was selected first-team all-

conference and first-team all-metro. Schmiemeier’s senior season in high school was capped off with her team becoming both conference and district champions. This year was statistically Schmiemeier’s best year playing soccer at Western. Schmiemeier started 17 of 18 games this season and led the team in goals (3) and shots (31). Schmiemeier says her most memorable moment playing soccer at Western came this season during a game against University of Nebraska-Omaha, in which she scored two goals, including a game winner in double overtime. “With 8:24 to go, our other forward, Jessica Martin, sent a perfect ball into the air directly to me on the other side of the net, and I shot and scored to win the

Heather Schmiemeier 3 goals 31 shots 14 shots on goal game,” Schmiemeier said. “That was the first time I have ever been called a hero in college play.” The women’s soccer team had a pretty disappointing season this year, finishing 2-10-6, which gave them the second worst record in MIAA. Schmiemeier said she felt the team should

have done better since they were an all-senior team. When asked how she stayed motivated through a losing season, Schmiemeier gave all the credit to her fellow teammates. “The girls on the field we were all good motivators before and during the games; they are what kept

me going,” Schmiemeier said. Schmiemeier said Coach Jeff Hansen tried to keep them focused during the losing season. “He started out giving us a game plan,” Schmiemeier said. “Toward the end he told us just to go out there and have some fun.” Schmiemeier has also enjoyed her time living in the St. Joseph community, so much she may continue to call it home after she graduates. “I love St. Joseph - I honestly probably won’t leave,” Schmiemeier said. “I am from St. Louis and the big city just isn’t cutting it for me anymore.” Schmiemeier says her time here at Western has had its ups and downs but has been positive overall.

US Snubbed for World Cup Qatar chosen as 2022 host nation

Matt Gleaves Sports Editor jgleaves@ Last week the World Cup Committee voted Qatar as the host nation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The United States had made a strong push for the chance to host their second World Cup. In 1994, the US hosted the World Cup and set the record for total attendance at any given World Cup, with more than 3.5 million fans coming to stadiums around the country to see the tournament. Another 18.1 million viewers tuned their televisions to the World Cup final between Brazil and Italy. This was just 6 million viewers less than the 24.4 million that tuned in to the 2010 final between England and Spain. Another point to be made is that in all of the categories that FIFA uses to determine host sites, the US had near perfect scores. However, Qatar was still chosen over the US as well as other countries, like England. In my opinion, this makes no sense whatsoever. How can FIFA pass up a site that holds the record for attendance at any World Cup in history? You could make the argument that FIFA is just trying to gain interest all over the world and this would be a logical idea. However, the US is one of the most influential countries in the world and soccer isn’t a major sport here. They should host the 2022 World Cup.


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Foul trouble sinks Griffons in 79-69 loss against 10th ranked Emporia Matt Gleaves Sports Editor jgleaves@ A different mind set has fueled the Griffon women’s basketball team this season, but they could not rally to defeat the 10th ranked team in the country in Emporia State. Western knew that Saturday’s game was

going to be a tough matchup because of Emporia’s returning MVP of the 2010 National Championship Game. Alli Volkens caused headaches for the Western defense the entire game as head coach Lynn Plett put Rachel Luteyn on the assignment. “We did pretty well defensively against her when Rachel was in the game but

when she got her fourth foul, everything kind of fell apart for a while,” Plett said. The first half started out with a back and forth game between the two teams and Western went into halftime with a one point lead. With about 18 minutes left to go in the second half, Luteyn received her fourth personal foul and was forced to go to the bench.

Western would not be able to overcome Emporia’s post presence and, ultimately, the Hornets would pull away from the Griffons. Despite a career high 27-points from Jessica Koch, Western fell to the Hornets by 10 points. Western will look to rebound against Missouri Southern and Fort Hayes this week.

time. Jessica Koch lead the Griffons with 11 points at the half while Rockhurst was led by Shelby Geiman with her seven points. The second half saw the Hawks cut the Griffons lead to six with 13:15 left to play. But once again Missouri Western withstood the advances of Rockhurst and built their lead back up after going on a 15-4 run. Western held the Hawks to four even points for the rest of the game, putting an emphatic stamp on the game. Koch poured in 22 points with seven rebounds, while Rachel Luteyn put in a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Luteyn believes that the win is a big confidence boost going into confrence play.

“It was huge to win our first home game. And the fact that we now have a winning record is a great feeling to take into conference play.” Luteyn said. Kallie Schoonover believes that the win was extra sweet because of who it was against. “It was important to us to come out and win the home opener not only to build our confidence for the beginning of conference play but also as payback for last year,” Schoonover said. With the win and 44 point second half explosion, Western showed that they can shot it from the perimeter. Schoonover believes that this is going to be a paramount to the teams success. “I think that shooting from the perimeter will be

important for us this year as well as penetrating to the basket, getting to the free throw line.” Schoonover said. The Griffons finished the game shooting 36.4 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line. Luteyn knows that the offense won’t always be firing on all cylinders. “We will have nights where we don’t shoot the ball very well but our defense kept us in it. We really buckled down on defense and thankfully in the 2nd half our shots started falling.” Luteyn said. The Griffons next home game is against their MIAA foe the Pittsburg State Gorillas Dec. 1.

Early struggles lead to win for women Emmanuel Akitunde Sports Writer

JASON BROWN/staff photographer Rachel Luteyn shoots a jump shot against Pitt State. Western defeated the Rockhurts Hawks 74-52.

The Missouri Western Women’s basketball team won their home opener comfortably 74-52 against the Rockhurst Hawks. Despite a slow start from the field and numerous runs by the Hawks, the Griffons managed to take their record to 2-1. In the first half, both teams struggled to find their range from the field. Western was 7 of 38 and Rockhurst made only 6 of 29. The Griffons got their barrings after taking the ball to the hoop and drawing fouls. After a couple free throws, the outside shots started to fall. Western was able to take a nine point lead going into half-

Griffons get wake up call on road Matt Gleaves Sports Editor jgleaves@

Coach Tom Smith’s message to his team was simple after their 91-69 loss to Emporia Saturday. “Welcome to the MIAA,” Smith said. Western traveled to Emporia to face their first road conference game and

the team quickly realized what they were in for. This season, the MIAA is arguably stronger overall than it has ever been. Emporia jumped out to an early 11-1 lead and didn’t look back. Western trailed from start to finish against the Hornets with the only bright spot for the Griffons being Jonathan Phelps’ 31 points and record tying

eight three pointers. “I think that all around this was our first, real, poor performance,” Smith said. The Griffon defense struggled all night against the Hornets as they gave up 55.9 percent shooting from the field on the night. Emporia had struggled coming into the contest but turned a corner and was clicking on all cylinders when the Griffons entered

White Auditorium. “We just fell apart on the defensive end of the floor,” Smith said. Western will have to bounce back and try to get back on track in the conference with two big games against Missouri Southern on the road and then at home against Fort Hays.

Stinnett was pleased on how his team played on the offensive side too. “We played good offensively and we got a lot of easy buckets in transition,” Stinnett said. Guard TJ Johnson was another player on the team that had a big day, nearly getting a triple double. He finished the game with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. The passing the ball seemed to be what Johnson admired most about his statistics on this night. “I just like getting my teammates involved,” Johnson said. “Whatever I have to do so we can win is something I’m willing to do,

because I’m a team player.” Head basketball coach, Tom Smith likes the passing motion that Johnson showed during the game, and praised the way his team is unselfish this year. He also did some comparing of how this team is different than last year’s team. “I don’t think we passed the ball like we could have, even with the 23 assists,” Smith said. “Last year’s team would have probably had that number in a five game span.” The offense won the game but the defense did not play as well as they could have in the victory. Johnson felt that his contribution to the defense was not what it

should have been during play. “When I was getting beat that frustrated me because I know I did not help the team,” Johnson said. On how the team played, Johnson wanted his team to have togetherness. “We just have to help more,” Johnson said. “If a man gets beat we have to recover and get on our man.” The lack of defense surprisingly did not seem to bother Smith that much about his team. He gave credit to Avila for their good play, but he knew that this was the beginning of his team’s season. “Obviously our defense

New faces propel Griffons in victory DeAndre Bradshaw Sports Writer P’Allen Stinnett put up a 32 point performance against Avila College in the home opener, to help the Missouri Western basketball team pull out a tough 95-85 win. In the first game of the season the Griffons opened up with a 13-0 lead with an offensive explosion. The offensive game plan was the theme for the whole game, with Stinnett leading all scorers with 32 points. His big day contributed to the victory, and he gave some input on his gameplay. “It was cool, I hit a lot of open shots,” Stinnett said.

DAVE HON/ Editor-in-Chief Senior P’ Allen Stinnett drives to the lane in a game against Pitt State. Western defeated Avila 95-85.

wasn’t very good giving up 85 points,” Smith said. “I think they do a very good job.” “They played six games, and that was our first.” The defense is what the team wants to focus on because the offense has seemed to be more appar-

ent. Stinnett did not like how the defensive stats for the team went, and does not expect the season to continue with how that side of the ball performed. “We gave up over 80 points, and defensively we do not want to do that here,” Stinnett said.

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Athlete gets second chance to play DeAndre Bradshaw Sports Writer Ever tried being a full time student alone? It can be difficult, so just imagine doing school along with two sports. Well one student athlete has experienced this for himself; senior wide receiver Andrew Mead. Mead’s success on the field started at a young age when he was just the waterboy. He stayed around football this way but decided that he wanted to give it a shot and started playing in his eighth grade year. Mead went to East Buchanan high school, a class two school, in his hometown of Gower, Mo. He played quarterback, safety and wide receiver at his high school. He began playing his permanent position as receiver his sophomore year, and has been playing the position since. Mead’s decision to play football turned out to be one of the best he has ever made, because his talent on the field caused him to get noticed by many schools. “My junior year of high school, I started to get looks from people because of the success I had on the field,” Mead said.

His attraction got him invited to camps around the area, which got him noticed even more. “Once the universities were calling, I realized that I would get my college education paid for,” Mead said. Mead was right because he got the opportunity to play at his hometown college, Missouri Western State University. The school that he picked was only 15 minutes away from home and it was convenient for him and his family. “I like being home,” Mead said. “I didn’t even consider a huge change and it has been great ever since.” Mead was recruited by a good number of schools, and everyone’s interest for him was high. He was at the top of MIAA schools list, and they recognized his talents. “I got recruited heavily by MIAA schools; Washburn, Central and Northwest were some of them,” Mead said. He had another talent that made schools want him even more. He also played basketball while in high school and was recruited for that as well. He played two sports coming into college, and that was anoth-

JASON BROWN/ Staff Photographer

er reason for him to pick Missouri Western. “As part of my visit for football, I also got take to take part in basketball as

well,” Mead said. Mead got to play on both the football and basketball team a couple of years ago here at Western. That is

quite an accomplishment for an athlete. The majority are only good at one sport, but Mead was different than the normal athlete. “The coach was pretty adamant and wanted me to come out for the basketball team,” Mead said. Even though he played two sports, he said this was his best year academically. It caused Mead to work harder in the classroom. Playing two sports was hard to overcome at times because of the commitment he had to show for both teams. “It was very difficult because in football we made it the Mineral Water Bowl that year, and in basketball, I had some games before that,” Mead said. “It was really difficult to get in basketball shape because of football.” Even though it was difficult that year for him juggling two sports, nothing was as difficult as what was to come for him his senior year. In practice Mead suffered a concussion that was serious enough to knock him out for the entire season. The concussion occurred at a night practice, according to former teammate and quar-

terback Barron Bradshaw. Bradshaw said the concussion was due to a safety colliding with Mead. “Mead was laying there motionless and we couldn’t even think about football,” Bradshaw said. The practice was cut short, due to the severity of the situation. The focus was on Mead, who had to have medical attention for the injury. The injury for Mead caused him to have to sit out from doing much activity. His head injury had to be examined by someone with a great knowledge in this field, so he had to go to a specialist in Pennsylvania. This was a tough time in his life, and according to him, he did not even care about football anymore at that point. The people who helped motivate him were among his family and one of his coaches; Coach Bell. He found a way helped reverse the bad thinking that had occurred in Mead’s mind. “Coach Bell was helpful to me and positive about the whole thing,” Mead said. “He made the situation easier for me.”

Football finishes with loss Griffons lose heartbreaker 28-24 to rival Northwest Missouri 2010 FB RECORD

Jessica Koch Sports Writer The Missouri Western football squad came into first round of the playoffs against the Bearcats this past Saturday with a vengeance after being shut out in their first meeting earlier this season. Not many teams get the opportunity to play the same team twice in one season, let alone in the first round of the NCAA Division two playoffs, and the Griffons were prepared to show Northwest the heart, determination, and talent that wasn’t displayed during that first battle. The Griffons fought hard and made Missouri Western as well as the St. Joseph community proud, despite

8-4 (6-3 MIAA) the fact that they couldn’t take down the MIAA powerhouse. With the loss, the Griffons ended the 2010 season with an 8-4 overall record, and will lose 11 seniors. Some of these seniors include quarter back Drew Newhart, wide receiver Andrew mead, kicker Brad Beckwith, running back

Thomas Hodges and corner back Ian Thompson. Head coach Jerry Partridge will remember this senior class as one of the most talented that he’s coached at Western. “They go down as one of the better ones we’ve ever had. We’ve had some great ones and their just right there with them,” Partridge said. Western had 10 players in the 2010 season receiving All-MIAA honors. Sophomore free safety Jack Long and senior linebacker Sean Whiters were selected to first team, while sophomore kick returner Terrell Downing and sophomore defensive end David bass were placed on second team All-MIAA. Those players receiving Honorable Mention All-

MIAA includes senior quarterback Drew Newhart, sophomore running back Michael Hill, senior wide receiver Andrew Mead, strong safety Shane Simpson, senior defensive back Kendall Davis and senior kicker Brad Beckwith. Defensively this season, the Griffons lead the MIAA in interceptions with 21, and ranked first in pass defense as they only allowed 194.4 yards per game. Western also led the league in kickoff returns with 1147, interceptions with 21, red zone offense going 44-50 on the season, and red zone defense allowing only 23 red zone scores out of 35 chances. JASON BROWN/ Staff Photographer Members of the football team watch a play against Pitt State. Western won the game 42-25 on Family/ Hall of Fame Day.

Bowl season preview and predictions Matt Gleaves Sports Editor

Sports Editor makes Division I football picks

BCS National Champ. Game

Discover Orange Bowl

Allstate Sugar Bowl




Auburn will win the national championship game because of Cam Newton. Even though he was surrounded by a NCAA investigation I think he will recover to show that he is capable of being the Heisman Candidate that the nation has seen before the controversy.

Stanford’s pro style attack will help them to overcome Virginia Tech. Tech is notorious for their outstanding special teams play, but Stanford will have coach Jim Harbaugh on their sideline and his tough, NFL style of play calling will propel them past the Hokies along with the play of quarterback Andrew Luck.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet has carried the Razorbacks in key games all year with his precision passing and clutch performances. With this being said, Mallet will help to lead his team to a victory once again and take the Sugar Bowl against a team in Ohio State who has struggled in BCS games under Jim Tressel.

AT&T Cotton Bowl

Fiesta Bowl

The Rose Bowl Game




LSU will have to avoid another Mad Hatter meltdown by Les Miles. His clock management strategy has come into question in the past but the SEC is overall a tougher conference than the Big 12 this season. This will help LSU to get the running game established and take down Texas A&M.

Connecticut snuck into the Fiesta Bowl as the winner of the Big East and is a surprise to most people. However, Oklahoma has too much firepower on offense and even though they showed a few weaknesses in the regular season, Oklahoma’s strength will be the showcase as they will easily put away UCONN.

TCU may play in the Mountain West, but that doesn’t mean that they are one of the best teams in the country. They play an all around style of game and after seeing Boise State take down a giant like Oklahoma a few years ago, I think that the Horned Frogs will pull off a Cinderella win against a powerful Big 10 team.

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