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Some Western students made unique New Year’s resolutions. Learn about them on page 4.


Vol 94 | Issue 13

January 19, 2012

Procrastinators pack walk-in registration

Eboni Lacey | News Editor As students piled in the downstairs location of Eder Hall for the final day of registration known as “Walkin Registration,” staff and faculty wondered yet again why students waited so long to enroll in their classes. On Jan 12, over hundreds of new, returning and transferred students waited for quite a few hours in line to enroll for classes. “A lot of times you never know why people wait so long,” Bursar Daniel Eckhoff said. “Why would you wait until today? There is no benefit. I don’t think anybody enjoys waiting in line and the frustration of not into classes.” Though walk-in registration was a little easier for students this year, as the registration team allowed all students to come in at 1:00 p.m. rather then divide the times by class level, quite a few registration leaders were surprised at the huge number of students in line and the consistent pace of the line. According to Eckoff, all students that applied for admission by Dec. 1 were eli-

“A lot of times you never know why people wait so long.”

Daniel Eckhoff, Bursar

gible to pre-register online. However, those that waited until the walk-in registration date had to go through admissions, advisement, registration, financial aid and payment options in just a few hours; a process that usually takes two weeks to complete. “We try to make things go as smooth as possible,” Registrar Susan Bracciano said. “We usually get new students that didn’t apply in time and students that decide last minute that they don’t want to go away to another school. Returning students sometimes come in to talk to their advisers. But, we get less of the continuing students.”


Students filled the hallway in front of the Registrar’s office Jan. 12, trying to fit the whole enrollment process into one afternoon. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

Students petition Student Affairs, request information concerning dismissal Dave Hon | Editor-in-Chief In just a matter of 10 hours students who worked with former International Student Services Coordinator Huey-Shi Chew managed to get 78 signatures demanding information about the termination of Chew’s employment. “We are curious as to

what specific standards of the university Huey-Shi [Chew] failed to meet,” The petition says, “Based upon the information currently available to students, it would seem that Huey-Shi was very satisfactory, and that her future at Western was promising.” Chew’s departure was one of 13 since the reorganization of Student Affairs. Interna-

tional students have praised her dedication to students and were baffled by her departure. Gilbert Imbiri, Student Assistant for the International Student Services office, said that the petition was read and approved by the International Student Club, but that the petition is as far as their concerns will go. “That’s all we can do is

sponsor it,” Imbiri said. “We all live with a student visa status so we just don’t want to get in trouble.” Before the end of the semester, petition organizers sent the signed document to administrators, who did not directly respond to the request. Missouri law protects former employees from their employers by not allowing them to release information

about their former employment. Sharon Moore, one of the students who helped write the petition, said she had mixed feelings about Peralez’s response. Esther Peralez, Vice President for Student Affairs, responded to the petition by stating that Missouri law prevented her from disclosing information about Chew’s employ-

ment, but told Moore that if she had any concerns they should discuss them with Tay Triggs, assistant dean of student development or Steve Potter, international student adviser.


Student Senate seeks new members Matt Hunt | Asst. News Editor

Take a break from textbooks

Keisha Caldwell (right) plays with the Nook display as Rodney Roberts Jr. (left) and bookstore employee Bailey Griffin (middle) look on at the Missouri Western bookstore. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

Homework, working forty hours or more per week, and keeping up that GPA. These may be some of the factors leading to the loss of membership in the Student Senate. The spring semester starts this week, and the senate will be back in session. According to former Senator Nick Brewer his reason for leaving was school-related, not the lack of confidence in the Senate. “Partially, one reasons I left the Senate was my schedule, and I wouldn’t be able to make most of the meetings,” Brewer said. Other reasons for Senator’s leaving were not due to a lack of confidence in the senate, but rather for their own benefit. According to SGA President Alison Norris, only 2 students left the senate who were studying abroad, and those graduating. As stated by Norris she believes it’s

time to recruit new Senators. “We are going to run ads, and asking the current Senators to spread word to others,” Norris said. “The Student Senate has a retreat coming up, and we will hopefully see a few people come out with interest in becoming a Senator.” The membership rate at the moment for the Student Senate stands at 16, according to SGA Vice President Jacob Scott. “We just need two-third vote to pass legislations, which we have been able to do.” Although it’s a positive sign that the Senate is able to pass legislation, having a few new members wouldn’t hurt. “We are going to recruit, even if we don’t have a full Senate, and we are still able to pass legislation for the Spring Semester,” Norris said.



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New key mechanisms installed at residence halls Eboni Lacey | News Editor To provide better safety to the students and give the campus the most efficient technology, the key office and the facilities department partnered with residential life to install new key mechanisms for the residential halls. Instead of the old padlock keys that have been in use for several years, the departments decided to get brand new key sliders for every front door of the dorms. According to Key Access Specialist and Assistant Locksmith Clint Barnes, the student’s safety was the number one reason for in-

stalling the new key system. “The largest part of my job is safety,” Barnes said. “I hold that end very, very high. There is no other way around it. Students have to feel safe. Student safety is number one.” Residential Assistant Derek Thompson, who stated that he didn’t hear about the new key systems, felt that the lock upgrade might have been a little unnecessary. “I liked the old ones better,” Thompson said. “They were easier to use. I guess these ones are better for winter weather. We have locks that already worked and I don’t think we really needed them if they were expensive.” According to Barnes, thou-

Petition requests not granted due to Sunshine Law PETITION:

CONTINUED FROM FRONT “What we were asking for was something that the college could not comply with under the sunshine laws,” Moore said. “So, I understood the response in that sense, but on the other hand, she could have definitely made an effort to find a different way in her power to address our concerns.” While Triggs respects the students’ right to ask questions, she wishes that students would focus on concerns that affect the entire student body or things that the administration can control. “They have a right to ask questions,” Triggs said. “I just hate that we can’t answer a lot of those questions.” While the position remains empty, Imbiri is filling in the gaps by helping new international students adjust. Last week was the start of orientation for new international students. Imbiri also said that Potter has been helping after Chew’s departure.

Even with the extra help, Imbiri said that the International Student Services office is struggling. “It feels empty,” Imbiri said. “There’s no body in charge. This semester just began and a lot of students need help.” The search committee has yet to fill the position, but Imbiri said that several interviews have been scheduled. “It’s a field that needs a specific someone to do it,” Imbiri said, “When she left, I’m the one kind of in charge of all the students. It’s frustrating because I’m just a student too.” Triggs hopes to have the position filled by March at the latest. She also said that the new Director for Global Engagement should have a breadth of knowledge and be able to provide leadership. “It’s not just about someone having an open door policy and having a great relationship with students,” Triggs said. “You’ll find that all over campus. But we also need someone who can come in a give the university some direction in regards to the international program.”

The new locking mechanisms for the suites slant downward. Jason Brown | Photo Editor sands of dollars were spent to purchase and install the new locks. Last year, the Facilities Department drew up a bid to install the new systems. Barnes also thinks that Residential Life paid for the

upgrade. “I’m pretty sure Residential life paid for it,” Barnes said. Barnes noted that anytime a department requests for new locks or mechanisms,

the department is entitled to pay for it. “It doesn’t come out of maintenance budget because we don’t have it.” Griffon Hall Resident Jerrica Brown also felt the new lock upgrade were a meaningless addition to the campus. “It doesn’t seem like there is a difference,” Brown said. “I think they are really pointless. I think they are wasting money on pointless things that don’t benefit students.” In addition to the new lock system, the key office has found more efficient ways to ensure campus security. The security is due mainly to students that need or desire access into academic buildings. To achieve access, a

form must be signed by the department chair, vice president of the department and dean or director of that department. This form must be filled out every semester. “Just because you want access into room x,y,z doesn’t mean you are going to get it,” Barnes said. Barnes also gives a stern warning to students that have access to any academic building about the importance of being responsible of your electronic chip key and not losing it or loaning it out. “If you loan your chip to somebody, we are going to know about it,” Barnes said. “I can run an audit and tell you exactly who came into that door.”

Opportunity for potential Senators at SGA retreat SENATE:

CONTINUED FROM FRONT However, as stated on the Student Governments website a full senate has 20 Senators, but that isn’t stopping the current one in place. “With the 10 Senators that we have, we only need 6 at the Senate meetings to conduct our business,” Norris said. According to current Student Senator Brian Shewell,

he will wait to see what the plan for gaining membership will be at the first meeting when they return from Winter break. “By the first meeting we should have an idea on how we plan to get students engaged, and want to participate in the Student Senate,” Shewell said. “I will be spreading word to other students, and let them know how they can bring their own ideas fourth.” It seems that SGA execu-

tives are already getting to work to find ways to get people involved in the student senate. “Our plan is to recruit two men and two women as Senators,” Scott said. “If students are serious about becoming a Senator, then the 3-day retreat would be the best way to gain instant access to the Senate. If students attend the 2 night, 3 day retreat that would count for 3 meetings.” According to Senate membership requirements, a stu-

dent must attend 3 meetings to become a senator. According to Norris, the decline in membership has been an issue the last couple years. “We have a lot of non-traditional students at Western, and students with schedules that don’t fit with our meetings,” Norris said. “We must now show the students how important the Senate is, and how hard we work for the student body.”

Some students turned away by Admissions WALK-IN:

CONTINUED FROM FRONT According to three-year veteran registration leader Robin Ussher, who is the new student registration intern, a good amount of students that walked in were returning students that perhaps weren’t fully knowledgeable of the process. “A surprising handful of currently-enrolled freshman seemed unaware of the registration process,” Ussher said. “They took advantage of this day.” One returning student, Justin Morton, felt that the registration process was extremely long and quite drawn out. “You stand in line for about five hours,” Morton said. “It

The line for walk-in registration wound through most of the first floor of Eder. takes too long.” Another student who was registering for the first time felt the day was beneficial overall. “You get everything done at once, but it is so long,” Valarie Weems said. Rather early or late, the

registration team is happy that students are coming into Western and that Western is continuing to grow every semester. The team is also proud of the great amount of students that desire to attend Western, but unfortunately have to be turned away for

Jason Brown | Photo Editor

numerous reasons. “Down at Admissions, there are a lot of people that don’t get through,” Ussher said. “I’m sure it’s hard to be the person that says you can’t enroll with us this semester, but somebody’s got to do it.”



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Thursday, Jan. 19 War and Peace Film Series: • “Budrus,” Kemper Recital Hall, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 • MLK Candlelight Vigil, Griffon Plaza (outside Blum Union), 5:30 p.m. • Saturday, Jan. 21 Griffon Men’s/Women’s Basketball vs. Pittsburg State, Looney Complex, 1:30 p.m. /3:30 p.m. MLK Service Day, Blum Union Lobby, 9 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 22 MLK Gospel Celebration, Kemper Recital Hall, 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 MLK Drum Major for Justice Awards Banquet and Cultural Exhibition, Fulkerson Center, 6 p.m. Human Rights Pictorial and Information Fairs, Blum Union Lobby, all day. Through Jan. 27.

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and decision making roles,” Vartabedian said. Though she is the Special Assistant, rumors have circulated as to whether   Ms. Pearce would   receive her own parking space. According to Pearce the rumors are true. “I do have my own parking space, and it is justified,” Pearce said. “I will not be sitting behind my desk all day.”  The position requires Pearce to travel quite a bit on and off campus. Pearce states that she must be confident that there will be a space for her when she returns to campus for her meetings. According to Pearce she is ready to get to work. “I am anxious to meet as many members of the Missouri Western family as I can, and to work closely with them to hear their views,” Pearce said. “The more I researched the university the more I was impressed by it.” President Vartabedian stated that Pearce stood out as having both extensive legislative and academic experience. “I have been very impressed with Ms. Pearce’s willingness to 'go the extra mile',” Vartabedian said, “and do whatever is needed to be done to further the goals of Missouri Western.”


Ann Pearce Special Assistant to the President

To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s long-lasting words of respect, honor and service to one another, the Center for Multicultural Education is hosting a weekend of events from a community service day to a formal banquet and even a gospel jubilee. “We want to re-educate students on all the parameters on what Dr. King stood for and what social justice work he did during his life,” Keisha Caldwell, CME program assistant, said. On Friday, Jan. 20, the CME will host a Candlelight Vigil at 5:30 at the Griffon Plaza, which is located right outside of the Blum Union. The CME will then host a day of service on Saturday, Jan. 21, which begins at 10 a.m. For the day of service, the CME plans to meet first in Blum lobby, and then break off into groups to serve and provide assistance to community centers such as St. Joe Haven, Habitat for Humanity, the Open Door Food Kitchen and the YWCA. The service day will continue until 2 p.m. On Sunday, the CME is partnering with local church “Word of Faith” to host a Gospel Celebration, held in Kemper Hall, beginning at 3 p.m. The last event will be the Martin Luther King awards banquet and cultural exhibition, which will be in the Fulkerson Center, beginning at 6 p.m. Though the banquet and the service day are annual events, the CME decided to hold the events over the weekend, instead of during the week, in hope to achieve more student par-



The Western family will welcome a new staff member. Ann Pearce, Special Assistant to President Vartabedian, who will replace Beth Wheeler, Director of External Relations. According to Wheeler, Pearce has extensive experience that will benefit Western. “Her extensive experience in higher education include working with the Missouri Department of Higher Education and the General Assembly,” Wheeler said. “She is a great fit for Western.” Ann Pearce will not take the title of Director of External Relations; she receives her own title as the Special Assistant to the University President. According to Pearce she will take on many of the same duties as Wheeler. “The duties include governmental relations at the local, state, and federal levels,” Pearce said. “Also being a university liaison with the greater St. Joseph community and with decision makers throughout the state.” According to President Vartabedian, Ann Pearce has the experience Western needs. “Ms. Pearce has 25 years of impressive experience at the University of Central Missouri,” Vartabedian said. “She has a track record of effective performance in the areas of expertise that we were seeking.” President Vartabedian states that she is responsible for all things governmental from local to federal level. “She is primarily responsible for building and sustaining strong and positive leadership with those in influential

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ticipation. “The banquet and service day we have done for years,” Caldwell said. “But, we decided to have our events postponed, until students came back because we had low attendance in previous years of having events on Martin Luther King Day.” CME Intern Leah Hayes feels that all students should take this opportunity to celebrate Martin Luther King, rather then just take the day off. “As far as a college standpoint, we are all here for a reason,” Hayes said. “We are in college to educate ourselves. We all should learn what Martin Luther King

was all about. Let’s not be ignorant and think Martin Luther King day is a day off. Martin Luther King stood for social justice. It’s a day on, not a day off.” During the banquet, the CME will be giving out a “Drum Majors for Justice” award to certain nominees that demonstrate excellent service and social justice to the St. Joseph community. The CME is also remembering Martin Luther King by co-hosting the candlelight event with the fraternity that he was a member of, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Alpha Phi Alpha member Mark Bush feels that co-sponsoring the event is

a great way to remind the Alphas of what being apart of a fraternity is all about. “Brother King was not afraid of change but rather an agent of change,” Bush said. “He is the ideal Alpha man, which is why we honor him in remembrance of what he did because if we forget where we came from, we will never make it to where we are going.” All events are free for Missouri Western students. The Gospel Celebration is free for everybody. The banquet, however, is $10 for non-students.

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Ring in the new year Avoid the norm in 2012 Blair Stalder | Features Editor

Tightening those cheeks, ditching the butts and mending that hole in the pocket are just standard goals people set for New Year’s resolutions. This year, however, students are going for something a little more rewarding. Brittany Moses is giving up dairy products to stay healthy, but that is not her top priority. She is doing it to save her voice. Moses majored in music business and songwriting at Middle Tennessee State University and is now at Missouri Western for grad school. Currently she is an active artist and is in the TESOL program. Moses says some professional singers don’t consume dairy, and she claims her dad told her milk is bad for her singing; that’s when she decided 2012 was the time to quit it. “The reason it is so bad for your voice is because milk creates mucous, as gross as that sounds,” Moses said. “The more phlegm and mu-


4 ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULLEST 5 LEARN SOMETHING NEW 6 QUIT SMOKING 7 VOLUNTEER 8 FALL IN LOVE 9 MORE FAMILY TIME 10 RECYCLE cous you have in your throat, (the more it) creates a blockage and prevents getting out the notes.” So just stop consuming dairy products, it’s as simple as that, right? Not necessar-

ily. “My biggest obstacle right now is working in a restaurant that most of the entrees have cream or cheese strongly influenced in their menu items...which is hard to re-

sist,” Moses said. “Another challenge is going out to eat making sure the entree or meal doesn’t have creams or cheeses. Also, some coffee shops don’t have soy or other dairy alternatives. So that stinks!” Yet Moses has some methods for overcoming her desire to eat dairy products. “I am actively trying to research some new recipes that have alternate methods of cooking and not using creams and cheese because every recipe has it in it,” Moses said. “I also just try to just tell myself I am lactose intolerant, which I feel like I kind of am at times.” Moses has also been substituting almond milk for regular milk (which she says tastes better anyway) and margarine for butter. While Moses is taking the healthy route, another student plans on taking a different route -- road routes that is. Senior Kayla Roumas wants to work on her spontaneity and, as Willie Nelson puts it, “get on the road again.” Roumas has really only

Take advantage of zoomba ‘Anytime,’ get fit for new year Blair Stalder | Features Editor Another year, another New Year’s resolution to attempt to lose weight and stay in-shape. Allow the opportunities in 2012 to stick with it. Anytime Fitness has a deal students should check out if they want to keep their New Year’s resolution of keeping fit alive. While the Baker Center is free to students, the hours may not be fitting for students who have to work late or would like to get up early and work out before class. For just $36 for a yearly membership (because students get a 10% discount with student I.D.), students can have access to Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour gym that has treadmills and ellipticals with TVs attached to them, various machines and free weights as well. Located at 1209 N. Belt Highway, Suite f (near Panera Bread), Anytime Fitness is a suitable gym for everybody, according to manager

Amanda McGinley. “It’s so convenient,” McGinley said. Once a member is added, he or she will be given a tiny gray key that unlocks the door once it is waved near the sensor, giving access to all members at any time of the day or night. Plus, once the key has been activated for 30 days, the member will be able to use the key at any Anytime Fitness locations. Not only is Anytime Fitness convenient, it also offers personal trainers (which costs extra) if you need a little more motivation, a masseuse (separate cost) to help you relax afterward, tanning beds (which costs $15 extra) and classes which are included in the membership. “Once you’re a member, you can take classes like aerobics, Zumba, cardiostrength, kickboxing and pilates; we have a ton,” McGinley said. If students would rather just take a class, however, they might find what they are looking for at Zumba in

the Room-ba at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex. (Note: People should show up around 30 minutes prior in order to get through registration; donations are encouraged). Zumba is a Latin dance that incorporates aerobics with several types of dances including salsa, hip-hop and merengue. Zumba in the Room-ba is an event open to the public that will raise money for YWCA Choices program, which provides life skills training for seventh grade girls, and could possibly break the current record (held by Missouri Western) of 498 people Zumba-ing in a room for one hour in the “Guinness Book of World Records.” According to Jennifer Bagley, the head honcho of the event, Zumba will draw a sweat, but it’s still a fun, easy workout. “Zumba is the best kind of workout because you don’t know it’s a workout until it’s

over and you’re sweating,” Bagley said. “It’s just fun; you’re constantly moving, and if you’ve never done it before, it’s not so difficult that a newcomer would be overwhelmed.” Soccer player Abby Widrig, who attended Zumba in the Room-ba last year, would agree with Bagley when it comes to Zumba being a decent workout. “It was a nice change of pace from running, yet I still (got) a good workout,” Widrig said. In addition, this event is a way to meet new people and find a permanent class to join in the future. After the event ends, the instructors will be available for chit-chat and will be handing out information regarding their classes. So think of Zumba in the Room-ba as a fun gateway to opportunities of keeping inshape. “I would say give it at least one try. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it, but I really did,” Widrig said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

taken one real road trip within the past two years, so she’s itching to drive out of the state to someplace like San Diego, Calif. However, what she will have to work on for 2012 is allowing herself to do it. “The hardest part will probably be letting go of my habit to meticulously plan everything and making more time,” Roumas said. Making more time goes under the heading of school, considering she still has two semesters left. “I’m not graduating until December, so hopefully I’ll squeeze a few in,” Roumas said. Another student who is looking to travel abroad and be well-known is aspiring comedian Jeff Jones. “My official New Year’s resolution would be to make moves,” Jones said. “I want the world, and I can’t get it sitting still.” In order to have “the world” (not to be confused with Pinky and the Brain’s “taking over the world”), however, he and his friend and colleague Nick Ford are trying “start a revolution” by

launching their new clothing line. “The clothing line is a shout out to real people who do real things,” Jones said. Jones plans on having shirts with different slogans, their main one standing for “real people doing real things” or “RNDRT” (the “n” is another word Jones uses for people, which you can probably figure out). The point of it is to encourage people to be true to themselves, real to their character. Jones said Hanna Greenwell, who is an art major at Western, is already coming up with designs, and another friend who will be the accountant and has some valuable connections to help Jones and Ford’s project. With already having an RNDRT fan base and impending advertising, Jones is hoping the clothing line will boost his standup comedy presence — and it all started with making a move. “Frankly, it’s already going to be huge; we already have people bugging us about shirts, and I’ve also seen RDNRT on statuses.”

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Max’s makeover causes mascot turnover

Caitlin Cress| Managing Editor Max the Griffon got an extreme makeover prior to the start of the basketball season, and that caused Weston Baker, the former man behind the Max mask, to quit. According to Baker, who filled Max’s costumed shoes for the past year, the old Max costume was in dire need of some rehab. “Old Max is beat up,” he said. “He has rips in the arms, his tail’s coming off, his feet are falling apart, the head stinks. It stinks everywhere. You sweat just a little bit in there and you could smell him from probably 1520 feet away.” Unfortunately for Baker, the new Max costume was not at all what he had imagined it would be. “I saw a picture of the new one, and I was really upset about it,” he said. Baker describes the new costume as completely wrong: the head is so big is hurts the wearer’s neck, the feet are too big to run with and the body is too padded for Max to dance as he typically does. Baker was so uncomfortable in the new costume that he felt he had no choice but to quit. “For me, it’s like when you put the old [costume] on, you become that Max; you become that character,” he said. “With the new one, there’s no character to it. The character that it builds is like a Barney-type figure.” Baker said that the head of Max 2.0 is so heavy that it caused him physical pain to wear the costume. The new Max costume debuted at Coach Smith’s 600th wining game in November. Baker did not make it through the whole game. “I told the cheerleading coach, Bryan Allen, ‘I can’t wear that thing. I can’t breathe, I can’t run around, my neck hurts from wearing it for ten minutes,’” he said. “So I just couldn’t do it anymore.” Baker’s departure was very sudden and left the cheerleading squad without its most recognizable member. “Bryan was kind of upset with me, which I kind of figured he would be,” he said. “I hear now that all the cheerleaders hate me.” Allen was displeased to lose Baker, who filled the

Weston Baker (above) in the old Max costume. This costume’s serious state of disrepair caused the the school to replace it. ‘Max 2.0,’ as Baker named it, is pictured on the left. The position of mascot has been filled since Baker quit. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

mascot position with a positive attitude and lots of enthusiasm. “Weston was excellent at what he did. I’m sorry to lose him, but if he’s not going to be 100 percent dedicated, we needed to find someone

else,” Allen said. Allen doesn’t agree with all of Baker’s concerns about the new Max, and thinks that the costume just needs a little getting used to. “I like the new Max. It looks sharp,” Allen said.

Baker does not think that the new Max can be broken in. “I think it’s going to be awful from day one to year seven,” he said. Cheerleader Pierce Karguth wore the Max costume

Suberb acting makes ‘Debt’ worth the money Caitlin Cress | Managing Editor “The Debt,” starring Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington and Jessica Chastain, pleasantly surprised me. While I was expecting a typical political espionage story (that, honestly, would probably confuse the heck out of me), I got a completely riveting, multi-faceted, well-acted adventure. “The Debt” tells the story of Mossad secret agents Rachel (Chastain), Stefan (Marton Csokas) and David (Worthington) living undercover in Germany in 1965 to

catch a Nazi war criminal. The film flashes back and forth between the characters in 1965 and their future counterparts in 1997. The ramifications of their actions in the ‘60s are catching up to them, and the audience has to sit in suspense to find out exactly what happened to them thirty years earlier.

The true stars of this film are undoubtedly the two women that play Rachel. Chastain has been everywhere in the past year, from her role as Celia Foote in “The Help” to Brad Pitt’s wife in “The Tree of Life.” What prevents audiences from tiring of her is her incredible ability to transform. Chastain’s portrayal of ‘60s housewife Celia is completely different from how she plays ‘60s woman Rachel. Rachel is tough and confused, speaks several languages flawlessly, and is simultaneously sexy and ruthless. Chastain embodies all of these qualities well, mak-

The opening sequence of ‘The Debt’ features actors Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas as their characters return home from a dangerous undercover mission.

ing the audience’s immersion into her story simple. Rachel of 1997 is played with the same panache by Mirren. The audience is not privy to all of the details concerning her skittish and scarred personality, and that adds greatly to the intrigue of the story. Mirren plays Rachel beautifully. All of her character’s pain is apparent, and a brutal fight scene is especially impressive. Mirren is 66 years old, and she fights with more tenacity than I’ve seen in many actresses forty years younger. Mirren truly commits to her role. The Nazi war criminal that the agents are pursuing is the Surgeon of Birkenau, an obvious nod to Josef Mengle, the butcher of Birkenau. The man who plays this “surgeon,” Jesper Christensen, is great in his role. He is creepy and terrible, but just charming enough to make his dominance believable. Seeing him as a mainstream doctor in Germany especially made my skin crawl – knowing that this character hurt and killed so many, and then seeing him practice legitimate medicine was an interesting and affecting contrast. This movie is absolutely worth the $1.20. The acting is superb and the story is incredibly interesting. Rent this movie only if you’re ready to be completely absorbed for a couple hours; this isn’t the kind of movie you can watch for homework background noise.

during the second Northwest vs. Western football game of the season. He agrees with Baker: the suit does not feel like Max. “Personally, I like the old one,” he said. “It [the new Max] takes a little getting used to. The feet are a lot bigger, and the head is humungous. It wears you out real quick. It’s just harder to move.” Since Baker’s last game, Allen has since found a replacement. Max’s costume is now filled by a different performer. Karguth, who has been off-campus due to break has not seen the new

mascot in action yet, but knows him personally. “But, based on his personality, he’ll do a good job,” Karguth said. Allen expressed interest in getting Baker back on the squad, but Baker is not interested in being Max is his current form. “If they switched back to the old Max, I’d pick it back up at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, that’s not the case,” he said. “He was due for a change, but if they would have just got a new Old Max, it would have been ten times better.”

RA of the Month Name: Ben Olsen Home: Lawson, MO Major: Wildlife Conservation and Management Favorite Movie: Grumpier Old Men Ben continually goes above and beyond in his work as an RA. This month Ben helped to create the large dice advertisements for Casino Night that were placed around campus and in all of the residential halls. He also helped with the construction of the Black Jack tables for Casino night on three separate evenings.

Why live on campus:

I like being on campus because of being close to classes. Also being close to friends who live on campus and going to fun programs like The CASINO Night coming up Thursday December 8th 9 to midnight. I also like not having to drive during the winter.

Most memorable moment here at Western: Accepting MWSU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society as TWS(The Wildlife Society) Student Chapter of the Year 2011 in Hawaii


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January 19, 2012

Griffons should follow MLK Dr. Martin Luther King once asked the public "What are you doing for others?" To celebrate his day, maybe we should all ask ourselves the same question. As we are all in school to achieve the knowledge to create a successful career and future for ourselves and our families, the question of whether we are helping others along the way comes into play. We all have the same goal and dream of earning a degree, and perhaps if we could help others just a little more, we could help ourselves as well. Whether it means sharing notes, creating study groups, tutoring or even helping out in a campus event or organization, helping others is the one true definition of service which is a pure ingredient of success. If you could only remember one thing about Dr. King, remember that he gave his life to obtain justice for others. His reasoning for enduring assault, arrests and disrespect came from his determination to develop a better future for a more united society where character and personality are more important then color and race. As

Dr. King became successful for serving others with peace and respect, certainly we can do the same with our campus and our peers. Missouri Western students should be proud of the unity established on our campus. From our standing section at every football, basketball and baseball game to our diverse campus organizations that have created a well mixed blend of unity among campus life, our school has created an amazing place for students to feel comfortable, united and respected. Dr. King would be very proud. Yet, there is more work to be done. This work can and should be done by each and every student. This work involves helping each other out in our classes. Think about how many times you were confused on an assignment or had to miss a few classes. Now think about how many times you needed help to finish an assignment, catch up on work or needed help understanding something. Truth is we have all been there and we all should thank those helpful peers that helped us pass a class which made us another

small step closer to graduation. If we continue to help each other out in our classes and academics, we would all be more successful. No one maintains success without knowing how to help others out. Spend just a little more time being useful and available to help others. The reward in return is something better than any 'A' you could receive on any exam or paper. Having the feeling that you helped someone become successful assures that you have been an impact to a person's life. Remember that society remembers greatness not by what a person has done on paper but by how many people a person has touched. Dr. Martin Luther King was an author, activist, global leader and Noble Peace Prize winner. Yet, we don't remember him for that. We remember him by the millions of people he reached in just one word, sentence or speech. His memory lives on because his words live on and these words motivate us to create a "beautiful symphony of brotherhood" in our school just as he did with our nation. Long live the king.


Community needs to step up downright hypocritical comments have been appearing on his wall since. Before I continue it should be noted that I know he confessed to both charges. I recognize that his mug shot, which has been run on national news now, shows no regret in the man’s face. For all intents and purposes, Quintin is a murderer. What I find further depressing is the actions of the rest of us. We cannot change Quintin. What he has done cannot be reversed. So, when people I went to school with post in his facebook that they will pray for his swift death or hope he

Ringing in the New Year, a fellow Eagle Scout, someone I know, confessed to the brutal murder of 22-year-old Alissa Shippert. The night I found out I was staying up late working on our website, GriffonNews. com. In our small community, people knew Quintin worked with Shippert. Somehow, he walked around for seven months, acting relatively normal, with murder on his conscience. What is done is done. Sadly, the community I call home can’t get passed that. Quintin’s facebook wall remains open and a litany of ignorant, belligerent, and

society says it is. Lighting strikes even the tallest of trees. I can assure you, that in no way, would the training of the Boy Scouts of America ever play into the amoral killing of an innocent woman. The last line of our Motto is “to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” Those aren’t just words though, everything in scouting teaches us how to be a good person to ourselves and to each other. I know that scouting has made a significantly positive impact on my life. Does this mean that Scouting went wrong with Quintin? Not at all. It doesn’t mean anyone around Quintin did anything wrong, including his parents. It means that

lightning strikes the tallest of trees, too. Ever since I had known Quintin he was never a violent or angry person. But, sometimes people just aren’t born with something. Our idea of evil is that evil is a possession of some sort, meaning that those who murder in cold blood have evil. Maybe evil is lacking something. Maybe no amount of scouting could fix that ever. I will defend, protect and adhere to the scouting way of life until I die. The actions of individuals do not reflect on an organization as a whole. If that were true, America, and all countries for that matter, would not be considered great societies to live in.

Anti-piracy law steps on free speech

to the music and film industry. SOPA states that any website that might “engage in, enable, or facilitate” copyright infringement is subject to penalty under this law. What exactly does “engage in, enable, or facilitate" mean? Simply stated, this means that an IP holder can seek a court order against a website and shut it down due to copyright infringement. This can be anything from a YouTube tribute video, to movie and music download links. What this means for the Internet is that anything the RIAA and the

MPAA sees as unfit can be subjected to having their URL blacklisted and made inaccessible to the public. This doesn’t stop piracy though; the same websites can still be visited and used if a person has the IP address. What this does is create a censored Internet based on what an organization thinks is acceptable. This is way too much power for these organizations, with known agendas, to have. SOPA feels so much more restrictive and fascist than a country based on free speech and basic human rights should even consider. If we

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going to see it. Do you really think they have facebook in prison? They don’t. You know who does have facebook: his family. His two sisters are finishing their last year at Platte County High and are probably being tortured by their peers already. My condolences to Miss Shippert’s family, but I also have sympathy for Quintin’s family. For everyone involved, the tragedy won’t end after his sentencing. These things linger, but hopefully not for long. Another ignorant idea coming out of this is that somehow, Quintin’s rank of Eagle Scout somehow had something to do with his violent tendencies, or that, being and Eagle Scout isn’t as much of an honor as our

NAT LARSEN He’s twenty-eight years late, but the fear of Big Brother isn’t over yet. Big Brother is the dictator of George Orwell’s "1984", but I’m not talking about a generic totalitarian figurehead. I’m talking about a much worse evil that could cripple the Internet. SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, is an Internet censorship bill that would prohibit websites from displaying copyrighted intellectual properties, or IPs. In theory this sounds like a good idea, but in action it is more detrimental to our country's freedom of speech than piracy is

gets raped in prison, I want to thank those people. Thank you. I now see how ignorant and soulless you are. Another posted that if Quintin ever got out, people would murder him. Now, I don’t want to turn this into a column about the death penalty and the moral implications of a society deeming someone unfit to live in it. You, dear poster on his facebook wall, are not society. We have courts, prosecutors, judges and juries to decide those things. Not one man, who has most likely never studied criminal justice or sociology. Please, for those of you who know Quintin and are connected to his now inactive social networking sites, don’t post there. He’s never

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pass this law, our media is no better than the censorship in China. In 1996, China started to ban websites and censor the Internet in fear that information could be subversive to the government. In fact, China employs Internet Police strikingly similar to Big Brother’s Thought Police. In fact, this not only violates free speech, it also has a negative impact on the economy. Websites that have user submitted content such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr could all be affected by this act, not to mention all the future websites that could be affect-

ed, or even cease to exist. There’s a good chance that every site you frequent could be affected by this act. What SOPA is, and what it says it is, are two completely different things. We must act on the rights we have before they are taken away. This is going down a one-way road we won’t be able to return. It’s our duty as US citizens to act against an atrocity that could damage our freedom that we pride ourselves on so much. There are various foundations that are raising awareness to this bill, the foremost being the Electronic

Frontier Foundation. The site was founded to inform the public about threats to Internet neutrality, which in our technological day and age, is one of our most important assets. The threat of a censored life has finally come upon us. This doesn’t just affect IP owners, the economy, or some political agenda. This act will directly affect you and your daily life. If you don’t want the possibility of seeing only what a bent organization wants you to see, it’s time for action.

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January 19, 2012

Trio of wins boost Griffons’ confidence Offensive struggles cripple Western

Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor

Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor

Brittany Griswold scored 17 points in the first half; Jessica Koch had four steals in the second. But it was Alex Noble's layup and Alicia Bell's free throws that gave Missouri Western its third straight win, as the Griffons defeated Truman State 65-64 Wednesday night at MWSU Fieldhouse. The win itself shouldn't come as a big surprise, as the Bulldogs and Griffons are tied for sixth in the conference with six more weeks to play. But the way the Griffons struggled in the first half compared to the second half definitely saw a change, and the role players proved to be the difference. "It was so fun having the whole team together and complete something that we wanted to  do," Koch said. "We all wanted to beat that team. We all wanted to play well. We came together and we did it." The role players came through when Western needed them to most. Down  6059 with less than one minute to play,  Koch went up for a 3-pointer, only to see the ball dribble around the hoop and bounce out. That's when Noble jumped up to take the offensive rebound, and scored a quick two-point bucket to give Western its first lead of the game. Bell went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final 25 seconds, and Kallie Schoonover wrestled away a defensive rebound to give the ball back to the Griffons and maintain the lead. "We've fought back before but we haven't successfully fought back," Western coach Lynn Plett said. "I think Truman has really improved. I thought they played really well tonight and for us to

The Missouri Western men's basketball team battled back but couldn't find enough offense to overcome a slow start and fell to Northwest Missouri State 64-53 at the MWSU Fieldhouse. “I thought defensively we weren't too bad,” coach Tom Smith said. “You give up 64 points at home and you have a chance to win most games. Northwest did a good job and they are good defensively, but we didn't shoot it very well.” James Harris hit a jumper to put the Griffons up 2-0 but the next five minutes was all Bearcats as DeShaun Cooper and Kyle Haake couldn't miss from deep and put Northwest up 14-2. “We have to play better defense to start the game off,” guard Reed Mells said. “We just have to hold teams until we can pick it up on the offensive end.” Mells and Alex Tuluka-

Jessica Koch drives towards the basket during the first half of the Lincoln game. Western won 74-66, making their home record 2-3. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

beat them was huge for us." Western (5-8, 3-5) found itself in a hole early. With Griswold the only offense early, Truman (8-5, 3-5)  took advantage. Its tight defense countered with an electrifying offense that scored 29 points in the first nine minutes. Western, down by its biggest margin of the night -- 16,  found a little offense after that as Truman took a 41-32 lead into the half. "We didn't come out very strong," said Griswold, who had a game-high 23 points. "We couldn't let them get a huge lead that we couldn't come back. I guess that was the drive for me to keep going, that I'm not going to give up on this." The Bulldogs never added to its lead, instead went backand-fourth with a hungry Griffons team that wanted to make a statement at home. Truman packed on a few buckets to take a 51-44 advantage, but Alex Saxen nailed a 3-pointer to cut the Bulldogs lead from seven to four. Becka McHenry, who led her team with 18 points, matched Saxen's 3. But the Griffons didn't let the deficit affect them. Another reserve, Brittany Casady, put in a 3 to again cut Truman's lead down to four. Both teams matched five points apiece as the game locked at 59-54 with 6 minutes and 45 seconds to play.

"There was a time where there was a stalemate," Koch said. "They were playing just as tough of defense as we were." Koch was the answer. After a drought of more than three minutes in which neither team scored, Koch threw up a contested 3 that swished through the net, marking the score at 59-57. Less than two minutes later, Griswold joined her teammate as she put in a left-handed twopointer that tied the game. After Nicole Gloor made one-of-two free throws, Koch shot another 3 that bricked off the rim, when Noble -- a senior -- took the rebound and scored to give her team the lead. "This whole year, even before the new year, we were such a hard working team," Koch said. "I think finally we're just starting to play together and it's starting to show." Western's defense didn't allow a field goal from from the 6:45 mark until McHenry put in a two-pointer with 13 seconds to play to cut Western's 63-60 lead down to one. But Bell knocked down both her free throws and McHenry fouled out, leaving Truman without its biggest offensive threat. The Bullodogs missed on a 3 to tie, and Breanna Daniels made a layup at the buzzer to end the game 65-64 to give Western the win.

Mfumupembe came off the bench and each hit a 3-pointer to get some offense going for the Griffons. Western cut into the lead with buckets from big men Lavonte Douglas and Justin Reid before Mells hit another 3-pointer on an assist from T.J. Johnson that cut the Bearcats lead to 23-22. Haake answered with a 3-pointer to give Northwest a 26-22 lead at the half. Western fell down 32-41 in the second half before consecutive shots from 3-point range by Tuluka-Mfumupembe, Harris, and Johnson cut the Bearcats lead to 41-45. The two teams traded baskets and the score was 50-45 with seven minutes remaining. Cooper hit five straight points off of consecutive Griffon misses and hit four free-throws in the final minutes to seal the game for Northwest. “They are much more experienced than we are,” Smith said. “They have five or six kids that have been

through the league three years now, and I think that showed tonight.” The Griffons were unable to stop the scoring of Haake and Cooper who led the Bearcats with 21 and 22 points. The two shot a combined 12-for-19 from the field and 5-for-8 from 3-point distance. Tu l u k a - M f u m u p e m b e led the Griffons in scoring with 12 points, going 4-for5 from beyond the 3-point line. Mells added 10 points including 2-for-3 from 3point range. The Griffons shot 18-for53 from the field and were beat on the boards, getting out-rebounded 35-23. The starting five shot a combined 10-for-38 including the three leading scorers Harris, Johnson and Douglas shot a combined 5-for-25 from the field. “Our key kids have got to step up and play,” Smith said. “We're not going to be able to survive when they don't give us more offensive production.”

T.J. Johnson looks up at the reree in disbelief as a Truman State player holds onto a jump ball during the Jan. 11 game. Western lost 86-87, making it the fifth straight loss for the Men’s Basketball team. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

Late Start

Spring 2012 Classes Need to change your schedule? Need to add a course? Know someone who just returned from Military Service, who just decided not to go to another University, etc.?

Potential new students contact Admissions 816-271-4266

Courses that Begin After January 29th COM 104 – 18 (21992) Oral Communication

Mon 6:30 pm – 9:45 pm, 2/6 - 5/8

MUS 101 – 43 (21461) Perspectives In Music (Ancient to Modern)

Online Course, 1/31 - 5/8

SOC 110 – 41 (21947) Introduction to Sociology

ENG 104 – 42 (22005) College Writing and Rhetoric

Online Course, 1/30 - 5/8

Online Course, 1/30 - 5/8

MAT 081-083 – 41 (22044, 45, 46) Foundations of Univ Math

Online Course, 1/30 - 5/8 Students may register online through Jan. 23rd. After Jan. 23rd, visit the Office of the Registrar, Eder 102, to enroll.

For more information, call 816-271-4211.

Registration possible through the first day of each class.


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January 19th, 2012

Griffons get first MIAA win against Northwest Griswold helps Griffons beat Bearcats Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor

Fresh off of a 30-point performance in a losing effort to Nebraska-Omaha, Jessica Koch needed help in order for Missouri Western to win in the MIAA. Brittany Griswold was her help Wednesday night. Griswold led the Griffons in scoring with 17 points and Koch was second with 12 as they secured their first MIAA win this season in their 62-51 victory against rival Northwest Missouri State at the MWSU Fieldhouse. Koch, who up until Wednesday night had played three-straight 40-minute games, has been the only Western threat on the offensive side of the ball. Needing help, Griswold -- a junior transfer -- stepped in for the Griffons. "We saw their heads falling and we took advantage of it," Griswold said. "We took that high and that adrenaline rush that we had, and we just started pushing it up the court." Griffons coach Lynn Plett referred to himself as a "crazy coach" because he doesn't limit his players from shooting the ball. Griswold was a prime example of that. The junior shot the ball 18 times, including nine 3s. Even when she went 1-for-7 from the 3-point line in the first

half, Griswold kept shooting. She made both her 3s in the second half, one which was in the midst of a 19-3 run to start the half. "Cory [O'Dell] and I talked about it before the game," Plett said. "One of these teams is going to go out feeling a whole lot better and the other is going to have to wait for another day. Fortunately that wasn't us." Western (3-8, 1-5) only trailed the game when Northwest led 2-0. Koch and Alicia Bell quickly turned the advantage in the Griffons favor when the duo went on an 11-2 run, all points scored by the team's leaders. Western came out in the second half leading 34-26, but the intense play favored the Griffons as they halted the Bearcats, who only scored one field goal in the first 13 minutes of the second half. Western jumped out to its biggest lead, 53-29 before Northwest could start much on offense. "When you're going up against your rival, the records really don't matter," said Koch, who had a gamehigh 12 rebounds. "It was a clean slate, 2012, and we're ready to be a new team." The rivalry between the two teams continued on the court just as it had in years past. With both teams desperately in need of an MIAA win, the physical matchup

was shown throughout the night. Plett said it wasn't a must-win game, but they wanted it. Northwest coach Gene Steinmeyer, whose team made it to the Elite 8 last year in the NCAA Division II National  Championship, told the Saint Joseph News-Press that Plett did a good job of preparing his team. "I didn’t have the team ready to go," Steinmeyer said. "Lynn did. I didn't, bottom line. Put the credit where it belongs; put the blame where it belongs.” Freshman Stacey Mgbike stepped off the bench and made her biggest contribution to the team so far this season. Mgbike tallied nine rebounds in 16 minutes, the most action she has seen all year. Plett said he went with Mgbike more because he wanted to counter some of the Bearcats strength. "Stacey, I thought,  did a good job," said Plett, who also mentioned Alex Saxen and CC Bozeman as players off the bench who stepped up. "It's always nice to get some support help." Saxen, who scored 14 points in the loss to Nebraska-Omaha, went 2-for-6 from the field with nine points. Bell scored 10 points and led her team in assists with 5.

Kallie Schoonover (11) charges past a Truman State defender. Western won 65-64, improving to a three win streak. Jason Brown | Photo Editor


First-Team Jessica Koch drives towards the basket in the first half of the Truman game. Koch extended her double-digit scoring to 23 games, also leading the Western women with eight rebounds in the game. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

DAVID BASS, DE, Jr. Bass finished his junior campaign with  14.5 sacks, one shy of the school record GREG ZUERLEIN, PK, Sr. Zuerlein finished the season with 21 consecutive field goals -- an NCAA record -and was 9-for-9 on field goals over 50 yards.

Honorable Mention MICHAEL HILL, RB, Jr. SCOTT GRONER, P, Sr.

Men crippled versus Bearcats Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor

Brittany Griswold (21) bounces off a Truman State defender to make a layup in the first half of game. Griswold had a career high 23 points versus the Bulldogs. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

Top 10 Individual Performances of 2011 1) GREG ZUERLEIN -- Nov. 19, 2011 vs. Northwest Missouri State   Zuerlein went 3-for-3 in field goals, all over 50 yards. He     also kicked a school-record 58-yard field goal. The game     solidified the kicker into history, as he finished his career     with NCAA records with 21 consecutive field goals made     and 9-for-9 on kicks made over 50 yards. 2) RACHEL LUTEYN -- Jan. 26, 2011 vs. Emporia State   Luteyn finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and    eight blocks. 3) MICHAEL HILL -- Oct. 28, 2011 at Southwest Baptist   Hill ran for a school record 246 yards as the Griffons       defeated Bearcats.

The Missouri Western men's basketball team battled back but couldn't find enough offense to overcome a slow start and fell to Northwest Missouri State 64-53 at the MWSU Fieldhouse. “I thought defensively we weren't too bad,” coach Tom Smith said. “You give up 64 points at home and you have a chance to win most games. Northwest did a good job and they are good defensively, but we didn't shoot it very well.” James Harris hit a jumper to put the Griffons up 2-0 but the next five minutes was all Bearcats as DeShaun Cooper and Kyle Haake couldn't miss from deep and put Northwest up 14-2. “We have to play better defense to start the game off,” guard Reed Mells said. “We just have to hold teams until we can pick it up on the offensive end.” Mells and Alex TulukaMfumupembe came off the

bench and each hit a 3-pointer to get some offense going for the Griffons. Western cut into the lead with buckets from big men Lavonte Douglas and Justin Reid before Mells hit another 3-pointer on an assist from T.J. Johnson that cut the Bearcats lead to 23-22. Haake answered with a 3-pointer to give Northwest a 26-22 lead at the half. Western fell down 32-41 in the second half before consecutive shots from 3-point range by Tuluka-Mfumupembe, Harris, and Johnson cut the Bearcats lead to 41-45. The two teams traded baskets and the score was 50-45 with seven minutes remaining. Cooper hit five straight points off of consecutive Griffon misses and hit four free-throws in the final minutes to seal the game for Northwest. “They are much more experienced than we are,” Smith said. “They have five or six kids that have been through the league three

years now, and I think that showed tonight.” The Griffons were unable to stop the scoring of Haake and Cooper who led the Bearcats with 21 and 22 points. The two shot a combined 12-for-19 from the field and 5-for-8 from 3-point distance. Tu l u k a - M f u m u p e m b e led the Griffons in scoring with 12 points, going 4-for5 from beyond the 3-point line. Mells added 10 points including 2-for-3 from 3point range. The Griffons shot 18-for53 from the field and were beat on the boards, getting out-rebounded 35-23. The starting five shot a combined 10-for-38 including the three leading scorers Harris, Johnson and Douglas shot a combined 5-for-25 from the field. “Our key kids have got to step up and play,” Smith said. “We're not going to be able to survive when they don't give us more offensive production.”

4) JAMES HARRIS -- Dec. 27, 2011 vs. Missouri Southern   Harris went 5-for-6 on 3s and scored 28 points as   Western defeated No. 1 Missouri Southern. 5) JACKIE BISHOP -- Apr. 4, 2011 vs. Southwest Baptist   As the Griffons opened the Spring Sports Complex,    Bishop pitched a no-hitter, her second of the season. 6) DAVID BASS -- Sep. 10, 2011 Central Missouri   Western defeated top-20 Central Missouri as Bass    finished with four sacks. 7) ISAAC ROME -- May 12, 2011 vs Fort Hays State   Rome hit a home run in top of the 9th to give Western the     lead over Hays and advance the Griffons to next round. 8) GREG ZUERLEIN -- Oct. 01, 2011 at Missouri Southern   Zuerlein made a school record (at the time) 57-yarder    and made all five of his field goals. 9) SHELBY CORKILL -- Oct. 21 Pittsburg State   Corkill had 26 kills in Western's win, most in a Griffons     uniform since 2003. 10) K.C. RAMSELL -- Sept. 4, 2011 vs Southwestern Oklahoma   Ramsell scored two goals in the win, her second-straight     game with two goals and just her second game played    as a Griffon.

James Harris (5) drives towards the basket versus Lincoln. The Griffons fell 66-63 to the Blue Tigers, dropping their record 1-6 in the MIAA play Jason Brown | Photo Editor

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