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An adjunct English instructor voices her opinion about the treatment of part time employees. .

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“Arsenic and Old Lace” opens at Western Thursday.

Features Editor Blair Stalder reviews comedian Kevin Hart’s new movie.

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Vol 94 | Issue 16

February 16, 2012

Sara Evans to sing for Western: WAC distributes tickets at Heart Your Union Natalie Spivey | Staff Writer

Andy Inman | Design Editor

Student government to propose closing budget shortfall with new fee Dave Hon | Editor-in-Chief University President Robert Vartabedian said Friday that the missing piece to the budget problem is a potential student-implemented fee. While addressing a forum of students, staff and faculty, Vartabedian delivered information on Western’s cuts from state appropriations. To make up some of the lost revenue, Vartabedian said that he hoped student leaders will vote on a fee soon. Student-implemented fees, something that many institutions in Missouri are already using, are a source of revenue that Vartabedian feels will benefit the students more than an increase in tuition. “I would much rather our students understand the circumstances and vote in student approved fees which get in under the radar and not suffer the consequences of raising tuition,” Vartabedian said. Western’s budget cut has been reduced from 12.5 percent to 7.8 percent.The new cut translates to $1.9 mil-

lion. In addition to $1.5 million in ‘unfunded mandatories,’ Western faces a budget shortfall of $3.4 million. An increase in tuition, which is restricted by Senate Bill 389, would yield only $725,000 in new revenue. “We’re at least moving in the right direction,” Vartabedian said. This budget isn’t final, and still must be approved by the state legislature. Years of diminishing state appropriations have forced Western to cut 30 percent from the operating budget, cut scholarships, freeze salaries since 2009, increase class sizes, increase the use of adjunct faculty, postpone routine maintenance and repair and reduce custodial services among other cuts. “What I tell legislators and other people, ‘If we were crying wolf, wouldn’t we certainly had given ourselves at least a symbolic raise in the last three—going on four—years?’” Vartabedian said. A student-implemented fee would mean that students would be able to designate what the money goes toward. Student Govern-

ment Association President Alison Norris said that she wants to inform and listen to the students before bringing the fee to a vote. “We’re not just going to bring it to Senate and say, ‘let’s vote on it,’” Norris said. “Before we would ever do that we would we would have forums, pass out pamphelpets and find out what the students want.” Norris said that the vote could go to either student Senate or to the whole student body along with the spring elections. Students could also have a voice in how the money gets used. Senator Mary-Beth Rosenauer thinks that it would be more fair to have a student vote, but only if the there was a large student turnout.

After serving 8 years as Vice President for University Advancement Dan Nicoson will retire in June, and Missouri Western will welcome Dr. Jonathan Yordy as the new Vice President. University President Dr. Vartabedian said that they had 20 potential candidates for the position of Western Advancement Vice President. The list was then shortened to 8 finalists, and the selection of Yordy was decided. “In arriving at our ‘short list’ of eight semi-finalists, our search committee focused on individuals with both significant fund raising and higher education experience,” Vartabedian said.

Dr. Jonathan Yordy Vice President for University Advancement

“From there, we narrowed candidates down to our top two for on campus interviews. In my mind, both of the finalists were extremely well qualified for the position.” The Vice President for University Advancement

On Feb. 14, WAC announced that country star Sara Evans will perform at this year’s spring concert. Submitted Photo

wasn’t the case. “I am excited about it, I think that she will be a great poll from our student body population.” Collier said. For this concert, buses are being offered free of charge to take students downtown to the St. Joseph Civic Arena. Buses will leave from campus every 15 minutes starting at 6:30pm and ending at 7:45 p.m. “It was kind of silly to have it there when it was for the students but not every

student could go because they don’t have a means to get down town. Busing students would help bring a bigger audience,” Sebastian Smith said , Western Activities Council director of entertainment. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Even thought the concert will take place off campus, it is a non-alcoholic event. Local band “Shooting Blanks” will open for the concert.

Late winter: first snow in February

The Missouri Western plow scrapes off the first significant amount of snow for the season. Jason Brown | Photo Editor


Replacement selected for Nicoson Matt Hunt | Asst. News Editor

Country singer Sara Evans is this year’s headliner for the Spring Concert going on April 12. President of WAC Lauren Dillon said she is excited for the concert. “I am. The really cool thing is she is actually from Boonville, MO. The opening band is also from Missouri, we have two people from here in the state,” Dillon said. WAC is hosting this event and every Missouri Western student, can pick up their free ticket from the Center for Student Engagement in Blum room 207. Western students need to bring their Western ID to get their ticket. Anyone who isn’t a student at Western can purchase a ticket online through ticket master. Director of Student Life and Leadership Isaiah Collier, wanted the students to know that everyone must have their ID to be admitted to the concert, because he says in previous years this

provides oversight for three main areas. Dr. Vartabedian said the Vice President oversees development (fund raising), public relations/ marketing and the alumni association. Vartabedian said Yordy had a variety of previous experiences relevant to the position. “His previous employment included work at SUNY-Buffalo, Washington State, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, UMSL and Lewis University,” Vartabedian said. “He also had impressive academic and creative credentials: a Ph.D. in English and extensive experience in the performing arts.”


Blood tests available at health fair Albert Shelby | Staff Writer The health fair on Tuesday, Feb. 28 will give students a chance to become more aware of their bodies and how they are functioning. Fitness Center Coordinator Amy Foley, who coordinated the event, feels that all students should come out and participate in the activities that she feels will make students more aware. “Students need to pay attention to what’s going on with their body,” Foley said. “If there’s a problem, we can get that corrected. Hopefully then they will pay more attention to what’s going on as they go through life.” The event is free, and Foley and other members of the Health center and Nursing center will be offering free blood work for the first 100 participants in the health fair. After the first 100, students will have to pay $35 for the blood testing. Students will find out

Health Fair Information Stations ++ Sex education

++ Skin cancer


++ Stress

++ Smoking

++ Nutrition

++ Tattoos

++ Sleep

++ Piercings about their blood pressure and cholesterol and glucose levels. Body mass index will also be assessed. There will be stations where information is given out to students about smoking, tattoos, piercings, skin cancer, stress, sex education, HIV and AIDS, nutrition, sleep, and other health issues that concern students. Fitness assessments will be given by HPR students, and will include things like flexibility testing, sit ups and push-ups. “It’s another way of looking where you were at

health-wise,” Foley said. “Are you in shape? Overweight? And other things like that.” Esry Student Health Center nurse Marti Burri will also be hosting the health fair along with Foley. Burri feels that the event will be very educational, with organizations on and off campus coming to help all participants.


NEWS NEWS NOTES Nontraditional students receive scholarships The Missouri Western State University Ambassadors have awarded $4,400 in scholarships to 11 nontraditional students. The Ambassadors are a special interest group that serves as a vital link between the university and the St. Joseph community. Ambassador Scholarships are funded by proceeds from the annual Night at the Ritz, sponsored by the Ambassadors each spring and attended by individuals and corporate sponsors. Since 1989, more than $250,000 has been awarded to students.

Free smoking cessation classes offered Clean Air St. Joe is offering free smoking cessation classes to Western students, faculty and staff. The classes begin Feb. 27, and will kick off a seven-week program with sixty to ninety minute weekly classes. All training fees, cessation materials and products (patches and gum) are provided to participants free of charge. For more information, call 816-271-4504. To make class reservations, call 816-2715327.

Clothes closet opens The Career Development Center Clothes Closet will officially open on Monday, February 13th. The Career Development Center works to advance the professional appearance and confidence of our students and alumni by providing interview/ work appropriate clothing and encouraging success. The Clothes Closet is located at Eder 202, office “E”. Students and alumni in need are provided work-appropriate separates and/or business accessories. There is no fee to take part, but an appointment must be made in advance. Please call 271.4205 to schedule an appointment.

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Chinese Spring Festival celebrated on campus Natalie Spivey | Staff Writer The Chinese Spring Festival was celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 8 by the Foreign Language Department. The event took place in Blum 218 and 219. Chinese professor Tiantian Zou helped orchestrate the event. She is a fullride scholar from China and is teaching at Missouri Western this year and afterwards returning back home. “I’m enjoying my year here, I teach students Chinese and they teach me English,” Zou said. “We learn a lot.” The Chinese program, which is one of the newest language programs here at Western, currently hires different Chinese instructors to come teach at Western for one full year to learn about American culture, improve

Authentic Chinese Teas and candies were served at the Chinese Spring Festival. Biluo Chum, Mao jian, and Tie guan yin are green teas; Jasmine flower tea was also served. Michelle Cordonnier | Staff Photographer

their English skills and teach the campus about their culture. “Next semester another fullbright scholar will come here and go on with the Chinese program and there will be more Chinese events,” Zou said. Roughly 50 students

showed up to this year’s event. It started at 3:30 p.m. and ran about two hours. Refreshments were offered in the form of tea and apple and lemon and mint flavored hard Chinese candy. Zou believes it helps the students to research the culture and gain experience pre-


“In an ideal world, it should be a student vote,” Rosenauer said. “Because as a whole it is affecting the students. Now the problem comes that it’s not an ideal world, and are the students going to vote on such a matter.” Director of Finance Taylor Kram supports a vote from the Senate only because she believes that is the role that the senators were elected for. “I feel like the senators were voted and made a senate to be the voice of the student body.” Kram said. “I feel like they are well-educated and understand what

the student body wants and needs, but when is comes down to it, that’s who votes.” Kram compared the student Senate to the Electoral College in the U.S. presidential general election, in the fact that the students vote on the senators to represent them. “Sometimes students tend to see things very one-sided,” Kram said. “Students are going to look at the picture and say, ‘well, I don’t want to pay more money.’” Travis Hart, vice chair of the governmental relations and campus communications committee, also believes that the vote should remain within the Senate. He also compared the student Senate to a national governing organization, the U.S.

cause children were seen as weaker and more susceptible to evil spirits. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is suppose to ward off evil. The festival is about welcoming the New Year and coming together as a family, Zou said. The spring festival lasts 15 days and each day holds specific meaning. Several of the students at the event said they would not mind helping out again. The Festival also had slideshows covering fireworks, family gatherings and the significance of lantern festival. “Doing the projects lets you get a glimpse into the life,” Chinese student Ceasera Robinson said. “A lot of international students help you understand their culture better.

Health fair next week

SGA still deciding whether to take fee to student body vote FORUM:

senting. The students who presented their topics were strictly on a volunteer basis. Students from Zou’s Chinese 100 and 101 classes presented topics about the Chinese New Year. From the Chinese Zodiac to native dances of South China, 18 presentations were involved. Kara Benhan presented about the year of the dragon, which is this year. In China the dragon symbolizes power and wealth and is the sign of the emperor. Each of the twelve zodiacs represents a different year and animal. In China, zodiac also represents a person’s age. Student Alicia Rice presented a topic called “Red Envelopes,” which the Chinese symbolize as gift-giving. Red envelopes were given as a gift around the holiday. The envelopes held money that adults would give children to protect them, be-



Congress. “The United States Congress, they don’t go to they don’t go to the citizens for a tax increase,” Hart said. “I think that student senators should get the opinions of the students.” Hart believes the Senate can make the best decision after listening to the students. He also attributed the need for a Senate vote to previous low voter turnout. “Senators have the student’s best interest at heart, and we need to make the right decision for everyone for the whole student body not to let the people—how many people vote out of 200—decide for the fee.”

“Health and wellness I think is one of the main goals for students that participate in the fair,” Burri said. She stated that all students should come out and learn new things from the events that they will have stationed around the room. Western football player Courtney Green, who will be attending the health fair, felt that as an athlete, it is always important to make sure that every function in his body is working well. According to Green, a healthy body means longevity in life. “I want to make sure everything is working properly inside of my body,” Green said. “I want to live a long, healthy life.” Josh Twenter is another student who will be attending the health fair. According

to Twenter, the health fair is another way for him to stay informed with what’s going on in his body. “I would be interested in going to the health fair because it helps me to maintain what standard my body should be up to,” Twenter said. “It also gives me a heads up on what my health is doing and what kind of health checks I should be performing on myself in order to keep myself in good physical condition.” Twenter encourages all students to come out to the health fair so they can be aware of their health issues for the future and as they get older. The Health Fair will take place Feb. 28 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Blum 218 and 219. Students attending the fair will have to show their school ID to participate. Free food and drinks will be available.

Nicoson reflects his years at Western, will reunite with family in Indianapolis YORDY:

CONTINUED FROM FRONT “We will be returning to Indianapolis where all three of our sons, three grandchildren and other members of our family are located,” Nicoson said. “I have reached

the age at which I qualify for full retirement benefits. So, with these two circumstances, I guess it is time.” Nicoson said there are several things that he looks back on during his time at Western. Part of his job is in the area of public relations and marketing, and he feels that Western’s image and level

of respect in the community match the reality of Western’s excellence. “As for the Development function, I am proud that the two largest gifts and eight of the largest ten gifts in Western’s history have come during this period,” Nicoson said. “The MWSU Foundation’s assets have grown sig-

nificantly and the Foundation’s boards of directors are much more involved in the governance of the Foundation than they were.” Nicoson said that Yordy was impressive in the interviews and certainly understands the fundamentals of the development profession. Director of Development

Jerry Pickman said Yordy’s experience in major gift fund raising will certainly give Western’s next capital campaign a boost. Vartabedian said that Dr. Yordy is set to start work on Monday, June 25, 2012.


Spratt Stadium Griffon Indoor  Sports Complex Downs Dri


Missouri Dept.  of Conservation

Looney Comlex

Logan Hall


Juda Hall Leaverton Hall

Potter Hall Remington  Hall

Murphy Hall

Saturday Feb. 18 7:30 p.m., “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Potter Hall Theatre

Sunday, Feb. 19 3 p.m., “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Potter Hall Theatre

Monday, Feb. 20 No classes, President’s Day

Vaselakos Hall

Fulkerson Center

Eder Hall Hearnes Center


Scanlon Hall

Griffon Hall

Threats Stealing Disturbance Drug offense

Friday, Feb. 17 7:30 p.m., “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Potter Hall Theatre

Blum Union

Leah Spratt Hall

1. 2. 3. 4.

Thursday, Feb. 16 7:30 p.m., “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Potter Hall Theatre 7 p.m., War and Peace Film Series, “A Child’s Century of War,” Kemper Recital Hall

Beshears Hall

Wilson Hall

Popplewell Hall

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Baker Family  Fitness Center



11 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, Downs Drive 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30, Baker Center 3:20 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, Downs Drive 9:54 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, Scanlon Hall

If your organization would like to announce an event, e-mail the information to

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Group advocates cannabis legalization, taxation

Dave Hon | Editor-in-Chief Some students at Missouri Western have a solution to Missouri’s budget problem: cannabis. Several members of the Western student body have become participants in a state wide initiative to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis. Show-Me Cannabis, the group behind the initiative, is attempting to procure 150,000 signatures by April. If the group achieves this, the intitaive to legalize marijuana will appear in the ballot in November along with the general election for President. Paul Newton, a Western student and supporter of the initiative, said that a recent article in The Griffon News made him realize that University President Robert Vartabedian had no real plan to solve the budget crisis. “The only thing he thinks is that it’s going to happen year after year,” Newton said. “It’s about creating so much more tax revenue. It’s not about pot smoking.” The legislation, if voted on in November, will regulate and tax marijuana for people

above the age of 21. Melody Patton, another Western student, believes that the legislation will also benefit Missouri farmers. “The benefit from agricultural hemp alone,” Patton said, “I mean, the Midwest is prime soil, prime land for growing hemp. Our farmers could greatly benefit.” The group said that they will have a table stationed in Blum union for hopefully a month. They hope more students will get involved. “We want to turn the university into a place where we can educate students out there,” Newton said. Once the legislation is on the ballot, Patton believes that Missouri residents will support it. “I think if it’s on the ballot people will vote for it,” Patton said. “No revolution has ever been won without the students.” Patton has received some opposition from others while trying to obtain signatures for the petition to get the legislation on the ballot. “I was told I should be executed, by a former law enforcement [officer],” Patton said. “He told me himself, ‘if I could, I’d execute you all.’”

All political groups that want to solicit students for signatures on campus must first receive approval from Judy Grimes, associate vice president and dean of students. “My role in working with this particular situation was to explain the process the group needed to go through to reserve the space as well as what the guidelines are that must be followed in a petition drive,” Grimes said. With an energized political season coming close, Grimes hopes that she sees more petitions and political groups being active on campus. As energized as the topics may be, Grimes hopes students remain civilized and act respectful. “This is an institution of higher learning,” Grimes said. “We expect people to be able to debate—agree and disagree—in a constructive manner.” The group meets weekly in the East Hills Library basement. This Saturday, a former law enforcement officer will be speaking on behalf of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement agents hoping to legalize cannabis.

Agricultural Hemp

1.  Founding fathers George Washington and  Thomas Jefferson were both large producers 

of industrial cannabis, and Benjamin Franklin  owned a mill that made hemp paper.



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Before cannabis was made illegal in 1937,  Missouri was one of the top hemp-producing  states in the country, and was even noted in  the government-produced film, “Hemp for Victory” as an ideal  place for its production. 

3. Henry Ford experimented with agricultural  cannabis when creating his first cars and  intended for the diesel engine to  be run on hemp-based fuel.

In 2009 over $300 million dollars flowed  out of the United States to meet the  consumer demands of a booming agricultural  hemp industry. The overwhelming  majority of that money went  to China.


EFLJ feels budget cuts Eboni Lacey | News Editor Due to the recent drastic budget cut to higher education, Western President Dr. Vartabedian revealed that everything is on the table to be cut, including programs, aspects of departments and unfilled positions. This cut could hit Missouri Western’s English, Foreign Language and Journalism department hard as two veteran doctorate professors will be retiring at the end of the spring semester. Yearbook advisor and journalism professor Dr. Ann Thorne will be retiring at the end of the semester. Professor of English and Director of Prairie Lands Writing Project Dr. Jane Frick will also be retiring this semester. Both veteran professors are worried about their legacy and their replacements. “I’m sure that somebody will come in,” Thorne said. “Administrators and the department chair will decide all that-- who they interview and how they interview. Those decisions haven’t been made yet. I have no idea what their plans are.” The department is currently interviewing candidates for Frick’s position, but due to her certain set of skills and experience, Frick is worried. “I think we are all railing right now from the financial cutbacks,” Frick said. “I was really worried that my replacement position, even though we had timed it and made sure the job description and everything had been done, would not be filled.” Frick believes that an adjunct would not be ideal to fill in part-time after she retires. “I don’t know how that would work,” Frick said. “With Ann [Thorne], I’m also extraordinarily concerned-very, very concerned about bringing someone in to do that work. I’m really sorry that she opted to leave Western; I hired her.” In Frick’s opinion, an adjunct professor could potentially hinder the department in the long-run. “One answer unfortunately in the English, Foreign Language and Journalism department has always been in times like this to hire

part-time folk and pay them no benefits and slave wage rates to teach courses in English composition because we have such a need to offer those classes and their writing classes,” Frick said. “By nature, you can’t really do an effective job if you teach them in sections that are more then probably 20 apiece. [Parttime instructors] are good folk but are caught up in a job crunch working at these minimum wage rates. They are overworked and overburdened and making very little money.” Adjunct English instructor Rosetta Ballew-Jennings felt that adjuncts in the EFLJ department are completely overworked and adding additional adjunct will simply make matters even worse. “The fact is that they can pay someone $10,000 and get the same level of quality that they can for $40,000,” Ballew-Jennings said. “We don’t get paid well. We get paid very erratically. We don’t get benefits. We share an office. We’re not allowed to have personal space. We don’t have our own desks. We get parking stickers that are the same as the students. It seems like the university likes our labor but really doesn’t care in valuing us.” Michael Cadden, chair of the EFLJ department, said that after Frick retires a replacement will be hired. The department interviewed their third candidate last week and hopes to make an offer to one of the candidates within the next week. However, Cadden has not heard back yet from Academic Affairs concerning whether Thorne’s position will be filled or not. “We don’t yet know how or whether we will be replacing that position for the coming fall,” Cadden said. “We have made proposals to Academic Affairs about what we would like to do, but we haven’t yet be given word back yet.” Cadden stated that he hoped Academic Affairs would give him word back within the next week. “In regular, flush times, the deans may be able to make those decisions by themselves,” Cadden said. “But because of the budget crisis, Academic Affairs is looking

very carefully at all positions and approving them.” All open positions are being reviewed by the President’s Cabinet to determine if a replacement can be hired, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeanne Daffron said. “The President’s Cabinet has not reviewed or decided on the position to replace Dr. Thorne,” Daffron said. “That decision will likely be made in the next week or so.” Cadden said that Thorne’s potential replacement may not be required to advise yearbook, but that they intend to find a yearbook advisor for the upcoming semester. Due to Thorne’s course load and requirements, he doubts that part-time faculty will be considered. “If possible in Ann’s case, we can use a one-year, temporary, full-time person while we are tiring to decide how to proceed with that position,” Cadden said. “We do use part-timers when necessary, almost exclusively for general studies courses, foreign language and English. We have limits on what parttimers can do. Part-timers don’t teach more then three sections.” The retirements have sparked concerns and curiosity within the EFLJ department. The main concern involves hiring individuals that are of the same caliber, Associate Professor of English Dr. Cynthia Jeney said about Thorne’s retirement. “She’s so vital to the department,” Jeney said. “It’s hard to lose someone that good. I hope we can find someone good to hire. We have to. It leaves a place in our department for someone dynamic that wants to step in those shoes. It’s not going to be easy but there are great people out there.” If administrators or the department plan to do any downsizing or hire adjunct faculty due to the retirements, the future of the EFLJ department could be in question. “You just can’t do that to a department,” Jeney said. “I’m not sure that there are many departments like our department. I don’t have anything negative to say except ‘Help!’”

PRIDE Alliance encourages freedom, openness Matt Hunt | Asst. News Editor Equality, freedom and openness are just some of the terms that the organization PRIDE pushes for students at Western to achieve. PRIDE Secretary Keisha Davis says that PRIDE is an outlet organization for gay students who attend Missouri Western. She wants to show students that everyone is equal and no one should be judged. “I don’t know if just one group can change people’s opinion on the queer kids, although many people have a negative opinion on us,” Davis said. “I just don’t think that one group can change everyone’s opinions, but if

we can change one person’s then we can make a difference.” The organization wants to be viewed as a positive group on campus. Their goal is to bring gay and straight students and the community together to support those who may be looked down upon. PRIDE Vice President Kathleen Furlong said that the group welcomes everyone, not just the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. “We strive to send the positive message of equality for all,” Furlong said. “The people in the LGBT community are just like everyone else. We are sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers. PRIDE educates

people on this. We are no different than you and that is the message we are trying to spread.” Davis believes that Missouri Western is far from being fully equal towards “the queer kids,” but believes Western is better than most universities. “How would you feel if you were told that the person you were in love with was wrong?” Davis said. “That the one person you wanted to spend the rest of your life with, you couldn’t. How would you feel being judged or ridiculed for being the person that you are?” PRIDE wants to let the student body know that they are here, and have events coming up that will be fam-

ily-friendly. Over the years PRIDE has been recruiting new members and educating students on safe sex. “We will be passing out safe sex flyers along with condoms and dental dams at Heart Your Union,” Furlong said. “We will also have a day of silence and the drag show this semester.” PRIDE President Tyler Rhoad encourages closeted students to come out. You aren’t under your parent’s roof anymore, Rhoad said. Rhoad’s goal is to let others know that it’s okay to be who you are at college. “You’re in college, the people you surround yourself with will help, because this isn’t high school, and you don’t have to worry about

Mom and Dad anymore,” Rhoad said. “People like you for who you are, and

don’t fake being someone you’re not.”


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Western presents killer comedy Caitlin Cress | Managing Editor

“Arsenic and Old Lace” will open Thursday as the third show in the Theatre & Cinema department’s season of classics. Director Tee Quillin says that this play was the first mentioned when picking a comedy to round out the season, and that there was never really a second option. Quillin grew up watching the movie version of the play starring Cary Grant. “It’s always been one of my favorite stories,” he said. The story revolves around Grant’s character, Mortimer, who finds a dead body in the window seat of his spinster aunts’ home. Mortimer is played in Western’s production by Matt Wright. Mortimer is an arrogant drama critic, convinced that the world revolves around him. “He knows what is best and everyone else is in his world—until he finds a dead body,” Wright said. Even though murder is a central theme in the show’s plot, Quillin assures that the performances will be suitable for all ages. “My kids are 10 and 7 and we watched the movie over Christmas,” he said. “Ian was quoting the movie and running through the house.” Assistant director Sarah Noe added that there are plenty of innuendos that only the adult members of the audience will really get. She said that the show is not just appropriate for all ages, but it’s appealing

This is assistant director Sarah: you’re not kissing Erin right. This is girlfriend Sarah: I’m glad you’re not kissing Erin right. -Sarah Noe, Asst. Director

to all ages, as well. “It’s high energy, there’s comedy, romance, there’s arsenic,” she said. “I mean, it’s old ladies killing people; who wouldn’t laugh at that?” Quillin labels the show as hysterical, and knows that the audience will enjoy the show just as much as he and the cast are. “There’s one role in particular – I’m not going to tell you which one – that, from the very first table read, we were all just rolling on the floor laughing,” he said. The first table read was not too far in the past, as Quillin, Noe and their cast and crew had less than a full month to put the whole show together. The time that will elapse between auditions and closing night is only four weeks. “We had a very limited amount of time to put this play up,” Quillin said. “We didn’t even hold auditions until the first day of school.” He does not think that this hurts the quality of

(Above) Matt Wright and Erin Williams, as Mortimer and Elaine, respectively, share a passionate kiss on stage. Wright’s girlfriend, Sarah Noe, is assistant director of the production. Noe said she had to direct Wright to kiss better and be more romantic. (Left) Noe and part of the production crew prepare for the show’s opening Thursday night. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

the show, and added that the smaller cast certainly helped with this time crunch. The other shows of the season, “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Christmas Carol,” had much larger ensemble casts. Quillin is very happy to work with a smaller group of actors. “You can work more

‘one-on-one’ with the actors to develop their characters,” he said. “It’s important for the character to be there even in a comedy.” This small cast contains several interesting personal relationships, including a husband and wife. The most interesting dy-

namic within the production, however, is the one between Noe and Wright. Wright and Noe have been dating for a year and a half, and as assistant director, Noe has to direct her long-time boyfriend in love scenes with actress Erin Williams. “It’s weird. You have

(Left) Wright plays Mortimer, an arrogant drama critic whose life is turned upside down when he discovers a dead body in his aunts’ home. (Above) Ali Bird, Sebastian Smith and Jeremy Edwards (as Abby Brewster, Teddy Brewster and Rev. Dr. Harper, respectively) rehearse. Audience members opening night will be the first to hear the 2012-2013 Theatre Season schedule. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

girlfriend Sarah and asst. director Sarah,” Noe said. “This is assistant director Sarah: you’re not kissing Erin right. This is girlfriend Sarah: I’m glad you’re not kissing Erin right.” Another element of the show that is seemingly unaffected by the time restraints is the set. Quillin said that the set should feel like home. “Don Lillie has outdone himself putting this together,” Quillin said. He also cited the hard work of technical director Don McBride. Intro to Theatre and production participation classes also put hours into readying the set. “Arsenic and Old Lace” opens Thursday on the Potter Hall mainstage at 7:30 p.m. For ticketing information and additional showtimes, visit mwsutix. com.

Western grad scores role of a lifetime Christian Mengel | Asst. Features Editor

Ali Bird, left, was involved backstage at Western for many shows before being cast as one of the leads in “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Jason Brown | Photo Editor

Have you ever wondered what fictional character you would be if you could choose? Western graduate Ali Bird has been given that opportunity. In the past Bird has mainly been a backstage person. She graduated Western in December with a degree from the Theatre & Cinema department. As an actress, her previous biggest role was an extra townsperson in “Romeo and Juliet.” This year, however, Bird will be going in a different direction: center stage. Bird will be playing her ultimate role as Abby Brewster when “Arsenic and Old Lace” hits the stage in Potter Feb. 16-19. Although she has never played such an important character before, she is confident that this is the one for her. “I’m just such a big fan,” Bird said. “I wouldn’t audition for any other big

role; this is the role of a lifetime for me.” Bird has been waiting for an opportunity like this since her parents first introduced her to the movie “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the age of 8. For those who have yet to see “Arsenic and Old Lace,” it is a story about an average man that finds out his aunts like to poison lonely old homeless men. As horrific as it sounds, this story is a comedy. It is living proof that crazy and comedy can go together. “As crazy as your life may be,” Bird said, “just wait until you walk into the house of the Brewsters.” Something equally as crazy as the house of the Brewsters, is how fast Bird and Sonrisa Johnston clicked. Johnston is playing the other crazy aunt, Martha Brewster. The two first met on the night of callbacks, and by the end of the night, they practically didn’t need to speak to know what each other

was thinking. “Our minds were thinking exactly the same stuff,” Bird said. “We definitely act like sisters.” Director Tee Quillin knew right away that Bird and Johnston were right for the job. “Ali made it clear with her audition that she really, really wanted the role,” Quillin said. “They set the bar really high once they read together.” Matt Wright, who plays the main character Mortimer Brewster, has known Bird within the Theatre & Cinema department for so long that he was shocked to hear that it was her first big role. “She has been doing great,” Wright said. “When she said that she hasn’t done this before, I was like, ‘What? Really?’” The message Bird wants the viewers to get out of the play, whether they are familiar to the story or not, is that no matter what goes on, you can find comedy in anything.

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Art Alliance holds annual show Blair Stalder | Features Editor

(Above) Tony Redmond’s “Self Portrait-Reflexions” won first place in the Drawing category. Michelle Cordonnier | Staff Photographer (Below) “Broken Totem” by Jeremy Todd won first place in the Printmaking category. Brooke Carter | Graphics Editor

Twenty-eight colorful blue, red and yellow ribbons hang snugly beside their champions on the second floor of Remington. Last Thursday was opening night of the Griffon Arts Alliance Student Show which showed various unique displays of art created by Missouri Western students. The show will be on display until March 1. The Griffon Arts Alliance has been going strong now for three years (it was started in the ‘90s but has become more popular recently), has around 50 members on orgsync and

15 total active members. However, they are always welcoming new members. The GAA is open to any type of art: ceramics, graphics, printing, photography, illustration, etc. According to senior publicity officer Ali Dalsing, students do not have to be art majors to join and have a good time. “It’s really fun,” Dalsing said. “(Students) don’t have to be a really good artist to be able to do it.” Yet the GAA isn’t just a club that gets together to create art. “We have a lot of events, and we do a lot of philanthropy-type stuff, like we go to Riverbend,” Dalsing said. Every Friday, members of the GAA go to the Riverbend Youth Authority Facility and teach juvenile offenders the basic art techniques. “It’s a good way to get your name out there, not just for school, but in the community, too,” treasurer Joe Snapp said. “Doing projects around the com-

munity is pretty cool.” Along with helping teenagers, the GAA also runs Murals for Minds. Murals for Minds allows members and anyone who wants to join to paint a certain area of a chosen low income school in the community. “We help beautify (the school),” senior and president of GAA Teresa Rodewald said. Rodewald, who is majoring in graphic design and minoring in psychology, said Mural for Minds was a “neat little exchange” and looks forward to it this upcoming semester. The GAA will also be holding their Annual Pasta/Chili Bowl Fundraiser, which was started last year. According to Snapp, this event raised so much money for the GAA that it jump-started plans for other events. Members, students and faculty make ceramic bowls that people can buy and receive either pasta or chili for free.

Last year, ceramics professor David Harris made about 200 bowls for the event. This year, he said he would match the number of bowls the GAA makes, according to Dalsing. “It was exciting seeing all the people interested in the bowls we made,” Snapp said. These are just a few of the events and fundraisers the GAA holds, and there are many more to come. In fact, Dalsing said they are open to suggestions for new activities. “Our fundraisers bring in a lot of money, so ideas that people come up with for events we are actually able to do them usually,” Dalsing said. Overall, Rodewald puts a lot of time into the GAA and feels it gives students the opportunity to express themselves. “With the Griffon Arts Alliance, it’s an expression of my kind of art,” Rodewald said. “I don’t necessarily have to do what is expected in class. This is my own style.”

(Above Left) Chad Hammontree won first place in the Ceramics category his entry “Line Sight.” Chad also placed in the graphic design category with a poster design. (Above Right) “I Have Been One Acquainted With The Night” by Shelby Price won first place in the Graphic Design category. Brooke Carter | Graphics Editor

Kevin Hart hurts so good Blair Stalder | Features Editor One stool, one mic, one red cup and tons interesting life stories: that’s all Kevin Hart needed for his third standup DVD that hit only 86 AMC Theatres when it debuted last September. Hart is only one of a tiny few of comedians to have his standup shown in theaters. “Laugh at My Pain” sold over $1.5 million in ticket sales, beating Eddie Murphy’s record of the first African-American comedian’s two-day live comedy show at $1.1 million, according to International Movie Database. While Hart starred in movies like “Death at a Funeral,” “Scary Movie 3” and “The 40 Year-Old Virgin,” the 5’5” comedian is back on the big screen again. Only this time, he relives hard times of his past by joking about it on stage. His adversity includes growing up with a coke head of a dad who Hart admits almost drowned him, who bust into his spelling bee and who, overall, embarrassed him throughout the years. Hart’s portrayal of his father on crack is ridicu-

lously funny in a way that it is truly unbelievable; for instance, Hart’s dad going to his school in sweatpants minus underwear: not pretty, but unfortunately for Hart, it happened. Hart also cleverly works in phrases his dad would say (“Alright, alright, alriiiiiight!”), always keeping that hilarious vision of Hart’s dad fresh in the mind.

Sex, his divorce and his relationships are also mentioned in his standup, and it can all relate to one thing: his safe word, pineapple. Hart is not afraid to talk about his sex life, which allows viewers to really get a feel for what he’s going through, i.e. his divorce. It’s not just a movie where Hart runs out on stage, says his jokes, and runs off. A different side of Hart is revealed when he is shown roaming the streets of his old neighborhood in Philadelphia, revisiting the high school he went to and the first

comedy club he ever performed at and when he breaks down in front of his immediate family. The ability to see Hart off stage is real, and it’s nice to actually get to see someone’s true side. It is important introduction to the movie because it gives a visual of where he grew up, people he looked up to and a chance to really see how goofy he is in public. Some celebrities hide from the public; Hart embraces it. Another great element to the movie is his short film in the end. It pays an homage to “Reservoir Dogs” as he assigns his fellow comedian friends “color” names for his plan to rob a bank. The added short film is unpredictable, but funny nonetheless. While the title proves his material is about his hardships, the only flaw would have to be his lack of references to his kids. In his previous standups (“I’m a Grown Little Man,” “Seriously Funny”), he has several cute stories regarding his son and daughter. In “Laugh at My Pain,” he really only talked about his son for a brief moment. Overall, however, two thumbs up.

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Editorial: Students should vote on proposed fee

Students will most likely not have a choice or a vote when SGA implements a new fee to make up for Western’s budget shortfall. The fact that some senators say that they know what is best for the students is not only appalling but also insulting. First off, this argument assumes that they are not students, but some being that is above a student. Secondly, they were elected to listen to the student body, not dictate what we should think and educate us. The vote to decide whether students should pay an additional fee to make up for the budget shortfall should be decided by the students. The decision is too important to be voted on by 18 individuals, most of who were not even elected by the student body. Senators who are afraid of a low voter turnout are simply making excuses. Do they really think that when money is attached students won’t take the time to vote? If they

don’t vote, it’s because they weren’t told about the vote. Sure, one side of the argument is that Western needs the money. Western is looking at a huge shortfall because of cuts to state appropriations. President Robert Vartabedian has a long list of suffering budgets that need help. With that said, the few should not govern the many. That would be a tyrannical oligarchy. Sure, Congress raises taxes without our consent, but as Griffon News columnist Gary Weidemann said at Monday’s SGA committee meeting, Congress probably isn’t the best example for students to model our Senate after. If students are thinking that Senate has the power to vote on a fee, they’re right; they do. But just because they have the power to do something doesn’t make it an action that is representative of the students. Students will lose faith if a fee is voted on by Senate without a stu-

I’m hearing those rumors again. Some of the staff at The Griffon News have told me that the smoking ban is being promoted again. How many times do students have to say no by voting down a smoking ban. Please! SGA, stop the insanity. We have voted down the idea of a smoking ban several times and those who think we all voted by mistake, or we didn’t really mean it, think we need to vote again until they get their way. This was a smoking campus when they got here. If they want to go to a smoke

free school then they need to go do that. Stay away from my freedom. You have to question the intelligence of any student who looks at Missouri Western and sees something they do not like and then they decide to come here to change everyone’s freedoms to suit their behavior. If you don’t like people enjoying a cigarette or cigar between classes outside of the buildings then go to another school. We smoke here. We smoked in front of you when you toured the

$12,000.00. Can we expect an instructor on this salary to be one that adequately and stirringly “serves others, demands quality, shows enthusiasm, embraces freedom, earns respect, and has courage?” (“What is a [MWSU] Griffon”). The answer is dubious and rather shameful. And, nevertheless, this is the maximum amount most adjunct/part-time instructors make in a year teaching MWSU classes and contributing full-time hours to do so. Many make less

than this. $12,000.00. Because of exemptions in labor law made for institutions of higher education, MWSU is able to use professional labor working full-time hours to successfully meet the tasks of their positions in “part-time” positions. In doing so, our campus, this university is creating an underclass: qualified instructors with no benefits, poverty-level pay, little respect given to them by the university system as a whole, and almost no way

Matt Hunt like SGA doesn’t matter; it won’t help you in the long run, or its time consuming. I can tell you that two out of the three comments I listed are entirely false. I would just like to inform those who think it’s a waste of time that it isn’t. In fact it does matter, it could help you in the long run, and yes it is time consuming. But, I am sure in the long run you would be happy to know that you have accomplished something that the last officers didn’t. I believe that if

Caitlin Cress Andy Inman Brooke Carter Nat Larsen Eboni Lacey Matt Hunt Jason Brown Thomas Huitt-Johnson Kyle Inman Nathan Pickman Ellis Cross Blair Stalder Christian Mengel Kyler Penland Ken Rosenauer

Hmm... what should I  eat for lunch today? I guess I better  let SGA decide.

VOICE What campus services have you used on the second floor of Blum Student Union? Stephen Hoffman junior

“The resource we used was CSE for our fraternity Phi Alpha Theta. We used it to make rush posters to get the word out.”

Morgan Hughes freshman

campus with your parents. There are ash trays everywhere outside. You selected this school for what I hope is a good reason that still exist. Cling to that and deal with the smokers. Maybe your test scores were too low and you couldn’t get into the school of your choice. That is no one’s fault but your own. If you have to go to an open enrollment school then deal with the consequences you caused. There are problem smokers. They hang around the doors and refuse to smoke

in the designated areas. It is a real problem and I have been saying for years that they do so at their own risk. Western’s administration can and will ban smoking if the expense of littering becomes too large of a problem. If smokers would follow the rules, there would be nothing for non-smokers to complain about. The “smoke banners” also use the tired excuse that they are worried about smokers health and second hand smoke. It is not true. Second hand smoke a few times a week while in college has

never been documented as the cause of someones health problem. If they want a health related cause to champion on this campus then, why not attack the number one health problem here, STDs. There is a reason the health center hands out free condoms at the front counter. Notice they do not hand out nicotine gum! The proposed ban is futile. When you get to vote on this issue again please vote to keep our campus free! (again) Thanks.

to move into better positions. To continue to meet budget concerns with under-valued contingent faculty labor is not beneficial to the needs of the students, the educational goals of the university, or the economy of Saint Joseph. MWSU increasing the number of and continuing to rely on adjuncts to meet critical teaching needs is not ethical. To think that the quality of teaching and the state of compensation are not at all related is also erroneous.

Universities have to make ends meet, but doing so at the expense of professional instructors is a dangerous proposition, especially for students. Adjunct labor is used because it works well, and many students cannot tell the difference between adjunct and permanentposition instructors. Most adjunct/part-time instructors hold professional certificates, master, terminal master, or even doctorate degrees. They are scholars and academics. They have

fields of study, do research, attend conferences, write books, publish papers and give professional lectures, just as their tenure-track and permanent-position counterparts do. So, to tell adjunct/ part-time instructors that what they do is not worth more than poverty-level wages is to tell them—and their students—that higher education’s value, outside of one’s mind, is worth very little. -Rosetta Ballew-Jennings

Adjunct professors are suffering

SGA needs strong leader ship next year, vote Jacob Scott for President more students knew the benefits the President receives when elected, we would see more Senators, and students running for the position. I tried running last school year, but the guy I ran with didn’t meet all the requirements after signing up. I ran because I wanted to make a real difference. I think we need real leaders who care about the position and not about the power. I think that we found those qualities this year with Alison Norris and Jacob Scott, but I am worried

The Griffon News Staff Dave Hon Editor-in-Chief


End the smoking ban for good


What’s the purpose of running for SGA President and Vice President? Every year something seems to happen where we only have one ticket running and there is no real contest. I think last year was the first year in a while where we actually had a competition going, until one candidate had to step down because of grades. That was an entirely different story, but what is really the purpose of running for SGA President and Vice President. I hear fellow classmates say things

dent vote as well. This isn’t a matter of taxes or doing what the university needs or even informing students to make the right decision. If the majority of students are against a fee, informed or uninformed, then that is what students have decided. If voted in by SGA solely, the fee would not be a student fee. While in the eyes of the governor it would be, students would see this as an infringement upon their sovereignty as students. If senators honestly believe that a fee would benefit students, they should inform the students of what they think it is right instead of exercising their powers and flexing their arrogance. If it does go up for a student vote, they should be objective and separate themselves from their duty to the ‘university’ and think and vote objectively with the student’s desires in mind.

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to see who will get the position next school year. Jacob is a hard worker and I know he would be a great President, but if he decides to run who will he choose as his vice? I hope for the sake of our University that it is someone with experience in SGA, or another organization on campus. Next year we will need a President and V.P. who knows what to do and how to use the budget the best way possible. In my honest opinion, I believe if Jacob

Scott decides to run he will be the best candidate for the job! I believe he understands that it is a position requiring a good bit of time. However, I feel that he truly cares about Missouri Western, and the students here, especially after seeing what he has done with SGA, and the progress he has made with Alison this year. So Jacob if you’re reading this, then consider the run for President! You have my support any day.

“I’m in the sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha and we used the CSE to make posters and flyers for home coming week.”

Kaela McKenzie freshman

“I went to the health center, and it was great because they gave me a bandage when I was bleeding.”

Lindsey Hartley sophomore

“I went to the health center and they were really nice to me even when they got the time wrong they still found time to get me in when I really needed it.”

Keenan Delaney sophomore

“My experience was the police department. The very first day of Griffon Edge that I took part in… that night there was a frat party…I went to that and then back to campus afterwards…there were eight or nine of us in the room and it started getting loud.”

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Griffons face must-win games Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor The Missouri Western men’s basketball team fell to 5-14 overall and 2-14 in MIAA conference play after falling 67-61 at No. 18 Northwest Missouri State on Saturday. With a spot in the conference tournament on the line, the Griffons must win each of the four remaining games on their schedule. “We are who we are, our record is what it is. We have to win every game,” Coach Tom Smith said. “We have four left, two on the road, and all four teams have beaten us. In order for us to make the tournament we would have to win all four of them.” The next contest will be in Jefferson City against Lincoln on Feb. 15, who sits one place ahead of the Griffons in the MIAA standings at 3-13 in conference play and 3-19 overall. Western dropped the first game between the two 66-63 in the final moments at the MWSU Fieldhouse and will be looking for revenge against the Blue Tigers, who have lost eight straight games. “I would be surprised if we don’t go to Jefferson

Men’s Basketball Standings 1. Northwest Missouri 2. Washburn 3. Missouri Southern 4. Central Missouri 5. Fort Hays State 6. Southwest Baptist 7. Pittsburg State 8. Emporia State 9. Truman 10. Lincoln 11. Missouri Western City on Wednesday and play pretty well.” Smith said. The second must-win on Feb. 18 will feature the Griffons traveling to Kirksville to battle Truman State, who is 4-12 in conference play and 6-17 overall. Truman won the first contest 87-86 in overtime at the MWSU Fieldhouse and is on a threegame losing-streak. The Griffons will finish

the season with Central Missouri on Feb. 22 and Southwest Baptist on Feb. 25. Western dropped a close one in the first game against Southern Baptist 64-61 and were beat 64-48 in Warrensburg by Central. “I think we all feel like the can go to Lincoln and win, we all feel like we can go to Truman and win, and we all feel like we can come home and

beat Central Missouri and Baptist,” Smith said. “The difference is what we have to do to do it. There’s not going to be any more talking about it because it has to get done.” The Griffons confidence comes from being in nearly every game down to the final buzzer. Western has lost eight games by six points or less. “I think our kids feel like they can win every game,” Smith said. “It’s been tough on them to give the kind of effort that they have given and not be particularly successful.” The game at Northwest was another one of those games where the Griffons were close but just couldn’t get the win. The Bearcats were forced to hit free-throws to avoid Western from winning the game with a late run. “We haven’t rolled over and played dead for anybody,” Smith said. “Northwest felt like they were going to have a pretty easy time on Saturday, they didn’t. We were down 3 with 16 seconds but we just couldn’t quite get that big stop or a free-throw miss that would have made the difference.” Lavonte Douglas led the Griffons in scoring with 14 points and also pulled

12th conference loss leads to post-season doubts

Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor

Ashleigh Curry saw the ball ring out of the hoop with one last chance to win the game. Curry slithered through Northwest Missouri State’s crowded defense and snatched the offensive board, but the senior’s shot didn’t fall as Missouri Western dropped a close overtime loss to Northwest Saturday at Bearcat Arena, 7271. It was the Griffons’ 12th MIAA loss which keeps them tied for the eighth spot in the conference. Northwest coach Gene Steinmeyer has preached to his team and to anybody that will listen that the Bearcats still have a shot at making the post-season tournament, despite the last place the Bearcats currently occupy. With that in mind, his team fought for every minute of the game against the Griffons, knowing that a win would move the last-place team to within a game of the eighth seed. Western took the trip up north with the thought of winning a fifth game and taking a big jump into the final slot. Now, with only four games left, Western (4-12), Southwest Baptist (4-13), Northwest (3-13) and Missouri Southern (314) all look to take advantage of other teams’ miscues in order to have the opportunity of making it to Kansas City. “We haven’t been playing really well on the road,” Western coach Lynn Plett said. “The loss was a really tough one for us. We got off to a really slow start, didn’t shoot the ball well early and [Northwest] did.” The Bearcats used momentum off of a slow

start by the Griffons to score points. Northwest started the game on a 15-2 run, with four different Bearcats providing points. Western shook off the rough beginning and jumped back in the game with its own 12-1 run, highlighted by a pair of jumpers by Alicia Bell. Senior starters Jessica Koch and Curry didn’t have much going in the

down 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season while T.J. Johnson and James Harris scored 13 each. The Griffons can point to offense and not a lack of defensive intensity as the main cause of their losing record. Western ranks fifth in the conference, giving up 67 points per game.

“We are as good defensively as we have been in 10 years, I don’t care what anybody says,” Smith said. “Unfortunately we are a little short offensively and that’s been our downfall; there’s no question. We would have won a lot of games in the past if we could hold teams in the 60s.”

James Harris drives through the defense in an attempt to score against Northwest in their first game against them. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

2012 MIAA Softball Preseason Coaches Poll 1. Missouri Western 2. Emporia State

The second half continued the back-and-forth contest between the two rivals. Neither team had more than a five-point lead, but the Griffons grabbed a nice three-point advantage after an Alex Noble jumper dropped in, giving her team a 58-55 lead. Northwest went on its own 6-0 run to put itself up by three, before Kal-

3. Missouri Southern 4. Central Missouri 5. Northwest Missouri 6. Fort Hays State 7. Truman T8. Pittsburg State T8. Washburn 10. Lincoln

Women’s Basketball Standings

11. Southwest Baptist

1. Pittsburg 2. Washburn 3. Emporia State 4. Central Missouri 5. Fort Hays State 6. Lincoln 7. Truman 8. Missouri Western 9. Southwest Baptist 10. Northwest Missouri 11. Missouri Southern first half, as Western picked up its first lead 1716 when reserve forward Stacey Mgbike knocked down two free throws. Northwest grabbed a 2821 lead after that, but the Griffons went on a 15-5 run to take a 36-33 lead into the half. “Jess is going to have nights like that,” Plett said. “The positive thing that can continue to get better is Alicia Bell was much more aggressive offensively and took more shots. I talked to her about two weeks ago and told her she needed to take about 10 shots a game.”

lie Schoonover knocked down a trey to tie the game at 61. Both teams swapped two points in the final minute as a 63-63 deadlock tie went down to the final buzzer, but Koch’s jumper fell short as did Noble’s offensive putback. The Bearcats took a 69-68 lead with 1 minute, 31 seconds to play in the extra quarter, before Schoonover connected on her second 3-pointer. Shelly Martin, who had been hot all night, matched Schoonover’s 3 as the Bearcats took a 7271 lead with less than 30

Jessica Koch goes for a lay-up at Western’s first game against Northwest Jason Brown | Photo Editor

seconds to play. Schoonover then missed on a long 3, and before the game clock expired, Curry rebounded and missed on her attempt, giving the Bearcats the victory. “It just didn’t go in,” Plett said. “It really came down to our last defensive possession in the overtime. All we had to do was get a defensive rebound and probably would have won the ball game with 12 seconds to go. Unfortunately we let them get an offensive rebound and they ended up making a 3.” Martin finished with 15 points, one shy of the team lead which went to Abby Henry (16). Western’s Koch finished with 12 points, just as she did in the teams previous meeting -- a for a season low -- on 4-for-14 shooting. Curry had 13 and Bell had a game-high 19, and also dished out seven assists to help her team. This was the second meeting between the two teams, as Western won on Jan. 4, 62-51.

For more coverage on Baseball and Softball, turn to page 8.

2012 MIAA Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll 1. Central Missouri 2. Emporia State 3. Missouri Western 4. Fort Hays State 5. Missouri Southern 6. Washburn 7. Northwest Missouri 8. Pittsburg State 9. Truman 10. Lincoln 11. Southwest Baptist


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February 16, 2012

Softball brings in wins at Oklahoma tournament Griffons win four out of six games Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor

Missouri Western coach Jen Bagley has said her team needed to be strong in the circle in order to win ball games this season. In this past weekend’s Henderson State Tournament, that proved to be true. Western pulled out four wins in six games -- the same result as its first weekend tournament last season -and head to Durant, Okla., this weekend for another sixgame tournament. “Offensively, we had a disappointing weekend. We fell a little bit victim of seeing things in the fieldhouse, when you’re practicing inside and looking for the pitch that you’re seeing,” Bagley said. “The upside of the weekend was Jackie Bishop had a really great start. With her on the mound, we have a really good chance right now. That Arkansas-Monticello game was really fun to watch.” To open up the season, Western needed extra innings to take down Henderson State. The Griffons received help from the international tie breaker, which starts a runner on the second base in extra innings. Tied 0-0, Western scored two runs in the eighth inning (Michelle Stevenson and Kim Robinson) and took a 2-0 advantage. Henderson could only score one, which gave the Griffons the win. During a week in which Bagley said Bishop showed her sophomore maturity, the 2011 MIAA Freshman of the Year threw a shutout through seven innings in the opening game. Western wasn’t so lucky in the second game of the threeday tourney, as Ouachita

Baptist defeated the Griffons 6-0 behind eight hits in Annalee Rubio’s first start as a Griffon. They returned to action Saturday afternoon and defeated Delta State 5-2 behind Keri Lorbert’s 3-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. The game gave Bishop her second win of the season. Bagley still believes her team can do more offensively, but that will come with more time in practice and experience during games. “It really kind of hurt my heart not to put Brittany Douglas and Toni Dance out on the lineup card this last weekend,” said Bagley, referring to the two home run sluggers that led the team in 2011 with 15 and 13 homers, respectively. “There’s a little bit of confidence that happens when you get some girls that start getting hot. That stuff gets contagious.” Western won the fourth game of the tournament, 2-1 over Rockhurst. On the final day, it saw the highs and lows of the tournament. In a matchup with another top-25 team, No. 23 Western faced off with No. 12 Arkansas-Monticello. With Bishop on the mound, the Griffons only gave up three hits and no runs. Monticello’s Kayla Jackson pitched five solid innings, but in the bottom of the second, Taylor Anding blasted a round tripper over the fence to provide the lone score of the game as Western topped Monticello 1-0 to improve to a 4-1 record. Bishop concluded the tournament at 3-0. The Griffons played Henderson for the second time during weekend, which ended the 3-day tourney, and for the second time the two squads played extra innings. Western scored first, land-

ing a run in the bottom of the fourth. Henderson topped that with two runs in sixth inning, taking a 2-1 lead. The Griffons tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, as Maegan Roemmich doubled with one out, sending Kendall Sorensen home to tie the game. Western left two batters stranded, however, and the game went to the seventh tied 2-2 and eventually to the eighth inning with the same score. The international tie breaker wasn’t as favorable to the Griffons the second time out, as Henderson used the rule to score four runs. Rubio, who started the game, gave up the first run on a single to Amber Wilburn, who advanced to second when runner Amber Klug beat the throw home. Emily Moe, who won her lone start of the tournament, relieved Rubio, but the Reddies secured three more runs to take a 6-2 lead, ending much hope for the Griffons. “[Rubio] pitched well enough to win that ball game,” Bagley said. “Offensively we just weren’t able to get the win for her.” Western looks to take six more wins this weekend and improve on the young season when it heads to Durant to play in the Southeastern Oklahoma State Tournament. The Griffons have tough competition, playing top-25 Angelo Svtate as well as a rematch with Monticello. They then play a third-straight weekend tournament, heading back to Bentonville, Arkansas in the Arkansas-Monticello Five State Classic. Western returns home March 6 against Quincy to in its opener at Spring Sports Complex.

Stevenson (7) throws to first during softball’s annual fall classic, where Western won both games versus Des Moines Area Community College. The Griffons are now 4-2 on the season leading into the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Tournament Feb. 17. Jason Brown l Photo Editor

Men’s baseball season starts off with hope Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor

Right-handed pitcher Jake Jones (14) talks with his teammates in the dugout during the Griffon’s fall baseball game. Jason Brown l Photo Editor

Bishop paced her team in three games over the weekend, winning all three starts and allowing less than one run combined. The sophomore jumped out to a great start, continuing an impressive 2011 campaign in which she was First Team All-Conference.


ing for offense from their returning leader in batting average and home runs, first basemen Spencer Shockley. JUCO transfers Bubba Dotson and Shawn Egge will be counted on to play the outfield and provide offense. “I think Egge is going to be a really good one,” Verduzco said. “He’s physical and can run, almost like a pro-type player.” Sophomore out-fielder David Chew, junior shortstop Michael Shulze and infielder Kyle Simpson will also be counted on for the Griffons. “Simpson is very good defensively, and we will see how he hits,” Verduzco said. “We feel pretty comfortable with what we are going to send out there.” The Griffons will play their first game of the season at the Spring Sports Complex Feb. 24-26 in a four-game series against Nebraska-Kearney.

Stats this week: Strikeouts — 35 Hits Allowed — 8 Record — 3-90

Year: Sophomore

Position: Pitcher

Year: Sophomore

Sport: Softball

Sport: Softball

The Griffon baseball team will open up its season in Florence, Ala., against 5-1 North Alabama in a three-game-series on Feb. 1819. “We think we are ready to play, and we think we have our lineup set as far as who we are going to start opening day,” Coach Buzz Verduzco said. “Two out of three starting pitchers they haven’t seen yet, so that’s a positive. We’ve seen two of their pitchers that will open up for them.” North Alabama was ranked No. 20 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and was also ranked ninth nationally by College Baseball Lineup heading into the season after making the NCAA tournament last season. The Griffons have high expectations of their own, being picked to finish third in

the MIAA preseason coaches poll. The Griffons are looking forward to getting out on the field after being stuck practicing inside. “They have been outside, and they’ve been practicing everyday outside, so that makes a little bit of a difference,” Verduzco said. “We’re kind of field-housed out now, we’re ready to play. Our guys are getting antsy. We’re tired of being inside and just want to play somebody else; we’re excited about it.” Verduzco is looking for the Griffons bullpen to keep the game close with the offense produces after the starters come out. “Our bullpen is going to have to do a job. Very rarely are you going to have a kid go six or seven innings on opening day and have it be okay,” Verduzco said. “The first team that flinches starting pitching wise is probably going to lose the game.” The Griffons will be look-

Position: Pitcher

Stats this week: Strikeouts — 35 Hits Allowed — 8 Record — 3-90

JACKIE BISHOP Bishop paced her team in three games over the weekend, winning all three starts and allowing less than one run combined. The sophomore jumped out to a great start, continuing an impressive 2011 campaign in which she was First Team All-Conference.

Queen (29) throws mid-way through the fall game at the Spring Sports Complex. The Griffons go on the road to start the season versus University of North Alabama Feb. 18 and 19. They have high hopes going into the season, placing 3rd in MIAA coaches poll. Jason Brown l Photo Editor

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