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Jerry Partridge speaks to local media and fans at the playoff selection announcement.

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Griffon men win big 87-46 Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor Griffon men’s basketball took the floor for the second time in three days Monday at the MWSU Field House and improved to 2-0 on the season, dominating Manhattan Christian College 87-46. “We played better than we did the other night, actually,” coach Tom Smith said. “I thought they played better in terms of being sounder defensively.” The Griffons failed to get off to a hot start early and found themselves trailing their Division III opponent 23-17 with 8:30 left in the first half. James Harris tied the game at 25 with a transition layup, and the Griffons went on a 22-6 run in the last six minutes of the first half. The score was 47-31 at the break. The Griffons blocked shots, forced turnovers and turned their good defense into transition offense in the second half. Manhattan Christian didn’t score its first two points of the second half until five minutes in, and the Griffons were already in

Left: T. J. Johnson goes up for a lay up versus Manhattan Christian College. Above: Ladarius Frazier drives into the lane between two defenders. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

control of the game, leading 56-35. “That’s something we had in our mind coming into the season,” Levonte Douglas said. “That’s something we

really want everyone to focus on, is defense this year.” T.J. Johnson led all scorers with 22 points and he grabbed 7 rebounds. Johnson shot 8-for-11 from the

Western plans for future, looks to ‘graduate students for 21st century’ Jerrod Huber | Staff Writer Missouri Western is learning from the past to build for the future by establishing goals to move the university forward. The strategic planning process is a way for Western to identify opportunities, establish goals and objectives to move forward in continuous improvement. Associate Provost and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Cindy Heider said, in the current draft form, that employee, student and community input identifies three broad areas that may be the focus of the next strategic plan. “Those broad areas include enhancing the educational experience, graduating students for the 21st Century and increasing and managing Resources. Additional input may change those broad areas,” Heider said. Missouri is predicting a drop off in the number of

graduating high school students in the foreseeable future, but Heider said Western’s high quality programs and low cost will be attractive and is not limited to graduating high school students entirely. “While there is a predicted decrease in high school graduates over the next five years, we believe our high quality academic programs and low cost will continue to be attractive to high school students and their parents,” Heider said. Heider also said that high school students are only part of the equation because Western has a significant number of non-traditional students and students returning to finish degrees. Heider believes that Western can continue to excel in meeting these needs. Western has been expecting a drop off in enrollment numbers for years now, but that has not happened, and President Robert Vartabedian continues to hope it doesn’t.

“We have been anticipating a ‘drop off ’ in our student recruitment and enrollment efforts for several years,” Vartabedian said. “Surprisingly, that has not occurred just yet, but we are still bracing for it. I am hopeful that this drop off in graduating high schools students has been and will be offset by some of the exciting things going on at Missouri Western.” Missouri is moving toward a pay-for-performance funding model, but Western is not likely to be disadvantaged. “I cannot predict state revenues, but I am certain that Western will work diligently to meet state performance indicators and be as eligible as any other public institution for performance funding,” Heider said. “We believe that performance funding will not disadvantage Missouri Western,” Vartabedian said. Vartabedian is confident in Western’s performance, regardless. See

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field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. After missing three shots early in the game, he found his jumper and showed his outside game and his ability to get to the basket.

“I think I came in tonight, and I settled down,” said Johnson. “I kept shooting. Like coach always says, good shooters keep shooting, so I just was trying to find a way to put it in the bucket.” Coming off a double-dou-

ble, Levonte Douglas was effective in the paint for a second straight game, converting 6-8 from the field. Douglas scored 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.

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‘Know What You Owe’: Student loan campaign offers participants $500 scholarship

Matt Hunt | Staff Writer

Although President Obama has set a plan to make it easier for students to pay off their loans once they graduate, this does not help the students enrolled in a university now especially with interest rates on the rise for student loans. The Missouri Western Financial Aid office has started a campaign for students to understand more about their loans. According to Financial Aid Assistant Director Cindy Spotts, the “Know What You Owe” campaign will help students get a bit more information on how to handle their loans and not fall into debt. The idea for this came to Spotts after meeting with a student. “I had a student walk into my office one day, who I considered to be very responsible, and [he] had no idea how much he had bor-

rowed,” Spotts said. “He had no clue how much his payments were or where to begin, so that’s when this kicked off.” Financial Aid Director Marilyn Baker and Spotts came up with the campaign, which will help Western students learn more about their interest rates and how to manage their college career in the long run. “We want to get out there and let students know that it’s important to talk to their [loan] servicer,” Spotts said. “These holders know what plans you are qualified for and understand your situation, so don’t be afraid to speak up.” The campaign plans on having sessions open to student organizations, departments and the student body to come and hear the presentation and get their questions answered. See Financial Aid page 2

A Western Dr. Pepper addict is changing Missouri Western for the better.

Students learn how to defend themselves against predators.

The historically black fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha has reinstated itself on campus.

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By the Numbers:


New interest rate on federal PLUS student loans, down from 8.6%.

$23,186 Average student loan debt among graduating seniors in 2007-08.



billion Value of federal education loans originating each year.

News NEWS NOTES Entrepreneurship challenges high schoolers

The Steven L. Craig School of Business and the Missouri Council on Economic Education hosted the finals of the 2011 Entrepreneurship Challenge on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Western. One hundred high school students from all over Missouri came in teams of five with their business teachers to compete in the event. The 20 participating teams were selected from more than 521 students from 27 different high schools who created business ideas and pitched them to a hypothetical venture capitalist.

Jazz program performs

The jazz program of the Missouri Western State University music department presented its jazz concert, ‘’A Little of This and a Little of That,’’ at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Potter Hall Theater, featuring performances by the Jazz Lab Band, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Ensemble. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kathleen Holeman, showcased several standards, performing a cappella as well as performing with Jazz Lab and Jazz Ensemble. They performed standards such as ‘’A String of Pearls’’ by DeLange and Gray, and ‘’Moonglow’’ arranged by Mike Carubia.

The Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Steve Molloy, performed classic works from bands such as the Count Basie Orchestra to today’s contemporary literature by such leading writers as Alan Baylock.

Incredible India culture show

The office of global engagement and the division of Student Affairs at Missouri Western State University, with the Indian Culture Committee of St. Joseph, present ‘’Incredible India,’’ a culture show, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Kemper Recital Hall inside Leah Spratt Hall. 

‘’Incredible India’’ will include a fashion show of traditional and modern clothing from India, as well as Indian music and dance. It will be hosted by Bridget Blevins of KQ2 television.

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Insurance rates rise Western chooses BlueCross BlueShield over Aetna Matt Hunt | Staff Writer Full-time employees and staff at Missouri Western are about to see a change in their health insurance. Missouri Western State University has decided to do business this coming year with BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City over Aetna, Western’s current healthcare provider. Western contracts are traditionally three years, but if they see a bid that they just can’t refuse, that would be beneficial to the employees and the University, then they will consider changes. According to the Director of Human Resources Sally Sanders, Western is not obligated to a three-year contract. “We only go out for bids every three years; we don’t get three-year agreements on rates,” Sanders said. “Medical health insurance rates are renewed annually. That’s an industry standard.” According to Benefits Coordinator Misty Miller, the switch from Aetna to

BlueCross was merely because they offered a better plan. “We chose to go back to BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City because they offered us a much lower

BlueCross BlueShield offers is very rare, but going into 2013 with a safety net was comforting,” Sanders said. “We have high claims, and we know that we have issues with employ-

is no real benefit for Aetna losing business with Missouri Western. “Only in the sense that they don’t have to pay the claims, and they lost money based on what they had to do,” Klinker said. “Aetna has to pay out the rest of 2011; Blue Cross doesn’t have to until 2012. There is no advantage, and I would have loved to stay with them.” The new healthcare plan is cheaper for Western. “Going with BlueCross we save nearly a quarter of a million dollars, and with the 13 percent cap that Aetna didn’t offer, we couldn’t refuse,” Klinker said. Before the switch to BlueCross, Missouri Western had a $30,000 Wellness fund. Under the new plan, according to Miller, Western will have a $20,000 Wellness fund. “This wellness fund is for programming- and wellnessrelated expenses,” Miller said. “The fund will also carry over its balance year to year, so we will be able to plan and project projects and expenses better.”

“Going with BlueCross we save nearly a quarter of a million dollars, and with the 13 percent cap that Aetna didn’t offer, we couldn’t refuse.” ees, which Mel Klinker, vice president percent of we felt we of financial planning and increase for could not administration our employpass up.” ees and the M e l university,” K l i n k n e r, Miller said. vice presi“They ofdent of fered a rate financial cap until 2013, which is a planning and administration, very rare opportunity for agrees. a large group like Missouri “The 13 percent cap, that Western.” Aetna didn’t offer, gives us With costs of running the some security,” Klinkner university rising annually, it said. “If we had bad claims, is comforting to know at least then we won’t have to pay one cost will be stable. any more than 13 percent “The rate cap that plus those taxes.”

Campaign teaches students about loan process

Athletic department plans for athlete wellness Planning: continued from front

Financial Aid: continued from front

The main concerns the founders of this organization seem to have is whether these students have any idea what they are getting themselves into. “The best thing for students to do is to stop and think,” Baker said. “What should you do to make sure that you don’t owe over $5,000 in loans when you graduate?” As Spotts said, the presentation will focus on numerous points ranging not only about the reality of student loans, but budgeting, credit reports and how much you should borrow. “Most students don’t know when they go into repayment, or even who their servicers are,” Spotts said. According to Financial Aid office student employee Joshua North, there are multiple things students can do, now,

so they won’t be hit down the road. “The biggest thing students can do is to start paying on the loans while going to school,” North said. “One way to do that is get a job, and start paying those monthly payments.” The “Know What You Owe” campaign has its perks for students. It’s offering 5 students a $500 scholarship for whomever takes the challenge and figures out their student loans. According to Spotts, students can go to their website, finaid/Challenge.asp, and take the challenge. “If we can reach out to even one student,” Spotts said, “then that is one student we helped figure out what to do about their loans.”

“We contend that we have some very impressive performance outcomes that will be reflected in our share of performance funding,” he said. According to Heider the last part, and perhaps the most difficult, will be determining how to increase and manage Western’s resources for the future. “Western may be exploring options to use its existing resources to generate income [lease arrangements],” Heider said. “We may need to re-think how Western staffs



Griffon Indoor  Sports Complex


Missouri Dept.  of Conservation

Looney Comlex

Logan Hall



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Griffon Spring  Sports Complex

Baker Family  Fitness Center

McGuffin said the strategic plan covers a broad base and one of those is to look at our student athlete wellness and how those needs are being met. “Making sure that we provide everything our student athletes need as far as academics, weight rooms or strength rooms and just an overall sense of where the athletic department needs to go with the budget, customer service ideas and mission statements,’ McGuffin said.



Spratt Stadium

and operates its offices.” Currently, steps are being taken to ensure that Western will continue to thrive in the next five years. Heider said Western’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for citizens of the region, and they focus on that mission every day, striving to be better in serving our students and the region. “We will continue to do this regardless of the current state on the Missouri economy,” Heider said. Athletics Director Kurt


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According to Klinkner, there were no penalties for early contract cancellation from Aetna toward the university. “We had 31 days to give them written notice, and they have been in the loop and know what’s going on,” Klinker said. “So just for financial reasons, that’s why we chose BlueCross.” According to Klinker, employees will pay more than they did last year for health insurance. “It’s going to affect employees because whatever they paid last year,” Klinker said, “it’s going to be 15.69 percent more, so every plan will cost that, except our base plan.” Sanders states that the university still pays 100 percent of the premiums for an employee’s base plan. Adding a spouse to the plan has always been an out of pocket expense, but these rates have increased under BlueCross. “The base plan is where the employees will see no change,” Sanders said. “But if employees want a richer plan, or buy up plan, than that’s all on the employee.” According to Klinker there

Thursday, Nov. 17 7 p.m. “Black Holes” Planetarium Show Friday, Nov. 18 7:30 p.m. Griffon Men’s Basketball vs. William Jewell College

Saturday, Nov. 19 8 p.m. Griffon Men’s Basketball vs. Rockhurst University Monday, Nov. 21 No classes until November 28

Juda Hall Leaverton Hall

Potter Hall Remington  Hall

Murphy Hall

Vaselakos Hall Blum Union

Fulkerson Center Leah Spratt Hall

Popplewell Hall

Eder Hall Hearnes Center

Scanlon Hall


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Defend yourself

Veteran prepares students for the worst scenario Eboni Lacey | Online Editor

The American Correctional Association hosted a self-defense class to prepare students for possible danger and to spread awareness of increased crime on campus and within the St. Joseph area. The class was held on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Looney Complex. Fifteen year veteran of the St. Joseph Department of Corrections Elizabeth Boone, who taught the course, explains how important self defense is, due to the growing crime rate in St. Joseph and on campus. “I’ve seen St. Joe change so much within the last ten years,” Boone said. “I’ve seen more violence. Just in the last year, we’ve seen more shootings. We’ve seen more assaults. Even on campus, we had two rapes last year. That is two too many.” Boone, who has been teaching self-defense for 14 years and has taught thousands of men and women defensive techniques, feels


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that this class should be especially beneficial for female students. “When they’re attacked it takes a lot of control from a female,” Boone said. “Women are seen generally as the weaker sex, and for the most part we are. But I think that this empowers them. They need to be empowered because rape and assault is all about power and control. I think we need to gain power. I never want to see a female walking in fear.” The class covered both floor fighting and breakaway techniques, which help divert an attacker. ACA President and Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement major Clarissa Cudworth, who has worked with Boone in past events, felt that the class would help students be more aware of their surroundings and more prepared for a possible attack. “We feel like there has been a lot of trouble on our campus with theft and not being aware of your surroundings,” Cudworth said. “We know in past few semes-


Never talk on the cell phone when walking out of a building. Wait until you get to the car. If someone is attacking you and they tell you to be quiet, don’t. Make more noise.

Invest in pepper spray, and keep it on your key chain

Top: Elizabeth Boone practicing the first step in self defense by taking stance and yelling “back!” Above: Clarissa Cudworth, president of the American Correctional Association, blocks a punch. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

ters it has been a lot of issues regarding crime on campus. We want students on campus to be able to defend and protect themselves in any given situation.” Cudworth also explains the main goal for the ACA is helping and informing students. Eventually, the organization wants to be able to visit prisons to spread knowledge and gain a different perspective. “The majority of our members at one point in time have been national members,” Cudworth said. “We put on events like this to help people be aware of things. ACA is doing their best to get campus and students involved in wanting to protect themselves and others, and if crime comes about, do something about it.”

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Amber Lampe, a student who decided to take the class, felt the class would definitely make her feel more comfortable on campus. “I know Missouri Western is a pretty safe campus, but sometimes I still feel uncomfortable walking by myself at night, ”Lampe said. “I felt this would be a good opportunity.” Boone hopes that students will take extra caution in protecting themselves, as today’s criminals are continuing to become more dangerous. “Since I work for the DOC I think the change and the type of inmates we get inside of the institution are just the worst,” Boone said. “They don’t care about life. They don’t care about property, except for their own.”

SGA buys playoff tickets for students Todd Fuller | News Editor

McGuffin is pushing the need to get students out to the game, so he was really glad when he found out that the residence halls would remain open until Sunday afternoon. “I hope it’s [residence halls]

Missouri Western’s Student Government Association made an executive board decision to pony up the dough, buying 300 tickets for Saturday’s home playo f f game — t h e first in school history. S G A huge,” gave away McGuffin these tickets said. “I know at noon on MonSGA purchased 300 day, Nov. 14 in the Blum Student Union lobby to the tickets, because in the NCAA first 300 students to claim we have no comps; our them and agreed to co-pur- president doesn’t even get a chase souvenir towels with comp.” According to McGuffin, he the athletics department, too. Nick McCutcheon, direc- went to Esther Peralez, vice tor of finance for SGA, said president of student affairs, that after Athletics Direc- regarding the residence halls tor Kurt McGuffin spoke to and voiced his concerns. “The next day she [Peralez] the Senate and Western won their bid for a playoff that said, ‘We’ve got them open,’ they wanted to do something you know, so that was a step,” McGuffin said. “We agreed for the students. “They [athletic depart- with the SGA to purchase ment] did tell us early on that more towels. It’s a great trathey would not be able to dition and I’m glad the stupurchase them, so we decid- dents have bought into that. ed we wanted to do it for the The last thing the alumni students,” McCutcheon said. association had some money “We first checked to make left for a student tailgate, so sure that it was not against if you didn’t get one of the any NCAA rules, then once 300 tickets, you can still get we got the approval, we pur- the towel, the tailgate and a ticket for chased $5.” them. BePresisides mak“I think this, coupled d e n t ing 300 with our facilities and Robert free tickets Vartabeavailable, our association with dian said we will be the Kansas City Chiefs, that the contributplayoff ing to athcould be the beginning game just letics' purof something very adds to chase of the sucmore rally special.” cess that towels that Western’s will be giv-Robert Vartabedian, football en away at team has the game Western President had the to all last few fans.” years. “ I t ’ s “I think this [hosting the the first playoff game we’ve ever hosted for Missouri playoff game], coupled with Western, for the town of St. our facilities and our assoJoe and football,” McGuffin ciation with the Kansas City said. “And, I think a lot of Chiefs, could be the beginpeople have yearned for this. ning of something very speThey’ve wanted to see what cial,” Vartabedian said. Vartabedian said that he kind of show we can put on. It’s [the playoff game] the was glad to see SGA purchase the tickets for the stutalk of the town.” McGuffin feels that get- dents. “I think its fantastic, given ting the win over Northwest and taking care of business the fact that we’re starting against Fort Hayes definitely a vacation for our students, put us in position to get the as of the end of the day on Friday. I thought that was a playoff game. “I think that win really put good sign that they’re going us over the top,” McGuffin to be quite enthusiastic about this game.” said.

Samantaha Fish

Saturday November 26 Plus St. Joe’s own JEsse James to follow

Live @ Magoons:

Fri Nov 18:

Ron Teemer w/ Pedro Sat Nov 19:

Frank Ace Blues

Hot Food

Cold Beer

Week Day Schedule

Tuesday- Open Mic Night w/Colby Wednesday- Tracy Huffman Thursday- Jerry Forney Blues

Fri Nov 25:

Spare Parts w/ Teddy Paxton and Fitzy

Thanksgiving Eve Party Happy Hour w/ Tracy Huffman Plus PIG FARMER and Jason Riley

Something to be thankful for

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Alphas rebuild after 3-year hiatus Eboni Lacey | Online Editor Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B Dubois, Duke Ellington, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall are all defined as historic African American men that stood as dominant figures of American culture. Since adolescence, we have read about their adversities, their successes and their contributions. Yet, what many people didn’t know about these men is that they are all a part of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha – the same fraternity that is here on this very campus. After a long hiatus, Missouri Western’s Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is now returning to Western’s campus with increased membership, new goals and big shoes to fill. Vice President of Alpha Phi Alpha Jamal Ahmed explains that the hiatus was due to both academics and an established reputation that the fraternity did not adhere to. “We went through what we call an internal digression,” Ahmed said. “We let our grades slip and put ourselves on a self-made suspension. We were not taking care of business like we were supposed to. We had to get our acts together before we promoted Alpha.” In the fall of 2010, the Alphas decided to take their personal suspension off and begin rebuilding their fraternity. This rebuilding included

pledging three new members: DeAndre Diamond, Shedrick Christian and Mark Bush. Ahmed explains that choosing new members after the suspension was a long process as they were looking for high-caliber members with exceptional quality. “A lot of guys that were interested did not meet our expectations,” Ahmed said. “These three gentlemen have went above in beyond in meeting and setting the bar of those expectations. I’ve been talking with these guys for awhile and priming them. I’m very confident.” In 2010, 2008 and 2007 the Alphas won fraternity of the year. In edition to this, they won organization of the year in 2009. 2008 was also the year the Alphas pledged their last member before the hiatus took place. This member was former Student Government Association Vice President Ernest Chamblee. With all of these accolades, the Alphas have already started planning and preparing to maintain their campus status. “There is definitely a lot of grandeur coming out after a 3-year hiatus,” Christian said. “We have big plans to uplift the chapter even more and put it back on that pedestal that it needs to be. First and foremost is making sure our own academic standards are met. We want to raise that bar back up to previous years.”




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RA of the Month Vaselakos Hall Name: Tom Parker Home: St. Louis Major: Biochemistry Favorite Movie: Hmm...Tough, currently I’d say Vanilla Sky. Interests:I like anything to do with science, philosophy, gaming, and the internet. What is the Best thing about living on campus: It’s awesome being able to be in the middle of all the student activities held here. Future Goals and Aspirations: I hope to continue my education and pursue a career in scientific research. Most memorable moment here at Western: Putting on Haunted Hall with RHA and the residents of Vaselakos was really fun and I think we scared a few people in the process.

(Left to right) Vice President Jamal Ahmed, with new members DeAndre Diamond, Shedrick Christian and Mark Bush, show off their alpha symbol as they pose for the picture. Eboni Lacey | Online Editor

These academic standards include maintaining a 2.5 GPA and being enrolled in 12 credit hours. The members must also be involved in at least two campus organizations and be a registered voter, along with being a person of outstanding character. Currently, numerous members of the fraternity are involved in organizations that include Black Student Union, WAC, Griffon Arts Alliance and Chemistry Club. One member has even started his own personal cake business. “Pretty much any and every aspect of student life we want to be apart of,” Christian said.

A major goal of the fraternity is to unite the Missouri Western campus as a whole. “We had a meeting with Dr. Peralez,” Ahmed said. “[We felt] the minorities on this campus are kind of outcasts. They don’t have much to do. What Alpha Phi Alpha is trying to do is act as an ambassador to unite the campus, giving everybody one group instead of two separate societies.” The Alphas plan to host a clothing drive and a piean-Alpha fundraiser to raise money for the community. The Alpha’s first event will be held during Alpha week, which begins Nov. 28 and

ends on Dec. 3. During the week, the members will host a women’s appreciation day and a formal discussion on sexual education. “We want to not only uplift the chapter, yet the campus as well,” Diamond said. “What we have planned is to bring a lot of exposure to Western.” Among exposing positivity on campus, the Alphas plan to maintain a strong brotherly relationship with all of their members. “With a fraternity you have a more intimate relationship with the members,” Bush said. “It makes you accountable.”

Ultimately, the Alphas want Missouri Western to remember their successes and contributions, just as we remember their historic ancestors that once led our country. As the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity was the first established African-American fraternity, Missouri Western’s chapter plans to go back to their historic standards of academic achievement, social rights and business administration. “Our persona is that of business men,” Ahmed said. “We are about our business.”

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cause we don’t have any experience in running an organization, and we’re basically going off what we were taught.” Duncan said that they are getting a lot of support from different institutions such as University of Missouri-Kansas City, Northwest Missouri State University and Kansas University to help them run their organization. Duncan and Daniels must increase in numbers by next fall or their chapter will be deactivated. Phi Beta Sigma is planning new programs to get their name out on campus. They participated in Pink Week and have upcoming events such as PBS Jeopardy and a panel discussion on issues students often face the most in college. Duncan thought a program that went really well was the Sigma trash pickup. “We thought it would be a good idea to take out the residence trash because they get to see us, and we are also doing service, which is very important,” Duncan said. Cohen encourages any student that is interested in any Greek fraternity to know that they’re always being observed once they show that they may be interested. “It’s always important that you can present a strong forefront to make people interested in you,” Cohen said. “One of my favorite quotes is ‘character is doing the right thing when no one is watching you’.” Cohen said the most important thing is making sure that they are academically ready to become a part of an organization. Nationally, Phi Beta Sigma requires its members to at-

tend a four year college or university on a semester system, have a minimum of 12 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 2.5. Duncan knew Phi Beta was something he wanted to be a part of after doing his research. “I chose Phi Beta Sigma because I did my research on the rest of the fraternities of the Divine Nine,” Duncan said. “They somehow had a stereotype, and you had to change your personality to fit

theirs, and that’s not what I was all about.” Duncan valued this aspect of the fraternity because he knew he could be himself. “Phi Beta Sigma is willing to accept anyone who is willing to do the work,” Duncan said. “You have to be able to bring something to Phi Beta Sigma; they’re not here to change you whatever qualities you have. They’re there to enhance them, not change them.”

Sigmas gain two, look for more Members of the Alpha Beta Nu chapter of Phi Beta Sigma prove that two heads are better than none while trying to keep their chapter afloat. Although Phi Beta Sigma has over 150,000 men in over 650 chapters in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, President Arion Duncan and member Niyaa Daniels are trying to stay focused on increasing their membership on campus. Phi Beta Sigma adviser Ronald Cohen wanted to reactivate the Alpha Beta Nu chapter because he felt there was a need for students to have more opportunities on campus. “I have a passion for student success, most specifically students of color and their advancement,” Cohen said. “I know a lot of times that students of color on this campus don’t get presented with a lot of opportunities, so they don’t take them. For me that was really important to get more people involved in Greek life.” Phi Beta Sigma is among the few black Greek letter fraternities and sororities who are struggling on the Missouri Western campus to increase their membership. For any organization to be recognized on campus, they have to have at least five members, where as Phi Beta Sigma only has two. Phi Beta Sigma member Daniels is staying optimistic and believes they can use what they were taught to keep their chapter alive. “Seeing that we just crossed, it’s only us two,” Daniels said. “It’s tough be-

African-American greek facts There are nine historically Black Greek letter organizations. Phi beta sigma, alpha phi alpha, delta sigma theta and zeta phi beta are the Historically black greek letter organizations at western. 95 percent of All Black Colleges have been headed by Alpha Men. Martin luther king is a part of the alpha phi alpha fraternity. Bill clinton is a part of the phi beta sigma fraternity. student life director Isaiah collier is a part of the alpha phi alpha fraternity. Assistant dean of student development tay triggs is a part of the delta sigma theta sorority.

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Chances are this kid will go far Senior Theatre & Video major makes a positive impact at Western Christian Mengel | Staff Writer

Chance Umstattd takes a break from drinking his beloved Dr. Pepper long enough to smile for the camera.

Jason Brown | Photo Editor

The addiction started for Chance Umstattd when he was around the age of 8 years old, but really kicked off when he went to college. “It’s everywhere,” Umstattd said. “It’s so easy to get now.” When it comes to Dr. Pepper, he just can’t turn it down. Umstattd’s Dr. Pepper addiction all started when his mom told him that he needed to stop drinking so much Diet Coke. It was then that he found and stayed true to his first love, the “doctor.” If downing the famous 23 flavors 24 times in one day isn’t enough to prove his love for the drink, maybe going to the original Dr. Pepper factory is. Umstattd recently took a trip down to Dublin, Texas. Dublin is the place of birth for the first ever Dr. Pepper. “It was the greatest day of my life,” Umstattd said. “I went to Texas to visit family, but I couldn’t pass up seeing the history of Dr. Pepper. My priorities in order are family, Dr. Pepper and then school.” To most people, putting a drink ahead of school would mean that education isn’t very important to them. This isn’t exactly the case for Umstattd. If you didn’t already know about his love for Dr. Pepper, you would guess that school is what he loves the most. Umstattd is in his senior year, majoring in Theater & Cinema, hoping to one day work for either, or both, the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. He wants to be a part of their video production team any way he can, through the editing part or the camera work. He credits the Theater & Cinema faculty for helping reveal his love for video work. “Dallas Henry is like my Mr. Miyagi,” Umstattd said.

“I think that when I look back at school some day, I will realize that his teachings were my biggest influence.” Theater and cinema definitely isn’t the only thing that he gets involved in. Umstattd gets involved any way he can, from WAC to homecoming committee to the Northwest game half time “flash mob.” He goes from playing “Humans vs. Zombies” to grabbing a roll in the upcoming play, “A Christmas Carol.” Umstattd actually hated the theater part when he first got into the department. He went from hating to respecting to loving theater while in school. Although he has not acted in a play since his “Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” performance when he was in the first grade, Umstattd is excited to try stepping back into the spotlight. However, at first impressions, Umstattd is very shy. He comes from the small town of Adrian, Mo., where everyone knows each other’s names and stories. Stepping from a class of about 50 kids to a few thousand was terrifying at first. He was able to find a comfortable place in college by sticking to his good nature. “I love that kid,” friend Sebastian Smith said. “No one has ever had a mean or rude thing to say about him.” Once he got around to meeting a few people, he never stopped. Even with as many people that have met him from all the activities he has been involved with, haters seem to be nonexistent. “Chance is a one of a kind,” friend Andrew Setter said. “He is a good friend in the fact that he would go out of his way just to make somebody feel better.” Although he will be graduating in May, his good nature has spread kindness across campus enough so that his influence on people will still be here years down the road.

‘Lantern’ lights the way with sci-fi Jesse Bilderback | Staff Writer Western has been lucky to have unseasonably warm weather this fall, but unfortunately old man winter is right around the corner. It’s time to trade in those flip flops and shorts for snow boots and a warm winter coat. With cold, wet weather in the forecast, students need to dig out those warm clothes in preparation. For those students who don’t have any cold weather clothes, here are a few suggestions on where to shop for some. Located at the Shoppes at North Village in St. Joseph is a T.J.Maxx department store. It is a perfect place to pick up name brand clothing for a fraction of the price. A coat that may be a J.C. Penney for $150 could be at T.J.Maxx for $75. The same goes for all of their clothing. Cold weather socks at Foot Locker are $12 for three pairs; the exact same socks are at T.J.Maxx for $5. T.J.Maxx is one of the cheapest stores in town, offering a wide selection on discounted name brand clothing. So check out T.J.Maxx if you want quality products at lower cost. As college students we all can stand to save some money.

Missouri Western student Steve Belding says he prefers J.C. Penney and Dillard’s because they tailor to his needs. “Since I need to shop for Big and Tall I usually try Penney’s and Dillard’s first,” Belding said. “Their Big and Tall sections usually have nice-looking things.” Gordmans is another department store that has a wide selection of winter clothing. It opened this year in the East Hills Mall and is loaded with clothing for everyone. They have a wide selection of women’s warm boots under $30. This is a pretty good deal, considering the cheapest boots at Dillard’s department store are over $50. Yes, the ones at Dillard’s may be a better name brand, but no one will notice the tiny little emblem stating what brand they are while you’re trudging through the snow. All you should be concerned about is if they are keeping your feet warm without breaking the bank. Gordmans also has a huge sale on warm clothes right now, and a lot of stuff is buy one get one half off. Those of you looking for some extreme cold weather gear need to visit The Duffel Bag, located in historic downtown St. Joseph. They offer military grade clothing

from armed forces all over the world. If you want an authentic Russian fur coat or a Russian ushanka, you’ll find it there. You want some of the highly sought after Austrian military clothing, you’ll find it here. The Duffel Bag has tons of military grade long underwear, gloves and extreme cold weather GoreTex. The clothing they sell at the Duffel Bag is pennies on the dollar compared to what it cost soldiers new at a PX. Bill Field, the owner of the Duffel Bag and retired Army veteran, says if it was made by the military it’s usually very good stuff. “You can find about anything warm down here, regardless of whether you’re a man or woman,” Field said. “We get different stuff in here every week, so be sure to stop in and browse our goods.” St. Joseph resident Jesse Cline shops at the Duffel Bag quite often for all sorts of things. He loves the store and always finds a good deal. “I come here to get high quality clothing for a fraction of the price,” Cline said. “The gloves, socks and long underwear a better quality than anything you will find at a department store.”

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Jesse Bilderback | Staff Writer Fading in and out of comic culture throughout the years, “The Green Lantern” has definitely come a long way since its 1940 DC Comics debut. Released by Warner Bros. in June 2011, “The Green Lantern” stars actors Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard. Reynolds plays fighter pilot Hal Jordan, who is also the Green Lantern. With the inherited power of the “lanterns,” Jordan becomes one of many Green Lanterns united to protect the 3,600 sectors of the universe. A growing evil, called the Parallax, sweeps from universe to universe, engulfing planets. Together the “Lanterns” must find a way to destroy it before all existence is lost. Lively plays Carol Ferris, vice president of Ferris Aircraft and boss to Jordan. Lively (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “The Town”) is undoubtedly cast based on her looks, but her acting is as equally glowing as her beauty. Lively and Reynolds’ characters clearly have a romantic connection going on. Lively plays her part in the film well by portraying a

smart, professional woman as well as the damsel in distress. Sarsgaard (“Shattered Glass,” “Jarhead”) plays the role of scientist Hector Hammond. After becoming infected by the Parallax, Hammond turns into a mutant with telekinetic and telepathic powers. Unfortunately for the Green Lantern, Sarsgaard’s character also seeks the affection of the stunning Ferris. Sarsgaard does a decent job portraying a villain in the film, but his performance is nothing extraordinary. Given Reynolds’ success in comedies (“Waiting,” “The Proposal”), he falls short in humor in this film. However, what the film lacks in comedy, it makes up for it in special effects and action. The action in the film relies heavily on mind-blowing special effects that satisfy the senses and get the adrenaline pumping. This is no surprise coming from director Martin Campbell, who directed such action packed movies as “Golden Eye,” “Vertical

Limit” and “Casino Royal.” It’s hard to believe Reynolds as a superhero, but he pulls off playing the Green Lantern with great success, even going as far as getting in top physical shape. It would be hard to forget Reynolds’ Green Lantern character. You do not have to be a comic fan or sci-fi fan to enjoy this film. The movie has great qualities, like action and romance that are necessary pieces in order to make up a good film. Every guy likes epic battles and things blowing up, which this movies has lots of, just as every woman likes a good bit of romance and a strapping hero to save the day. This film isn’t necessarily a definite “must-see,” nor can I say that I am excited for a potential sequel, but I did find it very entertaining. Despite poor gross earnings in theaters and poor reviews from professional movie critics, the movie is definitely worth renting if you are in the mood for some sci-fi action and romance.


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Editorial: Griffons going to playoffs Griffon Football hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2007, which resulted in a loss to Truman. This time, Missouri Western stands a good chance, but for other reasons not related to football. On-campus organizations are in full support of Griffon Football. Earlier this week, the Student Government Association bought 300 tickets for students to claim for free. This generous gesture will draw more people to the game against Northwest Missouri State. Because of community support from organizations like SGA, Northwest

will most likely face another defeat. Residential Life is also doing their part in supporting Griffon football. Normally, residents are required to move out on the Friday before Thanksgiving. This year Residential Life has been gracious enough to let resident stays an extra day to support the Griffons in their battle against their rival, the Northwest Bearcats. Even with a win against Northwest under their belt from two weeks ago, the Griffons still need their fan base to come out and support

them. Considering Western has never hosted a playoff game, this gives students an opportunity to see something phenomenal. With that said, Western has also never won a playoff game. With three chances in the past, last year Western lost to rival Northwest. It won’t take a miracle for the Griffons to beat the Bearcats; they’ve already done it this year. What it will take, though, is community support from students, Western Alum and citizens of St. Joseph.

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Matt Hunt | Staff Writer Nothing pisses me off more than when you go to the bookstore at the beginning of each semester to buy or rent textbooks. You get excited to sign up for the classes and you think about the wonderful things you will learn while

rate, and be able to sell them to these sites. Companies such as,, and eBay are making huge profits and soon they will in my opinion close down these horrible university bookstores. If students are smart, for the spring semester they will not sell books back to the bookstore, but sell them online. For those who purchased used or rental textbooks don’t expect to see a huge refund from returning your books. I myself have one used textbook and I spent over $100 on it this semester and I can bet you that once I return it, I will be lucky to even get $40. On the

other hand, the books that I bought, I will be selling them online to these online textbook sites and in return see an actual profit that I would hope for. So students, don’t make the wrong decision; get smart and do the right thing. Don’t let the bookstore win next semester, and cheat you out of cash for a book that they will sell for the same price or a little lower next semester. Juniors and seniors have seemed to discover that buying books online is the best way to save cash, and they are right. It took me two years to discover that eBay had the books I needed for class at a much lower price.

: Occupy America: protestors

from one coast to the other


Since I last wrote about the Occupy movement I have met with two of the people occupying city hall at 11 and Faraon. They gave me a copy of their own, “Declaration for the Occupation of St. Joseph.” The local occupy people are blaming corporations for a shopping list of 22 problems that, according to the declaration, were caused only by corporations. The list includes things varying from corporations “perpetuating colonialism at home and abroad,” to corporations' use of the military to prevent freedom of the press. I’m interviewing Nick Brothers soon, who has been

does make me upset, but it isn’t as bad as when you go and return the book. It’s funny, you would think if you spent $200 on a book, that you would get at least $100 back. Well, that would be the case if they weren’t changing the book for the next semester. My Vista Spanish book was brand new, and was only used for one semester. So when I went to return the book to the bookstore, they told me they weren’t taking them back. I spent over $250 overall on this one class, and get nothing in return. It's no wonder why new sites have been created for students to go online and find textbooks at a cheaper

involved in this movement locally since the beginning. I really hope he can explain some of this document to me. Now for a little self promotion… You can see the interview on Griffon Today. Just go to and click on the Griffon Today tab. If the video is not there yet keep trying. I told you I was going to Washington D.C., and I really enjoyed it. Everything seems fine in Washington, and maybe that is the problem. I couldn’t help but notice a sense of denial that there is an economic crisis. I promise I’ll get back to the

Occupy topic soon, but let me share a quick D.C. observation. Almost everywhere you go in Washington D.C. you can see large buildings covering entire city blocks and several stories tall, totally vacant. These building have 48 foot billboards on each side announcing the buildings availability for sale or lease. In the middle of all this available office space is our government, who has started construction of a new office building for members of homeland security. Stop chuckling, you are paying for it. The local Occupy people are not like the ones I saw

in Arlington, Va. They were occupying a park close to “old town” Arlington. It is the type of area where most Americans would have trouble living. A small apartment is thousands per month, and a condo will run well over a million. The area has, in my opinion, some of the best food on earth. Anyway, in the middle of this “rich” area is a civic park about two city blocks in size where all you can see is tents and bodies. Some tents failed to hide some of the bodies. I think I experienced more live sex in one night than most connoisseurs of that sort of thing see in a lifetime.

Being the journalistic type, I couldn’t help but kick my way through the trash and ask these people some questions. I wanted to know why they were occupying the park. The answer was “to protest.” The question of what they were protesting received a different answer every time, which always seemed to include at least one five syllable word I hadn’t heard before. Making my way through the entire park I met a quickwitted police officer. I asked him for his opinion of when he thought the protest would end. He looked at his watch and said “around five below.”

Supporting the American way is not debatable


A friend of mine from the high school speech and debate team contacted me recently. He informed me that next year’s topic for Policy Debate involved the United States space program. Exactly it reads, “The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or devel-

opment of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere.” I am appalled that this is even a topic for debate. Fifty years ago we took pride in our space program. Children grew up with John Glen action figures and moon rock soap bars. The space program wasn’t just a race against the Russians; it was

a competition against ourselves as human beings. Now, before I continue, it should be noted that I am a Star Trek fan. While this plays heavily into my support for all space programs — United States or otherwise — I understand that William Shatner isn’t a real astronaut and that the real Enterprise Shuttle never actually saw space flight (it was just a training vessel). The point of Star Trek is that that is what the human race could be, not what is or what it is destined for. In Gene Roddenberry’s universe it took a lot of work and mistakes to get to the 23rd and 24th centuries.

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What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? Melissa Green senior

Buy your textbooks online for less next semester taking the class, but then you forget the price tag. College textbooks are rising in price higher and higher each semester it seems like. Just last spring I was taking a beginner Spanish class, where you have to buy not only the book, but the program for the computer. You would think that a class that is done online most of the time would be cheaper, but think again. My book alone was over $200, and then you have to buy the program for the computer. So all together I’m sure I spent around $250 bucks. This is ridiculous for one class that has nothing to do with my degree. However, spending $200 on a book


This summer marked the last launch — and landing — of a U.S. space shuttle ever. The things weren’t going to last forever and, to be frank, they were a stupid idea in the first place. Even though the shuttles were defective and cumbersome, they were a step in the right direction. Now we are taking a step backwards. Even with the Space Launch System underway, NASA is actually selling off its designs and letting third parties (aka businesses) take over space exploration. Now, I have hardly any qualms with most businesses, but the line must be drawn here! This far and no further! (That’s a

Star Trek reference.) Seriously though, why would we want a third party, a company, representing our interests as Americans and human beings? Let’s say that on the off chance we do encounter extraterrestrial life, do we want a company trying to buy or sell to them? I mean, I don’t think little green men or Vulcans would have much interest in iPods or iPhones. Of course, I reserve the same opinions with the mercenaries in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our soldiers are not just trained in combat, but are trained to represent America and thus love it.

“I’m thankful for the health of my son.”

Emily Myers sophomore

“I’m thankful to be able to continue my education, go to work and have a good home.”

Mikala Locklin freshman

“I’m thankful for all my family and friends that helped get me here and all the help Missouri Western has given me through scholarships to be able to go to school here.”

Stephanie Suggs senior

“I’m thankful for my family that I have had and that have stuck by me throughout my life.”

Danielle Waddell junior

“I am thankful for my children and my husband. Without them I wouldn’t be able to still be in school at my age. Having them behind me is just fantastic.”

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Smith wins 600th game Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor

Coach Tom Smith earned his 600th career win after Missouri Western went on a second half run to defeat Fontbonne University 69-55 at the MWSU Fieldhouse. Griffon Basketball Coach Tom Smith goes down in history as one of the 61 coaches in the U.S. to achieve 600 wins in college basketball history. Smith is one of only 61 coaches in the history of college basketball to record 600 wins. There are only 20 other active coaches who have recorded as many wins. “It means more than any other milestone because it puts you in a unique group,” Smith said, “a unique group of people that can survive long enough to get that many wins. To have 600 wins is an accomplishment and a milestone that I think is pretty

nice.” The Griffons started off slow, and Fontbonne had a 34-29 lead at half-time. “You could see almost from the beginning that they were nervous,” Smith said. “I think they were just so jacked to do this.” The lone bright spot in the first half for Western was the play of guard Dylan Frantz, who shot 5-of-6 in the first half, including 3-of-3 from behind the three point line. The rest of the team combined to shoot 6-26 from the field in the first half. “We just wanted to get the win so bad, and it kind of hurt us in the beginning,” Frantz said. “My shots were falling, so I just needed to do whatever I could to help the team stay in this game.” The Griffons battled back and took a 41-40 lead on a Levonte Douglas layup and never looked back. Douglas sparked the momentum for

and gave us something inside,” Smith said. “He really played hard.” The Griffons outscored Fontbonne 41-20 while shooting 50percent from the field in the second half. James Harris didn’t have one of his better shooting days, but still led the Griffons in scoring with 17 points Harris shot 5-for-14 from the field and made 7-for-10 from the free throw line. He came away with four steals on defense. Frantz finished with 15 points and T.J. Johnson added eight points, including a big dunk at the very end that President Vartabedian presented Coach Tom Smith with the game set the MWSU Fieldhouse ball following his historic milestone win Saturday. Jason Brown | Photo Editor into the celebration for coach Smith. the Griffons when he blocked is still rushing right now.” Many of Smith’s ex-playa shot out of bounds the posDouglas finished with a ers were in attendance and session before. double-double -- 13 points came out onto the floor to “The team was slacking, and 10 rebounds -- he scored congratulate him when the so me being a senior and a 11 points and grabbed 7 re- game was over. leader, I had to set the tone,” bounds in the second half. “I was just shocked. I didn’t Douglas said “My adrenaline “I thought he got us going realize they were here,”

Western to compete in 20th annual Hillyard Classic this weekend Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor

Missouri Western men’s basketball looks to defend its home court at the 20th annual Hillyard Tip-Off Classic at the MWSU Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday. Friday the Griffons (2-0) play William Jewell College (1-0). William Jewell features NAIA All-American Nick Larson, who is a 6’6”, 265 pound center. The Griffons will rely on the size of Justin Reid and Levonte Douglas to keep Larson contained in the post. The Cardinals also feature all-conference guards Chris Uz and Mark

Mason. William Jewel defeated Central Methodist 75-65 in its first game. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday the Griffons play Rockhurst, which starts its season off against Northwest Missouri State on Friday at the MWSU Field House. They feature 5’11”, 175 pound point guard Najja Nicholson. He averaged 12 points-per-game on an 8-19 squad last season. 6-2 guard Brandon McCann is the other returner who averaged double figures with 10 points-per-game. The contest will take place at 8 p.m. Western went 1-1 at last season’s Hillyard Classic.

Dylan Frantz drives in for a layup. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

The Griffons beat Avila 95-85 in the first game and then lost to Michigan Tech 68-61. It was the fifth loss in 38 games, bringing the Griffons overall record to 33-5 in the classic.

Smith said. “They just kept coming and coming. Each guy reminded me of another game. It was wonderful.” Even though Smith nearly got the win last year against Fort Hays in the MIAA tournament, he is happy that he reached the milestone with this group of players. “The group last year didn’t deserve to celebrate this like the group this year did,” Smith said. “I know we didn’t play great tonight, but the effort they have given me up until now has been good.” Frantz, who transferred from Hutchinson Community College, described helping Smith reach the milestone in his first game at Western as an amazing experience. “I’ve never been a part of something like this,” Frantz said. “It’s really awesome, and I’m just proud we could do it for coach Smith. I’m honored.”

Griffon men win big 87- 46 Win Big: continued from front “Lavonte plays hard,” Smith said. “Most post guys can’t play at that level and be as tough as he can be.” Douglas knows that his regular D-II competition will be tougher than what he has seen in his first two games of the season, but is confident he can continue his strong play. “That’s for everybody,” Douglas said. “Any team that steps on this floor is getting that.” Harris added 12 points, three assists and two steals. All 13 Griffons saw playing time in the blowout win, and all but one player scored. Freshman Freddie Manwayu showed potential to be a defensive asset with his athleticism going forward. Manwayu blocked four shots in his ten minutes of playing time. An area where the Griffons struggled was shooting from behind the three point line. They went 5-21 from distance against the Crusaders. “I think we are all trying to find ourselves a little bit. Our outside shooting is awful right now,” Smith said. “We

scored 87 points because of the transition off our defense.” The Griffons out-rebounded Manhattan Christian 48-35 and won the turnover battle 25-12. Western outscored Manhattan Christian 50-16 in the paint and shot 47.9% from the field, and the Griffons’ bench provided 37 points. “In basketball you always got room for improvement,” Johnson said. “We played these two teams, we got two wins under our belt. Now we got two well coached teams ahead, so we got to come out and play with intensity from the get-go. If we come out like that against D-II teams, it will be a long way to get back up, so we just got to keep playing, come out hard and get ready for Friday and Saturday.” The Griffons will play in the 20th annual Hillyard Tip-off Classic at the MWSU Field House on Friday against William Jewel College, and Saturday they will take on Rockhurst University. Both games Jordan Yurth shoots a three. Jason Brown | Photo Editor start at 7:30 p.m.

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way.” With the Griffons already down 10, Quincy went on an 8-0 run to push the lead up to 54-36 at half-time. Western played closer in the second half but could never make it a game, as they were outscored 37-32. Quincy connected 15 of their 31 three point attempts on the night, including 11 in the first half. “They couldn’t miss tonight,” Brittany Griswold said. “We were helping on their drive, and they kept popping out and shooting it, and we just weren’t getting out there in time.” 6’4” Linsay Henke gave Quincy a size advantage over the Griffons as she scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Quincy beat the Griffons for 19 offensive rebounds. “I would associate that with our defense,” Plett said. “We would turn around and look, but we wouldn’t go to the boards, we wouldn’t box out, and they got second opportunities.” Jessica Koch led the Griffons in scoring and rebounding with 19 and 8. She also added three assists. Griswold finished with 11 points. After not playing in the first

Griffon women lose 91-68 to open up the season Missouri Western women’s basketball couldn’t stop the outside shooting of Quincy University as they opened their season with a 91-68 loss Saturday at the MWSU Field House. Coach Lynn Plett knew that Quincy, who went 26-4 last season, would be a tough early test for the Griffons. “Some people say ‘Don’t play such a good team early,’ but it tells us where we are,” Plett said. “We’ve learned one thing: That we’ve got to got to get a lot better defensively.” The Griffons were playing close early with a score of 2523 when Kassidy Shuman hit three straight three-point baskets to open up a 9 point lead for Quincy. Shuman shot a blistering 6-for-7 for three point land in the first half and scored 19 of her 21 points in the first frame. “It was more deflating for the players and maddening for me,” Plett said. “I wish it would have been more upsetting for the players on defense. They don’t have to keep scoring the same way -make them score a different

half, 6-foot freshman Stacey Mgbike scored eight points on 4-6 shooting in the second half and showed flashes of athleticism. “The biggest plus factor was Stacey,” Plett said. “She gave us good minutes. She’s the strongest player we have in the post. Once she figures out the offense a little bit better, she will be a good aspect for us.” A scary moment came with one minute left on the game clock when Griffon guard Alex Noble hit her head on the court and laymotionless for a period of fifteen minutes. She was taken off the court by paramedics on a stretcher. “Initial signs were good,” said Plett. “It was really precautionary to make sure everything was okay first and not move her too much to begin with. She had feeling in her fingers and everything. She could remember where she was and what she had for breakfast.” The Griffons will try and bounce back in Golden, Colo., on Nov. 18 when they play the Colorado School of Mines. They will take on Colorado Christian University on Nov. 19 in the same location.


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Griffons secure playoff bid




RB: Michael Hill, Jr. OL: Macon Allan, Jr. K: Greg Zuerlein, Sr.**

**Unanimous Selection


DL: David Bass, Jr. DB: Shane Simpson, Jr.

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE Linebacker Nic Burrell. punter Scott Groening, quarterback Travis Partridge and head coach Jerry Partridge warm up before the game. Jason Brown | Photo Editor Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor

Missouri Western’s final game of the regular season mimicked its year as a whole. On Saturday, November 12 the Griffon Football team beat Fort Hays making their final record 8-2. The Griffons are now secured in the playoffs. The Griffons were down early, but shut out Fort Hays State in the second half on their way to a 55-17 victory Saturday in Hays, Kan. Western, sitting at 8-2 for the third time in the past five season, looked to assure itself a playoff spot. Unlike in the years prior, the Griffons did just that. In 2007, Western went to Kirksville and lost 37-28 to Truman State. Two years later, it hosted Nebraska-Omaha, but couldn’t submit a bid there either, as it lost 30-21. Knowing this, the Griffons dominated the Tigers, though the first quarter was a little slower than they would have liked. Tigers running back Andre Smith took the first play from scrimmage up the middle for 77 yards, down to the threeyard-line. The next play, Smith ran it in for a score. 18 seconds into the game, the Griffons were down 7-0. “Our defense was a little lethargic at the beginning,” cornerback Ben Jackson said. “We got things corrected after Washburn, and we’re starting to fire on all cylinders when we have to.” Travis Partridge drove his team 50 yards on its first drive, before running in a four-yard touchdown tie the game at seven. The Tigers capped off a seven-play drive with another touchdown by Smith to mark the score 147. “We knew they were going to have a burst of energy,” Partridge said. “We knew they weren’t going to be able to stop us and we knew our defense was going to get it done eventually.” Michael Hill continued to make plays when his team

needed him to. Hill, who finished with 182 yards on the ground, scored three of Western’s four first half touchdowns. The junior averaged over seven yards percarry and led the team in receptions with three. “Michael Hill had a great game,” coached Jerry Partridge said. “The drive before the half was the huge drive. We just shoved is down their throat and it set the tone at the end of the half.” On that drive, Western

covered 61 yards on nine plays. Hill had seven carries for 50 yards and scored his final touchdown, which put the Griffons up 28-17 before halftime. All season the Griffons have relied on their run game. This game was no different, as Western had 434 yards on the ground. None of the players were on the 2007 team, but the 2009 season remains in their memories. Senior Adam Clausen said the big difference between those two

Wide Receiver Tarrell Downing returns a punt during Saturday’s game. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

Quarterback Travis Partridge rears back to pass downfield. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

teams and this year’s is the bounce back Western experienced from the first game of the season, a 34-7 loss to Pittsburg State. “When we get our backs on the ropes, even during games, we’re just resilient; we know we’re going to fight back and play for 60 minutes every Saturday,” Clausen said. “[Travis] has come so far since that game. It’s night and day from what kind of quarterback he was in that game until now.” One of the key contributors this season compared to years past has been kicker Greg Zuerlein, a senior transfer from Nebraska-Omaha. He tallied two field goals to give him 18 consecutive field goals made, which breaks the Division II record. The Griffon Indoor Sports Complex may have played a role in recruiting him. “[The facilities] helped us out with Greg Zuerlein, no doubt it helped,” Jerry Partridge said. The Griffons now wait their destiny. Though nothing is guaranteed just yet, Western had a No. 4 seed heading into Saturday’s game. Western looks to host its first playoff game ever, which seemed like a far stretch for a team that was once 2-2. Western bounced back against Hays, once tied 1414, the same way it did in the season. The Griffons have been on a roll, winning seven straight, just as it ended the game against Hays -- 34 unanswered points. Jackson ended any hope Hays had when he took a 35yard interception back for a score, giving Western a 42-17 lead early in the second half. “I got my hands on the ball, and I was just thinking end zone,” Jackson said. “Our defense is starting roll right when its supposed to.” The No. 2 seed heading into Saturday, Washburn, lost its season finale to Central Missouri to end the regular season, tying the Ichabods with Northwest Missouri State and Western, all at 9-2.

DL: Ben Pister, Jr. DB: Jack Long, Sr.


Travis Partridge, So., QB Tarrell Downing, Jr., WR/KR/PR Colt Schulte, Jr., OL Brian Chiles, Jr., OL Austin Baska, So., DL Tom Madget, Sr., LB Jeremy Weston, Jr., DB Ben Jackson, Jr., DB Scott Groner, So., P

Volleyball season ends Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor

Cory Frederick said his team resembles that of the Kansas City Chiefs. Just when they give people hope, they fall flat. Missouri Western showed that in its final two games of the year, as it fell on the road to Pittsburg State and Southwest Baptist. Both losses came after the Griffons defeated Truman State in five sets and beat Missouri Southern in four. Frederick said he didn’t have an answer as to why his team played the way it did, and that it will take months for him to come up with one. “[We] got a big win against Truman State and then just fizzled at the end,” Frederick said. “If I stood up here and gave you the typical coaching spiel of ‘yeah, we’re happy with the season,’ it would be a lie overall. We were really disappointed with how things ended because I think we should have ended a lot higher than we did; we should have finished a lot stronger.” Western finishes Frederick’s third season as coach with a 14-17 record, his most wins since taking over. In conference, Western finished 7-11 (sixth in the conference), but there was not an MIAA tournament this season. The Griffons graduate only three seniors — Tahler Johnston, Alex Behnke and Hannah Zimmerman — and return most of its nucleus next fall. Three freshman proved to Frederick that they could play in the MIAA and

received plenty of playing time over the course of the season. Libero Sarah Faubel and outside hitter Shelby Corkill both were slated into starters at the beginning of the year. Corkill finished the season with 293 kills, including two games in the middle of the season — Central Missouri and Pittsburg — where she not only led the team in kills, but against the Mules she posted the most kills in a game in over eight seasons for the Griffons. Another freshman came on late to provide solid hitting. Amanda Boender ended the season with 116 kills and will be counted on more next season. Stephanie Hattey improved from a year ago, where she was named MIAA Freshman of the Year, and will more than likely keep playing as the top setter for the next two seasons. Western has already began its recruiting as it has signed three players to come on and replace those leaving. Holly Polluck, Jessie Thorup and Jordan Chohon have all verbally agreed to come to St. Joseph and play for the Griffons. “When we look back at the season here in a couple weeks and go over eveything, I think we’ll be pretty pleased with where some of our young players are at and what we have to look forward to in the future,” Frederick said. “We’ve got some good recruits that have submitted here this week, and I think we’ll be in good shape as we move forward.”

Missouri Western vs. Northwest Missouri State

Sport: Football Year: Junior Position: Running Back Stats this week:  Rushes — 25 Yards — 182 Touchdowns — 3

MICHAEL HILL Hill kept the Griffons in the ball game early  when his team needed him to. The junior  scored three first-half touchdowns, and on the  final drive of the first half, Hill had 7 rushes and  50 yards, finishing with a two-yard score to  lead 28-17. Hill averaged 7.2 yards per-carry,  and also led the team in receptions with 3.

Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor

The rematch is set, and both teams are ready for the game. Missouri Western defeated Northwest Missouri State 3128 less than two weeks ago. The game is still fresh in both teams’ memories, but for two different reasons. The loss moved Northwest from a potential No. 2 seed down to bottom No. 6. A win last Saturday jumped it above Abilene Christian, but the Bearcats still have to travel on the road for two straight

weeks, possibly all three if they continue to win. Western, on the other hand, have been playing every game since week four like it’s a playoff game, and they had to. After starting the season 2-2, Western has won seven straight games. Perhaps an underrated statistic in the wins is the fact that the Griffons pulled out several wins on the road, and they did well in the second half. Unlike Northwest, Western has been in a fight

for four quarters in almost every game, and although it is great to defeat every team by 50 points, it may not help a team in the end. The Griffons know if the game is close in the fourth quarter, they can pull out the win, because they have done so several times this season. The Griffons defeated the Bearcats on Nov. 5 by a slim three-point margin. With the win, they put themselves in the playoffs and a home game. Had they lost, they would have prob-

Jason Brown | Photo Editor

ably played in the Mineral Water Bowl. Saturday another win sends them to Wichita Falls, Texas to play Midwestern State. A loss sends Northwest to Wichita Falls. What will it be? Yes, the Griffons are the underdog, and yes they did beat the Bearcats. But does it really matter at this point? The winner out of this game will probably be the favorite to play in the Super Region 4 final. Opposite is Pittsburg State, Washburn and Abilene. If everything plays out like it’s supposed to, perhaps the Griffons can rematch the Gorillas. Anybody remember week one? Well, forget it. That was a long time ago.

The Griffon News Fall 2011 Issue 11  

The Griffon News is the student newspaper for Missouri Western State University.

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