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Convocation speaker hits home Thomas Friedman spoke Tuesday at the 18th Convocation for Critical Issues on the Missouri Western campus. Friedman has traveled the world for his career as a journalist, starting with a trip to Israel with his parents in 1968. The interest sparked by that trip fueled his career through three Pulitzer Prizes and five best-selling books, all the way to the position of Foreign Affairs columnist for the New York Times. Friedman’s speech, which lasted around 40 minutes, revolved around his new book “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back.” He discussed many points

throughout the speech, but the overarching theme was a message to students, especially those soon to be entering the workforce: “Average is over.” Dan Boulware, founder of the Convocation series and a professed fan of Freidman, drove Friedman’s main point home once again in his closing remarks. “To the students, the message is that we have challenges, but they can be overcome. We need to no longer be happy with average.”

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questions before the Convocation.

“The whole global curve has risen,” Friedman said. “We need to rise with it.” According to Friedman, the new hyper-connectivity of the world is allowing jobs to be outsourced and eliminated. This idea of hyperconnectivity is detailed in one of his previous books: “The World is Flat.” See

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Residence Council ceases, First pitch for Athletic new organization appears Director candidate heard Matt Hunt | Staff Writer mhunt8@missouriwestern.edu

Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor thuittjohnson@missouriwestern.edu

After the demise of Residence Council, the residents of Missouri Western were left without proper representation, until now. Resident students at Western will soon have the opportunity to have their voices heard through a new organization, Residence Hall Association. On-campus students are thrilled to see the differences the new organization will offer in comparison to the old. Many residents and students on campus are concerned about where the bud-

Kurt McGuffin said he needed one picture to prove why he is a worthy candidate to fill the Athletic Director position on campus. McGuffin flashed a picture on his powerpoint which showed himself, his wife and two sons sitting on a park bench. He said he is a family man and his values will lead Missouri Western in a positive direction. The first of four presentations was heard on Thursday afternoon in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex to a room filled with coaches and media. McGuffin, assistant athletic director of athletics development at the University of Colorado, stood in front of everybody and showed he wasn’t afraid to explain his reasons for wanting to come to Western. “We have to do a better job so the community knows we are doing our job,” McGuffin said. “I want Missouri Western to be St. Joseph’s team, not just [Western’s].” McGuffin said that he would like to be the Athletic Director of a Division II school because he sees the difference between the two divisions, and that Division II sports are more into studentathletes than just athletes or money. “I don’t care what level you’re at, relationships are the bigger factor,” McGuffin said. “Sometimes the bigger you get, the less focussed you are on what is important.”

get for RHA will come from. A certain percentage of the budget will come from the Department of Residential

RHA President Bridget Janssen talks about Residence Hall Association at the Sept. 12 Student Government Association Senate meeting. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

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life and housing, which RHA President Bridget Janssen says will go directly to the students and organization. Janssen said the budget for this new organization will be $20,000, which will be divided between the residence halls and their Hall Councils. According to Mark Stier, director of residential life, the money for the new organization will come from an auxiliary budget in the Residential Living and Housing operational budget, which they use to pay bills. Stier says that RHA will be free to utilize the money with only limited direction from Western. “RHA will have total control over their budget,” Stier said. “They will have to discuss charges with their advisors to ensure they are keeping in line with the budgetary process set forth by the University. Other than that, they are to use the funds for the

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Kurt McGuffin, currently the assistant athletic director at the University of Colorado, gave a heartfelt presentation to Western administration on Thursday, Sept. 15 Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor

McGuffin said student-athletes are the reason why he has a job and he misses being apart of them more. He went on to say money creates more problems, but if Western can have a good budget with better facilities, they will make the next step that people are craving. The Wichita State graduate said he does want success in sports as well as in the classroom. He wants athletes

Meet the models that will be walking the runway in the annual Black Student Union fashion show.

Sports Editor Thomas Huitt-Johnson covers Western’s football victory over Langston.

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to graduate with a diploma, a championship ring and a smile. McGuffin has a bachelor of science in education, received at Kansas State in 1996, and three years later received a master of science in education at Wichita State.

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News NEWS NOTES Grants to fund research, education Missouri Western has received nearly $500,000 in two grants from the National Science Foundation to fund research and education in the field of synthetic biology. “These grants are largely the result of the excellent work our undergraduate students have done in conducting and presenting research in the field of synthetic biology,” said Dr. Todd Eckdahl, professor and chair of biology. “In collaboration with faculty and students from Davidson College in North Carolina, we have excelled at an international synthetic biology competition, and have published research papers in professional peerreviewed national journals.”

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New organization targets on-campus students

Athletic Director candidate vies for open position at public presentation process

betterment of the residential community and student professional growth.” Janssen went a little further in describing the break-down of where the money will go and how it will be used. “The Hall Councils will be given $500 and be able to determine where that money will go,” Janssen said. “$2,000 to $3,000 will be given to each dorm and will be run directly by RHA and will be used for dorm improvements.” National Residence Hall Honorary will be given $2,000 and have full jurisdiction on how to use the money.

He has been involved in the Big XII for the past decade, as he was the Assistant Director of Athletics for Development at Kansas State before taking his current position at Colorado, which he has worked for the past two years. “When students go out into that work force, and they get knocked down, [it's our job] they get back up,” McGuffin said. “Some of them are still young kids that we have to continue to beat that home on. When [students] get out there, it’s going to be rough, but now they’ll have the tools to succeed.”

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This will leave approximately $8,000 to $10,000 for the RHA, which they plan to use directly for programming, updates and improvements for the dorms. As RHA aspires to increase the number of residents involved, students wonder how this organization will differ from Residence Council. Jansen has high hopes for the association and believes residents will flock toward the new group after learning of the new opportunities it will present.

Howard McCauley, dean of enrollment management, introduced Kurt McGuffin before his presentation. McGuffin spoke about how his family wants to be a part of Western. Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor

SGA talks budget in Jeff City On Sept. 13, members of Western’s Student Government Association traveled to Jefferson City with Beth Wheeler, director of external relations, to meet with Dr. Mike Nietzel, Gov. Nixon’s higher education advisor. The Western delegation spoke with Dr. Nietzel about funding for Western and for higher education in general. The meeting was arranged by State Rep. Pat Conway, who lunched with the students and showed them around the State Capitol.

Western presents Stephen Sondheim The music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim will be featured in a vocal scholarship benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Potter Hall Theater at Missouri Western State University, presented by the department of music’s vocal faculty and the student organization, Missouri Western Opera Singers. The cost of admission for ‘’An Evening of Sondheim’’ is $10 for adults and $5 for students, staff and faculty. Missouri Western Arts Society vouchers are accepted the night of the performance or call the box office at 816-271-4452 for reservations. All proceeds from the show will benefit vocal music scholarships.

Convocation speaker connects with audience through metaphor in their future tend not to do Convocation: continued from front well there.” “When the world gets this hyper-connected,” Friedman said, “your next boss has access to so much faster, more productive and cheaper software, automation and robotics, and not just cheap labor, but cheap genius.” Friedman went on to say that doing the bare minimum at work would no longer be acceptable—employees will have to go above and beyond to keep their jobs. “In a hyper-connected world, jobs are churning and changing so fast that the boss up there can’t keep up with it,” Friedman said. “And all he can hope for is his or her employees have the ability to, on the job, reinvent, reengineer and readapt.” Friedman referenced another prolific writer, Garrison Keillor, in making his point that Americans must rise above the rest of

the world. “Alas, America’s future will increasingly depend on how well we’re able to get our whole country to resemble Garrison Keillor’s fictional Lake Wobegon,” Friedman said, “where, as you recall, all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking and all the children are above average.” After discussing individual improvement, Friedman moved on to discussing how America can improve as a whole. “We need to cut spending, because we’ve made promises to this generation that we cannot keep,” Friedman said. “We need to raise revenue, because we need to invest in the pillar and formula for our growth, and not be cutting the budgets of schools like this. That is suicidal. Countries that don’t invest

Above: Professors stand in full academic attire while preparing to sing the national anthem. The Convocation on Critical Issues, which lasted longer than expected, did not fill the auditorium. Left: Jack Long and Shane Simpson, safeties for the Griffon football team, received the first ever Griffon Courage Award. The award, which was presented by the Student Government Association, was engraved to say “Like a pebble in a pond, an act of kindness ripples outward through the world, influencing lives in ways you can never imagine.” Jason Brown | Photo Editor

That pronouncement garnered loud applause from the audience. The audience seemed to receive Friedman well overall. Senior theatre/video major Mallory Edson enjoyed his speech. “I really appreciated what he had to say and his nonpartisan views,” Edson said. “I liked that he was a journalist and not a politician.” One of Friedman’s closing statements compared the U.S. to a space shuttle. “In our case, the booster rocket, our political system today, is cracked and leaking energy, and the pilots in the cockpit are fighting over the flight plan,” Friedman said. “So right now our country cannot get the escape velocity it needs to get into our next orbit level of growth and greatness.”

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Saturday, September 24 Griffon soccer vs. Ft. Hays State University “Cardboard Rocket” Planetarium show, 11 a.m. “Wonders Universe” Planetarium show, 12 a.m.

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Convocation speaker breakfasts with student leaders On Tuesday morning, student leaders met with Thomas Friedman before he presented his speech. During this meeting, known as the Convocation breakfast, students were able to ask Friedman questions.

In regards to the THOMAS FRIEDMAN Q: change of power in Egypt, will this affect Israel

and Egypt’s peace agreements that they’ve established?

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: Well, it will. The way I put it, I was in Tajrish Square for the Egyptian revolution, so I got to see it first hand. Afterwards I wrote that we’re ending the era in the Middle East that I call Middle East “wholesale,” and we’re entering into an era that I call Middle East “retail.” That is, Israel had peace with one man, Hosni Mubarak, and because it had peace with him, he delivered his whole country. And now that he’s gone, we’re going to have peace retail—That is, Israel will have to have peace with 80 million people.

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: How did you know you wanted to become an author and a writer?

A Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman speaks at this year’s convocation. Dave Hon | Editor-in-Chief

: That’s a good question. I talked a little about that last night. I got interested in both journalism and the Middle East when I was in high school and so I basi-

cally focused on it ever since. I was really one of the lucky people that knew what they wanted to do. I had a great journalism teacher in high school. In fact, her course in journalism was the only journalism course I’ve ever taken. I wrote for my high school paper. I’ve always had an interest and flair for writing. In tenth grade, also, my parents took me on a trip over Christmas vacation to Israel, and that really got me interested in the Middle East. So when I started college as a freshman, I took Arabic and Middle East history. I majored in Arabic and Middle East history. I really got my start in professional journalism when I was in London.

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: What are your thoughts on the resolution to the conflict in Libya and the end game there, and do you think that situation will be viewed as a win for President Obama?

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: I think that, up until now, it’s a win, with no U.S. casualties and fairly small investment and the ousting of a really bad guy, Moamer Kadhafi and now the Libyans can come together and create a social contract amongst themselves. As we learned in Egypt and Yemen and Iraq, that’s going to take a long time. I didn’t get involved in Libya much. It’s a place I’d never been to

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: Last night you spoke about your book. You mentioned that America could face a really hard decade or a hard century. What role do you think the Middle East will play in that?

but what happened was that book came out three years ago to the day and it was doing great—it was on the Best Sellers’ list, and then the whole Lehman Brother’s subprime thing became so common that I decided to write an 18th chapter to address that. I also wanted to do something with reader input.

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and I don’t know about, and lately I’ve taken a vow not to write about things I don’t know about.

: When I said that we could have ten hard years, what I really meant was that the hole we’re in is not just a hole that dates back to 2008 or the subprime crisis. It dates back to the end of the Cold War. We’ve been overcoming a lot of the things—you see, what happened between the end World War II and the end of the Cold War was Americans enjoyed enormous advantages because we were the only industrial power standing and we had that advantage for many, many years. We had the advantage of living on a world of walls. All of those advantages gradually have been washed away and those walls are cracking.

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: I was reading online that you were writing an 18th chapter to your book [Hot, Flat and Crowded]. Can you just tell me how that worked?

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Is that something you’re looking to try again in the future?

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: When our columns run online at the [New York] Times there’s the comment button. On the one hand, for an average column there will be 200 to 300 comments from all over the world. Part of you says, “Don’t go there, only dragons live there.” Sometimes they are crazy and personal, “I hate you and your offspring.” But then in the middle of it there will be this brilliant comment. In fact I have one in the new book that was so smart (I’ve got two actually that we cut and pasted) and so really see the smarts there. You see that one of us is smarter than all of us. So if you’re ready to hold your nose and wade through the personal insults you will always be rewarded.

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: It didn’t, to be honest. It was a great idea

Constitution Day discusses free speech and politics

Charlene Divino| Contributor cdivino@missouriwestern.edu

“Think your congress is the best money can buy now?” assistant professor Dr. Jonathan Euchner said. “Well you ain’t seen nothing yet.” Western marked the observance of Constitution Day by holding a panel discussion between two of Western’s own political scientists, professor of political science David Steiniche and assistant professor of political science Jonathan Euchner. The day’s discussion was titled, “Constitutional Perversion? Money, Free Speech and American Politics.” Students gathered in the Kemper Recital Hall on Friday, Sept. 16 to participate in the annual Constitution Day events at Missouri Western. The event was open to all students and the public. The Constitution Day discussion opened with assistant professor of political science Dr. Edwin Taylor acting as master of ceremonies and delivering introductory remarks. Taylor provided background for the day’s discussion. “[The Constitution] is best understood as a living document,” Taylor said. “One of the primary challenges fac-

ing the constitutional world today is the relationship that has evolved between money in U.S. politics and free speech.” Taylor provided a comparative perspective while outlining the context of a situation that is an increasingly hot button issue as presidential campaigning begins for the elections of 2012. “Does the Supreme Court Ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case that was recently decided pervert democracy and the political rights of citizens as provided in the U.S. Constitution?” Taylor said. Euchner and Steiniche represented two sides of a hotly contested issue in current politics. Euchner opened up the discussion and represented those that oppose the recognition of corporations as individuals capable of making campaign contributions. Euchner specifically took aim at last year’s Citizens United ruling, asserting that it was a constitutional perversion to recognize corporations as individuals endowed with rights. “Our democracy is not for sale to the highest bidder,” Euchner said.

Steiniche upheld that a corporation’s right to donate money to campaigns was a right upheld by the First Amendment. He pointed out that the First Amendment protected freedom of speech while neither excluding corporations or limiting the right to individuals. “Free speech for individuals includes groups, since groups are simply collections of individuals,” Steiniche said. “Which, according to the First Amendment, have the right to assemble and thus implicitly the right of speech. For what else is the purpose of legal assembly?” The event concluded with a question and answer session between the panel and audience members. Taylor described it as opening it up “Oprah-style.” “It’s your voices that are most important,” Taylor said. “Many of you sit in our classes everyday and listen to us talk for 50 minutes or an hour and 20 minutes. It’s our hope that we can hear your voices as you ask these welllearned folks some questions about this discussion.” The Constitution Day events were sponsored by the economics, political science and sociology department.

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Aspiring models prepare to rip the runway Eboni Lacey | Campus Life & Online Editor elacey@missouriwestern.edu

As the models frantically run around from the makeup station to the hair station, and of course to the bathroom to practice their struts and poses, they await for the final three hours before the lights dim, the host comes on, and their opportunity finally arrives. This is the typical setting before the annual Black Student Union Fashion Show, which is coming to Western this Friday, Sept. 23 in front of the Eder building at 6 p.m. Both the models

and designers have been preparing for months to make this show top the shows from years past. The first conclusion was the change in venue, as this year will be the first BSU Fashion Show to ever be outside with a circular runway around a fountain. Events Coordinator Leah Hayes explains the other avenues that BSU took to try to make this show one of the best. “This show is going to be something you’ve never seen before,” Hayes said. “We are also trying to gain a profit this year. Here at Western there are no African

American scholarships. We are wanting to use the money earned at the fashion show for a scholarship. We are also going to have a mini art gallery and are looking to get a violinist.” The scholarship will be granted to applicants that are African American, involved in a Western organization for at least one year and maintain a GPA of 2.65 or higher. In addition to the scholarship fundraiser and change of scenery, 36 models have also been selected very differently than in the past years. This year, the modeling was open to anybody, including

members of the St. Joseph community and students from other schools. The show is titled “Urban Chic” and costs $5 for general admission. Exclusive seating is $8 and VIP is $12. “Each year we have at least 200 people,” Hayes said. “If we reach 250 people, we will reach our project profited amount for our scholarship.” For more information about the show, contact Hayes at lhayes1@missouriwestern.edu or President of BSU DeAndre Diamond at ddiamond@missouriwestern.edu.

(Left to right) Caresse Owens, now on her fourth year of modeling, works on her poses while practicing for the fashion show. Austin Goacher | Staff Photographer Brittany Ford works her magic during the fashion show last year. This year will be her fifth fashion show. Submitted Photo Erick Parker, new to Missouri Western, takes his modeling seriously. He has been involved in two other shows, one in Kansas City and the other in Okla. Austin Goacher | Staff Photographer

Caresse Owens Nursing major Caresse Owens has been modeling for 4 years now, and she has been in six fashion shows put on at Missouri Western. “Modeling expresses who I am as a person,” Owens said. “It’s really interesting to do, and it’s something I have a passion for.” The passion that Owens, who also tried out for America’s Next Top Model just two years ago, has for modeling is shown through the hard work she and the other models have to put in for a show. “It’s a rigorous type of thing,” Owens said. “You have to have the designers come and have a fitting, you have to be measured, you have to practice everything down to the tee: the walk, the spots you’re going to pose

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in and how you’re going to come out. You want it to be perfect.” The models this year will be walking around the Eder Fountain outside, which is a change from previous shovws. “Modeling outside will be very different because of the weather and the audience, plus this year we’re having students outside of Western modeling as well,” Owens said. “But it should be a different kind of outlook on the show.” Although the show will be in a different venue this year, Owens is still ready to model. “I have a lot of faith in the show and Leah [Hayes],” Owens said. “I want everybody to come out and see us model.”

Though Erick Parker is a pre-dentistry major, he also thinks of himself as a fashion major as he already has two prestigious shows under his belt. “I like modeling a lot,” Parker said. “I take it pretty seriously.” Parker, who is a first-year Missouri Western student, studies fashion shows to get better.

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Anecia Taliaferro Anecia Taliaferro is a public relations major. The upcoming BSU Fashion Show will be her third fashion show, and second one through the Black Student Union. She uses the fashion show as a way to gain confidence and get exposure for a potential career. “I just stayed to myself in high school, so [modeling] is me coming out and doing something fun in college,” Taliaferro said. “I love doing the fashion shows. I’m taking it very serious right now. It could be an occupation for me.” According to Taliaferro, who before college didn’t have any modeling experience, her model walk was actually one of her best runway features. “I did dancing for four years throughout high school,” Taliaferro said. “So my walk was kind off natural to me. I didn’t have to practice as much.” But posing for her was just the opposite, as it took her a little time to learn.

“I had to practice my posing because I wasn’t sure of what type of posing they wanted or how they wanted me to look,” Taliaferro said. Though Taliaferro likes the people who put on the show, she does admit that not everything is perfect behind the curtain. “It’s really hectic,” Taliaferro said. “People are always running around everywhere. Before I come, I make sure I have everything done. Some people come to practice and waste their time. And when they do come to the final practice, they don’t know what they are doing. It kind of frustrates me.” Taliaferro encourages everyone to give modeling a chance, as it will help motivate people and give them some new experiences. “People with low selfesteem that don’t think they are pretty should try modeling,” Taliaferro said. “They don’t have to do it as a career but as something to motivate them to get out and talk to people.”

“I’ll look at a video of a fashion show (like Dolce & Gabbana and Versace) and take notes, then I’ll try and apply it to me,” Parker said. Parker has been involved in two other shows, one in Kansas City and the other in Oklahoma. This will be his first show for Western. “I hope the show goes well and everybody enjoys it.”

Brittany Ford Dentistry major Brittany Ford has been in four fashions show at Western. Though she doesn’t plan to pursue a career in modeling, she enjoys how modeling helps her build confidence and gain positive exposure through the school and community. “The fashion shows are a good contribution to what we do as women,” Ford said. “It holds a positive aspect to teach young women about expressing yourselves through clothing. “ For Ford, the hardest thing to learn about modeling was the walk. It took two or three weeks worth of practice to fully get it down. “It was something that I wasn’t used to,” Ford said. “I had to be taught over and over to make it look natural. Eventually I became

immune to it though.” Another thing for Ford to learn was posing, which also took some time to perfect. “Poses are not supposed to be stiff, but like artwork,” Ford said. “It took me a while to understand that concept.” For Ford, the fashion shows are a hobby that she continues to enjoy. The very first fashion show she did was for her church at home. Yet Ford continues to do shows to express herself and to show off her personality. “Fashion expresses myself as far as my appearance,” Ford said. “People can judge my personality off of what I wear. You get to experience different cultures and get to know other people on campus. You can pretty much just have fun.”

Sidney Chleborad is a fashion merchandising major from Northwest University. This is her first semester at Northwest as she originally started her college career at Western in the spring of 2011. Chleborad feels that the fashion shows are perfect for her, as she plans to have a future within the fashion industry. “I want to be a buyer from clothing companies, so I think it’s pretty awesome to choose clothes for different people. [The fashion show] is kind of perfect for me.” Chleborad admires the true nature of fashion from the clothing trends to the outrages styles that are only seen on runway. “I like crazy outfits, like big hats and really big

sleeves; just out of the ordinary stuff that you don’t see everyday,” Chleborad said. “It’s just different. I experiment with different clothes. This is kind of my way of expressing my fashion.” Chleborad gains inspiration from watching shows such as “America’s Next Top Model.” “I’m hoping [the fashion show] will give me a greater appreciation for the models who go through with this stuff, put themselves out there and give it what they got,” Chleborad said. “It definitely gets you out of your comfort zone. I think everybody should experience it at least once in their life. It’s really different from anything else.”

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Up close and personal: designer Clevon Jones

Designer Clevon Jones submitted an “about me” to The Griffon News:

My name is Clevon Jones and I am the owner of Mgot Clothing which stands for “Money Grows on Trees.” I started the company when I was 18 with 20 dollars. With hard work and sacrifice, I have been able to see places and meet many people like the likes of Russell Simmons, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Porter and Young Joc to name a few. You can purchase the apparel at Method boutique located in Kansas City at 18th and Wyandotte and soon a store near you. Keep in contact with me: follow me on Twitter @ MGOT_Clothing and Facebook MGOT Clothing.

(Above) Clevon Jones is the owner of Mgot Clothing which stands for Money Grows on Trees. His clothing is currently being sold in Kansas City. (Other photos) Models show off pieces from Jones’ collection. Submitted Photos

Historically-black Greek organizations prepare for upcoming events and mental health. One of the Christian Mengel | Staff ways DST reaches out to help Alpha Phi Alpha cmengel@missouriwestern.edu Delta Sigma Theta Delta Sigma Theta is a historically black sorority that has been at Western since April 20, 1996. It is a public service organization who is all about giving back to the community. Not only do they look to help out on campus, they do what they can to help out the community of St. Joseph as well. DST maintains focus on what is important to them by keeping to the “five point thrust.” The five point thrust is a system of five topics that they strive to improve within themselves and the community. The five consists of educational development, economic development, international awareness, political awareness and physical

Phi Beta Sigma Promoting brotherhood, scholarship and service, the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity has been present on campus since Mar. 1, 2000. “Culture for service, service for humanity,” is the motto the organization lives by, according to the Vice President Niyaa Daniels. Brotherhood, scholarship and service are exactly what they emphasize most in their organization. PBS continues to participate in numerous community service programs like their three national programs: Bigger Better Business, Education and Social Action. “We believe in putting education first,” PBS President Arion

students is by their Confidont Program. “Our Confidont Program mostly reaches out to freshmen women,” DST President Jessica Criss said. “Like how Griffon Edge prepares you for school and your classes, the Confidont Program takes it a step further and helps you overcome any obstacles with great lifelong lessons.” Criss, a senior communications and public relations major, encourages freshmen to do research on the organization and see if they have similar priorities with DST. “We’re not just about stepping and strolling at parties,” Criss said. “We want people to see how much we do for the community and realize how important it is to us.”

Duncan said. “Education is needed for life, and so PBS is an organization that lets you be who you are, while helping you grow academically.” Phi Beta Sigma would like to tell interested freshmen not to allow fraternities to persuade them to join, but for them to research different fraternities first and see what fraternity will benefit them the most. “We let people be who they want to be, and we don’t judge anybody,” Daniels said. PBS will be having a social event on Sept. 23 and 24 where people can come out and have a good time. They will have a lot of fun events going on, including one of their favorites: stepping and strolling.

Only weeks away from their 20-year anniversary on campus, Alpha Phi Alpha is still making a strong impact within the community. APA is a historically black fraternity who definitely emphasize the business aspect of what they do. “When it comes to community service leaders in the city, they know us by our first name,” Vice President of APA Jamal Ahmed said. “We take care of business and work hard to be the best at everything we do.” This has been proven true in the past with multiple nominations and wins for numerous community service related awards such as the Most Outstanding Fraternity Award and the Glenn Marion Service Award, which is awarded to the organization that goes above and beyond the typical terms of providing community service. “We separate ourselves through deeds, scholarships and services,” Ahmed said. “We set the bar as high as we can, because we don’t shoot for the minimum.” APA is a fraternity that truly challenges themselves in what they can do for their community. They also have a lot of fun events coming up on Oct. 2122, for everybody to participate in when they will be celebrating the 20-year mark as a Western fraternity.

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The Griffon News September 22, 2011

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Editorial: Elimination of RC leaves money hanging in SGA budget

WHAT’S ANOTHER $20,000 ANYWAY?

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confusion, but to open a dialogue of what students want.

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Maintaining the dorms With the addition of a new dorm, can Residential Life afford to appropriate $20,000 toward a campus organization? Most likely not. Since maintaining the oncampus housing has been a problem for a while, Western

may be adopting the policy of “Build and Abandon,” in which new dorms are built while older ones like Beshears, Logan and Juda are left unmaintained. While $20,000 would not renovate the old dorms, it could be enough to pay for an extra part-time maintenance employee. Students who live in the dorms should decide which they would rather have: a root beer pong tournament or a new air conditioner? Not to belittle the importance of on campus events, but maintenance should take precedence.

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No longer paid for by SGA One of the main reasons RC was separated from SGA was because many Senators felt that RC didn’t benefit the student body as a whole. While RC was essentially represented by students who lived on campus, it was not limited to simply those students. Most of RC’s money from SGA went toward the programming of on-campus events, usually jointly prepared by Western Activities Council and RC. These events were mainly attended by on-campus students, but were not exclusive. Now that RHA is receiving its funding from the Residential Life budget, which is an auxiliary budget, those events must be exclusive. Since Residential Life receives its funds from the room and board

payments of on-campus students, those events are paid for only by students who live on campus. Perhaps SGA should have thought about the consequences of excluding so many students from joint events before proposing and passing a rushed constitution (which was available for students to read online only 48 hours before the vote). The real question that remains is where the $20,000 that was going toward RC is going now. Before, $20,000 was appropriated toward student events targeted at some 1,000 on-campus students. Another $10,000 was allocated toward RC for RA funding, operational funding and scholarships for RC leadership. Essentially, $30,000, which had a purpose last year, is now left purposeless. The fear that most students should have is that the money will never be used and will roll over into the 2012-2013 budget. This money has the potential to continue to be rolled over.

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During the last wave of constitutional changes, Student Government Association decided to break Residence Council off as one of its three main branches. While RC was part of SGA, it received nearly $30,000 in funding directly from SGA. Now that RC no longer exists, and a new organization has cropped up to take its place (Residence Hall Association), questions have also risen as to where the money for RHA will come from.

Brooke Carter | Graphics Editor

: Cont. Bad drivers need to clean up their act on the highway Western reaction and plans WITH ELLIS CROSS

Over the summer I made the trip between St. Joseph and Platte City over 50 times. Now let me be clear, I love nothing more than to drive. Put a good CD or radio station on, fasten your seatbelt securely, and you’re ready to roll—except for watching out for those horrible drivers. Now, being 20 years old, I won’t try and pretend I’m a driver of the capacity of, say, Speed Racer. I drive a 2001 Chevy Malibu, which is far from the Mach Five. I think what makes me a better driver than most is the fact that I know that I’m not the best driver. The biggest problem I have with drivers on the highway is the lack of abiding by speed/car length ratio re-

quirements. You see, if you’re traveling 70 mph, you should be at least seven car lengths away from the car ahead of you. Now, in cases of heavy traffic, this is impossible. But on the open stretch of road between Platte City and St. Joseph, there is no excuse. For those of you with the same frustration as me, I have a solution: slow down. If someone is ‘tailgating’ you, decrease your speed to the minimum 55 mph on the highway, and watch what happens. In most cases, the driver will quickly swerve into the left lane, without using their blinker. When they pass you, two things could happen. You might see the driver on their phone, oblivious to the fact that they are driving a ton of metal down an asphalt path at 70 mph. You see, they are

too hung up in their pointless conversation that it has consumed their concentration. Don’t get me wrong: I’ll talk on the phone and drive, but if it starts to impede my ability to focus, I’ll hang up. The other thing you might witness is a look of disgust. This gaze will say, without any words spoken, “How dare you drive THAT slow on my road.” As if they are the only one on the road. Furthermore, the fact that they supported a political candidate and want to adorn that statement on their bumper gives them the right to drive fast. For those of you that are reading this and feeling their ears burn, I want to remind you of something. The left lane is called the “Passing Lane” not the “Fast Lane.”

Christina Crom sophomore

Ryan Kregl freshman

Mark Loew freshman

Peter Windsor freshman

“I was surprised. You hear a lot of people’s opinions, so I tried to go in there with an open mind, and I was pleasantly surprised.”

“I was happy to hear that people are hopefully getting more in tune with what is happening with the government, as far as our debts and that we need to do something about it.”

“The convocation brought a lot of things to light when he talked about the place in China that took only 32 weeks to build and it takes Metro 24 weeks to fix escalators.”

“I thought the Convocation was informational about how we can better America by cutting expenses and investing in our own future to get us out of the recession.”

Dave Hon| Editor in Chief dhon1@missouriwestern.edu

Western’s reaction
 Missouri Western is operating now with no more faculty than in the early nineties with increases in student numbers going off the chart. Look around you. Faculty and staff positions have been eliminated and combined to the point that efficiency is at an all time high.
Class sizes are larger, and demands on instructor’s time are beginning to result in fewer office hours and less access to students. Students may also notice other services and conveniences, such as trash removal from some areas, are not being done on a daily basis. The lawn has more weeds than usual and some maintenance of buildings is being deferred.
Informed students held a rally

during the summer months to protest the severe cuts which resulted in the “You can’t keep a Griffon down” slogan. Some have started a petition to voluntarily pay an additional fee to help offset the cuts. Others have signed a petition to the governor to protest the loss of funds. The future Western is looking for grants and funding from other sources. Students are paying more now and are likely to pay even higher tuition in the future. Things might get tough, but things may get even tougher on Western if Governor Nixon’s new “performance based funding” is not fairly implemented.
If he is going to base funding on the number of entering

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students versus the number of graduating students then we are set for even more cuts. That will not be fair.
Western serves a unique student base, such as me. I have gained in my personal and financial life by the education I have received from Western. I have attended off and on since 1978 and have yet to get a degree. I am not alone. Many students are here to learn something. We are not here for the degree. If serving that type of student lowers appropriations, Western may not be able to keep its open enrollment policy.
Gov. Nixon needs to realize that not all students are degree seeking students, and I am the poster boy.

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The Griffon News September 22, 2011

Sports

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Griffon Volleyball sweeps Fort Hays in home opener

Kyle Inman| Assistant Sports Editor kinman@missouriwestern.edu

The Griffon volleyball team swept conference opponent Fort Hays State Saturday in the first home game of the season at Looney Complex with scores of 25-17, 26-24 and 25-21. The team improved to 1-0 in MIAA play, 5-4 overall. “We looked good overall. We need to eliminate some errors that we can control on

our side, but overall I’m happy with the performance,” Coach Cory Frederick said. “We need to win all these games that we can right now.” Seniors Tahler Johnston and Alexandra Behnke led the way for the Griffons. Johnston finished the day with 12 kills and Behnke with 11. Other contributers were Hannah Zimmerman with eight kills and Meredith McCormick and Shelby Corkill

with seven kills each. Stephanie Hattey finished with 39 of the Griffon’s 42 assists on the day. Sarah Faubel had 16 digs. “I think it was good for the freshman and the newcomers to get a feel for what our home court was like and we will just come out stronger every time,” Johnston said. Game one was played even by both teams with the score tied at 8-8. Western went on a run and was able to grab a

15-9 lead after a kill by Hattey. The Griffons didn’t look back and went on to win the set 25-17. Johnston had five kills in the first game. The second game provided the biggest scare of the day for the Griffons. Western went up 5-1 in the second set after two kills from Behnke. The Tigers battled back and took a 13-12 lead and were ahead the rest of the way until the very end. With the match on the line, the Grif-

fons kept composure and scored the last four points of the match to end it at 26-24. Western had 16 kills on the match with Behnke and Zimmerman scoring four each. “It’s nice to see them not give up and play all the way through to the end of the game,” Frederick said. “We had 14 errors on our side of the net during the second set, which is something we need to eliminate. I think we can make it not so close next

time.” The third set started out close, tied at nine all. After a Western kill from Zimmerman, it took a 14-11 lead and the two teams played even until the end after that. The final score of the third game was 25-21 Griffons. The Griffon’s next two games are against MIAA pponents, Friday at Emporia State and Saturday they play at Washburn.

Johnston’s family is biggest supporter Potency shunned flaws for Griffs Kyle Inman| Assistant Sports Editor kinman@missouriwestern.edu

Senior Tahler Johnston has many supporters that have taken note of her play on the volleyball court, but her biggest support system will always be her family. “My whole family is very supportive,” Johnston said. “They travel to all my games and they have had the biggest impact on my life.” Johnston leans on her father, Bernie, to help her with volleyball technique and skill. She relies on her mother, Melanie, for emotional support and someone she can vent to. “My parents are great people,” Johnston said. “Even when my mother was diagnosed with cancer last year and was going through chemotherapy, she still traveled to every game.” Johnston’s mother finished chemotherapy on June 2 and is now cancer-free. She is also extremely close with her older sister, Taryn, who was a volleyball player, too. “I love my big sister. We talk almost every day,” Johnston said. “If she can’t make it to my games, she is always watching the live stats.” So far this season, Johnston is leading the team in kills with 102 after nine matches, while playing the role of team leader. “Tahler has stepped up her leadership this year on her own,” Coach Cory Frederick said. “When you have players that take on that leadership role internally, it makes you much more successful overall.” Johnston wrote her team a letter before the first conference game of the year against Fort Hays State featuring motivational quotes to pump them up. She also provides ribbons for the team to wear, carrying on a

Tahler scored 12 kills against Fort Hays and currently leads the team in kills. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

tradition from high school. “We wear yellow on our right side because that is our team color, and that’s our dominant side, so that’s what it stands for,” Johnston said. Johnston, from Marshalltown, Iowa, lists upsetting third ranked Ames in high school to go to the state tournament is her greatest sports accomplishment. “We were the underdog and nobody expected us to win. We went five games, and the fifth game went to 22-20,” Johnston said. “The last time the team made it to state was four years earlier when my sister played there.” Johnston spent two years at Indian Hills Community College before becoming a Griffon. The first year was different for her because the coach had a policy that freshman couldn’t compete for a position until after half

way through the season. Johnston’s second season was much more successful. After a coaching change, her position went from middle to outside, where she thrives today. “The girls here are awesome. Some of my closest friends have been from the team,” Johnston said. “I have always struggled with school and never really liked it, but I enjoy the school here. I recommend this school to a lot of people.” Johnston finished second on the team in 2010 with 271 kills. She scored a career best 22.5 points against conference opponent Pittsburg State. This season is still young, but she has continued her outstanding play, making the UNK Fall Classic all-tournament team. Johnston plans to graduate in the spring with a degree in business management.

Look Online for the football wrap-up against Washburn immediately following the game.

With a flawless score put up by the Missouri Western Griffons over Langston University, fans may believe to think this team is near perfect. But once that fan looks at the numbers and notices the competition was not the best, then they begin to question how good this Griffons team will really be. The first part of the game was a slow start - not a lot of action for the offense but the defense and special teams were making plays to keep the fans into the game. It seemed as though Western had the field goal kicker out there on the field more than the offense. The defense made some excellent plays to keep this game a shutout from the beginning. Three interceptions and three fumble recoveries were plenty to keep the momentum going for the team, and with the help of special teams, it was only a matter of time before the offense would take off and begin to put up numbers. Going into halftime with a strong lead was not good enough for the Griffons. In the third quarter, 21 points were added to the score to boast the differential to 40. The team was beginning to function well on all cylinders. The Griffons completed every one of their possessions in the quarter, where in the first half 4-7 possessions resulted

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in field goals. One standout player who kept popping up through the game was CB Isaac Collins. The senior made plays on special teams and on the defensive side of the ball. With a blocked punt and the recovery taken all the way to the Langston seven yard line Collins was able to set the Griffons up for their first score of the game. Collins snagged an interception in the fourth quarter to end Langston’s deepest drive. For the most part, the team did look stellar to this 2-0 Langston team, but the one part of the team that looked weak to everyone was the Griffons quarterback. Travis Partridge seemed to be having problems making smart plays from the get-go of this game. Partridge seemed as though he could not throw on the run, nor could he complete a

pass to a player in motion. In the opening minutes of the third quarter, a 53-yard-touchdown was made by Tarrell Downing. On paper the play looks like a great score, but in reality the receiver had to stop his momentum to come back for the ball, then make a great turn up the field for the score. Partridge never looked completely confident in the pocket. During scramble situations it seemed as though he was unsure of what choices to make. Throwing for a 50 percent completion rate was not a great showing from this young quarterback against a team of Langston’s quality. With the 18 offensive plays in the third quarter, 11 rushes and seven passes were attempted. The third quarter was such a large success due mainly to the running scheme brought together by the coaches. This Western team has the ability to have a great season, but with QB questions already being brought up by fans and players, it makes one question: What will happen? If the accuracy questions are brought to light and fixed for this Thursday’s game, then the team will have nothing to worry about except making a run for the playoffs.

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Western records shutout over Langston

Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor thuittjohnson@missouriwestern.edu

The last time Missouri Western saw zero on the scoreboard after a game, it wasn’t as impelling. It was the one’s that received the wrong side of a shutout. But on Saturday, Western defeated Langston University 47-0 at Spratt Stadium, a game which sets up a tough matchup on Thursday at Washburn, who, as of Saturday, as of this week is ranked No. 8 according to the America Football Coaches Associ-

ation. “We played well,” coach Jerry Partridge said. “I felt pretty good about it. A couple plays bothered me.” Western started out slow, as they went into half up 19-0. In the third quarter is where the game turned in the Griffon’s favor. “We’ve really played well in the second half all year.” Travis Partridge went 7-for-19 for 105 yards and one touchdown in the first half. His shaky performance changed in the second half, as he led the team on three

The Griffon News September 22, 2011

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Left: The Western football team getting pumped up before the game. Below: Sophomore quarterback Travis Partridge (12) drops back to throw a pass.

scoring drives in a row. The Griffons’ first play from scrimmage in the second half — a 53-yard strike to Tarrell Downing — was a touchdown. From there, Western pounded its way to another touchdown behind junior running back Michael Hill. The Griffons scored for the third time in the third quarter when Partridge ran a quarterback sneak up the middle for a 1-yard-touchdown as Western [2-1] went up 40-0 over Langston. “There was no difference in our attitude from the first

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MICHAEL HILL Hill opened up this year as the true starting running back  for the Griffons, and has done a solid job so far. Against  Langston, Hill rushed for a score and added another,  this time as a receiver, in the third quarter. Brooke Carter | Graphics Editor

to the second half; we just executed,” said Partridge, who was making just his third collegiate start. “After getting three under my belt, the game is starting to slow down. It’s fun.” Partridge was a perfect 5-for-5 in the second half. The starters were taken out after Partridge’s score, as Western has to have a sufficient amount of rest before its next game. On Thursday, on national television in Topeka, Kan., Washburn awaits. “[Washburn] is real important. We have to send a message to this team and the other teams in the MIAA,” David Bass said. He registered another pair of sacks to go along with his four-sack performance last week when Western upset No. 12 Central Missouri 23-6. The defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown since the second-to-last play in the opening week against Pittsburg State. Western’s offense didn’t perform well in the first half, though they had a 19-0 lead. Four times Western had the Lions inside the 20-yard-line, but could only come away with 12 points [four field goals]. “We didn’t run the ball well down there,” Jerry Partridge said. “We didn’t cash in; we left some points out there.” Special teams played a valuable role for Western as well. Yomi Alli and Isaac Collins both blocked punts in the first half to set up great field position for Western. Collins also had his second career interception early in the fourth quarter. The senior said it was exciting to be able to contribute, on both defense and special teams. “We knew that they were a little bit weaker on the edges,” Collins said. “So we had a couple twist that were going on, to confuse them a little bit on who they were

Above: Junior running back Michael Hill (22) trying to reach the end zone during the 3rd quarter. Below: Sophomore defensive back Marcus Thompson (13) knocks the pass down late in the 4th quarter. Photos by Jason Brown | Staff Photographer

suppose to block.” Western’s special teams also faked a punt and a field goal because they felt Langston [2-1] wouldn’t look for it. The fake punt saw Reggie Jordan take the snap to the left side and dust out a 57yard run. He had two receptions for 56 yards to go with his long scamper. Hill had 20 carriers for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Backup quarterback Jerrin Walton saw a lot of playing time late in the game. He complete two passes but ran seven times. This marked the first shutout for the Griffons in nine seasons. Western will play its third MIAA game Thursday at 7 p.m. at Washburn. It will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.


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