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Kurt McGuffin is a great fundraiser and a great man. Those were the words that Missouri Western President Robert Vartabedian said made McGuffin a worthy candidate and the reason he was chosen to become the new Athletic Director at Missouri Western. “Certainly with the budgetary crunch that we’re experiencing, those kinds of skills were obviously very important to us,” Vartabedian said. “Bottom line is: We believe he has the professionalism and the experience to be an exceptional A.D. at Missouri Western.” McGuffin was not present at the press conference. Instead he was contacted via phone to talk about his new position. “I’m truly honored to be

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McGuffin announced as new Athletic Director selected as the director of athletics at Missouri Western,” McGuffin said. “These athletic director positions are hard to get at any level, and making a decision as athletic director can be even harder. I feel the four candidates that were finalists were very qualified.” McGuffin said he was pleased to be a part of Western because he could tell by the way the selection process worked that Western is a good place to be. “I think I was pretty clear on campus that I expect our focus to be on our department being good servants to this university and the community.” The new A.D. pointed to one of his mentors, Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder as a key reason he is going to be at Western.


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ability. I’m really about teachable moments and educational moments,” she said. “So if we say that there are no drugs or alcohol on campus, why are we turning our heads if there is?” The release of the 2010 Annual Clery Crime Report revealed that drug law violation referrals increased by

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337 percent while arrests increased by 57 percent in the residence halls. Drug arrests on campus increased by 90 percent. “Drugs and alcohol are probably not a good choice,” Peralez said, “but for many of you, you’re probably going to try it.” Peralez would rather call


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people in to discuss the opportunities they’re jeopardizing. “For some it’s scary enough that they stop and you don’t see them again,” she said. “For others, they keep pushing the envelope and finally you’re suspended.”


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SGA gives students t-shirts, free food Todd Fuller | News Editor Monday night Missouri Western Student Government Association heard from several campus departments before passing nearly $9,000 in legislation. Missouri Western Student Government Association passed several notices of action to spend some money during their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 10. Some of that money will provide Western students with the opportuni-

ty to get some free gear. SGA agreed to spend $4,551.25 on shirts and rally towels to be handed out at football games in the near future. As Senate members offered lower cost alternatives to some of the legislation be-

ing discussed, Student Governor Peter Gregory made a case for the expenditure of $2,051.25 for purchasing 547 Tshirts. “There are two things that students love most,” Gregory said. “Does anyone know what they are?

T-shirts and free food.” Gregory went on to say that the cost per shirt was a good deal and that the shirts could be given out at future events, if there were any leftover following the Homecoming Tailgate. In addition to funding the T-shirts, SGA heard from Beth Wheeler, director of external relations. Wheeler made a brief presentation regarding the Edwin D. Gorman Public Service Award.


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O’Malley’s Pub in Weston, Mo. will be hosting the 12th annual Irish Fest Thursday through Saturday. See for a preview of this beer- and music-fest.

The basement of Potter Hall, known as The Living Room, is a lounge available to all Western students. It contains couches, a microwave, a refrigerator, a TV and Playstation.

Henry said TLR will be a place for all students to hang out. There will be two sides, one with a cable TV and Playstation, microwave and refrigerator. The other side has a TV and couches to sit on. There will be a live feed from the theater, so they can watch the show from both TVs to see when their cues are coming. There will also be a live feed in the Potter Hall lobby, so if a patron comes to watch the show and has to step out, they can watch it on the TV.


It is always nice for students to have a place to go where they can relax between classes while enjoying the creature comforts of home. The department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Cinema now offers students such a place, The Living Room. TLR is actually the basement in Potter Hall that has been fixed up as a gathering place and will be available for use by all students at Western. Assistant Professors of

Theatre & Cinema, Dallas Henry and Tee Quillin, came together on the idea of cleaning out the basement in Potter Hall. Henry said they spent most of last year with students cleaning out the basement that was in total disarray. “With the help of students, we took about two tons of stuff out of the basement,” Henry said. “And this summer Tee and I started putting together the basement, sheet rocking and painting. As we looked around and started moving things we thought ‘Wow, this could actually be a spot for students, all students.”


Jerrod Huber | Staff Writer

Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs left an indelible legacy on the world and on Western’s campus. Read about his impact through the eyes of students and instructors. See page 5

News NEWS NOTES Western transportation study The Division of Student Affairs, St. Joseph Transit, the City of St. Joseph and the Greater St. Joseph Area Metropolitan Planning Organization are sponsoring a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in Blum Union 218 to solicit input on current transit service. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and give their input. This is part of a “Transit Operations Study” that is currently underway. The Study will analyze current bus routes and schedules to determine if changes need to be made to optimize existing service. Such optimization may include changes to service days, service hours, morning and afternoon peak service, routes from campus to area shops, routes from the community to campus or shuttle service within the campus.

Sister talks death penalty Sister Christine, a Sister of St. Francis, will be on campus to recount her journey with Mose Young, a man on Death Row, who was executed in April 2001. Her friendship with Young started as pen pals, but quickly developed into an eyeopening experience. Young, who maintained his innocence until death, believed, “You’ve got to keep on getting the word out about the injustice of our socalled justice system and the death penalty. I may have to die, but I’m just one of many who have gone down with the fight.” Meet Sister Christine and hear their story Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Spratt 101. The Legal Studies Association is hosting the event.

Student governor search The search for the next Student Governor has begun with applications being accepted until noon Oct. 24. Applications will need to be submitted to current Student Gov. Peter Gregory before that time. Applications will not be accepted electronically, so anyone interested will need to visit: http:// to download the application and complete it.

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New Athletic Director selected from final four McGuffin: continued from front

Snyder, who was born and raised in St. Joseph, said that McGuffin would make a great athletic director. “He’s an extremely hard worker who will engage Missouri Western and its constituents in a very forthright and caring way,” Snyder said. Both Howard McCauley and Vartabedian said that choosing an A.D. quickly made sense because Dan Nicoson is going to retire soon, and all the candidates deserved to know who it was going to be. Each person also said any of the four would have made a quality director “We had a great pool to pick from,” McCauley said. McGuffin’s duties will officially begin on Oct. 31. McGuffin said he is excited and ready to take over this job. “[I want to] go out in the community,” McGuffin said. “I think we need to look at all of our sports across the board, and when we build facilities, we want it done right.” The Wichita State graduate also stated that because of his history with the area, he is thrilled to be an Athletic Director. “St. Joseph is what I’m used to,” McGuffin said. “I grew up in the footprint of

the MIAA in Southeast Kansas, and I can drive to nine schools within three hours of my hometown. My history there and my knowledge of this conference is fun and exciting.” Relationships are important to McGuffin, and he said he is ready to establish them with Western, the community and the Kansas City Chiefs. With a good relationship with the Chiefs, Western will be able to keep the summer camp here for years to come. McGuffin graduated from Wichita State in 1999, three years after receiving his bachelor’s of science from Kansas State. He was the assistant athletic director at Kansas State before moving on to Colorado, where he has held that position for the past two years. McGuffin strongly expressed interest in helping students out at Western, and that was a key factor in drawing his attention towards Division II athletics. As for the current director, Nicoson is set to retire in June 2012. He took over as the Athletic Director shortly after Dave Williams’ contract was not renewed last summer. Williams had been the A.D. since March 2008.

Athletic Directors from the past 16 years James Scanlon (2007-2008)

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SGA funds freebies for students SGA funds: continued from front

Wheeler spoke to SGA in hopes of drumming up additional applicants for the scholarship award to ensure a broader and deeper pool of applicants, as the response has been poor so far. “We’ve been promoting it for several weeks, but we haven’t had enough response,” Wheeler said. Wheeler said she hopes that by speaking to members of SGA she can increase the number of applicants before the Oct. 17 deadline. Jim Maides with Campus Dining came to the meeting to tell SGA what campus dining can do for the students of Missouri Western. Maides told SGA that if they would like to see changes, he would welcome the dialogue and take requests into consideration.

“The menu is not carved in stone,” Maides said. Maides encouraged anyone concerned about meal options to stop by Blum 102 and offer ideas for menu changes or additions. As Maides fielded questions from the Senate, he was particularly intrigued when he was asked about the possibility of meal delivery to buildings without hot-food options available. “Just because we don’t do that now, doesn’t mean it’s not something we can’t look into,” Maides said. Esther Peralez, vice president of student affairs, made a presentation to SGA regarding the 20 percent allocation of SGA money to Student Affairs. Peralez indicated how important it is to not only continue to grow

Western’s student population, but also to retain and graduate as many of those students as possible. According to Peralez, the money Student Affairs receives will be used for programming to recruit, retain and graduate students from Western while preparing them to successfully enter the workforce. The largest expense of the evening came when SGA agreed to foot the bill for a pair of PA systems and a pair of new spotlights, totaling $4,430 which will be used for a wide variety of campus activities and will also be available for student events. The new equipment will be used to replace the current, outdated equipment being used for these types of events.

Despite increases, Western remains safe New place for students to hang Living room: continued from front Crime: continued from front For the first time last year, Peralez said that all of the Residence Hall Directors had their Master’s degrees. She believes that the increase is due to the maturity level of the RHDs and their willingness to work with students and discover drug problems. Police Chief Jon Kelley also attributes the increase in referrals to the awareness and education of students by Residential Life and Student Affairs. Despite several increases, Kelley believes that the report still shows that Western’s campus is safe. “I see no murders and no manslaughters,” Kelley said. “I’m happy about that.” Kelley said that most of the drug related arrests are for drug paraphernalia or marijuana. “You’ve got to remember, we live on a college campus,” he said, “and when you live on a college campus those things are going to happen.” Putting things into perspective, Kelley said that out of the roughly 1000 residential students, Western police only

arrested 19 for drug law violations. From 2009 to 2010, the number of liquor law violations went from 20 to 28, or a 40 percent increase. “I don’t think drug arrests are any more serious than alcohol arrests,” Kelley said. “If you look across the country, alcohol kills more people every year than drugs — alcohol related incidents.” Mel Klinkner, vice president for financial planning and administration, believes that the report reflects that Western is a safe campus. “I think we have heightened the awareness of it,” Klinkner said. “I think it’s always difficult to determine what causes the change from year to year. Sometimes you can point to it.” The largest increase in the report was the increase in referrals, which Klinkner attributes to the education of Student Affairs and Residential Life. “To me it’s more of students taking ownership in it,” Klinkner said. Another staggering num-

ber is the increase in sexual offenses. In 2010 the number of forcible sexual offenses increased by two, which was zero in 2009. “There’s a couple of sexual offenses,” Kelley said, “and of course we always want to work on those and refer those people to the areas they need to be referred to for their benefit.” While the number of forcible sexual offenses has increased, Kelley said that neither of these were offenses by strangers to the victims. Kelley believes that the reason this number is low is because of the proactive enforcement of the other violations. “We take the drug offenses and alcohol offenses seriously,” Kelley said. “But the majority of crimes that are committed today, those types or crimes, are committed by people who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.”

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until 2 a.m,” she said. “It was work that had to be done, and I had the ability to do it. That’s the mentality of a lot of people in the Theatre & Cinema department: We see something that needs to be done, and we do it to the best of our ability.” Having TLR will set Western apart from other schools and their Theatre departments. “I think it raises the bar of quality and will bring the community in, that will see the difference in quality and that’s what it provides,” Henry said. Matt Wright is just one of the students who put forth a lot of time putting TLR together. “I think it’s just a wonderful addition, and all in all, for the whole campus, it’s just going to be a great place to come to,” Wright said. Henry said that work on TLR started in February of last year and should be completed around the middle of October.

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Students will be able to rent movies from Henry’s personal DVD collection and there will also be a Netflix account. TLR was made possible through means of bargaining with different departments. Henry, along with others, donated a lot of their own personal stuff to make it happen, and the Student Government Association helped out with some of the money needed for purchasing several of the finishing touches to the project. SGA’s contributed over $6,700, used to buy a refrigerator, televisions, furniture and other finishing touches to make the project stand out. In short, TLR was a big collective effort put together by the work and donations of those wanting to make it happen. Sarah Noe was one student that really worked hard painting. Noe is a senior majoring in Theatre & Cinema at Western. “I popped in my iPod and started painting the green room; it took me six and a half hours, and I was there


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Thursday, September 13 Griffon Soccer vs. Northwest Missouri State University, 7 p.m. “Sea Monsters” Planetarium Show, 7 p.m. Saturday, October 15 Bystander Intervention Conference, 10 a.m. “Cardboard Rocket” Planetarium Show, 11 p.m. “Sea Monsters” Planetarium Show, 12 p.m.

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Monday, October 17 Griffon Luncheon, 12 p.m. Lisa Regina “The Write to Heal,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 18 Kosovo Food Sampling, 10:45 a.m. “Extreme Planets” Planetarium Show, 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 18 International Lecture Series: Kosovo, 1 p.m.



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Kick off Homecoming Events with the Search for clues and win a 32” HDTV!! Check the website at 8:00 am for first clue!


Gather friends to Spratt Stadium at 6:00 pm and make a team of 5 and join in. Take a trip around the world learning about other countries favorite pastimes while competing in an obstacle course.


Meet at Looney Complex at 6:00 pm for Comedy Skit competitions with your team as opening acts for JOSH BLUE, winner of Last Comic Standing.


Meet at Spratt Stadium at 6:00 pm and Compete with your team to your favorite song. Crowning of Royalty, Pep Rally and Bonfire!


Meet at Blum Union at 5:00 pm and get involved by beautifying the Western campus.


Meet at Blum Union at 6:00 pm and take your same team to compete in a fun completion of building a vehicle out of cardboard & duct tape (provided).

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 PARADE & HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME The parade will start at 9:30 am, downtown. Then head to the game at 1:30 pm at Spratt Stadium to see the Griffons vs. Truman State.


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Homecoming: Griffons keep it real Caleb Jones | Staff Writer

This year for homecoming Missouri Western is “Keepin’ it Real.” All throughout homecoming week everything will be as real as it possibly can be. The homecoming theme for this year is “Griffon Pride… Keepin’ it REAL.” The theme is based off of reality television shows. “The idea is that everyone will be able to relate to the events throughout the week of homecoming,” homecoming chairperson Taylor Kram said. “Each event during the week is based off certain reality TV shows, with a Griffon twist added to them.” Various events will be taking place during Homecom-

ing week, and some events are being looked at as the highlights of the entire week themselves. Josh Blue, winner of "Last Comic Standing," will be performing Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. inside the Looney Complex. Special Events Director Cody Sander encourages students to see Josh Blue as well as attend the other events taking place. “I think there will be a really good turnout for ‘Last Griffon Standing,'” Sander said. “I want to see as many students as possible at all the things going on during homecoming, and I this is just another one of them.” Also on the list of things during homecoming is a "Food Fight." No, not throwing food at one another like

students may have imagined. On Oct. 10 through 14 there will a campus-wide food drive. “With all the cans, the various organizations will be required to build a Can Castle,” Sander said. “Whoever is the most original and creative will win the ‘Food Fight’.” There will also be a treasure hunt that anyone on campus can participate in. The treasure hunt starts Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. The first clue can be found at missouriwestern. edu/homecoming. “For anyone interested at all, the first place prize of the treasure hunt is a 32-inch high-definition television,” Sander said. But what about the Homecoming court: the King and

Queen? Aren’t they also supposed to be keeping it real, too, and representing Missouri Western proudly? “Typically what we are looking for in a candidate is someone who is involved around campus and takes great pride in this university,” 2010 Homecoming Queen Laura Schneider said. “We want someone who is going to represent the school well and give a good name to Missouri Western.” To be a homecoming candidate, one needs to be a full-time student and also maintain a 2.5 GPA. Once a candidate makes it through the judging and to court, they must attend all the homecoming events during homecoming week. “It is important for the can-

didates to be seen by everyone on campus,” Director of Awards and Judging Morgan Lindgren said. “The students

need to get a feel for who these candidates are so they can decide who they want to vote for.”


“Griffon Treasure Hunters” begins @ 8:30 p.m. “Amazing Griff Race,” Spratt Stadium @ 6 p.m. “Extreme Griffon Take-over,” Blum Union @ 5 p.m. “Griff My Ride,” Blum Union @ 6 p.m. “Last Griffon Standing,” WAC comedy show featuring Josh Blue, Looney @ 6 p.m. Pep rally, Bonfire, Can Castles, Spratt Stadium @ 6 p.m. Downtown Parade (Frederick) @ 9:30 a.m. MWSU Football vs. Truman @ 1:30 p.m. MWSU Volleyball vs. SBU @ 7 p.m.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ delivers on Potter mainstage Caitlin Cress | Managing Editor

Missouri Western’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” opened Thursday to an almost full house. This audience would not be disappointed—the cast and crew obviously worked long and hard to put on an amazing, immersive show. The tone was set immediately upon entering the theater: a slideshow of authentic Civil War photos, interspersed with quotes from Civil War

soldiers and their families, was shown on in front of the curtain as audience members took their seats. Some punctuation errors in these slides took from their message, but this slideshow was a nice touch overall. The somber character of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy was apparent as soon as the curtain rose from the dim lighting and spare set pieces. What people often forget, however, is how filthy Shakespeare’s sense of humor really was. The serious

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tone set at the beginning of the show is quickly lifted as actors Jeremy Edwards and Brian Duskey, as Benvolio and Mercutio respectively, took the stage. After several hip thrusts and mimed sexual acts, the audience was laughing easily. Duskey had an especially impressive stage presence. His Mercutio seemed to fill the stage without being overthe-top. Duskey’s energy on stage was infectious, and seemed to rub off on his fellow actors. As Duskey established Mercutio’s character as a fun-loving wild man, the energy levels on stage began to increase, until the audience really believed that the Montague clan was heading to a party and not just off into the wings. On the Capulet side of things, Sarah Noe and Matt Wright, as Lord and Lady Capulet, were outstanding. Their chemistry as a married

Misty Ballew as Juliet and Sarah Noe as Lady Capulet. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

couple was easy and believable (and that probably has only a little to do with their real-life relationship). The anguish they exhibit after (SPOILER ALERT) Juliet’s untimely passing is touching. Noe is heart-wrenching as a mother in grief. Her eye makeup ran from the tears that Lady Capulet cried over her daughter’s dead body. To me, that is a mark of a dedicated actress, fully in character.

As far as the titular characters, director Tee Quillin could not have cast any better. Misty Ballew’s Juliet is the perfect mix of vixen and innocent, and her love for Romeo is convincing. Her interpretation of Juliet’s famous balcony monologue was well-executed. She injected feeling into each line, instead of letting the words jumble together into a pile of lovey-doveyness. Juliet is angry in this monologue: She has found love, and it is besmirched by her love’s stupid name. Too many times have I seen this monologue butchered; Ballew’s sassy delivery nailed it. Ballew’s Romeo, Kiefer Helsel, was the absolute star of the show. His portrayal of the tortured teen was funny, earnest and touching. The looks he gives Juliet, from the first meeting at the party to the last time he sees her alive, are a perfect balance between

love and lust. And when Romeo finds Juliet’s supposedly dead body, Helsel’s range as an actor was truly demonstrated. Helsel cries over Juliet’s body in a decidedly restrained way. Yes, he is emotional, but he did not go to the extreme wailing and gnashing of teeth that it is so easy to resort to. Helsel’s Romeo absolutely loved his Juliet, and that is very apparent. The chemistry between the leads was frankly bewitching. They looked so perfect together, their slight frames allowing them to really look like the teenagers they are portraying. Their kisses held none of the awkward stiffness that stage kisses sometimes hold—Helsel and Ballew are totally dedicated to their roles, and the development of their characters’ relationship is all the better because of that.

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and says it’s essential that students can be able to use the technology at Western. “At Western, the Mac labs have been absolutely necessary for our cinema and digital animations majors, which seem to be expanding with the current enterBRIL tainment indusRING ICON I try,” he said. P S IN BELIEVER APPLE “Mac or PC?” has been a very popular question that has been asked in past years, and Gomez explains why Macs works better for his major. “Apple has the rights to use more powerful software in their comp u t LIANT REVOLUTIONA RY UN IQU




There isn’t a spot on campus where you wouldn’t see a student jamming out to their iPod, texting on their iPhone or typing up a paper on a Mac. Thanks to Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., students have this technology. Unfortunately, Jobs, 56, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, due to a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Anything with an “i” before it is Jobs’ doing. Jobs, who dropped out of college after only attending Reed College for six months, started Apple Inc. at an early age and created a totally new culture of technology, including the Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iTouch, iPad and iPhone. Students and faculty rely heavily on Apple products, especially Macs, for their majors and classes. Associate professor of art Theresa Harris, who teaches graphic design and typography, has been using Macs for a long time and believes they are necessary for her classes. “[Apple] is the industry’s standard," Harris said. "It’s what over 95 percent of the graphic

design industry and design field use as well as fields in video and animation. Everybody is an Apple fan. Jobs’ influence on the graphic design industry cannot be understated. He totally revolutionized the field.” Graphic design major Khalid Spry agrees with TELLIGE IN NT Harris when it IVE FEARLESS EAT comes to using CR Macs for his major. “His products will help me launch E my business designing clothing.” As Harris said before, Apple products have been being used for the field of video and animation as well. Jobs was also the owner of the animated film company Pixar. Theatre & Cinema major Carlos Gomez works with Macs all the time for his major LE A

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ers,” Gomez said. “Apple has the rights to the big filmmaking software, like Final Cut Pro. Although software, like Adobe’s Premiere, is both for a PC and Mac, it was first created for Mac, so the brand trust is with Apple.” Macs have helped a lot of other majors, like journalism for laying out newspaper and yearbook pages, but Apple technology has also changed this generation as a whole. “[Jobs] connects with this generation in terms of music and the visuals and animation in the movies,” Harris said. “It’s a beautiful thing: The way he has this marriage between design and technology, and it just comes together in a wonderful package that is efficient and functions well. He made using technology an experience and made us all want to be a part of that culture.” Even though Jobs has passed away, Spry believes he will not be forgotten. “Steve Jobs will live on as long as you see the Apple Brooke Carter | Graphics Editor mark.”

“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” -- Steve Jobs DID YOU KNOW? Steve Jobs... was a college drop-out (attended Reed College in Oregon for one semester). was a vegetarian. was adopted. loved calligraphy. was dyslexic.

Hesher: a diamond in the rough Blair Stalder | Features Editor He sports a tattoo of a hand flipping the bird on his back and a stick figure committing suicide tattoo on his chest. He looks like Jesus, but he’s far from it. He plays with fire. He does what he wants, and he won’t let anybody get in his way. He’s Hesher — the guy you love to hate. The movie “Hesher” is about a teenager named T.J. who loses his mother in a car accident two months previously and attempts to get the totaled vehicle back after his dad Paul (Rainn Wilson) sells it to the junkyard. While he tries to stay focused on getting the car back, T.J. gets distracted by Hesher, a perverted “I-don’t-give-a-crap” attitude sort of bum who, after T.J. blows his cover living in an abandoned house,

forcefully moves into T.J.’s house. After T.J. meets the foulmouthed Hesher, Hesher becomes an evil fairy godmother as he frequently watches over T.J. wherever he is. Hesher befriends T.J.’s grandma, splurges on her food and orders T.J. to skip school to walk with his grandma. Although Hesher is profane as all get out -- makes sexual jokes in front of T.J., Paul and T.J.’s grandmother, encourages T.J. to get intimate with Nicole, recovers the porn channel for the household -- he manages

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the titular character in “Hesher.” Natalie Portman, in the background, also stars.

to affect T.J. and his dad in a positive manner as well as teach some valuable lessons through perverted—but valid—analogies, one comparing the loss of his left testicle to T.J. and his family losing

his mother. “Hesher” has made a comedic drama possible. While “comedic drama” sounds like an oxymoron, it’s the only way to describe the movie. It is dramatic in

how death takes a toll on the characters, but it is also humorous through Hesher’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) ridiculous, random actions and perverted mindset along with the continuous beatings that T.J. (Devin Brochu) experiences (i.e. gets hit by a couple of vehicles and falls off his bike—in fact, in the opening scene, T.J. has a cast on his arm). With the mixture of both comedy and drama genres, “Hesher” will reach out to various types of moviegoers, yet is not a movie to see with the parents or kids. Gordon-Levitt has branched out by playing such a jolting yet satisfying role in the film. His appearance, language and overall attitude are fairly different than the characters he has played in the past, from the sarcastic teenager in “3rd Rock from the Sun” to the love struck

guy in “500 Days of Summer” to the intelligent and smooth man in “Inception.” Wilson has also tried out a new character, totally different from the goofy “Dwight” from “The Office." While he is mainly a disheartened widower throughout the movie, which is hard to watch because his role is so dark compared to his other characters, Wilson nails it. He is very believable in a way that one may really think he lost his wife. However, for fair warning, pay attention to the clues. Sometimes the scenes do not make sense — thanks to the poor organization — but give it a couple scenes, and the clues will make sense. Do not let this keep you from watching the film because the feel-good ending will sum up the message.


Editorial: Missouri Western spent countless hours and months searching for a new Athletic Director, hoping to find somebody that will stabilize the position much needed in order to have program success. Western may have found one in Kurt McGuffin. McGuffin was the first of the four finalist to present his case as to why he should control all operations in the department. He expressed interest to come here as he stated throughout the presentation he likes the area and wants his family to live here. With that said, Western needed to make him their decision. This campus has grown immensely over the past decade. The change in Western has run parallel with the change of Athletic Directors. Since 1999, the Griffons have had seven directors of athletics take charge. That’s an average of less than two years per director. Why?

We understand that some circumstances Western can’t control. Having one director in trouble with the law while another succumbs to cancer are two of them, so hiring a strong candidate, one like McGuffin, is smart for Western. One thing stuck out in the two-week long candidate presentations, and it was in McGuffin’s speech. He said that he wanted Western to be St. Joseph’s team, not just Western’s. Though each candidate stated their own bold statement, McGuffin was most trusted to produce. He should help promote Western by doing this. When he was announced as the new A.D., McGuffin cited new upgrades in Looney, such as locker rooms, would be a targeted fix. But nothing put McGuffin over the other candidates than his fundraising skills. McGuffin held a position at Kansas State for more than 10 years. One major

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part of his success was that the Wichita State graduate did stay at Kansas State that long. Whoever questions his ability to stay at one job, although they may be right, have to understand each time McGuffin held a different position at Kansas State, he was promoted. In 2000, McGuffin served under the athletic development program in Manhattan, Kan. He then was promoted in 2005 to the associate director of athletics. Three years later, he was the senior associate athletic director for external operations. All of those jobs were an upgrade, which proves that the man has not only performed well, but has done an exceptional job and is good enough to have more duties signed to him. McGuffin has spent the past two years at Colorado, where he implemented a new annual giving program, which produced a $15 million practice facility.

Bill Snyder, head football coach at Kansas State, was born and raised here in St. Joseph, Mo. He submitted his own beliefs about McGuffin. He said that McGuffin is an exceptional man, and that he will do his best to help Western. Remember, there is no big-

ger income in college than athletics. Perhaps now, with a great choice in McGuffin, we will be able to see the income flow in on our way to winning championships. Because that was what this was all about; and if it wasn’t, what was the point of the search?

Matt Hunt | Staff Writer Bullying is no longer a laughing matter. Something needs to be done about this problem affecting our youth today. In the United States alone, at least 30 percent, that is 1 out of 4 kids, report being bullied, and 1 out of 5 report being a bully to some-

Grant Derr junior


Brooke Carter | Graphics Editor

they were disillusioned about their expectations of college life or feel the burden of a full-time class load. Before giving up, there are several things students need to consider. First, they must consider the financial ramifications of leaving school. As stated above, the time for full or partial refunds of tuition has passed. People leaving now can’t expect to get a refund. They have already paid for the classes, so the best advice is to attend on the off chance they could learn something. Also, they might change their mind after the emotions they are experiencing temporarily have time to pass. An exit interview is mandatory if students want a transcript of what they have completed at Western. They could start the interview pro-

cess now with the instructor of the classes they are finding difficult. Instructors don’t always tell students what they want to hear, but they always have advice on ways to improve. More importantly, students may have to pay back part or all of the financial aid they received immediately if the funds are Title IV financial aid. Title IV funding includes Pell Grants, FSEOG, ACG, SMART and federal subsidized loans such as Perkins loans and PLUS loans. Students could put themselves in a very large hole and it could take some time to work their way out. Whatever the reason to quit students may be contemplating over the next few weeks, they need to be sure they know the facts before just skipping class. Walking

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came too late. His parents were aware of his suffering. There has to be an accountability held for these bullies and their victims. Programs are being implemented in schools, but it all takes too long. A child must be made to feel secure about talking to a trusted adult. Parents must join forces with the school and devise a plan for their students now. As long as there is silence, the bully feels he has the chance to do more. Stop him! If a teen is being bullied, get help from someone now. Alert others. Do not stop talking until others listen. Friends, parents and teachers must be on the lookout for these signs. Friends almost

always know what a peer is going through. Watch one another’s backs. If you know about a problem, report it. I believe the first course of action is to show a bully no response: walk away, no emails or words. This will eliminate the fuel they need to keep it fun. They will become bored with this and probably stop. Most of all, I believe teens should join in with others who make them feel good about themselves to find true friends. Victims must realize they did not ask to be the target of someone else’s anger. They don’t have to take it. Stay strong. Rise above them. Find courage within yourself, stand strong and hopefully the pain will stop.

: Think before you walk away


We are about a month away from the last day students can drop classes and receive a “W” on their transcript, and we have passed the date for getting a refund for tuition. Veteran students know about the ease in demand for parking spaces as October passes and the excitement of school begins to cool. People drop from Western for many reasons. Those reasons are diverse but generally fall into very few categories. Some have health issues and can no longer attend class. Legitimate health problems happen to well-intentioned students. Those with health problems are easily excused. Others have the noble excuses of family or career changes that no longer permit them to attend class. Some have no excuse at all. They just give up. Maybe

and suicide. Most teens believe revenge is the strongest motivation to get back at those who hurt them. Many students find themselves terrified to be in their own school. Some will skip class while suffering from anxiety, depression, withdrawal and low self-esteem which in turn will lead to lower grades or throwing them into social isolation. The most horrid of these cases will end in suicide. One such case out of many was Jayme Rodemeyer, a 14 year old who killed himself as a result of being taunted for years at school due to his sexual orientation. The torment he endured was relentless. His was a cry for help that

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Dakota Engle sophomore

“I’d say 90 percent of them [posts] aren’t true.”

America faces bullying epidemic one else. Literally every 7 minutes a child is being bullied. Bullying takes on many different meanings, such as to hit, threaten, intimidate, maliciously tease or taunt, name-calling, making sexual remarks, stealing or damaging someone else’s property, or, in a more subtle approach, spreading rumors or encouraging others to join in against another person. Much of this abuse occurs in secondary school settings, but even more common finding itself in elementary schools, as well as college campuses, then reaching beyond to cyberbullying. The number of cases is on the rise, being viewed as a leading contributor to homicide

cyberbullying happen at Missouri Western State University?

away may seem like the thing to do, but things go wrong automatically. First the campus is required by law to inform those who assisted with tuition cost that the student has left. The funding agencies will start the collection process automatically. When students leave without complying with the exit interview requirement, they can’t get a copy of their transcript to enroll again later or use what they have accomplished to get a transfer. Walking away can be the worst thing to do. Sometimes it is just better to push through. Students that complete the semester can find new respect for themselves while enriching their minds.


“In high school we had cliques … It’s the same thing at Missouri Western. We have a lot of cliques and that has a lot to do with the bullying that is going on right now.”

Tiffany Patton sophomore

“You would think it would die off cause we’re in college, but it doesn’t.”

DaNell Weeaver junior

“It’s everywhere -- not just on campus, but off campus too.”

This week’s poll: Have you ever dropped a class?

Thomas Souther senior

No, I’ve never dropped a class. Only once. It was a really hard class. I have a habit of dropping classes. Drop a single class? I’ve dropped entire semesters!

“It’s enough of a topic that I have a social psychology class, and one of the subjects that was chosen was cyberbullying.”

The Griffon News is written and published by students of Missouri Western State University during the fall and spring semesters. The first copy of each issue is free; additional copies are 50 cents. Content of this paper is developed independently of the faculty and administration, or other campus organizations or offices. Readers are encouraged to submit story ideas, information and advertising to The Griffon News office, Eder 221, 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, Mo. 64507, or by phoning (816) 271-4412 (advertising and news room). You may also e-mail thegriffonnews@gmail. com. Copy and advertising must be received by noon Friday, the week prior to publication. Guidelines for letters to the editor: • All letters to the editor must be typed and double spaced. Letters must be no longer than 350-400 words and guest columns no longer than 500 words. Letters and columns will be edited for style. • All letters must include signature and identity verification information, such as phone number. The Griffon News reserves the right to edit all letters for length and Associated Press style. • The Griffon News will not withhold names under any circumstances. Anonymously submitted letters will not be published. • Views expressed on the opinion pages are not necessarily those of The Griffon News staff or Missouri Western State University.

Sports 2nd half plays continue to hinder Griffon Soccer

The Griffon News October 13, 2011

Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor Sitting at three wins in nine games with a good shot at making the MIAA tournament doesn't seem all too bad for Missouri Western soccer, especially after winning only two games last season. But after playing the nine games, looking at what could have been for the Griffons is rough. Chad Edwards took over the team in early August, and it responded well for him. Except Western has held a lead or have been tied at half time in every single match. The second half woes contin-

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ued over the past week, as Western lost to Truman State and Southwest Baptist. Both losses were by one goal; both goals were in the 72nd minute. "Tuesday was a debacle," said Edwards, referring to his team's loss in Kirksville. "But we had some chances to score. We just didn't get it done." Western hasn't had difficulty on the road thus far. It went to Oklahoma and shut out Southwest Oklahoma State 2-0. Then it defeated both Emporia State and Washburn to have a 3-3 record. However, with three straight losses, Western soccer is starting to spiral down in the MIAA. On Tuesday, Ashley Juravich

shot Western's only ball in the whole game, compared to Truman's 34. Goalkeeper Kelly Voigts tallied 12 saves for the Griffons in Kirksville. Edwards said that he wasn't too upset with the difference in shot attempts, because a lot of the Bulldogs shots never had a chance. They were high or wide each time. Still, the Griffons couldn't pull out the win as Jaclyn Schumann knocked in the lone goal. Four days later Western played tight against Baptist. With no score at halftime, the Bearcats' Ashely Creason nailed one of her three attempts to put her team up a goal. Western never answered and lost a fifth

game decided by one goal. "We've been talking about it since day one: Let's get forward," Edwards said. "We're playing scared. The battle is the fear of getting scored on." Erin Widrig, after missing the first month, was cleared to play and started against Baptist. She is expected to contributed more as the Griffons need her in order to make a push towards the conference tournament. So far this season, Western has tallied 10 goals, eight by freshmen (K.C. Ramsell, Teddy Serna and Katie Kempf). Another freshman, Emily Hoffmann, has attempted three shots and they have all been on goal. "[They're] starting to realize

Junior midfielder Ashlyn Castillo (8) gets some serious air over sophomore forward Ashely Juravich (16). Jason Brown | Photo Editor

it takes a lot more than it did in high school to win ball games," Edwards said. Five more games are left on

Volleyball loses momentum with two away games Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor

Freshman Meredith McCormick attempts for the kill, hoping to push the Griffons ahead. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

The Griffon Volleyball team was unable to take the momentum that it built after a home win over rival Northwest Missouri Tuesday into the weekend road trip. Western traveled to Warrensburg Friday to take on No. 8 ranked Central Missouri and was defeated 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-22). “They are really good this year. They don’t make any mistakes; on the season they are hitting almost .350,” coach Cory Frederick said. “We are going to have to get more consistent if we are going to play with them later in the season because they just don’t make any errors.” Alex Behnke led the way for the Griffons with 11 kills. Shelby Corkill had seven, and Tahler Johnston added six. Stephanie Hattey had 35 assists and 13 digs, leading the team in both.

Saturday the Griffons made the trip to Kirskville to take on the Truman State Bulldogs. The match was a five set battle that ended in a victory for the Bulldogs 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 12-15) “I give Truman credit,” Frederick said. “They played much better than I’ve see them play this season. Their crowd was phenomenal, and I think that had to do with the fifth game that we lost.” With the match tied up at 2-2, it all came down to the crucial game five. The Griffons pulled out to a quick 4-1 lead but allowed Truman to get back in it and take the lead 7-6. The Bulldogs never looked back and went on to win the fifth set 1512. Behnke led the Griffons in kills with 15, followed by Johnston with 14 and Hannah Zimmerman added 12. Corkill and Meredith McCormick chipped in with 11

kills each. Hattey had 58 assists and 20 digs on the day. “I thought it was a match we should have won, we just, for some reason, could not put everything together,” Frederick said. “As soon as we would fix something, two other things would fall a part. We were having a lot of trouble with our rotations.” According to Frederick, a win at Truman would have been helped the Griffons substantially, as it would have allowed them to move into fourth place in the MIAA conference. “It was a rough weekend, but I think we got some good things, and we will recover,” Frederick said. “We need to get that killer mentality. Right now we are playing a little bit scared, so we are going to try and get over that. The next stretch of games are important for us, and they are all winnable.”

the Griffon's schedule before the MIAA Soccer Championship in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 3 through 6.




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Central Truman Southern Northwest SW Baptist Washburn Fort Hays Western Emporia


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Left: Junior defensive lineman Ben Pister (90) gets set at the line of scrimmage. Below top: Junior defensive back Shane Simpson (7), Pister (90) and sophomore defensive lineman Jermaine Rollins (98) celebrate after a play. Below bottom: Pister (90) and freshman linebacker Yomi Alli (25) chase down and tackle and opposing ballcarrier. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

Griffons bruise Tigers Thomas Huitt-Johnson | Sports Editor

Yomi Alli blocked his second kick in the past three weeks, which started a scoring trend that never ended for Missouri Western. Michael Hill stiff arms a Lincoln defender, then breaking a large run in the second quarter Saturday, October 8th. Western defeated Lincoln (Mo.) 81-20 Saturday at Spratt Stadium. It was the second year in a row in which the Griffons put up 81 points against the Blue Tigers. Alli’s block, which was returned 98 yards by the freshman in the second quarter, put the Griffons up 19-6. Had the extra point block not occurred, Lincoln would have been down by just 10. In the very next play Tarrell Downing returned his second touchdown, which put the Griffons up by 20, doubling a score which might have been. “Coach Bell did a great job of finding the weakness in the special teams,” Alli said. “I just did what Shane and J West taught me.” Alli, who is becoming a fan favorite with his special teams play and big hits, recorded five tackles, had a quarterback pressure and a hit against Lincoln’s Robert Redmond to go with his block touchdown return. “I know one thing’s for

sure: If I got caught, Coach P. would have never let it down.” Western started the game with Downing’s first return, a punt that he first dropped. After he picked up the football, Downing made two moves to speed his way through a big hole to go 72 yards for the score. “The kickoff return was a really big one,” said coach Jerry Partridge, before giving credit to the other big special teams player . “Yomi took the time to block an extra point and run it back. It was a big play.” A few minutes later, running back Michael Hill scored on a 53-yard pass from Travis Partridge. After Western added a field goal, Lincoln scored a oneyard-touchdown from Deon Brock. The Blue Tigers were inside the 1o-yard-line after Travis Partridge threw an interception to pre-season All American O’Hara Fluellen. “He hesitated a little bit,” Jerry Partridge said of his first-year starting quarterback. The ensuing extra point was then blocked by Alli, and he returned it all the way for the Griffons own two point, which turned the game by three points in favor of the Griffons. Western scored three more touchdowns to end the half up 43-6, two of the scores were by Hill. One was from

13 yards out, and the other was on a 44-yard scamper. “I think Coach P. could have went in there and run the ball through those holes,” Hill said. “I really didn’t do nothing. I caught the ball on the screen and just ran straight. The same with the other one.” The special teams didn’t miss a beat as Downing’s two returns helped Western jump out to its big halftime lead. “I had great blocking in front of me,” Downing said. “[This is] a confidence booster. We just got to keep on keeping on.” Western scored 38 points in the second half, as much of the backups came in to finish the game. Zuerlein hit a 50- and a 51-yard field goal to put him at 4-4 on kicks more than 50 yards on the season. He is also a perfect 7-7 on field goals 40 yards or more. His only miss this season was a 29-yard field late in the game against Central Missouri, a game in which Western won 23-6. The Griffons scored seven different ways Saturday (punt return, kickoff return, extra point return, run, pass, interception return and field goal) on their way to the 61 point victory. Western tied its own record of points scored in a game. Last season, the Griffons won 81-14 over Lincoln.

Homegrown Hill prospers on, off gridiron Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor Michael Hill stands far in the backfield as Travis Hometown running back Michael Hill is thriving both on and off the field for the Griffons.

Partridge kneels down and runs down the clock after a long day of running the ball versus Missouri Southern State University.

“Michael is a good quiet leader by example,” coach Jerry Partridge said. “He does what’s right and I think he is one of the most respected kids on the team.” Hill was born and raised in

Michael Hill (22) stiff-arms an opposing player while carrying the ball in Saturday’s win against Lincoln (Mo.). Jason Brown | Photo Editor

St. Joseph and started playing football at the young age of eight. “I used to always get in fights when I was little so my mom said I needed to get into something, so she got me into football,” Hill said. Hill starred at Central High School in St. Joseph as a three-year-starter and a two-time All-District back. Although Hill always knew about Missouri Western, he was unsure where he would play after high school. “At first, it’s like you want to get away from home,” Hill said. “But after my first year and getting to know everybody here, I just felt good and knew that this was a good place. I like playing here; it’s my home and I just feel free here. ” Hill takes on the role of RA in the dorms where he is in charge of the suits and works at the desk. “I wanted to get involved more and be more than just a football player,” Hill said. “Just in case football ends for me I want to get my professional skills up and have something to put on my resume.” On the gridiron, Hill’s resume as a Griffon is already impressive. As a Freshman, he accumulated 792 yards on 180 carries, averaging 4.4 yards-per-carry and scored eight touchdowns. His success continued during his Sophomore season as he racked up 704 yards on the ground and five touchdowns. “He is a really good player

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Sport: Volleyball

Year: Sophomore Position: Setter and  Right-Side Hitter Stats this week:  Assists -- 93 Digs -- 33

STEPHANIE HATTEY Hattey helped keep the Griffons in both road games this  week with her setting and ability to keep the volleyball in  play. She led the team in digs in both games as well as  maintaining her job as the setter. Hattey had all but four  of her team’s assists between the two games. Brooke Carter | Graphics Editor

and a very explosive athlete,” Partridge said. “A very strong, powerful, complete player. He’s a good receiver, a good blocker and a good runner.” In Hill’s first two years he was forced to split carries with other upperclassmen, but this season, as a junior, the starting running back position is all his and he is taking advantage. “The first thing I’m thinking is you have to score and get no negative rushes,” Hill said. “Play every down like it’s your last.” Averaging a remarkable 4.9 yards-per-carry with five touchdowns, Hill has 562 rushing yards and 114 receiving yards on the season, including three touchdowns

in the first half of last week’s game against Lincoln. “I always prepared like I was the starter,” said Hill. “It’s cool to be starting but at the same time I know these other guys can do close to what I can do. We are all different types of running backs.” Hill is one of five Griffons who are from St. Joseph and currently hold down starting positions on the team. “We realize it’s import that the community supports us and we certainly want to support them back,” Partridge said. “Hill really, surprisingly didn’t get recruited very hard by other schools which is shocking, but I’m glad he didn’t.”

The Griffon News Fall 2011 Issue 6  

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

The Griffon News Fall 2011 Issue 6  

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