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Convocation: How it began 2002 - Joseph Nye 1995 - Cancelled (Colin Powell)

2004 - Bob Woodward

1996 - David McCullough 1998 - Bill Bradley

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. 1993

2005 - J.C. Watts Patricia Schroeder 2000

Newt Gingrich 2010



PHOTO ATTRIBUTIONS Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Colin Powell - David Gergen - Patricia Schroeder - Newt Gingrich - Steve Forbes -

Brian Ramsay | Staff Writer Energy activist T. Boone Pickens will speak at this year’s 19th annual Convocation on Critical Issues on Oct. 4. His speech is titled “Leadership and Getting Things Done: Reflections on a Lifetime of Comebacks and America’s Energy Future.” However, some may wonder about the the birth, the genesis, the uprising and takeover of the Convocation on Critical Issues at Missouri Western. The Convocation was the

2007 - Sam Donaldson

2001 - Daniel Schorr

1994 - Jeane Kirkpatrick

2008 - James Carville & Mary Matalin

1999 - Jerry Linenger

2009 - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. David Gergen 2003

Colin Powell 1997

brainchild of a one Dan Boulware, former president of the Board of Regents (now called the Board of Governors). Boulware talks of being an undergrad at the University of Kansas where he watched Nelson Rockefeller and later Bobby Kennedy both give speeches. “Bobby Kennedy made an impact on me. I felt very strongly that type of event would be something very great for the students at Missouri Western as well as the community and I wanted to see something like that here,” Boulware said. Shortly after he was given

Western hosts Chinese festival

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T. Boone Pickens 2012 Convocation Speaker an opportunity to play a part of that dream in which he envisioned. Former Presidents Janet

Murphy and Jim McCarthy approached Boulware with an idea. Murphy and McCarthy wanted to inaugurate a convocation and they wanted to do so in honor of Boulware. “They wanted me to play a leading role in that convocation, in selecting speakers and also introducing speakers because they knew I had an interest in doing so,” Boulware said. That’s when it started. In 1993, The Convocation on Critical Issues was born. From there, it just snowballed into what it has become today.

Here is a display of the food served at the Mid-Autumn Day Chinese Festival on Oct. 1. Tevin Harris | Asst. Photo Editor

Brian Ramsay | Staff Writer The Chinese language and culture class just started last year. Wang wanted to celebrate this day and share it with others in hopes of educating students in Chinese culture and traditions. All of the hosting, introductions, poems, songs performed and the stories told were all presented by students of the beginning and advanced Chinese class. There were also a few games that the children present played. There were tradi-

tional Chinese foods and teas served including moon cake. According to chinese culture, family members would send round sweet cakes, comparable to our pound cakes, to relatives. These moon cakes signified the best of wishes during family reunion. There was a love song performed by Fred Weems, former student of both of the Chinese classes.


2011 - Thomas L. Friedman

Steve Forbes 2006

Perry Jackson sways side to side in slow motion while he rap’s Juvenile’s “Slow Motion” song. Western’s annual Karaoke Night was held on Oct. 2 at Blum Union. Tevin Harris | Asst. Photo Editor

Western hosts Karaoke Night

Boulware is still an important part of bringing speakers to campus, according to Kent Heier, assistant director of Marketing. Heier explained what the main goals of Convocation are. “One was to bring some well-known speakers to campus to enrich the student experience,” Heier said. “The other goal was to help bridge or create a bridge between the community and the university.” Heier also thought it would give the community a chance to hear from people that ordinarily might not

come to St. Joseph. Many famous people have walked the halls here at Western to give speeches at Convocation. Colin Powell was scheduled to speak in 1995, but had to reschedule to come back two years later. There was speculation that he would be running for presidency during his initial scheduling and already had a great deal on his plate.

Katelyn Canon | Staff Writer

PAVE is an organization that offers support and resources to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. “PAVE helps survivors by giving them a voice and letting people know they are not alone,” Rose said. “We do a lot of education and awareness and a strong focus on bystander intervention to prevent sexual violence and encourage both men and women to be a part of the solution.” During her presentation, Rose informed the audience that 95 percent of all sexual assault goes unreported. “If you see something you have to say something,” she said. Taking Back the Night was sponsored by the Missouri Air National Guard 139th Airlift Wing, the Missouri Western Counseling Center and the Athletic Department. Many student athletes attended the event to show


Green Dot ‘Takes back the night’

October is Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To raise awareness, Green Dot and the YWCA hosted “Taking Back the Night” on Monday, Oct. 1. Angela Rose, founder and executive director of Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, spoke to students about domestic and sexual violence. At the age of 17, Rose was abducted and assaulted by a repeat sex offender and later released. Rose now travels across the country speaking at college campuses about domestic and sexual violence. “What motivates me is every time I speak there are a handful of people who want to share their experience,” Rose said. “That’s what keeps driving me to do this work is how often it happens to people, but still how silenced a lot of people feel after dealing with domestic violence or sexual violence.”



Auditions for “Annie” begin Oct. 6 Saturday, Oct. 6, children will be able to audition for Missouri Western’s Christmas production of “Annie.,” that will take the stage from Nov. 29 - Dec. 9. Girls ages 6-13 will be at 1 p.m. while boys and girls ages 14-18 will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, college students and adults 18 and up will be able to audition. Register for an audition time slot at

Homecoming activities begin Oct. 8 This year’s theme for Homecoming is Disney, with a slogan of “Griffon Country: Where Dreams Come True.” Each day, gift cards will be handed out to students wearing their Griffon gear throughout homecoming week. No one will know when, where or who will be giving them out so wear your Griffon gear with Griffon Pride! On Monday, Oct. 8, “Pictures Worth 1,000 Words” take place at Blum Bookstore at 9 a.m. Royalty campaigning also begins, and the Residential Hall & Department/ Office Decorating Deadline is at 4 p.m. “Jump In” will take place later at Spratt Stadium at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, “Griffon Rescuers” will be at Blum 218-219 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visual Arts Day, Oct. 11 Area high schools will come to Missouri Western’s Potter Hall for high school art exhibition, art competitions and events, and studio workshops in clay, graphics, animation, printmaking, photography, drawing and sculpture. This will go from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Event held in observation of sexual assault awareness

Students go to Murphy Hall for cultural festival


Not only did Weems sing the song, he also strummed along on his guitar. “Affectionate relationships are emphasized during this festival,” Weems said. “This is a very ancient holiday, where people who are separated can look at the moon and know the other person would be thinking of them.” Weems explained that a great deal of the poetry dates back thousands of years in Chinese culture and relates the closeness of relationships during the celebrations. This was at a time, of course, that no phones or internet was around to keep in contact with one another.

CONTINUED FROM FRONT their support. Defensive lineman David Bass was in attendance with other members of the football team. “I thought the presentation was amazing,” said Bass. “I actually liked that somebody who had been through what she had been through was able to step out because I know that takes a lot. First of all, it’s a lot to speak in front of a lot of people and for her to be going around with PAVE and this event she is changing a lot of people’s lives and giving people the courage to come out.” Amber Frank, a student who also attended Rose’s presentation, stressed the important of support for survivors. “You are not alone,” Frank said. “I mean there’s so many different resources so many ways you can get help. Family is a big one… your family is there no matter what.” After Rose’s presentation, the

“This isn’t just a crime against our body, but a crime against our soul,” presenter Angela Rose expressed to students who attended “Take Back The Night.” Rose spoke on numerous issues involving domestic violence. Evan Roberts | Photo Editor

event concluded with the audience walking to the Clock Tower to show their support for those affected by sexual and domestic violence.

CONTINUED FROM FRONT A few years later, astronaut Jerry Linenger spoke at the 1999 Convocation, and Heier said he had an influence on students and on residents of St. Joseph alike. “Linenger was somebody that the students especially responded to,” Heier said. Though Heier emphasizes the importance of the Convocation, biology major Mitchell Bembrick feels the Convocation is unnecessary. “During that time for the issues they speak of, I could be getting food or studying,” Bembrick said. “As for T. Boone Pickens, I have no idea who he even is.” Heier gave reasons for reactions such as this. “There’s the old saying, ‘You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink.’ We can only provide

the opportunity.” Heier said. “Our hope would be that people are at Missouri Western to learn, not just in the classroom.” Heier hopes that students will take advantage of these types of opportunities to step beyond the classroom and learn just a little bit more about the world around them. “I went last year for the speaker himself, Thomas Freedman,” marketing major Jason Mullin said. “The subject matter that he was talking about was kind of important to me. It reflected some on information I was studying in a few of my classes.” Another important part in the history of Convocation is the choir. When Frank Thomas, former director of Choral Activities, received a phone call to participate during the first Convocation, he jumped on board.


Amy Grier tells an old Chinese legend about a man whose wife becomes immortal. Tevin Harris | Asst. Sports Editor

There was a lot of history, legends, stories and games woven into this celebration that many people enjoyed. “This event was pretty cool,” music major Sara Mathews said. “Getting to learn the history and legends was fun. Plus the food, but that’s kind of obvious.” This festival is only second in rank to the Chinese festival, the Spring-Festival. Wang says she already has something special planned.

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Annual Convocation to be held in Looney Complex CONVOCATION:


Each year, since that first Convocation in 1993, the choir has sang “The StarSpangled Banner” and Western’s alma mater. Four years ago, Dr. David Benz, current director of Choral Activities, took over to lead the choir in the Convocation. During this four-year period, Benz has made a few changes to the convocation choir. Two years ago, the women’s chorus was started and combined with the original choir. Last year, the men’s chorus was started and also implemented into the Convocation’s choir showing. “I think it’s wonderful for those guests across the nation and the region to get to come to Missouri Western and hear our choir,” Benz said. “Getting to hear a full choral arrangement of the national anthem is not a typical thing.”

Name: Katy Sisco Home: Burchard, Nebraska Major: Accounting Minor: Finance Why did you become an RA: I like getting to know people and wanted to get involved with the University.

Favorite MWSU memory: My favorite memory is when the football team beat Northwest last. That was awesome!

If you could give one bit of advise to new students what would that be? GO.TO.CLASS. - This plays a huge role on how successful you are in college. Don’t get in the trend of skipping classes.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS Thursday, Oct. 4 Theatre Department premiers “J.B.” Potter Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m. • CSE presents “The Voice of Western” Kemper 101, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. •

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Liquor Offense 4:05 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, Juda Hall Disturbance 11:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, Parking Lot Stealing 4:35 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, Baker Fitness Center

Sunday, Oct. 7 • “J.B.” Potter Hall Theatre, 3 p.m. •

Monday, Oct. 8 “Jump In” Homecoming event at Spratt Stadium at 6 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5 “J.B.” Potter Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9 • Planetarium Show “Sea Monsters” Agenstein Hall 147, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6 “J.B.” Potter Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10 Missouri Court of Appeals, Spratt 101, 9:30 a.m.

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Missouri Court of Appeals to visit


Ellis Cross | News Editor

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District will sit at Missouri Western on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to hear four cases including personal injury, child pornography, workers compensation and murder. The three-judge panel will hear the oral arguments beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Kemper Recital Hall inside the Leah Spratt building. The judges are Thomas Newton, a trial judge from Jackson County, Joseph Ellis, who practiced law in Macon and Gary Witt, the newest member of the Western District Judges. Witt also served in the Missouri House of Representatives. Chief Justice of the Western District James Welsh explained in a press release that “the cases are appeals from previously held trials in area circuit courts.” An appeal is “where judges listen to attorneys argue whether the trials had any errors that should cause them to be retried, or the trial courts judgment reversed.” Students will have the opportunity to hear explanations of court proceedings during the judges break time. The court has devoted



Judge Thomas Newton

Presiding Court of Appeals Judge

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Judge Joseph Ellis

Presiding Court of Appeals Judge

Current Jackson County

Former Municipal Judge

resources to educating the public with two videos available online at Missouri Court of Appeals Western District. ( The first video is “Know All About Missouri Courts” and is designed for elementary school-level students. The second video is simply called “Missouri Courts” and is best suited for high schools. Both of these videos feature judges who explain Missouri’s court system and method of selecting judges. The appellate court has its own courthouse in Kansas City that is open to the public. It is the state’s only courthouse exclusively for hearing arguments on appeal. This practice of bringing the courts to towns as

small as Macon and Trenton has been a practice for quite some time. This is the 15th time it has sat at Western. “The court goes into the district to make our judicial system real to the average people,” associate professor of criminal justice, legal and social work Suzanne Kissock said. “It says to the people, we are resolving conflicts.” The Western District serves the largest number of counties in Missouri and is the largest intermediate appellate court. They hear thousands of cases. “You appeal your case on the state level by right of the individual,” legal studies professor Joanne Katz said. “If you appeal to higher court, the court decides if

Judge Gary Witt

Presiding Court of Appeals Judge

Former Associate Circuit Judge of

of Macon

Platte County

they will hear the case or not.” Katz explains you have to preserve error by objecting in court. Appeals are created from the way the judge handles the objection. If the judge rules incorrectly on an error and it may change the course of the trial, it can be raised again in an appeal. Attorneys typically argue these types of cases. The parties can be present but usually are not. Kissock overall wants students to get something out of their visit. “I hope this experience will dispel the myths about the law and make it real for students. I don’t want students to feel disenfranchised by the legal system.”

Appellate Court hearings to be held at Western

RA of the Month Griffon Hall Name: Derek Thompson Home: Omaha, Nebraska Major: Vocal Music Performence Why did you become an RA: I became an RA becasue I love to meet new people. I love having the opportunity to build a community with my residents and being a resource for them when they have questions Favorite MWSU memory: My favorite memory at MWSU is RA training my sophomore year. I met so many new people who are still good friends of mine today, and the whole process really helped me grow as a person If you could give one bit of advise to new students what would that be? Get involved! Find as least one campus organiation that interests you and become active with them. You will meet a ton of new people in the process!

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‘J.B.’ TO TUG AT HEARTSTRINGS Blair Stalder | Managing Editor The circus is coming to town. And by town, I mean Potter Theatre. Both directors Tee Quillin and Dallas Henry decided this upcoming year’s theme for theater would be “A Year of the Tony.” The two theater and cinema professors pulled up a list of shows that had won a Tony Award and chose which ones they wanted to put on this year. After looking over the list, Quillin realized which show he wanted to direct first. “’J.B.’ was one of those shows that I had on my radar and wanted to do for a long time,” Quillin said. “When I went back to list, ‘J.B.’ really resonated with me, really spoke to me, and I said ‘I really have to do this show.’” J.B. is just one of the few plays to win both a Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. J.B. will take the stage starting Thursday, Oct. 4-6 at 7:30

p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. J.B. essentially stands for “Job,” who is from the Bible story “Book of Job.” While Quillin is religious, he said that is not the main reason why he chose to do J.B. He said it has always been an interesting, compelling and relatable story to him. Sophomore Erik BurnSprung, who plays Mr. Zuss, agrees with Quillin. “It’s very well written, there’s beautiful language,” Burns-Sprung said. “It tells a classic story and gives it new life.” The play is set in modern time -- once you step into the theater, the play starts on that night. The character J.B. is normal; he has a normal family, a normal job and a normal life. However, the journey he is about to take is everything but normal. Set at a circus in the beginning, two workers, Mr. Zuss (pronounced “Zeus”) and Nickles, speak of a “J.B.” showing up. They act as God (Mr. Zuss) and the devil

(Nickles) and question J.B.’s faith toward God. J.B. goes through many drastic hardships, one of which he develops “Job’s disease.” This is a long-term severe skin infection that includes boils, draining skin sores and pustules. However, Quillin says the

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plays such as “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Quillin said Tyhurst was perfect for the role, yet it hasn’t been easy for him. “Andy has done an amazing job in a role that has been challenging for him because

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point of the story isn’t necessarily about the suffering that J.B. goes through; it’s more about the redemption he receives for going through all of it. The lead role of J.B. will be played by theater and cinema major Andy Tyhurst. J.B. will be his first lead role, although he has acted in other

he considers himself to be more of a comedic actor and this is very much not a comedic role,” Quillin said. “There have been times that he has really struggled with it, too, but he’s also pushed himself through the process.” Quillin said there was a lot of talent at auditions that made his job hard — which

he didn’t mind — but Tyhurst and chemistry major Xan Kellogg were the best match for the two lead roles. Kellogg, who will be playing J.B.’s wife Sarah, believes the two have been working well together. “From the get-go we had good chemistry,” Kellogg said. “I mean, you just have it with some people and don’t with others and we just did. It really hasn’t been too hard to just make it pretty natural to look like we’re a married couple — like we’ve been married for years.” Quillin said there were a lot of new and talented faces at auditions, including Kellogg’s, who transferred to Missouri Western from the University of Missouri. Others include students Holly Grier as Miss Mabel, Alex Richards as Mrs. Botticelli, Megan Render as one of the girls and Nick Ford as Bildad. There are also some local elementary and high school students that will play J.B. and Sarah’s five children, two of them being Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Murray

Nabor’s daughter, Amanda, and Quillin’s daughter, Morgan. There are also some familiar faces, including Robin Ussher as Nickles, Brian Duskey and Nerissa Lee as the messengers, Sonrisa Johnston as Mrs. Lesure, Ray Johnson being the distant voice and Jeff Jones and Brinton Groce playing police officers. Quillin says that although the story is developed from the Bible, it is not word-forword, and audience members don’t necessarily have to have prior knowledge or be a biblical scholar to understand the play. However, Quillin recommends the play for ages 14 years and up, not because of content, but because he feels it won’t keep the focus of anybody younger. Overall, Burns-Sprung said the play is worthwhile. “I think there will be parts people will really enjoy; there are some comedic parts, and others that will tug at people’s heartstrings.”

actor takes step up; Returning to her roots: Earns first lead role in ‘J.B.’ show Albert Shelby | Features Editor Imagine having to shave every bit of hair off your face, chest arms and legs to do something you love. For Andy Tyhurst, that was no problem. Tyhurst has acted in many Missouri Western plays, including “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Arsenic and Old Lace.” This year, Tyhurst has earned his first lead role as J.B. in “J.B.” “I’m so honored to play the role,” Tyhurst said. “I admit that I am a little nervous, but it’s good nerves because this is what I like to do.” J.B. is essentially known as Job from the Bible. In “the Book of Job,” God and the devil make a bet that if the devil takes away all of J.B.’s money and power, J.B. will curse God. However, God believes that J.B. won’t. The role of J.B. is not the easiest role to play, however. There have been changes made as well as challenges endured in order to play the character. Director Tee Quillin said Tyhurst has always been known for his comedic roles, yet J.B. is a very serious role. Quillin did the casting for the production and felt this was a role that could allow Tyhurst to come out of his shell. “He was the right guy for the job,” Quillin said. “His primary work is as a comedic actor and I wanted to give him a challenge. He is a strong actor in his own way.” With Tyhurst being the lead actor, remembering the words from the script can also be a challenge. With J.B. being the character that has the most amount of lines, a lot of time is needed which Tyhurst was aware of. “It has been time consuming,” Tyhurst said. “But

that’s for all of us. We are here from 6 to 10 at night. For me, it’s more about balance and balancing my school work as well as free time.” Some changes to Tyhurst’s body were made to help with effects for the play. In the play, J.B. becomes diagnosed with “Job’s disease,” which is an infliction of boils of the skin. The disease can affect the skeletal system and there’s no cure for it. Quillin said nursing professor Heather Kendall met with him, Tyhurst, the makeup artist, costumer and stage manager to give them a presentation on her research of Job’s disease. Kendall showed them various images as well as the physical symptoms and the emotional and mental impact the disease can have on a person. “It was difficult to sit through,” Quillin said. “[Kendall] was fantastic help, and I think it benefited Andy a lot.” Tyhurst said the department hired a professional makeup artist for the physical effects that will take place on his body. Tyhurst had to shave his face, arms, legs and chest so the prosthetic patches will not rip the hair off his skin once he has to take them off. Even Xan Kellogg, playing J.B.’s wife Sarah in the play, helped Tyhurst by giving him shaving techniques once he told her he had to shave his body. One of Tyhurst’s other cast members feels that the fact he is able to endure the challenges and changes of playing a different role shows how talented he

truly is. Robin Ussher plays the role of the Nickles (the devil) in the play and has noticed some of that talent for quite some time now. “I was actually in a couple of plays with him,” Ussher said. “I think that he’s terrific actor because he brings something new to the table each time. He is a little older than us so he definitely brings maturity to each role he plays here. I think he is very diverse.” Tyhurst has had a blast so far with J.B. and has learned a lot. “It’s been a rewarding experience on so many levels from connecting with the role, learning from Tee and making so many friends with our talented cast and crew.”

Actress comes back to family, stage

Blair Stalder | Managing Editor Xan (pronounced “Zan,” short for “Alexandra”) Kellogg decided after two years at the University of Missouri that she needed to come home for good once her family adopted her new now 13-year-old brother from the Philippines in May 2012. After school ended last May, she was able to spend time with Jomel and her family for two weeks; then she spent the rest of her summer in Honduras doing mission work. When she returned, she had two more weeks to spend with her family before school started again. That’s when she made her decision to move back to her hometown. “It would be so weird to have this little brother and then not know him except on a cousin-level or something,” Kellogg said. “I

didn’t want to not know my little brother.” When theater and cinema professor Tee Quillin caught wind of Kellogg’s return, he texted her father and his longtime friend Dan Kellogg (who palyed Old Joe in “A Christmas Carol”) and said she had to audition for the year’s first play “J.B.” “I wasn’t even going to audition,” Kellogg said. “I was just getting in the swing of things, and I didn’t even know what it was about.” Kellogg couldn’t turn Quillin down and auditioned. Because she hadn’t performed in three years, she picked up a smaller role to read. However, Quillin had her in mind for the lead role of J.B.’s wife Sarah. She nailed it. “Xan came in there for the first table read and I was blown away,” student actor Erik Burns-Sprung, who plays Mr. Zuss, said. “We are really glad to have her in our department.” So far, Quillin has been pleased with Kellogg’s performance, despite the challenges she has had to face. “We had some really difficult rehearsal processes where Xan was like ‘I feel horrible,’” Quillin said. “I said that I understand that and told her ‘You can’t judge the character; it’s what the character feels at the moment and what the character is going through, and this is the characters immediate reaction — you can’t judge it, you have to just go with it.’” As a strong Christian playing the role of a woman who essentially loses faith in God and practically goes through the same hardships J.B. does, Kellogg says it has been very hard. She has even sat in her car and cried after rehearsing the powerful last scene at the end of the first act. She had to keep repeating to herself to let go of

everything and remind herself that J.B. is only a play. “Getting into her role is definitely a challenge,” Kellogg said. “I’ve really never had to connect with any character on such an emotional level—I can’t fake what she goes through, so I have to live it.” Kellogg has had to use some pretty sacreligious words in the play, which is not easy for her to get over. One of the toughest lines she has had to scream is “Curse God and die!” “I had some concern with that when I was first cast,” Kellogg said. “How do I as a Christian, justify that? How can I say these words and make them meaningful when that’s like the last thing I’d ever want to say in my entire life?” After talking it over with her pastor, her friends and praying a lot, she realized she didn’t feel God was telling her not to take on the role. Her other challenges are more school-related as she is a junior majoring in chemistry — she’s pre-med. Balancing theater and class has not been easy, but she wants to be a pediatric doctor in the future and feels theater helps her career path out immensely because it is the study of people, which is necessary for a personal, relational field. “It’s like you’re on a stage all the time,” Kellogg said. “You have to make these quick decisions and talk to them (patients). You have to learn people and learn what they’re going through.” Although chemistry is her major, she always follows her family motto, which is “Do what you like, like what you do.” So far, she has been doing just that -- acting. She says Western is where she is meant to be. “I just do what the big guy says; he directs my life. I’m back here because of him.”

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Editorial: We should be a wet campus Alcohol plus students don’t equal irresponsible adults. The Board of Governors at Missouri Western approved a policy that would allow alcohol in every building on campus except the parking lots and residence halls. This decision was made solely for the purpose of aiding Western in attracting companies to invest in the university. The idea of bringing investors to Western is a good idea, but the Board went about it the wrong way. Western has allowed alcohol for four and a half years on campus in certain locations. President Dr. Robert Vartabedian even said during an interview that in the years since it’s been allowed, there has not been a single incident. This leads one to believe they could trust the students who are of drinking age. Underage drinking is wrong and illegal, and we are not asking for the whole student body to be allowed to drink. But the board should consider making the whole cam-

pus wet. Take other universities for example. Central Missouri is just one of the campuses that does allow alcohol. It allows the

halls are held legally liable for any underage drinking or damages. If Western would follow the same path as Central

dormitory. Why not allow alcohol in that building? This is just one of the buildings where alcohol should be allowed.





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possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in permitted university housing. Laws are enforced and the host of house parties in the

Missouri; then the wrath of disagreement amongst student and administration would end. Griffon Hall was intended to be a 21 and up

Dr. Jeanne Daffron, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said that alcohol is controlled and not for students. She said

that there would not be any keg parties. As students we believe her remarks sound as though she believes we are all party animals. The university should put some trust in their students who make this place a welcoming and inviting campus in which new students would want to be a part of. The idea of parents not allowing their child to come to a wet campus is asinine, considering Central Missouri is doing very well. When Western doesn’t put trust in its students, they will find other alternatives. Those who are 21 and up will go to the bars and drink. They are allowed that right, but if the university would like their students to stay safe, this could easily be a safer alternative. Alcohol consumption should be allowed in age appropriate halls. It’s one thing to make it legal for a select few, but why not make it legal for students who are of the drinking age.

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Who is T. Boone Pickens? Morgan Stanton Freshman

“I think T. Boone Pickens is a billionaire.”

Robert Pace Freshman

Opinions Editor | Matt Hunt | In decades past we have heard our elders say that students are not educated enough to vote, and when they do vote, they do it for all the wrong reasons. It’s true, not all students care to vote. But there are those who keep up with how the local, state and federal government is working for us. We have seen in the last two presidential elections that students have played a role, not a major one but one that has gained attention. In the 2004 presidential election, Sen. John Kerry, the

democratic presidential candidate, gained a great deal of support from the young vote, but not enough to win the White House. We saw it again in 2008, when then Sen. Barack Obama worked hard to gain the support of the young vote. In 2008, he achieved a goal and won the majority of the student vote ranging from high school to college voters. So it just shows you that young voters are paying attention to what’s happening in the United States. They are starting to play

a major role in the political process and in 2008 nearly 18 percent turned out to vote. That number, according to a recent Gallup poll, shows that the young voter turnout for the 2012 election will not increase or decrease with some dissatisfaction between the two political parties. The poll showed that nearly 20 percent plan to vote in the November election. Students had their voices heard for the first time in the 2008 presidential election, and it doesn’t matter what

Students speak out Submitted by Nicole Gardner Last week the Griffon News published an article about unapproved flyers that appeared overnight urging student workers to stand up for their rights. The flyers state that students are: harassed by their employer, not allowed to have input into the operation of the workplace and receive zero respect from their employers. As a student worker that has been employed through

Missouri Western in various jobs on campus for almost a year now I feel that we, as students, should consider ourselves lucky to have the jobs on campus that are offered to us. Yes, we make minimum wage and are only allowed to work twenty hours a week, but those rules are put into place for a reason. We are in school to get an education so that one day we can have a career in something that doesn’t pay minimum wage, gives us benefits, as well as allows creative input.

Depending on where you work on campus, whether it is in the department that you are majoring in or in the food court or cafeteria, things are not going to be perfect. If you’re under the age of 26 you are now able to stay on your parents’ health insurance until you reach the new age limit thanks to Obamacare. Never mind the fact that in the “real world” part time employers don’t get health benefits either. Thanks to the Work Study program and jobs on campus, students

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political party you belong to, just getting out the vote is what students need to do. The deadline for those wanting to vote in Missouri is soon coming to a close. The deadline to register is set for Oct. 10, and after that date you won’t be able to vote. The idea isn’t to get you to vote for President Obama or Mitt Romney; it’s sole purpose is to prove those who believe students don’t care wrong. Students have rallied together in the past to determine decisions that have

shocked the country. Let’s do it again. Some media stations have even crossed off the student vote and have moved on to other minority groups. Students have a major role to play, and the issues they face today will affect them in the future -- student loan debt, a job market in decline and a lack of leadership from the government. Make the right choice; get registered.

Students should feel lucky to have a campus job have the option to save gas and work on campus or to go out into the community in hopes of finding a job that probably isn’t as flexible as one on campus maybe. Plus, having a job on campus allows students to get their homework done and the chance to help other students while they are still getting paid. Sure, they aren’t the most glamorous jobs in the world, but when you get down to it, students that have been lucky enough to be employed through the university have it pretty

easy and posting flyers in the cover of night that make you look ungrateful for the job that you have only look bad on you. Talk to your employers and ask for the things you want and if you don’t get them because of restrictions already set in place then try to accept that and move on. Life isn’t fair and it hardly ever works in your favor because that’s just how it things go. Believe me, I speak from experience and I believe that honesty is the best policy in a lot of things.

“I think he’s a man that died a while ago.”

Sterling McGill Sophomore

“I think he died; he was on the front of the school’s site.”

Katy Robbins Junior

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Volleyball sweeps Southwest Baptist after tough week Christian Mengel | Asst. Sports Editor The Griffons had some tough road games last week that unfortunately ended with a pair of losses to Rockhurst and Truman State but ended on a good note with a sweep against Southwest Baptist (25-19, 25-23 and 25-16) on Sept. 29 at MWSU Fieldhouse. The Griffons looked on top of their game despite the absence of two key freshmen players, Melissa Cairns and Holly Pollock. Cairns recently tore her labrum in her left hip, and is currently day-to-day. Pollock has been suffering from strep throat, a double ear infection and a sinus infection all at the same time, according to coach Cory Frederick. Freshman Jessie Thorup continued to play well, even with her fellow freshmen sitting out. “I think it helps to know we have a lot of options,” Thorup said. “If someone is not playing well or if some-

one is hurt, we’ll always have someone to fill those spots.” Junior Stephanie Hattey continued to be outstanding all around. Hattey finished the week with 26 kills, 73 assists and 45 digs in three matches. She believes after a rough time so far in MIAA play, the team could be turned around and headed in the right direction. “[Against Truman] we had a pep talk and decided to play the way we’ve been playing in practice,” Hattey said. “Even though we lost, we played like a team and we hustled every ball, we didn’t let any drop. Today we let up a little more, but hopefully we can keep it up and keep it going. I think the more games we play the more we grow, so we’ll get better as the season goes on.” Frederick sees the change the team has made and sees them learning and gaining more confidence in themselves. “Rockhurst is 12-2, they’re

Amanda Boender attacks the ball against Southwest Baptist on Sept. 29. Tevin Harris | Asst. Photo Editor

a good team and there is no doubt about it,” Frederick said. “So far the Rockhurst

loss has been a good one for us because it helped us focus on some things that we really need to work on. We made some adjustments and played pretty good against [Truman], but unfortunately couldn’t put that one away in the end, which I think is some of that is still the youth and developing.” Fortunately for both Frederick and the players, the lineup has changed so many times this season already that when key players are forced out of the game, there is no added pressure on the remaining players, according to Frederick. The Griffons are currently sitting at 9-7 on the season. They will be getting back into tournament play Oct. 5 and 6 in the Washburn Crossover Tournament. They will face Harding University, Southern Nazarene University, Southeastern Oklahoma State and East Central University. So far, the Griffons have a record of 6-2 when it comes to tournament play.

Soccer falls to Central Oklahoma, Northeastern Mika Cummins | Asst. Sports Editor The Griffons welcomed MIAA newcomers Central Oklahoma Friday, Sept. 28, and Northeastern State on Sunday, Sept. 30 to Spratt Stadium. Central Oklahoma -- 1 Missouri Western -- 0 Goalkeeper Kelly Voigts saved all six shots on goal, helping Western hold its opponents scoreless in the first half. Midfielder AJ Powers had the Griffons’ only shot on goal of the half. The No. 18 Bronchos kept

on coming in the second half, getting off 14 more shots. The game-winning goal came in the 67th minute from Central Oklahoma’s Brittni Walker. Voigts would save four of the five shots on goal in the second half, giving her 10 saves for the game. Western would fall just shy of the upset over Central Oklahoma, losing 1-0. “We just didn’t maintain possession enough,” coach Chad Edwards said. “Maintaining possession of the ball is the key from here on out.” Northeastern State -- 3 Missouri Western -- 1

The Griffons tried to get back into rhythm Sunday afternoon against Northeast ern State. With Voigts on the sideline due to a recent head injury, junior Rayelin Garcia would start for the first time for the Griffons. Sophomores Emily Hoffman and Katie Kempf were both sidelined due to injuries during the game, Hoffman with a bleeding head and Kempf with a knee problem. In the 38th minute, Northeastern put the RiverHawks on the board off a penalty kick. They added another goal just as the whistle blew to end the half, making it a 2-0 game in favor of the Riv-

erHawks. Western recovered quickly in the second half when freshman Sydney Andrews scored off a penalty kick in the 47th minute. But the RiverHawks would respond just minutes later with another goal. Northeastern had nine of its 26 shots on goal, while Western managed to get two of its four on goal. Garcia collected six saves. The Griffons would lose to Northeastern 3-1, falling to 1-3 in MIAA play and 3-6 overall. “We could always improve,” Andrews said. “It sucks that we lost, but we’ll get back up there.”

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Griffons shut down comeback attempt with around a minute left in the game. Michael Jordan then intercepted Adrian NelMissouri Western football son and ran it back 42-yards avoided a second-half come- for a touchdown with two back attempt to defeat Cen- seconds left in the game. tral Oklahoma 45-23 at Spratt Quarterback Travis ParStadium to improve its re- tridge threw for 224 yards cord to 5-0 for the first time and a touchdown and found under coach Jerry Partridge. success running the ball, “We just have better foot- gaining 87 yards on 10 carball players,” Partridge said. ries. He had two touchdown “Their program is just trying runs including outrunning to get off the ground right the defense for a 45-yard now.” scramble. The Griffons built up a Hill led the Griffons in 28-0 lead before Central rushing with 143 yards on 22 Oklahoma was finally able to carries, including his clutch get on the board in the third fourth quarter touchdown quarter. run and caught two passes “We dominated the first for 27 yards. half,” Partridge said. “We Kyle Knox had a breakout didn't play very good de- performance, leading the fense in the Griffon resecond half, ceivers with that's for sure.” 108 yards on C e n t r a l seven catchOklahoma ates. tempted a “It's a comeback in great feelthe second half MISSOURI SOUTHERN ing, I love after scoring helping the OCT. 13, 1:30 P.M. three straight team out to SPRATT STADIUM touchdowns win,” Knox and narrowing said. “Travis the lead to 31-23 with 1:35 throws a perfect ball that hits left in the game. me in the chest every time.” “We had several chances Coach Partridge has nothto throw a knockout punch ing but positive things to say and we've been pretty good about Knox. with that, but we didn't do it “Kyle is a gritty veteran today,” Partridge said. and a tough kid,” Partridge After a failed onside kick said. “He's done his time and attempt, the nation's leading he's come in and made some rusher Michael Hill busted plays. Anybody that knows off a 30-yard touchdown run Kyle Knox likes him a lot.”

Kyle Inman | Sports Editor


Tight end Reggie Jordan (#89) receives a touchdown pass against the Central Oklahoma Bronchos. His 3-yard catch from Travis Partridge made for his fourth touchdown of the season. Tevin Harris | Asst. Photo Editor

Tarrell Downing caught five passes for 42 yards. Reggie Jordan caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Partridge to give him four touchdown catches on the season. “It's a weapon having a 6-4, 250 (pound) receiver,” quarterback Partridge said of Jordan. “He's definitely a red-zone weapon, but he can block and do other things, too.” The Griffon offense utilized nine different receivers

in the passing game. “We are never going to have a go to player unless it's in the red zone,” coach Partridge said. “It's just not what we do.” The most electric highlight of the day might have been the first score of the game when Tyron Crockum took a reverse hand off and turned the corner out-running everybody for a 22-yard touchdown. Stephen Juergens led the

Griffons with nine tackles including five solo while Ben Pister had seven tackles including five solo plus a sack and a forced fumbled. “They didn't quit fighting and we knew that they wouldn't because they have outscored their opponents in the second half all year,” Pister said. Austin Baska brought the quarterback down for two sacks while Davis Bass recorded one as the Griffon

defense allowed nothing in the first half and gave up all their points late. As the quarterback, Partridge knows how strong the defense is. “We play against them every day, so we know what they can do,”Partridge said. “They are a great defense. As an offense, it kind of relaxes you a little bit.”

Michael Jordan #23

Reggie Jordan #89

Year: R-Fr. Pos: DB

Year: R-Jr Pos: TE

Height: 6-0

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

Weight: 235

“Looking at me, a lot of receivers will get intimidated and with me being able to move just as good as a small guy is a plus, it’s hard to for them to go over the top.” Michael’s main position in high school was wide receiver. Playing defense was something that the coaches chose for him and it’s paying dividends on the field. “We are fortunate that Reggie came here because his brother Mike followed and he’s going to be a very good corner,” Partridge said. “He has size, speed, hands, he can tackle, he can do everything.” The Jordan brothers won a championship together at Hazelwood Central High School and hope to have a similar ending to this season at Western.

Jordan brothers impact Griffons with break out seasons Kyle Inman | Sports Editor The Jordan brothers’ talent is impacting both sides of the football for the No. 5 ranked Griffons, but that’s nothing new for Reggie and Michael. “We been doing this for a while so we’re kind of used to it now,” Reggie said. “I’m not at all surprised; all of this was expected.” Freshman cornerback Michael and junior tight-end Reggie have been playing football together since Reggie was a seventh grader and Michael was playing on the team as a fifth grader. “No one really played football in our household, we were the first ones, but our family is behind us 100 percent in what we’re doing,” Reggie said. Reggie has turned into a lethal weapon in the red zone

Games Played: 21

Games Played: 5

as he leads the Griffons with four touchdown receptions in five games, a total that tops the production from his first two seasons combined. Coach Jerry Partridge predicted Reggie would have a breakout year in ’12 before the season started. Michael Jordan (#23) and Reggie “Reggie started making practice and pose for a shot. his impact last year, he did a good job and made some on the depth chart as the fifth big catches,” Partridge said. string tight end. He didn’t “He’s started to become the let it discourage him and tight end we thought he worked his way to the top of could be.” the depth chart. The beginning at Western “I just think coach rewasn’t easy for Reggie be- ally trusts me now,” Reggie cause he started off buried said. “He’s really bringing


2. Missouri Western 3. Pittsburg State 4. Central Missouri 5. WAshburn 6. Lindenwood 7. Northwest Missouri 8. Missouri Southern 9. Truman State 10. Central Oklahoma 11. Fort Hays State 12. Southwest Baptist 13. Lincoln 14. Nebraska-Kearney 15. Northeastern State

play and show support. “I go crazy when he makes a big catch or a touchdown,” Michael said. “I’m the first one to congratulate him.” Michael has wasted no time showing off his skill set. In his freshman season, the Jordan (#89) take a break from cornerback leads the GrifTevin Harris | Asst. Photo Editor fons in interceptions with two, including one at the tight ends into the offense. end of the Central Oklahoma The last couple of years we game that he took back 42 weren’t such a big deal, but yards for a touchdown. He now he’s really trying to get also has 23 tackles, which me the ball.” ranks fourth on the team. Playing on different sides “Size is a strength, I feel of the ball gives the brothers like I can dominate receivers a chance to watch each other off the line,” Michael said.


Kyle Knox #80 - Wide Reciever

Knox had seven catches for 108 yards with a long of 33 yards against Central Oklahoma. Knox has 244 yards and a touchdown while averaging 15.2 yardsper-catch so far in his senior season.

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AFCA Coaches’ Poll 1. Pittsburg State 2. Colorado State-Pueblo 3. Grand Valley State (Mich.) 4. Winston-Salem State (N.C.)

5. Missouri Western

6. New Haven (Conn.) 7. Bloomsburg State (Pa.) 8. Northwest Missouri State 9. Ashland-Ohio 10. Minnesota-Duluth 11. Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 12. Minnesota State-Mankato 13. Midwestern State (Texas) 14. Henderson State (Ark.) 15. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 16t. California (Pa.) 16t. Shippensburg (Pa.) 18. West Alabama 19. Wayne St. (Mich.) 20. Washburn (Kan.) 21. West Texas A&M 22. Indiana (Pa.) 23. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 24. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 25. Emporia St. (Kan.)

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