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Students speak out

Griffon basketball gears up for another season.

Read a student’s letter to Dr. Vartabedian concerning the new tobacco policy. See Page 6

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Griffons set to play biggest game against their biggest rival. See Page 8

Vol 95 | Issue 33

Smoke 'em while you got 'em “It’s taking a right away and this is just a stepping stone for other rights to be taken away.” - Cara McHugh, freshman

November 8, 2012

L.A.M.E. delivers; impressed by Western’s crowd

The two members of L.A.M.E., Clifford “Mr. Moe” Clements and Michael “M. Taylor” performed at Western’s Blacklight Party as a last stop of their tour. *Submitted photo

Christian Mengel | Asst. Sports Editor Evan Roberts | Photo Editor

Katelyn Canon | Staff Writer President Dr. Robert Vartabedian signed a tobaccofree policy on Oct. 23 after being recommended by the Missouri Western Advisory Council on Oct. 16. The campus wide policy will be implemented July 1, 2013. “A tobacco-free campus will contribute to a cleaner and healthier educational and work environment,” Vartabedian said. Dr. Jeanne Daffron, provost and vice-president of Academic Affairs, also supports a tobacco-free campus,

and she thinks the policy will have a positive impact on the university. “We have responsibility for this environment so we need to do what was can to make sure that it is as safe and healthy of an environment as we can have,” Daffron said. Although the tobacco policy had been signed there are still some faculty and students that opposed a tobacco free campus. Dr. Daniel Trifan said the policy “will annoy a great number of students,” and be ineffective. “I can understand a smoking policy but a tobacco free

policy is nothing but social control,” Trifan said. Trifan further explained how the tobacco ban is an infringement of personal rights. “I am a smoker, but even if I were not I would still oppose this policy because I am a social libertarian and I think that all such regulations are a mistake,” Trifan said. “The principal thing that should be followed by universities is open discussion of ideas.” While Daffron said she does not want to compromise student’s personal freedoms the tobacco policy is in

the best interest of students. “I also think that when something I do has a negative effect on someone else that changes it a little bit,” Daffron said. “We get many complaints and concerns about the negative impact on individuals as they walk through areas where there are people smoking … We don’t want to do anything or have in our environment things that would have a negative impact on people’s health.”


The vote is in:

Morris wins 1,000 big ones, ‘The Voice’ title

One room, nerve rattling beats, glowing body paint and white tees were just some of the necessities for almost 400 raging students to experience Living At Maximum Elevation at the annual Blacklight Party. L.A.M.E was everything opposite of lame during their performance at Missouri Western. They took a crowd that’s a fraction of the size they’re used to, and blew it up into a rave fest that was impossible to avoid getting sucked into. L.A.M.E., the energy filled duo of Clifford “Mr. Moe” Clements and Michael “M. Taylor,” was shocked at the intensity level of Western. “It was live,” Clements said. “I say Western was probably one of our best crowds as far as interacting with us and not knowing the music. They still got out there and made it live for us to come out here and do it, and that’s what’s up.” It’s easy for artists with a full schedule to brush off little gigs here and there. For a group like L.A.M.E, every gig of every size is an opportunity to show everybody who they are. “It was the last stop for the tour of 47 cities,” Clements said. “It was on our way home, so we were like ‘Hey, let’s get it.’” A lot of students showed up not knowing what to expect, having never heard of them before. With a resume full of openings for stars like Wiz Khalifa and Drake, it was enough to get a crowd of curious students to see what they were all about. Dancing was a for-sure element and was nearly im-

possible to avoid. If you ever found time to just stand on the dance floor during a song, you’d be reminded you were on the second floor by the shifting floorboards beneath your feet. Students like sophomore Ceara Boldridge, who enjoys listening to that genre of music, found a new group to add to her like list. “They were cool and I like their music a lot,” Boldridge said. “They were really upbeat and it makes for fun music to dance to.” Other students, like freshman Meara Smith, were amazed by their stage presence. “They were really energetic and it was cool how they brought people up on stage,” Smith said. “They knew what they were doing.” That energy was constantly exchanging back and forth between L.A.M.E. and the crowd. Taylor could feel the liveliness of the students. “We’ve been to some big schools and big crowds, and (Western) is definitely top five,” Taylor said. Students and fans can expect more to come from this duo as they continue to rise up in the music industry. Although they have a busy schedule planned over the next two years (a Canada tour, followed by a spring break tour, a releasing of a new album on Dec. 24 and shooting two major motion pictures in 2013), they still want an opportunity to come back to Western. “Everybody was out there with their L.A.M.E. T-shirts on out there showing us a lot of love,” Taylor said. “Bring us back man. We’d love to come back.”

(Left) Gavin Morris, winner of “The Voice,” receives a large check and poses with coach and judge Morgan Breckenridge. (Right) Morris performs his last song of the night, Gavin DeGraw’s “I’m in Love With a Girl.” Brian Duskey | Multimedia Editor

Nathaniel Conant | Staff Writer A couple of ways to spend $1,000 would be to go on a shopping spree, take a vacation, save it or spend it all on booze. Those choices were not exactly what Gavin Morris had in mind right away. When “The Voice of Western” contender accepted the giant $1,000 check for winning the competition on Nov. 1, he said he had another

idea for the money. “I’m sure my wife sitting in the back has plans for it,” Morris said. The final chapter of “The Voice of Western” was back in its original location in Spratt Hall. After four weeks of building suspense, finally the special guest judge was announced as Mark Stier, the director of Student Life. He was a man of few words throughout the night but added some funny com-

ments such as calling contestant Joe Dahman’s and judge Derek Thompson’s rendition of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World” as “magical.” The show started off with the Western Appeal, Missouri Western’s a cappella group as they sang “Trash in the Camp” from the Disney classic “Tarzan,” in which Thompson (also a part of the a cappella group) jumped up on the stage to join in on. Af-

ter that, Thompson and the group did a mash-up of the smash hits “Somebody that I used to Know” by Gotye and “Too Close” by Alex Clare. After Western Appeal, the contestants got to sing a duet with their judge/coach. The first of the duets to perform was Sarah Waters and Lauryn Roberts. They did a comical remix of the song, with Student Government


L.A.M.E. poses with a fan during their tour. For more details on L.A.M.E., check out our Q-and-A on page 5. *Submitted photo


In honor of the many veterans at Missouri Western, the Division of Student Affairs and the Nontraditional Student Center will present “Anatomy of a Hero: A compelling view of patriotism, past and present” by Capt. Patrick J. Kershaw of the United States Navy at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in Agenstein Hall, room 124. A reception will follow in the Remington Hall atrium. The event is free and open to the public.

Craig School of Business, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory-Aspen Leaf Informational Meeting Nov. 13 Do you want to be your own boss and own your own business? Come to the informational meeting about the sweet opportunity CSB Seniors and Alumni have to be RMCF and Aspen Leaf Yogurt Business Owners on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. in Popplewell Hall 304. One hundred high school students that are attending are the finalists of the Missouri Entrepreneur Challenge. They entered by submitting business plans. The top 100 were selected and are coming on Nov. 13 to be introduced to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory plan.

MWSU Ushers in the Holidays with ‘Lights and Tights’ Nov. 15 Missouri Western ushers in the holidays with the fourth annual “Lights and Tights: A Musical Renaissance Feast” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Fulkerson Center. A social hour with a cash bar will begin at 6 p.m., and the dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $35 per person.

November 8, 2012

Board admits students won’t be pleased TOBACCO:

MWSU Honors Vets with ‘Anatomy of a Hero’ Nov. 8

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CONTINUED FROM FRONT In the midst of all the philosophical implications of the tobacco policy, student Gov. Brian Shewell said that it was only a matter of time before Western would become tobacco free. St. Joseph may soon become a smoke free city, and Shewell believes that the university should serve as an example although it might take time for students to adjust to the policy. “I think at first the students are going to be against it,” Shewell said. “It’s something that is going to take time for it to go into effect. To sum it up its going to take time for students to accept there is a policy.”

The tobacco ban has been voted down by the student body three times; however, Shewell agrees with Daffron that tobacco ban is in the best interest of the students. “There is nothing good that comes out of smoking,”Shewell said. “I have yet to find a benefit. If one of the Griffon News readers wants to find that information and present it to me then I will think twice, but I have yet to find one.” As Western readies to implement the tobacco-free policy, Vartabedian will appoint a Tobacco Policy Task Committee. The committee will be comprised of faculty, staff and students who will work to ensure a tobaccofree campus. Cara McHugh takes a drag of her cigarette before class. She will not be able to do this in July 2013 and feels the ban will allow other rights to be taken away. Evan Roberts | Photo Editor

‘Voice’ night full of a cappella, duets, solos

(Left) Judges Sarah Waters, Derek Thompson and Morgan Breckenridge get into “The Voice of Western” winner Gavin Morris’ final song. (Center) Lauryn Roberts sings Lady Gaga’s slow version of “Poker Face.” (Right) Joe Dahman plays his guitar while he sings “Breakeven” by The Script. Brian Duskey | Multimedia Editor


CONTINUED FROM FRONT President Jacob Scott being serenaded on a chair in between the singers, “Take Me or Leave Me” from the Broadway classic “Rent.” After them, Joe Dahman and Thompson recreated the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World.” Like the song’s artist,Kamakawiwo’ole, Thompson played the ukulele while Dahman sang. Last of the duets was judge Morgan Breckenridge and Gavin Morris. The two did a crowd-rocking ver-

sion of “Nobody’s Perfect” by Jessie J. After the duets were finished, the solos and the actual competition began. The solo performances were to go in the same order of the duets with Roberts starting off. She had originally planned to sing a Celine Dion song but, with Waters’ encouragement, she changed her mind and did a slow version of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” Her voice was able to shine throughout the song and she got a standing ovation as she left the stage. Next up was Dahman, as he sang a song that he was very confident with, “Break-

even” by the Script. His acoustic version of the song had very little that the judges critiqued and the crowd was equally as impressed as Dahman left the stage. Last but certainly not least was Morris who sang Gavin DeGraw’s “I’m in Love With a Girl.” From the start he encouraged the crowd to get on their feet -- they listened. This may or may not have been a major reason for the judges’ decision as they said -- and showed -- their enjoyment of his stage presence. After the judges went backstage to discuss who they thought had won, the DJ played a few songs to

keep the crowd busy while they awaited the results. Once the judges came back, they announced Morris as the champion. However, beforehand, Morris’ confidence wasn’t very high after listening to his competitors’ performances. “Coming into the finals I was already nervous, then Joe got onstage and killed that song and Lauryn came out and did amazing, like she has every week so far. I wasn’t sure how I was going to ‘wow’ anyone after those two,” he said. During the final show, Student Life Director Isa-

iah Collier could stand back and relax. All of his planning and getting everything ready was over and now all that was left was to watch the performances in the show that he had brought to Missouri Western. One of Collier’s reasons for his satisfaction was the gradual growth of the audiences each night. “The size of the crowd grew significantly each week,” Collier said. “Tonight, almost the entire theater was full of students and parents.”



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1. Property Damage 2. Drug Offense

Noon, Sunday, Oct. 28, Lot O 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, Lot O

3. Stealing

10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, Scanlon Hall

4. Stealing

10 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, Looney Complex

Thursday, Nov. 8 “Anatomy of a Hero” Presentation • at 1 p.m. International Fair at 3 p.m. • Book Signing for ‘St. Joseph Anthology: Little Known Stories • of Our Town’ at 4:30 p.m. Foreign Film Series: ‘Postmen in the Mountains’ at 6:30 p.m. • Saturday, Nov. 10 Griffon Women’s Basketball vs Metro State at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 11 Jamie Haffner and Matt • Musselman Senior Recital 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 Extreme Planets’ Planetarium Show at 7 p.m. Griffon Men’s Basketball vs Sterling at 7 p.m. Fall Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 “Extreme Planets” Planetarium Show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 Lights and Tights Festival at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 Griffon Men’s Basketball vs William Jewell at 7:30 p.m.

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Historical book signing held in Blum Nathaniel Conant | Staff Writer Missouri Western will be hosting the signing of the book “St. Joseph Anthology: Little Known Stories of Our Town” on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Blum Union bookstore. The book includes 24 stories about St. Joseph’s foundation with authors that all have different ties to the area. Dr. John Tapia, communication studies professor and author of seven books and 20 papers in scholarly journals, was the man behind starting and putting the book together. “It started out as a class project and just blossomed from there,” Tapia said. “After looking at what we had, I saw that we had a good start at a book and as word about the project spread, some historians and community members familiar with the history of St. Joseph also wrote stories for inclusion in the book.” Stories in the book start with the ice age and first people in Northwest Missouri to the building of Mis-

souri Western in the town. Another story in the book is author Conger Beasley, Jr.’s “Dark Night of the Soul: An Account of the Lynching of 19-year-old Lloyd Warner in St. Joseph, Missouri.” The largest collection of stories revolve around the Robidoux family, mainly Joseph who was the founder of St. Joseph, and the beginning and ending of the Pony Express. Also stories of the Tootle Opera House, which at one time was one of the top Opera houses West of Chicago, and other not wellknown things here in St. Joe. Other high points of the book include a story about “It” cars in St. Joseph along with pictures in the book. Another is about the Sutherland Dream Home. Jennifer Higgs, 10-year resident of St. Joseph and author of a story in the book, said there are a lot of great things in the historic town. “There are more things than you might think that draw people here,” Higgs said, “for me it was that St. Joe is home of one of the largest collections of Victorian houses in the country.”

Craig School of Business administrator heads back to teach, leaves dean positions Ellis Cross | News Editor Dr. Philip Nitse has served as dean of the Craig School of Business since 2010 and interim dean of the College of Professional Studies since 2011, but he is following his desire to return to the classroom as a member of the CSB faculty. Missouri Western Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jeanne Daffron announced Monday that there was a “change in the leadership” of both the CPS and the CSB. “Philip’s specialty is marketing so I suspect he will be teaching those types of classes,” Saffron said. She also stated that it would be a week or so before the details of his full teaching load are completely worked out along with his new salary. “We thank him for his service to Missouri Western and his efforts to maintain the high level of quality in both the Craig School of Business and the College of Professional Studies,” Daffron said. Daffron also announced plans to bring back the previous interim dean of the CSB, Carol Roever who served in that position from the CSB’s inception, in 2008, until Dr. Nitse’s arrival in 2010. She also served from 2006 to 2008 as the chair of the business department. Roever has been a consultant to the business school, with oversight of Western’s operations concerning the Rock Mountain Chocolate Factory partnership since her retirement. “I worked out of my home,” Roever said. “But I never quit working with students, and I always will.” She took the position of interim dean of the Craig School of Business effective Nov. 6 with the appreciation of the provost. “We are so appreciative because transition time can be just really hard on everyone,” Daffron said. “Carol has been

involved and knows what is going on. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to continue the initiatives without missing a beat.” Daffron’s announcement covered the leadership of the CSB, but there was no one announced as the interim chair of the CPS in Mondays news release. “The provost’s office will provide leadership for the College of Professional Studies until an interim dean is named at a later date,” Assistant Public Relations and Marketing Director Kent Heier said in the news release. Daffron said nothing has been determined yet. “There are many candidates for interim dean, but you have to consider their work load and situations now. I’ve met with the department chairs, we’ll get it figured out.” The CPS has had the Craig School of Business removed from the college, rejoined, and now is separated again. Daffron plans to keep the two separate in the future. “We never intended it to be permanently joined.” She explained that the union of the two was because of budget restriction and planning for a tighter budget in the future. “I can’t say that there hasn’t been an effect on people,” Daffron said. “It’s just that when you have transition you have just that, transition to adjust to.” It is unusual for a dean to move in the middle of a semester. “In an administration position is much less unusual,” Daffron said. “Administration works on a calendar year more than a school year.” Daffron’s plan is to get the position advertised soon but understands that people to fit this position usually want to finish the academic year where they are. She suspects the position of dean of CPS will be open or filled with an interim until June or July of next year.

(Left) The cover of “St. Joseph Anthology: Little Known Stories of Our Town,” edited by Western’s Dr. John Tapia. (Right) The first page of the table of contents, detailing some of the stories contained in the book. *Submitted photos

Students encouraged to use librarians, library resources OVERLOOKED LIBRARY SERVICES Pleasure Reading & Films


Chad Hammontree | Graphics Editor

Claire Busby Contributing Writer Junior Alyssa Steele carried her assignment sheet into the library with a standout element. “Twenty peer reviewed sources” were the directions highlighted in bright pink. They were to be incorporated into her midterm research paper for her Education Psychology class paper about merit pay with lower income students. She set aside her entire evening to complete the task. After compiling 10 sources with less than half the evening remaining, frustration had taken over. What Steele did not know was how to book a librarian. According to Jackie Burns, distance education and in-

terlibrary loan librarian, the “Book a Librarian” service is one of the most overlooked resources by students. Students have the opportunity to have a librarian set aside a chunk of time to assist them personally in finding sources in the library’s online databases. Films on demand, laptop rentals, pleasure reading and films, earbuds and copy cards for purchase, an upstairs computer lab, Interlibrary Loan service, study rooms, eBooks, and a music streaming service are also resources Burns said are forgotten by students. “Word of mouth is what works,” she said. “It’s best when you hear students saying ‘Did you hear? Did you hear?’” The library receives plenty

of positive feedback from students who are informed and take advantage of the resources available. However, students -- including Steele -- find the word-of-mouth promotion by the library disconcerting. “Word of mouth is rarely a primary marketing strategy,” Steele said. “It works better as a complement to other marketing techniques.” Burns believes the more money allotted to the library, the more promotion the library would be able to execute. Social media accounts are currently managed by library staff including Facebook and Twitter and an open house is also held in the early weeks of each semester. The main word-of-mouth strategy, however, makes

Steele uneasy. “There are things that I hear people promoting by mouth and I never know if they are true or not,” Steele said. In the past 10 years, the definition of a library has changed and Burns said that many students have “preconceived notions” of what a library is. In the case of Steele and her research paper, she said that the Book a Librarian service would have helped, but she didn’t know about it. “Although some of these services may be useful to students, I don’t imagine that many students know about the library’s array of services.”

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Follow the bread crumbs home Brian Ramsey | Staff Writer

The wizard puts the kids to sleep. Photo by Evan Roberts Imagine a gumdrop sidewalk leading to a life-size gingerbread house held together with icing. Just about any kid’s, or even adult’s, mouth would salivate at such an idea. This candy coated house was part of “Hansel and Gretel: A Fairy Opera,” which was presented in Potter Hall Oct. 1 through Oct. 4 at Missouri Western. The production was directed by Dr. Susan Carter with music composed by Englebert Humperdinck. This sugary house is all alone in the middle of the woods – but like the house, the woods are anything but ordinary. As something new to the traditionally staged opera, the set for this presentation was all made by digital animation. So in reality, there was no actual candy house to be eaten; it was all through projectors and a cloth backdrop. Truman Vasko and

Danny Janovec, digital animation majors, both worked on this aspect of the show. “No one even thought about doing opera and animation together,” Vasko said. “Seeing it work together is just amazing.” Vasko and Janovec spoke on how many long hours and how many changes had to be constantly done to make the whole thing work; Vasko said there were “[a] lot of long nights and a lot of coffee.” However, Vasko said all the nights of coffee consumption paid off in the end. “There were some frustrations, but once you see it, all that is worth it,” he said. The cast and crew worked on this children’s opera, which was for all ages, since the beginning of the fall semester. “About three weeks ago, we did our first performance, which was a shorter program than this,” Sarah Waters, vocal performance major, said. “We went to Eugene Field Elementary and performed for kids out there, a few days later we went to Bessie Elli-

son, just as a trial run, to get us use to some of the staging and some of the moving.” Not only did the Vasko and Janovec have to make changes, but the actors had to make changes as well. There was a part in the opera that was deemed a bit too scary for children. “Originally I was supposed to backhand my son,” Waters, who played Mother, said. This was a stage slap to make the slap look real even though it wasn’t. As Mother would slap her son Hansel, he would turn around and smack his hands together, so the audience would think she physically hit Hansel. “We did this at Eugene Field and we received reports from the teachers that it really scared some of the kids,” Waters said. “Apparently I was a really scary mom.” They ended up having to tone it down just a bit, from a smack to the face to just a little smack on the rear end. Other problems that the directors had to work on was the idea that operas can sometimes be a bit difficult

and stores, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Duct Tape is relatively very low cost, and comes in a large variety of colors, such as hot pink, lime green, orange, red, black, blue, white and silver. Start the project by going to your local Wal-Mart or hardware store and selecting a variety of colors. Wallets can be made using just one color, or multi colors. Wallets can be made with or without pockets. It is up to you. All you will need is a roll or two of your favorite colors of Duct Tape at approximately $3 each, a pair of craft scissors (any scissor will work) and a clean smooth working surface. Step 1: Measure and rip off a piece of Duct Tape roughly 8.5 inches in length. Lay this strip horizontally with the

sticky side up on your work surface. *Note: If you are making several wallets, it may be easier to cut several strips at one time. Step 2: Rip a second piece of tape equal to the first and place it sticky side down so that it covers half of the first strip and fold the remaining sticky surface of the top strip over the second. Step 3: Turn the two joined strips over so that the remaining sticky side of the second strip of tape faces toward you. Place a third 8.5inch strip of tape sticky side down on the second strip so that it covers the second strip's adhesive (in the same fashion as the first two strips were joined). Smooth all wrinkles from the tape strips with your fingers.

The wizard puts the kids to sleep inside their digital forest created by art students on campus. Evan Roberts | Photo Editor for people to understand with words being sang instead of spoken. “Diction can sometimes be an issue, especially with an audience like that,” music education major Shea Roberts said about an audience that mainly consisted of children. “You have to make sure to speak loudly and clearly, but I could understand the majority of it. ” The digital backdrop portion of the opera was all a movie. The actors and chil-

dren in the opera had to keep in time with that movie throughout the entire show. “I’ve never seen this level of difficulty with this beautiful animation, which is art on its own,” Carter said, “but then us having to time it just right was difficult.” Even up to the final dress rehearsal it sounds as though there were still challenges that needed to be met. “The last dress rehearsal we were off by two minutes,” Carter said. “It has to be at

28:10 exactly or they can’t push her into the big fire.” To remedy that, the Witch, played by Jeremy Howe, used a wand to control Hansel and Gretel to get them to where they needed to be on time to push the witch into the fire. Carter was pleased with the overall performance, music- and acting-wise. “It’s hard. This music is hard music and yes they do it,” Carter said. “They do great jobs.”

Step 4: Continue flipping the joined strips of tape over, adding one strip of tape at a time. Stop when you have added enough tape to create a sheet that measures 8.5 inches on one side and seven inches on the other. Fold over the last strip so that the sheet has no adhesive exposed. Cover all raw edges with additional strips of tape. Step 5: Fold the sheet in half lengthwise and tape the two short ends closed to create a flat pocket 8.5 inches in length and 3.5 inches in width. This creates the main compartment of your wallet. Step 6: Construct the ID and card pockets. Assemble another sheet of tape in the same way as the main pocket, this time with measurements of four inches by 3.5 inches. Fold 1.5 inches of the shorter

side over itself and tape the sides together. This creates a small pocket that will allow the top of your credit or business cards to show so you can identify them easily. Step 7: Create as many additional pockets as you like. When you are finished, tape the pockets together, and tape the joined pockets to ei-

ther side of your main compartment. Fold the entire assembly in half lengthwise to complete your wallet. Step 8: To keep the wallets folds straight and for a better-looking wallet, lay wallet under a book or a solid weighted object for about 12 hours. Have fun!

How to: Make a Duct Tape wallet Michelle Cordonnier | Staff Writer A well-known fact about college students is most of them are broke. There is very little money for extras like crafts, and accessories. Want a fun, budget-friendly, afternoon- activity in which you will make something? The fun does not end when the activity is over; you will actually have a fun accessory that you can keep for yourself or give as a gift. Remember Christmas is just around the corner, and gift giving can be expensive. My daughter and I recently discovered a cheap and fun way to make wallets out of Duct Tape. In my household, Duct Tape is a multi-purpose cure all for many minor repairs. It is sold at all hardware stores

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This is what the finished product looks like after following all the steps. Michelle Cordonnier | Staff Writer

‘Iron Fist’: success


Brian Duskey | Multimedia Editor

A growing trend in cinema is purposely bad action films. Sometimes they fail, sometimes they work. In the case of “The Man With The Iron Fists,” the verdict is rather subjective. RZA, from Wu Tang Clan fame, makes his directorial debut in a Kung Fu extravangza where plot is irrel- Dave Bautista and RZA engage exchange blows. *Photo courtesy of evant and visuals are key. The script was written by With characters like these, time following the story. I RZA and famed filmmaker it completely clear to under- got really lost at a few moEli Roth ("Hostel," "Cabin stand what kind of a film ments during the film beFever") and while the back- this is. While there is a plot, cause they were not really story can be pretty deep, at it isn’t really important. In well explained. This does times, this is still clearly a fact, the few times that they hurt the film, but doesn’t film that is about the fights. try to go into the deep back- completely ruin it. There is a hint of sensa- story of it, it starts to lose it’s This is clearly not a film tionalism with a lot of the luster a bit. for everybody. Many will man characters within the Everyone is going to be find it rather hard to follow film. RZA plays a former seeing this film for its fight and not completely underslave who is now a black- sequences. Everyone will be stand what is going on. Othsmith and has created iron pleased. ers will understand it but hands for defense (cue the While they are not up to not necessarily get the point title). WWE wrestler Dave “Kill Bill” par, the fights in of the film. Then others will Bautista plays Brass Body: “The Man With The Iron completely bask in it’s exa man whose body turns to Fists” are still beyond a cessiveness and enjoy their gold as a defense mecha- higher quality that most ac- time at the theater. nism. Lucy Liu portrays a tion films of today. When “The Man With The Iron Madam, conveniently with you throw in all of the in- Fists” is genre cinema at it’s Kung Fu skills. And then teresting dynamics of the finest. It’s appealing to a Russell Crowe is a man sim- different characters, in in- specific crowd but appalling ply called “Knife,” whose creases the quality of all of to another. I found myself main weapon is, well, a the fights. between the two. knife-gun. To be honest, I had a hard The the film had trouble

keeping it’s identity, so to speak. There was a little story in the beginning and then a lot of fights and then they started somewhat “explain” the backstory and the depth of the characters, but they weren’t well-explained and the action was so excessively fast, brutal, and entertaining that you kind of just wanted to ignore the story. You can kind of call it an achievement when a film’s action actually wants to make you ignore it’s text, but RZA was able to pull that off. The issue is that he decides to go back to the backstory and the film would of benefited more from explaining all of the backstory in the early-going and then just having a Kung-Fu epic for the remainder of the film. “The Man With The Iron Fists” is not a film for everyone but many fans of the Kung Fu genre will enjoy it. Those willing to suspend their belief of anything realistic and narrative will be able to go into this with a pleased outlook.


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Student flatlines, lives to share the incident Albert Shelby | Features Editor We are all aware of the phrase “back from the dead.” We have heard it plenty of times before, but it is not common to actually speak with a person who has gone through a similar situation and live to tell it. Jojuan Hunter was only 6 years old when he suffered a tragic accident that left him flatlined for more than 15 minutes. “I was at an after school program similar to a day care and they took us to Waikiki Beach,” Hunter said. “I remember surfing, but it was far out and I was only a little kid.” Hunter said that he vividly remembers trying to surf but was wiped out instantly as he went farther into the water. “I remember flying off the board, and there was a strap that went from the board to my ankle,” Hunter said. “The seaweed got wrapped around the strap and that ended up holding me down

Student Jojuan Hunter had a near-death experience after surfing when he was younger. *Submitted photo

in the water.” While trapped in the seaweed under the water, Hunter said that he remembers instantly panicking making

it harder for him to survive the incident. “As a little kid, not thinking to just unstrap from the sea wood and the boards

Many quotes from his works decorated the wall behind his altar. Everyone was encouraged to try the bread of the dead, or pan de muertos, which is a semi-sweet bread covered in sugar and is traditionally consumed on the day of the festival. Dr. Ana Bausset-Page brought the festival to Western, and is excited about more possible cultural holidays taking place here in the future. “We should be thinking of doing others,” Bausset-Page said. “Last year in Utah we did this a lot. Since I am one of the advisors -- [Francisco Castilla Ortiz] and I advise the Spanish Club -- I said why don’t we have the Day of the Dead, and so this started to get bigger and bigger; so that’s kind of cool.” McCrerey was especially grateful to the faculty. “They are really helpful,” McCrerey said. “They provide a lot of the decorations, it was something, as a club, we decided to do; but they were very important in help-

ing to get a lot of input together.” The idea of expanding one’s self and the importance of learning about other cultures seemed to be the prevailing attitude throughout. “If somebody goes to Mexico and they go to the Day of the Dead and see all of this, they would probably be freaked out,” McCrerey said. “So if they are able to find out now that it’s more about celebrating life, and that it’s not something freaky, then it gives them something of a cultural advantage. Awareness, I think, is good.” Third semester Spanish student Sarah Briscoe went on to agree, and explains more about what the experience can offer students. “For the students who haven’t been anywhere else, they get to see what it’s like there, and they get to learn more,” Briscoe said. “Especially with international students here at Western, students here get to learn more about what they lived with in different countries.” Bausset-Page explains why

strap, I freaked out,” Hunter said. “So I start to struggle with the sea wood by toggling with it and next thing I know, I blacked out.” After about 15 seconds, Hunter found himself in a situation that he was unfamiliar with. At first he thought it was all a dream but he then realized that he was experiencing something much different. “It felt like I was in a worm hole,” Hunter said. “It was black, but I saw flashes of white speckles. I heard voices as I traveled through the worm hole and at the end of the worm hole, was a light.” Then he felt someone. “I felt hands grazing me,” Hunter said. “Once I got closer to the light, the worm hole ended and everything was just silent and peaceful. I continued to get closer to the light and once I did, I opened up my eyes and I was in the back of an ambulance on my way to a hospital.” Hunter noted that paramedics did try to revive him while he was unconscious on the beach. Hunter said

that the paramedics told him later on that he was clinically dead at the beach. “I drowned in the ocean,” Hunter said. “They tried to revive me on the beach. At that point, they put me in the ambulance. They had to pump my stomach because I was so small at the time and I had so much water inside of me.” After arriving at the hospital, Hunter did have to stay in for a day to make sure there weren’t any other complications. He had to visit the doctor once but he stated that there wasn’t any after effect that affected him moving forward. “After the incident, everything went back to normal,” Hunter said. “As I got older I started to tell people about my experience, and of course people did not believe me.” Portia Ray has been friends with Hunter for about 10 years now, and she admitted that once she heard the story, she immediately thought he was lying to sound cool. “I did think he was lying,” Ray said. “But his mom

eventually backed it up so I ended up seeing the truth in it. It was very shocking. It was a pretty interesting story actually.” Ray felt that Hunter experience is something that he will never forget because you hear people talking about dying a lot, but Hunter has actually had a real life experience. Student Chantel Lee felt a little of the same but admitted that she did gain a tremendous amount of respect for Hunter. “We were just having a conversation about his childhood and that ended up being brought up,” Lee said. “I was shocked and impressed so it kind of made me respect him more. I was just really impressed with the fact that he went through something so life changing." Hunter did state that he stayed away from swimming pools and beaches for a while but with encouragement from friends, he eventually overcame the fear and has been swimming ever since.

Western welcomes the dead on Dia de los Muertos Andy Garrison | Staff Writer Two altars, one red and one white, covered with skulls and ghostly skeletal effigies and with small candles winking along their edges, leaned heavily against the far wall of Blum 218 on Nov. 1; these figures represent beacons meant to attract the souls of those long dead and gone. This is no séance though. It’s the second annual celebration of the Day of the Dead. After a presentation by Spanish Club President Eric McCrerey and a couple of brief explanatory speeches by Western’s Spanish instructors, everyone was invited to decorate some traditional Day of the Dead artwork and come to inspect the altars. The white altar was decorated to honor Eva Peron. She was a very well-liked women’s rights activist in Argentina. The red altar was decorated to honor Carlos Fuentes. He was a celebrated writer about Mexican culture.

Up close and personal with Mr. Moe, M. Taylor from L.A.M.E. group Q: So, tell us about your hip-hop.

Q: So, do you have a studio?

A: As far as our hip-hop goes, we still do that. Right now we are mainly focusing on pop, it’s just the direction that we took from an investor that we had. He gave us the idea so we took it and ran with it; and right now, it’s been treating us pretty good. As far as back to the hip-hop, we started that together, me and Moe, about a year and like maybe three or four months ago. We were both already doing music, but that’s just when we got together as a group to get some things done. We first came out with a single I produced, and it’s called "Body of a Dancer." From there, we just took that on the road and did a couple of shows with that. Then we went back to the drawing board and came out with a mix tape. That got a pretty good response and then that’s when we ran into the investor, from the work that we had done on that mix tape. He gave us the idea, and we just took that and ran with it and we turned into something that we do right now.

A: Yes, yes we have seven studios. We actually carry a studio on the bus with us. We’ve been on tour for the last two months in seven cities, and so you guys are actually the last city.

Q: So are you Mac or PC? A: Definitely a Mac.

Q: Where is the industry now as far as the two platforms are concerned? A: It’s gearing toward Mac, but the bigger studios use PC. I know our studio in Dallas we used to use PC on most of the computers that we did have; but when it goes to editing in the field, we use Mac.

Q: What is the process from the film [soundtrack work they had done] being made, to you walking in the door? What is the time cycle in all of it? A: As far as getting your foot

in the door, first you have to build yourself. That’s for if you are going to do music, if you’re going to do films, whatever you gotta do, you gotta build your character, who you are, what’s your product that you are trying to sell. Because you can’t walk into the doors unprepared, or without a resume, or without previous work that you had done before; so it would be building yourself first. The more preparation that you take with yourself, the more open the doors will be for you.

Tables were set up for the second annual Day of the Dead celebration in Blum Union on Nov. 1. Andy Garrison | Staff Writer

it is important to understand the culture, and what the day of the dead means to her. “It’s a lot more about culture and the understand-

ing of why people do this,” Bausset-Page said. “Actually, it brings a lot up to me about the idea of respect for the dead that we do have in Latin

American culture or Spanish culture. We do respect our dead, and we honor them instead of just forgetting about them.”

L.A.M.E. duo, Mr. Moe and M. Taylor, show off their “Living at Maximum Elevation” hand gestures after their performance at the WAC Blacklight Party. Christian Mengel | Asst. Sports Editor

Q: How much time passes throughout the whole process, from writing, to recording to distributing a song? A: The way the industry is set up now, everything is so fast. Everything is so much faster than it was back then. It's really on you, and how well you want that project [to turn out]. I say we can record a song, record a beat, write the song in about a week. Is that how you want to do it? Maybe not, you know you probably want to get marketing behind it. But hey, it's up to you guys.

L.A.M.E. is currently working on their first album, “Giant Grapes and Astronauts.” Their first single (that shares the same title of the album) can be purchased on iTunes. Christian Mengel | Asst. Sports Editor


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Editorial:Graduating students left in the dark VOICE CAMPUS

The future of students graduating has been trampled down by hidden fees and secretive dates making it almost impossible for graduation. Missouri Western might offer students a great opportunity through earning a degree, but trying to get out of college after you have passed all these classes might be a challenge. Students who are seniors and looking forward to graduation have many obstacles to get through before they can walk across that stage to receive their diploma. It seems that many students who are entering their last year of college don’t receive much guidance through the university. The only source of information that students may receive is through email about deadline dates. Though that might be the way things have been done at Western in prior years, it doesn’t make it the right one. Advisers can give students guidance about classes, but as for the dates, times and

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seconds leading up to deadlines, many of them don’t have that information. Students who plan to graduate in the fall have to apply months in advance. If its students pass a deadline date, they are forced to pay an additional fee of $25 on top of the $40 to be required


Opinion Editor | Matt Hunt | When you come to college, you expect to take classes that deal with only your degree. The fact is many people don’t realize how many other classes you must take to earn that degree. It’s amazing how much a university makes each year from students. They not only have to pay for the classes, housing, and supplies, but they now have to pay tuition for classes that deal with absolutely nothing with their degree. It seems quite amazing that for students to graduate from college, they must take classes such as canoeing or

for graduation and it’s the same for the spring semester. The problem doesn’t stop there because it continues on with other fees that students still have not been given information on. If you are a student who is a double major, you are required to pay an additional fee on top

of the first one you are paying for. Western could offer students a better viewpoint on when deadline dates are so they won’t be forced down this avenue. Seniors are heading down into the final stretch if they plan on graduating in December, but for

es in history and English. It’s just a huge joke that all four-year universities play to get more funding from students. It’s quite difficult for some students in an area that knows nothing about history or science to take those courses. Requiring students to take courses in their degree and to chop off the rest would be beneficial. It seems and sounds easier said than done, but tech schools and two-year schools all across the country are doing it. The solution is simple and the way to go about the process is easy as well. If uni-

versities would just require the courses students need for their degree, then the graduation rate would go up because students would be interested and not bored with these unnecessary classes. Students get burnt out on these courses which they don’t have a greater understanding towards, and to take the load off of them to achieve and learn more from their degree would be the best solution. Missouri Western has considered a school such as this, but the degrees are minor

those who plan to graduate in the spring should consider looking at what is required for graduation now. The deadline for the spring was this past week, and students now have five days to pay the additional fee to be considered for graduation if you didn’t know. There was no real information released and now students are again put back in the black. The only additional information students can get about deadline dates is through the registrar’s office or online hidden within the registrar’s website. The big detail that students should know about is that official transcripts with graduation information and the Western diploma will not be released if any financial obligation exists with the university. So if you’re a senior headed into the final stretch of your college career, consider taking action now and letting Western know they need clear instructions for students to get out and receive their degree.

Universities waste students’ money and time

bowling. The last time there has been a degree for either one of those courses was… never. So why students must be forced to take these courses in college to earn their degree? The university says that it’s for us to open up new avenues to things we have never experienced. Well, that might be good for some students, but the majority of students who attend just want their degree. It’s just plain ignorant that these are requirements for graduation. Students who plan to go into nursing are being forced to take class-

Students speak out

ones. The huge departments such as business and nursing should not require their students to take a swimming or upper history class because they will never use it. Something is going to have to change because too many students are giving up and not looking toward that brighter future of earning a degree. These gen-ed courses are killing off the student population each year and are the result of a lower graduation rate. It seems that the status quo needs to change now.

Student writes Vartabedian addressing tobacco policy

Mr. President,

Mr. Dew,

As you read this, know that I do not smoke let alone on campus. I intend to address liberties supposed “unalienable”. Wherefrom are the “proofs” that tobacco “results in a significant health hazard”? Who performed the research? Who funded the research? Can you prove the studies were performed free from bias? Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle proves no experiment is free of influence due to observation, and to extrapolate that proof to the realms of bureaucracy, agendas personal, political, financial, easily shows this “health concern” has more to do with control and serves as another example of moral legislation, which violates the US Constitution. What if, instead of limiting our rights under the veil of “public health,” “the greater good,” etc., we address and research the triggers of substance abuse, so that this “problem” may be surmounted by self-overcoming (acknowledgment, acceptance, transcendence) rather than by force which leads to greater civil unrest and further dis-ease?

I am responding on behalf of President Vartabedian. Our interest in providing a safe and healthy environment for Missouri Western State University employees, students, and others who spend time on campus is the driving force behind the establishment of a policy that prohibits tobacco use on the campus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a wealth of evidence that supports this position. In addition, the student organization, the staff association and the faculty senate all supported this policy. Thank you for your interest in this matter. Research_Part2.doc Thank you, sir, Dereck W. Dew

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What would you do if the world ended in 2012? Jessica Ralston Senior

“I would probably go sledding down Mount Everest!”

Genevieve Stoops Freshman

“I would probably go to sleep and it would be peaceful.”

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“I would just go play some video games.”

Derek Thompson Junior

“I would probably wrestle a jungle cat.” Check out the full responses at

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Griffons outrun Ichabods 56-28 Kyle Inman | Sports Editor

Stopping Missouri Western's running game looked unattainable against Washburn after beating the Ichabods 56-28 on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Spratt Stadium. It was senior day for the 22 seniors, and the team made it a game to remember. “I thought we played well,” coach Jerry Partridge said. “We did not execute in the passing game as well as the running game, but we didn’t feel like they could hold up against our zone running game, and they didn’t.” The fireworks started when quarterback Travis Partridge ran for a 5-yard touchdown run with eight minutes left in the first quarter. The touch-

The Griffons rush out on the field as they prepare to take on the Washburn Ichabods. Before the game, the Griffons honored their 22 seniors. Tevin Harris | Asst. Photo Editor

down was the first of Partridge’s three rushing scores.

Partridge connected with Tyron Crockom on a 45-yard touchdown that resulted in the only passing score and gave the Griffons a 14-0 lead in Eric Jones the first quarter. Colt Schulte After the deBrian Chiles fense continued to pound on the Macon Allan Ichabods offense, Mitch Giger running back Kyle Knox Mike Hill started to pick away at Brandon Wright the defense as he Ben Pister broke off a 36-yard David Bass touchdown run, giving the GrifSean Tray Bryson fons a 21-0 lead John Brown ending the first

Western football honors 22 seniors # 1 Jeremy Weston # 2 Ben Jackson # 4 TJ Fannin # 7 Shane Simpson # 11 Tarrell Downing # 22 Michael Hill # 44 Dan Ritter # 48 Raymond Cottman # 51 Jordan Nicholas # 64 Michael Yardley # 67 Nick Clark

# 68 # 69 # 70 # 71 # 76 # 80 # 81 # 90 # 91 # 96 # 99

quarter. “He can do it all,” coach Partridge said. “He is running well, and he is running away from people. We need Michael Hill on offense.” The second quarter started with more dominance from Hill and the running game. The offense continued to makes plays down the field by utilizing the run game as well as the passing, ending another drive with a 3-yard touchdown run from Hill. The defense held the Ichabods scoreless, 28-0, until halfway through the second quarter. Running back Hayden Groves outran the Griffons

on a 71-yard scamper. The Ichabods defense stopped the Griffons and were able to push out another score before halftime, making the score 28-14. “We did have a bad stretch late in the first half,” coach Patridge said. “They popped that big run on us after they saw our safeties were in the box. It made us gameplan at halftime, and we came out and answered the call and got after them in the second half. Western's defense, led by senior David Bass, raised the intensity by staying strong after the two touchdowns from Washburn (7-3, 7-3 MIAA). Bass came up with a big sack for a loss that gave the momentum back to the Griffons (9-1, 8-1). “We had a couple of busted plays that allowed them to get two scores on us,” Bass said. “But our mindset never changed. We just trusted in our offense. We had to fix some minor problems and bounce back.” Bass finished the game with seven tackles, two resulted in a loss and one sack. From there on, the defense bullied the Ichabods offense and left the rest for Hill. The running game was just too much for the Washburn defense, and Hill ended up having a career day. He finished the game with 259 yards and three rushing

scores off of 26 carries. Hill was only 25 yards shy from breaking the single game rushing record, but he was able to break the school's single season rushing record with 1,688 yards. “I honestly think that we have the best back in the nation right now,” Bass said. “I would take [Hill] over anybody, in any level. It doesn’t surprise me when he puts up the numbers he does. We don’t need to pass the ball.” After three quick running scores put the Griffons up 56-14, it was time to give Hill and other starters a rest. Backup running backs Dominic Thomas and Raphael Spencer racked up some yards while running the clock with Spencer also rushing for a 20-yard touchdown. The final touchdown marked it 56-28, and the Griffons were satisfied with the win. However, they know next week brings a new challenge as they face their rival Northwest Missouri State (9-1, 8-1) next week, with the outright MIAA championship on the line. “We are a well-coached group,” offensive lineman Nick Clark said. “Our team chemistry is good, and I feel that if we continue to do our jobs, you will continue to see displays like today for the rest of the season.”

Student shoots for 2016 Team USA

(Left) Thomas Huitt-Johnson shows his wrapped fist before getting ready for a fight in Las Vegas, Nev. in May 2012. (Center) Huitt-Johnson readies for himself for another combination in a fight. (Right) He does his signature “kneel and point” before being announced the winner in one of his matches at the National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas, Nev. *Submitted photos

Christian Mengel | Asst. Sports Editor

After winning the Kansas City Golden Gloves tournament for the fifth year in a row and competing multiple times on national stages, the

Five fun facts about Thomas 1. The amateur boxer started boxing at age 9. 2. Thomas is a southpaw (left-handed). 3. He is a five-time KC Golden Glove Champion. 4. He has traveled to several cities, including Las Vegas and Chicago. 5. Thomas has two older brothers that also box.

2016 Olympics is his next desired destination. Convergent media major Thomas Huitt-Johnson is a prominent boxer when he’s not in class. The young fighter has owned his weight class in the Kansas City region and competed at the National Golden Gloves level five years running in Salt Lake City, Denver, Little Rock, Tulsa and Las Vegas. Huitt-Johnson grew up around the sport of boxing and had his first official fight when he was 9 years old, weighing in at a hefty 53 pounds. “My older brothers started when they were 10 and 11, and at that time I was like 2 or 3, so I was born into it basically,” Huitt-Johnson said. “My brothers were the ones who actually started. I was always hanging around the gym as a little toddler.” Huitt-Johnson has always looked up to his older brothers and their boxing careers, but also looked up to wellknown fighters such as Floyd

Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. “Floyd Mayweather is really fast and is really laid back; he doesn’t throw a lot of punches,” Huitt-Johnson said. “I really like Floyd’s style the most because he doesn’t ever get hit and that’s like me; I don’t get hit very often. But how he acts out of the ring tarnishes it. I’d say Manny Pacquiao is my favorite because of the way he handles himself outside of the ring, and that’s how I like to be.” He might put a lot of hard work toward his boxing career, but it definitely isn’t his only passion. “If I don’t make the 2016 Olympics, I’ll be done with boxing,” Huitt-Johnson said. “I’ll hang around the sport, but I’m not interested in being a professional boxer. That’s why I’m going to school for convergent media. I want to write sports or do radio. I’m not sure if it’ll be for boxing, but I know a lot about it, and basketball and

football, also. Writing for a newspaper or any publication would be cool.” Writing always was his favorite thing to do as a child. He would always take advantage of opportunities that allowed him to write fictional stories. Although he’s grown up, his passion for writing hasn’t changed. Huitt-Johnson sees himself one day having a career in sports journalism, and although he is currently a sports reporter for the St. Joseph News-Press, he said he still has a while before his boxing career is done. To most people an overall record of 52-22 would sound like a seasoned fighter on the verge of hanging up the gloves. When that fighter is only three years out of high school, the young gun hasn’t even hit his physical prime yet. Huitt-Johnson’s fights aren’t your typical wannabe-Kimbo Slice backyard brawls; each fight takes months to prepare for. Huitt-

Johnson’s coach for the past five years, Jason Redmond, believes that he has an advantage over most of the fighters he faces. “Tommy is a really good kid,” Redmond said. “He fights hard and is smart. He separates himself from the rest because of his knowledge of boxing.” After falling just short of making the 2012 Olympics by losing to the guy who made team USA for his weight class, he now has all the more reason to train harder than ever before. He’s now on the clock to do whatever it takes to represent America on the international level and has many fights left in front of him. Huitt-Johnson is continuing to perfect his craft, both as a student and a fighter. He’s as hungry as ever to add more wins to his record and bump his resume up from a national level boxer to an Olympic athlete for team USA.


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Volleyball excites crowd on senior night

(Left) Middle Blocker (14) Amanda Boender joins Setter (9) Jordon Chohon as they go up for a block against Quincy University. (Middle) The crowd goes crazy during the Griffons’ close game. The Griffons triumphed three sets to one (21-25,25-21,25-16,25-19). (Right) Seniors Lindsey Williams and Torey Lyman pose for a pic before the Griffons’ last home game. Tevin Harris | Asst. Photo Editor and Evan Roberts | Photo Editor

Mika Cummins | Staff Writer Missouri Western Volleyball said goodbye to its two seniors on Nov. 6 as they made it a night they won’t forget for some time. Western hosted Quincy University Tuesday night for its final home match of the season and to honor their seniors. Prior to the game, the senior outside hitters, Torey Lyman and Lindsey Williams, were presented with framed jerseys before they played their last match in MWSU Fieldhouse. However, Williams had torn three of the four ligaments in her knee and has

been out for about half of the season while Lyman had been out with a stress facture in her leg. Later in the season, Lyman returned to the court but was sidelined again due to a sprained ankle. So unfortunately on the night that meant to honor them and their accomplishments, neither of them actually suited up to play. But that didn’t keep them from cheering on their team to victory. Western started out sluggish and fell quickly to Quincy. With only eight kills to the Hawks 13, the Griffons lost the first set 2125. Switching sides seemed to do a lot

for the Griffons. With their backs against the wall, the Griffons kicked it into high gear in the second set, having four blocks and 17 digs to Quincy’s 14. They made it an even match with a 25-21 win in the second set. With the match even, Western was ready to keep their momentum going. They had 11 kills on the Hawks seven. The Griffons claimed the third set 25-16. The Griffons quickly made it clear that they wanted the victory. A quick 25-19 sweep helped Western claim the win and improve them to a 15-15 record. Outstanding players on the night were freshman Jessie Thorup with 14 kills, Stephanie Hattey with 15

digs and Jordan Chohon with 28 assists. One of the highlights included claiming the match point off of an opponent’s head. Lyman, a business marketing major and management minor, recorded two years at Johnson County Community College before becoming a Griffon. There, she was named First Team AllRegion VI selection and Second Team All-East Jayhawk Conference. In her career at Western, she played in 45 matches. She also collected 12 assists, 96 kills, 29 service aces and 378 digs. Lyman plans on working at a golf course and being the sports marketing person there. “[Being a Griffon] has been awesome,” Lyman said. “It’s

been a good transition, coming from a junior college. It’s hard to go from playing with one team for two years and then transferring to come play for a completely different team. But it’s been great.” Williams, a biology major, was also a two-year transfer student from JUCO. She played for Butler Community College her first two seasons where she was named Second Team AllJayhawk Conference in 2010 and broke Butler’s record for aces in a career. During her last serve (that happened to be an ace), she suffered a seasoning-ending knee injury on Sept. 14 against Missouri Southern. Williams wants to become a physical therapist.

“Our teammates have made it really good transition-wise,” said Williams. “The people around campus and the other Griffon athletes are really just nice people. They remind us of the people back home in Kansas.” With both of the seniors being JUCO transfers, they haven’t had much time to prove themselves as players. Coach Cory Frederick noted the unfortunate circumstance of both of the seniors playing on their senior night. “Both Torey and Lindsey have been busting their butts and they were doing a great job for us,” Frederick said. The Griffons will finish off their season on the road against Pittsburg State and Southwest Baptist.

No. 11 Western to battle against No. 4 Northwest for MIAA crown GRIFFONS



ATHLETE of the WEEK JORDAN CHOHON #9 - Setter Jordan Chohon had a season high of 28 assists on Tuesday’s game against Quincy State. In addition to her assists, she had numerous saves off block attempts and broken plays that kept the rally going. She had 12 digs and 2 assisted blocks. Overall, Chohon had a standout performance in her first home appearance leading a single setter offense.

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Kyle Inman | Sports Editor No. 11 Missouri Western (9-1, 8-1 MIAA) travels to Maryville to take on bitter rival No. 4 Northwest Missouri State (9-1, 8-1 MIAA), and the winner will be crowned MIAA champion. Besides having the conference championship on the line, there are also post-season implications. The winner will host a home playoff game while the loser will likely be forced to play on the road. “It’s going to be two good football teams battling it out and that’s the way it’s supposed to be,” quarterback Travis Partridge said. “We are all just looking forward to the whole scenario. It’s going to be a blast,” This is the 18th time the

Griffons and Bearcats have played in Maryville, and Northwest has won the last five straight. The last time Western won against Northwest on the road was in 2001. The Griffons and Bearcats split games last season with Northwest winning a playoff game 35-29 and ending the Griffons season at Spratt Stadium. The Northwest fans proceeded to storm the field in celebration. “It was a big win for them and a big playoff win so I expected them to storm the field,” coach Jerry Partridge said. “They’ve done enough things over the last decade and a half to fuel my fire, I’m not going to let one incident do that.” Both schools have been blowing out high-quality MIAA teams over the last few weeks. Western has defeated

Pittsburg State 63-14, Emporia State 57-28 and Washburn 56-28 while Northwest has taken down Missouri Southern 38-14, Emporia State 5510 and Washburn 56-6. Travis Partridge is used to preparing for tough MIAA teams on a weekly basis. He is motivated by the things the Griffons can gain by winning and has confidence in his team to get the job done. “We’ve had three big football games in a row and we’ve had our backs against the wall and we’ve responded,” Partridge said. “They are a good football team but they are human just like everyone else.” The biggest games freshman cornerback Michael Jordan has played in was a pair of state championship games in high school, but he said he’s ready to become part of

this rivalry. “I’ve heard a lot about the rivalry and that it will be real rowdy,” Jordan said. “I’m looking forward to it honestly. A lot of people around the town are talking about it like it’s the biggest game, and I know what’s at stake, but for me it’s just another game.” Jordan will have his hands full with talented wide-outs Jordan Simmons and Tyler Shaw, but believes he can shut them down. Travis Partridge said the hostile Northwest crowd won’t intimidate the Griffons. “We’ve played in front of 12,000 at Pitt, and that was about as loud of a crowd as you can get,” Partridge said. “If you are a competitor, you look forward to this.”

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Griffon basketball sacrifices experience for talent Division I transfer plays last season at Western Christian Mengel | Asst. Sports Editor


Kyle Inman | Sports Editor


fter a 9-17 season that was full of singledigit losses last year, coach Tom Smith knew he needed to add more talent in order to pull away late in tight MIAA games. Smith added an influx of new players and believes the versatility of his new post players could be the strength of this year’s team. Junior college transfers 6-foot-5-inch Alfreeman Flowers, 6-foot-8-inch Dzenan Mrkaljevic and 6-foot-7inch Cedric Clinkscales give the Griffons a revamped group of post players. Smith considered last year’s big men very one-dimensional and believes that Flowers and Mrkaljevic can score on the block or step out and create points from the perimeter. “I’ve always liked inside guys who can go to the perimeter and create matchup problems,” Smith said. “That’s something that I’ve been looking for the last couple of years and haven’t found.” The Griffons also feature a deep guard rotation that features returning players James Harris, Dylan Frantz, Reed Mells and newcomer Adarius Fulton. Harris averaged 11.6 points per game last season as a junior while Mells averaged 5.5 as a true freshman. Shooting guard Frantz provided hustle and very good defense before being sidelined for the last part of the season with a thumb injury. Fulton has stepped in as the starting point guard, which gives Harris and Mells and chance to come in and provide instant firepower off the bench. “Taking Reed and James and bringing them off the bench right now is probably a good sign,” Smith said. “It just shows that we are a little deeper at the guard position than we were last year and allows them to concentrate more on scoring.” The small forward position features returning sharp shooter Alex Tuluka-Mfumupembe with depth from strong athletes Tevin Harris and Kalvin Balque. The Griffons were picked No. 12 in the preseason MIAA coaches poll and No. 13 by the media, but are confident in their ability to far exceed the expectations. “I think we are top three,” James said. “I just think our chemistry is way better. It’s not a one man team, it’s five people playing as a team.”

The 6-foot-8-inch forward Dzenan Mrkaljevic takes a mid-ranged shot against the Livin’ the Dream team. Jason Brown | Photo Contributor

“I don’t think winning is going to be a surprise, because I’m expecting to win,” Mells said. “If you think the Griffons are going to be bad this year, then you will be surprised, but I won’t be surprised.” Flowers believes that the physicality of the MIAA conference plays to the strengths of the current team. “I heard it’s a very physical conference and we are a very physical team,” Flowers said. “We are playing each other tough so it’s second nature come game time.” One thing that concerns Smith is the lack of experience at this level with the newcomers. He doesn’t want his players to underestimate the conference strength. “The good thing is that we have more talent,” Smith said. “One bad thing is they haven’t gone through the MIAA, and through the caliber of competition, they

will see at Division II. So many times kids find out that the athleticism at DII is pretty good.” As a senior leader, James is trying to prepare his team for the close fought battles to come. “It’s a very physical conference and you can’t play by the refs,” James said. “Play for your team, sometimes the refs don’t be on your side. We have to compete for the full 40 minutes.” The Griffons are 1-1 in two exhibition games this season. The first coming in a tightly contested loss to Division I Missouri State 81-67 while the win came by way of a 112-73 game against Livin’ the Dream. “Everybody on this team can play ball,” Flowers said. “If there’s someone who needs to come out, we have the players that can come in and put the ball in the hole.”

or a new coach, first impressions are important when it comes to showing their commitments to the program. Getting a Division I athlete to come to a Division II school is not a bad start. Heather Howard, former Oklahoma State University forward, has one last year of eligibility left. Rob Edmisson, the new women’s basketball coach, has convinced her to play out that year as a Griffon instead of a Cowgirl. “I came up here and I loved it,” Howard said. “I loved coach Edmisson’s attitude about coaching and life and everything in general. I loved the girls I met here and the girls that were on a visit at the same time I was. It was just the right fit.” Edmisson saw Howard as a perfect fit for the style of play he wants to bring to Western and believes her abilities are hard to come by at this level. “She’s 6’3” and runs as well as most guards in this conference,” Edmisson said. “She can step out and shoot, she’s really agile and really athletic. She’s going to be a hard matchup in this conference because of her mobility. She fits into our style of play and we like to be fast and really get up and down the floor.” Howard was an outstanding student at Oklahoma State. She loaded herself up with enough credits to graduate a year early. Aware of her academics being ahead of schedule, she was ready to be done as an athlete as well. That was until Edmisson contacted her through her coach and convinced her to go on a visit. “At first I had no interest because I thought I was burned out on basketball and kind of ready to be done,” Howard said. “The more I talked to him, the more I thought about it and prayed about it and I said to myself, ‘I have one year left; if I don’t take this opportunity now, I’ll regret it the rest of my life.’” Teammate KC Clouser is excited for what Howard

I have one year  left; if I dont take  this opportunity  now, Iʼll regret it the rest of my life.

brings to the team. “She creates tons of mismatches on the court due to her height and abilities beyond the arch,” Clouser said, “and putting the ball on the floor and running the floor as a big girl.” Although there are a lot of changes going on in the women’s basketball program, there is no room for excuses when it comes to a team this competitive. “We sat down at the beginning of the season and said one of our main goals was to be in the top three teams of the conference,” Howard said. Howard not only has team goals to seek and accomplish, she also has personal goals as well. “In the past I’ve always put a lot of pressure on myself,” Howard said, “and when I haven’t met my expectations, I’m really hard on myself and that drags me down even more. I’ll still put pressure on myself, but in a way I can let loose and have fun and love the game that I play.” There will definitely be less pressure on her as a Griffon than there was as a Cowgirl from the crowds’ perspective. Just last season, Howard had played in games that equal the average attendance of Western’s football games. In one game in particular against Iowa State, she played in front of a crowd of over 10,000. Last season the OSU team played in front of crowds that totaled up to be over 116,000 fans. It’s probably safe to say that she will be fine under pressured situations in front of MIAA crowds. She definitely will bring much needed experience to a very fresh team. She has done things that not a lot of Division II athletes ever get to experience, such as play in the Big 12 Championship and find playing time during March Madness in the NCAA tournament.

Heather Howard gets ready to shoot a 3-pointer during the Livin’ the Dream game. Jason Brown | Photo Contributor

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Eboni Lacey | Editor-in-Chief

irst-year Missouri Western Women’s Basketball coach Rob Edmisson said his first goal is to establish a commitment to being better. After taking over a team with a losing record of 7-26 and also losing one of the top players who won the title of all-time leading scorer, Edmisson knows his task is not a simple one. “The program has fallen on some hard times the last four of five years,” Edmisson said. “As a new coach, I understand that turning a program around takes time. We are trying to get kids to understand the time commitment and the effort and sacrifice you have to make to get better.” Shortly after the coach arrived, big changes were made. The returners on the roster quickly slimmed down from 11 to five: Alicia Bell, Brittany Griswold, Kallie Schoonover, Alex Saxen and KC Clouser. Edmisson defends his player turnover to something necessary to have a successful program. “We sat down and evaluated every player,” Edmisson said. “Some of the decisions we made were based on kids not making serious progress toward their class work and degree. The other thing we looked at is the style of play. If a player’s skill level does not fit and could not fit the style of play, it’s not fair to them to be in a program where it’s hard for them to be successful.” Edmisson noted that as a coach he is very intense, demanding and passionate which is something that he feels is vital for a positive turnaround. There’s no excuse for an “off day,” he says. “I’m not an easy coach to play for. I hold our kids accountable for everything they do.” Returning player and shooting guard Clouser understands that Edmisson’s strategy is very extreme, but she



(Above) Women’s Basketball team gets pumped up before tip off for the Livin’ the Dream game. (Below) Edmisson goes over plays during a timeout. Jason Brown | Photo Contributor

believes in it and feels that it can bring them success. “Coach Edmisson’s strategy is relentless and passionate and that really says a lot,” Clouser said. “On the court we definitely are starting to connect. I’m really looking forward to a season full of tenacity and even some dubs (wins).” Edmisson and his staff recruited numerous additions to the team, including six junior college transfers, all coming from successful programs. One of these players includes Lanicia Lawrence, who lead her junior college team to a record of 36-1, with their only loss being in the Junior College National Championship game. Lawrence started all 37 games averaging 3.92 points per game, 2.95 rebounds, 3.43 assists and 0.97 steals. Another addition is a 6-3, division 1 transfer from Oklahoma State University, Heather Howard. She has played in two Big 12 championships and the NCAA tournament. Howard played in 20 games her freshman year with Oklahoma State, followed by 31 games her sophomore year and 18 her junior year. Howard explained that she’s very eager for the season to start and feels Edmisson will help lead the team to victory. “His passion for the game is just so awesome -- it’s contagious,” Howard said. “In practices, if we get yelled at, its almost exciting because we know he is making us better.” Western will take on the University of Missouri-Kansas City this Friday at 6 p.m. in Kansas City. Conference play will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 against Quincy

unior college transfer Adarius Fulton is impacting the Griffons basketball team with his leadership in his first season at Western. “I try to talk to everybody on D (defense) and try to keep everybody’s spirits high,” Fulton said. “When things are going right in the game I can pick everybody up and let them know we have to be mentally tough.” Fulton has claimed the starting point guard position and has impressed in his first two exhibition games. He scored 20 points against Division I Missouri State on 6-for-7 from 3-point range and 7-for-9 from the field and added three assists and dropped 18 points with four assists and three steals against Livin’ the Dream. “I love the system, as far as the offense goes,” Fulton said. “Coach [Tom] Smith kind of lets you play to your strengths. It’s nothing like ‘go shoot threes’ or ‘go ball hog.’ Everybody passes the ball -- sometimes people overpass. He lets you do what you can do but not get carried away.” Smith sees Fulton as a pure point guard who stays under control and tries to make the smart play. At 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, he has good size for the point guard position. “Teammates say I’m kind of slow with the ball, so I

do the best that I can to speed it up,” Fulton said. “I’m composed, and I like to speed it up a little bit and slow it down if I don’t have something.” Fulton hails from Lithonia, Ga., and played two seasons at St. Johns River State College. He made first team All-Mid Florida Conference in 2011 and 2012 and was also named All-Region in 2012. His team won enough games to finish third in the conference during his freshman season, but he is coming off of a losing season due to a depleted roster as a sophomore. Fulton hasn’t experienced what playing against MIAA competition is like, but is very confident that the Griffons can fly under the radar and be a winning team. “In my mind we are number one already,” Fulton said. “We just have to have that attitude that we are number one. I’ve heard the league is very physical, but we are physical too so I think we can be number one in the conference.” If there’s one thing that matters to Fulton, it’s keeping great team chemistry and sticking together through any rough times throughout the season. “Things are going to get bad, maybe the ref makes a bad call, or teams jump on us and we just have to stay together as a family,” he said. “Listen to coach Smith most of all and just play hard.”

(Left) Adarius Fulton blasts through a Livin’ the Dream defender. (Right) Fulton sets up to pass the ball to a teammate. He is a transfer from St. John’s River State College. Jason Brown | Photo Contributor

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Reed Mells

Dzenan Mrkaljevic





Alfreeman Flowers




RPG 1.6

Guard Ht - 5ʼ11” Sophomore






Forward Ht - 6ʼ8” Junior

Forward Ht - 6ʼ5” Junior

22 PPG 8.1

RPG 6.2





Guard Ht - 5ʼ7” R-Senior


RPG 2.1

AST 2.58

Guard/ Forward Ht - 6ʼ4” Senior

Guard Ht - 6ʼ0” Senior


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Previous School

Alicia Bell



Ellsworth CC

Kankakee CC





Alex Tuluka-Mfumupembe




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JaQuitta Dever

Heather Howard

13 PPG .7 

RPG 1.6

Forward Ht - 6ʼ3” Senior

Oklahoma State Previous School

*Played in big games such as the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA DI Tournament

Lanicia Lawrence









3.92 2.95


AST 3.43

Guard Ht - 5ʼ6” Junior

Hutchinson CC

Previous School

14.1 3.4


STL 2.8

Guard Ht - 5ʼ5” Junior Seminole State College Previous School

Brittany Griswold

3 PPG 9.5

RPG 3.9

Forward Ht - 6ʼ1” Senior


The Griffon News Issue 10  

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

The Griffon News Issue 10  

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