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Western $7 million in black 2010-12 Ellis Cross | News Editor Matthew Hunt | Opinions Editor Missouri Western has had revenues exceeding its budget by more than $7.4 million in the last three years, building up reserves that had been depleted for several years prior to 2009. Interim Vice President for Financial Planning and Administration Rick Gilmore attributes the surpluses in part to being careful not to overestimate income from student fees and state revenue and not underestimating rising expenses. “We budgeted very conservatively; I mean, I hate to use the word profit,” Gilmore said. “We did not know from time to time how much we were going to get cut.” President Dr. Robert Vartabedian said outlook for the budget was a challenging time for Western last year. “We had cut all operating budgets at that point by 30 percent,” Vartabedian said.

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“We had a near hiring freeze. We had (and still have) a considerable amount of deferred maintenance needs. On top of all this, we were looking at a potential state appropriations cut of 12.5 percent.” The 12.5 percent cut proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon last year would have meant a $2.5 million cut. Instead, the state found money in other accounts and the appropria-

tions total was a $500,000 increase. Last year’s budgetary roller coaster left many members of the administration understandably queasy. “The number one reason for the surplus in the last budget was cutting back cost wherever we could,” Gilmore said. “We have also left many positions open.” Many positions have been left open and that action

should lower the cost of instruction, but the cost of instruction has gone virtually unchanged for three years, according to the Budget and Activity Report. This report is given to the CAP Board of Governors at fiscal year end. Those reports show a surplus of $2 million at the end of the 2010, $2.2 million at the end of 2011 and $3 million at the end of this past fis-

cal year, on June 30. That $3 million surplus was a sharp turnaround from the 2008 and 2009 fiscal year endings, when Western needed to pull a $4.3 million from reserves to balance the ledgers those two years combined. Those two years of withdrawals pulled the reserves down to $4.5 million, a 10-year low. The reserves are at a 10-year high now of $8.3 million. The Board of Governors can do three basic things with reserves. They can increase them, spend them down, or maintain them. Western’s Board hasn’t decided yet what to do with these funds. “This is a conversation the Board needs to have in the future,” Board of Directors Chair Kylee Strough said. “Keep in mind, reserves should not be used for ongoing expenses, but instead for one time purchases, improvements, etc. We are glad that we have reduced dependency on reserves for operations over the last few years.”


Western students create virtual storybook Michelle Cordonnier | Staff Writer The modern day “Hansel and Gretel” is more than just a fairy tale; it has become a “virtual storybook.” Beginning Nov. 2, 3 and 4, Missouri Western’s art and theatre department will present it combining digital animation and live performances. “Hansel and Gretel,” directed by professors Susan Carter and Eric Fuson, will host three performances at Potter Hall on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., Saturday Nov. 3 at

Students Truman Vasko and Danny Janovec created a lot of the play’s 3-D backgrounds, like “Moonlight,” the one shown here. *Submitted animation


Two nights to go for “The Voice of Western” Nathaniel Conant | Staff Writer Missouri Western has decided to pick up on the craze that has followed “The Voice” by creating its own version. Director of Student Life Isaiah Collier is the man whose idea it was to have “The Voice of Western” on campus. “I was watching the show at home one night and it hit me that this might be something the students would really get into,” Collier said. Collier put student Justin Edwards in charge of setting up “The Voice of Western.” “Obviously we had to downscale because of our campus size to make it easier for students to participate,” Edwards said. “Other than that we tried to change as little as possible from the show.”

(Left) Sara Matthews strums her ukulele while giving it her all. (Right) Jacob Mills gets into the song as he competes to win the $1,000 prize. Evan Roberts | Photo Editor

The first auditions were on Oct. 4 and Oct. 18. The three team captains are Morgan Breckenridge, Sarah Waters and Derek Thompson. “We reached out to the music department and they recommended these three

because they are advanced music students with an extraordinary ear for talent,” Collier said. In the first night of auditions they each chose six participants to be on their team. Originally there were going

to be five members per team, but the number of people that showed up to audition was higher than anticipated. “There were some amazingly talented people and I was so impressed with the voices he heard in the first

night,” Breckenridge said. “The main thing we looked for in people, besides a good voice obviously, is confidence in their voice because stage presence and confidence can make up for a mistake in their voice.” “The Voice of Western” has two more nights of competition. The other two shows are on Thursdays Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 in Leah Spratt Hall. Morgan was very excited about the range of competitors there were at the first auditions. “Everybody that was chosen to compete has very different and unique styles so it will be very interesting to see how they use those styles to their advantage,” she said.


Graduated studentathlete dies

Brittany Douglas

Matthew Hunt | Opinions Editor Brittany Toshene Douglas, former Griffon softball player from 2008-2011, died on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. She graduated from Missouri Western in the fall of 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation sport management. Douglas came to Western from St. Louis and had an outstanding career for the Griffons as an outfielder. As a senior, she was named to the NFCA Daktronics Second Team All-South Central Region squad and was named Western softball’s Female Athlete of the Year. She also earned First Team All-MIAA two times in her career. To see the video shown at the sports banquet in 2011, search “Brittany Douglas Softball gogriffs2541” on YouTube. In her final season, she helped the Griffon softball team earn a share in the MIAA Regular Season Title for the first time in Western’s history. Douglas finished her career with a total of a .317 batting average, 192 hits, 30 doubles, 101 runs batted in and 30 home runs; she ranks second on Western’s career home run list and ranks in the top 10 in several other categories. Douglas was also active in the community as she was named the StudentAthlete Advisory Committee’s Volunteer of the Year for the 2010-2011 season and also served the organization in many leadership roles. She was also viewed by her teammates as a person of respect and kindness. Former teammate Maegan Roemmich said she was able to play with Douglas for two years and spent time with her over the years. She said Douglas would do anything for anyone and always had a good time. “She loved to play jokes on people,” Roemmich said. “She also had a great sense of humor.” Former teammate Keri Lorbert said Douglas made many friends both on and off the field. She said that Douglas’ death has taken a toll on the many people that she knew. “She had so much to give to the world,” Lorbert said. “Someone with so much potential left the Earth too soon.”


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Winner to receive $1,000 VOICE:

The U.S. Army will be on campus recruiting in the Blum Lobby on Friday, Oct. 26. Visit them between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Want 20,000 employers to know about you? Then take the Bloomberg Assessment Test on Friday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-noon, in Murphy 107 or Friday, Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m., in Murphy 114. Register today at www.TakeTheBAT. com.

Candidate Forum Scheduled at Western Oct. 30 The department of economics, political science and sociology at Missouri Western State University will sponsor a public forum for candidates in two Buchanan County races at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the Kemper Recital Hall, inside Spratt Hall. The forum is free and open to the public.

Advisement for spring begins Oct. 31 Advisement for the Spring 2013 semester begins October 31, 2012. If you do not know who your advisor is please check on GoldLink, Student Academics tab under the Academic Profile section. Please contact this individual or the department concerning sign-up opportunities for advisement. Beginning at 7 a.m. on each date, the schedule listed below will be followed (degree-seeking students only): Seniors/ Master’s (90+ hours) begins Nov. 5. Juniors (6089 hours) begins Nov. 8. Sophomores (30-59 hours) begins Nov. 12. Freshman (0-29 hours) begins Nov. 14. Students who have a registration hold on their records will not be allowed to register.

The team captains are in charge of eliminating the contestants up until the last day of competition. Then a special guest judge will come in and help to make the final decision. “Although I won’t tell who the special guest is, I think people will be excited and enjoy his or her input,” Collier said. After the final competition, all of the students will vote for a winner. Edwards and Collier haven’t decided exactly how they will get and tally the votes. They are looking into a text line to help, but nothing is certain yet. The winner of “The Voice of Western” wins $1,000 in cash.


Drew Miller rocks out on his blue guitar as he sings one of his favorite songs. Evan Roberts | Photo Editor

Excess through sacrifice BUDGET:

CONTINUED FROM FRONT The total amount of income exceeding the budget is not going into reserves however. Revenue exceeding budget for 2012 was over $3 million dollars and only $1.8 million was put into reserves. The discrepancy happens again in 2011 when excess revenue exceeds the budget by $2.2 million and only another $1.8 million is going into the reserves account. It gets even worse when you go to 2010 with revenue exceeding the budget by is over $2 million and only $200,000 is transferred to the reserves account. So, how has Western been able to post a $3 million surplus this past year when the state has cut its appropriation by $3 million? This is how: • An increase in enrollment, which has gone up 27 percent from 2003 to 2011 • Sacrifices from students, who have faced tuition increases of 9.5 percent within the last 5 years • Sacrifices from stu-

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dents with cuts of more than $450,000 in scholarships in the last five years • Sacrifices from faculty and staff, which had no pay increase until the 2 percent increase last year • No additional personnel to accommodate increasing student population every year since 2003 • Cuts of 30 percent in operating budgets and in other university operations The students’ sacrifices and the increased enrollment have also been especially critical. The total revenue from the student fees jumped 39 percent from 2008 to 2012 from $20 million in 2008 to 2012’s total of $28.8 million. Students are making even more sacrifices this year, in spite of the recent surpluses. The Board of Governors voted in May to increase tuition by $100.00 per semester for 15 credit hours, although any gain in total revenues from that increase will likely be more than offset by a decline in students this fall of 3.5 percent and more importantly, a decline in credit hours of about 5 percent. In addition, the Student Senate voted in April to approve the Student Success

Act that added another $75 for full-time students, $50 for part-time and $25 for summer session students. The new student fees generated by the Sudent Senate, estimated to bring in over $700,000 for this fiscal year, have already brought in over $333,000 this fall semester. This act was passed by the SGA Student Senate and was supported by SGA President Jacob Scott. “This Student Success Act was designed to help the university through this difficult time,” Scott said. “I think if given the same situation, I would do it all over again.” Scott says that the SGA based their decision on the budget provided by the university. Scott had no knowledge of the Board of Governors Budget and Activity Reports during the time that they passed the Student Success Act. The proposed tobacco tax, if passed by a vote of the people, is expected to generate an additional $2.2 million, Gilmore said. If both these streams of revenue come in, it could increase Western’s bottom line as much as $3 million more than last year’s surplus of over $3 million.

3 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. The cast and crew have been on a shortened touring production through the local elementary schools, and later will be going to other parts of Missouri, specifically the Kansas City area. Students and instructors from Western’s art, animation, music, and theatre departments have joined forces this fall to produce a performance combining opera, animation, arts, and performance touring. This fall’s performance will not be the typical Broadway musical, but the virtual re-telling of a centuries old fairy tale. The cast will bring the “Hansel and Gretel” fairy tale to life, using operatic musical numbers, the animation of props, artistic scenery and a very talented cast. “We have quite a few talented students at Missouri Western, so the production of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ is great, it’s a combination of all the arts,” Carter said. “We have three national finals music students at Missouri Western.” The 3-D animation was produced by Western students on a computer animation program named Maya, which is also used in the production of Pixar films. Art instructor Fuson was amazed by the program and the concept of doing an animatedtouring production. “It is a very different experience for me,” Fuson said. “I am amazed at what these students can do nowadays. The idea of touring the schools and showing the kids what kind of things that are done with art, the career choices they can have in the art world really inspires me.” The two Western students most heavily involved in the animation process for “Hansel and Gretel” are Truman Vasko and Danny Janovec. These students designed the “Moonlight” backdrop and all the other 3-D animations. Animation instructor Pete Hriso guided the pair throughout the process of designing the 3-D sets using a computer animation program. Three separate screens will display the animated

affects of their bringing the story “Hansel and Gretel” to life. “Something on stage will be moving at all times,” Carter said. “The art department does a great job of helping to bring the story and the music to life.” Western’s version of “Hansel and Gretel” offers a multitude of talent as many art students, music students and theatre students spent months preparing for the performance. Western art students were involved in the design and production of backdrops and scenery. The scenery and backdrops, as well as the real projection on the animation screens will depict visions of the hovel in which Hansel and Gretel lived, that fades to a wooded area, and then moves to the evil witch’s house. Theatre and music students make up the cast of “Hansel and Gretel;” Jacob Mills has been cast as “Hansel,” and Adrienne Collins plays the character of “Gretel.” Sarah Waters and Daniel Brooks play the roles of “Mother” and “Father,” Ian Fast is the “Sandman,” student musician Kaitlyn Christian is the “Dew Fairy” and the character of the “Evil Witch” is student actor Jeremy Howe. The vocal opera music is accompanied by Ara Ju and Donovan Jones on piano as a two-piano orchestra. Many hours of practice went into the construction of a project this big. The combination of all the arts is a massive production that involved many people and an amazing amount of talent. The professors worked well with each other and felt that the show would be a great inspiration of creativity to the children of the elementary schools they will tour, as well as the Potter Hall audience on Nov. 2, 3 and 4. This is only the second time that Fuson has worked with a production that included digital animation. While digital animation is still a new program at Western, students and professors alike are already thinking of the next step -- the next production. “This is even better than a 3-D movie,” Fuson said.



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11:50 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, Lot G 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, Lot F 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, Blum Union 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, Logan Hall

Thursday, Oct. 25 Study Abroad Fair at 11 a.m. Political Science Film Series: “Wag the Dog” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 Department Wide Recital at noon Bystander Intervention Training at 4 p.m. Foreign Film Series: “Soul Kitchen” at 6:30 p.m. Griffon Women’s Soccer vs Missouri Southern at 7 p.m.

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Saturday, Oct. 27 Bystander Intervention Training at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 30 Health/Science Job and Internship Fair at 1 p.m. “Sea Monsters” Planetarium Show at 7 p.m. Griffon Volleyball vs Truman State at 7 p.m. Chris Peterson Junior Recital at 7:30 p.m.

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SGA allocates 20 percent to Student Affairs Katelyn Canon | Staff Writer Annually, the Student Government Association allocates 20 percent of the budget to Student Affairs. According to the SGA Bylaws and Policy Guide the money allocated to Student Affairs primarily funds the Center for Multicultural Education, the Center for Student Engagement, Intermural programs and Student Leadership Programs. Judy Grimes, the interim vice president for student affairs and dean of students, explained the importance of the SGA allocation. “It’s pretty normal in higher education that di-

rect student fees support Student Affairs,” Grimes said. “You’ll see it all over the country and especially in Missouri… the students in SGA wanted to provide in the constitution for a fixed allocation so that there would be some consistency in funding programming for students because it’s really focused on programming for students.” SGA President Jacob Scott said that in years previous to the allocation to Student Affairs funding for the CSE, CME, and the Non-Traditional Student Center “were funded up to the discretion of the SGA President.” Scott wants the student government to play a more active

role in the disbursement of the allocation. “ P e r s o n a l l y, I think that it should go back to the Student Government Association. We can fund the money out to the offices,” Scott said. “I think that we can create fixed allocations within student government and that’s something I’m pursuing as SGA President now is to get that money back into the student government’s hands.” At the end of the fiscal year remaining allocation

funds are carried forward to the next year. Last year, Student Affairs had a rollover of $95,030.48 bringing Student Affair’s beginning balance to $180,776.95.

“We have to keep some rollover there and we work with SGA to do that so in case say the [enrollment] numbers go down then we don’t collect as much money,” Grimes said. While Grimes highlighted the importance of Student Affairs having a rollover, Scott would like to see the balance given back to the student government. “I would like to see that roll back over to SGA. I think that we could do a lot of good things with that money and especially given the fact that Student Affairs already has their own operating budget,” Scott said, “I think we could use that money for a lot of good.”

Although the allocation is transferred from the SGA budget the funds are collected from a student fee. “What happens is you have a student government fee each semester… and then of that entire collection of fees it creates what it known as the SGA budget,” Scott said. “Then what was written into our constitution was that 20 percent of that budget would go to Student Affairs which usually equal about $90,000 but of course if kind of depends upon enrollment. To date Student Affairs approximates the total costs at $122,004.75, not including spring budgets for the CSE and CME.

City. Strong has worked as a law enforcement officer in Buchanan County for 36 years and was part of the drug strike force for 13 of those years. Strong and Grove both agreed that Western is a great neutral site that everyone interested in watching the debate can find very simply. In the commissioner race, Kovac, owner of the Kovac’s Fireworks store in Savannah, Mo., has served on the city council for two and a half years. If re-elected, Hooke plans on working even more with community expansion projects. “In preparing for a debate, I like to refresh on the budget

items and expenditures and just review everything within the department as best as I can,” Strong said. Grove likes to make sure he does his research. “Defeating an incumbent is always difficult, but you look inside their book and see what they’re doing right and wrong,” Grove said. “Also look into their budget and see how our money can be spent more adequately for our taxpayers.” Kovac’s major initiative is to make the county more accountable for their spending. His plan is to post online or in the paper anytime the county spends more than $5,000. Kovac talks about what his plans are for the fu-

ture. “I don’t like the way Ron has hidden the town meetings from everyone,” Kovac said. “My plan is to have two town meetings a month, with a taxpayer friendly meeting place and time. Also the agenda for the meetings will be up online in advance of the meeting, which is another thing Mr. Hooke hasn’t done while in office.” Don’t fret if you missed out on the first debate; there is a second forum with the sheriff candidates and the western commissioners on Oct. 30 in Kemper Hall.

Buchanan County candidates meet for debate Nathaniel Conant | Staff Writer Most people only look at the presidential race during an election year. There are also elections and debates that are happening much closer to home. One of these debates was on Oct. 17, at Missouri Western in Kemper Hall 101. Taking part in this debate were candidates for sheriff Mike Strong, who is the incumbent that is running against Pat Grove. Also there were candidates for Eastern District County Commissioner, Ron Hooke and his opponent, P.J. Kovac. Grove and Hooke are running with the Republican

Pat Grove - Republican Candidate for Sheriff

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party, and Strong and Kovac are the Democratic candidates. Grove is an alumnus of Western, graduating with

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L o ca l o r c h a r d s o f f er family fun for Halloween Michelle Cordonnier | Staff Writer

Missouri Western students have a variety of pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes that they can venture out to this Halloween. Local area orchards close to St. Joseph offer a variety of fun activities for Halloween. Family Fun Days are being offered at two of the nearby orchards on Saturday, Oct. 27. Both orchards will conduct a special event for Halloween. Hunts will have its own theatrical production, and Schweizers will host a state-sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull. Hunts Orchard, located northwest of campus, will host its Family Fun Day the same Saturday, although its event is open on weekends throughout the month of October. Hunts offers a variety of activities that are family-oriented. Hunts is located off North 129 Highway, take exit 60 near Amazonia. Hunts’ hours of operation are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Manager Brenda Carneal of Hunts Orchard says that Hunts has a production with a new theme every year. “This year’s theme is ‘Snow White and The Little People,’” Carneal

said. “It will be really fun and cute, the show has ran throughout the month, our last show will be held Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m.” Hunts offers people the chance to take hayrides to and from the pumpkin patch, a n d an opportunity to pick your own

pumpkin. Specific activities are geared towards children, but it is a family event so anyone may participate. “We offer hayrides, hay mazes, grass mazes, an obstacle course, pony rides, a petting farm, face-paint-

ing, there is a food tent and a bonfire where people can roast hot dogs and marshmallows,”Carneal said. “It is fun for the whole family.” Schweizers Orchard, just minutes from the Belt Highway, is located on Junction FF, off of Highway 169. Schweizers is (Left) Schweizers Orchard has a wooden train display that children may play on while waiting for open Monday through the hayride. (Above) Pumpkins can be found in the store at Schweizers Orchard. Michelle Cordonnier | Staff Writer Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. competition for Pedal a small playground and prizes. The pumpkins are However, Hal- Tractor Pulls. All ages are many other amenities for donated for the event by loween fes- allowed to participate but the youngsters. Schweizers Orchard. t i v i t i e s only children who meet Corey Schweizer, an “We don’t actually have and Fam- the age requirements may owner and operator of anything to do with the ily Fun compete for the honor of Schweizers, felt that a planning of the pumpkin Day will going on to the State Pedal large percentage of Fam- drop, we just donate the be held Tractor Pull. ily Fun Day is geared to- pumpkins -- but I imagine on Oct. A family or individuals wards the children, but it’s a good time,” Schweiz27. may take a hayride out to older people can have a er said. F a m - the pumpkin patch, pick good time, too. Halloween activities ily Fun a pumpkin, and wander “College students will around St. Joseph are Day at through the corn maze have fun, taking a hayride, geared towards safe famSchweizers located at the top of a hill picking a pumpkin, and ily-friendly fun. will include near the pumpkin patch. running through the corn a children’s cosDown the hill from the maze,” Schweizer said. tume parade, car- pumpkin patch is a store “Afterwards they can ennival games, bonfires, that sells Schweizers’ joy a hot cup of apple cifood concessions, and the freshly picked and made der, get some food and sit main event of Family Fun products, such as apple by the bonfire.” Day will be the Pedal Trac- butter, apple cider, pumpThe Eagle Radio station tor Pull for children. The kin breads and all kinds of also hosts an event for HalPedal Tractor Competi- yummy treats. loween, “The Great Pumptions are hosted by Myer’s Located near the store kin Drop,” which will also Pedal Tractor Pulls. is a straw maze for young be held Saturday, Oct. 27. The winners of the Pedal children to run through, People drop pumpkins Tractor Pull may qualify a working train that the off of a tall building, and and move onto a state kiddos can take rides on, some pumpkins contain


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'PARANOrMAL' Fails; Fourth time not the charm Brian Duskey | Multimedia Editor Like it or not, the film industry is primarily a business dependent on profit. So every once in a while, audiences will have to deal with some cheap-thrill moneymakers. “Paranormal Activity 4” is the latest. As a critic, you dread films like these. Every generation has them, and the quality is usually pretty consistent: poor. Nonetheless, this industry is still a business, and any critic, filmmaker or actor would be doomed without projects like these. They may be cheap, unoriginal, and occasionally boring, but without these films, there would be a struggle for filling theaters. If you are not familiar with the “Paranormal Activity” series, they are pretty simple. Basically, you have your typical supernatural haunting story that surrounds a family inside the privacy of their own home, but the films are made using the “found-

footage” style of filmmaking. The fourth installment deals with a preteen, Alex (Kathryn Newton), and a lot of the early moments in the story features her and her boyfriend from across the street. This actually is one of the few bright spots of the film because the relationship between them is rather entertaining. There is no need to get into the full-blown story of the film, because it is pretty irrelevant. The film is a tad different from the rest as it deals with this strange little kid who begins hanging around with Alex’s little brother and then they start to notice that he may be a tad demonic. No big deal. It deals with the same idea, the protagonist is being haunted by a demon within the household and so there is a lot of sudden movements and strange occurrences throughout to scare the viewers. There are very few moments within the film that are legitimately “scary” because the film is more of a tool than

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Katie Featherston  (who  plays  Katie) canʼt watch any of the “Paranormal” movies by herself.

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an actual narrative story. It mostly consists of still shots of the characters interacting and then a random jumpscare -- one of which was just a cat jumping on Alex’s computer, with a sharp jump in the music. The film does actually get pretty creepy and entertaining near the end of the film. There are some rather strange moments that can freak an audience out, but you really long for the entire film being that way. If the first three-fourths of the film had the feeling that the last 10 minutes did, it probably would of been one

of the creepier and more jarring films in recent years -but that isn’t the case. The two directors, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, obviously show they can scare an audience and can pull of a good cinematic experience in the horror sense, but this installment in the series is just a job for them, nothing that they particularly care about. The film is obviously made for the young high school crowd because of a lot of the random jumps and cheap “scares” within the film will work on them. There are moments of en-

tertainment between Alex and her boyfriend that I mentioned before that make the film still slightly amusing, so this isn’t the worst sequel to a franchise an audience has seen. Again, it’s not the worst horror film ever but it really isn’t worth the time for anyone over the age of 16. It’s simply 1982 again and this is our “Season of the Witch.”

Some artsy students today may hate the film and say how it is “ruining the industry,” but in reality, it is keeping it alive with its box office numbers. No need to spend nearly $10 on this film, but it wouldn’t be the most regrettable decision in your life, either. So, just like any demonic situation in life, enter at your own risk.

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WAC prepares to screen Friday the 13th Albert Shelby | Features Editor You might be too old to go treator-treating, but you are never too old for a scary movie on the scariest day of the year. This Halloween, Western Activities Council will be showing the movie “Friday the 13th,” and the event is open for all students as well as the community. However, Vice Chair of WAC Tony Dougherty wanted give students something different to participate in for the holiday. A night of screams and a scary movie is what he expects students to participate in on the night of the event. The only twist is, in order to get to Spratt 101, you must first go through a haunted hallway where frightening Halloween characters will jump out and try to scare you before movie starts. “It’s going to be more of a haunted hallway-type of setup,” Dougherty said. “We felt that it was something fun to do before the movie started. We are hoping that the showing of ‘Friday the 13th’ entices more people to come out. Everyone should have fun.” Dougherty also noted that there would be a door that students can walk through in order to get to the movie if they do not want to partake in the haunted hallway. The event will not be your average haunted hallway. Members of the WAC organization have worked to come up with great ideas to help the students enjoy themselves at the event.

“We tried to get opinions from all of the members,” Dougherty said. “We are getting the necessary materials needed to make the event scary. We will have people weari n g

mask to help make the haunted hallway more realistic. It’s not going to be anything too huge, but something fun for ev-

eryone to do.” Everyone who attends is allowed to dress up into the Halloween costumes that they picked out and a prize will be giving to whoever is best

dressed. The original plan for the movie night was to show an action movie to students but the plan was changed when Dough-

erty felt that he had an even bigger idea that helped members of WAC think outside of the box. Student Life Director Isaiah Collier noted that it started out as something simple but expanded to something fun. “The original movie that we intended to play was going to be either the ‘Spiderman’ or ‘Batman’ movie,” Collier said. “Tony decided to push those movies and show a movie that fit with the Halloween theme.” Members of WAC felt that it was time for Western to get involved with developing events like this so all students can get out and try something new. “On most campuses, they do something special for Halloween or any holiday,” Collier said. “A lot of schools have events such as haunted hayrides and haunted houses for their students to participate in. WAC wanted to do something that would get our students out of the resident halls.” Student Gov. Brian Shewell feels that the event is something good and fresh for the campus. He thinks students should never have to constantly be in their rooms, and an event like this allows students to take advantage of that. Shewell hopes for all students to attend the event because a good effort has been made by all members of the organization. “One of Western activities goals is to continue to try and keep students on campus as much as possible,” Shewell said. “The thing with keeping people on campus, is keeping them entertained with fun events to attend.”

HOW TO: Trick out your treat bag Andy Garrison | Staff Writer Want to go trick-or-treating but you don’t have a holder for your sweets? This how to will show you how to make a do-it-yourself candy bag just in time for Halloween, and well below budget. The price to make two bags is right around $20. The bag that I made was for my 6-year-old stepson Kirin, and as such, is kidfriendly. The possibilities, however, are as limitless as your overactive imagination. Note: All of these materials can be found at Hobby Lobby, or most other craft stores.

All graphics done by Chad Hammontree | Graphics Editor

What you will need: • A black fabric bag • A sheet of white felt fabric • A sheet of brown felt fabric • A sheet of orange felt fabric • A sheet of green felt fabric • Iron on letters of your

choice • A package of assorted, foam, adhesive skulls or other decorations • A package of assorted size “googly eyes” • Fabric glue • Black fabric spray paint Step 1: Lay out the bag on a smooth dry surface. Step 2: Design the top part of the bag, laying out everything to make sure that you will like how it looks before attaching anything. Note: On my son’s, I put a small foam skull, a large foam skull and then laid out his name using the iron on letters. Caution: Do not iron anything onto the bags, as often they are not iron friendly. Simply use the fabric glue for everything -- it’s much better than burning your dorm down. Step 3: Once you are completely happy with the “banner” across the top, flip them over one by one and apply a small amount of glue to the back; then, flip them back into place and apply a small amount

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of pressure. Note: Most fabric glue dries clear, so don’t worry about the glue being visable. Step 4: Carefully cut out the outlines of what you want on your bag from the felt sheets. Note: On mine, I cut out the shape of a ghost from the white, a pumpkin from

the orange, a stem for it from the brown, a tree from the brown and some grass from the green. Step 5: Lay out all of the pieces onto the bag to see what positioning works best for your bag. Also, note at this time any fabric that may overlap so that you will know what to glue down first.

Step 6: Apply the fabric glue to the backs of the cutouts, keeping most of the glue near to the edges to avoid the fabric from flipping up. Note: On mine, the layers worked out so that I had to apply the layer of grass first, and then put the pumpkin and the tree cutouts on top of it. Step 7: Apply any details to the cutouts. This is where the black fabric paint and the eyes come in. Note: On mine I used the eyes on the ghost and the pumpkin. I drew, and then cut out a stencil from printer paper in the shape of a mouth for the ghost; and a mouth and nose for the pumpkin. I then taped the stencil in place, and sprayed the fabric paint from about 30 inches away. Allow the paint to dry before removing to avoid dripping.

-Happy Halloween!


Editorial: Over $333, 000 in student fees were brought in for the fall semester with no one overseeing the appropriations. The Student Government Association put in place a Student Fee Advisory Committee, which is supposed to oversee the student support service fees (student fees). The reason this issue has been brought to attention is the fact that the committee has yet to be formed since the Student Success Act was created last spring. The committee is a beneficial tool considering that it is consumed of six members; three student leaders and three others from the administration. These members oversee the appropriations of the fees to the programs they plan to help fund. They focused primarily on five areas which deal directly with students on

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SGA should wake up and take responsibility

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a daily basis. They include Recreation Services, Center for Academic Support, Student Success Center, Student Life and Career Services, which are all critical areas in need of a proficient budget. President of SGA Jacob Scott said the reason why it wasn’t formed was due to the

resignation of Vice President of Financial Planning and Administration Mel Klinker. The vice president is the administration advisor to the committee and that title has not yet been filled. The only exception is that President Dr. Robert Vartabedian had named Richard Gilmore interim vice

president for financial planning and administration, effective on July 1, 2012. This leads us to question why the committee has yet to be formed since someone was available in the position to oversee the committee. The committee is crucial considering the act has been in place since last spring.

The passage of the act by the Student Senate showed leadership at the time when Missouri Western was in need of budgetary help. However, since the passage of the act, the executive branch and Senate of SGA have done nothing to form the committee. This large budget is floating around somewhere with no management taking place by the student government. SGA first went around the students and voted not only to increase the student fees by $75, but to form this committee. There has been no action taken this school year as to the handling of the money that the students paid extra for to help keep the programs afloat. The handling of this sensitive issue has not been taken seriously. The SGA needs to wake up and take notice of this matter.

October 18, 2012


VOICE What are you going to be Halloween? Jordan Chohon Freshman

“I am going as a boxer.”

Matt Ulmer Freshman

Rufilin: Not just ‘date-rape’ drug anymore

Lauren Dillon | Design Artist “It’s funny, ‘cause just the other day, me and my boy, we was wonderin’ why they even call ‘em ‘roofies’. Y’know what I’m talkin’ ‘bout? ... Why not ‘floories,’ right? ‘Cause when you take ‘em, you’re more likely to end up on the floor than the

roof. What about groundies? That’s a good new name fo’ ‘em.” This is probably one of the most highly-quoted parts in the movie “The Hangover.” We joke about getting so drunk the weekend before that someone must have drugged our drink or laugh about getting blackout drunk. What if it was you that had the choice taken away from you? What if you were given roofies and don’t have any memory from the night before? The so-called “date rape drug” is no laughing matter and it is a big problem. Typically, when I think of roofies, I would picture a date gone wrong or an outof-control, “Project X”-like party. I would never have

thought that I would be in danger of being drugged while out at a local bar with some friends, but the life always likes to prove us wrong. Almost two months ago, I went out on a Thursday night with the intent of having a few drinks with some friends, but not getting too crazy since I was scheduled the lunch shift the next day. I arrived at the bar around 11 p.m. and only had two mixed drinks before my last clear memory of the night at approximately 12:15 a.m. I woke up the next morning in my friend’s living room, very confused. I attempted to make it to work, but I was so sick that I could not even stand. I just assumed that I had unintentionally become

intoxicated and that I was still feeling the effects. My friend took me back to my car that was still parked at the bar and I barely made it back to my apartment. I spent the entire day trying to recover and could not figure out how I had become so drunk when that hadn’t happened in two years. It was not until a few days later that I came to the realization that I had been drugged because no amount of sleep deprivation, empty stomach and strong drinks could have caused how I felt for two days of recuperating. The moral of the story: THIS SITUATION CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE. Certain precautions can be taken such as keeping your drink with you at all times,

not letting someone buy you a drink without watching it the entire time, and not drinking out of other cups that you are unsure of where they came from. However, there will still be times that all the awareness in the world can’t prevent a bad situation from happening. So, always look out for your friends. I had an amazing group of them that kept an eye on me that night and took care of me so that I was not harmed in any way. The situation could have been much worse. If you think you have been a victim or would like to know more information, please contact me at ldillon@

Brian Ramsay | Staff Writter There is a story that has hit headlines recently about a Missouri soldier who was killed by another soldier in an accidental shooting over

and killing him. Myers had stated that he thought the gun had rubber bullet rounds in the clip and it was all a total accident. Myers was charged on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, of manslaughter, and Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin set his bond at $1 million. This story actually kind of harkens back to a story from last year, right here in St. Joseph. Officer Jason Strong had shot officer Dan De Kraai in the back and killed him during a training session at an empty St. Joseph school building on Sept. 15, 2011. Apparently De Kraai had asked to be shot in the back

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so he would know what being struck by a rubber bullet felt like. Strong had simply said that he “did have” a special gun that fired rubber bullet rounds and hadn’t realized he had switched back to his official firearm before the incident took place. In Young’s case, he could have just as easily asked Myers to do something about his inconvenient hiccups, so these both are really about identical cases. If Strong can walk free on the streets today by saying “It was an accident, I thought there were rubber bullets in the gun,” then Myers should also get to walk free for say-

Tori Blevins Freshman

“I am going as Cat Woman.”

Double standard favors badges, public should be aware a case of hiccups. Both soldiers Patrick Edward Myers of Spartanburg, S.C., and Isaac Lawrence Young of Ash Grove, Mo., were friends stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. They were both sitting around on a Sunday night watching football, drinking a few beers and just doing the general friend thing. There was also a third unnamed individual in attendance. Once Young started in with a case of the hiccups, Myers produced a gun in an attempt to scare the hiccups out of Young. Unfortunately for Young, Myers ended up shooting Young in the face

“ I am going as Captain America for Halloween.”

ing the exact same thing. Either that, or Strong should have been charged with manslaughter and have a $1 million bond as well. It seems as though some sort of favoritism is shown towards certain individuals. If that favoritism is shown towards people who hold certain jobs or have money is certainly debatable, but one needs not look farther than these cases to see that there is indeed a problem with the court system. Whatever the case, it seems as though good gun safety practices seem to be a thing of the past.

Julie Barber Sophomore

“I am going as Amy Lee (musician).”

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October 25, 2012

Soccer gets shut out, comes back with win Volleyball: Mika Cummins | Staff Writer

Missouri Western was handed a harsh loss by Central Missouri. They rebounded a couple days later and handed Southwest Baptist a shutout loss of their own. Unfortunately, due to Nebraska-Kearney winning and Missouri Southern tying in its last contests, Western was knocked out of the running for a seed for the MIAA Conference Tournament. Oct 26. will be Western’s seniors’ (Kelly Voigts, Abby and Erin Widrig, Ashlyn Castillo and Ashley Grunder) last day on the Griffon soccer field. Central Missouri -Missouri Western -- 0


On Friday, Oct. 19, Western hosted the No. 3 Central Missouri Jennies. The Jennies are undefeated on the

season, improving to 8-0-2 after shutting out Western at Spratt Stadium. A night that was used to honor new all-time leading scorer Abby Widrig turned into a scoreless night for the Griffons. The Jennies got it started early, scoring within 14 minutes and then again just 13 minutes later. Two early goals gave Central a 2-0 lead for the remainder of the game. Voigts had five saves on the night. The Griffons had only three shots on goal to contest with the Jennies’ seven. Western’s loss to Central put the Griffons at 4-9-1 and 2-7-1 in MIAA play. “We just weren’t intense enough in the box to get the ball out,” coach Chad Edwards said. “The frustrating part is we were hanging there with them and we let down for a few seconds and gave up a goal.”

Forward Rochelle Gillilan kicks the ball at the game against Central Missouri. The Griffons were shut out 2-0. Tevin Harris | Asst. Photo Editor

It’s time to win or your season will end

Defender AJ Powers attempts to head the ball to a teammate as the Griffons played Southwest Baptist on Sunday. Jason Brown | Photo Contributor

Missouri Western -- 1 Southwest Baptist -- 0 Edwards described the game against Southwest Baptist on Sunday, Oct. 21, as a “must-win.” Western came out on fire when sophomore Teddi Serna scored three minutes in off of a kick from AJ Powers, putting the Griffons up 1-0 early. Each team landed seven shots on goal, but neither goalie would let anything in. The Griffons sealed their victory over the Bearcats early on. They now sit at 5-91 and 3-7-1 in MIAA conference play. With the win, Voigts broke the record for the most wins at Western by a goalkeeper with nine despite only being

a Griffon for two years after transferring from Johnson County Community College. Abby Widrig and Rochelle Gillilan each attempted three shots while K.C. Ramsell attempted two shots. Serna scored on her only shot attempt. “[I told the girls] we had to bring the intensity and the passion on Sunday,” said Edwards. “If we did that, it would be a very winnable game.” Western will honor its five seniors at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at Spratt Stadium on senior night as Western take on the Southern Lions.

Youth -- it’s time to grow up. Every team in every sport has had it. The teams who end up being something special are the ones who overcome it. The ones who use youth as an excuse will become veterans at making excuses. It’s time for Missouri Western volleyball to take what they’ve learned from their losses this season, and use it to produce some wins. This team is too athletic, too talented and too smart to be Christian Mengel a .500 team 24 games into Asst. Sports Editor the season. There are eight games remaining. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that currently a depressing 3-8 in the Griffons should win six conference play. There are of them. five very beatable conference Northwest Missouri State, teams remaining that could who is playing stagnant at end up helping the Griffons 11-13, was the next game for turn their season around. Western, which sadly was The top six teams in the another loss. Following the MIAA pretty much have a Bearcats, the Griffons will locked spot, as long as they face the ass end of the MIAA don’t screw anything up. The when they play the winless fight for the 11 and eighth Missouri Southern Lions, seed is where things could who has a record of 5-48 dat- really get quirky. Western is ing back to the beginning currently in 11, but is about of last season. Truman State three wins away from jumpand Central Missouri are the ing up to seventh. All the next two games and will be teams occupying that area of the only teams left to play the leader board are hugging who are guaranteed to have the .500 line by just a couple a winning season; the two games. have just eight combined The Griffons need to stop losses on the season. The last playing the youth card to jusfour games are Lindenwood, tify an average season. They Quincy, Pittsburg State and could really surprise some Southwest Baptist. All of people if they just play their which are considered aver- game, beat the crapper teams age on their best days. they know they can beat and If Western can pull out of make it to the tournament. the remaining schedule with The Griffons have proven six wins, five of them be- to play their best when they ing conference, the Griffons play in tournaments. Nine could likely make the MIAA of their 12 wins have come tournament. The Griffons are from tournament play.

SGA Week Fall 2012 “Of the students, by the students, for the students.” 10/29- “Sit in on Senate” (Blum 220 @ 6:00 pm) 10/30- “aSk an official”: Q& a forum (Blum loBBy @ 6:30 pm) 10/31- Wac SponSorS Haunted Spratt @ 8:30 pm and friday 13tH SHoWing (Spratt 101 @ 9:00 pm) 11/1- “cirQue de Sga” (Blum interior entrance 11:00- 2:00) 11/2- Wac SponSorS Black ligHt party (10:00 pm - 2:00 am) 11/3- Sga tailgate (SoutHSide Baker @ 11:00 am)


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October 25, 2012

GRIFFONS CLAIM KING OF THE JUNGLE AFTER 63-14 BLOWOUT Kyle Inman | Sports Editor The Griffons turned into beasts in the jungle on Saturday, ripping defending national champion Pittsburg State from limb-to-limb with a 64-13 blowout win in Pittsburg, Kan. The Griffons improve to 7-1 on the season while the Gorillas fall to 5-2. “Great, great win,” coach Jerry Partridge said. “I think we played very well and it was fun to watch it all come together like that and play at that level.” The Gorillas struck first with a pass from Anthony Abenoja to John Brown that gave them a 7-0 lead. How-

ever, those would be the only points that the Griffon defense would allow all afternoon. Defensive coordinator Regi Trotter wasn’t happy with the Gorillas success on their first possession, but he was proud of the way the defense responded. “We really buckled down and stuck to our plan,” Trotter said. “We played very well.” The Griffon offense scored 56 unanswered points, leaving the crowd of nearly 12,000 stunned and heading for the exits as Pittsburg took only its thirteeth loss in history at Carnie Smith Stadium.

“We were surprised because we always go in expecting a war,” safety Shane Simpson said. “It’s just a blessing and you love those days. Everybody just played good, we did all the little things.” Quarterback Travis Partridge threw for four touchdown passes and 213 yards on only 14 passing attempts. Partridge connected for touchdowns with Derek Libby for 64 yards, Brandon Wright for 35 yards, Reggie Jordan from seven yards out, and found Michael Hill in the flat on a fake reverse play for a 48-yard score. Partridge was happy with the way the offense played

and felt like it was a very complete performance by everybody. Hill scored three more touchdowns on the ground as he ran the ball into the end zone from two, five and 10 yards out. Hill finished with 116 yards on the ground on 17 carries for an average of 6.8 yards per carry. Hill got to rest early after totaling 180 all-purpose yards with the big lead as reserve backs Dominic Thomas and Raphael Spencer showed off their talents. Thomas finished with 59 yards while Spencer ran for 64. Defensive end David Bass had a huge game, coming away with 2.5 sacks and an

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cus Allen and Joe Montana. “I remember all the way back to flag football,” he said. “I’ve been playing every year since. I’ve always liked playing and had fun playing. I didn’t want to quit.” Simpson, a Blue Springs, Mo., native who played for Blue Springs South High School, drew a lot of attention from local schools and universities before he was recruited to Western. In his decision process, he explained that there was something very unique about Western that really caught his eye. “Coach P came to my house and I came on a visit,” Simpson said. “I liked all the people here. Everybody was cool and made me feel welcome.” Coach Jerry Partridge also referred back to when Simpson was recruited and explains what they admire about him. “He’s a very tough kid,” Partridge said. “He’s been a very good player for us. He’s pretty savvy and he’s got great leadership. He’s kind of a calming influence back there (on defense) and he’s a very good tackler.” Now, six years and four and a half seasons later, Simpson has grown in speed and size and has become one of the team’s valuable assets. “He is unbelievably athletic and brings experience and knowledge to the field since he’s been starting at the safety position since his freshman year,” teammate and fellow defensive back Stephen Johnson said. “Opposing teams have to think twice about throwing balls because of his ability to react and make plays while the ball is in the air.” Simpson is hoping to one day play beyond college, but he has quite a few more goals besides football. He wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a railroad conductor. “My dad’s been doing that for like 20 years,” Simpson said. “If I could get on there I would not mind doing that. Retirement is really good and the money is pretty good.” Beyond his career and football goals, Simpson has one other goal in mind that involves being the best dad he can be for his number one fan. “It’s just knowing that I have a purpose for her and to be here for her for whatever she needs,” Simpson said. “The greatest part is just hearing ‘I love you, Daddy.’”

interception that he took back 55 yards for a touchdown. Ben Pister was also wreaking havoc from the other end position with eight tackles, 1.5 sacks. Pister recorded 2.5 tackles for a loss, a category in which he leads the MIAA. Bass and Pister are seniors playing in their final season at Western. “It’s been fun watching those guys grow up,” Trotter said. “When you have two seniors that care so much about this program and have been dominant forces for four years now, it’s good to watch those guys do some damage.” Defensive back Michael Jordan led the Griffons with

nine tackles while Simpson intercepted a pass in his first game back from a high ankle sprain that sidelined him for two weeks. “Shane Simpson is that senior leader back there and we really needed him,” Trotter said. “He really stepped up for us when he came back in.” Before the game, Western was ranked No. 16 in Division II football, while Pittsburg was ranked No. 7. After the game, the Griffons moved up four spots to No. 12 while the Gorillas fell to No. 20 in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll.

Griffons to play Shane Simpson: unbeaten Hornets Safety on the field, daddy at home Kyle Inman | Sports Editor

No. 12 Griffons didn’t have much time to enjoy last Saturday’s blowout victory as they travel to Emporia, Kan., to take on undefeated No. 15 Emporia State on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on the MIAA network, channel 19 on Suddenlink Cable in St. Joseph. The Hornets are a perfect 8-0, but have only faced one team with a winning record -- Lindenwood. Their closest game came in a 19-15 win over 1-7 Southwest Baptist three weeks ago, and in the last two games, Emporia defeated Lindenwood 13-0 and 4-4 Truman State 52-26. “Emporia is very, very dangerous and very confident right now,” coach Jerry Partridge said. “They really believe in themselves and there will be a lot of emotion on Thursday night. We’re going to get their best shot.” Emporia ranks first in the MIAA in total offense with 484 yards per game, while Western ranks second with 467 yards per game. “We approach this just like any other week,” quarterback Travis Partridge said. “We are going to do what we do offensively and distribute the ball. Our experience level is going to carry us.” The Hornets rely heavily on the passing game to move the ball down the field. Quarterback Tyler Eckenrode has thrown for 2,518 yards this season with 18 touchdowns and just five interceptions. “Their offense is very good,” defensive coordinator Regi Trotter said. “They have a stable of good running backs, but they really throw the ball well. Those guys really do a good job.” Wide receiver Shjuan Richardson has proven to be the main weapon for the Hornets’ offense, catching 59 passes for 973 yards and nine




touchdowns on the season. He’s averaging 121 receiving yards per game. Ray Ray Davis has also heavily contributed to Emporia’s success through the air with 634 yards and five touchdowns. “We just need to carry this momentum from the Pitt State-win into Thursday,” safety Shane Simpson said. “It’s not going to be easy.” The Hornets use a balanced rushing attack to supplement the passing game. Derwin Hall has rushed for 393 yards and five touchdowns while gaining 4.6 yards per carry, Dozie Iwuagwa has gained 331 yards and six touchdowns with a 4.5 yards per carry average and Jordan Tice has rushed for 287 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Playing a top-20 team on the road with a short week is a challenge, but the Griffons feel like they are wellprepared. “The front end is very difficult,” coach Partridge said. “I’ll enjoy the back end of it if we win the game and get the weekend off, but its very difficult right now.” Emporia’s defense ranks fourth in the MIAA in total yards per game, allowing 335 yards per game, while Western ranks fifth, giving up 348 yards per game. The Griffons have won the last three games at Emporia.


#22 - RUNNING BACK Michael Hill rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and caught two passes for 64 yards with one going for a touchdown in the Griffons’ blowout win at Pittsburg State. Hill ranks fourth in all of DII football with 155 yards per game.

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A 4-foot tall, curly-haired 3-year old yells loudly from the stands of Spratt Stadium. She cheers, jumps up and down and screams as her big, brown eyes zoom in one particular football player: No. 7. She’s his biggest fan. As he quickly sprints along the field and attempts to tackle anyone who stands in his way, the little girl yells louder and louder for everyone to hear. “Go Daddy, Go!” This little girl is none other than Missouri Western safety Shane Simpson’s daughter, Juliana. “When I’m not playing football, I like to be with her,” Simpson said. “We go out and have fun. I love being a father.” The senior Griffon football player has been playing for Western since 2007 and has had a daughter for over nearly half of his football career. Though people may see being a parent and student-athlete as a difficult situation, Simpson explained that his family and his good friendship with Juliana’s mother make it a lot easier for him, especially when he is in season. “I can call my mom if I need her, like if we have an away game or something,” Simpson said. “She helps out a lot. My family makes it real easy, and I’m thankful for that.” In addition to dealing with scheduling and being available for his daughter, Simpson had an even bigger obstacle this season with an ankle injury that kept him out for two games of his senior season. One of these games was Western’s only loss against Missouri Southern at the Homecoming game. Simpson returned to the lineup this past weekend, however, to compete against season rival Pittsburg State, who the Griffons shut down with a score of 63-14. Simpson had a standout game with four solo tackles and an interception. “It felt good to be out there and being helpful for the team,” Simpson said recapping Saturday’s big win. “That’s what I missed was the team atmosphere. We put a full game together, and we didn’t have any stupid penalties. Everybody kept their composure and just kept playing.” Simpson, who has been playing football since he was 5 years old, grew interest in the sport when he was a kid often watching the Kansas Chiefs and players like Mar-

(Top) Western safety Shane Simpson poses with his 3-year-old daughter Juliana. (Middle) Simpson flashes his vampire like mouthguard along with fellow defensive back Marcus Thompson. (Below) Juliana Simpson strikes her diva pose for the camera. (Middle) Jason Brown | Photo Contributor (Top & Below) *Submitted Photos

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