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Missouri Western Percussion bangs out a performance for the bands in attendance of the high school band competition Oct. 13. Jason Brown | Photo Editor







Vol 94 | Issue 7

October 20, 2011

Western faculty reflect on Occupy Wall Street movement


Study to analyze transportation issues

all disappear. Todd Fuller | News Editor Who can blame the haves It’s safe to say at this point the one thing most of us can agree on is “We are scared.” That’s the predominant, if underlying, message of most of the occupations occurring in the U.S. and internationally; a sentiment shared by not just regular people, but also banks and corporations. According to Reza Hamzaee, professor of economics for Missouri Western, fear is the fundamental mechanism slowing down the economic recovery here and abroad. Hamzaee said that the key problem facing our government is reversing the fear gripping our nation’s capitalist system. “Corporate America, with huge cash that they have, but they don’t dare to spend,” Hamzaee said. “At consumers, those who have jobs and purchasing power, but they are not sure if this is the right time to purchase.” All of this potential help is sitting there with no trust that tomorrow won’t see it

in society for not wanting to become the have nots? Hamzaee says that policy created by educated people, people that know finance and economics, is the fastest way out of this situation, and the key to preventing another crisis of this proportion. “In the financial market, not knowing enough about the sophistication of these financial derivatives and how the system works, our lawmakers were totally uneducated,” Hamzaee said. “Even if they wanted to monitor the smooth operation of the markets, they didn’t have the knowledge to know what was wrong in the first place, or how these people [those accumulating wealth before the recession] were making billions of dollars before the rest of us could wake up and see what is happening to us.” If policy makers aren’t educated about the inner workings of the financial systems and markets, surely those responsible for overseeing them must. Not according to Hamzaee.

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Northwest beatdown

Judy Grimes introduces the main speaker for the transportation meeting, which discussed potential plans for a new public transit system specific to campus. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

Jerrod Huber | Staff Writer For students at Missouri Western who depend on public transportation, bus schedules and stops may be tailored to better meet their needs. The Division of Student Affairs, St. Joseph Transit, the City of St. Joseph and the Greater St. Joseph Area Metropolitan Planning Organization sponsored a transit operation study meeting Oct. 13 in Blum Union. The study is meant to allow the community to express their needs regarding scheduled stops along bus routes

and pick-up and drop-off destinations within reasonable time frames. Concerns from students prompted officials to hold this meeting so they could hear how students are being affected in particular. Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Judy Grimes said they have often heard anecdotal information from students that they have trouble getting to and from campus. “There are critical masses of people that need to get to and from campus. We need to know their interests and concerns,” Grimes said. “I am particularly con-

cerned with the incoming freshmen, and there are a huge number of them who do not have vehicles, so part of the reason for the meeting is to find out what the demand is.” Mark Swope is the project manager for the St. Joseph transit study and was the main speaker at the meeting. Swope discussed the transit service specific to campus and said the system has not really been looked at closely for a few years now and specific changes in service will be aimed at getting the buses where they need to be. “The purpose of the project is to come up with recom-

mendations for the optimization and more efficient and effective use of transit services in St. Joe,” Swope said. Charlotte Foster is an education instructor at Western. She expressed her concern for the education students. “Education students need transportation to and from the schools they are teaching at, to work, to home, and a majority of them don’t have a car. They rely on public transportation,” Foster said. It is important to do this

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Changes in policy:

business, financial aid offices must inform students Eboni Lacey | Online Editor

Senior Molly Slattery takes offense against Northwest. She tried to be productive early in the first half, to no avail. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

For Homecoming coverage, see page 4.

Both the business office and financial aid office have recently updated their policies. These new regulations begin in the business office, with students now receiving reimbursement checks through mail or direct deposit, instead of in person like the previous years. This means a student must update both their phone numbers and addresses to receive their money. According to Business Office Bursar Dan Eckhoff, it’s the student’s responsibility to keep the business office updated with personal information. “Whomever it is, they have to understand that it’s their responsibility to notify us. A lot of people don’t tell us that they changed their ad-

dress or their phone number changes,” Eckhoff said. “If they don’t communicate that to us, there is no way we can communicate back to them. Then, naturally, they are upset when they don’t get their money timely because we mailed it to the wrong address.” All students, however, do have the option to receive their funds through direct deposit, which is what the business office encourages, according to Eckhoff. He stated that 72 percent of students have already jumped on board with direct deposit. In addition to business office changes, financial aid is also preparing to make changes to a student’s eligibility. One change is that if a student has 60 credit hours or above, they must declare a major in order to receive Check out for a review of the thriller “Hanna.”

their financial aid. “We are requiring students to declare a degree if they have 60 hours or more -- whether it’s an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree,” Marilyn Baker, director of financial aid, said. “By doing that, we think that it should provide a better retention. We are requiring students to do that before we disburse their financial aid. Money talks, so we think it’s helping to put them on a path to graduate.” In addition to this requirement, students who accumulate over 134 hours are required to meet with their adviser to determine how many hours are needed in order to graduate.

Fast Facts: × VISA “credit cards” will no longer be accepted by the University for tuition. × Students with more than 60 credit hours must declare a major to receive financial aid. × Students with 134 hours or more must meet with an adviser, and paperwork must be submitted to the financial aid office. × Students planning to receive financial aid reimbursement should enroll in direct deposit or update their personal information with the business office.

See Policies page 2 Griffon football kicker Greg Zuerlein talks about his NFL prospects. See page 8


Football player cited for DWI

NEWS NOTES Armbruster serves diplomacy William Armbruster, a retired U.S. diplomat to the Middle East and North Africa, will speak at the next Eggs and Issues breakfast at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Fulkerson Center at Missouri Western State University. The breakfast is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are required by calling 816-2715646 by Thursday, Oct. 20. Armbrusters presentation is titled “The Middle East: Then and Now.” He will talk about his experiences as a hostage of Saddam Hussein and discuss some of the changes in life and politics in the Middle East during his lifetime.

Fall concert in Fulkerson The St. Joseph Community Chorus will perform its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in the Fulkerson Center at Missouri Western State University. Tickets for the concert are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age 65 and older, $5 for students and free for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at Western’s music office in Potter Hall Room 114, or from a chorus member. Dr. David Benz, Western’s director of choral activities, is artistic director for the St. Joseph Community Chorus.

Trivia benefits youth The Center for Community Arts at Missouri Western State University will host its Off the Wall Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Enright Community Room, Spratt Hall Rooms 214-216. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $10 per player with up to 10 players on a team. All proceeds provide financial assistance for under-served youth to participate in arts enrichment programs, such as Griffon Junior Singers, the Symphonic Youth Orchestra and a variety of art classes. The trivia contest consists of six rounds of arts and entertainment trivia. Prizes will be awarded after each round, with a grand prize of $100 for the winning team. Dallas Henry and Tee Quillin, assistant professors of Theatre & Cinema, will emcee the event.

Transportation options for students explored

Dave Hon | Editor-in-Chief

Missouri Western football player Benjamin Pister will be arraigned Nov. 9 after being cited in Country Club Village on Sept. 19 for driving while intoxicated. Pister, a defensive lineman, was also cited for failure to drive on the right side of the road and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Four days after the citation, Pister did not play during the loss to Washburn. He also sat out two games last year, one against Mesa State and the other against Washburn, one due to injury. Last spring, Pister was arrested on Jan. 29 for thirddegree assault and seconddegree burglary charges. The arrest was related to a fight that allegedly took place between the football and baseball teams. According to a Feb. 2 article on, the complainants said that a group that included Western football players assaulted them. In May, a municipal judge ordered Pister to pay a $200 fine for assault. Head Coach Jerry Partridge declined to comment on Pister’s DWI citation. “Anything that happens with our kids is going to be handled in house, and I’m not going to comment on it in public,” he said. Pister is a physical education major who is a redshirted junior. He played for St. Joseph Central High School where he was two time Allstate. This season, Pister has 5.5 sacks, one interception and 26 tackles. According to the Athletics Department Drug and Alcohol Policy, the first misdemeanor or felony conviction related to alcohol would result in the notification of the head coach, athlete and the athlete’s parents or guardian. That athlete is also required to seek counseling independent of the athletic depart-

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ment. The student athlete would also be subject to disciplinary actions through Student Affairs. Associate Athletic Director Patsy Smith said that on top of the department’s policy, head coaches have their own policy. “Each of our sports have certain rules within their sport that could differ from sport to sport and how a coach deals with things,” Smith said. Smith said that she and former Athletic Director Dave Williams were addressing some concerns with the drug and alcohol policy — specifically the repercussions of a second incident. According to the policy, student athletes who have a second incident not only have to seek further counseling, but are also suspended for 90 days. “Because sports vary in how long their season is, perhaps you’d look at a percentage of games rather than a number of days,” she said. According to the Athletics Department Drug and Alcohol Policy, Western athletes must undergo drug and alcohol abuse awareness training. The policy states, “Missouri Western State University will provide an education program to inform our studentparticipants of the inherent hazards of abusing these substances. It is our goal to promote the physical and psychological well-being of the MWSU student-participant.”

study in hopes of getting insight from people on how to better serve the public and provide students with adequate, dependable transportation. Transportation Planner for the City of St. Joseph, Ty Nagel, said trends change, population density shifts and employer locations shift over time. “Studies are required every so often to get a good idea of where the residential areas are and, of those, who needs transit use,” Nagel said. Kurt Janicek is the general manager of First Transit. She said they are the best kept se-

cret in St. Joseph right now. “A lot of people are not aware of what we do, where we go, how efficiently and how cheaply we can do it. [Informing the people] is one of our goals,” Janicek said. “Like any other tax funded agency, we are a part of the city of St. Joseph. We have our dedicated fund of sales tax money and so on, but sales are down and money is tight, so what we are trying to do instead of cutting service or cutting runs is looking at ways to operate more efficiently with the infrastructure we have in place.” Additionally, snow routes

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The adviser must sign-off on a form that declares the meeting has occurred, and then the form must be received by financial aid. Both the business office and financial aid office feel the students must be consistently checking their emails and notifications on Goldlink. Echoff is also considering developing a text messaging system to keep students more financially aware. “I don’t know how you can make [communication] better,” Eckhoff said. “I thought about it and I can create a thing were you can subscribe

to texting. I thought about doing that for when we send bills. They have to subscribe to that, just like you do with Griffon Alert System.” These emails sent by both offices must not contain too much personal information, according to federal regulations. This, however, could make it difficult for a student to decipher what financial concerns are more important than others. Senior Robby Malone feels that communication with the students and service to the students could be a lot better. “I think the business and fi-

nancial office is lacking is customer service,” Malone said. “Its not that students don’t find them as a resource, but when it’s time to use them, it’s a headache. They could take some positive manners in customer service and communicating better with students on new policies besides email. Overall, I feel the attitude needs to be focused for the students and not on the payment of the balance. If we feel that we are cared for than the respect will be mutual.”








Occupations ‘critical for the health of democracy’ Fear: continued from front

“They [regulators] confessed themselves they didn’t know [what was causing the collapse],” Hamzaee said. “They started to know when the damage was already made.” So, are these “Occupations” a good thing? What can be accomplished by them? Edwin Taylor, assistant professor of political science, believes that these move-

ments do provide a positive outlet for democracy. “Generally speaking, I think they [the Occupations] are a great thing,” Taylor said. “Whether or not you agree with the goal as a political scientist, as one of my colleagues said: ‘We’re in this citizenship building business, protesting is one of our fundamental rights.’ I think any opportunity that engages citizens to get out and say, ‘Hey

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government, we are here. Pay attention to us,’ is critical for the health of democracy.” According to Catherine Lawson, professor of economics, the occupations have probably held on longer than many would have expected. “I think they [Occupy Wall Street] were kind of dismissed at first, but somehow, and I guess it’s social media, it’s caught on,” Lawson said. According to Lawson many

in the movements probably feel that the deck has been stacked against them, that corruption in the economic and political system has soured many Americans’ faith in our government’s ability to govern. Lawson provided an example of how technology also played a role in job loss and changes in ways of life that kind of snuck up on us. “Before you had voice

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Thursday, October 20 Death Penalty Seminar, 11 a.m. Alumni Awards Banquet, 5:45 p.m. Last Griffon Standing and WAC Comedy Show featuring Josh Blue, 6 p.m. Friday, October 21 Dancing with the Griffons, 6 p.m. Griffon Volleyball vs. Pittsburg State University, 6:30 p.m.

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mail, you had a receptionist or switchboard operator in every business across the country,” Lawson said. “Somebody created voice mail and made a ton of money off of that technological innovation, and that person became a zillionaire, but lots of people got put out of work because of that.”

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are being explored trying to find ways to get the buses to come on campus in bad weather. The transit operation study is collecting data, listening to the public and analyzing this data. After gathering all this information they will present their findings to the City Council. Nagel said the end of the study will wrap up around the end of February, and that changes will take effect depending on how drastic they are.

Saturday, October 22 MWSU Homecoming Parade, 9:30 a.m. Griffon Alumni Pre-Game Tailgate, 11:30 a.m. Griffon Football vs. Truman State University, 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 24 Griffon Luncheon, 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 25 “Fractals” Planetarium Show, 7:00 p.m. 8th Annual Griffon Basketball Tip-Off Party, 7:30 p.m.

If your organization would like to announce an event, e-mail the information to

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Western hosts battle of the marching bands Caleb Jones | Staff Writer You hear the roar of what appears to be an army of bands taking over Spratt Stadium, which can only mean one thing: Missouri Western hosted its 26th annual Tournament of Champions on Tuesday, Oct. 11 for surrounding area high school marching bands. There were 22 marching bands performing from all over, including some St. Joseph high schools that participated in the competition that lasted all afternoon. So what point would there be for a Missouri Western student to attend a high school marching band competition? Band Director Jeff Hinton says that, “It would be a good opportunity for a student to come out and see how we can perform outside of just a normal Saturday afternoon football halftime show. It would be a good time to really see what our band can do.” Marching bands each were given a few minutes to showcase what it is that they have been practicing since the lat-

er part of this summer. “We practice for about two hours every other day during a normal five-day week, and we have a morning band rehearsal just about every other day,” said percussionist Shannon Hart, a junior from Lafayette High School in Saint Joseph. There are multiple people who help with the judging of the competition. There are two judges that were on the game field and a few that were up in the press booth. Judges looked for specific things during each band’s performance to judge them on. Some of the things that they are looking for are their marching fundamentals, the quality of the sound of each part of the band and also, how well each marching band stays in tune with one another. The two field judges constantly spoke into tape recorders, giving live feedback to the marching bands. “When we judge, we’re also commenting on things that can perhaps make them better,” said marching judge Dan Stecker. “We want these bands to continue to improve

and perform at a high level. That what makes it so fun to watch them after all.” And the bands even got creative: some integrate dance moves or even nontraditional instruments like the electric bass guitar. But through it all, the students involved say it is a difficult competition and it takes every bit of practice, determination and athleticism as most other typical sports. “People say this isn’t a sport, but it takes a lot of dedication, and these drums get really heavy,” Hart said. The competition ended with an awards ceremony and an exhibition performance from Missouri Western’s Golden Griffon Marching Band, which was led by Hinton. “At the end of the competition, I want these high school marching bands to gain a feeling for what it would be like to be a part of the Missouri Western Marching Band,” Hinton said. “We want everyone to see what our band has to offer, so that everyone can see how we perform and see what we can bring to the table.”

(Above) A Lathrop trumpet player belts out some snazzy tunes. (Below) A Lathrop flutist plays a lovely melody. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

Lafayette High School battles against Lathrop High School and numerous other bands at the Tournament of Champions on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

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Lathrop’s brass section shows off their style at the Tournament of Champions, hosted this year by Missouri Western State University. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

Audiences are starstruck Eboni Lacey | Online Editor

The planets of the universe soar round and round, as the stars appear so close it feels you can touch them. The sun shines so bright above your eyes and then the whole room turns black as the rings of Saturn appear like circles of beautiful, colored ice swirling around a massive ball. This is the typical atmosphere of the Missouri Western Bushman Planetarium shows, which are now playing for the students and St. Joseph community and will continue playing all year long. The planetarium shows, which are given through the physics department, are put on by astronomy professor Chris Godfrey. According to Godfrey, since the new planetarium reopened in March, it has had great successes.

“The shows are doing fairly well,” Godfrey said. “The facility has been used intensively. We are very fortunate to have it. It is a wonderful facility.” Godfrey went on to describe the content of the shows. “Most of the showed programs are great for entertainment value,” he said. “It is akin to an IMAX movie. For students, it’s an astronomy program that integrates with the work we do in the Astronomy classes. It shows what we learn live and in motion. It brings it home a lot more.” Department Chair and fellow professor of physics Michael Ottinger feels that the shows are doing even better than expected. “I think the Planetarium is a huge success,” Ottinger said. “We are doing more shows than we thought. Ev-

erybody who I’ve talked to wants to see more. It is an exciting event for the university. Ottinger also explains that if the shows continue keeping good audiences, the department will seek more funding for more shows to satisfy the audiences in the future. “Eventually we want to

get more [shows],” Ottinger said. “They are expensive but it is worth it. The biology department is considering doing some shows for the program as well.” For tickets call 816-2714288 or visit the website at

UPCOMING PLANETARIUM SHOWS “Fractals” Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. “Wonders of the Universe” Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. “Cardboard Rocket” Saturday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. For more information:

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Future Goals and Aspirations: Acceptance to and graduation from Medical School. Someday I want to travel on shortterm mission trips to serve in third-world countries.

Most memorable moment here at Western: I can’t pick just one moment... perhaps walking across the graduation stage in the Spring will be the one MOST memorable moment. I think of the experiences I’ve had here: becoming an official member of Alpha Omega Christian Sorority, receiving my RA selection letter, moving onto campus for the first time, finishing my first three mile run on the sidewalk loop around Downs Drive... I’ve accomplished alot here, and the culmination of those experiences make for a memorable time in my life as a Western college student.


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Homecoming routine is over Christian Mengel | Staff Writer The same old homecoming events are done for. Missouri Western is finally stepping out of the old norm. Every event this year will be completely new and different from previous years. No longer will people be saying, “Oh, this is homecoming week?” In the past, homecoming has become too repetitive: same events after same events every year. Motivation becomes lost in students when things become too routine. This year’s involvement is definitely moving this school in the right direction when it comes to school spirit and pride. “Most high schools get really involved in homecoming,” Taylor Kram, student homecoming director, said. “Most students come into college

thinking that its homecoming will end up being a high school homecoming on steroids, and they never end up getting that feeling. This year’s the year where it’s finally happening: a homecoming on steroids.” This is Taylor Kram’s third year as homecoming director, and this is the first year she has seen real major changes in one year’s homecoming from the last. This freshmen class will be getting a homecoming that previous freshmen classes never had a chance to see or participate in. “I was a freshman last year, and homecoming felt like it never really happened,” Michelle Stevenson, a StudentAthlete Advisory Committee leader, said. “The only thing I knew about was the football game, but this year people are doing a lot better at com-

Top: Western cheerleaders Ashley Stegall, Kerri Jewell and Jake Cunning join in on Extreme Griffon Takeover in the Potter Theater. They moved props and curtains out to be organized and then replaced back in storage. Middle (left): Casi Webb takes apart tables that are props in many of the Theatre & Cinema department’s productions. Center: Griffon students organize backstage in Potter. Middle (right): Dallas Henry, assistant Theater & Cinema professor, instructs the Griffon softball players on their next project. Bottom: A line of volunteers help move out props from the back storage room in order to clean and organize it for future plays. For a schedule of the remaining homecoming events, visit All photos by Jason Brown | Photo Editor

municating when events are.” Kathy Kelly is the new adviser for homecoming this year, and, according to director of community service Lacie Thompson, Kelly has wanted to turn homecoming around, starting with the theme. Thompson has been on the homecoming committee for two years now, and she said this year is going to be totally different. “We’ve never done anything like this,” Thompson said. “It’s nice because it’s a lot different from what we normally do. All the events are completely brand new, and it’s just a new atmosphere overall.” This year there will be a record breaking participation number with 31 student organizations involved, which is a big step from the average of 17. Not only are there more organizations involved, but the rules for students not in organizations are out. Every event is now open to everyone, whether or not they

are in an organization or not. For the first time there will also be things going on that were not based on organizations participation. Throughout the week, there will also be gift card prizes given away to random students at random times, according to Kram. The only qualification to receive a gift card is to wear “Griffon Gear.” As long as you have on Missouri Western apparel, you have a chance to have a gift card randomly given to you. The Extreme Griff Takeover took place Tuesday, Oct. 18 when students gathered in Potter Theater to help clean up various areas of the stage. Around 175 students from Greek Life organizations to athletics to even the Law Enforcement Acad-

emy were working together to tidy up the stage. Thompson was pleased with the turnout as well as the teamwork between the organizations. “It’s definitely nice to see everybody working together,” Thompson said. “There is a lot of unity. I think it creates a tighter bond with everybody.” Although the Extreme Griff

Takeover already took place, the entire community will still be able to see nationally known comedian Josh Blue perform on Thursday. Josh Blue was a “Last Comic Standing” winner, and has had his own episode with “Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue.” Blue will be performing in Looney Complex following the “Last Griffon Standing” event that starts at 6:00 p.m. Oct. 20. Overall, Thompson believes this year will just be one of many good homecomings for years to come. “It’s definitely a lot better this year, and it’s going to help us grow -- each year is just going to get better and better.”

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One cadet at a time: ROTC prepares for combat Christian Mengel | Staff Writer

It’s tough for us to imagine the feeling of being put in charge of a group of people’s actual lives, and knowing if they died it would be on our watch. The military is a scary thing to think about when you imagine yourself in that situation. It makes you wonder if you would panic and freeze up, or handle the situation the way it should be handled. We have a program on campus that prepares individuals for those exact kinds of situations. Missouri Western has had a Reserve Officer Training Core (ROTC) since 1971. A training program couldn’t last 40 years if it wasn’t legit. The ROTC is a leadership development program that specifically trains men and women into becoming an elite class of military officers. When a student who has completed the program joins the Army, they automatically start out as a Second Lieutenant. Those who enlist without the training of ROTC start out as privates, and would have to work their way up over time for an officer’s position. For Western student Noland Stark, the leadership role is definitely something he wants to take on.

“Naturally I am a little nervous at the thought of being deployed, but the nervousness doesn’t compare to the excitement for the opportunity to serve my country and lead others who want to do the same,” Stark said. “I’m confident because I know that if I do get deployed, I’ll have a great set of skills that the Army prepared me with.” Stark has known since high school that the military was the path he wanted to go down, even though the thought of being a leader in the military was nothing new to him. After all his parents met in ROTC, and two of his older brothers completed the program before him. Not everyone in ROTC had it all planned out before they came to college though. Not Patrick Klein anyway, who didn’t know it was what he wanted to do until after he enrolled for classes at University of Missouri, Kansas City. Klein got information on ROTC and joined after he found out the financial benefits it would produce and the career options it would offer. Financial benefits from the ROTC could add up to paid tuition, additional scholarships and allowances for books. People who join ROTC in the midst of their college years can receive

numerous scholarships and grants to pay for additional schooling and existing student loans. “I’m a criminal justice major, and being in ROTC has opened so many doors for me,” Klein said. “It’s going to help put me through law school, because my ultimate goal is to become a lawyer.” Another way ROTC helps individuals career-wise is its correlation with specialty schools. Most people in the ROTC program want a slot in attending one of the offered specialty schools. The different schools students try to get into are Airborne, Air Assault, Cadet Troup Leader Training and Cadet Culture Language Program. CTLT consists of shadowing and observing different officers throughout the country, while CULP is an internship-like program that sends you to a foreign country. Rosy Padialla participated in the three-week airborne program. The program taught her everything she needed to know in order to jump safely. She went from learning how to jump and land on the ground, to jumping and landing from towers, to jumping and landing from planes. “ROTC is really a lifechanging experience,” Padi-

alla said. “I never knew when I first enrolled in college that I would be jumping out of planes before I graduated. I’m doing things that I never thought I could do.”

The ROTC program has produced highly-qualified individuals for leadership positions for the last 40 years and is continuing to do so. Anyone interested in more

information on the program can visit or visit the ROTC office on the first level of Wilson Hall.

The Missouri Western ROTC program specifically trains men and women to become an elite class of military officers. In these photos, ROTC member Andrew Cool, along with fellow ROTC members, conducts a flag ceremony before the Griffon Football game against Lincoln University.

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Editorial: Athletes represent all of us Several months ago two Missouri Western football players took heroic action in saving a baby. Their good deed was recognized nationally and the Student Government Association rewarded them at this fall’s convocation. While these two athletes represented Western with honor and dignity, not all athletes have learned to follow in their footsteps. In a city where Missouri Western is such an integral part of the community, it’s no surprise that Western athletes are constantly under the spotlight. On or off the field, these individuals’ actions represent Western in ways that other students’ actions don’t. Then again, this should not be a surprise. In our culture, all athletes are considered role models. Who they are isn’t limited to how many yards they rush or how many goals they score: Athletes represent who they play for. When it was discovered that Michael Phelps was using illicit drugs — marijuana — it wasn’t just a matter of drug use. An American gold medalist, someone who represents all of us, was discovered to be disobeying the law. One of America’s finest

swimmers and Olympians was a criminal. Western isn’t a Division I school. The Griffons’ fanbase is students and alum. Our football games aren’t broadcast over national television every week. Regardless, our athletes are still pillars of our community. Thousands of people attend each football game and even more read, watch and cheer. You couldn’t drive anywhere in St. Joseph without seeing Griffon pride somewhere. In a city where the university plays an integral part in the economy and overall attitude of the community, certain people are closely watched in that community. When these people are responsible for great deeds, ask for no compensation but just ask for them to attend the Griffon football game, that’s a heartwarming story. When Griffon representatives do the opposite and embarrass Western, it is concerning. Not every athlete should be expected to save babies, but abiding by the rules of the community is a simple request. There are no laws preventing people from embarrassing themselves on social media. On the streets, on the net and on the field, Western

athletes are representatives of the black and gold that is on their uniforms. Even when they are not in uniform, they are still Griffons

and still athletes. Take caution, athletes, in everything you do. You aren’t just a student. You aren’t just an athlete. You are a Griffon

athlete; take all of your actions into consideration because they don’t just reflect who you are, but who we are.

So, are we being watched ALL the time?

Matt Hunt | Staff Writer There has been a lot of talk of presidential campaigns from both President Obama and the Republican candidates. If you will recall in

may be winning because they have enough money for the advertising. That money can also hide an agenda that you may not agree with. You must do diligent research and make up your mind about what is important to you and which candidate best fits with what you feel is important. One of the reasons voting is hard work is trying to see the forest in all of the trees. Most candidates avoid real issues. The best way to run a campaign is to claim to be for old people and animals. Most candidates stay away from strong moral or political issues. If you search the internet and only look at the candidate’s websites you will find why each is strong on issues that may not concern you. After a while, all of the candidates start looking the same. When there are no real positions or issues the vote count becomes very close.

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Which part of homecoming are you most excited about? Kelsey Dirksen freshman

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I have had many conversations with my friends on campus and a few professors, and they seem to be more concerned with the upcoming election, and appear to be taking a more active interest in politics and its outcome. With our economy hitting rock bottom, no new jobs created, students graduating college unable to find a job using their degree, only to be handed a huge debt 6 months after graduation. In my own opinion, I wouldn’t re-elect Obama or vote for any of the Republican candidates. It’s my honest opinion that nobody seems to

Remember Florida during Bush’s second election? To really find out where a candidate stands on an issue visit the website for sure, but don’t stop there. Read all about the candidate wherever you can. Ask questions on their website specific to your concerns. If possible, go where the candidate is making a public appearance and ask questions directly. Listen to the news and read articles in current magazines. Remember though, not all media is fair and unbiased. Walter Cronkite is dead and so it seems to be any pundit who can deliver an idea of his own in a fair and balanced way. I know it can be painful to your ears, but watch that news program that you hate sometime. They will show different sides of the candidate that you may not know exist. If you disagree with a news program’s politi-

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care about our economy or creating jobs, and why they would? They all have jobs. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll vote in 2012. I have been getting emails from Obama’s team asking me to get students engaged. I have also been following numerous Republican candidates’ student support pages, and all they seem to worry about is tearing down Obama and those in their own party instead of focusing on the issues gravely affecting the American people. It seems to me that the only way to win back students and the large majority of the vot-

ing public is to get to work and show some results. President Obama has signed into law a great deal of legislation stemming from the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to the Universal Health Care Act, but none of which created jobs, as far as I can tell. I know it’s difficult to try to create jobs with a split party system in place, but why not try to focus on jobs in the first two years when he had a Democratic Majority? All I know is that come 2012, I hope we have a third party candidate who is an ordinary citizen with no political background.

“I painted the homecoming board for Leaverton Hall.”

KC Clouser junior

“I’m looking forward to the awesome football game.”

Alex Saxen freshman

: Do the work, vote responsibly


It disturbs me when I hear that students are considering not voting in the presidential election next year. I know with the electoral vote system we have in this country it seems like voting is a waste of time. We have seen times when the candidate that received the most popular votes of the people doesn’t win the electoral vote. Students may understand that age alone makes them eligible to vote, but may not know that voting is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Voting responsibly takes hard work. Maybe that’s why most of Americans either don’t vote or choose the “rock star” as Matthew Hunt described President Obama in his article on this page. Voting without doing the work is not voting responsibly. Don’t just take the easy road. Everyone wants to be on the winning team, but that team

“I’m excited about the parade that everyone that’s involved in Greek does.”

Disillusioned student may not vote in 2012 election 2008 Barack Obama shoved Hope and Change into the minds of students. I myself was one of those supporters for President Obama and I actually read the issues that he stood for. It just seemed to me that the younger generation was attracted to Obama because he had a weird name. They really didn’t know where Obama stood on the issues, but were determined to get him elected. As we enter into a new election season, with President Obama’s job on the line, will students focus on the issues or follow the rock star they voted for in 2008?


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cal position you may still find common ground with what the program exploits as a candidates problem. Whatever you do, question everything. Don’t repeat everything you see on the internet or received in a social network post without checking it out first. Responsible voters find most of the radical-sounding things they receive on social networks are unfounded. Whether you fall into the much-worn adult position of the Tea Party who pines for the way things used to be, the cry babies in the Occupy Wherever groups who aren’t happy with their government, corporations, capitalism, banking, police or what they’re getting from their government, or somewhere in between, educate yourself and vote responsibly.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR WEEKLY POLLS ONLINE at This week’s poll: Which candidate are you voting for in the November 2012 presidential election?

“I am most excited for the football game and the dance.”

Jordan Thompson sophomore

Barack Obama Mitt Romney Herman Cain Michele Bachmann I’m not voting. I haven’t decided yet.

“I’m excited about the football game.”

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A serious slapdash — Vol. 1 poria State next. The Griffons defeated those last two teams on the road, now they have them at home. It’s simple: Western wins the three games, it makes the tournament. If not, better luck next year.

Volleyball, never sub in until you have to Thomas Huitt-Johnson 150 | Sports Editor

One quick note: During this process, if random names drop in, that isn’t a bad thing. It’s supposed to be that way. Random references are great, unless you’re Pat Forde, then it’s just annoying. Matt Gleaves knows what I’m talking about. So, just remember, random names — as well as regular names (if that makes sense) — will appear.

Soccer, future looks kind of bright What about this year’s soccer team? Kyle Inman sure thinks highly of them. And why not? The freshman are playing above expectations, and Missouri Western will see most of this team for the next few years. On Thursday they played against Northwest Missouri State. They lost 5-1, as Northwest ran up the score like it were in the BCS, trying to leap frog somebody into National Championship contention. Of course the game was tied at the half; it wouldn’t be a Western soccer game if that had not occurred. Next up was coach Chad Edwards’ alma matter — Missouri Southern State. Western lost this game as well, putting the MIAA tournament in doubt. K.C. Ramsell hasn’t scored since the fifth game, but she is still finding ways to put the ball in position; the freshman just isn’t hitting the shot on goal as much. If Ramsell, Erin Widrig and a few other key players can score, and Kelly Voigts can continue to stand pat as goalie, the final two weeks of the regular season can see improvement. Western plays Fort Hays State, Washburn and Em-

After losing three straight, the losses continued. The Griffons fell 3-1 to Hays on Friday. Then another road game occurred when the Griffons went to Joplin to play Southern. The Griffons finally snapped the loss streak, winning 3-0 against the Lions. Before further analysis can occur, people must take a second and look at what Frederick has been able to do over the past three years he has been at the helm for the Griffons. After the 2010 team finished the season with an 12-17 record, the Griffons saw three seniors graduate. Coach Cory Frederick said he would recruit hard and hard enough he did. Sarah Fauble is making her presence known. She is like Todd Fuller to the Griffon News: very underrated. This team also has great chemistry. Tahler Johnston is a great player. Alex Behnke is too, but both will graduate after the season. They’ll be alright. Considering Stephanie Hattey is only going to be a better player in the next couple years, as well as Shelby Corkill and Sarah Fauble, leadership and skill shouldn’t be a problem. If only this team can take advantage of the rest of this year’s schedule, people will realize the talent they have. They also have terrific coaching, including Cory Gove, stat keeper.

Another football column I think I’ve written a few too many columns about Western football already this season. The players and coaches probably agree. But does it really matter? It’s not like we’ve overwhelmed them with columns in the past.

Regarding Western’s threegame win streak, it will continue. Am I guaranteeing it? No. Am I saying it? Yes (Dwayne Bowe). Come on, if the Griffons blow a chance at improving their record to 7-2 before Halloween, it will be a monumental upset. It should make SportsCenter’s Not Top 10 list. Despite losing to the teams they were supposed to lose to and beating the teams they were supposed to beat, the Griffons won somewhat tossup games against Southern and Emporia. That has to be encouraging to Jerry Partridge and his staff, considering there was always “that one game” where Western would lose and jeopardize a post-season appearance. Saturday, Western traveled to Emporia and held on to a hard-fought 22-16 victory. Western had to earn the win, and, in all seriousness, it knew that going into Emporia, because the Hornets do not lay down for any opponent. Homecoming is next.

Befriending the Enemy I work for the Griffon News, this is obvious. But, I also take part in the newspaper from across the town: The St. Joseph News-Press. As an employee there, I can’t work for the Griffon News 24/7. I can only work for them 16/4 and 24/3. The other 8/4 I am a NewsPress employee. Confused? Now you know how I feel. I befriend the enemy. I play both sides. I’m like Ashton Kutcher cheating on his wife. Except, I don’t know who Demi Moore is in this situation. I’m put in positions many times where I have to work downtown and cannot attend games. Thanks goes to my Editor-In-Chief (Dave Hon) and my boss Ross Martin (Western alum, ‘05), who understand this. Anyway, it’s rough. Last Thursday, when Western played rival Northwest, I was unable to work for the Griffon News. I had to attend the game on behalf of the NewsPress. I had to cover Northwest for the most part, especially since it won and forward Victoria Von Mende scored a

team record 10 goals this season. I still talked to the Griffon News staff who attended, including the Break Away guy, Jason Brown. I couldn’t tweet the game to the GriffonNewsCom followers, but instead, NPSportsNow followers received the game updates. Last Saturday, this is even better, I had to attend a state quarterfinal softball game, and could not make a trip to Emporia. I then sent a tweet out to GriffonNewsCom followers to follow NPSportsNow for updates. Oh, it’s worse: This Saturday, when everybody is attending Homecoming events and the football game, I will be at District Cross Country, covering local high school Central trying to pave its way to state. They may, because they have those Bachman twins. But anyway, scheduling conflicts again occur.



Truman, TRUMAN (8-4-2) (13-1) a bit of a Central surprise Northwest (8-5-2) (5-7-1) at this Southern (3-4-2) p o i n t , Baptist WASHBURN (1-11-2) h a s EMPORIA (2-8-4) t a k e n Hays (13-9) over as Western (3-8) the No. 1 team. Even though Central handed Truman one of its losses, and with another win will jump Truman and take back first, for now it belongs to the Bulldogs.

Left: Junior Erin Widrig dribbles the ball against the Bearcats Thursday night at Spratt Stadium. Widrig, who also plays softball for the Griffons, appeared in her first home game after sitting out the first month. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

A Little Inside Info I don’t wear glasses. Many people know this, but I needed a pair in order to take my picture. This isn’t the News-Press, where, when they write a column, they are submitted into the paper with a full body length photo of them looking up, so that their shoes are the size of pebbles. I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. But here we have to use a real mug shot (and not a Dave Williams type of mug shot, where you actually have a reason to look eccentric). So instead of my picture focusing on my face and who I am, I needed an object to distract the reader. Insert Prof. Bob Bergland’s glasses. Instantly, my face became a hit. Not two hours after print people were asking me about the photo. Since I am unable to grow a beard at this point in my life, and Bergland will not let me barrow his goatee, I need a new disguise. Any help? One last note: My computer at the Griffon News is not working, so I am taking this opportunity to type from Blair Stalder’s. I would like to take the time to thank her for her generosity. I hope she thanks me for pronouncing her last name correctly and spelling it.


For the first time in PITTSBURG (7-0) over six seasons, WASHBURN (7-0) Northwest is not NORTHWEST (6-1) (5-2) on top of the con- WESTERN (5-2) ference. With Pitts- CENTRAL SOUTHERN (2-4) burg State’s big (2-5) comeback against HAYS EMPORIA (2-5) the Bearcats in the TRUMAN (2-5) Fall Classic, the LINCOLN (1-6) Gorillas jumped Northwest. Ignore the final five, it’s all up to the top five on who play in the NCAA tournament next month.

Above: K.C. Ramsell and Northwest player Emilee Davidson push to move the ball forward for their team on Saturday. Northwest won 5-1, and all of their goals were scored in the final 45 minutes.


Washburn’s Washburn (20-1) (17-3) one loss Central Emporia (13-7) came at the hands of Pittsburg (7-15) (10-11) Concordia- Western Baptist (8-13) St. Paul. Truman (13-9) B e s i d e s Northwest (8-11) the top two Hays (13-9) teams, the Southern (4-16) conference seems pretty equal, so the next two weeks of games will decide a lot in the MIAA.

Northwest wins Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor Griffon Soccer fell victim to a five goal second half Northwest Missouri State scoring onslaught Thursday at Spratt Stadium en route to losing 5-1. The Soccer team fell to Northwest State University with a score of 5-1. “I just felt like at the end of the game we lost all of our energy, execution of everything and fell apart,” coach Chad Edwards said. The loss pushes the Griffon’s losing streak to four. Their record on the season falls to 3-7 and 0-4 in MIAA conference play. The two teams were even on the scoreboard after a first half where the Bearcats took ten shots and the Griffons attempted five. Victoria Von Mende scored the first goal of the game and her tenth of the season at the 56th minute mark. In the 60th minute Hannah Silvey made the score 2-0 Bearcats on a goal from five yards out. The Griffons fought back and put in their only goal when Ashley Grunder scored her first goal of the season in the 78th minute on an assist from Audrey Henderson. That made the score 2-1 with 11 minutes remaining. “We had the momentum going,” Grunder said. “We kept pushing through it, but after we scored we all thought we had a chance, and it was

going to go our way,” Three minutes later, any hopes the Griffons had of a comeback were crushed when Emilee Davison scored a goal off of a rebound to put Northwest up 3-1. Northwest’s Tammie Eiberger scored two meaningless goals with less than four minutes to go in the game to push the score to 5-1. “We gave ourselves chances to score throughout the game. We were in it with them, we just had five breakdowns basically,” Edwards said. The Bearcats attempted 26 shots to the Griffons 11 on the way to improving their record to 7-3-2 and 4-1 in the MIAA. Griffon goalkeeper, Kelly Voigts, notched 11 saves on the day. Each team committed eight fouls in the game, and the Bearcats attempted two corner kicks to the Griffons none. The Griffons have a good shot to make the MIAA tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Western has four games left on the season before the tournament including games with Washburn and Emporia State, two teams that the Griffons have already defeated this season. Edwards is keeping a postitive outlook. “Now it’s just a matter of being positive and maintaining focus on our goal of making it to Kansas City, which has been our goal,” Edwards said.

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Zuerlein has a chance at the NFL

Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor

Field goal kicker Greg Zuerlein is using his one season with the Griffons to turn himself into a legitimate pro prospect. “He is going to be in an NFL camp next fall,” coach Jerry Partridge said. “We have had a lot of NFL teams come through, and that’s the feedback that I’m getting,” When the University of Nebraska-Omaha announced it was shutting down its football program, it was news to Zuerlein. “I was shocked, and I didn’t have any forewarning or anything,” Zuerlein said. “I was surprised at their decision to shut down the program.” Partridge wasted no time in pursuing the strong-legged field goal kicker after MIAA teams were cleared to go after former UNO players. “He was the first call I made,” Partridge said. “I just knew what kind of a weapon he was and what a special football player he is, because of how well he kicks.” Zuerlein chose Western because he admired the athletic facilities and because of the way he had seen the coaches develop kickers in the past. “Specifically the kicking coach Jay White,” Zuerlein said. “He has helped a lot of the kickers get better here, and I thought he could help me, so that was the biggest thing.” Zuerlein was a three-time all-conference selection at UNO. He hit 136 field goals in his three-year-career, with a long of 52 yards. He holds the school record for consecutive extra point conversions with 61 straight. He also has a school record of 131 PATs made in his career. In 2010, what would have been Zuerlein’s senior year, he suffered a torn labrum in

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Sports Briefs

Spring schedules anounced

Matt Gleaves | Multimedia Editor

Zuerlein attempts one of the five field goals he made on Oct. 1 against Missouri Southern. The senior has an opportunity to move on to the next level, as scouts of NFL teams have already asked about him. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

the hip and was forced to sit out the season with a medical red-shirt. “I was just kicking, and I felt a pop, and I couldn’t kick anymore,” Zuerlein said. “Now I’m getting back into the swing of things. I’ve had some setbacks, but I’m finally getting back to being 100 percent.” Zuerlein has already impacted the Western record books after playing five games. Against Missouri Southern State, he set the school record for longest field goal with 57 yards and tied the record for field goals made in a game with five.

Zuerlein is 13-14 in field goal attempts on the season, including 4-4 from over 50 yards. That type of leg strength is exactly what professional teams look for in a kicker. “I would definitely like to play football after college, but that’s mainly on the back burner for me right now,” said Zuerlein. “I just want to do what I can here and see what happens.” Being able to depend on getting three points whenever the team can’t convert on third down is a great safetynet for the Griffon offense. Zuerlein leads the Griffons in

scoring with 56 points on the season. “When we start getting into his range we kind of start pulling the reins back a little bit, and it’s been effective,” Partridge said. “He has been a great teammate to the kids, and he’s just a great kicker.” Coming to a new school, Zuerlein admits he did not know what to expect, but everything has gone well for him so far at Western. “I love it here; it’s awesome,” Zuerlein said. “From the coaches to the players, everything is great. I feel like I have really been accepted into the program.”








Missouri Western baseball is winding down their fall schedule with the annual Griffon Alumni Weekend. All baseball alumni have been invited to the Griffon Spring Sports Complex to watch game three of the Griffon Fall World Series. The baseball team finalized their spring schedule this week. The Griffons will square off against MIAA power Central Missouri on Mar. 2-4 in a four game series in Warrensburg, Mo. Emporia State travels to Western on Mar. 27 for a double header and then the Griffons hit the road for a four game series with rival Northwest Missouri State. The MIAA tournament will kick off on May 10 at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. Western’s softball team will kick off its spring season on Feb. 10 in Arkadelphia, Ark. Mar. 16 the Griffons will host Northwest in a double header at the Griffon Spring Sports Complex. The following week, Western will face off against Emporia State in a double header and then travels to Missouri Southern on Apr. 7 for a double header. The MIAA softball tournament will kick off Apr. 26 in Overland Park, Kan. at the Blue Valley Sports Complex.




It’s game time: Tuesday’s match-up


Kyle Inman | Asst. Sports Editor

Kyle Inman is a former allstate high school forward at Decatur Community High School. “We’re playing a 2-3 zone the whole game, Jim Boeheim style.”

Starting Lineup: PG — Thomas Huitt-Johnson aka Manny Pacquaio SG — Matt Gleaves aka Jason Aldean SF — Andy Inman aka The Human Power Tool aka Houdini PF — Kyle Inman aka Birdman Chris Anderson C — Blair Stalder aka Amanda Seyfried 6th Man — Jason Brown aka Peter Parker

Taylor Anding (12) hits the ball during the Griffons’ fall ball game against Des Moines Area Community College. The Griffons finished up fall practice last week. Jason Brown | Photo Editor

vs. Faculty

The media definitely has the upper hand, given the fact that they are younger and faster. However, the faculty has the experience, so they know how to win games. They understand how important a game like this is, and it always comes down to who is smarter and who has better fundamentals. The key matchup of the night will be between Forward Kyle Inman and Guard Bob Bergland. Whoever can play better defense and control the ball should help their team come out on top. Don’t be surprsied if both teams become a bit winded, so the sixth man might play a huge role as well. One big obstacle that the faculty must overcome this year is the loss of Dallas Henry. He will not be able attend due to lack of availability. Still, the faculty should be able to hold their own.

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Robert Bergland has a sweet jump shot and can rain down three pointer all day if he has to. “[The media] is putting way too much thought into this, man,” Bergland said.

Starting Lineup: PG — Robert Bergland aka What About Bob? SG — Randy Bergman aka John Travolta SF — Mike Cadden aka Racquetballer PF — Neil Lawley aka Pablo Picasso C — Britt Johnson aka David Stern 6th Man — Jon Road aka Don Haskins aka Bobby Joe Hill

Sport: Football Year: Junior Position: Defensive End Stats this week:  Tackles - Six Tackles for Loss - 2.5 Sacks - 1 Quarterback Pressures - 1

DAVID BASS Bass has been proving why he was a pre-season  All-American and why he is the top defensive end in  the MIAA. With nine sacks so far and four games  left, Bass is six away from the all-sack record at  Western. On Saturday in Emporia, he helped secure  a 22-16 victory with a sack, quarterback hurry and  knocked down a pass on third down. He currently  leads the MIAA in sacks as of Week 7. Brooke Carter | Graphics Editor

Midnight madness

Tuesday, Oct. 25 fans of the Missouri Western basketball team wil see their favorite players for the first time. On this night, the eighth annual Griffon Basketball Tip-Off Party is set in the MWSU Fieldhouse. According to Brett Esely, assistant director of athletics external relations, both the men’s and the women’s teams will participate in a short scrimmage followed by a slam dunk contest by the men’s team and a three point contest by the women’s. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive Tshirts, pizza and refreshments. The night will kick off with a scrimmage, as the Western faculty will play the local media. Esely also said students will be highly involved in the event, as they will compete in various contests for gift cards and cash prizes. The grand finale of the evening will be a student attempting to make a half-court shot for $10,000.

Pink week

This week, both Missouri Western’s soccer and volleyball teams will start their third annual Pink Week games. “It’s time to think pink,” said Brett Esely, assistant director of external relations. “We encourage eveyone to wear pink during those two events.” Throughout the two games, there will be 500 Tshirts available for free-will donations. The proceeds will all be donated to the Heartland Auxiliary Breast Center at Heartland Regional Medical Center. The first of the two games will see the soccer team square off with Washburn at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Spratt Stadium. Two days later, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 29, the volleyball team will play host to Washburn in the Looney Complex.

Football homecoming preview Homecoming is finally upon us. At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the football team will ride their three-game win streak into Spratt Stadium to play Truman State. While everybody will be enjoying the festivities, there will be a football game played. So, how will Western be able to up their win streak to four games? Offense: Travis Partridge played his first game without throwing an interception last week against Emporia State. This helped the team out tremendously, as Western won 22-16. If he can play another another turnover-free game, the Griffons have a great shot at winning. Partridge continues to give credit to running back Michael Hill and the o-line. Defense: David Bass picked up another sack last week, and while he keeps doing this, he is freeing up opportunities for Jeremy Weston, Ben Pister and other defensive players who have been helping this team out big. Special teams: Tarrelle Downing has filled in nice for kick-return specialist T.J. Fannin, who was lost of the year by a ruptured achilles tendon. Greg Zuerlien has made every kick beyond 30-yards, including four that were over 50-yards. Prediction: Western 43, Truman 7

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