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Vol. 84, Issue 29



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Mizzou Athletics

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Mizzou and Idaho football players dive for the ball at the Homecoming game on Oct. 21, 2017. PHOTO BY MADI WINFIELD | VISUALS DIRECTOR

Missouri’s postseason failures in 2017-2018 mark turning point for athletic program Across the athletic department, the Missouri Tigers struggled to parlay their regular-season success into postseason results. ALEX GELABERT LIAD LERNER

Staff Writers

Success can be measured in a variety of ways in athletics. There are the Alabamas of the world, primed for a college football national championship run seemingly every season, and the mid-majors like Loyola Chicago, which captivated the nation with its Cinderella run to the Final Four of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Missouri’s athletic program finds itself somewhere in the middle, competing in the Southeastern Conference in most of its sports, and in the middle of the pack as a whole in terms of contending for championships. Success is most definitely relative in a program like this. As far as the Missouri Tigers in 2017-2018 athletics specifically, there was a somewhat frustrating trend for its fans: many teams exceeded expectations in the regular season but failed to deliver in the postseason. The most successful Tiger program in the regular season this past school year, No. 3 Missouri wrestling (19-0), was one of the favorites heading into the NCAA Championships held in Cleveland back in March. The Tigers were fresh off of their seventh consecutive conference title, a conference tournament in which they broke the record for the most points at a Mid-American Conference tournament, scoring 177 team points. However, the Tigers’ roar in Cleveland was much quieter than anticipated, as the team only posted 61.5 points en route to a sixth-place finish. None of the nine individuals — who had combined for a 183-30 record in the regular season — could break into the top three of their respective weight classes, despite containing two 2-seeds and two 3-seeds. “We had really high expectations of where we wanted to finish here and what we wanted to accomplish, and [we] just lost a lot of tight matches,” coach Brian Smith said in a video interview posted by Mizzou Athletics. “So my overall feeling is disappointment, but I’m still proud of my kids.” But this type of postseason let down is something that Missouri fans of all sports have grown all too accustomed to during the 2017-18 seasons. The two revenue Missouri sports, football and basketball, exceeded preseason expectations, performing well in the always-competitive SEC East in football, and the surprisingly deep SEC

basketball conference. However, even with momentum from the regular season, the Tigers failed in both sports to put their winning formula together and tough out a postseason victory. Beginning with football, second-year head coach Barry Odom and Missouri finished with a remarkable 7-5 record in the regular season after a 1-5 start. The season marked a major one-year turnaround, adding three more wins after a dismal 4-8 finish in 2016. The seven wins were also good enough for the team’s first bowl birth since 2014 and a third-place finish in the SEC East. Going into the 2017 Texas Bowl against Texas, Missouri was one of the hottest teams in the country, coming off of a six-game winning streak with aspirations of a quality bowl victory to top off an already successful season. It was not to be for the Tigers though, who lost 33-16 to the Longhorns to end the season. The departure of offensive coordinator Josh Heupel prior to the Texas Bowl seemed to have an impact on junior quarterback Drew Lock and the Missouri offense throughout the loss. Injuries, transfers and suspensions ensured that Missouri basketball’s season did not live up to the hype created by the addition of four of ESPN’s top 100 recruits of 2017, but the team still managed a 20-11 regular season record (a dramatic turnaround from last season’s 8-24 finish) and qualified as a No. 8 seed for its first NCAA Tournament in five years. The return of high school star Michael Porter Jr. from a season-long injury once again raised expectations for the team in the postseason. Fans were left aggrieved when the Tigers were upset in both the SEC and NCAA tournaments in first round games to Georgia and Florida State, respectively. The women’s basketball team was even more dominant in their regular season, coming into the SEC tournament ranked No. 14 in the nation and boasting a 23-6 record. But the Tigers were dominated by Georgia in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, and then were upset by No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Even non-revenue sports were affected by the trend of Missouri postseason failures. No. 20 Missouri gymnastics ended its season placing seventh in the eight-team SEC Championship and then fifth in its six-team NCAA regional. No. 13 men’s and No. 20 women’s swimming and diving finished tied for 23rd in the men’s NCAA Championship, and 15th in the women’s NCAA Championship. But was this year a harbinger for further postseason issues in the long term for Missouri athletics, or was it just coincidence that these teams all happened to flop during the business

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end of their 2017-18 seasons? The football team could point to Heupel’s departure as a large contributor to the bowl game loss, and the men’s basketball team would have a valid argument in saying that the sudden return of Porter Jr., combined with the suspension of senior leader Jordan Barnett, broke the team chemistry as the Tigers embarked on their tournament runs. These two programs were struck down by chance, and they can be excited for next season where they presumably, would not suffer the same misfortunes. Similarly, the wrestling team can take comfort in the fact that although they came up empty handed in 2018, they are only one year removed from J’den Cox’s third national title, as well as Joey Lavallee’s second place finish. While the struggles of the women’s basketball team and the gymnastics team have proved to be more recurring than those of the aforementioned teams, the continued growth and development of their athletes should lead to postseason success sooner rather than later. It remains to be seen whether the 2017-18 athletic year will be looked upon as an outlier in which Missouri sports failed to deliver, or whether it was a sign of more postseason heartbreak to come for Missouri sports fans. Edited by Joe Noser

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National news

Country debates guns, DACA in this year’s top news Missouri found itself in the spotlight of national news multiple times. EVAN OCHSNER

Staff Writer

1. Students expressed their support for DACA The future status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals dominated national news headlines throughout the year as it served as a bargaining chip for congressional leaders while holding the fate of hundreds of thousands of immigrants — including more than 30 in the UM System — in limbo. The fate of DACA became uncertain when President Trump said in September he would not renew it, leaving Congress with the responsibility of passing legislation to continue the program. During this period of uncertainty, which stretched from Trump’s statement through a circuit ruling on the matter, MU students and Columbia residents expressed their support for the deal. Some DREAMers voiced their concerns to Sen. Claire McCaskill when she visited campus Jan. 26. Members of the Asian American Association and the Association of Latin@ American Students joined to educate MU students about DACA on Jan. 28. Demonstrators gathered Feb. 25 at the Boone County Courthouse to voice support for the program. A federal circuit court ruled on Jan. 9 that DACA must be reinstated unless the Trump administration can provide a sound legal reason for repealing it; however, its fate is still uncertain. 2. Eclipse captured nation’s attention and drew thousands to Columbia The first day of classes at MU was a bit more interesting than usual this year, thanks to the “Great American Eclipse.” Columbia was directly in the path of totality, attracting thousands of visitors and the attention of the national media. Before totality occurred in the early afternoon, MU students and faculty gathered outdoors seeking a clear

Rally attendees raise their fists in solidarity with DACA recipients whose statuses are in jeopardy. PHOTO BY KATE SEAMAN | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

view. Many professors canceled classes that coincided with the eclipse. The university hosted a watch party with free pizza and eclipse glasses on Carnahan Quad. The eclipse did not disappoint, as the sky was clear enough for viewing. 3. Students led public discourse on guns After 17 people died in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, the issue of gun control was once again thrust into the national spotlight. It made “Parkland” a household name as the nation grappled with how to prevent future tragedies. This conversation was notably different than that of previous mass shootings, as Stoneman Douglas students capitalized on the newfound notoriety of their school and started a movement: Never Again. On March 24, hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated in the March for Our Lives. Hundreds gathered on Francis

Quadrangle to march to the Boone County Courthouse to demand action on gun control policies. 4. Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ honeymoon period in office abruptly ended with an indictment on Feb. 23. Greitens was charged with a felony first-degree invasion of privacy charge stemming from an alleged extramarital affair. Since then, stories about Greitens have appeared in many of the largest media outlets in the country. During a testimony to the Missouri House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight, Greitens was accused of sexual misconduct by the woman involved in the alleged affair. The governor now faces calls for resignation from a chorus of state officials, including fellow Republicans Sen. Caleb Rowden of Columbia and Attorney General Josh Hawley. MSA President Nathan Willett also called on Greitens to resign. Greitens was again indicted April 20, this time on a computer tampering

charge. 5. #MeToo movement swept the nation It started with an Oct. 10 story in The New Yorker revealing a pattern of sexual misconduct from Harvey Weinstein. It became a movement. Since October, the Me Too movement brought about the resignations or firings of prominent personalities across media, politics and other industries, including Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Roy Moore and Al Franken. The Me Too movement has inspired many women to share their stories of workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment and in some cases assault. The phrase “Me Too,” however, was coined by Tarana Burke in 2006. While it has resonated in many of the nation’s centers of power, the movement dominated national headlines for much of the past year and brought justice — in some capacity — to many victims. Edited by Skyler Rossi

Top social media trends: Fake events and the Columns Students used apps such as Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram to share humor about campus. MELINA PSIHOUNTAS


MU students kept busy and entertained by creating and sharing memes and content that often poke fun at recent events on campus this year. By using platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat (home of the official campus story), Twitter and Instagram, trends can travel across entire classes in an instant. Here are some of the most notable accounts on campus this year. Columns A Twitter account titled “columns” (@ mizzoucolumns) tweets from the perspective of the iconic MU Columns. Its bio reads: “we

have stood since 1893,, and finally got intrnet access.” There is no name attached to the account, but the anonymous author has kept the tweets rolling since the first tweet on February 17. One of the account’s most popular tweets — with close to 400 likes — simply reads “a selfportrait ; llllll,” and students frequently like and retweet its posts. The owner of the account said their inspiration came from the University of Texas Tower Bells account, and they created this Twitter “so we can finally tell our small tigers how much we love them.” Facebook events This year also brought a spike in extravagant fictional Facebook events boasting far-fetched ideas, most of which involved the Columns. Most notably, an event titled “Use the Columns as a bridge over the Lowry Mall construction,” hosted by students Cady Lowery and Lillie Heigl, received over 1,000 people saying they were interested in attending. The historic event

took place on Nov. 12, 2017. Another notable event that had many Tigers RSVPing and sharing was “Make really big meatballs and convince a giant that the columns are pasta,” which 447 people said they were interested in. Old Row Mizzou An Instagram account that has gained popularity this year at Mizzou is none other than @oldrowmizzou, a spinoff of the national college-themed Instagram @oldrowofficial, which has over a million followers. The account has 13,000 followers and accepts submissions from students (granted they are over 18) through direct message. They post a variety of pictures and videos mainly centered around student shenanigans involving bars, Greek life and drinking. They have passed rival account @ barstoolmissouri in followers and have videos that have reached upward of 25,000 views. Edited by Claire Colby

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Campus changes

Greek life restrictions, new leadership, budget cutbacks affect campus this year Suggestions have been made this year to decrease the budget deficit, make Greek life safer and handle emergency situations on campus differently. LAUREN BISHOP, CHRISTINA LONG


From new administrators to new dormitories, differences both large and small made this academic year one of constant change. Changes in MU leadership, funding and student life and services included the welcoming of a new system president and chancellor, as well as new policies regarding Greek life in response to controversy. Greek Life On Sept. 5, 2017, previous Maneater reporting stated that in late July 2017, MU hired Dyad Strategies to evaluate the Office of Greek Life. The Dyad Strategies report was released on Oct. 26, 2017, and detailed a number of issues in the Greek system, including freshmen living in Greek houses, safety risks at social events, hazing and new member education, conflicts with the academic calendar and a lack of diversity and inclusion. After the report was published, Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Gary Ward created the Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Board. The board consists of 28 members, including students, faculty and alumni and will divide into five “work groups,” each focused on a different part of the Dyad Strategies report. Groups will discuss changes to the Greek system in an attempt to improve the Greek experience, especially with regard to hazing incidents like those that led three MU fraternities to close this year. The board has already begun to make changes. At its March 5 meeting, the board published a chapter scorecard that makes information like chapter GPAs and violations available to the public. The Office of Greek Life, now called the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, will double its staff from two to four employees “to better support a community of 7,500 students,” according to an April 4 release from the Department of Student Affairs. MU’s chapters of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and FarmHouse all had their charters revoked by their national organizations during the 2017-2018 school year after allegations of hazing. Nine other MU IFC fraternities were accused of hazing in March, leading the Office of Greek Life to suspend all new member activities across all 29 organizations for two weeks. The Maneater reported

that allegations ranged from sleep deprivation to forced consumption of alcohol during “lineups” to eating ice cream made of human semen. New Administration Both UM System President Mun Choi and Chancellor Alexander Cartwright are two weeks away from completing their first years in the UM System. During his first year at MU, Cartwright introduced new programs such as the Academy of Curators Professors, Artist in Residence Program, Mizzou Innovates Program, National Research Centers and Office of Research Advancement. He also introduced a five-year plan to double funding from the federal government. At 100 days in his position as chancellor, Cartwright announced two new scholarships: the Black and Gold Scholarship and the Border State Scholars scholarship. Choi has given multiple president’s reports during the UM System Board of Curators meetings. In April, Choi announced the beginning of the Presidential Engagement Fellows program to share information and research between all four UM campuses. Cartwright and Choi took administrative positions at MU during decreased enrollment and a reduction in state funding for public universities. In March, Cartwright said MU faces a $60 million budget deficit. The University of Missouri Task Force on Academic Program Analysis, Enhancement and Opportunities, formed in April 2017, recommended cutting 27 graduate programs, with options to consolidate multiple programs rather than cut them completely. To help decrease the cost of attendance, Choi announced a system-wide initiative to use Open Educational Resources in June 2017. Cartwright took over his position on Aug. 1, 2017, and Choi was announced UM System President on Nov. 2, 2016. Graduate Programs Recommendation In January, the University of Missouri Task Force on Academic Program Analysis, Enhancement and Opportunities recommended

the closure, further review and/or consolidation of 27 graduate level programs. The review of the budget began in April when Choi asked for an eight to 12 percent cut system-wide. According to the Columbia Missourian, the task force looked at data from the student census and the Missouri Department of Higher Education, along with holding 39 meetings with members of the MU campus community. This is how the decisions for cuts were made. Though the university is currently looking for places to save money, the task force also mentioned areas of study that they recommend increasing investment. These programs include: big data analytics, diversity and equity and inclusion, and the Teaching for Learning Center. The deadline to make decisions about graduate program changes is May 16. Bluford Hall After a semester of being referred to simply as “New Hall,” MU’s newest residence hall was given an official name on Feb. 1, 2018. The UM system Board of Curators passed the name unanimously, after the Residence Hall Association passed the name Bluford Hall in 2016. Lucile Bluford was accepted to the Missouri School of Journalism’s graduate program in 1939, but was turned away upon her arrival in Columbia because university officials were unaware that she was black. The state Supreme Court ruled in Bluford’s favor in 1941, but the journalism school shut down its graduate studies program in response to the ruling. Bluford received an Honor Medal for Distinguished Service from the School of Journalism in 1984. Five years later, the school awarded her an honorary doctorate. Today, the university honors Bluford’s life, work and fight against racism by naming the residence hall in her name. The atrium of the building will be named after Gus T. Ridgel, the first African-American to receive a graduate degree from MU. MU Alert After an individual threatened suicide near campus on Oct. 18,

administration updated the MU Alert system based on campus feedback. The alert system is not automated, and each decision is based on “imminent or ongoing danger,” according to Doug Schwandt, MU Police Department chief, in a Maneater article from the day of the threat. The day of the incident, the Office of the Chancellor sent an email to faculty, staff and students to indicate that the campus was operating under normal conditions. Chancellor Cartwright asked for feedback about the incident. The following day, Cartwright authored an email stating that MU Alert system would be available for anyone, not just students. Additionally, the Office of the Chancellor said he would meet with campus groups such as the Missouri Students Association, Campus Safety Committee and the Staff Advisory Council to get feedback. Cartwright said in the email that MU would develop a policy on class attendance during emergency situations, evaluate and improve community training and conduct training and emergency drills for each building on campus. In early March, MU displayed posters demonstrating how to run, hide or fight in the case of an active shooter. Students also received an email from the Office of the Chancellor that included videos depicting how to survive an active shooter, along with written instructions based on different scenarios. This was sent out in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. MU Alert was created in 2009. According to its website, MU Alert is a tool “used during emergencies and dangerous situations that threaten the health and safety of the campus community.” Notifications for MU Alerts can be received via email, text, MU-owned desktops (only during immediate safety threats), beacon alerts located inside buildings and the MU Alert website. MU Alert is also available on Twitter. Text “Follow MUAlert” to 40404 to receive tweets from the MU Alert page. Edited by Morgan Smith

Missouri Students Association

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MSA senators vote on Resolution 57-45 in full senate on March 7, 2018. PHOTO BY MADI WINFIELD | VISUALS DIRECTOR

Top five moments from the Missouri Students Association From suspended elections to a lower GPA requirement, it has been a year of changes for MSA. CAITLYN ROSEN

Assistant Student Politics Editor 1. MSA voted to lower the GPA requirement for unpaid positions On Oct. 25, bill 57-09 passed in full senate to lower the GPA requirement for unpaid positions from 2.5 to 2.2. The bill amends the GPA requirement according to the standards put forth by the code of conduct for MU students. This change was proposed last year by former senate speaker Mark McDaniel. However, it was eventually withdrawn due to disagreement over which positions should have higher grade requirements. It applied only to unpaid positions such as committee chairs, vice chairs and senators. It affected both current MSA senators and those applying for a position. The bill also stipulated that students must not only maintain the minimum GPA required by MU but also the minimum GPA for their individual colleges. 2. The resignation of senate speaker Hunter Windholz and BEC chair Jessica Davis and the subsequent election date change Former senate speaker Hunter Windholz resigned unexpectedly for personal reasons on Jan. 15. Taylor Tutin was elected senate

speaker in an emergency senate meeting on Jan. 16. Similarly, former chair of the Board of Elections Commissioners, Jessica Dennis, resigned for personal reasons. Joseph Sell was confirmed as the new BEC chair in full senate March 7. The resignation of former speaker Windholz slowed down the process of appointing Dennis’ replacement. The MSA presidential election was set to be held on March 6. However, it was moved with the resignations of Windholz and Dennis. The campaigning period for presidential candidates was set to begin March 5, and both presidential and senatorial elections were to be held on March 20. 3. The discovery of controversial tweets from candidates in each of the three slates in the presidential election Controversial tweets surfaced March 5 regarding racist, sexist and homophobic terms used in past tweets by Caius Gillen, vice presidential candidate of the “More to Roar” campaign, Claire Jacobs, presidential candidate of the “It’s About Time” campaign, and Blaine Thomas, presidential candidate of the “Fight Forward” campaign. Following the discovery of these tweets, Gillen, Jacobs and Thomas dropped out of the race. Gillen and Jacobs’ running mates continued to run alone. 4. The suspension of the presidential election MSA Student Court ruled March 8 to suspend the presidential election and call for a special

Then-MSA vice presidential candidate Connor McAteer, left, and then-presidential candidate Julia Wopata answer a question during the first presidential debate on April 9, 2018. PHOTO BY MADI WINFIELD | VISUALS DIRECTOR

election. The handbook for the special election was passed in full senate on March 21. The handbook stipulates that the deadline for slates to file is March 22, with campaigning beginning on March 26. Polls opened April 16 and closed April 18. The biggest difference in the special election handbook and the handbook from the expelled election was the inclusion of a campaign expenditure limit of $2,000. Following the passage of the handbook on March 21, campaigning got a slow start over spring break. Not a word was heard from either slate until April 2. The slates were Julia Wopata and Connor McAteer, running under the slogan “More to Roar,” and Robert

Schmidt and Alp Kahveci, running under the slogan “Mizzou for You.” Wopata and McAteer won the election, with a vote of 1,033 to 170. 5. Five auxiliaries moved from MSA control MSA senate passed bill 57-37 on April 11, which stipulates that five auxiliaries will be removed from MSA’s budget. These five auxiliaries are KCOU, MUTV, MSA/ GPC Box Office, MSA/GPC Tech and Student Legal Services. According to budget chair Jake Eovaldi, the removal of these auxiliaries will save $60,000 in the MSA budget. Edited by Skyler Rossi

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Distinguished Students

Distinguished students: their legacy at MU Lucy Givens Lucy Givens reflects on her time in ROTC, women’s tennis and other organizations that give back. LAUREN WILCOX

Staff Writer

When Lucy Givens transferred to the University of Missouri from Drury University to play tennis, she didn’t know if she would make the team. To her surprise, she played in back to back tennis matches the day after MU’s coach at the time, Sasha Schmid, offered her a spot. During her time at MU, Givens has participated in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, MU Women’s Tennis, where she played for a year but is now the team’s student manager and Epsilon Sigma Alpha Fraternity, where she is the project execution coordinator. But one of her favorite accomplishments during her time at MU is being named Ranger Company

Commander. She decided to join Army ROTC, where she was the first female awarded the title of Ranger Company Commander since its re-founding five years ago. “In the fall, I was chosen by the Cadre to be the Ranger Company Commander. This role hasn’t been given to a female in a long time, so it was a special moment for them to have thought so highly of me,” Givens said. Givens is a senior graduating with a degree in marketing. After graduation, she hopes to become a military intelligence officer after training in Kentucky, where her duty is to serve six years of active duty and two years in the National Guard. “I joined ROTC right after the attacks in Paris and thought if these horrible events could happen in Paris, they could happen anywhere,” Givens said. “I wanted to protect people, and I thought this is the way I could help my country.” The company commander is directly in charge of approximately 35 people and plans a five day physical training schedule. “The Ranger company was made up of all ages, freshmen to seniors,” Givens said. “It is the physically hardest group, so cadets who chose this path are willing to work hard, but they are also

noticed more.” This training was all for the Ranger Challenge, which is a physical endurance competition that schools from all over the Midwest compete at. Given’s group won second place. As company commander, Given faced challenges coming into a leadership role, but she learned how to trust her instincts. “I would take advice from others, because I thought I didn’t have the tools to make those tough decisions or lead my group,” Givens said. “However, as time went on I overcame them. I would welcome the advice from others and then decided to do what I felt was right. I finally got over the need of affirmation, and loved myself because I knew I was doing the right thing.” Givens put in much of her time and energy throughout her college career into her accomplishments, but the thing she is most proud of is her time with the younger cadets. “I am most proud of my time and effort investing in the younger cadets,” Givens said. “When you touch the lives of so many more people it leaves a last impact.” Edited by Brooke Collier

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Mary Grace Newman Mary Grace Newman balances her political science studies while devoting time to the community. SADIE LEA

Staff Writer

Mary Grace Newman will work in Washington, D.C. this summer through the Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY GRACE NEWMAN

Top 5 live: Columbia’s best performances, from theater to concerts

A normal week for Mary Grace Newman consists of an internship on Tuesdays and Thursdays, working at an on-campus job, coursework and focusing on her love for history, government and education. Her senior year of high school, Newman decided to put a pause on college. Newman spent the year after high school in New York participating in the AmeriCorps City Year program, in which she was able to help with an education nonprofit. “Try to be confident in what you’re doing,” Newman said. “Just realize that everything is a learning process. You might feel like you’re supposed to have this huge plan laid out, but it probably won’t exactly happen.” After spending a year in New York, Newman came back to Missouri, just a little ways from her hometown of Jefferson City, to MU. She began her first year with an undeclared major, but her love for history, education and

learning moved her to pursue a degree in political science. “I liked learning about government and how different institutions of power continue to influence people every day and how there’s so much to it, but you don’t really get to learn about it when you’re in high school,” Newman said. “I really wanted to go more in depth and realize who is propagating all these rules of society and stuff like that.” While trying to decide on her academics, Newman got involved on campus. Her second year, she was the logistics coordinator of the Women’s Leadership Conference and a teaching assistant for the Chancellor’s Leadership Class. After attending the Women’s Leadership Conference as a freshman, Newman knew she wanted to become more involved with the event as a sophomore. “I remember walking away feeling empowered and feeling like I knew more about campus, how to become involved, and one of the ways I became involved was being on the exec board … ” Newman said. “I just really enjoyed working with a team of women on campus that were really inspired by the conference and what it could do for campus.” As a freshman, Newman took the Chancellor’s Leadership Class. This year, she is a teaching assistant who is learning just as much as the students. “I would say to just have a community of people to be with and maybe learn how to have

This past school year has been one to remember for wonderful performances on campus and around CoMo. Concerts and shows grabbed audiences’ attention whether it be the second act of “The Green Duck Lounge,” which allowed the audience to participate in a conversation, or Sylvan Esso’s hightempo beats that got everyone dancing. MOVE has the year’s top five live performances:

repeats itself. The show opens in present day, but halfway through, it switches back to the 1960s to get a different perspective on issues still prevalent today. The show focuses on the exclusion of black communities and the different responses to racism over time. “The Green Duck Lounge” brought a thought-provoking experience that was exactly what MU needed.

“The Green Duck Lounge” - Feb. 21-25, 2018 Penned by Michelle Tyrene Johnson, the world premiere of “The Green Duck Lounge” opened at the Rhynsburger Theater in February. Set in a JANE MATHER-GLASS, HANNAH MCFADDEN Kansas City bar of the same name, the show offers a Staff Writers provocative and almost haunting look at how history

“The Drowning Girls” - March 14-18, 2018 “The Drowning Girls” was the first full-length play to be performed in the new Studio 4 Black Box Theater. Out of three bathtubs, three drippingwet brides rise from the grave to tell their tales of woe. Artful, overlapping lines made the show come

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Distinguished Students

Christopher Dade Christopher Dade’s willingness to dedicate himself to his studies and campus organizations has led to many opportunities at MU and beyond. CHARLY BUCHANAN


Givens has been a Ranger Company Commander in Army since fall 2017. PHOTO COURTESY OF LUCY GIVENS

difficult or mind-boggling conversations when you’re a freshman in college, just making sure that learning is a two-way street,” Newman said. “I may be in a teaching role, but you all are here, and I’m here to learn from you as well.” She recently found out she was named a part of the Kinder Institute’s 2018-19 Society of Fellows, and she will participate in the Kinder Scholars D.C. Summer Program. “Since I don’t really know what that dream job is, I’m kind of hoping to take these last one-and-a-half, two years at Mizzou to figure that out a little bit more,” Newman said. “I’m trying to step into more things that deal with my major like the Kinder Institute and stuff like that.” While balancing all of these things, Newman is also an intern at the state capitol with Rep. Judy Morgan through the Civic Leaders Internship Program. “[CLIP is] really about, what I’ve learned, is trying to stay involved in your community and learning about issues and how to approach them,” Newman said. Newman has mastered the art of involvement and pursuing what she is passionate about. She proves that although one may start out unsure, the opportunity to figure out where one really wants to go is achievable. For Newman, that’s pursuing her degree in political science while meeting others, making connections and improving her community along the way. Edited by Brooke Collier

oss as almost poetry. The use of water in the bs on stage was bold but paid off. Soaking-wet, th-century bridal costumes and dripping hair gave e show a spooky feel. Based on the true crime story the Brides in the Bath Murders, “The Drowning ls” was an unforgettable dark comedy.

stival of South African Dance - Nov. 2, 2017 Two South African dance companies came gether in Jesse Auditorium to perform rhythmic d syncopated stepping dances to showcase their ique cultures. They depicted different groups, ners and friends seeking work through their rformance, as they wanted to take the audience a journey through South Africa. The audience was

You might see Christopher Dade around campus all the time — and he wouldn’t have it any other way. His dedication to five different campus organizations gives him the opportunity to meet many new people. Dade grew up knowing and loving MU. From the first home football game he attended to the first time he was able to climb onto the Columns by himself, he felt like MU was home before he was even a student. By the time he left his small rural hometown of Rogersville, Missouri, he was expertly prepared to become a tiger. Dade acknowledged that not everyone has the privilege of feeling so comfortable and explained how this was a driving force in his choice to become so involved. “I want to ensure that every student feels like they can call Mizzou home,” Dade said. “I know how lucky I’ve been to find my community and find my home on campus, and I know how good of a feeling that is.” Dade has not only been involved with many organizations, but he has also assumed leadership roles within those groups. Dade was involved in Marching Mizzou and was a trumpet section leader during his junior year. He has also been a part of the Mizzou Tour Team and was involved with Mizzou Alternative Breaks for all four years of his college experience, three of those years as a site leader. In addition, Dade was part of the Alumni Association Student Board, serving as vice president of external relations his junior and senior year. Through AASB, he helped the university execute various traditions such as Tiger Walk, Senior Sendoff, Mizzou ‘39 and Mizzou 18. His biggest goal with these events was to make them as inclusive and accessible

as possible so that any MU student can participate. Dade has also played a significant role in The Associated Students of the University of Missouri as president the past two years. ASUM is the student lobbying association at MU, and Dade said his priorities have concerned advocating for student interests in Jefferson City such as keeping the cost of tuition down and providing resources for campus mental health. Dade has also been actively involved in his studies throughout his time at MU. As a chemistry major, he began and will end his career at MU working in the lab of John J. Tanner. His freshman and sophomore years were spent as a Discovery Fellow through the MU Honors College, and he has continued with studying proteins in an effort to understand how diseases occur and how drugs can be developed. His studies took him to Germany the summer of 2016 through a DAAD RISE scholarship, where he studied compounds to see what is in potentially medicinal plants. His dedication is perhaps what led him to his next achievement: acceptance into the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, which is run by the US-Ireland Alliance. Through this program, he will complete his master’s degree in public science communication at Dublin City University. Dade was one of only 12 U.S. students to be chosen for this program, which covers all tuition and accommodations

and includes a stipend for living and travel expenses. Dade is eager for the chance to learn from the other students accepted into the program, whose fields of study range from conflict resolution to music composition. “We get to spend the year studying in Ireland but also getting to know each other and getting to know what everyone is doing,” Dade said. Though Dade’s achievements would give every reason for him to be confident, he, like many, has experienced periods of selfdoubt. He found self-assurance by remembering that everyone’s background provides a unique opportunity to learn and that his is no exception. “You will always be surprised by what other people can teach you and what you might be able to bring to the table,” Dade said. “For a long time, I struggled with what I could bring to the table. Like, I’m learning so much from other people, but what can I possibly teach them? I realized eventually that my background is just as important.” Dade is sad to leave behind the people at MU that he has grown close to but feels optimistic about the opportunities for future generations of students. “There is a lot of potential energy and momentum on campus,” Dade said. “Incoming students have incredible opportunities on campus and opportunities to shape campus into what they want to see Mizzou become.” Edited by Brooke Collier

Chris Dade, senior chemistry student, is president of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri. Dade was also named a Mitchell Scholar and will be studying in Ireland as a part of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program. PHOTO BY EMMALEE REED | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

clapping and whistling throughout the whole show. The Festival of South African Dance used different styles of music, dancing and depictions to share life experiences in Jesse Auditorium. Sylvan Esso - Sept. 25, 2017 Sylvan Esso brought a unique show to Columbia. The band’s indie pop created the perfect environment for plenty of dancing and singing along. Singer Amelia Meath stunned the audience at The Blue Note with her dance moves and her unwavering voice, while producer Nick Sanborn brought beats and bass. The show was high energy from the moment the duo stepped onstage to the moment they left.

Snail Mail - Oct. 20, 2017 Snail Mail’s show in Columbia was one for the books. Fresh out of high school, Lindsey Jordan took the stage and had everyone’s full attention. Cafe Berlin was packed all the way to the doors with people who came to see Jordan sing about the discomfort that comes with growing up. Jordan also showed her prowess as a classically trained guitarist, and her band displayed its technical music skills as well. The show had a great lineup, featuring Columbia-based bands Shady Bug and It’s Me: Ross, making for the perfect night of indie rock. Edited by Brooke Collier

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Professors break ground in political science, medicine and social interaction this year Research discoveries, publications and fellowship opportunities show how professors are shaping MU and the world. REGAN MERTZ

Staff Writer

MU professors are not only contributing to research efforts on campus but also to global initiatives. Professors are writing books, making medical advancements for the treatment of cancer and receiving fellowships for their research efforts. To recognize professors’ work across campus, here are five examples of what MU staff have accomplished over the last academic year. “Saturday Night Live” Bill Horner, professor and director of undergraduate studies for the political science department, and Heather Carver, department chair and co-director of writing for the performance program in the theatre department, recently published a book titled “Saturday Night Live and the 1976 Presidential Election: A New Voice Enters Campaign Politics.” In the book, the married couple discusses how “SNL” influenced the outcome of the election of 1976, when Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford ran extremely close campaigns. With Horner’s political insight and Carver’s theatrical experience, the couple was able to argue that “SNL” causes its audience to perceive politics in a particular way and therefore impact American culture. Kemper Fellowship Shelly Rodgers, a Missouri School of Journalism strategic communication professor, received the first 2018 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. The fellowship is given to five MU teachers each year. Rodgers earned the fellowship through her contribution to research

Professors Bill Horner and Heather Carver show off their book, “Saturday Night Live and the 1976 Presidential Election.” Their research focuses on how Saturday Night Live influences the public’s perception and understanding of politics. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY EMMALEE REED | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

and knowledge of the strategic communications field, with an emphasis on the areas of science and health. She has also trained 100 science, technology, engineering and math graduate students to present areas of research that they are interested in to public audiences using a more effective method. Rodgers advocates for and educates about interactive advertising and has co-authored 152 manuscripts that have been received at conferences as well as peer-reviewed journals. Juvenile justice reform Douglas E. Abrams, associate professor of law, discusses the development of a model that will focus on rehabilitation and youth mental health needs, an ever-changing area of law, in the latest edition of “Children and the Law: In a Nutshell.” Abrams, an expert in juvenile justice, family law, American legal history and constitutional law, said the book is a resource for practicing lawyers

and parents alike. He also serves as vice chair of the advisory board of Missouri’s Division of Youth Services and said the division is a national leader for juvenile justice reform. More than 30 states have sent delegations to inspect and study DYS facilities, with an eye toward replicating the therapeutic approach followed by the “Missouri Model.” Research Reactor On Jan. 26, 2018, it was announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved a Lu 177-based drug called Lutathera, which can be used as a treatment for specific types of tumors that occur in the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas. Scientists at MU’s Research Reactor Center discovered, more than 15 years ago, possible properties within the radioisotope lutetium-177 that can be used to treat cancer. MURR is the only U.S. supplier of Lu 177 for use in Lutathera. The work being done by MU scientists demonstrates the performance of MURR,

Shelly Rodgers finds out she was chosen as a Kemper Fellow for Teaching Excellence on March 19, 2018. PHOTO BY MADI WINFIELD | VISUALS DIRECTOR

which has been a vital aspect to research at MU for more than 50 years. Scientists from many different parts of campus also use the facility to date artifacts, improve medical diagnostic tools and prevent illness. Social interaction Assistant professor Mike Kearney at the School of Journalism published his research about the impact of social media on faceto-face social interactions. Kearney, along with his research team, conducted a long-term and short-term study to test the theory that social interactions are declining with the use of social media.

The long-term study followed individuals and their social media use for two years. The results of the study show that social media use did not affect social interaction and that the social well-being of participating individuals had actually increased. The short-term study followed the text messaging of participants for five days. The study concluded that social media that was used earlier in the day did not affect social contact in the future, but Kearney and the team did find that passive use of social media lowered levels of wellbeing if the participant had been alone earlier in the day. Edited by Morgan Smith

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Additions to campus

Financial aid, sports and higher education improve under new campus leadership Under UM System President Mun Choi, Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and coach Cuonzo Martin, MU has seen many changes on campus, including improvements with scholarship opportunities and men’s basketball. ALLISON CHO


Last spring, numerous changes in leadership were announced at MU. A year later, UM System President Mun Choi, Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and coach Cuonzo Martin have displayed their passion and prowess for improving the university. Edited by Stephi Smith


President Mun Choi Campus life definitely wouldn’t be the same without UM System President Mun Choi. From promoting auto-access textbooks to combating state budget cuts, Choi has actively supported limiting costs for students and the university itself during his first year as president. He has also encouraged recruitment activities throughout the country, which aided in the 17 percent increase in MU freshman applicants for the fall. Additionally, he assisted in the creation of the Presidential Engagement Fellows, a program connecting local Missourians and higher education researchers throughout the UM System.

Chancellor Alexander Cartwright Chancellor Alexander Cartwright started his duties as chancellor Aug. 1. He told The Maneater in October he loves the MU community. “I love being here,” Cartwright said. “It’s a great institution. We have outstanding students throughout the entire organization and great faculty, committed staff and people who really are trying to do the best for Mizzou.” As MU’s new chancellor, he has helped implement many changes, including the Black & Gold Scholarship, the naming of Bluford Hall and the Mizzou ROTC Scholarship.


Cuonzo Martin It has been an emotional ride for the Missouri men’s basketball team this season, especially for coach Cuonzo Martin. The Illinois native left California last year to lead the Missouri Tigers to victory. Though the season saw many setbacks, Martin’s recruiting efforts and spirit kept the team afloat. He intends to stay at MU for as long as possible. “If Mizzou keeps me for 20 years, then it is my plan to be here for 20 years,” Martin said. “This is it for me.”

Additions to campus: Scholarships, Pell Grant and new departments The school year saw new scholarships, a full-scholarship grant, pipeline construction and the establishment of the School of Visual Studies. LAUREN CLERC

Staff Writer

Major additions to the university came this year, including the creation of multiple scholarships for students that will make education more accessible. New projects also began on Lowry Mall and at the College of Arts and Science. Scholarships The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources received an estate gift Sept. 6 from donor Chuck Brazeale and his wife Ina Rae, establishing the Charles R. and Ina Rae Brazeale Family Scholars program. The MU College of Engineering established the Scott N. Wright Memorial Scholarship in November to honor the late alumnus. The minimum $1,000 annual scholarship is for mechanical and aerospace engineering students. MU ROTC announced in November that a new scholarship would commence fall 2018. The Mizzou ROTC Scholarship will cover room and board for eligible

national scholarship winners in the Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines. Pell Grant In August 2017, MU announced a full-tuition scholarship grant for students from low-income households. The Missouri Land Grant Compact was made available for undergraduate recipients of the Pell Grant, a scholarship awarded based on financial need. The Pell Grant is capped at $5,920 per year while MU’s tuition and fees total about $11,008, posing an issue for recipients. These new scholarships could make up the difference and allow high-quality, affordable education for more students. The Missouri Land Grant offers full tuition and fees, and the Missouri Land Grant Honors offers tuition, fees, books and room and board for Honors College students. Pipes under Lowry Mall For the majority of the school year, Lowry Mall was undergoing construction. Work began on May 15, 2017, to replace the steam tunnels running underground. According to MU Operations, the steam tunnels dated back to 1923. The construction was done in parts. First, they dug up the Hitt Street side of Lowry Mall, which was completed in October 2017. The second half was done consecutively.

Swallow Hall, the home of the new School of Visual Studies. PHOTO BY LIA WALDRUM | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Large portions of the area were closed to both pedestrians and vehicles. The construction also limited the space available for student organizations to hold activities. Many events, such as the Campus Farmers Market, considered relocation due to construction. The work was completed on schedule during April 2018. School of Visual Studies MU officially launched the School of Visual Studies on Sept. 27, 2017. The launch party was held at an art exhibition at the Sager Braudis Gallery downtown,

showcasing works from both MU students and faculty members. The new school is the result of combining programs in the art, art history, film studies and digital storytelling departments. Faculty members planned the collaborative effort for the last year and a half. The new school came to be after the College of Arts and Science took on budget cuts totaling $9.6 million from the UM System. The School of Visual Studies hopes to provide increased opportunities and resources to students majoring in those four areas. Edited by Stephi Smith

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Words and numbers

#MeToo movement and concealed carry debated on campus Five words sum up life on campus this year. KAITLYN HOEVELMANN, ANNE CLINKENBEARD, KRISTINA ESDALE, RENAE WHISSEL, ALEXIS SINGLETON

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#MeToo The #MeToo movement took flight in early October when allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein came out. Actress Alyssa Milano encouraged using #MeToo on social media, and the movement blew up, encouraging survivors of sexual assault to speak out. However, the true founder of the movement is Tarana Burke, who spoke at MU on Feb. 20 to a crowd of over 200. The term “Me Too,” coined in 2006, was the watchword of Burke’s nonprofit organization, Just Be, which advocates for the wellbeing of girls of color. In her speech, she pointed out how it took many esteemed, famous white women to kick-start the discussion of sexual assault. Burke said this reflects deeply rooted racial inequality in the U.S., which has time and time again ignored the voices of black women. Burke also discussed sexual education reform and the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses, encouraging students to push for change and continue the conversation. The movement hit close to home when Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted in February on a charge of invasion of privacy. This came following sexual misconduct and blackmail allegations. The governor admitted to the affair but denies any wrongdoing. Many lawmakers have called for his resignation, but he remains in office. Earlier in the year, an investigation brought the discussion of #MeToo to MU. In January, Terrence Phillips was suspended from the men’s basketball team after multiple people posted on social media about the player’s alleged mistreatment and sexual abuse of women. Celebrities, officials and athletes

alike are under the spotlight as the #MeToo movement encourages survivors to speak out about sexual assault and challenge those in power. People are listening to the voices of survivors, and society has never been more accepting of the words “me too.” Concealed The Maneater hosted the second presidential debate for the Missouri Students Association on April 12. Julia Wopata and Robert Schmidt debated for the presidency in the special election. Both candidates voiced a general disapproval of concealed carry on campus, though Schmidt said he would allow input from students and believed in their right to make a choice rather than let politicians do it for them. Wopata took a firmer stance, saying students wouldn’t feel safe on a campus that allows concealed carry. Missouri currently has a ban on allowing concealed-carry weapons on college campuses, but over the past year the House of Representatives has introduced bills to expand gun carry laws on college campuses, citing rates of sexual assault on campuses as a reason to allow carry. Tweets Tweets have caused controversy this school year, mostly surrounding the MSA presidential election. MU junior Brett Stover, KCOU’s online content editor, uncovered discriminatory tweets from two of the candidates for MSA president and one of the candidates for MSA vice president. The candidates subsequently dropped out of the race. The election was scrapped, and a special election was held. Traditionally, The Maneater Editorial Board endorses an MSA presidential candidate, but declined to do so this year. On April 18, Julia Wopata and Connor McAteer were announced as the winners of the special election. Meanwhile, satirical Twitter accounts have become popular. The @mizzoucolumns account has gained over 600 followers by posting

Julia Wopata, center, and Robert Schmidt respond to questions at the final MSA executive debate on April 12, 2018. PHOTO BY MADI WINFIELD | VISUALS DIRECTOR

tweets from the point of view of the Columns. The tweets include opinions on activities taking place around the Columns as well as rating the columns of other institutions. Hours With a 16 percent decline in freshman enrollment from the 20162017 to 2017-2018 school year, MU Campus Dining Services substantially decreased hours at several locations. Baja Grill closed three hours earlier this year, at 8 p.m. instead of 11 p.m. Rollins @Night now closes at 11 p.m. instead of 1 a.m., and Emporium closes at 10 p.m. instead of 11 p.m. Even though no dining facilities were shut down, the decrease in hours made it harder for students to eat at convenient times. Despite a lack of funding, Ellis Library returned to a 24-hour schedule during the week, after cutting hours in 2016. Hours at the Student Recreation Complex and residence hall front desks were also reduced this past year. However, the 17 percent increase in applications for the 2018-2019 school year could help some of these facilities extend hours next semester. Graduate The topic of graduate degree programs and budget cuts throughout the UM System has caused debate.

At the beginning of this year, Gov. Eric Greitens planned to cut $68 million from the higher-education budget, causing students at MU to fear a decrease in degree programs and research opportunities. But once the House’s budget draft was released, there was no sign of a cut in education funding. Although this seemed like a relief to students and faculty, some still feared a hike in tuition due to Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick’s comment of allocating $30 million from the $68 million initially planned to student scholarships. Aside from the proposed cuts, graduate students at MU have also seen threats to their education in the past few months. The Coalition of Graduate Workers are suing the UM System Board of Curators due to the decision that MU graduate students are now not considered employees under the Missouri Constitution, therefore revoking healthcare subsidies, a crucial part to many students’ ability to even be students. Both sides were heard in a court hearing on April 20, and 13th Circuit Judge Jeff Harris has yet to come to a final decision. Edited by Anna Sirianni

Top 4 numbers: Funding concerns define academic year The MU endowment surpassed $1 billion and Gov. Greitens proposed millions in cuts. ANNE CLINKENBEARD, ASHLEY DORF, KAITLYN HOEVELMANN, WILLIAM SKIPWORTH, ALEXIS SINGLETON

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$1 billion surpassed in endowment

At a press conference held by university officials in December, Tom Hiles, vice chancellor for advancement, said the endowment stood at around $1.3 billion. MU uses the financial endowment to provide ongoing support for the university through investments that bring increased returns for future spending. This allows donations to have an impact over a longer period of time.

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Once considered to be a possible No. 1 NBA draft pick, top high school recruit Michael Porter Jr. missed most of the regular season after undergoing back surgery. - 2 minutes at the home season opener against Iowa State on Nov. 10 - 23 minutes in the SEC Tournament game against Georgia on March 8 - 28 minutes in the NCAA Tournament against Florida State on March 16


fraternities kicked off campus

- Sigma Phi Epsilon suspended for claims of hazing and drugs - Sigma Alpha Epsilon placed under cease and desist following a health and safety investigation related to hazing - FarmHouse shut down for violating alcohol and hazing policies

$68 million in proposed higher education cuts

These cuts, proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens, would likely cause an increase in tuition and further cutting of graduate programs at MU. The House passed the bill on March 29 with amendments, ultimately not approving the full $68 million in cuts. The bill has been sent to the Senate and a decision is expected to be reached no later than May 11.

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Sports moments

Bracket: Top eight best Missouri sports moments of 2017-2018 Sports editor Bennett Durando and outgoing sports editor Joe Noser ranked their top moments of the season. Now you can rank yours. Karissa Schweizer wins her fourth and fifth national championships Schweizer’s place in Missouri athletics lore was already locked up going into her senior year. Expectations for her were sky high following a prolific junior year that saw her win the distance triple crown, becoming the first to accomplish the feat since Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego in 2008. Schweizer was going for the distance triple crown once again in the 2017-2018 year. Although she came up short at the NCAA cross-country championships in November, she’s more than made up for it with a slew of recordbreaking performances during her senior year. On March 9 and March 10, Schweizer won the fourth and fifth NCAA championships of her career, becoming the winningest individual athlete in school history. She surpassed J’den Cox, who won three national championships during his time wrestling at Missouri and graduated in 2017. Her victory on March 9 came in the indoor 5,000meter run, finishing in 15:43, four seconds ahead of the second place finisher. The next day she won the 3,000meter national championship, finishing in 8:53, securing her rightful spot as the greatest athlete in Missouri history. Odom’s tangent turns tide for Missouri football It was just another monotonous drubbing, and then it wasn’t. Missouri football head coach Barry Odom, fresh off a 51-14 embarrassment to Auburn in front of a small home crowd, stepped to the podium and addressed local media with his now-famed “State of the Program” speech. Odom’s fiery speech — and his ensuing burning of a cooler full of memorabilia from the team’s 1-5 start at a team meeting — sparked a change in his Tigers team. After a loss in a relatively competitive game to No. 2 Georgia the next week, the Tigers rattled off six straight wins to end the season and secure a berth to the program’s first bowl game since 2014. While Missouri got rocked in the Texas Bowl against the Texas Longhorns, the team’s turnaround was still the first encouraging sign for Tigers fans in quite some time. It may have also saved Odom’s job; he signed a two-year contract extension in December. Eierman’s pin helps checkmate Oklahoma State, highlights perfect

season for Missouri women’s college hoops. They wrestling fought off a 15-point secondWithout three-time national half comeback; Cunningham champion J’den Cox in the sunk shot after shot down lineup, 2017-18 marked the the stretch; then, the crowd beginning of a new era for helped deal the decisive blow. Missouri wrestling. Faced Tennessee was fouled on a with an early deficit against 3-pointer in the final seconds, its most imposing opponent of but needing to make all three the season and with a perfect free throws to tie it and force record in the balance, it was overtime, the Missouri faithful naturally time for a new star got loud. Tennessee only made to emerge. one, and the Tigers had their Enter Jaydin Eierman. signature victory en route to The redshirt sophomore sent a No. 5 seed in the NCAA a jolt through the Tigers by Tournament. dramatically pinning two-time Volleyball defeats defending national champion Kansas in NCAA Dean Heil in Stillwater. The Tournament colossal six-point fall got Winning in the first round Missouri on the board and cut of the NCAA Tournament is into a 9-0 deficit against top- one thing. Doing it against five opponent Oklahoma State a longtime, bitter rival in on Jan. 27. that bitter rival’s home state? After Eierman sparked the Now that’s a different thing comeback, Missouri rallied and altogether. went on to edge the Cowboys Missouri’s volleyball team 21-19 in one of the country’s did just that on Dec. 1 when it most anticipated duals of the beat the Kansas Jayhawks 3-2 year. Eierman’s pin was the in a thrilling five-set victory defining moment in that 16th in Wichita, Kansas. The win Missouri triumph. The Tigers propelled the Tigers into the went on to complete their second round of the NCAA undefeated season with a 19-0 Tournament, where they record. promptly defeated the Wichita Sophie Cunningham’s State Shockers 3-1 to advance career day helps Tigers to the Sweet Sixteen for the top Tennessee in front of second straight year before record crowd being dispatched 3-0 by No. 1 The 11,092 fans on hand Penn State. to see Tennessee come to The volleyball team has had town might’ve been enough to the most success in postseason make it a special moment for play of any Missouri team in most home teams. the last three years. Not Sophie Cunningham’s Basketball revival ends Missouri Tigers. in first NCAA Tournament The junior and eventual Allin five years for Missouri American honorable mention No Michael Porter Jr., scored 32 points and led no problem. Four months Missouri to a 77-73 win over after the freshman phenom No. 11 Tennessee on Feb. 18. and Columbia’s talk of the Those 11,092 in attendance town was sidelined with a were the most ever at a back injury on opening Missouri women’s basketball night, Missouri completed its game, adorned in pink for the 180-degree turn from 24-loss, Play4Kay fundraiser against breast cancer. gham And on the court, the Cunnin n a g e M door Tigers won a thriller K at in 5 s in w ips in pionsh n: against one of the m e a h t c n ea s SEC t retur titans of e, B wn y mphan Bi

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spiraling write-offs to NCAA Tournament bound, 20-game winners. Seated in a line courtside at Mizzou Arena in front of an intimate gathering of fans, the Missouri athletes looked up at the jumbotron as they were announced as a No. 8 seed in the Big Dance. It was the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2013, capping a turnaround initiated by head coach Cuonzo Martin in his first season with the Tigers. The Tigers’ run was cut short in the first round with a loss to Florida State, but they finished 20-13 overall and as the fifth-place team in the reinvigorated SEC. Big, Blue, Beaten: Missouri downs Calipari, Kentucky in milestone win The Southeastern Conference has never been revered for its men’s hoops, but its patron saint of basketball is another story. Kentucky is college basketball royalty, a historically elite program whose esteemed current head coach, John Calipari, recruits many of the best players in the country year after year. Even in what was considered a weak year for the program, 2017-18 was no different in terms of talent: The Wildcats’ roster was stacked with multiple “one-and-done” NBAbound freshmen. But on Feb. 3 at Mizzou Arena, that didn’t matter. The Tigers knocked off then-No. 21 Kentucky 69-60 in front of a sold-out crowd. It was Missouri’s first-ever triumph against Big Blue; the Tigers had lost in all 10 previous tries since joining the SEC in 2012. This time, senior leaders Kassius Robertson and Volley ba Kansa ll defeats s in NC AA Tourn ament

Jordan Barnett each scored 16, while Kevin Knox, one of Kentucky’s star freshmen who chose Calipari over Missouri, was held to 5. After holding Kentucky to 18 points in the first half, a thrilling second frame secured a landmark win for Missouri’s NCAA Tournament hopes and a milestone victory against one of college basketball’s biggest names. Megan Cunningham’s emotional return leads to an SEC championship Returning to run at all could have been enough for Megan Cunningham. The senior long distance runner was in a horrific car accident in July 2015 that left her father paralyzed and left her with a broken neck, shattered skull and bleeding inside her brain. She had to learn how to walk again. Then she relearned how to run. Returning to competition full time during the 2017 crosscountry season, Cunningham ran well for the Tigers, earning an all-region nod with a 20:29 6,000-meter race in November. Her performances in the indoor season were even more significant. After years of grueling rehabilitation and training, Cunningham won the final race of her 2018 SEC indoor season. Running in the 5,000meter race, Cunningham inspired with a 15:53 race that won her the SEC championship in the event. The time was 23.57 seconds faster than her next competitor. “I was crying as soon as I crossed the finish line,” Cunningham told ESPN’s John Anderson after the race. “I’m just so happy … everything I’ve done to come back is for [my dad].” Edited by Ashley Dorf

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11 1. Freshman Kara Decker prepares for a pitch during the Black and Gold game on Feb. 3, 2018. PHOTO BY ELLEN DIAO | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 2. The Mizzou Botanic Garden was established in August 1999 to create educational opportunities and a positive atmosphere for students, faculty and visitors. PHOTO BY EMMALEE REED | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 3. Kyle Cornellier marches in the Mid-Missouri Solidarity March on Jan. 20, 2018, carrying a banner advocating for climate change awareness. PHOTO BY TRISTEN ROUSE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 4. MU sophomore Max Farris is a first time performer in the Let’s Get Loud Drag Show on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union. PHOTO BY JACOB MOSCOVITCH | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 5. Guard Lauren Aldridge, right, celebrates with her teammate before playing Mississippi State on Feb. 1, 2018. PHOTO BY COURTNEY VILLMER | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 6. Anne Tenkhoff smiles after being revealed as a 2018 inductee of QEBH, the oldest Tap Day society on campus, on April 20, 2018. PHOTO BY JACOB MOSCOVITCH | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 7. The MU club Quidditch team practices on Stankowski Field. PHOTO BY COURTNEY VILLMER | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 8. Sam Elfenbaum, who uses the stage name “Sammy,” performs his final song of the night at his album release show. PHOTO BY HUNTER PENDLETON | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 9. An MU gymnast performs a beam routine during the Mardi Gras Invitational in St. Charles, Missouri, on Feb. 16, 2018. PHOTO BY KAYLA LOVELACE | PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT 10. Forward Jordan Barnett drives down the lane during the first half of the Tigers’ season opener game against Iowa State on Nov. 10, 2017 at Mizzou Arena. PHOTO BY JACOB MOSCOVITCH | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 11. Kam Franklin of The Suffers performs at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival on September 29, 2017. PHOTO BY EMMALEE REED | SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER 12. Trenity Edwards prepares to bat against Drake University on March 4, 2018. PHOTO BY MADI WINFIELD | VISUALS DIRECTOR 13. Nick Guillory, a University of Missouri broadcast journalism graduate and contributing creator of BuzzFeed Tasty, describes his roundabout route to success, laughing at the mistakes he made along the way. PHOTO BY LIA WALDRUM | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER