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Flu vaccines now free at Taylor Health

With fall and winter illnesses nearing, Taylor Health and Wellness Center is offering seasonal flu vaccines to the university community. These vaccinations are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Missouri State University students, employees and their household members, and retirees who have MSU health insurance are all eligible for the free vaccination. For more information, or to schedule an appointment at Taylor, call 417-836-4000.

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Randy Dunn, president of Murray State University, and Clif Smart, interim president of Missouri State University, selected as finalists By Dayle Duggins The Standard

The race is on to claim the title of Missouri State University’s 11th president. In the past two years, MSU has been guided by three individuals: Michael T. Nietzel, 2005-2010; James E. Cofer Sr., 2010-2011; and Clifton M. Smart III, 2011-present.

Rep. Todd Akin continued his campaign for U.S. Senate in Springfield on Wednesday. Akin visited the Greene County Republican Headquarters, continuing his “Common Sense Bus Tour.”  Akin addressed his comments regarding “legitimate rape” explaining his reason for remaining in the race — to beat democrat Claire McCaskill. Akin will face McCaskill in the Novemeber general election, which will be the ultimate decision maker.

Calendar Tuesday, Oct. 2

Ethics of Political Ads, 11 a.m.12:15 p.m., PSU 315 CHPA Research Forum, “Connecting Space and Memory,” 12:30-1:30 p.m., Strong Hall 350 Study Away 101 Info Session, 2:30-3:30 p.m., PSU 313 SAC All Council Meeting, 4-5 p.m., PSU 313

SGA Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., PSU 313

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Real World Consequences of Ethical Lapses, 9-11 a.m., PSU 315 Pre-Physical Therapy Society Meeting, 4:15-5:15 p.m., McQueary Hall 202

Spectrum Meeting, 7-8 p.m., PSU 3rd Floor Study Away Program: Florence 2012 Exhibition, 7-8 p.m., Meyer Library 1st Floor Debate Watch, 8-10 p.m., Gillioz Theatre

Thursday, Oct. 4

Students for a Sustainable Future Meeting, 4-5 p.m., Temple Hall 105 MSU College Democrats Meeting, 7-8 p.m., PSU 314C

Monday, Oct. 8

Study Away 101 Info Session, 3-4 p.m., PSU 315A Presidential Candidate Open Forum with Randy Dunn, 3:304:30 p.m., PSU Theater

College Republicans Red November Rally ft. Ed Martin, 5:30-7 p.m., Carrington Hall 208

Chair Gordon Elliott described the committee’s desires for candidates in March, shortly after the 20person committee was named. “I want to see a president that can run a multifaceted organization, like the university, where you report to a board but have a joint governance with faculty,” Elliott said. “This person


has to be somebody with great intelligence and an ability to understand all points of view so they are able to lead and motivate all types of groups.” Along with an ability to connect with MSU’s community, Elliott listed a number of necessities for the next officeholder. Crucial in the selection process is a grasp on the

culture of Missouri and the MSU community and an understanding of students and finance. While there are no specific requirements for the next president’s term length, confirming a need for a steadfast individual, Elliott said, “I think we’ll want someone that intends to stay five years, at least.”

Clifton “Clif” M. Smart III

Randy J. Dunn

Friday, Oct. 5, is “Lee National Denim Day,” a fundraiser created by Lee Jeans to support the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programs, in light of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month. “It’s to celebrate those individuals who have either been a survivor, are surviving now, or know individuals who have been affected by breast cancer,” said Andrea Weber, assistant director of student engagement. Individuals can contribute to the cause through Thursday, Oct. 4 by donating to a collection table next to the Information Desk in the Plaster Student Union. Wednesday afternoon after the breast cancer luncheon, the donation table will be on the third floor of the PSU.

Todd Akin visits Springfield

With a desire for stability, MSU’s Board of Governors approved a Presidential Search Committee on March 30, 2012. On Sept. 24, the committee named MSU’s current Interim President Clif Smart and Randy Dunn, current president of Murray State University, as finalists for the position. Board of Governors



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Murray State University President Randy Dunn comes from an education background, serving in a variety of educational settings.

Missouri State University’s interim President Clif Smart comes from a law background, first serving as general counsel for MSU.

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t Murray State University, President Randy Dunn can often be found playing trombone in the pep band during football and basketball season. More than a president, Dunn said he appreciates the engagement and involvement with students — something he has demonstrated by teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes during his presidency. Dunn began his duties as the 11th president of Murray State on Dec. 1, 2006. Before taking the position, he accomplished a number of things in his professional and educational career, including receiving his doctorate in educational administration from the University of Illinois in 1991. Dunn served as the State Superintendent of Education for the Illinois State Board of Education from 2004 to 2006, overseeing the educational process for the fifth largest state in the nation. Prior to his superintendency and presidency, Dunn was a teacher, principal, superintendent of two school districts and a professor. Dunn describes himself as “very fortunate” to be the president of Murray State. “It’s very rewarding and very fulfilling,” he said. “You have an opportunity in these roles to really provide some direction and focus to things that can be transformational for individuals, for a region and even reaching beyond that to the state.” During his time at Murray State, Dunn enhanced student opportunities through new degree programs, new student residences, campus

lawyer by trade, Missouri State’s current interim president, Clif Smart, is truly one smart cookie. Smart graduated with his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1986, boasting the second highest GPA, a 3.95, in the school’s history. Smart’s higher education began at Tulane University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. During his time at Tulane, Smart was also involved in ROTC. After graduation, Smart went to law school, and then served for four years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps as an attorney in the Army. Smart proceeded to join The Strong Law Firm in Little Rock, Ark., in 1992, where he was active until becoming general counsel for Missouri State in 2007. When Cofer resigned as president after less than a year in the position in 2011, a leader was needed to take the reigns of the university. After MSU’s Board of Governors asked him to stabilize things, Smart agreed and has been working to do just that since June 27, 2011. Smart said he has fallen in love with the university, has learned how great the institution truly is, and has found a passion for promoting, encouraging and funding the university. “After doing the job for a year, I thought that I had the skills to do it long term,” Smart said. “I felt we’d been successful in growing our enrollment, fundraising, raising our reputation in the community and the state, and advocating through the legislative process for funds.

Parking problems may not be reality Students say not enough parking spots; others cite convenience By Kris Collins The Standard

You’re already running late to class, and after combing through one packed parking lot after another, you’ve wasted even more time. Not to mention, frustration is at an all-time high. Cars are parked at the ends of rows, while others are blocked in because drivers decide to push the limits of nonexistent parking spaces. The pre-existing issue with finding a parking space on campus, coupled with the rising number of student enrollment, sparks one question: is there a lack of parking spaces or a lack of convenient parking spaces? Interim Parking and Transportation Supervisor Earl Wall said he believes the issue is convenience. Wall makes the argument that there simply isn’t enough room for every student who has a class in Glass Hall, for example, to get a parking space nearest to the building, adding that not even Wal-Mart can do that with its large parking lots.

The university has approximately 3,400 parking spaces for commuters, with 9,500 parking spaces in total for all permit types. Wall said the turnover, or number of times a spot is available throughout the day, is three — two during the day and one in the evening. That makes for 6,800 spaces during the day and 3,400 for evening classes, totaling 10,200 commuter spaces per day. The total number of commuter parking passes sold for the 20122013 school year was 9,442, according to Wall. Although the number of passes sold exceeds the number of open spaces throughout the day by 1,342, Wall said that, when he receives calls from students about a lack of parking, he can see available spaces through his window in the Safety and Transportation building. Earle Doman, vice president of student affairs, said parking issues are nothing new to campus and said that the problem was much worse before the parking garages were built.


Despite having 10,200 commuter spaces available during the day, MSU students still see parking on campus as an annoyance. Doman agrees with Wall that the issue is a matter of convenience. Doman said he rode around with a student to find a parking space to experience the hunt for a space firsthand. They were able to find a spot. It may not have been a convenient one, but Doman recommended the Bear Line as a solution

to the inconvenience of distant lots. Doman said that the administration briefs students about parking when they attend SOAR sessions. Over the years, there have been discussions about more parking and solutions to this convenience issue,

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iPads in kinesiology classrooms face minor glitch Wi-Fi network causes problems By Kris Collins The Standard

MSU’s Kinesiology Department was forced to return to using pens and paper in some classes and upgrade its Wi-Fi network after students’ iPads were unable to connect to it earlier this month. Starting this year, all students majoring in kinesiology are required to have an iPad and all students taking kinesiology classes — except for Fitness for Living — are required to have access to an iPad. However, the Wi-Fi network at the Kings Street Annex, where many kinesiology classes are held, wasn’t strong enough to handle the load of every student connecting to the network on iPads. The Wi-Fi network in the Kings Street Annex received a boost in signal strength on Sept. 21 and now supports classes of around 30 students. According to an email sent to students from Keith Ernce, professor in the kinesiology department, the wireless server in the building was 15 years old and simply couldn’t handle the traffic. Brett Baker, a senior sports administration major, said the problem came to light when he and around 30 other students were attempting to take a quiz in Risk Management for Sports and Leisure via iPad. “It took everybody about 30 minutes to download the app,” Baker said. “Then, nobody could get synced to take the quiz. We had to get rid of the iPad and take it in paper form.” Mark Harsen, coordinator of networking

and telecommunications at MSU, said the problem stemmed from an underestimation of how many devices would be connected and how much coverage the server was providing. The problem was addressed so quickly because of the rearrangement of a campuswide plan to go wireless. The university has a plan to make the inside of buildings completely wireless. The process equipped the more accessible locations first and is working toward the more difficult and expensive buildings. “That building (Kings Street Annex) was already on the list and we would have gotten to it in about a month anyway, so it wasn’t really an issue,” Harsen said. “We just put it ahead of some other people who didn’t have as high of a need.” The Kings Street Annex took priority over Burgess House. Although it needs an upgrade as well, Harsen said the choice was made on the principle that student needs come first. Baker said he hasn’t noticed a difference in speed yet, though everyone is now able to connect to the network in class. “In the classes that have 30 (students), it takes awhile for some of these folks to download apps or even get logged on,” he said. In smaller classes, such as Organization and Administration of Intramural Sports, Baker said the problem of connectivity and speed seems to be much less daunting. He said he believes that, once the bugs get worked out, the iPads will be very beneficial. “You don’t have to lug around a laptop everywhere you go,” Baker said. “The iPad is very functional.” The plan to go wireless in all campus buildings is ahead of schedule and around 90 percent done, Harsen said. The buildings that pose problems are ones that have large lecture halls and aren’t con-

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Students use iPads during Brenda Goodwin’s KIN 270 class in McDonald Arena. Kinesiology majors at MSU are now required to invest in the technology. ducive to installation, like Temple Hall. more steps for installation because of minor Harsen said the large class sizes and their construction obstacles that aren’t present in proximity to one another are problems other buildings. because there are only three channels with For more information on technology in which to work. the classroom at MSU, visit http://www.theThe lecture halls in Temple also require

Presidential debate provides open forum MSU’s Department of Communication schedules Oct. 3 debate viewing By Amber Duran The Standard

This week, the nation will tune-in to witness two presidential candidates — President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney — go head-tohead in a national debate. There will be swing states and undecided voters watching, but the question is: Will you be watching? Missouri State’s Department of Communication invites students and the com-

munity to participate in an audience debate forum during the first presidential debate at the Gillioz Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. This is a free event that doesn’t require a ticket. A discussion will immediately follow the viewing of the debate and a panel of five experts will be present to answer any questions that the audience may have. Panelists include: Eric Morris, associate professor of

communications at MSU, specializing in presidential debates; Elizabeth Dudash, associate professor of communications at MSU, specializing in campaigns and presidential rhetoric; Brett Miller, professor of communication at Southwest Baptist University, specializing in presidential rhetoric and speech construction; Nora Cox, instructor of communications at MSU, specializing in speech writing; and Kevin Swift, associate professor of Media, Journalism and Film at MSU, specializing in politics and media.

Dudash, moderator and panelist for the debate, expressed her passion about this upcoming event. She said she heartily strives to encourage the mobilization of citizen engagement. “We are interested in fulfilling the public affairs mission of the university and reaching out to the community,” she said. “We like to help citizens become involved through education, discussion and sharing as much of our expertise as they wish.” Dudash and Morris have been involved in organizing debate watches all over the

country and wanted to bring this activity to the Springfield area. Swift spoke about his expectations for the debate. “Romney is likely to go all out … throw[ing] verbal hay-makers at Obama,” he said. “Obama is more of a question mark. Look for Obama to push for a lot of non-verbal advantages.” Swift noted that, historically, the first debate is the most watched and the most important in terms of gaining in the polls. “Both candidates will be looking to make a quick con-

nection with as many undecided voters as possible and paint themselves in a positive light,” Swift said. The event will focus on engaging citizens and helping to develop an understanding of the presidential process. MSU’s Department of Communications and the College of Arts and Letters encourages everyone to come and join in on the discussion of the first presidential debate for the 2012 election. For more information, visit 19.


Oct. 2, 2012

Love the job or the bacon?

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This quotation, commonly attributed to Confucius, offered this great advice, and growing up, I’ve always been told to follow my dreams. I can do anything I want to do and be anyone I want to be. At a time when college tuition is soaring and the economy still isn’t in tip-top shape, however, it’s a struggle for students to decide what career path to take. Do I do something I know I’ll love, or do I do something that I might not really enjoy but I know will help me live more comfortably? With so many outside forces influencing our decisions these days, it’s important to take a step back and figure out what you really want out of life. I’ve always been a creative person — typically opting to do projects rather than tests — and enrolling in fine arts courses while delaying my science and math requirements until the last possible moment. Because of this, it was no surprise to my parents when I decided to pursue degrees in journalism and art instead of following my mom’s career path into microbiology. In a society and culture that values the material and monetary things, however, I feel as though I’m a dying breed.

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I know there are still people who are pursuing degrees in fields they love, but more and more often, when I meet people, I ask them what they’re studying and why. Their responses are usually similar. Business. Accounting. Law. Medicine. Why? “It will make me a lot of money. I want to be rich.” Not that these professions aren’t great for those who actually love business, accounting, law and medicine, but they shouldn’t be professions you choose just because what you would really like to do won’t yield as high of a salary. At the risk of sounding like a wannabe Confucius, what is the point of living day-to-day, paycheck-to-paycheck, and hating your job to simply “bring home the bacon?” I love bacon as much as the next person, but I can’t see the value in life if all you’re doing is working some 9-

to-5 job so you can pay your rent or mortgage and drive some cookie-cutter car that probably 10 other people in your suburban neighborhood also drive. Life should be about family, friends and true happiness. All you need is love, right? Where’s Paul McCartney to back me up on this? While I’ll argue that you probably do need a little more than love (things like shelter and food are nice, I guess), I think people need to stop with their day-to-day rush and figure out what they really enjoy in life. If you want to be a starving artist while expressing yourself creatively, do it. If you want to spend your life as a schoolteacher, inspiring students to dream big, do it. While these professions may not pay six figures, they leave you with a sense of success and self-fulfillment. If I had to choose between a life in “Office Space,” with a mundane, cubicle job, or a life in “Anchorman,” in which the news anchors genuinely love their jobs and have fun, I would choose “Anchorman” every time. Life shouldn’t be about how much money you bring home every two weeks; it should be about doing what you love.

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Flip-flops are for feet, not politics

Former Missouri Sens. Kit Bond and Jim Talent, current Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican Party Chairman David Cole, other than being big names in the state of Missouri’s GOP, what do these men all have in common? If you guessed that they all threw their support behind Todd Akin a mere month after calling for him to pull out of the November Senatorial election, you’d be correct. Akin, a U.S. representative from Wildwood, Mo. sparked an outrage with his comments concerning “legitimate rape,” on Aug. 19. Many people, including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, in addition to other prominent members of both parties, denounced Akin’s statements, withdrew support and called for him to step down by Sept. 25, the final deadline for his name to be left off the ballot pending approval by a court. Akin, however, ignored the requests and instead has remained dedicated to trying to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, a seat that many agree the Republicans need to win in order to take over a majority in the Senate. Now that the deadline has passed, the people who were so adamantly against Akin, wishing he would just go away so the Republicans could have a shot at winning the majority they so desperately need, are flip-flopping. Take, for example, current Sen. Blunt, who following the announcement, co-signed a letter with four former senators that said, “We do not believe it serves the national interest for Congressman Todd Akin to stay in this race. The issues at stake are too

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big, and this election is simply too important. The right decision is to step aside.” But then, a month later and the day after the deadline passed, Blunt had this to say: “Congressman Akin and I don’t agree on everything, but he and I agree the Senate majority must change. From Governor Romney to the county courthouse, I’ll be working for the Republican ticket in Missouri, and that includes Todd Akin.” Wait ... what? Saying that the female has a way of shutting down a potential pregnancy following a “legitimate rape,” is not simply misspeaking or a mix-up of words, but rather shows a lack of knowledge concerning biology, and lack of concern for victims of rape. As a matter of principle, those, like Blunt, who admonished Akin in the beginning should not have backed down. It’s understandable that Republicans are concerned with winning back control of the Senate. After all, if President Obama wins re-election but the GOP takes the Senate, it will be difficult for Obama to get much done and get important legislation passed. However, in my mind, some things — women’s rights and respect for rape victims, for example — are more important than a single Senate seat.

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What did Akin say?

“Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.” — Rep. Todd Akin, Aug. 19, 2012

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Consider the Smart cookie

“If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk,” wrote Laura Numeroff in her classic children’s story “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” In this instance, consider Missouri State the mouse, progress the milk and the university president the cookie. Clif Smart has been the man in charge at MSU for the last year — serving as interim president since James Cofer stepped down in June of 2011 — and has been doing a pretty respectable job. Over the last year, we’ve seen an increase in enrollment, the creation of new academic programs, the completion of the Foster Recreation Center and an extra $4.5 million in MSU’s pockets to boot — all forms of progress at MSU. These things might not all stem from Smart’s office, but he’s provided consistent leadership during the time they took place. And when he felt that he was truly committed to our university, he applied for the position of president over the summer. Now it comes down to MSU choosing which cookie it wants to eat — Smart or Murray State’s Randy Dunn. Both seem to be great candidates for the position, cooked in the oven of higher education over the last several years to a crispy, golden brown. But Smart has identified the things MSU needs to work on. In other words, the university’s going to need some milk to wash him down. And in our opinion, wanting more from MSU isn’t a bad thing. Our university needs to continue to grow and have high expectations of itself if it’s going to survive the economy ahead. So, during the on-campus interviews later this month, consider the Smart cookie — the one with goals, consistency and high expectations — because MSU could really use that glass of milk.

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If Akin wants to remain in the race, that’s fine, it’s his decision. But for people to endorse him in light of what he said shows a lack of principle and respect for women. It seems as though Republicans are starting to realize they are stuck with Akin no matter what, so they might as well support him. For this, I have lost any semblance of respect I may have had for any of the aforementioned people, and Akin has lost any chance of attempting to win my vote. I received my absentee ballot in the mail last week, and I will take great pleasure in not filling in the circle next to Todd Akin’s name.

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Calendar Tuesday, Oct. 2

Jennifer Forni, soprano, 7:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, $20/$10 student rush (1 hr. prior to concert)

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Fly Fishing Clinic, 4-6 p.m., Rec Center 002, free

Voice Area Recital, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Ellis Hall 217b, free

Academic Integrity Trivia Night, 68 p.m., PSU, free The Vine, 8-9:30 p.m., Carrington Hall Auditorium, free SAC Films Presents: “Rock of Ages,” 9 p.m., PSU Theater, free

Thursday, Oct. 4

Life in Color: World’s Largest Paint Party, 7 p.m., Shrine Mosque Auditorium, $37

Jazz Studies fall concert, 7:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free Think ‘n Drink Trivia, 7:30 p.m., Patton Alley Pub, free Antennas Up Truett & The Traitors, 8 p.m., The Outland Ballroom, cover

Open Dancing at the Savoy, 8:3010:30 p.m., Savoy Ballroom, free TAG Thursday, 9 p.m., The Outland, $5

Friday, Oct. 5

Yoga on the square, noon-1 p.m., Park Central Square, free

Reception: Student work from the Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland, 6-10 p.m., Student Exhibition Center, free 3rd Annual Springfield Jazz Festival, 6-10 p.m., Park Central Square, free

Hispanic Heritage Month Latino Night, 7-12:30 p.m., Q’Enoteca, 308 W. Commercial St., $5

SAC Presents: Rock ‘N Bowl, 7:30-10:30 p.m., PSU Level 1 Game Center, free First Friday Art Walk, 6-7 p.m., Park Central Square, free

Saturday, Oct. 6

Taste of Springfield, noon-4 p.m., Park Central Square, free (Taste tickets are 10/$10)

SAC Presents: SAC Comedy Club, 7 p.m., PSU Ballroom West, free The Guess Who with special guests Speakeasy and Lyal Strickland, 7-11 p.m., 935 N. Summit Ave., $24

Monroeville, 8 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, $18/ $10 student rush (1 hr. prior to concert)

The Paul Thorn Band with local songwriters circle, 7:30-9:30 pm., Gillioz Theatre, $25

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Ryan MacDonald pours nine shots at once during the Bartender Shootout on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Big Whiskey's on Battlefield Road. All drinks prepared in competition were auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch.

Bartenders battle for a cause Big Whiskey’s hosts shootout to raise funds By Nicholas Simpson The Standard

The bartender: keeper of all our worst secrets and our doctor when daily hangups have us feeling ill. For some reason, they’re easy to take for granted — bullet points on a crazy night out. Oh, the mind it must take to juggle a million drink orders! What grace it must take to dance around, from tap to tap, without spilling a drop! On at least one night out of every year, our local

artists of alcohol have a chance to shine: the annual Bartender Shootout at Big Whiskey’s. This year’s event took place on Thursday evening, Sept. 28, at their E. Battlefield location. Though the crowd that gathered may have come to see bottles twirling through the air or to indulge in mountains of buffalo wings or glistening drinks not found on the menu, their money went to a great cause. All proceeds from this — and all previous shootouts — went to Good

Samaritan Boys Ranch in Brighton, Mo. Laura Head, a Missouri State University marketing alumna is the marketing and public relations director at Big Whiskey’s. She said that, though this is the first year their Battlefield location had hosted the shootout, it was a success over previous years. “It’s awesome,” she said. “We’re locally owned, and to be able to do something in our community to support a local organization — it’s great.” Head said that they tried to get the word out to as many local participants as they could, many of whom have been in previous

shootouts, such as Ryan McDonald, co-owner of the recently opened Ry Mac’s Rub and Pub, as well as a couple of their own bartenders. “It is kind of a dying art locally,” Head said. “There are not a lot of people with that skill level, and if they do, they are usually shy of the spotlight, so we do get a couple of repeats from previous years, but it’s still a good show.” After each bartender was given their 15 minutes of fame, Big Whiskey’s held a drink auction with various drinks, including concoctions dreamed up by competing bartenders, accompanied by some awesome

SAC Films Presents: “Rock of Ages,” 9 p.m., PSU Theater, free Think ‘N Drink Trivia, 7:30 p.m., Patton Alley Pub, free

Monday, Oct. 8

The loop goes round and round. It never ends. Or does it? “Looper” tells the story of our new future, where time travel is invented and immediately banned. It’s still used by the mob to get rid of unwanted people. They nab them in the future and send them back in time to these specialized assassins called loopers. When the mob no longer requires your services, they close your loop by having you kill your

Ancient Art of Bellydance, 6-7 p.m., Savoy Ballroom, $10

Missouri State Bowling, 9-11 p.m., Enterprise Park Lanes, free

Briefs The end of the world? Discussion ensues downtown

Springfield hosts world’s largest paint party

Life in Color, formerly known as Dayglow, is scheduled to make its way to Springfield on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Shrine Mosque Auditorium for its 2012 E.N.D. Tour. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at Kaleidoscope or online at http: // for $37 each. Founded by Committee Entertainment, Life in Color will feature high-energy music, art, dance and paint all in one live event.

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‘Looper’ hooks with time travel

Sunday, Oct. 7

An informational discussion about the research surrounding the Mayan calendar and the end of the world is scheduled to be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Farmer’s Gastropub. The Gastropub, located at 431 S. Jefferson Ave. will host Dr. Mike Reed of Missouri State University as he presents the Mayan Calendar in scientific context and discusses the predictions of the end of the world. The formal discussion about Dec. 12, 2012 (the supposed end of the world) will be free but seating is limited. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

extras, like skydiving tickets and manicures. “They were all donated,” Head said. “A lot of our beer and liquor reps and distributors contributed things. Other customers of ours that own businesses contributed things as well, but all 100 percent is donated to the charity.” Philip Thompson is a manager at Big Whiskey’s and was the first to step behind the bar. He said that his flair wasn’t really there as he is currently undergoing rehabilitation for a broken shoulder. “I told the crowd that my shoulder wasn’t working,

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Reports of arsenic being found in rice has consumers on high alert. The FDA says extensive research and testing is under way to determine the amount at which arsenic content becomes dangerous.

Rice dangerous to health?

arsenic? The FDA has not yet specified a certain amount as being dangerous, but they are currently working to further investigate the effects. The Department Head of the In the meantime, Elliott said Darr School of Agriculture, Anson consumers need to be more cauElliott, helped answer some of tious of children and individuals of these concerns. lower weight who may be more affected by levels of arsenic found Definition: Arsenic in food. “Arsenic is an element, just like aluminum or iron,” Elliott said. How does arsenic contaminate “It’s an element, but we think of it consumer products? as a poison.” Of course, many consumers are Just like other heavy metals list- probably wondering how arsenic ed on the periodic table, arsenic is ended up in their rice in the first toxic to humans if it is too high in place. concentration, according to Elliott. “Arsenic is not just in a bottle,” “We take aspirin by the tons, yet Elliott said. “It’s in the soil. It’s in it, too, is toxic,” Elliott said. the water that we drink. It’s in the “Everything has a toxicity; it’s just air. There’s arsenic all around us.” a matter of amount.” Contamination of rice is a result According to the FDA’s official of both natural metals in the soil website, long-term exposure to high and arsenic-containing insecticides levels of arsenic has been linked to that were banned in the 1980s. skin, bladder and lung cancer, as According to the Environmental well as heart disease. What constitutes a high level of u See RICE page 10

Recent findings of arsenic levels in rice products may alarm consumers By Kelsey Berry The Standard

What would you do if you discovered that the food you were eating was toxic? Recent news broadcasts have uncovered disturbing truths about arsenic being detected in products consumed regularly by American citizens. In December of 2011, KY3 News broadcasted news of dangerous levels of the chemical in apple juice, followed by more reports this September of high arsenic levels found in rice. Reports such as these bring up logical questions, such as how arsenic gets into food and beverages, what kind of adverse health effects it may cause, and what consumers can do to protect themselves.

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future self. Every once in awhile, a looper can’t do the deed. This is the case with Joe (Joseph GordonLevitt) ... sort of. When he’s confronted with future Joe (Bruce Willis), things don’t go according to plan. At the risk of giving too much away, that’s where the plot synopsis is going to end. It gets much more complicated, but figuring these kinds of things out is generally the fun part of time travel movies. I’ll bet that some of you had the same thought I did when you heard the premise of having to kill your future self and then having your future self in the present trying to stop you, etc. How are they going to handle all of the inevitable paradoxes and still make me buy the story? Quite well, actually. In short, they just didn’t handle them. When Joe asks Future Joe how all this is supposed to work, he simply says it doesn’t matter u See LOOPER page 10

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Branding yourself Tailor your online presence for future employment By Nicolette Martin The Standard


Junior Adam Barksdale and sophomore Christina McCarthy acting in “Totally RED!”

‘Totally RED!’ for all Children’s story appeals to all ages By Briana Simmons The Standard

Chances are everyone knows the classic fairy tale of “Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.” Once upon a time, there was a girl, her granny, and a wolf, and the story goes on from there. What do you get when you add Shakespearean vocabulary, 1980s hip-hop moves | 5

and the dramatization of musical theatre? “Totally RED!” The Missouri State Theatre & Dance department began its production of “Totally RED!,” a comedic twist on a classic story, on Sept. 20 and closed with a matinee performance on Sunday, Sept. 30. The story is told through six different styles, including storybook, melodrama, renaissance, hip-hop, avant-garde and musical theater. Telory Davies, assistant professor of theatre and director of “Totally RED!,” had quite the cast to work with in this season’s u See RED page 10

“What’s on your mind?” “What’s happening?” “Share an update.” “Share what’s new.” With so many social networking sites asking for your every thought, why not start utilizing these websites in college to advance your potential career? An article by Work Reimagined, “a project of AARP powered by LinkedIn,” according to their website, tells job seekers to stop relying solely on a résumé and instead encourages them to supplement their résumé with a solid online presence. Furthermore, an article on says that your online influence score, calculated by websites like Klout or Reppify, could be comparative in the job world to an SAT score in the educational world. Colby Jennings, an assistant professor in the Media, Journalism and Film department who teaches Fundamentals of Media Convergence, Fundamentals of Multimedia Design, and Website Design and Construction, said that it’s important for students to have an online presence and that there are people now who aren’t hiring individuals without a social media presence because peo-

ple now assume there’s some underlying issue with people who wouldn’t want to have a social media presence. “We are all pretty much web workers, especially if you’re pursuing a degree of any kind,” he said. “I don’t care if you’re in the Construction Management program … you’re going to spend a good chunk of your time communicating digitally, and that’s happening via the interwebs. It’s about having the ability to create recognition. If you can market yourself, you can help market a potential business via social media.” Jennings said, however, that you can’t take on too much. “If you really do want to brand yourself, there’s nothing worse than starting a social media presence and not being able to maintain that social commitment,” he said. “It has to be manageable, otherwise it looks like you’ve failed.” There are several social networking sites that you can use to start building an online presence.


LinkedIn is probably the most effective social networking site when you’re focused on connecting with people in your profession. According to LinkedIn’s website, it is the largest pro-

fessional network on the Internet, linking over 175 million professionals around the world. LinkedIn functions almost like an online résumé, in which you can highlight your work experience, educational experience and expertise. It also allows you to connect with potential employers, view job openings and follow companies in which you are interested. Jacob Myers, a senior Computer Science major, said that he decided to get a LinkedIn account when he was submitting résumés to employers and most of them had areas to include a LinkedIn profile link. “LinkedIn provides you with the chance to connect with people in your field and build those professional connections that could help land you a job that you’ve always wanted,” he said. “I feel that LinkedIn will help me build those connections and maybe give me an edge over somebody that hasn’t.”


While it’s likely that you’ve had a Facebook profile since high school, there are ways you can use your profile more professionally. Dan Schawbel, a writer for Mashable, in his article “HOW TO: Build Your Personal Brand on Facebook,” suggests several tips to achieve this. These tips include

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Goalie Davis finds his way at Missouri State

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Baseball Sept. 29 (Battle for Bell) Drury 100001000—2 Mo. State 22000000X—4 Cross-country Sept. 29 Cowboy Jamboree 9th of 11 Field hockey (4-7, 2-0 MAC) Sept. 29 Miami (Ohio) 10—1 Missouri State 12—3 Sept. 30 Liberty 31—4 Missouri State 01—1 Football (0-5, 0-2 MVFC) Sept. 29 S. Dakota State 7 3 0 7 — 17 Missouri State 0 7 0 0— 7 Ice Hockey (3-3, 0-2 MACHA Gold) Sept. 28 (Shootout) Illinois State 1101—3 Missouri State 2000—2 Sept. 29 Illinois State 102—3 Missouri State 110—2 Softball Sept. 29 (Exhibition) Central Arkansas 3 Missouri State 0 Volleyball (9-8, 4-2 MVC) Sept. 28 Northern Iowa 3 Missouri State 0 Sept. 29 Bradley 0 Missouri State 3 Women’s golf Sept. 26 Golfweek Conference Challenge 18th of 18 Women’s soccer (6-6-2, 0-1-1 MVC) Sept. 30 Evansville 0000—0 Missouri State 0000—0

Calendar Tuesday, Oct. 2

Men’s golf, 8 a.m. at Jim Colbert Intercollegiate in Manhattan, Kan.

Women’s golf, 8 a.m. at Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Mo.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Men’s soccer, 7 p.m. at home vs. Memphis

Thursday, Oct. 4

Baseball, 3 p.m. at home for Game 1 of Intersquad Fall World Series

Friday, Oct. 5

Baseball, 3 p.m. at home for Game 2 of Intersquad Fall World Series Ice hockey, 7 p.m. at home vs. Arkansas

Swimming and diving, (Men and women) 3 p.m. at Show-Me Showdown in Columbia, Mo. Volleyball, 7 p.m. at home vs. Indiana State

Saturday, Oct. 6

Field hockey, 1 p.m. at home vs. Central Michigan Football, 2 p.m. at Indiana State Ice hockey, 7 p.m. at home vs. Arkansas

Men’s soccer, 7 p.m. at home vs. Bradley Softball, 2 p.m. vs. SEMO in St. Louis, Mo. (Exhibition)

Softball, 4 p.m. vs. Saint Louis in St. Louis, Mo.

Swimming and diving, (Women only) 11 a.m. at Arkansas Relays in Fayetteville, Ark. Volleyball, 7 p.m. at home vs. Illinois State Women’s soccer, 2 p.m. at Northern Iowa

By Tim Godfrey The Standard

The goalie for the Missouri State Ice Bears is quiet. The man behind the mask is silent as he works on his hand-eye coordination by throwing tennis balls at the wall and catching them with his glove-hand. He doesn’t say a word as he stretches his body before he straps on his pads. The only sound coming from him is the rap music Steph Anderson/THE STANDARD blaring from his headphones. Freshman goalie Justin Davis came to Missouri State after playing for This is the ritual of freshman the Odessa Jackalopes in the North American Hockey League. goalie Justin Davis before he goes

Wide receiver Dorian Buford has a special remedy for his leg cramps


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f taste buds could talk, what would they say about golden biscuits and hot gravy, succulent hash browns, and a tall, foaming glass of frothy, green pickle juice? That was breakfast for Missouri State wide receiver Dorian Buford shortly before the Bears’ Sept. 22 game against Southern Illinois. As strange as it may sound, Buford has always had an affinity for pickles. His cousins nicknamed him after the vegetable because he faithfully brought them for lunch while playing youth JFL football. Against the Salukis, he called on the juices of the pickled vegetable as a cure for a lingering ailment — cramps. Buford had to exit games this season against both Kansas State and Murray State because of cramps. He was determined not to see that happen again against the Salukis, so he loaded up on his favorite palliative — pickle juice, the breakfast of champions.

Mom’s advice: Play with juice

“My mom was at the Murray State game, and she said to me, ‘Dorian, I’m going to make you quit playing football because you keep getting hurt, and I don’t want my baby getting hurt.’ I had to calm her down and tell her everything was all right,” Buford said. Buford’s parents did some research on what could keep their son healthy and “in the game.” His mom came up with the advice to drink pickle juice to end his debilitating camps. “I just drank it down as fast as I could, and it actually ended up working,” Buford said. “It really does stop my cramps.” Cramps or no cramps, Buford has been impressive in 2012. He’s been a big, bright light in an otherwise dim and underachieving MSU offense, ranking second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in receptions (30) and ranking fourth in receiving yards per game (66.2). The exciting thing for Buford is

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Former MSU outfielder Spiker Helms (@Spidey095) on Battle for Bell game: “Congrats on the win to the bears but congrats on the a bigger victory to mo state and drury baseball squads in helping strikeout ALS.”

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Wide receiver Dorian Buford drinks pickle juice before games to prevent him from getting cramps.

Buford 2012 stats 30 catches, 331 yards that MSU coaches expect bigger things from him as the season rolls on, receivers coach Mike Chandler said. “I’ve been pleased with Dorian so far, but he’s still got some work to do, and he knows that,” Chandler said.

“He’s still got room for improvement backup quarterback Kierra Harris. “At the end of last season, coach and that’s the exciting part — he hasChandler sat me down and told me: n’t peaked yet.” ‘The job is yours to lose, and if you do Whatever I have to do lose it, it’s your fault,’” Buford said. It’s 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night at “I’m not going to be the guy that loses Glass Field. The sky has darkened and it, so I’ve worked my butt off running football practice has ended. Ultimate routes every day, catching JUG Frisbee Team players have invaded machine balls, finding any quarterpart of the field space for their own back who will throw to me. practice. Everyone from the football “I’m going to get the job done and team has left, except for Buford, who stays and catches extra passes from u See BUFORD page 7

Baseball teams battle for Howard Bell


MSU wide receiver Dorian Buford (@Mr_Life_Itself) after Saturday’s football game: “Man I just don't get it why us? We are to good to be 0-5 this is crazy and these refs we keep getting I promise they be straight #shavingpts.”

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Pickle juice pass catcher

MSU and Drury unite on the diamond for ALS-stricken coach

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out on the ice. The ritual prepares him to be at his very best. He knows that every opponent he faces will be tough. He knows that he needs to keep his eye on the puck at all times. Above all, Davis knows that he is going to have fun. Davis has been around hockey his entire life. When he was 3 years old, his dad would take him to the ice rink and skate around the rink, maintaining his balance by holding a chair. He remembers when he was 5 years old,

The Missouri State and Drury baseball programs squared off against each for the first time in history this past Saturday at Hammons Field as the teams came together for the “Battle for Bell.” A crowd of 3,753 people saw the Bears jump to an early lead and win 4-2 behind strong pitching, but the largest MSU home crowd since 2006 was there in support of Howard Bell. Bell, a former shortstop for the Bears under current head coach Keith Guttin in the mid 1980s, was diagnosed in December with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis — commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The Springfield native has ties to

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Howard Bell reacts during a standing ovation prior to the "Battle for Bell" game between Missouri State and Drury on Saturday.

both teams, as well as the Springfield community, as he worked under current Drury head coach Mark Stratton at Glendale High School until he took over the job as head coach for the Falcons in 2005.

According to Guttin, the event speaks of the quality of character and courage of Bell. “He was the reason that we played. This was a community event,” Guttin said. “Over 3,700

people came out to support the Bells — that tells you what people think of him. It was a great night for them, and they got to see some quality baseball.” All of the proceeds are going to the Help Coach Bell Strike Out ALS Fund, according to a press release. “It’s just an honor to kind of represent what we’ve accomplished here tonight with all of the donations,” said Nick Petree, who started the game on the mound for MSU and pitched the game’s first two innings. The charity game held a lot of meaning to 2012 Freshman AllAmerican Tyler Burgess, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the victory for MSU. “It was definitely the neatest game that I’ve played in,” Burgess said. “Just seeing that crowd, and everybody filing in here just for him, is pretty special.” The game had most of its scoru See BELL page 7

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Field hockey team 2-0 in Mid-American Conference By Mike Ursery The Standard

After playing a strenuous nine-game road schedule, the Missouri State field hockey team won its home-opener Saturday against conference foe Miami (Ohio) by a score of 3-1. The victory improved their conference record to 2-0 and kept them in first place in the Mid-American Conference. Junior forward Hillary Lawless led the team with two


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do whatever I have to do to be seen and heard.” Buford’s path to the job he covets has had plenty of twists and turns. In fact, his freshman year, he wasn’t even on the team. Buford said he quit football after high school because his passion for the game fizzled and he wanted to be a regular student. The affable, baby-faced McCluer North product of St. Louis also didn’t like being

goals and freshman forward Holly Scherer also scored. Missouri State suffered a 4-1 loss in a non-conference game against Liberty in St. Louis, Mo. on Sunday. The Bears’ record, prior to Saturday’s contest, was 3-6, including their 1-0 conference record after defeating Ball State 4-2 on Sept. 22. Defender Reiann Stoute, Lawless, and midfielder Olivia Nicotera all scored goals in that game. Lawless has been the leading scorer on the team, up to this

point, with seven goals. Midfielder Chelsey Medlock and Scherer lead the team with three assists. Head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa said she believes the games the team has already played were good preparation for their upcoming conference schedule. “We had a bit of a slow start, but we have definitely learned from every game that we have played,” she said. “We’ve learned that we are a stronger team.”

There are 21 players on the Bears roster, and of those 21, 12 are freshmen. Scherer, who is one of those freshmen, said her experience in a new environment has been a positive one while managing both academics and playing field hockey. “At the beginning, it was a hard transition because I’m so far away from home,” she said. “But, within the first week, I became close with the other players on the team. I can describe it as being a lot of

yelled at. It wasn’t in his personality to deal with that, and being yelled at is a part of football. “Sometimes I’ve struggled with being able to take criticism,” Buford said. “A coach would yell at me and it’d really get at my feelings and affect me. Now, I know that it’s not the end of the world and use it to my advantage, but at first, it was really hard to grasp.” After two years of being a “regular student,” the football bug began to bite, and when he heard others bragging about their gridiron exploits, Buford began pondering the what-ifs.

“I was playing the video game Madden with my dad and his friend — and his friend kept talking about how he was just the greatest thing in high school,” Buford said. “I’m sitting there, laughing, like, ‘Where is your proof? Show me some proof. Let me see some film or something.’ That made me realize that I don’t want to be the guy looking back on life, saying, ‘What if?’” Buford joined the Bears during the spring of 2010. Those “what-ifs” went from fifth-string receiver to secondstring receiver to starter, and

now, to downing that pickle juice. Buford is convinced that green juice is not just some red herring but something that keeps his stomach calmed down and his confidence pumped up. “People were surprised by me,” Buford said. “They say, ‘Oh, Dorian. He used to be goofy, but wait a minute. He’s actually good at football now.’” Some athletes eat their Wheaties. Popeye always bested Pluto after a little spinach. MSU’s Dorian Buford is “actually good at football now,” and maybe it’s all due to a few pregame pints of pickle juice.



fun.” Stoute is one of the seniors on the team and has played a role in helping Scherer and the other freshmen make the transition and adjust to being at MSU. “My main focus is to motivate them,” Stoute said. “I know how intense it can get on the field during games, so I really try to prepare them and help them build confidence before each game.” MSU will play a total of six conference games before play-


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ing done in the first two innings as Drury scored one in the opening frame. Missouri State answered back, however, with two runs of its own in both the first and second innings. Drury made things a little dicey in the sixth inning by adding another run, but the Bears pitching was dominant throughout, holding the Panthers to only three hits.

ing in the MAC Championships in Miami, Ohio on Nov. 2 and 3. The team was picked to finish fourth in the conference preseason poll, and its goal is to beat that expectation and win the conference, Gomez Sosa said. “We want to make an impact this year and finish at the top of the MAC,” Gomez Sosa said. Missouri State’s next game will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 against Central Michigan at Plaster Sports Complex.

The victory for the Bears was merely the cherry on top of the already glorious night of baseball for the Springfield community. Nonetheless, it was still important to come out on top, Burgess said. “Whether it’s Wichita State or Drury, you still want to go out there and win. Everybody out here is competitive,” Burgess said. “It was nice to get the win, but at the same time, it was nice to get it for Coach Bell.” Although Saturday is long gone, the “Battle For Bell” has only just begun.

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Absentee voting made simple A step-by-step guide to voting in your hometown while away at school By Anna Thomas The Standard

As students prepare for the upcoming election, they are faced with the daunting absentee ballot, a necessity to those who want to keep their voter registration in their hometown but vote at their local address. Austin Mercado, senior digital filmmaking major, is voting absentee for the first time this year. “Well, it’s a simple step to vote,” Mercado said. “It is one of the few ways, at our age, to voice our opinion with a simple check mark on the ballot.” While students can be confused by the process of absentee voting, Zachary McFarland, elections coordinator for Springfield’s City Council, said it’s easy to do.

the city council in Springfield, McFarland said. “Remember, they need to send it to the city council in their hometown and then, in the mail, they will receive the actual absentee ballot,” he said. “We recommend doing the absentee ballot instead of having a new registration every time.” The absentee application for Missouri is due by Oct. 31, but there are different deadlines from state to state. McFarland encouraged students to know their state’s laws and deadlines, in order for things to go smoothly.

Step two: Vote and get it notarized

Once you’ve received your absentee ballot, fill out all the information on the ballot, but don’t sign the front of the packet, because you need to have it notarized. This means a certified witness, a notary, will need to watch you sign the packet to ensure your identity. Step one: Apply for a ballot Cathy McFall, accounting specialist in To start the process, obtain the application for the absentee ballot. This can be found at Craig 353, is one of the notaries on campus to which you can go. McFall’s office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. souri/docs/absentee.pdf. “My door is always open ... I am happy to Fill out the application, but don’t send it to


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volunteering to be his team’s goalie because no one else wanted to do it. “Everyone (on the team) just wanted to score,” Davis said. “When I first did it, I ended up being pretty good. Ever since then, it has just grown on me.” A St. Louis native, Davis played four years in between the pipes for Christian Brothers College High School, a private school. Davis said he visited many schools in the St. Louis area, but knew that

CBC was the place for him because of its academics and its hockey team. Davis was the starting goalie his junior and senior year, when CBC went to the state championships. “It ended up being one of the best decisions of my life,” Davis said. After high school, Davis decided to put school on hold and take the amateur hockey route and ended up being drafted by the Odessa Jackalopes in the North American Hockey League in Odessa,Texas. Life in the amateur hockey circuit was not what Davis had expected. The competi-

tion was tougher and the rules were stricter. The Jackalopes had players live in the homes of fans who volunteered their homes. When Davis’ family was evicted from their home, he had to move in with the general manager of the team. “I had to move in with the general manager for a month,” Davis said. “He was a little hard on me. I couldn’t miss curfew or anything and everyone else was having fun.” Davis said that, when he made the team, the Jackalopes didn’t name a starting goalie, but then the other goalie was drafted into the

Ballot language decoded The Missouri Secretary of State’s website provides a common sense translation of the language on the November ballot. This is helpful in knowing exactly what issues you’ll be voting on. Visit: ballot/ for a translation.

help students because I think it is great they are voting,” McFall said. “I do want to stress, because some of the voters don’t always realize, I do not need to see them vote on the ballot. I just watch them sign, and then I sign.” In the past, confusion has risen about the kind of picture ID you need to bring when getting your absentee notarized, McFall said. She said she will need a driver’s license or other official ID that contains your date of birth. A BearPass ID will not work. NHL by the Winnipeg Jets 130th overall and was given the starting position while Davis was “put on the back burner.” Davis wasn’t happy. He wasn’t getting much playing time and wasn’t having much fun, which is the reason he played hockey in the first place — to have fun. Long time friend and neighbor Cameron Durham remembers talking with Davis about his decision to leave the Jackalopes. “He wanted to be with his friends and have more fun,” Durham said. “He said that (Odessa) wasn’t what he wanted it to be.”

There is no fee for having documents notarized and appointments are not always necessary, although avoiding lunchtime is wise, McFall said.

Step three: Mail your absentee ballot

After the ballot is filled out and notarized, mail the ballot back to your hometown. A prepaid envelope is included when you receive your absentee ballot. The absentee ballot is due — meaning received in the mail — Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. The important thing, McFarland said, is to have students be familiar with the ballot and be ready to make the decisions presented to them. If students want more information about absentee voting or their state’s deadlines, they can visit They can also find a list of places on campus to have their ballots notarized at An absentee voter registration workshop is also being held in the Office of Student Engagement computer lab on Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Davis also wanted to pursue his college education. Even while he was with the Jackalopes, he knew that he wanted to go to school, but he also wanted to play hockey. With a competitive hockey team, high school friends and old teammates already playing for the Bears, Missouri State University seemed like a great place to go to school. Head coach Bob Bucher was just as happy as Davis when he chose to come to MSU. “Justin came to us as one of the elite players, having played in the junior league,” Bucher said. “He’s fit right in with the whole team.”

Davis said he wants to eventually study to become a chiropractor. As far as his plans for hockey go, Davis admits that MSU will probably be the end of the road for him. For right now, Davis is happy. He is having fun hanging out with his friends and playing the game he loves, which he isn’t silent about. “He’s not quiet at all, not in the least,” Bucher said. “JD’s best games are when he’s having fun. You’ll hear him on the ice in the middle of the games and during warm ups — that’s his style and it fits him well.”

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“I thought we’d had a good year and I could see the potential to build on what we had done this year, and people seemed to respond to me well. It’s the thought that we can continue to do good things and that I enjoyed all the pieces of the job.” Smart, who describes himself as easily approachable, open to the ideas of others, transparent, inclusive, of good values and a good speaker, said he thinks the next leader of Missouri State should be connected to the community and the state, but also willing to hold the position for at least 10 years — something to which he said he is fully committed. Discussing room for improvement, Smart said


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he’d like to expand upon what the university doesn’t Q & A with interim President Smart have to help build its reputation. Such ideas include cre•Leadership style: Open, encouraging of ideas, ating an occupational therapy inclusive, able to make decisions program, a graduate art pro•Those close to him would say he is: Driven, gram, working on technologprincipled, interesting, supportive, encouraging ical upgrades in facilities, •What he’s most proud of: Being selected as a creating more lab space, finalist to the Missouri Supreme Court two times investing in more apartment•Life goals: Become the president of MSU, live style residence halls, conan honorable life, do the right thing in every situation, structing a welcome center, make a difference in his community looking into salary improve•Prized possession: Besides his family, his home ment, growing alumni out•Family: Gail, wife; two sons reach, and continuing to •Pets: Three Yorkshire Terriers: Max, Mikke, focus on fundraising. Sophie “We do lots of things well, •Hobbies: Traveling, St. Louis Cardinals, reading, but we need to think bigger church, music, family and bolder and market our•Favorite food: Ice cream selves better,” Smart said. •Favorite color: Maroon “We need to continue on a •Favorite sport: Baseball; played growing up and path of improvement. We’re a coached both of his sons regional school, but we need •Favorite movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird” to be regional and national •Favorite band: Jimmy Buffett and use programs to do this by taking them to the next level.” Smart said this is all possi- breaking goals down into people continuing to do their ble with a committed team, bite-sized pieces, and good work — something he has work together. Jacobs also said, in a staff survey concerning the perception of the president and the institution’s leadership, Dunn received “nearly unanimous support and acceptance.” While Dunn said nothing at Missouri State needs to be fixed per se, he said he does see much “potential for it to be a more highly-performing institution by raising the quality profiles and building upon the strengths that are there to really fine-tune its characteristics and bring it to that top tier of public, regional universities in the country.” Citing his broad career in a variety of higher education institutions, his familiarity with the region and his personal characteristics that he said he felt would mesh well with the people and values of

Doman said. One such suggestion was that on-campus residents, who often use the green lots to park, could have the option of parking in lots farther away for a cheaper parking pass — opening spaces for commuters that were closer to class.

Q & A with President Dunn •Leadership style: Facilitative, distributive, spreads out leadership •Those close to him would say he is: Fun, dedicated, caring, serious about work, but takes himself lightly •What he’s most proud of: Being a good father •Life goals: Creating a good legacy for the people who are important to him, ensuring he’s a person of character and integrity, and instilling such qualities in his children

Missouri State, Dunn said he hopes this combination will help him be seen as a quality candidate. “Given my age and my experience, a place like MSU is really a capstone presidency for me,” Dunn said. “There is a tremendous need for stability in the presidency right now at Missouri State

At the moment, the university doesn’t have the funds to build another parking lot or parking garage, according to Doman. The recent statewide budget cuts haven’t allowed a high priority on more parking facilities. Frustrations mounted for Kara Harter, a senior elementary education major, while she was looking for parking early in the semester. Harter said that she would drive for

30 or more minutes, looking for a space some days. After wasting gas money, searching for a spot and receiving a parking ticket she felt she wrongly received in the lot across from Kemper Hall, she decided to look into alternative options. Harter paid her ticket and invested in a new bike shortly after to make the three mile commute and only drives when there’s bad weather. Between the ticket, a parking

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and I’m fully aware of that. I know the university community is looking for that, and if I wasn’t ready to give it, I wouldn’t have applied for the job.” Dunn said the decision to go public with his application for the position was a very big deal for him, which required intensive “soul

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seen during his time at MSU. While Dunn, the other finalist for the position, comes from an academic background, Smart said he sees his law background as an advantage. Being away from academia for 30 years, he said he’s able to look at things from a fresh perspective. More important than work history is a skill set that consists of “leadership, management, team building, values and interacting with people,” Smart said. Also playing to his strengths, Smart said he now has the ability to run a multifaceted organization, knows many leaders in the community and state, and has been able to keep college affordable through scholarships and a variety of course options. Focusing also on athletics, which Smart described as “the easiest way to market the | 9

university,” the baseballlover said three things must be on: improving how the teams play, game day experience and facilities. Designs for a new football student section may be available as early as this year’s homecoming for students to comment on, Smart said. “I just think there’s so much potential for greatness at this university if it has leadership that’s committed both to the university and to being here for a long time,” Smart said. “I really think the potential is enormous.” Smart’s on-campus interview will be held Oct. 9-11, with an open forum on Oct. 10 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater. For more information about the presidential finalist, visit martbiography.htm.

•Prized possession: Besides his family, an antique roll top desk owned by his great grandfather •Family: Ronda, wife; four children. •Pets: One cat: Cailyn •Hobbies: Traveling, supporting the performing arts, exercise, family •Favorite food: Pizza •Favorite color: Blue •Favorite sport: College football •Favorite movie: No hands-down favorite, enjoys suspense, thrillers and comedies •Favorite band: Steeley Dan

searching,” as he has been very satisfied with his presidency at Murray State. “I’m very excited about the opportunity and looking forward to being there and meeting a lot of people and trying to come to a conclusion that would have me taking a new presidency that I think would be very reward-

pass and a new bike, Harter has spent around $220 this year on transportation to campus. John Clark, assistant director of facilities management and grounds, said the bike racks added to campus over the summer make nearly 400 spots available for bikers. Until the university is in a more comfortable financial situation, it seems more parking facilities won’t be a priority.

ing,” Dunn said. Dunn’s on-campus interview will be held Oct. 7-9, with an open forum on Oct. 8 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the PSU Theater. For more information about the presidential finalist, visit nnbiography.

Students, however aren’t the only ones experiencing frustration with parking on campus. “Students, faculty, staff, we get it from all of them,” Wall said of complaints about parking. To minimize your transportation frustrations, become familiar with the appropriate parking lots and Bear Line schedule, which can be found at http://www.missouri

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but I’d make up for it with the taste and presentation of my drink,” he said. “We had to make a long island, a margarita, and a cosmopolitan any way we wanted to, and then we could make a shot and another drink of our choice. “The long island is kind of hard to do something with, but I did my ver-


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production. “You sort of take a chance when you cast a show because a lot of the actors I’ve never worked with before,” Davies said. “I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a cast that has stepped up to everything I’ve asked them to do.” Sophomore musical theatre

residue and dirt that may be left on the skin of radios, computers and telephones. The federal government limits the amount of any fruits, vegetables or rice. arsenic found in drinking water, but there is no What is the FDA doing to ensure food such limit for food yet.

How can I make sure my food is safe?

The best way to ensure food products are safe for eating is to know from where the food came and how it was grown. For students, if buying rice at the closest Walmart is the most convenient or only option, practicing safe food preparation is suggested. germ “I try to find common sense solutions to all of this and not overreact,” Elliot said. Elliott suggests mixing rice with other grains to dilute the arsenic levels or substituting brown rice, which was found to have higher levels of arsenic, for white rice. in paints, dyes, metals, drugs, soaps, fertilizers He also said it’s important to wash your food and semi-conductors found in electronics like well, making sure to get rid of as much pesticide


The FDA has taken several steps to inform and protect the public from dangers associated with arsenic contamination. The agency is increasing their testing of rice and rice products and once more than 1,000 rice products have been analyzed, they plan to release the information and update its health recommendations accordingly. They are also working alongside other government agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to further investigate the health risks and possible solutions.

sion of a cosmo and one of my signature drinks,” Thompson added. Thompson said Matt Musgrave, a previous bartender of Quincy Magoo’s and current representative for Wil Fischer beverage distributor here in Springfield, was pronounced winner of the competition. “I thought it went really well,” Thompson said. “We gave out some really great prizes. With my signature drink, they gave away a Jim Beam tabletop with two stools. There were a couple rounds of golf at River Rock. So, there were some pretty

cool things we gave away. I think it was a pretty good turnout.” Julie Conway is the director of Development and Public Relations at the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch. She said she met Big Whiskey’s general manager Matt Caetano at a similar event, and together, they conceived the idea for the Bartender Shootout three years ago. “Our first year we raised around $1,000,” Conway said. “Last year, it was around $1,500, and this year, it almost hit $2,000; so, each year it’s grown and grown, which is great.”

Conway said Good Samaritan’s mission for over 50 years has been to give troubled youth a chance at a normal, functional existence in a society of which they have grown detached. “We are a home — basically, a treatment facility for boys ages twelve to eighteen,” she said. “A lot of them have been in some sort of abusive or dysfunctional home setting. As a result, many of them show behavioral problems. Some of them have been in the foster system, some have been adopted. They all just kind of have their own story.”

Conway said that, to provide the highest quality of care, they estimate a daily expense of $160 per day, per boy — the sum of which they have never been able to receive from state funding, which keeps the ranch going. She said the kindness shown from businesses in the community, like Big Whiskey’s, makes all the difference. “It’s a wonderful event,” she said. “It really gives us an opportunity to make our facility top notch and the quality of the treatment programs the best they can be. It’s huge. It’s huge.”

major Christina McCarthy and junior acting major Adam Barksdale were among two of the main characters cast for the play. “I think everyone has enjoyed the show,” Barksdale, the mischievous Big Bad Wolf, said. “It’s definitely a show for all audiences. There’s a little bit for everyone, as long as they’re willing to be there and watch, then they’re going to have a good time.” The crowd seemed to agree with Barksdale.

The young, old, and everything in-between filled the 100 seats of the Balcony Theatre, located on the second floor of Craig Hall, to see the production. Jimmie France, senior middle school education major, who attended the show with his daughter, said his Theatre 505 class had to read the script before coming to view the show. “I loved it; it was hilarious,” France said. “Listening to my daughter laugh the entire time was

the greatest feeling about the night.” At the end of the show, France’s 9-year-old daughter, Ella, stepped outside the theater with a huge grin on her face. What was her favorite part? “Everything!” “Theater is a phenomenal art,” Davies said. “I love it for the same reasons I love this show, because it uses a bunch of different media and you get to see a full spectrum of what we offer in theater.” “Totally Red” was the first pro-

duction of this season, so there’s plenty more to expect from the MSU Theatre & Dance department. “Missouri State can look forward to two big ensemble shows coming up,” said McCarthy. “They’re going to be incredible!” The next show, “The Odyssey,” will appear in Coger Theatre Oct. 11-14. For ticket prices, a full production list of this season and more, check out http://theatreanddance.


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knowing your audience, filling out your profile completely, importing contacts and expanding your network, starting a group or a page, and feeding social networks. He stresses keeping your profile up-to-date and available to further market yourself.


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As Twitter grows, it becomes a great platform to get yourself known on the Internet. New Media Social, as stated on its website as “your one stop international new

media portal for social media and digital media training, events, discussions and jobs,” lists six easy ways to brand yourself. Firstly, promote your content. With this, it’s important to make sure that the content you tweet and retweet is engaging. Secondly, they recommend personalizing your Twitter background to set your profile apart. They also emphasize the idea of conversation. Using hashtags will make your posts available to those who are in the same industry and those with the same interest. In a society growing technologically, it’s becoming imperative to build an online presence. With platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, there is no better time to do that than while in college.


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and that, if he tried to explain it all, then they’d be there all day, making diagrams with straws. Then they move on, still trying to decide if that’s just a cop out… Moving on. “Looper” is a very well thought-out and executed film. Writing about time travel is tough — really tough — but writer/director Rian Johnson had everything figured out. So well, in fact, that a lot of things weren’t told to the audience, not flat out

anyway. A lot of things were left for us to figure out, but all the clues were there. With that said, it did seem to move quite slowly in parts. It kind of dragged on when something wasn’t “happening,” but there were several really cool bits sprinkled in that made the slower parts bearable. For example, when we see how they usually handle a rogue loop was incredible. It was a little disconcerting, at first, to see and hear GordonLevitt impersonating Bruce Willis, especially because he was doing the voice, but you’ve got to

hand it to Gordon-Levitt; he’s got some acting skills. Willis wasn’t too bad, either. Speaking of acting skills, I am constantly amazed by Jeff Daniels (who played the boss, Abe). He had a small part, and we didn’t see him a whole lot, but he deserves some recognition. Bottom line, “Looper” has a very well thought-out and interesting premise. It has some incredible sequences that made my jaw drop, but the rest of the film didn’t have me on the edge of my seat. It’s definitely worth viewing; just make sure you’re in the mood.


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