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Five people to join Wall of Fame Friday
Missouri State’s Wall of Fame, located outside of the PSU ballroom, will gain five new faces on Friday, Oct. 26 including: James Giglio, Richard Myers, James O’Brien, Bruno Schmidt and Carol Silvey. Being recognized on MSU’s Wall of Fame is “one of the highest honors an employee can receive from the university,” according to an email sent out by MSU’s Office of Publications. Individuals are selected based off of a number of criteria including student impact, demonstration of character and integrity, services that have resulted in meaningful change at MSU, and more. The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. in the PSU’s West Ballroom.
MSU holds public forums in bookstore director search
MSU’s University Bookstore has selected four candidates to potentially take over former director Mark Brixey’s position. The university conducted public forums with two of the finalists. Forums for the final two candidates have not been announced. The search for the new director began after Brixey resigned in August. University officials say more than $500,000 went missing during Brixey’s tenure. The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed.
Phi Delta Theta to break ground on new chapter house
In conjunction with MSU’s Homecoming, Phi Delta Theta will break ground on their new chapter house on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m. The new chapter house will be built at the same location of the current home at 1107 E. Elm St. The new home will house up to 27 members beginning fall 2013. The chapter house will include “educational spaces, creatively designed sleeping quarters, incorporation of technology innovations, and rooms fittingly named in memory of members of the Chapter,” according to an Oct. 21 press release.
Calendar Tuesday, Oct. 23
Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistant Mentoring, 11 a.m.12:15 p.m., Meyer Library 204 CHPA Research Forum, 12:301:30 p.m., Strong 350
SAC Meeting, 4-5 p.m., PSU 313 SGA Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., PSU 313
Wednesday, Oct. 24 Study Away 101 Info Session, 10:30-11:30 a.m., PSU 315
The United Nations at 67: Is It Still Relevant? 4 p.m., Strong 1 Entertainment Management Association Meeting, 5-6 p.m., Glass 108
Study Skills Workshop Series: Rebooting After Midterms, 6-6:50 p.m., Meyer Library 101
Thursday, Oct. 25
Study Skills Workshop Series: Rebooting After Midterms, 2-2:50 p.m., Meyer Library 101
Students for a Sustainable Future Meeting, 4-5 p.m., Temple 105
Friday, Oct. 26
Class of 1962 50-Year Reunion, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Kentwood Hall Crystal Room
Board of Governors Meeting, 1-3 p.m., PSU 313 Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 4-5 p.m., PSU Ballroom West
Honors College Alumni Reception, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Meyer Alumni Center
Group asks universities to crack down on false rape claims across the nation Policy revisions spark claims of false rape, assault By Kris Collins The Standard
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE), a nonprofit victim-advocacy organization, is asking colleges to crack down on false
accusations of sexual assault, citing a growing number of false claims. In a letter to the president of the University of Montana, a campus that had a recent sexual assault case involving an athlete, SAVE addressed the problem of false claims. According to the letter, “during the past year, falserape cases have been reported at the University of North
Dakota, Yale University, University of Connecticut, University of North Florida, Xavier University and elsewhere.” SAVE tries to broaden its argument by saying all false claims, not just claims of sexual crimes, are occurring, citing an article from the University of Northern Florida’s Spinnaker. According to the article,
police are now giving students citations for false claims to combat the increasing occurSahr rence. Though SAVE is adamant about addressing the issue, Jay Huff, Missouri
State’s Safety and Transportation assistant director, said false claims aren’t a new problem. “I spent 25 years in the Springfield Police Department,” Huff said. “That was something you occasionally dealt with.” According to Kim Sahr, coordinator of Student u See RAPE page 10
Meet the president C
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lif Smart was named Missouri State’s 11th president on Oct. 16, shedding the “interim” title he received on June 27, 2011. Smart, the acting interim president of Missouri State since June 2011, was selected as a finalist for the position, along with Murray State University President Randy Dunn on Sept. 24, 2012. In a press conference on Oct. 16, Gordon Elliott, chair of Missouri State’s Board of Governors announced Smart would take over as president of the university and begin his official duties immediately. “Hiring the president is the most important responsibility a board has,” Elliott said, mentioning that both outstanding finalists were capable of doing the job. “Sixteen months ago, the board needed someone to step into a very difficult situation on this campus,” Elliot said before announcing Smart’s name. “We needed someone to restore confidence, to restore relationships and to restore the high standards we expect out of our leaders. In essence, this was a 16-month job interview and the results speak for themselves. Missouri State University is back on track, setting records and making progress in many areas. Morale is high and confidence has returned.” Smart, a lawyer by trade, graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law, with his Juris Doctor degree, in 1986, boasting the second highest GPA – a 3.95 – in the school’s history. Smart completed his undergraduate education at Tulane University while being involved in the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. With two degrees under his belt, Smart started his law career as an attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. After serving in that position for four years, he became active in The Strong Law Firm in Little Rock, Ark., until being named general counsel for Missouri State in 2007. When James Cofer, Sr. resigned as president Steph Anderson/THE STANDARD after less than a year on the job in 2011, a leader Missouri State University’s 11th President Clif Smart walks with his wife of 26 was needed to take the reigns of the university. years, Gail, and their three Yorkshire terriers on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Roun- Elliott asked Smart to stabilize things for the tree Neighborhood. “She is a huge part of me and how we would do this job institution. Smart agreed and has been working to do just that ever since. together,” Smart said at his open forum last Wednesday. “I would not be here, u See SMART page 8 applying for the job on a permanent basis, if Gail were not all in.”
Skateboards not allowed
MSU alum runs for Congress
SGA looking to change campus skateboard and longboard policy By Anna Thomas The Standard
It’s not unusual to see a student traveling campus on a skateboard, but according to Missouri State’s policy, skateboarding is not allowed on campus. According to Jay Huff, assistant director of Safety and Transportation, skateboards have been prohibited because students tend to break the rule of acrobatics on campus. Student Government Association is currently in the process of creating a resolution to allow skateboards, longboards and inline skates as modes of transportation on campus. Jordan McGee, director of administration and information services for SGA, wrote the resolution in response to students’ wants. He said there has been an increase of users
on campus of self-propelled transportation devices. “Several students around campus use this (self-propelled devices) mode of transportation responsibly, who have been stopped by campus security, and they all stressed the need to pass a resolution in support of revising the current policy,” McGee, a sophomore political communication major, said. Riana Sears, a senior public relations major and SGA’s chief communications officer, said the current policy makes it difficult to have students reprimanded, considering the amount of students, who do skateboard, that are oblivious to the policy. Dakota Jones, a sophomore cell and molecular biology major, is one of these students. When
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Two students skateboard outside of the Plaster Sports Complex. Currently, skateboarding and inline skating is prohibited on campus.
asked about the policy on skateboards, he was surprised they are banned. “In my opinion, prohibiting anything from an adult is ridiculous,” Jones said. “As long as the school makes sure there is
an ‘at your own risk’ sign to cover itself from lawsuits, then there shouldn’t be a problem.” Currently, the resolution is in the preliminary
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Everyone is talking about who will be the next president of the United States. It’s a big deal, but there is more to this election year than just the presidential race. On the ballot this November, your vote may be cast for congressman of Missouri’s 7th district, as well. Congressman Billy Long and Evans Democratic candidate Jim Evans are battling for your vote. Why is this just as important as the presidential race? The job of a congressman affects you! Congressmen are publicly elected officials of the United States government. They are responsible for making the laws that affect the lives of every citizen. Congressmen help decide many issues, including the rates, u See VOTE page 2
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Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012
Transfer students redefine the norm Economy and A+ program influence transfer student impact at Missouri State By Kelsey Berry The Standard
With the release of Missouri State’s official enrollment numbers, the university has declared that transfer students now make up 46.6 percent of the Springfield campus’ student population. The Springfield campus set a new enrollment record this fall, with 21,059 students, and of those, 2,352 are new transfer students. “Probably about 70 percent of our transfers come to us from community colleges,” Donald Simpson, vice president of enrollment, said. “That means about 30 percent of them come from other four-year schools.” Simpson said there are a variety of reasons a student might choose to attend a community college before transferring to a four-year institution like Missouri State. One of the most prominent: The economy. “The economy is such that a lot of students are choosing the lower-cost
Continued from page 1 federal tax, the minimum wage that employers must pay their workers and how to spend the government’s money — like money that goes to higher education. Most people know Republican Congressman Billy Long, the current congressman for Missouri’s 7th District. For over thirty years, Long was a real estate broker and owner of Billy Long Auctions, LLC in Springfield, along with being a radio talk show host from 1999-2006. His experience running a small business and his time taking calls on the radio from concerned citizens gives him a unique understanding of
option for the first two years,” he said. “There are also things in place, particularly in Missouri, that encourage students to start at community colleges, and one of them is called the A+ program.” The A+ program provides scholarship funds for eligible high school graduates, enabling them to attend a public community college or vocational/technical school. Currently, 402 high schools in Missouri participate in the A+ program and several colleges have also partnered with the program. With this incentive, four-year institutions in Missouri can expect to see a higher number of students transferring after their first two years at a community college. Typically, eligibility for the A+ scholarship expires either 48 months after high school graduation or receipt of an associate degree. The rapid growth and expansion of Ozarks Technical Community College has also channeled more
the challenges facing families and small businesses in the Ozarks, he says in his online biography at http://www.long.house.gov. His top priority in Washington is to stop the irresponsible spending and overreaching of modern-day Washington, according to his online biography. In April of this year, Long voted in favor of the Interest Rate Reduction Act that reduced the interest rates for student loans. This act was passed and prevented interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford Loans made to undergraduate students from increasing from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1, 2012. According to a press release distributed in April, “In the House, we are taking appropriate steps to ensure college students are not hit with higher interests rates.
students to the Springfield area, Simpson said. Students who decide to transfer from one four-year institution to another may do so for different reasons than those coming from a community college. Simpson listed the three most common reasons:
One of the departments that enrolled the largest number of new transfer students this semester was the Finance and General Business Department. According to Sarah Nenninger, enrollment manager for MSU’s College of Business, recruitment hotspots include OTC, St. Louis Community College in Meramec, and even beyond state borders. “We have a strong school and a lot of strong programs here at Missouri State, so it’s important to us to bring students from all over to benefit from our programs,” Nenninger said. Sandra Culver, director
of the Business Advisement Center, said one of the business program’s major goals is to be “transfer friendly.” “We have tried to make the transition easier for transfer students, and we really encourage those students to meet with their adviser,” Culver said. She said advisers in the department try to prevent transfer students’ loss of credits as much as possible by assisting the student in the reevaluation process of elective courses. Missouri State’s website, http://www.missouristate.edu, also provides resources for transfer students to find course equiva-
lencies between MSU and other institutions, making it easy for them to see how their completed courses will transfer and whether or not they need to have a course reevaluated. With the growing number of transfer students enrolled at MSU, their role at the university has become significant. Culver, who transferred from OTC to MSU, said transfer students are an important part of the university and they bring something unique to the classroom. “They have a greater array of experiences than the traditional college student and I think it can add
to the classroom experience when they share those perspectives,” she said. Lauren Griffin, a sophomore psychology major, attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for her first semester, but she said it never felt like home. With the help of an adviser, she transferred back to Springfield to attend MSU. “A professor from the psychology department actually Skyped with me because I didn’t understand My Missouri State,” she said. “She shared her screen and just walked me through everything. Everyone’s just super helpful and down-to-earth.” With an increasing transfer student population at Missouri State, it seems the face of the typical college student is changing at a rapid pace. With state funding allocations looming over four-year schools in Missouri, high percentages of transfers seem inevitable. More information about MSU enrollment and transfer admissions can be found online at http://www.missouristate.e du/enrollmentmanagement/ and http://www.missouristate.edu/ admissions/transfer.asp respectively.
Students pursuing higher education are making an investment in their future,” Long said. “With student loan debt exceeding credit card debt, and with half of recent college graduates who are now jobless or underemployed, we must get serious about creating jobs in this country. The House has passed 27 jobs bills that are awaiting action in the Senate.” Billy Long’s campaign manager, Jerod Taylor, did not return phone calls or email requests for comment on this story before The Standard’s press time. Democratic candidate, Jim Evans, served a two-year stint in the Army as a Pershing Missile crewman, earned certification as a welder, and continued his education at Missouri State University to earn a master’s degree in mathematics.
He served in education for 30 years, as a teacher in computer science and AP calculus, as well as serving as president of the local teachers association at Logan-Rogersville Jr. High. He also coordinated the introduction of the A+ programs at Central High School and Glendale High School and the installation of the International Baccalaureate program at CHS. Evans said he thinks fiscal management is the biggest difference between him and his opponent. “He is interested in cutting things out of the budget for science, technology and education, which would only hurt our country in the long run,” Evans said. “I am for the betterment of our country and I am for the student.” Higher education is something that hits home for Evans as a former student,
teacher and self-proclaimed advocate for the modern student. “I am an advocate for quality education,” Evans said in his online bio, available at http://www.jimevansforcongress.com. “Education is the future, the future of our government and of this entire country.” Freddy Doss, Evans’ campaign manager, reiterated the need to value education more. “We pay more attention to a student’s credit score than we do to their ACT/SAT score. This is a backwards philosophy,” Doss said. “For every dollar spent on higher education, we get five in return. To stimulate the economy, we need to stimulate education.” Evans’ plan is to lower education costs, have more competitive grants and scholarships, and more need-
based scholarships and grants. Evans said he wants to play a positive role in Missouri government, listening to all sides of an issue and seeking solutions. When deciding to represent the people of Missouri, he had a love of country in mind. “I think of myself as a futurist,” Evans said. “Someone who looks ahead to see how to make things better for the future. Robert Kennedy quotes one of Evans’ philosophies in politics, “There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why … I dream of things that never were and ask why not?” To learn more about Jim Evans, visit http://www.jimevansforcongress.com. For more information about Billy Long, go to http://www.long.house.gov.
•Students change their major •Students originally from Springfield decide to come back home •Non-traditional students return to complete/pursue a degree
Sandra Culver’s tips for the transfer student transition •Allow time to adjust to the quicker pace of a four-year university •Talk with professors or advisers if you have questions or issues •Be careful with work hours; make studying a priority •Get involved on campus right away; start networking
Oct. 23, 2012
Life full of lessons
As life carries on, albeit sometimes very slowly, we learn something valuable every step of the way. As our schooling progresses, we are constantly learning life lessons while confined to the halls (or sidewalks) of our public or private institutions. We leave our parents for the very first time in kindergarten, and while given a small amount of time to adjust to life on our own for the first time, we are forced very quickly into busying ourselves with show-and-tells, craft projects made of nothing more than Elmer’s Glue and popsicle sticks, and “relationships” that end just as fleetingly as they begin. As we move up the ranks into the upper-elementary grades, we learn lessons like the fact that boys have cooties, that tetherball tournaments at recess are much more cutthroat than our recesses of younger days that mostly involved swinging on the monkey bars, and that fights between friends can quickly be mended with an “I’m sorry,” a hug, and the splitting of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Middle school teaches us different, but equally valuable, lessons. It teaches us the importance of keeping our lockers clean since we often have to
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share them, the importance of actually doing well in school since we aren’t simply graded “1, 2, 3” anymore, and the importance of a great, oil-free face wash. Next comes high school. High school reminds us that we have to stand up for ourselves, that we’ll soon have to start making decisions that will affect the rest of our lives, and that just as quickly as our K-12 schooling begins, it ends. I guess you can say that going away to college is a lot like that first day of kindergarten. We’re leaving our homes and our families for the very first time, but instead of being forced into movie days and finger painting, we’re forced into having to make new friends and adapting to a completely different kind of “life on our own” than what existed in kindergarten. It’s a struggle sometimes to be independent and so far removed from
anything that reminds us of home, but when these four years are over, we’ll have gained so much more than just general education knowledge and so much more than knowing that it doesn’t mean a boy likes you if he’s mean to you anymore and that it really doesn’t matter that you were homecoming queen in high school. We learn, instead, that things change. People change. We change. Most importantly, we learn that change is OK. It’s what moves us and our lives forward. We learn how to deal with this change and how to start making decisions for ourselves and worrying less about what other people will think of us. We learn to stop letting other people influence the choices that will ultimately decide our lives and that, at some point, we have to make decisions for ourselves and think about what would make us most happy, healthy, successful, or whatever it is we desire in life. So, it’s important to make the most of these four years and learn as much as you can. I know that I’m not at all that same freshman lost on campus, and I’ll bet that when you receive your college degree, you won’t be either.
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Who do you think should be MSU’s next president? Randy Dunn 21%
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Democrats lack ownership
After the lackluster debate performance of President Obama in the first debate, we witnessed a predictable strategy shift in the second debate of vice presidential candidates. As a viewer of this debate and several others in the past, I want to see candidates who are both passionate and thoughtful about their positions. What is most intriguing about this debate is that we’ve only got one of these qualities in each of the candidates, with Biden possessing the passion and Ryan, the thoughtfulness. I’ll be interested in the upcoming weeks to see how the net effect plays out. Those people solidly in the Democratic camp seemed overjoyed that their candidate displayed the passion so lacking by President Obama in the first debate. Those in the Republican camp seem happy that many of the issues were brought to the table, ranging from the economy to national security. As I evaluate the debate performance from my own personal perspective, I think of my future. I need a job when I graduate in May with a Master’s in Project Management, which will require a vibrant economy. I need an effective national security plan so that both a September 11, 2001 and 2012 do not happen again. I need retirement to be available when I’m eligible for retirement, and the numbers quoted about Medicare and Social Security’s projected solvencies are not going to cut it. Most importantly, I need an administration that will take ownership of the problems that the country faces.
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This last point is the key difference I saw between the candidates. Instead of taking ownership, Mr. Biden seems content to blame the Bush administration for the economy that this administration has owned for the last four years. While the economy certainly was not in good shape when this administration inherited it, it is worse now. The national security issue projected the same situation. Mr. Biden blames the intelligence community for the Libya failure instead of taking ownership. Perhaps I should consider this progress since the administration is no longer blaming a YouTube video. Likewise, the Medicare and Social Security solvency dates of which Mr. Biden appears so proud (at least judging by the fits of uncontrollable laughter and grimacing) are reaching insolvency before I retire. In conclusion, the lack of ability of the Obama administration to take ownership on display in this debate still astounds me. Mr. Biden cannot even take responsibility for his own actions, like voting for both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, which he denied doing in this debate while simultaneously blaming Mr. Ryan for adding
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Debate results Who did a better job in the first presidential debate?
• Obama - 20% • Romney - 72% • Neither/Both/No opinion - 9%
Based on a random sample of 1,387 registered voters interviewed on Oct. 4-5. Margin of error is +/- 3 % pts.
Who did a better job in the second presidential debate?
• Obama - 51% • Romney - 38% • Neither/Both/No opinion - 11%
Based on a random sample of 1,007 adults aged 18 and up interviewed on Oct. 17-18. Margin of error is +/4% pts. Source: http://www.gallup.com
them to the country’s “credit card.” Perhaps he was channeling the ghost of John Kerry past. Although, I was unclear if Mr. Biden voted for these wars before he voted against them or vice versa. I suppose if this administration is reelected, at least I have the comfort of knowing that Big Bird will be there for me while I – like so many college graduates – try to find full-time employment after graduation.
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Oct. 23, 2012
Calendar A melting pot of spirituality in Springfield Tuesday, Oct. 23
Homecoming Mockatail Competition, 11 a.m.-1p.m., PSU, free Homecoming Rockstar: MSU, 7:30-9:30 p.m., John Q. Hammons Student Center, free The Broadway Dolls, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, $18/$12
NEEDTOBREATHE, Good Old War and Matthew Mayfield, 7:30 p.m., Gillioz Theatre, $27.50
Wednesday, Oct. 24 Long Distance Relationships Workshop — Part Two, 4-5 p.m., PSU 308, free Happy Hour Live, 5-7:30 p.m., University Plaza, free
Homecoming Fire in the Yard, 710 p.m., North Mall, free LGBT History Month Fruit Bowl, 7-10 p.m., PSU Level One Game Center, free
The Vine, 8-9:30 p.m., Carrington Hall Auditorium, free Open Dancing, 8:30-10:30 p.m., The Savoy Ballroom, free
Thursday, Oct. 25
Homecoming Pep Rally and Yell Like Hell, 6-8:30 p.m., John Q. Hammons Student Center, free
Haunted Campus Tour, 7-9 p.m., PSU Second Level, $2 (ages 5-11), $4 (ages 12+), $10 (groups of 3) Downtown Book Club discusses “Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make A Difference,” 7-8:30 p.m., The Coffee Ethic, free
Night of the Living Dead, 7:30 p.m., The Vandivort Center, $10 student rush, $10 adult, $18 senior (55+) and students
SAC After Hours Presents: Homecoming Dance, 9 p.m., PSU Ballroom East, free TAG Thursday, 9 p.m., The Outland, $5
Friday, Oct. 26
Community Cooking Class: Eating Healthy on a Budget, 45:30 p.m., Jordan Valley Community Health Center, WIC Classroom 1, free Halloween Night at the Museum, 6:30-9:30 p.m., The Discovery Center, free (members), $5 (non members)
Haunted Campus Tour, 7-9 p.m., PSU Second Level, $2 (ages 5-11), $4 (ages 12+), $10 (groups of 3) SAC Presents: Rock ‘N Bowl, 7:30-10:30 p.m., PSU Level One Game Center, free
Late Nite Catechism (Broadway Bonus), 8-10 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, $10-40
Saturday, Oct. 27 Homecoming, all day
Homecoming: Maroon Miles 5K Walk/Run, 7-8:30 a.m., PSU Bear Statue, $10 student, $15 adult (preregistered), $20 adult Homecoming Parade, 9-10 a.m., John Q. Hammons Parkway, free BearFest Village, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Lot 22, free
Springfield Food Day Celebration, 3-7 p.m., Mother’s Brewing Company, $5 (15 and under free with adult) Corporate, FM: MSU Film Screening series, 6:30-9:30 p.m., PSU Theatre, free
Rocky Horror Picture Show, 6:30 p.m., Gillioz Theatre, $12 advance, $15 at the door
Sunday, Oct. 28
Sundays at The Savoy, 6-8:30 p.m., Savoy Ballroom, $7 single/$10 couple (with student ID)
Monday, Oct. 29
Missouri State Bowling, 9-11 p.m., Enterprise Park Lanes, free
Briefs Mother’s Brewery and The Moxie present ‘Shaun of the Dead’
A public showing of “Shaun of the Dead” will be presented by Mother’s Brewing Company and Moxie Cinema at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 in Mother’s Backyard. Viewers can come out to watch the comedic adventure of one man, Shaun, trying to win back his ex-girlfriend as his community turns into deadly zombies. Zombie costumes are encouraged and the best-dressed of the evening will receive a prize. Attendants may bring their own food, blankets or lawn chairs. Beer is covered, obviously. The cost is $5 at the gate, and all zombies must be 21 and up.
The Queen City is home to a wide variety of beliefs
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By Nicolette Martin The Standard
As part of what’s often referred to as the Bible Belt, Springfield, Mo., has an array of worship centers and religious groups, not all of which are of Protestant origin, which the general term given to the southern part of the country would have you believe. In fact, if you look hard enough, there are a variety of religious (and nonreligious) groups the Springfield area has to offer.
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A bell rings, and then ... silence. Silence is all that can be heard in the basement of Body of Work Yoga Studios, which serves as the home
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month at 7 p.m. at the Brentwood Branch Library. The meditation group is the Calvin Todd/THE STANDARD Ozarks Dharma Community, which Rowena Raborar leads meditation for the Ozarks Dharma Commu- is “an informal and diverse group of nity group that meet weekly at Body of Work Yoga Studios. practitioners committed to sharing to a Buddhist meditation group on turned into a group that holds med- the teachings of the Buddha with Saturdays, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. itation sessions every Saturday each other and with the greater What started as a small group morning, and usually, the second u See RELIGION page 9 meeting in a home in 2001 has and fourth Wednesdays of each
An alluring goalkeeper
Lance Parker, MSU graduate, competed in Cosmo’s 2012 Bachelor of the Year contest for the prize of $10,000
By Kaycie Surrell The Standard
mong the many notable individuals that have passed through Missouri State’s campus over the years — John Goodman, Roy Blunt, Bessie Breuer, Don S. Davis and more — MSU can add one more to the list: Lance Parker. The Oklahoma City native called Missouri State home for four years while earning a general business degree and playing goalkeeper for the MSU men’s soccer team. Parker hadn’t considered modeling until a friend in Los Angeles asked if she could submit some photos to Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 2012 Bachelor of the Year competition. The photos were accepted, and Parker represented Oklahoma in the contest. The Standard spent a little time getting to know more about Parker, his time at Missouri State, and what he likes better: zombies or vampires. The Standard: What sort of extracurricular activities ate up your time at Missouri State? Was it hard to balance work, school and soccer? Lance Parker: I played soccer for four years; it was probably the busiest four years of my life, trying to balance my athletic, academic and social life, but it was also the most fun. My soccer team was like being in a frat. We lived together, took classes together, hung out with each other off the field and obviously played soccer together. We were all together for multiple hours every day of the year, which made us all a very close family — the way a team should be. Standard: How did modeling get thrown into the mix? LP: Modeling had never even crossed my mind until after I started playing professional soccer in LA. Someone approached me about the possibility of modeling and I thought it could be a great way to earn some extra cash. I never knew that it was going to end up going so well, though. Standard: It seems like you take soccer pretty seriously. How far are you hoping to take it? LP: I graduated in December of 2008. I was on track to graduate the semester before, but I left to start my pro soccer career and had to finish my classes out in LA and then transfer the credits back to MSU. I want to play soccer for as long as possible and take it as far as I can. Hopefully I can get overseas sometime soon and continue my career over there. I just finished my 5th
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The Standard got personal with MSU graduate and Cosmo bachelor Lance Parker.
year as a professional soccer player. That is my Standard: OK, so now for the fun stuff. number one career, and my second career is What do you do when you’re not being considmodeling. Most of it is done during my soccer ered for Cosmo Bachelor of the Year? offseason when I have more time to travel u See BACHELOR page 5 around for it.
‘Seven Psychopaths’ is crazy fun
How should a movie about seven psychopaths end? An epic shootout? Tom Waits with a bunny? Either way, “Seven Psychopaths” got it right. Marty (Colin Farrell), a struggling screenwriter, gets tossed into the middle of a deal gone bad when his dognabbing friends, Billy (Sam Rockwell) and Hans (Christopher Walken), steal a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) Shih Tzu. For some, “Seven Psychopaths” is the long-awaited follow-up to “In Bruges.” Not in a sequel sense, but in the sense that “In Bruges” was so good that fans just really, really wanted writer/director Martin McDonagh to do something else. We got our wish. While “Seven Psychopaths” may not be as darkly comedic or crude as its predecessor (my bet is on the difference in targeted audiences), it is by no means
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lacking the emotional and psychological punch that “In Bruges” had. I say it’s not as darkly comedic, but that doesn’t mean it’s not comedic, because this is definitely a funny film. Every trailer, poster and ad I’ve seen for “Seven Psychopaths” seems to be very misleading. This is not a straight-up, laughout-loud, group-of-sevenpeople-tripping-over-themselves romp. This is three friends in a crappy situation, trying to figure out how to get out alive. The structure of the story
is set up in a way that allows the audience to be aware of something that the characters are not. Whether that something is irony or its own self-awareness is difficult to say. It weaves flawlessly between reality and the movie Marty is attempting to write. It leaves you wondering if the characters recognize the movie they talk about wanting to write is what’s happening to them. It has these moments of realization that leave you almost speechless. This is the kind of story that has massive potential to leave aspiring screenwriters terrified that they can never come up with something that good. The cast is also phenomenal. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Sam Rockwell is such an underrated actor. It’s almost sickening. Christopher Walken is u See SEVEN page 5
Swingin’ at the Savoy Ballroom From West Coast swing to two-step, dancers come out By Nicholas Simpson The Standard
There are enough shows and bars to frequent in Springfield to quell that restless leg syndrome when you just have to cut loose and dance, but many are far too familiar. The question looms: Where do you go when you want to get down and do not wish to get beer spilled all over you by some drunk guy? Bust out your tie collection, dust off that jacket and do yourself a favor and head to The Savoy
Ballroom on Commercial Street. Here, you can take private or group lessons in a broad range of styles. So, if East Coast swing just isn’t your thing, you can still bring those old cowboy boots for country two-step. They also host free open dancing nights on Wednesday and Sunday, from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Springfield dance competitors Andy and Anne Walls opened The Savoy in August of 2012, but the couple have been u See DANCE page 9
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Amanda Quiut, MSU computer science graduate, peers through a telescope at the William G. and Retha Stone Baker Observatory on Oct. 14.
Starry skies dazzle onlookers
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NASA Public Observing night gave individuals opportunity to stargaze By Nicolette Martin The Standard
On Old Hillcrest Road, about 30 miles northwest of the Missouri State campus, gravel cracked under car tires, red lights shone through the darkness, and stars illuminated the clear night sky Sunday, Oct. 14. Students, parents, children and self-proclaimed space enthusiasts gathered at the William G. and Retha Stone Baker Observatory from 7:30-10:30 p.m. for one of two yearly NASA Public Observing nights sponsored by the MSU Physics, Astronomy
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and Materials Science Department. Melissa Dudley, a junior majoring in criminology, attended the event for both educational and personal reasons. “My professor in my AST 114 class bribed us with extra credit if we went,” she said. “And I really wanted to experience the stars without any light pollution.” According to the PAMS department, the Baker Observatory was established in 1977 and is used for Astronomy lab classes, as well as by faculty and students for astronomical research. The observatory houses three permanently mounted 16-, 14- and 11inch diameter telescopes. The 16- and 14-inch telescopes were available for viewing star clusters, and several 8-inch telescopes were set up around the observatory grounds for more viewing. One of these telescopes was pointed at Alcor and Mizar, an optical double on the handle of the Big Dipper. Following
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Stargazers wait in line to look through the telescopes provided. severe storms on Saturday, Oct. 13 — the original night the observation had been scheduled — the sky was clear, giving way to countless astronomical observations. A professor shone a laser pointer into the night sky, pointing out different constellations to onlookers who stood in line awaiting the views in the larger telescopes. Dudley said she thought the telescope was going to be a lot larger than it was, and that her experience wasn’t exactly what she had expected. “It was difficult to see inside the telescopes,” she said. “I think I saw the galaxy that they were pointing at, but I’m not exactly sure. I’m used to seeing big, life-size images in PowerPoints during class, so it was a new experience to actually have difficulty seeing what’s out there.” Aaron Long, a
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freshman Computer Science major, Kyle Stewart, a freshman Computer Science major, Spenser Phillips, a freshman Physics major, and Gerson Jean-Philippe, a freshman Biology major, who are all residents of Freudenberger House, attended the event after hearing about it from their Resident Assistant simply because they have an interest in astronomy and the event was free. Although none have any astronomy experience, they all said they have an interest in looking at the stars. As they stood in line awaiting a look in the telescope, they said that they had only seen the International Space Station fly by, and all hoped they would be able to see planets. “I want to see Saturn,” Jean-Philippe said. As children looked in awe and others kept warm with cups of hot
and menacing — and Colin Farrell is truly at his best, playing a dapper Irishman. Even Tom Waits, carrying around a white bunny, is great. Bottom line: If you go into it, thinking this is your traditional Hollywood group shenanigans comedy, “Seven Psychopaths” could be a little disappointing. For the fans of
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LP: I spend a lot of my free time outdoors or at the gym. I have to be active every day, and I really like being around nature. Whenever my soccer schedule allows time for it, I try to get out to the mountains for a few days for some camping, hiking or backpacking. Standard: Important question: Vampires or zombies? LP: If I had to be one of them, I would be a vampire. If you are asking which one scares me more, I would have to go with the zombie. Standard: Second most important question: Romney or Obama? LP: (laughs) Wouldn’t you like to know. Standard: OK, now that we at least know which monster you prefer, what’s your type when it comes to the ladies? LP: I don’t really care when it comes to being a blonde or brunette, short or tall; I am into attractive girls that are fit and athletic. Being outgoing and spontaneous is also a plus. I like a girl that is smart and funny, with a quick wit, and complete honesty is a must. Standard: Of course, the quickest way to
chocolate and warm apple cider for 50 cents, Dudley said that she would definitely go back to the observatory because “it’s so interesting to see something that is awesome so close to home.” “I have always looked out at the stars as a child,” Dudley said. “When I was a little girl, I didn’t want to say, ‘I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up,’ so I would say, ‘I want to be an astronomer.’” Although physics is not my major, I’m proud of the section of astronomy at MSU for hosting such a public event so that families in the community could get involved … Sometimes I wish I wasn’t a criminology major so that I could look up at the stars and see things like what I saw all of the time.” The next NASA Observing night will occur in either April or May of 2013.
Martin McDonagh and “In Bruges,” you’ll love it. It has the comedy, just not in-yourface, laugh-out-loud slapstick. What makes “Seven Psychopaths” so good is its ability to tug on your heartstrings, make you cringe, and make you think all at the same time. It is definitely worth a viewing or two.
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a guy’s heart is through his stomach. What do you crave? LP: I have a huge sweet tooth, so I love any kind of baked good, whether it is a cookie, pie or doughnut. Standard: Tell me something that not many people know about you. LP: I’m into unusual hobbies such as magic, juggling and riding unicycles. Standard: Think back to your four years at Missouri State. What sticks out? LP: The people. I will never forget the amazing people I met through my four years at MSU. I feel extremely lucky to have forged so many great relationships in that time. The winner of the Cosmo Bachelor of the Year 2012 Contest was crowned on Oct. 18 and 25-year old bachelor, Ryan Chenevert of Louisiana won $10,000 — just for being sexy. Although MSU’s very own Lance Parker did not win, he still got The Standard’s vote.
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Field hockey (4-11, 2-3 MAC) Oct. 19 Kent State 211—4 Missouri State 120—3 Oct. 21 Northwestern 33—6 Missouri State 00—0 Football (2-6, 2-3 MVFC) Oct. 20 Illinois State 0 7 7 3 — 17 Missouri State 9 0 0 15 — 24 Ice hockey (8-4-0, 0-2 MACHA Gold) Oct. 19 Robert Morris 1 2 1—4 Missouri State 1 2 0—3 Oct. 20 Robert Morris 0 0 0—0 Missouri State 1 0 2—3 Men’s golf Oct. 16 UMKC Intercollegiate 4th of 14 Men’s soccer (5-6-4, 0-4-0 MVC) Oct. 17 Central Arkansas 0 1—1 Missouri State 0 0—0 Oct. 21 Southern Methodist 0 1 0 0 — 1 Missouri State 1 0 0 0—1 Swimming and diving Oct. 20 (Men) Missouri State 107 Missouri 131 (Women) Missouri State 66 Missouri 176 Volleyball (11-12, 5-6 MVC) Oct. 19 Evansville 3 Missouri State 0 Oct. 20 Southern Illinois 1 Missouri State 3 Women’s golf Oct. 16 MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial 2nd of 15 Women’s soccer (8-7-2, 2-2-1 MVC) Oct. 21 Illinois State 0 1—1 Missouri State 0 0—0
Calendar Tuesday, Oct. 23
Men’s golf, 8:30 a.m. at F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate in Clarksville, Tenn. Women’s golf, 8:30 a.m. at Memphis Fall Invitational in Memphis, Tenn.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 Field hockey, 6:30 p.m. at home vs. Saint Louis
Thursday, Oct. 25
Women’s soccer, 7 p.m. at home vs. Indiana State
Friday, Oct. 26
Swimming and diving, 5 p.m. at home vs. Drury Volleyball, 7 p.m. at home vs. Bradley
Saturday, Oct. 27
Cross-country, 11 a.m. at Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Normal, Ill. Football, 1 p.m. at home vs. Western Illinois
Men’s soccer, 2 p.m. at Creighton Swimming and diving, 5 p.m. at home for Alumni/Intrasquad Meet Volleyball, 7 p.m. at home vs. Northern Iowa
The sweet taste of victory Football Bears stun Redbirds, earn second consecutive conference win By Jon Poorman The Standard
The Missouri State football team will come into Homecoming weekend with a chance to get to .500 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference after a 24-17 victory over No. 11 Illinois State on Saturday. The Bears’ defense led the way, scoring two safeties and holding ISU quarterback Matt Brown — the MVFC’s alltime leading passing yards leader — and the Redbirds’ offense to 17 points. “Winning two in a row and coming home for HomecomSteph Anderson/THE STANDARD ing — that’s a pretty good feeling,” head coach Terry Missouri State kicker Austin Witmer (90) and his teammates celebrate the Bears’ first win of the season Allen said after the game, at Plaster Sports Complex on Oct. 13 against South Dakota. The Bears are on a two-game winning streak and have a 2-3 record in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. according to MSU Athletics. The Bears received some clutch play from quarterback Safeties forced Yards gained Yards gained by Ashton Glaser, who led the by the Bears’ by the Bears on receiver Dorian offense on an 88-yard drive defense; Numthe drive that Buford, MVFC that helped seal the victory ber of wins MSU put them up for Offensive Player with less than three minutes to
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Baseball team plays Fall World Series
The Missouri State baseball team has been busy lately, playing in its intersquad Fall World Series. The Bears won both of their fall exhibition games, taking a 4-2 victory from Drury and beating the Ontario Blue Jays 3-0.
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Missouri State wide receiver was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Illinois State. The junior had four catches for 100 yards.
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Thurman has big scoring potential Freshman has the chance to develop into a star player Jon Poorman Sports Editor This year might be a rough one for the Missouri State men’s basketball team. After all, the Bears did lose the school’s second all-time leading scorer, with the departure of forward Kyle Weems. To make matters worse, one of MSU’s top returning players — senior forward Jarmar Gulley — will be out for the season with a torn ACL, an injury he suffered over the summer. If there is one bright spot associated with the troubles the team could face this season, however, it’s the youth of the roster. Although competing with a very young team might prove to be challenging this year, the experience the players will get will benefit the program in years to come. One player that some media outlets have their eyes on is true freshman Gavin Thurman. NBC Sports and
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Gavin Thurman, right, is a 6-foot-6 freshman from Wichita, Kan.
Getting to know Gavin Thurman Hometown: Wichita, Kan. High School: Heights High Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 223 pounds
ESPN have both named Thurman as a player to watch out for in the Missouri Valley Conference, and for good reason. Thurman, a 6-foot-6, 223-pound forward from Wichita, Kan., (Yes, MSU stole him away from Wichita State) is a dynamic player who will likely fill a lot of roles for the Bears this season. When I watched Thurman play at
Jersey number: 20 Position: Forward Year: Freshman Major: Undecided
MSU’s Twilight Tip-off on Oct. 13, I saw a lot of potential. In fact, he reminded me of someone I’ve seen play before. Actually, someone I’ve seen play quite a bit — former Oral Roberts standout Dominique Morrison. I attended Raytown South High School near Kansas City, and it was there that I vigorously cheered against Morrison, who played for our cross-
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town rival, Raytown High School. Even back then, however, I couldn’t deny that the guy had some special abilities. Morrison, who is now a member of the New Orleans Hornets, went on to have a successful career at Oral Roberts, averaging 19.8 points per game in his senior season and imposing himself as a threat to score every time he touched the ball. He’s a tall, lanky player with long arms who can take the ball to the hole, knock down a floater in the lane or step out and hit a three-pointer. Thurman, who played side-by-side with highly-touted University of Kansas recruit Perry Ellis at Heights High School, seems to have some of the same qualities as Morrison. They are built the same — almost identical really — besides Morrison’s head full of dreadlocks. From what I saw at the Twilight Tip-off, Thurman can hit a variety of shots and could develop into the same kind of offensive weapon Morrison was at ORU. The benefit Thurman will get this year is immediate playing time as a true freshman, which will be very valuable for him as he matures as a player. The nonconference schedule will give him the chance to get his feet wet before entering the long, brutal stretch of MVC games. Fans should expect some struggles from Thurman and the rest of the freshmen at times — they are, after all, in their first year of college basketball. From what I’ve seen so far, however, this freshman class has a lot of promise and seems to have more pure talent than other classes that have come through MSU in the past few years. The Valley championship won by the Bears a couple years ago was achieved by building a team with mostly transfers and JUCO players. I believe this freshman class gives MSU a chance to build toward a title, shall we say, the old-fashioned way, and Thurman could be the one-of-akind player to lead that effort.
Musukuma tries to instill his winning ways Cross-country coach ran for Zambia in the 1988 Olympics
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By Mike Ursery The Standard
Missouri State cross-country head coach Alick Musukuma’s résumé is nothing short of extensive. Before finding his calling to coach student-athletes, Musukuma had already made several accomplishments. He is a nine-time AllAmerican, earning the honor four times at Blinn College and five times at Oklahoma Baptist University. Before attending college in the United States, he was a member of the Zambian National Track and Field team, leaving his mark on competitive track and field in his home country of Zambia. Being a member of the Zambian National team gave him the opportunity to compete against the world’s best in the 1988 Summer Olympics.
Musukuma did this while also performing military service. Musukuma was coaching and also teaching physical education at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., when he learned about the job opening at MSU two years ago. “I was in Zambia, training the Zambian National Team for the All-Africa Games, when I got a call from (MSU track coach Ronald) Boyce,” Musukuma said. “He told me to go ahead and apply for it. I had already signed a teaching contract at Oral Roberts, so I called the dean Boyce and resigned while I was still in Zambia.” Musukuma met Boyce at an NCAA Nationals competition while he was coaching at Oral Roberts, and his success there made him a strong candidate for the job at MSU. While at Oral Roberts, Musukuma coached 50 conference champi-
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Alick Musukuma is in his second year as cross-country coach.
ons, 28 NCAA qualifiers, and 17 qualifiers and three qualifying for Summit League Athletes of the the Olympics. Year. He also coached 13 All“I have to admit, I was really Americans, with four of his athletes becoming World Championship u See COACH page 7
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Soccer team preps for postseason Coach says players have progressed, questions answered By Matt Aten The Standard
The regular season grind is almost in the books for the Missouri State women’s soccer team, with only two games remaining on the schedule. The youthful Bears sport an overall record of 8-7-2, but are 2-2-1 in Missouri Valley Conference play, which is really what counts this time of year. “We’ve done really well, assuming the youth of the team,” head coach Rob Brewer said. “I think we look more at the progress we’ve made, and if you go Brewer back and look at the last 10 games, we’ve only lost twice, so we feel pretty good about that.” The Bears are currently ranked third in the MVC, but their success didn’t come easy. The team carries 12 true freshmen on its roster this season, which means a lot of on-the-job training. “We had a lot of question marks coming into the year,” Brewer said. “In terms of goal-scoring and who were going to be our defenders, it was up in the air. Even our general style of play was a question mark, so I feel we’ve gotten a lot accomplished since August.” Senior defender Nia Williams has been here before. Williams said she feels that, at this point in the season, there’s nothing to hold back — something the veterans are trying in impress upon their younger teammates.
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rolling there,” Musukuma said about his time at Oral Roberts. “I had very good runners when I was there. That is my aim at Missouri State, but I want to bring in athletes who can appreciate being here and work hard.” Fritz Huber, chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at Oral Roberts, has fond memories of Musukuma. “Alick was great while he
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Junior defensive lineman Anthony Grady celebrates after recording a sack against South Dakota. Grady had three sacks in that game and also recovered a fumble that helped lead the Bears to victory.
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Rachel Weimer (3) leads the women’s soccer team in total points and goals this season. The Bears are 8-7-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the MVC. “It’s just the drive this time of year,” Williams said. “We’re pretty young, so we have to convince the freshmen that this is the end of the season. Everyone’s tired and everyone wants to take breaks, but we can’t afford that at this point.” Not only are the players tired from a long season, but the intensity and physicality has gone up with each game, meaning the girls are both physically and mentally drained at this point, Williams said. “Some of the freshmen that played a
was here. He always had a smile on his face,” Huber said. “Faculty got along with him really well and students would sign up for his classes because they wanted him as an instructor.” He was named Zambian Sportsman of the Year from 1988 to 1991 and was the national record-holder in the 800-meter for two years. Musukuma also represented Zambia at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. One thing Musukuma said he has learned while being a coach is to help his
lot at the beginning of the year have realized that conference play is a different level,” Williams said. “When you take the field for conference games, it’s very physical, where the nonconference games were a lot more technical.” Williams said the main thing the team needs to focus on is keeping its competitiveness at a high level, whether it’s a drill in practice or finishing first when jogging. “We want people to know that we’re serious when we take the field,” she said.
athletes train but to make sure he is not pushing them too hard. “One thing I have found in my running and coaching career is that coaches sometimes emphasize on events,” he said. “Some coaches believe in high mileage, giving athletes 100 miles per week. Not everyone can run that much in a week.” Musukuma’s athletes seem to respond well to his coaching. One of his runners, senior Emily Beaver, has what she describes as a great “coach-athlete relationship” with him.
“He’s very understanding. I can talk to him about how I’m doing with my running and things I want to work on, and he will always be there with suggestions for me,” Beaver said. “He’s really good about coming up with goals for me for this season, and he makes sure I’m looking ahead at what I know I can do.” One of the goals Musukuma has set for his team this year is to finish higher than fifth place in the Missouri Valley Conference, a ranking that was given to them in the annual preseason poll. “He is really adamant that
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play. “We took advantage of the opportunities they gave us,” Glaser said. “They did pretty much exactly what we thought they were going to do. We switched a few things up in the second half and adjusted to what they were doing and I think it worked out in our favor.” Other key contributors to the victory included wide
we are better than how we were picked to finish in the conference,” Beaver said. “He thinks we are a strong team and that we can really make a difference this year.” When looking at athletes that Musukuma recruits, one can see that they are not just talented runners, but that they also have good character. “I can have two athletes, with one being talented and the other average, but if the talented athlete is not disciplined, I will leave them,” Musukuma said. One gauge that he uses
receiver Dorian Buford, who led the Bears with four catches for 100 yards. On the defensive side, the Bears were led by Nick Canavan (10 tackles), Nate Davis (nine tackles, sack, forced fumble), Caleb Schaffitzel (nine tackles, interception) and Howard Scarborough (six tackles, safety). The Bears (2-6, 2-3 MVFC) will now be looking to extend their winningstreak to three games on Saturday against Western Illinois (3-4, 1-3 MVFC) after starting the season 0-6.
when recruiting is how athletes respond to their parents. Musukuma said he believes that, if young people are respectful to their parents, then they will also respect him and respond to his coaching methods. “I would rather coach an average athlete with good work ethics than a talented athlete who doesn’t want to work hard,” he said. “With running, it’s all about desire. It has nothing to do with talent. If you work hard every day, results will come. You don’t have to chase results. They will come.”
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Originally, Smart said he had no intention of applying for the position of president at Missouri State, but over time, his mind changed and heapplied during the summer of 2012 once the presidential search began. After Smart’s name was announced in the Plaster Student Union Theater, he thanked a number of groups and individuals on campus, along with his mentors and “dear friends,” including Tom Strong of the Strong Law Firm and former MSU presidents Arthur Mallory and Michael Neitzel. Smart discussed the challenges he will face during his time as president, including state appropriations, online courses, increased competition, fundraising and more. “These are challenges we can overcome together if we really don’t care who gets the credit,” Smart said. Dixie Williams, chair of MSU’s Staff Senate, said the body looks forward to continuing to work with Smart, as he acts respectfully and works closely with staff. “Clif is smart — no pun intended — genuine and believes in a team approach for leading,” Williams said in an email. “He is thoughtful and transparent, and I believe that he surrounds himself with good people who help him be successful.” Paige Oxendine, president of MSU’s Student Government Association, said she also feels that the Board of Governors chose the best candidate to successfully lead the university. “My hope is to continue the great relationship that Presi-
dent Smart has with myself, Drew (Adkins, vice president of SGA) and all of SGA,” Oxendine said in an email. “He has proven himself to be open to students, interested in what students have to say, and willing to work together and collaborate to solve problems.” Above all, Smart said the biggest challenge the entire university faces is thinking “bigger and bolder.” Discussing his $275,000 salary, agreed upon with the Board of Governors, Smart said he would be investing his $40,000 required housing allowance back into the Missouri State Foundation. “I was negotiating to reduce the size of my contract and I was partially successful,” Smart said. “To show our commitment to the university, Gail and I committed to give that $40,000 allowance back to the university every year.” In turn, the Gail and Clif Smart Professorship in Agriculture was created this morning. For 10 years, $30,000 will be given annually to the fund. The pair also wrote a check for $10,000 to support and recognize Tent Theatre in its 50th anniversary. Christopher Herr, MSU’s Faculty Senate chair, said Smart, during his interim position, showed that he was capable of doing the job permanently, in part because of his willingness to “draw on the support and experience of everyone connected with the university.” “I was pleased to hear of his decision to help fund an endowed professorship in Agriculture,” Herr said in an email. “Increasing support for endowed chairs and professorships is something we have brought up a number of times recently, and it was good to see Clif’s acknowledgement that a strong university needs a
strong faculty.” The decision to permanently hire Smart came after oncampus interviews and open forums Oct. 7-11 for both contestants. On Oct. 15, the Board of Governors announced a closed meeting to decide who would follow in Cofer’s footsteps. On the same day at 2:04 p.m., Dunn emailed a withdrawal statement to The Standard and other media outlets, explaining he was pulling out of the search – an announcement that came on the coattails of Murray State’s homecoming weekend. “It’s become increasingly clear to me in the past few days from various statements, reports and editorial commentary that the Springfield community has wanted ‘one of their own’ to provide the next era of leadership for Missouri State,” Dunn wrote. “I wish MOSU (Missouri State) and the next President the best in their future endeavors. It has the potential to be a great public mid-major institution.” Elliott commented on the withdrawal before the board’s meeting on Oct. 15, explaining he was “disappointed” Dunn didn’t decide to stay in the race. Reed Olsen, an economics professor and member of MSU’s Faculty Senate, said he was surprised Dunn didn’t withdraw his application sooner, explaining he believed the presidential search was “fake” from the beginning. “It has been obvious since he was named interim President that he (Smart) would be named president eventually,” Olsen said in an email. “I am offended by the inherent dishonesty of the board in running a fake search for such an important position.” According to John McAlear, secretary for the Board of Governors, three of
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Randy Dunn, president of Murray State University, speaks at Missouri State University during an open forum on Oct. 8. Dunn was a finalist for MSU’s presidency. the 41 applicants — including Randy Dunn — withdrew their Q & A with President Smart applications. •What he’s most proud of: Being selected as a Despite accusations that the finalist to the Missouri Supreme Court two times search was not genuine, Oxen•Life goals: Live an honorable life, do the right dine, Williams and Elliott thing in every situation, make a difference in his stand by its legitimacy. community Herr said he also believes •Prized possession: Besides his family, his home the search was true, but said he •Family: Wife, Gail; two sons hoped for a larger pool of final•Pets: Yorkshire Terriers: Max, Mikke, Sophie ists to “ensure the best possible •Hobbies: Traveling, St. Louis Cardinals, reading, candidate was chosen.” church, music, family “I’m happy with the whole •Favorite food: Ice cream process from start to finish,” •Favorite color: Maroon Elliott said, noting the •Favorite sport: Baseball “diverse” search committee •Favorite movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird” brought two capable and qual•Favorite band: Jimmy Buffett ified finalists to campus. “I’m happy with the whole process from start to finish,” Elliott “This is an exciting time for Gail, will be dedicated to the said. “I think everybody knows our university because there is university for years to come. that if you have a strong inter- enormous potential for us to For more information about nal candidate that people like grow to one of the best com- Smart, visit http://www.misor does a good job, it will prehensive universities any- souristate.edu/president/smart. reduce the number of people where in the Midwest and htm. To read more about that apply.” Mid-South,” Smart said. Olsen’s thoughts on the Smart said Dunn’s presence Closing his remarks with a search’s legitimacy, go to “challenged him to be a better statement of commitment, http://msufacultyassociation.bl candidate.” Smart said that he and his wife, ogspot.com/.
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Springfield, Mo., region,” according to its website. Their current leader is Holly Graves, who said she’s been interested in meditation for about 14 years. Graves joined the group five years ago, and took over as the leader two years ago. “Especially in Springfield, there’s not a lot of people that really understand what meditation or Buddhism is or anything like that, so it’s just important to be around other people who share the same beliefs,” she said. The meditation session is broken into four different parts, starting with a sitting meditation for approximately 15 minutes, followed by a walking meditation for 15 minutes, another 15 minutes of sitting meditation, and finally, a short discussion on the teachings of the Buddha.
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are used solely as means of transportation. If the resolution is approved, Sears said procedures, such as consequences of using the devices improperly, will need to be put in place. “So far, we’ve gotten some great support for the resolution and the idea of bringing the policy up-to-
date,” Sears said. McGee said he is also confident in the resolution and is glad that the word is getting out to students. “We hope that the student government giving the student voice to the Department of Safety and Transportation will allow them to make an informed
decision when it comes to revising this policy,” McGee said. Huff said it was too early to comment on the desire to modify the policy, but did mention the responsibility of students. He said it is important for students to use devices, such as bikes, properly
Graves said she thinks having a variety of religious groups in the Springfield area is important because there are many different approaches to spirituality and spiritual practices, and a variety of groups allow people to find a group with which they are the most comfortable. Graves said that becoming a part of the meditation group is easy. “Most people that come — probably everybody that comes — has found out about the group online,” she said. “There’s a lot of information on our website and on our Facebook. It’s pretty simple. There’s no special way to dress. We don’t have any rituals or anything like that. A person can just show up and take part in our meditation.” Current President Mark Nichols, a graduate student at Missouri State seeking his masters in global studies, said that the Springfield Freethinkers is a community
made up of skeptics, humanists, atheists and agnostics. A spectrum of people who are not religious attend some of the events the group holds, such as food and clothing drives and “Skeptics in the Pub,” which occurs every third Thursday of the month, from 6-9 p.m. The Springfield Freethinkers is an off-campus, non-profit organization that is focused on community and education. Nichols said the group was started in 2009 by former Evangel student Jonathan Kraus, and the group started out with about five or six people meeting at a coffee house or having dinner. Nichols said the group has now expanded to a few hundred people, with approximately 480 members of their Facebook group, and that every event yields a good turnout. “We’re carving out a space for people that are not religious but want to find a
community that is similar to them in an area that seems to be dominated by Christian religions,” Nichols said. “That extends out to families and friends, an entire social network, so for someone who doesn’t subscribe to those beliefs, it can be difficult.” While Nichols said that the Springfield Freethinkers is a community made up of skeptics, humanists, atheists, agnostics and a spectrum of people who are not religious attend some of the events the group holds, such as food and clothing drives and “Skeptics in the Pub,” which occurs once a month. For those wanting to get involved, Nichols said that the group uses Meetup, “the world’s largest network of local groups,” according to its website, to schedule group meetings.
can try them all out without having to commit the whole six weeks” The group prices are $65 for six weeks, or if you register over a week in advance, you can get 20 percent off. They also offer private lessons that range from $45 to $70 per hour. Walls didn’t need to stop and think about which style of dance her and her husband prefer. “West coast swing,” she said. “My husband and I are both competitive dancers and it is definitely our favorite dance. We’re the top-ranked swing dance couple in the area, but one of the things we pride ourselves on is we train constantly. We don’t just say, ‘This is what we do, this is what we know.’ We’re always adding to our reper-
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ed.” To learn more about MSU’s student policies, visit http://www.missouristate.edu/conferences/studentmsupolicies.htm. Students can also follow the progress of the resolution, or show support on SGA’s twitter feed @MOStateSGA.
Campus House, a nondenominational campus ministry, which according to Women’s Minister Monique Hernandez, has bible studies at Ozarks Technical Community College, Evangel, Drury and all over Springfield. Hernandez said that about 120 people attend their big group bible study, 801, every Tuesday at 8:01 p.m. She said that there are also a lot of people, who are non-Christians, involved in the service aspect of the Christian Campus House. Serving opportunities include working with The Gathering Tree, “a group of concerned citizens for the Homeless who host a dinner for the Homeless, along with music, donations, and fellowship,” according to The Gathering Tree’s FaceChristian Campus book page. House It participates in doing About a block west of random acts of kindness, JQH Arena is the Christian helping out at a pregnancy
care center, working with the Rainbow Network, which helps with impoverished people in Nicaragua, and doing mission trips in inner cities and overseas. “We very much like to partner with the community and see what we can do to help,” Hernandez said. “We try to make a difference in the community.” Hernandez said she thinks the Christian Campus House is a family for a lot of students. “I feel like there is a lot of stuff warring for your attention once you get to college,” she said. “There are a lot of groups and a lot of people who really want to tell you who you should be and what you should think and how you should dress, and it’s very overwhelming to be bombarded. It really helps to have a light in the darkness. That’s what campus ministries are, a place to find hope and a place to belong.”
toire.” While the Walls are traveling the country earning trophies, their handful of staff continues lessons. The intimacy between staff is something instructor Jim Crigger said is one of the highlights of working at the Savoy Ballroom. “The owners here are very open minded,” he said. “We have a small staff here, and our staff meetings are very open. It’s a round-table discussion and we all share ideas, and I think we’re all happy with where we’re headed.” Crigger said he tries not to take his courses too seriously because dancing, at its core, is all about having fun. “My classes are always pretty light-hearted,” he said. “I teach with a yardstick and a really loud voice.
We joke and have a good time. My philosophy is, if you’re not going to make a million dollars at something, it had better be fun.” Crigger also teaches Latin and ballroom dancing courses for Campus Recreation at Missouri State University. His courses run in five-week sessions for about $40. Crigger said the Savoy Ballroom is unique in that you do not have the emphasis placed on alcohol that is easy to find on a stroll downtown. “Dancing that happens at other places can be somewhat dangerous,” he said. “I have seen black eyes and rotator cuff injuries from dancing at bars. We do have a full bar service here, but we certainly don’t have the level of intoxication as
places like that.” Andy Walls graduated from Missouri State University in 2000 with a bachelor’s in computer programming. He said he never intended to devote his life to dance, but is all the better for it. “I graduated in the year of Enron, the dot-com collapse, and Y2K, of course,” he said. “A lot of things flipped in the programming world that year. I went into work one Monday morning and they’d made the decision to outsource the entire department. “So, we talked about it and my largest side income came from teaching dance, so we thought we’d give it a try,” he continued. “I gave it six months, and in six months, I’d surpassed my
income.” Walls said part of what he loves the most about his life as a dance instructor is being able to share his love for an art long absent from Springfield. “Springfield has always had a young dance community,” he said. “It’s not like LA, D.C., New York, Houston, or Dallas. Any of these cities have active dance scenes. It’s not weird to go to a club and see swing dancers. You come to Springfield, and it’s a little weird to see anything other than drinking and butt-shaking.” There is still a chance for Michael Jackson fans to catch a lesson Friday at 6 p.m. for the Savoy’s third annual Thriller on C-Street event October 27. Bring your own fake blood!
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How the parties measure up: Environment Each week The Standard explains an important issue in this year’s presidential election
Democrats: Barack Obama and Joe Biden
If the Democrats win another term in the White House, they intend to: •Preserve public lands from exploration for natural resources, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Pacific West Coast and the Gulf of Maine •Continue to develop clean energy jobs to protect natural resources •Continue to reduce carbon pollution, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, particulate matter, and mercury in the air and water •Continue to support the belief of climate change and commit to significantly reducing the pollution that causes climate change through growth in clean energy generation •Continue to support fuel efficiency standards that limit greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles •Support the first-ever proposal for carbon pollution limits for new fossil-fuel-fired power plants •Support energy efficient manufacturing •Work toward an agreement to set emission limits with other countries •Continue to restore landscapes, like the Great Lakes and the Florida Everglades, and work with local communities to conserve publicly-owned lands •Continue to hold BP and other responsible parties accountable for the restoration of the Gulf Coast •Expand investments in conserving and restoring forests, grasslands and wetlands •Ensure that national parks are protected and
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Conduct, the growing number of false claims that SAVE is speaking out against aren’t seen on the Missouri State campus. “I haven’t seen any real information, any real statistics to say, ‘here are all these people who have falsely accused,’” Sahr said. “If you make a false police report or you’re found to be making false accusations, you could have charges brought against you for that.” Furthermore, Sahr said investigations, which she would be a part of, follow incident reports. “I don’t think, personally, that we have a problem with false accusations,” Sahr said. The change in the Missouri State policy wasn’t made specifically to combat the issue of false claims, but in an attempt to make the policy as close to the guidelines set by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Within the Dear Colleague Letter released in April 2011 from the Department of Education, guidelines were laid
expand opportunities for Americans to visit them •Continue to ensure the integrity of the water on which Americans rely for drinking, swimming and fishing by supporting initiatives that restore our rivers, oceans, coasts and watersheds •Preserve landscapes and ecosystems, and open more lands and waters for hunting, fishing and recreation to bolster local economies
Libertarians: Gary Johnson and Jim Gray
If the Libertarians win the White House for the first time, they intend to: •Support a clean and healthy environment and sensible use of our natural resources •Remove government enforcement for environmental protection and move toward protection by individual rights in resources like land, water, air and wildlife •Support environmental advocates and social pressure as a means of changing the public’s behavior toward environmental protection
Republicans: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan
If the Republicans win the White House, they intend to: •End the Environmental Protection Agency’s “war on coal” and encourage development of the nation’s coal resources •Oppose any cap and trade legislation •Support opening the Outer Continental Shelf and
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for exploration and development of oil and natural gas •Review environmental laws that “thwart new energy exploration and production” •Review the way the U.S. Forest Service handles wildfires •Encourage the use of the best agricultural management practices among the states to reduce pollution •Allow public access to all public lands for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting •Ask Congress to consider turning control of all public lands in the West to private owners to develop for ranching, mining and forestry •Allow all lands controlled by the U.S. Forest Service to be accessed for forestry (logging) •Support appointing public officials to federal agencies to balance environmental protection with job creation •End the EPA’s “sue and settle” lawsuit practice •Prevent the EPA from moving forward on limits on greenhouse gas emissions Require transparency with all EPA decisions about how their regulations will affect the economy and job growth. Information for each party’s stance was gathered from its respective website, http://www.democrats.org/democratic-national-platform, http://www.lp.org/platform and http://www.gop.com/2012-republican-platform_home.
dents an option and will pursue an aggres“That prompted us to take a look at all sive investigation, depending on the cirof our stuff and match it up,” Sahr said. cumstance, according to a past interview “We worked with Student Affairs staff, with Don Clark, director of safety and legal counsel and, of course, the Board of transportation. Governors to make sure everything was in “You have a duty as a school to at least line.” investigate as far as you can until you hit a The sexual roadharassment polblock,” You have a duty as a icy, section 4.19 Sahr said in The Code of of the school to at least investiStudent Rights OCR’s gate as far as you can until and Responsiguidebilities from the lines in you hit a roadblock. Office of Stulayman’s -Kim Sahr, coordinator of dent Conduct, terms. Student Conduct hasn’t changed “Your significantly. next Sahr noted that obligaimprovements tion is to are constantly being made where they can stop the harassment and then remedy its be, but the OCR is concerned about col- effects.” leges and universities acting on incidents One particular guideline that has and preventing further ones from occur- brought about criticism of the OCR code is ring. Title IX, which states educational instituIn the past, if a victim of a sexual tions are obligated to maintain safe enviassault didn’t want the incident to be inves- ronments, free of sexual harassment. tigated, the university would typically The controversy stems from issues in respect the victim’s decision. privacy. To maintain a safe environment, Now, the university may not give stu- the code says cases of sexual assault need Steph Anderson/THE STANDARD
Denise Pepmiller assembles the new outdoor bouldering wall on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in front of the Foster Recreation Center. The wall is officially open and, over fall break, the workers redesigned the hand holds on the indoor wall. Indoors, campus recreation staff belay individuals while climbing the more than 1,000 square foot wall. The indoor wall also includes an area for bouldering and a cave. Climbing equipment is available for rental at the recreation center’s front desk.
to be addressed and institutions don’t need a student’s permission to press charges, or not. “That’s the piece that people have latched on to — potentially trampling victims’ rights,” Sahr said. “That’s something we’re very mindful of when we work with people who report sexual assault. We know it’s awful and traumatic, and we don’t want to re-victimize somebody.” Sahr said there is a balance to be made between privacy and safety. To combat the issue, Sahr said she is very upfront with victims, informing them of the policy following incidents — the investigation, ceasing the harassment and recovery — in which victims do not have to participate. “We put ourselves at risk. We put our students at risk if we don’t act when we have enough information to act on somebody,” Sahr said. “What if they do it again to another person?” The letter from the Department of Education detailing guidelines can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/l etters/colleague-201109.html Missouri State’s Code of Students Right and Responsibilities can be found in detail at http://www.missouristate.edu/StudentConduct/12331.htm