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Missouri election results breakdown

On Nov. 6, America not only re-elected President Barack Obama for a second term in the Oval Office, but Missouri voted for a number of elected officials. Below are some of Missouri’s election results: Governor: Jay Nixon (D) Senator: Claire McCaskill (D) 7th District Rep.: Billy Long (R)

Homecoming king, queen recrowned

Lease agreements to be honored after MSU’s purchase of The Monroe By Amber Duran The Standard

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Homecoming King Garrett Mueller, a senior sponsored by Theta Chi fraternity, and Homecoming Queen Lexi Beck, a senior sponsored by Delta Zeta sorority, were re-crowned to correct a miscommunication in the football press box during the Homecoming football game on Oct. 27. To read more about their thoughts on the mishap and the crowning, visit

Two percent pay raise approved

Missouri State’s Board of Governors approved a 2 percent pay raise for full-time employees on Oct. 26. The raise, effective in 2013, comes because MSU had $4.7 million in excess this year due to higher-than-expected state appropriations, increased enrollment and a new health savings plan.

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Calendar Tuesday, Nov. 13

Geography Awareness Week, all week

Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistant Mentoring, 11 a.m.12:15 p.m., Meyer Library 204 SAC Meeting, 4-5 p.m., PSU 313 SGA Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., PSU 313

International Film Night – International Education Week, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Meyer Library 101 CNAS Public Lecture Series – Turtles in Decline, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Temple Hall 2

Wednesday, Nov. 14 Sustainable Energy Conference, all day, PSU 400 and Theater

Graduate College Showcase, 3-7 p.m., PSU Ballroom West Gerontology Club Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Professional 227

Tales from Study Abroad – International Education Week, 5:306:30 p.m., PSU 313

Thursday, Nov. 15

Societal Issues and Community Services, 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Strong Hall Atrium

Students for a Sustainable Future Meeting, 4-5 p.m., Temple Hall 105 International Education Week on Global Citizenship, 6:30-8 p.m., Carrington Hall 208

Friday, Nov. 16

Tour of the Globe – International Education Week, 4:30-8 p.m., Morris Center for Continuing Education

In response to Missouri State’s purchase of The Monroe from Miller O’Reilly Real Estate Developers on Oct. 26, many residents’ concerns have been brought to light: Will non-MSU students have to leave? Will the apartments gain a dorm-like atmosphere? Will rent increase or decrease? Looking to ease initial concerns of current residents, MSU’s Residence Life and Services held a Q-and-A meeting for residents of the newly purchased apartments on Nov. 5 and 7. Gary Stewart, Director of Residence Life and Services, answered questions. Stewart assured residents that their current lease agreements would be upheld and that any new policies would not be put into effect until the

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Michael Reiser, a sophomore acting major, makes a chess move against Shannon Hays, a freshman creative writing major, in his living room at The Monroe. Both are unsure where they will live next semester. 2013-14 school year. It was the previous understanding of the residents that non-MSU students would have to move out by Dec. 3, when MSU took over management. Abby Callen, a student at Ozarks Technical Community College, was first told she had

to move out by Dec. 3; however, Stewart is working with her, as well as two other nonMSU students, so their lease agreements can be upheld. Stewart said there have not been any requests by current residents to leave the apartments because of the management change.

“We are honoring the current lease agreements, and we expect the residents to honor theirs,” he said. At the Q-and-A, Stewart discussed the potential for many new amenities at The Monroe. “I plan on adding a computer lab with printing capa-

bilities for the students, flat screen TVs, faster Internet service, as well as providing better parking options,” he said. Current resident Megan Reaves, a senior English major, said she is excited u See MONROE page 2

MSU: Peace Corps-friendly Program’s veterans, prospects intermingle


By Dayle Duggins The Standard

n 1980, Margie Buckner packed her bags, with a “big blank slate” in tow, for the Central African Republic — a country now better known as African warlord Joseph Kony’s slaughtering grounds. Buckner, now an anthropology professor at MSU, would be teaching Spanish and English in Bangassou, a city along the Mbomou River, as a member of the Peace Corps. As unfamiliar as the landlocked African city may sound to you, Buckner set off across the Atlantic Ocean to begin her post-college journey blissfully, having only researched the distant land with help from the Encyclopedia Britannica. No Google-searching was done, AIDS was a foreign concept, and cellphones were unheard of. The volunteer program Buckner would be participating in, run by the U.S. government, was established by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961. Since then, more than 210,000 Americans have promoted world peace and friendship by providing assistance upon request

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Margie Buckner, MSU anthropology professor, talks about her Peace Corps experience in the Central African Republic during a Peace Corps information session on Nov. 7. to 139 host countries. “Before I left, I was just too excited to even wonder what things were going to be like,” Buckner said. “I really didn’t know what to expect. I had never heard of the country I was being sent to.” Buckner shared a glimpse into her Peace Corps experience with potential volunteers dur-

ing an information session for the organization on Nov. 7 in Hill Hall. What she found during her time volunteering was, above all, a change in personal relationships, she said — many were gained, yet many changed. u See PEACE page 9

Obama’s re-election impacts students ... kind of President’s second term may focus on a legacy, not on higher education policy By Kris Collins and Megan Gates The Standard

One week ago, President Barack Obama was re-elected for another four years in the White House. Youth voters, or those in the 18-29 age bracket, went out and voted in record numbers. Included in those record numbers were many Missouri State students who voted absentee, or cast their

ballot on Election Day for Gov. Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama. Bryant Clerkley, a senior broadcast journalism major at MSU, was one of those students who cast his ballot for Obama. “I just didn’t see the type of president in (Romney) that I wanted to see represent our country,” he said. “I know some people say, ‘It shouldn’t be about whether you like them. It’s about

who would run the country better.’ “I think, with me, it came down to the debates, and I watched them speak, I watched their stance on different issues, and I try to come up with someone who would not only run the country the best, but who I like personally.” Clerkley said he made his decision about who to vote for based on which candidate was committed to

supporting education. “One of the reasons that I did not vote for (Romney) was because I heard he wanted to cut financial aid and Pell Grants that help kids that come from singleparent households, or poor backgrounds, get the money they need to go to school,” Clerkley said. “We need to put more money into poorer schools, and Obama would be the one to do that over Romney.” Now that Obama has been re-elected to office, however, will his policies that he campaigned on make a difference in college stu-

dents’ lives if they’re put into effect? They’ll make absolutely none, according to Brian Calfano, associate professor of political science at MSU. “It sounds great because Obama did a really great job of reaching out to college students – that was one of his campaign strategies – but as far as policies that will directly impact students (student loans, interest rates, federal government support for education) that’s all going to be subject to deals that Obama’s going to u See OBAMA page 9

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Car break-ins increase on campus Hide your cellphone, hide your wallet and lock your doors — ’cause they’re stealing everything out there By Anna Thomas The Standard

When a student’s car is broken into, it can be a shocking experience, but the Office of Safety and Transportation says it is not an uncommon occurrence, considering the crime log reveals one almost every week. In the last two months, there have been 15 cases of stealing on campus, nearly half of them stolen items from vehicles. Recently, at a Student Government Association meeting, Mike Jungers, dean of students, warned students about recent car break-ins that resulted in stolen items. “It’s something, unfortunately, that happens every year, but it is preventable,” Jungers said. “We get new students every year, and this is a topic we need to keep reminding them about.” He also said that many of the break-ins are because of an unlocked car, as well as a valuable item being visible from the outside. Jungers said MSU could also be a prime target considering there are cars in the parking lot around the clock. The key, he said, is to always remember to lock car doors, and to not keep valuables in the car. MSU’s campus is not the only place where these break-ins have occurred. The Springfield Police Department’s website shows that in


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the first week of November, 35 thefts in vehicles were reported. A Crime Analysis Department representative said vehicle theft has not necessarily increased, but it is a common report because of the city’s size and crime activity. They also said as the holiday season approaches, Springfield citizens — as well as students — should double-check their cars for locked doors and windows completely rolled up. Jay Huff, assistant director of Safety and Transportation, said he thinks many of the break-ins are for stealing items inside that can be resold. “I’d like to think that we can live in a world where students can leave their book bags in the library, or laptops in their car, but that’s not how it is,” Huff said. Deborah Christensen, a sophomore design technology major, has experienced this situation. Her MP3 player, left in a friend’s unlocked car, was one of the few items stolen from the car last spring. “I was shocked, honestly,” Christensen said. “You never think this will happen to you. Part of it was my responsibility, but it still doesn’t change the impact.” Christensen also mentioned that students can feel too comfortable on campus, and said she thinks that can cause problems. “We tend to forget that things can

about some of the new changes “I am actually pretty happy with it,” she said. “They are talking about putting in a computer lab and adding a small meal plan without increase of rent. “I think they have the right attitude,” Reaves said, “They don’t want to change that much and are working to accommodate everyone.” Stewart said current rent rates for The Monroe residents vary greatly, and it is one of his goals to try and make rates generally the same for everyone. According to The Monroe’s website, rent rates range from $596-640. Stewart said he is not expecting a rent increase, but rates will not be determined

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There have been 15 reported cases of stealing on Missouri State’s campus in September and October, and half of them have been stolen items from cars. still happen. I’m glad I can feel safe here, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t take precautions,” Christensen said. Huff also said, as the end of the semester approaches, this is the time when textbooks are frequently reported being stolen. Last November, the number of stealing incidents was relatively the same. However, around four were

until the March Board of Governors meeting. Students expressed concern at the Nov. 5 meeting about rules regarding alcoholic beverages being allowed in the apartments after the management changeover. MSU is a dry campus, and alcohol is not allowed anywhere on the property, including residence halls. Stewart said he will be suggesting a new alcohol policy and gender-inclusive policy to administrative council. “I am proposing that beer and wine be allowed in the rooms of The Monroe, like many other universities do,” Stewart said. “But there can be no liquor.” The gender-inclusive policy would be nondiscriminatory of one’s sex, allowing males and females to live in the same apartment. The policy, in turn, would make oncampus housing more appealing to the LGBT community. “We need to be non-judgmental and

reported as stolen textbook incidents and resident assistants were asked to warn their floors. In the end, both Jungers and Huff encourage students to lock their cars and keep valuable items out of sight. “It comes down to habit,” Jungers said. “Sometimes we can have a bad habit of not locking our car doors, and students need to be aware of that.”

accommodating of different lifestyles that students have here at MSU,” Stewart said. “I am confident that we can get both of these policies approved for the 2013-2014 school year.” Residents also voiced concerns about having an RA assigned to the building. Stewart assured residents that an RA is not in the plans for The Monroe, but in the future, an “on-site officer” — maybe an upperclassman or graduate student — could be in the building to monitor the apartment community. He pointed out that many apartments off campus have the same type of situation in their buildings. The Monroe will be a housing opportunity for students at the junior level and upward, according to Stewart. The apartment complex will accommodate students who are 21 years of age or older, who are attending as nontraditional students.

If a student’s car is broken into on campus, they should call 417-8368870 or visit the Safety and Transportation Office at 636 East Elm to make a report, as well as the Springfield Police, 417-864-1810. To keep up with campus crime log, visit

There are some rules, however, that will have to be enforced as soon as MSU takes over in December, including: no live Christmas trees, plastic lamps, candles, incense, grills or mini refrigerators in the rooms. Currently, there are four apartments available for rent for the spring 2013 semester and ResLife has already received one application, according to Stewart. On Dec. 7, an open house will take place at The Monroe for students, parents, faculty and staff to look at the new housing available for students. Students who are already living on campus will have the first opportunity to live in The Monroe, but need to be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to move into the building. To apply for residence, go to or stop by the ResLife office in Hammons House for more information.

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U.S. should fund space

354 million miles. 8.5 months. $2.5 billion. This is all it took for the Curiosity Rover to make its journey to Mars. Just sit and take that in for a second. Somewhere on our red, dusty neighbor, 354 million miles away, sits a humanmade object. I know I’m not alone in having stayed up into the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 5, to watch the live feed of this historical moment. I will, however, admit that I may have been the only one to tear up when Curiosity hit that Martian surface and NASA employees rejoiced with high-fives and hugs. Can we keep that between us? NASA did this all for about one-fifth of the total cost of the 2012 London Olympics, according to numbers from a DataBlog article from The Guardian, and all for about one-five-hundred-sixtieth of the cost appropriated for warrelated activities from 2001 to 2011, according to numbers from an article by Daniel Trotta for Reuters. I’m not the best at math, but the idea that we could potentially put five Curiosity Rovers on Mars for the same amount of money as a 17-day international sporting event just boggles my

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mind and is so exciting to me. I guess now would be the time for me to say, “My name is Nicolette Martin, and I am a space junkie.” Because I’m so invested in all things to do with the universe, I was disappointed to read in a Feb. 13, 2012, article by Brian Berger and Dan Leone from Space News that President Barack Obama will be asking Congress for $17.7 billion for NASA in 2013, which the article says would leave the agency with its lowest funding in four years. The article notes that, while this is only a slight cut from last year’s $17.8 billion budget, it is a 5 percent cut from the $18.7 billion Obama had proposed in his five-year budget. I understand the need in today’s economy for thrifty spending, as I know all too well about having to cook at

home instead of going out to eat and refraining from buying the $80 leather boots that I want for this fall season. Cutting funding for space exploration can’t at all be equated to passing up a pair of cute leather boots. At a time when technology is always advancing, I feel that this frugalness should not hinder our craving for knowledge and our yearning to explore the great unknown that lies beyond our atmosphere. Some people are content with our earthly lives, saying that space research is unnecessary and the money should instead be used for things at home, but I am not one of those people. I anxiously await the day that we find some kind of life somewhere else, whether it be miniscule or gigantic, familiar or alien. Until then, you can find me perusing the interwebs, watching the Science Channel, reading as much as I possibly can about the cosmos, and arguing in favor of a NASA budget that allows them the resources to explore space. In the words of the late, great astronomer Carl Sagan, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

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Cut the coal, Missouri State

I’m the cartoonist for The Standard. Most weeks, I aim to make you laugh, but this week, I need to discuss an important issue that is facing our campus, and ultimately, our world. Most people do not think about where their electricity comes from when they flip on a light in the dorms, deliriously press a button on their coffee maker at 2 a.m. before an exam, or flip on the TV. Well, let me clue you in. If you go to Missouri State or live in Springfield, the vast majority of the electricity you use is generated by burning coal. To make a long story short, this is not a good thing, but here is the long story anyway. In the first stage of its long and filthy life, coal is extracted from the earth. In many cases, it is obtained through “mountaintop removal.” This is the polite way of saying that coal companies move into impoverished Appalachia, clear-cut forests and then blow up mountains. In the last 10 years alone, 500 of West Virginia’s tallest, most majestic mountains have been decimated, according to the Virginia Conservation Network. “But Rachel, I don’t really care for any of this tree-hugging, mountain-lovin’ crap, so this issue doesn’t really effect me,” you may say. Well, my friend, we’re not done yet. As coal is burned to generate electricity, the plants belch thousands of tons of nasty toxins like S02 and mercury into the atmosphere. Essentially, these chemicals are slowly poisoning us. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, coal-burning causes 12,000 emergency room visits for asthma alone each year. Mercury, a known neurotoxin, settles in the water, poisoning the fish and then poisoning little kids and pregnant women who eat those fish. The burning of coal also generates huge amounts of carbon dioxide, which whether or not you believe in “climate change,” is still not a good thing, as it has effects like acidifying the ocean. OK, so we’ve obtained our cheap and dirty electricity, but coal’s life isn’t over

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Rachel Brown Guest Columnist yet. When coal is burned, it leaves behind toxic waste ash. This ash is so toxic that even the coal companies know it can’t go into the atmosphere. So, instead, they place it in big pits with lining and hope for the best. Living near a coal ash impoundment is worse for health than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Oh, I forgot to mention — sometimes these ponds have spilled, as recently as 2010, according to the Columbus Dispatch. So, coal doesn’t just have an environmental impact. It also has huge health ramifications. “But Rachel, I don’t care about the well-being of other humans,” you may say. Did I mention that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, coal costs over $150 billion in health care each year? Even if you’re a heartless jerk, you probably don’t want to pay more in insurance to cover other people’s lousy problems — or experience lung cancer. According to Harvard Medical School, when health costs are factored in, renewable energy sources actually become cheaper to use than coal (at 23.1 cents per kilowatt hour for coal and 7.9 cents for wind power). Many people I have talked to are worried that, if Missouri shifts to renewable energy, it will mean job losses for Missourians, thinking we will have to pay for wind power generated in Kansas, for instance. This is not the case, however. The majority of coal burned for Springfield is mined in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin and then shipped down to Missouri. Our state sees none of those jobs. The wind industry already employs more people

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than the entire coal industry combined, according to the Institute for Energy Research. Furthermore, despite having bipolar weather conditions, Missouri has been rated as having very high solar power potential — some of the highest in the U.S., according to an economic study at Arizona State University. Every year, clean, golden sunlight energy shines down on us for free. We’d have to be morons not to take advantage of it. Coal, as an energy form, is truly on its way out. Someday, it will be like Grandma’s rotary phone. When we take our kids to the science museum, they will ask us what the black rock in the box is. We will tell them it’s called “coal.” We will tell them we used to burn it for energy until we realized we were destroying our planet and ourselves. “But Rachel, what can I do to accelerate this process?” you might ask. The good news is that there is a Beyond Coal group working on Missouri State’s campus to move us toward clean, sustainable energy. If you see us tabling (asking for signatures toward the cause), spare a few seconds to sign our petition and spread the news to your friends. In the meantime, try to save electricity by turning off lights and unplugging appliances when you leave a room. Every little bit less electricity used means less coal burned and a healthier, happier world for everyone. If you feel extra moved, consider joining Students for a Sustainable Future. Moving away from coal and toward clean energy can be done — and has been done. Already, the administrations of Mizzou, Drury and Missouri University of Science and Technology have pledged to move their campuses to 100 percent renewable energy as the result of Beyond Coal campaigns. With your help, the momentum of the Beyond Coal campaign, our eco-minded administration, and the tiers of MSU’s public affairs mission, I have every reason to believe that Missouri State will be next.

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Stop using Facebook for political rants

Over the past few months, we’re sure everyone has had an awkward moment with a friend, loved one or colleague about politics — especially on Facebook. Usually, this results in hiding someone from your news feed so you don’t see their annoying Facebook statuses about how, “If what’s-his-face gets elected, the apocalypse is basically going to happen, and if you disagree, well, you’re just a moron.” Some of us have even taken the drastic step of “unfriending” the person responsible for those statuses in the heat of the moment, sure to bring on moments of extreme discomfort should that person figure out you’re not friends in cyberspace anymore. Now that campaign season is over, however, and Facebook’s returning to slightly lesspolitical posts, you may want to rethink your moves about your social media interactions. Facebook is for interacting with your friends and other people, providing a forum to express yourself, but you should always remember a rule many of us at The Standard have learned from Missouri State professor Andy Cline: “If you don’t want your grandma to see it, don’t post it on the Internet.” Even if you really think the country is doomed if what’s-his-face gets elected, Facebook might not be the best place to express that, as it’s a record of your actions and thoughts for the whole world to see — like your future employer. Plus, you might risk alienating others in your life who don’t agree with your political opinion. Instead, leave your political ranting to other outlets where your words are less likely to come back to haunt you, and think twice before clicking the “post” button. Also, take a minute to mend relationships that may have been hurt by a moment of political outrage. You’re not always going to agree with the people in your life about who the leader of the free world should be, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great night on the town together, or speak to one another ever again. What do you think should be done with the non-MSU students living at The Monroe? Kick ’em to the curb now 10.5%

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Calendar Tuesday, Nov. 13

International Film Night “Waste Land” screening, 6:30 p.m., Meyer Library 101, free


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Sharing their stories

Campus organization’s videos and T-shirts seek to change lives with testimonies

Jo McDougall, visiting poet, 7 p.m., PSU Theater, free

Katie Armiger, vocalist, 7:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, $18


Level 1 Game Center Social hosted by Enactus (SIFE), 8 p.m., PSU Level 1 Game Center, free

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Wednesday, Nov. 14

ampus Crusaders for Christ (CRU), one of Missouri State’s Christian fellowship organizations, took on a project that would express the spiritual journey of their members and serve as an outreach to other students on campus last week. The “Before & After” project called for members to wear green T-shirts with two words representing a different stage in their spiritual lives. The first word on the shirt represented their lives before coming to know God, and the second word represented their lives after entering a relationship with God. Each participant had a revealing story behind his or her words that was expressed on their shirts and in YouTube videos. Justin Stringer, leader of CRU and the “Before & After” project, said he hopes that by sharing these stories, students will feel “lovingly encouraged to wrestle with spiritual things. “I hear these stories over and over again,” Stringer said. “Every year, one thing that blows me away is the way that God is changing students’ lives on campus. “He gave me a purpose bigger than myself. It was a gamechanger for me.” Stringer began thinking of a way to share these stories with more people, and his thoughts then triggered the idea to give students the privilege of hearing testimonies from CRU members about the way God has changed their lives. One hundred and forty-seven YouTube videos and over 12,000 views later, the buzz got around campus very quickly about CRU’s “Before & After” project. Robert Eberling, sophomore socio-political communications major, described his spiritual journey as a “roller coaster” before he knew God. After he

Happy Hour Live, 5 p.m., University Plaza Hotel, free

Jazz Studies Fall Concert, 7:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free The Vine, 8 p.m., Carrington Hall Auditorium, free Open Dancing, 8:30 p.m., The Savoy Ballroom, free

SAC Films Presents: “Ted,” 9 p.m., PSU Theater, free

Thursday, Nov. 15

SAC After Hours Presents: Grocery Bingo, 9 p.m., PSU Food Court, free

Friday, Nov. 16

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m., Park Central Branch Library, free

Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Wehr Band Hall 123, free Fall Dance Concert: “Metamorphosis,” 7:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free

SAC Presents: Rock N’ Bowl, 7:30 p.m., PSU Level 1 Game Center, free “Avenue Q,” 7:30 p.m., Vandivort Center Theatre, $20 opening weekend, $12 student rush, $25 adults, $22 seniors (55+) and students

Saturday, Nov. 17 Fall Dance Concert: “Metamorphosis,” 2:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free

Mayor’s Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Festival of Lights Kick-off, 5:30 p.m., Jordan Valley Park, free 34th International Banquet and Show, 6 p.m., PSU, $15 students, $20 general admissions Fall Dance Concert: “Metamorphosis,” 7:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free

“Avenue Q,” 7:30 p.m., Vandivort Center Theatre, $20 opening weekend, $12 student rush, $25 adults, $22 seniors (55+) and students

Matisyahu, 8 p.m., Gillioz Theatre, $25

Sunday, Nov. 18

“Avenue Q,” 2:00 p.m., Vandivort Center Theatre, $20 opening weekend, $12 student rush, $25 adults, $22 seniors (55+) and students

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Operazzi, 5 p.m., Creamery Arts Center, free Sundays at The Savoy, 6 p.m., Savoy Ballroom, free

SAC Films and SAC Lectures Presents: An Evening with Chris Eyre, 7 p.m., PSU Ballroom West, free

Spending Thanksgiving in Springfield doesn’t have to be depressing

Monday, Nov. 19

Thanksgiving Dinner for International Students, 5:30 p.m., PSU Third Floor Ballroom, free

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SAC Presents: Kevin Lyman, creator of Warped Tour, 7 p.m., PSU Theater, free Missouri State Bowling, 9 p.m., Enterprise Park Lanes, free

Get ready for the holidays with ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

The well-known movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” has been adapted for the stage and will be performed at the Springfield Little Theatre Nov. 23-Dec. 9. There are extra show features available, including backstage passes on Sunday, Nov. 25 and Dec. 24, daytime performances on Nov. 27-28, and pre-show parties for children ages 4-12. Tickets are $12/adults, students and seniors (62+); and $10 for children (14 and under).

Run off those carbs

The 18th annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, starting at the Springfield Expo Center. For the early bird special of $20/adult and $15/child, register by Nov. 16. After Nov. 16, tickets will be $25/adult and $20/child. Register online at http://www. or in person at Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

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Make the holidays fun on campus

Missouri State Symphony and Choirs Holiday Concert, 4 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free


found his identity in Christ again, he said he felt “rooted” in his spirituality. “It was the first time I realized everyone wants the same things, and that’s love, friendship and community,” Eberling said. Sarah Grace Miller, sophomore nursing major, said she felt “insignificant” in high school when she tried to be perfect and find self-value in the wrong things. After a weeklong mission trip, she felt “wanted” after finding value in God. “The Lord began to work in my heart during this mission trip and show how I could find value in him,” Miller said. “I don’t have to be perfect because he has made me valued in him.” Throughout the week, CRU members started conversations in their classes about the project and shared their stories with others, Miller said. “These shirts sparked conversations with people that I would have never thought to talk to about Jesus,” Miller said. “I’ve had people from my classes ask me what the shirts were for, and I had the wonderful opportunity of sharing with them.” Many of the students who shared their stories recall a certain experience that changed their view of their spirituality, including CRU member Homecoming King Garrett Mueller. Mueller, a senior business management major, described his spiritual life as “unfulfilled” before learning about God and “justified” after finding God. According to his testimony, in high school he sought to advance his own agenda by doing things that made him “cool.” After a mission trip to Jamaica, where he saw people who had very little to call their own, he said he realized that they had found fulfillment in their relationships with Christ.

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Grad School, located at 434 S. Jefferson Ave., serves large portions of a wide variety of food options. An extensive menu and convenient prices keeps customers coming back.

Dine-in for less and still leave impressed If you don’t eat at these places, you’re missing out

All right, so you’re hungry. You woke up too late to eat breakfast, and now you’re sitting in class, listening to your very angry (and vocal) stomach complain. Other students twist around in their seats to stare wide-eyed at you as the gurgling sounds of strange beings that are not from this planet echo from within the empty caverns of your tummy. OK, maybe that’s a little dra-

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matic, but we’ve all been there. With an hour or so until the next class starts, no packed lunch, and a limited budget, sometimes appeasing the hunger pangs can be a bit rough. So, where do you go to find a quick, affordable lunch? The Standard is here to help, with five great options that seasoned MSU students recommend trying at least once before you graduate, and so your stomach

no longer has the chance to embarrass you in class.

Gailey’s Breakfast Café

•220 E. Walnut St. •Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. •Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. •Average price: $6-8 Located in the historic Seville Hotel, this café is a convenient and tasty pit stop to make while you’re out and about downtown. With a breakfast and brunch menu, sporting favorites like French toast, specialty omelets, biscuits and gravy, and peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes, a delicious, home-cooked break-

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The holiday season is often one filled with family and fun. At a university that only gets three days and the subsequent weekend off from school, however, it can be hard to make it home for all of the Thanksgiving festivities. Brooke Beaver is a sophomore from Faucett, Mo., working toward a Bachelor of Science in English education. This will be the third year that she has spent Thanksgiving either alone or away from home. Beaver said that her first Thanksgiving spent alone was in high school when her parents were in Mexico for their anniversary. “I stayed home alone and ate a TV dinner and watched movies,” she said. Beaver’s first Thanksgiving away from home came during her freshman year of college, when she and her sister, who also lives in Springfield, ate regular food and spent time together. This year, however, with work keeping her in Springfield, Thanksgiving is coming to her. Since she and her sister both live here, her parents will be coming down to have Thanksgiving dinner with the both of them. “I’m not that sad because, going home, we don’t really do a very big family celebration,” Beaver said. “I am happy it’s coming to me because that’s much better than spending it alone.” So, whether this is your first or third Thanksgiving away from home, here are some things going on around Springfield that can bring the holiday spirit to you.

Turkey Trot

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The ghost bike: A quiet reminder

Family and friends gathered to remember bicyclist Eric Floyd

make it through a party,” she said. “I printed up many pictures of him and had a sign-in sheet, where many A lone, white bicycle stands at people shared great memories and the corner of Cherry and Glenstone well-wishes. in memory of Eric Floyd, who was “I am sending those sheets, struck and killed by a semi on Oct. donations collected, and a portrait a 27 as he was crossing the intersec- friend sketched of him to his family tion on his way home. in Mississippi,” Ellingsworth Floyd left behind many close added. “Eric did not have insurance, friends who were so that money colstunned by the lected will help pay news, and several for his final public memorials expenses.” have been held to Ellingsworth I will never forget commemorate the said his beautiful blue datedsheforanda Floyd 31-year-old. One time, eyes, his such gathering was but later settled into held at The Flea infectious laugh a powerful and last(637 S. Kimbrough) ing friendship. and those on Wednesday, “I will never Nov. 7, by close forget his beautiful amazing hugs. friend and MSU blue eyes, his graduate Mindy infectious laugh -Mindy Ellingsworth. and those amazing Ellingsworth hugs,” she said. “It Ellingsworth, said she had attendstill doesn’t seem friend ed services that real. I keep expectwere simply too ing a call from him emotional and — ‘Hey, Boo. wanted to have a Whatcha doin’?’” celebration of his life — a party he We live in a city with more cars would be proud of. than parking spaces, and it has “I wanted to wait for the media always had a large population of attention and emotions to die down bicyclists. In recent years, that popa little so we could all, hopefully, ulation has seen a very noticeable

By Nicholas Simpson The Standard

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The ghost bike erected in honor of bicyclist Eric Floyd serves as a reminder of the dangers for bikers on the streets of Springfield. Floyd’s memorial was held on Nov. 7 at The Flea.

increase, with more and more commuters taking to two wheels to avoid high gas prices or simply to reduce their carbon footprint. Springfield roadways, however, have yet to catch up to the trend, with an alarming amount of bicy-

clists hit by motorists each year. The Springfield News-Leader reported 66 collisions in 2011, cases in which bicyclists were at fault, and those in which they weren’t. Another close friend of Floyd’s in attendance at The Flea was fel-

low bartender at several bars throughout Springfield, Travis Moore. He said he has been left with many fond memories. “Him taking my moped through

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Daniel Craig is back as classic Bond character in ‘Skyfall’

It’s finally here: “Skyfall.” Daniel Craig returns as “Bond, James Bond” in the 23rd film in the longest-running film franchise in history; and it is glorious. 007’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested when someone from her past comes back to haunt her. Stealing a hard drive containing the identities of all imbedded NATO operatives, mystery man Silva (Javier Bardem), threatens to bring down MI6. Despite a near-death experience and not being on top of his game, Bond must stop Silva before

Karman Bowers Movie Reviewer he puts a stop to MI6. Even after a few years of ups and downs, development hell, and the possibility of never actually happening, “Skyfall” pulls through and has everything you would

expect from a 21st century incarnation of the classic character. Not to mention that Bond turned 50 this year. He’s looking pretty good for such an old-timer. I know there are a lot of people who aren’t happy with Craig as Bond, but personally, I think he’s a great Bond, and this film reinforces that. How many people do you know who can rip a train apart, jump into one of the cars just as it comes undone, recover, and fix his cufflink, all in one smooth motion?

Not many. The supporting cast is fantastic as well. Dame Judi Dench is harsh and imposing as M, despite being a fragile, elderly woman. For those of you that don’t know, due to health reasons, “Skyfall” is Dench’s last Bond. She will be missed. Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Bérénice Marlohe fit in well with the Bond world, even if we don’t see them often. Yet we may be seeing more of these characters soon. Of course, we need to

know about the “bad guy.” In this case, it’s a blond Javier Bardem, whose creepy factor taps into “No Country for Old Men” status. Every good protagonist needs an excellent antagonist to keep our hero on his toes and to keep things interesting. Bardem’s Silva will certainly keep Bond challenged. “Skyfall” is most definitely a homage to everything Bond. Everything from the locales, the tongue-in-cheek jokes, even a gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5. It’s cool and hip without

being over the top and campy. The jokes are sly and clever. The action is intense and exciting. The “Bond girls” are sexy and dangerous. Even the characters are fairly complex. Basically, it’s fun. If you’re a Bond fan, you’ll enjoy it. If you’re not particularly a fan of the franchise, there’s a good chance you may still find it entertaining. You might miss out on some of the jokes, though. The most important thing to know, however, is: James Bond will be back.


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Scorebox Cross-country Friday, Nov. 9 Erin Edwards 75th of 211 Emily Beaver 92nd of 211 Nicole Thate 200th of 211 Men’s basketball Friday, Nov. 9 Philander Smith 28 33 — 61 Missouri State 45 44 — 89 Women’s basketball Thursday, Nov. 8 (Exhibition) Southwest Baptist 26 31 — 57 Missouri State 36 32 — 68 Volleyball Friday, Nov. 9 Wichita State 3 Missouri State 1

Freshman Bears flourish Men’s basketball team begins regular season with win over Philander Smith By Matt Aten The Standard

After getting off to a slow start, the basketball Bears defeated Philander Smith 89-61 in their home opener at JQH Arena on Friday. The Panthers came out, playing a quick, athletic style that had the Bears’ defense looking confused early in the first half. After trailing 20-16, the Bears found their rhythm and outscored the Panthers 29-8 in the remainder of the half, taking a 45-28 lead into halftime. “I told everyone to stay calm,” senior guard Anthony Downing said. “We’ll be all right, we’ll go on a run, we’ll figure this out, and that’s what happened.” Five MSU players broke the double-digit mark in points, including three freshmen. Freshman forward Gavin Thurman led the way with 19 points, followed by freshman guard Marcus Marshall’s 16. “They missed a lot of shots early but continued to stay with what they were doing, and

Men’s basketball team set to take on ranked opponent 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 against No. 25 San Diego State at JQH Arena the shots started to fall,” Panthers head coach Sam Weaver said. “I thought they broke us down defensively. They have some very good shooters, and I thought they knocked down a lot of tough shots.” Redshirt freshman forward Drew Wilson had the biggest night of them all, recording a double-double in his first college game by scoring 12 points and recording 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Christian Kirk chipped in 14 points, including a string of eight consecutive points in the first half. Kirk also wowed the home crowd with three dunks in the night.

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Redshirt freshman forward Drew Wilson throws down a dunk against Philander Smith. Wilson recorded 12 points and 11 u See BEARS page 7 rebounds in his first college game.

Calendar Tuesday, Nov. 13

Women’s basketball, 7:05 p.m. at home vs. Oklahoma State

Thursday, Nov. 15

Women’s basketball, 7 p.m. at Arkansas-Little Rock

Friday, Nov. 16

Ice hockey, 7 p.m. at home vs. Saint Louis

Swimming and diving, all day at Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. Volleyball, 7 p.m. at home vs. Drake

Saturday, Nov. 17

Football, 4 p.m. at Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa Ice hockey, 7 p.m. at home vs. Saint Louis Men’s basketball, 1:05 p.m. at home vs. San Diego State

Swimming and diving, all day at Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. Volleyball, 7 p.m. at home vs. Creighton

Sunday, Nov. 18

Swimming and diving, all day at Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

Monday, Nov. 19

Men’s basketball, 7:05 p.m. at home vs. Jacksonville

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Women’s basketball, 8:30 p.m. vs. Gonzaga in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in Hardwood Tournament of Hope


Lady Bears plan to honor former coach

Former Missouri State Lady Bears coach Cheryl Burnett will have a jersey retired in her honor on Feb. 3 when MSU takes on Illinois State at JQH Arena. Burnett, who coached the Lady Bears for 15 seasons, led the team to Final Four appearances in 1992 and 2001, 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, nine regular-season conference championships and six conference tournament titles. She was recognized as the MVC’s all-time greatest coach during the league’s centennial celebration in 2006-07.


In last week’s issue of The Standard, there was a story titled “National prominence” about the men’s swimming team being ranked 23rd in the nation. It was incorrectly stated that sophomore Paul Le competed in the 110meter backstroke. It should have been the 100-meter backstroke.

Missouri State football 2012 leading tacklers

Caleb Schaffitzel Nate Davis Andrew Beisel Nick Canavan Mike Crutcher Anthony Grady

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Missouri State’s single-season tackle record is 226, set by Dennis O’Hagan in 1980. That’s an average of 20.5 tackles per game.

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Faith and football

Sophomore safety Caleb Schaffitzel, who leads the Bears with 105 tackles this season, incorporates his faith into his football career.

Sophomore strong safety Caleb Schaffitzel gives credit to God, teammates


By Brandon Corrigan The Standard

hen trying to describe Bears’ strong safety Caleb Schaffitzel, “humble” might be an understatement. The 6foot, 214-pound sophomore has compiled a laundry list of awards and accomplishments longer than his German last name. In the past three weeks alone, he earned backto-back Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week laurels (the first player in MSU history to do so), and his 3.97 GPA garnered Capital One Academic All-District honors. While Schaffitzel may be proud of his accomplishments, he refuses to accept any of the

Schaffitzel’s favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” credit. “The Lord has given me the ability to play football,” he said. “All the credit and the glory go to him. He can use me however he wants to use me. Right now, if football is the way he can do that, then I’m all for it.” When pushed and prodded, Schaffitzel might spit out a quick line about the five interceptions he’s picked off in the past three games, but No. 34 is much more enthusiastic in talking about the efforts of his teammates than himself. He’d much rather discuss the “underappreciated” Eric Pearce, the ferociousness of Martin

Montgomery, or the skills of fellow ballhawk and safety Mike Crutcher. “I just want to give a lot of credit to the guys that I play with,” Schaffitzel said. “People miss the little things that go on, both on and off the field.” Despite making big play after big play and being a human highlight reel, Schaffitzel wasn’t even on the field during his favorite memory of the season: Austin Witmer’s 33-yard game-winning field goal against South Dakota.

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Missouri State plays host to NCAA cross-country regional Edwards, Beaver and Thate end season in front of home crowd By Mike Ursery The Standard

Three Missouri State crosscountry runners competed in the 2012 Midwest Regional Championships last Friday, looking to rebound from a disappointing showing at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. Seniors Emily Beaver and Nicole Thate and junior Erin Edwards finished the season in front of their home crowd at the Missouri State Cross-Country Course in Springfield, Mo. Beaver finished with a time of 22:39, giving her a 92nd-place finish out of 211 runners in the 6K race and top-100 finish in the Regional Championships for the second straight year. “I was glad to finish out my season, running with Erin and Nicole,” Beaver said. “It was a

on my home course,” Thate said. “We had a lot of Missouri State spectators here to support the team.” Edwards crossed the finish line at 22:26, and placed 75th to lead all three runners. Like Beaver, Edwards finished in the top-100 for the second straight year, after placing 25th at the 2011 Midwest Regional. “It was exciting to come out here and finish the season at home,” Edwards said. “I tried to make a personal best today. I didn’t quite make that, but I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t too far off my mark.” Missouri State head coach Alick Musukuma said he was pleased to have two of his runners finish in the top-100 after a ninthSteph Anderson/THE STANDARD place team finish at the MVC MSU athletic trainer Andilynn Beadles assists Northwestern's Ann Championships. “For them to be in the top-100, Powers after the 2012 NCAA Division I Midwest Regional. I’m very happy,” he said. “Now we good last race. It was a lot of fun. with a time of 25:01 and said she will go home, and our focus will be It was really great having support- was grateful for the opportunity to track and field.” ers coming out here and cheering run in front of the Missouri State Musukuma said he felt a sense for us.” community. Thate finished in 200th place “I’m glad that my last race was u See REGIONAL page 7

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Schaffitzel’s modesty and hardworking attitude didn’t begin at MSU. Fair Grove High School coach Jason O’Neal deemed Schaffitzel “the most talented and humble athlete” he’s ever coached. “He led by example and with his work ethic and his attitude,” O’Neal said. “He was a quiet personality and didn’t say a whole lot, but because of the way he worked when he did choose to say something, it had meaning, and the kids on our team responded.” While a senior in high school, Schaffitzel was named both conference offensive and defensive player of the year and broke the


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of pride in Beaver’s performance, in particular. He said he’s been impressed with the commitment and work ethic that she has shown while he’s been her coach. “There will never be another Emily,” he said. “People like her cannot be replaced. She works extremely hard. She never complains and does whatever is asked of her.”

state career record for touchdowns, with 141 as a running back. While most college football players put up gaudy numbers in high school, not many do it while injured. Schaffitzel hurt his ankle during a jamboree scrimmage at the beginning of the year, and after it failed to heal after three weeks, he went to the hospital and found out he had a broken bone. It did not deter him from playing. “He’s a tough kid, and he did what Caleb does and persevered,” O’Neal said. “He played the entire season on a broken bone that was floating around in his ankle. A lot of people didn’t know about that, and Caleb would never tell you. That’s what makes the accomplishment even more special.”

Friday’s race also marked the last time Beaver and Thate would compete in cross-country for MSU. At the end of the academic year, Beaver will move on to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher, and Thate will pursue graduate school and work toward becoming a physical therapist. Now that the cross-country season has ended, the team will focus on the indoor track and field season, which will begin on Dec. 2 at the ASU Kickoff Classic in Jonesboro, Ark.

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Wilkerson rebounds from darker days

Junior guard ready to lead Lady Bears in season-opener By Sam Holzer The Standard

Lady Bears guard Hannah Wilkerson has gone through a roller coaster of emotions from her time playing basketball. At times, she has conceivably been at the top, while at other times, it’s appeared that she has fallen into the abyss. Now in her junior campaign, she’s righted the ship and has found a nice balance that should bode well, both for her and the Lady Bears. After annihilating the state of Missouri’s scoring record in high school, Wilkerson came to Missouri State with high expectations. She played sporadically at the beginning of her freshman year, and even garnered a start. Everything was going as planned, but then basketball, for her, came to a screeching halt when she was ruled academically ineligible for the spring semester. “That was just a tough time for me,” Wilkerson said. “But I wasn’t going to quit that easy. It just taught me to work harder and get things done.” Fellow junior guard Karly Buer has taken note of Wilkerson’s matura-


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“They felt good,” a smiling Kirk said. “You know it’s hard to get dunks in the college game, so any time you can get them, it feels good.” Downing, the only active senior for the Bears, added 12 points. The Bears shot 48.5 percent from the field and made 9-of-26 from three-point range. MSU outrebounded the Panthers, 44-29. “We put more emphasis on really guarding the ball

Lady Bears season-opener 7 p.m. tonight against No. 22 Oklahoma State at JQH Arena

tion over the last few years. “That was freshman year, when she was ineligible, and I think that just shows the growth that she’s had since freshman year to now, being a junior,” Buer said. “She now realizes the importance of going to class and that grades are just as important as being on the floor.” Head coach Nyla Milleson believes that Wilkerson’s past experiences have helped her get to where she is now. “It was a hard experience for her, but I think, at the same time, it probably has a lot to do with the growth that she’s had,” Milleson said. “I’m really proud of Hannah.” With the academic ineligibility far in the past, Wilkerson can now focus on helping the Lady Bears win, and according to Buer, she will be relied on heavily throughout this season. “She’s a key part of our team. She’s a lead guard,” Buer said. “We have a lot of underclassmen, so she’s looked upon for help a lot of the time.” Milleson also expressed the importance of Wilkerson to the Lady Bears. “Hannah is very important to our success. She’s very talented offensive-

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Junior guard Hannah Wilkerson tallied 11 points and four assists against Southwest Baptist on Nov. 8 at JQH Arena.

ly, but she’s also a very smart basketball player,” Milleson said. “I think she’s going to be one of the players that gives us a level of calmness and leadership on the floor.” Wilkerson and the Bears kick off the regular season tonight at 7:05 p.m. at JQH Arena against the No. 22 Oklahoma State Cowgirls.

Youth movement Three freshmen scored in double figures for the Bears on Friday: Gavin Thurman (19 points), Marcus Marshall (16) and Drew Wilson (12).

this year,” Kirk said. “We’re just playing a lot faster game, but you still have to be just as physical, as if we had a seven-footer.” Steph Anderson/THE STANDARD The Bears now begin preparations for No. 25 San Missouri State's Anthony Downing reacts as Philander Diego State, who visits JQH Smith’s Josh Dumas falls over him. Downing recorded 12 points for the Bears in Friday’s game. Arena on Nov. 17.

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Ice Bears derive inspiration from sign Coach encourages his players to enjoy every aspect of their season

Ice Bears at home 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday vs. Saint Louis at Mediacom Ice Park

By Tim Godfrey The Standard

The Missouri State Ice Bears and head coach Bob Bucher are in their locker room. The fans are cheering loudly in the stands, and the music blaring over the Mediacom Ice Park speakers is faintly heard, but it does not distract the players from Bucher’s pre-game speech. When he finishes, Bucher points to one of the four signs that hangs on the locker room walls. The first three say “Pride,” “Strength,” and “Courage.” The fourth sign reads: “The journey can be just as rewarding as the final result. Make every day count.” When Bucher was hired to be the head coach of the Ice Bears in April, he knew there was a lot of work to do, if his team was to be successful. In every drill, every practice and every game, Bucher expected everyone to give it their all, including himself. “When we started with these guys, I asked them to always bring it to the table for me,” Bucher said. “I expect the same from them as I expect from myself.” What the team has brought to the table so

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Ice Bears coach Bob Bucher has led his team to a 12-2-2 record so far this season. far this season is a 110-30 goal differential, a 12-2-2 record, and a No. 6 ranking in the Central Division of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. While being successful, Bucher wants his team to cherish the moments they spend together. “As hard as we work to get to (our goal of

reaching the regional tournament), if we don’t enjoy everything along the way, then we lose out on so much,” Bucher said. The sign that Bucher takes into the locker room and to the bench during games is not just a saying — it’s a motivator. Senior forward Andy Draper and his team use the sign to draw fuel for their fiery play.

“It gets us pumped up and level-headed,” Draper said. “And it keeps in mind that we have the same goal.” On Saturdays throughout the fall, college football players can be seen touching signs or symbols before they step out onto the field. If you get to Mediacom Ice Park before 7 p.m., you might see some Ice Bears do the same thing before they step out onto the ice. Senior forward Evan Leuchtmann is one of those Ice Bears. The alternate captain touches the sign to pay respects to his teammates and the people who help the team, such as coaches and boosters. Superstition also plays a small role. “It’s kind of the superstition aspect of any sport,” Leuchtmann said. “The ‘pay homage’ part — that’s just to the guys and the people that really put their time and effort in what we’re doing. I really want to pay respect to those guys.” With 15 games left in the regular season, Bucher and his team still have a lot of work to do. He said, however, that if they make every line change count, every power play and penalty kill count, and every day count, then you will see the Ice Bears at the end of their journey, in the regional tournament in February.

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Peace Corps. Not only did she want to be an ambassador to the U.S. and bring light to the nation’s overlooked characteristics, but she also felt a desire Continued from page 1 to see what, and who, existed outside of her home country. “While you’re there, you are confronted “It’s like I’m the same person with new eyewith all kinds of things that contradict what balls,” Cara said of the “life-changing” experiyou’ve learned,” she said. “You may no longer ence. “It’s also a chance to learn about yourself, share the values of your family or the values of a chance to learn about others, a chance to your friends, and then you go back to where improve a skill set, and to feel like you’re givyou came from, and it’s like, ‘Well, how can ing something back.” you ever be friends again or be comfortable Much like Cara was before joining the with your family again if you no longer share Peace Corps, MSU graduate student Hilary their worldview?’” Montgomery isn’t quite Kelly Cara, MSU’s sure what direction she assessment research coorwants to take in her life, dinator and presenter of so she applied for the volIt’s like I’m the the info session, said she unteer program. same person with has similar feelings of her “When I got my bachtime in the Peace Corps. elor’s degree, I wasn’t new eyeballs. “I think it’s romantisure what I wanted to do -Kelly Cara cized a lot,” she said, notnext,” Montgomery said. ing that the experience did“So I was like, ‘I’ll get my n’t just consist of explormaster’s degree, and then ing a new country, traveling across the world, I’ll know, and now I’m at the end of that and I and cultural exchanges. It also consisted of still don’t know, but I think this would be a being homesick, seeing sights unimaginable in great life experience.” the U.S., and wondering if hard work influMontgomery received a nomination to join enced lives, as intended. the Peace Corps in September and is now wait“I did think I was going to have a big impact ing on an invitation, detailing her potential on these people,” Cara said. “I was going to placement and job description — a letter that teach them something or help them in some may never come. way, and I don’t know if I did.” The English student said she hopes her inviCara was placed at Banglai High School in tation would be to an eastern European country, Dinajpur, Bangladesh to teach English to 9th possibly the Czech Republic or Romania, a and 10th grade boys. region in which her family has roots. Right after graduating with her English cre“Just the idea of going abroad and teaching ative writing degree from Missouri State in and sharing what I know with other people has 2003, Cara said she felt she “owed something” always been something that’s appealing,” to her country and decided to apply for the Montgomery said. “Growing up in the Mid-


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have to make with Republicans,” Calfano said. As a second term president, Obama will be concerned about his legacy, which will not likely be based on student policies, Calfano said, making Obama more likely to sacrifice on improvements to education to reduce the deficit, set up his healthcare reform, and continue entitlement programs – such as Social Security and Medicare. “Those are the big things that Obama’s going to have to worry about, and in the bargaining – or the negotiating – with (Rep. John Boehner) and the House Republicans, is it possible Obama would say, ‘To get

these larger goals through, will I be willing to sacrifice on student loan interest rates and other areas of domestic spending?’” Calfano said. “Well, the answer is probably, and so it may actually be a negative. “But it would have been that way anyway, assuming Romney had won, and he wouldn’t have been as friendly toward student policies.” Joel Paddock, also a political science professor at MSU, agrees with Calfano in that it’s unlikely that Obama will be able to put broad legislation into place to impact higher education in his second term. “While budgetary and political considerations will likely limit any major second-term initiatives in this area, there will still likely be smaller initiatives emphasiz-

Photo courtesy of Kelly Cara

Kelly Cara, MSU’s assessment research coordinator and Peace Corps session presenter, cooks a meal in Bangladesh during her time as a Peace Corps volunteer.

west, in Missouri my whole life, I’ve pretty much been exposed to one pretty homogeneous culture, so the idea of seeing a culture — getting to integrate myself into and learn something that is so completely different — is so appealing.” Montgomery said she expects, if invited to join the Peace Corps, she would leave the coun-

File photo by Matt Kile/THE STANDARD

President Barack Obama stopped in Springfield in 2008 as part of his campaign before taking over the White House, defeating John McCain. ing continued federal support for student loans, grants and aid to community colleges,” he said. One way college students will benefit from policies | 9

Obama has put into place is through his Affordable Care Act, Paddock said. “The most obvious benefit of the Affordable Care Act for college students is

try in April. Other students interested in learning more or joining the Peace Corps for a two-year stint should visit or get in contact with a Peace Corps recruiter. Jessy Wilt, a Peace Corps recruiter from Chicago’s regional office, is available for inquiries at or 312-353-1126.

the provision that allows parents to keep their children on their health insurance plan up to the age of 26,” he said. “The plan would also make it easier for people with pre-existing medical conditions to purchase a health insurance plan.” Calfano and Paddock said, however, that they both expect state governments to fight the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for as long as they can. “Witness the referendum in Missouri (Proposition E) on this issue,” Paddock said. “A lot of states, however, will have their insurance exchanges in place. In fact, they have already moved in this direction. In more conservative states, you will continue to see resistance.” Chelsie Brown, a senior exercise science major, is

also resistant to the individual insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act that requires people to purchase health insurance. “I think everyone should be entitled to whatever health care they want,” she said. “I think we should be allowed to have our own private health care, or no health care, if we don’t want it. I don’t like that he’s forcing it upon everybody.” The U.S. Supreme Court, however, has upheld the individual mandate portion of the act as constitutional, and states are being forced to comply with the law. For more information about Obama’s specific policy agenda for his second term and a timeline of how the Affordable Care Act is being implemented, visit and click on the issues tab.

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Continued from page 4 -fast is not far into your future. For you health freaks out there, Gailey’s even has a portion of the menu just for your convenience. With choices like stuffed oatmeal, fruit and yogurt with granola, and sweet potato hash browns, Gailey’s will make sure your stomach and conscience are both happy and at peace.


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Mindy’s grass while it was wet outside, crashing it into the fence, and all of us laughing,” he said. “He was always smiling, always having fun, a little crazy here and there — he was a wild man. He loved everybody; hugged everybody. He didn’t know a stranger.” Moore said there are many things to learn from this tragedy, not just for motorists and bicyclists. “Always be safe, always be smart, and look out for


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Mueller said it was in Jamaica that he stopped worrying about being popular and began serving God.

The Standard

a.m.-4 p.m. •Average Price: $6-7 Casper’s has been serving delicious comfort food since 1909, and with no professional advertisements, the tastiness of this place is strictly spread by word of mouth. Owner, Belinda Harriman, boasts the bowl of chili and hamburger combo, declaring it to be customers’ No. 1 favorite dish, with the Frito pie coming in at a close second. The quality and value of the food served in a friendly, fun atmosphere continues to bring customers back for more, and this burger joint has become somewhat of a hot spot in the Queen City. people,” he said. “(Floyd) was amazing. He was doing what he loved — riding his bike. I miss him and he’ll never be forgotten. He touched a lot of lives. It’s not a cliché or anything, but he was one-of-a-kind.” Ellingsworth said the erecting of the ghost bike memorial itself was an example of how Springfield needs to rethink its traffic system to accommodate bicycle safety. “One thing I have realized since it occurred, from friends who did the memorial ride that following Sunday, is that there are no cross street buttons at that

“I’ve grown tremendously in my faith and my ability and confidence to share that with others,” Mueller said. CRU’s motto is “Loving God, loving people and changing the world.” If you would like to learn more about CRU,

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including two apart from other chains ward appearances can be Whisler’s Old-Fashioned special, cheeseburgers, chips and a 20 around town. This business deceiving. Hamburgers

•208 W. McDaniel St. •Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. •Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. •Average Price: $5 With only 400 square feet, this place is literally a hole in the wall. Nonetheless, what Whisler’s lacks in space, the burgers make up for with taste. If you are up for some good, greasy food, this place is for you. Customers can choose anything, from an old-fashioned double or triple hamburger to a bacon, ham, turkey, or veggie burger. Whisler’s features a generous

intersection, and the sensors on the road will not pick up on a cyclist,” she said. “In fact, many of them had to run the red light to cross Glenstone to get to the ghost bike memorial.” In his obituary, Floyd’s family asked that those who wish to donate in memory may do so at The Diabetes Camp for Kids, Inc., 136 Willow Oak Lane, Brandon, Mississippi 39047. Floyd attended the camp when he was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 12, and his family believes he would wish for other children to have a similarly uplifting experience.

meetings are held at 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays in the Plaster Student Union Theater. To check out more “Before & After” videos from CRU, go to ser/MSUCruBeforeandAfter.

has been serving fresh, inexpensive subs on 12-inch buns in town for over 40 years now, and customers are still coming back for more. The Sub Shop features a daily special: A small sandThe Sub Shop wich, chips and a drink for •456 W. McDaniel St. $6, or a large sandwich, chips •Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- and a drink for $7. 4 p.m. Grad School •Average price: $6-7 •434 S. Jefferson Ave. Another popular (and •Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.healthier) option, for those who aren’t really into the 10 p.m. •Saturday, 2 p.m.-10 p.m. hamburger scene, is The Sub •Average price: $9 Shop. Don’t be turned away by Owner, Uriah Seehusen, says customers like the local, the initial dark, grungy family-owned shop and the appearance of this place small-town feel sets his place because, as we all know, out-

oz. drink for just $4.50. Whisler’s offers indoor and outdoor seating for diverse dining experiences, as well as the always popular carry-out option.


Continued from page 4 The Turkey Trot is a 5K race that, according to, is the largest Thankgiving Day run/walk in Missouri with more than 7,100 participants. The 17th annual race begins at 8 a.m. If you register before Nov. 18, the cost is $20 per adult, and after Nov. 18, is $25 per adult. For more information, visit

Thanksgiving dinner

from 6 to 8 p.m., and for $10, attendees will learn from Chef H.J. Schumer how to tackle a turkey and Thanksgiving side dishes. The menu will feature oven-roasted turkey, sausage and pecan dressing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, and roasted Brussels sprouts. For more information, contact the Taste Culinary Classroom at 417-829-9260.

Thanksgiving night

If you’re looking for something to do on Thanksgiving night, ring in the Christmas season with free ice skating sponsored by Mediacom Ice Park from 5 to 6 p.m., part of Springfield’s six-week celebration, The Festival of Lights. While ice skating is free, there is a $2.50 fee for skate rental.

Do you want to cook a Thanksgiving dinner but don’t have a house or apartment full of guests to eat it? Look no further than Thanksgiving Dinner: Practice Time hosted by the Taste Culinary ClassBlack Friday room at Price Cutter. Perhaps one of the posiThe event is on Nov. 19

This popular spot has quite a variety of options, including salads, burritos, tacos, pastas, burgers and panini-pressed sandwiches. Many of these options can even be tailored to fit the specifications of a vegetarian diet. Right on. The food is cooked on an open grill where you can watch as employees create delicious masterpieces served in large portions, and both indoor and outdoor seating are available. Grad School is great for a casual dinner or even a lowkey date, and with prices like $9 per plate, you will definitely get the best bang for your buck.

tive things that can come from spending Thanksgiving alone is being able to shop wherever you want on Black Friday. No stranger to spending Thanksgivings under nontraditional circumstances, Beaver advises those who may be encountering their first away-from-home holiday to treat it as a day of rest. “Find yourself something you like, such as a movie or book, and get yourself some snacks and enjoy some alone time,” she said. “Just consider it a day to rest up for Black Friday.” Head to the mall and check out the specials Springfield stores are offering. Spending the holidays alone doesn’t have to be a bummer. With so many events going on around Springfield this Thanksgiving week, it can be easy to find something to do to celebrate the holidays.


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