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Bear Village increases security measures following students’ online complaints CARISSA CODEL News Editor @CarissaCodelTV Bear Village increased security measures after a series of posts to a Facebook group called “Missouri State Gals Sell Your Stuff” accused a security guard of following women into their buildings, getting inside the elevator with them and walking them to their doors. In a Facebook post, a Missouri State student said a man with darker hair in a “black security-looking outfit” walked by and asked her if she was cold. She said she replied no and was waiting for a friend. “As she walks up he follows us into the building, gets in the elevator with us and follows us all the way down to my room until we got inside and we are like OK bye thanks ... that was already really weird,” the Facebook post said. That incident occurred on Friday night. On Sunday night around 9:30, she said this same man knocked on her door and rang her doorbell. “He waited around and then 20 seconds later or so he left,” the Facebook post said. Concerns about a “creepy security guard” at Bear Village were echoed by multiple other women in the Facebook group. Bear Village Manager Ericka Peppers said there was a miscommunication between the women and the security guard, who no longer works

on the property. Bear Village’s security, Southern Missouri Judicial Security Services, has a policy where a guard will walk someone into the building to ensure their safety. Peppers said this is what the security guard thought he was doing. “After I met with them, he did document everything,” Peppers said. “That’s what he thought he was doing.” Sgt. Casey Wilkerson with the Springfield Police Department said “safe walks” are fairly common with security companies. “If you call and ask, ‘Can I get a safe walk?’ they’re gonna meet you at your exact location and they’re going to walk with you or follow you from point A to point B,” Wilkerson said. “They’re going to follow you into the building to make sure you get there.” Peppers said Bear Village and SMOJS changed their safe walk policy, so now residents have to call a 24-hour number and ask for a guard to walk with them. Then, when a guard approaches the resident, they have to verify the person wants someone to accompany them inside. Peppers said although the women took to Facebook to share the issue, no official reports were filed. However, when she saw the posts she met with SMOJS. “I sat down with the manager operator who oversees all the guards and removed the guard from our property,” Peppers said. “Then we went over a code of conduct.”


The apartment complex Bear Village, located on Kimbrough, houses many MSU students. She said she appreciates SMOJS for responding to the issue quickly and giving Bear Village another guard. Bear Village added a 24-hour courtesy officer that lives on the property. According to Peppers, the guards for SMOJS are there to watch and observe while the on-site officer intervenes. Peppers said these extra security

measures are not connected with the armed robbery that happened a few weeks ago. “It was not on Bear Village property,” Peppers said. “Unfortunately, it just all happened at the same time. It was actually our neighbors.” With all of these changes, Wilkerson still advises residents to make

sure they feel comfortable. “If (residents are) not comfortable with the security guard that they’ve had there, please report that to management,” Wilkerson said. “Make sure management’s aware that because if they’re not reporting stuff, they’re not going to know that there’s a problem.”

The Connecting Grounds offers a haven for the homeless Homeless Awareness Month highlights local agencies’ efforts SARAH TEAGUE Editor-in-Chief @sarah_k_teague Tiffani King lost her home in August. She said the streets are unwelcoming. King — dressed in an oversized sweatshirt, her strawberry blond hair pulled back — milled about the Connecting Ground’s sanctuary on Halloween night. The northside church’s pastor, Christie Love, organized an all-night movie night for the unhoused to get out of the cold. King weaved in and out of the pews as the movie started. She kneeled down to pet a friend’s dog and spoke excitedly about the chance to sit in the warmth for a while. “There is nowhere for all of us to sleep at,” King said. “When it’s raining out there, we’re all in that, freezing.” Love started the church a year ago. She said she couldn’t shake the feeling she needed to do something for Springfield’s homeless community. “There are a lot of people who defy stereotypes and they are on the streets for reasons you can’t imagine,” Love said. “And they are very rarely (for) the reasons you think.” The church holds service and community meals twice a week, and volunteers give out food bags and clothes through Kyla’s Closet. The Closet, set up like a boutique, allows those in need of clothing to peruse the racks. Love said she schedules special events for the unsheltered to relax in the church periodically as well. This year, the Halloween movie night was one of those events. Volunteers gave out free food and drinks, and many unhoused individuals who attended decided to sleep amongst the pews or talk with acquaintances as the night passed. Kevin Robertson is homeless. He said his living conditions are “cold and wet,” and spending Halloween night in the church’s warmth overwhelmed him with gratitude. “My family wouldn’t do this for me,” he said, biting back emotion as his bottom lip curled. “I couldn’t turn (this) down, I just couldn’t. I mean,


Pastor Christie Love counsels a Springfield resident outside The Connecting Grounds, a local church that supports the homeless.

I’ve been in this situation for a long time, and I’m really humbled by the generosity and the kindness.” Love said she and her husband lost their home in 2012 before they moved to Springfield to stay with her sister. It was this experience and her family’s move to north Springfield that, she said, revealed the need to do something for Springfield’s homeless population. “For me, as a believer, I can’t be at peace if there are others around me that aren’t in peace,” Love said. “People are struggling with poverty, they’re struggling with homelessness (and) they’re struggling with hunger.” Amanda Stadler, Continuum of Care coordinator for the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, said there are around 500 homeless individuals on any given night in Greene County, with 200 of those completely unsheltered. “So that means sleeping somewhere not meant for human habitation,” Stadler explained. The Continuum of Care program, federally mandated by the Department

of Housing and Urban Development, encourages communities to gradually eradicate homelessness, Stadler said. The City of Springfield has contracted Community Partnership of the Ozarks to facilitate this program by connecting local agencies that provide important services to those living on the streets, Stadler said. This is called the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness. The Alliance released a High Risk and Homeless Youth Report in June which is the 8th report completed by CPO since 2007, detailing information such as the realities of homeless youth in Christian, Greene and Webster counties and how care can be improved for these individuals. Missouri State University’s Department of Sociology partners with CPO in completing these reports through research efforts. Paul Sartin volunteers with The Connecting Grounds. He said the church is essential for many homeless near Commercial Street, and he also had words for the city. “This city has waged war on the

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homeless and a lot of them don’t have a refuge or a safe haven to go to,” Sartin said. “The Connecting Grounds offers us a safe haven and a shelter from the storm, it’s hard to find out here. Every day is a toil — it’s blood, sweat and tears — and it’s real out here.” Sartin wasn’t the only source who spoke with hurt. “People look at us and judge us, call us ‘druggies,’” King said. “But this can happen to anybody.” The Standard reached out to Cora Scott, public information officer for the City of Springfield and asked for a response to the hurt feelings a few unhoused individuals expressed during interviews. “The City’s police, fire, planning and public information/civic engagement departments in particular, help with services and our regulatory changes to help those living in poverty and/ or seeking shelter,” Scott said in an email. “The City allocates funding and partners with Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness, in particular.” Scott referred The Standard to speak with CPO and said the city has focused particularly on the community issue of homelessness since 2014, specifically with the Zone Blitz initiative. This initiative, founded in part by former Springfield City Manager Greg Burris, pointed out the need to focus in and lift up the northwest quadrant of Springfield, also known as the City Council Zone 1. Though the initial 18-month implementation of the initiative has ended, the impacts of the program remain and the city, according to its website, continues to work towards retaining and building upon the changes made during this time by supporting organizations like Prosper Springfield, which strives to end homelessness. Stadler spoke to the negativity surrounding the city’s efforts in helping under-resourced individuals. “I think a lot of times it can be very isolating to be homeless,” Stadler said. “I think a lot of times there are divides in our community and an ‘us versus

The increasing demand for mental health counseling has left Magers Health and Wellness Center at Missouri State University struggling to meet the demand and many students frustrated. To answer the questions students may have, MSU Student Body President Abdillahi Dirie and Director of Health and Wellness Chelsey Small weighed in on mental health on campus, and what needs to be done for the counseling center. Dirie, in addition to being the student body president, is also a student worker at the counseling center. “Mental health has become something that students are only just coming to terms with,” Dirie said. “In our society, we’re just beginning to understand others and we’re starting to want to seek help.” Dirie said this was the cause of the overwhelming demand for counselors at the counseling center. “In college, we’re met with this culture shock. A lot of students begin to realize how its tumultuous nature can negatively affect them,” Dirie said. Small said students’ expectations can cause some of their mental struggles when coming to college. “College students have such a rough time because of false expectations we’ve

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Many changes will be made to Grant Avenue soon.

Grant Avenue renovation bridges IDEA Commons with Springfield TINSLEY MERRIMAN Staff Reporter @merrimantinsley The City of Springfield was recently given a $1.5 billion federal grant. A portion of the grant will be used by the city to renovate parts of Grant Avenue, both on and off the road. Announced on Oct. 6, the plan will use $21 million of the grant to connect Springfield’s economic centers alongside Sunshine Street to a proposed Center City Loop around the Missouri State University’s IDEA Commons. IDEA Commons, standing for innovation, design, entrepreneurship and the arts, houses Brick City, the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center and the Jordan Valley Innovation Center. It also brings together the university and the greater Springfield area. The MSU website describes the 88-acre downtown area as “a downtown community where people from all walks of life can live, shop, learn, create and work.” Professional Transportation Engineer Leree Reese, main contact for the project, said the grant still has to be voted on to be used by Springfield City Council and finalized by the Missouri Department of Transportation. The project, while providing utilities for pedestrians on the sidewalk, will benefit commuters, infrastructure and the environment. “The project includes advisory bike lanes, a round-

about, two raised intersections, three protected intersections, a grade-separated crossing at Fassnight Creek, bridge enhancement, utility upgrades, fiber connectivity, additional crossing and signal timing improvements, outdoor incubator and creek daylighting,” according to the Project Overview. The City of Springfield has Reese’s Project Overview in full, but three main anchors have been decided for the connection.

schools together via a biking and walking pathway, according to the project overview by Reese. The connecting pathway will have free Wi-Fi for those using it. In a public letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Sen. Roy Blunt said the project was helpful for the economy, as the connections to downtown and other areas will help develop the city and bring in more tourists. “The investments we make in our infrastructure directly benefit jobs and the local economy,” Blunt said in a news release. “By connecting Springfield’s parks, museums and other cultural destinations to the city’s growing downtown district, this project will spur economic development and boost the tourism industry.” The estimated final cost will be approximately $26 million with a majority covered by the grant. Springfield City Utilities will provide one million dollars, with the Springfield City Council providing the remaining $4 million. The City of Springfield has the ability to set aside $57,000 annually for maintenance on the project. The project’s completion is planned for 2024. Planning details and concept art for the project could also change, according to Springfield Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement Cora Scott.

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we make in our infrastructure directly benefit jobs and the local economy.” -Sen. Roy Blunt The first is Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, as well as the Bass Pro Shops located next door. Stretching down Grant Avenue, the city plans to renovate neighborhoods to form the middle anchor. The third anchor will be downtown Springfield, as well as IDEA Commons. A proposed “outdoor incubator” will be built for commuters and students to mingle together. The renovations will connect MSU’s main campus, Drury University, Evangel University, Ozarks Technical Community College, one high school and two elementary

A group of four Missouri State University communication students in collaboration with Stand Against Trafficking hosted an educational event called “Stop Traffick!” on Nov. 18 in Duane G. Meyer Library to raise awareness about human trafficking both locally and nationally. The students hosted the event as a project for Taleyna Morris’s small group communication class. The “Do Good” project is a semesterly assignment Morris gives to motivate students to get more involved in the Springfield community. Each group picks a different local non-profit organization to work with. Their projects can be fundraising campaigns, donation drives or educational events. Stand Against Trafficking, as said on their website, is an organization in Greene County that focuses on educating those in the community about what human trafficking is, how to recognize signs of a trafficking victim and the resources available for trafficking victims. The group said they found the topic of human trafficking relevant to MSU students because of the university’s proximity to Interstate Highway 49 and the vulnerability for students that comes with living on and around a campus. Traffickers have greater accessibility to individuals that live near interstates and college campuses, due to the easy travel across major cities in a short period of time. “Cohesively, we think it’s really important to educate ourselves as the next generation of adults that trafficking often happens to marginalized and vulnerable groups of people — men and women,” Mary “Ellie” Maji, a member of the group and senior communication major, said. The event began with a 23-minute documentary titled “Chosen,” presented by Stand Against Trafficking. It follows the true stories of two young women who faced human trafficking, one of which was a


A presenter at the “Stop Traffick” event presents information on trafficking victims. college-aged part-time waitress who met her trafficker while working. The documentary hit home for Hannah Jones, a member of the group and senior communication major. “I, like many other college-aged young women, wait as a part-time job.” Jones said. “I think the documentary is relatable in a way that makes human trafficking personal for our attendees.” Following the event, Dawn Day, chair of Stand Against Trafficking, gave a supplemental presentation to the documentary. The presentation discussed how the documentary related to MSU students and ways of becoming more aware about trafficking in Springfield’s community, such as the more subtle forms of trafficking. Grooming is an example of this and is a preparatory process of gaining someone’s trust to exploit them. The group said they were grateful for Dawn’s involvement, positivity, and initiative in being part of their team. “We are very thankful for Dawn’s generosity and commitment to our event, because it truly could not have happened without her,” Maji said. Dawn was part of a discussion panel that followed the presentation where she discussed her time working as an emergency trauma center nurse at Mercy Hospital, as it related to trafficking. Also included on the discussion panel was Missouri

State Highway Patrolmen, Lt. Daniel Banasik, and Rachael Herrington assistant professor of psychology and co-founder of Stand Against Trafficking. Banasik discussed the legal signs and consequences of human trafficking. Herrington discussed the psychological signs and consequences of it. Maji hopes students gain a greater awareness from this event to the trafficking that happens around them. “It takes a community effort to create and maintain a lasting solution to a problem as insidious and encompassing as human trafficking,” Maji said. “This starts with education and connection.” Jones hopes the event will make people be more confident in their assumptions that something isn’t right and have the courage to intervene or reach out. “I think we’ve all seen situations that look suspicious — whether in our own friend groups or downtown at night, but we brush them off, because we don’t want to come off as paranoid or overbearing,” Jones said. “We don’t want to be the boy-who-cried-wolf. I hope that at the very least, people will stop and pay attention to those situations, even if it’s for two more seconds.” Overall, the group hopes this event engaged students at MSU on a personal level. They are excited to hear the outcomes for other groups and the impact the projects have cumulatively had on the Springfield community.

MSU’s Giving Tree donates to local organizations VICTORIA SCROGGINS Staff Reporter @vrms12591 Missouri State University’s Plaster Student Union hosts an annual Giving Tree during the holiday season, also known as the time of giving. The tree donates sales to various nonprofit organizations. They reach out to the founders of various organizations to give back to them while allowing donors to choose which organization they want to donate to the most. The Giving Tree has a wide range of tags that students can choose to go to the organization of their choice. Students then buy the listed product and attach the tag to the gift.

The tree is accepting donations until as late as Dec. 14. Donations can be dropped off in various locations inside the PSU, including the main information desk. The Giving Tree is supported by the PSU’s Staff Senate. This year, the Rebound Foundation is one of the organizations receiving donations from the Giving Tree. They are a non-profit that helps and supports women and children recovering from domestic violence. Christina Ford, one of the founders of this organization, sent the tree a wish list of products that will benefit the people her organization supports. Ford said any donation will be helpful. “We want to make it a reasonable enough donation that

even a college student could afford so they could donate and feel like they’re giving back,” Ford said. Some of the gifts in the wish list include things like towels, paper towels, toilet paper and other household products. Ford said her husband is affiliated with MSU and various school events have teamed up with the Rebound Foundation for support. According to Ford, the foundation’s goal during this time is mainly to raise awareness of their organization and make their women feel supported. Ford said because it’s the season of giving, the donations will have a great impact on their people. “The giving tree means a lot

because it lets them know there are actual students and faculty and university came together to support them,” Ford said. She said the Giving Tree provides the Rebound Foundation an opportunity to show the women they help that people want to help them out. She said the biggest issue the Rebound Foundation faces is trying to stock and provide necessities for the women and children when they move into their own housing. Ford said the donations they receive “will go directly to housing.” “Not only will it allow us to let them receive while with us but also stock their own houses and apartments when they go to live on their own,” Ford said.


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Are pyramid schemes prevalent in recruiting influencers? ANNELISE PINJUV Columnist @Annelisepin I am an avid social media user. I spend absolutely too much time on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. I have a pretty average number of followers on Instagram, but somehow I seem to be a prime target for Instagram companies. I have received several comments on my photos telling me to “DM them for a surprise” and so have many of my friends. So, what are these Instagram company ambassadors? Can you actually make money from

posting about green juice powder and keto coffee? Maybe so, but it is definitely not as easy as it seems. These companies define themselves as Multi-Level Marketing businesses (MLM), similar to Mary Kay or Avon. They leave uplifting comments on your photos, usually something along the lines of “Hey gorgeous! DM us for a chance to collab!” This seems and sounds really promising, like maybe I could become rich and famous all from posting pictures on Instagram! I went to one of the companies’ Instagrams that left a comment on my page.

They had a substantial amount of followers, around 18k, and beautiful girls sporting their merchandise. I direct-messaged them back to get the scoop on what it meant to be a brand ambassador for their company. They replied, telling me how excited they were to have me join their team, when I had agreed to absolutely nothing. They then told me I could get 50% off my purchases and make a 25% profit off everything I sell using my own special discount code. This offer is not amazing. 25% off a $30 shirt is nothing to live on, especially when half of my followers are inactive,

and the other half are my friends and family that do not have time to use my discount code to buy themselves a $20 hat from a company they have never heard of that is almost positively mass-producing their cheap products in China. I knew this form of marketing myself would never work, but a lot of girls don’t. The definition of a pyramid scheme, according to the Oxford dictionary, is “a form of investment (illegal in the U.S. and elsewhere) in which each paying participant recruits two further participants, with returns being given to early participants using money

contributed by later ones.” A true MLM business is more focused on selling products than recruiting people, while a pyramid scheme offers bonuses and incentives for recruiting new members. If these Instagram companies are truly just MLMs and not pyramid schemes, then why do they leave so many comments on young girls Instagrams trying to get them to be “part of the team?” Why do they have completely separate Instagram accounts just for recruiting? Why are they constantly posting on their stories about how “YOU can make money from your phone too?”

According to my logic, a job is where you get paid, not where you have to pay money. Many of these companies make you pay a fairly large fee, usually around $100, just to get started. This is a sign of a pyramid scheme, not an MLM. While some girls really do make big bucks from posting pictures of them drinking some odd drink, these companies can take advantage of the young and naive. It takes years for them to build themselves as a brand ambassador. Before you give in to these luring comments, take a second to do some research, and always read the fine print.

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Facebook stalking has bred a generation of researchers KATHERINE COOPER Columnist @k8iek8_ If you grew up in the early 2000s, you probably know your way around most social media platforms. Relationships have begun, ended and progressed on social media. And it’s a major generational marker to say that you grew up on the Internet. And with great power comes great responsibility. Facebook stalking is the phenomenon of finding out a lot of information about

someone, typically starting from very little base knowledge. Once in high school, I found a boy’s entire Facebook and Twitter profile just by knowing his first name and what high school he went to in Indiana. Some people are scary good at it, and a meme has circled around comparing teenage girls to FBI agents about their ability to find things out, for better or for worse. And while there is a debate about the respectfulness of digging for information from someone in a semi-unsolicited

manner, there is some good that comes from it. Believe it or not, better research skills come from the Facebook stalking era. There is a certain asset to being able to follow small bits of information down the rabbit hole to find conclusory evidence of certain traits of a person with little to begin with. When researching for a project or paper, it can be difficult to know where to start, and even harder to know where to go from there. Often times profes-

Infiltrating the ‘Boys Club’ LINDSAY FARROW Columnist @lindsayfarrow28 Workplace culture is an interesting thing. For me, a natural observer, I find it crucial to understand the inner workings of my new workplace upon joining the staff. I watch how my fellow employees communicate with each The Standard Physical address: Clay Hall 744 E. Cherry St. Springfield, Missouri Postal address: 901 S. National Ave. Springfield, MO 65897 Newsroom: 417-836-5272 Advertising: 417-836-5524

other, the types of friendships they have within the group, what kind of jokes they make and the general consensus of how well they work together. For me, I have done about two different jobs in my life. The first being various political internships and campaign work, and the second being waiting tables in various restaurants since the literal day I turned 16.

The latter is less impressive on a resume, sure. But, the knowledge you acquire from being a server can build you some pretty next-level people skills. You’re able to read others and at times it feels you can virtually read people's minds. There are many things I appreciate about the time I’ve spent in restaurants. The people I have met, the things I have

sors will want you to use scholarly and peer-reviewed sources, which can be overwhelming to sift through and make sense of. But I can honestly say that with the progression of my skills finding out about someone’s great aunt’s embroidery business by just knowing their high school prom date’s name has come in handy. There is a certain level of perseverance that comes with Facebook stalking. u See more online at learned about the industry in general and the money never hurts. Most importantly, I’ve taught myself an interesting lesson. One that is crucial for the modern day woman’s success: how to infiltrate a “boys club.” A boys club is a culture built around a strong, unspoken and fraternal bond between a group of men. These men have each other’s backs, fiercely, and the benefits of the club may only be reaped by its coveted members. Dues? Perverted jokes, cheap cigarettes and the complete and utter

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Katie Sulzner, left, and Jesse Romano started their company, She Is Wonderfully Made, in March of 2019.

‘She Is Wonderfully Made’ Two MSU students start customized clothing company KATHRYN DOLAN Staff Reporter @kathryndolan98 What started out as a fundraising idea for a summer trip, has turned into a blossoming business for Missouri State students Katie Sulzner and Jesse Romano. In March, Romano, a sophomore elementary education major and Sulzner, a sophomore triple major in marketing advertising and promotions, marketing research and marketing sales, started the company She is Wonderfully Made. Sulzner and Romano sell hand-painted, customizable jean jackets nationwide and have profited several thousand dollars since the business began. The pair met during Greek recruitment last year and ended up joining the same sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. Both women were interested in attending Kaleo, a faithbased summer trip, and needed a way to fund the expenses.

One night in the Freudenberger House basement, Sulzner and Romano began brainstorming ways to cover costs for the trip. After several hours of scribbling business ideas down on a white board, She Is Wonderfully Made was born. The name is inspired by one of Sulzner and Romano’s favorite Bible verses. “(She is Wonderfully Made) is a good reminder for women in general, and it gives women identity in Christ,” Sulzner said. At first, the women did not have high expectations for the business. “I remember thinking, ‘If we make $50 off of this that would be amazing,’” Romano said. Reality exceeded expectations. After two months, Sulzner and Romano had raised $3,700 for their trip. Sulzner said the general education courses required by the Missouri State University College of Business have helped her manage the

“We switch off and on when it comes to who’s painting the jackets,” Romano said. Originally SIWM sold hair scarves, jackets and earrings, but recently went through a rebranding and now exclusively sells customized jean jackets. “We promoted a post on Instagram and it got crazy amounts of bookmarks,” Romano said, “Instagram really spread the word.” As SIWM’s popularity continued to rise, the duo decided to create a website to handle sales more efficiently. College students from across the country can place orders to purchase university-themed hand-painted jackPhoto submitted by Katie Sulzner ets. Sarah Kantra, a sophomore Sarah Kantra models a custom, hand-painted interior design major, lives denim jackets from She Is Wonderfully Made. with Sulzner and Romano in the Alpha Chi Omega house. After the launch of their company and establish a Sulzner said. website, the co-owners asked brand. Sulzner often passes her several people, including “It’s really cool to actively business knowledge onto Ro- Kantra, to model jackets and incorporate what I’m learning mano and the two divide up jewelry for advertising purin my classes to the company,” the company’s work evenly. poses.

Kantra said She Is Wonderfully Made is very popular amongst college students, especially sororities. “Their business is a hit,” Kantra said. Kantra said SIWM makes customized jackets that can represent any organization and are perfect to wear on game day. “They customize the jackets themselves — everything is hand-painted,” Kantra said. Kantra said Sulzner and Romano put a significant amount of time and effort into each piece of clothing they customize and want to make sure the jacket is made to order. “They really care about their business and want to see it succeed,” Kantra said. Looking toward the future, the pair wants to sell their products in pop-up shops and expand the products available to customers, potentially adding customized children’s jackets and screen printed T-shirts. Sulzner and Romano’s business Instagram account is @sheis_wonderfullymade.

Native cultures of the Americas art exhibit on display in library KELSEY BENACK Staff Reporter @kelseybenack In Duane G. Meyer Library, directly in front of the third floor elevators, lives a world of culture and art just waiting to be discovered. The open doors of room 306 invite the Missouri State University community to explore the vivid colors, intricate patterns and complex techniques of tapestries, ceramics and other artifacts belonging to the display of the Art of the Native Cultures of the Americas Exhibit. Beginning on Oct. 3, the Special Collections and Archives holds this educational exhibit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, with the exception of university holidays. This showcase lasts until Jan. 17, and revolves around student research. Billie Follensbee, a professor in the Department of Art and Design, teaches both ART 385: Art of the Americas and ART 485: Art of MesoAmerica. Her students research ancient artifacts from the indigenous cultures of North

America, Central America, South America, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. “For their course research projects,” Follensbee said, “the students implement their studies of art and artifacts by helping to identify unresearched objects in collections that were loaned to us by small, local museums, institutions, and private individuals and/or objects donated to the Art and Design collections.” Exhibits have been displayed in the library for 15 years, and this is the 8th year specifically of the Art of the Native Cultures of the Americas Exhibit. “My hope is that these annual, public exhibits of the student research will help the students, the university community and the local community to learn about the complex, sophisticated art and technologies developed by the Native cultures of the Americas and how these peoples have contributed a great cultural heritage to the present-day world,” Follensbee said. Either in glass prism cases or hanging on the wall,

the student research is displayed next to each of the artifacts for the exhibit. After the exhibit, the student-researched exhibit texts will be compiled into the Art History Virtual Exhibit Blog. Follensbee said only the best student research is incorporated into a public educational exhibit in the Meyer Library; students must earn a B- or better on their final course project. One student, Venita Williams, completed the research for the Chancay Doll and Ancient Andean Textiles Exhibit. Because there is a chance these dolls came from a gravesite, they lay beneath a black covering, so people have a choice of whether or not they want to view this particular artifact. “The ancient cultures often looted graves and recycled things at burial sites,” Williams said. While the actual dolls don’t represent anything pertaining to death, the exhibit is still careful not to offend Native American cultures by giving people a choice of whether or not they want to view these

specific artifacts. While none of this could be possible without the donors, the workers of Special Collections and Archives have the responsibility of actually laying out of the objects. There is one parttime and four full-time employees. Student employees help as well. Head of Special Collections and Archives Anne Baker said they have improved much over the years regarding setting up and displaying the items. “Once we have the artifacts and the students’ research, it takes us a little over a week to set it up,” said archivist Tracie Gieselman-Holthaus. She also said people on the project make sure to remain mindful when handling the artifacts; they make sure each object sees the proper care to satisfy its level of fragility. Above all, Follensbee, Baker and Gieselman-Holthaus all said the students are the ones to thank for the exhibit, for it is their research and expertise that brings the ancient cultures to life.


This dance mask is from the Aztec Mestizo cultures. It is a part of the Art of the Native Cultures of the Americas exhibit located in the Meyer Library Room 308.




MSU, Quapaw Nation partner in agriculture

‘It’s a symbiotic relationship’ KAYLA CURRY Staff Reporter @kaylalcurry Missouri State University’s Darr College of Agriculture has partnered with the Quapaw Native Americans to reach educational, business and sustainability goals, and the two plan on continuing to expand their relationship. “It’s a symbiotic relationship,” said Ronald Del Vecchio, dean of the college of agriculture. According to a press release from the university, the Quapaw, headquartered in northeastern Oklahoma, work under two main agricultural goals: food sovereignty and food security. William Meadows, MSU’s coordinator for Native American studies, said these goals are reminiscent of goals most Native American tribes work towards. “For native people, with being placed on reservations, there was that very long period when they were under government control on the issue of food, and there’s a little bit of that even today,” Meadows said. According to the United States Census Bureau, the national poverty rate was 14% in 2016. In that same year, 26.2% of single-race Native Americans and Alaska Native people were in poverty, the highest poverty rate of any race group. “There are some people who are very comfortable and secure, and there are people below the poverty line in native communities,” Meadows said. “This would be a way this tribe is saying, ‘We want to become self-sufficient in food production and distribution and not have to rely on the government. We don’t have to be in a precarious position.’”

Del Vecchio said the Quapaw have been active in agricultural practices and in wanting to be self-sustaining in food production. The Quapaw have invested money into establishing facilities such as a livestock processing plant, greenhouses and a facility for importing and grinding their own coffee in order to maintain their goals of food sovereignty and food security. Del Vecchio said some in the department have visited the Quapaw Nation in Oklahoma to participate in college fairs and recruit in hopes that students from the Quapaw Nation can expand this relationship by enrolling at MSU in programs such as plant science, animal science or agricultural business. “Our objective is we want to start seeing students from the Quapaw nation coming to Missouri State to study agriculture then go back to the nation and apply those techniques, experiences to obtain their goal and continue to maintain their goal of food sovereignty,” Del Vecchio said. The Darr College of Agriculture is looking to resurrect marketing Missouri State beef to sell at the local Hy-Vee grocery store. The Quapaw nation would help by processing MSU cattle. Del Vecchio said the next group of animals ready for processing will be transported to the Quapaw Nation’s livestock processing facility, which is the first USDA-inspected processing plant located on tribal territory that a tribe owns and operates, according to the press release. Part of being sustainable means using the products produced by MSU agriculture students, not just throwing them out. “When you look at local


Darr College of Agriculture partnered with the Quawpaw nation, whose goal is to promote food sovreignty and security. food production and at some of these urban gardens, a lot of the objective is to be sustainable,” Del Vecchio said. “I think the Quapaw Nation having that objective, it’s a sense of security, it’s a sense of knowing we can take care of ourselves, and we can be secure in producing and having food for the people of our tribe. It’s a very admirable goal, and I commend them for that.” Del Vecchio said he has a personal interest in this partnership because his wife is a quarter Native American, making his two sons an eighth Cherokee. He said he would be interested in collaborating with any other Native American nations if an opportunity arises. “If you think back on history, you kind of shake your head a little bit,” Del Vecchio said. “Talk about being dealt a bad hand. “Now, to see evidence of the Native American population stepping up and saying ‘We’re coming back, and we’re finding ways to be self-sustaining. We don’t need you to hold our hand. We don’t need you to take care of us. Hats off.”

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Alison Vance, junior criminology major, sits outside of Meyer Library. Vance is an active member of two LGBTQ+ advocate organizations on campus.

Transgender Day of Remembrance honors victims of bigotry, transphobia ANDREW UNVERFERTH Staff Reporter @overander On Nov. 20, people all over the world will gather to remember the friends and family they’ve lost to bigotry. It is a time for people to mourn their fallen loved ones and celebrate their lives. The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside to honor all transfolk who have been victims of transphobic violence. Assistant professor of sociology Alicia Walker said the annual tradition began in 1999 as a vigil specifically for an African American trans woman named Rita Hester. Hester’s murder in 1998 followed a string of transphobic murders and violence in Boston. Walker said the city’s queer community felt her death was a sort of rallying point due to both the number of recent deaths and the egregious behavior that followed. Her case was never solved, which is a common occurrence for trans individuals. Similarly, much of the reporting on the case misgendered her and questioned her identity. “Folks were upset that

Rita had died, obviously,” Walker said. “But they were upset at the greater pattern of injustice.” The vigil for Hester sparked similar vigils across the nation and the globe in the years that followed. Transfolk, other members of the LGBTQ community and allies now recognize the day as a time for remembering those lost and a reminder to fight for equality for the living. The day is important for many, such as junior criminology major Alison Vance, who said it’s a day for remembering those lost to violence. As a trans woman, Vance said she believes it shouldn’t only be about the past. People should consider what they can do to improve the future so more of these deaths can be prevented. “It’s just about remembering those that we’ve lost and looking forward to a better future,” Vance said. Walker said she feels representation is the main reason the Transgender Day of Remembrance is so important. While the day helps transfolk feel recognized in society, it also plays a significant role in signalling to others that there are still major problems facing the community.

She said she believes a worryingly low percentage of voters in America know a trans person. Awareness days such as this help to make these people aware of the struggles trans individuals face in getting access to health care, avoiding violence and harassment and staying out of poverty. For those hoping to participate in the day in some way, Walker said the best thing to do would be to attend a vigil. An event where participants recognize transfolk killed in the last year is likely to help make the scope of the community’s issues more clear and impactful. She added that making a point to tell a transgender friend you care about them might be beneficial. Another key thing for allies to remember is that it’s important to fight for trans rights every day, not just on awareness days. “This is a real thing, and these are people’s real lives,” Walker said. “These are their real lived experiences, and it’s important for folks to take time to get to know what those are, what those are like and what the struggles are and to find out how they can help.”





Men’s soccer Bears no longer perfect Technology helps team prepare for postseason

Bears draw Denver in tournament after Loyola wins in PKs

STEPHEN TERRILL Sports Reporter @Stevethe2nd

STEPHEN TERRILL Sports Reporter @Stevethe2nd It took 120 minutes of play and seven rounds of penalty kicks, but the Missouri State soccer Bears no longer have a perfect record. The Loyola Chicago Ramblers knocked off the Bears on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game in a penalty kick shootout. The Bears took the lead in a defensive battle when senior forward and MVC Offensive Player of the Year Matt Bentley scored his 14th goal of the year in the 56th minute. They were able to preserve the lead until the 88th minute when Loyola midfielder Tyler Biggs headed a ball off of a set piece into the goal. The game went to overtime, and neither team was able to score a golden goal in two 10-minute frames. Penalty kicks ensued, and the Bears lost 5-4 in the seventh round of the shootout. Loyola received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for its win. The Bears made the tournament with an at-large selection, facing Denver in the first rounds. “It was a tough game — we knew that going in,” head coach Jon Leamy said. “We thought we could lock it down, but we didn’t. We gave up a set piece, and they punished us for it.” A loss in penalty kicks u See NCAA, page 8

Volleyball winless in two road contests TJ SCOTT Sports Reporter @iamtjs_ The Missouri State volleyball team failed to secure a win in its two road matches this past weekend. The Bears’ first match of the weekend was against Evansville, who they lost to 3-1 nearly one month ago. MSU got out to a 9-6 lead in the first set before the teams began trading points. A kill from sophomore outside hitter Sarabi Worsley-Gilbert and an ace from freshman setter Kennedee Anderson helped the Bears gain a 21-18 lead. The lead was short-lived as Evansville went on a 4-0 run and ended the set with back-to-back kills, giving the Purple Aces the first set. The second set was a rough one for the Bears. Evansville mounted a 17-5 run in the middle of the set and thwarted every comeback attempt the Bears had. MSU took control in Set 3. This set was a tight one with four lead changes. MSU landed 20 kills along with a set win. The Bears put up a fight in Set 4, going on a 5-0 run to make the score 15-11, but they couldn’t find a way to overcome Evansville and dropped the set, losing 3-1. After losing to Evansville, MSU headed to Terre Haute, Indiana, to take on Indiana State in its secondto-last match of the season. MSU started off better. Senior right-side hitter Aubrey Cheffey added three kills and a block to propel the Bears to a 25-18 win in their first set. ISU controlled the next two sets and picked up wins in both, setting the match score at 2-1. u Read more at


(Top) Players from the Missouri State men’s soccer team watch the NCAA Selection Show. (Bottom left) Senior defender Ben Stroud celebrates his goal. Stroud and the rest of the team wear vests that hold GPS trackers and heart rate monitors. (Bottom right) After being called to play Denver, Bears players watch the bracket get called.

Wearable technology is becoming more and more popular in soccer, and the Missouri State men’s soccer team is no different. Keeping in step with many professional clubs and national teams, the Bears use a data-tracking system from VXSport, a company that specializes in athlete tracking in soccer and rugby, to do several things like track distance ran, speed, heart rate and overall physical performance. The players wear a vest under their shirts during both practices and games. The vest has a GPS tracker and a heart rate monitor. “It’s used to gauge (player) output,” said associate head coach Michael Seabolt, who handles most of the information from the system. “We track a lot of things with the vests, but the two main things are total distance and high-intensity distance.” Seabolt said high-intensity distance is 22 kilometers per hour, or 13.6 mph. The total distance run by any player in a match usually is the same across all positions, but high-intensity distance varies greatly between positions. “A central defender like (senior Ben Stroud) compared to a striker like (senior forward Matt Bentley) — their total distance will be quite similar, but Ben’s high-intensity distance may be half of what Matt does,” u See TECHNOLOGY, page 8

Lady Bears off to best start since 1997 No. 7 Oregon State beats MSU in Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship DEREK SHORE Senior Sports Reporter @D_Shore23 The feeling around the Missouri State Lady Bears is all too familiar through the first five games of the regular season. Even hectic travel logistics and quick turnaround games haven’t stopped the Lady Bears from getting off to their fastest start since 1997. Missouri State has moved on from last year’s magical Sweet 16 run, but the players know this season’s team is destined for greatness. “I think this team is definitely special,” senior Alexa Willard said. “We have a lot of depth again. That is always going to be a strength for us. We have all the pieces we just need to put it together and see what we can make happen.” The pieces to the puzzle have shined so far this season. Willard leads the Lady Bears with 21.2 points per game this season. She’s come up big in several games already for Missouri State, tying her career high with 30 points on Nov. 8 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She also scored 29 points in the Lady Bears’ comeback win against Oklahoma on Nov. 14. Another key piece is junior Brice Calip, who had arguably the best game of her career for Missouri State in their season-opening win against No. 23 Minnesota. She scored a career high 21 points while swiping five steals. Head coach Amaka Agugua-Hamiton called Calip one of the best defensive players in the country after she slowed down Minnesota’s Destiny Pitts, a preseason All-Big 10 selection. Sophomore Mya Bhinhar has filled the void at point guard after former star Danielle Gitzen graduated last year. Bhinhar is averaging 8.6 points per game while leading the squad with 4.5 assists per game. Junior Elle Ruffridge and sophomore Jasmine Franklin have also played big roles on


(Left) Senior Shameka Ealy goes up for the ball. Ealy missed most of last season with an injury. (Top) Senior Alexa Willard dives for the steal. (Bottom) Sophomore Mya Bhinhar drives by her Texas A&M-Corpus Christi opponent. the team. Ruffridge made her first career start for the Lady Bears against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in place of Calip, who was out with an ankle injury. The junior stepped up and hit six 3-pointers in a career high 20-point night. Franklin has been the team’s most reliable player on the glass, leading the way with 9.4 rebounds. She’s also averaging 9.4 points per game on the season. Missouri State has flexed its depth with other players like juniors Abby Hipp and Emily Gartner, sophomores Sydney Wilson and Sydney Manning and senior Shameka Ealy receiving significant minutes and contributing as well. “That’s the beauty of our team,” Mox said. “You never

know whose day it is going to be. We have three to four players we really count on to bring stuff on both ends of the floor, but it can be anybody’s night. We have a very deep team, and I keep telling them to buy into that.” The Lady Bears started out the season 1-7 a year ago before making their Sweet 16 run. According to Mox, one of the team’s big goals this year was getting off to a strong start in nonconference play. This year, Missouri State has a 4-1 record and recorded its second win at the end of the first week of the regular season. The Lady Bears got win No. 2 in December last year. After being predicted to finish No. 2 in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason

polls last month, the Lady Bears have proven the doubters wrong so far. “We celebrate every win and we are happy about it, but then we move on to the next one,” Mox said. “It is just one more step in us getting respect that we deserve. (Our fast start) shows resiliency, determination and perseverance in our players. They are doing a good job of being mentally tough.”

Recapping the WNIT

The Lady Bears opened the preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament with a 79-51 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 8 at JQH Arena. Missouri State hopped on an early morning flight en route to Boise, Idaho, for the second round of the WNIT.

The Lady Bears beat Boise State in a close one, 72-69. Calip led the team with 17 points while Hipp added 14 points to set up the match against Jackie Stiles and Oklahoma in the semifinals. Against the Sooners, Missouri State overcame an early 20-point deficit for a 96-90 victory over Oklahoma and advanced to the championship game against No. 7 Oregon State on Nov. 17. In the WNIT championship game, Oregon State handed the Lady Bears their first road loss in nearly a year, ending the tournament with a 80-69 setback. Despite not winning the WNIT, Mox had one big takeaway from the tournament. “I think we are a Top 25 team, for sure,” Mox said.




University traditions got lost in history

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Missouri State and Rolla had a football rivalry from 1953-1980 where the winner took home the “Old Powder Keg” trophy. The rivalry ended when Missouri State moved to Division I. as much as we’d like to,” Assistant Athletic Director Rick Kindhart said. Kindhart is also the Director of Athletic Communications. But it wasn’t just football

CLAIRE NIEBRUGGE Senior Sports Reporter @claireniebrugge Last week, some fans were worried about the future of Missouri State men’s basketball. This week, those fans can sleep peacefully. Missouri State earned its second win at home last Tuesday against former rival Cleveland State, 73-53. Nine of the 10 players who stepped on the court got themselves on the scoreboard while three contributed double-digit scores. This was the first game of the season where the Bears fell into an offensive rhythm early on in the game. They didn’t show 40 minutes of good basketball, but neither are most Division I teams at this point in the season, according to head coach Dana Ford. This group of guys is still learning how to work together as a unit. Missouri State only returned two starters and two bench players who saw decent minutes last season. This is a fresh team that is figuring out how to play together, and while they still have work to do, they looked a little more cleaned up than in the two previous games. Ford has been saying that once his team buys what he’s trying to sell them, they’ll start looking like a better product.


Redshirt junior Josh Hall leaps over his Cleveland State defender for a jumper on Nov. 12. The team said after the game that it was nice to secure another win before heading to face a Top 25 team in No. 21 Xavier. While the Bears didn’t come away with a win Ohio,

they left a better team. The 59-56 loss to the Musketeers was the type of game fans couldn’t look away from. Missouri State fell behind 10-0 at the beginning of the game

but worked its way back before heading into the locker room at the half, down 32-30. The Bears didn’t trail by more than nine for the remainder of the game, bringing the score within one point twice and tying it up twice. Missouri State played catch up the entire second half, unable to get over the hump and take the lead. This wasn’t because of their shooting, though. The Bears actually shot better than the Musketeers in all three scoring categories. Missouri State shot themselves in the foot allowing Xavier to score 25 points off 22 turnovers, a season high for the maroon. Fans thought the Bears were about to take their first lead when junior Gaige Prim slammed the glass to tie the game up at 56-all with 1:30 to play. On the next play, senior Keandre Cook got a steal, allowing senior Lamont West to shoot one from the corner that came up short. As the ball was leaving West’s fingertips, he fell to the ground after what looked to be contact with the defender. A whistle was blown and it looked like the Bears were going to get three attempts at the line with less than a minute to go in a tie game. u See BEARS, page 8

Goaltending depth helps Ice Bears find success STEPHEN TERRILL Sports Reporter @Steveth2nd It is a rarity for teams in the American Collegiate Hockey Association to have two goaltenders who could be considered starters. The Ice Bears have three. The goaltending trio of seniors Brady Griffin and Brendan Shuck and junior Bailey Stephens are something the No. 27 Ice Bears (7-6-1-1) can rely on during a rocky start to the season. “All three of our goalies have been great — we’ve been able to rotate them through,” head coach Jeremy Law said. “A lot of teams (in the ACHA) will carry three goalies but ride one guy. We may do that at the end of the season, but right now they all deserve to play.” The Ice Bears got good games out of both Shuck and Stephens this past weekend when they played No. 13 Arizona State on Friday and Saturday. On Friday night, the Ice Bears played what Law said was the team’s best hockey all season — until the last five minutes. After a dominant 55 minutes, the Ice Bears led the Sun

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Devils 4-1. Then, ASU defenseman Zach Kowalchuk scored a short-handed goal with 4:32 left in the game. It did not stop there. ASU scored three more goals in just under 4 minutes and won the game 5-4. “They scored that goal with four minutes left — we kind of just started pressing a bit, trying to make too many plays,” Ice Bears captain Chris Brown said. “We started collapsing in and leaving guys open, and they had some tap-ins.” Shuck was the goalie Friday night, and he made 27 saves. Brown said the loss was not on Shuck, but the play in front of him. The Ice Bears had a similar start to the game Saturday night, jumping out to a 3-0 lead by the middle of the second period. Sophomore forward Brandon Baldwin scored his first goal of the year late in the second period for the 4-0 lead. The Ice Bears continued to dominate the game — until the last 10 minutes. A miscommunication behind the MSU net gave the Sun Devils an easy goal, and they would get another a few


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have their football schedule made up through 2024, traditions are something that need to be planned out in advance unless it’s with a conference team. “We don’t schedule SEMO



cards. Missouri State plays eight conference games each season. The Bears play up one game every year, which only leaves two nonconference games to schedule. And since the Bears

affected by the changes. The men’s basketball game against Cleveland State drew eight to nine thousand people to Hammons Student Center every year on Tuesday nights. Once the Bears left the Mid-Continent Conference and joined the Missouri Valley, the Cleveland State rivalry ended. Decades later, the same thing happened to Creighton and Wichita State games. Once teams leave a conference, geography makes it very hard to keep teams on schedules every year. “Those were always fun little knock-down-drag-out rivalry games,” Kindhart said. “Students loved to get involved and boo the other team.” Conference realignment wasn’t the only factor affecting traditions. “We used to have bonfires in the grassy area between McDonald Arena and what is now Plaster Stadium,” Carter said. “You could never get away with that now. The fire department wouldn’t allow it.” As the country evolved and became more socially conscious,


College football traditions have a way of bringing together thousands of people across many generations. Some of the most well-known and iconic traditions in all of college football include, calling the hogs at Arkansas, the Sooner Schooner at Oklahoma, The Gator Chomp at Florida, the 12th Man at Texas A&M, the marching in at the Army vs. Navy game and the list goes on. These traditions symbolize a resilient culture from the team and a die-hard loyalty from the fans, each one proving they are more so than the next. But some traditions are lost in history. From the time Missouri State opened its football program to the time Drury closed the door on theirs, the two cross-town schools were in a major rivalry, on and off the field. Missouri State gradually became larger than Drury, so the rivalry was never the same again. Later on, Missouri State

and Rolla — now Missouri S&T — were both members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, so a natural rivalry began. From 1953-1980, the “Old Powder Keg” trophy went to the annual winner of the game. That rivalry and tradition came to an end when Missouri State switched over to Division I and joined the Gateway Conference, which was later renamed to what is now the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Valley brought on a new set of opponents with new geographic proximities, placing Rolla on the back burner. “This was not uncommon around this time among FCS and FBS schools,” alumni Scott Whitely Carter said. “Conference realignment affects rivalries.” Southeast Missouri State is another school that Missouri State would like to have been able to keep on their schedule. With the only other Division I football team being Mizzou in the FBS, SEMO is a natural same-state rival. Because of college football scheduling, it just isn’t in the


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The Connecting Grounds offers Kyla’s Closet, a place for the homeless and others in need to volunteer and recieve free food and clothes.

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them’ feeling with folks. That’s something that we really work on, is community engagement.” Stadler said a big part of working with the impoverished in the community is listening to each person’s story with understanding and meeting them where they are. “And with that empowering people to have a voice and make their own decisions through this process,” Stadler said. “So it’s not service providers telling folks to do ‘A, B

and C’ but more guiding them.” Stadler and Love agree; the number one way to help the community’s homeless is to educate ourselves on the realities of poverty in America and volunteer with local organizations make a difference. “For me, it was time to do something,” Love said. “It was time to roll up our sleeves, it was time to invite people to tables they’ve not been invited to. It was time to start to see the stories behind the statistics and give them a voice.”

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Seabolt said. This helps the coaching staff tailor training regimens to each player. Players are given the training that fits what they will be doing in a game. “If someone has had a very hard week, then they might have a rest day,” Stroud said. “Compared to someone that hasn’t ran as much that week — they have to push a bit harder that day or stay and do extra.” The players also input their own data. They fill out several forms through the VXSports app every day that include how sore they are, how much sleep they got, what they ate, what they did on days off and how they felt they performed in practice. This helps when the

players are returning from an injury or illness. Stroud missed a few games with a respiratory illness in the middle of the season, and his personal input and the amount of running he was able to do in practice helped the coaches know when he was ready to play in games again. Seabolt said there are a fair amount of college soccer teams that have similar systems, but the Bears gain an edge in how they use the data. “I think our attention to detail with it is a little unique,” Seabolt said. “Something that is really important is if the coach is willing to change behaviors. You can have all the data in the world, but if you don’t utilize to to shape and plan your training, what’s the point?”


the team having three goalies has kept all three of them healthy. “You get some time to rest, which is huge,” Stephens said. “You’ve just got to cheer your partners on and wait for your turn.” The Ice Bears will host No. 14 Central Oklahoma next weekend on Nov. 22 and 23. UCO beat No. 2 Lindenwood University twice this past weekend, and McClew says the two games the Ice Bears will play against UCO is the time the team needs to play a complete game. “Next weekend is huge for us,” McClew said. “Especially trying to make it into the top 20 in the rankings right before Christmas break. UCO is really skilled, so the key is making simple plays. We’ve got a couple guys that when they get confident they try to do too much with the puck, so limiting that will be huge.”

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minutes later on the powerplay. The Ice Bears’ coaching staff quickly called a timeout. “We told them to calm down — stick to their game,” assistant coach Brendan McClew said after the Saturday game. The timeout was enough for the team to regroup, and they won the game 4-2. Stephens was in net Saturday, stopping 32 of 34 shots. “The guys in front made it easy for me tonight,” Stephens said after the game. “There was a little tension after (ASU) scored their second goal, but we bounced back good and held them at two.” Stephens, who has a .928 save percentage this year, said

set up for ourselves,” Small said. “When students come in they’re shocked at just how much is expected of them and how much work they need to put in.” According to Small, most students come in with an expectation of college as a great experience where they will make a lot of new friends and they’ll enjoy what they study and excel. While these things can happen, a lot of students are met with the stress of maintaining their social circle while they may not enjoy or even know what they want to study. Even if they do know, they may not excel like they thought they would. “When it doesn’t work out how they thought it would, students begin to feel down on themselves,” Small said. “They think they did something wrong when really it’s just part of adjusting to life.” Both Small and Dirie attributed this to the development

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goes down as a draw on the Bears’ record, so they are technically still undefeated. The shots were almost equal throughout — Loyola had 13 while Missouri State had 12. “Unfortunately it didn’t go our way,” Leamy said. “The guys played their guts out, and it was a couple of bounces that decided things.” Leamy said he was okay with losing to Loyola, a team

of mental illness including disorders like anxiety and depression. Dirie said medication and counseling go “hand in hand.” “I know a lot of students who go to counseling in addition to taking medication,” Dirie said. Small said she has a different perspective on medication. “It depends on the severity of the case,” Small said. “We usually recommend counseling and therapy before prescribing medication but some people just need that extra bit of help.” According to Small, most students are given medication as a last resort and most who are prescribed medication are given it due to genetic problems. “I think it’s time for us to look to new solutions for the counseling center’s overflow of patients,” Dirie said. “Whether that’s adding a new fee to students or getting our state legislators to provide more funding.”

Both Dirie and Small, in addition to other SGA cabinet members, were able to collaborate with the SGA at the University of Missouri in speaking with the state legislators. They found that of their questions, the ones about mental health were not answered. According to Dirie, the issue of overflow in counseling centers has been shown to be a statewide problem, not just affecting Magers. Both Dirie and Small agree that something needs to be done at the state level to help the counseling centers of Missouri deal with the issue.

he said he felt should have been in the NCAA tournament even if they had lost to the Bears. The Bears had several bench players Leamy said had a big impact on the game, including freshman Kian Yari, named to the MVC All-Freshman team, who registered a shot on goal in his 18 minutes of playing time. The Bears played Drake in the semifinal round on Friday, Nov. 15, winning 1-0. Junior forward Josh Dolling scored the game-winning goal in the 66th minute to send the Bears to the championship. Dolling, junior defender

Kyle Hiebert, and senior midfielder Stuart Wilkin were named to the all-tournament team. In regular season awards, redshirt junior Michael Creek was named goalkeeper of the year, Hiebert was named defensive player of the year, and senior defender Ben Stroud, as well as Wilking and Dolling, were named first team AllMVC. Senior forward Ian Jones and sophomore midfielder Jack Denton were named second team All-MVC, junior defender Gregg Stratton was named third team All-MVC


“I don’t think we can handle the issue on our own,” Small said. “But as a university, the biggest thing is advocacy for the counseling center, because the more it’s talked about the more the administration will realize how needed the counseling center is by the students.” Small said her hope is for the administration to expand the counseling center and put more funding into it. Still, the need for state-level action was made clear by the two who said their hope is to get more chances to advocate for it at a legislative level.

and Yari was named to the All-Freshman team. This was Missouri State’s eighth loss in nine MVC championship appearances. The only Bears team to win it was the 17-1-3 1999 team, who beat Bradley 2-1 in overtime. The Bears will play their first NCAA tournament game since 2009 on the day they play Denver, and Leamy says the team is ready to make a tournament run. “I think you’re going to see a hungry team when they make it,” Leamy said. “These guys love to play, and we’re going to be prepared.”

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Instead, the foul was on Cook — a Class B flopping technical. The new rule gave Xavier possession after they made a free throw to break the tie. With 11.6 seconds left in regulation, Xavier drove the lane on a second-chance shot and scored the bucket. “I guess you can’t fall now,” Ford said with Art Hains in the postgame show. “Sometimes guys fall; sometimes guys flop. I guess it will take some games to get used to.” Missouri State redshirt junior Tyrik Dixon chucked the ball up from 3 in desperation with four seconds to go, but it was no good. Despite the loss, the Bears looked like the team everyone thought they would be. Missouri State needed to come out, fight and show it is capable of handling its strenuous nonconference schedule.

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so did its college campuses which meant many traditions in football programs flew out the window. Although it wasn’t unique to Missouri State, the days of trophy games and campus bonfires were long gone. So Missouri State invented a new tradition: BearFest Village. “We’ve mastered the partying,” Kindhart said. “Now


Senior Keandre Cook puts up a jumper. They did just that. “I think we got better today,” Ford said with Hains. “Getting Gaige Prim in the lineup makes us better. You can tell.” Prim had eight points in 13 minutes of action. Prim got into foul trouble in the second half, limiting his time on the court. The forward hadn’t played in any game this season

up until Friday for what Ford called precautionary measures. One of Ford’s concerns from the season’s get-go was senior Tulio Da Silva’s minutes, as he had 37 in the first game. Ford said he wants to limit that this year. Prim in the lineup is expected to help alleviate the pressure and double-teaming

Da Silva could face. Ford said the goal for this portion of the schedule is to learn from wins and losses, progressing into a championship-caliber team come January. The Bears continue on their road stretch at the Charleston Classic in South Carolina. They’ll take on Miami University on Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m.

we just need students to stay for the game.” Carter, a former student body president, said conversations are how BearFest Village came about and more conversations between the right people are needed to enhance the gameday experience even further. Missouri State Student Body President Abdillahi Dirie said he would love to strike up a conversation with another Valley school about a fun tradition, but he wants to hear the students’ opinions

and ideas. “I still have a semester left, and while there are other initiatives that are more important on the list that I want to accomplish before my term ends, I wouldn’t completely rule it out,” Dirie said. “I think it would be easier if another student were interested in this topic as well to partner with to start the conversation.” Dirie said he believes a new tradition with a new school could help boost school pride and spirit. Statistically, the football

home opener and homecoming are the two most well-attended games each year. Kindhart said he wouldn’t mind adding a third game to that list to drive up fan engagement. Traditions and rivalries can be an easy, fun way to get behind your school no matter how the rest of the season is going, and it’s certainly a way to enhance fan experience — just ask an Aggie or a Sooner. While it can be tough to institute traditions, they have to start at some point or they’ll never become part of history.

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11.19.19 issue of The Standard  

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11.19.19 issue of The Standard  

The Standard is the student-run newspaper at Missouri State University.