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Football stadium ‘in need of a face-lift’

Missouri State’s Student Government Association recently approved a resolution supporting an extension of library hours during finals week. After considering student feedback, library staff decided to “provide 24-hour support during the final examination period this fall,” according to a Nov. 26 press release. Instead of its regular hours of 7 a.m.-2 a.m., the library will be open non-stop beginning Sunday, Dec. 9, through Thursday, Dec. 13. Students in the library during the extended hours can look forward to various promotions from the library staff, according to the press release.

By Brandon Corrigan and Jon Poorman The Standard

24-hour library schedule approved for finals week

Permanent provost to be recommended

In the most recent edition of “Clif’s Notes,” President Clif Smart announced he would recommend interim Provost Frank Einhellig to be permanently appointed to the position. Einhellig has served in the interim position as a Einhellig “respected, effective leader” since June 2011, according to Smart’s blog. If approved, Einhellig will serve as provost from Jan. 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.

MSU partners with Chilean university

MSU and the University of Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile, signed a unique partnership agreement on Nov. 26 — extending educational opportunities for students. UNAB students who have completed four years of undergraduate education will now be able to enroll in MSU’s Master’s in Business Administration program. According to a Nov. 26 press release from the Office of University Communications, UNAB is Chile’s largest university with more than 42,000 students.

Calendar Tuesday, Nov. 27

Native Art of the Americas Exhibit, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Meyer Library 306, through Nov. 30

BFA Studio Art Exhibition, 1-5 p.m., Student Exhibition Center, through Dec. 1

SAC Meeting, 4-5 p.m., PSU 313 SGA Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., PSU 313

Wednesday, Nov. 28 Entertainment Management Association Meeting, 5-6 p.m., Glass Hall 108

COB-MBA Association Fall 2012 Executive Panel, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Glass Hall 101

Study Skills Workshop Series: Preparing for Finals, 6-6:50 p.m., Meyer Library 101 Gerontology Club Meeting, 7-8 p.m., Professional Building 227

Info Session about the June 2013 Study Away Program in Italy, 78:15 p.m., Ellis Hall 303

Thursday, Nov. 29

BSN Application Workshop, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Professional Building 323 Study Skills Workshop Series: Preparing for Finals, 2-2:50 p.m., Meyer Library 101

Students for a Sustainable Future General Meeting, 4-5 p.m., Temple Hall 105

Friday, Nov. 30

International Student Workshop Series: OPT/CPT and the Job/Internship Search in the U.S., 2-4 p.m., PSU 314A&B

Plaster Sports Complex’s condition may impact football record and fan dedication

Times have been tough for Missouri State football, but possible renovations to Plaster Sports Complex could bring a much-needed ray of hope to the struggling program. According to Director of Athletics Kyle Moats, Plaster is in need of a “face-lift.” Now that the Bears’ season is over (3-8, 3-5 MVFC), and it has been announced that head coach Terry Allen will be retained for his eighth

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Plaster Sports Complex, home to MSU’s football, soccer, field hockey and track and field teams, was completed in 1992. Few renovations have been made since.

season, the attention now turns to the stadium. According to MSU’s athletics website, the stadium, as it appears today, was complet-

ed in 1992. Moats said he would like the east bleachers renovated and to have the track and the playing field replaced. Plan-

ning is still in the early stages, however, and he said he does not yet have an estimate of costs. “We’ve commissioned an

architect, Doug Sampson,” Moats said. “But it’s all still preliminary. We’re still weighing all of our options.” Sampson currently serves as MSU’s architect and director of planning, design and construction. MSU President Clif Smart has played a big role in trying to improve the football experience, including forming a task force to deal with football-related issues. Earlier in the school year, Smart said plans for possible renovations would be available for students to comment on later in the year. Recently, Smart said he did not want to discuss the stadium until after the season was over, and that the earliest date he could meet with The Standard to talk about the issue was Nov. 28. Moats said he believes the condition of the stadium plays a large part in the fans’ overall experience at MSU u See STADIUM page 8

The fiscal cliff for dummies Federal tax increases and spending cuts decoded By Dayle Duggins The Standard

So, you may be asking yourself, “What on earth is a fiscal cliff and why is everyone talking about it?” No, it isn’t the most popular place to hike in Colorado — now that the state is marijuana-friendly — nor is it Missouri State’s fiscally savvy president, Clif Smart. The so-called “fiscal cliff” that has become a political buzzword as of late is, essentially, a term used to describe a number of tax increases and spending cuts over a decade.

What does it consist of?

The fiscal cliff incorporates the Dec. 31, 2012 expiration of the “Bush-era tax cuts,” (almost every tax cut since 2001) and a scheduled reduction in government spending starting on Jan. 1, 2013. While President George W. Bush’s tax cuts were set to expire at the end of 2010, President Barack Obama extended the rates for two years under the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010. The scheduled reduction in government spending is designed to help the U.S.’s total public outstanding debt, which currently sits at more than $16 trillion, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Automatic spending cuts, set to hit on Jan. 2, would reduce spending by $109 billion per year from 20132021, according to the Council on Foreign Relations, Half of the automatic spending cuts laid out by the Budget Control Act of 2011 would come directly from the national defense budget. “The eligibility to begin receiving federal unemployment benefits, last extended in February, will expire at year’s end,” according to the CFR’s webpage regarding the fiscal cliff. Also, “The rates at which Medicare pays physicians will decrease nearly 30 percent on Dec. 31.”

Why is it such a big deal?

Many believe the combination of expiring tax cuts and a reduction in spending will be the end of America, hence the word “cliff” — if you fall off of that, there’s really no coming back. Others, like the Congressional Budget Office,, see the current plan of lowering the Federal Budget Deficit by $487 billion, gross domestic product shrinking .5 percent, and unemployment shooting up to 9.1 percent. The provided infographic details this idea more thoroughly.

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Sustainability here to stay at MSU University Board of Governors looks to ‘become as sustainable as possible’ while being economical By Amber Duran The Standard

MSU is moving toward being a sustainable campus. As part of their efforts, a Sustainable Energy Conference was held Nov. 14 at MSU, encompassing a fourperson panel discussion, a keynote presentation, and a documentary featuring the effects of global warming in

the U.S. “Sustainability is a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged,” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. The four panelists for the Sustainable Energy Conference presented their individual ideas of what sustainability means and where we

are headed without it. Panelist Jeff Barber, an architect and housing and environmental design specialist, said people need to take small-scale steps as individual citizens to save resources. “In the past 150 years, we have gotten away from understanding where our resources come from,” Barber said. “In the community, it starts with vision.” Barber said a citizen can make a difference by choosing community leaders, such as Jim Evans who ran

Sustainability by the numbers 2011-12 school year •152+ lbs. of items in •9,500 lbs. aluminum residence halls recycled and plastic recycled •4,050 lbs. food waste composted each week

for Congress against incumbent Billy Long, who are concerned about resources and sustainability. Kara Andres, a panelist and junior biology major at MSU, said there are sustain-

•3,900 lbs. electronic waste collected to be recycled

able solutions, it’s just up to us to find them. Andres helped provide solutions for MSU in her efforts to increase solar

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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

Technology poses problem for local theater The Moxie Cinema seeks funding to convert from film to digital projection By Anna Thomas The Standard

Time is ticking down as The Moxie Cinema continues its efforts to raise additional funds for its transformation from film to digital. The Moxie, located at 431 S. Jefferson Ave., has been showing documentaries, independent, foreign and student films to moviegoers since 2005. Up to this point, the theater has been using the same system of 35mm film prints, which are no longer being offered due to technological advances. On Sept. 11, 2012, it was reported by The Standard’s reporter Kris Collins in his article titled, “Digital or death,” that, in order to support the new digital films, The Moxie needed to raise $160,000 total. Their first goal of $10,000 for the initial costs to start the process was reached in September; however, a significant amount of money still needs to be raised to complete the digital conversion. According to Cause Momentum — a website that helps causes, such as the nonprofit Moxie, gain supporters and raise needed funds — all funds raised over the current $10,000 goal to cover “incidental costs” for both screens, including bulbs, new cables and projector pedestals, will go toward purchasing and installing a new digital projector, which will cost $40,000.

Following that, $80,000 will fully convert the large auditorium to digital. Moxie Cinema Executive Director Mike Stevens said there is “still a hill to climb,” and they could be slowing down. “Our first goal had a great response, raising that much money,” Stevens said. “There aren’t as fast results this time. I just hope people know we still need them.” Although there are still about a month left to reach the current goal, Cause Momentum’s website shows that only about $3,200 has been raised with the help of 17 supporters. The Moxie has had an ongoing relationship with Missouri State University, even showing some students’ productions. Students, such as Isaac Wetzel, a junior film studies major, do not want to see the cinema go. “A lot of my media classes have encouraged me to support this theater, and for good reason,” Wetzel said. “The opportunities it gives students are amazing. Plus, it brings an aspect of culture we don’t see a lot to Springfield.” Wetzel said he is happy to spend money on tickets to keep the cinema running. According to Stevens, the theater also has loyal donors who have always helped. Since The Moxie is a nonprofit


The Moxie Cinema at 431 S. Jefferson Ave. needed to raise $160,000 for its conversion from film to digital projection this year. So far, the theater has raised $13,200 towards its goal.

organization, Stevens is still working on applying for grants and contacting other organizations to help fundraise. As a student, Wetzel said this situation is something the student body can learn from. “Working and helping keep an original piece of Springfield alive? That’s priceless,” Wetzel said. “Times are moving forward, let’s help The Moxie do the same.” Stevens encourages students,

and Springfield citizens, to help in any way they can. On the Cause Momentum website, there are a number of donating levels, from $1 to $1,000, all offering special gifts to the donators. Stevens said they are still making fundraising progress, but the 35mm film distribution deadline of early 2013 is quickly approaching. He said they hope to complete their search for funds by March of next year.

Stevens said while the thought of closing the cinema is still a scary thought, he is staying optimistic. “We’ve made one goal, but remember, that isn’t the end. We have to just keep pushing on,” Stevens said. To donate to The Moxie or for more information about the cinema, visit and respectively.

To grad school, or not to grad school? Graduate College Showcase highlights post-undergrad options By Kelsey Berry The Standard

Missouri State students weighed the many options MSU’s Graduate College provides on Nov. 14 at the Graduate College Fall Showcase. The mission of MSU’s graduate school is “to be an advocate for graduate education and provide quality service to graduate programs, fac-

ulty, and students, with the goal of developing individuals who have advanced abilities to address issues of significance for the quality of life.” About 3,400 students are enrolled in Missouri State’s graduate school, which includes 44 different degree programs. Twenty-one certificate programs are also offered. Each graduate program

had a display set up in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom with professors and graduate students on hand to answer questions from juniors and seniors interested in learning more about their options after graduation. Misty Stewart, coordinator of the showcase and graduate recruitment, said the main focus of the showcase was “to bring awareness about all the graduate programs offered at MSU.” By attending the showcase, students were provided with information about grad-

uate programs, allowing them to weigh their options and determine if graduate school is the right fit for them. “They’re able to come in and talk to faculty members and current graduate students to find out how the program is,” Stewart said. Michael Finnegan, a first year mathematics graduate student at MSU, is continuing his education in hopes of teaching math at the college level. Finnegan made himself available at the event to share his experience with undergraduates.

“I did the graduate assistant program so I could get experience in the classroom, teaching,” he said. “All the math GAs teach Math 101 and 102, so we’re fully prepared to go into the classrooms.” Finnegan said that, to teach at the college level, he needed a master’s degree. But more importantly, he felt that after finishing his program he will have gained the experience needed to run his own classroom that other graduates may not have, giving him an advantage when

he is looking for a job. Junior physical therapy major Glory Reichard attended the showcase to learn more about how to achieve her dream of becoming a recovery physical therapist. She said her career goal is to help those who have been in debilitating accidents. Reichard said the initial jump into the program is more intimidating than the actual program itself, but she feels that her family’s support is a great help.

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Nov. 27, 2012

Life’s better off the grid

Every Tuesday and Thursday around 10:45 a.m., I walk out of Craig Hall and begin my long trek back to my warm bed that I so begrudgingly had to vacate two hours earlier. By the time I even make it back to the PSU, however, I usually have already had to dodge more than one person making a beeline at me with their nose in a book, er ... their smartphone. After playing chicken with several more people and listening to random phone conversations that range anywhere from what someone’s having for dinner that night to someone’s drunken shenanigans before midday has even arrived, it occurs to me: What did anyone ever do without smartphones? This isn’t a difficult question for me to answer for myself, as I galavant around campus with an LG enV2 from 2009 (which is practically equivalent to the time of the dinosaurs in this day and age) that prevents me from my daily need to check Facebook seven times in 10 minutes or to post Instagram pictures of squirrels on campus. Instead, the only thing I am guilty of on my walk around campus is the occasional text to my roommate asking her what she’s doing for lunch. I think I’m happier without feeling the need to be constantly connected to everyone and knowing about everything

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that’s going on anywhere at any given time. According to an eMarketer report, Android and iOS users in the U.S. will spend 23 billion minutes (equal to approximately 1,900 years as highlighted by an article on referencing the study) per month on the mobile web. The study also projects that, while in 2012 there are 1 billion active mobile app users worldwide, this number will increase to 2.1 billion by 2016. These numbers don’t really surprise me when I think about all the people I see in class playing Temple Run or Words with Friends (people still play that, right?). They don’t surprise me when I think about all the people I see taking photos of their Starbucks coffee or their puppies wearing bowties. It’s almost as if you do something, but, if you don’t post a photo of you doing it, it never actually happened.

They don’t surprise me when I think about all the times I’ve been driving down National Avenue, avoiding a particularly crazy driver only to pass them and see them texting. They don’t surprise me when I go out to dinner and see groups of people, and have personally fallen victim to, being ignored because something on a smart phone is more interesting. I miss the days of going out to dinner with a group of friends and actually conversing, laughing and having a good time without someone picking up their phone every two minutes to check Twitter. I miss the times when distracted driving meant messing with the radio or putting on makeup on the way to work, instead of watching YouTube videos and carrying on texting conversations with people. I miss the times when I could walk through campus without having to dodge someone looking down at their phone. Wait ... that never happened. I’m content, living in the stone age with my brick of a cellphone whose only cool feature is a full keyboard, and I think everyone else would be happy if they went “off the grid” for a few hours and remembered what life was like before the age of connectivity.

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Letter to the Editor

Two parties must work together moving forward

Both the Republican and Democratic parties have to decide whether to work together or bring about a fundamental shift in American politics. On my right, I have seen the GOP change numerous times over the years. Most recently, the rise of Tea Party influence has caused a fatal change in the party’s nature. It is apparent that the GOP cannot survive being known as the anti-woman, anti-science, anti-minority, and end-justifies-the-means party. The

Republican Party must change once more. Whether it should change back to a more respectable state or become something new, matters not; it simply must survive. On my left is the liberal Democratic Party. Their recent well-deserved pride, stemming from facing an incompetent foe in recent years, has made them cold. They no longer seek collaboration, but the complete shunning of the GOP. This is wrong. America needs a two-party

system. I do not believe that liberals are socialists. But if they stand unopposed, they WILL radicalize and BECOME socialists. When America has two working parties, each is moderated, and the country succeeds. Michael Toomey Senior Religious Studies

MSU creates parking chaos

Every Monday through Friday at the commuter lot in front of Craig Hall and across from Plaster Sports Complex, lines of traffic weave in and out of aisles. There’s obvious tension every time a spot gets filled. Cars start going faster and civility plummets. There’s a reason for all of this chaos — the Parking Administration at MSU oversells the commuter lots. According to Earl Wall, the parking transit supervisor at the Department of Safety and Transportation, 6,000 spots are available for students. Students have purchased 9,530 commuter permits. That is about a 58 percent oversold rate. Overselling sort of makes sense businesswise. Not all of the students stay at school all day, so there will be turnover in the lots. The problem is the convenience. “There is no shortage of parking,” Wall said. “Every-

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one wants to park at the building they go to.” That is correct. The problem is that some of the commuter lots are in convenient places, and some of them are not. Those that are convenient are constantly being filled as soon as they are emptied. Even though the school thinks it is doing the right thing by taking advantage of the money involved with the parking permits, the repercussion is the dangerous driving tactics of the students. Strategies are evident with the circling vultures looking for that one empty space that is waiting to be taken. There are the cherry pickLetters and Guest Columns Letters to the Editor should not exceed 250 words and should include the author’s name, telephone number, address and class standing or position with the university. Anonymous letters will not be published. Guest column submissions are also welcome. The Standard reserves the right to edit all submissions for punctuation, spelling, length and good taste. Letters should be mailed to The Stan-

ers who drive extra slow. They hope that someone is either already in their car and hasn’t left yet, or a pedestrian will walk past their car and they have first dibs if the person is actually leaving. There are the speeddemons. They think that the faster you go, the faster you find a spot. There are also the phonea-friend drivers who either call a friend who might be leaving, or they drop a friend off who looks for a spot on foot and then stands in it until the driver gets there. A fan favorite: Drivers who go down the aisle the wrong way to cut-off the line of traffic behaving sensibly. They get one finger up for effort. These clashing techniques amplify tempers and careless driving is the result. According to Jay Huff, assistant director of the Department of Safety and Transportation, the department has taken reports on 47 motor vehicle accidents that dard, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO 65897 or e-mailed to Standard@Missouri

have occurred in the parking lots so far this year. That’s just what’s been reported. There is a definite problem with the parking situation at Missouri State. One small, but simple, solution would be to remove the no parking areas in the parking lots. There is no use for them — they are just marked off because of some slabs of raised concrete that could be removed. A fix for the lot across from Craig Hall would be to expand it. There is a small grass field right behind it into which the lot could expand partially. If that is impossible, cutting into the faculty parking that never seems to get over half-full would be even easier. For now, though, students will have to deal with that guy who cut them off en route to the spot they were cherry-picking their way to. Let’s just hope no children were around to hear what was uttered under their breath.

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We’re embarrassed to be MSU Bears

Thanksgiving Break, for most of us, was full of ridiculous amounts of food and family bonding time. Unfortunately for Missouri State, it meant the posting of the video “Like a Student” and a healthy slice of humble pie. The video, for those of you who haven’t seen it, is a mock of The Lonely Island’s “Like a Boss,” featuring a student named Brooke who conquers Missouri State “like a student.” It was posted to MSU’s YouTube channel and on its website last week. After receiving some negative comments from viewers — mostly students — the video was taken down and is only available for view on YouTube from an alternative source. MSU has made some great videos about our university, but this clearly wasn’t one of them, and as MSU graduate Aaron Bernstetter said on Overheard at Missouri State, “That video makes me regret having gone to Missouri State.” MSU is capable of producing great videos about our university, which has done some really amazing things over the past 107 years, but it really dropped the ball with this one. Instead of focusing on the accomplishments of actual people who attend the university, the video made a mockery of our school, with Brooke claiming to have “solved world hunger,” along with becoming president during her freshman year at MSU. Because these are all normal things for an MSU freshman to do, right? We give the university credit for trying to be young and hip, but The Lonely Island is in a class all its own, and instead of trying to rip off their popular “Like a Boss” song, MSU should have come up with a different way to showcase the talents of our student body. As it’s the holiday season, we’ll be thankful and optimistic that MSU received the message about how we feel about their “Like a Student” video — and hopeful that its next recruitment video won’t make us embarrassed to be Bears.

What is your favorite part of the holiday season?

Time with family 47.1%

The good food 17.6%

Not having class 35.3%

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Calendar Classical music revived at The Creamery Tuesday, Nov. 27

Spanish Film Night, 5 p.m., Siceluff Hall 225, free SAC Comedy Presents: Comedy Competition auditions, 5:30 p.m., PSU 115, free Jazz Bands Concert, 7:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free

Wednesday, Nov. 28

By Nicholas Simpson The Standard

Let’s be honest, opera isn’t for everyone. What may sound serene and exciting for some can simply be over dramatic wailing to others. This is fine, but there is still an undeniable affec-

tion for the art, and Springfield is no exception. The Springfield Regional Opera, which devotes itself to reimagining the craft for a 21st century audience, recently began Operazzi, an open mic night for its studio artists as well as anyone interested in sharing

their love for opera, jazz, classical and musical theater performance. Held at The Creamery Arts Center the third Sunday of each month, Operazzi makes for an intimate experience. Evan Bennett is an intern at SRO and coordinator for each Operazzi event. Ben-

nett studied voice at the Manhattan School of Music and spent two years teaching in Austria before returning to Springfield. He said the event is a re hashing of a sort of prototype-Operazzi the SRO used to host at Nona’s. “I kind of created my

position,” Bennett said. “One of the things they had was Operazzi, but it was at Nonna’s, and it was in a restaurant. This time, we were doing it in The Creamery, so we wanted it to be as artful as possible. We were

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Traditional Chinese Music Instrument Concert by MSU Chinese Music Ensemble, 9:40 a.m., PSU Theater, free

Native American Heritage Month Brown Bag Presentation: “The Role of Navajo Code Talker ‘Body Guards’ in WWII and the film, ‘Windtalkers,’” noon, PSU 313, free The Vine, 8 p.m., Carrington Hall Auditorium, free

SAC Films Presents: “Angels in America; Part 1”, 9 p.m., PSU Theater, free

Thursday, Nov. 29

Rudolph’s Five and Dime: A Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m., BlairShannon House Grand Lounge, free SAC Cultural Affairs Presents: Native American hand game, 7 p.m., PSU South Lounge, free

47th Annual Elizabethan Christmas Dinners, 7 p.m., PSU Ballroom, $33/adults, $28/students, $31 each/groups of 10 or more “Sweeney Todd,” musical, 7:30 p.m., Craig Hall Coger Theatre, $16/advance purchase with MSU ID, $22/students and seniors, $24/adults

Friday, Nov. 30

Rudolph’s Five and Dime: A Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m., BlairShannon House Grand Lounge, free Community Cooking Class: Budgeting for Health and Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain, 4 p.m., Jordan Valley Community Health Center, free

Winterfest Visual and Performing Arts Festival, 5 p.m, Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free

47th Annual Elizabethan Christmas Dinners, 7 p.m., PSU Ballroom, $33/adults, $28/students, $31 each/groups of 10 or more “Sweeney Todd,” musical, 7:30 p.m., Craig Hall Coger Theatre, $16/advance purchase with MSU ID, $22/students and seniors, $24/adults

SAC Presents: Rock N’ Bowl, 7:30 p.m., PSU Level 1 Game Center, free “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” (Broadway), 8 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, $15-55

Saturday, Dec. 1

Winterfest Visual and Performing Arts Festival, 10 a.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” (Broadway), 2 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, $15-55

47th Annual Elizabethan Christmas Dinners, 7 p.m., PSU Ballroom, $33/adults, $28/students, $31 each/groups of 10 or more “Sweeney Todd,” musical, 7:30 p.m., Craig Hall Coger Theatre, $16/advance purchase with MSU ID, $22/students and seniors, $24/adults “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” (Broadway), 8 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, $15-55

Sunday, Dec. 2

Winterfest Visual and Performing Arts Festival, noon, Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free

Sounds of Christmas Concert, 2 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free “Sweeney Todd,” musical, 2:30 p.m., Craig Hall Coger Theatre, $16/advance purchase with MSU ID, $22/students and seniors, $24/adults SAC Films Presents: “Angels in America; Part 2”, 9 p.m., PSU Theatre, free

Monday, Dec. 3

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

Briefs LemonDrop to host annual art auction

The LemonDrop will be hosting its annual Post-it show from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. Attendants can purchase mini artworks created by dozens of local and regional artists on 3x3 Post-it notes. Each Post-it masterpiece will be $1 each. Buyers can feel free to take their artworks straight off the wall after purchasing them. For additional information, contact Executive Director at the LemonDrop, Meganne Rosen O’Neal. The LemonDrop is located at 416 W. Commercial St.

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The tempting, tasty treats and filling meals that accompany the holidays may leave some feeling a little puffier than usual, but there is hope for those who want to watch their figure while still appeasing their taste buds.

Bring on the holidays, without the pounds pany after nine hours of cleaning, there are more practical ways to be moderately healthy during the holidays than a daylong cleanhours of touch football, ing spree or a seven-hour according to a calorie calcu- game of touch football. lator on http://www.exerRevamping meals The easiest way to lightI think it’s safe to assume that, in our limited time en up a holiday dinner is by away from classes, most of replacing certain ingredius opt to sit on the couch ents packed with calories and watch movies, play and fat with similar, more board games with the fami- health-conscious ingredily or work on homework ents. Skinny Chef is a blog by (yeah, right). Although your house Jennifer Iserloh — a could be spotless for com- “trained chef, author and

Go ahead and stuff your face without feeling guilty By Nicolette Martin The Standard

The average Thanksgiving dinner can add up to 4,000 calories, according to an article by Mayo Clinic nutritionists Jennifer Nelson and Katherine Zeratsky. This calorie-ridden feast could be burned off by a 150-pound person with 5.8 hours of jogging, 9.2 hours of housecleaning, or 7.3

health expert” according to the Skinny Chef website — that is “all about helping you boost flavor and taste for any dish, expand your recipe collection, dial down fat and calories, and lose weight.” For a “traditional Thanksgiving the skinny way,” (which can be applied to any holiday dinner), Iserloh recommends using 1 percent buttermilk instead of heavy cream in mashed potatoes, using half-andhalf instead of heavy cream in soups, and making stuffing with whole-grain bread.

Gina Homolka, the creator of — a similar blog featuring “healthy dishes that don’t sacrifice any of the flavor that can be found in their full-fat origins,” according to the website — also provides readers with tips to lighten up holiday classics. For a healthier version of the traditional green bean casserole, Homolka uses a mushroom sauce that uses chicken stock and milk instead of heavy cream, and

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Organizations encourage generosity Seasonal programs in Springfield make it easy to volunteer and give to others By Briana Simmons The Standard

The holidays can be a wonderful time for loved ones to come together, share old family stories, and stuff their bellies with Grandma’s secret recipe, but they’re also a time to give back to those in need. Organizations, such as the Salvation Army and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks, have opportunities for students to give back this holiday season.

Salvation Army

Maj. Norman Grainger, Ozark Area coordinator, stood in uniform outside the UMB Bank on Battlefield for the 2012 Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign hosted by the Salvation Army. Here, the organization announced its fundraising goal of $1 million for its annual budget. “We were just short of our goal last year,” Grainger said. “We would like to reach our goal in order to use the proceeds for Christmas meals, toys and housing programs during the holidays.” The Salvation Army has been serving communities since 1865. With a rich and unique history, the Salvation Army is an evangelical

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Children sang at the Salvation Army hosted their Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign Nov. 15 at UMB Bank on Battlefield Road. The funds raised went to aid children and families in the Ozarks. part of the Christian church established to provide assistance to the poor, elderly and youth. Eighty-two cents of every dollar spent by the Salvation Army is used to carry out the services provided in 5,000 communities nationwide. One of those communities is the Ozark region that serves areas, such

as Springfield, Mo. Students can participate in holiday giving by becoming active in one of the Salvation Army’s most traditional fundraising events: bell ringing. Store entrances, like Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee, TJ Maxx and Battlefield Mall, are always accompanied by a

special holiday greeter around this time of the year. Salvation Army bell ringers greet patrons as they go about their holiday shopping and politely ask for donations. Community Relations Director Audrey Esther, believes bell ringing

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‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ bakes up some really mean pies Theatre and Dance students to perform ‘Sweeney Todd’ By Kaycie Surrell The Standard

Horror musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” may have been re-popularized by Tim Burton’s adaptation starring Johnny Depp, but the haunting tale of a barber and his partner in crime is more than 100 years old and will be retold beginning this Thursday, Nov. 29 by Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. The musical tells the story of Benjamin Barker, better known as Sweeney Todd. He was locked away for nearly a decade, and upon returning to London, he learns that he’s lost his wife and child. To exact his revenge, he partners with a dubious piemaker named Mrs. Lovett and opens a barbershop where he slits the throats of his customers while she bakes them into meat pies. It’s dark. It’s dreadful. It’s musical theater. Missouri State’s talented group of young professionals have risen to the challenge, and in a short amount of time, they have prepared to wow audiences with their interpretation of the popular musical. Senior musical theatre major Katherine S. Barnes will play the coveted role of Mrs. Lovett, one of the top dream roles of her theatrical career. “If you look at different versions, some people play it like she’s totally crazy, out of her mind, and some people play her really honest. For me, it was important finding an in-between,” Barnes said.

“I wanted her to be manipulative, but at the end, audiences should still root for her.” The many layers of Mrs. Lovett’s character were also taken into consideration when designing her costumes. Junior theater and dance/design tech management major Samantha Morrow previously designed costumes for last year’s production of “How I Learned to Drive” for a cast of only nine people. Sweeney Todd’s cast of over 20 was definitely a challenge, but an exciting one for Morrow. “The director gave us an image by Clyfford Still, that was kind of scratchy, for inspiration — think of paint that has worn and chipped away from a building,” Morrow said. “That was what I took from his paintings. I was trying to build contrast and patterns, textures and colors, to emphasize the chipping away of these characters.” One such character that slowly chips away, from the beginning of the show until the very end, is Sweeney Todd himself. To believably play a character that has turned to murder out of heartbreak and frustration would be a difficult role for anyone to fill, but senior musical theatre major Adam Padric Williams knew how to get into character. “It’s one thing to kind of understand him, but then to translate that kind of cerebral understanding to a physical and emotional understanding is very challenging scene-by-

scene, as you go along,” Williams said. “I just had to try to access the immediacy of each scene, because once he gets to London, things just start happening and don’t stop until the show is over.” Of course, it takes a combined effort to pull off a production like this one. Junior musical theatre major Gavin Juckette is no stranger to the stage at Missouri State and had his heart set on the role of Tobias Ragg. Tobias Ragg’s character is an assistant to the swindling salesman Adolfo Pirelli, and later Mrs. Lovett, serving meat pies in her bustling shop. Later in the musical, he becomes suspicious of Todd and Lovett, nearly foiling their dastardly plans before the couple rid themselves of him. “The biggest challenge of playing this part is capturing my character’s simple-mindedness,” Juckette said. “Tobias goes through a lot in the show, and since he isn’t very educated because of his upbringing on the streets, he can only rely on gut feelings and raw emotions, like his love for Lovett and his reluctance toward Pirelli.” Professor of music and musical theatre coordinator, Michael Casey, will both direct and conduct Sweeney Todd, bringing a musical he is passionate about to life through the hard work of both the student population and the design committee for the show. “I’ve been excited from the very beginning with the creative team that’s assembled for it. We met for about six weeks before rehearsals ever began, and there was a lot of conceptual and design work done on the show before we ever set the cast down to rehearse,” Casey said. “Watching everything come together, watching oth-

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MSU’s Theatre and Dance Department will perform its version of “Sweeney Todd,” a gory tale of a vengeful barber on Fleet Street, Nov. 29 to Dec.1. ers’ work come to fruition and the overall quality of the production from beginning to end, whether its costume design or a single chorus member’s performance, is very exciting.”

The show will run Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Craig Hall Coger Theatre and at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Tickets are $16 in advance with a Missouri State student ID, $22

for students and seniors the day of the show and $24 for adults. Visit for tickets, or call the box office at 417-8367678.


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Forward Drew Wilson is the first Missouri State freshman to record a double-double since Kyle Weems did in the 2008-09 season.

Don’t rattle the bulldog’s cage

Friday, Nov. 30

Freshman forward Wilson brings physicality, energy and toughness to the Bears’ front line

Saturday, Dec. 1

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Thursday, Nov. 29

Women’s basketball, 7:05 p.m. at home vs. Oral Roberts Ice hockey, 7 p.m. at home vs. Wisconsin-Platteville Ice hockey, 7 p.m. at home vs. Wisconsin-Platteville

Women’s basketball, 1:05 p.m. at home vs. Northern Kentucky

Men’s basketball, 4:35 p.m. at Oral Roberts

Monday, Dec. 3

Track and field, TBA at ASU Kickoff Classic in Jonesboro, Ark.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 Men’s basketball, 7:05 p.m. at Tulsa

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Women’s basketball, 7 p.m. at Missouri

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Ice hockey, 7 p.m. at home vs. Eastern Illinois

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Ice hockey, 5 p.m. at home vs. Eastern Illinois Men’s basketball, 3 p.m. at Oklahoma State

Men’s swimming team racks up Swimmer of the Week honors

Since the beginning of the swimming season on Oct. 5, four Missouri State men’s swimmers have been named Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Week: sophomore Paul Le, sophomore Vitalii Baryshok, junior Colin Hill and freshman Isaac Springer. Missouri State ranks No. 2 in the latest Mid-Major Poll released by The Bears recently finished fourth out of seven teams at the Purdue Invitational. Le, Baryshok and Springer were a part of Missouri State’s 400 medley relay that placed second behind Louisville with a time of 3:16.92. The time is the fastest in the MidAmerican Conference this season.






Wilson’s stats

• Games started: 6 • Points per game: 4.7 • Rebounds per game: 6

ne of the biggest questions facing the Missouri State men’s basketball team heading into the season was, “Can this team, lacking in size, be physical enough to compete in the Valley?” With that being the squad’s most glaring blemish, the preseason coaches poll had the Bears finishing eighth in the conference. Getting rebounds and being a presence in the paint, however, is redshirt freshman Drew Wilson’s job, so you can imagine his reaction when he heard that people in the MVC doubted him. In his first-ever college game this season, Wilson, a 6-foot-7 forward, recorded a doubledouble, becoming the first freshman to do so since Kyle Weems in 2008-09. He is also the first Bear to record a double-double in a seasonopener since 2007. “You’ve got to prove people wrong,” Wilson said. “Like I say, size may be our disadvantage, but our effort can control all of that. All you have to do is push yourself to go get a rebound, but most of all, you have to want the basketball more than your opponent.” Wilson spent last season on the bench — a

place an energetic player such as himself doesn’t care to spend much of his time — with strict instruction to watch the older players and learn from them. While he wanted to be burning that energy on the floor, he insists that it was a blessing in disguise. “The biggest thing I learned last year was watching Kyle Weems and Michael Bizoukas, and seeing how physical they were in practice, and then carrying that over to the games,” Wilson said. “They never stopped, and it made them better players. Williams That’s what I want to do.” Maybe all that sitting, watching and learning helped reinforce the need to play physically in the Valley, but one of Wilson’s high school rivals in Oklahoma, and now teammate at MSU, Dorrian Williams, said this is how Wilson has played since they first met in third grade. “If I had to describe his style of play, man, he plays the game hard,” Williams said. “He

always has. He’ll go and get any board he can get to, and he’s always giving 100 percent. He’s a guy you want on your team and not on the other side, most definitely.” Wilson has a chip on his shoulder, and he’s out to prove that the Bears can be a force in the paint and on the boards, no matter what it takes. “I pride myself on being tough — staying tough and keeping it together,” Wilson said. “I have the attitude of my father, which really helps me on the court. I just try to be a dog. I have that dog mentality, where I go hard after every play and stay competitive.” When asked about Wilson’s “dog” mentality, Williams laughed and said, “He is, but you didn’t hear that from me.” So, while critics don’t think MSU will rebound or be a threat in the paint, bulldog Wilson is using it as motivation. “I’m looking forward to being one of the best rebounders in the conference,” Wilson said. “I know that will be a big goal of mine, and I know that’s what I can bring to the table. Scoring is more of a luxury — I’ll get what I can, but my role is defense and rebounding. That’s what I’ll contribute to this team first. That’s what I’ll do to help this team win.” Wilson’s mentality matches that of his team. He plays the game like he’s undersized, like he has to give it his all on every play. He never stops. He’s relentless. “I get that effort from my mom,” Wilson said, smiling. “She always told me to never give up. So it’s really family oriented for me. They taught me to play hard and to the best of my abilities, so I try to make my family proud.”

Defense crucial to Ice Bears’ success

Golf teams wrap up their fall schedules By Mike Ursery The Standard

The Missouri State men’s and women’s golf teams recently wrapped up the fall portion of their seasons, and both teams are now enjoying a well-deserved break. The Bears teams will take a mid-season break before picking things back up in the spring.

Coach credits an increase in team’s aggressiveness By Tim Godfrey The Standard

Legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once said, “Defense wins championships.” This season, the Missouri State Ice Bears are counting on just that. When Bob Bucher was hired as the head coach in April, he inherited a team with an 18-17-1 record and a defense that allowed “35 to 45” shots on goal per game, according to Bucher. The new coach knew that if his team was going to win games and make it to the regional tournament in February, it needed to become more defensively sound. “We needed to look at how aggressive we were, or lack thereof,” Bucher said. “(The players) all bought into the fact that we needed to be more physical.” Bucher, a former defenseman, also said that the defense needed to have “separation in the gap” to move the puck out of their zone. “As an old defenseman, the thought is that the more time you give yourself, the more space you

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St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock attended a Missouri State Ice Bears practice in Springfield on Nov. 15.

give yourself, and the easier it is to make a play,” Bucher said. According to senior defenseman Eric Aldag, the 2011-2012 Ice Bears defense was a squad that was more focused on scoring goals than playing defense. This year, however, he said that sever-

When they play against us, they won’t see a lot of time with the puck.

— Ice Bears defenseman Eric Aldag

al defensemen have stepped up and have refocused on playing defense, especially on the penalty kill. “Last season, we were a very passive team on the penalty kill,” Aldag said. “We would let them dictate what goes on in our zone. This year, one of our guys will fly to them and force them to make a quick play. Usually, (opponents) will mess that play up.”

A great defense not only stops the opposing team from scoring, but can also help set up scoring chances on offense, and sometimes, they can even score a goal themselves. Last year, the defense scored a total of 15 goals. This year, they have 11 goals already and there are 13 games left to play in the regular season. Senior defenseman Jacob Guthrie has four goals this season and wouldn’t mind another opportunity to score. “As a defenseman you don’t get to score very often,” Guthrie said. “A big hit does feel great, but for a defenseman, a goal is the ultimate, well, goal.” To be a defenseman, you have to know how to skate and deliver a hit. Guthrie said that he and the defense skate three times per week before the weekend games and off-ice conditioning to strengthen their legs. Aldag said the team practices squaring up on offensive players

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Men’s golf

The men’s team played consistently through the five events in which they competed, finishing in fourth place in four events. They recently finished sixth at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, which was its final fall event. Head coach Neal Stafford said he was pleased with his team during the first half, describing it as sound and constant. “We’ve played solid golf,” Stafford said. “We had some nice play from our freshmen, and Daily (Young), our senior, was steady all fall.” Young perStafford formed exceptionally well during the fall. Not only did he place first overall at the Colbert Intercollegiate on Oct. 2, but he was also named Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week two consecutive times. Young has been the anchor for the team in his final year at MSU. “He’s sixth overall in the conference thus far,” Stafford said. “He’s in a pretty good spot within the league through five events.” u See GOLF page 7

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Stafford also said the high point of the first half was that the team was able to gain confidence in its play. “We were a little unsure of how we would look this year with the new faces,” he said. “We have three freshmen on the team this year. We’ve seen that we have some guys who can play.” The team will pick back up with practices in January before kicking off the spring season at the Rice Intercollegiate in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 4.

Women’s golf

The women’s team dealt with its fair share of adversity throughout the fall season. On top of having a young team, they were forced to deal with injuries and illness during events. Head coach Kevin Kane said he likes how his team has pushed through their circumstances and managed to perform well in their events. “We have a lot of talent,” he said. “We just need to develop more consistency, and that comes with experience.”

The team has had to look to their freshmen during the fall. Sophomore Megan Thompson suffered an injury twice and was not able to finish competitions because of it. Freshmen Lindsey Eisenreich and Ariel Tidwell both placed in the top 20 at the Payne Stewart Memorial on Oct. 26, finishing in third and 17th, respectively. Their performances, along with a second-place finish by senior Emma Clegg, led to a secondplace team finish at the event. Clegg’s second-place finish at the Payne Stewart Memorial earned her Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week honors. She is also third in scoring average out of all women golfers in the MVC. She has stepped up as the leader of the team thus far, according to Kane. “She has done exactly what we needed her to do,” Kane said. “She has stepped into the role of setting a good example. On and off the course, she’s someone that I like the team to look up to.” Going forward, the team will use its mid-season break to recover from injury before picking back up with practice on Feb 1. The first event of their spring season is the Islander Classic at Corpus Christi, Texas, Feb 25-26.

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Victorious Vitalii Coach has high expectations for swimmer from Ukraine By Sam Holzer The Standard

Hailing from Ukraine, sophomore Vitalii Baryshok knew that when he chose to come to America and swim for Missouri State, he would be entering a whole new world. With this, there would be many trials and tribulations. “Everything is different, seriously,” Baryshok said. “People, language, culture and food. Everything’s different. Language has definitely been the hardest.” One thing, however, that Baryshok can find familiarity in is the sport of swimming. Baryshok brings a capacious amount of national and international swimming experience to MSU. Among other things, he competed in the LEN European Championships in 2010, the Open Ukrainian National Swimming Championships and the Ukrainian National Cup in 2011. According to MSU head

coach Dave Collins, Baryshok is a supremely talented athlete with an abundance of potential. “Vitalii is one of the most talented athletes that we’ve had here,” Collins said. “He’s a very technical swimmer. He has good size, good strength. He’s got all the tools that you look for in a strong swimmer, and he’s got the work ethic to combine with the tools. He’s really kind of the total package.” With the talent, comes high expectations, and according to Collins, everybody is on the same page about what those are. “I think both our expectations for him and his expectations for himself are to meet at the NCAA Championships this year in multiple events,” Collins said. “We just missed that last year during his freshman year, so that’s our goal, and we’ve made it clear that it’s something both of us want to get done.” Although Baryshok missed the NCAA Championships his

freshman year, he did find immediate success as a Bear. En route to being named to the 2011-12 All-MAC First Team and the MSU Male Swimmer of the Year, Baryshok set the MSU school record for the 100- and 200-meter freestyle. “The sky’s the limit for him,” Collins said. “He’s a lot of fun to coach and a lot of fun to watch. He’s just going to continue to get better.” Baryshok’s accomplishments motivate those around him to strive for more also, including fellow sophomore Paul Le. “He always has really good

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Sophomore men’s swimmer Vitalii Baryshok holds Missouri State’s school record in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle.

times in practices and meets,” Le said. “So it just motivates me to try to keep up with his times. He always tries really hard, and it motivates me to try really hard and to be successful.” While Baryshok motivates his teammates, his parents serve as his biggest motivator. “I started swimming because my mom asked me if I wanted to, and I was like, ‘Yeah, that sounds fun,’” Baryshok said. “And my parents told me that if you do something, to make sure you do it good. And I’m still swimming. So it worked out good.”

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is a great way to raise money for the Salvation Army and for students to get involved. “Bell ringing is a simple and fun activity for student groups and organizations,” Esther said. “When you donate money to one of our kettles, that money stays here in your local communities.” Those interested in volunteering with the Salvation Army may contact Victoria Knight by phone at 417-8625509 or email at victoria_knight@usc.salva-

The Developmental Center of the Ozarks (DCO) focuses on assisting children and adults with disabilities. DCO hosts two main holiday fundraising events. The first is Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk that was held on Thanksgiving morning. Volunteers were needed in several areas, such as pre registration and the awards ceremony for the participants. Over 8,000 runners participated in the Turkey Trot in 2011, and with so many participants, the more volun-


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football games, but to enjoy nicer amenities, they must chip in for funding as well. “I think the students deserve, and need, to have somewhere where they feel like they’re wanted,” Moats said. “That may be a case where we’re trying to do that financially, and it may be a case where the students might have to help.” Senior accounting major David Pottgen, voted MSU Fan of the Year last year, said he thinks the condition of Plaster plays a role in students’ desire to attend football games. “One thing I always thought we needed was a cap, somehow to connect the student section side to the main


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teers, the better. Another fundraising opportunity fastapproaching is the giftwrapping booths in the Battlefield mall. From Dec. 1 until Dec. 24, student groups will have the opportunity to lend a hand and wrap gifts with DCO. “Meeting and greeting customers, wrapping gifts and handling cash exchanges are some of the responsibilities of this volunteer opportunity,” development coordinator Jennifer Yanders said. The gift-wrapping proceeds go directly toward DCO and the organization’s many programs available at its

side,” Pottgen said. “I feel like one of the biggest problems is separation. In the student section over there, you just kind of feel far away from everyone else.” Other student problems Pottgen noted include the track between the student section and the field, which makes fans feel far away from the action, and the bleachers, which he said are “crappier than some of the high school bleachers we just came from.” In regards to student funding, Moats pointed to Illinois State University, where a $25 million major renovation to Hancock Stadium is planned. Funding for the project will come largely from student fees, which will provide all but $5 million needed for the project. Hancock Stadium currently holds 7,700 people with 84.6 percent attendance.

slow down an already weak economy,” Paddock said in an email. “This could contribute to less economic growth and higher unemployment.” Paddock also commented on the push-pull between a political party wanting one thing, while the other has its sights set elsewhere.

According to Joel Paddock, a political science professor at MSU, the fiscal cliff illustrates societal issues in the U.S., when it comes to budgetary predicaments. “Some economists contend that the combination of spending cuts How does it affect and tax increases will me?

main campus here in Springfield. DCO has an early childhood daycare, adult day center, and technology and learning center for those with disabilities. Students are able to give back and obtain volunteer hours with shifts typically lasting three to four hours. “We try to choose students who represent a group, like a sorority, fraternity or club, to give that group recognition and accountability,” Yanders said. For those sororities, fraternities or clubs interested in gift-wrapping, or for more information on volunteering with DCO, contact Jen-

Moats also used the newly-constructed Foster Recreation Center at MSU as an example of what student fees can accomplish. “Foster Rec Center was the perfect situation, and look what you get when you combine university money, student money and philanthropic contributions: something great,” he said. “We could do something like that on the east side (of Plaster) if we all get together.” When asked to compare Plaster to the nine other stadiums of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, all of which Moats has visited, he said it was in the “middle of the pack.” “I would rank it sixth or seventh,” Moats said, noting that Southern Illinois houses the No. 1 facility in his rankings only because Saluki Stadium, which holds 15,000

According to the Tax Policy Center, http://, “the looming fiscal cliff threatens to boost taxes by more than $500 billion in 2013 ... Nearly 90 percent of Americans would pay more tax.” This means that the fiscal cliff will impact the majority of Americans if Congress fails to act on the looming tax increases and spending cuts.

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people, is the newest. Plaster ranks fifth in total capacity in the MVFC, with the ability to hold 16,300 fans. Two other venues, however — Northern Iowa’s UNI-Dome and Western Illinois’ Hanson Field — are very close, with 16,324 and 16,368 capacities, respectively. Plaster’s high stadium capacity (relative to other MVFC stadiums), combined with the team’s unfavorable records in recent years, might explain the fact that MSU ranked ninth in the Valley this season in attendance percentage at 53.4 percent. Moats said Plaster’s renovation would not only improve the fans’ experience and attendance rate but would also draw in more recruits. “The stadium plays a big role in recruitment,” Moats said. “My philosophy is that

Students, especially, may be impacted by the expiration of Obama’s temporary 2 percent cut in payroll taxes. So, if you paid 35 percent in payroll taxes, after the first of the year, you would pay 37 percent in payroll taxes. This poses a problem for many because, while they are making the same amount of money, their wages aren’t going up much, meaning they

facilities attract coaches and sports staff, which means the coaching staff is going to attract recruits.” When asked if the current Plaster has a positive effect on recruitment, Moats replied: “It depends on what other schools you’re looking at. It can be improved. There are some good parts to Plaster, and there are things that need to be renovated.” Pottgen said he hopes some kind of plans can be announced soon, and that renovations to Plaster would serve as “that one single flower blooming from a grave,” in the grand scheme of MSU football. “I feel like right now, it’s the biggest thing that needs to happen, because right now, everyone is starting to get frustrated,” Pottgen said. “Something positive has got to happen.”

net less money annually.

What is the fiscal cliff’s fate?

“The best-case scenario is that Congress and the president can reach some kind of longterm agreement on reducing the federal deficit,” Paddock said. “This agreement would include a combination of tax increases, spending reductions, and form of entitlement programs.”

If Congress fails to act on the looming fiscal cliff, a number of domestic consequences, national security implications and global consequences have been predicted. “The worst-case scenario is Congress and the president failing to cut a deal and the economy falls back into recession,” Paddock said. For more information on the fiscal cliff, visit

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A fanciful, shipwrecked adventure with ‘Life of Pi’

An incredible journey, with a heartfelt story and beautiful special effects, “Life of Pi” has it all. Based on the award-winning novel by Yann Martel, “Life of Pi” tells the story of young Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) who, while traveling with his family from India to Canada, survives a shipwreck. Now stranded on a lifeboat, he must learn to survive not only at sea, but with his only companion: A 450pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.


Continued from page 4 really excited to get the space every third Sunday.” Along with entertainment throughout the evening, free hors d’oeuvres, wine and coffee are served, which Bennett said is all provided as donations by local businesses. “We decided the best thing to do was approach local businesses about doing small things,” he said. “So, like a batch of truffles from Elle’s (Patisserie), or wine,


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breadcrumbs and shallots instead of the typical Frenchfried onions. For popular holiday dessert pumpkin pie, Homolka uses light butter, fat-free milk and egg whites for a dessert that has 172 calories for one-eighth of the pie, compared to 330 calories for one slice of a Marie Callender’s pumpkin pie. Furthermore, an article for by Registered Dietician Parul Agarwala highlights healthy substitutions for unhealthy ingredients. These substitutions include: •Using low-fat and fat-free

This isn’t just a story about surviving in a lifeboat on the open sea with a full-grown and angry Bengal tiger, this is a story about soul-searching and discovering yourself.

You would think that a film that takes place primarily with only a single speaking character and an animal would get boring pretty quickly, but fortunately, this is not the case. Director Ang Lee seamlessly floats between the lifeboat and the now adult Pi, telling his story to a struggling writer (Rafe Spall) — not to mention the fantastic imagery. I don’t mean fantastic as just really good, I mean it as fanciful, bizarre and even

whimsical. With incredibly clear skies and reflective water, sometimes it was difficult to tell if you were floating on the water or the clouds. The very real and emotive eyes of both Richard Parker and Pi and an evening full of glowing fish, and even some flying fish, were fantastic. The most breathtaking image may be one toward the beginning of the film. During the shipwreck, Pi gets swept under the water. While he’s trying to surface, he comes

face to face with the sinking ship almost fully submerged. What we get is this amazing picture of the now ghostly ship all lit up, sinking to its watery grave as Pi must watch helplessly, knowing his family is still onboard. If you’re a movie patron who loves seeing 3-D movies, “Life of Pi” is definitely worth the extra money just for the spectacle alone. But even if you aren’t a 3-D person, it’s still exceptionally beautiful. Aside from the astonishing visual aspect, the story is

quite good. It is a very emotional movie that, at times, especially if you’re an animal lover, could really pull on the old heartstrings. It does have an element of searching for God, or Allah, or Buddha, but at the same time, it isn’t preachy. “Life of Pi” is an excellent movie that everyone needs to see at least once. It may not be one of those movies that you’ll want to watch over and over again, but it is one that deserves at least one viewing.

but doing that on a rotating basis so we showcase as many local businesses as possible. “It’s really about not only building an arts community, but about building our community as a whole, and of course, in and among there, the opera gets to be a little more visible, which is great,” he added. Bennett said the SRO is pleased with the turnout of performers each month, singers young and old, from many walks of life. “We’re excited about it,” he said. “We have our young artists, our studio artists, as well as people like our board

president. Also, the Conservatory of the Ozarks has been really supportive, which we love. We’re constantly working at getting more university singers, from musical theater, the classical world, jazz, whatever.” One of these performers was Lucas Sherman, Missouri State University computer information systems senior. He performed his rendition of “On the Street Where You Live” from the musical “My Fair Lady.” “It was fun,” he said. “The nice thing about this is everyone’s here to listen. Everyone’s really relaxed

and supportive; it’s really the perfect atmosphere. It’s people that want to listen and sing.” Sherman takes lessons from the Conservatory of the Ozarks and said he has a hard time understanding the lack of appreciation for this style of music here in Springfield. “People tend to stick to what they know, and this is so outside the box,” he said. “It’s for the few that can really listen and comprehend it, or at least enjoy it. So, I kind of like that it’s a small event because it’s more comfortable and relaxed.” There were plenty of peo-

ple in attendance that did not perform, preferring instead to snack on hummus and admire each singer, such as Dan Walsh, an English education senior at MSU. Walsh gave his own opinions on why he thinks opera is a fading art form. “I’m so glad I came,” Walsh said. “I had no idea this was even here. The influence of pop culture and the media — what is mainstream — it doesn’t support what we just heard. It’s like a dying tradition in there. I’m just so glad that I take advantage of stuff like that. Being out, seeing things, meeting people, interacting

— it’s great.” Bennett said the next Operazzi, on Dec. 16, will be Christmas-themed, with cookies made by himself from a recipe learned during his two years in Austria. Complimentary food from Ophelia’s and wine and beer from the Brown Derby and Mother’s Brewery will be provided, too. “It’s a great thing that not only do we have local artists on the walls — the gallery exhibitions change all the time — but we can showcase our local artists from all different genres,” he said. “It’s really a community-building event.”

versions of cheese, milk, sour cream, cream cheese, evaporated milk and yogurt •Reducing refined sugars by using a sugar substitute •Replacing oil in baked goods with fat-free vanilla yogurt or applesauce •Using whole-grain ingredients in breads or pie crusts •Using vegetable purees or low-fat dairy products to thicken sauces •Baking, rather than frying.

throughout the day, so when your jeans are a little snug following the holidays, you’ll know why. features a free membership that allows you “a searchable food database of over 2,228,000 items,” according to its website. The website provides free mobile apps and touts itself as “the easiest to use food diary on the web.” The app keeps track of all the changes you make throughout the day and synchronizes it with the website. Lose It! is a similar app that allows you to log restaurant, grocery store and brand-name foods. This app is similar to the MyFitnessPal app in that it synchronizes your data with a website and is free to use. It also features a hassle-free “scan & done” component that

allows you to use your phone’s camera to scan a food’s barcode and add it to your log. The MyPlate calorie tracker through allows you to “browse the largest online food library, track your calories and get verified nutrition facts for even the rarest foods,” according to their website. The app also allows you to “browse healthy alternatives for your most frequently eaten foods” and “create entire meals for tracking.” The MyPlate calorie tracker is $2.99 for Android and iPhone users. There is also a free “lite” version for iPhone users. If you find you’ve packed on a few extra pounds following the holiday season, each of these apps serves as an aid to weight loss.

If you don’t want to take the time to track all of the calories you consume but maybe just want to know the number of calories in a serving of your favorite holiday meal, SELF’s Nutrition Data at features a tool that allows you to create a recipe in which you add all of the ingredients used, and it calculates the nutritional information for the final product. The holidays are filled with eating. Whether it’s turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, hash brown casserole, corn casserole, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, cherry pie, sugar cookies, fudge, vegetable platters, cream cheese dips, or any other recipe that’s been passed down in your family for generations, with the seemingly endless selec-

tion of delicious food, the calories can add up fast. By being aware of what you’re consuming and taking steps to lighten your favorite foods, eating (moderately) healthy during the holidays is not an unachievable feat. For those interested in learning more about shopping, budgeting and more healthy eating tips, licensed dietitian and MSU graduate Heather Phillips will be hosting a cooking class on Friday, Nov. 30, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center. The class will include recipe card and nutrition handouts, food samples and a cooking demonstration. To sign up, email your RSVP to by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Keeping track

With an array of snack food and munchies lying around all day, calories can add up simply because you’ve forgotten everything you’ve consumed throughout the day. There are several smartphone apps, however, that can, at the very least, show you everything you’ve eaten

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power energy on campus. MSU showed their support of student ideas by approving the installation of solar panels on top of MeyerLibrary. Andres said this installation is scheduled for January of this year. The upcoming Board of Governors meeting on Dec. 14 will have a special segment dedicated specifically to MSU’s sustainability, according to Board Chair Gordon


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“I’m nervous about applying because, for the program I’m looking at, they only take 35 (students) every year,” she said. “But my whole family wants me to go as far as I can, and they know it’s been my dream to be a physical therapist doctor, so I’m encouraged by that.” Senior psychology major, Marissa Moore, also plans on pursuing a graduate degree to fulfill her career goals. “I can’t do what I want with just


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Elliot. “It is our goal to become as sustainable as possible, but we have to be economical,” he said. “Education comes first, and we want to pay our staff right and keep rates as low as possible for students.” Elliot said sustainability is of interest among students and the board needs to get an understanding of what sustainability is and how MSU is moving toward it. President of Students for a Sustainable Future and junior biology major, Evan Clark, said sustainability is what people are calling for at MSU.

a bachelor’s,” she said. “I want to be a therapist, so I have to get my master’s to do that.” Moore said that since she isn’t able to do exactly what she wants as of now, it only motivates her to pursue an additional degree. “I just hope to gain more experience in the field and learn things that will make me a better counselor,” she said. Career Center Director Jack Hunter said graduate school is a great opportunity, but it’s not for everyone. Programs are more research-oriented, competitive, and rigorous,

“Making MSU more sustainable, in my opinion, is the best way for the university to live up to the public affairs mission,” he said. Clark also said ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement can be accomplished by MSU becoming more sustainable. “I believe we need a more clear and measurable goal than just the open-ended goal of increasing sustainability,” Clark said. “I would like our university to set a goal of being completely run on 100 percent clean and renewable energy in the near future.” MSU is a member of the Asso-

and students are more closely scrutinized as to the likelihood of their graduation. For students wanting to pursue the graduate school route, it is vital that they consider the above factors, as well as thoroughly research their area of study and plan ahead. Hunter said students should start looking at graduate schools as early as their junior year of undergraduate school and apply between the summer of their junior and senior years. At the latest, apply during the fall semester of senior year. The Career Center supplies interested students with a glossary

Thursdays to work on their penalty kill. With 13 games left to play this season, the Ice Bears will play seven teams, including rival Mizzou. But whatever team Continued from page 6 MSU faces, one thing’s for sure — it in practice to make an effective hit and use won’t be a fun time for opposing offenses.

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ciation for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), a group of institutions that work to be leaders in sustainability, according to MSU’s sustainability website. AASHE uses a program called Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, or STARS, to let universities report and rank their efforts. In 2011, MSU earned a bronze STARS rating, becoming the first of 50 schools to receive it. According to Tamera Jahnke, Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, “Our goal is to

of terms, timetable, tips for going through the application process, and a guide to writing the statement of purpose, which is required for admission to a graduate program and is the student’s opportunity to explain why they are a good fit for the graduate program and to highlight their abilities. It is also known as a personal statement, admissions essay, or application letter. The full guide to graduate school is available online at Graduate school is not the only

“When they play against us, they won’t see a lot of time with the puck,” Aldag said. “Whenever they take a pass, they are going to take a hit, and they’re not going to be comfortable playing on the ice with us

have a silver rating in the next two years.” Jahnke said MSU is making great strides in moving toward sustainability on campus. “We are trying to look at it from all different angles … LED lights in parking lots and residence halls save energy, going trayless and recycling puts less into our landfills.” To get involved in sustainability efforts, email or visit, to learn more about the sustainable pathway MSU is on.

option after graduation, and for those who choose not to go that route, there are other ways to be successful and attain any personal goals one may have. “If a person is looking to become more valuable to an employer without going to graduate school, I would say become more technologically capable,” Hunter said. “Maybe take a few more computer courses — and learn a foreign language. “When it comes down to it, It’s really all about skills,” he added. “Good people get good jobs. It’s all about skills, not one’s major.”

Ice Bears at home 7 p.m. on Friday against Wisconsin-Platteville at Mediacom Ice Park


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