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Tuesday • February 1, 2011 • Vol. 104 Issue 18
Briefs University cancels Tuesday classes
All day and evening classes at Missouri State University are canceled for today because of an expected winter storm. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning effective 6 a.m. today. Missouri State announced the cancellation around 9:30 p.m. Monday via text and e-mail alerts. At 10 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service was predicting 10-14 inches of snow. Other school closings in the area include Drury University, Evangel University, OTC and Springfield R-12 public schools.
Attracting a full house
SGA commends Bears Backing Haiti
On Tuesday, Jan. 25, the Student Government Association passed a resolution commending campus individuals and organizations whose contributions helped to make the attainment of the Bears Backing Haiti Project’s goal a reality.
African American Heritage Month
Missouri State University opens African American Heritage Month with a kickoff ceremony from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the Crystal Ballroom of Kentwood Hall, 700 E. St. Louis St. The event features dances, speech, songs and poetry. The theme “African American Warriors: Civil War Before and Beyond,” is based on the National African American Heritage Month theme of African Americans and the Civil War.
Calendar February 1 to February 7
Student Activities Council meeting, 4 p.m., PSU 313 Student Senate meeting, 5:30 p.m., PSU 313
Wednesday Life After MSU, 5 p.m., PSU
Speed Networking, 5 p.m., PSU Ballroom West Interfranternity Council meeting, 5:15 p.m., PSU 313 Panhellenic Council meeting, 6 p.m., PSU 313
Thursday Chinese New Year
Staff Senate meeting, 4 p.m., PSU 313 Life After MSU, 4 p.m., PSU Students for a Sustainable Future meeting, 4 p.m., Temple Hall pit
Residence Hall Association meeting, 4 p.m., PSU 313 Bear Blitz Volunteer Team meeting, 6 p.m., Siceluff Hall
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Attendence at Lady Bears games (above) and other MSU events has been low due to economic difficulties.
Filling all of the seats at events can be difficult By Rachel Bonar The Standard
It’s the beginning of a new year, and JQH Arena, along with Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, are looking for audiences to fill their seats. However, MSU officials said sometimes reaching full attendance can be a problem. “I think the economy is playing a role in the difficulties, especially when it comes to companies and organizations,” said Stewart Davis, director of marketing and promotions in the athletics’ development department. “We are finding their discretionary dollars for employee benefits and activities are being cut, which means fewer ticket sales from that segment.” To help offset the effects of today’s economy, athletic events are being made more affordable, Davis said. “It is also important during these times that we really promote the affordability of our events,” Davis said. “We have kids 12 and under free to all football games and Monday through Thursday basketball games. For Lady Bears basketball, tickets start at just $7 and Bears tickets
start at $10. We are working to make MSU athletics a viable option for families during these tougher economic times.” Ticket sales at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts have seen some effects of the economy as well, said Deborah Gallion, director of marketing and promotions at Juanita K. Hammons Hall. “In today’s world, we are specifically dealing with an economic downturn that makes disposable income even tighter, as well as an increasing inclination to access entertainment individually, online, on-demand and in one’s own personal space rather than in a shared public environment,” Gallion said. “It is a trend that demands that arts and entertainment rethink how we present and how we market.” Along with economic problems, types of artists may not draw in large crowds of people, Gallion said. “We have 2,200-plus seats in our venue,” she said. “Our mission is to present a wide range of artists to the campus community and the community at large, and some of those artists will not draw a crowd of 2,000 or even 1,000 patrons. We often have shows with small but very enthusiastic and appreciative audiences.” There are many ways that events are promoted to help bring up attendance, Gallion said. “For most of our shows we have media underwriters, generally radio, television stations and sometimes print media, who run promotional spot schedules and ads for the shows. We also sometimes do on-air and online promotions to give away tickets and further promote the
By the Numbers
JQH Arena filled to capacity
Largest attendance at a Bears game this season
Average attendance at a Bears game this season
Juanita K. Hammons Hall filled to capacity
event.” Gallion said, along with media promotions, special discounts are offered to increase audience size. “We can also offer special discount opportunities to move ticket inventory,” Gallion said. “We have student discount tickets available to most of the shows that we present. We also provide tickets to local charitable events throughout the year — for silent auctions, door prizes and more — and this provides promotion for the See SEATS page 2
Chinese New Year celebrated with festival on campus By Kaycie Surrell The Standard
The campus community kicked off the Chinese New Year with a banquet last Friday in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. The Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Every year the festival begins Feb. 3, the first day of the lunar month, and lasts for fifteen days, ending with a lantern festival. The Chinese New Year festival makes the American light-andChristmas-tree act seem quite small. For Friday’s celebration, the PSU Ballroom was filled to the brim and covered in red, a color symbolizing good luck. Every table was full, leaving only standing room, which was hard to find. Attendees were dressed to the nines in party attire. They spoke excitedly and animatedly about the night’s celebration and coming year, the year of the rabbit. The Chinese New Year is an extremely important celebration that exemplifies the very essence of “out with the old and in with the
new.” It is a holiday rooted in Chinese mythology that would scare the pants off of jolly ol’ Saint Nick. “There was a monster called ‘Nian,’ which is an evil (monster) living in the ocean, but always came out to kill people and destroy houses on the last day of the lunar calendar year,” said Peng Zhang, a business administration graduate student. “So ancient Chinese people decided to banish ‘Nian’ through fireworks and firecrackers when it came out, and this really worked. Then people kept doing this on every last day of the lunar calendar, and it became a big festival for Chinese people.” The celebration also utilizes traditional activities that everyone can appreciate like eating lots and lots of food. There is usually a feast on the eve of the new year, when people enjoy various dishes and sweets. The PSU banquet offered a variety of Chinese foods like mapo tofu, Kung Pao chicken and dumplings. Laura Searcy, a senior with an individualized major in Chinese language and culture, spent last year’s Chinese New Year celebra-
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Patrons of the Chinese New Year Banquet in the PSU Ballroom were entertained with song and dance performances. tion in Quingdao, China. Searcy celebrated the festival with a Chinese friend, she said. Though they celebrated with food, drinks and fireworks, the intensity of the celebration was unique. “It’s like a war zone when you’re there,” she said. “It’s a long time, so it’s just constantly really
loud. Car alarms go off nonstop. It’s really awesome.” The festival lasts for fifteen days, and there are traditional activities that take place each day. The first day through the 14th day are spent visiting with family and See FESTIVAL page 8
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shows, raises awareness and may generate ticket sales.” Similarly, promotions of athletic events use the media to help increase audience attendance, Davis said. “Promotion of athletic events includes a combination of all forms of media,” Davis said. “There are game-specific commercials, radio ads, billboards, newspaper ads and website deals,
just to name a few. Also, there are press releases that are given to media outlets for them to promote as well.” With the help of promotions, attending an event once will help draw audience members back again, Davis said. “We have found a variety of promotions work well,” Davis said. “We feel that if we can get someone into the JQH arena one time, they will want to return to a future game.”
Upcoming events JQH Arena Feb. 3 Harlem Globetrotters at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 5 Bears vs. Indiana State at 2:05 p.m. Feb. 6 Lady Bears vs. UNI at 2:05 p.m. Feb. 20 Rock and Worship Roadshow at 7:00 p.m.
March 5 Rascal Flatts at 7:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT) March 11 WWE RAW Road to WrestleMania at 7:30 p.m.
April 2 Winter Jam at 6:00 p.m. April 30 Celtic Woman at 8:00 p.m.
Juanita K. Hammons Hall Feb. 5 Springfield Symphony presents “Hopeless Romantics” at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11-13 “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” times available on the website
Feb. 24 Montana Repertory Theatre performs “Bus Stop” at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25 Springfield Symphony presents Vienna Choir Boys at 7:30 p.m.
March 3 Hot Tuna Blues tour at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
State of State brings tuition issues By Jason Johnston The Standard
The Missouri State University Executive Budget Committee recommended student tuition and fees increase less than 4 percent, equaling $94.74, for the 2011-2012 academic year. “Tuition is an important part,” said Eric Bosch, chair of the Executive Budget Committee. “The tuition that you pay at any college is based on the quality of education you get. We want to give our students high quality education and make our education affordable.” He said the increase in tuition could generate about $2.8 million to $3 million for the university. “If you look at our institution, about half of our
funds come from the state and half come from tuition,” Bosch said. “If you have a 7 Cofer percent cut of what comes from the state, you have to supplement that from somewhere or else you cut programs and classes, which is not a viable option.” On Dec. 20, the Executive Budget Committee prepared a possible 20 percent reduction to the university budget. Gov. Jay Nixon said in his Jan. 19 State of the State address that college affordability is a top priority. Nixon proposed a 7 percent
cut to Missouri State’s budget. University President James Cofer said the rest of the revenue — besides coming from tuition and fees — will come from reserve funds. He will present the tuition rate proposal to the Board of Governors at Missouri State’s West Plains campus on April 1. The Missouri Department of Higher Education requests Missouri State honor the Higher Education Student Funding Act and not increase tuition and fees above the Consumer Price Index without being subject to penalty and waiver provisions, according to a MDHE letter addressed to Cofer. Since the CPI increased by 1.5 percent from December 2009 to December 2010,
the university multiplied the base tuition and fee figure of $6,316 by 1.5 percent, which equaled $94.74. The 4 percent increase in tuition and fees equals the increase in CPI the previous two years. MDHE Deputy Commissioner Paul Wagner said three colleges and universities — Harris-Stowe State University, Missouri State and the University of Missouri — announced that they will increase tuition and fees, but not above 5 percent. “Harris-Stowe’s board has already voted on a 5 percent increase,” Wagner said. “I think the jury is still out, in terms of what the state as a whole is going to look like, on tuition. It is still too early to know what the trend is going to be.”
Governor’s office helps cover Nietzel By Megan Gates The Standard
Despite having stepped down as Missouri State University’s president last year, Michael Nietzel has remained a constant figure at the university. Nietzel resigned from his position as president in April 2010 when he was offered a position as an adviser to Gov. Jay Nixon. However, Nietzel is also still employed at MSU as a professor in the Psychology Department. This has caused some confusion from whom Nietzel receives his salary and what exactly he does. Scott Holste, a spokesperson for Gov. Nixon’s office, said Nietzel is the governor’s adviser on higher education and matters of workplace readiness. “He is the governor’s
said. “$35,200 will adviser for educabe paid directly to tion on K-12 and Missouri State Unihigher education,” versity, with Holste said. “He $26,667 covering interacts with leadhis salary and ers from the K-12 $8,533 for fringe community, includbenefits.” ing district superinBob Jones, tendents, the Nietzel department head of Department of Edupsychology, said cation, presidents of other universities and offi- MSU would use this money cers of two- and four-year to compensate other profesinstitutions throughout the sors who will step in to teach Nietzel’s classes in state.” Holste said even though abnormal psychology and Nietzel works for the gover- graduate seminars. “This contract money nor’s office, they do not pay him a salary but are instead from the state will be used following a payment plan to pay other professors to cover his teaching while suggested by MSU. “The governor’s office he’s gone working for the will cover one-third of the governor,” he said. “This is remaining portion of Dr. a fairly common practice by Nietzel’s salary until the end the university, and other of the academic year in June professors have had similar 2011 to compensate him for arrangements.” Nietzel will receive twoserving as the governor’s educational adviser,” he thirds of his original salary
from MSU, but will not receive any of the money the governor’s office will pay to the university, Jones said. “He will be paid by the university to teach and do service work, but the money from the state will go directly to the university,” he said. “Nietzel doesn’t see a cent of it himself.” This compensation will allow Nietzel to continue teaching at MSU and to support the advancement of education in the community, Jones said. “Dr. Nietzel has spent his career in support of higher education,” he said. “He’s advanced education through teaching classes, doing research, interacting with students and now by volunteering at the governor’s office. He’s giving his time, and the university is merely getting something in exchange for his time.”
February 1, 2011
Proposition B unfairly targets Missouri’s dog breeders Greg Edwards Columnist
folks outside of the state of Missouri. The Humane Society of the United States and PETA both completely backed the proposition and threw ungodly amounts of money at it to make sure it passed. That is because these organizations, and many more like them, want to completely do away with dog breeding in the state of Missouri. Now, since they paid enough money to have Prop B pass without anyone knowing their real intentions, they are well on their way to having their goals become reality. HSUS and the other organizations pushed for the initiative to have very strict and meaningful wording. This is how they intend to oust legal, former law-abiding dog breeders in the state. Prop B sets a limit of 50 dogs per breeder. Even if there is a renowned breeder that provides hotel-quality care to his 51 dogs, that is too bad. He’ll still have to get rid of the one dog now. Even dogs would agree
that this doesn’t make a “lick” of sense. If someone wants to keep 51 dogs, or even 101 Dalmatians, and they have the necessary facilities to provide excellent care, then that is their own business. They shouldn’t be told they can only breed 50 dogs. If someone is hellbent on raising 51 adorable puppies, even if it is kind of weird to want to raise such a specific number, they should still be allowed to do so. The same way that is it possible for a person to be cruel to one dog, it is also possible to not be cruel to 101 dogs. The next thing animal activist groups don’t want you to know is that Prop B only specifically targets the dog breeders that are already licensed and in compliance with state laws. Yes, Missouri already has laws about animal welfare. The laws may need some serious tweaking, but they don’t need to be entirely overhauled. Don’t let the animal rights activists trick you. We already loved our sweet puppies before the big, out-of-state groups came in. Because it deals solely with the already lawabiding businesses, Prop B doesn’t do anything to stop unlicensed dog
breeders who may actually be treating their animals inhumanely. All it does is impede the progress of honest dog breeders who want to make an honest day’s living. This also does not make any sense. “Let’s target the good breeders and give them so many rules that they have to go out of business while not doing anything at all to stop the real illegal and cruel puppy mills. That makes perfect sense.” Not. The final thing those caring, innocent originators of Prop B don’t want you to know is that they’d be happy to see other forms of agriculture in Missouri go away too. One day, they may even try to regulate how many head of cattle Farmer Bill can keep. Killing countless dogbreeding jobs is just the beginning. Eventually, these out-of-state groups will have some new cockamamie proposition on the ballot to screw over more animal industries. So, let’s all make some phone calls to our state legislators. We can stop HSUS dead in their tracks. Tell them we love puppies, but Prop B needs to get repealed. It’s what Snoopy would want. Trust me.
Cartoon by Rachel Brown
Who doesn’t love puppies? Whenever you get home after a bad day, a puppy can easily make everything better. They can lick you, roll up in a ball beside you and even play fetch. That means Proposition B, a ballot initiative that is supposed to help dogs that barely squeaked by and passed last November, is a great idea, right? Not quite. It is actually a terrible idea and needs to be repealed as soon as possible. If you ask people who don’t know a whole lot about Prop B, they will talk about how amazing it is. Prop B will help stop animal cruelty. “Those big, bad puppy mills need something to keep them in line, and this is it. The only reason Prop B was put on the ballot was to put the terrible, puppyhating mills under the strictest scrutiny possible in regards to the number of dogs they can keep, amount of living space, cleanliness and other important issues. With Prop B, the puppies will be saved. Yay!” This may sound all peachy-keen and perfect, but like many other liberal ideas, it is leaving out a lot of vital information. Prop B was actually started by a bunch of
Students should be more aware of Wyrick proposals
The Student Government Association’s Wyrick Commission is meeting this week to further review Wyrick proposals. The Wyrick Commission is a capital improvement project intended to benefit the student body. The commission is paid for by a $3 per-student, per-semester fee, which creates a pool of money to be spent in the order of votes received until the fund is exhausted. At this time, the proposals are still in paper form and unavailable for student viewing. Kinsley Stocum, SGA director of communications, said the proposals will be posted on the organization’s website when the commission has finished the reviewing process. Stocum was unable to give a firm deadline for when the proposals would be available online but said she hopes it will be soon. In last year’s student body election, there were five Wyrick proposals. These proposals included wayfinding signage, current event marquees, light pole banners and fence painting to promote school spirit, a car-counting system for Bear Park South, and four-corner signage. An average of 1,421.2 students casted a “yes” or “no” vote toward each proposal while an average of 177.2 students abstained from voting. The students of this university spend thousands of dollars on campus projects that they may not support, such as the university Rec Center or JQH Arena. The Wyrick commission is students’ only opportunity to choose how their money is spent. There is no reason why such a small percentage of students should be casting votes toward the Wyrick proposals. SGA will soon make the proposals available for viewing on its website. Students should make themselves familiar with the proposals and cast an informed decision on the day of the student body election. It is irresponsible to show up to the polls on Election Day to vote for president and ignore the propositions on the ballot. The same rules apply to the student body election.
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Patrons want more than just coffee
Bankruptcy, foreclosure, short sale, credit counseling, debt management, Dave Ramsey ... the economy is all we have heard about for the last three years. Save, save, save. Cut back unnecessary expenditures and live simply. Families are eating out less, downsizing the cable bill and carpooling to work every day. Students are going months without haircuts, wearing the same pair of jeans they’ve had since ninth grade and, in my case, going without hot food and sometimes hot water. Why, then, do many of us stuff our frugal hands into the quarter jar every morning to scrape a few dollars together for our daily Starbucks jaunt? Why can we not resist the Kaldi’s coffee counter when the sounds of steaming milk and dripping coffee reach
Brittany Forell Columnist
our ears? The smell of cinnamon, the hiss of the espresso machine and the cheerfulness of the apronclad barista draw in our weary feet for a warm cup of brown bean water. I can’t help but question if it is really the product — the hot milk and espresso — that brightens our day. Do we really pay $5 for a latte when the very same month we cannot afford to pay our utility bill? As a retired barista of four years with an earned (and very real) title of “coffee master,” I have observed a few things in the sions 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 Standard, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO 65897 or e-mailed to Standard@Missouri State.edu.
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field. A regular coffee customer does not expect a grab-and-go kind of service. A “regular” knows the baristas by name. He knows every brew and every latte but orders the same size, same flavor and same pastry every time. A regular expects to know when one of the baristas gets married or if the manager got transferred to a new store. He expects new employees to memorize his usual drink quickly just as he will memorize their names quickly. The regular craves the routine, the familiarity, but mostly the connection. As B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore describe in their book “The Experience Economy,” coffee can be one of four things in business: a commodity, a good, a service or an experience. The last of these four is what allows compa-
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nies to charge $5 for a cup of coffee rather than 50 cents. It is these businesses who set the stage for an experience that gains loyal customers. Furthermore, it is these customers the business gains who allow the company to flourish. The often-taught Pareto Principle, also known as the “80/20 rule,” explains that 80 percent of sales come from 20 percent of your customers. The “vital few,” they call them. Experience is an economic offering, often confused but not to be mistaken with the idea of good service. “When a person buys a service, he purchases a set of intangible activities carried out on his behalf. But when he buys an experience, he pays to spend time enjoying a series of memorable events that a company
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stages — as in a theatrical play — to engage him in a personal way,” describes Pine. The Golden Circle, a model created by Simon Sinek, encourages entrepreneurs to reach success by engaging customers emotionally. “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it,” he stresses. Starbucks captures our hearts because their baristas connect with you. The company selectively hires people who exude certain qualities: genuine, knowledgeable, considerate, involved. Their purpose is to brighten your day, and they are trained to make their primary goal a smile on your face when you walk out of their store. In fact, the first class you take as a new Starbucks’ barista is a seminar called “The Starbucks The Standard Physical address: Student Media Center 744 E. Cherry St. Postal address: 901 S. National Ave. Springfield, MO 65897
Experience” where they teach you such things as how Starbucks aims to create an experience of good coffee, good music, good people and good conversation. There are some things that are worth $5 a day. Some companies have it figured out, and they happen to be the businesses with loyal customers and happy futures. Others are still stacking discount inventory on plastic tables, offering commodities that are lacking in quality and experiences that are lacking in substance. Hopefully, they are the businesses that will eventually fade away. We have enough impersonal elements in our daily lives. It seems a little human connection every morning, along with a steaming cup of espresso, can be the daily cure.
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February 1, 2011
Calendar February 1 to February 7
Now is the time to prepare
Play: “Beloved Exhile” 6:30 p.m., PSU theater
SAC Films Presents: “Glory” 9 p.m., PSU theater
The Vine meeting 7:30 p.m., Carrington theater
SAC Presents: An Evening in Bollywood 9 p.m., PSU Ballroom “Because Digital Writing Matters” book study group 5 p.m., Siceluff Hall library
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Multilingual film 5 p.m., Siceluff Hall 225 Taiji session 12 p.m., Taylor Health and Wellness Center conference room
Art for the Heart 7 p.m., Lemondrop
Bob Marley Birthday Bash 8 p.m., The Ugly Mug, all ages Chaka Contraband concert 10 p.m., The High Life Martini Lounge Student Activities Council presents: comedian T.J. Miller 7 p.m. PSU Theater Free Movie: “Phantom of the Opera” 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Gillioz Theatre The Last Mystery Hour 10:15 p.m., The Skinny Improv
Do It Yourself: Become a Maker and Writer 9 a.m., PSU 314 Bob Marley B-day Bash with Jah Roots 8 p.m., Outland Ballroom Jamison concert 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church
African American Heritage Month Super Bowl Party 5 p.m., PSU Level 1 games center
MSU Composition Festival: Concert I with guest composer Cindy Mctee 7:30 p.m., Ellis Hall 217b
Briefs MSU art gallery hosts sweet treat
The 10th annual Art and Romance of Chocolate will kick off at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Brick City, Missouri State University’s art complex. Attendants will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of chocolate treats from local eateries such as The Cook’s Kettle, Gallery Bistro, Celebrations by Sonja, Cameo Cakes and the Mudhouse coffee house, while viewing the art exhibit at the Brick City Art Complex. Tickets for the event are $20; students pay $15.
Popular NYC show headed to Craig
The Missouri State Theatre and Dance Department is bringing “The Musical of Musicals,” a parody of musical theater, which became the longest running show in the New York Theatre Company, to the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre on Feb. 10. Admission is $12, $16 and $18. Tickets may be purchased at any Missouri State Tix location or by calling 417-8367678.
Art Walk returns for February fun
The February Art Walk kicks off downtown at 6 p.m. on Friday. This month’s attractions include Delanie Cooper’s “The Locker” and Amy Carroll’s “Flawed,” exhibits focusing on crimes against women and women’s self-esteem, displayed at Good Girl Art Gallery. The Randy Bacon Gallery will host a reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. during Art Walk for artist Joan Smith. The event will include live music and local vendors selling handmade gifts.
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Students approaching graduation have many resources to help them prepare for the beginning of their careers.
As graduation Students should nears, don’t forget be actively working these key things to improve resume By Abby Webster The Standard
Worrying about taking all the appropriate steps toward graduation can be a little unnerving, especially on top of all your other student activities. Here are some clarifying steps to make it a little easier. When you reach your senior year, you’ll receive an e-mail through your Microsoft Live account the first month of each fall and spring semester. This e-mail is simply a reminder that, to be considered for graduation, you must fill out an Intent to Graduate form, which can be filled out online. If you’re planning on graduating after the summer or fall 2011 semesters, you should file right after you have signed up for your final semester of classes. “The reason that we recommend that students apply for graduation as soon as they have registered for their final semester’s classes is so that there is adequate time for the student to review their degree audit and seek assistance in a time frame where registration is still open for their intended semester of graduation should they need to add or change a course if there is a problem,” said Nathan Hoff, associate registrar. Hoff recommends you keep four things in mind as a graduating senior. Look at your degree audit and make sure you talk to your adviser to ensure there aren’t any elements missing.
Remember that the application is semester specific. It has to be refiled if you change your mind about your graduation semester.
Make sure you’ve seen the confir mation check box on the intent to graduate form and that you receive a confirming e-mail of your submission.
Update your permanent address to ensure the university has the correct information to send you your diploma. Review the commencement web site. It contains dates, time, rules, checklists and all sorts of things you need to ensure you’re not missing anything.
“Students are blocked from submitting the Intent to Graduate unless they check these items,” Hoff said. “We do this to help the student to understand the importance of each of these items.” Remember, it’s extremely important to check your degree audit and talk with your adviser or a degree check staff member in the Office of the Registrar. After you’ve completed the application for graduation and the other items in the above checklist, here are some key things to keep in mind. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll want to check the commence ment Web page, available on the university website.
You’ll find information that will help you make sure that you’ve got everything covered. You’ll be able to check things such as the day and time of your particular ceremony, important See CHECKLIST page 9
By Lauren Healey The Standard
If you’re planning on getting a job anytime in the near future (Newsflash: Four years is the near future), there are a few things you’ll want to know.
When you go out into the workforce, setting yourself apart is key, said Addye Buckley-Burnell, career resources specialist at the Career Center. “The more unique you are, the more likely you are going to catch their attention,” she said. “Everyone in your career field is graduating with a similar, if not the same, degree, so we really encourage students to get internships, even if their major doesn’t require it.” The National Association of Colleges and Employers 2010 Student Survey, which surveyed more than 31,000 students in more than 400 colleges and universities across the U.S., found that 42.3 percent of seniors who had internship experience and applied for a job received at least one job offer. Only 30.7 percent of seniors without internship experience who applied for a job received an offer. The study also found the median accepted salary offer for seniors with an internship was $45,301, which is nearly 31 percent higher than $34,601, the average accepted salary offer to seniors who didn’t have an internship.
Internships are key
Nicole Harshbarger, a graduate student majoring in deaf education, said she is enrolled in a 10week externship. “I’m student teaching right now at an elementary school in St. Louis,” she said. “An externship is the same thing as an internship, but gives you the freedom to work in a different city than your school is located. Either way, they’re a great opportunity to gain valuable experience.” Harshbarger said it’s difficult to find a teaching job in this economy because schools are making so many cuts, particularly in first-year teachers. “I’m lucky I work in a specialized area of education because deaf education teachers have a higher demand than general education teachers,” Harshbarger said. “Schools are legally required to provide students with what they need, and deaf children need specialized teachers who can communicate with them.”
Externships are a possibility
Buckley-Burnell said an internship could be your ticket to a job because of the unique networking experience. “Networking is still the number one way to find jobs,” she said. “The old adage ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know’ really is accurate. Ninety percent of jobs are never posted, so setting networking groundwork is extremely helpful.” NACE’s 2010 Internship & Co-op Survey, which involved 235 organizations spanning nearly 20 industries, found that 83 percent of respondents’ primary focus in the internship program is to feed their full-time hiring; 92 percent expect to hire interns. Buckley-Burnell said it takes about nine months to find a job in this economy, so starting the search early is important. “It’s a challenge in this economy, but there are a lot more jobs out there than people realize,” she said. “They may not be exactly what you’re looking for, but they could be a good stepping stone.”
Networking with internships
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By Rachel Bonar The Standard
Meet Michelle Pence, senior socio-political communication major and creator of the blog The Good Intern. Pence has completed eight internships in the areas of marketing, communication, law, politics Pence and government. She shares her experiences and advice to readers of The Good Intern and, now, to readers of The Standard.
“The best piece of advice I can give students is to be both ambitious and motivated when looking for an internship,” Pence said. “Planning out your approach to looking for an internship will help you hold yourself accountable and ensure you are taking all the right steps to landing an awesome internship.” Pence also recommends using connections you may know to find an internship. “A major help in finding an internship is utilizing people you know who might be aware of available opportunities,” Pence said. “These can include friends, professors, the Career Center and professional contacts.”
When looking for an internship
“I recommend that students apply for a range of at least five internships, including several competitive internships and some safer options,” Pence said. “Don’t limit yourself to only applying to companies that post listings for internships or that are commonly known to hire interns. There is no problem in calling a company and politely asking if they are considering interns and then following up with a cover letter and your résumé.”
When applying for internships
“The most important thing a student can do during an internship is to act like a sponge and soak in everything they observe,” Pence said. “The whole purpose of an internship is to be a learning opportunity, so it is important that students take full advantage of the benefits internships offer.” Even though tasks may not seem exciting, they are still important, Pence said. “The tasks interns are given might not always be glamorous,” she said. “It is important to stay positive and show that you are happy to be there and to learn.”
During the internship
“Internships provide a major boost when trying to get a job in this economy. Many employers are looking for graduates who already have practical work experience, and internships are an excellent way to get that early on.” Pence said internships have other important benefits as well. “Another great thing about internships is that they let students network closely with professionals in the field they are interested in working in,” she said. “This often times can lead to a fulltime job after graduation or at least a good recommendation in the future and a network of people who can fill you in on potential opportunities.” For more tips and tricks on all things involving internships, visit Pence’s blog, The Good Intern, at http://www.thegoodintern.com.
The importance of being an intern
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
‘Phillip Morris’ lovable, captivating true tale
Are movies better or worse for having Karman “this really Bowers happened” across the Movie screen at the Reviewer start of the credits? In this case, I think it makes “I Love You Phillip Morris” that much more interesting. “I Love You Phillip Morris” tells the incredible, true story of con man Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) who falls in love with Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) when they’re in prison together. It chronicles Russell’s many attempts and failures to make a life for Phillip and himself. It’s told from Russell’s perspective, narrating over bits of the movie to keep us up to speed. The facts are presented to us just
that maybe it shouldn’t have been funny, but you laugh at the ridiculousness of it anyway. In the midst of the humor, there is also sadness. But once again, it’s a kind of quiet sadness only really seen in the facial expressions of Carrey and McGregor, two fine actors. Speaking of fine actors, in my opinion both Carrey and McGregor are highly underrated. They have both consistently surprised me, especially Carrey. If there was any doubt in my mind that he is a fantastic actor, it is certainly all gone now. This is by far one of the best romantic comedies I’ve ever seen. When I first heard about “I Love You Phillip Morris,” I was kind of sad because I really wanted to see it and thought it would never come to Springfield, but luckily we have The Moxie. They bring us lots of cool movies that we would otherwise never see in this town. So go watch the incredible true story of Steven Russell and Phillip Morris. You won’t be disappointed.
slightly out of chronological order. There are a few times when Russell’s narrative jumps around, but it does so to reveal a secret that he was hiding from us. There is one instance that may be a bit confusing, but to tell you about it would be a spoiler and nobody likes those. This movie is funny, sincere, touching and heartbreaking all at the same time. Watching the development of these two characters’ relationship over the span of the movie is incredible. You can really feel as if they truly care for each other. Maybe I’m just a sucker for these things, but it was actually quite romantic. I found myself smiling at the smallest gestures, feeling sadness when they were forced apart and biting my nails while waiting for Russell’s latest scam to crash down around him. It was quite comical as well. It wasn’t slapstick, but it wasn’t all clever jokes either. The humor was more of the reserved brand of humor. It was elegantly written in the way
Despite rumors, experts say zodiac shows no signs of change By Abby Webster The Standard
The recent rumblings that the constellation Ophiuchus would alter the astrological signs sent some dedicated horoscope readers into frenzy faster than you can dial a psychic hotline. I, however, embraced the alleged sign change. Capricorns are supposedly organized, hard-working, money-managing over-achievers, which is why I never understood why that had to be my zodiac sign — especially because I spend most of my time daydreaming, spending money on pointless things and driving around in my car full of trash. As excited as I may have been, though, junior history major Zach Vance is a little perturbed by the idea that our zodiac signs have changed, because he understands the significance of what some of this stuff must mean to certain people. “I just think it’s kind of dumb because I wonder about the people who have gotten tattoos of their zodiac sign and how this affects them,” Vance said. “Now it doesn’t symbolize anything to them anymore.” He also wonders how this has just now become an issue when a lot of people say Ophiuchus has been known of for a long time. “The zodiac as we know it has been there forever, and how it is that we’ve known earlier about this stuff, but it’s just now being exposed, is weird to me,” Vance said. Although people have recently been a little put off by
the idea that our signs have changed, it has luckily turned out that the recent uproar isn’t nearly as significant as we thought it was. After visiting several virus-infested websites with creepy flashing advertisements in the corner, I’ve come to understand a little more about why followers of the zodiac don’t need to be too worried. Or why we at least don’t all have to start panicking about the loss of our identities just yet. Apparently, Western astrology doesn’t base itself off of the constellations the way that Eastern astrology does. Western astrologists base the zodiac signs primarily off of the seasons, a type of astrology known as “tropical astrology.” A lot of these astrologists are claiming that they’ve known about Ophiuchus basically forever, but it doesn’t make a difference in the meanings of the zodiac signs we’ve always had. Junior music major and follower of the zodiac Grace Easley seems to share the same belief as many Western astrologists. “When I heard about it, it just didn’t change anything for me,” Easley said. “I’ve always been a Taurus, and my boyfriend is a Cancer. I still follow horoscope as a Taurus, and the people who are close to me and I love, they still seem like the same signs as I’d always known them to be. So it just didn’t really phase me.” On the more scientific side of the spectrum, Mike Reed, an astronomy professor, explained a little bit about what all this means and how some astrologists have come to these recent conclusions.
“There has not been any sudden shift,” Reed said. “The signs of the zodiac are based on the sun’s apparent path in our sky. Originally, the sun’s path took it through 12 constellations. However, astronomers use constellations to map the sky so every piece of sky is within a constellation.” Reed explained how the Ophiuchus issue came about. “So far as I can tell, in 1928, the constellations were remapped and boundaries formally accepted by the International Astronomical Union,” Reed said. “At that time, the boundary of Scorpius shrank, and Ophiuchus imposed into that space.” Reed also explained where the mistakes regarding Ophiuchus seem to have come from. “Roughly 2,000 years ago, it was timed so that the first day of spring occurred as the sun entered the constellation of Aries. However, because the Earth’s spin axis precesses over about 25,800 years, the first day of spring now occurs well within Pisces. But this precession will not change the signs of the zodiac only when they occur. This seems a mistake in the uproar about Ophiuchus.” For those of you who have felt close to the signs you’ve always had and followed, it looks like keeping it as-is won’t be any less meaningful than the signs of those who choose to look at the stars (or seasons) a little differently now. Personally, I am going to read all of the zodiac signs and pick the one that sounds the best. That way I’ll finally be able to read my daily horoscope and say, “Oh my gosh, this is so true.”
Iron and Wine returns to roots while taking new risks
2010 for Samuel Beam, better known Nick by his stage moniker Iron Simpson and Wine, Music meant his Reviewer fourth fulllength studio album was announced and completely paid for by media monster Warner Bros instead of former label Sub Pop, and his fifth daughter was born. In an interview with Paste magazine, Beam expressed his opinion on the move to Warner Bros: “It didn’t really affect the making of it at all. I made the record, and then the labels came knocking. So they were interested based on what they heard, not what they felt potential for.” And as you listen to his latest work, “Kiss Each Other Clean,” his words ring true. This sounds very much like the softspoken Iron and Wine album that we have all come to expect. The differences are there, found in more intricate compositions. Beam has built his songs layer by layer with tidbits of intrigue such as subtle flute playing, shimmery guitars and clattering percussion. These choices bring the album a long way from the stripped-down naked and bare beauty of early works such as his 2002 release “The Creek Drank the Cradle,” which was recorded entirely on a four-track mixer at his home. And these aren’t just
signs of a compulsive neurosis on the part of the musician but of a more seasoned songwriter well aware of his past and his capabilities. But while we are being bathed in hushed vocals and quiet, sweet strings of Beam’s guitar on tracks like “Godless Brother in Love,” we are reminded that this is more or less another great Iron and Wine record, perfect for making out or nursing a hangover. In his early descriptions of the album, Beam described the tracks as being more pop oriented. “It sounds like the music people heard in their parent’s car growing up… that earlyto-mid-’70s FM, radio-friendly music,” he told Spin magazine. While we could have believed him at the time, we are now left with an album that bears little resemblance to a focused pop record at all. We still find Beam clinging dearly to his roots. Hidden behind angelic backing vocals and deep bass lines shadowed in reverb, we discover that ultimately this is another folk album behind a big bushy beard masquerading as something more. Like the other works in Beam’s catalogue, his lyrics can fall fairly heavy-handedly, such as ones pulled from perhaps the catchiest song on the album, “Tree by the River.” “Now I’m asleep in a car / I mean the world to a parted-mouth girl / A pretty pair of blue-eyed birds. ‘Time isn’t kind or unkind,’ you liked to say / But I wonder to who / And what it is you’re saying today.”
But unlike many tracks from Beam’s earlier repertoire, he no longer needs to lean on his lyrics as a crutch. Sparkling instrumentation and layers of electronics and effects bring each song to a higher potential, and he no longer needs to whisper. “Kiss Each Other Clean” might have been a foresight for those who noticed the rock elements that highlighted Beam’s 2007 release “The Shepherd’s Dog” and how those ideas would evolve in Beam’s mind. Never before would chaos have been found from playing an Iron and Wine album, and it is hard to tell how a few diehards will accept the changes. The record is bookended by perhaps the most defiantly experimental tracks in its ranks. Both hide their true, imminent purpose beneath a thick blanket of buzzing
guitars and electronics before coming up to the surface and breaking the tension. Opener “Walking Far From Home” proves to follow the rhythmic swagger of Beam’s vocals through to the end. But on closing track “Your Fake Name is Good Enough For Me,” Beam lets out every ounce of his rock influence with blaring horns and scratchy guitar solos. What builds over the next seven minutes is sometimes terrifying, sometimes violent but wholly monumental. Beam’s unwavering vocals almost stand up to the chaos taking place among his band as he carries them forward in his rant to the end of the album: “We will become become / Become the honest and the veiled / We will become become / Become the hammer and the nail / We will become become / Become.” At times starkly religious, at other times starkly sinful, “Kiss Each Other Clean” will perhaps always have some sweet mystery to it. Fans of Iron and Wine will respect experimental decisions Beam has made in his compositions, and it is sure to garner more followers for the ex-film professor due to showmanship alone. In that same interview with Paste, Beam characterizes the recording process for himself: “Over the years, you learn it’s not so much about what you end up with. Making records is about the creative process; you be open (to) it, there’s no right or wrong answer. It’s not a math problem. So you just go in and have a good time, and whatever feels the best, that’s what you keep.”
February 1, 2011
Men’s Basketball Tuesday, Jan. 25 Drake 38 32 – 70 Missouri State 37 36 – 73 Sunday, Jan. 30 Northern Iowa 32 28 – 60 Missouri State 38 21 – 59 Women’s Basketball Thursday, Jan. 27 Creighton 44 24 – 68 Missouri State 23 33 – 56 Saturday, Jan. 29 Drake 36 25 – 61 Missouri State 35 55 – 90 Swimming and Diving (M) Friday, Jan. 28 Evansville 21 Missouri State 92 Saturday, Jan. 29 Eastern Illinois 69 Missouri State 36 Swimming and Diving (W) Friday, Jan. 28 Evansville 41 Missouri State 72 Saturday, Jan. 29 Eastern Illinois 56 Missouri State 146 Track and Field Saturday, Jan. 29 Indiana Relays Four Top 3 finishes Ice Hockey Friday, Jan. 28 Mizzou 2 2 0– 4 Missouri State 3 2 1– 6 Saturday, Jan. 29 Mizzou 0 2 2– 4 Missouri State 2 3 3– 8
Calendar February 1 to February 7
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Senior Adam Leonard puts up a floater in the lane as time expires in the Bears’ 60-59 loss to Northern Iowa on Sunday.
Bears lose in a heartbreaker
By John Cook The Standard
Men’s Basketball away at Evansville, 7:05 p.m.
Ice Hockey at home vs. Lindenwood, 7 p.m. Women’s Basketball at home vs. Bradley, 7:05 p.m.
Ice Hockey at home vs. Lindenwood, 7 p.m. Men’s Basketball at home vs. Indiana State, 2:05 p.m.
Women’s Basketball at home vs. Northern Iowa, 2:05 p.m.
Briefs Signing day and watch party at JQH
JQH Arena will play host for the Bears’ signing day party as well as a watch party for the men’s basketball on game on Feb. 2 at Evansville. The party will include a review of signing day commitments for Missouri State football. The event is free to the public, will open at 5:30 p.m. and will include food provided by Ovations. The men’s basketball game can be seen on the scoreboard at JQH Arena during the event but can also be found on The Ozarks CW.
Garrison sets career high with 36 points
On the way to a 90–61 win over Drake on Saturday afternoon, junior guard Casey Garrison dropped a career-high 36 points, giving the Lady Bears their 16th win of the season. Garrison came close to her previous career high of 35 on two other occasions this season, scoring 33 in the Lady Bears’ first game and 32 eight days later at Toledo. With the win at Drake, the Lady Bears (16-5, 7-2) are now tied for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference with Creighton.
Bears get Valpo in BracketBuster game
The Missouri State men’s basketball team will take on Valparaiso (16-6, 8-2) at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Valparaiso, Ind. as part of ESPN’s BracketBusters series. The BracketBuster games are in place to give mid-major schools some national attention as the NCAA Tournament approaches. Many of the teams playing will be hoping for a bid to the tournament in March. The Bears’ game can be seen live on ESPN2. All nine of the other teams in the Missouri Valley Conference will also be featured in the series of games.
With little more than 18 seconds left, Weems hit what appeared to be the game winning In what appeared to be another shot on a fadeaway pull-up from tally mark on the 19-game home just inside the arc, but on UNI’s winning streak for Missouri State, fate seemed to intervene when the Bears lost a heartbreaker to The Valley is a street Northern Iowa 59–60 on Sunday fight until the very end. We night at JQH. had our chance to put The last team to beat Missouri them away, and instead State (17-5, 9-2) at home was we let them hang around. UNI (17-6, 8-3), which happened Kyle Weems exactly one year ago from Sunday Missouri State forward night’s game on Jan. 30, 2010. “The Valley (MVC) is a street fight until the very end,” junior Kyle Weems said. “We had our next possession Weems was chance to put them away, and called for a controversial foul that instead we let them hang around.” put Panther guard Johnny Moran
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March Madness getting closer
The buzz around campus of a possible NCAA tournament berth for both the Bears and the Lady Bears seems to be growing with each win. Last season’s success for both teams has proven to be no fluke. This year, both the Bears and the Lady Bears have continued their success and have gained national attention. In the preseason polls, the Lady Bears were picked to finish first in the Missouri Valley Conference, while the men’s team was picked to finish second to Wichita State. Over 20 games into the season and test after test, both teams are near the top of their conferences and have lived up to preseason predictions. For the past three weeks, the men’s team has been receiving votes for the AP Top 25, while the Lady Bears are continuing to make a strong run for a conference title. By simply diving into the stat books and comparing last season’s statistics to this season, you will see why Missouri State basketball deserves attention. Each team has seemingly turned the corner. For the Lady Bears, defense has been one of the difference makers. For the Bears, road wins have been key. Last season the Lady Bears’ opponents scored an average of 70 points per game. This year the Lady Bears are holding opponents to only 59 points per game. For the Bears, this season’s road wins, especially against Valley opponents, have been vital to the team’s success. All five of the Bears’ road wins have been against Valley opponents. Taking into consideration the strides that both the men’s and See LOEWNAU page 8
on the free-throw line with just 5.2 seconds left in the game. “I felt he was coming down with the ball,” Weems said. “But the referee made a call, and before you know it, he was going to the line for two.” After Moran sunk both free throws, Missouri State inbounded the ball to senior Adam Leonard, who drove the length of the court and threw up a last-second floater that bounced off the front of the rim and then out before the buzzer sounded, ending the game. “I thought Leonard did a great job of getting in the lane and making a basketball play,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He had a great look, just couldn’t get
it to fall.” The Bears had two fouls to give at the end of the game but chose to let it play out instead. “We talked about fouling, but we didn’t,” Martin said. “I wanted them to foul if there was an opportunity, but I didn’t want them to foul just to foul. I trusted our ability to defend and rebound.” The Bears shot 15-for-27 (55.6 percent) in the first half before shooting only 7-for-25 (28.0 percent) in the second half. MSU lead the entire way until the 6:09 mark in the second half. “After the second half, they See BEARS page 7
Weems’ path to greatness Wins power junior forward By Jon Poorman The Standard
If you attend a basketball game at JQH Arena 20 years from now, you might see a No. 34 banner dangling from the rafters high above the court. You might remember the player behind the number as a dominant scorer and a relentless competitor, the guy who always knew how to get the crowd going. Today, the player that dawns the No. 34 jersey is junior forward Kyle Weems, who is the front-runner for Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. “It’s an honor,” Weems said. “It’s an
extreme honor. It means that my hard work that I put in by myself and with the team is recognized. It makes you feel good about yourself.” Weems was raised around the game of basketball. His father Kevin Weems played basketball at Drury from 1978 to 1980. Nine years later, Kyle was born and another Weems basketball legacy began. Weems said his father taught him the game of basketball and instilled in him a work ethic that he carries to this day. “He was tough on me,” Weems said. “I can remember times — See WEEMS page 8
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Weems is averaging 16.5 points and 6.9 rebounds.
Arkin prepares for future in the NFL Lineman is training for pro football By Adam Hammons The Standard
Since he graduated last December, former Missouri State offensive lineman David Arkin has been getting ready for the NFL draft. On Jan. 22, he played in the East-West Shrine Game at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Arkin is the second Bear
views). There’s in the last two more interest years to play in now. the all-star game. TS: Are you According to being instructed CBSSports.com, at all about how he is ranked as to handle the the No. 12 draft media and do eligible offeninterviews? sive guard. The Arkin DA: Yeah, Standard got the chance to talk with David it’s a part of being down over the phone and see here training. Obviously, what he’s been doing you’re interviewing with teams, the combine and since graduation. The Standard: Since stuff like that. TS: What kind of you are now headed to the NFL, are you seeing football-related things more media aimed in have you been doing since you graduated? your direction? DA: Oh, well right David Arkin: I’ve had a couple (inter- after I graduated, I flew
down here to Florida. I’ve pretty much been down here ever since I graduated. I’m getting ready for the combine and draft day. TS: You went to the Shrine Game in Orlando. What was that like? DA: It was a really cool experience. You’re playing against top-level guys. It’s a really good experience. You get to learn a lot because you see a lot of top-level coaches that aren’t coaching any teams right now. See ARKIN page 8
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Ice Bears get clean sweep of Mizzou Team closes in on playoff spot
By Harrison Keegan The Standard
The Missouri State Ice Bears took a big step toward securing a MACHA Gold division playoff spot with their sweep of rival Mizzou at Mediacom Ice Park over the weekend. “I think that has locked us into the last playoff spot,” coach Tony Dunseith said after Saturday’s win made MSU 11-19 on the year. The Ice Bears came out hot in both games. They opened Friday’s 6-4 victory with three straight goals and scored four in a row to start Saturday’s 8-4 win. Mizzou made things interesting Friday. The Tigers stormed back to take the lead with four straight goals before the Ice Bears scored three more of their own. “We always play up to our competition and fall back on our heels after we get a comfortable lead,” freshman Miguel Franco said. “We just have to fight through it.” Junior Cory Lafaver said the team’s focus was better in Saturday’s game. “It’s about pride,” Lafaver said. “Friday we got up by three goals and kind of blew it, but tonight we kept our focus.” Both games sold out over the weekend, and Lafaver said the crowd inspired the team to come through.
“We can’t lose at home in front of our fans,” he said. “That means a lot to us.” Franco and Lafaver, who each scored two goals over the weekend, said Mizzou is definitely the team’s biggest rival. “Judging by the fans and the big turnout tonight, yeah, Mizzou is our biggest rival,” Franco said. Dunseith said it is a case of familiarity breeding contempt. “Most of the Mizzou players came from St. Louis, so they’ve been playing each other since they were kids,” he said. “It would be a rivalry even if they weren’t Mizzou.” The Ice Bears had a very balanced offensive attack. Seniors Paul Saitta and Mitch Leonard and sophomore Tyler Polizzi each scored two goals over the weekend. Dunseith said a few tweaks to the lineup seem to be helping the Ice Bears during this home stand in which they have won three of four games against league opponents. “We’ve made a couple of line changes and basically done a lot of talking about focus,” Dunseith said. “I think, finally, they are getting into playing as a team for a change.” Franco also said the line changes were helping the team come together at the right time. “Everything seemed to go right for my line,” Franco said. “We were able to find each other on the ice. The puck landed on our blade and we put it in the net, so it worked out great.” The two wins over the weekend, coupled with MSU’s win over the Tigers in the Show Me Showdown game last semester, ensured
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upped their defensive intensity,” senior Will Creekmore said. “They’re a good defensive team, and they made us shoot tough shots.” The game was like déjà vu for the Bears, as Kyle Weems looked to have made the game-winning shot just as he had when MSU beat UNI 58-57 earlier in the year. “I was just trying to make a play for my team,” Weems said. “At the time, I thought it was the best shot other than a lay-up.” In the game a year ago a controversial foul also played a role at the end of the game, but from that point on, Missouri State won 19 consecutive home games, marking their fourth longest streak in school history. There were 9,901 fans in attendance for the “whiteout” game on ESPNU. “The crowd and the atmosphere were amazing once again tonight,” Martin said. “I thought
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Senior Mitch Leonard (above) and the Ice Bears beat Mizzou twice this weekend.
Dunseith said the Ice Bears are a confident that the Ice Bears would not lose to Mizzou team with the playoffs approaching. this season. “We played the first place team last week With the sweep, the Ice Bears have consecutive victories for the first time since beat- and split with them,” he said. “I think we’re playing like a team.” ing Eastern Illinois on Oct. 8 and 9.
our guys did a great job in those last six minutes getting stops, but we have to do a better job with the ball-screen offense.” UNI was led by sophomore Anthony James who had 17 points and shot 8-for-12 from the field. Weems led MSU in scoring with 18 points and tied Jermaine Mallett for the high in rebounds with eight. The defending Missouri Valley Conference champions proved why they’re still one of MSU’s toughest opponents. “We have to give credit to Northern Iowa,” Weems said. “They’ve been to the NCAA Tournament, which is where we’re trying to get. There’s not a whole lot they haven’t seen.” With the loss, the Bears dropped into a tie for first place with Wichita State. Northern Iowa is one game behind in second place. The Bears must move on quickly from the loss as they head for a 7:05 p.m. tip-off on Wednesday at Evansville (12-9, 6-5) before returning at 2:05 p.m. SatMichael Gulledge/THE STANDARD urday night to JQH for another tough conference matchup with Coach Martin walks off the court after the Bears’ loss. Indiana State.
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friends. Cities like Hong Kong offer large-scale fireworks shows. The fifteenth day is the Lantern Festival and the end of the New Years celebration. Sometimes candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide spirits home. Tami Sutton, coordinator of the study in China program, shared her experience of celebrating the Chinese New Year.
“They love to party,” Sutton said. “Over there, they blow off fireworks 24/7 and they have food. For three days, they eat mounds and mounds of food. They just constantly eat, and their family comes together. They have such a tight unit.” Much like the American celebration of New Year’s Eve, the Chinese New Year is a holiday meant to be spent enjoying the company of the people around you and collectively looking forward to the new year, something that everyone can appreciate.
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fifth or sixth grade, Saturday mornings — everybody else was asleep at six in the morning, but I’m up jumping rope, running sprints, ball handling, getting jump shots up. I can remember running on a dirt road with cleats. “At the time I might not have been very happy with him, but I knew in the long run things would work out. I’m just really blessed to have him on my side.” Since coming to Missouri State, Weems has not only taken on the task of performing well on the court, but also stepping forward as a true leader. “It’s really important,” Weems said of his leadership role. “I thought I was more of a vocal person my freshman year and maybe even last year, but I really learned how to put my work ethic behind what I’m trying to get over to the rest of the team.” Teammate Will Creekmore said Weems always knows to get the team pumped up when they need it. “He’s always bringing the energy,” Creekmore said. “His energy is something we feed off of, and it’s definitely good to have him on the team.” On Jan. 22, the Bears came from behind to defeat Creighton, a game in which Weems scored 23 points and hauled in 12 rebounds. Weems made several big shots throughout the game, and almost every time he did, he could be seen waving his arms in the air, urging the crowd to get on their feet and cheer. “I’m an emotional person,” Weems said. “I like showing my emotions, and
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women’s teams have made, the bigger picture needs to be discussed, and that is postseason play. Yes, it’s not even March yet, but just like Christmas decorations now seem to be sold in July, March Madness needs to be the topic at hand right now. As a mid-major, Missouri State has much to prove. However, voting members of both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll have begun to turn their
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TS: Was it exciting to play under former Falcons coach Dan Reeves? DA: Yeah, it was really cool; he knows a lot. They put in a lot of work to help us, and obviously it helped because we won pretty handily. TS: The game was on NFL Network. What was that like to play in front of a national audience? DA: Yeah, it was cool man, getting a little national TV
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Weems put the first and the last points for the Bears up on the board on Sunday. I’m not afraid of that. If I make a big play, I like to get the crowd going, and it kind of fuels us and gets our team going. Anything I can bring, like energy or enthusiasm, to this arena and to this program, I’m going to try to do it each and every day.” Coach Cuonzo Martin said the emotion and fire Weems brings to the court is all about boosting the crowd and his teammates rather than bringing attention to himself.
eyes toward Springfield, and why shouldn’t they? Mid-majors have proven themselves as a force in both men’s and women’s basketball over the past decade, especially MVC teams. Remember Northern Iowa’s upset over Kansas last year? The likes of George Mason (2006), Butler and Davidson (2010) (2008) have also spoiled the dreams of power conference teams. Just last season in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Division 1 Championship, 11-seed San Diego State made it all the way to the Sweet 16 before being
experience. I can get some use from that. I haven’t watched the game yet. We don’t have it on cable, but I’ll get it on DVR at home. TS: It looks like you have a good chance of playing in the NFL. How does it feel to be this close to playing professionally? DA: It’s a real surreal experience. It’s something I’ve never really thought about, never really expected to be in. I kind of focused on school and stuff like that. Last year, it kind of became a reality, and now it’s starting to be a couple months away. Hopefully, I’ll be able to achieve
“I think he brings great energy to the team,” Martin said. “That’s what you want from your players. We talk about having emotion and playing with energy, but also understanding why you’re doing it and representing Missouri State. You don’t ever want anything to be individualized, and he does a great job with that.” When asked what motivates him every time he steps on the court, Weems’ answer was simple. It’s not about hanging his No. 34 in
knocked out by Duke. These bracket-busting runs by mid-majors could possibly be a reason for the expansion of the men’s bracket from 64 to 68 teams. Projected bracket configurations have been floating around the Internet all season long. As of Jan. 24, ESPN’s Bracketology with Joe Lunardi has the Bears in the Southeast Regional as an 11-seed up against 6-seed Michigan State and legendary coach Tom Izzo. According to Jerry Palm on CBSSports.com, Missouri State will be a 12-seed pinned up against
that. TS: Have you talked with (Eagles tight end, MSU alum) Clay Harbor any? DA: Yeah, definitely, we keep in touch and text a little bit. TS: Did he give you any good advice? DA: Yeah, he’s a fountain of knowledge now that he’s been through it. We have the same agent. If I need anything, he’s been real gracious. He’ll let me know and give me the tricks of the trade. TS: What’s the plan between now and the draft? DA: I’m down here working out every day. Its long
the rafters; it’ about something much more than that. “A win,” he said. “Just knowing we have a chance to make history this year. My main goal since I’ve been here is to hang a banner in the rafters. If you look up there, there’s not one that says, ‘Missouri Valley Conference Champions.’ If you want to be part of the best and you want to be remembered, you’ve got to win games. That’s just how I want to be remembered.”
5-seed West Virginia led by head coach Bob Huggins. For both the Bears and the Lady Bears, a Missouri Valley Conference tournament title would give them an automatic bid to the big dance. Wherever the Bears and Lady Bears land, the NCAA Tournament or the NIT, one thing can be certain: These teams will not go away and deserve the attention. So keep in mind when you fill out your brackets that if you do not plan on picking at least a couple mid-majors to advance past the first round, you can kiss your bracket goodbye.
days. We run to get ready to run the 40 and all the running events. We jump and lift a lot to get ready for the bench press. We work on position work to get through the position drills. We have media training, mental conditioning; it’s really an all-encompassing process that we’re going through. TS: What’s one really interesting fact about yourself? DA: I like to read. I’m an avid reader. Before I go to bed, I try to get in about 30 minutes. I think it’s a really good way to stay in form and better yourself.
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contact information and a graduation checklist. The checklist provides in-depth detail of actions you need to take to ensure you graduate. You’ll also find a Q-and-A that should cover all your questions. There are tabs for faculty and staff, summer 2011 graduates, advisers and contact information.
Make sure you’ve got all of the important dates and deadlines written down in your calendar so that you can ensure you don’t forget anything. A thorough list of these events is available on the commencement page.
If you are planning to graduate this semester but still haven’t filled out an Intent to Graduate form, do so by 5:00 p.m. on March 25, 2011 if you want your name to be printed in the program and your diploma shipped on time.
Masters, specialists and doctorate candidates must submit an online application through the Graduate College website. You’ll find a link to this website on the regular commencement page.
Make sure you register to take the exit exam. You’ll be able to do so by enrolling in GEN 499. You will not graduate if you don’t register for this zero-credit-hour exam. There will be exam times indicated when you sign up for the “course” or exam.
If you choose to participate in the ceremony, get your cap and gown online by April 1. The commencement website has a link to this website, or you can pre-order your cap and gown at the Bookstore March 2-3. If you miss both deadlines, buy your cap and gown at the Bookstore during May 912 or at the main floor of the Hammons Student Center on the day of the ceremony.
Remember that participation in the ceremony is optional. If you want to quietly graduate, you can pick up a diploma cover in the Office of the Registrar starting May 9. It’s also probably a good idea to visit the Career Center for help with all the responsible stuff you’re going to have to do after college. The Career Center is in Carrington 309 and also Glass 103. The Career Center offers various helpful services including résumé and cover letter preparation, mock interviews and internship help.
Spend time working on your résumé
Buckley-Burnell recommends students attach a cover letter in a separate document so it’s available, but the employer doesn’t have to see if they don’t want to, she said. “I think it can be incredibly helpful to tell your story,” she said. “It takes a lot more work, but you can really bring out your uniqueness by explaining why you’re qualified for the job and why you’re interested in that particular company. That will give you a chance to win them over because it shows you take the time to go a little bit above and beyond.”
Buckley-Burnell said any kind of experience relative to the job should be on your résumé. “Employers want to see applicants who have skills like leadership and problem solving, but good communication skills are crucial because that is what really comes across in résumés,” she said. “They’re looking for things you can contribute to them, and it is your objective to show them why they Prepare for the interview should hire you.” The more prepared you are for the interview the better you will Be wary of online job postings present yourself, Buckley-Burnell Buckley-Burnell said posting said. “That’s why the Career Center résumés at large, online job-hunting websites is dangerous because peo- does mock interviews throughout ple don’t typically take out their per- the year,” she said. “It helps people sonal information, like phone num- get their nerves out here, as opposed to with a potential employer. Get to bers and addresses. “The calls you get back from know the position and company as those larger sites usually aren’t the much as possible before you step in jobs you’re interested in,” she said. the door to make sure you have “We have JobTracks through Mis- something to talk about and are hitsouri State, which is more tailored to ting the right points.” Buckley-Burnell said, overall, it your career. You also can control who accesses it. A lot of employers comes down to networking as much look at JobTracks and search as possible. “Thank you notes are a lost art, through résumés, so posting one but it’s so important to show gratithere can be beneficial. Buckley-Burnell said the best tude,” she said. “If you are the only job-search sites are those very spe- interviewee who sends a thank-you note, you’ll stand out for that, at cific to your industry. “The big sites like Monster.com least.” Buckley-Burnell said many aren’t very specific,” she said. “JobTracks is nice because we control companies have started hiring in the who can post jobs and résumés. fall for spring semester graduates, Joining national associations is also so students should make sure extremely helpful and can get you they’ve started preparing for the job access to their job boards. Many hunt at least by the summer before associations offer discount member- their senior year, but the earlier the better. ship rates to students, as well.” “Never give up because there are Buckley-Burnell said your résumé should be extremely target- jobs out there,” she said. “It’s easy ed to the position you’re applying to get discouraged, but doing things to stand out and being confident in for. “Highlighting the skills you yourself and your résumé makes a know they’re looking for is a great huge difference.” MSU will host the second place to set you apart,” she said. “If you know something about the annual Life After Missouri State company, including that informa- transition series Feb. 2-3. The university-wide initiative focuses on tion can be very helpful.” It’s extremely important to make helping students make a successful sure your résumé is proofread per- transition into the next phases of their lives and will feature a free fectly, Buckley-Burnell. “If your résumé has an error, you speed networking event and proprobably won’t be getting a call fessional workshops, according to back,” she said. “And don’t ever use a press release from Life After templates; expressing your style and Missouri State. Students interested creativity through your résumé is in the event can register at very important. You absolutely do http://sga.missouristate.edu/lamsu/ not want to send the same résumé register.html.
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Gov. Nixon proposes many changes to benefit Missouri in the 2012 fiscal year
Scholarships, increased tuition among options By Lauren Healey The Standard
The State of the State address delivered by Gov. Jay Nixon on Jan. 19 brought good things for those not in college yet and notso-good things for those who are. Gov. Nixon’s budget for 2012 includes millions of dollars for Missouri's most successful college scholarship programs, he said in the address. While Missouri State’s government funding for the 2012 fiscal year is being cut by 7 percent, amounting to about $5.8 million, the Executive Budget
Committee proposed a modest tuition increase. This is significantly lower than the 10-20 percent that had been predicted for some time, and it is less than the $17 million “worst-case scenario” for which we had begun planning, according to President James Cofer’s website The Executive Budget Committee recommends the remainder of the budget reduction, approximately $2.8 million to $3 million, be covered with a portion of reserve funds, the site said. An across-the-board salary increase is not proposed for fiscal year 2012, but improving compensation for faculty and staff is a key goal of the Executive Budget Committee and the administration, Cofer said. “The Executive Budget Committee hopes to identify a modest pool of money for fiscal year 2012 that will be used to address both faculty and staff equity and market adjustments,” he said. “The commit-
tee hopes to position the university so it can provide across-the-board and performancebased salary increases to faculty and staff in fiscal year 2013. All involved are committed to making these increases as significant as possible.” Cofer said the members of the Missouri General Assembly understand the importance of higher education to Missouri’s future. “I am hopeful they will support the governor’s recommendations,” he said. “We will know in early May when the state budget is finalized. In the meantime, we will be working with our local delegation and the leadership to provide whatever information would be helpful to them.” Today, just 35 percent of Missouri adults hold college degrees, Nixon said in the address. “We need to kick that number up to 60 percent if we want to compete for the best jobs in the new economy,” he said. “How?
By bringing the dream of a college education within reach for more Missouri families. Just one of the ways Gov. Nixon has proposed to make these dreams reachable is by increasing funding for government supported scholarship programs. “Bright Flight, to help keep our top students at our excellent Missouri institutions; Access Missouri, which serves students with the greatest financial need; and A+, which has helped more than 50,000 students afford and attend college,” he said. “Because job prospects and lifetime earnings are tied directly to education, we've got to lift our aspirations for higher education as well.” To improve students' preparation for careers in science and technology, Nixon said the government will give a $500 bonus to A+ and Access Missouri recipients who score well on Advanced Placement exams in math and science.
MSU programs help students get fit Prepare for spring with variety of campus fitness classes, teams By Tessa Harbaugh The Standard
With the start of another year, New Year’s resolutions to get in better shape sweep the nation. Missouri State students with the resolution to get fit for the spring season will find it easier to maintain their goals with the assistance of the fitness programs available on campus. “There are plenty of ways to get fit,” said Susan Mahoney, associate director of Campus Recreation. “Get an Unlimited Bearfit pass for $45 or attend a BearFit class for $2 with a student ID card. Join an intramural sport team. Join our running group program. Take part in a boot camp class or visit the fitness center at Plaster Student Complex.” BearFit classes include things like Power Kick, Yogalates, Cycling, Ab Attack, Body Flow, Bear Strength, Zumba and Bikini Boot camp.
“Most people struggle forming their own workout plans and sticking to them, so BearFit classes serve as a place where they can meet friends, learn new exercise techniques and push themselves to new levels” said Sarah Curtis, a sophomore and BearFit instructor. All of the classes are held in the Plaster Student Complex first floor. Class schedules can be found on the Missouri State website. “If you’re really interested in a specific goal for getting fit, stop by a class and talk to an instructor so they can help you reach your goals,” said Michelle Essmyer, a sophomore and BearFit instructor. Exercise opportunities are everywhere, not just on the Missouri State campus. Springfield is home to several parks where students can jog or play Frisbee. There are also gym options outside of Missouri State, such as the YMCA or Ozark Fitness. The new coupon book for the spring semester has a coupon inside for a free month of workout classes at Ozark Fitness. “Exercise is linked to relieving stress, improving our moods, overall health, increasing a sense of self-worth, and is also a great platform for creating friendships and building relationships,” Mahoney said.
Plan your spring fitness schedule with these energizing options. All classes are held in the Plaster Sports Complex in the first floor studio unless otherwise noted. Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursdays 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Fridays 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Bear Yoga Flow
Mondays 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
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Thursdays 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Thursdays 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.