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Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 | Volume 106, Issue 19 |


Pope Benedict XVI to resign Feb. 28

Pope Benedict XVI, 85, will resign effective Feb. 28, citing being “too infirm” as the reason, according to an Associated Press article published Monday. Benedict XVI is the first pontiff to step down in 600 years. The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415, according to the AP. In an official statement from the Vatican, Benedict XVI said that “in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary,” and that he has “had to recognize (his) incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to (him).” Benedict was elected in 2005 and was the oldest pope elected in almost 300 years at age 78.

COB, School of Accountancy keep accreditation

The Missouri State College of Business and School of Accountancy have maintained their accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, according to a Feb. 7 news release. The release states that the Missouri State College of Business is one of the largest business programs in the Midwest, and Dean Stephanie Bryant is “pleased that the college received continued distinguished recognition.” “The hallmark of our programs is the personal touch we provide, allowing us to give each student individual attention,” Bryant said in the news release. According to the release, the business unit consists of 4,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students being prepared in the areas of business and related careers, and that the School of Accountancy offers a bachelor’s degree program and a Master’s of Accountancy program with specializations in forensic accounting and tax accounting.

Calendar Tuesday, Feb. 12

Census, all day, Carrington Hall 320

Résumé Madness, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Blair-Shannon House Grand Lounge Résumé Madness, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Strong Hall 1st Floor Atrium The Scientific Sherlock Holmes: Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics, 3-4:30 p.m., PSU 308 Student Activities Council, 4-5 p.m., PSU 313

Accounting Club Meeting, 6:307:45 p.m., Glass Hall 102

CNAS Public Lecture Series—The Role of Endurance Running in the Evolutionary History of Humans, 7:30-8:30 p.m.,Temple Hall 002

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Résumé Madness, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Blair-Shannon House Grand Lounge Résumé Madness, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Strong Hall 1st Floor Atrium Physicist from Fermilab Dr. Michael Cooke: Quest for the Elusive Higgs Boson, 7-8:30 p.m., Temple Hall 001

Thursday, Feb. 14

Peer Leader Info Session, 12:301:30 p.m., PSU 317 Faculty Senate Meeting, 3:30-5 p.m., PSU 313 Workshop for Critical Inquiry presents Dr. Tom Conley, 4-6 p.m., Strong Hall 303

Students for a Sustainable Future General Meeting, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Temple Hall 105

Friday, Feb. 15

Multicultural Education for Teachers and School Leaders: Getting the Ball Rolling, 9:30 a.m.12 p.m., Kentwood Hall Crystal Room General Education Course Proposal Open Lab, 1-4 p.m., Siceluff Hall 126

Monday, Feb. 18

Presidents Day Holiday, all day, no classes/offices closed

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Members of FuHok studio entertain food court patrons with a lion symbolizing Liu Bei, a Chinese emperor, on Monday, Feb. 11, in the Plaster Student Union. Missouri State is hosting events throughout the week to celebrate Chinese New Year on campus.

Chinese New Year Festivities celebrate the year of the snake

By Katie Lamb The Standard

Missouri State is celebrating the “year of the snake” with a weeklong Chinese New Year Celebration, lasting Feb. 11 through Feb. 15. Chinese New Year, also

known as “Spring Festival,” is one of the most important holidays in China, as it is a time for families to spend time together and celebrate the arrival of spring. “The Chinese New Year Celebration (at Missouri State) began two years ago, and it has continued to grow

since,” Weirong Schaefer, an instructor of modern and classical languages, said. The celebration began on Monday with an introduction of the Chinese New Year in Siceluff Library, and celebration activities will continue throughout the week. Some of the activities, all of which are free, include Beijing opera talk, Beijing opera mask painting, Chinese martial arts demonstration, Chinese tea

ceremony, authentic Chinese dumpling workshop, Chinese music performance and a 12-year animals painting demonstration. The celebration also brings the opportunity for students to learn about the symbolic meanings behind the food being served. “The dumplings represent family unity,” Schaefer said. “Watermelon seeds symbolize fertility.” For senior Spanish major Tim Juillerat, the refresh-

Governor proposes $3.3 million increase in funding for Missouri State

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Board discusses housing, new educational programs at West Plains campus By Nicolette Martin The Standard

By Katie Lamb The Standard

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a $3.3 million increase in funding for Missouri State University on Feb. 6, during his speech on campus. “I’ve allocated the maximum amount of additional funding for Missouri State University,” Nixon said. “That would be an increase of $3.3 million over this year’s budget.” Nixon slated a $34 million increase for higher education funding on Jan. 28, during his State of the State speech. “We’re still four months away from seeing whether or not legislature will approve the proposal,” university President Clif Smart said. “It’s a process.” Nixon said he’s optimistic that the funding increase for education will pass through the Missouri Legislature, since they spent two years working on the proposal, had a collaborative process and all of the institutions of higher education agreed on the performance funding method. Smart said the proposed funding increase is a new mindset for the university. “This is the first time in five years that the state has proposed giving us more money, so we’re very excited about that,” Smart said. “We’ll be able to focus on building programs, adding new faculty and serving our students better, rather than figuring out how we can cut things.” Smart said the proposed money

ments are one of his favorite parts of the celebration. “It’s a chance to see the little things about Asian culture,” Juillerat, who has attended the celebration since it began two years ago, said. Juillerat said he is personally interested in different cultures and enjoys learning calligraphy, the method of writing in China. Schaefer said they


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks in the Parliamentary Room of the Plaster Student Union to members of the Missouri State community. Nixon proposed a $3.3 million increase in funding for MSU. would be used for programs that are growing in enrollment and need more operating funds, an increase in staff to service the demands for students and for maintenance and repair to keep facilities maintained. The new funding model is based on five performance targets that schools have to meet to receive additional funding. “Instead of basing funding on what schools have received in the past, this new funding is tied to specific performance goals, like increased student retention, higher graduation rates, improved learning and efficiency,” Nixon said. Nixon described what the funding model takes into account and described the targets that Missouri State, along with other universities, had to reach.

“First, the funding model takes into account retention,” Nixon said. “We want more students to stay in school past their freshman year.” The second performance target is higher graduation rates. “Our graduation rates are substantially higher than similar universities,” Smart said. At the fall 2012 commencement ceremony, 1,372 degrees were earned at Missouri State, according to a news release by the university. Nixon explained the importance of higher graduation rates. “Making sure more students are graduating with degrees means a brighter future for these students and a more highly skilled workforce for employers,” Nixon said. u See NIXON page 9

WEST PLAINS — The Missouri State University Board of Governors held its annual West Plains, Mo., meeting, at which topics of discussion included funding, student technology requirement guidelines, residence hall policies and the addition of educational programs at the Missouri State University West Plains campus. The board kicked off its meeting by welcoming two new members: MSU alumni Carrie Carroll, representing the Third District, and Joe Carmichael, representing the Seventh District. President Clif Smart addressed the board’s excitement for its annual West Plains meeting. “We always look forward to meeting here in West Plains,” Smart said to begin his president’s report. “The city is so welcoming, and it allows our board members to see the progress that is being made on this campus and what a great resource this campus is over the seven-county region.” The first item of business was completed after the board unanimously approved the consent agenda, which included the approval of the 2014-15 academic calendar, approval of sublease for the fourth floor Brick City building no. 1 to host the UMKC/MSU Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) program and the approval of terms of employment for head football coach Terry Allen and u See BOARD page 9

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Missouri offers ways for citizens to carry guns safely, legally By Trevor Mitchell The Standard

Kelsey Keeling, a senior political science major at Missouri State University, will obtain her Missouri concealed carry permit next weekend. She’ll become one of over 165,000 Missouri citizens with a permit, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue, and one of the 8,500 registered in Greene County. “I decided to get my conceal and carry permit once I knew I was getting a 9mm for Christmas,” Keeling said by email. “As a woman, I feel like carrying around Mace isn’t enough protection if I actually got attacked.” Concealed carry has always been a controversial subject in American opinion, and the laws around it, specifically Missouri’s, can be confusing at first glance. Many of the regulations that might be assumed to be in place, are not, and the penalties for breaking the ones that are in place, aren’t very strict. Missouri was, until nine


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started the celebration to promote Asian culture at Missouri State, and she hopes the event will continue to grow. “In the future, I hope it grows to be citywide, and we can involve other universities as well,” Schaefer said. When the event began, the budget was limited to about $300. Now — with a growth in support from other departments — the budget has increased to about $1,500, Schaefer said. The celebration is sponsored by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the Office of China Programs, the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. Schaefer said she begins organizing the celebration before Christmas and asks everyone she knows if they can lend anything, including art for decorations and craft supplies. The Discovery Center let the university borrow a large

years ago, a “No-Issue” jurisdiction, meaning that it simply did not issue concealed carry permits to any citizens. But in 2004, Missouri became a “Shall-Issue” jurisdiction, meaning that citizens 21 years of age or over who have completed a firearms safety course will get a permit, provided they fill out an application and pay a $100 fee, as outlined on the Missouri State Highway Patrol website. They also must not have any felony convictions, violent or weapons-related misdemeanor convictions or dishonorable military discharges. While there are a wide range of requirements needed to be allowed to conceal a firearm on your person, to conceal a firearm in the glovebox of a car, the driver must simply be over 21 years of age, according to the MSHP website. There is no permit needed and no safety course required; as long as the gun doesn’t leave the car, no laws are being broken. The list of places where

dragon, which will be used for decoration, and the Office of China Programs also provided art for the celebration. Decorating for the event began the weekend before the celebration. In China, many lights are hung, and the color red is very prevalent because, according to Chinese mythology, red scares away a mythical beast that is a danger to the communities, Schaefer said. “There are also firecrackers and drums,” Schaefer said, as these loud noises will also scare away the mythical beast. In China, families spend a lot of time together during Chinese New Year, and the kids receive a red envelope with money inside of it. “China is becoming more and more important, and I want my students to get involved,” Schaefer said. “I’m learning, myself, about my own culture.” Juillerat said he goes to the celebration as much as he can and he’ll continue to attend in the future. A detailed list of the activities and times can be found at

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There are many requirements for attaining a concealed carry license in Missouri. Missouri is a “Shall-Issue” jurisdiction. Citizens over 21 years of age who have completed a safety course can attain a license. guns are not allowed to be carried is long, and mostly expected — no guns in hospitals, airports, courthouses or schools, among others. However, the punishment for possessing a gun at any of these locations — with a concealed carry permit — is sim-

ply removal from the premises, not any sort of legal action. Refusal to submit to removal will result in fines, and possibly revocation of the permit. In addition, having a permit from Missouri doesn’t mean that concealing a weapon is

legal in all states. Most states recognize and honor permits from Missouri, but some, such as California, New Jersey and New York, do not. The list of states that do not honor out-of-state permits are mostly “May-Issue” jurisdictions — states that issue per-

mits under the discretion of law enforcement. In other words, a reason, usually known as a “good cause,” must be given for why a permit should be issued. To get a concealed carry permit, Keeling will need to show that she can safely load, fire and unload her firearm. “Overall, I think they try to ensure that you’re not a danger to yourself or others when you are using your handgun,” Keeling said. Keeling said she has faced no difficulty in getting the permit so far, and that the only barrier has been finding a date to take the class. MSU students interested in obtaining a concealed carry permit should look into the Citizen Safety CCW course offered by Missouri State Outreach on March 2, which will satisfy the firearm training requirement. You can register for the course at Missouri State Outreach staff declined to comment on this story.

MSU student attends pretrial conference Feb. 11 Austin M. Pelley charged with second degree murder, child abuse By Taylor Burns The Standard

A Missouri State student facing criminal charges had a pretrial hearing Feb. 11. Austin M. Pelley, 22, was charged in September 2012 for the death of his girlfriend’s two-year-old son, Benjamin Garrison, who was found unconscious after being left in Pelley’s care on June 15. According to a probable cause statement taken by the Springfield Police Department, Chelsea Garrison — who said she had been dating Pelley for two to three months — left her son at Pelley’s apartment, located at 821 South Ave., to take a college exam. While she was away, neighbors later said they heard thumping sounds coming from Pelley’s apartment. One man next door described the sounds as similar to someone striking a slab of beef with their fist and a sack of potatoes being thrown onto the ground, the police statement said. When Garrison returned, Pelley reportedly told her Benjamin had been playing in the water and fell. A neighbor told police he observed that neither

the child, nor Pelley, were wet. Garrison drove her son to Mercy Hospital while Pelley stayed at the apartment, according to the statement. Medical staff later informed police that Benjamin had undergone surgery, during which a portion of his skull was removed to relieve pressure to his brain. He had severe bruising on his face and several older bruises on his body. Benjamin died June 17, 2012, from head injuries he sustained while in Pelley’s care. The next day, an autopsy and examination of the child’s brain showed retinal hemorrhaging and abusive head trauma. The manner of death was determined to be homicide, according to the police report. Earle Doman, vice president of student affairs, said that Pelley is enrolled full time at MSU. According to Doman, there is no standard disciplinary procedure for students in this type of situation. “If someone gets into trouble … the case is reviewed. If disciplinary action is taken, it then becomes educational record,” Doman said. Whether MSU has taken such action is considered confi-

Case Timeline

Sept. 17, 2012 Warrant issued Sept. 18 Arraignment held, defendant pleads not guilty Sept. 19 Warrant served Sept. 20 Defendant posts $200,000 bond Sept. 26 Preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 11, 2012 Nov. 11 Defendant waives right to preliminary hearing Nov. 9 Arraignment scheduled Nov. 16 Arraignment held, defendant pleads not guilty; Pretrial conference scheduled for Feb. 11, 2013 Feb. 11, 2013 Pre-trial conference held Source:

dential, according to Doman. During the hearing, Greene County Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Wan made a motion to revoke Pelley’s bond. Conditions of his bond are that he has no contact with Garrison or any children and that he wears a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet. Accord-

ing to Wan, Pelley had involved himself with another woman, who also has a child, after posting bond in September. John Patrick O’Connor, Pelley’s defense attorney, however, said that Pelley is no longer involved with her. Wan said she spoke with the woman and received statements, as well as photographs, of the child in Pelley’s apartment. O’Connor, insisted that Pelley had not been in violation of his bond. “He’s never, ever, been alone with this child,” O’Connor said at the hearing. According to Wan, a police report was filed after the woman learned the nature of Pelley’s charges. Lt. Ben King of the Springfield Police Department could not confirm any reports other than the initial report from Garrison. Judge Thomas E. Mountjoy didn’t revoke Pelley’s bond, but scheduled a later hearing on March 15 at 9:30 a.m. Pretrial motions are set for Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. and a jury trial will begin Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m. Wan estimated the trial could last a week or longer. She said she has more than 30 witnesses. O’Connor said both charges carry sentences of 1030 years, or life in prison.


Feb. 12, 2013

People, stop being annoying

I can’t stand anyone. OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, as there are a lot of people I actually really like, and I may sound really cynical by making such a broad generalization; but I find myself getting overly annoyed by people who do certain things. We can all relate to having pet peeves that really just drive us crazy, and I think I’ve narrowed down my frustrations to a few specific groups of people. First, perhaps the most annoying people in the world (and I’m talking annoying, not evil or terrible as humans) are people who don’t use their turn signals. I’ll be enjoying a nice drive down National Avenue, singing along to Taylor Swift and enjoying the weather, and then it happens — I’m forced to slam on my brakes because someone has decided they want to turn and haven’t bothered to be courteous and let me know. According to a report published in 2012 by the Society of Automotive Engineers, drivers neglect using their turn signals 750 billion times per year, which could result in as many as 2 million crashes. The US Department of Transportation estimates that 950,000 crashes are the result of distracted driving, which means that not using turn signals could cause as many as two times the amount of accidents caused by distracted driving. I’ve never been in an accident (knock on wood), and I’d rather not be anytime

Nicolette Martin Columnist soon, so just do us all a favor and use your turn signal. Remember, press down to turn left and up to turn right. It’s really quite simple. Coming in at a close second are people who don’t respond to text messages. According to the Semi-Annual Wireless Survey conducted by CTIA-The Wireless Association — a “ nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984,” according to their website — 2.27 trillion text messages were sent from June 2011 to June 2012. That means in the last year, there were 2.27 trillion opportunities for someone to not know when their roommate will be home, not know what their mom is planning on making for supper, not know if someone has plans for the weekend, and, in the most dramatic of circumstances, not know whether someone else feels the same way they do. While you should stick to expressing your feelings for someone face-to-face or

voice-to-voice, the other problems faced could be easily fixed by the person on the other end taking two seconds out of their busy schedule — which, let’s face it, probably consists of laying in bed, watching TV between classes — to just type out a five-word-long response and hit “send.” I’d even be perfectly OK with a “K” response if it meant someone even acknowledging that I exist. Finally, let’s talk about our favorite things in the world: Facebook and Twitter. I am a self-described Twitter maniac, and post some things that no one but me would ever care about, but come on. Do you really need to post the most vague status updates about something that’s bothering you and then refuse to talk about it when someone comments asking if you’re OK? Save those 140-characters for some meaningful song lyrics or a link to your Instagram of what you’re having for supper. Don’t waste them on a desperate cry for attention, or to broadcast to the Twitterverse that no one understands you. Most of the things the most annoying people in the world do are easily fixable, and doing so would improve our quality of life exponentially. So let’s all make a pact to just make everyone’s life better by using our turn signals, responding to text messages and not constantly making weird, vague posts on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ask Mo. legislature to increase funding

Last week Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon came to Springfield and proposed an additional $3.3 million in funding for Missouri State University. President Clif Smart has said these additional funds would be beneficial to our university and would allow MSU to focus “on building programs, adding new faculty and serving our students better, rather than figuring out how we can cut things,” and it would be the first time in five years that the state of Missouri proposed an increase in funding, instead of a cut. However, this large sum — part of a proposed $34 million increase for higher education — still needs to be approved by the Missouri General Assembly. And if you’re like many of us, that makes you nervous, because funding for education hasn’t come high on the priority list for the state of Missouri. If you need an example, simply look at 2012’s cigarette tax increase proposal that would go towards funding education that failed, signifying that the ability to potentially get lung cancer may be more important to Missourians than education funding. Which makes no sense, because, as Nixon said, “The best economic developmental tool we have in the state of Missouri is education.” Those with an advanced education have a much better chance of contributing back to society, of growing the economy and of improving the state of Missouri as a whole. But this can’t be achieved if the state of Missouri doesn’t support financing education to give young adults a chance at prosperity. The next few months will be a crucial time in deciding how Nixon’s proposed funding will go through the General Assembly. We can all do our part to help get the funding passed by contacting our state representatives by email, or phone, and asking for them to pledge their support for education in our state. We’ve been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to pursue a higher education, and it’s our duty to ensure that that opportunity exists for those who follow.

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Dear Trevor Mitchell and the Mis- about some of the amazing contribu- of the Chinese New Year or the fact that souri State University Standard, tions that Missouri State Food Service you can get FREE cooking lessons from has done for the students and campus? a world renowned chef? “Out-of-Order espresso machine How about the MILLIONS they spent back in Commission” — Really???? to remodel Garst, Blair-Shannon and Sincerely, Sounds like a first world problem. You the PSU? In case you didn’t know, this mean that students actually had to walk is not your parents’ cafeterias/student Melanie Grand across campus to the PSU to get their union. Or the $50,000 they recently Assistant Professor fancy coffees? gave for student scholarships? How Hospitality and Restuarant Why didn’t you write an article about an article about their recognition Administration

Snow, rain, but not Saturday

I remember the first era of my life when I was excited by the mail. It was in fourth grade, and my childhood best friend had just moved miles away. To a nine-year old, it felt like she was now on the other side of the world. Every day, I would come home from school and hope that the mailman had given me the one thing I wanted more than anything — a letter from my friend. We wrote to each other all the time, and I would look forward to reaching inside the mailbox each day to see her reply to my latest letter. Even though we kept in touch in other ways — phone calls and the occasional visit, for example — my favorite form of correspondence between us was always snail mail. As time passed by, we moved on from snail mail to email, instant messaging and

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other forms of technology for communication, but I still loved the United States Postal Service. Through snow, rain and heat, I hoped that little truck with the steering wheel on the wrong side would stop off at my family’s mailbox and leave something special for me inside. As I grew older, I looked forward to birthday, Christmas and other cards from my grandparents and other family members — an added bonus when a crisp $20 bill was tucked inside. In my teens, I waited each month for my newest copy of Letters 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-

Elle or Vogue; when I applied to college, it was my acceptance letters on official-looking letterhead that I checked for. As a freshman in college, away from home for the longest I had ever been, it was a card or that little slip of paper tucked inside my tiny mailbox in Hammons Hall indicating I had a package from home waiting that incited joy in me. Even today, in the era of email, instant messaging, ebooks and magazines, and a variety of other ways to receive content that means snail mail is no longer required, I still look forward to checking the mail everyday, joyful when my copy of Entertainment Weekly is delivered, saddened when there isn’t a single piece of mail for me or my three roommates. The news that the postal dard, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO 65897 or e-mailed to Standard@Missouri

service is going to stop delivering mail on Saturdays beginning in August saddens me; one less day to be able to check the mail for an unexpected surprise. The USPS is losing money — $15.9 billion in the last fiscal year — and cutting Saturday mail services is expected to save the organization $2 billion annually. Hopefully, cutting back to five days of delivery per week will be enough to help the postal service sustain. If not, future generations will miss out on the experience of waiting for a reply from a pen pal, the agony and eventual joy of the arrival of college acceptance letters, the thrill of a family member remembering a birthday. All the experiences that made me rush to check the mail as a child, and the reasons I continue to do so today.

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Feb. 12, 2013

Calendar Tuesday, Feb. 12

High Stakes Chili Casino Night, 5:30 p.m., 319 Event Center, $25 advance, $30 at the door

MSU Symphony Orchestra Concert, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, free

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Ash Wednesday, all day Physicist from Fermilab Dr. Michael Cooke: Quest for the Elusive Higgs Boson, 7-8:30 p.m., Temple 001, free SAC Concerts Presents: Karaoke Star 2013, 7-9 p.m., PSU Food Court, free Open Dancing, 8:30-10 p.m., Savoy Ballroom, free I Heart SAC Week and SAC Films Presents: “Breaking Dawn Part 2,” 9 p.m., PSU Theater, free

Tales of love

Thursday, Feb. 14

Cult Couch Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., Park Central Branch Library, free Valentine’s Dinner With Friends, 6-9:30 p.m., 319 Event Center, $20 Rock and Worship Roadshow, 7 p.m., JQH Arena, $10 Love, The Gillioz, 7:30-11 p.m., Gillioz Theatre, $10 individually, $40 couples “Almost, Maine,” 7:30-10 p.m., Craig Hall Balcony Theatre, $8 advance with MSU ID, $12, $14 Har-Di-Har in concert, 8-11 p.m., Lindberg’s, $5 I Heart SAC Week Comedy and Dinner Show, 9 p.m., PSU Union Club 4th floor, free

Friday, Feb. 15

Open Mic Night, 7-8:45 p.m., Park Central Branch Library, free “Almost, Maine,” 7:30-10 p.m., Craig Hall Balcony Theatre, $8 advance with MSU ID, $12, $14

Skinny Improv Mainstage, 8-10 p.m., 306 South Ave., $10-$12

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Saturday, Feb. 16

Ramie Masters, a Missouri State graduate student, calls her mother Mindi after finding her wedding dress in downtown Springfield at Norman’s Bridal. Both Ramie and Mindi found love during their time at Missouri State.

Sertoma Chili Cook-off, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Springfield Expo Center Hotels, $12-$15 Zac Brown Band, 7 p.m., JQH Arena, $35, $49.50, $65.00

Skinny Improv Mainstage, 8-10 p.m., 306 South Ave, free

Sunday, Feb. 17

Imago Theatre: ZOOZOO (David B. McQueary Family Theatre), 34:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall, $14 and $20

Operazzi, 5-7 p.m., Creamery Arts Center, free

Monday, Feb. 18 Presidents Day, all day


‘Almost, Maine’ set to open Thursday

“Almost, Maine” is scheduled to show from Feb. 14-24 in the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The play, a humorous romance, tells the story of a magical town’s inhabitants as they fall in and out of love in unpredictable and funny ways. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this love story is $8 in advance with an MSU student ID, $12 for students and seniors and $14 for adults. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 417836-7678. For more information, contact Kelly Templeton, managing director, at 417- 836-4644.

Eli Young Band to perform at Gillioz

The Eli Young Band will perform with special guest Sonia Leigh at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Gillioz Theatre. Four musicians from Texas, EYB received their first platinum record for “Crazy Girl” off their album “Life at Best” and they have sold over 1.5 million downloads of the track. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the box office or may be charged by phone at 417-8639491, or online at http://www. Floor level tickets are for general admissions and the balcony is reserved seating. Ticket prices range from $15$35.

Holocaust survivor to speak at MSU

Eva Mozes Kor, a victim of the experiments of Dr. Mengele at Auschwitz Death Camp, will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Carrington Hall Auditorium. Kor and her twin both survived the experiments, but the rest of their family was exterminated by the Nazis. Now she will tell her story, as well as share her declaration of forgiveness and how it gave her back control of her own life.

California love in the Ozarks

This mother and daughter both came to MSU to play field hockey only to find something else entirely


t’s just like a romance movie. Can’t you see it now, playing on the big screen? Two young Missouri State University college students meet at a church picnic. He asks her if she would like a glass of iced tea. Of course, playing the hard-to-get babe from California, she says no, so he gets resourceful and asks her to dinner on Sunday night, since the cafeteria is closed. She agrees, and eventually, it becomes a weekly occurrence. The cutesy love music plays as the film rolls on, and he invites her home to meet his family, where she begins to

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fall in love with him. Their relationship continues to grow, but the antagonist is introduced as she begins tutoring sessions with a science student who sent her roses. He doesn’t like the fact that she’s spending so much time with this guy. He doesn’t like it one bit. He just can’t take it anymore, so he makes a

decision to take the situation into his own hands, and one day, on his way to class, he passes her and says, “So, would you like to get married?” But wait — a surprise twist for the moviegoer. This isn’t just the next romance movie starring Ryan Gosling; this is real life. A real life love story starring MSU alumni, Roy and Mindi Masters. And yes, he really did casually ask her to marry him on his way to class. “He had no ring,” she said. “We just skipped class, hopped on his motorcycle and rode across town. He bought me a pawn shop wedding ring for $79.” The spontaneous couple got married in 1983 and stayed in Springfield, Mo.,

for Roy’s last semester at MSU as an economics major, and then they headed out to Huntington Beach, Calif. Roy started out working in the banking business and eventually began working as a title contractor and Mindi did her internship in California and is now a dietician, fitness instructor and a field hockey coach. “We’ve been married for 29 years now, and we have five kids,” she said. Mindi told one of her daughters, Ramie, “You’ve got to get a better proposal than I got.” And indeed she did. Her daughter, Ramie Masters, a first year graduate student at MSU, studying speech-language pathology, said yes to Devin

White, a firefighter in Logan-Rogersville, while standing on the tip of Whitaker Point in Arkansas on July 7, 2012. The couple met at Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), a Christian organization at MSU, and quickly became good friends. “In December of my senior year, 2011, we officially started dating,” Masters said. “In June [2012] we went and visited my family, since he had never met any of them, and he asked for my dad’s permission four days after he met him.” In July of 2012, Devin asked Ramie if she would like to take a break from their full-time jobs and go camping one weekend. u See LOVE page 9

The perfect kiss, or not Plant your smooches with confidence; the do’s and don’ts of all things kissing

It’s one of the most natural of human gestures, and can prove to result in a lasting relationship or to destroy a budding one: the kiss. With Valentine’s Day creeping up on us all — single or spoken for — public displays of affection are sure to run rampant, and this simple act that is so often unconsciously delivered deserves a closer look. But what constitutes the perfect kiss? Exactly how much tongue is too much? Dry lips or slobbery mess? Do guys consider lipstick stains a badge of honor or simply embarrassing? Senior art and design major Jordan Griffin believes the right kiss is reflected within the bounds of the given relationship. “There isn’t really an all-encompassing formula to the perfect kiss,” she said. “It’s more about knowing one another and your preferences. You just have to be sure you’re mindful of the other person and fully in that moment to make a kiss perfect.” A sophomore within the same department, Bekah Bliss, holds a similar opinion. “The perfect kiss is sweet and passionate yet leaves you wanting more,” she said. “Kind of sounds cheesy, but it’s true.” Senior English education major Hillari Lagemann said she thinks

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that great kisses happen when you are least expecting it. “I think the perfect kisses are the ones that are least romantic,” she said. “Like the kiss you get when when you still have morning breath or when everything in your day has gone wrong; the kisses that don’t have to be forced. And having nice lips doesn’t hurt either!” Sarah Hiatt/THE STANDARD Here is a simple list straight Don’t let those bad kissing habits ruin your chance for a successful from Missouri State’s self-proclaimed Cupid (myself) that should relationship. There is a reason the phrase “get shed some enlightenment on the able for the make out session. Run through my collection of a room” took off like it did. basics of the smooch. burned CDs driving around tireSuffocate my partner with my lessly trying to find the most tongue. I will not: There is such a thing as too Designate the atmosphere romantic hotspot in Springfield at which to get my kiss on. much. Kissing is a very personal based around my own interests. There just isn’t any real scenic experience despite the fact it’s Woody Allen romantic comedies shared. Respect your significant may breach the barriers of our wonder in this town, sorry. Smother my lips in a glossy other’s personal space and keep the respective sexes, but let’s face it, no tongue lashing to a minimum. girl wants to get hot and heavy dur- sheen or a flood of lipstick. Guys just don’t appreciate the ing the climax of “Prometheus” and no guy will be able to stay awake slime or the fact they will be I will: Maintain proper dental hygiene. during a film in which Matthew ridiculed for having bright pink lusMcConaughey is the primary love cious lips for the rest of the day. u See KISS page 9 Bare it all. interest. Find a middle ground suit-

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He forgot, now what? There are many alternatives for celebrating V-Day in Springfield.

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Usually on Feb. 14, there’s lots of love in the air, but you haven’t heard from your significant other. What’s going on? Spending Valentine’s Day with a significant other is important to some and meaningless to others. Anna Bergamini, senior special education major, said a guy she once dated brought a card and candy to her dorm room. A sweet gesture, but he brought her gifts the day after Valentine’s Day. At first, she was unsure if he forgot about the day or just wasn’t really into it.

“I had an old boyfriend who didn’t forget, but he didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day until all the Valentine’s Day stuff went on sale,” Bergamini said jokingly. What’s the perfect remedy for a valentine gone bad? Dirty Rotten Flowers is a company that provides a beautiful bouquet of flowers, with a twist. You can order a bouquet of dead

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flowers with a special message for someone. Send him some dirty rotten flowers, literally. Bouquets range in prices from $30-40 and you can order them at

Flying solo

So Valentine’s Day is traditionally for lovers, but just because you’re single this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself a little loving. There are plenty of things for single people to do on this day designated for couples. Some suggestions might be treating yourself to a drink or a massage. Ladies, that manicure and pedicure is calling your name. Or simply visit your favorite restaurant for lunch.

If that’s not an option, go downtown for a fun time with your friends. The 319 Downtown Event Center and Gillioz are hosting events on Valentine’s Day for anyone looking to have a good time. Make reservations early at the 319 Event Center for a night of cocktails and movies. Dinner will also be served. Also on Valentine’s Day evening, “Love, The Gillioz” at the Gillioz Theatre is hosting a movie night featuring “When Harry Met Sally” from 7:30 to 11 p.m. where guests can enjoy dinner, wine, chocolate and live music. Reserve your seats and purchase tickets downtown at the Gillioz. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $40 for couples. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a day just for those in serious relationships. Treat yourself, your friends or someone who means a lot to you. No matter your relationship status, celebrate Valentine’s Day in a special way.

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Another year, another Valentine’s Day, and if you don’t have a special someone, or your special someone isn’t available, you’re going to be spending it dateless. As someone with some experience in this department, I can tell you that it can be a bit of a downer when 8 p.m. rolls around on V-Day and you’re in your sweats watching reruns of “Friends.” So my advice to you is don’t be that person, alone and sad on Valentine’s Day. Instead, get out of your fuzzy socks, and do something fun, regardless of if you have a date or not.

Megan Gates Experienced Valentiner

because face it, you’re going to need a reservation on V-Day — have your friends over instead, and do dinner in. Order pizza — Dominos does a $7.99 three-topping large special — or make your own dinner with your group and have a feast together. This will ensure that you have a decent meal and aren’t spending the evening totally “Die Hard” on Valentine’s Day Just in time for the most romantic alone. day of the year, the next installation of the “Die Hard” series is coming out on Krispy Kreme adventure My sophomore year of college I Feb. 14. Since most lovebirds will be going to see the sickeningly sappy spent yet another Valentine’s Day sinNicholas Sparks “Safe Haven,” you gle, but thankfully I had a semi-decent should be safe from too many date evening because a good friend came night moviegoers at “A Good Day to over to my dorm room, took me to Krispy Kreme for a box of glazed Die Hard.” It’s sure to have plenty of explo- doughnuts and spent the rest of the sions, one-liners and a pretty good- night watching curling and falling into looking new addition to the franchise a sugar coma. Even though the Winter Olympics — so something for everyone. You aren’t this year and you can’t get your could even top the evening off by grabbing a coffee, or a more adult bev- curling fix, you can still have a fun, erage if you’re over 21, after the show late-night food adventure. Grab a with a friend to catch up on Bruce friend, or fly solo, and treat yourself to Willis’ latest adventure on the big your favorite junk food because it’s Valentine’s Day, and you deserve it. screen.

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You know the whole Secret Santa Just because you don’t have a date doesn’t mean you can’t have a classy craze that’s become so popular for dinner of your own. Instead of Christmas present exchanges? As attempting to go out for dinner — u See SINGLE page 9


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Ice Bears prep for final season tournament

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Men’s basketball (7-18, 5-8 MVC) Tuesday, Feb. 5 Missouri State 19 18 - 37 Northern Iowa 20 28 - 48

Saturday, Feb. 9 Missouri State 27 23 - 50 Wichita State 42 37 - 79 Women’s basketball (12-11, 4-7 MVC) Friday, Feb. 8 Missouri State 48 43 - 91 Bradley 39 47 - 86 Sunday, Feb. 10 Missouri State 35 43 Northern Iowa 42 40 Softball (1-4, 0-0 MVC) Friday, Feb. 8 Missouri State 00003 Coastal Carolina 0 4 0 0 0

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Kennesaw State 4 6 1 0 0 0 1 - 12 Missouri State 1 0 4 0 3 0 0 - 8 Saturday, Feb. 9 Missouri State 1300021-7 Georgia Tech 103022x-8 Coastal Carolina 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 - 5 Missouri State 0000110-2 Sunday, Feb. 10 Butler 1000100-2 Missouri State 000302x-5 Lacrosse (2-0) Saturday, Feb. 9 Missouri State 8 6 9 5 Kansas State 0 1 0 2

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Sunday, Feb. 10 Missouri State 1 4 2 5 Kansas 4 3 1 3

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Men’s golf Tuesday, Feb. 5 Rice Intercollegiate

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Men’s basketball, 7 p.m. at home vs. Indiana State

Thursday, Feb. 14

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Missouri State’s Whitney Edie, right, and NiJay Gaines, top, watch a ball go into the hoop on Friday,, Feb. 8, at JQH Arena. MSU beat Bradley 91-86.


Friday, Feb. 15

Lady Bears split games, 4-7 in MVC

Baseball, 2 p.m. vs. Texas State in San Marcos, Texas

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Swimming & diving, all day, MVC Championships at Carbondale, Ill.

Women’s basketball, 7:05 p.m. at Creighton

Swimming & diving, all day, MVC Championships at Carbondale, Ill.

Softball, 2 p.m. vs. Boise State in San Antonio, Texas Softball, 4:30 p.m. vs. Texas-San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas

Saturday, Feb. 16

Swimming & diving, all day, MVC Championships at Carbondale, Ill. Softball, 9 a.m. vs. Iowa State in San Antonio, Texas

Ice hockey, 2 p.m., MACHA Tournament in Webster Groves, Mo. Softball, 2 p.m. vs. Rutgers in San Antonio, Texas

Baseball, 2 p.m. vs. Texas State in San Marcos, Texas Lacrosse, 3 p.m. vs. Wisconsin in St. Louis, Mo. Women’s basketball, 4 p.m. at Drake

Baseball, 5 p.m. vs. Sam Houston in San Marcos, Texas Men’s basketball, 7:05 p.m. at Southern Illinois

Sunday, Feb. 17

Baseball, 11 a.m. vs. Tulane in San Marcos, Texas Softball, 11:30 a.m vs. Texas-San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas

Ice hockey, 7 p.m., MACHA Tournament in Webster Groves, Mo.


Lacrosse beats KU, K-State to start year

The Missouri State lacrosse team began its season with a 2-0 record, winning two games in Manhattan, Kan., Feb. 9-10. On Saturday, the Bears defeated host Kansas State 28-3, setting a team record for goals and goal differential. The Bears got another win against the University of Kansas on Sunday in a thrilling 12-11 victory. Junior attacker Cameron Bostwick led the Bears in goals scored in both games with 7 vs. KState and 6 vs. KU. The Bears return to the field at 3 p.m. on Saturday for an exhibition game against Wisconsin in St. Louis.

The Lady Bears were two different teams this weekend. On Friday night, they were a team fueled off of a run-and-gun offense, as they hit 10 threes in route to tying a season high 91 points in a win over Bradley. On Sunday afternoon, they were sluggish on both offense and defense, falling to Northern Iowa 82-78. After the win against Bradley, head coach Nyla Milleson pointed at the high scoring offense as being the identity of this Lady Bears team. “We’ve got to score the basketball. That’s our game,” Milleson

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Missouri State head coach Nyla Milleson reacts during the press conference after the Northern Iowa game on Sunday, Feb. 10, at JQH Arena. MSU lost 82-78. said. “Our game is getting up and “I was hitting open shots. My down the floor.” teammates were giving me the ball Redshirt freshman guard Kenzie when I was open,” Williams said. Williams led the game in scoring u See BBALL page 7 with 23 points.

During the regular season, a day known as Tomorrow existed. It was the day that teams would hang their hats on as they returned to their homes or hotel rooms after a loss. The salty sting of a loss didn’t hurt as much because the cool, soft feel of Tomorrow would soothe players recovering from defeat and allow them to actually get a good night’s sleep. But gone is the regular season and, along with it, the guarantee of Tomorrow. Teams now practice and prepare themselves for the Regional Tournament, where one loss means you go home emptyhanded. Earlier in the season, Missouri State and head coach Bob Bucher made plans to not only make the Regional Tournament, but to advance and make the National Championship. After finishing the season 25-4-2, they now plan on returning to Springfield with that National Championship crown inhand. The Ice Bears have one week and one league tournament to prepare for the Regional Tournament, which is a one-loss elimination tournament that determines which teams from each region go to the Division II National Championship. The MACHA Playoffs, a tournament to determine the league champion, will be the first step for the Ice Bears on the road to the National Tournament, which Bucher said became the team’s goal destination as the season progressed. “These guys, they had their sights set on regionals and as the season progressed and they saw how high they were thought of (in the Bucher ACHA rankings), (their sights) shifted to Nationals,” Bucher said. “But we still have some business to take care of in the MACHA (playoffs).” The mindset and attitude of the team, according to senior forward Andy Draper, has definitely changed since the schedule shifted from regular season to postseason. “I think, especially for me and some of the older guys, this is winding down to be some of our last games. We mentioned that (to the team) and I think that’s really lit a little more fire under everyone, playing for each other, knowing that this could be some of the last games (for some guys),” Draper said. According to ACHA standings, Missouri State is second in u See HOCKEY page 7

Bears ranked 31st in national poll Team picked to finish first in MVC in 2013 By Matt Aten The Standard

Some teams prefer to slide under the radar. The lower the expectations, the easier it is to perform. Don’t count the Missouri State baseball team among those teams. The 31st-ranked Bears were recently tabbed to finish first in the Missouri Valley Conference for the second consecutive year, and that’s just fine with head coach Keith Guttin. “I’d rather be picked first than eighth,” Guttin said. “I think the recognition comes from the quality of our returning players — that’s why you have those rankings. We return the bulk of a very good pitching staff and some good position players, so I understand why we were.” That pitching staff includes ace right-hander Nick Petree. Petree won just about every award he could last season, including

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Missouri State infielder Joey Hawkins looks to tag out Bryan Young at second base during the fall world series scrimmage last semester at Hammons Field. Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year, and was named to the Collegiate Baseball All-America team. Petree turned in one of the best seasons in Bears’ history after posting a 10-4 record and leading Division I baseball with 1.01 ERA. His 114 strikeouts represent the third best total in MSU

history. Petree’s success also brings out the best in his teammates, starting pitcher Cody Schumacher said. “Last year, Petree would go out and throw lights out typically every Friday,” Schumacher said. “We kind of all wanted to top him. It’s a fun competition.”

Schumacher is coming off a season in which he set a school record with 17 starts in his first year after transferring from Johnson County Community College. His 8-1 record and his 3.71 ERA were good enough to earn him a spot on the All-MVC honorable mention team. His 96 strike-

outs (10th) and 99.1 innings pitched (8th) both rank among the Bears’ all-time single-season leaders. Closer Tyler Burgess, who claimed Collegiate Baseball First-Team Freshman All-America honors, along with being named MVC Freshman of the Year, returns after turning in one of the top freshman seasons in MSU history. Burgess had 11 saves — the most in Bears’ history for a freshman — and went 5-2 with a 2.08 ERA. At the plate, the Bears return their home run leader from 2012, Keenan Maddox. Maddox had a career year last season, smashing eight home runs, and batting .324 and was named to the All-MVC Honorable Mention team. Catcher/first baseman Luke Voit is back after hitting .298 with six homers and a team-high 46 RBIs last season. Voit was named to the Second-Team AllMVC for the second straight season. After redshirting last season, middle infielder Travis McComack returns for his senior year. u See BEARS page 7

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19 sign to play for Missouri State in ’13 One of the most anticipated events in college football happens long before the opening kickoff. It happens before the beginning of twoa-days, media days and spring practice. It always lands on the first Wednesday in February, and it is used to determine how successful a team will be in future seasons. National Signing Day is the day when high school athletes sign a National Letter of Intent to declare their commitment to colleges who recruit them. Nineteen such athletes made the commitment on Wednesday morning to play football for the Missouri State Bears. The recruiting season is a long and tiring process for coaches. They can spend countless hours watching highlight films, evaluating players and traveling several miles to meet with potential recruits. This causes them to spend a lot of time away from home. “If we look tired, it’s

named an Ozarks Conference honorable mention and was part of two conference championship teams in high school. because we are,” head coach “The thing we like about Terry Allen said. “We signed (Alex) is his versatility — up for this, but they’re away he’s played center, guard and from their families a lot.” tackle,” offensive line coach Missouri State will gradu- Sean Coughlin said. “I think ate 12 seniors from the 2012 he will be an inside guy when football team. With the sen- he comes here and plays at iors departing, the coaching center or at guard.” staff’s priorMissouri ity was to State has also For information about recruit playrecruited one all 19 of the Bears’ ers to fill the other sibling football recruits, visit open posi— Phoenix our website at tions. Johnson from www.the“You can Webb City, only replace Mo. Johnson what you is the younger lose,” Allen brother of said. “We have 18 starters Missouri State running back returning, but we needed Maddy Johnson. Phoenix some help in a couple of rushed for 3,816 yards and 70 spots.” touchdowns in his high The biggest needs that school career as he helped his needed to be addressed were team to three consecutive outside linebacker and the undefeated championship offensive line. Three seniors seasons. at the outside linebacker posi“What I like about him is tion and two seniors on the that he has a chip on his offensive line are leaving. shoulder. He won’t let people One offensive lineman push him around,” running worth mentioning is Alex backs coach Gerald Davis Cooley from Lebanon, Mo. said. “He’s small, but he has a Cooley is the younger brother of current Missouri State starting offensive lineman Zack Cooley. Alex was twice

man player to adjust to the college level when they aren’t expected to be “the guy” and can sit back and learn from experienced players in a winning environment. “I think it’s easier for them to come in where (freshmen) have good older

players around them,” Guttin said. “And they’ll come up to that level in terms of work ethic and what’s expected of them, and I think that makes them better players.” The Bears open their 2013 season in San Marcos, Texas this weekend at the Bobcat Invitational.

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Football head coach Terry Allen speaks at the National Signing Day event at Missouri State on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the JQH Arena Prime Overtime Club.


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McComack enters the season ranked seventh in MSU history with 89 walks and 408 assists and ninth with 90 fielding double plays.

Outfielder Tate Matheny, son of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, will have the chance to step in and have an immediate impact after choosing to come to MSU, despite being drafted in the 23rd round by the Cardinals. Coach Guttin said he thinks it’s easier for a fresh-

lot of fight in him.” The coaching staff also wanted to add depth at the defensive back position. They recruited two defensive backs, one of whom played in the Blue-Grey National AllStar Classic game in Tampa, Fla. — Kurran Blamey from Monett, Mo. Blamey had 91 tackles and four interceptions during his senior season. He was also a threat on offense with 1,598 total yards and 18 total touchdowns. In 2012, he earned Southwest Missouri Football Coaches Association Defensive Player of the Year, as well as All-State and AllOzarks first team honors. “He’s a good-sized kid who is very well put together,” defensive coordinator D.J. Vokolek said. “We’re going to put him in the secondary as a strong safety. He may even grow into an inside linebacker.” The next event scheduled for Missouri State football is spring practice, which will begin on March 21 and will continue through April 20. All practices will take place at Plaster Sports Complex and are open to the public.


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“We had a lot of assists, and that’s what good team basketball is all about.” Junior guard Hannah Wilkerson was also vital to the Lady Bears’ win, coming up with clutch defensive stops and critical free throws. “I thought Hannah played very well, particularly coming down the stretch,” Milleson said. “I thought she stayed very mature.” The Lady Bears looked to keep their momentum rolling against Northern Iowa — they still scored an impressive 78 points — but other factors prevented them from pulling out the win. At times throughout the game, the Lady Bears played with great passion and a voracious attitude. But at other times they played in a somewhat lethargic manner. Milleson was happy with the energy at some points of the game, but she sees consistency as being one of the major problems to the team. “I’m proud of our effort coming down the stretch,” Milleson said. “But at the same time I’m very disappointed. It’s a 40 minute


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the nation for Division II in goals scored with 218, which translates to about seven goals per game. They also have the fewest goals allowed of any team who has played 30 or more games

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The Lady Bears circle up in the team’s locker room before the Pink Out game against Northern Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 10, at JQH Arena.

game and consistency, once again, was the determining factor.” UNI slammed the door on every attempted MSU comeback. “We didn’t get off to a good start,” Milleson said. “We continued to make runs, but it seemed like every time we made a run we had a wasted possession.” Milleson also sees the defense as something that needs some tinkering as well. “I think if there’s probably one determining factor

with 69. Although on-ice performance plays a big part in the Ice Bears’ success, the little things, team captain Derek Bartsch said, do count. “Everybody is committing to the team a lot more. They are watching what they do, what they eat and are just all about the preparation right now,” Bartsch said.

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throughout the entire game, it’s that we did a very poor job on the defensive boards,” Milleson said. “I feel like our initial defense is pretty good. But then you give up second opportunities and points off of turnovers. We’ve got to cut down in those two areas.” A positive note from the loss, however, was the level of intensity that the team showed down the stretch. Junior guard Karly Buer feels that the game could have had a different outcome if they had played with that much

A league crown would be a great acquisition, but it is a merit badge compared to the Division II National Championship crown. To be crowned the best Division II team in the nation takes a lot of hard work and determination — two things the Ice Bears have been accustomed to all season. “A lot of guys would like

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passion throughout the entire game. “We did have other opportunities. The end of the game isn’t what killed us, it was the minutes before that,” Buer said. “We should’ve played with that much energy at the start of the game. It was just right there for our taking.” The Lady Bears next play this Thursday, Feb. 14, at Creighton. The next home game is at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, against Southern Illinois at JQH Arena.

to end the season in St. Louis, and that would mean a trip to Nationals. So you are going to see, over the next two weeks, practice is going to be a little harder, it’s going to be a little more intense,” Bucher said. The Ice Bears play their first MACHA game at 2 p.m. on Feb. 16, in Webster Groves, Mo.

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Films for those couch potato love birds or singles

It’s the time of year again that most people dread. The semester is starting to throw tests and papers your way, and tax season is looming just over the horizon. But more importantly, it’s Valentine’s Day. On this day, what could be better than snuggling down with a good movie? It’s cheaper and less crowded than a night out, and you can stay in your yoga pants. Plus, there’s always some-


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The trick to keep them coming back is a no-brainer: brush your teeth. Your scent glands and taste buds are more at work than you realize in a heavy lip lock, so do your partner a favor and freshen up. Not let kissing become a gateway drug. Everyone has their boundaries, and it’s very easy for an innocent peck to


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someone who didn’t experience a lot of luck with Valentine’s Day, I started doing a secret cupid exchange on the day devot-


Continued from page 1 assistant football coaches. Smart continued his report by discussing Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget recommendation for fiscal year 2014. Smart said that the governor will be releasing $8.4 million that was restricted from the fiscal year 2013 operating budget, which will give MSU just under $800,000. Smart also said that, as Nixon recommended a $34 million increase in higher education to be distributed through performance funding, Nixon is recommending a 4.3 percent increase of funding for the Missouri State University


Karman Bowers Movie Reviewer thing for everyone. Are you in the mood for a good romantic comedy? Try “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” It’s funny, sweet and not to men-

tion has some serious eye candy. Ryan Gosling, anyone? Or you could always go for something like “The Proposal” or “The Ugly Truth.” Perhaps something with a little more heart, and more Ryan Reynolds, with “Definitely, Maybe.” Are you more of a hopeless romantic type who doesn’t mind a good tearjerker? A solid bet for you would be anything with the name Baz Luhrmann somewhere in the

lead to something a little more sexual. Do your reputation a favor and go into the situation with a clear idea of where it will end up. Take that first kiss with a grain of salt. That fateful moment when the entire world seems to hang in the balance and suddenly everything promised is undone by a terrible kiss. It’s true many early relationships are tarnished by the memory, but don’t let it get to you. Try, try again! Call them back. Just because it’s the 21st century and its meaning has

diminished, don’t just leave a girl or guy hanging. Baring that part of yourself is a small but significant gesture of faith, and no one deserves to be hurt over it. If you find yourself uninterested, be honest and open. Make this Valentine’s Day amazing. Just because it’s an overblown phenomenon brought about by greeting card companies and Hershey’s, doesn’t dilute the meaning behind the holiday. Take the time to reflect on not only who you love, but why you love them, and time that kiss perfectly.

ed to love to make sure that I wouldn’t feel so left out, since I didn’t have a significant other. Gather a group of friends, put everyone’s name in a hat and draw your new secret Valentine. Set a price limit for gifts — $10-$15 should be plenty

— and get your cupid on. Stock up on chocolate, a good movie, or even some flowers for your secret Valentine, who deserves it. Then, get together on VDay and exchange so everyone has a chance to feel a little special on this day reserved for love.

Springfield campus — an increase of $3.3 million — as the Springfield campus was successful on all five performance measures needed for increased funding. Smart said that Nixon’s budget is built on some revenue assumptions, so the final amount of funding won’t be known for several months. In the report from the Faculty Senate, 2012-13 Senate Chair Christopher Herr discussed the advancement of the general education program revision, noting that the Committee on General Education and International Programs had received 33 submissions for courses to be added to the new general education program, 15 of which were approved as submitted and 18 were returned to the depart-

tant measure of how well institutions are helping students meet their full potential. Efficiency is the fourth tarContinued from page 1 get, meaning more dollars The third target is test spent in the classroom instead scores, Nixon said, an impor- of overhead and administra-

ments for mostly minor revisions. Herr said that the timeline for the revision process is the same as they were looking at in October of 2012, that the goal is to bring it before the Faculty Senate in April and that implementation of the new program will probably be fall of 2014. Provost Frank Einhellig addressed the new student technology requirement guidelines for classes or programs, which he said came from a committee that was appointed in fall 2012 to determine the balance of what a class or department might expect for specific classes and the realization of cost. Smart added that the issue had been generated in part by students after implementing

tion. Fifth, schools are allowed, under this method, to choose an institution-specific goal. “Here at Missouri State, the university has set its goal to increase the number of gradu-

credits — aka “Moulin Rouge,” “Romeo + Juliet,” and “Australia.” You could even go with something such as “P.S. I Love You.” It has the rom-com element but can also tug on those heartstrings. Or perhaps, ladies, you don’t want any of that loveydovey stuff. Grab some girlfriends and go for something with a little more kick-ass, girl power. Watch some “Charlie’s Angels,” or our


Continued from page 4 They drove down to Arkansas and went kayaking in the morning and then decided to go hiking at Whitaker Point. “It was an hour drive from where we went kayaking, and we got lost for a really long time,” Masters said. “I wanted to go home, but he said we had to go. I knew what was coming, because he was acting a little off,” she said smiling. Once they finally found the trail, it began to storm, but they started hiking the trail anyway. When they finally reached the point, Devin hugged her and told her that they weren’t there by accident. He told her that he loved her and got down on one knee as he asked her

iPad requirements in certain classes. He said that there were no parameters in place to say whether these requirements were appropriate or not, and students asked them to work on a policy for such. According to Einhellig, the guidelines don’t apply unless the technology cost exceeds $150 and include looking at the total cost of the required technology as well as university wireless capabilities. The Board approved, without discussion, a new Missouri State housing policy which added the words “after high school graduation” to the current policy to address the changing demographic of students who enter college already having completed some college credit. The housing policy now

ates with degrees in the healthcare field or in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math,” Nixon said. MSU, in the first year, met every single one of these targets, Nixon said.

new go-to favorite, “Magic Mike.” You could even go real old school girl power with “Spice World.” Don’t worry guys, I haven’t forgotten about you. Luckily for you, the world’s favorite spy, James Bond, and his latest adventure “Skyfall” is on DVD Feb. 12. Go nuts, and have a marathon. Bond has all the car chases, firefights and pretty ladies you could ask for.

Of course, the best Valentine’s movie any of us could ask for comes to theaters Feb. 14, “A Good Day to Die Hard.” The latest outing for John McClane introduces us to a fresh face: John McClane, Jr. What more could we ask for on a night out? So if you’re looking for a relaxing way to celebrate, or not celebrate, Valentine’s Day, grab a DVD and some popcorn and enjoy.

requires all single students under the age of 21 who have completed fewer than 30 hours of transferable credit after high school graduation to live in university housing. Another housing issue was brought to the Board’s attention: the alcohol policy in the newly acquired Monroe apartments and any future apartments as acquired by the university. The policy allows any qualified student choosing to live in The Monroe, or any future apartments as approved by housing and President Smart, to have alcohol in his/her apartment. When a question was raised about the distinction between “apartment” and “residence hall,” Smart said that this policy would only apply to

apartment-style buildings (not Sunvilla) with private bedrooms, private bathrooms and upper-class living only. “We would never consider turning Blair-Shannon into a ‘wet hall,’” he said. “This (The Monroe) is the only apartment complex we have.” The meeting concluded with a lengthy discussion on academic programs being added to the West Plains campus in agriculture and healthcare and the viability of such programs in terms of community need, job outlook and options including online options and Interactive Video Courses (ITV). The Board of Governors will hold its next meeting Friday, March 8, at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Mo.

to be his best friend for the rest of their lives. “We were the only two up there because it was just about to storm, so it was really nice,” Masters said. “After that, we hiked back and drove home. We never ended up camping,” she said laughing. Devin and Ramie love to bike ride, longboard, work out together and take rides on Devin’s motorcycle. “We’re also getting into puzzles,” Ramie said. “We have to do something when we’re old.” Ramie plans to do her externship during the spring of 2014 in Kansas City, where Devin has applied for a job. She said they have talked about kids and struck an “adoption bargain.” “I told him I want four or five kids, and he said he wants two or three,” Masters said. “So we’re at an indifference, but I really want to adopt someday, so I

Smart said Missouri State was able to accomplish this because it was a team effort. Nixon closed with a message to students to continue their education and to use their degrees for the betterment of

told him if he lets us adopt then we can have just three kids.” Devin and Ramie both said that their faith in God holds their relationship together through thick and thin, and Ramie’s parents said the same, along with many other similarities. “Devin and my dad both came to MSU as economic majors, both of them worked in banks, my dad had a motorcycle, and Devin has a motorcycle. Both my mom and I came to MSU for field hockey. My parents met at CRU and we met at CRU,” Masters said. “It’s really, really weird.” Both California girls, Mindi and Ramie found their Missouri boys on MSU’s campus and lived happily ever after. So who knows, maybe your love is waiting for you on campus, too. It seems as though Missouri State is quite the matchmaker school.

the communities around them. “Students, use your education to continue to learn,” Nixon said. “Use it to expand your horizons, to build a strong family, a vibrant community and a prosperous state.”

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Hassle-free tax services for students other credits besides the earned income credit. To figure out what form might work best for you, go to TurboTax also has a live chat option to help walk you through filing your taxes step by step.

Several options available for filing taxes with ease By Amber Duran The Standard

There are a lot of pleasant things about springtime — the fresh rains, the newly budding flowers and trees, but there is a part of spring that makes some people want to pull their hair out: tax season. It rolls around the same time every year, yet somehow it seems to creep up on us like a bad habit. The only question is, are you ready to file your 2012 taxes? If you check out the Internal Revenue Service’s website, which is the government agency responsible for tax collection and enforcement of tax law, you might feel a little overwhelmed, but there is a light at the end of that dark tax tunnel. In fact, that light might be in the form of a handsome tax refund. Now, if you are one of

those brave souls who is going to take on taxes on your own, good for you. But for those who may need a helping hand with this, there are resources available to you that you may not be aware of.

H&R Block

Tax clinics

First off, as students, there are tax clinics held on the MSU campus that can assist in this way. These clinics are held Fridays and Saturdays in Glass Hall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to the Missouri State Volunteer Income Tax Assistance calendar. According to an MSU news brief, “Students from the School of Accountancy at Missouri State University will assist individuals with free tax preparation, e-filing and questions about other tax issues as part of the VITA and Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) programs


BoJun Zhou helps Bryan Hunter with his taxes as part of the School of Accountancy’s tax clinic. through April 14.” If that does not seem like your cup of tea, there are other outlets, such as TurboTax or meeting with an H&R Block tax preparer.


TurboTax takes taxes online and makes them a fillin-the-blank affair, although it may entail a fee for service. TurboTax can be free if

you use the basic 1040EZ form, or it can cost $20 for a basic 1040A form. From there, prices can increase if you add things such as stocks or dividends to your claim. The basic difference between the 1040EZ and the 1040A is the amount of information that you are reporting on your taxes. For instance, you cannot use the 1040EZ if you have any

Another option available to you is visiting an H&R Block tax professional. H&R Block also has the option to file online using its software, but it offers faceto-face customer service as well. This allows you to get answers to all of your questions, and that can make it easier for you to do your taxes in the future. If you come in before Feb. 15, H&R Block will prepare your 1040EZ for free. As students, do not forget about the education credits that may be available to you. These credits might just be the light at the end of the tunnel you are looking for.

Education Credits

According to the IRS website, there are two types of education credits you should look at: the American opportunity credit — part of which may be refundable — and the lifetime learning credit, which is nonrefundable. “A refundable credit can give you a refund for any part of the credit that is more than your total tax,” the website said. “A nonrefundable credit can reduce your tax, but any excess is not refunded to you.” Both of these credits have different rules that can affect your eligibility, so it is important to look into this if you are doing your own taxes — or have your tax preparer look into it for you. Tax season is not fun, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be done well, and done without having to pull your hair out. Give your hair follicles a break this season and breathe easy knowing there is tax help available for you through various outlets.


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