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Tuesday • February 28, 2012 • Vol. 105 Issue 21 •


MSU sees slight rise in enrollment

Tarang 2012 banquet celebrates Indian culture

By Dayle Duggins The Standard

Tarang 2012 is a celebration of the diverse culture of India and will include a banquet and traditional cultural entertainment. The event is March 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will begin with vegetarian and non-vegetarian authentic Indian foods prepared by students. A show of dance routines, musical offerings, skits and other types of performances will follow the banquet. Tickets are available Monday through Friday at the Multicultural Resource Center at PSU 141 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the ISA ticket booth on the second floor of the PSU. Tickets cost between $7 to $15. Photos by Michael Gulledge/THE STANDARD

Students wanted for library focus groups

The library is looking for students and faculty who want to spend time discussing issues about services, spaces and collection at Meyer Library. As a follow-up to a survey conducted last fall, the library will conduct three focus group sessions Thursday, March 8, at Siceluff Hall 124. Focus sessions will be at 9 and 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The sessions will last for 75 minutes and will be conducted by an outside facilitator from Washington University. The discussions will be over the context of services, spaces, library collections, what the library is doing and where they can improve, and to gather feedback. Refreshments will be served and one participant in each session will win a $25 gift certificate to the MSU bookstore. The library will have tables to sign up for focus sessions in the PSU from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Thursday, March 1. If interested, stop by a table or contact Lynn Cline at

Missouri State’s two a cappella groups, A Cub Bella and Beartones, competed in the International Competition for Collegiate A Cappella quarterfinals last weekend at the Gillioz Theatre.

Perfect harmony Springfield plays host to international competition, A Cub Bella takes first By Amy Fuemmeler The Standard A cappella teams from across the Midwest gathered on Feb. 28 at the Gillioz Theatre to compete in the International Competition for Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) quarterfinals. Missouri State’s own women’s a cappella group, A Cub Bella, hosted the competition for the first time this

year. Four other quarterfinals have been held across the Midwest. In order for a team to compete in ICCA, they must submit a performance tape. Many groups were weeded out with only 50 teams being able to perform. Briana Adams, music director of A Cub Bella, believes the group has worked hard to compete in ICCA.

“We have been working on just these three songs for two months now,” Adams said. “We practice twice a week usually for two hours, but we have been practicing three times a week recently.” According to Adams, A Cub Bella has always advanced from quarterfinals. They will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary this May. Women’s, men’s and co-ed teams competed for the top two spots. The a cappella groups came from a variety of places including Columbia, Kirksville, St. Louis and Lawrence, Kan.

A Cub Bella Publicity Director Jordan Shelton enjoys meeting groups from across the states. “The main reason the competition was founded was to facilitate a learning environment for groups, so that we can share what we have done with our music and learn from other groups,” Shelton said. Each group was allowed 12 minutes per set with three songs in each. Three judges based the team’s score on dynamics, choreography, stage presence and audience participation.  See SING page 8

Athletics teams up with adidas Calendar MSU Company representative says February 28 to March 5


Eating Disorder Awareness Week Free Screenings, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carrington Hall 311 SAC Presents: Miss America Debbye Turner, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at PSU Theater Career Expo 2012, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at JQH Arena Student Government Association meeting, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at PSU 313


Eating Disorder Awareness Week Free Screenings, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carrington Hall 311


Eating Disorder Awareness Week Free Screenings, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carrington Hall 311 Peace Corps Career Information Session, 4 to 6 p.m. at Karls Hall 239 Students for a Sustainable Future general meeting, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Temple Hall Pit SAC Presents: Murder Mystery Dinner, 9 to 11:59 p.m. at PSU Ballroom


Eating Disorder Awareness Week Free Screenings, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Carrington Hall 311 SHARP- Self Defense for Women Registration Deadline, free, all day at PSU 131


Tarang 2012, $10-15, 6 to 9:30 p.m. at PSU 300 and 200

labor rights is not an issue By John Cook The Standard

Missouri State Athletic Director Kyle Moats had many goals coming into 2012. First and foremost was branding all Missouri State sports as one. With a five-year agreement that will go into effect on June 1 and run through May 31, 2017, all MSU teams will wear the three stripes of adidas. Moats has been working behind the scenes with adidas sales representative Derek Stucker on a deal that would not only unify MSU Athletics, but also cut

costs and help MSU financially. According to Moats, the deal will save MSU around $200,000 over the course of the $625,000, five-year deal. “There are three main positives to the deal,” Moats said. “First, the financial savings will help Missouri State across the board. Next, it was important to have all the teams under one brand. This way, the field hockey team feels just as important as men’s basketball. And lastly, it helps with recruiting. “Anytime you can brand yourself with one of

Illustration by Nicole Thompson/THE STANDARD

MSU and adidas reached a five-year, $625,000 agreement that was approved last Friday. the top brands, 17- and 18year-olds see that and they want to come aboard and be a part of the experience,” he said. A crucial point in the

deal came when news was learned that adidas may have been involved with a labor dispute with a PT  See ADIDAS page 2

Storm spotters prepare for spring Springfield to host training session By Damien M. DiPlacido The Standard Tornado season is right around the corner for Southwest Missouri and the National Weather Service wants storm spotters to be aware of the possibility of approaching danger. The SpringfieldGreene County Office of Emergency Management is hosting a storm spotter training course that will be conducted by members of the National Weather

Training sessions Feb. 28 Assembly of God HQ in Springfield, Mo. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29 1400 E. Route 66 in Lebanon, Mo. 6:30 p.m. March 6 3950 E. Newman Road in Joplin, Mo. 6:30 p.m.

Service. Warren Robinson, the office’s public information officer, said the class will teach people the basics of thunderstorm development, some of the fundamentals of storm structure and show them

how to properly identify types of severe weather. “This will allow people to report information back to the National Weather Service or Emergency Management,” Robinson said. “When there is severe weather moving through, this The class will be taught tonight at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Assembly of God headquarters at 1445 N. Booneville Ave. Steve Runnels is the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service and has been with the NWS in Springfield since 1995. Runnels, a 22-year veteran of meteorology,

said Doppler radar is an excellent tool to be able to identify different types of storms, but only a trained spotter can make specific confirmations. “Consequently, we look for people who have coordinated communications, such as police officers, firefighters and amateur radio operators, as opposed to the general public,” Runnels said. “When a threat has been confirmed, we can let people downstream know what’s coming.” The general public is welcome to attend, but they ultimately need to be part of a spotter group in  See STORMS page 8

After seeing a slight decrease in fall enrollment for the first time in six years, Missouri State University unexpectedly set a new spring enrollment record for its Springfield campus in 2012. The new record made a modest jump from 19,707 in spring 2011 to 19,715 in spring 2012. Don Simpson, Missouri State’s associate vice president for enrollment management, oversees the office of admissions, office of the registrar and financial aid. Simpson said it is encouraging to see the spring numbers up since the university saw a decrease in its fall numbers. “It could’ve easily gone the other way,” Simpson said. “Because if we have fewer students in the fall, Simpson there’s fewer to come back in the spring. You would expect it to be down in the spring as well.” On the Springfield campus, student numbers decreased by 147 from fall 2010 to fall 2011. Lower freshmen enrollment, changes in the Board of Governors scholarship program and the poor state of the economy were the three major reasons for the drop in numbers, Simpson said. Despite the enrollment decrease in the fall, university officials say they will continue to focus on modest enrollment growth as called for in the long-range plan. Earle Doman, Missouri State’s vice president for student affairs, oversees all of the university’s enrollment management areas and holds the overall responsibility for the division of student affairs. “Enrollment growth is a product of a lot good work by a lot of people and it’s not just admissions,” Doman said. “It’s individual faculty, it’s individual departments. The different colleges and departments have their enrollment goals of Doman what they seek.” Due to reduced funding from the state of Missouri, the university will be increasing its out-of-state recruitment in hopes of boosting enrollment and, in turn, producing more revenue for the school, Doman said. Currently, Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas are the top three out-of-state recruitment priorities, Simpson said. On average, in-state tuition in Illinois costs $4,125 more per year than out-of-state tuition at Missouri State, Simpson said. Due to this major differential, Simpson said MSU is looking more and more like a cost-effective alternative for Illinois students, as state funding issues have made tuition skyrocket at public universities. To effectively recruit Illinois students, Missouri State will do a variety of things to make the university more appealing, Simpson said. This includes purchasing the names of those individuals with scores of 24 or higher on the ACT and sending them information on the university and its out-of-state fee waiver. Keeping its focus on recruiting heavily in Illinois, the Office of Admissions has set up a free overnight visit program for prospective students and their parents. Residence Life and Services now provides a free night’s stay when students arrange a meeting with a faculty member during their visit. Zach Durham, Student Government Association’s director of academic affairs, said he thinks Missouri State could still do a better job of extending its recruiting tactics to students from every outside state. “We’re not offering this program up to all of the states and surrounding areas. We’re specifically doing it for Illinois,” Durham said.  See ENROLL page 2


Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

The Standard


Competitive nursing program adds 10 more spots Department head says graduates generally have 100 percent employment rate By Brandon Corrigan The Standard

Completing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Missouri State University (MSU) can just about guarantee a job in the field of nursing. However, getting that ticket punched for admission to the nursing field is no easy task. According to Kathryn Hope, department head for the BSN program, graduating students generally have a 100 percent employment rate within one month of getting their diploma. But admittance to the program is highly competitive and the coursework can be intense. The Department of Nursing accepts only 61 students to the BSN program from a pool that ranges from about 75 to 150 candidates per year. The number of students admitted into the program was raised this academic year by the Missouri State Board of Nursing from its previous

adidas Continued from page 1 Kizone factory in Indonesia. Though there was controversy around whether or not to sign a deal with a brand that could come under fire, Missouri State pushed forward and finished the deal early last week. A report issued by labor rights watchdog Worker Right Consortium says that adidas is refusing to provide financial assistance to 2,800 former employees who lost their jobs when the factory closed. The original posting of the report can be found at You can also read the full report at However, adidas released a statement last week that said “The central fact remains that the PT Kizone factory was illegally closed and abandoned by its owner, not by the adidas group, and this occurred more than six months after we placed our last order with them. We honored all terms of our contract, paying the factory owners every penny owed. In turn, we cannot assume, or accept, the liability for the sev-

benchmark of 51 students. “Our numbers in pre-nursing are increasing,” Hope said. “The university wanted us to bump it up and they were willing to provide us with two new faculty members for the year to do that.” Admission Coordinator Melissa Price said that after students have completed a minimum of 43 hours of general education and pre-requisite courses, the admission committee judges students on four criteria. “The first thing we look at is the overall GPA from all their college credits,” Price said. “We look at their first attempt grades in three specific classes: college algebra, chemistry and anatomy. We also require a writing sample or essay and résumé.” Price said that while the minimum GPA to apply is 2.75, the average overall GPA of those accepted into nursing is 3.5. Applicants must have also completed a job shadow with a registered nurse and be CPR certified. Junior Jordan Frank has a leg up on her nursing career because work in medical care is a family tradition. “My mom and grandma were both nurses,” Frank said. “I’ve been around it my whole life and it’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.” Frank said she knows firsthand the stress of

erance owed by the former owner of PT Kizone who violated Indonesian law and fled.” Moats and Stucker explained that the MSU Board of Governors took all factors into consideration before signing off. “If you read the press release you’ll find everything you need to know,” Stucker said. “Basically, six months after adidas had already left the factory, the owner fled and left the workers there to fend for themselves.” The press release from adidas can be found at The controversial point was that Nike and the Dallas Cowboys, who were also involved with the factory, had helped the workers with funds of their own. It was said that adidas had not, but in the press release, it says that the company contacted adidas suppliers near the PT Kizone site and actively encouraged them to hire the workers. According to adidas, they had already left the factory and had nothing to do with what happened six months later. However, they went above and beyond and went back in and helped the jobless workers anyway, “It was discussed at the board, and they didn’t have a problem with it,” Moats said.

the application process and she has one particular memory that stands out. She recalled the brisk February afternoon during her birthday weekend, more than a year ago, when she meticulously peeled open the letter that sealed her fate in the nursing field. “It was nerve-racking,” Frank said. “I was so anxious and had to wait over a month to find out the decision after I applied. I was thrilled when I got accepted, but it was kind of bittersweet because one of my good friends wasn’t admitted into the program.” Price said that with a competitive and selective program, it comes with the territory that not all who apply can be accommodated. However, she said there are alternatives if the letter that arrives spells rejection when unsealed. “We’re trying to be supportive, yet realistic at the same time,” Price said. “We want students to reach their goals. We want them to become a nurse, but if it doesn’t happen to be with us, then hopefully they can get into a backup program whether it’s hospital-based or with another university.” The MSU Nursing Department maintains a waiting list for students who fail to receive admission and students can reapply the following year. Getting accepted into the program was only

With that issue put aside, Stucker said he is excited to have Missouri State as the “face of the brand in Missouri.” Critical to the agreement was former MSU baseball player Ryan Howard, who represents adidas as a Major League Baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies. Howard has earmarked a specific percentage of his adidas deal to go back to Missouri State baseball. The allotment will provide the baseball program with an additional $75,000 in contributions annually. Senior Kevin Medrano of the Bears baseball team shared his thoughts on the schoolwide switch to adidas and Howard’s contributions. “It’s a positive for our athletes and coaches,” Medrano said. “I think it reinforces the idea that we’re one team. No matter what program you’re a part of, you’re a Bear first and foremost. “I don’t know (Howard) personally, but his support and the support of all of our former players means a great deal to our program,” Medrano said. “Seeing what guys like Ryan Howard have accomplished and knowing what the path they’ve taken has done for them personally and professionally helps us stay

focused and motivated. Any time you have the support of professionals of that caliber it can only be a positive for our program.” Stucker said that from a product standpoint, “if you’re lighter, you’re faster.” That’s why adidas has come on strong lately with the new adiZero apparel, he said. The Bears football team will get the privilege of wearing the same type of uniform that the New York Giants wore in the Super Bowl. “The same type of jersey that Giants players such as Prince Amukamura and Ahmad Bradshaw wore is the same one that the football team will be wearing,” Stucker said. “It’s a compression jersey with no seams that’s 30 percent lighter than their jersey today. That allows for a greater range of motion.” The jersey was tested in the National Football League for five years before first being introduced to college teams last year. The Bears will also wear the adiZero 5-star, which is the same cleat that college players testing in the NFL Scouting Combine will wear. The shoe only weighs 6.9 ounces, which Stucker said is almost 30 ounces less than shoes of their competitors.

the first step in Frank’s journey to her nursing destination. She still must complete a total of 576 clinical hours in Springfield and the surrounding communities while juggling 15 to 17 credit hours a semester. “It is definitely tough sometimes,” Frank said about her daily juggling act. “But it’s rewarding, worthwhile and it has taught me great time-management skills.” Hope stressed that the BSN program’s community involvement aspect is what sets MSU’s program apart from other schools’ curriculum in nursing studies. “Being community-based makes us unique,” Hope said. “Our students spend about as much time working in the community as they do in acute care at hospitals. They get a balance of both and that makes students more confident. They deal with patients and their families. They can go to different situations and are better prepared to easily handle what might come their way.” One final hurdle Frank must cross before getting a job is passing the NCLEX, the state board nursing exam. The MSU Nursing program works hard to prepare students for the exam. Pass rates for 2010 were the second highest in the state, with 95 percent of students passing on the first attempt.


Prospective students take a tour of campus.

Enroll Continued from page 1 “Why not try and make it seem like we’re fair to everyone and get that 7 percent up? Out of state students do pay twice the tuition so they do make a huge chunk of MSU’s money.” Durham said Missouri State could push the envelope and make Missouri State a first choice university instead of a fallback by bettering its communication strategies. “We could go out of our way to target those

that are winning national competitions in different areas and really trying to hit some really high performing students at the high school level. We could be sending out personal letters special invites to the university,” Durham said. At the moment, it seems that the university will keep its focus on Illinois specifically. Simpson and Doman said they are confident MSU’s numbers will continue to increase if the focus remains on steady recruitment, retention and improving the overall educational experience.


Feb. 28, 2012

Most athletic providers have dealt with labor rights at some point

Cartoon by Rachel Brown

Plus/minus system has benefits

I may be the elephant in the room, but I don’t mind—I support the plus/minus grading system. I have backed the system since I lost a scholarship due to, among other things, my inability to get the B+’s I would have earned back in 2006-2007. When students realized the faculty was favoring a plus/minus grading system before the policy was implemented in fall 2009, there was a big hoopla about it. I didn’t understand it then, and I don’t understand it now. I heard through the grapevine that one reason many students didn’t like the plus/minus system was because of the scholarship-killing addition of an A-. Well, not all A’s are equal, my friends. Nor B’s, C‘s or D’s. Missouri State is in the majority by implementing this system—seven out of 11 of the university’s peer institutions have adopted a similar policy, though with some stricter guidelines. And several of the other universities that haven’t adopted a plus/minus system have discussed the change at one time or another. The story in last week’s issue of The Standard said the Student Government Association’s Academic Affairs

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SGA Actions Kandice McKee Columnist Committee found that none of the grading system’s goals have been met. I’d like to know how this conclusion was reached because, quite frankly, I don’t buy it. I believe the plus/minus system does provide greater incentive for students. Whether they actually take the bait is one thing, but the incentive is there. So maybe it does fail to motivate some students, but I think it’s a rash generalization to assume the policy doesn’t motivate a single student. Faculty members have the choice to use the system—SGA has no business in recommending taking that choice away. If you don’t want the chance for a plus or minus on your transcript, choose instructors that don’t use the system. If you can’t find one that uses the “old” grading system of just letters, then realize there’s probably a reason for that.

On Feb. 14, the Academic Affairs Committee introduced a recommendation by Zach Durham, Mark Hobbs, Jamie Kuzemka and Kirby Williams to the Student Government Association to modify the plus/minus grading system in the following ways: • Add an A+ • Standardize grading across sections of courses • Remove the A- and C• Set a max percentage to define each letter grade • Abolish the plus/minus grading system

Own up and take responsibility. It’s not the system’s fault, though our inner teenager would love to believe it is. It may be more difficult to get a 4.0 with a plus/minus grading system, but hands down it reflects your grade. You earned it. Do the work to get the grade you want or sit down and hush it.

Missouri State Athletics teams officially became sponsored by the sporting goods supplier adidas after the Board of Governors approved a five-year agreement between the university and company last Friday. There was some uncertainty at first about adidas’ possible involvement in unfair labor practices in a factory in Indonesia. Labor rights watchdog Worker Rights Consortium accused adidas of not financially compensating workers who lost their jobs when the factory closed. However, adidas has refuted these allegations claiming that it had made its last purchase with the factory six months before the factory closed and the owner fled the country and that there was no wrongdoing on its part. With all of the information presented to them, the Board of Governors decided to go forward with the agreement, locking adidas up as the main supplier to Missouri State Athletics for uniforms and other equipment through 2017. Some people may argue that Missouri State should not partner with a company that has come under fire for unfair labor practices. But we must consider what the situation was before the agreement with adidas. Before adidas, Missouri State’s main athletic supplier was Nike, a company that has had its own share of labor rights issues. The fact of the matter is that it’s going to be hard to find an athletic supplier that doesn’t use factories overseas to manufacture their products before they are sent here. And it might even be hard to find one that hasn’t had some kind of labor rights issue on their radar at one point in time. Sure, Missouri State could stand up against any company that has ever had labor rights issues and not sign an agreement with them. But there would be very few options, if any, in that case. We could have our athletes sew their own jerseys together, but that’s just not realistic either. Our athletes need jerseys and equipment to compete, and the Board of Governors recognized this. And apparently there was enough evidence for them to feel comfortable forging a partnership with adidas.

Letter to the Editor The Big Bang wants MSU

With the excitement of the Missouri Valley Conference drawing near, I wanted to reach out to Missouri State students and alumni in the anticipation that your fans will be making a trip to The Big Bang St. Louis while they are in town for the Missouri Valley Conference. The Big Bang is an all-request dueling piano bar located on historic Laclede’s Landing and we have, in the past, had an overwhelming amount of Missouri State fans, students and alumni visit our establishment the weekend of the MVC Tournament. Missouri State fans have always been such a great group and, of course, we at The Big Bang are so grateful for their consistent patronage. This year, as a thank you, myself and The Big Bang would like to offer Missouri State access to our private event space, The Collins Alley Ballroom, located above The Big Bang at no cost. The space could be used as a VIP bar on Friday or Saturday night when the downstairs bar gets crowded, a place to congregate prior to or after a game or anything else you would like. Obviously, regardless of whether or not you choose to use the space, we would still love to have your fans at The Big Bang and would be willing to give them half price admission if they let us know at the door that they are “Missouri State MVC VIP.” Additionally, anyone who has a ticket stub from a game can present it for free admission.

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Feb. 28, 2012

Calendar February 28 to March 5

Illness ailments


By Kris Collins The Standard

Quantum Groove 9 p.m. at Lindbergs, free

I can’t think of a better reason to go on a spring break vacation than to unwind after midterms. Well, besides maintaining all the clichés about college students on spring break. So indulge and reward yourself with a trip for your hard work so far this semester. Whether you’re taking the extravagant route or pinching pennies, this list of spring break plans will give you something to mull over.

Tuesday’s Stew 10 p.m. at the Outland Ballroom, free for ladies 18+ and gents 21+ Open Mic Night 9 p.m. at the Outland, free Let's #@%! 9 p.m. at Jekyll & Hyde’s, free for 21+ and $5 for 18+ (only 100 minors allowed at a time) Missouri Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) 8 to 10 p.m. at Marty’s Sports Bar, free

No Budget

Rusko 8 p.m. at The Gillioz Theatre, $25


Dug & the SOULar Panels 7 to 10 p.m. at Patton Alley Pub, free


Think ‘n’ Trivia 7 p.m. at Patton Alley Pub, free Benefit of a Doubt, Springs, So Called Savages, Fraught With Peril 8:30 p.m. at the Outland Ballroom, $2 for 18+ and free for 21+ TAG Thursdays: MC Migraine Head, Modern Epic, comedian Merr 9 p.m. at the Outland, cover charge Shawn Eckels 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Grill, free


Jazz Trio 8 to 10 p.m. at the Outland, $3 The Gimps ‘50s & ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Soul 11 p.m. at Dean Z’s Club 57, $5 The Bootheel, Sweetwater, Mercer & Johnson, B.A. and the DCD 9 p.m. at the Outland, $5 Rags to Rich’s 9 p.m. at Patton Alley Pub, cover charge Live Music, Art, and Free Admission: Ghost Dance, The Spacetones, St. Dallas and the Sinners, Mask & Glove (formerly Sincerely Yours), and Slapdash Science 9 p.m. at the Outland Ballroom, free Barak Hill: Lindberg's Rhythm and Boom Concert Series 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lindbergs, cover charge


The Rivals Improv Comedy Troupe/Joe Arnold's Birthday Show 7 to 11 p.m. at Billiard’s, $5 Q102 Presents: Hurt, Nocturnal Nation & Jeffro 9 p.m. at the Outland Ballroom, $12 for 18+ and $10 for 21+ The Refugees: A Tom Petty Tribute 9 p.m. at Patton Alley Pub, cover charge


Members of Speakeasy 8 p.m. at Ebbets Field Downtown, free


Mascara Metal Monday 10 p.m. at the Outland, free

Briefs Hangout sells out general admission

The Hangout Music Festival, to be held on the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, Ala., the weekend of May 18-20, has sold out of general admission tickets. This weekend beach festival still has a limited number of VIP and Super VIP tickets still available, but they are sure to sell soon. VIP tickets are $849 and Super VIP will set you back $1,249, but the amenities are definitely worth it if you can afford to shell out the cash. Not only will you have access to VIP viewing areas, including an area with a pool, you’ll also be treated to complimentary food and beverages (yes, even alcohol) for the entire weekend.

Switchfoot to visit Springfield in May

Alternative Christian rock band Switchfoot will play at The Gillioz Theatre Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. Switchfoot formed in San Diego in the mid-'90s, when the group connected as surfers. They decided to form a band and chose the name Switchfoot, a surfing term. Tickets range from $22.50 to $24.50 and can be purchased by calling 417-863-9491 or by visiting

How to do spring break the right way

Photo illustration by Evan Henningsen/THE STANDARD

Believe it or not, there are many things you can do to minimize and shorten your symptoms, or even fend off illness before it gets you. Follow our ideas to keep your body healthy this flu season.

Tips and tricks to keep sickness away By Kelsey Berry The Standard

when these occurrences begin to happen more frequently that we come to realize what has begun: the Picture this: You’re sitting in flu season. class taking an exam. The room is silent aside from the quiet scratch- “How can I avoid catching a ing of No. 2 pencils against rough bug?” Wash your hands paper. Your mind is clear and This is one of the most imporfocused on the task before you. Then you hear it: the ominous snif- tant habits to maintain. Not only fle. You survey the room for a cul- that, but washing down any surprit but never seem to find one. faces where germs may thrive is Regardless, the sniffling continues, also a good idea. Jerilyn Reed, wellness educator serving as a constant slicing of the peaceful silence. We’ve all been at Taylor Health and Wellness Center, expressed how important it is there. Or maybe you’re walking for students living with others to through the hallway to get to class. keep surfaces and commonly-hanYou hear a friend shout your name dled items sanitized. “Wash your hands and sing the so you turn to respond and immediately get sneezed on by the kid happy birthday song,” she said. “Make sure you are wiping everywalking directly behind you. He apologizes, but an apology thing down or you can even use can’t wipe away all the saliva he antibacterial hand gel. Anything just sprayed onto your face. Seem that is a hard surface like counter tops, keyboards, even cell phones familiar? These all-too-common instances and keys—any type of germs are happen frequently, especially on going to be able to live on there for college campuses nationwide. It’s three or four hours. So if you live in

a house with lots of people, make sure you wipe that stuff down.” Get a proper amount of sleep Rest is essential in order to remain healthy, and students who are not getting enough sleep are more susceptible to getting sick. According to Reed, eight full hours of sleep per night is what is needed to give your body time to heal itself and recuperate from the day. Eight hours may seem a bit lofty for students who barely have enough time to accomplish their numerous daily tasks and homework, but finding the time to rest your body is well worth avoiding any sicknesses. Maintain a healthy diet It is tempting to whip up some ramen or microwave those frozen, processed foods when you’re pressed for time, but naturallygrown foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains are much more nourishing and full of the vitamins and proteins that will aid in fighting off colds. Get a flu shot Some students may be skeptical of the effectiveness of a flu shot or unsure of when the best time to get one would be. According to, flu shots are made using dead bacteria and  See SICK page 5

1) If money isn’t a variable in your equation, why not do it the right way and book an all-inclusive trip? Deana Crouch, assistant vice president of leisure sales and cruise specialist at Great Southern Travel, says that this is a popular choice among college students. Crouch suggested that any of the all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Jamaica or the Dominican Republic would be a wise choice. 2) According to Crouch, another popular choice among college students is a cruise. Cruises are great because you get meals, entertainment and the opportunity to see several different locations. Crouch recommends Royal Caribbean’s “Allure of The Seas.” Some of the features of the cruise include Mexican- and Brazilian-inspired restaurants, theatrical productions, surf simulators and a zip line. 3) If you prefer cooler weather, skiing is always a popular vacation. Crouch says that Winter Park and Vail are great destinations depending on how much you’re willing to spend and your skill level. 4) In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, making a trip to Ireland for the celebration would be a memorable vacation to say the least. Crouch said that airfare to Europe is priced relatively affordably. This could also be a good opportunity to get a preview of a foreign country if studying abroad is an interest. 5) If you enjoy relaxing on a quiet beach rather than the Mayan Riviera, just 30 minutes south of Cancun, or Punta Cana, Dominican Republic are excellent choices. “There are even beaches that are adult only,” Crouch said.

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If you’re staying in Springfield over break, have no worries. There are fun, affordable things to do in the area. 1) Mother’s Brewing Company offers tours every Saturday on the hour from 2 to 4 p.m. According to the Mother’s Brewing Company website, “You’ll see the brewery, learn about brewing, see and smell the various hops and grains, and best of all taste Mother’s craft beers!” 2) Pack in a car with some friends and head to a concert nearby. Sam Perryman, junior economics major, has done so for the past few years. Perryman says that he and his friends usually make trips around Missouri or surrounding states for a good price. 3) Camping or hiking is a fantastic way to spend some time with friends and spend some time outside. Courtney Lewis, a junior anthropology major, plans on spending time outside in upstate New York, her home state. Though the scenery may not be quite as breathtaking in southwest Missouri  See BREAK page 9

84th Academy Awards end anticipation ‘The Artist’ and ‘Hugo’ big Oscar evening winners By Karman Bowers The Standard

Best Picture “The Artist” Best Actor Jean Dujardin

Best Actress Meryl Streep

What makes a great film? As many of the great stars of our time said Best during the Academy Awards, what makes a per- Supporting son cry? Or laugh? Or connect with a film? How Actor do you define greatness in cinema? This is a question I don’t think can ever be Christopher Plummer truly answered. What constitutes a great film can be different for everyone. For me, it’s all about the subtle yet powerful Best story, the truthful performances and the feeling Supporting that stays with you long after you leave the cinActress ema. Octavia Which is why I’m happy with the winners, Spencer everything that won deserved it. “Hugo,” one of the big winners, was indeed beautiful. Jean

Dujardin and Meryl Streep earned their Oscars as did Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer. The only thing that was a slight disappointment, and even disappointment is too strong a word, is that “The Adventures of Tintin” was nominated for only one award. I was definitely happy that “Rango” won Best Animated film, but surely motion capture can still be considered animated. “The Adventures of Tintin” deserved more than an Original Score nomination. I’m especially happy with the success of “The Artist,” the first silent film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since 1929. Some might be confused about why all the fuss over some French silent film when so much can be done with modern technology? But that’s just it, isn’t it? In a world full of 3D and motion capture and 2,000 frames per second, a film that doesn’t need audible dialogue to capture the audience and connect with the characters is an incredible thing. Doing something new and daring, like crafting a silent film in a media saturated with sound, is what really earns the Oscar. Films like “The Artist” are the spark that every aspiring filmmaker should strive for.

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KANSAS carries on By Lauren Healey The Standard

If you’ve ever considered yourself a classic rock fan, you at least know a few KANSAS songs — particularly, “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust In The Wind,” if not their whole slew of hits. Don’t miss your chance to see the legendary rock band on their 2012 Collegiate Symphony Tour as they join MSU’s student symphony at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Rich Williams, the original guitarist for KANSAS, said the Collegiate Symphony Tour is something the band really enjoys doing. “Last year we did about 15 college symphony shows and this year we’ve got about the same,” he said. “In part, it’s a fundraiser for the college music departments. It gives the kids a chance to do something a little bit outside the normal curriculum. It’s a lot of fun for us, and we’re very inspired by their excitement.” Benjamin Peters, an MSU alumnus, said the first song he ever played on guitar was “Carry On Wayward Son.” “I grew up listening to classic rock,” he said. “As a kid, I spent a lot of time working outside with my dad, and he always left the truck radio on the local classic rock station while we worked. KANSAS was one of the bands he would always go turn the volume up for. I just have a lot of memories with the music of KANSAS.” Williams said the students get the music in advance, so by the time KANSAS arrives, they’ve had a chance to rehearse. “Then we do a rehearsal with them the day of the show, and by showtime it all works out great,” he said. “The best part about it is really their excitement—it’s very infectious to us.” Williams said raising funds for college music programs is important because there isn’t much money for music programs. “It seems sports usually get all the money,” he said. “Everybody makes money, so it’s a win-win for all concerned.” Williams said he feels very appreciative to know his music from the ‘70s is still widely celebrated. “We’re fortunate enough to have a hobby, turned into a career, turned into our entire life’s work,” he said. “It’s a chosen lifestyle that’s not for everybody, but I love it.” To Williams, touring is very normal. “It’s what I’ve done my whole adult life,” he said. “You just have to learn how to pace yourself, but I love traveling and playing. Most of the time we try to make it work so we leave home on a Friday morning and come home on Sunday evening.” Williams said the band does about 80 shows a year. “There’s plenty of home time and plenty of away time,” he said. “It works well for us.”


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Legendary classic rock band KANSAS will perform at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16 with Missouri State’s student symphony. Fans can expect to hear “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust In The Wind.” When it comes to having a song on the first The band does not have anything new in the we’re best at,” he said. “The records were long “Guitar Hero” game, KANSAS doesn’t make works because they’re going to continue work- ago, but we mix it up with our live shows. any money from the game, Williams said. ing with symphonies this year, Williams said. We’ve been performing for 38 years now and “I didn’t know much about it at the time, “ “We’ll see that through, first,” he said. “As after that long we’ve gotten very proficient at he said. “They approached us asking if they far as new songs go, that’s a whole other can of it. could put ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ on the worms. It’s much more difficult coordinating “We are somewhat a living piece of rock game and we said ‘Yeah, OK.’ We had no idea all that than it is just showing up and playing a history that’s still out there. There will be a day it was going to be so huge and it brought us a show. We’ve got a very busy year booked. when you won’t be able to see KANSAS live whole new audience. “Besides the symphony shows, we’ll do a anymore. You never know when we’ll go, ‘OK “The negative is that the songwriter gets lot of fairs, casinos and performing arts cen- guys, have you had enough?’ ‘Yeah, I have.’ paid for it, but since it’s not the original record- ters. We’re still concentrated on filling in all So it’s something to see.” ing, the band doesn’t make any money off of it the blanks of this year so who knows what’s in Williams said the atmosphere of the show at all,” he continued. “It’s not that I’m bitter, I the works for next year.” will be very familiar to him. just don’t think people understand we don’t Williams said his favorite KANSAS song is “The lights go down, we step up and play, make a single penny from that.” usually the newest one we’ve learned. the lights go up, and we leave,” he said. Williams said he is grateful for what “It varies but I think one of my favorite “There’s nothing uniquely special about this KANSAS has been able to accomplish as a songs we’ve done is ‘The Wall,’” he said. “I show, but it really depends on what the people band and that they will leave a legacy. don’t know that it’s necessarily my favorite to bring. We’re going to show up and do what we “It’s not hard to find new inspiration,” he play because we’ve done it so many times. The do. The crowd will add a lot more to the atmossaid. “It’s part of what we do. We don’t have to songs that are more of a stretch to my capabil- phere.” search for inspiration because it’s a part of us.” ities are a little more fun, and that’s usually Williams said the audience can pretty much Williams said he doesn’t know what it’s something a little faster and something new. count on hearing the classic hits, “Carry On like trying to keep up with modern music But it changes. ‘Dust In The Wind’ is really a Wayward Son,” “Point of Know Return” and because he doesn’t try. crowd-pleaser, and that makes it a joy to play.” “Dust In The Wind.” “I just pick up (the guitar) and play,” he Williams said people should come to this Tickets range from $37.75 to $47.75 and said. “It’s something I do onstage and then I show because supporting live music is a good can be purchased by calling 417-836-7678 or leave it there. But I’m not gonna sit there and thing and it’s becoming a little bit more rare all by visiting consider myself a legend—let someone else the time. Visit for more informaworry about that.” “KANSAS live is what we do, that’s what tion about the band.

The vaccine may take up to two weeks to start working, so it is important for students to get vaccinated as Continued from page 4 soon as it is available. Flu the germs are unable to shots are available now at cause sickness because they the Taylor Health and Wellare inactive. ness Center on the Missouri

State campus. They are $24 but I took medicine at home for all students. and bundled up when I went outside,” she said. “I also “I’m sick. What can I do tried to get a lot of sleep to get well quickly?” because when you’re rested Rest you just feel better.” Again, rest is vital for Martin’s cold only lasted your body to recover from four to five days before she any cold or flu. Making was back to feeling healthy sure your body has time to again. She attributed getting recuperate will only speed enough sleep to her feeling up the “getting well” better. process. Stay home Junior print and Internet Severe isolation may be journalism major Nicolette a little extreme, but when Martin was sick with the sick, it is best to stay in. symptoms of a common Going to class, work or cold, including cough and social events while sick sore throat. presents more opportunities “I didn’t go to the doctor to spread a cold. In most

cases, staying home for a short time will provide the necessary time for rest and recovery while diminishing the chances of getting others sick. Don’t be a tough guy— take the medicine It is common for individuals to attempt to tough it out and bypass medication, but both Reed and Martin stressed the importance of taking medicine when needed. Often, over-the-counter medications will subdue or eliminate cold symptoms long enough for someone to get a good night’s rest with-

out being disturbed or allow one to work or go to class if absolutely necessary. If symptoms are that of the flu, such as fever, headache, fatigue and exhaustion, cough or diarrhea, antiviral medicines may be needed. MSU students may set up a basic appointment with a doctor at Taylor Health and Wellness Center free of charge as long as the student health fee has been paid. Taylor Health is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and appointments can be made by calling 417-836-4000.


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Scorebox Budget concerns force BCS games for MSU Men’s Basketball Wednesday, Feb. 22 Indiana State 28 31 – 59 Missouri State 18 28 – 46 Saturday, Feb. 25 Evansville 26 36 13 – 75 Missouri State 34 28 8 – 70 Women’s Basketball Friday, Feb. 24 Indiana State 26 32 – 58 Missouri State 33 35 – 68 Sunday, Feb. 26 Illinois State 29 40 7 – 76 Missouri State 32 37 11 – 80 Baseball Friday, Feb. 24 SFA 000200020–4 Missouri State 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 x – 5 Friday, Feb. 24 SFA 000100200–3 Missouri State 0 0 3 0 0 4 0 0 1 – 8 Saturday, Feb. 25 UT-Arlington 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 – 4 Missouri State 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 – 9 Sunday, Feb. 26 Houston Bapt.1 0 4 0 0 0 3 3 0 – 11 Missouri State 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 – 5 Softball Friday, Feb. 24 UNI 300200x–5 Missouri State 0010020–3 Saturday, Feb. 25 Miami (Ohio) 0001000–1 Missouri State 0020000–2 Saturday, Feb. 25 SEMO 0000010–1 Missouri State 120100x–4 Sunday, Feb. 26 Western Illinois 0000000–0 Missouri State 020000x–2 Sunday, Feb. 26 Memphis 0000000–0 Missouri State 0010000–1 Track and Field Sunday, Feb. 26 MVC Indoor Champions Lacrosse Saturday, Feb. 25 Missouri State Split 1-1 Weekend

By Harrison Keegan The Standard Due to budget concerns, the Missouri State football team will play away games at two BCS schools for the second year in a row. After a grueling non-conference schedule last season that included games at nationally-ranked Arkansas and Oregon, the Bears will again travel to two likely top-25 opponents in Louisville and Kansas State. Junior tight end Matt Thayer said it is always exciting to play against top-

caliber opponents. “For me, every time we play someone like them, I have a chip on my shoulder,” Thayer said. “It kind of reminds me that they passed on me. You want to go out there and excel, even more so than in other games.” The biggest positive of the trips on paper, however, is the boost it will give the athletics budget. Missouri State will be paid $500,000 to play Louisville and $375,000 to play Kansas State. Athletic Director Kyle Moats said that it is not ideal

to ask the Bears to play two powerhouse schools, but the budget concerns necessitated it. “That was something that we were encouraged to do by our administration to help the budget,” Moats said. Two years ago, the Bears played at Kansas State and hung right with the Wildcats in a closer-than-it-looks 4824 loss. Head coach Terry Allen said that game should give his team confidence going back next season.

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Missouri State is receiving $875,000 combined to  See BUDGET page 7 play Louisville and Kansas State in 2012.

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From left: Seniors Michael Bizoukas, Caleb Patterson, Isaiah Rhine and Kyle Weems will be playing in their final MVC Tournament.

Last chance for seniors Valley Tournament looms for men’s basketball team By Benjamen Loewnau The Standard


he Missouri State men’s basketball team ended up exactly where the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll picked them—sixth place. Prior to losing at Evansville 75-70 in overtime on Saturday, the Bears still had a chance to finish in third place. However, after their loss to Evansville and a plethora of scenarios that unfolded, the Bears wound up in sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference. In order for Missouri State (16-15, 9-9) to receive the third seed in the conference tournament, they needed to beat Evansville (15-14, 9-9). But with an Evansville win, and wins by Illinois State (1812, 9-9), Northern Iowa (1912, 9-9) and Creighton (25-5, 14-4), the Bears fell three spots. Since Illinois State and

Evansville had each beaten Missouri State twice, they owned the tiebreaker. And even though Northern Iowa and MSU split the season series, UNI finished higher because of its better RPI. The Bears have had an upand-down season in which they have lost their final four regular-season games and have not won since their 6453 victory Feb. 12 at home against Bradley, the 10th seed. Coming into this season, the Bears had only lost at home 11 times since the opening of JQH Arena in 2008. This season, MSU uncharacteristically lost seven at home and sported a better road record at 8-6. Home has been a safe haven for the Bears over the past decade as they haven’t had a better road winning percentage than at home since the 2002-03 season. That season, they had a .714 winning percentage on

MVC Tournament Seeds 1. Wichita State (26-4, 16-2) 2. Creighton (25-5, 14-4) 3. Evansville (15-14, 9-9) 4. Illinois State (18-12, 9-9) 5. Northern Iowa (19-12, 9-9) 6. Missouri State (16-15, 9-9) 7. Drake (16-14, 9-9) 8. Indiana State (17-13, 8-10) 9. Southern Illinois (8-22, 5-13) 10. Bradley (7-24, 2-16)

the road compared to their .667 percentage at home. Inconsistency has been the Bears’ kryptonite this season given their road record. Their longest winning streak was four—the first four games of the season. As they prepare for the conference tournament, bright spots still remain. Senior forward Kyle Weems became MSU’s second alltime leading scorer after a layup in the first half of the last game versus Evansville. Weems (1,845 points) passed Curtis Perry (1,835) for second all-time, but is still 130 points behind all-time leading scorer Daryel Garrison (1,975).

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The Bears are 16-15 in coach Paul Lusk’s first year. However, Weems is the school’s all-time leader in double figure point games (109) and games played (133). The Bears’ résumé does not include a strong enough overall record, enough signature wins or a high enough RPI for the Bears to be discussed as an at-large bid for

the NCAA Tournament. Therefore, a conference tournament championship in St. Louis this weekend is their only way in. Missouri State (No. 6 seed) will play Evansville (No. 3) in the first round of the conference tournament at 8:35 p.m. on Friday in St. Louis at Scottrade Center.

Men’s swimming and diving prepares for Valley Tournament By Colleen Hamilton The Standard

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Missouri State’s Madeline Brown dives for the ball on Friday. MSU placed second.

Missouri State hosts nationals Bears place second in handball national tournament on campus By Tim Godfrey The Standard Missouri State University played host to the 2012 United States Handball Association National Championship tournament from Feb. 23-26. Games were played in the indoor handball courts in Plaster Sports Complex

and Hammons Student Center. Collegiate handball teams from all across the country and Ireland competed in singles and doubles play. Missouri State handball assistant coach Eric Hillgren, a former Missouri State handball player, was confident in his team’s preparation coming into the tournament. “Our team travels to six to eight regional tournaments a year,” Hillgren said. “And we have three practices a week.” With teams from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., to Trinity  See HANDBALL page 7

As the women’s swimming and diving program celebrates their fifth straight conference championship, the men’s program remains focused as they prepare for the Mid-American Conference championship. The Missouri Valley Conference only has three schools that support men’s swimming, so rather than having little competition, the team joined with the MAC beginning with the 20092010 season. “You’re not going to have a very interesting three team conference, so for us the best thing for our program was to join with the four team MAC conference, which gives us solid seven teams,” interim head coach Dave Collins said. “It’s a very good conference and is looked at among midmajor conferences as one of the best.” Collins said the sepa-

rate conferences are actually helpful when it comes to preparation. “It’s kind of nice having separate conferences because we get a chance to really focus in on the women and then we get a chance to really focus in on the men at the end of the season,” he said. “We go through the whole season together, but then it’s nice to really get to focus on one gender at a conference championship.” Last year the men’s squad came up short at the conference meet, finishing in fifth place. “As far as expectations, we’re kind of playing with house money here because we really have nothing to lose,” Collins said. “We’re gonna go in there and see what happens but there is not a whole lot of pressure on the kids.” Senior Bryson Cramer is looking forward to having a full roster this time around. “The freshmen don’t  See SWIM page 7

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Budget Continued from page 6 “We have some of those guys that experienced that, so it won’t be quite as intimidating as going to Oregon, and hopefully we can go compete with them,” Allen said. Last season, Kansas State went

Handball Continued from page 6 College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, players are always meeting someone new. Sometimes players, like Jonathon Hingey from Missouri State, will even make new friends. Hingey, a senior, has been playing handball competitively since he was 16. “I know people from just about every state,” Hingey said. “As well as people from Canada, Mexico and Ireland.”

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10-2 in the regular season and lost to Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. Expectations will be big for the Wildcats again this season. Moats said the Kansas State game should be fun for fans. “It’s also good for our fans in the Kansas City area—they can drive and watch us play,” Moats said. Louisville brings back essentially everyone from what was the

youngest team in the country last season when they finished 7-6 overall and 5-2 in the Big East. As far as the home schedule goes, the team is especially excited for their Sept. 15 home opener against Murray State. The game is the third game in a four-game homeand-home series that the schools have agreed to. Two years ago at Murray State,

the Bears lost to the Racers 59-72 in one of the craziest games in MSU history. Thayer admitted that he is still mad about that loss. “That’s probably the game I have circled on my schedule,” Thayer said. “After my sophomore year, that was the most devastating loss I’ve ever experienced. It was a heartbreaker, and it was unbelievable how many points were scored

in that game. That’s the big game for me.” Last season, the early games against Arkansas and Oregon coupled with not playing a home game until October did no favors for a rebuilding team, and the Bears finished the season 2-9. This year the budget has again forced the Bears into two tough spots, but they should be more prepared this time around.

The Missouri State handball team is no stranger to the national championship tournament. The Bears have won the tournament 10 times, winning it consecutively from 1993 to 1999. Their last national tournament win came in 2008, a win that Hillgren was a part of as a student. “We have a lot of pride in our history,” Hillgren said. Even though Missouri State hosted the national championship, the Bears handball team said they didn’t expect to have the same support from the Missouri State students that you might see at a foot-

ball or basketball game. “We don’t have that much fan support outside of the team,” senior Madeline Brown said. Hingey said that the team has a rule on team support. “No one plays alone,” Hingey said. “We want to be the loudest, most obnoxious team here by cheering for each other.” Although the fan support may be lacking, Brown said some advantages of playing at home include familiarity of the courts at Missouri State. Missouri State handball courts are hardwood and according to Hillgren, some college teams are

used to playing on concrete courts and are used to the ball bouncing differently. Knowing how the ball will bounce gives Missouri State the advantage over their opponents, but the advantages to playing on home court don’t always have to be strategic. “The nice thing is being able to go home and go to bed like you do every night,” Brown said. The Missouri State Bears came into the tournament with high hopes and left with a second place finish in overall team play. Hingey made it to the finals game for men’s doubles

with partner junior Jeff Streibig. Hingey and Streibig lost to a pair from Lake Forest College. Senior Anne Fraley and freshman Colleen McKay made it to the women’s doubles final game, but lost to a University of Minnesota pair. Paul Dodson, a graduate student, made it through to the men’s Division 1 C singles finals game but lost to Adish Padhani from the University of Florida. The tournament concluded on Sunday with Lake Forest College taking home their second consecutive national tournament win.

has a full squad, they really have to perform well. “We’ve been training since August for it, and we’ve had a couple big meets to prepare for it,” he said. “The girls left last week and won conference, so that gives us confidence that we can really do well. So we’re excited to get on the bus and get up to Ohio.” Collins said there are a lot of

unknowns about the meet since the team is a mixture of upperclassmen and freshmen. “Usually when you get kids in that atmosphere for the first time, they really surprise you,” Collins said. Freshman Paul Le said the team has been working hard and that the seniors have helped him prepare. “After four years, you know

what to expect and I look up to them,” Le said. “I just trust everything they say, and they just pump me up in so many ways.” Collins said the focus since the beginning of the season was to reestablish the Bears’ winning tradition. “The men have not won a conference championship since 2008, but we haven’t been far off and I

think the key is to re-establish that winning tradition,” Collins said. “If we can pull that off on the men’s side and also partner that with the women and their winning tradition, I think it really shows that our program is moving in a great direction.” The MAC championships will take place March 1-3 in Oxford, Ohio.

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The Missouri State men’s lacrosse team played their first games of the 2012 season at home over the weekend against Kansas on Saturday at noon and against MIssouri S & T at 6 p.m. at Cooper Sports Complex. The Bears opened up the season with a 14-8 win away at Fayetteville, Ark. against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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Debate team set for national tournament Missouri State qualifies two teams to debate at Emory University By Ruben Carlos Alonzo For The Standard

The Missouri State debate team secured two bids to the National Debate Tournament at the districtqualifying tournament this weekend in Denton, Texas. The team comprised of senior Jordan Foley and senior Wes Rumbaugh placed first out of 24 teams with a 7-1 record, while seniors Katie Frederick and Jace Gilmore tied for the second most wins at the tournament, finishing at 6-2. According to Eric Morris, director of forensics, qualifying two teams out of the

district tournament is something the team has never accomplished before. “We have qualified two teams to the NDT in the past,” Morris said. “But that usually happened in the second round at-large process. This is our best performance at the district level.” The NDT is one of two national championship tournaments for intercollegiate policy debate, the style of debate sponsored by Missouri State. The NDT invites 78 teams to compete in the tournament—to be held next month at Emory University in Atlanta—through a threetiered system of qualifica-

tion. First, the 16 best two-person teams in the country are awarded a first round atlarge bid as determined by a national committee. Then 48 bids are distributed proportionally to each of the nine NDT districts. Each district is allowed to allocate its bids however it feels, but most use a district tournament. The national committee then selects the 16 best teams that did not qualify, either through the first round or district processes to fill out the field. Missouri State competes in the NDT third district, which includes schools located in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The district received more bids to distribute through its tournament than any other district. “[The third district] is considered the hardest district in the nation to qualify out of, despite the fact we

get the largest number of bids to the NDT,” Frederick said. “[The district has] the best teams.” The school also picked up a trio of speaker awards at the tournament. Foley was named top speaker at the tournament for the second year in a row, Frederick was awarded fourth place and Rumbaugh placed 12th. Foley, who qualified for his fourth NDT, said it felt really good to qualify as the top team and that he walked into the tournament with confidence. “Historically, we have a rough time at districts,” Foley said. “But we definitely thought we could beat any team there.” Per the NDT rules, schools can only qualify two teams to the national tournament. However, there is an exception made for up to six schools to qualify a third team through the second-

round process. The Missouri State team of sophomore Jeff Bess and senior Joel Reed will be among the teams vying to be selected as a third team. Both Bess and Reed said they are feeling confident they have built a body of work over the season, which includes winning the tournament hosted by Missouri State and a win over Harvard’s top team, to merit inclusion in the NDT. “We feel like we can compete with the best,” Bess said. In years past, schools qualifying a third team to the tournament have included Emory, Harvard, Northwestern and Wake Forest. Qualifying a third team would be a first in the program’s history. Morris said getting a third team qualified would provide a boost to the program’s prestige.

“[Getting a third team qualified] means a squad not only has quality teams, but also quality depth,” Morris said. Missouri State will learn of the fate of its third team when second-round bids are announced in a couple of weeks. The NDT isn’t the only national championship in the debate community. The Cross-Examination Debate Association National Tournament will also be held in March. Unlike the NDT, the CEDA National Tournament uses an open qualification process where schools can register as many teams as they would like to fill out the CEDA field. Because of this the CEDA tournament is much larger than the NDT. Morris said Missouri State will enter six teams into the CEDA tournament to be held in Norman, Okla.

Gen ed task force visits with Faculty Senate Student team presents recommended learning outcomes for reform By Paige Oxendine For The Standard

Missouri State University’s task force for general education review recently visited Faculty Senate in order to present their recommended learning outcomes, which is the first of several steps that will be taken to reform general education at Missouri State. The task force, formed 18 months ago, was charged with recommending goals for a general education program that reflects the character of Missouri State and prepares students to be suc-

Storms Continued from page 1 part of a spotter group in order to be effective as a storm spotter, Runnels said. Citizens are always encouraged to aid in the detection of severe weather. As of late, Springfield has seen several seesaw weather patterns, often undergoing as much as a 30 degree change in temperature in a matter of hours. It’s never certain, but Runnels said this could be an indicator of rough weather to come. “We’re still in the winter season,” Runnels said. “It’s quite possible that a normal springtime pattern will evolve in March. That could lead to multiple rounds of severe thunderstorms, but hopefully not the types of storms we saw last spring.” Last May, the EF5 tornado that leveled Joplin caught numerous people off guard for various reasons, Runnels said. “There was a tornado

cessful and effective in their future roles in the 21st century. Kristina Moller, a senior elementary education major who serves on the task force, explained the reasoning behind reevaluating the current general education program. “We want to ensure that our general education program creates well-rounded and informed scholars who will have a positive impact beyond the classroom,” Moller said. The first step in the review process was to investigate how to make watch issued several days in advance but it really didn’t have the feel for a tornado outbreak,” Runnels said. “That storm formed very quickly, going from relatively weak to violent in a matter of minutes. It was a wide tornado with a lot of debris and was partially wrapped in rain.” The National Weather Service has been holding the training classes in all counties since the 1980s, Runnels said. The overall popularity of the storm spotter classes in this area has risen since the Joplin tornado. “We get a lot of requests but we try to get at least one class per county per spring, as long as the budget allows us to,” Runnels said. “If members of the general public would like to get involved, I suggest they obtain their amateur radio license so that if they do see something, they can get the info back to us as soon as possible.” Runnels said that March, April and early May will likely be a little bit warmer than average. Precipitation is pre-

general education programs as effective as possible at equipping students for life after college. The task force completed a great deal of research, including faculty and student surveying in addition to numerous student focus groups. According to student survey results, the two most important goals of general education courses ought to be to equip students with specific expertise or knowledge in their field of focus and to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills. As the task force set out to reach these goals as well as others, the process was broken down into three distinct steps. Emily Bernet, student body vice president and task force member, explained that the group will develop specific learn-

ing outcomes for general education courses, create a new structure for the general education program and help with the implementation and assessment plan. The task force recently presented their proposed learning outcomes to Faculty Senate, where they received feedback that will be taken into consideration before the learning outcomes are finalized. Etta Madden, chair of the task force, defined learning outcomes as the things that students finishing general education courses at Missouri State ought to know or be able to do. The proposed learning outcomes cover a wide range of categories, including intellectual and practical skills, knowledge of human cultures, knowledge of the natural world, public

affairs and integrative and applied learning. Outcomes presented to Faculty Senate stressed the importance of student skills such as collaboration, literacy, problem solving and effective communication behaviors. Once the proposed learning outcomes have been finalized, the task force will move on to designing a new structure for the general education program that will provide ways for these goals to be met. The task force plans to call for proposals for general education courses that can be integrated into the new general education structure and incorporated to meet the learning outcomes. As one of the early phases of the task force’s work nears completion, the group still faces the daunting task

of developing a new structure and design for general education at Missouri State. However, Moller believes that the group’s dedication will ensure positive results for students. “While the structure of the program has not yet been decided upon by the task force, I think that we are moving in a positive direction,” she said. “The task force is incredibly passionate about making the general education program beneficial to students.” The task force welcomes faculty and student opinions at all phases of the review process and encourages anyone interested in following the issue to regularly check the website dedicated to general education review at

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dicted to remain normal which could entail the development of above-normal severe thunder storms. “It could be another rocky spring here in the Ozarks,” Runnels said.

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Wild Root Grocery store offers local goods McCamish family focuses on sustainability through local farmers, vendors By Kaycie Surrell The Standard

Wild Root Grocery opened its doors to the public last year, turning a plot of land that has been in the McCamish family since the late ‘30s into a grocery store that provides local products to its customers. The family believes in sustainability through helping local farmers and vendors get their products to the masses. The store offers a wide variety of local goods, from barbecue sauces out of Montreal, Mo., to grass-fed meats out of Norwood. There is a large selection of local wines from wineries as close as OOVVDA Winery at 5448 N. Berry Lane to 7C’s Winery in Walnut Grove and Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery in Seymour, Mo. Locally roasted coffee from Ozark Mountain Coffee Co. is available as well as fresh baked goods and puppy treats made with carob, an alternative to chocolate that is safe for dogs to eat. “We plan to double our inventory, we’re just going to go slow and do what we can without going into debt,” owner Mike McCamish said. “We help farmers get their product out with the grocery store here and the market right behind us.” The McCamish family also operates out of the Eastland Farmers market behind Wild Root. Most of the products in the grocery store come from those that sold in the market before. Since the market is seasonal, the grocery store provides a place for vendors to sell their goods all year. The family plans to expand the store, offering more of what the people in the community need. This means dairy products as well as fresh meats and a butcher on-site. Right now the store only offers frozen meats because it’s the easiest way for farmers to get the product to the store and keep up with USDA regulations and health codes. “Real Farm Foods has grass-fed meats, and its taken them 17 years to get the soil back to original from all the fertilizers and pesticides but he’s there now,” McCamish said. Cody and Dawnnell Holmes have built up their herd of livestock at Real Farm Foods in Norwood, getting the genetics of their animals back to where they should be to provide healthy meats that haven’t been genetically modified or fed genetically

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The land that the Wild Root Grocery store is on has been in the McCamish family since the 1930s and offers a variety of locally made goods, including wine, coffee, grass-fed meats, and fresh-baked goods.

Wild Root Grocery 214 N. Stewart Ave. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. modified food. “Kids should understand that you shouldn’t wait till you’re my age and feeling bad to eat good,” McCamish said. “You need to take care of it now.” More people are jumping on the buylocal bandwagon these days, but the McCamish family maintains that it’s a good thing. By running their business with sustainability in mind they create the sense of community reminiscent of a different time. McCamish plans on maintaining this atmosphere with the addition of a garden behind the grocery store, a stage where local musicians can play and a large fire pit

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The Wild Root Grocery Store plans to double its inventory to include items such as dairy products and fresh meats, as well as an on-site butcher. surrounded by furniture built by the family’s carpentry business, Out of The Woods. “Next summer I think we’ll be in business but until then we’re taking things slow,” McCamish said. “It’s been pretty interesting since we started in food and

that’s not my kind of business, my business has always been construction, but we’ve got to diversify in this economy.” Wild Root Grocery is located at 214 N. Stewart Ave. and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.



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as it is in upstate New York, the Mark Twain National Forrest, just over an hour south of Springfield, is a great place to hike and camp. 4) Branson Zipline and Canopy Tours, located at Wolfe Creek Preserve, offers a variety of different tours, each with a special route and length. 5) If you’re going to be staying in Springfield, there are a number of Missouri State games scheduled. The softball team plays Illinois State on March 17 at noon and 2 p.m. They also play Kansas on March 20 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The baseball team plays Oral Roberts on March 17 at 2 p.m. and the following day at 1 p.m. There are also three games against Creighton scheduled on March 23 at 6:30 p.m., March 24 at 2 p.m., and March 25 at 1 p.m.

Once all 10 teams performed their sets and while the judges were deliberating, two guest performers entertained the audience. Mitch Kilpatrick and Nathan Fredrick performed with their guitars and selfwritten songs. A “perc-off,” a competition of percussion vocalists, took place after the guest performers. One member from each team showed their skills and the 10 were narrowed down to the top four by an audience vote. The top four were then whittled down to two where they dueled it out. The member from Sweet Nothings, the team from Kirksville, Mo. won based on the votes of members from the other teams. Not only were the a cap-

Flat Broke

Being flat broke isn’t a foreign concept to many college students. Unfortunately, If you happen to find yourself short of cash this spring break, give any of these ideas a try. 1) Read a book. A leisurely read can

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If nothing else, spring break is great to catch up on recreational reading. be a good break from the dry text in an academic book. Here are a few suggestions: “A Song Of Ice And Fire,” a series by George R.R. Martin and “The Hunger Games Trilogy” by Suzanne Collins. 2) Take this opportunity to finally watch those movies or that TV series that all of your friends have been pushing on you. 3) Between school and other obligations, making trips home can be difficult

if Missouri State is far from home. Spring break is a good opportunity to spend time at home with family. 4) Pick up a new hobby or take on a new challenge like learning an instrument or foreign language. 5) Technology has swept good oldfashioned entertainment under the rug. Invite some friends over for a game night and play your favorite board games.

pella teams judged by their overall performance, but individual awards were given to a select few. The winner of Outstanding Solo was A Cub Bella’s Briana Adams with her performance of “Alone” by Heart. Outstanding Choreography went to A Cub Bella’s Amanda Marsh. Outstanding Vocal Percussion was awarded to a member from 1-2-5, the team from Hastings, Neb. For the second year in a row, A Cub Bella has won first place overall, according to Shelton. The women’s group performed an encore after they were announced the winners. Beartones, Missouri State’s men’s a cappella group, won second place. Both teams will go on to compete in the semifinals on March 24 in St. Louis where five judges will determine the one team who will continue on to nationals in New York.


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Track and field team wins MVC, Lady Bears clinch a share of the conference title

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The track and field team won the MVC last weekend.

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On Sunday at the Missouri Valley Championship indoor track and field meet, the Missouri State track and field team earned 132 points and became the 2012 indoor conference champions. Nine members of the Missouri State track and field team received all-conference awards in eight seperate events.The team will begin their outdoor track and field season in March. The team’s first outdoor meet will be on March 24 at the Bobby Lane Invitational in Arlington, Texas.

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The Lady Bears clinched a share of the MVC title.

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Over the weekend the Missouri State Women’s basketball team clinched a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship. With two wins over the weekend the Lady Bears moved to 20-6 overall and 13-3 in conference, two games ahead of Wichita State (17-10, 11-5) with two games left to play in the regular season. The Lady Bears were picked to finish first in the Valley at the beginning of the season in the pre-season rankings. The next game is at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, March 1 at home against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers.

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Headed to St. Louis For the first time in conference history, the men’s basketball MVC Tournament will feature two ranked teams: Wichita State (No. 15) and Creighton (No. 25).


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