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Tuesday • Feb. 7, 2012 • Vol. 105 Issue 18


MSU considering options to balance budget By Michael Gulledge The Standard

Upcoming election candidate meeting

The process of balancing Missouri State’s nearly $15 million budget shortfall has begun. MSU’s Executive Budget Committee met Jan. 28 to discuss the university’s reaction to the 12.5 percent state appropriations cut announced Jan. 17. “We began discussing how we were going to handle that,” MSU Interim President Clif Smart said of the meeting. Smart said the first decision was

that the majority of the cuts’ burden wouldn’t end up on the cost center heads, such as deans of individual colleges. The committee also decided the pay raise that was Smart expected this summer for faculty will be put on hold at this point, a recommendation Smart made in his “Clif’s Notes” in January. It also appears unlikely that the stipend for graduate assistant-ships

The Student Government Association will have a meeting about the upcoming elections for Student Body President and Senior Class President. The informational session is on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at PSU 317B. All potential candidates and their campaign staff must attend to run. The Elections Commission will discuss the Elections Code, rules and regulations for the campaign season and important dates. For more information, contact Tara Hammer, Chief Elections Commissioner at

will increase next year, Smart said in his Feb. 1 issue of “Clif’s Notes.” “It may have some impact on graduate enrollment,” Smart said. With the cuts, though, there isn’t money currently available. Smart said the talks began about how to cut funding centrally and how to increase revenue, which may include increasing tuition and other initiatives. “We’re going to wait a little bit on decisions on other cuts or other revenue increases,” Smart said. Changes in the amount of the cut could still occur. The 12.5 percent cut

was only a recommendation by the governor. The final decision comes through the legislature. “I think potentially the legislature and governor are working to see ways that our cut could come down,” Smart said. “We’re not making any decision on tuition until progress is made on that.” Smart said they expect to have a better view on the size of the cut before the next Board of Governors meeting on Feb. 17. “If there is not any solution  See BUDGET page 2


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Farewell, old friend

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Lampe announced her candidacy in Plaster Student Union Monday morning.

Charlie Spoonhour left a legacy on and off the court at MSU

State Rep. Lampe will run for Missouri lieutenant governor

By Harrison Keegan The Standard


State Rep. Sara Lampe, DSpringfield, announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor on Monday morning in Plaster Student Union 313. Lampe is a ranking member of the budget committee in Missouri’s House of Representatives and has focused attention to funding needs of seniors, public education and health care. Lampe is a retired teacher and administrator who became a representative in 2004.


February 7 to February 13

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Former men’s basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour on the court at JQH Arena.

s the Missouri State men’s basketball team gears up for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in a few weeks, it is hard to think that the coach who put the Bears on the map won’t be around to follow them this year. Legendary Bears basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour, who took the team to five NCAA Tournaments, died from lung disease last Wednesday at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C. Former athletic director Bill Rowe hired Spoonhour during his first year as the AD and almost 30 years later, he still considers it one of the best moves he made for the program. He said Spoonhour was a great coach, but an even better friend. “He cared for people, he loved this region of the country and he just did a remarkable job for our basketball program,” Rowe said. “We hold a very, very strong bond as friends and I care for him deeply.” The Missouri State job was Spoonhour’s first as a  See SPOON page 9

April 15

Move into offices


CBCO Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at PSU Ballroom

May 14-18

Sneak Peek: Building tours and if possible allow use of building

Green Bike Program, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Mall Student Government Association meeting, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at PSU 313 GMAT Preparation Course, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Morris Center 407


CBCO Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at PSU Ballroom


CBCO Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at PSU Ballroom

File photo by Josh Campbell/THE STANDARD

The Foster Rec Center was originally scheduled to open last fall.

Foster Rec Center opening delayed again until mid-June

Students for a Sustainable Future meeting, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Temple Hall Pit

By Jon Poorman The Standard

Be My Valentine, 7 to 9 p.m. at PSU Gallery

After originally being scheduled to be opened in fall 2011—postponed by steel and weather-related construction issues—the Foster Recreation Center is now on pace to be completed for student use by midJune, a university official said. Director of Campus Recreation Cindi Barnett said a big part of the reason the construction has been delayed is because of wet conditions in the spring and frozen ground in the winter of 2010. “Every time it would get too wet for them to actually get out there and dig the holes, that delayed it a little bit,” Barnett said. “Then we had a


Science Olympiad, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McDonald Hall and Arena


Refund Deadline, First Block Classes at 25 percent credit and Full Semester at 50 percent credit, all day Student body president and Senior president election informational meeting, 7 p.m. at PSU 317B

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Students showed their love for Spoonhour at the Bears game last Wednesday against Wichita State.

wet winter on top of that last year, in 2010-2011. You’re talking snow here, so then you can’t work that day. So then that delays it a couple more days. Then it’s too muddy and you can’t get around on the property with the vehicles. You can’t get concrete trucks in there to pour concrete.” Another factor that played a big role in the delays was the fact that steel from Joplin Pipe and Steel Supply, Inc. in Joplin, Mo. that was intended for use on the Recreation Center was destroyed in the May 22 tornado that ravaged much of the town. University Architect Doug Sampson said all of the steel that was needed to complete the roof of the natatorium, the area of the Recre See REC page 8

June 11

1st day of Summer semester; officially open

Mid-June Aquatic Center finished

Aug. 20-24 Fall semester opening; big Grand Opening

Oct. 26

Homecoming: Building dedication

Disability studies minor in the works By Anna Thomas The Standard

Susan Burch spoke about developing a Disability Studies minor for Missouri State at the Disability Studies Workshop to faculty and students last Thursday. Burch, associate professor of American studies and director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Middlebury College, described the minor — and the classes it would entail — as a field of inquiry to rethink most of the fundamental parts of society. She gave a different perspective of disability studies by explaining how those with disabilities have their own community, a cultural identity with language and characteristics. “There is so much value in what the minor has to offer,” Burch said. “The term ‘Disability Studies’ was coined in the 1970s. It came to describe interrogating what we call disability.” Professors interested in developing the minor view the program in two cohesive parts. The first would be learning about the history and theories associated with disability studies and the second part would include the more applied teachings, such as law. Instruction will start broad but evolve and  See MINOR page 8


Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

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New program created to resolve student conflicts By Damien M. DiPlacido The Standard

College can be a rewarding experience, full of both opportunities and challenges. Out of the many challenges life hands people on a regular basis, conflicts with others can be some of the trickiest to decipher. Students can now rest assured knowing that a new program has been created to assist with the conflicts and disputes that can arise at any given moment. The Conflict Resolution in College Program—a student-focused wing of Missouri State’s Center for Dispute Resolution— was created to aid in the resolving of student conflicts. CRC Program Coordinator Denea Malone realizes that conflict with those around us is often unavoidable and in many cases should be taken seriously. “I’m passionate about the program and really want to

get the word out because you really can’t get away from conflict,” Malone said. “We try to deal with it in our daily lives. The CRC Program kind of helps aid students in that area.” Whether someone is dealing with a dispute with a roommate, a landlord, another person involved in a group project or any kind of student conflict, a peer mediator from the program can be called upon to help defuse the situation, Malone said. The CRC Program can assist students in gaining the confidence to deal with disputes in a positive fashion. “I think a lot of times people think in terms of black and white when it comes to conflicts,” Malone said. “Through mediation you come up with an alternative solution that the parties can reach together.” The mediation process entails a nonpartisan mediator that is involved in order to

facilitate some form of discussion between the parties, Malone said. The goal is to reach an agreement that everyone is satisfied with. “It’s not going to be someone there coming up with ideas or pushing for the people to go one direction or the other,” Malone said. “It’s simply someone there to help manage their conversation.” According to the CRC website, student volunteers are trained to provide mediation and conflict coaching services and all program services are free to MSU students. From the array of issues that can spring up in the dayto-day life of a college student, disagreements among roommates are some of the most common. Often, when students are grouped together in close quarters, personalities clash and patience gives way to arguments. Freshman theater and dance design technology

major Deborah Christensen knows firsthand that roommate assignments don’t always work out. “We just communicated really badly and whenever we had problems, we were super passive-aggressive about it,” Christensen said. “I’m a little messy and she was a neat freak. She was also drunk very often and watched 10hour marathons of Jersey Shore.” Christensen remains unsure of the benefits of peer mediation with that particular situation. “I’m not sure if it would have worked. Neither of us ever really acknowledged that there was an issue,” Christensen said. “But if I would have stayed in the room and it had escalated into a conflict, I probably would have tried mediation before letting it get too out of hand.” The area of peer mediation is new at Missouri State and is an emerging trend in

Budget Continued from page 1 proposed then we probably will take a resolution to the Board based on that,” Smart said. SGA President Scott Turk, who sits on the budget committee, echoed Smart’s comments. “As things stand right now we’re in a situation where we have to see what the legislature decides,” Turk said. “I know that President Smart has been meeting with individuals to see what the final outcome will be.” Turk said that he hopes that tuition increases would be around the increase of the Consumer Price Index this year. The index measures the price change of a basket of goods. “I would like to maintain the quality of education that students receive at MSU,” Turk said. “Students would most likely, in speaking with student leaders, be in favor of maintaining the quality as

Photo illustration by Steph Anderson/THE STANDARD

The new Conflict Resolution program is meant to help students by mediating between the two parties so that problems can be worked out in a healthy manner. the field of law practice, Malone said. “I would like to get SGA involved in the future. I want to put together a conflict training for up and coming leaders and student organizations,” Malone said. “Student leaders are elected to their positions and they don’t

know exactly what kind of conflict is going to hit them at any given time.” Anyone seeking further information about the CRC can visit their website at /cdr/conflict_resolution_in_c ollege.htm, or call 417-8368831.

much as possible in ensuring that our well-trained faculty are able to stay and MSU remains competitive in an increasingly competitive market.” Adam Murphy, director of civic advancement for SGA, said he felt that while students never want higher tuition, it’s something that has to be done. “We’re seeing very mild symptoms [of the budget cuts] right now,” Murphy said. “If there aren’t innovative solutions to fill that budget gap for the next year, the sad part is that’s going to become much more of a reality. “This university, the face, the instruction and the culture is really going to change if there aren’t innovative solutions.” Murphy expressed concern about what changes to culture cutting the budget without a tuition increase could bring. “You’re choosing based on a certain culture,” Murphy said. “If I wanted a university that’s full of per-course faculty, really saved every penny that they could across the board that didn’t have the extra frills

or didn’t have these things that create the culture or the academic culture, then I would have gone to a community college or a trade school. “For me, I would rather pay a small increase in tuition than see those things suffer to a degree that the cuts from the state could cause at the university.” Turk said that the price of education is a priority for SGA. “Student Government has always been concerned with trying to maintain a reasonably priced education,” Turk said. “We’re at a time where the economy is tough and SGA wants to stand up for those students.” Students have the ability to give feedback to SGA through their website, Turk said. The website can be accessed at Murphy said that the budget situation is about working with cuts and increases, even in tuition. “It’s about balance and you have to think about what could be lost if we don’t accept a small tuition increase,” he said.


Feb. 7, 2012

Payments pile up for elusive rec center

I wish I could get as many extensions as the allusive Foster Recreation Center. Two papers for a combined total of 20-some pages due within a week of each other last semester nearly killed me – an extension, or two, sure would have been nice. And that paper that I wrote during my first semester as an undergraduate – coincidently the first semester students began paying for the future university rec center – surely could have been put off for, oh, five-and-a-half years. I guess I could’ve taken an incomplete in such classes and delayed graduation. But, alas, by nature I have an unhealthy obsession with meeting deadlines and the mere idea of a delay is unacceptable. Fees for the rec center began at just $30/semester back in the fall days of 2006 and increased each year to the current, full-rate of $80/semester. The fullrate charges were supposed to coincide with the center’s opening – originally slated for November 2011. Then, in August 2011, The Standard reported the opening was pushed back to February 2012, with Cindi Barnett, director of Campus Recreation, citing weather. Barnett said in March 2011 that “if there’s a hang up on steel or something to finish the building with, that could delay the opening.” Since much of the steel was coming from Joplin, the catastrophic May tornado did hinder progress on the center’s construction. I suppose that could be considered weather related, though I think referencing it as a natural disaster delay better communicates the reason. Even so, construction contractors conservatively factor in common weather delays when bidding projects – as I do when making my family’s budget considering much of household income comes from construction-relat-

Kandice McKee Columnist ed work. At home it’s much better to come in under budget, and for construction projects, before deadline. While the spring had more precipitation and mayhem than normal, the summer was unseasonably dry for the area and provided ample time to make up for any lost time during the spring storms. But it’s now February 2012, and the Foster Recreation Center opening is, once again, for the second time so far, being pushed back. This time to spring/summer 2012. Am I shocked at this news? Absolutely not. Frustrated? You bet. I can honestly say I’ve never paid for something for four years (I took a break from Missouri State for a couple years to enter the overrated, professional scene) and still been unable to reap the rewards, so to say. Perhaps we should be getting a fee discount since the opening continues to be delayed. Accumulating a depressing amount of student loan debt during my undergrad studies, I’m essentially paying a ridiculous amount of interest on a fee that was supposed to, by now, be delivering a great opportunity for the student body. Take that $60 I paid for the 2006-07 school year. I’m paying 6.8 percent on that annually. That comes out to be about $4/year. No big deal, right? Wrong. I’m a penny pincher. Over the last five years, that’s become an extra $20, at least. As of this year, I’ve essentially acquired about $20, give or take, of interest for each year I used student

Question: “The facility isn’t supposed to open until 2012 and I graduate before then. What about me?”

Spoonhour legacy is not just about winning

Answer: “The number of semesters a student pays into the fee from 2007 to opening 2012 is how many semesters they will get to use the facility at no cost once it opens.” Source: information gathered from the Recreation Center webpage on MSUʼs website.

loans to pay that growing student fee – that comes to about $100 in interest, I think. And it just keeps on compounding. Math isn’t my strong suit, and I shudder to think about the student loan debt that my livelihood is attached to, so I’m just going to stop thinking about it that way. At least I have plenty of accrued time going toward future use of the Foster Recreation Center. Maybe, far into the future when I’m ready for baby No. 2, I’ll be able to burn that baby weight off a little easier with the help of all the awesome amenities being planned for the eventual rec center. That is, of course, if that elaborate system of determining how much time alumni have acquired to use at the rec center actually goes according to plan. I’m not getting my hopes up for a spring/summer 2012 grand opening date. I’d optimistically venture to speculate it will be fall 2012 before students finally get the reward that so many students and alumni have contributed to. Please, prove me wrong, Missouri State.

Charlie Spoonhour was long gone before anyone from our staff was even considering coming to Missouri State. In fact, most of us were still young children when he left the Bears in 1992 after nine seasons as the head basketball coach. However, Spoonhour had a lasting impact on Missouri State that extended far beyond his years here. In the history of Missouri State Athletics, there might not be a more prominent figure than the man who led the Bears to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. It’s hard to imagine that a feat like that will ever be accomplished again. But with Spoonhour, it wasn’t just about wins. He had a lasting impact on the lives of everyone he came in contact with, especially the players that he coached. Kelby Stuckey, who played for Spoonhour at Missouri State from 1985 to 1989, had this to say about Spoonhour: “He was probably one of the greatest teachers that I ever had the privilege to be involved with,” Stuckey said. “The lessons he taught me helped me, not just on the basketball court, but life in general. If I can mean anywhere close as much to people as he did, that’s the greatest thing you can leave other people. He did as great a job as can be done in that respect.” This quote alone shows what kind of person Spoonhour must have been. We all know that athletics reach far beyond X’s and O’s and far beyond the win column. Two things often determine the legacy of a college basketball coach: his ability to have success on the court and his ability to make exceptional young men out of his players. Coach Spoonhour made time for everyone as he gracefully climbed the coaching ladder, picking up lifelong friends as he piled up victories on the court. Rest in peace coach. Thank you for everything you did for this school, this team and this region.

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Letter to the Editor BearPass is no good without the M-number

I had an encounter this morning that I normally wouldn’t allow bother me but since I haven’t had my second cup of coffee yet I’ve decided to vent. I tried to make an appointment with my adviser this morning to no avail. You see, the new BearPass card does not have my M-number on it and my adviser office will only deal with you if you have a BearPass AND an M-number. Since the BearPass does not have the M-number on it I just have to ask, what good is it? Why in the world would you replace the old MSU ID card that has the M-number with a card that doesn’t have the M-number yet still demand that students produce the M-number? Where is the logic in that? Someone told me it had something to do with security and “protecting us.” Well, OK, if you say so, but it seems to me that thought process overlooks human nature. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it unrealistic to expect students to memorize a number they will rarely use and only have a short time in their lives. I’m betting that the

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Feb. 7, 2012


‘The Woman in Black’ manages intriguing plot

February 7 to February 13


Quantum Groove 9 p.m. at Lindbergs, free

Karman Bowers

Tuesday’s Stew 10 p.m. at the Outland Ballroom, free for ladies 18+ and gents 21+

Movie Reviewer

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


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 Grateful Dead Tribute: The Schwag 10 p.m. at Patton Alley Pub, $7 Breaking The Paradigm, I Am Exonerated, and The Awful Dynne 9 p.m. at the Outland Ballroom, $5 for 21+ and $7 for 18+ Pretty Things Peep Show 9 p.m. at Lindbergs, cover charge


Jazz Trio 8 to 10 p.m. at the Outland, $3 Black Box Revue Presents: Heatbox and Spacetones 10 p.m. at the Highlife, $7 for 21+ and $9 for 18+ The Return of The Detectives: ‘50s & ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Soul 10:30 p.m. at the Outland, $5 for 21+ and $7 for 18+


Beatles Reggae Tribute: Yellow Dubmarine 9 p.m. at Patton Alley Pub, $5 Bob Marley Birthday Bash featuring: Josh Heinrichs Band & SkillinJah, Cas Haley, 77 Jefferson, and The Seed 9 p.m. at the Outland, $10 for 18+ Valentine’s Day Massacre Improv Show 10 p.m. at The Skinny Improv, $5


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


Open Mic Night 7 to 11 p.m. at Harlow’s, free Mascara Metal Monday 10 p.m. at the Outland, free


‘Love Letters’ brought to life

A. R. Gurney's “Love Letters” takes the stage for three special performances this weekend at the Springfield Contemporary Theatre at the Vandivort Center. This unique and imaginative piece will feature a different couple each night reflecting on the love letters of their relationship. The evening will delve into the early excitement and the late reflection of pairs of character studies where what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. There will be a showing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11. The show will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Reserved seat tickets are $25. Group rates are available for 10 or more at $20 per ticket. Call 417831-8001 for more information.

The Detectives return to Outland

Springfield’s ‘50s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ soul cover band, The Detectives, is returning to the Outland stage at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. The band, which held down Thursday evenings at the Outland for nearly three years, hasn’t played at the Outland since Thursday, Dec. 29. The group is coming back with a new logo and plans to have T-shirts and stickers with the logo. You can expect to hear classic covers such as “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin, “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, “Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson, “What’d I Say?” by Ray Charles and many, many more The group is scheduled to play at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 24 at the Outland. Further performances have yet to be decided.

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Members of Springfield-native band Big Smith performed Friday, Feb. 3, at Patton Alley Pub as a benefit show to raise money for the recovery of bassist and stroke victim Bill Thomas.

Big Smith benefit Local band raises money for bassist By Nick Simpson The Standard Big Smith is such a part of the Springfield mythos that it is hard to imagine a city withheld from them. Comprised of a few of the most talented musicians from one of the most unruly generations to grace the Ozarks hills, the band has managed to do what few others have managed, which is to find their own personal level of satisfaction in their famedom. There is an all-for-one mentality that may or may not have been a driving force in the success of Big Smith; a sense of family both literal and not. It began as an idea between brothers Jody and Mark Bilyeu, and with a handful of cousins became reality. Jody Bilyeu’s attachment to the band became professional about six years ago when he decided to leave a 12-year career at Missouri State teaching English behind to dedicate the entirety of his time to the band. “It was great,” he said. “I love being an educator, I was raised among educators. But having two jobs was hard, I finally realized. I’ve been in bands where people left the room when you started, as opposed to coming in, and I decided it was just too big to pass up.” Bilyeu said his brother Mark was the first to take the initiative and pursue a life in music, riding on the waves of the prominence of alt-country in the late nineties with bands such as Uncle Tupelo. He said that, most importantly, Mark was able to tap into a sound inherently sincere of the Ozarks. “He had an open mic night that he hosted, and he would play a set, and play that kind of music, and basically we aggregat-

ed around that open mic night until we realized we had to play bigger,” he said. “I showed up one day with a mandolin and that’s how I became a part of Big Smith. I learned on stage.” Bilyeu said he and his brother were fortunate enough to come from a very musically-oriented family, and that their first memories associated with the art are singing gospel harmonies at family gatherings. Big Smith recently announced that despite their success, it is time to call it quits and move on to other musical pursuits. “When we announced that we were going to retire it became clear that we had done something that meant a lot to a lot of people and that was really heartwarming and gratifying to know that we had that kind of impact,” Bilyeu said. Members of Big Smith, as well as several other musicians in the Springfield area, gathered together Thursday night at Pat-

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Big Smith will perform their farewell shows the weekend of May 5 and May 6 at the Gillioz Theatre downtown at 325 Park Central East. but he’s progressing very well. What I’m telling everybody is ‘I’m going to require a doctor’s note.’ I don’t want it to be a pressure for him or something he should stress over. We certainly hope that he’ll be able to get back with us as we go out.” Bilyeu said it was a strange experience watch-

I’m proud of a lot of what we’ve done in Springfield as a band...Grannies liked us, and tiny children liked us, and college coeds liked us, and their boyfriends liked us. -Jody Bilyeu, lyricist and mandolinist

ton Alley Pub (313 S. Patton Ave.) to garner support for the recovery effort of Big Smith bassist Bill Thomas, who suffered a stroke while performing on Jan. 19. “He’s recovering more and more every day,” Bilyeu said. “He’s in therapy and getting better. They don’t ever know with a stroke how complete the recovery will be

ing someone have a stroke, and one that he hadn’t been prepared for, but that now he knows what signs to watch for. He said that he is just happy that there are so many in Springfield willing to help. “It’s amazing to me,” he said. “This is an echo of maybe what we did for the community but I still find it hard to believe that this

many people know about us, and give enough of a crap about us to come out and support my cousin when he’s having a hard time. It’s just amazing.” Bilyeu said that despite the uproar at the announcement of their farewell tour, Big Smith still has plans of calling it quits. He said that for him he plans on getting back to teaching English, yet still believes that he and the other members of the group will still find a way to outlet their creativity. “I’m proud of a lot of what we’ve done in Springfield as a band,” he said. “The first thing is when you came to a Big Smith show you weren’t dressing up to impress somebody. You came as you were and it felt like going home. That was a neat thing in the music scene at the time. “Grannies liked us, and tiny children liked us, and college coeds liked us, and their boyfriends liked us. I don’t know another band who did that,” he continued. “I was really happy of how we crossed lines of various sorts. We have red state fans and blue state  See SMITH page 5

Harry Potter got contacts! Wait, that’s not quite right. The ghosts in “The Woman in Black” are nothing like NearlyHeadless Nick. Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a young lawyer still grieving from his wife’s death, takes a job in a remote village filing the paperwork of a recently deceased widow. He soon discovers a vengeful ghost terrorizing the local families. That’s your basic story line and the basic story line for most ghost stories. Yet, “The Woman in Black” manages to have an intriguing plot. Perhaps not so much if you’re familiar with the source material, but if you are then I’d imagine it’s a completely different experience. A lot of the scares are the loud crash, something-flies-inyour-face scares and creepy, distorted faces. Then it shifts and the scares are drug out and the tension is high enough that you might walk out a little sore. People did scream in the theater, which is usually a good sign. But I have a nagging feeling that “The Woman in Black” would be scarier to watch at home. Then it could really get under your skin. There was one thing that bothered me. For such a high profile film, they seemed to have some issues with either camera or makeup, maybe both. Anytime Radcliffe had a closeup, it looked like he was airbrushed. In an otherwise gritty film, suddenly he looked perfect. Now, what everyone really wants to know: How is Daniel Radcliffe post-Potter? The answer? Pretty good, actually. Being a Potter fan, I have to say I’m happy with his first post-Potter choice. It was different, obviously, but it wasn’t so radically different that I couldn’t look past it. It did take me a few minutes to make myself stop thinking, “Harry Potter. Harry Potter. Harry Potter.” It was strange seeing him outside of Potter because he’s no longer this little 10-year-old boy that we’ve all watched grow up via Potter. He’s an adult. Kind of makes one feel old. Alas, that’s enough of memory lane. Radcliffe is no stranger to carrying a film because he’s been doing it his whole life. That training certainly paid off here. The majority of the film it’s just him and the ghosts. On top of that he doesn’t have much dialogue in the film either. This could have something to do with the level of tension; because Radcliffe’s character is so quiet, it allows the audience to feel like they are actually in the house as opposed to following someone around. For someone who loves horror films and is usually disappointed, I’m quite happy with “The Woman in Black” because I’m still thinking about it. I even checked the backseat of my car, just in case.

‘For Colored Girls’ brings message of empowerment and self-love to stage By Megan Gates The Standard Missouri State’s Department of Theatre and Dance will open their first all-black production Thursday evening with “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide...When the Rainbow is Enuf.” The production, directed by Nora England and written for the stage by Ntozake Shange, stars seven black women who have gathered together for an evening to talk and share their lives with their girl friends, said Jennifer Johnston, junior speech and theatre education major who plays Lady in Purple. “All of these women have considered suicide, but finding out what their value was and respecting themselves, loving themselves and finding friendships in their fellow sisters keeps them alive,” Johnston said. “But people should understand that these women are not victims.”

The production touches on personal battles, such as when one of the character’s children are taken away from her, she said. “Lady in Red loses her children, but at the same time she was able to overcome that situation and see the joy in different situations,” Johnston said. While the production touches on many struggles black women face, it also focuses on the love and acceptance needed to overcome them, she said. “It’s about the struggles of black women and how they’ve overcome these struggles and learned to love themselves,” Johnston said. “It’s about accepting and loving yourself and empowerment.” Johnston’s favorite moment in the production is when Lady in Orange is speaking about an encounter with a man, she said.  See COLORED page 7

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‘For Colored Girls’ is set to open on Friday.

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Sisters In Thyme offers fresh food, rental kitchens Venue on Commercial Street features rent-by-the-hour community kitchens By Kaycie Surrell The Standard

Sisters In Thyme

Sisters In Thyme opened up on Commercial Street about five months ago. With it came a dream realized by owner Marty Cooper for a community kitchen that could be shared and enjoyed by all wanting to make and sell their goods throughout the year. Cooper has been baking and selling her delicious breads for about five years and had been doing well at the Commercial Street Farmers Market, but during the winter business would slow down. She decided to open a business that helps those from the farmers market sell year round. A community kitchen can be rented by the hour and has been inspected by the health department. It meets the standards and guidelines necessary to be able to sell goods anywhere in Springfield. “People can come and we help them get their business license, health inspection, insurance and we have people lined up to help them with graphics if they need logos and things like that,” Cooper said. Sisters In Thyme currently features treats from Cupcake Retro, a delicious selection of cupcakes offered by baker Jessica Zimmerman; Julia’s Java, a locally roasted selection of gourmet coffees and; Ruthie Faye’s Sassy Sweets, plus so much more. There’s a lot packed into the small space right across the street from the farmers market pavilion on Commercial Street. Cooper loved the charm of the building when she saw it and converted a gutted storefront without walls into a community kitchen. Their bakery also takes EBT food stamps. Everything but their hot soups and sandwiches can be pur-

Smith Continued from page 4 fans and I like that as well. We transcended a lot of things in our culture.” The benefit for Bill Thomas was organized mostly by musician Dallas Jones. Jones said the amount of pro-

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chased with the stamps and they offer a wide selection of gourmet sandwiches and sides to choose from. If you don’t see something you like, call ahead and the ladies will whip up a specialty sandwich for you. Among their fresh sandwiches and delicious soups are pickled beats, chicken salad, a wide variety of cheeses, two kinds of quiche every day and their famous baked potato soup. Cooper sells grass-fed beef from Everton, Mo., as well as organic spices and pastas and homemade cobbler that can be bought frozen, an easy way to surprise someone with dessert on the fly. Although there are community kitchens in many larger cities, Springfield was a little late in coming

around to the idea. When Cooper first proposed the idea nobody seemed interested but without anywhere to sell their goods during the winter and without the resources to do it on a larger scale, her dream of opening a

community kitchen with a homelike feel finally came to fruition. “It’s to help a lot of people, we kind of consider it an incubator where we bring people in and then we help them grow,” Cooper said.

Cooper’s delicious breads are also available at Homegrown Foods at 601 S. Pickwick Ave. as well as Urban Flea Market at 1315 E. Trafficway St. and coming soon to MaMa Jean’s Natural Market.

ceeds vastly exceeded their expectations. “We had seven instruments that were donated and they all had pretty high minimum bids and they all sold for more than what they were expected to get,” he said. “There was close to $1,100 just in instruments.” Among the items up for bids in the silent auction were a pair of Big Smith tickets to their farewell show

at the Gillioz in May at $40 face value that sold for $210, and Ozarks memorabilia prints and posters that sold between $150 and $200. “What I think was the coolest thing that sold, we had a pretty cheap entry-level guitar that was signed by all of the night’s performance,” Jones said. “We auctioned it off live. It sold for $230.” “When we started it I was hoping

we might raise $1,000 at the door and $1,000 at the auction and I know we probably did four or five times that,” he continued “At some point it changes from being a small benefit show to this big non-profit event. So we are kind of hoping we’ll fly under the radar.” Jones believes Patton Alley will also contribute a portion of the evening’s sales to the recovery

effort. “I put out one email and about 20 people said they’d be there,” he said. “That was a pretty good selection of musicians in town and it literally was no effort at all. A lot of people were saying I’d done such a good job, but it was really no effort at all. It really worked out well, I could not have asked for a better night for Bill and his family.”

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Scorebox Men’s Basketball Wednesday, Feb. 1 Wichita State 34 Missouri State 36 Saturday, Feb. 4 Drake 20 Missouri State 33 Women’s Basketball Thursday, Feb. 2 Drake 31 Missouri State 28 Saturday, Feb. 4 Creighton 27 Missouri State 36 Ice Hockey Friday, Feb. 3 Robert Morris 0 Missouri State 1 Saturday, Feb. 4 Robert Morris 2 Missouri State 1 Track and Field Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4 Varsity Apartments Invit.

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Calendar February 7 to February 13

Wednesday Men’s Basketball, 7 p.m. away at Southern Illinois

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Karly Buer has played in all of the Lady Bears’ 21 games this season and has scored at least 15 points in the last three games.


Sophomore spark plug

Women’s Basketball, 7 p.m. at home vs. Wichita State Ice Hockey, 5:45 p.m. away at SLU Track and Field, all day at ISU Classic

Buer’s work ethic pays off both on the court and in the classroom

Track and Field, all day at Tyson Invit.

Saturday Ice Hockey, 3:45 p.m. away at SLU

Track and Field, all day at ISU Classic Track and Field, all day at Tyson Invit.


Men’s Basketball, 2 p.m. at home vs. Bradley

Briefs 2012 Bears baseball tickets now on sale

Tickets for the 2012 baseball Bears are on sale now through the Missouri State University Athletics box office. Both single game and season tickets for the Bears 25-game home schedule can be purchased along with packages for the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Baseball Championship tournament at the end of the season. For single game tickets, the rates are $5 for the general public, $2.50 for faculty and staff, $2 for students. Season tickets can be purchased for $100 for lower-level reserved chairback seats for the general public, $50 for MSU faculty and staff, and $20 for MSU students. Last season the Bears were 3323 and were 18-5 at Hammons Field and are returning a majority of their lineup and pitching staff from last season. The 2012 season officially starts when the Bears travel to Lubbock, Texas to play four games in three days against Tennessee Tech and Texas Tech. The first game will be at noon Feb. 17 Friday against Tennessee Tech, then at 4 p.m. against Texas Tech.

Men’s basketball MVC standings

Creighton Wichita State Illinois State Missouri State Northern Iowa Drake Evansville Indiana State Southern Illinois Bradley

11-2 11-2 7-6 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-7 5-8 5-8 1-12

21-3 20-4 15-9 14-11 16-9 13-11 11-12 14-10 8-16 6-19

Women’s basketball MVC standings Wichita State Missouri State Northern Iowa Illinois State Creighton Drake Indiana State Bradley Southern Illinois Evansville

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with five seniors and three juniors, a sophomore, who has only started a third of the team’s games this year and is by most accounts a little silly, ended up as one of the team captains. She has embraced her role as the team’s vocal leader and lately she has also stepped in as one of their go-to scorers. After a bit of a slow start, Buer is back in the starting lineup By Harrison Keegan and has scored in double figures in each of the The Standard team’s last six games, including a career-high You would think Lady Bears sophomore 25 against Illinois State on Jan. 29. point guard Karly Buer likes running. Her parBuer said that her jump shot went cold earlients ran track in college and as a junior at Con- er this season so the coaches encouraged her to cordia High School she was the Kansas 4A state attack the basket more, and the Lady Bears’ champ in the 400offense has exploded meters. But she doesn’t since Buer started like it. In fact, she can’t getting to the cup. But when she steps stand it. They are averaging on the court, or into So when the Lady 74 points in their last the classroom – Bears run sprints at six games. she’s a great stupractice and Buer glides “My shot hasn’t dent – she flips that over the baseline ahead been falling as much button. No one of her teammates, just as I would like or as works harder than know that she’s not runmy coaches would she does. ning hard because she like, so they encour-Nyla Milleson enjoys it, she’s running aged me to drive hard because that’s just more,” Buer said. the right thing to do. “Making shots inside “Karly is a leader on helps my confidence and off the court,” sophomore forward Bry with the outside shot.” Snow said. “She is always doing the right thing. With two likely Missouri Valley Conference She’s always first in running and she’s always First Team selections in senior Casey Garrison working hard.” and junior Christiana Shorter on the team, it It’s because of that work ethic that, on a team would have been easy for Buer to fade into the

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Buer had a career high 25 points on Jan. 29 against Illinois State.

background on the court and in the locker room until next year, but she has a naturally assertive personality, even if she has fun doing it. Lady Bears head coach Nyla Milleson, a fellow Kansan, said she first discovered Buer thanks to some mutual friends and she knew  See BUER page 7

Softball looks to use momentum to move to top of conference By John Cook The Standard

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The award was given to Jones by the Missouri Valley Conference last week.

Jones receives award for courage Coach recognized for winning battle with rare syndrome as a player By Colleen Hamilton The Standard Jeni Jones, the associate head volleyball coach, was honored during the Lady Bears game last week, but prior to the ceremony the administration left her in the dark about what the specific award was. Casey Comoroski, the associate director of athletics, emailed Jones and asked if she would be attending the game. “I replied ‘yes, I would be there,’ and her response back was ‘good, you are getting an award, dress nice,’” Jones said. Jones said she is humbled to receive the MVC Most Courageous Award. “Really this award should be going to my coaching staff, athletic training staff, strength and conditioning staff, teammates, my family and friends. They are all the real reason I was able to recover and get back to the floor,” she said.

Jones was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome during her junior year at the University of Florida. “Guillain-Barre affects your nervous system as it eats away at the protective covering of your nerves,” Jones said. The disorder has serious risks – including paralysis. According to Jones, there is only about a one and a million chance you will get Guillain-Barre. “Everyone jokes I should have played the lottery,” she said. Her symptoms began emerging as the team headed to face South Carolina. Devastated that she could not play, her team physician recommended Jones see a neurologist. Jones was sent to the hospital and ended up staying two weeks while doctors tried to figure out what was happening. “Each day that passed I woke up thinking, ‘Wow, what a bad dream’ and then I would open my eyes and realize I was still in the hospital and reality would set in again,” she said. The doctors eventually began treatment for Guillain-Barre and after five days she was strong enough to go home.  See JONES page 7

to have us picked fourth again. “On the other hand, The Missouri State we’re one of two teams softball team will look who went to play in to use the momentum postseason. So maybe from the end of last sea- we deserve a little highson to help them try and er nod than that.” Rose led the league move into the top three spots in the Missouri in many of the top pitchValley Conference this ing statistics last year including strikeouts year. The Bears went 30- (258), saves (5) and 25 last year and won the games started (39). MVC Tournament after After throwing just the finishing only fifth in 13th no-hitter in Bears’ history last season, Rose conference. “It’s been my experi- said she hopes to improve in ence, when one every category. year ends well, “I’m striving the next year is to get under a good year,” 2.00 ERA,” coach Holly Rose said. “I Hesse said. just want to “The top of the keep getting betleague in the ter and improve Valley is very on everything I competitive. I did last year.” think that we Hesse The rightmatch up pretty well with the top of the handed pitcher from Oklahoma had an ERA league.” Back for her senior of 2.11 and a record of season, preseason All- 22-19 on her way to MVC pick Natalie Rose becoming the MVC will lead a team trying Tournament MVP. While Rose will bolto prove that they are better than their presea- ster the pitching staff, junior shortstop Kirstin son selection suggests. “With Rose being Cutter will try and lead one of, if not the top the way in hitting. Cutter led the team in returning pitcher in the league, I think it’s going batting average (.298) to be an exciting year and started all 55 games for us,” Hesse said. for the Bears. Known as a slap-hit“We’ve finished fourth and fifth the last two ter and sitting at the top years, so it’s respectable  See SBALL page 7

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Ice Bears finish home schedule with timely sweep By Brandon Corrigan The Standard

The Ice Bears were determined to make their final home series a memorable one, and they did just that by sweeping the Robert Morris University-Chicago Eagles with scores of 2-0 and 7-3 Friday and Saturday at Mediacom Ice Park. “I haven’t seen the team gel like this all season,” assistant coach Mike Ackley said. “When they play for each other, amazing things can happen. They have all the talent in the world but when they actually put it together like tonight and yesterday, it’s a special thing to see.” Senior forward Cory LaFaver left a lasting impression in his

Jones Continued from page 6 “The doctors tried to tell me that I would more than likely not be the player/athlete I once was. I knew there was no way that could be true – call it stubborn or optimism, but I knew I would be back on the court,” she said. Jones slowly began to recover and was able to attend class on her own during the spring semester. “My recovery was really structured by me,” Jones said. “As an athlete you are taught to push through, train harder, but what I learned then was to train smarter whether I want-

Buer Continued from page 6 exactly what she was getting when Buer signed her letter of intent. “She’s just so down-toearth that sometimes that silly side comes out,” Milleson said. “But when she steps

SBall Continued from page 6 slot in the batting order, Cutter didn’t shy away from saying she’s hitting a home run this year. “Oh, I’m hitting one this year,” Cutter said. With her main objective

Colored Continued from page 4

“She says ‘I was vulnerable on purpose’ and I feel like so many people — especially when it’s related to love — they have to be vulnerable in order to just experience what it’s like to be in love,” Johnston said. “She talks about being vulnerable and I feel like everybody is vulnerable in this situation.” Alicia Douglas, freshman BFA musical theatre major who plays Lady in Red, said the message she takes away from the production is one of personal strength. “The overall message of the production is no matter how bad things could get in life and no matter how many times you’ve been brought down, always know you are strong enough to get back up and not let darkness conquer your life,” she said. “You can overcome.” Douglas said the experience of being involved in this particular production was rewarding because of the people she was able to work

final game at Mediacom Saturday, scoring a hat trick with all three goals coming in the third period. “It felt awesome,” LaFaver said. “That’s how I wanted to end it, just like that. If you’re going to finish a homestand, that’s how you do it.” Ackley was more than pleased with LaFaver’s persistence. “After the second period he came in and said ‘We have 48 shots on goal, when are they going to go in?’ and then he scored his first goal in the third period,” Ackley said. “It’s kind of an ironic thing but I knew it was going to be landslide after his first goal.” The Ice Bears trailed Robert Morris 2-1 after the first, evened

the score in the second and dumped in five goals on Robert Morris’ freshman goaltender Emilio Miniscalco in the third. “They’re a typical Chicago team,” senior forward CJ Jung, who added a goal and two assists of his own, said. “They played well and they battled hard but it got a little chippy there at the end.” The two American Collegiate Hockey Association teams were at each other’s throats all game, amassing a combined 62 penalty minutes. Junior forward Andy Draper notched his team-leading 23rd goal on a power play in the first. The line of Dylan Clark, Jack Ryan and Blake Ryan combined for 11 points during the weekend

series and have compiled 35 points in the last six games. Freshman goalie, Steve Lombardo made 33 saves Saturday and terminated the Eagles offense completely Friday with a 51 save shut-out. “Lombardo played great and that’s what we need going forward,” Jung said. The Ice Bears hope to capitalize on their recent success when they visit the Saint Louis University Billikins this Saturday and Sunday at Webster Groves Ice Arena, as they battle for an ACHA playoff spot in the final two games of the regular season. The games will be at 5:45 p.m. File by Steph Anderson/THE STANDARD Saturday and 3:45 p.m. Sunday away against Saint Louis Univer- After sweeping Robert Morris, sity. the Ice Bears are 17-15-1.

ed to or not.” Jones was 100 percent by the end of July and she stepped back on the court during an inter-squad scrimmage -- leading her team in kills. “It felt amazing, knowing where I came from and where I was, I felt on top of the world,” Jones said. “The entire experience of getting sick, recovering and comeback was so enlightening and honestly even to this day it still is for me.” Jones has been inspiring athletes since her time at Florida and continues to do so here at Missouri State. Head coach Melissa Stokes used to post successful comeback stories on her door to inspire the athletes –

including Jones’ successful triumph with Guillain-Barre. During Jones’ interview, Stokes pulled out the same article she had shared years prior. “I think we’ve been lucky to keep her here at Missouri State for as long as we have,” Stokes said. “I think she’s a big reason why we’ve continued to be successful.” Senior Calli Norman said Jones has the personality of a lion. “She goes after what she wants and will not let go if it is something she believes in,” Norman said. “She knows when it is time to get business done, but she’s not afraid to have a little fun in the making.”

Norman said that Jones has taught her how to be successful in everything, not just on the volleyball court. “She is someone I greatly look up to and I will always cherish the four years I got to play for her,” Norman said. Stokes and Norman described an important outlook that Jones brings to the team – the ‘I get to’ motto instead of saying ‘I have to.’ “To really pay attention every day to the things that we get to do, instead of looking at them like I have to do this,” Stokes said. “If you change your attitude to I get to do this, you end up being much more grateful for the things you get to do.”

on the court, or into the classroom – she’s a great student – she flips that button. No one works harder than she does.” Buer had a solid freshman campaign, in all aspects of being a student athlete. On the court, she started 25 games and was selected to the MVC All-Freshman team, in the classroom she was on the MVC Academic

Honor Roll and as a result she was honored with a share of the Lady Bear Prestige Award, given to the player exhibiting the most desire, dedication and determination. Still, Buer said that she didn’t expect her teammates to choose her as one of their captains this offseason. “I was surprised since I’m

still a sophomore,” Buer said. “But I accepted the challenge and I work every day to be an example to my teammates.” Buer can’t deny that her track background gives her an edge on the court, but don’t confuse that with a passion for spiked shoes and short shorts, she is just making sure she doesn’t get outworked.

being just to get on base, Cutter led the team in hits, but wasn’t ever able to hit a home run. The long ball wasn’t easy for the Bears last year either, after only hitting a combined 13 as a team. Hesse said she isn’t worried about that, but you could expect a power surge from junior Stevie Pierce.

Pierce led the Bears in home runs last year with 3. “Stevie Pierce is probably our top returning home run hitter,” Hesse said. “Chelsea Jones will hit a lot of home runs for us. Jones is a freshman pitcher who will provide us with a lot of innings on the mound, and has a lot of power.” Jones is among many

freshmen that Hesse said she is excited about. Missouri State will start the year on Feb. 17 with a double-header at the Mean Green Classic in Denton, Texas. Their first game is at 12:30 p.m. against Sam Houston State. With the Bears first win, Hesse will reach the 600 win mark at MSU.

with putting it together. “The most rewarding aspect of being involved with this production would have to be the people I’m working with — the cast and crew, the director Nora England — they’re all wonderful people and have made this experience worth it,” she said. Ebony Brown, senior psychology major who plays Lady in Green — the comedic relief of the production, said one of the most challenging scenes in the production was when one of the women talks about rape. “Society has changed and almost ignored the issue when it happens often,” Brown said. “Rape changes peoples’ lives and sometimes destroys them. I am empowered to be an advocate for the controversial and delicate issue.” The play was also challenging for Brown on an academic level because she is not a theatre major. “The most challenging part of being involved in this play is being a what I would like to call a non-actor,” she said. “I deal with the psychology, English and communica-

tion departments which are completely different than the theatre department. I must say, it has been a unique experience and sometimes difficult but I have managed to adapt in some ways.” When the curtain drops and the stage goes dark, Brown said she wants the audience to take away a message of culture awareness. “I want the audience to walk away empowered and moved by the first all-black production here at the university,” she said. “After this production I hope that it opens Missouri State’s eyes and the theatre department to put on more cultured plays with people from different cultural backgrounds.” “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide...When the Rainbow is Enuf” will show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11, and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12 at the Plaster Student Union Theater. MSU students get in free, but an advance ticket is required and can be picked up at the box office or online at Other student and senior tickets are $12 and adult tickets are $14.

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Issues arise with recording lectures By Dayle Duggins The Standard Laptops, cell phones, tablets and MP3 players fill lecture halls at universities across the country each and every day. Utilizing such technology in the classroom is now considered to be the norm in the eyes of students and most professors. Despite such lenient poli-

cies concerning these handy gadgets, the classic tape recorder is now taking much flack from the University of Missouri for its ability to record professors’ lectures. Last spring, a video of a labor studies lecture at the University of MissouriKansas City was posted online and manipulated by a non-student. The edited video became an online sen-

sation, as it recommended professor Judy Ancel and a colleague from the St. Louis campus were promoters of union violence. In response, the University of Missouri formulated a proposal that limits what students can do with lecture recordings in terms of redistribution and sharing. According to the Associated Press, students would need to seek written permission from professors and classmates before recording in the classroom in any way. Violators of the policy would be subject to disciplinary action as laid out by the university. Tashara Earl, a senior entrepreneurship major at Missouri State, often records her professor’s lectures to help her study. The recordings seem to come in handy when reviewing written notes from classes, she said. Although Missouri State doesn’t have a classroom policy concerning lecture documentation, Earl asks her teachers for permission to record on the first day of class. “I ask because the teacher has a right to know he or she is being recorded for academic use,” Earl said. “The teacher is given the option to say yes or no and may decline because of privacy issues.” Kathryn Hope, head of the Nursing Department at MSU, said obtaining permission to record is more of an unwritten rule, suggested during a student’s orienta-

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construct expectations for instructors as it develops. Hayley Norton, a graduate student in the anthropology department, said she sees potential in the minor and said she believes it would be helpful to not only her future but others as well. “I would like to see a broad program that draws from many programs and something that helps us understand our humanness,” Norton said. Burch highlighted many of the benefits the university could obtain by offering the disability studies minor, such as the minor being applicable to real-world situations. However, she also emphasized that it would bring a new pull and understanding in demographics. “Two facts,” Burch said. “One, there are more people in the world today who have identifiable disabilities than

Rec Continued from page 1 ation Center that contains the pool, was destroyed. “It was in Joplin being primed and painted, ready to be delivered on Monday (May 21) in order to start the roof erection which allowed the building to be enclosed quicker,” Sampson said. “That hurt a great deal, and

tion into the department. “I don’t have any faculty that don’t want their lectures recorded,” Hope said. “I think everybody has different learning needs. There are some students that are auditory learners, some visual, so we encourage students to find all different methods that help their learning.” Hope, who has also taught nursing courses at MSU, said due to the extensive amount of material covered each semester, many students do resort to recording lectures. Advocating the rights of students pursuing higher education funded in any way by the state of Missouri, Rep. Paul Curtman has introduced legislation that would override the University of Missouri’s policy. The bill explains that students have “the right to record public classroom lectures for his or her use.” On the other hand, Rachelle Darabi, Missouri State’s associate provost for Student Development and Public Affairs, said she believes students should always ask permission in recording although the university has no specific policy geared toward the subject. “I think they need to be very specific in their request for why they want to do that,” Darabi said. “Sometimes it’s a learning style issue. If a student really feels like they are an auditory learner and they need that recording to help them, then that’s something they should

explain to a faculty member as some motivation for doing it.” Currently, Curtman’s proposed bill does not have a hearing scheduled to determine its fate, after being referred to the Higher Edu-

U.S citizens. And two, the largest minority group are those with disabilities.” During a group discussion in the workshop, it was brought to attention that the minor correlates and enforces Missouri State’s Public Affairs Mission to recognize and respect multiple perspectives and cultures. Michele Geeding, sophomore speech and language pathology major, said she supports the idea of creating the disability studies minor, especially with the field she is going into. “The more we understand about disabilities then we can be better equipped to facilitate their needs and perhaps see different ways to do so,” Geeding said. “Offering the minor opens different options for people going into majors such as therapy and health care. I think people would be interested in taking it.” However, the minor is still up for discussion. There are still questions concerning funds, instructors and classes, but there are models out there

to follow. Universities such as Ohio State University, University of Washington and University of Toledo are a few examples of schools that have taken up the program and crossing a lot of different programs. “A Disability Studies Minor will distinguish Missouri State but also keep up with the growing interest in the area that is national and international,” Burch said. Although the minor is still up in the air, some students, like Norton, have high hopes for it. “The Public Affairs Mission, the focus on community involvement and the student diversity are all strengths that Missouri State University possess and ones that could help create this minor,” Norton said. Students and Faculty interested in knowing more about the minor can get in contact with the Society for Disability Studies by calling 704-274-9240 or visiting the website

we lost the steel that Sunday night (May 22).” Overall, Sampson said the weather issues have been the biggest reasons for the delays. Barnett said that because of the delays, the university has extended the time that graduating students will be able to come back and use the facilities for free. The information regarding membership rates and student usage policies can be found at

/reccenter/rates.htm. All of the rates and policies will be presented to the Missouri State Board of Governors for approval on Feb. 17, Barnett said. Barnett said that students who are disappointed in the fact that they will not be able to use the Recreation Center because they are moving away from Springfield after graduation should consider that they are leaving their mark on the university by

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Many students use recorders to keep audio of lectures to use when studying for tests later.

cation sector on Jan. 19. The Missouri House of Representatives’ website does however show the legislation’s proposed effective date to be Aug. 28, 2012, just in time for the new school year.

Disability Studies minor Society for Disability Studies: 704-274-9240 Website: “The Public Affairs Mission, the focus on community involvement and the student diversity are all strengths that Missouri State University possess and ones that could help create this minor.” —Hayley Norton, anthropology graduate student

providing funding for the project. “They need to think of their contribution as their legacy to the next generation,” Barnett said. “The Rec Center contributions by students who aren’t necessarily here but voted to fund it, knew that going in that they weren’t going to be here a lot of them. And yet that’s their contribution to the next generation that comes here to Missouri State.”

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Spoon Continued from page 1 Division-I head coach in 1983. The Bears were only in their third year of playing in college basketball’s premiere division, but Spoonhour had success quickly, reaching the NIT in his third season and then rattling off five NCAA Tournament appearances over the next six seasons, including a win against Horace Grant’s Clemson team in 1987. Kelby Stuckey played for Spoonhour from 1985 to 1989 and he said as strong as their relationship was while he was playing, it only grew better over time. “It’s not just me mourning,” Stuckey said. “There are a lot of basketball players across the country, there are a few hundred basketball players mourning his loss and that’s a great legacy to leave, to be able to affect the lives of hundreds and hundreds of young men the way that he did.” Spoonhour took the long road to the top of college basketball coaching. Born with a love of the game but without the natural gifts to play it, Spoonhour was a team manager in college at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark. He started his career as a high school coach and then kept moving up

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with jobs as Division-I assistants and head coaching stints at Moberly Junior College and Southeastern Illinois Community College before his meteoric rise with the Bears. After leaving Missouri State, Spoonhour took head coaching positions at St. Louis University and the University of NevadaLas Vegas. He retired in 2004. Along the way, Spoonhour developed a relationship with a talented guard from Southern Illinois, Paul Lusk. “He always made an effort to come talk to me,” said Lusk, now the Bears head coach. “I’ve known him for a long time. When I think about Missouri State, I think about him.” On the court, Spoonhour’s teams were known for their suffocating defense and deliberate, possessionoriented motion offense. Off the court, Spoonhour was a beloved figure because of the respect he showed to everyone, whether they were a custodian or the president of the school. “Sometimes what happens in major college coaching, we think sometimes these people aren’t accessible and you can’t touch them and you can’t get to know them and maybe some coaches want to be that way,” Lusk said. “I know I certainly don’t, I want to get to know people File photo by Michael Gulledge/THE STANDARD and I think Spoon was known by everyone, because he had time for Charlie Spoonhour posing with Missouri State Athletics Director Kyle Moats when he was inducted everyone.” into the Missouri State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.



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