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Tuesday • April 10, 2012 • Vol. 105 Issue 26

Three percent tuition increase passed

Briefs MSU department earns state award

The Hospitality and Restaurant Administration Department at MSU received the Missouri Tourism Council’s 2011 Educational Award on April 5. Melissa Dallas, the head of the department, accepted the award on behalf of the department for outstanding dedication and service to the Missouri tourism industry. The Missouri Tourism Council is the official private sector umbrella organization of the tourism industry in the state of Missouri.

MSU Public Affairs Conference to begin next week

MSU’s 2012 Public Affairs Conference will be held April 1720. The theme is “Culture of Connectivity,” and will have Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, and Naomi Wolf as guest speakers. The speakers will talk about problems and advancements in the era of technological connectivity. To see the conference schedule, visit

MSU departments receive grant

By Nicolette Martin The Standard

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Multiple departments in the College of Arts and Letters collaborated on “Epilogue.”

Students collaborate for project Departments work together for massive science fiction series By Kris Collins The Standard Beginning last semester, students from various departments within the College of Arts and Letters have been working tirelessly toward the biggest collaborative project Missouri State has ever seen. Diana Botsford, assistant professor in the Media, Journalism and Film Department, conceived the idea last semester and with

the support of her colleagues, the idea became a reality. Botsford, Deborah Larson and Colby Jennings worked closely to conceptualize and execute the goliath collaborative task, “Epilogue.” “It’s a web series,” Botsford said. “It’s part science fiction dealing with time travel. The academic purpose of the series was to give all the students an opportunity to get together

Vickie Sanchez, director of the Master of Public Health program at MSU, and Susan Dollar, director of the School of Social Work at MSU, received a $145,450 grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for the implementation and evaluation of an abstinence-plus education program in southwest Missouri

Former MSU SGA president runs for state attorney general


By Brandon Corrigan The Standard

April 10 to April 16


Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Ball Room Study Away 101 Information Session, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at PSU 315A Student Government Association meeting, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at PSU 313 Ann Who? 6 p.m. at PSU 315 Ann Coulter, 7 to 9 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall


Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Ballroom


Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Ball Room SAC Presents: Wiz Khalifa with The Deans List, 6 to 11 p.m. at JQH Arena


Last day to drop or withdraw, declare pass/not-pass, and change to or from audit for full semester classes, all day Self Defense for Women Registration Deadline, all day at PSU 131


SAC Presents: Casting Call for MTV’s MADE, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PSU 314C

In 2002, Adam Warren was finishing his tenure as student body president of Missouri State University. Ten years later, the 32year-old Republican and Livingston County prosecutor is attempting to become the 42nd Attorney General of Missouri as the youngest candidate on the GOP’s statewide candidate list, officially announcing his candidacy Feb. 23. Warren, a former Chillicothe city attorney, served five years in the judge advocate general’s corps of the Missouri

on a grand scale to collaborate because that’s how it is in the real world.” From the MJF Department alone, students from screenwriting, media production, film production, multimedia and journalism have been working on the project. Departments all over campus are lending a helping hand. Students and faculty from electronic arts to modern languages and many more have contributed. The project was primarily funded by a grant and student fundraising. Students held a luncheon at the downtown Pickleman’s that generated $2,300. Botsford said the major-

ity of the funds came from a grant she co-wrote with Larson and Jennings. They were granted $10,000 for the project through the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. “It’s been a great experience,” Jennings said. “It’s been a huge logistical undertaking in keeping people organized and keeping conversations going and keeping communication open, but I love it.” Jennings estimated the number of cast and crew to be between 80 and 90 people. The project is structured in a way that allows students to work on the project  See EPILOGUE page 2

Army National Guard. In his college days, the young redhead left a large footprint on the MSU campus. Aside from serving as student body president, he was a founding father of the Iota Beta chapter of the Theta Chi fraternity and a member of the MSU cheerleading squad. The native of Meadville, Mo., a small town in north-central Missouri, claims that his MSU experience was the catalyst for his legal Photo provided by Adam Warren accomplishments and Adam Warren, former Missouri State student political ambitions. “Missouri State is body president, is running for attorney general of Missouri. He is the third-youngest candidate to  See WARREN page 8 run for the office in the state of Missouri.

Presidential search committee named Twenty people selected to help find new university leader By Dayle Duggins The Standard The search for Missouri State’s 11th president is right on track, according to Board of Governors Chair Gordon Elliott. The Board approved the 20-person search committee that will be responsible for selecting the university’s next officeholder at a regular meeting on

March 30. The group’s first task will be to get organized and decide on individual responsibilities, Elliott said. “I’m confident of the people that Elliott are on the search committee and really confident they can draw off each other, as they are all different types of people,” Elliott said. “It’s a mix between the various constituent groups. “There’s faculty who understand the education process and the type of leader they want to report to, and I think you’ve got community leaders that understand how important

the university is to the economy,” Elliott said. “There’s also donors in there that want to give and support the university, and the student aspect gives us people that are actually participating in the education process.” The 20-person committee, described by Elliott as extremely diverse and a “blue ribbon” group, consists of a wide variety of individuals from Missouri State as well as the Springfield community. Holding responsibility for selecting the next president will be six faculty members — one from each academic college — two staff members, one academic administrator, one West Plains representative, two  See SEARCH page 8

The Missouri State University Board of Governors unanimously approved a 3 percent undergraduate tuition increase, which will go into effect in the fall of 2012, at their meeting Friday, March 30. The proposal comes at the helm of discussions of an estimated 7.8 percent reduction in state appropriations for the university, according to interim President Clif Smart. While the decrease in state funding isn’t yet certain, Smart said at the meeting that it is prudent to move forward with the fee resolution in order to start organizing financial aid and Clif Smart other related programs. The 3 percent increase will raise undergraduate Missouri resident tuition by $6.48 per credit hour and undergraduate non-Missouri resident tuition by $24 per credit hour. This means that an undergraduate Missouri resident taking 15 credit hours will see an increase of $92.20 per semester, while an undergraduate non-Missouri resident taking 15 credit hours will see an increase of $360 per semester. Junior digital film major Megan Albertson, an undergraduate Missouri resident from Kansas City, Mo., said while she does have a scholarship that covers some of her costs, the increase in tuition could impose a small hardship on her. “It’s going to be a little harder for me to pay it off, just because I do have a loan through the school, and I’ll probably get more loans to cover it,” Albertson said. “Even though it doesn’t seem like a lot of money at first, Foucart once it adds up after all the semesters, it’s going to be a lot.” Smart said he knows that price is an important factor for students when choosing a university. “The goal is to provide the best value possible, but we still have to maintain quality,” Smart said. Interim Chief Financial Officer Stephen Foucart also told board members that the College of Business Administration will be implementing a fee of $25 per credit hour for 300-599 level courses and noted the University of Missouri charges a comparable fee. Missouri State is not alone among universities and institutions of higher learning that are facing budget cuts. Schools around the country are facing similar issues, as well as several in Missouri. The University of Missouri is raising their tuition by $7.70 per credit hour and the University of Central Missouri is raising tuition by $6.10 per credit hour, but still charges more per credit hour than Missouri State. Missouri Southern State University is increasing tuition by $6.48 per credit hour, the same as Missouri State, Smart said as he addressed the board. Smart also noted that the Board of Trustees at the University of Arkansas, whom he referred to as a competitor of Missouri State, just approved a 5.3 percent tuition increase at the Fayetteville campus.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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Ann Coulter to visit Springfield Conservative political commentator brings controversy to MSU By Jon Poorman The Standard

Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter has long been known for her conservative beliefs, which she has not been shy about displaying publicly, despite the controversial nature of some of her comments. Missouri State Student Activities Council and College Republicans have joined together to bring Coulter to campus, for a one-night only lecture at 7 p.m. tonight at Juanita K. Hammons Hall. The event is free and will feature Coulter speaking about various issues related to her beliefs in correlation with the current election year, according to SAC’s website.

Coulter, who is well known from making TV and radio show appearances and writing books and columns, among other ventures, has been in the public eye for quite some time now, due in large part to controversial statements she has made over the years. Coulter has written eight New York Times best-sellers including her most recent book released last summer titled, “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America.” Coulter’s regular speaking fee is $30,000. However, since she is also making appearances at the University of Missouri and Truman State University next week, the fee was cut to $10,000, funded in

part by student activity fees. Bringing Coulter to campus has caused a lot of commotion among some members of the Missouri State community. Some students believe that bringing Coulter to Missouri State is a good move because it promotes the concept that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. On the other hand, many students are bothered by the fact that Coulter is coming to speak on campus and believe that her ideals are damaging. The Standard has received many letters to the editor about Coulter’s visit — more than any other campus event has provoked this school year — that have been published over the last several weeks. In a letter to the editor published in the March 13 issue of The Standard, junior English education major H. Gloria Statwick expressed her disappointment in SAC for bringing Coulter to speak. “I am shocked that Missouri State University, specifically the Student Activities Council, would be so igno-

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Missouri State College Democrats are protesting Ann Coulter’s visit to campus by hosting an “Ann Who?” party at 6 p.m. in PSU 315. rant as to invite the notoriously bigoted Ann Coulter to speak on our campus,” Statwick wrote. “I understand the need to see other perspectives and consider all opinions, however, Ms. Coulter is

known for her radically conservative views which support and encourage racism, sexism, homophobia and other generally oppressive prejudices. “As this lecture is paid in

Epilogue Continued from page 1 for several semesters. “Diana’s class last fall was MED 597, which was a special topics, upperdivision writing course,” Larson said. This semester the students in Larson’s MED 583/683 advanced television production course have been working on the production of the script. Students in Jennings’ MED 490 class have been working on web elements for the project. Little information was revealed about what those components actually are. “I can tell you that we’ve got lots of web components out there,” Jennings said. “Some of them are full-fledged, what appear to be, websites. Obviously, there’s going to be some kind of component to house the overall experience.” Jennings said the marketing team working on the project has already begun to use Facebook and Twitter to promote the project. Having said that, they have been very conscious about not

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“Epilogue” will be available online for free on July 1. revealing any clues about “Epilogue.” Two common themes that came out during The Standard’s interviews with the faculty and students involved with “Epilogue” were humility and appreciation. “I’m incredibly proud and humbled to be a part of Missouri State right now

with the generosity and spirit of the project,” Botsford said. Botsford, Larson and Jennings couldn’t speak enough on the commitment and amount of effort the students are putting in. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the dedication

part by my personal activities fee, I feel I have the right and the duty to protest the invitation for Ms. Coulter to speak on MSU’s campus. I feel it is  See COULTER page 11

from students. Adam Wagner, one of the directors of “Epilogue,” said the whole project has been a good learning experience. “I’m just like everyone else, a student,” Wagner said. “We’re all still trying to learn. In the last few months we’ve come a long way, and I think everybody has. We’ve all learned a lot.” Though producing “Epilogue” is an exhausting task, the cast and crew are happy to be a part of the innovative project and Larson said she is proud of their contributions. “I’m really, really proud of this crew,” Larson said. “They couldn’t be more committed than they are—cast and crew. I’m really amazed and feel really blessed to be a part of this whole thing. I’ve never seen such a commitment on students’ parts to do it right and get it done.” The series will be released for free on July 1, 2012 at The department plans to continue doing projects such as “Epilogue.” Botsford said plans are already in the making for the next project.


April 10, 2012

Teach kids tools to handle bullying

If you haven’t already done so, you may want to read last week’s admirable column by Megan Gates before going any further into this piece. While it’s a blessing that Gates never had to grapple with the torture that comes with bullying, thousands of others aren’t so lucky, as she mentioned in her column. I was one of those thousands. However, I can’t say that I adamantly oppose bullying, either. That’s not to say I’m not empathetic. Quite the opposite. But please, read on before you jump to conclusions. You see, I’ve always been advanced, physically, at least. I matured, shall we say, rather quickly in grade school and junior high. I guess the high school girls were envious of this, and at the beginning of my sixth grade year, three girls — two eighth graders and one high schooler — who I rode the bus with, threw bra pads at me when they walked by me one afternoon. I’ve come to accept the fact that they were jealous my bra was naturally a bigger size than theirs, but immature teenage girls aren’t exactly known for their healthy communication skills. I went home, ashamed and embarrassed, and cried furiously like never before. But that was just the beginning. Then, I had health issues that led to medication that led to weight gain. My boobs, and everything else, got bigger. And immature teenage boys are even crueler than girls. Before cyberbullying was coined, I went to my guidance counselor with a printout of an AIM conversation between me and a classmate/acquaintance. He had been disgustingly rude and hurtful, slurring words together about my health issues and my need for Slim Fast. My guidance counselor had no words of advice except to not talk to this boy. (We later became good friends and still randomly talk via Facebook.) Later that same year, after other incidents of what I guess is considered bullying, along with other issues outside of my peers, I attempted suicide. I had been a “cutter” for quite some time,

Bullying Facts Kandice McKee Columnist but in early March of my seventh grade year, I took it a step further. I was in the hospital for a week, and my school took the time to address suicide and depression during this time. Talk about adding insult to injury – there was no way my issues were under the radar anymore. After some therapy and a couple years of pharmaceutical help, I was back to “normal,” whatever that is. However, through all the bulls – that it was, I am somewhat thankful for all the terribly hateful words and actions. Despite being maliciously ridiculed for my chubby physique in junior high and the beginning of high school, I’ve never had an eating disorder. And these days, I understand the importance of diet and exercise to maintain a healthy body weight and figure. I turned the pain into motivation. Though I may not always follow through on this knowledge, I at least, get it. Had it not been for cruel boys and girls in my adolescence, I don’t know that I would have ever cared about maintaining a healthy BMI. Do I regret my suicide attempt and other unhealthy ways that I projected my self-hatred? You bet – wholeheartedly, and then some. It’s kind of embarrassing – there’s a stigma attached to being emotionally unstable, no matter how long ago it may have been. I wish I would’ve had the support network needed to healthily overcome such common tribulations in adolescence. But I think that’s where the problem lies. Let’s be realistic; kids are going to be kids – some are going to be bullies, and others are going to be bullied. What we need to focus on is providing the tools that kids and adults need to appropriately handle such incidents. Suicide should never even be contemplated as an option, yet, unfortunately, so many

What is bullying? “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among schoolaged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. What are the types of bullying? • Verbal bullying • Social bullying • Physical bullying How often are kids bullied? • 20 percent of students in grades 9-12 experienced bullying in 2009, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. • 28 percent of students in grades 6-12 experienced bullying in 2008-2009, according to the School Crime Supplement. Source: Information gathered from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website

attempt and achieve the ultimate move of desperation. The statistics are discouraging to say the least. In my high school, my graduating class, which was about 430, had at least three known suicide attempts during junior high and high school. One of them was successful. Is this a column endorsing bullying? Absolutely not. If I see kids picking on each other, I have no problem stepping in and telling the bullies to stop their antics. As one that really has been there, I’m just simply presenting the other side of the coin – the ugly, dirty side that still has a glimmer and chance at change.

Letter to the Editor Coulter doesn’t represent MSU or our values

The decision to bring conservative pundit Ann Coulter to Missouri State University has been controversial from the start. Many members of the Missouri State student body, as well as the Springfield community at large, have been disappointed with this choice. Some are upset that it is such a onesided event, with no one there to balance out Coulter’s ultraconservative Tea-Party views, while others are crying “foul” since students’ fees will be paying for such a one-sided event with an equally-polarizing speaker. The Missouri State University College Democrats have been very opposed to this speaking engagement, as we feel that Coulter does not represent our wonderful university or its values. We have likewise decided that Coulter is not worth our time or energy, even to protest her appearance on April 10. Therefore, we have elected to host an event of our own, which we have dubbed our “Ann Who?” party. This event

will take place in the Plaster Student Union on the MSU campus, in room 315 at 6 p.m. This event will be open to all university students, staff, and members of the community who wish to ignore Coulters message of hate and ignorance. We will have food, beverages, and good times at this event, and you needn’t be a Democrat to join us. So, grab a friend or two and come join us as we celebrate love and acceptance, and leave the hate and ignorance at Juanita K. If you have any questions, feel free to visit our Facebook page, Chinesa Rusch senior secondary English education major Vice President, Missouri State University College Democrats

Coulter visit creates opportunity for MSU

Ann Coulter is speaking tonight at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts and in case you’ve missed the Letters to the Editor The Standard’s been receiving, it’s caused a bit of an uproar on campus. Her visit was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Student Activities Council and College Republicans for the price of $10,000, according to SAC. Coulter is the author of eight New York Times best-sellers, but is probably most well known for her controversial statements on abortion, liberal Americans and Muslims. And while these views are offensive to many people, Coulter still has a right to state her opinion because of her right to free speech guaranteed to her in the Bill of Rights. Some of us may not like what Coulter — or any political commentator — has to say, but that doesn’t mean she should be censored. She may contradict our university’s public affairs mission — especially the part about cultural competency — but she is entitled to give her opinion. Our founding fathers were firm believers in the right to free speech because it’s what makes democracy possible. We all have our own opinions and, chances are, most of us don’t agree on a majority of issues. But we have the right to air our opinion, to disagree and to debate one another without fear of persecution. We’re never all going to agree on any political or moral issue — especially when the opinions of Coulter are being discussed. But that doesn’t mean we as a student body can’t learn from this experience by starting a campuswide dialogue about Coulter’s visit to Springfield. If you don’t like Coulter’s message, go out and make your opinion known. Attend an SAC or College Republicans meeting and make it known you didn’t appreciate your student fee money paying for Coulter to come to campus. Get involved in the decision making process that goes into bringing guest speakers to our campus so you feel that your money is being well spent and so you have a say in who the guest speakers are. If you like Coulter, attend her speech tonight at 7 p.m. in Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts and listen to what she has to say. Inform your friends, classmates and professors of why you think her message is important and show your support to SAC and the College Republicans for making her visit possible. Whatever your stance may be, take ownership for the opportunity to exercise your right to free speech because we know Ann Coulter will.

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April 10, 2012

Calendar April 10 to April 16

Orthorexia: diet or disease?


Tata Tuesday 10 p.m. at Lindberg’s, free 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 SAC Lectures Presents: Ann Coulter 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, free


Dug & the SOULar Panels 7 to 10 p.m. at Patton Alley Pub, free The Detectives ‘50s & ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Soul 8 to 11 p.m. at Springfield Brewing Co., free Sugar Thumb 8 p.m. at the Outland, cover charge Title Fight 7 p.m. at the Outland Ballroom, $10


Think ‘n’ Trivia 7 p.m. at Patton Alley Pub, free TAG Thursday: Truett and the Traitors, Skyler Smith Band 9 p.m. at the Outland, cover charge Wiz Khalifa 7 p.m. at JQH Arena, $37 Three Bad Jacks, Brutally Frank and St. Dallas & The Sinners 9 p.m. at the Outland Ballroom, $8


Jazz Trio 8 to 10 p.m. at the Outland, $3 The Detectives ‘50s & ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Soul 10 p.m. at the Outland, $5 for 21+ and $7 for 18+ The Gimps ‘50s & ‘60s Rock ‘n’ Soul: Shindig Night featuring The Starlettes 11 p.m. at Dean Z’s Club 57 in Branson, free Black Box Revue with Jesse and the Rippers 9 p.m. at the Highlife Martini Lounge, $5 Ha Ha Tonka 9 p.m. at Lindberg’s, cover charge


The Sone Sugar Shakedown and Salad Bar Jam 10 p.m. at the Highlife Martini Lounge, $5


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


Mascara Metal Monday 10 p.m. at the Outland, free Quantum Groove 9 p.m. at Stepchild Lounge, free

Briefs 14th Gourd Festival brings unique art

The Show-Me Gourd Society’s 14th Annual Gourd Festival is April 28 and 29 at the Missouri Entertainment and Event Center (formerly the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds) in Springfield. The event features a variety of gourd media, including painting, beading, carving and more. There are also vendors, classes, door prizes, a kids’ gourd craft area and gourd art competition. The festival is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29. Admission is $5 for a weekend pass; children under 12 are admitted free and parking is free. For more information, visit

Shindig Night offers ‘60s girl group hits

Don’t miss your chance to dance to the grooving tunes of the girl groups of the ‘60s at The Gimp’s Shindig Night featuring The Starlettes, a three-piece addition to Branson’s rock ‘n’ soul cover band. Expect to hear songs from the likes of The Chiffons, The Ronettes, The Shirelles and many more. The show is at Dean Z’s Club 57, the basement club of Legends In Concert at 1600 W. 76 Country Blvd. in Branson. The show begins at 11 p.m. and is for ages 21 and older. There is no cover charge.

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Orthorexia is the latest eating disorder to sweep across the country and is defined as “obsessiveness about the quality of the food being ingested, ensuring that it is the most healthy, the most organic, etc,” according to Segen’s Medical Dictionary.

Enthusiasm for healthful eating shifts to obsession By Kelsey Berry The Standard What happens when healthy eating becomes an unhealthy obsession? Some people might say that it is not even possible, but dietetics experts disagree. Orthorexia is defined by the Segen’s Medical Dictionary as “obsessiveness about the quality of the food being ingested, ensuring that it is the most healthy, the most organic, etc.” Sound a bit like an oxymoron? While making healthy food choices

or purchasing organic products is not a bad habit to practice, allowing the concept of healthy eating to consume one’s daily life can be significantly harmful to an individual both physically and socially. According to the American Dietetic Association, eating disorders affect 8 million Americans and one in 10 people with an eating disorder will die as a direct result. Orthorexia often leads to more serious eating disorders and is a parallel to anorexia nervosa. Both disorders share a common theme because they are not only classified

According to the American Dietetic Association, eating disorders affect 8 million Americans and one in 10 people with an eating disorder will die as a direct result. as physical disorders, but very much mental and emotional states as well. Gary King, nutrition counselor and master of fitness sciences at One on One Bodyworks, explained how a person’s perception of themselves could alter their mental state, ultimately leading to an unhealthy lifestyle that is more harmful than helpful.

“The old saying is, ‘You can’t see the woods because of all the trees,’” King said. “Some people are so deeply into it that they can’t see outside of their own box. (Orthorexia) is a mental state and a form of control, and there is a very strong emotional aspect there.” King compared disorders such as orthorexia and anorexia to a similar illness called bigorexia. “In some cases, no matter how big bodybuilders get, they’re never big enough,” King said. “After they’ve gotten big naturally, they decide they’re not big enough because they’re perception is that bigger is always better. When people have things going on in their lives that they feel uneasy about, sometimes bulimia, anorexia,  See ORTHO page 10

Matters of marriage Tying the knot: Is there a right time? By Kaycie Surrell The Standard Going to college is synonymous with change. For a lot of students, it’s the first time they’ll live on their own, be completely responsible for their schedules and work side jobs in addition to managing their classes. Some students develop serious relationships and decide to get married, taking on new changes and challenges. Keeping up with assignments is a challenge on its own. Throw planning a wedding into the mix and a student’s stress levels could go through the roof. Some students decide to wait until just after graduation to tie the knot, but others take on the wedding while they’re still in school. Junior public relations major Tallie Thompson started planning her wedding in the spring semester of her sophomore year in 2010. She met her husband, Jackson, after taking a second job at the Dickerson Park Zoo. “I was taking 12 hours that semester, working part time on campus, and picked up a second job at the end of March for the zoo to carry into the summer, and also lived with my sisters,” Thompson said. “Once the semester was over, I was able to breathe a little more, but I was still work-

ing two jobs.” The couple were able to find a balance between work, school and their relationship, but it was not without some stress. Her story had a happy ending, and that ending seems to be shared by couples willing to do the work required of a serious relationship. “My fiancé was very involved in the wedding plans, and it was a huge growing moment for us,” Thompson said. “By actively planning the wedding together we learned how to communicate through the tough stuff. He learned what I was like under pressure and how he could help or deal with it, and it brought us closer together.” Senior art history major Moira Anderson has also dealt with the stress of planning a wedding while in school. She and her fiancé, Mother’s Brewing Company Lab Supervisor Nathan Traw, know where the reception will be, of course, but haven’t quite worked out all of the other kinks. “I haven’t really been planning. I kind of started and I want to plan, but I don’t have the time to devote to it,” Anderson said. “We’re getting married in September and I have a dress but that is about it, so I’m kind of hoping things will come together and maybe I’ll get a break after I graduate.” Balancing a romantic relationship is a lot of work. Many students are familiar with the ups and downs of the dating world but making a lifelong commitment to another person is just that —a lifelong commitment —and it requires a lot of communication between the couple.

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Balancing a romantic relationship and schoolwork can become overwhelming for some college students.

Senior psychology major Ebony Brown and her fiancé Nick Peebles have developed a schedule that works for the both of them and they both  See MARRIAGE page 10

The Stone Sugar Shakedown brings chance to dance By Lauren Healey The Standard If upbeat tunage fits your style even slightly, do not miss out on The Stone Sugar Shakedown giving up the funk Saturday, April 14 when they tear the roof off the Highlife Martini Lounge. Players have come and gone, but the core family remains rooted around Tracy Gladden on vocals, Ben Walters on drums and Nick Elwood on guitar and vocals. Austin Safford has been playing bass with the group for several months now, Elwood said. “The music is typically groovedriven, and usually contains drums, bass, guitar(s), multiple vocalists and sometimes percussion and keys,” he said. “We’re also scouting for a reliable, funky organist.” Gladden said the band members wanted a name that fit the dichotomy of the music. “It’s a balance of loud, fast, aggressive (stone) and soft, tender, introspective (sugar),” she said.

“The Shakedown is just something you do—shake down.” Elwood said the vibe of a show is like a funky family reunion. “Getting folks to dance is always a definite goal, which is not necessarily easy to do while moving through various styles and feels,” he said. “Fortunately, people want to come dance. Funk is rooted in groove and people know it by instinct.” The Stone Sugar Shakedown performs original and cover tunes, drawing from funk, blues, rock, jam, jazz and all sorts of other influences, Elwood said. “Predominant torchbearers have always been groups like The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and Parliament-Funkadelic,” he said. “Incorporating everything in some way is an ongoing musical goal. We strive for diversity, but keep the funk at core. The goal is always to make the next show better than the last, and to stay fresh.” The music is constantly growing and changing, but Gladden said it

has always remained a damn good time. “Traveling around playing music with these boys is quite the adventure,” she said. “A Shakedown is a funky time! There’s lots

They’re for anybody who is dedicated to the preservation of the motion of hips. -Manuel Flores, fan

of dancing and singing—enthusiasm is contagious. The music I am fortunate to hear, the art I am fortunate to see and the people I am fortunate to meet are all inspiring to me and make me feel I am doing exactly what I need to be doing.” Going on tour is a learning, living experience, Elwood said. “We’re always looking to play festivals—large or small—and private

events,” he said. “We’d ideally play predominantly on the festival circuit. “Keep an eye and ear out for The Stone Sugar Shakedown; we’ll be truckin’ on,” he said. “Hopefully we can meet as many good folks along the way as possible, and continue to share this life together.” Gladden said people should come to the show at the Highlife for a variety of reasons. “To feel good, to dance, to sing, to laugh, to be and to let go,” she said. Manuel Flores saw The Stone Sugar Shakedown in January at The Gramophone in St. Louis. “They’re for anybody who is dedicated to the preservation of the motion of hips,” he said. Doors open at 9 p.m. and Salad Bar Jam begins the evening of music at 10 p.m. The show is for ages 21 and older and there is a $5 cover charge. Cover is subject to change, so call the Highlife at 417865-0853 to avoid any surprises. Check for up-to-date show information.

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Coger Theatre to host ‘Cabaret’ By Megan Gates The Standard

“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret,” begins the headlining song for the musical “Cabaret,” Missouri State Theatre and Dance Department’s newest production that opens this Thursday. Written for the stage by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff, and directed by Missouri State professor Maggie Marlin, “Cabaret” is a musical centered around American writer Cliff Bradshaw (Josiah Kumpost) and his romance with cabaret dancer Sally Bowles (Emilie Graham) during the rise of the Nazi Party in 1931 Berlin. Set primarily at the Kit Kat Club where Sally works, the production showcases a world where it’s all just fun and games without a care, until World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust catch up with them. Carl Glenn, sophomore musical theatre major who plays Cliff’s friend Ernst, said the production’s ability to go from sentimentally sweet to heartbreakingly sad makes it engaging to audience members. “You’ll be sitting and watching and you’ll be laughing and enjoying things and then the next second it kind of punches you in the gut,” he said. “And it switches back and forth a lot, which for me makes it very captivating. Lots of people think with musicals that means happy-go-lucky singing and dancing, but ‘Cabaret’ is very well written so it never lets you

just be a passive audience.” However, for lovers of the Liza Minnelli film version of “Cabaret” there may be some disappointments, Glenn said. “It’s completely different…There are characters in that show that don’t exist in ours. It’s weird,” he said. “My character is actually not even in the movie at all.” Regardless of the differences in the production, “Cabaret” has an important message for audience members, Glenn said. “It’s very prevalent – I believe – to kind of remember things like the Holocaust and remember how easy it is to have the wool pulled over your eyes,” he said. “In the show, you don’t really see any problems coming until they’re already too late to handle and that’s kind of something I think Americans – as people who are involved in our own safety – we need to make sure that when problems arise and when there are people doing bad things, that we’re not passive about it because that’s how problems happen. “When something’s going on and you’re like ‘oh, it’s just politics, what does that have to do with me?’ actually a line from the show – that’s when the Nazis come. That’s when the communists come. That’s when bad things happen.” Graham, a junior BFA acting major, said her character’s tendency to ignore problems was one of the most difficult traits for her to grasp for her character who’s forced to handle extreme personal issues. “(Sally) tends to ignore things

until she must deal with them, and when she does have to deal with something, her automatic reaction is to run away from it,” she said. “I like to confront my problems immediately and head on.” However, “Cabaret” has been a personally rewarding experience for Graham because of the issues that are confronted by the cast members throughout the course of the production, she said. “This production is incredibly rewarding because it addresses a lot of issues that I feel very strongly about, namely homosexuality,” she said. “Paralleling the Nazi’s persecution of the Jews with how society persecutes homosexuals is very strong. If we allow cruelty to people who are different from us to continue, we know exactly what the end results will be.” Even though the rise of the Nazi party in “Cabaret” is a heavy subject that dominates the scope of the production, there are moments of lightheartedness and many including Graham’s character Sally. “(Sally) likes to have fun and be happy, and she wants everyone around her to be having fun and to be happy,” Graham said. “She tries to bring positive energy with her, even if she herself is in emotional pain.”

Kumpost, a senior BFA theatre performance major, said one of his favorite moments in the production involves an elderly couple and they sing a song about this pineapple pineapple. “There’s this adorable moment he brought to her,” Kumpost said. “Cabaret” will be playing at 7:30 between Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz – this older couple – where p.m. April 12 through April 14, and at

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Scorebox Many college athletes turn professional too quickly Baseball Tuesday, April 3 Ark. State 000000020–2 Missouri State 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 x – 5 Wednesday, April 4 Ark. State 110002001–5 Missouri State1 1 2 3 0 2 3 0 x – 12 Friday, April 6 Bradley 10001000x–2 Missouri State 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 1 Saturday, April 7 Bradley 00010010–2 Missouri State 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6 – 12 Sunday, April 8 Bradley 00001111x–4 Missouri State 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 – 3 Softball Tuesday, April 3 UMKC 001060x–7 Missouri State 0000030–3 UMKC 1000001–2 Missouri State 1000003–4 Friday, April 6 Bradley 0030021–6 Missouri State 0000001–1 Bradley 1000010–2 Missouri State 210010x–4 Saturday, April 7 Bradley 0401000–5 Missouri State 0000000–0 Men’s Golf Tuesday, April 3 ASU Red Wolves Classic 16th of 22

Calendar April 10 to April 16


Men’s Golf, 8:30 a.m. away at ULM/Wallace Jones Invit.

Wednesday Baseball, 6 p.m. at home vs. Kansas State Softball, 5 p.m. at home vs. Tulsa Women’s Soccer, 7 p.m. at home vs. Central Missouri


Baseball, 6:30 p.m. at home vs. Illinois State

Saturday Baseball, 2 p.m. at home vs. Illinois State Softball, Noon at home vs. SIU Softball, 2 p.m. at home vs. SIU Football, 10 a.m. Spring Scrimmage #2 Men’s Soccer, 3 p.m. at home vs. McKendree Men’s Soccer, 4:45 p.m. at home vs. Northeastern Oklahoma Women’s Golf, All Day away at Indiana Invit. Track and Field, All Day away at Missouri


Baseball, 1 p.m. at home vs. Illinois State Softball, Noon at home vs. SIU Women’s Golf, 8:30 a.m. away at Indiana Invit.

Former Missouri State baseball player Dan Kickham, a Glendale High School graduate, was recently released from the Detroit Tigers organization, about 10 months after he was drafted by the team in the 33rd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. According to TAG Magazine, Kickham is expected to join the Kansas City T-Bones, members of the American

Jon Poorman Editor-inChief Association of Independent Professional Baseball, where he will try to make a jump back to a minor league system…eventually. On the surface, the dis-

appointing part of this story is that Kickham wasn’t able to improve enough in his time with the Tigers organization for them to consider him an asset. Now he is faced with the steep challenge of building his way back up to the minor-league level, a setback that many players do not overcome. But below the surface, there is an even more disappointing story that we see all too commonly in

the world of college-toprofessional-sports transitions. Kickham could have stayed at Missouri State and worked to polish his game under one of the best college coaches in the nation, Keith Guttin, and gained valuable experience while playing for a team that will likely make an NCAA Tournament appearance this season. Sure, Kickham had a great season in 2011. He

Freshman goalie makes move from defense to net By Harrison Keegan The Standard


issouri State lacrosse coach Pat Callaham had a big problem at the beginning of the semester. The only true goalie on the Bears’ roster, first-team all-state freshman Alex Postol, decided to transfer in December, and Callaham had to scramble. He pulled a few of his defensemen aside to ask if they were up to the task of replacing Postol, but playing goalie at the college level is one of the most challenging positions in sports. “Most people will see a ball that hard get hurled at them that fast, they’re going to move out of the way,” Callaham said. “But as a goalie, you have to step into it. So it definitely takes a special person to do that.” For the Bears (5-6), that special person has been freshman Fred Neyhard. Neyhard came in as a defenseman but reverted to the position he played two years ago in high school and has been a reliable stopper for a Bears defense that holds opponents to 11 goals a game. “I like to play goalie,” Neyhard said. “There’s a lot of pressure on you, and a lot of people are looking to you when the game’s on the line, and I like that situation.” Neyhard said he played goalie a few times in practice and during the team’s annual alumni game, but it had been a couple of years since he saw full-time duty – and back then he wasn’t seeing 90 mph shots. Junior defender Mike Queener said that early on the team tried to keep things simple for Neyhard, but he has blossomed into a vocal leader for the defense. “At first we told him to not worry


Freshman Fred Neyhard converted from playing as a defensemen to being the goaltender. about anything, just worry about on the line for his teammates. But the stopping the ball,” Queener said. move also gave Neyhard a shot at “About six or seven games in, he something that wasn’t necessarily guaranteed before his position change – extended playing time. There’s a lot of pressure The Bears have a crowded back on you, and a lot of line with six defensemen – three of people are looking to you whom played last year. Neyhard said, when the game’s on the however, he would rather be out on line, and I like that the field running around but he made situation. the switch for his team. -Fred Neyhard “Here’s this freshman stepping into one of the hardest positions on really became the voice of the the field,” Neyhard said. “I think it defense.” definitely earned me a lot of respect.” Callaham called it a “100 percent Neyhard said it took him about a selfless” move by Neyhard to relearn month to get used to the speed of the the goalie position and put his body game and adjust to being goalie

again, but his teammates have been impressed. Queener said he was crushed when he learned that Postol was transferring but that Neyhard has exceeded his expectations. Queener said Neyhard’s attitude is his best attribute between the poles. “He’s got one of the best attitudes you can ask for out of a goalie,” Queener said. “We’ll get scored on and I’ll walk back to tell him, ‘Hey, man, it’s all good’ and he’ll beat me to the punch.” Neyhard knows that even if he lets in a few goals here and there he might have already saved the season for the Bears.

Spring practices bring changes all around for 2012 football team

Women’s Soccer, 4 p.m. at home vs. Hutchinson CC


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Swimmers named to academic team

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The Bears softball team is now 17-16 for the 2012 season and 5-7 in conference.

Softball drops weekend series

Medrano awarded player of the week

For the week of March 26April 1, Bears’ baseball senior infielder Kevin Medrano was named the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. This season Medrano is batting .307, has 39 hits and has played in 30 games for the Bears in his fourth season. For the week of the award, Medrano batted .600 in four games as the Bears went 2-2 during this week. The Bears are 24-10 this season and 4-2 in the MVC after losing two of three to Bradley.

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Neyhard nets success

Women’s Soccer, 1 p.m. at home vs. Butler CC

Junior Daan Jansen and sophomore Jared Roberts from the men’s swimming and diving team were named to the 18-man academic all-Mid-American Conference team for 2012. The award is the second for Jansen, who has a 3.59 grade point average and is majoring in human resources management. Roberts has a 3.48 grade point average and is majoring in accounting. Both were named to the Missouri State Athletics Director’s Honor Roll. The award was announced on April 4.

set the school record for saves in a season (13), had a great ERA (1.84) and only allowed opponents to bat .192 against him. That is an outstanding season, especially for a freshman. The problem was that Kickham, who served as the Bears’ closer, only pitched 29 innings in college, a little more than three complete games — far too small of a sample

By John Cook The Standard

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The softball team went 2-3 over the weekend,

The Missouri State softball Bears opened up a nine-game home stand this past weekend with three games against conference foe Bradley. Missouri State looked to use the games as a starting point for a run in the Missouri Valley Conference, but instead lost two of the three games, setting them back even further. After a hot start, the Bears (17-16, 5-7) have slipped as of late, and

most of it has come from what coach Holly Hesse called a Natalie Rose “funk.” Rose (11-7) has struggled in recent starts, including Friday’s 6-1 loss to the Braves in the first game. “For whatever reason, Natalie is not throwing well, and she is key for us,” Hesse said. “She’s in some little funk right now that she needs to work her way out of.” The Bears’ senior pitcher started the year  See SOFTBALL page 7

The Missouri State football team has changed this offseason, and so far in spring practice, the change is evident. Not just because of the losses of high-performing seniors, such as Jermaine Saffold and Chris Douglas, but because the offense has added a pep in their step. According to head coach Terry Allen, that’s just part of the plan. “We are trying to do two things,” Allen said. “We are going to go fast on offense and do everything we can to create turnovers on defense. So far, so good. ” Allen said Missouri State has moved to a fast-paced offense because when the Bears played fast last season, they played well. Allen Allen said junior quarterback Trevor Wooden would be under center this fall as the starting quarterback. Wooden led the team last year in total passing yards with 1,853 yards and total net rushing yards with 567 yards in his first season as the full-time starter. Wooden also shares enthusiasm for the new, quick-tempo offense, saying that it “will be a catalyst for offensive production.” Although Wooden was productive on offense last season, he said that he and the rest of his offensive teammates need to keep working and continue to bring their hard hats to work this spring. “There is always stuff to work on,” Wooden said. “Receivers want to catch everything, (quarterbacks) want to throw the ball in the right spot and linemen want to make their blocks.” The purpose of the quick-tempo offense is to keep defenses confused and fatigued. But the only thing Wooden and the offense have done to their defensive teammates is improve their conditioning and make them faster. “Since our offense is running fast paced, we have  See FOOTBALL page 11

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Maximilien sprints into record books as freshman First-year sprinter brings talent to MSU track and field By Colleen Hamilton The Standard

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Althia Maximilien ran a 53.63 400-meter dash.

Poorman Continued from page 6 size to really gauge just how good he really was at that level. But still, when the Tigers came calling, Kickham was there to answer, following his dreams of playing professional baseball. And who can blame him? Whenever an athlete has a choice to make about turning pro, there are always many things to consider. I don’t know all of the details about Kickham’s specific situation, but in my opinion, staying at MSU would have been the better option. Many college athletes get too caught up in the idea of turning professional without thinking about how their game will translate to the next level or if they’ve had enough experience in college to be able to compete effectively once they get there. I’m not saying that Kickham didn’t consider these factors, but the decision would have been a more comfortable one had he stayed at MSU for one or two more seasons, transitioned into a starting role, had the chance to pitch at least 75 innings in each season, and increased his draft stock as well as honing his skills up to a level that would prevent him from being in his current situation — not on an MLB minor league roster.

Softball Continued from page 6 7-2, with a 1.51 ERA, but has since lost five of her last nine outings. In the second game on Friday, freshman Chelsea Jones took the mound. Jones commanded the strike zone on her way to a complete-game, 4-2 victory. The Braves took an early 1-0 lead, but the Bears bounced back, plating two runs in the bottom of the first on a Heather Duckworth double. Sophomore second basemen Ashley Brentz batted in the third run with an RBI single, and Jones shut out the Braves in the second and third innings. From there, solid defense and one more run from each team gave the Bears a win. “Chelsea has thrown lights out since Drake last weekend,” Hesse said. “She has really put together a string of good starts for us.” On Saturday, Jones wasn’t quite on her game. The Braves jumped out on the freshman pitcher in the second inning, scoring four of their five runs. In the bottom of the third, the Bears had a great chance to score but couldn’t capitalize. With the bases loaded and just one out, a force out at home and a Stacia Boeckstiegel pop out ended any chance of

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Freshman sprinter Althia Maximilien recently wrote her name in the Missouri State records books, but her love for running began in primary school in her hometown Bridgetown, Barbados. The Bears traveled to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Razorback Spring Invitational and Maximilien continued to dominate the 400meter dash. Maximilien finished with a time of 53.63, which ranks as the fourthfastest time in MSU history. Head coach Ron Boyce says that she is in good company on that list. “Being number four on the list – she’s doing it as a freshman. The others’ marks are senior marks, so

that’s exciting,” Boyce said. “If she keeps going the way she is going, she’ll go as far as she wants to go, wherever that is. I think the sky’s the limit for her.” Maximilien has previously competed for her country, but said the reason she enjoys track is the individual aspect of it. “It’s an individual sport, but it is also a team sport at some point in time,” Maximilien said. “So it gives me both the chance to show exactly what it is I can do by myself and it also still gives me the opportunity to share with somebody – like when I run 4x1 or 4x4 – that’s a team event so I have to rely on other people.” Junior teammate Emily Beaver credits Maximilien’s success to her work ethic and determination.

“Her work ethic is one of the best I’ve ever seen. In order to do really well in track, you need a strong work ethic and if you don’t have that, you won’t succeed,” Beaver said. “She’s always out there and always working and always willing to do whatever needs to be done.” Maximilien said one of the reasons she came to MSU was because of Boyce. “I did look at other schools over a couple of years, but I liked the coach at Missouri State,” Maximilien said. “He knows his stuff and his profile is pretty long and pretty impressive.” Maximilien competes more often here than she did at home, where she competed about once a month. “I get so much more exposure. I currently see a drastic difference in my training and my times have changed drastically,” Maximilien said. Maximilien’s goal is to get her 400-meter dash time under 53 seconds and Boyce

believes she can get there. “She’s a warrior, that’s what I think. She’s not afraid, she’s eager all the time and she thinks that’s her job,” Boyce said. “She’s very serious about what she does. She plays herself extraordinary intensely and she’s a very focused kid.” Maximilien focuses on one meet at a time so that she does not over think things. Although she has not started looking toward the conference meet at the beginning of May, she hopes to build off her experience at the indoor conference championship and win the 400-meter dash. “Althia has nearly limitless potential,” Beaver said. “She is just the type of runner who can run a wide range of distances – she’s really good up in the 800 but she’s also really good at the 200 – she will be helping us out at conference in any of those areas, or all of them.” Maximilien and the Bears will travel to Columbia, Mo. on Saturday for the Tom Botts Invitational.

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Professional baseball is flawed in many aspects (don’t get me started), but one of its biggest defects is allowing high school players to enter the league without first spending a year in college. The NFL and NBA both have rules that require athletes to spend at least some time in college. With basketball, many people (including myself) want to see their one-year rule extended to at least two seasons. A lot of times, professional sports organizations tempt college athletes with promises of money and the opportunity to live out their dreams, not considering what’s best for the athlete, just because they “see potential.” Well sure, many college athletes have potential, but too many of them chose to make this big life decision based on potential rather than what their abilities are. It’s very difficult to make it in professional sports, especially baseball. So, why not stay in college longer and give yourself the best chance to be successful? I wish all the best to Kickham. He was a joy to watch while he was here closing out games for the Bears. I just wish he was still here to help lead the team in what could be one of their best seasons in recent memory. And I hope that everything works out well for him so he doesn’t have to look back with regrets about staying in school instead of turning pro prematurely, like so many athletes do. a Bears’ rally. Bradley tacked on one more run before MSU brought in Rose for the final three innings. Rose dominated the Braves with five strikeouts and just one walk, but it didn’t matter, as the Bears couldn’t put any runs on the board. The Braves won the rubber match, 5-0. Brentz has been a surprising offensive force for the Bears in her second year. The St. Louis native leads the Bears in hitting with a .330 average and has started all 32 games. “I just came in this season working as hard as I could,” Brentz said. “So far it’s working for me.” Though Brentz has been hot, the Bears leading hitter from last year, Kirstin Cutter, has been cold. The returning all-conference first-team pick is hitting just .208. “Both our all-conference players, Nat and Cutter, have struggled,” Hesse said. Jones said the team’s effort needs a boost as they continue on with their season. “I think we just need to start hitting sooner and putting more runs together,” Jones said. “We need to put some wins on the board and make sure that we get these wins for conference.” The Bears will stay at home with a game at 5 p.m. tomorrow against Tulsa at Killian Sports Complex.

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Search Continued from page 1 student members, five representatives from outside constituencies around Springfield, three Board of Governors members and exofficio board member, Wes Pratt. Individuals were suggested by their peers, chosen by Elliott and then approved by the Board of Governors. Nii Abrahams, a junior communications major with an emphasis in ethical leadership, was chosen for one of two student positions on the search committee after being suggested by Residence Life and Services. “I’m excited to take part in the process but also anxious and kind of nervous to be in a position where I’ll be in a room with a lot of powerful people who are literally changing the culture of Missouri State,” Abrahams said. “I think as a student representative my job is not only to be a voice to the students, but I’ll also have to balance out the politics and remind people we are students and this is what the students want and are looking for.” Abrahams said an extremely transparent president, willing to interact with students and be visible

Warren Continued from page 1 probably the springboard for all my success, really,” Warren said. “I came from a town of 360 people and went to a school of 19 folks. MSU really opened doors for me.” Warren will face St. Louis attorney Ed Martin in the Republican primary election on Aug. 7 in the contest to determine who will oppose Democratic incumbent Chris Koster in the Nov. 6 general election. Most political analysts rate Martin as the frontrunner in

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on campus, is the main thing he will be looking for during the search process. Paige Jenkins, senior environmental plant science major and the student representative on the Board of Governors, is the second student search committee • Roberto Canales Faculty member. • Charlene Berquist Faculty “They must have a pas• Dana Frederick Faculty sion for the university,” • Terrel Gallaway Faculty Jenkins said. “As long as • Sue George Faculty they’re always looking out • Janice Greene Faculty for the university’s best • Anson Elliot Administrator interest, that’s what I’m • Miko McFarland Staff looking for. Some see this • Kyle Yates Staff as a business opportunity, and I don’t really want • Nii Kpakpo Abrahams Student that.” • Paige Jenkins Student Both Jenkins and Abra• Jim Anderson Community hams said they are over• Kelby Stuckey Community whelmed with excitement • Jann Dye Community to play such a major role in • Pat Sechler Community the university’s decision• Joe Turner Community making process. • Gordon Elliott Board of Governors “I want to see a president • Cathy Smith Board of Governors that can run a multifaceted • Steve Hoven Board of Governors organization like the university where you report to • Wes Pratt Ex-officio member a board but have a joint • Marilyn Dennis Staff for committee governance with faculty,” Elliott said. “This person Timeline has to be somebody with • Late April - first meeing of the search committee great intelligence and an • June - begin advertising the position ability to understand all • September - search committee begins reviewing applications points of view so they are • By Nov. 1 - have pool narrowed to finalists able to lead and motivate all • During November and early December - on-campus interviews types of groups.” • By Dec. 15 - announce new president Along with an ability to connect with Missouri • By July 1, 2013 - new president begins duties State’s community, Elliott said applicants have to understand students and finance, as universities are The president will have provide quality education to a minimum. getting less funding from to have a creative outlook with less money available While there are no spethe state. of how the university will while keeping fee increases cific instructions or require-

ments for the next president’s term length, Elliott said he is hoping the search committee will look for someone that doesn’t jump around from job to job a lot. “I think we’ll want someone that intends to stay five years at least,” Elliott said. Missouri State’s president is paid less than similar universities in the same conference, so the school’s pay schedule may not help in attracting some candidates, Elliott said. A report released by the Missouri State Auditor’s Office in October 2010, that said former Missouri State President Michael Nietzel’s contract may have violated state law will affect the next president’s salary, according to the board chair. “We will be taking the audit’s recommendations, but we have to be competitive,” Elliott said. “If you don’t get benefits on the end (like Nietzel did), you’ll have to pay them more. “The president is so critical to the successes of everybody at the university that salary would be determined after the candidate is chosen. The committee has no responsibility to consider a salary.” The search committee’s first meeting will be in April, however, the date has yet to be determined.

the GOP primary. “I saw the field and decided there needed to be someone with a different background from the candidates already in the race,” Warren said about his decision to enter statewide politics. The rural prosecutor is determined to fight against the federal health care law signed by President Barack Obama and believes the current attorney general is ignoring Missouri voters’ decisions on Proposition C. The Proposition C measure has the goal of blocking the federal government from requiring people to buy health insurance under what

good real world experience.” MSU head cheerleading coach Tim Williams cheered with Adam on the university squad in 1999 through 2001. Williams said that the members on the cheerleading squad formed a close-knit bond. “Adam was the man around campus,” Williams said. “Everyone knew he was, loved and respected him. I knew he’d be doing something like this a long time ago. He was fearless.” For more information about Warren’s campaign, visit his Facebook page at damleewarren.

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critics call “Obamacare.” “Fully 71 percent voted for the approval of Proposition C,” Warren said. “We’re the first state to have a referendum on this. To me, that’s a mandate from the people saying we want you to challenge health care. Koster did not join the other 26 states who joined the Florida suit against Obamacare which was just litigated. So Missouri’s vote was not represented by actual counsel (in the recent Supreme Court hearings). “Koster did file a brief, but in my opinion, that brief was just full of equivocations — it said nothing. I would have taken a position

to try to get that unconstitutional law overturned.” The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act late this June. If Warren were to be elected in November of this year, he would become the third-youngest attorney general in Missouri history behind former Republican Sen. John Danforth and former vice presidential nominee Thomas Eagleton. Now deceased, Eagleton ran briefly for vice president on the Democratic ticket of former U.S. Sen. George McGovern in 1972. Warren said some of the

life skills he learned as an MSU cheerleader involve being positive, sociable and willing to meet new people. He said MSU connections have helped him in his political career, as well as the cheerleading at MSU. A number of politicians have been cheerleaders during their college years, including two-term President George W. Bush, who was a top cheerleader at Yale University. “It was the most fun I had at college,” Warren said. “I liked cheering for the university, going to all the games, being on the sidelines and meeting the sponsors and boosters. It’s really

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‘Wrath of the Titans’ delivery falls short

God! Monsters! Daddy Issues! “Wrath of the Titans” attempts to deliver action, comedy and heart all in one neat little story, but falls short in the end. “Wrath” picks up about 10 years after the end of “Clash of the Titans.” The legendary Perseus (Sam Worthington) and his young son are simple fishermen just making a living until Perseus’s father, Zeus (Liam Neeson), needs help. The gods are losing their power and all their work is coming undone, including Tartarus, the underworld, which has begun to release all its demons onto mankind. Naturally, Perseus is hesitant to leave his son, but forces of circumstance change his mind for him and off he goes on an adventure. Unfortunately, being a fisher-

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man again for a few years made Perseus a wimp. Not once did he have a good fight. Yes, he won eventually, but only because he got really lucky every time. Since when does a demigod get his butt kicked? You may argue that, “Hey, it’s

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been a while, maybe he’s just rusty.” Usually that would work, but in “Clash” he’d been a fisherman his whole life so why was he awesome then and not now? The logic just doesn’t quite fit together. That was another issue—the story lines didn’t really follow through. The impression I got from “Clash” was that Perseus didn’t really want anything at all to do with the gods. He did what he had to do and then he was done with it. That decision fit the characters and the world created by myths. The gods are generally petty and don’t care about man. So, why all of a sudden is Perseus emotional about Zeus when Zeus gets in trouble? That seemed a little far-fetched to me, story-wise.

Also, what generally makes myths cool is that it’s about men facing the odds, overcoming adversity and saving the day. So why are we following petty gods who are mad that they can’t be gods anymore and that Daddy loved one son more than the other? Sorry, but I don’t really care about the issues of the gods because, frankly, they’re gods. What do they have to complain about? OK, OK, I know that I’m really nitpicking the story here, but I just don’t understand why they did what they did. Why couldn’t it literally be “Wrath of the Titans” and have some other angry god release all the Titans and Perseus has to fight them? It should have been, as much as I hate to say this, closer to the storyline of “Immortals.” If you had

taken the story of “Immortals” and combined it with the style and world of “Clash,” then it could have been a good movie. They skimped on few potentially redeeming qualities also. Bill Nighy played the god Hephaestus, who was hilarious, but only in the movie for about five minutes and Toby Kebbell, who played another demigod, Agenor, needed much more screen time than he was awarded. He wasn’t a wimp. I’m tearing this one apart so much because I usually love these types of films. I know they aren’t usually the critics’ favorites but they can be so much fun. So, when a movie like “Wrath of the Titans” fails to do that and leaves me uninterested in anything that happens, it’s just that much more disappointing.


Marriage Continued from page 4 work to adhere to it. Brown was already used to a very orderly lifestyle, it was Peebles that had to change his mindset and get used to the idea of settling down. “We work together as a team. It’s about teamwork — you have to have open-mindedness plus we have an awesome friendship, and that is what makes us close,” Brown said. “It is not because we’re in love, that just adds to our friendship and it makes us closer together because the attraction already comes, but the main thing is the friendship. That’s what is hard.” Some couples, like Peebles and Brown, meet in class and get together after making eyes at one another, exchanging flirtations and finally succumbing to the dreaded first date. Other students get all of that awkward behavior out of the way early on by being friends for a long time before realizing their feelings for one another have gone

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Life romantic. Graduate English student Tim Leyrson and his wife Sabrina met in high school at the theater department’s set construction for the fall musical. The couple spent a lot of time getting to know one another before taking the relationship to a romantic level, but their friendship didn’t stop the planning from getting complicated. “Really, the most difficult part was getting all my professors to be understanding,” Leyrson said. “We picked the weekend before finals, out of town, not the best planning on our part, but it worked out alright.” The couple settled on a simple wedding and Sabrina was able to delegate almost everything to someone else. Her parents took care of the dinner and photographer and they lucked out with the venue, the state park where her father works. Tim’s uncle was a florist and gave them their wedding flowers as a gift. When it comes to planning a wedding on a budget, having family willing to help and friends with connections is a big plus. There is a

lot to consider besides the dress and the location. There are wedding invitations, food, music, attire for the wedding party and accommodations for all the guests. Deciding to plan a wedding while in school might mean relinquishing some of the power when it comes to choosing things like location and catering, but it can be a big help in the long run. Graduate theater student Kacey Pennington’s family lives in Illinois, which made planning the wedding even more complicated. But even though her family was far away, her mother still helped with a lot like the dress, the location and even the DJ for the reception. “It was hard because I’m here in Missouri and she was in Illinois dress shopping and all that stuff,” Pennington said. “I would have to pick a weekend where I could work ahead on my homework and get everything done. Then I could travel home to look at dresses and stuff, but I tried to make choosing my bridesmaid’s dresses as simple as possible because I had bridesmaids in different states and they were all still in school, too.”

Ortho Continued from page 4 orthorexia or even bigorexia is a way that they can make sure that they’re controlling what’s happening.” When an individual suffers from orthorexia, they are obsessed with the intake of purely low-calorie, lowfat or organic foods. The separation between healthy living and obsessive behavior is crossed when daily life is interrupted by the planning of meals and an abnormal amount of time is spent fixating on what they

Clothing stores like Nordstrom have online tools to help brides find dresses to fit every body type. Pennington was able to search for a dress that would look good on all of her bridesmaids and eliminate some of the bridezilla-associated stress that comes with finding dresses and suits for the wedding party. The couple have recently expanded their family with the birth of their daughter, Etty. Pennington manages to balance graduate assistant work, marriage and now parenthood all at the same time. “Being married and in school is totally fine because we were together since my freshman year of college, so when we got married and I started grad school nothing really changed,” Pennington said. “We were practically living together anyway, but now with the baby, it is almost impossible to do school because she is new and I didn’t get to take any time off. School used to be a really big deal for me and now it’s still a big deal but it comes after all her stuff, and since her stuff is so time-consuming it’s hard.” There’s something to be said for

can or cannot eat. Senior dietetics major Jasmine Whitaker shared a personal example of how an unhealthy fixation on food can impact the daily life of a student. “I made an omelet for a friend last night who has always struggled with her weight,” Whitaker said. “I put just a splash of whole milk in with the eggs to make it a little fluffier and when she saw me do it, she got upset because she never drinks whole milk, only soy. She was worried about that tablespoon of milk because of the calories and fat in whole milk, even though it was such a small

that annoying old rhyme that kids like to taunt young couples with on the playground. Something about love, marriage and baby carriages. It seems silly but the reality is that starting a family is serious business. Couples that decide to get married while they’re in school are facing a tough time but they’re also being brave by making a decision to move forward as a unit themselves. Starting a family is a whole new challenge that requires a strong foundation. It is important to take college seriously, but it is also important to take the relationship seriously and do the work required to make it strong. “It’s all about perspective, the big picture. The wedding is one day of your life, as important as that is, the focus should not be on the wedding it should be on the marriage and the relationship,” Pennington said. “Try not to get stressed out about it and think about what’s important. School is important but your relationship is more important, and the wedding is sort of important — prioritize.”

amount.” Whitaker also commented on the fact that because healthy, organic eating and raw diets are currently a popular trend, men are just as likely as women to struggle with the obsession of maintaining a certain diet. The pressure for men to measure up to what society deems as an acceptable standard is just as strong as it is for women, she said. Sophomore general studies major Shelbey Wilkening said she believes that orthorexia could be a common unspoken problem for many college students. “I often see people that are very tiny and very much in shape that are almost obsessed with eating extremely healthy,” Wilkening said. “I know that wanting to be healthy is a good thing, but I do think some people take it to extremes without even noticing it. Being healthy does not have to be 100 percent about what you eat.” Wilkening also said she believes that dieting is not the only factor in determin-

ing the overall health of an individual. “I try to eat at least two servings of vegetables a day, and I take vitamins daily, but other than that, exercise is my main source of being healthy,” Wilkening said. “I honestly believe that exercise is more important than eating all the right things when it comes to living a longer, healthier life.” King said students who find themselves struggling with severe dieting may simply be lacking the moderation needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The right amount of moderation could be a better, healthier solution than drastically cutting out entire food groups from a daily diet. “The key is the balance,” he said. “I don’t want to live a boring, sterile life. I like to find the balance of enjoying the things I like to enjoy, but if I know that they’re not really healthy, I moderate it. You just need to find that natural balance where you feel like you’re living life, but you’re living life healthy.”

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Football Continued from page 6 to get back to the line (of scrimmage) and set up,” sophomore linebacker Andrew Beisel said. Beisel led the Missouri State defense in total tackles last season (84) as a redshirt freshman. He said the defense is working on their pass coverage and pass rush, as well as making sure that each player is in their proper spot. Beisel said there is also a defensive motto that keeps them focused on improving during the offseason. “DWC,” Beisel said. “Defense wins championships.” Although Wooden and the offense don’t have a motto of their own, Wooden said the pursuit of a championship is the goal for the Bears this fall. “We are working toward a conference championship,” Wooden said. “It’s a lot easier said than done, but we’ve got to come to work every day.” In the 2011-2012 season, Missouri State fans saw Saffold catch 45 passes for 913 yards and Douglas rush for 511 yards and three touchdowns. But fans will have to wait until Sept. 1, when the Bears take on the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan., to see who can make plays like Saffold and Douglas did. Wooden believes that it’s not going to be a few players, but several. “We want multiple people making those plays,” Wooden said. “We like to think every-

Coulter Continued from page 2 a direct attack against the progressive perspectives of many individuals within the student body, as well as faculty and staff. I simply cannot support the decision to bring Ann Coulter to our campus.” Other students carry a different perspective of the event and welcome Coulter to campus. Senior technology management major Jim Hackney

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Quarterback Trevor Wooden threw 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2011. He also rushed for 567 yards and seven touchdowns. body can make those plays.” In the team’s first scrimmage, back on March 31, the Bears’ offense accumulated 484 yards on 91 plays. Wooden led the way, going 14-for-

18 for 205 yards including a 75-yard screen pass for a touchdown to junior running back Vernon Scott. Scott would later score again on a 19-yard run.

On the defensive side, junior defensive end Martin Montgomery was in on six of the team’s eight sacks on the day, while senior linebacker Chris Moses recorded the

only interception of the scrimmage. The team will continue practicing this spring with their second scrimmage scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sat-

urday at Plaster Sports Complex. The team’s annual Maroon and White game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 21, also at Plaster Sports Complex.

said that while he does not like Coulter or support her ideals, he believes it is acceptable to invite her to speak. “As for Ann Coulter, I am a Ron Paul Republican and veteran who despises her because she is a war-mongering, police state-loving neoconservative Republican whose allegiance lies with Israel,” Hackney wrote in a letter to the editor published on Feb. 21. “Ms. Coulter preaches small government out of one side of her mouth while demanding perpetual

war out of the other side. She is either unable to see the cognitive dissonance of her position, which makes her a joke who shouldn’t be taken seriously, or she does see it but doesn’t care because it serves her purpose, which makes her a despicable person who has no morals and does not value the lives of her fellow Americans serving in our military. “Having said that, I welcome her to the university. I believe in free speech and understand that there are people on this campus and in this

town who are Ann Coulter fans. I would never presume to think that because I disagree with her positions or comments that she should not be invited to speak.” In response to the letters to the editor published by The Standard, SAC President Courtney Current issued the following statement regarding student concern about bringing Coulter to campus: “We appreciate your concern for the upcoming Ann Coulter speaking engagement and its congruence with the

Public Affairs Mission. “This program passed through our All Council composed of your peers, which believes that this program, while challenging some students’ beliefs, will cater to the ideals of others. We make it a point to represent the diverse beliefs of our student body in our programming. “But for those who disagree with Ms. Coulter, sometimes a challenge to our belief system serves to strengthen our resolve. As college students, we’re not

only learning the rhetoric we’re taught in class, but honing our ability to think for ourselves, to define our moral code, to decide what is worth believing in. “Even for students who disagree with Ms. Coulter, we expect that they could still find educational and entertainment value in the program. We welcome all students to voice their opinions in determining our programming by attending our All Council meetings Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in PSU 313.”


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Program expands students’ view of the world Study away program offers students unique opportunities By Anna Thomas The Standard

Being accepted by the Study Away program means students have opportunities to travel and study worldwide, but there are still things to finalize for those students planning to leave for the summer and fall 2012 semesters. Miko McFarland, study away adviser, recommends that students get to know members of the program so they feel comfortable get-

ting assistance. “Getting closer to when you Study Away leave is exciting, but it can also Sessions make you nervous,” McFarland said. “Feeling comfortable to regularly check in is the best way to April 10 make sure everything is taken care 12:30 p.m. of.” Students should make sure the courses they want to take at their April 23 study away school are all 3 p.m. approved, by visiting both their Study Away adviser and their acaMay 8 demic adviser. 12:30 p.m. McFarland emphasises that this is important in order to guarantee All sessions are in Plaster transfer credit, and make sure that the student is kept on track with Student Union 315A. majors and minors. She also mentions to double check if a transcript has been sent and received “I feel like I have lots of advisat the study away school. Karolina Kosinska, a sopho- ers,” Kosinska said. “But they are more biology major, says advisers all very helpful, and it’s important to talk to all of them in order for are always helpful.

them to do their best for you.” Students can also talk to Becky Ward in the Office of Financial Aid about their FAFSA and scholarship opportunities to help with the cost. “Most students by this point have a plan on how they are going to pay for the trip; however, it doesn’t hurt to make sure everything is laid out and gone through,” McFarland said. Students studying away this summer and fall must also attend a mandatory predeparture orientation held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 11 in the PSU Ballroom West. Students should RSVP by May 4 to the Study Away Office by calling 417-836-6368. Brooke McWherter, a senior wildlife biology major, returned this January from Botswana, Africa, and she said she encouraged all students to study abroad.

“It was a gratifying experience, one that made me expand my view of the world,” McWherter said. “I have also learned more about myself there, about making new friends and accepting different ideas.” McFarland wants students who have not been accepted yet to know that they can still study abroad for the spring 2013 semester. All they need to do is start filling out the forms for acceptance which can be found on or in the Study Away Office located in the Jim D. Morris Center, Suite 403 on Jefferson Avenue. There are also multiple Study Away 101 information sessions this semester where students can learn all the basic facts, requirements and experiences in the program.

University plans to renovate campus dining halls Construction and design total costs nearly $4 million for Garst and Blair-Shannon By Rachel Van Ronzelen For The Standard

Missouri State University plans to redesign and renovate both the Blair-Shannon and Garst dining centers this summer, spending almost $4 million. The Board of Governors approved bids for the construction projects at the dining centers during

its last meeting on March 30. “There are some very exciting changes coming to both dining centers,” said Tony Hein, director of operations for MSU dining services. The university plans to redesign the Blair-Shannon dining center atrium to connect it to the new plaza and the Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center, which is

set to open later this summer. This redesign will also address accessibility guidelines from the Americans with Disabilities Act and allow for a stand-alone operation after hours for Blair-Shannon’s main seating area, according to the Missouri State website. According to Hein, the atrium in Blair-Shannon will be completely torn down and rebuilt over the summer of 2012. Along with a total renovation of the existing dining area, the university plans to add a 300-seat expansion to the Garst dining center. “Garst will experience a total remodel that will be amazing when it is finished,” Hein said.

According to university reports, the construction costs for the Garst dining center totals $2,583,500. The construction costs for the Blair-Shannon dining center total $1,269,400. “Each project will be starting vey shortly,” said Doug Sampson, director of planning designing and construction. According to Sampson, the renovation of the current serving line at Garst is scheduled to be completed for use when school opens up in the fall. The addition, however, isn’t scheduled to be completed until Oct. 1, 2012. The Blair-Shannon dining center project will also be completed

for the upcoming fall semester, Sampson said. While sophomore general studies major Amber Carr admits she hasn’t been to the dining centers in more than year, she said the total cost for the projects seems a little steep. “That does seem like a lot of money to be spent on dining rooms that I don’t remember being that bad,” Carr said. For more information and an indepth look at the university’s full design and construction plans, visit the Office of Planning, Design and Construction’s web page on the Missouri State website at


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