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Red Cross blood drive continues
The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive all this month, at various times of the day at 313 E. Battlefield Suite B., and more information can be found at redcross.org. Several dates for the blood drive can be found on the calendar below.
MSU alumnus John Goodman receives honorary doctorate, welcomes new students at convocation
Change of schedule and late registration deadlines
August 23 is the final day for late registration and schedule changes to be submitted to the university. A $25 late fee will be required for students making either of these requests after this date.
University enrollment up this year
Enrollment is up on Missouri State University’s Sprinfield campus. 19,415 students are enrolled for opening day, according to a press release from the university. This is a 3.1 percent increase from last year. The number of first-time freshman is up 8.5 percent to 2,698 students, and out-of-state enrollment went up 36.9 percent.
MSU praised as one of the “Best in the Midwest”
Missouri State University was placed on The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Midwest” list in their annual breakdown of the best colleges in various regions of the United States. Missouri State has been selected for this list since it began 11 years ago. 155 colleges including MSU were put on the 2014 list, according to the publication.
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Refund Deadline - First Block Schedule Change at 100% Credit/Refund, all day
American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 313 E. Battlefield, Suite B Meyer Library Tours, noon-12:30 p.m. & 5-5:30 p.m., Meyer Library Duane G. Lobby
Wednesday, Aug. 21
Meyer Library Tours, 3-3:30 p.m. & 5:30-6 p.m., Meyer Library Duane G. Lobby
Thursday, Aug. 22 Meyer Library Tours, noon-12:30 p.m. & 5-5:30 p.m., Meyer Library Duane G. Lobby
Friday, Aug. 23
Refund Deadline - Full Semester Schedule Change at 100% Credit/Refund, all day
American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 313 E. Battlefield, Suite B Meyer Library Tours, 10-10:30 a.m. & 4-4:30 p.m., Meyer Library Duane G. Lobby
Saturday, Aug. 24
American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 313 E. Battlefield, Suite B
Sunday, Aug. 25
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American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 313 E. Battlefield, Suite B
Monday, Aug. 26 American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 313 E. Battlefield, Suite B
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John Goodman speaks with reporters following his convocation speech. Goodman is a Missouri State alumnus and received an honorary doctorate degree from MSU at convocation.
By Andrew Shields The Standard
Missouri State University presented actor and Missouri State alumnus John Goodman with an honorary doctoral degree on Sunday at the New Student Convocation for his accomplishments in the fields of theatre and philanthropy. The degree was presented by Missouri State President Clif Smart. “We honor Mr. Goodman today not only for who he is, but for how he has used his fame to help others,” said Smart. Goodman graduated from Missouri State in 1975 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and then went on to star in the Golden Globe Award win-
ning TV show “Roseanne” and many popular movies, including “The Big Lebowski”, “O Brother Where Art Thou” and Disney’s “Monsters, Inc.” He is also known for his work in disaster relief and crisis awareness following events such as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in which he contributed time and money along with other celebrities. “I didn’t know how lucky I was coming here, because I was in the right place,” said Goodman, “I was so fortunate to be able to find that passion here.” After receiving the award, Goodman offered his gratitude to the university as well as advice to the students gathered at the convocation. He spoke on what it was like for him as a student at Missouri
State and what drove him to become a successful actor. “When I moved to New York City, all I wanted was to be able to make a living doing what I loved,” said Goodman. “Yesterday’s gone. If we’re here, living and taking advantage and finding something to love about today, tomorrow will take care of itself.” Goodman also met with reporters after the convocation to talk about being awarded the doctorate and what he learned from his time at Missouri State. “This is where I defined what I wanted,” said Goodman. “I made friends. We shared a passion together that you just can’t throw away.”
Former MSU student pleads guilty to manslaughter
Cancer won’t stop Smart
Joshua Brown to spend 13 years in prison By Nicolette Martin The Standard
MSU president reveals illness; board gives him high marks for first year By Trevor Mitchell The Standard
Missouri State University president Clif Smart said in an email to members of the university that he was recently diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer. Smart said that while his doctors believe he will make a fast recovery, he will not be on campus for two to three weeks after his surgery on Wednesday. Smart received positive evaluations from the Board of Governors for his first year’s performance as permanent president, according to a news release from the university. Orvin Kimbrough, MSU’s Board Chair, stated in the news release that they had “set high expectations for him going into this year,” and that “Clif, along with the team he has assembled, exceeded those expectations.” Smart said in an email interview that he believed the most integral factor in his high ratings was “that we operate in a completely open manner, communicating decisions and their rationale to
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President Clif Smart scored high on evaluations from the Board of Governors this year.
all our stakeholders and receiving input from all before decisions are finalized.” The Board also voted unanimously to raise Smart’s salary from $275,000 to $300,000. Smart wrote a check a day later for $25,000 dollars, designating it for the Dr. Alice Fleetwood Bartee Endowed Scholarship, a scholarship for political science majors. Smart said he donated the raise because he wanted to honor Dr. Bartee and contribute to help students studying the subject he studied as an undergrad. He also said he “did not think [he] should accept a bigger raise than other employees were receiving this year.” Smart also donated his $40,000
housing allowance for the second year in a row, with $30,000 going toward the Gail and Clif Smart Professorship in Agriculture, and the remaining $10,000 being used for work on the Jim D. Morris Basketball Complex in John Q. Hammons Arena. “Improving morale among university employees, increasing compensation for employees three times in 18 months, adding online programs as well as a pharmacy program, better branding the university and improving our facilities tremendously” are what Smart said the high points of his first year as permanent president were. Smart is Missouri State University’s eleventh president, and his contract extends to June 30, 2018.
The Greene County prosecutor’s office reached a deal with a former Missouri State student on Aug. 8 that will put him in prison for 13 Brown years. Joshua Brown, 22, of Florissant, Mo., entered a guilty plea to charges of voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action on Aug. 8 in the May 5, 2012 shooting death of Javon Carter. Brown’s trial for his initial charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action was set to begin Aug. 12. “The state amended this charge from the A felony of murder in the second degree to the B felony of manslaughter,” stated an Aug. 9 news release from Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson. “Under the terms of this agreement, the defendant admitted that he knowingly shot Carter, but did so under the influence of sudden passion.” Brown shot Carter and wounded Brandon McDonald — Carter’s cousin — on May 5, 2012 at his residence 1134 S. Maryland Ave., a few blocks from the MSU campus, according to a Springfield Police Department probable cause statement taken from McDonald. Brown fled the scene and was picked up by the Los Angeles Police Department on June 26, u See BROWN, page 9
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Insurance payment from bookstore theft to be put toward university Funds will be used for the construction of a new welcome center
center will be built at the junction of National Avenue and Bear Boulevard (formerly Monroe Street). Smart said that with John Q. Hammons Arena and the Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center at the end of Bear Boulevard, and the purchase of Monroe Apartments last year, buildMissouri State is putting the $1 million insurance payment from ing the welcome center at the entrance of the street is the final piece of finishing the focal last year’s bookstore theft toward the construction of the new campus point of the university. welcome center. The construction will include tearing down Madison Hall to create parking space, and is The university filed the insurance claim shortly after former bookscheduled for 2013. The center is scheduled to open by December 2014. It will be used as the store director Mark Brixey’s theft had been discovered. The check first stop for visitors to the university, as well as a gathering spot for current Missouri State was sent the first week in July, and it was determined in August by the students and organizations. Administrative Council and the Board of Governors to be put toward Penni Groves, General Counsel for Missouri State, said that the Board of Governors wantthe welcome center. ed to put the money toward a project that would have the biggest range of positive impact. “Our recommendation to the board was that we wanted to spend “Since the theft happened over many years, it would be impossible to determine exactly the money in a way that would benefit the entire campus,” Presiwho it affected,” Groves said. “The welcome center will raise the university’s profile, which Brixey dent Clif Smart said. “Prospective students visiting campus now will help past students and current students when they’re looking for jobs, because employers have to wander around campus, find Carrington Hall, go up to the will have heard of MSU in a positive way.” second floor and wait for admissions, and that’s just not really how it’s done at other univerSmart said that the welcome center will show progress and growth for Missouri State, and sities.” that “anything we do to improve the look and function of campus will benefit all of us.” In the August edition of Smart’s blog, “Clif’s Notes,” he states that the welcome center will u See BRIXEY, page 9 cost around $4 million, and that the other $3 million will come from private donations. The
By Rose Marthis The Standard
Get up to date on the local government events happening in Springfield Marijuana debates and the fight over Walmart continue By Taylor Burns The Standard
Newcomers to Springfield may be familiar with the wondrous Bass Pro Outdoor World, and they may have heard the legends claiming this is the birthplace of cashew chicken. But people from out of town are probably not familiar with the goings on in our city government. A few issues have sparked passionate debates in past months and filled the seats of Springfield City Hall.
Maranda Reynolds, president of Springfield Cannabis Regulation, organized an initiative bill that would lessen the penalty for possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana or paraphernalia. City Council passed the bill, only to repeal it weeks later, claiming parts of the bill were illegal. Arguing that “pass and repeal” violates City Charter, Reynolds and supporting organizations against the city.
posed ordinance would have prohibited A similar ordinance is in place in Columarrests and county charges for possession. bia, Mo., with a maximum fine of $250. Only a summons to municipal court could be The ordinance was passed at the next given. meeting, but City Council members made it The maximum fine would have been clear the bill would not stand in its current form. Either amendments would be made or the bill would be repealed completely. Several council members voiced concern with voting “yes,” only to repeal the decision later, but that’s what happened. The ordinance was repealed on Sept. 24, 2012, which sparked a debate on the checks and balances of City Council. Supporters of the initiative objected, claiming the council must either adopt the ordinance or send the issue to the voters. Council members who voted to repeal said the cost of balloting the issue — estimated at $183,000 — and the flaws in the language of the bill outweighed the benefit of the ordinance. Chip Sheppard, the attorney representing the petitioners, then collaborated with city officials to draft an amended version of the bill, which was again voted down in a 2-6 vote on May 20, 2013. Sheppard claimed the “pass and repeal” decision violated his clients’ and citizens’ constitutional rights. Reynolds filed a lawsuit against Evan Henningsen/THE STANDARD Some in Springfield are strongly opposed to a new Walmart the city, current and former council memnear downtown. bers on July 24, claiming the council’s changed to $150, and violators decision was an illegal circumvention of the filed suit Currently, possession of marijuana is a could have their record expunged after two u See SPRINGFIELD, page 10 misdemeanor crime in Springfield. The pro- years if there were no other charges.
August 20, 2013
A warm SGA welcome Student body president David Schneider welcomes you back to campus Fellow Bears!
Welcome back from summer break. I hope that you all had a relaxing and fun filled few months. If this is your first semester at Missouri State University, I would like to extend an extra special welcome to campus and wish you the best during your time here. In the upcoming year, there are a number of exciting things happening here on campus. Missouri State University is constantly improving and finding ways to improve students’ experiences as Bears. There will be endless opportunities for you to become involved that will not only be beneficial to your future, but for the university’s as well. It is certain to be a thrilling year. There are so many ways to become involved with the university. With over 300 student organizations, it’s almost impossi-
ble not to find one that interests you. The Student Activities Council hosts an endless list of entertainers and events throughout the year that I would highly encourage you to attend. If you live in the Residence Halls, take the time to get to know the students on your floor and check out the events that your RAs put on. On Aug. 29, students will have even more reason to be excited about being a Bear when our football team hosts their first home game at 6 p.m. There are plenty of activities scheduled around the game; most importantly, tailgating before the game at Bearfest Village. Come join the crowd for plenty of food, games and entertainment. I would encourage every student to come celebrate being a Bear. After all, every student will be admitted for free with their BearPass. One thing that distin-
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as student affairs, academic policy, campus safety, diversity, sustainability and school spirit. I’d like to encourage every student to make his or her voice heard by joining SGA. As a student, you can join SGA as a representative of another student organization or represent your class at large. The first meeting of the year will be at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in the PSU’s Parliamentary Room. I am looking forward to representing all of you throughout this year and want to extend a personal invitation to contact me (David032@live.missouristate.edu) if you ever have any ideas or concerns. Also, feel free to stop by the SGA office in PSU 123. Have a great year and never hesitate to make your voice heard. You can always make a difference! Best of luck as you begin your classes, and go Bears!
guishes MSU from other schools is our Public Affairs Mission that includes ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. Springfield has an incredibly welcoming community that provides our students with hundreds of unique internships, social opportunities and leadership positions. Throughout the year, there will be multiple opportunities for you to volunteer in the community. Please take an active role in that outreach. The Student Government Association is committed to enhancing and improving your experience here at Missouri State University. We have a number of ways in which we plan on doing so this year. As the official voice of the student body, SGA plans to continue to represent David Schneider student interests in areas such Student Body President
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Last October during the Missouri State presidential candidate race, we asked you and the Missouri State Board of Governors to “consider the Smart cookie” in order to advance the progress of Missouri State. Well, you did and President Smart got rid of his title of interim president on Oct. 16, 2012 when he received the title of permanent president. We could not be more pleased with Smart’s performance in his first year as permanent president of MSU. The Board of Governors unanimously evaluated Smart’s performance as “exceeded high expectations” at its June meeting. In recognition of this, Smart received a $25,000 salary increase, which he promptly donated to the Missouri State Foundation designated for the Dr. Alice Fleetwood Bartee Endowed Scholarship. Smart also donated his $40,000 housing allownace to the Foundation. It’s really great to have a president like Smart and an administrative staff that so genuinely cares for the university and its advancement. By donating his raise and housing allowance to the Missouri State Foundation, it shows that he cares about student success. It’s refreshing to see Smart on campus or cheering in the front row of the student section at a basketball game, making it apparent that, like us, he is a true Bear and is supportive of Missouri State in every facet. So, thank you President Smart, from all of us. Thank you for contributing to a fall 2012 all-time record enrollment. Thank you for the the $167 million raised in the Our Promise campaign. Thank you for your great first year as president. We hope you make this year and many years to come as good as your first, and we wish you a speedy recovery.
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sions and guide you toward graduation. The Academic Advisement Council, AAC, is a group of faculty and staff members that works to improve the quality, consistency and accessibility of academic advisement on campus. When the members of the AAC asked ourselves how we could better inform students about academic advising, we thought, "Why don't we ask students for questions they want answered?” This simple idea led us to create this regular column for answering your questions about policies, registration or any other advising topics. Let's start with a few questions we've recently received. Q: I have a DG or DX hold on my account and can't register. Why?
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August 20, 2013
Chinese eats made easy
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Pullup and Situp Competition, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Foster Recreation Center, free
Get to Know a Trainer, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Foster Recreation Center, free Chair Massages, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Foster Recreation Center, free
SAC presents: The Rocket Summer, 7-9 p.m., North Mall, free
Rankin Brothers Classic Music, 8 p.m., The Clay Cooper Theatre, $34
Wednesday, Aug. 21 Canoe Batteship Tournament, 78:30 p.m., Foster Recreation Center, free
Thursday, Aug. 22
Mama Jean’s Beer Roundtable with White River, 5:30 p.m., Mama Jean’s on Sunshine, free
Party in the Parking Lot with Billy Currington, 6 p.m., PFI Western Store, $25 Three-Pointer Contest, 6-10 p.m., Foster Recreation Center, free Taizé Service, 7:15-8:15 p.m., The Monroe Gathering Room, free
SAC After Hours: Carnival, 9 p.m., North Mall, free
Friday, Aug. 23
Free Summer Yoga on Park Central Square, 12:10-12:50 p.m., Park Central Square, free Bike Clinic/Green Bike Program, 3-6 p.m., Foster Recreation Center, free
Cocktails & Wellies on the Lawn, 7 p.m., Historic Firehouse #2, $50, all proceeds go to Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition projects Friday’s Flicks in Mother’s Backyard, Featuring “Wet Hot American Summer,” 8:30-10:30 p.m., $5 at the gate Deep Fried Squirrel, 9 p.m., Patton Alley, tickets available at the door “Oz: the Great and Powerful” Showing, 9-11 p.m., Founders Park, $5
Saturday, Aug. 24
Cherish Kids 5k/10k Walk/Run, 7:30 a.m., James River Assembly/South Campus, $30
Gun, Knife and Archery Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saint Robert Community Center, Saint Robert, Mo., $5 Greek Food Event, Noon, Galloway Station, $5
Skinny Improv Mainstage, 8-10 p.m., The Skinny Improv, $10-12 SAC Presents: Upright Citizen Brigade Tour Co., 7-8:30 p.m., North Mall, free
C-Street Market, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 321 E. Commercial, free to attend
Sunday, Aug. 25
7 C’s Meadfest. Noon-6 p.m., 7 C’s Winery, free admission
Watercolor U.S.A., 1-5 p.m., Springfield Art Museum, free but donations accepted
Is He Dead?, 7:30 p.m., Springfield Art Museum, $10 with student ID
Monday, Aug. 26
Community-What Does it Mean and How Do We Get There?, 6-7 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, free Day Trip to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, 1-6 p.m., Greene County Park Board office, half day-$10
SAC presents NYC based comedy act
The Upright Citizen Brigade is coming to the Missouri State University campus Aug. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. UCB is an improvisational comedy group that showcases the next generation of comedy stars, according to the UCB website. The Student Activities Council Comedy committee is sponsoring this event that will be held at the North Mall. This is a free event for all students. To learn more visit http://calendar.missouristate.edu/viewevent.aspx?eventid=77966&occu rrenceid=134870.
Get to know the FRC
The Foster Recreation Center is holding a series of events to get students acquainted with their facilities from Aug. 19 - Aug. 23. These events consist of rock climbing, sit up and push up contests, canoe battles, bike rental programs, and more. The FRC is free for use by all students. Check out the calendar above for more specific dates and times of activities or visit http://calendar.missouristate.edu for all events the FRC is hosting this week.
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Trying Springfield’s one and only cashew chicken shoud be on your bucket list of things to do before you leave Springfield.
Who has time in this busy world to do research on the best Chinese restaurants in the area? Now, the research is done and the results are in
son and serves the cashew chicken in the same style. Canton Inn (205 W. Sunshine St.) It’s hard to beat Canton Inn’s quality and China King (2123 W. Republic Rd.) value when you put both together, especially for With an absolutely massive menu that’s all something like their General Tso’s chicken, but rather affordable, China King is probably the this might be another place to order takeout. best choice for Chinese food if you’ve got a large Some would describe the restaurant as having group of people to please there’s almost certain- “personality,” while others might call it “tiny,” ly something for everyone available. “dirty” or both.
By Trevor Mitchell The Standard
A search on Yelp for “Chinese” in the Springfield area returns almost 50 results, a staggering number, and one that can make choosing where to eat a stressful guessing game. While it can be fun to pick one at random and just go for it, if you want to be sure you’ll be getting great food, here are the places you should 5 Spice China Grill (2058 S. Glenstone check out.
Leong’s Asian Diner (1540 W. Republic Rd.)
It could be argued that cashew chicken is Springfield’s greatest claim to fame, and the creator of cashew chicken is none other than David Leong. While Leong’s original restaurant closed in 1997, Leong’s Asian Diner is owned by his
If you don’t want to go inside to eat, 5 Spice is the place to be. Heading through the drive-thru will get you your meal at a considerably lower price than eating inside the restaurant itself, although it may be a bit of a wait. But if you can hold off on your craving for their lettuce wraps, the savings can be worth it.
Panda Express (Plaster Student Union, 2nd Floor)
Hey, sometimes you’ve only got a few minutes between classes, and you want some orange chicken, right now. No one’s going to judge you for choosing mass market Chinese food. It’s incredibly convenient. And if you’ve only ever tried the orange chicken, get the . Sweet Fire chicken next time, it’s even better
Dive into the diverse Springfield bar scene Going to bars can be about more than just drinks and hanging out. Check out the bars that can offer you more By Nicolette Martin The Standard
Do you have a wealth of useless knowledge? Do you beat your friends every time you play Trivial Pursuit? Do you love to sing and know all of the words to every Britney Spears song? Do you love watching the Chiefs and Rams every Sunday? Look no further! If you don’t typically see yourself hanging out in run-of-the-mill bars and are instead looking for something a little more unique to suit your interests, check out these locations around Springfield that are sure to have just the right atmosphere for you. Patton Alley Pub 313 S. Patton Ave Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30
Patton Alley Pub hosts Trivia Binge on Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. It’s free to play, and there are prizes for the top three teams. Get Evan Henningsen/THE STANDARD there early on Sundays to get a Patton Alley Pub features trivia nights as well as live music. table, as it’s happy hour and Dublin’s Pass hosts trivia every The Flea, located just blocks all appetizers are half-off. Check Monday at 8 p.m. Dublin’s also has from the MSU campus, hosts trivia them out on Facebook or @Trivi- happy hour from 10 p.m. until close Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. There is aBinge on Twitter. every weekday. a seven person limit per team. Check them out on Facebook at Dublin’s Pass The Flea https://www.facebook.com/the317 Park Central East 637 S. Kimbrough Ave. fleabarsgf. Mondays at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. u See BARS, page 5
The ‘Mean Girls’ Chronicles
Learn to live with others from girls who have been through it all August 15
I move into Hammons tomorrow. Karen and Gretchen are my suitemates and we met as soon as we found out : and we are, like, attached at the hip. My roommate is some girl Cady Peyson from Africa and Shields we haven’t even Life talked yet. I guess they don’t have Writer Skype in Africa. Lesson: Get to know your roommates before move-in day if at all possible. This will make it a lot less awkward on the day you actually meet.
August 16: Move in Day
My boyfriend Aaron and his frat brothers helped us carry our boxes to our room. Gretchen kept saying that it was so fetch and Karen told them how she could tell the weather with her boobs. Cady got there late and I was the first person to meet her. She seems so weird but she’s really pretty and she, like, agrees that she’s pretty. As soon as Karen met her, she asked her why she was white and if she was from Africa and I was like, “Karen! You can’t just ask people why they’re white.” Gawd, my suitemates are so embarrassing. Lesson: Don’t judge people based on their looks. Get to know as many people as you can while in college, and you will be pleasantly
surpised at how many great people there are here at MSU.
So, like, Aaron comes over all the time to study and Cady just won’t stop flirting with him. She also brings over weird people all the time that don’t even go here! I come in wasted every night and she complains about it, but, like, hello this is college, not Africa. Lesson: It is inevitable that your roommate will have habits you are not used to and that may simply annoy you. If you just cannot handle something they are doing, try talking it out with them, but always have a place you can go for u See ROOMMATES, page 5
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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to school flicks to ring in the new school year
By Karman Bowers The Standard
Welcome back, fellow students! Hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing summer, but alas, it is time again to put our noses to the grindstone and work! Maybe…depending on your class schedule and how many daunting research papers and projects all those syllabi have promised you. But don’t fret, for I am here to help. Help you relax, anyway. Those papers are all on you. If you are finding yourself already overwhelmed, take a bit of time for yourself and your friends. Sit back and enjoy your college days, eat some pizza and watch a movie or two. Looking to stay in and catch a flick? Grab your DVDs or Karman log into Netflix. How about something old school, such as Bowers “Billy Madison” or, er… “Old School” for a few laughs. Movie Already having problems with that person a few doors down Reviewer on your floor? Try watching the ever-relevant “Mean Girls” to take your mind off those pesky problems. Want to go out? You’re in luck! A few great new movies have just come out, or are coming out in theaters. “Kick-Ass 2”—starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey—is the follow up to the 2010 dark comedy “Kick-Ass.” It catches up with our heroes Kick-Ass and Hit Girl as they try to cope with life, high school and being masked superheroes. Or, this weekend comes the third film in the infamous Cornetto Trilogy. Following the likes of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” we get “The World’s End,” starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. It tells the story of five friends who reunite for the ultimate pub crawl only to find
themselves in the middle of barmageddon. If you’re wanting to be social but save a few bucks, check out the Student Activities Council and their events. Get to know the Foster Recreation Center – Dive-in Movie taking place at the FRC, Aug. 21 from 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Hop on in the pool and watch “Fast and Furious 6” on the big screen. Whether you’re looking to stay in, go out or a combination of both, we’ve got you covered. Grab that popcorn and a few friends and enjoy! The semester is just getting started.
That lying pig made me gain weight with her African bars and she stole Aaron! So I wrote horrible things about everyone on December 30 Cady apologized to me today and told me I was beautiful. our floor except her and turned it into our RA. We had to have Continued from page 4 this pow-wow and trust exercise that weirdly made stuff bet- I forgave her because I was so close to death and life is short. Lesson: Life is short. Don’t hold grudges. some alone time if need be. ter. Lesson: The Foster Recreation Center is free and conveAugust 28 niently on campus for your use. It is easy for you to stay fit February 1 We have been back from break for two weeks and It’s Wednesday and we wear pink. Cady knows this but while getting an education. Gretchen, Karen, Cady and I don’t live together anymore. she, like, tried to sit with us at Garst. Gretchen just had to tell I’ve healed fast and now I play field hockey, and I’m living her that she couldn’t sit with us, and I was, like, “sorry not December 13 sorry.” Oh, and she is still flirting with Aaron like a sad little Cady and I have been tolerating each other, but today she, with girls from the team. Gretchen became involved with puppy dog who writes, “Cady <3 Aaron” all over her note- like, pushed me in front of a bus! She swears she didn’t but iPals and Karen is all about meteorology. I guess I should’ve book. she was right there when I got hit. I’m in a total body cast been nicer to Cady and she probably wouldn’t have pushed Lesson: Cliques inevitably occur in college. Don’t fret. looking wretched, but at least winter break starts tomorrow me in front of a bus, but we still smile and wave when we see each other. Living together didn’t work out but we are all Try to expand your friend base and reach out to people you and NO ONE will see me like this. have never met at the beginning of the semester. Lesson: Even when things seem at their worst, try to find adults and will move on. Lesson: See, there is that light! You will always see things the light at the end of the tunnel. You are in college receiveNovember 20 ing a quality education; some sort of break will occur some- more clearly when you are not in the moment. Enjoy your colI wanted to lose three pounds and Cady gave me these bars time in you future and you are alive. Breathe. You will get lege experience while you can. Graduation comes before you know it. that were supposed to help me lose weight, but they didn’t! through this.
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Women’s soccer Friday, Aug. 16 Butler CC 0 Missouri St. 10 Men’s soccer Saturday, Aug. 17 Missouri St. 1 Tulsa 1 Volleyball (scrimmage) Saturday, Aug. 17 Maroon 25 25 25 25 15 — 5 White 16 21 22 16 9 — 0
Calendar Friday, Aug. 23
Women’s soccer, 7 p.m. at home vs. Oral Roberts
Saturday, Aug. 24
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Men’s soccer, 2:30 p.m., at home vs. Missouri S&T
Women’s soccer, 5 p.m., at home vs. Tulsa
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Women’s soccer wins big then ties
The women’s soccer team won big against Butler Community College on Friday, Aug. 16. The Bears beat the Grizzly Bears 10-0 at the Cooper Soccer Complex. The team met their cross-town rival, Drury, on Sunday, Aug. 18 which resulted in a 1-1 tie. The women were picked to finish fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference this year. The team’s next game will be Friday, Aug. 23 at home vs. Oral Roberts at 7 p.m.
Men tie first soccer game of season
The men’s soccer team played at Tulsa on Saturday, Aug. 17, tying the Golden Hurricanes 1-1. The team played a home game against Northeastern State Monday night, but results were not available by press time. The men’s next game will be Saturday, Aug. 25 at home against Missouri S&T at 7 p.m.
Missouri State sprinter competes for Botswana
Oarabile Babolayi, a sprinter/hurdler for Missouri State, competed for Botswana in the 4x400-meter relay in the International Association of Athletics Federation World Championships in Moscow, according to a university press release. Babolayi, running the third leg of the race, helped her squad to a time of 3:38:96 and a sixth place finish at the Luzhniki Olympic Sports Complex. Babolayi is the first MSU student to participate in IAAF World Championships since 1999.
Show your Missouri State colors
Missouri State will participate in the second annual College Colors Day national celebration on Friday, Aug. 30, and encourages students to wear their BearWear throughout the day. College Colors Day will be the biggest BearWear Friday of the year, and will include BearWear discounts at the MSU Bookstore and JQH arena and 20 percent off at the bookstore for those wearing BearWear, according to a university news release. There will also be campus prize patrol giveaways and a citywide proclamation from Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens. “College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embodies the college experience by encouraging fans across America to wear their favorite university apparel throughout the day,” the press release said.
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The east side bleachers at Plaster Sports Complex will be torn down. If the B.E.A.R. fee passes, they will be upgraded, but if the fee fails, students and the band will have to sit on the west side bleachers. The construction of several other athletics facilities is also contingent on the passage of the fee.
Improvement at a cost
Student athletics fee needed for improvement of Plaster Sports Complex, construction of additional athletics facilities By John Robinson The Standard
Missouri State University is looking to step up in the world of collegiate athletics and student experience, and it wants your help to take the next step. A student athletics fee, titled “Bear Experience and Recreation” (B.E.A.R.), is currently under development from the Student Government Association. The B.E.A.R. fee will cost $50 per semester for students enrolled in seven or more hours of college courses. For students enrolled in less than seven hours, the cost will be determined on a graded scale. A
potential summer fee is still in the works. In total, the B.E.A.R. fee is expected to bring in around $1,578,000 in revenue, and all of it will go toward the funding of new athletics facilities and student organizations. How would the B.E.A.R. fee benefit students? In President Smart’s self-published blog “Clif’s Notes,” he lays out exactly what the B.E.A.R. fee will be used for. First, the student side bleachers at Plaster Sports Complex, which are several decades old, would be removed and upgraded. The artificial playing turf—the u See ATHLETICS, page 9
What will the B.E.A.R. fee be used for? • Removal and upgrade of east side bleachers at Plaster Sports Complex • Removal of turf at Plaster Sports Complex • Raising the north gate and moving it closer to the field • Construction of a soccer/track venue in the field north of Glass Hall that will allow the track team to host home meets • Lacrosse/field hockey venue constructed on the softball practice field, located north of Hammons Student Center, giving the lacrosse team a true home field • $200,000 into a Student Engagement fund that will be managed by a grad student in the Office of Student Engagement
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Maroon vs. white
Defense shines at final football scrimmage
By Mike Ursery The Standard
The Missouri State Bears are gearing up for the 2013 college football season, and a lot of familiar faces are returning. MSU is returning 17 starters from a team that finished 3-8 in 2012 — 10 of which are on defense. The amount of experience returning this season gives the Bears’ coaching staff good reason to be optimistic. “We have high expectations for our defense,” head coach Terry Allen said. “If our defense can perform throughout the season the way they have in practice, then good things will happen for us.” The defense will be led by junior strong safety Caleb Schaffitzel, the 2012 Football Championship Series Co-Defensive Back of the Year and an All-American, who led the team with five interceptions and 109 tackles last season. He will again be counted on to demonstrate defensive prowess on the field. “I’m extremely excited to get started,” Schaffitzel said. “As a
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Players dive after a fumbled ball at the final Maroon and White football scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 17. The Bears open their regular season on Thursday, Aug. 22 against Northwestern State.
team, we’ve been preparing all ball, junior quarterback Kierra offseason and summer. We’re Harris leads an offense that ready to go.” returns seven starters from a seaThe MSU defense has a new son ago. slogan this season: “Our sweat. Harris began last year in a Our blood. Our back-up role legacy.” The slobehind senior quargan was created terback Ashton by junior free Glaser, but was Our sweat. Our safety Mike later named the blood. Our legacy. Crutcher and was starter halfway later adopted by through the season. — 2013 MSU Football his teammates. He went on to start defensive slogan “We had a five games and led meeting to discuss the team to three what we wanted to victories over that accomplish this year as a span — one of which was an defense,” Schaffitzel said. “We upset at No. 11 Illinois State. wanted a slogan, and that is what Now Harris is preparing for his we voted on.” first full season as the Bears’ On the other side of the foot- starting quarterback.
“College (football) is about competition. Everybody wants to be ‘that guy’,” Harris said. “I just go out and try to prove to my team and to my coaches that I can do it.” Harris is viewed as a versatile quarterback — he can throw the football, and he can run with it. He may not have to consider running it much, as long as he has the reliable targets that are returning to MSU this season. Senior wide receiver Dorian Buford headlines a receiving corps that is expected to add plenty of excitement to the Bears’ offense. The 2012 All-MVFC First Team selection had three u See FOOTBALL, page 8
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Missouri State renews contract with Meyer Communications By Eli Wohlenhaus The Standard
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Head coach Melissa Stokes huddles with the volleyball team during the 2012 season. The 2013 Bears will begin their regular season on Aug. 30 at the Dayton Invitational in Dayton, Ohio.
Maroon sweeps scrimmage
By Eli Wohlenhaus The Standard
Saturday, August 17, marked the Lady Bears Volleyball opening of the season with the Maroon and White scrimmage match. The volleyball Bears divided into two teams, one sporting the maroon jerseys and the other, the white jerseys. Through one match of five games, players were shuffled around between the teams, giving everyone a chance to play with different teammates each time. Each game ended close, yet the maroon side got the nod on all five games. Games one through four were each played to 25, with maroon winning 25-
16, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-16. Game five was to 15, which is the standard for the NCAA in a best of five match. Maroon won it 15-9. Senior lead setter Carly Thomas said she was “very proud of both sides. [Tonight] was a good reflection of what practices have looked like.” All players got to play at different points throughout the night, except sophomore setter Kinsey McCarter, who was held out due to an injury. McCarter will be ready for the beginning of the regular season. NCAA officials refereed the game, and head official Bryan Heaton took a moment to review rule changes for the upcoming season.
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While there were no major changes, referees have been instructed to put emphasis on net and center-line violations. This is emphasized in hopes of protecting players from injuries that occur in the front. “I was very pleased,” head coach Melissa Stokes said of the scrimmage. “Once the first-game anxieties settled in, we just got better and better as we went along.” The next event for the team is their annual alumni game, which will be hosted this Saturday, August 24, at 7 p.m. in Hammons Student Center. Regular season action begins on August 30 at the Dayton Invitational in Dayton, Ohio, against Northeastern University.
Meyer Communications and Missouri State University reached a contract extension agreement on July 29 to further their relationship in sports radio broadcast. The contract is through 2014-2015, but may be extended to 2016-2017. Missouri State has been working with Ken and Jane Meyer of Meyer Communications for over 35 years, but this time some changes have been made. In the past, Meyer Communications has bought the rights to Missouri State properties. However, in the new agreement, the university will just purchase airtime, through Nelligan Sports Marketing under the direction of Frank Cuervo. Nelligan will be starting its fourth academic year with Missouri State this fall. Since the university is now in charge of airtime and Meyer no longer controls all the rights, Missouri State will hope to bring in revenue through advertisements. When Meyer bought the rights to the university’s broadcasts (averaging $501,852 over the past three years since Nelli-
gan’s involvement), approximately $200,000 worth of revenue was gained. By purchasing airtime and then coming up with its own advertisements, Missouri State will initially spend $100,000, but is also more likely to gain more in profit. Making more of a profit may not be an immediate result, however. Sponsorships and advertising will be more controlled by the university, allowing for much more flexibility. Kyle Moats, the Director of Athletics at Missouri State stated that “the primary advantage is that the university has much more control and flexibility with its advertising partnerships. As everything evolves and takes shape, we anticipate the net revenue from the new agreement will be very similar to what we have had in the past.” The sports that are broadcasted through Meyer Communications are the men’s and women’s basketball games, the football games and the baseball games. Both men’s and women’s basketball games, alongside the football
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Quarterback Ashton Glaser passes to a receiver in the football team’s Maroon and White scrimmage on Aug.17.
100-yard games and was 47th in the nation in receptions per game last season. Junior wide receiver Julian Burton will start on the side opposite of Buford. His season was cut short after only eight games last season when he suffered a broken collarbone. Now, he is healthy and is expected to produce with his ability to turn short passes into large gains. “Those guys (Buford and Burton) are playmakers,” Harris said. “When I can throw a quick five-yard route, and they can turn it into a 20-yard gain, that’s the best offense in the world.” Sophomore running back Ryan Heaston gained the attention of the entire conference before suffering a season-ending rib injury in 2012. He only played seven games, but it was enough to earn him Freshman All-American honors,
as well as a selection to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team. Heaston will lead a slew of talented running backs, which includes seniors Vernon Scott and Mikhail Cooper-Falls, sophomore Cedric Miller and freshman Phoenix Johnson. “Right now, our starter is Heaston,” Allen said. “Now, we will play a number of running backs. We run a one-back offense, so we need to have the flexibility.” The players and coaches have high hopes for the 2013 season. However, the results from a recent MVFC preseason poll show that MSU is expected to finish in eighth place out of 10 teams. “We have a lot of doubters, but we believe in ourselves,” Harris said. “We’re just ready to get this thing going.” The season will begin on August 29 when the Bears open against the Northwestern State Demons. The game will be played at Plaster Field and is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
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track surrounding the field, which is not of a high enough quality to allow our track team to host a track meet on it — would be removed. The north gate will also be moved closer to the field and slightly raised. The total estimated cost is $12 million. Missouri State also wants to build two additional sports venues giving the five varsity sports teams their own venues instead of being cramped in the Plaster Sports Complex. A soccer/track venue will be built in the field north of Glass Hall and will also include an updated track that will allow the track team to host home meets. The field will also be open to student recreation, like the Plaster Sports Complex and the Betty and Bobby Allison Recreation Fields are now. This facility is estimated to cost $6 million. A lacrosse/field hockey venue will also be constructed on the softball practice field, located north of Hammons Student Center, allowing the lacrosse team — which currently must use various local high school fields — a true home field, as well as a true field for the field hockey team. This venue is estimated to cost $4 million. A new sand volleyball court will be constructed in the southwest corner of Hammons Student Center. The estimated cost on the project is not known at this time. The B.E.A.R. fee will not be the only contributing factor to these projects, however. It will only be about one-third of the cost. The other two-thirds will come from a combination of university funds and private gifts. Additional revenue from the fee — approximately $200,000 — will go to a “Student Engagement Fund” that will be managed by a grad student in
the Office of Student Engagement. Members of the various organizations on campus would collaborate and decide what this additional money will go to. If the B.E.A.R. fee fails to pass, however, none of the above changes will happen. The student side bleachers would still be torn down, though nothing would go up in their place, and everyone who attends an event at Plaster Sports Complex would be forced to sit on the west side bleachers. A new track will also be built in the north field at Glass Hall to allow Missouri State to be in compliance with Title IX — an educational amendment that calls for an equal representation of men’s and women’s sports. “If the students want more attractive and improved playing fields, help improve our sports teams and help the university recruit better athletes, then they should help pass B.E.A.R.,” President Clif Smart said. Smart said that SGA “has been working on all of the details of B.E.A.R. all summer.” SGA also encourages the student body to vote. “We represent the whole student body and would like to have an accurate depiction of what the student body would like to decide,” SGA Communications Officer Addison Reed said. Missouri State is also planning several open forums to allow students to come and ask questions about the B.E.A.R. fee. The locations and dates have yet to be determined. Keep up to date with The Standard and SGA for more information on the B.E.A.R. fee, times of open forums and additional information on voting. For more information, contact the Student Government Association at SGA@missouristate.edu, or by visiting the SGA office in room 123 of the Plaster Student Union.
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games, will continue to be broadcasted live on KTXR (101.3 FM), and baseball will return to its home on KBFL (1060 AM) when the season returns. Beside these specific radio sources, all of these games will also be broad-
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casted live on RadioSpringfield.com for out of area listeners. Also continuing its broadcast through the new agreement is “Bear’s Hotline” — a show where the in-season coaches for men’s and women’s basketball and football sit down to talk about the team, schedule and upcoming events. This show has aired and will continue to air weekly
2012, and extradited to Springfield on Aug. 8, 2012 to face charges, The Standard previously reported.McDonald was called to the stand by the State of Missouri on Dec. 3, 2012, at a preliminary hearing to determine if there was enough evidence to bring the case to trial, during which he testified that he and two other men (Carter and Tremon Brewer) went to the defendant’s home to confront him about stealing money.
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Groves noted that there is a demand for money everywhere, such as academic buildings and athletic programs, but spending the money in those areas would only benefit a section of students rather than the entire university. Smart said that the money wasn’t stolen directly from students, and that the insurance check is covering lost money
the-standard.org | 9 on KWTO (98.7 FM). This contract renegotiation is not the first in the past few years. In 2010, Nelligan Sports Marketing became the university’s sports marketing contract holder, but in a renegotiation, Meyer Communications won Missouri State’s radio rights portion of the contract. For 2011-2012, and also for 2012-2013, Meyer’s
radio rights became adjusted to the $200,000 per year (as mentioned earlier) with the only stipulation being that the Meyer Foundation makes a $300,000 gift to the MSU Foundation at the time of Ken Meyer’s death. On Thursday, August 29, the first broadcast under this new agreement will be the Bears’ football home opener against Northwestern State at 6 p.m.
administration and trust that they spend the university’s money responsibly,” Schneider said. Last March, Mark Brixey plead guilty to stealing almost $1.2 million from the bookstore over the nine years that he worked there. The $1 million from the insurance check gives the university about 80 percent of that back. The money found in Brixey’s desk was part of the theft, and there will also be a forfeiture of over $100,000 at Brixey’s sentencing hearing later this month. When all of this is
received, Smart estimates the university will have recovered 90 to 95 percent of the losses. It is yet to be determined where the forfeited money from the sentencing hearing will go. Sonda Ropp Reinartz is the current bookstore director. She says the bookstore has already moved on from the Brixey case. “The Brixey case is old news. I started in January; it’s over,” Reinartz said. “We’re just trying to move forward and provide the services students ask.”
“We went to talk to (Brown) about why he’d been telling people we stole money from him,” McDonald said in his testimony. According to the news release from the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, Carter, McDonald and Brewer entered the defendant’s home, at which time the defendant retrieved a handgun. The release states that after a brief conversation inside, everyone went outside where Harvey and Brewer engaged in a fist fight. The defendant and Carter agreed to box one-on-one, during which the
the university didn’t even know it had. “Could we have rebated every student a few dollars? Sure,” Smart said. “But does that advance the university as a whole? It doesn’t to me.” Student Government Association president David Schneider said that he agrees with spending the money for the welcome center instead of other avenues and thinks the center will be an addition students will be proud of. “As students at Missouri State University, we have a great deal of respect for our
defendant pulled the gun and shot Carter in the arm and face. “If this case were to go to trial,” the news release states, “the prior felony conviction of Tremon Brewer for burglary and the pending felonies of unlawful use of a weapon of Brandon McDonald would be admissible to attack their credibility.” A voluntary manslaughter charge carries a range of punishment from five to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, and a charge of armed criminal action carries a minimum mandatory publishment of three years.
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The Pride Band, cheerleaders and students gather at the Bear Bash pep rally during Missouri State’s 2013 welcome weekend. Bear Bash was one of many events during the weekend of Aug. 16-18 to welcome new students and welcome back returning students to campus.
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city’s petition process. The suit seeks punitive damages from the city, Mayor Bob Stephens, Councilman Jeff Seifried, Councilwoman Jan Fisk and former Councilmen John Rush and Thomas Bieker, all of whom voted to pass and then repeal the ordinance. •The lawsuit also asks that the ordinance go to a public vote at either the Nov. 2014 or Nov. 2016 election. •City Attorney Dan Wichmer and City Spokeswoman Cora Scott both said the “pass and repeal” decision is legal under the City Charter.
A bill that would require a prescription to purchase anything containing pseudoephedrine — an ingredient in most cold and allergy medicines — was introduced and seemed likely to pass until three new City Council members were elected. Several cities in Missouri have passed similar ordinances.
•Methamphetamine is a huge problem in Missouri, and pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in manufacturing the drug. •The Springfield Police Department and many area pharmacists are supporting a bill that would require a prescription to purchase any medicine containing pseudoephedrine. •Police Chief Paul Williams said he believes the bill would eliminate the manufacturing of meth in Springfield. •Opponents of the proposed bill say it would only punish law-abiding citizens, costing them more time and money. They believe that meth manufacturers could simply travel to a city without the restriction and continue to make meth. •After approval from the city’s Community Involvement Committee, the bill was introduced during the June 3 City Council meeting. •As a speaker at the meeting, Williams said pseudoephedrine can be extracted from any medicine containing it. •Councilman Doug Burlison later introduced an amendment to the bill that would send the issue to voters. •A state bill that would give complete discretion to pharmacists across Missouri was passed through the House in March but was not picked up by the Senate. •Rep. Stanley Cox sponsored the state bill and said he hopes to get a similar bill passed next year. •At an Aug. 13 meeting, the three newly appointed council members — Craig Fishel, Craig Hosmer and Mike Carroll — split on the decision to support the bill. •Fishel opposed the bill, saying it would punish the entire city and do little to stop production of meth.
•Hosmer spoke in support of the ordinance, regretting that law-abiding citizens would incur the extra cost. •Carroll did not make it clear that he opposed or supported the bill. •City Council could vote on the issue at the Aug. 26 public meeting.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Discrimination
City Council is considering an ordinance adding sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class to the city’s nondiscrimination policy. After tabling the initial ordinance, City Council appointed a task force to gather information on the level of discrimination in Springfield and to make recommendations to City Council.
•A bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of categories protected from discrimination in Springfield was introduced during the Aug. 13, 2012 City Council meeting. •There were so many speakers at that meeting, some had to wait outside the building, and speaking time for each speaker was limited to three minutes from the usual five. •Because of the controversy surrounding the issue, council members tabled the bill and appointed a task force to research and evaluate the level of discrimination because of sexual orientation or transgender issues and make a recommendation to City Council by June 30, 2013. •The task force represents a diverse group of interests. Religious figures, gay citizens, medical professionals and business executives are all part of the task force. •The task force turned in two reports in June — one by the Faith Subcommittee and one by the Public Accommodations Subcommittee. •The Public Accommodations Subcommittee surveyed 72 Springfield businesses and found that all businesses said they would knowingly sell their products to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender customers. •That report also included an open forum to solicit information about experiences with discrimination from the LGBT community. According to report, 11 people attended the open forum. •Several citizens at the forum said Springfield is not a welcoming community, and it can sometimes be dangerous to live and work here. •The Faith Subcommittee’s report surveyed respondents from 52 churches across the city. •Nine of the 52 respondents were in favor of amending the Springfield City Code to include sexual orientation and gender identity. •When asked if their church would support the amendment if the task force found discrimination in Springfield, 12 of the 52 churches said they would be in favor. •After several public meetings, the task force decided to make two recommendations to City Council.
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•The first recommendation would coincide with existing federal antidiscrimination laws related to housing by adding gay and transgender protections to the local ordinance. This recommendation would not include employment and public accommodation protections as the original ordinance did. •A second recommendation would adopt the original ordinance but add clearer exemptions for religious entities across the board. The original ordinance only gave religious entities exemptions for housing related issues.
Yet another Walmart was proposed to be built at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Grand Street. City Council voted on a bill to rezone the property, which led to petitions from both sides of the debate.
•City Council voted 5-4 to approve a bill rezoning property at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Grand Street on February 25 for the purpose of building the city’s fifth Neighborhood Market. •A month later, opponents of the new Walmart turned in a referendum petition to the Springfield City Clerk’s Office. •The petition required 1,787 signatures and had 2,390. However, according to City Clerk Brenda Cirtin, only 1,744 signatures were admissible. •Some signatures were from people not registered to vote or people not residing in Springfield. •The opposition was given an extension to gather the remaining 43 valid signatures needed. •A second petition with the necessary signatures was received and approved. •Monday, May 20, City Council decided to send the issue to voters in an Aug. 6 election. •Thursday, May 30, Vernon County Judge Gerald McBeth issued a temporary restraining order, blocking the August vote. •Life360 Church of the Assemblies of God, which currently occupies the rezoned land, filed the order, claiming the City Clerk improperly allowed for the additional signatures on the referendum petition. •The church wants to sell the property to Walmart. Their petition asked the court to rule that voters cannot overturn planning and zoning issues. •McBeth oversaw a July 19 hearing after every Springfield judge recused themselves from the debate. •After both arguments were presented, McBeth ruled that Springfield City Charter allowing referendum to overturn a zoning decision is in conflict with Missouri state law. •Jason Umbarger, who represents several local residents opposing the new Walmart, said an appeal is definitely possible, but none have been filed yet. To learn more about these and other issues in Springfield, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 417-864-1650. City Council meetings are held every other Monday, 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber, 830 Boonville Ave.
Published on Aug 20, 2013