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Briefs Convoy of Hope aids East Africa

Convoy of Hope has donated more than 9,000 meals from their warehouse in Kenya in response to the drought threatening East Africa. Refugees from Somalia have come into Kenya and nearly 30,000 children have died from the drought and famine. Convoy of Hope has focused relief efforts on four areas: Garissa, Kitale, Lodwar and Wajir. Shipping containers of food and nutritional supplements are clearing customs to be sent to East Africa. For details on Convoy of Hope and its efforts, go to

MSU selected for Princeton Review

Missouri State University was one of 153 schools designated as “Best in the Midwest” in The Princeton Review’s 2012 online list of “Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The 153 schools are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Selection is based on evaluation of academics, visits to schools and opinions from Princeton Review’s staff and college advisers.

MSU received $18 million in grants

Missouri State University received 153 grants totaling more than $18 million during Fiscal Year 2011, which ended on June 30. The economy reduced the amount of federal and state funding available to the university but increased funding by non-profit agencies and businesses by more than 50 percent. Externally sponsored grants and contracts assist university departments, faculty and staff goals, and research and service projects. Federal agencies provided $10.2 million, state agencies provided $2.5 million, county and city agencies provided $157, 277, businesses provided $3.7 million, non-profit agencies provided $2 million and international agencies funded $19,000 in projects for the year.

Calendar August 23 to August 29


Web Press Training 9 to 11 a.m. in Cheek Hall room 100 Sorority Information Meeting 6 p.m. in Glass Hall room 101 BearFit Free Introductory Week All week at Plaster Sports Complex Meyer Library Tour All week


Interfraternity Council General Meeting 4 p.m. in Plaster Student Union


Last day for Late Registration and Schedule Changes Until 5 p.m. Last day to drop full semester classes at 100% refund


International Welcome Barbecue 4 p.m. at Sunvilla Tower Pool Faculty Recital: David Hays, Violin 7:30 in Ellis Hall room 217 B


Psychology Club/Psi Chi Meeting 4 p.m. in Hill Hall room 302

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The recreation center completion deadline has been pushed back to February 2012.

Rec Center opening delayed Students will start paying full fees this semester By Dayle Duggins The Standard Weather has been the biggest culprit in delaying the completion date for Missouri State’s new recreation center, a Campus Recreation representative said. The original goal, to have the project finished by November 2011, has now been pushed to the middle of February 2012. With this four-month delay,

many students are beginning to feel frustrated with the thought that they are simply watching their money go down the drain. Walter Veale, a digital media production major, said most of his aggravation stems from the fact that the university took on so many projects all at once. “They started updating Hutchens and Hammons instead of only working on the rec center,” Veale said. “It just seems like no one is ever out there making progress on the building when other companies can build a Walmart in three to four months.” Cindi Barnett, director of Campus Recreation, said a revised schedule is soon to come once the design and construction unit meets with the architect and contractors. “Whether that will change anything, I don’t know,” Barnett said.

“Every time I ask, they keep telling me they are looking at mid-February when we can move in there, which means we will need a little bit of time so we can set everything up.” “We did have some steel that was being fabricated in Joplin and it was to be delivered the day after the tornado, so that delayed the project another week or two,” Barnett added. “Other than weather, there haven’t been a lot of major delays.” Students will begin paying the full rate, $80 per semester, this year for the recreation center, Barnett said. The progressive fee, evaluated yearly, began in fall 2006 at $30 per semester and has increased gradually each school year. During the time students are being assessed this fee without use of the facility, credits are being

earned for future use. A full-time semester earns one credit, which translates to one four-month period that an individual is able to use the gym, even after graduation, free of charge. Barnett said there are many opportunities to get involved in this student-driven project and influence decisions made about the facility. “Students have been involved in this project since the get-go and they do have a voice,” she said. “SGA and POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Wellness, Exercise and Recreation) are very active in communicating student opinions.” Those looking to participate in POWER can attend the first meeting of the school year at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 in PSU room 312.

Interim president wants stable leadership Smart and Einhellig begin school year in new positions By Brittany Forell The Standard New leaders at Missouri State are determined to assure shaken faculty and students that stability has returned to campus after the unexpected turnover last summer. After James Cofer stepped down as president of the university last June to return to the faculty, Clif Smart was named the interim president. “I have tried to reassure people that there is going to be stability,” Smart said. “And that there is in fact already stability.” Rather than a background in academics, Smart joined Missouri State after 15 years at The Strong Law Firm, P.C., in Springfield, Mo. The president’s responsibilities cover fundraising, interaction with

legislators and governmental leaders, maintenance, capital projects and budgets. “To me the critical fact is not necessarily what Smart your background is to be in that position, but do you have the leadership and management skills to be able to handle that kind of portfolio,” Smart said. Although appointed interim president, Smart’s role may not be short term. “We’re looking at 18-24 months determined by, in part, stability,” Smart said. “It would be good to have stability in top leadership positions for that long and will take probably several months to get our board completely here and confirmed by the Missouri Senate in January. The reality is, probably next summer we’ll begin the presidential search process and that takes, typically, 6-9 months, and probably means that for the better part of two academic years this is what I’ll do.”

One of Smart’s first courses of action was to replace the recently vacated position of the provost, which Belinda McCarthy Cofer resigned only days before Cofer’s own decision to step down. Frank Einhellig was appointed interim provost in late June. “Frank’s been at the university a long time,” Smart said. “Everyone knows him and has great regard for him. So that was one of the reasons that my first act was to appoint him as provost, to reassure people that things will continue on and there will be stability in leadership.” Einhellig joined Missouri State as dean of the Graduate College in 1992 and has served in that role until his recent appointment to interim provost. Einhellig has had previous experience as interim provost in 2005-06, but did not apply to continue the position. “I had said from the beginning that I wouldn’t apply for that,” Einhellig said. “But this time around I

haven’t made any statements of that kind. I intend to stay in this position either as long as the university needs me or as long as situations with my family allows me to be.” Both Einhellig and Smart have indicated that they don’t intend to simply hold things together but keep the university moving forward through tying loose ends. “There are a lot of things in motion,” Einhellig said. “Generating new initiatives may slow the forward progress as we already have many things on the table.” Einhellig and Smart hope to continue the progress on course transformation, revising general education curriculum and improvement on salaries. “Our number one priority is to have an across-the-board salary increase this year,” Smart said. “Given that most of our faculty and staff haven’t had a raise now starting on the third year.” Plans also include increasing diversity among faculty and students and improving upon enrollment management and graduation and retention rates of the students.  See LEADERSHIP page 10

Michael Nietzel announces

James Cofer is named the

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James Cofer steps down as president of Missouri

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State. Clif Smart named interim president. Frank

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Einhellig named interim provost.

Panhellenic Bid Day 5 to 7 p.m. in Plaster Student Union

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The Monroe opens its doors to MSU students for fall

By Damien M. DiPlacido The Standard

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Aug. 4 for The Monroe, the state-ofthe-art student apartment building located near the corner of E. Monroe Street and National Ave. Matt Miller of Miller O’Reilly Company used an over-sized pair of scissors to cut the ribbon in the lobby of the building at 11:15 a.m. A crowded room of supporters looked on and applauded as the new apartment building was officially opened for business. “Thank you to Missouri State,” Miller said. “We worked with them hand-inhand the whole way. They helped us when they didn’t have to. There’s nothing in it for them except being a good neighbor.” A building like The Monroe can’t get completed before schedule without the help of the city, Miller said. “These projects are always in a hurry,” he said. “We live and die by August.” What sets The Monroe apart from the dorms of Missouri State is that it places students in the lap of luxury.

Among other amenities, the apartments boast granite counter tops, cherry cabinets and stainless steel appliances. “Each unit is fully furnished,” Miller said. “Every bedroom has a bathroom and its own lock on the door. We worked with the University’s architectural department and ResLife in order to really be ingrained in what they’re doing here.” The Monroe is geared toward providing a livinglearning community to its residents. The goal is to keep students active in a collaborative learning environment where frequent interactions cultivate a sense of community and build an intellectually stimulating atmosphere. Sandy Howard, vice president of public affairs for Springfield’s Chamber of Commerce, was in attendance for the grand opening. “It’s perfect, even from a parent’s point of view,” Howard said. “It’s not even a two minute walk to campus.” Miller served on the Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Howard said. Miller is a small business owner and a local job creator and the Board of

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Matt Miller of Miller O’Reily Directors is glad to see his success with The Monroe. According to a flier for The Monroe, by-the-bed leasing is a popular strategy used for student apartments. Universities across the country have adopted the leasing method. “I went out to Arizona State eight years ago with my daughter,” Miller said. “I moved her into their by-the-

Company cuts the ribon for bed student housing and was like, ‘Wow, this is cool.’” Last year, Miller O’Reilly pioneered the leasing strategy in Springfield by introducing the Walnut Quads, Miller said. That model of business is now being delivered closer to campus with the addition of The Monroe. “We cut our teeth doing loft apartments downtown,” Miller said. “We wanted to

The Monroe opening. keep getting closer to campus and do more direct student housing.” Daniel Quock, The Monroe’s community manager, is a resident of the building and a Missouri State alumnus. Quock has a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education. “Living back on campus is going to be really exciting,” Quock said. “Being

able to come this close to campus and to what the PSU has to offer is going to be a nice benefit.” The Monroe is the housing unit closest to campus where students can enjoy the full privacy of their own bedrooms and bathrooms. The building is not governed by the same set of rules and requirements as traditional campus housing.

Dispatch center moves to JQH Arena By Courtney Atkinson The Standard

Upgrades have been made to the Springfield Police Department Dispatch Center during the move to a new location. The dispatch center moved from its previous location in the Springfield Police Department Office on Elm Street to an office in the base-

ment of JQH Arena. The dispatch center is responsible for the communication between police officers and emergency services. The dispatchers provide assistance and coordinate activities for many services involved with the Springfield Police Department. "The move will not impact the students much," said Jay Huff, the

assistant director of Safety and Transportation. Students will no longer be able to walk into the Safety and Transportation building in order to contact a dispatcher, Huff said. Instead, they will be required to use a phone to get into contact with an officer. The office on Elm Street will remain open for students to walk in

during the week, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students will not have a reduction in safety due to the move, Huff said. The move has allowed equipment upgrades and more space for growth in the Safety and Transportation Department. The department has upgraded the old system that had been in use for twenty years, Huff said.This

change replaced the analog system to a digital system. The main difference between an analog system and a digital system is that analog is less tolerant to sound than a digital system. Digital signals are also handled by cheaper software and receiving devices. In order for students to contact dispatch when the office is not open, call 417 836-5327.


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Returning to the faculty results in highly paid tenured positions for former university administrators By Stephen Herzog The Standard

Last year, Michael Nietzel stepped down as president at Missouri State University after five years on the job. It wasn’t the shortest presidency, but it wasn’t very long either. Less than a year later, his replacement, James Cofer, announced he was also stepping down to go “back to the classroom.” Earlier this summer, Provost Belinda McCarthy made the same decision. The amount of administrative turnover may or may not be concerning. What is concerning, however, is the idea of administrators leaving their posts to take highpaying, tenured positions in the faculty. As one might expect, university administrators make significantly more than faculty members. Nietzel, McCarthy and Cofer’s salaries were all in the $200,000-$275,000 range. There’s nothing unreasonable about those salaries compared to administrators at similar universities. Missouri State’s 10 peer institutions pay salaries to presidents from roughly $200,000-$400,000. What is unreasonable is that when they each decided to step down, they were given tenured positions at nearly the same

Salary Comparisons

Stephen Herzog Columnist salaries. The general rule is that administrators receive about 82 percent of their original salary when they become faculty members, while Cofer and Nietzel were paid 60 percent. In this case, that equals salaries between about $165,000$170,000, salaries that are far greater than those of their “colleagues” in the faculty. That’s $100,000 a year more than the average professor at Missouri State makes. Nietzel taught one class in the spring that was offered for both undergraduate and graduate students. McCarthy is expected to work in the higher education master’s program. Cofer said he won’t be in the classroom until fall 2012. It’s not a stretch to see why those salaries, and automatic tenure, might not make sense. A tenured professor that does research typically teaches three courses a semester. It might make sense from a market perspective. If other universities are offering similar benefits in contracts, Missouri State would want to do the

Nietzel and Cofer were both paid over $250,000 during their time as president at Missouri State. When they stepped down from their positions to return to the faculty they still made 60 percent of their former salary. McCarthy was paid over $200,000 during her time as provost of the university and now makes 81 percent of her former salary. Hereʼs how their salaries compare from then, to now:

Nietzel Cofer McCarthy

$267,372 $275,000 $214,739

same to make sure they’re attracting high-quality applicants. But that’s where the logic ends. The idea behind tenure is to allow for academic freedom and to encourage long-term employment at a university. It generally takes several years of teaching and research at the university, and a thorough review process to obtain tenure. Nietzel’s tenure lasted a semester before he retired to take a position with Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration. We don’t yet know what it will mean for McCarthy and Cofer. But there is good news, and it is that several people realize this policy doesn’t make sense. A six-person committee of faculty members is reviewing


$160,423 $165,000 $174,778

the policy and is expected to deliver a report in October. Gordon Elliott, the chair of the Board of Governors, said he’s had several people express a similar concern to him. “I don’t quite understand it,” he said. “That wouldn’t be the situation in the corporate world.” Elliot said the board will have to review the contractual situation of administrators stepping down into the faculty and come up with a plan that makes sense. “It bears looking at,” he said. “We’ll all get together and get some good answers.” That discussion likely won’t begin until the spring, when the board holds its annual retreat with its new members.

SGA president: ‘Welcome back, students’ Fellow Students,

Welcome back from summer; I hope that you all have had a great and relaxing past few months. If this is your first semester here at Missouri State University, we welcome you to the campus and hope you enjoy your time here. Within the upcoming year, there will be a lot of exciting things happening all around campus. Missouri State is constantly striving to advance and make itself better. With that, there are several different ways that you will be able to engage with that will not only be beneficial to the university but to your future as well. With the devastating Joplin tornado, I think that we all realized just how fast things could change in a matter of minutes. Over the course of the year, students will be able to engage in several different opportunities that will help benefit our neighbors from this area. Please take an active role in reaching out to them. Many students from our own campus have lost many things

Scott Turk Student Body President that were so important to them. This is a great opportunity to prove ourselves as a Public Affairs University, dedicated to helping better our community. Another great supporting factor for MSU is the surrounding community and the support it provides. Springfield is often called “the largest small town in the U.S.“ due to its extremely inclusive atmosphere. Around you are so many unique and well-balanced leaders. Become familiar with the different non-profit organizations, as they are in constant need of students with new ideas and ways to expand their organizations. The Office of Student Engagement now has a division that is dedicated to helping students become more interactive with these organi-

zations. Please be sure and contact Patrick Grayshaw, our new assistant director for volunteer programs, for more information on how to engage with the Springfield community. Take interest in the several different programs and initiatives that will make both Springfield and MSU a better place. If you would like to see the progression that Missouri State plans on taking in the future, please be sure and read into the Long Range Plan that was developed during the last academic school year. Within this plan, there are many different initiatives that will be a direct benefit to students. Be sure to inform yourselves with the plans for the future of our university. The Long Range Plan can be found on the university’s website. Additionally, if you would like to have your voice directly heard, please send us your opinion by clicking on the “Be Heard” button located at the bottom of the Student Government Association website at or stop

by the SGA Office located in PSU 123. Browse around our website to see the different initiatives that SGA will be working on this academic year. Last year, SGA played a large role in implementing projects to extend the library hours, allocate funding for different hydration stations around campus, increase the amount of cameras on campus for added security and much more. Have a great year, and never hesitate to share your opinion. You really can make a difference here at Missouri State. Please feel free to exercise your voice and make an impact by becoming an SGA Senator, getting involved in any of the great 300 plus student organizations on campus and outreaching to the community. Springfield Thank you, and please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything that we can work on together. Good luck this academic year, and go Bears! Scott Turk Student Body President

Students should have options for paying Rec Center usage fees

The Missouri State student recreation center was originally scheduled to open in November, but setbacks have pushed the opening to February 2012. This can be frustrating to the students of the university, who are continually paying fees to fund the project. Starting this school year, students will begin to pay the full fee of $80 per semester, despite not being able to use the center. This may look like a bad deal for the students, but it might not be due to a policy the university has in place. As long as the students are paying the fees, they are earning credits for future use of the center. Each semester is worth one credit, which equals four months of free use of the center even after graduation. This way students are compensated for the fees they are paying while the center is under construction. This plan might work for some students, but for many others it won’t. What about all of the students who will be moving away from Springfield after graduation? They obviously aren’t going to use the center, which means they won’t be compensated fairly for paying their fees. We understand that it might be hard to find a way to individually compensate these students for their contributions, but surely there is some way it can be done. Perhaps a good way to do it would be to let students have a choice. If they want access to the center, they can pay the fees. If not, then they can avoid the fees. The university must remember students are the money behind the building of the center and they deserve to be acknowledged for that.

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Going to class, using office hours and studying will make you successful By Greg Edwards The Standard

Starting off a new school year at Missouri State can be daunting. That is especially true for incoming freshmen. Maybe it’s all of the newly acquired freedom and less overbearing parents. Maybe it’s the fact that you’re in a new environment, meeting thousands of new faces and taking a bunch of random general education courses that you picked during SOAR. Whatever the case, surviving the school year and eventually graduating can seem like a difficult feat. But, if you follow the three pieces of advice I’m about to lay out, you have my word that getting a degree and still having a life in the process is a distinct possibility. In May, I graduated from Missouri State after only three years with magna cum laude honors. Now, I’m working on my master’s degree and also working full time as a journalist.

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Greg Edwards Columnist So, not to toot my own horn, but before anyone might question what makes me qualified to give general advice about succeeding, I’d like to think I have pretty solid credentials. Anyway, now that we’re past the stage where I explain why I am allknowing and as wise as an owl, it’s time for all of you freshmen and underclassmen to learn how to succeed in a university setting. Many times in your first few years of college, you’ll feel the urge to skip class. Resist this urge at all costs. Getting that good grade at the end of the semester will be a lot more satisfying than that Frisbee game with your buds. Trust me. One thing many students will learn right away is that the one day

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they choose to miss is the one day professors give quizzes or some information that is vital to a test. Plus, actually sitting through a class is a really easy way to soak up information. Even if your professor says you can skip a certain day of classes, do not skip. Many times, when professors give you permission to not come to class before a break or on a Friday, this is code for “If you bother to show up, I will give you extra credit or something else of immense value.” The next thing to keep in mind is that professors have office hours for a reason. For the most part, professors are thrilled when students stop by and ask questions about a lecture or upcoming test. Even if you don’t need help with your course, visiting during office hours is a great way to develop a relationship with a professor, which will ultimately be in your favor. The last thing to remember to be a successful student is a two-parter.

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Part one is to not stress too much about anything. Even if you think something will be the end of the world, it really won’t be. Missouri State students are lucky. Usually, no matter what they need help with, there is someone available to help them. The first semester of my freshmen year, I pretty much lived in a math lab, constantly trying to learn how the heck to plug in a lot of formulas that I was clueless about. The second part, which may actually discredit everything you’ve read up to this point, is to figure out what works for you from the get-go, and go with it. Don’t let some all-knowing recent graduate like me tell you how to become successful. Don’t let your parents tell you everything you need to do. If you find a routine that works well for you, then go for it. Pay close attention to what people have to say, but remember that getting a diploma is ultimately your responsibility, so it doesn’t really matter

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what everyone else is telling you, does it? I wasn’t a perfect student for my undergraduate work. Heck, my freshmen year there were quite a few days when I either wore Kermit the Frog pajama pants to class, or skipped class entirely to play ping pong with the Woods Hall Ping Pong Club. There were times when I should have utilized professors’ office hours more. And there were even times when I became overly stressed and had to go for a walk in the middle of the night to clear my head. So, I wasn’t a model student my entire academic career. That much is obvious. But, by my last year, I felt like I picked up quite a few tricks of the trade. So now, after some trial and error on my part, you can trust me that showing up, using office hours and figuring out what study habits work best are the three main ways to be successful. End of story. Good luck with the school year.

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Calendar August 23 to August 29


SAC Presents: Eric Hutchinson concert, 7-10 p.m., North Mall Bear Paw, free Quantum Groove, 8 p.m., Lindberg’s, free


SAC Weekly Film: Bridesmaids, 9 p.m., PSU Theater, free Dug and the Soular Panels, 710 p.m., Patton Alley Pub, free HonkyTonk Renovators, 7-11 p.m., Harlow’s, free


Andy Frasco Band, 9:30 p.m., Patton Alley Pub, $5 The Detectives, 10:30 p.m., The Outland, $5 for 21+ and $7 for 18+ Barium Alive, Breaking The Paradigm and The End All, 9 p.m., Outland Ballroom, $4 for 21+ and $6 for 18+


Patrick Stout, Kudzu and Slapdash Science, 9:30 p.m., The Highlife, $5

Blakefest: Music for Joplin, 10 a.m., Hootentown Campground in Crane, MO, $10 online or $15 at the gate New Monsters Collective CD Release Party and Surf Wax America (Weezer cover band), 9 p.m., Outland Ballroom, $5 for all ages


Dubfixx, 8 p.m., Remmington’s, $12 or $10 if you wear a skull mask or paint a skull on your face The Airwalks: ‘90s Tribute, 9 p.m., Outland Ballroom, $5 for 21+ and $7 for 18+

Blakefest: Music for Joplin, all day, Hootentown Campground in Crane, MO, $10 online or $15 at the gate


SAC Weekly Film: Bridesmaids, 9 p.m., PSU Theater, free Members of Speakeasy, 8 p.m., Ebbet’s Field (Walnut), free

Blakefest: Music for Joplin, ends 4 p.m., Hootentown Campground in Crane, MO, $10 online or $15 at the gate


Open mic night, 7-11 p.m., Harlow’s, free

Briefs First Friday Art Walk

The Labor Day Weekend will begin with First Friday Art Walk on Sept. 2 from 6-10 p.m. Center City’s university galleries are back for the fall semester with new shows at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, Evangel University Bellwether Gallery, OTC Fine Art Gallery, MSU Brick City Gallery and the MSU Student Exhibition Center. At Art Walk you will get to experience original local art, live art demonstrations, live music, refreshments and more in 22 participating venues. There will also be a beer tasting of the craft beers of O’Fallon Brewery and live jazz music by MSU students.

Play: No Sex Please, We’re British

No Sex Please, We're British plays Aug. 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Vandivort Center Theatre. Reserved seating: $22 for adults, $18 for students and seniors (55 and over). Group rates available. Student Rush Tickets: $10 (if seats are available) 30 minutes before each performance. Half price on Thursday with Military I.D. or faculty I.D. Reservations can be made in person at the Vandivort Center Theatre Box 0ffice, 305 E. Walnut St., or by calling 417-831-8001 (out of town, call toll free: 888-452-0930).

Colbie Caillat to perform in October

Grammy Award winning artist Colbie Caillat will perform at the O'Reilly Family Event Center on the Drury University Campus, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $15, $24 and $29 and go on sale August 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at or at the O'Reilly Family Event Center box office, or by calling (417) 873-6389.

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Han Trio’s Shawn Eckels, Reed Herron and John Anderson rock out to Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love in decade-appropriate outfits.

Han Trio hypes up hippies at the Highlife Band pays homage to Jimi Hendrix and many more Kaycie Surrell The Standard “The whole thing was Shawn’s idea, he was like ‘let’s cover threepiece bands, dress like Han Solo, and call it Han Trio,’” bassist Reed Herron said of what has become Springfield’s favorite inside joke. The band has since turned their gimmicky idea for a cover band into an impressive live act. Friday’s performance at a downtown bar, the Highlife, included a twopart set by the trio. The first half of their show included covers from lead guitarist

Shawn Eckels’ favorite Jimi Hendrix album — Axis: Bold as Love. The band put a psychedelic twist on their usual Solo costumes by adding paisley polyester buttonups and over-the-top curly brown wigs, headband included. “More people know ‘Foxy Lady’ and shit like that which is more of a reason we wanted to do Axis: Bold as Love, because we don’t like to do typical stuff,” Eckels said. “And I love that album and we learned it this week, we crammed it in our heads this week and I’ve already forgotten it.” Being able to learn an entire album of Hendrix songs in one week is an impressive feat, though not entirely surprising considering the band’s performance history. Eckels and Herron play together in popular local band, Speakeasy. The two have known one another for about 15 years and have been playing music even

longer than that. “I’ve been playing guitar since I was 11 years old, so that’s 22 years, and I’ve been in bands since I was in eighth grade,” Eckels said. This band has no shortage of talent nor do they have a shortage of kind things to say about one another. “John Anderson (drummer) is, in my estimation, the bee’s knees, a constant pro and I can turn my brain off when I’m playing with him, he just makes it so easy for me,” Herron said. The explosive positive energy coming from the Highlife stage was definitely appreciated by the audience. The crowd was made up of college kids back to school and out at their first Friday night concert before classes. To old hippies, the memory of Jimi Hendrix was upon them as they faded into a flashback.

This exuberance lasted into the band’s second set, and into their costume changes, a comfortable transition from psychedelia to a galaxy far, far away. Han Trio closed out the night playing flawless covers of favorites by Nirvana, Presidents of the United States of America, Rush and many more. “This was a great turn-out,” Herron said. “We’ve been very fortunate that this has caught on as well as it has. Shawn has this energy about him that is so infectious, it infects us on stage, you know? When he gets fired up we get fired up and everybody else gets fired up and just to be able to have that kind of talent mixed with that energy is really very rare.” There are a slew of shows coming up featuring these three talents together and apart. Check out the Han Trio as well as Speakeasy on Facebook for a full list of dates.

Summer music festivals entertain thousands By Lauren Healey The Standard Music festivals are taking the world by storm. Each extended-weekend camping excursion is an incredibly unique experience that brings people together in a wonderful way. There’s something about live music and the loving atmosphere that positively transforms the way you look at the world and a festival is the perfect way to liberate yourself from the occasional annoyances of everyday life (school, work,

technology, etc.) and break free of the constraints of society. Your first festival can change your life. If you don’t mind getting a little dirty for a weekend and want to rage out to some sure-to-be awesome bands, the music festival experience is for you. Here’s a guide to some of the largest festivals in the country, as well as a few of the small ones. And don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted on all the upcoming festivals located near Springfield.


Grace Potter and the Nocturnals rock out at Kanrocksas Music Festival.

Music: Ended at 11 p.m. to bring both into the campgrounds The Hangout Beach, Music and Cons Food/Alcohol: No outside food (no glass containers). Location: About nine hours from Arts Festival - May 20-22 or beverages allowed in. Transportation: There’s a shuttle Springfield, and if it rains, it’s going Transportation: Shuttles were to be cold and muddy. to transport the unlucky people who Gulf Shores, Ala. Website: Go to this festival next year if: You want to stay in a hotel or camp at a state park (no on-site camping) You want to enjoy beach scenery. You plan to experience the nightlife of the area after the festival is finished each night.

Pros Location: Boardwalk and sandy beach stages plus an ocean view. Music: Huge artists likePaul Simon, Foo Fighters and The Black Keys. Next year will likely match the awesomeness. Food/Alcohol: VIPs get catered food and unlimited drinks (mixed & beer) all weekend. Five to $10 per meal or drink for everyone else, with lots of alcohol choices. Transportation: Shuttles ran all day to/from hotels and the nearest state park (3 miles away) and was only $20 for the weekend. Bathrooms: Flushing toilets inside the Hangout bar and plenty of Porta Potties (the state park had flushing toilets and free showers).

somewhat unorganized, especially after the last show the first night. Bathrooms: Long lines (30+ minutes) for the real bathrooms and a short (5 minute) wait for the Porta Potties.

Music: If Moe. and Umphrey’s aren’t your thing, you might get slightly bored. Food/Alcohol: Alcohol isn’t allowed in, but apparently the security check isn’t that strict. Transportation: Good luck getSummer Camp Music Festival ting to the shuttle at the right time. Bathrooms: The only real bathMay 27-29 - Chillicothe, Ill. rooms are for VIPs and in the trailWebsite:www.summercampfes- er bathrooms you aren’t allowed to bring bags, cups or even water tles (apparently there were thouGo to this festival next year if: You don’t mind parking your car sands of dollars in damages last outside the festival (not where you year thanks to vandalism and things being dropped in toilets), showers camp). You want to see bands more than cost money. once in a weekend (many bands had several sets). Wakarusa Festival - June 2-5 -


Location: Northern part of the country means the weather is likely to be fairly cool, large lot with fields and wooded areas for camping. Music: Moe. and Umphrey’s McGee played multiple times throughout the weekend. Food/Alcohol: Bring as much food as you want, and beer is for sale inside. Transportation: A wagon shuttle Cons goes around the festival all weekLocation: About 12 hours from Springfield, and you have to leave end. Bathrooms: Plenty of Porta Potthe festival grounds to swim in the ties and trailers with toilets and runocean. ning water.

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have to stay in satellite camping. Bathrooms: Plenty of Porta Potties.


Location: Unless you’re a VIP or have an RV pass, you’ll be camping in a wide-open field with no shade, and the river is a three-mile shuttle ride from the main venue. Music: The crowd kept commenting on how the main stage didn’t seem nearly loud enough. Food/Alcohol: You can’t bring alcohol into the concert venue. Transportation: It kind of sucks that some people get stuck camping so far away. Bathrooms: There are only Porta-Potties, and two of them had the roof blown off with dynamite, showers cost money.

Website: Go to this festival next year if: Bonnaroo Music and Arts You want to drive three hours or Festival June 9-12 less to get there from Springfield. Manchester, Tenn. You enjoy mountain scenery.

Pros Location: Beautiful mountainous landscape and about 150 miles from Springfield, the river is over your head in spots so it’s good for swimming. Music: Popular artists like My Morning Jacket, Mumford & Sons, Thievery Corporation. Food/Alcohol: You are allowed

Website: Go to this festival next year if: You would like to enjoy live comedy shows or movies in airconditioned tents. You want to see the widest variety of very well-known artists from every genre.  See FESTIVALS, page 5

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Festivals Continued from page 4


Location: Huge venue, with more vendors than you could count. Music: Huge names from every genre: Eminem, Lil Wayne, Buffalo Springfield, Robert Plant (former lead singer of Led Zeppelin), The Strokes, Bassnectar, Wanda Jackson. Food/Alcohol: Tons of food choices in the festival and camping grounds. Transportation: No shuttles means less dust. Bathrooms: Plenty of Porta Potties.


Location: About 12 hours from Springfield, camping in a very hot, open field and no swimming. Music: There are so many good shows going on so far from each other, it’s hard to see them all. Food/Alcohol: You can only bring in sealed water and small snacks. Transportation: You’ll have to walk a very long way to get anywhere. Bathrooms: There are only Porta Potties and showers cost money.

Electric Forest Music Festival - June 30-July 3 - Rothbury, Mich.

Lauren Healey/THE STANDARD Website: An attendee jumps off a ten-foot cliff into the quick-flowing river. Festival-goers at Green Mountain Eco Festival spent much of Go to this festival next year if: the warm daytime in the Niangua River. You have an affinity for forests. You want cooler weather than festivals farMusic: A standard for summer festivals is showers. Pitchfork Music Festival - July 15-17 ther south. the sweltering heat, but Pitchfork tends to be Union Park, Chicago, Ill. notoriously miserable. Cons Pros Food/Alcohol: Alcohol was about $5 per Location: If you go during the rainy seaLocation: The Sherwood Forest is filled Website: serving, which began to add up before the end son, apparently the river is flowing so fast it’s with art installations, when it rained they put Go to this festival next year if: of the trip. not swimmable. down hay to absorb the mud, the weather was You want to visit Chicago. Transportation: Getting around the city Music: If tribute bands aren’t your thing, the coolest of any of the other festivals. You would rather stay in a hotel than can get expensive. this festival might not be either. Music: Three nights of The String Cheese camp. Bathrooms: There never seemed to be Food/Alcohol: The pickings are slim in the Incident, plus big names like REO Speedenough Porta Potties. way of what you can buy here compared to wagon and Tiesto. Pros much larger festivals (pack enough food for Food/Alcohol: You can bring whatever Location: Union Park offers a beautiful Byrdfest - July 16-17 - Ozark, Ark. the weekend!). you want into the camping grounds and view of the Chicago skyline. A variety of Transportation: The mountainous roads there’s a good selection of vendors to choose interesting merchandise tents offer surprising you take to get there seem somewhat dangerWebsite: from. relief, such as a tent full of massage therapists ous. Go to this festival next year if: Transportation: There are no real hills to devoted to doling out free massages to festiBathrooms: You aren’t supposed to flush You enjoy the homey atmosphere of small speak of, so the walking is easy. val-goers and a used vinyl flea market. festivals (only around 1,000 attended in July). toilet paper, but it seems many people did Bathrooms: Plenty of Porta Potties. Music: Super cheap tickets with single because the septic system backed up and Don’t want to spend much money. days selling for $45 and three-day passes started coming up through the ground about Cons going for $90. 50 feet from the stage. It wasn’t a large area, Pros Location: 12 hours from Springfield. Food/Alcohol: Free bottled water everyLocation: Only three hours from Spring- but let’s hope they put the stage much farther Music: You aren’t allowed to re-enter the where you turn, food averaged $5. field (just south of Wakarusa’s location), away from the bathrooms next time. festival when it’s still an hour or two from Transportation: You can catch a bus to the plenty of shaded camping and a wonderfully being over at night because they’re trying to Windy City. scenic river turned (deep) swimming hole. Kanrocksas Festival - Aug. 5-6 get people out of the venue. Bathrooms: There were Porta Potties. Music: Grateful Dead and The Doors tribFood/Alcohol: Only sealed water bottles Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. ute bands and other original bands. and small snacks allowed in the festival Cons Food/Alcohol: Bring in whatever you grounds. Website: Location: The lack of a campground want. Transportation: You have to walk every- makes overnight accommodations a looming Go to this festival next year if: Transportation: It’s such a small venue where. You don’t mind the heat. worry, as hotels only get more expensive you can walk everywhere. Bathrooms: Only Porta Potties, showers closer to the city. Bathrooms: Real flushing toilets and free cost money.  See FESTIVALS page 8

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Men’s Soccer Monday, August 15 Northeastern State (Okla.) Missouri State Thursday, August 18 Missouri S&T 0 0 Missouri State 0 0 Sunday, August 21 Columbia College Missouri State Women’s Soccer Monday, August 15 Central Missouri Missouri State Friday, August 19 UALR Missouri State

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Women’s soccer away at UT-Martin, 4 p.m. Volleyball away at Oklahoma Nike Invitational vs. Oral Roberts, 5 p.m.


Men’s soccer at home vs. Belmont, 7 p.m.

Field Hockey away at Sacred Heart, 11 a.m. Volleyball away at Oklahoma Nike Invitational vs. SMU, 10 a.m. Oklahoma Nike Invitational vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m.


Women’s soccer away at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m. Field Hockey away at Saint Louis, 1 p.m.

Briefs MSU to celebrate MVC championship

The Missouri State men’s basketball team will be hoisting a banner on Nov. 19 to commemorate their 2010-11 regular season Missouri Valley Conference championship. The ceremony will take place during their 2011-12 regular season home opener at JQH Arena, and players from the 201011 team will be receiving MVC championship rings. The banner and ceremony will celebrate the Missouri State Men’s basketball team that went 26-9 overall, and 16-1 at JQH Arena during their 2010-11 campaign. Following their 69-64 win at home against Wichita State to clinch the regular season title the Bears earned a trip to the National Invitational Tournament where they were eventually ousted by the University of Miami (Fla.) in the second round.

Problems accumulate for Bears Turnovers plague second scrimmage By John Cook The Standard Entering his sixth year as the head football coach at Missouri State, Terry Allen may have more problems to juggle now than ever before. A new quarterback, offensive and defensive line struggles, as well as being picked last in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll are just a handful of reasons this year could be a nightmare for the Bears. After this past Saturday’s scrimmage, Allen said that turnovers and miscues have to be fixed right away. “There’s going to be some long Saturdays ahead if we turn the ball over like we did today,” he said. “I was disappointed in our lack of urgency and the play of the offensive line.” The play of freshmen and sophomores will be crucial to the Bears’ success this season as MSU lost 13 starters from a team that finished tied for third in the MVFC last season. With two weeks to go until the Bears’ first game, senior defensive end Mikel Ruder said that there are many issues that need to be fixed before the Bears will be ready. “I feel in the two-and-a-half weeks that we’ve been in camp there’s been huge progress,” Ruder said. “But there are hundreds of little things that we need to key in on to be running at full speed.” Ruder will help lead a defense that only returns four starters from last year’s squad. A bulk of the pressure will land on the shoulders of redshirt sophomore quarterback Trevor Wooden, who started for the Bears at wide receiver just a year ago. “We definitely have all the parts we need, we just have to get them in the right place,” Wooden said. “Cody Kirby took advantage of his opportunity when he was given the quarterback job and I expect to do the same.” Wooden must fill the shoes of four-year starter Kirby, who graduated as the top passer in school history this past spring. Starting the year off with four straight road games will be another obstacle added to the Bears’ slate. Within those four games, big-time opponents Arkansas and Oregon stand in the Bears’ path. The Ducks and Razorbacks are ranked No. 3 and No. 15 respectively in the Division I-A AP preseason poll. Allen said that the Bears will start focusing in on Arkansas around Wednesday or Thursday, leaving them with about 10 days to put a game plan together. The Bears will have five team captains: seniors Travis Simmons, Chris Douglas, Stephen Johnston, David Ingram and Ruder. The running back tandem of Douglas and Johnston should be one of MSU’s bright spots.

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Freshmen and sophomores will play key roles for the Bears this season. The duo combined for 1,803 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns and seven 100-yard games in 2010. MSU fans starving for football action will have to wait until Oct. 1 before the Bears play their first home game against Northern Iowa. Ruder said that he doesn’t blame fans if they get a little upset.

Women’s soccer starts semester with long road trip By Adam Hammons The Standard

MSU recieves full certification

Missouri State University athletics has received full certification from the NCAA by the completion of their Cycle 3 self-study. On August 18 the NCAA Division 1 Committee on Athletics Certification announced the certification status of 28 different schools. Missouri State was the only Missouri Valley school to receive this certification. Other Missouri schools to receive this certification included SLU and SEMO.

BearFit fitness free during first week

During the first week of the fall semester BearFit group fitness introductory week classes will be free for current students, faculty and staff. BearFit group fitness classes run throughout the semester from Aug. 23 through Dec. 8 and are sponsored by campus recreation. Classes include interval training, spinning, yoga and dance classes. For more information on campus recreation contact their office in Plaster Student Union room 131 at (417) 836-4756.

Bears nominated for senior award

Two Missouri State soccer seniors have been named as candidates for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS award. Midfielder Heath Melugin from the men’s team and goalkeeper Jessica Teahan from the women’s team are the candidates for the award.

“I’d be pretty upset if I was a fan, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “Hopefully when October does roll around this stadium is packed and the parking lot is full.” The Bears will open up play against Arkansas at 6 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 3 in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Sophomore Katelyn Frederickson takes a shot during a home game before a three game road trip.

It’s time for school, and the Missouri State women’s soccer team comes back to campus only to find they’ll be leaving again to kick off their season. The Bears start out with five of their first six games on the road. That means in the first games of the year when students are still working things out with college life, they have to travel around the Midwest. “It’s kind of a shock when you look at the schedule,” senior midfielder Tara Bailes said. However, some players like going away from home. It gives them a chance to only focus on soccer, rather than having all the distractions at school. “You’re in a hotel and you don’t really have any-

thing else to do,” senior goalkeeper Jessica Teahan said. “So you’re focusing on the game.” The team started out their season last Friday as most students were just moving into the dorms. They lost 31 at Arkansas-Little Rock after getting into a 2-0 deficit in the first half. Players, though, said that first game was important. “It’s kind of nice that we get our first game out of the way before classes even start,” Bailes said. “So we’ll be able to kind of ease into that.” That first game was also on the minds of players during the preseason so now they can focus on more things like homework. “It will be difficult just because we’ve had soccer on the brain for ten days and now we’ve got to throw school in there,” Teahan

said. Starting out college life isn’t just tough for the team’s freshmen, but any freshman. Head coach Rob Brewer said the older players are good at helping out. “I think the veteran girls on the team are very good at being mentors and helping them with any problems they have,” Brewer said. After the first few weeks of away games, the next six of seven games are at home. The Missouri Valley tournament will also be held in Springfield this year which means home-field advantage for redemption after their loss last year in penalty kicks against Creighton. “Our goal every year is to win that tournament,” Brewer said. The Bears’ next game is against Tennessee-Martin at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon in Martin, Tenn.

Former player, alumna finds calling as head coach at MSU By Kyle Boaz The Standard “Once a Bear, always a Bear.” That is the sentiment of the new field hockey coach Gabby Gomez Sosa, a 2005 Missouri State alum. This upcoming season will be her first as head coach, but this is not the first time Gomez has stepped on the field. Once a standout player for Missouri State, Gomez now looks to change the game from the sidelines. Switching a stick for a whistle at her alma mater gives her extra fuel to perform. “I might take things a little more personal because it’s still my team and it’s close to my heart,” she said. After finishing up her playing career, Gomez stepped away from the game to focus on putting her degree to work. She taught Spanish for a few years, but field hockey refused to remain in her past. “I graduated, moved on and got

a real job, and then the season came,” she said. “I wanted to come back and be closer to the game.” Her return to the sport began as an assistant under coach Dawn Callahan. Working under Callahan, Gomez started to see the game differently. “I didn’t watch the game from that standpoint. The first couple of games I was antsy and wanted to step on the field and play,” she said. Preparation is key, and being able to teach your players is the matching lock. With her teaching background, Gomez holds the right key ring. “Playing, it’s just me, the stick, and the ball. It’s more individual,” she said. “I had to figure something out. Coaching is a little more difficult because if something was obviKelsey Habighorst/THE STANDARD ous to me, it might not be for anoth- Coach Gomez while at practice with players in her first season as er player.” “You have to find ways to make head coach of the Missouri State field hockey team. Gomez served as an assistant coach for the past two seasons under for See GOMEZ, page 8 mer head assistant coach Dawn Callahan.

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Youth and returning talent lead the way for volleyball Bears By John Cook The Standard

The 2010 volleyball Bears finished 21-10, fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference and made their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last eight years. This year the Bears have been picked fourth in the MVC preseason poll, are returning an array of talent including seniors Kelley Michnowicz and Calli Norman and once again have their sights set on another 20-win season. What’s going to push the 2011 Bears to the next level? Head coach Melissa Stokes says a combination of youth, competition and veteran leadership should do the trick. “I think winning the Valley this year is wide open,” Stokes said. “We’re definitely going to surprise some people. I don’t really think it matters where you’re ranked in the preseason. After your first match no one pays

attention to that. It’s all about how you finish.” A freshman class deep with outside hitters and a more athletic presence has Stokes and the returning starters buzzing. “It’s very exciting to see our new outside hitters,” Norman said. “The freshmen are coming in and blending in better than I could have imagined. Our team chemistry is already at a really high level.” Norman joins Michnowicz as two of the seven preseason all-conference selections. This duo, combined with the rare talent of sophomore Christine McCartney, gives the Bears a front line that can stack up with just about anyone. “Kelley (Michnowicz) and I really balance each other out,” Norman said. “It also helps that we’re really good friends off the court. There’s a special chemistry there.” Michnowicz was a first-team All-MVC selection for the second year in a row last season, leading the league with a .367 hitting

percentage, which ranks second all-time in school history. MSU’s fourth All-American in volleyball said that she expects to go out with a bang her senior season. “Undefeated is always the goal,” Michnowicz said. “It’s your senior season so you’ve got nothing to lose. My goal is to help this team get to the NCAA Tournament again and to go as deep into that as possible.” After a 3-0 NCAA Tournament loss to Auburn in the first round in 2010, the Bears aren’t just looking to make it to the tournament this year. The Bears have won at least 20 matches in each of the last 12 seasons and have finished fourth or higher in conference play. Stokes played with a few different formations last year trying to figure out what was best for the Bears. Entering her sixteenth season as the Bears head coach, the San Diego State University

graduate said that the 5-1 will be the formation that the Bears stick with this year. “We’ll be running a 5-1 offense with one setter,” Stokes said. “Right now Carly Thomas will be setting our offense.” Thomas enters her sophomore season after a breakout freshman year that landed her on the All-MVC Freshman Team. Leading the pack in the MVC this year will be returning champion Northern Iowa, which garnered all 100 votes to be ranked preseason No. 1. “As always, UNI will be a tough opponent,” McCartney said. “But we’re not scared.” Missouri State will open the season in Norman, Okla. for a three-match tournament Aug. 26-27. Standing in their way will be Oral Roberts, SMU and Oklahoma. The first home match will be against Kansas State University at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Hammons Student Center.

International soccer players adjust to new ways

Climate and style of play are just two of the factors they have to adapt to in U.S.

By Adam Hammons The Standard As athletes leave home to go back to classes, some homes are farther away than others. The Missouri State men’s soccer team has players from a variety of places across the globe. Players from England, Mexico and even New Zealand have come over to be a Bear. That means freshmen, like midfielder Hayden Sander from New Zealand, have to get used to a completely different world. “There’s a lot to it; the climate, the distance from home, the soccer’s different,” head coach Jon Leamy said. “There’s a ton of adjustments, with every freshman too that we

have. Some just travel farther.” Of the 29 players on the roster, eight are international students, and of those eight, four are freshmen. Those players have to make a lot of adjustments when coming over to the United States, and as every Missourian knows, things like the weather aren’t easy getting used to. “Imagine me getting ready to come over here running my two mile runs in 50 degrees Fahrenheit,” Sander said. “And then coming here where it’s 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and having to do the same thing. It’s a big difference.” There are other things they have to cope with too. The cultures are different, school is different, and even the soccer is different. In other countries, soccer is more based on skill, whereas in the United States there’s more of an emphasis on being physical and athletic. “They’re teaching us some stuff as well as we’re teaching them some different things,” senior midfielder Gerard Barbero said. However even with everything they have to do deal with, coach Leamy said the players are doing well. As school starts up, though, some might have a little trouble, but Sander said he isn’t

worried. He said he’s excited for school so he can have an extra thing to think about instead of soccer. Sander said it’s the time after practice when he gets the most homesick. The only thing that he is worried about is gen-ed classes. “I’m not sure why they do that here,” Sander said. One of the best examples of how the international students are coping was after an exhibition match last Thursday. The game went to overtime and ended in a 0-0 tie. That’s when freshman Pedro Cardenas Gutierrez from Mexico decided to run his required two miles to be on the team. Each player has to run it in under 11 minutes and 55 seconds. Fellow players cheered him on as he circled the track, each person wanting him to make the time. He made it, with seconds to spare. “I can’t wait to see what happens this year,” Barbero said. The team starts up their season against Josh Campbell/THE STANDARD Belmont at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Plaster Sophomore Cole Alexander makes a play Sports Complex. on the ball during an exhibition.


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The Flaming Lips made festival-goers at Kanrocksas feel like they weren’t in Kansas anymore with their colorful stage.


twenty minute drive and a relatively straight shot from Kansas City. Music: Headliners like Continued from page 5 Muse, The Flaming Lips You don’t want to pay and the Arctic Monkeys. Food/Alcohol: Water for water. (including bottles) was given away all weekend, Pros Location: Just a short and pretty lenient restric-

tions on what you could and could not bring. Transportation: Only about three hours from Springfield. Bathrooms: On-site showers for $7 and Porta Potties outside the entrance to the campground and the speedway.

hot metal bleachers isn’t exactly pleasant. Bathrooms: The only available restrooms were Porta Potties and no matter how short the festival, a non-flushable bathroom starts to get messy after two days.

Green Mountain Eco Location: Blacktop sur- Festival - August 18-21 roundings makes for a very Eldridge, Mo.


hot weekend. The crowd Music: wasn’t very enthusiastic, possibly due to the heat. Food/Alcohol: Once inside the venue, drinks were pretty pricey and though there were plenty of food carts, most items ran atleast $5 or more. Transportation: Walking up and down the steaming

Website: Go to this festival next year if: You want to bring your dog (this festival had more dogs than any of them.) You enjoy small atmosphere festivals.


Niangua River is right along the campsites and is deep enough to float down, plenty of shaded camping. Music: Lots of bands, plenty of room for dancing. Food/Alcohol: No enforced restrictions about what you can and can’t bring in, vendors were very reasonably priced. Transportation: Only about an hour and a half away from Springfield, so small you don’t need a shuttle to transport you around the place. Bathrooms: The Port-aPotties were well-maintained, when the septic system was full, they closed down the bathrooms until the system was empty again...maybe they heard about Byrdfest?


“It’s how (the coaches) teach. The new drills have helped, (along with) how they talk about the game,” sophomore midfielder Laura Tavares said. Gomez has already earned the respect of her players. “Coach Gomez is very instructional and patient. (She’s) very good at getting her point across,” senior midfielder Ramie Masters said. “She’s very approachable. She can do all the things she asks us to do. (Coach Gomez) has our respect,” Masters said.

Gomez has a friendly personality and demeanor, but the game of field hockey would never know. “If you don’t think you can win, you might as well stay home,” she said. “You have nothing to lose.” In her playing career, Gomez posted 55 points and was honored as the charter Bear member to be recognized by the NFHCA All-America team. Gomez is still putting that teaching degree to work but this time as a Bear on the sidelines around the game she loves.

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like teaching. Some do better with visuals, some are better with a demonstration,” she said. Continued from page 6 Her veteran players are them understand, it’s noticing the difference.

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Location: The river is freezing cold. Music: There were so few people at this festival for the amount of space it took up that the crowds were almost lacking the energy needed to get everyone dancing. Food/Alcohol: They ran out of ice a few times, but always restocked. Transportation: The gravel road you take to get there is slightly dangerous so drive slowly. Bathrooms: You were able to buy a shower pass to use the flushing toilets but it was possible to get lucky and use them. Additional reporting by Nick Simpson and Kaycie Surrell.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011


The Standard


Jazz trio of college students entertain at the Outland

Group urges enthusiasts to come out and play By Nick Simpson The Standard There are many things happening on a typical hot Friday night in Springfield. One of the most populated spots is the Outland, located at 326 South Avenue. The venue is noted most predominately for its musical acts and its perfect location. Friday nights at the Outland have been hosted by Black Box Revue, a conglomeration of local DJs dedicated to bringing buzzworthy musical guests from around the world to Springfield. Black Box Revue begins at 10 p.m. but the Outland has other means of getting you in the doors early. The Outland is now featuring a happy hour from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. with drink specials and a weekly performance by a young jazz trio helmed by Missouri State senior and jazz studies student and pianist C.H. McCoy. McCoy, who has been a jazz student at Missouri State for two years, said the trio began when he and bassist and fellow jazz stud-

ies student Aaron King were approached when a last minute performance needed to be filled. “A friend of ours had this private party for someone’s birthday and it was his idea to get a jazz trio together,” McCoy said. “That’s how this exact lineup began. I had already been playing with Aaron since we were in the same jazz combo last year.” The trio is completed by Elliot Hendry, an environmental studies student and drummer from Drury University. McCoy said that before landing the coveted spot at the Outland they played many soft-spoken jazz acts around Springfield, such as Q Enoteca on Commercial Street and Flame on Walnut Street. “I’d been playing at the Outland weekly for a while until very recently,” he said. “The owner heard about our trio because I was going there after gigs all dressed up and started giving us hype. They started this happy hour thing and just asked us to play on Fridays.” Though their start to the Outland has been slow with a disappointing first crowd, the trio played their second show last Friday evening to a much more receptive audience. “I’m not too worried about getting paid as much as we usually do because this is just good exposure,” McCoy said. “And I’m wanting to turn this into the jazz studies community jam. Once more people start showing up to our shows we may start earlier,

maybe from 7 to 10 p.m.” The three said playing jazz at the Outland has been a much different experience than what they are used to. “We started at Q Enoteca where we were expected to tone it down,” Hendry said. “Finally at the Outland, they let you loosen up and play loud and get into it.” “We don’t want to be background music,” McCoy said. “We very much want to entertain.” But despite the ability to go wild, Hendry said the Outland has already been a huge motivating force in their musicianship. “You always want to play well regardless of where you are,” he said. “Sometimes you lose the incentive to perform well if there isn’t an engaged audience, but there’s an aura of seriousness at the Outland. People expect you to actually perform.” McCoy said their repertoire draws on older jazz numbers, but that their form is still very organic. “I tend to pick a lot of songs that are closer to swing numbers, but also randomly a few Bop era songs,” he said. “We’re just working on a basic trio sound right now. We’re not trying to do anything stylistically we’re just trying to play the right chords.” The three all have planted deep roots in their love for jazz and drawn on its influence for much of their musical careers. “Erroll Garner is my favorite jazz pianist,” McCoy said. “He is a swing pianist from the late 40s. But a lot of people are influenced

by Erroll Garner. I guess the reason why I chose to major in jazz is because I actually want to try to be a musician, and jazz studies gives me the ability to do most anything with music. Once you study jazz and classical, everything else is much simpler.” Bassist Aaron King said he very much wants jazz to continue to be a major aspect of his life. “I was definitely one of those band nerds who got into jazz,” he said. “I’ve played bass since I was in sixth grade and did jazz band in high school. I came to Missouri State to study music education for percussion, but I didn’t want to stop playing bass and really wanted to keep improving, so I’m doing both. My future plan is to teach percussion at a high school and play jazz on the side.” Hendry said it was his father’s drumming and a few great jazz records that sparked the flame for him. “I really got into John Coltrane when I came to college,” he said. “Before that I was listening to the more common stuff — the Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk records and that sort of thing. But it was Coltrane that really got me. My father is a drummer and I’ve always been exposed to drumming and I’ve really sort of gravitated to Elvin Jones, the drummer in Coltrane’s quartet. His style and level of musicianship really blew me away. So I’ve been playing with these guys but most importantly doing what every musician does which is just try to be a better musician.”

The three said they have high hopes for their time spent at the Outland, not only for themselves but for the art form as well. “I’d like to see us in two years playing the Outland with like 200 people there,” McCoy said. “Maybe it’s not that possible but we’d like to give people a greater appreciation for jazz,” King added. “Jazz is a foreign thing to most musicians,” McCoy said. “There’s a huge divide between jazz musicians and other musicians. Some people actively dislike it. Some people kind of like it, and some people actually listen to the solos. I think if you just play some straightforward swingin’ shit that rocks it can be very accessible.” When asked about their favorite jazz records there was little time for thought. “Solo Monk,” McCoy said, a solo album by Thelonious Monk. “Live! at the Village Vanguard,” Hendry said, a John Coltrane album. “Time Out,” King said, an album by the Dave Brubeck quartet. McCoy said much of his enthusiasm surrounding the project lies with his hopes of bringing other local musicians to the stage with the trio, and sends forth this message: “Attention all jazz musicians: we want you to join us on Fridays at the Outland. Bring your horns, reeds, scat vocals, anything you’ve got and come have fun with us.”

Fall movies give students options when they want to catch a flick By Karman Bowers The Standard Welcome back, fellow students, faculty and staff! It’s a new school year, which means new classes, new people and new movies to distract us from the daily grind. What’s coming out these next few months, you ask? Well…


8-26: “Colombiana” (Starring Zoe Saldana and Michael Vartan) A young girl who witnesses the murders of her family grows up to be a highly trained assassin. Hitman by day, she spends her nights hunting those responsible for her family’s murders. ”Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (Starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison) The newest from Guillermo Del Toro, a young girl sent to live with her father and new girlfriend in an old mansion discovers ominous creatures living under the stairs. ”Our Idiot Brother” (Starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel) A comedy in which a free-spirited brother (Rudd) wreaks havoc on his three sisters’ lives when he comes to stay with them, but also attempts to bring happiness to the overly ambitious women.

September: 9-2: “Apollo 18” (Starring…no one) Decades old NASA footage showing what happened on the fabled mission of Apollo 18 which was officially “canceled,” and explains why the U.S. never went back to the moon. “Shark Night 3D” (Starring Sara Paxton)

Another one of those “college Karman kids go to a cabin Bowers and get eaten by something” films, only this Movie time it’s a salt Reviewer water lake that’s been stocked with massive, angry, flesh-eating sharks. 9-9: “Warrior” (Starring Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton) Two estranged brothers, an ex-marine and a former MMA fighter turned public school teacher, both step into the ring to claim the title and purse of the biggest MMA tournament. Little do they know, they’ll end up facing each other for the fight of their lives. “Contagion” (Starring Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard and Matt Damon) A deadly virus has taken over the world and an international team of doctors must race against time to stop it. 9-16: “Drive” (Starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan) A Hollywood stunt driver moonlighting as a getaway driver ends up with a contract on his head and the girlfriend of an ex-con in his car when a robbery goes wrong. “Straw Dogs” (Starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard) A remake that was bound to happen, even the poster looks the same. A man and his wife return to the wife’s hometown where they are met with hostility from the locals and an exboyfriend looking to reclaim his former glory. 9-23: “Abduction” (Starring Taylor Lautner and Sigourney Weaver) A teen who has always felt disconnected from his parents (who didn’t?) discovers a seemingly sinister

reason why and kicks off a chain of violent events. “Moneyball” (Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman) Based on the true story of baseball manager Billy Beane (Pitt) who stuck it to the man when he teamed up with an Ivy League graduate (Hill) to build an unconventional, but winning team. 9-30: “Dream House” (Starring Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts) A New York publishing executive decides to relocate his family to a lovely, New England home, only to discover that their new home was the scene of a vicious murder. “What’s Your Number?” (Starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans) Having hit her sexual limit of 20 men, a young woman decides to go back through the other 19 men hoping to have overlooked “the one.”

October: 10-7: “Real Steel” (Starring Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo) In a world where 8foot-tall robots dominate the boxing ring, washed up boxer and small time promoter, Charlie (Jackman), reluctantly teams up with his estranged son in hopes of training a champion and reclaiming some former glory. 10-14: “Footloose” (Starring Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald) Yes, it’s that “Footloose” only without Kevin Bacon. The story of a troubled boy who’s outlet is dancing is sent to a small town where dancing in outlawed. The kids in the town decide to stick it to the man and bring sexy back. “The Thing” (Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton) Another

remake, this time a group of American scientists on an Antarctic expedition come across an alien spaceship and a frozen “thing.” They inadvertently release the “thing” to disastrous and deadly results. 10-21: “Paranormal Activity 3” (Starring ?) Not much has been revealed about the story of the third installment of this viral franchise, only that it is an origin story that follows a new family. Chills and new places to be afraid of are sure to follow, even if it is getting a bit old. “The Three Musketeers” (Starring Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans and Matthew Macfadyen) A re-imagining of the classic books by Alexandre Dumas, it follows the tale of young D’Artagnan who longs to be one of the famed musketeers and his journey with the legendary Athos, Porthos and Aramis. 10-28: “In Time” (Starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried) In a society where no one ages beyond 25 except those with the money to buy time, a young man accused of murdering a man for his time goes on the run with a beautiful hostage. “Johnny English Reborn” (Starring Rowan Atkinson and Rosamund Pike) The bumbling British spy is back! This time he’s pitted against international assassins hunting down the Chinese premier. So as you can see, we do have quite a bit to look forward to in the coming months. Keep in mind, this isn’t an exhaustive list, merely a few of the bigger films being released. There are plenty of smaller films coming out so be sure to keep an eye out for those as well. All in all, it’s looking to be an exciting semester.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Standard


Students optimistic for dorm and university life Excitement lessens the stress and fear of move-in weekend By Lori Scheetz The Standard

The fall semester is officially underway as new and firstyear students settle into their new homes and routines for the next few years of their lives. With over 3,700 students contracted to live on campus this school year, the weekend before classes began, the streets filled with hundreds of students moving in and many good samaritans lending a helping hand. Several sorority and fraternity groups gathered to help incoming students and their families make the trek from the curb to the dorm room. Juniors Cassie McClain and Carla Vogt were two of those students. Members of Alpha Delta Pi, McClain and Vogt recounted the mix of excitement and tension of leaving home and moving on campus for the first time. “It’s really exciting for the freshmen,” McClain said. “It’s hard moving in because they don’t know where anything is at so we’re here to help them with that process.” The hustle and bustle of move-in weekend can also provide opportunities for new students to make friends. “I was scared to be on my own,” Vogt said. “But you get used to it. There’s a lot of people to meet.” Freshman Ashley Wells-Thulin, whose mother is a Missouri State alum, came from Seattle, Wash. and chose Missouri State because of its musical theatre program. WellsThulin said since her official arrival last week she quickly discovered how big the campus is. “I came here for auditions and visited the theatre department, but didn’t tour all of campus,” she said. “It’s a lot bigger than I thought.” Athletic training major Michael Schwartz said he looks

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Students and parents carted in all the essentials for dorm life to their new residences during move-in weekend. forward to the lifelong friendships he will make, but knows success in college won’t come easy. “Graduating with an athletic training license will be nice,” Schwartz said. “Also meeting friends I’ll have for the rest of my life will be awesome. My greatest fear is realizing I have

to study more than I had to in high school.” Regardless of how tiring moving has been or how exhausting the fall semester may pose to be, the excitement of pursuing a college degree and obtaining that dream job is certain to make it all very worthwhile.

JQH Arena playing host to WWE SmackDown


By Benjamin Peters The Standard

Continued from page 1

World Wrestling Entertainment SmackDown will perform at John Q. Hammons Arena as part of its world tour on Sunday, Aug. 28. The event will feature threetime WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy “The Viper” Orton vs. two-time World Heavyweight Champion Christian in a “Street Fight” or “No Holds Barred” World Heavyweight Championship Match. Orton currently holds the title,

winning it from Christian in the SummerSlam match. The tour, sponsored by Kmart, also included performers such as Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, The Great Khali, Natalya, Wade Barrett and more. The last time SmackDown was in Springfield, it drew a large crowd, but did not manage to sell out JQH. While it may sell many tickets, the student population might not be the biggest buyers. “Maybe I would have gone

when I was young, but now, not so much,” said Chris Newsom, a fifth-year music education major at Missouri State. Some fans prefer the old days of wrestling over the current. “If Steve Austin were coming, then I’d go,” said Matt Presson, a junior marketing major. Presson said the WWE has strayed from its roots, focusing on drama more than wrestling. WWE Hall of Famer and Missouri native Harley Race will also make an appearance at

the event. Race was the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion eight times in his career. He is now retired from wrestling and works as a promoter and trainer of the Harley Race Academy, located in Eldon, Mo. The doors open at 4 p.m. and the show starts at 5 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 to $60 and can be purchased now at JQH Arena at the Chevy Dealers Ticket Pickup Window, by phone at 417-836-7678 or 1888-476-7849, or online at

“Students are the lifeblood of our campus and what makes Missouri State such a unique and special place,” said Brandt Shields, the Board of Governors’ student member. “I believe that Clif Smart will continue to listen to the input of students and keep their needs in view when making important decisions for Missouri State.”


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