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Former student charged with murder arrested

Bear Line battles Strong Hall bushes

Last Tuesday, Aug. 21, Travis Niedergerke, an electronic arts major, posted a photo of the Red Route Bear Line on top of bushes in front of Strong Hall. "I saw it later after it had happened,” Niedergerke said. “The guy came out of Strong and got in the shuttle and tried to back it out, which pretty obviously wasn't going to work. He was just burning out, hence the smoke in the picture. I heard he got out but hadn't put it all the way in park and it slipped into gear and took off, but that was just word of mouth." According to an email from Cpl. Matt Brown, Springfield Police Department’s public information officer, “the vehicle was not placed in park and rolled down the hill stopping in somebushes.” According to MSU’s Department of Safety and Transportation, no damage was done.

No arrests in missing money case

The Springfield Police Department has not made any arrests or charges after an MSU internal audit found more than $400,000 missing from the University Bookstore. Last week in a press conference, interim President Clif Smart said $81,000 was found in director Mark Brixey’s desk while he was on vacation. Brixey resigned on Aug. 16 after MSU administration questioned the missing money. Calls to what is thought to be Brixey’s home phone number went unanswered.


Warren St. John, the bestselling author of “Outcasts United,” will be MSU’s fall public affairs convocation speaker. St. John, also a feature writer for The New York Times, will discuss his writing process and relate it to lessons students may find relevant. The free convocation lecture will be held on Oct. 9 in Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Students, faculty and staff may pick up free tickets Sept. 10-14 at Juanita K., JQH or the PSU ticket office. Tickets go on sale to the public Sept. 17.

Calendar Tuesday, Aug. 28

SAC Meeting, 4-5 p.m., PSU Parliamentary Room

Spanish Film Night, 5-7 p.m., Siceluff Hall 225

SGA Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., PSU Parliamentary Room

SAC Quite Tickled Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., PSU South Lounge

Wednesday, Aug. 29 Sample Springfield, 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., PSU North Mall

Spectrum Meeting, 7-8 p.m., PSU third floor The Vine Meeting, 8-9:30 p.m., Carrington Hall Auditorium Freshfocus, 8-11 p.m., Level 1 Game Center

SAC Film: The Avengers, 9 p.m.midnight, PSU Theatre

Thursday, Aug. 30

State of the University Address, noon-1 p.m., PSU Theatre

SAC DVD Bingo, 9 p.m.-midnight, PSU Food Court

Friday, Aug. 31

Dropped classes refund deadline, all day, Office of the Registrar Intramural and fitness class deadline, all day, Foster Recreation Center Community Cooking Class, 2-3 p.m., Jordan Valley Community Health Center, 440. E. Tampa, Springfield

Monday, Sept. 3

Labor Day, no classes, all day

A Cub Bella Auditions, 8:30 a.m.noon, Ellis Hall

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Kaitlin Lawrence, a freshman cell and molecular biology major, sits on the edge of Hammons Fountain, which has been turned off as part of Missouri State’s water conservation plan.

MSU conserves H20 Drought prompts university to voluntarily save water

By Kelsey Bagwill The Standard

The drought that has been wreaking havoc across the country this summer is causing Springfield to pay close attention to something many take for granted—water. As of Aug. 24, the water supply storage level reading was at 63.7 percent, which is well below the 82.5 percent average storage level for this time of the year. In response to the drought earlier this summer, City Utilities of Springfield announced on July 27 that it had moved to a water watch and asked its customers to voluntar-

Simple ways to help save water: • • • • •

Take shorter showers Avoid running water in excess Run only full loads in dish and clothes washers Report dripping faucets and running toilets Refrigerate a pitcher of drinking water to avoid running tap water until cool

ily conserve water. Missouri State University is also doing its part by implementing its own water conservation plan, according to Bob Eckels, the director of Facilities Management at MSU. “Such drought conditions have caused us to develop a water conservation plan where we meet with City Utilities and develop a plan consistent with theirs,” Eckels said. Joel Alexander, manager of communications for City Utilities, said the college community came together to support water conservation for the City of Springfield. “One of the first groups of responders (to the water watch announcement) was MSU,”

Alexander said. “The presidents of all the colleges really banded together to do what they can to help the situation.” MSU’s Water Conservation Plan is currently implementing proactive measures. Such measures include adopting conservative irrigation and landscaping practices, limiting power washing, reducing the steam load for dishwashing, eliminating vehicle washing, educating the campus community and shutting down exterior fountains. These, and other conservation practices throughout Springfield, in combination with the recent light rains, have cut down the daily drop u See WATER page 8

Smoke-free Missouri State Smoking still drags on despite policy By Kris Collins The Standard

The Missouri State University tobacco policy on campus changed on Aug. 15, making MSU a smokefree campus. The signs around campus previously labeling the designated smoking areas now remind students and faculty of the smokefree policy. Sheila Bowen, Taylor Health and Wellness coordinator, said the policy, conceived by former university president, Michael Nietzel, was always intended to be smoke-free, but was to arrive there in a gradual manner. “We had the option of going cold turkey and making it tobacco free, or going over a period of two years and going tobacco free,” Bowen said. “We chose the latter to get people used to it and because we have new students every year as incoming freshmen.” Bowen said the gradual change was a more respectful and gentle change, as opposed to going cold turkey. Christina Raines, a freshman pursuing general studies, said she enjoys the smoke-free policy and believes it’s a good way to get people to think about the adverse health effects of smoking cigarettes. Sophomore photography major Olivia Cassidy said she respects the new policy, but doesn’t agree with it. “I think it’s too extreme because they had us basically roped into areas where we could (smoke), which I understand,” she said. “Walking down the sidewalk, you don’t want to be blowing smoke in people’s faces who don’t smoke, but they already had a nice system.” Uncertainty about which areas

A former Missouri State student charged with murder was arrested in Los Angeles and extradited to Springfield earlier this month. Joshua K. Brown, 21, was charged with second degree murder in the death of Javon Carter, 20, and armed criminal action on May Joshua 6 by Greene County prosecuBrown tors. The Springfield Police Department responded to a call of shots being fired at 1134 S. Maryland Ave., about a block south of the MSU parking lots on Grand Street, at noon on May 5, according to an SPD news release. “Upon arrival, officers found 20-year-old Javon L. Carter, from Springfield, in the front yard, suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound,” the release said. “He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead later in the afternoon.” Another individual was also treated for minor injuries from a gunshot wound, according to the release. After the shooting, Brown fled the scene on foot, according to a probable cause statement written by SPD’s Sgt. Allen Neal. SPD launched a manhunt to find Brown, but they were unsuccessful in locating him. Brown was eventually arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on June 26 in Los Angeles. According to a spokesperson for the LAPD, the reason for his arrest is unkown. He was then held in Los Angeles and extradited to Springfield on Aug. 8, according to LAPD records. Brown is currently being held at the Greene County Jail with bond set at $350,000 while he awaits trial, according to Cpl. Matt Brown, public information officer for SPD. A preliminary hearing set for 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 10 at the Judicial Courts Facility, according to Brown’s file on Wendy Garrison, Missouri assistant public defender, will represent Brown at the hearing. She did not return email requests for comment before The Standard’s press time.

Fraternity and Sorority Life sees physical changes By Dayle Duggins The Standard

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While some students say they enjoy the smoke-free policy, others continue to smoke on campus or on city-owned sidewalks.

are considered parts of campus has started a trend of smokers traveling to the furthest reaches of campus to have a cigarette. The most confusion arises when students are on the sidewalk. Is the sidewalk part of the city’s property or a part of campus? Bowen said it depends on the street because the sidewalk is technically part of the street. Smoking on sidewalks along streets running

through campus is not allowed. However, smoking is allowed on the sidewalks of streets that do not cut through campus. The example Bowen spoke about was the sidewalk on Grand Street, between Plaster Sports Complex and parking lot 24. Although the policy has been in effect for nearly two weeks,

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Guarantees of a bond for life, ritualistic experiences and shared values are just a few of the offerings presented by the Fraternity and Sorority Life community at Missouri State. While much of what the experience offers is lifelong, other important aspects, such as chapter housing, are not assured. These club-like associations that use Greek letters to identify themselves focus not only on ties within, but also on ties to the community, academics and philanthropies. Being a member requires dedication 24/7, making communication extremely important. Without a permanent meeting location, coordination of all efforts becomes extremely difficult. At Missouri State, many recent changes have impacted the physical appearance of the FSL community and even more changes are sure to come. Since the end of the 2011-2012 school year, chapter housing for four

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fraternities has changed tremendously, as some have gained homes while others have chosen to leave theirs. Also, two fraternities, along with one sorority, will soon have new and improved homes. These major changes not only affect each organization, but the FSL system as a whole. Below, representatives from each affected chapter have shared insight on the physical changes, their thoughts surrounding the evolution of the community and more. Whether you’re wondering why Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) and Pi Kappa Phi switched homes, or when Gamma Phi Beta’s new digs will be completed, The Standard has the inside scoop—and so will you.

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When Delta Chi’s landlord said he would be increasing rent on their leased chapter house, located at 1116 E. Elm St., last spring, the chapter had a big decision to make. According to Marc Rafael, the fraternity’s president, the house needed major renovations and the chapter didn’t think the rent increase was worthwhile. “It wasn’t the direction that the fraternity wanted to go,” Rafael, an administrative management major said. “As a collective group, we decided that it wasn’t the best for us to go on living in the house.” Soon after, the fraternity learned that Sigma Nu would be moving into the brick Elm Street residence next. Now, without a chapter house, the 30-man fraternity is looking for a new place to call home. So far, no legitimate prospects have come to the forefront, according to Rafael. “It definitely gives us motivation to get a house again,” the chapter president said. “I think it’s a typical progression and cycle that every Greek community goes through.”

Delta Chi

Refounded in spring 2010, Sigma Nu now boasts 40 members. After gaining their charter last spring, the fraternity decided it was time to start looking for a place to call their own. After talking to numerous landlords, Ryan Garner, the chapter president, said it was a relief when Roger Lantz, the owner of many MSU fraternity houses, said Delta Chi’s house would be available for rent. Members started moving into the house, located at 1116 E. Elm St., on June 1. The house accommodates 18 people and, after restoration, will eventually hold 20 members. Garner said without a house, getting together and communicating effectively was very difficult. “It’s exciting,” Garner said. “I think it’s really good for Greek unity. I think it’s going in the right direction and I hope that more housing opportunities arise in the future that way when chapters are ready to have a house, it’s available to them.”

Sigma Nu

While growing quickly isn’t a bad thing, Pi Kappa Phi built up extremely fast after coming to Missouri State in 2006—too fast, according to Henry Smith, the chapter’s president. In an effort to establish a tight-knit brotherhood, the chapter decided to limit its membership. “With that, it kind of took a downturn the past couple of years where we got even lower numbers than we were wanting then,” Smith said. With their lease ending in May, the small chapter decided the largest fraternity house on campus, located at 949 E. Elm St., wasn’t the best fit, as filling the house was an issue. After speaking to Roger Lantz, their landlord, he suggested switching houses with Phi Gamma Delta, an Elm Street neighbor, as they were outgrowing their house. “At first we were very opposed,” Smith said. “It’s a 10-man house and looks to some like a failure, but we feel more at home here and we’re much happier than we were before.” According to Smith, an entertainment management major, the move has served as a bonding and maturing process for the chapter, bringing out new leaders and making the chapter of 35 stronger as a whole. The chapter is now living at 1040 E. Elm St. “Everything is happening for the positive,” Smith said. “I think we could end up seeing more Greek housing coming on campus in the near future.”

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Pi Kappa Phi

After receiving their charter in 2009, FIJI also gained a chapter house on Elm Street, located at 1040 E. Elm St. With 73 members and a house that fit 10, many individuals weren’t able to experience living with their brothers. Aware that the house was too small for the chapter, landlord Roger Lantz suggested FIJI and Pi Kappa Phi switch houses. Caleb Holder, the chapter president, said excitement set in immediately. Next, he had to explain to alumni why they were interested in switching homes, as they had worked for quite some time to guarantee chapter housing. Now, the chapter is able to fit 30 men into the house, located at 949 E. Elm, each year. Holder, a cell and molecular biology major, also said the move has brought FIJI and Pi Kappa Phi closer together, as they are continuing to communicate because of the recent move. “As a chapter I think it’s brought a lot of momentum,” Holder said. “Everybody’s excited about the new move and we’re moving in an upward direction because of all the hype.”

Phi Gamma Delta

Since 2010, Phi Delta Theta has been planning to tear down their existing Elm Street house, located at 1107 E. Elm St., and start over with a clean slate. The current house, apparently built in the 1800s, is falling apart, according to Greg Laury, the chapter

Phi Delta Theta


Members of Sigma Nu gather outside of their new home on Elm Street before a rush event. The chapter is now living in Delta Chi’s old house, located at 1116 E. Elm St. president. In 2011, fundraising for the alumni-based project began. Today, the chapter has raised more than $850,000 to build a brand new house that, in the end, will cost $1.4 million. Laury, an administrative management major, said while the house will have a completely new look, they hope to keep tradition alive with things from the old one, including a large front porch. This December, the house will be torn down, leaving members without a chapter house for a semester. Laury said the new gathering location should be ready for movein in August 2013. “It’s been a transition because our alumni are forking over thousands of dollars and it’s essentially an investment for them,” Laury said. “It’s helping us, which is great, because they’re helping us set goals and we’re reaching goals.”

When Theta Chi’s chapter advisor, Howard Cavner, learned that United Ministries in Higher Education’s house on South Florence Avenue would soon be vacant because of a move to The Monroe, he proposed they tear down the property and build a new house. The chapter is now working with its nationals to finalize plans to break ground on the new house this fall and complete the project by next school year. Garrett Mueller, Theta Chi’s president, said the house will be three stories and hold 40 members, whereas their current house, located at 1043 E. Cherry St., houses 33. “We want a house that reflects the quality of its members and its accomplishments,”Mueller, a management major said. “What we’re paying for now and the quality of the house just doesn’t equate.” Mueller said the changes in the FSL com-

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munity add new motivation and incentive, creating a desire to succeed in this year’s recruitment even more.

While many of the physical changes in Fraternity and Sorority Life surround the fraternity sector, Gamma Phi Beta has plans to build a new sorority house just down the street from their current leased home located at 1029 E. Elm St. Currently, Gamma Phi Beta is leasing Sigma Sigma Sigma’s house, which is owned by the chapter’s nationals. Because their lease expires at the end of the school year, their nationals presented the chapter with an opportunity to build a new house, according to Katie Esposito, the chapter president. Esposito, a hospitality and restaurant administration major, said the chapter started planning the move last winter. Official documents were signed during the first week of classes to tear down two houses, located at 1139 and 1141 E. Elm St., and build an entirely new property. Construction is set to begin within the next two weeks. “It was time for us to move out on our own,” Esposito said. “We’ll still be the same chapter, same girls, just in a different house.” The new house, complete with a library, second floor balcony and suite-style bedrooms is set to be finished in August 2013.Currently, 48 members live in the Gamma Phi Beta house. Their new home will house 43 women. “I think we’re really growing as a Greek community,” Esposito said. Andrea Weber, assistant director for student engagement and FSL, was unable to be reached for comment on the physical changes to the community before press time. To find out more about MSU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life, go to

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Them’s (not) fighting words The beginning of another semester means that Missouri State will inevitably receive a visit from the always controversial, occasionally entertaining, and generally offensive Brother Jed. Standing in front of Strong Hall with his large wooden cross and thronged by a ring of students, Brother Jed didn’t disappoint, making an appearance at MSU on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23 and 24. If you’ve been here in past semesters, you are most likely familiar with Brother Jed. However, for those thousands of new students, you might need an introduction. George Edward Smock, better known as Brother Jed, is an American evangelist whose ministry has been located in Columbia, Mo. since 2004. Jed is known for his extreme style of preaching, which he introduced in his book, “Who Will Rise Up: A Call to Confrontational Evangelism,” first published in 1985. With each visit, Jed manages to offend a large group of people, and every time Brother Jed pays us a visit, I hear students complaining and questioning why we allow him

Lindsey Howard Managing Editor on campus. I’m not going to defend Brother Jed. I find him incredibly offensive and I don’t agree with his style of preaching or anything that he says. I am, however, going to defend his right to free speech and his right to preach on our campus. Often, those who question Brother Jed’s right to preach on campus cite our policy of diversity, but I think that, because we do value diverse opinions, we should continue to allow controversial people to speak on campus and share their opinions that may not be mainstream. Some believe that Jed’s form of speech isn’t protected under the First Amendment because it constitutes fighting words, but this is not the case. Fighting words are an exception to the First Amendment, but Brother Jed’s comments, do not fall under this category.

Fighting words have had a long history in the courts, but today, are defined by law dictionaries, including the online dictionary at as “Words intentionally directed toward another person, which are so venomous and full of malice as to cause the hearer to suffer emotional distress or incite him/her to immediately retaliate physically.” For the most part, Brother Jed directs his comments at entire groups of people. However, if he were to directly insult someone as he admittedly does from time to time, and that person had a physical reaction, such as punching Jed, then his speech could be seen as fighting words and his speech would not be protected. Since I have never observed anyone in a physical altercation with Jed—no one wants to get in trouble for assault—I think Jed will be able to avoid being called out for violating the fighting words doctrine. The university has an expressive activity policy that provides guidelines for speakers visiting campus. This includes a provision banning

fighting words. The policy also states that violators will be subject to removal from campus, arrest and possibly criminal charges. If MSU felt that Brother Jed’s sermons violated this policy, then such action would have occurred and they would have every right to remove him from campus. While we are a public university that must honor the separation of church and state, Brother Jed doesn’t have to, as he is not affiliated with the university or state in any way. Instead of rallying for Jed to be banned from campus, or protesting and getting into arguments with him when he is here, if we as a student body simply ignore him and do not give him the attention that he craves, maybe he will eventually stop coming and we won’t have to have this debate every semester. If we say that we are defenders of freedom of speech, we cannot mean this only when we agree with the speech in question. We must be unwavering in our defense of our first amendment rights, even if it means allowing someone like Brother Jed onto our campus.

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Legitimate rape, legitimately confusing “You’re telling me women don’t secrete their own birth control?” A “Skeptical Todd Akin” meme created on the growing social media site, Reddit, featured this caption adorning a still shot taken from an interview with Rep. Todd Akin (RMO) on The Jaco Report, in which Akin made a controversial statement regarding “legitimate rape.” When asked whether abortion should be legal in the case of rape, Akin had this gem of a response: “From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Wait, what? In an interview with The New York Times, Dr. John C. Willke—who The New York Times identified as a “general practitioner with obstetric training and a former president of the National Right to Life Committee,” and who is also a supporter of Akin—essentially said that women who have been legitimately raped will be frightened, thus making it harder for sperm to fertilize. I’m pretty sure, no, I’m positive, that’s not how reproductive biology works. A

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woman becomes pregnant when sperm fertilizes an egg, and anytime unprotected sex occurs, it could potentially result in pregnancy. In an interview on Aug. 21, after the initial uproar, Akin told Dana Loesch, a conservative talk radio host, that he simply misplaced the word “legitimate.” People thought he was talking about the rapists being legitimate. Following this wonderful science lesson and subsequent clarification, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan immediately tried to distance themselves from Akin and Dr. Willke, even though, according to a New York Daily News article, Romney’s campaign had embraced Dr. Willke in 2007. Furthermore, in an interview with KDKA, a CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, Ryan said that “Rape is rape period, end of story.” However, in July 2010 and January 2011, Ryan and Akin co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, a bill that at the time tried to redefine rape to “forcible rape” when regarding the federal funding of abortions. Using this language, the bill would not have covered

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abortions for rapes that occured due to a limited mental capacity, and would have excluded pregnancies that resulted from statutory rape. It is not OK for men in Congress to be making all of these decisions about women’s health without any input from women. Take the birth control hearing. During the first round of hearings held by House Republicans in February, five men were allowed to testify, but no women were. Why were men the only ones debating on the issue of contraception? It is not OK to vote for men who believe that “forcible rape” is the only kind of rape and that a woman’s body can just spontaneously shut down pregnancies. I’ve heard it time and time again that we live in a society where we teach women not to be raped instead of teaching rapists not to rape. By redefining rape to only include certain things, it’s sayThe Standard reserves the right to edit or reject any advertising copy at any time. The Standard encourages responsibility and good taste in advertising. Political advertisements must show clear endorsement, such as “Paid for by (Advertiser).” A sample of all mail-order items must be submitted prior to the publication of the advertisement. Advertising having the appearance of news must have the word “advertisement” printed above. Such ads must be bordered. Clear sponsorship must be shown on each advertisement. Position requests will be honored when possible but are not guaranteed. In case of error or omission, The

ing that some women ask to be raped, or that some rape is OK. I don’t know any woman who would ask to be raped. What it comes down to is that women should be in control of their own healthcare needs. Yes, there needs to be more estrogen in the talks about women’s healthcare on both sides of the political spectrum, but at least President Obama has taken strides far larger than those of his conservative counterparts, including affordable access to birth control and preventative care under the the Affordable Care Act. In this 2012 election, what it really boils down to is this: if you believe that, as a woman, you should be making your own healthcare decisions, vote Democrat. If you believe that a middle-aged male who doesn’t know your story, your struggle, your circumstances, or even your very existence, but wants to pretend he does should be making these decisions for you, or if you just want to save yourself a trip to the pharmacy every month by believing that you live in skeptical Todd Akin’s perfect world where women can secrete their own birth control, vote Republican.

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Dining requirement is unfair to MSU students

Dining at Missouri State has been completely revamped over the past year and while some changes have been made for the better, others not so much. When Sodexo was the food service provider at MSU, students living on campus had the option to add Bear Fare to their meal plan of 10, 14, 19 or unlimited weekly meals. With Bear Fare, you purchased a set amount of meals—25, 50 or 75—for a semester and had the entire semester to use them. When you used your Bear Fare to purchase a meal, you typically got a meal with a main dish, side item and a drink included in the value of one Bear Fare meal. Unless you wanted a smoothie and then, well, you just got a smoothie. The system wasn’t perfect, though. You could only use Bear Fare after 1 p.m. on weekdays and if you didn’t use all of your meals, you lost them at the end of the semester. But it was still a choice of whether you—or your parents—wanted to purchase Bear Fare. Chartwells—which took over food service at MSU this past year—kept this plan in place for students living on campus during its first year on campus. Now, however, things have changed. “In addition to a traditional meal plan of 10, 14, 19, or unlimited meals per week, residents must also choose a Boomer Meals plan. If no Boomer Meals plan is selected, the $180 plan will be selected for you,” according to Missouri State’s website. Boomer Meals works like a debit system where money is placed in your account and you pay for the food you purchase and if you bought the plan before the semester began, you received $150 worth of meals for $135, $200 worth of meals for $180 and $250 worth of meals for $220 per semester. This bonus money may sound like a good deal, but it’s not. If you have $250 worth of meals, with a meal costing approximately $6.50, that divides down to 38.46 meals for the semester. This is nowhere near the 75-meal option available with the highest form of Bear Fare for students living on campus last year. It’s understandable for the university to require students living on campus to buy a meal plan for the dining hall, but to require students to purchase an additional meal plan on top of that is a poor use of students’ money and quite simply, unfair.

Letter to the Editor

MSU should ban Brother Jed

This afternoon, while walking to Strong Hall for my International Relations class, I noticed that an evangelical preacher was trying to “save souls.” The only problem was that his rhetoric was tinged with hatred. He reminded me of the Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-semitic and homophobic rhetoric. I find this rhetoric to be disgustingly inflammatory. “Brother Jed,” as he is known, is a blight on society and an affront to the policies of MSU. This is 2012 at a university that prides itself on diversity. I don’t know what possessed the school to allow such a hatemonger on campus in the first place. After all, inflammatory speech isn’t covered under the First Amendment of the US Constitution as it constitutes fighting words by being offensive to peo-

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ple of protected status (minorities, homosexuals, women, etc...). I would think that Brother Jed’s use of hate speech would also violate Missouri State’s policy against harassment and, therefore, should void his permit to speak on campus. Another problem with Brother Jed being on campus is that his mere presence violates Thomas Jefferson’s ideals of separation of church and state, and if I’m not mistaken, MSU is a PUBLIC school. In conclusion, Brother Jed’s detritus form of hate speech does not belong on a college campus that prides itself on diversity and tolerance. The administration of MSU must take notice and never be allowed to preach his filth on this campus again. Mike Young, History major, junior

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Calendar Tuesday, Aug. 28

Spanish Film Night “Celda 211,” 5 p.m., Siceluff Hall Room 225, free RACE: Are We So Different?, 5:30 p.m., Discovery Center Auditorium, free SAC Presents Quite Tickled Tuesday, 7 p.m., PSU, free

Deke Dickerson and The Domino Kings, 7 p.m., Lindberg’s, $7 (21+)

Wednesday, Aug. 29 Four Front Jazz Quartet, 7 p.m., The Coffee Ethic, free Sample Springfield, 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., North Mall, free

The Vine, 8 p.m., Carrington Hall Auditorium, free

Freshfocus, 8 p.m., PSU Level 1 Game Center, free SAC Films Presents: The Avengers, 9 p.m., PSU, free

Thursday, Aug. 30

Think n’ Drink Trivia, 7:30 p.m., Patton Alley Pub, free TAG Thursday, 9 p.m., The Outland, $5

SAC Presents: DVD Bingo, 9 p.m., PSU, free

Friday, Aug. 31

Community Cooking Class, 2 p.m. Jordan Valley Community Health Center, free BearWear Friday and College Colors Day, all day, everywhere, free

Skinny Improv Mainstage, 8 p.m., 301 E. Park Central East St., $12/general, $10/student

Saturday, Sept. 1

Urban Style Ballroom Dancing, 4 p.m., Savoy Ballroom, $7/single, $10/couple (with student ID)

Skinny Improv Mainstage, 8 p.m., 301 E. Park Central East St., $12/general, $10/student Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights, 8 p.m., Outland Ballroom, cover Springfield Hempfest, noon, 5484 W. Sunshine St., $20/weekend, $10/day

Sunday, Sept. 2

Think n’ Drink Trivia, 7:30 p.m., Patton Alley Pub, free

Springfield Hempfest, noon., 5485 W. Sunshine St., $20/week

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Many at Missouri State feel there is a genuine lack of school spirit at the university for athletics and campus traditions.

Where’s your spirit? Do MSU students have what it takes to continuously support athletics and organizations on campus? By Kelsey Berry The Standard

For some students, the fall semester may signify one thing, and one thing alone: football. That time of the year is quickly approaching and soon, the stadium and bleachers will be packed with excited students decked out in Missouri State apparel, yelling until they’re hoarse, with faces painted maroon and white in support of their Bears.Or will they? Regardless of athletic success, student support and participation at games is

The problem

The perceived lack of school spirit affects more than just the image of the university and its athletic department. More importantly, it detracts from the camaraderie of the student community as a whole. “To me, school spirit is about having pride in being here,” junior communication studies major Chase Probert said. “It’s not only supporting the sports teams, but wanting to see MSU on the top of every list, whether it be sports or academics.” Probert said he believes that the MSU student body does have school spirit, but could definitely use some improvement.

important to the vitality of the university as a whole, and, according to some students, Missouri State seems to be lacking it. Junior risk management and insurance major Sarah Shelton said she thinks sometimes people are disappointed by the number of students in the stands supporting athletic teams at MSU. “They see the lack of fans as a lack of school spirit,” she said. “Even though there are other things to be spirited about on campus, our athletics are typically The causes There are several possithe most recognized.”

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Springfield will host the 2nd annual Hemp Fest September 1-3. The event is meant to educate individuals on the many uses of the Cannabis plant and celebrate it with three full days of music, food, drinks and education. There will be free camping available and an eclectic mixture of musical performances. Extra entertainment includes carnivalstyle inflatables, human hamster balls and more. Tickets are $10 for a single day pass and $20 for a weekend pass and can be purchased online at http://www.springfieldhempfest.c om.

Paranormal Task Force hosts Pythian Castle ghost hunt

The Paranormal Task Force will host an interactive ghost hunt on Sept. 8 at Pythian Castle in Springfield. A meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 to review the history of the castle and the overnight investigation will conclude at 4 a.m. Midnight snacks will be provided. The cost to participate is $75 and more information’s available at http://

The importance

Support and enthusiasm for MSU athletics and other activities on campus is an important ingredient to the success of the university and when it comes to sponsors, funding and donations, student participation can play a big role. “Boosting school spirit would increase our community support,” Shelton said in an email. “It gets people hyped to support Missouri State and even increases funding, scholarships and donations.” Both Shelton and Probert also mentioned that MSU pride created a sort of “family atmosphere”

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows off his cycling skills in new action thriller.

young musicians

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have the same goal, yet they’re working separately,” Klute said.

‘Premium Rush’ pushes bicycling stunts to new level

Monday, Sept. 3

Missouri State University’s music department will host the first meeting of the String Project at 4 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Rountree Music Room, 1333 E. Grand St. The String Project is an opportunity for young musicians in second and third-grade who want to learn the violin, viola or cello. Rountree students will meet at 3:45 p.m. and non-Rountree students at 4:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays after Sept. 19. Orchestra instructor Elizabeth Johnson will be the master teacher and MSU students will also be instructing. Tuition is $80 for a semester and children will be required to have an instrument and one book.

ble explanations for the shortage of support and the cause is likely not just one, but a combination of reasons. Some students may not know much about the athletic event they are attending, resulting in boredom or indifference. Probert also suggested that students may just be hesitant to try a new experience alone. Junior finance major and president of Maroon Madness Matthaus Klute also believes that the effort made by university organizations such as Maroon Madness, Residence Hall Association and sororities and fraternities on campus has not been a collaborative effort in the past and this year that needs to change. “There are all these different organizations within the university and they all

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K-State graduate Christine Capp and Missouri State student Nicolette Martin after the All-Star Game 5k race, July 8 in Kansas City.

Running success

When running your first marathon or 5k, it’s important to be prepared with the proper gear, a training schedule and a positive mindset. By Nicolette Martin The Standard

ural, barefoot stride, are becoming more and more popular among recreational, short-distance runners. “Most people use a traditional running shoe for a marathon,” she said. “But minimalist running shoes are becoming more popular because they’re a lighter weight, deconstructed version of average running shoes.” When running any distance, the right clothing is as important as the proper footwear. According to Bowling, lightweight moisture-wicking clothing, or clothing that is intended to help sweat evaporate quickly, leaving you dry and cool, is the best kind of clothing to run in because it keeps you more comfortable.

26.2. You’ve probably seen cars driving around with a little oval bumper sticker sporting this number, but did you ever wonder what it means? 26.2: the number of miles in a marathon. Marathons and 5k races have become more and more popular in recent years, including races such as the Boston Marathon, the Chicago Marathon, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and the Color Run. If you’ve ever contemplated running a marathon or a 5k, there’s no better time to start preparing for it than right now. While any fitness feat can seem intimidating at first, goals can be accomplished with the right Training Schedules Once you have the proper mindset and preparation. footwear and clothing, it’s time to start training. Proper Running Gear While some opt to get a personal Before you can even begin training for a race, it’s important to have trainer to help keep them motivated to the proper running equipment, run, it is possible to train on your including proper running shoes and own. There are several marathon training schedules online that are suitcomfortable clothing. Brandi Bowling, a recreational ed to your level of fitness. includes runner and employee of Ridgerunner Sports, a Springfield store specializ- either a 16-week training schedule ing in products for runners, says that (which assumes you can run for at minimalist running shoes, or shoes that are meant to simulate a more natu See RUN page 9

Skinned knees and elbows galore. Near misses with cabs and pedestrians aplenty. “Premium Rush” isn’t lacking in skilled riders, but may be lacking in skilled writers. Wilee (Joseph GordonLevitt) is New York City’s best bike messenger, riding with a fixed gear and no brakes. When a friend needs a very important envelope delivered, she calls Wilee, but crooked cop, Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon), also wants the envelope. Now, Wilee must race against time, traffic and a vindictive cop in order to deliver the package before it is too late. Think of it as a watered down version of “Crank”, or any other Jason Statham movie, but with bike messengers. Not that I’m trying to downplay how dangerous being a bike messenger can be, it just didn’t have the same oomph. “Premium Rush” was a great concept. It took a profession that people don’t really think about, set it in NYC with some cool stunts, and a classic storyline. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite pay off. While the storyline was your classic everyone-wants-thepackage-but-the-renegadedelivery-man-won’t-give-it-upno-matter-what, I found myself not caring about the characters. Sure, I wanted the good guys to succeed, but I wouldn’t have been crushed if they hadn’t. The riding and stunts were well done, especially if you’ve ever done any cycling. It takes a lot to ride and to ride well. It also takes a lot of guts. Props to the stuntmen and the actors for doing all the crazy riding. There was, however, too much riding and not enough substance. Even though the movie was only 91 minutes, basically the bare minimum for a feature length film, it felt much longer. Perhaps, if they

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had beefed up the story more, the excessive amounts of racing would have been more enjoyable. The format of the film was kind of fun. Time would slow enough for us to see the mental process of Wilee and how he decides which way to get through the crowds and cars: go this way and get hit by a cab; go that way and run into a baby stroller; go another way and scrape by unharmed. It also didn’t have a linear story line. It started toward the end, then went back in different increments and told the story from different characters’ viewpoints. It was a good choice for letting the audience know what was going on, but all of that wasn’t quite enough to save the film. The one saving quality of the film, however, was Shannon. If you aren’t familiar with him now, you probably will be soon. He’s one of those brilliant actors who, if you look up on IMDB, he’s in all these films that you had no idea about. Plus, he’s going to be General Zod in the new “Man of Steel” film. He is definitely an underrated actor whose forte is being completely and utterly terrifying. Overall, “Premium Rush” isn’t a terrible film, but it isn’t great either. If you’re a huge BMX or trick-riding fan, then you would probably enjoy it, but I’d wait for a cheap DVD.

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Festivalgoers brave the rain to support Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin in St. Louis By Kaycie Surrell The Standard

“We’re going downtown, Springfield, all right,” crooned Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s, Will Knauer, to a high-spirited crowd at last weekend’s St. Louis festival, Loufest. The festival hosted 16 bands over the span of two days and, despite weather that may have had some running for cover, it went off without a hitch. The festival began Saturday afternoon with bands Sleepy Kitty, King Tuff and Cotton Mather kicking off the weekend. Festivalgoers drove, walked and rode their bikes through Forest Park to reach the venue. Thanks to Loufest’s green initiative, the environmentally conscious could bike to the entrance and check their bikes with a maintenance crew for a free tuneup. Though the festival is relatively new, the impressive lineup and welcoming staff have made it a premiere summer festival destination. “We’ve been playing in St. Louis for years and this is the closest festival to us,” said SSLYBY’s Phil Dickey. “We’ve played European festivals outdoors but never one like this in the states.” The festival’s Nosh Pit brought together the best of local fare offering bruschetta and hummus from Bar Louie, pork belly sliders and portabella fries from Dressels Pub, fish tacos from the Kota Wood Fire Grill and

more. Local retailers like Miss Ohio Vintage also set up shop at the festival, a saving grace for those of us desperate for a pair of shorts halfway through the hottest part of the day. The local vintage shop opened in 2010 and already, they’re festival regulars. Last year, a $60 shopping spree was the top prize for festivalgoers that channeled their inner fashionista. This year, the booth sold vintage tees with custom alteration and encouraged the festival’s best dressed to show off. Though the weekend did warm up, Loufest was prepared with Hydration Stations stocked with complementary water bottles and water filling stations. The Ecozone shared the space, promoting conservation, recycling and clean energy. Springfield native Kendra Miller caught Saturday’s headliner and seasoned Missouri State University performer, Girl Talk. “I was so happy to see Girl Talk. We’ll be pulling glitter out of our hair for days,” she said. “I think it’s pretty great how close you can get to the stage; it’s not overcrowded.” Day two of the festival took a turn for the damp before Dr. Dog’s set. Though the band was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., summer’s drought decided to let up just as the crew began to set the stage. Soaked crowds huddled beneath vendor’s awnings and holed up wher-

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin took the stage along with the Flaming Lips at Loufest last weekend.

What’s Loufest? Loufest is a 2-day music festival for all ages held in St. Louis every August. The festival serves as a venue for both national and local bands who perform on three different stages. Festivalgoers also attend the event to enjoy food, shopping and festival activitites like the rock wall. Source: Information gathered from

ever dry spots could be found. Standing apart from the drenched crowds, in face paint and glitter, were the ragtag followers of psychedelic rock band, The Flaming Lips. Sarah Flood of the Love Tribe, a group that has attended every Lips performance of the summer, offered her face-painting services to willing fans throughout the day. “We all met at the New Years Eve Freakout,” said Flood. “There are around 160 of us all together and about seven of us rode a

charter bus to Loufest after their last show.” The two-day party ended with Flaming Lips’ lead singer Wayne Coyne rallying the crowd with an encore performance of “Do You Realize?”, a slow-building song that packs an emotional punch. Confetti cannons blasted colored paper above the heads of an ever-grateful audience that had braved the high cost of food, rainstorms and limited parking to enjoy what is sure to become one of the best things about St. Louis in the summertime.

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Sarah Flood painting the face of a new inductee of the Love Tribe, a group that follows the Flaming Lips.


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Volleyball deserves a larger audience

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Field hockey Friday, Aug. 24 VCU Missouri State Men’s soccer Monday, Aug. 20 Southwest Baptist Missouri State Friday, Aug. 24 (2OT) Belmont Missouri State Volleyball Friday, Aug. 24 Oklahoma Missouri State Saturday, Aug. 25 Tulsa Missouri State Western Michigan Missouri State Women’s soccer Wednesday, Aug. 22 Arkansas Missouri State Friday, Aug. 24 Nebraska-Omaha Missouri State Sunday, Aug. 26 Indiana Missouri State

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Thursday, Aug. 30

Volleyball, 7 p.m. at home vs. Oral Roberts

Friday, Aug. 31

Field hockey, 4 p.m. at Indiana

Volleyball, 7 p.m. at home Dayton


Women’s soccer, 5:30 p.m. Tulsa

Corralling the competition Football team faces tough task of playing FBS foe Kansas State By Brandon Corrigan The Standard

Men’s soccer, 7 p.m. at UMKC

Men’s soccer, 1:30 p.m. at Conway, Ark. vs. Oral Roberts

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MSU safety Mike Crutcher tackles Indiana State’s Shakir Bell last season at Plaster Sports Complex.


Saturday, Sept. 1

Cross-country, 8 a.m. at Tulsa

Football, 6 p.m. at Kansas State

Volleyball, noon at home vs. Arkansas-Little Rock

Volleyball, 6:30 p.m. at home vs. Austin Peavy

Sunday, Sept. 2

It’s easy to count out the Bears before they even take the field in Manhattan to battle the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday, in the season opener for both teams. After all, Missouri State is 1-26 all-time against FBS opponents, and the last time the Bears made a visit to Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on Sept. 11, 2010, the Wildcats

Men’s soccer, noon at Conway Ark. vs. Lipscomb

Wednesday, Sept. 5

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Women’s soccer, 1 p.m. at Oral Roberts

Volleyball, 6 p.m. at Kansas State

Friday, Sept. 7

Field hockey, 1 p.m. at Saint Louis

Men’s soccer, 3:30 p.m. at Dayton, Ohio vs. Eastern Illinois

Volleyball, 7:30 p.m. at home vs. Connecticut

Women’s soccer, 5 p.m. at Kansas

Briefs Volleyball team set to host University Plaza Invitational

The Missouri State volleyball team opens home play this week as they host the University Plaza Invitational from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. The field of teams includes MSU, Dayton, Austin Peavy, Oral Roberts and Arkansas-Little Rock. The Bears are looking to rebound from a tough opening weekend in which they went 0-3, losing to Oklahoma, Tulsa and Western Michigan. Through the weekend’s slate of games, junior Christine McCartney led the team in kills with 42, junior Ashley Mason led the team in digs with 48 and junior Carly Thomas led the team in assists with 113.

Football fun fact: coaching connection

Kansas State’s new defensive coordinator is Tom Hayes, who was promoted from his position as secondary coach, served as interim coach at the University of Kansas for the last three games of the 2001 season following the dismissal of now Missouri State head coach Terry Allen.

Opening weekend Who: MSU vs. Kansas State When: 6 p.m. Where: Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.

State quarterback, Collin Klein found Chris Harper on a 37-yard-touchdown pass with 1:39 left, ensuring a 10-7 victory. If the Bears are to pull the upset, it all starts with the defense stopping Klein, an All-Big 12 quarterback. “He’s obviously a very good quarterback,” Missouri State head coach u See FOOTBALL page 7

Field hockey roster loaded with youth Team filled with 12 freshmen picked to finish fourth in MAC

Field hockey, 1 p.m. at Iowa

steamrolled the Bears’ defense, racking up 493 offensive yards in a 48-24 victory. The Big 12 Wildcats are ranked No. 22 nationally by the AP and attempting to Allen build off a 10-3 2011 campaign that included a Cotton Bowl appearance, while the Bears try to rebound from a lackluster 2-9 season. However, anything can happen — just look at last season, when the Wildcats barely squeaked by fellow Football Championship Subdivision team Eastern Kentucky Colonels in their season opener. Kansas State fumbled five times — losing four of them — and only escaped with the victory when K-

Last fall, the Missouri State field hockey team had a balanced roster of freshmen (5), sophomores (6), juniors (5) and seniors (4). This fall, the Bears’ roster seems to have taken an interest in the youth movement with 12 freshmen, one redshirt freshman, six juniors, and two seniors. Even though the freshmen do not have the collegiate field hockey experience that some of their older teammates have, veterans, like senior midfielder Chelsey Medlock, still have confidence in the newcomers. “They are still really great players,” Medlock said. “And I think they will be able to adjust easily.” Junior goalkeeper Andrea Bain added that although the majority of the squad are freshmen, the team still has a core group of veteran players to help teach the rookies how the game is played and to be role models for them.

Which fall team are you most excited to see compete?

Sport Votes Volleyball 630 Football 65 Men’s soccer 19 Women’s soccer 13 Field hockey 9 Cross-country 5 Poll taken from

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Missouri State’s Meagen Good forces the ball up-field past the Ohio University defense last season at Plaster Sports Complex. Good is one of nine returners on the field hockey this season. Missouri State enters the season predicted to finish fourth in the MidAmerican Conference by the coaches’ poll. The Bears start their season off with four games on the road, which began Friday with a 6-1 loss against Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. The team will play a game every couple of days and sometimes play

games on consecutive days during the season, which spans from Aug. 24 until Nov. 3 for the MAC Championships. With such busy schedules, filled with field hockey and school, the Bears still find ways to stay loose and have some fun, whether it’s u See HOCKEY page 9

Women’s soccer takes aim at conference title Preseason poll ranks Bears as second-best team in Valley

By Matt Aten The Standard

Head coach Rob Brewer doesn’t buy into the preseason rankings, even if those rankings show MSU as the second best team in the Missouri Valley in 2012. “The Valley is anything but predictable,” Brewer said in a press release. “You have to look at Illinois State, picked at the top, and think they have to be the team to knock off. If we can stay healthy we

I will admit: volleyball is far from my favorite sport. That slot belongs to football, followed in order by basketball and baseball. However, I have been to several Missouri State volleyball games in my four years here, and, believe it or not, those matches can be very exciting and intense. Here at MSU, we have the luxury of garnering one of the best volleyball teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, year after year. They have had 13 consecutive 20-win seasons in a row now, and will likely make it 14 this season, as they were picked to finish second in the MVC Preseason Poll. Head coach Melissa Stokes, who holds a 357164 record in her 17 seasons at MSU, has the MVC record for the most career conference-match wins with 208. In a poll on, the school’s official athletics website, a simple question was posed to the fans of MSU sports: Which fall team are you most excited to see compete? The results: Volleyball won (as of Monday) with 85 percent of the votes (630). The next team in line was football, with a measly 8.8 percent (65). Obviously, this poll only represents a small sample size of the thousands of MSU fans out there, but the results are

Bears on the Preseason All-MVC Team • Grace Cross • Kelsey Fouch • Nia Williams

defense. The Bears had three defenders named to the Preseason All-MVC Team: Grace Cross, Kelsey Fouch and Nia Williams. Cross, a senior, was named to the All-MVC Team in 2011. A versatile Steph Anderson/THE STANDARD player, she can play midNorth Texas goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine blocks a field if needed, but is setbreak-away attempt by MSU’s Rachel Weimer on tling into the center-back Aug. 1. North Texas defeated MSU 1-0. spot this season. Fouch is coming off of a freshman season in have a shot at the league, league.” but all of the teams are getA big part of MSU’s which she compiled the ting better and that gives high preseason mark has to u See SOCCER page 7 everyone a chance in this do with their strong

too lopsided to ignore. However, the attendance numbers for each sport do not match what this poll suggests, which is that volleyball is the most popular fall sport at MSU. Last year, the football team had an average of 10,804 fans per game, while the volleyball team only attracted 689 fans. I’m challenging all MSU fans to give more support to the volleyball squad, the team that seems to be the most popular, and that is without a doubt the most successful fall sports team on a consistent basis. After all, MSU does have one of the best collections of players in the conference, including Carly Thomas, Christine McCartney, Olivia Brand, Kaitlin Jaeger and Ashley Mason, who together have collected numerous MVC accolades over the past couple of seasons. The first home match of the season for the Bears is at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Hammons Student Center against Oral Roberts, the beginning of the University Plaza Invitational to which MSU is playing host. At a school where the underperforming football team seems to receive the majority of the attention from the local media during the fall, it would be u See POORMAN page 9

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third most minutes played on the team with 1,651. Fouch also contributed two assists and 12 shots that led to a spot on the MVC All-Freshman Team in 2011. Williams has had a decorated beginning to her 2012 season, being named to the All-MVC Team, picking up the MVC Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 21 and winning the MVC ScholarAthlete of the Week award the following day. “It was really cool to win the award,” Williams said. “We have a strong group on defense and they should all have a chance to win the award (MVC Defensive Player of the Week) this season.” While the defense looked good, the offense looked just as impressive in the team’s 50 win against the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in their season opener on Aug. 17. The five goals came from Erin Stewart, Michelle Sommer, Rachel Weimer, Shelby Stewart and Lauren Fussell. Goalie Chelsea Voet also recorded her first career shutout. “We came out with great intensity tonight,” Brewer said after the win. “It was good to see the team competing from start to finish. We pride ourselves on defense — that’s something we take pride in.” The Bears dropped their next two matches 0-1 at home against North Texas on Aug. 19 and another 0-1 defeat in Fayetteville to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Aug 22. On Aug. 24, the Bears evened their record at 2-2 with a 3-0 victory over visiting Nebraska-Omaha. MSU also dropped a match to Indiana, 4-1, on Sunday, Aug. 26. Molly Brewer, a freshman forward and the daughter of coach Brewer, gave the Bears the lead early in the second half with her first career goal. In the 50th minute, Lauren Fussell picked up a loose ball near midfield and played it to a wide open Brewer on the left side, who pushed it past the keeper for a 1-0 lead. In the 62nd minute, Nia Williams sent a long pass to Sommer, who tacked on her second goal of the season. The offense wasn’t done there. With five minutes remaining in the match, Katie Davis picked up her first career goal. Voet recorded her second career shutout with three saves. “We played really well in the second half,” Williams said. “Our passes were a lot smoother, and we were able to open up a lot of scoring opportunities.” MSU is currently in the middle of a long stretch of road matches before returning to Plaster Field on Sept. 9 for a game against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.


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Terry Allen said, who enters his seventh season at the Bears’ helm. “There’s no question about that. “He makes you defend 11 people and that’s a little different. You say ‘Well, isn’t there always 11 people?’ But as active as he is in the running game, you have to really make sure that you defend

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Freshman Alix Opfer is announced prior to the game on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at Plaster Sports Complex. North Texas defeated MSU 1-0 with a late goal. The Bears’ next home game is on Sept. 9 against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

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North Texas goalkeeper Jackie Kerestine blocks a shot taken by Missouri State's Molly Brewer on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at Plaster Sports Complex. North Texas defeated MSU 1-0 with a late goal. him and keep him from making the big plays” Klein, who is 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, accounted for 69 percent of his team’s total offense last season, throwing over 1,900 yards with 13 touchdowns and only six interceptions, rushing for over 1,100 yards with 27 touchdowns. The Wildcats carry another rushing threat in their offensive arsenal with 5-foot7 junior running back John Hubert, who needs just two

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yards to become the school’s 25th career 1,000-yard rusher. To get to Klein and Hubert, the Bears’ experienced defensive line—which includes juniors Martin Montgomery and Eric Pearce, and senior Tevan Ferguson—must attack KState’s offensive line, arguably the team’s biggest hole, as they are replacing three offensive linemen for the second consecutive year. Though Allen cautioned

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that even with a reconstructed frontline, Coach Bill Snyder should have his line ready for action. “They have some new starters there and that’s where everything starts offensively,” Allen said. “But, coach Snyder’s one of the most successful coaches in college football, so you know he’ll have his offensive line ready to go.” Offensively, Saturday night’s game will give the Bears the opportunity to find

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production from the three key skill positions to replace leading quarterback Trevor Wooden, wider receiver Jermaine Saffold and running back Chris Douglas. Both quarterbacks, Mizzou transfer Ashton Glaser, and returning sophomore Kierra Harris should see the field, although a starter has yet to be named. “The most important thing for us it to see how our quarterbacks do,” Allen said. “We’re going to play both


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our quarterbacks and see how they do.” Another intriguing matchup is Bears receiving threat Cadarrius Dotson, who has racked up 953 yards and five touchdowns in his career, going against K-State cornerback Nigel Malone who emerged with seven interceptions last season. “That should be interesting,” Allen said. “That’s something where we hope we can stay even, or even win at that matchup.”


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Boomer Meals required for some students By Anna Thomas The Standard

While chowing down in some of the newly renovated dining halls, students might realize that their surroundings are not the only things that have changed. The recent change from Bear Fare to Boomer Meals is due to a new contract with Chartwells along with student and faculty feedback. The 2011-2012 school year was the first year of the new contract and was used as a


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in the water storage level by about a tenth of a percent, according to Alexander. However, this still may not be enough. The National Weather Service reported that July 2012 was the hottest month in U.S. history, with effects more widespread than the Dust Bowl of 1936. This means that, even though summer is coming to a close, the effects of the drought are far from over. “Information from The National Weather Service and other meteorologists lets us know that the chance for the amount of rain needed to replenish reservoirs is slim,” Alexander said. Even with voluntary conservation practices, it is likely the storage levels will reach 60 percent without replenishing rainfall. “It’s hard to say, but we are probably looking at mid-September for a full scale water conservation plan,” Alexander said. According to City Utilities, as the water storage levels continue to drop, further actions may become necessary. If the level reaches 60 percent, the situation would move from a water watch to a water shortage.

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surveying period. Gary Stewart, director of residence life and services, said that Boomer Meals are a result of what today’s students want and need. “Fifty percent of students with housing contracts had Bear Fare and those surveyed didn’t want the many restrictions, such as time and choices, on their money,” Stewart said. “They wanted a dollar for dollar.” Boomer Meals allow students to choose from $150, with a free bonus of $15; $180, with a bonus of $20; and $220 with a bonus of $30. These can be spent at restaurants and convenience stores in the PSU, as well as vending machines with card readers. In comparison, Bear Fare also had three options, but there were 15 meals for $63.75, 35 meals for $145.25, or 50 meals for $202.50. Students with housing contracts now can select a meal plan of 10, 14, 19 or unlimited meals per week, and are required to pur-

During a water shortage, City Utilities would activate the Emergency Water Conservation Plan, which involves mandatory water restrictions. Such restrictions include limited hydrant use, serving water in restaurants by request only, and implementing emergency water conservation service rates, among others. According to the plan, the emergency conservation rates per-unit charges are about 8 percent higher than the usual rate. The full plan, as well as further stages and the daily storage level, can be viewed at If that is to happen, it would be the first time in the history of Springfield that such measures have been necessary. MSU’s Water Conservation Plan accounts for further stages of water conservation that align with City Utilities’ Emergency Water Conservation Plan. Stage one water shortage measures include no new plantings, further reduced irrigation, and the shutdown of the Sunvilla Tower pool, among other things. The full plan can be viewed at If the storage level continues to drop to 55 percent, a water emergency will be declared and a water crisis at 50 percent. There are subsequent actions that will be put into effect at each level via both the city Emergency Water Conservation plan

chase Boomer meals. However, commuters now have the opportunity to buy Boomer Meals and charge it to their account. The last day to charge meals to a student account was last Friday, Aug. 23. Some students, such as Bailey Kohrs, a sophomore athletic training major, are wary of the change. “Bear Fare felt easier because you got a set meal and almost more for your money,” Kohrs said. Despite such comments, Stewart said that he understands students’ skepticism and believes it will be accepted soon. “Any time we have something new, there are a lot of questions, and people need time to understand it,” Stewart said. “I think they’ll see it as a great benefit. It’s spending power they have control over.” Stewart and Nadeem Zafar, resident district manager of Missouri State Dining

and the university’s Water Conservation Plan. “Students need to realize water is a finite commodity in these kinds of conditions, and must take personal responsibility that affects everyone,” Eckels said. As president of Students for a Sustainable Future, Evan Clark, a junior biology major, is a part of a group of students that takes such responsibility in the conservation of resources. “The drought is bad and should be a wake-up call for everyone. We’ve had two summers of serious drought, so people need to be more conscious of their water usage,” the biology major said. Sophomore social work major Francis Ahrens thinks it would be easier for students to be more conscious if more mediums were used for publicizing the situation. “I think publicizing it [the water watch] on the website or Facebook could do more, because a lot of people like the Missouri State Facebook page,” Ahrens said. Ahrens said he has already taken steps to conserve his own water usage. “I’ve been taking shorter showers and using water bottles recently because of the water shortage,” Ahrens said. “Everyone should try and educate themselves. Water conservation is a big issue and will continue to be a big issue if conditions like this continue,” Clark said.

Services, said they think the renovation and the change in meal plans is working out great. With the renovations, Zafar said there is a more open environment between staff and students in Blair-Shannon and Garst dining halls, creating an enjoyable experience. In addition to new seating, bathrooms in Blair-Shannon and TV screens in Garst, students are able to see staff make their food. Stewart and Zafar said it illustrates that there are no secrets behind the walls. “It is a great facility that exemplifies a contemporary atmosphere,” Zafar said. All in all, the change in Boomer Meals has been made for students’ wants, according to Stewart and Zafar. Boomer Meals are separate from Bearbucks and are required for those with housing contracts. For a full list of pricing, visit


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some cigarettes are still being smoked on campus. Su Hazal Ide, a sophomore digital film production major, said she still smokes on campus and did so while the designated smoking areas were still in operation. “If it’s a problem and anyone comes up and tells me to put it out, I’ll do it,” Ide said. “You’re walking two feet behind me, you smell it, I get it, that’s fine. I just don’t see any problem with smoking on campus because I haven’t bothered anyone.” The repercussions for breaking the tobacco policy are similar to those of other campus-wide policies, such as the alcohol policy. Bowen said faculty and students will receive warnings for smoking on campus and, if the offenses pile up, written reports will be issued. Faculty and student write-ups will only differ in which office they

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go through. Faculty infractions will be a human resources issue and the Office of Student Conduct deals with student infractions. Bowen said that there are no fines, but a student may expect to do some sort of community service or be required to take a course comparable to the course assigned for alcohol violations. Taylor Health and Wellness offers a tobacco cessation program, nicotine replacement therapy, and the Missouri Quit Line at no cost for students. Those seeking more information about the programs should contact Taylor Health and Wellness tobacco treatment specialist, Jerilyn Reed, at 417-836-4045.

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Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012


The Standard

Rec center celebrates opening week


New facility held activities to encourage student use By Briana Simmons For The Standard

The Foster Recreation Center, Missouri State’s newest addition, extended its hours last Friday night for students to explore the 24-foot rock climbing wall as a part of its grand opening week. As the lights dimmed, the music was turned up and over 40 climbers eagerly stood in line for equipment to take part in Campus Recreation’s glow in the dark rock climbing event. Throughout opening week, the rec center hosted several events that featured different areas around the center to showcase the facility. On Wednesday, more than 300 people showed up to watch the dive-in-movie “Jaws” in the pool sponsored by Student Activities Council. Cindi Barnett, director of campus recreation, said she is pleased with the way things are going so far at the rec center. “Looking at stats, over 8,000 people have already activated their membership,” Barnett said. Memberships can be obtained online through My Missouri State by accepting a liability waiver. Barnett said students’ direct


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least 30 minutes without stopping) or a 26-week training schedule for those with less running experience. Both schedules aim to increasingly


involvement in the planning and designing of the rec center, especially the pool area, was her favorite part about this project. “This happened because of students,” she said. “The students were the ones that got together to form committees, decide what kinds of equipment we need, and even worked closely in selecting the architect.” The postponed deadlines for the completion of the rec center made this grand opening a much-anticipated event for many on campus. However, objections have been raised by some students about the delay in the completion of the facility over numerous years. Kaitlyn Strumer, a member of the outdoor/indoor recreation team, expressed frustration with the delay in the opening of the center. “I wish they would have gotten it done faster, but I think it’s perfect,” she said. Andrew Nelson, a graduate assistant for outdoor adventure and Friday night’s event coordinator, said he remembers a time years ago having conversations with friends about how cool it would be to have a rec center like this. “You’re going to have delays with any major project,” Nelson

build endurance so you’re ready on race day. If you’re a beginning runner and don’t think you’re quite up to training for a marathon yet, there are several websites and phone apps that are geared specifically toward running a 5k, including the popular Couch to 5k

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The Foster Recreation Center had a glow-in-the-dark rock climbing event on Friday, Aug. 24 from 9 p.m. to midnight as part of its grand opening. said. “It’s been a long wait, with a lot of hurdles, but it’s really exciting to finally see it here.” The opening events for the center showcased the facility’s features that are designed to attract a number of students with rock climbing walls, multi-activity courts, a recreational pool with lap lanes and a Zip line, studios, a fit-

program that is “designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers or 30 minutes in just 9 weeks.” The Couch to 5k program even has a mobile app that keeps track of your runs and the Bridge to 10k app to continue your running journey.

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volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club or playing board games on road trips. “We always have a ton of fun on our road trips,” Medlock said. “We definitely have a lot of inside jokes. We do a lot of board games like Pictionary and stuff to keep us entertained and have some fun.” Bain said that doing fun activities as a team is important for bonding and building camaraderie, but field hockey is never far from the players’ minds. When asked what their favorite part of field hockey was, Medlock and Bain said playing with their teammates and bonding with them. Junior defender Catrina Schmidt simply said, “All of it.” With a young roster and a tough schedule, the Bears face a lot of challenges ahead of them, but no matter how this team finishes this year or the next, the girls will leave Missouri State with better field hockey skills thanks to their head coach, Gabby Gomez Sosa.

ness center and an indoor track, to name a few. Mikayla Kunce, fresman human resources management major, said she is especially enjoying the open feel of the building and its ease of access. “I love the fact it’s so open for everyone to use it,” she said. The rec center is scheduled to

Tips to run your best race running a half marathon to even include a discounted

Finally, Runner’s World, a website and magazine featuring news, information and advice for runners, offers several tips for “running your best 26.2,” including being comfortable with the shoes you’ve chosen and not using brand new shoes in a race;


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Reiann Stoute dribbles past Debbie Bell of Kent State in fall 2011. “Gabby definitely helped me with gaining confidence,” Schmidt said. “She had a lot of confidence in me. She always strived to make me better and always wanted to push my limits and make me the better player she knew I could be.” The team’s next game is Aug. 31 against Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

extend its normal hours of operation for Labor Day weekend, open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2; and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3. For more information, visit the Rec’s page on the Missouri State website at recreation/RecCenter.

between students on campus. “It’s like going to a Cardinals game,” Probert explained. “The Cardinals do something awesome and all of a sudden you’re high-fiving random strangers. At our games, we shouldn’t be afraid to just give a stranger a big bear hug if something great happens.” With school pride and spirit also comes growth and a greater appeal for future students. If current students are proud of their university and are excited about the events and changes occurring on campus, then chances are the excitement will spread from student to student as well as to the surrounding community. So, how is the student body going to improve school spirit? “School spirit starts with the passionate individual and

The solution

test your fitness; mimicking the type of course you will be running during your marathon; and visualizing success. When you’re ready to register for your race, most marathons and 5ks feature online registration, and some

School spirit starts with the passionate individual and spreads from there. Whatever you do, find something you love and the passion will follow. —junior Sarah Shelton

spreads from there,” Shelton said. “Whatever you do, find something you love and the passion/spirit will follow … then tell someone about it. The person you tell may also enjoy it and may continue to spread the word.” Whether it be going to a sports game or joining an organization, students can generate and share the excitement just by inviting a friend along to a game, consistently participating in a group on campus, or simply by sporting the maroon and white on BearWear Fridays. Senior accounting major and 2012 Fan of the Year David Pottgen shared his hopes for the future of MSU’s school spirit. “I’d like to see MSU be louder and crazier than ever before,” he said. “It would be amazing to hear everybody


awesome to see MSU fans recognize the volleyball team for all of their success and give them the caliber of crowds they really deserve. If you can’t make it out to

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entry fee when you register a certain amount of time in advance, which varies with each race. Whether you’re looking to run 3.1 miles or 26.2 miles, there are endless resources to help you accomplish all of your running goals.

after a game talking in a hoarse voice, because that way I would know they had given it their all.” Opening game day, Sept. 15 will be a day packed full of events in which students may participate. It will begin with a social media scavenger hunt at 3 p.m. followed by tailgating at 4 p.m. located in BearFest Village (parking lot 22), which is south of Plaster Sports Complex and Grand Street. A Maroon March through Greek row will then begin at 5:45 p.m. before the Bears kickoff at 7 p.m. The fun, however, isn’t over when the game ends; a fireworks display will be held at the conclusion of the game in addition to a free concert featuring A Rocket to the Moon at 10 p.m.

the first match, there are plenty of opportunities throughout the season to show your support. The Bears play 17 home matches during the year, not including the MVC Volleyball Championship, which they will host in November and for which they should be major contenders



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