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4 | Welcome back Get introduced — or reintroduced — to campus with welcome letters from President Clif Smart and The Standard’s Editor-in-Chief Nicolette Martin 6 | Save the date Mark your calendars for these important dates throughout the semester 8 | Key locations Make your way around campus to these key locations you may or may not know about 10 | Theatre productions 11 | Spring break budgeting Use these budgeting tips to save throughout the semester to make sure you have enough money in the bank to hit the beach in March

modern way: on your phone 16 | Music to your ears Make your way to one of these events throughout the spring semester and let the music ring through your ears 17 | Voting 101 2014 is an election year. Get caught up with how to register to vote in your local election 18 | Spring sports Get the scoop on all the spring sporting events to keep an eye on 19 | Road trip Make a trip to one of these close(ish) cities to cheer on the Bears 20 | Netflix movies to procrastinate with

12 & 13 | Winter Week Make your first week back to school fun with all of these Winter Week activities

21 | Cool classes to take Keep these classes in mind if you need to fill a future schedule

14 | Study apps Ring in 2014 by studying the

22 | Study tunes Study with these music apps

Standard staff Editorial staff Kelsey Berry reporter Theresa Brickman copy editor Amber Duran life editor Evan Henningsen photographer

Nicolette Martin editor-in-chief Rose Marthis reporter Trevor Mitchell news editor Chase Probert sports reporter John Robinson sports reporter Andrew Shields reporter Peyson Shields reporter Cali Shobe copy editor Briana Simmons reporter Mike Ursery sports reporter Sadie Welhoff reporter

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Welcome back, Bears!

Dear Missouri State Students:

Welcome. Returning students, welcome back to campus. New students, welcome to the Missouri State family. I am confident this will be an exciting semester for all of you.  Classes are under way, our winter sports are in full swing and there are lots of student activities on the agenda.  I challenge you to get involved and stay connected. One of the events you will want to attend is the Spring Convocation on Thursday, March 20, when our guest speaker will be Colin Powell. From 1987-89, Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security adviser. He served from 1989-93 as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. He was not only the youngest officer and first ROTC graduate to ever serve in the position, but was also the first AfricanAmerican to do so. During his time as chairman, he oversaw 28 crises, including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf War. Under President George W. Bush, Powell was appointed the 65th secretary of state and was unanimously con-

firmed by the U.S. Senate. As secretary of state, he led the State Department in major efforts to address and solve regional and civil conflicts in the Middle East, Sudan, Congo, Liberia, in the Balkans, Cyprus, Haiti, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere. In all areas, he used the power of diplomacy to build trust, forge alliances and then help transform these unstable regions into areas where societies and cultures have the potential to prosper. He also worked at the forefront of American efforts to advance economic and social development worldwide. What a great lead in the Public Affairs Conference in April where this year’s theme is Global Perspective – Why it Matters. I hope to see you at the Powell Speech, the Public Affairs Conference, and many other exciting events. For a complete list of events, I urge you to check the master calendar regularly at:  Have a great semester. Clifton M. Smart III President

Fellow Bears,

Welcome back (or welcome for the first time) to campus for the spring 2014 semester! I can’t believe another year has come and gone, or really that it’s been 14 years since the turn of the century. Regardless of what year it is, I’m very excited to be returning to Springfield for the last semester of the 201314 school year, and my last semester of college! Aside from my personal resolutions set at the first of the year, The Standard has some resolutions of its own for this semester. As always, we want to continue to improve. We want to improve our print coverage as well as expand our online presence. For us to achieve this goal, we’ll need your help! You can start by accessing our online stories at our website, You can also access our full print version digitally at Want to stay connected to us for daily updates about what’s going on around campus?

Follow us on Twitter at @TheStandard_MSU, like us on Facebook (The Standard, The Standard Sports), and follow our Instagram account @TheStandard_MSU (we’re all about simplicity here). We want to help you make it a great semester by staying connected and keeping you up to date with what’s going on in the community. We also think you should make some resolutions for this semester. Start by going to cheer on any of our Missouri State athletics teams! The men’s basketball team is currently 12-4 and in fourth place in the MVC having just lost a close overtime game to No. 6 Wichita State. Or maybe you want to check out the Ice Bears who are 11-5; the Lady Bears who are 4-2 at home; or the swimming and diving teams. Whatever you do, we encourage you to get out and show your school spirit this semester. Again, welcome back to campus. Make it a great semester and enjoy campus as spring is in the distance. Nicolette Martin Editor-in-Chief

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Save the date! Don’t be late for these very important dates at MSU

track of: memorizing your class schedule, readjusting to college life, scheduling With the spring semester your time between work, beginning, there are a lot of classes and friends, and changes and things to keep writing down important

By Brittani Schlager The Standard

No classes

Jan. 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Feb. 17 - President’s Day holiday March 10-16 - Spring break April 17-20 - Spring holiday May 9 - Study day

Refund deadlines

Jan. 14 - First block schedule change at 100 percent refund Jan. 17 - First block classes at 75 percent refund Jan. 17 - Full semester schedule change at 100 percent refund Jan. 27 - First block classes at 50 percent refund Jan. 27 - Full semester classes at 75 percent refund Feb. 10 - First block classes at 25 percent refund Feb. 10 - Full semester classes at 50 percent refund March 18 - Full semester classes at 25 percent refund March 18 - Second block schedule change at 100 percent refund March 21 - Second block classes at 75 percent refund March 28 - Second block classes at 50 percent refund April 11 - Second block classes at 25 percent refund April 11 - Last day to drop or withdraw, declare pass/not-pass, and change to or from audit for full semester classes

Exam periods and grades

things you will need to remember. Listed below are dates of important events and deadlines you will want written down for the spring ‘14 semester.

Intramural registration

Jan. 13-27 - Basketball, futsal and bowling Feb. 10-24 - Ultimate frisbee and indoor volleyball Feb. 17-March 3 - Soccer and sand volleyball March 3-24 - Whiffle ball and pickle ball March 17-31 - Battleship tournament March 19 - April 2 - Softball March 31 - April 21 - Golf tournament

Fraternity and sorority life

Jan. 22-31 - Fraternity spring recruitment March 23-29 - Greek week

March 19 - Mid-semester grades available A Missouri State University student sings away at the Greek Jam during Greek May 10-15 - Final exam period Week. May 20 - Final grades available


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Looking for something to do? Whether you’re a new student or returning for the semester, here are the places you need to go to get things done By Brittani Schlager The Standard

How well do you know the Missouri State campus? There are dozens of places on campus, both obvious and not so obvious, that provide great outlets to students for things such as studying, grabbing a quick bite to eat, lounging between classes and many other activities. If you’re new to Missouri State this spring, some key places to check out on campus are the Plaster Student Union (PSU), Meyer Library, Foster Recreation Center and the University Bookstore. The PSU has many vendors that are very helpful to students. You can grab a bite in between classes at one of the many restaurants available, or grab a quick snack from Bear Necessities. If you need to make copies or put a

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package in the mail, Copy This is open Monday through Friday until 5 p.m. Commerce has a small banking facility inside the PSU right next to Missouri State Tix where students can purchase tickets to sporting events, concerts, etc. There is also shopping available at the PSU in It’s a Greek Thing , BearHouse Entertainment and Paw Prints, all located on the first floor. In the bottom floor of the PSU is the Level 1 Game Center where students can bowl, play pool, table tennis, foosball or air hockey for low prices. Also located in the bottom floor of the PSU are many offices for many student organizations. Meyer Library has computers available for student use to work on and print from, along with study rooms and classrooms. The Bear Claw , the center for learning and writing that provides students with assistance and tutoring, is located on the first level of the library. There are many hidden study spots in the library secluded away in corners and on the top floors. The first level of the library also has Starbucks Coffee and other vending available to students. Foster Recreation Center has a wide range of different workout equipment available to students along with a rock climbing wall, open basketball and volleyball courts, a swimming pool and many workout classes. Whether you are trying to workout or just play a pickup game with some friends, Foster Recreation Center is the

perfect place for students to unwind after classes. The University Bookstore , located in front of the PSU, is where most Missouri State students purchase their textbooks, school supplies, electronic accessories and their BearWear! Also inside the bookstore is a small Clinque kiosk for students to grab some department store makeup on campus. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon-4 p.m. Missouri State also has several stores and convenience stores hidden around campus. If you can’t find enough BearWear at the bookstore, try going to the BearWear Team Store located in the JQH Arena. The Team Store sells Missouri State apparel, accessories for your home or office and collectible memorabilia. If you have an extra minute after getting off the Bear line at Bear Park South, check out the convenience store located directly inside the parking garage entrance. The Bear Park South convenience store sells many different sodas or snacks for on the way to and from class, and also some BearWear. On the other side of campus is Boomer’s Convenience Store located on the first floor of Hammons House. Boomer’s has quick snacks and some school supplies for you to grab before or after class. If you still don’t have enough BearWear, BearWear is located in the Northwest lobby of Hammons Student Center and is open during most athletic events.

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A taste of the


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Missouri State theater and dance students perform on stage in Craig Hall.

Check out what’s hitting the stage in Craig Hall this spring

By Briana Simmons The Standard

Every semester MSU’s Theatre and Dance Department open the doors of Craig Hall inviting the public to see a variety of productions. The department offers everything from comedy and drama to dance concerts and musicals. Here is a list of productions this spring. Proof is a drama directed by Carol J. Maples, a professor in the Theatre and Dance Department. Catherine, puts her life on hold to take care of her father, Robert. They share a special love for math and after Robert’s death, Catherine struggles to prove that her work is her own and not her father’s. • Craig Hall Balcony The atre • 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-14, 2426; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 • $14 adults; $12 students/ seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID


Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress is a comedy about five bridesmaids who all want to avoid a wedding reception. Set apart in an upstairs bedroom at an estate, the women open by discussing their perspectives on love, sex and relationships. They soon realize they have much more in common than they could ever imagine. • Craig Hall Balcony The atre • 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-21, 2728; Feb. 23 and March 2 • $14 adults; $12 students/ seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID

Pirates of Penzance is a comic operetta that follows 21year-old Frederic who has just been released from his apprenticeship to a band of pirates. He meets Mabel and falls madly in love with her, but they run into a few troubles that threaten their

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future together. Mabel vows to wait on Frederic, but their time is running short. • Craig Hall Coger Theatre • 7:30 p.m. March 27-29; 2:30 p.m. March 30 • $18 Adults; $16 students/ seniors; $12 in advance with MSU ID

The Spring Dance Concert is choreographed by Missouri State faculty every spring. It features a variety of dance styles from classical to modern to experimental. The choreographers sometimes include original music, creative costumes, dramatic lighting and audio-visual effects. • Craig Hall Coger Theatre • 7:30 p.m. April 24-26; 2:30 p.m. April 27 • $14 Adults; $12 students/ seniors; $8 in advance with MSU ID For more information visit, http://theatreanddance.missouri m.

The Spring Dance Concert

Spring break forever

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With a little thought and preparation, you can make sure that spring break 2014 is the best spring break ever.

• Hopefully you’ve been saving up for spring break before now, but if not, start out strong! • You have probably already put down a deposit on your reservation, but now you have to save for the big expense. Put the money you have decided to save weekly into a bank account and don’t touch it!

Save little by little

• While on your drinking binge, you will want to save a few bucks. Tourist areas are creative with racking up prices on anything from sunscreen to water bottles. • Take as much with you as you can so you aren’t spending unnecessary change down Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers… say that five times fast after a keg stand. south. Spring break is a fun in the sun, redheads stay away, spankin’ good time. • Make sure to take into account what you will be spending, and it’s always better to have MTV covers it, and wristbands are your all access pass to “don’t tell grandma” behavior. All those memories come with a cost, but you can make the most out of your dollar and save more money than to be stuck with nothing at all. • Some things you might want to save additional money for include food, gas, booze, club up by spring break. cover charges souvenirs and emergency money.

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• Being aware of your purchases and costs can be easily accounted for by saving your Get a group • Chances are, you’re not going on spring break by yourself, but you can save a little receipts. Try to organize your receipts into categories like food, gas and miscellaneous. After money by carpooling. a week, you can probably determine how much money you spend on each expense. • Splitting the cost of gas with four or five other people can save you a great deal of money. The same goes for sleeping arrangements. Eat in • Most of the time, hotels will let you have a rollaway bed for free or for a small addition• Eating out, even at fast food chains, can put a dent in your bank account. Even if you eat al cost each night. Being able to cram five into a room instead of four might be worth it since out on a regular basis and budget for it, cut down while saving for your vacay. • Going in on groceries with roommates can help save money too. Try out CrockPot recipes you’re getting an experience of a lifetime. Spring break ’14 is an attainable experience as long as you save up so you are a beachgoand shop at bulk stores like Sam’s Club. er rather than a beach bogan.

Save your receipts

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Jan. 20 MLK Day of Service 8 a.m. In front of Plaster Student Union

Jan. 21-24 Winter Org. Fest 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Plaster Student Union 2nd Floor Atrium

Jan. 21 Wii Bowling Challenge 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Plaster Student Union Food Court Jan. 21 Hot Chocolate giveaway In front of Strong Hall

Jan. 21 Aaron Carter Concert

7 p.m. Plaster Student Union Theater

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The third annual Winter Week is Jan. 20-24 and gets students back into the swing of campus life, Molly Reddick, Student Activities Council president and senior communications major said. “Winter Week is a good time for us to say welcome back, and I like that we can bring that fun and excitement to the spring semester,” Reddick said. Among the activities is the SAC’s main event, which features a concert with Aaron Carter, a ‘90s pop sensation most famous for his songs “Aaron’s Party” and “I Want Candy.” Last year, Phillip Phillips was a huge hit for Winter Week, and the SAC hopes the same for the Carter concert, Reddick said. “We believe students will be excited to have an artist they grew up with come and perform,” she said. The SAC began planning this week in September and invites all students to participate in these events.

Jan. 22 “Sharknado” Movie Roast 9 p.m. Plaster Student Union Theater

Jan. 23 Game of Thrones Night 9 p.m. Plaster Student Union Ballroom Jan. 24 Rock-N-Bowl 7:30-10:30 p.m. Level 1 Game Center For more information: @SACMSU Instagram: @SACMSU

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Say goodbye to traditional studying iStudiezPro

By Briana Simmons The Standard

Students are able to use technology in ways that seemed impossible decades ago. Now more than ever, students and professors are embracing the technological side of education. Here are a variety of apps and programs MSU students can use for all their study needs.



• Organize notebook pages of handwritten or typed notes into tabs and folders for each of your classes. • Embed anything into the pages — videos, pictures, documents and spreadsheets. • Take notes while recording a lecture from your professor to refer back to later. • Accessible on most devices. • Generate flashcards to help you study terminology, definitions, etc. • Offers several modes that include spell, learn, test and scatter. Each has its their own purpose in helping the student to memorize material • It is accessible on most devices.



• It is student planner with an interactive calendar, schedule planner and assignment review. • You can also keep track of your grades in percent, points or letters. • Sync all your data from your iOS and Mac devices for Mac, iPhone and iPad • Sync your notes, files and images onto all your devices. • Collect research information. • Share notes with colleagues to work together on projects. • Save entire web pages to Evernote. • Accessible on most devices.

• Study on the go using this app on your mobile device. • Organize all class materials. • Use materials to generate flashcards, quizzes and study guides. • It is accessible on most devices.

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A Pride Band percussionist performs at a Missouri State football game.

Got music? If you’re looking to attend a Missouri State music performance this semester, put these dates on your calendar!

February 28 – March 1: Department of Music entrance and scholarship auditions, January 12: MSU Concert Chorale, 6- all day, Ellis Hall, free 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, free March 23: MSU Concert Chorale, 4February 1: Department of Music 5:30 p.m., St. George Catholic Church, Herentrance and scholarship auditions, all day, mann, Missouri, free Ellis Hall, free April 3: Concerto Concert – MSU SymFebruary 9: MSU Concert Chorale, 7- phony Orchestra, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Juanita K. 8:30 p.m., St. Agnes Cathedral, free Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, free

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February 18: Orchestra concert, 7:30April 6: MSU Concert Chorale, 7- 8:30 8:30 p.m., Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, free Performing Arts, free May 4: President’s concert, 4-6 p.m., February 23: MSU Concert Chorale, Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing 2:30-4 p.m., First & Calvary Presbyterian Arts, free Church, free

Get your vote on in 2014

It’s an election year, which means you have a chance to let your voice be heard. Get information on how you can register and vote in this year’s elections.

By Trevor Mitchell The Standard

If you’re a Missouri State student who’s eligible to vote, but you aren’t registered, what’s your excuse? “I don’t know where I’d go to register! I’d probably have to drive somewhere, and it’s cold.” Good news! We have not just one, but two places here on campus where you can register to vote. Head over to either Meyer Library or the Plaster Student Union, and you’ll be registered to vote in no time. You need to register at least 28 days before an election to vote in it — so you’ll need to register by March 11 to vote in the upcoming April 8 election. “I’m so busy/forgetful/incredibly lazy that there’s no way I’d be able to vote, even if I was registered.” Unfortunately, Missouri does not allow for early voting, so you’ll have to vote absentee. Missouri also requires that you have a legally accepted reason for voting absentee. There are five reasons that will work: • Being out of the county in which you’re registered to vote on Election Day • Incapacity or confinement due to: -Illness -Religious beliefs -Employment by election authority -Incarceration.

You’ll notice that “My bed was warm, and Netflix played the next episode of 30 Rock automatically,” is not an accepted excuse. So maybe plan a day trip to Joplin for sometime in say, early April? That, or get arrested. “Okay, I’ve decided to go on a vacation/find a new religion/commit a misdemeanor, but I’d probably have to fill out a form or something, right?” You can visit the County Clerk’s Office at 940 N. Boonville Ave., Room 113 to vote

absentee in person or request a ballot be mailed to you. You can also mail a request to County Clerk 940 N. Boonville Ave., Room 113, Springfield, MO 65802. Include your full name, voter registration number, reason you are requesting an absentee ballot, residential address, mailing address, telephone number and/or e-mail address and signature. Or fill out the application for an absentee ballot, available at, and bring it to the County Clerk’s Office. “Okay, you’ve convinced me. But is there even anything important on the ballot?” There is! On April 8, Springfield voters will be asked whether they want to repeal the ¾ cent Police-Fire Pension sales tax. In 2009, Springfield voters approved a plan to address Springfield’s underfunded Police-Fire Pension Fund. The language of the ballot requires citizens to vote on whether to repeal the plan that has been put in place. According to the city of Springfield’s website, the continuation of the tax will not change the current sales tax rate, and if it fails to win re-approval, public safety programs will have to be reduced. So there you are; not a single legitimate excuse remains! So get out there, and (get registered to) vote!

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MSU gets sporty With a number of sporting events this spring, classes don’t have to be the only thing you’re getting yourself into at MSU

teams. Track and field will be deep into the heart of its season as the semester gets rolling, and, The spring semester is filled with nervous unfortunately for Missouri State, at this time feelings and stresses, so why not take a few there are no home meets to attend. If the itch moments for yourself this semester? Further- to see some track and field events occurs, the more, why not try to enjoy yourself while Bears’ closest meets are in Columbia, Mo., here on campus. Lawrence, Kan., and Fayetteville, Ark. Here’s how. Furthermore, there are golf tournaments For the next two and a half months, inside that Missouri State will be competing in, JQH Arena there will be ample chances to although these also would require road-trips enjoy yourself for free as you root on the to Little Rock, Ark., or Kansas City, Mo. men’s and Lady Bears basketball teams. The The key matchups to look for in the men’s team has seven home games left on the semester will occur in JQH Arena. The men’s schedule, while the Lady Bears have eight. basketball team hosts Northern Iowa and Also, starting in February, just a hop, skip Indiana State on back-to-back weekends in and a jump away at February—two MisHammons Field Valley ConferWe’re not only playing souri and the Cooper ence rivals who for ourselves, but for Sports Complex the always fight to be at baseball team and the top and will need Missouri State.” softball team begin a raucous crowd to their seasons. The help. baseball team will “With the fans, play 23 games at Devon Thomas that’s just extra motiHammons Field, vation for us to play while the softball Freshman guard harder,” said freshteam has 17 games man guard Devon at Cooper Plex, giving a grand total of 40 Thomas. “We’re not only playing for ouropportunities to see a game. selves, but for Missouri State.” If these four options don’t tickle your The Lady Bears were struggling at first, fancy, maybe some pre-season soccer will but right before conference play began, they pique your interest. The women’s soccer team went on a four game win-streak, bringing will be returning several starters that helped their record close to the 500 mark. They lost to gear an end-of-season run, whilst the men the conference opener to Wichita State and are coming off one of their hottest seasons were on the road this last weekend, but return under vivacious coach Jon Leamy. to JQH Arena for a home game on Saturday, For those of you who prefer the more Jan 18, at 12:05 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 20 at Olympic-style sports, you are left with only 7:05 pm. one option: swimming and diving. There is Even if sports are not something you seek only one meet left at Hammons Student Cen- out to do or have ever tried, there are so many ter, which comes on Jan. 25 and will recog- options to try at least one of them this semesnize the seniors on the swimming and diving ter.

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Get to the (away) games

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By Rose Marthis The Standard

Everybody loves the home game experience, but supporting the Bears on the road is important too. Playing at home does give our opponents a psychological advantage, so having as many fans travel as possible shows our Bears that we are there for them outside of Springfield, Mo. Eric Cottle is a senior wildlife conservation and management major who traveled to a men’s basketball game at Oklahoma State last season. Cottle said that he thinks the Bears knowing they had fans in the stands made them play harder, because they knew they had people watching them. There are a lot of Bears games this spring that take place within 300 miles of Springfield (according to Google Maps), making for a fun mini road trip for you and your friends.

Feb. 27 at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill., 291 miles March 9 at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan., 249 miles March 13-16 at St. Charles, Mo., for the MVC Tournament, 220 miles

Women’s basketball

Feb. 14-16 at University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 183 miles Feb. 25 at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Okla., 186 miles March 11 at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 268 miles March 21-23 at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan., 249 miles March 25 at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., 252 miles April 2 at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Okla., 186 miles Men’s basketball April 8 at University of Missouri, Columbia, Feb. 8 at Southern Illinois University, Car- Mo., 167 miles bondale, Ill., 291 miles April 23 at University of Kansas, Lawrence, March 1 at Wichita State University, Wichi- Kan., 196 miles ta, Kan., 249 miles Softball March 6-9 at St. Louis, Mo., for the Missouri Feb. 21-23 at Memphis, Tenn., for the Blues Valley Conference Tournament, 215 miles City Classic, 282 miles


March 1-2 at Cape Girardeau, Mo., for the Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament, 268 miles March 5 at University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 183 miles March 7-9 at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., for the Oklahoma State Mizuno Classic, 252 miles March 19 at University of Missouri at Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo., 164 miles April 1 at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., 119 miles April 16 at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan., 249 miles April 23 at University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 167 miles


Within a 300-mile radius of Springfield, Men’s golf March 24-25 at Little Rock, Ark., for the driving to these away games is a piece of cake. Argent Financial Classic, 213 miles March 31- April 1 at Memphis, Tenn., for the Memphis Intercollegiate, 282 miles

Jan. 18 at Truman State University, March 24-25 at Hot Springs, Ark., for the Kirksville, Mo., 257 miles UALR Classic, 257 miles Jan. 23 at Drury University, Springfield, Mo. April 7-8 at University of Missouri at Kansas (Women) Feb. 13-15 at Carbondale, Ill., for City, Kansas City, Mo., for the Invitational, 164 the MVC Championship, 291 miles miles

Women’s golf

Swimming and diving

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Procrastinate with a movie this spring As the new semester begins, you’re sure to get a calendar full of exams, term papers and group projects. While your schedule may fill up with work, that doesn’t mean there’s no time for play. One of the best ways to procrastinate is to go on a binge of Netflix and popcorn/chocolate/insert junk food here. When you need something to capture your attention hour after hour, Netflix is the place to go. Here are our favorite current titles. 1. “Firefly”: This show should be in its 10th season right now, and it is absolutely criminal that it isn’t. It’s basically a combination of a western and a sci-fi show about smugglers on a spaceship. 2. “Grabbers”: When blood-sucking aliens descend upon an Irish town, it looks like there’s no hope — until the citizens realize the alien’s one weakness: alcohol. The townspeople must all now get incredibly drunk if they have any hope of survival. Turn the subtitles on for this one — the actors are very Irish, and very drunk. 3. “The House of the Devil”: This one is an amazing throwback to ‘70s horror films. You won’t be screaming every 30 seconds — you’ll be going insane from the suspense the movie builds. 4. “Fargo”: If you aren’t familiar with the Coen Brothers, this is a great place to start. A crime film set in North Dakota (complete with accents), the characters and dialogue are what make this worth a watch. And you’ll never look at a woodchipper the same way again. 5. “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”: Neil Patrick Harris as a supervillain. Nathan Fillion as his superhero archnemesis. Felicia Day as the girl they both want. Everyone sings. What else do I need to say to convince you?

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1. “The Breakfast Club”: Not only is this just a classic and one of my all-time-favorite movies, it is a great movie to have playing in the background while studying. But it can also be a much needed distraction. So, take your pick. 2. “Dawson’s Creek”: In need of some terribly dramatic and angsty television to pull you away from your incredibly boring life of studying? This series fulfills that wish. 3. “Grey’s Anatomy”: At least once during the semester I rewatch seasons one through three. They are my favorite seasons, first of all, and because I already know everything that happens, it can play in the background while I do school work. As a bonus, it has a bomb soundtrack. So, even if you don’t watch, you have something interesting to listen to. 4. “HottieBoombaLottie”: When you get bored and start getting into that part of Netflix that you’ve never been to before you find gems like this. It is awkwardly hilarious. Watch it. 5. “Blackfish”: Do not be afraid to venture into the documentaries on Netflix. There are some really amazing ones, and “Blackfish” is one of them. I will never, ever go to a Seaworld or Seaworld-type place as a result of watching this, so be forewarned.

1. “Scandal”: This TV series is all about corruption in Washington with a little bit of romantic interest added in. I recently started watching it and have watched 23 episodes in a little more than one week. So… yeah. 2. “Sleeping With the Enemy”: If you like suspense and Julia Roberts, this is a great combination of both. The plot of a woman running from her husband may be overdone, but this is one of the best. 3. “Parks and Recreation”: I know we all love us some Amy Poehler and Adam Scott, and Rashida Jones and Nick Offerman … so basically the entire cast. This show is so good because it’s easy to watch the same episode over and over (namely L’il Sebastian) and not get tired of it. 4. “Katy Perry: Part of Me”: I’ll admit that I saw this movie twice in theaters, own it, and have since watched it twice since being on Netflix (because I can’t seem to find my copy). I know it’s kind of embarrassing, but I love me some Kitty Purry, and it’s great to have on because you don’t have to think while you watch it. 5. “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking”: Because I’m a space nerd, and Stephen Hawking.

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• $125 supplemental fee • Prerequisites: none We’ve all been there. It’s days before your • Course description: Basic concepts and registration date or classes begin, you’re elements of floral design. Specific emphasis already taking all of the classes you’re quali- on aesthetics, color, shape, space and texture. fied to, but you still need a class (or two) to either fill up your schedule or give you a break BMS 397: Topics in Heart Healthy Cooking from the monotony that is taking all major • Supplemental fee classes. • Prerequisites: none If you find yourself scrounging the course • Course description: Selected topics on schedule list for an interesting class or just one heart-healthy cooking techniques. that won’t take up too much of your time, save the hassle and look to these interesting one KIN 135: Scuba credit or block classes instead. • $370 supplemental fee • Prerequisites: adequate swimming skills AGP 300: Wine Appreciation for Consumers • Course description: Course held at DiVen• Supplemental fee tures, 5225 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, Mo. • Prerequisites: must be 21 years of age or older REL 197: Hobbit, LOTR, and Bible • Course description: Students participate • Prerequisites: none in a series of tastings designed to introduce • Course description: The Lord of the them to the major wine types. Rings and the Bible. Second block course to run March 19 through April 16.

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Pandora | Listen to playlists based off of a favorite song or artist. Also listen to pre-created genre stations. Spotify | Create your own playlists with a seemingly unlimited selection of music. Make your playlists available offline (and without wifi) with a premium service. Songza | Listen to a playlist created for any activity, any occassion or any mood. Feeling angsty? Songza has a playlist for you. TuneIn Radio | Listen to thousands of radio stations live across the nation. Missing your favorite radio station from home? Listen to it here to keep from getting homesick.

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Spring Welcome issue. Back to campus for MSU students spring 2014.