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Title IX officer weighs in on sexual assaults BY RACHEL FECHTER News Text Editor

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Kirksville residents gather at the ground breaking ceremony for the new inclusive playground April 18 at the YMCA. The playground will be accessible to disabled members of the community.

Inclusion playground breaks ground BY EMILY MERKLE/STAFF WRITER

Kirksville residents of all ages gathered at the YMCA April 18 for the ground breaking ceremony for the new inclusive playground. See GROUND BREAKING page 3

In the wake of multiple sexual assault reports last week, Jamie Ball, Truman State’s Title IX officer, weighed in on the issue of sexual assault and how Truman addresses it from a policy standpoint. Ball said the people involved in both cases as well as the circumstances were very different. Ball said there are many factors involved in sexual assault, especially on college campuses. Ball said some of these factors include alcohol consumption, sexual exploration and cultural changes brought on by the new generation of college students participating in “hook-up culture.” “Truthfully, the evolving nature of how people relate to one another sexually in this day and age I think is playing a role,” Ball said. “Hook-up culture is a situation where people who don’t know each other particularly well [are] connecting sexually. Sometimes it works okay, but sometimes it’s a recipe for disaster because they don’t know each other and don’t have a track record for communicating.” Ball said there are numerous steps that need to be taken when a student is sexually assaulted and visits her for support. If the University Non-Discrimination Policy, a policy which addresses all forms of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment and sexual assault, is allegedly violated, Ball said she gets involved. Ball said if a student has safety concerns relating to what happened Truman evaluates and addresses those safety needs. “Our first and foremost priority is to help a student who’s been a victim of sexual assault with self care in terms of physical well being, mental health care and academic situations,” Ball said. See ASSAULT, page 6

Former EIC says farewell

Newly elected Senate officials make plans for next year BY ZACK IRVIN/MULTIMEDIA NEWS EDITOR INDEX.NEWSEDITOR@GMAIL.COM

BY BETHANY BOYLE Former Editor-in-Chief

Multimedia News Editor Zack Irvin sat down with newly appointed Student Government leaders, senior JJ Dorrell, Student Government president, and Vice President junior Christy Crouse. Zack Irvin: How excited are you to have been elected to your position? JJ Dorrel: I am very excited. I have been involved in Student Government for the past four years. Next year will be my fifth year, because I am a redshirt senior because of athletics ... And I have served on Student Government since the beginning and I thought it was my time to finally step up. I was vice president last year, and, you know, I think it was the right time to finally take this position. Christy and I talked about it, and we felt like we would make the strongest ticket, and I’m extremely excited for the next year and the opportunities it holds. ZI: Why is it important to you to be involved in Student Government? JD: I think it is important because Student Government makes a lot of decisions that affect campus in various ways, and, I mean, we are the voice of the students to Faculty Senate, Board of Governers or just, really, anybody else, for that matter. And it is one of these things — that being the voice for the students and representing them is really important. I mean, the question was why it’s important to be [involved in Student Government], and that is to really just voice the student opinion. ZI: How has your time at Truman and in the Senate prepared you for these positions?

JD: Well, since I have been on the body forever, I am the longest sitting member, and it is one of these things that I have seen almost everything. And, so, when a topic or issue arises, even if it is not exactly the same as it happened three years ago, it is still similar. And, you know, I can look back and see how that issue was handled then, and find out and resolve a way to handle that issue now. So I guess it would just be experience. ZI: How do you plan on accomplishing your campaign platform? Christy Crouse: So, we have the committees that all our platform ideas really fit in with what the committees on Student Government do. What we are hopefully




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Senior JJ Dorrell and junior Christy Crouse are the new Student Government president and vice president.

going to be doing is providing those ideas to those committees, and then, as vice president, I oversee these committees, so making sure these things are being worked on. An example of a platform idea that we are already working on is that we said we wanted to more integrate international week with Truman Week — which Truman Week is looking a little bit differently. But we have already met twice with faculty and our staff mentor to talk about how Truman week is going to look, and I have already planned to go meet with the director of the international students to ask her, “Is there a way that we can partner on events?” So that is kind of how it works,. When things start coming up, you take the steps to act on it. ZI: Our campus has faced a lot of changes this last year and seen a lot of activity out of Student Government with what is happening nationally and locally within the community. With that in mind, what role on campus do you see Student Government playing next year? JD: Staying on the forefront on those types of issues. Diversity and inclusivity are something Christy and I ran on to really unite this campus. And, you know, it’s one of these things that being so important, always, but definitely during this time now, as Student Government leaders, we are the ones that are going to have to be bring that up and really push for that. So I know Christy — being the chair of diversity — she worked a lot this year, so she is going to have more to say on this than I do. So it is something we ran on, and it is important to us to really stay on the forefront of that.


“There are three kinds of people who run toward disaster, not away: cops, firemen and reporters.” These words from seasoned editor and writer Rod Dreher pretty much explain how I found out I wanted to be a journalist. The day communication professor Don Krause showed this quote to my Media Writing class, I walked out the front door of Barnett Hall to see a pillar of black smoke ascending into the sky. I hopped on my neon yellow Iguana mountain bike, steered it toward the roaring blaze on the north side of Osteopathy hill and never looked back. That was one of the first bylines I had with the Truman State University Index as a news reporter during my freshman year, and despite the fact my photos didn’t get published and I technically only contributed one source — though it was the first officer on the scene — I was hungry for another assignment. Journalism was an adventure, and I was hooked. Part of working at the Index every week is walking up to people you’ve never seen in your life, looking them in the eye and asking them to tell you their story. This is terrifying for a chronic introvert like me. To give you an idea, I routinely used to hyperventilate before making a phone call. Thus, it was through journalism that I discovered just how cool people are. I learned I could be present with them and catch the story they are telling, and I began to grasp how to take their words and weave them together into something other people could read. See FAREWELL, page 6 @trumanindex

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Intro to Visual Arts students install “Sea Dragon”

CORRECTIONS In the April 21 issue of the Index, the headline “Panhellenic Council changes Greek Week” should read “Panhellenic Council changes sorority recruitment”.


The Senate approved a resolution to uphold the creation of an LGBTQ+ Resource Center. The Senate approved a resolution supporting a tutoring program in collaboration with Ray Miller Elementary. The Senate approved a resolution honoring the Educator and Research Mentor of the Year. The Senate recognized University President Troy Paino and Kelly Paino for their time at Truman State. The Senate recognized seniors Greg Jochems Matt Cooper.

Bethany Boyle/TMN Students of the Intro to Visual Arts class show off their hard work with the creation of the “Sea Dragon” to students on Truman State’s campus. Students placed the art on The Quad April 25.


Truman offers study abroad opportunity in Peru Study abroad applications are now available for Peru. The study abroad program for the summer will send students to Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Cusco, Peru. Students have the opportunity to complete six credit hours in a variety of courses during the four-week summer program. The courses offered include beginner, intermediate and advanced Spanish, Incan architecture, art and design in Cusco, history of the Inca civilization, contemporary society and culture of Peru, biodiversity of Peru and photography. To apply, students need to fill out a Truman online application and a College Consortium for International Studies online application. For more information about the study abroad program, visit studyabroad. truman.edu or contact the study abroad office at 660-785-4076.

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Bethany Boyle/TMN Left: sophomore Nicole Brown poses with the head of the sea dragon by the students nicknamed “Toothless”. The art piece is made of metal bars wrapped in chicken wire and then covered in concrete and decorated with mosaic pieces. Above: Visual Art students move a body piece of the Sea Dragon project to The Quad for the campus to see.


The City Council did not meet this week.


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4/26 Theft reported at the 500 block of Mulanix St.

4/25 Domestic disturbance reported at the 400 block of Cottonwood St.

4/26 Theft reported at the 1400 block of Osteopathy St.

4/25 Fraud reported at the 2500 block of New St.

4/26 Suspect arrested for domestic 4/25 Harassment reported at the 100 disturbance at the 600 block of block of McPherson St. McPherson St. 4/25 Suspect arrested for child 4/26 Theft reported at the 1200 block of endangerment at the 2700 block of Burton St. Novinger St. 4/26 Theft reported at the 200 block of Baltimore St.

4/25 Harassment reported at the 300 block of Pierce St.

Mark your calendar Arbor Day April 29

The City of Kirksville and Truman State University invite the community to join them in planting trees. For more information, contact the Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department at 660-627-1485.

Spike’s Birthday

3-5p.m. April 29 Centennial Hall Get a picture taken with Truman State’s mascot, Spike, for his birthday Friday 3-5 p.m. The party will be at the Centennial Hall courtyard and include cake and yard games.



Truman amends environmental studies minor requirements The environmental studies department hopes fewer students will be overwhelmed by the complex requirements for the minor by implementing changes.

“We sort of rebooted the whole minor, but we didn’t actually change most of the courses,” Alberts said. Alberts said students no longer have to submit an approved learning plan with all the courses they are planning to take or a proposal about what they plan to do at the end of the minor. Students now simply can declare the environmental studies minor online through TruView. Alberts said there weren’t many people with this minor, and he said he thinks the learning plan may have scared a few people away. He said without having to do that it should be much easier for people to add this minor. Alberts said instead of having a capstone project before

graduating, students will have to complete two credits of service learning. This requires students to complete service that involves doing research, writing a reflection on the experience and integrating it with previous coursework. He said two student-facilitated courses, Grassroots Environmentalism and Expanding Environmental Consciousness, already complete service learning projects. Alberts said the enviromental science department is in the process of implementing a practicum so students can get credit for working on the projects. He said there is also the possibility of having a bigger environmental studies internship involving service learning in the future. Alberts said double counting rules also have become more clear following this change. Alberts said the rules previously were vague, and it was hard for students to put together the minor, but now students can double-count two courses with another major, minor or even LSP requirements. However, there is a limit on how many credits from any discipline students can use with this rule. There also are several environmental studies JINS courses that count for the minor that will be available to students this fall. The Intro to Environmental Studies course no longer will be a requirement for the minor. Alberts said there are very few teachers who can teach the introductory course because it is such a broad class and there is a big demand for enrollment in the course. Alberts said instead, there will be several 200-level courses. “Environmental Science,” “Environmental Policy” and “Animals in the Ancient World” are a few of the classes that will count as entry level courses for the Environmental Studies Program. Any of those classes will help to get students started on this minor, he said. “It’s a pretty big change, although in the sense of what courses you actually take I think most students will probably take most of the same courses they took before,” Alberts said.

Continued from page 1 Construction on the playground began last week and, weatherdepending, is projected to end in early June. Kirksville Kiwanis club member Becky Pike said the playground project came about after the club recieved a grant to put accessible swings at the Kirksville Primary School playground. Pike said YMCA Executive Director Sarah Riffer, and Deb Wohlers, Adair County Family Senate Bill 40 Developmental Disability Board executive director, thought an inclusive playground would be good for the community and visited with her about their idea. Pike said she and several members of the disability community established the Northeast Missouri Inclusion Project to raise

money for the playground. Pike said she and her colleagues Nan Davis and Terri Miller travelled to St. Louis to look at other inclusive playgrounds and choose what pieces of equipment to include in the NEMO playground. Pike said the playground will include spinning pieces, slides, an anti-static ground, accessible picnic tables and more. She said there will be a wall surrounding the playground that will make the playground wheelchair accessible. “[The playground] is designed so anyone can find a place to play,” Pike said. Pike said the playground is named Kiwanis Playground in honor of Shag Grossnickle and Harvey Young. Pike said Grossnickle and Young have been members of Kiwanis for more than 70 years. For Grossnick-


This fall, the environmental studies minor will undergo several changes to make it easier for students to fulfill course requirements. The biggest changes to the minor were not having to submit a learning plan, not having to complete a capstone project and changing the double counting rule. Interdisciplinary studies Director Scott Alberts said the changes taking place mostly concern the minor’s structure.

“It’s a pretty big change, although in the sense of what courses you actually take I think most students will probably take most of the same courses they took before.” -Interdisciplinary Studies Director Scott Alberts



INTRO CLASSES Have to take: -ENVS 200 - “Introduction to Environmental Studies.” Credits: 3 -ENVS 480 - “Seminar in Environmental Studies.” Credits: 1

ENVS 200 no longer a requirement. Will instead have “Environmental Science,” “Environmental Politics” and “Animals in the Ancient World” among other entry level classes students can choose from

REQUIRED CLASSES 12 credits in three out of the four categories of classes: -Science: agriculture, biology, chemistry -Social Science: economics, health, political science -Humanities: English, philosophy and religion -Interdisciplinary: most JINS

More clearly states which courses follow “double-counting rule” or can count toward Liberal Studies Program requirements

FINAL PROJECT Capstone project

Two credits of classes with service learning instead of capstone

DECLARING MINOR Learning plan needs to be submitted before declaring an environment studies minor

Can declare the minor onTruView According to: Interdisciplinary studies Director Scott Alberts

Ground Breaking | A project to build an accessible park for disabled members of the Kirksville community le’s 100th birthday, the club hosted the naming ceremony for the playground. Former Kiwanis President Carolyn Chrisman said when community members came up with this project, the Kirksville Kiwanis club set out to raise $100,000 for naming rights. Chrisman said because of Kiwanis members’ donations, several fundraisers and applying for grants, they were able to achieve the goal. “Our motto is ‘serving the children of the world,’ and we thought this [playground] was one of the best ways to do it,” Chrisman said. Melissa Cline, Learning Independent Friendship Employment Ability Center program specialist, said SB40, which funds programs for people

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with disabilities, including the LIFE Ability Center, donated $100,000 to help start the playground project. Cline said they are nearing the $450,000 cost for the playground project. Cline said the playground is designed so all levels can be reached by everybody, regardless of ability. She said the playground will be accessible to all ages, so parents or grandparents with disabilities can play with their children. Cline said this playground is the only inclusive playground in the Northeast Missouri region. She said the playground is located near the city’s bike trail and public transportation makes a stop nearby, making the playground accessible to people from all parts of Kirksville.


“[The playground project] has drawn the community out and together and caused a lot of excitement, not just for one area of Kirksville,” Cline said. “As a whole, this has been one of the biggest things for our area in quite a long time.” Kim Baker, LIFE Ability Center activity coordinator, said the playground also will benefit those who travel to Kirksville. Baker said Kirksville is one of the bigger towns in the northeast region of the state, and many people come to town for medical appointments or shopping. Baker said the playground will serve as something else to do, allowing people to spend a full day in Kirksville and have fun.



Farewell from the

Opinions Editor

Umme Kulsoom Arif 2015-16 Opinions Editor Well, here we are. The end of another wonderful year and, for me, the end of my career at Truman State. For the past year I’ve served the Truman State University Index as the opinions editor, a job I enjoyed immensely, despite my occasional ranting complaints. I was a junior when I applied to join the Index — spurred on by my roommate, Copy Chief senior Rose vonHatten. But, funnily enough, instead of opinions, I applied to become a news reporter. Junior Austin Hornbostel, 2016-17 editor-in-chief, who was the assistant news editor at the time, interviewed me for the position, only to decide that I was better suited to opinions instead. He was right. For anyone who knows me even slightly, I’m a very opinionated person. And that is an understatement. Often, vonHatten lovingly refers to me as a concentrated ball of rage — the energy-efficient size, if you will. I have an opinion on everything, down to whether or not ballpoint pens are better than gel ones. The answer, by the way, is that they are not. I loved being a columnist. Writing is and always will be one of my greatest passions. The columnist position meant I could share my opinions freely. I loved the position and wanted to write constantly. But I quit midway through my first semester, too stressed out to juggle my classes and my job. Still, alumna Megan Archer, then the opinions editor, was happy to welcome me back for the spring semester, and once I found a rhythm, it was easy. I wrote columns about everything, from personal experiences with racism to the benefits of knitting and crocheting. I ended up spending a lot of time in the Index office, always waiting for vonHatten to finish with a late night at work, just to drive her home. To kill time, I’d help out where I could, editing articles even though I wasn’t that great at it. Still, being there was enough. I was happy to drive people back to their residence halls and apartments on the way to driving back to mine with vonHatten. This earned me the name “the Index taxi” in the process, as I drove any number of coworkers home. On one memorable occasion, I drove alumnus Bob Overmann, then editor-in-chief, home after nearly running him over at 4:30 a.m. when he ran out in front of my car. When the opinions editor position opened up, I went for it on a whim. The worst anyone could tell me was no, after all. Instead, senior Bethany Boyle, former editor-in-chief, told me, “We’ve already filled the position,” and, after seeing my disappointed face, went on to say, “Congrats.” I’m not ashamed to admit I fell on the floor in surprise. I loved being the opinions editor. I loved the camaraderie of the office, Tuscany Tuesdays ordering pizza, pasta, or Chinese food with Boyle, and the knowledge that I was helping put together a paper I could be proud of, among other great memories. My greatest regret as opinions editor is that I didn’t write as much as I wanted. The job was time consuming, so I let my own opinions fall to the wayside in favor of uplifting the opinions of my amazing staff. I don’t regret giving them a platform. They, like me, all have strong opinions that deserve to be heard. As I graduate, I have high hopes for the ones who remain. It feels a little strange leaving the Index now. Working there gave my opinions a purpose. Even with the job, I always felt like I was “too much.” I was too opinionated, too loud, too keen on debating a topic, too easy to write off as just angry. Sometimes, I felt like a court jester, posturing for someone else’s entertainment when, in my heart, I had so much to say and not enough time to say it. As I leave the Index and hand my position off to sophomore Will Chaney, I have one thing left to say. Don’t be afraid to embrace your passions. My passion for writing and my strong opinions earned me a job I will never forget, for good or for ill. And you are no one’s court jester. Your opinions and passions are valid, no matter how mundane others tell you they are. As Sara Bareilles once sang, “Say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.”

UmmeKulsoom Arif is a senior justice systems major from St. Louis, Mo.

The end of the year at Truman is punctuated with goodbyes. In addition to students graduating, we say farewell to many esteemed friends on the faculty and staff. Most well know this year is President Paino’s departure. There’s also Michelle Horvath leaving for an exciting new position in student conduct. Don’t even get me started on how strange Truman will be without the wonderful Jeff Gall teaching history and education in the fall. These are just a few. There are many, many more. I’ll miss everyone heading on to new adventures, but none more than my buddy Tyler Madsen. I’ve been honored to call Tyler my friend on campus for so many years. Tuesday was his last day, and already I miss that guy so much. For eight years, Tyler served as the assistant director of athletics communications. Along with Kevin White, Tyler covered every match, meet, game, dual, and tourney the Bulldogs took on. He drafted stories for media, meticulously recorded statistics for each player, and oversaw the logistics of gameday operations. He did all this in the finest tradition of a Truman staff member. Tyler was devoted to the success of the student athletes he covered. He got to know them well and was their professional voice to the world. In recent years, he took on coaching responsibilities for men’s and women’s golf. He even represented Truman by serving as a leader on the national planning teams for the Division II baseball and soccer championships. Tyler’s work kept him out on the road, kept him at Pershing late at night, and kept him busy checking his phone for scores. This wasn’t work he begrudgingly took on. He ran to it, something he’d done since he was a student. Tyler came to Truman to play Bulldog soccer, but when injury sidelined those dreams, he began covering athletics as a member of The Index’s writing staff. He worked as a student employee in the athletics department. Tyler also served in Residence Life. He was a Student Advisor at Dobson Hall and

twice served as an assistant hall director. When he graduated, Tyler took on the full time position with athletics. You should have seen the smile on his face that day. Tyler’s character highlights why I’m proud to work at Truman. If there was a job to be done, Tyler was going to do it well. He understood that each part of the institution plays a vital role in the overall success, which meant he would go the extra mile and take the extra minute. He cared deeply about the success of our school and was committed to seeing Truman as the fine institution it was, is, and can be. Tyler and his wife Danielle (also an alum) are headed to Jefferson City with new roles at new institutions. They join many others now saying goodbye to Truman and Kirksville. Those of us here will not soon forget all you’ve done for this place. I’ll miss you, buddy.

Zac Burden Missouri Hall Director


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Create your own life adventures THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016

Emily Wichmer 2015-16 News Editor Well, this is it. I’ve cleaned out my desk. I’ve logged out of my social media accounts — after a few too many Facebook hacks from officemates throughout the years. And now this is it. It’s time to fit my farewell to the Truman State University Index in a mere 800 words. I could spend these words gushing about this publication, about the lessons I’ve learned, people I’ve met and experiences I’ve gleaned. But I won’t. Instead of focusing on the past four years, I want to focus on the future. Because the fact I’m currently having to face is I’m graduating in two weeks and have no set career plans. And it might come as a shock to hear I’m all right with that. Unlike many of my fellow seniors who have jobs lined up, are planning trips to Europe or are celebrating acceptance letters from graduate schools, my life postundergrad seems up in the air. I haven’t even begun to apply for jobs.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I still get people who make excuses for my lack of a career. See, I’m getting married this summer to my absolute best friend and moving to Washington D.C. But before you groan and write me off as one of those hated people who has their life together and posts engagement photos on social media, let me just say that getting married does not mean I have my life together in any way. I’m leaving my family and my friends, and I’m moving to a place where the only person I know is my fiance and his cats. Beyond deciding who I get to annoy for the rest of my life, I have no set plans. And yet I’m okay with this because, well, not knowing is part of the adventure. There seems to be a large group in our society who thinks the phrase, “I’m not sure what I’m doing after graduation,” translates to, “I’m a huge deadbeat.” I mean, they’ve had four whole years to figure out what they want to do with their lives. How could they not know? The answer is it’s absolutely possible to not know. In four years I’ve barely had enough time to figure out what the heck a W-2 is. And if someone wants to explain it again to me, please do — asking for a friend. We spend “the best years of our lives” in a place far away from home where we’re expected to learn about science, math, history and English, plus real-life skills like doing laundry, paying bills and dealing with roommate drama. And on top of all that, we’re supposed to stop in our tracks one day as if we’d been struck with a sudden moment of clarity and realize we’re meant to become a playwright for a British musical, or a martial arts instructor dedicating their life to teaching kung fu to polar bears so they can combat global warming.

Build memories, not a résumé

Rose vonHatten 2015-16 Copy Chief “You know what would be fun? If instead of ‘passive voice,’ we wrote ‘zombie attack.’” I have a whole notebook full of quotes as strange and hilarious as this one, carefully transcribed around notes about what time people arrived and left, names of staffers, logs of edits. When I leave the Student Media Center as the copy chief for the last time this week, I will take that log with me. No, it’s not because I want to know the exact amount of name checks each one of the hardworking copy editors have done, though I am proud of their hard work. Recorded in those pages are countless memories — sass, wordplay, humor, personality. My choice to join the Truman State University Index sophomore year is one I do not regret. While I’ve been a communication major from the time I filled out my very first college forms, it took me much longer to work up the nerve to apply to be an Index copy editor. I’ve known since high school that editing was a path I wanted to pursue, but I also can be an incredibly shy person in unfamiliar surroundings. When I finally did apply, I discovered something entirely unexpected — a second home and family. Two months after the Index hired me, I found out I was going to be the 2014-15 assistant copy chief. Many months later, the copy chief said I’d been selected because I was so gung ho about getting the position. I was so passionate about editing and the Index that I, the newest member of copy desk, leapfrogged staffers who had been there for years to earn the position and won “Fastest Ladder Climber” at the year-end banquet. While I knew the Index would look good on a résumé, that’s not why I joined or stayed. Initially, I wanted to see what being a copy editor was really like and I figured it was also high time I joined an organization. But as I started to make friends, have work stories

to tell and become a part of copy desk jokes, I realized this office was where I belonged, among people who understood my zeal for journalism. All of this was possible because of one thing — passion. I cared about and enjoyed what I was doing, so I was willing to put more effort in and, as a result, went farther faster. This is something I want to stress to all the students like me who worriedly look at their résumés and wonder if they’ve done enough. At the end of the day, it’s about quality, not quantity. Don’t just do something because you think it will look good on a résumé. Be somewhere because you want to be there. Do something because it makes you happy. Truman State is stressful enough without adding time-consuming activities you don’t enjoy. Build memories, not résumé lines. When I look back at my time here, what I’ll remember is junior year, when my roommate nearly ran down the editor-in-chief at 4:30 a.m., because he’d run onto the road in front of our car to catch a ride home. I’ll remember sophomore year just after I joined, when senior Meg Robison — my successor as copy chief — and I figured out we’d actually met years before at a birthday party, and I was so relieved to even kind of know someone there. I’ll remember the nights last semester when Meg Robison and I couldn’t stop geeking out about Shakespeare or some musical or some edit. I’ll remember the way any time someone said “Hey now,” three different staffers would chime in with three different songs. I’d start singing “Hey now, don’t dream it’s over,” from Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” Freshman Molly Thal, assistant copy chief, would become Hilary Duff, singing “Hey now, this is what dreams are made of” from “What Dreams Are Made Of.” Senior Umme Arif would sing “All Star” by Smash Mouth, belting “You’re an All Star, get your game on, go play.” Working late into the night to put out a weekly paper has been a small price to pay to be part of this family, and it has been an absolute pleasure to serve as copy chief. No matter where I end up, part of my identity will always be “Index staffer,” in the same way I still define myself as a swimmer, homeschooler and proud St. Louisan. To everyone who makes this paper what it is, from the fearless editors-in-chief I have worked under, to the passionate and funny copy editors I have worked alongside, to the hardworking section editors I have wrangled edits with, I have just one thing to say — thanks for the memories.

Rose vonHatten is a senior communication major from St. Louis, Mo.

Kudos to you if you have figured out your life goals. But to insist everyone has to figure out their plan in four years is not realistic. The trouble with college being labeled as “the best years of your life” is it sets up any time after as a huge letdown. In reality, it’s only the beginning. Our education gives us the tools we need to experience the real adventure — becoming the person you want to be to make your mark on the world. For some people it takes years to find their true calling. For others, it takes nearly a lifetime. And others lose sight of that adventure and settle for something they don’t love. If you never lose your sense of adventure, you’ll never settle. My parting words to you all are to never settle. You can bide your time in your retail job if it’s getting you to your next big step, but never lose your sense of adventure. If that means having your relatives throw their hands up in despair at your lack of a career, so be it. Take the time you need to get your feet firmly planted so you can find your adventure. I want to write. I want to travel. I want to meet new people and learn new things. And I never want to stop learning. I’m ready to put myself out there and find my own adventure. So cheers to the Index, and to the readers who have managed to stick with this column to the 800th word. Here’s to your own life adventures — and may you never know what you’re doing next.

Emily Wichmer is a senior French and communications major from St. Louis, Mo.


QUAD What advice do you have for graduating seniors?

David Gillette Economics professor While mine still continues, I hope your time at Truman has been equally as enjoyable as mine and wish you all much success. That said, the advice Laertes received from Polonius when departing for Paris seems appropriate. For more, check out ATQ on TMN Digital at tmn.truman.edu

Keep the campus dialogue going, stay critical and informed about Truman’s student media

Dan Mika Contributing Writer If I had to describe my time at Truman State, and more specifically the Truman State University Index, I’d go with this — “I walked in a dumb freshman and left a White House correspondent.” I’ll get to that “White House correspondent” later. For now, I’d like to talk about how much this newspaper has meant to me these past four years. I promise to keep the sugary-sweet thank you’s to a minimum. I walked into the Index’s office in 2012, wearing a dark suit as I headed across the hot, dry, 90-degree August day. I immediately realized I was overdressed when everyone in the office was wearing shorts, but I didn’t care when they said I could write for the opinions section. I went back to my dorm, smiling like an idiot and sweating underneath my cheap, slightlytoo-small suit.

A few weeks later, I switched to the features section. Alumna Emily Battmer had to cut the first story I wrote for her because — and I cannot stress this enough — it sucked so much. It sucked so badly that much of the original story we printed out for editing was indecipherable because of all the ink on it. But I slowly began to improve and moved to the news section, where I worked as an assistant editor my sophomore year. I liken it to owning a 1960s Ford Mustang — it was a lot of hard work and I got a lot of headaches while working there, but I’d defend it to the death if anyone tried to mess with it. The next two years were a blur as I jumped around from the Kirksville Daily Express to an internship in the Missouri Senate and to this point in my life now. And though it’s occasionally drained me of my time and will to survive, I can’t imagine being where I am now without having printed my words on the paper you’re holding. That leads us to today. As you read this April 28, I’m in Washington D.C. for the first ever White House College Reporter Day. While you’re reading this paper somewhere on campus, I’m wandering around the West Wing and preparing to ask Josh Earnest, White House press secretary, a few questions in an upcoming briefing. And even though I’m technically only a White House correspondent for one day, I’m still forever grateful for all the incredible lessons I learned because of this paper. So, as I prepare to buy my graduation robes while holding back an anxiety attack, I have one

last request for you, the readers of this paper — keep talking about what is in the paper. Does what you read make you mad at the University? Good. Talk about it, and demand better from your school. Does what you read make you mad at the Index? Awesome. Send in a letter to the editor, or better yet, join the paper and ask the hard questions this University needs to answer. To paraphrase my dad, who escaped Soviet-era Poland to come the U.S. — you can love your University without loving the people that run it. And that’s what I ask of you now — to contribute to a greater conversation about how this place can get better. Because this isn’t the president’s University or the faculty’s. It’s yours. And ultimately, you have the power to change it.

Dan Mika is a senior communication major from Chicago, Ill.



ASSAULT | Title IX officer discusses procedures for sexual assault policy violations Continued from page 1 After a student’s safety needs are taken care of, Ball said the student then decides whether they want the school to investigate the case to see if a policy violation has occurred or if they don’t want to pursue the case but still want to use campus resources to make them feel healthy and safe again. If the student wants to pursue an investigation, then that gives Ball the jurisdiction as Title IX officer to investigate the two parties involved with the alleged violation. “Investigations can look different from case to case,” Ball said. “Typically, what’s involved is a lot of interviews with the parties involved

themselves and witnesses. In this day in age, what often becomes significant is the text messages, social media communication, and videos. It’s a process of trying to identify every piece of the puzzle we can and put them together.” Ball said once she gathers all the information from both parties, she writes up a report summarizing the information, and it’s then reviewed by an administrative review panel comprised of three faculty members who have been trained in analyzing sexual misconduct cases. The panel then decided if a policy violation has occurred. Ball said the burden of proof for college campuses is

FAREWELL | Outgoing editor-in-chief reflects on time spent with Index Continued from page 1 Flashback to high school Bethany, who had no idea what she wanted to do in life, except maybe be an engineer. I had my sights on Missouri University of Science and Technology, until physics tanked my confidence in my abilities with applied mathematics. I liked writing, so I clicked on “communication” in the drop down menus of my college applications. The only thing I had to go on was one journalism sampler course taught by Mrs. Kelly Flores in the fish tank room at my homeschool co-op. To this day I apologize for my poor work ethic, but Mrs. Flores, you should know your teaching inspired me to take a risk on something I sort of liked, was pretty unknowledgeable about and turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Flash forward to college sophomore journalist Bethany, writing for the Index features section. That year, I bumped down back country roads to savor local fare at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage on pizza night — every Thursday, and it’s second to none — reported on a ukulele club trying to get its Center for Student Involvement charter and sat down with students who work in exchange for room and board at the University Farm. Once again, people are amazing. And I am grateful working for the Index afforded me the opportunity to sit and talk with them, and tell their stories. That year I discovered the intersection of journalism, disaster and humanity, because that was the year I met Teresa Heckert. The late Heckert was a beloved Truman professor, wife and mother, and when I first

different than in a court of law. Ball said the panel can act on “preponderance of evidence” rather than “beyond reasonable doubt.” In addition to handling sexual assault cases, Ball said she wanted to let the Truman student body know while there might seem to be an increase in alerts in sexual assaults on campus, this assumption might not accurately reflect reality. “I want students to keep in mind what might feel like an uptick is probably not in reality a change,” Ball says. “The fact that people are reporting I think is a positive sign that people are wanting to come forward to access help for themselves.”

University farm offers internships funded by environmental sustainability fee

sat down across the desk in her office, she was in the midst of treatments for metastasized breast cancer. Roughly four months later I had the privilege to write a tribute article about this incredible woman to commemorate her life and contributions to Truman. That was the first time I had looked someone in the face and asked them what their best friend meant to them, and spoiler alert — it wouldn’t be the last. From that I learned to run toward the most terrifying kind of disaster we will ever encounter — death. I came to understand the people left behind have only the story of the one they loved, and if I could, I wanted to help tell it in a way that honored the life of another human. Flash forward to junior year. News Editor Bethany gets a call — a student died in Spain while studying abroad. It’s hard to describe what it was like writing about Mackenzie McDermott’s death, but I felt humbled to paint a picture of this spunky feminist with a fantastic pixie cut and what she meant to many people on Truman’s campus. I still have a cassette of the film “My Cousin Vinny,” which turned out to be McDermott’s favorite movie, to remind me of the impact she had on many people, including me. Even though I never got to meet her, through my writing, I hoped some people could feel like they had. And that is why I want to be a journalist. Thank you, Index, for the opportunities to lead and inspire others in this pursuit. Thank you, Kirksville, for listening to my stories for 3.5 years. Thank you, Truman, for teaching me everything I know.

Damian Soane/TMN The University Farm recently received funds for two new intern positions for the summer. This will help the farm produce more product, for the Market on The Mall. by AUstin HornBostel Editor-in-Chief

The recently implemented Environmental Sustainability Fee will fund two internship positions at the University Farm. The fee covers the $5,000 cost of the internships, which are part of the Farm to Table Program. The interns will begin working on the farm during the summer to produce vegetables for Sodexo and will operate a farmers market on campus in August. University Farm Manager Bill Kuntz said he expects the interns to work in the fields planting and growing vegetables while learning how to grow things sustainably. Kuntz said the interns will learn to harvest and market what they have grown during the fall. “Anybody can grow vegetables,” Kuntz said. “I mean, it’s not rocket science on how to grow them. But when it comes to the harvesting, handling and then the marketing end of it, there’s a lot to learn there, and it’s a good experience because they get to actually be in the community and work with the community to get vegetables to the people.” Kuntz said interns have worked at the farm before, and the position typically changes slightly from year to year. He said though there usually aren’t many large-scale changes to the position, the environment is different every year and can affect

the work. Kuntz said one change for this year will be a heightened emphasis on Market on The Mall — a farmers market located in the area in front of the Student Union Building and behind Pickler Memorial Library. Kuntz said Farm to Table aims to bring products directly to consumers, while making sure what the farm produces is healthy Kuntz said this is different from how a farmers’ market normally works, in which a farmer grows the product and sells to a distributor, who consolidates products from farmers across a wide area. He said products could come from areas as far away as Mexico and California, but Farm to Table aims to remedy the trucking fees that come with such distance and provide a sustainable system. “We’re trying to get the product locally and get it to local tables so there’s not a big disconnect from the farmer to the end user,” Kuntz said. Agricultural science professor Michael Seipel said Farm to Table came to Truman through the Speciality Crop Grants Program in 2010. Originally titled Farm to School Initiative, Seipel said the grant was meant to spark local food production and build a local infrastructure between farmers and the community. Seipel said Market on The Mall also started around this time in an effort to use more locallygrown produce on campus. He

said the grant and internal funding provided internships through 2014, and it was later decided the Environmental Sustainability Fee would be a good fit for funding.

“We’re trying to get the product locally and get it to local tables so there’s not a big disconnect from the farmer to the end user,” -University Farm Manager Bill Kuntz

Seipel said the interns will play a role in educating the University community about the benefits of local foods, the environmental impacts of local production and raising awareness about the University Farm as a resource. “I think the students are excellent ambassadors to their peers about those things and have ideas of how to increase awareness of local foods and interest in local foods from the campus,” Seipel said. Junior Chris Hornsey, Student Government Environmental Affairs committee chair, said the $5,000 stipend for the internships will come out of a $56,000 total. Hornsey said the Environmental Sustainability Fee resulted

Damian Soane/TMN The Farm to Table program aims to help make a more substainable system. It also helps supply Sodexo with locally grown food. from a project Environmental Campus Organization wanted to complete — adding water bottle refilling stations around campus. Hornsey said last year, the committee researched sustainability programs from universities the same size as Truman around the state and nation. He said students approved a $5 per semester fee during the Student Government elections last spring. Hornsey said ECO’s efforts have come full circle, as the project slate for the fee includes those refilling stations. Hornsey said when the fee committee comes to a decision about a slate, it must take it to Student Government for approv-

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A group of Truman State students hosted a Jazz Appreciation Month event on campus April 21 and invited the Kirksville High School jazz band to perform. Juniors Meagan Banta-Lewis and Bobby Bryant, sophomores Jack Derbak and Rachel Hanna, and freshmen Mercy Mei Xin Tee and Sarah Tzi-Lyn Lew coordinated the event as part of a project for their public relations class. The hour-long event included performances by the Kirksville High School jazz band and University Swingers. Music professor Marc Rice also gave a brief presentation. Communication professor David Price had students pick between a list of possible topics including Jazz Appreciation Month, Autism Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Garden Month and Poetry Writing Month. Banta-Lewis and Bryant said out of the list of options the professor offered, they chose their preferences to plan a public relations campaign. Bryant said everyone in the group of six either played an instrument at some point in their lives or are life-long jazz fans. Bryant said jazz is a genre most people already have some level of appreciation for, and the group thought this shared interest would be a good way to bring the community together. Bryant said the group initially reached out to Truman ensembles to perform at the event, but most of them were busy, so they turned to the Kirksville High School. “I think it actually turned out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise,” Bryant said. Reaching out to the high school provided an opportunity to connect with the high school students, and it widened the audience for the event the Truman students were trying to promote, Bryant said. Banta-Lewis said she is a huge fan of jazz music and thought it was an uplifting topic that would generate a huge turnout. Banta-Lewis said it is important for Truman students to open their eyes to the community around them. Likewise, she said it is important for high school students to see college students show an interest in what they are doing. Banta-Lewis said she was excited for the high school band to perform. Being in a jazz band in high school takes extra commitment, and it demonstrates those students are really passionate about jazz, she said. Banta-Lewis said her passion for jazz was important

for the event and the attitude her group was trying to display. Banta-Lewis said she hoped people who attended the event left with a greater knowledge and appreciation of jazz than before. Rice spoke at the event about why jazz matters in a historical and cultural sense, especially in regions like Kansas City and St. Louis. Rice said he was excited to talk to the public about a genre of music that doesn’t get discussed much. Jazz is a kind of music that helped bridge two cultures, Rice said. He said this type of music was very appropriately used at this jazz appreciation event to bridge the high school and Truman communities as well. Students from the high school came on campus, mixed with a campus group, and played for a campus organization, which was very beneficial for them, Rice said. In turn, the college students got to see how proficient the high school band was, he said. Rice said jazz also has great educational value. When the students play this music, they are listening to each other, collaborating with each other, and communicating and responding to each other, Rice said. Rice said he hopes the Kirksville community will continue to support the ensemble and the music. “[The students] are learning,” Rice said. “And they are enjoying what they are learning.” Jon Self, Kirksville High School senior, said he has played in the jazz band all four years of high school and began playing jazz guitar as his primary instrument sophomore year. Self said the band was eager to play at the event. Self said this is not the band’s first time performing for Truman students, but he said it was still a big deal to them, and the musicians took it very seriously. “A performance is a performance is a performance,” Self said. “We were psyched to play. We always are.” Self said it is really nice to play for the community and show off what the band has been working so hard on. “You can … communicate your own thoughts and feelings through your instrument, and so when that’s received by other people it’s a really fun thing,” Self said. “[It’s us saying,] ‘We enjoy this, here’s hoping you enjoy it too.’”

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After three years of Filmmaker’s Club trying to complete a project, the members finally produced a movie and hope to continue making a movie every semester. The Filmmaker’s Club will be showing its original short film “Mac and Sunny,” a comedy about two buddy cops who are promoted to detectives after the rest of the precinct quits, 7 p.m. Friday at the Aquadome. Graduate student Jamie Garland, Filmmaker’s Club vice president, said she and club president senior Katey Stoetzel accepted leadership positions three years ago when all the other club members graduated. Garland said lack of interest in certain aspects of filmmaking — such as the technical side of producing and acting —­­­ were factors that kept the club from making a film, even though club members had experience as leaders and talent in screenwriting. Garland said being a leader in Filmmaker’s Club has given her great filmmaking experience. “I’m currently trying to get internships and jobs out in Hollywood, so being able to put down that I was vice president of film club and some of my scripts have been filmed that I can show them is nice,” Garland said. “It’s good practice to learn how a film set works and practice things.” Garland said being a part of Filmmaker’s Club and minoring in film studies helped solidify her passion for film. Garland said she wants to pass her love for film on to the younger members of the club. She said she hopes Filmmaker’s club finds new members that can stay on the path she and Stoetzel have sent the club down. Junior Will Fries, who directed “Mac and Sunny,” joined Filmmaker’s Club this year. Fries said he likes the technical side of film, and the club dynamic this year has changed from watching and appreciating films to actually making them because of more members in the club like him who are passionate about camera angles, sound, equipment and acting. Fries said he is interested in a composition, specifically how the scene is framed, where the camera is placed and how the scene’s lighting can add a mood to the scene. “That’s one of the things that makes cinema unique,” Fries said. “Using the camera and its limitations, you can tell a story in a particular way. If you put the camera in two different places, you get two different feelings.” Sophomore Trevor Hatfield said there are a lot of ways people with varying interests in film can get involved in the club and the filmmaking process. Hatfield said there are three phases of filmmaking — pre-production, where script writing and planning take place, production, where footage is filmed, and post-production, where editing, music and color correction take place.

Katey Stoetzel/Index Freshman Abby Sokeland and sophomore Owen Carlson act in the Filmmaker’s Club original short film, “Mac and Sunny.” The film project started last year but did not finish until this year because of a lack of technical staff. Hatfield said because there are different teams with different skills within the club, he wants to keep all members involved at all times so they constantly are using their skills. He also said he wants the club working on two projects at once. He said if a project starts in the fall, it would be finished by spring, but in the spring they will be in pre-production of the next film, so they overlap. He said right now, members are in the pre-production of their next film, “Number 16,” a psychological horror thriller. Hatfield said the club provides an environment where he can be himself and relish in his love of film surrounded by others who share the same passion as him. “Filmmaker’s Club gives me an environment to fanboy about whatever movie or TV show I’m into at the time, and it’s totally okay,” Hatfield said. “It’s a great outlet for getting out my inner fangirl, letting her go wild.”

Round Barn Blues welcomes Grammy-nominated artist BY JESSICA HOWARD Contributing Writer

The spring Round Barn Blues show will take place 3 p.m. Saturday in the Round Barn off Highway P. The Round Barn Blues show is a biannual event that showcases local and big-name musicians and has become an important event for the Kirksville community. The barn was built in 1913 and was placed on the Natural Register of Historic Places in 2001, according to the Round Barn website. This historic building is now a hub for blues fans the first Saturday of May and the last Saturday of September every year, with a portion of the events’ proceeds going toward restoring the barn. Three bands, with styles ranging from blues to funk, are on the line-up this year — local band Blue Wire, the St. Louis-based Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band, and Grammynominated artist John Primer with his accompanying band. Primer said he started playing music when he was four years old and hasn’t stopped since. Primer said music has influenced his enitre life and he said Muddy Waters, who taught him to play guitar, only reinforced Primer’s thought that music was his calling. “It was something I was born to do, and it’s hard to explain,” Primer said. “I grew up with a hard life, and music was

my escape. I’ve always wanted to be a guitar player and a singer. Now I say, ‘you can’t paint blues without the Primer.’” Primer, now 71, has played in the Chicago Blues All-Stars of Willie Dixon as well as Muddy Waters’ band until Waters’ death in 1983. Primer said playing in Waters’ band fulfilled a childhood dream he had since he was 14. In 2016, Primer was nominated for best blues album at the Grammy Awards with The Muddy Waters 100. However, Primer said just playing the music is ultimately what matters the most to him.

“I grew up with a hard life, and music was my escape. I’ve always wanted to be a guitar player and a singer. Now I say, ‘you can’t paint blues without the Primer.’” -Musician John Primer

For Primer, this spring’s Round Barn Blues show is his first, and he said he is excited to meet the people of Kirksville and share his music. Primer said no matter if people are happy or sad, blues has something to offer them, and it’s something he plans to give to the people of Kirksville.

“When people are happy, the blues keeps you happy and when people are sad, the blues helps you up,” Primer said. “People think the music is called the blues because it’s sad, but it’s not sad. The blues stop you from being sad. When someone is upset, when they’ve lost someone they love, you give them the blues. That’s what I do.” Primer said Kirksville should be ready for a great show and, as always, he said he is prepared to give a great show. Primer said playing his music is never stressful or tiring. Just like when he was a boy, Primer said music has remained his escape. “I can play it all night long — I never get bored,” Primer said. “Never. I play from my heart, and I give it my all. And then I put hot sauce on it.” Information about John Primer and his music is on his website, johnprimerblues.com. This is Al Holliday and the East Side Band’s second time playing the Round Barn Blues show. Al Holliday, the band’s front-man, said the band looked forward to coming back up to Kirksville for this year’s show. “Last time we went, we had heard of it but never gone up there before,” Holliday said. “But we went, and all the people were singing our songs and dancing. It was really cool. If this time is like last time ... It’s so crazy, I just hope we don’t pass out.” Al Holliday and the East Side Band have worked on new material

since their last trip to Kirksville, and Holliday said they will be taking their new album, “Natural Remedies,” with them to sell to fans. Holliday said he thinks the new music is raw and will speak to fans and provide them with music that makes them feel good. Holliday said the band went through big changes with the addition of two new members — Emily Wallace and Molly Simms. Holliday said they have been a blessing with Wallace on vocals and Simms on vocals and guitar. Holliday said he is excited to bring all of these changes to Kirksville and promote the new record, but he said live performance is the heart of the band. “It’s great to have good record sales and albums, but really it’s about the performance,” Holliday said. “I think this music in particular is really raw, and it really has something that nothing else has. You get a sort of connection to this music that you don’t get anywhere else.” Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band primarily will perform original content, but Holliday said they always have a few cover songs up their sleeves they add their own funky twist to. Information about the band and footage from its performances is up on its website, alhollidaymusic.com. To learn more about the Round Barn Blues show, check out its Facebook page.


Paino gives Last Lecture on saying goodbye




As University President Troy Paino’s time at Truman State comes to a close, he gave his final speech as part of the Student Activities Board’s Last Lecture series. This lecture, “On Saying Goodbye: The Power of Letting Go,” was one of Paino’s last opportunities to address the Truman community because he is leaving this summer to become president of the University of Mary Washington. “It really [was] my opportunity to express to people in this community how much they’ve meant to me and how much they continue to mean to me, but also afford[ed] me an opportunity to say goodbye,” Paino said. Paino’s lecture was about his life and the people who have impacted it. He said he wanted the speech to focus on the value of community and relationships. Paino also shared photos as part of the lecture. Paino said he was asked to talk in the Last Lecture series before, but he declined because the timing did not seem right at the time, and he thought there were other faculty members who should speak as part of the series before he did. “When they asked this time, it seemed to make sense given my impending departure from Truman,” Paino said. “In that sense, I could really get into the spirit of things and try to say everything I’d like to say before I go.” While he has given a lot of talks at Truman State before, Paino said he never has done anything quite like the Last Lecture series. He said he has not talked directly to the Truman community like this since his installation address

in 2010, when he became University president. He said this lecture was different from that one because the Last Lecture was more informal. Paino said he is glad students came to his lecture because Truman students have had a big impact on his life. “This was my opportunity to tell them what they’ve meant to me personally, and how they’ve influenced me and forever changed me,” Paino said. “It [was] also an opportunity for me to talk about why I think it’s time for me to go, and as difficult as that is, why it’s important for me to let go at this stage in my life.”

“This was my opportunity to tell them what they’ve meant to me personally, and how they’ve influenced me and forever changed me.” -University President Troy Paino

Although this was his last lecture at Truman and he is leaving in a few weeks, Paino said he will come back to visit Truman regularly. Paino also said he will continue to contribute to the scholarships he started and maintain the relationships he has here. “Truman will always be a part of me, and I hope to always be a part of Truman,” Paino said. “The relationships I’ve built will always be a part of my life. I want to stay connected to those people. Some of the people I work very closely with each

day are not only my colleagues, they have also become my dear friends, so it’s important for me to stay connected, and I will always come back to Kirksville and to Truman.” Freshman Mary-Kate Mudd, Student Activities Board event chair, said Paino’s speech was the final Last Lecture of the semester. Mudd said this series gives Truman faculty the opportunity to give Truman students advice as if it were the last lecture they will ever give. When Mudd got Paino’s campus-wide email about leaving Truman, she said she saw an opportunity to have him give a Last Lecture. While the series was already finalized for the semester, she contacted Paino about giving a Last Lecture as a finale to the series. Mudd said past series speakers have been academic advisers and professors, including psychology professor Sal Costa, Communication Department Chair Jay Self and English professor Brent Orton. The Last Lecture series is something SAB has done in the past, Mudd said, but until this year, it had not done the series since 2013. The past lectures have taken place in smaller venues like the SUB Alumni Room. However, Paino’s lecture took place in Baldwin Auditorium because it had a higher turnout compared to these past lectures. Freshman Mara Stewart said she attended Paino’s Last Lecture because she had not heard him speak since she participated in Truman Week her freshman year. She said she wanted the opportunity to hear him speak again before he leaves Truman. “I really like T-Pain as a person,” Stewart said. “It’s going to be weird to have a new person in charge.”

TLS hosts charity dinner BY JACK DERBAK Staff Writer

Tau Lambda Sigma hosted an international dinner Monday April 25 to promote Outreach International, a nonprofit organization focused on finding solutions to poverty. The event, called Pass the Plate, took place at the Baptist Student Union Building. The food served at the dinner was from some of the 10 countries Outreach International currently works with, including Bolivia, Haiti, Nicaragua and India.

“I chose Outreach International because it’s an organization that I’ve been passionate about and wanting to fundraise for since I was a kid.” -Senior Anna Cox, TLS fundraising officer

Outreach International has been working toward finding sustainable solutions to worldwide poverty since 1979. The organization thinks “giving a gift without educating a community on how to use, repair, or nurture it is no gift at all — instead it delays the hard work of actually resolving a problem,” according to the group’s website. Outreach International uses participatory human development, which is a process for problem-solving for poverty. This process focuses more on people that are a part of a community with a problem such as poverty so they can help their communities without being directly offered a solution, according to the group’s website. Senior Anna Cox, TLS fundraising officer, said

while the sorority usually does service and fundraising projects, this is the first fundraising dinner event the sorority has hosted. “I chose Outreach International because it’s an organization that I’ve been passionate about and wanting to fundraise for since I was a kid,” Cox said. Cox said unlike other charities, Outreach International teaches people they are capable of changing their lives for the better. Cox said she previously had been involved in a local foods dinner last year with the Environmental Campus Organization, which she said inspired her to put on a similar dinner with TLS. Kevin Prine, Outreach International president and CEO, said he cancelled a trip to Nepal to speak at the event and talked about the issues of poverty and what people can do to help. Prine said he searched for practical solutions to problems such as poverty throughout his career, and he said development projects alone do not address the causes of poverty. Prine said he has been a part of Outreach International since January 2012 and has donated to the organization since 1991. Rick Lindgren, Outreach International board member, said he has seen how donor contributions help povertystricken communities, and he has personally seen how donor contributions change the lives of all people in a self-funded site visit to the Bolivian Andes. Kathy Robinson, former outreach board chair, said she recently traveled to Malawi with Outreach International, and she said the people Outreach International invests in their priority issue of poverty and improve their living conditions.” For more information about Outreach International, contact Special Projects Manager Charlotte Belshe at c.belshe@ outreachmail.org.

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EVENTS One Act Festival 8-10 p.m. April 28-29 James G. Severns Theatre Join the senior theatre majors as they present their one act plays. The plays include “A Wife for Life,” “The Man Who Couldn’t Dance,” “Over Here,” “Baby Food,” “Last Tuesday,” “Mandate,” “The Bird on Nellie’s Hat,” and “The Boor.” Admission is free.

Belly Dance Extravaganza 6-8 p.m. April 30 SUB Down Under


Check out the University Society of Middle Eastern Dance second annual belly dancing show hosted by. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or in the Pershing Dance Studio for $3, or $5 for two tickets.

Taste of Truman with Laura Seaman

Fettucine Parmesan Directions: • Pour olive oil into a 12-inch skillet, then sprinkle minced garlic on top. • Turn heat on high. When oil begins to sizzle, add noodles, milk, broth, salt and pepper. When mixture reaches a boil, turn it down to medium and let simmer for 20 minutes. • When the noodles are softened and the 20 minutes are up, turn off heat and transfer pasta to a large bowl. While the noodles are still hot, add parmesan cheese and mix it in so that the cheese melts slightly. Let it cool, then it’s ready to serve. Serves three.

Ingredients: • 8 ounce fettuccine noodles • 6 ounce bag shredded parmesan cheese • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 4 cloves minced garlic • 1 cup milk • 2 cups chicken broth • 2 tablespoons butter • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

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TV Season Finales


The season five finale of “Supernatural,” titled “Swan Song,” signaled the end of creator Eric Kripke’s reign. It also was an emotional hour of television as Dean and Sam Winchester went up against the devil himself, saving the world and earning redemption.


“Through the Looking Glass,” the two part “Lost” season three finale, not only saw the death of a beloved character, but also revealed the use of flashforwards. Jack’s exclamation to Kate, “we have to go back!” made it clear getting off the island might not be a good thing.


“Doomsday,” the season two finale of the current “Doctor Who,” saw the end to one of the best Doctor/companion friendships the TARDIS had seen — the Doctor and Rose. By episode’s end, Rose is stuck in a parallel universe and the Doctor runs out of time for a proper goodbye.


The season four finale “Buffy,” “Restless,” is a quiet hour of television rather than the action-packed finales of other seasons. Buffy and company are stuck in a dream state and must outrun the monster of their dreams. The episode also subtly contains foreshadowing for later seasons.


The “Angel” season two finale is more of an arc of three episodes that finds the Angel Investigations team stuck in a different dimension. First, it’s a rescue mission, but they soon finds themselves confronted by their inner demons. The final episode is titled “There’s No Place Like Plrtz Glrb.”

editor says goodbye, apologizes for all the superhero reviews BY KATEY STOETZEL

2015-2016 Out-going Features Editor

"Captain America: Civil War" premieres in eight days. I graduate in nine. I curse the prestige of summer blockbuster releases that's preventing the latest — and, if you trust early reviews, the best — Marvel movie to date from being released just a few weeks earlier so I could review it on page 10 of the Truman State University Index. It's not the first time this has happened — last year, I missed the release of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" by a day. But back then, I still had a whole year to talk film and television with you. With today's publication of the Index, that year has come to an end. I joined the Index staff my sophomore year mostly out of boredom. Since then, I've been a reporter, assistant features editor and features editor. Although those editor positions meant I was responsible for an entire section of the paper, it was with page 10 of our section that I felt the most comfortable and at home. As assistant features editor last year, I wanted to create a mini arts and entertainment section that featured an entertainment review, local events and entertainment news. This year, that page got a bit of a redesign but remained largely the same, with the addition of top five lists. The review section used to be called "Hit or Miss." I remember discussing this name with junior Grace Bueckendorf, the features editor at the time, saying that I wanted the reviews to have a more laid back feel to them, and the "Hit or Miss" aspect

would be an easy gauge for readers to immediately know if it was going to be a good or bad review. It was halfway through the year that I realized I hated the "Hit or Miss" system for reviews, because it never accurately described whatever I was reviewing. A film that was a "hit" could have some bad qualities while a television show that was a "miss" could have some good qualities. It confused the crap out of me, so I could only wonder what the readers were thinking. With the redesign this year, I decided to rename the review section for those very reasons. It took a lot of brainstorming among the different section heads that sit near my desk in the office, but we eventually decided on Reel Talk. It’s a great pun and represents everything I was trying to do with page 10 and the reviews — create a conversation about the entertainment I love with you, the readers. I cannot express how much I hope that I've accomplished that during my two years as the Index's film critic. I've mentioned this before to my friends and to the members of Filmmakers Club, but I'm not sure I've ever expressed it in writing — I think it's incredibly important to discuss the entertainment we consume on a day-to-day basis. What's the point of going to the theater and spending upwards of three hours there, then just saying whatever you watched was "good" or "bad"? There's so much more to films than just entertainment, and getting into arguments with your friends over what exactly the ending to "Inception" really means can be very enlightening.

Guys, seriously, I'm not kidding about those "Captain America: Civil War" reviews. A quick Google search has headlines proclaiming the film "... is testing extremely well," "... is the perfect hero," "... a knockout punch" and "an aspartame rush." Those are partial headlines. I'm not clicking on them in an effort to avoid spoilers. One review on Rotten Tomatoes said it's a deep exploration on friendship. This review is asking to be written, and I desperately wish I could share my thoughts with you right here on page 10. I’d probably really focus in on that friendship thing. It’d be 700 words of analyzing the friendships between all the Avengers and Cap and Bucky. But I'm grateful for the thoughts I did get to share. I hope I didn't tire you with the countless "Arrow" and "The Flash" reviews. I still maintain that if "Supernatural" can keep pulling off episodes like this year's "Baby," let them keep on rolling. "Marvel's Jessica Jones" is the best superhero show on television at the moment. Police procedurals don't have to be so structured and repetitive. The Oscars kind of suck. "The Lego Movie" deserved at least a nomination, if not the top prize at the Oscars. So did "Mad Max: Fury Road." In fact, "Mad Max: Fury Road" deserves all the awards. That movie rules. Sorry there was a distinct lack of book and music reviews. Whether you agreed with me or not, thank you for letting me share my thoughts and opinions with you every week. There's so much more to talk about. Keep the conversation going.






Last Week’s Scores Baseball 4/23

UMSL L 8-6, W 6-2


UMSL W 2-1, W 11-9

Softball University of Indianapolis


L 5-1, L 3-2


Saint Joseph’s

Lindsay St. John/TMN

L 5-4, W 5-0

Golf GLVC Championships 10th place

Bulldog duo meets NCAA Provisionals BY RACHEL STEINHOFF/SPORTS EDITOR tsusportseditor@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Senior Dominic Kacich and freshman Cassidy Smestad met NCAA provisional marks for their events at the Jim Duncan Invitational. Hitting the marks put the pair in position to qualify for the 2016 NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. SEE TRACK & FIELD, PAGE 12

Baseball 4/30 Noon and 3 p.m.

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Noon and 3 p.m.

5/1 vs. William Jewell

Men’s & Women’s Track & Field 4/28 Stokes Stadium 2:30 p.m. - field events 4 p.m. - running events

Softball 4/29 GLVC Tournament 10 a.m. vs. Maryville


As the school year comes to a close, students anxiously await the possibilities of summer. Summer brings new opportunities, job offers, leisure time and significantly less stress because of the absence of rigorous college schedules. This summer, however, is different because of a special sporting event taking place in August — the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the past, ESPN has dedicated air time to as many different Olympic events as possible. However, not all viewers have access to cable. In the absence of cable, a good number of American Olympic viewers have to watch the action from NBC. Unfortunately for these Olympic fans, NBC is not a channel dedicated entirely to sports. NBC has its own non-sports related programming that needs to air in addition to the games. Because of

this limited airtime, NBC only can air a limited number of Olympic events. Judging from information found in NBC transcripts from the 2012 Games in London, NBC dedicates the majority of its time to events in which the United States is projected to do well. Before the games even started, NBC programming was stuffed with advertisements promoting gymnasts Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber, also known as the Fierce Five. Just as NBC predicted, the Fierce Five performed well in the team event, and to document as much of the team’s success as possible, NBC aired every individual event in women’s gymnastics. In addition to gymnastics, NBC dedicated a large amount of airtime to U.S. swimming and track and field events. As the favorites once again, each team rose to their expectations and came home with a large number of medals. The American team performed as predicted, and NBC highlighted each moment of the success. The Olympic Games bring a unifying sense of national pride. No country wants to see their team lose, and the United States is no exception. Televising Olympic events that the U.S. is likely to dominate certainly gives our nation a greater sense of national pride, but I can’t help but wonder what we are overlooking on the outside of the sport’s spotlight. By only televising the competitions the United States does well in, the audi-

vs. Bellarmine

Nicolle Barmettler


Sophomore golfer Nicolle Barmettler earned a qualifying bid to the NCAA Div. II Women’s Golf Championships. Barmettler will become the first Bulldog to reach the tournament since the 2007-08 season. Barmettler tied for 18th place in the GLVC championships last week and has placed in the top 20 of all 9 tournaments this year. Barmettler’s national tournament debut in the East Super Regional will be May 2-4 at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois.




ence misses out on many other events people might find interesting. For example, the last Olympic Games had what might be the greatest controversy in the history of fencing. In the semifinals of the women’s tournament, the score was tied with 3 seconds left. Play resumed, and the two fencers lunged at each other and struck each other at the same time, causing a tiebreaker. The clock, however, never moved, and remained at 3 seconds. Competition resumed and the same thing happened — the clock still read 3 seconds. On the following action, German fencer Britta Heidemann scored a point and won the match. The South Korean coach complained about the error with the match timer, and a panel of judges discussed the winner of the match for more than half an hour, eventually adhering to their original decision. The South Korean fencer, Shin A Lam, lost the following match for the bronze medal, but the International Olympic Committee offered her a “special medal,” which she refused, according to an August 2012 article by Fox Sports. This incredibly controversial incident, as well as many other great moments in sports often go unnoticed and unappreciated, all because the NBC lineup does not save the space for fencing or other under-the-radar events. If NBC can learn from its mistake in London four years ago, then perhaps it won’t make the same mistake in Rio.

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TRACK & FIELD l Two athletes on the Truman track and field team achieved team-high performances and met NCAA provisonal marks. Freshman Cassidy Smestad leads Truman’s throwers in shot put, while senior Dominic Kacich is the top ‘Dog in the 400 meter dash. Two Bulldog track and field athletes advanced one step closer to qualifying for the 2016 NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track and Field Championships as they met provisional marks in their respective events. Senior Dominic Kacich and freshman Cassidy Smestad finished at the top of the podium at the Jim Duncan Invitational at Drake University and improved upon their season’s best performances. Stepping into the meet as the reigning GLVC Track Athlete of the Week, Kacich ran a season best of 47.84 in the men’s open 400 meter dash to claim first place in his last run on the blue oval of Drake Stadium. With the NCAA provisional mark requiring a 47.94, Kacich put himself in good position to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year. Kacich said his ultimate goal is to qualify for nationals, but he is first focusing on the GLVC conference championships that will take place May 5-7. Kacich said he hopes to win the conference in the 400 meter run and cut his time to one that will compete if he makes the national championships. With boosted competition, Kacich

said a national qualifying time may take a 47 flat or even down to the 46s. Kacich set a personal record of 47.45 at last year’s conference meet, but he nearly touched that mark last weekend at the Kansas Relays with a 47.49. Kacich said he set out to accomplish his goal by committing himself to strengthening and rehabilitating his injured hamstring during the offseason. Kacich said his training required 12-15 hours each week, but more importantly, he said he learned how to better take care of his body. Kacich said he focused on eating healthy, icing sore muscles and taking other precautions that set him up with the best chance to succeed. As he focuses on his personal goals, Kacich said he contributes in other ways to the team. Kacich serves as a senior leader on the track and heads the men’s 4x400 relay team. With the help of freshmen Tahj Gayfield and Elijah Farrales and junior Trevor Gonzales, Kacich said this year’s relay team set the fastest time in his years as a Bulldog. Kacich said he hopes to be a positive mentor to the young, talented runners

and pass along some of the knowledge he has acquired and bring everyone together as a team with one goal. “Track is a team sport more than one might think,” Kacich said. “Come together as a team, work hard and cheer for each other. Push each other at practice. Good things will happen, and you’ll have a fun season individually and as a team.” Smestad is the other qualifying athlete for Truman track and field. She joined Kacich in setting a personal record and NCAA provisional for shot put during the same day. Smestad took first place at the Jim Duncan Invitational with 4602.75 feet and climbed to the top spot on the GLVC leader board in the event. Smestad’s success puts her in a position to join Kacich at the national outdoor meet after narrowly missing the indoor championships this winter. Smestad said it is hard for her to believe she is ranked 18th in the nation, and she said she appreciates the opportunities this outdoor season has offered her as an athlete and as someone who strives to coach collegiate field athletes in her future.

Smestad said she attributes a lot of her early success as a freshman to the competition she faced and coaching she received as a member of the Mounds View High School track team in Mounds View, Minnesota. Smestad said she has a “no days off” attitude and puts in extra hours to train on her own. “I know that just throwing won’t get me to where I want to be,” Smestad said. “I really have to put everything I have into the conditioning and lifting, because that is just as important. To be successful you can’t put a ton of pressure on yourself. You just have to do your best, and if you do, you can never be upset with how you did.” Smestad, Kacich and the rest of the track and field team will have the opportunity to improve because the Bulldogs will compete in a home meet at 2:30 and 4 p.m. April 28 at the Kenneth Gardner Track at Stokes Stadium. This will be the first time Truman has a hosted a meet since the 2008 season. Field events will start at 2:30 p.m. and running events will follow at 4 p.m. today at Stokes Stadium.

Truman Twilight Thursday, April 28th Kenneth gardner Track Field Events: 2:30 p.m. | Running Events: 4 p.m.


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Softball senior overcomes injury

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Senior pitcher Kindra Henze throws a pitch in a game last season. Henze was honored as a third-team selection in the GLVC last year. Henze currently holds a record of 10-7 for the 2016 season, going 6-2 on a torn ACL. BY RACHEL STEINHOFF Sports Text Editor tsusportseditor@gmail.com On March 13 of senior pitcher Kindra Henze’s final season as a Bulldog, Henze suffered an injury. Henze faced a serious setback and an improbable comeback. It was an exciting day as the finale to a doubleheader against conference opponent McKendree University went to extra innings. But rather than excitement, the eighth and final inning brought a different kind of emotion for the Truman State softball team. After releasing a routine pitch, the team watched as its 2-time All-Conference pitch-

er went down in pain, left the game and was evaluated for her injury. The result was a torn ACL — a potential season-ender for the senior. Truman athletic trainer Cassie DeBlauw said the anterior cruciate ligament is one of the main sources of stability in the knee. DeBlauw said the ACL prevents the tibia from moving forward — a necessity for competitive athletics. DeBlauw has worked with Henze throughout the rehabilitation process and said she is proud to credit Henze’s successful comeback to hard work in the athletic training clinic and on the field. Deblauw said rehab for the ligament is extensive and tedious, often requiring surgery and 6-9 months of post-op recovery,

Baseball adds wins at home

BY SETH WOLFMEYER Sports Multimedia Editor

T he Truman State baseball team won three conference games last weekend against the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which improved its conference record to an even 1010 on the season and increased Truman's chances of making it into the GLVC tournament.

Damian Soane/ TMN The wins followed a slow start to the conference season for the Bulldogs, as the team’s record was 7-9 in the GLVC before the weekend series. In their most recent series against the Missouri University of Science and Technology, the ‘Dogs lost 3 out of 4 games. With the wins this weekend, the team now has a .500 record, placing the Bulldogs fourth in the GLVC West division with eight conference games remaining in the regular season.

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but with her senior season on the line, Henze did not have the luxury of time. “The pain was the first thing that registered in my mind,” Henze said. “It was intense, and at first that’s all I could really think about. Once [the trainers] were able to get me off the field and into the dugout, that’s when it became more real. I saw my season flash before my eyes. My senior year felt like it was over right there.” Henze said she struggled to grasp the reality of the situation at first, and with the ACL injury’s track record for ending athletic seasons, Henze said she doubted the possibility of overcoming the injury. Henze said a lot of people reached out to her following the injury, but many of them told her she couldn’t or shouldn’t go back and finish her final season. But the year was far from over. Henze said after only two weeks out and one weekend of watching games from the dugout, she made her way back to the field. Henze said she took to the pitching circle to throw her first full, post-injury game against Quincy University March 29. Henze stepped away credited with the 10-1 win and allowed only one hit. Henze said the first game back was scary as she felt her knee shift in ways that were not normal or natural, but she said she reminded herself this would be part of her game from there on out. Henze said she has changed some of her mechanics to better suit her injury, such as landing lighter and dispersing her weight to her ankle rather than her knee. Despite the changes in her game, Henze currently carries a 10-7 record and has allowed 1.9 earned runs per game — the fifth lowest ERA in the GLVC. Henze is 6-2 while playing through the injury and has thrown five complete games. Henze said DeBlauw, along with her coaches and teammates, were major contributors to her progress and encouraged her decision to play through the injury. Henze said she saw the support and love of the softball community this year more than she ever has before, and she said she has been humbled by the ups and downs of this season. Henze said she didn’t know what to expect coming back from such a major The ‘Dogs will have to maintain or improve their current position in fourth place in the West division to clench a spot in the 2016 GLVC tournament. The team is scheduled to play against William Jewel College next, which is fifth in the standings. The Bulldogs will then finish out the regular season with four games against Rockhurst University, which is tied for first place in the GLVC West. Head Coach Dan Davis said the season is far from decided for any team in the division, because even the lowest seed holds the potential to make a run into the conference tournament. Davis said the Bulldogs' remaining schedule is not overly difficult, but that does not mean they can overlook the ability of any of the opposing teams. Davis said the team started the season with a pitching staff that struggled to win games. In the seven games before last weekend’s series, he said the team pitched very well, but he said the hitters struggled to score runs despite making a lot of good contact. “It’s always easy to feel good about winning, but evaluating games that you aren’t winning, but you’re playing well in, that’s tough,” Davis said. Senior pitcher Mark Roberts said making it into the GLVC tournament is a very obtainable goal with how close the division is. Roberts said this point in the season is the best time to get a higher place in the division. Roberts said pitching always seems to start off slow at Truman, but now that the pitching staff has been able to throw regularly throughout the season it should continue to improve. Roberts said the most important part for the players to focus on is themselves — to understand how they play and put all of their strengths together. Freshman outfielder Mason King said the team did not start off the season as well as the players expected it to, but lately it has been playing better. King said the team lost games by larger

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injury but felt motivated by the challenge rather than discouraged. “I knew in my heart I was going to play again,” Henze said. “I just didn’t know how successful I was going to be. Coach [Erin] Brown and I had a talk after coming to the realization that I could pitch. She said I wasn’t going to be treated any differently, and if I couldn’t perform then I wouldn’t be allowed to play. It was a challenge for me to come back. I was told I might never throw a full game again, or that I could possibly throw a few innings here and there. Being able to prove people wrong has motivated me to stick with it and play again.” Fellow senior pitcher Kelsea Dorsey said she could not be more proud of Henze’s heart and determination to get back out and help the team. Dorsey said Henze is a tremendous worker and said she is not surprised at the way her teammate has come back to finish her career. “At first I was devastated,” Dorsey said. “It took all I had to hold my tears back because I had no idea if she would be back or not. I didn’t want that to be the way she ended such an amazing career at Truman. It would have been a huge loss for all of us because she is a key asset to our team’s success.”

“At first I was devastated. It took all I had to hold my tears back because I had no idea if she would be back or not. I didn’t want that to be the way she ended such an amazing career at Truman.” -Senior pitcher Kelsea Dorsey

With the end of their final season quickly approaching, the senior pitching duo will attempt to lead their team through the GLVC championship tournament. The ‘Dogs will play Maryville University in their first round game 10 a.m. Friday at the Eastside Centre in Peoria, Illinois.

margins to start the season, but is becoming more competitive as the season advances. King said the biggest struggle for the Bulldogs this season is playing a complete game of baseball with good pitching, hitting and defense all at once. The 'Dogs will play noon and 3 p.m Saturday at Bulldog Baseball Park as they take on William Jewell College. The 'Dogs will then honor their seniors as they host the Cardinals again for Sunday matches at noon and 3 p.m Sunday.

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Left: The Truman outfielders gather during a pitching change. Above: Bulldog baseball players gather in the dugout to watch the game. Truman baseball will have its final homestand this weekend.

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Sports editor writes final column


The time has come for me to write one final time for the Index. As surreal as it seems, I am like my fellow May graduates who are anxiously waiting for

their calendars to read, “Saturday, May 7.” The experience, skills and friends I’ve gained from the Index have made all the time in the office well spent. Who would’ve thought this would all stem from doing well in Index adviser Don Krause’s spring 2014 “Media Writ-

Strait says farewell

BY COURTNEY STRAIT Assistant Sports Editor

From the moment I accepted a position as an eager sports writer my junior year, I knew my time at the Truman State University Index would be special. Now as graduation approaches and I leave the Index as an editor, I can say I created countless memories and made lasting friendships while working for the Truman Media Network. In my last story ever, I thought it was necessary to take a moment to thank

a handful of people before I head out into the great unknown called adulthood. First off, I would like to thank TMN alumnus Scott Kriegshauser. If it weren’t for his invitation to join the Index crew, I never would have stumbled upon such a great opportunity. A simple email asking for sports writers drew me in, and from then on, I was hooked. Kriegshauser also introduced me to broadcasting on KTRM. I was presented with the opportunity to take Kriegshauser’s place on the radio during football games with Henry Janssen, 2014-15 Index staff reporter, and I had an absolute blast doing it. There are very few student athletes who can say they played collegiate sports, worked as an editor for the school newspaper and were a sports commentator for a radio station, and I can proudly say I have done all the above. With a little courage, I even tried my hand at the camera crew for TMN TV. Without Kriegshauser, I would have missed out on many great opportunities, and I am so grateful he extended the invitation. Next, I need to thank the top Bulldogs at the Index, including senior Emily Wichmer, senior Austin Hornbostel and senior Bethany Boyle. During my time as a sports




ing” class? After acing a few writing assignments, Krause suggested I consider writing for the school paper. I was skeptical at first, but former Index Editor-in-Chief Bethany Boyle, who was then the news editor, came to speak to the class about the organization, and I decided to try it out. I accepted the sports editor job just a semester after I joined as a staff writer, and it was certainly a position I was not expecting to take so early. As if being a student athlete wasn’t time consuming enough, I decided to take over while in preparation for my senior football season. Not every week was easy, but seeing the finished product every Thursday made it all worthwhile. Although the Truman State University Index was not the first campus organization that I have been a part of, it gave me a chance to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. I typically wondered why more student athletes weren’t involved with student media, which I found a great advantage in the area of sports journalism. A sports background allowed me to ask better questions and ultimately tell better stories, simply because I often could relate to the challenges my fellow writer, I tried to absorb as much information as I could about Associated Press style, the interviewing process, and how much it really takes to put a newspaper together each week. While I kept working and my writing progressed, I was offered the chance to become the assistant sports editor at the end of my junior year. To be honest, this offer was a complete surprise to me — I had no idea a position was available on the Index executive staff, let alone that I was in the running. I cannot thank Wichmer, Hornbostel and Boyle enough for believing in me and my capabilities. I have learned so much from you three, and it has been so rewarding to work under you. Next is my trusty sidekick, senior Devin Gillespie. I wouldn’t have gotten through this year without you. From teaching me the ropes to letting me take the lead at times, I could not have asked for a better sports editor than you. When I first started as an assistant editor, I was timid and scared to ask questions. You helped me out every step of the way and made working at the Index so much fun. Even when we were up until 3 a.m. finishing our section, there was never a dull moment. Also, I appreciate that I can always count on you to understand my “SpongeBob SquarePants” references. Dev, you’re the best. To the rest of the Index team, thank you for accepting me into your family. Being a part of the Index crew was something

student athletes faced. I urge more student athletes to consider sharing their perspective with the rest of the community and University. It’s a good way to get involved, gain skills and be around what all athletes enjoy — sports. I want to personally thank all the coaches, administrators and student athletes I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and building rapport with in the past year and a half. Thank you to the media managers and everyone at copy desk who stuck with us during those late Tuesday nights as we finished the section. A special thank you to seniors Emily Wichmer and Courtney Strait, both former assistant sports editors, for making each and every publication possible. Thank you to the sports writers for their hard work and diligence week in and week out. Rachel Steinhoff, former 2015-2016 staff writer, now will take the reins and juggle the responsibilities of being a student athlete and sports editor. She is more than equipped to take the sports section to new heights, and I wish nothing but the best for her section, the Index and Truman State Athletics. Thank you for the memories. Go ‘Dogs!

I never expected coming into college. When I started at Truman as a freshman, I thought my only family would come from my basketball team — I was quite wrong. Every time I come into the office to work, I am greeted by friendly, hardworking people who all have the same goal as I do — to produce an excellent newspaper. Because such dedicated people have surrounded me week after week, I pushed myself to be the best editor I could be. Finally, to my new editors for the 2016-17 school year, Seth Wolfmeyer and Rachel Steinhoff — thank you for believing in me and trusting me as an editor. You two were some of the most dedicated writers I have seen, and you were not afraid to come to me for advice and guidance. Now, as editors, you guys are going to do big things for TMN. Although Devin and I will not be around next year to help you guys, I am confident you two will do a great job and will leave your mark on the paper. I hope I made writing fun for you, because I sure had fun working with you and reading your work. I cannot put a price on my time at the Index and how important it is to me. It has shaped my school career and potentially my professional career. I have met some of the most hardworking people on campus, and I have learned more than I ever thought possible. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the Index.

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april 28 2016  

april 28 2016