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Submitted Photo Bryant K. Smith spoke to students at the Oct. 8 diversity leadership retreat in the Student Union Building Activities Room. The Multicultural Affairs Center hosts a retreat each semester to help students talk and learn about national, international and domestic topics concerning diversity.

Truman takes on racial diversity concerns By Emily Merkle Staff Writer

After previous diversity conflicts at University of Missouri, Truman State University wants to highlight varying organizations around the community who are working to ensure a similar incident does not take place at Truman. A Mizzou fraternity has been suspended following a Sept. 27 incident of racial slurs and verbal abuse outside the chapter house. Delta Upsilon members reportedly yelled derogatory words at several members of the Legion of Black Collegians. Officials at Mizzou and the national fraternity headquarters suspended the Mizzou branch. The incident started with several white men and women taunting four members of the Legion of Black Collegians near the Delta Upsilon chapter house, according to an article from USA Today. Members of Delta Upsilon then joined in, yelling racial slurs and profanities and playing rap music as mockery, according to the article. Police were called to the scene and a report was filed, according to the article. Mizzou released a statement the next day confirming the suspension of the fraternity, according to the article. Mizzou’s statement acknowledges Delta Upsilon has had several other violations this academic year, including ones related to alcohol. Damon Pee, Program Advisor for Organizational Engagement and Leadership, said he thinks many organizations on both campuses stand for certain values. Pee said as far as Greek Life, he hopes each organization is choosing to live by the values they stand for.

“The ownership lies on the organizations themselves to be aware of issues that are not only in Missouri but across the nation, and I think [Truman’s] students do a pretty good job of dialoguing about what’s important to them in terms of our fraternities and sororities,” Pee said. Carol Bennett, assistant dean and director of the Multicultural Affairs Center, said incidents like the one at Mizzou can happen anywhere, but she thinks the Truman community does a good job of discussing diversity issues. Bennett said students, faculty and administration are all open and willing to talk about diversity issues. Bennett said the MAC hosts a Diversity Leadership Retreat each semester. Bennett said this retreat is a workshop to talk and learn about national, international and domestic topics concerning diversity. She said it is a chance for students to meet new people and have small-group dialogue. Bennett said this event, along with other conversations and events, provides students with opportunities to educate and inform one another. Laura Bates, Director of Student Union and Campus Activities, said each organization on campus is required to complete a risk management course, which includes information about diversity and inclusion. Bates said Truman Transformation requires students to attend bystander intervention training, which includes aspects of discrimination matters. Bates said an important aspect she encourages students to contemplate is reputational risk. She said students are encouraged to reflect on how they are presenting themselves and make sure it is done in a manner they can accept. Bates said Truman is starting to see more intentionality toward being inclusive.

“Is everybody going to be 100 percent all the time? No,” Bates said. “But are you making your best attempt? I think being open to a discussion or ideas is what’s most important.” Residence Life Director John Gardner said professional and student Residence Life Staff are trained on how to create inclusive environments and encourage open conversation. Gardner said differences of culture are expected in the residence halls so staff are trained to help everyone find their place and feel welcome. Gardner said the biggest part of making Truman inclusive is the conversations that happen in the residence halls. Gardner said many of these conversations happen among students and student staff in lounges, hallways and rooms. He said these conversations are a good way for staff to make sure everyone feels connected in some way. Gardner said one of Residence Life’s core values is diversity, and Residence Life hosts several events related to diversity. Gardner said Residence Life partners with the MAC to send students to a diversity conference. He said the students who attend the conference then host events on campus to share what they have learned. Gardner said there are many Universitysponsored events to get the conversation going about diversity, but there is still room for improvement. “When you’re working about inclusivity and social justice, you’re never there,” Gardner said. “You’re just continually trying to get better. It’s a constant environmental scan of finding out what are the things you’re doing well and what are the things you can improve.” Gardner said if students experience any type of discrimination, they should find someone they trust to tell. Gardner

said there are lots of people on campus who care and want to prevent instances of discrimination. “The first step to being able to do something about [the incident] is knowing about it,” Gardner said. Jamie Ball, Institutional Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator, said her job is to be the civil rights cop. Ball said if something similar to the incident at Mizzou were to happen at Truman, students can go through her to seek a response. Ball said last year, she received two complaints involving alleged racial discrimination. Ball said to help prevent incidents on Truman campus, everyone at Truman needs to think as a community. Ball said last year the University formed a committee to devise a strategic plan to increase diversity awareness on campus. She said she is now serving as a member of the implementation committee created this year. Ball said the implementation committee is hoping to host an open forum for members of the community to share insights. She said community members would be welcome to share where they see room for improvement and what seems to be working well. “[The implementation committee is] a big opportunity for the community to come together to think critically about what we can do as a community to … expand the way we think about these issues,” Ball said. “Because Truman is usually a fairly quiet, peaceful campus, it’s easy to get very complacent about these issues. It behooves us to be proactive and think about how we can strengthen our community and be aware of where we are in this moment in history, in terms of climate socially, politically. We’re not an island. We get to think about the world and our place in it.”

ple because it can be fun to follow at times. However, Mangrum said many of the national issues simultaneously resonate with the state’s issues. For example, Mangrum said Missouri has more control over higher education costs than the national government. Mangrum said he organized a roundtable discussion consisting of several Truman students and candidate for U.S. Senator Jason Kander at the beginning of this semester to talk about his position on higher education. Mangrum said he thinks the students and the candidate benefited from the experience, because Mangrum said the candidate got to hear students’ first-hand personal stories about paying their way through college. Mangrum said hosting events like this is not as difficult as some people might think. He said the hardest part about setting up the roundtable was just coordinating the specific time and day with Kander’s campaign team. He said many people don’t re-

ally know who their state elected officials are since they don’t see or hear about them in the news, compared to national figures or candidates who run a lot of television ads. Mangrum said these candidates are more willing to visit places like Truman or Kirksville to deliver their platform to a wider audience. “Odds are they may just not have the name recognition, so to them, every vote counts,” Mangrum said. “They will try and work with you.” College Republicans President Junior Ben Terrell said the national election is important, but he also said he encourages students to do their research on state and local candidates because he said those elections will have more of a direct impact on community members’ lives. Terrell said he thinks the point of the federal government is to bring about large yet slow-moving change, whereas Missouri’s government is designed to bring about more time-effi-

cient and specific changes. He said this is evident from the size of the U.S. Constitution compared to the much larger and complex Missouri Constitution. Terrell said he wanted Truman students to learn more about Lieutenant Governor candidate Mike Parson during a meetand-greet event and fundraiser he hosted with Parson on Oct. 11. Terrell said he supported him because of his platform and his willingness to keep a clean campaign. He said Parson was originally his state senator in Sedalia, Missouri, and he was very easy to reach when Terrell had questions about various pieces of legislation. He said that’s what motivated him to host the event, and he said it took a lot of work initially. He said many other locals joined in with the effort because they agreed with his platform. “They are more in touch with us as regular people,” Terrell said. “The big changes happen here. This is our home. We live here, and we need to have a voice.”

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Truman State University student political organizations have hosted several political candidate visits, fundraisers, and informational events to inform Truman students about the candidates and engage them in this year’s general election. Students voting in Adair County Nov. 8 can vote for candidates in three federal races, six Missouri races and many Adair County district-based races on the ballot. They can also vote on six Missouri constitutional amendments and one proposition. Though the presidential race gets a significant amount of attention among students, the College Democrats and Republicans also have been trying to raise awareness for the rest of the items on the ballot. College Democrats President Senior Andy Mangrum said the Presidential election might get a lot of attention from peo-


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Homecoming teams build can artwork


The City Council approved a resolution authorizing the submission of an application to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program for the construction of sidewalks on Baltimore St. and Rosewood Drive to US Hwy 6 West, and authorizing the mayor and city manager as authorized representatives. The City Council approved user charge rates for water and sewer services, effective Jan. 1, 2017. The City Council approved the purchase of self-contained breathing apparati and accessory equipment from Ed M. Feld Equipment Company. The City Council approved tree plans for Jaycee Park, Patryla Park, Spur Pond and McKinney Bark Park.


Photo by Hudson Taylor/ TMN Top: The Denim Detectives work on a can structure during the Homecoming event “Can you build it?” The event took place Oct. 18 on The Quad. Left: A team looks down on a paw print with a question mark. Teams were told to make can artwork from cans donated by Homecoming teams for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Bottom: Team members look on as they begin to organize their structure. The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is this year’s Homecoming philanthropy, as well as working toward a mental health and suicide awareness program. Photo by Athena Geldbach/ TMN

SAB hosts debate viewing party The Student Activities Board hosted a presidential debate viewing party Oct. 19. Students who attended were set to listen to a speech from university President Sue Thomas about the importance of voting and watch the debate. This was the final presidential debate of the 2016 presidental election. The debates are a way for voters to be informed about the policies and opinions of candidates. The election will Nov. 8.

University Farm hosts event on health Truman students are invited to attend a workshop about how horses can help with mental health Oct. 28. Students will have the opportunity to interact with horses at the workshop, but will not be able to ride them. Interacting with horses can allow participants to be able to see firsthand how horses can help improve mental health and teach self-discipline and self-worth. Only the first 15 students who sign up will be able to attend.


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10/17 Vandalism reported at the 200 block of S. Franklin St.

10/16 Vandalism reported at the 700 block of W. Martha St.

10/17 Theft reported at the 1100 block of N. Green St.

10/15 Domestic disturbance reported at the 1300 block of E. Washington St.

10/17 Assault reported at the 1100 block of S. Porter St.

10/15 Harassment reported at the 400 block of W. Elizabeth St.

10/17 Theft reported at the 600 block of Meadow Crest Dr.

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Pumpkin Carving

The Aquadome will host slam poetry and open mic night for people who are interested in sharing any creative works. If enough people attend the event, the Aquadome will make the night into a competition and the winner will be picked by the audience.

Student Activities Board is hosting a pumpkin carving event where students can either carve or paint a pumpkin for themselves. SAB will show he movie “Halloweentown” during the event. The event is free.

8-9 p.m. Oct. 21 The Aquadome

1-5 p.m. Oct. 26 Kirk Gym



Upper chambers are elitist and unnecessary At the end of last semester, Prof Betty McLaneIles, spouse and senior longevity TSU leady language teacher, got me to introduce her at the TSU “CUTS” QUAD RALLY protest, due to her near voice collapse the night before in her chief Bernie Sanders Adair delegate capacity function role. Being me, in European Leftist style, often a bemoaner at the lack of issue sharpness and sheer negativity of much USA too gentlemanly at such protests, I threw out oratorically a feeling I am building upon this fall in this article. Simply, I think it’s only realism that, yes, if you’re asking, as TSU Students for a Democratic Society, Amnesty International and other quad protester chapters were, for restored, yes even expanded higher education funding and free tuition from the likes of Jeff City stingy legislators, then, you also have an argumentative duty to propose cuts elsewhere in needlessness of existing spending. One example of the needlessness is located in the Jeff City state legislature complex itself, and indeed in every state US capitol building save Bernie Sanders’ unicameral Vermont. Why do these bodies still exist in the early twenty-first century era of our supposedly democratic age and all? Are they not damnable, as fundamentally aristocratic and costly crazy, just as their counterpart second chambers are elsewhere globally? Do not all the arguments apply against them, as for instance against UK’s present House of Lords, which absurdly has more unseatable appointed members on party lines than the elected House of Commons chamber? A political revolution-seeker, to see that 2016-17 the very nationalism of our existing needless bicameralism, or two-chamber rule, is inherently overelitist and democratically lacunae in sheer negativity. Because, Platonist, it presupposes that we the people, the “rabble” all do lack the intelligence capacity to elect wise, first-legislator minds in the primary popular chambers. Instead, we must be “checked” or “revised” or even counter duplicated, as often happens in Jeff City today. Where the GOP’s unnaturally huge State senate majority constantly re-introduces bills for what it calls “tougher” gun-rights and antiabortion, schools curricula anti-sciences “creationist” measures, propagandistically. Why? Because folks these measures are too horrifically extreme, ruinously right wing and rural, white male biased even for its more moderate state house of reps for them even to want to get them through! Nor, too, does the “revision” argument used for bi-cameralism work — the assertion that a secondthought chamber will stop over-pandering first chamber neglects, in the first place. The failure of the US federal Senate to assert its own such revision written constitution revisory prerogatives against the third executive power in US terms, the elected Presidency and his entirely appointive cabinets, of the relatively rich, on foreign policy consultation and treat – “yea” or “nah” making is notorious. Not just as amply illustrated by the Vietnam and two Iraq war disasters, let alone, the establishment of over 100 US military bases in as many overseas sovereign countries, without any UN pretense of global law and often US bribery of overseas rich elites. The peoples’ house too in, yes, DC is supposed to have some trade policy rights, yet NAFTA and so on has surely made that process just a jobs-loss fiction, has it not? Finally, everywhere, there is the huge windbag-oratory costs and ultimate evasions of modern democratic governance accountability entangles that second chambers do pose. By seeming to house power elsewhere than it clear-cut, or not, ought to be transparently so housed. Positively, the greater accountability we could have can be shown by countries or provinces which are now long term unicameral or one chamber — where tv and yes, social other media can watch the one chambers and Pms/Presidents running them all. It is a proud fact-set, of progressivism galore, that unicameral New Zealand has had more women prime ministers of larger duration than most of we two chamber régimes. That it has voter reform, ensuring more Maori indigenous reps, more viable young Green parties and more transgender MPS than the USA has ever had, or, nearly indeed, Australia its Senate-hampered big neighbor has ever had federally. So let’s get “real,” Americans and others — abolish the needless second chamber talking shops that impede modernity and progress — well, uselessly!

-Larry Iles, Kirksville

[ Our View ] Delta Upsilon Fraternity at the University of Missouri has been under much scrutiny lately. The fraternity was first temporarily suspended last month because of a report that some members joined a group of students in calling out slurs against the Legion of Black Collegians. They have also been put on probation before because of alcohol violations. Last week, however, reports emerged that new members of the fraternity were allegedly told to drug and sexually as-

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Lesley Reno It’s official — fall is finally here. Fall is, by far, the best season for many reasons. The leaves are changing colors, bugs are returning to the hell where they belong, it is finally cold enough that I can wear my flannels and sweaters without melting and, of course, the main reason fall is the best season — Halloween. Halloween is the best holiday. It is the time for horror movie marathons, being able to buy candy in bulk without getting weird looks and dressing up as something you would never be able to pull off on a normal day. It is the holiday in which you get to release your inner child and be as creative as you want. It brings happiness and creativity to our boring, everyday lives, and everyone gets a free pass to be whatever they want for a night, whether it be a dragon or a ketchup bottle. It’s a time when you can escape the stressfulness of everyday life and return to the silly, playful side of life. Along with this freedom to be anything you want, though, is a darker side to the perfect costume search. One thing people don’t think about when they choose their costume is whether or not what they are choosing is going to be offensive to another’s culture. Cultural appropriation is a sociological concept that views the use, borrowing or adoption of elements from a culture that is not yours as a negative and offensive phenomenon. Now more than ever, people are aware of this concept. Most people, including myself, have fallen prey sault women. This last allegation is not under investigation. The allegations made against the fraternity in this case were unsubstantiated. We, the Truman Media Network Editorial Board, think these allegations were so easily made in part because of the spread of misinformation on social media and the internet. Anyone who has a Facebook account can easily access news sources. Additionally, that same source makes it just as easy for people to spread information without looking at the content of the story they are sharing, or have the ability to give false information in general. It might be shocking for some to realize this, but not everything one can read on the internet is true, and if we rely solely on it for information, there is the possibility that we can become greatly misinformed about a subject.

to choosing a costume that was not “sensitive” to other cultures. I firmly believe most people, when they choose their costumes, do not think about how their costume might affect other people. They think it is all in good fun and don’t intend to offend any groups of people, which is why I firmly believe people should educate themselves about cultural appropriation and think about how their intended costume could be potentially offensive to others. Often, the cultures appropriated are ones that belong to a minority, like a Mexican tequila girl, Native American, anything involving blackface, geisha or even Catelyn Jenner. The list goes on and on. There has even been a photo campaign started by students at Ohio University titled “We’re culture, not costume” in the hopes of spreading awareness about the racial insensitivities that occur during the Halloween season. The posters started circulating in 2011 and the campaign has since gone viral, found on many media platforms. One poster’s caption reads “You wear the costume for one night, I wear the stigma for life.” This one phrase, I think, perfectly sums up how detrimental it can be to a person to see someone walking around in a costume of their culture — only for that person to go home at the end of the night and take it off and return to their own lives without understanding the culture they just misrepresented. For minorities who see their culture being stereotyped, this can be painful, angering and an overall uncomfortable experience. If we continue to buy these costumes, we only solidify the stereotypes attached to them. I challenge people to think more carefully about what or who they choose to be this Halloween season. It is our duty as decent human beings to listen to what those that are offended are trying to say and about how they are affected by our choices in costumes. After all, it is their culture and their identity that we’re putting on display. Halloween is an all-inclusive holiday, and we should want to make it feel that way for all peoples.

Lesley Reno is a junior communication major from Renick, Mo.

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Members of Truman College Democrats meet Jason Kander, the Missouri Democratic candidate for United States Senate on Aug. 27. The College Democrats had both a meet and greet and round table discussion with Kander.

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Top Left: Art professor Lindsey Dunnagan works on a piece for her project. The piece is a part of her Journey Home project. Top Right: This is a piece from art professor Laura Bigger’s collection. Bigger’s collection was featured in the University Art Gallery during the last #15forArt. Middle Left: A piece from Dunnagan’s showing in Dallas, Texas. The goal of her project was to illustrate the connections formed through location. Middle Right: This piece is from Dunnagan’s Limestone Spirits collection. The collection displays the fragmented memories tied to relationships. Bottom Left: This piece is also from Bigger’s collection. Her collection explores the symbiotic relationship between humans and animals. Bottom Right: Bigger explains her collection. Bigger said #15forArt allowed her to talk about her work.


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The art department has created a new program this year that challenges individuals to take 15 minutes out of their busy weeks to appreciate and learn more about art. Faculty members of the art department have started a new program, #15forArt, as an active way to share their love of art with others. Heidi Cook, visiting assistant art professor, said the art professor Julia DeLancey developed the idea. DeLancey came to Cook with the idea that a different staff member would present for 15 minutes every other Thursday on some work of art. The presentation can be about a piece of art the faculty member is currently working on or studying and is open to any who are interested in listening. Cook said the event allows students to hear a new perspective of art from professors in ways they might never learn in the classroom. “I hope it will give students a better understanding of how practicing artists talk about their own works,” Cook said. “A lot are good at making art and practicing the necessary skills, but many have trouble putting



words to their ideas, and this is a way to hear how other artists talk about their work.” Cook said with five new faculty members, this event allows staff members and students to learn about each other, as well as the faculty members who have been at Truman State University. Laura Bigger, art professor in printmaking, presented Oct. 6 and said the event opens up to more than just those in the art community. Bigger said she presented on a project that she is currently working on that focuses on humans’ control over animals throughout ecosystems as well as the raw materials that go into a home and common household items. Bigger said she hopes to eventually use the pieces to create a floor plan. She said it was nice that she had a display available because it helped explain her work but that not all those who participate will have displays. Bigger said #15forArt allowed her to put her thoughts together and talk about what she is working on. Bigger said she thinks students can learn a lot, particularly about where they draw inspiration from and ultimately justify what professors are asking from students in their own projects. “I think that it’s great for students to see that we are working artists or researchers and we’re working outside of what we teach,” Bigger said.

One of the new faculty members, art professor Lindsey Dunnagan, will present Oct. 20. Dunnagan said she thinks #15forArt is a great opportunity for people to explore art. Dunnagan said the event also shows budding artists there are many different options in the field. “I hope these lectures show students that there are unique pathways within art — all of us are so different,” Dunnagan said. “Everyone’s ideas are realized in unique ways and this shows students that they can make their career their own.” Dunnagan said it is good for the professors to see what everyone else is doing because it’s making them more knowledgeable and helping them in their own work. She also said she thinks this opens connections and networking possibilities. Dunnagan’s presentation will be about a body of work that focuses on identity and the perception of the self — based both in the real world and in the fictional memory. Dunnagan said the work is based on research she has been doing for about five years. Dunnagan will have pieces of her work to share with the students throughout the presentation. The presentations will take place at 4:45 p.m. every other Thursday through April 6 in the University Art Gallery of Ophelia Parrish.


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The Missouri Department of Higher Education recognized Truman State University’s nursing program with a $150,000 grant this fall. Nursing Department Chair Stephanie Powelson said when sufficient funding was available, the Missouri State Board of Nursing issued a request for proposals, which participants usually have a month to complete and send in. Powelson said this year, because of summer schedules and because the request for proposals came out around July 4, the nursing department only had about two weeks to complete the proposal. The Missouri Department of Higher Education oversees the process of receiving the proposals and awarding the grants, she said. Powelson said this is the third grant the nursing department received from the Missouri State Board of Nursing — each one for $150,000. Powelson said they began announcing grant recipients in September, and the money was released in mid-October. “I think we had a good start because we’ve received this kind of grant before so we had an idea of the data they wanted to support it,” Powelson said. Powelson said the nursing program is limited by four areas. One was funding, she said, because Truman is a public university and can’t easily increase tuition — the second was faculty because hiring qualified nursing faculty is a challenge — the third was clinical sites because Truman is in northeast Missouri and competes with other nursing programs for clinical

sites — and the fourth was technology because the program has to continue to expand and update technology. Powelson said the nursing department addressed one main objective in the proposal which was to increase the clinical faculty and staff positions to support students the department has and growth of the department. She said the department asked for two part-time staff positions — an additional person in the nursing lab and a person to help with clinical site coordination. The nursing department has more than 50 clinical contracts, she said, including contracts in St. Louis, Columbia, Hannibal, Kirksville and Kansas City. She said it takes a fair amount of coordination to communicate with the clinical sites and ensure expectations are met for each facility. Students need to complete approximately 850 clinical hours to earn their degree, Powelson said. These hours are completed at any of Truman’s contracted clinical sites. “We think it’s good for the students to have some other kinds of experiences,” Powelson said. “They get to see what it’s like to be in a small, medium or large facility and they get to see, ‘Do I enjoy acute care? Do I enjoy home health? Do I see myself as a psychiatric nurse?’” The first and second grants awarded to the nursing program focused on the Accelerated BSN program, Powelson said, which is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field but also want to be a nursing major. Students can finish a nursing major in 15 months once they’ve finished their prerequisite courses, she said.

Photo by Courtney Kauffman/ TMN Above is one of the comprehensive rooms students use to complete more detailed simulations on Manikins. Professors record the sessions to give visual and verbal feedback to students after modules and simulations each week.

Photo by Courtney Kauffman/ TMN The simulation lab contains many technological devices needed to create a realistic experience for students in their modules and simulations. Part of the money from the grant will go toward keeping the technology up to date. There’s a huge demand for nursing programs, Powelson said, with usually more applicants than can be accepted — the nursing program probably has four applicants for every available seat. But she said they aren’t trying to expand the program because they want to make sure it’s an excellent program and that it takes in good students and prepares future nurses to be exceptional in providing patient care. Pamela Melvin, Nursing Simulation Center coordinator, said she coordinates many of the skills modules, runs simulations and supports the other faculty when they run simulations. Melvin said she also schedules activities in the NSC, maintains inventory, orders supplies and fixes issues with the lab when necessary. “There are lots of things we could do, or do over and make it better, so we are continually assessing what we’re doing and making changes and trying to improve it,” Melvin said. Melvin said the department is consistently looking at outcomes and trying to incorporate experiences students don’t receive in clinicals into lab simulations. Modules in the past have just been basic skills which students perform Melvin said, but they are moving toward simulation-like scenarios. She said simulation scenarios allow for a more realistic experience where students have to take into account multiple scenarios, like interacting with the patient, using critical thinking, being aware of safety issues and using technology.

“We try to be as realistic as possible working with Manikins,” Melvin said. “We’ve also even talked about using real people from the community to come in and be a patient.” Kendra Jones, nursing technology coordinator, said she has been working at Truman since June 2016. Jones said she also works as a hospice nurse and that it is interesting to be involved in the student education aspect of the field. Jones said she helps with a variety of things, including working with the new Pyxis machine, a machine that provides medication and information about medication. Jones ensures medications are up to date, stocked and appropriate for the modules and simulations students are doing. She said she also makes sure equipment and Manikins are up to date and sometimes helps with simulations if the faculty needs assistance. She said the Manikins have preprogrammed scenarios which can test students, or they can be programmed however the instructor wishes. The lab has Manikins of babies, children and adults to provide a range of experiences to students, she said, all of which provide different functionalities. “[The students] do modules every week, during the modules they are learning about different nursing skills,” Jones said. “Hopefully with more staff it’ll make it more feasible to do more of these activities that we like to do.”

Throwback Thursday: A look at art at Truman To tie in with our cover story about #15forArt, we flipped through our archives to see what else has happened in Truman State University’s art world — and we found some interesting events ranging from exhibitions in the University Art Gallery to artists-in-residence on campus. In the Sept. 18, 1975 issue, two different articles discussed events on campus and in the community. An article on the Roten Gallery said, “The Fine Arts Division is sponsoring an exhibit and sale of approximately 600 original prints from the Ferdinand Roten Galleries collection in the SUB Activities room.” The exhibit featured prints from Picasso, Goya, Renoir and Hogarth that students could purchase for $10-$100. An article on the second annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival announced the festival would take place Oct. 4-5 and “some of the items to be shown include: oil paintings, stoneware, painting on old barn boards, fabric collages, beaded jewelry and a variety of others.” In the Oct. 9, 1975 issue, John Balsley, then an assistant art professor at Drake University, had a faculty exhibit in the Art Gallery that included sculptures and paintings. But not only faculty had exhibits, according to the Dec. 4, 1975 issue. “Art students in 100 and 200 level courses will open an exhibit of their work tonight at 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery ... the artwork will be for sale with detailed information included in the opening night program.” Even non-faculty and non-students had work featured at the Art Gallery. “The exhibit of photo portfolios of Ansel Adams, known for his outstanding nature photography, opened Wednesday Nov. 5,” according to an article in the Nov. 6, 1975 issue. “The portfolios include black and white photographs taken of the National Parks and Monuments of the United States.” And the Jan. 29, 1976 issue said, “The University Art Gallery will house a collection

of art from major American printmakers throughout February. The collection, entitled ‘American Prints from Wood,’ is being shown. Although the collection contains 115 prints, the gallery can only hold about 40 ‘comfortably’ therefore the exhibit will be hung in two parts.” This was the first Smithsonian Institute exhibit shown since the gallery opening during 1973, according to the article. But more has happened on campus in the art world than just exhibits in the art gallery. According to the Feb. 26,1976 issue, the mural on the third floor of the SUB was painted by William Unger. “The mural is a compilation of several murals by the late Thomas Hart Benton, Missouri’s most noted painter. In keeping with the University’s Committee’s wishes, and true to Benton’s regionalistic style of painting Unger has composed a continuous scene of America’s foundation and development. The eastern and first section revolves around our country’s birth and western expansion. The second section is more regionalistic in nature, relating mainly to Missouri’s history. In the final section, taken from a Benton mural in Massachusetts, Unger sums up the American story by showing a young son leaving his farm home for a future elsewhere.” Unger began work early September 1975 and spent approximately 12-15 hours a week on it with hopes of completing it by July 4, 1976 — in time for the bicentennial celebration. There have also been artists-in-residence at Truman, including American printmaker Harry Krug, who displayed his collection on campus in March 1976. He remained on campus until April 2, 1976, and “during his tenure here, Krug [gave] demonstrations, [instructed] art students and [endeavored] to create a silk screen print,” according to the March 25, 1976 issue. Truman has had a rich history in displaying art from a variety of individuals — a tradition we doubt will be changing any time soon.

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Junior goalkeeper Katie Mattingly is a key part of the Truman State University women’s soccer team’s 11-1-2 start in 2016. With the team’s success and climb to the top of the GLVC, Mattingly’s role has not gone unnoticed, earning her credit at both the conference and national levels. With three regular season games left to play and a shot at making the postseason, the Truman goalkeeper has already been awarded GLVC Defensive Player of the Week three times this season and was the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II Defensive Player of the Week. During her career as a Bulldog, Mattingly has been named GLVC Defensive Player of the Week five times. She has posted 10 shutouts this season alone, placing her in 3rd on Truman’s all-time shutouts list with 28 total for her career. Mattingly said it is nice to be recognized as an individual, but she is happier the team is being recognized for its success. She said she doesn’t pay much attention to the rankings, records or individual awards but focuses more on getting as many shutouts as she can, because this puts the team at a better position to succeed. “It would be impossible for me to get any of those [awards] without the talented people in front of me, so I really look at them as team awards rather than personal ones,” Mattingly said. In his 24th season in the women’s soccer program, Head Coach Mike Cannon said he sees Mattingly as a goalkeeper who is skilled at reading dangerous situations and turning them into easy saves.

Cannon said he has seen Mattingly shine in crunch time when a huge save is needed and has been reliable in defensive situations that should have amounted to goals for the opponents. “She gives her teammates confidence and instills doubt in the opponent,” Cannon said. “All the attention has only made her work harder while sharing the limelight and credit with her teammates. She understands we have shut teams out at times when she didn’t have to do much, so it is a team game first and foremost.” With all this attention surrounding her, one might think the pressure could be getting to her. Defender and fellow junior Caity Schmitt said Mattingly handles all the attention in an admirable way with a team-first mentality. Schmitt said Mattingly is humble in everything she does and serves as a rock and leader for the team day in and day out. Schmitt said the defense mentality is to play hard enough to make her job easier. “She never thinks she deserves these awards, but she’s the most deserving on our team,” Schmitt said. “She’ll make incredible saves and then turn around to tell the defenders that we are the ones that are doing a great job. Her positivity makes us all want to work harder.” During a tough weekend after a tie to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in double overtime Friday, the Bulldogs took their first loss of the season to Lewis University on Sunday afternoon. After building a substantial lead in the GLVC, Truman still holds the top spot in the conference over Rockhurst by one game and a head-to-head win against them. With only three regular season home games left, the ‘Dogs are hosting University of Missouri-St. Louis Friday for their final home game, then they travel to Maryville University Sunday for a split weekend.



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Photo submitted by Sonam Wagnal/ Truman Athletics Sophomore Emma Barnett comes up for a breath in the 1000 freestyle event of Truman’s Tri-Meet held last Saturday. Barnett took first place in the individual event, helping Truman to large-margin victories over Maryville University and Lewis University. BY CAROLINE KISER Staff writer “It’s been said multiple times by multiple people — we have something really special about our team this year,” senior Evyn Spencer said. On Friday, Oct. 7, Truman State University’s men’s and women’s swimming teams kicked off their season for the fifth year in a row at the University of Missouri’s Show-Me Showdown. Spencer said the teams were prepared for the season opener and had a chance to get back in race mode at their alumni meet several weeks ago. She said the practice atmosphere is at a level unlike previous seasons and the competitiveness of the teams is highly charged this early in the season. “When you have people hitting the sets and times that they are, even through the mental and physical endurance we are pushing ourselves with, it makes you take a step back and realize the potential you have as a team,” Spencer said. “I think we are setting ourselves up for another phenomenal season, and it will be really fun to watch and even more fun to be a part of.” The confidence is mounting as offseason growth becomes more noticeable in the weeks leading up to season. Spencer said the team holds confidence in another key advantage — returning the majority of their all-conference swimmers and all members that went to the NCAA Championships last season. The attitude is noticeable in the atmosphere of Pershing Natatorium. Senior

Alison Strickler said there was a lot of anticipation going into the season opener. “We have been putting in a lot of hard work in and out of the pool,” Strickler said. “The Show-Me Showdown is always a really fun and interesting meet because we get to swim against some of the bigger D1 schools that we normally don’t get to race, like Mizzou.” The women’s swim team top finish came in the 200 yard freestyle with a 4th -place time of 1:39.35 thanks to juniors Nikki Sisson and Jamie Fitzpatrick and seniors Alison Strickler and Evyn Spencer. The also saw a 6th-place finish in the 100 free, and 7th in the 400 free relay. Four ‘Dogs earned 9th-place finishes in various events, and three rounded out the top 10 in their perspective event. The men’s swim team’s best finish was 8th-place in the 200 yard freestyle by sophomore Sam Heveroh with a time of 1:42.35. Strickler said the team found it difficult adjusting to losing such a big senior class from last year, but she said she thinks with the loss of great teammates, the ‘Dogs have added a new crop of strong swimmers. She said the freshmen have made a great new addition to the team chemistry. “Everyone had amazing energy at the meet, and it is always a great way to show the freshmen what a real college meet is like,” Strickler said. “October is one of our hardest training months of the whole season so right now we are all pretty beat down, but that never stops us from racing our best. I am excited to see what this season will be like

and am expecting great things from this group of people.” Head Coach Ed Pretre said he is also very impressed with his freshman class. Pretre said it has adjusted well and brings effort to practice every single day. With months of training already under their belts, Pretre said his teams might be starting to feel some of the fatigue that comes with season prep. He said the Mizzou meet was a good starting point for his teams, despite some fatigue, and they are looking to settle into the regular season routine moving forward. “Swimming has a long, hard season from practices starting in August and the last meet being in late February,” Pretre said. “They have been running 2-3 miles twice a week since late August and we have been kicking between a mile and two miles a day since the preseason started, so we might be a little heavy right now.” Pretre said he thinks his team is in a more advanced state of performance compared to this time last year, and he said he thinks both his teams will be really strong if they can stay clear of injuries. The mindset is mutual between the coaching staff and the athletes. “This season has taken a much better start than previous years,” junior captain Will Shanel said. “It helps a whole lot when you’ve got over 50 other teammates right along side of you, grinding through the same workouts and pushing you to improve yourself each and every practice. I’m very pleased with how the season is start-

ing off, but I’m always looking forward to the next step in line.” While all other students were away for Midterm Break, the swimming teams were working hard competing. The women’s swimming team had its first dual meet of the season Friday, Oct. 14, against Quincy University, in Quincy, Illinois. The Bulldogs came out on top 120-78 and took six 1st place finishes. On Saturday, both Bulldog squads competed in a Tri-Meet at home sweeping the Maryville Saints and the Lewis University Flyers. The men’s swimming team beat Lewis for the first time ever with an upset, 156-103, and Maryville 219-22. The men were led by sophomores Heveroh and JT Thayer, senior Niel Girmus and Shanel, who each took home at least one individual victory. The women’s swimming team also swept the weekend, defeating Lewis and Maryville by large margins and posting a handful of individual wins. The women defeated Lewis 185-76 and bested Maryville 213-37. Sophomore Emma Barnett earned individual first place accolades in both the 1000 free and 200 back while Spencer earned top slots in the 200 individual medley and 400 medley relay. Senior Ally Neumann joined Spencer in the relay win, and picked up an individual victory in both the 100 breast and 200 back. The ‘Dogs hit the pool next for the Lindenwood quad meet where they will see Lindenwood University, Delta State and the University of Indianapolis. The ‘Dogs will dive in at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, in St. Charles, Missouri.

Truman State University women’s cross country squad placed third overall. The Bulldog men had a similar performance. On Rolla’s 8-kilometer course, senior Brice Pavey picked up seventh place with a time of 25:43.18. Senior Andrew Gordon placed 14th, sophomore Mike Grasing came in 20th, freshman Will Rumpf followed up at 21st, and sophomore Keegan Walsh ran 24th. The men’s team also took third place, with a score of 81 points, trailing the University of Central Missouri’s 69 and Missouri Southern’s 15. Laura Tarantino said while the women were preparing for the meet at Missouri S&T, the team’s goal for the weekend was to place above University of Central Missouri, who took second place on Saturday. Tarantino said although it was frustrating to lose to Central by 16 points, the team still benefited from learning the track, which the Bulldogs will use again Saturday at the GLVC Championships. Looking toward the

championships, Tarantino said she has high hopes for the team’s performance. “We really want to finish in the top five teams,” Tarantino said. “That would be the best that the Bulldogs have finished in the GLVC. I really want all my teammates to run well and feel like it was a good effort.” Tim Schwegler, cross country and track and field head coach, said both teams are really pulling together this season and trying to have a good year. Schwegler said each team is entering the GLVC Championships with a positive attitude, and the men’s and women’s teams have done considerably well against many of the GLVC teams already. “We haven’t seen much of the Eastern schools, but we’ve seen plenty of the West ones, and we’ve beaten all of them — men and women,” Schwegler said. “We’re hoping to get our best finish ever in the conference meet. This will be our fourth year in the conference, so our

goal is to get out there and really make a statement.” Gordon, who finished in Truman’s top five on Saturday, said the greatest asset the Bulldogs have is prior experience of the course. He said there were several instances of rolling hills and 180-degree turns that the team could have handled better, but through a review of the course layout, the team is now better prepared going into Saturday. “The team’s mindset going back to Rolla is that we have competed and all have ran well at that course, so our confidence is high knowing that,” Gordon said. “We also beat some schools that are in our conference that have also ran the course.” The GLVC Championships will take place Saturday in Rolla at Missouri S&T. This is Truman’s fourth year in the GLVC, but the Bulldogs have yet to place in the top 5 conference teams, a streak Gordon said the team intends to reverse.

Tarantino continues streak BY CURT WICHMER Staff Writer

Senior Laura Tarantino pulled off her fourth consecutive cross country win in Rolla at the Missouri University of Science and Technology Jackling Jocks Invite, amidst mounting pressure not only to win, but also to continue a perfect streak. The meet had participants from both the GLVC and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association conference with a total of 82 runners on a 6-kilometer course. Tarantino landed a time of 22:06.47, about eight seconds faster than the 2nd-place finisher from Missouri Southern State University. Following Tarantino’s finish, junior Michaela Hylen placed seventh, redshirt freshman Courtney Bakken came in 16th, junior Victoria Soncasie came in 19th and junior Eva Klingenberg came in 27th for the Bulldogs. With a total of 67 points, the




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WOMEN’S SOCCER 10/21: Noon vs. University of Missouri-St. Louis Kirksville, Mo. 10/23: Noon vs. Maryville University St. Louis, Mo.

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Truman State University football now sits on top of the GLVC after beating the previously undefeated Southwest Baptist University 26-16 Oct. 8. The Bulldogs won the rushing game with 137 yards and held the SBU Bearcats to 88 yards. The Bearcats were leading the league in rushing yards with the best running back in the GLVC, SBU junior Bubba Jenkins. Truman’s defense held Jenkins to only 69 yards, a season low, compared to his average of more than 139 yards per game. Head coach Gregg Nesbitt said this was crucial for the Bulldogs, along with winning the turnover-takeover ratio. He said SBU was leading the league in rushing, and Truman was leading the league in least yards allowed, so something had to give, and the ‘Dogs defense won the battle. “All three phases — offense, defense and kicking game — were really on display in the first half and we came out and executed well as a team and played good complementary team football,” Nesbitt said. “Second half we didn’t finish like we’d want, but all three phases made enough plays to secure a two-score win against a good team on the road, so all in all, a really good day for the ‘Dogs.” SBU was kept off the scoreboard until the third quarter. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jaden Barr completed two touchdown passes to senior wide receiver Joey Schenck and Barr also rushed for a 17yard touchdown in the first half. The Bulldogs ended halftime with a 23-0 lead and made it 26-0 after a field goal from senior kicker Nick Dolezal in the third quarter. Nesbitt said the Truman offense “hogged the ball” in a good way to seal this key win for his team. He said offense did a superb job converting on third

downs and creating field position, while the kicking game put SBU in tough positions in terms of field position, and this allowed the defense to go out there and execute its job. The defense did just that as it worked with the offense to create about 11 minutes of possession time more than the Bearcats, at 35:53 compared to SBU’s 24:07. The defense further contributed to the offense when sophomore linebacker Jake Hayes managed to get a hand up and block a SBU punt that resulted in a safety worth two points. Nesbitt said he was incredibly pleased with the teamwork on both ends of the ball. “I’ve been doing this for 37 years now and been a part of a lot great programs, great teams, great wins — and this was right up there in the top 10 of complete team wins,” Nesbitt said. Along with key plays by the defense, Truman’s offense wanted to keep the ball and control the pace of the game early on, and freshman wide receiver Drew Slager said it executed that game plan well. Slager said the 23-0 start took away some of the Bearcats’ explosiveness and wore away at their defense. Truman’s defense showed no sign of weariness, forcing three fumbles and recovering two of them. Hayes said these two plays, along with his blocked punt, allowed the Bulldogs to control the tempo of the game. “Our scheme really worked out, and we knew if we executed it, [blocking the punt] was going to happen,” Hayes said. “It was just a matter of who was going to get the ball, and it was really good for our team because we already had the momentum and that was a huge demoralizer for them.” Truman has the top defense in the league, and Hayes said a huge reason for

this is the coaching. Their coaching staff, along with the rest of the defense, studies film and the coaches point out the smallest of details that would otherwise go unnoticed, and this translates into the games.

“I’ve been doing this for 37 years now and been a part of a lot great programs, great teams, great wins — and this was right up there in the top 10 of complete team wins.” - Head Coach Gregg Nesbitt

“Collectively as a group we all just study our film, and no matter who goes in the game, we know what’s going to happen and what the offense is running before they run it,” Hayes said. “I think that’s a big thing for us, and it’s so engrained in our mind to play with effort and swarm to the ball every time, and that really wears on offenses, and by the fourth quarter, they don’t want to play us anymore.” After this victory to lead the GLVC, the Bulldogs traveled to Michigan to battle No. 2 Grand Valley State University in non-conference play. Truman fell 41-3 to the Lakers who had 522 total yards of offense to Truman’s 127 yards. The ‘Dogs return to their undefeated conference play during Homecoming weekend at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 against William Jewell College at Stokes Stadium. Truman will take on the Cardinals, who sit in last place in the league with a record of 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the conference. Nesbitt said the Bulldogs plan to flush out a tough loss and long trip to Michigan to get back to doing what they do best and getting back to their weekly preparation.

Photos by Rachel Steinhoff/ TMN Left: Freshman defensive lineman Jake Floyd holds up a number 1 following Truman’s win at Southwest Baptist University. The victory puts Truman as the outright holders of first place in the GLVC. Right: Senior wide receiver Joey Schenck and freshman running back Jordan Salima embrace to celebrate one of Schenck’s two touchdown receptions at Southwest Baptist. Schenck led the ‘Dogs in receptions with nice catches for 101 yards.

Sam Heveroh

Sophomore swimmer Sam Heveroh won the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay last weekend when the Bulldogs went up against Lewis University and Maryville University. Heveroh also finished eighth in the 200 freestyle at the University of Missouri’s Show-Me Showdown Oct. 8, the highest on the Truman men’s team.



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Lip Sync weathers Baldwin renovations

Photo submitted by Landon Delgado Members of Alpha Phi Omega, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Phi Delta pose for a photo during their Lip Sync practice. Greek organizations are grouped into teams and work together to choreograph a dance routine and lip sync performance in what has become a headlining Homecoming event. BY AMBER DRAPER

TMN-TV Executive Producer

To keep the annual Homecoming event Lip Sync alive, the Homecoming committee has spent the past six to seven months working to adjust seating and location because of renovations to Baldwin Hall, Lip Sync’s usual setting. Lip Sync is an event performed by teams of Greek organizations who work together to lip sync to songs, choreograph dances and incorporate skits into their overall performances. The event will take place Oct. 20 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall instead of in its usual location in Baldwin Auditorium. Junior Taylor Collins, Lip Sync co-director, said although the Performance Hall has limited seating, there will be alternatives for viewing the performance. There will be a live-stream viewing party in the Stu-

dent Union Building for those who are unable to secure a ticket for the Performance Hall. Performance hall tickets are $7, and viewing room seating is $4. Adam McMichael, program adviser for campus activities, said because of Baldwin Hall renovations, there were rumors Lip Sync would not be included in Homecoming this year. Lip Sync co-director senior Scott Halbert said the Homecoming committee has worked since last spring discussing possible concerns. “There was a point of when we were looking at holding other events in place of Lip Sync and we were looking at all these traditions at other campuses,” Halbert said. But Halbert said they could not let go of a tradition that has meant so much to Truman students. “We decided that in the campus’ best interest is to try and figure out how we could continue the tradition, even if that meant that we were going to have to make some changes,” McMichael said.

Homecoming Liaison junior Jennie Huynh said performers are also restricted now to one costume, but in previous years they had been able to change at least once. “Since it’s in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, there’s no wing, so we just have to wear one costume or layer our costumes,” Huynh said. Despite the changes, senior Tiffany Shearer, who has participated in Lip Sync for three years, said she’s glad the event is still happening. The changes should not deter anyone from attending or participating. “I feel like it’s the heart of Homecoming,” Shearer said. “I mean aside from the game, which I know is the point, I mean it’s kind of where everyone kind of comes together. Because it’s the heart of the competition at least.” A total of 24 teams are competing. For more information about Lip Sync and other Homecoming events, visit

DeDecker keeps coming back is to embrace the relationships fostered through the event. “I think by showing that even if you are small you can do your part,” DeDecker said. “And we have stuff to learn from Greek organizations that can organize themselves so well for something like homecoming and it can still be a really good time.” The new Homecoming directors are looking to change the preconceived view of the event from being limited just to Greek organizations to being a campus wide celebration. Homecoming director senior Taryn Sohal reached out to every organization on campus last spring semester and earlier this fall. Sohal’s focus is to gain more non-Greek support for Homecoming. For Sohal, Homecoming shouldn’t be just for a handful of student organizations, but instead should allow everyone at Truman and in the community to participate. Sohal’s goal is to gain as much support as possible for the 150 year anniversary of the University.

“We really tried to reach out and be very inclusive,” Sohal said. “Like, it isn’t a Greek thing, it’s way more than a Greek thing.” Participation in Homecoming essentially works the same. All groups participating need a team for lip sync and must fundraise for the Homecoming philanthropy. Professor Anton Daughters said he thinks certain non-Greek organizations don’t have the same goals as Homecoming and flatly are not interested. “As a smaller group, they’re going to have fewer activities,” Daughters says. “And those activities are probably going to be targeted at the specific interests of the larger group.” Despite the recent push for non-Greek participation, Homecoming is commonly thought of as an event for Greek organizations. Senior Nakell Baker, Homecoming liasion for Prim Roses, said she thinks not all organizations are represented equally by homecoming. “Homecoming I think is geared to towards social organizations,” Baker said.

Non-Greek organizations emphasize continued Homecoming participation BY MATT RAGSDALE Contributing Writer

Homecoming at Truman State University is a yearly tradition for organizations big and small, and non-Greek organizations come back year after year to get their names out there and do some hard work with other organizations. The new Homecoming committee is hoping for more non-Greek support and participation including fundraising and social events like lip sync and philanthropy. Non-Greek support of Homecoming is strong with a few organizations because they care about the impact they can have working with a variety of groups toward a good cause. Cardinal Key is one of the smallest organizations participating in Homecoming this year, with just 25 members. For Cardinal Key, Homecoming is a way to branch out and take participation head-on. The reason Cardinal Key president senior Laura

Don’t miss these Homecoming events, taking place the rest of this week! Thursday, Oct. 20 Friday, Oct. 21

Saturday, Oct. 22

Lip Sync 7 p.m. Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall and Student Union Building live streaming

Hands on a Van 1:30 p.m. The Mall

Homecoming 5K Run/Walk 7 a.m. Barnett Hall parking lot

Mystery Mission 5:30 p.m. The Mall

Homecoming Parade 9 a.m. Franklin St. Pep Rally 12 p.m. Tailgate parking lot (across from the Department of Public Safety)




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DPS, KPD prepare to monitor parade BY ASHLEY CRAVEN Contributing Writer

Truman State University’s student body and law enforcement departments are tackling heightened safety concerns in preparation for this year’s Homecoming parade Oct. 22. The Center for Student Involvement, Homecoming Committee, Blue Key Honor Society and Department of Public Safety are working with the Kirksville Police Department to ensure appropriate security measures for those participating in and attending the parade. CSI Director Laura Bates has worked with committees on this parade for years. Because this is an election year, she said she expects it will have a much larger turnout. “Usually we have about 60 to 75 cars in the parade,” Bates said. “This year, if we’re not closer to 80 or 90, I’ll be surprised.” To accommodate such a large crowd, Bates said she must make sure proper safety protocols are followed in each vehicle.

“We have to start by petitioning the city to let us do the event,” Bates said. “We fill out that application for the parade and the 5K held earlier in the morning. We also have to get insurance and participation waivers for both events.” Bates said she also has to make sure the parade is insured so the school is not held responsible for any incidents that might occur. She said each car is equipped with a fire extinguisher, and the CSI makes sure each person driving has a valid license. Zach Lepperd, chair of the Truman State Homecoming Committee, works closely with Bates to organize parade participants throughout the semester. In addition to the applications CSI goes through, Blue Key Honor Society, the organization in charge of putting on the parade, helps control crowds while the parade is taking place on The Square. Blue Key president senior Reagan Simmons is working with Bates and the Department of Public Safety to direct traffic and to keep people on floats safe during the parade.

“The night before the parade, we spray paint the numbers on the spots to make sure that everyone knows where they need to be,” Simmons said. “Then we stagger the parade so that not all the cars go at the same time.” Once everyone is in their spot, Simmons said Blue Key is responsible for driving the University president, the Board of Governors and other important political figures through the parade. “They have to ride in nice vehicles, whether those are antique cars, Jeeps or trucks,” Simmons said. “Kirksville Automotive supplies some vehicles, but we also have to find people we know and let us borrow their cars.” Campus organizations also team up with the Department of Public Safety and the KPD on this day to monitor the large crowds during the parade. DPS Assistant Director Chad Whittom has been preparing for this event by increasing the staff working that weekend. “We have to focus on providing immediate assistance and getting the emergency responders into the area if

there’s an incident,” Whittom said. “We work very closely with the city police that day because we have so many intersections that we have to work. We try to keep somebody moving up and down the parade route if we can, but our main goal is to keep people out of the way of the parade.” Steve Farnsworth, KPD deputy police chief, is not as concerned with the large crowds as he is with the safety of children during the parade. “One of our main concerns is kids running out into the street during the parade,” Farnsworth said. “For the majority of the parade route, we set up ropes and try to have kids stay behind the ropes.” The reason for this is on many of the floats, people will throw candy for the children. This causes them to run into the middle of the street, which could result in an accident. Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes has written a letter to participants in the parade asking them not to throw anything off the floats.

Union Building Georgian Room to celebrate their lives as Bulldog alumni. Smith said current students are encouraged to attend the seminar earlier in the day because the floor opens for students to offer suggestions and ask questions to an influential group. “Students have the chance to weigh in on what alumni events they would most like to attend and create more networking opportunities now and for the future,” Smith said.

chosen, and they want to recruit future alums. They want to offer internships, careers or employment.” It’s not all business all the time for alumni, however. Smith said the most interactive Homecoming event with current students is the tailgate, which is attended by an estimated 2,000 alumni and an even greater number of students. Senior Lincoln McCoy serves as Greek Alumni Relations Intern and is a member of Beta Theta Pi, which he said averages a turnout of 80 to 100 alumni. McCoy said he coordinates opportunities for alumni to speak on different topics. This semester, McCoy has arranged for a Greek alumnus to speak his expertise on mental health, following two suicides in Greek organizations this semester. McCoy said he later plans for talks on a professional area of interest, such as a higher up at an accounting firm. “Chances are, there is someone who has been in the fraternity who is in a place that you want to get to,” McCoy said. “Or they’ve been through a lot of the same things you have, with stressing over with the job search and things like that. They want to help you.” McCoy said many graduates want to return simply to reconnect with their old organizations that tie them to the University.

McCoy said Greek alumni and current members will have the opportunity to participate in a friendly cornhole tournament through the course of the tailgate. McCoy said the teams will be randomly selected so they can get to know each other and make connections for the benefit of both sides. “It’s kind of mind-blowing to me … all of these people that you’re meeting up with just trust you and have your back because you’re part of the brotherhood,” McCoy said. “That’s super interesting to me because I’ve never even met these people before, but we have that connection because we hold the same core values.” Greg Jochems, Alumni Board student representative, said Friday’s board meeting will focus on leadership skills. To encourage interaction, alumni and students work together in small groups organized by chapters, which will present their networking strategies to the board over the next six months. Jochems said he is also working on ways to network from afar when Homecoming is over. Jochems said students can be on the lookout during the next year for “five for five” podcasts — virtual advice and experience sharing from former Bulldogs. “The first couple are testimonials,” Jochems said. “It’s alumni talking about how they got involved in anything from nursing to being a librarian. It’s diverse.”

Alumni connect with current students, past organizations at Homecoming events BY RACHEL STEINHOFF Sports Text Editor

Truman State University’s Homecoming has long connected alumni to their pasts, but it’s also about creating vital opportunities that benefit current students. Truman welcomes an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 alumni for the biggest alumnistudent event of the year, Alumni Relations Director Denise Smith said. “We want to keep people connected so that they want to come back to Truman,” Smith said. “So that they want to share their experience, speak to a class, mentor a student, provide an internship or attend the Career Expo.” Many alumni pour back into their old stomping grounds Friday morning as the weekend kicks off with the alumni leaders conference. Alumni attend brainstorming activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that allow different voices to generate networking ideas and share campus updates. The Bulldog Forever Banquet Friday night includes Hall of Fame inductions and the Golden Alumni Diploma ceremony for graduates 50 years out. Smith says around 30 alumni typically come back to earn their golden diploma. These men and women who walked the sidewalks of Truman as seniors in 1966 now walk across a stage in the Student

“We want to keep people connected so that they want to come back to Truman.”

-Alumni Relations Director Denise Smith

Smith said the alumni she works with always want to mingle around campus. She said proof of this could be found at Truman’s yearly Career Expo, where 25 to 30 percent of the 300 companies in attendance send Truman alumni as their representatives. “They think highly of our alumni,” Smith said. “They know they are well prepared to enter the career path that they’ve



Del & Norma Robison Planetarium

Presentations &


OCT. 20 5:30 PM

Laser Pop Laser Country

OCT. 21 7:00 PM

Fright Light Laser Beatles

OCT. 22 2:00 PM

SEVEN WONDERS followed by Pink Floyd’s Darkside of the Moon ICE WORLDS followed by Laser Beatles

7:30 PM

9:00 PM

4:00 PM

OCT. 22 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Legends of the Night Sky - Orion Fright Light II

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