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Truman State University THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2018

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FEATURES | Faculty, student speak about Peace Corps opportunities Page 7

SPORTS | Bulldog swimmers compete in GLVC Championship meet Page 14

Truman to alter scholarship awards


Truman State University is changing student scholarship awards based on recommendations from consultants, with the goal of awarding scholarships more effectively. The consultants came with fresh eyes from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and took a look at how the University distributed scholarships. Any potential changes will be made to scholarship awards to incoming students, so the scholarships of current students will not be altered.

Future of old high school uncertain BY DANA BARTCH Staff Writer

Within the next few years, the City of Kirksville might have to demolish the building which previously housed Kirksville High School if the property is not brought into compliance with city codes or redeveloped soon. The building, located at the corner of Mulanix and McPherson streets, was built in 1914 and served as the city’s main high school until 1960, when it became a meeting place for the Kirksville Board of Education until 1978. Since then, several owners have purchased the high school, but it has not been well-maintained and is currently being considered for demolition. Currently, the high school ranked at No. 5 on Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation’s 2017 “Historic Places in Peril” list, which was created in an effort to bring awareness to important historical places around Missouri which could be saved from demolition. Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber said two city departments, the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Department of Codes and Planning, have been working with the owners of the building to determine the future of the building. “It’s kind of like an internal battle,” Macomber said. “We’ve got Community and Economic Development, who’s doing everything they can to try to find somebody who’s willing to invest in improving it, and then on the other side, we have codes, who have to make sure it’s safe and that the neighborhood is secure.” See HIGH SCHOOL, page 6

Regina Morin, vice president for enrollment management, said the consultants recommended the University encourage students to file their FAFSA to ensure they do not miss out on possible federal and student aid they might be receive. “The consultants found after reviewing a five-year history of admitted new freshman applicants, that those who sent their FAFSA results to Truman enrolled at a higher rate than students who did not,” Morin said. From this review, the consultants advised Truman to push students to fill out their FAFSA and list Truman as one of their

top 10 institutions to send their results to. This would allow prospective students to fully understand Truman’s scholarship opportunities and hopefully yield a higher percentage of students who decide to enroll at Truman. Another recommendation from the consultants was for Truman to re-evaluate how it currently distributes scholarships and use money more efficiently to offer aid to a broader number of potential students. Morin said the University is looking at a variety of different characteristics, to determine if it would be better to change the way money is distributed

to help students continue their education at Truman. Morin said the consultants also expressed their understanding of the incredible value Truman has as a liberal arts institution but advised the University to talk about its liberal arts education in a more practical way to prevent misunderstanding of the term. They acknowledged that not everyone understands the importance of a liberal arts education and encouraged Truman to educate potential students and families. Morin said the consultants concluded their research and suggested alternative meth-

ods for the University to use by the end of August, so Truman is focused on implementing those recommendations. Administration started with quicker changes, such as the FAFSA communication, and are working to tackle the larger suggestions. “Really, now what we are in the middle of — and what I would consider to be the next step — is that we’re taking a look at what they’ve recommended and how does that influence us,” Morin said. “Really taking a close look at, ‘Are we placing those dollars in the best way possible to help the broadest number of students?’”

Thomas lays out plan in wake of state budget cuts

Photo by Nicolas Telep/TMN Truman State University President Sue Thomas delivers the State of the University address Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Student Union Building Georgian Rooms. The address was announced soon after Gov. Eric Greitens proposed cutting state core funding for Truman and other state universities.


Truman State University President Sue Thomas discussed the University’s planned response to proposed reductions in state funding during her State of the University address Tuesday. Thomas’ address responded to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed reduction in state funding for higher education, which would cut Truman’s core state funding by 7.7 percent. Thomas began the address by speaking about the concept of greatness, mentioning Truman’s national accolades and highlighting some notable University alumni. Thomas said in addition to the 7.7 percent core funding cut, 10 percent more would be cut if Truman failed to meet six performance goals

set by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. However, Thomas said Truman met all six performance measures this year. Thomas said Truman’s enrollment has declined by 205 full-time-equivalent students and 2,125 fall semester credit hours during the past five years. Throughout the same time, the University’s institutional aid budget has increased by more than $2.7 million. Thomas said competition to recruit students is getting more intense, and other universities are offering more scholarships to standout students. Thomas said even though Truman’s health insurance premiums have decreased during the past two years, they increased by 30 percent this year after a number of expensive claims. She said

the University will pay for half the cost of the increase, which will cost the University $750,000. Thomas said the cost of the Missouri State Employees Retirement System to the University will increase by $180,000. State appropriations for Truman during fiscal year 2018 total $39.4 million, which Thomas said is only $200,000 more than the University was allocated in fiscal year 1999. “We have enormously rough waters ahead of us,” Thomas said. Despite many setbacks for the University, Thomas delivered news she said was positive for the University. She said many members of the Missouri General Assembly have expressed concern about the cuts to higher education proposed by the governor since the recommendations were made pub-

lic, and some have said they would prefer the cuts to be less extreme than the current recommendations. Thomas said there is significant opposition in the Assembly to the use of performance goals to determine whether a university gets its full core funding. Performance funding has been used in the past to award additional funds, but never to withhold money from core budgets. She said there is also significant opposition to the methods of measurement for the performance goals, which use data that go back two to three years. Thomas said shell bills have been introduced in both houses of the Missouri General Assembly to raise the state’s cap on public university tuition. See THOMAS, page 5

New Sigma Phi Epsilon house takes shape near campus BY RYAN PIVONEY Staff Writer

Sigma Phi Epsilon began construction on a housing project in 2015 which is projected to finish this summer, making the house available for members next semester. Senior Nathan Verzeaux, Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter president, said the original house was more than 30 years old, so it needed significant repairs. He said after inspection, engineers determined the foundation was still sound, so there was no need to find a new location. The SigEp Alumni Association hired Kirksville architect

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Kenneth Shook and Sparks Constructors as the general contractor. Construction of a new house began on the foundation of the original house. Verzeaux said the new house can room up to 19 fraternity members. The house will have more than 5,000 square feet on the first and second floors and a 2,000 square foot basement, he said. The house will have a wrap-around deck, as well. Besides the living space, the house will have 1,600 square feet devoted to educational purposes, including a classroom and study spaces. See SIGEP, page 5

Photo by Nicolas Telep/TMN The new Sigma Phi Epsilon house is under construction on the site of the social fraternity’s old house behind the Lutheran Student Center near Ryle Hall. The house will contain Residential Learning Communities to allow residents to take classes in the house.

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Students create show in 24 hours

Submitted Photos Top: Students write the script for a theater production which will be performed in less than 24 hours. The 24 Hour Theatre event began at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, and the entire production was completed before the performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Right: The set for the show, titled “The Gayme Show,� on display during the event. The show was performed in the James G. Severns Theater in Ophelia Parrish. Bottom Left: Freshman Justin Sweeney, junior Nicholas Frost and freshman Taylor Orzel prepare backstage. The event is presented by the Independent Performance and Art Coalition. Bottom Right: Senior Julia Heath and Orzel prepare their hair and makeup in the dressing room before the performance. The plot of the show involved five people looking for love on a game show.

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Mayor speaks about city’s future BY NICOLAS TELEP News Text Editor

Kirksville Mayor Philip Biston delivered the 2018 State of the City address Monday, highlighting the city’s economic success in the past year and laying the groundwork for the near future. Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber introduced Biston and took questions after the speech. The Kirksville Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual event at the Kirksville Economic Development Alliance building. During the address, Biston announced the City Council passed a balanced budget for 2018. Biston began by reiterating the city’s mission statement — “Through excellence and service, the City of Kirksville will provide responsible and ethical local government,” — and stating the City Council’s goals — economic development, quality of life, fiscal responsibility and efficiency in government, and protection of city-owned assets. In reviewing the past year, Biston highlighted the passage of a one-half percent sales tax to raise revenue for the Parks and Recreation department, the purchase of an asphalt plant for the city, the completion of a new wastewater treatment plant, and the continued economic growth as points of success for the city. “I’m happy to report that the state of the city is strong,” Biston said. “There is much to be proud of.” Biston said economic growth in the city is expected to continue in 2018, as Kraft Heinz finishes the expansion of its Kirksville plant and various businesses are slated to open in town. Biston said Hampton by Hilton, Menards, PetSmart, Marshalls and Arby’s all

plan to open in Kirksville in 2018, creating more than 60 jobs in the local economy. He also expressed support for local businesses and the Square 1 Small Business Incubator — a joint effort between the city, the Missouri Rural Enterprise and Innovation Center, and the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce. Biston also said housing development would continue in Kirksville in 2018, citing Baltimore Meadows and Twin Pines as multi-family housing developments scheduled to expand. Biston said multiple infrastructure improvement projects will move forward in 2018, including a new, larger water tower and replacing 10,000 feet of water main across the city. Biston said the city is working with the University of Missouri’s Flexible Pavements Engineering Lab to create a special asphalt blend optimal for Kirksville’s climate. Biston also said the section of Illinois Street between Baltimore and Marion streets will be completely reconstructed. He said the city has applied for a federal Transportation Investment Generation and Economic Recovery Grant to fund the project, but city crews will complete the project even if the grant is not awarded. Biston said the Kirksville Fire Department plans to purchase a new fire truck to replace a 24-year-old truck. Biston also said the E-911 system for the city and Adair County is being upgraded, and the new system will include a mass notification system. Biston said the Kirksville Police Department will hire four new officers who will assist in Crisis Intervention Team Training, a program aimed at better handling situations involving mental health crises.

Photo by Nicolas Telep/TMN Kirksville Mayor Philip Biston delivers the 2018 State of the City address at the Economic Development Alliance building. The annual event is hosted by the Kirksville Chamber of Commerce.

NEWS IN BRIEF City Attorney dies

Lyceum performance sold out

Gents and Joules tickets

Howard Hickman, longtime Kirksville city attorney, died last weekend. Hickman served as city attorney for 37 years. Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber said Hickman’s legal firm — Farr, Hickman & Slavin — has provided legal services for the city for many years, and John Slavin will assume Hickman’s duties as city attorney.

The final installment of the 2017-18 season of Truman State University’s Kohlenberg Lyceum Series is a performance by the Golden Dragon Acrobats. The Acrobats’ performances are influenced by traditional Chinese art. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. Tickets for the performance are sold out. The lineup for the 2018-19 season of the Lyceum Series will be announced fall 2018.

NEMO Heart Health will host its annual Gents and Joules fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Catholic Newman Center. The event includes dinner, casino games and door prizes. Proceeds go to supporting NEMO Heart Health initiatives and education. Tickets can be purchased at the DuKum Inn or online at nemohearthealth. com. Tickets will be on sale until Wednesday, Feb. 21.

calendar Global Issues Colloquium 7 p.m. Feb. 15 Baldwin Hall Little Theater

Swinger’s Social Dance 7 p.m. Feb. 16 Kirk Gym

English professor Christine Harker will give a presentation about the effects of climate change. Harker’s presentation, titled “Climate Change and the Global Refugees,” will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theater.

University Swingers will host a dance lesson followed by a social dance this Friday. Anyone interested in swing dancing is welcome to participate, and the event is free for students.

Pianist Robert Carney will perform a solo recital as part of the 35th annual Truman Piano Festival. He has performed numerous recitals in Europe and several U.S. states. Carney also teaches piano and music courses at Southwest Baptist University and is the president-elect for the Missouri Music Teachers Association. Carney will be performing works of Johann S. Bach, Margaret Bonds, Aaron Copland, Gian Carlo Menotti, Sergei Prokofiev and Franz Liszt.

Dancing for Hope 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17 2405 East Illinois Street

Cantoria Concert 2 p.m. Feb. 18

Reaching for the Sun 5 p.m. Feb. 19 Baldwin Hall 114

Cantoria, Truman State University’s coed selective choir, will perform its spring concert, titled “Some Madrigals and Some American Music: A Concert.” Graduate student Beth Fluty will conduct a chamber choir during the concert. Mark Jennings, director of choral activities, will conduct the rest of the concert.

Josh Winkler, Minnesota State University, Mankato art professor, will speak about his work, which explores the effects of mankind on the land. Winkler addresses how time, politics and social change affect the context of natural and inhabited lands. He combines his personal experience with historical investigation to create his drawing, printmaking and sculptural artwork.

The Moose Lodge will host a Valentine’s Dance to help raise money for Hope’s Kitchen. This is the eighth year this event has raised money for the local kitchen. Local band One Horse Town will go on stage at 8:30 p.m. Raffles will be offered throughout the night.

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Piano Festival 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16

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Winter Olympics sets example The 2018 Olympic Winter Games are well underway, and fans are watching athletes go for the gold in their respective sports. Skiing, figure skating, hockey, curling and many other competitions will take place before the closing ceremony in a couple of weeks. While it is enjoyable to watch athletes compete for a spot on the podium, no one should forget that 91 nations will be represented at these Olympic Games, bringing the world together. Foreign policy disputes happen frequently in the world we live in today. For example, consider North and South Korea. The two nations have been in conflict since before the end of the Korean War in 1953. They remain split, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone is a reality. For decades, the two nations have exchanged all sorts of weapons, from propaganda to artillery fire. At the opening ceremony last Friday, Korea was united once again. The North and South Korean athletes agreed to march together under one flag during the Parade of Nations. This flag was not dominated with designs of the Northern or Southern flags but rather by a single blue Korean peninsula on a white background. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, shook hands twice. Seeing this unification of hands between

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Truman lacks healthy identity

Student government active in mental health discussion

The Health, Wellness, and Safety

(HWS) committee of Student Government has been a part of many conversations across campus in the past months regarding the mental health of Truman students. Last week, on Friday, the JED team met for the first time, including a representative from HWS; this initial meeting was dedicated to giving an overview of how the program operates and what next steps consist of, including a self-assessment for the campus to be completed by the committee. JED is a collegiate program which assists campuses in developing a strategic plan over the course of four years to better students’ mental well-being. The costs of bringing this program to Truman’s campus were covered by funds raised during Homecoming Week at the initiative of the Homecoming Committee. The past few months have been devoted to behindthe-scenes work in order to prepare for this program, including gaining clearance from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and working with ITS to develop a plan to implement the survey which accompanies JED Campus. This survey opened at the start of this week, and the student body as a whole was formally notified of it last Friday, February 9. The end goal of JED programs is a strategic plan to be implemented by the university with a comprehensive, holistic approach to mental wellness. Two student representatives sit on the JED team: senior Psychology major Alex Frogge, who has recently overseen the implementation of Enactus’ Positive

Peers mental wellness program, and Joe Slama, chair of the HWS committee. Additionally, the HWS committee has recently formed a campus-wide planning committee for Mental Wellness Week, this semester, scheduled for March 26-30. The group currently consists of representatives from Panhellenic Council, Rotaract, the Greek Mental Wellness Committee, and Health Science seniors. Activities planned for the week include a talk from Health and Exercise Science professor Dr. Jennifer Hurst, a Night Walk, Puppies on the Quad, and yoga, among others still at the drawing board. If you wish to find out more about the initiative to plan these events or would like to know how how you or your organization can get involved, please email the HWS committee at At the end of last semester, the HWS committee also spoke with Truman administrators, faculty, and staff regarding mandated suicide prevention training for all faculty and staff. In a resolution passed unanimously by the Student Government, the committee stated their support for current procedures for ResLife staff training, and encouraged that new hires at Truman receive UCS-guided training to be renewed by an online program every two years. The HWS committee is looking forward to its upcoming projects and continued conversation with Truman. Get in touch with us to join this dialog! SUBMITTED BY JOE SLAMA

nations gives everyone hope that a peaceful resolution is still possible. We, The Index Editorial Board, think it is extraordinary how the friendly competition of the Olympics can bring nations from various parts of the world together. People from different nations cheer on their countries with no animosity toward one another because it is in the spirit of a sporting competition. This applies to Truman State University, as we have a diverse community of international students. We all might come from different backgrounds, but we are united in our goal to pursue a quality education. Pickler Memorial Library’s flag display emphasizes this point. Fifty flags representing all of the nations of the international students hang side by side in a harmonious row. We, The Index Editorial Board, think sporting events like the Olympics serve as a great example of uniting people from various backgrounds. Foreign matters are set aside in favor of two weeks of good-natured competition. The level of controversy is never too large for the spirit of sport. When you watch athletes from your respective nations accomplish incredible feats at the Winter Olympics, think about how rare it actually is to see so many different nations gathered in one place.

BY JOHANNA BURNS Assistant Editor

We talk a lot about identity here at Truman State University. Who am I? Where do I come from? How does my identity shape who I will become and what I will do? How do we as Truman students relate to each other? With the focus on personal identity, I am surprised that in the four years I’ve been here, I’ve never heard anyone address the negative aspects of the communal identity of what it means to be a Typical Truman Student. When I stop and think about the TTS, I picture someone who walks the dangerous line between productive and debilitating stress. They’re overworked and underrested, and they’re competitive about it. To be a good student here means to be all these things — the more stressed you are, the more dedicated you are. That TTS identity is not one we should be encouraging. It’s unsustainable. Ultimately, an identity that is built around stress is destructive, though many of us might not realize the danger until the damage has already been done. We can offer all the mental health resources in the world, but we can’t make people use them. What we can do is work with one another to create a balance between personal and academic expectations – where the expectation of achievement is not outweighed by the expectation of personal health. Instead of perpetuating this identity, let’s build a community of students, professors and administrators that value balance and make it the priority of their interactions. Let’s become students who know how to create boundaries between work and actual life. Understand that sometimes, saying no to another responsibility or asking for help is the more responsible path. Professors, set that example for your students by following through with policies that encourage students to ask for help. Realize that for a student to ask for an extension often means they’ve had to admit to themselves they weren’t able to meet your, or their, expectations. Administrators, set the standards of those policies. Instead of being a community that glorifies stress as the evidence of dedication, let’s recognize it for the symptom of the failing system it is. In the last year, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time addressing how Truman can offer better mental health resources to its students. That’s a great conversation to be having, but I think it’s also important that students and faculty start thinking about how we contribute to the process of building a more healthy identity. Community is such a vital aspect of identity. It can be easy to neglect community building. We’re too busy, too stressed, too focused on the responsibilities we have all in the name of ambition. But maybe if we take the time to focus on being part of a positive community, we’ll start to develop a healthier school identity. One way to do that is to immerse yourself in the events that represent Truman. Go to sporting events. We might be a primarily academic school, but you only have to look to the Winter Olympics to see the power sports have to bring us together. Celebrate your peers’ accomplishments — even if you don’t personally know someone, be proud that a member of your school has done something worth recognition. Participate in the University bonding events like Purple Fridays that serve as simple reminders we are all a part of one community. Too often, we are so immersed in our struggles, we become disconnected from Truman and so much so that milestones such as Homecoming or the 150th anniversary of our University go by with little acknowledgement from the majority of students. Connect with your community and become part of something bigger than yourself. Four years from now, when I picture the TTS, I want to envision someone who is proud to bleed purple and white. Be someone who recognizes their value isn’t measured by their level of stress – someone who can look back at their time in college and see proof of their growth, not only as a scholar, but as a person.

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SIGEP | New fraternity house to be completed summer 2018 Continued from page 1 Verzeaux said the SigEp Alumni Association was responsible for the funding of the new house. He said there was a 17-person fundraising and construction committee for the house in summer 2015, which contacted SigEp class leaders and alumni for donations. In total, the committee raised $1.1 million for the new house by the end of 2016. Verzeaux said donation pledges ranged from $500-150,000, which are payable over a few years. Greek Life Director Damon Pee said he had some communication with Sigma Phi Epsilon alumni who helped facilitate the housing project. The alumni

would do a couple check-ins each semester to find out how the chapter was progressing or if there were any outstanding issues that might affect the project, he said. Pee said the new house is a good thing for SigEp and the community. The new amenities the house offers, such as the classroom and recreation room, will create additional opportunities for members of SigEp to use their space in a constructive manner, Pee said. “Anytime you have a new house [near] campus somewhere, it’s going to create drastic buzz,” Pee said. “If there is buzz for SigEp, that means there will be buzz for the community, so if anything, I can only see positives.”

Pee said Residential Learning Communities are part of a national vision for SigEp to have a collaborative relationship with Universities and allow faculty fellows to teach classes in the fraternity houses. “This new house brings a new thing to our chapter that relates to SigEp nationally,” Verzeaux said. “The Residential Learning Community is a SigEp concept, which may be a possibility with this new house.” The fraternity is interested in partnering with Truman State University to choose faculty fellows to teach in the house. This house gives the fraternity the opportunity to apply to become a Residential Learning Community, then they can begin discussions with Truman about how to implement that.

THOMAS | President speaks about University’s future Continued from page 1

Currently, if universities want to raise tuition at an annual rate above the Consumer Price Index — a measure of inflation — they must get a waiver from the Missouri Department of Higher Education. If institutions raise tuition above the cap without a waiver, the state will penalize them with a 5 percent decrease in core funding. This year, the CPI — and the maximum amount institutions can raise tuition — is 2.1 percent. The proposed bills would raise the tuition cap an additional 10 percent. Thomas said at this point, the bills are meant to start a discussion and the state is not likely to raise caps to that level. Even if the cap were raised this high, Thomas said the University is sensitive to the needs of its students and would not raise tuition the full 12.1 percent. Thomas said there has also been a societal push in support of higher education, with many news media publishing editorials in opposition to the proposed cuts and giving the issue more attention. Thomas said while the Assembly seems to be supportive at this time, attitudes can change and the support might not remain. Thomas said the University will offer more dual enrollment courses, which gives the school another revenue stream. She said dual enrollment courses prepare students for the academic rigor of Truman. Thomas said Truman is also on the verge of adding some new programs, including a biochemistry major, a data science online graduate certificate and two online counseling programs in partnership with A.T. Still University. Thomas said Truman is pursuing grant funding to provide high-quality educational experiences for students in addition to core coursework. She said some grants provide funds for scholarships and pay for programs that enhance the Truman educational experience. “State funding is cake — nobody likes cake without icing and sprinkles,” Thomas said. “We have got to start pursuing grants that can help us do that.” Thomas said the University’s five-year “Pursue the Future” capital campaign will end June 30, 2018, and has already raised $38.9 million of its $40 million goal. However, Thomas said not all this money is

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available for immediate use, as a majority is reserved for scholarship support and some of the money is coming in the form of planned gifts. Thomas said the University will also be developing a centralized marketing approach. She said all these needs require investment, and the University cannot continue to stay risk-averse. “If we don’t invest in this institution, we are not going to be where we need to be in the future,” Thomas said. “The time for taking control of our destiny is now. The time for talking is kind of done — we have now got to start acting on this.” Thomas said because funding was also reduced for the current fiscal year, the University has already implemented some cost-cutting measures. She said Truman has eliminated 15 positions through retirement incentives and reimagining positions, which involves re-evaluating open positions and examining how work can be done more efficiently. Thomas said other institutions have been able to centralize their administration, but Truman’s administration is already very streamlined, and it would be hard to make the operation more efficient. “We’re way past the time about doing more with less,” Thomas said. “We really have to talk about doing differently with less.”

• 2.1% increase in tuition • Increased student fees

Thomas said while academic departments were spared from budget reductions, some departments took hits when funding was reduced last year. She said the last round of budget cuts hit maintenance and repair, faculty workstations and research equipment, and Pickler Memorial Library particularly hard. Thomas said the University is preparing for the worst-case scenario because even if the General Assembly passes a budget with more funding for higher education, it can be withheld by the governor. “If we don’t plan for a 7.73 percent cut, we are being stupid,” Thomas said. Thomas said to address the budget gap, each area of the University will have a target amount of cuts to meet. She said the cuts would not be easy because personnel costs, which cannot be easily changed, take up almost 80 percent of the University’s state funding. Thomas said there is no easy, comprehensive way to solve the funding shortfall, and it will take investment in the University to find a solution. She said the University needs to focus on its goals and work together if the University is to remain financially stable. “We have to take a good, hard look at what we are doing and how we are doing, and we have to put our collective minds together,” Thomas said.

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HIGH SCHOOL | Building might be demolished Continued from page 1

there. It’s important because it was the first high school in Kirksville, because it’s a part of the community’s aspirations for learning.” Hart said despite many who want to save the building, it is in rough shape — from broken windows to holes in the roof — and would require a lot of work to make the building usable again. Hart said if the building were to be redeveloped, it could be used for any number of things, such as an office building or student apartments. Hart said the Traveler’s Hotel is an example of a historic building in Kirksville that was saved from demolition by being redeveloped into a hotel, so he said the old Kirksville High School has the potential to be saved and repurposed. Assistant City Manager Ashley Young said the city’s goal is not to have the building demolished, but if the current owners do not bring it to meet city compliance codes, or if another buyer does not purchase the school to redevelop it, the city has no choice but to do what is safe for the residents of Kirksville. “Ultimately, the goal is to do what’s best for the community,” Young said. “Unfortunately, if the property isn’t redeveloped, what is best for the community is that the building is demolished. But it would be better to redevelop the property than demolish it if we can find a developer who’s willing to do so.”

Photo by Nicolas Telep/TMN The old Kirksville High School building was built in 1914 and has deteriorated throughout the years. The building is located at the corner of Mulanix and McPherson Streets.

Courtesy of Violette-McClure Missouriana Collection, Special Collections Department, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University Kirksville High School as it appeared in the 1950s. The building served as a high school until 1960 and has been vacant since 1978.

Photo by Nicolas Telep/TMN The building has several code violations, including more than 70 broken windows and is in danger of being demolished. The Missouri Alliance for History Preservation has made an effort to save the building.

Macomber said action must be taken immediately to address the building’s issues, such as boarding up broken windows — of which there are more than 70 in the building — and securing the site. Macomber said the city applied for and received a grant to redevelop the building site several years ago, but the grant would not cover the cost of the redevelopment plan. Macomber said the lack of security and the possibility of falling bricks and tree limbs makes the building and site unsafe for the neighborhood, and the building will need to be demolished if no improvements or renovations are made. In Missouri Preservation’s description of the Kirksville High School, it says the school is built in an Elizabethan/Collegiate Gothic style — the last building of this style in Kirksville. Not only is the school a rare architectural site, but many older Kirksville residents attended the high school, making it a treasured memory within the community. “It’s a very important building, not only because it’s a pretty old building, but also because of what it represents,” said Bill Hart, executive director of Missouri Preservation. “It’s the embodiment of a lot of memories for a lot of Kirksville residents who went to school

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Welcome, Missouri Association of Forensics! Truman Is Honored to Host the State Championship Tournament, Feb. 16 & 17 & Announce the 2018 Schwengel Lincoln Contests

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Scholarship Fred & Ethel Schwengel established the Lincoln Contests in art, essay, and oratory to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln. Each year the Advancement Office funds a $1,000 Lincoln-Douglas Debate Scholarship for an incoming freshman on Truman’s Forensic team to be selected by Christopher Outzen, Director of Forensics and Craig Hennigan, Assistant Director. This competition takes place among high school students and fulfills the Schwengel’s desire to see a contest on the high school level.

Truman’s Lincoln Contests: Art, Essay, and Oratory In addition to the secondary competition, Truman offers a collegiate competition. This year’s prompt asks you to choose one of the following possibilities and develop it into an essay: • •

Choose another emancipatory moment in Lincoln’s life and write about it, incorporating source material. Choose an emancipatory moment in someone’s life and, incorporating source material, write about it.

This semester the collegiate essays will be judged by Professor Monica Barron and the speeches by Professors Chandrika Collins and Barry Poyner. The art contest will be judged by Professor Rusty Nelson. By March 20th, submit a 1000-1500 word, 3-5 page essay in response to the prompt to Barry Poyner, Barnett Hall 1110. Provide a list of “works cited” as appropriate. On a cover sheet, provide contact information, and clearly indicate if entering the essay or oratorical contest, or both. Finalists in the Oratorical Contest will deliver their speeches before the National Communication Association Student Club later in the semester. Jackson Page, 2017 1st Place Art Winner Communication Club members will assist Professors Collins & Poyner in judging. Essay and Oratory Prizes for 1st and 2nd places will be $200.00 and $100.00, respectively.

The Legacy of Fred & Ethel Schwengel Fred Schwengel was raised in Franklin County, Iowa, and attended Sheffield High School. He was a 1930 alumnus of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College where he met his future wife, Ethel Cassity, a 1932 alumna and native of Purdin, MO. The Schwengels returned to Fred’s native Iowa in 1937 where Fred was in the insurance business, and they raised two children, Frank and Dorothy. His interest in politics led him to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1945. He would serve ten consecutive terms (1945-1955) before turning to the U.S. Congress where he served as a Representative for eight terms (1955-1965, 1967-1973). Mr. Schwengel passed away in 1993, and Mrs. Schwengel passed away in 2011 at age 102.

For the art contest, entries should be submitted to Rusty Nelson, OP 1221 by March 20th and observe the following criteria: artwork of any media is acceptable, traditional or digital output/ projection - 2D and 3D. No larger than 18 x 24” for 2D work and 3ft in the round for 3D work. Projected work should be formatted for 16:9 screen ratio. Winning art will be added to the Schwengel Lincoln Collection in Special Collections at Pickler Memorial Library. Art Prizes for 1st and 2nd places will be $200.00 and $100.00, respectively.




A set of corps values Returned and prospective members discuss Peace Corps BY TRAVIS MAIDEN Staff Writer Sophomore Clara Wolf knew she wanted to join the Peace Corps since she was a mere middle schooler. “It sounded like an incredible opportunity to learn so much and to help in some way, even if you can’t save a community,” Wolf said. “I think every bit helps. I think I can help.” In contrast with Wolf, a prospective Peace Corps member, returned Peace Corps Volunteer and linguistics professor Mary Shapiro said she volunteered in the Peace Corps 30 years ago in Morocco. Shapiro said Peace Corps has three missions to accomplish. “The first mission is to provide skilled services to the rest of the world,” Shapiro said. “The second

learn about the rest of the world — because you can learn that in a book, you can read and can learn facts — but just the experience of it and how it feels to live there,” Shapiro said. “You’re not just a tourist, you’re actually a member of that community, and that’s an incredible experience.” Wolf said she became interested in joining the Peace Corps after attending several of Peace Corps Prep Program meetings and listening to returned Peace Corps Volunteers and their past experiences. Wolf said she looked into different organizations like AmeriCorps, but she said she decided on Peace Corps because its core beliefs paralleled with many of her own.

I think the biggest thing for Peace Corps Volun“teers is it isn’t what they learn about the rest of the world — because you can learn that in a book, you can read and can learn facts — but just the experience of it and how it feels to live there. You’re not just a tourist, you’re actually a member of that community, and that’s an incredible experience.

-Mary Shapiro, returned Peace Corps volunteer and

linguistics professor

mission is to present a good face of America to the rest of the world so they won’t hate us. And the third mission is to bring the rest of the world home, so we can know about the rest of the world and share that [experience.] We need to do that for the rest of our life.” Shapiro said she was an education volunteer in El Jadida on the Atlantic coast of Morocco in a fairly new school. She said she helped Moroccan colleagues develop curricula for newly offered English classes and tried to raise donations to build a small library. Shapiro said education volunteers have secondary projects during their

“The thing about Peace Corps … that really spoke to me was that a lot of projects focus on for or helping, but this is you’re working with and living with the people of the community,” Wolf said. “So it focuses on working together versus [me helping them,] it’s us helping each other.” Wolf said she thought it would be an amazing experience for her because she wants to work in a public health center. She said she was debating about whether or not to get a master’s degree in public health and working in that field or going to medical school. She said the organization could help prepare her for

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Linguistics professor Mary Shapiro stands with her Peace Corps flag in her office. Thirty years ago, Shapiro worked with the Peace Corps in Morocco, and she now leads informational meetings about the program. meet new people that I would never ever meet without Peace Corps and to live with them and see from their perspective to try and gain a better understanding of conditions around the world.” Lindsey Dunnagan, assistant professor of art and returned Peace Corps Volunteer, said she worked with artisans to develop small businesses because she had worked with lower-level galleries before she joined. Dunnagan said she taught weavers how to naturally create dyes rather than use synthetic, neon-colored yarns that were sold. She also helped with workshops that taught people how to boil wool, add the aluminum and then add different plants for colors — like matter roots for red or pomegranates for yellow. Dunnagan said she now uses these same natural dye recipes her for her own artwork. Dunnagan said she had a host family who she stayed with while volunteering in Morocco in a province named Azilal. She said she misses them and the friends she made there. “I learned that everywhere you go, no matter how different the culture may be, you can deeply connect with people and love them,” Dunnagan said. “I learned that humanity is

pretty similar — I mean, I went to a place that seemed very different from home, but I found a lot of similar types of people there.” Dunnagan said some experiences were uncomfortable because she was coming from the US, a place where everything someone needs is easy to get. She said even though the whole experience was challenging, it built character and it made her more creative and selfsufficient — now she doesn’t need to ask as many questions to figure things out. Dunnagan said serving in the Peace Corps was a special experience that helped her learn about poverty and different cultures that she wouldn’t have been able to understand without the organization. “I think the Peace Corps is a program that is vital for us to continue,” Dunnagan said. “I think it really helps America understand other cultures and helps other cultures understand a little something about America. I think the idea behind it is really beautiful, but I know it is not for everyone. I think if you’ve always wanted to join the Peace Corps, then you should.” Shapiro said the next informational meeting for the Peace Corps Prep Program is 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.

Sophomore Clara Wolf plans to graduate in 2020 and join the Peace Corps. Wolf has wanted to join the Peace Corps since middle school, when a recruiter came to her school. time because of semester breaks, and she worked with water engineer Andy Anderson to write a proposal to the Moroccan ministry and the Peace Corps asking for health-education volunteers, which was successful. Shapiro said the Peace Corps offers a cultural experience which helped many volunteers figure out what they want to do with their lives, including herself. “I think the biggest thing for Peace Corps Volunteers is it isn’t what they VOLUME 109


future work because it could help her gain a different perspective of cultures and people. Wolf said she will apply to the Peace Corps before she graduates and hopes to be placed in a position in the health field but would also consider education because she enjoyed teaching. “I wanted to get a new perspective, I think, on how I see things and how I view the world and different issues of the world,” Wolf said. “I want to

Assistant art professor Lindsey Dunnagan stands in front of a painting in her office. Dunnagan is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who spent time in Morocco teaching useful artistic techniques to local citizens in Azilal.


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TOP 5 Most Anticipated movies of 2018 as told by Gordon McPherson, staff writer and movie reviewer Dogs

1. “Isle of Dogs” Release Date: March 23 With “Isle of Dogs,” director Wes Anderson returns to the motion animation he used in his 2009 masterpiece “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” After an outbreak of “canine flu” spreads throughout dystopian Japan, all dogs are quarantined and sent to a trash-covered island. When a young boy arrives on the island looking for his lost dog, the dogs — voiced by Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum, among others — work together to find the lost dog and escape the island.


3. “The Incredibles 2” Release Date: June 15 The sequel to one of my favorite films of all time, “The Incredibles 2” has high expectations to fulfill. Whether it can meet these expectations has yet to be answered, but with returning director Brad Bird, the hype train has officially left the station. 4. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” Release Date: July 27, 2018 When an “Impossible Missions Force” assignment goes horribly awry, charismatic spy Ethan Hunt, portrayed by Tom Cruise, must take matters into his own hands. Featuring incredible stunts that led to Cruise actually breaking bones, “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” is a must-see action film of 2018. 5. “Avengers: Infinity War” Release Date: May 4 “Avengers: Infinity War” brings together Thor, Hulk, Iron Man and all the other Marvel heroes that viewers have been watching since the original “Iron Man” film in 2008. The whole team is coming together to defeat Thanos — their most powerful foe yet.


2. “Black Panther” Release Date: February 16 Taking place after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” “Black Panther” centers around King T’Challa returning to Wakanda to claim his kingdom. However, numerous catastrophic problems arise, which could lead to all-out war in Wakanda.


Author, alumna returns to share work, teach BY AURA MARTIN Staff Writer Laura McHugh remembers her childhood in the Ozarks as a place where she didn’t have to go far to be in the middle of nowhere. There’s no one around, big buzzards circle overhead and the landscape is rocky. The Ozarks has a distinct culture which roused McHugh’s curiosity as she started writing her first novel, “The Weight of Blood.” What interested her the most was the landscape of the region. “It lends itself to that foreboding-feeling, like someone could disappear here very easily,” McHugh said. “That’s interesting to me.” McHugh is a Truman State University alumna who graduated with an English degree in 1996, with an emphasis on creative writing. She remembered having English professors Bob Mielke and Linda Seidel teach her while at Truman. She never thought she would return to her alma mater as an instructor. In her week-long class, she taught mystery writing. McHugh and her students looked at the structure and elements of a particular mystery and how these are useful for other types of genre writing. All genre writers can benefit from learning how to build tension in a story and how to transform a story into a page-turner. “We’re also focusing on the opening of the story, those first pages, which are so important to hook the reader,” McHugh said. When McHugh started writing “The Weight of Blood,” she had no idea it was a mystery novel until an agent told her. All she knew was that she wanted to capture readers’ desire to keep turning the page. She said she also wanted there to be a greater puzzle the reader is trying to solve, something most books have. “The Weight of Blood” was inspired by a criminal case in Lebanon, Missouri, where a young girl was held as a sex slave for six years. This human trafficking case played a major role in McHugh’s book, but some readers were upset that she mentioned human trafficking. She likes to remind these people that something like that happened in a place, where everyone knew one another yet no one did a thing to save the girl. Human trafficking in Missouri is a real issue.

I think the biggest thing for Peace Corps Vol“unteers is it isn’t what they learn about the rest of the world — because you can learn that in a book, you can read and can learn facts — but just the experience of it and how it feels to live there. You’re not just a tourist, you’re actually a member of that community, and that’s an incredible experience.

-Mary Shapiro, returned Peace Corps volunteer and

Linguistics professor

McHugh describes herself as a “pantser” — somebody who writes by the seat of their pants. With “The Weight of Blood,” she just started writing and unearthed more information as she went along. She tried to plot a different book called “Arrowood” upfront, hoping to save some time, but she didn’t like the process. “I don’t enjoy trying to plot it out, then having to write to these points and know where it’s going — it’s not any fun,” McHugh said. McHugh always starts with the setting. For “The Weight of Blood,” she wrote the dreadful setting almost entirely from memory, filling in the gaps using Google maps as needed. “Arrowood,” takes place in Keokuk, Iowa, where McHugh grew up. Her grandparents lived there their whole lives and McHugh’s sister still lives there. She loves the history and old, crumbling houses. Thus, the Ozarks and Iowa were embedded in her memory after years of exploration and experience. “It’s just stuff that I’ve always been stockpiling in my head all my life, and now I can use it,” McHugh said. The second step she takes in writing her books is developing the characters. She knew it was important to learn the desires and motives of her characters because it would drive the story forward. Character-driven stories greatly interest McHugh, and she often looks for it in others’ writing. If she finds that the characters aren’t well-developed, then she won’t be as invested in the story. A great plot can’t replace shallow characters. McHugh works on developing realistic, believable characters. The antagonist of “The Weight of Blood” is a charming yet terrifying villain, and the creepy, misunderstood character proved to be a useful ally to the heroine of the novel. McHugh finds it intriguing to examine a character and look at those gray areas because no one is really all good or all bad. While visiting Truman, McHugh also performed a public reading of the first chapter of her latest novel, “Arrowood,” and debuted her short story, “Endgame.” The latter is a short story she wrote for a crime fiction anthology, where the protagonist is a serial killer who spends time going back to all the places where he committed the crimes and deposits objects he initially kept

Submitted photos Truman State University alumna and author Laura McHugh returned to Truman to teach a week-long class on mystery fiction writing. She graduated with an English degree in 1996 and had English professors Bob Mielke and Linda Seidel while she attended Truman. from his victims. “I was throwing around the idea when I was writing ‘Arrowood’ because I wanted to write from the perspective of the killer,” McHugh said. “I mean, he just wasn’t going to be the killer. So I wanted to kind of explore that side of it.” “Endgame” will appear in “Unloaded,” an anthology of crime fiction without any guns, in July. Currently, McHugh is working on her third book ,which is set in a small Missouri farming town and will be a darker story, like her previous works. McHugh said aspiring writers must connect with other writers either locally or online. She said she is in a women’s group of writers, and she finds it wonderful and helpful. “The support of other writers and other people who are going through the same things and can help each other is invaluable,” McHugh said. McHugh said persistence is necessary, especially considering McHugh’s next piece of advice is for writers to finish their work. Some writers love to talk about the fact that they’re writing or they want to write, but then are not actually completing anything. “You can never go to the next step until you hit the end. Finish your draft, then you can go back and revise it,” McHugh said. “It’s not always fun and exciting. I’m out there, and people tell me that they love my work. Most of the time, I’m by myself in a chair, working very hard all the time. Writers just need to sit down, work and finish.”

The above are both mystery novels McHugh has published. McHugh draws upon many of her experiences living in Iowa and Ozarks when crafting her own mystery novels.


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“Icarus” explores the moral complex world of sports

This movie gets 4/5 samples of urine BY GORDON MCPHERSON Staff Writer Compelling, surprising and downright shocking, director Bryan Fogel’s Netflix-exclusive documentary “Icarus” is essential viewing for anyone interested in the world of competitive sports, especially the ongoing Winter Olympics in South Korea. In the years following Lance Armstrong’s admittance of using performance-enhancing drugs, first-time director Bryan Fogel attempts to prove he can get away with doping without detection by the World Anti-Doping Agency. If Fogel succeeds in his experiment, he could bring attention to the ease at which athletes can cheat in professional sports competitions. Through a peculiar chain of events, Fogel gets in contact with Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of a WADA-supported laboratory, to oversee Fogel’s doping experiment. This poses the question — why would the head of an anti-doping administration help Fogel cheat the system? “Icarus” begins as an entertaining documentary and ends as a pulsepounding real-life thriller, as Fogel learns of a Russian state-sponsored Olympic doping program. While some viewers might associate the documentary genre with stale shots of people talking directly to the camera and the overused Ken Burns filming effects, in which the camera slowly zooms and pans over photographs, “Icarus” transcends viewers’ expectations. Watching the film is akin to watching a tense spy film, except everything viewers watch on-screen is happening in real-life. With a thick Russian accent, a pair of large glasses and an occasionally juvenile sense of humor, Rodchenkov proves a fascinating subject for the film’s second half, as Fogel’s personal story eventually fades to the background. Rodchenkov, under the supervision of the KGB — or the Russian Committee for State Security — was instructed to swap Russian athletes’ steroidtainted urine with clean samples to avoid detection on many different occa-


sions. This had a large part in Russian athletes’ success in numerous athletic competitions, including the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Rodchenkov reveals this athletic dishonesty was approved by the highest levels of Russian authority — including Vladimir Putin himself. As Rodchenkov explains, he was arrested early in his career for trafficking performance-enhancing drugs and subsequently diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder, which landed him in a mental institution in 2011. The Russian government dropped his charges, however, guaranteeing his freedom through participation in the Russian doping program. He became a vessel for illegal activity, fueling national pride after the country’s success in competitions. If Rodchenkov had acted in his own interests, he would have been severely punished by the Russian government, possibly even killed. Rodchenkov frequently references George Orwell’s “1984” throughout the film, and he thinks modern society — particularly Russian — is not dissimilar to Orwell’s dystopian vision. Putting their lives at risk, Fogel helps Rodchenkov escape to the United States to reveal this troubling information. “Icarus” becomes a real-life thriller at this point, with Fogel recording their stressful situation. The film demonstrates the potential horrors of egotism, governmental dishonesty and Orwell’s concept of “doublethink,” in which people hold two opposing views at the same time they believe accurate. The film is also a tribute to whistleblowers, who risk their lives to reveal the truth. While “Icarus” is a virtually flawless film once Rodchenkov becomes the central subject, Fogel’s initial doping experiment is significantly less compelling. Fogel’s experiment proves intriguing but takes up too much of the film’s run-time. Fogel should have spent more of this time developing Rodchenkov’s personal history, which feels somewhat rushed later in the film. The film’s shocking revelations might leave viewers flabbergasted. Not only does “Icarus” provide an in-depth view into the complex world of professional sports, but it also illustrates a society which George Orwell himself would be deeply concerned with.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY During spring 2000, then junior Amy Kearney shaved current Truman State University Associate Provost Kevin Minch’s head in Kirk Memorial, where the Forensics Team used to meet. Minch used to be director of forensics and promised, days before a forensics tournament, if a team member won a national award, he would let a student shave his head. Two students on the team received awards and Minch kept his promise. Printed in the March 30, 2000 edition of The Index

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Questions on The Quad What is your go to energy booster — i.e. coffee, tea, actually sleeping, energy bar, etc.?

Brian Edell, sophomore

“Probably a cup of coffee at Ryle [Hall] in the mornings. I’m on the baseball team, so we have morning practices, so we get breakfast after practices, and I usually get a cup of coffee.”

Are you following the Winter Olympics, and if so, what are you enjoying the most?

Do you think it’s important to preserve old buildings and their history, or is it often a waste of energy or a lost cause?

“I like watching snowboarding. I think that’s cool. I don’t follow it too extensively, though.”

“I think it depends on the circumstance — if the building has any significance to the community or something like that.”

“Probably coffee, and also I have a party vibes playlist I listen to, to kind of pump me up in the morning.”

“I’m not following it as well as I wish I could be, but I am super into the figure skating.”

“Coffee for sure — ­ just black coffee. I love vanilla lattes. Also, my favorite soda is Sun Drop, which is a local thing.”

“I love watching curling, even though I don’t understand it at all. And I’ve been loving watching snowboarding … probably because I can’t do [winter sports] and they’re so interesting to watch.”

“I think it’s a good idea to preserve those buildings because there’s sentiment that comes along with that and the beauty of an old building.”

Kavya Singh, sophomore

Jojo Datz, senior

“Definitely coffee. Any coffee.”

“I am not, unfortunately. I have no way of watching it … I’m definitely a big fan of all the snowboarding and skiing events.”

Caleb Longley, sophomore

Mackenzie Snyder, senior

“Coffee for sure. I’m a little bit of a coffee addict. If I’m just at home, I just make something with my Keurig, but if I’m on campus, iced coffee with vanilla is what I always get.”

“I’ve seen a little bit. Me and my roommate sat down and watched the luge when they were doing practice runs for that. I always like the luge and the skeletons.”

“I think it depends on the circumstance. If the building should exist as history and it’s important to the community, then it’s definitely important to preserve it. But if it has maybe no significance ... then maybe not.” “I definitely think that preserving older buildings is important. Preserving history is really important, and there’s always a way to update them inside and make them new, but I think that the outside, the facade, should always be protected.” “I think it’s really interesting to go to various cities around the world and see the old buildings that they have preserved, but a lot of times I feel like people get so caught up in preserving the buildings and the traditions that they don’t really move forward, so I feel like it’s a balance you have to meet.”


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Track and Field

2 p.m. in Columbia, Mo. at Missouri Collegiate Challenge

3 p.m. in Topeka, Kan. vs. Washburn University

17 Saturday Baseball

1 p.m. in Topeka, Kan. vs. Washburn University Doubleheader

Women’s Basketball

1 p.m. in Kirksville, Mo. vs. Bellarmine University

Men’s Basketball

3 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn. vs. Bellarmine University



Noon in Topeka, Kan. vs. Washburn University

22 Thursday Women’s Basketball

5:30 p.m. in Kirksville, Mo. vs. William Jewell College

Men’s Basketball

7:30 p.m. in Kirksville, Mo. vs. William Jewell College


Throwers highlight track and field in Indianapolis BY PATRICK PARDO Staff Writer



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The Truman State University track and field team had a chance to get accustomed to the conference indoor championships facilities two weeks in advance. The team did not finish at the top of last weekend’s Indianapolis Team Invitational, but individual Bulldogs still had good outings. “Our throwers did pretty well,” head coach Tim Schwegler said. “There were highs and lows, but I feel like we did well overall.” Bulldog throwers senior Sam Stewart, junior Cassidy Smestad and freshman Bobby Campbell finished in the top 10 in five events. Despite the team’s individual successes this weekend, it is struggling against winter illnesses keeping players from participating in practices and events. Schwegler said illness is affecting the Bulldogs right now. He said the team tries to avoid having sick people on the bus. Stewart finished fourth in the weight throw and seventh in shot put with a personal best of 14.69 meters. He said the team has to take precautions to avoid illness. “For illness, we are always just trying to stay healthy,” Stewart said. “A lot of the team cooks for themselves, so we try especially hard during the long stretch of the season to stay away from bad foods and make sure we avoid the flu.” To make up for missing players, younger talent has stepped up, such as Campbell, who threw a personal best of 14.59 meters in the men’s weight throws, and Smestad, who finished second in the shot put, surpassing the previous meet record and her previous personal record. “Bobby is actually throwing further than I did as a freshman, so he has really stepped it up,” Stewart said. “A lot of the throwers are freshmen, so this is a development year for them, and I think they have finally started to hit their stride. I think we are all gearing up for conference and are getting to the places we want to be.”

Along with younger talent filling missing spots, the team is beginning taper training. Schwegler said the team has one more meet to work on its weaknesses — the Missouri Collegiate Challenge in Columbia, Missouri. It will then have to prepare and start tapering for the conference meet. In the upcoming two weeks before conference, junior Hannah Oberdiek said the team will have more time

to rest than usual. She said the athletes will use this as an opportunity to get healthier. “Physical stress can cause not only injury, but also illness,” Oberdiek said. “So with the upcoming taper, we should see more healthy athletes due to the lack of stress put on the body.” The Bulldogs will compete at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge at 2 p.m Friday in Columbia, Missouri.



Freshman Daijha Wilkes

Freshman Bobby Campbell

Triple Jump—10.05

Weight Throw—14.59 meters

Freshman Erica Lindsey

Freshman Dylan Lane

1 Mile Race—5:39.86

600-meter race—1:30.25

Freshman Grace Feeney

Freshman Ike Gholston

60-Meter Hurdles—9.86

Sophomore Hannah Sells Pole Vault—3.37 meters

Junior Cassidy Smestad Shot Put—13.67 meters Weight Throw—14.16 meters

200-Meter Dash—23.82 60-Meter Dash—7.41

Sophomore Michael Young 1,000-meter race—2:43.08

Senior Sam Stewart Shot Put—14.69 meters

“We Over Me”: Softball launches 2018 season BY BROOKE BAILEY Staff Writer

The Truman State University softball team started 2018 with a bang, earning a comeback victory in its first game before losing two of its next three, splitting the weekend. The Bulldogs came back from a 3-1 deficit, winning 4-3 against Ohio Dominican University in Huntsville, Alabama, last weekend. In game two, the ’Dogs took a 3-run lead, but Trevecca Nazarene University scored 8 runs in the last two innings to win. Day two went similarly as day one. The Bulldogs started the day topping Christian Brothers University 4-1 and losing to Lee University 10-2. The ’Dogs six-game weekend was shortened to four because of weather. Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Hajduk got two wins. Hajduk said one difficulty is having to adapt from practicing inside only to play outside later. Because of low temperatures, the team has rarely been able to practice outside and was often seen in Pershing Arena trying to get better. “From going inside to outside, the ball takes different hops and moves differently, so it is just getting used to playing on the dirt again,” Hajduk said. “You also are get-

ting your timing back, hitting and pitching. When we are inside, everything seems a lot smaller. Being outside, everything opens up and seems a little farther way at first. It’s an adjustment that I thought everyone handled well this weekend.” Junior outfielder Christa Reisinger opened up the 2018 season by getting her third career GLVC Player of the Week. She went 8 for 10 at the plate overall and had a .875 on-base percentage. She said she is happy with how the weekend went, and she said the team was able to see some improvements it can get back and work out. As for goals during the season, Reisinger said a big one is for the team to steadily do what they can to win games and capitalize on all the opportunities they get to score. “Whether that is scoring your runner or just sacrificing yourself to move the runner, we all have a job, and it is important that the whole team is all in,” Reisinger said. “The overall goal the team has is to make it to the [Women’s College] World Series.” Senior utility player Kadie Orenstein said she thinks the weekend went well overall, the best game being the Bulldogs’ first, where they came back after being down 3-1. She said one of the team mottos this year is “We Over Me,”

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meaning the team has to stick together to be successful. Regarding the Bulldogs’ first win, Orenstein said it was nice to get the first one, and the team will work toward adding to the win column. Even though the Bulldogs were close to winning the second game, she said the loss will show them what needs to be addressed before the next one.

Orenstein said Reisinger is extremely deserving of the GLVC Player of the Week and was a big part of the team’s success last weekend. “Christa is a very talented leadoff hitter for our team and brings a lot of intensity and focus to the game — she plays hungry,” Orenstein said. “Aside from her stats, Christa is a great teammate and the leader in the outfield as our centerfielder.”

Submiited Photo Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Hajduk throws a pitch during a game last weekend. Hajduk pitched in three games, earning wins in two of them.

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Truman Swimming Records Set at GLVC Championships WOMEN

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200-Yard Medley Relay 400-Yard Medley Relay Senior Grace Fodor, Freshman Natalie Galluzzo, Senior Libby Opfer, Senior Jamie Fitzpatrick

1:43.26 — 3rd Place

Sophomore Maggie Hickey, Senior Nikki Sisson, Grace Fodor, Natalie Galluzzo

3:46.73 — 3rd Place

100-Yard Breaststroke 200-Yard Breaststroke Natalie Galluzzo

1:01.75 — 2nd Place

Natalie Galluzzo

2:14.79 — 1st Place

13 5 6 6 4 100-Yard Breaststroke Riley Brown

50.66 — 13th Place

400-Yard Freestyle Relay 400-Yard Medley Relay Junior Austin Baker, Sophomore Lliot Gieseke, Junior JT Thayer, Junior Sam Heveroh

3:01.22 — 5th Place

Senior Riley Brown, Freshman Mark Franz, Junior Caleb Kruse, Lliot Gieseke

3:20.69 — 6th Place

80-Yard Freestyle Relay 200-Yard Medley Relay JT Thayer, Will Shanel, Lliot Gieseke, Sam Heveroh

6:40.72 — 6th Place

Riley Brown, Mark Franz, Caleb Kruse, Sam Heveroh

1:29.90 — 4th Place


MEN | Records fall at GLVC Championships Continued from page 14 Junior Sam Heveroh will be joining Shanel at the national tournament. Heveroh will compete in the 50 freestyle, 100 free and 200 free, and Shanel will compete in the 200 individual medley, 400 IM, 200 butterfly and possibly the 200 backstroke. In addition to individual successes of Heveroh and Shanel, four of the five Bulldog relay teams competing at the GLVC Championships came back to Kirksville as the newest group of Truman record-holders. Simek said these records speak for themselves and the complete strength of the team. On any given meet anyone could step up and stand out, but at conference, Simek said juniors Austin Baker and Caleb Kruse and the sophomore swimmers had a particularly strong meet. King said almost everyone in his class hit a personal best at conference this year, and they were pleased with how much they contributed to the team this season. This season did not begin how it usually does because the previous head coach, Ed Pretre, left the program right before the season began, leaving the team in a transitional period as Simek began as head coach. Simek said the men’s personal accountability to work hard without a coach demanding anything was outstanding — because it was difficult for Simek and graduate assistant coach Quentin Bishop to run practices for both men and women every day. “[The team’s] motivation in practice is always there — they’re always pushing each other and always looking at the [record] board and saying, ‘No, we’re going to get even more this year, and we are going to get even more next year,’ and they use that as motivation because the board is right in front of them,” Simek said. Shanel and Heveroh will head to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, March 14-17 to compete for the Bulldogs.

Photo submitted by the GLVC The 200-yard medley relay composed of senior Grace Fodor, freshman Natalie Galluzzo, and seniors Libby Opfer and Jamie Fitzpatrick, broke the school record on Wednesday. Their time was good for third in the GLVC.

WOMEN | Individual honors pace a third place team finish Continued from page 14 Galluzzo said she attributes a lot of her success to being in a culture that values hard work with teammates like Barnett, who push her to be a better swimmer. “When you’re around so many people that want to be there and want to work hard and get better, it makes it a much better environment to improve,” Galluzzo said. “Everyone is always pushing each other and holding each other accountable, which is great.” The next stop for Galluzzo and her teammates is the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships March 14 in Greensboro, North Carolina. She said she hopes to go even faster and is going to trust Simek and her training to accomplish this. Simek was impressed with the women’s overall performance at the GLVC Championship. After facing tough competition at this event, he said the event was a great stepping stone for when they will compete at nationals next month. Simek thinks the women’s team could have upwards of nine athletes competing at the NCAA Championships. He also said it is possible for this team to go top 10 at nationals. For now, Simek said the team will be recovering for a few days before training hard for another two weeks and then resting again before competing at nationals.

“We have worked hard all year,” Simek said. “So we are looking to continue that momentum through

the NCAA Championships and finish the year off right and send our seniors at the meet out the right way.”

Photo submitted by the GLVC The Truman State University swim teams traveled to Crawfordsville, Indiana, to compete. The women finished third while the men took fifth.

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’Dogs keep pressure on GLVC BY PAUL PROVINCE Staff Writer

Truman State University men’s basketball team brought home two wins after beating William Jewell College and Quincy University this past week. The Bulldogs are playing well with only four games left in the regular season. Truman’s victory against William Jewell came down to the wire last Thursday, with Truman holding onto a fourpoint lead in the last three minutes of the game to secure the win. The Bulldogs’ efforts were fueled by a handful of players scoring in the double digits, led by redshirt sophomore guard Brodric Thomas, who had his sixth career double-double in the game. “We had some guys step up and play a lot of minutes,” head coach Chris Foster said. “It was good to see our bench come in and contribute. We struggled a little bit offensively in the second half, but the guys stuck with it. Overall, it was great to get that road win.”

As the lead narrowed and the game entered the last few minutes, both teams struggled to score consistently. While William Jewell led Truman 77-76 with 5:06 left, Thomas and junior guard Jake Velky both scored to put the Bulldogs up by four. The Cardinals cut the lead to just one with less than three minutes to go. Both teams had multiple possessions as the game clock wound down, but no one could capitalize on offense and Truman held on for the win. The ’Dogs played even better against Quincy, winning 86-72. Truman played well on both sides of the floor. The Bulldogs had five players score double digits on the offensive end. Those Bulldogs include guards redshirt freshman guard Turner Scott and Velky with 17 points, redshirt senior forward Zach Fischer with 13 points, redshirt junior guard Taurin Hughes and Thomas with 11 points. On the defensive end, the ’Dogs forced 24 Quincy turnovers in the game. Twenty-four turnovers is the most

Truman has forced against any conference opponent in school history. “Defensively, we worked well as a whole unit,” Fischer said. “Quincy ran a lot of offensive sets, so we tried to make them uncomfortable. Our guards did a great job of pressuring the ball in the half court.” The Bulldogs’ game against Quincy marked their eighth matchup on the road in their last 10 games. Though the ’Dogs only have four home games left, they still aim to improve and secure their place in the conference tournament. To ensure a spot in the tournament, Hughes said playing efficiently on both sides of the floor is going to be important in these next few weeks. “Our chemistry on the court is starting to get better,” Hughes said. “Even with different lineups due to injuries, we’re stepping up to the plate every game and need to continue to do what is necessary to win in this league.”

’Dogs end losing streak The women’s basketball team won after a season-long sevengame losing streak. The Bulldogs scored 73 points to beat Quincy University after averaging only 48 in the last three games.

Photo by Kara Mackenzie/TMN Junior guard Taurin Hughes charges at a defender. The Bulldogs have three straight games, with their last two on the road.

Current GLVC Basketball Standings Men Conference Record Bellarmine University


Drury University


University of Southern Indiana


Truman State University


University of Indianapolis


Maryville University


Lewis University


University of Missouri-St. Louis


William Jewell College


University of Illinois-Springfield


Rockhurst University


Quincy University


Women Photos by Kara Mackenzie/TMN Junior forward Rachel Edmundson rises above the defense for a layup in the Bulldog’s win against Hannibal-LaGrange University. The Bulldogs then won six of their next 14 games.

Left: Freshman guard Tiffany Davenport moves the ball down the floor. The Bulldogs lost seven straight games, which is the longest losing streak under head coach Amy Eagan. Right: Freshman center Katie Jaseckas shoots a free throw. Jaseckas played a big role in snapping the team’s losing streak against Quincy University with her game-high 16 points.

Conference Record University of Southern Indiana


Drury University


Lewis University


University of Missouri-St. Louis


Bellarmine University


William Jewell College


Rockhurst University


Truman State University


McKendree University


University of Illinois-Springfield


University of Indianapolis


Maryville University


Quincy University




Steady swimming at GLVC meet

Photo submitted by the GLVC The Truman State University men’s and women’s swim teams traveled to Crawfordsville, Indiana, to compete in the four-day showdown of the GLVC Championships. Of the 10 competing schools, the Bulldog women finished third, while the men took fifth.

Women’s third place finish brings new records

Paced by record-breaking relays, ‘Dogs take fifth

After a highly competitive four days at the GLVC Swimming and Diving Championships in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the Truman State University women’s swim team took home a third place finish with a team total of 655 points. Drury University took the victory with a total 898.5 points, and the runner-up, University of Indianapolis, followed behind with 756.5 points. Though Truman came up short in overall points from snagging the title of conference champion, the ’Dogs headed home with multiple awards and four new school records. Adding to these honors was senior Loriel Hutchinson as she was nominated for the James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award for women’s swimming, awarded at the end of the academic year for one male and one female athlete at Truman. The student athletes chosen for the award exhibit high character through displays of good sportsmanship — not just within the confines of their sport, but how they demonstrate good citizenship outside athletics, as well. “It means the world to me that people think about good character when they think of me — not just fast times,” Hutchinson said. Hutchinson said it was a great way to end her swimming career, calling it the cherry on top of her

Truman State University men’s swimming placed fifth with 364 points at the GLVC Championships in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The GLVC has 10 men’s swimming programs and head coach Jerod Simek said this is one of the fastest conferences for men’s swimming, so placing fifth is a major accomplishment for the team. Sophomore Justin King emphasized how successful Truman’s program is compared to other GLVC schools, especially considering Truman does not have an abundance of swimming scholarships. Rather than chasing the college scholarship, King said most of the team is swimming because they enjoy the sport. Any scholarships team members do receive are from donors and typically only available for 1-3 swimmers on the men’s team at a small value. This year, there is only one men’s swimmer on a foundation scholarship. This doesn’t hold back the program from finding success. The men’s team broke more school records at conference this year than last. Simek said the relay teams are a huge reason the team was able to accomplish this. “The depth of our team has really allowed us to keep those relay records so current every year,” Simek said. “We have swimmers who are all really close in times, who can swim those relays together and set those records.”


senior season. She said she will look back on the moment and the teammates and coaches who made it possible. In her first GLVC Championship appearance, freshman Natalie Galluzzo left with an impressive award — GLVC Freshman of the Year. With a first place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, second in the 100 breast, third in the 200 individual medley and ninth in the 100 butterfly, Galluzzo collected 62 points for her team. Galluzzo’s performance in both the 200 and 100 breast were two of the four records broken during the long weekend. Relay teams including Galluzzo broke the other two Truman records. The 200 medley relay was composed of seniors Grace Fodor, Libby Opfer and Jamie Fitzpatrick and Galluzzo. The 400-yard medley relay was made up by senior Nikki Sisson, sophomore Maggie Hickey, Fodor and Galluzzo. Galluzzo admitted she wasn’t aware the award existed until about 20 minutes prior to receiving the plaque at the conclusion of the meet, and she said she was overwhelmed when presented with the award. With a program known for developing strong athletes, Galluzzo said it’s no surprise this achievement was also awarded two years ago to current junior Bulldog Emma Barnett, as Barnett is an extremely hard worker, like everyone else on the team. See WOMEN, page 12


Senior Will Shanel managed to finish his GLVC career undefeated in the 400-yard individual medley, topping the podium each year. Shanel is currently ranked second in the nation for that race and will get the chance to compete for a national championship midMarch. This is the fourth year he has qualified for the national tournament, and he said he feels more prepared than ever to compete at nationals even though preparation has been different this year.

“The depth of our team has really allowed us to keep those relay records so current every year.” -Head Coach Jerod Simek

“The thing I’m excited about is the last three years I’ve tapered down and rested up before I go to conference to get those cuts to go to nationals — whereas this year I was solidified in [nationals] before I went to conference,” Shanel said. “So going into conference, I only had a couple days of rest when I usually have 2-3 weeks. So I’m going to be able to have a full taper down for nationals, which is going to be coming in from a different physical perspective more so than mental, and I’m feeling pretty good already, which is a good sign.” See MEN, page 12


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Freshman Natalie Galluzzo was named GLVC Freshman of the Year Saturday at the GLVC Swimming and Diving Championships. The award capped a successful weekend for Galluzzo where she set two individual and two relay school records. She accumulated 62 points during the four days of the championships. VOLUME 109


Natalie Galluzzo


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