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Pantry for Adair County opens its doors ELISABETH SHIRK Staff Writer

The Pantry for Adair County officially began serving people at their new building July 18, and hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house July 25. Lisa Ahrens, PAC Board of Directors president, said the mission of the new

Millot hired as Title IX coordinator RYAN PIVONEY News Editor

Truman State University has hired Lauri Millot to serve as the new Title IX coordinator. Millot is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Equity, Title IX Coordinator and section 504 coordinator at New Mexico State University, but will start her position as Title IX coordinator at Truman Sept. 24. Janna Stoskopf, vice president for student affairs, said the University has been searching for a new Title IX coordinator since Jamie Ball’s departure in June. Stoskopf said Ball took a position at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Stoskopf has been serving as the interim coordinator since then. Sally Herleth, executive director of human resources, ran the committee in charge of finding the new Title IX coordinator. The committee consisted of representatives from different groups on campus, including one student. Herleth said the hiring process consisted of an advertised search, to which 15 applicants responded. “[Millot] has very strong credentials,” Herleth said. “She is doing very similar duties — practically the same job — so she was a very strong candidate with lots of good investigative experience with a strong background in that, so just very highly qualified.” Herleth said after a phone call interview with Millot, she invited her to campus for an on-site interview. While on campus, she said Millot met with different groups on campus. Herleth said the committee thought Millot was well qualified and was well liked by the committee. University President Sue Thomas offered Millot the Title IX coordinator position Aug. 13. Millot is currently working in a capacity similar to the Title IX coordinator position at Truman. Millot wrote in a statement to The Index that she is currently responsible for education, prevention and response to reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and employment and learning environment complaints of discrimination. Additionally, she is in charge of affirmative action hiring, address requests for disability, pregnancy and religious accommodations, and address accessibility issues. These are the responsibilities expected of Truman’s Title IX coordinator. Millot wrote, “When searching for a new challenge, I focused on highly respected institutions that were located in the Midwest and came upon the Compliance Officer opportunity at Truman State University. Truman State University is a high caliber academic institution that evokes a supportive community atmosphere.”

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Pantry for Adair County is to help curb the high rates of food insecurity found in the area. The building is located at 2012 South Halliburton Street on land owned by Central Church of Christ in Kirksville and will be open three days a week: Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. The PAC Board of Directors, which coordinated the move to the new build-

ing, began in 2014 with six churches: First Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, Mary Immaculate Parish, Trinity Episcopal Church, Faith United Methodist Church and Kirksville First United Methodist Church. One of the goals of the pantry, Ahrens said, is to bridge the gap in people’s monthly expenses. She said the pantry will be set up so people can

choose which items they would prefer, whereas in some pantries people would simply get a grocery package without the option to choose what is inside. Ahrens said she has learned that food insecurity can stem from a variety of situations, affecting different people for different reasons. See PAC page 5


Missouri Hall Director Zac Burden was sworn in as the newest councilmember Aug. 20. Burden is filling the vacancy in the Council left when Mayor Jerry Mills resigned. Photo by Ryan Pivoney

Zac Burden is the newest member of Kirksville City Council RYAN PIVONEY News Editor

Missouri Hall Director Zac Burden is the newest member of the Kirksville City Council. The four Council members voted unanimously to appoint Burden at the Council meeting Aug. 20. Burden took the oath of office immediately following the meeting. There has been a vacant seat available on the Council since the resignation of Mayor Jerry Mills Aug. 6. City manager Mari Macomber said Burden approached the Council after Mills’ resignation to express his interest in the position. She said the Council had requested his appointment be placed on the agenda so the council members could consider him for the position. Macomber said the appointment would last until the

next April municipal election. Then, the winner of that election would take the seat on the Council. Burden said he was already planning to run for a Council seat in the April 2019 election, so when the opportunity to join the Council came early, he decided to talk to them. Burden said when he joined People for Better Parks, which helped pass the half-cent tax for improvements to parks, he worked heavily with the Council and began regularly attending their meetings. “I made a commitment that I wanted to learn more about what was going on in the city of Kirksville and understanding the different procedures and events that were happening,” said Burden. “Through that I started thinking, you know, I think I could be helpful sitting on the other side of the city council’s

table — I think I could really make a contribution to the community.” Burden said now that he is on the Council, he hopes to talk to the people of Kirksville to learn more about what they hope to see from their local government, provide strong oversight of all government departments and spread awareness about actions taken by the City. He said there are many passionate people in Kirksville with great ideas he would like to hear. Burden said he is proud of the work done in Kirksville, so he wants to let that work be recognized and join the effort to keep improving the city. Burden said he does not expect his new position as a Kirksville council member to interfere with his duties at Truman and Missouri Hall. See CITY COUNCIL page 3

Citizens discuss wind farm project NICOLAS TELEP Managing Editor

More than 100 community members gathered Tuesday evening in an elementary school gym in Queen City for a public hearing on a proposed wind farm in northeast Missouri that Ameren Missouri would eventually own. The Missouri Public Service Commission hosted the hearing as a step in the approval process for the private construction of the facility — which would be the largest wind farm in Missouri — in Schuyler and Adair counties. The High Prairie Wind Farm would be built by TG Prairie High Holdings and purchased by Ameren Missouri immediately upon completion. Ameren said the project will be completed by 2020 and generate enough electricity to power 120,000 homes. The Tuesday meeting began with a Q&A with representatives from the PSC, Ameren and the Missouri Office of the Public Counsel, which represents public utility customers across the state. After the session, a judge took sworn testimony from community members on the topic.

Ajay Arora, vice president of power operations and energy management for Ameren Missouri, represented the energy company and fielded the majority of questions during the first part of the event. He said the project will help Ameren meet a state mandate that 15 percent of its energy be generated from renewable sources like wind. Community members raised concerns ranging from property taxes levied on the project to the welfare of the area’s birds and bats. Arora said the project will be built without the use of eminent domain and also said the project would significantly increase the property tax collected by Adair and Schuyler counties. However, he was unable to answer questions about the project’s future decommissioning and high-frequency sounds generated by the wind turbines. Carolyn Chrisman, Kirksville Regional Economic Development Inc. director, testified in favor of the project, claiming it will bring jobs and economic development to the area. Ameren said the facility will generate hundreds of temporary construction jobs, as well as permanent positions.

A panel answered questions from the audience at a public hearing about the High Prairie Wind Farm in Queen City, Missouri. Caleb Hall represented the Missouri Office of the Public Counsel, Jamie Myers represented the Missouri Public Service Commission and Ajay Arora, vice president of power operations and energy management at Ameren Missouri, represented the energy company. Photo by Nicolas Telep

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Truman welcomes freshmen to campus

Left: First-year students moved into the residence halls before the rest of students. Freshman residents moved onto campus Wednesday, Aug. 15. Top: Multiple student groups help freshmen move into the dorms each year. Student Government and Greek Life are among the student groups that help to move freshmen in their rooms. Right: Approximately 1,500 freshmen move in for the first time every August before returning students. Several new transfer students also moved in at the time. Photos by Daniel Degenhardt

calendar BACK TO SCHOOL BASH AUG. 24 4 TO 6 P.M. THE QUAD Students can take part in live music, inflatables and free food at the Back to School Bash. This is an annual event at Truman State University to welcome students back to campus after summer break.

WELCOME BACK COMEDIAN CARMEN LYNCH AUG. 24 7 TO 8 P.M. BALDWIN AUDITORIUM Truman State University’s Student Activities Board has invited comedian Carmen Lynch to be the Welcome Back Comedian. Lynch is a comedian and actress who has appeared on “Last Comic Standing,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” Lynch’s comedy album, “Dance Like You Don’t Need the Money,” won SiriusXM Comedy’s 2017 Comedy Album of the Year.

SUMMER RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AUG. 25 8:55 A.M. TO NOON SUB GEORGIAN ROOMS This year’s Summer Research Symposium will have 12 oral presentations and nine poster presentations. This is an opportunity for students who conducted research over summer 2018 to present their work.




Petsense is having a grand reopening celebration because it is under new management. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, face painting, raffles and pet adoptions. Petsense is also offering discounted prices for this celebration.

The Community Roots Festival is an annual celebration of local food, culture, sustainability and community. This year’s festival will feature areas for vendors to sell local and handmade goods, interactive workshops, a yoga-thon, and a kids area with crafts, games and face painting.

Truman State University Swingers will offer swing dance lessons to students for the first two weeks of the semester. University Swingers provide free beginner or advanced lessons to students, who are encouraged to be social and learn the skill of swing dance.

staff Serving the University community since 1909 Editor-in-Chief: Brently Snead Managing Editor: Nicolas Telep Digital Director: Dana Bartch News Editor: Ryan Pivoney Features, Opinions Editor: Morgan Gervais Sports Editor: Curtis Wichmer Copy Chief: Allyson Lotz Photo Editor: Daniel Degenhardt Design Chief: Emmett Divendal Sales Manager: Joey Iaguessa Distribution Manager: Dustin Snead Cartoonists: Annie Kintree Designers: Georgia Gregory, Emily Taylor Photographers: Kara Mackenzie Copy Editors: Elise Hughes, Cara Quinn, Jenna Faulkner Staff Writers: Travis Maiden, Gordon McPherson, Justin Newton, Aura Martin, Elisabeth Shirk, Kayla Wheelehan Adviser: Don Krause

Crime Reports DPS & KPD 8/15 Burglary reported at the 8/17 Theft reported at 56 Lei300 block of East Hickory St. sure Dr. 8/15 Theft reported at the 100 block of East McPherson St.

8/17 Theft reported at the 2000 block of East Normal Ave.

8/15 Vandalism reported at the 300 block of South Stanford St.

8/18 Vandalism reported at the 900 block of East Brewington Ave.

8/15 Harassment reported at 8/18 Harassment reported at the 300 block of Pfeiffer Ave. the 300 block of East Illinois St. 8/16 Vehicle fire reported at the 2300 block of North Baltimore St.

8/18 Theft reported at the 400 block of West Missouri St.

8/16 Stolen property reported 8/19 Burglary reported at the at 1 Homestead Ln. 800 block of West Hamilton St. 8/16 Harassment reported at the 8/19 Theft reported at the 2200 600 block of West Friedman St. block of East Normal Ave. 8/17 Harassment reported at 8/19 Vandalism reported at the the 200 block of East Illinois St. 1400 block of North Walnut St. 8/17 Rape reported at the 800 block of South Fifth St.

8/20 Bike theft reported at the 1200 block of Bishop Dr.

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CITY COUNCIL| Zac Burden took the oath of office Aug. 20 Continued from page 1 The position of a city council member for the City of Kirksville is a part-time job. Burden said his position as Missouri Hall director is already a full-time job with many responsibilities, but he is confident he will be able to balance both positions. “I wanted to make sure that this was something my colleagues felt comfortable with me doing, so I talked with all five of my fellow hall directors and they were excited about this,” Burden said. “They have all offered that when I am at a city council meeting they would be willing to take the [duty] phone for me.” In addition to talking to his colleagues, Burden said he spoke to University President Sue Thomas and John Gardner, Office of Residence Life director, about pursuing the Council seat and was given their support. He said he spoke to Gardner about how to handle emergency situations and his duties as a hall director while at Council meetings. Gardner wrote in a statement, “It is very exciting for the city of Kirksville that Zac has been appointed to the city council. I have no doubt Zac will do an outstanding job for the city of Kirksville while continuing to provide the excellent service to his residents and the Truman community that he always has.”


Kirksville City Council had a meeting Aug. 20. Among the items on the agenda was the appointment of Zac Burden to the Council. Photo by Ryan Pivoney




The Missouri Democratic Party hosted a press conference Aug. 20 in Kirksville to call on Republicans to uphold the decision of voters on Proposition A, also called Right to Work. Voters defeated Prop A in the Aug. 7 primary with 67 percent voting no and 33 percent voting yes. Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber and Joni Perry, 3rd Missouri House District Democratic nominee, hosted the conference.

Senior Donald Rabin was named a semi-finalist in the National Society of Arts and Letters’ music competition at the Chautauqua Institute in New York. Rabin plays the flute and won $2,000 for being a semi-finalist. Rabin is a student of professor Julianna Moore at Truman State University, but he has also studied in Italy and performed throughout the United States.

The Pursue the Future Campaign ended June 30, surpassing its goal of $40 million. The fundraising campaign raised $42,964,926 in cash donations, legacy gifts and pledges. The funds raised will go towards Foundation scholarships, academic programs and faculty support, mission enhancement gifts, and athletics. The Pursue the Future Campaign was a five-year fundraising effort.




“Songs for a New World,” a musical, will be the Kirksville Department of Parks and Recreation’s fall dinner theater production. The show will open Sept. 13 at Jackson Stables and will be performed six times over two weekends, closing Sept. 22. Tickets can be purchased for $25 at the Kirksville Aquatic Center in Rotary Park.

Junior Tiffany Middlemas, a Kirksville native, is beginning a two-year term as student representative to the Truman State University Board of Governors. In her role as student representative, she participates in board discussion but does not get to vote. Middlemas is majoring in business administration and history and taking over for senior Carter Brooks Templeton.

Sodexo will offer $5 lunches, payable in cash or dining dollars, every Friday at all three campus dining halls for the fall semester. Lunches usually cost $8. The promotion is to celebrate the opening of the Missouri Hall renovated dining hall. Students with meal plans can still use meal swipes to get lunch.

Fair Apartments demolition is completed

Left: The Fair Apartments building was demolished over the summer, leaving a green space for students. The parking lot will remain for faculty parking. Bottom Left: The demolition of the Fair Apartments building allows for a more open view of campus. The demolition of the building has been in the University’s plans for a couple of years. Bottom Right: The Fair Apartments were no longer functional when they were demolished. There are currently no plans for the space the building was located. Photos by Daniel Degenhardt



Educators deserve more recognition English, Linguistics department grateful for Ofstad program


We were delighted to see your article celebrating the Clayton B. Ofstad program, which is in our opinion the most exciting and innovative initiative on campus in our 20 years here. We are honored to host each of the visiting Ofstad scholars and writers, who cumulatively bring a breadth of expertise we challenge any department of English and/or Linguistics in the country to match. We just want to clear up a few misimpressions your readers might have been left with: 1) The incredibly generous donation from the Ofstad family was given to the department as a whole, not earmarked specifically for any one of our three undergraduate programs. (Because of the complicated logistics of recruiting and planning for multiple visiting scholars, we opted to start with a smaller pilot before we went department-wide.) 2) Dr. Alexandria Lockett’s one-week, one-credit workshop on “leak culture” (how we manage our personal information and reputations online and off) is being taught this October (not fall 2019 as the article stated). In fact, there are still some open seats for juniors or seniors — grab them while you can, and please contact us if you have questions about registering for this or any other course in the Ofstad program! 3) Dr. Dawn Sardella-Ayres’ 7-week course last semester was indeed on girls’ literature. We commend The Index for being on guard against sexist language and the tendency to infantilize women, but the whole point of this course was how literature about and for young girls has been used to shape their gender identities. Naturally, our regular English faculty has expertise in women’s literature and teaches it quite often. Thank you for your article highlighting this program, for the opportunity to brag some more about it here, and for all of your hard work as student journalists in a time when the free press is under siege and needs all the support we can give it.

Students, State Reps should come together The State Representative and Senator whose districts contain Truman State University — Nate Walker and Brian Munzlinger, respectively — will be leaving office in January. Rep. Craig Redmon, who represents the eastern half of Adair County, will also leave in January. Redmon and Munzlinger have served since 2011 and Walker has served since 2013, meaning the political landscape in the area around Truman has been largely the same for the past six years. But that will change in a matter of months, and the University community will need to form new relationships with the winners of November’s elections. We, The Index Editorial Board, encourage the candidates in the upcoming elections to show their commitment to the University by visiting campus; meeting students, faculty and staff; and

listening to the concerns of the community. By extension, members of the campus community must be open to new leadership and ideas. In the midst of a budget crisis largely triggered by cuts to state higher education appropriations, Truman’s campus has become as politically charged as ever. It sometimes seems our very existence is at the mercy of state lawmakers. The vast majority of the student body and many faculty members have never known a time when this community was not represented in Jefferson City by Walker and Munzlinger with Redmon nearby. But with all three seats turning over in the near future, Truman has a new opportunity to forge good relationships with those who represent us in government at a time we desperately need it.

BY MORGAN GERVAIS Opinions, Features Editor Remember when we were younger and we would get so excited to go to Meet the Teacher Night — to see who was in our class, find our new desk, and see the colorful and well decorated classroom? We never really think much about how the classroom and bulletin boards were so creatively decorated. We don’t really think about how we didn’t have enough school supplies when we brought them in, but our classrooms were somehow fully stocked the rest of the year. The job of a teacher is hard, at times expensive and underappreciated, but many continue to teach because they see how rewarding it can be. Despite the joy that can come along with their career choice, the expectations of teachers continue to grow, which includes preparing for the worst — school shootings. The past few years has shown an increase in school shootings and violence, the job qualifications of

teachers are changing. My mom is a first grade teacher and was required to participate in a program that not only ran teachers through drills in which they were placed in different school shooting scenarios, but also taught teachers first aid and how to make tourniquets with different classroom supplies. The fact is, it’s terrifying to think this could be a teacher’s — my mom’s — reality. Teachers did not sign up to save lives, but they are now being put in situations where they have to. Suddenly their jobs aren’t all about education, but rather about protecting their “children.” As teachers go to work, they are now potentially risking their lives because, if put in a scenario, they will make the choice to protect their students. Teachers care and are invested in the well-being of each of their students. As much as teachers impact students, students impact teachers. I have run into teachers I haven’t seen in over 11 years that still remember me by name. Teachers need to be recognized more often, and students and parents alike should be aware of the sacrifices being made for them. Teachers do so much for so little. Thanks also should be given to students that understand how the field is changing but are still pursuing a career in education. Being a teacher should not be a scary job, but in today’s society, it is. So, thank you to teachers at all levels of education. Thank you.

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Student Government welcomes Bulldogs Welcome back, Bulldogs! After a fun-filled summer, we have finally returned to campus and we cannot wait to pick up where we left off serving the Truman State University community in our roles as President and Vice President of the Student Association. This past week, we had the great pleasure of lending a helping hand during Truman Days, allowing us to become acquainted with the countless amazing new members of our Truman community. We were blown away by the enthusiasm of everyone involved, both new and old, and we cannot wait to see how all of our newest students will leave their mark on our beloved campus. In addition, last Sunday, we held the first general body meeting of the Student Government this semester and were thrilled to be met with similar levels of excitement from our fellow members. Moving forward, we hope that we can channel all of this energy into projects that will help make Truman the best place it can be for all returning students and new members of our university. From our upcoming TEDx Conference on Nov. 4 to the establishment of our new Organizational Liaison Program aimed at strengthening connections between Student Government and every organization on campus, we have already embarked upon many large projects and cannot wait to start implementing all of our plans and ideas this coming year. Please visit our website at senate.truman.edu and like our Facebook page (Truman Student Government) to learn more and stay up-to-date on all of our upcoming events and projects! Additionally, in order to accomplish all of our goals, we need the participation and support of you, our fellow students. If you are interested in getting involved with Student Government, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Keaton Leppanen at kjl3514@truman.edu. We will be releasing more information about fall elections in upcoming weeks, and will also be present at quite a few upcoming campus events, including the Activities Fair on Aug. 29. As always, we are eager to hear from you and cannot wait to see what this year has in store!

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O’Laughlin wins Republican primary Republican Primary Results 9,881 7,229 5,336






Cindy O’Laughlin won the Republican primary for the 18th Missouri State Senate District seat Aug. 7. O’Laughlin is the Republican nominee for the seat currently held by Sen. Brian Munzlinger, who has reached his term limit, with 37 percent of the vote. She won the race against sitting Republican State Reps. Craig Redmon, Lindell Shumake and Nate Walker. O’Laughlin said she hopes to be unlike previous state senators because she will be more connected to local governments and the people in the 18th District. She said she is concerned that the state budget is increasing, but the northeast region is not seeing enough economic return or advances. O’Laughlin said she is running because her perspective as a businesswoman can help address this issue. She said she hopes to join the appropriations committee if elected. O’Laughlin said she worked throughout the campaign to meet and talk to middle- and working-class men and women about what challenges they are facing, and give them the ability

to prosper. For the general election, O’Laughlin said she will not change how she has been campaigning. Senior Korbin Keller, O’Laughlin’s campaign manager, said the campaign had the resources, such as volunteers, money and connections to the community, to reach voters, spread their platform and gain name recognition. “We were able to just have some good messaging on her campaign and what she’s about and send that all out on radio, TV and mailings,” Keller said. “I think it helped being the only outsider in the race running against three state reps … they kind of split the vote a little bit, and she managed to get the classic people who wanted to see some change.” Keller said O’Laughlin’s platform centered around workforce development — such as supporting education for skilled and vocational training — local control of public schools and entitlement reform. He said O’Laughlin is also pro-life and pro-Second Amendment, and she supports economic freedom. Keller said the campaign was successful because of their available resources, and because of the connections made to local communities within the district. In addition to the money spent by cam-

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paigns, there was a large amount of political action committee money spent in this primary for and against every candidate. Democratic candidate Crystal Stephens wrote in a statement to The Index, “My only goal if elected is to improve the quality of life for every person in the 18th District and in Missouri as a whole and bring integrity back into Missouri politics … representatives in Jefferson City have become out of

touch with the people of Missouri and dark money groups are funding candidates to push their agenda in Missouri. It is time our government gets back to the business of representing the people. Our government should not be up for sale and neither should our representatives. We need to stop dark money candidates from buying elections.”

PAC| Pantry for Adair County is now serving food insecure citizens Continued from page 1

“It’s not just because you lost your job,” Ahrens said. “It could be because you had a medical issue come up, and all of a sudden you have all this medicine and the dollars you have in a month just don’t stretch.” Newcomers to the pantry will have to show an ID or social security card and proof of residence in Adair County, such as mail with their address on it, Ahrens said. “With the new building, we’ll be on a software that has everybody in there, so we don’t have to ask people every time they come for their information,” Ahrens said. Ahrens said PAC is an agency of The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. This food bank, based in Columbia, will provide PAC with most of its food. The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri is government-funded, but Ahrens said most of the funding for PAC comes from grants, fundraisers and other independent donations. Joel Cagle, vice president and treasurer of the board, wrote many of the

grant proposals for PAC. He said Central Church of Christ allowed PAC to use the building rent-free for seven years. Cagle said he also helped with building renovations, including improvements to the roof, to insulate and seal it to keep bugs and rodents out of the building. Sheila Swafford, operations manager for PAC, said the plan isn’t to stay in that location forever. “The plan is eventually to build our own building with a kitchen, where we can teach classes and have a garden so we have fresh produce,” Swafford said. “There’s a whole long list of hopes and dreams.” Swafford said one of her duties as operations manager is organizing volunteers and welcoming clients. She said anyone over age 18 can volunteer. Volunteers are required to complete a volunteer sheet, then will schedule a time to work with the pantry. Swafford said PAC is currently experiencing major growth. She said in July, after opening the new building, PAC

served 169 families, 99 of which were newcomers. Since the beginning of August, PAC has served 128 families with 75 of those being newcomers. “Being on the ground floor of this particular ministry, I have seen how it has grown and we’re finally accom-

plishing the goal of passing out food,” Swafford said. “For a long time it was meetings and conversation and planning and finally one day we said, ‘We have got to hand out food, and we’ll figure out all the rest later.’”

Pantry for Adair County hosted their ribbon-cutting ceremony July 25. PAC has experienced significant growth since the opening of the new building located on South Halliburton Street. Photo by Elisabeth Shirk

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SCHOOL OF ARTS AND LETTERS Yes! You are imaginative, free-willed and all your friends think you’re fun to be around. You should check out a major in the School of Arts and Letters. You can get your creativity on with art, quench your need for adventure with classical and modern languages, or perfect your tuba playing in music or theatre.

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL STUDIES Ahem... you obviously don’t mind being the center of attention. Pair that with your analytical thinking and the fact that you like people and they like you, and you’re destined for a major in the School of Social and Cultural Studies. It appears majors like communication, military science and even sociology/ anthropology would pique your interest!

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The first film from acclaimed author, rapper and activist Boots Riley, titled “Sorry To Bother You,” is a brilliantly disturbing satire and one of the most imaginative films I’ve ever had the pleasure of viewing. The film centers around a black man named Cassius Green, played by Lakeith Stanfield, who lives in his uncle’s garage with his girlfriend Detroit, played by Tessa Thompson, barely scraping up the money to pay rent each month. Cassius desperately needs a job and applies for a telemarketing position at the nearby RegalView company. Once there, he quickly learns if he wants to be promoted and become a “Power Caller,” he needs to learn how to use his “white voice” –– the jarring, dubbed voice of David Cross –– which virtually guarantees Cassius’ success in the telemarketing business. Cassius ascends through the ranks, largely because of his white voice, but faces numerous philosophical and moral dilemmas along the way. Cassius is making more money in a capitalistic system that had previously failed him, while also distancing himself from his girlfriend, his coworkers, and his own philosophical and moral ideals. From there, the movie gets wilder and wilder, taking twists and turns that audiences definitely won’t expect. Honestly, “Sorry To Bother You” is a difficult movie to describe. An absurdist dystopian sci-fi satire about the world of telemarketing? It might surprise you that for all the absurdity on display, Riley’s film is a breath of fresh, imaginative air in today’s crowded cinema landscape. Much of the film’s brilliance comes from Riley’s social commentary. It’s so biting and radical that it defies simple explanation. Indeed, whole essays could be written about this film’s treatment of race relations, pop culture, corporate greed, code-switching, and the concept and importance of revolution itself. It’s certainly messy, but that’s part of the film’s beauty. It tackles these subjects, plus many more, in a wholly unapologetic way. Crazy and wild though it might seem, everything in the film has deeper, symbolic meaning. The film’s characters also help guide viewers through the film’s singular











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style and rhythm. Cassius is an ingenious anti-hero. Viewers understand his motivations, misguided though they might be, and root for him even as he submerges himself into a hellish world of corporate greed and racism. Stanfield portrays Cassius with an authenticity that keeps his character grounded, even as the situations surrounding him grow increasingly ludicrous and he becomes involved with a cocaine-snorting CEO, scarily played by Armie Hammer. Cassius’ girlfriend Detroit is also a surprisingly complicated character. A radical artist calling attention to society’s faults and inequalities, Detroit fits right in with the film’s overt messaging, but she’s also flawed, making personal sacrifices to accommodate the world around her. Also worth noting is Squeeze, played by Steven Yeun of “The Walking Dead” fame. Squeeze’s insistence on rebellion connects to the film’s overall inspiring message to fight against injustice. And, to complicate things further, “Sorry to Bother You” has been classified as a hilarious comedy by some high-profile critics. Though the film elicited laughs from me throughout, these laughs often turned into gasps. Much of the film is deeply unsettling, bringing to mind Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” in its mixture of humor, horror and social commentary. But while Peele’s film was more nuanced and perhaps more realistic in certain aspects, “Sorry to Bother You” hits its intended targets with an even more ambitious, fiery force to be reckoned with. The film is never scared to take concepts and situations to the extreme, but always in the service of commenting on modern society. The film’s soundtrack is also wholly unique, containing funky beats and bizarre “Twilight Zone-esque” melodies. Along with a few tunes that sound like demented carnival rides, Riley and crew just might have assembled the film soundtrack of the year. It’s mind-blowing that Riley could create such an incendiary, cinematically rich first film. Artistic, daring, layered, shocking and one of a kind, “Sorry to Bother You” is a timeless film that will, and should be, talked about by serious moviegoers for years to come.

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Truman alumnus mayor of Knox County, Tennessee Why did you decide to move into politics from wrestling? It seems like a rather drastic career change. Well, I think anything to politics could be considered a drastic career change, but I just want to do what I can to try to make my area the best place that it can be. I’ve had tremendous opportunities in my own life, and I want to make sure that my kids, my grandkids, everybody’s kids and grandkids, have those same opportunities. I’m a big believer in the American dream, and I want to make sure that the American dream will be available to future generations.

BY JUSTIN NEWTON Staff Writer Glenn Jacobs, a Truman State University alumnus, went in a different direction with his English degree. In a 23-year career with World Wrestling Entertainment, the masked wrestler Kane has garnered considerable success and gained celebrity for, among other achievements, three world championships and a commendation by Sports Illustrated as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. But behind the mask there are other sides to the man known as Glenn Jacobs. On Aug. 2 he was elected as mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. You spoke to The Index several years ago about your wrestling career. Can you give us a brief recap of your biography up until you chose to run for political office? I graduated from Truman I believe in the winter of 1991. I played basketball and football, ended up wrestling, [and] actually going to World Wrestling Entertainment, where I had a very long career as the character Kane. And then I announced my candidacy for Knox County mayor April of last year, won the primary by a very slim margin in May, and then just won the general election. So, I am the mayor-elect of Knox County.

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Why did you decide to run? Was there a particular moment or event that helped make your decision to run? Not really. It’s funny because I actually, in high school, I think when I was a sophomore, was the presidential election between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale. We had a mock election in our social studies class, and I played the role of Walter Mondale, so I’ve always actually had an interest in politics and government because it has such a huge impact on our lives. And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen more and more the impact that it does have, and finally just reached the point to where in my personal life I felt that it was the right time for me to try to do something, and you know, I just felt that it was incumbent upon me to try to do what I can. To what do you attribute your success in the election? Can you point to a strategy or tactic that you did that your opponent did not? Yeah, my team knocked on over 50,000 doors over the course of the election. Which is a lot — there’s 450,000 people in Knox County, so 50,000 doors is a lot. In the end, there’s a saying that all politics is local. It’s exactly true, and you know, I talked to some folks that are well regarded

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1 Stay organized

Read the syllabus and put it in your planner or your phone. The best way to stay organized, for me, is to color code my planner and designate a speciic color to each class. Staying organized will ensure you meet all your deadlines and have plenty of notice on upcoming assignments.

2 Do your readings

Readings in college can be really long and dense, but make sure to always do them. I know they can be boring, but knowing the content before you go to class is a blessing. It also helps to take notes and mark areas you don’t understand while you are reading. These notes will be helpful in class discussions and also will be useful when trying to get help in areas you need further explained.

campaigners and have won elected office, and they told me that’s what it is all about is just knocking on doors and getting out there and meeting people. So that’s the strategy that we took was a real grassroots effort. And then, of course, hopefully my message resonated with people, and then realizing that I was an unconventional candidate and I’d never run for office before. We did some things — you know my celebrity — we tried to take advantage of that to get people out and create a buzz.

Is there a person or persons who you have considered a role model in your life? It starts with Vince McMahon, of course, who’s the CEO of WWE, and the fact that Vince took WWE from a regional wrestling company to what it is now, which is the premier sports entertainment organization in the entire world, and really a worldwide entertainment juggernaut... I watched him, and the thing about Vince is he has a vision, and that’s the most important thing I think a leader has is the vision. Where does he want the organization to go, and then that ability to get everybody to participate to see that it’s beneficial for them and to invest their time, energy and resources. That’s what it’s all about. And then, of course, you surround yourself with great people. I think it’s Henry Ford that said he was successful because he had people that worked for him that were smarter than he was, and that’s absolutely true. An executive is only going to be as successful as his team is good, you know. So I think those things are probably what I learned sort of from the back-office aspect of WWE. Do you have a favorite president or historical figure? It’s probably Thomas Jefferson actually, with my favorite president. Actually, Jefferson wasn’t a great president, because of some of the things he did while presi-

dent. I’m a small government conservative constitutionalist, and I actually look at some of the things Jefferson did when he was president. He himself said that he stretched the bounds of the Constitution as far as he could. But his thinking and his political philosophy has definitely been hugely influential on me. As someone who has seen success in a couple of very different arenas, do you have any life advice for Truman students? You know, people look at me and they see the things that I’ve succeeded at. But my life is actually defined more by my failures than my successes, and I think that’s true of anybody. You know, Winston Churchill said that success really means going from failure to failure with equal enthusiasm, and that’s been true in my life. If you want to succeed in life, the secret is just to never give up, to be persistent and to work hard. You know, when I was playing football at Truman, I thought I was going to play in the National Football League, and then I suffered a serious knee injury. Still went to the Chicago Bears camp, but basically stayed overnight before I was given a plane ticket home and told that my knee injury precluded me from ever playing in the NFL. That was devastating to me. But what that did was that caused me to look at my life and the things that I was good at and the assets that I had, and that actually led to my career in professional wrestling. So that’s what I would tell people, is just to never, ever give up, you know. We all have dreams. We all have goals. And often what happens is when we finally achieve them, we find that we achieve them in different ways than we thought that we would, but we’re never gonna get there if we give up. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.


Don’t procrastinate Make sure to plan ahead and stay on top of assignments. Studying is important, and it is always easier to grasp concepts when you study a little bit each day. Don’t try and cram a month’s worth of content into one night.

4 Go to of ice hours

Professors really do want you to succeed. If you have questions about class or you need more help in a certain area, go to their ofice hours. Every instructor has speciic hours set aside each week, so make sure to take advantage of them. Also, go to their ofice even if you just want to chat — professors can be really fun to talk to about anything.

5 Don’t skip class

Sleeping in is great, but going to every class is important. Missing out on lectures can put you at a big disadvantage. Sure, you can read the book, but when you go to class, you are able to see what the professor inds to be the most important area of each chapter.

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Question 1: How do you study best? “My favorite way to study is to know everything. I do everything. I re-read, I re-write notes and I do practice problems to quiz myself.”

“I like to study in a room alone, like not bothered by people. Probably listen to classical music, because why not be a contradiction and a cute little cliché all wrapped up in a bow.”

“I study best by finding a quiet spot and looking over my notes, doing practice problems, if it is that type of class, and going through the textbook and stuff like that.”

Question 2: What’s your goal for this semester? “My goal is to boost my GPA and to get into pharmacy school, or at least finish applying. Also, I want to make pre-pharmacy club official on campus.”

“To have fun. I mean, I am taking like literally 12 credit hours, so it’s just kind of finally chill and to have a break and not kill myself like last year.”

“My goal for this semester is of course to pass all my classes, and also to get involved more in clubs and activities on campus.”

Question 3: What’s your favorite way to procrastinate? “Either by listening to music and finding new music, or by sending memes to people.”

“To draw and to do anything art-related.”

“My favorite way to procrastinate would be — I guess thinking, ‘I can watch one more show or watch one more movie before I go to bed or before I study.’”

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BY JUSTIN NEWTON Staff Writer Every fall, Truman State University welcomes over a thousand incoming freshmen, all of whom have their own unique abilities, talents and dreams. Some are unsure what exactly they will be using those talents to accomplish at college, while others have a definite idea of what they want to do. Patrick McNickle identifies with the latter group. McNickle hails from Gallatin, Missouri, and participated in the usual

mixture of sports, clubs and activities in high school. But McNickle has another set of experiences that an average student has probably never seen. His brother Chris has cystic fibrosis, a rare, terminal genetic lung disease which causes mucus buildup in the internal organs and makes breathing difficult. “They like to make the analogy that when someone has cystic fibrosis, it’s like they’re constantly breathing through a bendy straw,” said Patrick McNickle. Chris McNickle, three years older than his brother, attempted to move out of the house and live independently, but the disease has made that difficult. “[T]hat didn’t really work too well, because he came back at 5-foot11, 21 years old, and he weighed 106 pounds when he returned home,” said Patrick McNickle. “So, the past couple years have been where we’ve really noticed changes in his lifestyle, his physique, but leading up to that point he’d been in and out of hospitals, doing yearly checkups and everything else like that.” As Patrick McNickle talked about the hardship his brother has faced, his voice made it clear this was a somewhat painful subject, but one he had gone over many times before nonetheless. It is his affection for his brother that has spurred his involve-


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ment with cystic fibrosis activism from an early age. “The CF involvement started when I was eight, because my brother was eleven when he was diagnosed,” said Patrick McNickle. Great Strides is an annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraising event which includes walks all over the nation to raise funds to cure cystic fibrosis. Every year since he was 13 years old, Patrick McNickle has been on the planning committee of a cystic fibrosis awareness walk held in May by the Kansas City chapter of Great Strides. Patrick McNickle’s involvement with Great Strides is part of the reason he is at Truman. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a company on the forefront of cystic fibrosis research, producing various medicines and pneumatic vests used to assist with breathing. The company offers yearly All in for CF Scholarships to students who have distinguished themselves academically and through involvement in cystic fibrosis activism. Patrick McNickle’s freshman year at Truman will be supported by this $5,000 scholarship. “[T]he determination of All in for CF Scholarship recipients is remarkable,” wrote Jeffrey Leiden, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Vertex. “They are examples of the many

families who inspire us in our relentless pursuit to discover and develop transformative CF medicines.” “Personally, I think of the disease that [my brother] has as more of an opportunity for myself to help other people to learn more about the disease so they can help educate people, help these other families get through it, so that’s a big part of why I involve myself with the activism part of it,” Patrick McNickle said. Patrick McNickle does not plan to simply use the scholarship to further his own personal agenda. He’s at Truman to continue his work against cystic fibrosis. He plans to become an anesthesiologist and is majoring in biochemistry. He also wants to continue working with Great Strides in Kansas City. “While I’m at Truman, I would like to try to organize a walk team to go down to the walk,” said Patrick McNickle. Despite the personal pain that seeing his brother battle cystic fibrosis has caused him, Patrick McNickle keeps a positive outlook. His love for his brother was obvious in his voice when he spoke of how the family dealt with the disease. “Obviously it’s not easy for anyone who has to deal with this kind of situation to go through it, but if you’re just optimistic about it, then...” His voice trailed off.

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VOLLEYBALL| The team will play its first tour- WRESTLING| nament after three weeks of preparation After being cut, team rallies for funding Continued from page 12 Briney said Smith has her own playstyle, so he doesn’t think Smith is necessarily filling into Brown’s shoes. “She’s filling into her own shoes,” Briney said. Smith and the rest of the Bulldogs will get to put their practice to the test this weekend at the Peggy Martin Challenge in Warrensburg, Missouri. Truman faces tough competition in their opening weekend, including Florida Southern University, ranked the No. 4 Div. II women’s team by the American Volleyball

Top: Bulldog volleyball players jump to make a block during a scrimmage at Tuesday’s practice. The team is making sure to grab valuable practice time before their first match in Warrensburg, Missouri, on Friday. Right: Truman player’s shot clearing the net. Truman posted over 4,500 attacks during the 2017 season. Photos by Daniel Degenhardt

Coaches Association, and Arkansas Tech University, a team that went undefeated in last year’s regular season. In the face of such statistics, the captains said their team is ready to put their best foot forward. Hughes and Hildebrand said the best thing everyone on the team can do is focus on their own side of the court. “Whether [the other team is] number one or 101, we still want to play our best game, and that’s just to honor our opponents,” Hildebrand said. Brimeyer said it will be nice to face another team after two weeks of prac-

ticing with each other. She said all their hard work will pay off one way or another, so she’s eager to play a game and see what her team’s got. Smith said she’s excited to play her first collegiate games this weekend. “We’ve worked really hard, and we’ve just continued to get better and better since our first practice,” Smith said. “I’m just really excited to see how it all translates on the court.” The Bulldogs kick off their season against Florida Southern at 11 a.m. Friday.

Continued from page 12 “Then having our program cut right after this season just kind of stabs me,” Reeves said. “AllAmerican is something I was striving for, and it feels like I’m being cut short, and there’s nothing I can really do about it. It’s something out of my control.” Reeves said the athletic department hopped on board to support them once the fundraising goal was set. He said the department has helped with negotiations and tried to keep the team for another season. Kevin White, assistant director of athletics for communications and operations, said the athletics department has helped publicize the wrestling team’s fundraising through handing out brochures and fliers and contacting alumni. White said while it is unfortunate that the wrestling team was cut, it’s to be expected given the recent issues with funding. White said Truman sponsors many sports, about as many as the University of Missouri. However, while Mizzou’s sports budget is roughly $86 million, Truman’s budget sits at a significantly smaller $5.2 million. Reeves said the loss of the wrestling team will affect fans and alumni of the sport. “We have a lot of Kirksville fans and family who come to our matches, too,” Reeves said. “It will affect them a lot. We just had our 50th anniversary coming in my freshman year, so we have a lot of support from families and alumni. Without them coming back and coming to see a match or hopping in to see how we’re doing, that’s going to affect us a lot.”

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COLUMN| Women’s lacrosse needs stricter safety regulations

Volleyball Peggy Martin Challenge in Warrensburg, MO (Florida Southern, Central Missouri)

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Volleyball Peggy Martin Challenge in Warrensburg, MO (Missouri Southern State, Arkansas Tech) Women’s Soccer vs Missouri Western 1 p.m. at Bulldog Soccer Park

August 26 Women’s Soccer vs Missouri Western 1 p.m. at Bulldog Soccer Park

August 30 Football vs. Michigan Tech 7 p.m. at Stokes Stadium

Across the athletic world, head injuries are becoming a more widespread topic of concern. Medical professionals have put more emphasis on studying concussions in contact sports like football and discovering their long-term effects. Concussions have the ability to take athletes out of the game as well as have effects on their everyday lives — particularly in the academic work of young athletes. Statistics from the FutureMedicine website suggest athletes are likely to get another concussion if they have already had one, leading many athletes to have several head injuries in their lifetime. In light of the findings of these studies, many contact sports have put rules in place to protect their athletes. However, one sport that is relatively neglected from an injury standpoint is women’s lacrosse. Football and hockey both have had the spotlight put on their injuries, resulting in helmet improvements, greater rule enforcement and so on. Other sports such as women’s lacrosse have yet to catch up with these developments. Men’s lacrosse requires its athletes to wear shoulder padding as well as a helmet; women’s lacrosse only has their athletes wear goggles and a mouth guard. While the rules differ greatly from one another, with men’s lacrosse being much more aggressive, the threat of head injuries is still there for both. According to studies by FutureHealth, women’s lacrosse ranks second to football in the incidence rate of concussions. Women’s lacrosse has made some advancements in providing head protection, with brands like Cascade recently coming out with helmets. However, U.S. Lacrosse has yet to require them. The helmets are also expensive with lower prices ranging from $150-200. As time moves on, prices will likely drop as more competition appears, making them more affordable for athletes. In addition, some athletes and coaches argue requiring helmets would lead to a rougher game, similar to the type of play in men’s lacrosse. This roughness, however, is determined by the officials and the teams themselves, and the style of play they choose. Additionally, some athletes argue women’s lacrosse is not technically a contact sport. Despite this, the stats from FutureHealth do not lie and head injuries are more common than knee injuries in the sport. The sticks, balls and overall gameplay allow many opportunities to receive a concussion without any physical contact with another player. While the helmets have not proven they prevent the most serious concussions completely, they still cushion the impact of hits to the head to some degree. Overall, head injuries are a force to be reckoned with and should be treated as such. U.S. Lacrosse should make the playing field even and require a helmet for women’s lacrosse.

FOOTBALL| The team looks to improve non-conference record, start season off strong against Michigan Tech Continued from page 12 He said in preparation for Truman’s home opener, the Bulldogs’ kicking game had to be ready for action. When looking at the Bulldogs’ past season records, Nesbitt said success in non-conference play will be key to a strong record. “We’ve been pretty consistent over the last five seasons and won about 60 percent of our total games,” Nesbitt said. “We’ve won around 70 percent of [the GLVC games] though, so we’ve consistently had the chance to compete and won, but the non-conference games pull our record down a bit. We need to play better outside our league — these first four games of our schedule.” Nesbitt also said Truman is a good team with smart athletes, regardless of record. “We’ve won three straight sportsmanship trophies, we’ve got the most academic [All-GLVC] guys, I think 169 over a five-year period,” Nesbitt said. “We’ve been quietly consistent there. We’ve got good students who compete hard, and they compete with class. We’d like to continue that.”

Top: Truman State University linemen practice blocking with teammates. Maintaining containment on the offensive line will be crucial against Michigan Tech’s defense at the season opener. Left: Redshirt junior quarterback Jaden Barr during warmups. 2018 marks Barr’s third consecutive season as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback. Bottom: Truman Bulldogs at Tuesday’s practice. Coaches and players alike are relieved at the team’s lack of injuries entering the season. Photos by Daniel Degenhardt



Freshman punter Josh Scheiderer during a run-through of Truman special teams. Head coach Gregg Nesbitt emphasized the importance of the kicking squad for Truman’s game against Michigan Tech. Photo by Daniel Degenhardt

Football will start their season Aug. 30 CURT WICHMER Sports Editor With the first game of the season looming around the corner, Truman State University football is shifting their preparation into high gear. The Bulldogs have hit the practice field on a near-daily basis since Aug. 7, with a one-day break every seven consecutive days of practice. Junior wide receiver Drake Raftery said the pace of the training can be a mental drain as well as a physical one, but the team is used to the work. Raftery said the athletes are excited for the new season, but he stressed the importance of maintaining focus leading up to the starting gate. “The key about this year is how

healthy we’ve been while still remaining to work hard,” Raftery said. “We don’t have any particular focus more than usual, but we just want to focus on consistency in all three phases: offense, defense, and kicking game… We have to focus each day and not look ahead too much to make sure we are improving each day to become a better team.” Junior quarterback Jaden Barr echoed Raftery’s statements on keeping the team’s mind in the present. “Taking things one day at a time, focusing on the details and being consistent in executing will help us accomplish what we’re after,” Barr said. “Capitalizing on opportunities, especially in the red zone. Taking care of the football is also an area of

emphasis for the offense.” Barr added that the beginning of the semester is his favorite time of the year because the athletes get to meet up after months apart. He said it’s nice to focus only on football and train with the team to outlast the competition. Head coach Gregg Nesbitt said the Bulldogs took a hard loss last time they were matched up against Michigan Technological University, the team Truman will face Aug. 30. He said the biggest culprit in the loss was special teams play, and Michigan Tech repeatedly reached Truman’s red zone through several costly punt and kickoff returns. See FOOTBALL page 11


Volleyball prepares for play ALLYSON LOTZ Copy Chief Truman State University’s volleyball team has been practicing on the court for almost three weeks to get ready for the first Bulldog game of the school year, featuring a nationally ranked opponent and one new Bulldog signee. Almost all of last year’s crew is back to fight for Truman’s third GLVC title in five years. The team fell in the GLVC quarterfinals last year after placing 7th in the regular season. Based on that performance, this year’s GLVC volleyball preseason poll predicts Truman will finish 6th in the conference. Head coach Ben Briney said that prediction might be accurate based on how they finished last season, but the team takes polls with a grain of salt. “You never know until you start playing other teams,” Briney said. “There are a lot of factors in [how well we’ll perform] that you just don’t know until you start getting into the season.” For now, the Bulldogs are focusing on what they can control. Briney said the team has had solid preseason practice with room to grow. In particular, he said the players are working on playing consistently at the high level they strive for. The Bulldogs are also introducing their new outside hitter, freshman Morgan Smith. Briney said Smith has been working diligently to learn her assignments for each practice. “Every day, she is getting better at another skill, learning how we want things to be done,” Briney said. “I couldn’t be happier with her performance right now.” The team’s three captains — senior setter Savvy Hughes, redshirt senior middle hitter Holly Hildebrand and senior middle hitter Natalie Brimeyer — all said they think Smith is performing well on the court. “She’s a great asset,” Hildebrand said. “Honestly, she doesn’t play like a freshman at all.” Smith is filling an outside hitter position vacated by the team’s lone 2018 graduate, Jasmine Brown. Despite that, Smith said she didn’t feel like she was taking Brown’s place on the team. Instead, Smith said she’s bringing her own skills and talents to the court while other players are stepping up as leaders. See VOLLEYBALL page 10

Wrestling continues fundraising efforts TRAVIS MAIDEN Staff Writer

After various fundraising efforts, the Truman State University men’s tennis team has reached its goal and will return for the 2018-19 season, but the University’s wrestling team is still fundraising to compete this school year. Junior Ashton Mutuwa said he transferred to Campbellsville University in Kentucky to wrestle after the cut. Mutuwa said he began wrestling in eighth grade and wrestled for Truman for two years. He said he wanted to wrestle for all four years of college and wanted to continue with a new program. “I would have never been at Truman if not for wrestling,” Mutuwa said. “That was the only reason I was ever there in the first place.” Mutuwa said the cut was done unprofessionally. He said the cut distracted him from his studies because the team was cut right before finals without any warning, and he wasn’t able to say goodbye to the friends he had made through wrestling. Mutuwa said the situation should have been handled better. He said Truman didn’t offer much support to the players, and he said he is looking forward to joining the new program at Campbellsville. VOLUME 110


Senior Sam Reeves wrestles against a Maryville University wrestler in January 2018. Reeves is also a football player at Truman and has been involved with the fundraising efforts of Truman wrestling. Photo by Kara Mackenzie “That was what made me feel frustrated with everything,” Mutuwa said. “I really liked this school at first, but they really kind of screwed us over here, and then they didn’t help us out at all.” Wrestling captain redshirt senior Zach Taylor said the team has until Oct. 10, 2018 to reach a $75,000 goal to fund a new season because of state budget cuts. Taylor said the team has raised $41,000 to date and tmn.truman.edu

will continue to keep fighting to maintain the program. Taylor said this $75,000 goal was created after a meeting with University President Sue Thomas. He said the team threw around a lot of numbers and Thomas helped them decide their goal amount. Taylor said he was surprised by the decision to cut wrestling. “I am not happy about it because, more or less, wrestling is giving a lot


of kids an opportunity to get an education from a good school,” Taylor said. “Wrestling is a great characterbuilding sport. We’re always looking to grow and not have programs cut because it lessens the opportunities [for students].” Taylor said he has wrestled since first grade, and wrestling is an important part of his life. He said he has been training over the summer and will continue when he returns to campus. The Department of Athletics is requiring wrestlers to be able to compete and come back with the mindset that there will be a new season come October, Taylor said. Some wrestlers voiced dissatisfaction with how the situation was handled. Wrestling captain senior Sam Reeves said he was shocked at how suddenly the team was cut. Reeves said he is a member of the football team but would have never come to Truman if it weren’t for wrestling and head wrestling coach Dave Schutter. Reeves said he has been wrestling since his sophomore year of high school. Reeves said he made nationals last year and was one match short of making an All-America team.

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The Index Vol. 110 Issue 2  

The Index Vol. 110 Issue 2