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Live bear, dead campus

Mar 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Columns, Opinions, Top Story

“Live bears” across Missouri breathed a sigh of relief this week.

Student Body President Chris Polley announced the University has squashed the Student Government Association’s plans to bring a “live bear” to football games. No reason was given outside the administration’s discomfort with the idea.



Students to protest against construction of University Recreation Center

Mar 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Campus Events, Campus News, News, Top Story

A group of Missouri State University students are planning to protest construction of the University Recreation Center, a $22.9 building set to break ground next month. The protest will occur from 2-to-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, outside Carrington Hall on campus.



Theatre and Dance to present Fault Lines

Mar 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Campus Events, News, Top Story

Featuring a live orchestra, five singers, and 10 dancers, this year’s Spring Dance Concert should provide an engaging and fun experience for the audience.

The performance, titled Fault Lines, features student and faculty performers and will be held March 25-28 at Coger Theatre located in Craig Hall.



60 years later, details emerge on MSU’s denial of first African American applicant

Mar 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Campus News, News, Top Story

Terry Walls wanted to know the truth; the ugly, racist truth.

In 1950, his mother, Mary Jean Price, became the first African American applicant to Missouri State University (then a white’s-only institution known as Southwest Missouri State College).

The college failed to respond to her application, and a Greene County judge ruled against her when she filed suit against the school for their inaction. Denied the opportunity for an education, Price moved on with her life, but the scar of the racially-motivated denial have never really healed.



A Valentine’s playlist for people sick of those same old love songs

Feb 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Entertainment, Music Reviews, Top Story

by Victoria Branch Well, it’s Valentine’s Day again. And I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of the worn-out love songs put on EVERY mix on February 14th. I’m not saying Etta James and Journey don’t have their merits, but I’ve taken the time to put together a more independent playlist for […]



Local music producer works with big-name artists

Feb 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Top Story

Brandon Mashburn is known nationally as one of the creative minds behind works by such artists as Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, DC Talk, and Papa Roach. Mashburn works his edge from the friendly confines of his own home recording studio in Springfield.



Ranking the best of Star Trek

Dec 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Entertainment, Movie Reviews, Opinions, Top Story, TV Reviews

by Zach Becker I read a blog post written by one of my relatives, Nels Lindahl, in which he rated his favorite Star Trek iterations, including both television and movies. As a Trekkie myself, I was surprised by his rankings of the various Star Trek endeavors, specifically how low DS9 and First Contact rated on […]



Soy burgers offer solution to school meat quality issue

Dec 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Featured Articles, Opinions, Top Story

by Zach Becker I was shocked after reading a controversial USA Today article discussing the quality of meat served in America’s public schools. Would someone tell me when, exactly, did they started serving meat in school lunches? Meat must have been added to the menu in the last few years, because the only thing I […]



Nietzel explains reasons for resignation

Nov 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Campus News, News, Top Story

by Jason McGill Missouri State University President Michael T. Nietzel discussed his intention to step down as president at a press conference on November 3. Nietzel, 62, said he would remain in the post through December 2010 to allow adequate time for the Board of Governors to find his successor. Nietzel began thinking of leaving […]



Bob Dylan entertains while Shrine Mosque venue disappoints

Oct 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, News, Opinions, Springfield News, Top Story

by Zach Becker I took my wife to the Bob Dylan concert last night at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield and left entertained by the historic performer, but highly disappointed with the Shrine Mosque venue, staff, and the strong smell of smoke that left my wife with a migraine still this morning. I say I […]