Destinations: Melvin Price Locks and Dam

The massive Mississippi River navigation structure amazes visitors of all ages

Downstream view. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

By Will Sites for the Clarion News

ALTON, Ill. – Need a day-trip getaway? The St. Louis area has a lot to offer, including the Gateway Arch, Botanical Garden, a world-class zoo, City Museum, and baseball at Busch Stadium. Great places to visit, but rarely cheap and often crowded. There’s one hidden tourist gem offering spectacular views and educational opportunities on par with anything the big city has to offer.

The Melvin Price Locks and Dam is a navigational structure stretching four football fields shore-to-shore across the Mississippi River near Alton, Ill., a historic river city just north of downtown St. Louis. Maintained by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, the purpose of the concrete and steel engineering feat is to aid large barge tows moving product up and down the river. The lock and dam – located south of the beautiful Clark Bridge and downtown Alton – is also home to the impressive National Great Rivers Museum.

Entry to the museum and tours of the lock and dam cost – nothing! That’s right, absolutely free. Tours begin inside the museum, where visitors sign-up for the 45-minute lock and dam tour (daily at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.). While waiting for the tour, enjoy the very impressive museum, which includes a lot of hands-on exhibits incorporating the history of Mississippi River life. But the real star of the show is the lock and dam tour.

The National Great Rivers Museum is part of the lock and dam property. Free to the public. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

An Army Corps guide leads visitors (via elevator) high above the bowels of the mega-structure. The scenic views of the river and surrounding area are unforgettable – simply amazing! The Clark Bridge upstream, the Gateway Arch downstream, Missouri to the west, Illinois to the east, and the power of the Mighty Mississippi beneath one’s feet is nearly overwhelming. Tour guides do an excellent job at describing each form and function of engineering – and can point out the variety of river wildlife swimming and flying nearby.

Visitors should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to a tour. Sign-up at the visitor desk. However, arrive an hour or so early to enjoy the museum. Tours on top of the lock and dam are exposed to the sky – no cover from the sun or wind. Bring an umbrella or hat on hot, sunny days. Cameras are allowed, but limited to a 200mm lens for 35mm digital SLR’s. The federal facility takes security serious – lockers are provided for bags. Keep photography low-key. Advice – leave everything in the car. Bring a phone for taking photos.  A reasonably priced gift shop is in the museum. Snacks available.

To get there: Melvin Price Locks and Dam is located just south of Alton, Ill. along the Great River Road. Alton is located off Highway 67 north of Interstate 270.  When you cross the Clark Bridge from Missouri, turn right (south) to the lock and dam.

Facts about Melvin Price Locks and Dam: (source: Army Corps of Engineers)

*Named for Illinois Congressman Melvin Price, who championed the project

*First lock opened in 1978; finished in 1994 with the addition of smaller lock.

*Concrete used: 800,000 cubic yards, enough for 123,000 home driveways

*Reinforcing steel: 21 million pounds. Enough for 10 Gateway Arches

*Total weight: 3.4 billion pounds

*Dam gates (“tainter” gates): Nine gates that are 110 feet wide by 40 feet high

*Main lock is 1,200 feet long, 110 feet wide.

*About $23 billion in goods move annually through the locks

*1,200 acres of wildlife habitat provided on the Missouri side

Melvin Price Lock and Dam at Alton, Ill. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)
The 600-ft. auxiliary lock is designed for smaller craft and shorter barge tows. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

See the Blue Tiger drone video of a barge tow on the icy Mississippi River near Alton/Grafton, Ill.

View of the river from atop the lock and dam. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

Round concrete-filled “cofferdams” are used to stop barges from slamming into the dam. Barges are supposed to enter either to the right or left of the structures. The Clark Bridge is in the background. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

A sign discusses why two locks are available to river traffic. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

The Clark Bridge at Alton, Ill. is just upstream from the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge Potter, left, and survey boat Pathfinder work to keep a minimum 9-ft. main channel along the Mississippi River at Alton, Ill. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

The National Great Rivers Museum at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)
A tow shuttle takes workers from dredge boats to the shore at Grafton, Ill. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)
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Governor issues drought alert for farmers

Will open water resources in some state parks and conservation areas

A farmer cuts hay in this drone photo taken near Hermann, Mo. July 2, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites for the Clarion News)

By Clarion News/July 22, 2022

JEFFERSON CITY – Governor Mike Parson declared a drought emergency for 53 of the state’s 114 counties during a press conference held Thursday at the Capitol. He said the dry conditions are forcing some farmers to use feed earlier than normal and/or search for available water resources.

Parson said a new drought committee would work with state and federal agencies to help ease the burdens faced by the agriculture community. High fuel and fertilizer prices have strained farm budgets and some livestock producers are already using feed that would normally be reserved for the fall.

The governor said water on 40 MDC conservation areas and 20 state parks will be available to help farmers. Interested parties should contact the MDC, Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, or their local agriculture/extension agencies for more information.

“The more proactive we are, the better we can help our farmers and citizens lessen the impact of even the most severe droughts,” said Parson at the press conference.

According to a press release, Missouri is the third largest beef producer in the U.S. and also grows a significant amount of cotton, rice, and soybeans in the southeast portion of the state.

“This is going to be an ongoing process for several months to be able to deal with this situation,” said Parson.

A farmer cuts hay in this drone photo taken near Hermann, Mo. July 2, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites for the Clarion News)

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How to take good garden photos

Article and photos by Will Sites

Gardening is a little bit like fishing. Stories of the catfish that got away and boasts of softball-size tomatoes tend to get a little larger as the summer sun lowers into fall. We can’t always get photographic evidence of elusive aquatic monsters, but we can document the fruits of our home gardens. I enjoy taking photos of my vegetables and flowers, mainly because I’m amazed by the power of Mother Nature’s beauty. Enough water, a little fertilizer, and some late-evening tender care goes a long way. Fighting flying pests, furry night diggers, and drought adds to the drama. From planning, to tilling, to planting and harvest, I like to look back at my garden photos and say, “Wow!”

A few tips about photographing gardens. You can use a phone or a 35mm. Each have limitations. The biggest one is lighting. Phones are pretty good, but can’t deal with bad lighting or focusing issues. Some advice:

*Photograph in the mid-morning or afternoon. Overhead sunlight casts bad shadows and is generally harsh light. Overcast days are excellent for garden photography, as long as it’s not too dark.

*Calm days are best. Flowers and plants tend to sway in the wind. This can make for unfocused photos.

*Make sure your background is good. Watch for cars, trash cans, trailers, etc. A dark background is best for plants.

*Water your garden or take photos after it rains. The dark soils makes the green plants looks bold. Look for contrast in your photos.

*Plant flowers in different colors. Mix it up.

*Plant gardens with tallest plants (corn, sunflower) on one side and shorter plants elsewhere. This allows for proper sunlight distribution and easier photography.

*Look for perspective. I photograph from the corners or from above and below. Put the camera underneath plants and shoot towards the sky (puffy white clouds are cool).

*Take a lot of photos and see what works. Experiment. Have fun!

Take a photo before anything grows. It’s fun to watch the garden transform. (Photo by Will Sites)
Look for perspective when shooting a whole garden photo. Look how the “V” tends to “grow” into the top of the photo – just like my Silver Queen corn! Stand in a corner and use the best background possible. Dark backgrounds provide contrast. (Photo by Will Sites)
I water before taking garden photos. The dark soil adds contrast and generally makes the garden look healthy. Raise the camera above the plants and get close. Try to have a dark background and/or make sure the background is clear of clutter, cars, etc. Clean backgrounds make for clean photos. (Photo by Will Sites)
A good rule of photography is to get close. And then get closer. Fill the frame. (Photo by Will Sites)
Find a different perspective by shooting directly above your plants. Top-down photos also aid in design, such as filling in holes or mixing colors. (Photo by Will Sites)
Try a lower view of tall flowers and get a different background, such as the sky or trees. (Photo by Will Sites)
Shoot from underneath a flower to get a cool background. (Photo by Will Sites)
A different perspective works well with tall, skinny plants. (Photo by Will Sites)
Getting a good photo of most hanging vegetables demands good lighting. I always take photos in morning or afternoon, when the sun is lower and illuminating the hanging produce. Photos taken when the sun is high will result in shadows on the produce. Lighting is everything. (Photo by Will Sites)
Use afternoon or morning lighting to get the best shots. I like to use water – such as the sprinkler in this photo – to give a good environmental taste. Water and gardens go together. (Photo by Will Sites)
By putting the camera (in this case a GoPro Hero 8) on the ground in front of a 10-inch ginger plant, the small plant gains prominence among tall corn and sunflower plants. The sprinkler adds to the emotion of gardening, where water is the essence of life. (Photo by Will Sites)
Use Mother Nature’s colors to make your garden photos pop. (Photo by Will Sites)
Butterflies bring joy to gardeners, but they are very difficult to photograph. Best advice: Stand still in the middle of flowers where butterflies are visiting. Be ready to take the photo – quickly! Take a lot. Phones work well, but make sure to have good lighting. Wait for the butterfly to spread its wings, which they do every few seconds. Be patient. (Photo by Will Sites/Canon Rebel XT 6, Canon 200mm white lens, 100 ASA)
Butterflies come and go quickly. Be ready. (Photo by Will Sites, Canon 200mm lens)

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LU 2022 Commencement

Instead of one big event, four graduations held on Friday and Saturday

LU Commencement 2022 (Clarion News photo)

By Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The long dream to the graduation stage became a reality May 6 and 7 after spring commencement ceremonies came to a close inside Mitchell Auditorium. In order to accommodate faculty, graduating seniors, and guests, four graduations were held on Friday and four on Saturday. Students were allowed to invite up to 10 guests, shedding the unpopular previous limitation of only four.

After each graduation, students met with family, friends, and faculty outside Richardson Fine Arts Center to take photos, tell stories, and take photos to remember the happy occasion.

The Clarion is proud of all our new Lincolnite alums!

Friends and family gather in front of Richardson Fine Arts Center following one of several commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Clarion News photo)
LU journalism graduates proudly display diplomas May 7, 2022 in front of Richardson Fine Arts Center. (Clarion News photo)
Art instructor Essex Garner, left, and LU President Dr. John Moseley mingle with the crowd following commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Clarion News photo)

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English students inducted into Sigma Tau Delta

New inductees into Sigma Tau Delta International include (left to right) DeAni Blake-Britton, Donielle Coach, Jaida Gray, Jestine Marie Coyle Lange, Kennedy Thompson, and Chenia Walker. Far right is Eli Burrell, faculty advisor. April 27, 2022. (Photo courtesy LU Humanities and Communications)

By Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Department of Humanities and Communications is proud to announce new inductees into Sigma Tau Delta International. The following students met or exceeded standards set by the honor society:

DeAni Blake-Britton, Donielle Coach, Jaida Gray, Jestine Marie Coyle Lange, Kennedy Thompson, and Chenia Walker.

About Sigma Tau Delta International:

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to

            •          Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies;

            •          Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities;

            •          Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing;

            •          Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members;

            •          Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and

            •          Serve society by fostering literacy.

With over 900 active chapters located in the United States and abroad, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Advisors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.

Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

(source: Sigma Tau Delta)

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Jefferson City mayor, city settle free-speech case

Jefferson City, Mo. (graphic courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By Clarion News staff

JEFFERSON CITY – When Mayor Carrie Tergin allegedly ordered the removal of two decorative paving stones from Adrian’s Island because she didn’t like the message, a federal lawsuit soon followed.

According to an Associated Press article, former city councilwoman Edith Vogel paid for two stones as part of a fundraiser for a new public park on the north bank of the Missouri River.

The stones read: “Union Camp Lillie notes: deciding against attack the confederate army under Gen. Sterling Price turned from Jefferson City Oct. 7, 1864.”

The lawsuit alleges that Tergin ordered the stones removed because the message referenced a Confederate general. Vogel’s suit claims the city did not have any guidelines or restrictions on what could or could not be inscribed on the stones.

Vogel says her First Amendment rights were violated. She filed the lawsuit in late March. Last week the city agreed to replace the stones and pay Vogel’s attorney fees.

Vogel was represented by the Bradbury Law Firm.

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LU may offer classes to inmates

Dr. Brian Norris (photo by Sydnee Bryant)

By Kimberly Hill/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- When the NAACP approached the university years ago to create a prison education program to help inmates obtain affordable education, several faculty and staff members agreed to help.

“In October of 2021 we got a working group together and it has been full steam ahead since then,” said LU political science professor Dr. Brian Norris.

The prison education program is designed to enroll and help inmates complete a variety of general education courses such as sociology, English, history, and political science. The courses offered will help students advance towards a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. “The BLS is a flexible degree,” Norris said. “It’s designed for older students who have been out in the workforce already.”

The first set of courses are planning to be available in the fall of 2022 and located at the Jefferson City Correctional Center (JCCC). Each student will be able to take a total of four courses at a time. Due to the facility having little to no Internet access, the students will complete all course readings and work on paper. This is a slight difference from the traditional in-seat or hybrid courses offered on the LU campus.

Norris explained that there is extensive academic literature that suggests a positive correlation between years of education attained, increased salaries, and lower unemployment. With the focus being on inmates serving five years or less, this program increases the likelihood of inmates successfully being reintroduced to society and the job market.

There are plans to expand the program once the demand increases. Because of the space limitations at JCCC, only 12 students can be accepted for the first semester. Students will be able to choose from a variety of courses.

“We are contemplating offering concentration courses in business administration and agriculture/food safety,” said Norris.

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Blue Tigers win big at Saturday’s LU Open meet

Blue Tiger sprinters at the LU Open. April 9, 2022. (Photo by Sydney Bryant/Clarion News)

By Shanthamoi R. Brown

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Blue Tigers hosted and dominated the annual LU Open on Saturday at Dwight T. Reed stadium, winning every event they participated in. Below is a summary of the meet.

In the 110m hurdles, Rashane Bartlett ran 14.42 seconds to secure top spot in the prelims to qualify for the finals. He went on to take gold in the finals and lowered his time running 14.27. In the 100m hurdles, Shanette Allison recorded top spot in the prelims and teammate Ray-Donna Lee was second fastest in the prelims. In the finals Allison won gold with a time of 14.01 and Lee was third in 15.55.

In the men 100m dash, Lincoln had all five competitors through to the finals. In the finals Tasrico Bell won with a time of 10.53, Jamar Treasure second with a time of 10.63, Dervin Walker ran 10.79 to capture third, Imar Tomlinson was fourth in a time of 10.91, and Leonardo Stewart was sixth with a time of 11.06.

The women had similar results with four qualifying for the finals. Hughasia Fyffe won gold with a time of 12.05, Monae Carey was second with a time of 12.07, Aliyah George recorded a time of 12.32 to cross the line in fourth, and Denita Jackson was fifth with a time of 12.64.

Lincoln managed to secure the top three places in the men’s 400m with Reuben Nichols finishing on top with a time of 47.73, DauJaughn Murray second in 49.52, and Kevaughn Goldson finishing third with a time of 49.87. Shevanae Thomas’ 55.74 won gold in the women’s 400m, and teammate Shantae George was second with 58.30.

The Blue Tiger men captured another top three finish in the men’s 400m hurdle. Troy Whyte won the event with a time of 50.48, Kewani Campbell was second in 52.02, and Shanthamoi Brown was third with a time of 52.50. Maria Diamond won the women’s equivalent in a time of 59.68.

Lincoln’s distance duo of Kelly-Ann Beckford and Chrissani May got a one-two in the women’s 1500m. Beckford won with 4:49.04 and May finished with 4:52.01. They also secured another one-two in the 800m, where Beckford won with a time of 2:12.55 and May ran 2:13.61.

In the men’s 200m, Lincoln had seven athletes in the top 10. Nichols won the event in a time of 21.40, Treasure was second in 21.78, Walker third in 21.91, Tomlinson fifth in 22.42, Goldson was sixth in 22.54, Stewart recorded 22.67 to finish seventh, and Murray ran 22.72 to capture ninth. It was the same in the women’s category as Blue Tiger women runners had six top 10 finishes. Thomas capture gold with a 24.62, Shantae George was second with 24.93, Carey third in 25.13, Aliyah George was fourth in 25.16, Jackson’s 25.19 was fifth, and Fyffe ran 25.84 to cross the line in seventh.

Lincoln ‘A’ team consisted of Bell, Treasure, Walker, and Nichols winning the men’s 4x100m in 40.59, while Lincoln ‘B’ team with the quartet of Kizan David, Tomlinson, Stewart, and Brown, came second in a time of 41.93. Blue Tiger foursome of Shantae George, Thomas, Carey, and Fyffe won the women’s 4x100m in a time of 46.79.

David leaped out to 7.45m to capture gold in the men’s long jump. He came back later to capture gold in the men’s triple jump where he leaped out to 14.06m. In the women’s long jump, Annalisa Barclay jumped 3.85m to place 18th and teammate Jameaka Mannings jumped 3.80m to finish 19th.

In the women’s 4x400m, the foursome of Beckford, May, Diamond, and Thomas won with a time of 3:42.50. In the men’s category, Lincoln ‘A’ team quartet of Campbell, Nichols, Brown, and Whyte ran 3:10.82 to capture gold, and Lincoln ‘B’ team of Bartlett, Murray, Goldson, and Walker ran 3:19.60 to capture second.     


Runners at the LU Open. April 9, 2022. (Photo by Sydney Bryant/Clarion News)
An aerial photo of the Lincoln Open track & field meet held at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. April 9, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites/Clarion News supervisor)
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Senior Spotlight: Melik Smith

Melik Smith working-out in the LINC. (Photo by Jordan Parker)

By Jordan Parker/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The Clarion recently sat down with graduating senior Melik Smith to talk about his plans after graduation and into the future.

The Clarion: What are your fears about graduation?

Smith: “I don’t really have any fear about graduation; graduating is an accomplishment for me.”

The Clarion: What did you like about LU?

Smith: “The professors are upfront and help students and the class sizes are small.”

The Clarion: What did you dislike about LU?

Smith: “When COVID changed college culture.”

The Clarion: Do you wish you would have done things differently?

Smith: “Honestly, wouldn’t change anything.”

The Clarion: What’s your favorite memory from your time at LU?

Smith: “Being on the Dean’s List gave me a different perspective.”

The Clarion: What’s your plans after graduation?

Smith: “Be a personal trainer while in grad school then open my own gym.”

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Track & Field at CMU

Denita Jackson in the blocks at the CMU meet. (Photo by Shanthamoi Brown)

By Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

FAYETTE, Mo. – The Lincoln University track team participated at the CMU Invite on April 2, 2022 at Central Methodist University. Below is a summary of the Blue Tigers’ performances.

In the men’s 100m, Kizan David ran a time of 10.66 seconds to capture first place overall, Leonardo Stewart was eighth (10.98), and Imar Tomlinson finished 15th (11.34).

In the female section, Denita Jackson was third running 12.56 and teammate Nehlia Mills was 10th clocking 13.02.

David returned to finish second in the men’s 200m with a time of 21.97, Stewart ran 22.36 to finish 10th, and DauJaughn Murray ran 22.47 to finish 13th.

In the female 200m, Jackson was second (25.13), Mills was sixth (26.21) and Ray-Donna Lee finished 13th (27.16).

In the men’s 400m, Murray finished third with a time of 49.76, teammates Kevaughn Goldson finished fifth (50.25), and Stavin Brown was 18th (53.38). Kelly-Ann Beckford recorded a time of 55.91 to win the women’s equivalent.
Chrissani May ran 4:53.15 to earn the top spot in the women’s 1500m. Lee competed in the women’s 100m hurdles where she finished fifth in 15.27.

Shanthamoi Brown won the men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 53.39.

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CAB holds “Movie Night”

Article and photos by Amya Milligan/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Lincoln University Campus Activity Board (CAB) hosted a Drive-In Movie Night on Wed., March 16 at 7 p.m. in the Jason Gym parking lot. Free snacks and drinks were served to all who attended. The Clarion asked a couple of the moviegoers, “What do you think about Lincoln University hosting a movie night?” 

“I think it’s good because it a good opportunity for people to come out and have a good time.” Jarryd Hardaway, a junior computer information systems major from East St. Louis, Ill.
“ I feel like it’s something that is not usually done, and it was a great event to get students together.” Avery Davis, a senior agriculture major from Chicago.
Moviegoers in the Jason Gym parking lot.
CAB member Makayla Williams packages popcorn for the moviegoers.
CAB members Emoni Herron, left, and Gracen Gaskins get ready for the movie.
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Spring graduation split into two days

Graduation schedule for May 2022

By Darianna McGee/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Lincoln University will split the May 2022 graduation commencement into two days. The first ceremony will take Friday May 6, 2022 and the second ceremony will be the following day, May 7. Each day will be divided into groups and students will walk with other graduates who share the same major.

On May 6, the ROTC commissioning ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., followed by the School of Education ceremony at 1p.m.. After that, the School of Nursing pinning ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. and the nursing pinning commencement at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, May 7,the School of Business will have their ceremony at 9 a.m., followed by Social and Behavioral Science graduates at noon. For the last ceremony of the day, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Humanities & Communications, and Science, Technology & Mathematics will combine their ceremonies into one at 3 p.m.

Congratulations and good luck to the Lincoln University graduating class of 2022!

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Softball field getting upgrades

Team playing spring 2022 “home” games at a Columbia high school

A drone photo of the LU softball field. March 16, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News.)

By Devyn Sigars

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The Lincoln University softball team has been unable to play home games at their home stadium during the spring 2022 season due to poor field conditions and construction.  

 The team has been playing home games 30 minutes north at Columbia Rock Bridge High School. This change comes after construction to replace the current dirt field to an all-turf field. This remodel also includes the remake of the scoreboard and dugouts for both the Lincoln Blue Tigers and the opposing teams. According to LU Athletic Director Kevin Wilson, the upgrades will cost about $500,000. 
Wilson said the work should be completed by fall of 2022.

LU softball players practice on the field which is undergoing an upgrade. March 20, 2022. (Photo by Shanthamoi Brown)
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Student on the Street: Gas Prices

Article and photos by JoVon Ray/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – With the price of gas breaking $4 per gallon, students are finding it increasingly painful at the pump. The Clarion asked a few students, “What do you think about the rising price of gas?” Here’s what we heard:

“I went from paying $60 to $100 and I don’t want to pay that anymore.” Kirk Myers, a junior psychology major from Waukegan, Ill.
“It’s affecting me a lot and I don’t like driving anymore.” Jerek Boclair, a senior wellness major from Indiana.
“I have to work extra hours and everyone has to ride together.” Caresa Rice, a senior wellness major from Waukegan, Ill.
“ (It’s) bad. Prices keep going higher and we’re so young and people don’t have a lot of money to spend.“ Jarret Smith, a senior business administration major from St. Louis.
“With gas prices going up my friends want gas money – especially with prices that keep rising.” Jarod Johnson, a freshman agriculture business major from Birmingham.
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Day One at MIAA Indoor Championships

Left to right: Kelly-Ann Beckford, Chrissani May, and Jameaka Mannings cooling down after their DMR.

Article and photos by Shanthmamoi R. Brown

MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Lincoln University track team participated at Northwest Missouri State University on Feb 26, 2022. There were several great performances for the Blue Tigers on opening day.

In the men’s 60m hurdle, Troy Whyte won his heat with 8.21 seconds to qualify for the finals with the third fastest time, while teammate Rashane Bartlett was second in his heat with 8.17 taking him to the finals with the fourth fastest time. In the female section, Ray-Donna Lee was fifth in her heat with 9.07. Shanette Allison won her heat with 8.51 taking her to the finals with the third fastest time.

In the men’s 60m dash, Tasrico Bell won heat two with 6.81, second fastest on the day qualifying for the finals and Dervin Walker finished fifth in that heat with 7.02. Imar Tomlinson’s 7.00 was fourth in heat 3 and Shemar Fletcher’s 7.04 was sixth in the same heat. In the female section, Hughasia Fyffe finished third with 7.58 taking her to the finals. Monae Carey was third in heat two with 7.72 and Danneika Lyn booked her ticket to the finals when she crossed the line in 7.51 to win heat three.

In the men’s 400m, Reuben Nichols won heat one with 47.57, Whyte’s 47.92 was second and DauJaughn Murray’s 49.17 was third; both Nichols and Whyte advanced to the finals. Leondre Francis was second in heat four with 48.58 and Shanthamoi Brown was third with 48.66. In the women’s, Shevanae Thomas ran 55.50 to take heat one and Jameaka Mannings was second with 56.65. Shantae George placed third in heat four with 57.84, just outside the top eight.

In the men’s 600m, Stavin Brown was 13th overall with 1:17.89 seconds. Maria Diamond won heat three in the women’s 600m with 1:24.16 taking her to the finals. Denita Jackson’s 1:32.14 was fifth in heat one. In the men’s 800m, Kewani Campbell misses out on the finals, finishing 10th overall with a time of 1:52.61. In the female section, Kelly-Ann Beckford and Chrissani May both made the finals. May’s 2:13.35 was fourth in heat one and Beckford’s 2:13.55 won heat two.

In the men’s 200m, Nichols was second in heat three with a time of 21.53 and Francis was third in heat four with a time of 21.70, both men advanced to the finals. In the women’s 200m, Carey placed third in heat one with 25.55, Fyffe was second in heat two with 25.27, Lyn was second in heat four with 25.68, Shantae George won heat six with 25.31 and Aliyah George was second in the same heat with 25.44 and Thomas advanced to the finals finishing third in heat 7 with 24.99.

In the women’s long jump, Annalisa Barclay was 10th best on day with a leap of 5.31m. Kizan David leaped out to 7.48m to capture the bronze medal in the men’s long jump. The Blue Tiger quartet of May, Mannings, Diamond and Beckford won gold in the women’s distance medal relay.

Kizan David warming up for his long jump.
Shanthamoi Brown getting ready to run his 400m.
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Day Two at MIAA Indoor Championships

Left to right: Shanthamoi Brown, Reuben Nichols, Kewani Campbell, and Troy Whyte recieving their bronze medal.

Article and photos by Shanthamoi R. Brown

MARYVILLE, Mo. – The Lincoln University track team participated at Northwest Missouri State University on Feb 27, 2022. The Blue Tigers had several great performances on the day, winning four events and recording 17 top-eight finishes.

Starting the day off, Annalisa Barclay managed to secure bronze in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 12.02m and teammate Nehlia Mills missed a top nine finish. On the men’s side Kizan David leaped to a jump of 14.71m to finish fourth. In the women’s one mile, Kelly-Ann Beckford captured silver for the Blue Tigers with 4:58.76.

In the men 60m hurdle, Rashane Bartlett won gold in a MIAA record time and new personal best of 7.86 seconds and Troy Whyte finished fifth with 8.11. In the women’s section, Shanette Allison claimed the silver medal with 8.57. In the men’s 60m, Tasrico Bell crossed the line in eighth and in the women’s section, Danneika Lyn’s 7.52 capped the bronze and Hughasia Fyffe was seventh with 7.64.

Reuben Nichols recorded a new personal best of 46.78 to claim silver in the men’s 400m and teammate Whyte was fifth with 47.92. In the women’s 400m, Shevanae Thomas missed out on a medal, finishing fourth with a time of 55.49 and teammate Jameaka Mannings’ 56.53 was good enough for seventh. Maria Diamond defended and broke her own record in the women’s 600 yards, winning with a time of 1:21.45.

Beckford came back for the 800m, where she won gold in a personal best of 2:09.32 and teammate Chrissani May was fourth with 2:12.91. In the men’s 200m Nichols received another silver with a time of 21.39 and teammate Leondre Francis was fifth with 21.70. In the women’s 200m, Thomas was fifth with 24.72.

Closing the day, the Blue Tiger quartet of Whyte, Kewani Campbell, Nichols, and Shanthamoi Brown managed to secure bronze with a time of 3:13.37 in the 4x400m. In the women’s section, the quartet of Mannings, May, Diamond, and Thomas won gold in a time of 3:42.08.

The Blue Tiger women closed out the championship finishing third after amassing 86 points and 56 points by the men’s team earned them a seventh place finish.

Maria Diamond about to receive a gold medal for her performance in the 600-yards event.
Rashane Bartlett, left, and DauJaughn Murray watching their teammates.
Reuben Nichols collecting a silver medal for the 200m.
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LU Black History Month: What do students think?

By Amya Milligan/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY -With Lincoln University hosting many Black History Month events during the month of February, the Clarion News wanted to know: What is the most important thing when it comes to Black History Month? 

“ The empowerment of Black as one.”  – Aleisha Watts, a junior biology major from Chicago. 
” Harriet Tubman and all about the Underground Railroad where she began her journey.” – Jada Johnson, a junior sociology major from East St. Louis, Ill.
“ Martin Luther King, especially his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.” – Marterrio Porter, a freshman marketing major from Memphis, Tenn. 
“ The Civil Rights movement, especially the march on Washington, D.C. “ -Sherrell Williams, a sophomore social work major from St. Louis. 
“Our roots and where we come from.” – Angelica West, a senior psychology major from Kansas City, Mo.
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Here we snow again!

The National Weather Service expects snow/sleet for Jefferson City

A MoDOT truck plows snow on U.S. Highway 50 east of Jefferson City. Feb. 23, 2022 (Photo by Will Sites/Clarion News)

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JEFFERSON CITY – With a nod to Yogi Berra, it’s like weather déjà vu all over again. Another midweek round of winter precipitation began dropping ice and snow Wednesday afternoon across much of central Missouri. At about 3:30 p.m., snow rolled across the Capital City, slowing traffic and creating a mess for commuters trying to beat deteriorating conditions.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued numerous winter weather advisories and warnings for central, south-central, and eastern Missouri. The predictions – once again – proved accurate. Moderate snowfall began falling Wednesday afternoon in the Jefferson City area, with increasingly heavy precipitation along a line from east of Jefferson City to near St. Louis. Sleet was the primary cause of traffic accidents in Cole, Osage, Gasconade, Franklin, and St. Louis counties through late Wednesday afternoon. Round two is expected Thursday afternoon and evening.

The Weather Service is expecting 2-4 inches of snow by late Thursday evening. Temperatures will remain below freezing until Friday afternoon, with a high of 35. Saturday’s high will be 43 and Sunday will offer a spring-like 54.

U.S. Highway 50 is covered by snow and ice east of Jefferson City in the Gasconade County town of Rosebud. Feb. 23, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites/Clarion News)
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First end of a track back-to-back

DauJaughn Murray before his 400m race. (Photo by Shanthamoi Brown)

By Shanthamoi R. Brown

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Lincoln University track team participated at the Ichabod Mid-Week Challenge on Feb 10, 2022 at Washburn University. Here is a recap of the Blue Tigers’ performances at the meet.

In the men’s 60m, Jamar Treasure was the fastest on the day for the Blue Tigers clocking 6.96 seconds to place sixth overall. Rashane Bartlett 7.01 and Dervin Walker 7.04 were eighth and ninth respectively. Leonardo Stewart’s 7.24 was 16th, Shanthamoi Brown’s 7.29 was 17th and Imar Tomlinson’s 7.32 was 18th. In the female section, Monae Carey’s 7.89 was the fastest on the day. Shanette Allison 7.91 was 11th overall, Hughasia Fyffe 7.95 placed her 12th, Shantae George 7.96 was 13th overall. Annalisa Barclay 8.08 was 17th overall, Ray-Donna Lee’s 8.14 placed her 19th overall, Vivian Akunna’s 8.18 was 21st overall and Shamar-Kaye Fable 8.46 was 23rd on the day. 

Bartlett was back for the 60m hurdles where he ran 8.20 to finish third overall. Lee was 11th on the day with a time of 9.28. 

In the men’s 200m the Blue Tigers were able to record three places within the top 10. Shemar Fletcher was third on the day finishing with 21.70, Reuben Nichols 21.79 was fourth and Leondre Francis 21.87 was sixth. Treasure just missed the top 10 finishing 11th with a time of 22.00, Walker 22.21 was 14th, Troy Whyte 22.31 was 16th and Brown 22.32 was 17th on the day. 

In the female section Danneika Lyn was the only Blue Tiger to place within the top 10 finishing 10th with a time of 25.70. George’s 25.72 was 11th, Fyffe’s 25.96 was 14th, Carey 26.02 was 15th and Aliyah George’s 26.30 placed her 16th on the day.

Maria Diamond, Shevanae Thomas, and Jameaka Mannings were among the top 10 finishers in the women’s 400m. Diamond won overall with a time of 55.47, Thomas was third with 56.38, and Mannings 57.27 was sixth. In the male section, Whyte won overall with a time of 48.81, Francis was eighth with 49.92, Kevaughn Goldson’s 50.22 was ninth overall, and DauJaughn Murray was placed 11th with a time of 50.79.

In the distance, Chrissani May took part in the 800m, where she finished second with a time of 2:17.71, and in the male section, Kewani Campbell won with a time of 1:55.71. In the one mile, Kelly-Ann Beckford finished ninth with a time of 5:04.86.  

Kizan David leaped out to a jump of 7.43m to capture the men’s long jump. In the female’s triple jump, Barclay won with a jump of 11.90m, and Nehlia Mills was ninth with 10.16m.

Maria Diamond, Aaliyah George, and Shevane Thomas stretching before their 400m event. (Photo by Shanthamoi Brown)

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Lincoln University celebrates Founder’s Day

Boston journalist and COM alumn Carmen Fields poses for a photo at WHDH in Boston on June 3, 2021. (Photo: Jackie Ricciardi for Boston University)

By: Keishera Lately/ Clarion News 
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – On Feb. 10, 2022 Lincoln students, faculty, and alumni gathered in Richardson Fine Arts Center to celebrate the university’s founding 156 years ago. Carmen Fields, Lincoln Alumni and Emmy award-winning journalist, delivered the keynote address.   
Fields graduated from Lincoln in 1970 with a degree in journalism. She then became the first African-American female reporter at KRCG-TV, a CBS affiliate based in Jefferson City.  
She later moved to Boston, where she was one of two African-American women reporters at the Boston Globe newspaper. Fields has earned two Emmy’s for her work, as well as serving as a former board member for the National Association of Black Journalists.  
Fields noted that while studying at Lincoln, she was part of an HBCU with the only journalism degree program at the time. 
She reminded the audience that without the founder’s legacy, Lincoln wouldn’t be where it is today. Fields thanked the founders “for their foresight – they saw a need, and they addressed it.” 
“Look around you,” Fields said to fellow Lincolnites. “In your life, in your community – what issues or causes do you see that need to be addressed? I encourage you to keep the same fervor of the founders.”

She challenged students to make a difference in their communities and make a difference for the future.  
“There is a movement of foot in this nation to erase that history from the books, from the websites. Don’t you dare let them. Don’t minimize or waste this grand history or any stories of triumph and determination,” said Fields.
She suggested that students take strong advantage of their educational opportunity. “Keep the thirst for education that motivated them, burning in you.” 
Fields encouraged the university students to give and share themselves to those who are around them as the founders of Lincoln did.  “Don’t pull up the ladder behind you. Don’t say I got mine, you figure out how to get yours.” 
She said the students today have a unique opportunity for leadership in the world of equality and justice. “Because you have been in class with people of different backgrounds and races, you know first-hand the dangers of stereotypes and false assumptions,” said Fields.

“Remind yourself daily, several times a day of your many blessings,” Fields said. “There is always something to be grateful for.” 

She also mentioned that when the time comes, she hopes that everyone will not hesitate to do what must be done, just as the Lincoln founders did.  

Fields closed her address with another challenge for students: maintain an attitude of gratitude.  
To watch the 2022 Founders Day Celebration, click here.  

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LU Black History Month: Lucile Bluford

Her fight against discrimination helped establish the first HBCU journalism program

Lucile Bluford at the Kansas City Call newspaper. (U.S. Archives)

By Randy Mitchell

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Did you know Lincoln University was the first historically black college or university (HBCU) to have a journalism program?  One of the people instrumental in bringing journalism to LU was Lucile Bluford.

Bluford was born in Salisbury, North Carolina in 1911.  She eventually moved to the Midwest and earned a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Kansas. Bluford wanted to extend her education with a master’s degree. She came to national prominence in 1941 after her discrimination suit against the University of Missouri made it to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Bluford applied (via mail) to the University of Missouri and was accepted. When she arrived on the Columbia, Mo. campus, the administration learned she was Black. They rescinded the graduate school offer of acceptance, making up excuses for not admitting her to classes. She filed a discrimination lawsuit. Bluford was trying to break the color barrier at Mizzou’s graduate school – a seemingly impossible task at the time.

During segregation, Black students in Missouri were expected to attend Lincoln University, the “Black school,” which did not have any type of journalism program. Despite the Supreme Court ruling in her favor, Bluford never attended the University of Missouri because the school shut down its journalism department shortly after the ruling, claiming the department was understaffed as a result of World War II.

While Bluford was never a student at LU, her lawsuit played a major role in establishing the university’s journalism program. The Court found that LU – as an HBCU – should offer journalism for black students. Bluford told the court that she already had a degree in journalism and that Lincoln couldn’t academically assist her. Lincoln students were already publishing a campus newspaper – The Clarion – so journalism was already a desired area of study. The Clarion continues to be published today ( and is the oldest HBCU newspaper in the U.S.

Bluford went on to be an accomplished journalist, becoming editor and publisher for the Kansas City Call newspaper – a position she held for nearly 70 years.  She accepted an honorary degree from the University of Missouri in 1989, and the Lucile H. Bluford branch of the Kansas City Public Library is named in her honor.

Bluford has also been recognized for her accomplishments by the State of Missouri with Lucille Bluford Day, observed annually on July 1st.

Lucille Bluford died June 13, 2003 in Kansas City, Mo.

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Archives Showcases LU Centennial

The history of LU on display inside Page Library (third floor). (Photo by Keishera Lately/Clarion News)

By Keishera Lately/Clarion News
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- Beginning in 1866 and for the first 56 years, Lincoln was known as Lincoln Institute. It became Lincoln University in 1921. In celebration of this centennial year, Lincoln’s archivist, Mark Schleer, is displaying the legacies of the campus in the Archives and Ethnic Studies Center on the third floor of Page Library.  
The archives holds more than 25,000 digitalized photos of LU. Photos date back to the 1870s to the present, consisting of graduations, campus life, staff, and alumni. Students and staff can find rare book collections and vertical files as well.  
“We want to give people an invitation to see what we have, and what we do,” said Schleer during a recent tour of Archives offerings.  
Schleer mentioned that there was not an official facility for the archives until 1997. He says it’s the Archives’ goal to “Maintain, preserve, and make accessible the holdings of the institution.”  
The archivist encourages students, staff, and alumni to visit the Archives and Ethnic Studies Center to learn more about the fascinating history of Lincoln University.  

The Archives is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more info about the Archives, click here.

The history of LU on display inside Page Library (third floor). (Photo by Keishera Lately/Clarion News)
The history of LU on display inside Page Library (third floor). (Photo by Keishera Lately/Clarion News)
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Snow Days!

When winter weather cancelled classes, Clarion News photographers went to work

Photos by Devyn Sigars and Jordan Parker

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A snow event led to three days of cancelled classes. But that didn’t keep everyone inside. Clarion News photographers Devyn Sigars and Jordan Parker captured a few brave students enjoying the wintery campus.

Students enjoy a snow day on the campus of Lincoln University. Feb. 2, 2022. (Photo by Devyn Sigars/Clarion News)
Students enjoy a snow day on the campus of Lincoln University. Feb. 2, 2022. (Photo by Devyn Sigars/Clarion News)
Students enjoy a snow day on the campus of Lincoln University. Feb. 2, 2022. (Photo by Devyn Sigars/Clarion News)
A snow day on the campus of Lincoln University. Feb. 2, 2022. (Photo by Devyn Sigars/Clarion News)
Students enjoy a snow day on the campus of Lincoln University. Feb. 2, 2022. (Photo by Devyn Sigars/Clarion News)
Snow removal on the campus of Lincoln University. Feb. 2, 2022. (Photo by Devyn Sigars/Clarion News)
A snow day on the campus of Lincoln University. Feb. 2, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)
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Shanthamoi’s Next Take with Rusheda Blake

Rusheda Blake

By Shanthamoi R. Brown/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Rusheda Blake has moved on from her success with Blue Tiger track-and-field. But she leaves a legacy in her wake and high hopes for the future. The Clarion News recently sat down with Blake to discover her new path after completing her undergraduate degree. 

The Clarion: Why did you choose Lincoln University? 

Blake: If I am honest, Lincoln University choose me. I am grateful to be here because it has been a life-changing experience, so I am just going with the flow. 

The Clarion: What’s your major? 

Blake: I was studying health and wellness in undergrad; I received my bachelors in wellness kinesiology in May 2021 and I am currently doing my MBA in management. 

The Clarion: How was your time at Lincoln University being a student-athlete? 

Blake: Being a student-athlete here has been a tremendous experience. I did not come here as a star athlete but, I put my mind to whatever I was doing and try to do it do the best of my ability. I came here in 2018 and I made my first nationals the same year and I continued making the nationals team until I graduated. 

The Clarion: Why did you choose track and field? 

Blake: I think track and field choose me. The reason being it is something that runs in my family – my grandmother, mother, uncle, and cousins also did track and field. So, athletics has been a part of me and my family line. 

The Clarion: Was triple jump your favorite event? 

Blake: Yes. 

The Clarion: What’s your hometown? 

Blake: Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

The Clarion: What do you like to do in your spare time? 

Blake: I like to read, listen to music, and go to the gym.  

The Clarion: If you were not doing track and field, what other sport do you see yourself doing? 

Blake: I saw myself doing basketball or netball, because I was doing both sports since I was in primary school. 

The Clarion: What is your goal for the next five years? 

Blake: For the next five years my aim is to complete grad school, finish with high honors, and branch off starting my own business in massage therapy or continue my studies in physical therapy.   

(Discover more here)

Rusheda Blake (courtesy LU Athletics)
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Black History Month at LU

The first installment of a series highlighting the history of Lincoln University

Young Hall is named for Nathan B. Young, who served LU as a teacher and twice as president from 1923-1931. (Clarion News drone photo)

Compiled by Clarion News staff (

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – At the close of the Civil War, soldiers and officers of the 62nd United States Colored Infantry, stationed at Fort McIntosh, Texas, but composed primarily of Missourians, took steps to establish an educational institution in Jefferson City, Missouri, which they named Lincoln Institute. The following stipulations were set for the school:

  1. The institution shall be designed for the special benefit of the freed African-Americans;
    2.  It shall be located in the state of Missouri;
    3.  Its fundamental idea shall be to combine study and labor.

Members of the 62nd Colored Infantry contributed $5,000; this was supplemented by approximately $1,400, given by the 65th Colored Infantry. On January 14, 1866, Lincoln Institute was formally established under an organization committee. By June of the same year, it incorporated and the committee became a Board of Trustees. Richard Baxter Foster, a former first lieutenant in the 62nd Infantry, was named first principal of Lincoln Institute. On September 17, 1866, the school opened its doors to the first class in an old frame building in Jefferson City.

In 1870, the school began to receive aid from the state of Missouri for teacher training. In 1871, Lincoln Institute moved to the present campus.  College-level work was added to the curriculum in 1877, and passage of the Normal School Law permitted Lincoln graduates to teach for life in Missouri without further examination. Lincoln Institute formally became a state institution in 1879 with the deeding of the property to the state. Under the second Morrill Act of 1890, Lincoln became a land grant institution, and the following year industrial and agricultural courses were added to the curriculum.

In 1921, the Missouri Legislature passed a bill introduced by Walthall M. Moore, the first black American to serve in that body, which changed the name from Lincoln Institute to Lincoln University and created a Board of Curators to govern the University.

The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredited the high school division in 1925, the teacher-training program in 1926, and the four-year college of arts and sciences in 1934. Graduate instruction was begun in the summer session of 1940, with majors in education and history and minors in English, history, and sociology. A School of Journalism was established in February 1942.

In 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, and Lincoln University responded by opening its doors to all applicably meeting its entrance criteria. Today, Lincoln University serves a diverse clientele, both residential and non-residential, engages in a variety of research projects, and offers numerous public service programs in addition to providing an array of academic programs.

Other Notable LU Historical Facts

*In 1940, with a world war looming, LU began a pilot-training program. Ten students enrolled, nine received their pilot’s license, and two distinguished themselves in World War Two.

*Scruggs Student Center is named for a past president of the school, Dr. Sherman Scruggs (1938-1956). He oversaw the addition of the new journalism school and a law school (no longer at LU).

*In the 1930s, new students were forced to wear “freshman garb” for a few days. Their clothing consisted of shabby clothes for men and mismatched shoes for women. This was jokingly to note their “lowly” existence of freshmen.

*The library is named for Inman E. Page, president of LU from 1879-1898. Page, a former slave born in 1853 in Virginia, rose from a horse caretaker to a graduate of prestigious Brown University in 1877, where he was considered an excellent speaker and orator. Page would decline an offer to teach in the South, mainly due to a yellow fever epidemic, and ultimately decided to accept an offer to teach at the new Lincoln Institute – later Lincoln University. He returned to LU in 1922-23.

*In the 1880s, Lincoln became one of the first black schools to incorporate baseball and football and in the early 1920s was known for its track team. It still is today.

*In 1921, Lincoln Institute was renamed Lincoln University.

*In 1932, Lincoln University became the first HBCU to have a campus newspaper, The Clarion News.

*In 1942, Lincoln University became the first HBCU to offer a course of study in journalism.

*1967 – Aretha Franklin and Tommy Dorsey Band appeared in Richardson Auditorium.

*2016 – LU celebrates 150-year anniversary

*2022 – Dr. John Moseley selected as the 21st president of Lincoln University

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SNOW DAYS! Campus closed Feb. 2-3

Brunch and dinner will continue to be served

The LU campus draped in snow. (Clarion stock photo by Jordan Parker)

By Clarion Staff (from Marketing & Comm. release)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – An expected winter storm has led to the cancellation of classes for Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 2-3). Virtual classes will be held as scheduled.

To get lots cleared, students with vehicles on campus are asked to move them by 5 p.m. today (Tuesday) to Sherman or Collier-Hatch lots.

For more info, call LUPD at 681-5555.

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HUD Secretary hosts briefing for HBCU journalism students 

Keishera Lately, a senior journalism student from Topeka, Kan., on a Zoom call with HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge during a White House HBCU briefing. Jan. 26, 2022.

By Keishera Lately/Clarion News
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – On Wednesday student journalist from a variety of HBCUs attended a White House press briefing via Zoom with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge.  
There was one representative in attendance for each of the more than 30 schools participating in the briefing. Students had the opportunity to ask the secretary one question that they had offered prior to the briefing. Fudge fielded a variety of questions, including ones concerning community development, HBCU housing, and homelessness in America.
Fudge spoke about the high number of abandoned and vacant properties in cities across America and how HUD plans to resolve the issue. “I want to keep people housed and not sleeping on the street,” Fudge said. “My goal is to take care of people.”  
She also spoke about how it is important for young students to have the conversations and “stay in the fight and talk about what is important.”  
As an attendee of the briefing, I asked secretary Fudge the question of “How does the Biden-Harris administration (or even HUD) plan to continue to the awareness of HBCUs?”  
She said it’s evident through the administration’s previous funding gestures that they stand for HBCUs, and we do not have to question if they are for the betterment of HBCUs. “HUD has no resources to help college campuses, but your campuses do,” said Fudge.  

For more about Secretary Fudge, see

Keishera Lately, a senior journalism student from Topeka, Kan., on a Zoom call with HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge during a White House HBCU briefing. Jan. 26, 2022.


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Laundry incident leads to Sherman Hall exodus

Students begin moving back after water damage is repaired

Sherman Hall on the campus of Lincoln University of Missouri. (Photo by Kimberly Hill/Clarion News)

By Keishera Lately/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A student hanging laundry from a sprinkler system caused significant water damage to Sherman Hall prior to the start of the spring semester. Some students were forced to move to other residence halls, but are beginning to move back as repairs are completed.
“We moved at least five suites, but some of them we deemed that they could stay,” said Kali Campbell, room assignment coordinator, administrative assistant and residential director of Bennett Hall. “If there are rooms available after deregistration, housing is more than happy to meet with them to see if we can approve a possible room change.” 
Robin Benefield, a senior business administration major from Kansas City, Mo., was one of the students forced to move out. “They called me while I was at work and said, ‘you’re getting a new room,’” said Benefield, who resided in Sherman Hall and was moved to Martin Hall where he had to adjust to having a new roommate.  
Benefield said he would consider the move a downgrade, mainly because in Martin Hall students don’t get the choice of a single room. He said he had his own space in Sherman. He’s expecting to move back into Sherman Hall soon after deregistration.  
Campbell said they are waiting to hear back from the individuals who perform evaluations on the suites. She noted that housing is planning to have the damaged suites remain offline for the rest of the spring semester.  

“I’m thankful that many students were understanding and that they’re willing to ask questions about what happened, instead of just accepting it and moving on,” said Campbell.

Sherman Hall was built in 2008 as a co-ed residence hall and is named for Sherman D. Scruggs, the 11th president of Lincoln University.
For more questions and or concerns you can email housing at or call 573-681-5478. 

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Mister Lincoln heads to STL Kings’ Competition

Mr. Lincoln Austin Branch. (Photo by Steven Banks/Clarion News)

By Steven Banks/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Mister Lincoln, Austin Branch, departed campus Wednesday for the Mister HBCU Kings’ Leadership Competition being held Jan. 26-30, 2022 in St. Louis.

Branch, 22, from Sikeston, Mo., is a senior agriculture major. While in St. Louis, he will be networking and competing against other HBCU kings. According to, the competition is designed to support, honor, and strengthen the role of HBCU campus kings.

“I really hope to network, build lifelong friends, and have fun,” said Branch shortly before departing from Scruggs.

Mister Lincoln, Austin Branch, prepares to depart campus for the Mister HBCU King’s Leadership Competition being held Jan. 26-30, 2022 in St. Louis. (Photo by Steven Banks)
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Moseley named new LU president

Dr. John Moseley, wife Dr. Crystal Moseley, and daugther, Jillian. (Photo courtesy

By LU Marketing and Media Relations (via campus email)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Following an extensive, nationwide search process, the Lincoln University of Missouri Board of Curators has selected Dr. John B. Moseley as the University’s 21st President.
Dr. Moseley has been leading Lincoln University as interim president since May 2021.
He has nearly 20 years of higher education experience, including 13 years at Historically Black College or University (HBCU) campuses. During his interim tenure, he has led key initiatives to improve Lincoln University’s enrollment through new, data-driven admissions strategies and the restructuring of scholarship programs. He has also implemented initiatives to improve student outcomes, such as Lincoln’s new Student Success Center.

Mosely has influenced approximately $6.6 million in private donation commitments to the University. He is also leading fundraising for the Lincoln University Health Sciences and Crisis Center, which will expand the University’s School of Nursing and house a Security Sciences Institute, complementing the Lincoln University Law Enforcement Training Academy and criminal justice program.
According to Lincoln University Board of Curators President Victor Pasley, Moseley has also initiated relationships with new key educational and scholarship partners for the University. He has cultivated and strengthened relationships between the University and alumni, faculty, staff, students, state and federal partners.
“I am humbled to serve the students, faculty and alumni of Lincoln University in this role,” said Moseley. “This University has always helped students achieve their dreams. I am grateful to be part of a team working together to accomplish that aim, providing financial, academic and social resources. The need for what Lincoln University provides has never been more important and we will continue to address every challenge to better serve our students and the community.”
“Dr. Moseley has proven his leadership and value to the University during the past nine months of his interim presidency,” Pasley said. “Lincoln is at a pivotal juncture in its history, and Dr. Moseley’s leadership has already energized our campus, fundraising and key partnerships that will strengthen and fuel Lincoln’s future.”
A historically Black, 1890 land-grant, public university, based in Jefferson City, Missouri, Lincoln University provides undergraduate and master’s level degree programs to a diverse student body of nearly 2,000.

Dr. John Mosely bio:
Dr. John B. Moseley was born and raised in Warren County, North Carolina. After high school, he attended East Carolina University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science in 1998. He also earned his Master of Arts in Education from East Carolina University in 1999. In Spring of 2021, Moseley completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri.

Moseley served in athletic administration at East Carolina University and Wright State University. He also served as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Delaware, Winston-Salem State University, East Carolina University, and North Carolina Central University. He was named as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, in April 2014. In the Spring of 2015, he was given the additional responsibilities of being Lincoln University’s Director of Athletics. He has continued to serve in those roles through the 2020-21 school year.

Moseley resides in Jefferson City, Missouri, with his wife, Dr. Crystal Moseley, an instructor at Lincoln University, and daughter, Jillian.

The Blue Tiger Athletics Club made its final payment Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 on a $250,000 loan from Central Bank. The funds were used to buy weight-room equipment.Top, left to right: Keena Lynch, LU assistant athletic director; Kevin Wilson, LU vice president of Advancement, Athletics, and Campus Recruitment; Central Bank’s Terry Higgins; John Moseley, LU interim president. Bottom, left to right: Central Bank’s Leslie Tanner; Freddi Sokoloff, Blue Tiger Athletics Club (BTAC); John Schulte, past president of BTAC; Jervey Brown, BTAC board member and past president; Stan Horn, current BTAC president; and Victor Pasley, LU Board of Curators. Sept. 29, 2021. (Clarion News photo)
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LU Track competes at Pittsburg State

Jameaka Mannings (right) after competing in the 400m.

Article and Photos by Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Lincoln University track team participated at the Rumble in the Jungle Invitational on Jan. 21, 2022, at Pittsburg State University. There were several great performances on the day.

In the women’s 60m, Shanette Allison managed to stop the clock at 7.86 seconds to finish sixth overall, with Ray-Donna Lee 14th and Annalisa Barclay 19th, respectively. On the men’s side in the 60m, freshman Dervin Walker’s 7.31 was good enough to finish 32nd overall.

In the women’s 200m, Nehlia Mills and Shantae George managed to get in the top 10 finishing 8th and 9th, respectively. In the men’s 200m, Jamar Treasure finished fourth overall with a time of 22.26.

Lincoln managed to get two places in the top five of the women’s 400m as Jameaka Mannings and Shevanae Thomas recorded the same time, 58.25. In the men’s 400m, LU runners managed three top 10 finishes, with Reuben Nichols 6th overall with 49.31 seconds, DauJaughn Murray 9th overall with 49.98 and Shanthamoi Brown 10th overall with 50.02. Sprinter Shemar Fletcher stopped the clock at 52.17.

Kelly-Ann Beckford won the 800m for women’s overall 2:12.17 seconds, which was also a meet record and a provisional time. Chrissani May was 6th overall with a time of 2:17.92, also under the previous record. Kewani Campbell won his heat in the men’s 800m, but was placed 8th overall with a new personal best of 1:56.80 seconds.

In the 600 yards, Aliyah George placed 10th overall for women’s, while in the men’s 600 yards Kevaughn Goldson’s 1:15.68 seconds was 6th overall on the day and Stavin Brown 1:16.62 was 10th overall.

The men were 3rd best on the day in the 4x400m with 3:17.86 seconds. For more results, go to

Shemar Fletcher (left), Shanthamoi Brown (right), and Reuben Nichols (background) warming up for the 400m.
Kewani Campbell, sophomore, looking at his 800m time.
Chrissani May after the meet at Pittsburg State University.
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Roving Reporter: Your Plans for the Spring Semester?

By Jordan Parker/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Although the ongoing pandemic creates shifting concerns among students, the Clarion wanted to know: How do you plan to tackle the spring semester? Several Blue Tiger Nation students provided their perspectives.

“This semester I want to learn new things, join the Police Academy, and pass all my classes”- Lamonica Williams, a junior criminal justice major from East Saint Louis, Ill.
“This semester I want to pass all my classes and make the dean’s list”- Naomi Washingtion, a freshman criminal justice major from Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“I’m looking forward to Springfest and data base entry in my computer information system classes.” – D’Andre Rampage, a junior computer information systems major from St. Louis, Mo.
“I want to find a career path and succeed in life.”- Mark Oliver, a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Kansas City, Mo.
” I want to improve my communication skills and being around different people/personalities.”- Ebony Ross, a freshman criminal psychology major from Seattle, Wash.
“I just want to maintain my grades and join school activities.” – Destiny Monroe, A freshman criminal justice major from Kansas City, Mo.

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Blue Tigers fall short at Northeastern State

Destan Williams (stock photo courtesy LU Media Relations)

Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Lincoln men’s basketball team scored 31 points in the second half while trying to rally from an 11-point halftime deficit, but Northeastern State escaped with the win, 59-50, on Saturday (Jan. 22).

Facing a nine-point deficit with 17:42 to play, Chuck Wilson made a pair of free throws and Derrick Woods hit a jumper to bring the Blue Tigers to within 34-29 of the RiverHawks. NSU answered with a jumper of its own, but Yaniel Vidal drained a three to pull LU to within four. The RiverHawks eventually built their lead back up to 10, but Lincoln continued to battle, as Destan Williams scored five-straight points to bring LU to within 55-50 of NSU with 2:24 left in regulation. Northeastern State kept the Blue Tigers from getting any closer, however, as the RiverHawks scored the game’s final four points to prevail.

Lincoln (1-13, 0-9 MIAA) finished with a slight 38-37 advantage in rebounding and held the RiverHawks to just .182 shooting from three-point range. Northeastern State (9-9, 4-8 MIAA) forced LU into 11 turnovers, however, and made 17 of its 24 free throw attempts. 

Josh Wallace led LU with 11 rebounds and chipped in six points, Woods finished with 11 points and five boards, and Williams dished three assists to go with 11 points. Wilson had 10 points and three boards, and Ni’Sean Rigmaiden finished with six points, six rebounds and three assists. Vidal collected three rebounds, John Gaines made a free throw and Alafia Oluwasogo grabbed a rebound. Mark Boland rounded out Lincoln with two points and five boards.

The Blue Tigers next travel to Maryville, Mo. on Thursday (Jan. 27) to take on Northwest Missouri in a 7:30 p.m. CST contest.

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MLK Day 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

MLK Jr. in a march on Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 1963. (U.S. Archives)

By Clarion staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, a national holiday which began in 1971 and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 – making it a recognized federal holiday. On Saturday, the civil rights leader would have turned 93.

King was born on Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Ga. and was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. at the age of 39. He is remembered as a champion of nonviolent social/legal progress across a broad range of civil rights issue, including voting rights, desegregation, and labor rights.

MLK was the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1963), which led to protests in Birmingham, Alabama. He won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and remains the icon of peace and prosperity through nonviolence.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luthur King Jr., a few well-known MLK quotes (from

  1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
  2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  3. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”
  4. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
  5. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  6. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
  7. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”
  8. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  9. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
  10. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  11. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
  12. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
  13. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
  14. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
  15. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

16. “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

  1. “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”
  2. “The time is always right to do what is right.”

19. “Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”

20. “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.”

21. “For when people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.”

22. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

23. “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

  1. “There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.”
  2. “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
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Snow falls on Blue Tiger Nation

A snowy LU campus on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker)

Photos by Jordan Parker/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A winter weather event arrived on campus Saturday as the first week of the spring 2022 semester headed into an extended MLK holiday weekend. According to the National Weather Service, central Missouri received 2-4 inches of snow by early to mid-Saturday morning before moving eastward. A warming trend will likely melt much of the frozen precipitation before students return to classes on Tuesday.

Sunday’s high is expected to be slightly above freezing, with temps reaching into the 50s on Tuesday. A bitter cold front will slide into the area Wednesday, bringing single-digit lows Wednesday night.

First snow of the spring 2022 semester. LU campus. This view is from the Page Library walkway – MLK Hall is on the right. Jan. 15, 2022.(Photo by Jordan Parker)
First snow of the spring 2022 semester. LU campus. Jan. 15, 2022.(Photo by Jordan Parker)
First snow of the spring 2022 semester. LU campus. Jan. 15, 2022.(Photo by Jordan Parker)
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Young Hall gets heating upgrade

Workers began draining water from Young Hall’s heating system Friday afternoon to prepare for upgrades taking place during the long holiday weekend. Jan. 14, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker)

By Cheyanne Parker/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Work crews began draining water from Young Hall’s heating system Friday afternoon, preparing for much-needed improvements being installed during the extended MLK Jr. holiday weekend.

“The building uses a boiler system that is pretty old,” said Shane Robinett, who works for contractor Summit Mechanical of Jefferson City. “We have to get the water out before we can do any work.”

Robinett said they will add new lines and perform maintenance throughout the building. If all goes as planned, he said, Young Hall will be fine when employees return Tuesday morning. In fact, he said, the building is solid enough to hold heat while the system is down.

“We will work late tonight and as long as it takes to finish,” Robinett said Friday afternoon from a first floor work area. “We’ll get it done.”

Workers began draining water from Young Hall’s heating system Friday afternoon to prepare for upgrades taking place during the long holiday weekend. Jan. 14, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker)
Young Hall is named for Nathan B. Young, who served LU as a teacher and twice as president from 1923-1931. (Clarion News drone photo)
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Photos: Students return for spring 2022

Masks required in classrooms, encouraged inside buildings

An LU student walks to class during the first week of spring 2022 classes.Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Mark Oliver)

By Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students returned to Blue Tiger Nation on Monday, despite a local rise in Covid cases. According to campus emails, students are required to wear masks in classrooms and encouraged to mask-up inside buildings.

It’s unclear how/when students will be tested. However, any student who feels he/she may have Covid – or exposed to Covid – should contact Thompkins Health Center or their physician.

Stay safe and stay tuned for Covid updates.

Students return to campus for spring 2022 classes. Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker)
The “We are open” sign says it all – Lincoln University is open for the spring 2022 semester. Students are required to wear masks in classrooms and are encouraged to wear them in all buildings. Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker)
Miss Liz seems happy to be back on campus during the first week of the spring 2022 semester. Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Mark Oliver)
LU students talk near Page Library during the first week of the spring semester. Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Mark Oliver)
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LU Track shines at first meet

LU’s Kelly-Ann Beckford is a junior from Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo courtesy LU Athletics)

By Shanthamoi R. Brown/Clarion News

LAWRENCE, Kansas – The Lincoln University track team participated at the Bob Timmons Challenge on Dec. 4, 2021 at Kansas University. There were several great performances for the Blue Tigers season opener.

In the men’s 60m hurdles, Rashane Bartlett finished fourth, and was able to clock a qualifying time of 8.23 seconds. In the women’s 60m Lincoln had two places in the top five, with Ray-Donna Lee placing fourth and Monea Carey fifth. In the men’s 60m freshman Tasrico Bell stopped the clock at a qualifying time of 6.81 seconds to finished second overall. Jamar Treasure finished third overall and Shemar Fletcher fourth overall to round up the top five finishes for the Blue Tiger men.

In the women’s 400m, Maria Diamond won overall with a qualifying time of 56.02 seconds and Jameka Mannings finished second overall with a time of 56.48 seconds.

Lincoln had two places in the top five for the men’s 400m, with Reuben Nichols finishing second overall with a time of 49.17 seconds and Shanthamoi Brown’s 49.47 seconds which was good enough to place fifth overall.

Kelly-Ann Beckford and Chrisanni May gave Lincoln a quinella in the women’s 800m and in the men’s 800m, Kewani Campbell and Stavin Brown were second and third overall on the day. Lincoln managed to grab the top four spots in the women’s 200m. Placing in order from first to fourth, Shantae George, Monea Carey, Aliyah George, and Nehlia Mills.

The men’s section was similar to that of the females, as Lincoln took the top five spots in the 200m. Placing in order from first to fifth, Fletcher, Nichols, Treasure, Bell and DauJaughn Murray. The field events were just as impressive as the track.

Kizan David leaped out to a qualifying mark in the triple jump with 14.96m. David also leaped out to 7.08m in the men’s long jump and Bell managed 7.07m. Women’s triple jump Annalisa Barclay leaped out to 11.60m and Mills managed 10.21m.

In the closing event of the meet the Blue Tiger quartet of Beckford, May, Diamond, and Mannings ran a qualifying time of 3:43.74 seconds in the 4x400m, while in the men’s 4x400m the quartet of Brown, Nichols, Fletcher, and Campbell was good enough to place third with a time of 3:15.82 seconds.

Coach Victor Thomas shared his thoughts about the meet. “It was OK, based on the track, it was OK,” Thomas said. “Nobody got hurt and that is the greatest thing on the day.”

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LU cruises to victory in home-opener

Destan Williams, a guard from St. Louis, in action during Tuesday’s home-opener. (Photo courtesy LU Athletics)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Five members of the Lincoln men’s basketball team scored in double figures as the Blue Tigers won their home opener, 101-55, over Central Christian on Tuesday night (Nov. 30).

Ni’Sean Rigmaiden, Derrick Woods and Chuck Wilson each came close to double-doubles, with Rigmaiden totaling 16 points, seven assists, three steals and two rebounds. Wood led LU with seven boards and added 10 points as well as an assist and a block. Wilson, meanwhile, totaled team-highs in both points (18) and assists (nine), and had four rebounds and a steal.

Lincoln (1-4) shot .500 from the field and .447 from three-point range for the contest, with LU making 17 treys on the evening. The Blue Tigers scored 24 points off 18 Central Christian (4-2) turnovers, and 29 points off fast breaks, while holding a 47-37 rebounding advantage. Lincoln held CCC to .338 shooting for the contest, and blocked six shots while notching 12 steals.

Destan Williams had 15 points, six rebounds and three steals, and Alafia Oluwasogo finished with 10 points. Mark Boland provided nine points and six boards off the bench, while Chris Baldwin had two points, five rebounds, three steals and three blocks. John Gaines added eight points, a pair of assists, a steal and four rebounds to the winning cause.

Arash Yaqubi tallied five points and two rebounds, and Josh Wallace contributed three rebounds, a block and two points. Mekhi Kimble closed the scoring with six points, three assists, a block and three boards.

Lincoln will open MIAA play on Sunday (Dec. 5) with a trip to Warrensburg, Mo. to play Central Missouri at 3 p.m.

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JP Capital Management Makes Large Gift To LU Football

LU linebacker Elliott Albert takes down a Riverhawk during Saturday’s game at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Sept. 25, 2021. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln University football team has received the largest one-time gift in its history.

JP Capital Management, a private equity company specializing in the acquisition and operation of middle market manufacturing, health care, commodity brokerage and other types of value-added distribution and service companies, provided a historic gift to augment LU football operations. Specifically, the gift will support recruitment-related activities including, but not limited to, travel costs for recruiting and on-campus recruiting visits.

“This momentous gesture is a catalyst for the transformation of LU Football,” said Kevin Wilson, Vice President for Advancement, Athletics, and Campus Recreation. “It immediately impacts our coaching staff’s ability to engage and sign high-level student-athletes throughout the great state of Missouri and across the country. It also shows other potential supporters that the student-athlete experience at Lincoln is a worthy investment. The outcome will be a generation of Blue Tigers who excel in the classroom, on the field, in the capitol city, and in life.”

“I believe in Kevin’s vision for LU Football and the new administration.” said Jamin Pastore, President and CEO of JP Capital Management. “Special advisor Terrell Smith visited the beautiful campus and confirmed our ability to impact the lives of a deserving, diverse group of young men who will change the world! We are proud to support LU Football as well as the mission of the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantries, and invite others to do the same.”

JP Capital Management’s major gift will be available for immediate use as Lincoln Football enters a new era. The Blue Tigers compete in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which is arguably the most competitive conference in NCAA Division II. A national champion has been crowned in the league every year in some sport for the last two decades, with an MIAA squad claiming the title in football five times over that span.

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8 Football Players Named All-MIAA

Tori Hicks, a junior running back from Kansas City, Mo., was named to the All-MIAA third team in November of 2021. (Photo by Darianna McGee/Clarion News)

Dan Carr/Asst. AD for Media Relations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lincoln all-purpose back Tori Hicks was named to the All-MIAA third team while seven other members of the LU football team were named all-league honorable mention for the 2021 season.

Hicks did a little bit of everything for the Blue Tigers, including scoring three touchdowns as a rusher and one as a receiver. Hicks, who rushed for 170 yards against Central Missouri, totaled over 100 all-purpose yards in nearly every game this season, finishing fifth in the MIAA with 110.3 all-purpose yards per contest. Hicks additionally was fourth in the conference in kick returns (17.1) and fourth in combined kick return yardage (480), with the latter total ranking as the 47th-best mark in NCAA Division II.

In addition to Hicks, the MIAA bestowed honorable mention status upon seven other Blue Tigers: Elliott Albert (DB), Winston Ausmer (P/KR), Hosea Franklin (RB), Jaylon Mosley (LB), TeAndre Skinner (LB), Cyril Spells (OL) and Zyan Thomas-King (DB).

Albert finished second in the MIAA in passes defended, breaking up seven attempts while recording three interceptions. Albert made 78 tackles, the second-most among the Blue Tigers and the eighth-most among MIAA players, including 3.5 tackles for loss. Albert, who also recovered a fumble, ended the year 53rd in NCAA Division II in passes defended.

Ausmer led the MIAA in punt return average with 16.7 yards on nine attempts. Ausmer also averaged 12.3 yards on kick returns, and was also a threat in the receiving game, catching a team-high 34 passes for 531 yards and six touchdowns.

Despite playing in only nine games, Franklin finished third in the MIAA among running backs with 781 yards. Franklin scored seven rushing touchdowns, tied for sixth-most by any MIAA rusher, while his 86.8 yards per contest ranked third.

Mosley led Lincoln with 79 tackles, including 46 solo, and notched two quarterback hurries, 1.5 tackles for loss and an interception. Mosley was seventh in the MIAA and 60th in the country in total tackles, and he also ended the season 10th in the MIAA in solo tackles.

Skinner, who had 5.5 tackles for loss, finished third on the team with 66 total tackles, 43 of which were solo takedowns. Skinner, who was 13th in the MIAA in tackles, additionally had two sacks and a safety to go with a blocked kick and a hurry.

Spells earned All-MIAA honorable mention status for the second-straight season after starting every game at center for the Blue Tigers. His blocking against Northeastern State led to Lincoln breaking single game individual and team records for passing yards, and tie single game records for touchdown passes and offensive plays.

Thomas-King made 45 tackles this season, finishing fifth on the team in that stat, and also broke up four passes. 32 of his tackles were solo efforts, and he additionally posted a hurry.

LU running back Hosea Franklin, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., cuts up the middle during Saturday’s game against the Northeastern State (Okla.) Riverhawks. Sept. 25, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)
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Temps begin slide towards winter

Clouds ride a cold front across the LU campus. Nov. 17, 2021. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)

By Sydnee Bryant/Clarion staff

JEFFERSON CITY – Put away the T-shirts and get ready to bundle up. According to the National Weather Service, a strong cold front will dip into the Midwest today, bringing temps to below freezing Thursday night. Little to no precipitation is expected through Tuesday.

Highs will hover around 50 and lows will be in the 30s for the next five days. Northwest winds will bring wind-chill temps down to the low 20s. No rain or snow is expected for Thanksgiving day.

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School of Nursing holds job fair

LU School of Nursing students attending the SNA job fair. Nov. 8, 2021. (Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)

By Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News

JEFFERSON CITY – The Lincoln University Student Nurses Association (SNA) brought students and health care employers together on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 in Elliff Hall. According to Tiffany Lehman, an assistant professor with the LU School of Nursing, it was the SNA’s first job fair. 

“Generally, recruiters will come speak to our senior students,” Lehman said.  “However, I felt it would be beneficial for all students.”  She noted that once students complete Fundamentals and Skills, they are able to get a job as a patient care tech.  Health care employers offer many opportunities for those in the nursing program.

Lehman said many of the hospitals have summer and winter externships that students can apply for to get more experience working as a student nurse. This not only provides students with hands-on training, it also drives high job-placement rates upon graduation.  Importantly, Lehman said, it provides opportunities.

“It is imperative that students can meet with various different organizations,” said Lehman. 

About 60 students attended the job fair.  Employers that were at the event included Capital Region Medical Center, SSM Health, Boone, University of Missouri, and the VA Hospitals from both Columbia and Kansas City.  Elsevier donated two NCLEX-RN Review books to raffle off to attendees. 

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LU School of Nursing students at the job fair. Nov. 8, 2021. (Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
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Pizza-Kwik rolls into Blue Tiger Nation

Dana Plummer explains the workings of the Pizza-Kwik food truck to Clarion staff. The truck was located on the lower MLK Hall parking lot on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (Clarion photo)

By: Elise Eaker

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY — The Pizza-Kwik food truck returned to Blue Tiger Nation for the first time since homecoming, firing-up the ovens in the parking lot between MLK Hall and Richardson Auditorium during Friday’s lunch hour.

The truck is usually anchored at the Knights of Columbus parking lot at 1822 Tanner Bridge Road. But when events or special occasions call, the well-established brand is ready to serve. In fact, it’s been a part of the Capital City for more than 50 years. Pizza Kwik was established 1969 and their thin crust pizza is a Jefferson City staple.

The original Pizza-Kwik was located at 1121 East Miller Street and was owned and operated by Robert and Judy Huber before their retirement four years ago. The food truck was established a year ago and is run by their daughter, Dana Plummer, and her son Sam.

The food truck attends events throughout the Mid-Mo area, but finding it along the streets of Jefferson City can be difficult.

“The issue with Jeff is that we can’t park on the street – we have to be in a parking lot,” said Plummer. Hopefully, that might change.

Plummer said that a group of food truck owners have a meeting with the mayor and the City Council next month to try and change the rules. She said Lincoln University police have been very helpful in her ability to reserve campus parking lot locations.

It takes about 12 minutes to make a thin-crust pizza in the food truck. The prices are very competitive, with a cheese pizza costing $9 and each additional topping costing only $1.25. Pizza-Kwik offers delivery online through Rapid Chow, a local food delivery service.

Follow the Pizza-Kwik food truck on Facebook to keep up with the truck’s day-to-day location.

Employees of the Pizza-Kwik food truck located on the lower MLK Hall parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Nov. 5, 2021. (Clarion photo)
The Pizza-Kwik food truck menu
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Faculty Spotlight: Terrance Brown

LU Royal Court advisor Terrance Brown in his SUC office. Nov. 3, 2021. (Photo by Tyree Stovall)

By Tyree Stovall/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The 2021-2022 Mister and Miss Lincoln were recently crowned during the fall semester. The Clarion News sat down with Royal Court advisor Terrance Brown to learn more about his position and the path that brought him back to Lincoln University.

The Clarion: Where are you from? 

Brown: I’m from Saint Louis, Missouri.

The Clarion: Why did you come to Lincoln?

Brown: I came to Lincoln by mistake. I actually applied to Lincoln University of Pennsylvania then applied to Lincoln University of Missouri. Then I realized there were two Lincolns. Me and my guidance counselor went back and reapplied for Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. Ultimately, my mother told me I couldn’t go to Pennsylvania for school, being that Missouri is a two hour drive and Pennsylvania is fifteen hours. The second time as a professional, my mentee started working here as an assistant director and he hired me.

The Clarion: What degree did you obtain while attending college? Why?

Brown: Liberal studies degree with an emphasis in journalism, and computer science and economics. I started off as an elementary education major, and was taking elementary education classes and working with kids at the local Boys & Girls Club. I learned that actually teaching younger kids is not my passion, but helping them develop in life is. 

The Clarion: What university were you working at prior ?

Brown: Prior to coming to Lincoln, I worked for the Baltimore public school system for about six months. Prior to that I worked at Morgan State in the office of community service as a program coordinator for a program called College Discovery, where we helped students find the perfect institution that fits them. 

The Clarion: What led to your interest in becoming royal court Advisor?

Brown: It’s funny cause during undergrad I never was in Royal Court. I was on the Campus Activity Board as treasure, but I was informed that if I ran for Mr. Lincoln -whether I won or loss – I forfeited my right to become CAB chair, so I opted out of running for Mr. Lincoln. However, that same year, I was introduced to the Mr. HBCU Kings competition, so I started that as a freshman and in 2015 I became the the first undergraduate student to direct the Mr. HBCU pageant and the only person in history so far and that brought my interest to the Royal Court.

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LU Important Dates

By Emoni Herron / Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – As students approach the remainder of the 2021 fall semester, there are a lot of important dates that students should be aware of. Please refer to the Lincoln University website for additional dates and information. Important upcoming dates are as follows:

November 12:  Last day to withdraw for the 2nd 8-week and/or 16-week sessions
November 22-26: Thanksgiving recess
November 30: Advanced registration for the spring 2022 semester ends if registering with advisor on campus (online registration continues)
December 2-3: Final examinations for December graduates
December 6: Fall 2021 final examinations begin
December 11: Cafeteria closes (12:30 p.m.) and residence halls close (5 p.m.) 

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Meet LU’s New Registrar

Blaine Bredeman grew up in nearby Fulton, Mo.

Blaine Bredeman is Lincoln University’s registrar, shown here among the thousands of files he supervises. Oct. 22, 2021. (Photo by Tyree Stovall/Clarion News)

By Tyree Stovall/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The campus is waiting on the selection of a new president, provost, and other positions. But one key administrator is already serving the students of Blue Tiger Nation. The Clarion recently interviewed Blaine Bredeman, Lincoln’s new registrar.
The Clarion: Where are you from?

Bredeman: I’m from Central Missouri, the Fulton area which is about half-an-hour from Jefferson City.

The Clarion: Where did you go to college and what degree did you obtain?

Bredeman: I went to Missouri State in Springfield and bachelor of science in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

The Clarion: What were you doing before you came to Lincoln University?

Bredeman: Before I came to Lincoln I was also in a registrar’s office. I spent about 10 years at Columbia College doing very similar work, but a lot more focus on the technology that runs the college halls and facilities.

The Clarion: What are the duties of a registrar?

Bredeman: The registrar’s primary job is being the record keeper of the school’s academic records. As the name implies, registration is anything that has to do with the classes that you take and any permanent record of your transcripts and degrees that you completed.

The Clarion: What brought you to Lincoln?

Bredeman: Since I’ve lived in Central Missouri for a number of years, I’ve known and been familiar with Lincoln. I’ve worked and been involved with professional organizations that have gotten me to know people who’ve worked here at this university, and when the previous registrar was leaving she contacted me and asked whether I’d be interested in taking her place.

The Clarion: How do you increase the relationship between the registrar and the students?

Bredeman: I think the primary thing is being here for the students and to serve the students, making sure we are being responsive to the students’ needs all the time. Beyond that, just being proactive when communicating with the students, letting them know what are some expectations of them and the limitations of what they’re allowed to do, because students often get caught off guard when unexpected things happen or take place.

The Clarion: What is your favorite part about being a registrar?

Bredeman: I actually really like working with the other schools. One of the main things a registrar does is work with transfer credit that goes from our school to others and other schools to ours. I get to work with a lot of people at other schools around the state and around the country.

The Clarion: How has your experience been here at Lincoln?

Bredeman: The first couple of weeks and months that I was here was very hectic because I happened to get here when the president was leaving the university and a lot of other positions were leaving. But it has been a really positive experience. People are working hard to try to make things better around the university.

(Tyree Stovall is a journalism student from Omaha, Neb.)

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“Horribelles” to explore feminine aspects of horror

The Lincoln University Multidisciplinary Forum presents “Horribelles” at 2 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 27, 2021 in MLK’s Pawley Theater. (artwork courtesy Dr. Christine Boston)

By Clarion staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The LU Multidisciplinary Forum is presenting a feminine side of scary when Horribelles takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 in MLK Hall’s Pawley Theater. Faculty members will offer tales of women who have cast a shadow of fear around them.

Presenters include professors Christine Boston, Olivia Hetzler, Mick Brewer, and Will Sites. Audience members will be invited to ask questions after each presentation. The event is free and open to the LU community.

“I’m excited to be part of this unusual talk,” said LU journalism professor Will Sites. “It won’t be boring, that’s for sure.”

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Students discuss new “classroom-only” mask policy

Clarion reporter Tyree Stovall, right, talks about the new mask mandate with Samiah, a freshman wellness major from Tulsa, Okla. Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)

By Tyree Stovall/Photos by Gracen Gaskins

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A new campus COVID mask policy effective Monday (Oct. 18, 2021) allows students to free their face from coverings everywhere except inside classrooms. Prior to today, students were required to wear mask in all campus buildings, including hallways. If desired, staff may still require students to wear masks in offices. The Clarion asked several students their views on the relaxing of mask policy.

Samiah, a freshman wellness major from Tulsa, Okla.: “Me personally, I hate masks, so it doesn’t bother me. It’s an improvement and will give people a relief.”

Delicia Powell, a psychology major from St. Louis, talks about the new mask mandate with Clarion reporter Tyree Stovall. Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)

Delicia Powell, a psychology major from St. Louis: “We should still wear masks and it should be mandated in buildings, especially housing where students live.”

LU journalism student Tyree Stovall discusses the new COVID mask rules with Tia Waters, a junior journalism student. Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)

Tiara Waters, a junior journalism major: “I have a hard time breathing with my mask, so it bothers me. It’s an improvement, being that classrooms are tight spaces.

Tre Hendricks, right, an ag business major from Jefferson City, discusses the new mask mandate with Clarion reporter Tyree Stovall. Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)

Tre Hendricks, a freshman ag business major from Jefferson City: “An improvement, but not everyone is vaccinated, so I still think we should be cautious and keep our masks on.”

Clarion reporter Tyree Stovall, left, talks about the new mask mandate with Layla a freshman ag and animal science major from Gary, Indiana. Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)

Layla, and ag and animal science major from Gary,Ind.: “A new improvement, but we should still have the mandate in the buildings.”

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National Coming Out Day celebrated at LU

Students parade through MLK Hall during the annual National Coming Out Day for LGBTQ students. Oct. 11, 2021. (Photo by Clarion News)

By Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students across the campus and country celebrated National Coming Out Day on Monday by holding events at Scruggs and parading across campus to celebrate the pride of the LGBTQ community.

Prof. Mara Arugete led students through several areas of the campus, including the distributing of free candy and stickers to professors and students. The annual event is designed to inform the community about the issues that LGBTQ students face and allow students to express their sexuality.

National Coming Out Day began in 1988 to celebrate and bring awareness to LGBTQ issues.

LU students brave the rain during the National Coming Out Day parade around campus. Oct. 11, 2021. (Photo by Clarion News)

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LU Track & Field at SBU

By Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Lincoln University track team participated at the SBU Bearcats Invitational on April 2 at Southwest Baptist University.

Freshman Annalisa Barclay leaped out to 11.94m to finish third in the women’s triple jump. Rashane Bartlett and Troy Whyte both advanced to the men’s 60m hurdles after winning their respective prelims. In the finals, Bartlett finished second with a time of 14.13 seconds and Whyte was third in a time of 14.45.

In the female section, Shanette Allison was the fastest qualifier advancing to the finals where she finished second in a season’s best of 13.77.

In the men’s 100m, Tasrico Bell and Jamar Treasure advanced to the finals, while Dervin Walker’s 10.78 missed out on the finals after finishing 10th. In the finals, Bell finished second (10.55) and Treasure was sixth (10.61).

In the women’s equivalent, Hughasia Fyffe and Monae Carey advanced to the finals with the second and sixth fastest times and Barclay ran 12.45 to finish 16th. In the finals, Fyffe took gold running 11.79 and teammate Carey was sixth with a time of 12.01.

The foursome of Shantae George, Aliyah George, Carey, and Fyffe ran 46.84 to win the women’s 4x100m, and in the men’s 4x100m, the quartet of Treasure, Shemar Fletcher, Bell, and Reuben Nichols ran 41.13 to finish second.

Shevanae Thomas won the women’s 400m (56.01), Shantae George was fourth (57.68) and Aliyah George was 14th (1:00.64).

In the women’s 400m hurdle, Maria Diamond took gold with a time of 1:00.03, and in the men’s section, Whyte won overall (51.86), Kewani Campbell was second (52.86), and Bartlett placed nineth (55.76).

The Blue Tiger women recorded three top ten finishes in the women’s 200m, when Shantae George took gold (24.53), Aliyah George was seventh (25.08), and Thomas finished eighth (25.10).

In the men’s section, Nichols captured gold (21.21) and Walker earned silver (21.57).

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