Student on the Street: Most memorable moment?

By Aderias Ealy/Photos by Amya Milligan

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Each week a Clarion News reporter combs the campus looking for answers to a variety of important questions. This week, we asked:

What is your most memorable moment from your time at LU?

 “The most memorable event at Lincoln was becoming a student leader because it helps me develop myself and get more exposure to life outside of college. Also, being the Director of Entertainment(CAB).” – Kenyatta Hampton, a junior from St. Louis majoring in mathematics/education with a CET minor.
“The most memorable moment at Lincoln for me was winning freshman Rep at Large and my whole class rooting for me.” – Jesse Canamore a sophomore political science major from St. Louis.
“The most memorable moment that happened at Lincoln for me was the football tailgate for Homecoming ’22 because I was able to meet all the queens from Lincoln’s past – even the one from 1999.” Babari Naabien, a senior psychology major from St. Louis.
“My most memorable event that happened at Lincoln was my Spring 22 Probate ( Alpha Kappa Alpha). Also, when I first came to Lincoln I joined the student leadership with no prior experience, becoming class president while also earning a full-ride scholarship.” – Bria Lackland, a senior criminal justice major from St. Louis. 
“My most memorable event for me at Lincoln was my Probate ( Kappa Alpha Psi).” – Floyd Lyles TAnnan, a junior accounting major from St. Louis. 
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Blue Tiger Athletics Joins GLVC

Lincoln University President John Moseley speaks during a news conference announcing LU athletics’ move to the Great Lakes Valley Conference. LU will add baseball and soccer teams for both men and women. Jan. 26 2023. (Photo by Mark Oliver/Clarion News)

By Dan Carr, Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced on Thursday (Jan. 26) that Lincoln University has been admitted to the Conference for full-time membership, following a vote of approval by the GLVC Council of Presidents on Monday.
In addition to transitioning into the GLVC, the university announced that it will add three sports programs: baseball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer.

“This is a significant day for the future of Lincoln University,” said Dr. John Moseley, President of Lincoln University. “This puts us in a position athletically where we’ve leveled the playing field by realigning ourselves with others of similar size and similar fiscal commitment. This will also give us the opportunity to compete and recruit in areas where Lincoln already has a large alumni base.
“For me personally, bringing baseball back is special. It’s a sport that’s had a lot of history here at Lincoln, so I’m excited about its return. Soccer is a growing sport and will give us a chance to have an international presence. Adding these sports, in addition to joining the GLVC, will give us more opportunities to recruit students, not just student-athletes.”

Lincoln will officially become the 15th GLVC member upon receipt of initiation fees, entitling the institution to voting privileges, and will begin regular season competition and be eligible for GLVC Championships in 2024-25.

“This is an historic day for the GLVC,” said Jim Naumovich, Commissioner of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. “It’s the first time in the 45-year history of the conference that we’ve had an HBCU member. Under the leadership of Dr. Moseley, and what he’s done for Lincoln as the university president, and Dr. Wilson with intercollegiate athletics, it will be a great fit. There’s a lot of enthusiasm behind Lincoln University and we’re thrilled to welcome them into the league and begin competition in the fall of 2024.”

Founded in 1866 by members of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantries, Lincoln University is a public, historically black, 1890 land-grant institution committed to providing excellent undergraduate and graduate degree programs to a diverse student population. Located in Jefferson City, Mo., Lincoln offers educational opportunities through teaching, research and extension services while cultivating a nurturing, student-centered environment.

The Lincoln Blue Tigers compete in NCAA Division II and have been a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association since 2010. Dating back to its first football game in 1920, Lincoln has a long and proud tradition of participation in collegiate athletics, as well as a history of national success. Most notably, Lincoln’s women’s track & field team has won 14 NCAA Division II National Championships in the past 20 years, and has combined with the men’s team to win 14 MIAA Championships.

Despite being a full member of the MIAA, the Blue Tigers are no stranger to the GLVC, as Lincoln was an associate, football-only member of the conference from 2014-2018.

“Commissioner Naumovich, his stellar team and the evaluation committee were overwhelmingly encouraging throughout the entire process,” said Dr. Kevin Wilson, LU Vice President for Advancement, Athletics and Campus Recreation. “On behalf of our dedicated student-athletes, faculty, staff, alumni and administration, we are humbled to become the 15th member of such a competitive conference. Our shared values and mission truly result in a match made in the Midwest. We look forward to all of our athletic programs calling the GLVC home in 2024.” 

With its three new teams, Lincoln will now sponsor 14 athletic programs: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, men’s and women’s soccer, and softball.

The GLVC is currently one of the largest NCAA Division II conferences in the country, featuring 15 schools and 24 sports. The Conference was established in 1978 and made up of six schools in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, but has moved westward to include four Illinois schools and nine Missouri schools among its membership. Once Lincoln officially moves into the league in 2024, the membership of the GLVC will include: Drury University (Springfield, Mo.), University of Illinois Springfield (Springfield, Ill.), University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, Ind.), Lewis University (Romeoville, Ill.), Maryville University (St. Louis, Mo.), McKendree University (Lebanon, Ill.), Missouri University of Science & Technology (Rolla, Mo.), University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, Mo.), Quincy University (Quincy, Ill.), Rockhurst University (Kansas City, Mo.), Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, Mo.), Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.), Upper Iowa University (Fayette, Iowa) and William Jewell College (Liberty, Mo). 

“Joining the GLVC is a great move for us,” said Victor B. Pasley, President of the Lincoln University Board of Curators. “For two years, the Board of Curators have been discussing the need to join an athletic conference that is more appropriately aligned with LU’s size and values. The institutions in the GLVC are of similar size and similar values, and their investment in sports programs are about the same as LU’s. Joining this conference brings a level playing field for our programs, and allows us to become more competitive.”
Lincoln will begin national searches for a baseball coach and a director of soccer, who will serve as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s programs. All three programs will officially begin operation in the fall of 2023, and will begin playing opponents in 2024-25.
The baseball program, which started in 1970, will return to Lincoln after being discontinued following the 2016 season. The team will play its home games at Vivion Field, the home of the Jefferson City Renegades, a member of the MINK Collegiate Baseball League. Both of LU’s soccer programs, meanwhile, will play their home games on the field at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
The Great Lakes Valley Conference is one of the premier NCAA Division II conferences, made of 13 member institutions from three Midwest states (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri) and comprised of 8,000 student-athletes, 64,000 students and 600,000 alumni. Founded in 1978, the GLVC has grown to sponsor 24 Conference championships and is among the nation’s elite in academic and athletic success. GLVC schools have captured 20 NCAA Division II national championships, including 11 on the men’s side – seven of which are in basketball – and the most recent coming for University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse in 2022. Among the 23 NCAA Division II conferences analyzed in the December 2021 report published by the national office, the GLVC ranked tied for third in the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) at 69 percent and third in Academic Success Rate (ASR) at 85 percent for all student-athletes. The GLVC is also home to the GLVC Sports Network – the first NCAA Division II conference-wide digital streaming network that launched in 2014. GLVCSN can be found on, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Roku devices, as well as iOS and Android mobile apps. For more information about the GLVC, visit

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Lincoln University selected for FAA training program

LU was the first HBCU to offer drone journalism training

Clarion News
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected the Lincoln University journalism program for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Initiative program – or the UAS-CTI.
“This partnership with the FAA will significantly improve our drone journalism training,” said LU journalism associate professor Will Sites.” According to Sites, Lincoln University was the first HBCU to incorporate drones into a media program.
Drones are used during the production of the Clarion News campus news and across the journalism curriculum, including JOU 499 Senior Capstone as part of FAA drone licensing test-prep coursework. Sites said obtaining practical flight experience and/or an FAA Part 107 drone license (required for journalism work) can lead to jobs beyond journalism.

LU senior Amoni Lewis flies a drone in the senior capstone drone journalism pilot training program. April 12, 2021. (Clarion News photo)

“I want students to get comfortable flying drones in all kinds of conditions and for a variety of reasons,” Sites said. “It’s a skill that goes well beyond the newsroom.”
According to the FAA, the UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. In order to qualify for the initiative, schools must offer a bachelor’s or associates degree in UAS or a degree with a minor, concentration, or certificate in UAS. Schools must provide curriculum covering various aspects of UAS training, including hands-on flight practice, maintenance, uses, applications, privacy concerns, safety, and federal policies concerning UAS.
“It’s important that we work with the FAA to provide our drone journalism students updated regulations and best-practices,” Sites said from his office in MLK Hall. “Being part of the UAS-CTI program will provide access to other schools and industries – it’s a win-win.”
Lincoln University was the first HBCU to offer a journalism degree program (1942) and has one of the oldest four-year public HBCU campus newspapers, the Clarion News, which was founded by LU Kappa Alpha Psi members in 1932.

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Ready, set, bowl!

After being closed during Covid, the lanes have reopened in Scruggs

Students return to the LU bowling alley inside Scruggs. The lanes were closed during Covid. Jan. 19, 2023. (Photo by Tobias Hunter)

By LaMarr Spencer/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The bowling alley located at the heart of Lincoln’s campus has officially reopened. Students got the ball rolling again at the Scruggs University Center during a bowling party hosted by the University’s Campus Activity Board on Thursday evening.

Lincoln’s CAB decided to host a bowling night as part of its Welcome Back Week activities. Both new and returning students were able to partake in the event as they kicked off the spring semester.

“We had a great turnout,”CAB President Michaela Crenshaw said. “I’m ecstatic that the bowling alley is open and I’m glad that the Campus Activity Board was able to host a great welcome back event for the student body.”

The bowling alley was previously shut down in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a variety of maintenance issues. After nearly three years of anticipation, students returned to the lanes, eager to bowl with their friends. A great turn-out led to plenty of laughter, music, and the sounds of rolling balls and falling pins.

“I think it’s really cool that I can walk from my dorm room and go bowling right here on campus,” said freshman Donte Moore.

The bowling alley will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Students will be charged $8 per game, per lane.

The bowling lanes re-opened in Scruggs University Center after being closed during Covid. Jan. 19, 2023. (Photo by Damia Day)
Students return to the LU bowling alley inside Scruggs. The lanes were closed during Covid. Jan. 19, 2023. (Photo by Tobias Hunter)
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Clarion Spotlight: Dr. Michael J. Self Sr.

Dr. Michael J. Self Sr.

By Darianna McGee/Clarion News
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- This month the Clarion News is spotlighting one of our newest members of the Blue Tiger Nation, Dr. Michael J. Self Sr., Lincoln University’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Self was hired in July of 2022 (news release here). A few questions for the new administrator.
CLARION: Where are you from?
SELF: “I am from Louisiana, more specifically Baton Rouge.”
CLARION: What made you choose Lincoln?
SELF: “Lincoln has, when I looked at the website, so many things they were working on that seemed exciting. They had a big focus on improving the culture for students and for faculty and staff, and I’ve always been a huge culture person and so that excited me to be able to go to a place and have such a strong cultural blueprint.”
CLARION: What do you see as Lincoln University culture?
SELF: “Well, I see is a place where there’s been a long history, then there’s been a recent history, and I think now there is an opportunity to bridge the gap between those two. What can we hold on to from Lincoln’s traditional history, and what can we embrace from Lincoln’s current reality that now creates a Lincoln that everybody feels that they are a part of?”
CLARION: So far, what has been your experience at Lincoln?

SELF: “It’s been good! The people are friendly. They seem excited about me coming, they seem very excited about some of the things they believe we can do together – so really it has been a good experience.”
CLARION: How have you been connecting with the staff and students?
SELF: “A Lot of talking to people. I’ve been to the cafeteria and just started talking to random students. I’ve had so many meetings on my calendar with different faculty and staff. Just really knowing who people are. Where are you from? What are you majoring in? What are your goals? I feel like I’ve just been interviewing a lot of people and building a mental database of who everyone is, and now that I know who people are, I can see how I can connect with them better. So really just talking to as many people as possible. Not just inside, outside.”
CLARION: How has your past work experience helped you with being provost?
SELF: “I’ve been a dean, I’ve been an assistant provost, I’ve been over academic affairs at many different places. It’s like a hodgepodge of different experiences that enabled me to see different people in different ways that I think have now helped me be able to engage with anyone. And regardless of where you are, I can help you get to the next place.”
CLARION: What’s your favorite thing about Lincoln?
SELF: “A bunch of things are coming to my head. I’m OK with the school colors – blue, gray they go with almost everything. But I also like the fact that when you go into a space, people love Lincoln. Even with all the challenges, all the issues, all the concerns. If you’re at Lincoln, you love Lincoln. The blue and the gray is still a good one, but that love you feel it! You may see people that are frustrated, but they don’t quit.”
CLARION: What are some of the challenges that you see when it comes to student academic success?
SELF: “We have some students that aren’t as prepared, so a challenge is helping them to get to the point they need to be to take off. Another challenge is resources – we don’t always have access to the amount of resources that we really need.”
CLARION: What does working at an HBCU mean to you?
SELF: “Oh man, what I love about HBCU’s the most, and I missed this because I went to LSU. I had to figure out who I was in an environment where it wasn’t always safe to do so. What I love about HBCU’s is that I get to figure me out, without feeling uncomfortable being me. I didn’t have that. I love that HBCU’s provide a safe space for Black students to define themselves. That’s important – the world is already hard when you go outside, so going outside and not knowing who you are is worse. So having a place where I can really groove and figure out who I am? Comfortably without judgment? Man. And I know some people still question the purpose of HBCU’s, but you can’t get that anywhere else. Some people already know who they are, but if you’re still trying to figure out who you really are and what your rhythm is – we provide that.” 
Darianna McGee is a senior journalism student at Lincoln University. She has served on the staff of the Clarion News for three years.

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Lady Blue Tigers take Northeastern State

LU freshman Ashlyn Alloway takes a shot against Northeastern State during a home victory. Jan. 14, 2023. (Photo by Sophia Haight/Clarion News)

Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln women’s basketball team shot .431 from the field and forced 11 turnovers en route to a 61-57 home win over Northeastern State on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 14).

The victory was the second-straight for Lincoln, which defeated Rogers State on Thursday night, as well as the Blue Tigers’ third win in their last four games. The win was the first for LU over Northeastern State since 2016-17, and also marks the first time that the Blue Tigers have won two-consecutive MIAA games since Feb. 11 and Feb. 14 of 2017.

Ashlyn Alloway led Lincoln (5-11, 3-7 MIAA) with 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Le’Yanna McGinnis had 11 points, six boards and a pair of blocks. The Blue Tigers blocked six shots in the contest and allowed Northeastern State (5-10, 2-9 MIAA) to shoot just .333 for the ballgame. Lincoln also scored 12 of its points off NSU turnovers, compared to just three points off turnovers for the RiverHawks.

Lincoln jumped out to a 9-2 lead, but Northeastern State came back to tie the game at 11. After a three-pointer allowed NSU to take the lead, Lincoln ended the quarter by scoring six-straight points to take a 21-16 lead. LU would extend its lead to 35-28 at halftime, and the Blue Tigers later led by as many as 10 in the third quarter.

The RiverHawks rallied, ultimately pulling to within 57-55 with 1:56 remaining in the contest. NSU had a chance to take the lead on its next possession, but Alloway grabbed the rebound after a missed three-pointer, and hit a jumper to make it a two-possession game on the other end of the court. Alloway also collected the rebound on Northeastern State’s next attempt, and Jackson essentially sealed the win by making two shots at the free throw line, part of an .889 performance for LU at the charity stripe.

Jackson had four points, two assists and a block, and Kelsey Mitchell provided 10 points and three rebounds. Aliyah Bello had five points, four boards and a pair of assists and Saniya Simmons finished with five points and four assists. 

Ayreona Carter came off the bench to pull down two rebounds while AJ Bradley added six points, an assist and a steal to the winning effort. Miriam Bazylewicz rounded out the Blue Tigers with six points, five boards and a team-high three blocks.

Lincoln will be on the road for its next three games, starting on Thursday (Jan. 19) with a 5:30 p.m. CST game in St. Joseph, Mo. against Missouri Western.

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Blue Tigers finish strong, beat Northeastern State

LU men’s basketball coach Jimmy Drew talks with the team en route to a win over Northeastern State. Jan. 14, 2023. (Photo by Sophia Haight/Clarion News)

Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln men’s basketball team outscored Northeastern State, 20-7, over the final seven minutes of the game as the Blue Tigers beat the RiverHawks, 76-68, for their third-straight victory on Saturday (Jan. 14).

Sai Witt scored 19 points, all in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds to go with two blocks, a pair of steals and an assist. Artese Stapleton also had 19 points and dished seven assists to go with a block, two steals and two boards. Sam Rautins finished with 17 points and three rebounds while DJ Richardson also reached double figures, scoring 12 to go with four rebounds and three assists.

The lead changed 10 times and the contest was tied on six occasions, but Northeastern State (9-6, 6-5 MIAA), which led 41-38 at halftime, was on top for most of the second half. The RiverHawks led by six with 7:47 remaining, and had a 61-56 advantage entering the game’s final seven minutes. Back-to-back jumpers by Witt and Rautins, however, sprung the Blue Tigers onto an 8-0 run, and a pair of free throws from Witt made it a three-possession game inside the final minute.

Lincoln (10-4, 6-4 MIAA) shot .519 from the field and .429 from long range, draining nine treys in the process. Both teams had 27 rebounds, but Lincoln forced Northeastern State into 16 turnovers, resulting in 19 points for the Blue Tigers. NSU shot .667 in the first half, but LU tightened up defensively in the second, allowing the RiverHawks to shoot just .346. The Blue Tigers also shot .722 at the line, including going 9-for-11 in the game’s final three minutes.

Jamar Madge, Jr. had five points and two rebounds while Kevin Kone closed the scoring with four points and four boards. 

The Blue Tigers will be on the road for their next three contests, starting on Thursday (Jan. 19) when Lincoln visits St. Joseph, Mo. to play Missouri Western at 7:30 p.m. CST.

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Snow closes campus

By Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A quick-moving cold front brought about two inches of snow Thursday morning to the LU campus. Employees were notified that they should work from home. Students began arriving on campus Wednesday and classes will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.

A gradual warm-up will begin on Friday, with a high near 60 expected early next week.

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LU holds holiday concert

The holiday concert was conducted by LU’s Michelle Gamblin-Green.

Article and photos by Darianna McGee

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- On Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 the Lincoln University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presented their annual holiday concert with the Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble and the LU Choir. The event took place in Richardson Fine Arts Center’s Mitchell Auditorium.

This served as an opportunity for the Jefferson City and Lincoln University communities to join together for some holiday cheer. The choir sang many popular Christmas carols, including “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

The Clarion News staff wishes you a happy holiday season!

The holiday concert was held in LU’s Mitchell Auditorium.
The holiday concert was held in LU’s Mitchell Auditorium.
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LU students read poetry at MRRL event

LU students, left to right: Kennedy Thompson, DeAni Blake-Britton, Jaida Gray, Chenia Walker, professor Eli Burrell, Jestine Lange, Crystal Taylor, and Ethan Robinett.

From Clarion staff reports/Photos courtesy Eli Burrell

JEFFERSON CITY – The undergraduate poets from the English 376: Intermediate Poetry Workshop and English 476 Advanced Poetry Workshop (taught by Elijah Burrell, poet and associate professor of English) presented a public reading on Nov. 29, 2022 during the November meeting of the Missouri River Regional Library Lecture Series event.

The Lincoln University Poetry Workshop Live Series showcases the range and energy of contemporary poetic voices with an emphasis on cultural and aesthetic diversity. 

For more info, go to the MRRL website.

DeAni Blake-Britton reading presenting at the MRRL Lecture Series live event.
Chenia Walker
Ethan Robinett
Poetry enthusiasts enjoy the live readings by LU students during the MRRL Lecture Series live event. Nov. 29, 2022.
Kennedy Thompson
Crystal Taylor
Jestine Lange
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Improved Blue Tigers wow crowd on Senior Day

The Blue Tigers in action against Emporia State during Senior Day at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Nov. 5, 2022. (Photo by Sophia Haight/Clarion News)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln football team scored first and forced four turnovers, but Emporia State beat the Blue Tigers, 35-24, in LU’s Senior Day football game on Saturday (Nov. 5). It was the final home game of the year for Lincoln, which will close its 2022 campaign in St. Joseph, Mo. against Missouri Western on Saturday (Nov. 12) at 1:00 p.m. CST.

Before the game, Lincoln recognized its seven graduating seniors: Cody Bagby, Julius Jackson-Linkhart, Javier Moreno, Jaylon Mosley, Charles Ransom, Caleb Rozar and TeAndre Skinner.

The Blue Tigers won the coin toss, elected to receive, and then marched down the field to score the first points of the afternoon on Moreno’s 34-yard field goal. Aderias Ealy caught a 19-yard pass from Zamar Brake to get the ball down close to the red zone after Omar Allen picked up 13 yards on a pair of carries earlier in the drive. Damon Bell, meanwhile, made a seven-yard reception to get LU within range for the field goal.

Emporia State (8-2, 8-2 MIAA) answered with a touchdown drive, but both defenses stepped up and the score remained at 7-3 heading into the second quarter. During that second period, Aeneas Tibbs intercepted two passes while Eric Brown picked off another as Lincoln (0-10, 0-10 MIAA) trailed by just 13-10 entering the final four minutes of the half. ESU scored a touchdown earlier in the quarter, but the extra point attempt was no good. Ealy then helped make it a three-point affair with an 85-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

The Hornets would end up taking a 35-10 lead into the final quarter, but Lincoln refused to go down quietly. A 19-yard punt return from Chrisshun Robinson gave LU great field position on its next scoring drive, and a six-yard reception by Samuel Ingoli followed by a three-yard scamper from LaMarco Yates gave the Blue Tigers a first down at the ESU 13. Brake then found Ealy wide open in the end zone for another touchdown, pulling LU to within 35-17 halfway through the fourth period.

The Lincoln defense forced a three-and-out, and the Blue Tiger offense once again marched down the field. Ealy caught a 22-yard pass to start the drive, and later hauled in an 18 yard pass to get down to the visitor 27. A 13-yard run by Brake, followed by a pair of grabs by Ingoli, allowed Lincoln to reach the one-yard line. Yates punched the ball in on the next play to close the gap down to 11, but Emporia State ended up recovering the ensuing onside kick to seal the win.

Brake threw for 273 yards while Ealy finished with seven grabs for 170 yards. Ingoli caught six passes for 52 yards, and Bell also tallied six receptions on the afternoon. Clayton Winkler had four punts travel at least 50 yards, two of which pinned ESU inside its 20, and Moreno went 4-for-4 on kick attempts. Michael Cunningham averaged 52.5 yards on kickoffs.

Defensively, Mosley led the Blue Tigers with 15 tackles while Jackson-Linkhart was next with 12, and Skinner broke up a pass to go with eight takedowns. Bagby had a hurry and four tackles, and Brown, who recorded a 38-yard return on his interception, finished with three tackles and a hurry. Markey Mallary recorded six tackles, Cory Macon had five takedowns and a tackle for loss, and Pat Harris and Kyvin Carroll each also recorded five tackles apiece. 

The Blue Tigers played their last home game on Saturday against Emporia State during Senior Day at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Nov. 5, 2022. (Photo by Sophia Haight/Clarion News)

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Panini press fire leads to Scruggs evacuation

Jefferson City Fire responding to a call at Scruggs Friday morning at about 10;30 when oil from a panini press caused a small fire, setting off an alarm. The building was evacuated until an all-clear was issued at 10:50 a.m. Nov. 4, 2022. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)

By Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – According to the Jefferson City Fire Department, hot oil from a Scruggs cafeteria panini press ignited, creating enough smoke to set-off alarms. The building was evacuated. Two fire department trucks arrived at about 10:30 a.m. The incident was cleared at 10:50 a.m. and no injuries were reported. Scruggs and the cafe reopened.

Jefferson City Fire responding to a call at Scruggs Friday morning at about 10;30 when oil from a panini press caused a small fire, setting off an alarm. The building was evacuated until an all-clear was issued at 10:50 a.m. Nov. 4, 2022. (Photo by Amya Milligan/Clarion News)
Jefferson City Fire responding to a call at Scruggs Friday morning at about 10;30 when oil from a panini press caused a small fire, setting off an alarm. The building was evacuated until an all-clear was issued at 10:50 a.m. Nov. 4, 2022. (Photo by Amya Milligan/Clarion News)

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Trunk or Treat at Jason Gym

Kids, parents, and students at Saturday’s Trunk or Treat event held at Jason Gym. Oct. 29, 2022. (Photo by Darianna McGee/Clarion News)

By Darianna McGee

JEFFERSON CITY- Lincoln University – along with the new campus chapter of the NAACP and Building Community Bridges – hosted an annual Trunk or Treat for the children of Jefferson City. This year the event took place on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 on the Jason Gym parking lot. The event provided an opportunity for community service and a chance for kids to score a lot of candy.

Kids, parents, and students at Saturday’s Trunk or Treat event held at Jason Gym. Oct. 29, 2022. (Photo by Darianna McGee/Clarion News)
Children and parents at Saturday’s Trunk or Treat event held at Jason Gym. Oct. 29, 2022. (Photo by Darianna McGee/Clarion News)
Kids, parents, and students at Saturday’s Trunk or Treat event held at Jason Gym. Oct. 29, 2022. (Photo by Darianna McGee/Clarion News)
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Basketball season begins at twilight

Members of the LU Blue Tiger women’s basketball team at the annual Twilight event held in Jason Gym. Oct. 26, 2022. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)

By Lamarr Spencer/Clarion News

JEFFERSON CITY – Basketball season arrived Wednesday evening with the annual Blue Tiger Twilight, which allows the teams to introduce themselves to the community and give a sneak peek into what the MIAA will face this year.

The women’s squad returns seven vets and adds nine newcomers to complete a balanced roster. Drea Mize hopes to lead the Lady Blue Tigers to success in her second season as head coach.

The men’s squad is almost completely different as 13 new players join five returners led by former University of Central Florida assistant coach Jimmy Drew. In his first year as a head coach, Drew will have the opportunity to lead Lincoln to success in the MIAA.
The Lady Blue Tigers start their season with an exhibition game against the Indiana State Sycamores Nov. 3 in Terre Haute. The men’s team will travel to Kansas City, Mo. to face the University of Missouri-Kansas City in an exhibition game on Nov.7.

Go Blue!

(for more info and schedules, click here)

Men’s basketball coach Jimmy Drew at the annual Twilight event held in Jason Gym. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)
Members of the LU Blue Tiger men’s basketball team at the annual Twilight event held in Jason Gym. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)

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NAACP holds first informational meeting

(Photo: Cameron Huey, president of the LU NAACP chapter, and Lyniya Pruitt, vice president.)

By Emoni Herron/Clarion News
Photos by Jordan Parker

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The NAACP hosted their first informational meeting on Oct. 24, 2022 in Page Library. During thE meeting they introduced the executive board members, did group greetings, and discussed what they plan to work on this semester and other initiatives. On Saturday afternoon the NAACP will hold their first campus community event on the parking lot of Jason Gym with Trunk-Or-Treat, which is in partnership with Building Community Bridges. 

For more information on the benefits of NAACP, go to

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Dress for success!

Jillian Patton, Kimberly Hill, and Gabrielle Hodges with their ties to success. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)

By Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The LU Office of Career Services hosted a How to Dress for Success event Wednesday evening in Page Library. Hosted by student-intern Austin Gaither, he demonstrated how to properly tie a tie. The purpose is to learn how to look professional and dress for a business setting.

“In a professional business setting it’s always good to have a tie,” Gaither said. ““It will show the students that whenever you express yourself, the best thing you can do is to show them you know how to impress them. Profess your success to the rest.”

For more information, contact Career Services at
or visit Page Library, Suite 232.

Austin Gaither, host of the Tie for Success event held Oct. 19, 2022 in Page Library. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)
Gabrielle Hodges (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)
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Nebraska Kearney too much for Blue Tigers

Daimon Bell eludes a tackle during Saturday’s game against Nebraska Kearney. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Chrisshun Robinson and LaMarco Yates each scored touchdowns and Javier Moreno kicked a 32 yard field goal, but the Lincoln football team lost to Nebraska Kearney at home on a blustery Saturday afternoon (Oct. 22).

Nebraska Kearney (6-2, 6-2 MIAA) scored in all four quarters, including twice on special teams as both programs faced winds of 15mph that often knocked the ball off the tee. UNK ended the game with a 66-17 victory, though the Blue Tigers did force one turnover on a strip sack by Charles Ransom. Demarea Ball recovered the football, and both he and Ransom finished with three tackles on the afternoon.

Lincoln (0-7, 0-7 MIAA) scored on its first drive of the second quarter, which was kept alive when quarterback Zamar Brake, under duress, found Samuel Ingoli deep down the middle to pick up 15 yards on third down. Ingoli later hauled in an 11-yard pass, and Brake later connected with Robinson for a 17-yard touchdown.

Both of LU’s other scores came in the fourth quarter, with Moreno’s field goal being made with 11 seconds left on the clock. A 22-yard run by Omar Allen started Lincoln’s other touchdown drive, which was set up by 56 total rushing yards from the LU offense. Yates had an 18-yard scamper to move the ball down to the UNK 14, and Nathan Valencia later moved LU down to the six on a two-yard gain. After successfully converting on a fourth down play, the Blue Tigers pushed the ball into the end zone on Yates’ five-yard carry.

Brake threw for 130 yards and Valencia completed four of his five pass attempts. Yates led the rushing attack with 65 yards, followed by Dawan Lomax with 50 and Allen with 39. Blayden Brown averaged 14 yards per carry, and Brake gained 32 yards on the ground. Daimon Bell had a team-high nine receptions for 94 yards.

Markey Mallary led the Blue Tiger defense with 13 tackles, including one for a loss, and Cody Bagby recorded a sack while Aeneas Tibbs, who tallied six tackles, broke up a pass. Kyvin Carroll and Samuel Amituanai each recorded tackles for loss, and Jaylon Mosley made six takedowns while Jahkari Larmond was next with five. Elvis Bridgeman and Cory Macon added four tackles apiece.

Michael Cunningham averaged 34.0 yards on punts and 43.5 yards on kickoffs while Moreno was successful on all three of his kick attempts during the contest. Aderias Ealy gained 108 yards on kick returns with a long of 23.

The Blue Tigers will be on the road next Saturday (Oct. 29), traveling to Warrensburg, Mo. to play Central Missouri in a 1 p.m. contest.

LaMarco Yates escapes a tackle during action against Nebraska Kearney. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)
Aderias Ealy on the move against Nebraska Kearney on Oct. 22, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)
LU players getting fired-up against Nebraska Kearney. (Clarion News photo)

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Students update Black history panels in Capitol museum

LU students Mary Franklin, left, and Kennedy Thompson with their Pennytown panel at the Missouri History Museum inside the state Capitol. Oct. 13, 2022. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)

By Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News

JEFFERSON CITY – Visitors to the Missouri State Museum inside the Capitol will now see three revamped panels completed by Lincoln University students. A reception held Oct. 13, 2022 recognized the efforts of seven students enrolled in one of Dr. Christine Boston’s anthropology courses. The fall 2021 ANT 498: Special Topics: Museum Studies class required the students to redo three Missouri Black History panels. The panels illustrate Missouri’s history with Ozarks lynchings, the historic Black village known as Pennytown, and the story of Lloyd Gaines and Margaret Bush-Wilson, a graduate of the Lincoln University School of Law, civil rights activist, and the second Black woman to pass the Missouri bar.

During the reception, students Mary Franklin and Kennedy Thompson discussed their work on the faith and resilience of Pennytown, a historical Black town near Marshall, Mo.
“What I enjoyed the most was being able to learn about the schools and the history of Pennytown,”said Thompson. Student Princess Garner, who worked on projects highlighting the story of Lloyd Gaines and former LU law student Margaret Bush-Wilson, said she appreciates the connections between the past, present, and future. “Personally, what this project means to me is that I now want to get into museum curatorship,” Garner said. “It was nice to work on this project to see if this is what I really want to do.” 

Students participating in the fall 2021 museum project include: Louie Delk (now serving in the U.S. Army), Mary Franklin, Princess Garner, Jaida Gray, Alexandre Mugisha, Crystal Taylor, and Kennedy Thompson. Their professor is proud of the work they accomplished.

“In the end, we feel that the students succeeded in their projects, and the Missouri State Museum and the public benefits with this new exhibit on display,” Boston said. “It is our hope that the students’ work helps other institutions realize new and innovative ways to develop and incorporate diverse voices into any new exhibits.” Boston noted that other people have shared positive thoughts on the project.

Retired English teacher Bev Price attended the reception and was impressed by the work. Price told Boston said she is looking forward to showing her grandson the new panels, especially the one concerning Ozarks lynchings, since the topic is barely discussed (if at all) in Missouri schools.

The museum is free and open to the public seven days a week.

LU student Princess Garner in front of a panel she worked on for an anthropology class project. The student-reworked panels are now on display in the Missouri State History Museum inside the state Capitol. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
A panel discussing Lloyd Gaines and Margaret Bush-Wilson. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
A panel discussing mob violence in southern Missouri. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
A panel revamped by LU students Kennedy Thompson, Louie Delk, and and Mary Franklin. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
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Graduating seniors may need Constitution test

LU students attend graduation. May, 2021. (Clarion News photo)

From the Clarion News desk

Attention December Graduates!

If you did not take one of the courses listed below at Lincoln or another Missouri institution, you must take and pass the Missouri Constitution Test in order to graduate.

•   HIS 205: US History I
•   HIS 206: US History II
•   PSC 203: American National Government
•   PSC 203H: Honors American National Government
•   PSC 204: American State and Local Government

Fall Testing Date
October 27, 2022
3-4 p.m.
222 Founders Hall

You must pre-register. Email Dr. Brian Norris ( with your name and student number. 

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Softball field improvements will bring action home

Due to poor field conditions, last season’s games were moved to Columbia

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

By Devyn Sigars/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The Blue Tiger softball team will be returning to home-play in 2023 after improvements are completed to the campus field located next to Dwight T. Reed Stadium. According to new head coach Jason Allison, construction is currently underway. Poor field conditions forced the 2022 spring season away from campus.

Last season’s home games were played at Battle High School in Columbia.

The new improvements include an all-turf field with a roughly $500,000 estimated cost. Beyond new Blue Tiger turf, the team has a new vision with the addition of Ollison. The team’s former coach, Christine Core, stepped down after spending four seasons leading Lincoln softball.

Ollison was previously the head coach at Versailles High School, where he posted a 34-20 record.

LU softball players practice on the field which is currently undergoing an upgrade. March 20, 2022. (Photo by Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News)
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Blue Tigers come up short against Pittsburg State

Think Pink game is at home at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22

LU’s Jaylon Mosley keeps six points off the board after successfully stopping a Pittsburg State run. Oct. 15, 2022. (Clarion News photo)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln football team produced 137 yards on the ground against a top-10 nationally-ranked team, but Pittsburg State ended up escaping Jefferson City with the win on Saturday (Oct. 15). The Gorillas, who entered the game ranked No. 7 in the American Football Coaches Association’s Division II poll, beat the Blue Tigers, 49-10.

Zamar Brake came into the game with a propensity to throw the ball, but he made a number of big plays with his feet on Saturday. Brake picked up multiple first downs on third down carries, and gained a team-high 65 yards on 16 carries. One of those designed runs came on third-and-six at the PSU 15, as Brake exploded through a hole and all the way into the end zone for the LU touchdown in the fourth quarter. In addition to his big game on the ground, Brake also completed 18 passes for 148 yards.

Dawan Lomax added 40 yards and Blayden Brown provided 4.7 yards per carry late in the contest. In the passing game, Chrisshun Robinson led Lincoln (0-7, 0-7 MIAA) with seven grabs for 61 yards, and Charles Johnson made three catches for 18 yards. Aderias Ealy finished with five receptions for 52 yards, with his big playing coming on LU’s field goal drive in the second quarter. Ealy had a 28-yard catch-and-run down the sideline to keep the drive alive and help the Blue Tigers put points on the board.

Pittsburg State (7-0, 7-0 MIAA) scored 14 points in the first quarter before taking a 28-3 lead into the half. The Blue Tiger defense had some shining moments against the vaunted Gorilla offense, however, including ending a PSU drive on an Eric Brown interception inside the LU 10. Brown returned the ball 27 yards, and also made two tackles on the afternoon.

Jaylon Mosley had a pair of tackles for loss and led Lincoln with 13 total takedowns. TeAndre Skinner, who made seven tackles, had one for a loss to stop the Gorillas on fourth down. Charles Ransom provided four tackles, a hurry and a pass break-up, and Kelvon Durham added three tackles and a broken up pass. Markey Mallary matched Skinner with tackles while Samuel Amituanai provided four.

Javier Moreno successfully connected on a 27-yard field goal and made his only extra point attempt of the contest. Michael Cunningham averaged 51.7 yards on kickoffs and 34.7 yards on punts with a long of 54.

Lincoln remains at home next Saturday (Oct. 22) to host Nebraska Kearney in its annual Think Pink Game to promote breast cancer research and awareness. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

No. 31 Dawan Lomax carries the ball after a hand-off from quarterback Zamar Brake in action against Pittsburg State. Oct. 15, 2022. (Clarion News photo)
LU’s Charles Johnson in action against Pittsburg State. Oct. 15, 2022. (Clarion News photo)
LU quarterback Zamar Brake in action against Pittsburg State. Oct. 15, 2022. (Clarion News photo)

The LU Royal Court at Saturday’s game against Pittsburg State. Oct. 15, 2022. (Clarion News photo)
LU journalism students Gracen Gaskins, left, and Mark Oliver covering the game. Oct. 15, 2022. (Clarion News photo)
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C.A.B. hosts fashion show

Destiny Moore models during the BluePrint fashion show sponsored by C.A.B. (Photo by Donyae Porter)

By Amya Milligan/Photos Donyae Porter

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Lincoln University C.A.B hosted The BluePrint Fashion Show in Page Library at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2022.

Many students showed their style and fashion supporting their own businesses or helping students market their businesses. The Blue Tigers C.A.B. sponsored the event.

Dominique models in the C.A.B. BluePrint fashion show. (Photo by Donyae Porter)
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Career fairs offer insight, opportunities

Students visit a Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance table during one of three career fairs held throughout the week in Page Library. (Photo by Devyn Sigars)

By Devyn Sigars/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The Office Of Career  Services hosted several career fairs during the week of Oct. 3-7, offering students a chance to explore a variety of professional opportunities after graduation.  

The career fairs were divided into several campus academic areas, including Arts & Sciences, College of Professional Studies, and Agriculture & Environmental Services. Some of the agencies participating include: Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, St. Louis County Police, the FBI, Columbia Fire Department, and the Mo. Dept. of Agriculture.

Students said the career fairs helped them explore and plan their professional futures and offered a variety of career paths beyond graduation. 

The Office of Career Services sponsored several career fairs during the week of Oct. 3-7. (Photo by Devyn Sigars/Clarion News)
There were many businesses and organizations offering information to students during the three career fairs held in Page Library. (Photo by Devyn Sigars/Clarion News)

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Homecoming 2022 successful, despite 45-3 loss

LU Homecoming 2022 included a game-ball skydive jump onto the Dwight T. Reed Stadium field before the match against Central Oklahoma. Oct. 1, 2022. (Photo by Tavia Hall/LU athletics graduate assistant)

By Dan Carr, assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln football team played Central Oklahoma close in the first quarter, but the Bronchos pulled away in the second half to hand LU a 45-3 loss on Saturday (Oct. 1).

Javier Moreno kicked a 33-yard field goal set up by a 20-yard completion from Nathan Valencia to Daimon Bell midway through the first quarter. Bell also caught a 22-yard pass from Valencia on that drive, which resulted in Lincoln (0-5, 0-5 MIAA) pulling to within 7-3 of Central Oklahoma (3-2, 3-2 MIAA). The Bronchos tacked on a field goal to regain a seven-point at the end of the first stanza.

Lincoln shut out the Bronchos in the fourth quarter, but UCO managed to score its remaining points in the second and third periods while keeping the Blue Tigers off the scoreboard. Valencia finished with 12 completions for 99 yards while Zamar Brake had six completions for 62 yards. Bell ended the day with a team-high 50 receiving yards, and Chrisshun Robinson caught four passes for 41 yards. 

Saturday was Homecoming, and the Blue Tiger defense had some big plays to electrify the crowd. Cody Bagby made a pair of solo sacks and broke up a pass while finishing with four tackles on the afternoon. Lincoln had five total tackles for loss, with Julian Jackson-Linkhart, who recorded nine takedowns, teaming with Aaron Okello on one. Markey Mallary had a tackle for loss and four other takedowns, and Otis Jackson and Charles Ransom were each credited with hurries.

Lincoln did not turn the ball over at all on Saturday, but took the ball away from UCO on two occasions. In the second quarter, Central Oklahoma was driving into Lincoln territory before Joel Talley, Jr. intercepted a pass and returned it for 24 yards. The Blue Tigers also ended a Broncho drive in the third quarter by taking the ball away, as Demarea Ball fell on a fumble to give Lincoln the ball at the UCO 28. 

Elvis Bridgeman led Lincoln with 12 tackles while Eric Brown, Cameron Hawkins, Samuel Amituanai and Kyvin Carroll each finished with five tackles. Carroll had a tackle for loss and Brown broke up a pass. Jaylon Mosley provided four tackles, and Devyn Sigars broke up a pass while Kelvon Durham and Jamahreon Smith made three tackles apiece.

The Blue Tigers will travel to Joplin, Mo. next Saturday (Oct. 8) to play Missouri Southern in a 2 p.m. contest.

Homecoming action at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Oct. 1, 2022. (Photo by Dan Carr)
Representing Veterans United, a skydiver delivers the game ball prior to the Homecoming game at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Oct. 1, 2022. (Photo by Lamarr Spencer/Clarion News)
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LU Homecoming fall 2022

Gospel Explosion helped kick-off Homecoming Week on Sunday evening in Mitchell Auditorium. Sept. 25, 2022. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)

Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Fall is in the air and that means one thing this time of year. It’s Homecoming at LU! It’s a week full of Blue Tiger pride and a time when the campus welcomes alumni, friends, and family.

Go Blue!

Schedule of events here

The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales joined the Lincoln University’s fall 1986 homecoming parade. Nov. 18, 1986. (Clarion News photo)
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Founders Hall fire leads to evacuation

JCFD firefighters Holland, left, and Devres enter the bottom floor of Founders Hall Monday morning on the Lincoln University campus. Sept. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites/Clarion supervisor)

Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A dryer fire in the basement of Founders Hall led to an hour-long evacuation Monday morning. Anthropology professor Dr. Christine Boston was in her office when she smelled smoke.

“It didn’t take long to get worse,” she said while waiting outside between Founders and MLK Hall for JCFD firefighters to extinguish the fire. Smoke could be seen rolling from the loading dock doors and nearby vents. Firefighters arrived shortly before 1l a.m., entering the smoky building wearing oxygen masks and tanks.

By 11:30 a.m., the building was cleared. No injuries were reported.

JCFD firefighters Holland, left, and Devres enter the bottom floor of Founders Hall Monday morning on the Lincoln University campus. Sept. 26, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites/Clarion supervisor)
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Blue Tiger fall to Northeastern State

Blue Tigers in action at Northeastern State (Photo courtesy Dan Carr)

By Dan Carr/ Assistant AD for Media Relations

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Lincoln football team’s defense created three turnovers, one of which was returned for a touchdown, but the Blue Tigers dropped a 38-10 decision on the road to Northeastern State on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 24).

Early in the fourth quarter, LU forced the NSU quarterback to fumble at his own 47. Jaylon Mosley scooped up the ball and ran untouched into the end zone for the Blue Tiger defense’s first points of 2022. Mosley and Charles Ransom each made four tackles, and Ransom also had a fumble recovery.

Cameron Hawkins picked off a pass in the second quarter, and additionally forced a fumble to go with five tackles. Julian Jackson-Linkhart led LU’s defense with eight tackles, seven of which were solo, and Cory Macon made seven total tackles. Cody Bagby recorded a sack and made three tackles for loss, finishing with six total takedowns.

Eric Brown, Joel Talley, Jr. and Aaron Okello finished with six tackles apiece, with Brown also breaking up a pass. Jahkari Larmond, meanwhile, had five takedowns, including a tackle for loss.

Northeastern State (1-3, 1-3 MIAA) struck first on a 12-yard run midway through the opening quarter, and had a 14-0 advantage early in the second. Lincoln (0-4, 0-4 MIAA) cut that deficit down to 14-3 on a 30-yard field goal by Javier Moreno with 3:06 until halftime. Dawan Lomax set up the score with a 25-yard run down to the NSU 21, and ended the day with 53 yards on the ground. Omar Allen, meanwhile, had 62-yard run in the second half and led Lincoln with 79 rushing yards.

Charles Johnson caught a pair of passes for 36 yards, Aderias Ealy recorded a 25-yard kick return and Moreno averaged 57.0 yards on kickoffs. Michael Cunningham, meanwhile, had one punt that pinned the RiverHawks inside their own 20.

Lincoln returns to Jefferson City next Saturday (Oct. 1) for its annual Homecoming game. The Blue Tigers host Central Oklahoma at 2 p.m.

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Senior spotlight: Jameaka Mannings

Jameaka Mannings (Photo by Tea Creates)

By Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Blue Tiger track and field is loaded with talent in sport and academics. The Clarion News recently visited with one of LU’s senior athletes, Jameaka Mannings.

Clarion: Where are you from, Jameaka?

Mannings: I am from West Prospect, Jamaica.

Clarion: What is your classification?

Mannings: I am a senior, graduating next spring.

Clarion: What high school did you attend?

Mannings: I attended St. Jago High School, but I transferred from Bog Walk High School.

Clarion: What is your major?

Mannings: Biology.

Clarion: Why biology?

Mannings: I love biology because it is interesting, and I am intrigued by science and its many revolutionary findings and hypotheses that seek to explain the wonders of the world and nature.

Clarion: Why did you choose Lincoln University?

Mannings: I did not choose Lincoln, Lincoln chose me.

Clarion: How is your semester going?

Mannings: Given that it is early in the semester, I am still adjusting to my new courses. But there is something to learn from class to class, not only academically, but also the different personalities of the instructors and their teaching style.

Clarion: Do you do any sports here?

Mannings: Yes, I do track and field.

Clarion: What events do you participate in?

Mannings: 400m and 400m hurdles.

Clarion: Do you prefer any over the other?

Mannings: I do not have a preference because both take the same amount of mental strength. But I feel like I am better at the 400m hurdles, but my technique is not a 100 percent. So, I feel more comfortable running the 400m.

Clarion: What are your plans for the rest of the semester?

Mannings: To focus on my daily tasks and complete them, so that I can achieve the main goal, which is A’s in all my classes.

Clarion: What are you plans for the next five years?

Mannings: To complete undergrad course or degree and further my education by attending graduate school, followed by medical school.

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LU football improves, but falls to Fort Hays State

No. 81 Aderias Ealy in action against Fort Hays (photo by Damia Day/Clarion News)

By Dan Carr, assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln football team owned a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Fort Hays State rallied to win, 51-14, on Saturday night (Sept. 17).

Daimon Bell had a part in both of Lincoln’s scores, as he passed for a touchdown on a trick play and later found the end zone on a run. Aderias Ealy caught a touchdown pass, Zamar Brake was an efficient 15-for-19 for 126 yards, and Omar Allen produced 74 all-purpose yards.

Cameron Hawkins made a four-yard tackle for loss to force Fort Hays State (1-2, 1-2 MIAA) to punt on its opening drive. FHSU pinned LU on the one-yard line, but an 11-yard run by Allen gave Lincoln (0-3, 0-3 MIAA) some breathing room. Brake hit Bell for a 28-yard reception to get to the LU 41, and three running plays later the Blue Tigers reached Fort Hays State’s side of the field. Lincoln then used some trickeration to get on the board, as Bell took the ball from Allen on a fake end-around, and found Ealy for a 49-yard touchdown pass that gave the Blue Tigers an early 7-0 lead.

Later in the period, Fort Hays State got the ball on the Lincoln 6, but LU stopped FHSU on three-straight plays, capped off by a six-yard sack by Julian Jackson-Linkhart. That forced FHSU into a field goal, and the first quarter ended with Lincoln holding a four-point advantage.

Over the next two quarters, however, Fort Hays State scored a bevy of points, and Lincoln did not get back on the board until the fourth period. A 22-yard grab by Allen moved the Blue Tigers into Fort Hays State territory, and Brake later completed passes of 16 yards and nine yards to Bell and Samuel Ingoli, respectively. Bell later capped off the drive with a two-yard run.

Lincoln made five tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks, with Jaylon Mosley’s 10 tackles leading the way. Jackson-Linkhart forced a fumble and finished with six takedowns, and Otis Jackson broke up a pass to go with seven tackles. Ishaq Robinson had a strip-sack, broke up a pass and was credited with a hurry, and Dontonio Moore provided six tackles while Samuel Amituanai was next with five. Jakhari Larmond hurried the opposing quarterback twice, and Jamahreon Smith made four tackles.

Allen gained 52 yards on the ground and 22 through the air, and Ealy finished with a team-high 55 receiving yards. Bell caught three passes for 51 yards, and Ingoli finished with 37 receiving yards while Chrisshun Robinson was next with 30. Javier Moreno made both of his extra point tries and averaged 60.7 yards on kickoffs.

The Blue Tigers will be on the road next Saturday (Sept. 24), traveling to Tahlequah, Okla. to play Northeastern State in a 2 p.m. showdown.

LU Marching Storm performing during halftime on Band Day at Saturday’s home game. (Photo by Damia Day)
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Blue Tigers show improvement in home-opener

Despite three TD’s by Aderias Ealy, the Bearcats posted a 58-20 victory

LU kicks-off during Saturday’s home-opener against Northwest Missouri. Sept. 10, 2022. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)

By Dan Carr, assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Facing the No. 2 team in the country, the Lincoln football team made some huge plays, with Aderias Ealy scoring three touchdowns and the LU defense forcing four turnovers. Northwest Missouri had a big second half, however, as the Bearcats topped the Blue Tigers, 58-20, on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 10).

Ealy’s first score came on the second play of the game, as he had a 64-yard catch-and-run to give Lincoln (0-2, 0-2 MIAA) the early 6-0 lead. The Bearcats, who are ranked No. 2 in this week’s American Football Coaches Association Division II poll, answered with a touchdown drive of their own, but the first quarter ended with Lincoln trailing nationally-ranked Northwest Missouri (2-0, 2-0 MIAA) by just one point, 7-6.

Midway through the third quarter, Winston Ausmer forced NWMSU to fumble, and then made the recovery to set up another Blue Tiger scoring drive. A 32-yard connection from Zamar Brake to Samuel Ingoli was the big play of the drive, which ended with Ealy catching an eight-yard pass at the goal line for another LU touchdown. Ealy also scored in the fourth period, as he caught a 51-yard pass from Nathan Valencia and sped past the Northwest Missouri defenders.

Otis Jackson made a clutch interception in the end zone to end one NWMSU scoring drive, and also forced and recovered a fumble while leading the LU defense with 13 tackles. Jaylon Mosley had 11 takedowns, including assisting Cameron Hawkins on a tackle for loss, and Jahkari Larmond forced a fumble and returned it 20 yards to end another Northwest Missouri drive. Julian Jackson-Linkhart made eight tackles, including one for a loss, and Larmond had a hurry. Cory Macon and Jamahreon Smith each broke up passes, and Ishaq Robinson led the defense with two hurries.

Brake threw for 144 yards and two scores, and Valencia passed for 65 yards and a score. Ealy had 134 receiving yards to go with his three touchdowns, and Ingoli caught four passes for 62 yards. Charles Johnson also had four receptions.

Javier Moreno made two extra points, and Michael Cunningham averaged 58.3 yards on four kickoffs. Cunningham also averaged 37.7 yards on punts, with one kick going for 50 yards. Clayton Winkler, meanwhile, averaged 35.8 yards on five punts.

The Blue Tigers will be back at home next Saturday (Sept. 17) to host Fort Hays State at 6 p.m.

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Missouri designates state HBCU Week

Third week of September will honor and celebrate the state’s two historically Black universities

Young Hall on the campus of Lincoln University. (Clarion News drone photo)

From Wire Reports/Clarion News

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Mike Parson signed six pieces of legislation into law during a signing ceremony held June 16, 2022, including Senate Bill (SB) 718, which establishes Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Week and promotes career and technical education.

SB718 designates the third week of September as HBCU Week to raise awareness of Missouri’s two HBCU’s – Lincoln University in Jefferson City and Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.

This legislation also allows the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development to assist students with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act application process, promoting career and technical education in Missouri.

“We are happy to be joined by Senator Washington and Representative Shields to sign SB 718 into law,” Gov. Mike Parson said via a news release. “Missourians are proud that our state is home to two Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and this legislation will help bring awareness and deserving recognition to these institutions. Additionally, this bill helps us move forward with our workforce development goals to ensure Missouri has a skilled and capable labor force.”

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Moseley officially installed as LU president

LU Board of Curators member Richard Callahan, right, officially installs Dr. John Moseley as Lincoln University’s 21st president while Moseley’s daughter, Jillian, looks on. Sept. 9, 2022. (Clarion News photo)

By Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Dr. John Moseley was officially installed as Lincoln University’s 21st president during an investiture ceremony held Friday in Richardson Fine Arts Center.

Moseley previously held the position as men’s head basketball coach and the university’s athletic director. In January 2022, he became the interim president following the May 2021 resignation of President Gerald Jones Woolfolk. 

During his emotionally filled speech to a crowd of family, friends, staff, and students, Moseley said he wants Lincoln to have a greater impact throughout the Jefferson City community. He said he will focus on increasing enrollment and retention rates at the HBCU founded in 1866 by Black Union Civil War soldiers.

Moseley said he would do everything in his power to help students achieve their goals. He spent considerable time recognizing the many people who helped him achieve success in life and work.

Moseley said he believes that Lincoln will expand and grow numerous programs, including more online programs for non-traditional students. “We will recruit students from all over the globe to give them access to an education at Lincoln,” said Moseley.

 Moseley noted that Lincoln University is not the University of Missouri, thanking the president of the Missouri University system, Mun Choi, for his support. “We’re two distinctly different institutions,” Moseley said. “Lincoln will stand on it’s own, but we’re stronger together.”

He said that early in the day, before the sun rose, he went to the Soldier’s Memorial on the Quad. He said he thought about the soldiers who, back in 1866, founded the school. They learned to read and write from their white lieutenants, at a time when it was illegal for whites to teach Blacks. “I asked myself if I would have done what the lieutenants did,” Moseley recalled. “I like to think that would be a resounding ‘yes.’”

Moseley said he would push LU to expand recruitment across the community, nation, and globe. Furthermore, he said we need to remember the past, while also focusing on the future.

LU Board of Curators President Victor Pasley, right, speaks during the investiture of LU’s 21st president John Moseley (seated at left) in Richardson Fine Arts Center. Sept. 9, 2022. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News).

LU President John Moseley speaks during an investiture ceremony held Sept. 9, 2022 in Richardson Fine Arts Center. (Clarion Photo)

The investiture of LU’s 21st president John Moseley. Sept. 9, 2022. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News).

The investiture of LU’s 21st president John Moseley (seated) in Richardson Fine Arts Center. Sept. 9, 2022. (Photo by Clarion News).

LU Board of Curators President Victor Pasley speaks during the investiture of LU’s 21st president, John Moseley (standing) in Richardson Fine Arts Center. Sept. 9, 2022. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News).
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LU football drops season-opener at Washburn

LU’s Samuel Ingoli in action against Washburn. Sept. 1, 2022. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Lincoln football team kicked a field goal just before halftime, but the Blue Tigers dropped a 45-3 decision to Washburn in its first game of 2022 on Thursday evening (Sept. 1).

Xzavier Vaughn completed 17 passes for a .607 accuracy rating and 170 yards. Zamar Brake and Nathan Valencia also completed passes, while Vaughn led LU with 22 rushing yards and Omar Allen added 16. 

Javier Moreno connected on a 30-yard field goal with three seconds remaining on the first half clock to give LU its first points of the season. Washburn ended up scoring 31 of its points before the break, but the Blue Tiger defense held WU to just 14 points in the second half, as the Ichabods scored one touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters. Moreno additionally averaged 37.0 yards on kickoffs while Michael Cunningham, who had a 52-yard punt, recorded a 60-yard kickoff in his only attempt. 

Defensively, Jaylon Mosley led the way for Lincoln with eight tackles, including assisting on a tackle for loss with Ishaq Robinson. Charles Ransom made a three-yard tackle for loss, and Otis Jackson had five takedowns. Eric Brown, who also finished with five tackles, intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards in the second half to prevent a Washburn score. Ransom, Caleb Freeland and Devyn Sigars each broke up passes.

Samuel Ingoli led Lincoln with 76 receiving yards on five grabs, and Charles Johnson caught a team-high seven passes for 72 yards. Allen, meanwhile, finished with five receptions for 36 yards. Four other Blue Tigers caught at least one pass, and eight different LU players recorded at least one rushing attempt.

Lincoln opens its 2022 home slate on Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Blue Tigers host Northwest Missouri at 2 p.m.

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Organization fair ushers in new school year

By Darianna McGee and Jordan Parker/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The annual back to school organization fair officially kicked the 2022-2023 academic school year off to a great start Friday near the Quad. All registered student organizations had the opportunity to display information for freshmen, transfers, and anyone interested about getting involved in campus life.

While attending the fair we asked students in different organizations:

“What do you think about today’s organization fair?”

“I’m excited to see a lot of organizations come out, the tables look pretty. Even though it’s hot, there’s still a lot of people who came out to support it. I feel like it brings our HBCU together.” Anastasia Alexander of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., a senior from Chicago. (Photo by Darianna McGee)
“The organization fair is a great way for new students, transfers and freshmen to get acclimated with all students on campus and meet new people.” Cameron Johnson of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., a senior from Chicago. (Photo by Darianna McGee)
“I feel like overall it’s a good event for all the orgs to come together and get the freshman class more involved.” Jarnae Emanuel of The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs Inc., a senior from Chicago. (Photo by Darianna McGee)
NACWC (Photo by Jordan Parker)
Organizations offer information at the fair. (Jordan Parker photo)
International students organization. (Photo by Jordan Parker)
(Photo by Jordan Parker)

The Crazy Frys food truck. (Photo by Jordan Parker)

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Student Spotlight: Jovanna Gustave

Jovanna Gustave is a new transfer students from Barbados. (Photo supplied by Jovanna Gustave)

By Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – This year the Clarion News will be spotlighting students new to campus and community. This week, we decided to speak with a new transfer student-athlete.

CLARION: What is your name?

GUSTAVE: My name is Jovanna Gustave.

CLARION: Where are you from?

GUSTAVE: I am from Barbados.

CLARION: Are you originally from the island of Barbados?

GUSTAVE: No, I was born in Guyana, but I grew up in Barbados since I was two years old.

CLARION: Why choose to represent Barbados and not Guyana?

GUSTAVE: Because I grew up there all my life. I went to school there, from primary school to secondary school, and then I came here to America, so I decided to represent Barbados.

CLARION: What is your classification?

GUSTAVE: I am a transferring sophomore.

CLARION: Where are you transferring from?

GUSTAVE: Wayland Baptist (Texas)

CLARION: What are you majoring in?

GUSTAVE: Sports Management.

CLARION: Why did you choose Lincoln University?

GUSTAVE: For track for sure, because Lincoln has a very good track program, so that is why I came here.

CLARION: How are classes going so far?

GUSTAVE: It is fun. Lincoln is different from all the other schools I have went to before. So far, all my classes been chill, nothing hard, and is been good.

CLARION: Do you do any sports here?

GUSTAVE: Yes, I do track and field.

CLARION: What events do you participate in?

GUSTAVE: The 100m and 200m.

CLARION: Do you prefer any over the other?

GUSTAVE: Yes, I prefer the 100m, because I want to hurry and get it over with.

CLARION: What are your plans for the rest of the semester?

GUSTAVE: To focus on passing all my classes with A’s and B’s and to remain focused all the way.

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Student on the street

By Jordan Parker/Photos by Gracen Gaskins

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – On the first day of the fall semester, the Clarion News asked students how their semester was going. Unfortunately, the Clarion was forced onto the street because of a reported gas leak in MLK Hall. During the evacuation, we asked…

“How is your semester going?”

“It’s going pretty good. Glad to see faces, enjoying the first couple days here. I have high hopes for this semester.” Myia Bradford, a sophomore from St.Louis.

“It’s going really well. Dr. Westbrook teaches really well and I’m very supported by staff and students.” – Lindsay Marcum, a junior special education major from Wainwright, Mo.

“It’s going well. It’s going smoothly so far because it’s a gas leak.”- Tyree Stovall, a senior broadcast journalism major from Omaha.

“Exciting to see new faces even though we had a surprise today.”- Floyd Lyles-Tannan, a junior accounting major from Saint Louis.

“It’s going good besides missing my first class, but it’s still going good.”- Samaya Peterson, a junior business administration major from Saint Louis. (Photo by Jordan Parker)
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Gas smell leads to MLK Hall evacuation

Students stand near Page Library after MLK Hall was evacuated at about 10 a.m. due to a reported gas smell in the building. Aug. 22, 2022. (Clarion News photo)

By Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A sewer gas issue in MLK Hall led to students being evacuated Monday morning. At about 10 a.m. – on the first day of classes – an emergency alarm rang throughout the building, forcing students and staff out of the building.

Jefferson City Fire and LUPD responded to the scene. At about 10:40 a.m., an all-clear signal was given. Emergency crews said the stinky odor was likely a sewer issue. By 11 a.m., the building was smelling a little better.

Students stand near Page Library after MLK Hall was evacuated at about 10 a.m. due to a reported gas smell in the building. Aug. 22, 2022. (Clarion News photo)
The Jefferson City Fire Department checks a reported gas smell/leak at MLK Hall. The building was evacuated at about 10 a.m. and an all-clear was given at 10:40 a.m. Aug. 22, 2022. (Clarion News photo)

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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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