An LU journalism grad defines how Lincoln helped him find success at Fox Sports
By Clarion News staff
Recent LU journalism graduate Amani Grant-Pate (BS, 2020) isn’t letting the virus crisis keep him from gaining valuable experience. He recently interviewed fellow Lincoln journalism graduate Mark Gunnels (BS, 2017), who is currently a rising star with FOX Sports in Los Angeles. If you want to know why LU is a great place to learn, watch the video.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The coronavirus pandemic interrupted the LU spring semester during the early March spring break, when students left campus and never returned – including seniors ready to don cap and gown. Commencement was delayed until late summer, when the virus crisis would certainly be over. Not so fast.
Today, LU has announced that spring graduates will get their commencement, but not on campus. A “virtual ceremony” will take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2020. More details and a link will be sent at a later date. Here’s the official LU news release:
“This spring, the University announced that Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be held on August 1. After feedback from our graduates, the decision has been made to host a virtual ceremony rather than an in-person celebration. The event will take place at 2 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, August 1. Link information will be sent at a later time. Please join us as we recognize the Class of 2020 on Saturday, August 1, at 2 p.m. (CT).
Students wanting Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades must file form with the registar
By Will Sites/Clarion Advisor
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students worried about spring semester grades affecting GPA can undo the negative damage by filing a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory form with the registrar. The deadline to file is 5 p.m. May 29, 2020.
Because of the sudden mid-semester switch to online coursework, LU will allow undergraduate and graduate students the choice to receive a pass/fail designation on a course-by-course basis. For example, if a student received a “C” in a class, he/she can choose to have the grade converted to an “S” (satisfactory/passing) or “U” (unsatisfactory/failing). The reason is that an S/U does not affect GPA. A form must be filled out for each grade seeking the change to S/U.
Students need to consult professors and/or advisors for more information. There are exceptions and rules to the S/U policy.
The requests must be sent by the 5 p.m. May 29, 2020 deadline to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include student name, student ID number, course number (ex: JOU 325-01), and grade to be converted.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Beginning in fall 2020 Lincoln University is offering flat-rate tuition to undergraduate students enrolled in 12 to 18 credit hours. Flat-rate tuition only applies to fall and spring semesters. For summer semesters, students will be billed tuition at per credit hour.
All undergraduate, in-state students enrolling in 12 to 18 credit hours will pay a flat-rate tuition of $3,273.75. All undergraduate, out-of-state students enrolling in 12 to 18 credit hours will pay a flat-rate tuition of $6,675. This is an advantage for undergraduate students wishing to take a full load of 18 hours in the fall and/or spring.
Flat-rate tuition can reduce the time it takes to graduate and may reduce total educational costs. Undergraduate students can take more semester course hours and not have to worry about an additional amount. Flat-rate tuition does not apply to Blue Tiger Academy, graduate school, senior citizen programs, dual-credit coursework, Fort Leonard Wood programs, or others not listed.
A 130-year-old record goes away, and so does the warmth
JEFFERSON CITY – The Weather Service reported record-breaking high temperatures across the state for April 8, but don’t expect the heat to stick around long as a storm-inducing cold front slides in from the north.
It was 130 years ago when thermometers in the Show-Me-State set the record of 89 on April 8. On April 8, 1890, residents certainly broke a sweat in summer-like heat in St. Louis, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and other communities in Missouri. Today’s unusual heat won’t survive the week, says the Weather Service in St. Louis.
A strong cold front will move through the state Wednesday evening, triggering strong storms and sending temps into the 40s. Wet and cool is the 7-day forecast, with temps seldom reaching beyond 60 for most of central and east-central Missouri.
The COVID-19 virus has forced the closure of on-campus classes for the spring semester
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JEFFERSON CITY – Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the classrooms at Lincoln University are closed. Students will finish the spring semester in the digital classroom beginning March 23, 2020 as faculty shift material to online-only formats.
Across the Show-Me-State many government offices are operating with essential personnel only, some bars and restaurants are closed to inside dining, and sports/entertainment venues have been shuttered until further notice. Gov. Mike Parson is urging citizens to stay at home, if possible, and use social distancing. In other words, avoid groups and crowds. That’s life under a pandemic.
All NCAA sports are canceled for the spring semester. Pro baseball is in delay and the Tokyo Olympics slated for the summer may be postponed. The media’s incessant reporting of pandemic-related news has created nationwide hoarding and shortages of basic necessities – toilet paper, meat, potatoes, eggs, and baby goods, to name just a few.
LU students began emptying their campus homes on March 21, just two days before classes resumed after a two-week spring break. Students say it isn’t clear how or if they will be refunded for unused housing and meal plans.
“This isn’t the fault of LU, but I’m not sure what’s going to happen in the future,” said one student, who didn’t want to be named. “I hope we can get back to normal soon and get back to campus.”
A Boone County resident dies, Gov. Parson relaxes a plethora of state rules
Clarion News staff reports
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Mike Parson announced today that the coronavirus has claimed its first Missouri victim, a Boone County resident, and that many Show-Me-State rules will be suspended to help speed the fight against COVID-19.
Parson stated during a Wednesday afternoon news conference that he is suspending government regulations concerning child care, transportation, tele-medicine, and elections. He said that the Missouri National Guard is on alert to assist with the fight against the growing virus threat. Currently, at least 24 Missourians have been diagnosed with CORVID-19.
In the eastern part of Missouri, The City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and Franklin County have issued orders effective March 19, 2020 that all bars and restaurants prohibit inside seating/service. Delivery, carry-out, and drive-thru is allowed. The restriction is designed to last until further notice.
The Missouri governor, like many state and federal leaders, continue to urge citizens to stay calm and be healthy. Runs on grocery stores have emptied shelves of toilet paper, bread, milk, meat, over-the-counter medicines, and other staples. Parson is letting local school districts and health agencies to make decisions affecting their constituents.
“It goes back to personal responsibility,” Parson said. “It’s up to the individual.”
Feds relax limits on daily hours for truck drivers, Wal-Mart changes hours
BY Clarion staff reports
JEFFERSON CITY – Life with the coronavirus is keeping many students and workers at home, while others will be spending more time on the road. For the first time in American transportation history, the Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an exemption to truck drivers moving goods important to the war on the virus. Drivers hauling such things as food, medical supplies, and cleaning agents may now drive beyond the maximum time allowed behind the wheel.
On Sunday, Wal-Mart began closing its 24-hour Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, limiting hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and closing for cleaning and stocking. Recent instances of hoarding and panic-buying have wiped shelves of toilet paper, bread, meats, and other goods at retailers nationwide.
Millions of students will be home as schools nationwide shut the doors for periods ranging from two weeks to the end of spring. In Missouri, many universities have extended spring break periods and moved to online-only instruction. So far, Lincoln University is currently operating on an extended spring break, providing enough time for staff and faculty to prepare online-only coursework – if needed.
For more information on coronavirus in Missouri, click here.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – LU Provost Dr. Alphonso Sanders has issued a notice that spring break will be extended one week (through March 20) due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. All campus events (tours, etc.) will remain closed until further notice. Residence halls will remain closed during the extension.
Faculty and staff will report Monday, March 16 for training and necessary business, including plans for the possibility of moving coursework to an online format. The situation remains fluid – please read campus emails on a daily basis and stay informed.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – As part of Black History Month, LU political science professor Dr. Darius Watson presented “Debating Reparations” in Page Library. The presentation opened with the history behind the idea of “40 acres and a mule,” explaining the events that occurred up to present day.
The professor explained that the “40 acres and a mule” concept was presented by Gen. William T. Sherman after the Civil War. Watson argued that lack of legal representation, more specifically government approval, is one of the reasons why the idea lasted a short 24 months.
Today, the discussion of reparations is still the subject of debate. The lecture dissected the causes, reasons, and challenges of reparations. The effects of slavery, such as racism, colorism, and the inequality of the justice system, have kept reparations relevant. Watson encouraged attendees to debate the potential solutions for the ongoing issue.
Many professors and students voiced strong opinions on the subject and referred to past paid reparations to Japanese-Americans and Native Americans. While Watson agreed with repayment for black suffering, his exhibition explained why it’s not logically possible.
Financially, the total repayment of reparations would be extremely difficult to execute, as he noted it would cost about $15 trillion. He also explained the difficulty in determining “who” gets “what.” Many suggested investing money into predominantly black areas, but then there was the argument of the inclusion of blacks not inhabiting those areas.
Every component of reparations is complex, he said, so attempting the process 155 years later will only complicate things. This is a significant part of black history, he said, and it has carried into present day.
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) has proposed HR 2044, a bill that intends to bar libraries from keeping books with “age-inappropriate” material in stock. Under the bill, panels of elected parents would evaluate whether a book is appropriate for children or not.
Once the panel discusses the book, public hearings would be held for libraries about potentially inappropriate content. Libraries failure to comply with stipulations may result in fines or imprisonment of library directors for up to a year.
Baker recently voiced his reasoning to KOAM News, saying “I want to be able to take my kids to a library and make sure they’re in a safe environment and that they’re not gonna be exposed to something that is objectionable material.”
A few books that have come under fire by parents due to objectionable material include Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Sheman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.
The Missouri Library Association opposes Baker’s bill because it “will always stand against censorship and for the freedom to read.” James Tager, PEN America’s deputy director of free expression and research echoed the sentiments of the association saying “The fact that a librarian could actually be imprisoned for following his or her conscience and refusing to block minors from access to a book, that tells you all you need to know about the suitability of this act within a democratic society.”
Tager went on to say that Baker’s proposed bill is a “shockingly transparent attempt to legalize book banning in the state of Missouri.”
As part of Black History Month, Lincoln University hosted an evening with Lynne M. Jackson, the great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott, with her presentation, “The Faces of Reconciliation.”
Her family’s famous abolitionist case began in 1847 in a St. Louis federal courthouse, when Dred Scott unsuccessfully argued for his freedom from slavery. The Dred Scott legal saga would eventually land in the U.S. Supreme Court as Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857).
Scott lost his legal fight, but was ultimately freed just months before dying in St. Louis in 1858. Although Scott was unsuccessful in the courts, his legal battles rallied the abolitionists and helped carve a path to the U.S. Civil War, ultimately ending slavery in America.
Jackson is the president and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to “Promote the commemoration,education,and reconciliation of our histories with an eye towards helping to heal the wounds of the past.” Through the foundation she has been able to spread her knowledge of her grandfather and the history of the landmark case.
“Them taking the case federal makes it important; they had courage when they didn’t have to,” Jackson told the audience Tuesday evening in LU’s Richardson Auditorium.
Jackson was in Jefferson City to receive special recognition from the General Assembly at the Missouri Capitol.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A 1993 graduate of Lincoln University delivered an address of hope and inspiration during LU’s 2020 Founders Day celebration held Feb. 20, 2020 in Richardson Auditorium. Rodney Boyd, an attorney and owner of the lobbying firm Nexus Group, said the founding of the university 154 years ago dared to dream the same things students should dare to dream today – success beyond sacrifice.
Boyd noted his tough entry into the academic world at LU, thanking the sacrifice of the men of the 62nd Colored Infantry and 65th Colored Infantry while founding the school in post-Civil War 1866. He said today’s students need to reflect on those times and not waste the opportunities they built so long ago.
The keynote speaker said his success is directly related to his LU educational experience. Boyd was encouraged to study for the law school admissions test, ultimately leading him to studies and a law degree from Mizzou.
LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk said Boyd is exactly what “the soldiers dreamed about.” It’s about fulfilling dreams and possibilities, she said.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – On Monday Feb. 17, 2020 Dr. Mick Brewer hosted a Black History Month lecture, “Beyonce’s Homecoming and HBCUs: Embracing the past to chart the future of black feminism” in MLK 106. The talk was one of many lectures occurring on the campus during the university’s recognition of Black History Month.
Brewer, who teaches speech and communications at LU, discussed Beyonce and how she’s a good choice for the topic because the manner in which she has expressed her position in standing for feminism. The professor also noted how she has embraced the HBCU culture in a recent Netflix production, “Homecoming.”
The lecture began with Brewer noting the he might appear to be “the elephant in the room” as a white professor at an HBCU talking about black feminism. “What can a white man tell us about black women feminism?” asked Brewer rhetorically. Plenty, as the professor’s interesting 50-minute talk would prove.
He told the students and fellow professors in attendance that his interest in women and women’s issues dates back to his early childhood years. Brewer said that topics relevant to HBCU’s are important, including the history of the nation’s HBCU’s and specifically Lincoln University’s past. He said that we should appreciate the notable alumni who have graduated from LU and the significance of homecoming.
For more information about Black History Month events on campus, click here.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln softball team improved to 4-0 on the season with a sweep over Lane on Friday afternoon (Feb. 21). The Blue Tigers took the first game, 9-1, in six innings, and won the second, 10-1, in five frames.
Lincoln had another big day offensively, collecting 15 hits in the opener and eight in the nightcap. In the first game of the day, Emily Williams and Jordan Lawson each went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Lawson and Alex Miller each had two RBI. Mykenzie Livesay and Bekah Kirker also each had a pair of hits in Friday’s first game.
After a scoreless opening frame, Lincoln got on the board in the second inning of the opener when Livesay scored on a throwing error after hitting a triple. The Blue Tigers blew the game open in the third inning, bringing in six runs on seven hits, including two on a double by Miller. Lawson hit an RBI triple while Kirker drove in Livesay with a double.
Lane (0-4) got on the board with a bases-loaded single in the fifth, but Lincoln ended the game early with a pair of scores in the bottom of the sixth. Jordan Hollon, Tressa Hughes, Kendra Holt and Payton Mooney all had hits in the win, while Hughes pitched a gem, striking out nine while allowing only two hits and no earned runs.
Paige Parker led the LU defense with 10 putouts, Holt recorded three and Livesay finished with two as well as two assists. Kirker also turned two assists in the win.
In game two, Lincoln took advantage of several miscues by Lane to build an early lead. Ashton Stalling and Williams each scored on an error by the LC right fielder in the first inning, and the Blue Tigers plated four more unearned runs in the second.
After allowing an RBI single by the Dragons in the top of the third, Lincoln went back to work in the bottom half of the frame, as Kirker scored on a base hit into left center field by Hollon. LU proceeded to score three more times in the fourth inning, as Lawson scored on a base hit by Miller, Miller came home on a passed ball, and a sacrifice fly by Mooney allowed Livesay to reach the plate.
Hannah Clark got the win in the circle, notching a strikeout while allowing no earned runs and just two hits. Clark also had two hits in two at-bats, while Stalling scored twice on two hits. Miller closed the game, striking out three Lane batters without giving up a run or a hit.
Lincoln will take to the road for the first time in 2020 next week, traveling to Springfield, Mo. for four games in the Drury Invitational. On Friday (Feb. 28), LU plays Drury at 2:00 p.m. CST and William Jewell at 4:00 p.m. CST. On Saturday (Feb. 29), the Blue Tigers face Newman at noon. CST and Southwest Baptist at 2 p.m. CST.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The great-great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott will speak on the Lincoln University campus on Tuesday, February 25. Lynne M. Jackson, president and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, will speak at 7 p.m. in Thomas D. Pawley Theatre in Martin Luther King Hall, 812 E. Dunklin Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Scott’s great-great grandfather was the namesake for the U.S. Supreme Court case Dred Scott V. John F.A. Sanford (1857), commonly known as the Dred Scott decision. In their decision, the court ruled that Scott, a slave who had resided in the free state of Illinois and free territory of Wisconsin, was not entitled to his freedom due to that fact that the United States Constitution did not consider African-Americans citizens of this country. This decision added fuel to the growing discourse that would eventually lead to the Civil War.
Some of the most famous women’s suffrage leaders include Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott. The determination and fearlessness of these women paved the way for women to exercise their basic rights, including the right to vote. They quickly became the faces of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
“It is important to look back at trailblazers like Susan B. Anthony and recognizing all the hardships they went through,” said LU student Nicolle Singh. “It’s important to look at other places we can improve equality and make sure that everyone in society and around the world get to enjoy the same freedoms that we do.”
According to cawp.rutgers.edu, women voted in higher numbers than men in every election since 1964. In the 2016 election, over nine million more women voted than men.
“I think voting is the single most important thing we can do to register our preferences or displeasure with the government,” said Dr. Amy Gossett, a long time political science professor at LU. “If we don’t vote, or if we don’t turn out to vote, it sends signal to the government that we don’t care and that they can do whatever they want.”
Voting is important not only for women, but for American citizens. Voting symbolizes opinion and choice. We vote so our opinions can be recognized, and we choose who we feel best represents us.
“I am planning to vote, because it is something that I hold in high esteem because it’s something that we didn’t have before,” said LU student Charity Ajuzie. “I’m exercising my right to speak.”
In conclusion, it has been 10 decades since women were granted the right to vote in the United States. After many campaigns, movements, rallies, and protests women finally received the approval to exercise their basic rights. Today, we remember the courageous women who fought for the right to vote.
JEFFERSON CITY – The Lincoln University men’s basketball team rallied back to beat Fort Hays State in an overtime 74-71 thriller on Saturday evening in Jason Gym. This was a big conference win for Lincoln with four games remaining on their regular season schedule.
LU improved their overall record to 10-4 and 7-8 in the MIAA. Lincoln was down for most of the contest. LU trailed Fort Hays State 33-26 in the first half. The momentum started to shift in the second half as LU went on a huge run, managing to overcome an 11-point deficit. Lincoln received production from multiple players, with four going into double-digits.
Jonell Burton made a huge impact for Lincoln. Burton showcased his all-around game throughout the contest. The senior guard led LU with 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. In the second half Burton ignited the Blue Tiger Nation with a monster dunk. Another key play for Burton was when he delivered by hitting a clutch jumper with 28 seconds left in the second half before Fort Hays quickly responded after the bucket to force overtime. Burton currently leads LU in scoring with 15.1 points per game.
Marcel Burton contributed in a major way with big-time shots. Burton was the second top scorer with 16 points and grabbed a career high eight rebounds. He hit a three in the second half for LU’s first lead of the game. The sharpshooter senior guard regained his rhythm by scoring nine points in the second period. Burton also sealed the game in overtime with two free throws down the stretch for LU’s final score.
L’Kielynn Taylor was a force to be reckoned with in the paint. Taylor had a season high 13 points in the win to go along with six rebounds. The senior forward came alive as he scored nine points in the second half. Taylor is currently third in the MIAA with eight rebounds per game.
Cameron Potts had big moments in the contest, chipping in 12 points. The junior guard stepped up for his team with two lay-ups in the beginning of overtime. Potts is the second leading scorer for Lincoln this season with 11.4 points per game.
The next game for Lincoln will be on the road against Central Missouri in Warrensburg at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Multipurpose Building.
Last home game is Saturday at 1 p.m. (Feb. 15) against Fort Hays State
By Dan Carr, Assistant AD for Media Relations
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The second quarter was the difference on Thursday night (Feb. 13) as a late run by Nebraska Kearney lifted the Lopers to a 60-52 win over the Lincoln women’s basketball team.
Kaloni Pryear scored a game-high 21 points against the Lopers, who entered the week ranked No. 25 in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Division II poll. Pryear also had six rebounds and a team-high four assists. Vivian Chigbu, meanwhile, posted a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 10 boards.
The teams played a back-and-forth first quarter, with Nebraska Kearney (23-2, 12-2 MIAA) finishing the period with a slim 12-10 lead. Lincoln (3-20, 0-14 MIAA) took a 16-14 lead in the second on a Pryear layup, but UNK tied it on a layup of its own with 5:33 until halftime. The Lopers then proceeded to end the half on a 13-3 run that ended up being critical to the final score.
The Blue Tigers out-scored the Lopers, 19-16, in the third quarter, and pulled to within 49-44 on a pair of free throws by Natasha Elliott with 6:05 to play. Elliott ended the night with seven points, three boards, an assist and two steals. The Lopers scored five of the next seven points to regain an eight-point advantage, and held a 56-47 lead with 1:55 remaining.
Alecia Gulledge ended the night with six rebounds, two steals, an assist and six points, two of which jump started LU onto a brief 5-0 run to pull within four. Nebraska Kearney shot .632 from the line for the game, but made four free throws down the stretch to hold a Lincoln comeback.
The Blue Tigers out-rebounded the Lopers, 39-34, and forced 10 turnovers while scoring 13 second chance points. Natasha Dolinsky and Anna Munoz Vidueira each scored two points and grabbed three rebounds, with Dolinsky also contributing an assist. Kiara Shoulders came off the bench to pull down three rebounds.
Lincoln closes its 2019-20 home slate on Saturday (Feb. 15) by hosting Fort Hays State at 1:00 p.m. CST. A Senior Day ceremony will be held after the game to honor Gulledge and Pryear.
JEFFERSON CITY – Twelve players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Lincoln football team, beginning with the 2020 season. Below is some general information on each of the signees.
Trae Ausmer – WR, 5-8, 155 (Homewood, AL/Homewood) Led Homewood to a berth in the 2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs … All-Metro South first team … surpassed 1,000 receiving yards as a senior, and compiled 1,766 receiving yards during his final two seasons … averaged 105.9 yards per game while scoring 10 touchdowns in 2019 … returned three punts for touchdowns during his junior campaign.
Braxton Bailey – LB, 5-10, 185 (Cleburne, TX/Cleburne) Unanimous first team all-district player … was the leading tackler in Johnson County as a senior … Class 5A All-State honorable mention … posted 163 tackles in 2019, including 23 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … finished career with 442 tackles.
Edrico Gilliam – WR, 6-0, 170 (Kansas City, MO/Lincoln Prep) Led Lincoln Prep to an 11-1 record and a berth in the Missouri Class 4 District 8 title game … helped school record first undefeated regular season in program history … all-district honoree.
Kenneth Hampton, Jr. – HB, 6-1, 190 (Maize, KS/Maize) Helped Maize High finish 10-2, including a 6-0 record at home … led Maize to a state playoff berth.
Jalen Head – RB, 5-8, 188 (St. Louis, MO/Lutheran North) Led Lutheran North to a 14-0 record and the Missouri Class 2 state championship … scored two touchdowns in the championship game … scored 12 touchdowns and averaged 7.1 yards per carry … second team all-conference.
Jaden Moore – WR, 6-3, 190 (Lee’s Summit, MO/Lee’s Summit North) All-conference honorable mention … led Lee’s Summit North to a berth in the state playoffs.
Alex Mugisha – OL, 6-0, 290 (St. Louis, MO/Roosevelt) Named all-state second team … first team all-district and all-conference … helped program win Class 3 District 2 championship … led Roosevelt to back-to-back undefeated seasons in league play … helped Roosevelt go 11-2 and reach the state playoffs … selected to the academic all-state third team … honor roll student with a 4.0 grade point average.
Ethan Steck – TE, 6-4, 235 (Cleburne, TX/Cleburne) First team all-district … made 22 receptions for 373 yards and five touchdowns as a senior … all-Johnson County and all-district second team selection in 2018 … helped Cleburne make big plays both as a receiver and as a blocker … also played as an H-back.
Aeneas Tibbs – DB, 5-10, 180 (St. Louis, MO/Mascoutah) Earned all-conference accolades as a junior at Mascoutah … spent senior year at Cardinal Ritter.
Ja’Vonte Vance – RB, 5-10, 205 (Adamsville, AL/Minor) Led Minor to a winning season and a berth in the state playoffs.
Reggie Walker – WR/DB, 6-2, 180 (Pelham, GA/Pelham) Named first team all-region on offense and second team all-region on defense … led Pelham to the semifinals of the GHSA Class A Public state playoffs … helped Pelham score over 50 points per game and anchored one of the top defenses in Georgia, as team went 11-2 and posted six shutouts.
Daniel Wheeler – DE, 6-3, 225 (Homewood, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor) Led Homewood-Flossmoor to a 10-2 overall record and a 5-1 mark in league play … helped program reach the IHSA Class 8 playoffs.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The snow and students greeted the beginning of Wednesday morning classes, with about 1-2 inches expected by evening, reports the National Weather Service. As of 10:30 a.m., the university remains open. The next 24 hours will likely see an additional dusting of snow and falling temperatures.
The Weather Service says temperatures will be near single-digits Wednesday night and about 18 degrees and sunny on Thursday.
As a journalism major at Lincoln University, I am required to complete a professional internship. In the spring of 2020, I began working at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, a Jefferson City-based non-profit organization supporting and enhancing businesses within the state of Missouri. The internship is relevant to my journalism degree because the Chamber possesses a communications department, which publishes (among other things) the Missouri Business magazine. The internship will help me gain valuable professional networking and journalism experience beyond the classroom.
How Did I Get Recommended? My journalism professor, Will Sites, recommended the internship. A former student of his, currently works at the Chamber, informed him of the opportunity. The process to apply was easy. I wrote a cover letter explaining my abilities, attributes as a college student, and then attached my resume. Less than a month later, the chief operating officer called me for an interview. I was aware that obtaining this position was competitive – which made me quite nervous – but I continued to be positive. Two weeks after the interview, I was hired. I am grateful for having the opportunity to gain experience in a real-world setting.
The Experience My job at the Chamber consists of working at the front desk and completing projects. The projects range from conducting research to organizing information. I expect to learn a lot from working as an intern, not only skills that involve journalism, but also things that could benefit me in life – professionalism, work ethic, independence, and networking.
The Importance of Networking Before starting college, the single best piece of advice I received concerned networking. “Networking will lead to opportunities and opportunities will lead to success,” is what my mom likes to tell me. The most important factor of networking is interacting and communicating with peers. It is easy for me to connect with my professors because Lincoln University students and professors often interact within the LU campus. It’s important to build relationships with professors. By doing so, students become more comfortable asking for help, succeeding in academics, and utilizing the relationships beyond graduation.
In conclusion, seize the opportunities and remain positive. Internships and networking are important for your future career path.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are important for the African-American culture now and into the future.
HBCUs were first created well before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with the intent to provide for educational needs of the African-American community. Historically, African-Americans were not allowed to attend white colleges. But, with faith and patience, a path was rightfully created for us. Lincoln University of Missouri, an HBCU I attend, was founded in 1866 by African-American veterans of the Civil War.
Eventually, the popular HBCU’s we know today were built – Howard, Morehouse, Prairie View A&M, Jackson State, etc. were built. These universities bred successful journalists, doctors, lawyers, and professionals across many fields and from all walks of life. The black colleges would become one of the most important educational changes made for the African-American community.
HBCU’s produce success stories. Some of the legendary HBCU graduates include Oprah Winfrey (Tennessee State University), Samuel L. Jackson (Morehouse College), David Banner (Southern University), and the nation’s first U.S. Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall (Howard University), who argued the famous Supreme Court civil rights case,Brown v. Board of Education.
Because many HBCU’s provide low-cost tuition, many African-American students can afford higher education opportunities. But the opportunity is not just with African-Americans – HBCU’s are often mixed with students from many backgrounds and regions across the country and globe. Diversity rates are rising and the love for the culture is, too. My Lincoln University campus is thankfully becoming more diverse, something that improves the HBCU experience for every student.
According to insidehighered.com, 51 percent of black HBCU graduates said they were doing well financially, while only 29 percent of their non-HBCU counterparts could say the same.
As an African-American student, I know it can be hard trying to determine where we are most comfortable or “fit-in” with society and school. We want a sense of self-assurance which provides a comfort of knowing (that) we won’t fall into the stereotypical actions of a black person that society has painted for us – or worse, the fear of “acting white” simply because we are an intelligent and can articulate in conversation. Even the clothes we wear, the music we listen to, and the people we associate with are constantly being judged.
Unfortunately, this can cause a personal insecurity about being able to achieve academic and professional success.
Research indicates African-American students often display these characteristics while attending a predominantly white institution (PWI). This is also one of the reasons why black students at PWI’s form black student unions – these are safe places for them, where they feel comfortable with who they are. At an HBCU, the whole campus is a safe place. Traditional PWI’s – such as nearby Mizzou or Kansas University – seem to care more about numbers than anything else. Are we truly being appreciated or are we only being tolerated?
This is why I know that it’s in the best interest for African-American students to choose at least one out of the 100-plus HBCU’s in the U.S, whether it’s a private or public university. Attend, but also understand the importance of embracing the culture and having a meaningful personal experience, as well as the preparation of success it brings to you.
Since my freshman year in high school, I knew that attending an HBCU was likely my higher education path. I was not interested in attending a PWI. I wanted to be a part of history and feel comfortable around people like me. Growing up I watched many sitcoms that embraced the HBCU culture – for example A Different World and Martin, where Martin Lawrence could often be seen wearing HBCU apparel. Movies like DrumLine and Spike Lee’s School Daze shined a light on HBCU culture. The movies made HBCU’s look fun and made me feel like it was OK for African-Americans to be intellectual.
Although I initially looked at attending a different HBCU, my two years at Lincoln University have been life-changing. I’ve had some of the best moments of my life and I’ve met some people who I know will be in my life forever. Aside from the constant battle of the students with the financial aid office, or the poorly constructed café, everything else is great! Professors here are more invested in students than paychecks.
Our campus activities are some of the best, especially when it comes to the most wonderful season for HBCU’s – homecoming! Even the field of journalism has allowed me to network. Being a part of the Clarion staff and the LU Broadcasters constantly brings new relationships and connections. Shout-out to the teams!
In conclusion, I believe that LU and other HBCU’s can provide the opportunity to make the best of your OWN college experience. There is a circle for you.
(Keishera Lately is a journalism student at Lincoln University)
CEDAR RAPIDS – The Democratic presidential race is in full swing, with Iowa turning into a virtual battlefield among a handful of hopefuls. Bernie Sanders held a rally in the US Cellular Center on Saturday – two days prior to the nation’s first caucus – to prepare his campaign for Monday’s contest.
Iowa is often viewed as a key state in the run-up to the Democratic convention this July in Milwaukee. Both Barack Obama (2008) and Hillary Clinton (2016) won the Iowa caucus, signaling the importance of taking the Hawkeye State.
Saturday’s event drew around 3,000 Sanders supporters, beginning with an introduction from controversial filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore. He discussed the importance of sending Sanders to the White House, with a constant reminder that it has to be “anybody but Trump.”
Following Moore were appearances by a slew of prominent Democratic politicians and personalities. Democratic representatives Ilhan Omar, Mark Pocan, and Pramila Jayapal bid their support for Sanders. In addition, prominent activist Cornel West gave an impassioned speech discussing how Sanders has been consistent since the days of the American civil rights movement.
The evening concluded with the band Vampire Weekend, popular with many of the young voters making Sanders a popular candidate among Generation Y and post-millennials. The raucous, grassroots atmosphere provided a glimpse into what appears to be a promising primary season.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Washburn University dominated 75-50 against Lincoln University Wednesday evening at Jason Gym. This was the first contest between the two MIAA teams this season. Washburn controlled the game from the start and never looked back.
Lincoln was down 33-22 at halftime. The Blue Tigers struggled mightily on the offensive end. Washburn held LU to their lowest scoring outing this season. Lincoln also had a problem defensively in the loss. Four players for Washburn were in double figures. Jalen Lewis was the leading scoring for Washburn with 19 points. Tyler Gieman poured in 18 points in the win. Rathen Carter scored 14 points and Johnny Clausing added 10 points.
Jonell Burton had some good moments in the game and was a spark off the bench for LU. In the first half Burton excited the Blue Tiger Nation by converting on an alley-oop dunk from Cameron Potts. Burton managed to score 8 points in the first half but cooled off in the second half. The senior guard led Lincoln in scoring with 10 points.
A positive for the Blue Tigers was a solid three point performance from Lamont Ballard. Ballard was 3-7 from the three-point line. Lincoln will need their junior guard to carry the momentum into the next contest. L’Kielynn Taylor also grabbed 10 rebounds.
The next game for Lincoln will be on Saturday, Feb 1 at home against Emporia State.
Written by: Mar’Che Boggess. Photos by: Amoni Lewis
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY — With the spring semester in full swing, LU students are eager to set new goals for the new semester. Even though the semester just began, students’ expectations are high. Recently, we took to the streets to ask students: “How do you plan to make this semester better than last semester?”
JEFFERSON CITY – A potent winter weather event began wreaking havoc for motorists across much of central and east-central Missouri during the Thursday afternoon drive-time. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported numerous weather-related traffic accidents in the Capital City area and beyond. However, temperatures are expected to keep the chaos short-lived into Friday.
The National Weather Service issued advisories throughout Thursday, indicating hazardous travel along secondary roads. By late Thursday evening, major interstates began to clear, thanks to temps in the low 30s and aggressive salting and scraping of highways. However, some roadways north, south, and east of Jefferson City received heavy snowfall, creating dangerous driving conditions into the late evening hours.
The Weather Service says temperatures will slowly rise through the day Friday and into the weekend.
JEFFERSON CITY – The Lincoln University men’s basketball team won an 85-84 home thriller Saturday afternoon against Pittsburg State. The victory over the Gorillas improved Lincoln’s overall record to 7-9 on the year. It was also Coaches vs. Cancer Day.
Lincoln jumped off to a good start early leading 41-36 at halftime. Several players for Lincoln played well in the contest from the starters to the bench. In the second half, Pittsburg State made adjustments and played better. The two teams battled in the second half, resulting in 14 lead changes.
Cameron Potts made game-winning free throws with 05.4 seconds left on the clock to seal a Blue Tigers win. The junior guard showcased his ability to distribute and attack the basket throughout the game. Potts contributed with 12 points, five rebounds, and 9 assists. Joe Davis had his best game as a Blue Tiger with 20 points and five rebounds. His career high made him the top scorer for Lincoln against Pittsburg State. Davis made big shots and put pressure on the defense by making his presence felt inside the paint. The sophomore also finished 10-13 from the field.
Lamont Ballard and Jordan Notch also played key roles off the bench. Ballard was efficient and finished with 14 points. The junior guard provided energy and instant offense. Jordan Notch chipped in with 10 points. The Lincoln bench outscored the Gorillas reserves 53-12.
Jonell Burton was in double digits with 11 points to go along with six assists. Burton had seven points in the first half. The senior is currently the leading scorer for Lincoln this season with an average of 15 points per game. The next game for Lincoln will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 2020 on the road against Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla.
On Aug. 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. In the address, King outlined his hope for America. Below is the full text. (Courtesy the King Institute at Stanford University)
“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. (My Lord) 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. (Yes) And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. [enthusiastic applause] There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: in the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. (My Lord, No, no, no, no) [applause] We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. (My Lord) Again and again (No, no), we must rise to the majestic heights (Yes) of meeting physical force with soul force.
(My Lord) The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people (Hmm), for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny [sustained applause], and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” (Never) We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. (Yes) We can never be satisfied [applause] as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. [applause] We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. (Yes) We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating for whites only. [applause] (Yes, Hallelujah)
We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. (Yeah, That’s right, Let’s go) [applause] No, no, we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters (Yes) and righteousness like a mighty stream. [applause] (Let’s go, Tell it) I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. (My Lord) Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. (My Lord, That’s right) Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution (Yeah, Yes) and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith (Hmm) that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi (Yeah), go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities (Yes), knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. (Yes) Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. (My Lord)
I say to you today, my friends [applause], so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow (Uh-huh), I still have a dream. (Yes) It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. (Yes)
I have a dream (Mhm) that one day (Yes) this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed (Hah): “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” (Yeah, Uh-huh, Hear hear) [applause] I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia (Yes, Talk), the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream (Yes) [applause] that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice (Yeah), sweltering with the heat of oppression (Mhm), will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream (Yeah) [applause] that my four little children (Well) will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. (My Lord) I have a dream today. [enthusiastic applause]
I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists (Yes, Yeah), with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” (Yes), one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. [applause] (God help him, Preach)
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted (Yes), every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain (Yes), and the crooked places will be made straight (Yes), and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed [cheering], and all flesh shall see it together. (Yes Lord)
This is our hope. (Yes, Yes) This is the faith that I go back to the South with. (Yes) With this faith (My Lord) we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. (Yes, All right) With this faith (Yes) we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation (Yes) into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. (Talk about it) With this faith (Yes, My Lord) we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together (Yes), to stand up for freedom together (Yeah), knowing that we will be free one day. [sustained applause]
This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children (Yes, Yeah) will be able to sing with new meaning: “My country, ‘tis of thee (Yeah, Yes), sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. (Oh yes) Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride (Yeah), from every mountainside, let freedom ring!” (Yeah)
And if America is to be a great nation (Yes), this must become true. So let freedom ring (Yes, Amen) from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. (Uh-huh) Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. (Yes, all right) Let freedom ring (Yes) from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. (Well) Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. (Yes) But not only that: (No) Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. [cheering] (Yeah, Oh yes, Lord) Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. (Yes) Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. (Yes) From every mountainside (Yeah) [sustained applause], let freedom ring.
And when this happens [applause] (Let it ring, Let it ring), and when we allow freedom ring (Let it ring), when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city (Yes Lord), we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children (Yeah), black men (Yeah) and white men (Yeah), Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics (Yes), will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! (Yes) Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'”[enthusiastic applause]
JEFFERSON CITY – For the second time in three games, the Lincoln men’s basketball team won in overtime, as the Blue Tigers held off Central Missouri for an 88-84 victory on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 11).
The weather outside was cold and snowy, but the teams inside Jason Gym were hot, combining to make 24 three-pointers and 58 baskets, with both squads shooting better than .450. The Mules shot at a .519 clip, including .424 from long distance, while the Blue Tigers shot .455 from the floor.
The main difference in the game proved to be rebounding and turnovers, as LU out-scored UCM, 19-8, on second chance points and scored 17 off turnovers compared to seven for the Mules. Lincoln (6-8, 3-2 MIAA) out-rebounded Central Missouri (6-8, 1-4 MIAA), 39-28, and forced UCM into 16 turnovers.
Lincoln led for nearly the entire first half, entering the intermission with a 37-32 lead, and had a six-point advantage with 15:48 to play. The Mules used a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the ballgame, 44-43, but Lincoln answered with a trey by Marcel Burton for a two-point lead with 13:19 remaining. Marcel Burton, who finished with 15 points, was one of six Blue Tigers to score in double figures.
After two more lead changes, Jonell Burton put the Blue Tigers ahead by seven with a layup at the 4:35 mark, but the Mules weren’t ready to call it a day. A quick trey sparked Central Missouri to an 11-4 run, culminating with a 71-71 score with 49 seconds remaining. Lamont Ballard, Jr., who led LU with 18 points, made his fourth three-pointer of the day to give Lincoln back the lead, but the Mules answered with a three of their own to send the game into overtime.
The teams continued to go back and forth durting the extra period, which featured seven lead changes and three ties. With the score deadlocked at 84, Cameron Potts made a layup off an offensive board to give LU the lead for good. Potts finished his day with 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and a block.
Jonell Burton, who tallied 12 points and five boards, iced the game with a pair of free throws with 6.9 left on the clock. Bansi King also had 12 points for the Blue Tigers while Jordan Notch had 14 and six rebounds.
L’Kielynn Taylor led LU with nine rebounds and seven assists, and made a free throw to close out the scoring. Taylor also had a team-high two steals. Marcus Cohen, meanwhile, represented Lincoln on the court with two rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal.
Lincoln will now turn its attention to Missouri Southern, as the Lions visit Jason Gym on Thursday (Jan. 16) for a 7:30 p.m. CST contest.
A few weeks ago I attended a holiday party in my hometown, a rural east-central Missouri community of about 7,000. Some of the attendees were old friends, many were acquaintances, and others complete strangers. But nearly all of them were connecting me to my former role as a local newspaper owner, which usually leads to some lively storytelling and maybe even a little friction. But on this night, my social engagement quickly centered on my role in higher education.
“So, Will, I hear you won some kind of teaching award,” said a former neighbor who was infamously disruptive throughout the halls of my high school. That was the wind-up. “What makes you so good?” That was the pitch. I didn’t have the answer he wanted. Although I could have fired-off some bullet-points, I didn’t feel the need to. Instead, I sought enlightenment from the inquisitive fellow.
The real question, I said, is “What makes a good student?”
“You tell me,” he said. It’s a great topic, but not an easy one. I don’t view my students from an academic ivory tower. I don’t have one – don’t want one. I prefer the trenches. I try to learn as much from my students as they learn from me. But what really makes a good student?
I’ve been pondering the question since walking into my first college classroom. As an adviser and teacher to many students, I have experienced a plethora of successes, some pretty sad failures, and a significant share of unbelievable turnarounds. I only teach journalism classes, so my students are degree-seeking majors attached to me throughout their degree program. It’s an intimate experience that provides me a large window into their lives, relationships, fears, and dreams.
But each class is remarkably different from all others. Sometimes I have a classroom filled with ambitious students, arriving on time, and making deadlines with quality work. Sometimes not. Importantly, each student must be viewed as a unique human being, fully capable of rising to expectations. The success of the student often depends on several critical factors, including family support, adopting realistic goals/expectations, engagement, personal responsibility, and understanding how college works.
Family Support: My classes are filled with many first-generation students. Family members may not fully understand the importance of providing emotional support and a positive vibe for their degree seeking loved one. Most of my successful students seem to have caring family members, ones that are actively involved in the academic process. Sometimes it takes a while – or a semester of bad grades – to get family members concerned enough to get involved. I have seen bad students become good students many times – almost always, if not always, it’s with the help of family.
Adopt Realistic Goals: A good student has a plan. As an adviser, I spend a lot of time trying to understand student goals and professional endeavors. It’s important for students to understand how a degree program is structured, the requirements for obtaining a degree, and how to advance along their program timeline. Good students look ahead, while not getting behind by dropping classes or taking on too many extracurricular activities. They understand college life can be fun – and should be – but the most important thing is advancing towards the graduation stage and professional life. They know their first real job won’t come with a car and six-figure salary.
Understand College Life: The transition from high school to college can be extremely disruptive. This is especially true for first-generation students with little, if any, prior exposure to the college lifestyle. In high school, students attend classes Monday-Friday, moving along an academic conveyor belt filled with familiar faces. In college, a new student may not know anyone. In high school, students live at home. In the dorm, students live with strangers – it can be intimidating and overwhelming. Joining a group or club can be a good thing, but don’t get involved at the expense of study time.
Engagement: Learning effective communication skills is vital to post-college success. The increasing problem associated with digital absorption – i.e. face planted in a phone screen – is eroding our ability to engage students. It’s a serious issue discussed often among my college colleagues and friends in the business world. My best students stow their phones during class, take notes, and ask questions. They engage me in conversation in and out of the classroom.
Personal Responsibility: In high school, students live at home and at school they run a rigid schedule from morning arrival to afternoon departure. In college, they live on their own. Students have variable schedules and they choose whether or not to go to class. They are completely unbridled. As a professor, I mark attendance – but I can’t enforce it. If a student misses a certain amount of classes, he/she may lose a letter grade or even risk getting dropped. An unexcused absence may mean the loss of assignment or test points. I treat my students as adults, not kids. It is my responsibility to train them for professional life – it’s their responsibility to show up.
Understanding How College Works: Students don’t always understand the rules, regulations, and policies that are essential to navigating campus life. Some students assimilate rapidly, while others seem to struggle for months or years. I enjoy advising students – which classes to take, internships, professional advice, etc. – but I may have 75 students to worry about. Students need to treat college like a job, maturing and progressing towards graduation.
Students need to realize that a college degree is earned, not awarded. It’s a great accomplishment and something to be very proud of. But earning a degree isn’t always enough. There are many ways to measure what a “good” student is – grades are the most obvious, but not everything. For the most part, a good student has family support, understands the expectations, gets involved in their academic pursuits, and fully matures into a responsible student ready and able to handle professional life beyond the classroom.
(Assistant Professor Will Sites has been teaching journalism at Lincoln University since 2014)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln women’s indoor track & field team is ranked No. 2 in the country while the LU men are No. 5 according to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s Division II preseason rankings.
The Lincoln women, who finished third at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, enter the 2019-20 season ranked No. 2 in the country after receiving 138.69 points in the preseason ratings. Grand Valley State, the national runner-up last season, leads the national rankings with 256.50 points, while defending champion Adams State is No. 3 with 134.91 points. West Texas A&M (93.09 points) and Missouri Southern (92.60) round out the top-five.
In the men’s rankings, Lincoln, which finished fifth at the 2019 indoor championships, is No. 5 overall after garnering 119.76 points. Tiffin leads the national rankings with 158.07 points while Colorado-Mines (132.11), Central Missouri (131.00) and Ashland (123.84) are also in the top-five.
According to the USTFCCCA website, the organization compiles its national rankings by “mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons. For the preseason ranking and early-season rankings, data will be taken from previous seasons as well as the current season. The purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national-team race.”
Both Blue Tiger track & field teams will open the season this weekend with meets at Kansas University on Friday (Dec. 6) and Northwest Missouri State University on Saturday (Dec. 7).
JEFFERSON CITY – Medical marijuana card-holders will be safe bringing weed into state parks and historic sites under new plans being developed by the Division of State Parks. But lighting-up will remain illegal.
According to a recent news release, the new policies being issued in the spring of 2020 will attempt to align with new medical marijuana laws passed by voters last year. Missouri has already issued more than 20,000 medical marijuana cards, which allows carriers to possess the drug without fear of arrest. However, smoking it is another story.
Similar to laws passed in Colorado and other states, possession of pot (with a card) is OK, but smoking in public is often prohibited. It remains unclear what the term “public” means. For instance, will a Missouri state park visitor be allowed to smoke in a camping trailer or recreational vehicle?
In 2018, about 170 state park visitors were arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Under the proposed new rules, card-carrying visitors will not be arrested for possession of pot, but may be subject to arrest if caught smoking it.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – On Nov. 12, 2019 Hosea Franklin was selected First Team All Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) for his historic season. His ability to catch and run the football successfully made Franklin a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses throughout the season. Franklin carried his team with several big performances all year despite a 1-10 record.
The sophomore running back set the tone early on the road in week 1 against Washburn by breaking Lincoln Hall of Famer and 2018 Black College Hall of Fame inductee Leo Lewis’ single-game school rushing record with 251 yards rushing. The previous record was 245 yards. Franklin finished his sophomore year as the number one rushing leader in the MIAA with 1,359 yards and 123.5 rushing per game. He was also number seven in NCAA Division II football for rushing yards.
The career year Franklin had also resulted in the Memphis native breaking Lincoln’s school record of 1,266 rushing yards previously held by former LU Blue Tiger Morris Henderson. Franklin has been nominated for the NCAA Division II Harlon Hill Award.
Franklin stated in an interview that he planned on having a huge season due to his performance in LU’s first game. He also expressed being selected first team MIAA was a honor and it displayed the work he had put in during the offseason. “I will have to work on getting stronger, faster, and more versatile on catching the ball and other things,” said Franklin.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Lincoln University Director of Athletics John Moseley announced that interim coach Malik Hoskins has been named the next head coach of the Blue Tiger football team on Thursday (Nov. 21).
“We conducted an extensive search that generated quite a bit of interest from some outstanding candidates,” Moseley said. “In the end, it was Coach Hoskins’ familiarity with the program, with the campus and the Jefferson City community that convinced us he was the right person to lead the Lincoln football team moving forward.
“As we transitioned back into the MIAA, arguably the best Division II conference in the country, Hoskins developed a mindset among our players that encouraged them to work hard, both on the field and, more importantly, in the classroom. Our players bought into Hoskins’ vision for the program this season, and I look forward to seeing how the football team grows under his leadership.”
Hoskins, who was elevated to the position of interim head coach this past May, just completed his third season with the program. The offensive coordinator of the Blue Tigers during his first two years, Hoskins coached seven players this season who earned All-MIAA recognition. That includes sophomore running back Hosea Franklin, an All-MIAA first team honoree who led the league in rushing and finished in the top-10 of the country in total yards and yards per carry.
A graduate of Southern Mississippi, Hoskins has over 20 years of coaching experience, including spending eight years as the offensive coordinator at Lane. In 2018, Hoskins was rewarded for his commitment to student-athlete development when he was invited to attend the NCAA/NFL Coaches Academy.
The Lincoln Athletic Department will host a reception for Coach Hoskins in December. More information, including the date, time and location, will be announced later.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- Students were given the opportunity to connect with professionals, employers and companies Wednesday at Page Library.
All majors were welcomed and students were required to be in business attire. The fair started at 9 a.m. and lasted until 2:30 p.m. Employers, such as MoDOT and other government agencies, were seeking to find candidates interested in either internships or employment.
This gave an opportunity for a diversity of businesses and recruiters located in Jefferson City, St.Louis, Kansas City and beyond to talk to students about current employment opportunities.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- Due to the weather, Lincoln university was still able to honor our veterans on Nov. 11, 2019 in the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall.
Veterans Day is meant to show thanks to those who sacrificed their lives to serve for our country. The university was founded in 1866 after the Civil War by the soldiers and officers of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantry. It’s because of their dream and dedication that we have an institute. “We salute to our founders as well as the men and women who have and will continue to fight for our freedom,” said Kristin Guerrant, coordinator of LU’s Military & Veterans Services Center.
The ceremony was opened by the national anthem, followed by Miss Sophomore Mya Howard who gave a speech about her father. She thanked him for his services while honoring others. “I am so thankful to have a father who has served for our country.”
Veterans put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. We should shake their hands or give salute (when appropriate) when we see one.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A strong cold front moved across the Capital City Monday morning, bringing snow and changes to campus events. Many commuters raced home early as the wintry mix began turning parking lots white with frozen precipitation. An outdoor Veterans Day event planned for Monday was moved indoors.
The National Weather Service on Tuesday reported snowfall totals on Tuesday, indicating that much of Mid-Missouri received anywhere from one-half an inch to three inches. The Missouri Dept. of Transportation reported numerous problems with ice-covered roadways and single-digit temperatures rendering salt nearly useless in efforts to keep motorists from hazardous conditions.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported numerous accidents and closed roads Monday night as the storm moved eastward across the state. The evening commute in St. Louis was slowed to a crawl along interstates 44, 64/40, 270, 55, and 70, with major accidents bring cars to a standstill along I-70 near St. Charles. The Weather Service says good news is coming Tuesday night.
A warm front will enter southern and central Missouri late Tuesday night, bringing temps into the 40s by Wednesday afternoon.
WARRENSBURG, Mo. – With 119 yards against Central Missouri, Hosea Franklin broke the Lincoln
football team’s single season record for rushing yards on Saturday afternoon.
(Nov. 9). The Mules, who entered the weekend ranked No. 10 in the country in
the latest American Football Coaches Association Division II rankings, ended up
defeating the Blue Tigers, 73-6.
Franklin, who also had two receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown against
Central Missouri, now has 1,298 rushing yards on the season. That mark breaks
the previous Lincoln single season record of 1,266, set by Morris Henderson in
2013. Franklin will have an opportunity to add to his record total in Lincoln’s
season finale against Missouri Western, which will be played in Jefferson City,
Mo. next Saturday (Nov. 16) at 12:00 noon CST.
Chrisshun Robinson had three
catches for a team-high 55 yards against the Mules while Dre’Shon Alston had four grabs for
35 yards. Michael Jones and Tori Hicks
combined for 25 rushing yards on five carries, and Desmond
Hunter completed 12 passes for 111 yards with the score and no
Cody Alexander and Chavon Gross each had nine
tackles, with Alexander also tallying a tackle for loss, and Vontavious Thacker and Piere’
Jones each broke up passes while JaJuan Chambers
had a hurry. Michael Smith added 1.5 tackles
for loss, Zyan Thomas-King had a tackle for
loss and five total takedowns, and Bri’on Sanders
also made a tackle for loss. Elliot Albert provided six takedowns and 0.5
tackles for loss.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The end of daylight saving time ended Sunday Nov. 3, 2019. We gained an extra hour which causes the sun to rise earlier and set sooner. It has affected students and staff on campus. The Clarion News hit the streets of Lincoln University to ask: “How has the time change affected you?”
JEFFERSON CITY – The Lincoln University nursing department held a gala Saturday night to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Lincoln’s popular nursing program is one of the most successful programs on campus. The event had an award ceremony, various speeches, and a silent auction.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a contest of tigers, the Lincoln
football team fell to Fort Hays State, 66-6, on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 2).
Hosea Franklin led the LU Blue
Tigers with 131 rushing yards, including 82 on a touchdown run in the fourth
quarter. Franklin also had 23 receiving yards to lead Lincoln with 154
The Fort Hays State Tigers scored on 10 of their 13 possessions, including each
of their first five to take a 45-0 lead at halftime. Fort Hays State (7-2, 7-2
MIAA) out-gained Lincoln (1-8, 1-8 MIAA) in total yardage, 593-230, and
converted six of 10 third downs while holding onto the ball for 30:34 of game
Chancellor Johnson threw for 60
yards, with Tori Hicks catching four passes
for 33 yards. Hicks ended the day with 97 all-purpose yards, including 22
rushing yards. Michael Jones, meanwhile, ran the ball si times for 10 yards.
LU had five tackles for loss on the day, including two by JaJuan Chambers, who also had five
tackles and a hurry. Cody Alexander
led the Blue Tigers with 14 takedowns to go with a pass break-up and a tackle
for loss, and Brennen DeMarco finished with six
tackles while Chavon Gross and Quan Mason each had four.
Zyan Thomas-King and Austin Harris each broke up
passes, Michael Smith had a hurry, TeAndre Skinner had a tackle for
loss and Bri’on Sanders and Cody Bagby combined for another
tackle for loss. Dawson Brandt and Vontavious Thacker additionally
supplied five tackles apiece.
Lincoln will play its final road game of 2019 next Saturday (Nov. 9) when the
Blue Tigers travel to Warrensburg, Mo. to play MIAA-leading Central Missouri at
1:00 p.m. CST.
Lincoln rated higher than Nebraska, Morehouse, Rutgers, and many others
By Clarion News staff
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The American Journalism Historian Association has awarded LU’s journalism program a “B” rating for its efforts at teaching media history, landing the HBCU in the top half of responding colleges.
More than 200 universities were surveyed and graded on course offerings, frequency of offerings, and percentage of students taking a media history course. Lincoln’s spring course, History of Journalism (JOU 203), is a requirement for print journalism students and an elective for broadcast students. About 90 percent of LU journalism students take the course.
“The history class is one of my favorite courses to teach and one of the most important,” said LU assistant professor of journalism Will Sites. “It helps us to understand the role journalism has played in shaping our country and it also provides professional guidance and standards of behavior.”
Lincoln shares the “B” rating with many well-known schools, including Ohio, BYU, Nevada-Reno, Penn State, LSU, Michigan, Wisconsin-Madison, and Alabama. Some of the schools scoring lower than LU include Auburn, Morehouse, Rutgers, Western Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina A&T, Nebraska, and Westminster.
“Journalism’s past can be a great guide to understanding its present state,” Sites said. “And let’s not forget that Missouri is home to some famous people in journalism, including Mark Twain, Joseph Pulitzer, and Lucile Bluford.”
The American Journalism Historian Association was founded in 1981 to advance education and research in mass communication history. It believes that a meaningful education must include the study of journalism history and that teaching history provides civic, intellectual, and moral value.
(Lincoln University was the first HBCU to offer journalism and The Clarion News is the oldest HBCU campus newspaper in the U.S.)
MARYVILLE, Mo. – Vontavious Thacker
had a pick-six and Quan Mason recorded
a safety, but the Lincoln football team fell to Northwest Missouri, 56-9, on
Saturday (Oct. 26).
Thacker’s interception and 52-yard return for a score gave the Blue Tigers a
7-0 lead over Northwest Missouri (7-1, 7-1 MIAA), which entered the game ranked
No. 14 in the American Football Coaches Association’s Division II poll. The
Bearcats responded with a quick scoring drive, and it was a 7-7 game entering
the second quarter.
The Bearcat offense came to life in the second period, out-scoring Lincoln
(1-7, 1-7 MIAA), 28-0, to take a 35-7 advantage at halftime. In the second
half, Bri’on Sanders forced and
recovered a fumble on NWMSU’s opening kickoff to give Lincoln the first
offensive drive of the third quarter. A big goal-line stand by the Bearcats,
however, kept LU out of the end zone.
Lincoln would still come up with the first points of the second half, though.
Mason tackled the Bearcat running back in the end zone of the first play of
Northwest Missouri’s ensuing possession to give the Blue Tigers two more points
on the afternoon.
Thacker led the Lincoln defense with six tackles. Chavon
Gross, who broke up a pass, and TeAndre
Skinner, who was credited with a hurry, had four takedowns apiece.
Hasan Muhammad-Rogers and Mason
each also had four tackles, while Michael Smith
registered a sack and Dawson Brandt
had a tackle for loss.
Chancellor Johnson completed 10
passes for 66 yards, and Hosea Franklin
had 47 yards to lead the LU rushing attack. Jerrin McKeithen caught four passes
for 35 yards.
The Blue Tigers return home next Saturday (Nov. 2) to host Fort Hays State at
1:00 p.m. CT.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- Faculty staff and students held a town hall meeting Thursday evening in SUC Ballroom.
The meeting was for students to ask questions and give input on how to make the university better. One student complained about the front door in Sherman Hall card swipe not working. Within 15 minutes, during the meeting the president was told the door was fixed.
Students were pleased that action was being done. The concerns were really about about homecoming and the chaos that happened outside Jason Gym on Oct. 19,2019. LUPD made it be known that next year they would do their best that students get in and get to enjoy homecoming instead of non-students.
President Dr. Jerald Woolfolk understand how students felt about the cafe food and how Sodexo doesn’t provide a variety of options for vegan students. “You guys might think just because I’m the president they fix my food right,” Woolfolk said “I’m tell you now that’s not the case”
In the meeting students felt like they were being heard and staff were listening. The staff just want students to feel comfortable while their attending Lincoln University.