Blue Tigers take Central Missouri in overtime

Lincoln v. Central Missouri at home. Jan. 11, 2020. (Photo courtesy LU Sports)

By Dan Carr, Assistant AD for Media Relations

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.

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What makes a good student?

LU Assistant Professor Will Sites explains class policies to journalism students. Aug. 2018. (Clarion photo)

Commentary by Will Sites

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)

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Spring graduation filing deadline Feb. 12

LU faculty at Dwight T. Reed Stadium during the May commencement, May 2016. (Photo by Will Sites/Clarion News)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students planning to graduate this May must file with the Registrar by Feb. 12, 2020. All graduating seniors must have Gen-Ed and major checklists completed – see your adviser.

To file for graduation, visit the Registrar’s office in B-4 Young Hall. Contact the Registrar at or call 573-681-5011.

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LU women, men track & field place high in preseason rankings

LU Track & Field (Photo courtesy LU Athletics)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

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).

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State parks to have new marijuana rules

(source: Creative Commons)

By Clarion News staff

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.

Missouri has 91 state parks and historic sites.

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Franklin’s Perseverance Leads to MIAA First-Team Selection

By Amani Grant-Pate

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.

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Hoskins named LU head football coach

Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

LU football coach Malik Hoskins. Aug. 23, 2019. (Clarion News photo)

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.

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Thanksgiving Break Nov. 23-Dec. 1

The Clarion News staff will be away from the digital newspaper until Dec. 2. Be safe!

“Holiday in North America” by Jean Louis Ferris (1863-1930). Source: Creative Commons
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Dress to Impress: Career Fair

By Isis McCully

Career day for Lincoln University students Wednesday morning in Page Library. Nov. 13, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

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.

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Honoring our veterans

By Isis McCully

Lincoln University staff and students take a moment of silence in honor of Veterans Day Monday afternoon in Memorial Hall. Nov. 11, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

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 staff and students take a moment of silence in honor of Veterans Day Monday afternoon in Memorial Hall. Nov. 11, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)
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Monday snow, cold slows campus

A snow-covered highway east of Jefferson City. Nov. 11, 2019. (Photo by Will Sites)

By Clarion News staff

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.

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Blue Tigers defeated at UCM

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

(Photo courtesy of LU Sports.)

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 interceptions.

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.

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Word on the Street: Surviving the Time Change

By Blake Tibbs and Isis McCully

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?”

“It has messed my schedule up. I’ve been a hour behind everything. It feels like 5 when it’s really 4.” / Victor Williams, senior, criminal justice, Compton, Calif.
“That’s what happened? I was wondering why it seem like it was getting darker so much quicker. I thought I was tripping.”/ Joseph Madrigal, senior, business major, Compton, Calif.
“It has made me more tired.”/ Ariel, senior, business administration major, St.Louis.
“It has given me more time to do work.”/ Mr. Earl, works at SUC, Jefferson City.
“I have gotten more rest, like I woke up before my alarm clock.”/ Joslyn Brewer, junior, criminal justice, Omaha, Neb.
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LU Nursing holds 50th Anniversary Gala

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.

Lincoln University School of Nursing held its 50th anniversary gala on Saturday evening in the LINC. Nov. 2, 2019. (Photo By Jasmine Ray)
Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe speaks during the Lincoln University School of Nursing 50th annivesary gala on Saturday evening in the LINC. Nov. 2, 2019. (Photo By Jasmine Ray)
Lincoln University School of Nursing held its 50th anniversary gala on Saturday evening in the LINC. Nov. 2, 2019. (Photo By Jasmine Ray)
The family of Helen Leola Monroe receive an award on her behalf at Lincoln University School of Nursing’s 50th anniversary gala on Saturday evening in the LINC. Nov. 2, 2019. (Photo By Jasmine Ray)
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Fort Hays defeats Blue Tigers

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

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 all-purpose yards.

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 time.

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.

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LU Journalism History Course Receives “B” Rating from AJHA

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.”

LU assistant professor of journalism Will Sites teaching history of journalism (JOU 203) at Lincoln University. (Clarion News photo)

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.)

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LU falls short at Northwest Missouri

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

(Photo courtesy of LU Sports.)

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.

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President and staff address concerns in town hall

By Isis McCully

LU President Jerald Jones Woolfolk speaking Thursday evening at the townhall meeting held in the SUC Ballroom. Oct. 24, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

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.

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Homecoming Week 2019: Fashion Show

By Landon Bernskoetter

Lincoln University students participate in their very own Homecoming Fashion Show October 16, 2019. (Photos by: Jerunek Morris)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Lincoln University CAB sponsored a fashion show on Wednesday in Richardson Auditorium. The event showcased clothing and accessories produced by LU students. The event was well attended. About thirty students took part in the program.

The annual event is an opportunity for students to highlight and show-off their brands and businesses, such as jackets, crew-necks, jumpsuits, shoes, T-shirts, and other trending apparel.

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Blue Tigers score homecoming victory over Northeastern State

By Amani Grant-Pate

Chancellor Johnson scrambles in Saturday’s game against Northeastern State University. Oct. 19, 2019. (Photo by Aaron Spencer)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The LU Blue Tigers put together an impressive homecoming game performance Saturday in a homecoming 29-9 victory over Northeastern State University. Despite heavy rain for most of the afternoon, Lincoln dominated the contest, marking the Blue Tigers first win of the season.

Cody Alexander was key in Lincoln’s victory over the RiverHawks. Alexander timed a play when he returned an interception for an 87-yard touchdown. He also scored LU’s first points of the game. The defensive back contributed with three tackles. The score after the pick-six helped Lincoln jump out to a 6-0 lead. At halftime the Blue Tigers were down 7-6. “The win was most needed for the team’s morale, it boosted our confidence, and shows how good we can be as a team,” said Alexander.

In the third quarter, LU made good adjustments as a unit. Hosea Franklin made a big impact. The tailback showcased his versatility by leading LU with 205 yards rushing and scoring on a touchdown run and catch. LU regained the lead 13-7 in the game when Chancellor Johnson threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Franklin. The sophomore running back later extended the lead 20-7 in the period with a two-yard touchdown run. “Without the offensive line and the quarterback making the right calls I wouldn’t be able to make plays,”said Franklin. Franklin is currently number one in the MIAA in rushing with 1,001 yards so far this season.

The Lincoln defense was relentless and determined against Northeastern State. Chavon Gross chipped in with the most tackles for the Blue Tigers with nine total. JaJuan Chambers applied pressure and had two sacks and seven tackles.

Chancellor Johnson made good decisions in the game. Johnson took care of the football and was successful using his legs to move the chains. In the fourth quarter, Johnson scored the final touchdown for LU on a one-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach. The junior quarterback finished the game with one touchdown pass and 77 yards rushing.

The next game for Lincoln will be on the road against Northwest Missouri at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Bearcat Stadium in Warrensburg.

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Photos: Homecoming Week 2019

Photos by Jasmine Ray and Jerunek Morris

Lincoln University 2019 Cornation held Thursday in Richardson Auditorium. Oct. 17, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)
2019 step show on Friday held in Richardson auditorium as part of Lincoln University homecoming. Oct. 18, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)
2019 step show on Friday held in Richardson auditorium as part of Lincoln University homecoming. Oct. 18, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)
Lil Boosie performs as part of Lincoln’s homecoming Saturday at Jason Gym. Oct. 19, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)
Meg The Stallion performs as part of Lincoln’s homecoming Saturday at Jason Gym. Oct. 19, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)
Murphy Ford performs at Mitchell Auditorium for Lincoln University homecoming Oct. 14, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)
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David Banner comes to LU

By Inkera Muwwakkil

David Banner on Tuesday during the Symposium held in Mitchell Auditorium on the campus of Lincoln University. Oct. 15, 2019. (Photo By Jasmine Ray)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- Lincoln University held a symposium in Mitchell Auditorium for this years homecoming. Activist and former rapper David Banner was the guest speaker for the event on Tuesday. The event was free and open to all LU students and alumni. CAB selected James Phillips, a junior at Lincoln University,  to be the opening act. Phillips performed two of his songs before Banner took the stage. Banner covered a lot of topics ranging from knowing our purpose to supporting the black community.

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Students enjoy campus carnival

By Isis McCully

Lincoln University 2019 carnival held at the top of Anthony Hall parking lot on Oct. 14, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students enjoyed good weather and good times on Monday during a carnival and petting zoo held on campus near Anthony hall.

Students of agriculture provided a petting zoo of a variety of animals for students to pet and learn about. The campus activity board provided games for students and kids. There were bouncy houses, basketball games and a strongman game.

While students were enjoying the carnival a live Dj was playing music.

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President Meets With Sophomores

By Jerunek Morris

LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk Speaking to LU sophomores in the SUC Ballroom. Oct. 2, 2019.(Photos by Jerunek Morris)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk is trying to gather the concerns of Lincoln University students sooner rather than later. Woolfolk met with freshman the day before discussing their concerns about Dawson Hall and other issues. In her sophomore meeting she had more issues to deal with.

Student’s had complaints concerning the laundry situation in Bennett Hall and Martin halls One student asked, “Why is there only four washers and three dryers for a building that holds more than 80 people?” Woolfolk listened to the students and expressed her concern, but also let them know that the university has many items to focus on.

One student was furious with the situation of financial aid not being to send out refund checks until after homecoming, due to a malfunction/error in the financial aid department.

The key topic of the meeting was Sodexo food services in LU’s cafe. The president pointed out that the food service company is providing quality products. “I believe that Sodexo offers great service with plenty of food choices, with it being healthy, and delicious at the same time,” said Woolfolk.

The president plans to hold more meetings with students throughout the school year.

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Dawson Road closed through Wednesday

By Clarion News

Dawson Drive is closed through Oct. 9, 2019 for resurfacing. (Drone photo by Isis McCully)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Dawson Road (the one with painted tiger paws) will be closed through Wednesday due to a road resurfacing project. Use alternative entrances and be extremely cautious when walking or driving in the area.

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LU nursing program celebrates 50 years

By Jasmine Ray

Students and staff of the LU School of Nursing in the SUC Ballroom to celebrate 50 years of serving LU students and the community . Sept. 30, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The nursing department recently celebrated 50 years of service to the university and community. Former students and nurses gathered alongside current program attendees to honor the success of the program.

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LU president meets with first-year students

By Jasmine Ray & Landon Bernskoetter

LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk meets with first-year students in the SUC Ballroom Tuesday evening, Oct. 1, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – President Jerald J. Woolfolk held a meeting with first-year students on Oct. 1, 2019 in the SUC ballroom.

The main focus of the meeting was for her to let them know that they came to Lincoln University to get a degree. Woolfolk understands that students want to have fun, but their main priority should be to graduate. She told the students that LU is behind them.

“The university will do everything to make sure that the Class of 2023 gets all the help they need to get their degree,” said Woolfolk.

The president also met with the sophomore class.

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LU Broadcasters: Episode 5

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Red Cross holds campus blood drive

By Inkera Muwwakkil

American Red Cross employees getting ready for Friday’s blood drive at Lincoln University ballroom. Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Jefferson City American Red Cross held its first campus blood drive of the semester in the SUC ballroom on Friday with help from the Thompkins Health Center and nurse Twhyla Kirby. The goal was to have up to 32 donors by the end of the blood drive. “I know how important it is to come and donate,” said Markel Brock, a sophomore at LU. “I try my best to come to these types of events.”

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PJ students go on-scene with mock accident drill

The only way to prepare for the chaos of photojournalism is to practice for it

Students from the JOU 475 photojournalism class participate in a “breaking news” mock accident scene near Elliff Hall. Sept. 27, 2019. (Drone photo by Will Sites)

By Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A man using a chainsaw suffers fatal injuries. Police arrive with a white sheet to shield him from public view. Soon after, media attempt to capture the horrific scene for the afternoon news, websites, and social media sites. For the journalists, time is of the essence – the police will likely close the scene at any time.

“Go! Go! Go! Go!,” yells assistant professor of journalism Will Sites to his JOU 475 photojournalism students. “There’s been a worker fatally injured by a chainsaw – we need photos and we need them now!” The surprised students are told to go outside.

Near the Elliff Hall parking lot, Lincoln University Police Chief Gary Hill and two of his officers stand near a body covered with a bloody white sheet. Nearby lies a chainsaw, the all-too-obvious tool of the victim’s demise. Yellow police tape frames a perimeter of no trespass, guarded by the three officers. Students are handed Canon DSLR 35mm cameras, the obvious assignment to capture the scene as quickly as possible. The police, by design, are less than forthcoming with answers to questions.

“I’m a firm believer that news photography is best learned on the streets, not in the classrooms,” says Sites, an assistant professor of journalism in his sixth year at Lincoln. “We can’t always take students to breaking news events, but we can simulate them with realistic mock accidents and crime scenes.” Sites says that the campus police department has always been great at making the scenes real and treating the students in the manner that they will experience in the field.

The LU photojournalism class (JOU 475) participants in the chainsaw victim “breaking news” event. LUPD assisted with staging the accident scene and keeping reporters outside the yellow police tape. Sept. 27, 2019. (Will Sites photo)

At the mock accident scene, journalism students were instructed to take five photographs. Sites says that the imposed limitation forces the photographer to focus on each photo, instead of zipping-off dozens of digital images. “I was a photojournalist in the days of film,” Sites says. “I might have one roll of 36 exposures for several events – I had to make my shots count.”

Sites says that this is the first photojournalism course taught at LU since he arrived in 2014. He notes that although everyone takes a lot of phone photos, the art of photography is being lost in the digital age. News photography, he says, requires an understanding of lighting, composition, and the limits of equipment.

“Today’s newsrooms need multimedia journalists,” Sites says. “Being a good photojournalist is one of the skills they often demand.”

LU assistant professor of journalism Will Sites with students Nicholas Hunt, left, and Jasmine Ray of his JOU 475 photojournalism class during a “breaking news” event near Elliff Hall. The chainsaw victim under the sheet is journalism student Landon Bernskoetter. Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo by Cameron Gerber)
LU journalism student Raphael Green (foreground) borders the yellow police tape during a JOU 475 photojournalism mock accident exercise held near Elliff Hall. Sept. 27, 2019. (Drone photo by Will Sites)
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International Food Day brings global cuisine to campus

By Keishera Lately

Students sample a variety of dishes at the 2019 International Food Day held at the SUC ballroom. Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- On Thursday the International Students Association hosted their “All around the world in one day” event in the SUC Ballroom from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event consisted of international students catering their favorite back-home meals, along with international music. Meals represented countries such as Thailand, Senegal, Malawi, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Jamaica and many more.

“Nsima” was a particular meal from the country of Malawi that sophomore Kelvin Beza served. “This event not only shows the diversity of the campus, but it brings all of us together,” said Beza. This is Beza’s second year in America and although he has enjoyed his time here, he does miss the energy of Malawi.

With students coming together on the campus for the event, everyone had the opportunity to taste samples from many different countries. “I have a few friends that are from different countries back home, so I wanted to come and see how well this event would be,” said Amari Anderson, a sophomore accounting student.

This was the first time the ISA hosted the event on campus. “It honestly was a great turn-out, I wasn’t expecting so many people to come –we had a really good time,” said President of the ISA, Caroline Wanjiru, a graduating senior from Kenya.

Watch for upcoming events with the International Students Association to learn more about different countries and students.

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Pie A Loose Necka

By Jasmine Ray

Assistant band director Larry Newby II takes a pie during a Kappa Kappa Psi fundraiser. Sept. 27, 2019. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Kappa Kappa Psi hosted a successful Pie a Loose Necka fundraiser. Lincoln University’s honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi raises money every year to provide drinks, food, and help with purchases of band uniforms.

Larry Newby II, who is part of Kappa Kappa Psi, as well as the newest assistant band director, took time out during the day to participate in the fundraiser. Newby, a leader who once was sitting in the same seats, is continuing the tradition of the annually Pie a Loose Necka fundraiser.

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New LU Broadcasters podcast for Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019

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Shots fired near LU campus

By Landon Bernskoetter

Jefferson City and Lincoln University police on the scene at about noon Wednesday of reported shots fired along East Dunklin Street near the LU campus. Sept. 18, 2019. (Photo by Landon Bernskoetter)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Police report that someone reportedly fired several shots at about noon Wednesday along East Dunklin Street near MLK Hall, causing a 20-minute campus-wide lockdown. LUPD Chief Gary Hill told the Clarion News that no injuries were reported.

A witness on the scene told Jefferson City police that the shots came from an eastbound silver Cutlass occupied by four males. Police found several shell casings on East Dunklin and at least one car was reportedly struck.

Lincoln University Police Chief Gary Hill on the scene at about noon Wednesday of reported shots fired along East Dunklin Street near the LU campus. Sept. 18, 2019. (Photo by Landon Bernskoetter)

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A dream fulfilled featuring Symone Sanders

By Isis McCully/Photo by Jerunek Morris

Symone D. Sanders being introduced by President of Lincoln University Dr. Woolfolk (Sept. 17, 2019)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- A Dream Fulfilled featured speaker was Symone Sanders, a political strategist who now is a senior advisor for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.

The event was Sept. 17, 2019 at the SUC Ballroom. LU President Dr. Jerald Woolfolk introduced Sanders as a woman who has been featured on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and even BET.

Sanders earned a placed in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record while also having a spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election.

Sanders spoke about how voting is important and how people need to register if they’re not already. She then went on to say that in order to achieve in life your going to be uncomfortable, at least once, but don’t let that stop motivating you.

“People don’t realize that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a strategist. He went about have meetings before marching, telling people to put their best clothes on and go out to march. If the police threaten to arrest you, don’t resist. He was trying to show the north how racism was down south since it was different. He was a strategist,” said Sanders.

She gave encouragement and advice to students who wants to be in her position. “People always want to be the spokesperson but nobody wants to be the one to take notes,” said Sanders.

“Don’t be afraid to go fetch coffee or run errands, young people tend to think they should just jump to the top without experience.”

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Blue Tigers come up short in home-opener

By Amani Grant-Pate

LU football playes get ready for their first home game on Sept. 12, 2019 at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. From left to right: Antonio Watts, Chavon Gross, Hosea Franklin, and Elex Harris Jr. (Photo by Keena Lynch)

JEFFERSON CITY –The Lincoln University of Missouri football team lost their second straight game of the season 38-14 at home against Missouri Southern on Thursday night. Lincoln was down early and trailed 21-0 at halftime. LU fought hard in the loss.

A positive for Lincoln was putting together a strong third quarter. Chavon Gross provided good energy for the LU defense with one interception. Chancellor Johnson threw two touchdowns to Tori Hicks in the third quarter. Hosea Franklin continues to make a big impact and finished with 118 yards rushing. Franklin broke former LU standout Leo Lewis’ record with 251 rushing yards last week against Washburn.

Hassan Muhammad Rogers contributed with 10 tackles total. Vontavious Thacker chipped in with 8 tackles. Cecil Stallings recorded 6 tackles. Cody Alexander also had 6 tackles.

Lincoln will be on the road Saturday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. against Central Missouri Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.

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Antiquated homes cleared for demolition by Lincoln University

By Inkera Muwwakkil

An empty lot is all that remains Wednesday afternoon after Lincoln University razed a home it owns at 712 Lafayette St. Sept. 11, 2019. (Clarion News drone photo)

Lincoln University is conducting demolition to several properties owned by the school. The properties include: 712 Lafayette St., 807 E. Dunklin St., 809 E. Dunklin St., 807 Locust St., 813 Locust St. and 1011 E. Atchison St. According to LU officials these buildings hold no historical importance and have several issues that have deemed them uninhabitable. This project has an estimated cost of $115,000. No further information has been provided.

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LU Fall Convocation held in Richardson Auditorium

Article and photo by Kelsey Bias

President of the LU Board of Curators Frank Logan Sr.; LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk; LU Provost Dr. Alphonso Sanders; Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Bryan Salmons; and LU SGA President Jordan Smith at the LU Convocation event held in Richardson Auditorium. Sept. 12, 2019. (Photo by Kelsey Bias)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The 2019-2020 Opening Convocation was held Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at Mitchell Auditorium. This year’s focus for the school year is three words: Inspiration, Innovation, and Transformation. The event started with the posting of the colors presented by the ROTC Color Guard followed by the National Anthem performed by the LU band.

SGA President Jordan Smith began the ceremony discussing how everyone is here for a reason. He talked about how we are all powerful and that we as students and future leaders should use that power to impact the world and that we need each other to help build the community up. Smith noted what he called the five F’s that he believes would inspire, innovate, and transform us all: Focus, Finish, Follow through, Follow up, and Faith.

Lincoln University Board of Curators President Frank Logan Sr. welcomed the convocation crowd. He said we should find inspiration everywhere, be an innovator, and look at how we transform.

Lincoln University President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk said students should imagine their time at Lincoln as a car. Buckle down into class schedules. Check and recheck with financial aid and student accounts. Shop for apparel and all things necessary to begin the journey. Begin the journey going to class and learning every day. Stop every now and then at events and games. Keep going until you reach your destination. She believes that if we see our time at Lincoln as a car, we can see inspiration, be innovated, and transform and see the difference we have made from day one to the day we step on stage at graduation.

LU Provost Dr. Alphonso Sanders began closing remarks at the convocation. He encouraged students to seek his help. Sanders said he is dedicated to academics and like all of the faculty and staff, wants to see success in everyone. He noted that all of us at Lincoln inspires, innovates, and transforms this historic institute each and every day.

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Candlelight memorial held for Lloyd Randle III

By Isis McCully

Students gather at SUC Ballroom for a candlelight memorial for the late Lloyd Randle III. Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo by Isis McCully)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A candlelight memorial was held Sept. 5, 2019 to honor Lloyd Randle III, who died recently as a result of drowning in the Missouri River .

Students gathered at the SUC Ballroom to show their respects to the former freshman vice president. His short time with the LU family took a toll on a lot of students. A Jefferson City native, the memorial was attended by many locals, LU students, and staff.

Students gather at SUC Ballroom for a candlelight memorial for the late Lloyd Randle III. Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo by Isis McCully)

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New rules in place for service animals

By Blake Tibbs

New rules are in place for service animals.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – We’ve probably all seen service animals before. Most commonly a seeing-eye dog for the blind. This year on campus there are new rules in relation to service animals. The university has decided to introduce students to emotional support animals (ESA). Greg Holtmeyer, coordinator for LU Access and Abilities, provides insight on the new regulations.

According to Holtmeyer, service animals are protected by a federal program that provides animals for people who have symptoms such as PTSD, diabetes, epilepsy, and more. At Lincoln, if a student has a service animal, their allowed to go anywhere without requiring permission.

Only a medical professional is allowed to ask a person with a service animal two questions: Is this a service animal? What has it been trained to do?

ESA’s have a wider selection of animals and a different set of rules. They must be approved by Holtmeyer and a physician. Unfortunately, people were getting online acceptance letters for ESA’s. This is no longer acceptable as proper documentation for animals.

The size of the animal matters. They can be in the dorms but not taken to class or any other public setting on campus without permission. The animals that are excluded are birds, venomous snakes and rodents.

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Lincoln Marching Band performs at delayed parade

By Jerunek Morris

Drum Major James Ottis Woodruff with the Marching Musical Storm Blue Flame Dance Team Sept 7, 2019. (photo by Jerunek Morris)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Lincoln University’s Marching Musical Storm participated in Jefferson City’s Labor Day Parade Sept. 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. This is the first big performance for the Marching Musical Storm this year, and they sound ready for the opening LU football game. It’s been two years since the Marching Musical Storm has participated in the Labor Day parade. By their upbeat energy and cultural sound, it was no secret that the crowd had missed them. This is only the beginning to the Storm’s season, and The Clarion is looking forward to covering more of it’s upcoming events.

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Blue Tigers football hold scrimmage

First game is Sept. 5 at Topeka

A preseason scrimmage at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. (Photo by Jerunek Morris, Aug. 2019)

By Amani Grant-Pate

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Football is back! The Lincoln University football team held an open scrimmage on Friday night, Aug. 23, 2019 at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. This was a chance for fans to watch the new look of the Blue Tigers.
After the scrimmage, junior quarterback Chancellor Johnson, who comes to LU from Newman, Ga. noted something about performance and how he can help change the culture at Lincoln. Johnson said he plans on working hard and leading by example to win games this season. “You see win all over the locker room,” said Johnson.
The Lincoln University football team will play their first game at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 against Washburn in Topeka, Kan.

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LU student drowns in Missouri River

A memory to Lloyd Randle III is written in chalk at the Noren Access location where the LU student allegedly drove into the river Friday night, Aug. 30, 2019. Randle’s body was found downstream the following Monday. (Sept. 4, 2019)

By Clarion Staff

CALLAWAY COUNTY – The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a body found Monday afternoon in the Missouri River is Lloyd Randle III. According to a news release issued late Tuesday morning by Lincoln University Communications and Marketing, Randle was a first-year Blue Tiger student and was recently elected vice president of the freshmen class.

The Highway Patrol says that on Friday at about 9:30 p.m. someone reportedly witnessed Randle drive a 2007 Dodge Caliber into the river at Noren Access, which is located just across the river from Jefferson City. Search crews found the vehicle Saturday afternoon submerged 25 feet under the surface.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies searched for Randle throughout the weekend. On Monday, they found his body about 700 feet downstream from where his car entered the river on Friday night.

The Highway Patrol says they have no idea why Randle’s car went into the water.

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Getting to know Stripes

By Keishera Lately

Stripes high fives the crowd at the Lincoln University Homecoming parade.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – If you don’t know Stripes, you don’t know LU.

Because the spirit-filled mascot has seemingly been around forever, many members of the Blue Tiger Nation don’t know how – or when – Stripes arrived on campus. The story began years ago, but first a little lesson on Missouri’s oldest historical black college and university (HBCU).

Lincoln was founded in 1866 by African-American veterans of the American Civil War. Around the 1950s the campus was known as the Harvard of the Midwest, mainly because it was one of the best HBCU’s in the region.

Enrollment began to more than double with a large diversity of students. With enrollment rates rising, students began to participate in athletics and organizations. With so much involvement, people of the community started to notice and wanted to support the institution. The only problem was that local newspapers were not covering the changes on the campus.

When stories did begin to get covered, a local news reporter of the News-Tribune began to call Lincoln the Blue Tigers because the larger University of Missouri in Columbia were known as the Mizzou Tigers. It was how outsiders could distinguish between LU and MU.

Although Lincoln has always been represented by blue, it wasn’t until the early 1970s when they adopted the “Blue Tiger.” Eventually the tiger was officially named Stripes, which has evolved into what he looks like today.

“We’re the only one with the Blue Tiger theme,” said Lincoln University Archivist Mark Schleer. Some would think this is what makes the school unique.

Whenever you see Stripes at the next campus activity, don’t be afraid to greet him!

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LU student publishes comic book

By Inkera Muwwakkil

Kaden Quinn holds a copy of “Hurdles,” his recently published comic book. (Photo by Cameron Gerber, Aug. 21, 2019)

I recently talked with Kaden Quinn who just published his own comic book named “Hurdles.” Quinn, from Jefferson City, is a junior majoring in journalism. Below he tells us about the new book.

Clarion: Who’s the main character in this comic?

Quinn: Jumper is the main character and his secret identity is Greg Clapton.

Clarion: What is the comic book about?

Quinn: “It’s about a superhero who’s struggling to find a regular job; his character is a parody.”

Clarion: Have you made any other comics outside of the one published here, and will there be more?

Quinn: I actually made dozens as a kid (and) just recently in June I published some artwork. The real hope is to send my work to major comic companies to really be able to make them independently. 

Clarion: Did you get any help with your comic book, like with the illustrations?

Quinn: Actually yes. I found some people through Facebook that helped bring it to life.

Clarion: What inspired you to create hurdles?

Quinn: A lot of it was just my discontent with how other characters where treated.

Clarion: When did you get interested in comics?

Quinn: Since I was young. I actually got my first comic as a gift in my Easter basket when I was 3.

Clarion: Is there a website for your comic and how can people buy it?

Quinn: It’s on Kickstarter right now but I am hoping to find a new domain. It’s also in the Antiquarium in downtown Jefferson City.

Clarion: What was your inspiration to write the comic book?

Quinn: I had the idea my senior year in high school, but I didn’t have the money until I got to college. It took me a total of two years to finish and publish the comic book.

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LU book store reopens

By Keishera Lately and Isis McCully

Students enjoy shopping for textbooks and other items at the new campus bookstore located in Scruggs. (Photo by Jerunek Morris, August 2019)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The LU campus bookstore opened Aug. 5, 2019 after being away for three years. It’s located on the top floor of the SUC. Since its closing, students have found it very convenient being back on campus. “The bookstore does look different , it gave me the same vibes as the old one, but it’s more organized,” said Kre’ Shona Williams, a senior psychology student.

In the store customers and students can find Lincoln gear, snacks, electronics, school supplies, and textbooks for courses. Hours are Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. – closed on weekends. Although there are no weekend hours you can shop online at

When students pay full price for a textbook they are granted a discount on a gift card through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. “Students can use a book voucher depending on scholarships & funds,” said store manager Ronald Lee, a graduate student from Kansas City, Mo.

Student employment opportunities will not be available until December 2019. Advice given from a current employee to future employees is to, “Listen to the training and you’ll understand quickly. It’s cool and pretty chill – it’s an easy job,” said Anjonae Selmone, a sophomore studying social work.

When you have the time, don’t be afraid to stop by our campus bookstore for books, Blue Tiger gear, snacks and more.

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Students return to campus

So, what did you do over the summer?

By Kalon Grover/Photos by Jerunek Morris

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students returned to campus and classrooms on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, leaving the fun and sun of summer behind. The Clarion welcomes everyone back to the LU community, but we wanted to know: What did you do during the summer break?

Jordan Smith

“Just reading, meeting with administrators about the semester, goal for the school to get students involved as possible, and teach them what’s life after graduation.” Jordan Smith, senior, marketing

Ma’Kayla Ross

“Worked all summer and vacationed with my fellow Lincolnites to St. Louis, upcoming school year and plan on staying focused and being more involved on campus.” Ma’Kayla Ross, junior, social work

Callie Mayes

“I went to church camp and then went straight to band-camp. The difference from high school and college is that there’s not a lot of judgemental people as in high school. Everybody is real nice here and I like how the teachers like their jobs.” Callie Mayes, freshman, nursing

Keyshon Bacote

“Worked at Taco Bell, and then hit Planet Fitness for 2-3 hours, then hit the field and worked on some drills. I’m really looking forward to band this semester, and hopefully working to get off academic probation.” Keyshon Bacote, sophomore, kinesiology

Destan Anderson

“Roar agent for Lincoln and then went to National Association with the student government, got jaw surgery, and now looking to grow in all aspects in life.” Destan Anderson, sophomore, social work

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Track & field athletes earn academic honors

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY – Fourteen members of Lincoln’s women’s and men’s track & field athletes earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Academic honors.

To qualify for the honor, an athlete must post a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher and qualify either provisionally or automatically for the NCAA Division II Indoor or Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Nine members of the national champion Lincoln women’s track & field team were honored: Renea Ambersley, Rusheda Blake, Segale Brown, Diana Cauldwell, Shanice Clarke, Danielle James, Tajera Lawkin, Christine Moss and Shaian Vandenburg.

Honorees from the men’s team included Ryan Brown, who also was named the USTFCCCA Men’s Indoor Scholar Field Athlete of the Year; Kizan David; Damaine Dixon; Roberto Smith; and Ouekie Wright.

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Commentary: Veto of helmet law will save lives

By Will Sites/Assistant Prof. of Journalism

Wearing my full-face helmet while riding along Missouri Highway 185 in Franklin County. (Photo: Will Sites)

On July 19, 2019 Gov. Mike Parson vetoed SB 147, a transportation bill that would have allowed motorcyclists 18 and older to ride without a helmet. His fellow Republicans sponsored and passed the bill. Parson says he didn’t like a provision of the bill that would have allowed suspending drivers licenses for unpaid traffic fines. In any case, the veto will not only survive an override – it will save many lives.

A helmet saved mine.

On a cold day in February of 2018, I was driving a Kawasaki KLR 650 motorcycle in Crawford County, Mo. For some reason, an oncoming teen driver turned into my path. I don’t remember the accident, but a witness says I hit the SUV nearly head-on, smashed my head into the side of the vehicle, and then rolled across the hood before landing on my head on a state highway. She said I looked like a rag doll flipping over the car before rolling across the pavement. I was knocked unconscious and stayed that way for quite some time.

I woke up on a medical helicopter en route to a St. Louis trauma center. At that point, I had been unconscious for more than an hour. The initial medical assessment included a severe – perhaps even life-threatening – head injury. Even though I was wearing a full-face helmet (see photo), the impact of my head slamming into the vehicle fractured my orbital eye socket, bloodied my nose, and temporarily shocked nerves in my face and teeth. My physicians all agree on one thing: a helmet saved my life.

About 20 states have universal helmet laws – all riders must wear a helmet. Other states require riders under a certain age wear helmets and a few don’t require helmets. It’s not clear why Sen. David Sater (R-Dist. 29) allowed the helmet provision into SB 147, which proposed numerous transportation law changes. Why anyone thinks it’s a good idea to make riding more dangerous is beyond my scope of reasoning. There are good key points in keeping helmets on the heads of riders.

My totaled KLR 650. (Photo: Will Sites)

The pro-helmet crowd point to the increase in medical and insurance costs associated with head injuries. States that weaken helmet laws always see a rise in fatalities and serious head injuries. Those wanting to ride without protection point to freedom of choice issues. Simply put, they want to feel the wind in their hair. Some states allow riders to choose, but only with proof of medical insurance. For me, a helmet law simply lessens the risk of harm to riders and passengers. Motorcycles are inherently dangerous. Accidents often result in horrific – and expensive – injuries.

My accident racked-up more than $60,000 in medical bills and left me with a totaled motorcycle. I was kept in the hospital overnight and released the next day. One accident, one night in the hospital – $60k. Insurance covered most of it. Although I continue to heal from the concussion, I’m thankful that someone in the Capitol was wise enough to demand helmets. Demanding the right to feel the breeze through my hair is not persuasive enough.

Thank you, Gov. Parson, for looking out for motorcyclists.

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BTA students complete summer school

By Clarion News

Prof. Will Sites with his Blue Tiger Academy English 101 students.

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Last week nearly 40 incoming freshmen successfully completed the Blue Tiger Academy 12-credit summer schedule. After a short break, they will return to campus for fall classes.

The Blue Tiger Academy is an eight-week program designed to provide students with intensified instruction in math, English, and strategies for academic success. Academy students attending the 2019 session received fall course schedules before the end of Academy coursework.

Dorms will open Saturday, Aug. 10 and registration will begin Tuesday, Aug. 13. Classes begin Aug. 19, 2019.

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