Homecoming 2022 successful, despite 45-3 loss

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

By Dan Carr, assistant AD for Media Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clarion News

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

Go Blue!

Schedule of events here

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

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

Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

By Dan Carr/ Assistant AD for Media Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Senior spotlight: Jameaka Mannings

Jameaka Mannings (Photo by Tea Creates)

By Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

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

Clarion: Where are you from, Jameaka?

Mannings: I am from West Prospect, Jamaica.

Clarion: What is your classification?

Mannings: I am a senior, graduating next spring.

Clarion: What high school did you attend?

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

Clarion: What is your major?

Mannings: Biology.

Clarion: Why biology?

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

Clarion: Why did you choose Lincoln University?

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

Clarion: How is your semester going?

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

Clarion: Do you do any sports here?

Mannings: Yes, I do track and field.

Clarion: What events do you participate in?

Mannings: 400m and 400m hurdles.

Clarion: Do you prefer any over the other?

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

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

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

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

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

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LU football improves, but falls to Fort Hays State

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

By Dan Carr, assistant AD for Media Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Dan Carr, assistant AD for Media Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Missouri designates state HBCU Week

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

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

From Wire Reports/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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Moseley officially installed as LU president

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

By Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Organization fair ushers in new school year

By Darianna McGee and Jordan Parker/Clarion News

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

While attending the fair we asked students in different organizations:

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

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

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

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Student Spotlight: Jovanna Gustave

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

By Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

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

CLARION: What is your name?

GUSTAVE: My name is Jovanna Gustave.

CLARION: Where are you from?

GUSTAVE: I am from Barbados.

CLARION: Are you originally from the island of Barbados?

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

CLARION: Why choose to represent Barbados and not Guyana?

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

CLARION: What is your classification?

GUSTAVE: I am a transferring sophomore.

CLARION: Where are you transferring from?

GUSTAVE: Wayland Baptist (Texas)

CLARION: What are you majoring in?

GUSTAVE: Sports Management.

CLARION: Why did you choose Lincoln University?

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

CLARION: How are classes going so far?

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

CLARION: Do you do any sports here?

GUSTAVE: Yes, I do track and field.

CLARION: What events do you participate in?

GUSTAVE: The 100m and 200m.

CLARION: Do you prefer any over the other?

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

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

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

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Student on the street

By Jordan Parker/Photos by Gracen Gaskins

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

“How is your semester going?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Clarion News staff

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

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

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

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Destinations: Melvin Price Locks and Dam

The massive Mississippi River navigation structure amazes visitors of all ages

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

By Will Sites for the Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Total weight: 3.4 billion pounds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will open water resources in some state parks and conservation areas

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

By Clarion News/July 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to take good garden photos

Article and photos by Will Sites

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Plant flowers in different colors. Mix it up.

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

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

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

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

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LU 2022 Commencement

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

LU Commencement 2022 (Clarion News photo)

By Clarion News

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

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

The Clarion is proud of all our new Lincolnite alums!

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

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English students inducted into Sigma Tau Delta

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

By Clarion News

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

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

About Sigma Tau Delta International:

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

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

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

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

            •          Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members;

            •          Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and

            •          Serve society by fostering literacy.

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

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

(source: Sigma Tau Delta)

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Jefferson City mayor, city settle free-speech case

Jefferson City, Mo. (graphic courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By Clarion News staff

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

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

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

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

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

Vogel was represented by the Bradbury Law Firm.

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LU may offer classes to inmates

Dr. Brian Norris (photo by Sydnee Bryant)

By Kimberly Hill/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blue Tigers win big at Saturday’s LU Open meet

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

By Shanthamoi R. Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

By Jordan Parker/Clarion News

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

The Clarion: What are your fears about graduation?

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

The Clarion: What did you like about LU?

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

The Clarion: What did you dislike about LU?

Smith: “When COVID changed college culture.”

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

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

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

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

The Clarion: What’s your plans after graduation?

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

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Track & Field at CMU

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

By Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CAB holds “Movie Night”

Article and photos by Amya Milligan/Clarion News

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

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

Graduation schedule for May 2022

By Darianna McGee/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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Softball field getting upgrades

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

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

By Devyn Sigars

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

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

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

Article and photos by JoVon Ray/Clarion News

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

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

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

Article and photos by Shanthmamoi R. Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article and photos by Shanthamoi R. Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Amya Milligan/Clarion News

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

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

The National Weather Service expects snow/sleet for Jefferson City

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

Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

By Shanthamoi R. Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lincoln University celebrates Founder’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LU Black History Month: Lucile Bluford

Her fight against discrimination helped establish the first HBCU journalism program

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

By Randy Mitchell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Archives Showcases LU Centennial

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

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

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

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

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

Photos by Devyn Sigars and Jordan Parker

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

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

Rusheda Blake

By Shanthamoi R. Brown/Clarion News

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

The Clarion: Why did you choose Lincoln University? 

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

The Clarion: What’s your major? 

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

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

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

The Clarion: Why did you choose track and field? 

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

The Clarion: Was triple jump your favorite event? 

Blake: Yes. 

The Clarion: What’s your hometown? 

Blake: Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Discover more here)

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

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

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

Compiled by Clarion News staff (source:lincolnu.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Notable LU Historical Facts

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

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

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

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

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

*In 1921, Lincoln Institute was renamed Lincoln University.

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

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

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

*2016 – LU celebrates 150-year anniversary

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

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SNOW DAYS! Campus closed Feb. 2-3

Brunch and dinner will continue to be served

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

By Clarion Staff (from Marketing & Comm. release)

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

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

For more info, call LUPD at 681-5555.

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HUD Secretary hosts briefing for HBCU journalism students 

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

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

For more about Secretary Fudge, see https://www.hud.gov/about/leadership/marcia_fudge

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


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Laundry incident leads to Sherman Hall exodus

Students begin moving back after water damage is repaired

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

By Keishera Lately/Clarion News

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

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

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

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Mister Lincoln heads to STL Kings’ Competition

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

By Steven Banks/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

By LU Marketing and Media Relations (via campus email)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article and Photos by Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

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

The men were 3rd best on the day in the 4x400m with 3:17.86 seconds. For more results, go to http://milesplit.live/meets/457189

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

By Jordan Parker/Clarion News

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

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

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Blue Tigers fall short at Northeastern State

Destan Williams (stock photo courtesy LU Media Relations)

Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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MLK Day 2022

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

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

By Clarion staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos by Jordan Parker/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

By Cheyanne Parker/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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