LU student arraigned for LINC shooting

Two of the four students shot were critically injured

Deangelo Hawley Jr. (Cole Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Clarion News staff reports

JEFFERSON CITY – A Lincoln University student facing felony charges in connection with the recent shooting of four people outside the LINC was arraigned today in Cole County Circuit Court. A bond and counsel hearing was set for Nov. 20.

Deangelo Hawley Jr., 19, of Kansas City, remains incarcerated in the Cole County Jail. He faces four felony counts of accessory to first-degree assault, one felony charge of aiding in a shooting from a vehicle, and one felony charge of armed criminal action. Five of the six charges are Class A felonies. A conviction on a Class A felony is punishable by 10 years to life in prison.

Court records say police believe Hawley was with of a group of campus visitors from Kansas City that were earlier involved in a fight at an LU dorm. The group of visitors – along with student Hawley – later retaliated by shooting four students outside the LINC, which is on the opposite side of campus from the dorm. Nobody was killed, but two students remain hospitalized with critical injuries.

According to media reports, Lincoln University Police Department officers were first on the scene, rendering medical aid to the injured. Jefferson City police arrived and took over the investigation. LUPD Chief Gary Hill recently told the LU Board of Curators that there were problems between the visitors and several students.

Hill noted that campus security has been increased and a “no visitors” policy is in force. The investigation by the Jefferson City police continues.

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Commentary: We Need Sports

LU’s Marcel Burton shoots over a defender. Feb. 15, 2020. (Photo by Aaron Spencer)

By Harry Brownell/Clarion staff writer

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY-The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in every aspect, but universities have experienced significant changes and challenges. Chaos, confusion, and unfamiliarity surrounds everything like a heavy mist. However, with the basketball season tipping off on November 21, students and community members are rallying around and showing their school pride.

Attending a basketball game and watching classmates represent your school can be such an uplifting experience. It may not seem like much, but for some it could mean everything. The players, coaches, training staff, and even referees have prepared all year for the season.

For some, athletics may be the only reason they are enrolled in school. Students not retuning due to canceled sports is what the university must avoid. Unfortunately in 2020, it could all be for nothing if COVID continues to rear its ugly head. That is why sports are more important this year than in previous years. In 2020, we have learned that anything can be taken away at any moment. So we should not take anything for granted, even a basketball game.

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In Their Own Words: Blake Oakley

Blake Oakley

By Jermarcus Perkins

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- Every student has been affected by the pandemic in similar and different ways. I recently spoke with LU freshman football player Blake Oakley (Warren County, Mo.) about how it has changed his life.

The Clarion: How has the pandemic affected your life? What is it teaching you now?

Oakley: So I think the biggest thing is so much stuff has changed like school and just going out in general. There’s a lot of stuff we’re doing now that obviously we weren’t doing a year ago. So things like online classes, Zoom meetings, and only having a limited number of people in a class has been something to get used to. Also, with everyday stuff – like wearing a mask to go to Walmart – is something that’s never really happened before, especially as a freshman coming to a new school and playing a sport. So, both the academic and athletic side has affected me.

The Clarion: How has the pandemic affected you as an athlete regarding your ability to practice and workout?

Oakley: With practice we are probably behind more than we would like to be. In a normal year we’d be playing games right now, but we can’t. Social distancing and wearing masks in places like the weight room isn’t exactly pleasant, but all of us want to practice and play, so we can get through it. It definitely makes me think about what I do and where I go because if I were to get COVID and give it to my teammates we would potentially be shut down for quite a while.

The Clarion: What were your expectations going into the school year?

Oakley: My expectations were that I have to have the mindset we’re playing. I went in knowing I had to get work done and to control what I can control. I knew I needed to personally get better and that’s what I set my mind to. For a while, we were expected to play but I wasn’t surprised when they ended up canceling the fall season. Hopefully we will be back and play in the spring.

The Clarion: Who has motivated you the most on the football team?

Oakley: I don’t think I can even just pick one person that has motivated me the most. I think all of the specialists have motivated me the most. They’re all really hard workers and they are always trying to make themselves better. So when I first came in I was struggling with consistency and all of them did what they could to help me in getting more consistent. Sometimes it’s as simple as them saying “hey did you get your homework done?” because they want to see their teammates succeed. I think everyone on the team and coaching staff is great. It really feels like a family.

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Clarion Spotlight: Braxton Bailey

Braxton Bailey

By Jermarcus Perkins/For The Clarion

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The campus has experienced major changes since the pandemic began. From fall sports to homecoming, the university has canceled traditions students have grown accustomed to. For input on how athletes are adjusting to these changes, I recently spoke with LU football player Braxton Bailey, a freshman sports management major from Fort Worth, Texas

The Clarion: What high school did you play for?
Bailey: Cleburne High School

The Clarion: What were your expectations for the team and staff when you first arrived on campus?
Bailey: I wasn’t expecting to start. I was just expecting to help my team in any way I can.

The Clarion: What position do you play for?
Bailey: Linebacker (Backup: second/third string)

The Clarion: How is the pandemic affecting you as an athlete and student?
Bailey: There are more positives than negatives. The negative for me is wearing the mask. A positive is that we get more time to workout. During practice, we don’t have to wear a mask because we have on our helmets. We only wear masks in the weight room.

The Clarion: Who has motivated you the most on the team? And why?
Bailey: Our head coach, Hoskins because we are turning the program around. I want to be a part of that and help.

The Clarion: What is your major? Why did you choose it?
Bailey: Sports management because I want to coach after I graduate.

The Clarion: How do you feel about playing in the spring and not in the fall? Why do you feel this way?
Bailey: I wasn’t feeling frustrated because I knew I needed time to get better.

The Clarion: Why are you playing football?
Bailey: I am playing because I like the competition and you can create bonds that’ll last forever. I am competitive, that’s another reason why I am playing.

The Clarion: What has the pandemic taught you about life?
Bailey: Time is really important, like what you do with it.

(Jermarcus Perkins is a Wellness major at LU)

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LU professor hosts town hall

Dr. Darius Watson (photo by Kaden Quinn)

By Kaden Quinn/Clarion Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY – Lincoln University’s Dr. Darius Watson recently organized a Jefferson City town hall to help establish a better relationship between the community, public safety and policing. Hosted in LU’s Richardson Auditorium as a virtual event, the town hall was co-sponsored by KRCG and the News Tribune.

Watson states that this event had been in development for close to a year and was created before the coronavirus pandemic. With the backing of local media the focus was to use virtual platforms provided by all three outlets so the community could have a more interactive role within the town hall.

While the virtual aspect of the event played a prominent role, it was used very traditionally in gathering community opinions. Watson wanted the public to know that although this event has many familiar aspects, it would also differ significantly.

“In the same ways we will solicit public input, we’ll have community representatives on the stage discussing their own perspectives and answering their questions from the community so that traditional town hall framework will be there,” Watson said. “What’s often missing from a town tall however is follow-through – the ability to translate what you get from the community out of that town into practical initiatives, projects, and laws.”

According to Watson, the second component of this town hall is a stakeholders meeting in the spring. Between the event and the meeting, the input from the October town hall will be used to create an agenda upon which stakeholders will be able to operate.

“They’re not just fielding these general perspectives, emotions, and issues,” Watson said. “They will have concrete areas that the community, through the town hall, has identified as those they want most addressed.”

In that way, the professor hopes to create a more practical mechanism for government responsiveness to public needs. The event has received much support as well as a sponsorship from the highest levels of state government.

“Just about every major actor within the Jefferson City community, in particular, is on board,” said Watson. “From police to the mayor’s office to the public school system. Obviously, Lincoln University is one of the primary sponsors. I am quite excited about the potential that this has and we’ve really gone out of our way to promote this as apolitical. It is just about the community and everyone has been willing to get on board with that message.”

Overall, the event was considered to have a solid turnout. Across all three platforms, the town hall was estimated to have over 500 viewers and fielded about 60 questions from participants. They also arranged both the panelists and then the questions they received from the community in a way that would cover a variety of subtopics or areas within public safety.

The specific topics that were discussed were issues such as the role and training effectiveness of school resource officers, issues regarding youth at risk, and the development of mental health crisis centers. The idea of implementing a kind of intervention or de-escalation short of entering juveniles into the system was also discussed.

“We talked about a different approach for crisis intervention and de-escalation with regards to domestic abuse cases and trying to create more social understanding among law enforcement as to other aspects beyond just enforcing the law,” Watson said. “Trying to understand on a deeper level of what’s going and what’s driving the issues.

The role of gun laws and gun violence were brought up, as well as some questions regarding the use of body cameras by police in Jefferson City. There were many different topics touched upon and discussed by the community; however, the topic of the community’s dynamic with police would become the focus of the event.

“I think in many ways it boiled down to the relationship between law enforcement and Jefferson City,” Watson said. “It might play out as the school resource officer or it might play out in terms of how we can create stronger and more effective neighborhood watches. Some of it was more direct in terms of actual policing tactics. Review and oversight of the police and there were also discussions of race and policing because obviously, that’s a critical issue.”

Watson believes that the foundation for real progress was made during this town hall. With the event concluded it is now his role to now breakdown details of the town hall into an executive summary and then distribute that to the potential stakeholders that are identified through its topics.

“That’s how we’re using what the community gave us in the responses we got from the panelists and that’s when we’re going to see the real impact,” Watson said. “Even if we are only able to practically address one of these issues, we would have to consider it a success. But if we’re able to come up with two or three really solid initiatives that are backed by the majority of the community and that is fundamentally the result of the community itself saying this is what we want – that’s what you call democracy.”

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Midterm exams signal halfway point

Students will enter virtual classrooms following Thanksgiving break

Students enjoy pizza while taking a midterm exam in Journalism 407 Public Affairs Reporting class in the Elliff Hall media lab. Oct. 7, 2020. (Clarion News photo)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Midterm exams are winding down as students anticipate a shortened remainder of fall semester’s second half. Students will not return to campus after they leave for Thanksgiving break on Nov. 20. Classes will move to online when classes resume post-break on Nov. 30 and continue in the virtual world through final exams, which begin Dec. 14.

Oct. 16 – Midterm grades due

Nov. 20 – Last day of classes before Thanksgiving break

Nov. 30 – Classwork resumes (all classes online)

Dec. 14 – Final exams begin

Students enjoy pizza while taking a midterm exam in Journalism 407 Public Affairs Reporting class in the Elliff Hall media lab. Oct. 7, 2020. (Clarion News photo)
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Video: LU Softball Players On…Everything!

Video by Raphael Green/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – This isn’t your usual interview by a journalist. But then again, this year has been nothing but unusual. A few questions for a few LU softball players.

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LU President Hosts Town Hall

A student expresses concerns during an LU Town Hall event with President Woolfolk. Oct. 8, 2020. (Photo by Kaden Quinn)

By Kaden Quinn/Clarion News

LU President Jerald Jones Woolfolk hosted a Town Hall for students on Thursday evening in the Richardson Fine Arts Center to build better relations between students and the university. Topics included details regarding food plans, coronavirus safety, and new restrictions involving parking services for students.

Woolfolk began the event by stating that she was proud of what the student body had accomplished at combating the coronavirus. Whereas most young adults would throw caution to the wind, Lincoln students have remained committed to their health and safety, she said.

“You guys came in here after being out since March and you have taken all the proper precautions,” Woolfolk said. “You’re wearing your mask and washing your hands.” She credits students for keeping COVID-19 in single digits.

Woolfolk described the event as a way for students to share their thoughts and be heard by the LU campus administration. Several representatives from important bodies were in attendance, including staff, administration, and student representatives.

“This is your opportunity to let us hear your concerns,” Woolfolk said. “A lot of our faculty, staff, and administration have come out to hear your concerns. We know this is a difficult time for all of us and we want to make sure that we’re doing as much as we possibly can to keep you safe and to make sure this is a good academic year for you all.”

Heading the student side of the event was president of the Student Government Association, Logan Griggs-Mitchell. Woolfolk thanked the SGA president for her time, acknowledging her as an important student representative. Throughout the event, students had the opportunity to voice their opinions.

The conversation began with a discussion regarding meal plans for students and recent restrictions placed on them due to COVID-19. If a student picks up a to-go box they must now wait an hour before entering the cafeteria again. This decision was made to reduce capacity inside the building; however some students have felt this has negatively impacted their mealtime.

Food choice was discussed because many students feel their options are limited in a supposed “unlimited meal plan.” Two students mentioned a lack of different drinks to choose from, as well as a lack of vegan and vegetarian options.

While most of the conversation revolved around meal plans, food choices, and the dining hall, there was still some concern over the coronavirus. Even though the school’s positive numbers are relatively low, students remain concerned about the possibility of exposure. One student asking if the administration they could name sections or areas of campus where COVID-positive individuals frequented.

Although the school could not give the names of individuals or information that would single another person out, the Lincoln administration wants the student body to know they will remain healthy if they follow the safety guidelines.

“We’re a really small university, so if we were to say this classroom had a positive case and then all of a sudden one person is missing from that classroom, we’ve now identified who that person is,” said Lincoln’s Director of Health Services, Leasa Weghorst. “We have to protect people’s privacy and we can’t just give out all that information.”

Between concern over the coronavirus and dining hall, there was also some discontent with the parking situation at Lincoln. Some believe that with the shortened school year there should be a partial refund on the purchase of parking passes. It was explained that tuition and housing was not discounted, nor was the price of parking passes.

According to Woolfolk, it was her pleasure to host the Town Hall for Lincoln University. She believes that having a conversation is the most important thing that everyone can contribute at this time.

“As administrators and the staff that work here, we end up being so busy in the jobs that we don’t get an opportunity to interact with the students as much as we would like to,” Woolfolk said. “So that is why many of us go to the dining hall to eat and to spend some time with you. I want this Town Hall to continue and we’ll try to do another one before the semester ends. Then we can come back and report to you regarding some of the concerns that you have.”

Woolfolk said the dining hall is the higher concern for students. However, she also mentioned that the SGA’s Logan has plans with her Food Service Committee to start regular meetings with the dining hall staff.

“So, let’s make a list and give some priority to them and try to chop them off at least one by one,” Woolfolk continued. “We can’t fix everything in a day, a week, or a semester but if we constantly work on improving the services that we provide for you…if you constantly engage with us and we engage with each other, we can do this. And that is why I say we are all in this together.”

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Darius Watson

Dr. Darius Watson (photo by Kaden Quinn)

By Kaden Quinn

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Dr. Darius Watson has lived a storied life. A political science professor at Lincoln University, he has spent a lot of time moving from state-to-state in pursuit of advancing his academic career. Watson now feels he has finally found a place to call home.

The decision to pursue political science and international relations began after his time in the Model UN program as a university student. It was through his work inside the program that pushed him away from more a traditional major toward a more worldly profession.

“I tell my students that domestic politics makes my head hurt,” said Watson. “International relations was just more rational. It was easier to understand from a theoretical perspective and so much stuff in domestic politics involves things that you can’t always see clearly. I felt like I could see international politics more clearly.”

The popular professor says he was originally an architectural engineer major. “I took the model United Nations and it basically transformed my life,” he says. “It was just the most incredible learning experience I ever had.”

Watson describes the Model UN program as the most dynamic course any student can take. Covering every aspect of the academic experience, he says the Model UN pushes students towards many important and necessary skills, with each influencing the students professional career.

“You research and then you present,” Watson says. “You have to learn how to write, you have to learn how to co-operate and then get those things passed (and) you learn bureaucracy, legal frameworks – I mean that doesn’t even touch on the cultural, political, and social dynamics of the actual country you’re learning about as well. And then to be able to go to New York and do it with 5,000 students that are doing the same thing – it’s just a complete experience.”

According to Watson, becoming a college professor has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. He says that although he is always striving to reach new heights in his career, his work with his students has proven to be his greatest accomplishment thus far.

“My students, they’ve always been my accomplishment,” he said. “It’s funny because I guess in the end I don’t think I’ve achieved my greatest accomplishment yet. I’m satisfied with the things I’ve done but I want to do something bigger. So, for me, it’s just the students on a daily basis.”

Watson says helping students continues to be the highlight of his day. Between requesting funds from research grants and working on a local Town Hall project for Jefferson City, helping a Freshman student sort out the overwhelming aspects of her college experience is still the most fulfilling part of the job.

“To be able to sit down as a professor, an authority figure, or just as a friendly voice…to be able to bring her back in line and make her understand that she’s actually doing very well,” Watson says. “To assure her that this environment is going to increase and improve her chances of being better and to kind of just make her feel better about being here and about education and frankly the struggle she was having – that was probably the highlight of the week.”

For Watson, it’s about having an impact on his students. If he’s not doing that, he says, then everything else is just of kind of secondary. He doesn’t like limitations.

“Aim high and then shoot higher,” Watson says. “If you come in under the bar it better not be because you did your minimum (and) if you’re not doing your best then you’re cutting yourself short. It’s a double-edged sword – pursue perfection, and know that it is unattainable, and if you do that then you’re always pushing yourself forward. There’s always more to learn.”

As his time at Lincoln continues, one thing that Watson has noticed is the acceptance he has received from the people of central Missouri. Formerly residing in New York and Nebraska, he says that it was not only important to preach diversity, but also practice it. He feels good about living and working here.

“No one’s home is perfect but it’s comforting and it’s familiar,” he says. “So, being able to come here and what I do and the way I do has not always fit into other places, but here it just seems to be a natural fit. I feel like I belong and that’s a pretty unique feeling in my life.“ After moving around the country, he feels content with somewhere to call home.

He likes the feeling of communities committed to diversity. “A lot of people preach diversity but very few communities live it,” Watson says. “I feel like the communities I’m in, whether I live up in Columbia and here in Jefferson City, have to walk the walk. I feel like there’s actually more effort to be diverse here.” It’s genuine, he says.

“No one has made me feel unwelcome and I mean that in a way where just neutral responses can make you feel unwelcome. By everybody seems to actually want to engage and that’s what I do. All I do is engage.”

The sentiment extends to his fellow faculty and administration. Since arriving at LU, Watson says the campus has been quite welcoming and open-minded toward both him and his methods. In only his second year, Watson was elected to chair the faculty Senate. He appreciates the confidence.

“Now I actually have an administration that’s like, ‘Hey, just keep this in a loop and we’re behind you,’” Watson says. “I’ve worked in institutions where I didn’t hear that for six or eight years. I’m definitely enjoying it.”

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HBCUs to receive COVID-19 tests

LU’s Page Library. (Drone photo by Clarion News)

By Amoni Lewis/Clarion News

JEFFERSON CITY – In effort to combat COVID-19 outbreaks on college campuses, the Trump administration says HBCUs will soon be receiving coronavirus rapid-tests. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently began shipping more than 500,000 total BinaxNOW rapid coronavirus tests to 71 of the 100-plus historically Black schools located across the nation.

According to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, African- Americans are five times more likely to be hospitalized due to the coronavirus. HBCUs have predominantly minority faculty with underlying health conditions making them a greater-risk demographic. This could lead to an outbreak on HBCU campuses.

Each college institution will receive enough kits to test every student, faculty and staff member. The schools will be resupplied as often as necessary but will initially receive between 3,000 and 10,000 tests.

The names of the HBCUs that will receive the BinaxNOW rapid coronavirus tests are unknown at this time. Leasa Weghorst, Director of Student Health and Counseling Services at Lincoln University of Missouri, is unsure when the HBCU will receive the tests, but hopes the time is soon so the university can be equipped with the services needed to remain safe.

(Kyessence Collins contributed to this article)

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State football championships move to Jefferson City

Slated for Mizzou’s Faurot Field, new COVID rules prohibit non-MU participants

Missouri State High School Activities Association

By Clarion News staff

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) recently announced that the 2020 state high school football championships will be played at three locations in and around the Capital City instead of at Mizzou.

Because of new pandemic rules, the University of Missouri currently prohibits outside events to be played on Faurot Field, the usual home of the post-season high school football season. Class 1 through 6 games will be played on school fields at Jefferson City High, Blair Oaks High, and Helias Catholic High.

The Class 6 championship will be played Thanksgiving weekend, with Class 1-5 the following weekend.

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ROTC cadets participate in Leadership Lab

MSIV Cadet Dubbs teaches MSIII cadets how to conduct a tactical mission and MSI cadets wearing APFT uniforms (black & gold) are listening to Cadet Dubbs’ advice on tactical planning.

Article and photos by Cadet Joshua M. Nelson/U.S. Army ROTC

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The cadets of Lincoln University’s U.S. Army ROTC program recently participated in a hands-on activity known as Leadership Lab.  They learned about basic infantry tactics, land navigation, first aid and much more to develop and refine their Army knowledge and leadership skills needed to be an officer.

The goal of each lab varies depending on the classification or military science class, but generally the objective is to train cadets to successfully complete a mission as a team under the guidance of a platoon leader. For this lab, freshman and sophomore cadets applied their knowledge from the lecture to the practical exercise. They are led by a small group of junior cadets under mentoring by senior cadets.

A group of cadets in a triangular formation as they wait for guidance from the platoon leader.
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Roving Reporter: How has COVID-19 affected your freshman year?

By Kalon Grover/Photos by Elise Eaker

Amya Milligan is freshman from Kansas City, Mo. “It’s really boring. I expected more activities and interactions.”
Aniya Chism is a freshman from Decatur, Ill. “I didn’t get involved because my softball season was postponed until spring.”
Bryson DeBow is a freshman from St. Louis. “It feels normal for the most part, but I feel there are some visiting restrictions.”
DaMia Day is a freshman from Chicago. “Classes have been shorter and a lot of my teachers cancel classes because of COVID. Sports are not happening – so tragic!”
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Don’t Mask Your Personality, Wear It!

By Mar’Che Boggess

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – With the continuing impact of COVID-19, many states have enforced a mask mandate in an attempt to decrease the spread of the virus. While some have chosen to sport a more generic mask, others have decided to wear ones with elaborate designs reflecting their personalities. I recently did a class project exploring how my peers are choosing to make the most of the mask mandate. Here are a few examples of what I found:

LaDarrell Toney, a computer science major from Kansas City, Mo., enjoys wearing his mask because of how unique and random it is. (Photo by Mar’Che Boggess)
Nicolle Singh, a political science major from O’Fallon, Mo., enjoys wearing her mask because it matches her outfit. (Photo by Mar’Che Boggess)
Jermarcus Perkins, a wellness major from St. Louis, Mo., wears this mask around campus because he wants people to know that he stands for Black lives. (Photo by Mar’Che Boggess)
Andrew Knight, a criminal justice major from Georgia, chose this mask because it’s all he has. (Photo by Mar’Che Boggess)
Hannah Grogan, an agriculture science major from Jonesboro, Ark., wears this mask because it showcases her love for dogs. (Photo by Mar’Che Boggess)
Sarah Feisel, a Jefferson City native, enjoys wearing this mask because of how pretty the flowers are.
Asha Faison, an LU alumni from Topeka, wears this mask to encourage those around her to stay safe. (Photo by Mar’Che Boggess)
Elise Eaker, a journalism major from Fulton, Mo., sports her mask to make a statement in spite of the racial tension in our country. (Photo by Mar’Che Boggess)
Kim Curtis, a criminal justice major, from Columbia, Mo., loves wearing her mask because she likes the colors. (Photo by Mar’Che Boggess)
Allen Bradley, a computer information systems major from Georgia, likes wearing his mask because it was gifted to him by his grandmother. (Photo by Mar’Che Boggess)
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Basketball Q&A with Joseline Ramos

The transfer guard averaged 9.4 ppg at Florida State-Jacksonville

Senior reporter Raphael Green with LU basketball guard Joseline Ramos. Sept. 21, 2020.

By Raphael Green/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Although the COVID-19 pandemic has stopped or delayed collegiate sports nationwide, the Lady Blue Tigers basketball team remains busy preparing for the upcoming season. The Clarion will be visiting with athletes during the school year, beginning with Joseline Ramos, a junior transfer guard from Orlando, Fla. Ramos, a criminal justice major, was a stand-out player at Florida State-Jacksonville, where she led the Blue Wave with 9.4 points per game.

The Clarion: what’s your thoughts on the upcoming basketball season ?

Ramos: I feel confident about the team we have. I don’t really know when the season will start, but we have a lot of new faces and a really good squad.

The Clarion: If you have to play without fans, how will it affect the game?

Ramos: I think without fans it will just be basketball (and) we wouldn’t be worried about what the fans have going on in the stands – we would be a lot more locked in. It will feel different, but we will be OK.

The Clarion: Who is your favorite WNBA player ?

Ramos: Maya Moore.

The Clarion: So far, what is your career high in points?

Ramos: The most points I ever scored was in high school and that was 40.

The Clarion: What’s your favorite go-to snack as an athlete ?

Ramos: It would be strawberries and Nutella.

The Clarion: what is your go-to college meal ?

Ramos: Pizza rolls because they are quick.

The Clarion: What’s your favorite artist or song to listen to on game day?

Ramos: Drake or Lil Baby. If not music, I would just play WNBA highlights before the game.

The Clarion: There’s a lot of embarrassing moments in sports. What is the most embarrassing moment you have experienced in basketball?

Ramos: I tipped a ball that led to a steal and I started back-peddling and fell.

The Clarion: Thank you so much and good luck on the season!

(See the schedule here)

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Roving Reporter: Biden or Trump?

By Kalon Grover/Photos by Elise Eaker

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – With the 2020 presidential election just weeks away, the Clarion News decided to ask a few students: “Who will you vote for?” This is what they told us:

Clarion News reporter Kalon Grover, left, asks sophomore Andrew Knight who he might choose for president during the November 3rd election. “Biden because his morals are better than Trump and his standing and outlook are better than Trump.”(Photo by Elise Eaker)
Megan Volmert is an agriculture major from Jefferson City, Mo. “Trump because of my standings and beliefs, and I’m a Republican and pro-life.” (Photo by Elise Eaker)
Atahia Harris is a freshman nursing student from Columbia, Mo. “My family grew up as Democrat and my family is with Biden.” (Photo by Elise Eaker)
Meara Perkins is a freshman agriculture major from Jefferson City, Mo. “Trump (because) me and my family are Republicans and I’m pro-life.”(Photo by Elise Eaker)
Xavier Stewart is a freshman physical education major from Kansas City, Mo. “I don’t know that much about Biden. I just know that he was vice-president for Obama and I just want to vote against Trump.” (Photo by Elise Eaker)
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EDITORIAL: Keep students in the classroom

LU senior Mar’che Boggess works on a project in the Elliff Hall media lab. Sept. 23, 2020. (Photo by Elise Eaker)

By Harry Brownell/Clarion staff writer

Lincoln University is open for in-person classes for the 2020 fall semester. For all of us, returning to campus and getting back into a learning routine is a necessity. I believe that in-person classes are the best way to achieve academic success. We need a physical academic environment, not a digital one.

We need live lectures, the ability to ask questions while we’re learning, and the capacity to engage professors with real discussions and feedback. However important our education may be, we need to respect and understand the importance of preventing the spread and flattening the curve. We get it. Most of us respect the rules and understand the gravity of the situation. I am proud of how LU is responding. My only hope is to continue the semester as routinely as we can and keep everyone safe.

The COVID-19 pandemic is certainly an unprecedented series of events that has led to life as we know it – the so-called new normal. Each of us will remember March of 2020 when our world came to a screeching halt. Staying inside, scared of what may happen, wondering if family or friends are at risk. Students, staff, and faculty learned to adapt.

Zoom calls, no-contact food delivery, wearing masks and social distancing. As we finish the fall semester and approach winter, we are settling into a new LU. But just being in class brings a comfort that the world is healing – it’s a huge relief for many students.

Physical engagement, socializing, meeting old and making new friends – that’s the university experience we crave. Not only is the social aspect of continuing in-person classes extremely crucial to our mental health, students are clearly more engaged and committed to a class that they literally go to.

No system is perfect, and nobody can control a global pandemic. However, we can control the response. With the proper testing, social-distancing protocols, and wearing the proper face protection, the classrooms should stay open.

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Army ROTC triples freshman recruiting class

MS1 freshman class in a formation. (Photo courtesy LU Army ROTC)

By LU Army ROTC Cadet Joshua Nelson

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The Lincoln University U.S. Army ROTC Program is ready to kick-off the school year with possibly recruiting one of its largest freshman classes in ROTC history. Last year, the incoming fall freshman class had only five cadets.

Today, that freshman class is 16, excluding students enrolled in the freshman-level military class. Cadet Joshua Nelson, who’s been with the program the longest, noted that this is the largest incoming freshman class he has ever seen.

Freshman Mazhanne Parker, from Chicago, said she joined ROTC because of her experience as a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet in high school and fulfilling one of her mom’s dreams of becoming an officer and a first-generation college graduate. Parker is most excited to learn how ROTC functions and how it’s similar to her JROTC experience.

Kiana Mayers came to Lincoln University from Waynesville, Mo. She said that coming from a military family made her want to continue the family legacy by joining ROTC. Her family encouraged her, adding that a free college education is a good bonus. She is eager to learn about the military and to be a great leader.

Lincoln University welcomes the new U.S. Army ROTC recruiting class!

Blue Tiger Battalion in a formation. (Photo courtesy of LU Army ROTC)
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Group rallies against human trafficking and pedophilia

Missouri C.A.P.T.IV.E. supporters bring attention to their cause near the Capitol. Sept. 18, 2020. (Photo by Elise Eaker)

By Elise Eaker/Clarion News staff

JEFFERSON CITY- Members of Missouri C.A.P.T.I.V.E held a rally against human trafficking and pedophilia Friday at the state Capitol. C.A.P.T.I.V.E stands for Citizens Against Pedophilia, Trafficking, and Inhumane Violence Everywhere. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that in 2020 about 181 incidents of human trafficking have been reported – 29 people have been identified and rescued.

On Friday, a group of about 30 protestors stood along the sidewalk at the north end of the Capitol, holding signs and shouting  “Rise up. Stand up. Save our children.” Around 2 p.m. human trafficking and childhood molestation survivors began telling their stories. One survivor shared her story about being trafficked on the streets of Kansas City for 17 years.

April Ogden-DeTienne made it a point to stress that human trafficking does not always occur the way it is portrayed in movies. “Most of the time you are conditioned and groomed by someone that is supposed to be protecting you, or someone that loves you, or someone that says they love you,” said Ogden-DeTienne. “That’s usually the people you have to be most cautious about.”

Friday’s rally was the first event organized by Missouri C.A.P.T.I.V.E. The nonprofit currently has one other event planned, a Halloween fundraiser for Nicole Mallat. Mallat is a missing mother of four who was last seen in Butler, Mo. in November of 2019. Proceeds from the Halloween fundraiser will be used in efforts to obtain information about Mallat’s whereabouts.

Missouri C.A.P.T.I.V.E is a nonprofit organization with a public Facebook page found here. At least 23 other states are taking steps to form C.A.P.T.I.V.E pages. 

Missouri C.A.P.T.IV.E. supporters bring attention to their cause near the Capitol. Sept. 18, 2020. (Photo by Elise Eaker)
Missouri C.A.P.T.IV.E. supporters bring attention to their cause near the Capitol. Sept. 18, 2020. (Photo by Elise Eaker)
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Q & A With The New Mister Lincoln

Mister Lincoln 2020 Kalon Grover (Photo by Elise Eaker)

By: Mar’Che Boggess/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY– Journalism student Kalon Grover was elected by the students as the 18th Mister Lincoln on Tuesday. Grover, a senior journalism student from Chicago, sat down with The Clarion Wednesday to discuss his new title and life at Lincoln University.

The Clarion: What inspired you to run for Mister Lincoln?

Grover: Due to me being a student athlete with a busy schedule, I really never got the opportunity to get involved. This felt like the perfect time to get involved, especially with the football season being cancelled.

The Clarion: What was it like to campaign?

Grover: It was pretty stressful because everything had to be virtual. It forced me to get creative, which is something I struggled with.

The Clarion: Tell us about your time at Lincoln.

Grover: I transferred here during the fall semester of 2018. I’ve been involved in football and the journalism department. I’ve been on the dean’s list since I’ve been here.

The Clarion: What are your duties as Mister Lincoln?

Grover: My job is to be a voice for the student body.

The Clarion: What legacy do you hope to leave as Mister Lincoln?

Grover: I want people to come together and really be the family that LU has always been known to be.

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SGA Election Results

Kalon Grover, a senior journalism student from Chicago, was elected Mister Lincoln on Sept. 15, 2020. (Photo by Elise Eaker)

By Elise Eaker/Clarion Staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The Student Government Association elections were held Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The results are as follows:

Freshman President, Justin Singleton

Freshman Vice President, Emily Botts

Freshman Secretary, Amya Milligan

Freshman Representatives At Large, Jada Corrbin and Alliya Wilcox

SGA Vice President, Nia Mccaskill

Mister Lincoln University, Kalon Grover

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LU journalism grad interviews Dwight Taylor Sr.

By Clarion News

Recent LU grad Amani Grant-Pate continues his One-On-One series with a very positive, motivating interview with Dwight Taylor Sr. Check it out!

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Capital 8 Movie Theater Reopens

Inside the Capital 8 movie theater complex at the mall in Jefferson City. (Photo by Kaden Quinn)

By Kaden Quinn

As businesses begin to reopen across the Show-Me-State, the Capital 8 movie theater followed suit recently while taking precautions to combat the spread of COVID-19. The staff is optimistic as they believe their efforts to resume operations will bring patrons back into their seats.

General Manager Erin Cox details the new measures the theater is taking to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

“We have our managers and staff that are required to wear masks,” Cox said. “We have extra cleaning in-between (movies) and we have longer times between each movie to allow more cleaning – not only just in the concessions and in the bathrooms, but in the auditoriums, too.”

According to Cox, the theater has installed shields, a sanitation station, and are thoroughly wiping anything people touch.

After acquiring new ownership, Capital 8 has been doing their best to bring in audiences. The movie theater has since moved toward showing previous released films for audiences to enjoy due to the delay in new releases. Cox believe that audiences will become more responsive as new movies are released.

 “Well, New Mutants came out this weekend and so did The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Cox said. “So, we have two new movies coming out this weekend and then Tenet is coming out next weekend, but we’re also playing Jurassic Park, Jaws, Shrek, Talladega Nights and some of the older movies. It was really slow when we started but now I’ve noticed with the new movies people are coming out more.”

Cox said that patrons have not only been affected by the absence of films, but theater popcorn as well. She also mentions how the patrons are reassured about the theater’s reopening through their sanitization efforts.

“People are really excited that we’re open, they just want new movies instead of old movies,” Cox said. “We have had a lot of people stop by just to get popcorn. Apparently, people are missing popcorn a lot, but we seem to have a positive outcome of people coming in. They’ve noticed that we’re sanitizing more and have more sanitizing stations, so they seem to be positive about us opening.”

Capital 8 is located at 3550 Country Club Drive at the mall in Jefferson City.

(Click here for more Capital 8 info)

The now all-too-common sign prohibiting drink refills due to the pandemic. At Capital 8 movie theater complex. (Photo by Kaden Quinn)
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Lincoln University COVID-19 Regulations Update

LU’s Page Library. (Photo by Jaida Gray/Clarion News)

By Elise Eaker, Clarion News reporter

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk on Tuesday (Sept. 1, 2020) released a letter via email to students regarding new COVID-19 regulations and social gatherings. Woolfolk released the letter in addition to COVID-19 regulations outlined Aug. 27 by Dr. Marcus Chanay, vice president of student affairs.

Chanay’s mask policy (via email) stated:

“The mask must be worn in all hallways, public spaces, common areas, office spaces where multiple people are present if social distancing of six feet is not possible. The terms ‘public spaces’ and ‘common areas’ include classrooms public restrooms, elevators, stairwells, and workspaces. Masks are required outdoors if safe social distancing and gathering practices are not possible.”  

Chanay also outlined repercussions for not adhering to mask policies and social distancing guidelines.

Disciplinary actions include:

-Placed on interim suspension and denied access to campus
-Students may also be removed from all classes except for online
-Removal from on-campus housing
-Placed on disciplinary probation – which could result in the loss of certain privileges
-Lose registered student organization status
-Denied the opportunity to request university event or program space
-Lose student government association funding, and or programming funds
-For national Pan-Hellenic Organizations and other Greek organizations regional and national offices will be notified.

In Woolfolk’s email to students, she reiterated the importance of following COVID precautionary measures.

“The way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 requires we all take responsibility for protecting ourselves and others around us. Wearing a mask/face covering, practicing social distancing, washing or sanitizing your hands, and staying home if you are not feeling well, and not attending large gatherings are all ways to keep from spreading germs. Good choices are not always the fun choices, but they are particularly vital to not only your health, but to your status as a student at Lincoln University.”

Woolfolk states that even though there are no local guidelines for large gatherings, Blue Tigers will be met with disciplinary actions for attending large gatherings or creating unnecessary risks to the campus community.

 “While there is no local ordinance on large gatherings, the risk to you and your fellow Blue Tigers is too great to warrant your participation. Choose wisely in how you spend your free times because behavior that creates a public health risk on our campus, regardless of where that behavior takes place, can also result in sanctions, such as suspension, from the university.”   

Lincoln started reporting COVID-19 cases on August 31, 2020. As of Sept. 3, 2020 the university is currently reporting three positive cases and seven people in quarantine. The page is updated daily at 3 p.m. and can be found at

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Intense thunderstorm rattles LU campus

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A thunderstorm approaches Lincoln University at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. A weather warning was issued for the LU campus. The historical president’s home is in the upper right. (Photo by Clarion News staff)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A fast-moving storm blew across campus late Monday morning, forcing students to seek cover from lightning and heavy rain. A thunderstorm warning was issued for Jefferson City and surrounding communities as the quick-hitting weather event moved from west to east.

A cold front pushed across campus at about 11:15, triggering gusty winds, lightning, heavy rain, and scattered hail. Thunderstorms remain in the forecast through Monday night.

A thunderstorm approaches the Missouri state Capitol at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. A weather warning was issued for the LU campus. (Photo by Clarion News staff)
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NBA Star Scores Big With HBCU Shoes

By Clarion News staff

Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder wearing Lincoln University-themed shoes during game 5 of the playoffs against the Houston Rockets. (Photo via Facebook)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Ever since the NBA restarted, Thunder point guard and future Hall of Famer Chris Paul has been paying homage to HBCU’s by putting one school on his sneakers per game.  On Saturday, during game 5 against the Rockets, Paul recognized Lincoln University of Missouri. He’s already recognized Langston University, Savannah State, Albany State, Livingston College, Howard,  Alabama A&M, and North Carolina A&T.

Although Paul attended Wake Forest, many of his family members attended HBCU’s. He recently told Slam Online that HBCU’s need the attention because they generally don’t get the amount of funding found with predominantly white institutions (PWI).  He said it’s important to improve the infrastructure at HBCU’s and to provide more opportunities for the students.

“I think with everything going on now, it’s about awareness,” he said.

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Students return to campus

School has been closed since pandemic interrupted classes March 9

Lincoln University students wear masks during their first day of classes after being away since the COVID-19 pandemic closed campus in March. Aug. 24, 2020. (Photo by Elise Eaker)

JEFFERSON CITY – For the first time since the coronavirus closed campus during spring classes, students are living and studying at Lincoln University. Employees and students are required to wear masks in all campus buildings and social distancing is being enforced across university grounds.

Classrooms have significantly smaller teacher-student ratios due to six-foot distancing guidelines set for by the Centers for Disease Control and state health agencies. Fall sports, homecoming, and other social activities have been canceled. According to the Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services, the state appears to be heading towards the good side of the COVID-19 curve.

The state reported zero deaths from COVID in the last 24 hours. In Cole County, where LU is located, 722 cases and three deaths have been reported since the pandemic was discovered six months ago.

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One-On-One with LU grad Mark Gunnels

An LU journalism grad defines how Lincoln helped him find success at Fox Sports

By Clarion News staff

Recent LU journalism graduate Amani Grant-Pate (BS, 2020) isn’t letting the virus crisis keep him from gaining valuable experience. He recently interviewed fellow Lincoln journalism graduate Mark Gunnels (BS, 2017), who is currently a rising star with FOX Sports in Los Angeles. If you want to know why LU is a great place to learn, watch the video.

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Delayed Class of 2020 graduation goes virtual Aug. 1

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

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The coronavirus pandemic interrupted the LU spring semester during the early March spring break, when students left campus and never returned – including seniors ready to don cap and gown. Commencement was delayed until late summer, when the virus crisis would certainly be over. Not so fast.

Today, LU has announced that spring graduates will get their commencement, but not on campus. A “virtual ceremony” will take place at 2 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2020. More details and a link will be sent at a later date. Here’s the official LU news release:

“This spring, the University announced that Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be held on August 1.  After feedback from our graduates, the decision has been made to host a virtual ceremony rather than an in-person celebration. The event will take place at 2 p.m. (CT) on Saturday, August 1.  Link information will be sent at a later time.  Please join us as we recognize the Class of 2020 on Saturday, August 1, at 2 p.m. (CT).   
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Pass/Fail grade-conversion forms due by 5 p.m. May 29

Students wanting Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades must file form with the registar

Lincoln University campus via the Blue Tiger News drone. (Photo by Clarion staff)

By Will Sites/Clarion Advisor

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students worried about spring semester grades affecting GPA can undo the negative damage by filing a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory form with the registrar. The deadline to file is 5 p.m. May 29, 2020.

(Click here for the form)

Because of the sudden mid-semester switch to online coursework, LU will allow undergraduate and graduate students the choice to receive a pass/fail designation on a course-by-course basis. For example, if a student received a “C” in a class, he/she can choose to have the grade converted to an “S” (satisfactory/passing) or “U” (unsatisfactory/failing). The reason is that an S/U does not affect GPA. A form must be filled out for each grade seeking the change to S/U.

Students need to consult professors and/or advisors for more information. There are exceptions and rules to the S/U policy.

The requests must be sent by the 5 p.m. May 29, 2020 deadline to and must include student name, student ID number, course number (ex: JOU 325-01), and grade to be converted.

Read the FAQ below:

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LU introduces flat-rate tuition

LU journalism students in a JOU 300 broadcast regulations class.

By Amoni Lewis

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Beginning in fall 2020 Lincoln University is offering flat-rate tuition to undergraduate students enrolled in 12 to 18 credit hours. Flat-rate tuition only applies to fall and spring semesters. For summer semesters, students will be billed tuition at per credit hour.

All undergraduate, in-state students enrolling in 12 to 18 credit hours will pay a flat-rate tuition of $3,273.75. All undergraduate, out-of-state students enrolling in 12 to 18 credit hours will pay a flat-rate tuition of $6,675. This is an advantage for undergraduate students wishing to take a full load of 18 hours in the fall and/or spring.

Flat-rate tuition can reduce the time it takes to graduate and may reduce total educational costs. Undergraduate students can take more semester course hours and not have to worry about an additional amount. Flat-rate tuition does not apply to Blue Tiger Academy, graduate school, senior citizen programs, dual-credit coursework, Fort Leonard Wood programs, or others not listed.

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Temp soars to 90, breaking record

A 130-year-old record goes away, and so does the warmth

A record-setting temperature of 90 degrees in Jefferson City, Mo. April 8, 2020. (Photo from Weather Channel

JEFFERSON CITY – The Weather Service reported record-breaking high temperatures across the state for April 8, but don’t expect the heat to stick around long as a storm-inducing cold front slides in from the north.

It was 130 years ago when thermometers in the Show-Me-State set the record of 89 on April 8. On April 8, 1890, residents certainly broke a sweat in summer-like heat in St. Louis, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and other communities in Missouri. Today’s unusual heat won’t survive the week, says the Weather Service in St. Louis.

A strong cold front will move through the state Wednesday evening, triggering strong storms and sending temps into the 40s. Wet and cool is the 7-day forecast, with temps seldom reaching beyond 60 for most of central and east-central Missouri.

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Graduation date moved to Aug. 1, 2020

Clarion News reports

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

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – According to a campus-wide news release, the coronavirus pandemic has forced spring 2020 commencement to be moved from May 9 to Aug. 1.

More as this story develops.

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Campus COVID-19 update (March 24, 2020)

Page Library will be open for student use

LU’s Page Library. (Photo by Jaida Gray/Clarion News)

Clarion staff reports

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – To keep the LU campus and community safe during the coronavirus pandemic, LU President Jerald Jones Woolfolk says the campus will be closed from March 25-April 12.

Page Library will remain open and is not subject to the campus closure. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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LU students begin new life in digital classroom

The COVID-19 virus has forced the closure of on-campus classes for the spring semester

A student studies from home. March 23, 2020. (Clarion News photo)

Clarion News reports

JEFFERSON CITY – Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the classrooms at Lincoln University are closed. Students will finish the spring semester in the digital classroom beginning March 23, 2020 as faculty shift material to online-only formats.

Across the Show-Me-State many government offices are operating with essential personnel only, some bars and restaurants are closed to inside dining, and sports/entertainment venues have been shuttered until further notice. Gov. Mike Parson is urging citizens to stay at home, if possible, and use social distancing. In other words, avoid groups and crowds. That’s life under a pandemic.

All NCAA sports are canceled for the spring semester. Pro baseball is in delay and the Tokyo Olympics slated for the summer may be postponed. The media’s incessant reporting of pandemic-related news has created nationwide hoarding and shortages of basic necessities – toilet paper, meat, potatoes, eggs, and baby goods, to name just a few.

LU students began emptying their campus homes on March 21, just two days before classes resumed after a two-week spring break. Students say it isn’t clear how or if they will be refunded for unused housing and meal plans.

“This isn’t the fault of LU, but I’m not sure what’s going to happen in the future,” said one student, who didn’t want to be named. “I hope we can get back to normal soon and get back to campus.”

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Virus claims first Mo. fatality, limits restaurant service

A Boone County resident dies, Gov. Parson relaxes a plethora of state rules

St. Louis-area McDonald’s began prohibiting inside dining per government directives affecting St. Louis County, the City of St. Louis, and Franklin County. Until further notice, these areas are asking bars and restaurants to close to inside service and/or seating. March 18, 2020. (Photo by Will Sites)

Clarion News staff reports

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Mike Parson announced today that the coronavirus has claimed its first Missouri victim, a Boone County resident, and that many Show-Me-State rules will be suspended to help speed the fight against COVID-19.

Parson stated during a Wednesday afternoon news conference that he is suspending government regulations concerning child care, transportation, tele-medicine, and elections. He said that the Missouri National Guard is on alert to assist with the fight against the growing virus threat. Currently, at least 24 Missourians have been diagnosed with CORVID-19.

In the eastern part of Missouri, The City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and Franklin County have issued orders effective March 19, 2020 that all bars and restaurants prohibit inside seating/service. Delivery, carry-out, and drive-thru is allowed. The restriction is designed to last until further notice.

St. Louis-area Arby’s began prohibiting inside dining per government directives affecting St. Louis County, the City of St. Louis, and Franklin County. Until further notice, these areas are asking bars and restaurants to close to inside service. March 18, 2020. (Photo by Will Sites)

The Missouri governor, like many state and federal leaders, continue to urge citizens to stay calm and be healthy. Runs on grocery stores have emptied shelves of toilet paper, bread, milk, meat, over-the-counter medicines, and other staples. Parson is letting local school districts and health agencies to make decisions affecting their constituents.

“It goes back to personal responsibility,” Parson said. “It’s up to the individual.”

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Coronavirus creates panic buying, shortage of goods

Feds relax limits on daily hours for truck drivers, Wal-Mart changes hours

Deli meat section at a Franklin County, Mo. Wal-Mart. March 15, 2020. (Photo by Will Sites)

BY Clarion staff reports

JEFFERSON CITY – Life with the coronavirus is keeping many students and workers at home, while others will be spending more time on the road. For the first time in American transportation history, the Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an exemption to truck drivers moving goods important to the war on the virus. Drivers hauling such things as food, medical supplies, and cleaning agents may now drive beyond the maximum time allowed behind the wheel.

On Sunday, Wal-Mart began closing its 24-hour Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, limiting hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and closing for cleaning and stocking. Recent instances of hoarding and panic-buying have wiped shelves of toilet paper, bread, meats, and other goods at retailers nationwide.

Millions of students will be home as schools nationwide shut the doors for periods ranging from two weeks to the end of spring. In Missouri, many universities have extended spring break periods and moved to online-only instruction. So far, Lincoln University is currently operating on an extended spring break, providing enough time for staff and faculty to prepare online-only coursework – if needed.

For more information on coronavirus in Missouri, click here.

The bread aisle at a Wal-Mart store near St. Louis. March 15, 2020. (Photo by Will Sites)

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COVID-19 Update: Spring break extended one week

The COVID-19 virus. (Courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

By Clarion Staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – LU Provost Dr. Alphonso Sanders has issued a notice that spring break will be extended one week (through March 20) due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. All campus events (tours, etc.) will remain closed until further notice. Residence halls will remain closed during the extension.

Faculty and staff will report Monday, March 16 for training and necessary business, including plans for the possibility of moving coursework to an online format. The situation remains fluid – please read campus emails on a daily basis and stay informed.

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Black History Month: Debating Reparations

Dr. Darius Watson (photo by Kelsey Bias)

By Tai-Rece Basey

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – As part of Black History Month, LU political science professor Dr. Darius Watson presented “Debating Reparations” in Page Library. The presentation opened with the history behind the idea of “40 acres and a mule,” explaining the events that occurred up to present day.

The professor explained that the “40 acres and a mule” concept was presented by Gen. William T. Sherman after the Civil War. Watson argued that lack of legal representation, more specifically government approval, is one of the reasons why the idea lasted a short 24 months.

Today, the discussion of reparations is still the subject of debate. The lecture dissected the causes, reasons, and challenges of reparations. The effects of slavery, such as racism, colorism, and the inequality of the justice system, have kept reparations relevant. Watson encouraged attendees to debate the potential solutions for the ongoing issue.

Many professors and students voiced strong opinions on the subject and referred to past paid reparations to Japanese-Americans and Native Americans. While Watson agreed with repayment for black suffering, his exhibition explained why it’s not logically possible.

Financially, the total repayment of reparations would be extremely difficult to execute, as he noted it would cost about $15 trillion. He also explained the difficulty in determining “who” gets “what.” Many suggested investing money into predominantly black areas, but then there was the argument of the inclusion of blacks not inhabiting those areas.

Every component of reparations is complex, he said, so attempting the process 155 years later will only complicate things. This is a significant part of black history, he said, and it has carried into present day.

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Missouri bill seeks to ban certain adult-themed novels

Laurie Anderson’s fictional young adult novel, “Speak,” is often the target of censorship due to its graphic nature. (Photo by Marche Boggess/Page Library/March 2020)

By Mar’Che Boggess

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Rep. Ben Baker (R-Neosho) has proposed HR 2044, a bill that intends to bar libraries from keeping books with “age-inappropriate” material in stock. Under the bill, panels of elected parents would evaluate whether a book is appropriate for children or not.

Once the panel discusses the book, public hearings would be held for libraries about potentially inappropriate content. Libraries failure to comply with stipulations may result in fines or imprisonment of library directors for up to a year.

Baker recently voiced his reasoning to KOAM News, saying “I want to be able to take my kids to a library and make sure they’re in a safe environment and that they’re not gonna be exposed to something that is objectionable material.”

A few books that have come under fire by parents due to objectionable material include Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Sheman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.

The Missouri Library Association opposes Baker’s bill because it “will always stand against censorship and for the freedom to read.” James Tager, PEN America’s deputy director of free expression and research echoed the sentiments of the association saying “The fact that a librarian could actually be imprisoned for following his or her conscience and refusing to block minors from access to a book, that tells you all you need to know about the suitability of this act within a democratic society.”

Tager went on to say that Baker’s proposed bill is a “shockingly transparent attempt to legalize book banning in the state of Missouri.”

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Black History Month: “The Faces of Reconciliation”

Lynne M. Jackson, great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott, with LU’s Dr. Darius Watson. Feb. 26, 2020. (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

By Keishera Lately

As part of Black History Month, Lincoln University hosted an evening with Lynne M. Jackson, the great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott, with her presentation, “The Faces of Reconciliation.”

Her family’s famous abolitionist case began in 1847 in a St. Louis federal courthouse, when Dred Scott unsuccessfully argued for his freedom from slavery. The Dred Scott legal saga would eventually land in the U.S. Supreme Court as Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857).

Scott lost his legal fight, but was ultimately freed just months before dying in St. Louis in 1858. Although Scott was unsuccessful in the courts, his legal battles rallied the abolitionists and helped carve a path to the U.S. Civil War, ultimately ending slavery in America.

Jackson is the president and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to “Promote the commemoration,education,and reconciliation of our histories with an eye towards helping to heal the wounds of the past.” Through the foundation she has been able to spread her knowledge of her grandfather and the history of the landmark case.

“Them taking the case federal makes it important; they had courage when they didn’t have to,” Jackson told the audience Tuesday evening in LU’s Richardson Auditorium.

Jackson was in Jefferson City to receive special recognition from the General Assembly at the Missouri Capitol.

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LU celebrates Founders Day

From Clarion staff reports

Rodney J. Boyd speaks at the 2020 Founders Day held Feb. 20, 2020 in Richardson Auditorium (Photo by Jasmine Ray)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A 1993 graduate of Lincoln University delivered an address of hope and inspiration during LU’s 2020 Founders Day celebration held Feb. 20, 2020 in Richardson Auditorium. Rodney Boyd, an attorney and owner of the lobbying firm Nexus Group, said the founding of the university 154 years ago dared to dream the same things students should dare to dream today – success beyond sacrifice.

Boyd noted his tough entry into the academic world at LU, thanking the sacrifice of the men of the 62nd Colored Infantry and 65th Colored Infantry while founding the school in post-Civil War 1866. He said today’s students need to reflect on those times and not waste the opportunities they built so long ago.

The keynote speaker said his success is directly related to his LU educational experience. Boyd was encouraged to study for the law school admissions test, ultimately leading him to studies and a law degree from Mizzou.

LU President Jerald Jones Woolfolk speaks at the 2020 Founders Day celebration held in Richardson Auditorium. Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Aaron Spencer)

LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk said Boyd is exactly what “the soldiers dreamed about.” It’s about fulfilling dreams and possibilities, she said.

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Black History Month: Beyonce’s Homecoming and HBCUs

Dr. Mick Brewer hosts a lecture in MLK 106 as part of LU’s recognition of Black History Month. Feb. 17, 2020. (photo by Will Sites)

By Keishera Lately

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – On Monday Feb. 17, 2020 Dr. Mick Brewer hosted a Black History Month lecture, “Beyonce’s Homecoming and HBCUs: Embracing the past to chart the future of black feminism” in MLK 106. The talk was one of many lectures occurring on the campus during the university’s recognition of Black History Month.

Brewer, who teaches speech and communications at LU, discussed Beyonce and how she’s a good choice for the topic because the manner in which she has expressed her position in standing for feminism. The professor also noted how she has embraced the HBCU culture in a recent Netflix production, “Homecoming.”

Students and faculty at Dr. Mick Brewer’s Black History Month lecture. Feb. 17, 2020. (photo by Will Sites)

The lecture began with Brewer noting the he might appear to be “the elephant in the room” as a white professor at an HBCU talking about black feminism. “What can a white man tell us about black women feminism?” asked Brewer rhetorically. Plenty, as the professor’s interesting 50-minute talk would prove.

He told the students and fellow professors in attendance that his interest in women and women’s issues dates back to his early childhood years. Brewer said that topics relevant to HBCU’s are important, including the history of the nation’s HBCU’s and specifically Lincoln University’s past. He said that we should appreciate the notable alumni who have graduated from LU and the significance of homecoming.

For more information about Black History Month events on campus, click here.

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Lady Blue Tigers softball take two against Lane

The Lady Blue Tigers taking on Lane College in a doubleheader at home. Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Clarion News)

By Dan Carr, assistant AD for media relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln softball team improved to 4-0 on the season with a sweep over Lane on Friday afternoon (Feb. 21). The Blue Tigers took the first game, 9-1, in six innings, and won the second, 10-1, in five frames.

Lincoln had another big day offensively, collecting 15 hits in the opener and eight in the nightcap. In the first game of the day, Emily Williams and Jordan Lawson each went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Lawson and Alex Miller each had two RBI. Mykenzie Livesay and Bekah Kirker also each had a pair of hits in Friday’s first game.

After a scoreless opening frame, Lincoln got on the board in the second inning of the opener when Livesay scored on a throwing error after hitting a triple. The Blue Tigers blew the game open in the third inning, bringing in six runs on seven hits, including two on a double by Miller. Lawson hit an RBI triple while Kirker drove in Livesay with a double.

Lane (0-4) got on the board with a bases-loaded single in the fifth, but Lincoln ended the game early with a pair of scores in the bottom of the sixth. Jordan Hollon, Tressa Hughes, Kendra Holt and Payton Mooney all had hits in the win, while Hughes pitched a gem, striking out nine while allowing only two hits and no earned runs.

Paige Parker led the LU defense with 10 putouts, Holt recorded three and Livesay finished with two as well as two assists. Kirker also turned two assists in the win.

In game two, Lincoln took advantage of several miscues by Lane to build an early lead. Ashton Stalling and Williams each scored on an error by the LC right fielder in the first inning, and the Blue Tigers plated four more unearned runs in the second.

After allowing an RBI single by the Dragons in the top of the third, Lincoln went back to work in the bottom half of the frame, as Kirker scored on a base hit into left center field by Hollon. LU proceeded to score three more times in the fourth inning, as Lawson scored on a base hit by Miller, Miller came home on a passed ball, and a sacrifice fly by Mooney allowed Livesay to reach the plate.

Hannah Clark got the win in the circle, notching a strikeout while allowing no earned runs and just two hits. Clark also had two hits in two at-bats, while Stalling scored twice on two hits. Miller closed the game, striking out three Lane batters without giving up a run or a hit.

Lincoln will take to the road for the first time in 2020 next week, traveling to Springfield, Mo. for four games in the Drury Invitational. On Friday (Feb. 28), LU plays Drury at 2:00 p.m. CST and William Jewell at 4:00 p.m. CST. On Saturday (Feb. 29), the Blue Tigers face Newman at noon. CST and Southwest Baptist at 2 p.m. CST.

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Dred Scott descendant to speak at LU

By LU Communications and Marketing

Lynne M. Jackson, president and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, with a painting of her great-great grandfather, Dred Scott. (courtesy Lynne Jackson)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The great-great granddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott will speak on the Lincoln University campus on Tuesday, February 25. Lynne M. Jackson, president and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation, will speak at 7 p.m. in Thomas D. Pawley Theatre in Martin Luther King Hall, 812 E. Dunklin Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Scott’s great-great grandfather was the namesake for the U.S. Supreme Court case Dred Scott V. John F.A. Sanford (1857), commonly known as the Dred Scott decision. In their decision, the court ruled that Scott, a slave who had resided in the free state of Illinois and free territory of Wisconsin, was not entitled to his freedom due to that fact that the United States Constitution did not consider African-Americans citizens of this country. This decision added fuel to the growing discourse that would eventually lead to the Civil War.

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Women’s Suffrage: Celebrating 100 Years

By Amoni Lewis and Marche Boggess

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. The amendment was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified two months later, granting women the right to vote. The ratification of the amendment changed the course of the United States by showing women they are just as equal as men. The fight to win women’s right to vote was a long battle, consisting of campaigns, movements, and protests. The women that fought for equal rights left an impact in American history and are still remembered today.

Some of the most famous women’s suffrage leaders include Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott. The determination and fearlessness of these women paved the way for women to exercise their basic rights, including the right to vote. They quickly became the faces of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

“It is important to look back at trailblazers like Susan B. Anthony and recognizing all the hardships they went through,” said LU student Nicolle Singh. “It’s important to look at other places we can improve equality and make sure that everyone in society and around the world get to enjoy the same freedoms that we do.”

According to, women voted in higher numbers than men in every election since 1964. In the 2016 election, over nine million more women voted than men.

“I think voting is the single most important thing we can do to register our preferences or displeasure with the government,” said Dr. Amy Gossett, a long time political science professor at LU. “If we don’t vote, or if we don’t turn out to vote, it sends signal to the government that we don’t care and that they can do whatever they want.”

Voting is important not only for women, but for American citizens. Voting symbolizes opinion and choice. We vote so our opinions can be recognized, and we choose who we feel best represents us.

Charity Ajuzie

“I am planning to vote, because it is something that I hold in high esteem because it’s something that we didn’t have before,” said LU student Charity Ajuzie. “I’m exercising my right to speak.”

In conclusion, it has been 10 decades since women were granted the right to vote in the United States. After many campaigns, movements, rallies, and protests women finally received the approval to exercise their basic rights. Today, we remember the courageous women who fought for the right to vote.

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Lincoln Wins Close Contest in OT on Senior Day

By Amani Grant-Pate

LU’s Jonell Burton finishes with a dunk. Feb. 15, 2020. (Photo by Aaron Spencer)

JEFFERSON CITY – The Lincoln University men’s basketball team rallied back to beat Fort Hays State in an overtime 74-71 thriller on Saturday evening in Jason Gym. This was a big conference win for Lincoln with four games remaining on their regular season schedule.

LU improved their overall record to 10-4 and 7-8 in the MIAA. Lincoln was down for most of the contest. LU trailed Fort Hays State 33-26 in the first half. The momentum started to shift in the second half as LU went on a huge run, managing to overcome an 11-point deficit. Lincoln received production from multiple players, with four going into double-digits.

Jonell Burton made a huge impact for Lincoln. Burton showcased his all-around game throughout the contest. The senior guard led LU with 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. In the second half Burton ignited the Blue Tiger Nation with a monster dunk. Another key play for Burton was when he delivered by hitting a clutch jumper with 28 seconds left in the second half before Fort Hays quickly responded after the bucket to force overtime. Burton currently leads LU in scoring with 15.1 points per game.

Marcel Burton contributed in a major way with big-time shots. Burton was the second top scorer with 16 points and grabbed a career high eight rebounds. He hit a three in the second half for LU’s first lead of the game. The sharpshooter senior guard regained his rhythm by scoring nine points in the second period. Burton also sealed the game in overtime with two free throws down the stretch for LU’s final score.

L’Kielynn Taylor was a force to be reckoned with in the paint. Taylor had a season high 13 points in the win to go along with six rebounds. The senior forward came alive as he scored nine points in the second half. Taylor is currently third in the MIAA with eight rebounds per game.

Cameron Potts had big moments in the contest, chipping in 12 points. The junior guard stepped up for his team with two lay-ups in the beginning of overtime. Potts is the second leading scorer for Lincoln this season with 11.4 points per game.

LU’s Marcel Burton shoots over a defender. Feb. 15, 2020. (Photo by Aaron Spencer)

The next game for Lincoln will be on the road against Central Missouri in Warrensburg at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Multipurpose Building.

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Lady Blue Tigers edge Nebraska Kearney 60-52

Last home game is Saturday at 1 p.m. (Feb. 15) against Fort Hays State

By Dan Carr, Assistant AD for Media Relations

LU in action against the Lopers. Feb. 13, 2020. (Courtesy LU Sports Media Relations)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The second quarter was the difference on Thursday night (Feb. 13) as a late run by Nebraska Kearney lifted the Lopers to a 60-52 win over the Lincoln women’s basketball team.

Kaloni Pryear scored a game-high 21 points against the Lopers, who entered the week ranked No. 25 in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Division II poll. Pryear also had six rebounds and a team-high four assists. Vivian Chigbu, meanwhile, posted a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 10 boards.

The teams played a back-and-forth first quarter, with Nebraska Kearney (23-2, 12-2 MIAA) finishing the period with a slim 12-10 lead. Lincoln (3-20, 0-14 MIAA) took a 16-14 lead in the second on a Pryear layup, but UNK tied it on a layup of its own with 5:33 until halftime. The Lopers then proceeded to end the half on a 13-3 run that ended up being critical to the final score.

The Blue Tigers out-scored the Lopers, 19-16, in the third quarter, and pulled to within 49-44 on a pair of free throws by Natasha Elliott with 6:05 to play. Elliott ended the night with seven points, three boards, an assist and two steals. The Lopers scored five of the next seven points to regain an eight-point advantage, and held a 56-47 lead with 1:55 remaining.

Alecia Gulledge ended the night with six rebounds, two steals, an assist and six points, two of which jump started LU onto a brief 5-0 run to pull within four. Nebraska Kearney shot .632 from the line for the game, but made four free throws down the stretch to hold a Lincoln comeback.

The Blue Tigers out-rebounded the Lopers, 39-34, and forced 10 turnovers while scoring 13 second chance points. Natasha Dolinsky and Anna Munoz Vidueira each scored two points and grabbed three rebounds, with Dolinsky also contributing an assist. Kiara Shoulders came off the bench to pull down three rebounds.

Lincoln closes its 2019-20 home slate on Saturday (Feb. 15) by hosting Fort Hays State at 1:00 p.m. CST. A Senior Day ceremony will be held after the game to honor Gulledge and Pryear.

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LU players sign Letters of Intent

By Dan Carr, Assistant AD for Media Relations

LU football (stock photo)

JEFFERSON CITY – Twelve players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Lincoln football team, beginning with the 2020 season. Below is some general information on each of the signees.

Trae Ausmer – WR, 5-8, 155 (Homewood, AL/Homewood)
Led Homewood to a berth in the 2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs … All-Metro South first team … surpassed 1,000 receiving yards as a senior, and compiled 1,766 receiving yards during his final two seasons … averaged 105.9 yards per game while scoring 10 touchdowns in 2019 … returned three punts for touchdowns during his junior campaign.

Braxton Bailey – LB, 5-10, 185 (Cleburne, TX/Cleburne)
Unanimous first team all-district player … was the leading tackler in Johnson County as a senior … Class 5A All-State honorable mention … posted 163 tackles in 2019, including 23 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … finished career with 442 tackles.

Edrico Gilliam – WR, 6-0, 170 (Kansas City, MO/Lincoln Prep)
Led Lincoln Prep to an 11-1 record and a berth in the Missouri Class 4 District 8 title game … helped school record first undefeated regular season in program history … all-district honoree.

Kenneth Hampton, Jr. – HB, 6-1, 190 (Maize, KS/Maize)
Helped Maize High finish 10-2, including a 6-0 record at home … led Maize to a state playoff berth.

Jalen Head – RB, 5-8, 188 (St. Louis, MO/Lutheran North)
Led Lutheran North to a 14-0 record and the Missouri Class 2 state championship … scored two touchdowns in the championship game … scored 12 touchdowns and averaged 7.1 yards per carry … second team all-conference.

Jaden Moore – WR, 6-3, 190 (Lee’s Summit, MO/Lee’s Summit North)
All-conference honorable mention … led Lee’s Summit North to a berth in the state playoffs.

Alex Mugisha – OL, 6-0, 290 (St. Louis, MO/Roosevelt)
Named all-state second team … first team all-district and all-conference … helped program win Class 3 District 2 championship … led Roosevelt to back-to-back undefeated seasons in league play … helped Roosevelt go 11-2 and reach the state playoffs … selected to the academic all-state third team … honor roll student with a 4.0 grade point average.

Ethan Steck – TE, 6-4, 235 (Cleburne, TX/Cleburne)
First team all-district … made 22 receptions for 373 yards and five touchdowns as a senior … all-Johnson County and all-district second team selection in 2018 … helped Cleburne make big plays both as a receiver and as a blocker … also played as an H-back.

Aeneas Tibbs – DB, 5-10, 180 (St. Louis, MO/Mascoutah)
Earned all-conference accolades as a junior at Mascoutah … spent senior year at Cardinal Ritter.

Ja’Vonte Vance – RB, 5-10, 205 (Adamsville, AL/Minor)
Led Minor to a winning season and a berth in the state playoffs.

Reggie Walker – WR/DB, 6-2, 180 (Pelham, GA/Pelham)
Named first team all-region on offense and second team all-region on defense … led Pelham to the semifinals of the GHSA Class A Public state playoffs … helped Pelham score over 50 points per game and anchored one of the top defenses in Georgia, as team went 11-2 and posted six shutouts.

Daniel Wheeler – DE, 6-3, 225 (Homewood, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor)
Led Homewood-Flossmoor to a 10-2 overall record and a 5-1 mark in league play … helped program reach the IHSA Class 8 playoffs.

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