Students enjoy campus carnival

By Isis McCully

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

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

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

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

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President Meets With Sophomores

By Jerunek Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dawson Road closed through Wednesday

By Clarion News

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

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

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LU nursing program celebrates 50 years

By Jasmine Ray

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

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

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LU president meets with first-year students

By Jasmine Ray & Landon Bernskoetter

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

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

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

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

The president also met with the sophomore class.

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LU Broadcasters: Episode 5

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Red Cross holds campus blood drive

By Inkera Muwwakkil

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

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

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PJ students go on-scene with mock accident drill

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

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

By Clarion News staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Keishera Lately

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pie A Loose Necka

By Jasmine Ray

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

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

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

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

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Shots fired near LU campus

By Landon Bernskoetter

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

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

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

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

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A dream fulfilled featuring Symone Sanders

By Isis McCully/Photo by Jerunek Morris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blue Tigers come up short in home-opener

By Amani Grant-Pate

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

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

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

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

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

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Antiquated homes cleared for demolition by Lincoln University

By Inkera Muwwakkil

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

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

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LU Fall Convocation held in Richardson Auditorium

Article and photo by Kelsey Bias

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Candlelight memorial held for Lloyd Randle III

By Isis McCully

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

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

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

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

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New rules in place for service animals

By Blake Tibbs

New rules are in place for service animals.

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

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

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

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

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

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Lincoln Marching Band performs at delayed parade

By Jerunek Morris

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

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

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Blue Tigers football hold scrimmage

First game is Sept. 5 at Topeka

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

By Amani Grant-Pate

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

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LU student drowns in Missouri River

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

By Clarion Staff

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

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

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

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

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Getting to know Stripes

By Keishera Lately

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LU student publishes comic book

By Inkera Muwwakkil

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

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

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

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

Clarion: What is the comic book about?

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

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

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

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

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

Clarion: What inspired you to create hurdles?

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

Clarion: When did you get interested in comics?

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

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

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

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

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

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LU book store reopens

By Keishera Lately and Isis McCully

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Students return to campus

So, what did you do over the summer?

By Kalon Grover/Photos by Jerunek Morris

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

Jordan Smith

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

Ma’Kayla Ross

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

Callie Mayes

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

Keyshon Bacote

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

Destan Anderson

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

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Track & field athletes earn academic honors

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

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

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

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

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

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Commentary: Veto of helmet law will save lives

By Will Sites/Assistant Prof. of Journalism

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

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

A helmet saved mine.

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

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

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

My totaled KLR 650. (Photo: Will Sites)

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

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

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

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BTA students complete summer school

By Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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Campus closed due to power outage

The campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. (Drone photo by Clarion News staff)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The LU Office of Communications and Marketing reports that the ongoing campus-wide power outage has led to the campus being closed for Monday, July 22, 2019. An early morning storm disabled electric on the campus prior to opening for business on Monday.

Earlier reports were optimistic that power would be restored. Stay tuned for updates.

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Report: Tornado damaged more than 600 buildings

The historic president’s house at Lincoln University sustained heavy damage in the May 22, 2019 tornado that hit Jefferson City. More than 600 homes, businesses, and government buildings were detroyed or damaged. The LU campus can be seen at the top of the photo. (Drone photo by Clarion News).

JEFFERSON CITY – A Cole County/Jefferson City government report issued Monday says more than 600 buildings were destroyed or damaged during the May 22, 2019 tornado that hit the capital city.

The total includes 516 residences, 82 commercial structures, and 30 government buildings. The tornado hit Jefferson City late at night after it began near Eldon, Mo., traveling 32 miles before ending its devastating path of destruction. Although many residents suffered injuries, no lives were lost during the F-3 tornado.

The historic president’s house at Lincoln University sustained heavy damage in the May 22, 2019 tornado that hit Jefferson City. More than 600 homes, businesses, and government buildings were detroyed or damaged. (Drone photo by Clarion News).

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Floodwaters slowly recede, clean-up continues

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The Missouri River can be seen in the background of the flooded MFA Agri Services property off Cedar City Drive north of the river bridge in Jefferson City. June 18, 2019. (Will Sites/Clarion News)

JEFFERSON CITY – It’s a mess. That’s the obvious consensus as water from a major flooding event slowly retreat. On Tuesday, government employees joined private contractors north of the Missouri River, where damage to roads, businesses, and the airport continue to be assessed.

As of Tuesday afternoon, much of the Jefferson City Memorial Airport remained flooded. A truck was making a futile effort to blade water from the main runway and workers were busy gutting the water-soaked remains of the first floor of a flying service building.

West of the airport, crews were working on the few dry patches of a flooded Cedar City Drive. The MFA Agri Services grounds remained inaccessible due to high water. Parks and trails were also closed.

The National Weather Service on Wednesday predicted the Missouri River to fall from a mark of 30 feet (major flooding) on June 14 to 27 feet (moderate flooding) on June 20.

The Jefferson City Memorial Airport runway (center of photo, left to right) remains flooded and is closed to traffic until further notice. June 18, 2019. (Will Sites/Clarion News)
The Missouri Capitol building can be seen in the background as floodwaters persist on the north side of the Missouri River. (Will Sites/Clarion News)

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Race Across America rolls through Jeff City

Philip Amhof, 39, of Switzerland makes his way along U.S. Highway 50 in Gasconade County, Mo. during the 2019 Race Across America (RAAM). June 18, 2019. (Drone photo by Will Sites/Clarion News)

By Will Sites/Clarion News

JEFFERSON CITY – Riders in the annual coast-to-coast bicycle race known as Race Across America (RAAM) are rolling through central Missouri this week. Considered to be one of the toughest road races in North America, RAAM riders compete against each other in solo and teams trying to be the first to ride from Oceanside, Calif. to Annapolis, Md.

Riders from more than 35 countries attempt the 3,000-mile course each year. Successful bikers can complete the course in less than two weeks. On Tuesday, the Clarion’s drone photographed cyclist Philip Amhof as he pedaled along U.S. 50 in Gasconade County. Amhof, 39, of Switzerland, left California June 11, covering about 2,000 miles in a week and suffering desert heat, mountains, and severe weather.

RAAM began 36 years ago and has been a popular challenge for amateurs and professional bikers. Many raise money and awareness for charities.

Philip Amhof, 39, of Switzerland makes his way along U.S. Highway 50 in Gasconade County, Mo. during the 2019 Race Across America (RAAM). A support crew is in the vehicle driving near Amhof. June 18, 2019. (Drone photo by Will Sites/Clarion News)
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LU honors athletes

LU Director of Athletics John Moseley honors Ryan Brown with the male Athlete of the Year award. April 29, 2019. (Photo by Amani Grant-Pate/Clarion News)
Rene Medley was honored as female Athlete of the Year. (Photo by Amani Grant-Pate/Clarion News)

By Amani Grant-Pate

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The annual True Blue Awards took place on Monday, April 29 2019 in Richardson Auditorium. The event highlights the best of LU’s athletics. The following is a list of winners:

Women’s Bowling
Nina Theroff
3.754 GPA
Women’s Golf
Madison Oliver
Men’s Golf
Jacob Krantz
A’jani Johnson
Women’s Basketball
Tempary Gunter
Men’s Basketball
Grant Olsson
Jordan Lawson
Women’s Track
Sashoy Castriota
Men’s Track
Kizan David
2018-2019 MVP
Women’s Bowling
Nina Theroff
Women’s Golf
Samantha Van Dort
Men’s Golf
Gabe Trowbridge
Victor Williams
Women’s Basketball
Zhanesha Dickerson
Men’s Basketball
Grant Olsson
Rachael Balke
Women’s Indoor Track
Rene Medley
Women’s Outdoor Track
Rene Medley
Renea Ambersley
Cross Country
Melissa Tyme
Men’s Indoor Track
Ryan Brown
Men’s Outdoor Track
Javan Gray
2018-2019 True Blue Athlete
Women’s Bowling
DaiMone Lewis
Women’s Golf
Madison Oliver
Men’s Golf
Logan Taylor
Brenton Wrigley
Women’s Basketball
Kaloni Pryear
Men’s Basketball
Darrius Spencer
Jordan Lawson
Women’s Indoor Track
Diana Cauldwell
Women’s Outdoor Track
Shanice Clarke
Cross Country
Danielle James
Men’s Indoor Track
Kizan David
Men’s Outdoor Track
Abubakar Muhammed
2018-2019 Donor of the Year
Ollie Gates
2018-2019 Training Room Award
Faith Brintle
Karl Evans
2018-2019 Sports Performance Athlete of the Year
Tempary Gunter
Grant Olsson
2018-2019 Athlete of the Year
Ryan Brown
Rene Medley

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MIAA honors softball players Lawson and Pryor

Jordan Lawson, left, and Camryn Pryor were recently honored by the MIAA. (Photo courtesy LU Athletics)

Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lincoln sophomore Camryn Pryor was named to the All-MIAA second team while junior Jordan Lawson was selected as an All-MIAA honorable mention, as the conference office announced its All-MIAA softball team on Wednesday (May 1).

Pryor, who was honored for her play at first base, shattered Lincoln’s single-season hitting record with 60 hits on the season. Pryor hit .392 for the year and .407 against NCAA Division II opponents while finishing the season with 20 RBI and 19 runs scored. Pryor, who posted the MIAA’s seventh-best batting average while tying for ninth in the league in total hits, had eight doubles, three home runs and a triple, and compiled an on-base percentage of .409. As a fielder, Pryor made 188 putouts and ended the year with a .985 fielding percentage.

This is the third All-MIAA honorable mention award for Lawson, an outfielder who hit .312 for the season and led the Blue Tigers with 24 runs scored. Lawson finished second on the team with 48 hits, including 10 doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs, and recorded an on-base percentage of .361. Lawson additionally led the Blue Tigers with a .991 fielding percentage, making 95 putouts and 18 assists.

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Final exams begin Monday, schedule

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Molique Patton-Taylor (foreground) and Nicholas Hunt take a drone journalism exam in JOU 499 Senior Capstone. May 1, 2019. (Clarion News photo)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The end of the spring 2019 regular semester schedule ends Friday, May 3 and final exams begin Monday, May 6. Students will be cramming and scrambling as they prepare for the last exams of the semester.

The finals schedule can be found here.

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Journalism students Q&A with Attorney General’s office

By Cameron M. Gerber

Casey Lawrence, director of Sunshine Law Compliance with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, discussing issues with Lincoln University journalism students on Friday, April 26, 2019 in MLK Hall 106. (Photo by Cameron Gerber).

JEFFERSON CITY- A representative from the Missouri Attorney General’s office visited LU’s campus Friday morning. Casey Lawrence, director of Sunshine Law Compliance and Records Management, explained her job and fielded questions from professor Will Sites’ JOU 370 public relations class.
Lawrence covered a number of topics, including her education and the path she took to get to her position. She completed an internship and worked as an analyst before assuming her current position within the state’s top law enforcement office. She also explained the Sunshine Law, which establishes that certain government data and documents be available upon reasonable request – something that journalism students need to understand before entering the field.
Lawrence answered questions concerning the request protocol for obtaining documents, consequences of violating the law, and the distinction between documents that are legally open (or closed) to journalists. Some documents, such as personnel, health records, litigation, and real estate may be closed to the public. She also assured students that a journalism degree could be a gateway to many state jobs that require communication, like record keeping or analysis.
Most states have some variation on the Sunshine Law. More information on it can be found through the Missouri Attorney General’s website at

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Defense beats offense in LU’s 2019 spring game

By Amani Grant-Pate

LU Blue Tigers football (photo by Kenna Lynch)

JEFFERSON CITY -The Marching Musical Storm had Dwight T. Reed Stadium rocking as the 2019 spring game commenced. The Blue team won 43-40 with standout performances from Ja’Juan Chambers and Vontavious Thacker. This was a chance for the Blue Tiger Nation to watch their new team.

The offensive and defensive sides for the Blue Tigers were led by LU’s assistants while head coach Steven Smith oversaw the scrimmage. Coach Smith was proud of his team’s effort and emphasized to them, “We have to be mentally strong to win games.”

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SGA election results

Jordan Smith is the new president of the LU Student Government Association. (Photo by the Clarion News)

By Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The official 2019-2020 SGA election results released by the LU Office of Communications and Marketing are as follows:

President: Jordan Smith with 64% of the vote.

Vice President: Nicholas Hunt – 51%

Treasurer: Peyton McClellan – 38%

Secretary: Corriana Cox – 40%

Representative at Large (2): Destan Anderson with 37% and De’Mon Fox with 32%.

Campus Activity Board: Nakayla Murff – 54%

Miss Lincoln U is Keianna Hunter with 32% and Mr. Lincoln U is Michael Parks with 57%.

Senior Miss is JeNaye Love-Perkins with 28% and Senior Mister is Kendal Barber with 50%.

Junior Miss is Kenadee Brown with 55.56% and Junior Mister is Malachi Brewer with 20%.

Sophomore Miss is Mya Howard with 43% and Sophomore Mister is Brandon Morris with 98%.

Congratulations to all!

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May commencement returns to Dwight T. Reed Stadium

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

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – President Woolfolk announced on Friday that commencement exercises for the May 2019 graduates will take place at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, returning to a tradition that was replaced in 2017 when graduation was moved to the LINC. Students have been advocating for the switch.

May graduation will take place at 10 a.m. on May 11, 2019. More information coming soon in the Clarion News.

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LU Blue Tiger football spotlight: Hasan Muhammad-Rogers

By Amani Grant-Pate

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Lincoln University football team is back to the grind! Before practice began, I interviewed Hasan Muhammad-Rogers, a junior free safety from Chicago, about the upcoming season. “This spring we have been focusing on playing mistake-free football and competing at a high level to put together a good season,” said Rogers.

Here’s my video interview with Hasan.

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Ag Club brings fur and feathers to quad

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students enjoyed a beautiful Wednesday on the quad enjoying the annual Ag Club Petting Zoo. Katahdin sheep, shorthorn cattle, and royal palm turkeys were among the four-legged and feathered animals on display. Visitors were encouraged to touch and interact with the non-human participants, many of which are important to Missouri agriculture.

Students enjoying the Ag Club petting zoo on the LU quad. April 10, 2019. (Drone photo by Shawna Scott)
Roy Shurn, an LU sociology major, looks at a Katahdin sheep during the Ag Club petting zoo held April 10, 2019 on the quad. (Photo by Amani Grant-Pate)
Kim Wilbers, a junior ag/animal science major, with royal palm turkeys on display at the Ag Club petting zoo on the quad. April 10, 2019. (Photo by Amani Grant-Pate)
Daniele Ochoa, a sophomore political science major, with a shorthorn calf at the Ag Club petting zoo held Wednesday on the quad. (Photo by Amani Grant-Pate).
Drone aerial of the Ag Club’s petting zoo on the LU quad. April 10, 2019. (Clarion News photo)
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Sell your books May 7-8

Sell your books! (graphic supplied by LU Office of Communication & Marketing)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – According to the LU Office of Communication and Marketing, students can sell their non-rental textbooks from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on May 7-8, 2019 at Scruggs Student Center.

Make sure to remove all papers, notes, and other material from the books before bringing to Scruggs. The buy-back applies only to non-rental textbooks.

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MDC Holds Event at Capitol

By Cameron M. Gerber

JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) held its annual event Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda. The goal was to advocate for legislation aiding the department’s current and future preservation plans.

A live bald eagle was a popular part of MDC Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Cameron Gerber)

The day’s event included several displays on the third floor rotunda showcasing the MDC’s efforts throughout the state. Department professionals answered questions on topics such as wild bird rehabilitation and other issues relevant to the public enjoyment of wildlife and the outdoors. A bald eagle was part of a live demonstration of Missouri’s wide array of wildlife.

Conservation bills being considered in the legislature this session cover the department’s budget, taxes, land grants, and rules on animals born in captivity.

MDC Day at the Capitol. (Photo by Cameron Gerber)
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Flooding plagues Missouri River towns

By Will Sites

The Missouri River at moderate flood stage crests at 28 feet in Hermann, Mo. April 1, 2019. (Photo by Will Sites)

HERMANN – Relentless rain and melting snow in the Upper Midwest is bringing the curious to the banks of the Missouri River. In this Gasconade County community known for its deep German heritage and the wine that followed it, the early spring focus is on the rising river that has always been respected, never tamed.

Upstream in the northwest corner of the Show-Me-State, a state of emergency is providing relief to Missouri River communities long under the mighty wrath and current of the Big Muddy. Both town and country have recently been destroyed by this longest river in America. Not thanks to climate change or politics, but by record snowfall and the rains that are melting it. The river’s rise – like many slow-moving natural disasters – is a magnet to locals and not-so-locals alike.

“This is a beautiful river, but it has to be respected,” said Ron Holman, a tourist from Indiana watching the river at Hermann’s riverfront park. “I’ve always been in love with the Missouri (River).” Monday afternoon, he was curious about the river’s future rise-and-fall trend.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) watches and reports the official river gauge, used by tugboats and others making a living on the Missouri. Locals look at long-established landmarks – boat ramps, railroad tracks, parking lots – and generations of experience.

“I wouldn’t worry about it just yet,” said one older man watching the water from the riverfront park. “Not yet.”

On Monday, the folks at NOAA reported the river to be in moderate flood at 28 feet. The river has a few more feet to rise before things get serious. For now, life goes on in Hermann and other communities downstream towards Washington and beyond. The forecast, it seems, calls for sitting by the river, watching the Big Muddy roll on and on and on.

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Car fire blocks Dawson/library traffic

A car became engulfed in flames at about 1 p.m. Monday near Dunklin and Lee streets, blocking traffic to the Dawson Hall and Page Library parking lots. Jefferson City fire and police blocked the scene until about 1:45 p.m.

The car appeared to suffer severe damage. No injuries were reported. (Photo by Ashton Greene/Clarion News)

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Steak ‘n Shake Closes Another Missouri Location

By Clarion News Staff

The Steak ‘n Shake in Sullivan, Mo. sits empty after being added to a growing list of locations shuttered by the corporate owner. March 31, 2019. (Photo by Will Sites)

SULLIVAN, Mo. – Last week’s closing of a Franklin County Steak ‘n Shake adds to a growing list of more than 30 restaurants the chain has shuttered since January due to poor performance and a shift in ownership strategy. About one-third of the closings have occurred in the St. Louis region, including Ballwin, Chesterfield, Ellisville, St. Ann, and Maryland Heights.

According to published news reports, Steak ‘n Shake has about 600 locations, with about 200 being owned by franchisees. The Indianapolis-based company announced last August that it plans to sell the remaining 400 under a franchisor-franchisee agreement. The Sullivan store is corporate-owned and could reopen if a new ownership agreement is reached.

The company says its plan is to sell corporate locations under an agreement similar to other chain restaurants. The idea is to turn Steak ‘n Shake into an owner-manager model, with a local franchisee owning and focusing on only one restaurant. The plan calls for company-owned restaurants to be sold to franchisees for $10,000 each, with profits being split and the property/equipment leased from Steak ‘n Shake.
In a 2018 letter to shareholders, parent corporate owner Sardar Biglari of Biglari Hodlings said recent times have been rough for Steak ‘n Shake. “For the past three years, we have been in decline, with same-store sales below the average for the industry,” wrote Biglari.
The company acknowledges that the current interior kitchen design and management style was unprepared for a significant shift from quick-serve family dining to drive-thru, which now accounts for slightly more than half of all revenue. Future plans include new equipment, quicker drive-thru service, and improved customer relations.
The closed locations will presumably remain inactive until new ownership agreements are reached. Efforts to reach a Steak ‘n Shake spokesperson were unsuccessful.

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LU showcases entrepreneurship at Young Business Expo

By Kaden Quinn

Gwen’s Dollhouse CEO and LU journalism student Tailer Bevly with some of her company’s products. (photo by Kaden Quinn)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – On Saturday, March 23, students highlighted their skills as entrepreneurs at the Young Business Expo held in Jason Gym. Both students and alumni attended the event, selling their goods and services and testing their mettle as business owners.

The range of products included clothing, cosmetics, and personal training. The students are serious enough about their products to include unique logos and business cards.

,Whether attending school or already graduated, the entrepreneurs are motivated and ready for the professional marketplace. Not just in the goods they provide, but in bringing a positive message to the world at large. Exhibiting his “New True” clothing line, entrepreneur Brandon Hunter hopes to promote a positive image of self-love for his customers.

“There’s two parts to my business,” Hunter said. “There’s ‘New True’ media and “New True” clothing. The clothing is based on self-love, letting yourself know you’re important, and being true to yourself.” That is what Hunter believes his clothing line is all about – being a new you everyday by learning from past mistakes and being true to who you are.

While others agree with Hunter, some have decided to take a more introspective approach. Professionally known as Renzo Scorsaize, the former Lincoln student set out to creating a clothing line with his brand GUDPPL (good people). After graduation, Scorsaize decided to invest his time into fashion – something he’s always felt passionate about.

Other entrepreneurs at the expo brought their own touches to their businesses. With many already dedicated to beauty services, it was important for each to find their voice. Tailer Bevly spotlighted Gwen’s Dollhouse, a boutique selling clothing and accessories and named in honor of her grandmother, who passed away during Christmas. According to Bevly, it was her grandmother that inspired her to never give up and to always pursue her dreams.

Ultimately the expo was an exercise in what young people could do to contribute to the market in both commerce and positivity. “Get addicted to bettering yourself,” says the expo’s personal trainer Kat Langley. With that in mind, each entrepreneur made sure that they brought their offerings were both inspiring and practical.

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LU comes up short in Quincy doubleheader

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Lincoln’s Jordan Lawson, a junior from Iberia, Mo., in action against Quincy. March 27, 2019. (Photo courtesy LU Sports Information)

QUINCY, Ill. – The Lincoln softball team notched 14 hits, including three by Jordan Lawson, but Quincy prevailed in a pair of games on Wednesday (March 27). The Hawks won the first game, 10-3, and took the second game, 9-1.

The Blue Tigers struck first in the opener, bringing in three runs in the third inning on three hits. Gabi McGinty and Paige Parker led the frame off with consecutive hits, and an error allowed Lawson to safely get on board and load the bases. That set up Camryn Pryor, who provided the third hit of the inning with a single into center field, bringing home McGinty for a 1-0 Lincoln lead. Rachael Balke drove in Parker with a ground-out in the next at-bat, and another QU error allowed Lawson to score for a 3-0 LU advantage.

Quincy (13-13) answered with a two-out rally in the bottom half of the third, taking the lead with six runs on seven hits. The Blue Tigers had a base runner in each of the next three innings, including two in the sixth, courtesy of base hits by Tori Nienhueser and McGinty, but the Hawks held on for the win.

Bekah Kirker also had two hits for LU in the opener while Lawson had one, and Shannon Greene struck out two Quincy batters in a complete game performance inside the circle. Pryor led the Lincoln defense with seven putouts, and Mykenzie Livesay provided four assists while Kirker and Parker finished with two apiece.

In the second game, Trista Heavin hit her second homerun of the season, as well as her second in the past five days, in the fifth inning to put Lincoln (4-26) on the scoreboard. The Blue Tigers had six hits in the contest, including singles by Lawson and Pryor in the opening inning. Lawson went 2-for-3 at the plate with another base hit in the top of the third.

Livesay and Emily Williams also had hits, and Hannah Hennessy struck out a pair of Hawk batters in the circle. Pryor had four putouts to lead the LU defense while Nienhueser recorded two assists.

The Blue Tigers are scheduled to travel to Maryville, Mo. on Friday (March 29) to play a double-header against Northwest Missouri, with first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m. CDT.

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Flood warnings issued for local rivers

Malik Henry, Landon Bernskoetter, and Cameron Gerber/Clarion News staff

Remnants of prior flooding along the Moreau River at the U.S. 50 bridge near Walmart in Jefferson City. More flooding is expected this weekend. March 27, 2019. (Photo by Clarion News staff)

JEFFERSON CITY – More rain, more flooding. That’s the gist of a significant late-week rain event that will impact area rivers already swollen from upstream precipitation and melting snow.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Tuesday issued numerous flood warnings and advisories for the Missouri River at Jefferson City and the Osage River at the Mari-Osa campground at the U.S. 50 bridge near the Cole-Osage county line.

Prior flooding along the Moreau River at U.S. 50 is expected to rise as precipitation enters the area on Thursday. March 27, 2019. (Photo by Clarion News staff)

The warnings/advisories are based on expected river crests due to upstream action and rain forecasted through the weekend. Many area tributaries – including the Moreau River – may rise near flood stage during the next few days. If the anticipated heavy rains enter the area, the Moreau River may rise by at least 10 feet by Saturday afternoon.

The Missouri River is expected to rise to about 26 feet on Saturday, which is within the moderate flooding stage. Residents and property owners affected by flooding should stay tuned to local weather radio stations and the NOAA website.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a 10-foot rise this weekend on the Moreau River near Jefferson City due to a forecast of significant precipitation beginning Thursday, March 28, 2019.

(Drone photos/photography by Malik Henry, Landon Bernskoetter, and Cameron Gerber of the Clarion News staff)

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Donna Brazile speaks at lecture series

By Malik Henry

Donna Brazile signs a book at the LU Presidential Lecture Series event. March 21, 2019. (Photo by Malik Henry)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – LU President Dr. Jerald Woolfolk on Thursday was host to the second Presidential Lecture Series event held in the Scruggs University Center Ballroom. The series welcomed a very popular political figure and TV commentator.

Donna Brazile, a well-known political strategist, campaign manager, and author was the featured guest of the night. She spoke about her stint as head of the Democratic National Committee, working on CNN, and her recent decision to become a FOX news contributor. Brazile, a native of Louisiana, is a graduate of Louisiana State University.

Brazile became the first African-American woman to head a presidential campaign when hired by Democrat Al Gore during the 2000 race against George W. Bush – the one decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The lecture series are focused on preparing students to reshape the American society as the future leaders of tomorrow by listening and receiving valuable tools from well-known scholars, entertainers, politicians, authors, motivational speakers, and activists. 

Brazile is a firm believer in civic responsibility and education.

“Think about serving on a national level,”said Brazile. “This is your time. Why you? Because there’s no one better. Why now? Because tomorrow’s not soon enough.”

Donna Brazil, center, with LU President Woolfolk, right, at the Presidential Lecture Series event held on the LU campus March 21, 2019. (Photo by Malik Henry)
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