LU Track competes at Pittsburg State

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

Article and Photos by Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

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

The men were 3rd best on the day in the 4x400m with 3:17.86 seconds. For more results, go to

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

By Jordan Parker/Clarion News

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

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

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Blue Tigers fall short at Northeastern State

Destan Williams (stock photo courtesy LU Media Relations)

Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

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

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

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

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

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

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MLK Day 2022

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

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

By Clarion staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos by Jordan Parker/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

By Cheyanne Parker/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

Masks required in classrooms, encouraged inside buildings

An LU student walks to class during the first week of spring 2022 classes.Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Mark Oliver)

By Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students returned to Blue Tiger Nation on Monday, despite a local rise in Covid cases. According to campus emails, students are required to wear masks in classrooms and encouraged to mask-up inside buildings.

It’s unclear how/when students will be tested. However, any student who feels he/she may have Covid – or exposed to Covid – should contact Thompkins Health Center or their physician.

Stay safe and stay tuned for Covid updates.

Students return to campus for spring 2022 classes. Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker)
The “We are open” sign says it all – Lincoln University is open for the spring 2022 semester. Students are required to wear masks in classrooms and are encouraged to wear them in all buildings. Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker)
Miss Liz seems happy to be back on campus during the first week of the spring 2022 semester. Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Mark Oliver)
LU students talk near Page Library during the first week of the spring semester. Jan. 12, 2022. (Photo by Mark Oliver)
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LU Track shines at first meet

LU’s Kelly-Ann Beckford is a junior from Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo courtesy LU Athletics)

By Shanthamoi R. Brown/Clarion News

LAWRENCE, Kansas – The Lincoln University track team participated at the Bob Timmons Challenge on Dec. 4, 2021 at Kansas University. There were several great performances for the Blue Tigers season opener.

In the men’s 60m hurdles, Rashane Bartlett finished fourth, and was able to clock a qualifying time of 8.23 seconds. In the women’s 60m Lincoln had two places in the top five, with Ray-Donna Lee placing fourth and Monea Carey fifth. In the men’s 60m freshman Tasrico Bell stopped the clock at a qualifying time of 6.81 seconds to finished second overall. Jamar Treasure finished third overall and Shemar Fletcher fourth overall to round up the top five finishes for the Blue Tiger men.

In the women’s 400m, Maria Diamond won overall with a qualifying time of 56.02 seconds and Jameka Mannings finished second overall with a time of 56.48 seconds.

Lincoln had two places in the top five for the men’s 400m, with Reuben Nichols finishing second overall with a time of 49.17 seconds and Shanthamoi Brown’s 49.47 seconds which was good enough to place fifth overall.

Kelly-Ann Beckford and Chrisanni May gave Lincoln a quinella in the women’s 800m and in the men’s 800m, Kewani Campbell and Stavin Brown were second and third overall on the day. Lincoln managed to grab the top four spots in the women’s 200m. Placing in order from first to fourth, Shantae George, Monea Carey, Aliyah George, and Nehlia Mills.

The men’s section was similar to that of the females, as Lincoln took the top five spots in the 200m. Placing in order from first to fifth, Fletcher, Nichols, Treasure, Bell and DauJaughn Murray. The field events were just as impressive as the track.

Kizan David leaped out to a qualifying mark in the triple jump with 14.96m. David also leaped out to 7.08m in the men’s long jump and Bell managed 7.07m. Women’s triple jump Annalisa Barclay leaped out to 11.60m and Mills managed 10.21m.

In the closing event of the meet the Blue Tiger quartet of Beckford, May, Diamond, and Mannings ran a qualifying time of 3:43.74 seconds in the 4x400m, while in the men’s 4x400m the quartet of Brown, Nichols, Fletcher, and Campbell was good enough to place third with a time of 3:15.82 seconds.

Coach Victor Thomas shared his thoughts about the meet. “It was OK, based on the track, it was OK,” Thomas said. “Nobody got hurt and that is the greatest thing on the day.”

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LU cruises to victory in home-opener

Destan Williams, a guard from St. Louis, in action during Tuesday’s home-opener. (Photo courtesy LU Athletics)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Five members of the Lincoln men’s basketball team scored in double figures as the Blue Tigers won their home opener, 101-55, over Central Christian on Tuesday night (Nov. 30).

Ni’Sean Rigmaiden, Derrick Woods and Chuck Wilson each came close to double-doubles, with Rigmaiden totaling 16 points, seven assists, three steals and two rebounds. Wood led LU with seven boards and added 10 points as well as an assist and a block. Wilson, meanwhile, totaled team-highs in both points (18) and assists (nine), and had four rebounds and a steal.

Lincoln (1-4) shot .500 from the field and .447 from three-point range for the contest, with LU making 17 treys on the evening. The Blue Tigers scored 24 points off 18 Central Christian (4-2) turnovers, and 29 points off fast breaks, while holding a 47-37 rebounding advantage. Lincoln held CCC to .338 shooting for the contest, and blocked six shots while notching 12 steals.

Destan Williams had 15 points, six rebounds and three steals, and Alafia Oluwasogo finished with 10 points. Mark Boland provided nine points and six boards off the bench, while Chris Baldwin had two points, five rebounds, three steals and three blocks. John Gaines added eight points, a pair of assists, a steal and four rebounds to the winning cause.

Arash Yaqubi tallied five points and two rebounds, and Josh Wallace contributed three rebounds, a block and two points. Mekhi Kimble closed the scoring with six points, three assists, a block and three boards.

Lincoln will open MIAA play on Sunday (Dec. 5) with a trip to Warrensburg, Mo. to play Central Missouri at 3 p.m.

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JP Capital Management Makes Large Gift To LU Football

LU linebacker Elliott Albert takes down a Riverhawk during Saturday’s game at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Sept. 25, 2021. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln University football team has received the largest one-time gift in its history.

JP Capital Management, a private equity company specializing in the acquisition and operation of middle market manufacturing, health care, commodity brokerage and other types of value-added distribution and service companies, provided a historic gift to augment LU football operations. Specifically, the gift will support recruitment-related activities including, but not limited to, travel costs for recruiting and on-campus recruiting visits.

“This momentous gesture is a catalyst for the transformation of LU Football,” said Kevin Wilson, Vice President for Advancement, Athletics, and Campus Recreation. “It immediately impacts our coaching staff’s ability to engage and sign high-level student-athletes throughout the great state of Missouri and across the country. It also shows other potential supporters that the student-athlete experience at Lincoln is a worthy investment. The outcome will be a generation of Blue Tigers who excel in the classroom, on the field, in the capitol city, and in life.”

“I believe in Kevin’s vision for LU Football and the new administration.” said Jamin Pastore, President and CEO of JP Capital Management. “Special advisor Terrell Smith visited the beautiful campus and confirmed our ability to impact the lives of a deserving, diverse group of young men who will change the world! We are proud to support LU Football as well as the mission of the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantries, and invite others to do the same.”

JP Capital Management’s major gift will be available for immediate use as Lincoln Football enters a new era. The Blue Tigers compete in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which is arguably the most competitive conference in NCAA Division II. A national champion has been crowned in the league every year in some sport for the last two decades, with an MIAA squad claiming the title in football five times over that span.

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8 Football Players Named All-MIAA

Tori Hicks, a junior running back from Kansas City, Mo., was named to the All-MIAA third team in November of 2021. (Photo by Darianna McGee/Clarion News)

Dan Carr/Asst. AD for Media Relations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lincoln all-purpose back Tori Hicks was named to the All-MIAA third team while seven other members of the LU football team were named all-league honorable mention for the 2021 season.

Hicks did a little bit of everything for the Blue Tigers, including scoring three touchdowns as a rusher and one as a receiver. Hicks, who rushed for 170 yards against Central Missouri, totaled over 100 all-purpose yards in nearly every game this season, finishing fifth in the MIAA with 110.3 all-purpose yards per contest. Hicks additionally was fourth in the conference in kick returns (17.1) and fourth in combined kick return yardage (480), with the latter total ranking as the 47th-best mark in NCAA Division II.

In addition to Hicks, the MIAA bestowed honorable mention status upon seven other Blue Tigers: Elliott Albert (DB), Winston Ausmer (P/KR), Hosea Franklin (RB), Jaylon Mosley (LB), TeAndre Skinner (LB), Cyril Spells (OL) and Zyan Thomas-King (DB).

Albert finished second in the MIAA in passes defended, breaking up seven attempts while recording three interceptions. Albert made 78 tackles, the second-most among the Blue Tigers and the eighth-most among MIAA players, including 3.5 tackles for loss. Albert, who also recovered a fumble, ended the year 53rd in NCAA Division II in passes defended.

Ausmer led the MIAA in punt return average with 16.7 yards on nine attempts. Ausmer also averaged 12.3 yards on kick returns, and was also a threat in the receiving game, catching a team-high 34 passes for 531 yards and six touchdowns.

Despite playing in only nine games, Franklin finished third in the MIAA among running backs with 781 yards. Franklin scored seven rushing touchdowns, tied for sixth-most by any MIAA rusher, while his 86.8 yards per contest ranked third.

Mosley led Lincoln with 79 tackles, including 46 solo, and notched two quarterback hurries, 1.5 tackles for loss and an interception. Mosley was seventh in the MIAA and 60th in the country in total tackles, and he also ended the season 10th in the MIAA in solo tackles.

Skinner, who had 5.5 tackles for loss, finished third on the team with 66 total tackles, 43 of which were solo takedowns. Skinner, who was 13th in the MIAA in tackles, additionally had two sacks and a safety to go with a blocked kick and a hurry.

Spells earned All-MIAA honorable mention status for the second-straight season after starting every game at center for the Blue Tigers. His blocking against Northeastern State led to Lincoln breaking single game individual and team records for passing yards, and tie single game records for touchdown passes and offensive plays.

Thomas-King made 45 tackles this season, finishing fifth on the team in that stat, and also broke up four passes. 32 of his tackles were solo efforts, and he additionally posted a hurry.

LU running back Hosea Franklin, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., cuts up the middle during Saturday’s game against the Northeastern State (Okla.) Riverhawks. Sept. 25, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)
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Temps begin slide towards winter

Clouds ride a cold front across the LU campus. Nov. 17, 2021. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)

By Sydnee Bryant/Clarion staff

JEFFERSON CITY – Put away the T-shirts and get ready to bundle up. According to the National Weather Service, a strong cold front will dip into the Midwest today, bringing temps to below freezing Thursday night. Little to no precipitation is expected through Tuesday.

Highs will hover around 50 and lows will be in the 30s for the next five days. Northwest winds will bring wind-chill temps down to the low 20s. No rain or snow is expected for Thanksgiving day.

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School of Nursing holds job fair

LU School of Nursing students attending the SNA job fair. Nov. 8, 2021. (Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)

By Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News

JEFFERSON CITY – The Lincoln University Student Nurses Association (SNA) brought students and health care employers together on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 in Elliff Hall. According to Tiffany Lehman, an assistant professor with the LU School of Nursing, it was the SNA’s first job fair. 

“Generally, recruiters will come speak to our senior students,” Lehman said.  “However, I felt it would be beneficial for all students.”  She noted that once students complete Fundamentals and Skills, they are able to get a job as a patient care tech.  Health care employers offer many opportunities for those in the nursing program.

Lehman said many of the hospitals have summer and winter externships that students can apply for to get more experience working as a student nurse. This not only provides students with hands-on training, it also drives high job-placement rates upon graduation.  Importantly, Lehman said, it provides opportunities.

“It is imperative that students can meet with various different organizations,” said Lehman. 

About 60 students attended the job fair.  Employers that were at the event included Capital Region Medical Center, SSM Health, Boone, University of Missouri, and the VA Hospitals from both Columbia and Kansas City.  Elsevier donated two NCLEX-RN Review books to raffle off to attendees. 

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LU School of Nursing students at the job fair. Nov. 8, 2021. (Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
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Pizza-Kwik rolls into Blue Tiger Nation

Dana Plummer explains the workings of the Pizza-Kwik food truck to Clarion staff. The truck was located on the lower MLK Hall parking lot on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (Clarion photo)

By: Elise Eaker

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY — The Pizza-Kwik food truck returned to Blue Tiger Nation for the first time since homecoming, firing-up the ovens in the parking lot between MLK Hall and Richardson Auditorium during Friday’s lunch hour.

The truck is usually anchored at the Knights of Columbus parking lot at 1822 Tanner Bridge Road. But when events or special occasions call, the well-established brand is ready to serve. In fact, it’s been a part of the Capital City for more than 50 years. Pizza Kwik was established 1969 and their thin crust pizza is a Jefferson City staple.

The original Pizza-Kwik was located at 1121 East Miller Street and was owned and operated by Robert and Judy Huber before their retirement four years ago. The food truck was established a year ago and is run by their daughter, Dana Plummer, and her son Sam.

The food truck attends events throughout the Mid-Mo area, but finding it along the streets of Jefferson City can be difficult.

“The issue with Jeff is that we can’t park on the street – we have to be in a parking lot,” said Plummer. Hopefully, that might change.

Plummer said that a group of food truck owners have a meeting with the mayor and the City Council next month to try and change the rules. She said Lincoln University police have been very helpful in her ability to reserve campus parking lot locations.

It takes about 12 minutes to make a thin-crust pizza in the food truck. The prices are very competitive, with a cheese pizza costing $9 and each additional topping costing only $1.25. Pizza-Kwik offers delivery online through Rapid Chow, a local food delivery service.

Follow the Pizza-Kwik food truck on Facebook to keep up with the truck’s day-to-day location.

Employees of the Pizza-Kwik food truck located on the lower MLK Hall parking lot from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Nov. 5, 2021. (Clarion photo)
The Pizza-Kwik food truck menu
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Faculty Spotlight: Terrance Brown

LU Royal Court advisor Terrance Brown in his SUC office. Nov. 3, 2021. (Photo by Tyree Stovall)

By Tyree Stovall/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The 2021-2022 Mister and Miss Lincoln were recently crowned during the fall semester. The Clarion News sat down with Royal Court advisor Terrance Brown to learn more about his position and the path that brought him back to Lincoln University.

The Clarion: Where are you from? 

Brown: I’m from Saint Louis, Missouri.

The Clarion: Why did you come to Lincoln?

Brown: I came to Lincoln by mistake. I actually applied to Lincoln University of Pennsylvania then applied to Lincoln University of Missouri. Then I realized there were two Lincolns. Me and my guidance counselor went back and reapplied for Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. Ultimately, my mother told me I couldn’t go to Pennsylvania for school, being that Missouri is a two hour drive and Pennsylvania is fifteen hours. The second time as a professional, my mentee started working here as an assistant director and he hired me.

The Clarion: What degree did you obtain while attending college? Why?

Brown: Liberal studies degree with an emphasis in journalism, and computer science and economics. I started off as an elementary education major, and was taking elementary education classes and working with kids at the local Boys & Girls Club. I learned that actually teaching younger kids is not my passion, but helping them develop in life is. 

The Clarion: What university were you working at prior ?

Brown: Prior to coming to Lincoln, I worked for the Baltimore public school system for about six months. Prior to that I worked at Morgan State in the office of community service as a program coordinator for a program called College Discovery, where we helped students find the perfect institution that fits them. 

The Clarion: What led to your interest in becoming royal court Advisor?

Brown: It’s funny cause during undergrad I never was in Royal Court. I was on the Campus Activity Board as treasure, but I was informed that if I ran for Mr. Lincoln -whether I won or loss – I forfeited my right to become CAB chair, so I opted out of running for Mr. Lincoln. However, that same year, I was introduced to the Mr. HBCU Kings competition, so I started that as a freshman and in 2015 I became the the first undergraduate student to direct the Mr. HBCU pageant and the only person in history so far and that brought my interest to the Royal Court.

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LU Important Dates

By Emoni Herron / Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – As students approach the remainder of the 2021 fall semester, there are a lot of important dates that students should be aware of. Please refer to the Lincoln University website for additional dates and information. Important upcoming dates are as follows:

November 12:  Last day to withdraw for the 2nd 8-week and/or 16-week sessions
November 22-26: Thanksgiving recess
November 30: Advanced registration for the spring 2022 semester ends if registering with advisor on campus (online registration continues)
December 2-3: Final examinations for December graduates
December 6: Fall 2021 final examinations begin
December 11: Cafeteria closes (12:30 p.m.) and residence halls close (5 p.m.) 

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Meet LU’s New Registrar

Blaine Bredeman grew up in nearby Fulton, Mo.

Blaine Bredeman is Lincoln University’s registrar, shown here among the thousands of files he supervises. Oct. 22, 2021. (Photo by Tyree Stovall/Clarion News)

By Tyree Stovall/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The campus is waiting on the selection of a new president, provost, and other positions. But one key administrator is already serving the students of Blue Tiger Nation. The Clarion recently interviewed Blaine Bredeman, Lincoln’s new registrar.
The Clarion: Where are you from?

Bredeman: I’m from Central Missouri, the Fulton area which is about half-an-hour from Jefferson City.

The Clarion: Where did you go to college and what degree did you obtain?

Bredeman: I went to Missouri State in Springfield and bachelor of science in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

The Clarion: What were you doing before you came to Lincoln University?

Bredeman: Before I came to Lincoln I was also in a registrar’s office. I spent about 10 years at Columbia College doing very similar work, but a lot more focus on the technology that runs the college halls and facilities.

The Clarion: What are the duties of a registrar?

Bredeman: The registrar’s primary job is being the record keeper of the school’s academic records. As the name implies, registration is anything that has to do with the classes that you take and any permanent record of your transcripts and degrees that you completed.

The Clarion: What brought you to Lincoln?

Bredeman: Since I’ve lived in Central Missouri for a number of years, I’ve known and been familiar with Lincoln. I’ve worked and been involved with professional organizations that have gotten me to know people who’ve worked here at this university, and when the previous registrar was leaving she contacted me and asked whether I’d be interested in taking her place.

The Clarion: How do you increase the relationship between the registrar and the students?

Bredeman: I think the primary thing is being here for the students and to serve the students, making sure we are being responsive to the students’ needs all the time. Beyond that, just being proactive when communicating with the students, letting them know what are some expectations of them and the limitations of what they’re allowed to do, because students often get caught off guard when unexpected things happen or take place.

The Clarion: What is your favorite part about being a registrar?

Bredeman: I actually really like working with the other schools. One of the main things a registrar does is work with transfer credit that goes from our school to others and other schools to ours. I get to work with a lot of people at other schools around the state and around the country.

The Clarion: How has your experience been here at Lincoln?

Bredeman: The first couple of weeks and months that I was here was very hectic because I happened to get here when the president was leaving the university and a lot of other positions were leaving. But it has been a really positive experience. People are working hard to try to make things better around the university.

(Tyree Stovall is a journalism student from Omaha, Neb.)

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“Horribelles” to explore feminine aspects of horror

The Lincoln University Multidisciplinary Forum presents “Horribelles” at 2 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 27, 2021 in MLK’s Pawley Theater. (artwork courtesy Dr. Christine Boston)

By Clarion staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The LU Multidisciplinary Forum is presenting a feminine side of scary when Horribelles takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 in MLK Hall’s Pawley Theater. Faculty members will offer tales of women who have cast a shadow of fear around them.

Presenters include professors Christine Boston, Olivia Hetzler, Mick Brewer, and Will Sites. Audience members will be invited to ask questions after each presentation. The event is free and open to the LU community.

“I’m excited to be part of this unusual talk,” said LU journalism professor Will Sites. “It won’t be boring, that’s for sure.”

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Students discuss new “classroom-only” mask policy

Clarion reporter Tyree Stovall, right, talks about the new mask mandate with Samiah, a freshman wellness major from Tulsa, Okla. Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)

By Tyree Stovall/Photos by Gracen Gaskins

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A new campus COVID mask policy effective Monday (Oct. 18, 2021) allows students to free their face from coverings everywhere except inside classrooms. Prior to today, students were required to wear mask in all campus buildings, including hallways. If desired, staff may still require students to wear masks in offices. The Clarion asked several students their views on the relaxing of mask policy.

Samiah, a freshman wellness major from Tulsa, Okla.: “Me personally, I hate masks, so it doesn’t bother me. It’s an improvement and will give people a relief.”

Delicia Powell, a psychology major from St. Louis, talks about the new mask mandate with Clarion reporter Tyree Stovall. Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)

Delicia Powell, a psychology major from St. Louis: “We should still wear masks and it should be mandated in buildings, especially housing where students live.”

LU journalism student Tyree Stovall discusses the new COVID mask rules with Tia Waters, a junior journalism student. Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)

Tiara Waters, a junior journalism major: “I have a hard time breathing with my mask, so it bothers me. It’s an improvement, being that classrooms are tight spaces.

Tre Hendricks, right, an ag business major from Jefferson City, discusses the new mask mandate with Clarion reporter Tyree Stovall. Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)

Tre Hendricks, a freshman ag business major from Jefferson City: “An improvement, but not everyone is vaccinated, so I still think we should be cautious and keep our masks on.”

Clarion reporter Tyree Stovall, left, talks about the new mask mandate with Layla a freshman ag and animal science major from Gary, Indiana. Oct. 18, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)

Layla, and ag and animal science major from Gary,Ind.: “A new improvement, but we should still have the mandate in the buildings.”

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National Coming Out Day celebrated at LU

Students parade through MLK Hall during the annual National Coming Out Day for LGBTQ students. Oct. 11, 2021. (Photo by Clarion News)

By Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students across the campus and country celebrated National Coming Out Day on Monday by holding events at Scruggs and parading across campus to celebrate the pride of the LGBTQ community.

Prof. Mara Arugete led students through several areas of the campus, including the distributing of free candy and stickers to professors and students. The annual event is designed to inform the community about the issues that LGBTQ students face and allow students to express their sexuality.

National Coming Out Day began in 1988 to celebrate and bring awareness to LGBTQ issues.

LU students brave the rain during the National Coming Out Day parade around campus. Oct. 11, 2021. (Photo by Clarion News)

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LU falls to Missouri Southern

LU running back Tori Hicks takes a hand-off from quarterback Zamar Brake during LU’s homecoming game. Oct. 9, 2021. (Photo by Tyree Stovall/Clarion News)

By Dan Carr/Asst. A.D. for Media Relations

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Zamar Brake was responsible for four touchdowns, but the Lincoln football team fell to Missouri Southern, 52-32, in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 9).

Brake completed 19 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and he also scored on a five-yard run. Hosea Franklin rushed for 138 yards, posting his third-straight 100-yard performance in the process, and he scored Lincoln’s other touchdown on a six-yard run. Tori Hicks gained 47 yards on 10 carries, as the Blue Tigers averaged 4.2 yards per rush against the Lions.

Missouri Southern (2-4, 2-4 MIAA) scored on each of its first drives of the contest, but the Blue Tigers got on the board with 8:57 to play until halftime. Brake completed passes of 15 and 16 yards to Dre’Shon Alston and Samuel Ingoli, respectively, and a seven-yard run by Franklin moved the ball down to the Missouri Southern 16. Three plays later, Brake connected with Chrisshun Robinson on a 12-yard touchdown pass, cutting the MSSU lead to 24-6.

Piere’ Jones cut MSSU’s next drive short by intercepting a pass in the end zone, marking the first pick made by an opposing defense in 2021. On the ensuing possession, however, Missouri Southern got an interception of its own, and ran the ball back for a touchdown. On the next possession, a 43-yard sprint by Franklin would get the LU offense going again, and Brake’s scamper into the end zone pulled LU to within 31-12.

The Lions added another touchdown before halftime, but Lincoln (0-5, 0-5 MIAA) opened the scoring the scoring in the second half as Franklin’s scoring run led to another Blue Tiger touchdown. LU moved the ball methodically down the field on the 76-yard scoring drive, starting with an eight-yard run by Brake. Aderias Ealy made a 12-yard catch for a key first down, and an 11-yard reception by Ausmer moved the ball inside the red zone. Franklin finished off the drive with a six-yard carry, LU went for two, and Ingoli caught the pass from Brake to make it a 38-20 contest.

Missouri Southern used two more touchdown drives to cut the LU rally short, but the Blue Tigers battled until the end of the contest. Charles Johnson scored on a 65-yard catch-and-run early in the fourth quarter, and the LU defense forced two-straight punts before the Blue Tigers scored their fifth touchdown of the game. Johnson caught a 36-yard pass from Brake, Hicks ran for five yards and Franklin gained six on back-to-back plays, and Ingoli scored on a 19-yard pass to make it a 52-32 final.

Johnson finished with 101 receiving yards, Robinson caught a team-high four passes for 34 yards, and Ingoli had 35 yards on two catches. Alston and Ausmer each had three receptions, and Kalon Grover made his first catch of the season, a nine-yard grab in the third period.

TeAndre Skinner and Elliott Albert both had big days defensively. Skinner led LU with 15 tackles, recorded two tackles for loss and notched a sack, while Albert had assisted on a tackle for loss and made 14 total takedowns. Zyan Thomas-King, Charles Robertson and Jones each broke up passes, with Thomas-King ending the afternoon with eight tackles. Cody Bagby made 1.5 tackles for loss, Robertson had a tackle for loss, and Jaylon Mosley and Jahkari Larmond each assisted on a tackle for loss. Mosley recorded nine tackles while Samuel Amituanai finished with six.

Clayton Winkler averaged 40.3 yards on seven punts, with one traveling 56 yards and two pinning MSSU inside its own 20. Winkler also averaged 52.8 yards on kickoffs, while Hicks gained 82 yards on kick returns.

Lincoln will be on the road for its next two games, starting next Saturday (Oct. 16) with a visit to Pittsburg, Kan. to play Pittsburg State. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CDT.

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Commentary: Let’s Memorialize Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson after winning the U.S. Championships in 1957.

By Will Goodin/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- With tennis rising in popularity and more people using the university courts, it’s a good time to remember one of the greatest female African-American athletes you have likely never heard of. For two years, she taught and coached at LU, and soon after rose to the pinnacle of her sport by winning Grand Slam events.

For whatever reason, Althea Gibson isn’t a household name. However, she warrants serious attention from not only tennis fans, but all sports fans. Gibson was not only an amazing athlete with a plethora of impressive accolades, but before that she was an instructor at Lincoln University.

Gibson was born in South Carolina in 1927, raised in Harlem, and went on to attend Florida A&M, where she graduated in 1953. Her next stop was Lincoln University of Missouri, where she taught physical education and coached men’s tennis from 1953 to 1955. Following her second year at LU, she was recruited by the U.S. State Department to play tennis for a goodwill tour across Asia, where she won 16 of 18 matches against the world’s best players.

Shortly after the tour ended in 1956, Gibson won the French Open, becoming the first African-American to win a Grand Slam event. In 1957 Gibson won singles and doubles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, earning her the ranking of number one in the world. In 1958 Gibson won both singles and doubles again at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

A gifted athlete with many talents, Gibson also became the first Black golfer admitted to the LPGA. She often voiced her strong opinions about low pay for women golfers and tennis players. However, she continued to play at venues where she wasn’t allowed to stay or dine – she knew her fight on the field of play would lead to greater things for all Blacks. She was right. Arthur Ashe and Venus and Serena Williams credit Gibson for paving the way for Blacks in sports and society.

A partial list of Althea Gibson’s accomplishments:

1956-French Open singles and doubles champion and Wimbledon doubles champion. Gibson becomes the first African-American to win a Grand Slam title.
-1957-U.S. Clay Court singles and doubles champion, Australian Open doubles champion, Wimbledon singles and doubles champion, and U.S. Open singles and doubles champion.
-1958- Wimbledon singles and doubles champion and U.S. Open singles champion.
-1959-Pan American Games singles gold medalist.
(source: U.S. Tennis Association)

“Lincoln is very fortunate to have had her on our faculty to instill her work ethic and dedication to our students,” said Mark Schleer, Lincoln University historian and archivist.

Although recognized as one of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport, there is nothing to commemorate her accomplishments on Lincoln’s campus – no plaque, no bust, no name on the tennis courts. We should remember that she carved the path for many Black athletes. Later in life she fought for greater educational opportunities for minorities and the disadvantaged.

Maybe it’s time we memorialize the fact that at one time, she too was a part of Lincoln University.

Althea Gibson in the 1954 Lincoln University yearbook. (LU Page Library archives)
Althea Gibson enjoys a ticker-tape parade in New York City after winning the Wimbledon singles championship in 1957. (photo courtesy U.S. Archives)
Althea Gibson winning Wimbledon in 1956. (U.S. Archives)
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Blue Tiger Athletics Club Retires $250k loan

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

By Elise Eaker/Jefferson City News Tribune

JEFFERSON CITY – The Lincoln University Blue Tiger Athletics Club has paid Central Bank $50,935.48 to retire a quarter million-dollar loan that helped build a new weight room for Lincoln University athletes.

The $250,000 loan was taken out in January 2012. Paying off the loan will allow more of the club’s funds to go toward scholarships.

“In recent years, we haven’t been able to put as much money toward scholarships that we might’ve wanted to,” said Keena Lynch, Lincoln assistant athletic director.

The Blue Tiger Athletics Club Casino Night, held in August, and Blue Tiger Athletics Club memberships made the lump sum payment possible. All funds paid for memberships will now go toward student-athlete scholarships.

“Right now, we have 241 members, and our goal is 500,” Lynch said. “We want to surge past that because membership is a big part of what we do.”

There are four membership tiers. The lowest membership tier costs $100 and includes a membership with access to all tailgates, football reserved seating and a guest pass for basketball tailgates. The highest membership tier costs $1,000 and includes four memberships, four all-sport passes, reserved parking and seating at football games, and five guest passes for basketball tailgates.

For more information about membership in the Blue Tiger Athletics Club, contact Lynch at 573-681-5342 or by email at

(This article appeared in the Oct. 6,2021 edition of the News Tribune.

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Kagame and Singh named Mr. and Miss International

Mr. International is Ericson Kagame and Miss International is Tia Singh. (Photo by Imar Tomlinson)

Edited by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The international students of LU crowned their official ambassadors on Wednesday by naming Mr. and Miss International.

Erickson Kagame, 19, is from Kigali, Rwanda. He is a sophomore majoring in agriculture business with a minor in GIS (geographical information systems). He is currently a part of the Black Men Thrive organization, an ambassador, and is part of the 1890 scholars. Kagame is also part of the LUMO Honors program, the Academic Support team, and the International Student Association while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. 

Miss International is Tia Singh,18, from Nassau, The Bahamas. She is a sophomore majoring in business administration. Singh is an active member of the LU family. She is a member of the International Student Association, active in the LUMO Honors Program, and maintains a 3.9 GPA. She also has an internship in the human resources department, which is her desired career field.


(The Clarion thanks Erickson Kagame for supplying the info for this article)

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Campus Spotlight: LU Career Center

The Career Center is located inside Page Library. (Clarion photo)

By Tyree Stovall

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- It’s a new school year and the L.U. Career Center is planning on engaging and helping students with job opportunities and helping students build skills in their future careers. The Clarion met with Director of Career Services Elizabeth Jordan and Career Learning Specialist Gabrielle Hodges to learn more about the Career Center.

The Clarion: What does the Career Center do?

Jordan: “The career center is here to offer services to students. Depending upon whether you’re a freshman, sophomore or junior and senior, we have different skills and objectives that we hope to help students accomplish, as it relates to career readiness and those soft skills.”

The Clarion: What programs does the Career Center offer?

Jordan: “We do different programming, where we offer different types of workshops and different types of activities to engage students. We also have community internships and grant funded internships that are an interest to students to get them skills in their future careers.”

The Clarion: Who is working directly with the students?

Jordan: All staff in the Career Center in some regard, but we’ve trained career peer mentors to work one-on-one with students on demand. Mrs. Gabrielle Hodges, who is our career learning specialist, also works with the students and she does a lot of our on-campus presentations and student engagement activities.

The Clarion: What value does the school place on internships?

Jordan: I think the school places a lot of value on internships (because) a lot of programs and majors require internships for credit. I think that the majors that don’t currently require it certainly encourage their students to take advantage of it. I know that the administration is also supportive of our internship efforts and trying to grow those to be available for students.

The Clarion: How does the career center engage with the students?

Jordan: We engage with the students every chance that we get. That’s a promise I made when I came in because the more visible we are, the more accessible we are, the more students are going to feel comfortable coming to us. What we want to avoid is students coming in their senior year, three weeks before graduation looking for a job. It’s better to start working on those skills sets and develop your resume from freshman year on.

The Clarion: What are some upcoming events?

Hodges: We have our Career Expo Week coming up. That consists of seven different fairs. Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 we’ll be having different fairs for each department. The STEM department, the business program, the nursing program, agriculture, and environmental scientists will all have their own fairs, and will be virtual through a platform we are utilizing called Handshake (, where you can sign-up with your student email.

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Blue Tigers fall to Riverhawks in OT

50 years ago to the day, LU played its first game in Dwight T. Reed Stadium

LU linebacker Elliott Albert takes down a Riverhawk during Saturday’s game at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Sept. 25, 2021. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant)

Clarion Staff Reports

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Blue Tigers fell short by an extra point in an overtime nail-biter against the Northeastern State (Okla.) Riverhawks. In a game that traded touchdowns to a 42-42 regulation end, it seemed the Blue Nation was about to put a mark in the win column. But a missed LU extra point in overtime gave the ultimate advantage and win to the opponent.

On a historical note, Saturday’s game marked the 50th anniversary of the first game played in Dwight T. Reed Stadium. On Sept. 25, 1971, LU beat Bimidji State 35-13.

The the Clarion will have more on the game Monday.

Saturday’s game against Northeastern State (Okla.) marked the 50th anniversary of the first game played in Dwight T. Reed Stadium. On Sept. 25, 1971, Lincoln beat Bimidji State 35-13. (Clarion photo)
LU running back Hosea Franklin, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., cuts up the middle during Saturday’s game against the Northeastern State (Okla.) Riverhawks. Sept. 25, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)
No. 14 Winston Ausmer on his way to a touchdown during Saturday’s game against the Riverhawks. Sept. 25, 2021. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins)
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Student passes away in Dawson Hall

No foul play expected in Sunday’s death, but investigation continues

A candlelight memorial honoring freshman Dominik Dudley-Moore will be held at 6 p.m., Sept. 20, 2021 on the back patio of Scruggs University Center. (graphic courtesy LU Office of Marketing and University Relations)

Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A candlelight memorial for Dominik Dudley-Moore, who passed away Sunday, will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 on the back patio of Scruggs University Center.

The LU Office of Marketing and University Relations reported via e-mail Sunday that Dudley-Moore, who was recently elected as Mister Freshman, died Sunday in his Dawson Hall dorm. Although no foul play is expected, authorities continue to investigate the death.

The Clarion will update this story as soon as new information becomes available.

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Constitution Day at LU

Dr. Brian Norris, a political science professor at Lincoln University, reads during a Constitution Day event held in MLK’s Pawley Theatre. Sept. 17, 2021. (Photo by Elise Eaker)

By Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – As part of federal Constitution Day, a variety of volunteers read selections from the U.S. Constitution on Friday in the Pawley Theatre located inside MLK Hall.

According to the U.S. Senate website, the idea to celebrate the Constitution began in 1956 when Congress established Constitution Week, beginning each year on Sept. 17, the date in 1787 when the Constitution was signed. In 2004, the Senate designated Sept. 17 each year as Constitution Day.

More info here

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LU holds Old School Field Day event

Students and staff playing a game of musical chairs during the Old School Field Day event. Sept. 8, 2021. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant)

By Gracen Gaskins

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- Students, faculty and staff gathered on the ROTC field for the Old School Field Day event held Wednesday (Sept. 8) evening. Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed food, games, and music as part of a self-care day. It was, for many, a great excuse to enjoy some time together without the need for masks and social distancing.

Games included volleyball, football, musical chairs, a dance battle, and even a water fight. Various campus organizations provided information, including the Campus Activity Board (CAB), SGA, Royal Court, the Divine 9, NACWC, Manners, and Thompkins Health Center.

Old School Field Day event on the ROTC field. Sept. 8, 2021. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant)
Students enjoying the Old School Field Day event. Sept. 8, 2021. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant)
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New Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Brian Norris

Dr. Brian Norris (photo by Sydnee Bryant)

By Tyree Stovall/Clarion staff reporter

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- It’s the start of a new school year and there’s more than just new students. Meet Dr. Brian Norris, the newest addition to the political science department. The Clarion recently talked with Norris concerning his new role on the LU campus.

The Clarion: What university were you at prior to Lincoln?

Norris: Denison University, a private liberal arts college in Granville, Ohio. One of the earliest colleges established in the former Northwest territory, founded in 1831.

The Clarion: You were a political science professor there, is that correct?

Norris: When we say political science that doesn’t necessarily tell you a lot of information because political science is an academic discipline. There’s people who study U.S. institutions, international institutions, and some people do it a quantitative way; others really want to make it science and others do it more quantitatively. I focus on international politics, specifically what we call comparative politics, which is the domestic politics of foreign lands.

The Clarion: What degree did you obtain? Why pursue that degree?

Norris: I have a Ph. D. in comparative politics. I was a Peace Corps volunteer, a federal government program created in 1963 by the late John F. Kennedy administration. The Peace Corps takes Americans and sends them abroad for two years, mostly to poor or developing countries. It has three goals: provide technical assistance; help (countries) with English language instruction; and provide basic sanitation in rural areas, such as in South America where people don’t have running water. I didn’t know how to get a passport, I didn’t know how to speak a foreign language and the Peace Corps taught a lot and I became interested in foreign politics (Bolivian and Latin) and that’s what sent me back to grad school. My undergraduate degree is actually in business administration.

The Clarion: How do you plan to improve political science at Lincoln?

Norris: When you are new in an organization you don’t just come in and start making changes. My first goal is to get to know the Lincoln students, get to know my faculty colleagues because they provide very valuable services for the students. Moving forward I want to develop classes that interest students. I want to have a political science curriculum that is responsive to the job market. Students from here want to have an idea of what types of jobs they can get with a political science degree. I want to expose students to government, journalism, and law school – we have an advantage being in the capital city.

The Clarion: What did you learn for your experience and environment at Dennison and now Lincoln?

Norris: I first taught at the Citadel. It’s like a military college and what I’ve learned is that all the schools I’ve taught at probably have more similarities than differences. Great students do the same thing at Dennison as great students do here and the students that struggle are falling into the same crowd at the Citadel or Dennison as they are here. My job as a professor is to get to know you individually and to help you achieve your goals, whether it’s goals in my class or just goals that you have.

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LU hosts vaccine clinic

A Clarion News reporter gets a Covid shot during the vaccination clinic held in Scruggs Ballroom.

By Will Goodin/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The Capital Region Community Health Center held a Covid vaccine clinic Wednesday afternoon in the Scruggs Student Center ballroom.

The Health Center added incentives to attract students, such as providing $25 gift cards and a drawing for larger prizes. For getting a shot, students received a $25 gift card. Students who previously received a vaccination were also eligible to receive gift cards.

“Certainly that is going to be a huge helper in regards to the gift cards, especially with our younger population,” said Carlos Graham, a Lincoln University administrator who was aiding in the clinic.

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LU falls in home-opener

Football action from LU’s home-opener. Sept. 2, 2021. (Photo courtesy LU Media Relations)

By Dan Carr, assistant AD for Media Relations

EFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Chrisshun Robinson and Winston Ausmer each had touchdown receptions, but the Lincoln football team dropped its 2021 season opener by a final score of 76-12 on Thursday night (Sept. 2).

The Ichabods scored the first 14 points of the evening, but LU answered in a big way on its third possession of the contest. After completing a five-yard throw to Aderias Ealy, quarterback Zamar Brake scrambled away from coverage long enough for Robinson to break free down the middle. Brake’s pass was perfect, Robinson made the grab and ran into the end zone for a 74-yard touchdown reception that pulled the Blue Tigers to within 14-6.

Washburn (1-0, 1-0 MIAA) added another score before the end of the first quarter, but Lincoln (0-1, 0-1 MIAA) got back on the board on its first possession of the second quarter. Another big pass by Brake, this one a 51-yard catch-and-run play by Charles Johnson, moved the Blue Tigers to the Washburn 35. After three-straight rushing plays, Lincoln faced a 4th-and-3, and opted to go for it. Brake found Ausmer open near the end zone, and LU cut the deficit down to 21-12.

The Ichabods controlled the game afterwards, keeping the Blue Tigers off the scoreboard in the second half en route to the season-opening victory. Brake finished the night with nine completions for 175 yards and the two scores. Hosea Franklin rushed for 27 yards, and Robinson caught five passes for 92 yards. Clayton Winkler averaged 30.0 yards punting with a long of 50 yards.

Defensively, Chris Parker made LU’s first interception of the season, and Zyan Thomas-King broke up two passes to go with five tackles. Jaylon Mosley led Lincoln with nine tackles, Elliott Albert made five and Samuel Amituanai recorded a tackle for loss while making five takedowns. Aeneas Tibbs and Malaefono Ale each made one tackle for loss apiece, and Piere’ Jones broke up a pass.

Lincoln will travel to Maryville, Mo. next Thursday (Sept. 9) to play Northwest Missouri at 6:00 p.m. CDT.

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Spotlight: History prof takes on new admin role

Dr. Darius Watson (photo by Kaden Quinn)

By Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Dr. Darius Watson has been a popular history professor at Lincoln University since arriving on campus in 2019. He recently left the classroom to serve as the Interim Dean of Enrollment Management. The Clarion recently sat down with Watson to discuss his new position.  
The Clarion: What made you decide to move from teaching to administration?  
Watson: I made the decision to move from associate professor to Interim Dean of Enrollment Management quite simply because it was a great opportunity to make a difference. While I could affect the futures of 50-70 students a term as a professor, I felt like the ability to engage enrollment and recruitment across the University would allow me to impact the future of all our students. Whether as a professor or as an interim dean, my primary motivation is always a desire to make a difference and in this new position I feel as if I’m doing exactly that. 
The Clarion: What do you miss most about teaching?  
Watson: Although it has only been a few months, the thing I miss most about teaching is having large amounts of time to make critical examinations of issues before having to make decisions. Regardless of how much work I might have engaged as a professor, the schedule of responsibilities and tasks is pretty much driven by the yearly framework of semesters. As a dean, many of the decisions that must be made require much shorter lead time, and thus the potential for having to make them with less than complete information. 
The Clarion: What are some challenges that you are facing in your new position? 
Watson: My primary challenge in the new position is the need to make significant improvements and changes to a variety of different systems and processes in a short period of time. While I am confident in my skills and abilities, I am also engaging several steep learning curves relative to a lack of extensive experience in some of the areas I’m engaging. The result is I am not always as fully prepared as I would like to be, but it is something that I’m working extremely hard to overcome as I try to promote progress across the Admissions offices.
The Clarion: How does this job differ from your teaching position? 
Watson: Perhaps the most significant difference between administration and teaching is a fundamental understanding of university operations as a business versus an academic environment. In the short time I have been in this office, I have begun engaging several processes and issues from perspectives that, as a faculty member, often seemed onerous or tedious. While there are several areas where I continue to grow and learn, one significant strength I’ve been able to use is combining faculty and administrative perspectives in a way that each group separately often finds difficult to do.  
The Clarion: How do you feel about the administration at Lincoln?
Darius Watson: As a part of the administration here at Lincoln, I’m excited to feel like I am part of a team. Everyone from the president to the staffs of the various offices has been putting forth enormous effort and energy towards accomplishing the goal of making LU a truly great institution. There are many moving pieces that require high levels of coordination and cooperation, and I truly believe this administration is doing everything it can to affect change and progress in those areas most vital to institutional advancement. There is certainly a lot of work still to be done. But the commitment I have seen so far convinces me that we as a university are on the path to success. 

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Update: LU tennis courts see rise in popularity

Pickleball brings lots of action early four years after massive upgrade

Drone photo of surface painting on the new Lincoln University tennis courts. This is the first drone photo used in the campus newspaper, The Clarion News. October 2017. (photo by Blake Nave)

By Will Goodin/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY — Using $640,000 pooled together from Lincoln University, the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department, and the U.S. Tennis Association, the Yvonne Walker Hoard tennis courts were renovated in 2017.

The courts, located at the intersection of Dunklin and Lafayette streets, were fully resurfaced and striped. Prior to the rehabilitation, the courts were beginning to deteriorate beyond useful purpose. In fact, the university was no longer using the facility for athletic purposes.

Lincoln University had a tennis team until 2016, when the program was cut due to a budget restriction. After the team was disbanded, the city parks department looked to revamp the courts.

“They were not very playable so we wanted to do something and fix them up,” said Todd Spalding, the executive director of the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department.

Funding for the courts was pulled in from some different places as well. “Lincoln University put in some funds, good grants were received, and JC Parks put in some cash,” said Spalding.

If Lincoln University does not have a tennis team, then who uses the courts? According to Spalding, the courts are rented or reserved by anyone that wishes to use them.

“There’s a community pickleball league that reserves the courts four or five times a year for tournaments,” said Spalding. The rising popularity of pickleball – which can be played on a tennis court – is bringing new action and purpose to the complex.

The upgrade of the tennis courts has done great things for the community as well.

“I think it’s just more activity, having a good facility for people to get involved,” Spalding said. “It’s a good connection between the community and Lincoln University.”

LU Interim President Michael Middleton (right, with shovel) breaks ground on the tennis court renovation project with representatives from LU, Jefferson City Parks, and the U.S. Tennis Association. Sept. 2017. (Photo by Clarion News)
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Blue Tiger Spotlight: Aaron Spencer

Aaron Spencer (photo courtesy LU Comm. and Marketing)

By LU Communications & Marketing

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Senior Aaron Spencer and his camera have become a fixture at Lincoln University, as the journalism major can often be found taking pictures of campus life, concerts and sporting events. 
“I’ve done a lot of things with our Royal Court and CAB (Campus Activity Board) events,” Spencer said. “My most favorite memory here is when we had Meg Thee Stallion and Li’l Boosie for a [concert]. I got to be on stage and take pictures of them. I’ve also done a lot of sports and other different events that go on around here.” 
Photography is just one more form of self-expression for Spencer, who has been involved in the arts for as long as he can remember. 
“In school, I was, you know, a band nerd. I did jazz band, marching band and symphonic band. Also did theatre, and my senior year I was part of the [student] newspaper,” Spencer said. 
Working on the school paper at Grandview High in Kansas City, Missouri, helped awaken Spencer’s passion for photography and journalism. Spencer began taking pictures at various school sporting events, as well as other student activities, and started to develop a passion for the art form. Being at Lincoln has only helped grow that enthusiasm. 
“Really, it was coming here to Lincoln that made me really interested in photography,” Spencer said. “In high school, I did a radio show called Generation Rap, so my whole thing was, I thought I would do radio or TV. But I took a photojournalism class, and as I started taking pictures for that class, more and more the professor kept saying how she liked the work I did and that I should take it more seriously. That’s when I went out and bought my first camera.” 
Since taking that first class with adjunct instructor Leslie Cross, Spencer has regularly looked for opportunities to take photos around campus. Whether it be Homecoming events, gospel choir performances or a football game or track meet, Spencer has been active in continuing to gain experience and hone his prodigious skills. 
“When I see events going on, even if they don’t want me to, I’ll bring my camera along and get some pictures taken,” Spencer says with a laugh.  
All that experience is leading to bigger and better things for Spencer, as he is already starting to plan his career after graduation. 
“I want to hopefully one day open up my own production company,” Spencer said. “Whether it be pictures or film, whenever people need help with that, they’ll be able to call me and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got this project going on, can you help with pictures or filming?’ It wouldn’t necessarily be just me doing it. I want to have a whole company [of people] to send out to help. That’s my goal.” 
The professors at Lincoln have been strong supporters of Spencer’s work, and their encouragement has given him the confidence to believe he can turn that goal into a reality. 
“Every time I would do a project, (Ms. Cross) would tell me she liked the pictures I chose and kept telling me this is something I can do, so I took her word for that,” Spencer said. “Mr. [Will] Sites is another one, because whenever I do take photos of the sports teams, he’s one of the first persons I go and show and ask, ‘Is this a good picture? Is this good?’!  
“A lot of our stuff in journalism is really hands on, so they’re preparing us for the real world,” Spencer continued. “Like how to handle different situations, how to get a job. I feel like the professors at Lincoln really are preparing us for the real world.”  
While Spencer is truly enjoying his experience as a Blue Tiger, there is one activity that the former percussionist has missed. 
“The drumline here at Lincoln – they’re good, real good,” Spencer says with a laugh. “I actually wanted to do it but the scheduling didn’t end up working out the best. I do miss it – I say that every time I hear our band!” 

(Aaron Spencer is one snapshot of the exceptional people in our Blue Tiger Family album.  Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @LUBlueTigers to see more.)

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Blood drive, HIV testing Wed. in Scruggs

Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Wednesday August 25, 2021, in Scruggs Ballroom there will be both a Red Cross Blood Drive and free rapid HIV testing. 

The blood drive and HIV testing will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. simultaneously. HIV test results will be ready within 20 minutes. 

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Students return to campus

LU students on the LU campus near Scruggs Student Center. Classes resumed on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Mask mandates remain in place for all buildings and classrooms. Aug. 18, 2021. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The fall semester began Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 as students returned to the classroom – masked, but ready to learn. A recent surge of Covid-related infections in Missouri has forced the continuance of social distancing and other restrictions on campus, but students seem resigned to a temporary state of affairs.

“I don’t like masks, but I think this will pass soon,” said Mark, who said he was from Jefferson City. Like many students, he said he was hoping to ditch the masks this fall. LU has mandated that students, faculty, and staff wear masks in all campus buildings and offices until further notice.

Welcome back!

LU students on the LU campus near MLK Hall. Classes resumed on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Mask mandates remain in place for all buildings and classrooms. Aug. 18, 2021. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
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Supreme Court rules for cheerleader in free speech case

Teaching good manners does not outweigh free expression of off-campus speech

(Creative Commons graphic)

By Clarion News

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday handed public school students a landmark First Amendment victory, ruling 8-1 that off-campus speech is a protected form of expression.

In 2017, freshman cheerleader Brandi Levy became upset when she was denied a spot on the 2018 varsity squad. On a Saturday afternoon, Levy and a friend sent a expletive-laced Snapchat photo (complete with their middle fingers raised) from a local coffee shop. “F*ck school, f*ck softball, f*ck cheerleading, f*ck everything,” said the Snap, which landed in the inbox of 250 friends and ultimately shared with a cheerleading coach. Levy was handed a one-year suspension from cheerleading because she violated stated conduct rules. She was not suspended from school.

The Mahanoy City, Penn. student sued the school district, arguing that her off-campus speech is not subject to the district’s oversight. Levy won in two lower courts, with both opinions noting that the Supreme Court has never extended the reach of a public school beyond its border. In an earlier landmark case – Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) – the Court held that students keep their First Amendment rights while on campus, unless the speech is substantially disruptive. In the current case, the speech occurred away from school property.

“Teaching good manners does not outweigh free expression,” said Justice Stephen Breyer, one of eight justices voting in favor of student free speech. He noted the Snap might have been vulgar, but the poor choice of wording did not diminish Levy’s right to say what she was feeling.

Levy has acknowledged the immature choice of words, while also noting she was away from campus and was not directing threats at anyone. In fact, her Snap disappeared in 24 hours (as all Snaps do) and nobody complained of the school or cheerleading program being substantially disrupted.

The Court noted that schools cannot become parents by governing off-campus behavior. Public schools, the Court said, may extend a reach beyond campus when the speech involves bullying or cheating.

Justice Clarence Thomas was the lone dissent, noting that the cheerleader was subverting school authority, regardless of where the Snap originated. During arguments made to the Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh noted that the cheerleader’s actions were eroding the importance of team solidarity. But, he said, the fact she was away from campus insulates her from the reach of the school district.

An article about the case here.

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Campus mask mandate ends next week

Clarion News reports

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The campus will no longer require the wearing of masks beginning June 14, 2021, states an email released today by the LU Office of Marketing and University Relations. Masks will be recommended for anyone without a vaccination or for those with a compromised immune system.

Social distancing protocols in classrooms and meeting places will remain in place during the summer.

The campus has required masks since May of 2020. The mask policy is subject to change, depending upon local health conditions and CDC recommendations. For more on LU COVID info, go to

For a past article on students and masks, see the Clarion News article below:

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President Woolfolk departing LU

The university has been led by three presidents since 2013, searching for fourth

LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk at 2019 Fall Institute. Aug. 11, 2019.

Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Board of Curators announced today that President Jerald Jones Woolfolk will be leaving the university at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year. She began her service as president in June 2018. An interim president will be named soon and a search for her replacement will begin.

Jones was the third president to serve since Dr. Kevin Rome was hired in 2013, only to resign in March of 2017 to take a president position at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. His departure led to a year under Michael Middleton, an interim president who served until the hiring of Woolfolk in June of 2018.

March 2017 – Dr. Rome leaves LU to become president of Fisk University.

May 2017 – Michael Middleton, former interim president of University of Missouri schools, hired to head LU until a replacement is hired.

June 2018 – Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk hired as LU’s 20th president.

May 16, 2021 – Woolfolk to leave LU.

A news release from the LU Board of Curators issued today (May 16, 2021) did not state a reason for Woolfolk’s departure. The release contained quotes from Victor B. Pasley, president of the Board of Curators, and President Woolfolk. He praised her time and accomplishments while serving the LU community.

Woolfolk said her leaving is “sad,” but that it is “time for me to return home” because she has been away from family a long time. The board praised Woolfolk’s recent fundraising efforts and that the university’s new police academy were under her tenure as president.

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LU holds in-person commencement

To achieve social distancing, five separate ceremonies will be held during the weekend

LU journalism students attend commencement in Mitchell Auditorium. May 15, 2021. (Clarion News photo)

Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Graduating seniors are walking across the stage once again, but not all on the same day and time. To keep some sort of social distancing, the university is holding five different commencements in Mitchell Auditorium. The ceremonies are divided by school/degree program.

The spring of 2020 seniors were unable to hold graduation due to the campus being closed by COVID-19.

By all accounts, the graduation gatherings have been very successful. Graduating seniors were allowed to bring six guests into the auditorium. Many students appreciated the abbreviated commencement, with most ceremonies taking less than one hour to complete.

Congrats to all Blue Tiger graduating seniors!

LU seniors attend commencement in Mitchell Auditorium. May 15, 2021. (Photo by Elise Eaker)
LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk delivers a commencement speech during graduation in Mitchell Auditorium. May 15, 2021. (Photo by Elise Eaker)
LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk delivers a commencement speech during graduation in Mitchell Auditorium. May 15, 2021. (Photo by Elise Eaker)
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Appreciation Day lunch on the Quad

Students enjoy free hot dogs, hamburgers, and other goodies during an LU Appreciation Day held on the Soldiers’ Memorial Plaza. April 30, 2021. (Photo by Mar’che Boggess)

By Mar’che Boggess

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Students and staff were treated with a beautiful day and free food during an Appreciation Day picnic held Thursday on the Soldier’s Memorial Plaza. Next week will be the last few days of classroom work for the 2020-2021 school year, For many students, the pandemic brought disruption and challenges.

But we made it. Congratulations to graduating seniors and the LU community for supporting us during the year.

Have a great summer!

President Woolfolk (center, standing) enjoying lunch with students during an LU Appreciation Day on the Quad. April 30, 2021. (Photo by Mar’che Boggess)
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Supreme Court to hear student free speech case

Brandi Levy (via Creative Commons)

By Will Sites

A clash between technology and the free-speech rights of public school students will take place Wednesday in the nation’s highest court. The case involves the discipline of a high school cheerleader after she posted an expletive-filled Snapchat aimed at her school and coaches. The post originated on a Saturday, off-campus, while she was not engaged in a school activity.

The case is Mahanoy Area School District (Penn.) v. B.L. The initials stand for Brandi Levy, who was 15 when the lawsuit was filed – court citations use initials for minors. Levy is now in college. Here’s what happened:

The Mahanoy High School (Penn.) freshman was spending a Saturday with a friend when she decided to send a Snapchat photo of the two flipping-off the camera, along with several f-bombs aimed at cheerleading, softball, and generally the school. The post was not sent to any administrators, teachers, or coaches. However, it was shown to a cheerleader coach, who ultimately suspended Levy because the student violated written conduct policy. Levy filed a lawsuit, stating her First Amendment rights were violated because the speech took place away from campus and did not disrupt the school environment.

The question in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. is: Does a public school violate a student’s First Amendment right to free speech when the speech takes place off-campus and it does not significantly disrupt the school? The issue was previously settled in the 1969 landmark Supreme Court case, Tinker v. Des Moines.

In Tinker, two students entered a public high school wearing anti-Vietnam War black armbands. They were suspended after refusing to take them off. The Supreme Court took the case, ruling that schools must protect the First Amendment rights of students, but only if the student speech does not disrupt the school environment. Because nobody complained about the armbands and there was no disruption, the armbands were protected speech. But things have changed.

Because technology allows for speech to originate away from campus – while simultaneously being delivered to campus – the reach of school discipline may be settled after Wednesday’s arguments. The Supreme Court has ruled on several public school speech cases, but this is the first one involving speech via digital devices. Generally, speech is protected when it doesn’t disrupt the school and/or the speech takes place away from campus and campus activities. How much the speech disrupts the school environment seems to be the key factor. Two types of speech – political and religious – have the highest protection.

Wednesday’s oral arguments can be accessed Friday on the Supreme Court’s website and live on C-SPAN’s website.

(Will Sites is an associate professor of journalism at Lincoln University)

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View from the track

Kimone Campbell and Chrissani May

By Phillip Spencer and Kourtney Burchfield

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The first outdoor track meet originally scheduled for Saturday, April 10 was postponed to the next day. Opening the season, The Clarion decided to ask a few track student-athletes about the 2021 season.

The Clarion: How many meets do you have this season?

Aliyah George: Outdoor 10 and indoor about eight.

The Clarion: How did COVID-19 affect your training for this season?

Aliyah George: Honestly, I feel like I could’ve had a better opportunity especially for outdoor because they only took the top 10. COVID messed everything up, but you just have to take it day-by-day.

Colby Jennings Jr.: It was really, really, really kind of spaced-out. Our teammates had to be in groups of three. It’s hard.

Chrissani May: Well, it was quite a setback, but where are getting there. We are training hard each day to go and perform.

Aliyah George

The Clarion: Do you feel confident about this season?

Aliyah George: I’m coming back. I feel like it could be better, but you just have to be patient and trust the process.

Colby Jennings Jr.: Well, since last meet I think I ran about three races. I’m a bit tired right now, but after this week I think we have conference coming up. I’m feeling good that I have enough time to rest.

Chrissani May: We feel pretty good. We’re training really hard to run our PB because that’s the aim to run track and field.

Colby Jennings Jr.

The Clarion: Are you confident in going to the finals?

Aliyah George: Yes, I am. I always make the top four at every meet so, that kind of motivates me and make me work harder.

Colby Jennings Jr.: I’m super-confident.

Kimone Cambell and Chrissani May: Yes, we are.

The Clarion: Because you are not from America, explain how training is different here.

Colby Jennings Jr.: I’m from Boston, but I was born in Turks and Caicos. It’s a huge difference because where I’m from we don’t have the facilities like here. It’s still hard because whenever we get hurt, it kind of backfires on us; we have to lookout for ourselves. We go to trainers, but they most likely recommend us to different physical therapist in this state. That’s one huge problem we have for the LU track team. We need more physical therapists.

Chrissani May: We (including teammate Kimone Campbell)  are from Jamaica. The climate is different from where we come from. We have a lot of support, which we don’t find here as much, but we are trying to cope with it.

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Springfest returns to LU campus

Springfest 2021

By Kaden Quinn

As the school year comes to a close, Lincoln University is hosting the annual Springfest event to celebrate their students one last time before the school year ends.

Throughout the year, students are able to celebrate their time at Lincoln through events such as Homecoming and Springfest. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the school was unable to host the 2020 Springfest.

“Springfest is our big spring event that we do for the week to bring in lots of different events for the students,” Director of PR and Marketing Kenda Graves said. “It usually involves a concert, but obviously with COVID going on, we can’t do that right now. We’re just putting together a lot of fun big events for last hurrah before we get out of school.”

The events planned for Springfest include: a silent DJ battle, a skate night, a spelling bee, and a “Wipeout” obstacle course. There will be many other games and activities occurring April 18-April 23.

An annual event that has been occurring on campus for the past 20 years, Lincoln would like to bring back a sense of normalcy for students as the coronavirus continues to recede. However, while the school usually hosts musical performances for Springfest, they will be only focusing on what students will be able to do on campus in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks.

“I wouldn’t say COVID has been a problem,” Graves said. “It’s more only of adjustment to abide by the guidelines and limitations that we need. We might not have everything but we are making sure that we’re still good to hold the event.”

Outside vendors will be working with administration to guarantee that their COVID-19 policies while match up with the university’s. LU will be going to great lengths to ensure that their students are able to have fun while also staying safe from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to make sure that student safety is the number one priority,” Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Greek Affairs Octoria Ridenhour said. “It has been a little challenging on my side but I had to put that on the vendors as well going forward.”

Graves and Ridenhour continued, explaining that she would like students to know that this is their big event before it is time for the university to wrap up the school year. Administration wants the LU community to know that Springfest is for students to have fun and celebrate their time together.

“I just want for everyone to understand that Springfest is for students,” Ridenhour said. “We always welcome alumni and different people back onto campus for different events but for Springfest, we like to consider this our students only celebration as their end of the year wrap up. This is for them to spend time with each other on their campus.”

“I’m ready for students to show that, yes, they are responsible,” Ridenhour said. “They can still come together even during COVID. We are still going to be making sure that masks are required at every event, we will be social distancing where we can, and we’re going to be sanitizing in between activities. We’re just covering everything and I’m ready for it to be successful.”

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Remembering the life of Robert Lee Mitchell Sr.

Robert Lee Mitchell Sr.

By Mar’Che Boggess 
JEFFERSON CITY- The man for whom Lincoln University’s Mitchell Auditorium was named passed away on April 14, 2021.  

Robert Lee Mitchell Sr. graduated from Lincoln University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Upon graduating, he returned to his hometown of Dallas, Texas to teach at Madison High School while pursuing a master’s degree at North Texas University.

After receiving his master’s degree, he was invited to LU to work as a supervisor of student teaching at Laboratory High School and an instructor of music. Eventually, Mitchell became a full-time professor at the university.
In 1977, he founded L.U.V.E (Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble).  During his tenure at Lincoln University, he was a successful choir clinician and became the interim chairman of the Fine Arts Department. After he retired, he was still involved in many campus events, including organizing and conducting the Lincoln University Reunion Choir from 2004-2016.
He was preceded in death by his siblings and his wife Charlene Mitchell. 

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home. Facial coverings are encouraged while in attendance.  

A private family service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Grace Episcopal Church. The service will be live-streamed on Dulle- Trimble’s website for those who wish to watch from home. 

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LU Artist Spotlight: Phil Jones

Phil Jones stands next to his sculptures inside Page Library. March 30, 2021. (Photo by Mar’Che Boggess)

By: Mar’Che Boggess

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- If you’ve spent any amount of time in Page Library, you’ve probably come across artwork by Phil Jones, a 1997 graduate of Lincoln University. His sculptures of people connected to LU history can be found throughout the building – including Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, and Martin Luther King Jr. Jones recently spoke with the Clarion News about his artistic work.

The Clarion: When did you realize that you wanted to be an artist?

Jones: I’ve always done art as long as I can remember. I can’t remember a time I when I wasn’t making art

The Clarion: What led you to LU?

Jones: I’m a third-generation alumni. My grandfather was the first person in our family to go to college. My mother went to college here as well. I majored in computer science and history.

The Clarion: LU has a rich history. In what way is your work able to capture that history?

Jones: I have been blessed to be used by Mark Schleer, the university archivist. When he needs pieces for something, I do it. I just like to give back.

The Clarion: Do you remember the moment when you first saw your work in Page Library? How did you feel?

Jones: I felt very proud to have work here.

The Clarion: What is your creative process when it comes to sculpting?

Jones: First, I try to find the best reference photo. I feel like I can do the details of the subject a lot more justice if I have more photos to draw from. Then, I sit down and put it on an armature. 

The Clarion: What’s your favorite piece that you’ve sculpted to date?

Jones: I think Abraham Lincoln is my favorite. To me, he looks like he could just blink his eyes at you and start talking to you. 

The Clarion: Do you have any advice for LU art students interested in sculpting?

Jones: Don’t ever stop. When you fail you learn a lesson. Take that lesson, forget the frustration, and just keep doing it.

The Clarion: What’s one sculpture that you’d love to see in the archives department one day?

Jones: I honestly don’t know. Anything the archives department asks of me.

The Clarion: Aside from sculpting, do you have any other creative hobbies?

Jones: I play guitar, I started playing in 1967. I teach high school and middle school art. I teach at Trinity Lutheran and Calvary Lutheran. I paint and write as well. I have a novel here in the library called “Manopoly: The Persian Affair.” I’m also working on a textbook about sculpting. 

The Clarion: What legacy do you want your art to leave on the LU’s campus?

Jones: One of these days my grandkids, my great grandkids, and my great-great grandkids will be able to walk in here and touch something I made with my hands. They’ll be able to say, “My grandpa did that.”

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Colby selected as MIAA Track Athlete of the Week

Colby Jennings Jr. (Courtesy LU Athletic Media Relations)

Dan Carr, Asst. AD for Media Relations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second time this outdoor season, Lincoln sophomore Colby Jennings, Jr. has been selected as the MIAA Men’s Track Athlete of the Week. The league office announced the award, which was voted upon by a select panel of conference sports information directors, on Monday afternoon (April 12).

Jennings won three events at the Lincoln Open on Sunday (April 11), including the 200m, where his time of 21.16 currently stands as the fastest time in the MIAA and is tied for the ninth-quickest in NCAA Division II. Jennings additionally won the 400m in 48.29, and joined with Kewani Campbell, Rashane Bartlett and Reuben Nichols to help LU’s 4x400m relay team win in 3:14.27, the second-fastest mark in the MIAA.

This is the second career MIAA Athlete of the Week award for Jennings, who also received the honor on March 29 after a strong performance at the ESU Relays.

The Lincoln men’s track & field team will be in Warrensburg, Mo. on Friday (April 16) to compete in the Outdoor Mule Relays, hosted by the University of Central Missouri.

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LU to hold in-person May commencement

Tickets for guest will be required and limited to six per student

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

By Amoni Lewis and Kourtney Burchfield

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- May 2021 graduates will not Zoom across the commencement stage, they’ll walk.  That’s the decision of LU administrators after the 2020 spring ceremonies went digital due to the ongoing pandemic. Next month’s graduation will take place in Richardson Fine Arts Center over a three-day period to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The schedule begins on Friday, May 14 with the School of Education and ends on Sunday, May 16 with the College of Arts and Sciences-Social and Behavioral Sciences. The schedule is as follows:

May 14: Noon – School of Education. 6 p.m. – School of Nursing (includes pinning ceremony).

May 15: 10 a.m. – College of Arts and Sciences, Technology, Math, and Humanities and Communication. 2 p.m. – School of Business and College of Agriculture.

May 16: 10 a.m. – College of Arts and Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Graduates will receive six armbands for their guests. Children of the ages 3 and under are not required to wear an armband to attend the ceremony. Armbands are mandatory for entry.

Graduating students will be able to pickup armband packets in Young Hall 206. Armband packets are available from Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 13 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. A student ID is required to receive a packet.

A livestream of the ceremonies will be available on the university’s website for guests that are unable to attend in-person.

Congratulations to all Blue Tiger May 2021 graduates!

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President Hosts Student Town Hall

LU President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk (center) takes questions during a town hall held Thursday in Richardson Auditorium. March 25, 2021. (Photo by Amoni Lewis/Clarion News)

By Amoni Lewis/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- President Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk hosted a student town hall on Thursday evening in Richardson Auditorium. Students were able to express their thoughts, ideas, and concerns about the university. Faculty and staff were in attendance to answer questions. Some of the topics of concern included the following:

Student: In regards to Dawson Hall, will it reopen and what is going to be the process for that?

Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Marcus Chanay: We’re going to be doing a lot of work in Dawson. We have put together a plan to get Dawson back to where it needs to be – this summer Dawson will be open.

Student: Are there any storage places on or near campus for international students?

Director of Residential Life and Housing Brian Bennett: Storage space on campus is limited because we have a lot of students that have left items. We want to give them the opportunity to come back and get those things so we don’t have to get rid of them.

Student: Regarding housing, are the janitors supposed to clean our bathrooms every day?

Bennett: Yes, they are supposed to be cleaned every day. If they are not, let us know.

Student: Why are some students receiving 10 hours of community service and others are suspended from the university?

Dean of Students Dr. Miron Billingsley: We have a student conduct committee in place. One of the things that Dr. Woolfolk emphasized to us is listening to the students. Three things she does not tolerate are distribution of drugs on campus, sexual assaults, and weapons. We try to work with the students and get them community service.

Student: Why is there only one student on the Student Conduct Committee? Why isn’t there a separate committee with only students?

Woolfolk: That’s just not the way it works in higher education, at Lincoln, and anywhere else that I’ve worked. That is a violation of our rules and regulations here at Lincoln University.

Student: When are graduating seniors going to receive information about the number of tickets for graduation?

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Alphonso Sanders: That conversation was held today to get information out to everybody. Rather than me tell you the exact number, I’ll just let the information come out.

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LU Fires Head Football Coach

LU Head Coach Malik Hoskins, left, during a fall 2021 game at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. (Clarion News)

By Clarion News

JEFFERSON CITY – Multiple media reports say Blue Tiger head coach Tori Hicks has been let go after a disappointing 0-10 year for the Lincoln University football team. A search is underway for a new coach. In the meantime, Chris Rini will be the interim head coach.

Hicks served two years as an offensive coordinator and two years as head coach at LU. During his time as head coach, the team has one victory.

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