Softball field getting upgrades

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

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

By Devyn Sigars

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

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

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

Article and photos by JoVon Ray/Clarion News

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

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

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

By Mark Oliver/Clarion News

Lincoln University celebrated Founders’ Day on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 in the Richardson Fine Arts Center. The host and the 21st president of LU Dr. John B. Moseley was in attendance to show gratitude to the people that were in attendance, as well the speakers following his brief appreciation speech. Dr. Moseley shared the stage and was accompanied by Miss Lincoln University, Jhané Brown, and Mister Lincoln University, Austin L. Branch, special guest journalist and LU graduate Carmen Fields, and Stacy Landis, Student Government Association president.

Moseley thanked the generosity of the LU alumni, the members of the Lincoln Founders campaign and the 62nd and 65th Regimens Legacy Foundation. “You fueled the dreams of today’s Lincoln students and the students of tomorrow,” said Moseley.

The LU president turned the stage over to Miss Lincoln University, Jhané Brown, and Mister Lincoln University, Austin L. Branch. On behalf of the Student Government Association and the Royal Court, they welcomed the 2022 Founders Day to celebrate the 156 years of academic excellence. The two campus representatives discussed LU’s history. Branch mentioned the colored infantrymen that were stationed in Fort Mcintosh,Texas, who established an educational institution in Jefferson City, which gave the school’s first name Lincoln Institute. Brown added that the Institute was designed for the freed African Americans to receive an education.

“On Sept. 17, 1866 the school opened the door to the first class in an all white city in Jefferson City,” said Brown. She also stated that in 1931 the Missouri Legislature passed a law turning Lincoln Institute into a college and gave the school the name Lincoln University. Branch and Brown then shared the stage with Stacy Landis, the SGA president. “As we spread wide, bleed blue and we will always love it here at LU,” they said together.

Landis was present to help introduce the audience to Founders’ Day before Carmen Fields took the stage. 

Emmy award-winning journalist and Class of 1970 Lincoln University graduate, Carmen Fields, was introduced after Landis gave the Founders’ Day address. After Fields took the stage and greeted the crowd, she took a trip down memory lane with memories of her time at Lincoln University. Fields mentioned how she continues to use her LU experiences in her life.

“During these visitations, I would embarrass my daughter when I raised my hand and ask about curfews for young ladies,” Fields said. “See, back in the day, we had to be back at a certain time and they locked the doors. You have to sign in and out. Do they still have that alarm on the basement doors in Martin Hall?”

Fields proceed to show appreciation of the founder’s, the 62nd and 65th colored infantrymen. “But for me, for my daughter, my parents, for all of you the shadow of the brave soldiers of the 62nd Colored Infantry was cast long. Education, education, education,” Fields said. “Thank you to the founders for their foresight, they saw a need and they addressed it.”

Moseley concluded the ceremony and showed appreciation to the following retirees of 2020 and 2021: Dr. Abdoulaye Bah, Dr. Sivanandan Balakumar, Dr. Marilyn Headrick, Dr Noel Heermance, Dr. Roger Jungmeyer, Mr. James Logan, Mr. Dan Yeager, Dr. Bruce Ballard, Mrs. Darla Douglas, Ms. Audrey Gail Emanuel, Mrs. Cheryl Jones, Dr. Bruce Scovill, and Mr. Chris White. Dr. Moseley also showed appreciation to the 25-year employees of 2020 and 2021: Dr. Kurt Debord, Mr. Jimmie Garth,  Ms. Leslie Cross, Mr. Andrew Erb, and Mrs. Betty Villalobos. Other participants in the ceremony such as the LU choir.

“My heart is once again filled with gratitude,” Moseley said. “We won’t gather again through this occasion for another 365 days. But my prayers as I exit this stage today, is that it doesn’t take a Founder’s Day to recognize the importance of what we do and the reason that we do it.”

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Day One at MIAA Indoor Championships

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

Article and photos by Shanthmamoi R. Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article and photos by Shanthamoi R. Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Amya Milligan/Clarion News

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

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

The National Weather Service expects snow/sleet for Jefferson City

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

Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

By Shanthamoi R. Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lincoln University celebrates Founder’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LU Black History Month: Lucile Bluford

Her fight against discrimination helped establish the first HBCU journalism program

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

By Randy Mitchell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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