Race Across America rolls through Jeff City

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

By Will Sites/Clarion News

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

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

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

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

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

By Amani Grant-Pate

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

2018-2019 ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Women’s Bowling
Nina Theroff
3.754 GPA
Women’s Golf
Madison Oliver
3.681
Men’s Golf
Jacob Krantz
4
Football
A’jani Johnson
3.841
Women’s Basketball
Tempary Gunter
3.794
Men’s Basketball
Grant Olsson
4
Softball
Jordan Lawson
4
Women’s Track
Sashoy Castriota
3.765
Men’s Track
Kizan David
3.875
2018-2019 MVP
Women’s Bowling
Nina Theroff
Women’s Golf
Samantha Van Dort
Men’s Golf
Gabe Trowbridge
Football
Victor Williams
Women’s Basketball
Zhanesha Dickerson
Men’s Basketball
Grant Olsson
Softball
Rachael Balke
Women’s Indoor Track
Rene Medley
Women’s Outdoor Track
Rene Medley
Renea Ambersley
Cross Country
Melissa Tyme
Men’s Indoor Track
Ryan Brown
Men’s Outdoor Track
Javan Gray
2018-2019 True Blue Athlete
Women’s Bowling
DaiMone Lewis
Women’s Golf
Madison Oliver
Men’s Golf
Logan Taylor
Football
Brenton Wrigley
Women’s Basketball
Kaloni Pryear
Men’s Basketball
Darrius Spencer
Softball
Jordan Lawson
Women’s Indoor Track
Diana Cauldwell
Women’s Outdoor Track
Shanice Clarke
Cross Country
Danielle James
Men’s Indoor Track
Kizan David
Men’s Outdoor Track
Abubakar Muhammed
2018-2019 Donor of the Year
Ollie Gates
2018-2019 Training Room Award
Female
Faith Brintle
Male
Karl Evans
2018-2019 Sports Performance Athlete of the Year
Female
Tempary Gunter
Male
Grant Olsson
2018-2019 Athlete of the Year
Male
Ryan Brown
Female
Rene Medley

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MIAA honors softball players Lawson and Pryor

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

Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

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

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

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


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Final exams begin Monday, schedule

By Clarion News

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

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

The finals schedule can be found here.

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Journalism students Q&A with Attorney General’s office

By Cameron M. Gerber

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

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

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Defense beats offense in LU’s 2019 spring game


By Amani Grant-Pate

LU Blue Tigers football (photo by Kenna Lynch)

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

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

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SGA election results

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

By Clarion News

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

President: Jordan Smith with 64% of the vote.

Vice President: Nicholas Hunt – 51%

Treasurer: Peyton McClellan – 38%

Secretary: Corriana Cox – 40%

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

Campus Activity Board: Nakayla Murff – 54%

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all!

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