Organization fair ushers in new school year

By Darianna McGee and Jordan Parker/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The annual back to school organization fair officially kicked the 2022-2023 academic school year off to a great start Friday near the Quad. All registered student organizations had the opportunity to display information for freshmen, transfers, and anyone interested about getting involved in campus life.

While attending the fair we asked students in different organizations:

“What do you think about today’s organization fair?”

“I’m excited to see a lot of organizations come out, the tables look pretty. Even though it’s hot, there’s still a lot of people who came out to support it. I feel like it brings our HBCU together.” Anastasia Alexander of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., a senior from Chicago. (Photo by Darianna McGee)
“The organization fair is a great way for new students, transfers and freshmen to get acclimated with all students on campus and meet new people.” Cameron Johnson of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., a senior from Chicago. (Photo by Darianna McGee)
“I feel like overall it’s a good event for all the orgs to come together and get the freshman class more involved.” Jarnae Emanuel of The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs Inc., a senior from Chicago. (Photo by Darianna McGee)
NACWC (Photo by Jordan Parker)
Organizations offer information at the fair. (Jordan Parker photo)
International students organization. (Photo by Jordan Parker)
(Photo by Jordan Parker)

The Crazy Frys food truck. (Photo by Jordan Parker)

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Student Spotlight: Jovanna Gustave

Jovanna Gustave is a new transfer students from Barbados. (Photo supplied by Jovanna Gustave)

By Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – This year the Clarion News will be spotlighting students new to campus and community. This week, we decided to speak with a new transfer student-athlete.

CLARION: What is your name?

GUSTAVE: My name is Jovanna Gustave.

CLARION: Where are you from?

GUSTAVE: I am from Barbados.

CLARION: Are you originally from the island of Barbados?

GUSTAVE: No, I was born in Guyana, but I grew up in Barbados since I was two years old.

CLARION: Why choose to represent Barbados and not Guyana?

GUSTAVE: Because I grew up there all my life. I went to school there, from primary school to secondary school, and then I came here to America, so I decided to represent Barbados.

CLARION: What is your classification?

GUSTAVE: I am a transferring sophomore.

CLARION: Where are you transferring from?

GUSTAVE: Wayland Baptist (Texas)

CLARION: What are you majoring in?

GUSTAVE: Sports Management.

CLARION: Why did you choose Lincoln University?

GUSTAVE: For track for sure, because Lincoln has a very good track program, so that is why I came here.

CLARION: How are classes going so far?

GUSTAVE: It is fun. Lincoln is different from all the other schools I have went to before. So far, all my classes been chill, nothing hard, and is been good.

CLARION: Do you do any sports here?

GUSTAVE: Yes, I do track and field.

CLARION: What events do you participate in?

GUSTAVE: The 100m and 200m.

CLARION: Do you prefer any over the other?

GUSTAVE: Yes, I prefer the 100m, because I want to hurry and get it over with.

CLARION: What are your plans for the rest of the semester?

GUSTAVE: To focus on passing all my classes with A’s and B’s and to remain focused all the way.

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Student on the street

By Jordan Parker/Photos by Gracen Gaskins

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – On the first day of the fall semester, the Clarion News asked students how their semester was going. Unfortunately, the Clarion was forced onto the street because of a reported gas leak in MLK Hall. During the evacuation, we asked…

“How is your semester going?”

“It’s going pretty good. Glad to see faces, enjoying the first couple days here. I have high hopes for this semester.” Myia Bradford, a sophomore from St.Louis.

“It’s going really well. Dr. Westbrook teaches really well and I’m very supported by staff and students.” – Lindsay Marcum, a junior special education major from Wainwright, Mo.

“It’s going well. It’s going smoothly so far because it’s a gas leak.”- Tyree Stovall, a senior broadcast journalism major from Omaha.

“Exciting to see new faces even though we had a surprise today.”- Floyd Lyles-Tannan, a junior accounting major from Saint Louis.

“It’s going good besides missing my first class, but it’s still going good.”- Samaya Peterson, a junior business administration major from Saint Louis. (Photo by Jordan Parker)
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Gas smell leads to MLK Hall evacuation

Students stand near Page Library after MLK Hall was evacuated at about 10 a.m. due to a reported gas smell in the building. Aug. 22, 2022. (Clarion News photo)

By Clarion News staff

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – A sewer gas issue in MLK Hall led to students being evacuated Monday morning. At about 10 a.m. – on the first day of classes – an emergency alarm rang throughout the building, forcing students and staff out of the building.

Jefferson City Fire and LUPD responded to the scene. At about 10:40 a.m., an all-clear signal was given. Emergency crews said the stinky odor was likely a sewer issue. By 11 a.m., the building was smelling a little better.

Students stand near Page Library after MLK Hall was evacuated at about 10 a.m. due to a reported gas smell in the building. Aug. 22, 2022. (Clarion News photo)
The Jefferson City Fire Department checks a reported gas smell/leak at MLK Hall. The building was evacuated at about 10 a.m. and an all-clear was given at 10:40 a.m. Aug. 22, 2022. (Clarion News photo)

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Destinations: Melvin Price Locks and Dam

The massive Mississippi River navigation structure amazes visitors of all ages

Downstream view. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

By Will Sites for the Clarion News

ALTON, Ill. – Need a day-trip getaway? The St. Louis area has a lot to offer, including the Gateway Arch, Botanical Garden, a world-class zoo, City Museum, and baseball at Busch Stadium. Great places to visit, but rarely cheap and often crowded. There’s one hidden tourist gem offering spectacular views and educational opportunities on par with anything the big city has to offer.

The Melvin Price Locks and Dam is a navigational structure stretching four football fields shore-to-shore across the Mississippi River near Alton, Ill., a historic river city just north of downtown St. Louis. Maintained by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, the purpose of the concrete and steel engineering feat is to aid large barge tows moving product up and down the river. The lock and dam – located south of the beautiful Clark Bridge and downtown Alton – is also home to the impressive National Great Rivers Museum.

Entry to the museum and tours of the lock and dam cost – nothing! That’s right, absolutely free. Tours begin inside the museum, where visitors sign-up for the 45-minute lock and dam tour (daily at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.). While waiting for the tour, enjoy the very impressive museum, which includes a lot of hands-on exhibits incorporating the history of Mississippi River life. But the real star of the show is the lock and dam tour.

The National Great Rivers Museum is part of the lock and dam property. Free to the public. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

An Army Corps guide leads visitors (via elevator) high above the bowels of the mega-structure. The scenic views of the river and surrounding area are unforgettable – simply amazing! The Clark Bridge upstream, the Gateway Arch downstream, Missouri to the west, Illinois to the east, and the power of the Mighty Mississippi beneath one’s feet is nearly overwhelming. Tour guides do an excellent job at describing each form and function of engineering – and can point out the variety of river wildlife swimming and flying nearby.

Visitors should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to a tour. Sign-up at the visitor desk. However, arrive an hour or so early to enjoy the museum. Tours on top of the lock and dam are exposed to the sky – no cover from the sun or wind. Bring an umbrella or hat on hot, sunny days. Cameras are allowed, but limited to a 200mm lens for 35mm digital SLR’s. The federal facility takes security serious – lockers are provided for bags. Keep photography low-key. Advice – leave everything in the car. Bring a phone for taking photos.  A reasonably priced gift shop is in the museum. Snacks available.

To get there: Melvin Price Locks and Dam is located just south of Alton, Ill. along the Great River Road. Alton is located off Highway 67 north of Interstate 270.  When you cross the Clark Bridge from Missouri, turn right (south) to the lock and dam.

Facts about Melvin Price Locks and Dam: (source: Army Corps of Engineers)

*Named for Illinois Congressman Melvin Price, who championed the project

*First lock opened in 1978; finished in 1994 with the addition of smaller lock.

*Concrete used: 800,000 cubic yards, enough for 123,000 home driveways

*Reinforcing steel: 21 million pounds. Enough for 10 Gateway Arches

*Total weight: 3.4 billion pounds

*Dam gates (“tainter” gates): Nine gates that are 110 feet wide by 40 feet high

*Main lock is 1,200 feet long, 110 feet wide.

*About $23 billion in goods move annually through the locks

*1,200 acres of wildlife habitat provided on the Missouri side

Melvin Price Lock and Dam at Alton, Ill. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)
The 600-ft. auxiliary lock is designed for smaller craft and shorter barge tows. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

See the Blue Tiger drone video of a barge tow on the icy Mississippi River near Alton/Grafton, Ill.

View of the river from atop the lock and dam. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

Round concrete-filled “cofferdams” are used to stop barges from slamming into the dam. Barges are supposed to enter either to the right or left of the structures. The Clark Bridge is in the background. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

A sign discusses why two locks are available to river traffic. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

The Clark Bridge at Alton, Ill. is just upstream from the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge Potter, left, and survey boat Pathfinder work to keep a minimum 9-ft. main channel along the Mississippi River at Alton, Ill. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)

The National Great Rivers Museum at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)
A tow shuttle takes workers from dredge boats to the shore at Grafton, Ill. July 18, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites)
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Governor issues drought alert for farmers

Will open water resources in some state parks and conservation areas

A farmer cuts hay in this drone photo taken near Hermann, Mo. July 2, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites for the Clarion News)

By Clarion News/July 22, 2022

JEFFERSON CITY – Governor Mike Parson declared a drought emergency for 53 of the state’s 114 counties during a press conference held Thursday at the Capitol. He said the dry conditions are forcing some farmers to use feed earlier than normal and/or search for available water resources.

Parson said a new drought committee would work with state and federal agencies to help ease the burdens faced by the agriculture community. High fuel and fertilizer prices have strained farm budgets and some livestock producers are already using feed that would normally be reserved for the fall.

The governor said water on 40 MDC conservation areas and 20 state parks will be available to help farmers. Interested parties should contact the MDC, Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources, or their local agriculture/extension agencies for more information.

“The more proactive we are, the better we can help our farmers and citizens lessen the impact of even the most severe droughts,” said Parson at the press conference.

According to a press release, Missouri is the third largest beef producer in the U.S. and also grows a significant amount of cotton, rice, and soybeans in the southeast portion of the state.

“This is going to be an ongoing process for several months to be able to deal with this situation,” said Parson.

A farmer cuts hay in this drone photo taken near Hermann, Mo. July 2, 2022. (Photo by Will Sites for the Clarion News)

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How to take good garden photos

Article and photos by Will Sites

Gardening is a little bit like fishing. Stories of the catfish that got away and boasts of softball-size tomatoes tend to get a little larger as the summer sun lowers into fall. We can’t always get photographic evidence of elusive aquatic monsters, but we can document the fruits of our home gardens. I enjoy taking photos of my vegetables and flowers, mainly because I’m amazed by the power of Mother Nature’s beauty. Enough water, a little fertilizer, and some late-evening tender care goes a long way. Fighting flying pests, furry night diggers, and drought adds to the drama. From planning, to tilling, to planting and harvest, I like to look back at my garden photos and say, “Wow!”

A few tips about photographing gardens. You can use a phone or a 35mm. Each have limitations. The biggest one is lighting. Phones are pretty good, but can’t deal with bad lighting or focusing issues. Some advice:

*Photograph in the mid-morning or afternoon. Overhead sunlight casts bad shadows and is generally harsh light. Overcast days are excellent for garden photography, as long as it’s not too dark.

*Calm days are best. Flowers and plants tend to sway in the wind. This can make for unfocused photos.

*Make sure your background is good. Watch for cars, trash cans, trailers, etc. A dark background is best for plants.

*Water your garden or take photos after it rains. The dark soils makes the green plants looks bold. Look for contrast in your photos.

*Plant flowers in different colors. Mix it up.

*Plant gardens with tallest plants (corn, sunflower) on one side and shorter plants elsewhere. This allows for proper sunlight distribution and easier photography.

*Look for perspective. I photograph from the corners or from above and below. Put the camera underneath plants and shoot towards the sky (puffy white clouds are cool).

*Take a lot of photos and see what works. Experiment. Have fun!

Take a photo before anything grows. It’s fun to watch the garden transform. (Photo by Will Sites)
Look for perspective when shooting a whole garden photo. Look how the “V” tends to “grow” into the top of the photo – just like my Silver Queen corn! Stand in a corner and use the best background possible. Dark backgrounds provide contrast. (Photo by Will Sites)
I water before taking garden photos. The dark soil adds contrast and generally makes the garden look healthy. Raise the camera above the plants and get close. Try to have a dark background and/or make sure the background is clear of clutter, cars, etc. Clean backgrounds make for clean photos. (Photo by Will Sites)
A good rule of photography is to get close. And then get closer. Fill the frame. (Photo by Will Sites)
Find a different perspective by shooting directly above your plants. Top-down photos also aid in design, such as filling in holes or mixing colors. (Photo by Will Sites)
Try a lower view of tall flowers and get a different background, such as the sky or trees. (Photo by Will Sites)
Shoot from underneath a flower to get a cool background. (Photo by Will Sites)
A different perspective works well with tall, skinny plants. (Photo by Will Sites)
Getting a good photo of most hanging vegetables demands good lighting. I always take photos in morning or afternoon, when the sun is lower and illuminating the hanging produce. Photos taken when the sun is high will result in shadows on the produce. Lighting is everything. (Photo by Will Sites)
Use afternoon or morning lighting to get the best shots. I like to use water – such as the sprinkler in this photo – to give a good environmental taste. Water and gardens go together. (Photo by Will Sites)
By putting the camera (in this case a GoPro Hero 8) on the ground in front of a 10-inch ginger plant, the small plant gains prominence among tall corn and sunflower plants. The sprinkler adds to the emotion of gardening, where water is the essence of life. (Photo by Will Sites)
Use Mother Nature’s colors to make your garden photos pop. (Photo by Will Sites)
Butterflies bring joy to gardeners, but they are very difficult to photograph. Best advice: Stand still in the middle of flowers where butterflies are visiting. Be ready to take the photo – quickly! Take a lot. Phones work well, but make sure to have good lighting. Wait for the butterfly to spread its wings, which they do every few seconds. Be patient. (Photo by Will Sites/Canon Rebel XT 6, Canon 200mm white lens, 100 ASA)
Butterflies come and go quickly. Be ready. (Photo by Will Sites, Canon 200mm lens)

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LU 2022 Commencement

Instead of one big event, four graduations held on Friday and Saturday

LU Commencement 2022 (Clarion News photo)

By Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The long dream to the graduation stage became a reality May 6 and 7 after spring commencement ceremonies came to a close inside Mitchell Auditorium. In order to accommodate faculty, graduating seniors, and guests, four graduations were held on Friday and four on Saturday. Students were allowed to invite up to 10 guests, shedding the unpopular previous limitation of only four.

After each graduation, students met with family, friends, and faculty outside Richardson Fine Arts Center to take photos, tell stories, and take photos to remember the happy occasion.

The Clarion is proud of all our new Lincolnite alums!

Friends and family gather in front of Richardson Fine Arts Center following one of several commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Clarion News photo)
LU journalism graduates proudly display diplomas May 7, 2022 in front of Richardson Fine Arts Center. (Clarion News photo)
Art instructor Essex Garner, left, and LU President Dr. John Moseley mingle with the crowd following commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Clarion News photo)

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English students inducted into Sigma Tau Delta

New inductees into Sigma Tau Delta International include (left to right) DeAni Blake-Britton, Donielle Coach, Jaida Gray, Jestine Marie Coyle Lange, Kennedy Thompson, and Chenia Walker. Far right is Eli Burrell, faculty advisor. April 27, 2022. (Photo courtesy LU Humanities and Communications)

By Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Department of Humanities and Communications is proud to announce new inductees into Sigma Tau Delta International. The following students met or exceeded standards set by the honor society:

DeAni Blake-Britton, Donielle Coach, Jaida Gray, Jestine Marie Coyle Lange, Kennedy Thompson, and Chenia Walker.

About Sigma Tau Delta International:

Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The Society strives to

            •          Confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies;

            •          Provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities;

            •          Foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing;

            •          Promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members;

            •          Exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and

            •          Serve society by fostering literacy.

With over 900 active chapters located in the United States and abroad, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Advisors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.

Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

(source: Sigma Tau Delta)

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Jefferson City mayor, city settle free-speech case

Jefferson City, Mo. (graphic courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By Clarion News staff

JEFFERSON CITY – When Mayor Carrie Tergin allegedly ordered the removal of two decorative paving stones from Adrian’s Island because she didn’t like the message, a federal lawsuit soon followed.

According to an Associated Press article, former city councilwoman Edith Vogel paid for two stones as part of a fundraiser for a new public park on the north bank of the Missouri River.

The stones read: “Union Camp Lillie notes: deciding against attack the confederate army under Gen. Sterling Price turned from Jefferson City Oct. 7, 1864.”

The lawsuit alleges that Tergin ordered the stones removed because the message referenced a Confederate general. Vogel’s suit claims the city did not have any guidelines or restrictions on what could or could not be inscribed on the stones.

Vogel says her First Amendment rights were violated. She filed the lawsuit in late March. Last week the city agreed to replace the stones and pay Vogel’s attorney fees.

Vogel was represented by the Bradbury Law Firm.

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