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?”
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…
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.
The massive Mississippi River navigation structure amazes visitors of all ages
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.
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
See the Blue Tiger drone video of a barge tow on the icy Mississippi River near Alton/Grafton, Ill.
Will open water resources in some state parks and conservation areas
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.
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!
Instead of one big event, four graduations held on Friday and Saturday
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!
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.
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.