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 lynchk@lincolnu.edu.

(This article appeared in the Oct. 6,2021 edition of the News Tribune. https://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2021/oct/06/blue-tiger-athletics-club-pays-off-250k-loan/891623/)

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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.

Congratulations!

(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 (handshake.com), 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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