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On March 16 the university was graced with having free speech activist Mary Beth Tinker meet via Zoom to tell her life story of fighting for the first amendment and the right of students free speech throughout her life. The free speech event was held by the Society for Collegiate Journalist … READ MORE

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2020 has been a roller coaster of a year. With a global pandemic and social unrest, it is now more important than ever to vote. Missouri Weste… READ MORE

By: Parker Williamson Missouri Western’s Student Government Association has released an executive agenda for the 2019-2020 school year. SGA hosted a town hall Monday night kicking off SGA week. The email announcing SGA week was sent out on Monday at 12:25pm, 85 minutes after the first event listed was to start.  Six hours later SGA […] READ MORE

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By: Christian Sarna In times where fear itself can look like a strong opponent, what is worth striving for? According to convocation speaker Jon Meacham, we should strive for impacts of all sizes. A historian with a diverse range of accomplishments, Meacham spoke about America’s historical potential to move beyond division for the 26th annual […] READ MORE

By:Dayton Bissett A bill that allows faculty to conceal and carry on campus just passed legislature. House Bill 575, if passed, will potentially allow certain staff members who get proper training and are approved by the Department of Public Safety to conceal and carry on campus. Risk manager on campus, Tim Kissock, gives his viewpoint […] READ MORE

By: Parker Williamson On Tuesday evening an event called “Free Speech vs. Hate Speech” took place in Spratt 205. Dr. Melinda Kovács was the first speaker. She explained the Bill of Rights specifically the First Amendment and what that means in today’s world. She said that other countries have laws against hate speech and the […] READ MORE

From the 2018 midterm ballot, Proposition B was passed in the state of Missouri which was in favor of increasing minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. The proposition went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and jumped minimum wage from $7.85 to $8.60 an hour. However, Missouri Western announced that school employees will […] READ MORE

A Missouri Western student from the Ferguson area relayed his memories from the day that Michael Brown, Jr. got shot back in 2014 and the implications that followed. The 18-year-old black man, Michael Brown, Jr., was shot four years ago on Aug. 9 by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. Missouri Western Student Marcus Triplett […] READ MORE

In his annual State of the State address, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens proposed a $68 million cut to state higher education funding. In a statement to staff, President Robert Vartabedian said that this cut would equate to a $2.2 million reduction for Missouri Western. This is the second round of cuts that the governor has […] READ MORE

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On December 20, Republicans followed through on their promise to pass a tax reform bill through Christmas. The tax plan represents the largest one-time tax decrease in American History and it should result in the majority of American citizens seeing a tax decrease the next time they pay their taxes. While students will see an […] READ MORE

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Stephen Webber, chair of the Missouri Democratic party, will visit campus on March 8 at 7 p.m. in Kemper Hall. The event is sponsored by The Griffon News and Missouri Western’s Politics Club with the support of the United Democratic Club of NW MO. Advisor of the politics club Edwin Taylor said the event is […] READ MORE

Alec Guy and Connor Samenus ere announced as the winners of the heated 2016 SGA presidential election, over presidential candidate Brad Stanton and running mate Haden McDonald, Friday March 4. The results came after a controversial election committee hearing that deliberated five discrepancies alleged by the Stanton/McDonald campaign. The vote, Guy/Samenus, 263, Stanton/McDonald, 216, came […] READ MORE

A proposal to strengthen the press rights of student journalist has passed the first step in the legislative process: passing through committee. H.B. 2058 passed through Committee on Emerging Issues unanimously Wednesday with a 9-0 vote. The legislation, so called the “Walter Cronkite New Voices Act,” was proposed by Missouri Western alum Rep. Elijah Haahr […] READ MORE

Missouri’s presidential primary may not be until March, but its neighbor to the north voted Monday night and the votes are in. In the 2016 Presidential Iowa Caucus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won his party’s caucus with 28% of the vote. Finishing in second and third place for the Republicans was Donald Trump with 24% […] READ MORE

As the Missouri Legislature is resuming their sessions, two proposed House Bills have the potential to change on-campus life next year for Missouri Western students. House Bills 2098 and 2099 were introduced last week for debate in the Missouri General Assembly. House Bill 2098 proposes that all state universities no longer require freshmen to live on campus […] READ MORE

This semester Western has seen a slight drop in residential life. Approximately 150 to 200 students will leave on-campus housing from the fall semester to the spring.  According to Director of Residential Life Nathan Roberts, shifts in housing numbers are to be expected from fall to spring semester. “There is… always a drop from fall […] READ MORE

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As the Missouri Legislature is resuming their sessions, two proposed House Bills have the potential to change on-campus life next year for Mis… READ MORE

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This semester Western has seen a slight drop in residential life. Approximately 150 to 200 students will leave on-campus housing from the fall… READ MORE

With the start of an important election year, Missouri Western is pleased to announce ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts as the keynote speaker for the Dan R. Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues, Tuesday September 13 at 10 a.m. in the Looney Complex. Roberts is best known for her work on the interview program “This Week” […] READ MORE

In compliance with upcoming federal changes to Title IX, the university has implemented new policies regarding discrimination. Title IX discrimination refers to sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, gender identity, and failure to conform to stereotypical notions of femininity and masculinity. Legislation Today Title IX refers to a section of the federal Educations Amendments […] READ MORE

Missouri Western is potentially in line to receive an additional $600,000 in funding next year. The Missouri Legislature is currently in the process of debating on an approximate 3 percent increase for higher education funding across the state. At this point, the outcome of House Bill 3 is in the hands of lawmakers in Jefferson […] READ MORE

The Student Government Association has several big decisions on their plate for this semester, but none of those have the potential repercussions or the benefits as the decision of what to do with the $672,000 raised through the Student Success Act. The Student Success Act, or SSA, states that it is “student approved fees” and […] READ MORE

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) have been around for many years without a probable cure. HIV is a particular virus that weakens the immune system by destroying cells that fight infection–T-cells and CD4 cells. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome occurs when your immune system becomes deficient. According to AIDS.gov, “AIDS is syndrome, rather […] READ MORE

For as long as many can remember, questions about homosexuality and its relation to the Bible have surfaced. On Oct. 29, three local church affiliates joined a crowd of questioning faces to discuss how LGBT and faith collide. The panel consisted of Steven Andrews, pastor at Parkville Presbyterian Church; Brian Kirk, pastor at First Christian […] READ MORE

Western held a congressional debate on Tuesday, Oct. 14 where students could ask candidates questions about their position on important subjects. Dr. W.A. (Bill) Hedge and Russ Monchill are both running for Missouri 6th District of the United States Congress. Dylan Gibson, a political science major, had a big hand in organizing the debate. “Politics […] READ MORE

Due to new legislation and changes to old understandings, one local politician has taken it upon herself to help educate Missouri college campuses regarding sexual violence. As part of her “Claire on Campus’ tour, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill visited Missouri Western to speak to administrators, faculty members and students about sexual assault. She made her visit on […] READ MORE

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Above is a quote from Title IX, a law passed in 1972 that, by definition, requires gender equity […] READ MORE

College Republicans and Democrats pulled the trigger on gun control debate a symposium hosted by the groups on Thursday, April 10. Jonathan Euchner, assistant professor of political science at Missouri Western, served as a monitor for the debate at in Spratt Education Hall. Panelists Edwin Taylor, assistant professor of political science, Steven Greiert, professor of […] READ MORE

City Council candidates met on Tuesday, March 26, in Missouri Western’s Spratt Hall to hash out the issues. The six at-large candidates — Kent “Spanky” O’Dell, Jeff Penland, Ken Beck, Byron Myers, Donna Boyer and Kenneth Reeder — were in attendance. Bill Faulkner, the only mayoral candidate on the ballot, also appeared. Unlike the past […] READ MORE

Missouri Western’s Board of Governors on Thursday outlined a plan to either freeze — or raise — undergraduate tuition next year, depending on the budget adopted by the Missouri General Assembly. In order to keep tuition rates the same as the current year, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s budget proposal, which would increase funding to Western […] READ MORE

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Missouri Western’s Board of Governors on Thursday outlined a plan to either freeze — or raise — undergraduate tuition next year, depending on … READ MORE

By: Noah Green The final debate between St. Joseph city council candidates on Thursday, March 27 proved the most aggressive of the series. The forum, held at Missouri Western, featured general election challengers from District I, District II and District V. Each district race is between a challenger and the district’s incumbent, and will be […] READ MORE

  The Jews were indignantly oppressed by the severe and sometimes illegitimate taxation of the Roman Augustus, but for good reason. The Roman tax code was as complex (if not more complex) than the current American tax is today, with “special taxes” that would be collected, more or less, depending on specific contingencies of the […] READ MORE

Fifty years ago, this past November 22nd, President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas. Thirty minutes after being shot the president was announced dead; a nation went into mourning.Film shows groups of people huddled around a car radio and the gasp of disbelief and heartbreak of our citizens. Now, fifty years later, we may ask […] READ MORE

Most students are not feeling the weight of the government shutdown directly, however, a select few at Western — as well as some faculty — are feeling it directly. Those students who were selected for verification that have already completed their forms do not need to worry, but, those who waited may face an obstacle. […] READ MORE

Black History Month at Western is shaping up to be anything but boring. All month long there will be a long list of things to do to celebrate; from cultural movies to a taboo talk event, the Black Student Union and the Center for Multicultural Education are hoping to bring a lot of passion and […] READ MORE

Discussions about a Missouri House Bill have left university faculty with concerns. HB 70 would give professors the right to conceal and carry guns on campus during school hours. Western’s faculty have voiced its opinion on whether it agree with the message the bill is trying to achieve. Dr. Robert Vartabedian, university president and Dr. Robert Bergland, […] READ MORE

  One group thinks Missouri’s youngest voters are the key to its goals. Missourians for Equality seeks a 2014 ballot initiative to support same-sex marriage. Aaron Malin, executive director of Missourians for Equality, believes the youth vote will be a determining factor for passage of the initiative. The organization plans to travel throughout the state […] READ MORE

One Missouri Western student was selected for the opportunity to serve in the 2012 political process. Ellis Cross, news editor for the Griffon News, was selected by fellow Republicans to serve as an alternate delegate for the National Republican Convention in Tampa, Fla., last month. The trip was more than just a moment for Cross to meet […] READ MORE

  Republican National Convention began this morning with excitement since yesterdays events were canceled due to the tropical storms. Ellis Cross, News Editor for the Griffon News is in Tampa, Florida this week covering the Republican National Convention. He spent much of today shooting photos, videos, and speaking to numerous guest about the the Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Cross […] READ MORE