During  the strange period of human history called the 1980’s, there was an outbreak of inspirational posters that found their home on the walls of many a high school counselor’s office. A favorite that garnered a following was the phrase “today is the first day of the rest of your  life.” It means that each day is new beginning and every ending chapter should simply be viewed as the start of a new story. Western has said good bye to a number of familiar faces this last year and  is now opening its doors to new names and positions with an incoming President of the university and the Griffon News has a staff made up almost entirely of students who have never manned the helm of a college newspaper. It seems at the start of 2008, there are more than a few new beginnings that could help shape the state of academia at Missouri Western. It is in the name of new beginnings that we, the editorial staff of the Griffon News, want to give a tip of the hat to everyone who sees this as an opportunity to start fresh and boldly begin again, this time hopefully for the better.

 King Whitney Jr, president of Personal Laboratory Inc., made a statement about change at a sales meeting that is appropriate and it was later quoted in the Wall Street Journal in June of 1967. He said, “Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.” At Missouri Western the question must be asked, will we view these new beginnings with hope, confidence or fear?

 There are always those individuals that would rather face an existence of mundane banality than open themselves to new experiences because new things can be scary. Mankind has always been afraid of what it does not understand, However we at the Griffon News feel that this should be seen as an opportunity to raise ourselves to a new standard. Missouri Western is facing a new dawn that ushers in the great light of knowledge to a community that could only stand to benefit from having a more collegiate environment. By seizing the new day with eager and willing hearts and backbones choke full of hard work, the students and administration could use this new beginning to propel our university into an era of greatness in this ever advancing society. We could build brilliant minds for tomorrow.

 Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher who lived from 540 B.C. to 480 B.C. but even as early in human history as he lived there was already one truth that proved constant and still does in this constantly changing world. That truth is elegant and simple. “Nothing endures but change.” Heraclitus was right about that. So with change comes new beginnings and new chances to do better or worse that was done before. We at the Griffon Newsroom are ready to do better. Are you?

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