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December 1,2016 


V92 • N13 

The Gift of Giving 

Donation drive collects items for children in need 


Maryville residents came together to collect items and pack shoe boxes for the organization Operation Christmas Child, which provides kids in third world countries with Christmas gifts. 


Chief Reporter I @AnthonyProcRoss 

Maryville’s Calvary Chapel 
amassed shoeboxes full of gifts 
for struggling children in coun¬ 
tries around the world for Operation 
Christmas Child. 

The collection happened dur¬ 

ing this year’s National Collec¬ 
tion week Nov. 14-21, offering the 
Maryville community a chance to 
donate child-appropriate toys, hy¬ 
giene products and school sup¬ 
plies, as well as a friendly note to 
the child. 

Samaritan’s Purse sponsors 
Operation Christmas Child and 

it includes a bible in the gift re¬ 
cipient’s language, as well as an 
activity book about Jesus. Ac¬ 
cording to its website, Samari¬ 
tan’s Purse is a nondenomination- 
al evangelical Christian organiza¬ 
tion providing spiritual and phys¬ 
ical aid to hurting people around 
the world. 

Maryville Residents Andrea 
and JC Dirks oversaw Operation 
Christmas Child in Maryville this 
year. Andrea and JC have previ¬ 
ous experience volunteering for 
the weeklong event and took 
it upon themselves to run this 
year’s operation after enjoying 
their past experiences. 

“This year went smoothly,” JC 
Dirks said. “We implemented some 
new promotion ideas that turned out 
wonderfully, which allowed us to 
get Operation Christmas Child into 
schools and clubs.” 


City, University move forward 
with Multipurpose Complex 


Maryville City Council passed the Bed Tax, which will add a 5 percent surcharge 
on hotel stays in order to help the cost of the Multi-Purpose complex. 


Chief Reporter I @beemackkkk40 

Northwest Missouri State Uni¬ 
versity and the Maryville Tourism 
Board set forth plans for the new 
Multipurpose Complex, after the 
passage of the bed tax. 

The Nov. 8 ballot saw the ap¬ 
proval of the bed tax, a 5 percent 
surcharge on hotel stays to help fund 
tourism projects, including the new 
Multipurpose Complex. The tax saw 
a majority approval, with 2,156 vot¬ 
ing yes and 1,659 voting no. 

According to, the 
Northwest Multipurpose Complex is 
set to be bid on in March 2017. Con¬ 
struction is scheduled for summer 
2017, and the school is hoping it will be 
completed by the end of summer 2018. 
The Northwest Multipurpose Complex 
is to be located just northwest of Col¬ 
lege Park Drive and Bearcat Stadium 
on the Northwest campus. 

The building will have an eco¬ 
nomic impact. It is projected to cre¬ 
ate approximately 9,465 new jobs, 
as well as bring in an extra $617.5 
million in regional income per year. 

The funding for the building is 
coming from a variety of different pub¬ 
lic and private sources. The bed tax 
will also fund a huge part of the $3.45 
million project, covering an estimat¬ 
ed $215,000 in additional annual fund¬ 
ing to advance tourism and economic 
development efforts over the next 23 
years. About $150,000 will go toward 
the Multipurpose Complex, but the 
rest will be used by a joint committee 
to market Maryville and drive tourism. 

Along with aiding tourism, the 
complex is profitable for sports play¬ 
ers as well. The 137,250 square foot 
complex will have an indoor 300-me- 
ter track, 100-yard practice turf, recre¬ 
ation and exhibition space and tiered 
meeting rooms. Freshman cheerlead¬ 
er Chandler Clement notes how it will 
help attract students and community 
members to campus. 


The West Third building has deemed dangerous by the city but repairs have begun. 

Building obtains 
needed repairs 


Managing Editor I @Darcie_Jeanne_7 

Contractors begin to repair a 
building city officials evacuated and 
deemed unsafe earlier this month. 

The building, located at the cor¬ 
ner of West Third Street, neighbors 
The Rose Theater. It was home to 
Miss Whitney’s Elite School of Dance 
on the ground floor and three apart¬ 
ments on the second floor, all owned 
by Maryville resident Michael Smith. 

Municipal Code Enforcement 
Officer Jim Wiederholt said af¬ 
ter they received a call from a con¬ 
cerned citizen, an inspection of the 
building revealed it to be danger¬ 
ous and city officials evacuated the 
dance studio and tenants above. 

Junior Brian Wackly, who lived 
in the Third Street apartments, said 
his roommate had pointed out the 
bowed wall, but Smith said he had 
contractors coming to fix it. How¬ 
ever, before the contractors arrived, 
the city evacuated the building. 

“I was trying to take a nap after 
classes when I heard a knock on my 
front door. The lady who owned the 
dance studio, a police officer and the 
city code enforcer were waiting out¬ 
side. The code enforcer told me to grab 
whatever I thought I’d need for two to 
four days and get out,” Wackly said. 

After he was evacuated, Wackly 
lived on campus for about two weeks 
at the expense of Smith, but eventu¬ 
ally found a new apartment and ter¬ 
minated his lease for the apartment at 

the comer of West Third Street. 

Wiederholt said the owner of the 
building hired Tim Monson from 
Shuck Britson Incorporated Con¬ 
sulting Engineers to conduct a struc¬ 
tural analysis of the building and 
make recommendations for repairs. 

“Basically, his conclusion was 
that the first floor joist had rotted at 
the bearing points and that allowed 
the wall to move. That is why there 
was exterior cracking and a bulge 
in the wall,” Wiederholt said. “His 
summary was that damages from the 
wall rotation were significant and 
needed immediate repairs. (He rec¬ 
ommended) shores (or props) be in¬ 
stalled at the first and second floor 
joists, that beam support be installed 
for the west exterior and finally that 
the damaged portion of the west 
wall be removed and replaced.” 

According to Wiederholt, he be¬ 
lieves the building’s age could be a 
reason why the wall bulged. Wieder¬ 
holt said he believes the building was 
built in the late 1880s or early 1890s, 
a time period where buildings were 
built with unreinforced masonry. Un¬ 
reinforced masonry is a kind of con¬ 
struction without steel rebar support¬ 
ing the building. Wiederholt said it 
was just brick-on-brick. 

Wiederholt said the shoring pro¬ 
cess has started and repairs are being 
conducted by Bombara Masonry. 

“I was at the building this morn¬ 
ing and the contractor is working 
on the shoring right now, so repairs 
have started,” Wiederholt said. 






December 1, 2016 

Critics argue labeling will give GMOs bad reputation 


Activists take part in a global protest against GMOs and agricultural giant Monsanto. Marching from Columbia Circle in 
downtown Syracuse, New York on Saturday, Oct. 12,2013, protesters held signs and chanted anti-GMO slogans. 


News Editor I @AnnaHasDirt 

A measure signed by President 
Obama will soon provide consum¬ 
ers with additional information per¬ 
taining to ingredients found in food 

In late July, President Obama 
approved a bill amending the Agri¬ 
cultural Marketing Act of 1946, re¬ 
quiring the Secretary of Agriculture 
to establish a national disclosure 
standard for bioengineered foods 
and for other purposes. The bill re¬ 
quires foods with genetically mod¬ 
ified ingredients to be labelled with 
words, pictures or barcodes, scanna- 
ble by smartphones. 

Supporter of the measure, Just 
Label It Chairman Gary Hirshbery, 
said in a statement released National 
Public Radio “the fight for national 
mandatory GMO transparency now 
shifts to the USD A and to the mar¬ 
ketplace, where companies should 
think twice before they remove 
GMO labels from their packag¬ 
es.” Non-supporter American Soy¬ 
bean Association President Richard 
Wilkins argued that “mandatory la¬ 
beling of GMOs suggests that those 
foods are inferior or unsafe, which is 
simply not true.” 

According to Cosmopolitan 
magazine, the statement, “GMOs 
are not safe,” is a commonly held 
misconception. Assistant Professor 
of Agronomy Dr. Thomas Zweifel 
said there is a great difficulty in un¬ 
derstanding the concept of safe. 

“I would argue that nothing is 
100 percent safe,” Zweifel said. “So 
then, it becomes a matter of relative 
risk versus reward. And in that scale 
of safe, I think GMOs are enormous¬ 
ly safe. We have served billions of 
meals of GMO products, and there 
has been no reported ill effects from 
any credible source.” 

Another common misconcep¬ 

tion, outlined by Cosmopolitan mag¬ 
azine, is “GMOs are not tested.” Be¬ 
fore being released into the market, a 
GMO must go through various stag¬ 
es of testing. Dr. Zweifel notes three 
different regulatory agencies that an¬ 
alyze and test GMOs, ensuring safety 
for the grower, environment and ben¬ 
eficial insects and consumers. 

“The U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) looks at safe 
development, so the GMO won’t 
be released in the environment 
prematurely or recklessly. The 
Environmental Protection Agency 
(EPA) looks at any product that is 
reported to have the properties of a 
pesticide. In other words, if we put a 
gene in that will help the plant defend 

itself against insects, then the EPA 
looks to see that the modification 
is as safe as the pesticide. If it’s 
going to be a food product, the 
FDA will look for the equivalency 
of nutritions, ‘Are there any anti- 
nutritionals that come about?’ So it’s 
a little different pathway depending 
on exactly what’s going to happen, 
but basically we use our best 
science to try to detect any potential 
problems,” Zweifel said. 

Cosmopolitan magazine also 
notes confusion in regards to the 
purpose of GMOs, with citizens 
claiming GMOs are just a way for 
big corporations to make money. 
Not only do GMOs prove beneficial 
to big producers, but growers, 

consumers and the environment 
as well. Associate Professor of 
Biology Jeffry Thomsberry says in 
some cases, growers use GMOs with 
certain enhanced characteristics, 
leading to better organisms for 
agricultural production. 

“For example, there is this stuff 
called Bt corn, where they’ve tak¬ 
en a gene from bacteria and stuck it 
inside of a corn plant that wouldn’t 
normally have that gene. That bac¬ 
terial gene is actually producing a 
toxin protein that is basically act¬ 
ing as an insecticide. This is a nat¬ 
ural substance, something that bac¬ 
teria normally produce on their own, 
but we’re giving the plants the abil¬ 
ity to make it for itself. As a result, 

there’s some good, solid data to sug¬ 
gest a dramatic reduction, in terms 
of the amount of insect damage that 
these caterpillar-like insects are able 
to produce.” 

Thomsberry notes there have 
been concerns in regards to the use 
of Bt com. 

“There were fears that it was 
having an impact on Monarch but¬ 
terfly caterpillars,” Thomsberry 
said. “Those caterpillars don’t eat 
corn, they eat milkweed. Milkweed 
is typically found around the edges 
of a com field, and so the fear was 
that they would eat some of the pol¬ 
len that came from those Bt plants, 
and that would have an adverse ef¬ 
fect upon them. While it is true that 
Bt-containing pollen can have an 
impact on the organism, it would 
take a mound of pollen to have a 
physiological effect.” 

Thomsberry says GMOs can 
also be used to protect crops from 
conventional herbicides, such as 

“Typically what happens is 
plants coming into contact with 
Roundup are going to die as a result 
of exposure. However, if a foreign 
gene has been stuck into those plants 
to give them the ability to fight off 
the effects, you now have plants that 
are resistant to that product. So you 
can basically spray your field with 
Roundup, kill all the weeds in the 
field and your genetically modified 
corn plants that have the Roundup 
resistant gene inside of them are go¬ 
ing to be able to survive in that en¬ 
vironment. What you’re able to do is 
minimize the amount of disruption. 
You can kill those weeds off simply 
with a chemical application.” 

Thomsberry adds that this de¬ 
velopment has a positive effect on 
the environment as well. 



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missing since 11/14, last seen on the 
NW edge of Maryville wearing a red 
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Are GMOs safe? 


75+ different studies are 
conducted to demonstrate 
each new GMO is: 

l.Safe to grow. 

2. Safe for the environment 
and beneficial insects. 

3. Safe to eat. 


Before a GMO is created, the 
desired trait is screened 
against all known human 
allergens to confirm it does 
not introduce a new allergen. 

Researchers look at 1,950+ 
genes to see if there is a 
match between the desired 
trait and a known allergen. 


GMOs allow farmers to 
preserve the land while 
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December 1, 2016 





Annual Yuletide Feaste celebration features an elegant dinner and more than 50 musicians, singers, actors, lords, ladies and royal personages in full regalia at J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Dec. 11,2015. 

Madraliers celebrate holiday season 


Chief Reporter I @katiesue_62442 

The 75th annual Yuletide Feaste 
will feature a night filled with enter¬ 
taining performances and delicious, 
hearty food. 

The Feaste will be held in the 
ballroom of the J. W. Jones Student 
Union Dec. 9 and 10 at 6:30 p.m. 
The Feaste features performances by 
the Northwest Madraliers, the Re¬ 
corder Consort and the Royale Brass 
Quintet and features a meal catered 
to the time period of Tudor England. 

Brian Lanier, conductor of the 

Madraliers, along with other mem¬ 
bers of the Madraliers, begin prep¬ 
aration for the Feaste early on to 
make the performance as seamless 
as possible. 

“The preparation for the Feaste 
begins early in the semester with 
the selection of music for the pro¬ 
duction,” Lanier said. “Posters are 
printed, tickets are prepared, pro¬ 
grams are designed and the ball¬ 
room, along with the top floor of 
the Union, are decorated to resem¬ 
ble a 16th century castle. The Brass 
Quintet and the Recorder Consort 
rehearse for many weeks to prepare 
their music.” 


Rick Gonzalez was named the Grand Marshall Grinch for the community parade. 

The Feaste transports the audi¬ 
ence back in time by adhering to all 
aspects of the performance and food 
to the time period of Tudor England. 

“A lot of us take on the character 
of a Renaissance time period,” May 
said. “We talk in a British accent and 
we make fun of modem day technol¬ 
ogy like phones and stuff. It makes 
the whole experience a lot more fun 
for us and those attending the show.” 

Tickets for the Leaste cost 
$29.75. While this may seem like 
a high price for many college stu¬ 
dents, the cost is a small price to pay 
for the experience. 

“Something people should 

know, especially college students, 
is that the Feaste is really worth the 
money,” senior Madraliers member 
Ashtyn Clay said. “There is acting 
that is quite funny, the performance 
is really good, you get a delicious 
meal and you get to listen to some 
fantastic music. It definitely gets you 
in the Christmas spirit.” 

The Feaste, featuring a dinner and 
performances, is really meant to focus 
on the holiday spirit and help the audi¬ 
ence get into the festive mood. 

“This event gives our students 
the opportunity to see and hear some 
outstanding musical performances,” 
Lanier said. “Perhaps even more im¬ 

portantly, it gives us all a chance to 
stop among the stressful day-to-day 
activities we all are involved with and 
reflect on the beauty of the holiday 
season, to appreciate the things we 
have and spend quality time with fam¬ 
ily and friends in a beautiful setting.” 

Tickets may be purchased un¬ 
til the day before the performance 
or until they are sold out, and may 
be bought by check or cash in Room 
101 of the Olive DeLuce Line Arts 

Attendance is limited to 320 
guests for each night and therefore 
tickets will not be sold at the door. 

Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce 
names parade Grand Marshall Grinch 


Chief Reporter I @AnthonyProcRoss 

The Greater Maryville Chamber 
of Commerce has named the Grand 
Marshall Grinch for this year’s com¬ 
munity Christmas parade. 

Board member and volunteer 
at New Nodaway Humane Society 
Rick Gonzalez received word of his 
recognition Nov. 29. 

Donation boxes were set out at 
Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart in Maryville 
for shoppers to cast $ 1 votes. All funds 
collected by Nov. 28 would go to the 
winner’s nonprofit organization. 

Gonzalez will lead the parade 
dressed up as the iconic Christmas Dr. 
Seuss character, the Grinch, spreading 
Christmas cheer to those attending. 

Gonzalez heard of the opportunity 
in early November and agreed, know¬ 
ing how much it would assist his non¬ 

profit. He submitted his paperwork 
and a story about his contribution at 
the Humane Society to register. 

“We are a nonprofit organiza¬ 
tion and we do get funding from the 
city every year. We try to get dona¬ 
tions and we do fundraising in town, 
in Maryville,” Gonzalez said. “All 
the money that comes in from dona¬ 
tions, yearly fundraising and fund¬ 
ing from the city, goes into our bud¬ 
get. We allocate the funds to differ¬ 
ent locations for medical care, food 
and supply and it also goes towards 
the salary of full-time staff.” 

This year’s potential Maryville 
Grinches consisted of Gonzalez, 
Charlotte Steins, Bob Bohlken, Da¬ 
vid Primm and Bob Westfall. 

Gonzalez said he spends five 
hours a day at the New Nodaway 
Humane Society, trying to find 
homes for the animals living there. 

Northwest Missouri State fresh¬ 
man Ciera Maguire is a member of 
Northwest Advocates for Animal 
Awareness, which picked out dogs 
to walk in the Northwest Missouri 
State’s homecoming parade. 

Maguire enjoyed spending 
time with all of the animals while 
volunteering at the New Nodaway 
Humane Society. 

“My time there was fulfilling,” 
Maguire said. “I plan to be a vet¬ 
erinarian, so being around animals 
makes me feel at peace and like I am 
making a difference, and that’s also 
what brings me back there.” 

The parade begins at 2nd and 
Main and goes north on Main to 
7th at Franklin Park. A public Win¬ 
ter Wonderland will take place three 
blocks north of the square where a 
Santa’s Cottage will be open. The 
parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. 

Northwest Newman 
Catholic Center 

“Get Involved and Stay Connected!” 

Sunday: 6:30p.m. Confession, 7p.m. Mass 
Tuesday: 8p.m. Confession, 9p.m. Mass 
Wednesday: 4p.m. Confession, 5p.m. Mass, 

6 p.m. Free Dinner 

Thursday: 9p.m. Mass, Confession after Mass 

Small Group Bible Studies, Retreats, Mission Trips, and More! 

606 College Avenue 
Max Pawlowski, Campus Minister 

www. northwestnewman. com 
Find Us on Facebook 


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 

Sundays at 9 a.m. 
901 North Main 

Sunday music provided by 
Northwest students 

Priest: Sid Breese, or call 816-262-4958 

Need a ride? Call Jody 215-0734 

Lutheran Campus Center 

(next to Alumni House) 

More info: 636.219.6077 
Facebook: LCC Lutheran 
Bible Study Wednesday 8:30 PM 
Home cooked meals Sunday 5:30 PM 


Hope Lutheran Church 

931 S. Main St. 
Worship 10 am 
Bible Study 9 am 
Pastor Oddi: 816.351.0744 



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First United Methodist Church 

4x4 Baksetball on Tuesday at 8:30 pm 

9 or 11:10 a.m. 

The church at 1 st & Main 


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December 1, 2016 




Stalking is not love, you cannot force it 

Relationships can be difficult 
to deal with. Your insecurities may 
lead you to stalk your partner. 

Relationships always start out 
full of passion. You and your sig¬ 
nificant other are head over heels 
for each other. Every moment you 
spend with each other is bliss. How¬ 
ever, this feeling does not always 
last. Your lover might fall out of love 
and think about leaving you. This is 
where the problems begin. 

You stop trusting your partner. 
You make up scenarios in your mind 
about what he or she is doing. Is she 
really with her friends or is she see¬ 
ing someone else behind your back? 
Is he really just having a boy’s night 
out or is he trying to pick up a girl 
at Molly’s? 

The only way to know for sure is 
to drive by where she claims to be or 

have one of your friends spy on your 
man to make sure he is not flirting 
with another girl. You call and text 
him constantly to curb your anxiety. 
You decide to hit her so she will be 
too scared to ever leave you. 

In 2014, the Center for Disease 
control found 61 percent of female 
and 44 percent of male stalking vic¬ 
tims are stalked by a current or for¬ 
mer intimate partner. 67 percent of 
female victims have been physical¬ 
ly abused by their current or former 
intimate partner. 

Stalkers do a variety of things to 
monitor their victims including fol¬ 
lowing and showing up where the 
victim is staying, sending unwanted 
gifts, damaging property, driving by 
or hanging out at the victim’s home 
or work, threatening to hurt the vic¬ 
tim or their family and spreading 

false rumors. 

These tactics are somehow 
meant to win the victim’s affection. 
Stalkers try to frighten victims into a 
relationship with them. 

Victims of stalking live in con¬ 
stant fear. They often feel unsafe 
and have trust issues. This leads 
to anxiety, depression, problems 
sleeping, eating disorders and hav¬ 
ing disturbing thoughts about what 
might happen next. 

This is not how someone you 
love should feel when he or she 
thinks about you. Your partner 
would be happy to see you, not ter¬ 
rified. His or her memories of you 
should bring nothing but nostalgia. 

You can not force someone to 
love you. Your relationship might 
have been great, but things change. 
People are fickle. She might have 

wanted to be with the life of the par¬ 
ty before, but now she wants some¬ 
one who makes sure everyone gets 
home safe. He might have want¬ 
ed someone spontaneous but now 
wants someone consistent. 

If you truly cared about the per¬ 
son you were with, you might have to 
let them go even though you do not 
want to. If your partner wants a break 
to figure out what he or she wants, 
respect the decision and give them 
space. Your partner might be scared 
of commitment as much as you are, 
or he or she just wants to make sure 
you are the one. 

You will only make things worse 
if you constantly pester or stalk your 
significant other. 

If the relationship is truly over, 
you have to move on no matter how 
much it hurts. If you resort to scaring 

someone into being with you or fol¬ 
lowing him or her around, it shows 
you never actually cared about or 
loved that person. 

If you are being stalked or 
abused, please get help. You might 
be scared of what could happen if 
you try to leave, but things will get 
so much better once you are out of 
the situation. 

You will find someone much 
better. He will always show you 
kindness and treat you like a prin¬ 
cess. She will show you how much 
she loves you every second of ev¬ 
ery day. He or she will treat you how 
you deserve to be treated. 

Domestic Abuse Hotline 
Phone Number 

1 -800-799-7233(SAFE) 

GMOs pose no threat to health of the public 


Contributing Columnist 
_ @TheMissourian 

People often dislike and even 
fear change. Throughout the past ten 
years, genetically modified organ¬ 
isms (GMOs) have become preva¬ 
lent in our society. There is a strong 
debate on whether or not their exis¬ 
tence is harmful. Personally, I do not 
think genetically modified crops are 
bad for our world. 

GMOs, first created in the 
1980s, are organisms with modified 
genes. According to Responsible 
Technology, the DNA of one species 
is extracted and artificially forced 
into the genes of an unrelated plant 
or animal. 

Some crops have been geneti¬ 
cally modified to carry pest resistant 
traits. This means a higher produc¬ 
tion yield, which means more food is 
produced. This also means less pesti¬ 
cides need to be used on these plants. 

According to www.classes.soe., using less chemicals on 
crops allows less use of resourc¬ 
es. GMO crops require less upkeep 
than regular plants. This can benefit 
the environment because less upkeep 
means less greenhouse gas emissions 
and soil erosion. GMOs are also used 
to improve the nutritional content and 
shelf life of various foods. 

Junior Kenzie Miller is an an¬ 
imal science major. She does not 
think GMO plants or animals are 
dangerous. Miller grew up in a ru¬ 
ral community and has studied agri¬ 
culture since she was a freshman in 
high school. 

“Growing up in a rural commu¬ 
nity, I was able to have an educated 
background on GMOs,” Miller said. 
“I have learned the ins and outs of 
what they are and why they are need¬ 
ed for common agriculture farming.” 

Miller believes GMO crops in¬ 
crease yield and GMO animals are 
more resistant to diseases than non- 
GMO animals. Miller wishes more 
people realized GMOs do not make 
people sick. She feels because of the 
media and labeling, many people 

think GMOs are harmful. 

“Certain organizations that are 
very popular within the media have 
decided to be against GMOs and fill 
society’s minds with incorrect infor¬ 
mation,” Miller said. 

Bearcat Kayla Elson is an agron¬ 
omy major. She, like Miller, does 
not believe GMOs are bad. El¬ 
son comes from five generations of 
farmers. She also has been interest¬ 

ed in and studied GMOs and trait de¬ 
velopments for the past eight years. 

“My knowledge is greatest in 
row crops,” Elson said. “I have per¬ 
sonally seen the benefit of com hy¬ 
brids on our farm, such as lodging 
and insect and disease resistance that 
has allowed my family to continually 
raise a crop each year and provide in¬ 
come for us for another year.” 

Elson has also visited GMO re¬ 

search labs and breeding farms. 
She encourages people uninformed 
about GMOs to ask questions. She 
would also like people to know 
only a certain amount of crops are 
genetically modified in common 
agriculture production. 

“I would highly encourage any¬ 
one unsure about them to ask a farm¬ 
er, agriculture student or anyone in 
the industry,” Elson said. “It is im- 


portant to gain an understanding 
from those whose livelihood de¬ 
pends on agriculture advancements 
in trait development.” 

I also grew up in a rural com¬ 
munity and come from many gener¬ 
ations of farmers. It is important to 
understand what GMOs really are 
and what they do, and to appreciate 
the people who dedicate their lives 
to growing better food for us. 

Your five-year plan will not dictate my life choices 


A&E Reporter 

I am 22 years old and I have no 
desire to follow the typical Ameri¬ 
can dream life plan. 

Throughout the past few years, a 
countless amount of my friends and 
relatives have announced their en¬ 
gagements and pregnancies. I occa¬ 

sionally even see a few happen per 
week. Although I am generally hap¬ 
py for these people, these milestones 
are not in my foreseeable future, by 
my choice. 

I am sure I am not the only col¬ 
lege-aged student faced with the 
dreaded holiday question, “So, are you 
seeing anyone?” This is a question I 
am bound to be asked by at least one 
grandparent on each side of my fami¬ 
ly at every Thanksgiving or Christmas 
gathering, and honestly, I am sick of it. 

Why do I have to be dating 

someone? Why is the person I am on 
my own not enough? Do not get me 
wrong, I would love to have a fami¬ 
ly someday, but that day is not today. 

Here is the thing: there is no sin¬ 
gle life plan to fit every person per¬ 
fectly. Why should I be engaged by 
age 23, married by age 25 and have 
a child by age 27 just because my 
peers are? What works for them 
does not work for me and may not 
work for everyone else. 

I do not scrutinize my friends 
and relatives for being engaged or 

married at a certain age, so I would 
like to receive the same respect I 
give them. 

I am enough for me. 

I would rather work on myself 
and grow into the person I aspire to 
be instead of growing a relationship 
or a human being. My degree and 
future career are the major items on 
my mind right now, not an engage¬ 
ment ring. I need to be my best self 
before I can focus on making a rela¬ 
tionship the best it can be or raising 
a child to be his or her best. 

If you are engaged, married or 
raising a child at my age and mak¬ 
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my parents and grandparents who 
were all married and had one or 
more children at my age, I am proud 
of you. Be proud of me for knowing 
when I am not ready for something 
and accept it for what it is. I prom¬ 
ise I will give you your grandchil¬ 
dren when I feel I am ready. 

I am 22 years old and I will not 
follow your life plan just because 
you think I should. 


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for prospective athletes that this 
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their decision to come here, be- 

Maryville Department 
of Public Safety 

Nov. 10 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for larceny at the 1300 block of 
South Main. 

Nov. 11 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for larceny at the 600 block of 
South Main. 

A summons was issued to Casey 
M. Hayes, 17, for possession of 
drug paraphernalia at the 1500 
block of South Munn Avenue. 

Nov. 14 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for fraud at the 300 block of West 
Second Street. 

A bicycle was recovered at the 
500 block of North Mulberry. 

Nov. 15 

A summons was issued to Regina 
M. Babcock, 33, for trespassing 
at the 600 block of East Seventh 

Nov. 16 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for forgery at the 1200 block of 
South Main. 

University Police 

Nov. 6 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for stealing in Parking Lot 38. 

Nov. 8 

There is an ongoing investiga¬ 
tion for fondling outside of North 

A summons was issued to Gavyn 
Redmond, 18, for a drug violation 
at College Avenue. 

Three summonses were issued to 

Denny Nguyen, 18, James Rorh, 
18 and Awan Theus, 19, for a 
drug violation at Franken Hall. 

cause not a lot of schools have 
something like it. It is really bene¬ 
ficial, not only to the athletes and 
the students, but the community 
as a whole.” 

Junior quarterback Jonathan 
Baker talked about how much it will 
benefit the different sports teams 
and how they interact. 

“It’s going to benefit each 


Charges filed in manslaughter case 

A Maryville man pleaded guilty to the Nodaway County 
Circuit Court Monday to first degree involuntary manslaughter. 

Nicolas Levi Bradshaw, 27, was arrested March 15 after 
Maryville Public Safety conducted a four-month-long investi¬ 
gation, into a child’s death. 

The offense that spurred the investigation took place Dec. 
5, 2014 after a 10-month-old child under Bradshaw’s care was 
injured and sent to St. Francis hospital. Two days later, the 
child died at Children’s Mercy hospital. 

After authorities reviewed medical and pathological re¬ 
ports, it was concluded that the child’s death should be 
treated as a homicide. 

Bradshaw will be sentenced at the Nodaway County Court¬ 
house Thursday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. 

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There is an ongoing investigation 
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Nov. 17 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for forgery at the 1200 block of 
South Main. 

License plates were recovered at 
the 200 block of West 12th Street. 

Nov. 18 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for larceny at the 1800 block of 
South Main. 

A summons was issued to Kyle D. 
Kelmel, 29, for driving while sus- 
ended at the 100 block of East 
eventh Street. 

Three summonses were issued 

to Rachel A. Smith, 20, Sophia 
D. Schleppenbach, 19 and Mad¬ 
eline M. Bruder, 19, for a peace 
disturbance and minor in posses¬ 

Nov. 19 

A bicycle was recovered at the 
500 block of West Fifth Street. 

A summons was issued to Bran¬ 
don J. Saxton, 22, for excessive 
acceleration, speeding and failure 
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at the 100 block of East Third 

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ister a motor vehicle and failure to 
maintain financial responsibility at 
the 500 block of North Main. 

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son M. Cassavaugh, 19, for minor 
in possession at the 400 block of 
North Market. Within the same 
incident, a summons was issued 
to Lily L. Uelligger, 19, Worth, for 
minor in possession and littering. 

Nov. 20 

A summons was issued to James 
L. Williams, 21, for failure to ap¬ 
pear at the 400 block of North 

Authorities received a report of 
a debris fire at the 800 block of 
North Mulberry. 

Nov. 22 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for stealing at the 1400 block of 
South Main. 

A summons was issued to Aaron 
J. Walker, 32, for failure to reg¬ 
ister a motor vehicle at the 300 
block of West Jenkins. 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for larceny at the 1800 block of 
South Main. 

A summons was issued to Jack- 
son R. Verwoert, 20, for a fire¬ 
works violation at the 700 block of 
North Mulberry. 

Nov. 23 

A summons was issued to Luis O 
Morales-Jimenez, 28, for no valid 
driver's license and improper dis¬ 
play of license plates at the 900 
block of South Main. 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for larceny at the 500 block of 
West 3rd Street. 

Nov. 24 

A summons was issued to Dustin 
A. Piper Jr., 18, for minor in pos¬ 
session at the 300 block of East 
Fourth Street. 

Nov. 26 

A summons was issued to Austin 
F. Haupt, 19, for failure to appear 
at the 400 block of North Market. 

Nov. 27 

A summons was issued to Colton 
R. Oglevie, 20, for no valid driv¬ 
er's license and an equipment 
violation at the 600 block of North 

Nov. 10 

There is an ongoing investigation 
for stealing at South Complex. 

A summons was issued for steal¬ 
ing at Martindale Hall. 

Nov. 13 

A summons was issued for a liquor 
law violation at Perrin Hall. 

A summons was issued to Natalie 
Leonard, 19, for minor in posses¬ 
sion at Parking Lot 38. 

A summons was issued for a liquor 
law violation at South Complex. 

Nov. 14 

Three summonses were issued 

team here at Northwest,” Bak¬ 
er said. “The field can not only 
be used for the football team but 
for the baseball, softball and soc¬ 
cer teams. The track will obvious¬ 
ly be for the track and field team. 
Indoor workouts and condition¬ 
ing will be a possibility now and 
we can stay out of the basketball 
team’s way in the arena. So many 

to Nathaniel Ewbank, 19, Lillian 
Ohrt, 18 and Robert Pontalion, 

19, for a drug law violation at Mil¬ 
likan Hall. 

Nov. 17 

A summons was issued for a liquor 
law violation at Franken Hall. 

Nov. 19 

Two summonses were issued for a 
liquor law violation at South Com¬ 

A summons was issued for a liquor 
law violation at Hudson Hall. 

A summons was issued to Vic¬ 
tor Hernandez, 18, Wahoo, Ne¬ 
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possibilities for all Northwest ath¬ 
letics are really exciting.” 

Along with the sports addi¬ 
tions, there will also be many com¬ 
munity additions. There will be 
upper-level meeting rooms and 
removable flooring for formal 
events. The Tourism Board hopes 
to hold more events like gradua¬ 
tions there in the future. 

Nov. 20 

A summons was issued for a liquor 
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Nov. 23 

Two summonses were issued for 
a liquor law violation at Roberta 

A summons was issued for a liquor 
law violation at Willow Apart¬ 

Nov. 25 

A summons was issued for a liquor 
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Nov. 27 

There is an ongoing investigation 

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December 1, 2016 


Dalton Haberman 

BMB drum major is 6 anything but normal’ 


A&E Editor I @beccalynnboren 

From sixth grade percussion 
band to Northwest’s drum major, 
senior Dalton Haberman found his 
passion on top of a ten foot ladder 
in front of 175 other musicians. 

Haberman is a sixth year in¬ 
strumental music education ma¬ 
jor and has loved every moment 
of his college experience. 

Like many other students, 
Haberman came into college with 
a career decision made, only to 
make a drastic change. 

“My major was interactive 
digital media, computer science 
and I switched to computer sci¬ 
ence,” Haberman said. 

Haberman then continued his 
computer science major for three 
years. After the sixth semester, 
he realized he did not like his 
classes or his peers and was ul¬ 
timately unhappy. 

“When I got to college I still 
loved music, but I didn’t want to 
teach,” Haberman said. “I knew all 
of the things I did in high school 
and I did not want to be the teach¬ 
er who had to deal with me. So, 
I looked at salaries and picked a 
career in computer science. Don’t 
pick money over passion.” 

An ex-girlfriend is the one who 
finally convinced Haberman to 
switch to a music education major. 

“The days instantly became 
longer and tougher, but I did not 
mind because it was something I 
wanted to do,” Haberman said. 

Before college, Haberman 
grew up in Kearney, Missouri 
with his parents and two younger 
sisters. It was through the Kearney 
school music program that Haber¬ 
man found his niche. 

“We had great music teachers 
and a great music program. At the 
time, many of my music teachers 
were actually Northwest gradu¬ 
ates,” Haberman said. 

Haberman’s middle school 
made sixth graders choose be¬ 
tween choir and band. Haberman 
knew his talent did not lie in sing¬ 
ing and therefore joined the band’s 

His teachers helped Haberman 
grow in his music skills and pushed 
him to continue with music. 

“When I was going into eighth 
grade, I wanted to take an art 
class,” Haberman said. “My teach¬ 
er, without telling me, changed my 
schedule and put me in jazz band 
instead. It was a good experience 
for me.” 

More than just being talent¬ 
ed, Haberman found a strong 
community with his music. 

“You can pick a band geek 
out of a crowd,” Haberman said. 
“There is a certain way you be¬ 
have around people and a partic¬ 
ular outlook; there is an identity 
there. And those people were all 
my friends.” 

Haberman was also involved 
in sports while growing up, but 
never quite got the hang of them. 

“The last organized sport 
I played was football in high 
school,” Haberman said. “I think 
I would have done better at 
hockey and I don’t know how to 

ice skate.” 

Instead of organized sports, 
Haberman and his friends started 
playing ultimate frisbee. This pas¬ 
time followed him into college. 

“When I came to Northwest 
there was a group that met twice 
a week to play,” Haberman said. 
“It was kind of like the Sandlot. 
It wasn’t a club, you just showed 
up Monday and Wednesday at the 
turf and there was always a game.” 

Haberman’s most important 
lessons were not required by his 

“I learned more about my¬ 
self, how to be a good student... 
and how to deal with other people. 
More than my studies, I learned 
how to be my own person and a 
person other people want to inter¬ 
act with,” Haberman said. 

Being part of the Bearcat 
Marching Band has presented 
Haberman with various opportu¬ 
nities to meet people and make 

“When I got to be drum ma¬ 
jor for the band, I was immediate¬ 
ly more noticeable... Complete 
strangers would tell me they were 
watching me and how great the 
band sounded,” Haberman said. 

Haberman has also hosted the 
Homecoming variety show for the 
last two years with his roommate, 
Matthew Peacher. 

One of the most recent exploits 
Haberman participated in was 
when he switched places with a 
cheerleader during a football game. 

“He went and directed two 
songs and I cheered,” Haberman 
said. “Now whenever I go near 
the cheerleaders, they just give 
me a megaphone.” 

Director of Athletic Bands 
and Haberman’s academic advisor 
Kathryn Strickland remembers the 
switch quite well. 

“I had no idea any of this 
was going on until it was already 
done,” Strickland said. “It was a 
hoot. Collin was great, and Dalton 
didn’t drop anyone, so all’s well 
that ends well.” 

Now Haberman set a prece¬ 
dent others expect him to follow. 

“Now the Steppers are asking 
me to dance with them,” Haber¬ 
man said. 

The dancing does not make 
Haberman nervous, it is the uni¬ 

“The crop tops don’t matter, it’s 
the pants I am mostly concerned 

Haberman describes him¬ 
self as a genuinely happy person. 
Since switching to an instrumen¬ 
tal music education major, he is 
happier pursuing a career he is 
passionate about. 

He is also a hopeless romantic. 

“There is also the wonderful 
experience of chasing a girl and fi¬ 
nally getting her,” Haberman said. 
“Then going through all of the re¬ 
lationship benchmarks are great: 
first date, first kiss and the first 
time you said you loved them.” 

Even though he is not in a re¬ 
lationship now, those moments 
still bring him happiness. 

However, Haberman also 
knows relationships can bring 
pain. In fact, one of his most diffi¬ 
cult moments in life was just this 

last summer. 

“I know in the grand scheme 
of things, it doesn’t matter but... 
I got broken up with. But it was 
honestly the most lost I had ever 
felt,” Haberman said. “I thought 
I had found the one, but she did 
not feel that way. I did not have 
the emotional tools to really deal 
with that.” 

Haberman struggled to cope 
in the following months. 

“I did all of the standard 
things you tell your friends not 
to do after a breakup,” Haber¬ 
man said. “I was so disappoint¬ 
ed in myself, but I kept doing the 
things I knew I shouldn’t.” 

Eventually, Haberman started 
focusing on the things in life that 
make him happy. 

He leaves some advice for 
anyone going through what he did. 

“Take a note from grandpa, it 
feels relieving to dwell on the sad¬ 
ness, but in the long run it will not 
make you feel better,” Haberman 

He also points out how im¬ 
portant it is to have a positive 
perspective of the situation. 

“Ultimately, it means you were 
lucky. You are sad because you had 
something so good. But you have 
to start filling yourself back up 
with happiness, Haberman said. “It 
doesn’t have to be another person; 
it shouldn’t be another person. Do 
what you want to do.” 

Haberman attributes a lot of 
his college success to his advisor, 
Strickland. She had an interesting 
first impression of Haberman. 

“My first year at Northwest I 
didn’t know him well yet, and he 
asked on Halloween if he could 
come to band rehearsal dressed 
as Walter White from Breaking 
Bad,” Strickland said. 

As she had not seen the show, 
she asked Haberman what he 
meant. Haberman replied that 
he wanted to come to practice in 
“tighty whities and a T-shirt.” 

“My response: ‘Uh, no. 
Thanks for asking.’ I then asked 
one of my music colleagues ‘who 
is that Dalton kid? Is he normal?”’ 
Strickland said. 

Remembering the memory 
still makes Strickland laugh. 

“Now I know he is anything 
but normal,” Strickland said. 

Strickland also acknowledg¬ 
es all of the effort and enthusiasm 
Haberman brings to the band. 

“He brings servant leader¬ 
ship with an extra dose of spir¬ 
it,” Strickland said. “He keeps the 
energy moving when the group 
could easily be bored or tired, and 
is always concerned with the suc¬ 
cess of his peers.” 

Because this is Haberman’s 
last semester on campus, Strick¬ 
land knows there are big shoes 
left to fill for the next BMB drum 
major after this season. She is 
very proud of what he has accom¬ 
plished in the last six years. 

“Dalton can fool you. He 
loves to have a great time and can 
be the class clown, but he’s also 
very intelligent,” Strickland said. 
“He’s a deep thinker, very obser¬ 
vant and is serious about produc¬ 
ing quality work.” 


December 1, 2016 


Holiday stories 

Kwanzaa provides Africans a taste of home 


A&E Reporter I @MikeCripe 

A great portion of Americans are 
unaware of some of even the most 
basic traditions accompanying mi¬ 
nority holidays. Kwanzaa is one of 
the holidays many Americans may 
feel a bit unfamiliar with. 

Kwanzaa is a winter holiday 
lasting from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, and 
celebrates African heritage. 

Maulana Karenga started the 
holiday in 1966, cementing Kwan¬ 
zaa as the first specifically Afri¬ 
can American holiday. As of 1997, 
Karenga defines the celebration as 
“A holiday of family, community 
and culture” in order to remain as in¬ 
clusive as possible. 

Kwanzaa’s inclusive nature is 
further reinforced when it is taken 
into account many African Amer¬ 
icans who celebrate Kwanzaa also 
celebrate Christmas. 

Kwanzaa focuses on a sev¬ 
en candle kinara with each candle 
representing the seven principles 
of Kwanzaa. 

Rachel Sapp, a student at Mis¬ 

souri Western, has traveled to many 
different parts of the world as part 
of her interest in other cultures and 
only considers herself to be mildly 
familiar with the holiday. While she 
feels she knows more than the gen¬ 
eral public, there is still a lot for her 
to learn. 

“The candles symbolize the sev¬ 
en principles of Kwanzaa, so that’s 
unity, self-determination, collective 
work and responsibility, cooperative 
economics, purpose, creativity, and 
faith. It’s actually a really cool hol¬ 
iday and it’s interesting to see how 
far it’s come in such a short period 
of time. I don’t personally celebrate 
it, but I know that a lot of the fam¬ 
ilies that do celebrate it like to dec¬ 
orate their house just for Kwanzaa,” 
Sapp said. 

Today, less than 2 percent of 
Americans celebrate the holiday. 
This small number contributes to 
the celebration’s unpopularity, leav¬ 
ing some Americans completely un¬ 
aware of the holiday’s existence. 

Robbie Kaufmen is a well-re¬ 
spected member of the St. Joseph 
community, but has never heard of 

Kwanzaa. Because Kaufmen is well 
connected with different societies, 
he finds it surprising that he has nev¬ 
er heard of Kwanzaa. 

“Yeah, it sounds like there aren’t 
a ton of people who celebrate it, but 
you’d think I would have at least 
heard about it,” Kaufmen said. 

Kaufmen feels that this may be 
attributed to his disconnection from 
much of the media presented on the 
internet and television. 

“It might be because I don’t 
watch feel like I’m really all that ad¬ 
dicted to social media or anything 
like that, but there’s a whole group 
of people that I just feel unfamil¬ 
iar with in anyway now,” Kaufmen 
said. “And I had no idea that you 
could celebrate Kwanzaa while cel¬ 
ebrating Christmas too. It just really 
shows how much I know.” 

Kwanzaa celebration, at least 
on Northwest’s campus, has never 
been widely recognized, either. In 
2012 there was a listing in the Uni¬ 
versity calendar for a celebration, 
but there are no celebrations on the 
calendar now. 





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over the course of the holiday. 

You can survive the 

holidays with 

“Sydney, how’s your boyfriend 
situation? Sydney, what are your 
grades like? Dear, have you put on 
a few pounds? What is your major?” 

This was all my family could talk 
about over Thanksgiving. 

If you are like me, you love and 
dread the holiday season at the same 
time. On one hand there is food and 
Christmas lights, and on the other 
is the copious amount of ridiculous 
questions I do not want to answer. 

It really gets my goat. Family, I 
love you, I really do, but continu¬ 
ously asking me what my major is 
when I am a senior makes me think 
you do not really listen when I talk. 

This year I sat at Thanksgiving 
and thought of all the things I was 
thankful for: StudyBlue and liter 
bottles of Barefoot wine. My cra¬ 
zy family was in this list as well, 
and I was also thankful for the fact 
that I have successfully figured out 
the five things to get me through the 

As a senior I really believe I have 
this down to a science. Here are the 
five ways to handle your family and 
all the ridiculous things they have 
done or will do this holiday season. 

1. Take a nap 

When you walk in the door, just 
walk straight to your room. If you 
are lucky and have a lock, turn it. 
Get under the covers and hide. With 
some luck you will not be noticed 
and your family will not bother you. 

2. Smile and nod 

your family 

When your grandma is going on 
about how great all of your cousins 
are doing and asks you why you are 
not getting married and having ba¬ 
bies, just smile, nod and calmly try 
to explain that no one who still sur¬ 
vives off ramen is going to make a 
suitable significant other or parent. 

3. Have a pint of Ben and Jer¬ 
ry’s on hand at all times 

Some therapy with Ben and Jer¬ 
ry can really cure all the self loath¬ 
ing you will be dealing with this 
holiday season, so keep it on hand. 
When your mom asks you why 
your pants do not fit anymore, you 
can just whip that bad boy out and 
go to town. I am FAT and PROUD, 
Mom, OK? 

4. Hang out with the kids 

Remember how you could not 
wait to reach the grown-up table? 
Well, now you are there and it is 
not all it was cracked up to be. Go 
back to the kids’ table; it is OK, I 
promise. Your 3-year-old nephew 
will not judge you for eating a third 
plate and two pieces of pie. 

5. Don’t let anyone make you 
feel like a cotton headed ninny 

Remember, you are an amazing 
person and have a lot of amazing 
things going for you. Do not get too 
down on yourself. Text your bestie; 
they for sure will build you back up. 

Your family members are yours 
and no matter how much you want 
to kill them this holiday season, they 
really do mean well. They just want 
to make sure you are on the right 
track to continue being the perfect 
human they have loved since the 
day you entered the world. 

So take a deep breathe text your 
bestie who is going through the 
same thing and vent it out. I prom¬ 
ise we will all make it through this 
together, Bearcats. 


Your Bearcat wants 

you to say goodbye 

December graduates often get 
overlooked. There is no spring hur¬ 
ry and pretty pink dresses, no grad¬ 
uation cards and cakes lining store 
shelves. There is just more and more 
glitter-covered commercial Christ¬ 
mas. And graduates notice. 

Your almost-alumni wants you 
to take the time to say goodbye. If 
you know a graduating senior, tell 
him or her what he or she means to 
you. Maybe go for coffee at Star- 
bucks one last time before saying 
goodbye. Throw a killer party to 
send him or her off. Even though it 
is freezing outside and chicken noo¬ 
dle soup and a nap sound preferable, 
give him or her the time to celebrate. 
Fireball is in now season, too. 

Write your graduates a note, or 
just tell them you will miss them. 
Trust me, I know they will miss you 
too. They are having a tough time 
letting go, and they need your sup¬ 
port and congratulations to make it 
all seem okay. Let them know you 
think they have a bright, shiny future 

ahead of them. They might not think 
that right now. 

Also, lay off the pressure. Go 
ahead and ask them what they plan 
to do next, but do not ask it every 
day. “I don’t know” is an answer. 
Do not look down on them for hang¬ 
ing out in the ‘Ville for a bit to fig¬ 
ure things out. 

Do not pressure them into grad¬ 
uate school, or tell them they need 
to settle down and be an adult. Let 
things work themselves out. They 
need your friendship now, not your 
judgement. You might find it is not 
as easy as it appears when you are in 
the same position. 

Be kind, be supportive, and let 
the good times roll because some of 
these people will say goodbye to you 
for the last time in three weeks, and 
they need to know you care. 

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tradition since 1918 and does not 
reflect the views of The Northwest 

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Senior Cole Phillips redeyes encourging words from head coach Matt Webb after state title loss to Monett. 



The team made an effort to 
remain extra focused on the task 
at hand this year around. 

“It is very emotional,” Tripp 
said. “As a team, our first loss 
as a senior class was our soph¬ 
omore year. It was a tough thing 
to swallow. Working in the sum¬ 
mer, it was always in the back of 
our mind.” 

Senior running back Eli¬ 
jah Green made a strong state¬ 
ment about the state of this year’s 
team heading into the playoffs. He 
looks back on the two losses as a 
lesson to where the Spoofhounds 
came out to be this year. 

“Our team chemistry is a heck 
of a lot different,” Green said. 
“Everybody on this team is pret¬ 
ty much like brothers. We all love 
each other to death. We do any¬ 
thing on this field to win the game 

for each other.” 

Green rushed for 837 yards 
and 13 touchdowns this sea¬ 
son. He also had 66 tackles (36 
solo, 30 assists) and one-point- 
five sacks for a loss of five yards. 
Tripp was the only one to have 
a higher statistical performance 
with 68 tackles (41 solo, 27 as¬ 
sists) and eight-point-five sacks 
for a loss of 63 yards. 

A large part of Maryville’s 
success this year also came from 
the relationship between Ogles¬ 
by and Zimmerman. The two con¬ 
nected for 754 yards and 16 touch¬ 
downs on 34 receptions this sea¬ 
son. Next in line was Golightly, 
with 350 yards and four touch¬ 
downs on 20 receptions. 

“Me and Trey have been 
playing since third grade,” Zim¬ 
merman said. “That is really how 
we have so much chemistry. All 
of the seniors have been play¬ 
ing together since sixth, seventh 
grade. We just know we can trust 

each other.” 

Another key senior included 
was running back Bob Bruckner. 
Bruckner rushed for 1008 yards 
and 11 touchdowns. Underclass¬ 
man such as sophomore wide re¬ 
ceiver Eli Dowis also played a ma¬ 
jor role in the Spoofhound strategy. 

There is no doubt each of the 
other seniors played as equal of 
a role as the ones listed above. 
Webb described his thoughts on 
his four senior captains at the 
state press conference, but his fi¬ 
nal words of the season can also 
be applied to his thoughts on the 
other 18 seniors. 

“What makes them the most 
special is the character inside,” 
Webb said. “I’ve been around 
these guys for four years, and 
watching them become men is one 
of the most rewarding things about 
being a football coach. In our sport 
and our community, these guys are 
loved and I’m extremely proud of 
the people they’ve turned into.” 




Overall points 

MHS: ! ^16 Opponents: 150 

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Total offensive yardage 

MHS: 6,331 Opponents: ^,022 


MHS: 32 Opponents: 15 

Graduating seniors 

Cole Phillips CB 
Tomas Coalson S 
Cavden Dunbar RB/CB 
Matt Twaddle RB/S 
Eljiiah Green RB/LB 
Trey Hoover LB 
Corby Roush RB/CB 
John Zimmerman RB/CB 
Trey Oglesby QB 
Bryce Farlin WR/CB 
Jackson Golightly WR 

Spencer Morrison WR/S 
Bob Bruckner RB 
Ethan Voss TE/DT 
Tucker Tripp OT/DT 
Garret Sparks C/DT 
Ryan Owens OG/DT 
Kory Stuart OG/DT 
Jakob Gray OT/DE 
Jason White OG/DT 
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guard Shanae Collins Nov. 16 against Bellevue. Bearcats defeated the Bruins 69-55. 


Chief Sports Reporter I @treyrock36 

Coming off of two /» j\ 
rough outings, North- 
west is well positioned f/L/m 
to bounce back with con- 
ference play looming. 

Subsequent to Northwest’s (5-0) 
hot start were two losses to William 
Jewell College 53-64 and Missouri 
S&T 65-68. Both losses included a 
less-than-ideal effort in the area of 
ball security with Northwest com¬ 
mitting, on average, 8.5 more turn¬ 
overs than each opponent. 

Conversely, Northwest has out¬ 
performed a majority of its oppo¬ 
nents in its ability to connect on shots 
from the field. In fact, Northwest has 
outshot every team it has played this 
season with the exception of Ouachi¬ 
ta Baptist in the season opener. 

Players have spoken about coach 
Buck Scheel’s emphasis on shoot¬ 
ing, citing a change to the training 
regimen. Because of this, the team is 
shooting at a 46 percent rate, a 5 per¬ 
cent increase from a year ago. 

“We have mandatory shooting 
times,” junior Taryne Shull said. 
“Having that repetition throughout 
the week has really helped us.” 

Not only has Northwest been 
more efficient than its opponents in 
shooting the ball, it is also out re¬ 

bounding opponents 37.9 to 31.9 
per game. Thanks to juniors Taryne 
Shull (6.8 RPG) and Tanya Meyer 
(9.8 RPG), Northwest has witnessed 
an increase in second chance points 
while limiting extended possessions 
for the opposing team. 

Northwest now enters confer¬ 
ence play, an area that it struggled to 
find success in a year ago, finishing 
with a 3-19 record against inter-con¬ 
ference opponents. 

In order to find success as the 
season wears on, Northwest will 
count on the development of sopho¬ 
mores Arbrie Benson and Macy Wil¬ 
liams. Benson is third on the team in 
scoring, assists and rebounds while 
Williams leads the team in assists 
with 6.9 per game. 

Northwest’s two losses were a 
result of a problem that has plagued 
it from the start of the season. Op¬ 
ponents have excelled in taking care 
of the ball while playing Northwest, 
only committing 8.9 turnovers. 
Northwest averages 13.3 per game. 

“His (Scheel) biggest things are 
low turnovers and high offensive re¬ 
bounds,” Williams said. “If we do 
those two things and knock down 
every shot, then we should win.” 

Northwest’s ability to knock 
down shots is meaningless if it con¬ 
tinues to give opponents extra pos¬ 
sessions via turnovers. 

Although Northwest has some 
rough spots that need polishing, it 
has witnessed a drastic improvement 
over where it was a season ago. For 
one, Northwest finished the 2015- 
2016 campaign with five wins. This 
season, Northwest has already re¬ 
corded its fifth win and conference 
play has yet to start. 

“Collectively, we have a lot of 
chemistry,” Williams said. “We had 
scorers last year but any given night 
someone could go off.” 

The balance of this year’s team 
has shown itself through the first 
few weeks of the season. Whenev¬ 
er Meyer does not lead the team in 
scoring, Benson is there to contrib¬ 
ute. When those two are having an 
off night, senior Jasmin Howe’s 15.9 
points per game offers a consistent 
option that will serve as a key piece 
down the stretch. 

Northwest has already reached 
its win total from a year ago, but 
the potential to exceed that is there. 
Now Scheel must figure out a way to 
fine-tune some of the team’s issues, 
and this year’s team will be ready to 
make a run in conference play. 

Missouri Western @ Northwest 

Dec. 6 @ 5:30 p.m. 

Tenacity proves to be 
crucial in 'Hounds win 


Sports Reporter I @ambermae30 

The Maryville girls 
basketball team’s hard 
work and aggressive at- 
titude led to a 59-51 vic¬ 
tory over St. Joseph Central Tuesday 
Nov. 29. 

The Spoofhounds took an 
early lead and never lost control. 
At the end of the first quarter the 
score was 15-7. The ‘Hounds ex¬ 
tended that lead and finished the 
first half leading 30-18. 

The Indians put up a fight in the 
third quarter and came within five 
points, but Maryville quickly pulled 
away. Coach Quentin Albrecht cred¬ 
its the win to his team’s high level of 
tenacity and determination. 

“I think it all boiled down to 
effort,” Albrecht said. “I thought 
we had a lot of energy. We made 
several mistakes but we were 
able to overcome that because we 
played really hard.” 

Maryville struggled with scor¬ 
ing throughout the game, espe¬ 
cially from behind the free-throw 
line. The Spoofhounds shot 55.6 
percent, only making 15 out of 27 
free-throw attempts. 

According to Albrecht, the 
poor shooting was counteract¬ 
ed by the players’ mental tough¬ 
ness. When the girls missed a shot 
or made a bad pass they did not 
let that define how they played the 
rest of the game. 

“We preach ‘control the things 

you can control,’ and we can defi¬ 
nitely control the mental process¬ 
es,” Albrecht said. “It’s about not 
letting a mistake down on the of¬ 
fensive end affect what you’re do¬ 
ing down on the defensive end.” 

Senior forward Abbie Gree¬ 
ley is the driving force behind 
Maryville’s aggressive style of 
play. Greeley led the team in scor¬ 
ing with 19 points. She is also one 
of the key leaders on the team in 
both practice and games, accord¬ 
ing to Albrecht. 

“I think Abbie was just a 
beast, and if you could go back 
and watch that film I think you 
would probably see her belly on 
the court at least half a dozen 
times,” Albrecht said. “She just 
sacrificed herself so many times 
on the court.” 

Right behind Greeley in scor¬ 
ing was sophomore guard Emma 
Baldwin, who scored 18 points. 
Late in the fourth quarter Baldwin 
dove for the ball, causing her right 
leg to cramp up. This forced her 
to exit the game, but not for long. 
Baldwin powered through her in¬ 
jury and returned to the game 
a few minutes later after being 
cleared by her coaches. 

Both Baldwin and Gree¬ 
ley played important parts in 
Maryville’s win Tuesday night. 
Albrecht expects they will contin¬ 
ue to lead the team in points and 
dedication throughout the season. 

“I think they will play big 
roles for us this season,” Albrecht 

said. “We don’t have a tremen¬ 
dous amount of depth right now 
and we are still trying to devel¬ 
op some girls to work their way 
off the bench, but until that time 
comes we have to have it from 
those two.” 

For Greeley, it is all about be¬ 
ing resilient on the court and going 
after everything. Diving for the ball 
and going after difficult rebounds 
can be the difference in a win or a 
loss. She always makes sure to give 
it her maximum effort. 

“Toughness is the key,” Gree¬ 
ley said. “You have to be tough the 
entire time, because if you slack 
once that could be it. So you have 
to play hard the entire game.” 

Along with remaining resil¬ 
ient, Albrecht also says that being 
consistent will be crucial to the 
Spoofhounds’ success this season. 
They need to remain strong and 
hardworking every single game, 
and they have not been able to do 
that yet. 

“We played really well in our 
jamboree and then we played re¬ 
ally poorly against Jefferson,” Al¬ 
brecht said. “I think consistency is 
going to be a major factor for us 
this season.” 

Staley vs Maryville @ Savannah 

Dec. 1 @ 5:30 p.m. 



MIAA Standings 


MIAA Standings 

NCAA Division II Football Championship 







Central Oklahoma... 





Emporia St. 





Fort Hays St. 





Pittsburg St. 





Central Missouri. 





Missouri Western. 





Southwest Baptist... 















Northeastern St. 










Missouri Southern... 





Nebraska Kearney... 








California (PA) 

North Alabama 

Dec. 3 12 p.m. 

Dec. 3 12 p.m. 


North Greenville 

Dec. 17 

Dec 3 p.m Dec - 

Northwest Missouri 

10 v 10 

Grand Valley St. 

Dec. 3 1 p.m. 

Dec 3 12 p.m. 


Ferris St. 

Dec. 6 

Missouri Western at Northwest 

Dec. 6 

Missouri Western at Northwest 

^Results from Nov. 30 matchups were not available upon publication 

December 1, 2016 





Junior forward Chris-Ebou Ndow aborbs the hit from Concordia senior center Justin Damme before making a layup, Nov. 26. 

Bearcats enter 
MIAA play 
with hot hand 


Sports Editor I @iswanny3503 

An undefeated non¬ 
conference showing could 
not have been a better start 
for the Northwest Missouri 
men’s basketball team. 

The No. 3 Bearcats (6-0) have 
faced a wide range of talent through 
the first six games. 

A free throw contest was enough 
to edge an above average Met¬ 
ro State (4-2) team 66-64. A con¬ 
vincing 82-71 victory over defend¬ 
ing national champions Augustana 
(5-1) was a sight to behold. In ad¬ 
dition, the team’s most recent shred¬ 
ding of Concordia Nebraska (5-4) 
89-55 ended up being the icing on 
the cake. 

“It prepared us a lot,” junior 
Chris-Ebou Ndow said. “I think coach 
Mac(McCollum) did it on purpose be¬ 
cause he wanted us to get ready. We 
feel ready for conference and we just 
need to focus on ourselves.” 

Ndow has been a just what the 
doctor ordered since returning to the 
lineup. After missing the first two 
games of the season due to an injury, 
the junior has been Mr. Consistent. 

Shooting 57.1 percent from the 
field, along with a 46.7 three-point 
percentage, are just a few admira¬ 
ble statistics Ndow has accumulat¬ 
ed. The 6’ 6” forward out of Stavan¬ 
ger, Norway has also added 12.8 
points per game and averages five 
rebounds per game. 

Another consistent player the 
Bearcat team has found is fresh¬ 
man Ryan Welty. While the talented 
shooting guard doesn’t stuff the stat 
sheet with points, he has become a 
go-to three-point specialist convert¬ 
ing more than 64 percent of his shots 
from downtown. 

These role players are only a 
small piece of the offensive out¬ 
put the Bearcats have been able to 
produce. Other key players include 

the always-crowd-pleasing Justin 
Pitts, the all-time three-point shoot¬ 
er Zach Schneider and the multi¬ 
dimensional point guard/shooting 
guard Anthony Woods. 

All four have been leaders by 
example thus far and seem to be the 
catalyst behind this year’s redemp¬ 
tion team that will once again make 
a run at a national title. 

McCollum is impressed but still 
focused on Wednesday’s contest 
against Central Oklahoma. McCollum 
was adamant in recognizing the signif¬ 
icant play by his bench early on. 

“Now it’s on to conference,” Mc¬ 
Collum said. “They (the bench play¬ 
ers) need significant minutes to see 
how they will react in those types of 
situations in case we need them.” 

Ndow also mentioned the im¬ 
portance of moving forward after 
the Concordia victory. 

“This was the last game before 
going into conference,” Ndow said. 
“Really, our focus was just on our 
second half play and I think we did 
that pretty well.” 

Over the first six games, two 
teams stand out, including Lake Su¬ 
perior State and Augustana. Both are 
the only two teams to outscore the 
Bearcats in the second half of play. 

Delivering a blow to Concordia 
served as a checkpoint for McCollum 
and his team. The coach was able to 
witness all 12 of his players find the 
stat sheet in the scoring category. 

“We’ve got very good depth at 
every position,” McCollum said. 
“Depth that I trust.” 

The Bearcats will begin a string 
of three home games starting Tues¬ 
day against rival Missouri Western. 
The following games include con¬ 
tests pitting the Bearcats against Cen¬ 
tral Missouri and Missouri Valley. 


Missouri Western @ Northwest 

Dec. 6 @ 7:30 p.m. 

'Hounds transition from turf to hardwood 


Assistant Sports Editor I @Joe_Andrews15 

Spoofhound Basketball 
opened its season with a 
44-27 win over Savannah 
two days after the Class 3 
football State Championship. 

The team had one day of practice 
as a whole with 11 of its 22 mem¬ 
bers listed on the football and bas¬ 
ketball rosters. The practice lasted 
for an hour and a half. 

“We lost the state championship 
on Saturday,” sophomore forward 
Eli Dowis said. “That’s a bummer 
but we were hyped. We realized bas¬ 
ketball season is coming up. We all 
just love basketball. We were all ex¬ 
cited to get out here and play.” 

Dowis joined senior point guard 
Trey Oglesby, senior point guard 
John Zimmerman, senior shooting 
guard Spencer Morrison and senior 
shooting guard Jackson Golightly as 

the starting five for the Spoofhounds 
against Savannah. The five had one 
official practice with the team prior 
to taking the court. 

Each of the starters put up a 
combined 36 points. Support from 
players off the bench also helped 
Maryville surpass the Savages. 

“We gave up 27 points practicing 
once,” coach Matt Stoecklein said. 
“Their effort and energy is not even 
where it’s going to be at the end of 
the season once we get in shape and 
once we get everyone doing it.” 

Dowis put up five points in the 
game. Two of the points came from 
a dunk late in the second quarter to 
give the Spoofhounds a 15-5 lead 
with 3:29 left in the half. 

“It felt good,” Dowis said. “My 
shots weren’t falling, so I knew I 
had to put some points on the board 
somehow. My opportunity came and 
I threw a dunk.” 

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10 points each in the game. Zim¬ 
merman was right behind the two, 
putting up nine. Each of the other 
five to play in the game scored five 
points or less. 

Stoecklein credited the spread 
in scoring to the unselfishness of 
his team. 

“One of the things we’ve talked 
about is we’re not playing the num¬ 
ber, we’re playing for the name,” 
Stoecklein said. “It doesn’t mat¬ 
ter who gets 16 and who gets two, 
we’re playing for Maryville and that 
is one of our goals this year.” 

Both teams showed rust in the 
first quarter. Maryville began to find 
its grip through the remaining three 
quarters of the game. Stoecklein rec¬ 
ognized there would be missed shots 
in the game, but was surprised by 
the regularity of them throughout 
the game. 

“I honestly thought we would 
shoot a little better than that,” 
Stoecklein said. “They had been in 
the gym shooting throughout the 

course of the football season. First 
game jitters, first game crowd, you 
are a little more hyped up. So when 
you are in practice shooting not all 
that energy is in your body.” 

The success of Spoofhound 
football has historically caused boys 
basketball to begin its first month of 
practices without some members of 
its team. Summer camps and shoot 
arounds have became a crucial part 
to establishing the identity for the 
Spoofhound multisport athletes. 

“A lot of those kids are going to 
miss so much of the beginning of the 
season,” Stoecklein said. We have to 
balance in play and how we want to 
play. Everything we want we have to 
set up in the summer to make sure 
they understand it.” 

Spoofhound basketball has pre¬ 
pared for the first game of the sea¬ 
son on the court since the beginning 
of November. In the absence of the 
football team, other upperclassmen 
leaders stepped up to develop the 
fundamentals of a successful basket¬ 

ball team. 

“This separate group really gets 
a chance to go after each other and 
get back into the swing of things, 
junior Jake Woods said. “Once the 
football players get back, we can 
make them better and as far as a 
team get better.” 

The period without football ath¬ 
letes also gave time for freshmen to 
adjust to the culture of high school 
basketball alongside upperclassmen. 
The freshmen traditionally begin 
practicing by themselves after the 
full team returns. 

“It is nice for the freshmen to see 
how these upperclassman behave and 
act in practice,” Stoecklein said. “The 
freshmen see that effort and energy, 
and they leam from that.” 


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Senior Ryan Ownes shows emotion as his Spoofhound football career comes to an end after a loss against Monett for the Class 3 State Championship Game in Springfield, MO. 


Assistant Sports Editor I @Joe_Andrews15 

Spoofhound football 
sat in shock following a 
27-18 loss to Monett in the 
Class 3 Show-Me-Bowl. 

Maryville (14-1) left the first 
half with a 12-7 lead over the Cubs 
(14-1). Three turnovers, combined 
with a bad punt snap, turned the 
game in the Cubs’ advantage. 

“It was a heck of a football 
game,” coach Matt Webb said. “The 
Cubs went out and made the plays to 
win the football game. At the same 
time, I’m really proud of our team 
and our football program. I’m very 
humbled to be the head football 
coach at Maryville.” 

Seniors sat on the sideline, un¬ 
certain of their future in the game. 
It was supposed to be their moment. 

They had worked hard, along 
with the younger athletes, to lead the 
team back to a State Championship. 
The moments from summer condi¬ 
tioning to the final snap of the Class 
3 Show-Me-Bowl showed that. 

“You don’t want to lose a state 
championship game,” senior quar¬ 
terback Trey Oglesby said. “It is 
weird that it’s all over. One loss 

doesn’t define you. We are just in 
high school. We will go out and do 
better things if we win a state cham¬ 
pionship or lose a state champion¬ 
ship. Don’t let it be the best moment 
of your life.” 

The Class of 2017 arrived 
to Maryville High School dur¬ 
ing Webb’s second season as head 
coach. Together, the seniors wit¬ 
nessed the Spoofhounds’ trek to 
their second state title in two years. 

Each of the 22 seniors set out 
to etch their own names in Spoof¬ 
hound history before they stripped 
themselves of green and yellow for 
the final time. 

“In Maryville you grow up play¬ 
ing football together, basketball to¬ 
gether (and) baseball. You grow up 
together as a community,” Webb 
said. “We are obviously hurting to¬ 
day because of the loss, but the se¬ 
nior class with their wins and records 
will be remembered for being a dom¬ 
inant football program and team.” 

The journey for most of the 
Class of 2017 began in the Ban¬ 
tam Midland Empire Youth Foot¬ 
ball League (MEYFL). Some be¬ 
gan playing in the league as early as 
third grade. 

Teammates came and went, but 

the core stuck together. Kirby Mor¬ 
rison, the father of senior wide re¬ 
ceiver Spencer Morrison, had the 
opportunity to witness the talent in 
the making. 

“From the first day of practice 
in third grade, you could tell they 
had talent, but what really stood 
out was how focused and coachable 
they were,” Kirby Morrison said. “It 
doesn’t surprise me the least bit that 
they are in this position, and I know 
they were determined to finish what 
they started all those years ago.” 

By the sixth grade, at least 19 
of the 22 seniors were playing in a 
league of some shape or form. Ten 
seniors helped lead their team, the 
Maryville Hounds, to a MEYFL 
championship in the same season. 

Opponents used the phrase 
“It’s just Maryville” to describe the 
Hounds all season. The outcome of 
the season was the exact opposite. 

Oglesby, Morrison, Jake White, 
Trey Hoover, John Zimmerman, 
Tucker Tripp, Jackson Golight- 
ly, Garret Sparks, Jacob Gray and 
Blake Schreck combined their ef¬ 
forts together to produce an 8-0 
football team. They outscored their 
opponents 242-0. 

The group of seniors united 

as a whole come eighth grade at 
Maryville Middle School. At the 
time, Webb was leading the Spoof- 
hounds to the 2012 Class 3 State 
Championship. The group began 
to realize what expectations were 
once they arrived to Maryville 
High School. 

When they arrived, the senior 
class fit into the program natural¬ 
ly. By the time this group entered 
sophomore year, Oglesby was 
named the starting quarterback. 

At that point, he began to de¬ 
velop into one of the key weapons 
of the highly versatile offense. 

“The coaches know you are out 
there busting your butt for them,” 
Oglesby said. “They do the same 
thing for you. If you don’t give them 
a reason not to trust you, they are go¬ 
ing to trust you. I just go out there 
and try a game and play smart and 
do what the coaches want me to do.” 

The 2014 season ended in a quar¬ 
terfinal loss to Oak Grove. Oglesby 
finished with nine completions, 143 
yards and three interceptions. 

The seniors’ junior year ended 
in the same round against Odessa. 


Bearcats set to face statistical top dog 



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After delivering a 
44-13 thumping to Em¬ 
poria State, Northwest 
Missouri continues its 
run at the program’s 
sixth national title. 

The No. 1 Bearcats (12-0) ex¬ 
tend the nation’s active longest win 
streak to 27 and turn their attention 
to No. 5 Harding (13-0). 

The Bearcat defense will have 
its hands full as the Bison have ac¬ 
cumulated Division ll’s best rush¬ 
ing offense, averaging 381.5 yards 
per game. 

“We can’t waste any drives. We 
need to make sure that when we get 
out there we do the best of our ca¬ 
pabilities to score, because we’re 
not going to get as many touch¬ 
es,” senior offensive lineman Kyle 
Meyer said. 

The Bison enter the contest fol¬ 
lowing a narrow 27-24 victory over 
No. 4 Sioux Falls (12-1). 

The last time these two teams 
met was Nov. 17,2012. The Bearcats 
humbled the Bison in a 35-0 win. 

Harding has run the triple op¬ 
tion offense throughout this season 
as well as four years ago when the 
two teams met. The Bison finished 
the game with nine different ball 
carriers and four different players 
attempting passes. 

This season the rushing attack is 
led by quarterback Park Perish. The 
dual-threat senior has stacked up 
1,850 all-purpose yards as well as 

26 total touchdowns. 

Other key backs the Bison will 
be turning to include senior Michael 
Latu, junior Grant Kimberlin and 
freshman Romer Reades. 

Not only does Harding have one 
of the most potent offenses in the 
country, but its defense is ranked at 
the top as well. Only surrendering 
245.6 yards per game places them at 
the No. 1 total defense in the country. 

Statistically, Harding has an ad¬ 
vantage in almost every category. 

“They blitz a lot,” senior offen¬ 
sive lineman Chase Sherman said. 
“The thing that sticks out to us the 
most is how fast they get off the ball. 
They are in your face right away. 
They really get after it.” 

Though the Bison defense may 
be staggering, the Bearcat’s defense 
has been ranked right with it. Giving 
up an average 3.93 yards per play is 
the best average amongst all Divi¬ 
sion 11 defenses. 

Statistics only tell half the story. 
Northwest Missouri has been play¬ 
ing in what many claim is the tough¬ 
est conference in the country. Three 
of the 10 teams in the MI A A rep¬ 
resent the top-20 list in the AFCA 
coaches poll. After the loss, Emporia 
State’s nine-year head coach Garin 
Higgins made a statement regarding 
the competitive nature of the MIAA. 

“This is the best Division 11 foot¬ 
ball conference in the country, peri¬ 
od,” Higgins said. “I’ll get in any ar¬ 
gument with anybody. They (North¬ 
west) have won 27 games in a row 
and for them to get up each and ev¬ 
ery Saturday and for them to domi¬ 

nate the game is impressive.” 

According to Higgins, the recipe 
to defeat the Bearcats may not exist. 

“I could probably make up an 
answer but just to be honest, I real¬ 
ly don’t know,” Higgins said. “May¬ 
be a few of those defensive lineman 
get sick or something.” 

This will be the first time this 
season that Northwest Missouri will 
play an opponent outside the MIAA. 

When compared to other teams 
across the MIAA, Sherman could 
only find a connection with one 
team that showed the most adversi¬ 
ty this season. 

“Personally, I think they are 
closest to Fort Hays State,” Sher¬ 
man said. 

The Bearcats edged Fort Hays 
ealier this season 28-7. This was the 
only game in which Northwest Mis¬ 
souri was held to less than 40 points 
on offense. 

Northwest Missouri is at home 
this weekend and since 2010 are 
43-3 at Bearcat Stadium. 

“If they are going to beat us, 
they’re going to have to do it here,” 
Northwest Missouri coach Adam 
Dorrel said. 

A reminder that student tickets 
will be free for this Saturday’s game 
against Harding and are available 
in the administration building. This 
deal will be available until game 
time as tickets at the gate will be $5. 


Harding @ Northwest 

Dec. 3 @ 1 p.m. 


Junior wide reciever Jordan Bishop breaks free into the secondary on his way to a 
52-yard touchdown reception in the Bearcats 44-13 win over Emporia Nov. 26.