First off, we would like to welcome any new students to Missouri Western. Congratulations on your decision to become a Griffon.
Second, we would like to extend a huge two thumbs up to the Admissions office just a little ways down from our newsroom. Everyone in that office kicked some serious butt with enrollment numbers this fall.
With the number of graduating seniors in Missouri dropping, most would figure that in-state colleges would take a pretty big hit in terms of enrollment.
But what did Missouri Western do?
They raised out-of-state enrollment by leaps and bounds.
They completely combated one of the hardest things a university has to overcome. Let’s face it, if a school’s enrollment number drops it is usually the beginning of a quick domino effect.
Before you know it, your tuition gets higher, random fees start popping up on your bill and the university starts to spiral.
Anything to get that extra buck back.
Which would lead to unrest among the student body, and that never ends well for anyone.
But, thankfully, that is not what’s happening.
It is so refreshing to walk down these halls and across this campus and see an abundance of new faces, along with the familiar.
While we in the newsroom are not exactly sure what all goes into being in admissions, but we know it is far from easy.
The fact that they were able to fight against a trend that can sometimes be the downfall for most schools is incredible.
So, here’s a huge shout-out to the Admissions office on recruiting so many new Griffons.
If you stop by the Admissions office anytime soon, make sure to say congrats to those hard working people. That new friend you made might have been someone they were able to reel in.
We hope this is just the beginning of numerous things that go right this school year.
We at The Griffon News have a confession to make.
We didn’t turn out to vote in March’s Student Government Association election.
All eight of our editors failed to do our civic duty when it came to choosing the coming year’s student representatives. In all fairness, the election at the top of the ticket -- the SGA president and vice president slate -- wasn’t contested. The slate representing the Western Activities Council also wasn’t challenged.
Even though we didn’t exercise our university-given privilege to vote, at least we’re in good company.
Only 209 other students chose to log in to their Goldlink account and click on their representatives at the top of the ticket. With a university that boasts a student body of around 5,500, that’s a pretty apathetic constituency.
Now, if none of our top-ticket races aren’t contested, then why vote?
That’s the wrong question. A better question would be, “Why aren’t we running?”
It’s hard to believe that there aren’t two other qualified upperclassmen that care about our university on this entire campus.
Maybe some of the candidates that ran for Senate (there were 25) could have, at the very least, given us a bit of a show as they competed for SGA’s executive positions. We just wish we would’ve been given the opportunity to make a choice between four qualified candidates.
It was refreshing to see a slew of Senate hopefuls on the ticket. The highest vote count received by a candidate was 63, a number attained by both Elie Moore and Tobias Pointer. Eric Toliver came in close to the top with 61. These students deserve serious recognition for getting out in their school community and reaching out to the students they’re supposed to represent.
At the bottom of the barrel sits four students who tied, bringing up the rear of the Senate heap. Austin Catron, Shae Fannon, Brandon Grieshaber and Jacob Teasley all earned 13 votes each. It’s sad that these students came in 50 votes behind their high-achieving counterparts, yet they still get the same reward -- a seat at the table.
Alexis Rivers, Brad Stanton, Charles Flemons, Katlynn Willard and Felecia Voss were the five who didn’t win the race. They all scored 10 or fewer votes. It would have been interesting if at least one of these candidates had received 13 votes as well; then we’d get to see what would likely be the lamest run-off of all time.
We hope that, next Spring, our entire university will take these elections a little more seriously. We’re bummed that the top of the ticket was so thin, and we think that Senate candidates should’ve worked harder to reach out and secure the votes of their peers.Maybe the problem was a lack of advertising. Maybe it was a lack of candidates. All that matters is that our student representation matters, and we, as a unified constituency, should make the most of it.
When we heard about the incident at the Wyeth-Tootle mansion, we had a hard time believing that a night in St. Joseph could sound so much like a rough draft script of “The Hangover: Part 4.”
Although, at first, it seemed like the party’s patrons were solely to blame for the thousands of dollars in damage and gunfire outside the mansion, it turns out there’s more to the story.
Yes, a partygoer did damage a priceless painting of St. Joseph’s founder, but the painting was left sitting on the ground by the door of the building, which the museum clearly knew in advance would be rented out.
Not only that, but the museum’s director acknowledged that the painting was surely damaged after a gun was fired outside the building, as attendees rushed back into the building for safety.
We’re sorry, but we would probably be a little more concerned about dodging bullets than being cautious of priceless artwork left lying around like dirty laundry.
Not only that, but the shooter was unidentified, and both the police and museum understand that there it’s possible that he was not affiliated with the party whatsoever.
Now, the sorority is culpable when it comes to other damages, which ate up their entire $200 deposit. However, the damaged painting alone is estimated to cost upwards of $3,000.
After looking at the facts of the matter -- if we were the Deltas -- we might take our chances in civil court against the museum. The evidence is not especially compelling for either side, and both seem to be somewhat at fault, but a coin flip is better than paying for something that your organization is not necessarily responsible for.
It’s important to note that the Deltas have already agreed to work out a way to pay for the damages by May 31, and they’ve already surrendered the damage deposit and an additional $300 in good faith.
They also claim they purchased event insurance, though the Griffon News was unable to substantiate that claim after requests for documentation were not answered.
In addition, they hired security for the event and did not serve any alcohol, even though the mansion’s policy does not ban alcohol at their events.
When looking at this case, there is a more removed third party involved: Missouri Western as a whole.
Western’s response to the issue has been to suspend the sorority and asking to be kept in the loop when it comes to the group’s payment to the museum.
It’s kind of like spanking your children in public -- nobody else really wants or needs to see a display of discipline; they’d prefer your kid just stop behaving badly in front of them.
The museum, which is managed under the umbrella of the St. Joseph Museums, and therefore serves as an extension of Western’s relationship with the community, already has a bad taste in their mouth after the experience. The museum director has gone on record stating that they won’t be renting to any Griffon Greeks, and that’s a real shame for all the other Greek organizations on campus.
The point is, dragging along the museum after agreeing to cover the bill is bad PR for Western, and we’d feel more comfortable if the university nipped the problem in the bud by paying the tab upfront. They can worry about collecting from the sorority on their own time, but it’s not a good practice to drag such a prevalent community organization along for months.
And what happens if the sorority can’t come up with the dough to pay the piper when May 31 comes around?
Let’s hope this issue is resolved as promptly as possible, and that Western isn’t afraid to step in to mitigate the situation.