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By: Parker Williamson In this week’s National Recap we take a look at Warren’s poll progress, wall building funds and the war on assault weapons. Warren pulled ahead of Biden in the recent Iowa poll In the latest Iowa poll, Senator Elizabeth Warren took at two-point lead over Joe Biden. This is the first time […] READ MORE

There was a rally held Monday in the Blum Student Union Lobby at noon over the viral Make America Great Again hat incident that happened in Blum Friday afternoon. While some anticipated the rally to be confrontational, it was in actuality an attempt to get students speaking about what happened. The main components of the […] READ MORE

***The Griffon News has decided to remove the videos that were posted on Friday due to legal reasons and in order to protect the persons involved due to the rise in death threats and threats of violence. Editor’s note: This is a breaking story, and details will be updated throughout the weekend as more information […] READ MORE

According to Mental Health America(MHA), a nonprofit organization that assist in highlighting all aspects of mental illnesses, the state of Missouri lies in upper half of prevalence of mental health in the United States. While the 2018 fall semester has given Missouri Western an historic increase in freshmen enrollment, it has also seen a surge […] READ MORE

Nicole Maines, a transgender motivational speaker, spoke to Western on March 29th in Spratt Hall about standing in her truth. Center of Student Involvement sponsored Standing in Your Truth at Spratt Hall 101 on March 29, students came to listen to Nicole Maines, a transgender advocate lecture about standing in your truth. Individuals listened to Nicole […] READ MORE

Although some high heels may hurt, men of the St. Joseph community received the opportunity to walk miles in them to raise awareness of assault of women. On April 2, Young Women Christian Association, the Center For Multicultural Education and Title IX office sponsored, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in Looney Complex gymnasium to […] READ MORE

Students and faculty at Western attended Roundtable on Responses to Sexual Violence in Spratt Hall March 28th. During the roundtable discussion individuals spoke about sexual violence Freshman at Western, Ravyn Miller, attended the event and left with more than what she expected. “It definitely exceeded my expectations, I didn’t know what I was going into but I […] READ MORE

The International Student Services at Western hosted their first Tea and Talk on Feb 28th. The event consisted of tea and food and a discussion about relationships from other parts of the world. Assistant Director of ISS, Fumi Cheever discusses the meaning and importance of Tea and Talk. “People may have some questions about different […] READ MORE

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The fourth annual conference on child abuse education, prevention and investigation was held last Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22 in Spratt Hall. The conference is hosted and sponsored by several departments on campus including the Regional Law Enforcement Academy, the Western Institute, the Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Social Work, the […] READ MORE

Western welcomed Jimmy Albright as the Spring 2016 Eggs and Issues keynote speaker, Tuesday, March 29. Since 1988, Western has brought in a variety of keynote speakers to lead communal forums on current topics. Albright presented “Origins of Conflict in the Middle East,” entailing a brief history of the region, as well as overview of […] 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

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

“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

Every year when the moon is at its brightest in the fall sky, Chinese people across the world celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Last Friday, Missouri Western joined them in their festivities. This festival, which is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, is considered the Chinese version of Thanksgiving.  Traditional Chinese […] 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

The well-traveled and world-renowned photographers Deni and Will McIntyre visited Missouri Western this past week to photograph the new Walter Cronkite Memorial and give a presentation of their life’s work. The dynamic McIntyre couple has been on the photography scene for decades now, traveling to 78 countries on six continents. Together they have photographed iconic […] READ MORE

This summer I broadened my horizons by flying into one. I spent a month in Sweden living with a former international student whom I roomed with here in the dorms, a couple semesters ago. It was a journey of enlightenment. No one has a clue what American Football is. They know it exists and they […] READ MORE

Joseph Friedman, a St. Joseph native, Missouri Western Alumni, WWII veteran and Broadway actor, recently published his autobiography, “Yossel the Dreamer.” This year and distributed signed copies this past Friday during the Alumni Awards Banquet. Friedman has managed to encapsulate his life stories into a book that he says was 93 years in the making. […] READ MORE

Missouri Western gets a taste of Chinese culture with this month’s photography exhibit in Potter Hall. Angie Jennings, a photographer out of Kansas City, has teamed up with Geo Sipp to showcase her exhibit, Modern Streets of Ancient Empire, to our campus from Sept. 4 until Oct. 3. The exhibit includes photographs taken by Jennings […] READ MORE

Sex Signals, a rape prevention presentation, is coming to Missouri Western’s Spratt Hall on Sept. 24. Sex Signals is put on by Catharsis Promotions, who specializes in speaking to college students, military members, and educators on myths about rape, what a consensual relationship really is, and explaining some preconceived ideas about the offender and the […] READ MORE

Murphy 224 was filled with students and faculty for “A Taste of Spain.” The English, Foreign Languages and Journalism Department hosted the event to help educate people on the Spanish culture, customs and country. Vicky Perez Calzadilla was the guest speaker. She is a Fulbright Scholar currently teaching three Spanish classes at Missouri Western. A […] READ MORE

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

The Republican National Convention is off to a good start with a few minor obstacles. News Editor Ellis Cross has just arrived in Tampa, Fla., where the RNC is to be held. He said that activities start for him today at noon. Cross stated in his blog thecrossreference.wordpress.com that yesterday at 7:38 p.m. eastern, the […] READ MORE

One Missouri Western student will have the opportunity to travel to Tampa, Fla. on August 27 to be part of this year’s Republican National Convention. Ellis Cross, news editor for the Griffon News was elected as alternate delegate by the Missouri Republican State Caucus along with fellow members of the state. Cross said that students […] READ MORE

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After speaking at the Eggs and Issues event held Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. in Fulkerson Center, retired U.S. diplomat William Armbruster said, “As … READ MORE

After speaking at the Eggs and Issues event held Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. in Fulkerson Center, retired U.S. diplomat William Armbruster said, “As I looked out on the crowd I saw the minefield.” He was referring to his presentation, “The Middle East- Then and Now,” where he saw members of the Muslim mosque, United States […] READ MORE

Feelings of euphoria may be what many students who study abroad experience when their opportunities to interact in a different culture arrive. However, after Missouri Western international student Saranda Halili landed in the United States, she quickly became frustrated that most of the Americans she met were unable to pinpoint Kosovo, her native land, on […] READ MORE

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Summer is around the corner and that means no classes, no stress and a pure vacation for some, but Missouri Western’s librarian Darrin Daugherty will be gearing up with the 35th Infantry Division Headquarters to fulfill his duty as a member of the Army National Guard. READ MORE

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The dust of Virginia Tech has settled, however, the minds of students, parents, faculty and administrators across the nation have not. READ MORE

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The English 361 class of Literature on Site arrived in London around 11:30 p.m. that first Friday of spring break, so their real fun didn’t begin until next day. The students went to the Portobello Road Market, which is one of the world’s most famous markets; it’s internationally renowned for its second-hand and antique sections. […] READ MORE

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When Jennifer Shaffer registered for classes at the end of last semester, she had already made her spring break plans; she knew she would not be spending her spring break in Missouri, enduring the extreme weather changes. READ MORE