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Frantic loved ones, check. Wrinkled gown, check. The smell of freshly cut grass, check. Waking up to multiple missed “congratulations” texts, … READ MORE

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Note to self: Karma is real and karma will come after you when you share 46 memes about the coronavirus on social media. READ MORE

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Universities are charging students hundreds of dollars for required textbooks, and students and faculty agree textbook prices are unreasonable. READ MORE

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Me, Ben Smith, Jon Bogart and Derek Zimmerman-Guyer have lived inside room 2108 in Vaselakos Hall for a hot minute. Now we live in room 2015 w… READ MORE

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Well, we’re officially back to another semester. It’s crazy to think that we’re back and already publishing again. We spent last semester tryi… READ MORE

Dr. James Carviou I began this semester as the incoming adviser for the Griffon News. Under the leadership of EIC Zoë Jones, I had the privilege of watching the news staff form into a solid unit with one central goal of doing journalism that represents the interests of Missouri Western students. Jones rose to the occasion […] READ MORE

By: Zoe Jones I recently had the chance to live out a dream I didn’t realize I had.  From Oct. 30-Nov. 3 I was living it up in Washington DC. I had gone to present with members The Griffon, our Lifestyles Editor Kathleen Woods and our adviser Dr. James Carviou. We did a presentation about […] READ MORE

By: Lenora Stearns I am a senior in the social work program at Missouri Western. I am also a student worker in the Information Technology and Telephone Services office, which is my only source of income. On Nov. 8, I was told that after winter break I will no longer have a job. I am […] READ MORE

By: Harry Loomis Kansas State is a Division I university in one of the most competitive athletic conferences in the nation. They have an enrollment of 21,719 people, over four times the size of Missouri Western’s enrollment. On Sept. 22, a group of 17 Missouri Western students ranging in age from mid-20’s to myself, a […] READ MORE

By: Zoe Jones It’s that time of the semester where everything is starting to fall. The leaves, the temperatures, the time with sunlight, attendance in class, mental health – the list goes on. I think sometimes people don’t take it seriously when college students start to talk about how their mental health is struggling at […] READ MORE

By: Christian Sarna This weekend I took a trip to Crowder State Park in Trenton, Missouri, for a beginning backpacking class. We traipsed through mud and scampered over streams for a few hours before settling into camp. Though the class was small with less than 15 people, there were clear divisions in wilderness preparedness and […] READ MORE

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By: Christian Sarna Have an hour and 50 minutes to spare this week? Twelve years after its release, Disney Pixar film “Ratatouille” still tastes fresh out of the oven. Spoilers ahead. For those who haven’t seen it, “Ratatouille” follows the adventures of Remy, a French rat who dreams of one day becoming a chef. Remy […] READ MORE

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By: Christian Sarna We are living in an era in the United States where our exceptionalism stretches to being No. 1 in both incarceration rates and healthcare costs.  Caught in the center of these two issues is the legalization of medical marijuana. In a city facing a myriad of economic and public health concerns, why […] READ MORE

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By: Ryleigh Reagan Having only been released on Sept. 13 of this year, the Netflix original “Tall Girl,” written by Sam Wolfson is a unique take on self-love and acceptance with love interests and highschool drama mixed in.  “Tall Girl” starts out as the stereotypical highschool love story with the awkward outsider protagonist that is […] READ MORE

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By: Avery Corkins How can one YouTube video change someone’s whole life in just five minutes? Well, let me tell you. Just about four years ago, I was binge watching YouTube influencers until I fell asleep. One of the videos I found was from a channel called “Yes Theory.” This show is made up of […] READ MORE

By: Christian Sarna Chats with Matt – Comments, Questions And Concerns From Student To President   As students gear up for family weekend, the extended Griffon family have a few questions for President Matt Wilson. This week covers tips for tailgating, campus safety and recycling efforts.   What can students do at tailgates besides drink? […] READ MORE

By: Harry Loomis While the record doesn’t look great, the Missouri Western women’s soccer team seems to be turning a corner. After a very solid weekend, which saw them tie against Wayne State and defeat Sioux Falls, the team currently sits at 1-2-1 after two weeks of action.  While they didn’t score their first goal […] READ MORE

By: Zoë Jones My name is Zoë Jones, and I am so excited to be the Editor-in-Chief of the Griffon News this year.  I’m only a sophomore, but this fall marks my sixth year studying the different forms of journalism. I started my journalism career when I was a freshman in high school at Cameron […] READ MORE

By: Dr. James Carviou My name is Dr. James Carviou, and I am serving as the adviser for Griffon News this year. This comes after six years of advising experience with The Griffon, Missouri Western’s school yearbook. Ever since I can remember I have had an affinity for journalism and the power of storytelling. I […] READ MORE

By: Parker Williamson Sharks are not out to hunt humans, and people should respect them.   Sharks are my favorite animal, and in my opinion, are one of the most interesting in the world. They have been on the planet for 500 million years. This means that sharks have survived four or five mass extinction […] READ MORE

By: Michael Cullinane The one thing that I recall most fondly from my time in the Navy is that we all worked together towards a common objective.  It was this sweating towards a common purpose that bonded us into a band of brothers (and sisters), it was this activity that brought together a unity out […] READ MORE

Missouri Western has lost $11 million over the last five years. That’s a very large number, and it suggests that we, as students, should be upset at the university for this deficit. While I agree that there should be anger, it should not all be directed at the University. The state of Missouri and the […] READ MORE

By: Dawson Wittman  Athletics are one of the many things that make Missouri Western a special place. Whether it is dirt, turf, a gym floor, etc., as long as your team is winning—fans and supporters will be happy. As you may have seen, every Missouri Western team over the last three seasons, in a situation […] READ MORE

A bill that would allow students and teachers to carry firearms on campus has passed Missouri’s house vote 98-52 and is now up for a senate vote. While the house vote showed a significant favoring of one side, the legislation seems to be much more controversial on college campuses. Essentially, this is a continuation of […] READ MORE

By: Kathleen Woods   In order to complete finals week, I find that either slasher movies or comedies are a necessity for survival.   To combat my everlasting depression and stress during the last few weeks of finals, I have found myself focusing on the later half to lighten my mood.   The Netflix show […] READ MORE

For the past few years, the Golden State Warriors have dominated the NBA. They have gone to four straight NBA Finals and won three of them. However, while I hate to break it to you, their time is up. The Warriors have been very fortunate the past few years with injuries by opposing teams’ players. […] READ MORE

Warning: This editorial contains spoilers.   Captain Marvel hit the theaters earlier this month and has received a lot of controversial reviews.   Amidst said reviews, it’s been a relief just to have another Marvel movie come out since the depressing state Avengers: Infinity War left us with. On top of that, we are all […] READ MORE

I have always been a huge fan of comedy. As a college student attending comedy shows are a necessity and a great alternative to crying. We crave to relieve stress all of the time and laughing is a great cure all. In the past, I’ve seen great comedians like, Amy Schumer. Who, recently released a […] READ MORE

By: Leo Grantham On March 29, a video was posted to the Griffon News’ social media accounts of a young woman, without her consent and without context, which went viral. I will not be recounting the details of this. Please read the St. Joseph News Press article on this, which is online. This video, its […] READ MORE

By: Jacob Christian   I do not know what it’s like to be a black student at Missouri Western. I am troubled when I see members of the black community regarded with undue suspicion by police officers or when I overhear subtle racist comments directed at them. Occurrences like these shed light on the fact that […] READ MORE

The newspaper staff would like to applaud the university for handling the Make America Great Again hat video with such grace and communication. There was a lot of attention placed on Missouri Western due to the video, which lends to more scrutiny. Yet, Missouri Western held under the pressure in a composed way. Both the […] READ MORE

By: Dayton Bissett Older music is better than newer music. When I say older music, I mean ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and even some ‘90s. Music that actually has instruments that the artists play with their hands and their mouths. Music that requires true vocal talent and not auto-tuned, altered voices. Music that just seems more […] READ MORE

By: Drew Aggus Earlier this month, Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced that he would be running for president in 2020. This has led many to wonder why there seems to be an infinite number of democrats who are putting their names on the ballot next year. According to the New York […] READ MORE

This year’s SGA election results are in showing a significant increase in voter turnout from the past couple years. Students have made their voices heard and have selected Engoma Fataki as the new SGA president and Nathan Scott as the executive vice president. A total of 548 students voted in this election which is in […] READ MORE

My all-time favorite movies are chick flicks, and my favorite subcategory is romcom. As many girls (and some guys) agree, what is better than a good laugh about an awkward version of the cute things we dream about happening to us? Because of my major appreciation for this category, I thought this break was the […] READ MORE

I have become aware in the past year that I have never watched any of the traditional action movies. My boyfriend, who happens to be an action movie enthusiast, was shocked to learn that I have never seen the Matrix, Terminator or Rambo. Since then, he has made it his prerogative to introduce the classics […] READ MORE

Wholesome and pure are the words that come to mind when thinking of the Missouri Western theater department’s showing of “Little Women,” resulting in the audience feeling all the feels once the final song ends.   This showing of the musical was meant to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the play, and it delivered on […] READ MORE

By: Robbie Kaufman Did I go to MWSU to earn a degree in Biology or was I tricked in to earning a B.S. of people studies? All every student wants is to earn a degree so that they can get a job in a related field – or just a better paying job in general. What […] READ MORE

It has come to our attention that there is an issue among our students that seems to be more and more prevalent with each year. With broken hearts, we have become aware of the depressed state that an increasing number of students are finding themselves in. This issue became unignorable with the recent passing of […] READ MORE

Young, college-aged women are being targeted for their eggs. There are industries which use geotargeting at universities to try to make women aware of the large amounts of money they are willing to pay them for their eggs, sometimes up to $75,000. But, what the women aren’t being made aware of is the harms it […] READ MORE

Netflix has announced that in 2019 they will produce a live-action Avatar reboot helmed by the original showrunners Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. Over the course of 48 hours, I spent 28 of them rewatching the sixty episode series for a second time, and once again I am amazed by its brilliance. Avatar The Last […] READ MORE

By: Indigo Gaydusek First of all, I want to say why I love the art department: the faculty, instructors, and janitorial staff have been phenomenal. The professors are passionate about what they do and are intentional with assignments. They have made me a better artist by not just letting me go with my first idea, […] READ MORE

This semester alone Missouri Western State University has had three early closings; one late start and three full days canceled. It seems that with each Griffon Alert students rejoice and faculty cringe. Whether the extra time is used to catch up on homework or Netflix, students tend to respond to the snow days positively.  The […] READ MORE