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Funerals in 2020 are no more fun than funerals in general. Having to attend a funeral recently, I would know that it is not an ideal turn of events. Funerals never are, but 2020 definitely somehow makes it worse. READ MORE

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Being a college student is difficult within itself without a doubt, but being a student-athlete in college is something that you only will und… READ MORE

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During this global pandemic, playing college football should not be important. Putting young athletes at risk of getting COVID-19 should not e… READ MORE

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While the Chiefs were in Buffalo this weekend, one professional sport made its way to Kansas City. READ MORE

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Black women are the most disrespected humans on the earth. For years women have been excluded, and for even longer, black women are still bein… READ MORE

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I love my dorm. It has a kitchen, bathroom, shower and a bed. All the essentials. There are many things I don’t like about my room in Leaverto… READ MORE

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This opinion piece actually came to me when my third time in quarantine occurred.  I was supposed to be catered meals while I was in my room. … READ MORE

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Throughout their first three weeks of play, the NFL has done an excellent job at keeping players and staff members COVID-19 free, until this w… READ MORE

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As education and economy continue to demand our participation during this global pandemic, we barrel towards a dividing issue: when is it appr… READ MORE

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The 10th of September, while I was at work, my manager received a call from an associate reporting that she’d tested positive for COVID-19.  READ MORE

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I should have been more specific when I asked for a vacation over the summer. I received a quarantine vacation for about a month thanks to COV… READ MORE

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My name is Chloe Earwood and I am a student athlete at Missouri Western.  I am a volleyball player and recently have had a run in with COVID-1… READ MORE

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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