Monthly Archives: October 2016

More Than Tricks and Treats

By Hadley Bjerke, News Writer

Source: news.mst.edu

Source: news.mst.edu

Walking the line between terrifying and thrilling, Halloween is a mix of celebration and superstition. Some historians believe the holiday began with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when bonfires and costumed folk were thought to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century per Pope Gregory III’s designation, November 1 became a time to honor all saints and martyrs. The holiday, All Saints’ Day, mirrored a few traditions of Samhain. Since then, Halloween has evolved into a secular event that focuses on communities and child-friendly activities.

Continue reading

Mass arrests made at pipeline protest

By Alexis Lee, News Writer

This past weekend, approximately three hundred activists naming themselves as “water protectors” continued their two-month- long protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). On Saturday, October 22 the demonstration began at 5:20 a.m. and lasted for five hours. The event then carried over to Sunday. A few of the protest groups stated that it was merely a peaceful protest. However, some of the Morton County police had a different perspective on the event.

Continue reading

Johnson campaign continues gaining support despite setbacks

Source: presidential-candidates.insidegov.com

Source: presidential-candidates.insidegov.com

By Steve Rusakiewicz, News Writer

The presidential debates may be over, but the Johnson campaign is not going quietly into the night. In September of 2015, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein attempted to sue the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), saying the commission colluded with both the Republican and Democratic parties to block competition in the 2012 election cycle. This could be considered a violation of both antitrust law and the First Amendment. The anti-trust lawsuit was eventually dismissed in August of this year by federal judge Rosemary M. Collyer who said the claims made by Johnson and Stein “fail[ed] as a matter of well-established law.” Judge Collyer went on to say that the First Amendment argument did not apply to the case because the commission is a private nonprofit, and not a government entity. The decision upheld the fifteen percent polling threshold established by the CPD for entry into the debates, effectively excluding Johnson, Stein, and a host of other lesser-known third party candidates from the prime-time debate stages. The CPD’s nonprofit status will be challenged in a hearing scheduled for January 7, 2017 in the U.S. District Court of Washington D.C.

Continue reading

Perron’s Three Goals Lifts Blues Over Flames

By Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer

The St. Louis Blues continued their strong start on Saturday night with a victory over the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.  The victory concluded the team’s week long trip to Canada and also snapped the Blues two game winless streak.  It was Blues forward David Perron who provided the necessary spark during the game.

Source: sports.yahoo.com

Source: sports.yahoo.com

Continue reading

Mizzou Upset on Homecoming

By Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer 

Last Saturday, the Mizzou football team faced off against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. It was a high scoring, back-and-forth game but in the end Middle Tennessee came out on top 51-45. To add insult to injury, Mizzou lost this game on their Homecoming. The offense had a productive day, but sloppy play kept the tigers from getting the victory. The Tigers football program has had a long fall from the top of the Southeastern Conference and it doesn’t seem like they’re on their way back anytime soon.

Continue reading

B.S. in History looks to the Past for Future Opportunities

By Hadley Bjerke, News Writer

Source: history.mst.edu

Source: history.mst.edu

Over the years, Missouri University of Science and Technology has begun to redefine what a typical science and technology degree entails. Their latest addition is a Bachelor of Science degree in history. The degree plans to create a solid foundation in the humanities and social sciences that supports technical knowledge. Ideally, the degree would bring together the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), humanities, and social sciences fields.

Continue reading

Missouri S&T Signs NCAA Presidential Pledge to Promote Diversity and Gender Equality

By Alexis Lee, News Writer

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-5-58-58-pm

Source: mst.edu/about/athletics

Missouri University of Science and Technology recently signed the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Presidential Pledge to promote diversity and gender equality. The university officially committed to establishing racial and ethnic diversity and gender equity to reflect the student population, along with the nation. Missouri S&T’s chancellor, Cheryl B. Schrader, expressed her enthusiasm in committing to this goal: “Our athletes, coaches and staff make tremendous contributions to the university, and we strive to support them in every way possible. I am gratified to sign onto this significant initiative, which reflects Missouri S&T’s commitment to attracting and retaining a diverse community of students, faculty and staff.” This inclusion will not stop at the sports team rosters, for this pledge will initiate an effort for individuals from diverse backgrounds to represent the athletic program as athletic directors, coaches, and commissioners.

Continue reading

Great Barrier Reef Obituary Goes Viral

By Steve Rusakiewicz, News Writer

hamiltonisland.com.au

Source: hamiltonisland.com.au

Last week, Rowan Jacobsen wrote a solemn, respectful obituary for the world’s largest living structure: The Great Barrier Reef. Jacobsen pays homage to the reef’s unmatched beauty, biodiversity, and rich history. The obituary appeared in Outside magazine, and was a very moving, very powerful piece of writing describing the demise of the reef, but the scientific community was dismayed by the popularity of this article. Their feelings stem primarily from the fact that the Great Barrier Reef is not, in fact, dead just yet.

Continue reading

MLB Playoffs

By Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

The second round of the MLB playoffs got underway last week which means that only four teams remain to contend for a World Series title. The last remaining clubs are the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League, and the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are still alive in the National League. Every team still in it is looking to end a long drought without winning the World Series, especially the Indians and Cubs.

Continue reading

St. Louis Blues off to a Strong 3-0 Start

By Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer 

Source:  granitehighworld.com

Source: granitehighworld.com

With the fall weather approaching, the St. Louis Blues took center stage around the area this past week.  The team opened up their 2016-2017 campaign with a strong start.  After opening up with a tough matchup on the road against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues returned home last Thursday for their home opener against Minnesota.  St. Louis won both games and hosted the New York Rangers on Saturday night at the Scottrade Center.

Continue reading