Stories of strength, support and survival

How the Drury and Springfield communities think pink


Photo by Abby Whisnant.

The month of October signals the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While Drury students become more educated about the sometimes-fatal disease, local charities and on-campus organizations move to make a difference to those affected by breast cancer.


One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. This means that not only are friends and family in danger, but students themselves are likely to fight this disease at some point. This makes education and awareness all the more important during the early adult years for those who are genetically predisposed to breast cancer – a woman’s chances nearly double if she has a first-degree relative (mom, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed. Continue reading

Millennials: who they are, why they are important

As election season approaches, politicians seek to target demographic

Do you know what it means to be a millennial voter? If you were born between 1978 and 2000, that’s how you are labeled by politicians seeking your vote. There are even specific campaign strategies targeted at you. Continue reading

Drury men’s soccer nabs fifth straight victory

Lady Panther volleyball dominates Lake Erie 3-0

Photo courtesy of the Drury Athletic Department

Photo courtesy of the Drury Athletic Department

Men’s Soccer
Sunday afternoon, the Drury men’s soccer team took to the pitch to battle with Illinois-Springfield in a Great Lakes Valley Conference matchup. The Panthers, now ranked number 13 in the nation, took the victory, with a final score of 2-0. The game got off to a very fast start with Jack Mathis’ third minute goal on a penalty kick. The game remained at that 1-0 score until Mathis struck again in the 86th minute from about 12 yards out to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead over Illinois-Springfield. Those goals were all that Drury would need to seal the victory, and with Logan Ponche’s two saves, the Panthers defense shut out the UIS offense. The Panthers move onto an impressive 12-2 overall record while they are 10-2 in the GLVC. The team will be in action again tonight, Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Kansas City for a GLVC matchup with Rockhurst University. Continue reading

World Series: Forever Loyal to the Royals

“I’m from a city in the Midwest—the best city in the whole wide, wide world.”When Lupe Fiasco wrote these lyrics, he was referring to Chicago; however, in light of the recent success of the Royals, I would argue that the lyrics describe Kansas City.

It all started back on September 30. The Royals had one final chance to qualify for post-season play in a wild card game against the Oakland Athletics. The Royals were blessed to get home field advantage. After 12 nerve-wrecking innings, the Royals won. Though for some cities this wouldn’t have seemed like much of an accomplishment, for Kansas City fans it was nothing short of a miracle. Continue reading

Humans of Drury: the “Just Say Hi” philosophy

AMThis week’s Human of Drury is Barbi Dickensheet. She has been working at Drury as the Assistant Circulation Manager in Olin Library for about eleven years now. When I asked her about her job and working at Drury it was clear that her passion was the students. Perhaps one of the most influential things that Barbi does for students here on campus is also the most simple. She has adopted the “Just Say Hi” philosophy, in which Barbi makes the effort to greet each student as they walk in the library. This is in order to make students feel welcome and part of a network at Drury. Continue reading

Creepy crawlies, and green cards, and fish, oh my!

As Halloween draws nearer, The Mirror staffers share their fears

Everyone is afraid of something, even The Mirror staff. With Halloween drawing nearer, people begin to realize what truly scares them. In this article the staff shares what makes them cringe. Whether it’s creepy crawlies or underwater creatures, rational or irrational, everyone is fearful of something. Continue reading

What not to wear: Cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes

RFOriginating in Africa, Rastafarianism eventually spread to Jamaica. It was an escape from the oppression caused by whites in the mid-1900s and led to traditions such as reggae music. For this reason, its followers are typically black. Because the movement was caused by oppressive whites, it is insulting to wear the attire if 1) you are white and 2) if you have never been oppressed. The costume usually consists of a red-gold-green color scheme, cannabis leaves, and dreadlocks. Continue reading

Missouri Partners in Prevention data released

Four-part series will compare numbers from 2013 and 2014

The Missouri College Health Behavior Survey is designed to understand the role of alcohol, drugs, mental health and relationships. This survey is provided electronically every spring to undergraduate students at 21 private and public universities in the state of Missouri. The Mirror will publish a four-part series on each section of the survey.

This week, we are analyzing relationships on DU’s campus. According to Matt Battaglia, director of Residence Life and chief judicial officer, Drury is forced by law to submit a response plan based on the updated numbers every year. The response to the data is called the Prevention Initiatives Strategic Plan, and it has already been submitted to the state for the 2014 survey results. This is the fourth and final part of our series on the Partners in Prevention data.

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Evening the playing field: Drury disability services

Derr discusses accessibility of buildings, education, future

When it comes to handicap accessibility on Drury’s campus, the university’s buildings are legally up to code. Handicap friendly, however, is a whole different story.

Ed Derr is the Director of Counseling, Testing, and Disability Services at Drury, a position that requires him to wear a variety of hats. Derr also brings an empathy and passion to his job that comes from first-hand experience. Continue reading

Q&A: new dean of admissions Jay Fedje

A glimpse at enrollment present, past and future

The Mirror recently sat down with the new Dean of Admissions, Jay Fedje, to talk about enrollment at Drury and its recent trends, as well as what administrative changes are being implemented to boost enrollment. Fedje officially started here at Drury on June 1, 2014, but has 23 years of prior enrollment experience. Continue reading