Ryan Demore IFC Lette

This is a pitch for Greek life, but it is not a conventional pitch. I will not give you statistics about Greek Life that can be easily found on Google. You deserve more than that.


I have been privileged enough to call Drury University home for the past four years. I call Drury home because of my involvement in Greek life. When I signed up four years ago, I had no idea what to expect. I had seen “Animal House,” and I knew I didn’t want that experience. When I completed recruitment week, I saw that it wasn’t a group of men being drunken buffoons. It was simply a group of men who wanted to foster their leadership skills, contribute to their community, and cultivate a sense of brotherhood. There isn’t anything more that I could have asked for. Signing up for Greek life lead to opportunities I wouldn’t be able to have otherwise, I have held three offices in my chapter, and two in Interfraternity Council including President. Because of Greek life, I developed a love for Drury University… I started looking forward to my breaks ending so I could get back and see my brothers, and be at my school again. To quote from Robert Montgomery, “Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.” That is why I call Drury home. I cannot guarantee that my experience will be duplicated, but I can assure you that it is worth signing up to find out.


You have limited time here at Drury University; you will not believe how fast it passes by. Do not waste these few precious moments of your life compiling regrets. Spend them making memories in a place you will call home.

University updates campus

CX, Commons among changes


Photo by Greg Saquing


By Alexis Dutt & Chase Grubb
@alexisdutt & @Chase_Grubbie

As the fall semester is starting to wind up, you may have noticed some changes around campus. The Mirror spoke with Betty Coe Manuel, First Lady of Drury University; Chef Grant Dodge, Food Services Director; and newly appointed Director of Greek Life and Student Activities, Hope Russell, about the new additions around Drury. Continue reading

Ferguson: Reflecting on three weeks of protests

Police, students, faculty comment on controversial events


By Cathy Robinson & Elizabeth Barmeier
@catrob11 & @LizBarmeier

It’s been nearly three weeks since unarmed, African-American teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Mo. In the days and weeks following the shooting, the community has responded. Continue reading

New school year brings fresh expectations for Drury athletics

Women’s basketball and volleyball teams break in new coaches


Both the volleyball and women’s basketball teams will be under new coaching staffs this year.

Photos courtesy of Drury University Sports Information.

Photos courtesy of Drury University Sports Information.

Twitter_logo_blueBy Nicholas Childress

After a long hot summer vacation, students have returned to Springfield for fall classes. Along with the return of students and the start of a new semester comes a brand new season of Drury athletics. As all the players prepare to begin, the coaches are right beside them every step of the way. Continue reading

DU students give predictions for upcoming NFL season


By Nicholas Childress

As the NFL preseason comes to a close, the expectations of players, fans and coaches increase by the week. With Week One rapidly approaching, a new season will be upon us, and all teams will start fresh with a brand new opportunity to fight for the Lombardi trophy. Continue reading

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dominates social media

Many Drury organizations are participating for the cause


Sigma Pi challenged Dr. Manuel. Photo by Greg Saquing.


By Ryan Dickey

Over the past few weeks, social media has been flooded with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The premise is simple: participants pledge to donate to the ALS Foundation, pour a bucket of ice water over themselves, and then nominate others to do the same. Continue reading

University welcomes new international students

CORE professor gives insight on how to aid cultural transitions

Twitter_logo_blueBy Amber Cornelison

Drury has always prided itself on having an inclusive environment, with roughly ten percent of its population composed of international students from over 44 countries. This is a higher percentage than many of the universities in Missouri; the University of Missouri reported that 6.4 percent of its campus is international as of last fall. Missouri State University has international students from over 80 countries that make up a little under seven percent of its student population. Continue reading

Fresh take: Drury survival tips for newbies

Twitter_logo_blueBy Cory Bledsoe

Roommate tips:

  1. Set boundaries. Make sure you and your roommate are on the same page. Get the awkward out of the way and have the sex talk (at least it’s not with your parents this time). Besides, if you have to wear earplugs every night, how is your alarm going to wake you up for your 8 a.m. class?

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Panther passport program update

The overview and success rate of the program

Twitter_logo_blueBy Joel Roney

As the Panther Passport Program enters its fourth year of existence, the changes to the requirements are promising for any and all students who are interested in earning a little extra cash on the side.

The 2011-2012 school year saw the program’s conception. It was originally designed to encourage Drury students to become more engaged in campus life and in the city of Springfield by offering them up to $500 a year for attending enough events that qualify each semester. Continue reading

New attendance policy comes in affect

Teachers discuss their point of view on the update

Twitter_logo_blueBy Josh Anderson

Drury has activated a new policy that aims to increase the professors’ awareness of students who are consistently not attending class. This policy is currently in effect for the 2014-15 school year. Continue reading