University updates campus

CX, Commons among changes

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Photo by Greg Saquing

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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

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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

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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
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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

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By Nicholas Childress
@NChill17

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

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

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By Ryan Dickey
@RyanGinger23

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
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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
@c_bledsoe1

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

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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
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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

Music department milestone: Enrollment record

Faculty reveal that program doubled in size in five years

Twitter_logo_blueBy Elizabeth Barmeier
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With no advertising or recruitment, the music department reaches a total of 100 majors and minors for this year. “Back when I started at Drury in 1988, we were pushing to get 25 so we’ve come a long way since then,” Professor of Music and Music Department Chair Allin Sorenson said. Continue reading