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By. Matthew Ryan Hunt

The Republican National Convention is off to a good start with a few minor speed bumps in the way.

Ellis Cross, News Editor for the Griffon News has just arrived in Tampa, Florida where the Republican Convention is to be held. He said that activities start for him today at noon.

Cross stated in his blog thecrossreference.wordpress.com that yesterday at 7:38 p.m. Tampa time the Chairman of the Republican National Convention, Reince Priebus emailed delegates and other “Interested Parties” informing them that the convention will “convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon August 28.

He said the email stated that the NRC’s first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guest, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention, and citizens of the Tampa Bay area.

“The RNC is working closely with state, local and federal officials, as well as the Secret Service, to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and preserve Florida’s emergency management resources,” Cross said. “They are expecting participants to experience difficulties due to sustained wind and rain.”

Cross said that tomorrows events Sunday August 26th are still on schedule and will proceed.  He said that tomorrow’s welcome event hosted by the Tampa Bay Host Committee at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida is going as planned.

The crossreference.wordpress.com site states that the convention staff is working now around-the-clock to find alternate housing for delegates in storm-impacted areas.

“Those plans for replacement housing are expected tomorrow morning Sunday the 26th,” Cross said.

The convention and coverage from Ellis Cross will start tomorrow and will continue throughout the convention cycle. He said that he loves every minute of the experience.

“The weather is great so far but Monday’s Republican National Conventions have been cancelled as a precaution due to hurricane Isaac,” Cross said.

For more information on updates from Ellis Cross’s coverage of the National Republican Convention please follow his blog at www.thecrossrefernece.wordpress.com or www.griffonnews.com. There will be an update from Cross on Monday covering his trip so far.


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Welcome to the incoming freshmen class of Missouri Western. It’s a new year, and the world is in the palm of your hands.
Though you now have the freedom to do what you want, you must remember the cost of staying here at Western. It has been said time and time again that there are those who come to Western and believe it will be a piece of cake. Some have even gone as far as to say that we are just a four-year junior college that passes students right on through.
Well if you take some time and sit down to talk with some students who are in departments, like nursing, business, or any major for that matter, they will tell you it takes work. The thing that you have to understand is that college is about meeting new people and living a new life; however, that’s not the half of what college is all about.
If you are a serious student and want to get that degree, then you have to work for it — harder than you worked in high school. The fact is, you’re at a four-year institution just like the University of Missouri or Northwest Missouri State University. It’s not as easy as you may think, and many have fallen thinking it will be.
Here’s a little piece of advice that has been passed down from one student to the next for all those students starting their first week of classes in college:
1. The moment you get a homework assignment you get started right away. It doesn’t matter if it’s a reading assignment, homework, or online work, just do it! The problem that almost all students make is putting their homework off, and many have seen their fellow classmates leave right out of Western’s doors for not keeping up on the work.
2. When you are given the opportunity to have a study group with three or four of your classmates, take the offer, because it helps. When you have an extra few hours to read a chapter or two to get ahead, take advantage of it so it won’t pile up later on. If you follow these simple steps, you should do well on your exams and succeed in your college experience.
There are a lot of people that won’t make it their freshmen year. You are probably thinking that the guy writing this piece is just making it up, but in fact you will witness your friends and classmates disappear like a magic trick.
College isn’t for everyone, but those who want it bad enough will work for it. So welcome to Western and the next chapter in your life.

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