Archive for October, 2012

Good afternoon everyone,

We wanted to send out this reminder that tonight is the last call to send in your questions to either Matthew Hunt or Ellis Cross to be answered.

The questions are over the 2012 Presidential election. Hunt will take the questions asked by Democrats and Ellis those by Republicans.

During the podcast questions that are submitted by Independent voters will be answered by both Editors.

To submit your questions choose one of the Editors email address below.

Matthew Hunt, opinion editor (Democrat) mhunt8@missouriwestern.edu

Ellis Cross, news editor (Republican) elliscross@yahoo.com

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In the 38th  district, Representative T.J. Berry and Kevin Morgen are in a heated battle for votes.

Morgen, democratic candidate posted a photo of a piece of campaign literature that has attacked him for having close views to President Barack Obama. However, this is my opinion I feel like its my obligation to the Missouri Republican Party know that Representative T.J. Berry is not running for a state wide or federal office race.

It seems quite obvious that the campaign is under pressure probably due to the redistricting. Berry is well known in the former 35th district, but has to play catch up in the new 38th district due to new boundary lines which was not in his district in 2008.

The vulgar piece of campaign literature shows Morgen sitting at a kitchen table with a with a dish of butter in front of him with the Presidents face on it. This has to be one of the weakest points I have seen a state house race since Doug Ervin ran against Danny Gregory in 2006 in what was then the 35th district.

Berry is known as a man who gets things done, and it shows that they have all been working hard to find ways to win the 38th district. Morgen on the other hand has been knocking on doors all throughout the district and seems to be gaining support everywhere he goes.

Morgen is a simple man with big ideas that can help improve the state of Missouri.  There have been polls that have shown that voters don’t look at literature, and if they do they decide to vote for that candidate being attached because of the name recognition for free advertisement.

In one of the last blogs for Out Front with Hunt, we told our viewers to not think this race is a done deal because its only begun. Morgen is gaining momentum, and plans to work for the next ten days to get every vote possible to receive that fully earned victory on November 6th.


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Brittany Toshene Douglas, former griffon softball player from 2008-2011, died on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. She graduated from Missouri Western in the fall of 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in recreation sport management.

Douglas was also active in the community as she was named the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Volunteer of the Year for the 2010-2011 season and also served the organization in many leadership roles.

Douglas came to Western from St. Louis and had an outstanding career for the Griffons as an outfielder. As a senior, she was named to the NFCA Daktronics Second Team All-South Central Region squad and was also named First Team All-MIAA two times  in her career. In 2011, she was named softball’s Female Athlete of the Year. To see the video shown at the sports banquet in 2011, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhaE2WRm3gs&feature=player_embedded .

In her final season, she helped the Griffon softball team earn a share in the MIAA Regular Season Title for the first time in Western’s history. Douglas finished her career with a total of 209 games played, 605 at bats, .317 batting average, 192 hits, 30 doubles, 101 rbis, 40 stolen bases, 128 runs scored and 30 home runs; she ranks second on Western’s career home run list and ranks in the top ten in several other categories.

Along with her career record breaking results, she was viewed by her teammates as a person of respect and kindness. Maegan Roemmich, Griffon softball teammate, said she was able to play with Douglas for two years and spent time with her over years. She said Douglas would do anything for anyone and always had a good time.

“She loved to play jokes on people,” Roemmich said. “She also had a great sense of humor.”

The death of Douglas has had an impact on Griffon softball coach Jen Bagley, who had a close relationship with the former player. Bagley told gogriffons.com that “Britt was an incredible game changer on the field. Off the field, [they] shared many memorable moments.”

Teammate Keri Lorbert said Douglas spent some time outside the field. She said that Douglas had a lot of friends and her death has taken a toll on those she knew.

“She had so much to give to the world,” Lorbert said. “Someone with some much potential left the Earth too short.”

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