School spirit in full force


Terri Lynn Frasher | The Chart

Joplin City Hall shows MOSO support

Homecoming fever sweeps town, campus

In all, 57 businesses around the community decorated their storefronts in support of Missouri Southern’s Paint The Town Green and Gold event.

That’s a huge improvement from 2013, when only 12 businesses participated— something Darren Fullerton, vice president of student affairs, attributes to the work done by Student Activities.

“Landon [Adams, director of student activities] and the folks in Student Activities have done a wonderful job of driving up participation,” said Fullerton.

For Adams, it’s all about encouraging people to become invested and get excited about Southern.

” It is always a phenomenal experience to see businesses put so much time and energy into something that ultimately is just showing their pride,” said Adams.

Paint the Town Green and Gold is hardly the only excitement swirling around homecoming week, however.

Today at noon, students will gather at the 37th annual picnic for the announcement of the homecoming king and queen winners. On Wednesday, a shortlist of the finalists was released.

The Queen candidates are Cara Nicole Gooch, representing Epsilon Mu Sigma; Anna Dickerson, Sigma Pi; Sohinee ‘Rhea’ Ghosh, Math Club; Kelsey Armstrong, Zeta Tau Alpha; and Kierstyn Hillman, Alpha Sigma Alpha.

The five remaining king candidates are Parker Richardson, representing PRSSA; Saif Farag, Southern Ambassadors; Timothy Daniel, Sigma Pi; Zachary Pettit, Epsilon Mu Sigma; and Kanon Hoover, Kinesiology Club.

For more information on each finalist and why they would like to win in their own words, visit