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Lacy Stokes drives past the UCM defender during the MIAA championship game on Sunday, March 5th at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO.

Women’s basketball makes it to the NCAA tournament.

Trevor Batson March 9, 2023

For the second straight season the Missouri Southern women's basketball team is in the NCAA tournament. The Lions enter the tournament this year as a 3 seed earning one of the automatic bids as the...

Jack of all trades: Jett Steele

Jack of all trades: Jett Steele

Jace Opel, Managing Editor March 8, 2023

Before you ask, “Hey Siri, what is a “Jett of all trades?” You should know the answer can be found right here, strolling within the halls and sitting in the classrooms of Missouri Southern.   Freshman...

Mind over matter: student prioritizes mental health

Mind over matter: student prioritizes mental health

Katrina Ball February 20, 2023

College students have begun to prepare for another semester of classes, clubs and other activities while balancing deadlines and jobs. One of the more enormous challenges many will be unprepared for...

After practice, members of the womens soccer team huddle on Oct. 6, 2022. Senior Riley Lever, SAAC President, initiated the adoption process of The Bandana Project on MSSUs campus for all students.

Leading on, off the field: Bandana Project provides mental health support

Trevor Batson and Nathan Massey February 17, 2023
As a freshman, Riley Laver made 12 starts for the Missouri Southern women’s soccer team. From the outside looking in, it would appear everything was going great.  But for Laver, who was miles away from home, moving from California to Joplin led to a freshman year dealing with turbulent times.  “I came all of the way here and did not have any support system,” Laver said. “I was very much dealing with anxiety and a lot of depression, just from the whole culture change.”
MSSU athletics hit with probation, sanctions after self-reported NCAA violations

MSSU athletics hit with probation, sanctions after self-reported NCAA violations

Trevor Batson February 15, 2023
On December 9, 2022, the MSSU athletics department was hit with sanctions by the NCAA.  According to the NCAA, "Missouri Southern State failed to monitor its football program which committed multiple NCAA violations over two years."  However, all of these infractions were committed by people no longer with the university.
Attention Transfer Students

Attention Transfer Students

Jace Opel, Reporter February 10, 2023
It’s a new semester at Missouri Southern, which means a new and exciting announcement. MSSU announced an increase in scholarships for students looking to transfer in as a Lion. 
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Missouri’s largest school district yet to adopt four-day weeks

Jazmine Knight February 8, 2023
Remember in grade school when we would go through the school week, and we would be dragging by Thursday or Friday? Well, some school districts are looking to change that.  Back in December, the Independence school district voted 6-1 to become Missouri’s largest district to change to a four-day school week. Starting fall 2023, students will no longer have school on Mondays, but Tuesday-Friday school days will be extended by 35 minutes. 
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The price of being a broke college kid

McKenna Hodges, Managing Editor December 7, 2022

As I opened my last package of 50-cent ramen and put it in the microwave, I thought to myself “this is normal, everyone here is a broke college kid too.” This was the mindset that I had during my first...

The Billingsly Student Center is scheduled to be renovated for the first time since 2001.

Missouri Southern launches Lions Forward campaign

Deidre Brown December 4, 2022

When Dr. Dean Van Galen arrived on Missouri Southern’s campus in 2020, he knew that it was time to look to the future of the university and begin making changes for the betterment of the students,...

Photo of the finish line at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course

Cross Country Set to Compete in Regionals on Home Course

Jazmine Knight November 18, 2022

Cross country season is slowly coming to an end meaning no more running 100 miles per week for those runners.  Two weeks ago, Missouri Southern’s cross country team competed on their home course...

Griner should be released

Griner should be released

Kaitlin Hunnicutt October 31, 2022

A seven-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Brittney Griner was sentenced in August to nine years in prison in Russia. Griner was arrested in the Sheremetyevo International Airport...

A guide for the midterm elections

A guide for the midterm elections

October 25, 2022
Over the last decade voter turnout for college students has been on the rise. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, citizens of the United States have the opportunity to vote in midterm elections.
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