MVC Delta Missouri Valley College Newspaper Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:59:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Singing Bee challenges musical memory Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:59:54 +0000 singing bee

By Laura Bustos Martinez

The Missouri Valley College Alumni Association sponsored “The Singing Bee” on March 23, held at the Eckilson-Mabee Theater.

“The Singing Bee” is a karaoke game show. The contestants don’t have to sing well. They just have to sing right.

The six contestants tried to remember the lyrics to popular songs, such as “Hello” by Adele, “Come On Over” by Shania Twain, or “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.

The first category was “pick six”. Contestants had the year, the artist and the name of the song. Whenever the music stopped, they had to sing the next phrase correctly.

The second category was the “random shuffle”. As the song played, words popped up on the screen in a random order. When the music stopped, contestants had to unscramble the words and sing it in the correct order.

“Singing with the enemy”, the third category, consisted of splitting contestants into pairs, where they took turns going back and forth every time the music stopped. This was the last chance for four of the contestant to stay in the game and advance into the final four.

The final round of the night was the “chorus showdown”. When the music stopped, contestants had to sing the entire chorus of the song correctly.

The winner of “The Singing Bee” was Rileigh Grunden.  

“It was really awesome,” Grunden said. “I had fun.”

Grunden knows a lot of songs and remembers the lyrics perfectly.

“My mom listened to a lot of stuff and, for some reason, I can remember it easier than anything else,” Grunden said.

Grunden received a $200 Amazon gift card.

Pets not allowed on campus Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:01:23 +0000 By Laura Bustos Martinez

The President’s Cabinet has decided that pets are not allowed in campus buildings. Some Missouri Valley College employees brought their pets to campus after vet appointments, grooming appointments, or some just to stay all day.

“I’ve never let pets on our campus,” Missouri Valley College President Bonnie Humphrey said. “We realized that the campus is not completely pet free, but we intend for it to be for a variety of reasons.”

“To keep all members of the campus safe,” Humphrey added, “so that includes the students, the faculty, the staff, visitors to our campus, and the pets themselves.”

Not everyone is comfortable around animals and others are even allergic to pets.

“You never know when someone has an allergy,” Humphrey said. “Pets have to go to the bathroom, you don’t want to step in something that somebody else didn’t pick up.”

“We’ve really tried not to have any pets for as long as I’ve been here, 15 years,” Humphrey added.

Some problems have brought the issue into attention.

“We’ve had dog fights before,” Humphrey said. “We’ve had people scared of pets.”

Animals are also not allowed at any of the sport events.

“We’ve had visitors from campus, bringing their dogs,” Humphrey said. “Probably perfectly sweet dogs, but another perfectly sweet dog and suddenly they don’t like each other.”

“It’s just a distraction,” Humphrey added. “It’s dangerous, for the pets and for the people, so we’ve just eliminated all of it.”

Megan Watts, Academic Advisor and Financial Literacy Coordinator, would occasionally bring her pet to campus because she had groomer visits.

“I live 35 minutes from here,” Watts said. “So, it was just easier.”

Watts has two dogs.

“My dogs are both trained very well,” Watts said. “As far as I know, they acted and behave well.”

Watts understands the President’s Cabinet decision.

“You have to do what you are told to do,” she said. “I understand that people aren’t dog people, so I tried to make sure my dogs don’t jump on people.”

“But, at the same time,” Watts added, “I understand why the President’s Cabinet decided that, because not everybody is a dog person or a cat person.”

The decision applies to all pets, but not to emotional support animals or service animals.

“Normally, kids want dogs or cats,” Humphrey said. “So, I will think it applies to all pets.”

“Service animals and emotional supports animals are a different situation,” Humphrey added. “If it is an emotional support pet, and all the requirements are met, that’s fine.”

Vegas, Keegan Troth’s emotional support dog, helps her with things like anxiety and depression.

“What that means is that instead of helping me to pick things up, or carry things, or other jobs that service dogs are able to do,” Troth said, “she’s with me on campus more for emotional support.”

“Basically,” Troth added, “if you try to get my dog to pick something up or go get something, she’ll just sit and stare at you. But as soon as you need a hug, she’s right there.”

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Missouri Valley College participates in an active shooter drill Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:25:57 +0000 IMG_9839

By Dakota Cantwell


“I think it went good,” Heath Morgan, Dean of Students said.  “I mean, anytime you do a drill there’s always the good part and then there’s always things that you can continue to work on.”

The drill took place on campus at the Morrison Fine Arts Building and approximately 20 students actively participated as potential injuries on site for the emergency services to work with.

While the drill was run with little issue, a student caught in the Morrison Fine Arts Building who was not actively participating in the drill caused some unforeseen action in the drill.

“They came and knocked on the door and just, like, tried to get in and no one could get in,” Kasey Milton, the student accidentally caught in the middle of the drill, said.  “So I was like ‘okay,’ they checked and I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and they left.”

Milton had arrived at her classroom early and when the drill commenced, she closed and locked the doors and barricaded them with chairs as she had been instructed to do by her professor.

“About ten minutes later they came back and I was like, ‘oh no’,” Milton said.

Milton was unsure of what was happening and the officers on scene were not sure if she was a participating student or not.

“They had no clue if she was part of it or not,” Morgan said.  “They just knew that she was a potential perpetrator, so they treated her like one.  I mean they weren’t mean or rough with her.”

The officers had to go and retrieve Morgan to get the code for the door that Milton had locked.

“They finally got it and they come in with flashlights and they’re like, ‘put your hands up where we can see them’.  And I’m like, ‘what is going on?’”

Once inside, the officers continued the drill as standard procedure dictated.

“So I get out and two of the cops went to the back of the studio.”  

The officers were searching for the ‘active shooter’ on scene.  There was a door at the back of the studio that led to the storage room.  

“He was actually in the room with her,” Morgan said.

The officer that was playing the role of active shooter for the drill was found in the storage room in back of the studio.

“In a real situation that would have been really dangerous because the back door to the studio actually doesn’t lock from that way.  It’s supposed to, but it doesn’t actually latch.”

Milton was handcuffed during the drill by the officers who were participating.

“He was like, do you have anything on you?  And I was like ‘what, I don’t know what I would have on me’.”  He was referring to weapons of any kind as a standard procedure for police in this position.  Milton said,  “and so he starts digging through my pockets and I was like, ‘I do have suckers in this pocket’.”

Morgan checked to ensure that Milton was okay, as did many of the officers participating in the drill.

“They were really calm about it.  They were like, ‘it’s just a drill, it’s fine’.”

Morgan said that he feels that the situation with Milton added to the experience for the drill.

“From a training aspect, with the police and fire and stuff, that’s exactly what they’d do.”

The drill concluded shortly after with no issues.  Milton said that having been directly involved with it helped her to feel safe because she knows what is involved with it.  She had some feedback for the next time the school runs a drill.

“On the little feedback, I said I really wish that they had the codes to get into those rooms,” Milton said. “They had to go ask someone, which delayed them even more.”

Once the drill concluded, classes resumed on campus and students and faculty continued with their day.

Kansas City Royals look to avoid second straight disappointing season Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:17:42 +0000 By Rocco Scarcello

After witnessing a 29-year playoff drought ended by back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015, Kansas City Royals fans who had become spoiled by the Boys in Blue’s winning ways were abruptly put in check after an injury-marred 2016 season that resulted in a .500 winning percentage . Although many analysts and oddsmakers have spent the last three preseasons quelling expectations for the Royals (most notably Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA projections, which had the Royals winning 79 games in 2014, 72 in 2015, and 76 in 2016 – which was too low by a combined 38 games), this might be the year that the low projections (71 wins, good for last place in the American League Central and few than anyone but the San Diego Padres) are actually somewhat on-point.

First, let me make it clear that if I was a gambling man, I would comfortably put my money on the Royals winning more than 71 games barring any injuries, and if I had to bet on how many wins, I would go with 79 or 80. The Royals are nowhere near the worst team in the MLB, and I would be extremely shocked and disappointed in them if they finished last in the division. I’m not willing to bet on who WILL win the division – or finish last in it – but I’m confident that neither of those things will be the end result.

If the Royals won the division this season, it would require a whole lot of overachieving from a bullpen that appears to be a shell of it’s former self. The Royals set the gold-standard for bullpens over the last few seasons, and they lack the starting pitching to win without it, especially after the tragedy that claimed promising young starter Yordano Ventura’s life shortly before Spring Training kicked off. They chose to pass up on a reunion with former closer Greg Holland, but they added pitchers Travis Wood and Nathan Karns, and both are expected to be contributors in the bullpen when he (mainly Karns) isn’t working out of the rotation.

Another part of the reason why the Royals have to worry about their bullpen is because it is without it’s best weapon from years past: Wade Davis, who was traded to the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, played a huge role in helping the Royals get the most out of the starting rotation over the last few seasons, and he will be sorely missed. The return for trading Davis was rather comical: outfielder Jorge Soler, a Cuban-born player who has shown potential and certainly isn’t a scrap-pile, but doesn’t really fill a role.

Here’s why the Davis-for-Soler trade was so harmful: on Opening Day 2017, the Royals played the Minnesota Twins, a divisional rival. KC put Danny Duffy, their best pitcher, on the mound, and he pitched six innings, allowed one earned run on just three hits and three walks, and struck out eight. Guess how many runs the Twins scored the next inning? Six. The Royals lost 7-1 and Duffy was given a no-decision after straight-up dealing. This team was without both Wade Davis (obviously) and Jorge Soler (who started the year on the disabled list). Which one appears to have been missed and needed more?

They have the potential to bring more power to the plate this season than they have in quite a while, but they haven’t needed it to be competitive in the past. While it is nice to know there are five guys who can potentially bang out 20 home runs (returners Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, and first-year Royal Brandon Moss), it’s also not a great feeling knowing that the team that was built to win in Kauffman Stadium (a.k.a. one that can run and play defense) now reeeally can’t run and doesn’t play defense as well as they used to.

This team doesn’t suck, but it’s not amazing either. With a couple of those elusive overperformances, the Royals have a chance to compete for a playoff berth, but it’s hard to imagine them beating the Boston Red Sox or Cleveland Indians out for another American League pennant. Nonetheless, as PECOTA has found out in the last few years, there are 162 games for a reason. The Royals have put together some surprisingly good teams over the last few years, and all it could take is a big season from a few guys (Hosmer, Moustakas, and Moss especially, in my opinion) to make this team one of those dangerous squads that fans have finally had the opportunity to grow accustomed to.

36th annual litter pick up day scheduled Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:15:06 +0000 By Rocco Scarcello

The 36th annual “Take Pride in Marshall Litter Pick Up” has been scheduled for Saturday, April 8. Volunteers will meet at Marshall City Office (214 N. Lafayette) at 8:30 a.m and the group will divide up and hit different locations.

Gloves, safety vests, and bags will be provided, as well as prizes, food, and fun at the appreciation party that event founder and organizer David Kemm has also set up, scheduled to start around 11:30 a.m..

The event will be on regardless of weather. Mother Nature has only cancelled one event  since Kemm spearheaded the first litter day, and he suggests dressing appropriately and wearing heavy shoes.

Anyone can participate, and for any inquiries, call Kemm at 660-831-0676.

HIV and STI presentation educates students on dangers of infections Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:05:08 +0000 HIV speakerBy Rocco Scarcello

Sexual health education is a very important thing for a college campus to talk about, and Missouri Valley College’s Student Health Services brought in Erika Holliday, certified health education specialist and North-Central HIV health educator with the Columbia / Boone County Public Health and Human Services, to give a presentation to interested students.

Holliday, who covers 37 counties in the state, was on campus on Wednesday, March 22, to give the presentation in the Malcolm Center’s Bacon Room at 3:30 p.m.. The event was open to students, faculty, and any other staff members  Students in attendance were entered into a drawing for $25 worth of gift cards.

Different areas of emphasis included looking at what HIV, AIDS, and STI’s are, transmission, incidence, and treatment, as well as telling stories, showing a video, and discussed why the students should care.

Holliday will return on April 11 to administer free STI/HIV testing. Getting tested and having a good general knowledge of how to be safe sexually are extremely important, Holliday said.

“I think that it’s important to know that the most common diseases don’t have any symptoms,” Holliday said, “and it’s easy for someone to have it and have no idea. But also, know that almost all of the health departments have these services offered.”

Effort under way to bring debate to Valley Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:52:38 +0000 By Dakota Cantwell

Beginning next semester, Missouri Valley College will now have a debate club.

The drive for this endeavor is being lead by Professor Susan Dittmer and club president Rocco Scarcello.

“In the process of doing my five year plans, the one thing that I would like to leave Missouri Valley College is a debate club and hopefully, eventually, a debate team” Dittmer said.

Scarcello added that “Professor Dittmer has had this idea for a long time, in which she would be able to bring debate to campus.” Scarcello said. “Ultimately it all starts with Professor Dittmer and her idea.”

Scarcello said that he thinks that the debate club will be a good addition to the campus activities.

“We have a really competitive campus as a whole. Between the different athletes and everything else, it just really would be a perfect fit.”

The night before the election Rocco and his speech class held an informal debate event over the candidates.

“We really started it last semester with one of my classes. We did, before the ballot.  We kind of had a debate, debate the trump and the clinton,” Dittmer said.

The event also allowed for the audience to ask questions to the debaters after it.

“People came to it and they didn’t look super excited at first.” Scarcello said, “but once they we started talking, once they started seeing what we were doing, they actually started getting into it.”

The debate club at the moment has five active members, with other students who have also shown interest in it.  The team holds its meetings when the students are all available to meet.

“I think the ultimate goal of this is to really bring debate to the campus and like show that there is a way to be competitive and academic,” Scarcello said.

The club eventually would like to bring other schools debate teams to campus, but at the moment is focused on building itself up.

The club has its first event planned scheduled for April 17 where the debate club will be discussing the political divide of the country.

“I believe that that’s really why we chose that topic because we just really feel that it’s something that we need to speak about and bring to the public,” Dittmer said.  

Those interested in the debate club should contact Professor Dittemer or Rocco Scarcello for more information.


From the Enemy of the American People Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:01:42 +0000 fakenews

By Laura Bustos Martinez

President Donald J. Trump attacked the media on Twitter for, according to him, lying about the reality on February 17.

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy,” he said, “it is the enemy of the American People!”

A few minutes earlier, President Trump tweeted a first version of his message, in which he didn’t mention CBS and ABC and wrote “SICK!”. He quickly erased it and instead wrote a new tweet in which he included two additional “enemies”.

Senator and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain defended the free press.

“The first thing that dictators do is shut down the press,” he said.

“If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free press,” Sen. John McCain added. “And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time, that’s how dictators get started.”

It is not the first time and it will not be the last time in which the media has been pointed out for manipulating and attempting to control the thinking of the masses.

As if it were not enough, on February 24, several media companies as The New York Times, CNN, Politico and LA Times reported that they were barred from the White House briefing

One day later, on February 25, President Trump went even further in carrying on his vendetta with the media.

“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,” he said on Twitter. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!”

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro ordered CNN’s Spanish-language station off of the air. He classified the content as a direct attack to the peace and stability of the country. Who would imagine that these two Presidents would have a clear theme in common?

The media is essentially critical, incisive, but with the limits imposed by ethics. Discomfort is normal in journalism.

Nowadays, fortunately, it is almost impossible to control the ability of the media to investigate and transmit information and facts. Moreover, thanks to new technologies, this world is a “Global village”, as philosopher Marshall McLuhan said. Governments and politicians should get used to it.

Those who do not trust the local media can easily look at other countries’ media with just a click. It is one way to potentially help someone have a clearer idea of what is happening. What prohibited or disqualified who wields power is precisely what arouses the greatest interest.

A democracy without media, without different criteria, without different proposals and content, cannot be conceived.

The media should take the role of “The Watchdog on Government” quite seriously. Freedom of speech should be used to control the State, to inform about facts freely without any dominance, to disseminate all kinds of ideas without any censorship, to expose corruption on government, and to safeguard democracy. The media is the filter between reality and citizens. The media is the mirror that reflects the society.

Perhaps Trump and Maduro should ask themselves: What bothers them the most? The media – or the reflections that the media offers?

DAPL approval comes at great risk Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:01:05 +0000

By Dakota Cantwell

In another unsurprising turn of the modern day, the Dakota Access Pipeline has received full approval for construct. While many see this as a great thing for the thousands of potential jobs (a number blown far out of proportion), the threat is now a promise.

The pipeline will be built, it will cross the Missouri River and, if history is any indicator, it will leak.

According to, “The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is the safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport crude oil from domestic wells to American consumers.”

The funny thing about this is the actual history of the pipeline.  It was, for a brief moment, set to run through Bismarck, ND.  

This obviously did not happen and it is the reasoning that makes ETP’s claim of safety so uncomforting.

The rumor is that Bismarck’s water supply was in danger and because of this the pipeline was made to find another path which led them to the stand off with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Snopes has quickly chimed in on this and proved it to be false, which is partly true.  The claim that Bismarck’s white residents threw a fit and the pipeline jumped to appease them is false.

There is more to this story however.  According to the Bismarck Tribune it was the U.S Army Corps of Engineers that told the pipeline to change its course and listed a couple of Environmental concerns for their reasoning.

One of which was concern about the pipeline crossing what the federal pipeline regulators called a “high consequence area.”  According to the Bismarck Tribune this is “an area determined to have the most significant adverse consequences in the event of a pipeline spill.”

Odd that despite the Dakota Access claiming to be the “safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport crude oil” they were still made to move the pipeline in the event that when they spill it will have extreme consequences.

So what does this mean for Standing Rock and everyone else down stream from them?

According to Business insider, between 2013 and 2015 there were an average of 121 “accidents” happen in a year.

A report from Worcester Polytechnic Institute found that they health problems related to these oil spills can be detrimental.  Including increased cancer risks and digestive issues for those who ingested the oil directly through the water or ate the meat of animals that had ingested the water.  

According to Business Insider, people who bathed in or did laundry with the water contaminated by an oil spill suffered “a higher incidence of skin problems, ranging from mild rashes to severe and lasting eczema and malignant skin cancers.”

So congrats to the DAPL, you have succeeded in risking the lives of the animals and people that live along the Missouri River.  Here’s hoping your claim of safety isn’t just something to quiet the masses.

Power outage causes problems on campus Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:55:56 +0000 By Laura Bustos Martinez


Missouri Valley College faced a 30-minute loss of electric power on February 23 around 4 p.m.

Tim Schulte, director of maintenance, send out an email to MVC students, faculty and staff presenting the problem.

“The city utility company knows the power is out,” Schulte said in the email. “They are working to correct the issue. Thanks for your patience.”

The power outage affected different parts of the campus community, as well as the MVC computer system.

“If a system loses power abruptly, it could damage hardware or the configuration of that system,” systems Administrator Jason Rinne said.

“All of our mission critical systems are on battery backup units to protect them and to allow for the IT staff to properly shut them down,” he added. “These battery backups are designed to keep the systems running for around an hour.”

KMVC-FM, the Missouri Valley College radio station, could not work for hours.

Ken Kujawa, general manager of KMVC-FM, said “as the electricity went off, the radio station went off too. When it later came back, the control doesn’t come back by itself, so the radio station went off for a few hours.”

The dining hall was going to open their doors to the students when the power outage occurred.

David Martinez, dining hall employee, was working while the loss of electric power stopped every machine in the dining hall.

“We opened the dining hall ten minutes late,” he said. “We covered dishes and silverware, and putted plastic dishes and silverware instead, as the dish room could not work either.”

“The pizza oven or the Mongolian grill were not prepared to serve food on time and the service started slow,” Martinez added.

The Murrell Library, where faculty, staff and students have access to Wi-Fi, computers and online resources also were affected by the power outage.

Joanna Scott, a Murrel Library work study, saw how the students were shocked while the event occurred.

“We should have had those safety lights,” she said, “and I didn’t see any if there were any.”

“Everybody was like Oh, my God is dark,” Scott added, “and yes, it was really too dark. I heard somebody yell because they didn’t know if their work was going to be saved.”