COVID-19 Updates

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Taking a semester or year off before starting college or between semesters has always been an option, but the stakes and options are different this year. 

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At the beginning of the fall semester, Andy Cline, a professor in the department of media, journalism and film at Missouri State, approached us about an idea for a documentary he wanted to see executed.

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With the upcoming release of the new COVID-19 vaccine, companies such as Pfizer are looking into locations that will be able to store the vaccine until it is distributed to the public. 

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There is no doubt people and businesses have been left reeling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but after one Springfield resident saw a viral TikTok trend, she decided to do her part in helping heal the community.

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Each year at Park Central Square in downtown Springfield, a Christmas tree goes up. Once the tree is safe in its spot, citizens can come to see the tree be lit in an annual tree lighting celebration. However, this year the celebration is going to be broadcasted on local TV as coming in perso…

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As we near the end of 2020, COVID-19 is still as relevant as it was in the beginning of the year. With weeks of lockdown and quarantine and months of mask mandates and online schooling, Pfizer and BioNTech announced a few weeks ago that their COVID-19 vaccine.

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Missouri State University began conducting residence hall-wide COVID-19 saliva tests in Scholars House over the weekend after high levels of the virus were traced in the residence hall’s wastewater.

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When we think of Thanksgiving, we think of friends and families gathered around a table to eat dinner, there also might be a fun game of football, watching the parade or playing board games with cousins.

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The year 2020 will go down in the history books as one with many changes, including mask mandates, virtual education and online grocery pickup. With these changes, Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving in which many people go hunting for holiday bargains, will be different this year. …

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It’s been almost eight months since Missouri State suspended all athletic competitions and not even two months since the men’s basketball schedule was released by the Missouri Valley Conference. As the days get closer to the beginning of the season, logistics of how the game experience will …

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The Missouri State women’s basketball team received their conference rings in October after finishing first in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season standings last season. 

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Nov. 11, 2020 marks the 101st anniversary of Veterans Day in the United States. To commemorate this, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3404 will provide veterans with a free breakfast.

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Currently, Springfield Public Schools have been attending in-person class but have split their students into two groups. Half of the students come on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the other half come on Thursdays and Fridays. But, coming November, all students will officially be transitioning to…

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I thought I was prepared for this semester, however that was going to look, until I realized I wasn’t. These last few months have been unmatched compared to the rest of my collegiate experience. 

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On Oct. 26, 2019, Missouri State University unveiled the “Onward, Upward” campaign to the public. Now over a year later, the campaign is in its endgame and has helped establish a new scholarship available to students.

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Planning for the future, Missouri State University is in the process of drafting two plans. These are the Strategic Enrollment Plan and the Long Range Plan, each headed by a different section of university staff and faculty. These plans will help both enrollment and campus life once they are…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted sectors of the economy, shutting doors permanently and laying out an uncertain future for small business and public services. Springfield has not been immune to this toll. 

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As schools are modifying their classroom structures to function within social distancing policies, many students pursuing education degrees are in a unique situation. Their practicum courses, several of which are required throughout their degree programs, are facing limited availability beca…

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Rain pitter-patters on the window as colorful portraits, animated short films and handmade sculptures fill the space of Brick City East Gallery.

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Missouri State University’s music department is in full swing, preparing for the day when performances and rehearsals can be held without adherence to capacity limitations or mask requirements.

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Springfield’s Alamo Drafthouse recently announced their temporary closure in order to conserve resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the lack of new movie releases, their halting of business activities were effective immediately.

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For over 20 years, Missouri State University’s Residence Hall Association has hosted Halloween in the Halls, a way for students to pass out candy to local trick-or-treating children from their dorm rooms. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the tradition has been canceled this year.

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Acne can be a normal struggle for college students. With three main factors of acne being young age, high stress and a poor diet, it is no wonder college students are common victims. On top of all of these, a new causation of acne has become even more relevant: face masks.