COVID-19 Updates

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As COVID-19 continues to keep the future of live music venues on a tightrope above the abyss, The Outland Complex continues to innovate and adapt to the hostile changing environment.

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Missouri State University President Clif Smart announced in a campus-wide email Monday, Oct. 19 that the fall semester will continue on, with no changes, based on the number of COVID-19 cases on campus. 

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On the morning of the final day of Homecoming week, students may wake up early to support their friends and organizations in the Homecoming parade, then walk over to the BearFest Village Tailgate.

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One of the most exciting events of the fall semester, without fail, is Homecoming. Homecoming is a college staple, known for bringing students of all types together to celebrate.

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After finishing up a week of midterms, Missouri State’s 2020 Homecoming week is something to look forward to. Because of COVID-19, some events have been modified to allow for social distancing, moved to a virtual format or were just canceled. 

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Every year, Missouri State’s Homecoming is filled with events for those on campus. MSU alumni are also invited to see how their alma mater has changed since they have left.

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As masking on campus and virtual lectures continued on, Missouri State’s Homecoming committee prepared for Homecoming week festivities, which look a bit different this year.

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Missouri State University clubs and activities have had to adapt to new guidelines set by state and city health officials. MSU’s Live Action Society has taken this in stride.

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From "Animal Crossing" to "Fall Guys," it seems 2020 has been the year of online multiplayer video games; "Among Us" has been no exception.

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Many people struggle with their mental health at least once in their lives. Due to the current state of the world, staying mentally healthy is proving to be a difficult task. So, when my mental health began to degrade recently, it was as if I had been expecting it.

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As the semester continues on, students may be searching for safe, cheap and fun options for getting out of the residence hall or their apartment. Springfield offers three bowling alleys, all fit with their own attractions and specialties, including student discounts that strike out!

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Doesn’t a hard-working student deserve a reprieve any evening of the week? Why should weekends have all the fun? I’m of the opinion that it’s any college community’s obligation to have recreational alcoholic entertainment for every day of the week. Of course, there are happy hours everywhere…

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Bars and clubs, like many sectors of the service industry, have undergone dramatic changes due to COVID-19. Not only has the pandemic affected the way they conduct business but also how patrons utilize those services. 

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Sept. 22 was the official start of fall, and with that comes cooler weather, fall festivals and Halloween. Although this year has been unlike any other, there are still fall activities to attend. 

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Springfield’s local movie theaters were shut down between the months of March and August because of the COVID-19 outbreak. This has left theaters with no choice but to take great precautions to protect their businesses after reopening.

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The fall semester provides ample opportunities for student activities such as football games, movies in the Plaster Student Union Theater and homecoming. 

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With quarantine locking people inside, how can they keep themselves entertained? With many Springfield citizens choosing to abstain from nightlife during this ongoing pandemic, many are turning to new forms of entertainment.

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With the emergence of home consoles like the Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo, retro arcades have seemingly vanished. But, near Missouri State is a holdout; the arcade 1984.

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The prolific drag scene of Springfield reached a national audience after a local queen and “Get Dusted” host Crystal Methyd joined RuPaul’s Drag Race. With the onset of precautions brought on by COVID-19, the queens have had to adjust how they perform for their now nationwide audience.

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Last year, the Center for Academic Success and Transition was established in the Duane G. Meyer Library on Missouri State’s campus. This center was created prior to COVID-19, building off of the department of Student Development and Public Affairs.

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Live music and a night out with friends can be a part of the college experience. Prior to COVID-19, the possibilities were endless: singing your lungs out to your favorite band, getting a DWI — from dancing while intoxicated— or going on a first date while hearing the soft strumming of an ac…

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It seems to be the mantra of every college admissions representative, advisor and teacher you meet: living on campus is part of the college experience. However, with rising housing costs, commuting as a freshman remains a tempting option for locals because although admissions counselors may …

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Upon returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, Missouri State offers students multiple different learning formats, ranging from in-person classes, hybrid classes, to fully online classes. Some students are not comfortable attending seated classes, yet their classes are still in perso…

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many Missouri State University classes have shifted to an online format. However, this transition has not left a lasting mark on MSU’s on-campus Wi-Fi.

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Springfield’s First Friday Art Walk of 2020, with 11 participating locations displaying art by and for the citizens of the community, was held Friday, Sept. 4. With the difference of social conventions due to COVID-19, Art Walk sponsors asked that visitors follow mask ordinances and utilize …

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The infamous coronavirus, COVID-19, has affected thousands of people, businesses and everything across the world in 2020. In the midst of this change, the impact the pandemic has had on the global box office is devastating. Movie ticket sales are plummeting in theaters all across the world, …