Category: Columns

Black History Month has a righteous origin

Feb. 1 starts one of my favorite months. Around my home it means birthday celebrations for my husband, watching a Super Bowl game that never seems to have the Kansas City Chiefs playing – at least not since I was a toddler in 1969 – and romantic Valentine’s Day flowers. February also means my professional… Read more »

NFL gets dream matchups for conference championships

If there was ever a time to confidently say that the NFL is scripted with predetermined outcomes, this edition of Conference Championship weekend would be it. It seems obvious that the two best teams in their respective conferences would reach the final four of professional football with one game until the Super Bowl. But here… Read more »

New year, time to dream

When I hear the word “dream” I think, big, bold, daring. I think, support and hard work. I know it takes a strong person to follow their dreams. It takes someone who knows they have a burning desire in them and an idea worth sharing with others. To speak those dreams into the universe is… Read more »

Africana studies honors MLK every day

While the campus and wider community will celebrate the upcoming MLK holiday, students in the Africana Studies program do not only celebrate this day, but “the man and his message” every day.  The Center for Africana Studies in Wood 110 is an incubator for resources and opportunities to explore race, citizenship and equality, treasured ideals… Read more »

We should all understand why the Chiefs fired Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt had to go. When I sat down to write about the controversy surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs decision to release running back Kareem Hunt following the release of a video in which Hunt committed violence against a woman, I wondered, “Is this really necessary?” My question was answered when I saw overwhelming support… Read more »

Writing about death

Looking back to August, when I was told that I was responsible for editing the obituaries we receive and making sure they got published online in Associated Press style, I remember thinking, “Wow, what a sad responsibility.” In particular because I tend to enjoy the “good news.” I am the features editor, which typically involves… Read more »

Thoughts after Pittsburgh

The flags on the flagpoles rested at half-staff the morning of Oct. 29, the initial sign that the university took steps to observe the victims of Saturday morning’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh. As a Jewish individual in Warrensburg, I am finding it harder and harder to cope… Read more »

Reflecting on a lifetime in education

By Morris Collins/ guest columnist I was born Morris Lynn Collins in May 1947.  I am a native Missourian and lifelong resident of the Warrensburg area.  I was reared on a farm in rural Johnson County, attending a one-room country schoolhouse until integration of schools placed me in the fourth grade in Warrensburg Public Schools… Read more »

A look back over years spent teaching

By John Culp/ guest columnist I came from a 420-acre farm 7 miles north of Warrensburg.  I started first grade in 1953.  All my schooling, Grade 1 through Grade 12 was in the Humphreys Building.  All of us were part of the Training School, with lots of student teachers, especially in high school.  We had… Read more »