Category: Features

Halloween: The Story Behind the Masks and Candy

The streets are crawling with children and adults in costumes that cost too much money. Buckets loaded with diabetes. Friends and neighbors turn on one another in an attempt to scare each other the most. Or, you just wait until the day after for the discounted candy. So what is Halloween actually all about? We… Read more »

Nightmare on South Holden Street

The Spotlight hosted Nightmare on South Holden Street in the Elliott Student Union Oct. 23 in honor of the fall season. The Halloween party included several events for students to participate in. One event was karaoke for all the brave students willing to get on stage. Those in attendance could also work on fall crafts… Read more »

Baton twirling with the UCM Marching Mules

It’s marching band season at the University of Central Missouri but marching band isn’t all percussion and brass instruments.   Amanda Glenski, senior history and political science major, started her journey in baton twirling for the University of Central Missouri last season, but she’s been twirling since she was 8 years old. Glenski said her interest… Read more »

Unwinding at midterm… with monsters

The midway point of the semester can bring lots of work, stress and fatigue. There are many things people can do to work through those things. One common, centuries-old remedy is dressing up like monsters or the undead and competing in carnival-style games. That was the landscape at the Elliott Student Union on Wednesday, where… Read more »

A quick guide to Jewish holidays and traditions

We’re nearing the holiday season and with it comes celebrations, especially in the Jewish religion.  Arthur Rennels, a retired Messianic Jewish Rabbi, said the most recent holiday was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah translates to “head [of] the year.” This year, Rosh Hashanah lasted from sundown on Sept. 29 until sundown on … Read more »

Series: Spring stories in Warrensburg

Editor’s note: This story is the last in a three-part series of spring stories assigned in Matt Bird-Meyer’s Advanced Digital Journalism class. To see the origin of the assignment and the first story of the series, click here. To read the second story in the series, click here. Here are the challenges for the spring… Read more »

Series: Spring stories in Warrensburg

Editor’s note: This story is the second in a three-part series of spring stories assigned in Matt Bird-Meyer’s Advanced Digital Journalism class. To see the origin of the assignment and the first story of the series, click here. Here are the challenges for the spring stories presented below: In your story, someone must reference water. The… Read more »

Series: Spring stories in Warrensburg

Instructor’s Note: Go out there and find a spring story. Essentially that was the assignment. However, embedded in this simplicity were layers of complexity. The student reporters were each given a list of five challenges to guide the structure and content of their stories. They also drew slips of paper from a box that instructed… Read more »

PRISM celebrates graduation of LGBTQ+ students

Rainbow-themed food and decorations complemented the safe, supportive atmosphere created for the graduation of LGBTQ+ students. The Lavender Graduation was created as a safe place for LGBTQ+ students, some who have not yet come out to friends and family. The event on April 18 was hosted by UCM PRISM; women, gender and sexuality studies; and… Read more »