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Consider toll roads as a positive option

January 29, 2015

Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri Department of Transportation are researching options to raise revenue to fund construction on Interstate 70 in Missouri, according to a December 2014 KSDK news article. Most notably, the commission […]

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Amateur art is important

January 15, 2015

One of the most liberating experiences of my young life was finding a vast collection of online Harry Potter fanfiction, none of which I could bring myself to read. It was liberating because I saw […]

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Italian filmmaker visits Truman

November 20, 2014

Fred Kuwornu, African-Italian filmmaker and director, visited Truman State last week to show students two of his historical documentaries, present contemporary issues about immigration and migration, and to discuss with students what it means to […]

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Basic tech literacy is important

November 13, 2014

We live in an era of technological marvels. Everything from the cars we drive and the papers we write to the phones in our pockets are made possible by dozens of programs made up of […]

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Truman expands recruitment efforts

September 25, 2014

At the beginning of the school year, more than 1,000 Missouri high school seniors became Truman State students. These students comprise 79% of this year’s freshman class. However, the number of in-state admissions have declined […]

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Our View: Awareness week will be helpful

September 19, 2014

Next week, Truman State will host Sexual Assault Awareness Week. The Awareness Week’s purpose is to raise the public’s consciousness about sexual assault and provide information about what Truman is doing to stop these crimes.

We, the Index Editorial Board, encourage the campus community to take part in these dialogues about how we can cooperate to end sexual assault. Though the disturbing trend of sexual assault on college campuses is a complex and nuanced problem, we — as an outlet of public information — think public awareness is the first step to meaningful change.

Events of the week will kick off at 6 p.m. Monday in the Student Union Building 3202 with “Coffee & Consciousness: Sexual Assault & Survivor Resources Discussion.” This event will serve as a discussion about constituents of sexual assault and useful resources available to victims.

University President Troy Paino, Dean of Student Affairs Lou Ann Gilchrist, and junior Dani Fritz will present “Administration vs. Assault” 6 p.m. Tuesday in Baldwin Hall’s Little Theater, room 176. Truman students, faculty and staff are invited to learn about how Truman approaches and works with survivors and assailants of sexual violence on campus.
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Veto session ends, funds released

September 19, 2014

The Missouri State Legislature overrode a series of bills vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon last week in Jefferson City, Missouri.

The veto session was Sept. 10-12 following Nixon’s veto of more than 200 line items from the state operating budget. Nixon also withheld funding for higher education in response to a series of tax cut bills passed earlier during 2014 that would decrease state revenue

Nixon relented the $2,089,000, or about 5 percent of Truman’s annual allocation money from the state, that previously was withheld because his vetoes on tax-cut bills were not overridden.

David Rector, Vice President for Administration, Finance and Planning said before the veto session there were some vetoes he would not like to be overturned, as they would lead to a release of the withheld money. […]

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Help fight American ignorance

September 4, 2014

It’s easy to get caught up in events that happen close to us. Being an informed citizen about the events that directly effect us are important, too. However, so are world events. In a world that is increasingly interdependent, understanding what happens throughout the Middle East is key to understanding why local gas prices have gone up.

To combat ignorance, increase empathy and make Americans more responsible citizens, local news sources — print, broadcast, radio and digital — should report regularly about national and global issues. […]

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Sports editor’s irrational fears yield vaguely helpful advice

August 17, 2014

So my top five fears, in no particular order, are as follows. Being in woods in pitch black darkness, being naked in front of a crowd, being tied up in a chair, dragonflies and any movie trailer that begins with a statement declaring it to be completely composed of found footage.

With that being said, let’s start giving out tips!

1. Let’s tackle dragonflies to begin with. Many of you might be saying to yourselves, “Jonathan, this is silly. Dragonflies are helpful to ecosystems and are cool in a hipster-weird way.” To that I say, anything with a giant head, a million eyes and the ability to hover should be avoided. […]

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Students might see tuition increase

April 3, 2014

Though Truman State continuously is recognized as one of America’s best-buys for a liberal arts education, there still is a price to pay.
Governor Nixon’s recommendation for an 8 percent increase to the state’s budget for higher education still is being debated in the Missouri legislature. In anticipation of the results, public institutions across Missouri, including Truman State, must consider their own options to increase their budget.
Dave Rector, the director of Truman’s budget office, said predictions are not optimistic that the government funding increase will come through state funding alone. As a result, the budget office has proposed a 1.5 percent increase in graduate and non-resident students’ annual tuition, Rector said. […]

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City council candidates

March 27, 2014

Four candidates, including two incumbents, are running for two City Council seats in the election  The four City Council candidates assembled to discuss their histories and their plans for the City March 25 at Kirksville […]