Vol. 28 No. 18 - January 22, 2024


  • Students Travel to Iowa Caucus

    Freshman Kaylee O'Dell interviews an Iowa voter after a rally for Vivek Ramaswamy. O'Dell attended caucus to assist with coverage for the Index.

    Eight Truman students traveled to the Iowa caucus the weekend before classes started to gain hands-on experience as a continuation of a communication course they took in the fall.

    The group had the opportunity to gain journalism experience acting as an extension of the Truman Media Network. Communication students Abigail Knabe, Ali Werner, Ben Henderson, Colleen O’Reilly, Kathryn Hammock and Stephanie Nau were joined by Index staff Kaylee O’Dell and Lillie Morisaki.

    “I think trips like the Iowa caucus are important because it gives students real life experience and we had very hands-on learning. It also gave us an opportunity to get closer with our classmates and with the faculty,” Hammock said.

    Faculty members Jay Self and Don Krause work together to teach the course. Self focuses on the political science side and Krause focuses on the impact of the media. Self is the chair for the Communication Department and Krause is the advisor for the Index.

    “It is a great opportunity to take what we learned in the classroom and see it happening in real life and to get to see democracy in action,” Krause said. “To really see the concepts from the book and how it applies to real life, I think it’s a great opportunity to just become more engaged in the democratic process, but also to study it from different lenses from communication to political science and get a good understanding of how that works.”

    The course is taught every four years alongside a presidential election in order for students to attend the first event in the primary nominations. In the class, students learn about the significance and process of the Iowa caucus, as well as the effect the media has on politics. The trip to Iowa is the summation of the content and gives students a chance to apply what they had been studying all semester.

    “Trips are important for any student, but I think particularly for liberal art students,” Self said. “One of the purposes of a liberal arts education is to make you a more productive citizen, so the idea here is that not only do you learn about this particular process, but you learn about political communication writ large and you see how campaigns function, how they’re trying to persuade to get your vote, how the media covers it, and this is really important for civic engagement.”

    Truman has been sending students to the caucus since 2004. Self and Krause were involved in the 2008 trip, with Krause leading a team of students through Iowa and Self helping anchor the coverage in Kirksville. After realizing students didn’t have much political background in the caucus, Self created the course students would take before the trip. He and Krause have taught the class together twice.

    “It’s fun to go on a trip like this where students can see what they’ve learned in the textbook and how it plays out in real life,” Krause said. “There’s no better way to learn about something than to actually go through the process and to see that.”

    Students were in Iowa Jan. 13-16 where they had the opportunity to attend rallies and events for the candidates, visit the media center and sit in on a caucus in the Des Moines area.

    “My biggest takeaway from the trip is how the caucus process works and how democratically it functions within our nominating process. I find that really interesting, and to be able to see that in person was really beneficial to my understanding of it,” Werner said.

    While on the trip, students were tasked with writing a story about the event in order to practice their journalism skills. The stories can be found at tmn.truman.edu under the Iowa Caucus Coverage tab.

    “I love watching [students] get excited and become more civically engaged,” Self said. “It’s why I took this gig, it’s why I do this job, and to see that happen, it’s always exciting.”
  • Campus Food Pantry Provides Resources for Student


    The Truman Food Pantry is a resource on campus that offers food and hygiene products to assist students.

    The pantry is available to all Truman students. There are no income eligibility requirements for use, and all that is needed is a Truman ID when picking up items. Students are asked to complete a one-time form on their first visit, but use of the pantry will not become apart of the student’s record, nor will the student’s information be shared.

    The food pantry is located in the Student Union Building Room 1106 (SERVE Center) and is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-4 p.m. Sundays. In addition to these hours, throughout the year, there will be pop-up pantry events that allow students to make their own food packs or pick up one that is already prepared. This semester’s pop-up pantrys will take place 2-5 p.m. Feb. 1, March 7, April 4 and May 2 in the Student Union Down Under.

    Those who would like to support the food pantry can do so by donating to the Truman Food Pantry Foundation Fund. Another way to donate is by purchasing items on the Food Pantry’s Amazon Wishlist. The list is filled with a variety of items, both food and hygiene products, that are high in demand when students request packs. Physical, non-expired, food donations can also be made in the boxes outside of the SERVE Center Office in the Student Union Building 1106.

    Additional information can be found on the food pantry website, by emailing serve@truman.edu, or by following @tsuservecenter on Instagram.
  • Baldwin Fire Anniversary Celebrates Community and Opportunity

    President Sue Thomas as Zac Burden, assistant director of Residence Life, discuss the Baldwin Fire. Truman will mark the 100th anniversary of the event with a candlelight ceremony at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Kirk Memorial.

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Baldwin Fire, considered by many to be a seminal event in the University’s history.

    When the fire was discovered at around 3:30 p.m., classes were still in session. It spread rapidly, engulfing the entire building and moving to the connecting corridor of the library. Brave students ran into the library to save as many books as possible, but by 10:30 p.m., both buildings were gone.

    Famously, there was an all-University meeting the next day, where students, faculty, staff and members of the community came together in support of the school, vowing it would continue. Business owners offered space in their stores, church leaders offered their sanctuaries as teaching spaces and A.T. Still University offered their campus resources too. That sense of community saved the school at a tenuous moment in its history, and it has been a hallmark in the 100 years since.

    The University will honor the anniversary of the Baldwin Fire with a candlelight ceremony at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Kirk Memorial. The event will not only remember that day, but celebrate the sense of community that remains and can be seen in efforts like the Greenwood Interprofessional Autism Center and the Kirk Building project that will soon be a skills center supporting student success and making services available to people of Kirksville and northeast Missouri.
  • Lyceum Series to Host Lecture by Hall of Fame Recording Artist Professor Griff


    Professor Griff, an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and co-founding member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy, will speak at Truman as part of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.

    This event, taking place at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room, is in partnership with the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. Several artifacts will be on display and discussed during the presentation as part of the Music of the Movement Exhibit, an immersive experience that delves into the powerful impact of music on the social, cultural and political movements of the Black experience in America. The exhibit features a range of cultural and historical artifacts that include vinyl records, press photos, flyers, clothing items, contracts and other items from iconic artists who have shaped popular culture around the world.

    Griff is an avid lecturer, known for his innate ability to impart life-changing ideas, concepts and techniques for the growth and development of all who attend his lectures. He draws on his exemplary life of service and an impressive 20-plus-year musical career to captivate audiences with his universal call for social responsibility within both the hip-hop community and larger culture. In addition to his work as a recording artist, Griff is a published author, cultural entertainment analyst, producer and educator.

    Tickets are not required for this event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to view the artifacts on display after the lecture.

    Established by the educator and scholar Dr. Khalid el-Hakim, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum is a renowned repository comprising more than 10,000 original artifacts. As the premier traveling exhibition of Black history in the nation, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum has visited more than 1,000 institutions in 43 states. For 25 years, these highly sought after exhibits have touched the lives of countless individuals across diverse settings, including educational institutions, corporate spaces, conferences, libraries, museums, festivals, places of worship and cultural events.

    This season all Kohlenberg Lyceum Series events are provided free of charge thanks to the generous support of local sponsors, the Friends of the Lyceum program and the Truman State University Foundation. Friends of the Lyceum receive exclusive benefits including reserved seating, special parking and a commemorative gift of the season based on the level of their donation.

    For more information, visit lyceum.truman.edu or call 660.785.4133.
  • Student Digital Ambassador Positions Available


    The Admission Office is now hiring student digital ambassadors for the spring 2024 semester.

    A student digital ambassador communicates with prospective students by text message or phone to answer any questions they may have about the University, reminds them of upcoming events or deadlines and shares their own Truman experience.

    Scholarship, work-study and institutional opportunities are available. Institutional opportunities are limited. Applications can be found here and are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 2.


  • Subs in the Hub to Take Place Jan. 24

    Subs in the Hub will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 24 in the Student Union Building. Free turkey, ham and veggie sandwiches will be available.

  • Activities Fair Provides Opportunity for Involvement

    The Activities Fair will take place from 12-5 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Student Union Building. This event is an excellent opportunity for students to find organizations to join on campus. A full list of organizations can be found here. For more information contact Union & Involvement Services in the Student Union Building 2000, at 660.785.4222 or by email at orgs@truman.edu. Registration deadline for organizations who wish to participate is Jan. 29.

  • Environmental Committee Accepting Project Proposals

    Environmental Sustainability Fee Allotment Committee (ESFAC) is currently seeking proposals for improving sustainability and environmentalism on campus. Any member of the Truman community can propose a project idea to the committee for consideration. In the past they have funded projects such as updated compost equipment, bee houses, solar power for the University Farm and reusable water bottle fillers. Proposals can be completed using this form. The deadline for proposal submission is Feb. 25.

  • Delta Sigma Pi to Begin Recruitment


    Delta Sigma Pi is a co-ed professional business fraternity open to all business, accounting and finance majors. Members of Delta Sigma Pi have access to events, conferences, resources and connections to build professional skills, leadership ability, management potential and character. The three pillars of the fraternity are professionalism, service and brotherhood.

    They will host their recruitment at 7 p.m. Feb. 5-8 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. For more information follow DSP on Instagram or email deltasigmapi@gmail.com.
  • Student Representative Needed for Alumni Board

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    The Alumni Board of Directors represents Truman’s alumni population and helps stay connected with the interests of alumni. The board works with the Office of Advancement and facilitates the exchange of ideas between alumni, students and the University. The student representative to the Alumni Board will provide student perspective to board discussions and create awareness on campus of alumni involvement and benefits.

    The board term is one year, July 1-June 30, with possible renewal for a second consecutive term. To apply, submit an application along with a current resume to Mandi Wiser at awiser@truman.edu.
  • Kirksville Sponsors Student Discount Program


    The City of Kirksville runs a Student Discount program in which participating businesses in the community offer special deals to students on overnight stays, yoga, moving services, automotive services, retail and memberships. Students can receive the discount by showing their student IDs at businesses that display the student discount emblem. Below is a list of the businesses and applicable discounts.

    Arts and Entertainment
    Downtown Cinema 8

    $1 off Friday through Sunday, and $2 off Monday through Thursday

    Kirksville Art Association
    50% a one-year membership; additional discounts for student booths at their events

    Erickson Piano Studio
    No enrollment fee ($50 value)

    Beard's Decorating Center

    15% off custom picture framing

    Blossom Shop Flowers & Gifts
    15% off any purchase

    Carpet Plus/Floormart
    25% off area rugs and 10 % off any remnant

    Graphic Impressions
    20% off order $50 or more

    Iris and Ivy Floral
    10% storewide on Fridays

    Crofter's Cottage

    10% discount off the nightly rate for stays of at least three nights

    Hope Chest

    10% off any purchase

    Scrappers Den
    10% any purchase

    Anderson Computer Consultants

    10% off on labor costs.

    Kirksville Lumber Company
    Discount for bulk orders.

    Mystic Meadows Yoga
    $25 off a monthly membership.

    Picky Peck's L.L.C.
    Up to 10% off on a service

    Renew Counseling
    Up to $35 off an appointment

    The Sunspot
    $5 off Tanning Packages for Truman and ATSU students

    You, Yourself, and Yoga
    Two registrations for the price of one

    Vehicle services
    Adam Mercer U-Haul

    10% off any rental

    Farmers Insurance
    Up to 15% off on auto insurance

    J&K Tire and Auto
    $5 off any oil change, and 10% off any BG service when in conjunction with another service

    Kirksville Autoworks
    $20 off on Tuesday for oil changes

    Kirksville Motor Company
    $10 off oil changes and tire rotations, as well as 10% on any service not including tires. Not able to be combined with any other promotional offers

    State Farm Insurance
    Up to 25% off on auto insurance
  • Financial Aid Office Ready to Assist Students with New FAFSA Guidelines

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    In the wake of massive changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year, Truman’s Financial Aid Office is available to help students navigate the process and receive the maximum amount of support.

    All students in need of financial assistance are encouraged to complete the FAFSA. Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of financial aid for college students in the United States. Even though a student may not qualify for grants or work-study, all students are considered for the Federal Direct Loan (no co-signer required). Filing the FAFSA does not commit students to taking a loan, but it does allow for more options.

    The 2024-25 FAFSA will use 2022 tax year information with a priority deadline of April 1, 2024 for Missouri residents. It is strongly recommended to apply or renew before Feb. 1 Details about the FAFSA can be found online at studentaid.gov.

    Truman’s Financial Aid Office is currently working on details of when aid offers will be available for students. This year it will most likely be March for incoming freshmen and April for current students.

    For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 660.785.4130 or finaid@truman.edu. The Financial Aid Office website also has a variety of helpful resources for students and their families.