Roo News

The Student News Site of University of Missouri - Kansas City

Roo News

Roo News

Courtesy of Rosanne Wickman
Remembering G. Fred Wickman: Journalist, Professor and Mentor
Melissa Reeves, Guest Writer • May 16, 2024

On April 27, 2024, former Kansas City Star columnist, UMKC professor and U-News (now called Roo News) advisor G. Fred Wickman passed away after...

Kansas City has a chance to advance to the Summit League Championship for the first time since 2011.
Roos Softball Advances to Championship Semifinal
Zach Gunter, Sports Editor • May 10, 2024

  Kansas City has thrilled viewers in the first three games of the Summit League Softball Championship.   Entering as the third seed,...

A picture of the posters on the University Walkway.
UMKC Students Received University Pushback at Pro-Palestine Protest
Aurora Wilson and Maisy Blanton April 29, 2024

  Over 150 students showed up to participate in a protest in solidarity with Palestine and other protests across the nation on Monday.   Around...

Amidst the festive spirit of St. Patricks Day, the iconic symbol of luck, the clover, reminds us of the rich traditions and celebrations honoring Irish heritage.
Exploring St. Patrick's Day Alternatives in Kansas City
Aydan Stigler and Grace Beshore March 14, 2024

  The annual St. Patrick's Day celebration is just around the corner, and with celebration comes large crowds.    The annual city parade...

Visit the City Market to explore local vendors.
Smart Saving Strategies for a Wallet-Friendly Spring Break
Emily Wheeler, Staff Writer • March 14, 2024

  UMKC students are ready for the upcoming week-long spring break, but are their wallets?   From travel adventures to staycations, spring...

Student organization spreads positive energy on campus


Looking for a way to spread your positive vibes on campus? Well, look no further. 

Since September 2015, the Positive + Energy club at UMKC has been in the business of positively encouraging students in all kinds of ways. 

Cameron Young, faculty advisor and founder of the organization, says it was important to have an organization like this at UMKC. 

“It is great for people’s mental health, both on campus and in the community,” Young said. 

The organization radiates happiness and good vibes. Its mission is to put positive energy into people’s lives through random acts of kindness and other initiatives. 

One of its biggest events is Positive Chalk, where members write encouraging messages on the sidewalks throughout campus for fellow students to read.

UMKC student Kait Young says the positive chalk messages she sees on campus make her feel like she can tackle her classes and the day ahead. 

“I remember that I am enough,” Young said. 

The club also sponsors a free-hugs event at UMKC, where you can hug a fellow student and provide positive energy through a warm embrace. 

Cameron Young emphasized the unique, positive experience the club offers students.

“People can come in and be themselves, while surrounding themselves with other people who want to make a difference,” said Young.

Want to get involved? Log into Roo Groups and get connected today! 

[email protected] 

Leave a Comment
Donate to Roo News

Your donation will support the student journalists of University of Missouri - Kansas City. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to Roo News

Comments (0)

All Roo News Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *