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Elevate Missouri harvests 250 pounds of marijuana per week. The company held a watch party in anticipation for the outcome of Amendment 3.

Missourians Vote to Legalize Marijuana in a Close Race

November 9, 2022

  Employees from the medical marijuana company Elevate Missouri waited patiently for ballots across the state to be counted, lighters at the ready.    Releasing their breath at around 1:50 a.m., Missouri is now the 20th state to legalize adult use of recreational marijuana...

More than 200,000 Missourians have a medical marijuana cards, and UMKC students are a part of that number. (Breanne Blankenship/RooNews)

Students Who Want Amendment 3 to Pass and Why

November 4, 2022

  UMKC student Sullivan Nevins wants to work a part-time job that is flexible around her busy school schedule and pays a decent wage.   Too bad she can’t pass the drug test.   While interviewing for a clerk position at a retailer, Nevins learned a saliva swab drug...

In a mid-September poll of 670 likely voters in Missouri, SurveyUSA found 62% are “certain to vote yes” on Amendment 3. (Breanne Blankenship/RooNews).

What UMKC Students Need to Know About Amendment 3

November 3, 2022

  On Nov. 8, Missouri voters will decide whether to legalize the recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and over.   The passing of the amendment would allow the purchase, possession, consumption, delivery, manufacture and sale of marijuana for personal use.    Missouri...

Art, Addiction and Paleontology: How local artist Wes Benson overcame his past to paint a brighter future

Art, Addiction and Paleontology: How local artist Wes Benson overcame his past to paint a brighter future

April 19, 2022

While opioid addiction and alcoholism continue to be a struggle for countless Americans, Kansas City artist Wes Benson was able to overcome them. Rather than using his pain for inspiration, Benson chooses to instead focus on beauty and light. Over five years sober from OxyContin...

UMKC Gallery of Art hosts local artist William Toney

UMKC Gallery of Art hosts local artist William Toney

April 13, 2022

William Toney, a local multimedia artist, now has his “Grayscale” exhibit on display at UMKC’s Gallery of Art. The display reflects on his life experience and allows viewers to interpret his art from their own perspective. Using what he found in his surroundings, Toney...

UMKC alumni trio creates app to help students transition to off-campus life

UMKC alumni trio creates app to help students transition to off-campus life

March 17, 2022

Brad Starnes and his co-founders, Nolan McMichael and Joe Allen, are UMKC students working to improve roommate relationships by solving the problem of money management and paying bills.  The trio’s app, “Splitsy,” is made to automatically divide bills between roommates...

Twosday is a time for reflection and inspiration for numerologists. (iStock /Getty Images)

Twosday signals day of importance for some UMKC students

February 21, 2022

For some, numbers are more than just numerals used to count and measure. To those who believe in numerology, and specifically the power of angel numbers, Feb. 22, 2022, is an important day. An ancient study, numerology suggests there is a divine or mystical relationship between...

UMKC offers first COVID vaccination clinic of the semester

UMKC offers first COVID vaccination clinic of the semester

February 7, 2022

UMKC has reported over 160 cases of COVID-19 on campus in the first three weeks of the spring semester, surpassing 60% of the total cases in the fall 2021 semester. To help combat this surge in cases, UMKC held its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic of the semester on Tuesday,...

International students at UMKC have voiced mixed opinions about their experiences. (Julia Kapros/Roo News)

Highlighting the international student experience

February 2, 2022

Wenjie Cao traveled across the world to pursue his education, but his experience as an international student at UMKC has included loneliness and adversity. “The school has taken very poor care of international students, especially during the epidemic,” Cao said. “It...

PAL Program, FSA partner for first-ever academic success workshop

PAL Program, FSA partner for first-ever academic success workshop

February 1, 2022

The Peer Academic Leader (PAL) Program and UMKC Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (FSA) held their first joint academic success workshop on Wednesday afternoon in the Student Union. Workshop leaders titled the event “Your GPA Sucks But You Don’t,” which focused on giving...

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