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Guo preparing formulations for testing.

UMKC Student Changing the Course of Cancer Treatment

Ellen Beshuk, Staff Writer
April 10, 2024

  It is hard to find someone whose life is not affected by cancer, and UMKC Ph.D. candidate, Yuhan Guo shared this reality when her grandmother was diagnosed with leukemia in 2018.   Once a person is diagnosed, they have a couple of treatment options that work but often...

Brett Boyer (right) said his goal when joining SGA was to advocate for the needs of the student body. Now he said he can no longer lead the senate in this mission.

Speaker Resigns After Petition for Impeachment is Brought Against Him

Ellen Beshuk, News Editor
November 6, 2023

An email sent Saturday evening detailed Brett Boyer's resignation from his position as House Speaker. His successor is planning to be confirmed at 6 p.m. tonight during the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting. According to Boyer, recent actions taken in the Senate...

Chancellor Agrawal’s Vision for UMKC

Chancellor Agrawal’s Vision for UMKC

Ellen Beshuk, News Editor
September 25, 2023

  With five years behind him, Chancellor Agrawal looks forward to growing community connections, increasing research funding, and developing UMKC’s campus for future Roos in his next half decade with the university.  Community Connections    The recent Chiefs partnership,...

Vitiello is known for his devotion to his students and making the most out of his time in class

A closer look at the professors honored at the Board of Curators Meeting

Ellen Beshuk, News Editor
September 17, 2023

  At the most recent Board of Curators meeting two professors were honored with an award given to less than 10% of current tenured professors at UMKC.   These Curator Distinguished Professors, Tina Niemi and ​​Massimiliano Vitiello were recognized for going beyond...

Brett Boyer (right) said his goal when joining SGA was to advocate for the needs of the student body. Now he said he can no longer lead the senate in this mission.

SGA picks a Press Secretary and hears Legislation Proposals

Ellen Beshuk, News Editor
September 14, 2023

  Senators and Executives met on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union to progress legislation and elect a new position.    After being nominated by SGA President Ophelia Griffen, Yasmen Hassen was unanimously confirmed as the new Press Secretary. The Senators...

UMKC hosted the entire UM System Board for two days, ending in a public and private meeting.

UM Board of Curators Discuss What Is to Come at UMKC

Ellen Beshuk, News Editor
September 10, 2023

  The University of Missouri Board of Curators met at UMKC’s Students Union on Friday, Sept. 7 to discuss their growth and needed improvements.  Success at UMKC    Starting on a high note, board member Michael Williams introduced distinguished UMKC professors Tina...

Gizzi and Lannum are known for not breaking character or answering questions until their task has been completed (Cristian Martinez)

AreYouKiddingTV Visits UMKC

Ellen Beshuk, News Editor
September 5, 2023

  Despite the heat, dozens of students gathered outside UMKC’s Swinney Center today around 2 p.m. to see the popular YouTube duo.   A sign taped to Joey Gizzi’s shirt read, “The first person to bring us a football, kick a field goal through our arms and then dump...

Two buildings that the university is still making payments on previously stood where the development project is planned.

An Update to the UMKC Arena

Cristian Martinez and Ellen Beshuk
August 31, 2023

  As the first weeks of school pass, the Oak Street development project continues to trend in multiple directions.    According to a source close to the situation, Chancellor Mauli G. Agrawal is still awaiting the proposal from multiple developers. While the Request For...

While most people think of goats milk or meat, others have started using these animals as natural lawnmowers and weed whackers.

Are goats our unlikely savior?

Ellen Beshuk, News Editor
August 24, 2023

  From sprawling across 15 million acres to now covering less than half a percent of the state, Missouri’s prairies are some of the most endangered ecosystems in North America.   Conservationists from across the country are working to maintain, restore and reconstruct...

With two items completed and two legislations presented SGA set the semester off to a productive start.

Student Government Association starts the Semester Strong

Ellen Beshuk, News Editor
August 22, 2023

  With SGA’s first meeting of the fall 2023 semester, the student body representatives created a  lighthearted environment in the Student Union on Aug. 21 while presenting themselves and discussing campus changes.    After the Speaker of the House Brett Boyer swore...

Junior Mya Thomas sits while holding a prototype of her scaled cube, an integral part of her summer research project.

A Glimpse of Volcanology at UMKC

Ellen Beshuk, Co-News Editor
June 4, 2023

  Volcanoes are not something to regularly march towards, but several UMKC geology students are doing just that.    While they are not trekking directly into the volcano’s throat, these researchers are retracing the path of the lava to see what is left after an eruption....

Nathan Unruh (center) holds the first place trophy, a canoe paddle.

Concrete Canoe Club Beats the Competition

Ellen Beshuk, Co-News Editor
April 22, 2023

  UMKC civil engineers achieved first place at the regional Concrete Canoe competition last weekend in Manhattan, Kansas, giving the team a two-year winning streak.    Their canoe will now compete nationally in Platteville, Wisconsin, on June 10.    “It was exhilarating,”...

With much construction and change, UMKC continues to be recognized for its research and sustainability

Chancellor Agrawal delivers the 2023 State of the University Address

Ellen Beshuk, Co-News Editor
April 17, 2023

  Chancellor Agrawal declared his desire for UMKC to be seen as the outstanding university it is on April 17 during the annual State of the University Address in the Student Union.    As the fiscal school year ends, UMKC looks ahead to renovation, research, campus changes...

 “There was a reason [these projects] were built on the first floor. So they can be seen and accessible from the outside, SSE Dean Kevin Truman said. Weve been very fortunate to have some high-profile people [visit], and everyone that comes here sees what the students are doing.”

UMKC engineers unveil their year-long projects before competition

Ellen Beshuk, Co-News Editor
April 13, 2023

  For a full year, UMKC students have been building canoes, buggies, bridges and airplanes to rival other universities.   UMKC engineering clubs presented these projects on April 7 to club sponsors and Kevin Truman, dean of the School of Science and Engineering.    ...

Every student has a chance to make their voice heard at UMKC.

Voting for the 2023-24 SGA President Begins

Ellen Beshuk, Co-News Editor
March 21, 2023

  Student Government Association (SGA) voting begins March 21 for members of the executive board and senators.    The UMKC student body elects its president, vice president, internal affairs director and comptroller to serve as the liaison between them and the administration.   As...

Lucerna is excited to debut its seventeenth volume at its first in-person symposium since COVID-19.

Lucerna Presents its Seventeenth Volume of UMKC Student Research

Ellen Beshuk, Co-News Editor
March 19, 2023

  Every year, undergraduate research from any field of study contributes to the next volume of Lucerna. This research ranges from interpretations of literature to statistical analysis.      Founded in 2006, this student-run organization has publicized over 100 undergraduate...

The meeting concluded in 25 minutes and both proposed bills passed on their first reading to the SGA Senate.

SGA Discusses Impeachment Amongst Rising Tension

Ellen Beshuk, Staff Writer
November 29, 2022

  UMKC’s Student Government Association (SGA) adopted a new constitution this Monday, which includes impeachment procedures as tensions rise between senators and executives.   Co-author of the new constitution, Senator Hayley Prins, said there has been a lack of communication...

American Idol season 20 runner-up HunterGirl sings to the crowd of fans in Uptown Theatre.
|Photo Courtesy of Industrial Media

Strumming to Success

Claire Powell and Ellen Beshuk
November 3, 2022

  Sitting in her band’s practice session at 14 years old, she never dreamed of appearing on television. At the beginning of 2022, 5.6 million people watched as HunterGirl sang her original song on "American Idol’"s season finale.   The 20th season runner-up began her...

Broken-into car on Charlotte St., just yards away from UMKCs Rockhill parking garage. 
Photo by Ellen Beshuk

Break-ins Beside Campus

Ellen Beshuk, Writer
October 19, 2022

Residents of Charlotte St. woke up to find four cars with broken windows and missing belongings. Sabrina Jones, a victim of the vandalism and theft, said she parked her car the previous night around 9:30 p.m. and felt shocked to see the damages to her vehicle the following...

Alumni Pre-Game Festival

Alumni Pre-Game Festival

Ellen Beshuk, Writer
October 11, 2022

Photos by Ellen Beshuk   As Blue and Gold Week drew to a close, this past Sunday alumni returned to their campus to recollect college days and cheer on the UMKC women’s soccer team.    Alumni,...

Campus Band warm up before rehearsal. Photo by Ellen Beshuk

UMKC Forms Band Open to All

Ellen Beshuk, Writer
October 6, 2022

  For the first time ever, people outside the Conservatory have the chance to participate in a band at UMKC. No matter their major or year, students can join together to play music.   Campus Band counts as an elective class or extracurricular club. While the program...

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