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Zayin Barnes

Zayin Barnes, Managing Editor

Zayin Barnes was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. He attended Rockhurst High School and graduated with the class of 2020. After high school, Zayin started his college career at the University of Central Missouri in fall of 2020, where he started his journalistic journey as a staff writer. After spending his freshman year as a writer, he returned his sophomore year as the features editor. After two years spent at UCM, he transferred to UMKC for the fall semester of 2022. In the future, Zayin wishes to become an on-air sports broadcasting talent for a big-name corporation.

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

Financial worries halt UMKC arena project

Bre Blankenship and Zayin Barnes
November 2, 2023

  After much excitement surrounding a new development on the five-acre plot of land at 51st Street and Brookside Boulevard that could include housing, retail and possibly a 5,000 seat arena, UMKC has paused the request for proposal process.     UMKC first opened their...

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UMKC Strikes Deal with Chiefs

Zayin Barnes, Managing Editor
September 15, 2023

The Kansas City Chiefs and UMKC announced an official partnership on Sept 6, the school announced. The collaboration offers growth for student success and recruitment.   The five-year agreement provides leadership, mentorship and career-shadowing opportunities as well as scholarships....

Kansas City Roos, Mens Basketball

A Look at the New Roos

Zayin Barnes, Managing Editor
May 1, 2023

 After a devastating first-round exit in the 2023 Summit League Conference Tournament, scoring phenom RayQuawndis Mitchell announced his declaration for the NBA draft and exit from Kansas City basketball. With one of his most prominent and consistent leaders exiting the team,...

Column: Past is the Past, Future is the Roos

Column: Past is the Past, Future is the Roos

Zayin Barnes, Managing Editor
April 6, 2023

Regardless of the sport, roster and schedule difficulty, losses are inevitable. As one team breaks out cigars and bathes in confetti, another sheds tears accompanied by immense pain. The Kansas City Roos’ men’s basketball team was no exception to these negative emotions during...

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Review: Hogwarts Legacy

Zayin Barnes, Managing Editor
March 8, 2023

  Everyone who has indulged in the Wizarding World has wondered what it would be like to wield magical power. Fantasizing of magical abilities seems quite common, especially for Harry Potter fanatics. Luckily, Avalanche Software and Portkey Games invented the perfect supplement...

A student notices that their meat is undercooked after cutting it open

Dining Dilemma: Students Still Unhappy With Lack of Significant Change

Zayin Barnes, Managing Editor
December 1, 2022

  It’s been nearly two months since freshman Mallory Gard found a caterpillar in her broccoli, but she has yet to see major improvements in the food quality at Atterbury Dining Hall.   Throughout the course of this semester, students have reported food at the Atterbury...

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Don’t Count the UMKC Men’s Basketball Team Out, Not Yet

Zayin Barnes, Managing Editor
November 28, 2022

  Nearly three weeks and nine games into the season, the Roos are looking to improve upon their current record of 3-6. Sitting at eighth-place in the Summit League, their start to the season is not ideal; however, there are multiple areas that flash greatness. Still early in...

Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons speaks at UMKC donor announcement

Sunderland Foundation Grants $30 Million For New UMKC Medical Building

Zayin Barnes, Managing Editor
November 6, 2022

  UMKC has announced a $30 million donation from the Sunderland Foundation to assist in the construction of a state-of-the-art medical and dentistry building in the Hospital Hill Campus.    The project aims to attract top-level faculty and researchers by expanding UMKC’s...

KCUR’s “Overlooked” Shines Light On KCK Injustice

KCUR’s “Overlooked” Shines Light On KCK Injustice

Zayin Barnes, Managing Editor
October 19, 2022

  “Corrupt.” “Dirty.” “Systemic injustice.”    These words could describe former KCKPD detective Roger Golubski.   A sweeping pattern of countywide injustice traces back far before the September arrest of the disgraced detective. Critics say...

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