QU Men’s Volleyball Team Loses to Lewis

Watching men’s volleyball is fast, furious and very physical with amazing power.


Quincy, Ill. –The Quincy University men’s volleyball team under newly appointed coach Bob Crank loses in straight sets to No. 5 Lewis in Saturday’s game at Pepsi Arena. The Hawks with the loss 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 played the Flyers in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

The Hawks with a record of (3-14, 1-10 MIVA) were outgunned by Lewis (15-3 MIVA 9-2). The Flyers had a .449 hitting percentage to the Hawks .292. The Lewis team leading with six aces from the serving line and zero from the Hawks gave the team an additional edge.

QU Men’s Volleyball coach Bob Crank, who is also the coach of the women’s volleyball team finds very subtle differences in coaching either team.

“Men have a different approach to learning and playing the game, they play tougher, hit harder with fewer rallies and fewer defensive plays. The women want to focus on learning the technical side of the game, more strategy on offense and creating a bigger defense,” Crank said.

Men’s volleyball is a very powerful sport and it is very physical. There are some spectators who never miss a game when the team is playing in town. One big reason is there are some great players who go on to national teams. One spectator that never misses a game is Tammy Honer from Warsaw, Illinois.

“I love to watch volleyball, especially the men’s team. I played when I was younger in high school, but when I went to Culver-Stockton College, I couldn’t compete on that level. I think it’s great to watch the power that men have when they play,” Honer said.

Some of that power on the team comes from sophomore David Siebum, St. Louis, Missouri, who was responsible for 10 kills (.227) and five digs during the match. Junior Shane McAdams from Tuscon, Arizona, assisted the team with 8 kills (.105) against Lewis.

Others helping to lead the way were Anthony Winter, a junior from Olmsted Falls, Ohio added seven kills (.429) with team member Jarrod Kelso, a senior from Hilliard, Ohio adding six kills (.556)  and sophomore Adam Rogan supplied 23 assists to help the Hawks battle against the tough Lewis team.

The Flyers were bringing the heat during Saturday’s match. The stellar performances by teammates Kyle Bugee with 13 kills (.571), Trevor Weiskircher with 11 kills (.444) and Jacob Schmiegelt adding 10 kills (1.000) proved to be too much for the Hawks.

The amazing acceleration that is witnessed during the average spike in the men’s game is moving between 50 and 60 miles per hour. At the Olympic level, it gets even faster, between 70 and 80 miles per hour.

That kind of speed and force are what makes the men’s game exciting to watch. Fans of the game really enjoy watching a sport with those dynamics. Freshman Sara Rathbun who plays on the women’s volleyball team has been playing the sport since fifth grade.

“I am volleyball player who likes to watch men’s versus women’s playing and the difference between them. Men have more strength and women use more technique,” Rathbun said.

The Summer Olympics also brings a great deal of attention to the flourishing sport. The United States’ teams have done well over the last two decades, bringing home medals in women’s indoor, men’s indoor, women’s beach, and men’s beach.

It is a sport that is growing and expanding at all levels of play from high school all the way to college and beyond.

The Hawks next 6 games will be on the road before returning to Pepsi Arena to take on Culver-Stockton College on March 28, 2017, at 7 p.m.





Following in the Footsteps of St. Francis

There are those who choose to spend their free time and money to help others.

While most students prefer to take a break from studying, catch up with friends and family back home or just watch TV during school breaks, other students choose to follow Franciscan values by volunteering to serve those in need.

Quincy University Campus Ministry sponsors several mission trips both locally and abroad throughout the year. Their “mission” is to help those who are in need. The students who participate learn from people of different creeds, cultures, and backgrounds.

The mission work performed by our university students has taken place for decades. These students find a spiritual experience through their personal interactions with those people they encounter on their missions.

Jessica Howell, student coordinator for the mission trips believes students volunteer for many different reasons. Some, because the university requires the service hours to complete graduation. A few students feel the obligation to do so and some are almost compelled by a higher power to serve those in need. For Jessica, it is the love of these events where Christ is involved.

“Most of the students do it for the right reasons. They want to serve others and it gives students a chance to grow together socially in the Franciscan spirit,” Howell said.

Students who choose to volunteer their time for mission work realize there is also a cost in doing so. Each student, depending on the location they travel to, must help to fund their mission as well.

The recent mission trip to Haiti during winter break cost each student several hundred dollars to join and fulfill their service hours. The cost is shared by the student, some of the cost is covered by fundraisers held throughout the year, the university contributes a portion and the remainder is given to students by Campus Ministry who receive donations from anonymous individuals or religious groups such as the Franciscans.

Quincy University shares in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Claire by preparing men and women through Franciscan values: fidelity to Catholic roots; spirituality flowing from Christian faith, prayer and service; commitment to safeguard justice, peace, and the beauty of creation; and respect for the dignity and worth of individuals.

The mission work the students perform can be labor intensive and usually in less than ideal conditions. They are expected to work long hours, some are very physical, such as painting a school or hauling wood. Other tasks might involve visiting an orphanage, working at a soup kitchen or sometimes it’s just listening to those in need of a friendly and sympathetic ear. The mission work performed is in response to the needs of a fast growing population of poor or victims of disasters.

Each student attends an orientation, participates in the project and then submits a reflection assessing their service. The display of Gospel values is reflected in the caring, learning, and connecting at all levels for the student.

One student from Nigeria, Oluwatimilehin Ajayi, believes in these values and has participated in several mission trips.

“I choose to go on mission trips because I wanted to experience what it takes to help others. I have been helped several times and I thought repaying my services back to the community would set me up as a better person,” Ajayi said.


Many of the students who participate in the missions find inspiration from those closest to them. Lauren Tarleton feels it was her upbringing by family and friends that provided the inspiration to serve others.

“It was a series of people but mostly,  it’s how I was raised. My grandmother would allow anyone into our home to eat a home cooked meal. Thus, my mother is very similar and so am I,” Tarleton said. “It may be a humbling experience for some but the memories and timeless moments that you share with people are the rewards.”

Each student is required to complete 30 hours of service and most students felt the need to start as soon as they entered Quincy University. The missions involving a greater traveling distance generally take place over spring, fall or winter breaks, while local mission work is done throughout the year.

The need for service is felt everywhere and students feel the work is never done. There will always be those in need and the obligation to try is up to each and every one of us.


Social Media Sourcing and Verification

Verification of your story before sharing to your followers gives you credibility and increases your followers.

To engage with our followers and create a deeper level of trust in our brand we must verify our sources before posting any content. The definition of verification includes two variables. One, it is the comparison of two or more items, or the use of supplementary tests, to ensure the accuracy, correctness, or truth of the information. It is also an alternative form of acknowledgment.

Verification is important because almost anyone can post news content on social media sites. If all contributors were known and trusted, there wouldn’t be a need for verification. Social media can provide instant news faster than most of our traditional news outlets. This doesn’t mean that we are providing factual information to our readers. We must scrutinize all of our sources to create a greater level of trust.

The best guidelines to follow for verification are found on Storyful. They begin with a higher level of scrutiny and skepticism of the story and its source. Storyful believes that verification is the cornerstone of their work and they believe it has to be for all who share content on social media sites. First, they search for the original source. Second, examination takes place through data embedded within the images or video to find out more information. Third, identification of keywords and running them through search engines. Fourth, an examination of the contributor’s digital footprint takes place. They also check and corroborate the content. Storyful will look beyond the immediate and search for details in the story or image. The use of many fact-checking sites also enables them in establishing credibility to the story.

To be first or to be right, that is the question. It matters most in emergency and breaking news situations. If there is a rush to get the story out first, many inaccuracies take place and mistakes are made that cause harm to others. First doesn’t always mean right. Journalists are under pressure to get the story out before competing news agencies. In the rush, fact-checking sources and correct attribution are sometimes over looked. Errors could still take place but it will help in minimizing them.

Verification standards are essential to maintaining credibility for your readers. We should remain unbiased and not being involved with any social networks related to the advocacy of special interest stories we cover. Be professional, be transparent, check your sourcing and be accurate makes the difference to your followers.

Be careful of what you post or share. Re-posting false content could present you with legal problems. In some states, you can be sued for the dissemination of intimate information about a person, even if it is true, under the privacy tort of public disclosure. We must be cautionary when reporting highly offensive content or if it is not a legitimate public concern.

There are many great suggestions for the verification processes from organizations like Storyful, CNN, and Poynter. Other sources to utilize are government websites (.gov), educational sites (.edu) and organization websites (.org). It is best not to use .com sites for verification purposes. Reading the about section of the website identifies its contributors giving it more credibility.

When you share or re-tweet content this doesn’t mean you have done your homework. It is easy for most of us to be lazy at times. It can mean you agree with the original content of the post but doesn’t mean you have verified it before sharing it with your followers. They deserve to know the truth and will feel you are violating their trust if inaccuracies are found in the story you shared.

Absolution of the social media manager when providing incorrect information rarely happens. There may be times when sloppy reporting is done and facts are not checked thoroughly, and yes, sometimes sources lie for whatever reason, but this rarely provides a reasonable excuse to your readers. Transparency and admitting when mistakes have been made immediately to your readers may provide you with a level of absolution from them. Unfortunately, it will probably damage your credibility in the future for too many. Providing the correct source of attribution and proper links to your story will give the reader a chance to check out its validity and credibility.

The value of a verified social media account is the foundation to which we build our brand. The blue check-mark next to our account means it has been verified by the social media giants. This check-mark prevents fraud and protects the integrity of the person or company name being used. It creates authenticity and a bond of trust with our readers. You are likely to create a larger following, protect your brand, and it shows your readers they matter to you.


City Council Approves $1 Million Spending on Street Repairs in 2017

QUINCY–February 13, 2017, Quincy City Council approved the resolution to spend just over $1 million for maintenance of streets and highways by municipality using Motor Fuel Tax Funds, from May 1, 2017, to April 30, 2018.

According to City Engineer Jeffrey Conte, the road work will start in April once the final list of projects is complete.

“The bigger projects are already in the capital plan, there may be some smaller changes needed on a few resurfacing projects that don’t take a lot of work, but our goal is to get all the work done as soon as we can get going,” Conte said.

The proclamation was needed so the state of Illinois will release the money for the city’s next fiscal year, which starts in May.

The main projects include repairs to Maine Street from 12th to 14th, York Street from Front to 2nd and RJ Peters Drive from Gardner Expressway to 8th Street. Alderman Mike Farha, R-4, feels the repairs are long overdue.

“There’s no way we can walk away from it, it’s an obligation, it’s a well over 200 year obligation,” Farha said.


Alderman also approved several other motions on their agenda.

A motion was granted to Advocacy Network of Children requesting permission to hold their third annual “Koins for Kids” at 18th and State St. on April 10, 2017, in honor of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

A motion was granted to GPS Ministries, INC. for permission to stand at the intersection of 18th and State St.on May 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect money for their food pantry and general fund.

A motion was granted to Madonna House for permission to stand at the intersections of 18th and State St.and 24th and Harrison St. to collect change for a fundraiser.

A motion was granted to Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association requesting permission to conduct a raffle and have the bond requirement waived from Feb. 14, 2017, through April 29, 2017.

The annual sales tax report for November 2016 was received and filed in the amount of $827,835.40.

The City Council approved the resolution recommended by Fire Aldermanic Committee and Fire Chief for the contract with Sentinel Emergency Solutions in the amount of $7,947.28 to perform necessary service work and provide parts needed for Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses.

Council members also approved the resolution recommended by Utilities and Engineering Director and Utilities Committee and Central Services Committee to purchase a 2017 Ford F-350 4×4 Regular Cab truck from Bob Ridings Fleet Sales, Taylorville, IL, in the amount of $47,584.

The City Council approved a resolution to purchase training equipment and software held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA, with the recommendation from the Chief of Police and Police Aldermanic Committee in the amount of $8,620.

City Council approved the resolution of an agreement between Utilities and Engineering Director, Central Services Committee and Housby Auction, Des Moines, IA, for on-line auction services of unused vehicles and equipment. A prep fee per auction item and a percentage of the sales will be charged.

Some concerns were raised by Alderman Paul Havermale, R-3, regarding this agreement.

“Are we looking for new ways to do things? Are we staying on the correct path,” Havermale said.

“We are always looking for new ways to save the city money,” Conte said.

To find out more information on img_20170213_193243 Quincy City Council meetings and agendas.



A Day In The Life

A Day in the Life essay teaches us the difference between actuality in real life and that which we feel is ideal. The reality of our day is shown in the first 10 slides. This shows the gritty side of our lives, the unrehearsed, the messy with no influence on what we want others to see. The next ten slides in the presentation show the filtered side of our lives. Through filters and staging, we have an opportunity to control the content that others see.

Many of us would like to put forth the best part of our lives to others if we have the chance. Those that know us best see the reality of who we are without the filters. They may wish sometimes that we had a permanent filter on how we look and what we say, but they love us just the same. Many of us want to project the very best of who we are, not only in our physical appearance but in reason and intellect. I like to think that every day before I walk out of my house that I look in the mirror before I go out the front door. There are days when I really don’t care what others think, but I have learned from the past, you never know who you’re going to see when you leave your home. On most days I feel I am truthful in my presentation of myself to others. Although there are moments when it has been a bad day and I try to suppress my emotions, fearing it would frighten others away.

Sometimes it is difficult to brush away the feelings of being judged by others. Insecurities bubble to the surface creating needless anxiety in certain situations. At times during the project, there was a feeling in the back of my mind of what would people think when they viewed my presentation. I believe most of us would like to make a good first impression and with no filter on our lives, we have less control over the content that we put out there for others to view. I believe you should take chances in life, it’s the best way to learn. I am still more concerned with what people would say about my character than my appearance.

I like to believe that I don’t judge people based on their appearance, but I’ve witnessed some who obviously don’t spend much time on their appearance. Perhaps they are not interested in what others think or they don’t care or just don’t feel it is worth the effort.

I feel the slideshow only scratches the surface of our lives. Remembering it’s only one day in our lives we are documenting keeps me honest. One lesson I learned from living in California and working around many celebrities, I can tell you that not all of them are that glamorous looking without their makeup and lighting.

I don’t feel that ethics played an immense role in this presentation, as long as we present the truth, flaws and all. One thing I’ve learned so far in life is you’ve got to be yourself. It’s what is on the inside that matters most. Maybe Ayn Rand wouldn’t approve of my messy house but as she says, “I am a man who does not exist for others.”

This is the link to view the short glimpse into my life.   a-day-in-the-life

Twitter offers so much

People use Twitter for so many different reasons. As a social connection between friends, announcing an event or following your favorite celebrity, brand or sports. Brands use Twitter as a marketing tool to drive traffic, subscribers, or customers to their website.

The stories I found on Twitter caught my eye because of the photo or headline or sometimes both. There were many stories I found to further develop. The travel ban against certain Muslim countries. Space X posts very exciting videos on the launching of advanced rockets and spacecraft. Also, the Boy Scouts changing its policy on transgender children allowing them to join. These ideas are great because they are current and have the public’s attention right now.

The first brand I followed was the Green Bay Packers because I have followed the team for over 20 years and this keeps me in the loop as to what is happening with the team and its players.

There are so many new ideas, trends, and information out there it makes it easier to stay current. It is a great way to find out more about what interests you and you can get that information 24/7. I haven’t had the need to contact customer service, yet. The top interaction from followers is a tweet I posted about the Presidential elections getting crazy back in September 2016.

The best practices for using Twitter are participating in Twitter chats relevant to your interests. Finding common interests with other followers. Stay current and engage others who are trying to engage with you. You should have specific goals to reach more people. Keep it short and concise, use visuals, incorporate relevant #hashtags, ask questions and run polls.

I plan to use Twitter to stay connected socially. To use it for research on my homework projects. Also as a networking tool by following prospective companies and them following me for a possible career.

This Isn’t Grade School Dodgeball

Whether you’re a student athlete looking for a good workout or you just want to get off the couch and have some fun with your fellow students, the QU intramural dodgeball tournament held on Sunday at 7 p.m. in the QU Health and Fitness Center provided something for all.

The event coordinator, Barrett Price, a second year graduate student at QU is in charge of the intramural program. He organizes the events for all QU students to come out and enjoy this social activity.

“We are holding the event as one of the many events on the intramural calendar. The intramural calendar exists to provide QU students with an opportunity to participate in organized recreational events at no charge,” said Price.

The students came ready to play Sunday night. A few of the teams were already assembled, while the remaining students gathered together to form the remaining teams. The tournament consisted of four teams with six players on each team.

All teams were to play each other in a form of round-robin elimination, the winners would have to defeat all opposing teams twice to collect their prize, an intramural T-shirt and of course bragging rights.

The rules of the game were explained to the participants by Price with cautionary advice no head shots, for safety reasons. For the official rules of the game click this link. http://bit.ly/2kTy8NP.

The students looked very excited and eager to get the action started. Freshman Ian Berry was there to play and help with the officiating. He gets very excited about playing the game.

“I think dodgeball is just a lot of fun, it’s a good way to blow off steam and have a good time. It’s not often you get a free pass to throw something at you buddies. It’s a really good way to get adrenaline and your heart pumping,” said Berry.

Although it is the same game you played in grade school, it sure didn’t look like it. The tournament started with six dodgeballs in the middle of the court and two teams on each side at the baseline. The competitors faced off like Roman gladiators at the Coliseum in front of Emperor Nero.

When the whistle blew the teams raced toward the middle of the court grabbing a ball and hurling it with precision at their opponents to knock them out of the game.

This is a fast paced game, the players were running and throwing the dodgeballs at their opponents while simultaneously trying to avoid being hit to stay in the game. As in all games there were some disputes between the teams.

An infraction of the rules brought about fighting and arguing between the teams until the referee stepped in to give the official ruling. Senior Samantha Goble, was one of those who officiated the games to keep things civil.

“It’s fun watching others get riled up during the games,” said Goble.

When the dispute is settled its back to the fierce competition. The dodgeballs are flying so fast, as a spectator one might need to bring some protective head gear just to watch.

The best part of the event for most is getting the chance for some physical activity and have some fun. One of those students who felt this way is Aloysius Cooper, a freshman at QU.

“The exciting thing about the whole program is that college students stress about a lot, this program is for the student to forget about school for a minute and focus on some fun,” said Cooper.

The dodgeball tournament is a very exciting social activity for QU students to participate and enjoy. Everyone had a good time and there were no injuries, except for the bruised egos of members on the losing teams.

The winners claimed their victory prize, then began to plan their strategy for the next intramural event.DSCF0581.JPG

The next QU intramural event is 5 on 5 basketball scheduled for Feb. 12th at 7 p.m. in the Health Fitness Center.

The students enjoyed playing dodgeball and were glad they added it to the event line-up this semester.

“Dodgeball is specifically on the calendar because it hasn’t been done in awhile and some of the students expressed interest in participating. There are many reasons for students to enjoy playing dodgeball. This activity helps to build campus unity, it brings about student engagement and helps to facilitate social inclusion,” said Price.

So when the next event comes around, grab some of your friends and head over to the HFC for fun intramural activities that provide exercise and a chance to socialize with your fellow classmates.