Missouri State University

While the holiday season is a time of enjoying festive food, family gatherings and gift giving, it also generates a lot of waste.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons each week.

When a new viral outbreak like Zika occurs, panic ensues. People fear the unknown: transmission method, symptoms, prognosis and how widespread it might already be. This fear can paralyze an economy that usually thrives on tourism, according to Melanie Grand, assistant professor in the hospitality leadership department at Missouri State University. 

When a loved one experiences a traumatic event that results in hospitalization, it’s a scary time on many levels. In addition to your loved one’s welfare and health, it can be overwhelming to meet with all of the specialized health professionals. While each provide care to your loved one, breaking through their jargon or differentiating between their individual roles and goals can be challenging.

Natalie Allen, clinical instructor of dietetics within the biomedical sciences department at Missouri State University, explains the health care team.

Citizen Scholar Statue
Missouri State University

For many college students across the country, last Tuesday’s election was the first in which they could cast a ballot for U.S. president. But it’s likely not the first time they’ve influenced decisions on leadership and policy.

On campuses across the country, students help drive these outcomes in a variety of ways.

At Missouri State University, engagement in the democratic process is encouraged through its Public Affairs Mission, according to President Clif Smart.

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Danisha Hogue

Donald Trump’s victory this week has spurred a lot of response from his supporters and opponents in the days since. And with each completed election, a new generation of voters analyze the effects of casting a ballot for the first time.   

Missouri State University freshmen Katherine Lenz, a Trump supporter, says her first voting experience was nerve-racking.

“I voted for him so it was really nerve racking looking at how close it was and the electoral college and how close those were too.”

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