Believe it or not, there once was a time when you would walk into the Perk or SRC or Mabee Great Hall and see your friends and classmates smiling and laughing, and you could actually see their faces. What a difference a year makes. Those times will certainly return, but in the meantime how are students at Missouri Baptist University coping with the requirement to continue wearing masks after the mandate has been in place for the better part of a full year now?
Zachary Mailes works on his laptop at the Perk. Face masks have become such a part of students’ lives during the past year that we have come to expect them to be worn everywhere that people congregate. Photo by Emmi Windes
As the world moves past the one-year mark of COVID-19, what are college students missing the most these days and what do they look forward to as we are finally turning the corner on this deadly pandemic? Could it be the freedom of not wearing a mask? Or perhaps just interacting with other people?
Students miss their pre-COVID lives and wonder when those lives might return. Thankfully, some projections estimate we could begin returning to a more normal lifestyle as early as late spring or early summer. Photo by Bram Williams
As an important and practical segment of Black History Month, the Association of Black Collegians invites MBU students to check out local black-owned businesses that will be gathered on the Quad to display their goods and services.
“Open for Business” is the message delivered by minority-owned businesses to the MBU community during the Black-Owned Business Expo, the first of its kind in the history of the university. Photo Courtesy of Pixabay
Emma Vogt is excited to lead the Student-Athletic Advisory Council in her role as president, which is the first time in MBU history a competitive dance team member has assumed that position.
SAAC President Emma Vogt happily accepted her role with confidence and has strong aspirations for the future. She sees this as a leadership opportunity and is up to the challenge. Photo Courtesy of Autumn Heaton
Led by Aaliyaha Gladney and Kolby Matsushima, the Student Government Association at Missouri Baptist University serves the MBU community as student leaders under a newly formed structure and strives to be the ears and voice of the student body.
Aaliyaha Gladney speaks to students at a Town Hall meeting during the fall 2020 semester. To learn more about SGA or to formally contact the president, vice president and the executive board, visit their Instagram page. Pictured left to right: Aaliyaha Gladney, Riley Cantrell, Emily Heflin and Dr. Ben Lion. Photo by McKenzie Sheehy