The Missouri State University fashion merchandising and design program presented their annual showcase fashion show on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the University Plaza Expo Center.
I usually go to sports games early and stay until it is completely over so that I can photograph a story to show a beginning, middle and end. Yesterday though, I only had time to stay for an hour because I had another assignment that followed immediately. This forced me to really pay attention since I needed all the photos I could get in the few short innings I was at Hammons Field.
Southern Illinois scored five times in the fifth inning to build a 8-3 victory over the Missouri State Bears on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Outfielder Keenan Maddox and shortstop Eric Cheray pray with the team before the start of the game on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Starting pitcher Pierce Johnson delivers a pitch past SIU on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Catcher Luke Voit beats the tag to second base on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Shortstop Eric Cheray blocks a line drive on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Hammons Field.
The Saluki bench congratulates Jordan Siversten on his home run on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Missouri State’s late rally couldn’t outlast Missouri as the Bears fell 4-3 in 11 innings on Wednesday, April 26, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Sometimes when baseball games are slow, which is most of the time, I challenge myself by finding interesting subject matter besides the action. Here are some of my shots.
Fans stand during the national anthem prior to the game on Wednesday, April 26, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Center fielder Spiker Helms dives too short for the ball on Wednesday, April 26, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Sophomore Trey Massenberg is greeted by his teammates after hitting a homerun on Wednesday, April 26, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Mizzou first base coach Dan Pietroburgo spits while chewing bubble gum on Wednesday, April 26, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Children wait in the outfield to be tossed a foul ball on Wednesday, April 26, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Senior third baseman Conner Mach throws the ball to first base on Wednesday, April 26, 2012 at Hammons Field.
Fans cheer on the Bears and wave a Missouri flag on Wednesday, April 26, 2012 at Hammons Field.
The Standard earned 31 awards at the 2012 Missouri College Media Association conference at Missouri Western State University last weekend in Saint Joseph, Mo.
The Standard placed first in Sweepstakes in Division I against the University of Missouri-Columbia, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, Washington University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Although I couldn’t join some of our staff members at the conference, I won four awards.
- 1st place: sports photography
- 1st place: sports page
- 2nd place photo page
- Honorable mention feature photography
These awards would not have been possible without the our talented staff. Special thanks to our photo editor Michael Gulledge, our managing editor Megan Gates, our editor-in-chief Jon Poorman, our sports editor Ben Loewnau and all the others who have helped me at The Standard. They truly have made my time so far at Missouri State successful.
Today I photographed the annual Maroon and White football scrimmage for The Standard. I usually miss most football games in the fall because of my own field hockey schedule so it was nice to practice shooting, even though the game didn’t count for anything. However, most of the players were fighting for starting positions next season, which made the game more physical than I expected.
Here are some photos I took with just a 70-200mm.
Receiver Julian Burton pulls in a 60-yard pass for a touchdown on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Plaster Sports Complex.
Defensive end Martin Montgomery forces a fumble on Eric Christophel on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Plaster Sports Complex.
Receiver Cadarrius Dotson drops a caught pass when cornerback Evan Williams knocks him off balance on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Plaster Sports Complex.
Receiver Dorian Buford (89) celebrates with tight end Daniel Wood (40) after catching a 37-yard touchdown in the final seconds of the game on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Plaster Sports Complex
Head coach Terry Allen huddles some of his special teams players after the game on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Plaster Sports Complex
The Missouri State softball team split a doubleheader, 1-0 and 1-5, against visiting Wichita State at Killian Stadium on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
Senior pitcher Natalie Rose struck out 13 Shockers to reach 600 career strikeouts, one of only three Bears to reach the feat in school history.
The field crew prepares the softball diamond before the Bears play the Shockers on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Killian Field.
Senior Raeven Replogle misdirects a bunted ball into her leg on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Killian Field.
Second baseman Layne Greenlee nearly collides with outfielder Kaitlyn Carey during a pop-fly catch on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Killian Field.
Freshman pitcher Chelsea Jones started the second game of the doubleheader against Wichita State on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Killian Field.
The Bears dugout celebrates their only, but winning, run during the first game on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Killian Field.
Kerri Cunningham beats the throw to first base on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Killian Field.
A young Bears fan peeps into the dugout on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Killian Field.
First baseman Stevie Pierce shakes hands in between outs with second baseman Ashley Brentz on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Killian Field.
Dirt poor, hungry and homeless. This was Arlan Maples’ life until he was given a 15-month, all expenses paid trip to Europe because he won “the lottery”. The winnings included travel, meals, lodging, clothes, money and many activities. All this for a struggling 18-year-old fearing for his future. Unfortunately, the activities were compulsory as the lottery was the World War II draft.
“They said, ‘All you have to do is kill a few Japanese and you get this new pair of shoes, underwear and socks,’ and he said, ‘Oh yeah, I am in,’” says Arlan’s son Steve Maples, 65, of Springfield, Mo., who idolized his father and followed in his military footsteps.
For Steve Maples’ uncle Porter McDaniel, he thought killing Koreans and Chinese was an easier job than toiling on the family farm to put dinner on the table. Likewise, Steve Maples’ only son, who died 11 years ago, thought joining the Navy just meant free college tuition.
“Myself, I am just a mean-spirited, old sociopath who loves to fight,” Maples says while laughing hysterically, tilting back in his mahogany-stained office chair at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo. He has served as cemetery director for five years, burying some of his closest friends.
At first, veterans enlist in the military usually for personal gains until they realize their greater global purpose.
“We sign on the dotted line because we didn’t know much else, ” Maples says. “But you’re motivated to make the world a better place. You see a great wrong that needs to be righted.”
Sometimes when the workday slows, Maples weaves on the cemetery’s golf cart through the lined granite headstones and reminisces about his fallen friends. He rattles names off: “Shannon Kilty, bright young lad; Phil Barnsworth, he taught me what I know about plumbing and household electrical wiring; Ronald Blystone, he was a good lad doing good deeds for the goodness of the world, and he died for it; Sylvan Durham, his two kids and wife died from cancer. When he died from cancer too, we brought them all together. That was especially hard.”
The more epitaphs Maples read, the more his eyes brewed tears. One dropped.
“I have been in a lot of places that you wouldn’t want to go,” Maples says recounting his 29-year Army tour, fighting in places like South and Central America, the Pacific Rim, Europe and the Middle East. “This is not about me though. This is about the service we provide in an honorable way like these people have served their country.”
The Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, located adjacent to Lake Springfield off Highway 65, is situated on 60 tranquil acres and has a capacity of about 30,000 gravesites. The cemetery facilities include a committal shelter, administration and maintenance area, paved walkways with benches and two columbariums for the placement of cremains.
Because the Springfield National Cemetery on Seminole Road was reaching full capacity, the National Cemetery Association established the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, which held its first interment on Jan. 10, 2000.
“It was a terrible mess,” says maintenance supervisor Kevin Barlow, the only original employee left at the cemetery. “We had no grass, just red clay and gravel. We had about 80 burials that were on hold. They really did bombard us whenever we did open.”
Like most cemeteries, the primary duty at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery is burials, which can range from two to 13 daily, and managing the 65 acres by mowing, weeding, grass planting, pruning on more than 600 trees, killing insects with pesticide treatments and maintaining roads and sidewalks. But military standards make the cemetery unique.
“We stack our vaults and caskets,” Barlow says. “Most cemeteries in the private sector are side-by-side. They dig holes about 4-and-½ feet. We dig them up to 12. Our grave plots are smaller. It is really simple geometry.”
To make the 260-lb headstones symmetrical, the 11 cemetery workers must measure the land in 90-foot grids. Each gravesite is 5-feet wide and 10-feet long.
“Looks like a brigade formation standing at attention,” Maples says. “Everybody straight. Square.”
Grave digging is a more complicated process than just scooping out dirt.
It starts when a funeral home contacts the cemetery about a veteran who is qualified by being in good standing and by having an honorable discharge. Spouses and underage children are eligible also.
“Everything we do inside this facility is at no cost to the family,” Barlow says. “It is part of their veteran’s benefits through the government. Everything comes from the government—from toilet paper to diesel to our shirts.”
The funeral home has about four days to schedule the service, which lasts 15 minutes involving a three-round volley, the playing of taps and the folding of a flag to hand to a designated family member.
“Some families just want to do the internment and go home,” says Maples, who ministers at most services. “No preaching, no nothing.”
Paperwork about the headstone, like personalized engravings and religious symbols, should be submitted within 10 days. It takes anywhere from 30 to 60 days to get the headstone in, which is then set within 48 hours if the turf is dry.
Then the grave digging begins. First, the crew uses a backhoe to dig a 7-foot deep hole. Next, they lower the concrete vaulted casket and cover it with gravel to the height of the grave liner. Last, the dirt returns and fresh topsoil is placed on the last 6 inches once the ground is packed.
“I know it is gross, but this is probably my favorite part because I like to make it right,” says five-year cemetery worker Ray Hicks, who served in the Air Force for 22 years. “These guys all need to be treated with respect and dignity.”
Although the workers mostly have construction or horticulture backgrounds, sometimes digging somebody’s grave can have an emotional impact.
“I have had a few people who worked for a couple of weeks and say, ‘No, I can’t do this’ or ‘This hits too close to home for me,’” Barlow says.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of the dirty and oftentimes depressing job is the positive feedback from thank-you letters.
“You are making a difference in such a critical moment in people’s lives so it is rewarding,” says Tonya Nichols, who works the front desk as cemetery representative. “We see people on so many different stages of grief, but we get the opportunity to care for them. That’s important. It’s a supportive role.”
Remembering the sight and smell of bloodstained battlegrounds during the most famous wars in American history has caused Maples to lose much of his childhood faith although he ministers funerals almost everyday.
“I don’t see how a kind and loving god can allow some of the things to happen that I have witnessed and participated in,” Maples says. “If that’s what it takes for them to get through someone’s passing then I respect that.”
Even without endorsing the American slogan “In God we trust”, acting selflessly by serving the country is what gives Maples peace through tough times.
“Not enough people do good deeds anymore, and that’s why I feel good about doing this for folks,” Maples says. “You know how in a crisis people always say ‘Somebody ought to do something?’ You’re the one that’s got to do it. However long it takes you to reach that determines the amount of sacrifice that you’re willing to make on behalf of your fellow men to make this world a better place.”
A family member of army soldier John Brown cries during the interment on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.
Cemetery worker Ray Hicks carries flower bouquets away from a burial site on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.
Cemetery worker Adam Gammon, who is also a disabled airborne veteran, controls the backhoe to fill the gravesite with dirt on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.
Jerry Hatfield’s gravesite is successfully dug at 7-feet deep on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.
Rap artist Wiz Khalifa performed at JQH tonight in front of a sold out crowd. The event was sponsored by Missouri State University’s Student Activities Council.
Wiz, from Pittsburgh, Penn., is most famous for his Billboard No. 1 single “Black and Yellow” which was nominated for two Grammy’s in 2011 (Best Rap Song & Best Rap Performance). He won Best New Artist from American Music Awards and BET. Wiz has three full-length albums and a fourth, O.N.I.F.C., due out this year.
I was only allowed to photograph the first three songs in the pit. Despite the stench of marijuana evaporating from the high school- and college-aged crowd, Wiz put on a great show. It was nice to see my hometown of Pittsburgh represented by fans wearing Pirates, Penguins and Steelers hats and shirts.
Photos © Steph Anderson
Last week, I had an assignment for The Standard about bicycle safety. Of course, everywhere you look there are bikes zipping by and racks peppered throughout any college campus, but I wanted to test my creativity with such an ordinary sight.
One of my favorite techniques in photography is testing different angles. Whether I am laying on my stomach in dirt or standing on my tippy toes stretching my arm over basketball players twice my height, forcing a unique angle adds appeal.
Learning remotes is a skill I hope to eventually master, but the lightweight frame of a bicycle in motion cannot support the weight of a DSLR and a magic arm. Instead, I used my friend Michael Gulledge‘s GoPro Hero camera.
GoPros are great because they require minimal set-up since they focus and expose themselves. Plus, their fisheye lens captures a wide landscape and lends that unique perspective.
Jacob VanOteghem, a senior biology major, rides his bike in front of Meyer Library on Friday, March 30, 2012.
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