Welcome to The Rumor Mill Archives @ Southeast!
This page is designed to improve communication between the administration and the University's faculty, staff, students and external constituents. We hope this site helps to keep you informed. Below you will find the Rumor Mill Questions and Answers for the last 12 months.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

What happened to the concrete Indian that used to be outside Houck Stadium?

A 22-foot fiberglass statue of an Indian chief that formerly stood on the top of Houck Stadium is now located at Chaonia Landing Resort and Marina on the northwest corner of Lake Wappapello, Mo.

Prior to the statue's arrival at the resort, the giant figure greeted those who attended sporting events at Houck Stadium and Houck Field House at a time when Southeast's athletic teams were known as "the Indians."

For many students and alumni at Southeast, the mascot for the athletic teams had long been known as Chief Sagamore, an Algonquin name for leader or chieftain, and the yearbook at Southeast was also named ”The Sagamore.” Thus, it was natural for fans of Southeast Athletics to refer to the figure towering over Houck Field as “Chief Sagamore.”

The statue was relocated to Houck Stadium from The War Drum Restaurant in Sikeston, Mo., a site which was, briefly, the location of the second Lambert’s Restaurant.

The national movement to eliminate the use of Indian symbols as mascots led to the University's removal of the giant figure. It was placed in storage on the north side of the Southeast campus. There, a nephew of Nancy and David Bowman of Lake Wappapello saw the Indian and took a series of photographs to show his aunt and uncle, the owners of Chaonia Landing Resort and Marina.

The Bowmans came to the campus, purchased the chieftain and transported him to their resort. When the statue's damaged arm was repaired and a fresh coat of pain applied, Allison Construction Company hoisted the chief to the top of the lookout above the resort, and today Chief Wappalese stands tall and proud, high above the deep waters of Lake Wappapello. There, Chief Sagamore greets sports fans and passersby from his perch above the lake.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Parking at a broken meter. I parked at a meter behind Academic Hall for twenty minutes on August 30 (in preparation to run a department errand). I tried to insert 25 cents. The meter was broken. The readout said "fail" and there was a quarter jammed in the slot. Upon my return, there was a parking citation on the car. I was cited for "improper parking." When I called Parking Services, the student worker told me that in such a case one should move to a working meter and that, in effect, it is illegal to park at a broken meter. Needless to say, there is not always a working meter available and it doesn't seem fair to conclude that the driver has committed a violation when parked in a legal parking space. It is true that it is a violation to park at a broken meter?

Parking Services enforces two types of timed parking spaces. Some spaces are metered and others are posted with signs that indicate the time limit. When an enforcement officer (police officer or ticket writer) enforces a timed space, a parking meter logs the time or the officer 'chalks' or 'marks' the tire and logs the time manually. When he returns a ticket is issued if applicable. If a parking meter 'fails' the same process is implemented for that space as if it were a timed space marked by a sign rather than a meter. The tires are 'marked' and if the car is parked longer that the time limit, a ticket is issued. A ticket is not issued for using a space with a broken meter.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I've been told that there is a plan to change the name of the Golden Eagles marching band.


Contrary to unfounded rumors, there has been no action taken by the University to change the name of the University’s marching band. However, in light of new efforts as outlined in a January strategic planning session to more strategically brand the University, it was decided that the band’s new uniforms would prominently display the University’s official mascot and nickname – the Redhawks. The new uniforms feature the Redhawk symbol on a reversible sash with “Southeast” on one side and “Redhawks” on the other.

A full history of the Golden Eagles Marching Band can be found at the official university website: http://www.semo.edu/marchingband/

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