Northwest Missouri State Athletics is known for its success across the national stage. At the same time, bumps can occur along the road
While not every miniscule issue the athletic department encounters needs to be brought to the public’s attention, a recent topic worthy of being discussed has seemingly been swept under the rug.
During the week of April 23, an anonymous source contacted a Northwest Missourian reporter stating the track and field team had been told they could not speak with coach Scott Lorek.
As any journalist would do, the reporter passed the information the editorial board. The Missourian chose to pursue the story through contacting additional sources.
Bearcat Athletics officials had no comment upon initial contact April 25, stating Lorek was out of the office due to personal reasons.
As time went on, the Northwest Missourian discovered rumors of allegations involving Lorek. Still, sources remained silent until the department announced his retirement May 31.
The source that spawned the Northwest Missourian’s initial report says there was no direct contact with Lorek from the time they were told not to speak to him until his retirement was announced.
The athletic department’s press release mentioned nothing of Lorek’s absence from the final five meets of the season.
The Drake Relays, MIAA Conference meet and NCAA National Outdoor Championships are all major meets that Lorek missed. Lorek’s absence for the NCAA Championships left junior distance runner Karim Achengli without his primary coach for the biggest meet of the year.
Fellow junior Kevin Schultz, sophomore Jordan Hammond and freshman Mercedes Isaacson-Cover competed in the championships as well.
The Northwest Missourian is committed to providing readers fair, accurate reports and seeks to uncover the unknown surrounding Lorek’s resignation.
In order to get closer with the story, the Northwest Missourian has reached out to members of the program on several occasions. Although athletes are typically open to Northwest Missourian reporters, there has been no response.
A similar situation happened in December 2015 when former women’s basketball coach Michael Smith resigned midseason for personal reasons.
An unnamed athlete later told the Northwest Missourian Smith had pushed a member of the team, resulting in a two-game suspension prior to his resignation.
It’s not just athletics.
Former associate professor Dejan Mraovic was removed from the classroom without explanation in March 2017.
The Northwest Missourian discovered multiple students had filed complaints against Mraovic, all mirroring what was written about Mraovic on a Reddit post titled, “The story of a terrible graphic design professor,” by a previous student of Mraovic’s from Cameron University.
One person responded to the post claiming to be a Northwest student and confirmed the Reddit user’s complaints about Mraovic.
“I'm a graphic design student at NWMSU and holy crap... It's like you're sitting in our classroom. He hasn't changed at all. Can confirm that he still does 100 percent of this sh**.”
Official word on what led to his departure was never released.
Northwest Missouri State’s cover up culture does not match the values preached to students and faculty. It’s time for a change.
The Northwest Missourian is dedicated to providing fair, accurate coverage to our readers. We ask that the University be transparent with us so we can provide our audience with the coverage it deserves.