Relationship between popular tanning site and MU campus concerns some

Friday, May 2, 2008 | 2:29 p.m. CDT; updated 11:04 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 12, 2008
One of the tanning beds inside of the MU Recreation Complex's Tiger Spa waits to be used on March 20, 2008.

Megan Chronister began going to tanning salons when she was 14, more out of curiosity than anything else. By the time she arrived in high school, however, she and her friends felt they looked better with tanned skin. Several times a week, they’d bake under the ultraviolet lights to acquire a golden hue.

“It’s nice to have a glow,” said Chronister, an MU senior in strategic communications at the School of Journalism. “It helps your self-confidence.”

No Disclosure

As part of her reporting on this piece, Jackie Whipple sent a series of e-mails (.pdf download) to David Russell, MU President Gary Forsee's chief of staff, requesting open documentation of the university's relationship with Tan Time LLC. Her requests were repeatedly denied.

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