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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Missouri gets new jerseys, The Maneater faces controversy

Sunday, April 15, 2012 | 6:32 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Stories about Missouri's new jerseys and the controversy surrounding The Maneater's April Fools' edition were popular with readers last week. These are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics data:

1. At the halftime of the Black and Gold spring football game on Saturday, the new Missouri uniforms were revealed. The ceremony, which also featured the new basketball, soccer and volleyball jerseys, was the main attraction of the day. Don Barnes, director of equipment operations, and the athletics department have spent 18 months collaborating with Nike and four years studying the Missouri brand, which is what these new uniforms are really all about. (5,115 reads)

2. Abby Spudich, managing editor of MU's campus newspaper, The Maneater, resigned Tuesday morning after criticism about the April 1 edition, which many people considered offensive. The fallout has been covered by news outlets such as The Huffington Post and The Kansas City Star. (3,245 reads)

3. The two student editors for The Maneater were facing more than just criticism for the highly controversial April Fools' edition. Abby Spudich, former managing editor, and Travis Cornejo, former editor-in-chief, said Wednesday that they were notified by the MU Office of Student Conduct to schedule hearings related to possible violations of the university's standards of conduct. Spudich resigned from The Maneater staff on Tuesday, and Cornejo stepped down Wednesday afternoon. (2,978 reads)

4. Bryan "Phatman" Rankin, 17, was the victim of a fatal shooting early April 7 after returning to a party on West Sugar Tree Lane. A 15-year-old was later arrested at a residence on Gregory Drive on suspicion of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Brandon, his brother, said, "He was my other half. We were together all the time." (2,842 reads)

5. On Friday, MU Remembers commemerated 14 students who died in the last 12 months. The 14 include 11 men and three women, undergraduate and graduate students. (1,673 reads)

6. Maggie Flynn, Tori Niemann and Paige Spietz have all requested and were granted their release from the Missouri women's basketball team, spokesman Keith Soder said. All three players just finished their sophomore seasons with the team and saw limited playing time. (1,445 reads)

7. Do you know all there is to know about Missouri football uniforms and helmets? Are you a college logo fanatic? Take this quiz to look back at some of the past uniform and helmet combinations and test your knowledge. (1,235 reads)

8. Rock Bridge Brewing produces its beer at a warehouse on Big Bear Boulevard and will distribute it to local bars, grocery stores and restaurants. The company, which is Columbia' first wholesale brewery, celebrated its launch at Shakespeare's Pizza on Wednesday. The company currently brews three beers, Sif's Blonde Ale, Farmer's Daughter Saison and Cysquatch IPA. (1,073 reads)

9. Former Maneater editors Abby Spudich and Travis Cornejo said Thursday evening that MU will not pursue disciplinary actions against them following the student newspaper's controversial April Fools' edition. Both students said they received a call from MU's Office of Student Conduct on Thursday night telling them to disregard the scheduled hearings on possible violations of the code of student conduct.  The Student Press Law Center, a national non-profit student journalist advocacy organization, sent an open letter to Cathy Scroggs, MU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, on Thursday morning. (1,025 reads)

10. J. Karl Miller argued in his guest column that the Trayvon Martin case has been hijacked for interest group agendas. Of the issues raised by the tragic Florida shooting death of Trayvon Martin by "neighborhood watchman" George Zimmerman, at least two are appallingly self-serving consequences of the actions of special interest groups with a particular ax to grind and those who submit to emotion in lieu of rational thought. (988 reads)


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