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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: MU student conduct office sees few rape cases; bald eagle rescued

Sunday, September 29, 2013 | 6:41 p.m. CDT; updated 7:40 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 1, 2013

COLUMBIA — The week's most read stories include a discrepancy between the number of sex offenses reported and students punished at MU and the rescue of a bald eagle from the Missouri River.

Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics. The links provided are to stories available for Missourian digital subscribers.

  1. Missourian sports reporter Alexander Smith had the opportunity to visit Assembly Hall at Indiana University, one of the most famous courts in collegiate basketball. Smith described the court as an "unassuming piece of American sports history" and shared the inspirational moment with several other Indiana fans. (2,975 views)

  2. In 2012, MU's Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center received 92 reports of sex offenses, while MU police received 14. However, only two students faced punishment in that time frame — one was expelled and the other was suspended. Donell Young, assistant director of student life and student conduct director, said his office had only received those two reports of non-consensual sexual behavior last year. Public safety and health editor Katherine Reed wrote about the challenges in reporting the story in this week's Dear Reader column. (1,739 views)

  3. MU football coach Gary Pinkel briefly tied with former coach Dan Devine for number of career wins at 93 apiece. The Tigers' 41-19 victory Saturday over Arkansas State propelled Pinkel ahead of the coaching legend — and second only to the coach with the highest number of career wins, Don Faurot. (1,508 views)

  4. Columbia resident Roger Giles rescued a bald eagle from the Missouri River while on a boat ride Sunday morning. Giles said he saw the eagle dive into the river and struggle to battle the strong current. He was able to remove the bird with a landing net and later took it the MU College of Veterinary Medicine for treatment, where veterinarians reported they had found no apparent injuries. (1,338 views)

  5. At Indiana University, which is far more well-known for its basketball team than for its football team, students prefer to spend the football season partying and tailgating instead of watching the game. It is a marked contrast from MU, where football is still the main event. (1,138 views)

  6. Priscilla Bevins and Bob Bartlett were married at 88 and 82, respectively, making them one of the oldest newlywed couples in Boone County and one of only six couples over 70 to tie the knot this year. Couples who marry in old age face a unique set of challenges, from considering how their children and grandchildren will react to evaluating the impact of shared finances on Medicaid assistance. (1,014 views)

  7. The Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival's venue change to Stephens Lake Park caused some minor mishaps. Festivalgoers reported that there were initially long wait times for transportation and said having to take a shuttle to attend the event made it less accessible. Despite the poor transportation reviews, however, many attendees said they were pleased with the festival. (996 views)

  8. Missouri football defensive coordinator Dave Steckel said the media misinterpreted a comment he made on changes to the defensive front at the game against Indiana. The team had used a modified nickel defense, he said, but the formation was being reported as a 3-3-5 defense. (757 views)

  9. Missouri player Kony Ealy was the star of last Saturday's game against Indiana. He gave the Tigers a solid lead with his 49-yard sprint across the field, which boosted the score to 28-14 and ultimately led the team to a final 45-28 victory over the Hoosiers. (628 views)

  10. Missouri quarterback James Franklin has adopted a new attitude toward mistakes he makes on the field. His old persona would have gotten easily frustrated with the two interceptions made in the first quarter of the game against Indiana, but, as Franklin put it, "being sad isn't going to change anything, so I move on to the next play." (565 views)

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Stephens.


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