COLUMBIA — The most-read stories this week include a look at the "father of the University of Missouri's" history as a slave owner, and the Missouri athletic department's response to ESPN's "Outside the Lines" investigation of the alleged sexual assault of Missouri swimmer Sasha Menu Courey.
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Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.
- A look back on MU's history shows slavery's influence on the university in the 1800s. Former MU president James Shannon was a supporter of slavery, who had slave-owning relatives. Now, Clay Mering, the great-great-grandson of James Sidney Rollins, who helped establish MU in Columbia, is trying to make amends for the school's past by providing research funding to the Black Studies Department. (2,025 page views)
- MU wheelchair basketball player Carter Arey proposed to Lauren Okruch in February 2013, and the couple looked forward to being wed this May. Their nuptial plans were interrupted when Arey was invited to try out for the 2014 USA Men's Wheelchair Basketball team. He made the team, and now the couple plans to marry in September. (1,547 page views)
- Missouri athletics department spokesman Chad Moller released two letters on Twitter and the athletics website, disputing assertions made by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" regarding the alleged rape of swimmer Sasha Menu Courey by one or more football players in 2010. The "Outside the Lines" story was the product of 16 months of investigation into Menu Courey's alleged rape and eventual suicide. (1,479 page views)
Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Greca spoke about the importance of Americans helping veterans returning to civilian life in the Hulston Hall Courtroom on Jan. 22. His speech started off an event to celebrate the opening MU Veterans Clinic, an effort staffed by six law students to serve veterans who were denied or did not receive enough disability benefits. (1,115 page views)
- The Missouri women's basketball team lost its third straight game Thursday, falling 62-57 to the Texas A&M. The Aggies are the Southeastern Conference's top 3-point defense and held the Tigers to 0-for-5 shooting from deep in the game's second half. In their next effort, the Tigers lost to Mississippi State 69-62 on Sunday. (1,051 page views)
- Missourian executive editor Tom Warhover reflected on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" report on the alleged sexual assault of Missouri swimmer Sasha Menu Courey. He referenced a previous Missourian article which found that in 2012, the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center, known as the RSVP center, received 92 reports of non-consensual sexual behavior while MU Police received 14. (1,051 page views)
- After police responded to 218 calls from Aug. 1 to Jan. 22 to the Aspen Heights housing complex, the gated community's management plans to meet Feb. 10 to discuss safety. Police calls to Aspen Heights exceeded those to the Cottages of Columbia and the Domain at Columbia in the same 5 1/2 month period. (824 page views)
- Students in Columbia Public Schools still had class on Jan. 23, despite forecast highs of 10 degrees. District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said it's hard to have a strict cancellation policy because of the weather's unpredictability. The district called of school on Jan. 6 and 7, when low temperatures reached 11 degrees below zero. (811 page views)
- Police responded to a disturbance involving several men at 1:36 a.m. on Jan. 19. They found a 24-year-old Sturgeon man in a white vehicle near the intersection of Broadway and Providence Road, after learning a vehicle with that description was possibly connected to the disturbance. According to a news release, there is no information about a suspect in the ongoing investigation. (683 page views)
- Missouri football redshirt freshman Levi Copelin was arrested on Jan. 24 for disturbing the peace. Copelin allegedly made threatening remarks to staff at the student ID Card Office in the MU Student Center, after he was told he could not get a new card because there was a hold on his account. (599 page views)