THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: MU responds to Menu Courey situation

Sunday, February 2, 2014 | 8:39 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The events that unfolded in the days after ESPN's "Outside the Lines" investigation on the alleged sexual assault of former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey aired dominated this week's most read stories.

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Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on, according to Google Analytics.

  1. After 8-year-old Aiden Taylor received a rare brain cancer diagnosis last week, his family, friends, neighbors and classmates expressed their support. A website accepting donations and meals for the Taylor family was set up, and his fellow students at Shepard Elementary School have delivered cards and good wishes to Aiden. (4,611 page views)
  2. The parents of Sasha Menu Courey, a former Missouri swimmer who committed suicide after an alleged rape, expressed frustration Jan. 25 over MU's failure to investigate the allegations. An updated version of the story included comments released by MU and UM System President Tim Wolfe. MU spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken said MU police submitted additional information to the Columbia Police Department. (3,990 page views)
  3. The family of Sasha Menu Courey issued a statement Monday following MU's decision to hand over the investigation of their daughter's alleged rape to the Columbia Police Department. From the statement: "The family and friends of Sasha Menu Courey are pleased to hear that the University of Missouri is initiating an independent investigation into its handling of the alleged sexual assault and matters related to mental illness." (2,298 page views)
  4. CrossFit athletes attended a fundraiser Jan. 25 to support Kevin Ogar, a former MU student who was severely injured when a barbell fell on his neck in a competition. Nate Bacott, Ogar's friend and co-owner of the CrossFit Fringe gym in Columbia, said the group had raised at least $6,048 by Saturday evening to help the uninsured man with medical bills. (2,192 page views)
  5. Missourian executive editor Tom Warhover said it's OK to stay angry about sexual assaults happening on college campuses across the country. In his "Dear Reader" column, Warhover addressed reasons why sexual assaults go unreported. Only 9 percent of rape cases are prosecuted, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. (1,731 page views)
  6. As of Thursday, an 18-inch-long ball python that had been loose in MU's Defoe-Graham residence hall for a week was still managing to evade capture. "The snake is most likely still in the student's room," Director of Residential Life Frankie Minor said. "Considering its size, it couldn't have made it under the door." (1,113 page views)
  7. Icy road conditions disrupted evening commutes on Friday, and witnesses described the scenes they saw or experienced. According to public safety officials, more than 40 injury accidents had been addressed by 8 p.m., and accident reports slowed as the evening progressed. (1,059 page views)
  8. As recommended by UM System President Tim Wolfe, the UM System Board of Curators voted Wednesday to hire an independent firm to investigate the alleged rape of former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey. (1,057 page views)
  9. The MU News Bureau released a statement Monday that detailed the university's plan of action regarding the 2010 alleged sexual assault of Sasha Menu Courey. The university handed off all information relevant to the assault to Columbia police. (991 page views)
  10. Plans for an apartment building to be constructed at 114 S. Ninth Street were announced in the past two weeks on a website dedicated to the project. Cory Hodapp, owner of the plot of land formerly home to The Rome restaurant, named the project "Lofts at Beals on 9th" after his grandmother, who died in 2012. (968 page views)


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