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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: MU School of Medicine seeks diversity, Missouri player chosen in NBA draft

Sunday, June 29, 2014 | 7:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The week's most read story was about the lack of minority students in MU's School of Medicine, representing a trend across the country. One medical student was the only African-American in a class of 97. A story about former MU basketball players being drafted into the NBA was the next most highly viewed.

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

  1. Many medical schools are trying to attract underrepresented minority students into their program. MU's School of Medicine has experienced that struggle, not admitting more than a handful of minority students per year since admitting its first black student, Robert J. Smith, in 1951. Part of the difficulty is competing for qualified students, getting minority students interested in science at an earlier age, supporting them financially and making them feel welcome at the school. (2,176 page views)
  2. In Thursday's NBA Draft, former Missouri basketball guard Jordan Clarkson was selected by the Washington Wizards, while former Missouri teammate Jabari Brown was not drafted. Clarkson's draft makes 2014 the third year in a row that Missouri had players chosen in the draft. (1,076 page views)
  3. After a shed fire spread and caused about $20,000 of damage to its main building Wednesday night, Mackenzie's Prime restaurant owner Chris Thompson said the restaurant would be closing short of its original June 30 deadline. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. (713 page views)
  4. Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo showed frustration after Portugal's loss to Ghana on Thursday, a loss that pushed Portugal out of the tournament. Aside from the disappointment at the World Cup, Ronaldo has had a career-best season. (607 page views)
  5. Seven Columbia Fire Department units were dispatched to Locust and Tenth streets Wednesday night after a one-alarm fire at Mackenzie's Prime restaurant was called in. A shed caught fire, which then spread to the back of the building. No injuries were reported. (584 page views)
  6. The Week's Most Read Stories for June 15-21 included a story about a lawsuit filed by Ryan Ferguson's family. The Fergusons are not interested in settling the suit, which they filed against the police, city officials, the city itself and the county. (527 page views)
  7. Rock Bridge High School student Nicole Schroeder, 15, wrote about how the kind of writing commonly used on social media websites or in text messages is slowly destroying the English language. Using too many abbreviations and alternative spellings might someday bleed into academic and literary writing, which sounds hyperbolic, but shouldn't be taken as a joke. (446 page views)
  8. The University of Missouri System Board of Curators approved a plan that included a proposal for a new softball stadium. It is early in the planning and design phase, so no one yet is certain what the stadium will cost or look like, or what its timeline for completion will be. (434 page views)
  9. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed or froze more than $1.1 billion in spending Tuesday in response to concerns about declining state revenues. In Columbia, the cuts include $77 million from MU and more than $2 million from Columbia Public Schools. Missouri's new budget takes effect July 1. (430 page views)
  10. Rob Fulford, a coach from Huntington Prep in West Virginia, signed with MU to become part of the Missouri basketball team. Fulford went 138-17 in five seasons at Huntington Prep, making him one of the nation's most successful high school coaches. (412 page views)

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