Campus in Brief

Thursday, October 7, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:12 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

MU waiting to hear from Tiger Hostess

Marvin “Bunky” Wright, MU’s general counsel, has not heard from a former Tiger Hostess who said in a national magazine that MU coaches ignored her claims of sexual harassment by student-athlete recruits.

Wright said he has written to Seventeen magazine three times, stating that he would like to initiate contact with “Emily,” the hostess featured in the September article, “College Sports Sex Scandal.”

In a letter dated July 28, Wright had requested that Seventeen reveal her name or forward his letter to her so that she could help with the investigation into the program.

Wright received a confirmation letter Sept. 10 from Seventeen stating that his letter had been forwarded to “Emily,” but he has not heard anything else.

Shortly after publication of the story, the hostess program was disbanded, and some of its former members have joined the MU Tour Team. In the announcement, MU officials said the change had been considered for some time in the wake of a scandal at the University of Colorado.

— Heather Olson

Library commons opens with thanks

Although students have been in and out of it for weeks, the James B. Nutter Family Information Commons at Ellis Library has been officially christened.

The commons were designed to provide more casual and private study areas than traditional libraries. They were built with the help of a $1 million grant from James B. Nutter Sr., a 1949 MU graduate and founder of James B. Nutter and Co., a mortgage firm in Kansas City.

Nutter plans to donate an additional $250,000 for a book endowment in the name of his father, Frank Clark Nutter.

Speakers at the opening ceremony Friday included MU libraries director Jim Cogswell, Chancellor Brady Deaton and MU junior Melissa Heapes.

Cogswell thanked those involved in the commons’ design, including Shaughnessy Fickle and Scott Architects of Kansas City, MU Campus Facilities and MU students. He also thanked Jack Allen, an artist who made a portrait of Nutter for the commons.

Deaton said the students have made the commons their own.

Heapes said she and many other students enjoy the privacy of the area.

Cogswell then read the portrait’s inscription and thanked Nutter.

Nutter, recalling his days going to libraries with his father and working at his high school library, was pleased with the commons.

“It has always amazed me how much information you can get at libraries,” Nutter said. “People didn’t think about making libraries light and airy in my day, though. I enjoy the look and the open spaces.”

— Daniel Mullen

Police return seized card to photographer

SPRINGFIELD — Police investigating the theft of a flag from a political rally seized the memory card from a student journalist’s digital camera but later returned it without reproducing a photograph showing the incident.

Amanda Stratford, photo editor of Southwest Missouri State University’s student newspaper, the Standard, covered a rally on campus Sunday for Democratic state House candidate Bill Sczepanski and photographed the theft of the flag.

Stratford said she was not aware a crime was taking place at the time she took the photo.hen she heard police and security officers talking about the flag, she showed them her photograph. Officers seized the memory card after the paper’s faculty adviser, Wanda Brandon, refused to hand it over or give police a printed copy of the photo.

“The police should not just automatically try to take something without considering whether they have the right to do it,” Brandon told the Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday.

Police returned the memory card Tuesday on the advice of Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore. Police Chief Lynne Rowe said people have a “civic duty” to help solve crimes.

The Standard’s editor, Dee Dee Nilson, said police could have access to the picture when the newspaper published it on its Web site. It was online Wednesday.

— Associated Press

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