MU issues values letter

A letter concerning the free exchange of ideas and appropriate student response to controversy was sent this week to about 5,700 students who live in MU’s residence halls.

The letter was sent in part to address the harassment experienced by a female student who lives in Johnston Hall. The student, who was not identified, told the Residential Life Department that posters on her dorm room door supporting abortion rights had been vandalized and that related, inappropriate messages were left on the door’s message board.

Fishing for Answers

It’s been six years since the endangered Topeka shiner was found in Boone County, and scientists think chances are slim that the species will ever be found naturally in local streams again.

The silver-colored minnow is an indicator species, which means its decline can foreshadow the survival of other species of fish.

Kewps win district

Sharin Muskrat dived and saved a point for Hickman as the Kewpies trailed Jefferson City late in Game 2.

Corey Pritchett’s hitting attempt appeared to be a Jay point, but Muskrat made the play and gave Hickman momentum as the Jefferson City fans celebrated Pritchett’s hit.

Movin’ on up

Thrill seekers may now glide up and down Columbia’s second public escalator.

With the recent grand opening of the two-level Famous-Barr department store, J.C. Penney no longer operates the only public escalator within city limits.

Innovation touted at Famous-Barr

Managers at Famous-Barr hope their new store in Columbia, along with a small fleet of others like it nationwide, will help usher in a new era in American department stores.

With more aisle space, brighter lighting and a “racetrack aisle,” the design is intended to allow the customer more freedom, a more informal shopping experience and a brighter shopping environment.

Critics balk at sewer extension measure

Nearly a third of the money from an $18.5 million sewer bond issue on Tuesday’s ballot would be used to extend Columbia sewers into areas ripe for development. City officials, however, say it’s impossible to say for sure which lines would be extended first.

Potential sewer extensions meeting city criteria are in nearly every local watershed, including those of Clear, Mill and Grindstone creeks. Sewer engineer Steve Hunt said policy calls for new lines to begin within city limits and extend to “80-acre” points. The points are called that because they are specific points to which 80 acres of surrounding property will drain. Once the city extends a main line, developers must cover the cost of tapping into it.

Junior colleges create success

The shortest route isn’t always the best one. Sometimes a detour can be beneficial.

Nino Williams II was an All-American before he played a game at Memorial Stadium. Atiyyah Ellison had two years of growing pains out of the way before he joined the Missouri football team.

Number of snow trucks drops to 9

One less truck will be used to remove snow and ice from county streets this winter.

The Boone County Commission decided to use nine trucks, down from the 10 it used last year, because of the high cost associated with contracting for snow removal. Commissioners Tuesday informally decided to accept two bids: one from Highpoint Enterprises that would provide six trucks at a cost of $200 an hour, and another from Diamond “C” Services for three trucks at $250 an hour.

Pierpont residents split over annexing

With the possibility looming that Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and surrounding areas could be annexed into the city, some residents of the Pierpont area bordering the park are getting worried that they will be next.

The park has asked the city to run sewer lines from Rock Bridge Elementary School to the park. In turn, the city asked the park to sign a “pre-annexation agreement,” which would annex the park when the city limits reach its boundaries.

Record numbers apply for grants

Amanda Coggeshall, a volunteer at El Centro Latino, says she knows the challenges Latino students face adjusting to life in Columbia.

“These kids have trouble: they move here and are not used to a Midwest town,” Coggeshall said. “We want to create a safe place where students can discuss what happens to them because they are Latino in a mostly white school.”

Forum discusses MU alcohol policies

Alcohol and other drug use accounts for between 75 percent and 80 percent of all violations handled by MU’s residential life and student life departments, said Mark Lucas, interim director of student life. Lucas spoke Tuesday in a forum in Memorial Union about alcohol on campus, one of the final events in a month-long campus alcohol responsibility campaign.

“Residential life sees approximately 1,200 cases a year and student life sees about 400 cases a year, and when they are combined the overall cases are just dominated by alcohol and drug violations,” Lucas said.

Fayette rental law under scrutiny

An unkempt house with a dilapidated front stoop and plastic-covered windows faces West Morrison Street in Fayette. Tonia Young rents the run-down property for $350 a month.

“How people live here, don’t ask me,” she said, pointing to a jumble of packing tape that’s holding a window together.

Ferguson ties Bruins record

Rock Bridge is on the brink of breaking records.

The Bruins boys’ soccer team defeated Jefferson City 3-1 on Tuesday night at Cosmopolitan Park as Michael Ferguson scored two goals.

Missouri program tightens belt

In a telling sign of the athletic department’s new economics, Missouri’s softball team cleaned Memorial Stadium before the Sept. 13 home football game against Eastern Illinois to raise money for expenses.

A 19.8 percent increase in tuition has brought a shift in policy in the athletic department that emphasizes consolidating positions while maintaining financing for the department’s main revenue sources: basketball and football.

A new Menu

Crowding around the refrigerator in the back of Kat Erdel’s kitchen, eager cooking-class students gawk at photos of pigs, chickens and cows collaged on its door.

Erdel, who interned at a farm sanctuary over the summer, smiles and laughs as she names the animals and tells a story about each photo. Beneath the collage reads a message, arranged in brightly colored rainbow magnets: “Pleaz don’t eat us.”

Irrera’s energy leads to another conference title

Before each game he prays to God for no injuries and adds, “... and if you have time, please make me score.”

His quickness with the ball is superior, his moves are inventive and his energy is contagious. Columbia College soccer coach John Klein said Juan Pablo Irrera is among the elite attackers in the NAIA.

Elements of Fright

As October draws to a close, ghosts and goblins will descend on Columbia and eager children will impatiently await the creepiest night of the year. The tradition of Halloween began in early Celtic Ireland, celebrated on the last day of summer. Celts believed that the disembodied spirits of people who had died during the year came back to search for new bodies they could possess during the upcoming year. To protect themselves from being possessed, people dressed in ghoulish costumes and paraded noisily around their communities to scare away spirits.

Halloween might not hold the same spiritual meaning today, but it still provides an opportunity for all ages to have some ghoulish fun. Columbia residents, including Angie Huhman, owner of Made by Creative Kids, 106 Corportate Lake Drive, and Dan Felton, supervisor at Spencer Gifts in Columbia Mall, share a few ideas on decorating, costumes and safety tips.

Fire district to get three new trucks

Volunteers with the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District are awaiting delivery of three new fire trucks that are being built from their own designs.

Two of the trucks will go to the two stations under construction north and south of Ashland, and the third will replace one of the older trucks at the district’s main station in Ashland.

Reimler gets gallant effort in final match

JEFFERSON CITY — Glancing down the Rock Bridge bench late in the Bruins’ season-ending loss to Jefferson City on Monday night, there weren’t many sad faces. In fact, there were even a few smiles.

“It was a lot of fun playing,” senior Ashley Selby said. “That’s all I wanted to do was have fun. Of course I wanted to win, but as long as I played hard . . . and we all did.”

Win has MU thinking big

Six wins, bowl eligibility and a win against Nebraska. Each goal was possible at the beginning of the season, but after Missouri’s meltdown against Kansas, expectations changed.

Four weeks later, expectations have changed again, except this time the outlook is far more positive.