The Big 20

Missouri looks to build for NCAAs

Although the Missouri women’s basketball team has reached the postseason each of the past four years, its glass seems half full.

Coach Cindy Stein led Missouri to the second round of the WNIT in March 2000, its first postseason appearance in six years. The Tigers then made their magical run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament the next year and looked like a program on the rise.

Cranberries, charity and community

Fifty pounds of potatoes, 20-someboxes of turkey stuffing, six turkeys over 20 pounds each and about 15 pecan and pumpkin pies filled three Gerbes shopping carts as Almeta Crayton and Cindy Mustard shopped for the “Everyone Eats” Thanksgiving dinner.

“It’s trying to get away, Cindy,” Crayton said as she almost dropped one of the large turkeys. Crayton, the First Ward councilwoman, has been host for the dinner at Lou’s Palace for the past five years.

Mattresses, menus and money

MU’s hotel and restaurant management program is enjoying a boom in growth, and part of the credit belongs to new recruiting strategies and area businesses, advocates of the program say.

Sylvia Gaiko, director of undergraduate programs and industry relations, said undergraduate enrollment grew 31 percent this year — up from an 18 percent increase the year before.

Fixes sought for Ashland’s power woes

The city of Ashland continues to search for a solution to electricity problems that have resulted in 10 power outages since 1998 and have ranged from 42 minutes to nearly 10 hours in length.

Since a 10-hour outage on Nov. 4, the city has been supplied with electricity routed through a transformer on the back of a large flatbed truck near New Bloomfield in Callaway County. While there haven’t been any outages with the temporary system being used by AmerenUE energy company, some Ashland residents are using the opportunity to call the utility’s attention to smaller but more frequent problems.

Students use more majors to self-market

Some college students who hope to stand out in the job market are shouldering more than one major to showcase their abilities and potential.

“Multiple majors make students more marketable,” said Terry Smith, vice president and dean of academic affairs at Columbia College.

Fulton redevelopment to begin in spring

The destruction of two Fulton buildings will pave the way for a redevelopment project that includes a movie theater, retail center and grocery store on the city’s south side.

Residents are anxious for the demolition of the empty Wal-Mart and Apple Market buildings on the site along Business 54, Fulton Mayor Robert Craghead said.

Contract sign of Pinkel’s resolve

Prolonging his “career commitment,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel signed a contract Friday that will keep him at MU through 2008.

The contract guarantees Pinkel $1.07 million per year. The figure combines a base salary of $250,000 and $820,000 in supplemental money.

Home grown

On the basketball court, Missouri has undoubtedly dominated the majority of the state’s headlines. As a result of in-state recruiting successes in the past three years, though, the No. 5 Tigers might also have become the dominant recruiter in Missouri.

8-man big deal in small towns

ST. JOSEPH — Mitchell Scarbrough was tired. The rest of his team was celebrating after winning a state championship, and Scarbrough was joining it, but he was a step behind the rest of the team.

A mixture of sweat and rain was causing his eye black to run down his face, bruises on his arms were starting to show and he was walking with a slight limp. He wasn’t complaining. When you’re the team’s starting quarterback, safety, punter and leading rusher, you have an excuse to be tired.

Bales leads Tigers to 12th at NCAA meet

Amanda Bales led the way to Missouri’s best cross country finish since 1984.

Bales earned All-American honors by finishing 23rd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Waterloo, Iowa, on Monday. The Tigers finished 12th for their best finish since 1984, when they were seventh.

Hospital’s expansion plan ready for bids

This week, Boone Hospital Center will select a construction manager to oversee a 60,000-plus-square-foot addition that will allow the hospital to expand its outpatient services.

Scheduled to break ground by February, Columbia’s largest hospital is soliciting bids from construction firms to build the structure on the south side of the center’s complex at Broadway and William Street.

To crowds, Santa’s worth the cold wait

Gloomy, overcast skies and whispers about Columbia’s first winter snowfall couldn’t keep a crowd from gathering downtown Sunday afternoon to ring in the holiday season.

The city’s annual holiday parade, organized this year by the Columbia Jaycees, brought spectators of all ages downtown to watch dozens of floats cruise down Broadway from College Avenue to Fourth Street.

Developers form group to gain more influence

A group of Columbia developers have come together to gain a larger influence in the city’s development.

The Central Missouri Development Council formed earlier this year with the purpose of working with the development community to have a better voice and to improve communication among developers, the city, the county and the community, interim executive director and group spokesman Don Stamper said.

Freshmen of the future

As this year’s record number of MU freshmen prepare for finals, university administrators are faced with a math problem of their own: what to do with an even bigger class of freshmen next fall. Compared to last year, applications as of Nov. 1 are up about 18.5 percent.

While admissions officers are excited by the increase — in quality as well as number — they caution that it is still too early to tell if 2004 will be another record year for enrollment. Though the admissions office declines to prophesy, other campus administrators are beginning to plan. After all, they only have eight months to find places to put these would-be Tigers.

Identifying the money-grubbers

Well, one of those “free-market advocates” chewed me out pretty good after last week’s column and tried to teach me not to take their names in vain again. Unfortunately, I’m past the point where those race and gender comments have any effect on me. Guys, I thought, I was born under segregation, went through the civil rights era and although affirmative action and I have never touched bases, I’ve heard that garbage a million times. Actually, we don’t have a fight. They have all the money and political power and can do anything they want, anything except make me lie down and roll over.

This is one of those periods in my life when I’m glad that I grew up in a ghetto. That’s where I learned about all the games people play. I experienced my first acquaintances with several people who made their living by hustling the streets. I found out how talking fast and being skilled at misdirecting people could result in amazing success, depending on how well you learned the game. In fact, I’ve found out since, that all political, economic and generic con games are based on those same old street games. The most valuable part of my education was when I witnessed firsthand how often those who lied to people also stole from them. I was fortunate to come from people who had a value system that defined lying and stealing as morally wrong, at any level.

Defeat doesn’t destroy Tigers

Maybe Missouri went temporarily crazy, or maybe it realized that losing to red-hot Kansas State wasn’t that bad. Either way, as the Tigers prepared to leave KSU Stadium after losing 24-14 on Saturday, they had a different demeanor than after their other losses.

Players weren’t embarrassed as they were at Kansas, or in disbelief as they were at Colorado. There was no near-immediate acceptance, as there was after Oklahoma.

Tigers tangle with OSU again

Missouri wrestlers dominated the semifinal rounds of the Missouri Open on Sunday, but familiar competition stopped them in the finals.

About 400 wrestlers from more than 20 teams competed on 12 mats at the fourth annual tournament at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. Five Tigers wrestlers reached the finals, the most from any team. Only one gained a title, though, with two falling in their finals to wrestlers from Oklahoma State.

A new translation

Just ask Missouri freshman Linas Kleiza. He will tell you that he is an emotional player who relies on passion on the court.

“Oh, I definitely am emotional,” he said. “That’s what gets me going out there.”

Stein gets 150th win in season opener

PEORIA, Ill. — Career games by Megan Roney and LaToya Bond made it a happy homecoming for Missouri coach Cindy Stein on Sunday.

Stein, a native of Peoria, Ill., earned her 150th career win with Missouri’s 77-51 season-opening victory against Bradley at Robertson Field House.